Thankful | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends and followers, its Michelle S back here today with my second share for this month. Sadly this is also my final layout share as part of the CUT to YOU Design team as its time for me to say farewell for a while. I have loved every minute of being part of this wonderful team, and I thank each and everyone of you for all the love and inspiration you have given and shared along the way. I’m not good with goodbyes so let’s just move on to the layout sharing shall we?

For this layout I chose a NEW cutfile from the June 2020 release – Create Title. A fun large title style design that I had intentions of using for a title, but during the process of creating became a fun rainbow background.

Like most cutfile layouts I create I started by cutting the design out on white cardstock and backed it using a rainbow painted stripe paper from the Happiness Collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I adhered the entire cutfile design to the centre of some More white cardstock using some foam tape for dimension. I added an extra pop of colour around the edges of the layout by matting the white cardstock with the remnants of the rainbow paper used to cut the backing design out on, and sewed around the edges for a little extra texture.

The photo I chose to document is of my crafty space, one of my favourite places in our house and one that I’m very thankful to have. I’m extremely lucky to have a space all to my self and even though its big enough to share, its very rare that I need to.

By using the one pattern paper to back the cutfile I was able to save time by playing around with the design in silhouette studio to remove the centre pieces of each letter, leaving just the outlines. I regrouped them all together and cut the entire piece out On my cameo which is way easier than having to fussy cut each letter or word like I would normally do.

I did however do a little fussy cutting of some florals, cause I just cant help myself. I tucked these elements along with some ephemera pieces into the top of the photo and added some butterflies too.

Lastly I created a title using a cardstock word and some hand writing plus a mini cluster of elements to even out the layout. I also added a sprinkling of gold colour shine to finish it off.

Well friends that’s all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by to see my last creation for CUT to YOU. Be sure to keep sharing your amazing inspiration within the CTY facebook group as I will still be popping in to see what you’re all creating.

Thanks for all the love, and as always…
Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Love This Moment | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello CTY friends! It’s Michelle S back here today with a new layout share featuring one of our sweet NEW cutfiles from the June 2020 release. After scrolling through photos recently I knew exactly which photo I needed to document using this beautiful title ‘Love this Moment’

Such a sweet moment quietly shared between my daughter Leila and Grandmother from Christmas a few years back. The two of them happily making ’afternoon tea’ while the rest of the family were all together outside, oblivious to the joy being created in this room.

To create the layout I started by enlarging the design in silhouette studio and cutting it out on white card stock. I wanted the layout to have a soft feminine feel so I’ve used a limited edition collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio that is full of florals and sweet water colour designs. I backed the hearts of the title using a pink polka dot pattern and the word ‘this’ using the same floral paper I used to back the entire layout with.

I added a strip of black spot paper under the words ‘enjoy the little things’ to finish off the title piece of the layout and then layered a piece of a blue pattern paper behind the photo to give it a little pop of colour.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum by fussy cutting floral bunches and layering them under the photo with the addition of some hearts and enamel glitter dots for a pop of sparkle.

Lastly I added some machine stitching randomly around the edge of the layout and a splattering of gold colour shine to finish it all off.

Well that’s all from me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today using the new ‘Love this Moment’ cutfile. Be sure to check the website for more NEW designs released recently.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Our Sweet Little Family | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle S back here today with one final share for the month of May. I thought I’d make something family orientated for this post using the ‘Our Sweet Little Family‘ cut file from the March 2020 release. I chose a beautiful limited edition collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to create this piece that can be framed and kept on display in an area of our house.

I cut the design out on white card stock twice, first the full design and second just the words themselves. I then adhered them both together so that when backed with the pattern paper the 2 layers of white gave the words a slight 3D effect.

This title is perfect for our sweet little family, hopefully it might suit yours too.

I kept the layers under the photo to a minimum as the background paper is quite busy, and you can see I left the hearts of the design open and adhered them with some clear dots.

Above the photo I’ve added a cluster of florals to compliment the background paper plus a couple glitter dots.

And also a few extra florals and glitter dots to the left of the photo to finish it off.

Well friends that’s all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see your creations with this cut file in the CUT to YOU Facebook group soon!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

You and Me | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle S here today with a new layout share. I chose an older file from the shop ‘Love You and Me‘ the Happiness Collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and a sweet photo of Leila and I.

I played around with the You & Me design in Silhouette Studio to get the right size to overlap the wreath paper I wanted to use from the CVS Happiness Collection. I cut the design on white cardstock then used a couple of bright pattern papers to back the words, flowers and leaves.

I added come extra pattern paper to the photo stack and adhered this over the & using some foam tape to lift it off the cut file design. I also added a couple of stickers from the collection for an extra pop of colour in that area of the layout.

Originally I had planned to adhere the cut file directly onto the floral wreath pattern paper, but I felt it needed a little extra dimension to really make it pop off the page. Out came my scissors and I fussy cut 3/4 of the wreath from the paper and adhered that to more white cardstock that had been adhered and sewn to another large floral pattern paper from the same collection.

I gave the floral wreath a little extra height off the backing paper by using foam tape to adhere it, then layering the cut file over the top of this using more foam tape for an extra kick of dimension. Love love LOVE dimension on layouts.

Final touches were added using gold colour shine splattered here and there and a couple of glitter dots.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

HOME | Michelle Stokes

Hi Friends its Michelle S here today with a new layout share for you all. I chose to document a funny family photo for this creation to features one of the ‘Special Edition’ designs released as part of the NEW Home Bodies release. Its an interesting time world-wide right now, and were taking each day as it comes in our little house.

The Home Grid cut file is perfect for filling up an entire 12×12 layout, and those cut little houses! I had a hard time working out which pattern paper I wanted to back them all with.

I resized the design in silhouette studio to approx 11.5 inch square and cut it out on white cardstock. I then chose a couple of different pattern papers from the Bloom Street collection to back the different elements. Dark floral for the letters, ombre hearts on pink for the ‘O’ heart, multi colour hearts for the house’s, diagonal stripe paper for the house roof and the blue tartan style design for the chimney.

I’ve added some vellum to each area of the grid that had an element to fill in with pattern paper, then adhered the cut file piece to another piece of cardstock using foam tape for a slight hint of dimension. This entire piece was then adhered to a 12×12 piece of the dark / bright florals from the same collection.

I kept the layers behind our fun family photo to a minimum as there was already so much colour going on in the background. I chose elements that co-ordinated with the dark floral paper

Along the top right of the cut file Ive added a cluster of elements that sit slightly over one of the little houses

Diagonally across the page along the bottom edge I’ve added similar elements to the top cluster to tie it all together.

Well friends thats all from me today. I hope this post has found you safe and well. Be sure to check out the other cut file designs that are part of this collection. You can find them HERE. Also don’t forget to share all things CUT to YOU within the CTY HQ group on Facebook

Thanks again for stopping by!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

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Vacay Mode | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends its Michelle S back here today with a brand new layout share. I chose a cut file design from this months NEW release files – Vacay Mode. Perfect BIG title to use for documenting a few fun snaps from a retreat I went to last year.

Creating this layout had me reminiscing all the fun time we had, but also had me looking forward to a time when we can all enjoy times like those again. Bring on 2021 I say!!

To begin the layout I enlarged the file in Silhouette Studio to fill a majority of the width of a 12×12 layout. I cut the design out on white cardstock then backed sections using pattern papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Most of the collection I used here was Hello Sunshine with the addition of some pink paper from another collection for the hearts.

I backed the letters using a bright floral pattern that gives off a tropical feel similar to the vibes you get at the resort we stayed at. I used a sunburst pattern for the sun, and some pink triangle design paper for the hearts to offset all the orange and yellow.

The entire cut file was adhered to the backing paper using foam adhesive tape for a slight pop of dimension.

I added the photos in a row under the cut file. Only a couple were needed to document this wonderful week away. I added a couple of extra complimentary pattern papers under these to make them stand out along side the large cut file.

The main photo was raised higher than the others using more foam tape and some extra pattern paper layers. You might notice a couple of familiar faces here.

I added a few fussy cut florals to the left and right of the cut file to bring it all together,

and lastly I finished it all off with a splattering of gold colour shine. Faux stitching around the edge is all part of the pattern paper design.

Well fellow crafters, thats all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by to join me in sharing my newest creation. I hope this finds you well, and gives you the boost of inspiration you might be looking for during this time of craziness.

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the NEW designs released this month, just like the one Ive used today (shared above). Also, don’t forget out Community Group CUT to YOU HQ on facebook, where we can all share anything CTY related.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Love, You are my SUNSHINE | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle S back here today with a new layout to share with you all. I chose an older file to create with from the CUT to YOU store, a background design that I could use as the base to my layout – Heart Burst. This paired with the stunning new collection from Paige Taylor Evans = a match made in heaven

The pattern paper was quite thin so I cut the design out on white cardstock and joined them both together to create a little extra thickness.

I adhered the entire design to the backing cardstock using glue dots and tiny staples before creating one massive photo and florals cluster

I layered complimentary patterns and colours to the photo stack and adhered these over the top of the cut file using foam tape for a little added dimension

To the right of the photo I added multiple ephemera pieces and florals to create a title and stretch the large cluster across the page

At the top of the layout I added a couple of elements to bring it all together then splattered the entire layout with some gold colour shine to finish it off.

Well thats all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store to find all the NEW and FUN cutfile designs, and don’t forget to share your creations with us in the CUT to YOU Facebook group.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Have I told You | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle S back here today with my first share for March. We’ve just had a NEW release of cutfiles in store this month but I thought Id share the love with something older from the shop for today. I chose the super fun Squiggles Background Cut File which was such a good background to use to create this fun layout of Leila.

I kept the file quite large, ensuring that it would fill most of the background up. I cut it out on pattern paper from the Lucky Us collection using my silhouette and adhered to the background cardstock using raised glue dots under each messy cluster. As simple as that. No altering the file or chopping it up like I’ve done in previous shares. Keeping it simple today.

I chose a couple of fun photos of Leila from the night before her last birthday. She was ‘posing’ for her annual ‘last day of’ photo and making some hilarious faces, most of which were too blurry to use on a layout.

I used the same pattern paper from the cut file to use as the backing border of the entire layout to bring it all together and used complimentary patterns to back the photos along the middle of the layout

To the left and right of the photos I added clusters of ephemera pieces and stickers. Over on the right I also added a mini title on top of the cluster.

Theres a couple extra bits n bobs tucked in here and there and a sprinkling of enamel dots, my favourite embellishment to add to a layout

I really like the crazy messy look this file gives the layout without having to actually get messy. You can find it in the store HERE

Lastly I added a strip of washi tape and some stickers under the title cluster then a splattering of gold colour shine to complete the layout

Well that’s all from me for today, thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the NEW cut files released in store this month, theres plenty to choose from!

Don’t forget to pop into our facebook group to chat about all things Crafty and CUT to YOU related.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Bee My Valentine | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends it’s Michelle S back today with a new layout share. We had a challenge within our CUT to YOU HQ group on facebook recently – for Group members to choose a certain file that YOU wanted to see shared by our DT on upcoming layouts. One particular file that was mentioned, and I felt was perfect to document during the month of Love was BEE MY VALENTINE.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this layout came together using the BEE MY VALENTINE file along with the FLORAL WREATH cut file that I layered underneath. I used the Lucky Us Collection from Pink Paislee to continue to the lovey dove theme I had happening, and a sweet photo of my little family from many moons ago.

To begin the creating process I enlarged both designs in silhouette studio, traced, edited and cut both designs out on plain white cardstock.

Prior to cutting the Bee and title on cardstock I separated the Bee from the letter M so that I could have 2 complete pieces – Bee and Title. I did this by copying the file twice and using the eraser tool (outline selected) to cut the Bee away from the M on one, and the M away from the Bee on the other. This ensured that both the M and the Bee cut out in whole pieces and could be used on different areas of the page.

I backed the bee with papers from the 6×8 pad in the collection I used along with some velum for the wings. I also added a cut apart strip, hearts and stickers to finish the cluster

For the title piece of the cut file I used a text pattern paper for the words and 2 darker pink patterns for the hearts. I also recut the hearts squiggle on more cardstock to give a little extra dimension to the sweet hearts in the middle of the title.

I created a photo stack on a slight angle to the left of the hearts squiggle and added a couple of other heart elements to fill the gaps

I also cut a majority of the leaves off the FLORAL WREATH as they weren’t sitting quite right under the title, but I felt the layout needed a circular element to bring it all together. I left the wreath flat on the backing paper and raised the Bee Cutfile and title up off the layout using thin foam tape for that slight lift and dimension.

Well friends thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my creation made with a file chosen by YOU. Hopefully it’s inspired you to let loose with cut files and to chop them up to work with your creative ideas.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out in the CUT to YOU HQ on facebook for future DT Challenges. Its also a place where you can regularly drop in to chat, offer advice and share all things CTY.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

You are my Everything | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout share featuring one of our fun NEW cut files released this month. As February is know for being the month of LOVE I went with a little lovey dove rainbow theme documenting my 2 loves.

We have a super sweet collection of new cut files this month, and my favourite of all is the Rainbow Love one. Perfect for documenting these 2 in their little love bubble.

I enlarged the design in silhouette studio to fill a good portion of the background paper and cut it out on white cardstock. I used multiple different pattern papers from the Dear Lizzy ‘She’s Magic’ collection to back the individual layers of the rainbow – in rainbow order of course.

Once all pieces were backed I adhered them slightly above the centre of the layout. I had planned on adding some journalling to the layout, but felt it didn’t need any once I had completed all the other elements.

I added the photo to the frame and adhered over the right of the cut file, a TONNE of foam tape was used on this layout to create different heights of dimension between all the pieces

Over on the top left I added a little cluster of elements to fill the blank space and to balance it all out. I also adhered the entire layout to a cut apart paper to give an extra pop of colours around the edge.

Well thats all from me today. But before I go, did you happen to catch our most recent Newsletter? Heres a sneak peek if you missed it.. Be sure to SIGN UP for regular updates – 2 newsletters per month = 2 FREE cut files. Who doesn’t LOVE a freebie??

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to check out all thats NEW in store HERE, and share all things CUT to YOU within the CTY HQ group on facebook.

As always, until next time – Happy Scrapping

Michelle x