GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA) WORLD TRAVELER

Hi!

Hope you are having a wonderful day in your part of the world! Today I’m sharing my third and last layout as May guest designer for Cut To You. This is a fun and happy layout to document our visit to Epcot and I love how this layout turned out with the cut file and the mixed media. If you want to see me creating this page, don’t miss the process video at the end of the post.

For this layout, I used the World Traveler title cut file and product from the Photoplay Paper “A Day at the Park” and “Another Day at the Park”.

Off camera, I prepared the white cardstock with clear gesso and, when it was dry, I added Distress Oxide in Hickory Smoke. After that, I used two stencils by Paige Evans to add a visual texture to the paint using the same ink and the stars using a silver paste by Lawn Fawn.


After the background was ready, I added the “World Traveler” cut file backed with patterned papers from Photoplay and the silver paper from Bazzill Basics. I used foam tape to add it to the layout. On the top and bottom of the layout, I added a piece of red and white paper using tape only on the border that it connect with the white cardstock. Then, carefully I tore the edge of the white cardstock to reveal the patterned paper.

I printed the photo in 4″ x 6″ and reduced it a little, then matted it in white cardstock and used red and yellow papers from the collections to give the color scheme continuity and balance the page. For the journaling, I printed it in white cardstock and cut it into thin strips that I added to the layout using liquid adhesive.

Now that the layout is almost done, I added a few extra embellishments like the mouse head that is on the right side of the photo. I fussy cut it from one of the cards in the collection. Also, I used a flair button from Queen & Co. and two phrases stickers on the photo area. 

The last touch were the stars clusters. I used two paper punches to cut them out of the papers and glue some of them with foam tape and others with liquid adhesive to give interest and dimension on those areas. Below you can see the cluster in the photo area.

Here is the cluster on the left side of the title.

This is the other cluster, on the right side of the title. There are three clusters to create a visual triangle that balances the layout and helps the viewer move around the page.

That is all for this layout. You can now watch me creating it here:

Thank you so much for your visit and for staying with me during this post. I hope you like and enjoy this layout as much as I do. If this is the case, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration. It was a pleasure to be a guest designer for Cut To You during this month, I want to express my gratitude to Gwen and I hope you enjoy my designs.

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA) MY HAPPY PLACE

Hi!

Hope you are having a wonderful day! Rebeca back at the blog with my second “Magical Moment” project as a guest designer for Cut To You. This time I’m using the “My Happy Place” title to create this beautiful page of me and my daughter wearing gold pink ears. For this layout I used some techniques, and you can see me doing them in the process video at the end of this post. Don’t miss it, I’m sure you are going to enjoy it!

For this layout, I mixed a few Say Cheese collections by Simple Stories, especially for the embellishing part, because the papers are from Say Cheese Main Street collection. I’ve been collecting them for years and since they coordinate perfectly I took all them out to create this page. I started this layout by cutting a frame out of the blue floral paper. Then, I punched four strips of black cardstock using a scallop edge border by Stampin’ Up. I added the borders behind the blue frame, then used foam tape to add the frame to the pink paper.

Take a closer look here to the scallop border and the pink background paper.

The title cut file was cut in white cardstock, then backed with papers from the Main Street collection, but I wanted to alter it a bit and stitched on top of the “happy” word using a back stitch and white embroidery thread. When finished, I added it to the layout using foam tape.

This is a closer look at the stitched area of the cut file.

With the frame and the cut file I had most of the page covered, which is why I used the cut file on the left side of the page to leave space for the photo. To help the photo stand out, I matted it in white cardstock and yellow patterned paper and embellished with a phrase label and a flat brad.

On the left area of the photo, I added a wood veneer with a heart and a blue tab with a sticker on top.

On the title area I wanted to add something that says Magic Kingdom since the photo was taken there. This is why I added the castle on top of it.

For the journaling, I used a pre-made stitched tag that I altered with a bow made out of white thread and a foam heart. Then, I printed the journaling in white cardstock and cut it into thin strips that I added on top of the tag using liquid adhesive.

This is all for this layout in photos, but you can see me creating this beautiful page 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. If this is the case, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration!

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!

How to Scrapbook with Cut Files | Beginners Guide

Hey Creative friends,

New to scrapbooking with cut files? This blog post is for you! I’ve gathered some essential info to get you started super quickly and easily. Learn how to scrapbook with cut files, the equipment you need and how to get started, plus details of how you can get your very first free SVG design sent directly to your inbox.

What is a Cut File?

A cut file is simply a digital version of an image or text that can be downloaded to your computer. Once downloaded, files can be imported into the electronic die-cutting machine software, manipulated and then sent to cut. Cut files come in a large variety of shapes and designs and texts. Files are typically in either JPG (.jpeg), PNG (.png) or SVG (.svg) format and can be cut from lots of materials including paper and cardstock. You may also find cut files in DXF (.dxf) and EPS (.eps) file formats.

What are SVG Files?

SVG files are particularly useful as cut files. SVG stands for Scaleable Vector Graphic. These file types are super popular because they allow the image to be scaled without changing the quality of the design. Typically, SVG files also come on a transparent background so they are super useful for all kinds of craft projects; not just scrapbooking!

Essentials for Scrapbooking with Cut Files

There are a few things you will need to get started.

  1. A digital die-cutting machine. Brands include Silhouette, Cricut and Brother Scan and Cut. There are several models available for each of these brands. I use a Silhouette Cameo. You will also need a computer to connect the machine to and the cutting machine software. There are free versions of the software for the cutting machines as well as paid versions available. Start off with the free version where you can, it could very well be all that you need.
  2. Cutting Mats. Depending on the brand of machine you purchase, you will need matching cutting mats. There are also unbranded versions at great prices that are compatible with many machines. I use ‘Universal Crafts’ brand. Be sure to check your machine warrantee before using unbranded supplies, this could be a good option once your warrantee period has expired.
  3. Cutting Blades. Depending on the brand of your machine, you will also need matching cutting blades. The Silhouette comes with many options suitable for the different materials you will be able to cut including the ‘Deep Cut’ blade, ‘Auto’ blade and ‘Fabric’ blade.
  4. Machine accessories. If you plan on working a lot with cut files, I’d highly recommend getting a scraper tool. This will help you to remove the design off of the cutting mat once it is cut. There are other tools as well available such as a ‘Weed’ tool which is great if you plan on cutting Vinyl for DIY projects. Planning on only cutting paper and cardstock? The scraper is all you need.
  5. Paper and Cardstock. While any paper will work in the machine, results can be quite varied. For scrapbooking with cut files I recommend the American Crafts Precision Cardstock. It is made for intricate and clean cuts, well worth the little bit extra you will pay for it.

If you’d like even more info on these, you can learn more in this article ‘5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Cut Files‘.

You have all the equipment you need and you’re ready to go, now, you just need a design to cut.

Free SVG Cut Files

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG cut files out every month, and you’ll get our ‘You Are Special’ design immediately so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE and it’s free to join. I highly recommend starting off with free SVG designs, they are great to test and play with until you get more confident with your machine.

I also wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE just by signing up. What a lovely reminder to your loved ones of just how special they are no matter what the season.

How to Scrapbook with Cut Files?

Need more help to get started? Want to learn exactly how to scrapbook with cut files? Check out my YouTube channel filled with hundreds of Scrapbooking Ideas, Tutorials and instructional videos.

Need specific help with How to trace and resize a Cut File using Silhouette Studio – Watch this video.

Want specific help with How to back a cut file with paper? – Watch this video.

Still have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Until next time,

RAINBOW VIBES | SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT IDEA BY GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Day Dream’ collection and the super fun ‘Rainbow Vibes‘ cut file to create a dreamy summer layout. This selfie was taken on Christmas Day last year while we were on family vacation.

When creating this layout, I was a little short on time, so I’ve let the cut file do the hard work for me. I’ve cut it out nice and large so that it fills the entire background of the layout. I’ve then backed it in a mix of the pattern papers. This is a great way to quickly get started on a page, especially if you are anything like me and sometimes find it hard to know where to start.

I’ve added the cut file flat to the page for this layout as I’m going to be adding my dimension behind my photo and embellishments. This is also the quickest way to get it locked into position.

Working from the largest elements to the smallest, the next big decision was the placement of my photo. I decided to place it slightly to the right of the page as I liked the way the palm tree and my hair flowed in the direction. I find it is best to go with the flow of photo rather than work against it.

Next, I positioned some fussy cut floral elements and created a couple of clusters to help draw the eye around the page. I’ve also included some fussy cut out moths from the ‘All a Flutter’ pattern paper. For dimension, I’ve added a flair button and these fun typed sentiment stickers which I’ve raised up on foam tape. I’ve used the floral clusters to balance out the page and then the smaller elements for details.

I’ve also made a You Tube process video where I share more about my design process and you can see the page come together. You can watch it here:


Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

12 Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring and Easter

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. I was looking at creating some Easter & Spring pages and looking for inspiration, and I thought you might be too. So, I’ve collected some stunning scrapbook layouts from the design team featuring scrapbook ideas that I love. So if you’re looking for Fun and Easy Spring themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of photos to scrapbook so let’s get inspired together!

Grab your FREE Special SVG File here:

First up though, do you love FREEBIES? If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE and it’s free to join.

12 Spring & Easter Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

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

Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘Spring-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. What a lovely reminder to your loved ones of just how special they are no matter what the season.

Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring & Easter

#1 Soft Pastels and bright whites. Pastels are always a favourite of mine for documenting Spring and Easter. I love the soft pinks and blues in this share by Tarrah Mc Lean. The details in her layout here are so sweet, from the check pattern paper in the background to the button on the bunnies bow. This page is also a great example of what can be achieved with a very simple bunny SVG design. This one is called ‘Bunny Silhouette‘ is super quick to back and easily replicated so you too can have a page just like this one.

#2 Flower Daffodils. It’s no secret that yellow makes my heart happy, so how could I not love this layout by Kirei Baldwin documenting fresh spring flowers. I love that she has teamed the Daffodils in her pictures with our ‘Daffodil Posie‘ SVG backing this one with pretty vellum and pattern papers. Our Floral SVG designs are my most favourite and I think this layout showcases just how easy they are to work with and how they can help you tell your story.

#3 Floral like Geometrics. For this layout, Piroska Czako Radvanji has created a striking page centred around a diagonal design. She cut out the ‘Floral Mandala 1‘ SVG cut file nice and large and centred it on her page. Backing it in bright colours really makes it pop and draws on the colours in her photo. What makes this page special is the way she has used the cut file as a large element on her background to get her started, then layered her photo and embellishments on top. Not sure where to start creating your next layout? Try this technique.

#4 Floral Banner. Our floral banner SVG design is an absolute favourite of mine for getting a page done fast. This banner svg design can be cut to fit the background of your 12 x 12 layout, backed and then centred on the page. From there, it’s just a matter of adding two small portrait photos to the floral banner itself and some pretty embellishments. Design featured here is ‘Spring Floral Banners‘ and is one of our KIT to YOU designs which includes a layout sample AND full step x step instructions to recreate the page.

#5 Combining Easter and Spring on your page. For those of you in the Northern hemisphere, Spring and Easter are a match made in heaven. I adore this layout by Kirei Baldwin that combines cute little bunnies, birds and spring tulips. Cut file featured here is ‘Spring Tulip‘ which she has cut out several times and stacked down the centre of her page.

#6 A Spring wreath. Scrapycat Josefine is featuring a stunning spring wreath svg for this layout. This floral design is called ‘Flower Crown‘ and is another popular one used as a base for a layout design. Centre the wreath on your page, add floral die cuts and your photo and the page is complete. See the perfect spot for your photo to sit? A quick example of how scrapbooking with cut files can be quick and easy.

#7 Selfie Love! Selfies are fun no matter what the season. When there isn’t someone handy to take a happy snap, why not snap a quick selfie. This fun photo was taken at school and I’ve embellished it with pretty spring florals with a vintage vibe. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured here is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers as an anchor point for my photos. If you love selfies, you’ll love our big selection of Cameras and Photos svg designs on the website.

#8 Egg Hunt Adventures. There is nothing that says Easter morning like an egg hunt, so of course it’s a moment that needs scrapbooking. Photos of the kids running around madly searching for eggs can be tricky, I call these ones action shots and they are so fun to use on your pages. They don’t need to be perfect, they just need to capture the moment. I’ve used the ‘Lily of the Valley‘ cut file for this one, a floral svg that I’ve cut out nice and large and added to fill in my background. I also am loving the soft pinks and purples on this page.

#9 Spring Butterflies. Another super sweet layout by Tarrah Mc Lean, this one features the ‘Choose Happy‘ title SVG which she has centred on her page along with her photo. What sets this layout off are those darling butterflies sprinkled around the page and the pops of blue and yellow softened with the woodgrain pattern paper creates a simply beautifully balanced page.

#10 Lovely floral layers. This page by Scrapycat Josefine is a picture of Spring. From the mix of floral pattern papers to those stunning layers of floral die cuts. On this layout, Josefine has also left her cut files open, keeping them soft and light. Design featured here is ‘Posey Duo‘ and it’s the perfect addition to the floral embellishment clusters.

#11 Spring Showers. It’s not all sunny days in Spring, but that means an opportunity to document April showers and beautiful rainbows. Documenting the weather can be a really fun thing to do, so why not let this page by Tarrah Mc Lean inspire a page that documents this season for you. Cut file featured is ‘Chasing Rainbows‘ one of our very popular Rainbow svg designs.

#12 Bold and Bright. This page by Scrapycat Josefine is like a burst of Spring! The colours on this layout really pop with the contrasting areas of black. She’s layered up cut file pieces from the ‘Floral Bouquet Set‘ adding vellum behind some of the pieces to soften. The mix of bright green and pink on this page is so so striking proving Spring layouts don’t need to be soft in colour, choose the tones you love and create with those!

That’s it! 12 Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring & Easter for you to try. I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for scrapbooking with SVG files, they really are so versatile! You can find all of these designs and more in the shop.

Until next time,

10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. We are about to kick off our Summer holidays here in Australia and with school finishing up, I’ve actually been ordering books for next year and planning out my daughters subject selections. It won’t be long before we are all talking about heading back to school, so if you’re looking for Fun and Easy School themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of school-themed photos to Scrapbook so let’s get you inspired!

Grab your FREE Special SVG File here:

First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE.

10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

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

#1 Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘School-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. You could replicate this layout with a photo from a simple moment on a morning before school. What a lovely reminder to the student in your family to inspire them throughout their day.

#2 Documenting Class and Teacher details. I love documenting big and small details of school life. For this layout, I wanted to document my daughters school teacher and class details, they are hidden away underneath the cut file I’ve used on the background of this page. Cut file is called ‘School Books‘ which I’ve cut nice and large and then backed with pretty pattern papers. You could add in all kinds of details behind your book here, it’s a great way journal or document details in your photo.

#3 Documenting Progress through the grades. It’s obviously important to document each grade your student is in, but I also believe it’s also good to document where they are on their school journey. I created the cut file featured here to be able to do just that. It is called ‘Grade School‘ and the idea behind this one is to have the word ‘Grade’ at the top in one pattern paper and then to highlight the appropriate number each year. This design really is one that can be used over and over to document progress though each year level at school. For this layout, I was also keen to document my husband taking pictures by our front door, this is a real family tradition we have run with, so the journalling on this layout will talk more about our daughters progress through the grades at school and how she has grown and developed.

#4 Documenting School Sports. For this layout, I wanted to document a sports award my daughter achieved. I was not able to attend the sports event, so I snapped a couple of pictures as soon as we arrived home, making sure to take a close up of her medallion. To help tell my story, I’ve used the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file design to replicate sports flags. For the title of my page I’ve used ‘Thickers’ to spell out the type of award she won.

#5 One for the Book lovers. There is no doubt that school life means a lot of reading and study. For my daughter, it also means a lot fun as she is real book worm. For this layout, I wanted to document a lovely moment she fell asleep reading with our pet cat. I actually created this SVG design for this very layout. It’s called ‘Book Lover‘ and consists of a title and some super fun books.

#6  Documenting Awards and Certificates. It’s not everyday that your little ones are awarded class prizes and certificates so these moments really are nice to document. It’s not always possible to get to the presentation so why not take a pic outside the class room to document this special achievement. This layout features our ‘Stars N Stripes‘ design and plays on the idea of being a SUPER Star!

#7 Selfie Love! There isn’t always someone handy to take a happy snap at school, so why not snap a quick selfie. I find the ones the kids take to be extra special. This fun photo was taken as a sneaky selfie in an open class parents were invited to attend to see student work. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers.

#8 School Adventures. Not all learning experiences happen at school. For my daughter, school camp in Year 6 was a big deal, exciting and scary all wrapped up in one. It was really important for me to document all of these feelings along with the details of the camp. This photo was taken in the early hours of the morning just before she boarded a bus, looking at this page brings back so many memories!! I’ve created a pretty floral cluster to embellish this page featuring cut file leaves, for my layers. This cut file design is called ‘Leaf Duo‘ and can extend floral die cut pieces in your stash beautifully. Pre-cut out a bunch of these, I know you’ll find them handy as you are creating.

#9 Schools out for Summer. This layout celebrates summer vacay!!! There is nothing quite like that moment when school is out and it’s time for some fun 🙂 The best students are those who know how to work hard and can also rest and enjoy the Summer break. Cut file featured here is our ‘Vacay Mode‘ title design.

#10 Sticking with tradition. For this layout, I’m featuring a photo that is a real family tradition. Each year on the first day of school, I photograph my daughter standing on the front step of our house. As it’s turned out, we have lived here her whole life and it is so lovely to see the same door and background in each photo and simply watch her grow! I’ve featured here an exclusive cut file from our CUT of the MONTH Members club called ‘Eucalyptus Wreath’. If you’re looking for more info on that you’ll find more info here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting school memories with SVG files, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

GOOD TIDINGS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with another of the exclusive designs available for our CUT of the MONTH club members, this one is called ‘Triangle Crystals’ and is available now in the members area of the website for immediate download. Not one of our members yet? Now’s the time to join, for $1.50 per month, you can grab this new exclusive as well as October’s for a short time only, sign up here.

Onto the layout 🙂 I was super keen to get started on a Christmas scrapbook idea I had, using the design to give the feel of Winter. These triangles could be a geometric pattern, but for my layout I wanted them to mimic snow or ice.

I’ve backed the entire file with one piece of pattern paper and then added that to a framed background. I’ve then gone ahead and added a bunch of stitching to the layout. I just love adding stitching to my projects, it adds a really lovely texture and hand made feel to them. I’ve then mounted my photo and added more stitching around the edge.

Next it was time to add in some embellishments and paper layers. I’ve added lots of bits and pieces under my photo and built out the right hand side of the layout with embellishments. To balance this out, I’ve added a smaller embellishment cluster to the bottom left hand side of the page. This Pink Fresh collection has so many lovely elements in it, I love mixing and matching them in my clusters.

I’ve also added in some sequins from ‘Spieglemom Scraps‘ – these snow flakes are the cutest!!! We don’t get snow where I live so this photo taken on a Christmas vacation was the perfect page to use them up on and I just love how they finish off the page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA) | CHEERS

Rebeca Ruiz back on the blog today. Hope you are having a great day! I’m happy to share with you a very colorful layout I made using a cut file and mixed media. The best part is I recorded the process of making this layout, and you can see it at the end of this post. As a scrapbooker for many years, I love to photograph everything; not only my family, but also things that can bring me some memories of a special day, meal, or moment. The sad part is that usually I scrapbook the photos of my family and leave behind all those other photos. Thankfully, this is not the case in this layout, for which I used a photo of a mojito to remember my husband and I’s anniversary lunch at the beach.

The inspiration for this layout came from this beautiful cut file from Cut To You by Gwen, who invited me to be the guest designer for today. The name of this cut file is “Tropical Punch”. As soon as I saw it, I remembered this photo, and this is the result.

To create this layout, the first thing I did was back the cut file using papers from Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The colors of this collection are bright and happy, which is the perfect combination for this page. I used the papers in the 6″ x 8″ pad because the patterns are small, which is great for backing cut files. 

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a Then, I continued working with the background. For that, I prepared a white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. When it was ready, I added spray paint in the middle area, like a circle, trying to leave the borders white. The paint I used was “Well Blue Me Down” by Shimmerz. When the paint was dry, I used a bubble stencil and Distress Oxide inks in “Salvaged Patina” and “Peacock Feathers” to create the pattern on top of the blue paint using the tone on tone technique. This will give the page a visual texture, but since I love to feel different textures in my layouts, I decided to use a clear paste in some areas of the background.

When the background was dry, I cut the white cardstock to 11″ x 11″ and matted it on a red cardstock that measures 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″. Then, I added the cardstock to a frame made out of the floral paper. I did this to stretch the paper, since the interior part can be used in another project. To secure all the papers and achieve a nice finish and more texture, I machine stitched a white border around the layout.

Now, it is time to add the cut file and photo to the layout. For the top part of the cut file I used foam tape, but in the inferior area I used liquid adhesive. To give the photo area more color, I matted it using three different papers from the collection. I started with the woodgrain, then the red one, and finally the yellow floral. I distressed the edges of the papers and tore some notches in the yellow paper.

The title used is from the collection, but I wanted to add something else. This is why I stamped the words “to us” in one of the die cut cards using a stamp set from Elle’s Studio’s. The inks used are from Pink Fresh Studio “Fiesta Blue” and StazOn “Jet Black”.

When all the basic elements of the layout were ready, I started with the fun part: embellishing the page. For that, I used die cuts, puffy stickers, stickers, wood buttons, fussy cut flowers, sequins, and micro beads. To have a layout with dimension, I always use foam tape in some of the embellishments. In this layout, you can see the flowers don’t look flat, and it is because I added foam tape in some of them. You can have a better look at this in the video. 

In the next photos you can appreciate the micro beads used in the center of the cut file flowers. Also, you can see the sequins in the fussy cut flowers, the puffy flowers, and clear stickers (pink flower and tiny hearts) used to create the cluster around the cut file.

This is a layout full of texture. In the next photo you can appreciate the texture of the clear paste, the wood button, the puffy heart between “to us”, the tiny fussy cut flowers, the glitter of the foam title, and everything I added to the cluster in the title area.

To At the end, I added two words stickers to the right side of the photo. 

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

I love how this layout turned out because is very colorful, happy and has lots of flowers and textures. I hope you like it as much as I do and it inspires you to craft!

Rebeca

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA)

Rebeca Ruiz on the blog today. Hope you are having a wonderful day! I’m very happy to share with you a beautiful and elegant layout I made for my daughters using two cut files from Cut to You by Gwen. A few weeks ago, Gwen invited me to be a guest designer for today and October 26. I was very happy because I love her cut files, especially the florals and titles, so I immediately accepted. Here is the first layout I designed for her. I also recorded the process of creating this layout and you can find it at the end of this post. 

In this layout I used two of her designs: the Floral Note Card, and the “Grateful for You” title. If you haven’t checked her cut files, go and visit her shop, I’m sure you are going to find something special for your projects. The papers and embellishments used are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio “These Days” collection.

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a layout about my daughters since they are my biggest blessing and scrapbooking of them always makes me happy and inspires me. After choosing the files and cutting them in white cardstock, I backed them using patterned papers from “These Days”. 

When the Floral Note Card file was backed, I added the photo. You can see in the video that the photo was a bit larger than the frame, so I used a scissor to remove the excess and leave the white border around it clean. Once it was ready, I added the file to the beautiful background paper which has all the mixed media work done, helping me scrapbook this photo quickly.

However, I wanted to enhance the “Grateful” word in the title. For that, I cut the inside letters of the word using my cutting machine, this way I was sure the cut was clean and will fit perfectly in the cut file. Once they were ready, I used foam adhesive to add them to the layout.

After adding the cut file to the page, most of the work was done. Only a few details were needed to finish this layout. For that, I added flowers to the frame using the floral die cuts from the collection, as well as flowers that I fussy cut from the floral paper. I know many people don’t like to fussy cut, but I enjoy and love it; maybe this is why I love the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections so much. They always have some papers that can be fuzzy cut for embellishing. When I purchased the collection, the first thing I did was fuzzy cut one of the butterflies paper, one of the cards and banners paper, and one of the florals paper, including the tiny flowers the paper have. Then, I used resealable bags to store the cut outs, this way I’ll have them on hand when I work with the collection.

To add dimension to my layout, I added some elements using liquid adhesive and others with foam adhesive. This is a technique I always use to make the page more interesting. 

In the next photo you can see the flowers I added to the Floral Note Card file. I used all the colors in the collection and mixed the flowers designs. The tiny flowers were not the easiest to fuzzy cut, but they are worth the effort because they look amazing in the page and add a special touch. Since they are so small, I used liquid adhesive to add them to the page.

You can also appreciate the colorful leaf vines that I added to the frame. They were also fussy cut from the floral paper and, by adding it, the cut file was enhanced.

To balance to the layout, I added a few florals to the bottom corner, using fuzzy cut flowers. When everything was glued, I added gold splatters using Shimmerz Miner, Miner 49er paint diluted in water.

The journaling was printed in white cardstock, then I cut it in thin strips and added them to the layout using liquid adhesive. Now, after looking at the layout and feeling that something was missing, I added a clear sticker that looks like a paint brushstroke behind the word “for” and a puffy butterfly on top of it and the cut file.

Then, I added another of the clear paint  brushstroke sticker behind the floral envelope I used to embellish the title. In this area, I added a tab in the border of the photo and two puffy words, also the floral envelope using foam tape in the top of it. Finally I embellished the envelope with a puffy butterfly and a clear “x” sticker. 

You can see the process video for this layout here and remember to give it a like if you enjoy and/or learn something from this layout. It is always nice to know that people appreciate the effort we put in sharing videos and our work.

Thanks for your visit, I hope you like this layout as much as I do and it inspires you to craft! 

Rebeca