CUT to YOU | Christmas Wreath Cut File | Joyful Moments | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello everyone, Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my latest scrapbook layout using a CUT to YOU cut file!

Yes, it’s April and yes that’s a Christmas page but I just could not resist the stunning “Christmas Wreath” cut file any longer!!

I’ve cut this on white textured card stock so that it sits below my pair of photos and “hangs” the same way it would on a wreath!

Todays layout was created with a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection called Joyful and it’s just beautiful to work with!! I started with the A5 Paper Stack and backing my cut file. I also used some vellum pieces to back some of the leaves.

Next I chose my title “Joyful Magic Moments” as these photos show the pure and absolute joy on my boys’ faces on Christmas morning as they opened “the” gifts from Santa! Do you remember how that felt when you were just 9 or 11 years old?!? Pure MAGIC!!

A layer of pattern behind my photos, some dimension behind my photos and title/journaling card and a few embellishments and my page is done!! And, of course, gold splatters!!! How can I call a Christmas page complete without gold splatters?!?!

I have a process video for you which is linked below, just hit play!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you!!
I’m going to leave you with a question… Is there ever a wrong time to scrap Christmas for you? Clearly the answer for me is a giant no but I’d love to know your thoughts!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | Floral Rainbow Cutfile Kit | You Shine | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello fellow CUT to YOU lovers!! Melinda here with you today sharing my newest scrapbook layout.

Swoon!! As soon as I saw this stunning kit with the gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file I just could not cut it fast enough!!

A super quick FYI in case you don’t know… Gwen has curated stunning and exclusive cut files for the “Kit to You” kits available in the store & one of the best things (apart from the stunning exclusive cut files of course!) is that Gwen includes a sketch, an ingredients list and step by step instructions for every single kit!! If you haven’t yet, you simply MUST check them out!

Ok, so onto my layout!! As you can see I’m scrapping a photo of myself. This was a selfie I took in December 2020.

I really like the way it turned out and remember exactly how I felt & what I was thinking when I took this photo which is what spawned this whole page!

I’m using a printable digital collection by Traci Reed called Keep Chasing Rainbows. My cut file was cut on textured white card stock and I used my Cameo to print & cut the inside pieces using pattern papers from the collection.

My white card stock has digital mixed media on it too which I just LOVE behind that gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file!!

Without covering up too much of the cut file or my back ground design I’ve added my photo, embellishments & journaling.

I really, really love the end result here and I hope that I’ve inspired you to check out this & the other Kit to You designs available in the store. Next time, I may even follow along with Gwen’s sketch and ingredients list!!

I have a process video if you’d like to see my page come together, just hit that post button below!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope that you’ve enjoyed and I’ll see you with my next post later this month!!

Melinda

CUT to YOU | Stitched Rows cut file | Warm and Cosy | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello paper lovers!!! Melinda here with you today and I am excited to share my creation for CUT to YOU with you!

For today’s layout I’ve used the “Stitched Rows” cutfile because it reminds me of a BIG knit type stitch and I thought it was perfect to document my boys’ new dressing gowns for 2021!

As you can see I’ve cut this cut file really big. And using a pattern paper that I would not normally use (I brought this one for the other side lol) because the “texture” looked like warm and cosy knitting to my eye!

I decided to pull out some “older” stash for this one and I’m playing with Vicki Boutin goodies today! That teal coloured pattern paper with my cut file on it just spoke to me!!

As you can see I have overlapped my photos a fair amount – both photos had extra “stuff” in the backgrounds that I wanted to cover up – and feel that that really draws you into the actual subject of my photos.

I’ve added my title using a combination of alpha stickers and my own hand writing and, again, overlapping the photos. I did make sure to not cover up anything important!!

I added in a couple of small embellishments to clusters starting an owl in each one. My mind went “sleep” – “night” – “dream” – “owl”….. of course!! And then flowers lol It works!!

I have a process video on my YT channel if you’d like to watch this page come together or you can simply hit that play button below.

As we are heading to the end of our first month of Autumn here in Australia I have to say I am very much looking forward to a cooler change in the weather and the beautiful change of colours outside. They are not my normal go-to colours for scrapping but I do love documenting it! Those these are “older” cutfiles they are a couple of my fave Autumn-ish files!!

You can find gorgeous “Squirrel Squirrel” here in the store and that stunning “Autumn Leaf” here in the store!

That’s it for me for today!! I hope that you like my layout and that I have inspired you to be creative in some way today!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Oh So Happy You’re Home | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog today! Melinda here with you and I’m excited to share my most recent CUT to YOU creation!

I’ve used the sweet “Oh so happy” title cutfile which I have added to create this layout.

I decided to go with the gorgeous Traci Reed Designs “My Person” printable collection for this one as it was new in my craft room and it had the perfect “my best friend has paws” sentiment to go with this page!

I’ve used some different pattern papers from this collection to simply back my cut file today which I then popped up for some dimension.

I love the way my title kind of hugs my photos! To really emphasise both the title and photos on this layout I have added some gold paint strokes along with splatters both behind and around both elements.

A couple of small embellishment clusters and my journalling and my page is done!

I have a process video for you again today showing my process (well, most of it, tech difficulties!!) if you’d like to see this page come together. You can pop over to my YT channel or just hit that play button below!

As I’m writing this blog post my mind is wandering to the beautiful new March designs wondering what I’ll create with next!! Have you checked out the new releases yet???

TBH with you though, I am REALLY heavily leaning towards this beautiful Floral Rainbow cutfile from one of the newer KIT to YOU kits. Have you checked those out yet??? Such A-MAZING value!!!

That’s it for me for today, I really feel the need to get cutting 😉 Stay tuned to see what I use next!
Until then, I hope I have inspired you in some way today to get creative and I hope you have a happy scrappy day!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Loving the Everyday | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends! Melinda here with you and excited to be continuing on as part of the CUT to YOU family! I hope my page inspires you!

As you can see I’ve used a super fun title cut file today – Loving the Everyday.

And welded a second cut file for something fun and a little different! This is one of the cups from the “Coffee Love” cut file.

I actually had one of my boys help me choose which cut file to use for this page, which meant I had to find a photo to work. I couldn’t go past this one of my newly decorated take away coffee cup with the quote “Fuelled by coffee & sarcasm” from July last year.

I’ve pulled out my Heidi Swapp “Storyline Chapters” collection to back my cutfile and create my page. I just loved the colours with my photo!

I have added a few layers behind my photo which I also popped up on some old packaging for dimension.

I added everything on an angle for something a little different and fun and then added my journalling using my typewriter and a label from the cut apart sheet in the collection.

To finish the page off I added a few small stickers and some gold splatters.

A pretty “simple” page for me but I really LOVE how it worked in the end! I especially love the addition of welding that coffee cup to my title cut file to make it a little more unique! You can see my process over on my YT channel or on the link below, just hit that play button!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope that I have inspired you in some way to create something about YOU! Make sure you check out the shop for all of the beautiful “love” themed cut files, there are so so so many to choose from now and perhaps even the perfect one to scrap your favourite thing!!
Until next time,
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Filagree Butterfly cut file | Hello Sweet Girl | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with you with my very first share for 2022.

Today’s layout is a little ‘different’ shall we say?! Yep, my actual page is butterfly shaped and will go into my album as is without a page protector. The gorgeous butterfly “shape” is the stunning “Filigree Butterfly” cutfile available here in the store.

This page actually came together with the “left overs” of a previous layout I created. The inside pieces (silver cardstock) is what I had left over. I cut a second butterfly using black cardstock and then stuck the actual black cut file to some black paper and then paper pieced all of the silver pieces back in and oh boy, I just ADORE how this looks!!

I’ve pulled out my “Classic Heidi” collection by Heidi Swapp and started by choosing a paper to showcase on the back of the cutfile – essentially my background pattern paper.

I added a few layers of pretty things including a doily from my stash, some alphas, some embossing and some chipboard pieces making sure everything was EXTRA stuck down knowing this is not going into a page protector.

I did record my process for you and can watch that over on my YT channel or just hit that play button below!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that I have perhaps inspired you to create an out of the page protector/uniquely shaped layout/page to include in your own scrappy albums!! There are so, so many amazing designs in the store you could choose from and I, personally, would recommend starting in the “Florals & Nature” category!!

Happy scrapping, until next time!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Rose Garden Frame Cut File | Merry Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends!! Melinda here with my next share for you all featuring another stunning CUT to YOU cut file.

Yep, it’s a Christmas page using a NOT Christmas cut file!! I’ve used the gorgeous Rose Garden Frame cut file released a couple of months ago and I just LOVE how it came together!

As you can see on my page I have actually flipped this cut file so that my page “reads” more top left to bottom right. I chose this gorgeous cut file as I had recently received the stunning new Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Joyful” collection and I just knew that the colours and patterns in that would work beautifully to back the cut file!

I’m working on textured white cardstock with a pattern paper border from the collection – “Tis The Season” – and some gold stitching to add some texture and a beautiful border to pull it all together.

I used the flip the cut file and pattern paper over, trace, cut and glue to back my cut file and, like I said before, just LOVE how beautiful this looks!

I did some very simple mixed media in my background using a flat paint brush and 2 colours of Distress Oxide – Abandoned Coral & Candied Apple – to add a texturey painty finish to my background. And, of course, some gold splatters with Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine.

WIth my cut file taking up so much real estate on the page the rest of my page came together super quickly!!
I layered my title over the bottom of my photo and added a few small pieces to add interest.
Another small cluster to the top right of my photo and then some of the gorgeous puffy gold stars to round out my page.

This cut file is just beautiful and I am so, so glad that I picked this one to work with. I think it just goes to show how verstile cut files can be and that we can really use them in so many different ways! Make sure to check this one out along with all of the gorgeous florals Gwen creates over in the CUT to YOU shop!

If you’d like to see this page come together hit that play button below!! I hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | Sundae Cut File | Sweet & Fabulous | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappers, Melinda here with you today on the blog sharing this fun scrapbook layout I created.

I have used the gorgeous “Sundae” cut file that is available in the store.

Apparently I am not the only DT member that loves this cut file and when I checked I noticed it had been used a couple of times in similar ways so I challenged myself to do something a little different and decided to “create” a bit of “Sundae Border” to feature on my page!

For me the idea of sundaes also sparks a very soft and pretty rainbow of colours so I decided to create a rainbow of colour to sit behind my border of sundae cut files. I’ve simply used the Prima Pastel Dreams watercolour set with the packaging technique and I just love how this worked out!!

I wasn’t really sure where I was going to go next with this so pulled a bunch of stickers in softer colour tones and just added them where I thought they’d work. I have also pulledin some pretty bold black and white stickers from Heidi Swapp but felt that helped to balance the darker tones in my photo.

A couple of quick sentances for my journalling and a rainbow of SpiegelMom Scraps sequins to finish off this super fun and sweet page!

Oh, and my kids think this was the BEST DINNER EVER!! I gotta say, they aren’t all that much off the mark either lol
I do have a process video for you so hit that play button below or head on over to YT to watch!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today. Have you checked out the “Food & Family” section at the shop?? There are so many amazing cut files in there, do you have any food memories you’d like to scrap?!? I know I have a few on my list!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | “Happy Halloween” cut file | Happy Halloween | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends, thanks for stopping by today to see my latest creation!!

I have a super fun page to share with you guys today using the “Happy Halloween” cut file that was released last month.

I simply had to cut this one in black and cut it BIG!! One of the great things about cut files like this one, especially when they are cut big is that the page comes together pretty quickly and easily!!

I’ve used some holographic paper (in fact, it was a US sized envelope which I know I’ll never ever use!) to back the title part of my cut file and also as a layer behind my photo.

I’ve gone with very traditional Halloween colours for this – yes, that’s green, orange and purple – as they really helped my photo and cut file POP!
Fun fact – just as red, yellow and blue (our primary colours) make a great colour combo, so too do green, orange and purple – did you know they are all of the 3 secondary colours?!?

I love this photo of my boys, it totally sums them and their relationship up!! I mean, check out the look my little guy is giving the big one lol

Not long now until I get to caputure some new Halloween memories, this is something I look forward to every year. We walk around our suburb for at least an hour but more like 2 and just have fun! Do you celebrate Halloween??

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and as always, there is a video below if you wish to see my page come together. Sit back and enjoy and I’ll see you soon with my next share for CUT to YOU! Keep your eyes peeled for this fun cut file to feature on a page from me 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | “Chasing Rainbows” & Extra cutfiles | Chasing Rainbows | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello CUT to YOU friends, Melinda here with you today sharing this super fun scrapbook layout!!

One cut file is VERY obvious and it’s the “Chasing Rainbows” cut file which features front and centre on this page!

However, I actually used bits from 2 other cut files as well!! Let’s start with those clouds in the background which came from the “Summer Builder” cut file set…

Which brings us to the final cut file and that GIANT rainbow in the background!! That came from the “Sunshine Rainbows” cut file.

I pulled out the Jen Hadfield “Reaching Out” collection for this and paired some Distress Oxide ink colours to go with it. Tattered Rose/Fossilized Amber/Bundled Sage/Faded Jeans for the rainbow. And Stormy Sky/Pumice Stone/Hickory Smoke for the clouds.

I used blending brushes to create my background after I cut paper stencils – with some not so great cardstock in my stash – with my cut files.

The “Chasing Rainbows” cut file was cut on white cardstock and backed using the “Reaching Out” 6×8 paper pad. I used these papers to “match” my distress oxide ink colours for the rainbow in the cut file and then the beautiful floral design for the words.

A few final touches, including some rainbow stitching and sequins and my page was done!!

I just love how this came together in the end and if you’d like to see my process hit that play button below!! I do hope that you enjoy!

As I finish up this post I wanted to make sure that you knew that there are now cut file bundles available in the store!! So super fun and a great way to “stock up” if you have something you love to work with!! Like in this “Rainbow Bundle“, this has to be my fave, of course!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and that perhaps you’ve taken away some fun and different ideas on ways to use cut files other than simply backing them!!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel