Let’s Party | Rachel Lowe

Firstly I am so proud to be a part of Cut to You and happy 2nd birthday to you! In celebration there is lots going on, I love a mood board challenge and this PINK one is just gorgeous. Make sure you join us!IMG_7606

IMG_7607And here is my take on the Mood Board challenge, of course I had to do a birthday themed layout. I have used Pink Paislee And Many More collection.UntitledI have used the gorgeous Let’s Party title cut file which is perfect for a birthday themed layout.IMG_7609Paper tearing was one of the first techniques I remember learning when I started scrapbooking many years ago, I have noticed of late it seems to be trending again and so I went back to a fav. I tore the top and bottom corners of my pink paper and backed it with a 12×12 banner paper, leaving the tears unglued so I could tuck elements under.Untitled

Untitled-3I cut my title Let’s Party measuring the space where I wanted it to go using white cardstock. Then choosing a bright coloured paper I cut each individual letter and heart segments (I always use the release compound function on my Silhouette Cameo to do this). Some letters and heart parts I used foam tape to adhere to create a 3D effect.Untitled-4Lastly I added my photo creating a polaroid photo mat and then embellishing with party themed elements. Lastly I added paint splatter of gold and white to add to the party effect.Untitled-2And there you have it one PINK PARTY themed layout. Head over to the shop for all your party and birthday themed cut files. Thank your stopping by and see you again soon!

Rachel X

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Love Heart Rows | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout. Or rather two layouts. Because today I’d like to show you how you can make 2 layouts from one cut of a cut file using only one patterned paper.

I chose the Love Heart Rows cut file from the April Release. When we first could travel to the Lake Balaton after the Lockdown, we were all extremly happy. We just couldn’t stop looking at the lake… and suddenly my daughter hugged me around my neck and said: “I love you…” That made me melt… So for keeping this memory in form of a scrapbook layout, I needed a cut file with lots of hearts 😉

First I cut the cut file from a patterned paper from the Bloom Street collection (Pink Paislee, Paige Evans). I just love that big floral paper, it has such beautiful colours! I put the cut file in the middle of the paper.

I cut down a white cardstock to 9″x12″, and glued it on the rest of the patterned paper. This time I didn’t want to use it as a frame, just as a border, the right one is wider than the one on the left. I also machine stitched the left and right sides.

I glued down the Cut File, and I wanted to add the hearts to some of the holes, but it looked too busy, so I let the Cut File stand on its own, and decorated it with some cut out flowers. Finally I played a little with dimensions by using foam adhesive.

Lets have a look at the other layout. I wanted to use the remained hearts of the Love Heart Rows cut file. I really liked Anna Blades’ layout made for the iNSD 2020 challenge over at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, so I used that as an inspiration. I get out a white cardstock, arranged the hearts on the left in 3 coloumns as if it was a patterned paper.

Before glueing them down, I got out a heart stencil (SrapUp), and made some hearts in the middle of the right side using modelling paste. Then I got my liquid watercolors of Pinkfresh Studio (blue, purple) and one of Ecoline (pink). I slightly coloured over the hearts – I used some water to get solid colours.

Then I added some splashes on the whole layout using bolder colours. I glued down the hearts, mat my photo with patterned papers and added some stickers to the layout. This photo was taken after the previous one, is just as precious to me as the one with my daughter.

I can’t decide, which layout I prefer more 😀 I hope I could inspire you to make more out of one cut! Go to the shop and grab some awesome cut files from the June Release! I can’t wait to use them!

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 😉 ) 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 😉
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

Happy Mother’s Day | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there, Piroska is here today with my latest layout. In Hungary we celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May, so I was very happy to see a great new Mother’s Day cut file among the May Release.

I haven’t seen my parents since January, and I still don’t know when I am going to meet them again, because of the pandemic and beacuse we live far from each other. This year I wanted to thank their love, my mother’s love with the help of scrapbooking, so I made this layout for her.

I cut the cutfile from the heart patterned paper of the Bloom Street collection of Paige Evans (Pink Paislee). I wanted to have a border of that paper too, so I set the cut file in the middle.

I glued the letters with foam tape, it gives a special look.

Finally I added some patterned papers behind the photo ans some cut ots and stickers to the layout.

I hope, you like my inspiration, and make a similar layout for Mother’s Day. Check the other cut files in the Mother’s Day section too! 😉

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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Love, You are my SUNSHINE | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle S back here today with a new layout to share with you all. I chose an older file to create with from the CUT to YOU store, a background design that I could use as the base to my layout – Heart Burst. This paired with the stunning new collection from Paige Taylor Evans = a match made in heaven

The pattern paper was quite thin so I cut the design out on white cardstock and joined them both together to create a little extra thickness.

I adhered the entire design to the backing cardstock using glue dots and tiny staples before creating one massive photo and florals cluster

I layered complimentary patterns and colours to the photo stack and adhered these over the top of the cut file using foam tape for a little added dimension

To the right of the photo I added multiple ephemera pieces and florals to create a title and stretch the large cluster across the page

At the top of the layout I added a couple of elements to bring it all together then splattered the entire layout with some gold colour shine to finish it off.

Well thats all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store to find all the NEW and FUN cutfile designs, and don’t forget to share your creations with us in the CUT to YOU Facebook group.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Bee My Valentine | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends it’s Michelle S back today with a new layout share. We had a challenge within our CUT to YOU HQ group on facebook recently – for Group members to choose a certain file that YOU wanted to see shared by our DT on upcoming layouts. One particular file that was mentioned, and I felt was perfect to document during the month of Love was BEE MY VALENTINE.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this layout came together using the BEE MY VALENTINE file along with the FLORAL WREATH cut file that I layered underneath. I used the Lucky Us Collection from Pink Paislee to continue to the lovey dove theme I had happening, and a sweet photo of my little family from many moons ago.

To begin the creating process I enlarged both designs in silhouette studio, traced, edited and cut both designs out on plain white cardstock.

Prior to cutting the Bee and title on cardstock I separated the Bee from the letter M so that I could have 2 complete pieces – Bee and Title. I did this by copying the file twice and using the eraser tool (outline selected) to cut the Bee away from the M on one, and the M away from the Bee on the other. This ensured that both the M and the Bee cut out in whole pieces and could be used on different areas of the page.

I backed the bee with papers from the 6×8 pad in the collection I used along with some velum for the wings. I also added a cut apart strip, hearts and stickers to finish the cluster

For the title piece of the cut file I used a text pattern paper for the words and 2 darker pink patterns for the hearts. I also recut the hearts squiggle on more cardstock to give a little extra dimension to the sweet hearts in the middle of the title.

I created a photo stack on a slight angle to the left of the hearts squiggle and added a couple of other heart elements to fill the gaps

I also cut a majority of the leaves off the FLORAL WREATH as they weren’t sitting quite right under the title, but I felt the layout needed a circular element to bring it all together. I left the wreath flat on the backing paper and raised the Bee Cutfile and title up off the layout using thin foam tape for that slight lift and dimension.

Well friends thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my creation made with a file chosen by YOU. Hopefully it’s inspired you to let loose with cut files and to chop them up to work with your creative ideas.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out in the CUT to YOU HQ on facebook for future DT Challenges. Its also a place where you can regularly drop in to chat, offer advice and share all things CTY.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

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 😉 ) 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 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel

Shine Bright | Rachel Lowe

Hello Cut to You friends, Rachel here! Today I have a baby themed layout to share using the gorgeous new cut file Shine Bright 

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I have used Pink Paislee Little Adventurer collection which is perfect for baby or young boy layouts.  I cut my white cardstock down to 11×11 bordering it with a lovely cloud rose gold flocked paper. I sized the Shine Bright cut file to fit on my 11×11 inch cardstock. I chose a grey heart paper to paper back the moon and a beautiful blue for the stars and title.

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I paper backed some of the stars and the others I added with foam tape to add dimension to the stars (it avoids them looking flat). I finished off adding some drops of NUVO clear jewel drops.

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So my title didn’t look ‘flat’ I added some of the letters with foam tape, it really draws your eye to the total and to finish off I added the super cute elephant die cut.

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Then I set about creating a embellishment cluster using my photo at the centre. In adding my photo frame with foam tape means I can tuck elements under, I tend to play and shuffle for a while before settling and sticking down. Over and under is the key to layering and you will see here I have done that. I followed the shape of the moon in layering this embellishment cluster. I added another phrase die cut under my photo and again added NUVO clear drops to the cheeks of the cute critters and flowers/leaves.

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I love how this layout turned out, this cut file is so beautiful and really it’s three cut files in one, moon, stars and title!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope this layout has inspired you in some way! See you again later in the month.

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