The Best Ever | Tamara Buckler

Hello again, CTY peeps!

I’m up today sharing another layout with you, and this time I am tackling some back to school photos from last year, before we take another batch for this year!

I’m using the Backpack cut file that Gwen created late last year, and I’ve cut it kind of big, because its so cute and I wanted to make it a feature on the page! I thought this file was perfect for back to school photos because my girls always get a new backpack for the school year, which is always a big deal!

I sized up the file in the Silhouette software, duplicated it and then cut it out from 2 different patterned papers. I then deleted all the internal cut lines and cut the file again from black card stock. This gave me the ability to lay the outside of the file directly on to the card stock, and fill back in the elements I wanted to build my design.

I then cut up some old cardboard and adhered it to the back of the file to pop it up off the background, built my paper stack underneath this, and added my photo and embellishments around it. I really tried to keep everything very centred around the cut file, making a ‘visual triangle with my clusters to keep the focus very much on the cut file and photo.

The last little piece I added was the flair badge on the front of the backpack. I love how this added more dimension, and made the bag seem ‘real’.

I can’t wait to see you all create pages with this Cut File – its so easily personalised – I’m sure there are plenty of ways to make this look cute!

Thanks for stopping by again today! Big Loves, Tam xo

#Sk8life | Tamara Buckler

Hello beautiful CTY Peeps!! So happy to be back with you for 2021!!

I’m up today sharing my first layout for the year, featuring the awesome Sk8ter Cut File Gwen released late last year. Skating has taken over our house in the last 6 months or so, so this file is perfect to document ALL the photos I’m taking!

I started by sizing up the ‘#sk8life’ part of the file in my Silhouette Software and then duplicating it. I removed the internal cut lines from one of the elements, and then cut them from two different patterned papers. This allowed me to simply place the outline on top of the background – eliminating any need for me to fussy cut the title.

To cut out the skate board element of the file, I used one patterned paper for the majority of the file. I did however duplicate the wheel elements of the file and cut with a seperate patterned paper as I felt that backing these round areas would be tricky.

After cutting the whole board out, I backed it with black card stock, which then allowed me to add back in the elements I wanted to build my skateboard.

I layered up some paper behind my photos to ground them, and then tucked these above the #sk8life element of the file. I then tucked the skateboard under the title, so it appeared that everything was sitting on top of it.

I created some embellishment clusters around my page and added some paper strips at the top and bottom for balance.

I love how this file helped me to build such a funky and graphic page to document by #sk8tergirl! Thanks for stopping by today! Can’t wait to share more pages with you this year!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Christmas Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friend!

Can you believe it, Christmas is nearly here!! I hope you all got in and grabbed our free 12 days of Christmas Cut Files earlier this month! So great! There are also heaps of new release Christmas files in the shop, so make sure you pop over and check them out!

Today I’m sharing a page I created using the Happy Christmas Circle Cut File. I didn’t make any adjustments to this file, just cut it as is out of white card stock.

I picked about 8 coordinating patterned papers and cut them into small rectangles, which I then used to back each letter. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason here, I just was mindful not to have the same pattern too close together.

I popped the whole piece of white cardstock up on foam tape before backing with patterned paper to create a border.

I anchored my photos, title and embellishments mostly to one quadrant, clustering them together tightly so as to not cover too much of the file. I balanced this off with a few sprinkles of embellishments in the opposite corner.

This was such a simple but striking page to put together, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

I hope you have a happy and joyous Christmas season coming up with your loved ones! I can’t wait to share with you again in the new year!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Cousins & Best Friends | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout using the Cousins and Best Friends Cut File. This one is a bit of an oldie but goodie, and I’ve been itching to use it for ages because it’s perfect for my daughter and nephew.

I cut the file quite large using a dark blue patterned paper, and then cut the inside of the file out on my silhouette using a mint green patterned paper. Once I had these elements together, I decided I wanted to go with a dark cardstock background, which then posed the problem of the file getting a little lost 🙄

To overcome this, I used the offset function in Silhouette Studio to cut some white cardstock to frame the cut file. Unfortunately I didn’t realise I hadn’t done this on the inside of the file, but I decided not to let that stress me and just rolled with it.

Once I had glued all these elements together, I popped the whole file up on some old bits of cardboard. This gave me some dimension to the file as well as some room to tuck my photos under the top.

This page very busy, and there’s lots of large elements, including 3 photos of the kiddos, so I balanced this out with patterned paper at the top and bottom. I was also conscious to keep my embellishments to a minimum.

I love the way this page turned out, I reckon it does a great job of documenting my daughter and nephew’s special relationship (they are only 5 weeks apart in age and more like siblings!)

Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing with you again soon! Make sure you pop over to the shop to see all the new gooodies, especially the Christmas ones!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Oh Snap | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovelies,

I’m back on the blog today to share a super cute and fun monochromatic layout featuring the Rainbow Love Cut File. Now I know quite a few of the other DT girls have used this file so I challenged myself to do something a little different.

I started by cutting the cut file quite small, and I actually cut it out of a really pale blue cardstock. As I was flicking through my patterned papers I found a piece that had a gorgeous purple ombré and I decided that using this single piece of paper to back my file would be my point of difference. Only problem was that now it didn’t match my already cut file! Rather than recut it, I used a white Posca pen to recolour the Cut File, and voila it was white!

I glued each element of the Cut File to the ombré paper just as it was designed, being careful to place it to get the effect of the colour gradient, and then cut each piece out using my scissors and a blade.

I then backed the cut file with foam, and placed it on to another piece of patterned paper. This paper had a newspaper print effect, and the contrast between this and the purple cut file really make it pop. I then used the remaining ombré paper to make a border for my page.

To pull the page together, I hunted through my stash for coordinating purple elements and then I lightly embellished around my photo and title which I had overlaid on the Cut File.

I added some black and white splatters around the page, and a little embellishment cluster up the top for balance, and just like that my page was done. I love how simple yet impactful this page is… I really think this is the power of Cut Files… all the hard work is already done and we just have to make it pretty!

Take care all my lovely peeps!! Big Loves, Tam xo

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