CUT to YOU | Filagree Butterfly cut file | Hello Sweet Girl | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with you with my very first share for 2022.

Today’s layout is a little ‘different’ shall we say?! Yep, my actual page is butterfly shaped and will go into my album as is without a page protector. The gorgeous butterfly “shape” is the stunning “Filigree Butterfly” cutfile available here in the store.

This page actually came together with the “left overs” of a previous layout I created. The inside pieces (silver cardstock) is what I had left over. I cut a second butterfly using black cardstock and then stuck the actual black cut file to some black paper and then paper pieced all of the silver pieces back in and oh boy, I just ADORE how this looks!!

I’ve pulled out my “Classic Heidi” collection by Heidi Swapp and started by choosing a paper to showcase on the back of the cutfile – essentially my background pattern paper.

I added a few layers of pretty things including a doily from my stash, some alphas, some embossing and some chipboard pieces making sure everything was EXTRA stuck down knowing this is not going into a page protector.

I did record my process for you and can watch that over on my YT channel or just hit that play button below!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that I have perhaps inspired you to create an out of the page protector/uniquely shaped layout/page to include in your own scrappy albums!! There are so, so many amazing designs in the store you could choose from and I, personally, would recommend starting in the “Florals & Nature” category!!

Happy scrapping, until next time!
Melinda
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25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 21

Hey & hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with you today for day 21 of our 25 days of Christmas and I hope that you have been loving all the inspiration around here as much as I have!! Also, with only 4 short sleeps until the big day I hope you are ENJOYING this time of year, whatever you are doing!!

Like I said, I’m here sharing for day 21 and here is my layout.

For this one I chose the super fun “Christmas Banner” cut file. I LOVE this cut file. Seriously LOVE, however, I had a really hard time trying to work out just how I wanted to incorporate it into a layout before I created this page. But I super love my page and am glad that I waited for the “right” page to create!!

One thing that REALLY helped me with this page was selecting a collection to work with before I did anything further than cut my cut file. I’ve chosen the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Merry & Bright” collection from 2020, pulled out the A5 paper stack, popped on a fave Christmas movie and got to tracing, cutting and sticking. Before I knew it, I had a completely backed cut file to work with and a collection to embellish with!!

Photo choice was next and I found this photo of my boys from Christmas 2018 with Santa and I really LOVED how the bold colours in the photos contrasted with the colours in the CVS collection.

With all of my elements now chosen the page kinda just fell together from here. I did add some gold machine stitching along the “string” parts of the banner and around the photo which of course meant I had to finish the page with some gold splatter!!

Working with a biggish cut file like this can make the process super quick after you’ve backed the cut file. And it’s so easy to pick up the cut file and sneak in 5 minutes here or there when you’re busy to back the cut file too!!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and if you’d like to see my page come together just hit that play button below or head on over to my YT channel!!

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Happy scrapping!
Mel
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25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 10

Hello CUT to YOU and Christmas fans!! Melinda here with you for day 10 of the CUT to YOU 25 Days of Christmas!
Each day this month right up to (and including) Christmas Day you’ll want to check back here for all the fun things we are sharing and, I for one, have had so much fun creating to help inspire YOU to create fun and festive layouts!!
Enough chit chat, here’s my layout for you for today!!

And I chose the gorgeous “Poinsetta Wreath” cut file to work with today. I love poinsettia’s so this cut file is just darling!!

I am playing with the Simple Stories “Vintage North Pole” collection – I CANNOT resist a vintage Santa – and have very simply backed my cut file using the 6×8 paper pad using traditional poinsettia colours.

Just to shake things up a little – I don’t love the traditional green & red Christmas combo – I decided to use some pink cardstock for my background with a dark green pattern paper to edge the entire page. This particular pink shade is super hard to photograph “correctly” but the image below is the best match to real life 😉

Most of the “work” for this page was the backing of the cut file which felt like it took no time when I popped on a fave Christmas movie and got to tracing, cutting and sticking!

I chose an OLD photo of myself and my little brother from 1985 with Santa and kept the whole page pretty simple but LOVE how my cut file and photo just POP off that background!

Finally, a process video for you to watch my page come together if that kind of thing is your jam! Hit that play button below and I hope that you enjoy!!

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

CUT to YOU | Rose Garden Frame Cut File | Merry Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with my next share for you all featuring another stunning CUT to YOU cut file.

Yep, it’s a Christmas page using a NOT Christmas cut file!! I’ve used the gorgeous Rose Garden Frame cut file released a couple of months ago and I just LOVE how it came together!

As you can see on my page I have actually flipped this cut file so that my page “reads” more top left to bottom right. I chose this gorgeous cut file as I had recently received the stunning new Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Joyful” collection and I just knew that the colours and patterns in that would work beautifully to back the cut file!

I’m working on textured white cardstock with a pattern paper border from the collection – “Tis The Season” – and some gold stitching to add some texture and a beautiful border to pull it all together.

I used the flip the cut file and pattern paper over, trace, cut and glue to back my cut file and, like I said before, just LOVE how beautiful this looks!

I did some very simple mixed media in my background using a flat paint brush and 2 colours of Distress Oxide – Abandoned Coral & Candied Apple – to add a texturey painty finish to my background. And, of course, some gold splatters with Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine.

WIth my cut file taking up so much real estate on the page the rest of my page came together super quickly!!
I layered my title over the bottom of my photo and added a few small pieces to add interest.
Another small cluster to the top right of my photo and then some of the gorgeous puffy gold stars to round out my page.

This cut file is just beautiful and I am so, so glad that I picked this one to work with. I think it just goes to show how verstile cut files can be and that we can really use them in so many different ways! Make sure to check this one out along with all of the gorgeous florals Gwen creates over in the CUT to YOU shop!

If you’d like to see this page come together hit that play button below!! I hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | Sundae Cut File | Sweet & Fabulous | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappers, Melinda here with you today on the blog sharing this fun scrapbook layout I created.

I have used the gorgeous “Sundae” cut file that is available in the store.

Apparently I am not the only DT member that loves this cut file and when I checked I noticed it had been used a couple of times in similar ways so I challenged myself to do something a little different and decided to “create” a bit of “Sundae Border” to feature on my page!

For me the idea of sundaes also sparks a very soft and pretty rainbow of colours so I decided to create a rainbow of colour to sit behind my border of sundae cut files. I’ve simply used the Prima Pastel Dreams watercolour set with the packaging technique and I just love how this worked out!!

I wasn’t really sure where I was going to go next with this so pulled a bunch of stickers in softer colour tones and just added them where I thought they’d work. I have also pulledin some pretty bold black and white stickers from Heidi Swapp but felt that helped to balance the darker tones in my photo.

A couple of quick sentances for my journalling and a rainbow of SpiegelMom Scraps sequins to finish off this super fun and sweet page!

Oh, and my kids think this was the BEST DINNER EVER!! I gotta say, they aren’t all that much off the mark either lol
I do have a process video for you so hit that play button below or head on over to YT to watch!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today. Have you checked out the “Food & Family” section at the shop?? There are so many amazing cut files in there, do you have any food memories you’d like to scrap?!? I know I have a few on my list!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | “Happy Halloween” cut file | Happy Halloween | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends, thanks for stopping by today to see my latest creation!!

I have a super fun page to share with you guys today using the “Happy Halloween” cut file that was released last month.

I simply had to cut this one in black and cut it BIG!! One of the great things about cut files like this one, especially when they are cut big is that the page comes together pretty quickly and easily!!

I’ve used some holographic paper (in fact, it was a US sized envelope which I know I’ll never ever use!) to back the title part of my cut file and also as a layer behind my photo.

I’ve gone with very traditional Halloween colours for this – yes, that’s green, orange and purple – as they really helped my photo and cut file POP!
Fun fact – just as red, yellow and blue (our primary colours) make a great colour combo, so too do green, orange and purple – did you know they are all of the 3 secondary colours?!?

I love this photo of my boys, it totally sums them and their relationship up!! I mean, check out the look my little guy is giving the big one lol

Not long now until I get to caputure some new Halloween memories, this is something I look forward to every year. We walk around our suburb for at least an hour but more like 2 and just have fun! Do you celebrate Halloween??

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and as always, there is a video below if you wish to see my page come together. Sit back and enjoy and I’ll see you soon with my next share for CUT to YOU! Keep your eyes peeled for this fun cut file to feature on a page from me 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Popcorn Cut File | Keep Calm & Eat Popcorn | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends, Melinda here with you today and I’m really excited to share this scrapbook layout I created!!

I’m using the super fun Popcorn cut file for this page that I’ve cut in textured white cardstock.

If you follow me at all on social media you will know that I have recently gotten adult braces so this particular indulgence of popcorn was well and truly planned for!! And then Gwen created this cutfile which is just perfect!!

I decided to use the very few pieces of a 2017 Summer collection, “Summer Lights” by Pink Paislee, along with only scraps to create this page.

Aren’t those holographic pops so, so fun?!? I actually used an envelope for those – it was totally the wrong size for the cards I make so I figured I’d use it a different, super fun way!

As I started designing this page I realised I had totally designed myself out of a place for journalling! With a little creativity and another scrap of pattern paper I created this flap for somewhere to add my journalling. Yes, it’s “hidden” but not secret. I’m thinking of adding a cut along the page protectorto have the bottom part of this page on the outside so if anyone flipping through our album cares to read my words it’s easily accessible!

I wanted a fun title and wasn’t really sure what to go with so used google for some ideas and came up with this fun one!

I have a process video for you if you’d like to see how this came together, just hit that play button below!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today!! Make sure you head over to the shop, Gwen has pulled together all of the super fun “At the Movies” cut files into a bundle!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel

CUT to YOU | “Chasing Rainbows” & Extra cutfiles | Chasing Rainbows | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends, Melinda here with you today sharing this super fun scrapbook layout!!

One cut file is VERY obvious and it’s the “Chasing Rainbows” cut file which features front and centre on this page!

However, I actually used bits from 2 other cut files as well!! Let’s start with those clouds in the background which came from the “Summer Builder” cut file set…

Which brings us to the final cut file and that GIANT rainbow in the background!! That came from the “Sunshine Rainbows” cut file.

I pulled out the Jen Hadfield “Reaching Out” collection for this and paired some Distress Oxide ink colours to go with it. Tattered Rose/Fossilized Amber/Bundled Sage/Faded Jeans for the rainbow. And Stormy Sky/Pumice Stone/Hickory Smoke for the clouds.

I used blending brushes to create my background after I cut paper stencils – with some not so great cardstock in my stash – with my cut files.

The “Chasing Rainbows” cut file was cut on white cardstock and backed using the “Reaching Out” 6×8 paper pad. I used these papers to “match” my distress oxide ink colours for the rainbow in the cut file and then the beautiful floral design for the words.

A few final touches, including some rainbow stitching and sequins and my page was done!!

I just love how this came together in the end and if you’d like to see my process hit that play button below!! I do hope that you enjoy!

As I finish up this post I wanted to make sure that you knew that there are now cut file bundles available in the store!! So super fun and a great way to “stock up” if you have something you love to work with!! Like in this “Rainbow Bundle“, this has to be my fave, of course!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and that perhaps you’ve taken away some fun and different ideas on ways to use cut files other than simply backing them!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel

CUT to YOU | Tea Cup Posie Cut File | “Favourite” | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappy friends and fellow cut file lovers!! Melinda here with you today with my next share as part of this A-MAZING scrappy team!!

Eeep, I just love it!! That cut file is just beautiful and available here in the store!!

As soon as I saw this cut file when Gwen shared it I knew I had the perfect photo to scrap with it from Mother’s Day this year!! I had discovered a new love for tea – or perhaps a re-ignited love – earlier in the year and hubby and my boys picked me this gorgeous little teapot with cup as a special gift and I just LOVE it!!

I’ve dug into my stash for this and pulled out the Paige Evans “Truly Grateful” collection as I loved some of the sentiments and, to be perfectly honest, this was the first collection that worked really well with the colours in my photo!

I will let you know however that this cut file took me more time than I thought it would to back but oh boy, so worth it! I just love the way it came together and that I was able to keep it fairly soft and pretty but at the same time bring in some pops of those bolder and more bright colours!!

Other than my photo and this cut file I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with this page but as you can see, lots of words!! In lots of different text’s, colours and textures that somehow just all work beautifully together and with my cut file and photo!

I do have a process video for you and I’d love for you to check it out! You can either head over to YT or just hit the play button below!

I haven’t yet had the chance to cut any of the GORGEOUS new designs that Gwen released this month but oh boy!!!
I am fairly certain that I shall be cutting the super fun “Popcorn Party” and “Popcorn” cut files VERY soon however, as I am getting braces in a couple of weeks and popcorn, I believe, is a big no-no!!!

That’s it for me for today and I’ll be back again later in the month with my next share! Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Love Grows Here | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with my next project for CUT to YOU and I have something a little “softer” and somewhat “prettier” than my norm! I hope you enjoy!

I have used the beautiful “Love Grows Here” title cut file which was cut in white textured cardstock.

I have made a slight adjustment to the cut file – I cut off the stems of the daffodils that go into the “o” in the word “grows” for a simpler look. I have used a few pattern papers to very simply back my cut file and then I popped the whole thing up to help it pop off the background.

I have chosen 2 3″x4″ photos from Mum’s Day this year; one with me with each of my boys at the end of the day. The photo cluster tucked beautifully into the cut file, sitting on top of the words and to the right of the flower heads.

I really LOVE how this page came together, all the pretty, soft colours and patterns, something different to my “norm” and yet still me. You can watch this page come together on my process video, just hit the play button below!

I hope that you have enjoyed this share and that perhaps I have inspired you to step a little out of your own “normal” style. Maybe you can find something in the new releases for this month? Or perhaps there is another cut file that you have that you haven’t been sure just how to use.

Happy scrapping and I’ll see you soon my next share for CUT to YOU!
Melinda