Smile | Diamond Heart cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a pretty scrapbook layout featuring the gorgeous Diamond Heart cut file

I started by choosing a dark pink patterned paper for the cut file to be cut out from. I knew I was going to place this on a plain white cardstock background so the dark pink was perfect for the contrast. I did trim down the white cardstock and matted the entire page onto a colourful background paper. I do like how this helps the cut file and the elements on the page to pop!

Diamond Heart cut file

I adhered my photo and most of the embellishments that frame the photo on the right of the page, I did keep the embellishments small on this layout so that it did not take away from the pretty cut file too much. I added my title to the bottom of the heart, I chose a teal coloured title as I love pink and teal together so much! I also added a few of the pretty hearts around my page too.

At the top of the cut file, you can see I have added a bow, I just love bows and so whenever I get the opportunity to add one, I do! I think it goes so well in the middle of the top of the heart. I also added some chipboard and puffy sticker floral pieces around the perimeter of the diamond heart cut file. Lastly I stamped the date stamp on a small tag and my layout was complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Sadly this is my final layout as part of the awesome CUT to YOU design team for a little while. I would love to thank Gwen and all you amazing readers and crafters for all of your amazing support!

Happy creating!

Dear Santa | Gift Wrapped cut file | Tarrah McLean

Happy New Year creative friends!!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout featuring the pretty Gift Wrapped cut file.

Gift Wrapped cut file

I cut out the cut file as large as I could from a red patterned paper from the Crate Paper Busy Sidewalks collection, I then backed parts of the ribbon with a plaid patterned paper from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad. I then adhered the cut file to a plain white cardstock background using regular adhesive, placing it a bit straighter than the example in the cut file image.

I placed my photo using craft foam, and the layers underneath, towards the top right of my page so I didn’t cover up the cut file design too much. I tucked in some tag die-cuts at the bottom of the photo and some more die-cuts, chipboard and stickers around the photo. I opted for some gold puffy title stickers for my title, these were perfect to add as a title as they didn’t cover up too much of the cut file either. I also placed a flair button here. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled some black mist.

I love how this layout looks like a gift you can open up with the pretty bow and ribbon! I really enjoyed creating this layout and I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it?!

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for the most amazing cut files!

May your 2022 be the most memorable, happy and healthy year yet!

Happy creating!

Merry Everything | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends and Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful few days celebrating!

It’s Tarrah back with you to share a new Christmas layout featuring the awesome Merry Everything title cut file.

Merry Everything cut file

I started by cutting the Merry Everything cut file design out of white cardstock and then backed it with different papers from the Kringle & Co collection by Photoplay Paper. Once it was all backed I adhered the cut file with foam tape to the left of a patterned paper background also from the Kringle & Co collection. I then trimmed this paper down and matted the entire layout on the red plaid paper.

I adhered my photo to the right of the cut file with a small plaid paper layered under the photo. I added a gorgeous red and black heart from Charm’s Creations to the left of the photo and also added a flair from Just Add Flair to the centre of the ‘R’ in Every.

I kept the embellishing fairly simple, adding just a few stickers and die-cuts here and there. I like to add embellishments to the top of my cut files, I like how this helps to draw your eye to the cut file. Lastly I stamped the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Christmas.

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for all the amazing cut file designs to purchase!

Happy creating!

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 25

Hi Creative friends, Gwen with you back on the blog for the last day of our 25 Days of Christmas blog feature. I have one last Scrapbook layout idea for you, its a special layout about the night before Christmas.

I started the layout by backing the ‘December Title’ cut file in a mix of pattern papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Joyful’ collection. I’ve used the paper stack for this as the prints in the designs are a smaller format to those in the 12×12 sheets. I love how you can see more pattern in the open space of the cut file when working with these sized papers.

December Title Block

I’ve then gone ahead and created my background for the layout and mounted my photo. I’ve then added my signature stitching, I am crushing on this contrasting thread for this collection.

For the design of the page, I’ve gone with the photo on the left and then the title block cut file on the right. I’ll also be adding most of my embellishments on the right hand side of the page. I was also super keen to use one of the puffy sticker words to make my title ‘December Moments’. I’ve layered the puffy title over the top of the cut file, you can see above the beautiful shine on these stickers.

This photo was taken on Christmas Eve so I could not help but use this sweet sticker from the collection… just one sleep until Christmas! The number one is a Thicker from my stash, and was the perfect shade of Gold.

I’ve used a mix of chipboard and stickers, wood buttons and die cuts from the collection to embellish the page. Adding these details on top of the cut file. I am careful that I don’t add too many things, ensuring that the letters are still able to be read easily.

I finished up the page with some gold star elements and die cut stars from the Ephemera pack which you can see here.

I have also made a YouTube video of my process for this one which you can watch here:

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and that wraps up our special blog series – 25 Days of Christmas Scrapbook Ideas. I really hoped you enjoyed this series, it did take a bit to put together and a big thank you goes out to all of the amazing designers involved. From my family to yours, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I hope this time is one that is restful and that you are able to make some lovely new family memories. Maybe even get a little creative time to yourself as well. Be sure to jump on the discount code if you have not already as it is ending soon.

Until next time,

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 11

Rebeca Ruiz on the blog today guest designing. I hope you are having a joyful day! Today I’m sharing with you a layout I designed for Cut To You by Gwen 25 Days of Christmas’ projects share. I used the Star Cluster cut file, it is a beautiful design that can be used for Christmas projects but also for many other themes like birthdays, Disney, and more. Go to her blog for more Christmas ideas and don’t forget to visit her shop for amazing designs! But now, let’s talk about this layout and how I made it. Also, you can see the process video at the end of this post.

I started this layout by cutting the cut file twice, in different sizes. The biggest cluster was backed using a metallic vellum but you can use any kind of vellum for this. The smaller cluster was backed using patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Merry and Bright collection.

Star Cluster

I started by cutting the Leaf Sprigs design from white cardstock and then backed the leaves and berries with different patterned papers. I will admit, it did take a little time to get the spaces all backed neatly however I love how it turned ouI separated the stars from the cluster using a scissor and fixed the end points, then added them on top of the vellum cluster using foam tape in the center. This creates a beautiful effect and adds dimension to the layout.

To help the cut file stand out in the white background, I added a coral paint to it. For that, I prepared the white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. Then, using Shimmerz paints in Peachy Keen and Cheeky Pink mixed together and diluted in water, I added color to the paper using a brush. Once the paint was dry, I added splatters using the same coral paint, Shimmerz in Miner, Miner 49er, and white acrylic paint.

To enhance the stars a little more, I used gold gumdrops from Your Next Stamps. They look great in the stars and add that glitter and gold touch that is perfect for Christmas projects.

When the background paint was dry and ready, I started adding the papers to the layout. For that, I used a sheet of green gingham from the 6″ x 8″ paper pad because this pattern is not available in the 12″ x 12″ papers. Then, using a doily border punch by We R Memory Keepers I created two borders, one in peach and the other in blue, both using patterned papers from the collection. I love adding these touches to my project because they are simple, I can use my punches, and they gives the layout texture, dimension, and interest, while making the layout more elegant, girly, and pretty.

For more texture, I distressed the edges of the papers and photo mats a little. The title was made using Thickers from American Crafts in gold. I always add a little bit of liquid adhesive to secure them to the layout because I live in a hot and humid island and they tend to fall from the pages.

Since I love to stitch in my projects and recently bought a metallic gold thread, I wanted to use it and this was the perfect opportunity. I reduced the white cardstock to 11 3/8″ x 11 3/8″ and framed it with the woodgrain paper. In the video you can see that I save the interior part of the woodgrain paper by making a frame of 1″ around all the border before adding the layout to it.

The last detail I added to the layout were wood stars that I had in my stash. I don’t know who made them because I bought them in a local craft store some time ago and placed them in a resealable bag without any info on the manufacturer. They are very cute and came in three sizes, which add interest and balance the layout.

This is a quick and fun layout that you can replicate to document your Christmas memories or any other moment. If you want to see a quick process video of how I made it, you can find it in my YouTube channel. If you like and enjoy the video, don’t forget to give it a like and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Thanks for staying with me during this post. I hope you like this layout and it inspires you to craft! 

Rebeca

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 5

Hi creative friends, it’s Tarrah back with you today and I am very excited to be joining in the 25 Days of Christmas celebrations, I created a new scrapbook layout featuring the beautiful Leaf Sprigs cut file design.

December is here and we have some fun celebrations happening between the 1st and 25th! Our fab design team will be popping into the blog everyday with some scrappy Christmas inspiration for you! Be sure to check the blog for your code on a sweet deal on the featured design of the day.

Leaf Sprigs cut file

I started by cutting the Leaf Sprigs design from white cardstock and then backed the leaves and berries with different patterned papers. I will admit, it did take a little time to get the spaces all backed neatly however I love how it turned out.

Once the design was all backed I adhered it flat to my chosen background paper, arranging it in a wreath shape as it was meant and curled up the leaves and berries to show some dimension on the page. I placed my photo towards the centre right, layering a paper underneath and tucking in some embellishments.

I could not go past the super cute reindeer sticker so he made it onto the page, looking as though he is jumping in to the photo of my sons. Here I also adhered the transparent piece with the Merry Christmas title. A few chipboard pieces, die-cuts and the gold puffy stickers were scattered around my page too. Lastly I stamped the date stamp.

Love the project and want to make one of your very own? Pop by the store and use the code CHRISTMASFAVS at checkout to get this design at 80% off. No additional purchase necessary.

Code is only valid until midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) December 31st 2021.  **No exceptions – please check your timezone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item at the discount.  No refunds will be given for missed codes.

Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Joy | Christmas Joy cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends! It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Christmas themed scrapbook layout featuring the awesome Christmas Joy cut file. As you can tell in my layout, I didn’t not use much of the cut file on my page at all! I ended up cutting most of it up and opting for just the one word title for this layout.

Christmas Joy cut file

I firstly cut the entire cut file out from white cardstock and then decided it was a little bit big for what I wanted it for. I did want to include a few embellishments on this layout so by cutting up the cut file, it allowed me to use some if the embellishments without making the page look too busy. I backed the cut file with a gorgeous red paper, I love how this makes the cut file stand out. I also love layering things on tip if cut files, I took one of the circle die-cuts and popped it up with foam tape in the centre of the ‘O’ of Joy.

I placed my photo slightly towards the left of my page and then layered the Joy title to the right of the photo, slightly overlapping onto the photo. Above the title I placed some ephemera pieces and an enamel dot. To the right of the title I placed a flair button, a heart and a phrase sticker. Below I added the Christmas title and also a pretty fabric bow. A few more phrase stickers added here also help tell the story.

Underneath my photo, I layered a cardstock frame, added a Charm’s Creatiom arrow to the left of the photo and layered a circle die cut on top. I pooped up the Fa La La La pennants with foam tape and adhered this at the bottom of the photo. Lastly I stamped the date sta pplpmp to finish my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the amazing cut files you can purchase for your projects!

Happy creating!

Sun + Shine | Summer Vibes cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Summer themed layout featuring the gorgeous Summer Vibes title cut file. I decided to take just the sun shape from the cut file and put the title away to use another time.

Summer Vibes cut file

I cut the design out from white cardstock and then backed it with a nice pink patterned paper. I then added craft foam underneath and adhered it to the top half of the teal scalloped patterned paper I chose for my background. I also adhered a strip of the blue patterned paper just under the sun cut file. I love the shadows the layout gets when elements are popped up with dimensional adhesive.

I placed my photo and the layers under my photo towards the right of my page and also some adhered some embellishments here too. Some embellishments I added were stickers, floral and regular die- cuts, floral transparent pieces, puffy stickers and chipboard pieces. I placed my title ‘Sun + Shine’ in the arch of the sun and also adhered a wood veneer cloud here.

To the left of my photo I placed a tag upside down so that the tie was at the bottom, I love the texture some twine brings to a layout. I also adhered the Sun Shine Sun yellow diecut here. As I added yellow here I then strategically placed a yellow embellishment in 2 other positions on my layout to create a visual triangle on my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs to go with your next project.

Happy creating!

Get Your Witchy On | Halloween 2 cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing……..yes another spooky Halloween layout! I chose to cut out the Halloween 2 cut file from one of the plain patterned papers in the Crate Paper Hey Pumpkin paper pad. I then adhered the cut file using my trusty Nuvo glue on to the orange spotted paper, I love the contrast of the white against the orange. Very effective. I trimmed the orange patterned paper down slightly on one side and the top and adhered it to the black cardstock.

Halloween 2 cut file

You can see in the photo above that I didn’t adhere the web cut file down completely, how you can tell is the shadow that you can see where the cut file lifts up off the page slightly. I love dimension and shadows on a layout! Don’t you?! I decided to place my photo on the right portion of the page and placing my embellishments and title in a horizontal design across the page.

The Halloween 2 cut file was perfect to go with my photo as the photo is of me with a Halloween Snapchat filter, aren’t those web eyes cool?! I pulled out a few bits and pieces from a few different Halloween collections including some chipboard, stickers and ephemera. I wanted to keep most of the outside of the web cut file free of embellishments, choosing to only add the 31 chipboard piece at the top and some sprinkles of black mist. I also stamped the date stamp and freehand drew a black outline around the outside of the layout using a black pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?! Check out all the Halloween cut files in the CUT to YOU store, I am certain there is something there for your next Halloween project!

Happy creating!

Tee Time | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! For my latest layout I’m using the Rock Star cut file that you can find here in the shop. I think it is a a really versatile cut file that can be used for all sorts of photos…. so it was perfect for the photo of my husband and his best mate playing golf on a weekend away, they are superstars after all!

Firstly I backed the large star on the cut file using a patterned paper from my stash, and then backed all the other stars using vellum. Both the patterned paper and vellum were raised on foam pads to add dimension.

I cut my white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ (29cm) and distressed the edges and then stuck it to a patterned paper frame. Then I placed the Rock Star cut file onto the background and once I was happy with the position I roughly marked in pencil where it sat so that I could add my mixed media in the right place! I used three different Distress Oxides inks that coordinated with the checked patterned paper and applied them using the packaging technique in the three areas that would show beneath the small stars of the cut file. Once it was dry I added splatters of the same coloured inks and once that was dry I then splattered it all over with white paint.

I also added splatters to some of the small inner stars from the cut file so that they coordinated with the smooshy background.

Once it was all dry I stuck down the backed Rock Star cut file. I then added the individual stars (after distressing the edges) curving up the points slightly and only sticking them down in the centres.

Then I added my square photo that had been mounted to another coordinating patterned paper.

I added a number of word embellishments around the photo but it didn’t need much as I wanted to showcase the cut file and mixed media background. A few Bramble Fox star Perspextives of matching colours were added in and around the cut file stars.

And of course I finished off with a title and some journaling.

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Happy Scrapping!