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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ – 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!