CHRISTMAS WISHES | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. For this share, I have unboxed the new Fancy Pants ‘Wishmas’ collection as well as creating a layout for you all so I hope you are feeling festive! The cut file I’ve featured is ‘Christmas Wishes‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and if it inspires you in any way be sure to subscribe so you can see more videos just like this one.

Until next time,

EVERYTHING LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back today with some more Scrappy inspiration for you including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used My Minds Eye ‘Splendor’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to get creative! xo

LOVELY LIFE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. Today I’m diving deep into my stash and using one of my all-time favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called ‘Bohemian Dream’. I’ve also pulled a sweet pic of Miss C taken a few years ago now. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Triangle Pinwheel‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here’s a closer look at the cut file I’ve used. This one is nice and fast to back and I think adds a really striking element to the page. If you are new to working with cut files, this one is a great one to get you started.

To create my page, I’ve begun by backing my cut file design, I’ve simply backed each triangle one by one mixing and matching pattern paper scraps. I wasn’t too careful about the colour placement, I just made sure that no two colours were side by side. I’ve then added this whole piece to the cardstock background of my layout and stitched around the edge.

Next, I’ve mounted my photo with a 1/4 inch frame and added some stitching. I’ve then locked in the position of my photo onto my page.

Next up, I’ve worked on my title. I knew I wanted to use a larger title for this design so it was important to get it into position early in the design process. I just love the bold white chipboard I’ve used here.

Next up, I’ve created my main embellishment cluster. I pulled this ‘Charm Creations‘ heart from my stash and added that to some die cut embellishments and a flair from the collection. I love the different textures here.

I’ve then gone ahead and added in two smaller embellishment clusters mainly made up of the die cut ephemera pieces and some word sentiments. Most I’ve added on 3D foam tape for dimension.

The clusters help draw the eye from the top left hand corner of the photo down to wards the bottom left hand corner of the page. I’ve kept them pretty simple as I didn’t want to cover up too much of my fun cut file background.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,

SWEET AND SASSY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I hope you are ready for some bright fun Spring colours. It’s not long turned Spring here in Australia and I am so happy to be getting into some warmer weather and really enjoying creating with some bright fun colours. Today’s layout is a silly happy snap that was taken last Christmas by my daughter using one of those fun filters on her phone. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Hearts on Strings‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here is the cut file I’ve used… a really fun and simple design that was super easy to back and a fast way to get a page put together.

So, as I mentioned, the page began by cutting out the design nice and large. I’ve then taken a mix of the pattern papers from the collection and backed the hearts. I’ve not taken too much care with the colours, I was just careful to not have too many of the same colours grouped together. I’ve then placed foam tape behind the design and centred it onto my page.

Next, I’ve simply backed my photo with another pattern from the collection. It’s a really fun photo so I did want to play with the patterns on the page as well to create a fun feel for the layout. As you can see below, I’ve added my signature stitching detail to the photo as well.

To keep the design fairly simple, I’m working with my embellishment clusters positioned around the edges of the photo. I want to add this detail but I don’t want to cover up too much of the cut file in my background. It’s a bit of a balance here so I would recommend keeping that in mind when you are working with cut files as background features.

I decided on one large main cluster on the right of my photo and then two smaller ones (one on the left and one on the top) and these balance out the page nicely. I’ve really just mixed and matched elements from the collection until I was happy working largest elements to smallest.

I’ve finished off the page with the ‘Love you More’ die cut piece and a couple of fun red puffy hearts as well as these super sweet die-cut bees, so sweet!

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you in some way, be sure to tag me on social if it does so I can see what you have made!

Until next time,

12 Ways to Scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something a little different but super helpful I hope! I thought today I’d share some scrappy Christmas inspiration. I know, I know… as this post goes up it’s only August, but I absolutely love the season AND I have a stack of photos that desperately need to be scrapped. You see, I really only tend to scrap Christmas around the Christmas season.. which in turn means I have wayy too many pics that need doing. Sooo I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to get you inspired. I’m hoping they get me inspired too and we can all scrap away our holiday snaps! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

12 Ways to scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Bold feature Title. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your Christmas photos a festive feel is to combine them with a bold Christmas themed title. Here I’ve used the ‘Holly Jolly‘ cut file but you could replace this with any kind of Alphabets you have for a similar look.

#2 Christmas Wreath. What’s more festive than a Christmas wreath, right? AND you don’t need to use specific Christmas Wreath designs to make a statement like this on your page. I’ve used the ‘Floral Wreath‘ cut file here which is actually just a spring-themed design and then used up my Christmas embellishments layered over the top. This way, I’m getting multiple uses out of the one cut file design AND I’m also using up my stash of Christmas themed die-cut pieces.

#3 Repeat it! For this page, I’ve actually changed it up and used a Spring themed scrapbook collection. No Christmas supplies here… instead, I’ve gone with a very flexible cut file design called ‘Merry Merry Merry and Bright‘. I love the repeated title in this one, perfect to cut nice and large and add as a background, then you can use whatever supplies you like.

#4 Switch it and Stack it. For this layout, I repurposed the ‘Present Stack‘ design. This one is meant for Birthday layouts, but for this page, to create a Christmas feel, I’ve stacked it with a bunch of fun Christmas sentiments. This could well be one of the fastest scrapbook layouts you make!

#5 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, so no guesswork required. This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite and with the added shine of Silver elements, it’s definitely vibing Christmas. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#6 Go Traditional. For me, a big part of Christmas day is sitting around my mum’s house which, with a 12-year-old in tow, can turn into a bit of a ‘Snap Chat’ session… Cute modern selfies like this one team really well with more traditional colour schemes. You really can never go wrong with a classic red and green Christmas layout. Cut file design featured here is ‘Christmas Gift Stack‘.

#7 Reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Christmas Banners‘ cut file is the perfect addition. The star elements and the gift tags perfectly layered up, give the layout a fun festive feel with not a lot of fuss.

#8 Help create a scene. It’s not always easy to capture the details of a location on your layout, especially when your photos really are focused on the people in them, not so much on the background or location. In this page, I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ cut file design to really help the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page. That stunning Christmas tree in our photo helps too… it was so gorgeous!

#9 Document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter and I with our Elf on the Shelf. I love documenting the small moments at Christmas as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Christmas Tree Row‘ I’ve used here helps me create a central design and the cute Christmas embellishments really pull the theme together. Adding a soft mixed media background to my page really pulled this all together.

#10 Colour blocking. A super popular feature in Scrapbooking, I personally love to do this on my pages. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts Background’ cut file and then backed it in traditional red cardstock. You might notice on this one that there are no ‘Christmas’ themed goodies, even the cut file is a generic shape… but the page still has a Christmas feel to it because of the red I’ve chosen and elements like the striped bow. Adding in some word sentiments like ‘So much fun’ and ‘I love this day’ help tell the story.

#11 Christmas really is special. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#12 Be a rule breaker. It’s official, there is no “Scrapbooking Police”, there is no right or wrong way to create your layouts… so my last tip is to do what makes you happy. If putting spring butterflies onto a layout that is about a cold snowy Christmas just like I have done here, it doesn’t matter. If it makes your heart happy, I say go for it! xo

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting your Christmas with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,

SWEET SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to be joining you today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used Jen Hadfield ‘Hey Hello’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment 🙂

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to be joining you today with the very first share as part of our Birthday YouTube HOP! I’m kicking everything off with this page I’ve created of Miss C from a few years back. I’ve used Carta Bella Flora No. 3 papers and embellishments and our ‘Rosey Posey‘ cut file which I have cut out three times and layered to create a floral cluster and background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I also mention in the video our sweet discount happening this month for 20% off everything in the store. Use code CTYCELEBRATE2 at checkout, this is for digitals and custom cuts so go for it creative friends! Code expires 31st July 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

I hope you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment!

CUT to YOU is turning TWO!

Hey there Creative friends! Today I am so excited to be kicking off our 2nd Birthday celebrations. Yep, CUT to YOU is turning two and we have so so many wonderful things planned for you to celebrate! The first I need to tell you about is our month-long YouTube HOP!

I am so excited to share with you that these AHHH-Mazing creatives will all be joining me throughout July on YouTube to share their creations using CUT to YOU cut files and if the sneak peeks I’ve seen are anything to go by you are all in for such a treat! You’ll not only want to join them to see their projects but they all might just have a special discount code for all orders placed in July for you as well, so be sure to be on the lookout for that!

What a superstar line up ^^^ including Missy Whidden, Raquel Bowman, Lauren Hender, Amanda Jane aka Happy Arty Days, Vicki Parker and Sue Plumb along with the girls from our regular DT all sharing this month… and me, I’ll be sharing on YouTube as well! xo

Here are the details of the hop so you know who’s channel to visit on which day:

I also want to tell you about our two challenges running this month.

The first is an Inspiration Board… Simply create a layout featuring CUT to YOU Cut files that is inspired by the Mood board for your chance to win a prize pack! I’ll draw a winner at random so everyone has a chance to win 🙂 Entries close 10th August 2020 and need to be uploaded into the album in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group.

The second is challenge is to let our 2nd Birthday inspire you! You could use 2 photos on your layout or 2 cut files. You could create a double 12×12 layout or scrapbook a birthday celebration, maybe create a page celebrating a very special couple… All you need to do is ensure you include at least one CUT to YOU cut file on your project and then upload to the album in the Facebook group before 10th August 2020 and share with us what inspired you! The winner of this challenge will be voted on by the Design Team! 🙂

I also want to take this moment to thank you all for being part of the CUT to YOU community, I still can’t believe that I am lucky enough to do this as my job and that something that started as simply as me creating cut file designs for myself would grow into the wonderful community and business I have today. All of this would never have come to be without so many of you. I am so very thankful for you all and I still pinch myself whenever I see your stunning projects shared and the encouraging community we have online. Your love of CUT to YOU really means the world!

So, here’s to 2 years of CUT to YOU cut files, and I look forward to what the next few years bring, now let’s get this Hop kicked off!

Our new Design Team!

Hi Creatives!

Gwen with you today for another special announcement… today I’m introducing to you some more new Design Team members! I love each of their styles and know you will too! Welcome, Belinda, Kelly Janes and Kelly Pyron to the team! xo

Hi! I’m Belinda, mum to two gorgeous young kiddos and a FIFO wife. I live in the beautiful Swan Valley wine region in Perth, Western Australia. I’m a full-time stay at home mum and part time uni student on my way to becoming an Early Childhood Educator. I created my first scrapbook page in 2002, but it’s only been the last 5 years or so that it’s really become my passion. I’m an eclectic, somewhat slow and considered scrapbooker. I love everything pink, stitching, texture and have more recently started incorporating mixed media into my layouts.  

Hi everyone! My name is Kelly Janes and I’m so excited to be joining the Cut to You Design Team! I live in Northeastern Indiana with my husband and son. I work full time outside the home at an orthodontic office, but you will find me in my craft room during any free time!! I’ve been scrapbooking for 15 years, but I didn’t become passionate about the hobby until my son was born. My first paper crafting love is 12×12 scrapbook layouts, but I’ve also recently started weekly Project Life. I’m a Cricut user and I LOVE to use cut files on my scrapbook layouts. 

Hello from Texas!  My name is Kelly Pyron. I am a wife to one awesome guy, mom to 3 precious, grown children, Mimi to 4 adorable grand-loves, librarian and elementary teacher and lover of all things scrapbook related!  I am so thrilled to be a part of the Cut to You design team and hope to inspire you to create and tell your story through scrapbooking!

I am so thrilled to have these ladies all joining the team, and I just know you will love their projects! They all also have YouTube channels so be sure to pop and say hello.

Staying on the team we have, Tamara as the DT co-ordinator, Melinda, Sara, Raechelle, Kirei, Piroska, Rachel and Tarrah. Here we all are below 🙂

I would also like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to Michelle Stokes, Michelle Gallant and Marie Hirst for being on the team, their shares have been amazing! It’s not goodbye as they are all still a special part of our creative family and I’ve no doubt we will continue to see pages with the CUT to YOU cut files on them shared on their socials. xo

Until next time,

HOW TO BACK A CUT FILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen here today with something a little different but highly requested. I am often asked how I back my cut files, so I thought it would be fun to put together a little video with some tips and show you how I go about it.

If you are just after some quick tips here are my top 3:

  1. Use less glue than you think you need. As you press the cut file onto the pattern paper the glue will ooze out towards the edges so less is definitely more here.
  2. Use scissors you find comfortable to work with, especially if you are doing a lot of backing at once. Choose fussy cutting scissors over regular scissors, you want a scissor that has a fine tip to help you get into tight corners around the design.
  3. Practice, practice, practice…. I promise you will get better and faster at it with time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I back cut files and find this video useful. While you’re on YouTube be sure to Like and Subscribe for more videos… I’ll be sharing more Scrapbooking process videos soon 🙂

Until next time,