Saturday, April 22, 2017

Summer Fun - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi All,
I'm popping in today to show you my latest creation for The Cut Shoppe.
I chose the Geo to Go cut file this time. I love this cut file, it's not the first time I used it!
I decided to go with the wonderful summer collection, Endless Summer from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I am not so into pastels but this collection is a dream to work with, I am glad I bought it! It simply makes me happy. Every single piece! What I love about CVS the most is the big variety of embellies with each collection. My favourites are the woodies, I may or may not have bought 3 packs of them :D.

I started out by backing my cut file with different patterned papers as usual. This took me a while, so I was watching Jane the Virgin in the meantime. Have you guys seen it? Hilarious. I used to watch telenovelas as a kid, because that was pretty much all we had on TV back then, ha! Anyhow, back to topic.

I printed a big size photo for a layout and I only have 12x18" photo paper, which I normally waste...But this time I actually took the time and figured out how to fill it up and print more photos on it in all sorts of sizes. Well this one is a bit of an odd size, I just enlarged it to fit in the last bit of white space I had left.


I put some tissue paper behind my photo and adhered it to my background. I then cut a frame from the ephemera pack in half and glued these in two corners of the photo, just to add a little something. My title is also from the ephemera pack, I glued SUMMER directly onto my photo and added some pop dots to the FUN die cut to raise it up a bit. I attached a small die cut with a clip - this is the only thing on the layout that is not from Endless Summer. I believe this is from Freckled Fawn. Also a woodie found its new home in this corner!

There are a few hibiscus die cuts in the ephemera pack and they are so gorgeous! I tucked them under my photo on the top and on the left. Some of them I popped up to give them a bit of dimension.
I then added some more ephemera pieces to the left side of my photo, plus a puffy camera and a woodie. Of course!

One of the Geo tags I filled with enamel shapes and yet another woodie. :)

To finish it off, I stamped my date and added some black ink splatters. No journaling on this one since I scrapped several photos from the same day!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I could inspire you X

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thumbs up - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi guys,

I'm back today with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe.

I used a cut file that I've been meaning to use for ages, though not the way I ended up using it :).

I wanted to go with a geometric type background cut file and then just use the outer parts of it. The Quirky Quilt cut file was perfect for this!

I traced the whole cut file and then I just kept deleting the shapes until I had the design left that I had on mind.


I used the wonderful Oh My Heart collection from Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I chose two patterned papers: the little heart design for my cut file and the ombre paper for backing this. Since this was not a terribly time consuming activity, I thought I'd add a little something to it. I busted out my embroidery floss stash and looked for colors that matched the background paper. Then I spent some time on hand stitching around each shape. This adds some texture and interest to the layout.

I was actually going to go with Pancakes for title (or something along those lines) using the adorable, colourful alpha thickers from this collection. And they fit really well too! But then I saw the Thumbs Up phrase thickers, and I knew I had to go with those. Not that I wouldn't find another photo of my kid where he gives me thumbs up... In almost every picture he does that :D.

Photographing metallics is my pet peeve really...But these rose gold chipboards are so pretty, I had to use them! Besides, I was so happy I found the one that says Eat dessert first! I don't mind using random things on my layouts, but 'm totally excited when I find something that matches my theme! This was meant to be!  

I had a part of another cut file left (Spin Circle) that I used the same day and I added it here as a layer behind my photo. I don't like to throw things away! I also used some tissue paper and an ephemera piece for layers. I didn't go crazy on embellishing around my photo because my background was so busy. Instead I added a lot of enamel dots to my cut file in coordinating colors.

I typed up my journaling on white cardstock and cut it into several pieces which I glued down below my photo. I can't for the life of me find the date on this layout, it looks like I forgot to add it?! This doesn't happen often! So I'd better go now and find this page before I forget about it, again!

I hope I could inspire you today in one way or the other! Thanks for stopping by! X

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cuddles - DT Layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there scrappy friends,
I'm back with you today with a new layout I created with the Sweet Nothings collection!
Still working without my best friend, my sweet sweet Cameo...Oh how I miss her! But I'm guessing it's good for some of you that don't have a die cutting machine, eh? :)
I wanted to do something with paper strips, but also with circles, so I thought why not combine the two? I cut up some of my scraps (finally I use my scraps I'm hoarding!!!) in strips of different length.
I chose 3 different black and white papers for my background. I took a big pot and drew my bigger semi circle (I know I know, it's technically NOT a semi circle but bear with me here :D) with its help. Then I used it for my smaller semi circle too. I just eyeballed them, tried to cut a similar shape from both papers.
I adhered these on my background paper, in opposite corners: a design I've done quite often but can't seem to get tired of! 
Then I just started placing my paper strips on my circles and when I was happy with the way they looked, I slightly adhered them down in the middle and stitched over them with my sewing machine. This way I could lift up both ends of the strips to add dimension. I love dimension and texture on my layouts!
I created a cluster in the bigger semi circle: placed my photo here on several layers of papers. I added some embellies around the photo, clips, tags, ephemera pieces. Glued my title below my photo - I'm running out of several letters in my Sweet Nothings Alpha pack so I have to think about titles for ages, even when they are so short and fitting as this one, ha! Awww this kid loves to cuddle! And he is very fair too, if he gives one of us a hug, he will go to the other too for a hug! And I enjoy it while I still can! :) They grow up way too fast...
Anyway, my smaller corner I kept quite simple. I just added a couple of hearts from the ephemera pack and done!
To finish it off, I used the You&Me sentiment stamp from this collection to add some interest to the white strips in the  middle.
I hope I could inspire you in one way or the other!
Thanks for stopping by today! X

Friday, March 17, 2017

First Ride - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi there scrappy friends,
I'm back with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe.
When I saw the new bike cut file, I knew I wanted to use it right away. I already did a bike layout last year, using my favourite Fancy Pants Good Fellows collection, but for this one I wanted to use a feminine line full of flowers, because of the basket filled with flowers in the new Full Bloom cut file! I also used some other cut files:

I blew up the cut file and cropped the front of it.
Since I already had Paige Evans' Oh My Heart collection on my table when I started working on this, I just went with that collection again. I went through the papers and found the perfect one for my wheels! Or at least I think I did! :) It's a shame I had to cut up two 12x12" papers just to get the right pattern but I still have one left, so it's OK, it was all worth it.
I adhered my bike to the background and hand stitched around the wheels to give them extra definition. I also glued enamel dots in the middle of my wheels, mostly for fun :).
I then fussy cut loads of different size flowers from one of the patterned papers and added these to my basket and also to the front of the bike. Some I popped up using some foam adhesive so they have a bit of dimension.
Looking at the layout at this point, I felt like the top was too empty and I wasn't planning to put my title there. After brainstorming with a friend I decided to add a sun and some clouds. Cheesy, yes?! I hand stitched around the sun and adhered it to my page with foam adhesive. The clouds I left as they were, didn't back them, just to have a bit of airy feel to them.
For my title I used the alpha thickers from the same collection. I was a bit hesitant to add my journaling where it is now, because the whole layout was kind of straight and this spot was tilted. But I took a deep breath and started writing...I actually like how it turned out.
I don't do such themed layouts often anymore, but I thought it fits my photo, since my son was just a baby back then.
I hope you found some inspiration here today! Thank you for stopping by! X

Monday, March 13, 2017

Forever - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there,
I am checking in today with a new layout I created for Fancy Pants Designs with the Sweet Nothings collection. It seems like I can't get enough of this line!

I've been having problems with my computer so I am often not able to use my Cameo exactly when I would need or want to. So I am now kind of forced out of my comfort zone to create layouts without cut files! On my last Fancy Pants project I used punched circles. Today I went more linear.
I wanted to focus on some papers I haven't used as a focal point on my previous projects so I chose the envelope paper and the plain yellow paper. Yellow. It had to be turned into sunshine right?! Actually the original idea was to have this background with My Ray of Sunshine for title and I wanted to use a different picture... But the alphas would have been too big for a long title like that and I am also missing several letters. Actually I was not able to come up with a title for my photo with the letters I have left :). With this picture I wanted to go with Silly Forever, using the Forever puffy sticker. But I have no Ys... Then I put Be U on top of the photo but it kind of got lost so I just went with the very original Forever for my title :).
I measured out my rays and cut them out. I wanted something more. So I took the black and white striped paper and layered it behind all the rays to create a barrier between the 2 patterned papers and add some interest. At this point my background looked more like a superhero themed thing than rays of sunshine but I like the way it turned out and it probably fits the photo I eventually chose better too. The black and white papers I adhered to the background with my ATG, the yellow I just stitched down in the middle with my sewing machine, so I could lift up the sides and give some dimension to my layout.
I then checked all embellishments from this line and took out everything that I thought would fit around my photo: puffy stickers, clips, ephemera pieces, tags and labels. I doodled around the tags so they stand out more from the background. I added some white tissue paper and foam adhesive behind my photo. I decided to keep the embellishments in this central area and let the background shine.

As a finishing touch I splattered some black ink around my page, added my journaling and date. I actually like how this turned out! I hope you do too and get inspired to get your scissors and papers out and start cutting!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, March 3, 2017

You Rock - DT layout for The Cut Shoppe

Hi there,
I'm back today with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe.
I had a new photo of my son drumming and wanted to scrap it. I was not quite sure what cut files to use, but since I love big titles, I just picked my favourite Open Letter Alpha cut file.

I knew I wanted to go with Paige's new collection, Oh My Heart, because I managed to buy way too much of it. Again. How do you guys hold yourselves back?! I really have no self control when it comes to scrapbook supplies. And chocolate. I'm always scared I run out of my favourite pieces! Please tell me I am not alone!
I had totally different plans for this layout. First, I wanted to go with patterned paper for background. Because, you know, I just prefer patterned paper for background! But then I didn't like my letters on it. So I chose a bluish grey cardstock. Or greyish blue. Seriously. This cardstock looks a different color in every photo I took. And I only noticed it was faded and has a yellow stripe on the left after I edited the photo. The perks of scrapping at night, ha!
So my plans. After picking this God-knows-what-color cardstock, I thought I might as well do some mixed media. I smudged some heavy body gesso around where my letters would go. And then I was stuck. I liked the way that looked without any paint. So I left it as is! If I did it again, I would use white acrylic paint since my gesso is a bit yellow. But I wasn't planning on leaving it like this. Thinking ahead is not my forte, I'm more the winging it type...
I backed my letters with different patterned papers, one of the O's I backed with a piece that was like a journaling card and this is where I wrote my journaling.
Basically none of the embellies from this collection matched my theme so I decided to go with flowers. Because flowers! I love them. I always did. And lately I'm not bothered by using them on boy layouts! So I started fussy cutting out the gorgeous big flowers from one of the patterned papers. I find this relaxing! I also cut out some small flowers that I then scattered around the page.
I tucked some tags and ephemera pieces under my photo and tucked the flowers under three of the letters. I also used some pop dots to raise some flowers to have more dimension. I added two chipboard pieces and stamped my date. Some bronze ink splatters and done!

Thanks for stopping by today, I will be back with more inspiration soon!