Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easter Layout by Jill

Hi Everyone!  I'm back with a new page featuring the Celebrate Easter cut file that just landed in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store a few days ago.  I made the cut file REALLY BIG to create a giant title on my layout.

I started by getting the word Easter sized to my liking, cut it once out of a white and gray patterned paper, then removed all the inner cut lines and cut it again to back the file just right.

Whenever I use over-sized cuts like this one, I tend to hold back on using a ton of embellishments.  I don't want to overwhelm the eye with too many embellishments and patterns, so I embellished around my photo and then added puffy stickers and die cuts in just a few spots on the page.

I just love a pretty, pastel Easter page!

Thanks for stopping by The Cut Shoppe blog today!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Cut Files | Easter Memories

Spring is springing, and we've got some awesome new cut files that will add a spring to your step!  If it's not feeling like spring where you live, I'm sure you're like me and have photos from last year that still need to be documented.  I decided to go with an Easter photo and the new Celebrate Easter cut file on my layout.

I cut the Easter title from White card stock and backed each of the letters with a different patterned paper from the 6x6 Flourish paper pad.  For my background paper, I used a subtle pattern from the Flourish collection, that wouldn't overwhelm the papers I used behind the cut file.

Since I had a lot of pattern in the background, I decided to create a visual triangle on the layout, to draw attention to the clusters.  I started at the top with my photo and placed a chipboard butterfly next to it, for emphasis.  Then I added a few stickers from the collection.

I finished the other two clusters with a mix of stickers and chipboard.  Adding pop dots behind your stickers helps add dimension and gives the cluster a more pleasing look, rather than just having all of your layers flat.  I felt like I needed one more thing to finish the layout, so I cut the word "memories" and placed it in the center of the layout to complete the title.

Whatever you're documenting this spring, we've got you covered!  Head over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store to check out these new designs and all of our spring, Easter and floral themed cut files!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


We are so excited to introduce you to the new Design Team for April-September!  These talented ladies will bring you inspiring projects each month, starting in April.  You can follow them on social media to check out all of their gorgeous work!

As we get ready for a new term, we have several designers that we have to say goodbye to.  We have loved having Enza Gudor, Anna Komenda and Jennifer Albrecht with us these past 6 months.  Their work has inspired us, and we've loved their creativity with the cut files.  Be sure you are following each of them to keep up with their beautiful designs!

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Rainbow Of Possibilities" Layout with Enza

Hello everyone! Enza here to share a new, colorful layout with the Bermuda Triangle cut file.

If you have seen my work, you might have noticed how much I love background cut files. They are the perfect starting point for a layout and a nice “tool” if you want to incorporate multiple patterns and colors. The collection I have used for this page is the happy Box of crayons by Shimelle. I don't have any of the embellishments yet, so I had to make do with patterned paper, but I really couldn't wait ;)

I started by backing the cut file. The easiest way to do this if you are using just one patterned paper is to cut the outline only. The Release Compound Path function in the Silhouette software is your friend in this case, as it allows you to get rid of elements you don't want to send to cut. Here I deleted all the triangles and kept the main outline and all the areas in between. I then adhered the two pieces together with liquid adhesive.

Next, I fussy-cut a bunch of frames from one of the patterned papers and arranged them in a wonky way around the photo. I used foam adhesive for dimension.

To give it a feminine touch, I also added fussy-cut flowers and leaves.

Cut files are truly an amazing tool - they save the day most of the time, especially when you don't have enough elements from a collection or want to make patterned paper the star of your page.

Thank you for stopping by. Don't forget to check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy store for more inspiring designs.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Don't Grow Up | Kelly Janes

Kelly here with you today to share a new 12x12 scrapbook layout using The Everyday Essentials Cut File & The You've Been Punc'd Cut File!

I cut a couple stars and an ampersand from The Everyday Essentials & a couple of the icons from The You've Been Punc'd Cut File using 6x6 patterned papers from the Crate Paper Cool Kid Collection. The photo I'm documenting is a self portrait my son drew of himself at school. I thought the CP Cool Kid Collection set the perfect tone for this layout! I tucked the cut files right alongside all of the other die cuts & embellishments to help enhance the layout.

I love using cut files as large focal points, but it's also so fun to size them down and use them as embellishments! There are just so many possibilities when it comes to cut files!!

Now you can take a look at my process video to see how this layout came together! 

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 the cut files!! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cutains Up with Jennifer

Hello everybody,

Jennifer here with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe.

For this project I used the Bull's Eye cutfile.

Confession time: I find full sized background cutfiles really hard to use if they are really intricate. I always feel like my layouts turn out too cluttered and full. And sometimes full is exactly what I'm going for - as I demonstrated with my last layout that I shared here - but most of the time I really need some white space on my layouts. So, most of the time I just cut them apart to fit my scrappy needs.

The Bull's Eye cutfile was a bit of a impulse purchase I made recently via the etsy shop. I was in a shopping mood and just threw everything into the shopping cart I found even mildly interesting. So, there I was with my busy background cutfile and - honestly - no idea how to use it. But then we watched The Greatest Showman (twice because we absolutely loved it) and afterwards we were in a bit of a playful mood. When my friend threw open the cinema doors like she was in a musical of her own we just had to have a bit of photoshoot. (It all felt very Germany's Next Topmodel.)

But the picture really worked well with the cutfile because from the beginning it reminded me of those old velvety theatre curtains. So, I cut of about half the cutfile to give it a "curtains being drawn up" kind of feel and I really like how it turned out.

I didn't glue down the entire cutfile just some points here and there. All those little half circles tend to curl up and I think it gives the layout a nice bit of dimension without being bulky.

For my paper layers and embellishments I turned to an older collection that I had barely touched since I got it. I'm really in the mood for stash busting these days. And I was really proud of myself for using this big sofa die cut as a backdrop for my title.

And it's really not as random as it seems. Our english cinema is very retro with a thick plush carpet and golden wallpaper. So it kind of fit.

That's it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hip to the hop | Anna Komenda

Hello The Cut Shoppe fans. It's Anna here with my bunny layout. I am sick of winter and I really can't wait for the spring to come. I am trying to cheer myself up by using pictures from last year and scrapping them with colorful papers and embellishments.

And what can be more spring related than a cute, little bunny? Last spring we had a chance to play with a bunny herd while visiting countryside and my girls were so happy. I snapped few pictures to scrap them later, as always :D

When I saw the "Hip to the hop" cut file, I knew I have to use it with my bunny photos. I cut the bunny shape but also a title.

It was really such a great page to make. Things came together so easily because of all the new scrappy goodies I recently got.

I love the font that was used to create "Hip to the hop" title. It was so easy to back it with 3D foam to get more dimensional effect.

This is the file I used on this layout:

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.

XO Anna