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