Love This Moment | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today. Melinda here with you today sharing another scrapbook layout I created using 2 cut files!

The first file I used is clearly very obvious, this gorgeous title “Love this Moment” which I have cut on smooth white card stock.

The second cut file, which is a little less obvious, is the fun “Book Stack Background” cut file which is part of my back ground design. To get this one onto my page I have used my foil quill in my Silhouette Cameo with some pink foil and oh boy, I love this so, so much!

With my main element already on my background I got straight into the messy stuff!! I have added lots of blues using mostly Distress Oxide Ink pads and the packaging technique. My white back ground has not had any treatment at all. With the design in the back ground being foiled it didn’t smudge or get covered over when I added all of the colour which is one of the reasons I chose to foil it!

My title was going to be pretty prominent on my page so wanted to make a feature of this also. This took a bit more effort and quiet a few coats of paint, water colours and gesso but I got there in the end lol I was trying to make as close a match to the flowers in the back ground of my photo as I could! Happy in the end!

I backed the word “this” and the hearts in the cut file with an ombre blue paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Midnight collection. The hearts looked super dark so I added some white gesso and then some darker blue paint to add sparkle and some difference in colour.

Upon going through my stash after my cut file was done I chose to work with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Wild at Heart” collection. I used some paper scraps for layers behind my photo, some ephemera pieces and a few stickers.

I’ve also tucked in 3 fussy cut butterflies around my page – one big one to the left of my title and then 2 smaller ones. These were added to both above and below the photo.

With my page almost complete I felt like it needed something around the edges but I wanted to do something different. I ended up tearing a small section into each side of the card stock background and then mounted my whole page onto another pattern paper from the same CVS collection. Finishing off by adding in a few staples to the torn and rolled sections of card stock.

My final touch was my journalling which I have added in grey pen right to the book below my title so it’s “in” the book! A very subtle detail but I think it’s a bit fun 😉 And, I have a process video for you below, just hit play and I hope you enjoy!

I really, really love how this page came together. That cut file foiled in the back ground is so so fun and something a little different! You could use this effect with SO many of the cut files available in the store! My first stop to explore will be the “Backgrounds” section – how fun!!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and it has sparked some creativity for you! Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

The Best | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today. Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation!

Can you see that I have used 2 of the brand new June 2020 cut files? And, coincidentally, 2 of which seemed to customer faves in the HQ FB group! Here is the first one, “Chevron Bouquet” and as soon as I saw this I KNEW I had to create with it!

And the other is the gorgeous Two Cute Tassels! Oh my, these are just the sweetest. FYI, if you choose to cut them small, they are fiddly, but oh so worth it!

I have cut both of these on smooth white card stock. Since I received lots of feedback to show me actually USING some of my Elle’s Studio kit goodies, that’s precisely what I have used to back both of these files!

My very first thought when I saw this Chevron Bouquet cut file was to back only the florals and I just love, love, love how it came together! Using the colours I had backed the florals with I chose to create one blue and one pink tassel, adding in a couple of small pops of the darker colours (the darker blue and red) to create a more realistic look of shadows.

I added some mixed media to my white background card stock using a variety of different green mists and paints. I tried to keep most of that behind where the florals and my photo were going to be situated.

For a fun way to add the tassels I decided to slide one onto one of the straight edges of the chevron lines so it is “hanging” (how cute really!!) and then layer the other slightly over the first and slightly over my photo too.

As a final touch to highlight that gorgeous chevron design I added some gold stitching using my sewing machine.

I created 3 embellishment clusters around my photo, added my title and a couple of lines of journalling to the right hand side in grey pen.

At this stage I thought I was done but not convinced. Don’t you hate that, when just don’t know what to do next?! After some thinking I decided to trim down my white card stock to the edge of the Chevron Bouquet cut file and adhere that to a woodgrain pattern paper.

I didn’t cut into the top chevron design but decided instead to rip a section out of the middle and roll/fold the paper back on itself for some interest. I do have a process video for you (it’s a bit longer than normal so make sure you grab a cuppa 😉 ), just click on the play button below!

So, that’s my share for today and I hope I have inspired you to create with these gorgeous new cut files!! If you have not yet seen the beautiful new releases you can see that over here on the website!

I hope you have fabulous day today and that you manage to sneak in some scrappy time! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

My Disney Castle | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to check out my latest creation!

As you can see I have used the super fun “Diamonds” cut file which you can find in the store over here!

Better yet, it’s FOILED!!! I cut this file on smooth white card stock as I knew that would give the best results when I ran it through the Minc. While the cut file was still on the sticky mat I used my Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist and a silicone spatula to apply a smooth-ish, even coat over the whole thing. After it was completely dry I ran it through my Minc using some HOLOGRAPHIC foil!! Love, love, love!!

I chose the collections I wanted to create with before I chose my photo.
My back ground paper came from Bloom Street by Paige Evans. Then I used mostly Sparkle City by Shimelle for embellishments and to back most of the diamonds. The white paper with the rainbow raindrops came from the Bloom Street collection.

With the cut file backed and my back ground paper chosen it really was time to decide what I was going to scrapbook lol I ended up with a photo of my BIG Disney Castle LEGO set on it’s shelf in my craft room printed at about 3″x4″. And then the title. Simple and to the point! I really didn’t want to cover up too much of that fun cut file!!

With my photo and title selected and placed I added a few small embellishments. There is a rub-on, a journalling die cut and some stickers from the Sparkle City collection. My journalling was added with a grey pen and a few small silver splatters.

I really love how this page came together and am so happy that I was able to have so much of that fun, foiled cut file on display! I do have a process video for you below and I hope you enjoy!

You can find this cut file here in the store and a tonne of other back ground cut files here in the store. And, of course, the newest release (so fun!!) can be found here! Happy shopping! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again next month with my next share!

Happy scrapping!
Melinda

I {Heart} You | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello CUT to YOU friends!!

Firstly, I would like to wish all of you Mum’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!! I realise that for everyone it is not “best day ever” stuff so to those of you in this category (and everyone else 😉 ) I would like to send you a big virtual hug all the way from sunny Perth, Asutralia. Filled with lots of love and hopefully some extra scrappy mojo!!

Today’s share is a bit of a special page for my biggest little guy, the one that made me a Mum 10 years ago!

For this page I have used the “I heart you” cut file. It’s a bit of an older file but totally captured the sentiment for this page! And I really love how versatile it is!!

I knew I wanted to use the Paige Evans Bloom Street for this page – my boy loves colour, rainbows and of course, iridescent shiny things – and he chose (between 2) my background paper and also the paper I would use to cut my title. I love his choices and the way the title pops off that background!

I’ve seen so, so many people do this technique (namely Rachel and Piroska!) and really love it – mostly for the point of difference it offers!! I cut this twice on my Cameo using 2 different pattern papers from the 6×8 paper pad and just switched the internal heart pieces over!

This technique is so so easy too!! All you have to do is cut the file (as you would normally!), stick the outline flat to your layout (or this would look really cool as a card too!!) and then using foam dots/cardboard or what ever you have to hand to add dimension pop up the internal letters inside the outline and voila!!

The other thing I was 200% sure of when I started this page was that I wanted it have a fair amount of journalling. From me to my boy. Speaking about being his Mum. I chose this 6×8 patterned paper from the new Shimelle collection, pencilled out my journalling and then, using a silver pen, added it permanently to the page.

I used a punch to add the notebook detail to the top of my lined paper and scraps of the papers I had used for my title, tucking them together to look kinda like they’d come out of a notebook.

Now time for the fun stuff – embellishing!! By the time I had my photo, title and journalling in place it was pretty easy to finish off with 3 clusters to draw your eye around the page.

I started with stickers from the sticker book in the collection and added elements to each of the 3 places of embellishments. Some pieces were popped up while others were tucked and others still were stuck flat to the page.

From there a few smaller elements from the 6×12 cardstock stickers. Again, some flat, some popped up and some tucked. I was so excited when I found 3 of those adorable bees? butterflies?; I’m not entirely sure but they are so cute!! And the lady bugs too!

And finishing off with some Nuvo Drops. I’ve done 3 in each cluster using the “Grey Mist” Jewel Drops which dry translucent. Then 1 of the “Bubblegum Blush” in each cluster and 2 of the “Blue Babe” to complete the page.

I am so happy with how this page came together!! I love when an idea works out better than you thought it would! I’m not sure about everyone else but I don’t often journal these “deeper” things right there in the open but I am so glad I did, especially for today’s share! Mother’s Day is not just about one day cause (I’m certain we all know this already!!) a Mum’s job is never done!!

I also have a process video which you can see simply by clicking play above!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the new release over in the shop, there a few specific Mother’s Day cut files but also over here in the store! And so, so, so many of the non-specific cut files would also work perfectly like the gorgeous “Floral Hearts Frame 02” or the “Homemade Happiness“. You could always make yourself a coffee and just browse the store for endless hours too 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that wherever you are and whoever you are with you are having a truly lovely day doing things that you love, especially getting in some scrap time!!! Until next time, take care!
Melinda

#Staysafe At Home | Melinda Sweetman

Hey, hey CUT to YOU friends and family! Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation using one of the fun new cut files from the “Home Bodies” collection.

As you can see, I’ve actually used 2 cut files on this page! The first is my title from the “Hashtag Stay Safe” cut file title set.

And the other cut file I used is one of my faves, the “Rainbow Love” cut file.

I had my Cameo do most of the “work” for me to back the files. This is actually pretty simple to do, especially with these less intricate shapes. Once you have the file open and traced in your Silhouette software, right click on the cut and select “Release Compound Path.” From there I removed the outer lines and worked with the inside pieces. Next select all of the shapes/letters and click on the “offset” button. This will create another line around the outside of all of the letters/shapes you have selected which you can re-size. I think I set mine to about 0.8″. Delete the original pieces you were working with and voila, you have all of your shapes ready to go to back your cut file!

I’ve dived into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Happiness” collection for this page. With the 2 cut files and 3 photos taking up so much real estate on the page embellishing was pretty minimal.

I added to my title using some small grey tile alphas to spell out “at home” since the photos I was using were of our front window painting. I hope people smile as they go past our home!

Working in a triangle around the important parts of my page I added a small cluster of embellishments right over the “empty space” in the middle and right hand photos. Oh, and I have also had my Cameo fussy cut a whole page of tiny butterflies from the 6×8 paper pad which I have used a couple of on this page.

Knowing I needed somewhere to add some journalling, and to complete my triangle, I have added one of the big floral pieces from the ephemera pack and a round journalling sticker to the top right of the page under the rainbow.

My final touches were some enamel shapes that I have dotted around all of my embellishment clusters and my title. I may have gone a little “sprinkle crazy” but I really love the finished page!!

I do have a process video for you to enjoy so just hit that play button, sit back and enjoy!

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the full “Home Bodies” collection you so should! Gwen has really smashed it outta the park, keeping it real but yet also positive. Because, in times like these, it’s often laugh or cry and I know if I can choose the happier side it makes my heart happy! Of course, there is still ALL of the other beautiful and fun designs in store, did you see the earlier April release!?

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and that however you are spending right now you are staying safe and looking after yourself!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda x

Sweet Easter Treats 2019 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello there CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you today sharing a sweet Easter 2019 layout that I created.

I’ve used 2 Easter cut files from last year and they are Easter Basket Background and Easter Blessings (extra eggs!!) and they are so adorable!!

First up I cut the Easter Basket pretty big using one of the new Legendary by Cocoa Vanilla Studio pattern papers.

After that cut I realised all the bits would be in dark brown wood grain!! This was not the look I wanted so went back into Silhouette Studio to do some cropping and fiddly changes. I did record this process for you so scroll further down for the full process video. But I cut that in smooth white cardstock and overlaid that onto the first cut I did.

I also had my Cameo cut the backing pieces for the basket, the bow and the eggs in the basket which you can also see in my video! Though it was fiddly and somewhat time consuming it was so easy to just add glue and stick rather than trace, cut, stick, trim!

I had done the bulk of my design work in Silhouette Studio so I knew where my main elements were going. I chose this gorgeous CVS pattern paper “Radiant” from the More Than Words collection for my background as I loved the pastel rainbow stripes and my basket looked so good on it! I’ve used all CVS papers to back my cut files too – from a bunch of different collections. In fact, there are 4 different collections here and I love how well they all work together!

Because most of the design work was done I was able to stick down all my pieces pretty much straight away and get onto the last bits of putting this page together. I started with my title which I used some yellow thickers for and some pink puffy alpahs. The thickers were a bit too bright so I smudged some white gesso over the top to bring the colour back down a little.

Using a punch from my stash in an egg shape I created 2 smaller clusters to compliment what I already had on the page. And I topped those little clusters with a little bunny shape punched from more pattern paper.

Finally to finish off my page I added in my journalling in grey pen, some puffy heart stickers and some white splatters. You can see my whole process in the video below and I do hope you enjoy!

I really love how this page came out, it’s not often I will say “better than I envisioned” but I will with this one! I love these 2 gorgeous cut files, available here and here in the store, and the soft Easter/Spring (though Easter is Autumn here in AU lol) feel to the page!

Until next time, happy scrapping and I hope that this weekend, even if you are in isolation and had to change plans, you are with those you love the most, enjoying time together and that the Easter Bunny visits you this Sunday!!

Melinda

Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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Together Again | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my fellow creatives and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog on this Tuesday morning! Melinda here with you sharing another scrapbook page that I created!

For this one I have used a Travellers Notebook cut file on a traditional 12×12 page and really love how versatile this TN Together Documented cut file is!

After deciding on my cut file I decided to work with a bit of a grid design for this page. I had these 2 photo’s of our bunny Olaf (the browner bunny) with his brother Milo from a recent few days they got to spend together. I really liked the way the 2 photos balanced the title.

I am incredibly inspired to bust through some of my stash at the moment so dove into an older collection that is one of my all time faves – Shimelle, True Stories. Pulling all of my pieces of this collection out I chose a pattern paper for my background and a colour I really wanted to focus on – the dark blue – and created my background with some acrylic paint and my brayer. With such a thin layer of paint I was able to go straight back in and add splatters in the dark blue and black.

While that dried I have pulled patterns from the 6×6 paper pad and some cut aparts (mostly scraps now!!) to back my title. For this process I flipped my cut file and my paper over, traced around the outside of the letter, trimmed the letter and then stuck that to the cut file, trimming any excess where necessary.

With the bulk of my page now ready to go I added a couple of layers behind each of my photos – again using mostly scraps from this collection and adding some foam to both the photos and the title. These were then ready to be adhered to my now dry background.

I added some pink puffy alphas to my title to complete it and added 2 embellishments clusters; one to the top left of the title and one in the middle of the 2 photos on the right. I finished my page off with some journalling in a white pen and also lots of white splatters.

I hope that me sharing this page with you has made you see how easy it is to use cut files in perhaps a way that it is not specifically designed for!! You can find this title here in the store and you can find all of the Traveller’s Notebook files here in the store – I’d love to see you create something other than a TN page with one of these fun files!! You can, of course, see my process video below and I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today and I’ll see you again later in the month! Until then, happy scrapping and make sure you drop into HQ on FB and share YOUR creations with us and all the other CTY fans there!
Melinda

You Are Awesome | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow creatives and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation as part of the design team and oh boy, I just love how this page turned out and I can’t wait to share it!

As you can see my cut file features as part of my background design and adds texture and something fun to the page! The file I used is called Squares Cubed and you can find it here in the CTY store.

I cut this as big as I could in my Silhouette software on white cardstock. I knew I wanted to use this file exactly as I have; so to help it meld into the back ground I did choose smooth.

Once that was all cut I simply used some matte medium with a spatula and adhered each of the squares in diagonal lines on the bottom right of the page. I made sure they had plenty of medium on the back of the file to stick and also applied a coat over the top as I knew I wanted to add colour and water to my page. The top left of the page was a kind of after thought but I’m so glad I decided to add in a few more squares there!

When the matte medium was completely dry I could add colour! For this page I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in a blue and a purple to work with my 2 3×4 photos. I simply spritzed my page with water and kind of dripped and dropped and painted my colour over the top. I love watching things like this as the colour moves around because it really brings those cut files to life – it’s like the emerge from the back ground!! Once I was happy with the colour I used the same colours to add lots of splatters.

Now, being that I am not huge lover of purple I did kinda hit a stumbling block while trying to finish this page off but realised I could use black and white for the most part. I ended up settling on the Cocoa Vanilla “You Rock” collection as I still had those 3 big chipboard words which I thought worked perfectly for my title and fit beautifully both above and below my photos!

I added in a few more chipboard pieces and then not much else as I didn’t want to cover up too much of that oh so fun back ground! I found a few ephemera pieces and decided I really loved what that pop of wood grain added to my page so added those in. But I especially love the clear stickers on this page cause you get the fun of the stickers but also the fun of that back ground – win/win!!

And that wraps up my page for you today! You can see my process video below, just hit that play button!

I do hope you enjoy and remember to stop by the shop here to re-create a fun back ground like this or here for some fun new designs! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel

Adore | Melinda Sweetman

Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!

For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.

As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!

As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.

While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!

I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!

Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense!
First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections.
Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.”
With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation.
Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document.
In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.”
From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075.
Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file!
To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.

With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.

I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.

With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.

That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda