You are my Sunshine – Bernii Grof

Hi there..

Bernii here with you today sharing a new layout I created using the super sweet “You are my Sunshine” cut file which you can find in the store HERE. I have been eager to use this sweet title and love how it turned out on this layout.

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So let me show you what I created.

I created this layout with the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection ” Happiness” which is perfect for this cut file sentiment. I used my silhouette portrait to cut the title, and between you and me I think I am going to have to cut this again for another layout!! It is just too cute.

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To help give it a little more pop I adhered it to the page using double-sided foam tape.

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Well, thank you for stopping by today and make sure you do yourself a favour and check out the awesome Words and Titles category in the Cut To You store, as I am sure you will find something perfect to go with you precious scrapbooks.


Till next time

Much love

Bernii xx

Sisters are Family and Friend | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share a layout featuring not one but two of our awesome Cut Files which I have cut many times in many sizes! It’s a Cut File explosion!

I used the All Around Floral and the Wreath Builder Cut Files.

The All Around Floral Cut File I resized a number of times, and cut from various papers as well as white card stock. I then cut the File apart into individual flowers so that I could tuck them around my photo.

The Wreath builder Cut File I also resized and cut out of various papers. For some of the cuts I removed the inside lines of the leaves in the Silhouette Studio, so that a solid image remained.

This allowed me to add different leaves to my floral clusters.

I love the texture and interest using the files like this creates. I glued some of the Cuts directly to the background and other were mounted on foam tape, and others still are tucked between paper layers behind my photo. So many juicy layers!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you are involved over on Facebook, because we are getting more and more amazing shares over there!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Live For Today | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you with another share and for this page I have used an older cut file called Live For Today.

I cut this in black card a while ago and thought it was perfect for these photo’s of my biggest child. First up I backed the open letters of my title using some patterned paper I had picked out to work with the colours in my photos.

I worked out where the photos and title were going to be placed and added some white gesso to my back ground paper, smudging the edges with my finger for a softer finish. I also added a small amount to the top left of the page. I’ve used the packaging technique and a paint brush to add colour onto the gesso’ed back ground paper with some mists and paints from my stash. You can see how that all came together in my process video, linked below!

After adding my mixed media I added a couple of paper layers and some tissue paper behind the small photos. I stuck all the photos and title together to make it easier to maneuver around my page.

I added some more messy fun to the back ground after it was dry with some stamping in black and splatters in matching colours.

With the title and photos being one big cluster that made it easy to work out exact placement and next it was time to embellish. I grabbed a couple of spools of thread (green and blue to match my back ground) and added 3 messy clusters of tangled thread and then hunted for the longest time for something else to add.

In my bag of already cut CTY cuts I found these great little geo leaves from the Wild Geometric cut file and decided they would be perfect! I backed the leaves in matching papers and then added those in my 3 main clusters over the top of my thread. Then using some wet glue I stuck the thread, title and photos and geo leaves.

I felt like my title wasn’t popping enough so I grabbed a white paint pen and outlined the whole file and love the extra attention it brings to the title! Oh, and white splatters in the background ūüėČ

A few sprinkles of stickers, word strips, enamel shapes and my journalling and my page is done!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today, I love these photo’s of my little goof ball and I love the finished page!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today¬†with a new share, this one featuring a TITLE style cut file and an older picture of my little miss! ¬†I’ve gone with a monochromatic colour scheme for this page, and it’s one of my favourites, black & white plus pink!

CUT to YOU has a huge range of digital and custom cut files that are designed as titles for your pages, you can check them all out here.

This is the file I used… I cut it as it is on my Silhouette and then with my fussy cutting scissors, trimmed off the heart shapes as I wanted just the text for this page design.

To create the page, first up I cut thin strips of pattern paper in various shades of Pink. ¬†Then, using my border punch, punched down one side. ¬†I’ve layered these all up on my background and then stitched along one edge.

Next, I went about matting my two photos, I’ve mixed up the pattern paper for these, not only because I wanted an eclectic vibe to the page, but also because I was using up lots of bits and pieces from my stash. ¬†These are my most favourite pages to make; you take a few bits & pieces which really amount to “not much” and turn them into something special.

I positioned my photos onto my background, slightly covering up the paper strips, they are acting as a base for my page. ¬†I then went about backing the cut file. ¬†For this, I’ve used two pattern papers and alternated down the words in the file. ¬†I’ve chosen darker paper for this to help the white outline of the design stand out. ¬†I mounted the file with some 3D foam to raise it up from my background and positioned on my page.

Now it was time to dig through my stash for some embellishing pieces. ¬†The first thing I found was this cute 3×4 journalling element with the quote “The Happiest Girl in the whole wide world” and I thought it was perfect for this page, so on it went! ¬†Next, I went on the hunt for some black and white elements to coordinate with the black and white images.

I found this perfect chipboard floral piece from Maggie Holmes and a stack of other elements from a wide variety of collections and manufacturers and they all go because of their neutral black and white colour scheme.  I just kept digging through my stash finding and auditioning pieces here there and everywhere on the page until I was happy with how it was looking.


I’m really happy with how this turned out and love how the digital cut file design for my title came together. ¬†I love how it works with all of the other elements on my page and It’s actually really nice to have a title sorted for my page without a lot of thinking about it!

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, and their selection of Title & Words here.

Until next time,

Hello Summer- Raechelle Bellus

Hello! Raechelle here today sharing a fun mixed media page. Melinda Sweetman and Tamara Buckler  each created and shared some fabulous mixed-media layouts in the past couple of weeks, and today I am sharing mine.

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I have used the super cute¬†‘What’s Going Swan?’ cut file to create my layout. I began by adapting the waves in my Studio Software to create a base template by stacking several layers of longated waves, which were also skewed a bit to add some movement and visual interest. This became the base of my stencil. I also created the swan to use.

I won’t lie, it took me a few attempts to get the waves “perfect”.¬† After some trail and error I found that some blue acrylic paint along with some texture medium was the perfect fit and helped me to create these wonderful waves.

I taped my template to my cardstock and used an old gift card to scoop up the textured medium and scraped across the waves in one fluid motion, moving in one direction, being careful not to move the template.

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I then allowed it to dry a bit prior to removing it. The end result was almost perfect… as you can see, there is a smudge, but this was easily fixable.

The end result is a subtle texture, but it really adds a nice “wow!” factor to the layout.

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I then added some sprinkings of ink which helps create a nice finished mixed-media look.

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The remainder of the layout was just completing the sweet swan and adding little details to bring her to life.

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This was acheived by adding some sequins, a brad, some twine, and a large floral cluster.

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I hope that you have been inspired by my layout, alogn with the super talented Melinda’s and Tamara’s to try a mixed media layout using one of the many fabulous cut files that CUT to YOU has to offer! Head over to the store¬†¬†and start creating!

Don’t forget to share on the CUT to YOU HQ on facebook!¬†



Awesome Sunset | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! Rachel back with you today with another layout to share.

Today I am using the awesome new Geo Triangles Background cut file.

And here is my layout-

I cut the Geo Triangles Background cut file from black

cardstock to really pack a punch.

I used a piece of Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper as my base.

I then backed 3 triangles of the cut file

with a triangle-patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I also added 2 clusters of embellishments with some

bright colours and beachy elements.

Some hand-written journalling and my page was done!

Make sure to check out the shop

and join the CUT TO YOU HQ Facebook 

group for more inspiration.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

Cocoa Vanilla Happiness Cut Files

Hi Creative Friends!

Gwen with you on the blog today and BOY, do I have something exciting to share with you today! ¬†I am super proud and excited to announce the very first “CUT to YOU for Cocoa Vanilla Studios” cut files!!! That’s right, I’ve been working with Zoe from Cocoa Vanilla Studios to create a special set of cut files, inspired by her gorgeous designs that will complement the stunning “Happiness” collection. ¬†What’s even more exciting, you can get them for FREE!!! That’s right, find them here for FREE.

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We also have a heap of inspiration for you today, using the files, first up, ME! ¬†I’ve used just the one set of florals which I’ve cut out three times (one as a mirror image) and layered on my background for a striking effect. ¬†I’ve used the ‘Happiness’ collection for a very bright and pretty page.



Next up we have Rachel, who has made this divine home decor project using ALL the cut files… you can see here, the title, the wreath, both roses and those sweethearts all combine beautifully with the ‘Midnight’ collection for a more neutral piece. ¬†We are also crushing on that beautiful mixed media background!CVSRachel

and here Raechelle has used the ‘Happiness’ collection to create this stunning page. ¬†She has cut the wreath in pattern paper and then added a stitched detail which I just love and don’t those florals look divine!


Next up is Tamara,¬†who has¬†created a very striking effect by cutting the files in dark pattern paper from the ‘Midnight’ collection. ¬†I just love how she has¬†traced the title to make it pop… oh and those hearts in the two tones are the perfect touch, don’t you think?


and last but not least, we have Melinda, who has this stunning page of her engagement photos using the ‘Love Always’ collection. ¬†How striking does that title look cut from a dark cardstock?.. it really is a beautifully simple feature on the page. ¬†She’s used the floral pieces as well and we love the soft touch they add to this page.

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The Cocoa Vanilla team will also be sharing more inspiration over the week, so be sure to pop by their blog or the facebook group to see those.

If you haven’t downloaded the files yet, go get them¬†here for FREE. ¬†I cannot wait to see these on your projects so be sure to hashtag #cuttoyou #cocoavanillastudio.

Until next time





Collect Moments | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you another layout using our awesome Cut Files. Boss lady Gwen set a challenge for the DT this month – she wanted us to use one of our Cut Files as a stencil. Challenge accepted!

I decided to use the Heart Blocks Background File as my stencil. I began by covering the Cut with gesso, and then let it dry. I then mixed up some modelling paste with some acrylic paint in 3 different colours. I stuck the Cut to the card stock using washi, and then ran the texture paste randomly across it using a palette knife.

This worked out really well, but not perfectly, which I’m totally okay with. A couple of issues I had was the modelling paste bleeding through in a couple of spots, and in others it dried really quickly making the Cut difficult to lift off.

I think I may have been able to overcome these issues had I gessoed the back and front of the Cut, and if I had been working with one colour modelling paste as I could have worked quicker.

Either way, I’m super happy with the result, and the small imperfections add to the grungey effect I wanted for this layout.

To emphasise the Cut, and again work in that grungey space, I went around each block and outlined each heart using a sharpie and fineliner. I then splattered lots of big black ink splots all over the place.

I can’t wait to try this technique again, it was super fun! And I even have the Cut File left over to use on another layout.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you pop over to the online store or the Etsy shop to pick up your some Cut Files for yourself!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Weekend Vibes | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! ¬†Gwen here today, on the CUT to YOU blog with a share featuring one of our brand new cut files, only released last night! ¬†Being the designer, I do get a few privileges and that is first access to the latest designs… I mean, someone has to test them all out right, before they get shipped off to new homes! ūüôā ¬†This is one of my most favourites ever, so it went straight onto a page!

Here is the cut file… fresh from release, you can grab it here.

To create my page, I started by backing the hot air balloon.  I did cut it very large, as I knew I wanted it to be a real feature on my page, so backing it was pretty easy.  I did mix up the pattern papers a bit just for added interest, but you could absolutely do the balloon in just one pattern paper to make it easier and I know it would still look great!

Next, I added my mat to my photo and stitched around the edge, and then went on to position it on my page.  I wanted my daughter to be facing in towards the centre of the page, so the balloon had to go on the right-hand side and as it turns out the ribbon on the basket was on the right-hand side too, which worked out perfectly!

Next, I wanted to add some subtle interest to the background of my page. ¬†To do this, I’ve cut out the clouds in the cut file on white cardstock and positioned flat onto the background¬†for a white on white effect. ¬†I love the subtle result, soft like a cloud.

It was now time to work on my title. ¬†It actually started with the cute flair button with the words ‘Weekend’ on it. ¬†This photo was just a happy snap taken at a park on a regular weekend, so I went with “Weekend Vibes”. ¬†We used to do this so much when she was little. ¬†Now that she’s a ‘tween’ it’s a little harder to get her out of the house!!

I then went digging through the Die Cut Ephemera pack to see what other elements I could add to the page, it didn’t need much at this stage, just a few little touches. ¬†I’ve gone with some more word sentiments, some pretty florals and butterflies. ¬†I’ve also added in some of the ‘Accessory Stickers” to build on the sentiment in the title and round out the page.


Thanks for popping by today and seeing our latest release cut files in action AND for your support of CUT to YOU. ¬†Release after release I’m not only blown away by the lovely comments I get about the new designs but also by your support by purchasing them and using them on your projects!

Our  Facebook group is always full of inspiration because people like you share your makes, so THANK YOU!

Until next time,

Dad’s Awesome Little Helper | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CTY blog today!! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you as I’ve done something a little different with a cut file for this page. Without further ado, here is my creation

As you can see I have created a mixed media background without a cut file in sight!! But wait!! The cross stitch heart pattern in the background is indeed a cut file! It’s the¬†Stitch Geo Heart cut file and¬† I cut this on some paper that I won’t use and then using some modelling paste used it as a stencil! I did leave it over night to dry thoroughly as I knew I was going to add lots of water.

I’ve used my (brand new ūüėČ ) Distress Oxide sprays to add colour to the heart. I’ve simply sprayed a little colour, spritzed some water and between tipping my page and using a paint brush got the colour moving all over the heart and defining the heart shape. The colours I have used are Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. I’ve used a wet paint brush with clean water around the shape of the heart to fade out the colours.

Once the colours were dry I went back in with the nozzle of each of the colours and splattered away to my hearts content. You can see in this close up how you get the different colours coming through with each of those sprays and I just love it!

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the heart so I have used a pattern paper behind the square photo and then some white tissue paper behind both photos and stuck them together.

It was always obvious to me that the title of this page HAD to be “Dad’s Little Helper” so with that in mind I picked out some lettering and in the process found that “awesome” wood veneer painted in the perfect colour to go onto this page so added to my title coming up with “Dad’s Awesome Little Helper” – all the alphas are from my stash and all except the tiny foam ones are old!

I added in a couple of cut apart pieces from Elle’s Studio and then finished off the page with some yellow puffy hearts. I love the contrast of the yellow against all of those blues and greens!

This is a pair of older photos but I really do love going back and scrapping some of these older memories. There is a big part of me that is sad that this little dude is now so big, it just goes so fast; but it always makes me smile when I reminisce!

My “stencil” is still good for another use or even 2 as I only used it to apply some modelling paste and didn’t leave too much on the paper so you very may well see this same pattern pop up soon!

I do have a process video available for you as well, including how I created my stencil in Silhouette Studio. Just hit the button below and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be back again soon with another share!