Hi there CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei back with the first of my layouts for the month and I am using one of the fab new November release cut files called ‘Grateful For You’ that you can find here in the shop. I thought it was perfect to scrap a photo of my husband and me together…
I decided to cut the cut file quite large and pair it with this wreath patterned paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection which I layered onto another of the patterned papers and then stitched around with gold thread for a bit of extra sparkle!
I backed the cut file with one of the coordinating patterned papers and then attached it to the wreath background with foam pads to create dimension.
Finishing the layout was really quite easy then…. I mounted my photo onto a few pieces of patterned paper and then distressed the edges. I added some of the coordinating ephemera, fussy cut rainbows, flair button, sequins and little paper flowers. I did add in that cute yarn rainbow from the Crate Paper ‘Magical Forest’ collection as it matched perfectly! And I was done!
Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and see all of the new November releases here…. and if you want to get a FREE cut file each month just sign up here to the CUT to YOU monthly newsletter!
Hi CUT to YOU fans, I can’t believe that today I am sat here with the heating on yet just over three weeks ago we were walking on a beach in Norfolk in flip flops and short sleeves…. as I live in the UK and are now into autumn it’s no surprise really!
Anyway I’m here with a layout using one of the older cut files that I have had cut just waiting to use… it’s called ‘Scallop Banners’ and can be found here in the shop. I thought they would be perfect with the lovely new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection so painted twelve of them in different shimmery paints to match the collection.
I created my background with a patterned paper that I stuck down to another piece of coordinating patterned paper that I had gutted to make a frame. I distressed the edges and made a few tears on each side that I then folded back, this just creates some added texture which I like. I then stitched the painted cut files to the patterned background paper with gold thread.
As I do like to create dimension on my layouts I curled up the edges of each scalloped banner and I really like how this looks!
I added a photo that I had mounted onto three different patterned papers, again distressing the edges….
I added three embellishment clusters to the left and top right of my photo, and the third below my title.
To finish off I added a title and my journaling just beneath the photo.
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 October 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.
Hi again CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with my second layout for the month using another of the fab new September releases…. I loved the Rocket cut file and initially was going to use it with some pics of my nephews however once I got started decided that it was going to be perfect for one of my lovely husband! You can find the Rocket cut file here in the CUT to YOU store.
I cut the rocket and stars out in white cardstock and then backed them with some patterned papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Legendary’ collection that I still have in my stash. I used foam pads when attaching the patterned papers to add dimension as that is probably my favourite technique when using cut files!
You can see I backed the star cut files with stars from one of the patterned papers, then added a swoosh from one of the striped patterned papers in the matching colour as I thought it created what looked like movement coming from the shooting star.
Once the rocket and stars were all backed I stuck them down to my background which is a very old October Afternoon paper that I have hung onto as I knew it would come in use one day!
I then added my black and white photo that I layered up with five different coordinating papers that I had , I stuck it down with foam pads on the top edge only so that I could tuck in the bottom edge just under the cut file. I tucked in a few stickers and a ticket from the matching ephemera.
Finally I added a title using the word ‘LOVE’ from the coordinating title pack, I mounted this to some of the yellow patterned paper so that it stood out more against the white cardstock of the cut file. Then I cut up some of the words to get the letters ‘Y’, ‘O’ and ‘U’ and stuck them down directly to the layout. I finished off with the sticker saying ‘To the moon and back’.
At this point I decided it needed something else on the background, so added some little stars that I stitched with silver thread, this just added the extra texture that it needed and I was happy!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU store to see all of the fabulous cut files available and if you want to receive a FREE cut file each month then subscribe to the newsletter here…. see you all next month!
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.
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….
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!
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.
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.
I added some chipboard and enamel hearts to echo the hearts in the cut file, and some butterflies from the matching ephemera.
To finish off I added a title using the bright matching alpha and some journaling.
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.
Can you believe it’s September already!! Crazy! There are some fabulous new releases available this month, but today I’m here to share with you a fresh take on an older file.
I have used the My Happiness Cut File for the title of my layout. In the Silhouette Studio software, I have erased the word ‘my’ and then rejoined the lines in ‘happiness’ to create a single word title. I also resized the file so that the word ‘happiness’ covers nearly the full 12in of my page.
I backed the Cut File with a single piece of patterned paper, first tracing around the file and then cutting out with scissors. I then adhered the file and tidied it up and got into the nooks and crannies using my craft knife. It’s much easier to use your silhouette software here as well, but I batch cut my files, so I often don’t know what I’m going to do with them later.
I added craft foam behind my Cut File, and then adhered it to a darker strip of patterned paper to really make it pop. I added a strip of scalloped paper to soften the transition to the main background. I then tucked a word sticker to the top left, between the title and main background, for balance.
I added my photo to the right of my page to again create balance against my large title. I have created lots of layers and tucked my embellishments in tightly for the same reason. To finish off the page I added some black doodling.
Hi everyone, Kirei here with my second layout for the month and this time I used two of the fab new May cut files… called ‘Homemade Happiness’ and ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ that are available now in the CUT to YOU shop! Now I don’t bake normally and am not a fancy cook but during lockdown I have been trying out new recipes and decided I needed to bake my husband’s favourite chocolate flapjacks! Nothing fancy but a big deal for me as I just wouldn’t normally do it…. so they had to make it onto a layout and these cut files where just perfect!
I decided to use the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Noteworthy’ collection as I love the colours but better still there was a cute little bakery shop in the ephemera pack which was perfect to go with the two baking themed cut files!
For my background I picked a pretty yellow gingham patterned paper, then cut a curved strip from the top and bottom of the layout. I distressed the cut edges then backed the top and bottom with the same patterned paper that I used for the cut file title.
I cut the ‘Homemade Happiness’ cut file title twice, from one of the patterned papers and from white cardstock as I wanted to combine the two. I filled in the ‘HAPPINESS’ letters with the ones I cut from the white cardstock, this helped it stand out more against my yellow gingham check background. I stuck it down with foam pads as wanted to add some dimension.
Then I cut the ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ oven glove also from white cardstock and backed it with a pretty floral patterned paper. I attached it straight to the background but only in the centre as I curved the edges of the oven glove for more dimension. Then I added a small wooden enamel button to make it look like the oven glove was hung on it.
To finish off I added three small photos that I backed with a coordinating patterned paper, these are stuck down flat on the bottom edge and raised on foam pads at the top edges.
I finished off with some cute ephemera, puffy stickers and enamel dots to the right of my photos, and as a cluster at the bottom of the layout… love the little bakery!
To see more of the fab new releases don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and if you haven’t already then come and join in with the inspiration and chat over at the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page!
Hi everyone! I’m here with a layout using one of the fab new May cut file releases, this one is called ‘All You Need is Love’ and is available over in the CUT to YOU shop. This is a very girly layout and I went for lots of pretty colours, layered flowers and cute little icons!
I often cut out my cut files from white cardstock but decided to mix it up and go with one of the patterned papers in the Echo Park ‘All Girl’ collection. I then backed each line of the cut file with a coordinating patterned paper.
For the base of the layout I used a raspberry coloured patterned paper that I attached to a frame (which was from the same patterned paper as the cut file). I stitched around all four sides and distressed the edges and then I watered down some white paint and added lots of splatters to the background. Now I stuck down the cut file which I mounted on foam pads to add dimension.
I used just the one square photo that I mounted with a few of the patterned papers then stuck that to the layout using foam pads… I do love adding dimension!
Then it was time to add some embellishments, now I only have the matching sticker sheet with this collection so made some of my own layered flowers using different size punches and patterned papers.
Then I tucked in some cute little stickers, a fussy cut rainbow and some pretty pastel acrylic hearts to finish off. I added my journaling along the bottom of the layout and didn’t bother with a title as I think the fab cut file says everything!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Why don’t you pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see the rest of the fab new May releases… and if you haven’t already come and join the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group for more inspiration and chat!
Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s April already, I’m in the UK and the weather is really lovely this week… won’t even need a coat to go outside which I have been in every day until now. The temperature has literally changed overnight!
So for my first layout this month I am using the fab ‘Live For Today’ title cut file that you can find here in the CUT to YOU shop….
I cut it in white card and then decided I wanted to paint the word ‘today’ so just cut it apart from the ‘LIVE FOR’. I took inspiration for the paint colours from the striped patterned papers I was using. I carefully blended one colour into the next then once it was dry added some white highlights to each letter. Then I wanted to add more definition to the word so stuck it to some of the striped patterned paper and carefully cut around it leaving a small border. Then I backed the ‘LIVE FOR’ with some of the coordinating patterned papers. I popped it up on foam pads just over the right side of the photo, then stuck the ‘today’ down straight to the layout. I only used glue along the centre of the word so I could still create some dimension from the non-stuck edges.I added small striped paper strips down the left side of the white card and added some coordinating stitching for texture. On the right side of the layout I tore off a piece from the edge of the white card and added a strip of the same patterned paper just underneath. My photo is mounted on four different patterned papers and then stuck directly to the white card.
I added a little tassel banner and some coordinating word and star stickers. To finish off my layout I added some paint splatters to the background and wrote my journaling.
Thanks for looking, pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see lots more fab cut files including the brand new April releases!
Hi everyone! It’s Kirei back with my second layout for the month featuring another of the fab March cut file releases called ‘So Berry Sweet’ which is available here in the CUT to YOU shop now!
I decided I wanted more than just the one strawberry for my page so once I opened the design on my Silhouette I used the ungroup function to separate the strawberry from the title. Then I highlighted the strawberry and clicked regroup, before copying it so I had three of them which I then resized.
I cut the three strawberries and the title out of white cardstock, but also cut the title out of the same patterned paper that I was using as a frame for my layout.
Before removing the strawberries from the silhouette mat I painted them with some watercolour paints. Once they were dry I stuck the outer part of the design onto vellum and then added back all the small pips one by one! I made it easier by putting the inner part of the cut file back which helped me stick them in the right place…
I stitched some white cardstock onto my patterned paper frame and then layered up my photos onto some coordinating patterned papers. I then stuck down the strawberries around my two photos, and added some cute matching embellishments.
I finished off by layering the two titles together but slightly off centre so that the patterned paper title was just showing out from the edge.
Thanks for popping by, don’t forget to check out all the fab designs over in the CUT to YOU shop! See you next month…