12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – TN Christmas Tree Quad Day 5

Hello lovely CTY friends,

Tamara here and I’m super excited to be sharing on day 5 of our 12 days (5/12/19) of Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Today I’m working with the TN Christmas Tree Quad Cut File – but from there I went a little sideways … and did a 12×12 layout and ran the Christmas trees in a straight line 🤷‍♀️😂

I have used the Cut File mostly as a layering piece for this layout. I love how this works on a page – giving a little separation from the background, a place to ground embellishments and a little bit of extra interest.

I had actually planned on keeping the Christmas Trees white, but the contrast was a little strong, so I have coloured them using a red Sharpie.

I simply used my scissors to separate the top rows of trees from the bottom, and where this made the Cut File a little wonky, I have tucked those parts of the trees behind things.

I only used a little bit of wet glue in the centre of the Christmas Trees so that they curled up on the edges, giving that interest and extra texture that I love on a page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my layout, and don’t forget to grab yourself this Cut File for free over in the CUT to YOU store. You are looking for the Christmas Tree Quad Cut File in our Christmas Shop.

Simply enter the code: TNTREE at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary.

This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 5th, 2019. **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead. Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given.

The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out. Come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

Merry Christmas and Big Loves,

Tam xo 🎄

Go See Do | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!!

I’m back today sharing another fun layout, this time featuring the Go See Do Cut File from our Travelers Notebook collection.

Some of you may have noticed that my style swings wildly from girly, to clean, to grunge – and I think this is one of the reasons why I love CUT to YOU so much – the Files work no matter what!

So today I’m sharing with a Travelers Notebook File that I have used on quite a grungy 12×12 layout. I have enlarged the file in Silhouette Studio, and then cut it out of black cardstock.

I backed the File with a textured ombré paper from Pink Fresh Studios, and popped the whole thing up on foam tape. I secured the File to the background on a bit of an angle, which creates a bit of interest against the text heavy background.

I’ve layered up two 3×3 photos and tucked them alongside the Cut File, nestling them in around the letters without covering too much of the File. With so much impact going on with the Cut File and background paper, I kept my embellishments to a minimum.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout. Make sure you pop over to the shop and check out all the new Cut Files – and if you haven’t already sign up for the newsletter because I hear there is big stuff coming in December 😉

Big Loves,

Tam xo

You + Me | Tamara Buckler

Hey there scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share another layout with you using the Arrows Cut File from October’s release.

I cut this one out in black card stock just for something different, and then played with lots of bright colours and summery elements.

I backed the file using a single piece of bright blue patterned paper, cutting around the outside of the Cut File with scissors and a blade. I like that’s this gave continuity in the pattern on the paper.

For a bit more fun and whimsy, I drew sketchy lines around the Cut File with a white gel pen. I then popped each arrow up on double sided tape before adhering to the background.

Where the photo overlapped the Cut File, I actually cut of some of the arrow heads to continue the Cut File to the other side of the photo. You can’t actually see that too much now, but it gave an anchor point for my embellishment cluster.

To balance the page, I created another cluster to the top left of the layout, again anchoring it to the Cut File. This worked out really well, allowing me to have a lot going on embellishment wise without covering too much of the File or overpowering it.

I’m super happy with how this page turned out. I think at first glance this file might look quite masculine, and I’m sure it would be right at home in the Boyz Zone of the shop, but I absolutely think it can be flipped to be fun and a bit funky like I’ve done here.

Make sure you head over to the shop for the November releases, lots of beautiful florals! There are also a heap of new Christmas Files over there too!! If you’re not already pop over to the website and sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out.

See you all next time!

Big Loves, Tam x

Fabulous Happy Days | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends!!

I’m so happy to be back today to share another layout with you. I’m constantly trying to think of different ways to use our Cut Files, because I want to use them on all the things, and so today I have come up with a bit of a twist on a background file.

I have used an oldie but a goodie on this page – the Heart Lovers Unite Background Cut File – which I have used previously here.

Instead of treating this like a complete background, I resized it in my silhouette software, and trimmed around the hearts I needed to create the matt for my photo cluster.

I adhered some tissue paper behind the Cut File and used some foam tape to lift the matt up off the background.

I went around the outside of the Cut File matt in white roller pen for further definition, and roughed up the edges for some dimension. I think using black card stock against this background has really helped too.

I love how using the Cut File this way has held together all my photos and embellishments, and while it may not be the most prominent part of the layout, it plays a really important role because of this.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to use your Cut Files in different ways! Make sure you pop over to the shop to check out the latest release and all the new Christmas goodies!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

One of a Kind | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

It feels like it’s been a while since I shared a layout with you all, so I’m please to be back with this pretty little number!

I’ve used the Wedding Cake Cut File to document this photo of my daughters 10th Birthday Cake.

I loved the whimsical look of this Cut File, so I went with soft and dreamy papers from Pink Fresh Studio to back the file.

I backed each portion of the cake and flowers separately and then popped the whole thing up on foam tape.

It was a little tricky to embellish this page, as I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful Cut File. So I worked to keep my clustering tight around my photo and tucked a few other bits under the edges of the Cut File.

This is a pretty simple page overall, but I think the gorgeous and whimsical Cut File does all the work for me!

Make sure you pop over and check out the CUT to YOU Shop to see all the new release Cut Files, or jump over to CUT to YOU HQ for stacks of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves

Tam xo

Fun Family Getaway | Tamara Buckler

Hello again!

I’m up today to share with you my second layout for September, but this time I’m sharing a 12×12 layout. I’ve used the Travel Grid Cut File from our September release, and I love how much impact you get from this file.

I love how graphic and customisable this Cut File is, and at first I intended to pop photos into some of the empty squares. But I found this 4×4 photo of a recent holiday to Brisbane, and decided to go with this instead.

I cut the file at almost 12×12, so that I could fit my photo in the bottom left corner. I then went into total scrapbook geek mode when I realised this paper from the Crate Paper ‘Carousel’ collection would fit nearly perfectly behind each square – eek meant to be!! 

I adhered the Cut File directly to the paper backing, and then popped up the inside of the world ‘Travel’ using foam tape. I then layered up my photo and popped it in the bottom right corner, choosing to place it on a bit of an angle to play up the fun vibes I was getting from that bright background. 


I then began putting my title together. I love how this Cut File gives you lots of negative space to work, even though it fills the whole page. This allowed me to put together quite a bold title, which I accessorised with lots of fun embellishments. This made a really large feature on the page, without detracting from the Cut File. 

I am super happy with how this page turned out, such a bright and fun page that came together so easily because of that large background Cut File. Did you know there is a whole section of Background Cut Files in the shop that will work for you in the same way ?

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you are joining in on the fun over at the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group.

Big Loves

Tam xo

Rainbow Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you some fun layouts I have created in my traveller’s notebook using CUT to YOU Cut Files.

To create this spread I used the new Rainbow Days Cut File. I was inspired by the thumbnail to cut it out of black card stock, and I’m so happy I did as it makes the colours in my rainbow really pop!

I have to admit, I found it a little tricky to put a different paper under each arch of the rainbow, but I’m so glad I did!

I echoed these colours in the Rainbow Days title, again with the Cut File in black, and I think this looks really sweet and gives lots of impact.

The second spread I wanted to share today is one using the Make Waves Title Cut File, which is not specifically designed for the TN but I was able to make it work.

I resized both the titles and the waves in the file to be the right dimensions. Due to the proportions of the title, it worked best to flip this on its side.

I cut the word ‘make’ from a second sheet of paper, and stuck it on some thin foam tape to make it pop.

I resized and merged the waves to fit to the right side of the spread, backing them in a few spots with some patterned paper.

Thank you for stopping by today. I would love it if you stopped by the Facebook group to share some of your TN creations, I’m always on the look out for TN designers.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Family is for Always | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY Friends,

I’m back on the blog again today to share a layout with you featuring another of the amazing August Cut Files. For this layout, I have used the gorgeous Doodle Frames background, which I cut from white cardstock.

This Cut File is super sweet and whimsical, and so I wanted to use a range of papers that had a similar vibe. I pulled out the Willow Lane collection from Crate Paper, and when I was flicking through the papers, I came across this sheet of patterned paper that looked like wallpaper – total light bulb moment!! I could make the Cut File look like a photo wall!!

At this point I decided to colour my Cut File black, and I did this using a Posca paint pen. This was super easy, my 10yo daughter even jumped in and coloured some in for me!

I then set about adding photos into each of the frames. With the goal of creating a photo wall, I was able to bring together a random collection of photos that I love but that aren’t necessarily from the same event or of the same person. They are all favourite photos of my family and extended family, so it was really nice to pull this story together.

I added some wood grain paper to give the effect of frame edges or photo matting around some of the frames. I left one of the frames as space for a title, and added a big chipboard word from the Willow Lane collection which fit perfectly. I then popped all of the frames up on fun foam to emphasise the look of the frames hanging on the wall.

Once I had adhered all of these to my page, I added some additional chipboard to embellish each of the frames, and added a cute little cuckoo clock, because WALL! I then felt the frames looked a little heavy, so went back in with a white gel pen and added a doodley line around some parts of the frames. I love how this looks!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed checking out my page. Make sure you jump over to the shop and grab yourself some amazing CUT to YOU Cut Files!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Sisters, Besties for Life | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you my a super fun and bright layout featuring not one, but two beautiful Cut to You Cut Files. 

I have used the new Besties for Life Cut File as my title, cutting it once on white card stock and again on patterned paper using the offset function and removing all of the internal lines. I love the effect this has given the Cut File, accentuating the wording, but giving it platform to shine from. 


I have also used the TN Intersecting Hearts Cut File as the matt behind my photo and embellishment clusters. I cut out some of the hearts that sat behind my photo so I could spread the matt a little further, and this worked really well. 


The Besties for Life Cut File has the perfect little nook at the top of the file to tuck a photo, and I accentuated this by popping the Cut File up on some fun foam. 

This also allowed me to tuck my embellishments around the Cut File and the photo, adding dimension here and there.  

I love how this page turned out. It is so fun and bright, and the Cut Files are definitely the heroes. However, I super dooper love that this particular Title Cut File encouraged me to scrap a pic of my sister and myself, something I definitely don’t do often enough!

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you pop over to the shop and check out the latest releases for August, there are so many fantastic new files!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Make your everyday sparkle | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely friends,

I’m back again today to share a Birthday Mood Board inspired layout featuring another awesome CUT to YOU Cut File. This beautiful Cut File is the Make Your Everyday Sparkle Background, and it’s just soo fun!


I cut the Cut File from white Card Stock, making sure to do a double cut to get into the intricate little spots between the letters. If I had been clever, I would have cut the backing with the Silhouette as well, because I’m not going to lie to you, I found this file tricky to back.



As I drew my my colour inspiration from the Mood Board, I reached for the new Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection. I have used the ‘Expressive’ paper to back the file, which was perfect as it had the combination of all the pink, blues, teals, whites and gold. I had been hoarding this piece of paper, but the Cut File is the perfect way to showcase all the pretty colours.



I was able to add the negative parts of the stars around the page, and this helped to draw out the white of the Cut File and connect it to the page. I also added lots of sequins, and beautiful ‘Happiness’ stickers and embellishments.


Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you pop over to the shop to check out all of July’s new releases. And don’t forget to share your take on the mood board over in Facebook HQ.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

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