5th Grade | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today to share a super fun fall school layout! This month’s release at Cut To You features lots of school designs just perfect for documenting school days. I chose the School Books cut file for this week’s project!

I kept my page design very simple. I clustered my photo and my cut file into the middle to create a center-focused design. I used foam tape to pop up part of the cut file and also my photo to give them extra dimension. I used my favorite Thicker design to add the year and the grade my son was in in this photo.

I love to add little extra details to my cut files…for this one, I added Glossy Accents to the letters for a bit of shine.

A good trick for backing a cut file is to use 6X6 papers. These patterns are smaller in size and they are perfect for backing small areas with fun patterns. I chose fall papers and embellishments because they coordinated with the photo so well. And fall designs are a particular favorite of mine. I squeeze as many fall layouts as I can between September to November. And I have oodles of school photos here that still need scrapped.

I created clusters using die cuts, brads, and enamel dots to help the eye move around my page. And those adorable fall critters don’t hurt either. 🙂 I havent put a brad on a layout in at least a decade, so that was a fun addition to the page.

Be sure to check out all the gorgeous cut files in the shop HERE.

And you can also check out my process video

Have A Lovely Day!

Love Your Llama Selfie|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today playing with one of this month’s new cut files, Love Your Selfie. This cut file is so fun, I especially love the cute Instax- like camera. I knew it would look fabulous backed with some fun patterns.

I paired the cut file with papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s new line, Daydream. I just got this collection and Im already hooked…these colors are swoon-worthy. I havent gotten any new lines in a while so I dug right in and went to work..well, play (creating this layout was anything but work!)

I paired the cut file with flowers, lots of flowers. Fussy cut flowers from the collection paired with die cuts. I added this cute little corduroy heart to the camers lens. The heart and the floral element really added whimsy to the camera.

My photograph is a selfie…with a llama. I have a confession, I love llamas. I wanted to add one to my page, but in a subtle way. So I added a “hidden llama” to one of my floral clusters. He is sooo cute, right??

I added a llama to my title using some Thickers and I added some more hearts to the middle of the letter O’s to create a visual triangle around my page. And if you look closely…you’ll find a little “hidden cactus” too.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this layout. Using new products and brand new cut files was fun, and creative! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and take a look at ALL the new cut files this month. You will not be disappointed!…promise!

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Slimline Cards|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today with a fun twist on a current crafting trend- slimline cards. I love to make cards and while I don’t often share them online, I felt like Cut To You cut files would fit so well on these size cards I had to try a few! And by a few..well..I ended up making four so let’s start sharing them!

Slimline Cards are 31/2 X 81/2 so I made sure to cut the files to a size that would comfortably fit in those dimensions. I used some nice heavyweight bright white cardstock so I could add layers of embossing powder and ink on top of the files without them ripping. I wanted to the cut files on my cards to have a glossy, metallic, copper shimmer.

To achieve that gorgeous,smooth copper, I added layers and layers of embossing powder, heat setting between each layer till I atcheived the desired look, depth, and smoothness I wanted. Most of the cut files got 3 layers…some got four. You can’t even tell they are paper anymore!
Once the main elements were heat embossed, creating the rest of the card was easy. I pulled out my favorite fall collection from last year and used the scraps and leftover embellishments to create the cards. I still really love these patterns and images. Creating the cards to set off the embossed cut files was fun and easy!
I used two cut files from the shop, the Thank You Cut File ( This set comes with 3 files and I made three of my cards from this one set) and the Book Stack Backgrond ( I sized this one down and it still cut and worked perfectly! ) There are soo many cut files that would work for cardmaking in the SHOP. i think the tag files would be amazing on cards and sized correctly, the TN files would be awesome for more slimlines.

I have a video for you showing my embossing process for the cards too!

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Shine|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well as September rolls in. I have a layout to share today featuring the Rock Star cut file.

I started my layout by stenciling a star background to match my color scheme. I used two shades of blue Distress Oxide inks to create a blended ink background.

I backed the cut file with lots of papers in shades of aqua, navy, blue, black and white. I used scraps but I also used a few patterned pocket page cards. Pocket Cards make a great alternative to patterned papers and this is a great tip for using up quite a few from your stash.

I chose this particular card to back this star to act as my title. I love how it brings the title right into the design of the page.

I kept the embellishments neutral in color and simple- just a few cameras, phrase stickers, and labels.

As a last finishing touch I added a sprinkling of sequins around the border of the page. I think this adds a fun sparkle.

Be sure to take a peek at my process video above and then be sure to head over to the shop HERE and grab a cut file..or two. You will not be disappointed!

Have A Lovely Day!


In The News|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a TN insert spread featuring the new Office Clips cut file. I also used one of the Hashtag Stay Safe title files. I knew as soon as I saw these Office Clips that it would make a Fabulous TN spread!

I masked off and inked up the top portion of the clips with grey ink to give them the look of real office clips. I’m not a mathamatician by any means and it was too hard to figure out the size to cut them so the photos would fit perfectly so I decided to back the office clips with patterned paper, layer them up, and then add the photos to the clips.

Some simple embellishments, stamping,and some Nuvo Drops finished off the spread nicely while keeping the look of the spread more like the look of junk journal with lots of journaling.

You can head over to my process video for more information on how to add color to certain parts of a cut file and also to see all the little details I added to the spread and my journaling. And be sure to grab these files from the Cut To You shop! The Office Clips are just perfect for all kinds of projects!

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Oh So Happy|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today to share a new layout featuring the new August releases from the Cut To You Shop!

I started my layout by creating an easy watercolor background to give it the look of a blue sky.

I started my layout by backing my cut files. I chose to work with two of the new releases- Oh So Happy and Orchid Bloom .

I embellished my layout with just few little touches. You don’t need a lot of embellishment when you are using multiple cut files- just a couple of small touches. I chose small die cuts, wood veneer, and some little clear bubbles to enhance my photo.

I added some inking to the bottom of the Orchid Blooms cut file. It gives the cut file a bit of extra dimension and POP! I just love how this whole layout came out. Fun, bright, and sweet! Perfection! You can check out all the fun details in my process video below and dont forget to swing by the shop HERE to get some new cut files for your August crafting adventures!

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En Pointe| Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today to share my layout and video for Cut To You’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration! Congratulations to Gwen for creating amazing cut files, a wonderful small business owner, and being a wonderful person! Love you my friend and so proud of you! I’m so happy to be a part of this video hop! Here is my project I created especially for this event!

I started this layout with my photos. I loved this photo of my niece getting ready for her virtual ballet lesson and knew it needed a page all its own! I loved it both in color and black and white so I decided to include both versions on my layout!

I paired the En Pointe Ballet Cut File with Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Midnight range and an acetate ballerina that has been floating around my scrap desk for just this page. (Im sure of it!)

I changed the color of my title in the very messiest way possible…by pushing it into a navy ink pad of course!

You can see all this messy fun and the rest of my layout come together over on my channel below! And be sure to check out all the fun videos on the hop all month long!

Be sure to head over to the SHOP where you can find this cut file and so.many.more.

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Cousin Squad/Sara Scraps

Hello! Sara here with you today. I have a fun layout to share with you featuring the Cousin Squad cut file. I have been waiting to use this one for a while now! I am the oldest of 7 siblings so I have lots of cousin pages to do! This photo is special to me because it is the last time ALL my neices and nephews were together for a group picture.

I started with the title piece. I backed each letter with patterned paper. Then I used about 1001 foam squares to pop the title up.

I added florals onto the title to make it truly part of the layout. This allows the flowers to weave in and around both the photos and title seamlessly.

This layout is simple in design and execution but it packs a powerful, colorful punch! I love how all the colors pop off of the white cardstock! You can see all the details of this layout on my YouTube channel too! Id love to see you give this layout design a try.

White cardstock, an amazing title from the shop HERE, and and lots of pretty flowers are really all you need!

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Adorable You | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! I have a new layout to share today featuring the new Two Cute Tassels and Adorable You cut files. Im also playing along with one of the CSI Challenge Blog inspiration pieces for June.

I backed the tassels with patterns from a 6X6 paper pad and then added glossy accents to the balls and bows of the tassels to give them some shine and a bit of dimension. Next I added some hemp fiber to “string” them at different lengths from the top of my page.

Behind my tassels I added just a little bit of ink…the ink gives the tassels a little definition against the white cardstock and adds just a bit of color. I decided to pull the layout all together by adding the color throughout my layout.

I added the color and the glossy accents to the title as well. And then I just added a few light clusters of embellishments to accent the title and a small cluster at the top to draw your eye around my layout.

Be sure to grab some of these gorgeous tassel files HERE and while you are there take a peek around. You are sure to find something you love! And if you would like to see more of the details of my project you can check out my process video below.

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Beach Babies | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today! I live in the Northern Hemisphere which means summer is just starting and I am currently loving creating summer layouts! Today’s summery layout features the brand new Interlocking Hexagons cut file.

How cute are these sunny faces! perfect for these beachy products! I chose to keep my cut file in white and I backed it with multiple patterns of beachy paper. I then fussy cut some gorgeous foiled shells and popped them up in the hexagons. I love how the hexagons frame the shells!

Next, I added some foam adhesive to my photo to give it some prominance. I created two embellishment clusters around my photo. A sparkly title was the perfect finishing touch!

As always, I have a process video if you would like to see all the little details and more of my thoughts on this project. And be sure to head over to the Cut To You shop HERE and take a peek at all the gorgeous cut files, you are sure to find something you will love!

Have A Lovely Day!