Be Still My Heart | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you and I am sharing my first make for August 2019!! Seriously, August already?!?? Anyway, onto what I’m sure you are here for, my layout!

I actually started this page last month with one of the July cut files called Spring Roses Cut and Stitch, available here in the store!

I created this very pretty and feminine page and I really love how it turned out! So different for me but who said different was bad?!

I started by separating the cut file pieces – that is making the stitching holes one compound path and the roses a separate compound path so I could cut them one at a time. I knew I wanted to work on a white background so I had the Cameo cut the stitch holes directly onto that for me and then cleared my mat and had the Cameo cut the roses on pattern paper.

I desperately wanted to do the Chain Link stitch so found a minty coloured embroidery floss and got to work. I love, love, love the texture that hand stitching adds to a page and this particular stitch takes it to a whole new level *swoon*

I added a little extra to my background with a stencil and some light modelling paste, being careful not to get any paste onto the hand stitching. And because it’s me I HAD to add splatters. I’ve used a couple of pinks – one light and one darker for contrast – and gold, of course 😉

When that was all dry (which didn’t take long) I adhered my Spring Roses with some pop dots and added a few ephemera pieces, paper layers and stickers.

I really felt like I wanted a little something down in the bottom under my photo but didn’t want anything really in your face! I dove into my CTY folder on my computer and came across the Oh So Lovely cut file and decided to cut it at a smallish size to fit in the space.

To finish off I added my journalling (which tied in beautifully with the “Oh So Lovely”), date and used some Nuvo Crystal drops around the page for some extra texture and a pop of gold.

If you’d like to see my process you can watch my video below or head over to my YT channel.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head over to the shop to check out not only all of the beautiful-ness from last month but the absolutely gorgeous NEW August files!! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Shine Bright | Rachel Lowe

Hello Cut to You friends, Rachel here! Today I have a baby themed layout to share using the gorgeous new cut file Shine Bright 



I have used Pink Paislee Little Adventurer collection which is perfect for baby or young boy layouts.  I cut my white cardstock down to 11×11 bordering it with a lovely cloud rose gold flocked paper. I sized the Shine Bright cut file to fit on my 11×11 inch cardstock. I chose a grey heart paper to paper back the moon and a beautiful blue for the stars and title.


I paper backed some of the stars and the others I added with foam tape to add dimension to the stars (it avoids them looking flat). I finished off adding some drops of NUVO clear jewel drops.


So my title didn’t look ‘flat’ I added some of the letters with foam tape, it really draws your eye to the total and to finish off I added the super cute elephant die cut.


Then I set about creating a embellishment cluster using my photo at the centre. In adding my photo frame with foam tape means I can tuck elements under, I tend to play and shuffle for a while before settling and sticking down. Over and under is the key to layering and you will see here I have done that. I followed the shape of the moon in layering this embellishment cluster. I added another phrase die cut under my photo and again added NUVO clear drops to the cheeks of the cute critters and flowers/leaves.


I love how this layout turned out, this cut file is so beautiful and really it’s three cut files in one, moon, stars and title!


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope this layout has inspired you in some way! See you again later in the month.

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Sisters, Besties for Life | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share with you my a super fun and bright layout featuring not one, but two beautiful Cut to You Cut Files. 

I have used the new Besties for Life Cut File as my title, cutting it once on white card stock and again on patterned paper using the offset function and removing all of the internal lines. I love the effect this has given the Cut File, accentuating the wording, but giving it platform to shine from. 


I have also used the TN Intersecting Hearts Cut File as the matt behind my photo and embellishment clusters. I cut out some of the hearts that sat behind my photo so I could spread the matt a little further, and this worked really well. 


The Besties for Life Cut File has the perfect little nook at the top of the file to tuck a photo, and I accentuated this by popping the Cut File up on some fun foam. 

This also allowed me to tuck my embellishments around the Cut File and the photo, adding dimension here and there.  

I love how this page turned out. It is so fun and bright, and the Cut Files are definitely the heroes. However, I super dooper love that this particular Title Cut File encouraged me to scrap a pic of my sister and myself, something I definitely don’t do often enough!

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you pop over to the shop and check out the latest releases for August, there are so many fantastic new files!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Beautiful You | Marie Hirst

Hi everyone! It’s Marie and I’m back again with my newest layout for CUT to YOU. This time I decided to use two cutfiles: Flower Crown and Beautiful You because I have had this photo of my little boy for a while now and was really inspired by the beautiful florals and that gorgeous sentiment.

Here are the cutfiles I used:

The first thing I did was cut the Flower Crown cutfile twice leaving one whole and cutting the flowers from the other. I then backed the individual flowers with vellum and the ones still on the ring in different shades of bluey-green.

I used distress oxides to colour the words ‘Beautiful You’ before removing it from my cutting mat.

After covering my cardstock with gesso, I then used the same distress oxides mixed with some water to create a wash of colour behind where I was going to place the cutfile. I also added some splatters for effect.

I matted the photo with vellum and cheesecloth and mounted it on some foam to add a little dimension. I did the same with the flower crown. The vellum flowers were adhered straight to the page with wet glue.

For that final bit of detail I added Nuvo drops and some sequins in the same shades.

If you’d like to see how it all came together, there is a full process video on my channel.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the many cutfiles in the shop!

Until next time, happy scrapping,

Marie x

Happy Minecraft Day | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone!

Rachel with you today with another birthday layout to share!

As soon as I saw the Grid Block Background cut file,

I immediately wanted to use it to create a layout

documenting my son’s Minecraft-themed birthday party.

I cut the Grid Block Background cut file from black cardstock with my Silhouette.

I backed the squares with papers of different shades of green. I then added some sketched lines around the green squares with a Sharpie for some extra detail.

I added the ‘happy day’ words from the Candles Page Builder cut file for my title. Once again I cut them from black cardstock, then backed with yellow card.

I also added some stamping for extra detail.

I added some Distress Oxide using the packaging technique

to add another layer to my background.

I added some embellishments, my photos,

and some hand-written journalling.

Head over to the store to check out all the latest releases.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

Beautiful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share using the wonderful All Around Floral cut file design along with a sweet photo of Leila from a few years back. I had SO much fun creating this layout. Lets take a closer look shall we?

For this layout I really wanted the cut file to be BIG, but not too big that it would take up the entire page. I’ve sized the file in silhouette studio to approximately 9×9 inch and cut it out on some textured white cardstock.

This design is so delicate and sweet. Its perfect for documenting sweet faces like this one…

I backed all the individual florals with different pattern papers, using green tones for the leafy areas and pinks, yellow and blues for the florals. I backed the photo with a complimenting pattern paper and a hearts pattern frame

I raised the entire cut file piece off the background paper to give it dimension. Doing this really brings a layout to life, and by using a thin foam tape ensures your not adding any unnecessary thickness to your albums.

I’ve added a couple of clusters top left and bottom right of the page using florals from the collection I used from Felicity Jane as I felt they complimented the All Around Floral cut file perfectly.

I also added a hint of machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock after I adhered it to the pink pattern background. Lastly I added a date stamp, gold splatters and a couple of enamel dots to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Be sure to head on over to the CTY SHOP as there’s been a NEW RELEASE of designs for this month. Oh and don’t forget to join our Community Group CUT to YOU HQ on Facebook, where everyone is free to share their work using CTY designs

Well thats all from me for today, until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Guest Designer – Tracey Mc Kee

Hey Creatives,
Introducing our first guest designer for August – the very talented Tracy Mc Kee!
Hey Everybody! Tracey here, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for CUT to YOU this month! I’ve had heaps of fun creating these layouts to share with you all.  I hope that you love them just as much as I do.
I started this layout off knowing that I wanted to use the ‘Concentric Hearts’ Cut file, it was just perfect for the idea that I had in mind.
I started off adding a good coat of white gesso to a thick sheet of white card stock so I could add some soft colour to give a nice hint of colour to my background.  I used Distress Oxides in the colours, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.  I simply rubbed the patches of colour onto the background in random areas and then added some water and spread the colour out with a paintbrush.  I then used my heat gun to dry it all off.
I then drew my focus to the ‘Concentric Hearts’ cut file, which I cut on plain white cardstock. I used the same oxide colours as mentioned above, plus the colour Worn Lipstick to add some colour.  When doing this, I made sure that the colours were evenly spread out.  To add them I just used an ink blending tool.
After glueing the cut file down to my background I began to work on the layers for my photo, which is of my son and his Aunty picking berries. I used pieces of scrap paper, some pink tulle and a pink doily (which was mostly hidden). I just love the way the tulle and doily add some subtle softness and texture to the layout.  I then added my title, ‘Everyday Adventures’. These foam thickers are a beautiful copper/rose gold glitter and I think that they complement the pink tones well.
For my embellishments, I went to the sticker pad from the Kaisercraft ‘Magenta’ range and added some of the beautiful watercolour flowers, butterflies and phrase stickers.  I decided to stick a few of these to white cardstock and fussy cut them so that I could add some foam tape so that they add some height to the layout.  At this point, I’m still feeling like the layout is missing something, so I added an array of pink sequins and some Nuvo drops in the colours- Copper Penny, Antique Rose, Bubblegum Blush, Party Pink, Carnation Pink, Rhubarb Crumble and Raspberry Pink.  I just love how this Nuvo drops really pack a punch when used amongst sequins.
I had such a great time using the cut file for this layout, it’s just perfect for when you want to make a soft, subtle and delicate layout effortlessly.
Back later this month with another layout share.

Awesome Cake | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! It’s Rachel here with you, rounding out the CUT TO YOU birthday month with a layout celebrating an amazing cake my very talented sister made for my recent birthday.

I have used the Cake Slice cut file for my page today.

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

I painted the outline with gold acrylic paint, and used some of the ‘negative’ pieces to back the cut file, along with some brown cardstock and pattern paper.

I backed the flowers on top of the cake slice with different shades of pink paper, and then a soft blue paper.

I added some embellishments and some hand-written journaling.

Make sure to check out the store and keep an eye out for the newest release!

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share inspired by this months challenge Inspiration board.  Each month there is a new Inspiration board, and I am totally crushing on this months; which is birthday themed.  If you’d like the chance to win FREE cut files from the store, be sure to play along.  Here is the Inspiration board and my take.

For my layout, I was really inspired by the banner image and the pretty pretty colours.  I began by cutting out a stack of the circular banners from the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file.  I ended up with 9 in total and then went about backing them in pretty pattern papers that coordinated with the colours in the Inspiration board.

Once my cut files were all backed, I placed them down the centre of my layout, overlapping and mixing and matching up the colours.  I really wanted to create a background of banner layers here.

I’ve positioned them all down flat on my page, as I knew at this point that there would be a few layers yet to go on top.  Next up, I mounted my photo, again, just choosing a pattern paper that complimented what was already happening in the banners.  I have mounted this onto 3D foam for dimension and to lift it visually off the background.

I decided to add my photo to the right of my page so that I would have space for a title on the left side of the page.  For this, I’ve used some Thickers from my stash.  It is quite a big title so it was important to lock in the position of it early in the design.  If left too late, I often find that I’ve run out of space for a large title, so locking it in early is a great strategy.

I was also SUPER keen to get this chipboard banner piece onto my page.  It is from an older Crate Paper collection and is quite large as well.  I have struggled to get it to fit onto layouts because of its size.  I found here it worked because it coordinates with the banner theme going on in the background and looks small in proportion to them.  Your eye is lead across it along with the other banners, so it fits on the page in a more subtle way than if it were to be placed on its own.

Next up, it was time to add some pretty florals.  Lots of bits and pieces from my stash here.  I’ve just gone with anything that fits in the colour scheme and goes with my design.

Lastly, I have fussy cut out some butterfly elements from pattern paper and they finish out the page nicely.

This page came together quite quickly and the end result is so fun.  It feels so good to get some elements from my stash onto a layout and I love how the cut files help me to do that.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Make Today Rock | Rachel Lowe

Hi all Rachel here again and today I have a layout featuring my daughter (again). Her holding balloons in the photo inspired me to use the Kite Trio cut file and I used the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon cut file that I used earlier in the month.

05236AD6-4771-4707-8D72-6C68A4AEAAF1I used Simple Stories Oh Happy Day collection.  I used two of the kites so I could have plenty of gorgeous clouds. I used the release the compound path function so I could drag out the centre of the clouds and then cut. Once I had done this added to the cloud outer with foam tape which creates a 3D effect. The larger cloud I paper backed by cutting by hand but using two different papers. The second smaller kite I added the four paper pieces with foam tape to add height. At this point, I added splatters of a light turquoise paint.3E0C84DE-22E2-42B8-9F47-76006572BC51

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fullsizeoutput_3fd3Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful week creating!


Rachel X

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