CUT to YOU | “Hey Bestie” | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you to share my latest creation using another beautiful “Gwen” cutfile!!

I’m using the super fun and versatile “Hey Bestie” cut file available here in the store for today’s page.

I recently took advantage of a photo printing special and have a stack of newly printed photos that I couldn’t wait to start scrapping with. Since I recently created a layout with an OLD photo of myself and my bestie I wanted to create a much newer one and thought I would incorporate the cut file with our mutual fave colour, pink!!

For something different I cut my file from some pink pattern paper from the “Classic Heidi Bundle” I picked up recently. I’ve used the paper that is about 2/3 light pink and 1/3 darker pink and love how the cut file has the ombré look to it!!

Side note, the internal letters were SOOOO PRETTY I couldn’t NOT use them so here’s a sneak peek of something coming next month 😉

On with this page!! I backed my cut file with washi tape!!! So fun! I just rolled some tape onto smooth white cardstock, traced my cutfile and then cut out my letters!!

I decided to create my own “die cut ephemera” using a layering stamp set, pink and green/teal inks and matching dies and just love how they turned out!

With lots of layers of pink around and behind my photo I created a mixed media background using BLACK!!! And I just adore how this works! It really makes all the things POP!

I, of course, have a process video for you to see this page come together and I do hope that you enjoy!!

Remember, this month is birthday month for CUT to YOU so make sure you are signed up to all of the things in all of the places so you don’t miss any of the fun celebrations! And Gwen has even put together a bundle of cut files in the store for all of your birthday page needs, with a discount too 😉

I hope you have enjoyed my share today (and my little sneaky peek!!) and I can’t wait to share my next creation with you!! Have a fab scrappy day!!
Mel x

Summer Vibes | Ali Skifton

Hello, my Cut To You Friends,

It is Ali here with you today sharing a layout I scrap lifted from the Cut File Queen, Gwen.  It is Cut To You’s third birthday, and we are celebrating all month by picking one of Gwen’s creation and making it our own.   One of my favorite layouts that Gwen created was with the Summer Vibes cut file.

I knew I wanted to use the Simple Stories, Sunkissed collection because of the colors and the cute sun paper that was included in this collection.  I had an idea that I wanted to curl those sun rays and thought it would be so cute to have the suns underneath the rolled part, peeking out and one on each of the rays that I curled.  I then hand stitched around the sun with orange thread, and it added so much texture to the cut file.  I backed the letter with orange polka dot paper to tie with the orange in the sun. 


I decided to kiss the paper with some blue paint for the background to make the sun pop even more.  I used foam tape on the back of the cut file to give the layout some dimension.  I then decorated around the cut file with stickers and enamel dots and loved how it turned out.

I used a picture from a trip to Chicago my Husband and I took and love all the bright neon colors in the photo.  I just feel the summer vibes pouring out of this page! 

Please share on the CTY Headquarters Facebook page if you decide to scrap lift one of our designs.  We would love to see it. 

Happy Summer!

Love, Ali xoxo

ADVENTURE BEGINS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting another family outdoor adventure, this time with the help of one of the title cut file designs.

I decided to feature the ‘Adventure Begins‘ title for this one and cut it nice and large on white cardstock. It was perfect for my photo and a great way to help tell my story. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Jen Hadfield ‘The Avenue’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned towards the bottom of my layout making sure to centre on the page left to right. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

I’ve then positioned my photo so that it nestles into the design. When I was creating this cut file, I purposely positioned the text ‘and so the’ to the left (not centred) so that you would have somewhere to place your photo. You could use 6×4 or 6×8 in landscape or portrait. Lots of options with this one.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters one towards the top left and the other in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I’m always thinking about how the eye will flow across the page. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces and sticker elements. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added in some small gold chipboard hearts from Maggie Holmes. I love the smaller detail they add to the page and they round everything out nicely.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout including why I chose the bird, squirrel and car elements which you can watch here:

If you are looking for even more inspiration using this collection, I’ve created another layout which you can see here.

Until next time,

Shine | Shannon Allor

Hello friends! It’s Shannon up on the blog today bringing you this fun and fresh layout featuring the Hexagon Frame Cut File layered over the Valentine Rose Cut Files. And look at these adorable photos of my daughter getting some fresh highlights!

I backed my Valentine Rose Cut Files with this gorgeous Summer collection by Carta Bella. The tones are just perfect and allow my photos to shine! I decided to add black and white twine around my clusters to add just a little bit more black here and there.

I am currently loving little shiny bits of flair, some splatty bits and tiny words to build out some clusters around and under my cutfiles.

You can see my full process here:

Have the best scrappy day!

Shannon

CUT to YOU | Selfie Cut File | First Let Me Take a Selfie | Melinda Sweetman

Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation with a super fun cut file on a super fun scrapbook layout!

I’ve used the “Selfie” cut file which you can find here in the store. Isn’t it so fun!

The photo’s I’m scrapping today are fun Summer photos so what better collection to pair them with than the vibrant Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio!!

My cut file was cut in textured white cardstock and I cut it BIG!! I’ve used my Cameo to also cut the letters from the “Bright Side” 12×12 pattern paper. And the A5 Paper Stack to back the camera and a couple of layers behind my fun photo strip on the left hand side.

I just LOVE this floral camera and wish I could have one in real life! How fun would that be?!??

As you can see I have used a photo behind the lens of the camera. I just love how that brings your focus to the photo and then directs you around the rest of the page!

My largest photo was a tiny bit not wide enough, so to cover that up I’ve created an embellishment cluster, right on top of the photo and the cut file. From there I wanted to draw the eye diagonally across and down the page to my other photos.

If you’d like to see this page come together just hit that play button below! I hope you enjoy!

With such a large cut file most of my page was already designed for me so this one came together pretty quickly. And I love that I was able to overlap a few things without losing either the meaning or design of the cut file.

I hope that I have inspired you to perhaps create with a really BIG cut file or maybe to use a photo as a part of the backing of a cut file. Make sure you head over to the shop for all of the beautiful and fun designs Gwen has been loading up! Have you seen that there’s a new category in the shop for Bundles!!?! So, so great AND there is a disount when you buy any of them!

Have a fab, scrappy day and I’ll see you soon with my next share!
Mel

Happy Birthday | Sunburst Heart Cut File|Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. My little daughter has just turned 8 years old last month – I can’t believe how fast time flies! So I was happy to make a birthday layout for her, with one of the newest cut files from the June Release. The Sunburst Heart cut file is very versatile, you can back it, stitch it, cut it large or small, or as I did it now, you can use it as a “shaker”.

First I cut the Sunburst Heart cut file large, from precision white cardstock. Then I added foam adhesive to it, because I wanted to add some foam stickers in the holes, and I wanted the heart to stand out. This took some time because I had to cut little stripes from the foam adhesive.

When I was ready, I backed the small heart in the middle of the cut file with patterned paper. For this layout I used the And Many More collection of Pink Paislee. I didn’t glue the patterned paper on the cut file, I wanted to play with dimension here too.

I started to fill the cut file with stickers of the collection (candles, confettis), foam stickers (stars) and some other embellishments I found in my stash. I especially like the oval enamel dots of Pebbles, it was great to this layout. I also added some sequins, enamel dots and puffy stickers.

In one secsion I added some number stickers in different sizes – inspired by Steffi Ried – I really love the effect.

I matted my photo with some patterned papers, and glued under the title. Then I started to embellish the page. I added a border on the bottom, then created a cluster near my photo using stickers, cut outs, foam stickers from the And Many More collection of Pink Paislee.

I added a balloon sticker in the upper left corner for balancing the layout. Finally I added some oval enamel dots for the repeating effect.

Would you try to make such a layout? It’s good for using up a lot of embellisments from your stash 😉
Grab some of the new cut files from the CUT to YOU shop, and start creating!

CUT to YOU | Spring Floral Edge Cut File | Fur Mum | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappy friends!!
Who else is in total shock that we are already in June?!? Where has the last 5 months disappeared to?
Anyway, Melinda here to share my latest creation with you and I do hope you enjoy!

I used the gorgeous “Spring Floral Edge” cut file for this one and I just love the way this came together!

I have duplicated and flipped the cut file in Silhouette Studio to create an almost 12″ vertical strip. When I was happy with the overlap of the 2 pieces I welded them together and cut them as a long vertical piece. I would love to take full credit for this idea but I cannot – I did see it somewhere else a couple of months ago but sadly cannot remember who’s it was!! But full credit to that incredible scrapper!! Thank you for your inspiration!

As you can see, after I cut the design I have carefully pieced it all back together. The negative pieces were stuck directly to my background while the floral/leaves were popped up on little pieces of foam to create this 3D look! So effective!!

I have picked the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Sunkissed” collection to work with for this page. With that very colourful background I wanted to add some contrast so threw in a few pieces of black along with my title acrylic piece. I love the way the black makes everything pop.

I have kept my embellishing pretty simple with a few florals around my photo and title. I made sure to connect my floral pieces to the cut file to make it all work together.

I have a process video for you which is linked below! I. hope that you enjoy!

I really love how this cut file has become a part of the page background rather than the main focus. So often it’s a case of “look, there’s a cut file!!” it’s nice to do something a little different! And still so, so effective!

There are so, so many designs in the store that you could use this technique on, make sure you check them out! I particularly love the “Stained Glass 1” and the “Triangles Stacked” designs for this idea!!

Until next time friends, happy a scrappy day!
Mel

CUT to YOU | Stitched Rows Cut File | Keep Reading

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. This time my task was to make a layout with the theme ‘Everyday’. For this prompt I chose a photo of my daughter, who loves to read since she had learnt it. She enjoys it so much, that she even starts reading in the morning, still in her pajamas, and doesn’t want to stop. It makes me so happy, I hope she keeps reading all her life!

For this layout I used the Stitched Rows cut file and the Keeping It Real collection of Pinkfrsh Studio. Here is my layout:

First I cut the Stitched Rows cut file from white precision cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I left it on the cutting mat, and got out my Catherine Pooler ink pads and started to colour them. I used Catching Rays, Do-Si-Do, Sangria, Drive-In, Cummerbund colours.

When I was ready, I got them off the cutting mat.

I glued the cut file on a white cardstock. I added a stripe of patterned paper on the left side, and started to mat my photo with some patterned papers.

I added lots of flower cut outs and phrasel cut outs, foam stickers to the layout.

Finally I added my title and my journalling.

I hope I could inspire you to get out your ink pads and colour a cut file. Get some new ones from the CUT to YOU shop! Have you seen the new release? 😉

CUT to YOU | Rad Like Dad & Superhero Page Builder Cut Files | Rad Like Dad | Melinda Sweetman

Good morning and welcome to the blog today! I’m really SUPER (see what I did there?!? lol) excited to share my latest creation with you using 2 more of Gwen’s fun designs!!

I had initally decided to use just this great Rad Like Dad cut file…

But as I got to working with my layout I decided I needed something extra in my background so I cut the Kaboom and Kapow cut files from the Superhero Page Builder cut file. I love this cut file and all of the different pieces!!

If you follow along on any of the CUT to YOU socials you will see that the lovely Tamara Buckler is the BEST at using Kraft cardstock for backgrounds so when I saw her latest page I just HAD to pull out some Kraft (and black!!) and get krafty!

I’ve used the Vicki Boutin “Let’s Wander” collection to back my cut file – choosing the red and blue because, Spiderman masks!!! Not only are we lucky enough that my MIL made us some face masks but she made my boys MATCHING Spiderman masks, perfect photo opportunity!!

I altered my title cut file in the Silhouette Studio software so I could pop my photo right in the middle and then cut it in black cardstock.

I desperately wanted to use the camera from the ephemera pack on this layout so I had to pull in the extra teal-ish colour. I did this not only with the camera but also by adding in 3 spots of mixed media in a matching colour behind my 3 clusters.

Using the areas where I had added the mixed media to create 3 clusters I finished my page off with some stickers from another Vicki Boutin collection, some enamel dots and gold stitching with my sewing machine.

I really love the fun and “superpower” feel to this page! Those speech bursts from the Superhero Page Builder cut file add just the perfect background element!

And that super fun and messy stitching just finishes everything off and ties it all together perfectly!

I’m sharing my process for this layout over on my YT channel and you can watch that right below by just hitting that play button!

I really hope that I have inspired you to create your own Superhero themed page or perhaps to use a cut file in a somewhat “altered” way to the original design like I have here with the “Rad Like Dad” cutfile!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

Cheers | Ali Skifton

Cheers my CTY friends! It is Ali here with you today sharing another fun layout using the Tropical Punch cut file. This picture was taken at Walt Disney World with my two friends and me. We were celebrating with our tropical drinks because we just completed the Disney Princess Half Marathon!

I used the new Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed collection to stay with that tropical vibe we had going on with our drinks. I had so much fun backing up this perfect cut file with these cute Sunkissed papers. I tried to make it as close as I could to the real drink and I think it turned out pretty well. I used the wood epoxy buttons to decorate the centers of the flowers.

I used a few die cut ephemera pieces, puffy stickers , and clear stickers to complete the layout. I always add foam tape to the back of my cut files to add some dimension to my page. It makes a world of difference to the look of your layout when you do that.

Here is the link to this fabulous drink cut file created by Gwen. https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/tropical-punch-cut-file/

Cheers to vacations and warmer weather headed our way!

Love, Ali xoxo