SPECIAL | GWEN WRUCK

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,

Design Team Call Out!

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Requirements:

  • Create 2-3 papercraft projects per month using our cut files.
  • Post your work to our blog and share in our Facebook group.
  • Share your work on your own social media (Blog, Facebook & Instagram.  YouTube shares will be highly regarded, but not necessary.)
  • Participate in the CUT to YOU HQ Community group on Facebook.

Design team members will receive a generous amount of cut files to create with during their term and a generous discount for extra purchases. (Digital designers will receive every design released during their term.)  We welcome designers who work with both our Digital Cut files or Custom Cut files.  If you love our designs, we’d love to hear from you!

To Apply:

  1.  Tell us all about you!  Where are you from? Describe your style and let us know about your previous design team experience. Will you require CUSTOM cuts or do you have your own electronic die cutting machine?  If so, what brand of machine do you own?
  2. Let us know your links.  Please provide us with all of your social media links including, your blog, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (if applicable).  Include any galleries where you share your projects; we’d love to see them all.
  3. Samples.  Please attach TWO samples of recent projects that best showcase your design style and how you will use our cut files.  These do not have to include our designs, however, applicants who do will be highly regarded.
  4. Email your application to: createdbygwen@outlook.com by Monday, 10th June 2019.
  5. Share this call out with your friends on social media.

Open internationally to lovers of our cut files.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Gwen

 

Today we talk Scrap room Storage

Hello, Creatives!!! A very Happy International Scrapbooking weekend to you… I do hope you have had a chance to get creative, I sure have!  I thought for fun we’d have a little ‘room share’ on the blog;  I know that storing and organising our supplies is just as big a hobby as Scrapbooking itself, right?  So I’ve asked the design team to share their creative space with you!

I thought I’d go first as some of you may have seen these pics before.  After years of scrapping on the kitchen dining room table, I’m now lucky enough to have a bedroom as my space, which also serves as CUT to YOU HQ.  I’ve filled two walls with a combination of Expedit shelves from IKEA as the base for my storage, using the shelves themselves and their tops for all sorts of craft goodies.  I like things to look ‘neat’ from the outside, and I enjoy having spaces that I can hide goodies away so these shelves are good for that.  My room has a vintage feel, as I love pretty things and they inspire me when I’m creating.  I also keep items like my sewing machine, typewriter and Cameo out and ready to go as I find I use them more that way.

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Next up is Bernii’s space… Bernii’s space is so wonderfully colourful and we love how she stores similar items together, check out all those Thickers!   We also love that her pic has her little man in there, it’s his usual perch when she scraps and like many rooms, it features a Raskog.

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Next up, we have Rachel – I love her compact and very organised space.  She certainly has packed it in right!  We have two photos of her space… the first one is before her new purchase, can you guess what it was?

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The second is after her new purchase, a new CAMEO!!  That’s right, Rachel was a Custom Cut customer, who used the files we ship.  After a short time, she fell in love with them so much she went out and purchased a Cameo of her own.  (This actually happens A LOT! and we love it!)  It’s so great that we can give you a way to trial this style of scrapping before you commit to an electronic die cutting machine.  We also love that she decorated it!! (More about that in another blog post!)

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Next up we have Tam.  I’m am actually lucky enough to have visited her space! It’s a wonderfully functional space that she built with her new house!  How fun would THAT be? To be able to design a space that fits your new home AND your love of craft!  I’m loving how it has come together, it’s not a huge space but she has effectively used the space and its absolute proof that no matter what size your room is, it can be creative and functional.  We spy her CAMEO there as well; love the mint!

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and then we have Raechelle, her space is part of a larger living space.  She is neatly tucked into a corner and also shows us how to make the most of what space you do have.  Portable storage is key in this space, we love that cart and the cute kitty!!

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How clever is the use of this built-in cupboard?  Way to stack that paper girl!!

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and with every great space, there is a clean desk area free and ready for creating in!  All of the essentials are at arms reach.

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and last but not least, we have Melinda’s space which is GAGA GORGEOUS!!!  She very recently changed scrap spaces and boy did she trade up!  So much to see in this space, it takes a few shots – I’m loving the colour co-ordinated goodies here stacked in some IKEA bookshelves.

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Isn’t it FAB!!! So bright and white and soooo much SPACE!!!  Yes, we are all jealous (in the best way! xo

So, my top three tips for creating a wonderful scrap space are:

  1. Work with what you have!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small corner of an existing room or a huge space like Melinda’s.  There is so much you can do with what you have AND, the space does NOT MAKE the maker!
  2. Think about the way you create when you consider storage options.  Like to create by colour? Then store your stash in colour.  Prefer to scrap by theme?  Then group themed items together.  Think about options that use ALL the space in your room, think shelves that make the most of upper space and options for under your work table, it’s all real estate you can use.
  3. Make it your own!  Add your personal touch.  Find things that inspire you and help you feel creative.  A personalised space can do wonders for your creativity!

Thanks for popping by today!

Happy International Scrapbooking Day!

Helloooo Creatives!!  Do I seem a little more excited than usual?  I hope so!  Today is the start of the fun for International Scrapbooking Day and we are pretty excited!

Lots to share this weekend starting with some FREEBIES!  That’s right, I’ve designed two cut files for you that celebrate your creative’ness’, perfect for documenting your love of craft or as a DIY for your scrap space!

You can find them here… Creatives  / Scrap Happy until Monday 6th May 2019.

 AND… what good would a free digital cut file be without inspiration right?  So, the Design Team have been busy working away in the background to bring you their ideas for using these fun cut files.

First up we have Bernii who has created this page of her craft space.  Bernii is ALL ABOUT colour so we love what she has done here!  Those large titles really pop off the page.

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Next up is me!  I’ve used the ‘Scrap Happy’ title for a layout about my space too!  I’m planning on framing this one and putting up in my scrap room.

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Melinda is up next and we just love love LOVE what she did with one of the cut files… cut out with super sparkly rainbow vinyl and added to her CAMEO.  The perfect touch.

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She also made a layout documenting her big craft room move.  Want to see more of her space?  Pop by the blog tomorrow!

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Next up we have Rachel who has also used Vinyl to decorate her CAMEO – Look at the splash of Red with that Gold… what’s not to love!

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Raechelle has also been busy with the titles, scrapping this awesome page which also features the scissors element.. how fun is this!  If the little people in your life love to craft, this would be a fab page to re-create.

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and last but not least Tamara has smashed it out of the park with this super fun and colourful page featuring some of her favourite scrap gals!  (Obviously not all her favourites as I’m not in the pic).  I love this page so so much, the colour is amazing!

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Thanks for popping by today everyone, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new free digital cut files in use by the fab Design team.  I hope they have inspired you to get onto Dropbox and grab the freebies before they are gone and get them onto a project.  Be sure to share them with us if you do #cuttoyou @cut_to_you on Instagram.

We have another share tomorrow too so be sure to pop by.

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap The Girls Challenge!

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today to share with you the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  CUT to YOU are proud sponsors of the challenge this month, so if you’d love to win yourself some FREE digital or custom cut files, be sure to get your entry in!

This month we have a sketch provided by the amazing Sue Plumb!  I love a sketch, so easy to get creating with and you can get so many different pages out of the one design.  For this page, I wanted to work with a photo my hubby took of my daughter and I recently when we were on vacation.  Here’s a look at my page…

and this is the sketch!

Look at all of those stunning florals!!  To start the page, I knew I wanted to use a bit of a bolder background and some CUT to YOU digital cut files.  I’ve chosen the ‘Bouquet‘ file… it’s one of my favourite cut files, I’ve used it quite a few times now and cut it out of a cute floral pattern paper.

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I matted my photo and then positioned the floral pieces around it, loosely following along with the sketch, but shuffling them here and there to where they looked good.  I then attached them to the back of my photo so that I could move this entire piece around.  I also added here a second photo mat, this time in the minty blue for contrast.  This allowed me to move this whole element around my page until I was happy with its position.

Now this main piece was locked in, I went about finding my title.  This collection by Pink Fresh Studio is called ‘Everyday Musings’ and it has some really lovely sentiments in it.  Not travel inspired as such, but perfect for this happy photo of us on holiday.  I went with a die cut piece from their ephemera pack and positioned it to the right of the photo following along with the sketch.

I just LOVE love LOVE this sentiment (pictured above) and knew I had to fit it in, so I tucked it under my title as a bit of a sub-title idea.  Next, I wanted to add some elements to the left-hand side edge of my photo following along with the sketch.  I’ve tucked in a frame from the collection and a tab, a die cut piece and even made a sweet paper bow.

I’ve also added in some other floral pieces at this point, also from the die cut pack.

and how perfect were these two elements?

The page was looking really good at this point.  So I was really just looking for a few small finishing touches.  I decided on two of the bright yellow puffy floral stickers.  I love how these pull the yellow out from my background layers.  Yellow is such a pretty happy holiday colour!

Lastly, I’ve added some enamel dots around the main cluster just to finish off the page and I really like it!  I think it’s a cleaner version of the sketch, but that’s the beauty of sketches; you can adjust with them however you like.

Upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor which happens to be CUT to YOU. As our fans, you already know we have digital cut files for those of you with electronic die cutting machines and custom cut files for those of you who would like us to cut them for you and ship if you don’t have an electronic cutter.  Everyone can use cut files in their scrapbooking!!  So… what are you waiting for, get those entries in for the chance to win 🙂

Until next time,

 

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.