Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!
I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!
I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.
I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.
While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!
I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.
When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.
Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.
The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.
I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!
Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times! Melinda x
I started by adding the image into my Cricut software and removing the outer and some of the not-needed inner contour lines so that the main shapes were cut out of the cardstock so I was using the negative of the file as I wanted to feature it as my background.
I decided to pair it with the beautiful Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio (which I have to admit I have totally been hoarding). I used a turquoise to back the cutfile and then added a small piece of the woodgrain paper around two of the edges (and kept the rest for another time).
I used several different sheets from the 6×8 pad to mat my photo and add lots of layers. Then I sorted through my die cut ephemera and tucked in lots of florals and hearts around the photo and into different parts of the cutfile.
I used the foam title ‘Family’ and added a few of the small black hearts at various points too. I then finished off by adding some pretty little sequins and some enamel dots, again tucked into the cutfile and sprinkled all over! I also tucked a small tag behind the photo and added some cotton thread which was then swirled down the side of the page and of course I added some of those beautiful butterflies!
I love the way this has turned out and I love how the cutfile adds so much interest to the background and allowed me to tuck lots of little details in too!
You’ll find a process video here on my channel:
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Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today featuring a very special cut file for a very special layout. I chose the Floral Ampersand cut file and made it extra special with vellum and stitching.
I paired my cut file with Cocoa Vanilla’s Unforgettable collection. I thought that the tones in the collection would work so well with this adorable photo of my brother and my niece
I enhanced this already beautiful cut file by backing the flowers with patterned papers. Then I hand stitched using coordinating embroidery thread colors for extra texture and interest. Finally I backed the entire ampersand with vellum for a lovely frosted effect.
If you haven’t gotten it yet, this cut file is a lovely addition. Just by changing colors or patterns, this cut file works for a ton of themes!
You can take a peek at all the details ( and my trick for getting perfect placement in my process video here!
And be sure to take a peek at all the beutiful cut files in the shop!
Hello my fellow creatives and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog on this Tuesday morning! Melinda here with you sharing another scrapbook page that I created!
For this one I have used a Travellers Notebook cut file on a traditional 12×12 page and really love how versatile this TN Together Documented cut file is!
After deciding on my cut file I decided to work with a bit of a grid design for this page. I had these 2 photo’s of our bunny Olaf (the browner bunny) with his brother Milo from a recent few days they got to spend together. I really liked the way the 2 photos balanced the title.
I am incredibly inspired to bust through some of my stash at the moment so dove into an older collection that is one of my all time faves – Shimelle, True Stories. Pulling all of my pieces of this collection out I chose a pattern paper for my background and a colour I really wanted to focus on – the dark blue – and created my background with some acrylic paint and my brayer. With such a thin layer of paint I was able to go straight back in and add splatters in the dark blue and black.
While that dried I have pulled patterns from the 6×6 paper pad and some cut aparts (mostly scraps now!!) to back my title. For this process I flipped my cut file and my paper over, traced around the outside of the letter, trimmed the letter and then stuck that to the cut file, trimming any excess where necessary.
With the bulk of my page now ready to go I added a couple of layers behind each of my photos – again using mostly scraps from this collection and adding some foam to both the photos and the title. These were then ready to be adhered to my now dry background.
I added some pink puffy alphas to my title to complete it and added 2 embellishments clusters; one to the top left of the title and one in the middle of the 2 photos on the right. I finished my page off with some journalling in a white pen and also lots of white splatters.
I hope that me sharing this page with you has made you see how easy it is to use cut files in perhaps a way that it is not specifically designed for!! You can find this title here in the store and you can find all of the Traveller’s Notebook files here in the store – I’d love to see you create something other than a TN page with one of these fun files!! You can, of course, see my process video below and I do hope you enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today and I’ll see you again later in the month! Until then, happy scrapping and make sure you drop into HQ on FB and share YOUR creations with us and all the other CTY fans there! Melinda
I started with a sheet of the new mixed media background paper from Vicki Boutin and then cut all three cutfiles from white cardstock. I then used a brush and some distress oxide inks to colour the cutfile before I removed it from the mat.
I then backed each part of the cutfiles using vellum to give a really soft appearance.
I used white tissue paper to mat the photo (I used four layers in total and ruffled up the edges).
I added some tangled white cotton, some sparkly sequins and some typed word stickers at various points across the layout.
I then added white splatters to break up some of the blue before matting the whole layout on a light purple shade of cardstock to give some definition to the edge.
You’ll find a process video here:
Thanks for stopping by today and remember to check out all of the new designs in the shop. You’ll find them here.
Hello fellow creatives and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation as part of the design team and oh boy, I just love how this page turned out and I can’t wait to share it!
As you can see my cut file features as part of my background design and adds texture and something fun to the page! The file I used is called Squares Cubed and you can find it here in the CTY store.
I cut this as big as I could in my Silhouette software on white cardstock. I knew I wanted to use this file exactly as I have; so to help it meld into the back ground I did choose smooth.
Once that was all cut I simply used some matte medium with a spatula and adhered each of the squares in diagonal lines on the bottom right of the page. I made sure they had plenty of medium on the back of the file to stick and also applied a coat over the top as I knew I wanted to add colour and water to my page. The top left of the page was a kind of after thought but I’m so glad I decided to add in a few more squares there!
When the matte medium was completely dry I could add colour! For this page I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in a blue and a purple to work with my 2 3×4 photos. I simply spritzed my page with water and kind of dripped and dropped and painted my colour over the top. I love watching things like this as the colour moves around because it really brings those cut files to life – it’s like the emerge from the back ground!! Once I was happy with the colour I used the same colours to add lots of splatters.
Now, being that I am not huge lover of purple I did kinda hit a stumbling block while trying to finish this page off but realised I could use black and white for the most part. I ended up settling on the Cocoa Vanilla “You Rock” collection as I still had those 3 big chipboard words which I thought worked perfectly for my title and fit beautifully both above and below my photos!
I added in a few more chipboard pieces and then not much else as I didn’t want to cover up too much of that oh so fun back ground! I found a few ephemera pieces and decided I really loved what that pop of wood grain added to my page so added those in. But I especially love the clear stickers on this page cause you get the fun of the stickers but also the fun of that back ground – win/win!!
And that wraps up my page for you today! You can see my process video below, just hit that play button!
I do hope you enjoy and remember to stop by the shop here to re-create a fun back ground like this or here for some fun new designs! Until next time, happy scrapping! Mel
Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!
For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.
As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!
As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.
While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!
I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!
Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense! First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections. Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.” With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation. Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document. In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.” From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075. Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file! To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.
With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.
I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.
With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.
That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here! Until next time, happy scrapping!! Melinda
I wanted to sneak in one more Christmas share before Christmas becomes a distant memory … and I’ll hope you’ll forgive me because it’s a good one!! It’s my first December Daily (ish)!!
Now, I’m not a big Christmas documenter, and I’m also not great at keeping up with daily things, but after what had been a pretty rough 2019, I needed something to get me in the spirit. A few ideas came together for me, including a mini album I had seen Sue Plumb put together here, and the Photo A Day challenge that I found here, and I combined these to come up with my format. I also didn’t pressure myself to take photos or create layouts daily, and the result was…I actually got it done!!
Now the reason I’m here to share this with you at CUT to YOU is because I used a heap of our Cut Files in the mini album, and I used them in several different ways!
Ahh I love this little guy!! The CUT to YOU gingerbread man. He’s a fave! And I think he looks super cute here as a page divider! I cut him out quite small, and backed him with various papers, including Kraft cardstock for his body, and simply punched a hole in his hand so he could slot into the album. Isn’t he the cutest!?!
Next up I have used the Holly Jolly Christmas Cut File to create a stand alone page. The prompt for this day was ‘red & white’ and I didn’t really have anything, so I thought it was a really good option to make this Cut File a feature using R&W paper for my background.
I have used the Merry Everything Cut File to again created a page divider. I cut this out in white card stock, and then coloured it with a red Sharpie. I have backed it with a kraft cardstock paper, so that it was solid enough to handle being flipped back and forth. Fun!
I have use the gorgeous Candy Cane Cut File to create another feature page. This one is a bit of a spacer to allow for a double page spread on the other side. I used a piece of red patterned paper for the candy cane section, and then used some silver washi tape for the bow.
I have also used the TN Christmas Tree Quad Cut File on two seperate pages. I have cut them into seperate trees, and for the first layout I’ve backed the file with patterned paper and washi and adhered to my page.
On the second page, I have coloured the Cut File with black Posca Pen, and have then simply slid it on to the rings in my album to create a little page divider.
I have created a little bit of a flip through, which I have shared over on my Instagram, pop on over if you want to check it out.
Thanks for stopping by again today, I look forward to sharing again with you next month!
Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!
As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.
I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!
Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!
With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.
Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!
My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.
I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share! Melinda