Go See Do | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!!

I’m back today sharing another fun layout, this time featuring the Go See Do Cut File from our Travelers Notebook collection.

Some of you may have noticed that my style swings wildly from girly, to clean, to grunge – and I think this is one of the reasons why I love CUT to YOU so much – the Files work no matter what!

So today I’m sharing with a Travelers Notebook File that I have used on quite a grungy 12×12 layout. I have enlarged the file in Silhouette Studio, and then cut it out of black cardstock.

I backed the File with a textured ombré paper from Pink Fresh Studios, and popped the whole thing up on foam tape. I secured the File to the background on a bit of an angle, which creates a bit of interest against the text heavy background.

I’ve layered up two 3×3 photos and tucked them alongside the Cut File, nestling them in around the letters without covering too much of the File. With so much impact going on with the Cut File and background paper, I kept my embellishments to a minimum.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout. Make sure you pop over to the shop and check out all the new Cut Files – and if you haven’t already sign up for the newsletter because I hear there is big stuff coming in December 😉

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely 😉 ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel

Cheeky | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! Rachel on the blog today, sharing a fun layout.

Today I am using the Dashed Circle Background cut file.

I cut the cut file from white cardstock with my Silhouette.

I then matted the white background on red, and then blue cardstock.

I added some soft yellow water colour around the page to soften the starkness of the white cardstock.

I just love the impact of this cut file, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

The chipboard ‘cheeky’ word and the monkeys were a perfect title for my little man.

I added a small cluster of embellishments and my journaling circle right in the middle of the circle cut file, drawing the eye into the centre of the circle.

I finished off with some black splatters.

Don’t forget to check out what’s new in the shop.

Keep your eyes peeled for some very exciting things happening here on the blog in December!

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Cut Files

Hey Creatives,

Gwen with you on the blog today, I hope you are well.   I get asked all of the time about what I would recommend to anyone looking at getting an electronic die cutting machine for the first time.  There is a lot of info out there and it can be overwhelming, so, today I thought I’d share my personal recommendations for starting out; what you DO and don’t need.  Here are my 5 essentials, get these and you’re ready to get creating!

First things first, you need a cutting machine!

My recommendation will always be a Silhouette and in particular a Cameo.  I personally cut with a Cameo 3 however there is a new model recently released –  Cameo 4.  I haven’t heard enough reviews at this stage to confidently recommend the Cameo 4, but I’d definitely recommend the Cameo 3.    You can see the Cameo 3 features here.  I’ve found specifications for the Cameo 4 here.  You will want to have a think about the types of projects you will be working on to make your choice.  Currently, the Cameo 3 is doing a stellar job of meeting the needs of CUT to YOU and myself.

Also, you will need a computer of some sort as well as the FREE Silhouette Studio Software which you can download here.  A great idea is to download the software before you even buy a machine and have a play.  Check out the features and see if its right for you.

Next, cutting mats.  Now if you are under warranty, you should not use anything but genuine Silhouette parts.  Doing so will void your warranty!  Once you are out of warranty, I’d recommend the Universal Crafts 12 x 12 inch sticky Cutting Mats.  Currently, these are $6.99 compared to the Silhouette mats at $17.99, so a great cost-saving especially if you are cutting a lot like I do!

Next, blades.  Now, this is tricky because I’m still on the fence about the auto blade.  Cameo 3 and 4 now work with an automatically adjusting blade called the Autoblade (Side note! **The Cameo 4 auto blade is different to the Cameo 3 auto blade) and in theory, it’s great in that you don’t have to adjust the blade to different settings for your different materials.  My experience though is that it is fickle… it’s very sensitive and I have had a couple last only a few weeks!  I pretty much only cut on white card so I don’t need to adjust blade settings much at all, so, I’m personally thinking of switching back to the Premium blade.  The Auto blade is $17.99 and the Premium Blade $26.99 but the Premium blade does last 3 times as long as the regular blade.  Deep cutting and fabric blades are also available, you don’t need these to start… but hey, if you are feeling adventurous go for it!

Next up.. Accessories.  The only one I think you 100% need is the scraper.  You can buy them individually or as part of a tool kit.  The weeding tools are handy if you are planning on cutting vinyl but if your machine is just for papercraft, you absolutely don’t need them.  The scraper, on the other hand, is a must-have to help get your files off that sticky mat.

And lucky last cardstock…  I have been using American Crafts basic cardstock but I am considering changing over to their new Precision option once I’m out of my current stock.  I am getting some issues with the paper splitting as I pull it off my cutting mat and I’ve heard this will fix that.  You can see more about that here.  I’ll update with my thoughts once I’ve had a chance to fully trial the Precision card.  Remember too you can cut on any pattern paper as well which is always a really nice effect.  My favourite pattern paper to use are by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Pink Fresh Studio – both beautiful quality and nice and thick.

And that’s it… the 5 things you need to start cutting your own digital cut files.

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU Newsletter.  Every 2 weeks I send everyone on the list a FREE digital cut file.  Not on the list? You can sign up here.

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

Oh What Fun | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle back here today with my 2nd share for November and boy am I excited about this one! I got myself into the Christmas spirit well and truly with this cut file and I absolutely LOVE how it all came together.

I’ve used the Christmas Tree Row from last months release after being inspired by a layout made by our one and only Boss Lady, Gwen. I increased the size of the design in Silhouette Studio and cut it out on white cardstock before cutting the design in half to layer under the photo I chose.

Our cheeky house Elf gave us a not so subtle hint to decorate the tree last year and Leila thought it was hilarious! I chose the collection I’ve used based solely on the colours from the photo, which are all very bright and christmasy.

I’ve used 6×6 papers from the Merry Little Christmas collection by Pebbles to back all the trees. I adhered the tree cluster to the left of the photo using foam tape, then did the same with the trees on the right. The photo is popped up slightly higher using a piece of foam sheet. I didn’t layer any more pattern papers under the photo as I felt it looked best without

I added gold and silver glitter paper to the stars on top of the trees, adhered with tiny staples, then layered a second star on top of the first to give them a little extra dimension

I kept the embellishing very simple with just a couple of ephemera pieces and a gold puffy letter title. The red HOHOHO strip was from the bottom of the candy stripe paper that I used to matt the white cardstock within the wash tapes layered bottom right of the photo are from the same collection.

Well thats all from me today. Short and sweet, but so much fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to pop into the CUT to YOU HQ to share the love of all things CTY and don’t forget to tag us on instagram when you’ve created with our files.

Until next time, happy scrapping
Michelle x

You are Pretty Amazing | Marie Hirst

Hi there CUT to YOU friends! It’s Marie here and today I have a super sweet layout to share with you! I used the new ‘You are Pretty Amazing’ cutfile for this one and I LOVE it! You’ll find it here in the shop.

And here’s the cutfile:

First of all, I cut the cutfile from white cardstock. I resized it so that it was ten inches across. I then used some of the turquoise shades of cardstock from the Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection to back the cutfile. I propped the whole cutfile up on adhesive foam to add some dimension to the page.

I then made the hearts into tiny little shaker pockets filled with sequins!

I matted the photo of my son as a baby on white cardstock and then on a couple of the other papers from the Happiness range. I then added some of the beautiful die-cut flowers from the same range.

For final touches, I added the word lovely down the side of the photo, three fussy-cut butterflies and some splatters of white paint. I also made a small tear in the top and bottom of the layout to add some of the heart paper, that I used for matting, peaking out.

If you’d like to watch how it all came together, there’s a process video here:

And don’t forget to check out all the new releases in the shop here!

Until next time, keep creating!

Marie x

Be Happy | Roses and Frames | Rachel Lowe

Hey Cut to You friends! Today I have a layout featuring one of the new super pretty floral cut files, Roses and Frames

I have used the new collection by Heidi Swapp Honey & Spice collection which is just beautiful!52D32A21-CA8F-431D-9BBA-3027028CEF2D

I decided I wanted to use a 3×3 inch photo, so re sized the cut file so the frame would fit my photo. I centred this on my white cardstock but did not glue down the leaves so they would give the appearance of movement on my page.

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I paper pieced the two roses and leaves by using the ‘Release Compound’ function (Silhouette Cameo) which allows you to seperate the rose petals/leaves and cut, which means your roses will look perfect!

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I then attached my photo with foam tape to create height on my layout and ensure your eye would be drawn to it.

The second frame I created an embellishment cluster which reflected the theme of my photo/layout. Again I foam taped some of the elements which allowed me to tuck some under. This is where I took the opportunity to add a sub title and word sentiments (my form of journalling for this layout).

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I added a second embellishment cluster to the right of my photo, adding some more word sentiments, a gorgeous bird die cut finished off with some tiny glitter hearts and a word sentiment tab at the top of my photo.

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Lastly I added my title ‘Be Happy’ with foam tape and to break up the white I added some light splatters of gold spray.

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You of course could add two photos and create embellishment clusters to each side of the frames.

And there you have it one super pretty layout where most of the work is done for you in regards to design with this gorgeous cut file.

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Thank you for stopping by and see you later in the month where I will be sharing some Christmas Tags in preparation for Christmas, there is nothing more fun than creating your own Christmas wrapping and tags!

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Always Remember / Bernii Grof

Hi , Bernii here with you today sharing a layout that I have created using the #ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS word title cut file. I LOVE using the title cut files as the main feature on my layouts and once again Gwen has created a new collection of goodies to add to your layouts. So let me show you what I have created.

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This layout came together super easy once I choose which title to use. There are SO many to choose from and it really does make pulling a layout together  easy.  For this layout I decided to back the title with bright patterned papers from the Shimelle collection          ” Sparkle City”

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When cutting out the backing pieces for the title I always keep the cut out pieces from the original cut and use the letters separately to help me easily trace and cut each individual letter. I then attach those pieces to the cut file to back it. This helps me to save my scissors getting gunked up with glue.

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I also find by cutting out the letters separately means that I am not going to run the risk of accidentally cutting into the cut file as I am trimming off the excess paper .

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I love the simplicity of this layout and how this cut file title does all the “talking” a such for me. Remember if you would like to see this cut file or more similar ones make sure you check out the store HERE.

 

Till next time much love

Bernii xx49348536_10218154871682138_6382173161059778560_o

Totally Pawsome / Sara Scraps

Hello Hello! I’m here today with a layout featuring the Totally Pawsome Page Builder

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I kept my layout quite simple-thats the wonderfulness of a Page Builder file…everything you need to put a page together! I used a large (6X6) photo and the only extra embellushments on my page were some epoxy flair…easy peasey!

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My whole layout took less then an hour..woohoo! Head over to the Cut To You shop and check out all the Page Builder files!

Oh, and I have a process video to share too!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara

Happy Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow CTY fans!!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest DT creation with you.

As you can see I’ve used the gorgeous Butterfly Cut n Stitch file (I’ve been busting to use this beauty!!) with a photo of myself, The Boss Lady, Gwen, Tamara, Bernii and Rachel D from the DT! We recently attended a retreat together and I just couldn’t wait to scrap these photos!!

A girly cut file means a pretty, girly collection and I couldn’t help but bust out the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Unforgettable collection. I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the butterflies that I had cut on some textured white card stock.

If you haven’t seen or used the Cut n Stitch files yet they come with both the cut file (butterflies in this case) and the stitch lines already in place. I “designed” my page in Silhouette Studio knowing that the card stock that had the stitch holes would ultimately be my back ground paper. This was a super easy and quick file to stitch with a straight back stitch. You could also use the chain stitch for extra texture! Then I added splatters using 2 different pinks and an aqua-y/teal-y colour.

With the cut file backed and the butterfly trails stitched onto my background that didn’t leave me much room for where to put things which made this page come together super quickly! I knew pretty quickly I wanted to mount the white card stock onto a pattern paper so chose the gorgeous pink pattern called “Unscripted”, cutting out the centre.

My photo is printed just under 6×4 with a white border. I’ve added some of the same paper and a doily behind my photo and tucked that between the butterflies on the bottom right.

As so much of my pages real estate already taken up it was a matter of adding a few small embellishments and my title. I’ve used the diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right and added a few bits and pieces. Because I used gold letters I also added in some gold splatters on that same line. Finally finishing the page with some enamel dots.

And my title using a clear sticker stuck onto some white card stock paired with those gold thickers.

I have a process video for you today and I do hope you enjoy! This cut file is so, so pretty and I just love it with this collection!

Remember, you can always shop in the store. All digital orders will send them straight away and Custom Cut orders (YES! Gwen will cut and ship to YOU!) are cut to order and sent ASAP! I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I can’t wait to be back again with my next one!

Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel x