HAPPY HALLOWEEN | TARRAH MCLEAN

Hi everyone! I love a good dress up and I love documenting Halloween! Today I wanted to challenge myself to use a cut file from CUT to YOU that is versatile for many themed projects and not necessarily Halloween themed.

I chose the awesome Star Light, Star Bright cut file design and cut it out from black patterned paper. I love how the contrast of the black cut file looks against the colours in the background patterned paper I chose.

I really like the look of this cut file being see through to the background paper so I decided to just back a few spots with paper to bring in another colour on the page. I haved used the Hey Pumpkin collection by Crate Paper for this layout.

Because this cut file design has 2 holes in the top and bottom, I took the opportunity to add my photo in the space at the bottom and placed a title piece and some embellishments in the top space to balance the top and bottom with each other. Cut files like this are great for helping you to decide how the page will look! Some of the guess work is decided for you! Love that!

I layered 2 patterned papers and a tag underneath my photo and also placed a chipboard frame over the photo. I also added a Charm’s Creations handmade fabric star to the left of my photo. I added 2 small puffy stickers on top of the star. I added another cluster of embellishments including a chipboard title, a flair button and a fussy cut phrase between the top and bottom clusters as I felt like there was a big space of nothing in the middle.

I love how my spooky page turned out, I hope I have inspired you to try a CUT to YOU cut file for a different themed page than what the design was intended for?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy creating!

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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Shine Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing my latest layout featuring the recently released Guitar Cut File.

In order to get this effect with Cut File, I had to get a little tricky in silhouette design studio. I pulled the file apart and cut different parts with different papers to give the file depth and interest.

I actually cut the guitar strap off because I couldn’t make it work with the format of the layout. But I’m totally of the mindset that it’s ok to alter the Cut Files however we need to suit our needs.

I really wanted to keep the guitar as the focus of the page, so kept everything else pretty flat. And even though there is a lot going on pattern and colour wise, I think this trick is what made all the difference.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you pop over to the shop to check out all the new releases. Pretty sure there’s some exciting new Christmas releases over there too!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy Times | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans, I can’t believe that today I am sat here with the heating on yet just over three weeks ago we were walking on a beach in Norfolk in flip flops and short sleeves…. as I live in the UK and are now into autumn it’s no surprise really!

Anyway I’m here with a layout using one of the older cut files that I have had cut just waiting to use… it’s called ‘Scallop Banners’ and can be found here in the shop. I thought they would be perfect with the lovely new Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection so painted twelve of them in different shimmery paints to match the collection.

I created my background with a patterned paper that I stuck down to another piece of coordinating patterned paper that I had gutted to make a frame. I distressed the edges and made a few tears on each side that I then folded back, this just creates some added texture which I like. I then stitched the painted cut files to the patterned background paper with gold thread.

As I do like to create dimension on my layouts I curled up the edges of each scalloped banner and I really like how this looks!

I added a photo that I had mounted onto three different patterned papers, again distressing the edges….

I added three embellishment clusters to the left and top right of my photo, and the third below my title.

To finish off I added a title and my journaling just beneath the photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to see more of the fab cut files along with the new October releases! Don’t forget that you get a free cut file every month if you sign up to the newsletter and you can do that here.

Happy Scrapping! 

Love Your Llama Selfie|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today playing with one of this month’s new cut files, Love Your Selfie. This cut file is so fun, I especially love the cute Instax- like camera. I knew it would look fabulous backed with some fun patterns.

I paired the cut file with papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s new line, Daydream. I just got this collection and Im already hooked…these colors are swoon-worthy. I havent gotten any new lines in a while so I dug right in and went to work..well, play (creating this layout was anything but work!)

I paired the cut file with flowers, lots of flowers. Fussy cut flowers from the collection paired with die cuts. I added this cute little corduroy heart to the camers lens. The heart and the floral element really added whimsy to the camera.

My photograph is a selfie…with a llama. I have a confession, I love llamas. I wanted to add one to my page, but in a subtle way. So I added a “hidden llama” to one of my floral clusters. He is sooo cute, right??

I added a llama to my title using some Thickers and I added some more hearts to the middle of the letter O’s to create a visual triangle around my page. And if you look closely…you’ll find a little “hidden cactus” too.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this layout. Using new products and brand new cut files was fun, and creative! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and take a look at ALL the new cut files this month. You will not be disappointed!…promise!

Have A Lovely Day!

Happy Times | Melinda Sweetman

Hey CTY friends and family ❤ I’m really excited to be here today with you to share my most recent creation using some of Gwen’s gorgeous cut files!

I could not resist the fun new “Tropical Punch” cut file and cut that on textured white cardstock.

As soon as I saw this cut file I knew which photo’s/memories I wanted to scrap. I also immediately knew that the Happiness collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio would be the PERFECT match!

I have a process video linked below for you!

And to finish off some close up shots!!

I hope that enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to create a fun bright page using any one of the gorgeous new cut files in the store!

Melinda
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Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely Cut to You friends!!

I’m back on the blog today with my first share for October. I have used the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Cut File from the recent September release.

I started by cutting this file from white card stock… I actually cut quite a few files from 1 sheet of 12×12 card… and I accidentally made a mistake and cut the top of the sun off… Oops!

I will often end up with files that aren’t perfect, but this doesn’t phase me too much as there are always ways to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn says! Some ways I do this is to incorporate them into my layers, cut them into smaller pieces which I then tuck into clusters, or I add them to mixed media background for added texture.

In this example, I was able to tuck the dodgy element underneath my photo stack, and voila, it’s perfect! I did decide however to paint it black with acrylic paint (before I stuck it down) as I wanted it to pop against my mixed media background. I’m so glad I took this extra step.

I love the way that the mixed media ‘fills’ the file and creates so much impact. And even though the files not backed or popped, it creates so much interest and drama just by its bold simplicity.

I also allowed the file to dictate where my embellishments went, tucking them around the title to create a nestled effect.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Big loves, Tam xo

Exhale | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I am so excited to be sharing with you is one of my all time favourite layouts that I have created.

 

I knew that I wanted to create a really soft and pretty layout for what I was documenting and, although it might seem like an odd pairing, the  Pie Graph Cut File was really speaking to me.

This cut file was actually one of the newsletter freebies this month. If you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, you can go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

I had a vision of a layered background using the Pie Graph Cut File which I achieved by first cutting it from some white cardstock, handstitching around and backing it with vellum. In my software I released the outside cut line to cut the ‘pie pieces’ from a white cardstock background piece, and then handstitched around each of those.

I layered the white, vellum backed, cut file on top of the background piece, rotating it slightly so that the pieces weren’t sitting directly on top of each other.

I backed my photo with a couple of simple and soft layers including patterned paper, vellum and tissue paper. I had lots of fun creating two goregously soft and floral embellishment clusters on opposite corners of my photo.

I used a chipboard word for my title and added my journalling in strips below the title. And of course I finished off with a little bit of mixed media splatters and my favourite Nuvo drops.

If you want a more detailed look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to check out my process video below.

Thankyou, and I hope you have a great day!

BOO BOO BOO| Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a spooky layout featuring the awesome Halloween 1 cut file. I don’t know what it is about Halloween but I just love documenting it!

Halloween 1 cut file

The cut file was cut using black cardstock and although I cut out the entire design, I decided to leave off the half spider web part, I have put it aside to use on another project. I felt like it would have been squashed on the page and may have looked out of place, I am happy I left it off.

I just recently purchased the Hey Pumpkin collection from Crate Paper so I just had to use it for this layout of my lil pumpkin, Amelia, my gorgeous niece! How super cute is that photo?! The Boo title connected to the spider web was perfect too as Amelia looks like she is jumping out of the pumpkin and saying Boo! So I backed the ‘BOO’ title section with one of the papers in the collection and then added craft foam underneath, I love the dimension this brings to the page, I even added tiny strips of craft foam under the spider web to help it sit up too!

Above the spider web was the ideal spot to place my photo, I layered a tag underneath the photo and added some embellishments here. On the spider web, I added the white chipboard spider web and some wood veneer stars. On the title section, I layered more chipboard pieces, cut outs and puffy stickers. The pieces I chose help tell the story, I love the piece that says, ‘You’re the Pumpkin to my Spice’!

The Halloween 1 cut file would look great cut out in white, orange and purple too! I would love to see how others use it. Make sure to share any of your projects in the CUT to YOU Community Facebook group!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout. Happy creating!

Happy Moments | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. I hope you are all doing well, have some time for our great hobby too! I really love to get out of everydays’ business and get crafty with some beautiful cut files 😉

For my layout today I’ve chosen the Magnolia Butterfly cut file, from the August Release. It is just.gorgeous! 😀 First I’ve been thinking it from patterned paper (which would also look great), but then I cut it from smooth white cardstock.

I backed the flowers and leaves of the cut file with some beautiful patterned papers of Cocoa Vanilla Studio Daydream collection. I love the combination of peachy blush and darker grey colours!

I decided not to back the whole cut file, because I didn’t want to glue the whole cut file down, only the middle of it. I wanted to have some floating effect with the wings.

As I put the cut file on the white cardstock background, it looked so empty on the left side with only the photo there. So I made a border onto the left side, using paper stripes and some die cut or fussy cut flowers and leaves. I also added machine stitching.

I matted my photo with some patterned papers from the same collection, and started to decorate my page. I added some more flowers and leaves around my photo and under the cut file.

Finally I added some phrase stickers, fussy cut butterflies and a paper rose from the embellishment kit of the Daydream collection. And the title and some journalling is a must-have too.

I really love how it turned out. Have you made something with this cut file? Show us in the CUT to YOU Facebook group! And go and grab some new cut files from the October Release, there are so many great cut files again, Gwen is making wonders! 😉