Look on the Sunny Side | Rachel Lowe

I fell in love with the Tropical Punch cut file the minute I saw it! I have created a summer layout (of course) using a photo of me in Capri Italy and yes we had a drink just like this!

And here is my layout which I created with Crate Paper Sunny Days collection.

I used a pale pink cardstock to cut the outer of the cut file, which once attached to my page a added machine stitching to add definition. I then chose a pink and blue striped paper to paper piece the tropical punch glass/cup. I added the flowers with foam tape to add dimension.

I paper pieced the umbrella keeping it in the pink and blue hues. Adding pops of colours is important when your layout has a majority colour, so I added a bright green for the leaves, a bright yellow for the lemon and peach patterns for the fruits on a stick, I used a blue and gold patterned paper for the straws.

Again I added some elements with foam tape to continue adding dimension to my page.

I didn’t use a mat for my photo but instead placed it in amongst the printed floral border, and creating an embellishment cluster to the side of my photo.

I added my title ‘Look on the Sunny Side’ in between my photo and cut file to connect them visually.

I finished my layout off by adding embellishments that added to the tropical feel of my layout.

This cut file is a wonderful page builder for any layout. To see this and other new release cut files head over to www.cuttoyou.com.au

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe week.

Rachel X

Happy Play | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the awesome Triangle Banners cut file! This cut file is a free one only included the newsletter so make sure you are subscribed!

I started out by cutting out the banner cut file from white cardstock. I then chose a few bright and happy patterned papers to back the triangle banners with. Once the banners were all backed, I machine stitched along the tops of the banners using white thread.

I wanted the banners to pop up off the page so I added craft foam underneath. I chose a plain black cardstock background for something different, I arranged the banners how I liked them on the page and then adhered them. You will notice I also included 2 white tiny pegs at the top left and the bottom right. The great thing with this banner cut file is the banners are all joined so its easy to place on your page!

I added a cardstock frame over the top of my photo and adhered it down with craft foam. I created a focal point with the photo over to the right of the page, I added some embellishments here and the title is under the photo also.

The super cute tiny black and white bow I have had for the longest time! I was so glad to be able to add this to my page! I created two other smaller embellishment clusters on the page also, I kept these small as I did not want to cover up all the banner goodness!

Lastly I added the date stamp and some splatters of white mist to my page. I love how the bright colours and the triangle banners look against the black!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! Don’t forget that to receive free cut files each month, you need to be subscribed to the newsletter, you can subscribe here.

Happy creating!

Adorable You | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here and today I have a vintage themed layout to share. This photo is of my great, great grandmother who I was blessed to have in my life until I was 10 years old, I having such fond memories of her. I have used two cut files on this layout both new releases Adorable You and Love Heart Rows.

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I have used the beautiful collection by Uniquely Creative Winter Rose. I added a row of machine stitching to each ‘wood panel’ of my background paper. I sized the Love Heart Rows cut file so it would sit in-between the printed floral blooms on the background paper. I set aside some of the ‘negative’ hearts so I could add some later. I next positioned my photo with foam tape which I used a die cut frame (I also added some machine stitching around it).

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I then started to add embellishment clusters, where I could adding machine stitching in keeping with my vintage theme, taking some elements under my picture and some over.

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I next add my title using the Adorable You title cut file. Once cut I used an embossing folder (dots) and ran it through my big shot, this adding texture and a pretty effect on the plain paper. I added the YOU with foam tape to create dimension, all these techniques attracting your eye.

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I then added some of the negative hearts that I put aside from the Love Heart Rows cut file, some I added with foam tape to add height and others I used a dot of wet glue.

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To finish of I added a light spray of gold and white paint, which again keeps the vintage theme going.

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I love how this layout turned out, lots of varying dimension and textures. Don’t be afraid to use machine stitching, it doesn’t have to be super perfect or neat, although that will come with practice but the textured effect is so worth it. These two cut files are just beautiful and are a must to have in your cut file library.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you get a little creative time.

Rachel X

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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,

Life is Lovely | Diamonds Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends, Rachel here and today I have a layout featuring the Diamonds cut file available in the Cut to You shop now!43262BAD-9435-40E7-AD55-1161052DB94DIMG_6206

I have used Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Magical Forest collection to create this layout of my baby boy being lifted in the air by his sister. Using a wood grain paper I cut the Diamonds at 9×9 inches. Once adhered to the centre of my green background paper I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and dragged out some of the diamonds and cut in a gorgeous mustard colour to add a stark contrast. I added them with foam tape to create a 3D effect.0A694BD0-839D-4115-A07D-3DA968151D0BI splattered my page with gold and white paint. Once dry I added two paper strips (mustard and blue), having added machine stitching to them prior. I next added my photo with foam tape. I added a phrase sentiment on my photo (which is my title), a puffy bird sticker finished of with wash tape added on the bottom of my photo (sentiment wash tape from the CP Heritage collection) which I also added some machine stitching to.FAB49051-A361-4F6A-9832-C6EA3B662605

24FA346E-1B5B-4931-8C0A-E971BB83B3D9I next added an embellishment cluster using chipboard stickers from the collection, creating a cute scene to tie in with my layout theme.4B7FD013-9E0D-494E-8F50-7C9225BC7081I created another embellishment cluster on the opposite upper side, how gorgeous is the macrame rainbow!BADA648F-029B-4B25-B167-45063EACCC21I finished off adding a cute camera sticker, word sentiment and more machine stitching. To create a contrast between the wood grain and green papers I added some gold photo corner stickers.D4569E35-61CD-4298-BDC4-E8C419FB6B59I love how the Diamond cut file created a stunning background and added to the layers of this layout! Check out the ‘background‘ section on the website for more fun options! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

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SO HAPPY CHILLIN | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Gwen here today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use a design from the ‘Home Bodies’ Collection. I’m sure like everyone, my family and I have been spending A LOT more time at home and thought why not document that! These photos are not actually from this year; we are homebodies from wayyy back, but I thought it was important to document, now more than ever because it is a big part of how we live. My journalling on the back talks about how we love being at home, not the events of 2020. This sweet photo is of my daughter and our cat, living their best life on the couch.

I decided on using the ‘Our House’ cutfile for this project and some of my older Maggie Holmes stash. I just love that a fresh new cut file can bring new life to older supplies!

I started by cutting the file design out using white card stock and then backing each of the pieces with cardstock and pattern paper. I’ve then added in some stitching using my sewing machine along the main lines of the design. I love this added detail, it really makes the cut file pop!

Next up, I started thinking about my title. Looking through my supplies, I found these cute puffy word stickers that said ‘So Happy’ and then thought to add the word ‘Chillin’ which I’ve found in the “Hashtag Stay Safe” title word set. My daughter loves chilling, she’s not an ‘outdoors’ type and her version of a perfect day is one spent in her PJ’s on the couch with the cat. So this page documents that 🙂 For the title cut file, I simply backed it with coordinating pattern papers alternating as I went. A super simple but really striking effect.

Next up, I backed my photo. For this, I’ve layered up some paper scraps and added some foam tape in between for dimension, added stitching and that was done. Now it was a matter of finding the best position for the large cut file, my title and photo.

With all of the larger elements in place, I was then able to enjoy embellishing the layout. I started with the bigger pieces first such as the cute bird and the plant chipboard elements. From there I’ve added in the smaller ones. How cute is that gold heart and it sits so neatly inside of the heart of the cut file, it was meant to be!

So, I’ve just kept going, adding bits and pieces until the layout looked complete. I’ve used quite a few older elements from my stash so I’m really happy about that.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you to document some of the time you have spent at home with loved ones. This design would also be really fun to document a house move or renovation or even a back to school type page if you turned it into a school. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,

It’s the Little Things | Rachel Lowe

 

Hello everyone today I have a simple but classic layout to share with you using the beautiful Rose Bud Wreath cut file.

XRoseBudI have used Kaiser Craft Amethyst collection (and I apologise if my white base cardstock looks like it has a blue tinge, purple is such a difficult colour to photograph if you are using a white base paper).UntitledI cut the Rose Bud wreath at 10×10 inches. I used wet glue to attach and once dry I added a row of machine stitching on the circle part of the wreath. Put your machine stitching speed to it’s lowest and sewing on thin paper pieces like this are easier. So my rose bud did not look flat, (once I have used the release compound function to pull out the rose petals) I attached with foam tape to raise them, I also did the same with the leaves. It really is worth the time for the effect!CECE32CD-5CDB-4C2E-A157-2D6C17BFEF3A

498E4D34-6D5D-49B6-ABF8-EE5E42BB08A5I added a border strip to the top and bottom of my page to create a stark contrast to the white and finished off by adding a row of tiny adhesive pearls. I fussy cut some butterflies and attached with foam tape following the flow of the wreath.0F7E3518-4C38-4571-922C-C2BE1651DD1CI added my photo using an insta frame die cut, but these are so easy to create yourself. I again added with foam tape so I could add a floral bunch behind the frame and finished off with a sub title ‘happiness’ die cut.48640132-9B22-4CCD-B6DE-C26E08DEAE1ELastly I added another phrase sentiment and pretty butterfly. I went back and added some lilac NUVO pearl drop to the wings of the butterflies which tie in with the small pearls on the border strips.68565EA8-14F9-43B5-827A-3775D766CB34I love this Rose Bud Wreath, it is so classic! We have lots of florals in the shop if you love this look as much as I do.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are all safe and well.

 

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