Shine Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing my latest layout featuring the recently released Guitar Cut File.

In order to get this effect with Cut File, I had to get a little tricky in silhouette design studio. I pulled the file apart and cut different parts with different papers to give the file depth and interest.

I actually cut the guitar strap off because I couldn’t make it work with the format of the layout. But I’m totally of the mindset that it’s ok to alter the Cut Files however we need to suit our needs.

I really wanted to keep the guitar as the focus of the page, so kept everything else pretty flat. And even though there is a lot going on pattern and colour wise, I think this trick is what made all the difference.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you pop over to the shop to check out all the new releases. Pretty sure there’s some exciting new Christmas releases over there too!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely Cut to You friends!!

I’m back on the blog today with my first share for October. I have used the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Cut File from the recent September release.

I started by cutting this file from white card stock… I actually cut quite a few files from 1 sheet of 12×12 card… and I accidentally made a mistake and cut the top of the sun off… Oops!

I will often end up with files that aren’t perfect, but this doesn’t phase me too much as there are always ways to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn says! Some ways I do this is to incorporate them into my layers, cut them into smaller pieces which I then tuck into clusters, or I add them to mixed media background for added texture.

In this example, I was able to tuck the dodgy element underneath my photo stack, and voila, it’s perfect! I did decide however to paint it black with acrylic paint (before I stuck it down) as I wanted it to pop against my mixed media background. I’m so glad I took this extra step.

I love the way that the mixed media ‘fills’ the file and creates so much impact. And even though the files not backed or popped, it creates so much interest and drama just by its bold simplicity.

I also allowed the file to dictate where my embellishments went, tucking them around the title to create a nestled effect.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Big loves, Tam xo

Such Pretty Smiles | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

I’m so happy to be back with you today sharing another layout. This time I have used the Chevron Bouquet cut file from the Cut to You shop.

This file is so versatile and you may have seen a few of the other DT girls using this file in different ways…like Kelly here and Belinda here. I have used it differently again!

From the first second I saw this file, it gave me pocket vibes… like in the front of an old library book or on the back of your jeans. So I set about making a pocket and tucking my photos as some tags in!

I started by backing the floral element, and then the bottom section with some kraft cardstock. Behind the top portion I added some patterned paper that had a doiley element which fit nicely in behind the floral.

I have added some paper layers to anchor the pocket. And then to finish off the page, I added lots of sweet embellishments. I love how this all came together!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you’re staying well and safe.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happiness | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!!

Can you believe it’s September already!! Crazy! There are some fabulous new releases available this month, but today I’m here to share with you a fresh take on an older file.

I have used the My Happiness Cut File for the title of my layout. In the Silhouette Studio software, I have erased the word ‘my’ and then rejoined the lines in ‘happiness’ to create a single word title. I also resized the file so that the word ‘happiness’ covers nearly the full 12in of my page.

I backed the Cut File with a single piece of patterned paper, first tracing around the file and then cutting out with scissors. I then adhered the file and tidied it up and got into the nooks and crannies using my craft knife. It’s much easier to use your silhouette software here as well, but I batch cut my files, so I often don’t know what I’m going to do with them later.

I added craft foam behind my Cut File, and then adhered it to a darker strip of patterned paper to really make it pop. I added a strip of scalloped paper to soften the transition to the main background. I then tucked a word sticker to the top left, between the title and main background, for balance.

I added my photo to the right of my page to again create balance against my large title. I have created lots of layers and tucked my embellishments in tightly for the same reason. To finish off the page I added some black doodling.

Thanks for stopping by today

Big loves,

Tam xo

You are Awesome | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps!!

Tamara here today to share my latest layout featuring the fabulous ‘You are Awesome’ Cut File from the CTY shop.

I am loving creating in a 9×12 format at the moment, and as such I have cut the file 10in wide. The height of the Cut File then really dictated the structure of the layout, and where the patterned paper I have added to my background fit.

I started by backing the Cut File with patterned paper, using one solid piece for the wording, and then another paper to back the stars. I chose to leave the ‘o’s open, and love how this makes the stars pop. I then used foam behind the whole Cut File to lift it off the page.

By using two 3×4 photos, I was able to tuck them in around the Cut File. I love how this let the stars at the top of the file overlap my photo.

To finish off my page, I have tucked in some more layers and embellishments around my photos, as well as at the top and bottom of my page for added balance.

I love the way this page has come together. Super cute and bright, with the Cut File and photos as the focal point.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Big Loves, Tam xo

Create | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

It feels like forever since I have shared a page with you! Today I’m back to share a fun layout using the Create Title Cut File.

I have gone for high impact and lots of contrast with this page. I started by cutting the Cut File from black cardstock, and then backing it with a rainbow of patterned papers. Backing the file took quite a bit of time – so I suggest if you can use your cutting machine to cut the inside pieces out – I would!

I popped the Cut File up on some fun foam, and adhered it to the middle of my white card stock. I then layered some patterned paper behind my photo and mounted it to the right hand side of the cut file.

I was mindful not to over embellish the page, as I didn’t want to take away the impact of the Cut File. So I tucked a fussy cut floral piece around my photo, added a Charms Creations heart and popped a little flair badge on top (excuse the little rude word 🙊).

I added a bit of subtitle to my page, making the whole title say ‘create a life you love’. I thought this was particularly apt considering this photo was taken on my first day of working from home during COVID lockdown.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you are all doing well. Make sure you pop by the CUT to YOU shop and check out the latest release files, I can’t want to share these with you in the coming weeks!

Big Loves, Tam x

Together | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

I hope you’ve had so much fun joining in with our 2nd Birthday celebrations this month! There has some amazing inspiration going around, and heaps of beautiful entries coming in for our challenges! I’m up on the blog today sharing my layout inspired by the moodboard challenge.

I quickly discovered I didn’t have any hot pink patterned paper in my stash, and this was my main inspiration from the mood board. I decided I needed to make my own, so I pulled out all the pink mixed media elements that I had, and set about making a background. I have also added in lots of black marks, to tie back to the black in the inspiration images.

I then used the new TN Circles Sliced Cut File, cutting it in black cardstock and mounting on foam tape.

For some reason, my mixed media is photographing as very orange, but I promise it’s hot pink! To tie this in with the Circles Sliced Cut File, I cut the background I had created into circles, and cascaded these down the page, before laying my Cut File over them.

I like to think of different ways to use our Cut Files, and including them in backgrounds like this or included with mixed media elements in a grungy sort of way is a little different from the norm.

To finish off my page, I added in my title, some embellishments, and some word strips. I also added some black ink splatters and black doodling to further add to the grungy feel of my page.

Thanks for stopping by today, can’t wait to share with you again next month!!

Big Loves, Tam xx

Drama Teen | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY friends,

I’m back on deck today to share another layout with you featuring one of our fab Cut Files and the Super Cool collection from PinkFresh Studios. I cant get enough of this collection, and I love how we have so many teen appropriate Cut Files to pair it back with.

For this layout, I have used the Chit Chat Cut File which was released a little while ago now. I selected only the speech bubble portion of the file in my Silhoette Cameo software, and then enlarged it so that it would fill almost from the top to the bottom of a 12×12 layout.

I have cut the File using black card stock and then backed it with a piece of patterned paper from the Super Cool collection. To add more interest and to draw attention to the Cut File I did two things – I outlined each of the speech bubbles with white gel pen and then popped each bubble up on foam tape.

I adhered the Cut File to some Kraft card stock on a slight angle, and then started to layer my photos and embellishments overlapping the Cut File.

I love how the embellishments really tie in with the vibe of the Cut File – particularly because I have cut it in black.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you keep an eye on things over at CUT to YOU HQ – July is going to be HUGE!!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Crazy Cousins | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY peeps!!

I hope this finds you well, no matter where you are in the world! Today I’m here to share with you a layout I created using the ‘Crazy Cousin Crew’ Cut File.

I manipulated the file quite a bit before I cut it out from white card stock. I erased the word ‘crew’ from the bottom of the file, and duplicated the ‘S’ to add to the end is ‘cousin’. Altering the title like this allowed me to tailor it to my photos whilst still keeping the awesome style of the Cut File.

I used the Pinkfresh Super Cool collection to back each of the letters individually, trying to space out the colours and patterns in the letters. This isn’t something I’m always good at, it takes some forethought and I’m a change ahead kind of girl when I’m designing, but I love how this turned out.

I popped some foam tape behind each of the letters in the title. I love how this raises the title up off the page, and in this instance, allowed me to tuck my photos and embellishments around and under the Cut File.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my layout inspires you to get creative! We have a big month coming up for July with LOTS of INSPO coming you’re way, so make sure you are with us over at CUT to YOU HQ!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Be Happy, Dream Big | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout featuring the Leaf Edge Cut File from one of our recent releases.

I have actually used this Cut File twice – however I made it in to one cut. In the Silhouette software, I duplicated the Leaf Edge Cut File, and flipped one vertically. I then lined these up side by side, and merged the Cut Files in the centre.

I backed the Cut File in green patterned paper, and then popped each leaf up on foam tape.

I wanted to tuck the bottom edge of the file underneath the edge of the patterned paper, and I accomplished this by actually raising up the patterned paper as well.

I’m super happy with the way this page turned out. I actually can’t wait to use this file again, I have more ideas!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you have joined us over at Cut to You HQ for all the latest updates.

Big Loves,

Tam xo