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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My little sweet heart | Tamara Buckler

Hey Hey CTY friends,

I’m up today to share my first CUT to YOU layout for July.  This one is a bright and beautiful page as befitting CUT to YOU’s Birthday month!! This page features the Stitch I Love You Cut File.

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If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure about the stitched Cut Files, but now that I have given one a go, I am sold! They add a really cool background effect, and you are able to work right over the top of them without losing the effect.

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I have added some double sided tape behind the main card and my patterned paper background to give dimension. But you could adhere the patterned paper directly to the page just as Gwen has done beautifully here.

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To highlight and compliment the Cut File, I built my photo and embellishment clusters to sit just above the cut out section. I love how this ties all the elements together.

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To complete the page, I added some strips of paper to the top and bottom of the page, and some splatters of paint and ink. I love how this all came together.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you pop over to Facebook HQ to get involved in all the birthday fun.

 Big loves,

Tam xo

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You are my Happy Place | Tamara Buckler

Hey there CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a super sweet little page featuring the big and beautiful Flower Love Cut File.

By super sizing this on my page, and using small photos, I have made the Cut File the feature of the page.

I have selectively backed only the flowers in the file, as well as the cute little pot, and then mounted everything on double sided tape. This pops the Cut File off the page giving depth as well as light and shade to again make a feature of the Cut File.

I embellished the page very minimally to complement the Cut File and the photos, and to draw the eye across the page and the File.

To finish off I nestled a little title in between the Cut File and my photos. I love how it tucks in beautifully here, and again doesn’t over power the Cut File.

I hope you are inspired by my layout today. Make sure you pop over to the store and check all the June releases, I really think this might be my favourite month yet!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

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