Merry and Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello and Happy New Year CTY friends!!

I’m so happy to be back with you again this year! Hope you are all well and have had a lovely festive season! Today I am up sharing a Christmas layout I created while we had a little down time, and I’m using the Merry and Bright cut file and some older Christmas pics of my girls.

I think I have mentioned before that I am Christmas scrapping convert, and one of the ways I have made this work for me is to use non-conventional colour stories on my Christmas pages. For this page I have gone with green, black and white, and I love how this works!

I have used the Merry and Bright cut file as my title, which I had cut out from white cardstock, and have coloured it using a black Posca pen. This is such an easy way to alter your cut files, and in this instance I feel it made the file stand out a lot better on my page.

I have used a black Charms Creation star over the top of the star in the file, and I love how this gives the title a bit more dimension, which can sometimes be tricky with really fine files like this one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by and check out the Christmas Shop for lots more cut files to document all your Christmas memories!

Take care out there.

Big Loves, Tam x

The Good List | Tamara Buckler

Hello and Merry Christmas!!

What a fabulous time of year! It’s been a bumper month for CTY shares, and now it’s only a couple more sleeps before the jolly fat man finds us!!

I’m back up on the blog again sharing another layout for our 25 days of Christmas fun with a really simple but silly page.

The Good List Cut File is one of my fave CTY files because it’s a bit cheeky and can be used for all number of antics including our naughty puppy playing dress ups.

I actually cut the file in white card stock, and then as the page came together I decided it needed to be in black. I used a black Posca paint pen to colour the file, and then came in with red for the tick.

I backed each letter in each word with a different but coordinating paper for a fun and random look, and with the file in black, the whole thing jumps off the page.

I tucked my photos and embellishments in around the Cut File, letting the dimensions and shape of file dictate what went where.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021. **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Big Loves, Tam xo

PS… funny story… Lola ate her hat about 5 mins after this photo was taken! Think she should actually be on the naughty list!!

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 8

Hello friends,

As you know, December is here and we have some fun celebrations happening between the 1st and 25th! Our fab design team will be popping into the blog everyday with some scrappy Christmas inspiration for you! Be sure to check the blog for your code on a sweet deal on the featured design of the day.

Today I am sharing my layout featuring the Merry Everything cut file, which I have treated quite simply by cutting from white card stock and backing with one piece of patterned paper.

I have drawn my inspiration for this page from the CSI Challenge Case File #376.The case file inspired the combination of the plaid paper in the cut file and the timber background paper. I feel like it gives log cabin vibes, which is a bit fun for Christmas in Australia!

I have always been a bit adverse to scrapping Christmas, but since I have been using Cut to You files, I actually love it! The files make it so easy to document Christmas without having to stick to ‘typical’ Christmas papers and products, which is right up my alley.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021. **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount. No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Crazy Cousin Crew | Tamara Buckler

Hello again scrappy friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing with you a fun little layout that I recently created. This one ended up with a very different vibe then what I expected… does that ever happen to you? Where your page just gets away from you?!?!? I had cut the Crazy Cousin Crew cut file from white cardstock, and then pulled my photos from a recent trip away with my niece, and then started pulling out brown/tan papers… and as they say, the rest is history!

I realised fairly quickly that my cut file in white was really not going to work with my colour scheme, and I am ummed and ahhed before I decided to go for a tea stained look… I mixed up some paints, mists and water until I got the right colour and consistency and applied a ‘wash’ to my cut file. I love the distressed and vintage look this gave the file, and the creamy colour really ties into my papers and embellishments.

I used some old papers from my stash, and mixed in some new Cocoa Vanilla studio ‘These Days’ collection pieces, applying the same wash to some black and white elements. I added in a gorgeous brown Charms Creation heart, and a little wooden button from CVS.

To finish off the page, I added some gold splatters, and sprinkled around some love hearts.

Thanks for stopping by again today, I hope you like this little bit different page!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Baby Shower Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hey gang,

I’m back up on the blog today sharing another 8.5×11 layout, but this time its a double pager! I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I have done a double page layout, but I had lots of photos and only a little space. The bonus of spreading out across two pages is that I have been able to use two cut files! I have used the Spring Garden Bed and the Bundle of Joy files on these pages.

I used the Spring Garden Bed cut file on the left side of my page, and cut it almost as wide as my page using white cardstock. I backed each section with pretty summery floral colours, and popped the whole thing up on foam tape. I did find this file a bit fiddly to back, particularly as I had cut it for the smaller format page, so there are few bumps and bruises from me working my way around the file, but I’m ok with that.

I used the stork from the Bundle of Joy cut file of the right side of the page, which leaves me with the title of this file to use on another page (bonus!). I backed the stork using patterned paper, and tucked it up in the corner of my layout as a cute little feature.

I have drawn my inspiration for these layouts from the Case File no. 373 challenge from CSI challenge blog, pulling the colour and floral elements, and also the feeling of bright white space.

I love the way these pages have come together. I am really enjoying documenting in this smaller size and all the opportunities that this opens up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

June Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hello there scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing this sweet layout I created of my new baby niece. I have decided to use an 8.5 x 11 format for her pages so I can gift them to her parents in a binder, so you might start to see a few of this type of layout from me.

I have cut the Month Stack cut file from white card stock as I felt it would be a cute for a ‘birth announcement’ type layout. I have treated this file really simply, just backing the June portion of the file to document baby’s birth month.

I adhered the cut file directly to my background, which is quite busy, but I wasn’t worried about losing the focus on the file, I really just wanted ‘June’ to pop.

I also clustered my photos and embellishments around ‘June’ so as to create a visual triangle that kept it at its centre.

There are lots of baby specific cut files and bundles in the store, and I’m sure you’ll see me use plenty in the coming months. The file I’ve used today actually isn’t one of them, but I love how versatile the CTY files can be, so make sure you have a good luck around the CTY store!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Make your move | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey scrappy friends,

I’m up today sharing my latest CTY layout using one of our new Chess cut files…. For a layout about skateboarding 😂😂

I started this project by altering the Cut File slightly by erasing the chess pieces, and then proceeded to cut it out of white card stock.

I then backed the open words using one piece of patterned paper. To make the cut file pop off the page a little more, I inked around the edges in black and then popped it up on foam tape.

I tucked the bottom of my photo under the ‘M’ on move. I find I do this on a lot of my pages where I use titles, I feel it connects the two largest elements on the page.

I created embellishment clusters to the bottom right of the cut file, the top left of the photo and the top right of the page. My spreading them out like this, it creates a visual triangle that captures the Cut File within it, which helps to create flow and focus on the page.

Thanks for stopping in today. Make sure you pop by the shop and grab yourself a Cut File today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy Day | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends!

Up on the blog today sharing my latest layout for Cut to You, and this time I’m using the Happy Day Title Cut File, but for a Halloween page!!

I don’t usually scrap Halloween, and up until the last few years we haven’t actually celebrated Halloween at all. But I finally relented and let my daughters trick or treat, and now I have photos to scrap! To find my inspiration, I have played along with this month’s CSI Challenge #369.

I have channeled the very traditional Halloween colours for the case file, cutting it in black card stock and using orange, purple and black patterned papers when backing my Cut File.

I added some mixed media to the background to pull in more elements from the inspiration piece and then popped the whole Cut File up on foam.

To finish off my page, I added a few embellishments clusters, and that was that. The Cut File literally did all of the work for me!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out the Halloween Cut Files over at the shop this month.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Do all things with love | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog again today to share my latest layout for CTY. To create my page I have used our Book Stack Cut File to scrap an older school photo of my girls.

I am playing along with this months CSI Challenges and have drawn from Case File #368 for inspiration for my page. I was inspired by the ‘school vibes’ of the case file, and also chose to draw on the pastel colours for inspiration.

I cut the file from white card stock and used a variety of patterned papers to back the spine and covers of the books. I then used some notebook paper to back the ‘pages’ of books, and I love that this gives the file a different texture, much like you see with real books. I added foam tape behind the patterned papers to pop the file up from the page.

I have focussed the design of my page on the bottom half of my layout, laying my photo over the edge of the cut file, and clustering and tucking embellishments around these two elements. I really feel like this keeps the focus on the story of the page, even without adding any journaling.

I really love how this came together, and as always am grateful that I get to play with these amazing Cut Files to tell our stories. Gwen has released some amazing bundle deals over in the shop, so if you have back to school photos to scrap, make sure you check them out.

Until next time, Big Loves,

Tam xo

This is the good life | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY peeps!

I’m up on the blog today sharing a fun summery page using the Daffodil Posie cut file from the Cut to You shop.

I have kept things pretty simple with the Cut File on this layout, and have just backed each section with patterned papers. I have used a yellow for the large daffodils, which totally makes them pop, and pink for the remaining flowers.

Once I had backed the whole file, I then popped the it all up on foam tape, which has allowed me to tuck my photo in underneath.

I have layered up some embellishments on top of the florals to create my title and really emphasise the focal point created by the Cut File.

I love the fun summery vibes I was able to create with this page, but the Daffodil Posie file is so versatile you could you it for any occasion.

I hope you find time to create this week!

Big loves, Tam xo