A Piece of You | Josefine vd Hoeven | Pie Graph Cut file

Hello Creative Paperlovers,

Welcome to the blog of Cut to You! So happy you stopped by today! I had the opportunity to create another layout with these beautiful cut files.

This time I used the “Pie Graph” cut file.

I start by making a mixed media background and for that I used distress oxide “kitch flamingo” I grab a clear stamp that already looks like a stain. I stamp some ink on the clear stamp and spray it a little bit wet with water and stamp several times on the white cardstock. This is how I created this watercolor look.

When I’m done stamping I make some more splatters with the distress oxide for a more festive look. I also used some white acrylic paint and make splatters on the background with it.

I let it dry by air and placed the Pie Graph cut file on top of the mixed media background. I grab the sewing machine and stitch the edges of my cut file using some gold sewing thread. The Pie Graph pieces I trace them twice on different designs papers. From the first Pie Graph pieces I sew all the edges with gold sewing thread and placed the pieces on top of the cut file using 3D foam tape. Then I take all the second pieces from the Pie Graph cut file and sew with gold sewing thread through the center and glued these pieces on top of the other pieces.

I cut design paper to size and placed it behind the photo to create more layers. I choose several flowers and playfully slide them between the cut files. I am happy how it turned out.

I placed the title in a semicircle around the cut file. Finally I splash different colors of oxide ink on my layout. I hope I was able to inspire you with this layout and look forward to seeing you again next time on the blog! Have a great and crafty day! Xo, Jo

CUT to YOU | Rad Like Dad & Superhero Page Builder Cut Files | Rad Like Dad | Melinda Sweetman

Good morning and welcome to the blog today! I’m really SUPER (see what I did there?!? lol) excited to share my latest creation with you using 2 more of Gwen’s fun designs!!

I had initally decided to use just this great Rad Like Dad cut file…

But as I got to working with my layout I decided I needed something extra in my background so I cut the Kaboom and Kapow cut files from the Superhero Page Builder cut file. I love this cut file and all of the different pieces!!

If you follow along on any of the CUT to YOU socials you will see that the lovely Tamara Buckler is the BEST at using Kraft cardstock for backgrounds so when I saw her latest page I just HAD to pull out some Kraft (and black!!) and get krafty!

I’ve used the Vicki Boutin “Let’s Wander” collection to back my cut file – choosing the red and blue because, Spiderman masks!!! Not only are we lucky enough that my MIL made us some face masks but she made my boys MATCHING Spiderman masks, perfect photo opportunity!!

I altered my title cut file in the Silhouette Studio software so I could pop my photo right in the middle and then cut it in black cardstock.

I desperately wanted to use the camera from the ephemera pack on this layout so I had to pull in the extra teal-ish colour. I did this not only with the camera but also by adding in 3 spots of mixed media in a matching colour behind my 3 clusters.

Using the areas where I had added the mixed media to create 3 clusters I finished my page off with some stickers from another Vicki Boutin collection, some enamel dots and gold stitching with my sewing machine.

I really love the fun and “superpower” feel to this page! Those speech bursts from the Superhero Page Builder cut file add just the perfect background element!

And that super fun and messy stitching just finishes everything off and ties it all together perfectly!

I’m sharing my process for this layout over on my YT channel and you can watch that right below by just hitting that play button!

I really hope that I have inspired you to create your own Superhero themed page or perhaps to use a cut file in a somewhat “altered” way to the original design like I have here with the “Rad Like Dad” cutfile!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

Moments Captured| Josefine

Hello Paperlovers,
Welcome to the blog of Cut to you! So happy you stopped by! I had the opportunity to create another beautiful layout with these amazing cut files! The theme is floral and I chose the following two cut files “Daisy Trio” and “Flower Crown‚ÄĚ

I grab a white cardstock sheet. I start making a mixed media background and for that I use Distress Oxide “mowed lawn” using a clear stamp that already looks like a stain. I stamp some ink on the clear stamp and spray it a little bit wet with water and then stamp several times on the cardstock. This is how I create a watercolor look.

When I’m done stamping I make some more splatters with the distress oxide for a more festive look. I also use some white gesso and make splatters on the background. I let it dry by air. I grab the sewing machine and stitch several circles on the background.
I backed up the “Flower crown” cutfile with different types of design paper and placed it along with the “Daisy Trio” (that I cut out several times) on the mixed media background!

I cut patterned papers to size and place it behind the photo to create some more layers. I adhere the photo with 3D foam tape. I choose several flowers and playfully slide them between the cutefiles. I am happy how it turned out.

Between the flowers and the cutfiles I place word strips a rosette and butterflies. At the top of this layout I placed a perspextives Title “Moments Captured” and at the bottom of this page I added design strips and make some more stitching around the edges with the sewing machine.

Now that my layout is done I am happy with the result. I hope I was able to inspire you with this layout and look forward to seeing you again next time on the blog!

Have a great and crafty day!
XoXo,
Jo

You’re my Sunshine|Posey Duo|by Josefine

Hello Paperlovers,
Welcome and thank you for stopping by at the Cut to you blog today! So excited to show you a new scrapbook layout that I made with these beautiful cutfiles.

For this layout I used the gorgeous cutfile “Posey Duo“. I cut this cutfile twice and used them as ephemera behind my photo. It looks almost as white lace.

I started with a white cardstock background. I chose a template and used my distress oxide to create a yellow mixed media background using a blending tool for this. At the end I mixed a little bit of water with distress oxide ink and made some splatters. I did the same with the white gesso. I let the mixed media dry by air.

Now I started to place the cutfile on top of the mixed media background. I cut out this cutfile twice and glued it in place as ephemera. On top of the cutfiles I place the photo which I have covered with design paper. I cut some design paper to size and placed it behind the photo to create more layers.

I am starting to decorate my scrapbook layout. For this I use various die-cuts, stickers, labels and enamel dots.Under the title “You’re my sunshine” you see tassels. I made these from design paper strips and cut them to about half size. Then I rolled them up and placed them under the title using a string. I cut two design paper strips to size and glued them to the side of this layout. With my sewing machine I make several stitches. I splash some more with the white gesso and my layout is done.

This is a quick way to create a layout. I hope you got some great inspiration and ideas. Hope to see you next time! Xoxo, Jo

OH WHAT FUN | KAREN JARMAN

Hi Cut To You Creatives! 
It’s Karen joining you again today as guest designer. I want to THANK Gwen and the team for this opportunity. It’s been heaps of fun and I truly appreciate the support.
My family visited Sweden for Christmas 5 years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago). I knew as soon as I saw the Gnomes I knew I wanted to create a layout featuring one of the winter cabins we stayed in to celebrate Christmas with relatives. Being part of a white Christmas was the most magical experience and when I look back at my photos I can hardly believe I was there. 
I decided to challenge myself for this layout as well, I don’t think I have ever put together a scenery type layout but I wanted to use the trees from the Christmas Wishes cut file as well. 

I love how this turned out, Here is how I put it all together.
I separated the trees from the title (to use on another project!), cut the trees in half and backed the trees with patterned paper and splattered the trees with white acrylic paintTo create the gnomes I used sparkly Kindy Glitz on the beards – I spread the Glitz onto a piece of cardstock and left it overnight to dry then cut the pieces to back beards.

Once I backed all the cut files I worked on the rough placement on the page, I tore some patterned paper to create some layers to represent the snow and got on with creating the sky.

I knew I would be adding a lot of liquid so coated the cardstock in clear gesso to form a barrier. The colour of the sky was created by and using multiple blue sprays. I spread the inks by adding water and turning the page and swirling the liquid around. I added some clouds by using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush and finished it off by adding white splatters in white acrylic paint to represent snow. To add some sparkle I added some watered down Nuvo Mouse in silver.

To create the feel of a scenery I backed the trees on the left with craft foam to give some dimension and popped the Gnomes up on foam to bring them to the front of the page. Then it was all about the embellishments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get creating, 
Thanks again Gwen for the opportunity.
Happy Creating,

Karen

CUT to YOU | Just Hanging Out | Summer Days Cut File | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone I’m so excited you are here with me as I share my latest creation with you!

How super fun and bright and colourful is it?!? I just LOVE it! And I love how I have used the “Summer Days” cut file as part of the background!!

When I decided to use this photo of my boys I just KNEW that the brand new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection “Sunkissed” would be the perfect match! Knowing the photo and the collection I wanted to use just left the cut file choice! I wanted something that I could easily incorporate into my background without the cut file being the main and most obvious piece on the page.

I have sized the cut file to 9 different sizes and played with the idea I had in my head in the Silhouette software. When I was happy with the cut size and placement I sent the white card stock through to be cut.

On another piece of thick, smooth white card stock I had my Cameo trace the beginning and ending S’s in each line and also a horizontal line between each of the lines of text in pencil so I knew where to place each of the cuts. I do show that part of my process in my process video which is linked below for you!

I’ve pulled out 5 Distress Oxide colours (from top to bottom – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans) and swiped those across my page – here is where those horizontal lines came into action ūüėČ – and then activated with a paint brush loaded up with water to create paint strokes.

When that was all dry, I adhered all of those “Summer Days” pieces with scotch tacky only in the centre line. For texture and interest I’ve then stitched straight through the middle of each of those title pieces with matching coloured thread and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out! I also stitched along the horizontal lines with some gold thread.

I’ve pulled a few pieces from the floral ephemera pack, the puffy stickers, the accessory sticker sheet, the gold foam titles and one of the wooden buttons to complete my page. My title is an acrylic piece from my stash. With all of my pieces in place I was then able to go back through to the cut files and lift up either edge for some interest!

This layout was oh so fun to create! I love that I have used a “title” cut file to create my background and that, with the help of my layer choices, it does not over my layout!! Gwen has so many titles in the store to choose from and I hope that perhaps I have inspired you to play with one as part of a background design!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today!! I look forward to sharing another project with you soon but until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel


SISTERS ALWAYS | KAREN JARMAN

Hello Cut To You fans! I was so excited when Gwen asked me to guest design¬†this month, I admit I did squeal. I really only started using cut files about 12 months ago, yes I realise I was late to the party but I absolutely love them. I don’t have a cutting machine so I purchase Gwens Custom Cuts. These are carefully wrapped in signature pink tissue and boxed and sent out so quickly I often¬†get my order the next day!. I am excited to say that it’s my birthday this month and my family all chipped in for a machine!¬†

I decided to create a 12×12 layout that features me with my sisters using the ‘Butterfly Silhouette‘¬†file. I love this ‘selfie’ of us, it has a special place in my heart. It was taken when the family was all together celebrating one of us successfully finishing breast cancer treatment. I have scrapped this photo a few times now and it never gets old.¬†

Here are the steps for creating the layout –¬†I started the layout by backing the cut file with patterned paper.

Then I got to creating my background. My style often leans to being mixed media heavy, I love spray inks and creating watercolour backgrounds. I had initially thought I would go for a soft and monochromatic background¬†but as with most of my layouts it morphed into something quite different.¬† Sometimes it can feel like you have gone too far¬†with your sprays and this one was no exception, when this happens It’s a good idea to keep bringing the cut file over to your layout, it always looks different.¬† Another tip, I always use Gesso on my mixed media layouts it allows time to wipe things up and it helps the water and ink to spread without soaking into the cardstock.¬†

I mixed a few green and blue sprays to create the aqua green colour which was my original monochromatic idea. I then decided that I wanted more colour so added coral, gold and a darker blue that took into consideration some of the patterned pater having a dark blue tinge. 

Once everything was dry I popped the cut file up on the page with craft foam for dimension and started on the embellishing with lots of flowers and butterflies.

I love how this turned out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you gained some inspiration, I will be back later in the month for another share (squeal!)

Karen

CUT to YOU | Magnolia Bouquet Kit | Forty

Hello friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today!

I was given the challenge of using a black cut file for this share and funnily enough already had a couple cut in black so was super excited to get this one used up!

The cut file on this page is actually from one of the KIT to YOU kits “Magnolia Bouquet” and, as you can see, I’ve used it TOTALLY differently to the way Gwen used it in the kit and I just love this file in black!!

For this layout I have chosen to play with the Pink Paislee “5th & Monaco” collection which I had purchased to scrap at least some of the photos from my big 40th last year.

I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the cut file in pretty pinks and white with gold foiled patterns and love the way the black cut file makes it pop off the page!

My title is actually the acrylic piece that was used as my cake topper! Hubby just (carefully!) removed the spike and I have a giant shiny acrylic piece to pair with my beautiful cut file and photo!

I’ve done a little mixed media in the background – totally inspired by the amazing Sue Plumb! You can see my page come together over on my YT video, which is linked below for you!

I think I will use this page as a kind of “chaper title” page in my 2020 album so kept the journalling pretty short – to the effect of “With all of the uncertainty of 2020 I am so very grateful that I got the chance to celebrate this milestone birthday with those I love!”

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe you have been inspired to create with a black cut file! Or perhaps you have a KIT to YOU kit that you are inspired to use in a different than “designed” way or maybe even as a great place to start something new if your mojo is a little meh at the moment!

Until next time, happy scrapping and make sure you check out all of the beautiful KIT to YOU kits in the store! I just love them so much!!

Melinda

Oh Snap| I love to craft|Doodle frames|by Josefine

Hello Paperlovers, Welcome to the Cut to You blog today! So happy to see you… It’s Josefine here showing you a new mixed media layout using the gorgeous title “Oh Snap” and the beautiful “Doodle Frames

First I started creating the background on the white cardstock. I applied some distress Oxide with a acrylic shape stamp that looks like a stain (or splatter) The colors that I used are “Worn Lipstick” and “Picked Raspberry” With a brush I applied a little bit water to the ink on my acrylic stamp for a more watercolor effect on my background.

When the Distress Oxide on my background is dry I stamp again with another background stamp. (look at the photo) In this way I create more dimension in my mixed media background. At the end I made some spletters with the Distress Oxide colors. I backed up my cutfile with design paper and made 3D alphas from the same design paper. I color the edges of the Alphas with distress oxide and attach them with 3D foam on the cutfile as well using some pink thread.

Now we started decorating my scrapbook page. First I placed my the Doodle Frames Cut File on my layout, which I had foiled gold using the beautiful foil from Spiegelmoms. Then I placed my title ” Oh Snap” on top of the golden frames using some 3d Foam so I can make layers under this cutfile.

I cut some design paper to size and put it behind the photo. Then I slide my Photo a litte bit under the cutfile title and decorating it further with die-cuts, cardstock stickers, word strips, acrylic shapes and puffy hearts.

With different Alphas I made my title “Oh snap I love to Craft” love how that turned out! I grab my Acrylic paints and made some splatters with some different colors like Purple, light green, pink, orange and of course white gesso! So this page looks more festive! I had a lot of fun creating this layout with the beautiful cutfiles! I hope that I have inspired you a little bit with this festive layout! Have a lovely and creative day! XoXo, Jo