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

I {Heart} You | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello CUT to YOU friends!!

Firstly, I would like to wish all of you Mum’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!! I realise that for everyone it is not “best day ever” stuff so to those of you in this category (and everyone else 😉 ) I would like to send you a big virtual hug all the way from sunny Perth, Asutralia. Filled with lots of love and hopefully some extra scrappy mojo!!

Today’s share is a bit of a special page for my biggest little guy, the one that made me a Mum 10 years ago!

For this page I have used the “I heart you” cut file. It’s a bit of an older file but totally captured the sentiment for this page! And I really love how versatile it is!!

I knew I wanted to use the Paige Evans Bloom Street for this page – my boy loves colour, rainbows and of course, iridescent shiny things – and he chose (between 2) my background paper and also the paper I would use to cut my title. I love his choices and the way the title pops off that background!

I’ve seen so, so many people do this technique (namely Rachel and Piroska!) and really love it – mostly for the point of difference it offers!! I cut this twice on my Cameo using 2 different pattern papers from the 6×8 paper pad and just switched the internal heart pieces over!

This technique is so so easy too!! All you have to do is cut the file (as you would normally!), stick the outline flat to your layout (or this would look really cool as a card too!!) and then using foam dots/cardboard or what ever you have to hand to add dimension pop up the internal letters inside the outline and voila!!

The other thing I was 200% sure of when I started this page was that I wanted it have a fair amount of journalling. From me to my boy. Speaking about being his Mum. I chose this 6×8 patterned paper from the new Shimelle collection, pencilled out my journalling and then, using a silver pen, added it permanently to the page.

I used a punch to add the notebook detail to the top of my lined paper and scraps of the papers I had used for my title, tucking them together to look kinda like they’d come out of a notebook.

Now time for the fun stuff – embellishing!! By the time I had my photo, title and journalling in place it was pretty easy to finish off with 3 clusters to draw your eye around the page.

I started with stickers from the sticker book in the collection and added elements to each of the 3 places of embellishments. Some pieces were popped up while others were tucked and others still were stuck flat to the page.

From there a few smaller elements from the 6×12 cardstock stickers. Again, some flat, some popped up and some tucked. I was so excited when I found 3 of those adorable bees? butterflies?; I’m not entirely sure but they are so cute!! And the lady bugs too!

And finishing off with some Nuvo Drops. I’ve done 3 in each cluster using the “Grey Mist” Jewel Drops which dry translucent. Then 1 of the “Bubblegum Blush” in each cluster and 2 of the “Blue Babe” to complete the page.

I am so happy with how this page came together!! I love when an idea works out better than you thought it would! I’m not sure about everyone else but I don’t often journal these “deeper” things right there in the open but I am so glad I did, especially for today’s share! Mother’s Day is not just about one day cause (I’m certain we all know this already!!) a Mum’s job is never done!!

I also have a process video which you can see simply by clicking play above!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the new release over in the shop, there a few specific Mother’s Day cut files but also over here in the store! And so, so, so many of the non-specific cut files would also work perfectly like the gorgeous “Floral Hearts Frame 02” or the “Homemade Happiness“. You could always make yourself a coffee and just browse the store for endless hours too 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that wherever you are and whoever you are with you are having a truly lovely day doing things that you love, especially getting in some scrap time!!! Until next time, take care!
Melinda

#Staysafe At Home | Melinda Sweetman

Hey, hey CUT to YOU friends and family! Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation using one of the fun new cut files from the “Home Bodies” collection.

As you can see, I’ve actually used 2 cut files on this page! The first is my title from the “Hashtag Stay Safe” cut file title set.

And the other cut file I used is one of my faves, the “Rainbow Love” cut file.

I had my Cameo do most of the “work” for me to back the files. This is actually pretty simple to do, especially with these less intricate shapes. Once you have the file open and traced in your Silhouette software, right click on the cut and select “Release Compound Path.” From there I removed the outer lines and worked with the inside pieces. Next select all of the shapes/letters and click on the “offset” button. This will create another line around the outside of all of the letters/shapes you have selected which you can re-size. I think I set mine to about 0.8″. Delete the original pieces you were working with and voila, you have all of your shapes ready to go to back your cut file!

I’ve dived into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Happiness” collection for this page. With the 2 cut files and 3 photos taking up so much real estate on the page embellishing was pretty minimal.

I added to my title using some small grey tile alphas to spell out “at home” since the photos I was using were of our front window painting. I hope people smile as they go past our home!

Working in a triangle around the important parts of my page I added a small cluster of embellishments right over the “empty space” in the middle and right hand photos. Oh, and I have also had my Cameo fussy cut a whole page of tiny butterflies from the 6×8 paper pad which I have used a couple of on this page.

Knowing I needed somewhere to add some journalling, and to complete my triangle, I have added one of the big floral pieces from the ephemera pack and a round journalling sticker to the top right of the page under the rainbow.

My final touches were some enamel shapes that I have dotted around all of my embellishment clusters and my title. I may have gone a little “sprinkle crazy” but I really love the finished page!!

I do have a process video for you to enjoy so just hit that play button, sit back and enjoy!

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the full “Home Bodies” collection you so should! Gwen has really smashed it outta the park, keeping it real but yet also positive. Because, in times like these, it’s often laugh or cry and I know if I can choose the happier side it makes my heart happy! Of course, there is still ALL of the other beautiful and fun designs in store, did you see the earlier April release!?

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and that however you are spending right now you are staying safe and looking after yourself!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda x

Sweet Easter Treats 2019 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello there CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you today sharing a sweet Easter 2019 layout that I created.

I’ve used 2 Easter cut files from last year and they are Easter Basket Background and Easter Blessings (extra eggs!!) and they are so adorable!!

First up I cut the Easter Basket pretty big using one of the new Legendary by Cocoa Vanilla Studio pattern papers.

After that cut I realised all the bits would be in dark brown wood grain!! This was not the look I wanted so went back into Silhouette Studio to do some cropping and fiddly changes. I did record this process for you so scroll further down for the full process video. But I cut that in smooth white cardstock and overlaid that onto the first cut I did.

I also had my Cameo cut the backing pieces for the basket, the bow and the eggs in the basket which you can also see in my video! Though it was fiddly and somewhat time consuming it was so easy to just add glue and stick rather than trace, cut, stick, trim!

I had done the bulk of my design work in Silhouette Studio so I knew where my main elements were going. I chose this gorgeous CVS pattern paper “Radiant” from the More Than Words collection for my background as I loved the pastel rainbow stripes and my basket looked so good on it! I’ve used all CVS papers to back my cut files too – from a bunch of different collections. In fact, there are 4 different collections here and I love how well they all work together!

Because most of the design work was done I was able to stick down all my pieces pretty much straight away and get onto the last bits of putting this page together. I started with my title which I used some yellow thickers for and some pink puffy alpahs. The thickers were a bit too bright so I smudged some white gesso over the top to bring the colour back down a little.

Using a punch from my stash in an egg shape I created 2 smaller clusters to compliment what I already had on the page. And I topped those little clusters with a little bunny shape punched from more pattern paper.

Finally to finish off my page I added in my journalling in grey pen, some puffy heart stickers and some white splatters. You can see my whole process in the video below and I do hope you enjoy!

I really love how this page came out, it’s not often I will say “better than I envisioned” but I will with this one! I love these 2 gorgeous cut files, available here and here in the store, and the soft Easter/Spring (though Easter is Autumn here in AU lol) feel to the page!

Until next time, happy scrapping and I hope that this weekend, even if you are in isolation and had to change plans, you are with those you love the most, enjoying time together and that the Easter Bunny visits you this Sunday!!

Melinda

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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