Sweet Heart | Tamara Buckler

Hello again CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a little bit of bright, sunshiney, love! I have used the Hearts in a Jar Cut File to document a sweet photo of my daughter and I.

I loved the idea of making the hearts in the jar look like the ‘conversation heart’ lollies we use to get as kids. They were always so sweet and pretty, with such lovely rainbow colours, so I backed each of the hearts individually with pretty pastel papers to get this effect.

I then decided to back the jar using a white glassine bag to provide some separation from my bright background and give the effect of cloudy glass. I would have preferred to use vellum for this step, but didn’t have any in my stash. I also backed the lid and base of the jar in black for an added pop, and tucked foam tape in behind all the solid elements.

I have slightly tucked the Cut file in under my photo cluster, and added the title over the top. This ties all these elements together, and makes them the focal point of the page. I had added some other sweet embellishments around the Cut File, and down to the right of my title for balance and to tie all my pretty colours together.

Thanks again for stopping by today. Make sure you’ve popped into the shop this month and checked out all the new releases for some fun news creative inspiration.

Big Loves, Tam x

CUT to YOU | A Year to Remember cut file | 2021 | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello my fellow paper and cut file lovers, it’s great to have you back here with me again today!!
Melinda with you with my next creation for CUT to YOU and I have a kind of double pager to share with you!

I’ve used 2 cut files for this one, so I’ll start with the “A Year to Remember” cut file which I cut to about 11 1/2″ tall. Which convieniently “fits” a 9″ x 12″ page protector.

The second cut file is the brand new “12 Month Planner” cut file which, again, I have cut quiet big, almost 11″ from memory. I will note here that I did manipulate the cut file a little so I ended up with square “planner pages” to fill with photos. Super easy to do and if you have any questions let me know!

If you like watching a page come together I, of course, have a process video for you which you can either watch below or head on over to my YT channel here!

I knew I wanted to use the Jen Hadfield “Reaching Out” collection for this and also that I wanted a “specialty” see-through paper for my title to sit on. I, of course, chose this gorgeous metallic rainbow vellum print (I think it’s from a Maggie Holmes collection) and then cut the title twice.

My first cut was textured white cardstock, super easy! The second cut I flipped so the words were backwards and then cut that (exactly the same size) from one of my favourite pattern papers from the collection to go on the back of the vellum. Using the 6×8 paper pad I backed all of the letters in my title in a different pattern each.

For this page I added a couple of small embellishments after sticking both of the cut files. The white cardstock to the front and the pattern paper to the back.

This bit was hard!! But I managed to choose 1 photo from each month of 2021 as a highlight photo and printed those to fit the 12 squares for the “12 Month Planner” cut file. After a little fussing and a couple of “oh no! that’s the wrong month” comments I got all my photos in place.

I backed each of the top part of the planner pages with pattern papers. This time I chose 6 papers and did 2 of each. This is where I’m going to add my journalling. Just a quick sentance/few words about each photo.

This was then popped up and adhered to my background where I added in the 12 months using Pink Fresh Studio tiny colourful puffy alphas and 3 small embellishments clusters.

Some gold splatters to all of my clusters and voila!! A year to remember documented!!
I have my process (unfortunately not ALL of it!) recoreded and you can watch that on my YT channel or just hit that play button below!

Have you seen all of the fun and inspiring new cut files for a new year in the store? You simply must check them out whether for a year in review page or a year in preview page!!

I hope that you have enjoyed this share today and I can’t wait to see how you use some of these amazing January cut files!!

Happy scrapping!
Melinda
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Happy You | Michelle Gallant

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using the Triangle Pinwheel cut file and the Just a Little Lovely collection from Pinkfresh studio.

I love using geometric shapes to create backgrounds. I only added pattern paper to a few of the triangles and then stitched through them.

I kept the rest of the layout pretty simple. I only added a few pieces of embellishments and a title, along with my photo.

Thanks for stopping by!

Brick Builder | Karen Jarman

Hi CTY Creatives

Karen with you today sharing a layout celebrating my nephews love of Lego and all things Star Wars. The Brick Builder Boy cut file was perfect! I backed the file with patterned paper in almost solid colour to give the affect of Lego pieces and I couldn’t resist making his face shine with some silver foiled cardstock that I had found hidden deep within my stash

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I took inspiration for the overall Lego stet up on the photos, my nephew had created a backdrop and special place for all of his Star Wars creations. I added texture to the page with modelling paste and added some ink spray and splatters to give an overall galaxy feel to the layout.

To see how I created this one please pop on over to YouTube, I would just love that!

Thanks so much for stopping bye today.

Hello Beautiful | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today. I have a layout to share using the Floral Filigree file and a heritage photo.

This photo is of my great great grandmother. This cut file with it’s vintage feel was perfect for adding to my page. I used it as a background element and layered my photo, journaling and embellishments over the top.

I love how the cut file peeks around the rest of my layout. It adds a pop of color and interest. For the color, I inked up the cut file with some blending brushes and ink that matched the products I wanted to use.

I love to document these old photos and how these people are related to me and made me who I am. I hope you will give this layout a try! There are soo many cut files in the SHOP here …your sure to find the perfect one!

Have A Lovely Day!

CUT to YOU | Filagree Butterfly cut file | Hello Sweet Girl | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with you with my very first share for 2022.

Today’s layout is a little ‘different’ shall we say?! Yep, my actual page is butterfly shaped and will go into my album as is without a page protector. The gorgeous butterfly “shape” is the stunning “Filigree Butterfly” cutfile available here in the store.

This page actually came together with the “left overs” of a previous layout I created. The inside pieces (silver cardstock) is what I had left over. I cut a second butterfly using black cardstock and then stuck the actual black cut file to some black paper and then paper pieced all of the silver pieces back in and oh boy, I just ADORE how this looks!!

I’ve pulled out my “Classic Heidi” collection by Heidi Swapp and started by choosing a paper to showcase on the back of the cutfile – essentially my background pattern paper.

I added a few layers of pretty things including a doily from my stash, some alphas, some embossing and some chipboard pieces making sure everything was EXTRA stuck down knowing this is not going into a page protector.

I did record my process for you and can watch that over on my YT channel or just hit that play button below!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that I have perhaps inspired you to create an out of the page protector/uniquely shaped layout/page to include in your own scrappy albums!! There are so, so many amazing designs in the store you could choose from and I, personally, would recommend starting in the “Florals & Nature” category!!

Happy scrapping, until next time!
Melinda
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Merry and Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello and Happy New Year CTY friends!!

I’m so happy to be back with you again this year! Hope you are all well and have had a lovely festive season! Today I am up sharing a Christmas layout I created while we had a little down time, and I’m using the Merry and Bright cut file and some older Christmas pics of my girls.

I think I have mentioned before that I am Christmas scrapping convert, and one of the ways I have made this work for me is to use non-conventional colour stories on my Christmas pages. For this page I have gone with green, black and white, and I love how this works!

I have used the Merry and Bright cut file as my title, which I had cut out from white cardstock, and have coloured it using a black Posca pen. This is such an easy way to alter your cut files, and in this instance I feel it made the file stand out a lot better on my page.

I have used a black Charms Creation star over the top of the star in the file, and I love how this gives the title a bit more dimension, which can sometimes be tricky with really fine files like this one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by and check out the Christmas Shop for lots more cut files to document all your Christmas memories!

Take care out there.

Big Loves, Tam x

Simple life | Michelle Gallant

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using the Heart of Flowers cut file and the Gather at Home collection from Echo Park.

This was such a sweet cut file to work with. I cut out the file in white cardstock and then backed the flowers and leaves with pattern paper.

I then added some ephemera, chipboard pieces, enamel dots and a photo. I also added a bit of stitching around the edge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty All Around | Geometric Bauble | Karen Jarman

Hi CTY Creatives! Karen with you today sharing a layout using the recently released Geometric Bauble file. Even though this is one of the Christmas cut files I decided to create a non Christmas layout. I envisaged the bauble representing a lantern attached to a tree.

I have cut out the file in a couple of different sizes and backed with vellum. To create the look that the baubles hanging off a tree I used a branch stencil across the page with modelling paste and added some flowers for some added texture.

I layered some fussy cut flowers, butterflies and birds to create gorgeous clusters on the top of the baubles.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a fabulous creative month!

Happy New Year | Ali Skifton

Happy New Year my fellow crafters! I am sharing one of the latest and greatest cut files that Gwen created to ring in 2022!

Jeff and I celebrate New Year’s Day with my parents every year. My Mom always makes a fantastic dinner and we usually have a champagne toast to ring in the new year. This year we toasted with these beautiful cupcakes. I was so inspired by the gold and black colors and wanted the title to compliment the cupcake toppers.

I decided to cut the file with black cardstock and used gold glitter paper to back this awesome title cut file. I love how it stands out. I used foam tape to pop the title on my page. If you are using glitter paper make sure you use a strong glue. I used Nuvo glue and it works perfect with any cut files.

The paper and stickers I used are from multiple Hip Kit Club kits. That star paper just compliments the occasion and picture.

I want to wish everyone a safe and healthy new year! Let us hope that 2022 is better than the last two years. Happy New Year!

Love, Ali xoxo