But First Hot Cocoa | Ali Skifton

Happy weekend my fellow scrapbookers! It is Ali here with you today sharing a cozy winter layout. Snow is on it’s way in Wisconsin and I am ready for the Hot Cocoa Season.

I used the Simple Stories collection Holly Days to back up the cut file. I used the same paper for the title and embellished the center of my letters with enamel dots. I added a cute hot cocoa mug die cut to the top of the title.

I had so much fun with the hot cocoa mug. I backed it with cute pink, red and white stripe paper and used white glitter paper for the whip cream. I just love the sparkle it gives to the cut file. I embellished my mug with a poinsettia and layered a cute bear with a candy cane in his hand on top of the mug.

As always, I added foam tape to the back of the cut file and gave the layout some dimension. I tucked part of the title and hot coca mug into the snow I made out of glitter paper. It gives the layout a cozier feeling.

Well I am going to make myself a cup of hot cocoa and sit by a fire. Thanks for joining me today and happy creating!

Love, Ali xoxo

Happy Fall Y’All! | Ali Skifton

Hi my CTY friends! It is Ali, @funadventrueswithali here with you today sharing a Fall layout using the new Autumn Acorn cut file. I had so much fun creating those acorn shakers. I feel they compliment the cute photo of my Aunt and Uncle attending Oktoberfest.

I first backed the leaf since that was an easy big piece to do. I then backed the top of the acorns and proceeded to cut some acetate out for the front of the acorns. Once the acetate was glued, I used thin strips of foam tape to outline the bottom halves of the acorns. I filled them with pretty fall sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps. After making sure they were filled enough I sealed it with more of the wood paper I used to back the tops with. I just adore how these acorn shakers turned out on this page.

I used the Fall collection from Echo Park Paper and had fun adding little enamel white dots around the acorns and leaf to pop them even more. For the background I used a mixed media cardstock from Vicki Boutin that matched the colors I used for the cut file.

I matted my layout four times, just to bring in all the colors that are in the leaves paper I used. I added a heart flair from Scrappin Happy Studio that says Feeling of Fall. This is my favorite season and I just love all the color changes that happen during this time.

Happy Fall Y’All!

Love, Ali xoxo

Sleep, Snack, Snap, Scrap! | Ali Skifton

Hello! It is Ali here with you today sharing a fun layout using this awesome Sleep Snack Snap Scrap Cut File cut file that honors our hobby and passion. Erica and I had so much fun at her holiday crop that she puts on every year and this cut file covers everything we did that weekend including our Starbucks run!

Since it was a Christmas crop I wanted to use the new Simple Stories Make It Merry collection. I backed each word of the cut file with a different holiday pattern paper and used the enamel brads to highlight each word. I decorated around the cut file and on top of some of the letters with stickers and enamel brads.

I printed four different pictures of us taken that weekend that went with each word of the cut file. I double matted the four pictures and added a few more stickers on top of them. I also added a grouping of some stickers and flair from Scrappin Happy Studio on the bottom of the page.

I had so much creating this fun layout that documents our passion for this great hobby! I have met so many great people through this hobby and it brings me much joy that I can share my creations with all of you!

Love, Ali xoxo

Happy Haunting | Ali Skifton

Hello my spooky CTY friends! It is Ali here with you today sharing a spooky layout using the Jack o’ lantern cut file that is currently in the shop. As soon as I saw Jack I knew he would be perfect for the haunted hike we did last Halloween at Phantom Lake. He reminded me of the huge Jack o’ lantern in the woods we came across during our spooky hike.

I wanted to cut Jack out of black cardstock since it is a Halloween layout. I used the new Halloween Party collection from Echo Park Paper to back fill Jack. I used 4 different patterned papers to make him a little more friendly looking than so scary. I back filled his eyes and mouth with colored paper from the collection since his body was busy with the other patterns. I used foam tape to add dimension to Jack.

Since I added Jack to another patterned paper I decided to keep it simple with other embellishments. I wanted the focus to be on Jack. I did add some black hand stitching on the white cardstock to frame him.

I triple matted this cut file and love how he is the main focus of this page, along with the spooky picture of his twin. Mwahahahaahhh! I hope everyone has a spooky Halloween Season and make sure to pick up this guy because you can use him for any of your Halloween Pictures this year!

Happy haunting my spooky friends!

Love, Ali xoxo

Together | Ali Skifton

Hello my crafty CTY friends! I am so ready for Fall and couldn’t wait to scrap our apple picking pictures with this amazing Geo Triangles cut file. I was so excited to use the new Cocoa Vanilla Collection, These Days that matched perfectly with the colors in our apple orchard photo.

I know some of these cut files can be intimidating on how to back them up, but just remember there is no right or wrong way to do it. Each one is a creation of its own. I started backing up the triangles going from top, left to right and working down. I love how this cut file displays all their lovely patterned papers in this collection.

I added foam tape to the back to give the layout some dimension. I also added flowers, stickers and a cute button that says Love you! What I love the most is when I matted the whole cut file with this beautiful soft paper. I love how it borders and frames the square cut file.

I hope you all enjoy this layout as much as I love that Fall is on it’s way! I am over this very hot, humid and dry summer. Bring on the apples, pumpkins, colors, leaves, caramel apples, everything Fall!

https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/geo-triangles-background-cut-file/

Happy Crafting my friends!

Love, Ali xoxo

Oh Happy Day | Ali Skifton

Hello my creative friends! It is Ali here with you today sharing a layout that I created with the Van Life cut file. I haven’t seen my friend in over a year and a half due to covid, so when we got together we had so much fun. We were invited to hang out in the cutest little pink camper and we had a blast enjoying it!

I wanted to recreate the camper as close as I could and decided to use multiple collections from Felicity Jane. The soft colors were a perfect match for recreating the camper. I backed the cut file with different pattern papers from the collections and vellum to back the camper windows.

I cut a strip from the green and white gingham paper to make a road for the cute glamper. I used foam tape on the back of the camper to give the layout some dimension.

We had so much fun in this cute girlie glamper! I hope you enjoy some time away this summer to relax with friends and family and enjoy your time together.

Happy travels!

Love, Ali xoxo

Create | Ali Skifton

Hi CTY friends!

It is Ali here with you today sharing a fun layout dedicated to our wonderful hobby, Scrapbooking. Gwen has created a few cut files dedicated to our hobby. I fell in love with the Create Title cut file and just had a blast making this layout. I wanted something special to document the layouts I had published in the Scrapbooking & Cards Today magazine and this cut file was perfect to document this dream come true.

I was so excited to use the new craft line from Doodlebug Design and backed each word with a different patterned paper. I knew I wanted to have some fun with those cute hearts and decided to make them into shakers. I put a layer of acetate on the back of the hearts and used three layers of foam tape to outline each heart. I then filled the hearts with different colored bling from PinkFresh studios and sealed it with another heart that I cut out of vellum.

I used more foam tape on the back of the cut file to give it some dimension and added it to the white cardstock.  I embellished with a few heart flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio on top of the hearts on the cut file.  I have so much love for our hobby and I hope it shows with this layout! 

I taped the white piece onto a rainbow sheet and then decorated the rest of the layout with some Doodle Pops. 

I hope you enjoy this layout as much as I do.  Happy Creating!

Love, Ali xoxo

Summer Vibes | Ali Skifton

Hello, my Cut To You Friends,

It is Ali here with you today sharing a layout I scrap lifted from the Cut File Queen, Gwen.  It is Cut To You’s third birthday, and we are celebrating all month by picking one of Gwen’s creation and making it our own.   One of my favorite layouts that Gwen created was with the Summer Vibes cut file.

I knew I wanted to use the Simple Stories, Sunkissed collection because of the colors and the cute sun paper that was included in this collection.  I had an idea that I wanted to curl those sun rays and thought it would be so cute to have the suns underneath the rolled part, peeking out and one on each of the rays that I curled.  I then hand stitched around the sun with orange thread, and it added so much texture to the cut file.  I backed the letter with orange polka dot paper to tie with the orange in the sun. 


I decided to kiss the paper with some blue paint for the background to make the sun pop even more.  I used foam tape on the back of the cut file to give the layout some dimension.  I then decorated around the cut file with stickers and enamel dots and loved how it turned out.

I used a picture from a trip to Chicago my Husband and I took and love all the bright neon colors in the photo.  I just feel the summer vibes pouring out of this page! 

Please share on the CTY Headquarters Facebook page if you decide to scrap lift one of our designs.  We would love to see it. 

Happy Summer!

Love, Ali xoxo

Feel The Magic | Ali Skifton

Hello my crafty CTY Peeps! It is Ali here with you today sharing a Disney layout using the new cut file, Feel the Magic! My husband took me to Disney World to celebrate my birthday last month and we had a wonderful time. We didn’t know what to expect since it was our first trip in 18 months since Covid hit, but I was happy to be able to celebrate my birthday at Walt Disney World.

I am so excited that Gwen created these cut files so I can scrapbook my Disney trip pictures this next month. Feel the Magic cut file was a perfect one to go with the picture of my husband and me holding Tinkerbell with the castle behind us. She is magic with all her fairy dust! I used a Disney collection to back up the cut file with all different Disney papers and added foam tape to pop it. I love the title at an angle, it gives the layout an even more magic feel to it.

I added mickey’s glove to the letter A and it looks like he is waving at you. I decorated around the cut file with even more star stickers. You can never have too many stars!

I added a banner sticker to the upper left hand corner with some enamel dots in between the banners and thought it was a perfect touch to frame the layout. I took some black paint and splattered it all around the page to make it look like Tinkerbell was leaving a little trail of her fairy dust.

Make sure to head to the shop and check out all the new June designs that Gwen created. I am in love with all of them and can’t decide what I will scrap next from my birthday trip at Disney!

I hope you get to feel the magic this summer and get to travel! It’s wonderful!

Love, Ali xoxo

Choose Happy | Ali Skifton

Hello everyone! It is Ali here with you today sharing my Choose Happy layout for the Everyday challenge. I must say this was a challenge for me since I mostly scrap events and not everyday moments. The Choose Happy cut file in the shop caught my attention right away because this is how I choose to live life.

I knew I really wanted to make this title pop so I used a bright bold stripe Doodlebug Design Paper to cut the title out on my Cameo. The colors match my polka dot dress so I was happy about that. I used foam tape to pop up the first layer of my title without the Happy letters inside. I then added two layers of foam tape to pop the word happy so it really stood out on my page.

I added a colorful heart flair from Scrappin Happy Studio for the middle of the A and some Doodlebug Design bling for the letter P. I love the quotations around the title too, because I consider this my motto. Below is the link to this wonderful cut file.

I had so much fun doing something different with this title cut file and making the flowers to match my dress.

I hope you enjoy this layout and remember to always Choose Happy! Life is short and you only live once!

Love, Ali xoxo