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

Time for a New Adventure | Marie Hirst

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share my first design team project for Cut to You with you all! This one is called Time for a New Adventure. For this one I started with one of the new cut files called ‘Butterfly Cluster‘ which is now available in the Cut to You shop and in the Etsy Store along with many other gorgeous files! This is a cut and stitch cutfile and was a lot of fun to work with!

I really loved the look of this one because I knew I could incorporate some stitching too! I started by positioning my cutfile on my page in Cricut Design Space and rotating it slightly as I knew I was going to use both parts of the sheet – the negative and the butterflies.

I was also inspired by the Birthday moodboard and picked out that lovely shade of bluey-green to use on my layout oh and of course the butterflies (although mine are not pink!).

After cutting the cut file, I trimmed the white cardstock down by 1/4 inch on each side so that when I backed the whole sheet, there would be a small colour border popping out. Next, I hand stitched the butterfly trails in another shade of blue then it was time to start making the shaker pockets. I look the butterflies and cut them apart so that they were all separate and then backed them all with acetate.

I then went around each butterfly with adhesive foam to pop them up to give the page dimension and so that there was room for the sequins. I used wet glue to adhere the butterflies once I had placed sequins on the page where each butterfly would sit.

To break up the white space, used a paintbrush to splatter some watercolours around the butterflies. I then set about backing my photograph. I used some stripes, some zigzags and some bluey-green cardstock. I also added a small label at the bottom of the photo and some butterflies which I fussy cut from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection.

The last thing I needed to do was add my title. I found the word adventure in a pack of Thickers and added a small glossy ‘Time for a new’ sticker above it to complete the title. I added some small silver stars and that was me done!

There is a process video up on my YouTube Channel, Peartree Papercrafts, where you’ll find this and other layouts I have made using CUT to YOU Cut Files.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to head over to the shop and check out the other releases for this month!

Marie x