Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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Together Again | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my fellow creatives and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog on this Tuesday morning! Melinda here with you sharing another scrapbook page that I created!

For this one I have used a Travellers Notebook cut file on a traditional 12×12 page and really love how versatile this TN Together Documented cut file is!

After deciding on my cut file I decided to work with a bit of a grid design for this page. I had these 2 photo’s of our bunny Olaf (the browner bunny) with his brother Milo from a recent few days they got to spend together. I really liked the way the 2 photos balanced the title.

I am incredibly inspired to bust through some of my stash at the moment so dove into an older collection that is one of my all time faves – Shimelle, True Stories. Pulling all of my pieces of this collection out I chose a pattern paper for my background and a colour I really wanted to focus on – the dark blue – and created my background with some acrylic paint and my brayer. With such a thin layer of paint I was able to go straight back in and add splatters in the dark blue and black.

While that dried I have pulled patterns from the 6×6 paper pad and some cut aparts (mostly scraps now!!) to back my title. For this process I flipped my cut file and my paper over, traced around the outside of the letter, trimmed the letter and then stuck that to the cut file, trimming any excess where necessary.

With the bulk of my page now ready to go I added a couple of layers behind each of my photos – again using mostly scraps from this collection and adding some foam to both the photos and the title. These were then ready to be adhered to my now dry background.

I added some pink puffy alphas to my title to complete it and added 2 embellishments clusters; one to the top left of the title and one in the middle of the 2 photos on the right. I finished my page off with some journalling in a white pen and also lots of white splatters.

I hope that me sharing this page with you has made you see how easy it is to use cut files in perhaps a way that it is not specifically designed for!! You can find this title here in the store and you can find all of the Traveller’s Notebook files here in the store – I’d love to see you create something other than a TN page with one of these fun files!! You can, of course, see my process video below and I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today and I’ll see you again later in the month! Until then, happy scrapping and make sure you drop into HQ on FB and share YOUR creations with us and all the other CTY fans there!
Melinda

You Are Awesome | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow creatives and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation as part of the design team and oh boy, I just love how this page turned out and I can’t wait to share it!

As you can see my cut file features as part of my background design and adds texture and something fun to the page! The file I used is called Squares Cubed and you can find it here in the CTY store.

I cut this as big as I could in my Silhouette software on white cardstock. I knew I wanted to use this file exactly as I have; so to help it meld into the back ground I did choose smooth.

Once that was all cut I simply used some matte medium with a spatula and adhered each of the squares in diagonal lines on the bottom right of the page. I made sure they had plenty of medium on the back of the file to stick and also applied a coat over the top as I knew I wanted to add colour and water to my page. The top left of the page was a kind of after thought but I’m so glad I decided to add in a few more squares there!

When the matte medium was completely dry I could add colour! For this page I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in a blue and a purple to work with my 2 3×4 photos. I simply spritzed my page with water and kind of dripped and dropped and painted my colour over the top. I love watching things like this as the colour moves around because it really brings those cut files to life – it’s like the emerge from the back ground!! Once I was happy with the colour I used the same colours to add lots of splatters.

Now, being that I am not huge lover of purple I did kinda hit a stumbling block while trying to finish this page off but realised I could use black and white for the most part. I ended up settling on the Cocoa Vanilla “You Rock” collection as I still had those 3 big chipboard words which I thought worked perfectly for my title and fit beautifully both above and below my photos!

I added in a few more chipboard pieces and then not much else as I didn’t want to cover up too much of that oh so fun back ground! I found a few ephemera pieces and decided I really loved what that pop of wood grain added to my page so added those in. But I especially love the clear stickers on this page cause you get the fun of the stickers but also the fun of that back ground – win/win!!

And that wraps up my page for you today! You can see my process video below, just hit that play button!

I do hope you enjoy and remember to stop by the shop here to re-create a fun back ground like this or here for some fun new designs! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel

Adore | Melinda Sweetman

Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!

For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.

As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!

As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.

While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!

I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!

Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense!
First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections.
Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.”
With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation.
Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document.
In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.”
From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075.
Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file!
To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.

With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.

I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.

With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.

That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

So Much Fun | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!

As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.

I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!

Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!

With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.

Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!

My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.

I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share!
Melinda

Family is Forever | Melinda Sweetman

Hello to all of you lovely scrappy CUT to YOU friends and thanks for joining me on the blog for my first post for 2020!! I’m really excited to share my page with you today!

I have used the “Family is Forever” cut file for this page and used it as the main feature and oh boy, do I love how this came together!

I wanted to jazz up my cutfile and since plan a didn’t work (epic fail thanks to user error lol) I got messy!

I’ve cut the title on smooth white cardstock and then added a quick, not perfectly applied coat of gold water colour paint. (I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi #91). Once the water colour was completely dry I added some of the super fun and sparkly Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Golden Crystal with a paint brush and then my finger right on top of the gold water colour. The paste adds so much sparkle and texture and I just love how it looks IRL!

When that was completely dry I backed all of the letters with some pattern papers from the Kringle & Co collection by Photoplay Paper and then popped the whole title up on some foam.

The 2 photos on this layout are from Christmas morning and are our annual Christmas Family photos. It’s funny, after forgetting to get someone else to take a family photo on Christmas Day a couple of years running it’s now become tradition to take a family selfie after presents and everyone is dressed so that way I get at least one photo!! And I love this years ones!

With my main elements decided and ready to go I quickly added a couple of fun layers to my grey cardstock background. Next I added some gold stitching to the card stock and also my photos and then mounted that all onto another of the papers from this collection.

The only additional embellishments I added were the Candy Cane by Annabellish and the little row of hearts I had in a bowl on my desk. I added in a couple of quick sentences for my journalling and my page was done!

If you’d like to see my whole process just hit play on the video below and I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are safe and that you can squeeze in a little crafty time for you! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Merry Everything Day 10

 

Hello my creative friends and a big welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!  We have Melinda back on the blog today with some more Christmas inspiriaton for you all.

Today’s freebie is this fun Merry Everything cut file!

Last year for Christmas I decided our Christmas Card would include a photo of my little family so we donned some Christmas hats and headed up to my parents-in-law’s block. My father-in-law is quiet a good photographer so he picked the location on their block and got to snapping! This was the photo we ended up using and I realised that I hadn’t yet scrapped it so I figured “Merry Everything” was the perfect title to pair with it!

I haven’t done anything fancy to my title this time, I simply cut it on my Cameo in textured white cardstock. I did get my Cameo to do all the “hard” work of cutting the internal letters and you can see how that came happened in my video near the end of my post!

If you don’t do videos or are unsure of how to make this happen here’s a quick run down for you:
1. After you have cut the file right click and select “remove compound path” This will separate ALL of the pieces of the letters so you can move/delete/edit etc
2. Remove the complete outline of the cut file by clicking on it and then hitting delete on your keyboard (or right click, delete)
3. Using your mouse click on the pieces between the letters and again delete. You should be left with just the internal pieces of each letter
4. Use your mouse to select the all the letters and then go to the “offset” function in your silhouette software – it’s shaped like a star
5. While your cut file is selected use the arrows to change the offset around each letter until you think you have enough to allow you to back your letters without over hang. This amount will vary and it’s really down to personal preference
6. When you are happy with the offset amount, hit apply then you can delete your original internal pieces and cut your filling pieces!
I work on a PC so this is the keys I use and have never worked on a Mac so I can’t help with the exact instructions for that but I do hope this helps someone!

I dove into my Christmas Stash for this page and chose the Pink Fresh Studio “Holiday Wishes” collection from last year. I don’t have much of it but LOVE it! To back my cut file I used the “Season’s Greetings” pattern paper and then used the same paper again as a border for my whole page.

As you can see I have used a tonne of pink on my background which is not a “traditional” choice for Christmas but one of my all time favourite colour combos in navy and light pink. The pattern paper I used combines those 2 colours so I immediately jumped at the chance to use those. And I really feel that softer pink really makes my photo and title pop!

I have included my whole process for the background in my video but the layers from bottom to top are pink mist painted on, splatters in pink, red and gold, white tissue paper with red “ho ho ho” all over it and finally more splatters in the same 3 colours.

I’ve kept the embellishing pretty simple here, I didn’t want to cover up much of anything lol I did 2 lines of straight machine stitching in gold around both the white card stock and the photo. I’ve added a very fine border of the “Very Merry” pattern paper behind my photo and also included a little vellum envelope behind my photo. The envelope is for me to add in the rest of the photos that were taken that day.

I have another process video for you today, just click below to play! I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get your Christmas on!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page, to get your freebie from the store check out the following details:

Simply enter the code:  MERRYFREE at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 10th, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.  

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out in the Christmas Shop section.  

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Candy Circles Day 3

Hello my creative friends and a big welcome to day 3 of our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!

Today’s freebie is this fun Candy Circles cut file!

Melinda is sharing inspiration for us today.

After trying a couple of ideas that I didn’t love (hello recycling bin!) I decided to cut this file on textured white cardstock big enough so I could have it as the base layer behind a slightly smaller than 4″x 6″ photo.

For some reason, I have been on a “add a pattern paper border” kick with my pages of late so I trimmed down my marshmallow cardstock and chose a pattern paper to mount behind. I did also add a machine stitched black border all the way around the cardstock and also the photo. I think hanging around Gwen at retreat last month rubbed off lol

I was in a “get messy in Christmas colours” mood so I grabbed some paints and my trimmed cardstock. Straight away I knew I wanted my main colour to be red (I seriously LOVE a real Christmas red in all my Christmas projects!) so used that as my base layer and added lots of splatters in red, green, black and gold.

While that dried I added a paper layer behind my photo using the PhotoPlay “Kringle & co” collection, some tissue paper and also popped my photo up on some foam.

Time to see how it all looks together! I was loving the direction the page was going but felt the cut file was getting a little lost. My solution was some shimmery white water colour paints from my stash which I just painted straight over the file and then added some splatters while it was still wet. Then I added the same splatters to my messy background.

It’s really tricky to pick up the shimmer on camera but it was exactly what this page needed to make that cut file pop! When I adhered the cut file I added wet glue to only the centre of each of the circles which gave the cut file lift and created shadows.

From here on out I added 2 clusters to the page – one to the top left of the photo which includes the title; and one to the bottom right. I’ve added in a couple of charms from Charms Creations and finished off the page with some gold and green stars. And tiny black splatters!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below to play! I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get your Christmas on!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page, to get your freebie from the store check out the following details:

Simply enter the code: YESCANDY at checkout to get this design for free.

No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 3rd, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.  

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out in the Christmas Shop section.  

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely 😉 ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel

Happy Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow CTY fans!!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest DT creation with you.

As you can see I’ve used the gorgeous Butterfly Cut n Stitch file (I’ve been busting to use this beauty!!) with a photo of myself, The Boss Lady, Gwen, Tamara, Bernii and Rachel D from the DT! We recently attended a retreat together and I just couldn’t wait to scrap these photos!!

A girly cut file means a pretty, girly collection and I couldn’t help but bust out the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Unforgettable collection. I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the butterflies that I had cut on some textured white card stock.

If you haven’t seen or used the Cut n Stitch files yet they come with both the cut file (butterflies in this case) and the stitch lines already in place. I “designed” my page in Silhouette Studio knowing that the card stock that had the stitch holes would ultimately be my back ground paper. This was a super easy and quick file to stitch with a straight back stitch. You could also use the chain stitch for extra texture! Then I added splatters using 2 different pinks and an aqua-y/teal-y colour.

With the cut file backed and the butterfly trails stitched onto my background that didn’t leave me much room for where to put things which made this page come together super quickly! I knew pretty quickly I wanted to mount the white card stock onto a pattern paper so chose the gorgeous pink pattern called “Unscripted”, cutting out the centre.

My photo is printed just under 6×4 with a white border. I’ve added some of the same paper and a doily behind my photo and tucked that between the butterflies on the bottom right.

As so much of my pages real estate already taken up it was a matter of adding a few small embellishments and my title. I’ve used the diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right and added a few bits and pieces. Because I used gold letters I also added in some gold splatters on that same line. Finally finishing the page with some enamel dots.

And my title using a clear sticker stuck onto some white card stock paired with those gold thickers.

I have a process video for you today and I do hope you enjoy! This cut file is so, so pretty and I just love it with this collection!

Remember, you can always shop in the store. All digital orders will send them straight away and Custom Cut orders (YES! Gwen will cut and ship to YOU!) are cut to order and sent ASAP! I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I can’t wait to be back again with my next one!

Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel x