Merry and Bright | Tree in a Jar |Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends well today is my last DT share as I am stepping down. I have loved my time on the CTY design team and sharing my layouts with you for the last 18 months. I have created another Christmas layout using the https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/tree-in-a-jar-cut-file/ cut file again but this time I super sized it!

Again I created a sequin shaker vellum pocket and added a Christmas mix I put together. All you need to do is cut two vellum pieces the same size as the jar, glue 3/4 of the way around, fill with your sequins in the opening and then finish gluing the rest of the jar. Glue the complete cut file over the vellum and your done!
I added the complete cut file with foam tape so I could tuck elements under it. Here I added a Christmas present embellishment cluster.
Once I added my photo I added some embellishments on the actual cut file. I also added a gold paper piece at the bottom of my jar and some star acetate behind the lid.
I used an older Pinkfresh Studio Christmas collection and in keeping with the printed words on the background paper I added more phrases with foam tape to add dimension.
To add texture and layers to my layout I added two layers, solid against a patterned paper, ripping in a random manner.

Well that’s it from me, wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed Christmas and many 2021 pay us back for all the hardships are have all been through.

To view this and all the cut files head over to the https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/ now.

Christmas Gift Bags | Rachel Lowe

As a paper crafter I love making Christmas cards, tags and gift boxes and bags. Here is two bags I have made using three cut files from CTY Christmas 2020 release.

https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/christmas-bow-cut-file/
https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/tree-in-a-jar-cut-file/
https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/christmas-joy-digital-cut-file/

And here is what I created!

I measured the front panel of this gift bag and then cut the Christmas Joy cut file in gold. I set aside the negative word joy so I could add later. I then cut Tree in a Jar using white cardstock. Using the offset function on my silhouette cameo (this simply off sets it either internal or external, to fit inside or outside by a fraction) I cut another one in vellum. I added glue to the outer edge and attached the vellum to the cardstock piece leaving an opening to fill with sequins. I then machine stitched (which you don’t have to do if you glue up once filled with sequins. I added a gold paper piece to the bottom of the jar and some gold star acetate to the lid.
I attached the Christmas Joy cut and then I added the Tree in a Jar with foam tape on my bag. I finished off adding the word joy. This obviously will be going to someone I really like lol!!! Here is my next gift bag which is a little smaller but still cute!

I cut the Christmas Bow in gold paper and paper backed it with a Christmas red paper. I added the centre with foam tape to add some height. I cut this bow at approximately four inches (width).

And there you have it, Christmas is a good time to play with cut files and use them in different ways, not just on a layout. To see all the Christmas cut files head over to the CVS shop https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/

Thank you for stopping by and see you again in December.

Love Your Selfie | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends, today I have this fun layout featuring a selfie of my cat and I (yes he always is on my craft desk getting into some mischief!). I have used the fab Love your Selfie cut file.

I have used this bright and beautiful collection by Cat Martin and Pretty Little Studio Colour Me Happy.

I decided to cut this cut file in black to make the bright colours of this collection really pop. I then created a vellum shaker pocket for the lens.

I used a pink cardstock which I embossed with a polka dot folder, this really adds texture and definition to your layout.

To add a 3D effect some of the letters I added with foam tape and others with glue.

I next started to embellish around my cut file add them with foam tape slightly over the camera so elements are tied together.

Lastly I added some light splatters of black paint to break up the white background paper.

I really love to create layouts every now and then that are modern, bright and fun! This cut file is certainly a must to have in your cut file library that’s for sure! Head to the CTY shop to see all the cut files. Thank you for stopping by today and I will see you again later in the month with some Christmas inspiration.

Look on the Sunny Side | Rachel Lowe

I fell in love with the Tropical Punch cut file the minute I saw it! I have created a summer layout (of course) using a photo of me in Capri Italy and yes we had a drink just like this!

And here is my layout which I created with Crate Paper Sunny Days collection.

I used a pale pink cardstock to cut the outer of the cut file, which once attached to my page a added machine stitching to add definition. I then chose a pink and blue striped paper to paper piece the tropical punch glass/cup. I added the flowers with foam tape to add dimension.

I paper pieced the umbrella keeping it in the pink and blue hues. Adding pops of colours is important when your layout has a majority colour, so I added a bright green for the leaves, a bright yellow for the lemon and peach patterns for the fruits on a stick, I used a blue and gold patterned paper for the straws.

Again I added some elements with foam tape to continue adding dimension to my page.

I didn’t use a mat for my photo but instead placed it in amongst the printed floral border, and creating an embellishment cluster to the side of my photo.

I added my title ‘Look on the Sunny Side’ in between my photo and cut file to connect them visually.

I finished my layout off by adding embellishments that added to the tropical feel of my layout.

This cut file is a wonderful page builder for any layout. To see this and other new release cut files head over to www.cuttoyou.com.au

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe week.

Rachel X

Far and Wide | Backpack Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends today I have a layout to share using the fab https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/backpack-cut-file/. As soon as I saw it a travel themed layout came to mind!

I wanted it to be bright and fun so I enlarged it and paper backed it with the new collection by Paige Evans Go the Scenic Route. I added machine stitching to add texture and definition.

I added it to a 10×10 inch white card stock with foam tape so I could add elements later. I added two borders to the white card stock (isn’t this heart paper gorgeous!). I then added embellishments behind the backpack, tickets and a packing list, perfect for my layout theme.
I next added my photo (with foam tape) which is 3.5×3.5 inches, this photo is of me in Turkey Istanbul in 2016. I matted my photo, added some machine stitching and then tucked a floral bunch and tab/heart behind my photo.
Lastly I added my title, following the shape of the backpack, I used bright coloured alphas so it wouldn’t get lost on my layout. I added some typed details such as destination and date.

I love how this turned out, and this backpack is so gorgeous and I know I will use it again for different themed layouts. It is a must have in your cut file library. You can shop here https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Rachel X

My Fave Story | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I have a fur baby love layout to share using the gorgeous Bow Cluster cut file.

I sized the Bow Cluster cut file as large as I could go on a 12×12 cutting mat. I used a beautiful floral paper to paper back the bows and add the bow centre with foam tape to add dimension. I have used a mixed media background paper (I have used Pinkfresh Studio Celebrate collection) to provide a contrast. This page builder cut file is perfect to add visual interest and layers to your layout.

I chose where I was going to add my photo but before adhering I created two floral bunches on either side of my photo. I then used foam tape to add my photo to create more height.

I then created an embellishment cluster that would also be my title under my photo.

I added some die cut butterflies over the floral bunches with foam tape so they didn’t get lost or appear flat on my layout.

I found a super cute wood dog embellishment in my stash and just had to add it even!

This layout is so pretty you could use many types of photos/themes, but my fur baby turned seven this week and I was a little nostalgic and found this puppy photo to scrap.

You will find this cut file in the shop now along with so many other gorgeous cut files!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon.

Happy Together | Our Story Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I am sharing a layout featuring the Our Story cut file.

I love this cut file with the gorgeous book and title. I have used Crate Paper Fresh Bouquet collection. I chose a background paper and splattered some gold lightly over it. I then cut my title in a blue and the book in a cream. I decided to use two patterned papers for the pages.

So my pages appear to be slightly ‘up’ I did not adhere the top of the pages (cream cardstock) this way they have a natural curve up. I added a sentiment sticker with foam tape to add height on the left side of the pages. Next I added my photo.

I added my photo (of me with my tribe) with foam tape and tucked a flower under the frame. Then it was about adding those smaller details that pull a layout together. I added two flower die cuts to the top of my page, layered and the top one with foam tape. I added tiny flowers over my title, a phrase sentiment over the heart and an adorable bunny!

Here are some more photos of the book part of the cut file:

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you in some way! Head over to the Cut to You shop!

Sunshine, Rainbows and Happy Days | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends! For those who know me know I LOVE rainbows and just had to use this new release one Sunshine Rainbows cut file

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I have used the new collection by Amy Tangerine Picnic in the Park. fullsizeoutput_56c1As I knew I would be using bright and bold colours/patterns I cut in white cardstock. I used white glitter on the words that would remain white, it shows beautifully in real life (not so good in my photos), also adding some dimension and texture. Next I chose my four rainbow pieces keeping it fun and vibrant. Once I adhered these to my white cardstock I added machine stitching using a turquoise coloured thread.Untitled-4

Untitled-5I added a foam sticker rainbow from the collection to finish off my rainbow. I next added my photo (that sweet treat is worthy of being scrapped!!!) using a bright coloured mat which I used foam tape to adhere so I could tuck elements under and over my rainbow and photos.Untitled-6I added embellishments around the phrase of this cut file to draw your eye.Untitled-7

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This cut file is the complete package, a beautiful rainbow and layout title all in one!  To see all the other August new release head to the Cut to You shop

Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon.

Rachel X

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My Lovely Life |Spring Floral Edge | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends, how gorgeous are this months new releases! I had a difficult time choosing which ones to use. I love the new Spring Floral Edge cut file and had to create wit this first up.IMG_8541

fullsizeoutput_56d9I have used the gorgeous Sweet Story collection by Crate Paper. I wanted this cut file to be the feature of my page especially as I have used a busy background paper. I attached off centre on my background page using white cardstock to cut the file.fullsizeoutput_56cbI then chose my colour combo, choosing a bright floral blue paper for the flowers an a pale pink for the leaves. To add texture to my layout I added machine stitching to the leaves. I added the flower petals with foam tape (except the flower centre) to add dimension and height. I also at this point added splatters of white paint across my page.fullsizeoutput_56c6I next attached my photo which I double matted so it did not get lost against my busy background. I further framed it with embellishments and my title ‘my lovely life’.fullsizeoutput_56c9

Now it was time to get out those pretty embellishments and make some clusters!

fullsizeoutput_56c8fullsizeoutput_56cafullsizeoutput_56c7I avoided adding floral embellishments as with this cut file you wouldn’t want to over do it with florals. With some of my embellishments I added with foam tape to create more height on my layout.fullsizeoutput_56cdI love how this turned out, modern, whimsical and the spring floral edge cut file is certainly the star of this layout (and the photo of my gorgeous daughter of course!). Make sure you head over to the shop to see all the gorgeous new August releases. Thank you for stopping by today and stay safe and well.

Rachel X

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So Berry Sweet | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I have a 8.5×11 inch layout featuring the gorgeous recent release  So Berry Sweet cut file.

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I wanted to scrap a photo of one of my 3D paper crafts, a picnic basket and strawberries and as well as this perfect cut file I used Crate Paper Sweet Story collection a perfect pair!

248DB86E-3B28-4F79-BF68-208AC23DCBEBOnce I had sized the cut file as I wanted it I cut it in white. I chose the beautiful strawberry paper to back my letters. You will note in the close up photo, some of them have been added with foam tape to create dimension.

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I next set about paper piecing the strawberry which I kept true to life and then added to my page with foam tape. As I always do I used the ‘release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) to pull elements out of the cut file and cut individually.

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I next added my photo (2.5×2.5 inches) which I matted against a yellow paper to keep the balance between red and yellow. I added a large die cut to draw your eye to the photo and then added some phrase sentiments to tie in with my theme.

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I then added smaller embellishments to finish off my layout, some with foam tape for dimension. I used a gorgeous floral paper for my border which contrast wonderfully against the white cardstock. It’s fun to scrap memories that don’t involve people, but other things that are a part of you and your life.

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Well thats it from me today. Be sure to head over to the Cut to You shop to see this and all the other gorgeous cut files. See you again soon and happy creating!

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