12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Snowflake Day 4

Hello and welcome to DAY 4 of our 12 days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!

It’s Michelle here today to share with you a page I’ve created using the Snowflake Cut File, which is available for free download today (04/12/19) and then for purchase from our Christmas collection after that.

I’ve used the Winter wonderland collection by Heidi Swapp to create this layout as I just love the colours and felt they worked well with the design of layout I was wanting to create. I resized the snowflake design within silhouette studio to 4 different sizes. 1 large piece to layer behind the photo stack and 3 individual snowflakes to ‘hang’ from the top left corner of the layout – to replicate the snowflakes our Elf created last year.

To begin the layout I cut the white cardstock down slightly and adhered to the red pattern paper then got to work creating the large photo stack. I used the larger snowflake as the base and layered a couple of pattern papers under the photos with some ephemera popping out here and there. I added some ribbon to the top of the tag and my title to the top of the photo using puffy letters and an ephemera word.

Next I adhered the smaller snowflakes to the top corner using glue dots, then added twine to each to make them look like they were hanging from the top of the layout. I added a few plain and snowflake sequins within this cluster along with a few ephemera pieces and a splattering of gold colour shine to finish it off

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

Simply enter the code: SNOWWAY at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 4th, 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. Come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

Happy Scrapping, Michelle xx

Oh What Fun | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle back here today with my 2nd share for November and boy am I excited about this one! I got myself into the Christmas spirit well and truly with this cut file and I absolutely LOVE how it all came together.

I’ve used the Christmas Tree Row from last months release after being inspired by a layout made by our one and only Boss Lady, Gwen. I increased the size of the design in Silhouette Studio and cut it out on white cardstock before cutting the design in half to layer under the photo I chose.

Our cheeky house Elf gave us a not so subtle hint to decorate the tree last year and Leila thought it was hilarious! I chose the collection I’ve used based solely on the colours from the photo, which are all very bright and christmasy.

I’ve used 6×6 papers from the Merry Little Christmas collection by Pebbles to back all the trees. I adhered the tree cluster to the left of the photo using foam tape, then did the same with the trees on the right. The photo is popped up slightly higher using a piece of foam sheet. I didn’t layer any more pattern papers under the photo as I felt it looked best without

I added gold and silver glitter paper to the stars on top of the trees, adhered with tiny staples, then layered a second star on top of the first to give them a little extra dimension

I kept the embellishing very simple with just a couple of ephemera pieces and a gold puffy letter title. The red HOHOHO strip was from the bottom of the candy stripe paper that I used to matt the white cardstock within the wash tapes layered bottom right of the photo are from the same collection.

Well thats all from me today. Short and sweet, but so much fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to pop into the CUT to YOU HQ to share the love of all things CTY and don’t forget to tag us on instagram when you’ve created with our files.

Until next time, happy scrapping
Michelle x

OH SO Pretty | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello, its Michelle back again today with a new layout to share with you all. I’ve used an older cut file designed for use in Travellers Notebooks for this creation, but as you can see its perfect for layering into a 12×12 page.

I cut the INTERSECTING HEARTS design in silhouette studio on a bright pattern paper from the Paige Evans Whimsical collection. It’s approximately 11 inches long from top to bottom. I used the same pattern paper for the base of the layout, under the white cardstock background, to make the cut file and photo stack really pop. I adhered the file to the cardstock using my tiny attacher.

Next I gathered a few other pattern papers from the same collection to layer behind the photo, I’ve even tucked in a few ephemera pieces

The photo I chose to document is one of Leila and her favourite bear from a couple years back, they were pretending to be Kind and Queen. So cute!

I kept the embellishing pretty simple with a few more ephemera pieces and a small title, plus a splattering of gold ink and some hand written journalling.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a short but sweet layout share using an older TN file for something other than TN scrapping.

I’ll be back again soon with another share, but until then be sure to stop by the CUT to YOU group on facebook to share all the things you love about CTY. The CTY shop has also just had a restock recently so don’t for get to check that out too!

Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

The Best | Michelle Stokes

Hi Scrappy friends, its Michelle back here today with a new layout share for you all. I’ve used one of our BRAND NEW cut files from the 2019 Christmas Release – the super cool Christmas Banner set.

This cut file is AMAZING! It cuts out so perfect and is super easy to back using loads of pretty pattern papers – especially the Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Is definitely MORE than just a Christmas cut file. Super versatile for all the celebratory photos you want to scrap, like the photo I’ve used from my birthday a couple months back. The multiple different pattern papers distract from the obligatory night time birthday cake photo that isn’t super focussed HAHA

I made sure to balance the different patterns out across the page and didn’t group similar patterns or colours together. I even threw in a little silver glitter paper for a hint of sparkle here and there.

The entire cut file was cut on white cardstock using my Silhouette machine. I think I resized the design slightly to ensure it took up a good chunk of the background paper. I adhered it to the backing pattern paper using some foam tape for dimension. You all know how much I love a little dimension on a layout to make it POP!

I added a couple of complimentary embellishments here and there, but not too many as there was already so much going on around this page

Love love love layering different complimentary patterns together!

Well friends that is all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out ALL the new files loaded in store HERE, and check into our facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ to chat and share all things CTY.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

Take Photos | Michelle Stokes

Hello scrappy friends its Michelle here today. I have a new layout to share with you all featuring some of our brand new floral designs released this month. I’ve used both the Floral Bouquet set and Floral Bouquet frame to create this sweet layout of Leila on her 1st birthday.

I chose both the frame and individual bouquet set to combine together as I wanted to layer the larger florals over the top of the frame and create something similar to a shadow box. To do this I enlarged the frame to just over 9 inches in silhouette studio and erased the outer edge border so that it created a larger inner frame around the page. I resized the large floral from the bouquet set to a slightly smaller size than the largest floral piece of the frame then cut all the pieces out on white cardstock.

I cut the separate piece of florals twice so that I could make use of both the flowers and leaf stems in different ways. Once I had all the pieces cut individually I backed the main frame and extra flowers vellum and left the extra leaf stems untouched

I adhered the extra flower pieces to the frame using tiny amounts of foam tape and bent the leaf stems for extra dimension before adhering with tacky glue.

I chose a super sweet photo of Leila from her first birthday and brought it all together with the stunning Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the floral cut files

I layered the cardstock frame with a floral wreath pattern paper to make it look like one big cluster of florals and tucked in extra ephemera to compliment the cut files

I added a little extra piece to the edge of the photo that was from the bottom of the frame and would have been hidden from sight.

Lastly a massive splattering of gold colour shine and some enamel dots and I thought it was complete. I tried to work out a large title for the layout, but felt it would overpower the softness of the white on white cut files and all the pretty florals.

Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU HQ facebook group and share all the things you love about CTY. Also be sure to pop by the shop and check out all the new cut files HERE.

As always, happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Precious Moments | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends, Its Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I’ve jumped back to last months release and chosen a fun cut file called Burst Circles that was just singing out to be used.

I chose to document a photo of Leila from a recent trip to the Zoo. We had so much fun that day, and this little lady just LOVED posing for pictures time and time again. I can say that her 2 front teeth are FINALLY making a breakthrough after almost 8 months of non existence.

To start the layout I worked in Silhouette Studio to resize the entire file so that only 3 of the larger circular designs (lets call them sunburst circles) were the main focus. I played around with different ways to present them on the layout before cutting all the pieces out on white cardstock then cutting each individual circular piece so that I could layer them in different ways across the page.

I’ve used the newer ‘Just a little Lovely’ collection from PinkFresh Studio to compliment the burst circles design. I’ve backed the ‘sunbursts’ with a blue and white floral pattern paper and adhered them to the layout using foam tape, then layered the full circular bursts under each piece at random. I also adhered the negative circular pieces around the page and sewed through a couple using machine and thread.

I added the photo to the larger of the 3 sunbursts which is also backed with a pattern paper from the collection, layered with a couple of ephemera pieces and adhered to the page using more foam tape.

To the left of the layout on the middle size sunburst I have added an ephemera piece, fussy cut florals and a title. I’ve created smaller clusters diagonally across the page from each other using embellishments to compliment the cut file design.

Once the layout was complete I’ve splattered gold colour shine, added a few enamel dots and a date stamp.

Well folks thats all from me today. Before I go heres a few friendly reminders….
Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group where we welcome all crafters to share their love of CTY. Plus theres just been a new release in the CUT to YOU STORE.

Also If you’re not already subscribed to our newsletter you really should be. Its released twice per month and always contains a FREE cut file for you to use. Heres a sneak peek of what you may have missed in the current edition.

The link for you to follow is HERE so that you can sign up and never miss another freebie again!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx

GO SEE DO | Michelle Stokes

Hi friends, It’s Michelle back here today with a fresh new layout to share. This week I challenged myself to GO BIG with a dramatic title and more than 1 photo. I think I achieved just that using the fun GO SEE DO cut file

This awesome cut file was created for Travellers Notebook crafters, but it’s also PERFECT to use as a MASSIVE title on any general scrapbooking creation! I do LOVE a massive cut file title!!

I went big with this file and resized it in Silhouette Studio to roughly 10 inches tall and cut it out on white cardstock. I used fresh coloured pattern papers from the Heidi Swapp Colour Fresh collection to back all the individual letters before adhering to the centre of the backing cardstock using foam tape for dimension.

I added the two photos of Leila, my nephew and 2 of our cute little friends to the left and right of the arrows, layered with extra pattern papers to compliment all the colours used to back the cut file. I also tucked in a few ephemera pieces too

These 2 girls have so much fun together!

I wanted to add a couple of words for journalling, so I added these to the lined pattern paper used to back the O at the bottom of the cut file

Lastly I added a couple more ephemera pieces to the bottom right of the layout and a few flowers to the edges of the cut file. I cut the backing cardstock down in size and adhered to a multi colour pattern paper before splattering the entire page with my favourite gold colour shine.

Thats all from me today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my work today. Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group as we all LOVE to see the amazing creations that you all make with our cut files.

Theres also been a new release of files in the CUT to YOU store, so make sure you check that out too!!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Wonderful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout to share with you all. I’ve used the awesome Banner Trio cut file for this creation along with a CRAZY photo of my cheeky Leila.

To start the layout I duplicated the top design within the Banner Trio set, and resized each piece individually so they were all slightly different in length. I cut them out using white cardstock and my silhouette machine then backed using some pretty pattern papers from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection. SO sweet!

I adhered the banners to the cardstock background using foam tape, giving each piece slight dimension on the page.

I slightly overlapped them all to give a true bunting banner feel. I added the photo stack to the right side of the banners, layered with different coloured cards and pattern paper to compliment the banners

I fussy cut flowers and butterflies from the collection to create a cluster at the end of the bottom banner

And added a smaller cluster along with hand written journalling along the bottom right of the layout. Once all the bits and pieces were glued in place I adhered the entire background to a larger pattern paper and sewed around the edges using machine and thread. This gave the entire layout a boost of colour and helps make the cut file pieces really pop out from the page.

Thats all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Be sure to check the CTY shop to see whats new this month and don’t forget to share your love for CTY in our community group on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Beautiful You | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share using the wonderful All Around Floral cut file design along with a sweet photo of Leila from a few years back. I had SO much fun creating this layout. Lets take a closer look shall we?

For this layout I really wanted the cut file to be BIG, but not too big that it would take up the entire page. I’ve sized the file in silhouette studio to approximately 9×9 inch and cut it out on some textured white cardstock.

This design is so delicate and sweet. Its perfect for documenting sweet faces like this one…

I backed all the individual florals with different pattern papers, using green tones for the leafy areas and pinks, yellow and blues for the florals. I backed the photo with a complimenting pattern paper and a hearts pattern frame

I raised the entire cut file piece off the background paper to give it dimension. Doing this really brings a layout to life, and by using a thin foam tape ensures your not adding any unnecessary thickness to your albums.

I’ve added a couple of clusters top left and bottom right of the page using florals from the collection I used from Felicity Jane as I felt they complimented the All Around Floral cut file perfectly.

I also added a hint of machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock after I adhered it to the pink pattern background. Lastly I added a date stamp, gold splatters and a couple of enamel dots to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Be sure to head on over to the CTY SHOP as there’s been a NEW RELEASE of designs for this month. Oh and don’t forget to join our Community Group CUT to YOU HQ on Facebook, where everyone is free to share their work using CTY designs

Well thats all from me for today, until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Absolutely Magical | Michelle Stokes

Hello Scrappy Friends. It’s Michelle back here today with my next layout share! This was the very first layout I created for CUT to YOU that I’ve been bursting to share with you all. Inspired by so many wonderful rainbow effect layouts created by others and featuring the sweet Floral Frame 01 cut file

I’ve chosen a sweet photo of my daughter Leila from Easter Time, reading to us from her Christmas Jokes book. What a laugh that was!

To begin this layout I went straight to Silhouette Studio to cut my file using white cardstock. I kept the file quite large so that it would fill a majority of the 12×12 paper background without taking over too much.

I chose a collection that I’ve been hoarding for quite a few months – Whimsical by Paige Taylor Evans. This was purely for the rainbow assortment of block colours which are perfect for backing all the florals within this cut file design.

I started with the purple hues and worked my way around the cut file finishing off with greens and blues. I chose the darker of the hues for the large 4 piece floral and the lighter for the smaller flowers and leaf stems. I also added in some extra non backed pieces as subtle layers within the clusters

I’ve raised the entire cut piece off the pattern paper background with LOADS of foam tape. I really like the dimension effect foam tape gives to a layout without bulking it up too much. This allows plenty of space to tuck in embellishments for extra pops of colour and layers. Love me some layers!

In the middle of the frame I added the photo and layered tags and pieces of pattern paper that compliment the side of the frame that they’re touching. I added strips of text to create my title rather than using big alphas. This made it blend all together helping the photo and cutfile become the heroes on the page rather than a massive title.

Lastly a sprinkling of enamel dots from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, a splattering of gold Colour Shine, some handwritten journalling, date stamp and some machine stitching around the edges and I called it done.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by the CUT to YOU store to check out all the new files that have just been released. And if you’re not already aware – we have a little community group on Facebook where we welcome you to share all your creations using all the fun CTY cut files you’ve used!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx