Grateful Heart | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with a new layout using this fab Beaded Circle cut file which you can find here in the shop. I wanted to use it as a central focus and then add my clusters to the top and bottom so you can still see the pretty cut file.

I teamed the cut file up with the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection which was just perfect with my photos and the message I wanted to say.

I coloured the Beaded Circle cut file using Distress Oxides blending them in one to the other. Once I was happy I then painted over it with a super sparkly clear ink which doesn’t show up that well in the photos but it has the prettiest glittery look to it!

I added two small square photos to the top left that I had mounted onto white tissue paper which just added a soft layer between the photo and background.

Then I built up a cluster around the photos using the coordinating ephemera, puffy stickers and gold glitter hearts. I added some matching sequins from my stash to add more sparkle!

Then I created another cluster to the bottom with the matching embellishments and a title using the foam title stickers.

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! And if you are shopping from Europe then drop by the Etsy Store. 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!

Happy Scrapping!

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!

Happy Scrapping!

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.

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!

Happy Scrapping!

Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei here with another layout featuring one of the lovely new March release cut files called Daffodil Posie which can be found here in the shop. As we are still in lockdown here in the UK and I am working from home I take a lunchtime walk around the neighbourhood each day and it’s so lovely seeing the new spring flowers coming out… which of course I have to photograph!

This is a much simpler layout than my usual as normally I like to use quite a lot of embellishments but this time I let the cut file and photos do it on their own! I used the lovely new Pinkfresh Studio ‘Keeping it Real’ collection as it had the perfect yellow patterned paper to use as a frame for my white cardstock background. Once stuck down I stitched around the inner edge with a light teal thread.

I used vellum to create a translucent backing and I stuck it directly to the cut file. Then I decided I needed the leaves to have some colour so behind the vellum I backed the leaves with one of the teal green patterned papers. The teal was quite a strong colour so having the vellum there just toned it down enough to add contrast but not be too bold.

Then I added some pretty shimmery yellow paint to the background using the packaging technique. I wanted to add enough of the yellow so that it would show through the backed daffodil cut file to represent the yellow of the flowers. I dried it off and then added lots of splatters.

I used sticky foam pads to back the cut file before attaching it to the painted background.

My two photos were mounted onto a couple of different patterned papers, the edges were distressed and then I attached these to the right of my layout.

To finish off I added a title, some enamel dots and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the all the other fab new March cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

By the Seaside | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my second layout this month I have one using my fave leaf cut file called ‘Lots of Leaves’ which can be found here in the shop. It is perfect for tucking into floral clusters which is exactly how I used it here….

I decided to use the pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Merry and Bright’ collection as I love the colours and thought they were perfect with my photo, and it shows just how versatile it is for using with non-festive photos!

I went with the wood patterned paper for my background and edged it with distressed strips of the candy stripe cut apart strip. Then I went and fussy cut a whole sheet of flowers from one of the patterned papers…. I find fussy cutting very relaxing and it didn’t take too long as I just did it while sat in front of the TV!

Next I cut three of the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files in white cardstock and backed them with vellum as I wanted a soft, translucent look to them as there would be lots of colours with the flowers.

Then I attached my photo to the layout after mounting it on a piece of pastel green gingham check patterned paper. I kept it flat (rather than add foam pads) as I was going to add lots of dimension anyway with the fussy cut flowers.

I then built up two clusters of fussy cut flowers in opposite corners of the layout along with the ‘Lots of Leaves’ cut files. I played around with the positioning for a while until I was happy, then I took a photo so I can remember where they go when sticking them down!

I didn’t use much else as I felt the flower clusters didn’t need it, just a small word banner, journaling tag, some hearts and a flair button.

And finally just finished off with some journaling and then added a title using some gold Thickers from my stash…

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases and if you want to get a free cut file each month make sure you sign up for the newsletter here! See you next month….

Happy Scrapping!

Happiness is You | Kirei Baldwin

Happy New Year CUT to YOU fans and wishing you all the best for 2021! This is my first share for the year and I am again using the lovely Oak Tree cut file as I love the delicate details and they cut so beautifully. I have to confess I had actually cut these two additional leaves to use when I was planning my second layout in Dec but didn’t end up using them at the time, so when I had the perfect photo to go with them I just had to use them!

I created a mixed media background using some Shimmerz paints that echoed the colours in the spotty patterned paper and those in my photo. I went with the packaging technique and dried it off between colours and then added lots of splatters.

My photo was mounted on five coordinating patterned papers again with distressed edges to add some texture. Then I attached it to the background with foam pads on the top edge only, I keep the photo flat on the bottom edge as that makes it easier to add embellishments around it. I tucked the two cut file leaves under the photo and stuck them down only at the top edges as I like having them lift off the layout slightly rather than be totally flat.

Then I added matching embellishments and some cute Bramble Fox deer and acorn Perspextives.

I finished off with a title and some journaling.

Thanks for stopping by today, do pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop where you will find loads more fab cut files along with the latest releases!

Happy Scrapping!

Gather | Kirei Baldwin

Seasons Greetings CUT to YOU fans! Christmas is almost here and my layout takes me back a few years to our annual Boxing Day walk from my in-law’s house to a local countryside pub. We all have a drink, typically I have a glass of warm mulled wine and we sit by the fire and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

So for this layout I used the lovely Oak Tree cut file, it is really delicate and cut beautifully from some of the Crate Paper Marigold patterned papers.

I added some torn layers to the top of my layout and then created a large photo and embellishment cluster. I firstly mounted my photo and then layered it up with some of the larger ephemera pieces. I tucked in some of the matching embellishments and added a few cute acorn Perspextives from Bramble Fox as they went perfectly with the cut file!

I tucked the two oak tree cut files under the bottom of the photo cluster and only stuck them down in the centre as I still wanted them to lift off the layout to add some dimension.

I finished off with a title from my stash that I stuck onto a piece of coordinating paper as that helped it pop more from the patterned background.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I will be back in the new Year with another layout. Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see all the fab Christmas themed cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Vegas Nights | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a bright and fun layout for my second share of the month using the new Chevron Stripe cut file which you can find here in the shop. It looks just like a giant pocket so of course I needed to make a big shaker pocket….

I cut the Chevron Stripe quite large on my Silhouette from a piece of patterned paper and then distressed the inner edges before I stuck some acetate to the back. I used foam strips all around the edges of the open cut file to create my pocket then filled it with lots of different coloured sequins from my stash. I then backed it with some white cardstock and there was my giant shaker!

I flipped it upside down and stuck down onto some white cardstock. Then I added the triangle piece I had leftover from the cut file to the bottom of the layout. Now time to add my photos and embellishments!

My two photos have been waiting to be scrapped for ages… they are my husband standing outside Planet Hollywood Resort after we had been to see the Backstreet Boys who just happened to be on while we were there… that was a real bonus as they were one of my husband’s fave bands when he was younger! I attached them both to the top right of the layout and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers around the top and bottom edges.

To balance my layout I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left again made up of chipboard stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

I finished off with a bright coloured title and some journaling.

Thanks for popping over to take a look, hope you’ve been inspired to use a cut file to make a giant shaker pocket! Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see the latest releases as well as all the other fab designs… there really is something for everyone!

Happy Scrapping!

Homemade Happiness | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone, Kirei here with my second layout for the month and this time I used two of the fab new May cut files… called ‘Homemade Happiness’ and ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ that are available now in the CUT to YOU shop! Now I don’t bake normally and am not a fancy cook but during lockdown I have been trying out new recipes and decided I needed to bake my husband’s favourite chocolate flapjacks! Nothing fancy but a big deal for me as I just wouldn’t normally do it…. so they had to make it onto a layout and these cut files where just perfect!CutToYou_KireiBaldwin_HomemadeHappiness_layoutB_May2020v2_withfooter

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I decided to use the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Noteworthy’ collection as I love the colours but better still there was a cute little bakery shop in the ephemera pack which was perfect to go with the two baking themed cut files!

For my background I picked a pretty yellow gingham patterned paper, then cut a curved strip from the top and bottom of the layout. I distressed the cut edges then backed the top and bottom with the same patterned paper that I used for the cut file title.

I cut the ‘Homemade Happiness’ cut file title twice, from one of the patterned papers and from white cardstock as I wanted to combine the two. I filled in the ‘HAPPINESS’ letters with the ones I cut from the white cardstock, this helped it stand out more against my yellow gingham check background. I stuck it down with foam pads as wanted to add some dimension.

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Then I cut the ‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ oven glove also from white cardstock and backed it with a pretty floral patterned paper. I attached it straight to the background but only in the centre as I curved the edges of the oven glove for more dimension. Then I added a small wooden enamel button to make it look like the oven glove was hung on it.

 

 

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To finish off I added three small photos that I backed with a coordinating patterned paper, these are stuck down flat on the bottom edge and raised on foam pads at the top edges.

I finished off with some cute ephemera, puffy stickers and enamel dots to the right of my photos, and as a cluster at the bottom of the layout… love the little bakery!

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To see more of the fab new releases don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop  and if you haven’t already then come and join in with the inspiration and chat over at the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook page!

Happy scrapping!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin

 

 

Love | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! I’m here with a layout using one of the fab new May cut file releases, this one is called ‘All You Need is Love’ and is available over in the CUT to YOU shop. This is a very girly layout and I went for lots of pretty colours, layered flowers and cute little icons!

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I often cut out my cut files from white cardstock but decided to mix it up and go with one of the patterned papers in the Echo Park ‘All Girl’ collection. I then backed each line of the cut file with a coordinating patterned paper.

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For the base of the layout I used a raspberry coloured patterned paper that I attached to a frame (which was from the same patterned paper as the cut file). I stitched around all four sides and distressed the edges and then I watered down some white paint and added lots of splatters to the background. Now I stuck down the cut file which I mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

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I used just the one square photo that I mounted with a few of the patterned papers then stuck that to the layout using foam pads… I do love adding dimension!

Then it was time to add some embellishments, now I only have the matching sticker sheet with this collection so made some of my own layered flowers using different size punches and patterned papers. 

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Then I tucked in some cute little stickers, a fussy cut rainbow and some pretty pastel acrylic hearts to finish off. I added my journaling along the bottom of the layout and didn’t bother with a title as I think the fab cut file says everything!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Why don’t you pop  on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see the rest of the fab new May releases… and if you haven’t already come and join the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group for more inspiration and chat!

Happy scrapping and stay safe!

DT NEW Kirei Baldwin