Love The Change Of Seasons | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CTY friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my latest scrapbook page using one of my all time favourite CTY files!!

I have wanted to use this adorable squirrel for ages and FINALLY found just the right page! You can pick this little guy up here in the Autumn Page Builder or here in the Squirrel cut file. Either way, he is just adorable!!

As you can see I have used a big photo (this is A4 in size) and cut the squirrel to be the main feature. One of my favourite things about working with cut files is being able to dig into my stash and use whatever I please. Today I chose the Jillibean Soup “Bowl of Dreams” collection to choose my colours and went to backing my file.

As I was backing the file I was inspired to create a little shaker pocket with the acorn! Oh my, so cute! If you have never created a shaker pocket you can see the process in my video below and I will give a brief run down as well!

So, first up, you need to back the piece you want to be your shaker with something clear – think old packaging or acetate. Make sure that is stuck really well! Add foam tape all the way around the shape, making sure they are no gaps! If you have gaps your sequins will fall out! Then you add your sequins into the area/s you want them and seal the back. I have used a pink piece of patterned paper cut to size as I didn’t want the photo showing through. Easy peasy!

With my cut file all backed and my giant photo printed and in place it was a matter of adding a title and any embellishing I wanted. My title went directly onto my photo and I specifically chose this title to tie in with my journalling.

I really wanted that squirrel to be the main feature of the page so I didn’t add too much else except a tiny cluster by the title, my journalling and some gold and white ink splatters.

Oh, I almost forgot!! My very final touch was more of the same sequins scattered across the page. I just love how this turned out! I hope you have enjoyed my share with you today and am already planning my next page!! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Let’s Get Crafty | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow CTY friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my latest DT project with you! Yep, I said project and not page again!

I actually created this a little while ago as a gift but couldn’t share it until this month as the cut file was one of the fantastic freebies Gwen offered for iNSD! Did you manage to snag yourself this cut file for free? If not head over here to the Etsy store and you buy it now!

This is the project I created and it is actually in a frame by Ikea called “Ribba”. The inside dimension of the frame is about 9″ square and I thought the perfect size for an OTP project that wasn’t ginormous or too heavy!

I started by cutting the title and the scissors on some smooth white cardstock keeping in mind the limitations of the inside of the frame.

I decided to back the whole title with some vellum, except for the heart in the middle of the ‘A’ as I had come up with an idea for the background that did not involve any mixed media lol The person this was gifted to is a (very talented!!) quilter so I used her craft to inspire my background for this!

I have pulled out an older 6×6 paper pad by Shimelle and cut a heap of 1″ squares to create my background. Without much rhyme or reason, other than not having 2 of the same pattern next to each other, I randomly stuck down the squares to form a kind of quilt like pattern onto some cardstock. To really go with that idea of quilting I also used my sewing machine and did a zig zag stitch on every line, both horizontally and vertically.

With the main part of my design good to go I got to work on my scissors! I’ve used the same pink from the heart in the ‘A’ to back the handles. (cause who wouldn’t love a pair of pink handled scissors?!)

Next I have created my own holographic paper for the blades. This was really easy to do with my Minc machine and the Minc mist! I simply painted some of the mist onto some scrap paper, let that dry thoroughly and then ran my scraps through my Minc with the holographic foil and voila!! I love how these scissors came out!

Time to put it all together! I used foam adhesive around the whole title and also behind the scissors and then used my wet adhesive to stick it all to my “quilted” back ground.

I have recorded my process for this as well so I do hope you enjoy!

This was a super fun project to create and it would be so easy to replicate! And using different papers you would get a completely different look so next time you have a gift to give, maybe you could think a little outside the norm!

I hope you have enjoyed and I shall see you next month my next share!
Happy scrapping!

Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow creatives, Melinda here with you today! I’m sharing another 12×12 layout and playing along with the Scrap The Girls May challenge as CTY is this months sponsor.

We had this sketch to play along with and as soon as I saw I thought one of the brand new cut files would be perfect so I cut the Frames Background cut file on white card stock.

And here is my page! I’ve gotta be honest and say that this is nothing like what I had “planned” out in my head but I do really love it! I kinda got a bit carried away painting lol

I wanted to crack into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection so pulled out the pattern paper with ALL the colours and matched those as best I could with some Distress Ink Pads. I’ve used Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.

I had intended on colouring just the full blooms in this cut and backing the open ones but, like I said, I got carried away with my painting! The technique I have used to colour is super easy. All I did was smoosh my ink pad onto my craft mat and then used a water colour brush to pick up the colour and paint it onto my cut file. Easy!

I made sure I had different shades of the colours happening which just mean applying a second or third coat and then blending the edges and I really love how this turned out!

I have backed the main frame with the photo of my Mum, my sister (little sister that is lol), myself and my Aunty from my Mum’s birthday lunch earlier this year and then backed all of the other frames with pattern papers from the Happiness collection. I ended up backing the open flowers with some plain vellum and love the softness it adds.

I also had other plans for the background paper! I was going to use the beautiful wood grain that is in this collection but when I happened to move my cut file to find something it ended up on this gorgeous pattern and I just LOVED the way it looked! So I shifted gears again!

I popped the cut file up on some old cardboard for dimension adding layers to the pieces that were the furthest away from the centre and then leaving the open leaves and flowers without any adhesive.

Before I stuck that down however I decided I wanted to mute out some of that pattern a little bit so I used some white gesso and my finger to spread some behind where all of my page elements were going and then stuck down the cut file.

Finally, some embellishing. With all the pattern on the background paper I didn’t want to add too much so I simply used my Pixscan mat in my Cameo software to fussy cut some butterflies from on of the other pattern papers and added of those (in pink) to the centre of the big open flowers.

I added tassles from the ephemera pack (OMG aren’t they gorgeous!), a title piece from the Midnight collection as well as a sticker that says Wonderful. I pulled in a couple of wood grain labels from my stash to add my journalling, added in some white ink splatters and my page was done! I also have a process video for you linked below so I do hope you will pop over and that you enjoy!

That is it for me for today. This page turned out completely different to what I had envisioned but I really do love the end result and love that I got this photo scrapped! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!


Dream Big Little One | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone, I’m really excited to share my latest project with you today! Did you notice I said “project” and not “scrapbook page”?! Yep, something different for me but I really love how it came out and I think the recipient did too!
This is a gift for my youngest’s teacher who left us at the end of term one to have her first baby.

I’ve started with the gorgeous Hot Air Balloon cut file available in this month’s release and sized that to fit into a 5″ x 7″ frame I had on hand. I’ve used my Silhouette software to “design” my creation and I have screen recorded so you can see just how I did that on the video that I will link further down.

This project came together pretty quickly once I had designed and cut the pieces. I knew our teacher was having a baby girl so I just HAD to go all girly and pink! I’ve used this piece of Maggie Holmes paper from my scraps stash as my background, I just LOVE it!

To co-ordinate with the background I have pulled out my Maggie Holmes Open Book 6×6 paper pad – well the few shreds of left overs 😉 – to back that beautiful hot air balloon. The heart in the middle has been backed with a Stampin’ Up 6×6 paper that I was lucky enough to be given quiet a while ago.

Some splatters on my backing paper and then I build my title. I googled “hot air balloon quotes” and found this one and thought it was just perfect for a baby girl so ran with that. I have used some tiny pink thickers for this.

Once the splatters were dry I mounted my hot air balloon on some foam and then adhered the clouds, the balloon and the title. Once that was all placed in a way I was happy with it in the frame (and that did take a little bit!!) I popped the back onto the frame and voila. A very pretty baby gift! You can see my whole process in my video below!

I really love how this came together and that beautiful cut file did all the work for me and I didn’t have to think too much after I got it cut! And I have another idea for this gorgeous balloon for a future project so I can’t wait to get a start on that too!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today and make sure you head back to the blog for my beautiful DT inspiration!


Live For Today | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you with another share and for this page I have used an older cut file called Live For Today.

I cut this in black card a while ago and thought it was perfect for these photo’s of my biggest child. First up I backed the open letters of my title using some patterned paper I had picked out to work with the colours in my photos.

I worked out where the photos and title were going to be placed and added some white gesso to my back ground paper, smudging the edges with my finger for a softer finish. I also added a small amount to the top left of the page. I’ve used the packaging technique and a paint brush to add colour onto the gesso’ed back ground paper with some mists and paints from my stash. You can see how that all came together in my process video, linked below!

After adding my mixed media I added a couple of paper layers and some tissue paper behind the small photos. I stuck all the photos and title together to make it easier to maneuver around my page.

I added some more messy fun to the back ground after it was dry with some stamping in black and splatters in matching colours.

With the title and photos being one big cluster that made it easy to work out exact placement and next it was time to embellish. I grabbed a couple of spools of thread (green and blue to match my back ground) and added 3 messy clusters of tangled thread and then hunted for the longest time for something else to add.

In my bag of already cut CTY cuts I found these great little geo leaves from the Wild Geometric cut file and decided they would be perfect! I backed the leaves in matching papers and then added those in my 3 main clusters over the top of my thread. Then using some wet glue I stuck the thread, title and photos and geo leaves.

I felt like my title wasn’t popping enough so I grabbed a white paint pen and outlined the whole file and love the extra attention it brings to the title! Oh, and white splatters in the background 😉

A few sprinkles of stickers, word strips, enamel shapes and my journalling and my page is done!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today, I love these photo’s of my little goof ball and I love the finished page!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Dad’s Awesome Little Helper | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CTY blog today!! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you as I’ve done something a little different with a cut file for this page. Without further ado, here is my creation

As you can see I have created a mixed media background without a cut file in sight!! But wait!! The cross stitch heart pattern in the background is indeed a cut file! It’s the Stitch Geo Heart cut file and  I cut this on some paper that I won’t use and then using some modelling paste used it as a stencil! I did leave it over night to dry thoroughly as I knew I was going to add lots of water.

I’ve used my (brand new 😉 ) Distress Oxide sprays to add colour to the heart. I’ve simply sprayed a little colour, spritzed some water and between tipping my page and using a paint brush got the colour moving all over the heart and defining the heart shape. The colours I have used are Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. I’ve used a wet paint brush with clean water around the shape of the heart to fade out the colours.

Once the colours were dry I went back in with the nozzle of each of the colours and splattered away to my hearts content. You can see in this close up how you get the different colours coming through with each of those sprays and I just love it!

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the heart so I have used a pattern paper behind the square photo and then some white tissue paper behind both photos and stuck them together.

It was always obvious to me that the title of this page HAD to be “Dad’s Little Helper” so with that in mind I picked out some lettering and in the process found that “awesome” wood veneer painted in the perfect colour to go onto this page so added to my title coming up with “Dad’s Awesome Little Helper” – all the alphas are from my stash and all except the tiny foam ones are old!

I added in a couple of cut apart pieces from Elle’s Studio and then finished off the page with some yellow puffy hearts. I love the contrast of the yellow against all of those blues and greens!

This is a pair of older photos but I really do love going back and scrapping some of these older memories. There is a big part of me that is sad that this little dude is now so big, it just goes so fast; but it always makes me smile when I reminisce!

My “stencil” is still good for another use or even 2 as I only used it to apply some modelling paste and didn’t leave too much on the paper so you very may well see this same pattern pop up soon!

I do have a process video available for you as well, including how I created my stencil in Silhouette Studio. Just hit the button below and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be back again soon with another share!


Family Christmas Selfie 2018 | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I am so excited to be here sharing on the blog for the first time with my latest creation for CUT to YOU!

I have used an “older” cut from November called Title Bouquet. As soon as I saw this file I knew I wanted to make it BIG and fill that middle area with a kind of panoramic picture.

I cut this gorgeous cut file on a busy and bright pattern paper for something different and after trying it on white, grey and black I settled on the black cardstock back ground. I just love the way the cut file jumps off the page and it such a beautiful feature.

Before I did anything else with the cut file I sprinkled gold mist all over my background and popped that aside to dry. While that dried I adhered my big photo into the open rectangle and added some white machine stitching. I popped up the photo on some dimensional adhesive and then got to work on my title.

I have used dimensional adhesive behind my letters as well and then stuck that big cluster as one piece. I have only used adhesive where the dimensional adhesive was applied and have not stuck down the outer leaves and details.

I created a smaller cluster to the bottom right of the page including the rest of my title and some scraps of paper from the same collection I cut my cut file from. I’ve added in some stitching to the bottom cluster as well. I finished out my page scattering some enamel dots all around the page.

I have created a process video for you today and it includes the process I followed in Silhouette Studio to get my file cut and how I “designed” my page as well before I cut anything! I’d love for you to check it out! I hope you enjoy!

I really had a lot of fun putting this page together and it was actually quiet quick! Why don’t you try creating a page with a giant cut file and let that shine?! Please make sure that whatever you create with any of the CUT to YOU designs you pop on over to the CUT to YOU HQ FB group, we love seeing what you create with Gwen’s beautiful creations!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!