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

So Proud Of You | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone!! Melinda here with you today sharing another 12×12 layout featuring 2 photos AND 2 cut files!!

Cut file number one is “Award Ribbon (So Proud)” which I have only used the title from and cut on smooth white cardstock.

Cut file number two is “Leaf Edge” which was also cut on smooth white cardstock.

You can see my whole process in my process video below, just hit that play button, sit back and enjoy!

And a super quick run down of what I’ve done and the products I used! So, I am playing with the Paige Evans “Bloom Street” collection for this one and could not resist that pattern paper for my background! *insert all the heart eyes*

I’ve added mixed media to my leaf cut files and then backed them with vellum. Note – this was a very dainty and somewhat time consuming task but I really love the subtle element it adds!

I have backed my title with a paper from the 6×8 paper pad. I used my Cameo software to cut the pattern paper to fit perfectly behind my cut file!

I finished off with 2 small clusters. One to the top right of the photos – where I also tucked in a little tag with some journalling and another to the bottom left of the photos.

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to create something with beautiful cut files, pretty papers and stickers!!

Make sure you check out the store here for more amazing cut files and so, so much inspiration!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel

I {Heart} You | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello CUT to YOU friends!!

Firstly, I would like to wish all of you Mum’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!! I realise that for everyone it is not “best day ever” stuff so to those of you in this category (and everyone else ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I would like to send you a big virtual hug all the way from sunny Perth, Asutralia. Filled with lots of love and hopefully some extra scrappy mojo!!

Today’s share is a bit of a special page for my biggest little guy, the one that made me a Mum 10 years ago!

For this page I have used the “I heart you” cut file. It’s a bit of an older file but totally captured the sentiment for this page! And I really love how versatile it is!!

I knew I wanted to use the Paige Evans Bloom Street for this page – my boy loves colour, rainbows and of course, iridescent shiny things – and he chose (between 2) my background paper and also the paper I would use to cut my title. I love his choices and the way the title pops off that background!

I’ve seen so, so many people do this technique (namely Rachel and Piroska!) and really love it – mostly for the point of difference it offers!! I cut this twice on my Cameo using 2 different pattern papers from the 6×8 paper pad and just switched the internal heart pieces over!

This technique is so so easy too!! All you have to do is cut the file (as you would normally!), stick the outline flat to your layout (or this would look really cool as a card too!!) and then using foam dots/cardboard or what ever you have to hand to add dimension pop up the internal letters inside the outline and voila!!

The other thing I was 200% sure of when I started this page was that I wanted it have a fair amount of journalling. From me to my boy. Speaking about being his Mum. I chose this 6×8 patterned paper from the new Shimelle collection, pencilled out my journalling and then, using a silver pen, added it permanently to the page.

I used a punch to add the notebook detail to the top of my lined paper and scraps of the papers I had used for my title, tucking them together to look kinda like they’d come out of a notebook.

Now time for the fun stuff – embellishing!! By the time I had my photo, title and journalling in place it was pretty easy to finish off with 3 clusters to draw your eye around the page.

I started with stickers from the sticker book in the collection and added elements to each of the 3 places of embellishments. Some pieces were popped up while others were tucked and others still were stuck flat to the page.

From there a few smaller elements from the 6×12 cardstock stickers. Again, some flat, some popped up and some tucked. I was so excited when I found 3 of those adorable bees? butterflies?; I’m not entirely sure but they are so cute!! And the lady bugs too!

And finishing off with some Nuvo Drops. I’ve done 3 in each cluster using the “Grey Mist” Jewel Drops which dry translucent. Then 1 of the “Bubblegum Blush” in each cluster and 2 of the “Blue Babe” to complete the page.

I am so happy with how this page came together!! I love when an idea works out better than you thought it would! I’m not sure about everyone else but I don’t often journal these “deeper” things right there in the open but I am so glad I did, especially for today’s share! Mother’s Day is not just about one day cause (I’m certain we all know this already!!) a Mum’s job is never done!!

I also have a process video which you can see simply by clicking play above!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the new release over in the shop, there a few specific Mother’s Day cut files but also over here in the store! And so, so, so many of the non-specific cut files would also work perfectly like the gorgeous “Floral Hearts Frame 02” or the “Homemade Happiness“. You could always make yourself a coffee and just browse the store for endless hours too ๐Ÿ˜‰
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that wherever you are and whoever you are with you are having a truly lovely day doing things that you love, especially getting in some scrap time!!! Until next time, take care!
Melinda

HOME | Michelle Stokes

Hi Friends its Michelle S here today with a new layout share for you all. I chose to document a funny family photo for this creation to features one of the ‘Special Edition’ designs released as part of the NEW Home Bodies release. Its an interesting time world-wide right now, and were taking each day as it comes in our little house.

The Home Grid cut file is perfect for filling up an entire 12×12 layout, and those cut little houses! I had a hard time working out which pattern paper I wanted to back them all with.

I resized the design in silhouette studio to approx 11.5 inch square and cut it out on white cardstock. I then chose a couple of different pattern papers from the Bloom Street collection to back the different elements. Dark floral for the letters, ombre hearts on pink for the ‘O’ heart, multi colour hearts for the house’s, diagonal stripe paper for the house roof and the blue tartan style design for the chimney.

I’ve added some vellum to each area of the grid that had an element to fill in with pattern paper, then adhered the cut file piece to another piece of cardstock using foam tape for a slight hint of dimension. This entire piece was then adhered to a 12×12 piece of the dark / bright florals from the same collection.

I kept the layers behind our fun family photo to a minimum as there was already so much colour going on in the background. I chose elements that co-ordinated with the dark floral paper

Along the top right of the cut file Ive added a cluster of elements that sit slightly over one of the little houses

Diagonally across the page along the bottom edge I’ve added similar elements to the top cluster to tie it all together.

Well friends thats all from me today. I hope this post has found you safe and well. Be sure to check out the other cut file designs that are part of this collection. You can find them HERE. Also don’t forget to share all things CUT to YOU within the CTY HQ group on Facebook

Thanks again for stopping by!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

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Heres a sneak peek of the most recent FREE cut file design

Live Life in Full Bloom | Rachel Lowe

Hello cut file crafty friends, today is all about florals and leaves in bloom! I have used the gorgeous new cut file Lots of Leaves Frames.

And here is what I created.

IMG_4849 I have used the new collection Bloom street by Paige Evans and hand made flowers (yes get your hand punches out and layer away!).fullsizeoutput_4ec6Instead of my go to white base paper I have used this gorgeous multi coloured striped paper as I joined in the great challenge over at CSI Challenge Blog.

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I cut the file at approximately 10×10 inches and then backed the lower frame and leaves in the same paper. I then added my photo to the top frame.

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fullsizeoutput_5060This type of cut file makes it so easy to embellish in such an eye catching way.  I set about embellishing the bottom frame by adding my title, a die cut phrase, adding a layered flower and die cut butterfly. I went off centre for visual interest.D36B9D50-D77E-4B42-8E14-ECCF0A0F9EB9I added my layered flowers in amongst the leaves coming off the frames, this way they look like they are a part of the frame.74C39253-72E8-4587-A245-77D7E63B669DTo finish off I added some phrase sentiments and more flying beauties such as this lovely bird as well as the butterflies.Untitled-2This is a very ‘busy’ layout for me but I like it for a change of pace so to speak (back to white card stock tomorrow lol!).

Thank you as always for stopping by and more than ever in these challenging times how lucky are we to have such a hobby to fill our time at home.

Take care and stay safe.

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Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel