Mel Davis Guest Designer

Hey Creative friends!

Gwen popping by today to share with you the wonderful creations from this months guest designer Mel Davis!  I just love her creative style and she certainly has rocked the cut files!  Her first project features our ‘Totally Pawsome‘ cut file.

Here’s what she said about creating this one “I like to back my files by using the contour feature in the Cricut software. I’m sure there is an easy way to do it in the Silhouette software too. A striped paper is a great choice for this sort of thing as it looks like you did a lot more work than you actually did!”

And this is her second fab project, it features our ‘Concentric Hearts‘ cut file in the 8.5 x 11 size. This one also comes in 12 x 12 background-size. This layout also shows off our ‘Geo Floral Leaves‘ cut file, cut in the sweetest mint card stock!

“For the second page, I used my foil quill with the concentric hearts file. I only had small rolls of foil but I love how it turned out. For those that don’t have the foil quill, using markers or metallic pens with their machines would give a similar effect. I added in some geo floral leaves in my embellishment clusters.”

I really do love what Mel put together for us as our guest this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Mel 🙂

Until next time,



Tracey Mc Kee Guest Designer

Hey everyone, Tracey back with you again with my second layout as a part of my Guest Design team member shares for August.

When I began this layout, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that I wanted to use some of the sticker rub-on embellishments from Heidi Swapp’s Wolf pack collection. These embellishments were round and I absolutely loved them, so I decided that I’d make them a feature of my layout. This is what made me choose to use the ‘Wheelie Fun‘ file from CUT to YOU.

I used a variety of paper from Wolf Pack collection, for my background, I decided to go with a creamy/grey grid design. I wanted to add some mixed media in the background, so I added some white gesso with a paintbrush and then softened the edges with my fingers. I used a range of blue inks to create the watercolour effect of this layout.

I liked the blue watercolour, but I wanted a bit more interest in the background, so using a Versamark pad I added some of the ‘bear prints’ to the background.  I heat embossed the bear prints with a metallic gunmetal grey embossing powder.  This is where I had some issues. The blue watercolour was still a bit damp in certain areas, even though I thought I had dried it properly, so when I added the powder to the stamped image, it also stuck to the damp areas around the Versamark.  This resulted in an ‘imperfect’ stamped image, but I’m okay with that as I feel it goes with the grungey feel of the collection anyway.

I then turned my attention to the cut file. As in my previous layout for CUT to YOU, I used ink blenders and a few different distress oxides to colour the cut file, which I just cut in white card stock.  The colours I used were, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire.

I stuck the file over the now properly dried background.  I chose these photos of my son outside cleaning up some dry branches as the Wolf Pack collection is very outdoors themed.  I matted these 3 photos on some plain kraft coloured card stock as I didn’t feel that they needed a lot of matting and I didn’t want paper layers to take away from the background and cut file.  When I finally decided how I wanted them positioned, I stuck them down and began adding some embellishments.

The Wolf Pack collection has some ‘DIY stickers’ to which you add rub-on phrases to whichever sticker you decide.  I added three of these to make a triangular line of focus, which pulls your eye down and across the page. I find these to be such a great idea!

I then added my title, ‘Adventure and Explore’, as it is exactly what my little guy is doing.  More attention was needed around the large circle phrases, so I had a look through the ephemera and added a few pieces, such as the rabbit which quotes ‘An outdoor life is a life well lived’, trees, some heart and other cute pieces. I finished the layout off with some puffy hearts around the three large circles.

I had such a great time designing these layouts to share with you all. The way these great cut files pull layouts together makes scrapping those memories so easy!
Thanks for having me CUT to YOU!




Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share!  I’ve been absolutely itching to use the new Butterfly Cluster cut file for a sweet page of Miss C and me… I just love this cut file so much!  I love how versatile it is and how you can mix and match the layers and parts of the cut file to suit your project.  Here is what I’ve made.

To start my page, I’ve cut the cut file out twice.  Firstly with a pale pink cardstock and the second time with white cardstock.  I had an idea to use the white as my background and the pink as the butterfly inserts for the page.  You could absolutely mix and match here with pattern papers or even vellum for lots of different page themes.

I’ve backed the white cardstock with a bold print, this one from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper.  The idea for choosing something bold was to help the block shape of the butterflies stand out.  I also wanted to make sure I made a contrast between the background, the backed paper design and the pink sections of the butterflies.

This cut file is super fast to back, so if you are new to using them on your projects I would definitely recommend this one!

Once my cut file was all sorted and looking good, it was time to back my photo.  For this, I’ve used the same pink cardstock.  I wanted to make pink my highlight colour and using it around the photo really helps draw your eye to it.  It’s one thing to have a pretty cut file on your page, but you don’t want it to be so detailed or distracting that you are drawn to it over your precious photos!

It was now time to stitch!  I’ve hand stitched the elements in the die cut with some embroidery thread, again, using pink.  I’ve also stitched with my sewing machine around the edge of my photo and my layout to bring it all together.  I’ve then mounted my photo onto foam for dimension and added to my page.

At this stage, the page was really coming together.  It was now time for a title and some finishing touches.  I’ve gone with a chipboard title from the same collection as my pattern paper for consistency.  I’ve also just had a big dig through my stash for anything in the blue/green tone that would match.  Another great reason to invest in cut files…. they really do help you bust the smaller elements of your stash.  Adding a cut file to a small selection of embellishments really does pull a page together.


Once all of my elements were added the page was done!  This really did come together quickly and I just love how it turned out.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Guest Designer – Tracey Mc Kee

Hey Creatives,
Introducing our first guest designer for August – the very talented Tracy Mc Kee!
Hey Everybody! Tracey here, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for CUT to YOU this month! I’ve had heaps of fun creating these layouts to share with you all.  I hope that you love them just as much as I do.
I started this layout off knowing that I wanted to use the ‘Concentric Hearts’ Cut file, it was just perfect for the idea that I had in mind.
I started off adding a good coat of white gesso to a thick sheet of white card stock so I could add some soft colour to give a nice hint of colour to my background.  I used Distress Oxides in the colours, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.  I simply rubbed the patches of colour onto the background in random areas and then added some water and spread the colour out with a paintbrush.  I then used my heat gun to dry it all off.
I then drew my focus to the ‘Concentric Hearts’ cut file, which I cut on plain white cardstock. I used the same oxide colours as mentioned above, plus the colour Worn Lipstick to add some colour.  When doing this, I made sure that the colours were evenly spread out.  To add them I just used an ink blending tool.
After glueing the cut file down to my background I began to work on the layers for my photo, which is of my son and his Aunty picking berries. I used pieces of scrap paper, some pink tulle and a pink doily (which was mostly hidden). I just love the way the tulle and doily add some subtle softness and texture to the layout.  I then added my title, ‘Everyday Adventures’. These foam thickers are a beautiful copper/rose gold glitter and I think that they complement the pink tones well.
For my embellishments, I went to the sticker pad from the Kaisercraft ‘Magenta’ range and added some of the beautiful watercolour flowers, butterflies and phrase stickers.  I decided to stick a few of these to white cardstock and fussy cut them so that I could add some foam tape so that they add some height to the layout.  At this point, I’m still feeling like the layout is missing something, so I added an array of pink sequins and some Nuvo drops in the colours- Copper Penny, Antique Rose, Bubblegum Blush, Party Pink, Carnation Pink, Rhubarb Crumble and Raspberry Pink.  I just love how this Nuvo drops really pack a punch when used amongst sequins.
I had such a great time using the cut file for this layout, it’s just perfect for when you want to make a soft, subtle and delicate layout effortlessly.
Back later this month with another layout share.


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share inspired by this months challenge Inspiration board.  Each month there is a new Inspiration board, and I am totally crushing on this months; which is birthday themed.  If you’d like the chance to win FREE cut files from the store, be sure to play along.  Here is the Inspiration board and my take.

For my layout, I was really inspired by the banner image and the pretty pretty colours.  I began by cutting out a stack of the circular banners from the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file.  I ended up with 9 in total and then went about backing them in pretty pattern papers that coordinated with the colours in the Inspiration board.

Once my cut files were all backed, I placed them down the centre of my layout, overlapping and mixing and matching up the colours.  I really wanted to create a background of banner layers here.

I’ve positioned them all down flat on my page, as I knew at this point that there would be a few layers yet to go on top.  Next up, I mounted my photo, again, just choosing a pattern paper that complimented what was already happening in the banners.  I have mounted this onto 3D foam for dimension and to lift it visually off the background.

I decided to add my photo to the right of my page so that I would have space for a title on the left side of the page.  For this, I’ve used some Thickers from my stash.  It is quite a big title so it was important to lock in the position of it early in the design.  If left too late, I often find that I’ve run out of space for a large title, so locking it in early is a great strategy.

I was also SUPER keen to get this chipboard banner piece onto my page.  It is from an older Crate Paper collection and is quite large as well.  I have struggled to get it to fit onto layouts because of its size.  I found here it worked because it coordinates with the banner theme going on in the background and looks small in proportion to them.  Your eye is lead across it along with the other banners, so it fits on the page in a more subtle way than if it were to be placed on its own.

Next up, it was time to add some pretty florals.  Lots of bits and pieces from my stash here.  I’ve just gone with anything that fits in the colour scheme and goes with my design.

Lastly, I have fussy cut out some butterfly elements from pattern paper and they finish out the page nicely.

This page came together quite quickly and the end result is so fun.  It feels so good to get some elements from my stash onto a layout and I love how the cut files help me to do that.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Sue Plumb’s latest share

Hey Creatives,

Sue is back on the blog today with her second share as our Guest Designer.  So much scrappy goodness to see!     I would also like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Sue for joining in our celebrations this month, she is an amazing scrapper and I have so loved seeing her working with the cut files! xo

Now… onto the layout 🙂

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here again to share another guest designer layout for Cut to You’s birthday celebration month. Today I am sharing a page I created that was inspired by the July inspiration board.

I was initially drawn to the pink & blue colour palette from this pretty board, so I used that as my starting point, choosing the ‘More Than Words’ collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio as the basis for my page.

I chose to document a photo of some of my scrappy friends and I that was taken on our annual weekend away during a trip to a craft store.

I began with a pretty pink watercolour style paper for my background, layering it with a small paper doily and pieces of black & white floral and blue & white stripe patterned papers before adding my photo on top.

Next, I chose the ‘Let’s Party’ file, that was sent as a free file recently to newsletter subscribers, (so if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet make sure you do – nobody likes missing out!)  You can sign up here. I cut the file from white cardstock and then coloured it using ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Oxide and added it to my page above the layered papers.

Once the photo mat and my title were in place, it was time to embellish my page. First, I added a small label where I wrote my (tongue-in-cheek) journalling; then began embellishing my page with a sweet little banner chipboard sticker below it. Inspired by the board, I wanted to focus on butterflies as my primary embellishment.

For my first cluster, I chose a flower from the ‘More Than Words’ chipboard sticker sheet; a small punched paper flower (with an enamel dot centre), and then one of the butterflies from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ set. (These are my absolute favourite CTY files!) The butterfly was cut from white cardstock and then coloured with ‘Spun Sugar’ Distress Oxide. To give it some extra dimension I placed a row of pearls along the body and lifted the wings up from the page.

For my second cluster, I started with a floral die cut from the ‘More Than Words’ ephemera pack, which I layered with the happiness label from the same pack and another small punched flower. Below those, I added a second butterfly from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ cut file set, which was again ct from white cardstock and coloured with Distress Oxide. This time, instead of a row of pearls, I added a small fussy cut butterfly from one of the Cocoa Vanilla patterned papers layered over the top.

To complete my “visual triangle” and finish off my page; I added a third butterfly from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ set, which I inked with ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Oxide to match my title and placed on the bottom right corner of my photo. I also added a couple of enamel dots to the body for dimension. Below it, I added another fussy cut butterfly (the same as I had used on the layered butterfly); and then, because I had to have three, I added a final one near the top of my page.

The finishing touch was to stamp the word “priorities” a few times around my page and stamp the date in the bottom corner.

Thanks so much to Gwen for asking me to be part of this month’s special 1st birthday celebrations! I loved being able to share how I use some of my Cut to You files and hope I have inspired you to play along with the July mood board challenge too. You can upload your entry via the Cut to You HQ group to be in the running to win a store voucher.

Happy scrapping!

Sue X

Guest Designer Sue Plumb joins in the Celebrations

Hey, Creatives!  Gwen here with you today and I’m super excited to share that our next guest designer is none other than Sue Plumb!  I am always in awe of her creations, there really isn’t anything this chick cannot scrap; from grungy boy layouts to the most delicate pretty girl pages and everything in between; Sue really can do it all.  She’s been a big support to CUT to YOU from day one and I love her to bits!  I hope you all enjoy the first of her shares this month.

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here and I am super excited that Gwen asked me to be a guest designer this month to help celebrate Cut to You’s first birthday!

Today I am sharing a page that I created to document a photo taken at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Creative Escape” Retreat recently. It features CUT to YOU DT coordinator Tam, my sister Mandy, CUT to YOU boss lady Gwen and myself. I so love hanging out with these gals!

For my layout, I started by creating an abstract background using Micador watercolour paints on heavyweight white cardstock. I had no real plan other than the fact I drew inspiration for the colours from the photo; I simply pushed paint around the page until I was happy with it. I also added some gold Color Shine in a few spots, first by dabbing on with a brush, then a few tiny splatters.

With my background sorted it was time to figure out which cut files I was going to use. I wanted to draw on the fact that there was a garden behind us in the photo and use some nature-themed files to match. I started with the floral piece from the new release ‘Blossom’ file, which I placed over the left side of the paint, allowing the colours to show through the cut file. I then added my photo alongside it so it was overlapping the edge.

With my photo in place, I then chose the ‘Open Leaf Stem’ cut file, and cut two different sized branches – one to be placed above the photo, and one to the right.

I gathered some floral and leaf die cuts from my stash and adhered them so that the Leaf Stems I had cut would be positioned over the top. I also tucked some coordinating pieces under the Blossom floral piece and added some messy white cotton thread to each cluster for texture.

Next, I wanted to add some extra flowers; so I chose some from the Caite Floral Set to place around my page and used a few sequins to create centres for them.

The only thing my layout needed now was some text. I added a couple of coordinating die cuts with words on them; a sticker across the bottom of my photo for the title; and handwritten journaling.

I am so happy with the finished layout – not only does it feature some of my favourite people and colours to work, but it also showcases the way I like to use cut files on my pages. Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you, and thank you, Gwen, for having me on the Cut to You blog today!



Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today with a new share featuring Miss C in beautiful Fiji from quite a few years back now.  I’ve actually had this picture for ages and was never quite sure what to do with it.  I always struggled to make it fit with a page…UNTIL I created this sweet sailing boat (Set Sail 2) for her to ‘sit’ on.  I am so in love with the end result.

I’m also on a bit of a mission to use my stencils a little more of late so this page started with some stencil work.  In my usual clean mixed media style, I’ve lightly sprayed the stencil with a soft pink glimmer mist.  I was kind of looking to emulate the rays of the sun at sunset so chose a soft pink rather than a bright yellow mist.  Once dry, I’ve added lines of machine stitching for extra detail.

Next up, I’ve gone to work backing the cut file.  I’ve used Kaisercraft Paisley Days collection for this.  mixing and matching the papers in the collection to ‘colour’ my little boat cut file.  I’ve also used this collection to mount my photo, just one layer for this page as I didn’t want too much happening over my pretty background and cut file.  I’ve added some stitching here too in my usual style.

At this point I had my background locked in, the file backed and my photo ready.  It was time to do the layout dance to place all of these large elements.  I was careful to position the boat in the centre but allow room for my photo off to the right-hand side.  I wanted the mast in the picture to be on the same side as the mast in my cut file boat.

Next, it was time to have some fun with embellishments to round out the page.  First up, I found these sweet neutral clouds by Charm Creations.  I love how soft they are.  They were the perfect feature for my ‘sky’.

I then found this sweet little pink bow in my stash, it’s from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Just HAD to add that.  #socute

Then came all of the elements from the Kaisercraft collection… I found floral stickers and die cut butterflies.  The banner sticker was the perfect fit along my mast and matched the flags on the cut file perfectly!  I really just kept adding bits and pieces here and there until I was happy.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the soft background colour scheme and the pops of yellow from the pattern papers.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs and lots of design team samples to check out.

Until next time,

Meet our New Design Team

Hey there Creatives!!

Today is the day, it’s time to announce our newest design team!!

I was so overwhelmed by not only the number of applicants we had but by just how creative you bunch all are!  It was so so hard to choose and in fact, I’ve expanded the team to fit more of you in, I just couldn’t say no!!  We now have 9 team members, as well as myself, creating for you so lots and lots of inspiration coming your way!

I’ll tag the ladies on Facebook in the CUT to YOU HQ group so you can all check out their creative talents… be prepared to be blown away!

Thanks again to all those that applied, I really did appreciate the efforts you all went to with your applications and had a blast checking you all out on social.

Until next time,











Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share, this one featuring the current Newsletter FREEBIE cut file ‘Floral Banner’.  If you aren’t aware, there is a newsletter sign up pop up when you visit the website which you can pop your email address into.  They send around 2 emails per month and every email sent includes a free design!  So worth checking out, if you are into fab digital cut files for FREE 🙂  Now, onto my page!  I started with this sweet photo of Miss C and her Daddy taken a few years back and the ‘Breathe’ collection by Kaisercraft.


To create the page, I cut the design out twice, once in white and once in Navy Blue cardstock.  At this point, I wasn’t sure which colour I was going to use for my page and wanted some options!

I then went about backing the navy cut file with a variety of pattern papers from the collection.  I also pulled out the smallest scrap of Apricot pattern paper from my stash and some vellum for the leaves.  I then added some foam behind the file and placed onto my page.

At this point, I was not really loving the Navy, it felt a bit ‘heavy’ for the photo and my idea for the page.  So, I positioned the white version of the cut file over the top.  When placed directly over the top, it was all a bit too ‘white’ and ‘washed out’ but when I offset it a little, you could see some of the Navy which I loved.

Now that I was happy with how the cut file layers were looking, I then set about positioning my photo.  I had just enough of the apricot pattern paper to back it and stitched around the edge.  I positioned it slightly to the left-hand side of the banner.

It was now time to play with the embellishments from the collection.  I pulled elements from the sticker book as well as the die cut ephemera pack, starting with what ends up as my title for the page the ‘Special’ element.  I positioned that to the right of my photo and then built the clusters of elements from there.

I’ve just pulled the things that fit with my photo and capturing this sweet moment between my daughter and her daddy.  I have added some of the elements with 3D foam tape for dimension and interest and just kept playing around with everything until I was happy and then glued down.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the Navy, Apricot and White colour scheme.  It feels a little out of my comfort zone but still very me, I’ll definitely be making a couple more pages with this elegant collection and I just love the bold statement the cut file has made and how simply it has helped me put the page together.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs now to choose from, so you might want to grab a cuppa 🙂

Until next time,