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!

Happy Scrapping!

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…

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases and if you want to get a free cut file each month make sure you sign up for the newsletter here! See you next month….

Happy Scrapping!

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!

Gather | Kirei Baldwin

Seasons Greetings CUT to YOU fans! Christmas is almost here and my layout takes me back a few years to our annual Boxing Day walk from my in-law’s house to a local countryside pub. We all have a drink, typically I have a glass of warm mulled wine and we sit by the fire and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

So for this layout I used the lovely Oak Tree cut file, it is really delicate and cut beautifully from some of the Crate Paper Marigold patterned papers.

I added some torn layers to the top of my layout and then created a large photo and embellishment cluster. I firstly mounted my photo and then layered it up with some of the larger ephemera pieces. I tucked in some of the matching embellishments and added a few cute acorn Perspextives from Bramble Fox as they went perfectly with the cut file!

I tucked the two oak tree cut files under the bottom of the photo cluster and only stuck them down in the centre as I still wanted them to lift off the layout to add some dimension.

I finished off with a title from my stash that I stuck onto a piece of coordinating paper as that helped it pop more from the patterned background.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I will be back in the new Year with another layout. Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see all the fab Christmas themed cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Vegas Nights | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a bright and fun layout for my second share of the month using the new Chevron Stripe cut file which you can find here in the shop. It looks just like a giant pocket so of course I needed to make a big shaker pocket….

I cut the Chevron Stripe quite large on my Silhouette from a piece of patterned paper and then distressed the inner edges before I stuck some acetate to the back. I used foam strips all around the edges of the open cut file to create my pocket then filled it with lots of different coloured sequins from my stash. I then backed it with some white cardstock and there was my giant shaker!

I flipped it upside down and stuck down onto some white cardstock. Then I added the triangle piece I had leftover from the cut file to the bottom of the layout. Now time to add my photos and embellishments!

My two photos have been waiting to be scrapped for ages… they are my husband standing outside Planet Hollywood Resort after we had been to see the Backstreet Boys who just happened to be on while we were there… that was a real bonus as they were one of my husband’s fave bands when he was younger! I attached them both to the top right of the layout and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers around the top and bottom edges.

To balance my layout I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left again made up of chipboard stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

I finished off with a bright coloured title and some journaling.

Thanks for popping over to take a look, hope you’ve been inspired to use a cut file to make a giant shaker pocket! Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see the latest releases as well as all the other fab designs… there really is something for everyone!

Happy Scrapping!

See The Magic | Kirei Baldwin

Hi again CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my second layout share for the month with the lovely ‘Floral Edge Set’ cut file that can be found in the shop here. It was perfect to go with the photos documenting our walks at lunchtime while my husband and I have both been working from home.

I cut the cut file twice in white cardstock and made sure it was wide enough to fit across the layout as I wanted to use it as a border along the top and bottom edge of my photos. I paired it with the Crate Paper ‘Sweet Story’ collection as the colours matched my photos really well and there was some cute ephemera that was perfect to help document my story.

I backed the cut file with some of the plainer colours from the patterned papers. This time I didn’t use foam pads to raise the backing as I wanted the edge of them to sit under my photos.

I picked the lovely ochre patterned paper to use as my background as that really made the cut file pop. I trimmed it down and distressed the edges and then stuck onto a white cardstock frame.

I added the two floral edge cut files using some foam pads to raise the outer edges to add some dimension. I then added my four photos that were mounted on some of the coordinating papers. I added one of the cut apart cards as I thought the words were perfect to use as my title ‘See The Magic All Around You’.

Then I added some of the lovely matching ephemera along the top and bottom of the title card. I couldn’t resist adding some of those pretty layered butterflies!

At the top and bottom of the layout I tore a piece of the patterned paper and folded it back and added a few cross stitches to hold it in place. This just helped to add some balance to the central element of the layout. And finally I just added some journaling and I was done!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over and see the latest October releases as well as all the other lovely cut files in the CUT to YOU shop…. and if you want to receive a free cut file each month then just sign up here to receive the monthly newsletter!

Happy Scrapping!

Happy Times | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans, I can’t believe that today I am sat here with the heating on yet just over three weeks ago we were walking on a beach in Norfolk in flip flops and short sleeves…. as I live in the UK and are now into autumn it’s no surprise really!

Anyway I’m here with a layout using one of the older cut files that I have had cut just waiting to use… it’s called ‘Scallop Banners’ and can be found here in the shop. I thought they would be perfect with the lovely new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection so painted twelve of them in different shimmery paints to match the collection.

I created my background with a patterned paper that I stuck down to another piece of coordinating patterned paper that I had gutted to make a frame. I distressed the edges and made a few tears on each side that I then folded back, this just creates some added texture which I like. I then stitched the painted cut files to the patterned background paper with gold thread.

As I do like to create dimension on my layouts I curled up the edges of each scalloped banner and I really like how this looks!

I added a photo that I had mounted onto three different patterned papers, again distressing the edges….

I added three embellishment clusters to the left and top right of my photo, and the third below my title.

To finish off I added a title and my journaling just beneath the photo.

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 October 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.

Happy Scrapping! 

Love You | Kirei Baldwin

Hi again CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with my second layout for the month using another of the fab new September releases…. I loved the Rocket cut file and initially was going to use it with some pics of my nephews however once I got started decided that it was going to be perfect for one of my lovely husband! You can find the Rocket cut file here in the CUT to YOU store.

I cut the rocket and stars out in white cardstock and then backed them with some patterned papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Legendary’ collection that I still have in my stash. I used foam pads when attaching the patterned papers to add dimension as that is probably my favourite technique when using cut files!

You can see I backed the star cut files with stars from one of the patterned papers, then added a swoosh from one of the striped patterned papers in the matching colour as I thought it created what looked like movement coming from the shooting star.

Once the rocket and stars were all backed I stuck them down to my background which is a very old October Afternoon paper that I have hung onto as I knew it would come in use one day!

I then added my black and white photo that I layered up with five different coordinating papers that I had , I stuck it down with foam pads on the top edge only so that I could tuck in the bottom edge just under the cut file. I tucked in a few stickers and a ticket from the matching ephemera.

Finally I added a title using the word ‘LOVE’ from the coordinating title pack, I mounted this to some of the yellow patterned paper so that it stood out more against the white cardstock of the cut file. Then I cut up some of the words to get the letters ‘Y’, ‘O’ and ‘U’ and stuck them down directly to the layout. I finished off with the sticker saying ‘To the moon and back’.

At this point I decided it needed something else on the background, so added some little stars that I stitched with silver thread, this just added the extra texture that it needed and I was happy!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU store to see all of the fabulous cut files available and if you want to receive a FREE cut file each month then subscribe to the newsletter here…. see you all next month!

Happy Scrapping!

Play Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with my first layout for the month using one of the lovely new Sept releases and I just had to use this one with all the cute hanging hearts! It’s called ‘Heart Drop’ and can be found here in the CUT to YOU store…. 

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I cut the ‘Heart Drop’ cut file in white cardstock and then backed all the hearts with some lovely bright patterned papers from Paige Evans ‘Go the Scenic Route’ collection that I raised up on foam pads to add dimension as I love that on my layouts!

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Then I added pink, orange and turquoise paint to my background as I wanted the cut file to stand out from the plain white cardstock. To add my colours I used the packaging technique, drying with a heat gun between colours so they didn’t blend into each other, and then finished off with lots of paint splatters flicked with a small paintbrush. 

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I attached my white cardstock background to a coordinating patterned paper frame and then stitched around the edge with pink and turquoise thread.  

My two photos are mounted on patterned paper and then stuck down to the top of the cut file using foam pads on the top edge only. I tucked in some matching ephemera around the photos. 

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I added some chipboard and enamel hearts to echo the hearts in the cut file, and some butterflies from the matching ephemera.

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To finish off I added a title using the bright matching alpha and some journaling.

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Thank you for stopping by this month! Don’t forget to check out all the rest of the fab new Sept releases in the CUT to YOU shop.

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Happy Scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

Love You|Kirei Baldwin

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.

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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.

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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.

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I added embellishments around the photo using matching word stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Happy Scrapping! DT NEW Kirei Baldwin