Be You | Rachel Lowe

Hello Cut to You crafty friends! Today I have a layout featuring the gorgeous new floral cut file Floral Banner 2.

I have used Amy Tangerine Slice of Life collection.

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For the banner part of this cut file I used vellum to paper back it (I created two layers as I wanted to fill with sequins) I added machine stitching around the border of the banner leaving a small section open, then filled with sequins and finished sewing up the last part so my sequins would not escape!

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I then set about paper piecing the flowers choosing to colour ways for the florals, pink and yellow (again I used the Release Compound function (Silhouette Cameo) to cut out the petals) and a darker green for the leaves.

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Once I had finished creating the floral banner I attached it to a 10×10 inch white cardstock piece roughly in the centre. I chose a floral paper for my border paper loving the contrast effect.

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Then for the fun part, embellishing! I added die cuts of fav things in my life, layering for visual interest and flowing them in the same manner of the banner.

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I added die cut words for my title and sub title.

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Lots of florals and lots of embellishments finished off with a little sequin bling! This really is such a gorgeous cut file.

Thank you for stopping by today, wishing you all a wonderful creative week!

Rachel X

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Make a Wish | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello, It’s Michelle back here today. I’ve gone on a little walk down memory lane for my layout share this week using a photo from a couple years back, an older cut file from the vault and a collection that was released many many moons ago.

I’ve used the Pinwheel file to compliment a couple of photos I took of Leila a few years back. This can be found in the CELEBRATIONS & FUN section of the shop. I also chose the sweet Life is Beautiful collection for its whimsical feel.

I cut the design out on white cardstock in 3 different pieces. To do this I traced the original design in silhouette studio then released the compound path so that the 2 individual pinwheels were no longer grouped to each other. In order to still keep each pinwheel a whole piece I needed to regroup the pieces back together so that I could still move them as a whole, but also keep tham as 2 separate pieces. Next I copy & pasted the larger of the 2 pinwheels and resized it slightly larger than its original size, thus creating 3 separate pinwheels ready to cut out.

Once the designs were cut I chose the pattern papers and backed the 2 smaller pinwheels, leaving the 3rd plain Jane. I didn’t glue the rounded edges completely to the pattern paper as I wanted the lifted edges to give a slight dimensional look rather than flat.

I used the extra pinwheel to fill the white space at either side of the layout as I felt this gave it a soft subtle texture to the once before blank areas. I simply cut the pinwheel in half and glued it down to either edge, and raised certain areas with glue dots

I added frames around the photos and adhered these over the edge of the larger backed pinwheel and created a floral cluster of different elements from the collections ephemera pack.

I balanced out all the colour in the middle of the layout by adding a cluster of similar elements to the top right of the layout

and also continued the large cluster of elements into the bottom left corner

Lastly I added some white alpha stickers to the top and right of the photos to create a title

I sewed through the letters to ensure they stay adhered to the page for years to come, but also because I like adding a little extra texture to a layout here and there.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Be sure to check out whats new in store if you haven’t already, theres a new release of cut files not too far away also!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

HOLIDAY CHEER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today, I hope you have all had time to be creative this past weekend. I’m here with a new share, and I’m still on my Christmas kick.  This one is actually from a few years back so it was so good to get it done… and, it came together really easily with the help of the ‘Christmas Banner‘ cut file, I’ll show you how below.

For this layout, I had the idea to use my photo as one of the banner pieces on top of the cut file. I started by backing my photo with a cute green check pattern paper which I also echoed as a border for my background. I then went about finding the position for the photo, just so I had a plan when working with the cut file. I find it’s best to sort the photo position first as this can save you some time in the backing process, that is, you don’t have to back the parts of the file that your photo will cover.

With a plan of attack, I then went about backing my cut file. I’ve used a combination of papers from the Pink Fresh Studio ‘Holiday Vibes’ collection. I love the bold colours in this collection and really wanted a pop of red and green. I just worked right to left on both pieces of cut file mixing and matching the colours of the papers to back the file until I was happy.

Next, I positioned the two cut file pieces onto my background and positioned my photo. The page was really coming together at this point, there was only embellishing left to do. For this, I’ve kept things really simple by continuing to use the same collection. I’ve just pulled out all the fun bits and pieces and mixed and matched them to create areas of interest along each of the banners. I just kept in mind that when viewing the page, my eye needed to be drawn across the banners, so kept the embellishments along this same line.

I’ve then gone ahead and added my title, again working along that same line across the page, it fits perfectly under my photo.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I hope it inspires you to continue to document your Christmas photos even though the season is over. If you do make something, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see! Come say Hi!

Until next time,

Cool And Crisp/Sara Scraps

Good Morning Lovely Crafters! Sara here with you today sharing a new layout! This layout is very special. It uses both a brand new cut file from Cut To You and the January 15th inspiration from CSI Challenge Blog

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From the Case File I took the Color Inspiration and the book pages…so I created a mixed media background and inked up the cut file, backing it with vellum to give it a soft feel!

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Curious about the cut file? Its one of the new January releases called Floral Edge and you can find it RIGHT HERE

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I love how coloring up this image made it coordinate perfectly with my fall photos!

And I have a process video to share with you showing exactly how I did it!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara Scraps

Picture Perfect | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! It’s Kirei here with my second CUT to YOU layout for the month and I decided to use the fab Camera Oh Snap cut file to go with my cute photo of a friend’s daughter at a recent weekend away we had…

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I cut the camera out with white card and then backed it using a mix of soft pink and dusty blue patterned papers. I love dimension on my layouts so had to use sticky foam pads to give it that more layered look, it can be a bit fiddly but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

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Though I did decide to back the parts of the letters that were open… but stuck them directly onto the cut file as they were so small!

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My photo is mounted on patterned paper and tissue paper and then I created an embellishment cluster to the bottom left of the photo and overlapping the cut file.

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I hope you’re inspired by what you’ve seen, don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see all the other fab cut files and please share your layouts over on the CUT to YOU Facebook group as we love to see what you create!

Happy Scrapping!

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Cool Kid – Kay Hall

Hi there!

Kay here with you today sharing a boy themed layout using a new cutfile from the January release. I have used the new CUT to YOU Circle Eights Cut File and papers from the Boys Rule collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. This combo was perfect for as I am a mum of 3 boys!

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I wanted the cutfile to really stand out against the lovely bright papers so I used black cardstock. I had some small scraps of paper to use up and armed with a circle punch I filled in all the circles.

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Using 3D foam I mounted the design onto the background sheet after adding a few splatters here and there. I then added my photo followed by embellishments from the collection’s ephemera packs. 

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I added some punched stars and some small white enamel dots to complete my design.
If you are like me and are always on the hunt for boy designs, make sure you jump into the Boyz Zone on the CUT to YOU website.

I will be back next month with more layouts!

Happy Scrapping!

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December Daily 2019 | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely peeps,

I wanted to sneak in one more Christmas share before Christmas becomes a distant memory … and I’ll hope you’ll forgive me because it’s a good one!! It’s my first December Daily (ish)!!

Now, I’m not a big Christmas documenter, and I’m also not great at keeping up with daily things, but after what had been a pretty rough 2019, I needed something to get me in the spirit. A few ideas came together for me, including a mini album I had seen Sue Plumb put together here, and the Photo A Day challenge that I found here, and I combined these to come up with my format. I also didn’t pressure myself to take photos or create layouts daily, and the result was…I actually got it done!!

Now the reason I’m here to share this with you at CUT to YOU is because I used a heap of our Cut Files in the mini album, and I used them in several different ways!

Ahh I love this little guy!! The CUT to YOU gingerbread man. He’s a fave! And I think he looks super cute here as a page divider! I cut him out quite small, and backed him with various papers, including Kraft cardstock for his body, and simply punched a hole in his hand so he could slot into the album. Isn’t he the cutest!?!

Next up I have used the Holly Jolly Christmas Cut File to create a stand alone page. The prompt for this day was ‘red & white’ and I didn’t really have anything, so I thought it was a really good option to make this Cut File a feature using R&W paper for my background.

I have used the Merry Everything Cut File to again created a page divider. I cut this out in white card stock, and then coloured it with a red Sharpie. I have backed it with a kraft cardstock paper, so that it was solid enough to handle being flipped back and forth. Fun!

I have use the gorgeous Candy Cane Cut File to create another feature page. This one is a bit of a spacer to allow for a double page spread on the other side. I used a piece of red patterned paper for the candy cane section, and then used some silver washi tape for the bow.

I have also used the TN Christmas Tree Quad Cut File on two seperate pages. I have cut them into seperate trees, and for the first layout I’ve backed the file with patterned paper and washi and adhered to my page.

On the second page, I have coloured the Cut File with black Posca Pen, and have then simply slid it on to the rings in my album to create a little page divider.

I have created a little bit of a flip through, which I have shared over on my Instagram, pop on over if you want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by again today, I look forward to sharing again with you next month!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

So Much Fun | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!

As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.

I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!

Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!

With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.

Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!

My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.

I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share!
Melinda

Family | Raechelle Bellus

Hello all! Raechelle here sharing a decades-old photo featuring the gorgeous new Floral Banner 2 cut file.

I was scrolling through some old photos and came across this gem of our children taken 20 years ago. I must say that I didn’t pay much attention to the date until it came time to document it, and I honestly had to do a triple take. No way could this photo have been taken twenty years ago. There is just no way these children are two decades older, but they really are. Just wow.

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Enough on that. Since there are so many colors in the photo, I wanted to empahsize them, but also keep this page light and fresh. Starting with a lighter color to back the larger two florals was a perfect way to keep the focus on the photos. Adding in the pops of color keeps the eye moving around the entire cut file, yet still maintaining a light feel.

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A few die cuts, strips of patterned paper, and whimsical wooden butterflies tie everything together and creates movement. Tucking the photo into the beautiful cut file makes this page feel cohesive and as if the photo is blooming out of the banner.

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There are so many fun and whimscial cut files to choose from in the CTY store. Which is your current favorite? Be sure to share your proejcts with us on the CUT to YOU HQ facebook page. We’d love to see them!

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Love You | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi, it’s Piroska here today with my layout using the Leaf Duo cut file from the January Release.

As I told you in my introduction, I just love leaves, and now I dreamed of a bunch of them, surrounding my photo as a curtain.

First I downsized the cut file to 5 inches, and duplicated them 4 times. As I wanted to cut as many leaves out of the 12″ white smooth cardstock as just possible, I selected only one leaf for tracing, and then the other one, so I managed to cut 12 leaves all at once: 2 singles on the right, and 2 other singles on the bottom, rotated 90°. (I print screened my screen, but sorry, my Silhouette Studio programme speaks Hungarian…)

I cut out 20 leaves altogether. When I was ready with cutting, I started to make my layout. First I used modeling paste with an old stencil that has similar leaves as a pattern.

Then I added the leaves. I wanted them to look like a willow in the wind, so I only glued the stem of the branch and curled the leaves by hand.

First I backed my photo with a heavy cardstock, then with a white vellum and a silver net and I glued it down using foam adhesive. I added my foam title also in white colour, to stay at the monochromatic style. Finally I added some translucent NUVO Jewel Drops.

I hope I could inspire you to make a similar layout, it is such a fun! Go and grab the cut file from the shop!

Thanks for reading and happy scrapping!