Family Memories/Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today sharing a family layout! I’m using the Faceted Squares cut file- and turning it on its side.

Cut files are one of those scrapbooking embellishments that you can turn and adapt in soo many fun ways! I simply took this diamond shape, cut it, then flipped it to a square to give my photo a colorful mat.

That one little easy step gives the cut file a completely different look! Its like getting two cut files for the price of one!

Now let’s talk about color…

I used blending brushes to add a light wash of ink to the cut file. You can still see lots of white comng through and a touch of brown ink deepened the colors and helped to match my papers and embellishments perfectly!

I always find using a dark background on a layout to be a bit tricky…you don’t want the whole layout to be dark. I find that some white splatter is just the trick to help lighten everything up.And for this layout, I found the cut file helped too- giving the layout some contrast and lightening up the whole layout!

Next time you are in your scrapping area, I challenge you to try a dark background and brighten it up with a fun cut file – maybe even try rotating your favorite cut file from the SHOP and see what kinds of new, fun desgins you can create with a simple turn!

I have a proces video up on my channel as well with more tips and tricks too!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara

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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Better Together | Rainbow Love | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here again with another LOVE themed layout! This has to be one of my fav photos of my youngest and I, hence my title. I have used this beautiful new release cut file Rainbow Love   I have used Lucky Us collection by Pink Paislee.98FDE92E-293D-40EF-843B-E48346231F63

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Firstly I cut the rainbow in white cardstock at 10×10 inches.  I started at the hearts and worked my way in. I added the hearts with foam tape to create a 3D effect. I also added several die cuts heart on top of these hearts. Layering is a great way to create a 3D effect.DB172452-6A6C-4D01-BB43-E93E6F52689FI then used three different patterned papers for my rainbow creating visual interest.A0BC1D8B-62F2-4ACB-A792-566A6E51DAFAI matted my photo and added with foam tape, tucking under a flower sticker and adding a heart sticker slightly over the photo finished off with a floral sticker on the other side of my photo.84D4517F-35CC-40EF-99FF-9B888E9835BEI added my title keeping it in line with the bottom of the rainbow, and then added my sub titles directly under and keeping it centred.fullsizeoutput_4a72You could do so much with this Rainbow Love cut file, lots of creative possibilities! Head over to the Cut to You shop to see this and all the other gorgeous cut files to add to your collection.DAF1E67B-FEFE-48D5-A69E-FD5CCE4516AFThanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful creative week.

Rachel X

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LALA Love |Circle of Love | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY crafty friends today I have a love themed layout using the gorgeous new cut file Circle of Love

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I have used Crate Paper Lala Love collection.Untitled-30I cut the Circle of Love cut file measuring 10.5×10.5 inches in white cardstock, I then added it to another piece of white cardstock measuring 11×11 inches.34F7DEBC-FD3E-40FB-885C-5F906CCBB853I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and pulled out the hearts, I then divided them into two and cut using two different papers/patterns. I added each heart with foam tape to create a 3D effect. I  hand stitched the inner circle to add definition and texture. I added my photo off centre with foam tape.1B08B8AD-076D-4A84-890C-43F59D75823BI added rubber embellishments on my photo to draw your eye to it.83A37D4F-32C8-4A3A-8298-52B4DB7EA405I tucked under my photo a floral die cut to break up the white of the circle. I used a brighter coloured paper  to add my final page border, again to provide contrast against the white. I couldn’t resist adding this gorgeous tasselled heart to finish off!34EE8D5A-365A-4810-B3F2-E796EFA273F2This cut file is perfect for any Valentine layout or card!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope my layout has inspired you to get crafty this week! Head over to the Cut to You Shop and grab your own Circle of Love cut file.

Rachel X

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Hooray | Sara Scraps

Hello Creatives! Sara here today with a brand new layout featuring the My Kind of Messy cut file.

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To make my cut file really POP! , I first cut it in black cardstock and then splattered it like crazy with white acrylic paint. It gave the cut file a ton of interest and the black added a lot of contrast to my layout.

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By pairing my cut file with a “pre-printed” watercolor background paper and keeping the embellishments simple and geometric, this layout came together quick as a wink!

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You can see my whole process right here.

Be sure to take a peek at the shop HERE   Which cut file do you think would look awesome cut with black? I’d love to see!

Have A Lovely Day!

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Christmas Tags | Christmas Stocking | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends Rachel here again! I love making gift bags, boxes and tags, I love even more giving them and knowing others really appreciate the fact you made them! Today I have some gift tags to share with you. I have used the Christmas Stocking cut file.

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The great thing about tags is that you can use up all the bits and pieces from various collections. I have used a mix of PinkFresh Studio Christmas collections 2018 and 2019.7E80C3B4-CEB9-40D5-B535-E49569367684I measured what size I wanted my tags to go with my gift bags and pillow boxes and cut accordingly in white. So it was easier to paper piece them I used the trace function and cut the outline (Silhouette Cameo), this way you also have a neat reverse side to write your message on the reverse of the tag.fullsizeoutput_48f0I chose two main colours for the stocking, a traditional Christmas red and a non traditional blue. I am not a huge fan of bling or glitter but always use it at Christmas, I have used glitter flocked paper and star white & gold glitter.

Before I paper pieced, so I could use the paper loop at the top of the stocking cut file I cut off the white base cut. To paper piece I have used the ‘Release Compound’ function (Silhouette Cameo) which ensures your tag paper choses are precise and neat fullsizeoutput_4902Here I have attached the Christmas stocking to pillow boxes which will be filled with little treats. I used gold thread to attach to the pillow box wrapping it around several times and knotting at the back.7BA4ED33-F9BB-4730-B69B-AF9A764C4587These would also look fab on a Christmas card too! It is my fav part of Christmas creating gorgeous tags and gift bag/boxes and cut files such as this allow you to personalise your gift giving. Thank you for stopping by! See you again soon.

Rachel X

 

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