Life’s Short | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone, Kirei here with a new layout featuring one of the fab CUT to YOU March releases! I’ve gone a little fruity and am using two of the new fruit cut files for my shares this month, the first one is the ‘Lemons’ cut file…

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LifesShort_layoutA_March2020_withfooter

XLemons

Now I have to confess that this didn’t end up how I planned it… as it was initially going to have a giant shaker for the centre lemon slice! So… what happened? Well I backed the two outer lemons with patterned paper raised on foam pads and when it came to doing the middle one I realised that I had forgotten to back it first with some vellum! Oops…. so then looked to see if I could recover it but decided I was likely to end up ripping some of the cut file so onto plan B!

I wanted to back the centre with the same patterned paper as I had used for the layout frame but it was a little too bold so backed it with vellum first and then the paper and it was perfect! Remember there are no mistakes in scrapbooking, only opportunities!

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LifesShort_layoutA_March2020d

I added my photo to the top left of the layout mounted with lots of layers of matching papers and some tags. Then added some of the ephemera to either side of the photo.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LifesShort_layoutA_March2020a

I added a few fussy cut lemons and some of the ephemera down to the bottom right just to balance the photo cluster in the top left.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LifesShort_layoutA_March2020e

I searched online for an appropriate lemony title and thought this one was perfect to go with my photo of us out and about at an event near to us…. ‘Life’s short, live it with zest!’

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_LifesShort_layoutA_March2020c

I hope you’re feeling inspired…. why not pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see all the new releases and loads more fab cut files! And don’t forget to join us over on the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page… see you later this month for another fruity layout!

Happy scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

Love Captured | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today featuring a very special cut file for a very special layout. I chose the Floral Ampersand cut file and made it extra special with vellum and stitching.

I paired my cut file with Cocoa Vanilla’s Unforgettable collection. I thought that the tones in the collection would work so well with this adorable photo of my brother and my niece

I enhanced this already beautiful cut file by backing the flowers with patterned papers. Then I hand stitched using coordinating embroidery thread colors for extra texture and interest. Finally I backed the entire ampersand with vellum for a lovely frosted effect.

If you haven’t gotten it yet, this cut file is a lovely addition. Just by changing colors or patterns, this cut file works for a ton of themes!

You can take a peek at all the details ( and my trick for getting perfect placement in my process video here!

And be sure to take a peek at all the beutiful cut files in the shop!

Have A Lovely Day!

Dream On, Dreamer | Marie Hirst

Hi there everyone! My turn on the blog today and I’m sharing this dreamy layout using three cutfiles.

I’ve been wanting to use the ‘Dream Believer‘ cutfile for so long and I paired it with ‘Dream on Dreamer‘ and this ‘Feathers‘ cutfile too!

I started with a sheet of the new mixed media background paper from Vicki Boutin and then cut all three cutfiles from white cardstock. I then used a brush and some distress oxide inks to colour the cutfile before I removed it from the mat.

I then backed each part of the cutfiles using vellum to give a really soft appearance.

I used white tissue paper to mat the photo (I used four layers in total and ruffled up the edges).

I added some tangled white cotton, some sparkly sequins and some typed word stickers at various points across the layout.

I then added white splatters to break up some of the blue before matting the whole layout on a light purple shade of cardstock to give some definition to the edge.

You’ll find a process video here:

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to check out all of the new designs in the shop. You’ll find them here.

Until next time, happy scrapping,

Marie x

SMILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for this page, I wanted to do something a little different with my cut files. I wanted to show you how they don’t have to make up the largest part of your design and how you can use them to make very inexpensive embellishments for your layout.

This page started with my photo and this collection by Dear Lizzy called ‘She’s Magic’. I just thought they went together so so well! I also really wanted to use some of the square frames from the collection as I had actually bought two packs of these by accident (who even does that?? I really need to check my cart before I hit submit). Anyways, I wanted to get a few of those onto my page and so, I didn’t want a big cut file for the design as well. I then came up with the idea to use the ‘Leaf Duo‘ cut file and turn them into embellishments for my page.

First up, I backed my photo with some of the pattern papers from the collection, then I went about locking in the position of the photo and those frames as I knew those were going to be the main elements in my design. Next, I wanted to build my main embellishment cluster which the leaves would be a part of. I’ve actually only gone with one of the leaves and cut it out twice, quite large and then backed them with a green pattern paper from the collection.

Next up, I’ve fussy cut out some floral elements from another of the pattern papers, I’m working with the idea that the leaves are the base of the cluster and then the floral elements are on top. I really just kept mixing and matching each element and its position until I was happy.

Here you can see the pretty floral layers and the leaf cut file sticking out towards the top.

With this main cluster, all locked in, it really now was just a matter of filling out the rest of the page. For this, I’ve really just thought about drawing the eye from the top of the page to the bottom of the page and then back towards the photo. I’ve positioned all of the elements within the vertical block of the frames.

I found this chipboard sticker in the collection that said ‘Smile’ that was the perfect shade of yellow, I can’t believe what a good match it is for the yellow in her beanie! I just love how it nestles under the main floral cluster along the bottom edge of the frame.

I’ve also added a few other smaller elements, from the chipboard pack and some enamel dots to finish off the page. As you can see, even though the cut files themselves don’t make up a big part of the design of the page, they do add a lovely detail and are a really cost-effective way to make embellishments for your pages.

I hope this page inspires you to look at the cut files in your stash a little differently and see if you can turn some into embellishments.

Until next time,

You are my Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

My turn on the blog today to share a page that I was recently challenged to complete over at Cut to You HQ. We had HQ members choose a File for us to use and I was challenged to use the Sunshine Background Cut File.

This page is really special to me, as it focusses on a photo of my beautiful Mum in her youth. I lost my Mum when I was a young girl, and I don’t have a lot of photos of her, so it was really special to document this one.

I started this page by first cutting this file from white card stock and then cut it again from a piece of Pinkfresh patterned paper, using an internal offset to space out the rays inside the Cut File.

I rotated the file so that the rays were coming from the bottom of the page, distressed the inner pieces and then adhered it to a piece of CVS patterned paper.

To embellish the page, I clustered some Die Cuts from both CVS and Pinkfresh around my photo, and created my title using some thickers and puffy stickers from Crate Paper. The final touch was to splatter some gold Heidi Colour Shine gently around the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure you join in over at Cut to You HQ so that you can challenge our DT next.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

SUNKISSED SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives, Gwen with you here on the blog, Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing a fun Summer themed layout with you today. I’ve been digging through some older pictures of Miss C and found this super sweet one and just had to create with it.

I was actually on a family vacation when making this page. I had limited supplies with me and wanted to pull this layout together pretty quickly. I decided on just the one cut file, this one is called ‘Open Leaf‘ and just the one scrapbook collection. This is from Simple Stories called ‘Hello Summer‘. I do this when I really want to take the guesswork out of mixing and matching my supplies. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time backing the design so I came up with the idea to cut it out really large and make it a background layer, I’ve worked it as a base element into my flower clusters and just love the white-on-white look.

So, I’ve actually built this page by positioning my photo and the cut file first. I did back my photo with just the one photo mat and added some foam and stitching as I normally do. Then, I positioned it on top of the cut file. From there, I’ve then worked on my element clusters working outwards from the photo.

For many of the elements, I have fussy cut them from the collections pattern paper. I do this a lot, that is, cut out a stack of elements from a collection and then simply mix and match to build my clusters. Some parts of the clusters sit flat to the page, others are raised with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve worked on the idea of having 3 main cluster elements, one on the left of the photo, one on the right and then one at the top of the page. I feel this helps draw the eye around the page and they all help bring the eyes to rest on the photo.

Once my main clusters were locked into position, I’ve pulled elements from the Chipboard and Die Cut pack to add more details and fill in the clusters. Again, I just ‘audition’ every piece until I’m happy. ***Side note, this IS why my pages take me forever, I have to try all the things*** I just keep going and adding until I’m happy with how everything looks.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I wanted to show you that you don’t always have to back the files on your pages, there really are lots of ways to incorporate them. As always, if this has inspired you to make a page, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see, we have such a fun and supportive community, come say Hi!

Until next time,

Beside the Seaside | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone, this is my first blog post as a member of the Cut to You DT and I am super excited to be here! I live in the UK so after a festive December and lots of cold, winter photos I have gone for something completely different and have embraced summer! I used the Urchin Background cut file which was perfect to go with this cute photo of my nephew at the seaside.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_BesideTheSeaside_layoutA_Jan2020_withfooter

CTYUrchinBG (1)

I cut the Urchin background from patterned paper and before sticking it down I traced the flower centre of each sea urchin onto patterned papers and cut each of them out.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_BesideTheSeaside_layoutA_Jan2020e

Then I stuck the Urchin background directly to white card only using glue in the centre of each of the sea urchins so that I could curl the edges to create some dimension. I trimmed the parts of the cut file that were just off the edge of the white card at the top and left of the layout.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_BesideTheSeaside_layoutA_Jan2020b

To add detail to each sea urchin I added the paper flowers to the centre and then decorated each with a puffy sticker.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_BesideTheSeaside_layoutA_Jan2020c

I then added my photo which I mounted onto some of the matching patterned papers, and finished with a title following the edge of the sea urchin.

CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_BesideTheSeaside_layoutA_Jan2020a

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the Cut to You shop to check out all the other fab cut files and I’ll see you later in the month for another layout!

Happy Scrapping!

dt-new-kirei-baldwin

 

Family is Forever | Marie Hirst

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m so happy to be back for another term with CUT to YOU to work with more of the awesomeness that is cut files!

For this layout I used two CUT to YOU cut files and used my Cricut software to weld them together to make one single cut file. (If you’d like more information about how I did this, just let me know!). Both of these cut files are now available in the shop or click directly on these links to find them: Family is Forever and Floral Edge.

After manipulating the file and cutting it from white cardstock, I then backed it using a variety of pink-toned Christmas papers from my stash. I placed lots of dimensional foam on the back of the cut file too so that it would stand proud of the page just a little (and allow me to tuck other bits in behind!)

I backed all of the letters but only some of the flowers and leaves – I like the effect of having some of them left as they are. I used a sheet of grey snow-effect paper as my background.

I then added some die-cut foliage in various places using the same papers. I also added a few pink enamel dots and some silver thread for a little bit of sparkle.

I also added some more detail by running the layout through my sewing machine and doing some straight and zigzag stitching around the edge.

The photograph, which is of my little family on Christmas Day, was matted on the same papers – I do like a bit of coordination!

If you’d like to watch how it all came together, there’s a process video on my channel here:

Thanks so much for stopping by and dont forget to check out some of the other awesome new releases in the shop!

Marie x

Celebrate Happy Times | Meggy Blethen

Hello CUT to YOU fans! I am back today with a very special layout. I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVED all of the new release floral cut files this month so I knew I had to make a layout using them.

That is exactly what I did with this layout of my scrappy bestie and I, having a fun night out celebrating her birthday. At first I thought I’d only use one of the florals from the release but I had them all sitting out on my desk when I started making my layout and they all looked so pretty. I decided the layout needed all of them

I wasn’t sure if I’d like using 3 different flowers on a layout, but in the end I think it looks amazing. I really love how the clusters frame the photo!

I also added some fussy cut florals from an Auburn Lane patterned paper.

I wanted the cut files to stand out against the background so I used a green patterned paper to back the leaves on each flower and then a pretty pink with gold pattern paper for the flower itself.

I had also cut out the ‘Happy Times’ cut file to use as a title and I absolutely love how that looks with the gold alpha as part of it.

I used one of the flowers from the Daisy Trio cut file to add a little pop behind the word ‘Celebrate’ in the title.

For this cluster under the title I cut off some of the leaves from the Rosey Posey cut file and added them as another embellishment. I love how it looks!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have a process video for you to watch on my youtube channel below:

Captured | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! Rachel back on the blog with you.

Today I am sharing a layout using the Stitch Geo Heart cut file.

I cut the cut file from white cardstock with my Silhouette.

I then adhered it to my background paper with foam tape to give the stitches some dimension.

I added two embellishment clusters to allow the stitches of the cut file to form the third ‘corner’ of my visual triangle around my photo.

I added a doodled border and some hand written journaling.

Check out this month’s new releases over in the shop.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x