Joy | Christmas Joy cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends! It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Christmas themed scrapbook layout featuring the awesome Christmas Joy cut file. As you can tell in my layout, I didn’t not use much of the cut file on my page at all! I ended up cutting most of it up and opting for just the one word title for this layout.

Christmas Joy cut file

I firstly cut the entire cut file out from white cardstock and then decided it was a little bit big for what I wanted it for. I did want to include a few embellishments on this layout so by cutting up the cut file, it allowed me to use some if the embellishments without making the page look too busy. I backed the cut file with a gorgeous red paper, I love how this makes the cut file stand out. I also love layering things on tip if cut files, I took one of the circle die-cuts and popped it up with foam tape in the centre of the ‘O’ of Joy.

I placed my photo slightly towards the left of my page and then layered the Joy title to the right of the photo, slightly overlapping onto the photo. Above the title I placed some ephemera pieces and an enamel dot. To the right of the title I placed a flair button, a heart and a phrase sticker. Below I added the Christmas title and also a pretty fabric bow. A few more phrase stickers added here also help tell the story.

Underneath my photo, I layered a cardstock frame, added a Charm’s Creatiom arrow to the left of the photo and layered a circle die cut on top. I pooped up the Fa La La La pennants with foam tape and adhered this at the bottom of the photo. Lastly I stamped the date sta pplpmp to finish my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

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Happy creating!

10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. We are about to kick off our Summer holidays here in Australia and with school finishing up, I’ve actually been ordering books for next year and planning out my daughters subject selections. It won’t be long before we are all talking about heading back to school, so if you’re looking for Fun and Easy School themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of school-themed photos to Scrapbook so let’s get you inspired!

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10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

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

#1 Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘School-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. You could replicate this layout with a photo from a simple moment on a morning before school. What a lovely reminder to the student in your family to inspire them throughout their day.

#2 Documenting Class and Teacher details. I love documenting big and small details of school life. For this layout, I wanted to document my daughters school teacher and class details, they are hidden away underneath the cut file I’ve used on the background of this page. Cut file is called ‘School Books‘ which I’ve cut nice and large and then backed with pretty pattern papers. You could add in all kinds of details behind your book here, it’s a great way journal or document details in your photo.

#3 Documenting Progress through the grades. It’s obviously important to document each grade your student is in, but I also believe it’s also good to document where they are on their school journey. I created the cut file featured here to be able to do just that. It is called ‘Grade School‘ and the idea behind this one is to have the word ‘Grade’ at the top in one pattern paper and then to highlight the appropriate number each year. This design really is one that can be used over and over to document progress though each year level at school. For this layout, I was also keen to document my husband taking pictures by our front door, this is a real family tradition we have run with, so the journalling on this layout will talk more about our daughters progress through the grades at school and how she has grown and developed.

#4 Documenting School Sports. For this layout, I wanted to document a sports award my daughter achieved. I was not able to attend the sports event, so I snapped a couple of pictures as soon as we arrived home, making sure to take a close up of her medallion. To help tell my story, I’ve used the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file design to replicate sports flags. For the title of my page I’ve used ‘Thickers’ to spell out the type of award she won.

#5 One for the Book lovers. There is no doubt that school life means a lot of reading and study. For my daughter, it also means a lot fun as she is real book worm. For this layout, I wanted to document a lovely moment she fell asleep reading with our pet cat. I actually created this SVG design for this very layout. It’s called ‘Book Lover‘ and consists of a title and some super fun books.

#6  Documenting Awards and Certificates. It’s not everyday that your little ones are awarded class prizes and certificates so these moments really are nice to document. It’s not always possible to get to the presentation so why not take a pic outside the class room to document this special achievement. This layout features our ‘Stars N Stripes‘ design and plays on the idea of being a SUPER Star!

#7 Selfie Love! There isn’t always someone handy to take a happy snap at school, so why not snap a quick selfie. I find the ones the kids take to be extra special. This fun photo was taken as a sneaky selfie in an open class parents were invited to attend to see student work. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers.

#8 School Adventures. Not all learning experiences happen at school. For my daughter, school camp in Year 6 was a big deal, exciting and scary all wrapped up in one. It was really important for me to document all of these feelings along with the details of the camp. This photo was taken in the early hours of the morning just before she boarded a bus, looking at this page brings back so many memories!! I’ve created a pretty floral cluster to embellish this page featuring cut file leaves, for my layers. This cut file design is called ‘Leaf Duo‘ and can extend floral die cut pieces in your stash beautifully. Pre-cut out a bunch of these, I know you’ll find them handy as you are creating.

#9 Schools out for Summer. This layout celebrates summer vacay!!! There is nothing quite like that moment when school is out and it’s time for some fun 🙂 The best students are those who know how to work hard and can also rest and enjoy the Summer break. Cut file featured here is our ‘Vacay Mode‘ title design.

#10 Sticking with tradition. For this layout, I’m featuring a photo that is a real family tradition. Each year on the first day of school, I photograph my daughter standing on the front step of our house. As it’s turned out, we have lived here her whole life and it is so lovely to see the same door and background in each photo and simply watch her grow! I’ve featured here an exclusive cut file from our CUT of the MONTH Members club called ‘Eucalyptus Wreath’. If you’re looking for more info on that you’ll find more info here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting school memories with SVG files, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

Apple Orchard Memories|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a layout using the Apples Sliced cut file from the shop.

I used all the pieces if the cut file, inking each one, to create “frames” to house my photos and titles.

I used coordinating Distress Oxide inks to color my apples. Once they were completely dry, I adhered them to my patterned paper background and layered up my photos and titles onto the apples.

A smattering of white sequins added the perfect finishing touch! You can grab this cut file in the SHOP along with oodles more to help you finish up your fall photos!

I also have a process video to share showing my layout process! Have A Lovely Day!

Autumn Walks | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my latest layout using the new Autumn Acorns cut file which you can find here in the shop. It is just perfect for my photo of us out on our regular walks around our local area during Autumn, love the trees changing colour!

I cut the Autumn Acorn cut file quite large as I wanted to make it a feature on my layout.

I backed all of of the cut file with patterned paper raised on sticky foam pads. But then wanted to really emphasise the acorns so filled the inner with lots of tiny gold star sequins and gold flat backed pearls. Love the sparkle it adds!

For my background I trimmed down a sheet of white cardstock, distressed the edges and stuck to a dark green patterned paper frame. Then I added a few stitches around each edge.

I sprayed a fine rose gold mist over the background so that it wasn’t too white on white.

From here it was pretty quick…. mounted my photo on a couple of coordinating patterned papers then stuck down with a couple of tags popping out of the top.

I added just a few leaf embellishments from Paige Evans Bungalow Lane collection, it didn’t really need much more as the cut file was like one large embellishment!

Then I finished off with my title and journaling.

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Happy Scrapping!

Crazy Cousin Crew | Tamara Buckler

Hello again scrappy friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing with you a fun little layout that I recently created. This one ended up with a very different vibe then what I expected… does that ever happen to you? Where your page just gets away from you?!?!? I had cut the Crazy Cousin Crew cut file from white cardstock, and then pulled my photos from a recent trip away with my niece, and then started pulling out brown/tan papers… and as they say, the rest is history!

I realised fairly quickly that my cut file in white was really not going to work with my colour scheme, and I am ummed and ahhed before I decided to go for a tea stained look… I mixed up some paints, mists and water until I got the right colour and consistency and applied a ‘wash’ to my cut file. I love the distressed and vintage look this gave the file, and the creamy colour really ties into my papers and embellishments.

I used some old papers from my stash, and mixed in some new Cocoa Vanilla studio ‘These Days’ collection pieces, applying the same wash to some black and white elements. I added in a gorgeous brown Charms Creation heart, and a little wooden button from CVS.

To finish off the page, I added some gold splatters, and sprinkled around some love hearts.

Thanks for stopping by again today, I hope you like this little bit different page!

Big Loves, Tam xo

CUT to YOU | Rose Garden Frame Cut File | Merry Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with my next share for you all featuring another stunning CUT to YOU cut file.

Yep, it’s a Christmas page using a NOT Christmas cut file!! I’ve used the gorgeous Rose Garden Frame cut file released a couple of months ago and I just LOVE how it came together!

As you can see on my page I have actually flipped this cut file so that my page “reads” more top left to bottom right. I chose this gorgeous cut file as I had recently received the stunning new Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Joyful” collection and I just knew that the colours and patterns in that would work beautifully to back the cut file!

I’m working on textured white cardstock with a pattern paper border from the collection – “Tis The Season” – and some gold stitching to add some texture and a beautiful border to pull it all together.

I used the flip the cut file and pattern paper over, trace, cut and glue to back my cut file and, like I said before, just LOVE how beautiful this looks!

I did some very simple mixed media in my background using a flat paint brush and 2 colours of Distress Oxide – Abandoned Coral & Candied Apple – to add a texturey painty finish to my background. And, of course, some gold splatters with Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine.

WIth my cut file taking up so much real estate on the page the rest of my page came together super quickly!!
I layered my title over the bottom of my photo and added a few small pieces to add interest.
Another small cluster to the top right of my photo and then some of the gorgeous puffy gold stars to round out my page.

This cut file is just beautiful and I am so, so glad that I picked this one to work with. I think it just goes to show how verstile cut files can be and that we can really use them in so many different ways! Make sure to check this one out along with all of the gorgeous florals Gwen creates over in the CUT to YOU shop!

If you’d like to see this page come together hit that play button below!! I hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!

But First Hot Cocoa | Ali Skifton

Happy weekend my fellow scrapbookers! It is Ali here with you today sharing a cozy winter layout. Snow is on it’s way in Wisconsin and I am ready for the Hot Cocoa Season.

I used the Simple Stories collection Holly Days to back up the cut file. I used the same paper for the title and embellished the center of my letters with enamel dots. I added a cute hot cocoa mug die cut to the top of the title.

I had so much fun with the hot cocoa mug. I backed it with cute pink, red and white stripe paper and used white glitter paper for the whip cream. I just love the sparkle it gives to the cut file. I embellished my mug with a poinsettia and layered a cute bear with a candy cane in his hand on top of the mug.

As always, I added foam tape to the back of the cut file and gave the layout some dimension. I tucked part of the title and hot coca mug into the snow I made out of glitter paper. It gives the layout a cozier feeling.

Well I am going to make myself a cup of hot cocoa and sit by a fire. Thanks for joining me today and happy creating!

Love, Ali xoxo

CUT to YOU | Hello Autumn | Skeleton Leaf Duo Digital Cut File | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest post for CUT to YOU. If you are signed up to the CUT to YOU Newsletter, you have got the Skeleton Leaf Duo cut file for free. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? 😉

I’d like to show you how I have used this Freebie cut file. I really love to create fall layouts, and this Skeleton Leaf Duo cut file was perfect to make many colourful leaves.

First I traced 9x the Skeleton Leaf Duo cut file on a 12×12″ white cardstock. After cutting it, I left them on the cutting mat and started to colour them with some Catherine Pooler ink pads. I used the colours: Limoncello, Lemongrass, Sauna, Catching Rays, Orange Peel, Mandarin Spice, Rouge, Sage, Eucalyptus, Green Tea.

I mixed the colours, trying to copy real leaves.

When I was ready with the 18 leaves, I got them off the cutting mat, and arranged them on a white cardstock. I wanted to make a circle background for my photo. I really love how the paper leaves match the colourful leaves on the photo.

I put the green leaves around my photo, and the others in the next row of the circle. Then I started to embellish my layout using many stickers from the Late Afternoon collection of Amy Tangerine.

I also added some chipboards of ScrapUp Scrapbook, I think they match these cut files and the autumnal colour sheme perfectly.

Finally I added the title and some more embellishments to finish up my page.

I hope you liked my inspiration. If you didn’t get this cut file in the Newsletter, you can also buy it in the CUT to YOU shop here. Check out the other fall cut files in the Autumn and Fall section.

**European customers – visit the Etsy shop of CUT to YOU to get these amazing cut files!**

Heart | Daisy Sprig Cut File | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am so happy to be sharing another project with you today. I wanted to take things back to basics a little and circular designs have always been a go-to for me. So for this layout I chose to work with the Daisy Sprig Cut File.

To see how I created this layout in more detail, you can take a look at my process video below.


Here are a few more close up images of the completed layout.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by the blog today. I hope you have a great day!

Beautiful | Michelle Gallant

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using the Triangle Stacked Background file and the Indigo & Ivy collection from Pink Paislee.

There’s just something I really like about geometric shapes on a layout. I’m not quite sure what it is but they seem so easy to create with! I backed the triangles with pattern paper and ran a row of stitching on them. I used the same paper for each row so it didn’t become too busy.

I kept the embellishments simple on this layout because I didn’t want to hide too much of that beautiful background. My photo, title and a few pieces of ephemera and chipboard was all it needed!.

You can find more cut file inspiration on our facebook group CUT to YOU HQ

Thanks for stopping by!