LOVE GROWS HERE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration and a super fun announcement… Introducing the CUT of the MONTH club! Today I’m creating with the very first exclusive design available for club members only. When you join our CUT of the MONTH club you can simply log into the members area of the website and get access to a fresh new exclusive design every month. I’m creating these designs especially for members only; you won’t be able to find them anywhere else AND they will only be available for a short period of time. If you are not signed up for the design of the month, you will miss your chance to get it forever. If you love CUT to YOU designs, you won’t want to miss this. You can sign up today for full access here and can cancel at any time.

Onto the layout 🙂 I’m on a ‘Back to School’ kick at the moment so it was fun to get this photo documented. I’ve started with the ‘Eucalyptus Wreath‘ design shown above and backed it with pattern papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’ve gone with a soft green leaf print from the ‘These Days’ collection. I’m using that same print for my layout edge and then a pretty yellow pattern paper from the same collection.

I’ve then positioned my photo along the right hand edge of the wreath, backing it with a small photo mat and adding my stitching. I’ve raised it up on foam as well for dimension. I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out some florals from pattern paper. I’m going to use the wreath cut file as a bit of a guide or template to create my floral clusters. A cut file like this one is a really great starting point if you are new to creating floral clusters. Use it as a base and work your layers up from there.

I’ve mixed and matched floral pieces and leaves and added them over the top of my wreath. I’m taking care not to overlap all of the wreath, I’m just looking at filling the design out a little. Some elements are raised on foam, others sit flat to the page. I just keep trialing bits and pieces here and there until I’m happy with how it all looks. Next, I’ve fussy cut out some sweet butterflies from pattern paper and added them to my layout. I add the adhesive to just their centres so that I can bend the wings up a little for dimension.

I’ve also included some die cut elements from the same collection and some sweet typed sentiments which I’ve raised up on foam tape. These are always a nice finishing touch to a page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

CUT to YOU | Tea Cup Posie Cut File | “Favourite” | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappy friends and fellow cut file lovers!! Melinda here with you today with my next share as part of this A-MAZING scrappy team!!

Eeep, I just love it!! That cut file is just beautiful and available here in the store!!

As soon as I saw this cut file when Gwen shared it I knew I had the perfect photo to scrap with it from Mother’s Day this year!! I had discovered a new love for tea – or perhaps a re-ignited love – earlier in the year and hubby and my boys picked me this gorgeous little teapot with cup as a special gift and I just LOVE it!!

I’ve dug into my stash for this and pulled out the Paige Evans “Truly Grateful” collection as I loved some of the sentiments and, to be perfectly honest, this was the first collection that worked really well with the colours in my photo!

I will let you know however that this cut file took me more time than I thought it would to back but oh boy, so worth it! I just love the way it came together and that I was able to keep it fairly soft and pretty but at the same time bring in some pops of those bolder and more bright colours!!

Other than my photo and this cut file I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with this page but as you can see, lots of words!! In lots of different text’s, colours and textures that somehow just all work beautifully together and with my cut file and photo!

I do have a process video for you and I’d love for you to check it out! You can either head over to YT or just hit the play button below!

I haven’t yet had the chance to cut any of the GORGEOUS new designs that Gwen released this month but oh boy!!!
I am fairly certain that I shall be cutting the super fun “Popcorn Party” and “Popcorn” cut files VERY soon however, as I am getting braces in a couple of weeks and popcorn, I believe, is a big no-no!!!

That’s it for me for today and I’ll be back again later in the month with my next share! Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel
xx

Hearts in a jar | mini album | Petra de Vroege

Hi CUTtoYOU lovers!

So nice to have you back again! Today I want to show you this cute mini album I made with the Hearts in a Jar file. Obviously you can use this any way you like, but I decided to turn it into a mini album.

I started with cutting the file several times. I deleted the inner pieces of the file so I could cut a solid jar to use as a backing for the complete “heart-pieces” and to use as separate pages.

I cut the insides of the hearts from design paper so I could back the hearts with them. I cut a few more so I could use them on the solid pages too.

I glued some of the jars together, I always use a fine tip applicator for these fine files and that works perfectly. The first page is a shaker page, I love shakers, if there is a way to incorporate one….. 😉

Backing the hearts was a labor of love, but I really like the result!

By not glueing the upper side of the hearts, I was able to tuck some embellishments behind them. This way it creates a bit more dimension, which in my opinion is always a good thing.

I loved working on this album, I love minis and especially when they are different from the usual square/rectangular ones! Do you make minis? You can find so many gorgeous mini-worthy files in the shop!

Did you know that with our newsletter you automatically receive free cut files?? So subscribe to our newsletter and get ready for some cut file deliciousness.

Have a lovely day!

xoxo
Petra

CUT to YOU | Love Grows Here | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with my next project for CUT to YOU and I have something a little “softer” and somewhat “prettier” than my norm! I hope you enjoy!

I have used the beautiful “Love Grows Here” title cut file which was cut in white textured cardstock.

I have made a slight adjustment to the cut file – I cut off the stems of the daffodils that go into the “o” in the word “grows” for a simpler look. I have used a few pattern papers to very simply back my cut file and then I popped the whole thing up to help it pop off the background.

I have chosen 2 3″x4″ photos from Mum’s Day this year; one with me with each of my boys at the end of the day. The photo cluster tucked beautifully into the cut file, sitting on top of the words and to the right of the flower heads.

I really LOVE how this page came together, all the pretty, soft colours and patterns, something different to my “norm” and yet still me. You can watch this page come together on my process video, just hit the play button below!

I hope that you have enjoyed this share and that perhaps I have inspired you to step a little out of your own “normal” style. Maybe you can find something in the new releases for this month? Or perhaps there is another cut file that you have that you haven’t been sure just how to use.

Happy scrapping and I’ll see you soon my next share for CUT to YOU!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | “Hey Bestie” | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!!! Melinda back again today and no, you are not going crazy!!
I do indeed have another layout share using the same cut file which also happens to be my page title!!

Again, I’m using the “Hey Bestie” cut file from the store.

If you don’t remember my last page here it is again and I’m using the “left overs” to create this page!

The insides of my letters were too beautiful to ditch so I immediately cut the title once again using textured white cardstock and used some foam tape to pop up all of the pretty letters.

I wanted this page to look and feel different to my last one so straight away decided I was going to use some different supplies; but still Heidi Swapp goodies. This time from the Storyline Chapters collection. And to not use any mixed media!!

I’ve pulled out another of my newly printed photos with one of my other besties and started layering up the photo, cut file and patterned papers.

For some extra detail and texture I have stitched around my photo and my 3 biggest patterned paper layers, bending up the edges of all the papers.

I ended up with a more vertical design on this page and decided to a) use a tag behind my photo to house my journaling and b) work with 3 main embellishments clusters that follow that vertical line down the page.

I cannot express just how much I ADORE that yellow patterned paper in my background so I made sure to bring that to the foreground of my layout also.

My finishing touch was some little black gems that I scattered on a loose diagonal (but almost vertical) from the top left cluster to the bottom right and added in some white glitter enamel hearts.

As always, I have a process video for you, just hit that play button below and I do hope that you enjoy!!

Here is a quick look at my layouts side by side!

If you didn’t know I’d used the same cut file you’d never know!! I just love that about digital cut files!!

When you are shopping take a look and think “how can I use this cut file multiple times/ways” before you purchase.
The best thing is, even if can’t come up with anything right now you can cut and use the file as many times as you like after you own it!!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today.
Did you notice that this isn’t the only cut file I’ve used more than once???
I hope you have a fab, scrappy day and I’ll see you back here on the blog later this month!
Mel x

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