Life Is Short Eat The Cake | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU fans, Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation!

Now, if you’ve been following along a little while you will probably recognise that title piece from this blog post – which also has a process video linked. So, I won’t go over the steps I took to create that but instead talk to you about how this page came together! You can find that cut file here in the store though!

I started with that title piece and then decided to use the new Leaf Sprigs cut file (gorgeous!!) which I have cut 4 times – 3 in vellum and once in smooth white card stock. I wasn’t sure how many I would use so I figured more is better!

As I had designed my title piece using the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection it was simply a matter of laying the photo and both cut files onto my background in a design I was happy with!! I started with gold machine stitching in a big circle (hindsight says it should have been a wee bit smaller but oh well!!) and then adding sprinkles of gold mist.

I have overlaid the vellum on top of the white card stock and used a few tiny spots of wet glue to stick them together to add some shadows where they didn’t lay directly on top of each other. When my gold sprinkles were dry I added 3 more vellum halves onto the background paper over the stitching. I didn’t stick those completely to the background as I wanted some more lift and movement.

I layered the photo, the double layered sprigs and the title together with a photo mat and stuck those all down when I was happy with the placement. Again, for more movement and shadows I have not stuck the sprigs completely flat and have let some bits overlap onto the photo.

With my main elements stuck to the page all that was left was some embellishing. I had my Cameo cut all of the butterflies from the 6×8 sheet of pattern from the CVS Happiness collection and decided to use those as my embellishments. I started by layering them all around the wreath and felt that that was too much so ended up with 2 clusters of 3.

With my butterflies stuck down it was time for my final touches. I have added in some of the darker blue clear heart stickers from the same collection in both clusters and also a painted stripe sticker to 2 sides of the photo. And then added in some dark blue ink splatters to the 2 clusters.

Finally I added in my journalling with a grey pen to the right side of the page. Oh, and the gold had faded a little into the background so I covered my photo and title and sprinkled some more gold on top!

My tech seems to be back on board co-operating with me so I have a process video for you which I do hope you will enjoy!

For all of the newest releases make sure you head over here in the store and remember, Gwen also does custom cuts which means if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen will cut them and send to you anywhere in the world!! Awesome service!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Not Every Superhero Wears a Cape | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing not 1 but 2 scrapbook pages! I have created a 12×12 scrapbook layout and an accompanying 6×12 page to add my journalling to.

I’m so excited today to be using the Superhero Page Builder Cut File for this project!! I just love, love, love this file and have had it cut for a little while until I found the “right” page to use it on! When I cut this I just enlarged the whole lot to fill a piece of 12×12 white card stock and a stuck all the pieces together in a zip lock bag!

This cut file has so many fun pieces and as much as I wanted to use every single piece on the page I restrained myself! I was going for a definite vibe which was not the traditional “Superhero” vibe. My boys are superheroes in my eyes. And I want them to know that they are seen and loved.

After adding lots of splatters to my background I used the same mists and paints (which were picked to match some sequins) to add colour to the action words that are also a part of this file! And add splatters to the bottom right hand corner of the 6×12 paper I was intending to use.

Next I started with building my title using the big “Superhero” piece from the cut file. I’ve backed this with one piece of pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also pulled in some glittery silver alphas from my stash as I knew there were silver elements in the other collection I chose for this page.

From the get go I wanted to create 2 shaker pockets for these pages. One is here in the word hero. I love this cute and fun little addition to the title!

And the other ended up on the other page. Though to start with the plan was for it be on the 12×12. I love how this adds some continuity from one page to the other! Oh, especially with the addition of the same alphas!

I added in some paper layers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule 6×8 paper pad. This added in some extra pops of colour and matched the title. With such a dark background paper it also helps to pop the photo from the page.

To finish off this page I added in a few stickers to either side of the photo. I loved the “Go Forth” sentiment on the tree so embraced adding trees! A couple of little extras to the top of my photo cluster – one says love this and the other says be true to you. Finally I sprinkled some tiny silver star stickers, some puffy heart stickers and some of the sequins all around.

Which brings me to the final steps of finishing off my journalling page. You can see I’ve stitched down the words (again, repeating an element from the other page) and stuck my star shaker down the bottom in that cluster also.

I really love how this cluster came together! I have plenty of room to write still and I have enough on this page that (to me at least lol) it is obviously a companion to the other. If I do run out of room on this 6×12 sheet I do still have the other half of this paper that I can write on too. My journalling is not yet done. I have a vague idea floating in my head of what I want to say. But I’m pretty sure the journalling will be a letter from a Mumma to her babies and personal. A message I don’t want them to miss because it’s hidden away so into a 6×12 page protector and straight into an album.

As always I have a process video for you today. You can watch most of my process and if you have any questions please leave them on the video and I can get back to you ASAP! I do hope you enjoy!

That is me done for September, I’m off to cut some October cut files!! Oh la la! Gwen has done another spectacular job of designing fun and beautiful cut files for us to play with! Make sure, if you are not already a subscriber to the newsletter (FYI, you get FREEBIES!!) click here and pop in your email addy! And head over to this section in the store for all the NEWEST files! Until next time, happy scrapping!!

We Still Do | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow CTY lovers, Melinda here with you today with my first share for September!

I have used the gorgeous new “We Still Do” cut file for this page as I actually had this photo of hubby and I from our anniversary in April on my desk!

I’ve gone fairly clean with this one but still used my beloved paints and got messy in the process! Which you can watch below on my process video!

I have cut the file on some textured white card stock. Then I had my Cameo cut the inside pieces to fit by removing the outline from the design and then doing an offset on each of the letters. This did require a little slicing and playing with the lines but I made sure to include that in my process video for you! These were backed with a pattern paper from the Love Always collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Here is where I used my mixed media! I have grabbed some off cuts of vellum and some Shimmerz paints. If you have never used paint on vellum here is a valuable tip! Tape it down! The vellum will curl up on itself almost as soon as you apply the liquid/paint!

With my vellum taped down and my colours chosen I started painting blocks of colours onto the vellum. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous CVS Love Always collection so chose colours I thought would work well with that.

I did try to leave my paint to dry naturally but also sped up the process a little with my heat tool! If you choose to use a heat tool make sure to keep it moving while you heat otherwise your vellum will melt!! When that was thoroughly dry I flipped the vellum and my cut file and traced around the flowers and the hearts with a lead pencil. Then got to cutting and backing the pieces the same way I would use pattern paper! I love how soft and pretty this is. And I love, love, love the texture I created doing this!

I added a little extra to my back ground paper with a stencil and modelling paste and also some splatters in the same colours I used to paint the vellum.

2 layers behind my photo and a doily and then that tucked beautifully into cut file. I kept my whole design around the title and the photo and added minimal embellishing.

I’ve added in some butterflies from the CVS More Than Words collection ephemera pack. And couldn’t resist some simple yet effective butterfly trails hand stitched. A few word strip stickers from the Love Always collection and some Elle’s Studio puffy alphas for a tiny bit more detail.

My final touches are some grey splatters and stamping my date in grey. There is no journalling on this page but there is more I want to say that is a little personal. I think I will pop that into an envelope or something – I’m yet to decide. But that finishes off this page and I just love the softness and pretty details.

If you love mixed media but are a bit unsure this is one way you can play but it is still clean! It may even be Gwen approved?! LOL I hope you have enjoyed my share today and make sure you head over to the store to see what else is new!

Oh Snap! | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends, it’s lovely to have you here on the CUT to YOU blog with me today! I am sharing another 12×12 page with you this was super fun to make!

I’ve used 2 cut files on this page ( so fun!!) and started with one for a back ground! As soon as I saw the Quilt Grid 2 Background cut file I knew I wanted to create a stencil and had seen someone recently share that they had used some repositionable sticky vinyl and thought that was genius!

For my stencil I have actually copied and welded 2 of the cut files together to give me a bigger stencil and you can see that in the beginning of my process video, below!

I have used my stencil with some texture paste onto some Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock as I knew I wanted to add lots of colour and water. Tip! The stickyness made using this stencil so so easy! I picked up a cheap roll at Spotlight a few weeks ago. This cut file is quiet delicate so it did break in a couple of places when I cleaned it because I was too rough, so remember, when you clean something like this, be gentle lol

When my paste was completely dried I added my messy factor and just had fun! For this page I have basically used mists that I have splattered and then added water to move the colour around. Pretty easy really and it’s almost magical watching the colours move and blend.

Once I was happy with the way the background was looking I dried it off with my heat tool and then splattered all the colours I had used.

At this stage I was actually not sure at all which photos I was going to use so went through my stash and found these 2 of my crazy child! I felt the colours worked well and there wasn’t really a theme to either the photos or the background so time to build my layout.

I searched through my CTY files for a suitable title and found the “Oh Snap!” title which I though would work really well! I made it big and then also cut a few more smaller, removing the heart from each of the speech bubbles. These were all cut on textured white cardstock.

With my title and photos chosen and my background complete I reached for my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule collection. I backed my title cut file and pulled a few pieces to embellish around the page with. And used the smaller “Oh Snap!” cut files as embellishments.

My final steps were some enamel shapes and some black splatters. This was a super fun page to put together and I’m really excited about my stencil! I can’t wait to make another! Remember, the CUT to YOU cut files aren’t only good for backing but the only limit is your imagination – or using an idea you got somewhere else lol!!

Just because I got a bit snap happy here are a few extra close ups πŸ˜‰

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today, I can’t wait to come back next month with some of the beautiful new files that I know are coming! If you’re not already on the list make sure you subscribe for all the CTY fun stuff and freebies straight to your inbox! Stay tuned and happy scrapping!

Be Still My Heart | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you and I am sharing my first make for August 2019!! Seriously, August already?!?? Anyway, onto what I’m sure you are here for, my layout!

I actually started this page last month with one of the July cut files called Spring Roses Cut and Stitch, available here in the store!

I created this very pretty and feminine page and I really love how it turned out! So different for me but who said different was bad?!

I started by separating the cut file pieces – that is making the stitching holes one compound path and the roses a separate compound path so I could cut them one at a time. I knew I wanted to work on a white background so I had the Cameo cut the stitch holes directly onto that for me and then cleared my mat and had the Cameo cut the roses on pattern paper.

I desperately wanted to do the Chain Link stitch so found a minty coloured embroidery floss and got to work. I love, love, love the texture that hand stitching adds to a page and this particular stitch takes it to a whole new level *swoon*

I added a little extra to my background with a stencil and some light modelling paste, being careful not to get any paste onto the hand stitching. And because it’s me I HAD to add splatters. I’ve used a couple of pinks – one light and one darker for contrast – and gold, of course πŸ˜‰

When that was all dry (which didn’t take long) I adhered my Spring Roses with some pop dots and added a few ephemera pieces, paper layers and stickers.

I really felt like I wanted a little something down in the bottom under my photo but didn’t want anything really in your face! I dove into my CTY folder on my computer and came across the Oh So Lovely cut file and decided to cut it at a smallish size to fit in the space.

To finish off I added my journalling (which tied in beautifully with the “Oh So Lovely”), date and used some Nuvo Crystal drops around the page for some extra texture and a pop of gold.

If you’d like to see my process you can watch my video below or head over to my YT channel.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head over to the shop to check out not only all of the beautiful-ness from last month but the absolutely gorgeous NEW August files!! Until next time, happy scrapping!

May Your Everyday Sparkle | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends! Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my next creation!

Another 12×12 page and this time I chose an older photo of my youngest at his second birthday party. Tell me, where did the time go?! For this page I chose the so so fun May Your Everyday Sparkle cut file available in the store. And over here on Etsy. I just love this title!!

Hunter had asked me to use the CVS Happiness collection with this photo so I started with selecting colours in my Distress Oxide Sprays that I knew would work well. I knew I wanted to customise my cut so I cut that in smooth white cardstock.

The colours I chose were Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Mermaid Lagoon. To customise my cut file all I did was lay it onto a messy mat and spray the 4 colours randomly all over! I also spritzed some water to make the colours blend and run together a little then used my heat tool (and another sheet of smooth white cardstock) to dry it off!

After I chose a background paper I used a little gesso behind where the cut file and photo were going so they would really pop off the page! When my gesso was dried I then applied lots of splatters, following the line of the cut file, onto my background paper using the same Distress Oxide Sprays.

While that was drying I backed the cut file using another pattern paper. I had my cameo cut that for me as well as the stars and there is a bit of a tutorial in my process video below. If you skip forward to 1:45 you will get straight to the tutorial part.

I backed my photo with some vellum from my stash and used a few pieces from the ephemera pack to finish off. With the big cut file taking up so much room on the page I really didn’t feel like I needed to add too much more!

My journalling and the date got added to a couple of a labels and tucked into the layers at the top of the page. My very final touch was some sparkly aqua-ish coloured stars and my page is done!

I really love this! The colours I have used paired with this beautiful cut file and photo of my baby just look so so good together! Thanks boss lady for your sharing your creativity with us all! Make sure you head over to the shop for all of the latest files and to sign up for the newsletter for FREEBIES!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Life Is Short, Eat The Cake | Melinda Sweetman

Welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today!! Melinda here with you sharing my take on the fun Birthday month mood board!

For a little while I seriously struggled with the (gorgeous!!) mood board.

It is absolutely beautiful and I really do love it but I had chosen the “Life Is Short, Eat the Cake” cut file (and I was USING it no matter what lol) and couldn’t find a single photo to work with that title. So instead (thank you Rachel D!) I decided to create a card! You can find this cut file here in the CTY store.

I have cut the file 4 times using some off cuts from other projects and then cut a 5th time on smooth white cardstock so I could customise! Using my Distess Oxide Ink pads and water I have smooshed the colours onto my mat and then flipped over the white cut and smooshed colour all over it. I did that a few times letting it dry between coats. Then I added a layer of stamping using the darkest shade I had picked out to smoosh with. I LOVE how this turned out!

Before I actually started creating I knew I wanted to create a shaker with this cut file – so fun!! In my Silhouette software I have altered the file slightly to create an internal offset and remove the pieces I didn’t want cut. I have that process in my video which is linked below as it’s a bit hard to explain in writing! You can watch just that part of the process from . I have cut one in acetate and one in smooth white card stock.

I layered up all of my cuts in the following order from top to bottom. Coloured front piece, acetate then my 4 layers cut from scraps. At this point I flipped my cut file over and filled it with tiny gold star sequins. The final layer was the smooth white cardstock offset piece, which I have actually ended up cutting into separate words to stick down as sequins kept jumping out! FYI through trial and error I found that spray adhesive was my “best” option for sticking all the layers together.

Once this was all assembled and dry I just couldn’t bring myself to put this onto a card knowing there was a chance someone might throw it out lol So I decided that I will use this as a title on a layout for MY birthday which happens to also be this month!! In the mean time I created another card, slightly different, so I had a finished project to share with you all!

And you can see the dimension here of all of those layers. The top layer is a patterned paper this time.

Now, this doesn’t at all “match” the mood board HOWEVER the mood board is simply there for inspiration! I was first inspired by the mood board for the birthday/celebration feel, then the colours (my first not card!) and then again the birthday/celebration feel (my actual card!) so please don’t take a look at the mood board and struggle like I did, take a look and be INSPIRED by whatever part of the board jumps out at you!

I really hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that it inspires you to play along for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher so you can buy YOUR current faves! The folder to load up your challenge into is here on the FB CTY HQ page and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

I’ll be back again later this month with another share and can’t wait to show you what I’ve created! Oh, before I go, REMEMBER we have a month long 20% off store wide (excluding new designs) voucher for everyone just enter HEARTFAMILY as you check out!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

You Make My Heart Smile | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CTY fans, Melinda here with you today sharing my newest page!

I’m using 2 different cut files for this page and I’ve gotta say, I really love how this came together in the end even though I had my doubts as it was coming together!

I’ve started with the fun Background Stripes cut file available here in the CTY store and here on Etsy. I did cut 3 other files at the same time and they are the Confetti Background, Heart Lovers Unite and XO Heart Background cut files which I am excited to use on another project or 2! I have then used my cut as a stencil applying modelling paste for some fun texture!

My “stencil” is good enough for a couple of more uses I think but it is made out of smooth card stock so won’t last forever but I thought it would be a fun way to use a cut file. I popped my background aside to dry and got to work on the cut file I wanted to use for my title.

Again I have cut the You Make My Heart Smile in smooth white card stock ready to back with some pretty patterned papers.

This cut file is the perfect way for you to use up some of your littlest scraps to back the letters with. I went with rainbow colours using the wig my son is wearing in the photo for inspiration. So red, orange, yellow, green and blue. In order. Of course. I knew I wanted to create a shaker pocket with the big heart in the title so I added some acetate and then 4 layers of the heart part of the cut file (which I cut again separately on my Cameo) to create some dimension. Next up the sequins which are, of course, rainbow as well!

By the time my file was backed my paste was dry so I pulled out some colours to play with! I have used some of my Shimmerz paints and decided to go with orange, red and yellow.

I wanted the heart to pop a bit more so I also added some paint around the heart with the orange paint I used in the background.

Time to embellish! I have to be honest here, I struggled with the embellishing as I initially started with only the red, yellow and oranges. I decided to throw in the other rainbow colours and was much happier.

My final touch was some black acrylic shapes, black gems and black splatters. Thanks boss lady for the tip!! I really love then fun and bright colours and feel to this page! I love rainbow and love how I have incorporated it in a fun and different way to the “norm”

I have a process video below if you’d like to see this page come together and there is some of my Studio design footage as well!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my process and page!

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!