Take Photos | Michelle Stokes

Hello scrappy friends its Michelle here today. I have a new layout to share with you all featuring some of our brand new floral designs released this month. I’ve used both the Floral Bouquet set and Floral Bouquet frame to create this sweet layout of Leila on her 1st birthday.

I chose both the frame and individual bouquet set to combine together as I wanted to layer the larger florals over the top of the frame and create something similar to a shadow box. To do this I enlarged the frame to just over 9 inches in silhouette studio and erased the outer edge border so that it created a larger inner frame around the page. I resized the large floral from the bouquet set to a slightly smaller size than the largest floral piece of the frame then cut all the pieces out on white cardstock.

I cut the separate piece of florals twice so that I could make use of both the flowers and leaf stems in different ways. Once I had all the pieces cut individually I backed the main frame and extra flowers vellum and left the extra leaf stems untouched

I adhered the extra flower pieces to the frame using tiny amounts of foam tape and bent the leaf stems for extra dimension before adhering with tacky glue.

I chose a super sweet photo of Leila from her first birthday and brought it all together with the stunning Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the floral cut files

I layered the cardstock frame with a floral wreath pattern paper to make it look like one big cluster of florals and tucked in extra ephemera to compliment the cut files

I added a little extra piece to the edge of the photo that was from the bottom of the frame and would have been hidden from sight.

Lastly a massive splattering of gold colour shine and some enamel dots and I thought it was complete. I tried to work out a large title for the layout, but felt it would overpower the softness of the white on white cut files and all the pretty florals.

Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU HQ facebook group and share all the things you love about CTY. Also be sure to pop by the shop and check out all the new cut files HERE.

As always, happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

‘Lego Boy” Kirei

Hey Creatives!  Gwen with you back on the blog today to share the last project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin and I think I might have left the best until last, I just love this cut file and what she has done with it! #legorules

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Here is what Kirei said about her project:

This is such a fun cut file and I knew I had to use this as I had the perfect photo of my husband posing proudly with his finished Lego London bus! I mainly used papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Boys Rule’ collection to back the Lego Boy cut file which I then stuck to my layout. I cut a wavy piece of green patterned paper that I used as something to stand him on as he looked like he was floating otherwise! I added the one photo that I just tucked into the side of the cut file and then finished off with some matching embellishments and alphas from my stash. The finishing touch was the cute bow that was perfect on my Lego Boy!

You can shop Lego Boy here, and Lego Girl here.

I’d also love to take a moment to sincerely thank Kieri for joining us as a guest this month and creating four wonderful projects.  It’s been so great to have her on the team.

Until next time,

LOVE Your Life | Rachel Lowe

Hey all Rachel here! Today I have a layout to share using the gorgeous cut file, the heart grid background

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I love this for two reasons, it is a grid design and it has a title included! I have used the new Heidi Swapp collection to create this layout.

Firstly I cut the whole cut file in white cardstock at 10×10 inches.  I the used the release compound function and separated the letters and hearts. I cut two each of the letters, one in pink and then the other in the black & white leopard paper. I slightly off set each when I added to the grid.

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Next I embellished the hearts, adding the paper heart with foam tape and then embellishing each one. I wanted my layout to have inspirational quotes to fit with the theme of my daughter.

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I next added paper pieces to the squares and continued the theme of using inspiration quotes and embellishments.

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To break up the white I added brightly coloured paper strips around the edges. You could of course add more photos to this layout, paperback behind the letters, cut in a coloured cardstock, the  creative possibilities are endless.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful creative week!

Rachel X

Guest Designer Mandy Miles

Hey Creatives!

Gwen back with you on the blog today sharing the second part of our special Guest designer Traveler’s Notebook feature!  As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve invited papercrafts dynamic duo Sue Plumb and Mandy Miles to share some of their latest Traveler’s Notebook spreads with us; so if you missed Sue’s share yesterday, be sure to catch that one too.

Today, you are in for a treat because Mandy has created three spreads and they are all fabulous.  First up, this super cute spread with her darling puppy featuring our ‘TN Heart Banner‘ cut file.

I just love how she has taken the time to back each heart in a different colour to create a pattern that coordinates with the colours in her photos.  So sweet!

Next up, we have a more geometric style design, this one featuring our ‘TN Faded Grid‘ file cut from white cardstock and then coloured in a funky grey using watercolours.  The beauty of our custom cuts is that they are all cut on white card, meaning you can colour or emboss to whatever colour you’d like.

I love how Mandy has used the top part on the left of her spread and the bottom on the right side of her spread, and the files work as the base for her embellishment clusters, it really helps everything come together for a cohesive look.

Last, but not least,  she’s pulled out the bold colours of America to document her trip with the ‘Together Documented‘ file.  You might also recognise the red heart in I heart NY and around her spread?… They are the insides of the hearts from the heart banner she used in her first spread, simply coloured red… very clever!

How cool does the file look over the top of this aerial view of the city!  Here you can really see how they work in the rectangle format for this style of creating.

I hope you have enjoyed the pages Sue and Mandy have shared, I love how very different they are, and how they have shown off the designs.  If you are a TN lover, I’d love to see your pages in the HQ group, or simply tag us #cuttoyou AND you can catch all of our Traveler’s Notebook designs here.

A big thank you to Sue and Mandy for joining us this month!

Until next time,

 

 

Guest Designer Sue Plumb

Hey Creatives!

I hope you are all doing well!  Gwen with you on the blog today with a special Guest designer Traveler’s Notebook feature!  I’ve invited papercrafts dynamic duo Sue Plumb and Mandy Miles to share some of their latest Traveler’s Notebook spreads with us and I just love what they have put together.   To date, we have over 30 different TN designs; each has been created specifically for the format of a standard Traveler’s Notebook and as you’ll see over the next two days, they really take a TN spread to the next level!

First up, Sue has created this SUPER fun spread using our ‘Superhero Page Builder‘ cut file.  Now, this one is not technically one of our TN designs, however, as you can see, it works so fabulously on this spread!  There are so many pieces to this file, and they can be sized to fit a TN so easily.

Sue has cut the elements from the file in black cardstock which really makes it pop off her spread!  This effect also means you don’t have to spend the time backing the files and that extra layer of paper adding bulk to your notebook.  I love how she has combined that black with the super bright red and yellow, definitely worthy of her twin Superheros!

See all of the Traveler’s Notebook designs here and be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what her sister Mandy makes!

Until next time,

 

LIVING THE DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you popping onto the blog today.  I have a new share with a file I’ve been meaning to work with for a while.  It’s called ‘Quad Frames’ and when I designed it, I had in mind the grid design scrapbook pages that I love the simplicity of.  Funnily enough, though, my first page working with it turned out to NOT be a grid design at all!

 

As I mentioned above, the idea for the page actually started with the cut file ‘Quad Frames‘, I had this one on my list for a while now to create with and had planned to make a grid design page.  I also had on my desk the latest collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios which I am crushing over right now, and this picture of my husband, daughter and myself in a helicopter flying over the Grand Canyon!  I have had this photo in my pile to create with for years now and just couldn’t get the colours to work, until ‘Unforgettable’ came along, it was a perfect match.

The Quad Frames design was cut as large as I could on the 12 x 12 cardstock. I then pulled out some Shimmerz watercolor paint.  I’ve coloured each block of the design in a new colour and initially was thinking of keeping the blocks and doing something in a tone on tone look for each square.  Pink elements on the pink block, green elements on the green block etc.

It was at this point that I realised that the photo was just too large (width ways) for that to work and I didn’t want to reprint smaller or crop it any further, so I changed plans.  I decided on a vertical design with the photo in the center of my page.  I mounted it on a pretty floral paper and stitched around the edge.  As always I’ve added stitching here too.  This same paper I’ve used for the outer edge of my page and added stitching around the edge as well.  I do this a lot because I feel it really pulls the elements of the page together.

Next, I stuck down the cut file keeping everything really centered and then added my photo on top.  I’ve then gone ahead pulling out lots of elements from the collection and adding pieces working from the top to the bottom of the page down the centerline.

I’ve just kept auditioning elements until I was happy, being careful to consider how the eye will be directed around the page and how all of the elements tie together.

I’d really loved the sentiment ‘Living the Dream’ because this America trip was a dream come true for me, I had always wanted to go to Disney Land and the Grand Canyon for a white Christmas and it was so good to be able to go and do that and give that gift to our daughter.  Lots of journaling on the back of this page for this one!

And that was the page done!  I love how the cut file frames the design for this one and that even though the page wasn’t what I had initially thought to do, I still love how it turned out.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

We Still Do | Sara Scraps

Hello!

Sara joining you today with a layout featuring one of the new release cut files –We Still Do.

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I have been married for almost 21 years, and while there are many, many cut files around for weddings and new loves, there are few that are creaed to document longer relationships…so I was over the moon excited to be able to create with this file and document a photo of my husband and I.

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I added some penwork detail and some sequins (I love sequins to the moon and back to add extra small details to a cut file!) to give the title a fairly prominant place on my layout. I wanted it to be easy to read and to catch your eye for sure! I usually like a cut file to take second place to my photo, but for some reason on this particular layout, I wanted the tirle/sentiment to ctch your eye first, and then move on to the photo.

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Head over to the SHOP and check out all the beautiful title options Gwen has. I have a process video up on my You Tube channel showing you all the details about the layout..you can find it here- https://youtu.be/S0BF_HjqcZo

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara Scraps

 

 

 

 

Happy B’Day | Bernii Grof

Hi there,

Bernii here with you today to share with you a new Travellers Notebook spread in my beloved TN that I picked up from IKEA. I love using this size and and format to memory keep in as the pages come together faster for me and more memories get recorded. So let me show my latest spread in my TN using the TN Speech Bubble cut file.

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I love this cut file and originally had the idea that I would use each speech bubble with some journaling of random tidbits from the day. Instead I decided to use it as a layering piece on the left hand side of the spread and teamed it with the new Pink Fresh collection ” Just a little lovely”.

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I love the extra layering piece that it gives to the spread and I still managed to get some journaling completed in a few of the bubbles. I decided to decorate over the the two pages and help balance out with the acetate gold foiled ephemera .

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Is this not one of the sweetest TN cut files you have seen?  I decided  not to back the cut file as I normally would as it was just a beautiful and subtle touch.

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If you would like to see more TN cut files follow THIS link to take you directly to the store where Gwen has created loads of different cut files to suit any theme or occasion.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Till next time

Bernii xx

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Watch Duty | Meggy Blethen

Hello friends!! I am back again today with a fun Halloween themed layout. For this one I thought it’d be fun to focus on my dog, Max. I love these photos of him watching the candy bowl as we waited for trick or treat-ers.

I used the Halloween 1 cut file for this layout.

I thought the word, ‘Boo’ was so cute and love the spider web. Here’s a look at my finished layout

I loved how the teal and orange colors popped off of the black patterned paper. I was glad I turned the photos black and white so that I could use whatever color papers to embellish.

The orange paper I used to back the cut files is actually from a birthday collection! Isn’t that funny? I just turned it upside down and at an angle so you couldn’t see the balloons and words printed. It worked out so well with this pretty teal paper as an accent. I aslo used some Shimmerz Paints Snow Storm spray mist.

I knew I wanted to have 3 clusters on this layout so when I cut out my files this time around I cut out 2 of the half spider webs. They worked perfectly as a base for each cluster.

I love using multiple photos and this cut file helped me cluster the photos along with the file on a grid and it looks so perfect!

I LOVE the font of the word ‘BOO’, but since this layout wasn’t really about Max being scared or scaring anyone I decided to not focus on it as part of the title. I did want to use sequins to outline each letter though. Sequins make everything better! 🙂

You can watch my process video below. Thank you so much for stopping by! Are you getting in the fall/Halloween mood and starting to scrap with these themes? We’d love to see your layouts over on the facebook group!

 

Not Every Superhero Wears a Cape | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing not 1 but 2 scrapbook pages! I have created a 12×12 scrapbook layout and an accompanying 6×12 page to add my journalling to.

I’m so excited today to be using the Superhero Page Builder Cut File for this project!! I just love, love, love this file and have had it cut for a little while until I found the “right” page to use it on! When I cut this I just enlarged the whole lot to fill a piece of 12×12 white card stock and a stuck all the pieces together in a zip lock bag!

This cut file has so many fun pieces and as much as I wanted to use every single piece on the page I restrained myself! I was going for a definite vibe which was not the traditional “Superhero” vibe. My boys are superheroes in my eyes. And I want them to know that they are seen and loved.

After adding lots of splatters to my background I used the same mists and paints (which were picked to match some sequins) to add colour to the action words that are also a part of this file! And add splatters to the bottom right hand corner of the 6×12 paper I was intending to use.

Next I started with building my title using the big “Superhero” piece from the cut file. I’ve backed this with one piece of pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also pulled in some glittery silver alphas from my stash as I knew there were silver elements in the other collection I chose for this page.

From the get go I wanted to create 2 shaker pockets for these pages. One is here in the word hero. I love this cute and fun little addition to the title!

And the other ended up on the other page. Though to start with the plan was for it be on the 12×12. I love how this adds some continuity from one page to the other! Oh, especially with the addition of the same alphas!

I added in some paper layers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule 6×8 paper pad. This added in some extra pops of colour and matched the title. With such a dark background paper it also helps to pop the photo from the page.

To finish off this page I added in a few stickers to either side of the photo. I loved the “Go Forth” sentiment on the tree so embraced adding trees! A couple of little extras to the top of my photo cluster – one says love this and the other says be true to you. Finally I sprinkled some tiny silver star stickers, some puffy heart stickers and some of the sequins all around.

Which brings me to the final steps of finishing off my journalling page. You can see I’ve stitched down the words (again, repeating an element from the other page) and stuck my star shaker down the bottom in that cluster also.

I really love how this cluster came together! I have plenty of room to write still and I have enough on this page that (to me at least lol) it is obviously a companion to the other. If I do run out of room on this 6×12 sheet I do still have the other half of this paper that I can write on too. My journalling is not yet done. I have a vague idea floating in my head of what I want to say. But I’m pretty sure the journalling will be a letter from a Mumma to her babies and personal. A message I don’t want them to miss because it’s hidden away so into a 6×12 page protector and straight into an album.

As always I have a process video for you today. You can watch most of my process and if you have any questions please leave them on the video and I can get back to you ASAP! I do hope you enjoy!

That is me done for September, I’m off to cut some October cut files!! Oh la la! Gwen has done another spectacular job of designing fun and beautiful cut files for us to play with! Make sure, if you are not already a subscriber to the newsletter (FYI, you get FREEBIES!!) click here and pop in your email addy! And head over to this section in the store for all the NEWEST files! Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel