My Guy | Ali Skifton

Hello my CTY friends! It is Ali here with you today sharing a layout I created using the Segmented Circle Cut File. I decided to use this photo of my husband that was taken in Door County on vacation last Summer. He dislikes his photo taken so I appreciate this photo so much more and had to make sure that this layout was extra special.

The photo was taken at a Lavender farm and I wanted to pick up the red color from the barn and the blues of his shirt and eyes for the layout. I decided to use the Fancy Pants Hometown Summer collection. I filled the circle with bits from this collection and added a 5 x 7 photo of my husband in the middle. I then added foam tape to the back to add some dimension to the layout.

The photo didn’t fill the opening of the cut file so I used a few flower die cuts to cover that and you could never tell that there was ever a small gap.

I used letter stickers for the title and a few enamel dots sprinkled behind. I wanted to add a little something to the white space and created some blue and red paint splats in the two corners.

There are so many uses for this cut file, it is a great one to add to your cut file collection. Go check it out in the shop and I would love to see what you create with it. Make sure you share it on the CTY Facebook page!

Happy Creating! Love, Ali xoxo

BUNNY KISSES EASTER WISHES | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting a fun Easter photo and featuring a lovely big title design.

I decided to feature the ‘Bunny Kisses Easter Wishes‘ design for this one and cut it nice and large. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Dear Lizzy ‘She’s Magic’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned along with my photo onto my layout. 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.

Here you can see the detail of the cut file on my page.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces, fussy cut florals and chipboard. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added these super fun holographic heart chipboard heart pieces, they are so so fun and I love how they add a little bit of shine to the page.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:

Until next time,

CUT to YOU | Floral Banner #3 Cut File| Love You Mini Album | Melinda Sweetman

Hey there and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today!!
Melinda here to share my most recent creation using a CUT to YOU cut file!

Yes!! That is a mini album!!
Something different for me and all of the pages have been created using the Floral Banner #3 cut file.

So, I’ve got a tutorial video for you today showing exactly my process for what and how I cut this cut file in a couple of different ways to create my mini album pages and some step by steps below!

Firstly, after I had opened and traced the cut file in Silhouette Studio, I horizontally flipped the cut file so the banner was on the right hand side. This piece is then what I used to create the different layers and becomes the backed cut file on the front page.

The black base pages were created by doing an offset of the original file, setting it to 0.075in for the offset.
I then removed all of the inner pieces of the new, slightly bigger, cut file.

I used my Cameo to cut all of the internal pieces of the florals and the banner to easily back my cut file.

This was done by copying the original file and then releasing compound path.
Delete the entire outside edge of the cut file.

Next, select all of the pieces of 1 floral, right click and select “make compound path” and repeat for other florals and the leaves with 2 pieces.

Once all of your compound paths have been created select florals, banner and leaves and do another offset. This one was set to 0.05in.
After confirming your offset, delete the smaller, internal, original pieces.

Now, you have the cover cut file pieces ready to cut along with the black base pages. All that is left is the pattern paper pieces that get layered onto the black cardstock.

Once again, make a copy of the original cut file and release compound path. This time you need to delete all of the internal pieces which will leave you with just the outline which is the part you want cut to layer onto the cardstock.

It seems complicated and a little tricky but once you get started and the more you practice the easier it becomes and honestly, making mini albums with cut files means the only constraints you have to work within is your own imagination!!

I have used a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection, Fresh Cut, to create my album and used some Storybook sequins by Spieglmom Scraps to add those finishing touches.

I’m certain you worked out that this was a gift for a very close friend of mine and I’m happy to report that she loves it!

Have you ever used cut files to create a mini album?? What cut file from the store do you think would make a great mini? I’d love to know!

Oh, and bonus!!! I almost forgot, I also have a video flip through of this mini for you!! I do hope you enjoy and I’m looking forward to sharing my next creation with you soon!! Until then, happy scrapping!
Melinda
xx

CUT to YOU | Sisters, Besties for Life | Melinda Sweetman

Hey there and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog this lovely Wednesday, aka Hump Day! Melinda here with you to share my latest creation!

When I decided it was time to scrap this photo of myself and my little sister I just couldn’t go past this “Besties for Life” cut file available in the store!

I’ve pulled out my Cocoa Vanilla “Sunkissed” collection (just swoon!!) to create this page as I love the bright and bold colours in it and thought they worked beautifully with this almost Summer 2020 photo!

I used the A5 Paper Stack to back my cut file and had my Cameo do all the “hard” work cutting the letters!

With the orientation and placement of faces in my photo I did have to do a little surgery on my cut file but that was easy to cover up with a cute heart puffy sticker!

There is a process video for this page which is linked below! This was all shot in ONE go! I can’t believe it lol and I do hope that you enjoy!

I’ll leave you with a few close up photo’s and I’ll see you again real soon with another share for CUT to YOU!
Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter for all of the fun things…. Yep, that’s a little hint right there for iNSD 2021, wink wink!!

Melinda
xx

CUT to YOU | Summer Vibes | Summer Vibes Cut File

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. I don’t know how you feel, but I am longing sooo much for summer! I love sunshine, swimming and bathing, having fun and freedom, so I chose a photo from last summer. We’d just got a new beach mattress, a flamingo, which is sooo big, that my daughter can lie on it. 🙂

For my layout I chose the Summer Vibes cut file, which I cut from white cardstock and started to back it with the Sunkissed collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This collection is perfect for all those summer memories, it has beautiful bright colours. The Summer Vibes cut file has 2 parts, so you can use them also apart.

I only put some small drops of glue on the sun cut file from the Summer Vibes cut file, because I wanted to hand-stich it. First I punched out the holes, than I stitched it with the different yellow threads.

Then I backed the words: I chose pink for the word summer to refer to the flamingo on the photo, and the ombre blue for the word vibes, to refer on the water on the photo.

Then came the fun part: I had to arrange everything on my white cardstock. I cut a one inch stripe from the Good Vibrations patterned paper and glued it on the link side. I glued the two parts of the Summer Vibes cut file in the middle of the layout, but I moved the words a little bit to the right and the sun to the left. I put the photo on the left side of the cut files.

Then I started to decorate my page. I used some die cuts and also used my Sizzix and made some hibiscus flowers and palm leaves with some dies from my stash. I also added one brush stripe clear sticker and two wood buttons.

I just love how happy, how good vibes this layout has! Can’t wait for summer! 😀

Do you also have some summer memories to scrap? Or some Easter or spring ones? Then head on the the CUT to YOU shop and grab some of the April Release of cut files, which make your work so much easier 😉

LOVE THIS LIFE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrapbooking inspiration. For today’s share, I’m featuring a new CUT to YOU floral design and a sweet photo of my Miss 13 on her birthday.

To begin the page, I started with the ‘Spring Floral Edge‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large using white cardstock. I’ve backed it with the soft peach tones in the Crate Paper ‘Fresh Bouquet’ collection and for something different, I’ve used a grey and pink print to back the leaves in the cut file design.

Once the cut file was all backed, I positioned it onto my page. For the background of this layout, I’ve gone with a deep navy print from the collection. I love adding cut files onto a dark background, it really helps them to pop!

Next, I’ve positioned my photo, I’ve backed it with grey pattern paper and then raised it onto foam for dimension. It sits along the left-hand edge of the cut file. I’m using the design as a base for my page. It is guiding the layout of the page and will really help the flow of the design.

With the photo in place, I’m now going to add in my embellishments starting with the main cluster beside the bottom left hand corner of the photo.

I’ve finished the layout off with some gold elements including the photo corners and some pretty gold hearts from my stash.

You can also see how I’ve created the page below. If you like the way that I scrapbook OR the way that I chat about the way that I scrapbook, be sure to give my video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, that way you won’t miss any of my upcoming videos. This support helps me so so much! xo

I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together,

Until next time,

CUT to YOU | The Best | Easter Nest & Bunny Silhouette cut files|Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really egg-cited (haha!!) to share my latest creation with you featuring 2 of the newer Easter cut file designs!!

I started this page with the adorable Easter Nest cut file.

And couldn’t resist recreating my own “Lindt Gold Bunny” using the cute Bunny Silhouette cut file which I backed using some of the left over gold foil from our recent partnership with Spieglemom Scraps!!

For this page I wanted to use the beautiful new freebie digital collection by Traci Reed “Here Comes the Sun” which I have printed out on a bunch of different types of papers!!

My idea was to create 3 shaker pockets with the Easter Eggs in the Easter Nest cut file for some extra fun!

I’ve hand stitched around the eggs which has given enough dimension for the sequins to move around and shake!

I do have a process video for you if you’d like to see my page come together, just click that play button and enjoy!

Have you seen the newest release? Gwen, as always, has a stunning collection of fresh new cut files for this month and my personal fave is Party Bow!! IKR, it’s gorgeous! And such a different design for me to pick as much fave but I’m thinking up a creative way I can use it 😉

Until I’m back, happy scrapping and I hope I have inspired you to maybe use multiple cut files in a project or perhaps even create a shaker pocket of your own!!

Melinda

CUT to YOU | Just Hanging Out | Summer Days Cut File | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone I’m so excited you are here with me as I share my latest creation with you!

How super fun and bright and colourful is it?!? I just LOVE it! And I love how I have used the “Summer Days” cut file as part of the background!!

When I decided to use this photo of my boys I just KNEW that the brand new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection “Sunkissed” would be the perfect match! Knowing the photo and the collection I wanted to use just left the cut file choice! I wanted something that I could easily incorporate into my background without the cut file being the main and most obvious piece on the page.

I have sized the cut file to 9 different sizes and played with the idea I had in my head in the Silhouette software. When I was happy with the cut size and placement I sent the white card stock through to be cut.

On another piece of thick, smooth white card stock I had my Cameo trace the beginning and ending S’s in each line and also a horizontal line between each of the lines of text in pencil so I knew where to place each of the cuts. I do show that part of my process in my process video which is linked below for you!

I’ve pulled out 5 Distress Oxide colours (from top to bottom – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans) and swiped those across my page – here is where those horizontal lines came into action 😉 – and then activated with a paint brush loaded up with water to create paint strokes.

When that was all dry, I adhered all of those “Summer Days” pieces with scotch tacky only in the centre line. For texture and interest I’ve then stitched straight through the middle of each of those title pieces with matching coloured thread and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out! I also stitched along the horizontal lines with some gold thread.

I’ve pulled a few pieces from the floral ephemera pack, the puffy stickers, the accessory sticker sheet, the gold foam titles and one of the wooden buttons to complete my page. My title is an acrylic piece from my stash. With all of my pieces in place I was then able to go back through to the cut files and lift up either edge for some interest!

This layout was oh so fun to create! I love that I have used a “title” cut file to create my background and that, with the help of my layer choices, it does not over my layout!! Gwen has so many titles in the store to choose from and I hope that perhaps I have inspired you to play with one as part of a background design!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today!! I look forward to sharing another project with you soon but until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel


SO SWEET | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’ve been super inspired by the amazing pages the Design Team have been creating with black cut files and thought I’d give one a go. I’m working with a Black and White photo and the ‘More than Words’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I decided to feature our ‘Diamonds‘ cut file cut nice and large as a background feature for my page. I’ve also kept the inner parts of the design raising them up on foam tape for dimension. I’ve teamed the black and white in my layout with pastels for a softer look.

Here you can see the detail of the cut file on my page.

Once my background was positioned, I’ve added my photo on the right also on foam tape and then my title on the left. I’ve added a sprinkling of die cut ephemera, including some sweet yellow florals and some fussy cut butterflies. With a bold cut file like this one, the layout did not need too many added details.

Lastly, I’ve dug into my stash and found some Pink Puffy hearts, these from American Crafts. The pink is the perfect match to my background and I just love the little pop of colour they add.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:

Until next time,

CUT to YOU | Remember | Fleur de Lily & Hashtag Remember This Cut Files | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone, it’s lovely to be here on the blog with you sharing this page that I created!

For this page I was challenged to use a floral cut file – 2 florals in a row, who even am I anymore?!? Now, Gwen has the most beautiful floral cut files and I love every single one but sometimes it’s tricky for me to incorporate them. But I’ve gone with this beautiful “Fleur de Lily” cut file as it really spoke to me about some journalling I wanted to record.

As I created this page I realised that I wanted to keep it really soft and pretty so wanted a fairly neutral-ish, simple title so grabbed the “Hashtag Remember This” cut file and removed the top and bottom lines in Silhouette Studio to leave me with simply “Remember”.

As you can see above, this page has no photo and that was intentional. The words on this page tell a very sad story that has stuck with me since I was 16 but it was a story that I definitely wanted to include in my album.

For something different I chose to work on a 9″ x 12″ layout so sized my cut files accordingly and cut them both on textured white cardstock.

To keep my idea of “soft and pretty” I decided to use vellum to back my floral cut file pieces. If you’ve never used vellum before heads up 😉 If you add any liquid it WILL curl up!! To colour my pieces I taped them to my craft mat and painted using a mix of Shimmerz paints. These were left to air dry, because – tip 2 – vellum can melt! I used the Silhouette software again to cut the backing pieces for the lilies and I so love how this beautiful Lily came together!

The rest of the page came together pretty quickly and easily with some stitching detail, some alpha stickers and sequins.

I hear you asking “But, the journalling Mel! Where is it?!?” Well, that is tucked away behind the white cardstock! I’ve used my stitching to create a secure hinge, printed my journalling onto vellum and stuck that onto another piece of white cardstock that is behind.

I do, of course, have a process video for you to see this page come together and, seriously, am so, so happy with how this page turned out. In fact, it’s better than I had envisioned! Though it is a sad story I am happy to have my feelings and thoughts recorded in an artistic, true to me way.

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I hope that I have inspired you to get some of your own thoughts and feelings recorded. It doesn’t always have to be front and centre of the page, especially when you have access to such beautiful floral cut files to help tell those stories!

I’m looking forward to sharing my next page with you (think fun, Summer!!) but until then, happy scrapping!
Mel