SO CRAFTY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share. For today’s page, I’m working with one of the exclusive cut files from the KIT to YOU scrapbook kits. I wanted to show you a fresh idea with the kit still following along with the design and step x step instructions but also mixing things up a bit to create a fresh new looking page. These really are kits you can use over and over; they are made to help inspire you to use up that stash!

I’ve started the page by backing the cut file, this one is called ‘Mason Jar Bouquet‘. For this, I’ve used the Simple Stories ‘Hey Crafty Girl’ collection. I love the fresh colours in this line and I really liked the ombre stripe paper and thought it was perfect for the Jar part of the cut file. For the floral parts of the file I’ve used a selection of their spotty patterns, and some bright green for the leaves.

Below you can see the details in the cut file design. I made sure to choose a pattern paper that was bright and quite a saturated tone as I didn’t want to lose any of these pretty details. I’ve simply glued the file to the pattern paper and then fussy cut around the edge.

Next, I have mounted my photo in the same pretty orange/pink tone and stitched around the edge. I’ve positioned the cut file and my photo onto my background so it is now time to add in the embellishments.

This collection is for documenting all things crafty and I’ve really run with that. Keeping with the original design of the page from the kit, I’ve created a cluster near the bottom right-hand corner of my photo. To do this, I’ve really just auditioned various elements until I was happy with how it all looked. I decided to add in my title here, it worked really well layered across my photo.

I’ve also added details around the neck of the jar (similar to the kit) and some above my photo. You might notice that the placement of the title is different, I’ve just switched a few elements to suit. It really does give a totally different look to your page with very little changes from the kit instructions.

This page came together super fast with the help of a plan from the kit. As I mentioned, all I really changed up was the colours of the pattern papers and the embellishment types to suit the theme of my page. I’ve switched out a few of the elements and created a fresh new design. You really do not need to re-invent the wheel every time you create a page.

I hope this inspires you to get working with the KIT to YOU kits, and your cut files… they really are so fun to work with.

Until next time,

SUMMER DAYS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and I’m still on my Summer kick! I did mention in my previous post that I’ve been going through some older pictures which has been really fun. I found this sweet little one of Miss C from a few years back now taken at our local park and teamed it with a title cut file and some bright pattern paper.

For this page, it really was all about the photo and keeping things simple. I had previously fussy cut out some of these floral elements for a previous page and thought, why not team them with one of the title cut files – this one is ‘Summer Days‘ for a quick and easy layout.

I began by backing the cut file in a pretty pattern paper. This one is from the Simple Stories ‘Hello Summer‘ collection. I’ve also used this paper to mat my photo and for the outside edge of my layout. I then positioned my title piece at the centre bottom of the page.

I’ve then gone about working on the design of the layout. I knew I wanted to use the pretty Sun and cloud stickers from the collection and with my portrait photo, thought it would be best to create a page that had a vertical design that runs down the centre of the layout. I worked on placing the largest elements first, like the chipboard banner piece, the Sun and Cloud stickers and the large floral clusters.

In my usual style, I just kept mixing and matching elements until I was happy with their placement. Once the larger elements were locked in, I progressed to the smaller ones and little details like the sentiment stickers and smaller floral elements.

I love how fast this one came together and how the title is simple, yet perfect for the page. The title cut files really are a good option over Thickers or other alphabets, and they never run out!

I hope this has inspired you in some way, and as always if it has, be sure to share it with me on social.

Until next time,

SMILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for this page, I wanted to do something a little different with my cut files. I wanted to show you how they don’t have to make up the largest part of your design and how you can use them to make very inexpensive embellishments for your layout.

This page started with my photo and this collection by Dear Lizzy called ‘She’s Magic’. I just thought they went together so so well! I also really wanted to use some of the square frames from the collection as I had actually bought two packs of these by accident (who even does that?? I really need to check my cart before I hit submit). Anyways, I wanted to get a few of those onto my page and so, I didn’t want a big cut file for the design as well. I then came up with the idea to use the ‘Leaf Duo‘ cut file and turn them into embellishments for my page.

First up, I backed my photo with some of the pattern papers from the collection, then I went about locking in the position of the photo and those frames as I knew those were going to be the main elements in my design. Next, I wanted to build my main embellishment cluster which the leaves would be a part of. I’ve actually only gone with one of the leaves and cut it out twice, quite large and then backed them with a green pattern paper from the collection.

Next up, I’ve fussy cut out some floral elements from another of the pattern papers, I’m working with the idea that the leaves are the base of the cluster and then the floral elements are on top. I really just kept mixing and matching each element and its position until I was happy.

Here you can see the pretty floral layers and the leaf cut file sticking out towards the top.

With this main cluster, all locked in, it really now was just a matter of filling out the rest of the page. For this, I’ve really just thought about drawing the eye from the top of the page to the bottom of the page and then back towards the photo. I’ve positioned all of the elements within the vertical block of the frames.

I found this chipboard sticker in the collection that said ‘Smile’ that was the perfect shade of yellow, I can’t believe what a good match it is for the yellow in her beanie! I just love how it nestles under the main floral cluster along the bottom edge of the frame.

I’ve also added a few other smaller elements, from the chipboard pack and some enamel dots to finish off the page. As you can see, even though the cut files themselves don’t make up a big part of the design of the page, they do add a lovely detail and are a really cost-effective way to make embellishments for your pages.

I hope this page inspires you to look at the cut files in your stash a little differently and see if you can turn some into embellishments.

Until next time,

SUNKISSED SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives, Gwen with you here on the blog, Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing a fun Summer themed layout with you today. I’ve been digging through some older pictures of Miss C and found this super sweet one and just had to create with it.

I was actually on a family vacation when making this page. I had limited supplies with me and wanted to pull this layout together pretty quickly. I decided on just the one cut file, this one is called ‘Open Leaf‘ and just the one scrapbook collection. This is from Simple Stories called ‘Hello Summer‘. I do this when I really want to take the guesswork out of mixing and matching my supplies. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time backing the design so I came up with the idea to cut it out really large and make it a background layer, I’ve worked it as a base element into my flower clusters and just love the white-on-white look.

So, I’ve actually built this page by positioning my photo and the cut file first. I did back my photo with just the one photo mat and added some foam and stitching as I normally do. Then, I positioned it on top of the cut file. From there, I’ve then worked on my element clusters working outwards from the photo.

For many of the elements, I have fussy cut them from the collections pattern paper. I do this a lot, that is, cut out a stack of elements from a collection and then simply mix and match to build my clusters. Some parts of the clusters sit flat to the page, others are raised with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve worked on the idea of having 3 main cluster elements, one on the left of the photo, one on the right and then one at the top of the page. I feel this helps draw the eye around the page and they all help bring the eyes to rest on the photo.

Once my main clusters were locked into position, I’ve pulled elements from the Chipboard and Die Cut pack to add more details and fill in the clusters. Again, I just ‘audition’ every piece until I’m happy. ***Side note, this IS why my pages take me forever, I have to try all the things*** I just keep going and adding until I’m happy with how everything looks.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I wanted to show you that you don’t always have to back the files on your pages, there really are lots of ways to incorporate them. As always, if this has inspired you to make a page, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see, we have such a fun and supportive community, come say Hi!

Until next time,

HOLIDAY CHEER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today, I hope you have all had time to be creative this past weekend. I’m here with a new share, and I’m still on my Christmas kick.  This one is actually from a few years back so it was so good to get it done… and, it came together really easily with the help of the ‘Christmas Banner‘ cut file, I’ll show you how below.

For this layout, I had the idea to use my photo as one of the banner pieces on top of the cut file. I started by backing my photo with a cute green check pattern paper which I also echoed as a border for my background. I then went about finding the position for the photo, just so I had a plan when working with the cut file. I find it’s best to sort the photo position first as this can save you some time in the backing process, that is, you don’t have to back the parts of the file that your photo will cover.

With a plan of attack, I then went about backing my cut file. I’ve used a combination of papers from the Pink Fresh Studio ‘Holiday Vibes’ collection. I love the bold colours in this collection and really wanted a pop of red and green. I just worked right to left on both pieces of cut file mixing and matching the colours of the papers to back the file until I was happy.

Next, I positioned the two cut file pieces onto my background and positioned my photo. The page was really coming together at this point, there was only embellishing left to do. For this, I’ve kept things really simple by continuing to use the same collection. I’ve just pulled out all the fun bits and pieces and mixed and matched them to create areas of interest along each of the banners. I just kept in mind that when viewing the page, my eye needed to be drawn across the banners, so kept the embellishments along this same line.

I’ve then gone ahead and added my title, again working along that same line across the page, it fits perfectly under my photo.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I hope it inspires you to continue to document your Christmas photos even though the season is over. If you do make something, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see! Come say Hi!

Until next time,

Introducing… KIT TO YOU

Hey Creatives,

Gwen on the blog today for a very special share…a project that has been on my mind for some time now, in fact, I registered the domain more than a year ago!! I have been quietly working away in the background on this and I’m so excited that the day is FINALLY here!

Love creating but not sure where to start? New to working with cut files? Need a little direction or inspiration to get the most out of your creative time?

Are you going on retreat and looking for an ‘all in one’ project to work on?… I sure can help.

At KITtoYOU you will find unique Scrapbooking Kits for all kinds of Cut File lovers. Available as Digital downloads OR as Custom Cut files shipped Internationally. Each kit includes an EXCLUSIVE cut file only available as part of the kit and so much more!

What’s in my Kit?

Our kits start with a professionally designed Scrapbook layout with the focus on your precious photos and include the following:

  • High-quality images including several close-ups so you can really see the details in the page.
  • Easy to follow Step x Step instructions with FULL measurements… no more guessing placement based on the photo.
  • A unique sketch for the layout design. Use it as a template for making similar designs with your stash.
  • Full product list including brand and paper names, embellishment details for EVERY element.
  • Suggested substitutes for shopping your stash; use what you have!
  • Exclusive cut file designs in JPG and PNG format in a .zip file – Also available CUSTOM CUT version for those without electronic die-cutting machines.
  • Multipage colour PDF with everything you need to know.
  • Access to our creative community if you need any help!

Available right now in the CUT to YOU store! For more info be sure to visit www.kittoyou.com.au or send me a message, I’d be more than happy to help.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today, I hope you have all had time to be creative this weekend. I’m here with a new share, a sweet page that features my daughter on her 10th birthday.  I’ve been meaning to scrap this one for a while now so when I saw the latest CSI Challenge number 306, it was like it was meant to be!

If you don’t know, CUT to YOU is a Prime sponsor for the CSI Scrapbook Challenge this year! We are teaming up with the fab girls over there to get you inspired and help you win FREE CUT FILES! Yep, every month this year you could win yourself some CUT to YOU digital files along with lots of other wonderful prizes, so be sure to pop by and check out the challenges. There really is something for everyone and I for one, LOVE them!

Now, onto the layout…. As soon as I saw this Case, I immediately thought of the ‘Wedding Cake‘ cut file with its floral elements and details. I cut it on white cardstock and then backed it with some pretty paper scraps. Most of these are from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, some are also from Felicity Jane. I mixed and matched what I had and just kept in mind the soft tones featured in the Casefile.

With my cut file-backed, I positioned it right in the centre of the page… for this design, I just wanted to work from the centre outward and had planned to keep things pretty simple so I didn’t even mount it. Next up, I backed my photo with some pretty lemon cardstock and then had a think about my title. I’ve mentioned a few times before, I feel like once I have my cut file element, photo and title positions locked in, the rest of the page comes together really quickly.

For my title, I’ve mixed some Simple Stories alphabet stickers with some Thickers from my stash and a cute little puffy sticker from Paige Evans and really just played with their position (along with the position of the photo) until I was happy.

From there, it really was just about adding some extra elements to the page. I didn’t want to add too much, I didn’t want to cover up my pretty cut file and all that work I had done to back it. I pulled out some floral elements and a cute little butterfly from the depths of my stash as well as a cute paper bow, some sequins and enamel dots and called the page complete.

I love how this sweet page came together, so I hope it inspires you in some way and you get a chance to play along with the Case over at CSI. As always, I really do love seeing what you make so please keep sharing your projects with me!

Until next time,

Meet the new Design Team!

Hi Creatives!

Gwen with you today and I’m super excited to be announcing the new design team! These ladies are all amazing creatives and I just know you are going to love the ideas, inspiration and projects they are going to be sharing with you.

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 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.

Hey everyone! I live in sunny Perth with my hubby and 2 boys. Plus a cat and a bunny 😉 I have a part-time job which I love and love to spend my “spare” time scrapping and mostly making a mixed media mess. Though you will occasionally see something cleaner from me every now and then lol I’ve been scrapping for about 6 years (in the most traditional sense of “scrapping”) and love the creative outlet and downtime it provides me! Melinda’s blog is here and her YouTube channel is here.

I’m 40 years old. Mom to two teen boys and 3 furbabies. Married to my best friend for 21 years. I’ve been scrapbooking for 19 years. And my style is “I get bored easily and mix it up-no two layouts are ever quite the same”. You can see Sara on her YouTube channel here.

Hello! I live in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, USA with my husband, dog and cat. We have six grown children who are spread out all over the United States. I have been scrapping for about 16 years and describe my style as girly. Fussy cutting, layering, and using cut files are my go-to techniques. Check out Raechelle’s blog here.

I live in sunny Western Australia. I am a mum to four teenagers, two dogs and three cats, yes my house is crazy!!! I love all forms of papercraft and 99% of my projects include a cut file of course. I am a lover of clean lines, embellishment clusters, negative space and sewing. Rachel has a stack of beautiful work on her blog, be sure to check that out here.

I live on the outskirts of Geelong, Victoria with my partner of 10 years and our daughter Leila. I work part-time as a Dispensary Assistant in a very busy pharmacy and I love crafting over housework on my days off. I was introduced to scrapbooking many years ago courtesy of my best friend and to this day, even though few and far between, we still enjoy a craft day together. More often than not my style of scrapping finds me using large cut files, plenty of white space and loads of pretty feminine colours. You can see more of Michelle’s work on her blog here.

Hi I’m Kay from the U.K. I’m a mom to 3 boys and 2 beautiful doggies. My scrapbooking and planner addiction began 15 years ago when my insomnia started. I spend most of my time in my craft room and love to create all different types of layouts with cut files featuring on most of my layouts! Xx You can see more of Kay’s work on her Instagram here.

I come from Hungary, I live with my husband and my daughter (and a Djungarian Hamster) in Budapest. She has just started school. I teach German in a secondary grammar school.
I have been scrapbooking for about 12 years. I love using flowers, leaves and/or butterflies on my layouts. Piroska has a stunning Instagram, be sure to check it out here.

I’m from the UK though grew up in Australia and now live just outside of London with my husband Lee. I work full time in the head office of a large retailer and in my downtime love to scrapbook as much as I can! I’ve been scrapbooking for around 13 years and love trying different techniques… I like lots of layers, pretty papers, cut files, white backgrounds and a bit of mixed media! See more of Kirei’s creations here.

Hi, I’m Marie (@peartreepapercrafts) and I’m from the UK. I live in a small farming village with my husband, son (the most frequent subject of my layouts) and three fur babies. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 15 years. I would say my style is a bit of a mix of everything and I love to try new things! I especially love cut files! You can catch more of Marie on her YouTube channel here.

I am from New Brunswick Canada. I have 2 teenage kids (boy and girl) and 2 cats. My scrapbook style is lots of layers, stitching and cut files of course. I have been scrapbooking for 13 years. You can catch more of Michelle’s work 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,

Christmas Giveaway – Holly Jolly Christmas Day 12

Hey Creatives,

Welcome to DAY 12  of our 12 days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!  I hope you have enjoyed all the file shares we have had over the past 11 days, I certainly have enjoyed sharing them with you and seeing the wonderful DT creations.  I’ve left the best for last because today’s file is a brand new design, so I know you gals won’t have this one!

Our last design for you is the ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ cut file.

For this page, I started by cutting out the file super large.  The plan for the page I had was to have the words running down the left-hand side of the page with my portrait photo running down the right-hand side.  I am loving working with non-traditional Christmas colours this year and have chosen this fun collection by Pink Fresh Studio.  I’ve backed the file letter by letter alternating fun patterns from the collection.

Now that my cut file is backed, I’ve added some foam tape behind each of the letters as I did want it to be lifted off of the background.  I then sorted out the placement of my photo and then added some pretty pale blue watercolour to my cardstock underneath the position of the title.

Once my background was dry, I’ve added my cut file and photo on top and secured.  It was now just a matter of adding some fun embellishments.

To finish the page off, I’ve added a sweet and sparkly fabric navy bow.  I love how the cutfile really helped to get this page done quickly and I really do love the colours in this page.  I love how such a large bold cut file design can bring a page together.

Inspired and ready to create!

Simply enter the code: HOLLYJFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
No additional purchase necessary.
This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 12th, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.
 
Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out.
 
AND… that finishes up our 12 days of Christmas.  Thanks so much for joining in and I hope you love all of the files! As always I would love to see how you are using them on your projects so be sure to share on any of our social media channels and tag #cuttoyou
 
Until next time,

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Christmas Gift Stack Day 1

Hey Creatives,

You all may know by now that I am the biggest Christmas fan… my tree is already up, I have been playing Christmas music since the middle of November and yes, I’m that person who loves the stores during this silly season.  It really is starting to feel like Christmas and I’m excited!  AND…. What better way to start December than with the spirit of giving!

I’m super excited to introduce our 12 days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!  Over the next 12 days, we will be sharing 12 of our Christmas cutfile designs for free as well as Design Team inspiration to get you in the Christmas creating spirit!

First up, we have our ‘Christmas Gift Stack’ cut file.

For this page, I started by cutting out the file super large.  I really wanted it to fill up the background of my layout.  I’ve backed with a sweet Christmas collection by Pink Fresh Studio, making sure to include a stack of the fun bright colours in the collection.

I’ve then mounted my photo and positioned within the stack of presents in the design.  From there it was a matter of adding in a title with some puffy stickers and simple embellishments.  For their placement, I’ve kept in mind that the eye will travel down the page resting where the pops of red are in the holly.  I’ve tried to group elements around these so as not to make the page too busy.

To finish the page off, I’ve added a sweet and sparkly fabric bow.  I love how the cutfile really helped to get this page done quickly.  With such a large bold design, once the file was backed the hard work was done.

Inspired and ready to create!

Simply enter the code: GIFTSTFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
No additional purchase necessary.
This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 1st, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.
 
Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out.
 
Come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!