Tee Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my latest layout I’m using the Rock Star cut file that you can find here in the shop. I think it is a a really versatile cut file that can be used for all sorts of photos…. so it was perfect for the photo of my husband and his best mate playing golf on a weekend away, they are superstars after all!

Firstly I backed the large star on the cut file using a patterned paper from my stash, and then backed all the other stars using vellum. Both the patterned paper and vellum were raised on foam pads to add dimension.

I cut my white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ (29cm) and distressed the edges and then stuck it to a patterned paper frame. Then I placed the Rock Star cut file onto the background and once I was happy with the position I roughly marked in pencil where it sat so that I could add my mixed media in the right place! I used three different Distress Oxides inks that coordinated with the checked patterned paper and applied them using the packaging technique in the three areas that would show beneath the small stars of the cut file. Once it was dry I added splatters of the same coloured inks and once that was dry I then splattered it all over with white paint.

I also added splatters to some of the small inner stars from the cut file so that they coordinated with the smooshy background.

Once it was all dry I stuck down the backed Rock Star cut file. I then added the individual stars (after distressing the edges) curving up the points slightly and only sticking them down in the centres.

Then I added my square photo that had been mounted to another coordinating patterned paper.

I added a number of word embellishments around the photo but it didn’t need much as I wanted to showcase the cut file and mixed media background. A few Bramble Fox star Perspextives of matching colours were added in and around the cut file stars.

And of course I finished off with a title and some journaling.

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The Best | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m sharing a layout using one of the newer cut files from the September release called ‘Sundae’ which you can find here in the shop…. it was just perfect to go with this photo of me and a rather large bubble waffle sundae!

I decided to use up some of the July Hip Kit Club kit that I had in my stash and used some of the patterned papers to back the cut file, using foam pads to create dimension.

I used white cardstock for my background and trimmed it down so that I could add a black patterned paper frame to it, which I then machine stitched a border in white thread.

I used a pink distress oxide to add a background using the packaging technique and when that was dry I added some stencilled hearts around the edges of the inky background. Then I finished off with some splatters of mint green shimmery watercolours.

Then I attached my fun Sundae cut file to the background and and added my photo which I mounted using a mix of patterned papers.

I added a large embellishment cluster to the right of my photo and then dotted around some sequins and small flat backed pink pearls.

I finished off with some journaling and a pretty pink title to match my sundae!

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Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with another layout featuring a cut file from one of the releases earlier this year called Floral Mandala 2 which you can find here in the shop….

I decided to back the cut file with different patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection, which I raised up with foam pads to add the dimension that I love!

As I was going to add the cut file to a white cardstock background I wanted some additional colour so that it popped from the background. I used some paints from my stash in coordinating blue and coral colours and applied them using the ‘packaging’ technique and then flicked lots of splatters with a paintbrush. I then stuck that to a frame of the woodgrain paper from the ‘These Days’ collection and stitched a border around the edge using white thread, subtle but adds texture and definition.

Once the cut file was stuck down I could add my photo which I mounted to one of the coordinating journaling cards and the scalloped edge frame ephemera.

I then added a couple of floral clusters either side of my photo.

A few fussy cut butterflies added at opposite corners helps draw the eye to the centre of the layout.

Finally the ‘together’ title from the Foam Title Stickers pack was added just below the photo. I did add my journaling but forgot to do it before I took the photo, but it is there!

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on a fab free cut file each month! And don’t forget to share your layouts with us over at CTY HQ on Facebook or tag us on Instagram using @cut_to_you, we love to see what you create with all the fab cut files!

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Autumn Leaves | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m here today with a layout using one of the fab new releases called Fall Leaf Circle which you can find here in the shop. I combined it with the autumnal Paige Evans ‘Bungalow Lane’ collection and some photos from last year showing all the glorious leaf colours we saw as we went on our daily walks.

I backed the cut file with one of the papers that has lots of different patterned squares on it so was perfect as the patterns were smaller and just right for the each of the leaves!

Then I prepared my white cardstock background my covering the edges with a piece of paper so that just a sort of elongated circle was left in the middle and then added lots of splatters using shimmery paints to match the colours in the patterned papers.

Because I didn’t want the cut file to be too hidden behind my photos I cut it in half which meant only a small part was covered. I stuck that down to the background using sticky foam pads to add dimension and then added lots of small jewel embellishments from my stash. I had some of the fab autumn leaf Bramble Fox Perspextives in my stash and these went perfectly added in around the cut file.

I mounted each of my photo in a colour to coordinate with the photo and then distressed the edges slightly, as this allows them to stand out a little more when layered up. Then I added these to my layout with more sticky foam pads.

To finish off I added a title using the coordinating ‘Bungalow Lane’ alphas which I stuck onto some of the dark navy patterned paper so they stood out above the cut file, along with some other gold Thickers from my stash.

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Happy Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have another layout to share using the older Hearts on Strings cut file which you can find here in the shop! I decided to use it as a layer between the patterned paper background and my photo so that it added some definition but also highlighted that fabulous ombre paper from the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection.

I cut the Hearts on Strings cut file in white cardstock so that it popped out from the background. I stuck it down flat but only used glue in a few places so that parts of it still lifted slightly as I wanted to keep some dimension in my layout.

Then I took all the inner hearts that were leftover from the main cut file and painted them in colours to match the background, using some pretty shimmery watercolours from my stash.

My portrait photo was mounted on a coordinating piece of patterned paper and I stuck that down centrally using sticky foam pads on the top edge only. On the bottom edge I added my title using the ‘Happy Together’ from the ephemera pack raising it up on sticky foam pads.

With the hearts now all dry I added them around the photo raising some on foam pads and leaving others flat (though only using glue in the centre) as I curved up the edges.

Then I added lots of embellishments from the collection… puffy stickers, ephemera, clear stickers, wooden buttons, gold hearts and little word stickers.

To finish off I stitched a border around the edge of the layout in gold thread as I just felt it needed something to pull it together and flicked some splatters of gold paint all around the cut file.

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Sweet Friends | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m sharing my first layout for August and this time I’m using the lovely Rosey Posey Polaroid cut file as a background piece…. you can find it here in the shop! I thought it was perfect to go with the pretty Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection.

I firstly painted the cut file with soft shimmery pink and sparkly green watercolours. Once it was dry I backed the rose and leaves with vellum and the polaroid element with a floral patterned paper. I love the delicate look the vellum gives to the cut file, and still allows the background to peep through.

Then I used the packaging technique to add more of the pink watercolour to an 11″ x 11″ white cardstock background and when that was dry added pink and gold splatters. I stitched that down onto a 12″ x 12″ black and white zig zag patterned paper frame.

I added stick foam pads to the back of the polaroid part of the cut file and stuck it down to the background, before adding my square photo that was mounted onto one of the patterned papers.

There was a fab floral paper that I fussy cut a couple of large pink flowers from and then tucked them under both sides of my photo. They were only stuck down in the centres so that I could curl up the petals for added dimension.

Then I went through the matching embellishments and added house, butterfly, cupcake and bow stickers, puffy floral and heart stickers, gold glitter epoxy hearts and a word banner.

To finish off I added a title using the coordinating word Thickers and alpha stickers and popped some journaling just to the right side of the layout.

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Pool Cocktails | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! We have a celebration this month as it’s CUT to YOU’s 3rd birthday! Woo hoo! Happy Birthday! To celebrate each of the Design Team are scraplifting one of Gwen’s past layouts…. I chose one she did back in March 2020 which you can find here, and I followed the design of the layout by using a large cutfile to the left of the photo.

I chose the fun Tropical Punch cut file which can be found here in the shop as it was perfect to go with my photo of a past holiday back in 2019 to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

I decided to back the cut file using different patterned papers from the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Sunkissed’ collection. The different pieces were all raised on foam pads to add dimension.

Once I placed the cut file on my white cardstock background I realised it needed something more behind it to ground it and help it stand out more. So I added a smooshy teal background using the packaging technique and some lovely shimmery watercolour paints from my stash. Then I finished off with lots of splatters… and once dry, I stitched it using gold thread to a frame of yellow cardstock.

I tucked my photo, which was mounted on one of the patterned papers from the collection in just behind the bottom right flower on the cut file.

I picked out some of the fun coordinating ephemera, clear stickers and gold hearts from and created two embellishment clusters to the bottom left of the cut file and bottom right of my photo. Because I wanted some of the clear stickers to be stuck over some of my photo and the cut file I stuck them onto white cardstock first and then fussy cut around them. This helps them stand out more an allows you to layer them.

Then I finished off with a title using two different Thickers alphas from my stash and of course added some journaling below my photo.

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Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a fun layout today featuring a cut file that I have used before though I cut it much larger last time! It’s called Spring Tulip and can be found here in the shop.

I wanted to use quite a few smaller photos of a walk we did in our local park in March. It was lovely seeing the spring flowers all coming out but was slightly odd when I spotted all the knitted ducks hanging off the trees! On closer inspection they had been put there for children to find as part of a Duck Hunt! The Simple Stories ‘Bunnies and Blooms’ collection was perfect for this layout, I used the pretty ditsy floral paper as a frame that I stitched my main white cardstock background to using yellow thread.

As I was using six small photos I cut the Spring Tulip cut file quite small. I went traditional and backed the three Spring Tulip cut files with a mix of the patterned papers from the collection, all mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

These were then added to the centre of my layout in a vertical design. I then tucked my small photos, that had all been mounted on patterned paper and edges distressed, in and around each of them.

I then fussy cut the bunny, duck and basket of flowers from one of the patterned papers and added them to the layout, along with a mix of embellishments including puffy stickers, enamel dots and word stickers. The cute bunny Perspextives from Bramble Fox just had to be included on this very Spring layout!

To finish off I added a title using a mini alpha from Thickers and my journaling.

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Snow Much Fun | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with a wintery layout featuring one of the fab title cut files from the shop. This one called ‘Snow Much Fun’ was perfect for my photos from the one day of decent snow that we had in January! I cut it reasonably large but not too big so that it allowed me to add a photo on either side.

I backed the letters using one of the pretty papers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection which is definitely not a winter collection but by choosing the right papers worked perfectly! I used sticky foam pads to attach the backing so that I created some additional dimension.

For my background I used a pretty pink grid patterned paper and added some gold stitching as a border. Then I added some white paint splatters under where I knew the cut file to sit as it created a snowy like finish. I added some gold stitching to the snowflake before backing it with some vellum and then one of the papers to create more of a translucent look to it.

Once the cut file was stuck down I then added my photos on either side. They were both mounted on coordinating patterned paper with lightly distressed edges and then layered with some matching tags.

Then I created an embellishment cluster around each photo using vellum ephemera, gold and pink hearts, clear glass drops and some pink bow stickers. I punched out some small snowflakes using an old Martha Stewart punch and added a large glass drop to the centre of each one.

To finish off I added a fun icicle Perspextive from Bramble Fox between the words ‘MUCH’ and ‘FUN’.

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Happy Easter | Bunny Silhouette | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends and Happy Easter!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Easter themed layout for CUT to YOU featuring the Silhouette Bunny cut file. As soon as I saw this cut file, I knew exactly what I was going to do and had the layout already worked out in my head!! Do you ever do this?!

Bunny Silhouette cut file

I enlarged the bunny design in the Silhouette software and then cut it out from white cardstock. I chose a cute pastel spotty paper to back the bunny with. Once it was backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to my background paper. I layered a paper underneath the super cute photo of my son as a bunny and adhered this to the right of the bunny cut file, tucking it in so the bunny overlapped the photo.

I adhered a circle chipboard piece here also that says, ‘Bursting With Excitement’ because he really was! I fussy cut out some scallops from a pastel paper similar to the spotty one and adhered them under my photo, bending up the edges to give the layout some dimension. I wanted to ad some flairs to this layout too and grabbed out 2 from my stash, I adhered the cute bunny one to the centre of the bow in the cut file design and the Hop Hop Hop one above the photo. On the bunny cut file, I also adhered a Charm’s Creations spotted handmade heart and also typed out some journalling and cut it into strips.

My title I placed at the bottom underneath the scallops, I used a puffy alphabet and spelt out Happy Easter. Some of the final embellishments I added were some puffy shape stickers, some enamel dots, a few die-cuts and another chipboard piece. The Silhouette Bunny cut file was the perfect design for my page to go with the cute photo of my son.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired to create an Easter project! Check out the CUT to YOU online store for more gorgeous cut files to suit your projects!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x