Pool Cocktails | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! We have a celebration this month as it’s CUT to YOU’s 3rd birthday! Woo hoo! Happy Birthday! To celebrate each of the Design Team are scraplifting one of Gwen’s past layouts…. I chose one she did back in March 2020 which you can find here, and I followed the design of the layout by using a large cutfile to the left of the photo.

I chose the fun Tropical Punch cut file which can be found here in the shop as it was perfect to go with my photo of a past holiday back in 2019 to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

I decided to back the cut file using different patterned papers from the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Sunkissed’ collection. The different pieces were all raised on foam pads to add dimension.

Once I placed the cut file on my white cardstock background I realised it needed something more behind it to ground it and help it stand out more. So I added a smooshy teal background using the packaging technique and some lovely shimmery watercolour paints from my stash. Then I finished off with lots of splatters… and once dry, I stitched it using gold thread to a frame of yellow cardstock.

I tucked my photo, which was mounted on one of the patterned papers from the collection in just behind the bottom right flower on the cut file.

I picked out some of the fun coordinating ephemera, clear stickers and gold hearts from and created two embellishment clusters to the bottom left of the cut file and bottom right of my photo. Because I wanted some of the clear stickers to be stuck over some of my photo and the cut file I stuck them onto white cardstock first and then fussy cut around them. This helps them stand out more an allows you to layer them.

Then I finished off with a title using two different Thickers alphas from my stash and of course added some journaling below my photo.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on a fab free cut file each month!

Happy Scrapping!

Loving The Everyday | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends,

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a soft, pretty, girly layout featuring the gorgeous Loving the Everyday title cut file.

I cut the design out from white cardstock and then backed the open spaces in the words with different patterned papers. Once the spaces were backed, I added craft foam underneath the cut file. I then adhered the cut file to another sheet of white cardstock. I love how you can see some shadows created by doing this. I added the gorgeous photo of my youngest niece on the right of the title and also tucked in some fussy cut black and white flowers. I had to cover up the heart in the cut file as this is where I placed my photo however I overcame losing the heart by placing a large fabric heart from Charm’s Creations in its place.

On the left of the cut file, I tucked in and adhered some more black and white fussy cut florals. Above the cut file, I added the ‘Happy’ die-cut, the colours in this pieces matched perfectly with the colours I used to back the cut file. Some embellishments that I add to my pages simply might not go with the story I am telling on my layout however if the colour is right, then it usually makes it on to the page! A perfect example of this is the trumpet sticker….as its a pretty, soft aqua colour and the shape and size were right, I added it on top of the Everyday part of the cut file title. I love the addition of this and like I said it has nothing to do with the layout, I just wanted to add it anyway!

At the bottom of the cut file, I have added some of the small, scalloped tear off papers from the Crate Paper Carousel collection and adhered these overlapping each other, I also lifted up the ends to create some more interest on my page. On top of the fabric Charm’s Creation heart, I added some phrase stickers and on top of the cut file I added 2 puffy heart stickers and a clear word sticker. On top of the scallops I also added an aqua die-cut and a puffy word sticker here too. Lastly I trimmed down the white cardstock and adhered it to one of the soft pink patterned papers, I then machine stitched a border around the entire layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired in some way! Make sure you check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut files for your projects!

Happy creating!

Dude | Pie Graph cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a boy themed layout for our boy feature this week! Have you checked out the Boyzone section in the CUT to YOU online store? Its full of awesome cut files suitable for all your boy themed projects! I chose to use the awesome Pie Graph cut file for my layout today.

Pie Graph cut file

The Pie Graph cut file is suitable for any type of project really but don’t you think it looks effective adding boy papers and elements?! I cut the design from white cardstock as I do mostly and backed all the spaces with different boy themed patterned papers from the Bro and Co collection by Simple Stories. I then did another thing that I do frequently and that is to add craft foam underneath the cut file! I then adhered it to my chosen background patterned paper. Its great how you can rotate this cut file to suit your photo and embellishments you may want to use. I love how the white pops against the blue in the background paper.

As I placed the cut file the way it appears, I chose the widest opening part to place my photo. I like that I was able to layer and tuck things in here to draw attention to my photo. I added my large chipboard title starting in the bottom right corner of my photo and filled in the gap on the right of the photo with some die-cuts. I decided to eave some of the other gaps free of any embellishments so as not to overcrowd the page too much. I felt that the cut file and the photo with minimal embellishing makes a good impact and tell the story of my photo. You could most certainly add embellishments or even some machine stitching to the gaps.

I really like the dimension and shadows the cut file gives with craft foam underneath. It is especially handy to have them popped up if you want to tuck things in and add things in later like I always do when I create! Is this something you do when creating? I am always lifting things up and fitting things in later when I find the perfect embellishment later on after almost finishing a page!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my boy themed layout and that you are inspired in some way to create a boy themed project using the CUT to YOU cut files!

Happy creating!

Spring Flowers | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a fun layout today featuring a cut file that I have used before though I cut it much larger last time! It’s called Spring Tulip and can be found here in the shop.

I wanted to use quite a few smaller photos of a walk we did in our local park in March. It was lovely seeing the spring flowers all coming out but was slightly odd when I spotted all the knitted ducks hanging off the trees! On closer inspection they had been put there for children to find as part of a Duck Hunt! The Simple Stories ‘Bunnies and Blooms’ collection was perfect for this layout, I used the pretty ditsy floral paper as a frame that I stitched my main white cardstock background to using yellow thread.

As I was using six small photos I cut the Spring Tulip cut file quite small. I went traditional and backed the three Spring Tulip cut files with a mix of the patterned papers from the collection, all mounted on foam pads to add dimension.

These were then added to the centre of my layout in a vertical design. I then tucked my small photos, that had all been mounted on patterned paper and edges distressed, in and around each of them.

I then fussy cut the bunny, duck and basket of flowers from one of the patterned papers and added them to the layout, along with a mix of embellishments including puffy stickers, enamel dots and word stickers. The cute bunny Perspextives from Bramble Fox just had to be included on this very Spring layout!

To finish off I added a title using a mini alpha from Thickers and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Snow Much Fun | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m back with a wintery layout featuring one of the fab title cut files from the shop. This one called ‘Snow Much Fun’ was perfect for my photos from the one day of decent snow that we had in January! I cut it reasonably large but not too big so that it allowed me to add a photo on either side.

I backed the letters using one of the pretty papers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection which is definitely not a winter collection but by choosing the right papers worked perfectly! I used sticky foam pads to attach the backing so that I created some additional dimension.

For my background I used a pretty pink grid patterned paper and added some gold stitching as a border. Then I added some white paint splatters under where I knew the cut file to sit as it created a snowy like finish. I added some gold stitching to the snowflake before backing it with some vellum and then one of the papers to create more of a translucent look to it.

Once the cut file was stuck down I then added my photos on either side. They were both mounted on coordinating patterned paper with lightly distressed edges and then layered with some matching tags.

Then I created an embellishment cluster around each photo using vellum ephemera, gold and pink hearts, clear glass drops and some pink bow stickers. I punched out some small snowflakes using an old Martha Stewart punch and added a large glass drop to the centre of each one.

To finish off I added a fun icicle Perspextive from Bramble Fox between the words ‘MUCH’ and ‘FUN’.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

Everyday Is An Adventure | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends!

Its Tarrah back with you today to share a new outdoors themed layout featuring the awesome Everyday Is An Adventure cut file.

Everyday Is An Adventure cut file

I cut the title cut file from white cardstock and backed all the words with open spaces with different patterned papers, making sure that there were not 2 patterned papers the same in each word. Once the words were backed, I turned the entire cut file design over and added craft foam underneath. I adhered the whole thing down in the centre of a woodgrain patterned paper background. I love the dimension this gives the page and I love how the white cut file looks against the woodgrain paper.

I added craft foam underneath my family photo and adhered it to the right of the cut file design covering up the stars in the design. With this cut file design, the obvious place to add your photo is where the stars are in the design however if you didn’t want to cover the stars, you could place a smaller photo here or choose a landscape orientated photo instead.

I love to add embellishments over the top of cut files, on this layout I have added some die-cuts. In between the cut file, I have added some enamel dots on contrasting colours. I added some clear stickers to white cardstock and then adhered them just below the cut file. I also included a flair button from Just Add Flair above the die-cut near my photo. The Legenday collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio goes perfectly with this cut file and my photo, I love how my layout turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs for all kinds of projects!

Happy creating!

Choose Happy | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring one of the many gorgeous title cut files from the CUT to YOU store.

Choose Happy cut file

I cut out the Choose Happy design from white cardstock and backed the open space of the ‘Happy’ part of the cut file design with a pretty yellow patterned paper. Once the cut file was backed, I added craft foam underneath both the Choose and Happy words. For the Choose word, as the design is quite thin, I cut out small strips of craft foam and strategically placed them so they were not visible when I adhered the whole design to my background patterned paper.

As the background patterned paper has a two tone effect, I decided to place my title in a similar way, I wanted the bigger Happy word of the cut file to be on the darker part of the paper and the Choose word to be above on the lighter part of the paper. I was very careful when placing my photo and the layers underneath as I tucked it in underneath the Choose word. I like how cut files look overlapping photos.

To enhance the cut file, I fussy cut out soms butterflies and arranged them around the cut file and the photo. I also added smaller embellishments on top of the cut file including some chipboard and sticker phrases, bird stickers, some puffy hearts and a handmade fabric by Charm’s Creations. To finish the page, I added a clear sticker with the dots along the bottom of the cut file and I stamped the date stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create a layout using the amazing title cut files in the CUT to YOU store!

Happy creating!

Happy Easter | Bunny Silhouette | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends and Happy Easter!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new Easter themed layout for CUT to YOU featuring the Silhouette Bunny cut file. As soon as I saw this cut file, I knew exactly what I was going to do and had the layout already worked out in my head!! Do you ever do this?!

Bunny Silhouette cut file

I enlarged the bunny design in the Silhouette software and then cut it out from white cardstock. I chose a cute pastel spotty paper to back the bunny with. Once it was backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to my background paper. I layered a paper underneath the super cute photo of my son as a bunny and adhered this to the right of the bunny cut file, tucking it in so the bunny overlapped the photo.

I adhered a circle chipboard piece here also that says, ‘Bursting With Excitement’ because he really was! I fussy cut out some scallops from a pastel paper similar to the spotty one and adhered them under my photo, bending up the edges to give the layout some dimension. I wanted to ad some flairs to this layout too and grabbed out 2 from my stash, I adhered the cute bunny one to the centre of the bow in the cut file design and the Hop Hop Hop one above the photo. On the bunny cut file, I also adhered a Charm’s Creations spotted handmade heart and also typed out some journalling and cut it into strips.

My title I placed at the bottom underneath the scallops, I used a puffy alphabet and spelt out Happy Easter. Some of the final embellishments I added were some puffy shape stickers, some enamel dots, a few die-cuts and another chipboard piece. The Silhouette Bunny cut file was the perfect design for my page to go with the cute photo of my son.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired to create an Easter project! Check out the CUT to YOU online store for more gorgeous cut files to suit your projects!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

You & Me | Floral Ampersand cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout with you for our floral theme for this week! I chose the stunning Floral Ampersand design to create this layout. I cut the design out from white cardstock and backed the pieces behind in different patterned papers from the Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans.

Floral Ampersand cut file

This cut file is so versatile for all kinds of projects. It would also look great cut out small and not backed!

I was strategic when I backed the cut file, making sure that the large flower and the leaves could stand out. I did this by using a bright pink for the flowers and a dark green on the leaves. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered the cut file to the centre of another piece of white cardstock. I love the shadows and dimension this adds to my page.

I placed my photo over on the right side of the Floral Ampersand cut file design and tucked a tag behind the photo. I also overlapped a die-cut ampersand piece onto the photo on the left. This was the perfect piece to add as it was so florally and fit next to my photo perfectly.

By adding craft foam underneath the cut file design and popping it up off the page I was able to tuck lots of die-cut flowers to further enhance the floral design and theme of my page. I didn’t add too much else to the top of the cut file design as it was quite busy already, I decided to place the foam alphabet either side of the design so that it could be included in the title. Lastly I added some more die-cut pieces and phrase stickers and also added some journaling following the shape of the bottom half of the Ampersand shape.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired in some way. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for amazing cut file designs!

Happy creating!

Just One More Chapter | Book Lover cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am here to share a sweet layout featuring the gorgeous Book Lover cut file. The Book Lover cut file set has lots of elements making it excellent value for money! For this layout, I chose to use only the Just One More Chapter title.

Book Lover cut file

I cut the title from white cardstock and then backed it with a pretty pink paper. I knew I was going to use the yellow patterned paper as a background so I needed a contrasting colour to make the title stand out from the background. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath the cut file and adhered it to the yellow background. You can see in the close up photo below the dimension and shadows this creates.

As the title cut file design is heavy on the right side, the left side was the perfect place to add the sweet photo of my sister and her daughters reading a book together. It also worked well that my photo was in landscape orientation, it fit perfectly next to the title. I did overlap part of the title onto the photo so that everything flowed altogether.

On the right hand side of the cut file, I placed some chipboard pieces that are books and also the die-cut piece reading, ‘Books and More Books’. I couldn’t add too much to this side as the design of my page travels right across the page from left to right. Small embellishments are perfect to help tell the story and enhance the design. I also added a few things on top and below the cut file to add some more subtle detail and interest.

I love how my layout turned out and hope you enjoyed it too?! Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs for all your projects! Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy creating!