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!

And So The Adventure Begins | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone,

It’s Tarrah back with you on the CUT to YOU blog! Today I have a new layout to share inspired by the CSI Challenges case file no. #327. If you know me, you will know that I absolutely LOVE to travel. I have been very fortunate to have traveled a fair bit already so I have lots of memories to document.

Each month CUT to YOU sponsors the challenges over at CSI, there are always awesome prizes up for grabs so make sure you check all the case files out, I am sure you will find something to inspire you and get creating!

Case File No. 327

I was inspired by the travel theme and the colours of this case file. I chose to cut out the awesome ‘ADVENTURE BEGINS’ cut file from white cardstock first. I then backed the openings of the block letters in red cardstock. I then added craft foam underneath the entire cut file and adhered it down to the plain white cardstock background. As I was constructing my layout, you can see in my close up photo below that I decided to make the word ‘Begin’ stand out more so I inked the word in black ink. As this word has the washi tape underneath it, I am glad I chose to ink the word.

Adventure Begins cut file

Title cut files like this one are great as they pretty much decide the design of your page for. As there was the space on the right of the title, this was the perfect place to add my photo and the layers under my photo. I used some red and black striped pockets for my layers and also a small Kraft envelope.

I added some travel wood veneer pieces including the globe one over the top of the ‘O’ in ‘So’. I also added a super cute red peg, a black arrow paper clip, a red resin star and a black and white fabric bow. On the right of my photo, I added a Charm’s handmade fabric star and layered a travel flair over the top of the star.

Lastly I added a few travel phrase stickers and a date tab at the top of the red and white stripe pocket at the top. I also trimmed down the white cardstock and framed the entire layout with a Kraft cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Make sure you check out all the AMAZING cut files in the CUT to YOU store!

Happy creating!

Happy Play | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the awesome Triangle Banners cut file! This cut file is a free one only included the newsletter so make sure you are subscribed!

I started out by cutting out the banner cut file from white cardstock. I then chose a few bright and happy patterned papers to back the triangle banners with. Once the banners were all backed, I machine stitched along the tops of the banners using white thread.

I wanted the banners to pop up off the page so I added craft foam underneath. I chose a plain black cardstock background for something different, I arranged the banners how I liked them on the page and then adhered them. You will notice I also included 2 white tiny pegs at the top left and the bottom right. The great thing with this banner cut file is the banners are all joined so its easy to place on your page!

I added a cardstock frame over the top of my photo and adhered it down with craft foam. I created a focal point with the photo over to the right of the page, I added some embellishments here and the title is under the photo also.

The super cute tiny black and white bow I have had for the longest time! I was so glad to be able to add this to my page! I created two other smaller embellishment clusters on the page also, I kept these small as I did not want to cover up all the banner goodness!

Lastly I added the date stamp and some splatters of white mist to my page. I love how the bright colours and the triangle banners look against the black!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! Don’t forget that to receive free cut files each month, you need to be subscribed to the newsletter, you can subscribe here.

Happy creating!

Delightful Roses | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone and happy 2nd birthday CUT to YOU!!!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout inspired by the gorgeous July Mood Board challenge. I was inspired by the pink (of course) and the gorgeous roses/petals in the top section. I have used the stunning new Fern Posey cut file on my page today!

The gorgeous Fern Posey cut file

The photo I am documenting is of a gorgeous rose from my Mum’s garden with a super cute grasshopper on top! Perfect photo for the mood board (mood board inspiration picture is below)

In the close up photo below you can see the photo with the rose and grasshopper on my layout. I cut the Fern Posey cut file from white cardstock and then chose a pretty pink paper to back all the floral parts. I left the greenery parts plain without any paper behind them.

Once I had finished backing the flowers, I put craft foam underneath and arranged it on my chosen background paper how I liked it, I slightly rotated it from the original cut file design photo.

I tucked in my photo over on the right hand side of the page and added a few embellishments here also. I even added a set of books to the right of my photo just like the books in the mood board! My title is Delightful Roses, made up of a small sticker and some pink alphabet stickers. I added the title under the photo and also added one of the gorgeous layered butterflies near the title.

The good part about raising a cut file up from the background is that it then gives you cute places to tuck embellishments in and around. Some of the flower die-cuts and stickers fit perfectly by doing this.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. I hope you have a chance to join in with our mood board challenge for July. By joining in, you go into a random draw to win free cut files!

Happy creating!

Summer Days | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone, it’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the awesome Summer Days cut file title and some of the cute elements from the Summer Page Builder cut file. My layout share today is inspired by CSI challenge Case No. 322. CUT to YOU is one of the sponsors for the CSI challenges, so why not join in to be in the running to win free cut files?!

CSI Case No. 322

CUT to YOU Summer Days title

I started out by cutting the Summer Days title and the Summer page builder cut file all from white cardstock, I then backed them all with some of the pretty papers from the Sunny Days collection by Crate Paper. Once they were all backed, I added foam adhesive to the bottom of them all. I chose a super cute photo of my nieces in the pink Summer gear, it was perfect for this page as the CSI inspiration photo has lots of pink. I adhered my photo in the centre of the white cardstock background with some paper layers underneath. This then allowed me to work out where my title and cloud and sun elements were going to go.

Summer Page Builder cut file

One of the other inspirations I took from the CSI inspiration image were the pieces of fruit, I just had to include the pieces of chipboard fruit to the right of my photo. I think they look really cute there! I love to layer elements over the top of the cut files, as you can see in the detail photo below, I have added some stickers to the Summer Days title. In the detail photo above I added a phrase sticker to one of the clouds and a cute flair button to the centre of the sun.

On the left side of my photo, I added a phrase die-cut with a tag tucked in and some cherry chipboard pieces, I like how these balance with the citrus fruit on the right hand side. Below the title I added a title sticker, a smaller sticker and a heart sticker too. As you can see in the detail photo below, you can see how the title popped up on foam adhesive creates some shadows and gives dimension. I love how this looks on my page. Lastly I stamped the date stamp, I trimmed down the white cardstock background and adhered the cardstock to one of the blue and white stripe patterned papers from the Sunny Days collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the gorgeous cut file designs that you keep forever once you purchase them once! I hope you get the chance to join in one of the CSI challenges too!

Happy creating!

Loved | Tarrah McLean

 

Hi everyone! It’s Tarrah McLean and I am beyond excited to be here sharing my very first layout as part of the amazing CUT To YOU design team! I absolutely LOVE Gwen’s cut files (well who doesn’t right?) and can’t wait to create more projects using them! I hope you enjoy my projects that I will be sharing twice a month right here on the CUT To YOU blog!

My first layout share is this soft and pretty layout below featuring the gorgeous new Frame Trio cut file

Frame Trio cut file

To begin, I sized the Frame Trio cut file in the Silhouette software to suit my layout and cut it out from white textured cardstock, I then chose some soft, pretty patterned papers to back the florals in the cut file design. Where there were leaves, I tried to add green but the florals were a mix of colour which I love!

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On the ‘Loved’ title part of the cut file design, I decided to leave it plain on my layout however you could easily ink, paint or watercolour this to suit your page. For the 3 frame spaces in the design, I decided to add the photo of my gorgeous nieces in the centre one and then I backed the other two with some patterned paper and also added some pretty quotes over the top.

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Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath it all so that it would sit up off my chosen background paper and create some shadows and dimension. You can see in the detail photo above the shadows created underneath the ‘Loved’ title part of the cut file. To achieve this, I cut the craft foam down very small in order to adhere it without seeing any foam adhesive.

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I added some beautiful embellishments including some die-cuts, enamel dots, epoxy stickers and 3D stickers to finish my page and enhance the cut file design even more. I also like to include the date stamp on my layouts so that people who may look back in the future will know when the photo on the layout was taken.

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Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed reading how I put my page together. Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the amazing cut file designs available!

Happy creating! 

DT NEW Tarrah