Rebeca Ruiz back on the blog today. Hope you are having a great day! I’m happy to share with you a very colorful layout I made using a cut file and mixed media. The best part is I recorded the process of making this layout, and you can see it at the end of this post. As a scrapbooker for many years, I love to photograph everything; not only my family, but also things that can bring me some memories of a special day, meal, or moment. The sad part is that usually I scrapbook the photos of my family and leave behind all those other photos. Thankfully, this is not the case in this layout, for which I used a photo of a mojito to remember my husband and I’s anniversary lunch at the beach.

The inspiration for this layout came from this beautiful cut file from Cut To You by Gwen, who invited me to be the guest designer for today. The name of this cut file is “Tropical Punch”. As soon as I saw it, I remembered this photo, and this is the result.

To create this layout, the first thing I did was back the cut file using papers from Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The colors of this collection are bright and happy, which is the perfect combination for this page. I used the papers in the 6″ x 8″ pad because the patterns are small, which is great for backing cut files. 

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a Then, I continued working with the background. For that, I prepared a white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. When it was ready, I added spray paint in the middle area, like a circle, trying to leave the borders white. The paint I used was “Well Blue Me Down” by Shimmerz. When the paint was dry, I used a bubble stencil and Distress Oxide inks in “Salvaged Patina” and “Peacock Feathers” to create the pattern on top of the blue paint using the tone on tone technique. This will give the page a visual texture, but since I love to feel different textures in my layouts, I decided to use a clear paste in some areas of the background.

When the background was dry, I cut the white cardstock to 11″ x 11″ and matted it on a red cardstock that measures 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″. Then, I added the cardstock to a frame made out of the floral paper. I did this to stretch the paper, since the interior part can be used in another project. To secure all the papers and achieve a nice finish and more texture, I machine stitched a white border around the layout.

Now, it is time to add the cut file and photo to the layout. For the top part of the cut file I used foam tape, but in the inferior area I used liquid adhesive. To give the photo area more color, I matted it using three different papers from the collection. I started with the woodgrain, then the red one, and finally the yellow floral. I distressed the edges of the papers and tore some notches in the yellow paper.

The title used is from the collection, but I wanted to add something else. This is why I stamped the words “to us” in one of the die cut cards using a stamp set from Elle’s Studio’s. The inks used are from Pink Fresh Studio “Fiesta Blue” and StazOn “Jet Black”.

When all the basic elements of the layout were ready, I started with the fun part: embellishing the page. For that, I used die cuts, puffy stickers, stickers, wood buttons, fussy cut flowers, sequins, and micro beads. To have a layout with dimension, I always use foam tape in some of the embellishments. In this layout, you can see the flowers don’t look flat, and it is because I added foam tape in some of them. You can have a better look at this in the video. 

In the next photos you can appreciate the micro beads used in the center of the cut file flowers. Also, you can see the sequins in the fussy cut flowers, the puffy flowers, and clear stickers (pink flower and tiny hearts) used to create the cluster around the cut file.

This is a layout full of texture. In the next photo you can appreciate the texture of the clear paste, the wood button, the puffy heart between “to us”, the tiny fussy cut flowers, the glitter of the foam title, and everything I added to the cluster in the title area.

To At the end, I added two words stickers to the right side of the photo. 

If you want to see the process video for this layout, watch it here. 

I love how this layout turned out because is very colorful, happy and has lots of flowers and textures. I hope you like it as much as I do and it inspires you to craft!


Caution-Dog Cant Control His Licker |Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a layout featuring the Crossword Background1 cut file. I was so excited to use this cut file and play with the crossword element.

I had so much fun, playing with this cut file. I cut an offset shadow layer to place behind the file for a bit of pop and contrast. I love how the dark green contrasts with my woodgrein background.

I used my stamps for my title. Once I had the title and photo in place, I just chose a few spots for some embellishments. I didnt want to add too much on top of my cut file so I stuck to three main clusters and kept them small…with three pops for that dark green that is in the shadow layer to make everything cohesive.

Have A Lovely Day!

Tee Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my latest layout I’m using the Rock Star cut file that you can find here in the shop. I think it is a a really versatile cut file that can be used for all sorts of photos…. so it was perfect for the photo of my husband and his best mate playing golf on a weekend away, they are superstars after all!

Firstly I backed the large star on the cut file using a patterned paper from my stash, and then backed all the other stars using vellum. Both the patterned paper and vellum were raised on foam pads to add dimension.

I cut my white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ (29cm) and distressed the edges and then stuck it to a patterned paper frame. Then I placed the Rock Star cut file onto the background and once I was happy with the position I roughly marked in pencil where it sat so that I could add my mixed media in the right place! I used three different Distress Oxides inks that coordinated with the checked patterned paper and applied them using the packaging technique in the three areas that would show beneath the small stars of the cut file. Once it was dry I added splatters of the same coloured inks and once that was dry I then splattered it all over with white paint.

I also added splatters to some of the small inner stars from the cut file so that they coordinated with the smooshy background.

Once it was all dry I stuck down the backed Rock Star cut file. I then added the individual stars (after distressing the edges) curving up the points slightly and only sticking them down in the centres.

Then I added my square photo that had been mounted to another coordinating patterned paper.

I added a number of word embellishments around the photo but it didn’t need much as I wanted to showcase the cut file and mixed media background. A few Bramble Fox star Perspextives of matching colours were added in and around the cut file stars.

And of course I finished off with a title and some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! And if you are shopping from Europe then drop by the Etsy Store. Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on a fab free cut file each month! And don’t forget to share your layouts with us over at CTY HQ on Facebook or tag us on Instagram using @cut_to_you, we love to see what you create with all the fab cut files!

Happy Scrapping!


Rebeca Ruiz on the blog today. Hope you are having a wonderful day! I’m very happy to share with you a beautiful and elegant layout I made for my daughters using two cut files from Cut to You by Gwen. A few weeks ago, Gwen invited me to be a guest designer for today and October 26. I was very happy because I love her cut files, especially the florals and titles, so I immediately accepted. Here is the first layout I designed for her. I also recorded the process of creating this layout and you can find it at the end of this post. 

In this layout I used two of her designs: the Floral Note Card, and the “Grateful for You” title. If you haven’t checked her cut files, go and visit her shop, I’m sure you are going to find something special for your projects. The papers and embellishments used are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio “These Days” collection.

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a layout about my daughters since they are my biggest blessing and scrapbooking of them always makes me happy and inspires me. After choosing the files and cutting them in white cardstock, I backed them using patterned papers from “These Days”. 

When the Floral Note Card file was backed, I added the photo. You can see in the video that the photo was a bit larger than the frame, so I used a scissor to remove the excess and leave the white border around it clean. Once it was ready, I added the file to the beautiful background paper which has all the mixed media work done, helping me scrapbook this photo quickly.

However, I wanted to enhance the “Grateful” word in the title. For that, I cut the inside letters of the word using my cutting machine, this way I was sure the cut was clean and will fit perfectly in the cut file. Once they were ready, I used foam adhesive to add them to the layout.

After adding the cut file to the page, most of the work was done. Only a few details were needed to finish this layout. For that, I added flowers to the frame using the floral die cuts from the collection, as well as flowers that I fussy cut from the floral paper. I know many people don’t like to fussy cut, but I enjoy and love it; maybe this is why I love the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections so much. They always have some papers that can be fuzzy cut for embellishing. When I purchased the collection, the first thing I did was fuzzy cut one of the butterflies paper, one of the cards and banners paper, and one of the florals paper, including the tiny flowers the paper have. Then, I used resealable bags to store the cut outs, this way I’ll have them on hand when I work with the collection.

To add dimension to my layout, I added some elements using liquid adhesive and others with foam adhesive. This is a technique I always use to make the page more interesting. 

In the next photo you can see the flowers I added to the Floral Note Card file. I used all the colors in the collection and mixed the flowers designs. The tiny flowers were not the easiest to fuzzy cut, but they are worth the effort because they look amazing in the page and add a special touch. Since they are so small, I used liquid adhesive to add them to the page.

You can also appreciate the colorful leaf vines that I added to the frame. They were also fussy cut from the floral paper and, by adding it, the cut file was enhanced.

To balance to the layout, I added a few florals to the bottom corner, using fuzzy cut flowers. When everything was glued, I added gold splatters using Shimmerz Miner, Miner 49er paint diluted in water.

The journaling was printed in white cardstock, then I cut it in thin strips and added them to the layout using liquid adhesive. Now, after looking at the layout and feeling that something was missing, I added a clear sticker that looks like a paint brushstroke behind the word “for” and a puffy butterfly on top of it and the cut file.

Then, I added another of the clear paint  brushstroke sticker behind the floral envelope I used to embellish the title. In this area, I added a tab in the border of the photo and two puffy words, also the floral envelope using foam tape in the top of it. Finally I embellished the envelope with a puffy butterfly and a clear “x” sticker. 

You can see the process video for this layout here and remember to give it a like if you enjoy and/or learn something from this layout. It is always nice to know that people appreciate the effort we put in sharing videos and our work.

Thanks for your visit, I hope you like this layout as much as I do and it inspires you to craft! 


June Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hello there scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing this sweet layout I created of my new baby niece. I have decided to use an 8.5 x 11 format for her pages so I can gift them to her parents in a binder, so you might start to see a few of this type of layout from me.

I have cut the Month Stack cut file from white card stock as I felt it would be a cute for a ‘birth announcement’ type layout. I have treated this file really simply, just backing the June portion of the file to document baby’s birth month.

I adhered the cut file directly to my background, which is quite busy, but I wasn’t worried about losing the focus on the file, I really just wanted ‘June’ to pop.

I also clustered my photos and embellishments around ‘June’ so as to create a visual triangle that kept it at its centre.

There are lots of baby specific cut files and bundles in the store, and I’m sure you’ll see me use plenty in the coming months. The file I’ve used today actually isn’t one of them, but I love how versatile the CTY files can be, so make sure you have a good luck around the CTY store!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

CUT to YOU | “Happy Halloween” cut file | Happy Halloween | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends, thanks for stopping by today to see my latest creation!!

I have a super fun page to share with you guys today using the “Happy Halloween” cut file that was released last month.

I simply had to cut this one in black and cut it BIG!! One of the great things about cut files like this one, especially when they are cut big is that the page comes together pretty quickly and easily!!

I’ve used some holographic paper (in fact, it was a US sized envelope which I know I’ll never ever use!) to back the title part of my cut file and also as a layer behind my photo.

I’ve gone with very traditional Halloween colours for this – yes, that’s green, orange and purple – as they really helped my photo and cut file POP!
Fun fact – just as red, yellow and blue (our primary colours) make a great colour combo, so too do green, orange and purple – did you know they are all of the 3 secondary colours?!?

I love this photo of my boys, it totally sums them and their relationship up!! I mean, check out the look my little guy is giving the big one lol

Not long now until I get to caputure some new Halloween memories, this is something I look forward to every year. We walk around our suburb for at least an hour but more like 2 and just have fun! Do you celebrate Halloween??

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and as always, there is a video below if you wish to see my page come together. Sit back and enjoy and I’ll see you soon with my next share for CUT to YOU! Keep your eyes peeled for this fun cut file to feature on a page from me 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Sleep, Snack, Snap, Scrap! | Ali Skifton

Hello! It is Ali here with you today sharing a fun layout using this awesome Sleep Snack Snap Scrap Cut File cut file that honors our hobby and passion. Erica and I had so much fun at her holiday crop that she puts on every year and this cut file covers everything we did that weekend including our Starbucks run!

Since it was a Christmas crop I wanted to use the new Simple Stories Make It Merry collection. I backed each word of the cut file with a different holiday pattern paper and used the enamel brads to highlight each word. I decorated around the cut file and on top of some of the letters with stickers and enamel brads.

I printed four different pictures of us taken that weekend that went with each word of the cut file. I double matted the four pictures and added a few more stickers on top of them. I also added a grouping of some stickers and flair from Scrappin Happy Studio on the bottom of the page.

I had so much creating this fun layout that documents our passion for this great hobby! I have met so many great people through this hobby and it brings me much joy that I can share my creations with all of you!

Love, Ali xoxo

CUT to YOU | Wowza! | Jack o’lantern Digital Cut File | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest post for CUT to YOU. Halloween ist just right around the corner, and although it is not a traditional celebration in Hungary, we do carve pumpkins as a decoration. Since my daughter is big enough, she likes to help. These photos were taken 2 years ago, and she was very proud of her self-designed pumpkin 🙂

For my layout I used the Jack o’lantern digital cut file of CUT to YOU.

I’ve been really inspired by Belinda Jane’s post from September, where she describes in a video how to make a stitching file from a regular cut file. I decided to try this with the Jack o’lantern cut file. I let my Silhouette Cameo cut the stitching holes and hand-stitched the cut file. It took some hours, but I really like the look of it. The distance of the holes is not always the same, but if needed I could make a hole with my needle.

When I was ready with the stitching, I matted my photos with some patterned papers from the Hey Pumpkin collection of Crate Paper. I also added a border from a patterned paper of this collection. I placed my photos diagonally, and watercoloured the background of the photos with some Catherine Pooler ink pads (colours: Catching Rays, Orange Peel).

I added some chipboard pieces from the Hey Pumpkin collection, but found that my layout needs some more decorations. I had an older clear stamp set of Lawn Fawn in my stash, so I decided to make some pumpkins. I stamped the images of the Pick of the Patch stamp set on a smooth cardstock with the Midnight Premium Archival Ink of Catherine Pooler, and coloured them with a watercolor brush pen using some Catherine Pooler ink pads (colours: Catching Rays, Orange Peel, Mandarin Spice and Sage).

I also stamped some phrases from the Pick of the Patch stamp set of Lawn Fawn, and added some multicoloured leaves from the same stamp set as the last touch.

Would you try to stitch a cut file instead of backing it? Wether or not, you should head on to the CUT to YOU shop and grab some Halloween cut files, if you have not yet 😉

**European friends, you can find all the CUT to YOU cut files in the Etsy shop of CUT to YOU! You can find the Halloween cut files here**

Jack + Sally | Halloween 1 Cut File | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I’m so happy to be sharing another spooky layout with you this month. For this project, I used just one component from the Halloween 1 Cut File to create a fun base to build my layout fromt.

I have been loving the departure from my standard white cardstock cut files and the dynamic contrast that using black cardstock for my cut files is contributing to my Halloween layouts. To see how I created this layout in more detail, please go ahead and check out 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 today. I hope you have a great day!

Happy Halloween | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Halloween themed layout. I chose the awesome Happy Halloween title cut file enlarging it slightly in the Silhouette Studio software and cutting it out from light blue cardstock for something a little different.

Happy Halloween cut file

I teamed the cut file with the Goosebumps collection by Pretty Little Studio, backing the Happy word with one patterned paper and the Halloween word with another. I then adhered the cut file to a grid style patterned paper background. I tucked my photo in to the top right of the cut file overlapping the Halloween word at the bottom.

On the web part of the cut file, I layered a colourful web die-cut and a punched out circle word on top of the web using foam tape. I added a few enamel dots around the page and also some stickers and phrases to help tell the story. I love to overlap embellishments on top of cut files as it draws focus and adds interest.

I kept the embellishing fairly simple on this layout as I felt the cut file makes a great statement on my page and I did not want to cover it up. A Halloween page would not be complete without a spider added, the die-cut one at the top of the page fits in so well as it balances with the web at the bottom of the cut file.

Do you normally document Halloween? If so make sure you check out the CUT to YOU store for all the amazing Halloween cut files for your crafting!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy creating!