Ice Magic | Ali Skifton

Hello my friends! It’s Ali here with you today sharing a very wintery picture of my husband and me visiting an ice castle. We had to walk through an ice tunnel to leave and a beautiful rainbow was above our heads.

As soon as I saw the new cut files released by Gwen, I knew I had to work with the Rainbow Burst Background cut file for this photo.

I started backing the rainbow first with colors to match the ice rainbow. I decided then to have some fun and make the stars into shakers. I used a sticker package to back the stars and then cut some foam tape into very thins strips. You have to make sure that there are no gaps in the tape when you are creating shakers. I filled the stars with colored beads to match the colored papers backing them up.

This layout needed a topper and I created this border by sewing it on top. It is not that noticeable because I did use white thread to stick with the ice theme. To make it pop I added the rainbow colored bling to the scallops and used foam tape to adhere it.

To complete the Ice Magic layout I added white paint splats to the ice blue background. I also added some white and silver snowflakes to give the rainbow more of a wintery scene.

Thanks for looking my creative friends!

Love, Ali xo

Christmas Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friend!

Can you believe it, Christmas is nearly here!! I hope you all got in and grabbed our free 12 days of Christmas Cut Files earlier this month! So great! There are also heaps of new release Christmas files in the shop, so make sure you pop over and check them out!

Today I’m sharing a page I created using the Happy Christmas Circle Cut File. I didn’t make any adjustments to this file, just cut it as is out of white card stock.

I picked about 8 coordinating patterned papers and cut them into small rectangles, which I then used to back each letter. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason here, I just was mindful not to have the same pattern too close together.

I popped the whole piece of white cardstock up on foam tape before backing with patterned paper to create a border.

I anchored my photos, title and embellishments mostly to one quadrant, clustering them together tightly so as to not cover too much of the file. I balanced this off with a few sprinkles of embellishments in the opposite corner.

This was such a simple but striking page to put together, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

I hope you have a happy and joyous Christmas season coming up with your loved ones! I can’t wait to share with you again in the new year!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Christmas Cutie Pie | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I’m so happy to be sharing another project with you today. I dove back into my stash to create this layout to document some photos of my little girl on her first Christmas Day.

I wanted to use the Holly Background Cut File to create a background feature for my page.

I backed the file coordinated patterned papers, then adhered it to a bold gold foil striped vellum. I machine stitched around the edge before adhering it to my white cardstock background.

After matting my photo strip onto patterned paper, I added a really soft layer of gathered tissue paper to help offset the boldness of the background.

I kept things pretty simple for the rest of the layout. My title “Christmas Cutie Pie” used two different font stickers from my stash. And my journalling (if you can call it that!) was just a sticker that read “Christmas Day” and the year.

I finished my layout by creating a couple of small clusters of embellishments nestled around my photo. And popped a little Santa hat die cut onto my daughters head in one of the photos for a SUPER cute little festive detail.

If you’d like to see this layout come together in more detail I’d love for you to watch my process video linked below.

Happy creating and I hope you have a great day!

Vegas Nights | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a bright and fun layout for my second share of the month using the new Chevron Stripe cut file which you can find here in the shop. It looks just like a giant pocket so of course I needed to make a big shaker pocket….

I cut the Chevron Stripe quite large on my Silhouette from a piece of patterned paper and then distressed the inner edges before I stuck some acetate to the back. I used foam strips all around the edges of the open cut file to create my pocket then filled it with lots of different coloured sequins from my stash. I then backed it with some white cardstock and there was my giant shaker!

I flipped it upside down and stuck down onto some white cardstock. Then I added the triangle piece I had leftover from the cut file to the bottom of the layout. Now time to add my photos and embellishments!

My two photos have been waiting to be scrapped for ages… they are my husband standing outside Planet Hollywood Resort after we had been to see the Backstreet Boys who just happened to be on while we were there… that was a real bonus as they were one of my husband’s fave bands when he was younger! I attached them both to the top right of the layout and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers around the top and bottom edges.

To balance my layout I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left again made up of chipboard stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

I finished off with a bright coloured title and some journaling.

Thanks for popping over to take a look, hope you’ve been inspired to use a cut file to make a giant shaker pocket! Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see the latest releases as well as all the other fab designs… there really is something for everyone!

Happy Scrapping!

Just Perfect | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am happy to be back to share another project with you today. I wanted to create a quick, sweet and simple layout to get my creative juices flowing again after a bit of a crafty hiatus.

I had taken some gorgeous photos of my kids playing out the front a couple of months ago and was inspired to scrap one of them. The Rose Bud Background cut file stood out to me for its sweet simplicity. I cut it from glitter cardstock just to add a bit of sparkle to the layout.

After backing the cut file I added a little bit of water colour and splatters to my white background, once again keeping it pretty simple. I backed my photo with a few off-centre layers using coordinating patterned papers and distressing the edges for some extra texture.

I decided not to add any additional journalling to this page, but did include the date stamped on a label tucked in between the layers behind my photo. I used two complimentary alphas to create my title.

I also wanted to keep the embellishments quite simple and maintain focus on the photo. The collection I used had lots of florals which I fussy cut out and used to create small clusters at the top left and bottom right of my photo.

And of course as usual I finished off with a scattering of Nuvo drops to finish off my little clusters. If you want to see this layout come together in more detail I would love for you check out my process video.

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

First Birthday | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing my latest design team project with you. And for something a little different I have created a coordinating two-page layout to celebrate my son’s first birthday.

I knew the Confetti Background Cut File just had to be used for this birthday layout and decided to use it for the right had side of my spread. I wanted to create the effect of two-toned confetti falling down the page. To achieve that I randomly backed some of the confetti circles with glitter cardstock, before mounting the whole page onto a soft blue polka-dot patterned paper. I also added a hand-stictched border with blue thread.

There was a lot that I wanted to say about this ocassion so I kept the design of this page pretty simple to allow for lots of journaling strips. I added some visual interest to my photo by adding a few layers of patterned paper, adding some dimension (using chipboard leftover from some packaging) in between some of the layers.

I created a small cluter of embellishments to the bottom right of my photo using some cute boy-themed ephemera.

To balance it out I created another small cluster of embellishments on the top left of the photo. With all of the visual weight hanging toward the top of the page, I added some layered strips of patterned paper and a small cluster of stars down the bottom of the page. And of course I finished all three clusters off with some nuvo drops.

For the left-hand side page I created my own custom cut file using the text tool in the Silhouette studio software. I cut a giant number ‘1’ and backed it using fringed strips of patterened paper. I nestled three little custers of embellishments around my photo to help draw the eye. And finished off with a title using an alphabet die.

And since I also needed to create layout to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday, I went ahead and duplicated the layout using a different set of products to go into her album! I love these kind of time-saving shortcuts.

If you want a more in depth look at how this layout came together, please go ahead and check out my process video below.

I hope you enjoy!

Play Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my first layout for the month using one of the lovely new Sept releases and I just had to use this one with all the cute hanging hearts! It’s called ‘Heart Drop’ and can be found here in the CUT to YOU store…. 

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I cut the ‘Heart Drop’ cut file in white cardstock and then backed all the hearts with some lovely bright patterned papers from Paige Evans ‘Go the Scenic Route’ collection that I raised up on foam pads to add dimension as I love that on my layouts!

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Then I added pink, orange and turquoise paint to my background as I wanted the cut file to stand out from the plain white cardstock. To add my colours I used the packaging technique, drying with a heat gun between colours so they didn’t blend into each other, and then finished off with lots of paint splatters flicked with a small paintbrush. 

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I attached my white cardstock background to a coordinating patterned paper frame and then stitched around the edge with pink and turquoise thread.  

My two photos are mounted on patterned paper and then stuck down to the top of the cut file using foam pads on the top edge only. I tucked in some matching ephemera around the photos. 

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I added some chipboard and enamel hearts to echo the hearts in the cut file, and some butterflies from the matching ephemera.

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To finish off I added a title using the bright matching alpha and some journaling.

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Thank you for stopping by this month! Don’t forget to check out all the rest of the fab new Sept releases in the CUT to YOU shop.

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Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

Shine|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well as September rolls in. I have a layout to share today featuring the Rock Star cut file.

I started my layout by stenciling a star background to match my color scheme. I used two shades of blue Distress Oxide inks to create a blended ink background.

I backed the cut file with lots of papers in shades of aqua, navy, blue, black and white. I used scraps but I also used a few patterned pocket page cards. Pocket Cards make a great alternative to patterned papers and this is a great tip for using up quite a few from your stash.

I chose this particular card to back this star to act as my title. I love how it brings the title right into the design of the page.

I kept the embellishments neutral in color and simple- just a few cameras, phrase stickers, and labels.

As a last finishing touch I added a sprinkling of sequins around the border of the page. I think this adds a fun sparkle.

Be sure to take a peek at my process video above and then be sure to head over to the shop HERE and grab a cut file..or two. You will not be disappointed!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara

Love You|Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my second layout for the month using a fab background cut file called Herringbone which you can find here in the CUT to YOU shop.

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Now when I cut this design I didn’t plan to use it as a diamond background, it just happened by accident and when I saw it I loved how it looked so it went from there!

I backed each herringbone row with a different patterned paper from the Pink Paislee ‘5th & Monaco’ collection. For my background I trimmed some white cardstock to 11″ x 11″, distressed the edges and mounted it onto a bright coloured patterned paper frame. Then I stuck down my backed cut file using foam tape to add dimension.

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I added my photo which had been mounted onto some coordinating patterned paper and layered it up with some tags and a cut apart sentiment from one of the patterned papers. I added gold thread to both of the tags and then wrote my journaling on to the back of one of the tags.

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I added embellishments around the photo using matching word stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

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Then I just needed to break up the white edges of the cut file as they didn’t pop enough so used a black scalloped edge sticker on each side of the cut file along with more floral ephemera, word stickers and puffy stickers.

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I finished off with a black glossy title ‘Love You’ as it was perfect for my photo of my husband and I on a day out for my birthday!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see more of the fab cut files along with the new August releases! Don’t forget that you get a free cut file every month if you sign up to the newsletter and you can do that here.

Happy Scrapping! DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

My Beautiful Ladies | Belinda Jane

 

Hello creative friends! Today I am sharing my first project for the month of August. This month’s cut file release inspired me to spend the month working on layouts for my wedding album. And for my first layout, I’m using this gorgeous Simply Floral Pendant Cut File.

 

I thought that the Simply Floral Pendant Cut File would be perfect for some photos of my bridesmaids and I in our matching floral robes. I knew that I wanted this cut file to take up the majority of my page and serve as the background layer for what would almost become a very large cluster in the middle of the page.

I cut the file from a patterned paper and then backed it with two layers, cut from plain white cardstock, to provide some dimension and stability. I backed the cut file with a selection of coordinating patterned papers in soft pastels and florals. I added a little bit of soft mixed media to my white background paper and adhered the cut file flat onto the page. I double-matted my white cardstock background with coordinating patterned papers and added some machine stitching around the border.

I added a white matte to my photos, then a couple of soft layers of white tissue paper behind them before adhering them to the page with foam tape. Using a variety of complimentary die-cut ephemera and stickers, I created LOTS of layers around my photos.

I chose two complimentary alpha stickers to create my title, “My Beautiful Ladies”, which I adhered at the bast of my feature photo. I typed out my journalling on my typewriter, cut it into strips and adhered it nestled under the title running down the page. I finished off my layout by sprinkling dots in a variety of coordinating colours all around the page.

If you’d like to see how I created this layout in more detail, I would absolutely love for you to check out my process video.