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

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 DREAM | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello scrappy friends!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so excited to Guest Design using the gorgeous Cut To You cutfiles!  I loved playing with the “Van Life” cutfile on a fab 12 x 12 layout.

I backed the cutfile using all Cocoa Vanilla Day Dream patterned papers as well as their beautiful sequins for the window and part of the door.  I chose white textured card stock for the cut so I could enjoy just a little bit of texture and bold contrast with my patterned papers.

After I backed my little camper van, I tucked a few embellishments behind the wheel as well as the sweet little sun behind my title.  I then applied a few more sequins and little word sentiments!

I have a thing for huge splatty bits and I made sure to sprinkle them liberally around my layout in a mid-tone gold from Jen Hadfield.

I used a single 4 x 6 photo with cute a Snapchat filter.  I thought it was perfect as I have always wanted to have an adorable camper craft room!  Here you can see me looking down dreaming of my little space!

I adore this project!  What could be better than a sweet cutfile, gorgeous product and a fun photo?!  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!  You can see my full process on my YouTube channel “She’s Crafty”.

Have the best day everyone,

Shannon

SISTERS ALWAYS | KAREN JARMAN

Hello Cut To You fans! I was so excited when Gwen asked me to guest design this month, I admit I did squeal. I really only started using cut files about 12 months ago, yes I realise I was late to the party but I absolutely love them. I don’t have a cutting machine so I purchase Gwens Custom Cuts. These are carefully wrapped in signature pink tissue and boxed and sent out so quickly I often get my order the next day!. I am excited to say that it’s my birthday this month and my family all chipped in for a machine! 

I decided to create a 12×12 layout that features me with my sisters using the ‘Butterfly Silhouette‘ file. I love this ‘selfie’ of us, it has a special place in my heart. It was taken when the family was all together celebrating one of us successfully finishing breast cancer treatment. I have scrapped this photo a few times now and it never gets old. 

Here are the steps for creating the layout – I started the layout by backing the cut file with patterned paper.

Then I got to creating my background. My style often leans to being mixed media heavy, I love spray inks and creating watercolour backgrounds. I had initially thought I would go for a soft and monochromatic background but as with most of my layouts it morphed into something quite different.  Sometimes it can feel like you have gone too far with your sprays and this one was no exception, when this happens It’s a good idea to keep bringing the cut file over to your layout, it always looks different.  Another tip, I always use Gesso on my mixed media layouts it allows time to wipe things up and it helps the water and ink to spread without soaking into the cardstock. 

I mixed a few green and blue sprays to create the aqua green colour which was my original monochromatic idea. I then decided that I wanted more colour so added coral, gold and a darker blue that took into consideration some of the patterned pater having a dark blue tinge. 

Once everything was dry I popped the cut file up on the page with craft foam for dimension and started on the embellishing with lots of flowers and butterflies.

I love how this turned out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you gained some inspiration, I will be back later in the month for another share (squeal!)

Karen

MISS THIRTEEN | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I have a fun share of my Miss Thirteen for this one. This photo was taken on her 13th birthday and I just adore that sweet pose. I’m using Pebbles Inc ‘Girl Squad’ for this layout a fun and funky collection for teen girls. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Sweetheart‘ cut file which I’ve left open to create a fun background layer.

Here’s a closer look at the ‘Sweetheart‘ design:

To begin my page, I’ve created my background by combining two pattern papers, I’ve gone with a bright colour scheme and decided on adding some pops of black as well. Before adding my stitching to the edge, I’ve layered in the cut file (cut on white card-stock) and purposely run it off the edge of the page.

I had very limited paper choices in this collection, so I’ve used the 6×6 pattern paper to create some paper layers in my background. I’ve backed my photo with the same pattern paper as my background edge to make it pop but softened it with a layer of vellum.

Next, I’ve pulled a title sentiment from the ephemera pack, I just love the quote ‘Happy Girls are the Prettiest’, it’s so true. At this stage, I thought it might be my title, but I do end up adding another one.

Next, I’ve added in some more of the die cut ephemera elements including some floral pieces, so heart die cuts and the cutest pair of sunglasses, this really is a fun collection.

It was at this point that I thought the page needed a little more detail, so I created a couple of paper bows using my Sizzix machine. I’ve had this bow die for the longest time, it is so handy and a great way to use up paper scraps. I’ve also added here my title ‘Miss Thirteen’ using some Thickers from my stash. I chose black to help pull all of the darker element on the page together. I don’t work a lot with black but just love how it pops on this page.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,

Christmas Star | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone, it’s Melinda here with you for today’s blog post! I have this super fun Christmas page to share featuring a 2019 photo.

This page features the very awesome “Star Light, Star Bright” cut file which has been embossed with gold glitter embossing powder. And I just love how it turned out!

I said it recently in another post, but in case you didn’t know, stars are totally my jam. My fave!! So as I flipped through my photos and came across this one. I knew straight away that I just HAD to cut it AND that it simply HAD to be gold!

By happy accident my boy is wearing a teal-ish coloured shirt which, for me, is part of a perfect Christmas colour combo – red/teal/white/gold and in this case, silver too ;), so I totally embraced that and created a messy mixed media background with lots of different Lindy’s products.

Oh, and with teal in my colour scheme I simply had to include these gorgeous X and O Charms Creations!!!

I, of course, have a process video for which is below! Grab a cuppa, sit back and I do hope you enjoy!

I’ll leave with you a few close up shots!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe I have inspired you to use a more non-traditional colour scheme for some Christmas pages 😉 Make sure to head over here to the shop if you are looking for all of the stunning Christmas designs and make sure you have signed up here to the newsletter. It may be very worth your while to keep up to date with the CUT to YOU happenings 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
xx

EVERYTHING LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back today with some more Scrappy inspiration for you including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used My Minds Eye ‘Splendor’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to get creative! xo

LOVELY LIFE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. Today I’m diving deep into my stash and using one of my all-time favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called ‘Bohemian Dream’. I’ve also pulled a sweet pic of Miss C taken a few years ago now. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Triangle Pinwheel‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here’s a closer look at the cut file I’ve used. This one is nice and fast to back and I think adds a really striking element to the page. If you are new to working with cut files, this one is a great one to get you started.

To create my page, I’ve begun by backing my cut file design, I’ve simply backed each triangle one by one mixing and matching pattern paper scraps. I wasn’t too careful about the colour placement, I just made sure that no two colours were side by side. I’ve then added this whole piece to the cardstock background of my layout and stitched around the edge.

Next, I’ve mounted my photo with a 1/4 inch frame and added some stitching. I’ve then locked in the position of my photo onto my page.

Next up, I’ve worked on my title. I knew I wanted to use a larger title for this design so it was important to get it into position early in the design process. I just love the bold white chipboard I’ve used here.

Next up, I’ve created my main embellishment cluster. I pulled this ‘Charm Creations‘ heart from my stash and added that to some die cut embellishments and a flair from the collection. I love the different textures here.

I’ve then gone ahead and added in two smaller embellishment clusters mainly made up of the die cut ephemera pieces and some word sentiments. Most I’ve added on 3D foam tape for dimension.

The clusters help draw the eye from the top left hand corner of the photo down to wards the bottom left hand corner of the page. I’ve kept them pretty simple as I didn’t want to cover up too much of my fun cut file background.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,

SWEET AND SASSY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I hope you are ready for some bright fun Spring colours. It’s not long turned Spring here in Australia and I am so happy to be getting into some warmer weather and really enjoying creating with some bright fun colours. Today’s layout is a silly happy snap that was taken last Christmas by my daughter using one of those fun filters on her phone. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Hearts on Strings‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here is the cut file I’ve used… a really fun and simple design that was super easy to back and a fast way to get a page put together.

So, as I mentioned, the page began by cutting out the design nice and large. I’ve then taken a mix of the pattern papers from the collection and backed the hearts. I’ve not taken too much care with the colours, I was just careful to not have too many of the same colours grouped together. I’ve then placed foam tape behind the design and centred it onto my page.

Next, I’ve simply backed my photo with another pattern from the collection. It’s a really fun photo so I did want to play with the patterns on the page as well to create a fun feel for the layout. As you can see below, I’ve added my signature stitching detail to the photo as well.

To keep the design fairly simple, I’m working with my embellishment clusters positioned around the edges of the photo. I want to add this detail but I don’t want to cover up too much of the cut file in my background. It’s a bit of a balance here so I would recommend keeping that in mind when you are working with cut files as background features.

I decided on one large main cluster on the right of my photo and then two smaller ones (one on the left and one on the top) and these balance out the page nicely. I’ve really just mixed and matched elements from the collection until I was happy working largest elements to smallest.

I’ve finished off the page with the ‘Love you More’ die cut piece and a couple of fun red puffy hearts as well as these super sweet die-cut bees, so sweet!

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you in some way, be sure to tag me on social if it does so I can see what you have made!

Until next time,

12 Ways to Scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something a little different but super helpful I hope! I thought today I’d share some scrappy Christmas inspiration. I know, I know… as this post goes up it’s only August, but I absolutely love the season AND I have a stack of photos that desperately need to be scrapped. You see, I really only tend to scrap Christmas around the Christmas season.. which in turn means I have wayy too many pics that need doing. Sooo I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to get you inspired. I’m hoping they get me inspired too and we can all scrap away our holiday snaps! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

12 Ways to scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Bold feature Title. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your Christmas photos a festive feel is to combine them with a bold Christmas themed title. Here I’ve used the ‘Holly Jolly‘ cut file but you could replace this with any kind of Alphabets you have for a similar look.

#2 Christmas Wreath. What’s more festive than a Christmas wreath, right? AND you don’t need to use specific Christmas Wreath designs to make a statement like this on your page. I’ve used the ‘Floral Wreath‘ cut file here which is actually just a spring-themed design and then used up my Christmas embellishments layered over the top. This way, I’m getting multiple uses out of the one cut file design AND I’m also using up my stash of Christmas themed die-cut pieces.

#3 Repeat it! For this page, I’ve actually changed it up and used a Spring themed scrapbook collection. No Christmas supplies here… instead, I’ve gone with a very flexible cut file design called ‘Merry Merry Merry and Bright‘. I love the repeated title in this one, perfect to cut nice and large and add as a background, then you can use whatever supplies you like.

#4 Switch it and Stack it. For this layout, I repurposed the ‘Present Stack‘ design. This one is meant for Birthday layouts, but for this page, to create a Christmas feel, I’ve stacked it with a bunch of fun Christmas sentiments. This could well be one of the fastest scrapbook layouts you make!

#5 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, so no guesswork required. This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite and with the added shine of Silver elements, it’s definitely vibing Christmas. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#6 Go Traditional. For me, a big part of Christmas day is sitting around my mum’s house which, with a 12-year-old in tow, can turn into a bit of a ‘Snap Chat’ session… Cute modern selfies like this one team really well with more traditional colour schemes. You really can never go wrong with a classic red and green Christmas layout. Cut file design featured here is ‘Christmas Gift Stack‘.

#7 Reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Christmas Banners‘ cut file is the perfect addition. The star elements and the gift tags perfectly layered up, give the layout a fun festive feel with not a lot of fuss.

#8 Help create a scene. It’s not always easy to capture the details of a location on your layout, especially when your photos really are focused on the people in them, not so much on the background or location. In this page, I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ cut file design to really help the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page. That stunning Christmas tree in our photo helps too… it was so gorgeous!

#9 Document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter and I with our Elf on the Shelf. I love documenting the small moments at Christmas as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Christmas Tree Row‘ I’ve used here helps me create a central design and the cute Christmas embellishments really pull the theme together. Adding a soft mixed media background to my page really pulled this all together.

#10 Colour blocking. A super popular feature in Scrapbooking, I personally love to do this on my pages. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts Background’ cut file and then backed it in traditional red cardstock. You might notice on this one that there are no ‘Christmas’ themed goodies, even the cut file is a generic shape… but the page still has a Christmas feel to it because of the red I’ve chosen and elements like the striped bow. Adding in some word sentiments like ‘So much fun’ and ‘I love this day’ help tell the story.

#11 Christmas really is special. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#12 Be a rule breaker. It’s official, there is no “Scrapbooking Police”, there is no right or wrong way to create your layouts… so my last tip is to do what makes you happy. If putting spring butterflies onto a layout that is about a cold snowy Christmas just like I have done here, it doesn’t matter. If it makes your heart happy, I say go for it! xo

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting your Christmas with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,