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

CUT to YOU | Love This | Floral Mandala 1 Cut File

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest post for CUT to YOU. Have you already seen the awesome mandala cut files from the April Release? I just love them, you can use it for several projects! This time I used the Floral Mandala 1 cut file for my layout.

First I cut the Floral Mandala 1 cut file from white cardstock. I wanted a bright colourful mandala, so I chose the two ombre papers from the Sunkissed collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I backed the cut file with those beautiful yellow, pink, red, greens and blue colours. Looking at this mandala it makes you happy! 😀

This time I chose the photo only after having backed the cut file. The photo was taken in the spring break, when we were riding on our bycicles at the Lake Balaton. We were pretty happy, as the weather was beautiful enough to do so. I matted the photo with the same patterned papers as the cut file.

As a background I used a white background paper. Before glueing the mandala cut file on it, I watercoloured the background with my Catherine Pooler ink pad (Cummerbund).

Then I started to add some embellishments to the layout. I used cut outs, puffy stickers , clear stickers, phrase stickers from the Sunkissed collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I curled up the flowers to give them some dimension. I really like that effect. Finally I added my journalling.

I hope I could inspire you to get creative with these awesome mandala cut file! I would love to see what you create, so show it in our Facebook group! And don’t forget to grab some new cut files from the CUT to YOU shop 😉

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
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