CHIT CHAT | Crystal Barrett

Hello CUT to YOU friends!!!

I am super excited about today’s cut file Chit Chat. This is really a cut file bundle you get 4 different cut files in one. On this layout I use three out of the four. This cut file is perfect for all those screenshots that we all take.

I started with phone and I wanted to make sure that my photos would fit. I measured the size of my photos. In the Cricut Design Space made a rectangle that was the exact dimensions of my photos and then played with the size of the phones.

I cut out the CHIT CHAT and backed it with patterned paper for my title.

The third piece that I used was the speech bubbles. I used them as a background element behind my photos and I cut them out in the same pattern paper that I used to back my title. What was so fun about the speech bubbles is that I was able to use the positive and negative of the cut file and now I have extra embellishments to go with the collection.

You can watch the entire process on YouTube.

Remember to wear your crown!

Crystal XO


Hi CTY Creatives

Karen with you today. Are you finding it hard to find the time to get creative? There are so many reasons, lack of inspiration, being sick or being super busy with your life. The list can go on forever! I know I can certainly say I tick several of those ‘sick and busy” boxes right now! With this in mind I thought I would show you what I do when I am feeling this way. My layout today features the My Kind of Messy file.

It is simple really I start with a CUT FILE! and create a simple and fast layout and I choose a file that is large.. There are a couple of reasons I do this – 1 – Larger files take up more space on the page and the page can be minimalist when it comes to embellishing, 2 – a lot of larger files have a perfect spot for your photo to fit so there is no need to over think. Where things need to go!

Now I still need to use mixed media, I really cant help it! So I chose techniques that are fast drying, in this case I used a brayer to smooch paining and inks, random stamping and some splatters. These all dried quickly with virtually any wait time.

I kept embellishments to a minimum and I was done in about 25 minutes. I really should do this more often! To see a little more of how this one came together please hop on over the YouTube!

Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you get some creative time in this month.

Feelin’ Tropical | Jamie Striplin

Hello crafty friends! I am here on the blog today to share my newest CUT to YOU layout with you! Hawaii is one of my most favorite places to visit and I adore this pineapple punch cut file! I wanted to do something a little different than my normal, so I made the pineapple cut file as large as I could on a 12×12 piece of card stock and cut that out. Then I used it as a mask and spritzed my background with some pretty sparkly teal spray to create a really fun background.

I layered and stitched some fussy cut flowers on each side and matted my photo with some patterned papers pulling colors from the flowers. To add some fun texture and dimension I hand stitched part of the title. Then I finished off the layout with some stickers and enamel dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can find this pineapple punch cut file and so many other great ones over in the shop!

XO, Jamie

“Danger Zone” | Airport Background | Nicole Bingaman

Hello Cut To You friends! Today I am sharing a fun layout featuring the Airport Background digital cut file from the Cut To You Shop. I think at first glance this file leans towards travel and airport themed photos and events. For me, as soon as I saw it I was instantly thinking of ways I could use it to document my kids introduction to the movie Top Gun.

The weekend Top Gun Maverick opened in theaters, we had our kids watch the original movie first. My favorite in the opening scene with the Danger Zone song…and since I couldn’t get the song out of my head I went ahead and decided to use it as my title. It was also fitting as this was my kids “highway” into the movies.

I kept the Airport Background file as is, and just sized it to fill a 12×12 background paper. From then I went stash diving for some muted red, white and blue papers to back all the airplanes.

I was so happy to finally find a use for some really old and very travel specific items in my stash. I mainly focused on airplanes and my color palette knowing that a lot of it would be hidden from being tucked behind my photos.

My photos are all different sizes and I just guessed when I cropped them knowing that I wanted some of the airplanes to still be visible behind the photo area.

For some reason I have been doing stash dives and really mixing and matching any supplies I can find in my stash when I work with Cut To You cut files and I am loving it! I have a process video available below where I take you through my planning process and how I put the layout together. This layout I had a few bumps along the way I made sure to include those to show that not every layout and video is a smooth experience. We all have mishaps along the process and it’s okay!

Chase that Dream | Tamara Buckler

Hi there folks,

I’m up on the blog again today sharing another fun, bright and sunshiny layout. I love the combo of baby blue and yellow, and combined with those daisies, this page take me straight back to being a teenager in the 90’s!

I have used the Chase that Dream cut file to document my daughter working hard to reach hers. I backed the cut file with a single piece of the daisy patterned and popped it up on foam tape.

I placed the file to the bottom right of the page and tucked my photos under the top left. By doing this, it set up the page to have a diagonal flow, so I focussed my embellishments to the top left and bottom right.

I love how sweet this file looks with this patterned paper. It’s so fun and youthful! I also love that big cut file titles like this one makes it really easy to create a feature on our pages, it does so much of the work for us!!

Thanks again for stopping by. Make sure you pop by the Cut to You HQ so you get the heads up on all the new releases that come out almost every month!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Sandy Toes | Jamie Striplin

Hello CUT to YOU friends! I’m excited to share my newest layout with you today! We recently took a Mother’s Day trip to the coast and I fell in love with this Fishnet Banner cut file and knew it would be a perfect background for my pictures!

I chose to cut the file out of kraft to give it a natural feel. I knew I wanted the starfish to stand out a bit more so I backed them in a lovely bronze/gold glitter paper. To make the starfish stand out even more, I cut the file out again in a light gray and cut and glued just the starfish part on top. I love the dimension this added to the layout.

Before I glued the file down, I muted the background with a little white gesso. Then I took some light blue shimmery powdered water colors to get some of the blue/green sea color on there. I added some coral splatters to draw in colors from the papers I matted my photos with. To finish it off I outlined the letters in black to help them stand out and added some typed journaling strips.

Thank you so much for looking, and if you are anything like me and love the beach make sure to check out all the lovely beachy cut files in the shop! There are so many great ones to choose from!

Xo, Jamie


HI CTY Creative

Karen with you today sharing a layout feature the awesome Fireworks Frame file.

My photo today is my gorgeous boy when he was 7 month old, I love this one so much! I did accidently drop some ink spray which left a couple of marks on the photo. Which I am choosing to ignore LOL!

I decided this one needed a messy mixed media background with some shimmer as well to give the effect of a galaxy. I backed the cut file with patterned paper and then decided to utilise the stars left on my Silhouette mat and used several of my ink sprays to colour them up. I kept the embellishments to a minimum to allow for the file and the photo to be the focal point.

To construct the layout I lifted the file up using some craft foam to get some wonderful dimension and shadows over the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have had some time to create this month.

Fab bullseye BUG | Colour Wheel Cut File | Crystal Barrett

Hello CUT to YOU friends!!!

Today I am using the Colour Wheel cut file. When I saw this it looked like a bullseye to me and I knew that it would be perfect to document my daughter’s 13th birthday when we went ax throwing (super fun BTW). I contemplated what colour to cut the cut file in. My first though was a woodgrain, but ultimately decided to go with a woodgrain background and black cardstock cut file.

My next big decision was how to back my cut file. My background paper was already very busy I opted to do some colour on colour sequin shaker pockets! To make my shaker pockets I adhere acetate to the cut file, apply strips of fun foam to the back, fill pocket with sequins, and glue to background paper.

I matte my photo with some pattern paper and finish the layout with some pieces of ephemera and wood veneer hearts.

Head over to YouTube to see the process.

Remember to wear your crown!

Crystal XO

CUT to YOU | Cut of the Month Cutfile | Hi There Cuties | Melinda Sweetman

Hey, hey scrappers, Melinda here with you on the CUT to YOU blog today sharing my most recent design team creation.

Now, you may be thinking “what is that cut file & how do I get it?” And the answer is actually super awesome because the cut file I’m using is called “Roses Rectangle” and is one of the EXCLUSIVE cut files available as part of the Cut of the Month Membership at CUT to YOU!!

If you haven’t heard about the Membership yet you simply MUST check it out here!! But here’s a quick run down… Exclusive Cut Files (which of course are gorgeous!)
Totally Affordable
A New Design Every Single Month
Easy to Download
Seriously, what’s not to love?!?!!

If you have a membership and have seen this particular cut file you may have worked out that I altered it a little to make the “frame” part a little taller to fit my photos and then I cut it on textured white cardstock.

I chose to only back the frame section of this cut file and have left the florals & leaves open to create some interest & dimension.

By not completely sticking those florals down I’m also able to tuck in a few embellishments to create even more interest & layers.

I do, of course, have a process video for you all which is on my YT channel or you can simply click the play button below!!

Like I said earlier, these member only cut files are totally gorgeous & well worth the small cost involved so make sure you head over here to sign up.

Oh, and another super fun part of the membership is that every month (so far at least!!) Gwen will create a layout using that months cut file & share her process too!!

That’s all from me for today, I do hope that you’ve enjoyed my share!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel xx

Go Go Go | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a layout I created recently at retreat. This layout was one of those ones where you have to trust the journey, because at some points it looked like a hot mess!

I have used the Heart Drop Cut File which is surprisingly a new one for me, and I’ve cut the file out in black card stock. I decided I wanted to mimic the rainbow colours in the patterned paper of my hearts on my background, so set about with some water colour to do that.

This is where things started to go a bit pear shaped, with so many colours things we’re starting to get a bit muddied. I persevered, as you often need to do with mixed media, and worked to add additional contrast and dimension by adding back stamping, doodling and splatters.

I popped the main pieces of the cut file up on foam, layered my photos on top, and in the end you can only see hints of my mixed media poking through. I feel like it looks like the colours are melting out from the cut file, and I’m totally here for that effect.

I kept my embellishing pretty simple because there was already a lot going, and chose to use a bit contrasting title as my main element. I feel like this gives the eye somewhere to rest, and works to settle down the busyness of the page.

Thanks again for stopping by, we really do appreciate your visits! Make sure you pop by the shop to check out the latest releases, Gwen is adding new files in there all the time!

Until next time,

Big Loves, Tam xo