Sweet Heart | Tamara Buckler

Hello again CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a little bit of bright, sunshiney, love! I have used the Hearts in a Jar Cut File to document a sweet photo of my daughter and I.

I loved the idea of making the hearts in the jar look like the ‘conversation heart’ lollies we use to get as kids. They were always so sweet and pretty, with such lovely rainbow colours, so I backed each of the hearts individually with pretty pastel papers to get this effect.

I then decided to back the jar using a white glassine bag to provide some separation from my bright background and give the effect of cloudy glass. I would have preferred to use vellum for this step, but didn’t have any in my stash. I also backed the lid and base of the jar in black for an added pop, and tucked foam tape in behind all the solid elements.

I have slightly tucked the Cut file in under my photo cluster, and added the title over the top. This ties all these elements together, and makes them the focal point of the page. I had added some other sweet embellishments around the Cut File, and down to the right of my title for balance and to tie all my pretty colours together.

Thanks again for stopping by today. Make sure you’ve popped into the shop this month and checked out all the new releases for some fun news creative inspiration.

Big Loves, Tam x

Dear Santa | Gift Wrapped cut file | Tarrah McLean

Happy New Year creative friends!!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout featuring the pretty Gift Wrapped cut file.

Gift Wrapped cut file

I cut out the cut file as large as I could from a red patterned paper from the Crate Paper Busy Sidewalks collection, I then backed parts of the ribbon with a plaid patterned paper from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad. I then adhered the cut file to a plain white cardstock background using regular adhesive, placing it a bit straighter than the example in the cut file image.

I placed my photo using craft foam, and the layers underneath, towards the top right of my page so I didn’t cover up the cut file design too much. I tucked in some tag die-cuts at the bottom of the photo and some more die-cuts, chipboard and stickers around the photo. I opted for some gold puffy title stickers for my title, these were perfect to add as a title as they didn’t cover up too much of the cut file either. I also placed a flair button here. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled some black mist.

I love how this layout looks like a gift you can open up with the pretty bow and ribbon! I really enjoyed creating this layout and I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it?!

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for the most amazing cut files!

May your 2022 be the most memorable, happy and healthy year yet!

Happy creating!

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 25

Hi Creative friends, Gwen with you back on the blog for the last day of our 25 Days of Christmas blog feature. I have one last Scrapbook layout idea for you, its a special layout about the night before Christmas.

I started the layout by backing the ‘December Title’ cut file in a mix of pattern papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Joyful’ collection. I’ve used the paper stack for this as the prints in the designs are a smaller format to those in the 12×12 sheets. I love how you can see more pattern in the open space of the cut file when working with these sized papers.

December Title Block

I’ve then gone ahead and created my background for the layout and mounted my photo. I’ve then added my signature stitching, I am crushing on this contrasting thread for this collection.

For the design of the page, I’ve gone with the photo on the left and then the title block cut file on the right. I’ll also be adding most of my embellishments on the right hand side of the page. I was also super keen to use one of the puffy sticker words to make my title ‘December Moments’. I’ve layered the puffy title over the top of the cut file, you can see above the beautiful shine on these stickers.

This photo was taken on Christmas Eve so I could not help but use this sweet sticker from the collection… just one sleep until Christmas! The number one is a Thicker from my stash, and was the perfect shade of Gold.

I’ve used a mix of chipboard and stickers, wood buttons and die cuts from the collection to embellish the page. Adding these details on top of the cut file. I am careful that I don’t add too many things, ensuring that the letters are still able to be read easily.

I finished up the page with some gold star elements and die cut stars from the Ephemera pack which you can see here.

I have also made a YouTube video of my process for this one which you can watch here:

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

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and that wraps up our special blog series – 25 Days of Christmas Scrapbook Ideas. I really hoped you enjoyed this series, it did take a bit to put together and a big thank you goes out to all of the amazing designers involved. From my family to yours, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I hope this time is one that is restful and that you are able to make some lovely new family memories. Maybe even get a little creative time to yourself as well. Be sure to jump on the discount code if you have not already as it is ending soon.

Until next time,

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 11

Rebeca Ruiz on the blog today guest designing. I hope you are having a joyful day! Today I’m sharing with you a layout I designed for Cut To You by Gwen 25 Days of Christmas’ projects share. I used the Star Cluster cut file, it is a beautiful design that can be used for Christmas projects but also for many other themes like birthdays, Disney, and more. Go to her blog for more Christmas ideas and don’t forget to visit her shop for amazing designs! But now, let’s talk about this layout and how I made it. Also, you can see the process video at the end of this post.

I started this layout by cutting the cut file twice, in different sizes. The biggest cluster was backed using a metallic vellum but you can use any kind of vellum for this. The smaller cluster was backed using patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Merry and Bright collection.

Star Cluster

I started by cutting the Leaf Sprigs design from white cardstock and then backed the leaves and berries with different patterned papers. I will admit, it did take a little time to get the spaces all backed neatly however I love how it turned ouI separated the stars from the cluster using a scissor and fixed the end points, then added them on top of the vellum cluster using foam tape in the center. This creates a beautiful effect and adds dimension to the layout.

To help the cut file stand out in the white background, I added a coral paint to it. For that, I prepared the white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. Then, using Shimmerz paints in Peachy Keen and Cheeky Pink mixed together and diluted in water, I added color to the paper using a brush. Once the paint was dry, I added splatters using the same coral paint, Shimmerz in Miner, Miner 49er, and white acrylic paint.

To enhance the stars a little more, I used gold gumdrops from Your Next Stamps. They look great in the stars and add that glitter and gold touch that is perfect for Christmas projects.

When the background paint was dry and ready, I started adding the papers to the layout. For that, I used a sheet of green gingham from the 6″ x 8″ paper pad because this pattern is not available in the 12″ x 12″ papers. Then, using a doily border punch by We R Memory Keepers I created two borders, one in peach and the other in blue, both using patterned papers from the collection. I love adding these touches to my project because they are simple, I can use my punches, and they gives the layout texture, dimension, and interest, while making the layout more elegant, girly, and pretty.

For more texture, I distressed the edges of the papers and photo mats a little. The title was made using Thickers from American Crafts in gold. I always add a little bit of liquid adhesive to secure them to the layout because I live in a hot and humid island and they tend to fall from the pages.

Since I love to stitch in my projects and recently bought a metallic gold thread, I wanted to use it and this was the perfect opportunity. I reduced the white cardstock to 11 3/8″ x 11 3/8″ and framed it with the woodgrain paper. In the video you can see that I save the interior part of the woodgrain paper by making a frame of 1″ around all the border before adding the layout to it.

The last detail I added to the layout were wood stars that I had in my stash. I don’t know who made them because I bought them in a local craft store some time ago and placed them in a resealable bag without any info on the manufacturer. They are very cute and came in three sizes, which add interest and balance the layout.

This is a quick and fun layout that you can replicate to document your Christmas memories or any other moment. If you want to see a quick process video of how I made it, you can find it in my YouTube channel. If you like and enjoy the video, don’t forget to give it a like and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Thanks for staying with me during this post. I hope you like this layout and it inspires you to craft! 

Rebeca

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 5

Hi creative friends, it’s Tarrah back with you today and I am very excited to be joining in the 25 Days of Christmas celebrations, I created a new scrapbook layout featuring the beautiful Leaf Sprigs cut file design.

December is here and we have some fun celebrations happening between the 1st and 25th! Our fab design team will be popping into the blog everyday with some scrappy Christmas inspiration for you! Be sure to check the blog for your code on a sweet deal on the featured design of the day.

Leaf Sprigs cut file

I started by cutting the Leaf Sprigs design from white cardstock and then backed the leaves and berries with different patterned papers. I will admit, it did take a little time to get the spaces all backed neatly however I love how it turned out.

Once the design was all backed I adhered it flat to my chosen background paper, arranging it in a wreath shape as it was meant and curled up the leaves and berries to show some dimension on the page. I placed my photo towards the centre right, layering a paper underneath and tucking in some embellishments.

I could not go past the super cute reindeer sticker so he made it onto the page, looking as though he is jumping in to the photo of my sons. Here I also adhered the transparent piece with the Merry Christmas title. A few chipboard pieces, die-cuts and the gold puffy stickers were scattered around my page too. Lastly I stamped the date stamp.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Trick Or Treat | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a spooky Halloween layout featuring the Trick or Treat cut file.

Trick or Treat cut file

I enlarged the design slightly in Silhouette Studio and then cut it out from black cardstock. I then took some papers from the Hey Pumpkin collection by Crate Paper and backed both words with the black and white spot paper and the letter ‘R’ in the stripe paper.

Once I had finished backing the spaces of the cut file, I added craft foam underneath the whole cut file. I then adhered it to a patterned paper background.  I love the dimension and shadows this adds to my layout. I decided to add my 2 small photos on top of the web part of the cut file and added a few small embellishments here also. The ’31’ chipboard I placed in the centre and on top of the ‘R’ I added a cute tag and some other smaller Halloween embellishments.

I added a few small puffy stickers to the words Trick and Treat and also fussy cut a pumpkin out from patterned paper.

Do you document Halloween? The CUT to YOU online store has some awesome Halloween designs so make sure you check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog, I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Happy creating!

XOXO | Love Heart Rows cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new love themed layout featuring the Love Heart Rows cut file!

Love Heart Rows cut file

I cut the Love Heart Rows cut file out from white cardstock and then began backing each of the rows with different patterned papers from the Main Squeeze collection by Crate Paper. Once the cut file was all backed I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to a grid patterned paper background. I love the dimension and shadows this adds to my page.

I decided to add my photo, title and most of the embellishments in the centre row of hearts horizontally, this meant that most of the cut file was not covered up after spending so much time backing it! I placed my photo over to the left slightly and added just a few small embellishments on the left.

As there was a bit of room on the right of the photo, I added some larger embellishments here like the handmade fabric heart from Charm’s Creations, a die cut and the title too. I also tucked in a flair button right near the title that helps tell the story.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Happy creating!

Loving The Everyday | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a soft, pretty, girly layout featuring the gorgeous Loving the Everyday title cut file.

I cut the design out from white cardstock and then backed the open spaces in the words with different patterned papers. Once the spaces were backed, I added craft foam underneath the cut file. I then adhered the cut file to another sheet of white cardstock. I love how you can see some shadows created by doing this. I added the gorgeous photo of my youngest niece on the right of the title and also tucked in some fussy cut black and white flowers. I had to cover up the heart in the cut file as this is where I placed my photo however I overcame losing the heart by placing a large fabric heart from Charm’s Creations in its place.

On the left of the cut file, I tucked in and adhered some more black and white fussy cut florals. Above the cut file, I added the ‘Happy’ die-cut, the colours in this pieces matched perfectly with the colours I used to back the cut file. Some embellishments that I add to my pages simply might not go with the story I am telling on my layout however if the colour is right, then it usually makes it on to the page! A perfect example of this is the trumpet sticker….as its a pretty, soft aqua colour and the shape and size were right, I added it on top of the Everyday part of the cut file title. I love the addition of this and like I said it has nothing to do with the layout, I just wanted to add it anyway!

At the bottom of the cut file, I have added some of the small, scalloped tear off papers from the Crate Paper Carousel collection and adhered these overlapping each other, I also lifted up the ends to create some more interest on my page. On top of the fabric Charm’s Creation heart, I added some phrase stickers and on top of the cut file I added 2 puffy heart stickers and a clear word sticker. On top of the scallops I also added an aqua die-cut and a puffy word sticker here too. Lastly I trimmed down the white cardstock and adhered it to one of the soft pink patterned papers, I then machine stitched a border around the entire layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired in some way! Make sure you check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut files for your projects!

Happy creating!

The Happiest Girl | Floral Mandala 2 | Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today and I am happy to be sharing a new girly layout created using the gorgeous Floral Mandala 2 cut file design. I cut the mandala design out from white cardstock and then backed the design with a multi stripe coloured patterned paper.

Floral Mandala 2 cut file

I love how all the colours look behind the mandala cut file. Once it was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and then adhered the entire cut file design to my chosen patterned paper background. I teamed the cut file with the gorgeous Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper. I turned the design so that it had a slight tilt for extra interest on my page. The photo I am documenting today is of my beautiful niece. I adhered the photo on the left of the mandala and adhered a 3′ x 4′ card on the right. I added a metal bow clip to the top of this piece and a die-cut arrow also. Under the photo, I tucked in a pretty tag and tied some string through the hole in the top.

The Floral Mandala 2 cut file is suited to so many different themed projects. It would look great cut out in black as well. This design would also look amazing backed with many different patterned papers to enhance each section of the design. So many endless opportunities with this one!

I added a chipboard title underneath my photo and also a die-cut one, I kept the embellishing to a minimum for this layout because of the busy design and all of the colour happening on the page. I did add another small chipboard piece above the journal card that says ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. I also added a cute chipboard heart to the left of my photo.

Lastly on my page, I stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with the gorgeous Mandala cut file. Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for the Floral Mandala 2 cut file and SO many more gorgeous designs!

Happy creating!

Choose Happy | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring one of the many gorgeous title cut files from the CUT to YOU store.

Choose Happy cut file

I cut out the Choose Happy design from white cardstock and backed the open space of the ‘Happy’ part of the cut file design with a pretty yellow patterned paper. Once the cut file was backed, I added craft foam underneath both the Choose and Happy words. For the Choose word, as the design is quite thin, I cut out small strips of craft foam and strategically placed them so they were not visible when I adhered the whole design to my background patterned paper.

As the background patterned paper has a two tone effect, I decided to place my title in a similar way, I wanted the bigger Happy word of the cut file to be on the darker part of the paper and the Choose word to be above on the lighter part of the paper. I was very careful when placing my photo and the layers underneath as I tucked it in underneath the Choose word. I like how cut files look overlapping photos.

To enhance the cut file, I fussy cut out soms butterflies and arranged them around the cut file and the photo. I also added smaller embellishments on top of the cut file including some chipboard and sticker phrases, bird stickers, some puffy hearts and a handmade fabric by Charm’s Creations. To finish the page, I added a clear sticker with the dots along the bottom of the cut file and I stamped the date stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create a layout using the amazing title cut files in the CUT to YOU store!

Happy creating!