My turn on the blog today to share with you another fun layout. For this one I have used the Grade School Cut File that was released in January.
I cut the file using yellow card stock, keeping the inside piece from the number 4, which I traced and cut out from a piece of patterned paper.
I added some gesso and mixed media behind the Cut File, focusing on the area my photos would be situated. I adhered the Cut File directly to the background, and mounted the number 4 onto some foam tape before adhering it on top of the 4 in the Cut File.
It’s a little difficult to see, but I’ve gone around the Cut File with white gel pen and then smudged some white gesso over the file to soften it a bit more.
To complete my page, I created lots of layers and tucked lots of embellishments around my photos. I tried to keep this pretty tight so that I didn’t cover too much of the Cut File.
Thanks so much for stopping by again today. If you have back to school photos you need to scrap, there are some great ones in the shop!
Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!
I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!
I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.
I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.
While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!
I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.
When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.
Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.
The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.
I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!
Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times! Melinda x
Hi everyone, Kirei here with a new layout featuring one of the fab CUT to YOU March releases! I’ve gone a little fruity and am using two of the new fruit cut files for my shares this month, the first one is the ‘Lemons’ cut file…
Now I have to confess that this didn’t end up how I planned it… as it was initially going to have a giant shaker for the centre lemon slice! So… what happened? Well I backed the two outer lemons with patterned paper raised on foam pads and when it came to doing the middle one I realised that I had forgotten to back it first with some vellum! Oops…. so then looked to see if I could recover it but decided I was likely to end up ripping some of the cut file so onto plan B!
I wanted to back the centre with the same patterned paper as I had used for the layout frame but it was a little too bold so backed it with vellum first and then the paper and it was perfect! Remember there are no mistakes in scrapbooking, only opportunities!
I added my photo to the top left of the layout mounted with lots of layers of matching papers and some tags. Then added some of the ephemera to either side of the photo.
I added a few fussy cut lemons and some of the ephemera down to the bottom right just to balance the photo cluster in the top left.
I searched online for an appropriate lemony title and thought this one was perfect to go with my photo of us out and about at an event near to us…. ‘Life’s short, live it with zest!’
I hope you’re feeling inspired…. why not pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see all the new releases and loads more fab cut files! And don’t forget to join us over on the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page… see you later this month for another fruity layout!
Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today featuring a very special cut file for a very special layout. I chose the Floral Ampersand cut file and made it extra special with vellum and stitching.
I paired my cut file with Cocoa Vanilla’s Unforgettable collection. I thought that the tones in the collection would work so well with this adorable photo of my brother and my niece
I enhanced this already beautiful cut file by backing the flowers with patterned papers. Then I hand stitched using coordinating embroidery thread colors for extra texture and interest. Finally I backed the entire ampersand with vellum for a lovely frosted effect.
If you haven’t gotten it yet, this cut file is a lovely addition. Just by changing colors or patterns, this cut file works for a ton of themes!
You can take a peek at all the details ( and my trick for getting perfect placement in my process video here!
And be sure to take a peek at all the beutiful cut files in the shop!
Hello my fellow creatives and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog on this Tuesday morning! Melinda here with you sharing another scrapbook page that I created!
For this one I have used a Travellers Notebook cut file on a traditional 12×12 page and really love how versatile this TN Together Documented cut file is!
After deciding on my cut file I decided to work with a bit of a grid design for this page. I had these 2 photo’s of our bunny Olaf (the browner bunny) with his brother Milo from a recent few days they got to spend together. I really liked the way the 2 photos balanced the title.
I am incredibly inspired to bust through some of my stash at the moment so dove into an older collection that is one of my all time faves – Shimelle, True Stories. Pulling all of my pieces of this collection out I chose a pattern paper for my background and a colour I really wanted to focus on – the dark blue – and created my background with some acrylic paint and my brayer. With such a thin layer of paint I was able to go straight back in and add splatters in the dark blue and black.
While that dried I have pulled patterns from the 6×6 paper pad and some cut aparts (mostly scraps now!!) to back my title. For this process I flipped my cut file and my paper over, traced around the outside of the letter, trimmed the letter and then stuck that to the cut file, trimming any excess where necessary.
With the bulk of my page now ready to go I added a couple of layers behind each of my photos – again using mostly scraps from this collection and adding some foam to both the photos and the title. These were then ready to be adhered to my now dry background.
I added some pink puffy alphas to my title to complete it and added 2 embellishments clusters; one to the top left of the title and one in the middle of the 2 photos on the right. I finished my page off with some journalling in a white pen and also lots of white splatters.
I hope that me sharing this page with you has made you see how easy it is to use cut files in perhaps a way that it is not specifically designed for!! You can find this title here in the store and you can find all of the Traveller’s Notebook files here in the store – I’d love to see you create something other than a TN page with one of these fun files!! You can, of course, see my process video below and I do hope you enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today and I’ll see you again later in the month! Until then, happy scrapping and make sure you drop into HQ on FB and share YOUR creations with us and all the other CTY fans there! Melinda
Hi there, Piroska is here today with my latest layout. As you know, I just love leaves in scrapbooking, so I immediately fell in love with the beautiful Lots of Leaves cut file.
I really like the colours of the Looking for Sunshine paper of the Pinkfresh Studio My favourite story collection. I decided to cut my leaves from that paper, making it a bit ombre by arranging the cut file so that it reaches 2 similar colours. This way are the leaves 3″ tall.
I cut 12 leaves, 3 in each colour combo, but for the layout I used 10 of them. On a single white cardstock they looked a bit pale. I didn’t want to use watercolours this time, so I chose the Joyful Heart paper with those rainbow and (almost) the same colours as my leaves.
And it was time to play: I put my photo which I matted before with several patterned papers on the left rainbow above. I used many flower cut outs and my digital cut leaves to frame my photo – it was made at Lake Balaton (Hungary), at the beginning of our holiday. The weather was not so good, not cold but not good enough for going to the beach. So that’s what my title is about,which I also framed by some leaves.
I started with a sheet of the new mixed media background paper from Vicki Boutin and then cut all three cutfiles from white cardstock. I then used a brush and some distress oxide inks to colour the cutfile before I removed it from the mat.
I then backed each part of the cutfiles using vellum to give a really soft appearance.
I used white tissue paper to mat the photo (I used four layers in total and ruffled up the edges).
I added some tangled white cotton, some sparkly sequins and some typed word stickers at various points across the layout.
I then added white splatters to break up some of the blue before matting the whole layout on a light purple shade of cardstock to give some definition to the edge.
You’ll find a process video here:
Thanks for stopping by today and remember to check out all of the new designs in the shop. You’ll find them here.
Hi y’all! I’m sharing this sweet layout featuring the delightful Rose Bud cut file.
I absolutely love how this layout turned out! The moment I saw this cut file I knew I had to use it.
I wanted to keep the colors simple and coordinating with the photo, however when I sat back and looked at the rose, it seemed a bit bland, so I used a blending crayon and water to add a bit more pink to the rose. I did this by drawing random lines and then using a paint brush and a tad bit of water to blend.
I went over the areas a few times to add a bit more depth. The end reslut adds a bit of punch to the rose.
Little details add to the finishing touches.
This is just one of the wonderful new releases for March. Check out the Cut to You store for more.
Happy Monday Creative Peeps! Sara with you today with a fun TN spread featuring the new Chit Chat cut file.
I decided to document the text messages my sister and I send to each other. I wanted my spread to have high contrast and be colorful. To achieve this look, I cut the file in black, and then backed the different elements with lots of bright, fun patterns.
I added some white pen details and some fun phrase stickers to give my spread a fun, snarky feel…cause thats me and my sister texting each other.
I have a fun process video to share as well decribing my whole process.
Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and check out all the great cut files!
My turn on the blog today to share a page that I was recently challenged to complete over at Cut to You HQ. We had HQ members choose a File for us to use and I was challenged to use the Sunshine Background Cut File.
This page is really special to me, as it focusses on a photo of my beautiful Mum in her youth. I lost my Mum when I was a young girl, and I don’t have a lot of photos of her, so it was really special to document this one.
I started this page by first cutting this file from white card stock and then cut it again from a piece of Pinkfresh patterned paper, using an internal offset to space out the rays inside the Cut File.
I rotated the file so that the rays were coming from the bottom of the page, distressed the inner pieces and then adhered it to a piece of CVS patterned paper.
To embellish the page, I clustered some Die Cuts from both CVS and Pinkfresh around my photo, and created my title using some thickers and puffy stickers from Crate Paper. The final touch was to splatter some gold Heidi Colour Shine gently around the page.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure you join in over at Cut to You HQ so that you can challenge our DT next.