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

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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! 

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Introducing Tarrah McLean

Hi Creatives!

Gwen with you today for a special announcement! I’m excited to share the super talented Tarrah McLean will be joining the CUT to YOU team! Tarrah was actually the creative who introduced me to cut files and helped me so very much when I first purchased my first Silhouette Cameo… that was around 10 years ago and who would have thought all these years later that I would be designing my own files and sending them around the world! It’s a beautiful reminder of how a small act of kindness, sharing your knowledge with someone can make a big impact in this world and it’s why I will always help where ever I can when someone asks me about cut files. Tarrah is an amazing scrapbooker, so if you haven’t seen her pages, you are in for a treat!

Hi everyone, my name is Tarrah McLean, I am so excited to be joining the Cut To You design team! I have been scrapbooking for almost 14 years now and use cut files on my projects all the time! I would describe my style as clean and colourful. Thank you so much to Gwen for asking me to join the Cut To You team!

Now you won’t have to wait long to see Tarrah’s first post because it is up tomorrow! Be sure to pop by and check it out. You’ll also be seeing more of her shares on our Facebook group, CUT to YOU HQ, I just know you will love her creations.

Until next time,

Love This Moment | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello CTY friends! It’s Michelle S back here today with a new layout share featuring one of our sweet NEW cutfiles from the June 2020 release. After scrolling through photos recently I knew exactly which photo I needed to document using this beautiful title ‘Love this Moment’

Such a sweet moment quietly shared between my daughter Leila and Grandmother from Christmas a few years back. The two of them happily making ’afternoon tea’ while the rest of the family were all together outside, oblivious to the joy being created in this room.

To create the layout I started by enlarging the design in silhouette studio and cutting it out on white card stock. I wanted the layout to have a soft feminine feel so I’ve used a limited edition collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio that is full of florals and sweet water colour designs. I backed the hearts of the title using a pink polka dot pattern and the word ‘this’ using the same floral paper I used to back the entire layout with.

I added a strip of black spot paper under the words ‘enjoy the little things’ to finish off the title piece of the layout and then layered a piece of a blue pattern paper behind the photo to give it a little pop of colour.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum by fussy cutting floral bunches and layering them under the photo with the addition of some hearts and enamel glitter dots for a pop of sparkle.

Lastly I added some machine stitching randomly around the edge of the layout and a splattering of gold colour shine to finish it all off.

Well that’s all from me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today using the new ‘Love this Moment’ cutfile. Be sure to check the website for more NEW designs released recently.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy Place | Raechelle Bellus

Hello scrappy friends! I hope June finds you in good spirits! 🙂 The weather is just starting to warm up where I am located which is super exciting for me.

Today I’m sharing a layout created with two cut files- Scallop Banners and the Floral Boquet Set. I selected these two cut files along with the overall color scheme from the design of my granddaughters swimming suit.

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I added small amounts of ink to the background to provide an illusion of water and then laid the scallop strips down randomly. A few stitches here and there add some dimension.

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I then placed the backed cutfiles over the photo and finished off with some bright words and fun accents.


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Doubling up on cut files is super fun and creates an extra exciting layout. I do hope you’ll try and share your work in the Cut to You HQ facebook group. 🙂


Love Heart Rows | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout. Or rather two layouts. Because today I’d like to show you how you can make 2 layouts from one cut of a cut file using only one patterned paper.

I chose the Love Heart Rows cut file from the April Release. When we first could travel to the Lake Balaton after the Lockdown, we were all extremly happy. We just couldn’t stop looking at the lake… and suddenly my daughter hugged me around my neck and said: “I love you…” That made me melt… So for keeping this memory in form of a scrapbook layout, I needed a cut file with lots of hearts 😉

First I cut the cut file from a patterned paper from the Bloom Street collection (Pink Paislee, Paige Evans). I just love that big floral paper, it has such beautiful colours! I put the cut file in the middle of the paper.

I cut down a white cardstock to 9″x12″, and glued it on the rest of the patterned paper. This time I didn’t want to use it as a frame, just as a border, the right one is wider than the one on the left. I also machine stitched the left and right sides.

I glued down the Cut File, and I wanted to add the hearts to some of the holes, but it looked too busy, so I let the Cut File stand on its own, and decorated it with some cut out flowers. Finally I played a little with dimensions by using foam adhesive.

Lets have a look at the other layout. I wanted to use the remained hearts of the Love Heart Rows cut file. I really liked Anna Blades’ layout made for the iNSD 2020 challenge over at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, so I used that as an inspiration. I get out a white cardstock, arranged the hearts on the left in 3 coloumns as if it was a patterned paper.

Before glueing them down, I got out a heart stencil (SrapUp), and made some hearts in the middle of the right side using modelling paste. Then I got my liquid watercolors of Pinkfresh Studio (blue, purple) and one of Ecoline (pink). I slightly coloured over the hearts – I used some water to get solid colours.

Then I added some splashes on the whole layout using bolder colours. I glued down the hearts, mat my photo with patterned papers and added some stickers to the layout. This photo was taken after the previous one, is just as precious to me as the one with my daughter.

I can’t decide, which layout I prefer more 😀 I hope I could inspire you to make more out of one cut! Go to the shop and grab some awesome cut files from the June Release! I can’t wait to use them!

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on How to use Cut Files on scrapbooking layouts so I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 As a layout title. Cut files make amazing layout titles that are super inexpensive and so so flexible. This design features the ‘You Are Special‘ cut file which you can grab for FREE here.

#2 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, who doesn’t love that! This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#3 As a repeating pattern. This ‘Smell the Roses‘ design has been repeated and positioned around the page for a really striking design feature. The roses direct the eye towards the centre of the page.

#4 Help document the details of your story. School photos can be tricky, years blend into the next after time. This ‘Grade School‘ cut file helps to document the details of the layout. By choosing pattern papers carefully, parts of the cut file design stand out and can really help the viewer quickly identify details in the story.

#5  Turn them into shaker pockets. Um… sequins, yes, please! For this page, I’ve cut the ‘Camera Beautiful You‘ design to fit the layout background. I’ve then backed with vellum and pattern paper and added sequins in between the layers to create a shaker pocket. So fun!

#6  White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Garden Background‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love.

#7  Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file (Floral Banner) has been cut twice, once in dark blue and secondly in white. The dark blue cut of the file acts as a shadow to the white design. It’s such a striking addition to this page.

#8 As a large background feature. The ‘Bows on Strings‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. For interest, some of the bows have been backed in pattern paper, with others left open to show through to the background. A page like this is super quick to pull together.

#9 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. The extra beauty of this technique is that no backing is required so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting, this tip is a winner. I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ page builder file for this layout.

#10 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves time with no need to back it. Simply add to your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done! ‘Trio Flower Cluster‘ design.

#11 Be ‘punny’, it’s fun! The cut file ‘Brace Yourself‘ on this page is a fun pun that relates to the photos. It would also work for an adventure page, you can get really creative with your titles so go for it!

#12 Add a clean mixed media element – You can add all kinds of mixed media paints and sprays to your cut files. I love doing this and then adding them to a clean background for a clean mixed media look. For this page, I’ve added Distress Ink to several cuts of the ‘Celebration Flowers‘ files in various colours. I’ve added colour blocking for the embellishments and teamed this all with a black and white photo that pops!

#13 To help with your layout design. In this page, the cut file ‘Butterfly Garden‘ fills a large part of the page. When using files like this your design choices are limited, which actually helps pages come together faster. There are fewer embellishments required and limited photo positions available. This stops that shuffle I know you do (because I do it too!)

#14 Double Up! Using two different cut files on your page is double the fun! For this page, I’ve used both to help tell my story. The ‘Sunny Skies‘ design acts as a background and the ‘Summer Days‘ file is my page title.

#15 To add a bold feature title to your layout. Let’s face it, alphas such as ‘Thickers’ can be expensive, cut files give you a similar bold look at a fraction of the price. This ‘Traveller Background‘ is the perfect bold title for this vacation-inspired layout. I’ve layered it on top of the globe element from the same cut file and some watercolour inspired pattern paper for the win!

#16 To maximise negative space. This ‘Stitch Heart Geo‘ design was the perfect addition on this page to fill in the blank space of the background. These designs are also some of the easiest to work with as they simply need layering onto pattern paper. The paper shows through the design, no need for fussy cutting to get a ‘backed’ look!

#17 To reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Book Stack‘ design is a perfect fit for this photo at our local library.

#18 DIY inexpensive embellishments. The cut files in this layout may not be as noticeable as those in other pages shared here, but they are working just as hard. For this page, I simply cut out two leaf designs ‘Leaf Duo‘ and used them as a base for my embellishment cluster. Embellishments can be expensive so these leaf elements are a great option for those of us scrapping on a budget!

#19 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page.

#20 To document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter on her phone, but it tells a story of my Miss 13 and her love for technology. I love documenting the small moments in life as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Chit Chat‘ I’ve used here expands on that idea, giving me a space for some typed journalling that fits in the theme.

#21 Use as a design element. Cut file designs don’t have to directly relate to your photo. More generic designs such as these ‘Quad Frames‘ are so versatile and can be used on so many different styles of pages. I’ve added them to this page as they help draw the eye to the central design elements and most importantly the photo.

#22 Go Monochromatic. For this layout, I’ve pulled a stack of a blue/green papers and elements in my stash to create this Monochromatic layout. I’ve mixed and matched the papers to back my ‘Happiness‘ cut file. It still surprises me just how few supplies you actually need when working with a cut file. They really extend your stash and this technique is a great way to stash bust!

#23 To document family holidays. Back from vacay and have a bunch of photos to scrapbook? Cut files can really help pull your pages together fast and give a consistent look in travel albums. This page features our ‘Makin Waves‘ design which has been coloured with watercolours. The waves in the design really fit with the Summer vacation theme and could easily be repeated throughout an album with a sailing or summer theme.

#24 To give your photos context. The ‘Conversation‘ cut file on this page not only acts as a wonderful background and base for my photos and embellishments for the layout but gives the photo context and helps tell the story.

#25 Add a repeated pattern. This ‘Speech Bubble‘ design has been cut twice to fill the centre of this layout. Many cut file designs can be cut out several times and then repeated on your page for a fun effect. Any repeated pattern can help your layout design feel more consistent.

#26 Colour blocking. Cut file are a great way to add clean colour blocking to your page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts‘ cut file which I’ve repeated down my page and then added a plain pattern paper to back them. This creates three blocks of colour which creates a base for my photos and embellishments.

#27 To document special occasions. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#28 Add Floral elements to your page. Flower embellishments can be expensive and can add a lot of bulk to your page. Floral Cut Files such as these ‘Lily of the Valley‘ can give that same look, especially when teamed with some fussy cut die cuts and layered leaves. I love that you can reuse these over and over and make them fit any scrapbook layout just by changing up the pattern papers you use to back them.

#29 Cut them up! You don’t have to use a cut file design as a whole element on your page. They are really great for chopping up and changing up the design. This file ‘Flowers and Frames‘ actually has two square photo boxes as part of it. I’ve chopped those off and used just the floral elements for this layout. Think outside the box and you can get several looks from the one design.

#30 To help you use up your stash. This layout is one from our KIT to YOU collection. These exclusive designs help you use up your stash with Step x Step instructions and a special ‘Shop your Stash’ section, so no going out for new supplies, you can use what you have! ‘Flower Band Kit‘. Find out more about KIT to YOU here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,

Life is Lovely | Diamonds Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends, Rachel here and today I have a layout featuring the Diamonds cut file available in the Cut to You shop now!43262BAD-9435-40E7-AD55-1161052DB94DIMG_6206

I have used Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Magical Forest collection to create this layout of my baby boy being lifted in the air by his sister. Using a wood grain paper I cut the Diamonds at 9×9 inches. Once adhered to the centre of my green background paper I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and dragged out some of the diamonds and cut in a gorgeous mustard colour to add a stark contrast. I added them with foam tape to create a 3D effect.0A694BD0-839D-4115-A07D-3DA968151D0BI splattered my page with gold and white paint. Once dry I added two paper strips (mustard and blue), having added machine stitching to them prior. I next added my photo with foam tape. I added a phrase sentiment on my photo (which is my title), a puffy bird sticker finished of with wash tape added on the bottom of my photo (sentiment wash tape from the CP Heritage collection) which I also added some machine stitching to.FAB49051-A361-4F6A-9832-C6EA3B662605

24FA346E-1B5B-4931-8C0A-E971BB83B3D9I next added an embellishment cluster using chipboard stickers from the collection, creating a cute scene to tie in with my layout theme.4B7FD013-9E0D-494E-8F50-7C9225BC7081I created another embellishment cluster on the opposite upper side, how gorgeous is the macrame rainbow!BADA648F-029B-4B25-B167-45063EACCC21I finished off adding a cute camera sticker, word sentiment and more machine stitching. To create a contrast between the wood grain and green papers I added some gold photo corner stickers.D4569E35-61CD-4298-BDC4-E8C419FB6B59I love how the Diamond cut file created a stunning background and added to the layers of this layout! Check out the ‘background‘ section on the website for more fun options! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

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Our Sweet Little Family | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle S back here today with one final share for the month of May. I thought I’d make something family orientated for this post using the ‘Our Sweet Little Family‘ cut file from the March 2020 release. I chose a beautiful limited edition collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to create this piece that can be framed and kept on display in an area of our house.

I cut the design out on white card stock twice, first the full design and second just the words themselves. I then adhered them both together so that when backed with the pattern paper the 2 layers of white gave the words a slight 3D effect.

This title is perfect for our sweet little family, hopefully it might suit yours too.

I kept the layers under the photo to a minimum as the background paper is quite busy, and you can see I left the hearts of the design open and adhered them with some clear dots.

Above the photo I’ve added a cluster of florals to compliment the background paper plus a couple glitter dots.

And also a few extra florals and glitter dots to the left of the photo to finish it off.

Well friends that’s all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see your creations with this cut file in the CUT to YOU Facebook group soon!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Paint Me a Rainbow | Marie Hirst

Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe and well (and if you are in the UK with me, you are also enjoying the sunshine!)

I’m popping on the blog today to share this lovely rainbow layout with you all!

I just LOVE the rainbow cutfile in the Rainbow KIT to YOU set! For anyone who doesn’t know, with KIT to YOU you get the cutfile and a set of detailed instructions on how to make a layout! Check out all the gorgeous KIT to YOU sets here.

Anyway, here is the one I used:
I decided to use it to document when my son, Elliot, pained a huge rainbow poster to put in our front window to thank all the NHS staff looking after us all during these difficult times.

I started by backing the rainbow and clouds in a rainbow-striped paper from my stash and the sun in a white paper covered in mini hearts.
I placed the two photos which I printed 3×4 inches each, on top of the rainbow and added the rainbow onto another sheet of cardstock covered in rainbows (A Picnic in the Park one I think!)
I used some Jillybean Soup embellishments (mini paintbrushes and splats) to add details and added some words around the photos which matched in theme with what Elliot was up to.
Finally, I added the title using some tiny foam alphas and some HUGE cardstock ones (again from Jillybean Soup).
I just love how it turned out – so happy and bright and a lovely lockdown memory! Don’t forget to check out all the lovely new designs in the shop here and look out for the new releases in June!

Until next time,

Stay safe,

Marie xxx


Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Gwen here today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use a design from the ‘Home Bodies’ Collection. I’m sure like everyone, my family and I have been spending A LOT more time at home and thought why not document that! These photos are not actually from this year; we are homebodies from wayyy back, but I thought it was important to document, now more than ever because it is a big part of how we live. My journalling on the back talks about how we love being at home, not the events of 2020. This sweet photo is of my daughter and our cat, living their best life on the couch.

I decided on using the ‘Our House’ cutfile for this project and some of my older Maggie Holmes stash. I just love that a fresh new cut file can bring new life to older supplies!

I started by cutting the file design out using white card stock and then backing each of the pieces with cardstock and pattern paper. I’ve then added in some stitching using my sewing machine along the main lines of the design. I love this added detail, it really makes the cut file pop!

Next up, I started thinking about my title. Looking through my supplies, I found these cute puffy word stickers that said ‘So Happy’ and then thought to add the word ‘Chillin’ which I’ve found in the “Hashtag Stay Safe” title word set. My daughter loves chilling, she’s not an ‘outdoors’ type and her version of a perfect day is one spent in her PJ’s on the couch with the cat. So this page documents that 🙂 For the title cut file, I simply backed it with coordinating pattern papers alternating as I went. A super simple but really striking effect.

Next up, I backed my photo. For this, I’ve layered up some paper scraps and added some foam tape in between for dimension, added stitching and that was done. Now it was a matter of finding the best position for the large cut file, my title and photo.

With all of the larger elements in place, I was then able to enjoy embellishing the layout. I started with the bigger pieces first such as the cute bird and the plant chipboard elements. From there I’ve added in the smaller ones. How cute is that gold heart and it sits so neatly inside of the heart of the cut file, it was meant to be!

So, I’ve just kept going, adding bits and pieces until the layout looked complete. I’ve used quite a few older elements from my stash so I’m really happy about that.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you to document some of the time you have spent at home with loved ones. This design would also be really fun to document a house move or renovation or even a back to school type page if you turned it into a school. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,