Happy Memories | The Cut Shoppe

Hi friends! I have a new layout to share with you that was recently on The Cut Shoppe blog using the Washi Love Cut File and the Follow Your Heart Cut File.

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing apart the Washi Love Cut File. I wanted to use three of the washi images and copied/pasted the images so I had two of each design. I then brought in the Follow Your Heart Cut File and sized it over the washi stripes. My intention for the heart cut file was to use it as a template for hand stitching. Because I had 6 washi images on the layout I also wanted to have 6 rows of hand stitching, so I copied/pasted the heart cut file image a second time and sized it slightly smaller than the first. I will use the second smaller heart template to add two additional rows of hand stitching so the number of hand stitched hearts will equal the rows of washi.

I cut the washi images on a patterned paper from the American Crafts Little By Little Collection designed by Shimelle. I positioned the washi in rainbow order on a white cardstock background and lightly adhered the washi strips in place. I then used my hand to hold the heart cut file image in place and used my paper piercer to poke holes along the hearts for my hand stitching. I started with the largest heart cut file image and then repeated the same steps for the smaller heart cut file image to created 6 hearts on the layout.

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

After the hand stitching was complete, I positioned my photo on the right side of all of the hearts. I used multiple ephemera pieces from the Shimelle Little By Little Collection as layers behind my photo and also to create a cluster to the bottom right of the photo. I added one of the Little By Little wood buttons to the center of the camera die cut. I also added a Heidi Swapp mini clip to the upper right hand corner of the photo.

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

I then moved on to the title which consists of a silver reflective word ‘Memories’ from Heidi Swapp and I paired that word with the reflective mirror word ‘Happy’ from the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Collection.

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

I’m getting ready to start the Ali Edwards Week In The Life™ project and as I’m prepping for this project it has me looking at my photos a little differently. I normally don’t get overly sentimental when scrapbooking older photos, but this photo really made me feel all the feelings. It was taken a few years ago on a walk home from school, but there were so many tiny details in the photo that brought back a flood of memories! That over sized Transformers book bag, the PU on Aidan’s hand for kindergarten pick up, holding hands with his cousin as we walked home. So much has changed in these few short years. Aidan has graduated from this school and the school he now attends isn’t within walking distance, his book bag no longer look like it is wearing him because he has grown so much, and at this time in his life Transformers was his absolute favorite. All of these minor details within the photo just popped out at me.

I initially wasn’t going to include any journaling on this layout because I was afraid that it would take away from the aesthetics of the layout, but because I was feeling all the feelings with this layout I decided it was important. I not only included the date of the photo but also included the date of the journaling. For me personally, I know the timing of when I scrapbook a layout can determine the journaling I include. Had I scrapbooked this photo in 2014 my perspective may be different because I wouldn’t have known that Aidan’s Transformer phase would be over or that he would grow so much in just a few short years.

12x12 Design Team layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Washi Love & Follow Your Heart Cut Files, American Crafts Shimelle Little By Little Collection, Pink Paislee C'est La Vie mirror word, elements from Heidi Swapp and a lot of hand stitching

Now you can take a look at the process video!

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me and remember to head over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections.

Hello Love | The Cut Shoppe

Hi friends! I’m back with a new layout that was recently share on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the April Showers Cut File.

12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection

I knew I wanted to create a grid design and I wanted to use Cricut Design Space to help create the lines. I positioned 3 vertical score lines at the 2″, 6″ & 10″ lines on the design screen. I then inserted another score line and placed it horizontally at the 6″ line. Once I had the score lines positioned on the design screen I used the “attach” feature to hold all of the score lines together and in place. By using score lines in Cricut Design Space it ensures that my grid lines will be perfectly straight. I then sliced out the two cloud images from the April Showers Cut File and appropriately sized them within the grid lines.

12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection

After the images were cut and scored, I used a paper piercer to poke holes in the background patterned paper, which is from the Shimelle Little By Little Collection. I then hand stitched the grid onto the patterned paper using white embroidery floss. I cut the clouds in both patterned paper, from the same Little By Little Collection, and also white cardstock. I layered and slightly offset the patterned paper from the white cardstock to create a shadow. I then stacked and adhered the remaining cut file images to create depth and dimension.

12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection

Then came time to embellish. I used multiple die cuts from the Shimelle Little By Little Collection and also a scallop puffy sticker from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans. I know this cut file has a very spring feel to it, but when I first saw this cut file I immediately thought BABY! I love how all of the die cut clusters fit so well within the grid lines and the overall color scheme is just perfect for a baby themed layout.

12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection 12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection

This photo is taken of Aidan and my newest little nephew, Elijah. I mean, seriously, how cute are these boys?! I’ll admit and would never deny being a baby hog, but Aidan held him more than I did! If you’ve followed my blog, YouTube Channel or Instagram for any length of time I’m sure you know that Aidan is an only child. But seeing him with this sweet little baby and seeing on his face how much he adored this little one made me realize what a great big brother he would have been! It did make my heart pitter patter for just a moment, but I truly do feel blessed with my perfect family of three!

12x12 Design Team scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the April Showers Cut File & Shimelle Little By Little Collection

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

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me! Remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections!

Elevator Usie | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back to share a layout that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the Brush Up Alpha Cut File and the Selfies & Usies Cut File.

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

The Cut Shoppe | Brush Up Alpha Cut File The Cut Shoppe | Selfies & Usies Cut File

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the individual letters from the Brush Up Alpha Cut File. I cut each letter for the word ‘Elevator’ four times and then stacked them together to create dimension. I repeated the same steps for the word ‘Usie’ from the Selfies & Usies Cut File. Now I have to admit that I didn’t even realize the word ‘usie’ was a thing! I looked up the word ‘usie’ to be sure I was using it properly, and sure enough, any photo that has 2 or more people is an usie. I always thought that these types of photos fell into the ‘selfie’ category! Who knew?!

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

I also cut a large circle in Cricut Design Space on a piece of purple cardstock and backed the circle with a patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans. I then placed my title on the layout. I had originally planned on using the same purple cardstock for my title, but loved how the white cardstock just popped off the page!

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

Next I started working on my photo cluster. I used multiple die cuts from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans. My photo is an usie taken in an elevator from our trip to Chicago last summer. Thankfully my family plays along with my incessant need to take photos! Ha!

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

I also tucked die cuts from the Oh My Heart Collection along the edge of the circle. I also added a few chipboard pieces from the Thickers sheet and a washi strip from the Oh My Heart sticker book. I added my journaling to my page using my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. To help the layout look more complete I added hand stitching using white embroidery floss around the perimeter of the circle.

12x12 Scrapbook Layout using The Cut Shoppe Brush Up Alpha Cut File and Selfies & Usies Cut File. Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper #21

Here’s a video showing the process of how this layout came together.

Remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections! Thanks for spending part of your day with me!

Happy Anniversary | Blog Hops with Heart

Blog Hops with Heart celebrated our one year anniversary in January…AND we missed it! But it is better to celebrate late than to not celebrate at all, so for our hop this month we are creating anniversary themed projects! You would have come from Amie Kiger’s blog if you started at the beginning of the blog hop, but you can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For my project today I thought it would be fun to document older photos of my husband and myself from when we were dating. We went on our first date 15 years ago and these are some of the first photos we had taken as a couple. And seriously, 15 YEARS?! How does time go by so quickly?! We were 18 years old and fresh out of high school when we went on our first date. We worked at the same restaurant (I was a waitress, he was a cook) but we had known each other since we were little….growing up in a small town will do that for you! We ran in different circles in high school, but knew each other and would say hi in passing. Mutual friends set us up on a double date and the rest is history. Andy hasn’t aged a bit, but I sure have! HA!

The photos I planned on using were taken before digital was a thing or at least before it was popular. I didn’t have the negatives and jpegs of these photos don’t exist so I snapped photos of the photos to convert the images to black and white using Picmonkey. This way the photos are cohesive and flow together well on the layout. The originals are a wide range of colors and never would have mixed well together without converting them to B&W.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For my title I used the chipboard sentiment, Happy Heart, from the Crate Paper-Maggie Holmes-Chasing Dreams Collection. The sentiment is large and large pieces can sometimes be a little overwhelming to me. It can be tricky finding a place for these large pieces on a layout, but because my photos are so small I needed large elements to help fill the page.

I started with a black polka dot patterned paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection. I also grabbed a few die cuts from the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart Collection designed by Paige Evans & white Baker’s Twine from CTMH. After I had all of the main elements I went to work putting the layout together.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

I positioned the title just slightly off center on the Maggie Holmes patterned paper. I added three strands of white Baker’s Twine above and below the photos and used my CTMH mini stapler to secure the strands to the page. I then added a couple floral die cuts from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection. For a little added dimension I also added a floral sticker from the Oh My Heart Thickers sheet.

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

For final touches I added a few dipped wood veneer hearts from Pinkfresh Studio and an adorable puffy bird sticker from Hip Kit Club that I’ve been hoarding! I heated embossed the dates on vellum using white embossing powder and adhered the date to each photo. Vellum can be a bit tricky to adhere because pretty much all adhesive shows through, but I’ve found that using my Xyron Sticker Maker does the trick!

12x12, Scrapbook, Maggie Holmes, Gather, Chasing Dreams, Paige Evans, Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Pinkfresh Studio, Wood Veneer, Bakers Twine

I did record a process video for this layout and will be posting it soon! Be sure to check back or subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss it!

Thanks for joining us on our “{Oops We Missed Our} Anniversary” Blog Hop. Now it is time to head to Becca Whitham’s blog and I have no doubt she will WOW you!

-Kelly