Hello friends! It’s Shannon up on the blog today bringing you this ever so sad puppy layout featuring the beautiful Sunburst Heart cutfile. I thought that the Pinkfresh “Keeping It Real” collection was the perfect vibe for this tricky day for Blue.
I just had to do some hand sewing on this cutfile! I used a pale pink for the center of the heart and a nice aqua to back stitch around the entire cutfile. I love how it came together. I thought that the layout needed a bit more punch so I backed the bright yellow patterned paper with a gorgeous floral.
I layered embellishments by the same collection, grabbed some very old alphas and included some flair to bring it all together. I do love this one!
Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my first layout for the month and I am using an older cut file called ‘Office Clips’ which can be found here in the shop. I thought the three clipboards would make great shaker pockets as well as being the perfect base for my photos, this way it looks like the photos are clipped to the clipboards.
I decided that the fab Vicki Boutin ‘Colour Study’ collection was perfect for this layout as my photos feature my husband’s godson Oscar painting his ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ figures and the collection has a real arty, crafty feel to it!
Firstly I cut the three ‘Office Clips’ cut files from white cardstock making sure they were big enough so there was enough room to see the shaker elements once the photo was attached to each one. Then I backed each of the clipboard sections on each cut file with some clear acetate before backing the clips with a dark patterned paper to mimic those black bulldog clips that you get from the office. I cut the backing for the clipboards from a striped paper and a lime green grid design paper. Then I added foam pads to the back of each clipboard section to create a wall so that the shaker elements won’t fall out. I filled the first shaker with tiny star sequins and stuck one of the striped papers to the back.
I filled the second one with larger rubber stars and tiny star sequins and backed it with the lime green grid design paper
For the final one I stuck tiny black word stickers and puffy stars all over the backing to look like they were shaker pieces and then added the final piece of striped paper to the back…. shaker pockets complete!
I cut a piece of the spotty patterned paper to 11 1/2″ square, distressed the edges and then stuck it to a frame of the lime green grid design patterned paper (after gutting the middle from it). I added wavy, random lines of black stitching all around the edges.
I stuck each of the ‘Office Clips’ cut files down but left room for me to be able to tuck ephemera under the edges if I wanted to. I mounted my small photos onto different patterned papers and added black stitching around the edge of each one. Then I added one photo to each of the clipboard shakers.
Then I pulled out the coordinating embellishments (stickers, ephemera, puffy stickers) and added those around each photo and a couple of larger ephemera pieces were tucked under the first two clipboards.
I added my title ‘Artist @ Work’ using the matching ‘Color Study’ alpha (the @ was from another alpha in my stash). I decided I needed to add something else under the title so picked out a few more ephemera pieces which worked to direct the eye to the right side of the layout.
Thanks for stopping by, hope it has inspired you to try making a shaker pocket with one of the cut files next time! Do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file release and if you haven’t already make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on a fab free cut file each month!
Hello friends! It’s Shannon up on the blog today bringing you this fun and fresh layout featuring the Hexagon Frame Cut File layered over the Valentine Rose Cut Files. And look at these adorable photos of my daughter getting some fresh highlights!
I backed my Valentine Rose Cut Files with this gorgeous Summer collection by Carta Bella. The tones are just perfect and allow my photos to shine! I decided to add black and white twine around my clusters to add just a little bit more black here and there.
I am currently loving little shiny bits of flair, some splatty bits and tiny words to build out some clusters around and under my cutfiles.
Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my second layout for the month featuring an older cut file called Squares Cubed that can be found here in the shop. It’s one I have wanted to use for a while so decided it was perfect to go with my Disney photo and the Simple Stories ‘Say Cheese Main Street’ collection.
After using a black cut file on my last layout I decided to try cutting this one from patterned paper rather than just white cardstock. I cut out 9 of the different square designs (but did end up using only 8) from a black and white spotted paper.
Then I backed them all with different coloured patterned papers from the same collection. Some were raised up on foam pads and some were stuck directly to the cut file so that I got different levels of dimension onto the layout.
It was all quite bold but as my photo is bright and was in traditional 6″x 4″ size (rather than the smaller 3″ x 4″ that I often use) I decided it worked well!
For my layout background I cut a sheet of white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ square, stuck it to a frame of black card and then stitched around the edges in bright yellow thread.
I placed my backed cut file squares onto the layout along with my backed photo and once I was happy with the placement I stuck them all down.
Then I added embellishment clusters above and below the photo all using ephemera and stickers from the same collection.
To finish off I added a coordinating Thickers title, lots of enamel dots and my journaling.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!
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!
Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my second layout for the month using a fab background cut file called Herringbone which you can find here in the CUT to YOU shop.
Now when I cut this design I didn’t plan to use it as a diamond background, it just happened by accident and when I saw it I loved how it looked so it went from there!
I backed each herringbone row with a different patterned paper from the Pink Paislee ‘5th & Monaco’ collection. For my background I trimmed some white cardstock to 11″ x 11″, distressed the edges and mounted it onto a bright coloured patterned paper frame. Then I stuck down my backed cut file using foam tape to add dimension.
I added my photo which had been mounted onto some coordinating patterned paper and layered it up with some tags and a cut apart sentiment from one of the patterned papers. I added gold thread to both of the tags and then wrote my journaling on to the back of one of the tags.
I added embellishments around the photo using matching word stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.
Then I just needed to break up the white edges of the cut file as they didn’t pop enough so used a black scalloped edge sticker on each side of the cut file along with more floral ephemera, word stickers and puffy stickers.
I finished off with a black glossy title ‘Love You’ as it was perfect for my photo of my husband and I on a day out for my birthday!
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 August 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.
I hope you’ve had so much fun joining in with our 2nd Birthday celebrations this month! There has some amazing inspiration going around, and heaps of beautiful entries coming in for our challenges! I’m up on the blog today sharing my layout inspired by the moodboard challenge.
I quickly discovered I didn’t have any hot pink patterned paper in my stash, and this was my main inspiration from the mood board. I decided I needed to make my own, so I pulled out all the pink mixed media elements that I had, and set about making a background. I have also added in lots of black marks, to tie back to the black in the inspiration images.
For some reason, my mixed media is photographing as very orange, but I promise it’s hot pink! To tie this in with the Circles Sliced Cut File, I cut the background I had created into circles, and cascaded these down the page, before laying my Cut File over them.
I like to think of different ways to use our Cut Files, and including them in backgrounds like this or included with mixed media elements in a grungy sort of way is a little different from the norm.
To finish off my page, I added in my title, some embellishments, and some word strips. I also added some black ink splatters and black doodling to further add to the grungy feel of my page.
Thanks for stopping by today, can’t wait to share with you again next month!!
Hello creative friends! I’m delighted to be sharing my second project for the month with you today. This time I wanted to show you how you can get two layouts from one cut file by utilising both the cut file and the negative piece. And for this I knew I wanted to use one of the fabulous KIT to YOU products.
If you’re not already familiar with the KIT to YOU products, you can read all about them here.
I used the String Art Circle Cut File + Kit to create this first layout really quickly and easily by following the instructions laid out in the kit PDF. I used supplies from my own stash, and of course added a little of my own personal touch to complete the page.
Then I used the negative from the String Art Circle Cut File to create this gorgeous layout. Aside from providing me with a really impactful background to begin with, by using the negative (or offcuts) I also minimised wastage of cardstock.
To help the pieces really pop off the pretty floral background paper, I added some light pink hand stitching around each piece. The larger pieces I adhered to the background with some adhesive foam, the smaller pieces were glued down with wet adhesive.
I added some simple patterned paper layers behind my photo. My journalling was typed onto a 3×4 card and layered on top of another patterned 3×4 card. I added some interest to my title by choosing to use two complimentary fonts.
I created a small cluster of layered elements on the top right hand side of my page, and on the left hand side of my photo. And to finish off, I scattered around some really pretty translucent enamel dots in complimentary colours.
I am SO pleased with how this layout turned out. And I loved being able to get more “bang for my buck” by creating two layouts from just one cut file.
If you’d like to see how I created this page in more detail, please check out my process video below.
Hi everyone! It’s CUT to YOU’s 2nd Birthday and Gwen has a month of celebrations going on including a YouTube hop with some fab Guest Designers, a bunch of new cut files, and two fun challenges with prizes to be won!
My first layout for the month uses one of the brand new cut files called Star Trio that can be found here in the shop.
I also played along with the Moodboard Challenge that was full of pretty pinks, pops of black and lots of fun images to be inspired by! Anyone can join in as long as you use a CUT to YOU cut file on your layout, then add your layout to the relevant album in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group to be in with a chance to win a prize pack! Entries close 10th August 2020.
Now when I started my layout I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do other than I wanted to cut out lots of the stars and paint them all! I painted them while they were still on the Silhouette mat as that makes it easier. I also added some white and gold splatters, then let them dry before removing them from the mat. Then I stitched each one onto the white cardstock background with gold thread.
This was mounted onto a bright pink patterned paper frame and also stitched with gold thread.
I added a square photo that I mounted onto some patterned paper and white tissue paper. Then added lots of coordinating embellishments along the bottom of the photo including ephemera flowers, hearts and tags, a pink tassel, flair badge, puffy hearts and gold twine.
My title was stuck to some of the bright pink patterned paper so that it stood out from the background.
My journaling is on one of the two tags that I popped behind my photo.
I added more gold splatters to the entire layout and then lots of pretty pale pink sequins to finish off.
I hope you are inspired by my layout, do make sure you check out all of the other fab creations by the Design Team as well as our Guest Designers for this month’s birthday celebrations! You can find lots more details on Gwen’s blog post here…
Hi everyone! I’m back with a second layout for June using a cut file that I have had cut for some time and just hadn’t got round to using! It’s called ‘Doodle Frames Background’ and you can see it here in the CUT to YOU shop.
I decided to paint each of the frames a different colour to match the Crate Paper ‘Sweet Story’ collection that I wanted to use. I used some pretty, shimmery paints that I have in my stash that matched perfectly!
Then using foam pads for dimension I backed each of the frames with a different patterned paper (except the one that my photo was going on).
I stuck the frames down to the patterned paper background that I had already stitched around with gold thread and splattered with white paint. I added my small square photo and mounted it on foam pads to give dimension.
Then I just added a mix of matching ephemera, chipboard stickers and stickers to embellish the frames.
To finish off I added my title into the long oblong frame and some journaling in the space at the bottom left of the layout.
Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see lots more fab cut files, along with the latest June releases! And if you want to receive a free cut file every month make sure you subscribe here so you don’t miss out!