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,


“Floral Frame 01” Kirei Baldwin

Hey Creatives!  Gwen with you back on the blog today to share the latest project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I am really loving the variety of the pages she has created for us, she really is showing off how versatile cut files can be!  This one is super soft and pretty, see all the pretty details below!

**This design also comes in a 6×4 frame – Shop that here.

Here is what Kirei said about her project:

The Floral Frame 01 cut file is so pretty and I decided to use vellum to back it as it gives such a delicate, soft look. I used the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Just A Little Lovely’ collection to compliment the cut file which I attached with foam pads to the sketchy floral background paper. I then mounted a square black and white photo onto two of the patterned papers and attached that to the center of the cut file frame. I pulled out some of the more peachy pink embellishments and the title from the collection and finished off with lots of sparkly sequins.

Until next time,

“Better Together” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to share Guest Designer, Belinda Jane’s second project for you this month.  This one absolutely has my heart, all that stitching is divine.  I have really loved her shares this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Belinda xo 

I’m really excited to be sharing my second project as a guest designer for September. I fell totally in love with the ‘Spring Roses‘ Cut n Stitch file when I saw it in the shop. It felt like the perfect base for a layout that shared a photo of my husband and I as I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of journaling to go along with this photo so I could really let the creative aspects of the layout take center stage.I started by setting up my layout in Silhouette Studio. I duplicated the cut file making one slightly smaller. I then split the file in two and cut the outline of the roses from plain white cardstock, with the stitching holes for the leaves cut into my background paper. I then got to work stitching around each of those white roses using a graduated toned embroidery thread that perfectly matched the dress I’m wearing in the picture. I wanted to bring a little bit of watercolor into this layout. I took a fresh piece of white cardstock and covered the entire background in a few different muted peachy-pink tones and used that to back my stitched rose cut file. In hindsight, it would have been much easier to stitch those delicate roses after they had been adhered to the backing paper! Then I used a pale green watercolor inside each of the leaf outlines on the background paper before stitching around those with green thread.The layout came together pretty easily after that. I trimmed down my background paper and added a very thin mat using the watercolor background paper I had created for my roses. I distressed the edges of the background to give it some nice texture and interest.I adhered the stitched and backed roses into place on the background paper using a quick-dry wet glue. I grabbed a bunch of papers from my scrap stash and added lots of complimentary layers to back my photo before adhering that to the layout as well.I used a gold foil thickers title of “Better Together” along with some of the chipboard hearts from that same chipboard sticker set. I also added a sprinkling of blue enamel dots here and there. I kept the journaling super simple and nestled that in under the title. I finished off the layout with some gold splatters.

I will confess that this layout was more time consuming and labor-intensive than I usually like. But that finished product just makes me so very happy.

Belinda Jane

Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,

‘Squirrel’ Kirei Baldwin Guest Designer

It’s the weekend Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today with you to share the latest project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I just love the colours in this one! Perfect inspiration for our friends in the Northern hemisphere who are going into Autumn/Fall.


I loved the ‘Squirrel‘ cut file and had the perfect title to go with it! I pulled out the One Canoe Two ‘Goldenrod’ collection that I’ve been hoarding and cut the ‘Squirrel’ out from one of the patterned papers, which I then backed with more of the coordinating papers all raised on foam pads. The landscape design patterned paper was perfect for my squirrel to sit on! I added a couple of photos and a few of the matching embellishments from the ‘Goldenrod’ collection and of course my title… ‘Nuts About You’!

You can shop our ‘Squirrel’ cut file here.

Until next time,

“Spring Garden” Kirei Baldwin Guest Designer

Happy Thursday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to introduce our next Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I have admired Kirei’s work for some time now, I just love her use of colour and the wide variety of pages she creates and I know you will love her too.  We are super spoilt this month with her creating 4 projects for us, with this being the first one.


I loved the combination of the title and flowers in the ‘Spring Garden‘ cut file and decided I wanted to back it in some lovely bright colours to go with the Spring theme so chose the fab  ‘Horizon’ collection from Pink Paislee. I raised the backing for the flowers and title on foam pads but attached the backings for the leaves directly to the cut file. I wanted to add a little more texture behind the cut file so used a butterfly stencil and some white texture paste which gives just a subtle amount of detail. I used two small photos backed with more papers from the Horizon collection that I tucked into the right of the cut file as didn’t want to cover too much of it up! To finish I then added some of the lovely floral matching embellishments and a strip of paper to the top and bottom of the layout just to pull it all together.

You can shop our ‘Spring Garden’ cut file here.

Until next time,

“For the Love of Books” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen on the blog today to introduce you to the very creative Belinda Jane!  She is guest designing for us this month and I know you will just love the projects she has made.

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing the first of my two guest designer projects for the month of September.

I was immediately drawn to this ‘Book Stack‘ cut file in the Cut to You shop and knew that I wanted to use it to document my ongoing love affair with books. I chose to use a single photo of the stack of books that I currently have sitting on my bedside table.I used a simple grey patterned paper for my cut file and backed it with a selection of papers from a 6×8 paper pad in my stash. I used a text-based paper for the ‘pages’ of each book just to reinforce the book theme.For my background, I trimmed down some plain white cardstock and matted it onto a pink chevron patterned paper. I added some stitching to the frame using my sewing machine, which is one of my favourite ways of adding texture to a layout.I used the same pink chevron paper to mat my photo along with some white tissue paper. I also added a pretty little white trim to the bottom my photo layers. To bring the layout together, I layered a couple of paper doilies behind my cut file and photo. I just love trying to include as many different textures as I can into a layout.To finish it all off, I used a combination of gold foil Thickers and some die-cut letters for my title. My journaling was typed onto vellum and then cut down into strips before adhering to the layout. I used some die-cut bows cut from papers matching the backing on my cut file and used these, along with some embellishments from my stash, to finish off my layout.I love how soft and pretty this layout turned out. And of course, all those beautiful textures.

Belinda Jane

Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,


“Sparkle” by Giselle Homer – Guest Designer

Hey Creatives,

Gwen with you on the blog again today with Giselle’s second layout share.  This one features one of my favourite cut files and I just love how she has pulled the colours in her photo for this page.

Who wouldn’t want to wish this for their children or, in my case, grandchildren! Such a perfect sentiment and with the all those cute stars too. I have used a different patterned paper for the word ‘everyday’ to place some emphasis on it and because I used a large cut file, it helped to add interest too. I chose to backfill the stars with a plain yellow and a patterned paper for a pop of colour and added some chipboard stars in between the cut file starts. And the little bird fitted perfectly at the lower right.  Shop the ‘May Your Everyday Sparkle‘ cut file here.

A big thank you to Giselle for sharing her projects with us these past two days, I have really enjoyed seeing her work with the files and I hope you have too!

Until next time,

“Spring” by Giselle Homer Guest Designer

Hey Creatives,

Gwen with you on the blog again today, to introduce to you our latest guest designer, Giselle Homer!  Giselle has created two fab pages for us which you will be able to see over the next two days.  I just love this first one, how perfect is the ‘floral frame 02‘ cut file to document this flower-filled photo?

As soon as I saw this ‘Floral Frame 02‘. cut file I knew exactly which photo would work perfectly with it. I mainly scrapbook boy layouts, so don’t have many opportunities to use anything flowery so I jumped at the chance to use it!  But because the leaves are larger than the flowers I guessed it would work for a boy. I chose papers to suit the blue & green of the photo and I chose the word ‘spring’ from the ‘Yearly‘ cut file to add alongside it leaving it in white for contrast.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share anyone fab page from Giselle.

Until next time,

Mel Davis Guest Designer

Hey Creative friends!

Gwen popping by today to share with you the wonderful creations from this months guest designer Mel Davis!  I just love her creative style and she certainly has rocked the cut files!  Her first project features our ‘Totally Pawsome‘ cut file.

Here’s what she said about creating this one “I like to back my files by using the contour feature in the Cricut software. I’m sure there is an easy way to do it in the Silhouette software too. A striped paper is a great choice for this sort of thing as it looks like you did a lot more work than you actually did!”

And this is her second fab project, it features our ‘Concentric Hearts‘ cut file in the 8.5 x 11 size. This one also comes in 12 x 12 background-size. This layout also shows off our ‘Geo Floral Leaves‘ cut file, cut in the sweetest mint card stock!

“For the second page, I used my foil quill with the concentric hearts file. I only had small rolls of foil but I love how it turned out. For those that don’t have the foil quill, using markers or metallic pens with their machines would give a similar effect. I added in some geo floral leaves in my embellishment clusters.”

I really do love what Mel put together for us as our guest this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Mel 🙂

Until next time,