Happy Birthday | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! Kirei back with my second layout for the month and I am using another one of this month’s new cut files and it’s the perfect one to go along with CUT to YOU‘s 2nd birthday celebrations this month! The cut file is the ‘Happy Birthday’ title cut file and was just right to use with these photo’s of my husband’s godson’s 11th birthday that was also this month! CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_HappyBirthday_layoutB_July2020_withfooterXHappyBirthdayTitle

I cut the ‘Happy Birthday’ title in white cardstock but also used the offset feature in Silhouette to create a solid mat for the title that I then cut out of one of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Legendary’ patterned papers.

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I wanted to add shaker pockets to some of the letters so to do this I added some clear plastic packaging to the back of the ‘B’, ‘R’ and ‘D’ before using thin strips of sticky backed foam to create a wall round each letter. I then filled each one with some sequins before adding the backing. Now I did actually back each one individually as that was easier than trying to attach the entire title mat on with the loose sequins!

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For my background I distressed an 11″ x 11″ piece of the ‘Legendary’ woodgrain paper and stuck that onto a frame of the ‘Legendary’ star paper. I then added the entire title to the layout using foam pads as I really wanted it to pop from the page.

I layered my photos onto some of the coordinating patterned papers from the collection and stuck them down using foam pads on the the top edge creating a cascading effect above the title.

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To finish off I added some of the matching ephemera, clear stickers, stickers and enamel dots to embellish the layout… and that was me done!

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I was also joining in with one of the two fun challenges to celebrate CUT to YOU’s 2nd birthday this month called ‘Two-Riffic’….

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Anyone can join in, you just need to use a CUT to YOU cut file on your layout and add a pic of your layout to the relevant album on the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

Cute Snapshot | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! It’s CUT to YOU’s 2nd Birthday and Gwen has a month of celebrations going on including a YouTube hop with some fab Guest Designers, a bunch of new cut files, and two fun challenges with prizes to be won!

My first layout for the month uses one of the brand new cut files called Star Trio that can be found here in the shop.CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_CuteSnapshot_layoutA_July2020

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I also played along with the Moodboard Challenge that was full of pretty pinks, pops of black and lots of fun images to be inspired by! Anyone can join in as long as you use a CUT to YOU cut file on your layout, then add your layout to the relevant album in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group to be in with a chance to win a prize pack!  Entries close 10th August 2020.

Now when I started my layout I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do other than I wanted to cut out lots of the stars and paint them all! I painted them while they were still on the Silhouette mat as that makes it easier. I also added some white and gold splatters, then let them dry before removing them from the mat. Then I stitched each one onto the white cardstock background with gold thread.

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This was mounted onto a bright pink patterned paper frame and also stitched with gold thread.

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I added a square photo that I mounted onto some patterned paper and white tissue paper. Then added lots of coordinating embellishments along the bottom of the photo including ephemera flowers, hearts and tags, a pink tassel, flair badge, puffy hearts and gold twine.

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My title was stuck to some of the bright pink patterned paper so that it stood out from the background.

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My journaling is on one of the two tags that I popped behind my photo.

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I added more gold splatters to the entire layout and then lots of pretty pale pink sequins to finish off.

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I hope you are inspired by my layout, do make sure you check out all of the other fab creations by the Design Team as well as our Guest Designers for this month’s birthday celebrations!  You can find lots more details on Gwen’s blog post here

Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

Happy Times | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! I’m back with a second layout for June using a cut file that I have had cut for some time and just hadn’t got round to using! It’s called ‘Doodle Frames Background’ and you can see it here in the CUT to YOU shop.

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I decided to paint each of the frames a different colour to match the Crate Paper ‘Sweet Story’ collection that I wanted to use. I used some pretty, shimmery paints that I have in my stash that matched perfectly!

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Then using foam pads for dimension I backed each of the frames with a different patterned paper (except the one that my photo was going on).

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I stuck the frames down to the patterned paper background that I had already stitched around with gold thread and splattered with white paint. I added my small square photo and mounted it on foam pads to give dimension.

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Then I just added a mix of matching ephemera, chipboard stickers and stickers to embellish the frames.

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To finish off I added my title into the long oblong frame and some journaling in the space at the bottom left of the layout.

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Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see lots more fab cut files, along with the latest June releases! And if you want to receive a free cut file every month make sure you subscribe here so you don’t miss out!

Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

Sweet | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! It’s Kirei here with a layout using one of the older cut files called ‘Squiggle’ which is available here in the CTY shop. I love the randomness of this design and decided to cut it into two pieces to create a diagonal effect across the layout. I’m going for a ‘white on white’ effect to give the layout a subtle background but by still adding texture. Have a look at Gwen’s blog post on ’30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts’ as ‘white on white’ features at #6, and if you are looking for new idea’s there are loads more!

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I stuck the cut file down directly to the white cardstock but only used glue in some areas as I didn’t want it to be totally flat.

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I snipped off one of the squiggles and added it on it’s own to fill the gap I had.

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I layered my photo onto a few pieces of patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘More than Words’ and ‘Love Always’ (not that I’m hoarding them at all!) and lightly distressed the edges. Then I added it to the layout using foam pads to give dimension.

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I then used some coordinating ephemera, enamel hearts, wood veneers, vellum ephemera and puffy stickers to embellish around the photo. I clustered them together by colour… yellow and pink.

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There are lot’s more fab cut file designs in the CUT to YOU shop along with some new June releases which are equally great… it’s hard to decide which one to use next! If you don’t already subscribe then pop over here and sign up as you get a free cut file each month!

Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

Homemade Happiness | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone, Kirei here with my second layout for the month and this time I used two of the fab new May cut files… called ‘Homemade Happiness’ and ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ that are available now in the CUT to YOU shop! Now I don’t bake normally and am not a fancy cook but during lockdown I have been trying out new recipes and decided I needed to bake my husband’s favourite chocolate flapjacks! Nothing fancy but a big deal for me as I just wouldn’t normally do it…. so they had to make it onto a layout and these cut files where just perfect!CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_HomemadeHappiness_layoutB_May2020v2_withfooter

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I decided to use the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Noteworthy’ collection as I love the colours but better still there was a cute little bakery shop in the ephemera pack which was perfect to go with the two baking themed cut files!

For my background I picked a pretty yellow gingham patterned paper, then cut a curved strip from the top and bottom of the layout. I distressed the cut edges then backed the top and bottom with the same patterned paper that I used for the cut file title.

I cut the ‘Homemade Happiness’ cut file title twice, from one of the patterned papers and from white cardstock as I wanted to combine the two. I filled in the ‘HAPPINESS’ letters with the ones I cut from the white cardstock, this helped it stand out more against my yellow gingham check background. I stuck it down with foam pads as wanted to add some dimension.

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Then I cut the ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ oven glove also from white cardstock and backed it with a pretty floral patterned paper. I attached it straight to the background but only in the centre as I curved the edges of the oven glove for more dimension. Then I added a small wooden enamel button to make it look like the oven glove was hung on it.

 

 

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To finish off I added three small photos that I backed with a coordinating patterned paper, these are stuck down flat on the bottom edge and raised on foam pads at the top edges.

I finished off with some cute ephemera, puffy stickers and enamel dots to the right of my photos, and as a cluster at the bottom of the layout… love the little bakery!

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To see more of the fab new releases don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop  and if you haven’t already then come and join in with the inspiration and chat over at the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page!

Happy scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

Love | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! I’m here with a layout using one of the fab new May cut file releases, this one is called ‘All You Need is Love’ and is available over in the CUT to YOU shop. This is a very girly layout and I went for lots of pretty colours, layered flowers and cute little icons!

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I often cut out my cut files from white cardstock but decided to mix it up and go with one of the patterned papers in the Echo Park ‘All Girl’ collection. I then backed each line of the cut file with a coordinating patterned paper.

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For the base of the layout I used a raspberry coloured patterned paper that I attached to a frame (which was from the same patterned paper as the cut file). I stitched around all four sides and distressed the edges and then I watered down some white paint and added lots of splatters to the background. Now I stuck down the cut file which I mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

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I used just the one square photo that I mounted with a few of the patterned papers then stuck that to the layout using foam pads… I do love adding dimension!

Then it was time to add some embellishments, now I only have the matching sticker sheet with this collection so made some of my own layered flowers using different size punches and patterned papers. 

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Then I tucked in some cute little stickers, a fussy cut rainbow and some pretty pastel acrylic hearts to finish off. I added my journaling along the bottom of the layout and didn’t bother with a title as I think the fab cut file says everything!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Why don’t you pop  on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see the rest of the fab new May releases… and if you haven’t already come and join the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group for more inspiration and chat!

Happy scrapping and stay safe!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

 

Fun Times | Kirei Baldwin

Hi Everyone! I’m loving the new ‘Home Bodies’ collection of cut files in the CUT to YOU shop, they are just perfect for documenting about the time we are spending at home right now…. I loved the ‘Our House’ cut file and used it along with a photo of my husband and I getting together for a virtual quiz night with friends over the Easter weekend, thank goodness for the video chat apps available!

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I used a patterned paper from Paige Evans ‘Bloom St’ collection to cut the ‘Our House’ cut file from and then backed it with the coordinating acetate.

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I backed the windows with one of the plainer patterned papers popped up with foam pads as I wanted there to be some dimension on the house.

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I added some floral embellishment clusters around my photo and at the top left of the house.

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And then finished off with a title, the word ‘FUN’ layered onto patterned paper to make it stand out.

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Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to have a look at all the other fab new cut files over in the CUT to YOU shop and pop on over to the CUT to YOU Facebook group to share your CTY cut file layouts!

Happy Scrapping and Stay Safe!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

 

Live For Today | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s April already, I’m in the UK and the weather is really lovely this week… won’t even need a coat to go outside which I have been in every day until now. The temperature has literally changed overnight!

So for my first layout this month I am using the fab ‘Live For Today’ title cut file that you can find here in the CUT to YOU shop….

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CTYLiveForToday (1)I cut it in white card and then decided I wanted to paint the word ‘today’ so just cut it apart from the ‘LIVE FOR’. I took inspiration for the paint colours from the striped patterned papers I was using. I carefully blended one colour into the next then once it was dry added some white highlights to each letter. Then I wanted to add more definition to the word so stuck it to some of the striped patterned paper and carefully cut around it leaving a small border. CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LiveForToday_layoutA_April2020bThen I backed the ‘LIVE FOR’ with some of the coordinating patterned papers. I popped it up on foam pads just over the right side of the photo, then stuck the ‘today’ down straight to the layout. I only used glue along the centre of the word so I could still create some dimension from the non-stuck edges.CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LiveForToday_layoutA_April2020dCutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LiveForToday_layoutA_April2020aI added small striped paper strips down the left side of the white card and added some coordinating stitching for texture. On the right side of the layout I tore off a piece from the edge of the white card and added a strip of the same patterned paper just underneath. My photo is mounted on four different patterned papers and then stuck directly to the white card.

 

I added a little tassel banner and some coordinating word and star stickers. CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LiveForToday_layoutA_April2020cTo finish off my layout I added some paint splatters to the background and wrote my journaling.

Thanks for looking, pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see lots more fab cut files including the brand new April releases!

Happy Scrapping!DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

 

 

So Berry Sweet | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! It’s Kirei back with my second layout for the month featuring another of the fab March cut file releases called ‘So Berry Sweet’ which is available here in the CUT to YOU shop now!CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_SoBerrySweet_layoutB_March2020_withfooter

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I decided I wanted more than just the one strawberry for my page so once I opened the design on my Silhouette I used the ungroup function to separate the strawberry from the title. Then I highlighted the strawberry and clicked regroup, before copying it so I had three of them which I then resized.

I cut the three strawberries and the title out of white cardstock, but also cut the title out of the same patterned paper that I was using as a frame for my layout.

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Before removing the strawberries from the silhouette mat I painted them with some watercolour paints. Once they were dry I stuck the outer part of the design onto vellum and then added back all the small pips one by one! I made it easier by putting the inner part of the cut file back which helped me stick them in the right place…

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I stitched some white cardstock onto my patterned paper frame and then layered up my photos onto some coordinating patterned papers.  I then stuck down the strawberries around my two photos, and added some cute matching embellishments.

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I finished off by layering the two titles together but slightly off centre so that the patterned paper title was just showing out from the edge.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_SoBerrySweet_layoutB_March2020aThanks for popping by, don’t forget to check out all the fab designs over in the CUT to YOU shop! See you next month…

Happy Scrapping!DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

Life’s Short | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone, Kirei here with a new layout featuring one of the fab CUT to YOU March releases! I’ve gone a little fruity and am using two of the new fruit cut files for my shares this month, the first one is the ‘Lemons’ cut file…

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Now I have to confess that this didn’t end up how I planned it… as it was initially going to have a giant shaker for the centre lemon slice! So… what happened? Well I backed the two outer lemons with patterned paper raised on foam pads and when it came to doing the middle one I realised that I had forgotten to back it first with some vellum! Oops…. so then looked to see if I could recover it but decided I was likely to end up ripping some of the cut file so onto plan B!

I wanted to back the centre with the same patterned paper as I had used for the layout frame but it was a little too bold so backed it with vellum first and then the paper and it was perfect! Remember there are no mistakes in scrapbooking, only opportunities!

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I added my photo to the top left of the layout mounted with lots of layers of matching papers and some tags. Then added some of the ephemera to either side of the photo.

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I added a few fussy cut lemons and some of the ephemera down to the bottom right just to balance the photo cluster in the top left.

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I searched online for an appropriate lemony title and thought this one was perfect to go with my photo of us out and about at an event near to us…. ‘Life’s short, live it with zest!’

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I hope you’re feeling inspired…. why not pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see all the new releases and loads more fab cut files! And don’t forget to join us over on the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page… see you later this month for another fruity layout!

Happy scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin