Family | Raechelle Bellus

Hello all! Raechelle here sharing a decades-old photo featuring the gorgeous new Floral Banner 2 cut file.

I was scrolling through some old photos and came across this gem of our children taken 20 years ago. I must say that I didn’t pay much attention to the date until it came time to document it, and I honestly had to do a triple take. No way could this photo have been taken twenty years ago. There is just no way these children are two decades older, but they really are. Just wow.

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Enough on that. Since there are so many colors in the photo, I wanted to empahsize them, but also keep this page light and fresh. Starting with a lighter color to back the larger two florals was a perfect way to keep the focus on the photos. Adding in the pops of color keeps the eye moving around the entire cut file, yet still maintaining a light feel.

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A few die cuts, strips of patterned paper, and whimsical wooden butterflies tie everything together and creates movement. Tucking the photo into the beautiful cut file makes this page feel cohesive and as if the photo is blooming out of the banner.

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There are so many fun and whimscial cut files to choose from in the CTY store. Which is your current favorite? Be sure to share your proejcts with us on the CUT to YOU HQ facebook page. We’d love to see them!

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Bloom Little One/Sara Scraps

Hello Creative Friends! Sara with you today to share my first layout of the decade and of the new design team term. Huge shout out to Gwen for letting me stay on! But enough about me, let’s get to the good stuff!

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I decided to share with you a layout idea for those  who may scrapbook in multiple sizes. I am guilty of this..I scrapbook in all.the.sizes! I cut my chosen cut file in a 12X12 size and then created an 81/2X11 layout. I used the Leaf Sprigs cut file  and then I trimmed it as I created the layout- yep, you can totally cut up your files!

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Backing the cut file with one patterned paper was an easy way to provide color and to help me to create a customized background for my layout.

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I paired the cut file with lots of embellishments from the Unforgettable collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

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I love how my layout turned out and a great way to showcase how to use a cut file for any size project!

You can see more details in my You Tube process video-

Have A Lovely Day!

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‘Squirrel’ Kirei Baldwin Guest Designer

It’s the weekend Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today with you to share the latest project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I just love the colours in this one! Perfect inspiration for our friends in the Northern hemisphere who are going into Autumn/Fall.

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I loved the ‘Squirrel‘ cut file and had the perfect title to go with it! I pulled out the One Canoe Two ‘Goldenrod’ collection that I’ve been hoarding and cut the ‘Squirrel’ out from one of the patterned papers, which I then backed with more of the coordinating papers all raised on foam pads. The landscape design patterned paper was perfect for my squirrel to sit on! I added a couple of photos and a few of the matching embellishments from the ‘Goldenrod’ collection and of course my title… ‘Nuts About You’!

You can shop our ‘Squirrel’ cut file here.

Until next time,

SO FUN | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share!  I’ve been absolutely itching to use the new Butterfly Cluster cut file for a sweet page of Miss C and me… I just love this cut file so much!  I love how versatile it is and how you can mix and match the layers and parts of the cut file to suit your project.  Here is what I’ve made.

To start my page, I’ve cut the cut file out twice.  Firstly with a pale pink cardstock and the second time with white cardstock.  I had an idea to use the white as my background and the pink as the butterfly inserts for the page.  You could absolutely mix and match here with pattern papers or even vellum for lots of different page themes.

I’ve backed the white cardstock with a bold print, this one from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper.  The idea for choosing something bold was to help the block shape of the butterflies stand out.  I also wanted to make sure I made a contrast between the background, the backed paper design and the pink sections of the butterflies.

This cut file is super fast to back, so if you are new to using them on your projects I would definitely recommend this one!

Once my cut file was all sorted and looking good, it was time to back my photo.  For this, I’ve used the same pink cardstock.  I wanted to make pink my highlight colour and using it around the photo really helps draw your eye to it.  It’s one thing to have a pretty cut file on your page, but you don’t want it to be so detailed or distracting that you are drawn to it over your precious photos!

It was now time to stitch!  I’ve hand stitched the elements in the die cut with some embroidery thread, again, using pink.  I’ve also stitched with my sewing machine around the edge of my photo and my layout to bring it all together.  I’ve then mounted my photo onto foam for dimension and added to my page.

At this stage, the page was really coming together.  It was now time for a title and some finishing touches.  I’ve gone with a chipboard title from the same collection as my pattern paper for consistency.  I’ve also just had a big dig through my stash for anything in the blue/green tone that would match.  Another great reason to invest in cut files…. they really do help you bust the smaller elements of your stash.  Adding a cut file to a small selection of embellishments really does pull a page together.

 

Once all of my elements were added the page was done!  This really did come together quickly and I just love how it turned out.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Hello Squirrel | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone!

Rachel back with you today with another page to share for

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I absolutely fell in love with this cute little squirrel cut file.

So I decided he needed a page all to himself!

I have cut the Squirrel cut file with my Silhouette.

I sized the cut so he would fill most of my 12×12 page.

I then used papers from an Autum-themed collection to back the cut file

and give it a cohesive feel.

I’ve been hoarding this collection for quite a while, but I thought it would be perfect to use the papers with the acorns for the Squirrel!

I then backed the cut file with some cardboard to raise it up off the page.

I also added some embellishments from the same

collection to finish off my page.

He looks so great all framed up ready to hang up on the wall!

Make sure to check out the shop, Etsy, Instagram and Pinterest!

And check out the Facebook CUT TO YOU HQ group for more inspiration.

We love to see what you have been creating with CUT TO YOU cut files.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x