12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Tree Duo Day 7

Hi creatives!

Marie with you on the blog today. Welcome to day 7 of the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY which is another chance to grab a beautiful CUT to YOU cutfile for FREE!

And here’s today’s cutfile which you will find here:

And here’s my layout:

I started by cutting the cutfile twice as I wanted to overlap the trees to make it look more like a forest to fit with the theme of the layout. I wanted to document the trip we took to choose and cut down a Christmas tree for our new house!

I backed the trees using papers from the Crate Paper Snowflake collection which is also where the navy background paper is from.

I added the title ‘Family Time’ using a perspective from Bramble Fox and puffy letters from the Home for the Holidays collection from Pinkfresh.

I added some cute little cardstock stickers around the page, again from the Pinkfresh collection, and ripped a small section from the top and bottom of the page to add a few scraps of paper peeking out.

The final touch was to add some white splatters using watered down acrylic paint. You will find a process video here if you’d like to see how it all came together:

Inspired and ready to create? Simply enter the code: TREEDUO at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary.

This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 7th, 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!

Until next time,

Marie x

You are Pretty Amazing | Marie Hirst

Hi there CUT to YOU friends! It’s Marie here and today I have a super sweet layout to share with you! I used the new ‘You are Pretty Amazing’ cutfile for this one and I LOVE it! You’ll find it here in the shop.

And here’s the cutfile:

First of all, I cut the cutfile from white cardstock. I resized it so that it was ten inches across. I then used some of the turquoise shades of cardstock from the Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection to back the cutfile. I propped the whole cutfile up on adhesive foam to add some dimension to the page.

I then made the hearts into tiny little shaker pockets filled with sequins!

I matted the photo of my son as a baby on white cardstock and then on a couple of the other papers from the Happiness range. I then added some of the beautiful die-cut flowers from the same range.

For final touches, I added the word lovely down the side of the photo, three fussy-cut butterflies and some splatters of white paint. I also made a small tear in the top and bottom of the layout to add some of the heart paper, that I used for matting, peaking out.

If you’d like to watch how it all came together, there’s a process video here:

And don’t forget to check out all the new releases in the shop here!

Until next time, keep creating!

Marie x

Sweetheart | Marie Hirst

Hi creatives! It’s Marie back on the blog today with a super sweet layout using the new Rosey Posey Background cutfile! I don’t get to scrap with pink very often so I LOVED making this one!

You’ll find the cutfile I used here in the shop!

The first thing I did was to remove the very outer line from the cutfile in Silhouette Studio so that I would end up with the cutfile being a full 12×12 with a slightly larger border. I then backed the flowers with acetate and the leaves with vellum as I wanted to make shaker pockets and to have a softer feel to the layout. I propped the whole cutfile up on adhesive foam before sticking it to a sheet of woodgrain paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Midnight Range.

I used two colours of pink sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps to fill my shaker pockets and added LOTS of embellishments from the Midnight range!

I wanted to document these adorable pictures of our new puppy, Bella so printed four in black and white to tuck in behind the cutfile.

I also tucked some embellishments under the edges of the cutfile border.

I also did lots of layering under the edge of the photos too to add more detail.

My title was added on top of the cutfile and some of those pretty butterflies from the Happiness collection may have also snuck onto the layout at the last minute!

If you’d like to see how it all came together, there’s a process video here on my channel:

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Oooh and don’t forget to check out the rest of the latest releases here in the CUT to YOU shop!

Marie x

Make Waves | Marie Hirst

Hi there creatives! Marie here back on the blog with another layout for CUT to YOU. As you may have noticed, I am REALLY enjoying playing with mixed media at the moment and this layout is no exception!

For this one, I started by making myself another stencil using the Make Waves Title Cutfile from the shop. I chose the part of the cutfile where the wavy lines were separate, made it approximately 6 inches wide and cut it from a sheet of mylar (plastic stencil material).

After spreading gesso over a piece of white cardstock, I then used the stencil with some white modelling paste to create the waves pattern on the page.

Then I used a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shaker in Guten Tag Teal to add some colour to the page over all of the waves and then watered some more down to add some splatters.

Next I matted a photograph of my son, Elliot, onto some beachy-themed papers from Pink Paislee and a few other scraps from my stash. I backed the title part of the cutfile and layered that over the bottom part of the photograph.

I embellished the page with some enamel dots, some sequins, an acetate palm tree and some cardstock stickers from Pink Paislee.

I also added some perspective shapes and words from Bramble Fox for extra details.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Remember to check out the shop especially the new Christmas releases – I can’t wait to get creating with them!

Here’s the process video if you’d like to see how it came together!

Until next time,

Happy scrapping!

Marie x

Globe Trotter Wannabes | Marie Hirst

Hi Everyone! It’s Marie back on the blog today sharing my latest layout for CUT to YOU! I happened to take these photos on a little holiday we had back in August (oh my – doesn’t that feel like ages ago!) and was inspired to use this awesome background cutfile from the shop.

And this is the cutfile I chose. You’ll find it HERE in the CUT to YOU Shop.

Both the photographs and the cutfile had a real Mediterranean feel to me (even though we were in the North of England!) and the cutfile reminded me of Moroccan tiles so I decided to use it as my background. I cut the file from a sheet of 12×12 Mylar (plastic stencil material) so that I could use it again and then used white modelling paste to create the pattern. I did this quite messily and didn’t go right to the edges – I wanted lots of texture.

I had already primed my page (a sheet of Marshmallow cardstock) with clear gesso so when the paste was dry I added water and then watered down acrylic paint in blue and green to create the colourful background. I let the paint run around and also added plenty of splatters too!

My photos were printed 3×4 and I matted them on a couple of different patterned papers – a paper with lots of typed summer-themed words and a black and white stripey paper.

I embellished the page with ephemera from the Pinkfresh Studio Out and About Range which is all travel themed so I was able to use lots of the pieces.

I added dimension by lifting the photos and some of the ephemera pieces up on foam and adding a few puffy stickers too!

For the title, I used a perspective and some little white foam alphas and I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Be sure to pop by the shop as there are so many other cutfiles that can also be used in this way!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Marie x

You AND Me | Marie Hirst

Hi CUT to YOU creatives! It’s my turn on the blog today and I’ve decided to use the BEAUTIFUL Ampersand cutfile for my layout. You can find it here in the CUT to YOU shop.

There’s a video on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see how it all came together. You can find it here: You and Me

I started by making the cutfile approximately 10 inches tall as I wanted it to be a big focal point of the layout. I decided to pair it with the ‘Just a Little Lovely’ collection from Pinkfresh Studio. I wanted to keep the layout quite light and delicate so I backed the cutfile with vellum.

I wanted to scrap some photos of myself and my husband as I very rarely do! I printed them on my Selphy Printer so that they looked like photo booth photos. I used two strips and overlapped them. I put the photos on cheesecloth to give a softer look and propped them up on dimensional foam.

I embellished with the acetate flowers from the same collection placed around different parts of the cutfile. I also wound up some white thread to add some more softer details. I also added some light-green sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps to add some shimmery details.

I also added a few pieces of die cut ephemera to add some variety.

I added the words ‘You’ and ‘Me’ to complete the title using the Ampersand Cutfile as part of the title. I hope that I have inspired you to try using a cutfile in a new way!

Until next time,

Marie x

GO, SEE, DO | Marie Hirst

Hi Guys,

So this is a first for me – my first EVER traveler’s notebook and I love it! I used the TN Go, See, Do cutfile as this was the perfect statement for the first spread as this notebook is going to document our recent family holiday. You can find the cutfile here in the CUT to YOU shop.

The first thing I did was resize the cutfile so that it would fit easily on my page (4 inches across) and then backed it using papers from the Out and About Collection from Pinkfresh Studio.

I then embellished the page with various pieces of ephemera from the same range, sticking to the greeny-blue colours and the yellows.

On the opposite page, I used more of the papers from the Out and About range and I added small photographs of various places we had seen on our holiday, some more ephemera and some puffy alphas to spell out the name of where we had been (which only just fit on the page – more luck than judgement here!)

The spread was finished off with various travel-themed stamped images.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this inspires you! Remember, there are lots of cutfiles suitable for traveler’s notebooks in the shop which you can find here. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Marie x

The Best Days are at the Beach | Marie Hirst

Hi CUT to YOU friends! I’m back today with my latest layout using this fabulous cutfile which you can find here!

I chose this one because of the mix of fonts as I think it really highlights the words ‘best’ and ‘beach’. My little boy loves the beach (and always has) so this was a perfect one to document one of our many visits. This particular one was from a few years ago.

First I cut the file 10 inches tall and then left it on the mat while I used distress oxides to colour the words ‘best’ and ‘beach’. Inevitably, the colour spread onto some of the other letters but I think this left the cutfile with a lovely ombre effect.

I decided not to back the cutfile and instead to use this photo-like paper from Kasiercraft which matched my photos perfectly (especially the horizon line).

I matted my photos on white and placed them to the right of the cutfile. I added some little frames behind and then some typed words above and below the photographs to embellish.

For a bit more detail, I placed a photo overlay on each photo and then a perspective between the two photos. The final addition was the word ‘unplug’ which seemed to fit perfectly with the beach theme and added a darker piece to the page.

I hope this has inspired you to maybe try using a cutfile in a different way – this one speaks for itself! You can find it in the shop here along with many other designs – just click here to take a look!

If you’d like to see how it all came together, there is a process video on my channel!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Marie x

Beautiful You | Marie Hirst

Hi everyone! It’s Marie and I’m back again with my newest layout for CUT to YOU. This time I decided to use two cutfiles: Flower Crown and Beautiful You because I have had this photo of my little boy for a while now and was really inspired by the beautiful florals and that gorgeous sentiment.

Here are the cutfiles I used:

The first thing I did was cut the Flower Crown cutfile twice leaving one whole and cutting the flowers from the other. I then backed the individual flowers with vellum and the ones still on the ring in different shades of bluey-green.

I used distress oxides to colour the words ‘Beautiful You’ before removing it from my cutting mat.

After covering my cardstock with gesso, I then used the same distress oxides mixed with some water to create a wash of colour behind where I was going to place the cutfile. I also added some splatters for effect.

I matted the photo with vellum and cheesecloth and mounted it on some foam to add a little dimension. I did the same with the flower crown. The vellum flowers were adhered straight to the page with wet glue.

For that final bit of detail I added Nuvo drops and some sequins in the same shades.

If you’d like to see how it all came together, there is a full process video on my channel.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the many cutfiles in the shop!

Until next time, happy scrapping,

Marie x

Life is Short, Eat the Cake | Marie Hirst

Hi everyone! I’m back on the blog today with my second DT share. I have been wanting to scrap these pictures for a while now and when I saw the new release cutfiles this month I knew they’d be perfect!

I chose three CUT to YOU cutfiles to make this layout! The first two were from the CUT to YOU shopLife is Short, Eat the Cake, the Cupcake cutfile and the third one was the Newsletter Freebie – Candles.

I started by cutting all three cutfiles from white, textured cardstock. I resized them all so that I could get them all on the page!

I then set about making my background. First I put white gesso on the white cardstock I was using for my background. I then used the packaging technique and distress oxide inks to create the blue background. You can see how this came together in my process video.

Next, I needed to back my cutfiles and for this I used a range of blue papers from my stash.

I used the same papers to back my photographs to ensure the page felt coordinated.

I used lots of adhesive foam to add dimension to the layout.

The last thing I did was to add some hand-doodling to the edges and some clusters of enamel dots.

I’m so happy with how this turned out! Be sure to check out these and the other cutfiles in the CUT to YOU shop or in the Etsy Store – there are over 200 to choose from! And don’t forget to come and join us in the Facebook Group!

Until next time,

Marie x