Chase that Dream | Tamara Buckler

Hi there folks,

I’m up on the blog again today sharing another fun, bright and sunshiny layout. I love the combo of baby blue and yellow, and combined with those daisies, this page take me straight back to being a teenager in the 90’s!

I have used the Chase that Dream cut file to document my daughter working hard to reach hers. I backed the cut file with a single piece of the daisy patterned and popped it up on foam tape.

I placed the file to the bottom right of the page and tucked my photos under the top left. By doing this, it set up the page to have a diagonal flow, so I focussed my embellishments to the top left and bottom right.

I love how sweet this file looks with this patterned paper. It’s so fun and youthful! I also love that big cut file titles like this one makes it really easy to create a feature on our pages, it does so much of the work for us!!

Thanks again for stopping by. Make sure you pop by the Cut to You HQ so you get the heads up on all the new releases that come out almost every month!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Go Go Go | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a layout I created recently at retreat. This layout was one of those ones where you have to trust the journey, because at some points it looked like a hot mess!

I have used the Heart Drop Cut File which is surprisingly a new one for me, and I’ve cut the file out in black card stock. I decided I wanted to mimic the rainbow colours in the patterned paper of my hearts on my background, so set about with some water colour to do that.

This is where things started to go a bit pear shaped, with so many colours things we’re starting to get a bit muddied. I persevered, as you often need to do with mixed media, and worked to add additional contrast and dimension by adding back stamping, doodling and splatters.

I popped the main pieces of the cut file up on foam, layered my photos on top, and in the end you can only see hints of my mixed media poking through. I feel like it looks like the colours are melting out from the cut file, and I’m totally here for that effect.

I kept my embellishing pretty simple because there was already a lot going, and chose to use a bit contrasting title as my main element. I feel like this gives the eye somewhere to rest, and works to settle down the busyness of the page.

Thanks again for stopping by, we really do appreciate your visits! Make sure you pop by the shop to check out the latest releases, Gwen is adding new files in there all the time!

Until next time,

Big Loves, Tam xo

Feel the Magic | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog again today sharing this sweet little page of my little princess. I have used the fun ‘Feel the Magic’ cut file as the focal point of the page, and everything else has really just sprung from there.

I used a one piece of patterned paper behind my cut file, it had a very loose painterly rainbow pattern on it, and a consequence it has bought multiple colours into the title. I then used these colours as inspiration.

I actually fussy cut my photo, because the background was very dull (I haven’t done that in forever! And once I had done that my little miss tucked in behind the cut file perfectly. I popped the cut file up on foam, as well as my photo, and then got to work building my layers underneath.

I created three clusters to the top of my layers, to the left of the cut file and to the right of my photo. This created a visual triangle, with the cut file right in the centre.

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! It’s sweet and whimsical and fun, and that’s just how I like it!

See you again soon!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Hello Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hi there CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my first share for the month. I unfortunately didn’t have any theme parks pics to use for our prompt this month, but did have this cute pic of my kiddo dressed up as Eeyore, which I felt drew in the magical theme!

I have used the Hearts on Strings cut file for this layout, which I have cut out from Navy blue card stock, just did something different!

I randomly backed some of the hearts in coordinating papers, being careful not to back the ones behind where my photo would go. I then popped each of these up on foam.

I kept my embellishments pretty tight in around my photo, so as to not cover too much of the cut file. I also created a small cluster on opposite side of the page to create balance, and draw your eye across the page and the cut file.

I love how whimsical this page is! And I’m also really happy that I cut the file from dark card stock as it doesn’t get lost on the busy background. I really feel like this works even though all the other colours are fairly pastel.

Thanks again for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam

Sparkle & Shine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a pretty crazy layout with an important message, and I’ve used the fabulous Crossword Background 1 cut file to help me do it.

I have recently had a whole heap of tests done to help figure out why this Mumma is tired all the time, and this included and overnight sleep study. I sent these pics to my kids before bed time so they could see that I was all good, and let them know they didn’t need to worry about me.

I chose this cut file to go with my crazy pics because it felt like it went along with the theme of data tracking that the monitors all over my face were doing. And I’ve used lots of colourful patterned papers to accentuate that feeling, and to tie in all the different coloured wires.

I popped the whole file up on foam to give more dimension. I layered my photos down to the bottom right, not bothering to back any of my little squares underneath. I then built my clusters in a visual triangle around my photos, making them the focal point on a very busy page.

I used lots of sentiments that I felt related to my medical journey, and used the title Sparkle and Shine because that’s what I’m hoping to find again for myself through this process.

And that’s where the important message comes in! If there’s something going on for you that you haven’t managed to get checked out, go and book an appointment now! This is your reminder to take care of yourself! I know I’m looking forward to having some answers soon!

Take care out there in the big mad world.

Big loves, Tam xo

Totally Awesome Wow! | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

So happy to be back with you again to share another fun layout featuring another fun cut file! For this layout I have used the Floral Camera file, which I have kept quite small, and have cut from white card stock.

I really wanted the cut file to be the focal point of my layout, particularly as I wanted to add my photo inside the lens of the camera. So I started there, popping in my photo amd then backing the file, and then working my way outwards.

I love how all the layers direct your eye toward the cut file, and even though there are a lot of colours and patterns, that this remains the focus. I thinking cutting it out in white, and adding dimensional foam underneath, also helps with this. As does using minimal embellishing.

There are quite a few similar camera cut files in the shop, and you can actually pick them up in a bundle set, which is great value for money!

Thanks for stopping by again today.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Picture Perfect Moments | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m back again on the blog today with something a little different to share… After looking back over last few layouts, I realised I have been using (and lets be honest, relying on) Title Cut Files… so I thought today I would push myself outside of the norm. Today I am sharing a layout featuring the Heart of Flowers Cut File, and I just love how this came together!

I let my Silhouette do a lot of the work for me today, cutting the file from white cardstock to start with, and then pulling apart the file to double cut all of the inside pieces. I wanted to pop up each of the internal sections, so knew I needed them to be just the right size, but also wanted to fill in the file, so cut these pieces twice.

I decided I wanted the Cut File to really stand out on the background, so choose a background paper that provided a lot of contrast, and using this woodgrain gave this page a really gorgeous cottage-y feel. I have used mostly the ‘These Days’ collection to work with this vibe, and it made it so easy to pull this page together.

I nestled my photo and my paper layers to the left of the wreath, and tucked one of the die cuts from the collection just below this as my title. I then tucked in some flowers and frames around the photo for added interest.

I added another little cluster to the top right of the wreath for balance, and then left it at that, letting the Cut File shine.

Thanks again for stopping by, I love sharing these awesome Cut Files with you! Make sure you are friends with us over at Cut to You HQ, and make sure you share your work with us over there!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy New Year | Tamara Buckler

Hello my wonderful CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog today sharing another colourful layout, this time I’m featuring the Happy New Year cut file.

I did a bit of work to this file in Silhouette Studio before cutting it out as I didn’t want the rocket element of the cut file. I used the eraser function to ‘rub out’ the portions I didn’t want, and the point tool to tidy things up.

I then added various patterned papers behind my cut file, and then popped the whole thing up on foam. I added some gesso to the centre of my page, letting it dry before adhering my title.

I added lots of embellishments to my page, following the flow of the Cut File, and working within a loose colour on colour theme to tie in with my background.

I love the way this one came together, and I love sharing my work with you guys! Make sure you check out all the fab title files over in the shop that you could use for your next layout!

Big loves, Tam xo

A Year to Remember | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps,

Thanks for joining me on the blog again today. I’m sharing with you a new layout featuring the ‘A Year to Remember’ cut file. I’m documenting my vaccination story with this page, and have used a cheeky little mask emoji Charm to help tell my story.

To fit the emoji on the page, I carefully cut the love heart away from the letters around it. I then backed the cut file with a single piece of patterned paper and popped the whole thing up on foam.

I adhered the cut file down the left hand side of a sheet of black cardtock. I love the contrast this gives with the bright title, really makes it pop. I then really focussed on tucking my photo and embellishments around the right edge of the cut file and page.

Once I had done all that, I added some stamping and splatters. Once this was all done, I felt like the cut file was getting a bit lost, so I added some doodling around the edges for a bit of extra something something. I really love how this came together!

Thanks again for stopping by 😊

Big loves, Tam xo

One Big Adventure | Tamara Buckler

Hello again CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing this fun travel themed page using the One Big Adventure title cut file. I’m documenting our little vintage caravan that we are in the process of renovating.

I started by backing the file with lots of bright patterned papers – keeping the paper the same for the word ‘BIG’ and pulling the colours from this to choose my papers for the word ‘ADVENTURE’. I was also careful here not to put papers with the same colour or pattern next to each other.

I added some gesso to my background so that the cut file popped off the page, and added foam to the back to accentuate this effect.

Once I had adhered the cut file to the page, I added my photo and some layers of patterned paper to the top left, tucking the bottom edge under the word ‘one’.

I added some cute little embellishments around the page, but didn’t go too crazy because I really just wanted to let my title shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you check all the travel themed files over in the Cut to You shop.

Big Loves, Tam xo