The Best Ever | Tamara Buckler

Hello again, CTY peeps!

I’m up today sharing another layout with you, and this time I am tackling some back to school photos from last year, before we take another batch for this year!

I’m using the Backpack cut file that Gwen created late last year, and I’ve cut it kind of big, because its so cute and I wanted to make it a feature on the page! I thought this file was perfect for back to school photos because my girls always get a new backpack for the school year, which is always a big deal!

I sized up the file in the Silhouette software, duplicated it and then cut it out from 2 different patterned papers. I then deleted all the internal cut lines and cut the file again from black card stock. This gave me the ability to lay the outside of the file directly on to the card stock, and fill back in the elements I wanted to build my design.

I then cut up some old cardboard and adhered it to the back of the file to pop it up off the background, built my paper stack underneath this, and added my photo and embellishments around it. I really tried to keep everything very centred around the cut file, making a ‘visual triangle with my clusters to keep the focus very much on the cut file and photo.

The last little piece I added was the flair badge on the front of the backpack. I love how this added more dimension, and made the bag seem ‘real’.

I can’t wait to see you all create pages with this Cut File – its so easily personalised – I’m sure there are plenty of ways to make this look cute!

Thanks for stopping by again today! Big Loves, Tam xo

Ice Magic | Ali Skifton

Hello my friends! It’s Ali here with you today sharing a very wintery picture of my husband and me visiting an ice castle. We had to walk through an ice tunnel to leave and a beautiful rainbow was above our heads.

As soon as I saw the new cut files released by Gwen, I knew I had to work with the Rainbow Burst Background cut file for this photo.

I started backing the rainbow first with colors to match the ice rainbow. I decided then to have some fun and make the stars into shakers. I used a sticker package to back the stars and then cut some foam tape into very thins strips. You have to make sure that there are no gaps in the tape when you are creating shakers. I filled the stars with colored beads to match the colored papers backing them up.

This layout needed a topper and I created this border by sewing it on top. It is not that noticeable because I did use white thread to stick with the ice theme. To make it pop I added the rainbow colored bling to the scallops and used foam tape to adhere it.

To complete the Ice Magic layout I added white paint splats to the ice blue background. I also added some white and silver snowflakes to give the rainbow more of a wintery scene.

Thanks for looking my creative friends!

Love, Ali xo

HotHouse Flowers|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today, with my first Cut To You layout of 2021! I hope you love this tropical, fun layout as much as me.

I’ve used the Hibiscus cut file from the shop. I cut it 4 times to create layered embellishments for my layout.

I created a mixed media background for my page and paired the cut file with lots of fun, tropical embellishments.

To see all the details of my layout, you can take a peek at my full process video on my You Tube channel and then be sure to head over to the SHOP and get a gorgeous Hibiscus cut file for yourself!

#Sk8life | Tamara Buckler

Hello beautiful CTY Peeps!! So happy to be back with you for 2021!!

I’m up today sharing my first layout for the year, featuring the awesome Sk8ter Cut File Gwen released late last year. Skating has taken over our house in the last 6 months or so, so this file is perfect to document ALL the photos I’m taking!

I started by sizing up the ‘#sk8life’ part of the file in my Silhouette Software and then duplicating it. I removed the internal cut lines from one of the elements, and then cut them from two different patterned papers. This allowed me to simply place the outline on top of the background – eliminating any need for me to fussy cut the title.

To cut out the skate board element of the file, I used one patterned paper for the majority of the file. I did however duplicate the wheel elements of the file and cut with a seperate patterned paper as I felt that backing these round areas would be tricky.

After cutting the whole board out, I backed it with black card stock, which then allowed me to add back in the elements I wanted to build my skateboard.

I layered up some paper behind my photos to ground them, and then tucked these above the #sk8life element of the file. I then tucked the skateboard under the title, so it appeared that everything was sitting on top of it.

I created some embellishment clusters around my page and added some paper strips at the top and bottom for balance.

I love how this file helped me to build such a funky and graphic page to document by #sk8tergirl! Thanks for stopping by today! Can’t wait to share more pages with you this year!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Hello Sunshine| Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!! Let’s hope 2021 is better than 2020!

Today I am sharing a fun Summery scrapbook layout featuring the awesome Hello Sunshine title cut file!

     The Hello Sunshine title cut file

I started by cutting the design from white cardstock and chose 3 different patterned papers from the Hello Summer collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio to back the sun and words with. I knew I wanted to back the sun with the awesome yellow sunburst paper, I then chose 2 other contrasting papers.

Once it was all backed….yes this does take some time….I added craft foam underneath the entire cut file and adhered the whole piece to another patterned paper in the Hello Summer collection that I chose as my background paper. I love the shadows and dimension this gives to my layout.

I love title cut files like this one where the design of your page is decided for you! The obvious place to adhere my photo was at the top of the cut file, I layered a patterned paper underneath and also added a kite die-cut here.

Another thing I love to do is to layer embellishments over the top of cut files. I like how this draws your eye to certain parts of my page and helps tell the story. You can see I have added a flair button and a wood veneer piece to the ‘O’ in ‘Hello’. I also added a few things to the sun shape and a phrase die-cut piece on top of the word ‘Sunshine’.

A few more embellishments were added around the cut file design including another flair button, accessory stickers, enamel hearts and some floral die-cuts.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired in some way?! Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs to suit any project!

Happy creating!

Stay Cozy | Winter Page Builder | Josefine

Hi Paper lovers!

Thanks for stopping by today! It’s Josefine here with my first scrapbook layout for the Cut to You blog. I am so excited this new year! I wish everyone a healty and fantastic year, that we can go back to normal and that we can hug each other again! With this layout I look back to the winter memories in 2010….

I made a 12×12 mixed media layout and used the beautiful Winter Page Builder Cut File. First I started with my background. I used a background stamp that already looks like a stain. With the stamp and the distress oxide ( the color I used is ” Faded Jeans” ) I stamp on the cardstock. I also spray some water on my stamp and ink for a more watercolor effect. Then I made some splashes with the distress oxide and used a brush for that.

I let my mixed media background dry by air and start editing the two snowflakes with the Nuvo glitter paste. I love those beautiful glitter, especially when they are subtle.

When everything is dry I start decorating my layout. I cut some design paper to size and place it behind the photo to create more layers. I glue the cutfile title “Winter” with tacky glue and make 3D alpha’s from design paper and vellum. In the middle I stitch it with silver thread. I attach the 3D alpha’s with 3D foam on my layout.

Between my photo I slide some die-cuts of flowers and twigs. I put an extra title on my layout ” Stay Cozy” and put a deco photo frame on the photo. Finally I make some splatters with white gesso for a real winter effect. I cut the white cardstock to size and paste a design paper behind it. I stitch the edges with my sewing machine and use blue thread. My layout is ready now!

I had a lot of fun working with this fantastic cutfile! I wish you all a lovely and creative day! XoXo, Josefine

Christmas Wishes | Ali Skifton

Happy New Year! I am so excited to be here with you sharing my first layout for the Cut To You Design Team. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are still enjoying their time with their families and friends.

As soon as I saw the Christmas Wishes cut file I knew I had to use it to scrap our Christmas photo card. I decided to use the red paper to back up the whole cut file title because I wanted it to pop against the black and white star paper.

Here is the link to the Christmas Wishes Title Cut file that I used on my layout. There are so many terrific Christmas cut files in the shop it was hard to choose which one I wanted to use for this photo.

I decided to add my journaling to the title too, which I thought was something fun and different. I typed up the Christmas saying that I thought went well with the title cut file and the photo and added two enamel dots to the strip of paper. I added foam tape to the back of my cut file title to add some dimension to the layout. I then used the penguin and ornament die cuts to decorate the title. I also added heart card stock stickers to the middle of the letters R and A.

I hope you enjoy the layout and that it brings a smile to your face. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021!

Love, Ali XO

Sisters, Besties For Life | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today with a fun, bright layout to celebrate sisters!

I used two amazing cut files the shop, Loops Of Love and Besties for Life Title Cut File

I backed both cut files with some gorgeous patterns from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Happiness collection.

I kept the embellishments simple so that I didnt take away from the cut files and photo…really let those cut files and the photo shine!

This layout was fun and easy to put together! I let the cut files do most of the work! You can see all the details on my process video –

Have A Lovely Day!

Christmas Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friend!

Can you believe it, Christmas is nearly here!! I hope you all got in and grabbed our free 12 days of Christmas Cut Files earlier this month! So great! There are also heaps of new release Christmas files in the shop, so make sure you pop over and check them out!

Today I’m sharing a page I created using the Happy Christmas Circle Cut File. I didn’t make any adjustments to this file, just cut it as is out of white card stock.

I picked about 8 coordinating patterned papers and cut them into small rectangles, which I then used to back each letter. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason here, I just was mindful not to have the same pattern too close together.

I popped the whole piece of white cardstock up on foam tape before backing with patterned paper to create a border.

I anchored my photos, title and embellishments mostly to one quadrant, clustering them together tightly so as to not cover too much of the file. I balanced this off with a few sprinkles of embellishments in the opposite corner.

This was such a simple but striking page to put together, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

I hope you have a happy and joyous Christmas season coming up with your loved ones! I can’t wait to share with you again in the new year!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Joy | Christmas Joy | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout featuring the awesome Christmas Joy cut file.

I cut the entire design out from white cardstock and then backed the design with a red patterned paper to help it pop. While I was backing the cut file design, I decided to cut it down so that only half of the cut file would be used.

Christmas Joy cut file

I adhered the cut file to the bottom half of the plain white cardstock background using craft foam to lift it up from the background. Above the cut file design, I adhered my photo also using craft foam. I layered a grey coloured paper doily and a tag here also. On the right of my photo, I added another smaller tag. I trimmed down the white cardstock and then placed some phrases top and bottom. I then backed the entire white cardstock background to a black patterned paper from the Christmas collection I chose for this layout.

You can see in the detail photos the shadows created on the page by using craft foam underneath the cut file. I love how this looks and gives lots of dimension. I included some embellishments on top of the cut file design, including the super cute wood veneer reindeer with the enamel dot red nose, some more enamel dots in various colours, a wood veneer star, a black fabric bow and 2 gorgeous flair buttons that matched the theme and colours perfectly and some phrase die-cuts.

I love title cut file designs like the Christmas Joy one as they take all the guess work out of choosing a title and because they take up lots of room on the page, you only have so many choices where to add your photo and embellishments which in my opinion makes creating quicker!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you are all getting into the spirit of Christmas?! If not, why not check out the CUT to YOU online store and grab yourself some Christmas cut file designs?

Happy Christmas creating!