Pool Cocktails | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! We have a celebration this month as it’s CUT to YOU’s 3rd birthday! Woo hoo! Happy Birthday! To celebrate each of the Design Team are scraplifting one of Gwen’s past layouts…. I chose one she did back in March 2020 which you can find here, and I followed the design of the layout by using a large cutfile to the left of the photo.

I chose the fun Tropical Punch cut file which can be found here in the shop as it was perfect to go with my photo of a past holiday back in 2019 to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

I decided to back the cut file using different patterned papers from the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Sunkissed’ collection. The different pieces were all raised on foam pads to add dimension.

Once I placed the cut file on my white cardstock background I realised it needed something more behind it to ground it and help it stand out more. So I added a smooshy teal background using the packaging technique and some lovely shimmery watercolour paints from my stash. Then I finished off with lots of splatters… and once dry, I stitched it using gold thread to a frame of yellow cardstock.

I tucked my photo, which was mounted on one of the patterned papers from the collection in just behind the bottom right flower on the cut file.

I picked out some of the fun coordinating ephemera, clear stickers and gold hearts from and created two embellishment clusters to the bottom left of the cut file and bottom right of my photo. Because I wanted some of the clear stickers to be stuck over some of my photo and the cut file I stuck them onto white cardstock first and then fussy cut around them. This helps them stand out more an allows you to layer them.

Then I finished off with a title using two different Thickers alphas from my stash and of course added some journaling below my photo.

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Artist @ Work | Kirei Baldwin

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!

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Crazy Love | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a layout to share today using the ‘Crazy Love Circle’ cut file which I have had cut for a while and totally forgotten to use! I really like how it turned out combined with the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Noteworthy’ collection. Definitely a popular choice this month as the lovely Belinda Jane has also used the same cut file, pop over to her post here to see how fab it looks with a different colour scheme!

I cut the ‘Crazy Love Circle’ cut file pretty large from white cardstock using my Silhouette as I wanted to make it the main feature of my layout and my photo needed to fit within the circle. I decided to back each of the cut file letters with a different colour from the ‘Noteworthy’ collection, and used foam pads to attach them behind the cut file to create some depth.

I then attached my white cardstock to a multi coloured frame using one of the cut apart papers.

I added my portrait photo to the centre of the circle cut file, raising the top edge with foam pads.

Then I created a diagonal design of embellishment clusters from top right to bottom left using lots of the coordinating ephemera, stickers, wooden buttons, puffy stickers and enamel dots.

I obviously didn’t need a title as the cut file words were perfect for my photo and journaling!

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Sunshine and Ice-cream | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m here with a summer themed layout and I used the very appropriate ‘Soft Serve’ cut file which you can find here in the shop. It was perfect to go with my ice-cream photo from our week away last September in Mundesley on the Norfolk coast here in the UK.

To go with my holiday theme I used the colourful new Simple Stories ‘Sunkissed’ collection. I used one of the patterned papers with the wave design as my background, firstly trimming it down slightly and then distressing the edges before attaching to a frame of white cardstock.

I decided to have double ice-cream cones to replicate my photo so cut two the same size in white cardstock. I picked one of the patterned papers in a soft peach ombre to back the cone part of my cut file, but first I ran the paper through my Big Shot using an embossing folder with lots of small uneven squares all over it so that it ended up looking like the texture of an ice-cream cone. I think it looked pretty realistic! I then cut two pieces of the embossed patterned paper to fit the cone part of the ice-cream cone and attached them using foam pads to add some dimension.

For one of the cut file cones I backed the ice-cream part with some vellum, again raised up on foam pads and then added one of the bright pink patterned papers behind that. I used the vellum first to tone it down slightly and give it a more frosty look. I just had to add a large enamel dot to look like a cherry!

For the second cut file I wanted to create a shaker pocket using some fun coloured sprinkles (they look like hundreds and thousands!) from Little Things. I stuck some clear plastic packaging to the back of the ice-cream part of the cut file, then added strips of foam pads all around the edges before filling with the sprinkles! I backed it with some white cardstock to lock them all in…

Then I layered the two cut files centrally to my background and stuck down, before tucking in my square photo that was mounted onto one of the coordinating striped papers.

I added two embellishment clusters, a larger one to the bottom right of the layout and a smaller one at the top of the right ice-cream cut file and used lots of fun coordinating stickers and enamel dots from the collection.

My title is a combination of the ‘Sunshine’ sticker from the ‘Sunkissed’ sticker sheet and some other alphas from my stash. I tucked in a cute sun and some enamel dots just above the title which created my third focal point to balance the layout. A few lines of journaling and I was done!

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Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a fun layout today featuring a cut file that I have used before though I cut it much larger last time! It’s called Spring Tulip and can be found here in the shop.

I wanted to use quite a few smaller photos of a walk we did in our local park in March. It was lovely seeing the spring flowers all coming out but was slightly odd when I spotted all the knitted ducks hanging off the trees! On closer inspection they had been put there for children to find as part of a Duck Hunt! The Simple Stories ‘Bunnies and Blooms’ collection was perfect for this layout, I used the pretty ditsy floral paper as a frame that I stitched my main white cardstock background to using yellow thread.

As I was using six small photos I cut the Spring Tulip cut file quite small. I went traditional and backed the three Spring Tulip cut files with a mix of the patterned papers from the collection, all mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

These were then added to the centre of my layout in a vertical design. I then tucked my small photos, that had all been mounted on patterned paper and edges distressed, in and around each of them.

I then fussy cut the bunny, duck and basket of flowers from one of the patterned papers and added them to the layout, along with a mix of embellishments including puffy stickers, enamel dots and word stickers. The cute bunny Perspextives from Bramble Fox just had to be included on this very Spring layout!

To finish off I added a title using a mini alpha from Thickers and my journaling.

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Snow Much Fun | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with a wintery layout featuring one of the fab title cut files from the shop. This one called ‘Snow Much Fun’ was perfect for my photos from the one day of decent snow that we had in January! I cut it reasonably large but not too big so that it allowed me to add a photo on either side.

I backed the letters using one of the pretty papers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection which is definitely not a winter collection but by choosing the right papers worked perfectly! I used sticky foam pads to attach the backing so that I created some additional dimension.

For my background I used a pretty pink grid patterned paper and added some gold stitching as a border. Then I added some white paint splatters under where I knew the cut file to sit as it created a snowy like finish. I added some gold stitching to the snowflake before backing it with some vellum and then one of the papers to create more of a translucent look to it.

Once the cut file was stuck down I then added my photos on either side. They were both mounted on coordinating patterned paper with lightly distressed edges and then layered with some matching tags.

Then I created an embellishment cluster around each photo using vellum ephemera, gold and pink hearts, clear glass drops and some pink bow stickers. I punched out some small snowflakes using an old Martha Stewart punch and added a large glass drop to the centre of each one.

To finish off I added a fun icicle Perspextive from Bramble Fox between the words ‘MUCH’ and ‘FUN’.

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Celebrate | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei back with a layout using an older cut file and one that I have had cut for a while and totally forgotten to use! It’s called ‘Floral Banner 3 ‘ and is available here in the shop. You will see that I flipped the design when I cut it on my Silhouette and then also turned it to use on my layout so that the banner was vertical. I matched it up with the lovely Pinkfresh Studio ‘Keeping it Real’ collection and a fun photo from my Mum’s 80th birthday last year.

I decided to back the floral part of the cut file with patterned papers, and these were stuck directly to the back of the cut file. I then added the pretty floral paper to the banner part using foam pads to add some dimension.

I mounted my photo with a coordinating patterned paper which I also used as a strip down the right side of the layout as it felt like it needed something to just draw the eye across. The photo is of my mum and dad, sister and myself and my husband…. however they were all in Australia and we couldn’t go because of the pandemic so my sis organised some cardboard cut outs of us to be there on her birthday weekend! I think they had lots of fun using ‘us’ in various photos!

Then I tucked some of the matching floral ephemera around the cut file and above the photo.

I added matching enamel dots and some sparkly Jewels also by Pinkfresh Studio.

To finish off I used the coordinating alpha for my title and added my journaling. This was a pretty simple layout and came together quite quickly, I love how it turned out!

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Craft a Happy Life | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with a layout celebrating our fab hobby! This ‘Craft a Happy Life’ cut file was perfect to go with this photo of me and my scrapping bestie Niki when we were teaching at a weekend crop in 2019… we’ve been running them online through 2020 so can’t wait until we can get together again!

I wanted to use lots of bright colours to go with the cut file so went with the fab Paige Evans ‘Go the Scenic Route’ collection. Firstly I created my background using a floral patterned paper to frame the white cardstock and then used some sparkly pink metallic thread to stitch a border detail around all four sides.

I took the ‘Craft a Happy Life’ title cut file and backed each letter with different coordinating patterned papers.

Then I backed the paintbrush pot cut file with patterned papers but this time I used foam pads to create some dimension.

Then I attached both of these to the layout background so that I could start to build up all the other details around them.

Firstly I added my 4″ square photo that I had mounted onto different pieces of distressed patterned papers. I tucked it just under the top of the title and then raised it on foam pads at the top edge.

From here I built up a large floral cluster around the top left of the photo using lots of fussy cut flowers and leaves. I added in a few puffy hearts and sparkly enamel dots.

I added a second floral cluster to the bottom right of the paintbrush pot along with a fussy cut butterfly and some hearts and enamel dots.

There was the perfect space to add some journaling under the paintbrush pot.

Finally I embellished the ‘Craft a Happy Life’ title with some soarkly enamel dots and flowers and a few fussy cut butterflies!

I love how this turned out, all the bright colours make me feel happy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and see this month’s latest releases along with a big collection of other fab designs! And if you don’t want to miss out on a fab free cut file each month sign up to the newsletter here… see you next month!

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By the Seaside | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my second layout this month I have one using my fave leaf cut file called ‘Lots of Leaves’ which can be found here in the shop. It is perfect for tucking into floral clusters which is exactly how I used it here….

I decided to use the pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Merry and Bright’ collection as I love the colours and thought they were perfect with my photo, and it shows just how versatile it is for using with non-festive photos!

I went with the wood patterned paper for my background and edged it with distressed strips of the candy stripe cut apart strip. Then I went and fussy cut a whole sheet of flowers from one of the patterned papers…. I find fussy cutting very relaxing and it didn’t take too long as I just did it while sat in front of the TV!

Next I cut three of the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files in white cardstock and backed them with vellum as I wanted a soft, translucent look to them as there would be lots of colours with the flowers.

Then I attached my photo to the layout after mounting it on a piece of pastel green gingham check patterned paper. I kept it flat (rather than add foam pads) as I was going to add lots of dimension anyway with the fussy cut flowers.

I then built up two clusters of fussy cut flowers in opposite corners of the layout along with the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files. I played around with the positioning for a while until I was happy, then I took a photo so I can remember where they go when sticking them down!

I didn’t use much else as I felt the flower clusters didn’t need it, just a small word banner, journaling tag, some hearts and a flair button.

And finally just finished off with some journaling and then added a title using some gold Thickers from my stash…

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Happiness is You | Kirei Baldwin

Happy New Year CUT to YOU fans and wishing you all the best for 2021! This is my first share for the year and I am again using the lovely Oak Tree cut file as I love the delicate details and they cut so beautifully. I have to confess I had actually cut these two additional leaves to use when I was planning my second layout in Dec but didn’t end up using them at the time, so when I had the perfect photo to go with them I just had to use them!

I created a mixed media background using some Shimmerz paints that echoed the colours in the spotty patterned paper and those in my photo. I went with the packaging technique and dried it off between colours and then added lots of splatters.

My photo was mounted on five coordinating patterned papers again with distressed edges to add some texture. Then I attached it to the background with foam pads on the top edge only, I keep the photo flat on the bottom edge as that makes it easier to add embellishments around it. I tucked the two cut file leaves under the photo and stuck them down only at the top edges as I like having them lift off the layout slightly rather than be totally flat.

Then I added matching embellishments and some cute Bramble Fox deer and acorn Perspextives.

I finished off with a title and some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by today, do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop where you will find loads more fab cut files along with the latest releases!

Happy Scrapping!