Family | Raechelle Bellus

Hello all! Raechelle here sharing a decades-old photo featuring the gorgeous new Floral Banner 2 cut file.

I was scrolling through some old photos and came across this gem of our children taken 20 years ago. I must say that I didn’t pay much attention to the date until it came time to document it, and I honestly had to do a triple take. No way could this photo have been taken twenty years ago. There is just no way these children are two decades older, but they really are. Just wow.

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Enough on that. Since there are so many colors in the photo, I wanted to empahsize them, but also keep this page light and fresh. Starting with a lighter color to back the larger two florals was a perfect way to keep the focus on the photos. Adding in the pops of color keeps the eye moving around the entire cut file, yet still maintaining a light feel.

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A few die cuts, strips of patterned paper, and whimsical wooden butterflies tie everything together and creates movement. Tucking the photo into the beautiful cut file makes this page feel cohesive and as if the photo is blooming out of the banner.

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There are so many fun and whimscial cut files to choose from in the CTY store. Which is your current favorite? Be sure to share your proejcts with us on the CUT to YOU HQ facebook page. We’d love to see them!

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SNOW- Raechelle Bellus

Hello! I hope your New Year is getting off to a grand start.

I am so excitied to be sharing my first layout as a returning member of the CTY design team! I am thrilled to be back and look forward to sharing inspiration with as well as being inspired by all of you.

My first thought upon seeing the Bo Ho Circles cut file went immediately to snowballs, so I created this fun snow page featuring my granddaughter, Aubree, who I was fortunate to have visited in the Chicago area last January.

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I wanted to add a little extra to the circles with the photos of my granddaughter, so I lightly traced inside the circles where the photos would be placed and used a couple of spray inks to paint around them. I also finished off with  few splatters to add a wee bit more pop.

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Completing the layout were a few fussy cut snow creatures and die cuts, along with a few sequins.

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I am looking forward to seeing how you interperet this fun and versatile cut file! You can get this one along with so many more by visiting the CTY shop.

Be sure to share your creations on our facebook group, too!

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Blossom- Raechelle Bellus

Hello fellow cut file enthusiats! Today I’m sharing this beautiful layout featuring one of the new June releases, Bloosm Cut File.

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This cut file is perfect for this gorgeous photo of my oldest daugher!

I wanted this layout to be pretty and delicate, but also wanted the cut file to be big and bold without taking away from the photo.

I feel that by leaving the word ‘BLOSSOM’ unbacked, but with some flowers tucked in here and there I accomplished this.

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Backing the large floral in nearly identical background paper also helped blance this layout. It was an easy to way to add detail and yet not overpower.

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Thanks for taking a peek at my layout today! I hope you’ve been inspirted to use large cut files as a focal point on your next project.

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Synchronized napping -Raechelle Bellus

Hello scrappy friends! I generally shy away from geometric designs, no reason, they just don’t speak to me as a whole, but when I saw this fabulous Geo Traingles Background cut file I knew I would have to find a way to use it!

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As I was filling in the background, I knew that I wanted it to be bold, yet not distracting from the sweet photo of my pets, so using some large prints as focal points along with mixing smaller prints with lighter colors was key. 

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Finishing off with a trio of smple clusters keeps the eye moving and adds some visual interest.

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I hope that you have been inspired by my layout to create! Head over to the store and start creating!

We love to see what you’re making so don’t forget to share on the CUT to YOU HQ on facebook!