CUT to YOU | Summer Vibes Cut File | Melinda Sweetman

Hey, hey scrappy friends, it’s Melinda here with you all on the CUT to YOU blog with another design team share that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!!

I’ve used the super fun “Summer Vibes” cut file today and as you can see I’ve used it in 2 different ways!!

I started this one by cutting my title from white textured card stock and used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Sunkissed” collection to back the letters.

For the sunshine part of this cut file I grabbed a piece of 12×12 water colour card stock and used my Cameo to sketch the design using a lead pencil exactly where I wanted the design on my background.

After that was done I grabbed 2 jars of clean water, an approx 1” flat paint brush, a round paintbrush & 3 Lindys Magical colours, x, x & x.

I first applied clean water where I wanted to drop in the colours, a small section at a time, then added in my 3 paint colours, letters the paint, water & paper work it’s magic!! I continued this until all of the sun was painted & then set it aside to air dry.

When using such a large cut file – that I really don’t want to cover up too much of especially – it really helps to make the rest of the page come together quickly!

I added in 2 small floral embellishment clusters using clear stickers straight to my background, one of the amazing things about smooth white cardstock!!

And a final small cluster, this time with puffy stickers, duplicating some of those same elements – florals – to the top right of my photo cluster where I also added in my journalling and some of the same gold glitter foam stickers that I layered over my title piece!

And that completes my layout today!! Which I, of course, also have a process video for you to watch if you’d like to see this one come together.

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and I’ll see you again next month with another fun creation!!
Until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Cut of the Month Cutfile | Hi There Cuties | Melinda Sweetman

Hey, hey scrappers, Melinda here with you on the CUT to YOU blog today sharing my most recent design team creation.

Now, you may be thinking “what is that cut file & how do I get it?” And the answer is actually super awesome because the cut file I’m using is called “Roses Rectangle” and is one of the EXCLUSIVE cut files available as part of the Cut of the Month Membership at CUT to YOU!!

If you haven’t heard about the Membership yet you simply MUST check it out here!! But here’s a quick run down… Exclusive Cut Files (which of course are gorgeous!)
Totally Affordable
A New Design Every Single Month
Easy to Download
Seriously, what’s not to love?!?!!

If you have a membership and have seen this particular cut file you may have worked out that I altered it a little to make the “frame” part a little taller to fit my photos and then I cut it on textured white cardstock.

I chose to only back the frame section of this cut file and have left the florals & leaves open to create some interest & dimension.

By not completely sticking those florals down I’m also able to tuck in a few embellishments to create even more interest & layers.

I do, of course, have a process video for you all which is on my YT channel or you can simply click the play button below!!

Like I said earlier, these member only cut files are totally gorgeous & well worth the small cost involved so make sure you head over here to sign up.

Oh, and another super fun part of the membership is that every month (so far at least!!) Gwen will create a layout using that months cut file & share her process too!!

That’s all from me for today, I do hope that you’ve enjoyed my share!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel xx

CUT to YOU | Too Cool for School Cut File | Level Up! | Melinda Sweetman

Hi & hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with you today sharing my most recent creation using a super fun cut file!

I’m using the “Too Cool for School” cut file in a bit of a different way today and I hope it inspires you to think a little differently about how you’ll use your next cut file!

So, for this one I used a sparkly blue gel pen in my Cameo Pen Holder, copied and re-sized my cut file multiple times and hit the send button to create my own unique background! And, I must say, I really, really love the look and effect this has!

I did a lot of stash busting for this one and chose to pick up on the blues and greens in my boys school uniform and added in a pop of yellow. Almost all of my paper layers are from an Elle’s Studio 6.5″ x 8″ Paper Stack and I’ve added in stickers from all different manufactuers and years!!

When I had all of this stacked onto my background I decided I needed something more in the background so grabbed a star stencil and some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Deep Water. Next some stamping with a Prima texture stamp and Hickory Smoke Archival Ink. And my final layer was splatters in grey, blue and yellow.

I love the way that all of these different, and somewhat random, pieces work together to create this fun page!

My title was built using 2 different fonts and I guess seems a little random but it makes total sense in my head lol
I chose “Level Up!” because this boy of mine already did show up every single day and try his hardest at EVERYTHING he tried but was beginning to struggle with his sight. A trip to the optomotrist for an eye test and some glasses shopping a couple of weeks earlier led to him choosing his new specs with no guidance apart from what felt right to him! So, now he can see properly surely the only way left to go is up, right?!?

I have made a process video for you while I created this page and I hope that you’ll watch and enjoy!

It took me a little while to choose how I wanted to use this cut file & I am so happy I just embraced the process to come up with this idea!

Another idea I had was to pick a cut file to hand stitch. Obviously, the idea of sketching won but I think I just might go on the hunt for a cut file to hand stitch next! Watch this space…
And in case you didn’t know already, Gwen even has a few “stitching” cut files in the shop already! Check them out here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today & happy scrapping until next time!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Magical Moments | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello scrappy friends!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation. Like a few of the other girls on the team I have no theme park photos to share in the “Magical” arena however I do, of course, have dress up photos of my boys that definitely fit the “magical” bill.

And this gorgeous “Magical Moments” title cut file fits both my photos and the theme perfectly!!

Using 2 photos paired with this cut file made designing this page super easy as there’s not either enough room or desire to add a tonne more!

I’m using another digital collection today and this one is called “The Boy Who Lived.” Seriously, what could be more perfect to pull all of this together??

I’ve used one of the digital pattern papers to back the words in the title and then a gold glitter cardstock to back all of the stars.

My background is a combination of digital elements printed and also some real pastes and inks.

I added in a few extra digital pieces that I’d printed, a Charms Creation book paper star & a Dotty About Flair button and called my page done!

I do have a process video if you’d like to see this one come together. Hit that okay button below or click here to go straight to my YT channel!

I hope that you are enjoying our Magical month of May & being totally inspired to create your very own magical inspired pages.

Check out this section in the shop for lots of cut files to create your own magic!!
Til next time, happy scrapping!
Mel xx

CUT to YOU | Christmas Wreath Cut File | Joyful Moments | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello everyone, Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my latest scrapbook layout using a CUT to YOU cut file!

Yes, it’s April and yes that’s a Christmas page but I just could not resist the stunning “Christmas Wreath” cut file any longer!!

I’ve cut this on white textured card stock so that it sits below my pair of photos and “hangs” the same way it would on a wreath!

Todays layout was created with a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection called Joyful and it’s just beautiful to work with!! I started with the A5 Paper Stack and backing my cut file. I also used some vellum pieces to back some of the leaves.

Next I chose my title “Joyful Magic Moments” as these photos show the pure and absolute joy on my boys’ faces on Christmas morning as they opened “the” gifts from Santa! Do you remember how that felt when you were just 9 or 11 years old?!? Pure MAGIC!!

A layer of pattern behind my photos, some dimension behind my photos and title/journaling card and a few embellishments and my page is done!! And, of course, gold splatters!!! How can I call a Christmas page complete without gold splatters?!?!

I have a process video for you which is linked below, just hit play!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you!!
I’m going to leave you with a question… Is there ever a wrong time to scrap Christmas for you? Clearly the answer for me is a giant no but I’d love to know your thoughts!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | Floral Rainbow Cutfile Kit | You Shine | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello fellow CUT to YOU lovers!! Melinda here with you today sharing my newest scrapbook layout.

Swoon!! As soon as I saw this stunning kit with the gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file I just could not cut it fast enough!!

A super quick FYI in case you don’t know… Gwen has curated stunning and exclusive cut files for the “Kit to You” kits available in the store & one of the best things (apart from the stunning exclusive cut files of course!) is that Gwen includes a sketch, an ingredients list and step by step instructions for every single kit!! If you haven’t yet, you simply MUST check them out!

Ok, so onto my layout!! As you can see I’m scrapping a photo of myself. This was a selfie I took in December 2020.

I really like the way it turned out and remember exactly how I felt & what I was thinking when I took this photo which is what spawned this whole page!

I’m using a printable digital collection by Traci Reed called Keep Chasing Rainbows. My cut file was cut on textured white card stock and I used my Cameo to print & cut the inside pieces using pattern papers from the collection.

My white card stock has digital mixed media on it too which I just LOVE behind that gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file!!

Without covering up too much of the cut file or my back ground design I’ve added my photo, embellishments & journaling.

I really, really love the end result here and I hope that I’ve inspired you to check out this & the other Kit to You designs available in the store. Next time, I may even follow along with Gwen’s sketch and ingredients list!!

I have a process video if you’d like to see my page come together, just hit that post button below!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope that you’ve enjoyed and I’ll see you with my next post later this month!!

Melinda

CUT to YOU | Stitched Rows cut file | Warm and Cosy | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello paper lovers!!! Melinda here with you today and I am excited to share my creation for CUT to YOU with you!

For today’s layout I’ve used the “Stitched Rows” cutfile because it reminds me of a BIG knit type stitch and I thought it was perfect to document my boys’ new dressing gowns for 2021!

As you can see I’ve cut this cut file really big. And using a pattern paper that I would not normally use (I brought this one for the other side lol) because the “texture” looked like warm and cosy knitting to my eye!

I decided to pull out some “older” stash for this one and I’m playing with Vicki Boutin goodies today! That teal coloured pattern paper with my cut file on it just spoke to me!!

As you can see I have overlapped my photos a fair amount – both photos had extra “stuff” in the backgrounds that I wanted to cover up – and feel that that really draws you into the actual subject of my photos.

I’ve added my title using a combination of alpha stickers and my own hand writing and, again, overlapping the photos. I did make sure to not cover up anything important!!

I added in a couple of small embellishments to clusters starting an owl in each one. My mind went “sleep” – “night” – “dream” – “owl”….. of course!! And then flowers lol It works!!

I have a process video on my YT channel if you’d like to watch this page come together or you can simply hit that play button below.

As we are heading to the end of our first month of Autumn here in Australia I have to say I am very much looking forward to a cooler change in the weather and the beautiful change of colours outside. They are not my normal go-to colours for scrapping but I do love documenting it! Those these are “older” cutfiles they are a couple of my fave Autumn-ish files!!

You can find gorgeous “Squirrel Squirrel” here in the store and that stunning “Autumn Leaf” here in the store!

That’s it for me for today!! I hope that you like my layout and that I have inspired you to be creative in some way today!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Oh So Happy You’re Home | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog today! Melinda here with you and I’m excited to share my most recent CUT to YOU creation!

I’ve used the sweet “Oh so happy” title cutfile which I have added to create this layout.

I decided to go with the gorgeous Traci Reed Designs “My Person” printable collection for this one as it was new in my craft room and it had the perfect “my best friend has paws” sentiment to go with this page!

I’ve used some different pattern papers from this collection to simply back my cut file today which I then popped up for some dimension.

I love the way my title kind of hugs my photos! To really emphasise both the title and photos on this layout I have added some gold paint strokes along with splatters both behind and around both elements.

A couple of small embellishment clusters and my journalling and my page is done!

I have a process video for you again today showing my process (well, most of it, tech difficulties!!) if you’d like to see this page come together. You can pop over to my YT channel or just hit that play button below!

As I’m writing this blog post my mind is wandering to the beautiful new March designs wondering what I’ll create with next!! Have you checked out the new releases yet???

TBH with you though, I am REALLY heavily leaning towards this beautiful Floral Rainbow cutfile from one of the newer KIT to YOU kits. Have you checked those out yet??? Such A-MAZING value!!!

That’s it for me for today, I really feel the need to get cutting 😉 Stay tuned to see what I use next!
Until then, I hope I have inspired you in some way today to get creative and I hope you have a happy scrappy day!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Gemstone Circle | “A Lego Heartlove” | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends and welcome to the blog today!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest scrapbook layout and I hope that it helps to inspire you!

Once again I had some help choosing my cutfile for this one and I’m using the “Gemstone Background” today.

For something a bit fun & different I decided to foil this in a diagonal pattern on my background with my Foil Quill. I just love the gold foil on Kraft cardstock!! But it is super hard to get good photos of the foil so this one is the best I could get!

I had these 2 photos of my youngest from 2020 which I turned black & white except for the “Lego heartlove” and thought they were perfect for this background.

With my cut file and photos chosen I just needed to choose a collection to work with. I ended up going with my “stash” collection in red, kraft and aqua colours and chose lots of bits & pieces.

To my surprise this page turned into a mixed media design starting with some ink blending and a stencil.

Next up some stamping with black ink and also some super old rub ons, which to my surprise worked beautifully!!!

A couple of layers behind my photo (from my box of scraps, of course!), a title and a few small embellishments and all I have left to do is my journaling!!

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this page starting with just my background foiled design and no idea where to next! You can see it come together below or on my YT channel.

Do you ever start a page with only a background or cut file design in mind and then work out the rest or do you tend to pick your photo first? My challenge to you is start the opposite way you would normally and if you’re starting with a cut file this beauty is one of my new faves (though I’m sure it’s totally NOT new lol).

That’s it from me for today!! I hope you enjoyed my share and if you take on my challenge please tag me if you share on socials anywhere!!

Until next time, happy scrapping! Mel xx

CUT to YOU | Loving the Everyday | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends! Melinda here with you and excited to be continuing on as part of the CUT to YOU family! I hope my page inspires you!

As you can see I’ve used a super fun title cut file today – Loving the Everyday.

And welded a second cut file for something fun and a little different! This is one of the cups from the “Coffee Love” cut file.

I actually had one of my boys help me choose which cut file to use for this page, which meant I had to find a photo to work. I couldn’t go past this one of my newly decorated take away coffee cup with the quote “Fuelled by coffee & sarcasm” from July last year.

I’ve pulled out my Heidi Swapp “Storyline Chapters” collection to back my cutfile and create my page. I just loved the colours with my photo!

I have added a few layers behind my photo which I also popped up on some old packaging for dimension.

I added everything on an angle for something a little different and fun and then added my journalling using my typewriter and a label from the cut apart sheet in the collection.

To finish the page off I added a few small stickers and some gold splatters.

A pretty “simple” page for me but I really LOVE how it worked in the end! I especially love the addition of welding that coffee cup to my title cut file to make it a little more unique! You can see my process over on my YT channel or on the link below, just hit that play button!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope that I have inspired you in some way to create something about YOU! Make sure you check out the shop for all of the beautiful “love” themed cut files, there are so so so many to choose from now and perhaps even the perfect one to scrap your favourite thing!!
Until next time,
Melinda
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