SUNKISSED SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives, Gwen with you here on the blog, Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing a fun Summer themed layout with you today. I’ve been digging through some older pictures of Miss C and found this super sweet one and just had to create with it.

I was actually on a family vacation when making this page. I had limited supplies with me and wanted to pull this layout together pretty quickly. I decided on just the one cut file, this one is called ‘Open Leaf‘ and just the one scrapbook collection. This is from Simple Stories called ‘Hello Summer‘. I do this when I really want to take the guesswork out of mixing and matching my supplies. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time backing the design so I came up with the idea to cut it out really large and make it a background layer, I’ve worked it as a base element into my flower clusters and just love the white-on-white look.

So, I’ve actually built this page by positioning my photo and the cut file first. I did back my photo with just the one photo mat and added some foam and stitching as I normally do. Then, I positioned it on top of the cut file. From there, I’ve then worked on my element clusters working outwards from the photo.

For many of the elements, I have fussy cut them from the collections pattern paper. I do this a lot, that is, cut out a stack of elements from a collection and then simply mix and match to build my clusters. Some parts of the clusters sit flat to the page, others are raised with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve worked on the idea of having 3 main cluster elements, one on the left of the photo, one on the right and then one at the top of the page. I feel this helps draw the eye around the page and they all help bring the eyes to rest on the photo.

Once my main clusters were locked into position, I’ve pulled elements from the Chipboard and Die Cut pack to add more details and fill in the clusters. Again, I just ‘audition’ every piece until I’m happy. ***Side note, this IS why my pages take me forever, I have to try all the things*** I just keep going and adding until I’m happy with how everything looks.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I wanted to show you that you don’t always have to back the files on your pages, there really are lots of ways to incorporate them. As always, if this has inspired you to make a page, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see, we have such a fun and supportive community, come say Hi!

Until next time,

So Much Fun | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!

As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.

I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!

Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!

With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.

Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!

My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.

I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share!
Melinda

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,

Love This | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and happy Monday!! Melinda here on the blog today and I have some fun Christmas inspiration to share with you!!

I was totally inspired by Gwen’s share using the same cut file , Christmas Tree Row and couldn’t wait to use that inspiration to make something of my own! If you’d like to see Gwen’s page click here, it’s very Gwen!

I was firstly inspired by the very soft and pretty water colour in the background of Gwen’s page so started thinking of colour ideas. I quickly remembered a very pretty sequin mix I have had in my stash for a few years that I just LOVE and that is where I came up with the idea of soft pink & blue, gold and a little splash of red.

With my colour scheme chosen it was time to build my page! With that sequin mix in mind I immediately thought SHAKER pocket!!! So I cut the Christmas Tree Row in textured white card stock and then backed that with some acetate. Next up, very thin strips of foam to have room for the sequins to move around. I filled up all the trees with my very pretty sequin mix and then backed that with a sheet of water colour looking pattern paper. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shaker pocket and am so excited I finally got those sequins on a page! I also added in a few red sequins.

Working with my colours in mind I added some white gesso to my background paper (a rather simple black and white pattern), worked out placement of my shaker pocket and photo and added in my beautiful soft pink background colour. Swoon! I just love it! And of course, lots of splatters in pink, blue, gold and tiny pops of red as well!

I just love the trees on this page and how they and my photo really stand out off that background. I chose to go pretty simple with the embellishing, a few older rubber charms from a Pink Fresh Christmas collection.

A couple of pattern papers behind my photo including that gorgeous red, pink and white candy cane stripe. One of my most favourite pattern papers of all time, ever!

To finish off my page I added in some wood veneer words – “love this” – for my title and also some sprinkly veneer pieces in circles, hearts and stars. I was going to leave them plain but decided I didn’t love the wood grain on the page so I used my gold paint to paint them with a little paint brush!

I added in my journalling under the trees which just says how nice it was to have all of the cousins together to celebrate Christmas. Seeing this photo though really made me realise just how much all of the kids are growing. How quickly time goes and makes me truly grateful for this memory keeping hobby I stumbled upon. And it makes me look forward to the new memories we will make and I can record this year! Especially with some of the gorgeous new cut files in the Christmas Shop on the website!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below! I hope you enjoy!

Remember, if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen can cut and post to you (anywhere in the world!!) any of the designs in the store that have the custom cut option! So awesome!!

I had so much fun creating this page and I really hope that you have enjoyed my process. I hope that you are inspired to maybe get a start on last years Christmas memories or heck, get a kick start for this years, in whichever way you choose to record your memories! It was interesting seeing Gwens pole the other week in the HQ group around Christmas. If you’re not already a part of the group click here and join in the fun!

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!
Melinda

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.
Tracey

Sue Plumb’s latest share

Hey Creatives,

Sue is back on the blog today with her second share as our Guest Designer.  So much scrappy goodness to see!     I would also like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Sue for joining in our celebrations this month, she is an amazing scrapper and I have so loved seeing her working with the cut files! xo

Now… onto the layout 🙂

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here again to share another guest designer layout for Cut to You’s birthday celebration month. Today I am sharing a page I created that was inspired by the July inspiration board.

I was initially drawn to the pink & blue colour palette from this pretty board, so I used that as my starting point, choosing the ‘More Than Words’ collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio as the basis for my page.

I chose to document a photo of some of my scrappy friends and I that was taken on our annual weekend away during a trip to a craft store.

I began with a pretty pink watercolour style paper for my background, layering it with a small paper doily and pieces of black & white floral and blue & white stripe patterned papers before adding my photo on top.

Next, I chose the ‘Let’s Party’ file, that was sent as a free file recently to newsletter subscribers, (so if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet make sure you do – nobody likes missing out!)  You can sign up here. I cut the file from white cardstock and then coloured it using ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Oxide and added it to my page above the layered papers.

Once the photo mat and my title were in place, it was time to embellish my page. First, I added a small label where I wrote my (tongue-in-cheek) journalling; then began embellishing my page with a sweet little banner chipboard sticker below it. Inspired by the board, I wanted to focus on butterflies as my primary embellishment.

For my first cluster, I chose a flower from the ‘More Than Words’ chipboard sticker sheet; a small punched paper flower (with an enamel dot centre), and then one of the butterflies from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ set. (These are my absolute favourite CTY files!) The butterfly was cut from white cardstock and then coloured with ‘Spun Sugar’ Distress Oxide. To give it some extra dimension I placed a row of pearls along the body and lifted the wings up from the page.

For my second cluster, I started with a floral die cut from the ‘More Than Words’ ephemera pack, which I layered with the happiness label from the same pack and another small punched flower. Below those, I added a second butterfly from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ cut file set, which was again ct from white cardstock and coloured with Distress Oxide. This time, instead of a row of pearls, I added a small fussy cut butterfly from one of the Cocoa Vanilla patterned papers layered over the top.

To complete my “visual triangle” and finish off my page; I added a third butterfly from the ‘Mixed Butterflies’ set, which I inked with ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Oxide to match my title and placed on the bottom right corner of my photo. I also added a couple of enamel dots to the body for dimension. Below it, I added another fussy cut butterfly (the same as I had used on the layered butterfly); and then, because I had to have three, I added a final one near the top of my page.

The finishing touch was to stamp the word “priorities” a few times around my page and stamp the date in the bottom corner.

Thanks so much to Gwen for asking me to be part of this month’s special 1st birthday celebrations! I loved being able to share how I use some of my Cut to You files and hope I have inspired you to play along with the July mood board challenge too. You can upload your entry via the Cut to You HQ group to be in the running to win a store voucher.

Happy scrapping!

Sue X

T.B.R. | Sara Scraps

Hello Hello Everyone! Its Sara, back with my second layout for the month of July! I hope you are all nice and cool as a cucumber while you read this! I’m in the US and we are having the craziest heatwave!

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I’m sharing a 12X12 scrapbook layout today along with some fun tips on how you can customize your cut files to make them uniquely yours. I chose to use the brand new Book Stack Background Cut File.

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I started by backing my cut file. I chose to use Pink Paislee’s Indigo and Ivy range. I love to use 6X6 paper pads to back my files. I flipped over each patterned paper and flipped the cut file. Then I used a pen (I know, you could totally use a pencil if you want to) to trace and cut each section of the books.

I chose contrasting colors to really make the cut file details pop..but I’m not done yet!

Next, I broke out a bottle of Glossy Accents. This is used a lot in scrapbooking as a wet glue BUT if you cover areas of a cut file with it, you get a lovely glossy sheen to bring your attention to parts of your cut file.IMG_1343

The last finishing touch I added was some hand stitching. Hand stitching the entire outline of a cut file always looks lovely but have you ever just chosen a section or element to stitch? I chose to stitch just the book pages for my layout. Love the added texture it created.1B2E3C2A-8C3E-4C0E-B6BC-B198A171B1C2.jpeg

I embellished the rest of my layout minimally so that the cut file, my photo, and journaling were the star of the show! Be sure to take a peek at all the cut files in the Cut to You shop. How will you customize a cut file and make it yours?

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara Scraps

 

Today we talk Scrap room Storage

Hello, Creatives!!! A very Happy International Scrapbooking weekend to you… I do hope you have had a chance to get creative, I sure have!  I thought for fun we’d have a little ‘room share’ on the blog;  I know that storing and organising our supplies is just as big a hobby as Scrapbooking itself, right?  So I’ve asked the design team to share their creative space with you!

I thought I’d go first as some of you may have seen these pics before.  After years of scrapping on the kitchen dining room table, I’m now lucky enough to have a bedroom as my space, which also serves as CUT to YOU HQ.  I’ve filled two walls with a combination of Expedit shelves from IKEA as the base for my storage, using the shelves themselves and their tops for all sorts of craft goodies.  I like things to look ‘neat’ from the outside, and I enjoy having spaces that I can hide goodies away so these shelves are good for that.  My room has a vintage feel, as I love pretty things and they inspire me when I’m creating.  I also keep items like my sewing machine, typewriter and Cameo out and ready to go as I find I use them more that way.

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Next up is Bernii’s space… Bernii’s space is so wonderfully colourful and we love how she stores similar items together, check out all those Thickers!   We also love that her pic has her little man in there, it’s his usual perch when she scraps and like many rooms, it features a Raskog.

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Next up, we have Rachel – I love her compact and very organised space.  She certainly has packed it in right!  We have two photos of her space… the first one is before her new purchase, can you guess what it was?

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The second is after her new purchase, a new CAMEO!!  That’s right, Rachel was a Custom Cut customer, who used the files we ship.  After a short time, she fell in love with them so much she went out and purchased a Cameo of her own.  (This actually happens A LOT! and we love it!)  It’s so great that we can give you a way to trial this style of scrapping before you commit to an electronic die cutting machine.  We also love that she decorated it!! (More about that in another blog post!)

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Next up we have Tam.  I’m am actually lucky enough to have visited her space! It’s a wonderfully functional space that she built with her new house!  How fun would THAT be? To be able to design a space that fits your new home AND your love of craft!  I’m loving how it has come together, it’s not a huge space but she has effectively used the space and its absolute proof that no matter what size your room is, it can be creative and functional.  We spy her CAMEO there as well; love the mint!

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and then we have Raechelle, her space is part of a larger living space.  She is neatly tucked into a corner and also shows us how to make the most of what space you do have.  Portable storage is key in this space, we love that cart and the cute kitty!!

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How clever is the use of this built-in cupboard?  Way to stack that paper girl!!

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and with every great space, there is a clean desk area free and ready for creating in!  All of the essentials are at arms reach.

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and last but not least, we have Melinda’s space which is GAGA GORGEOUS!!!  She very recently changed scrap spaces and boy did she trade up!  So much to see in this space, it takes a few shots – I’m loving the colour co-ordinated goodies here stacked in some IKEA bookshelves.

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Isn’t it FAB!!! So bright and white and soooo much SPACE!!!  Yes, we are all jealous (in the best way! xo

So, my top three tips for creating a wonderful scrap space are:

  1. Work with what you have!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small corner of an existing room or a huge space like Melinda’s.  There is so much you can do with what you have AND, the space does NOT MAKE the maker!
  2. Think about the way you create when you consider storage options.  Like to create by colour? Then store your stash in colour.  Prefer to scrap by theme?  Then group themed items together.  Think about options that use ALL the space in your room, think shelves that make the most of upper space and options for under your work table, it’s all real estate you can use.
  3. Make it your own!  Add your personal touch.  Find things that inspire you and help you feel creative.  A personalised space can do wonders for your creativity!

Thanks for popping by today!

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Hi Creative friends,

I thought I’d pop by today to share some tips on using our digital cut files.  I do get a few questions, especially from those of you who are new to cutting the cut files so I’ve put together this quick step by step to help.

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Your cut file will be received in PNG and JPG format and can be used on any electronic die cutting machine.  Most machines will prefer you use the PNG file.

  1. Simply open your software and select NEW.
  2. Next, find the location of your saved file and IMPORT.
  3. Use your TRACE tool to trace the image and prepare for cutting.
  4. Resize and position as required and send to your machine.
  5. Add to your project to make it beautiful!

For SVG files, which are most commonly used with the Brother Scan & Cut machine, please visit our ETSY store, CUTtoYOU.

I personally have a Silhouette CAMEO 3 Machine and will put together a step x step tutorial for that machine for you coming soon.