27 Books | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back today with a recent layout I created for The Cut Shoppe using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I set a goal at the beginning of 2018 to read 24 books. It was a lofty goal, because the year before I think I only read 1 or 2 books. I enjoy reading, but struggled to find books I liked at the library. I don’t follow authors or new releases so I never knew what I was looking for or what was new. Then I discovered Book of the Month (BOTM) and I rediscovered my love of reading books! I actually beat my goal and read 27 books in 2018! 26 of the books were from Book of the Month and 1 other from another book subscription I tried, Blind Date with a Book. I wanted to celebrate/document meeting my goal so I printed a screenshot of my “bookshelf” from BOTM.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I started by cutting the With Love Cut File on white cardstock using my Cricut. I then traced the inside of the heart on another piece of white cardstock. I used an older stamp set from Illustrated Faith and numerous Scrapbook.com Inks to spell out the word “books” in a rainbow of colors at a diagonal. The stamped words ended up being a little too bright so I added a layer of vellum over the words to help mute the boldness of the colors.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

Many of Paige Evans Collections contain book related embellishments so I knew immediately wanted to use those collections. I started with the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection. I grabbed Patterned Paper #3 (which is also included in the 12×12 Paper Pad) to use as my background and positioned the cut file so it was running off the left side of the page. I then used a pencil to trace the inside of the heart on the patterned paper and cut out the center of the heart. I added the stamped white cardstock in that spot, and positioned the cut file on top of all of those layers.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I then moved onto embellishing. I grabbed a few of the Whimsical Floral Die Cuts and positioned them along the top right of the heart. I also grabbed a few Ephemera Die Cuts; including the frame & butterflies. I thought one of the Whimsical Tassels would add a nice pop of color and added texture so I positioned one along the framed photo. I also grabbed a sticker from the Whimsical Sticker Book that says, “She believed she could so she did”.  I also grabbed a couple book chipboard stickers from the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection. I wanted to add the number 27 somewhere on the layout, but the 7 in the Whimiscal Thickers was green. I didn’t have any of that color on the layout, so I reached for the numbers in the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Pick Me Up Thickers. The colors matched perfectly!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

Once I had all of the die cuts in place, I added white machine stitching around the cut file heart. I needed to add journaling to this layout because I had the number 27 on the layout, but only 26 books are shown in the photo. I thought white cardstock would be too much of a contrast to add onto the pink patterned paper background. I decided I would print my journal and then add a little color to the copy paper to help it blend into the background.

I grabbed my Vicki Boutin Stencil Brush that I had used with a Red Art Crayon when I was creating my December Daily. I happened to rub the brush on a scrap piece of paper to see if I needed to clean the brush before using a different color art crayon. When I was testing the brush, I realized that the remaining color on the Stencil Brush was the perfect color! I just used the brush on the copy paper that I had printed the journaling on, and cut it into thin strips to add onto the background.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Freebie Friyay With Love Cut File & Pink Paislee Paige Evans Whimsical Collection.

I had a small typo in the journaling, but didn’t want to go through the hassle or reprinting so I used one of the Whimsical Enamel Dots to cover my mistake. I then decided to add a few more around the layout along with a few tiny Puffy Stickers from the Whimsical Collection.

Now you can take a look at my process video to see step-by-step how this layout came together.

I’ve set a new goal for 2019 to read 30 books, and I’m off to a slow start. I’m only 2 books in, but I’m not giving up yet! HA! Did you set any goals for 2019? If one of your goals is to break out your die cutting machine and use it more (which I totally think you should!!), then remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Store to check out all of the cut files & digital collections!

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Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey there, friends! I’m so excited to be joining the Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop! If you’ve started the hop from the beginning then you would have come from Sveta Fotinia’s Blog. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! I’ll have a link to the next person in the hop at the bottom of the post; along with a complete list of hoppers.

I was so honored to have been invited to participate in this blog hop and Altenew sent me some really fun goodies to play with! I was sent the Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pad, the Pastel Dreams 6×6 Paper Pad, the New York Stamp Set, the Delicate Primrose Stamp Set and the Flower Vine Stamp Set … and WOW! Altenew products never cease to amaze! I immediately fell in love with the patterned papers, and I knew I would use them as my focal points for my scrapbook layouts.

The New York Stamp Set was the inspiration for my first project. I started with multiple patterns from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad for my first layout. I wanted to use as many patterns as possible so I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to spell out my title, New York New York. I added hand stitching detail to each of the pattern papers. I positioned the letters on the top and bottom of the layout; leaving an open space in the middle of the layout.

I positioned my photo on the layout and used the New York Stamp Set right next to the photo. I started by placing the stamp on the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and used Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink. I wanted to create a mixed media, watercolor look with the stamp set so I lightly sprayed the stamp with water after applying the ink. I then cleaned the stamp and applied another layer of ink and stamped directly on the background (without using water this time) to get a more of a detailed image of the stamp set. I also added stamped words from the same New York Stamp Set around the title.

I fussy cut numerous floral images from another patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad and scattered the flowers around the layout. I also used a few wood buttons from the Reflections Scrapbook Kit and enamel dots from the Our Family Scrapbook Kit.

Now you can check out my process video showing how this layout came together!



For my second project, I focused on the Verdant Walk Paper Pad.

I fussy cut the hanging florals from 2 of the matching papers from the paper pad and positioned the florals at the top of the 12×12 white cardstock background. I added a wash of light peach watercolor under the florals and allowed the color to run down the page. I also stamped the Flower Vine Stamp Set in that same area. I love the hints of gold peeking out from behind those beautiful fussy cut florals!

I then essentially created a grid with my photos and embellishing underneath the fussy cut florals. I used tissue paper and another patterned paper from the Verdant Walk Paper Pad to back my photos. I added my title using black alphas, from the Altenew Reflections Scrapbook Kit, to the right and left of my photos. I wanted to bring in a little more black to help the alphas mesh with the layout, so I fussy cut numerous florals from the Verdant Walk Paper pad. I added in a few enamel dots around the page for added detail, added my journaling under the photo along with the date, using the Altenew Date Stamp.

Here’s a process video that shows how this layout came together!


GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018.

Altenew has also kindly offered for me to give away a $30 Altenew gift certificate! All you need to do to enter the giveaway on my blog is to leave a comment on this blog post! (To leave a comment, head to the top of my blog & click on the number to the right of this blog post title.) I will be announcing the winner of the $30 gift certificate on my blog on December 18, 2019, so be sure to check back to see if you were the winner!
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There is so much talent in this blog hop and I have no doubt that you’re finding inspiration as you’re making your way through! Next up is Nicole Picadura.

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Below is a complete list of the hoppers and you can find a complete list of hoppers on the Altenew Card Blog if you get lost as you’re hopping along:

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park
Kristina Pokazanieva
Therese Calvird
Zsoka Marko
Zinia Redo
Laura Jane
Virginia Lu
Kathleen Graumüller
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Willison
Svitlana Shayevich
Emily Midgett
Lilith Eeckels
Alex Syberia
Sveta Fotinia
Kelly Janes <<< You are here
Nicole Picadura
Reiko Tsuchida
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Rubeena Ianigro
Olga Moss
Sandra Dietrich
Dana Gong
Agnieszka Malyszek
Norine Borys
Amanda Korotkova
Kymona Tracey
Cynde Whitlow
Lydia Evans
Isha Gupta
Enza Gudor
Aya Elsheshtawy