Adore | Melinda Sweetman

Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!

For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.

As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!

As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.

While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!

I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!

Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense!
First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections.
Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.”
With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation.
Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document.
In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.”
From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075.
Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file!
To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.

With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.

I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.

With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.

That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Celebrate Happy Times | Meggy Blethen

Hello CUT to YOU fans! I am back today with a very special layout. I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVED all of the new release floral cut files this month so I knew I had to make a layout using them.

That is exactly what I did with this layout of my scrappy bestie and I, having a fun night out celebrating her birthday. At first I thought I’d only use one of the florals from the release but I had them all sitting out on my desk when I started making my layout and they all looked so pretty. I decided the layout needed all of them

I wasn’t sure if I’d like using 3 different flowers on a layout, but in the end I think it looks amazing. I really love how the clusters frame the photo!

I also added some fussy cut florals from an Auburn Lane patterned paper.

I wanted the cut files to stand out against the background so I used a green patterned paper to back the leaves on each flower and then a pretty pink with gold pattern paper for the flower itself.

I had also cut out the ‘Happy Times’ cut file to use as a title and I absolutely love how that looks with the gold alpha as part of it.

I used one of the flowers from the Daisy Trio cut file to add a little pop behind the word ‘Celebrate’ in the title.

For this cluster under the title I cut off some of the leaves from the Rosey Posey cut file and added them as another embellishment. I love how it looks!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have a process video for you to watch on my youtube channel below:

Guest Designer Sue Plumb joins in the Celebrations

Hey, Creatives!  Gwen here with you today and I’m super excited to share that our next guest designer is none other than Sue Plumb!  I am always in awe of her creations, there really isn’t anything this chick cannot scrap; from grungy boy layouts to the most delicate pretty girl pages and everything in between; Sue really can do it all.  She’s been a big support to CUT to YOU from day one and I love her to bits!  I hope you all enjoy the first of her shares this month.

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here and I am super excited that Gwen asked me to be a guest designer this month to help celebrate Cut to You’s first birthday!

Today I am sharing a page that I created to document a photo taken at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Creative Escape” Retreat recently. It features CUT to YOU DT coordinator Tam, my sister Mandy, CUT to YOU boss lady Gwen and myself. I so love hanging out with these gals!

For my layout, I started by creating an abstract background using Micador watercolour paints on heavyweight white cardstock. I had no real plan other than the fact I drew inspiration for the colours from the photo; I simply pushed paint around the page until I was happy with it. I also added some gold Color Shine in a few spots, first by dabbing on with a brush, then a few tiny splatters.

With my background sorted it was time to figure out which cut files I was going to use. I wanted to draw on the fact that there was a garden behind us in the photo and use some nature-themed files to match. I started with the floral piece from the new release ‘Blossom’ file, which I placed over the left side of the paint, allowing the colours to show through the cut file. I then added my photo alongside it so it was overlapping the edge.

With my photo in place, I then chose the ‘Open Leaf Stem’ cut file, and cut two different sized branches – one to be placed above the photo, and one to the right.

I gathered some floral and leaf die cuts from my stash and adhered them so that the Leaf Stems I had cut would be positioned over the top. I also tucked some coordinating pieces under the Blossom floral piece and added some messy white cotton thread to each cluster for texture.

Next, I wanted to add some extra flowers; so I chose some from the Caite Floral Set to place around my page and used a few sequins to create centres for them.

The only thing my layout needed now was some text. I added a couple of coordinating die cuts with words on them; a sticker across the bottom of my photo for the title; and handwritten journaling.

I am so happy with the finished layout – not only does it feature some of my favourite people and colours to work, but it also showcases the way I like to use cut files on my pages. Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you, and thank you, Gwen, for having me on the Cut to You blog today!


Blossom- Raechelle Bellus

Hello fellow cut file enthusiats! Today I’m sharing this beautiful layout featuring one of the new June releases, Bloosm Cut File.



This cut file is perfect for this gorgeous photo of my oldest daugher!

I wanted this layout to be pretty and delicate, but also wanted the cut file to be big and bold without taking away from the photo.

I feel that by leaving the word ‘BLOSSOM’ unbacked, but with some flowers tucked in here and there I accomplished this.

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Backing the large floral in nearly identical background paper also helped blance this layout. It was an easy to way to add detail and yet not overpower.

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Thanks for taking a peek at my layout today! I hope you’ve been inspirted to use large cut files as a focal point on your next project.