Seeing Stars

Blog Hops with Heart is back with a “Seeing Stars” theme & I’m kicking things off this month! This is such a fun theme and I’m so excited to see what all the girls came up with! I technically didn’t use any stars on my layout, but I did use a STARburst cut file. That counts right? One of these days I think the girls are going to tell me I’ve gone too far off course with our themes! HA!

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I used the free Camp Glamp Cut File from Scrapbook Nerd that was designed by The Cut Shoppe.  I just recently had these photos printed from our 2013 Disney trip and when I was sorting them I literally laughed out loud at the facial expressions that my son was making while we were on the Teacups. I’m still laughing now just thinking about them! I knew I couldn’t choose just one photo and wanted to use them all. They were all printed at 4×6 and a couple of them were a little fuzzy because of the motion of the Teacup ride. I didn’t want to reprint them to a smaller size but I knew if I didn’t find a way to shrink down the size of the photos I would never fit them on one layout. That’s when I spied this cut file! PERFECT!

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I enlarged the cut file to 11.5 inches to make the center of the triangles as large as they could be. Even then I was worried they wouldn’t be large enough so I made them just a smidge bigger with the magic of Cricut Design Space and my craft knife. I cut the cut file on a patterned paper from Amy Tangerine’s Better Together Collection. This particular paper has a large, bold pattern and I love to use those types of papers for cut files! This paper also had a rainbow of XOXO’s and there was more pink than I was liking for the embellishments I was using so I used my watercolor paints to paint the pink XOXO’s into red XOXO’s.  After I had the photos in place I backed the remaining open spaces using an older Basic Grey Collection-Fact. I added hand stitched around the edge of those triangles and along the border of the cut file using white embroidery floss.

Scrapbook layout using cut file from Scrapbook Nerd designed by The Cut Shoppe

I started adding embellishments which include Becky Higgin’s “High Five” Project Life chipboard pieces and ephemera from the Hip Kit Club. I used tall, skinny, glittery teal Thickers for my title. I added a few enamel dots & splatters from Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine.

I’ve also have process video so you can see how this layout came together!

seeingstars

This month is just a short hop, but it’s full of talent! Now it’s time to head to Becca Whitham’s Blog to see what she has created!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

Our Last Walk // The Cut Shoppe

Hi my scrappy friends! I have another layout to share for The Cut Shoppe. This layout uses my all time favorite alphabet set the Open Letter Alpha.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I struggled a bit with the design of this layout because the only 2 things I knew I wanted to use was the Open Letter Alpha Cut File & this photo. This photo was taken on the last walk home from school. Next year Aidan will move to a different building on a different campus that isn’t within walking distance from our home. I knew I wanted to document this because it’s a big milestone in our lives! I originally thought I would create a vertical design with the title at the top & the photo underneath but it just wasn’t working for me. So then I decided to go with the flow of the patterned paper. If you look closely there is a diagonal design to my background paper which is from the Hip Kit Club.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I started by placing my title, which is cut on white cardstock and then backed with a dark charcoal grey cardstock, at a diagonal towards the top left hand side of the paper. I then placed my photo underneath the title. I backed my photo using Project Life Cards & patterned papers from the Hip Kit Club. Once I had those two things in place I started embellishing. I grabbed ephemera pieces & puffy stickers from the Hip Kit Club, a silver heart from Freckled Fawn, and puffy sequin stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.

The Cut Shoppe-Open Letter Alpha

I recently purchased a printer and have been printing my journaling. Something I never thought I would do! I’ve always loved the idea of handwriting. Thinking of generations to come that will hopefully be looking at my scrapbooks and wondering if they would rather see my handwriting and typed journaling? I’m sure the answer would be my handwriting so I’m going to be sure to still incorporate my handwriting from time to time, but I love the clean look of typed journaling!!

Open Letter Alpha

I’ve put together a process video that shows how this layout came together. Including the process of how to use the Open Letter Alpha in Cricut Design Space.

Thanks for stopping by & remember to check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store!
Kelly Janes