CUT to YOU | You Are Some Bunny Special | Some Bunny Special Cut File

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. As Easter is just around the corner, I wanted to play with some of the new Easter cut files of CUT to YOU. My task was to make a layout with a title cut file, so I chose the Some Bunny Special cut file for my layout.

I scrapped a photo of my daughter that was taken back at Easter 2017, she had a bunny ears headband on, she was just so cute! She was just trying to ride on her balance bike, which was also new, with all the accessoires a bike can have 😉

First I cut the Some Bunny cut file from white cardstock, then I started to back them with pastel coloured paper. For this I used the Flora Book 2 paper pad for fussy-cutting of Mintay Papers. This paper pad is awesome: on the one side it has beautiful florals, on the other some coordinating beautiful coloured cardstock. I chose some pastel colours and backed each line in different colours. I glued down the whole line and after waiting some seconds I started to cut out the letters using scissors and a craft knife. Then I repeated this with the next line. It was much faster this way then backing the letters one by one.

I also matted my photo with the same coloured cardstock I used for the cut file. I chose a background paper from the Better Times collection of Mintay Papers, and glued the photo on the left side of the cut file, because my daughter goes on the photo to the right.

I fussy cut lots of flowers from the Flora Book 2 paper pad, and started to decorate my layout with them. I often decorate my layouts diagonally, especially when I use a title cut file. It makes the balancing of the layout just easier.

Finally I added some chipboards of ScrapUp Scrapbook from my stash.

I hope I could inspire you to use title cut files on your layouts. They make the work so much easier, as they are big and dominant. You can find many awesome title cut files in the shop, and don’t forget to check the April Release too, you won’t regret! 😉

RELAX | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so thrilled to be bringing you my second layout as a Guest Designer for April.  I just had to use the “Simply Floral Pendant” Cutfile this time!  It is the perfect combination of banner pieces and flowers! 

I wanted to use a collection of supplies for this layout with deeper tones so I went for deep teal, off white and burnt sienna for a color palette.  I popped the entire cutfile up on some craft foam for dimension, tucked a photo of little old me up top and then added a whole heap of sequins in my flower centers! 

I knew right away that I wanted to have vellum behind my photo and cutfile.  I chose to tear the edges all the way around and only attached it here and there.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty of dimension!

A simple title and a few enamel dots finished this layout right off!         

You can watch me create this page here:

Thanks so much for allowing me to Guest Design for you this month!  I had a ball!

Shannon

My Childhood Obsession | Khristina Sorge

Hey friends! Lately, I have been talking to a few creative friends about storytelling and creating layouts about us and childhood. I am really good at documenting my travels and documenting my kids but I haven’t been doing a great job documenting myself and stories from my childhood that I might like my kids to know one day. SO….I am trying really hard to find ways to tell some of those stories and this is one. My Little Pony, my friends, was a big childhood obsession for both me and my little sister. We had so many of those little plastic ponies with the bright manes and fun details. We loved the show, decorated our rooms, and collected all the figurines. Anybody else remember those days?!? Well, I was super amazed when My Little Pony reappeared and my daughter fell in love. It was kind of like me falling in love all over again. This Rainbow Burst Background Cut File was seriously perfect! I flipped its direction but it seriously just screamed My Little Pony and this story to me when I was sitting down to create.

Another thing that I really love about this cut file is all of the options. You can totally use it over and over again because there are so many possibilities and documenting opportunities. I decided to back just the stars with patterned paper and leave the rainbow open but you could totally do the reverse or fill in everything too!

I used an ombre pink for my background because I felt like it was a perfect match for my photo and then the navy starburst paper around the edge just made the perfect way to accent everything! I totally loved including my journaling as another accent around the edge of the pink ombre paper too! Do you ever try that with your journaling?

For embellishments, I just needed a few little die cuts that coordinated with my patterned paper choices as well as two different alphabets for my title. Because the word “Childhood” is so long, I decided to break it up into two lines and that ended up being a good decision because then those two lines nestled in with my larger puffy “my” font perfectly.

Last, but not least, I added a few enamel dots and puffy sticker stars to each of my embellishment clusters for a finishing touch! I also have a process video over on my You Tube channel if you want to check that out to see more about how this layout came together (or just to hear me talk about My Little Pony..haha).

Have you documented memories from your childhood? This would be a perfect chance to tell one of those stories and I would love to have you tag me on social media so that I can see what story you choose as well!

xoxo,

Khristina

You & Me | Floral Ampersand cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout with you for our floral theme for this week! I chose the stunning Floral Ampersand design to create this layout. I cut the design out from white cardstock and backed the pieces behind in different patterned papers from the Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans.

Floral Ampersand cut file

This cut file is so versatile for all kinds of projects. It would also look great cut out small and not backed!

I was strategic when I backed the cut file, making sure that the large flower and the leaves could stand out. I did this by using a bright pink for the flowers and a dark green on the leaves. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered the cut file to the centre of another piece of white cardstock. I love the shadows and dimension this adds to my page.

I placed my photo over on the right side of the Floral Ampersand cut file design and tucked a tag behind the photo. I also overlapped a die-cut ampersand piece onto the photo on the left. This was the perfect piece to add as it was so florally and fit next to my photo perfectly.

By adding craft foam underneath the cut file design and popping it up off the page I was able to tuck lots of die-cut flowers to further enhance the floral design and theme of my page. I didn’t add too much else to the top of the cut file design as it was quite busy already, I decided to place the foam alphabet either side of the design so that it could be included in the title. Lastly I added some more die-cut pieces and phrase stickers and also added some journaling following the shape of the bottom half of the Ampersand shape.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired in some way. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for amazing cut file designs!

Happy creating!

Label Love|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today. I have another layout to share using a black cut file. I just loved the first one I did, so I just had to try it a second time.

I chose to use the Onward And Upward Background Cut FIle . After cutting it in black I turned it on its side to resemble a line of labels, which suited my photos perfectly. I told the story of my youngest son’s discovery of an old Dymno Label Maker and then walked all over the the house labelling things…he labelled everything he could find.

I placed my photos across the bottom of the page , matted with a fun mixed media background paper. A small cluster of embellishments to set off the photos and a splattering of black ink finished off this part of the layout.

In the upper right hand portion of the layout, I added a journaling block, some more black splatters, and another small cluster of embellishments.

For my video this week, I ran into some technology user error, so I just have a tutorial to share showing how I go about backing my cut files which I hope you find informative and helpful. And be sure to head over to the SHOP and check out all the amazing cut files!

Have A Lovely Day!

Magical Memories | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my second layout for the month featuring an older cut file called Squares Cubed that can be found here in the shop. It’s one I have wanted to use for a while so decided it was perfect to go with my Disney photo and the Simple Stories ‘Say Cheese Main Street’ collection.

After using a black cut file on my last layout I decided to try cutting this one from patterned paper rather than just white cardstock. I cut out 9 of the different square designs (but did end up using only 8) from a black and white spotted paper.

Then I backed them all with different coloured patterned papers from the same collection. Some were raised up on foam pads and some were stuck directly to the cut file so that I got different levels of dimension onto the layout.

It was all quite bold but as my photo is bright and was in traditional 6″x 4″ size (rather than the smaller 3″ x 4″ that I often use) I decided it worked well!

For my layout background I cut a sheet of white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ square, stuck it to a frame of black card and then stitched around the edges in bright yellow thread.

I placed my backed cut file squares onto the layout along with my backed photo and once I was happy with the placement I stuck them all down.

Then I added embellishment clusters above and below the photo all using ephemera and stickers from the same collection.

To finish off I added a coordinating Thickers title, lots of enamel dots and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

OH WHAT FUN | KAREN JARMAN

Hi Cut To You Creatives! 
It’s Karen joining you again today as guest designer. I want to THANK Gwen and the team for this opportunity. It’s been heaps of fun and I truly appreciate the support.
My family visited Sweden for Christmas 5 years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago). I knew as soon as I saw the Gnomes I knew I wanted to create a layout featuring one of the winter cabins we stayed in to celebrate Christmas with relatives. Being part of a white Christmas was the most magical experience and when I look back at my photos I can hardly believe I was there. 
I decided to challenge myself for this layout as well, I don’t think I have ever put together a scenery type layout but I wanted to use the trees from the Christmas Wishes cut file as well. 

I love how this turned out, Here is how I put it all together.
I separated the trees from the title (to use on another project!), cut the trees in half and backed the trees with patterned paper and splattered the trees with white acrylic paintTo create the gnomes I used sparkly Kindy Glitz on the beards – I spread the Glitz onto a piece of cardstock and left it overnight to dry then cut the pieces to back beards.

Once I backed all the cut files I worked on the rough placement on the page, I tore some patterned paper to create some layers to represent the snow and got on with creating the sky.

I knew I would be adding a lot of liquid so coated the cardstock in clear gesso to form a barrier. The colour of the sky was created by and using multiple blue sprays. I spread the inks by adding water and turning the page and swirling the liquid around. I added some clouds by using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush and finished it off by adding white splatters in white acrylic paint to represent snow. To add some sparkle I added some watered down Nuvo Mouse in silver.

To create the feel of a scenery I backed the trees on the left with craft foam to give some dimension and popped the Gnomes up on foam to bring them to the front of the page. Then it was all about the embellishments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get creating, 
Thanks again Gwen for the opportunity.
Happy Creating,

Karen

Happy Little Heart | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends, I’m back again on the blog today to share my latest layout for Cut to You. This page gives me country chic, log cabin vibes, which is perfect for where I am right now because its is rainy and miserable here!

I have used Floral Note Card Cut File as the jumping off point for this page. I loved the florals in this file so much, that I duplicated them so that I could have them at the top and bottom of my page! This gave me a really natural space to cluster and tuck my photos, and I feel like the Cut File and my photos work seamlessly together because of this.

You could do this simply by cutting this file out twice (or ordering 2 Custom Cuts), but I let the Silhouette software do the hard work for me. I opened the file in the software, duplicated it, flipped and melded the two files together. This way it all cut as one piece!

I decided to only back the petals of the flowers, as I thought the open leaves gave an interesting effect against the wood grain paper. I used a paper from PinkFresh Studios that had a lovely blue gradient, and have backed each of the flowers with a different shade of blue.

I added in some layers in and around my photos for added interest and dimension. I nestled my title and a few small embellishments around the bottom right of my photo, overlapping onto the florals, but not convering them up. I also added a very small cluster at the top right to balance this off and to establish a cohesive sight line down the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you pop by to the shop to pick up a couple of our latest Cut Files!

Big Loves, Tam xo

CUT to YOU | Just Hanging Out | Summer Days Cut File | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone I’m so excited you are here with me as I share my latest creation with you!

How super fun and bright and colourful is it?!? I just LOVE it! And I love how I have used the “Summer Days” cut file as part of the background!!

When I decided to use this photo of my boys I just KNEW that the brand new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection “Sunkissed” would be the perfect match! Knowing the photo and the collection I wanted to use just left the cut file choice! I wanted something that I could easily incorporate into my background without the cut file being the main and most obvious piece on the page.

I have sized the cut file to 9 different sizes and played with the idea I had in my head in the Silhouette software. When I was happy with the cut size and placement I sent the white card stock through to be cut.

On another piece of thick, smooth white card stock I had my Cameo trace the beginning and ending S’s in each line and also a horizontal line between each of the lines of text in pencil so I knew where to place each of the cuts. I do show that part of my process in my process video which is linked below for you!

I’ve pulled out 5 Distress Oxide colours (from top to bottom – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans) and swiped those across my page – here is where those horizontal lines came into action 😉 – and then activated with a paint brush loaded up with water to create paint strokes.

When that was all dry, I adhered all of those “Summer Days” pieces with scotch tacky only in the centre line. For texture and interest I’ve then stitched straight through the middle of each of those title pieces with matching coloured thread and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out! I also stitched along the horizontal lines with some gold thread.

I’ve pulled a few pieces from the floral ephemera pack, the puffy stickers, the accessory sticker sheet, the gold foam titles and one of the wooden buttons to complete my page. My title is an acrylic piece from my stash. With all of my pieces in place I was then able to go back through to the cut files and lift up either edge for some interest!

This layout was oh so fun to create! I love that I have used a “title” cut file to create my background and that, with the help of my layer choices, it does not over my layout!! Gwen has so many titles in the store to choose from and I hope that perhaps I have inspired you to play with one as part of a background design!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today!! I look forward to sharing another project with you soon but until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel


Easter | Ali Skifton

Hi my Crafty Peeps! It is Ali here with you today sharing an Easter layout using the Bunny Silhouette Digital Cut File. This picture was taken last year of my parents coming over to our house to drop off an Easter basket. Due to Covid, we were not able to spend Easter together and it broke my heart. I was missing my parents and they surprised us by coming over and staying outside to give us bunny kisses and Easter wishes.

I am so excited to share with you a little trick I just taught myself with the Silhouette Cameo. I knew I wanted to have two bunnies on my layout and I wanted them to face each other. If you go into the Silhouette library and go to the tool bar there is a replicate button and you can mirror your original image and have two bunnies for the price of one.

I had so much fun creating these bunnies with the cute Simple Stores new Easter line. I backed up the bunnies with the fun different papers and added brads for their eyes and a cotton ball for their cute little fluffy tails.

I broke out my fringe scissors to cut the grass and layered 2 rows together. I stitched the bottom of the grass and tucked in an Easter basket and a couple eggs. I decorated the rest of the layout with stickers.

Go check out the cute Easter and Spring cut files in the shop! I will be doing another Easter layout post next month. So start hopping and get crafting with all these new cut files that Gwen has created.

Happy Spring!

Love, Ali xoxo