A+ Study Squad | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends and a big welcome to the blog today! I hope you are enjoying this months new releases as much as I have been! And those A-MAZING Christmas cut files, swoon! Anyways, I am here today to share this fun layout I created!

I’m not entirely convinced that when Gwen created this “Study Squad” cut file she had this type of “learning” on the radar however I felt it was a perfect match for this photo of my boys learning how to make their Mumma a pod coffee 😉

I’ve pulled out my stash of the Pink Fresh Studio “Let’s Stay Home” collection for this one and have backed the cut file with (mostly) the 6×6 paper pad. I simply could not resist the awesome “Better Things Are Ahead” patterned paper that I may have been hoarding 😉 So much colour and so, so fun!!

I, of course, have a process video for you, which is linked below.

And to finish off, some close up shots

And that is a wrap from me today!! I am off to get creating with some of the fun and beautiful new Christmas designs! What will you cut first???

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Happy Times | Melinda Sweetman

Hey CTY friends and family ❤ I’m really excited to be here today with you to share my most recent creation using some of Gwen’s gorgeous cut files!

I could not resist the fun new “Tropical Punch” cut file and cut that on textured white cardstock.

As soon as I saw this cut file I knew which photo’s/memories I wanted to scrap. I also immediately knew that the Happiness collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio would be the PERFECT match!

I have a process video linked below for you!

And to finish off some close up shots!!

I hope that enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to create a fun bright page using any one of the gorgeous new cut files in the store!

Melinda
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So Proud Of You | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone!! Melinda here with you today sharing another 12×12 layout featuring 2 photos AND 2 cut files!!

Cut file number one is “Award Ribbon (So Proud)” which I have only used the title from and cut on smooth white cardstock.

Cut file number two is “Leaf Edge” which was also cut on smooth white cardstock.

You can see my whole process in my process video below, just hit that play button, sit back and enjoy!

And a super quick run down of what I’ve done and the products I used! So, I am playing with the Paige Evans “Bloom Street” collection for this one and could not resist that pattern paper for my background! *insert all the heart eyes*

I’ve added mixed media to my leaf cut files and then backed them with vellum. Note – this was a very dainty and somewhat time consuming task but I really love the subtle element it adds!

I have backed my title with a paper from the 6×8 paper pad. I used my Cameo software to cut the pattern paper to fit perfectly behind my cut file!

I finished off with 2 small clusters. One to the top right of the photos – where I also tucked in a little tag with some journalling and another to the bottom left of the photos.

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to create something with beautiful cut files, pretty papers and stickers!!

Make sure you check out the store here for more amazing cut files and so, so much inspiration!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel

So Berry Sweet | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends and welcome to the blog today! I am sharing this sweet page with you using SIX photos, 2 fun cut files and, of course, mixed media fun!

When I chose these photos to work with I went back through my rather extensive (I am so lucky!!) CUT to YOU library and found this little gem “So Berry Sweet” from March this year which has the title and the strawberry.

As I was designing my page I decided that I wanted a fun way of being able to add a third pop of red. Off on the hunt again and I chose the Scallop Banners from April this year. I have done a little editing in my Silhouette software to get the scallops proportioned to the size I wanted. This was a fairly easy process of getting one to the “right” size, copying, pasting and then welding.

I’ve used papers from my scraps box to back the strawberries and the scallops and then some Tutu Pink Bazzil cardstock to back my title lettering.

For a fun element I used mixed media and the internal pieces from the cut file to create a stencil for the seeds on the strawberries and I really love it!

Of course, mixed media in my background and I chose soft pinks. I love the combo of pink and red together!

I didn’t go too crazy with embellishing but I did pull out of my Shimelle “Box of Crayons” collection for all of the strawberry stickers, ephemera, glitter shaker sticker and also a journalling piece.

Oh and that little gecko!!! Isn’t he just the sweetest?!?? And he is just the right colours to work on this page. All the heart eyes for this little guy!!

You can see my process video below, grab a cuppa, and I hope you enjoy!

This page was so fun to put together and I love that I have so many photos and that I have been able to use all of those cut files too!! Here are a few close ups for you to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon with another share!
Melinda

For The Record | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family and welcome to the blog today! I’m excited to be sharing my first project for August with you!

As you can see I’ve used the fun new “Office Clips” cut file. I’ve cut 5 of these on textured white cardstock after I altered them a tiny bit to make them like Instax prints.

On a whim I had also cut this “For The Record” title to fill the empty space on my white cardstock and then decided that it would work perfectly for the title for this page!

I’ve used the Shimelle “Never Grow Up” collection for this page and I really love the fun, kinda whimsy look of my finished page. You can see this come together on my YT video which is linked below!

And to finish off, here are a few close up shots!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I can’t wait to come back later in the month with my next page which I am already working on!! Until then, head over to the shop here for the awesome new August releases and make sure you sign up to the newsletter for the twice a month freebies!!

Happy scrapping,
Mel
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Back To School | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello everyone and welcome to the blog today!! Melinda here to share my second creation with you for this oh so fun birthday month!!

Yep, that is back to school 2020! I tend to scrap as I feel inspired rather than chronologically. I have used the Back To School cut file released earlier this year which I really, really love and have had cut for ages!

This month was the PERFECT time to use this cut file and play along with the Two-Riffic Birthday challenge happening right now over in the HQ Facebook group! Head over here for the challenge album and have fun creating!

I have a process video for you which you can see below, just click that button, sit back and enjoy!

And here are a few close up details!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I look forward to seeing your creations for both of the fun Birthday challenges happening until 10th August!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Beautiful | Melinda Sweetman

Hello there scrappy friends and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you today sharing my contribution to the very fun 2nd Birthday Celebrations You Tube hop happening all month long!

I have used the beautiful mood board for inspiration for this page and really love how it turned out!

I have used the beautiful Rosey Posey Background Cut File which I have edited in my Silhouette software before sending it to cut.

For all of the details and the process please head over here to view my process video!

And here are some close up shots for you!

Make sure you head over to this post for the full schedule (check out that A-MAZING line-up!!) for the month and over here to shop, shop, shop with your 20% off EVERYTHING code (yep, that includes digitals AND custom cuts!) CTYCELEBRATE2!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and make sure you keep an eye on that schedule so you don’t miss any of the amazing creations being shared!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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Love This Moment | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today. Melinda here with you today sharing another scrapbook layout I created using 2 cut files!

The first file I used is clearly very obvious, this gorgeous title “Love this Moment” which I have cut on smooth white card stock.

The second cut file, which is a little less obvious, is the fun “Book Stack Background” cut file which is part of my back ground design. To get this one onto my page I have used my foil quill in my Silhouette Cameo with some pink foil and oh boy, I love this so, so much!

With my main element already on my background I got straight into the messy stuff!! I have added lots of blues using mostly Distress Oxide Ink pads and the packaging technique. My white back ground has not had any treatment at all. With the design in the back ground being foiled it didn’t smudge or get covered over when I added all of the colour which is one of the reasons I chose to foil it!

My title was going to be pretty prominent on my page so wanted to make a feature of this also. This took a bit more effort and quiet a few coats of paint, water colours and gesso but I got there in the end lol I was trying to make as close a match to the flowers in the back ground of my photo as I could! Happy in the end!

I backed the word “this” and the hearts in the cut file with an ombre blue paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Midnight collection. The hearts looked super dark so I added some white gesso and then some darker blue paint to add sparkle and some difference in colour.

Upon going through my stash after my cut file was done I chose to work with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Wild at Heart” collection. I used some paper scraps for layers behind my photo, some ephemera pieces and a few stickers.

I’ve also tucked in 3 fussy cut butterflies around my page – one big one to the left of my title and then 2 smaller ones. These were added to both above and below the photo.

With my page almost complete I felt like it needed something around the edges but I wanted to do something different. I ended up tearing a small section into each side of the card stock background and then mounted my whole page onto another pattern paper from the same CVS collection. Finishing off by adding in a few staples to the torn and rolled sections of card stock.

My final touch was my journalling which I have added in grey pen right to the book below my title so it’s “in” the book! A very subtle detail but I think it’s a bit fun 😉 And, I have a process video for you below, just hit play and I hope you enjoy!

I really, really love how this page came together. That cut file foiled in the back ground is so so fun and something a little different! You could use this effect with SO many of the cut files available in the store! My first stop to explore will be the “Backgrounds” section – how fun!!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and it has sparked some creativity for you! Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

The Best | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today. Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation!

Can you see that I have used 2 of the brand new June 2020 cut files? And, coincidentally, 2 of which seemed to customer faves in the HQ FB group! Here is the first one, “Chevron Bouquet” and as soon as I saw this I KNEW I had to create with it!

And the other is the gorgeous Two Cute Tassels! Oh my, these are just the sweetest. FYI, if you choose to cut them small, they are fiddly, but oh so worth it!

I have cut both of these on smooth white card stock. Since I received lots of feedback to show me actually USING some of my Elle’s Studio kit goodies, that’s precisely what I have used to back both of these files!

My very first thought when I saw this Chevron Bouquet cut file was to back only the florals and I just love, love, love how it came together! Using the colours I had backed the florals with I chose to create one blue and one pink tassel, adding in a couple of small pops of the darker colours (the darker blue and red) to create a more realistic look of shadows.

I added some mixed media to my white background card stock using a variety of different green mists and paints. I tried to keep most of that behind where the florals and my photo were going to be situated.

For a fun way to add the tassels I decided to slide one onto one of the straight edges of the chevron lines so it is “hanging” (how cute really!!) and then layer the other slightly over the first and slightly over my photo too.

As a final touch to highlight that gorgeous chevron design I added some gold stitching using my sewing machine.

I created 3 embellishment clusters around my photo, added my title and a couple of lines of journalling to the right hand side in grey pen.

At this stage I thought I was done but not convinced. Don’t you hate that, when just don’t know what to do next?! After some thinking I decided to trim down my white card stock to the edge of the Chevron Bouquet cut file and adhere that to a woodgrain pattern paper.

I didn’t cut into the top chevron design but decided instead to rip a section out of the middle and roll/fold the paper back on itself for some interest. I do have a process video for you (it’s a bit longer than normal so make sure you grab a cuppa 😉 ), just click on the play button below!

So, that’s my share for today and I hope I have inspired you to create with these gorgeous new cut files!! If you have not yet seen the beautiful new releases you can see that over here on the website!

I hope you have fabulous day today and that you manage to sneak in some scrappy time! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

My Disney Castle | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to check out my latest creation!

As you can see I have used the super fun “Diamonds” cut file which you can find in the store over here!

Better yet, it’s FOILED!!! I cut this file on smooth white card stock as I knew that would give the best results when I ran it through the Minc. While the cut file was still on the sticky mat I used my Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist and a silicone spatula to apply a smooth-ish, even coat over the whole thing. After it was completely dry I ran it through my Minc using some HOLOGRAPHIC foil!! Love, love, love!!

I chose the collections I wanted to create with before I chose my photo.
My back ground paper came from Bloom Street by Paige Evans. Then I used mostly Sparkle City by Shimelle for embellishments and to back most of the diamonds. The white paper with the rainbow raindrops came from the Bloom Street collection.

With the cut file backed and my back ground paper chosen it really was time to decide what I was going to scrapbook lol I ended up with a photo of my BIG Disney Castle LEGO set on it’s shelf in my craft room printed at about 3″x4″. And then the title. Simple and to the point! I really didn’t want to cover up too much of that fun cut file!!

With my photo and title selected and placed I added a few small embellishments. There is a rub-on, a journalling die cut and some stickers from the Sparkle City collection. My journalling was added with a grey pen and a few small silver splatters.

I really love how this page came together and am so happy that I was able to have so much of that fun, foiled cut file on display! I do have a process video for you below and I hope you enjoy!

You can find this cut file here in the store and a tonne of other back ground cut files here in the store. And, of course, the newest release (so fun!!) can be found here! Happy shopping! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again next month with my next share!

Happy scrapping!
Melinda