Totally | Geo Triangles cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the awesome Geo Triangles cut file. The geometric cut files by CUT to YOU are perfect for boy themed pages! I used the Teen Spirit collection by Echo Park with the cut file.

Geo Triangles cut file

I decided to cut the Geo Triangles cut file design out from black cardstock for a change, I also intended on turning the design so that the triangles were vertical. Black cardstock cut files really suit boy pages especially when the cut file is backed with some bright papers! Once the design was cut out, I picked lots of different papers to back the triangles with.

Once the cut file was all backed, I adhered it to a plain sheet of white cardstock using double sided tape. I often adhere cut files up with craft foam however with the thin lines in this one, I decided to lay it flat. This way it also gives me the option to machine stitch if I wanted to.

I placed the photo of my youngest son slightly on the left of the page to allow for a title in the centre and some embellishments on the left of the photo too. I also didn’t want to cover up too much of the cut file design with the awesome papers backed behind it. I kept most of the embellishing to a minimum adding just a few die-cuts and stickers, some wood veneer stars and a flair button.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my boy page as much as I enjoyed creating it! I hope you are inspired to grab some awesome cut files like the Geo Triangles one and create some awesome projects!

Happy creating!

Happy Together | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have another layout to share using the older Hearts on Strings cut file which you can find here in the shop! I decided to use it as a layer between the patterned paper background and my photo so that it added some definition but also highlighted that fabulous ombre paper from the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’ collection.

I cut the Hearts on Strings cut file in white cardstock so that it popped out from the background. I stuck it down flat but only used glue in a few places so that parts of it still lifted slightly as I wanted to keep some dimension in my layout.

Then I took all the inner hearts that were leftover from the main cut file and painted them in colours to match the background, using some pretty shimmery watercolours from my stash.

My portrait photo was mounted on a coordinating piece of patterned paper and I stuck that down centrally using sticky foam pads on the top edge only. On the bottom edge I added my title using the ‘Happy Together’ from the ephemera pack raising it up on sticky foam pads.

With the hearts now all dry I added them around the photo raising some on foam pads and leaving others flat (though only using glue in the centre) as I curved up the edges.

Then I added lots of embellishments from the collection… puffy stickers, ephemera, clear stickers, wooden buttons, gold hearts and little word stickers.

To finish off I stitched a border around the edge of the layout in gold thread as I just felt it needed something to pull it together and flicked some splatters of gold paint all around the cut file.

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!

Sweet Friends | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I’m sharing my first layout for August and this time I’m using the lovely Rosey Posey Polaroid cut file as a background piece…. you can find it here in the shop! I thought it was perfect to go with the pretty Maggie Holmes ‘Garden Party’ collection.

I firstly painted the cut file with soft shimmery pink and sparkly green watercolours. Once it was dry I backed the rose and leaves with vellum and the polaroid element with a floral patterned paper. I love the delicate look the vellum gives to the cut file, and still allows the background to peep through.

Then I used the packaging technique to add more of the pink watercolour to an 11″ x 11″ white cardstock background and when that was dry added pink and gold splatters. I stitched that down onto a 12″ x 12″ black and white zig zag patterned paper frame.

I added stick foam pads to the back of the polaroid part of the cut file and stuck it down to the background, before adding my square photo that was mounted onto one of the patterned papers.

There was a fab floral paper that I fussy cut a couple of large pink flowers from and then tucked them under both sides of my photo. They were only stuck down in the centres so that I could curl up the petals for added dimension.

Then I went through the matching embellishments and added house, butterfly, cupcake and bow stickers, puffy floral and heart stickers, gold glitter epoxy hearts and a word banner.

To finish off I added a title using the coordinating word Thickers and alpha stickers and popped some journaling just to the right side of the layout.

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!

Chasing Rainbows | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout featuring the gorgeous Chasing Rainbows cut file! I pulled out the gorgeous Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio to use with this cut file.

The Chasing Rainbows cut file

I cut the Chasing Rainbows cut file from white cardstock as I normally do and then chose some cute patterned papers to back behind the design. For the rainbow section of the cut file I chose some bright, striking papers and behind the clouds in the design I chose the cloud paper. In the title part of the design, I picked 2 of the bright papers from the rainbow section to repeat down in the title. Once it was all backed, I adhered it with craft foam underneath to a plain piece of white cardstock. I love the shadows and dimension this adds to my page.

I trimmed down the white cardstock background and matted the entire layout with two gorgeous 12′ x 12′ patterned papers from the Sunkissed collection. With big cut file designs like this one, sometimes it is difficult to decide where your photo/s are going to be placed. I usually audition all of the possibilities for my photo and decided on the right of my design was the best. I did not mind that the photo covered part of the cloud at the top and part of the title at the bottom.

Once my photo was placed, it was time to embellish! Under my photo to the left, I added a 3′ x 4′ journal card, I just loved the colours in this card and the big large sun was perfect! I like how the card draws your eye towards the photo too. I also stapled a small yellow, rainbow banner sticker to the top right corner of my photo too. On top of the small sun in the cut file, I added a wood epoxy bead of a sun, this was the perfect place for this! I added some small puffy stickers around my page and also one of the large rainbow die cuts above the photo. Lastly I added some accessory phrase stickers to help tell the story, I added these to the top of the cloud on the left and stamped the date stamp on the right of my photo.

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?! I just love Gwen’s cut files so much! There are some amazing cut file designs in the CUT to YOU online store so make sure to check them out!

Happy creating!

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!