Look on the Sunny Side | Rachel Lowe

I fell in love with the Tropical Punch cut file the minute I saw it! I have created a summer layout (of course) using a photo of me in Capri Italy and yes we had a drink just like this!

And here is my layout which I created with Crate Paper Sunny Days collection.

I used a pale pink cardstock to cut the outer of the cut file, which once attached to my page a added machine stitching to add definition. I then chose a pink and blue striped paper to paper piece the tropical punch glass/cup. I added the flowers with foam tape to add dimension.

I paper pieced the umbrella keeping it in the pink and blue hues. Adding pops of colours is important when your layout has a majority colour, so I added a bright green for the leaves, a bright yellow for the lemon and peach patterns for the fruits on a stick, I used a blue and gold patterned paper for the straws.

Again I added some elements with foam tape to continue adding dimension to my page.

I didn’t use a mat for my photo but instead placed it in amongst the printed floral border, and creating an embellishment cluster to the side of my photo.

I added my title ‘Look on the Sunny Side’ in between my photo and cut file to connect them visually.

I finished my layout off by adding embellishments that added to the tropical feel of my layout.

This cut file is a wonderful page builder for any layout. To see this and other new release cut files head over to www.cuttoyou.com.au

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe week.

Rachel X

See The Magic | Kirei Baldwin

Hi again CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my second layout share for the month with the lovely ‘Floral Edge Set’ cut file that can be found in the shop here. It was perfect to go with the photos documenting our walks at lunchtime while my husband and I have both been working from home.

I cut the cut file twice in white cardstock and made sure it was wide enough to fit across the layout as I wanted to use it as a border along the top and bottom edge of my photos. I paired it with the Crate Paper ‘Sweet Story’ collection as the colours matched my photos really well and there was some cute ephemera that was perfect to help document my story.

I backed the cut file with some of the plainer colours from the patterned papers. This time I didn’t use foam pads to raise the backing as I wanted the edge of them to sit under my photos.

I picked the lovely ochre patterned paper to use as my background as that really made the cut file pop. I trimmed it down and distressed the edges and then stuck onto a white cardstock frame.

I added the two floral edge cut files using some foam pads to raise the outer edges to add some dimension. I then added my four photos that were mounted on some of the coordinating papers. I added one of the cut apart cards as I thought the words were perfect to use as my title ‘See The Magic All Around You’.

Then I added some of the lovely matching ephemera along the top and bottom of the title card. I couldn’t resist adding some of those pretty layered butterflies!

At the top and bottom of the layout I tore a piece of the patterned paper and folded it back and added a few cross stitches to hold it in place. This just helped to add some balance to the central element of the layout. And finally I just added some journaling and I was done!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over and see the latest October releases as well as all the other lovely cut files in the CUT to YOU shop…. and if you want to receive a free cut file each month then just sign up here to receive the monthly newsletter!

Happy Scrapping!

Boo | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest post for CUT to YOU. I hope you are all doing well, and have some time to prepare for Halloween. We don’t celebrate this holiday in Hungary, but my daughter got to know about it through the cartoons, so she would love to try once that “trick or treat” sweets collecting game 😀 She already got a Halloween costume , which she wears proudly each October. 🙂

Of course, I had to scrap the memory when we were together shopping those clothes. I chose the Ghostly cut file for my layout.

I’ve been thinking about trying to make a layout with transparent ghosts, so I first cut the Ghostly cut file from white cardstock, then from a patterned cardstock from the Hey, Pumpkin collection of Crate Paper. I wanted to use the black cobwebby paper for my background, and highlight the gosts with the white cut file.

I wanted to fill the holes with a transparent sheet of foil, glue the eyes and mouth of the ghost on it, and ready. But in the meanwhile I changed my mind, and started to make shaker boxes from the ghosts. I used heavy cardboard to create a dimension for the sequins, and it took a while to cut out and glue down all those curves and little lines…

When I was ready with the glueing, I got out my powder tool and swept the foil pieces with it in order to prevent static, namely the sequins won’t stick to the foil. Then I started to fill my ghost boxes with different sizes and patterns of sequins, which were part of the September Song Base Kit at Clique Kits. When I was ready I closed the boxes with a 12″x12″ white cardstock.

I backed my photo with white tissue paper and some patterned papers of the same collection and the purple one is from BoBunny. I also add a heavy cardboard piece under the layers to add some dimension.

Finally I added some chipboard and phrase stickers, some thread and my journalling to the page. I hope you are going to try this technique, although it is not a 30 minutes layout, it is definetely worth it! 😉 Go to the shop and get some of cut files from the latest release!

Shine Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing my latest layout featuring the recently released Guitar Cut File.

In order to get this effect with Cut File, I had to get a little tricky in silhouette design studio. I pulled the file apart and cut different parts with different papers to give the file depth and interest.

I actually cut the guitar strap off because I couldn’t make it work with the format of the layout. But I’m totally of the mindset that it’s ok to alter the Cut Files however we need to suit our needs.

I really wanted to keep the guitar as the focus of the page, so kept everything else pretty flat. And even though there is a lot going on pattern and colour wise, I think this trick is what made all the difference.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you pop over to the shop to check out all the new releases. Pretty sure there’s some exciting new Christmas releases over there too!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Captured | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am so happy to be here today sharing my second project for the month with you.

I had a realisation that after four years of studying, I have never actually document my journey as a mature-aged student and the impact that has had on my life, and my family’s lives. So I knew when I saw the School Books Cut File it would be perfect for getting some of this story told.

I started out by adding some subtle mixed media to my background using stencils and texture paste. As is my go-to at the moment, I added a mat to my entire background page and stitching around the border, this time in a coloured thread that coordinated with the colours in the collection I was using.

I backed my cut file in some coordinating patterned papers, and chose a word-based paper for the open pages of the book to give it a more authentic feel. I backed my photo with some really textured layers of patterned paper. I adhered my photo flat to the page and layered the backed cut file to overlap the bottom of the photo using some foam adhesive.

I chose a large foam word for my title and added that over the top of my cut file. Then I really had so much fun creating two beatiful layered clusters alongside my photos. I used a lot of different foam adhesives to really give my layered embellishments a lot of dimension and movement.

I created a complimentary 6×12 page to hold all of the journalling I wanted to include. I made sure to repeat some of the elements on the journalling page to ensure cohesiveness between the two pages.

If you would like a more detailed look at how I created this layout, I would love for you to check out my process video below.

Thank you so much and I hope you have a great day!

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You Amaze Me | Kelly Pyron

Hello friends! I have a new layout to share today featuring my gorgeous daughter, Andrea and the beautiful Simply Floral Pendent cut file.

I had cut the file on textured, white cardstock and backed it with some fun patterned papers from Maggie Holmes Wonder and Magical Forest collections. I then added a layer of Diamond Stickles over the cut file to add some sparkle and bling.

I knew I wanted the photo to take center stage and that I wanted a cascading, diagonal design, so I altered the original cut file to fit my design. I snipped the cut-file in half and adhered one half to the top left and the other to the bottom right. I adhered the cut-file flat to the background and popped my photo on foam tape to give it prominence on the page.

I didn’t really need to add much embellishment to the layout to complete it. The different patterns and textures backing the cut-file really stand out on this page, and adding too much more would have been too busy and overwhelming. Therefore, I added the title, a few puffy hearts and the butterflies to finish the design. I love how this turned out and that I was able to use the cut-file to fit my needs. That’s one of my favorite things about using Gwen’s cut-file, they are so versatile!

I have a process video if you would like to see this layout come together. Have a great and creative day!

Love Your Llama Selfie|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today playing with one of this month’s new cut files, Love Your Selfie. This cut file is so fun, I especially love the cute Instax- like camera. I knew it would look fabulous backed with some fun patterns.

I paired the cut file with papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s new line, Daydream. I just got this collection and Im already hooked…these colors are swoon-worthy. I havent gotten any new lines in a while so I dug right in and went to work..well, play (creating this layout was anything but work!)

I paired the cut file with flowers, lots of flowers. Fussy cut flowers from the collection paired with die cuts. I added this cute little corduroy heart to the camers lens. The heart and the floral element really added whimsy to the camera.

My photograph is a selfie…with a llama. I have a confession, I love llamas. I wanted to add one to my page, but in a subtle way. So I added a “hidden llama” to one of my floral clusters. He is sooo cute, right??

I added a llama to my title using some Thickers and I added some more hearts to the middle of the letter O’s to create a visual triangle around my page. And if you look closely…you’ll find a little “hidden cactus” too.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this layout. Using new products and brand new cut files was fun, and creative! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and take a look at ALL the new cut files this month. You will not be disappointed!…promise!

Have A Lovely Day!

Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely Cut to You friends!!

I’m back on the blog today with my first share for October. I have used the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Cut File from the recent September release.

I started by cutting this file from white card stock… I actually cut quite a few files from 1 sheet of 12×12 card… and I accidentally made a mistake and cut the top of the sun off… Oops!

I will often end up with files that aren’t perfect, but this doesn’t phase me too much as there are always ways to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn says! Some ways I do this is to incorporate them into my layers, cut them into smaller pieces which I then tuck into clusters, or I add them to mixed media background for added texture.

In this example, I was able to tuck the dodgy element underneath my photo stack, and voila, it’s perfect! I did decide however to paint it black with acrylic paint (before I stuck it down) as I wanted it to pop against my mixed media background. I’m so glad I took this extra step.

I love the way that the mixed media ‘fills’ the file and creates so much impact. And even though the files not backed or popped, it creates so much interest and drama just by its bold simplicity.

I also allowed the file to dictate where my embellishments went, tucking them around the title to create a nestled effect.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Big loves, Tam xo

My Love | Kelly Pyron

Sometimes you just need a little floral beauty and creativity to brighten up your day! This was one of those days. The Simply Flora cut file made me happy just looking at it! I imagined bright and cheery blooms and colorful patterned paper … and my mood was instantly brightened and inspiration struck! I knew the perfect photo to go along with the cut-file and a layout idea was born! 🙂

I cut the file on textured white cardstock and then used bright and cheery colors and patterns to back the cut-file. As I was going through my stash, I came across this whimsical hedgehog and bird element and knew they had to make it on this layout. I mean.. just look at all that cuteness! ❤

I used clear gesso on my backgroud and added some watercolor splashes and gold mist droplets under the cut-file for another layer of happy color and loveliness.

I layered more floral stickers, gold leaves, and hearts for more dimension and interest. (You can never have enough layers, can you?)

And taaa-daaa! A completed layout of my darling grand-love that makes me so happy and creatively satisfied! If you are in need of a mood lift, go check out all the lovely floral cut-files in the shop… it won’t take long before you feel inspired and perhaps a bit happier! ❤

Exhale | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I am so excited to be sharing with you is one of my all time favourite layouts that I have created.

 

I knew that I wanted to create a really soft and pretty layout for what I was documenting and, although it might seem like an odd pairing, the  Pie Graph Cut File was really speaking to me.

This cut file was actually one of the newsletter freebies this month. If you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, you can go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

I had a vision of a layered background using the Pie Graph Cut File which I achieved by first cutting it from some white cardstock, handstitching around and backing it with vellum. In my software I released the outside cut line to cut the ‘pie pieces’ from a white cardstock background piece, and then handstitched around each of those.

I layered the white, vellum backed, cut file on top of the background piece, rotating it slightly so that the pieces weren’t sitting directly on top of each other.

I backed my photo with a couple of simple and soft layers including patterned paper, vellum and tissue paper. I had lots of fun creating two goregously soft and floral embellishment clusters on opposite corners of my photo.

I used a chipboard word for my title and added my journalling in strips below the title. And of course I finished off with a little bit of mixed media splatters and my favourite Nuvo drops.

If you want a more detailed look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to check out my process video below.

Thankyou, and I hope you have a great day!