HOLIDAY CHEER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Introducing… KIT TO YOU

Hey Creatives,

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

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

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

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

What’s in my Kit?

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

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

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Meet the new Design Team!

Hi Creatives!

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

I’m Gwen Wruck, I live on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland with my hubby who happens to be a pro-photographer and daughter Caitlin, the most photographed child on the planet!

I started scrapping in 1998 and still absolutely love it.  I have worked on many design teams and am currently designing for Cocoa Vanilla Studios and love showcasing products, sharing ideas and connecting with the scrap community.  I have enjoyed having articles and layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories and JOT magazines and am thrilled to be a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2017.  I also teach at a local store The Stampers Hut AND I’m the owner and Chief designer of CUT to YOU!! All of which keeps me very busy!

Check out Created By Gwen for more.

Hi, I’m Tamara, a 30 something wife and Mumma to two not-so-little princesses. I have been scrapbooking for around 15 years and love it more today than ever! I would say my style is ‘girly-grunge’ and my layouts can swing from either end of this spectrum. I love to make messy and textured layouts, but can also rip out some paper pieces and pretties and be equally happy. I look forward to sharing my CUT to YOU creations with you! Tamara’s blog is here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND there you have it, our talented design team, be sure to pop by and check out their blogs and seek them out on our Facebook group, CUT to YOU HQ they all share their work there and you’ll love their creations.

Until next time,

Christmas Giveaway – Holly Jolly Christmas Day 12

Hey Creatives,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired and ready to create!

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

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Christmas Gift Stack Day 1

Hey Creatives,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired and ready to create!

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

HAPPY CHRISTMAS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends!

I hope you are all well!  Gwen up on the blog today with a new share, and yes, it’s a Christmas layout! I am feeling so festive already and am loving all of the Christmas ideas I’m seeing at the moment.  AND, yes… I am still considering doing December Daily this year! Every year I really want to and then I don’t think I’ll take enough photos so I skip it. I just love the idea of it though for sure! For now, I’m all about Christmas layouts…. and this one features a sweet little pic of Miss C from Christmas 2019 when we were on vacation.

The design of the page started with my photo. I always aim to get last years Christmas photos scrapbooked before the next Christmas as I’ve found come January, I’m not really in the Christmas creating mood. It’s so nice in the lead up to the festive season to be making Christmas themed pages so now’s the time I get them all done! I also wanted to use a couple of the new Christmas designs. First up the stocking ‘Christmas Stocking‘ and secondly, the title ‘Happy Christmas‘.I’m working with the latest Christmas collection by Pink Fresh Studio and began by backing both of the cut files. I had in mind that the stocking would be on the left of the page and the title on the right with my photo in between. I just mixed and matched the pattern papers until I was happy. Then, backed my photo in coordinating colours.

With lots of patterns in the cut files, I wanted to make my background white but found even with foam, the files weren’t popping off the page. So.. I got brave and added some watercolour to my background. I’m so so happy with how it looks, it’s still in my subtle style but really gave the page the dimension and pop it needed. Watercolour done and positions of the files and photos sorted, it was time for some embellishments.

This one was a little tricky to embellish actually, as there was a lot going on with the two cut files so I just wanted to add a little more detail. I started by adding in two of the sweet little deer icons and really just built the clusters around them. I’ve gone with the main cluster above my title and then some smaller ones to lead the eye around the page. I’ve then finished it off with some enamel dots.

I really love the cool and fresh vibe of this page and all the details of the pattern papers and of course the cut files! I hope you are getting your Christmas craft on and as always I love seeing your pages – be sure to tag #cuttoyou on your creations so I can find them AND they may even be featured on the CUT to YOU Instagram!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Cut Files

Hey Creatives,

Gwen with you on the blog today, I hope you are well.   I get asked all of the time about what I would recommend to anyone looking at getting an electronic die cutting machine for the first time.  There is a lot of info out there and it can be overwhelming, so, today I thought I’d share my personal recommendations for starting out; what you DO and don’t need.  Here are my 5 essentials, get these and you’re ready to get creating!

First things first, you need a cutting machine!

My recommendation will always be a Silhouette and in particular a Cameo.  I personally cut with a Cameo 3 however there is a new model recently released –  Cameo 4.  I haven’t heard enough reviews at this stage to confidently recommend the Cameo 4, but I’d definitely recommend the Cameo 3.    You can see the Cameo 3 features here.  I’ve found specifications for the Cameo 4 here.  You will want to have a think about the types of projects you will be working on to make your choice.  Currently, the Cameo 3 is doing a stellar job of meeting the needs of CUT to YOU and myself.

Also, you will need a computer of some sort as well as the FREE Silhouette Studio Software which you can download here.  A great idea is to download the software before you even buy a machine and have a play.  Check out the features and see if its right for you.

Next, cutting mats.  Now if you are under warranty, you should not use anything but genuine Silhouette parts.  Doing so will void your warranty!  Once you are out of warranty, I’d recommend the Universal Crafts 12 x 12 inch sticky Cutting Mats.  Currently, these are $6.99 compared to the Silhouette mats at $17.99, so a great cost-saving especially if you are cutting a lot like I do!

Next, blades.  Now, this is tricky because I’m still on the fence about the auto blade.  Cameo 3 and 4 now work with an automatically adjusting blade called the Autoblade (Side note! **The Cameo 4 auto blade is different to the Cameo 3 auto blade) and in theory, it’s great in that you don’t have to adjust the blade to different settings for your different materials.  My experience though is that it is fickle… it’s very sensitive and I have had a couple last only a few weeks!  I pretty much only cut on white card so I don’t need to adjust blade settings much at all, so, I’m personally thinking of switching back to the Premium blade.  The Auto blade is $17.99 and the Premium Blade $26.99 but the Premium blade does last 3 times as long as the regular blade.  Deep cutting and fabric blades are also available, you don’t need these to start… but hey, if you are feeling adventurous go for it!

Next up.. Accessories.  The only one I think you 100% need is the scraper.  You can buy them individually or as part of a tool kit.  The weeding tools are handy if you are planning on cutting vinyl but if your machine is just for papercraft, you absolutely don’t need them.  The scraper, on the other hand, is a must-have to help get your files off that sticky mat.

And lucky last cardstock…  I have been using American Crafts basic cardstock but I am considering changing over to their new Precision option once I’m out of my current stock.  I am getting some issues with the paper splitting as I pull it off my cutting mat and I’ve heard this will fix that.  You can see more about that here.  I’ll update with my thoughts once I’ve had a chance to fully trial the Precision card.  Remember too you can cut on any pattern paper as well which is always a really nice effect.  My favourite pattern paper to use are by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Pink Fresh Studio – both beautiful quality and nice and thick.

And that’s it… the 5 things you need to start cutting your own digital cut files.

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU Newsletter.  Every 2 weeks I send everyone on the list a FREE digital cut file.  Not on the list? You can sign up here.

Until next time,

DESIGN TEAM CALL OUT!

Love our cut files and want to join our team?  Now’s the time!

Requirements:

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

For this term, we are looking for designers who own an electronic die cutting machine.  Silhouette, Cricut or Brother Scan and Cut owners highly regarded.  Design team members will receive a generous amount of cut files to create with during their term and a generous discount for extra purchases.

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. 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 Saturday, 30th November 2019 (AEST).
  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!

 

SWEET LOVE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you all have a creative weekend ahead planned.  Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share, a sweet page that features my hubby and daughter.  This photo was actually taken very recently on a family lunch for my recent birthday.  Part of my birthday gift request was a quick family photoshoot so you’re sure to be seeing more of these photos in upcoming projects.

The design of the page for this one started with the cut file – this one is called ‘Floral Bouquet Set‘.  This was released recently and being the floral lover than I am, I just had to use it!  I’ve cut it out quite large as I had planned for it to be the main element of my page and then went about backing it.  I’ve gone with quite plain pattern papers and blocked the colour on the leaves and petals.With that done, I then just went about positioning the cut file and my photos on the page.  I was really keen to get both photos on this one, something I don’t do a lot and would like to do more!  I love how they both tell the story of their sweet relationship.  I just kept shuffling things around until I was happy with the position of everything.I’ve positioned the bottom cut file (the largest one) flat on to my background and then raised on foam the second cut file piece.  I love how I now have beautiful layers in my cut file and lots of details on my page.I’ve also raised the photos up with some foam for added dimension.Next, I’ve added in my title.  I wanted to pull a pop of black from the photos into my embellishment features and found this chipboard word ‘sweet’ in black that was perfect.  I also found a bold white and black word ‘love’ so my title has become ‘Sweet Love’.    This is one of the things I really love about working with cut files, you can pull older embellishments from your stash that are not quite enough to make a page and stretch them into a full layout.  The cut file pulls the few extra elements together.I’ve also pulled from my stash some sweet puffy hearts, some photo corners, and a soft pink bow.  I’ve also used some Epoxy Flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio and I just love how they finish off the page. I love this sweet page and it actually came together pretty fast, so I hope it inspires you in some way and as always, I really do love seeing what you make so please keep sharing your projects with me!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,