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!

Splish Splash | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout. Summer is already here in Hungary, school holiday is on. Finally! We’ve been waiting for it sooo long! However I’ve chosen an older photo of my daughter who loved when her father played with her in the Lake Balaton, lifting up and letting her down into the water with a big splash. Among the new cut files of the July Release there is a great cut file for this theme: the Splish Splash cut file.

This layout started as a disaster… I wanted to cut the cut file from the Sea to Sky paper of the Art Walk collection by Heidi Swapp. But something went wrong, the blade lost direction at a halfway point and started cutting on the wrong place so I had to stop cutting. There I was with a half-cut design, had no other paper of that specific one… I still wanted to use that paper because it matches my photos perfectly so I got out my Prima watercolours and started to make my own background.

When I was ready I cut my 2 photos into the two biggest water drops. Some of the water drops cut out of the patterned paper were still useable, I adhered them on the background, and I let the cut file drops lifting above them, giving the feeling of the splashing water.

I backed the letters and the remaining cut files from the rest of the patterned paper, so in the end I could use it even so. I added some phrase stickers and puffy heart stickers and was ready. I really love the end result. What do you think? Have you ever had a similar experience?

Come and play with us this month! July is the birthday month of CUT to YOU and we have two amazing challenges for you. The second challenge is the Two-riffic challenge – use 2 photos/2 cut files/the number 2 on your layout or create a double page to join this challenge at the CUT to YOU Facebook group.

Have a nice day and time for scrapping! 🙂

This Calls for a Happy Dance | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. July is a special month , because it is a birthday month! We are celebrating the second birthday of CUT to YOU, yay! Happy Birthday CTY! 🙂 We want YOU to have some fun too, so among many exciting shares we also have two awesome challenges for you! One of them is a moodboard, and I have used the Happy Dance Title Cut File from the July Release to work with this challenge.

Here is the moodboard – look at those beautiful shades of pink! And the small touch of black&white, it is so inspiring.

We live far away from my parents, but we used to meet each month. Because of the lockdown I haven’t been able to see them for more than 4 months! It was horrible, but thanks to the internet, social media and video conferences we could keep in touch. But as you all know, that’s not the same… So I was amazingly happy when we could finally meet and hug each other! It really called for a happy dance 😉

First I cut the cut file from smooth white cardstock. I collected the pink shades of patterned papers from the And Many More collection from Pink Paislee, and backed the cut file with them.

Inspired by Gwen’s blog post 30 ways to Use Cut Files on Your Scrapbook Layouts, I traced the word happy and cut it from black cardstock (I only have the Basic Edition on my Silhouette so I cut the excessive parts by scissors). The doubled up word looks so great, I just love it!

I fussy cut some flowers and added them to some of the letters and around my photo. Finally I added some phrase stickers and confetti dots as a final touch to the layout.

I hope you play along with us! Check out the cut files in the shop and start cutting today! 😉

Good Vibes, Good Times | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Today I brought you a layout I made for the CSI challenge Nr. 323. I was inspired by the carousel theme, and used the Carousel collection of Maggie Holmes.

Last summer we visited the amusement park in Budapest. Unfortunately the old park has been closed, but a few of the older machines are still there as a part of the zoo. The Schäftner carousel is also very old, it has been built in 1908. It is gorgeous, with all those old figures and gold accents. I had to sit on it and make a photo ;-P

For this layout I used the Good Vibes Good Times cut file.

I cut it from smooth white cardstock and backed only one part of them with patterned paper, because the background paper (Prize / Carousel, Maggie Holmes) I chose, had a great pattern: the yellow triangle is like an arrow pointing at my photo, so I didn’t want to cover that effect.

I fussy cut some B&W flowers of the Belle paper of the same collection as we are also wearing black (dark blue) and white clothes on the photo. I matted the photo with patterned papers, one of them has gold foil to reflect on the carousel.

I added some die cuts and chipboard pieces to the layout to reflect on the theme more. Finally I added some gold stars from the ephemera pack of the collection.

I hope you are also going to play along at CSI. YOu can find all the details on their blog or Facebook group. And don’t forget to grab some new cut files at the CUT to YOU shop! 😉

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!

Karantén kifli | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there, Piroska is here today with my latest layout. I think all of us were faced – during the times of the lockdown – with many photos of people making bread at home. I also tried to make sourdough, but I failed… So I tried to make kifli instead of bread (fortunately I got some yeast and flour at the shop), and I can say, it was a big success because it is soooo delicious! My family said from now on we won’t go to the bakery anymore, even if the lockdowns are over! 😀 (Maybe it was a bad idea of me?? ;-P )

Kifli is one of the most popular bakery goods in Hungary, it is often eaten as a sandwich. The first kifli (Kipfel) was made in Wienna (Austria) in the 16th century. Its shape refers to the victory over the Ottoman sultan and his troops, who wanted to occupy Wienna (and Europe). If you are interested in the recipe, I’m going to share it at the end of my post.

Having such memories I was very happy to find the Bakers Gonna Bake cut file among the May Release. I cut the cut file from smooth white cardstock and backed it with one big sheet of patterned paper and handstiched the edges. They look like the real oven gloves, don’t they?

I mainly used the Abril collection of Lora Bailora, with some embellishments of the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story collection.

I hope I could inspire you to make a similar layout of your home-bakery memories 😉 And for those of you who would like to try it, here is the recipe:

The recipe: 25g fresh yeast (mix with 1 tbs sugar, 150 ml milk and let it stay for about 10 minutes at a warm place), 350g flour (or 250g whole wheat flour + 100g flour), 100ml milk, 25g butter (melted), salt. Just mix everything to get a dough that is good to knead. Cut the dough in half, and roll the one half to a 5mm thick circle (on a floured surface). Cut it into four, you get 4 “triangles”. Starting at the widest side, roll them up and bend a bit to look like a crescent moon. Make it with the other half dough, and you get 8 kiflis in the end. Before putting it into the owen (200°C, appr. 20 minutes), spread a little milk on them to get crispy.

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 Bodies collection | Piroska Czakó-Radványi

Hi there, it’s Piroska here today with my latest share. I hope you are all doing well, and have time, energy and inspiration to create something. In these days scrapbooking has become my shelter, a place where I can forget about everything, even more than before. Besides the 12″x12″ layouts I like to document the everydays in a Traveller’s Notebook, and now in a Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters insert. The insert is 7.5″x9″, so it is perfect for using cut files in it.

And the new Home Bodies collection makes it easy to fill the pages in no time. The cut files help in designing the pages, and they just look great.

I used the Hashtag Stay Safe and the Our Street cut files as usual: cut them from smooth white cardstock and backed them with patterned paper.

I cut the Isolation Staycation cut file from patterned paper, and as I loved the left overs on my cutting mat, I decided to use them as a background on the other side of the spread.

I didn’t want to throw away the white letters that were left either, so I used my watercolours to give them some colour.

I hope I could inspire you to use the cut files also in a smaller format. Get the new cut files at the shop, and have some quiet minutes, hours just for yourself and your hobby!

Easter Blessings | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello there, Piroska is here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. April is here (can’t believe it!) and Easter is coming. In Hungary there are many fun Easter traditions: on Easter Sunday the parents hide some chocolate eggs, bunnies in the courtyard in the grass (or in the flat), and say, the Easter Bunny has brought them. On Easter Monday the boys come to sprinkle the girls with perfume or water. My father used to wake me up with a glas of water on this day! 😛 The sprinkling is essential for not fading like a flower, they say. The girls, in return, give them hand-painted eggs and treat them well with home made cakes and some drink. (it can have negative effects next day 😛 )

I chose a photo of my daughter looking for some sweets hidden in the grass by the Easter bunny. For this layout I paired the Easter Blessings cut file with the Trio Flower Add On Cluster cut file.

I used the Happiness collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio for my whole layout.

First I cut the Easter Blessings cut file from smooth white cardstock, then started backing them with several patterned papers from the 6×6 paper pad. I cut 2 of the flowers from the Trio Flower Add On Cluster cut file, I used different patterned papers as I was not sure.

First I wanted to use a softer background, but didn’t like it, so changed it to this darker one.

I arranged everything to create a line design.

I added the cut flowers and the fussy-cut butterflies, and was ready.

I hope you liked my inspiration and make similar layouts with your old or new Easter photos! Do show it in the CUT to YOU Facebook group if you do! And now, have a look at the Spring & Easter section in the shop 😉

Wowza! Miniversum | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Miniversum is a great, detailed model layout featuring Hungary’s beautiful sights and places in an interactive exhibition. Unfortunately it closes at the end of the month, so we decided in January to have a look. I made tons of photos while having fun.

When I first saw the Stepped Cubes cut file, I thought it would be great to scrap this memory.

I cut the Stepped Cubes cut file from smooth white cardstock, and printed my photos in different sizes as I wanted to back some of the quadrangles with mini photos.

Then I started to back the cut file with patterned paper, I used a 6″x6″ paper pad of Pinkfresh Studio My Favourite Story collection.

When I was ready, I glued the cut file with foam adhesive on a patterned paper of the same collection. I added some flowers from the cut outs, my title, comment, enamel dots, and even used some stamps.

I hope you like my inspiration. Go to the shop and grab the new cut files from the March Release! They are awesome! 🙂