Patio Life | The Cut Shoppe – August Challenge

We’ve started something new and fun in The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot Facebook Group!! Each month a different Design Team member will host a challenge, and I’m kicking things off this month with a Go Big or Go Home Challenge (use a cut file in a large way on your project).

It’s simple to enter the challenge…all you have to do is create a NEW project that fits this month’s theme and you have to use at least one cut file from The Cut Shoppe (it can be from the Etsy Store or a freebie that you’ve picked up from the TCS Blog). After you’ve created your project be sure that you head to TCS FACEBOOK GROUP and upload your project in the August Designer Challenge comments. You have until August 31 at 8:00 AM CST to upload your project. One person will be drawn at random and will win 5 FREE cut files from The Cut Shoppe!

Now onto my project…

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I used the Full Circle Cut File and sized it to 10.5″ in Cricut Design Space. I cut the circle on white cardstock, but knew I wanted to alter the color. So before I removed the circle from the Cutting Mat I grabbed a few acrylic paints, including Dylusions Periwinkle and a few others from my stash. While the cut file was still on the cutting mat, I used a Rubber Brayer and added multiple layers of paint until I got the right color combination. I love how it turned out…it matches the periwinkle color in the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection perfectly!!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I then machine stitched the cut file circle to the Happy Life Patterned Paper which I’m using as my background. This is my favorite paper in the Simple & Sweet Collection and I love that so much of it can peek through the open semi circles from the Full Circle Cut File. Next I started embellishing…

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I added a Puffy Sticker & multiple Die Cuts horizontally across the cut file. I also positioned a Frame over my photo to help draw more attention to the photo. I was also in the mood to stamp so I stamped a few florals from the Fleur 1 Stamp Set and colored them using watercolors. I didn’t realize until after I had already purchased this stamp set that it has Matching Dies! I have since purchased them! HA! I used the White Puffy Alpha Stickers for my title, Patio Life. (PS: I think these may be my new fave alpha of all time!!! The size is perfect, the font is awesome & they are puffy! Need I say more?!)

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

Now you can take a look at my Process Video to see how this layout came together!

 

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me & remember you have until August 31 to get your project uploaded in The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot Facebook Group! We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Summer Love | The Cut Shoppe

Hey there friends! Today I have a layout to share with you that I recently created for The Cut Shoppe using the Flower Garden Cut File.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Flower Garden Cut File & Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I love this cut file, and I was immediately drawn to the florals. I decided to alter the cut file during the upload process, in Cricut Design Space, by erasing the words on the cut file. This way the florals will be uploaded all on their own & ready for me to use without requiring any clean up on the Design Screen. (A step-by-step tutorial for this process can be found in the process video at the end of this blog post.)

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Flower Garden Cut File & Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I cut the flowers on white cardstock and backed them using a 6×6 Patterned Paper from the Pebbles Patio Party Collection. I tucked my photo under the cut file & positioned Die Cuts and Stickers from the same Patio Party Collection around the layout.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Flower Garden Cut File & Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I decided to use a Grid Patterned Paper, from the Patio Party Collection, as my background. But before I adhered anything down, I added a splash of pink  to the patterned paper using a Shimmerz Paints mist and the packaging technique. This just adds another pop of color and a little more visual interest to the background.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Flower Garden Cut File & Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I needed to figure out a title once that was dry and everything was adhered. I went through my stash and came across an older set of the Bella Blvd Ciao Chipboard Words. I loved the script font & thought it would be the perfect addition to this layout. I didn’t want to leave it stark white so I used the same Shimmerz Paints Pink Mist and a pink gelato to color the bottom portion of the word…giving it an ombre feel. For final touches, I added Black Color Shine splatters and a few lines of journaling using American Crafts Journaling Pens.

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

I’ve fallen way behind on my blog posts so there may be a mass of layouts coming your way very soon! HA! Remember to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files! Ashley has so many wonderful designs in the shop!

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