Totally | Geo Triangles cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the awesome Geo Triangles cut file. The geometric cut files by CUT to YOU are perfect for boy themed pages! I used the Teen Spirit collection by Echo Park with the cut file.

Geo Triangles cut file

I decided to cut the Geo Triangles cut file design out from black cardstock for a change, I also intended on turning the design so that the triangles were vertical. Black cardstock cut files really suit boy pages especially when the cut file is backed with some bright papers! Once the design was cut out, I picked lots of different papers to back the triangles with.

Once the cut file was all backed, I adhered it to a plain sheet of white cardstock using double sided tape. I often adhere cut files up with craft foam however with the thin lines in this one, I decided to lay it flat. This way it also gives me the option to machine stitch if I wanted to.

I placed the photo of my youngest son slightly on the left of the page to allow for a title in the centre and some embellishments on the left of the photo too. I also didn’t want to cover up too much of the cut file design with the awesome papers backed behind it. I kept most of the embellishing to a minimum adding just a few die-cuts and stickers, some wood veneer stars and a flair button.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my boy page as much as I enjoyed creating it! I hope you are inspired to grab some awesome cut files like the Geo Triangles one and create some awesome projects!

Happy creating!

Best Friend | Chevron Stripe | Tamara Buckler

Hello my scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a fun page featuring our old boy, Baxter. I usually create such girly pages, so it was fun flexing my muscles to create something more masculine.

I started this project by making the Chevron Stripe cut file as large as I could, stretching it out in the Silhouette Software so it took up nearly a whole piece of 12×12 cardstock. I decided to cut the file from Kraft cardstock because I like the texture and warmth that this adds.

I had intended to treat the file as more of a pocket, but once I had paired it with the starry patterned paper, I decided I liked how this filled in the gaps. To provide a little definition however, I did go around the edges of the chevron in black fine liner.

I then set about adding my photo and paper layers to my page, which I anchored toward the bottom right for balance. I tucked my title and embellishments pretty close to my photo so as to keep a tight focal point.

I added another smaller cluster to the upper left of my page, keeping it tight, and again with the aim of keeping the page balanced. I made sure to replicate elements from my main focal point/photo stack so as to tie the two together.

I really love how this came together. It really gave me a chance to use up some stash that was a bit outside my norm, and I was able to document a photo of our beautiful old boy. This cut file is so versatile, and fits right in with the boy collection over at the Cut to You shop.

Thanks for stopping by again, I’ll see you again next time.

Big loves, Tam xo

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

Bro | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends! It’s Tarrah back with you on the CUT to YOU blog today to share a new boy themed layout featuring the awesome Constellation Cluster cut file.

Constellation Cluster cut file

I recently purchased a new boy collection and wanted to get stuck in and create with it straight away. I decided to cut the Constellation Cluster cut file from white cardstock – I mean how can you go wrong with stars on a boy layout right? I placed small thin pieces of craft foam underneath the star cut file and adhered it to the yellow background patterned paper. You can see in the detail photo below the shadow this created by giving the cut file dimension.

I also love how the white cut file design pops against the yellow paper. I placed my matted photo in the space on the right of the cut file and balanced the photo by placing a cluster of embellishments in the top left space of the cut file.

Cut file designs like this background one are fabulous if you are stuck on an idea, by cutting this design out, it instantly decides for you where to place your photo and embellishments to give you a great looking layout. Some other ideas for this cut file I thought of doing were to machine stitch it before I adhered it, watercoloured it, inked it and cut it up into several pieces.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope I have inspired you to create projects about those men and boys in your life! Be sure to check out the Boyzone section of the CUT to YOU store, this is a dedicated section for boy inspired cut files!

Happy creating!

Splish-Splash | Kelly Pyron

Hello Friends! Kelly here with a new layout of my grand-love, Carson. My daughter recently sent me pictures of him at the swimming pool with pure delight on his face. I knew the Splish- Splash Cut File would be perfect for this sweet photo!

I wanted a very organic, fluid feel to this page. So, I went full-on mixed media with this layout. I used gesso, inks, embossing powder, water soluable crayons, and Nuvo drops to get a liquid, watercolor vibe.

I also did some hand-stitching on each water droplet for a litte more defintion and texture.

I used dimesional foam tape to pop the water droplets up to create more depth on the page. I also used some sequins and clear gems in clusters around the page as my finishing touch.

I must say, I LOVE how this turned out! Using this cut file was my inspiration starting point and the entire creative journey of this layout was so fun! I have a process video if you would like to see the step-by-step process of how I created this layout.

Seriously Dude| Kelly Pyron

Hello friends! My name is Kelly Pyron. I am so excited to share my very first layout as a design team member at Cut to You! Not to mention how happy I am to participate in their 2nd year in business celebrations this month!

I was so inspired by the cut files I chose for this layout. I knew which photos I wanted to scrap the instant I saw these cut files in the shop. I felt like they were perfect for these photos of my grand-love, Carson. He was not happy about having to take more pictures! My daughter tried everything to get him to smile, but all she got was a very half-hearted grin. I feel pretty confident, judging by the look on his face and body language, that he was thinking, “Seriously dude, more pictures?” Like I said, the cut files were perfect!

You can find the cut files I used here: Seriously Dude & Sketchy Circles Open

I chose to do Challenge 2: Two-Riffic, for my layout. I used 2 photos, 2 focus colors (blue & red), and 2 files. I always love a challenge and this was a fun one!

The title was big and spanned across the layout. I wanted to give it more “heft” so I cut the title out 3 times. I cut it out once in the red pattern paper, then twice in white cardstock. Then I glued them on top of one another. Next, I backed the title with alternating shades of blue for each letter. This gave the title piece more stability and added another layer of dimension.

With such a busy background, I wanted to keep my main focal points down the center of the page. I added my photos, titles, and journaling in a column down the middle. I feel like this helps draw focus and attention to the most important elements of the layout. However, I still wanted the sketchy circles to bring some interest to the layout, so I adhered it in such a way that parts were popped off the page, adding interest.

Lastly, I knew the background and title were going to make a big statement on the page, so I kept my other embellishments pretty minimal. I used several wood veneer stars spread around the page for a different texture on the page. I also used some enamel dots and ink splatters in blue and red for continuity of the color scheme and circular shapes.

If you would like to see how this layout came together, I have process video for you. I hope you find some ideas and inspiration for your own scrapbook layouts! Thank you for stopping by and being a part of Cut to You’s celebration!

Life is Lovely | Diamonds Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends, Rachel here and today I have a layout featuring the Diamonds cut file available in the Cut to You shop now!43262BAD-9435-40E7-AD55-1161052DB94DIMG_6206

I have used Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Magical Forest collection to create this layout of my baby boy being lifted in the air by his sister. Using a wood grain paper I cut the Diamonds at 9×9 inches. Once adhered to the centre of my green background paper I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and dragged out some of the diamonds and cut in a gorgeous mustard colour to add a stark contrast. I added them with foam tape to create a 3D effect.0A694BD0-839D-4115-A07D-3DA968151D0BI splattered my page with gold and white paint. Once dry I added two paper strips (mustard and blue), having added machine stitching to them prior. I next added my photo with foam tape. I added a phrase sentiment on my photo (which is my title), a puffy bird sticker finished of with wash tape added on the bottom of my photo (sentiment wash tape from the CP Heritage collection) which I also added some machine stitching to.FAB49051-A361-4F6A-9832-C6EA3B662605

24FA346E-1B5B-4931-8C0A-E971BB83B3D9I next added an embellishment cluster using chipboard stickers from the collection, creating a cute scene to tie in with my layout theme.4B7FD013-9E0D-494E-8F50-7C9225BC7081I created another embellishment cluster on the opposite upper side, how gorgeous is the macrame rainbow!BADA648F-029B-4B25-B167-45063EACCC21I finished off adding a cute camera sticker, word sentiment and more machine stitching. To create a contrast between the wood grain and green papers I added some gold photo corner stickers.D4569E35-61CD-4298-BDC4-E8C419FB6B59I love how the Diamond cut file created a stunning background and added to the layers of this layout! Check out the ‘background‘ section on the website for more fun options! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

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So Much Fun | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!

As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.

I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!

Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!

With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.

Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!

My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.

I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share!
Melinda