HAPPY HALLOWEEN | TARRAH MCLEAN

Hi everyone! I love a good dress up and I love documenting Halloween! Today I wanted to challenge myself to use a cut file from CUT to YOU that is versatile for many themed projects and not necessarily Halloween themed.

I chose the awesome Star Light, Star Bright cut file design and cut it out from black patterned paper. I love how the contrast of the black cut file looks against the colours in the background patterned paper I chose.

I really like the look of this cut file being see through to the background paper so I decided to just back a few spots with paper to bring in another colour on the page. I haved used the Hey Pumpkin collection by Crate Paper for this layout.

Because this cut file design has 2 holes in the top and bottom, I took the opportunity to add my photo in the space at the bottom and placed a title piece and some embellishments in the top space to balance the top and bottom with each other. Cut files like this are great for helping you to decide how the page will look! Some of the guess work is decided for you! Love that!

I layered 2 patterned papers and a tag underneath my photo and also placed a chipboard frame over the photo. I also added a Charm’s Creations handmade fabric star to the left of my photo. I added 2 small puffy stickers on top of the star. I added another cluster of embellishments including a chipboard title, a flair button and a fussy cut phrase between the top and bottom clusters as I felt like there was a big space of nothing in the middle.

I love how my spooky page turned out, I hope I have inspired you to try a CUT to YOU cut file for a different themed page than what the design was intended for?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy creating!

See The Magic | Kirei Baldwin

Hi again CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my second layout share for the month with the lovely ‘Floral Edge Set’ cut file that can be found in the shop here. It was perfect to go with the photos documenting our walks at lunchtime while my husband and I have both been working from home.

I cut the cut file twice in white cardstock and made sure it was wide enough to fit across the layout as I wanted to use it as a border along the top and bottom edge of my photos. I paired it with the Crate Paper ‘Sweet Story’ collection as the colours matched my photos really well and there was some cute ephemera that was perfect to help document my story.

I backed the cut file with some of the plainer colours from the patterned papers. This time I didn’t use foam pads to raise the backing as I wanted the edge of them to sit under my photos.

I picked the lovely ochre patterned paper to use as my background as that really made the cut file pop. I trimmed it down and distressed the edges and then stuck onto a white cardstock frame.

I added the two floral edge cut files using some foam pads to raise the outer edges to add some dimension. I then added my four photos that were mounted on some of the coordinating papers. I added one of the cut apart cards as I thought the words were perfect to use as my title ‘See The Magic All Around You’.

Then I added some of the lovely matching ephemera along the top and bottom of the title card. I couldn’t resist adding some of those pretty layered butterflies!

At the top and bottom of the layout I tore a piece of the patterned paper and folded it back and added a few cross stitches to hold it in place. This just helped to add some balance to the central element of the layout. And finally I just added some journaling and I was done!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over and see the latest October releases as well as all the other lovely cut files in the CUT to YOU shop…. and if you want to receive a free cut file each month then just sign up here to receive the monthly newsletter!

Happy Scrapping!

Shine Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing my latest layout featuring the recently released Guitar Cut File.

In order to get this effect with Cut File, I had to get a little tricky in silhouette design studio. I pulled the file apart and cut different parts with different papers to give the file depth and interest.

I actually cut the guitar strap off because I couldn’t make it work with the format of the layout. But I’m totally of the mindset that it’s ok to alter the Cut Files however we need to suit our needs.

I really wanted to keep the guitar as the focus of the page, so kept everything else pretty flat. And even though there is a lot going on pattern and colour wise, I think this trick is what made all the difference.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you pop over to the shop to check out all the new releases. Pretty sure there’s some exciting new Christmas releases over there too!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy Times | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans, I can’t believe that today I am sat here with the heating on yet just over three weeks ago we were walking on a beach in Norfolk in flip flops and short sleeves…. as I live in the UK and are now into autumn it’s no surprise really!

Anyway I’m here with a layout using one of the older cut files that I have had cut just waiting to use… it’s called ‘Scallop Banners’ and can be found here in the shop. I thought they would be perfect with the lovely new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection so painted twelve of them in different shimmery paints to match the collection.

I created my background with a patterned paper that I stuck down to another piece of coordinating patterned paper that I had gutted to make a frame. I distressed the edges and made a few tears on each side that I then folded back, this just creates some added texture which I like. I then stitched the painted cut files to the patterned background paper with gold thread.

As I do like to create dimension on my layouts I curled up the edges of each scalloped banner and I really like how this looks!

I added a photo that I had mounted onto three different patterned papers, again distressing the edges….

I added three embellishment clusters to the left and top right of my photo, and the third below my title.

To finish off I added a title and my journaling just beneath the photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see more of the fab cut files along with the new October releases! Don’t forget that you get a free cut file every month if you sign up to the newsletter and you can do that here.

Happy Scrapping! 

Love Your Llama Selfie|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today playing with one of this month’s new cut files, Love Your Selfie. This cut file is so fun, I especially love the cute Instax- like camera. I knew it would look fabulous backed with some fun patterns.

I paired the cut file with papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s new line, Daydream. I just got this collection and Im already hooked…these colors are swoon-worthy. I havent gotten any new lines in a while so I dug right in and went to work..well, play (creating this layout was anything but work!)

I paired the cut file with flowers, lots of flowers. Fussy cut flowers from the collection paired with die cuts. I added this cute little corduroy heart to the camers lens. The heart and the floral element really added whimsy to the camera.

My photograph is a selfie…with a llama. I have a confession, I love llamas. I wanted to add one to my page, but in a subtle way. So I added a “hidden llama” to one of my floral clusters. He is sooo cute, right??

I added a llama to my title using some Thickers and I added some more hearts to the middle of the letter O’s to create a visual triangle around my page. And if you look closely…you’ll find a little “hidden cactus” too.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this layout. Using new products and brand new cut files was fun, and creative! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and take a look at ALL the new cut files this month. You will not be disappointed!…promise!

Have A Lovely Day!

Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely Cut to You friends!!

I’m back on the blog today with my first share for October. I have used the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Cut File from the recent September release.

I started by cutting this file from white card stock… I actually cut quite a few files from 1 sheet of 12×12 card… and I accidentally made a mistake and cut the top of the sun off… Oops!

I will often end up with files that aren’t perfect, but this doesn’t phase me too much as there are always ways to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn says! Some ways I do this is to incorporate them into my layers, cut them into smaller pieces which I then tuck into clusters, or I add them to mixed media background for added texture.

In this example, I was able to tuck the dodgy element underneath my photo stack, and voila, it’s perfect! I did decide however to paint it black with acrylic paint (before I stuck it down) as I wanted it to pop against my mixed media background. I’m so glad I took this extra step.

I love the way that the mixed media ‘fills’ the file and creates so much impact. And even though the files not backed or popped, it creates so much interest and drama just by its bold simplicity.

I also allowed the file to dictate where my embellishments went, tucking them around the title to create a nestled effect.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Big loves, Tam xo

Love You | Kirei Baldwin

Hi again CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with my second layout for the month using another of the fab new September releases…. I loved the Rocket cut file and initially was going to use it with some pics of my nephews however once I got started decided that it was going to be perfect for one of my lovely husband! You can find the Rocket cut file here in the CUT to YOU store.

I cut the rocket and stars out in white cardstock and then backed them with some patterned papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Legendary’ collection that I still have in my stash. I used foam pads when attaching the patterned papers to add dimension as that is probably my favourite technique when using cut files!

You can see I backed the star cut files with stars from one of the patterned papers, then added a swoosh from one of the striped patterned papers in the matching colour as I thought it created what looked like movement coming from the shooting star.

Once the rocket and stars were all backed I stuck them down to my background which is a very old October Afternoon paper that I have hung onto as I knew it would come in use one day!

I then added my black and white photo that I layered up with five different coordinating papers that I had , I stuck it down with foam pads on the top edge only so that I could tuck in the bottom edge just under the cut file. I tucked in a few stickers and a ticket from the matching ephemera.

Finally I added a title using the word ‘LOVE’ from the coordinating title pack, I mounted this to some of the yellow patterned paper so that it stood out more against the white cardstock of the cut file. Then I cut up some of the words to get the letters ‘Y’, ‘O’ and ‘U’ and stuck them down directly to the layout. I finished off with the sticker saying ‘To the moon and back’.

At this point I decided it needed something else on the background, so added some little stars that I stitched with silver thread, this just added the extra texture that it needed and I was happy!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU store to see all of the fabulous cut files available and if you want to receive a FREE cut file each month then subscribe to the newsletter here…. see you all next month!

Happy Scrapping!

Such Pretty Smiles | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

I’m so happy to be back with you today sharing another layout. This time I have used the Chevron Bouquet cut file from the Cut to You shop.

This file is so versatile and you may have seen a few of the other DT girls using this file in different ways…like Kelly here and Belinda here. I have used it differently again!

From the first second I saw this file, it gave me pocket vibes… like in the front of an old library book or on the back of your jeans. So I set about making a pocket and tucking my photos as some tags in!

I started by backing the floral element, and then the bottom section with some kraft cardstock. Behind the top portion I added some patterned paper that had a doiley element which fit nicely in behind the floral.

I have added some paper layers to anchor the pocket. And then to finish off the page, I added lots of sweet embellishments. I love how this all came together!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you’re staying well and safe.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Play Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my first layout for the month using one of the lovely new Sept releases and I just had to use this one with all the cute hanging hearts! It’s called ‘Heart Drop’ and can be found here in the CUT to YOU store…. 

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I cut the ‘Heart Drop’ cut file in white cardstock and then backed all the hearts with some lovely bright patterned papers from Paige Evans ‘Go the Scenic Route’ collection that I raised up on foam pads to add dimension as I love that on my layouts!

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Then I added pink, orange and turquoise paint to my background as I wanted the cut file to stand out from the plain white cardstock. To add my colours I used the packaging technique, drying with a heat gun between colours so they didn’t blend into each other, and then finished off with lots of paint splatters flicked with a small paintbrush. 

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I attached my white cardstock background to a coordinating patterned paper frame and then stitched around the edge with pink and turquoise thread.  

My two photos are mounted on patterned paper and then stuck down to the top of the cut file using foam pads on the top edge only. I tucked in some matching ephemera around the photos. 

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I added some chipboard and enamel hearts to echo the hearts in the cut file, and some butterflies from the matching ephemera.

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To finish off I added a title using the bright matching alpha and some journaling.

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Thank you for stopping by this month! Don’t forget to check out all the rest of the fab new Sept releases in the CUT to YOU shop.

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Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

Shine|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well as September rolls in. I have a layout to share today featuring the Rock Star cut file.

I started my layout by stenciling a star background to match my color scheme. I used two shades of blue Distress Oxide inks to create a blended ink background.

I backed the cut file with lots of papers in shades of aqua, navy, blue, black and white. I used scraps but I also used a few patterned pocket page cards. Pocket Cards make a great alternative to patterned papers and this is a great tip for using up quite a few from your stash.

I chose this particular card to back this star to act as my title. I love how it brings the title right into the design of the page.

I kept the embellishments neutral in color and simple- just a few cameras, phrase stickers, and labels.

As a last finishing touch I added a sprinkling of sequins around the border of the page. I think this adds a fun sparkle.

Be sure to take a peek at my process video above and then be sure to head over to the shop HERE and grab a cut file..or two. You will not be disappointed!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara