Monday, June 26, 2017


Hi Everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout share featuring that fun free cut file from last month. It's also my very last share here as a designer for The Cut Shoppe and I'll be honest, I am NOT ready to give it all up 😭😭😭 I have loved my time here on the team, and am very thankful to Ashley for having me here this past year. Its truly been an amazing team to be apart of and one that I'm not ready to say goodbye to! But sadly I must.. 

Ok enough with the overly emotional start to the blog, lets get back to the fun stuff.. Creating and sharing.. Here's a look at what I created, using the messy circular hearts design from that free cut file set, which you can find HERE..

I kept the layout design pretty simple using the cut file design on the left, a cluster of photos off to the right, and a strips of pattern paper along the bottom to tie it all together. I've used 6x6 papers from the Take me Away collection by Pink Paislee to back the hearts and circles, plus added some co-ordinating papers behind each of the photos to ensure that the layout blended together well. 

As there was so much colour, and multiple photos, I felt that I shouldn't overpower the layout with embellishments so I kept them super simple using the big floral die cut piece and gold foil chipboard from the same collection. The sequins and tiny word stickers were from my stash of random things.

I layered the photos around each other on a diagonal and balanced out the colour yellow from the hearts by placing a piece of pattern paper under the far right photo. The 'love ya' piece was from part of the tear off tab from the top of the 6x6 paper pad. 

The photos I've documented here seem to be a regular occurrence in my camera roll. Leila loves to climb into tubs and boxes rather than sitting on a chair, the floor or the couch lol Such an imagination she has.

Well, sadly this brings us to the end of my layout share. 
I would like to thank each and everyone of you that have stopped by the blog, Facebook and Instagram over the last year leaving words of encouragement for all the projects I've shared. Being part of this team was a dream come true and has truly been a wonderful experience. A big THANK YOU to Ashley again, its been amazing!!

Thanks, and as always...

Michelle x

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Love You So

Hello friends, today I'm sharing my last layout with you as a Design Team member of The Cut Shoppe. I've been honored to be a part of this team since the very beginning. I've had the best time working with Ashley and creating with her lovely cut files! They are so fun and inspring, and I have so many I haven't even used yet! Today's layout uses the Spiral Scallop cut file. For this page, I used the cut file exactly as it came and didn't alter it in any way.

I adhered my circles over a piece of mutli-colored patterned paper, and cut them out. I stitched them onto white cardstock, and added my photo, title, and embellishments! I like that the paper gave me the look of using different papers for each scallop, but I only had to use one!

Thank you for joining me today, and for the last three years! It's been a great ride!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

First I Drink the Coffee . . .

Hello Cut Shoppe friends! It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by and I'm posting my last project with The Cut Shoppe. I have loved every minute of working with Ashley and this team of talented designers and look forward to future endeavors.

Today's project is a traveler's notebook spread using the Cuppa Joe cut file - even though I haven't traveled - which I am totally loving right now.

My project began with the spread on the left, which uses molding paste, a stencil, and gold embossing powder. Once I had the paste on the paper, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the top of everything, removed the excess, and then set it with my heat gun.

Next, I pulled some Pink Paislee and Crate Paper patterned papers from my stash (past Scrapbook Circle kits) and cut the sentiment using the Cuppa Joe file. These were adhered using foam squares and glue. This page was completed with a floral die from Paige Evans and a strip of the dotted paper to tie the spread together.

Next came the right side with my black and white photo. Here, I used more of the dotted paper from Paige Evans as a background. The photo is backed with patterned paper from Crate Paper and adhered with foam squares. Next, I used a journaling card that is cut in half - the top half is above the photo with the bottom half below.

The top of the photo is embellished with the gold "bliss" sentiment by Heidi Swapp and stickers from Webster's Pages and Shimelle.

The finished spread gives you an idea of just how much I love my morning coffee.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Away We Go!

Hi friends! It's Monique here with you today and I'm about to share the last layout I created as a member of The Cut Shoppe Design Team. Sadly the design team will be finishing at the end of this month. I can't believe how fast this year went! I've had the time of my life and am so grateful to Ashley for having me on her team and letting me play with all of her fun cut files!

For today's layout I thought it would be a good idea to use my favorite cut file once more: the "All Heart" cut file! 

Here's what I created with it, also using Crate Paper's Oasis collection: 

and here's the "All Heart" cut file I used:

I so love this cut file! and although I've used the cut file a few times before the layouts always turn out totally different! Here are a couple of close-ups ... as you can see I've adhered the title in the large hearts and filled all the empty hearts (large and small) with enamel hearts. 

Isn't the puffy flamingo the best?!! 

And if you're curious about the other layouts I created with this cut file, here are two of them: one I created for Doodlebug:

and one I created for Pretty Little Studio:

It's only now that I notice all the pinks in my pages! Must be because of all the hearts, lol. 

Now, if you're looking for this cut file or any other cut file with hearts just check The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store! There are so many fun designs and products available at the store.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am sure I will see you all around (just follow me on Instagram or my blog).


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekend Fun

Hello its Melissa here for the last time with you.  Today I have a layout to share that I made with the Follow Your Heart Background Cut File.  As soon as I saw this cut file it reminded me of a spiderman heart cobweb, and when my son (now 10) was little and used to dress up in superhero costumes!!  These photos aren't Spiderman, but I think Superman can work too!  He was only 2 when I took these at what was at the time our favourite cafe in Queenstown.

I used my April Hip Kit with a couple of pieces from the March kit.  I must admit that I struggle with scrapping primary colours, especially photos like these with strong red and blue tones.

I love this cut file so much!  I wanted to let the Dear Lizzy background paper show so I only backed two of the inner hearts. 

I had fun layering embellishments that went with my masculine page!

And here is the cut file.

Thanks so much for looking!  

Finally I want to thank Ashley for the amazing year on this team, all her support and inspiration.  I'm so sad this is my last post, I adore the cut files and I've loved designing with my wonderful team mates.  I will always be so appreciative that she gave me this opportunity,  I've loved every minute of it, it was truely a dream come true! xxx

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You Float My Boat

Hello everyone,

Nathalie here bringing you a new summer project that features the beautiful "Nautical Notions" cut file.

As this goes live, we are in the middle of packing our bags to set on a long family vacation to beautiful Ecuador, my native land.  This picture is one of our favorites from our last trip back home.

I chose the Nautical Notions cut file  to create the helm as the large icon on this layout.  Once cut from one of the papers in Ashley's Ain't Life Grand collection, i created an offset to the image, and cut it from white cardstock.

After gluing the two cut outs together, a bit of hand stitching does not only secure them together, but add texture to the page.  A bit of mixed media behind the helm brings the eye to the piece.  A few of the embellishment pieces from the collection were added around the helm , and picture to create a visual triangle on the page.

The title of this page was also created from the same cut file.  Once again i used  a paper from the collection to cut it from, and machine stitched it to the page.  A few enamel dots complete the page.

 Remember to check the Nautical Notions cut file, and all the other designs in the Cut Shoppe Etsy Store.  There is so much inspiration on the designs and products available at the store.

Thanks for stopping by today!,  Sadly this is    my last post for the Cut Shoppe, as the design team  will be finishing at the end of this month.  I will forever be thankful to Ashley for taking a chance on me, and being a constant source of inspiration and encouragement!.  The past 12 months being on this team have been memorable: i got to meet a great group of designers, work with Ashley's beautiful designs, and shared my work with you all.    I am sure I will see you all around (just follow  me on Instagram or my blog)

Take care!

Monday, June 19, 2017

You're Kind of a Big Deal

Welcome to the Cut Shoppe blog, Wendy here today sharing some birthday inspiration.  I do not like to document birthdays; I need all the help I can get.  Enter the Instant Camera cut file and I have the basics of the layout done and now to embellish!

I enlarged the instant camera cut file to fit on my page, I also cut the word smile out of black cardstock to make it pop.  Using Picasa, I created a photo collage of some fun birthday memories to house inside of the photo opening.

My title came from the Simple Stories Let's Party collection.  To make the instant frame stand out more I used my black Sharpie to outline the frame and give it a defined fun look.

And then some fun embellishing puts the icing on the cake and another birthday has been documented, finally!

This and many other cut files that will help document your birthday celebrations can be found at