Merry and Bright | Tree in a Jar |Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends well today is my last DT share as I am stepping down. I have loved my time on the CTY design team and sharing my layouts with you for the last 18 months. I have created another Christmas layout using the https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/tree-in-a-jar-cut-file/ cut file again but this time I super sized it!

Again I created a sequin shaker vellum pocket and added a Christmas mix I put together. All you need to do is cut two vellum pieces the same size as the jar, glue 3/4 of the way around, fill with your sequins in the opening and then finish gluing the rest of the jar. Glue the complete cut file over the vellum and your done!
I added the complete cut file with foam tape so I could tuck elements under it. Here I added a Christmas present embellishment cluster.
Once I added my photo I added some embellishments on the actual cut file. I also added a gold paper piece at the bottom of my jar and some star acetate behind the lid.
I used an older Pinkfresh Studio Christmas collection and in keeping with the printed words on the background paper I added more phrases with foam tape to add dimension.
To add texture and layers to my layout I added two layers, solid against a patterned paper, ripping in a random manner.

Well that’s it from me, wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed Christmas and many 2021 pay us back for all the hardships are have all been through.

To view this and all the cut files head over to the https://createdbygwen.com.au/shop/ now.

Cousins & Best Friends | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout using the Cousins and Best Friends Cut File. This one is a bit of an oldie but goodie, and I’ve been itching to use it for ages because it’s perfect for my daughter and nephew.

I cut the file quite large using a dark blue patterned paper, and then cut the inside of the file out on my silhouette using a mint green patterned paper. Once I had these elements together, I decided I wanted to go with a dark cardstock background, which then posed the problem of the file getting a little lost 🙄

To overcome this, I used the offset function in Silhouette Studio to cut some white cardstock to frame the cut file. Unfortunately I didn’t realise I hadn’t done this on the inside of the file, but I decided not to let that stress me and just rolled with it.

Once I had glued all these elements together, I popped the whole file up on some old bits of cardboard. This gave me some dimension to the file as well as some room to tuck my photos under the top.

This page very busy, and there’s lots of large elements, including 3 photos of the kiddos, so I balanced this out with patterned paper at the top and bottom. I was also conscious to keep my embellishments to a minimum.

I love the way this page turned out, I reckon it does a great job of documenting my daughter and nephew’s special relationship (they are only 5 weeks apart in age and more like siblings!)

Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing with you again soon! Make sure you pop over to the shop to see all the new gooodies, especially the Christmas ones!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Everyday Happiness | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new design team layout featuring the gorgeous new Heart of Flowers cut file! As soon as I saw this beautiful design, I knew I wanted to use it right away!

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I cut the design out from white cardstock and then backed all the pieces with various papers in the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Just a Little Lovely’ 6′ x 6′ paper pad. I will admit this did take some time but I think its worth it in the end!

Once the pieces were all backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered it down on my chosen background paper using a liquid adhesive. It took a little bit of jiggling and shifting to get the heart shape to look right, that is the beauty of using a liquid adhesive on cut files, you have a little bit of time for repositioning if needed before the glue dries.

I chose a photo of my eldest niece for this page, I adhered the photo over to the right slightly and popped it up with craft foam too. I added a die-cut and a layered sticker to the left of the photo and also added some gold glitter enamel dots to the centres of each flower. On the right of my photo, I added a Charm’s Creations handmade heart in a cream colour with a sticker placed on top. I also added a banner die-cut above the photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way? Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for this gorgeous new cut file as well as hundreds of other cut files designed to suit any project!

A+ Study Squad | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends and a big welcome to the blog today! I hope you are enjoying this months new releases as much as I have been! And those A-MAZING Christmas cut files, swoon! Anyways, I am here today to share this fun layout I created!

I’m not entirely convinced that when Gwen created this “Study Squad” cut file she had this type of “learning” on the radar however I felt it was a perfect match for this photo of my boys learning how to make their Mumma a pod coffee 😉

I’ve pulled out my stash of the Pink Fresh Studio “Let’s Stay Home” collection for this one and have backed the cut file with (mostly) the 6×6 paper pad. I simply could not resist the awesome “Better Things Are Ahead” patterned paper that I may have been hoarding 😉 So much colour and so, so fun!!

I, of course, have a process video for you, which is linked below.

And to finish off, some close up shots

And that is a wrap from me today!! I am off to get creating with some of the fun and beautiful new Christmas designs! What will you cut first???

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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My Fave Story | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends Rachel here! Today I have a fur baby love layout to share using the gorgeous Bow Cluster cut file.

I sized the Bow Cluster cut file as large as I could go on a 12×12 cutting mat. I used a beautiful floral paper to paper back the bows and add the bow centre with foam tape to add dimension. I have used a mixed media background paper (I have used Pinkfresh Studio Celebrate collection) to provide a contrast. This page builder cut file is perfect to add visual interest and layers to your layout.

I chose where I was going to add my photo but before adhering I created two floral bunches on either side of my photo. I then used foam tape to add my photo to create more height.

I then created an embellishment cluster that would also be my title under my photo.

I added some die cut butterflies over the floral bunches with foam tape so they didn’t get lost or appear flat on my layout.

I found a super cute wood dog embellishment in my stash and just had to add it even!

This layout is so pretty you could use many types of photos/themes, but my fur baby turned seven this week and I was a little nostalgic and found this puppy photo to scrap.

You will find this cut file in the shop now along with so many other gorgeous cut files!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon.

You are Awesome | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps!!

Tamara here today to share my latest layout featuring the fabulous ‘You are Awesome’ Cut File from the CTY shop.

I am loving creating in a 9×12 format at the moment, and as such I have cut the file 10in wide. The height of the Cut File then really dictated the structure of the layout, and where the patterned paper I have added to my background fit.

I started by backing the Cut File with patterned paper, using one solid piece for the wording, and then another paper to back the stars. I chose to leave the ‘o’s open, and love how this makes the stars pop. I then used foam behind the whole Cut File to lift it off the page.

By using two 3×4 photos, I was able to tuck them in around the Cut File. I love how this let the stars at the top of the file overlap my photo.

To finish off my page, I have tucked in some more layers and embellishments around my photos, as well as at the top and bottom of my page for added balance.

I love the way this page has come together. Super cute and bright, with the Cut File and photos as the focal point.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Big Loves, Tam xo

Grow Old With Me | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. I hope you all are doing well, and do have time for creating pretty stuff. For me it’s summertime and holiday, and have just celebrated our 9th anniversary. We took a little trip just the two of us and spent 2 days in Tokaj, a wine region in Hungary – we had much fun, eating and drinking, walking a lot. This photo was also taken here, it’s a little blurry as it was taken on a tour bus, but I love it so much.

This time I challenged myself by using a big and bold title on my layout. I chose the Grow Old With Me cut file from the February Release and cut it from smooth white cardstock so that it almost covers a 12″ cardstock. I was curious how I can decorate a page like this so that I also leave some white space.

I decided to use the My Favorite Story collection by Pinkfresh Studio. Rainbows are really popular right now, and I also love it, so I backed the words with the beautiful colours of the Looking for Sunshine paper. I also added some other patterned papers from the same collection.

I wanted to highlight the Grow Old words so instead of backing them I cut the letters and glued them down with foam adhesive. I like the effect it just gives to the page.

I matted my photo and added it to the upper right corner. And now I started to decorate the layout. I already had some fussy cut flowers from the Bloom and Grow paper – I cut them once when I didn’t have inspiration. Now it was good to just get them out and add them to the page.

I also decorated the letters O and D with some fussy cut flowers and chipboard flairs.

Finally I used the tiny flowers instead of enamel dots – I just love how they decorate the layout!

I hope I could inspire you to use long and bold titles on your layouts! It’s so fun and the result is great. Go and get some title cut files from the CUT to YOU shop and don’t forget to show us what you’ve created in the CUT to YOU Facebook group!

Drama Teen | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY friends,

I’m back on deck today to share another layout with you featuring one of our fab Cut Files and the Super Cool collection from PinkFresh Studios. I cant get enough of this collection, and I love how we have so many teen appropriate Cut Files to pair it back with.

For this layout, I have used the Chit Chat Cut File which was released a little while ago now. I selected only the speech bubble portion of the file in my Silhoette Cameo software, and then enlarged it so that it would fill almost from the top to the bottom of a 12×12 layout.

I have cut the File using black card stock and then backed it with a piece of patterned paper from the Super Cool collection. To add more interest and to draw attention to the Cut File I did two things – I outlined each of the speech bubbles with white gel pen and then popped each bubble up on foam tape.

I adhered the Cut File to some Kraft card stock on a slight angle, and then started to layer my photos and embellishments overlapping the Cut File.

I love how the embellishments really tie in with the vibe of the Cut File – particularly because I have cut it in black.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you keep an eye on things over at CUT to YOU HQ – July is going to be HUGE!!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Precious Moments | Mrs Fox Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hello crafty friends today I have a layout sharing the super adorable Mrs Fox cut file! All the heart eyes for this cut file.

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And here is my layout!

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Of course she had to be the focus of my page so I cut her at 8.5×8.5 inches and adhered to my background page with foam tape so I could tuck elements under later. I decided to go with a little mixed media background instead of my go to white cardstock so the fox blended in naturally. I then paper pieced the fox by pulling out the sections as I wanted (using the release compound function Silhouette Cameo).

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I then adhered my photo choosing not to mat it as I didn’t want my page to end up look too busy., but added some floral die cuts and a phrase sentiment.

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I added my title by using a die cut and tucking some flowers under the foxes tail. I finished off adding some enamel dots and two puffy stickers. I love how she turned out and I think it goes with the photo of my tribe perfectly!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and head over to the CTY shop to see this and all the other new release cut files.

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Crazy Cousins | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY peeps!!

I hope this finds you well, no matter where you are in the world! Today I’m here to share with you a layout I created using the ‘Crazy Cousin Crew’ Cut File.

I manipulated the file quite a bit before I cut it out from white card stock. I erased the word ‘crew’ from the bottom of the file, and duplicated the ‘S’ to add to the end is ‘cousin’. Altering the title like this allowed me to tailor it to my photos whilst still keeping the awesome style of the Cut File.

I used the Pinkfresh Super Cool collection to back each of the letters individually, trying to space out the colours and patterns in the letters. This isn’t something I’m always good at, it takes some forethought and I’m a change ahead kind of girl when I’m designing, but I love how this turned out.

I popped some foam tape behind each of the letters in the title. I love how this raises the title up off the page, and in this instance, allowed me to tuck my photos and embellishments around and under the Cut File.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my layout inspires you to get creative! We have a big month coming up for July with LOTS of INSPO coming you’re way, so make sure you are with us over at CUT to YOU HQ!

Big Loves, Tam xo