Far and Wide | Backpack Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends today I have a layout to share using the fab https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/backpack-cut-file/. As soon as I saw it a travel themed layout came to mind!

I wanted it to be bright and fun so I enlarged it and paper backed it with the new collection by Paige Evans Go the Scenic Route. I added machine stitching to add texture and definition.

I added it to a 10×10 inch white card stock with foam tape so I could add elements later. I added two borders to the white card stock (isn’t this heart paper gorgeous!). I then added embellishments behind the backpack, tickets and a packing list, perfect for my layout theme.
I next added my photo (with foam tape) which is 3.5×3.5 inches, this photo is of me in Turkey Istanbul in 2016. I matted my photo, added some machine stitching and then tucked a floral bunch and tab/heart behind my photo.
Lastly I added my title, following the shape of the backpack, I used bright coloured alphas so it wouldn’t get lost on my layout. I added some typed details such as destination and date.

I love how this turned out, and this backpack is so gorgeous and I know I will use it again for different themed layouts. It is a must have in your cut file library. You can shop here https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Rachel X

My Fave Story | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I have a fur baby love layout to share using the gorgeous Bow Cluster cut file.

I sized the Bow Cluster cut file as large as I could go on a 12×12 cutting mat. I used a beautiful floral paper to paper back the bows and add the bow centre with foam tape to add dimension. I have used a mixed media background paper (I have used Pinkfresh Studio Celebrate collection) to provide a contrast. This page builder cut file is perfect to add visual interest and layers to your layout.

I chose where I was going to add my photo but before adhering I created two floral bunches on either side of my photo. I then used foam tape to add my photo to create more height.

I then created an embellishment cluster that would also be my title under my photo.

I added some die cut butterflies over the floral bunches with foam tape so they didn’t get lost or appear flat on my layout.

I found a super cute wood dog embellishment in my stash and just had to add it even!

This layout is so pretty you could use many types of photos/themes, but my fur baby turned seven this week and I was a little nostalgic and found this puppy photo to scrap.

You will find this cut file in the shop now along with so many other gorgeous cut files!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon.

Happy Together | Our Story Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I am sharing a layout featuring the Our Story cut file.

I love this cut file with the gorgeous book and title. I have used Crate Paper Fresh Bouquet collection. I chose a background paper and splattered some gold lightly over it. I then cut my title in a blue and the book in a cream. I decided to use two patterned papers for the pages.

So my pages appear to be slightly ‘up’ I did not adhere the top of the pages (cream cardstock) this way they have a natural curve up. I added a sentiment sticker with foam tape to add height on the left side of the pages. Next I added my photo.

I added my photo (of me with my tribe) with foam tape and tucked a flower under the frame. Then it was about adding those smaller details that pull a layout together. I added two flower die cuts to the top of my page, layered and the top one with foam tape. I added tiny flowers over my title, a phrase sentiment over the heart and an adorable bunny!

Here are some more photos of the book part of the cut file:

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you in some way! Head over to the Cut to You shop!

Sunshine, Rainbows and Happy Days | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends! For those who know me know I LOVE rainbows and just had to use this new release one Sunshine Rainbows cut file

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I have used the new collection by Amy Tangerine Picnic in the Park. fullsizeoutput_56c1As I knew I would be using bright and bold colours/patterns I cut in white cardstock. I used white glitter on the words that would remain white, it shows beautifully in real life (not so good in my photos), also adding some dimension and texture. Next I chose my four rainbow pieces keeping it fun and vibrant. Once I adhered these to my white cardstock I added machine stitching using a turquoise coloured thread.Untitled-4

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This cut file is the complete package, a beautiful rainbow and layout title all in one!  To see all the other August new release head to the Cut to You shop

Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon.

Rachel X

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My Lovely Life |Spring Floral Edge | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends, how gorgeous are this months new releases! I had a difficult time choosing which ones to use. I love the new Spring Floral Edge cut file and had to create wit this first up.IMG_8541

fullsizeoutput_56d9I have used the gorgeous Sweet Story collection by Crate Paper. I wanted this cut file to be the feature of my page especially as I have used a busy background paper. I attached off centre on my background page using white cardstock to cut the file.fullsizeoutput_56cbI then chose my colour combo, choosing a bright floral blue paper for the flowers an a pale pink for the leaves. To add texture to my layout I added machine stitching to the leaves. I added the flower petals with foam tape (except the flower centre) to add dimension and height. I also at this point added splatters of white paint across my page.fullsizeoutput_56c6I next attached my photo which I double matted so it did not get lost against my busy background. I further framed it with embellishments and my title ‘my lovely life’.fullsizeoutput_56c9

Now it was time to get out those pretty embellishments and make some clusters!

fullsizeoutput_56c8fullsizeoutput_56cafullsizeoutput_56c7I avoided adding floral embellishments as with this cut file you wouldn’t want to over do it with florals. With some of my embellishments I added with foam tape to create more height on my layout.fullsizeoutput_56cdI love how this turned out, modern, whimsical and the spring floral edge cut file is certainly the star of this layout (and the photo of my gorgeous daughter of course!). Make sure you head over to the shop to see all the gorgeous new August releases. Thank you for stopping by today and stay safe and well.

Rachel X

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So Berry Sweet | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I have a 8.5×11 inch layout featuring the gorgeous recent release  So Berry Sweet cut file.

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I wanted to scrap a photo of one of my 3D paper crafts, a picnic basket and strawberries and as well as this perfect cut file I used Crate Paper Sweet Story collection a perfect pair!

248DB86E-3B28-4F79-BF68-208AC23DCBEBOnce I had sized the cut file as I wanted it I cut it in white. I chose the beautiful strawberry paper to back my letters. You will note in the close up photo, some of them have been added with foam tape to create dimension.

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I next set about paper piecing the strawberry which I kept true to life and then added to my page with foam tape. As I always do I used the ‘release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) to pull elements out of the cut file and cut individually.

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I next added my photo (2.5×2.5 inches) which I matted against a yellow paper to keep the balance between red and yellow. I added a large die cut to draw your eye to the photo and then added some phrase sentiments to tie in with my theme.

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I then added smaller embellishments to finish off my layout, some with foam tape for dimension. I used a gorgeous floral paper for my border which contrast wonderfully against the white cardstock. It’s fun to scrap memories that don’t involve people, but other things that are a part of you and your life.

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Well thats it from me today. Be sure to head over to the Cut to You shop to see this and all the other gorgeous cut files. See you again soon and happy creating!

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Precious Moments | Mrs Fox Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hello crafty friends today I have a layout sharing the super adorable Mrs Fox cut file! All the heart eyes for this cut file.

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And here is my layout!

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Of course she had to be the focus of my page so I cut her at 8.5×8.5 inches and adhered to my background page with foam tape so I could tuck elements under later. I decided to go with a little mixed media background instead of my go to white cardstock so the fox blended in naturally. I then paper pieced the fox by pulling out the sections as I wanted (using the release compound function Silhouette Cameo).

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I then adhered my photo choosing not to mat it as I didn’t want my page to end up look too busy., but added some floral die cuts and a phrase sentiment.

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I added my title by using a die cut and tucking some flowers under the foxes tail. I finished off adding some enamel dots and two puffy stickers. I love how she turned out and I think it goes with the photo of my tribe perfectly!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and head over to the CTY shop to see this and all the other new release cut files.

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Summer Days | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone, it’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the awesome Summer Days cut file title and some of the cute elements from the Summer Page Builder cut file. My layout share today is inspired by CSI challenge Case No. 322. CUT to YOU is one of the sponsors for the CSI challenges, so why not join in to be in the running to win free cut files?!

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I started out by cutting the Summer Days title and the Summer page builder cut file all from white cardstock, I then backed them all with some of the pretty papers from the Sunny Days collection by Crate Paper. Once they were all backed, I added foam adhesive to the bottom of them all. I chose a super cute photo of my nieces in the pink Summer gear, it was perfect for this page as the CSI inspiration photo has lots of pink. I adhered my photo in the centre of the white cardstock background with some paper layers underneath. This then allowed me to work out where my title and cloud and sun elements were going to go.

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One of the other inspirations I took from the CSI inspiration image were the pieces of fruit, I just had to include the pieces of chipboard fruit to the right of my photo. I think they look really cute there! I love to layer elements over the top of the cut files, as you can see in the detail photo below, I have added some stickers to the Summer Days title. In the detail photo above I added a phrase sticker to one of the clouds and a cute flair button to the centre of the sun.

On the left side of my photo, I added a phrase die-cut with a tag tucked in and some cherry chipboard pieces, I like how these balance with the citrus fruit on the right hand side. Below the title I added a title sticker, a smaller sticker and a heart sticker too. As you can see in the detail photo below, you can see how the title popped up on foam adhesive creates some shadows and gives dimension. I love how this looks on my page. Lastly I stamped the date stamp, I trimmed down the white cardstock background and adhered the cardstock to one of the blue and white stripe patterned papers from the Sunny Days collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the gorgeous cut file designs that you keep forever once you purchase them once! I hope you get the chance to join in one of the CSI challenges too!

Happy creating!

Adorable You | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here and today I have a vintage themed layout to share. This photo is of my great, great grandmother who I was blessed to have in my life until I was 10 years old, I having such fond memories of her. I have used two cut files on this layout both new releases Adorable You and Love Heart Rows.

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I have used the beautiful collection by Uniquely Creative Winter Rose. I added a row of machine stitching to each ‘wood panel’ of my background paper. I sized the Love Heart Rows cut file so it would sit in-between the printed floral blooms on the background paper. I set aside some of the ‘negative’ hearts so I could add some later. I next positioned my photo with foam tape which I used a die cut frame (I also added some machine stitching around it).

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I then started to add embellishment clusters, where I could adding machine stitching in keeping with my vintage theme, taking some elements under my picture and some over.

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I next add my title using the Adorable You title cut file. Once cut I used an embossing folder (dots) and ran it through my big shot, this adding texture and a pretty effect on the plain paper. I added the YOU with foam tape to create dimension, all these techniques attracting your eye.

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I then added some of the negative hearts that I put aside from the Love Heart Rows cut file, some I added with foam tape to add height and others I used a dot of wet glue.

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To finish of I added a light spray of gold and white paint, which again keeps the vintage theme going.

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I love how this layout turned out, lots of varying dimension and textures. Don’t be afraid to use machine stitching, it doesn’t have to be super perfect or neat, although that will come with practice but the textured effect is so worth it. These two cut files are just beautiful and are a must to have in your cut file library.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you get a little creative time.

Rachel X

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Life is Lovely | Diamonds Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends, Rachel here and today I have a layout featuring the Diamonds cut file available in the Cut to You shop now!43262BAD-9435-40E7-AD55-1161052DB94DIMG_6206

I have used Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Magical Forest collection to create this layout of my baby boy being lifted in the air by his sister. Using a wood grain paper I cut the Diamonds at 9×9 inches. Once adhered to the centre of my green background paper I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and dragged out some of the diamonds and cut in a gorgeous mustard colour to add a stark contrast. I added them with foam tape to create a 3D effect.0A694BD0-839D-4115-A07D-3DA968151D0BI splattered my page with gold and white paint. Once dry I added two paper strips (mustard and blue), having added machine stitching to them prior. I next added my photo with foam tape. I added a phrase sentiment on my photo (which is my title), a puffy bird sticker finished of with wash tape added on the bottom of my photo (sentiment wash tape from the CP Heritage collection) which I also added some machine stitching to.FAB49051-A361-4F6A-9832-C6EA3B662605

24FA346E-1B5B-4931-8C0A-E971BB83B3D9I next added an embellishment cluster using chipboard stickers from the collection, creating a cute scene to tie in with my layout theme.4B7FD013-9E0D-494E-8F50-7C9225BC7081I created another embellishment cluster on the opposite upper side, how gorgeous is the macrame rainbow!BADA648F-029B-4B25-B167-45063EACCC21I finished off adding a cute camera sticker, word sentiment and more machine stitching. To create a contrast between the wood grain and green papers I added some gold photo corner stickers.D4569E35-61CD-4298-BDC4-E8C419FB6B59I love how the Diamond cut file created a stunning background and added to the layers of this layout! Check out the ‘background‘ section on the website for more fun options! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

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