Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with another layout featuring one of the lovely new March release cut files called Daffodil Posie which can be found here in the shop. As we are still in lockdown here in the UK and I am working from home I take a lunchtime walk around the neighbourhood each day and it’s so lovely seeing the new spring flowers coming out… which of course I have to photograph!

This is a much simpler layout than my usual as normally I like to use quite a lot of embellishments but this time I let the cut file and photos do it on their own! I used the lovely new Pinkfresh Studio ‘Keeping it Real’ collection as it had the perfect yellow patterned paper to use as a frame for my white cardstock background. Once stuck down I stitched around the inner edge with a light teal thread.

I used vellum to create a translucent backing and I stuck it directly to the cut file. Then I decided I needed the leaves to have some colour so behind the vellum I backed the leaves with one of the teal green patterned papers. The teal was quite a strong colour so having the vellum there just toned it down enough to add contrast but not be too bold.

Then I added some pretty shimmery yellow paint to the background using the packaging technique. I wanted to add enough of the yellow so that it would show through the backed daffodil cut file to represent the yellow of the flowers. I dried it off and then added lots of splatters.

I used sticky foam pads to back the cut file before attaching it to the painted background.

My two photos were mounted onto a couple of different patterned papers, the edges were distressed and then I attached these to the right of my layout.

To finish off I added a title, some enamel dots and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the all the other fab new March cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

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Magical Memories | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my second layout for the month featuring an older cut file called Squares Cubed that can be found here in the shop. It’s one I have wanted to use for a while so decided it was perfect to go with my Disney photo and the Simple Stories ‘Say Cheese Main Street’ collection.

After using a black cut file on my last layout I decided to try cutting this one from patterned paper rather than just white cardstock. I cut out 9 of the different square designs (but did end up using only 8) from a black and white spotted paper.

Then I backed them all with different coloured patterned papers from the same collection. Some were raised up on foam pads and some were stuck directly to the cut file so that I got different levels of dimension onto the layout.

It was all quite bold but as my photo is bright and was in traditional 6″x 4″ size (rather than the smaller 3″ x 4″ that I often use) I decided it worked well!

For my layout background I cut a sheet of white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ square, stuck it to a frame of black card and then stitched around the edges in bright yellow thread.

I placed my backed cut file squares onto the layout along with my backed photo and once I was happy with the placement I stuck them all down.

Then I added embellishment clusters above and below the photo all using ephemera and stickers from the same collection.

To finish off I added a coordinating Thickers title, lots of enamel dots and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

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Real Life | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei back again with my first layout share for March and we were challenged to use a black cut file which was something I don’t tend to do but I loved how it really popped from the layout! I used the Star Cluster cut file which you can find here in the shop and as I didn’t actually have any black cardstock I cut it in white and then had to paint it with some black gesso that I had!

I used an older Pink Paislee collection called ‘5th and Monaco’ from my stash to go with the cut file and I think it was a perfect contrast with all the bright pinks, oranges and lime greens against the black! I backed all the stars with different patterned papers that I raised on foam pads to add dimension.

For my background I went a bit crazy with some Distress Oxides in matching colours that I splattered all over the white cardstock in roughly the same area that the cut file was going. I then trimmed the white cardstock down slightly and mounted it onto a frame that I made up of different strips of the patterned paper (mainly because I didn’t have a full piece of patterned paper left!). I added a doodled black border around the edge of the white cardstock just to bring in some black.

I stuck down my backed Star Cluster cut file onto the background and then added my photo which I had mounted onto some patterned paper. Next to the photo I added a card from one of the cut apart sheets, distressing the edges first.

Then I added coordinating ephemera and puffy stickers to the left of my photo, to the left of the Happiness card and at the bottom right of the layout. I then dotted lots of coloured sequins in and around the cut file to add some sparkle!

I finished off with a gold title that I mounted on some patterned paper though wish I had had some more of the bright pink paper left as I think it would have shown up a bit better than it did!

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Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with a layout inspired by love (seeing as it was Valentine’s Day this month) and there are plenty of cut files in the shop to choose from that would work, and as I do really like a wreath design I just had to go with the ‘Circle of Love’ cut file that you can find here.

Now this month we were all provided with a fab new product from Spiegelmom Scraps called Fab Foils to use on our cut files! I had the gold foils to use which were perfect for my love theme and they went beautifully with the Heidi Swapp ‘Storyline’ papers I was using.

You get three foils (6″ x 12″) in a pack and I used two of them to stick onto a sheet of white cardstock that I put through my Silhouette which cut the cut file beautifully! If you want to see more on how to use them, Sara has a video on her YouTube channel taking you through the process.

Once the cut file was cut I decided to back all of the hearts with different patterned papers that were all in similar peach/pink tones. I was going to leave the centre and not back it but I loved how the black and white dots contrasted so had to use it too!

For my background I cut a piece of white cardstock to 11 1/2″ square, distressed the edges and stuck to a frame of coordinating patterned paper. To finish off I stitched a border around the edge in gold thread to add some texture.

My photo was layered up with five small pieces of the patterned papers with all edges distressed. I stuck two tags behind the photo and used some gold thread to loop around the holes a number of times… I can’t add a tag without something through the hole!

This was stuck down on the left side of the layout over the cut file. I then added some additional embellishments to the left and right of the photo, and tucked in some pieces of gold thread on either side to tie in with the gold thread in the tags.

To finish off I added a black title as I really liked how that popped against the softer peach/pink colours, and wrote my journaling just below that.

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases and if you want to get a free cut file each month make sure you sign up for the newsletter here! See you next month….

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Craft a Happy Life | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with a layout celebrating our fab hobby! This ‘Craft a Happy Life’ cut file was perfect to go with this photo of me and my scrapping bestie Niki when we were teaching at a weekend crop in 2019… we’ve been running them online through 2020 so can’t wait until we can get together again!

I wanted to use lots of bright colours to go with the cut file so went with the fab Paige Evans ‘Go the Scenic Route’ collection. Firstly I created my background using a floral patterned paper to frame the white cardstock and then used some sparkly pink metallic thread to stitch a border detail around all four sides.

I took the ‘Craft a Happy Life’ title cut file and backed each letter with different coordinating patterned papers.

Then I backed the paintbrush pot cut file with patterned papers but this time I used foam pads to create some dimension.

Then I attached both of these to the layout background so that I could start to build up all the other details around them.

Firstly I added my 4″ square photo that I had mounted onto different pieces of distressed patterned papers. I tucked it just under the top of the title and then raised it on foam pads at the top edge.

From here I built up a large floral cluster around the top left of the photo using lots of fussy cut flowers and leaves. I added in a few puffy hearts and sparkly enamel dots.

I added a second floral cluster to the bottom right of the paintbrush pot along with a fussy cut butterfly and some hearts and enamel dots.

There was the perfect space to add some journaling under the paintbrush pot.

Finally I embellished the ‘Craft a Happy Life’ title with some soarkly enamel dots and flowers and a few fussy cut butterflies!

I love how this turned out, all the bright colours make me feel happy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and see this month’s latest releases along with a big collection of other fab designs! And if you don’t want to miss out on a fab free cut file each month sign up to the newsletter here… see you next month!

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By the Seaside | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my second layout this month I have one using my fave leaf cut file called ‘Lots of Leaves’ which can be found here in the shop. It is perfect for tucking into floral clusters which is exactly how I used it here….

I decided to use the pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Merry and Bright’ collection as I love the colours and thought they were perfect with my photo, and it shows just how versatile it is for using with non-festive photos!

I went with the wood patterned paper for my background and edged it with distressed strips of the candy stripe cut apart strip. Then I went and fussy cut a whole sheet of flowers from one of the patterned papers…. I find fussy cutting very relaxing and it didn’t take too long as I just did it while sat in front of the TV!

Next I cut three of the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files in white cardstock and backed them with vellum as I wanted a soft, translucent look to them as there would be lots of colours with the flowers.

Then I attached my photo to the layout after mounting it on a piece of pastel green gingham check patterned paper. I kept it flat (rather than add foam pads) as I was going to add lots of dimension anyway with the fussy cut flowers.

I then built up two clusters of fussy cut flowers in opposite corners of the layout along with the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files. I played around with the positioning for a while until I was happy, then I took a photo so I can remember where they go when sticking them down!

I didn’t use much else as I felt the flower clusters didn’t need it, just a small word banner, journaling tag, some hearts and a flair button.

And finally just finished off with some journaling and then added a title using some gold Thickers from my stash…

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases and if you want to get a free cut file each month make sure you sign up for the newsletter here! See you next month….

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Happiness is You | Kirei Baldwin

Happy New Year CUT to YOU fans and wishing you all the best for 2021! This is my first share for the year and I am again using the lovely Oak Tree cut file as I love the delicate details and they cut so beautifully. I have to confess I had actually cut these two additional leaves to use when I was planning my second layout in Dec but didn’t end up using them at the time, so when I had the perfect photo to go with them I just had to use them!

I created a mixed media background using some Shimmerz paints that echoed the colours in the spotty patterned paper and those in my photo. I went with the packaging technique and dried it off between colours and then added lots of splatters.

My photo was mounted on five coordinating patterned papers again with distressed edges to add some texture. Then I attached it to the background with foam pads on the top edge only, I keep the photo flat on the bottom edge as that makes it easier to add embellishments around it. I tucked the two cut file leaves under the photo and stuck them down only at the top edges as I like having them lift off the layout slightly rather than be totally flat.

Then I added matching embellishments and some cute Bramble Fox deer and acorn Perspextives.

I finished off with a title and some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by today, do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop where you will find loads more fab cut files along with the latest releases!

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Gather | Kirei Baldwin

Seasons Greetings CUT to YOU fans! Christmas is almost here and my layout takes me back a few years to our annual Boxing Day walk from my in-law’s house to a local countryside pub. We all have a drink, typically I have a glass of warm mulled wine and we sit by the fire and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

So for this layout I used the lovely Oak Tree cut file, it is really delicate and cut beautifully from some of the Crate Paper Marigold patterned papers.

I added some torn layers to the top of my layout and then created a large photo and embellishment cluster. I firstly mounted my photo and then layered it up with some of the larger ephemera pieces. I tucked in some of the matching embellishments and added a few cute acorn Perspextives from Bramble Fox as they went perfectly with the cut file!

I tucked the two oak tree cut files under the bottom of the photo cluster and only stuck them down in the centre as I still wanted them to lift off the layout to add some dimension.

I finished off with a title from my stash that I stuck onto a piece of coordinating paper as that helped it pop more from the patterned background.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I will be back in the new Year with another layout. Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see all the fab Christmas themed cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Vegas Nights | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a bright and fun layout for my second share of the month using the new Chevron Stripe cut file which you can find here in the shop. It looks just like a giant pocket so of course I needed to make a big shaker pocket….

I cut the Chevron Stripe quite large on my Silhouette from a piece of patterned paper and then distressed the inner edges before I stuck some acetate to the back. I used foam strips all around the edges of the open cut file to create my pocket then filled it with lots of different coloured sequins from my stash. I then backed it with some white cardstock and there was my giant shaker!

I flipped it upside down and stuck down onto some white cardstock. Then I added the triangle piece I had leftover from the cut file to the bottom of the layout. Now time to add my photos and embellishments!

My two photos have been waiting to be scrapped for ages… they are my husband standing outside Planet Hollywood Resort after we had been to see the Backstreet Boys who just happened to be on while we were there… that was a real bonus as they were one of my husband’s fave bands when he was younger! I attached them both to the top right of the layout and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers around the top and bottom edges.

To balance my layout I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left again made up of chipboard stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

I finished off with a bright coloured title and some journaling.

Thanks for popping over to take a look, hope you’ve been inspired to use a cut file to make a giant shaker pocket! Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see the latest releases as well as all the other fab designs… there really is something for everyone!

Happy Scrapping!

So Very Grateful For You | Kirei Baldwin

Hi there CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei back with the first of my layouts for the month and I am using one of the fab new November release cut files called ‘Grateful For You’ that you can find here in the shop. I thought it was perfect to scrap a photo of my husband and me together…

I decided to cut the cut file quite large and pair it with this wreath patterned paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection which I layered onto another of the patterned papers and then stitched around with gold thread for a bit of extra sparkle!

I backed the cut file with one of the coordinating patterned papers and then attached it to the wreath background with foam pads to create dimension.

Finishing the layout was really quite easy then…. I mounted my photo onto a few pieces of patterned paper and then distressed the edges. I added some of the coordinating ephemera, fussy cut rainbows, flair button, sequins and little paper flowers. I did add in that cute yarn rainbow from the Crate Paper ‘Magical Forest’ collection as it matched perfectly! And I was done!

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and see all of the new November releases here…. and if you want to get a FREE cut file each month just sign up here to the CUT to YOU monthly newsletter!

Happy Scrapping!