Hello Sunshine| Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!! Let’s hope 2021 is better than 2020!

Today I am sharing a fun Summery scrapbook layout featuring the awesome Hello Sunshine title cut file!

     The Hello Sunshine title cut file

I started by cutting the design from white cardstock and chose 3 different patterned papers from the Hello Summer collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio to back the sun and words with. I knew I wanted to back the sun with the awesome yellow sunburst paper, I then chose 2 other contrasting papers.

Once it was all backed….yes this does take some time….I added craft foam underneath the entire cut file and adhered the whole piece to another patterned paper in the Hello Summer collection that I chose as my background paper. I love the shadows and dimension this gives to my layout.

I love title cut files like this one where the design of your page is decided for you! The obvious place to adhere my photo was at the top of the cut file, I layered a patterned paper underneath and also added a kite die-cut here.

Another thing I love to do is to layer embellishments over the top of cut files. I like how this draws your eye to certain parts of my page and helps tell the story. You can see I have added a flair button and a wood veneer piece to the ‘O’ in ‘Hello’. I also added a few things to the sun shape and a phrase die-cut piece on top of the word ‘Sunshine’.

A few more embellishments were added around the cut file design including another flair button, accessory stickers, enamel hearts and some floral die-cuts.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired in some way?! Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs to suit any project!

Happy creating!

Joy | Christmas Joy | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout featuring the awesome Christmas Joy cut file.

I cut the entire design out from white cardstock and then backed the design with a red patterned paper to help it pop. While I was backing the cut file design, I decided to cut it down so that only half of the cut file would be used.

Christmas Joy cut file

I adhered the cut file to the bottom half of the plain white cardstock background using craft foam to lift it up from the background. Above the cut file design, I adhered my photo also using craft foam. I layered a grey coloured paper doily and a tag here also. On the right of my photo, I added another smaller tag. I trimmed down the white cardstock and then placed some phrases top and bottom. I then backed the entire white cardstock background to a black patterned paper from the Christmas collection I chose for this layout.

You can see in the detail photos the shadows created on the page by using craft foam underneath the cut file. I love how this looks and gives lots of dimension. I included some embellishments on top of the cut file design, including the super cute wood veneer reindeer with the enamel dot red nose, some more enamel dots in various colours, a wood veneer star, a black fabric bow and 2 gorgeous flair buttons that matched the theme and colours perfectly and some phrase die-cuts.

I love title cut file designs like the Christmas Joy one as they take all the guess work out of choosing a title and because they take up lots of room on the page, you only have so many choices where to add your photo and embellishments which in my opinion makes creating quicker!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you are all getting into the spirit of Christmas?! If not, why not check out the CUT to YOU online store and grab yourself some Christmas cut file designs?

Happy Christmas creating!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 4

It’s Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway…

Winter Wonderland

Here is a process video of how I created this layout:

Simply enter the code: SNOW at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary.

This code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 4th 2020. **No exceptions – Please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out.

Be sure to visit the blog tomorrow for another FREE cut file and more Christmas inspiration.

Super Star | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new boy themed layout featuring the awesome Rock Star cut file! The Rock Star cut file is a very versatile cut file! You will want this one for boy layouts, Christmas layouts, travel layouts, birthday layouts and so much more!

Rock Star cut file

I cut out the Rock Star design from white textured cardstock and then backed all the open star spaces with different patterned papers. I used the Teen Spirit collection by Echo Park paper. I decided on a red paper for the large main star in the centre to help my photo and title pop.

For the star to the left of the photo, near the title, I added a Charm’s Creations fabric star, it fit perfectly right in that spot! I layered a cute pixelated heart sticker on top of the star. I added craft foam underneath the cut file and adhered it to another piece of white textured cardstock, I love the shadows and dimension this creates. I then trimmed down the cardstock and matted the whole layout with one of the 12′ x 12′ papers in the Teen Spirit collection.

I layered one of the papers from the 6′ x 6′ paper pad under my photo and adhered the photo towards the right of the main star, I also added my wood veneer title here to the left of the photo. I also added a boy themed flair to the right of the photo.

Some of the embellishments I added were some die-cuts above the photo and above the title. I also added some wood veneer stars and a sticker under the wood veneer title.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way?!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Everyday Happiness | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new design team layout featuring the gorgeous new Heart of Flowers cut file! As soon as I saw this beautiful design, I knew I wanted to use it right away!

Heart of Flowers cut file

I cut the design out from white cardstock and then backed all the pieces with various papers in the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Just a Little Lovely’ 6′ x 6′ paper pad. I will admit this did take some time but I think its worth it in the end!

Once the pieces were all backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered it down on my chosen background paper using a liquid adhesive. It took a little bit of jiggling and shifting to get the heart shape to look right, that is the beauty of using a liquid adhesive on cut files, you have a little bit of time for repositioning if needed before the glue dries.

I chose a photo of my eldest niece for this page, I adhered the photo over to the right slightly and popped it up with craft foam too. I added a die-cut and a layered sticker to the left of the photo and also added some gold glitter enamel dots to the centres of each flower. On the right of my photo, I added a Charm’s Creations handmade heart in a cream colour with a sticker placed on top. I also added a banner die-cut above the photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way? Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for this gorgeous new cut file as well as hundreds of other cut files designed to suit any project!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN | TARRAH MCLEAN

Hi everyone! I love a good dress up and I love documenting Halloween! Today I wanted to challenge myself to use a cut file from CUT to YOU that is versatile for many themed projects and not necessarily Halloween themed.

I chose the awesome Star Light, Star Bright cut file design and cut it out from black patterned paper. I love how the contrast of the black cut file looks against the colours in the background patterned paper I chose.

I really like the look of this cut file being see through to the background paper so I decided to just back a few spots with paper to bring in another colour on the page. I haved used the Hey Pumpkin collection by Crate Paper for this layout.

Because this cut file design has 2 holes in the top and bottom, I took the opportunity to add my photo in the space at the bottom and placed a title piece and some embellishments in the top space to balance the top and bottom with each other. Cut files like this are great for helping you to decide how the page will look! Some of the guess work is decided for you! Love that!

I layered 2 patterned papers and a tag underneath my photo and also placed a chipboard frame over the photo. I also added a Charm’s Creations handmade fabric star to the left of my photo. I added 2 small puffy stickers on top of the star. I added another cluster of embellishments including a chipboard title, a flair button and a fussy cut phrase between the top and bottom clusters as I felt like there was a big space of nothing in the middle.

I love how my spooky page turned out, I hope I have inspired you to try a CUT to YOU cut file for a different themed page than what the design was intended for?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy creating!

BOO BOO BOO| Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a spooky layout featuring the awesome Halloween 1 cut file. I don’t know what it is about Halloween but I just love documenting it!

Halloween 1 cut file

The cut file was cut using black cardstock and although I cut out the entire design, I decided to leave off the half spider web part, I have put it aside to use on another project. I felt like it would have been squashed on the page and may have looked out of place, I am happy I left it off.

I just recently purchased the Hey Pumpkin collection from Crate Paper so I just had to use it for this layout of my lil pumpkin, Amelia, my gorgeous niece! How super cute is that photo?! The Boo title connected to the spider web was perfect too as Amelia looks like she is jumping out of the pumpkin and saying Boo! So I backed the ‘BOO’ title section with one of the papers in the collection and then added craft foam underneath, I love the dimension this brings to the page, I even added tiny strips of craft foam under the spider web to help it sit up too!

Above the spider web was the ideal spot to place my photo, I layered a tag underneath the photo and added some embellishments here. On the spider web, I added the white chipboard spider web and some wood veneer stars. On the title section, I layered more chipboard pieces, cut outs and puffy stickers. The pieces I chose help tell the story, I love the piece that says, ‘You’re the Pumpkin to my Spice’!

The Halloween 1 cut file would look great cut out in white, orange and purple too! I would love to see how others use it. Make sure to share any of your projects in the CUT to YOU Community Facebook group!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout. Happy creating!

Road Trip | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new travel themed layout using the awesome CUT to YOU Road Trip cut file.

Road Trip cut file

I cut the Road Trip title design from white cardstock and then backed the word Trip and the letter R in Road with some patterned paper. I chose to use the cool Let’s Wander collection by Vicki Boutin together with the cut file for this layout. Once it was backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered the cut file down to some Kraft cardstock. I placed the road part of the design down the bottom of the page to change it up a little.

I adhered the photo to the left of the page overlapping the road and tucked into the title, the photo is of myself and 3 friends away on a little scrap retreat. My friend Linda loves mo-peds so I just had to add the small pink one above the photo. I also tucked in a tab with a sticker on the left of the photo and a heart sticker just below the photo.

At the top of the title, I tucked in one of the large map looking die-cuts, a chipboard pin and a chipboard phrase to help tell the story. On the right of the title, next to the ‘d’ in road, I added a Charm’s Creations large handmade map marker and layered a chipboard map marker on top.

The large die-cut piece was the perfect piece to add to the bottom of the title, the car looks like it is driving on the road and the banner on the car sits out over the top of the title, I love how that looks! I also added the sunglasses die-cut and another chipboard phrase and some stickers in this area.

Lastly I stamped the date stamp of the day the photo was taken and I trimmed down the Kraft cardstock and matted the whole thing with the pink cardstock. I also hand drew a border around the edge of the Kraft cardstock using a black journal pen.

Thank you for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout. Make sure you check out the CUT to YOU store for amazing cut file designs to suit any kind of project.

Happy creating!

Bloom & Grow | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new design team layout for CUT to YOU! For my layout this week, I have used the stunning new Wedding Frame cut file.

Wedding Frame cut file

As soon as I saw this cut file, I just knew I was going to create with it. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It can easily be used together with any scrapbook collection. I cut it from white textured cardstock and I will admit it took some time to back all those intricate leaves and flowers but isn’t the result so pretty? I love the pops of pinks and blues from the colours in the gorgeous Midnight collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Once I had all the flowers and leaves backed, I decided to add vellum to the square section in the centre. I then turned the whole thing over and added craft foam, I wanted to create some shadows and dimension once the cut file was placed onto my chosen background paper. You can see some of the shadows created in the detail photos.

I adhered the photo of my niece toward the right so that the bottom right corner could be tucked into the floral part of the cut file design. There was an item in the photo that I wanted to disguise so by tucking the photo in and adding some more florals in die cut and sticker form, I think it worked a treat!

I decided to split my title up to have the first word at the top and the rest at the bottom. This is a good way to draw your eye around the entire page. I kept the embellishing fairly minimal as I wanted the photo and the cut file to shine. In the centres of a few of the flowers, I did add some butterfly stickers, I love how it looks like they just happened to land there. A few heart die cuts, heart stickers and some phrase stickers finished off the page.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! Make sure you check out the amazing cut files in the CUT to YOU store. There is something for everyone! I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout today and that you were inspired in some way.

Happy creating!

Bro | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends! It’s Tarrah back with you on the CUT to YOU blog today to share a new boy themed layout featuring the awesome Constellation Cluster cut file.

Constellation Cluster cut file

I recently purchased a new boy collection and wanted to get stuck in and create with it straight away. I decided to cut the Constellation Cluster cut file from white cardstock – I mean how can you go wrong with stars on a boy layout right? I placed small thin pieces of craft foam underneath the star cut file and adhered it to the yellow background patterned paper. You can see in the detail photo below the shadow this created by giving the cut file dimension.

I also love how the white cut file design pops against the yellow paper. I placed my matted photo in the space on the right of the cut file and balanced the photo by placing a cluster of embellishments in the top left space of the cut file.

Cut file designs like this background one are fabulous if you are stuck on an idea, by cutting this design out, it instantly decides for you where to place your photo and embellishments to give you a great looking layout. Some other ideas for this cut file I thought of doing were to machine stitch it before I adhered it, watercoloured it, inked it and cut it up into several pieces.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope I have inspired you to create projects about those men and boys in your life! Be sure to check out the Boyzone section of the CUT to YOU store, this is a dedicated section for boy inspired cut files!

Happy creating!