Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hey Hey CTY lovelies,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout for CUT to YOU featuring one of our latest June Cut Files ‘Rainbow Skies

This Cut File is simple and sweet, so I didn’t want to do too much to overwhelm or over power it. As such, I started by cutting the File from white cardstock. While I was doing this I realised some of the clouds were going to come out whole, so I popped them aside to maybe use later.

I chose a soft blue ombré background paper, which I felt gave the impression of the sky, and I decided at this point not to back the majority of the file. The exception to this was the rainbow and the sun, which allowed me to bring in some bright pops of colour.

I adhered the Cut File directly to the Background, and then added the whole clouds back in, popping them up with 3D foam.

The popped up clouds then guided the placement of the title, photos and embellishments. I placed the title under the gorgeous little rainbow and my photo stack under the sun.

I tucked a few bright little embellishments around my photo and nestled amongst the clouds, and that was page done. Super simple and super sweet!

Make sure you’re hanging out with us over at CUT to YOU HQ, there are lots of fab ladies sharing their beautiful layouts of late and we’d love to see yours!

Thanks for stopping by.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Our Crazy Amazing Beautiful Girl | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY Friends!!

I’m up on the blog today and feeling like one very lucky lady! I just spent the weekend at a beautiful retreat with our awesome boss lady, Gwen! It was great to catch up and chat and brainstorm brilliant future plans for CUT to YOU! So much fun stuff coming up!I each of the frames and flowers using patterned paper and washi tape.

My share on the blog today is featuring one of the new May Cut Files from CTY. This one is called the Frames Background and I have cut it out using black card stock.

When I was cutting this File, I paid close attention to the size of the main frame, so that I could be sure it would fit a 4×6 photo, as I already had my photo printed.

I backed each of the frames and flowers using patterned paper and washi tape, leaving some spots open. I used a paper range that had the look of tiles, as I liked how this looked in the squares. I then added foam tape all over the back of the filled Cut File to pop it up off the background.

In order to increase the impact of the Cut File against the busy mixed media background, I have gone around the frames using a white gel pen, and smudged some white gesso around the edges of the frames and flowers.

I am super happy with how this page turned out, and feel like it a great example of my girly grunge style. Cutting the File out in black card stock was a great jumping off point for this.

Thanks for stopping by, I can’t wait to be back with you soon to share some of the layouts I made at retreat!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Hello Happy | Tamara Buckler

Hello again beautiful CTY friends,

I’m so happy to be back with you again to share a super sweet and pretty page featuring one of the awesome Cut to You Background Files. This one is called Heart Lovers Unite and it is divine!!

I cut this File from white card stock at slightly smaller than 12×12. I backed some of the hearts with various patterned papers, I did this a little strategically to create a space for my photo cluster and also for another embellishment cluster.

I stitched around the edge of the white card stock and also through the filled hearts before mounting the whole thing on foam tape. I love the separation this gives between the Cut File and the background paper.

I chose a patterned paper to back this Cut File that had a smaller pattern in the print. I love the impact that this Cocoa Vanilla Studios paper creates with the darker background, and the bright florals that helped to inform the rest of my colour scheme.

This page just worked out perfectly to document this sweet photo of my daughter and her BFF. And the best thing about this Cut File, is that I already have more ideas for other ways to use it!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my sweet little page!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Sisters are Family and Friend | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share a layout featuring not one but two of our awesome Cut Files which I have cut many times in many sizes! It’s a Cut File explosion!

I used the All Around Floral and the Wreath Builder Cut Files.

The All Around Floral Cut File I resized a number of times, and cut from various papers as well as white card stock. I then cut the File apart into individual flowers so that I could tuck them around my photo.

The Wreath builder Cut File I also resized and cut out of various papers. For some of the cuts I removed the inside lines of the leaves in the Silhouette Studio, so that a solid image remained.

This allowed me to add different leaves to my floral clusters.

I love the texture and interest using the files like this creates. I glued some of the Cuts directly to the background and other were mounted on foam tape, and others still are tucked between paper layers behind my photo. So many juicy layers!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you are involved over on Facebook, because we are getting more and more amazing shares over there!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Collect Moments | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you another layout using our awesome Cut Files. Boss lady Gwen set a challenge for the DT this month – she wanted us to use one of our Cut Files as a stencil. Challenge accepted!

I decided to use the Heart Blocks Background File as my stencil. I began by covering the Cut with gesso, and then let it dry. I then mixed up some modelling paste with some acrylic paint in 3 different colours. I stuck the Cut to the card stock using washi, and then ran the texture paste randomly across it using a palette knife.

This worked out really well, but not perfectly, which I’m totally okay with. A couple of issues I had was the modelling paste bleeding through in a couple of spots, and in others it dried really quickly making the Cut difficult to lift off.

I think I may have been able to overcome these issues had I gessoed the back and front of the Cut, and if I had been working with one colour modelling paste as I could have worked quicker.

Either way, I’m super happy with the result, and the small imperfections add to the grungey effect I wanted for this layout.

To emphasise the Cut, and again work in that grungey space, I went around each block and outlined each heart using a sharpie and fineliner. I then splattered lots of big black ink splots all over the place.

I can’t wait to try this technique again, it was super fun! And I even have the Cut File left over to use on another layout.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you pop over to the online store or the Etsy shop to pick up your some Cut Files for yourself!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Together is a wonderful place | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up today to share with you my latest layout including a feature title made from the ‘Together‘ background Cut File.

I have flipped things a little on this one, and cut the file using patterned paper, and backed it with white card stock. I love how this connects the file with the background because of the repetition of the soft pink colour, yet the white card still really pops the title from the page.

To further emphasise the pop of the file, I backed it with foam adhesive. I love how this emphasises the space where the hearts are open inside the letters.

I resized the Cut File and made it a little smaller so that my 4×4 photo would tuck in under the bottom right corner. This gave me a few other spots to create some embellishment clusters.

I used some of the little hearts that came out of the centres of the title in the embellishment clusters, again giving that connection and repetition. I even sketched around them with a black pen, continuing on an element from the background patterned paper.

I am super happy with how this page turned out. Make sure you jump over to the online store or the Etsy shop to grab yourself some of the CTY Cut Files – and remember if you don’t have a cutting machine CTY off Custom Cuts as well!

Until next time, Big Loves,

Tam xo

Beautiful You | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m excited to be sharing with you over on the new CUT to YOU blog today. This page is a little different to the bright colourful layouts I’ve been creating lately, but it’s good to shake things up from time to time!

I used the XOXOXO Cut File that was released in February in the new Travellers Notebook range. I really wanted this Cut File to have a lot of impact, so I increased its size to work on a 9×12 layout and cut it out from black card stock.

In order get the effect of this being a cut out in my background, I had to use what is essentially the negative of the Cut File (or the bit you would normally through away) and add back in the tiny centre pieces. I worked on emphasising the impact of the Cut File by backing it with a simple black and white patterned paper, and then added in a heap of messy white stitching.

By using the Cut File this way, I was then able to use the main piece of the Cut File amongst the many layers backing my photo.

I then added in some various other bits and bobs, a few splatters on white paint, some alphas and puffy stickers, and then it was job done! As always, the awesome Cut File has done most of the work for me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you jump over to the shop or to our FB group to share your creations.

Until next time,

Big Loves,

Tam xo