Christmas Wishes | Ali Skifton

Happy New Year! I am so excited to be here with you sharing my first layout for the Cut To You Design Team. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are still enjoying their time with their families and friends.

As soon as I saw the Christmas Wishes cut file I knew I had to use it to scrap our Christmas photo card. I decided to use the red paper to back up the whole cut file title because I wanted it to pop against the black and white star paper.

Here is the link to the Christmas Wishes Title Cut file that I used on my layout. There are so many terrific Christmas cut files in the shop it was hard to choose which one I wanted to use for this photo.

I decided to add my journaling to the title too, which I thought was something fun and different. I typed up the Christmas saying that I thought went well with the title cut file and the photo and added two enamel dots to the strip of paper. I added foam tape to the back of my cut file title to add some dimension to the layout. I then used the penguin and ornament die cuts to decorate the title. I also added heart card stock stickers to the middle of the letters R and A.

I hope you enjoy the layout and that it brings a smile to your face. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021!

Love, Ali XO

Sweet Christmas Memories | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I hope you are all well and happy this Christmas Eve.

I am so happy to be with you today to share my final project for this month, and this year. Once again I’ve been delving into my stash of Christmas supplies to document some of my memories from past years.

For this project I used the Poinsettia Wreath Cut File. Although this cut file comes with two halves of a wreath, I decided to use just the bottom half.

I really wanted to play with some watercolour techniques for this layout and honestly, I just had so much fun with it. I created a base for my backed cut file using three different coloured inks which I watered down and very roughly sploshed around where I knew the cut file would sit.

And to fill in the top half of the wreath I had so much fun creating some painted watercolour foliage. This was such a simple but effective technique and I am so in love with the finished product.

I kept the remainder of my layout fairly simple. I chose three coordinating alphabet stickers for my title. I added some watercolour splatters around the wreath and used some of the gold foil stars that came with the alphabet stickers I used.

To finish the layout I tucked some additional bits of foliage that I die cut from coordinating patterned papers in and around my wreath cut file. And of course added a sprinkling of Nuvo drops for that sweet little finishing touch.

If you’d like to see how I created this layout in more detail I would love for you to take a look at my process video which is linked below.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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!

Christmas Gift Bags | Rachel Lowe

As a paper crafter I love making Christmas cards, tags and gift boxes and bags. Here is two bags I have made using three cut files from CTY Christmas 2020 release.

https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/christmas-bow-cut-file/
https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/tree-in-a-jar-cut-file/
https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/christmas-joy-digital-cut-file/

And here is what I created!

I measured the front panel of this gift bag and then cut the Christmas Joy cut file in gold. I set aside the negative word joy so I could add later. I then cut Tree in a Jar using white cardstock. Using the offset function on my silhouette cameo (this simply off sets it either internal or external, to fit inside or outside by a fraction) I cut another one in vellum. I added glue to the outer edge and attached the vellum to the cardstock piece leaving an opening to fill with sequins. I then machine stitched (which you don’t have to do if you glue up once filled with sequins. I added a gold paper piece to the bottom of the jar and some gold star acetate to the lid.
I attached the Christmas Joy cut and then I added the Tree in a Jar with foam tape on my bag. I finished off adding the word joy. This obviously will be going to someone I really like lol!!! Here is my next gift bag which is a little smaller but still cute!

I cut the Christmas Bow in gold paper and paper backed it with a Christmas red paper. I added the centre with foam tape to add some height. I cut this bow at approximately four inches (width).

And there you have it, Christmas is a good time to play with cut files and use them in different ways, not just on a layout. To see all the Christmas cut files head over to the CVS shop https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/

Thank you for stopping by and see you again in December.

Christmas Star | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone, it’s Melinda here with you for today’s blog post! I have this super fun Christmas page to share featuring a 2019 photo.

This page features the very awesome “Star Light, Star Bright” cut file which has been embossed with gold glitter embossing powder. And I just love how it turned out!

I said it recently in another post, but in case you didn’t know, stars are totally my jam. My fave!! So as I flipped through my photos and came across this one. I knew straight away that I just HAD to cut it AND that it simply HAD to be gold!

By happy accident my boy is wearing a teal-ish coloured shirt which, for me, is part of a perfect Christmas colour combo – red/teal/white/gold and in this case, silver too ;), so I totally embraced that and created a messy mixed media background with lots of different Lindy’s products.

Oh, and with teal in my colour scheme I simply had to include these gorgeous X and O Charms Creations!!!

I, of course, have a process video for which is below! Grab a cuppa, sit back and I do hope you enjoy!

I’ll leave with you a few close up shots!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe I have inspired you to use a more non-traditional colour scheme for some Christmas pages 😉 Make sure to head over here to the shop if you are looking for all of the stunning Christmas designs and make sure you have signed up here to the newsletter. It may be very worth your while to keep up to date with the CUT to YOU happenings 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
xx

December Daily 2019 | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely peeps,

I wanted to sneak in one more Christmas share before Christmas becomes a distant memory … and I’ll hope you’ll forgive me because it’s a good one!! It’s my first December Daily (ish)!!

Now, I’m not a big Christmas documenter, and I’m also not great at keeping up with daily things, but after what had been a pretty rough 2019, I needed something to get me in the spirit. A few ideas came together for me, including a mini album I had seen Sue Plumb put together here, and the Photo A Day challenge that I found here, and I combined these to come up with my format. I also didn’t pressure myself to take photos or create layouts daily, and the result was…I actually got it done!!

Now the reason I’m here to share this with you at CUT to YOU is because I used a heap of our Cut Files in the mini album, and I used them in several different ways!

Ahh I love this little guy!! The CUT to YOU gingerbread man. He’s a fave! And I think he looks super cute here as a page divider! I cut him out quite small, and backed him with various papers, including Kraft cardstock for his body, and simply punched a hole in his hand so he could slot into the album. Isn’t he the cutest!?!

Next up I have used the Holly Jolly Christmas Cut File to create a stand alone page. The prompt for this day was ‘red & white’ and I didn’t really have anything, so I thought it was a really good option to make this Cut File a feature using R&W paper for my background.

I have used the Merry Everything Cut File to again created a page divider. I cut this out in white card stock, and then coloured it with a red Sharpie. I have backed it with a kraft cardstock paper, so that it was solid enough to handle being flipped back and forth. Fun!

I have use the gorgeous Candy Cane Cut File to create another feature page. This one is a bit of a spacer to allow for a double page spread on the other side. I used a piece of red patterned paper for the candy cane section, and then used some silver washi tape for the bow.

I have also used the TN Christmas Tree Quad Cut File on two seperate pages. I have cut them into seperate trees, and for the first layout I’ve backed the file with patterned paper and washi and adhered to my page.

On the second page, I have coloured the Cut File with black Posca Pen, and have then simply slid it on to the rings in my album to create a little page divider.

I have created a little bit of a flip through, which I have shared over on my Instagram, pop on over if you want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by again today, I look forward to sharing again with you next month!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Family is Forever | Melinda Sweetman

Hello to all of you lovely scrappy CUT to YOU friends and thanks for joining me on the blog for my first post for 2020!! I’m really excited to share my page with you today!

I have used the “Family is Forever” cut file for this page and used it as the main feature and oh boy, do I love how this came together!

I wanted to jazz up my cutfile and since plan a didn’t work (epic fail thanks to user error lol) I got messy!

I’ve cut the title on smooth white cardstock and then added a quick, not perfectly applied coat of gold water colour paint. (I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi #91). Once the water colour was completely dry I added some of the super fun and sparkly Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Golden Crystal with a paint brush and then my finger right on top of the gold water colour. The paste adds so much sparkle and texture and I just love how it looks IRL!

When that was completely dry I backed all of the letters with some pattern papers from the Kringle & Co collection by Photoplay Paper and then popped the whole title up on some foam.

The 2 photos on this layout are from Christmas morning and are our annual Christmas Family photos. It’s funny, after forgetting to get someone else to take a family photo on Christmas Day a couple of years running it’s now become tradition to take a family selfie after presents and everyone is dressed so that way I get at least one photo!! And I love this years ones!

With my main elements decided and ready to go I quickly added a couple of fun layers to my grey cardstock background. Next I added some gold stitching to the card stock and also my photos and then mounted that all onto another of the papers from this collection.

The only additional embellishments I added were the Candy Cane by Annabellish and the little row of hearts I had in a bowl on my desk. I added in a couple of quick sentences for my journalling and my page was done!

If you’d like to see my whole process just hit play on the video below and I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are safe and that you can squeeze in a little crafty time for you! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda

It’s a Christmas Wish |Tamara Buckler

Hello scrappy friends!!

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas!? I’m up on the blog today sharing my last layout for 2019 and of course it’s another Christmas layout!

I have used the Make a Wish Cut File from our Christmas Collection, which I edited a little in the Silhouette software to remove the star as I new I wanted to nestle it into my title.

I have cut the File from patterned paper today, and I have stuck some pieces of cardboard box which I have cut very thinly, behind the Cut File to pop it up off the page.

I love how raising the Cut File off the page helps to nestle it above the photos, and also allows the rest of the title to be nestled into it.

It’s a little unusual for me to have the title at the top of my page, but as the white space on my photos was towards the top, this worked best. I then kept most of elements central to the page so as to draw the eye down.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. Make sure you pop over to the shop to grab some of our Christmas Cut Files, because if you’re anything like me, there will be lots of photos to scrapbook in the New Year!

I hope you and yours have a fantastic and safe Christmas and New Year. I for one am looking forward to the break, relaxing, have a few wines and soaking up the sun (lookout for lots of summer layouts in the new year 😂).

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Crazy Tree Trimmers | Meggy Blethen

Hello Scrapbookers!! This is Meggy and I am back with a fun Christmas tree trimming layout. I had so much fun using a few of the Christmas shop releases.

I absolutely love the tree cut file and since we were decorating the tree they worked perfect to frame my photo.

Make sure to grab this cut file for all of your Christmas Tree trimming layouts!

I also used the Christmas Banners cut file to give the top of the layout a little more ballance.

And the star Christmas Tag was perfect as an extra embellishment.

I added a few pieces of ephemera in the top corner with the Christmas Banner file.

I love how the white alpha goes really well with the background and the cut files.

I love this cluster with the cut files and the cut little embellishments.

I backed each of the trees with a pretty patterned paper and added the last part of the title under this cluster of trees.

I just love how the cut files all work together even thought I used 3 different ones! I challenge you to use more than one cut file on a layout! It is a lot of fun.

I had so much fun creating this layout! Make sure to grab these cut files in the shop for yourself this holiday season! I hope you have a wonderful season!

You can watch my process video below. Thanks so much for stopping by!!