Happy Spring | Pretty Little Studio

Hi friends! I’m back with a new layout that I recently created for Pretty Little Studio using the XOXO Collection.

12x12 scrapbook layout for Pretty Little Studio using the XOXO Collection.

I started by creating an offset in Inkscape. [A step-by-step tutorial can be found in the process video at the bottom of this post.] I then uploaded the outline of the Butterfly Cut File, that is available in the Pretty Little Studio Shop, into Cricut Design Space. Once the butterfly was uploaded, I sized and duplicated the butterfly numerous times. Once I had the outline of the butterflies sized, I selected the whole group and duplicated all of the butterflies. I then used the Contour Feature in Design Space to turn the duplicated butterflies into a solid image. Next, I cut the butterfly outlines in white cardstock and the solid butterflies in numerous pattern papers from the XOXO 8×8 Paper Pad and two pieces of vellum [Never Ending Love & I’m Yours] from the same XOXO Collection.

12x12 scrapbook layout for Pretty Little Studio using the XOXO Collection.

After all of the butterflies were cut, I adhered the outline to each of the patterned papers. I then used a Heidi Swapp stencil and a light pink acrylic paint to paint lines on my white cardstock background. I then positioned the butterflies vertically in the center of my layout.

12x12 scrapbook layout for Pretty Little Studio using the XOXO Collection.

I positioned my photo to the right of the butterflies and added a few fussy cut florals. I actually cut these florals from the 8×8 Patterned Paper Pad packaging! Last Spring I guest designed for Pretty Little Studio and went through an entire pack of the Floral Die Cuts. They are my absolute fave! I still have the 8×8 Floral Cardstock Patterned Paper, the Vellum, and the Acetate Sheet that has this same floral design, but I can’t bring myself to cut into them! I’m 100% hoarding those papers! HA!

12x12 scrapbook layout for Pretty Little Studio using the XOXO Collection.

I really wanted the embellishing to be limited because I wanted the focus to be on the butterflies. For my title, I grabbed the word “Spring” from a Freebie pack of die cuts I had received in a previous Pretty Little Studio order. I added the word “Happy” above the die cut using the Cozy White Mini ABC Sticker Sheet from the Feel Likes Fall Collection. I also added a few sentiment strips from the same freebie pack, and a few pink hearts from the XOXO Love Word Flags Die Cut Pack. After adding black splatters and a few lines of printed journaling this layout was complete!

Now you can take a look at the process video that has an Inkscape & Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Happy Crafting!

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Artistic Cat | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back today to share a layout I recently created for The Cut Shoppe using the Pretty Pottery Cut File.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I started in Cricut Design Space by “ungrouping” the cut file and selecting two of the pots. I then welded them together to create on image. After the images were welded together, I duplicated the image and used the contour feature to “hide all” contours to create a solid image. This allowed my Cricut to cut the paper I used to back the more intricate cut file. [You will find a step-by-step Cricut tutorial in the process video at the bottom of this post.]

I cut the intricate cut file on white cardstock and used Patterned Paper #5 from the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection to back the cut file. I love that I was able to get a wide variety of colors by just using the one paper! It saved so much time by not have to fussy cut each individual area with multiple patterned papers.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I added white hand stitching to the cut file for added texture and then moved onto embellishing. I really debated on which patterned paper to use as my background, but ultimately decided on Patterned Paper #17 from the Whimsical Collection. I tucked numerous fussy cut leaves and flowers from Patterned Paper #3 behind the Pretty Pottery and also added a fussy cut flower cluster, from the same patterned paper, to the top right corner of the layout. [All the patterned papers used on this layout can also be found in the Whimsical 12×12 Paper Pad.]

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I added multiple Chipboard Thicker Icons, Puffy Stickers, flowers from the Sticker Book, Enamel Shapes and Floral Die Cuts around the layout. I wanted to get as much color and texture as I possible could. <<< I think I achieved this goal! HA!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

For my title, I grabbed the word “Artistic” from the Whimsical Die Cut Pack and letters from the Whimsical Alpha Chipboard Thickers to spell out the word “Cat”. This layout is all about how my cat LOVES my craft room. I’d say she spends 75% of her day in my craft room. She loves sleeping on my chair, looking out the windows, batting things off my desk, and walking across my projects as I’m working. She’s such a sweet, pretty girl! I decided to nestle the photo in with the pots, but I wanted to draw a little more attention to the photo, so I added a Die Cut frame as a layer behind the photo.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

Oh, I forgot to mention that before I adhered everything down, I did add white splatters to the background using Dylusions White Linen Mist. I was very impressed with this mist! It stayed very much true to color which is awesome, because most white mists I’ve tried dry translucent. I also added my journaling using my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter before adhering anything to the background. I’m still so in love with that typewriter! It’s the 2nd most used tool in my craft room [only 2nd in line to my Cricut].

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Pretty Pottery Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

Now you can take a look at my process video which includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Have you visited the new Cut Shoppe Store? You really need to! All of the cut files now come in SVG format, which means no more slicing the cut files apart for us Cricut users! We can just ungroup and move along our merry way! YAY!!

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