The Best | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m sharing a layout using one of the newer cut files from the September release called ‘Sundae’ which you can find here in the shop…. it was just perfect to go with this photo of me and a rather large bubble waffle sundae!

I decided to use up some of the July Hip Kit Club kit that I had in my stash and used some of the patterned papers to back the cut file, using foam pads to create dimension.

I used white cardstock for my background and trimmed it down so that I could add a black patterned paper frame to it, which I then machine stitched a border in white thread.

I used a pink distress oxide to add a background using the packaging technique and when that was dry I added some stencilled hearts around the edges of the inky background. Then I finished off with some splatters of mint green shimmery watercolours.

Then I attached my fun Sundae cut file to the background and and added my photo which I mounted using a mix of patterned papers.

I added a large embellishment cluster to the right of my photo and then dotted around some sequins and small flat backed pink pearls.

I finished off with some journaling and a pretty pink title to match my sundae!

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Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with another layout featuring a cut file from one of the releases earlier this year called Floral Mandala 2 which you can find here in the shop….

I decided to back the cut file with different patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection, which I raised up with foam pads to add the dimension that I love!

As I was going to add the cut file to a white cardstock background I wanted some additional colour so that it popped from the background. I used some paints from my stash in coordinating blue and coral colours and applied them using the ‘packaging’ technique and then flicked lots of splatters with a paintbrush. I then stuck that to a frame of the woodgrain paper from the ‘These Days’ collection and stitched a border around the edge using white thread, subtle but adds texture and definition.

Once the cut file was stuck down I could add my photo which I mounted to one of the coordinating journaling cards and the scalloped edge frame ephemera.

I then added a couple of floral clusters either side of my photo.

A few fussy cut butterflies added at opposite corners helps draw the eye to the centre of the layout.

Finally the ‘together’ title from the Foam Title Stickers pack was added just below the photo. I did add my journaling but forgot to do it before I took the photo, but it is there!

Thanks for stopping by, 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 a fab free cut file each month! And don’t forget to share your layouts with us over at CTY HQ on Facebook or tag us on Instagram using @cut_to_you, we love to see what you create with all the fab cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Autumn Leaves | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m here today with a layout using one of the fab new releases called Fall Leaf Circle which you can find here in the shop. I combined it with the autumnal Paige Evans ‘Bungalow Lane’ collection and some photos from last year showing all the glorious leaf colours we saw as we went on our daily walks.

I backed the cut file with one of the papers that has lots of different patterned squares on it so was perfect as the patterns were smaller and just right for the each of the leaves!

Then I prepared my white cardstock background my covering the edges with a piece of paper so that just a sort of elongated circle was left in the middle and then added lots of splatters using shimmery paints to match the colours in the patterned papers.

Because I didn’t want the cut file to be too hidden behind my photos I cut it in half which meant only a small part was covered. I stuck that down to the background using sticky foam pads to add dimension and then added lots of small jewel embellishments from my stash. I had some of the fab autumn leaf Bramble Fox Perspextives in my stash and these went perfectly added in around the cut file.

I mounted each of my photo in a colour to coordinate with the photo and then distressed the edges slightly, as this allows them to stand out a little more when layered up. Then I added these to my layout with more sticky foam pads.

To finish off I added a title using the coordinating ‘Bungalow Lane’ alphas which I stuck onto some of the dark navy patterned paper so they stood out above the cut file, along with some other gold Thickers from my stash.

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Happy Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have another layout to share using the older Hearts on Strings cut file which you can find here in the shop! I decided to use it as a layer between the patterned paper background and my photo so that it added some definition but also highlighted that fabulous ombre paper from the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection.

I cut the Hearts on Strings cut file in white cardstock so that it popped out from the background. I stuck it down flat but only used glue in a few places so that parts of it still lifted slightly as I wanted to keep some dimension in my layout.

Then I took all the inner hearts that were leftover from the main cut file and painted them in colours to match the background, using some pretty shimmery watercolours from my stash.

My portrait photo was mounted on a coordinating piece of patterned paper and I stuck that down centrally using sticky foam pads on the top edge only. On the bottom edge I added my title using the ‘Happy Together’ from the ephemera pack raising it up on sticky foam pads.

With the hearts now all dry I added them around the photo raising some on foam pads and leaving others flat (though only using glue in the centre) as I curved up the edges.

Then I added lots of embellishments from the collection… puffy stickers, ephemera, clear stickers, wooden buttons, gold hearts and little word stickers.

To finish off I stitched a border around the edge of the layout in gold thread as I just felt it needed something to pull it together and flicked some splatters of gold paint all around the cut file.

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Sweet Friends | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m sharing my first layout for August and this time I’m using the lovely Rosey Posey Polaroid cut file as a background piece…. you can find it here in the shop! I thought it was perfect to go with the pretty Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection.

I firstly painted the cut file with soft shimmery pink and sparkly green watercolours. Once it was dry I backed the rose and leaves with vellum and the polaroid element with a floral patterned paper. I love the delicate look the vellum gives to the cut file, and still allows the background to peep through.

Then I used the packaging technique to add more of the pink watercolour to an 11″ x 11″ white cardstock background and when that was dry added pink and gold splatters. I stitched that down onto a 12″ x 12″ black and white zig zag patterned paper frame.

I added stick foam pads to the back of the polaroid part of the cut file and stuck it down to the background, before adding my square photo that was mounted onto one of the patterned papers.

There was a fab floral paper that I fussy cut a couple of large pink flowers from and then tucked them under both sides of my photo. They were only stuck down in the centres so that I could curl up the petals for added dimension.

Then I went through the matching embellishments and added house, butterfly, cupcake and bow stickers, puffy floral and heart stickers, gold glitter epoxy hearts and a word banner.

To finish off I added a title using the coordinating word Thickers and alpha stickers and popped some journaling just to the right side of the layout.

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Pool Cocktails | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! We have a celebration this month as it’s CUT to YOU’s 3rd birthday! Woo hoo! Happy Birthday! To celebrate each of the Design Team are scraplifting one of Gwen’s past layouts…. I chose one she did back in March 2020 which you can find here, and I followed the design of the layout by using a large cutfile to the left of the photo.

I chose the fun Tropical Punch cut file which can be found here in the shop as it was perfect to go with my photo of a past holiday back in 2019 to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

I decided to back the cut file using different patterned papers from the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Sunkissed’ collection. The different pieces were all raised on foam pads to add dimension.

Once I placed the cut file on my white cardstock background I realised it needed something more behind it to ground it and help it stand out more. So I added a smooshy teal background using the packaging technique and some lovely shimmery watercolour paints from my stash. Then I finished off with lots of splatters… and once dry, I stitched it using gold thread to a frame of yellow cardstock.

I tucked my photo, which was mounted on one of the patterned papers from the collection in just behind the bottom right flower on the cut file.

I picked out some of the fun coordinating ephemera, clear stickers and gold hearts from and created two embellishment clusters to the bottom left of the cut file and bottom right of my photo. Because I wanted some of the clear stickers to be stuck over some of my photo and the cut file I stuck them onto white cardstock first and then fussy cut around them. This helps them stand out more an allows you to layer them.

Then I finished off with a title using two different Thickers alphas from my stash and of course added some journaling below my photo.

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Artist @ Work | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my first layout for the month and I am using an older cut file called ‘Office Clips’ which can be found here in the shop. I thought the three clipboards would make great shaker pockets as well as being the perfect base for my photos, this way it looks like the photos are clipped to the clipboards.

I decided that the fab Vicki Boutin ‘Colour Study’ collection was perfect for this layout as my photos feature my husband’s godson Oscar painting his ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ figures and the collection has a real arty, crafty feel to it!

Firstly I cut the three ‘Office Clips’ cut files from white cardstock making sure they were big enough so there was enough room to see the shaker elements once the photo was attached to each one. Then I backed each of the clipboard sections on each cut file with some clear acetate before backing the clips with a dark patterned paper to mimic those black bulldog clips that you get from the office. I cut the backing for the clipboards from a striped paper and a lime green grid design paper. Then I added foam pads to the back of each clipboard section to create a wall so that the shaker elements won’t fall out. I filled the first shaker with tiny star sequins and stuck one of the striped papers to the back.

I filled the second one with larger rubber stars and tiny star sequins and backed it with the lime green grid design paper

For the final one I stuck tiny black word stickers and puffy stars all over the backing to look like they were shaker pieces and then added the final piece of striped paper to the back…. shaker pockets complete!

I cut a piece of the spotty patterned paper to 11 1/2″ square, distressed the edges and then stuck it to a frame of the lime green grid design patterned paper (after gutting the middle from it). I added wavy, random lines of black stitching all around the edges.

I stuck each of the ‘Office Clips’ cut files down but left room for me to be able to tuck ephemera under the edges if I wanted to. I mounted my small photos onto different patterned papers and added black stitching around the edge of each one. Then I added one photo to each of the clipboard shakers.

Then I pulled out the coordinating embellishments (stickers, ephemera, puffy stickers) and added those around each photo and a couple of larger ephemera pieces were tucked under the first two clipboards.

I added my title ‘Artist @ Work’ using the matching ‘Color Study’ alpha (the @ was from another alpha in my stash). I decided I needed to add something else under the title so picked out a few more ephemera pieces which worked to direct the eye to the right side of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by, hope it has inspired you to try making a shaker pocket with one of the cut files next time! Do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file release and if you haven’t already make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on a fab free cut file each month!

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Crazy Love | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a layout to share today using the ‘Crazy Love Circle’ cut file which I have had cut for a while and totally forgotten to use! I really like how it turned out combined with the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Noteworthy’ collection. Definitely a popular choice this month as the lovely Belinda Jane has also used the same cut file, pop over to her post here to see how fab it looks with a different colour scheme!

I cut the ‘Crazy Love Circle’ cut file pretty large from white cardstock using my Silhouette as I wanted to make it the main feature of my layout and my photo needed to fit within the circle. I decided to back each of the cut file letters with a different colour from the ‘Noteworthy’ collection, and used foam pads to attach them behind the cut file to create some depth.

I then attached my white cardstock to a multi coloured frame using one of the cut apart papers.

I added my portrait photo to the centre of the circle cut file, raising the top edge with foam pads.

Then I created a diagonal design of embellishment clusters from top right to bottom left using lots of the coordinating ephemera, stickers, wooden buttons, puffy stickers and enamel dots.

I obviously didn’t need a title as the cut file words were perfect for my photo and journaling!

Thanks for stopping by, 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 a fab free cut file each month!

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Sunshine and Ice-cream | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m here with a summer themed layout and I used the very appropriate ‘Soft Serve’ cut file which you can find here in the shop. It was perfect to go with my ice-cream photo from our week away last September in Mundesley on the Norfolk coast here in the UK.

To go with my holiday theme I used the colourful new Simple Stories ‘Sunkissed’ collection. I used one of the patterned papers with the wave design as my background, firstly trimming it down slightly and then distressing the edges before attaching to a frame of white cardstock.

I decided to have double ice-cream cones to replicate my photo so cut two the same size in white cardstock. I picked one of the patterned papers in a soft peach ombre to back the cone part of my cut file, but first I ran the paper through my Big Shot using an embossing folder with lots of small uneven squares all over it so that it ended up looking like the texture of an ice-cream cone. I think it looked pretty realistic! I then cut two pieces of the embossed patterned paper to fit the cone part of the ice-cream cone and attached them using foam pads to add some dimension.

For one of the cut file cones I backed the ice-cream part with some vellum, again raised up on foam pads and then added one of the bright pink patterned papers behind that. I used the vellum first to tone it down slightly and give it a more frosty look. I just had to add a large enamel dot to look like a cherry!

For the second cut file I wanted to create a shaker pocket using some fun coloured sprinkles (they look like hundreds and thousands!) from Little Things. I stuck some clear plastic packaging to the back of the ice-cream part of the cut file, then added strips of foam pads all around the edges before filling with the sprinkles! I backed it with some white cardstock to lock them all in…

Then I layered the two cut files centrally to my background and stuck down, before tucking in my square photo that was mounted onto one of the coordinating striped papers.

I added two embellishment clusters, a larger one to the bottom right of the layout and a smaller one at the top of the right ice-cream cut file and used lots of fun coordinating stickers and enamel dots from the collection.

My title is a combination of the ‘Sunshine’ sticker from the ‘Sunkissed’ sticker sheet and some other alphas from my stash. I tucked in a cute sun and some enamel dots just above the title which created my third focal point to balance the layout. A few lines of journaling and I was done!

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Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a fun layout today featuring a cut file that I have used before though I cut it much larger last time! It’s called Spring Tulip and can be found here in the shop.

I wanted to use quite a few smaller photos of a walk we did in our local park in March. It was lovely seeing the spring flowers all coming out but was slightly odd when I spotted all the knitted ducks hanging off the trees! On closer inspection they had been put there for children to find as part of a Duck Hunt! The Simple Stories ‘Bunnies and Blooms’ collection was perfect for this layout, I used the pretty ditsy floral paper as a frame that I stitched my main white cardstock background to using yellow thread.

As I was using six small photos I cut the Spring Tulip cut file quite small. I went traditional and backed the three Spring Tulip cut files with a mix of the patterned papers from the collection, all mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

These were then added to the centre of my layout in a vertical design. I then tucked my small photos, that had all been mounted on patterned paper and edges distressed, in and around each of them.

I then fussy cut the bunny, duck and basket of flowers from one of the patterned papers and added them to the layout, along with a mix of embellishments including puffy stickers, enamel dots and word stickers. The cute bunny Perspextives from Bramble Fox just had to be included on this very Spring layout!

To finish off I added a title using a mini alpha from Thickers 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!

Happy Scrapping!