Hello Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hi there CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my first share for the month. I unfortunately didn’t have any theme parks pics to use for our prompt this month, but did have this cute pic of my kiddo dressed up as Eeyore, which I felt drew in the magical theme!

I have used the Hearts on Strings cut file for this layout, which I have cut out from Navy blue card stock, just did something different!

I randomly backed some of the hearts in coordinating papers, being careful not to back the ones behind where my photo would go. I then popped each of these up on foam.

I kept my embellishments pretty tight in around my photo, so as to not cover too much of the cut file. I also created a small cluster on opposite side of the page to create balance, and draw your eye across the page and the cut file.

I love how whimsical this page is! And I’m also really happy that I cut the file from dark card stock as it doesn’t get lost on the busy background. I really feel like this works even though all the other colours are fairly pastel.

Thanks again for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam

Life is Too Short for Bad Hair | Nicole Bingaman

Hello Cut To You family! Today I am sharing a super simple single page layout featuring one of the newer released cut files No Bad Hair Day.

I used the cut file as is and cut it with black textured cardstock. For some reason I tend to stash dive while playing with Cut To You files and I let my paper selection kind of guide where I will go with the cut file. Today I stuck with just backing it in pattern paper that coordinated with the sheet I picked for a background.

Because I was telling a specific story that was focusing on a span of time and a personal issue I was going through, I knew that I would have multiple photos as well as a larger journaling area than I would normally be working with. So I kept the entire design of the page super simple to allow the focus to stay on the photos, the journaling, and the big bold title piece.

To allow the focus to remain on those elements, I kept any embellishing to a minimum. I tucked some floral stickers around the photo collage and journal block to break up the straight edges a little. I then tucked in a few banner stickers and then sprinkled some gold puffy heart and gold pearls all over the page to bring in the cohesiveness I was looking for in my embellishments.

I have a process video linked below if you would like a more in depth look into my planning process and how I put this page together from start to finish.

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA) ANIMAL KINGDOM

Super excited to have Rebeca designing for us this month. She is such a talented creator and I know you will all love her shares! Rebeca will be sharing pages that fit the theme ‘Magical Moments” and our regular DT are playing along as well. Here is her first share, enjoy!

Hi everyone, this month I was invited to guest design for Cut To You and I asked Gwen, the designer and owner if I can do “Magical Moments” layouts and she agreed. I was so happy and totally inspired! As you may know, I love everything about this magical place and have tons of photos from all the vacation trips we have done there, and with all the beautiful cut files she has in the store, I had my head full of ideas making it hard for me to choose which cut files to use, since they are so versatile and can be adapted easily. After a lot of thought, let’s share my first layout. This time, I’m using the Banner of Love cut file and you can find the process video of this layout at the end of this post.

I started this page by backing the cut file with a photo in the heart area and patterned papers from Echo Park Animal Safari in the letters and banner area. In the banner, I made a shaker using sequins and beads from my stash. I just selected a few colors and created my own mix. I love shakers and how they turn a layout into a happy and fun project.

Here you can take a closer look into the shaker.

After that, I started working with the background paper by adding the grass and brown dots to the kraft cardstock. For the grass, I used a stencil from Hero Arts and art crayons by Jane Devenport. For the dots, I used a stencil by Vicki Boutin and some of her art crayons.  Once the background was ready, I added the cut file using foam tape and finished it with foam alphas from Paige Evans to create the words “Animal Kingdom”.

Since this is a big and busy cut file with the shaker, I just added a few more embellishment. In the middle of the banner, I added a chipboard elephant from an old Bo Bunny collection called Zootopia.

From the same Bo Bunny collection, I used three die cut animals that are huge but worked perfectly in this layout.

In this photo, you can see the third animal and a directions sign that I fussy cut from a card in the die cut pack.

On the top area of the layout, I added a another label from the die cut pack.

At the end, I stitched a border around the layout using brown thread.

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

Thanks for your visit and for staying with me during this post. I hope you like and enjoy this layout as much as I do and it inspires you to craft. Don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration!

Happy Days | Crystal Barrett

Hello Cut to You friends!!!

Crystal here documenting some Disneyland photos that my parents took on their trip in 1973. This month the DT is focusing on theme parks. I tried to tell my husband that we had to go to Disneyland so I could have pictures to scrapbook for my DT layouts this month. Sad to say he said NO! It was worth a shot! I am happy to document theses photos.

I chose the Happy days cut file. I decided that since my photos had a yellow tint to them I would cut the cut file out in yellow pattern paper. Plus the flowers behind my mom are also yellow. I love cutting cut files out in pattern paper, to me I feel like it gives an additional interesting layer.

I chose to back the happy in a single pattern paper in green to bring out the grass. For the balloons they screamed to be turned into shaker pockets.

You can see the entire process over on YouTube

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and Remember to wear. your crown!

Crystal XO

Magical Moments| Karen Jarman

Hi CTY Creatives, Karen with you today and I am playing along with my fellow design team members for this months theme MAGICAL MOMENTS. I couldn’t go past the Magical Moments file for my first share this month. I mean it was perfect!

My photos at from a visit to SeaWorld on the Gold Coast when Jacob was about 4 years old, I still remember how much fun we had that day. It was the first time he had ever gone on any sort of amusement rides and of course seeing all of the animals.

I chose the gorgeous Simple Stories Vintage Coastal Collection, I loved the palm trees and the colour pallete was perfect for the coastal theme. I backed the cut file with the patterned paper and created a water colour background in blue tones to represent the water.

For more details on how this one came together please pop on over to YOUTUBE!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

True Story Layout | Crazy Love Circle Cutfile | NenaScrap

Hi sweet CTY friends,

It’s NenaScrap here with you today. I’m happy to share with you this summer layout with the gorgeous Crazy Love Circle cutfile.

This is the first time I use a cutfile directly in the background. I immediately loved the font and the circular shape of the Crazy Love Circle cutfile.

I chose the beautiful Wonders collection by Paige Evans. I love these bright colors. I cut my cutfile in white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and I backed it with this sort of watercolor paper from Wonders. It looks like you can see a rainbow behind the white cardstock through the letters of the cutfile.

I worked my layout on 2 opposite areas on the circle. On one side, I positioned my matted photo with several pieces of paper and embellishments. My title is a foam sticker from the Brave And Bold by Amy Tangerine collection.

On the other side, I positioned embellishments to visually balance the layout.

To accompany my circus performers, LOL, I created a flight of butterflies that give an upward movement to my layout. This is reminiscent of the upward movement given by the photo.

I really like how this layout turns out and especially the energy that the Crazy Love Circle cutfile brings. I feel like it creates a moving wheel that takes everything in its circle.

I hope you like this layout and that it inspires you. Check out the CUT TO YOU website, you’ll find lots of great cut files for your projects.

I can’t wait to share some new crafting ideas with you.

Have a happy crafty day.

Hugs & kisses from France.

Ladies Who Lunch | Jamie Striplin

Hello crafty friends! I started the layout not quite sure what photos I wanted to use. I fell in love with the Spring Floral Background cut file and knew I definitely wanted to use it! Maybe it’s because Spring is finally in the air in the Pacific Northwest where I live! I cut the file out on my silhouette and started backing with some pretty floral/springy papers.

I decided to use buttons for the flower centers and sewed each one on. Once I was done, The floral background really had a spring homespun patchwork quilt feel to it and I loved this! This inspired me to use a photo of me with my crafty girls! We are like a patchwork quilt of awesomeness – all so different, but we go together so well! I chose to make the photo black and white so it wouldn’t compete with all the colors in the background and then used a little white gesso on the background patterned paper just to mute it a little bit.

Thank you so much for looking! Make sure to stop by the shop to check out all the gorgeous spring floral cut files!

Xo, Jamie

Best Dad Ever | Circle Star Combo | Nicole Bingaman

Hello! Today I am sharing a one page layout I created using the Best Dad Ever cut file and the Circle Star Combo cut file from the online shop.

I did not have supplies or collections that were specifically themed for a Father’s Day layout, so I had a ton of fun digging though old stash and mixing and matching a lot of different supplies to create a layout to fit my theme and photos.

I used two of the Circle Star Combo files and welded them together to make a larger piece. Then used the knife tool in my software to remove sections that I would be covering with photo blocks (shown in process video). I then cut this out with white textured cardstock and also cut backing pieces with my electronic die cutter as well using a bunch of scraps.

I cut the Best Dad Ever title piece with black textured cardstock so it would stand out more against the fun and colorful circle panel. I used some of the same paper scraps to cut the backing layers for the title pieces as well.

Below my title piece, I attached journaling strips with foam adhesive strips so these would pop as well. From there I really dug into my stash of stickers, die cuts, brads, puffies, and anything else I pulled out that I thought could work.

To learn more about how I designed the layout, my thought process when pulling product and step by step of how I created the die cut pieces in silhouette studio, please watch my process video below and I hope you find it helpful!

Sparkle & Shine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a pretty crazy layout with an important message, and I’ve used the fabulous Crossword Background 1 cut file to help me do it.

I have recently had a whole heap of tests done to help figure out why this Mumma is tired all the time, and this included and overnight sleep study. I sent these pics to my kids before bed time so they could see that I was all good, and let them know they didn’t need to worry about me.

I chose this cut file to go with my crazy pics because it felt like it went along with the theme of data tracking that the monitors all over my face were doing. And I’ve used lots of colourful patterned papers to accentuate that feeling, and to tie in all the different coloured wires.

I popped the whole file up on foam to give more dimension. I layered my photos down to the bottom right, not bothering to back any of my little squares underneath. I then built my clusters in a visual triangle around my photos, making them the focal point on a very busy page.

I used lots of sentiments that I felt related to my medical journey, and used the title Sparkle and Shine because that’s what I’m hoping to find again for myself through this process.

And that’s where the important message comes in! If there’s something going on for you that you haven’t managed to get checked out, go and book an appointment now! This is your reminder to take care of yourself! I know I’m looking forward to having some answers soon!

Take care out there in the big mad world.

Big loves, Tam xo

CUT to YOU | Christmas Wreath Cut File | Joyful Moments | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello everyone, Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my latest scrapbook layout using a CUT to YOU cut file!

Yes, it’s April and yes that’s a Christmas page but I just could not resist the stunning “Christmas Wreath” cut file any longer!!

I’ve cut this on white textured card stock so that it sits below my pair of photos and “hangs” the same way it would on a wreath!

Todays layout was created with a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection called Joyful and it’s just beautiful to work with!! I started with the A5 Paper Stack and backing my cut file. I also used some vellum pieces to back some of the leaves.

Next I chose my title “Joyful Magic Moments” as these photos show the pure and absolute joy on my boys’ faces on Christmas morning as they opened “the” gifts from Santa! Do you remember how that felt when you were just 9 or 11 years old?!? Pure MAGIC!!

A layer of pattern behind my photos, some dimension behind my photos and title/journaling card and a few embellishments and my page is done!! And, of course, gold splatters!!! How can I call a Christmas page complete without gold splatters?!?!

I have a process video for you which is linked below, just hit play!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you!!
I’m going to leave you with a question… Is there ever a wrong time to scrap Christmas for you? Clearly the answer for me is a giant no but I’d love to know your thoughts!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda