GUEST DESIGNER | MELLY ART

Hello Everyone!  Melly on the blog with you today! I am crazy excited to be guest designing for CUT to YOU!  My first layout is using the Autumn Leaf Cut file.  I paired with some of my favorite autumn pictures. 

I usually cut my files on a heavy white cardstock, I like using white that way if I decide to blend ink on it, or use some Nuvo, I have a blank slate.  I have used colored cardstock, and it looks awesome as well.  With this one I went with the white and added some sparkle.  

I used a 6×6 paper pad from Echo Park, and backed most of this file.  However I left a few spaces and created lovely shakers in them.  Using some acetate, 1/8 inch foam strips, beautiful fall sequins, and baking those pockets with gold vellum!  

I enjoy mixing different papers to back my cut file.  In this instance the fall papers, gold vellum, and white vellum.  I love the look you get.

To finish off my cut file, I used som Nuvo Glitter drops, Gold Coast, and went over white.   To put this layout together, I pulled out a mixed media background I have created previous,  stitched around the board, added my completely dry cut file and stated layering up.  I used some pre cut black photo strips and layered my photos.  Added some leaves, wood veneer pumpkins, flair, word cutouts, my beautiful acrylic Title, and a few more sequins!  

  See you soon for my next layout!  Happy Crafting!   

Melly

See more of Melly’s beautiful work on her instagram @melly.art.creates

GUEST DESIGNER | CLAIR RIGBY

Hello Cut To You friends! It’s Clair, back today with another seasonal layout and, on the 1st October, it seems only fitting that it’s autumnal 🙂

I love the Celebration Flowers cut file and decided to use it to document my favourite break time spot – on the steps in my back yard. It’s beautiful out there in the early morning, or the late afternoon – with the scent of roses in the air – as the golden sunshine of autumn hits our yard. 

To back the cut file, I used a soft gold, glitter cardstock and some vellum. Glitter cardstock can be a little tricky to combine with cut files, as it’s texture can make it ‘lift’. I recommend a wet adhesive and a lot of tea!

Once I had my cut file backed, I shifted the roses around a lot, before I found some balance. I then added a spritz of shimmer with Distress Spray Stain in ‘Tarnished Bronze’ which dries as a lovely soft colour. Sticking with a monochromatic look, I then added a lot of ‘extra’ leaves from the Jen Hadfield ‘Hey, Hello’ Collection and a title with alphas from Citrus Twist. 

I’d then intended to add one of my favourite quotes about the beauty of the everyday, but it was a little too long and covered a lot of the lovely shimmer of the Distress Spray Stain. So, I’ll leave it to one side for a little while and, hopefully, I’ll find a suitable quote to add soon! Does anyone else set their layouts aside for a while before they consider them ‘finished’ and fileable? Perhaps you have a favourite quote you could share with me in the comments or in the Cut To You HQ over on Facebook? I’d love to know!

That’s all from me for now, but I’ll be back later in the year to finish off my little ‘tour’ of the seasons. In the meantime, I would love it if you would visit me over on Instagram, or on YouTube.

Clair x

GUEST DESIGNER | CLAIR RIGBY

Hello cut file lovers! It’s Clair back with you today, to share a summer layout with the Fun Plus Sun cut file. As we’ve been stuck at home for more than a little while, and unable to take a real summer holiday, I’ve been busy scrapbooking some older memories of Madeira. 

I love the Fun Plus Sun cut file and decided to combine it with the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed Collection. It’s a lovely collection, full of fresh colours, florals and fun elements and it’s the perfect fit for Cut To You.

I started with a reduced size cut file (about 8 inches wide) to work on my 9×12 layout and also reduced the size of my photograph from the usual 6×4 to 5 x 3.75. This helps to keep the smaller sized layout well balanced.

I then backed the cut file with some of the blue ombre paper from the Sunkissed Collection. I love how the colours emulate the colours of the sea in my photograph, so that the central elements of the layout fade from a dark blue to a sea green, and then back to dark blue. 

I used a lot of foam dots to lift the title and the photograph to add dimension. Then, as the title dominates the layout, I created some embellishment clusters with elements from the Sunkissed Collection to soften it a little, as well as lots of fussy cut flowers and some enamel dots, to break it up and add extra detail. 

Unfortunately, I lost my video of this one, but if you would like to see a video of my earlier layout for Cut To You, or subscribe for future videos, then I would love for you to follow me over on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! x

GUEST DESIGNER | CLAIR RIGBY

Hello friends! It’s Clair here today and I’m thrilled to join Cut To You as a Guest Designer. As a scrapbooker, I often find that I have no idea what season I’m in – I’ll be scrapbooking spring photographs in late summer, just as I’m ordering my Christmas supplies! It can be a little confusing, so recently, I’ve decided to just work on what I want and, over the next few days, I have a little tour of the seasons to offer you! 

I’ll start with my favourite – spring – and I have the beautiful Spring Garden Title cut file to help me. This file combines my absolute favourite Cut To You elements – Titles and Florals! Is there anything better? 

For this file, I hauled out the collection that reminds me most of spring – the truly wonderful Bloom Street Collection from Paige Evans. It’s full of beautiful florals, leaves and softer colours that I knew would work well with the cut file. As my layouts are usually 9×12, I re-sized the cut file (to around 6.5 inches wide) so that it would sit centrally. I love how easy it is to resize the Cut To You files and how, even at the smaller sizes, there’s still lots of room to add a backing without it being really fiddly! 🙂

I used one patterned paper in the centre of each flower, as I felt this would ‘connect’ them all, then backed the remainder of each flower with a different paper from the collection. To finish the cut file, I chose a bolder colour as a ‘base’. 

I tucked a photograph of my little cat (we have two!) beneath some of the florals on the file, then added the cut file to my background. (You can see how I created this in the video on my YouTube Channel.)

To finish off the layout, I added lots of fussy cut florals, butterflies and leaves in little clusters. Then, added a ‘hello’ sticker from the Bloom Street Collection to complete my title. All done!

If you’ve not ‘met’ me before, I would love for you to visit me on Instagram, or on YouTube – and, of course, I’m usually found at the Cut To You HQ over on Facebook too! 

Clair

LOVE GROWS HERE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration and a super fun announcement… Introducing the CUT of the MONTH club! Today I’m creating with the very first exclusive design available for club members only. When you join our CUT of the MONTH club you can simply log into the members area of the website and get access to a fresh new exclusive design every month. I’m creating these designs especially for members only; you won’t be able to find them anywhere else AND they will only be available for a short period of time. If you are not signed up for the design of the month, you will miss your chance to get it forever. If you love CUT to YOU designs, you won’t want to miss this. You can sign up today for full access here and can cancel at any time.

Onto the layout 🙂 I’m on a ‘Back to School’ kick at the moment so it was fun to get this photo documented. I’ve started with the ‘Eucalyptus Wreath‘ design shown above and backed it with pattern papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’ve gone with a soft green leaf print from the ‘These Days’ collection. I’m using that same print for my layout edge and then a pretty yellow pattern paper from the same collection.

I’ve then positioned my photo along the right hand edge of the wreath, backing it with a small photo mat and adding my stitching. I’ve raised it up on foam as well for dimension. I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out some florals from pattern paper. I’m going to use the wreath cut file as a bit of a guide or template to create my floral clusters. A cut file like this one is a really great starting point if you are new to creating floral clusters. Use it as a base and work your layers up from there.

I’ve mixed and matched floral pieces and leaves and added them over the top of my wreath. I’m taking care not to overlap all of the wreath, I’m just looking at filling the design out a little. Some elements are raised on foam, others sit flat to the page. I just keep trialing bits and pieces here and there until I’m happy with how it all looks. Next, I’ve fussy cut out some sweet butterflies from pattern paper and added them to my layout. I add the adhesive to just their centres so that I can bend the wings up a little for dimension.

I’ve also included some die cut elements from the same collection and some sweet typed sentiments which I’ve raised up on foam tape. These are always a nice finishing touch to a page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

GUEST DESIGNER | ERICA ROSE

Hey Cut To You friends! Erica back with you today to share a summer time layout using the Good Time Summer Fine cut file!

You can find this cut file HERE in the Cut To You shop! Get 20% off your order when you use the code HEARTERICA at checkout! Now is the perfect time to stock up on some awesome cut files.

For my summer 12×12 layout I cut out the Good Time Summer Fine cut file with some American Crafts White Textured cardstock! I backed the file with 6×8 pattern papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Sunkissed collection! I love all the bright summery colors in this collection and the florals are so pretty!

Once the file was backed I added foam adhesive all over the back of the cut file to give it some dimension. I pulled out another piece of white textured cardstock and wanted to added some blue splatter to the background. I used 2 inks from Catherine Pooler that are that perfect summer blue! Cummerbundand Daydream worked great together and remind me of water behind the cut file.

Once the background was dry I trimmed it down to 11.50×11.50 and matted it onto a piece of 12×12 pattern paper from the Sunkissed collection. I am using two photos from our recent camping trip that I snapped while we were taking a break from swimming. 

I matted them using 6×8 papers from the Sunkissed collection and nestled them into each side of the cut file. I used ephemera and puffy stickers to embellish around the page and pulled out some epoxy flair from the Scrappin Happy Studio shop

You can check out my process video HERE on my YouTube channel! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my layout! 

GUEST DESIGNER | ERICA ROSE

Hey friends! Erica here and I am so excited to be back on the Cut To You blog! 

Today I have a fun patriotic layout using the ‘Fireworks‘ cut file from Cut To You! This file is so much fun and I backed it with fun papers from The Land That I Love collection from Doodlebug Design

I used a piece of white textured cardstock for my background and added some silver mist splatters! 

I dipped a thin paint brush into the silver mist and then splattered all around the page. I love the look it gives behind the cut file! I used two square photos of Mr. Liam Jay in his Rad, White & Blue shirt and his star sunglasses! Perfect photos to go with the Fireworks cut file!

Grab this fun Firework patriotic cut file in the Cut To You shop and get 20% off with code HEARTERICA at checkout!

Thanks for popping by today!

ADVENTURE BEGINS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting another family outdoor adventure, this time with the help of one of the title cut file designs.

I decided to feature the ‘Adventure Begins‘ title for this one and cut it nice and large on white cardstock. It was perfect for my photo and a great way to help tell my story. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Jen Hadfield ‘The Avenue’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned towards the bottom of my layout making sure to centre on the page left to right. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

I’ve then positioned my photo so that it nestles into the design. When I was creating this cut file, I purposely positioned the text ‘and so the’ to the left (not centred) so that you would have somewhere to place your photo. You could use 6×4 or 6×8 in landscape or portrait. Lots of options with this one.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters one towards the top left and the other in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I’m always thinking about how the eye will flow across the page. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces and sticker elements. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added in some small gold chipboard hearts from Maggie Holmes. I love the smaller detail they add to the page and they round everything out nicely.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout including why I chose the bird, squirrel and car elements which you can watch here:

If you are looking for even more inspiration using this collection, I’ve created another layout which you can see here.

Until next time,

12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages you can make with cut files. So I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of Summer layout ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much and like many of you, I have a bunch of Summer photos to Scrapbook so let’s combine the two to get you inspired!

Grab your FREE Summer SVG File here:

First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE.

12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

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

#1 Add a Sun Burst element to your page. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘Summer’ page, BUT nothing says summer like a burst of Sunshine right? This simple detail has been added using a 12×12 Mask and a pretty pink shade of mixed media spray from my stash. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE.

#2 Think Sunshine and Cute Clouds For this page, I’ve featured the ‘Sunny Skies‘ background cut nice and large as a starting point. I adore the sweet open clouds in this cut file which you can back with pattern paper OR leave open to show off your background. I’ve gone with a mix of open and backed clouds in this layout.

#3 Rainbows for the win. Not all Summer layouts need to have photos on the beach and Sunshine. This layout documents a Summer holiday using soft pastel supplies and this sweet ‘Rainbow Love‘ cut file design. The addition of the bright yellow Sun die cut and sweet raindrop pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio really pull this page together.

#4 Flowers work in every season. For this layout, I’ve pulled out bright and happy supplies and backed the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ design in all the colours. This design works best cut nice and large and is quick and easy to back. It’s also a fun way to use up paper scraps. Mix and match your bright papers and add in fun Summer die cuts like these sunglasses to pull the page together.

#5 Summer Ombre. It’s not just the ‘Summer Vibes‘ title that screams Summer on this page, it’s that stunning ombre background. I just adore the sunset feel to this page created by adding a clean white Sun shaped cut file on top of the bright background. This page came together in no time as it didn’t need a lot of embellishing after the large cut file detail had been added. I am also really loving the open space that has been left in the photo. The horizon really feels like it stretches out across the page.

#6  Say it in your title. Cut file titles like this ‘Summer Days‘ design are such a great deal! Super inexpensive when compared to alternative alphabets, they can tell the story of your layout in one or two words simply and easily. I’ve backed this one in a single piece of pattern paper and added directly to the background of my page. I’ve then simply added my photo and some die cut elements and the page was complete.

#7 Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file ‘Go See Do‘ is the perfect height for my two 4×4 photos. I love how the large title balances out the two photos to create a very centred design. This might be a Traveller’s Notebook cut file, but backed with bright Summer pattern papers, it fits on this 12 x 12 layout perfectly.

#8 White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Open Leaf‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love and helps the black elements on this page to really pop!

#9 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design ‘Scallop Banners‘ has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves you creating time. No need to back, simply add directly onto your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done!

#10 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Sunshine background‘ design cut in a lovely ombre pattern paper and then layered the ‘Lazy Summer Days‘ title on top.

#11 Soft and Sweet. Summer layouts don’t have to be filled with bright and bold colours, often I love to use softer tones for a washed out Summer look. This happy snap of my daughter and I was calling for pastels, teamed with a fun title cut file ‘Vacay Mode‘ I love the relaxed feel to this page.

#12 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene for this fun Summer layout.

BONUS! #13 As a large background feature. The ‘Makin Waves‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. It’s simply been cut in white cardstock and then coloured with tones of Blue and Green and then layered onto the background. I’ve then added this sweet photo of my husband and I on family vacation and some ocean inspired embellishments to finish off the page.

And there you have it… some really fun Summer layout projects you can create with your Cricut or Silhouette machine and CUT to YOU cut files. You can shop all of these design here and if you haven’t already, grab your FREE design by signing up to our cut file lovers newsletter here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with the designs, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

BUNNY KISSES EASTER WISHES | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting a fun Easter photo and featuring a lovely big title design.

I decided to feature the ‘Bunny Kisses Easter Wishes‘ design for this one and cut it nice and large. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Dear Lizzy ‘She’s Magic’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned along with my photo onto my layout. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

Here you can see the detail of the cut file on my page.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces, fussy cut florals and chipboard. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added these super fun holographic heart chipboard heart pieces, they are so so fun and I love how they add a little bit of shine to the page.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:

Until next time,