Take Photos | Michelle Stokes

Hello scrappy friends its Michelle here today. I have a new layout to share with you all featuring some of our brand new floral designs released this month. I’ve used both the Floral Bouquet set and Floral Bouquet frame to create this sweet layout of Leila on her 1st birthday.

I chose both the frame and individual bouquet set to combine together as I wanted to layer the larger florals over the top of the frame and create something similar to a shadow box. To do this I enlarged the frame to just over 9 inches in silhouette studio and erased the outer edge border so that it created a larger inner frame around the page. I resized the large floral from the bouquet set to a slightly smaller size than the largest floral piece of the frame then cut all the pieces out on white cardstock.

I cut the separate piece of florals twice so that I could make use of both the flowers and leaf stems in different ways. Once I had all the pieces cut individually I backed the main frame and extra flowers vellum and left the extra leaf stems untouched

I adhered the extra flower pieces to the frame using tiny amounts of foam tape and bent the leaf stems for extra dimension before adhering with tacky glue.

I chose a super sweet photo of Leila from her first birthday and brought it all together with the stunning Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the floral cut files

I layered the cardstock frame with a floral wreath pattern paper to make it look like one big cluster of florals and tucked in extra ephemera to compliment the cut files

I added a little extra piece to the edge of the photo that was from the bottom of the frame and would have been hidden from sight.

Lastly a massive splattering of gold colour shine and some enamel dots and I thought it was complete. I tried to work out a large title for the layout, but felt it would overpower the softness of the white on white cut files and all the pretty florals.

Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU HQ facebook group and share all the things you love about CTY. Also be sure to pop by the shop and check out all the new cut files HERE.

As always, happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Precious Moments | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends, Its Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I’ve jumped back to last months release and chosen a fun cut file called Burst Circles that was just singing out to be used.

I chose to document a photo of Leila from a recent trip to the Zoo. We had so much fun that day, and this little lady just LOVED posing for pictures time and time again. I can say that her 2 front teeth are FINALLY making a breakthrough after almost 8 months of non existence.

To start the layout I worked in Silhouette Studio to resize the entire file so that only 3 of the larger circular designs (lets call them sunburst circles) were the main focus. I played around with different ways to present them on the layout before cutting all the pieces out on white cardstock then cutting each individual circular piece so that I could layer them in different ways across the page.

I’ve used the newer ‘Just a little Lovely’ collection from PinkFresh Studio to compliment the burst circles design. I’ve backed the ‘sunbursts’ with a blue and white floral pattern paper and adhered them to the layout using foam tape, then layered the full circular bursts under each piece at random. I also adhered the negative circular pieces around the page and sewed through a couple using machine and thread.

I added the photo to the larger of the 3 sunbursts which is also backed with a pattern paper from the collection, layered with a couple of ephemera pieces and adhered to the page using more foam tape.

To the left of the layout on the middle size sunburst I have added an ephemera piece, fussy cut florals and a title. I’ve created smaller clusters diagonally across the page from each other using embellishments to compliment the cut file design.

Once the layout was complete I’ve splattered gold colour shine, added a few enamel dots and a date stamp.

Well folks thats all from me today. Before I go heres a few friendly reminders….
Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group where we welcome all crafters to share their love of CTY. Plus theres just been a new release in the CUT to YOU STORE.

Also If you’re not already subscribed to our newsletter you really should be. Its released twice per month and always contains a FREE cut file for you to use. Heres a sneak peek of what you may have missed in the current edition.

The link for you to follow is HERE so that you can sign up and never miss another freebie again!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx

GO SEE DO | Michelle Stokes

Hi friends, It’s Michelle back here today with a fresh new layout to share. This week I challenged myself to GO BIG with a dramatic title and more than 1 photo. I think I achieved just that using the fun GO SEE DO cut file

This awesome cut file was created for Travellers Notebook crafters, but it’s also PERFECT to use as a MASSIVE title on any general scrapbooking creation! I do LOVE a massive cut file title!!

I went big with this file and resized it in Silhouette Studio to roughly 10 inches tall and cut it out on white cardstock. I used fresh coloured pattern papers from the Heidi Swapp Colour Fresh collection to back all the individual letters before adhering to the centre of the backing cardstock using foam tape for dimension.

I added the two photos of Leila, my nephew and 2 of our cute little friends to the left and right of the arrows, layered with extra pattern papers to compliment all the colours used to back the cut file. I also tucked in a few ephemera pieces too

These 2 girls have so much fun together!

I wanted to add a couple of words for journalling, so I added these to the lined pattern paper used to back the O at the bottom of the cut file

Lastly I added a couple more ephemera pieces to the bottom right of the layout and a few flowers to the edges of the cut file. I cut the backing cardstock down in size and adhered to a multi colour pattern paper before splattering the entire page with my favourite gold colour shine.

Thats all from me today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my work today. Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group as we all LOVE to see the amazing creations that you all make with our cut files.

Theres also been a new release of files in the CUT to YOU store, so make sure you check that out too!!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Wonderful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout to share with you all. I’ve used the awesome Banner Trio cut file for this creation along with a CRAZY photo of my cheeky Leila.

To start the layout I duplicated the top design within the Banner Trio set, and resized each piece individually so they were all slightly different in length. I cut them out using white cardstock and my silhouette machine then backed using some pretty pattern papers from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection. SO sweet!

I adhered the banners to the cardstock background using foam tape, giving each piece slight dimension on the page.

I slightly overlapped them all to give a true bunting banner feel. I added the photo stack to the right side of the banners, layered with different coloured cards and pattern paper to compliment the banners

I fussy cut flowers and butterflies from the collection to create a cluster at the end of the bottom banner

And added a smaller cluster along with hand written journalling along the bottom right of the layout. Once all the bits and pieces were glued in place I adhered the entire background to a larger pattern paper and sewed around the edges using machine and thread. This gave the entire layout a boost of colour and helps make the cut file pieces really pop out from the page.

Thats all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Be sure to check the CTY shop to see whats new this month and don’t forget to share your love for CTY in our community group on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Beautiful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share using the wonderful All Around Floral cut file design along with a sweet photo of Leila from a few years back. I had SO much fun creating this layout. Lets take a closer look shall we?

For this layout I really wanted the cut file to be BIG, but not too big that it would take up the entire page. I’ve sized the file in silhouette studio to approximately 9×9 inch and cut it out on some textured white cardstock.

This design is so delicate and sweet. Its perfect for documenting sweet faces like this one…

I backed all the individual florals with different pattern papers, using green tones for the leafy areas and pinks, yellow and blues for the florals. I backed the photo with a complimenting pattern paper and a hearts pattern frame

I raised the entire cut file piece off the background paper to give it dimension. Doing this really brings a layout to life, and by using a thin foam tape ensures your not adding any unnecessary thickness to your albums.

I’ve added a couple of clusters top left and bottom right of the page using florals from the collection I used from Felicity Jane as I felt they complimented the All Around Floral cut file perfectly.

I also added a hint of machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock after I adhered it to the pink pattern background. Lastly I added a date stamp, gold splatters and a couple of enamel dots to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Be sure to head on over to the CTY SHOP as thereโ€™s been a NEW RELEASE of designs for this month. Oh and don’t forget to join our Community Group CUT to YOU HQ on Facebook, where everyone is free to share their work using CTY designs

Well thats all from me for today, until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Absolutely Magical | Michelle Stokes

Hello Scrappy Friends. It’s Michelle back here today with my next layout share! This was the very first layout I created for CUT to YOU that I’ve been bursting to share with you all. Inspired by so many wonderful rainbow effect layouts created by others and featuring the sweet Floral Frame 01 cut file

I’ve chosen a sweet photo of my daughter Leila from Easter Time, reading to us from her Christmas Jokes book. What a laugh that was!

To begin this layout I went straight to Silhouette Studio to cut my file using white cardstock. I kept the file quite large so that it would fill a majority of the 12×12 paper background without taking over too much.

I chose a collection that I’ve been hoarding for quite a few months – Whimsical by Paige Taylor Evans. This was purely for the rainbow assortment of block colours which are perfect for backing all the florals within this cut file design.

I started with the purple hues and worked my way around the cut file finishing off with greens and blues. I chose the darker of the hues for the large 4 piece floral and the lighter for the smaller flowers and leaf stems. I also added in some extra non backed pieces as subtle layers within the clusters

I’ve raised the entire cut piece off the pattern paper background with LOADS of foam tape. I really like the dimension effect foam tape gives to a layout without bulking it up too much. This allows plenty of space to tuck in embellishments for extra pops of colour and layers. Love me some layers!

In the middle of the frame I added the photo and layered tags and pieces of pattern paper that compliment the side of the frame that they’re touching. I added strips of text to create my title rather than using big alphas. This made it blend all together helping the photo and cutfile become the heroes on the page rather than a massive title.

Lastly a sprinkling of enamel dots from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, a splattering of gold Colour Shine, some handwritten journalling, date stamp and some machine stitching around the edges and I called it done.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by the CUT to YOU store to check out all the new files that have just been released. And if you’re not already aware – we have a little community group on Facebook where we welcome you to share all your creations using all the fun CTY cut files you’ve used!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Lets Party | Michelle Stokes

Hello fellow Crafters! It’s Michelle here today with my very first layout share for CUT to YOU! I am so unbelievably EXCITED to be here sharing my work with you all, so lets get straight into it..

As this month is the very first birthday for Cut to You I thought Iโ€™d create something that follows along with that theme, and ties in with our newest Inspiration Board. Such a sweet colour palette to create with. So Inspiring!

There are a couple of new files this month that are PERFECT for documenting a birthday theme, in particular the BALLOONS, and newsletter Freebie for July – LETS PARTY text. I thought these designs would work wonderfully with the sweet photo of my daughter Leila from her first birthday party.

I started the layout by creating the large title using the LETS PARTY text (shown below) and resized it to approximately 8.5×4.5 inches in Silhouette Studio, then cut it out on white cardstock. Next I cut the backing piece out of pattern paper by only choosing the outline of the cut file. I find this is the easiest way to back a cut file if you’re only using 1 pattern paper.

I also added some more sparkly gold glitter and a complimentary pattern paper to these hearts.

Next I worked on the balloons by following the same techniques as I did with the title piece. Resizing and cutting the main file using white cardstock, editing the file in Silhouette Studio to only show the main outlines and re-cutting using the gold glitter paper to back the detailed parts of the balloons. I also backed the 2 rounder balloons with some vellum for a softer feel.

I arranged the balloons around the title and photo stack and adhered using some foam tape and glue dots to give them some dimension.

Tucked in a few ephemera pieces to add detail and balance to the layout, and a sprinkling of gold colour shine to add some finishing touches.

Well thats all for me and my very first share. I hope you like it!

Make sure you pop over to the CUT to YOU store to check out all new Cut Files!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x