I HEART YOU | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share, this one featuring a TITLE style cut file and an older picture of my little miss!  I’ve gone with a monochromatic colour scheme for this page, and it’s one of my favourites, black & white plus pink!

CUT to YOU has a huge range of digital and custom cut files that are designed as titles for your pages, you can check them all out here.

This is the file I used… I cut it as it is on my Silhouette and then with my fussy cutting scissors, trimmed off the heart shapes as I wanted just the text for this page design.

To create the page, first up I cut thin strips of pattern paper in various shades of Pink.  Then, using my border punch, punched down one side.  I’ve layered these all up on my background and then stitched along one edge.

Next, I went about matting my two photos, I’ve mixed up the pattern paper for these, not only because I wanted an eclectic vibe to the page, but also because I was using up lots of bits and pieces from my stash.  These are my most favourite pages to make; you take a few bits & pieces which really amount to “not much” and turn them into something special.

I positioned my photos onto my background, slightly covering up the paper strips, they are acting as a base for my page.  I then went about backing the cut file.  For this, I’ve used two pattern papers and alternated down the words in the file.  I’ve chosen darker paper for this to help the white outline of the design stand out.  I mounted the file with some 3D foam to raise it up from my background and positioned on my page.

Now it was time to dig through my stash for some embellishing pieces.  The first thing I found was this cute 3×4 journalling element with the quote “The Happiest Girl in the whole wide world” and I thought it was perfect for this page, so on it went!  Next, I went on the hunt for some black and white elements to coordinate with the black and white images.

I found this perfect chipboard floral piece from Maggie Holmes and a stack of other elements from a wide variety of collections and manufacturers and they all go because of their neutral black and white colour scheme.  I just kept digging through my stash finding and auditioning pieces here there and everywhere on the page until I was happy with how it was looking.

 

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love how the digital cut file design for my title came together.  I love how it works with all of the other elements on my page and It’s actually really nice to have a title sorted for my page without a lot of thinking about it!

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, and their selection of Title & Words here.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Happiness Cut Files

Hi Creative Friends!

Gwen with you on the blog today and BOY, do I have something exciting to share with you today!  I am super proud and excited to announce the very first “CUT to YOU for Cocoa Vanilla Studios” cut files!!! That’s right, I’ve been working with Zoe from Cocoa Vanilla Studios to create a special set of cut files, inspired by her gorgeous designs that will complement the stunning “Happiness” collection.  What’s even more exciting, you can get them for FREE!!! That’s right, find them here for FREE.

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We also have a heap of inspiration for you today, using the files, first up, ME!  I’ve used just the one set of florals which I’ve cut out three times (one as a mirror image) and layered on my background for a striking effect.  I’ve used the ‘Happiness’ collection for a very bright and pretty page.

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Next up we have Rachel, who has made this divine home decor project using ALL the cut files… you can see here, the title, the wreath, both roses and those sweethearts all combine beautifully with the ‘Midnight’ collection for a more neutral piece.  We are also crushing on that beautiful mixed media background!CVSRachel

and here Raechelle has used the ‘Happiness’ collection to create this stunning page.  She has cut the wreath in pattern paper and then added a stitched detail which I just love and don’t those florals look divine!

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Next up is Tamara, who has created a very striking effect by cutting the files in dark pattern paper from the ‘Midnight’ collection.  I just love how she has traced the title to make it pop… oh and those hearts in the two tones are the perfect touch, don’t you think?

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and last but not least, we have Melinda, who has this stunning page of her engagement photos using the ‘Love Always’ collection.  How striking does that title look cut from a dark cardstock?.. it really is a beautifully simple feature on the page.  She’s used the floral pieces as well and we love the soft touch they add to this page.

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The Cocoa Vanilla team will also be sharing more inspiration over the week, so be sure to pop by their blog or the facebook group to see those.

If you haven’t downloaded the files yet, go get them here for FREE.  I cannot wait to see these on your projects so be sure to hashtag #cuttoyou #cocoavanillastudio.

Until next time

Gwen

xo

 

 

Weekend Vibes | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well!  Gwen here today, on the CUT to YOU blog with a share featuring one of our brand new cut files, only released last night!  Being the designer, I do get a few privileges and that is first access to the latest designs… I mean, someone has to test them all out right, before they get shipped off to new homes! 🙂  This is one of my most favourites ever, so it went straight onto a page!

Here is the cut file… fresh from release, you can grab it here.

To create my page, I started by backing the hot air balloon.  I did cut it very large, as I knew I wanted it to be a real feature on my page, so backing it was pretty easy.  I did mix up the pattern papers a bit just for added interest, but you could absolutely do the balloon in just one pattern paper to make it easier and I know it would still look great!

Next, I added my mat to my photo and stitched around the edge, and then went on to position it on my page.  I wanted my daughter to be facing in towards the centre of the page, so the balloon had to go on the right-hand side and as it turns out the ribbon on the basket was on the right-hand side too, which worked out perfectly!

Next, I wanted to add some subtle interest to the background of my page.  To do this, I’ve cut out the clouds in the cut file on white cardstock and positioned flat onto the background for a white on white effect.  I love the subtle result, soft like a cloud.

It was now time to work on my title.  It actually started with the cute flair button with the words ‘Weekend’ on it.  This photo was just a happy snap taken at a park on a regular weekend, so I went with “Weekend Vibes”.  We used to do this so much when she was little.  Now that she’s a ‘tween’ it’s a little harder to get her out of the house!!

I then went digging through the Die Cut Ephemera pack to see what other elements I could add to the page, it didn’t need much at this stage, just a few little touches.  I’ve gone with some more word sentiments, some pretty florals and butterflies.  I’ve also added in some of the ‘Accessory Stickers” to build on the sentiment in the title and round out the page.

 

Thanks for popping by today and seeing our latest release cut files in action AND for your support of CUT to YOU.  Release after release I’m not only blown away by the lovely comments I get about the new designs but also by your support by purchasing them and using them on your projects!

Our  Facebook group is always full of inspiration because people like you share your makes, so THANK YOU!

Until next time,

Love You | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

It’s Gwen on the blog today.  I hope you are all well!  I have a new share today, and I’m pretty excited about it because it’s my first scrapbook page using the new ‘Stitch’ inspired cut files.  It also happens to be another monochromatic layout.   I was super inspired by the monochromatic layout I did recently for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, I wanted to do another!  For this one, I went all pink!

Here is the cut file I’ve used,  as I mentioned, it’s from the Stitch inspired collection and it’s called Stitch Geo Heart.

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the cut file and this darling picture of my husband and daughter from a few years ago.  I wasn’t sure where to start with the design, so I simply cut the digital cut file positioning the heart towards the centre of my page.  I then went about backing it in strips of pink pattern paper to create an ombre effect.

For a little more detail, I decided to add in some stitching on my sewing machine between the rows of cross stitch and I just love the effect it creates.  Next, I mat my photo with some red pattern paper and added some more of my signature stitching.

I positioned the photo onto my layout, to the left side of the heart, I love how the heart adds interest and layers to the background without adding bulk.  It also looks like I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to create it when really it was very quick and simple.

Next, I went digging through my stash of red and pink embellishments, I’ve pulled out all sorts of things from many different collections.  I’ve also gone with a wide range of tones, from a soft baby pink right up to a bright red and dark pink.  To stop the layout from looking too busy, I’ve kept the colours together in their colour families and matched them to the background ombre using the tone on tone technique.  I just kept adding bits and pieces until I was happy with how everything looked.

I’ve also repeated the sentiment “Love You” to pull the page together.  When my daughter looks back on her scrapbook albums the over-riding message I want her to see is just how much she is loved and I think this page really conveys that!

Thanks for popping by today and seeing our new Stitch inspired digital cut files in action.  I really love how this one turned out and think the stitch design is so so striking! It’s always great when a cut file design in my head, turns out in reality!! 🙂

As always, be sure to pop by our Facebook group (if you haven’t already) – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files. We also love to see what you make with our files.

Until next time,

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Hi Creative friends,

I thought I’d pop by today to share some tips on using our digital cut files.  I do get a few questions, especially from those of you who are new to cutting the cut files so I’ve put together this quick step by step to help.

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Your cut file will be received in PNG and JPG format and can be used on any electronic die cutting machine.  Most machines will prefer you use the PNG file.

  1. Simply open your software and select NEW.
  2. Next, find the location of your saved file and IMPORT.
  3. Use your TRACE tool to trace the image and prepare for cutting.
  4. Resize and position as required and send to your machine.
  5. Add to your project to make it beautiful!

For SVG files, which are most commonly used with the Brother Scan & Cut machine, please visit our ETSY store, CUTtoYOU.

I personally have a Silhouette CAMEO 3 Machine and will put together a step x step tutorial for that machine for you coming soon.

Meet the Design Team

Hi Creatives!

Here today to introduce you to our FAB design team! They are all creative superstars and I just know you will be inspired by their creations featuring our digital cut files!  But first up, a little bit about me 🙂

I’m Gwen Wruck, I live on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland with my hubby who happens to be a pro-photographer and daughter Caitlin, the most photographed child on the planet!

I started scrapping in 1998 and still absolutely love it.  I have worked on many design teams and am currently designing for Cocoa Vanilla Studios and Scrap the Girls and love showcasing products, sharing ideas and connecting with the scrap community.  I have enjoyed having articles and layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories and JOT magazines and am thrilled to be a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2017.  I also teach at a local store The Stampers Hut AND I’m the owner and Chief designer of CUT to YOU!! All of which keeps me very busy!

Check out Created By Gwen for more.

Hi, I’m Tamara, a 30 something wife and Mumma to two not-so-little princesses. I have been scrapbooking for around 15 years and love it more today than ever! I would say my style is ‘girly-grunge’ and my layouts can swing from either end of this spectrum. I love to make messy and textured layouts, but can also rip out some paper pieces and pretties and be equally happy. I look forward to sharing my CUT to YOU creations with you!

Tamara’s blog is here.

I am a mostly SAHM to my 2 little boys in Perth. I also am a group coach for Weight Watchers and some days I couldn’t tell you which “job” I love more! I am lucky enough to be married to an incredibly supportive and loving hubby who, minus the occasional eye roll, supports me in pretty much everything I do!
I love to get messy and play with new products. I also love the little thriving Aussie community of scrappers and am so thrilled and excited that Gwen asked me to be a part of her team here at Cut To You! I love Gwen’s style and can’t wait to play and add some pretty’s to my albums!!

Melinda’s blog is here and her YouTube channel is here.

Hiya, my name is Bernii Miller and I have been around in the scrapbooking community for the better part of 16 years. Over those years I have dabbled in all sorts of memory keeping from traditional 12 x12 layouts, project life and now my new love travellers notebooks! You will mainly see my two kids Abigail and Hunter, who have now learnt it’s easier to smile for the camera straight away than be hassled by me until they do! My style has changed over the years but I always tend to go back to bright colours, florals and watercolours. They seem to be my jam.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to be on many design teams, and many moons ago ( 2013) my scrappy dream came true and I became a Scrapbooking Memories Master. I am so excited to be joining Gwen and the team !!

Bernii has a fab blog here.

My name is Rachel and I live in Adelaide with my husband and our 2 young boys, who are the inspiration for the majority of my scrapbook pages.
I first started scrapbooking about 12 years ago, but after a big break, I rediscovered it with a life-changing passion about 4 years ago.
I love using mixed media, texture, and learning new creative techniques and growing as an artist. I think my style is fun, bright, and sometimes messy, ‘boy’ pages. I mostly create 12×12 layouts, but I also like to create cards, tags, art journal pages, canvasses and OTP projects.
I am so excited to be asked by Gwen to join her team as I love the look of cut files but don’t own an electronic die cutting machine, and CUT TO YOU is the perfect answer!

Rachel’s blog is here, be sure to check it out.

Hello! I’m Raechelle (pronounced Rachel) and I live in the state of Kentucky in the USA. I have been scrapbooking for around 16 years and greatly enjoy sharing this creative process with others who share the passion of paper. My style is primarily girly and my go-to’s are cut files and fussy cutting along with light layers and dimension. My sweet granddaughter is the primary focus of my layouts, although I have plenty of subject matter as we have a large blended family of six children (all who are adults and have left the next with the exception of our youngest who is in the “finding her wings” phase) as well as a cat and a dog. I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time outdoors as much as possible.

I am delighted to be a member of the CUT to YOU team and am looking forward to sharing inspiration with everyone!

Find Raechelle’s blog here.

AND there you have it, our talented design team, be sure to pop by and check out their blogs and seek them out on our Facebook group, CUT to YOU HQ they all share their work there and you’ll love their creations.

Until next time,

Welcome to the CUT to YOU Creative family

A big hello Creative Friends, welcome!  It’s so nice to have you here.  I’m super excited that CUT to YOU now has it’s very own blog AND that you found your way here 🙂  Look out for lots of Design Team creations, inspiration, tips and tricks and ideas on how to use our digital cut files on your paper craft projects.  Be sure to visit the ABOUT page if you are new and would like to hear the story of how and why CUT to YOU came to be… It’s been a bit of an adventure and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’ll be sharing more over the next few days, so I do hope you’ll join our creative family here.