CHRISTMAS WISHES | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. For this share, I have unboxed the new Fancy Pants ‘Wishmas’ collection as well as creating a layout for you all so I hope you are feeling festive! The cut file I’ve featured is ‘Christmas Wishes‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and if it inspires you in any way be sure to subscribe so you can see more videos just like this one.

Until next time,

EVERYTHING LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back today with some more Scrappy inspiration for you including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used My Minds Eye ‘Splendor’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to get creative! xo

LOVELY LIFE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. Today I’m diving deep into my stash and using one of my all-time favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called ‘Bohemian Dream’. I’ve also pulled a sweet pic of Miss C taken a few years ago now. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Triangle Pinwheel‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here’s a closer look at the cut file I’ve used. This one is nice and fast to back and I think adds a really striking element to the page. If you are new to working with cut files, this one is a great one to get you started.

To create my page, I’ve begun by backing my cut file design, I’ve simply backed each triangle one by one mixing and matching pattern paper scraps. I wasn’t too careful about the colour placement, I just made sure that no two colours were side by side. I’ve then added this whole piece to the cardstock background of my layout and stitched around the edge.

Next, I’ve mounted my photo with a 1/4 inch frame and added some stitching. I’ve then locked in the position of my photo onto my page.

Next up, I’ve worked on my title. I knew I wanted to use a larger title for this design so it was important to get it into position early in the design process. I just love the bold white chipboard I’ve used here.

Next up, I’ve created my main embellishment cluster. I pulled this ‘Charm Creations‘ heart from my stash and added that to some die cut embellishments and a flair from the collection. I love the different textures here.

I’ve then gone ahead and added in two smaller embellishment clusters mainly made up of the die cut ephemera pieces and some word sentiments. Most I’ve added on 3D foam tape for dimension.

The clusters help draw the eye from the top left hand corner of the photo down to wards the bottom left hand corner of the page. I’ve kept them pretty simple as I didn’t want to cover up too much of my fun cut file background.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,

SWEET AND SASSY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I hope you are ready for some bright fun Spring colours. It’s not long turned Spring here in Australia and I am so happy to be getting into some warmer weather and really enjoying creating with some bright fun colours. Today’s layout is a silly happy snap that was taken last Christmas by my daughter using one of those fun filters on her phone. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Hearts on Strings‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here is the cut file I’ve used… a really fun and simple design that was super easy to back and a fast way to get a page put together.

So, as I mentioned, the page began by cutting out the design nice and large. I’ve then taken a mix of the pattern papers from the collection and backed the hearts. I’ve not taken too much care with the colours, I was just careful to not have too many of the same colours grouped together. I’ve then placed foam tape behind the design and centred it onto my page.

Next, I’ve simply backed my photo with another pattern from the collection. It’s a really fun photo so I did want to play with the patterns on the page as well to create a fun feel for the layout. As you can see below, I’ve added my signature stitching detail to the photo as well.

To keep the design fairly simple, I’m working with my embellishment clusters positioned around the edges of the photo. I want to add this detail but I don’t want to cover up too much of the cut file in my background. It’s a bit of a balance here so I would recommend keeping that in mind when you are working with cut files as background features.

I decided on one large main cluster on the right of my photo and then two smaller ones (one on the left and one on the top) and these balance out the page nicely. I’ve really just mixed and matched elements from the collection until I was happy working largest elements to smallest.

I’ve finished off the page with the ‘Love you More’ die cut piece and a couple of fun red puffy hearts as well as these super sweet die-cut bees, so sweet!

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you in some way, be sure to tag me on social if it does so I can see what you have made!

Until next time,

12 Ways to Scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something a little different but super helpful I hope! I thought today I’d share some scrappy Christmas inspiration. I know, I know… as this post goes up it’s only August, but I absolutely love the season AND I have a stack of photos that desperately need to be scrapped. You see, I really only tend to scrap Christmas around the Christmas season.. which in turn means I have wayy too many pics that need doing. Sooo I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to get you inspired. I’m hoping they get me inspired too and we can all scrap away our holiday snaps! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

12 Ways to scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Bold feature Title. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your Christmas photos a festive feel is to combine them with a bold Christmas themed title. Here I’ve used the ‘Holly Jolly‘ cut file but you could replace this with any kind of Alphabets you have for a similar look.

#2 Christmas Wreath. What’s more festive than a Christmas wreath, right? AND you don’t need to use specific Christmas Wreath designs to make a statement like this on your page. I’ve used the ‘Floral Wreath‘ cut file here which is actually just a spring-themed design and then used up my Christmas embellishments layered over the top. This way, I’m getting multiple uses out of the one cut file design AND I’m also using up my stash of Christmas themed die-cut pieces.

#3 Repeat it! For this page, I’ve actually changed it up and used a Spring themed scrapbook collection. No Christmas supplies here… instead, I’ve gone with a very flexible cut file design called ‘Merry Merry Merry and Bright‘. I love the repeated title in this one, perfect to cut nice and large and add as a background, then you can use whatever supplies you like.

#4 Switch it and Stack it. For this layout, I repurposed the ‘Present Stack‘ design. This one is meant for Birthday layouts, but for this page, to create a Christmas feel, I’ve stacked it with a bunch of fun Christmas sentiments. This could well be one of the fastest scrapbook layouts you make!

#5 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, so no guesswork required. This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite and with the added shine of Silver elements, it’s definitely vibing Christmas. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#6 Go Traditional. For me, a big part of Christmas day is sitting around my mum’s house which, with a 12-year-old in tow, can turn into a bit of a ‘Snap Chat’ session… Cute modern selfies like this one team really well with more traditional colour schemes. You really can never go wrong with a classic red and green Christmas layout. Cut file design featured here is ‘Christmas Gift Stack‘.

#7 Reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Christmas Banners‘ cut file is the perfect addition. The star elements and the gift tags perfectly layered up, give the layout a fun festive feel with not a lot of fuss.

#8 Help create a scene. It’s not always easy to capture the details of a location on your layout, especially when your photos really are focused on the people in them, not so much on the background or location. In this page, I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ cut file design to really help the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page. That stunning Christmas tree in our photo helps too… it was so gorgeous!

#9 Document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter and I with our Elf on the Shelf. I love documenting the small moments at Christmas as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Christmas Tree Row‘ I’ve used here helps me create a central design and the cute Christmas embellishments really pull the theme together. Adding a soft mixed media background to my page really pulled this all together.

#10 Colour blocking. A super popular feature in Scrapbooking, I personally love to do this on my pages. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts Background’ cut file and then backed it in traditional red cardstock. You might notice on this one that there are no ‘Christmas’ themed goodies, even the cut file is a generic shape… but the page still has a Christmas feel to it because of the red I’ve chosen and elements like the striped bow. Adding in some word sentiments like ‘So much fun’ and ‘I love this day’ help tell the story.

#11 Christmas really is special. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#12 Be a rule breaker. It’s official, there is no “Scrapbooking Police”, there is no right or wrong way to create your layouts… so my last tip is to do what makes you happy. If putting spring butterflies onto a layout that is about a cold snowy Christmas just like I have done here, it doesn’t matter. If it makes your heart happy, I say go for it! xo

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting your Christmas with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,

SWEET SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to be joining you today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used Jen Hadfield ‘Hey Hello’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment 🙂

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to be joining you today with the very first share as part of our Birthday YouTube HOP! I’m kicking everything off with this page I’ve created of Miss C from a few years back. I’ve used Carta Bella Flora No. 3 papers and embellishments and our ‘Rosey Posey‘ cut file which I have cut out three times and layered to create a floral cluster and background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I also mention in the video our sweet discount happening this month for 20% off everything in the store. Use code CTYCELEBRATE2 at checkout, this is for digitals and custom cuts so go for it creative friends! Code expires 31st July 2020 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

I hope you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment!

HOW TO BACK A CUT FILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen here today with something a little different but highly requested. I am often asked how I back my cut files, so I thought it would be fun to put together a little video with some tips and show you how I go about it.

If you are just after some quick tips here are my top 3:

  1. Use less glue than you think you need. As you press the cut file onto the pattern paper the glue will ooze out towards the edges so less is definitely more here.
  2. Use scissors you find comfortable to work with, especially if you are doing a lot of backing at once. Choose fussy cutting scissors over regular scissors, you want a scissor that has a fine tip to help you get into tight corners around the design.
  3. Practice, practice, practice…. I promise you will get better and faster at it with time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I back cut files and find this video useful. While you’re on YouTube be sure to Like and Subscribe for more videos… I’ll be sharing more Scrapbooking process videos soon 🙂

Until next time,

LOVE THIS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen here today with a new share, something bright and fun for this one. The idea for this page actually began with the cut file design; I really wanted to create a page with a white-on-white look and use a design as a background feature for my layout. I’ve seen some gorgeous pages like this and wanted to give one a go in my own style. I’ve teamed it with some brighter elements to document this sweet photo of Miss 13 taken on her birthday earlier this year.

I decided on using the ‘Garden Background‘ cutfile for this project because of its size, but also because of the more intricate nature of the design. I was also keen to use the ‘Bloom Street’ collection by Paige Evans and knew there were a lot of floral elements in it that would work really well with this one.

I started the page by creating my layout base, as I mentioned, I was really keen to try the white-on-white look, so I’ve simply layered my cut file design over a white piece of cardstock, running it slightly over one edge. I then added a frame to my page and stitching in my usual style, I just love how this frames the page. Side note, this technique is so so fast to do, no backing required for a super pretty result, so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting or you want a striking look in a short time, this is a great technique.

Next up, I backed my photo using a soft pattern from the collection, added some stitching and then raised it up on foam. I’ve placed it towards the centre of the page with the idea to add my embellishments around it.

I didn’t want to add too many things as I didn’t want to cover up all the details in the cut file, so I’ve just gone through and auditioned several die cuts from the collection. As always, I’ve started with the larger pieces first and then worked towards the smaller elements.

I’ve scrapped a bunch of photos from her birthday, so I didn’t feel the need to document it as a birthday layout as such and just wanted to enjoy the creative process with this one and have some fun. I’ve gone with the sentiment ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘Love This’ for my title.

I’ve also made some cute flower clusters around the photo, raising some on foam and leaving others flat for interest. I’ve also included the sweet birds and a bright yellow sunshine die-cut to pull the theme of the page together.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you in some way. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on How to use Cut Files on scrapbooking layouts so I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 As a layout title. Cut files make amazing layout titles that are super inexpensive and so so flexible. This design features the ‘You Are Special‘ cut file which you can grab for FREE here.

#2 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, who doesn’t love that! This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#3 As a repeating pattern. This ‘Smell the Roses‘ design has been repeated and positioned around the page for a really striking design feature. The roses direct the eye towards the centre of the page.

#4 Help document the details of your story. School photos can be tricky, years blend into the next after time. This ‘Grade School‘ cut file helps to document the details of the layout. By choosing pattern papers carefully, parts of the cut file design stand out and can really help the viewer quickly identify details in the story.

#5  Turn them into shaker pockets. Um… sequins, yes, please! For this page, I’ve cut the ‘Camera Beautiful You‘ design to fit the layout background. I’ve then backed with vellum and pattern paper and added sequins in between the layers to create a shaker pocket. So fun!

#6  White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Garden Background‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love.

#7  Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file (Floral Banner) has been cut twice, once in dark blue and secondly in white. The dark blue cut of the file acts as a shadow to the white design. It’s such a striking addition to this page.

#8 As a large background feature. The ‘Bows on Strings‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. For interest, some of the bows have been backed in pattern paper, with others left open to show through to the background. A page like this is super quick to pull together.

#9 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. The extra beauty of this technique is that no backing is required so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting, this tip is a winner. I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ page builder file for this layout.

#10 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves time with no need to back it. Simply add to your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done! ‘Trio Flower Cluster‘ design.

#11 Be ‘punny’, it’s fun! The cut file ‘Brace Yourself‘ on this page is a fun pun that relates to the photos. It would also work for an adventure page, you can get really creative with your titles so go for it!

#12 Add a clean mixed media element – You can add all kinds of mixed media paints and sprays to your cut files. I love doing this and then adding them to a clean background for a clean mixed media look. For this page, I’ve added Distress Ink to several cuts of the ‘Celebration Flowers‘ files in various colours. I’ve added colour blocking for the embellishments and teamed this all with a black and white photo that pops!

#13 To help with your layout design. In this page, the cut file ‘Butterfly Garden‘ fills a large part of the page. When using files like this your design choices are limited, which actually helps pages come together faster. There are fewer embellishments required and limited photo positions available. This stops that shuffle I know you do (because I do it too!)

#14 Double Up! Using two different cut files on your page is double the fun! For this page, I’ve used both to help tell my story. The ‘Sunny Skies‘ design acts as a background and the ‘Summer Days‘ file is my page title.

#15 To add a bold feature title to your layout. Let’s face it, alphas such as ‘Thickers’ can be expensive, cut files give you a similar bold look at a fraction of the price. This ‘Traveller Background‘ is the perfect bold title for this vacation-inspired layout. I’ve layered it on top of the globe element from the same cut file and some watercolour inspired pattern paper for the win!

#16 To maximise negative space. This ‘Stitch Heart Geo‘ design was the perfect addition on this page to fill in the blank space of the background. These designs are also some of the easiest to work with as they simply need layering onto pattern paper. The paper shows through the design, no need for fussy cutting to get a ‘backed’ look!

#17 To reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Book Stack‘ design is a perfect fit for this photo at our local library.

#18 DIY inexpensive embellishments. The cut files in this layout may not be as noticeable as those in other pages shared here, but they are working just as hard. For this page, I simply cut out two leaf designs ‘Leaf Duo‘ and used them as a base for my embellishment cluster. Embellishments can be expensive so these leaf elements are a great option for those of us scrapping on a budget!

#19 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page.

#20 To document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter on her phone, but it tells a story of my Miss 13 and her love for technology. I love documenting the small moments in life as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Chit Chat‘ I’ve used here expands on that idea, giving me a space for some typed journalling that fits in the theme.

#21 Use as a design element. Cut file designs don’t have to directly relate to your photo. More generic designs such as these ‘Quad Frames‘ are so versatile and can be used on so many different styles of pages. I’ve added them to this page as they help draw the eye to the central design elements and most importantly the photo.

#22 Go Monochromatic. For this layout, I’ve pulled a stack of a blue/green papers and elements in my stash to create this Monochromatic layout. I’ve mixed and matched the papers to back my ‘Happiness‘ cut file. It still surprises me just how few supplies you actually need when working with a cut file. They really extend your stash and this technique is a great way to stash bust!

#23 To document family holidays. Back from vacay and have a bunch of photos to scrapbook? Cut files can really help pull your pages together fast and give a consistent look in travel albums. This page features our ‘Makin Waves‘ design which has been coloured with watercolours. The waves in the design really fit with the Summer vacation theme and could easily be repeated throughout an album with a sailing or summer theme.

#24 To give your photos context. The ‘Conversation‘ cut file on this page not only acts as a wonderful background and base for my photos and embellishments for the layout but gives the photo context and helps tell the story.

#25 Add a repeated pattern. This ‘Speech Bubble‘ design has been cut twice to fill the centre of this layout. Many cut file designs can be cut out several times and then repeated on your page for a fun effect. Any repeated pattern can help your layout design feel more consistent.

#26 Colour blocking. Cut file are a great way to add clean colour blocking to your page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts‘ cut file which I’ve repeated down my page and then added a plain pattern paper to back them. This creates three blocks of colour which creates a base for my photos and embellishments.

#27 To document special occasions. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#28 Add Floral elements to your page. Flower embellishments can be expensive and can add a lot of bulk to your page. Floral Cut Files such as these ‘Lily of the Valley‘ can give that same look, especially when teamed with some fussy cut die cuts and layered leaves. I love that you can reuse these over and over and make them fit any scrapbook layout just by changing up the pattern papers you use to back them.

#29 Cut them up! You don’t have to use a cut file design as a whole element on your page. They are really great for chopping up and changing up the design. This file ‘Flowers and Frames‘ actually has two square photo boxes as part of it. I’ve chopped those off and used just the floral elements for this layout. Think outside the box and you can get several looks from the one design.

#30 To help you use up your stash. This layout is one from our KIT to YOU collection. These exclusive designs help you use up your stash with Step x Step instructions and a special ‘Shop your Stash’ section, so no going out for new supplies, you can use what you have! ‘Flower Band Kit‘. Find out more about KIT to YOU here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,