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,

LOVE THIS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen here today with a new share, something bright and fun for this one. The idea for this page actually began with the cut file design; I really wanted to create a page with a white-on-white look and use a design as a background feature for my layout. I’ve seen some gorgeous pages like this and wanted to give one a go in my own style. I’ve teamed it with some brighter elements to document this sweet photo of Miss 13 taken on her birthday earlier this year.

I decided on using the ‘Garden Background‘ cutfile for this project because of its size, but also because of the more intricate nature of the design. I was also keen to use the ‘Bloom Street’ collection by Paige Evans and knew there were a lot of floral elements in it that would work really well with this one.

I started the page by creating my layout base, as I mentioned, I was really keen to try the white-on-white look, so I’ve simply layered my cut file design over a white piece of cardstock, running it slightly over one edge. I then added a frame to my page and stitching in my usual style, I just love how this frames the page. Side note, this technique is so so fast to do, no backing required for a super pretty result, so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting or you want a striking look in a short time, this is a great technique.

Next up, I backed my photo using a soft pattern from the collection, added some stitching and then raised it up on foam. I’ve placed it towards the centre of the page with the idea to add my embellishments around it.

I didn’t want to add too many things as I didn’t want to cover up all the details in the cut file, so I’ve just gone through and auditioned several die cuts from the collection. As always, I’ve started with the larger pieces first and then worked towards the smaller elements.

I’ve scrapped a bunch of photos from her birthday, so I didn’t feel the need to document it as a birthday layout as such and just wanted to enjoy the creative process with this one and have some fun. I’ve gone with the sentiment ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘Love This’ for my title.

I’ve also made some cute flower clusters around the photo, raising some on foam and leaving others flat for interest. I’ve also included the sweet birds and a bright yellow sunshine die-cut to pull the theme of the page together.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you in some way. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,

Introducing Tarrah McLean

Hi Creatives!

Gwen with you today for a special announcement! I’m excited to share the super talented Tarrah McLean will be joining the CUT to YOU team! Tarrah was actually the creative who introduced me to cut files and helped me so very much when I first purchased my first Silhouette Cameo… that was around 10 years ago and who would have thought all these years later that I would be designing my own files and sending them around the world! It’s a beautiful reminder of how a small act of kindness, sharing your knowledge with someone can make a big impact in this world and it’s why I will always help where ever I can when someone asks me about cut files. Tarrah is an amazing scrapbooker, so if you haven’t seen her pages, you are in for a treat!

Hi everyone, my name is Tarrah McLean, I am so excited to be joining the Cut To You design team! I have been scrapbooking for almost 14 years now and use cut files on my projects all the time! I would describe my style as clean and colourful. Thank you so much to Gwen for asking me to join the Cut To You team!

Now you won’t have to wait long to see Tarrah’s first post because it is up tomorrow! Be sure to pop by and check it out. You’ll also be seeing more of her shares on our Facebook group, CUT to YOU HQ, I just know you will love her creations.

Until next time,

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

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 How to use Cut Files on scrapbooking layouts so I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much! 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.

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

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

#1 As a layout title. Cut files make amazing layout titles that are super inexpensive and so so flexible. This design features the ‘You Are Special‘ cut file which you can grab for FREE here.

#2 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, who doesn’t love that! This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#3 As a repeating pattern. This ‘Smell the Roses‘ design has been repeated and positioned around the page for a really striking design feature. The roses direct the eye towards the centre of the page.

#4 Help document the details of your story. School photos can be tricky, years blend into the next after time. This ‘Grade School‘ cut file helps to document the details of the layout. By choosing pattern papers carefully, parts of the cut file design stand out and can really help the viewer quickly identify details in the story.

#5  Turn them into shaker pockets. Um… sequins, yes, please! For this page, I’ve cut the ‘Camera Beautiful You‘ design to fit the layout background. I’ve then backed with vellum and pattern paper and added sequins in between the layers to create a shaker pocket. So fun!

#6  White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Garden Background‘ 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.

#7  Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file (Floral Banner) has been cut twice, once in dark blue and secondly in white. The dark blue cut of the file acts as a shadow to the white design. It’s such a striking addition to this page.

#8 As a large background feature. The ‘Bows on Strings‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. For interest, some of the bows have been backed in pattern paper, with others left open to show through to the background. A page like this is super quick to pull together.

#9 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. The extra beauty of this technique is that no backing is required so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting, this tip is a winner. I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ page builder file for this layout.

#10 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves time with no need to back it. Simply add to your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done! ‘Trio Flower Cluster‘ design.

#11 Be ‘punny’, it’s fun! The cut file ‘Brace Yourself‘ on this page is a fun pun that relates to the photos. It would also work for an adventure page, you can get really creative with your titles so go for it!

#12 Add a clean mixed media element – You can add all kinds of mixed media paints and sprays to your cut files. I love doing this and then adding them to a clean background for a clean mixed media look. For this page, I’ve added Distress Ink to several cuts of the ‘Celebration Flowers‘ files in various colours. I’ve added colour blocking for the embellishments and teamed this all with a black and white photo that pops!

#13 To help with your layout design. In this page, the cut file ‘Butterfly Garden‘ fills a large part of the page. When using files like this your design choices are limited, which actually helps pages come together faster. There are fewer embellishments required and limited photo positions available. This stops that shuffle I know you do (because I do it too!)

#14 Double Up! Using two different cut files on your page is double the fun! For this page, I’ve used both to help tell my story. The ‘Sunny Skies‘ design acts as a background and the ‘Summer Days‘ file is my page title.

#15 To add a bold feature title to your layout. Let’s face it, alphas such as ‘Thickers’ can be expensive, cut files give you a similar bold look at a fraction of the price. This ‘Traveller Background‘ is the perfect bold title for this vacation-inspired layout. I’ve layered it on top of the globe element from the same cut file and some watercolour inspired pattern paper for the win!

#16 To maximise negative space. This ‘Stitch Heart Geo‘ design was the perfect addition on this page to fill in the blank space of the background. These designs are also some of the easiest to work with as they simply need layering onto pattern paper. The paper shows through the design, no need for fussy cutting to get a ‘backed’ look!

#17 To reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Book Stack‘ design is a perfect fit for this photo at our local library.

#18 DIY inexpensive embellishments. The cut files in this layout may not be as noticeable as those in other pages shared here, but they are working just as hard. For this page, I simply cut out two leaf designs ‘Leaf Duo‘ and used them as a base for my embellishment cluster. Embellishments can be expensive so these leaf elements are a great option for those of us scrapping on a budget!

#19 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 of the photo to theme the page.

#20 To document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter on her phone, but it tells a story of my Miss 13 and her love for technology. I love documenting the small moments in life as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Chit Chat‘ I’ve used here expands on that idea, giving me a space for some typed journalling that fits in the theme.

#21 Use as a design element. Cut file designs don’t have to directly relate to your photo. More generic designs such as these ‘Quad Frames‘ are so versatile and can be used on so many different styles of pages. I’ve added them to this page as they help draw the eye to the central design elements and most importantly the photo.

#22 Go Monochromatic. For this layout, I’ve pulled a stack of a blue/green papers and elements in my stash to create this Monochromatic layout. I’ve mixed and matched the papers to back my ‘Happiness‘ cut file. It still surprises me just how few supplies you actually need when working with a cut file. They really extend your stash and this technique is a great way to stash bust!

#23 To document family holidays. Back from vacay and have a bunch of photos to scrapbook? Cut files can really help pull your pages together fast and give a consistent look in travel albums. This page features our ‘Makin Waves‘ design which has been coloured with watercolours. The waves in the design really fit with the Summer vacation theme and could easily be repeated throughout an album with a sailing or summer theme.

#24 To give your photos context. The ‘Conversation‘ cut file on this page not only acts as a wonderful background and base for my photos and embellishments for the layout but gives the photo context and helps tell the story.

#25 Add a repeated pattern. This ‘Speech Bubble‘ design has been cut twice to fill the centre of this layout. Many cut file designs can be cut out several times and then repeated on your page for a fun effect. Any repeated pattern can help your layout design feel more consistent.

#26 Colour blocking. Cut file are a great way to add clean colour blocking to your page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts‘ cut file which I’ve repeated down my page and then added a plain pattern paper to back them. This creates three blocks of colour which creates a base for my photos and embellishments.

#27 To document special occasions. 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‘.

#28 Add Floral elements to your page. Flower embellishments can be expensive and can add a lot of bulk to your page. Floral Cut Files such as these ‘Lily of the Valley‘ can give that same look, especially when teamed with some fussy cut die cuts and layered leaves. I love that you can reuse these over and over and make them fit any scrapbook layout just by changing up the pattern papers you use to back them.

#29 Cut them up! You don’t have to use a cut file design as a whole element on your page. They are really great for chopping up and changing up the design. This file ‘Flowers and Frames‘ actually has two square photo boxes as part of it. I’ve chopped those off and used just the floral elements for this layout. Think outside the box and you can get several looks from the one design.

#30 To help you use up your stash. This layout is one from our KIT to YOU collection. These exclusive designs help you use up your stash with Step x Step instructions and a special ‘Shop your Stash’ section, so no going out for new supplies, you can use what you have! ‘Flower Band Kit‘. Find out more about KIT to YOU here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating 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,

SO HAPPY CHILLIN | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Gwen here today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use a design from the ‘Home Bodies’ Collection. I’m sure like everyone, my family and I have been spending A LOT more time at home and thought why not document that! These photos are not actually from this year; we are homebodies from wayyy back, but I thought it was important to document, now more than ever because it is a big part of how we live. My journalling on the back talks about how we love being at home, not the events of 2020. This sweet photo is of my daughter and our cat, living their best life on the couch.

I decided on using the ‘Our House’ cutfile for this project and some of my older Maggie Holmes stash. I just love that a fresh new cut file can bring new life to older supplies!

I started by cutting the file design out using white card stock and then backing each of the pieces with cardstock and pattern paper. I’ve then added in some stitching using my sewing machine along the main lines of the design. I love this added detail, it really makes the cut file pop!

Next up, I started thinking about my title. Looking through my supplies, I found these cute puffy word stickers that said ‘So Happy’ and then thought to add the word ‘Chillin’ which I’ve found in the “Hashtag Stay Safe” title word set. My daughter loves chilling, she’s not an ‘outdoors’ type and her version of a perfect day is one spent in her PJ’s on the couch with the cat. So this page documents that 🙂 For the title cut file, I simply backed it with coordinating pattern papers alternating as I went. A super simple but really striking effect.

Next up, I backed my photo. For this, I’ve layered up some paper scraps and added some foam tape in between for dimension, added stitching and that was done. Now it was a matter of finding the best position for the large cut file, my title and photo.

With all of the larger elements in place, I was then able to enjoy embellishing the layout. I started with the bigger pieces first such as the cute bird and the plant chipboard elements. From there I’ve added in the smaller ones. How cute is that gold heart and it sits so neatly inside of the heart of the cut file, it was meant to be!

So, I’ve just kept going, adding bits and pieces until the layout looked complete. I’ve used quite a few older elements from my stash so I’m really happy about that.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you to document some of the time you have spent at home with loved ones. This design would also be really fun to document a house move or renovation or even a back to school type page if you turned it into a school. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY – PART TWO

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Welcome back to our International Scrapbooking Day celebrations! If you missed yesterdays post, here is what you have missed…

Step One – Be sure you are part of our CUT to YOU HQ Facebook community. I will be sharing a bunch of stuff over there, including some fun challenges and spot prizes! I’ve just shared a Project Planner Template I made as my FREE Gift for every member. It’s something I know you will all find very useful – the link to download is in the group xo

Step Two – Shop our SALE!  With 40% off ALL DIGITALS and 20% off CUSTOM CUTS, now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh designs.  Enter INSDDIGITAL for Digital orders and INSDCUSTOM for Custom cut orders*.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie Custom orders $85+ after discounts are applied. (see Sale terms below)

Step Three – If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list…. I’ve just emailed everyone TWO free Cut Files, exclusive to Newsletter Subscribers. Sign up this weekend and I’ll send them to you too! Use them to get creating and give your new Project Planner Template a whirl! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/cuttoyoujoinfamily

Step Four – Check out the inspiration below for ideas for using the FREE files from our fab Design Team.  You’ll also find my tips and tricks for working with cut files here – 5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Files.  

Step Five – Forget about the kids, husband, pets and housework, it’s time to self isolate in your craft room and get creating – you deserve this! xo

Details for the sale – P.S – **Custom Cut orders placed using the Digital code will NOT be processed.  Maximum discount off Custom Cut orders is 20%.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie orders $85+ after discounts are applied.  **Offers ends midnight AEST 3rd May 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Now… onto some more Inspiration from the Design team, today using our second freebie!

How inspiring are all of these! More fun photos of scrappy friends, documenting wonderful crafty places and our love of creating! Perfect for this weekend right 🙂

Thanks so much for joining in, I hope you all have your freebies and the Project Planner Template and are able to find some time to be creative this weekend. Thanks again for being here! Until next time, see you in HQ!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY – PART ONE

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. A huge ‘Happy International Scrapbooking Day’ to you all!! This is one of my most favourite weekends of the year. It’s so much fun and I’m so thankful you are a part of it! There is so much happening today and tomorrow to celebrate, I thought I’d give you a quick run down…

Step One – Be sure you are part of our CUT to YOU HQ Facebook community. I will be sharing a bunch of stuff over there, including some fun challenges and spot prizes! I’ve just shared a Project Planner Template I made as my FREE Gift for every member. It’s something I know you will all find very useful – the link to download is in the group xo

Step Two – Shop our SALE!  With 40% off ALL DIGITALS and 20% off CUSTOM CUTS, now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh designs.  Enter INSDDIGITAL for Digital orders and INSDCUSTOM for Custom cut orders*.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie Custom orders $85+ after discounts are applied. (see Sale terms below)

Step Three – If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list…. I’ve just emailed everyone TWO free Cut Files, exclusive to Newsletter Subscribers. Sign up this weekend and I’ll send them to you too! Use them to get creating and give your new Project Planner Template a whirl! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/cuttoyoujoinfamily

Step Four – Check out the inspiration below for ideas for using the FREE files from our fab Design Team.  You’ll also find my tips and tricks for working with cut files here – 5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Files.  

Step Five – Forget about the kids, husband, pets and housework, it’s time to self isolate in your craft room and get creating – you deserve this! xo

Details for the sale – P.S – **Custom Cut orders placed using the Digital code will NOT be processed.  Maximum discount off Custom Cut orders is 20%.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie orders $85+ after discounts are applied.  **Offers ends midnight AEST 3rd May 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Now… onto some Inspiration hey!

How fun are all of these! I just love the celebration of Scrappy friends and our community and how clever was Raechelle to make a stunning piece for her craft space! Love them all!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiration, until then, see you in HQ!