Oh Snap! | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends, it’s lovely to have you here on the CUT to YOU blog with me today! I am sharing another 12×12 page with you this was super fun to make!

I’ve used 2 cut files on this page ( so fun!!) and started with one for a back ground! As soon as I saw the Quilt Grid 2 Background cut file I knew I wanted to create a stencil and had seen someone recently share that they had used some repositionable sticky vinyl and thought that was genius!

For my stencil I have actually copied and welded 2 of the cut files together to give me a bigger stencil and you can see that in the beginning of my process video, below!

I have used my stencil with some texture paste onto some Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock as I knew I wanted to add lots of colour and water. Tip! The stickyness made using this stencil so so easy! I picked up a cheap roll at Spotlight a few weeks ago. This cut file is quiet delicate so it did break in a couple of places when I cleaned it because I was too rough, so remember, when you clean something like this, be gentle lol

When my paste was completely dried I added my messy factor and just had fun! For this page I have basically used mists that I have splattered and then added water to move the colour around. Pretty easy really and it’s almost magical watching the colours move and blend.

Once I was happy with the way the background was looking I dried it off with my heat tool and then splattered all the colours I had used.

At this stage I was actually not sure at all which photos I was going to use so went through my stash and found these 2 of my crazy child! I felt the colours worked well and there wasn’t really a theme to either the photos or the background so time to build my layout.

I searched through my CTY files for a suitable title and found the “Oh Snap!” title which I though would work really well! I made it big and then also cut a few more smaller, removing the heart from each of the speech bubbles. These were all cut on textured white cardstock.

With my title and photos chosen and my background complete I reached for my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule collection. I backed my title cut file and pulled a few pieces to embellish around the page with. And used the smaller “Oh Snap!” cut files as embellishments.

My final steps were some enamel shapes and some black splatters. This was a super fun page to put together and I’m really excited about my stencil! I can’t wait to make another! Remember, the CUT to YOU cut files aren’t only good for backing but the only limit is your imagination – or using an idea you got somewhere else lol!!

Just because I got a bit snap happy here are a few extra close ups 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today, I can’t wait to come back next month with some of the beautiful new files that I know are coming! If you’re not already on the list make sure you subscribe for all the CTY fun stuff and freebies straight to your inbox! Stay tuned and happy scrapping!

Caught On Camera | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! Rachel back with you on the blog today.

Today I have a bright and fun layout to share.

I have used the Caught On Camera Page Builder cut file on my layout today.

I cut the cut file from black card stock using my Silhouette.

I then backed it with some bright, stripy patterned paper.

I added some white card stock and a black stripe as highlights to the camera Cut File before backing with the stripy paper.

Before I stuck the title down I created some more interest in the background using some white modelling paste through a stencil to create some subtle texture, then added some ink splatters in bright rainbow colours.

I added a small cluster of embellishments and some hand-written journaling.

Head over to the shop to check out what’s new!

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

Mel Davis Guest Designer

Hey Creative friends!

Gwen popping by today to share with you the wonderful creations from this months guest designer Mel Davis!  I just love her creative style and she certainly has rocked the cut files!  Her first project features our ‘Totally Pawsome‘ cut file.

Here’s what she said about creating this one “I like to back my files by using the contour feature in the Cricut software. I’m sure there is an easy way to do it in the Silhouette software too. A striped paper is a great choice for this sort of thing as it looks like you did a lot more work than you actually did!”

And this is her second fab project, it features our ‘Concentric Hearts‘ cut file in the 8.5 x 11 size. This one also comes in 12 x 12 background-size. This layout also shows off our ‘Geo Floral Leaves‘ cut file, cut in the sweetest mint card stock!

“For the second page, I used my foil quill with the concentric hearts file. I only had small rolls of foil but I love how it turned out. For those that don’t have the foil quill, using markers or metallic pens with their machines would give a similar effect. I added in some geo floral leaves in my embellishment clusters.”

I really do love what Mel put together for us as our guest this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Mel 🙂

Until next time,



Wonderful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout to share with you all. I’ve used the awesome Banner Trio cut file for this creation along with a CRAZY photo of my cheeky Leila.

To start the layout I duplicated the top design within the Banner Trio set, and resized each piece individually so they were all slightly different in length. I cut them out using white cardstock and my silhouette machine then backed using some pretty pattern papers from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection. SO sweet!

I adhered the banners to the cardstock background using foam tape, giving each piece slight dimension on the page.

I slightly overlapped them all to give a true bunting banner feel. I added the photo stack to the right side of the banners, layered with different coloured cards and pattern paper to compliment the banners

I fussy cut flowers and butterflies from the collection to create a cluster at the end of the bottom banner

And added a smaller cluster along with hand written journalling along the bottom right of the layout. Once all the bits and pieces were glued in place I adhered the entire background to a larger pattern paper and sewed around the edges using machine and thread. This gave the entire layout a boost of colour and helps make the cut file pieces really pop out from the page.

Thats all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Be sure to check the CTY shop to see whats new this month and don’t forget to share your love for CTY in our community group on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

The Best Days are at the Beach | Marie Hirst

Hi CUT to YOU friends! I’m back today with my latest layout using this fabulous cutfile which you can find here!

I chose this one because of the mix of fonts as I think it really highlights the words ‘best’ and ‘beach’. My little boy loves the beach (and always has) so this was a perfect one to document one of our many visits. This particular one was from a few years ago.

First I cut the file 10 inches tall and then left it on the mat while I used distress oxides to colour the words ‘best’ and ‘beach’. Inevitably, the colour spread onto some of the other letters but I think this left the cutfile with a lovely ombre effect.

I decided not to back the cutfile and instead to use this photo-like paper from Kasiercraft which matched my photos perfectly (especially the horizon line).

I matted my photos on white and placed them to the right of the cutfile. I added some little frames behind and then some typed words above and below the photographs to embellish.

For a bit more detail, I placed a photo overlay on each photo and then a perspective between the two photos. The final addition was the word ‘unplug’ which seemed to fit perfectly with the beach theme and added a darker piece to the page.

I hope this has inspired you to maybe try using a cutfile in a different way – this one speaks for itself! You can find it in the shop here along with many other designs – just click here to take a look!

If you’d like to see how it all came together, there is a process video on my channel!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Marie x

Tracey Mc Kee Guest Designer

Hey everyone, Tracey back with you again with my second layout as a part of my Guest Design team member shares for August.

When I began this layout, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that I wanted to use some of the sticker rub-on embellishments from Heidi Swapp’s Wolf pack collection. These embellishments were round and I absolutely loved them, so I decided that I’d make them a feature of my layout. This is what made me choose to use the ‘Wheelie Fun‘ file from CUT to YOU.

I used a variety of paper from Wolf Pack collection, for my background, I decided to go with a creamy/grey grid design. I wanted to add some mixed media in the background, so I added some white gesso with a paintbrush and then softened the edges with my fingers. I used a range of blue inks to create the watercolour effect of this layout.

I liked the blue watercolour, but I wanted a bit more interest in the background, so using a Versamark pad I added some of the ‘bear prints’ to the background.  I heat embossed the bear prints with a metallic gunmetal grey embossing powder.  This is where I had some issues. The blue watercolour was still a bit damp in certain areas, even though I thought I had dried it properly, so when I added the powder to the stamped image, it also stuck to the damp areas around the Versamark.  This resulted in an ‘imperfect’ stamped image, but I’m okay with that as I feel it goes with the grungey feel of the collection anyway.

I then turned my attention to the cut file. As in my previous layout for CUT to YOU, I used ink blenders and a few different distress oxides to colour the cut file, which I just cut in white card stock.  The colours I used were, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire.

I stuck the file over the now properly dried background.  I chose these photos of my son outside cleaning up some dry branches as the Wolf Pack collection is very outdoors themed.  I matted these 3 photos on some plain kraft coloured card stock as I didn’t feel that they needed a lot of matting and I didn’t want paper layers to take away from the background and cut file.  When I finally decided how I wanted them positioned, I stuck them down and began adding some embellishments.

The Wolf Pack collection has some ‘DIY stickers’ to which you add rub-on phrases to whichever sticker you decide.  I added three of these to make a triangular line of focus, which pulls your eye down and across the page. I find these to be such a great idea!

I then added my title, ‘Adventure and Explore’, as it is exactly what my little guy is doing.  More attention was needed around the large circle phrases, so I had a look through the ephemera and added a few pieces, such as the rabbit which quotes ‘An outdoor life is a life well lived’, trees, some heart and other cute pieces. I finished the layout off with some puffy hearts around the three large circles.

I had such a great time designing these layouts to share with you all. The way these great cut files pull layouts together makes scrapping those memories so easy!
Thanks for having me CUT to YOU!



Bubbles of Fun | Meggy Blethen

Hello Scrapbookers!! This is Megan with you today and I have a super fun and simple layout for you using the Bubbles cut file! When I saw this one I immediately knew I had the perfect bath photos for it!

I don’t know about you, but when my kid we’re little I took so many photos of them taking baths! I thought these photos of my youngest were so cute playing with the bath toys
My first thought was to outline the cut file with sequins but when I got started I decided I wanted the white cut file to shine by itself.
I added some clusters around a few of the bubbles and outlined a few of them as well. This makes them pop but also gives them the subtle look I was going for.
I hope you enjoy this layout! I will have a process video up on my YouTube channel this weekend!

Make sure to pop over to the shop to grab this adorable cut file. You can view my process video below!

Thanks guys,

Crafty Meggy

Loads of fun |Bernii Grof

Hi there, Bernii here today to share a layout with you, which I have to say has become one of my favourites and more so my little mans. So let me just jump straight in and show you what I have created.


If you have that special little man in your life then you will LOVE this cut file page builder set. I have been hoarding this BoBunny collection for some years now just waiting for the perfect scrappy moment and this was it. I love that I can use my older collection and give it a fresh spin using this page builder set.



If you love this cut file as much as I do then you can pop on over to the CUT to YOU store HERE and check it out. There is also a couple of similar page builder sets for the little men in your lives.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to check out the CUT to YOU boyz zone page builders set. There are so many awesome cut files in there.

Till next time

Much love

Bernii xx


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share!  I’ve been absolutely itching to use the new Butterfly Cluster cut file for a sweet page of Miss C and me… I just love this cut file so much!  I love how versatile it is and how you can mix and match the layers and parts of the cut file to suit your project.  Here is what I’ve made.

To start my page, I’ve cut the cut file out twice.  Firstly with a pale pink cardstock and the second time with white cardstock.  I had an idea to use the white as my background and the pink as the butterfly inserts for the page.  You could absolutely mix and match here with pattern papers or even vellum for lots of different page themes.

I’ve backed the white cardstock with a bold print, this one from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper.  The idea for choosing something bold was to help the block shape of the butterflies stand out.  I also wanted to make sure I made a contrast between the background, the backed paper design and the pink sections of the butterflies.

This cut file is super fast to back, so if you are new to using them on your projects I would definitely recommend this one!

Once my cut file was all sorted and looking good, it was time to back my photo.  For this, I’ve used the same pink cardstock.  I wanted to make pink my highlight colour and using it around the photo really helps draw your eye to it.  It’s one thing to have a pretty cut file on your page, but you don’t want it to be so detailed or distracting that you are drawn to it over your precious photos!

It was now time to stitch!  I’ve hand stitched the elements in the die cut with some embroidery thread, again, using pink.  I’ve also stitched with my sewing machine around the edge of my photo and my layout to bring it all together.  I’ve then mounted my photo onto foam for dimension and added to my page.

At this stage, the page was really coming together.  It was now time for a title and some finishing touches.  I’ve gone with a chipboard title from the same collection as my pattern paper for consistency.  I’ve also just had a big dig through my stash for anything in the blue/green tone that would match.  Another great reason to invest in cut files…. they really do help you bust the smaller elements of your stash.  Adding a cut file to a small selection of embellishments really does pull a page together.


Once all of my elements were added the page was done!  This really did come together quickly and I just love how it turned out.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

You Are The Sweetest |Sara Scraps

Hello Hello! Sara is here today with a traveler’s notebook spread using the new You Are The Sweetest Page Builder Cut File!


I knew when I saw this cut file that 1) I had th perfect pictures/story for those donuts and 2) I needed to make a donut shaker pocket!


I just think those donuts are sooo cute, dont you?



For all the details. be sure to head over to my You Tube process video –

And be sure to take a peek at the wonderful cut files in the Cut To You Shop!

Have A Lovely Day!