Monday, October 23, 2017

Little moments with Christin

Hello everyone. Christin here with my first layout sharing a fall-themed layout.   You don't always have to go big with the cut files. Subtle works too.  My layout today just consists of the cutfile, a layer of patterned paper behind the cut files and some embellishments.

My little girl is about to pick some blueberries so I chose a blue mixed media background and a blue paper behind the cut file. 

Thank you for stopping by

You can find Autumn Acres. cut file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store, along with our other new designs. Head on over and check them out!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mug Shot! | Elsie Robinson

Hey TCS fans, Elsie here with a new layout! I think you can all agree that Autumn seems to have become the season of flavoured coffee. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are everywhere, which is actually what inspired this this layout! Even though I really don't like Pumpkin Spice Lattes... Eek! I prefer the Christmas themed Lattes ;)

But anyway, here's my layout!

I firstly started by cutting out and backing one of the new cut files in the store 'The Great Pumpkin'. I cut it into three different sizes, the biggest pumpkin was about 6 inches wide. However, the paper was cut so thin that I definitely did not have the patience to carefully take the smaller pumpkins off the mat, so I ended up completely destroying them - oops!

Although this was easily fixed, as I used the offset tool in my Silhouette software to make the pumpkins a little wider. I made sure not to increase the width of the lines too much as I like the style of thinner lines. It worked perfectly the second time around!

I also used a leaf cut file from the 'Funky Florals' set for my pumpkin leaves because I wanted larger leaves on them to contrast with the bold orange and red patterns I backed the pumpkin cut files with.

I used the coffee mugs from the 'Cuppa Joe' set, and cut three of them out so I could scatter them amongst the pumpkins! I decided not to use either of the phrases on the cups and just cut the outlines instead.

I knew this would be a busy page and my title was going to be big element so I think to have those phrases on the cups as well, would've made the page a little too chaotic!

I love the title of this page, and it comes from 'The Java Script' set. I originally just cut the title from patterned paper but it wasn't standing out enough, so I offset the title and cut that shape from white card stock and matted the patterned piece onto that, which made it stand out a lot more!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'll see you soon for more layouts :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

"Hand Picked" with Kira

Do you ever start out with one idea in mind for a layout, and then end up with something completely different?  That's exactly what happened with this layout.

I started with the idea of taking a few of the circles from the Around & Around cut file from The Cut Shoppe, "welding" them together in design space along with a few of the leaves from the Funky Florals cut file.  I wanted my design to go in a diagonal direction, so that's how I welded the cut file.  And then after a lot of backing with pretty paper, and fussing with placement, and almost throwing the layout out completely...I stepped away.

When I came back to my layout, I decided to take it in a different direction.  I cut up my previously welded cut file and decided to use the Around & Around cut file as flowers in a horizontal design.

I decided to add in a few more leaves to give the look of a floral design, and luckily I had some leaves from the Autumn Acres cut file I had used on a previous layout.  I also had a few stray leaves from the Funky Floral cut file floating around my desk too.  I backed some of them with paper and left some un-backed.

I chose this darker blue buffalo check pattern as my background but to add more interest I tore off the bottom 1" and folded up one of the corners.  I placed some textured white cardstock under and tucked another circle and another leaf under the folded flap.

 I love to add bakers twine to my layouts to give it an extra added texture so I placed some around my page in three places.  I finished off my layout with some gold thickers spelling out "Hand Picked" as my title.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Cut Files | Pumpkin Perfect

We've still got some fall inspiration in store for you at The Cut Shoppe!  Today, we have some new Cut File designs that are perfect for fall, Halloween and football projects!  I have this thing for pumpkins, so I really wanted to use The Great Pumpkin cut file on my layout today!

I wanted to back each of the open sections of the pumpkin, and I had the perfect collection for it!  Yes, I've still been holding on to some of the Cedar Lane collection from Pink Paislee.  To date, it's one of my all-time favorite fall collections!  And since my choices were limited, backing the open spaces of the pumpkin worked out perfectly, because all of my Cedar Lane papers have already been cut into.

Once I had each section backed with patterned paper, I adhered the pumpkin to the background paper on a slight tilt.  I used a photo of an adorable pumpkin house from this past weekend's road trip to Nashville.  Then I fussy cut some of the gorgeous flowers from one of the Cedar Lane papers and placed them around the photo.

I used some Gold Thickers from Crate Paper for the title.  Then I pulled a few more Gold glitter embellishments from the Cedar Lane collection to balance out the look.  I finished the layout with a small cluster at the top left of the pumpkin, using a few more embellishments and one of the cute leaf paper clips.

You can find The Great Pumpkin cut file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store, along with our other new designs.  Head on over and check them out!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Sweet Moments" | Enza Gudor

Hello, everyone. Enza here, and today I'm sharing a Fall-themed layout with you. I used two cut files: All About Fall background and Autumn Acres.

I knew I wanted to create a shaker pocket in the middle of the page. I drew a circle in the Silhouette program and combined it with the All About Fall background image. The “crop” option under the Modify tab allows you to merge the two images together, so to have a shaped version of the cut file. I then offset the outer circle to create a border. In order to have enough space for sequins and wood veneers to move freely in the pocket, I created a separate circular border that matched the measurements of the cut file and cut it three times. By stacking the individual cuts I was able to achieve the dimension I needed. A piece of acetate was glued in between the first two top layers.

Before adhering the prepared cut file onto my background paper, I backed some leaves with different patterned papers from the Crate Paper Carousel collection.

At this point I realized I wanted to make my layout feel more autumnal. The Autumn Acres cut file came in handy for that. I picked one of the leaves in the set and cut it in different sizes from a variety of patterned papers in yellow, pink, and teal hues. I then layered them all around the cut file, in kind of a messy way. I think it looks more natural that way ;)

A title and a few embellishments finished the layout.

I love how this page turned out. Make sure to check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy store and pick up some awesome cut files to document your memories.

Until next time. Have a lovely day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hey, Autumn! | Elsie Robinson

Hey everyone, it's Elsie here and I'm so excited to share my first layout for The Cut Shoppe! I was completely inspired by the gorgeous new Autumn Acres cut file set to make my first Autumnal layout of the year!

I took one of the leaf cut files and cut one at about 8 inches in height, and the other at 4 inches. I cut both from white cardstock as I knew I was going to back each section of the leaves with different patterned papers, and so the white cardstock would make sure that the contrasting colours and patterns would really "pop"!

I really enjoy the process of backing cut files as I find it really relaxing, so even though it takes longer to back each section of the leaves with patterned paper, I really don't mind doing it. Obviously you could simplify this step with using one pattern, but I love the patchwork/quilted look of all of those different patterns next to each other!

I love sewing and so I couldn't resist stitching around the outline of the cut files. I actually stuck each cut file onto some scrap cardstock before I went poked the holes for the stitching, as this made the pieces a lot more stable and easier to sew on. Once I finished I cut off the excess with a craft knife to get the outline of the file back.

And yes, this did take quite some time to do, but I've been binge-watching Westworld and so it was a good excuse to get through a few episodes!

I also used the Go Fly A Kite cut file set so I could add some clouds to my background to help set my scene. Again I cut these from white cardstock but this time around, I didn't back them with any papers. 

I wanted to leave them open so they were more subtle and I wanted to show as much of that gorgeous blue watercolour-effect paper as I could. 

I also cut a few of the kites from the set in different sizes, but I decided to use the smallest one. The string was actually too short to reach the die-cut girl's hand, so I cut some white cardstock of the same width with some scissors to make it the right length!

Thanks for joining me today, and make sure you check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy store . I'll see you soon for more projects using Ashley's beautiful cut files!

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Holy Cat" with Jennifer

Hello everyone!

This is Jennifer and I am so excited to share my first layout for The Cut Shoppe!

I am a big fan of using geometric shapes on my layouts - especially triangles or circles. So it's no wonder I instantly fell in love with the circle shape from the Midway cutfile set.

I cut the circle about 10 inches wide with white cardstock and backed it with a light-mint coloured paper from my stash. Because I knew I wold be using embellishments with copper metallic accents I used white thread with copper strands for some hand stitching.

For my title I used the Out Of Line Alpha cutfile and also white cardstock. I backed the letters with a dark blue paper. In the end I probably could have gotten away without backing it because my background paper is nearly the same shade. But I really like the subtle difference between background and backing paper. It works really well together.

The rest of the layout came together really fast. I matted my photo on a bit of white vellum and popped it up with a bit of foam. I added a few star-shaped emebllishments to go with the celestial feel of the layout and finished it of with a few sprinkles of gold Color Shine. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!