You Make Me Smile|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today to show off one of the beautiful floral cut files in the shop!

For my project this week, I started by cutting the Vintage Peony Cut File. This file is a Kit to You file, so it comes with layout ideas and directions …but…when you have finished your kit instuctions, you still have this gorgeous cut file to use again and again! I cut my cut file quite large to make it a striking focus on my page. I backed it with lots of colors and popped it up on foam tape.

I printed my photo in sepia to help it stand off the background and still be the focal point of my layout.

I love how versatile this cut file is for so many uses! You get directions and the ability to make a gorgeous layout in the kit and then you have the cut file to use over and over agin in many different ways!

You can see all the available kits in the shop HERE

And here is my proces video showing how this layout came together!

Have A Lovely Day!

Love You More | Tamara Buckler

Hello my CTY friends,

Today I’m sharing a page I’ve created using the Heart You More background cut file with a little twist! I wanted the background to come to the foreground, and so I’ve used the text in the file as my title!

I started this page by using watercolour on my background … I have colour blocked my painting to match the stripes in my patterned paper. This accentuates the effect I was going for making my title pop and helps the rest of the cut file to blend into the background.

I outlined my title using a fine liner to really make a statement of my title within the cut file. I was a little unsure about taking this step, and actually checked in with my DT girls for advice! I am really happy with how it came out, but I am also not one to worry about things being perfect on my page! I grounded the whole page with a piece of black card stock, and this again worked to accentuate the black in my title.

To finish my page off I added my photo, some other smaller puffy words, and some embellishments that tie in with the colours in the file and background. I spread these across the page above the title, and added a couple of little word strips under the title for balance.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you’ve popped over to the shop to check out the latest releases.

See you again later in the month for another fun share! Big Loves, Tam xo

RELAX | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so thrilled to be bringing you my second layout as a Guest Designer for April.  I just had to use the “Simply Floral Pendant” Cutfile this time!  It is the perfect combination of banner pieces and flowers! 

I wanted to use a collection of supplies for this layout with deeper tones so I went for deep teal, off white and burnt sienna for a color palette.  I popped the entire cutfile up on some craft foam for dimension, tucked a photo of little old me up top and then added a whole heap of sequins in my flower centers! 

I knew right away that I wanted to have vellum behind my photo and cutfile.  I chose to tear the edges all the way around and only attached it here and there.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty of dimension!

A simple title and a few enamel dots finished this layout right off!         

You can watch me create this page here:

Thanks so much for allowing me to Guest Design for you this month!  I had a ball!

Shannon

My Childhood Obsession | Khristina Sorge

Hey friends! Lately, I have been talking to a few creative friends about storytelling and creating layouts about us and childhood. I am really good at documenting my travels and documenting my kids but I haven’t been doing a great job documenting myself and stories from my childhood that I might like my kids to know one day. SO….I am trying really hard to find ways to tell some of those stories and this is one. My Little Pony, my friends, was a big childhood obsession for both me and my little sister. We had so many of those little plastic ponies with the bright manes and fun details. We loved the show, decorated our rooms, and collected all the figurines. Anybody else remember those days?!? Well, I was super amazed when My Little Pony reappeared and my daughter fell in love. It was kind of like me falling in love all over again. This Rainbow Burst Background Cut File was seriously perfect! I flipped its direction but it seriously just screamed My Little Pony and this story to me when I was sitting down to create.

Another thing that I really love about this cut file is all of the options. You can totally use it over and over again because there are so many possibilities and documenting opportunities. I decided to back just the stars with patterned paper and leave the rainbow open but you could totally do the reverse or fill in everything too!

I used an ombre pink for my background because I felt like it was a perfect match for my photo and then the navy starburst paper around the edge just made the perfect way to accent everything! I totally loved including my journaling as another accent around the edge of the pink ombre paper too! Do you ever try that with your journaling?

For embellishments, I just needed a few little die cuts that coordinated with my patterned paper choices as well as two different alphabets for my title. Because the word “Childhood” is so long, I decided to break it up into two lines and that ended up being a good decision because then those two lines nestled in with my larger puffy “my” font perfectly.

Last, but not least, I added a few enamel dots and puffy sticker stars to each of my embellishment clusters for a finishing touch! I also have a process video over on my You Tube channel if you want to check that out to see more about how this layout came together (or just to hear me talk about My Little Pony..haha).

Have you documented memories from your childhood? This would be a perfect chance to tell one of those stories and I would love to have you tag me on social media so that I can see what story you choose as well!

xoxo,

Khristina

Label Love|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today. I have another layout to share using a black cut file. I just loved the first one I did, so I just had to try it a second time.

I chose to use the Onward And Upward Background Cut FIle . After cutting it in black I turned it on its side to resemble a line of labels, which suited my photos perfectly. I told the story of my youngest son’s discovery of an old Dymno Label Maker and then walked all over the the house labelling things…he labelled everything he could find.

I placed my photos across the bottom of the page , matted with a fun mixed media background paper. A small cluster of embellishments to set off the photos and a splattering of black ink finished off this part of the layout.

In the upper right hand portion of the layout, I added a journaling block, some more black splatters, and another small cluster of embellishments.

For my video this week, I ran into some technology user error, so I just have a tutorial to share showing how I go about backing my cut files which I hope you find informative and helpful. And be sure to head over to the SHOP and check out all the amazing cut files!

Have A Lovely Day!

Magical Memories | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! Kirei here with my second layout for the month featuring an older cut file called Squares Cubed that can be found here in the shop. It’s one I have wanted to use for a while so decided it was perfect to go with my Disney photo and the Simple Stories ‘Say Cheese Main Street’ collection.

After using a black cut file on my last layout I decided to try cutting this one from patterned paper rather than just white cardstock. I cut out 9 of the different square designs (but did end up using only 8) from a black and white spotted paper.

Then I backed them all with different coloured patterned papers from the same collection. Some were raised up on foam pads and some were stuck directly to the cut file so that I got different levels of dimension onto the layout.

It was all quite bold but as my photo is bright and was in traditional 6″x 4″ size (rather than the smaller 3″ x 4″ that I often use) I decided it worked well!

For my layout background I cut a sheet of white cardstock down to 11 1/2″ square, stuck it to a frame of black card and then stitched around the edges in bright yellow thread.

I placed my backed cut file squares onto the layout along with my backed photo and once I was happy with the placement I stuck them all down.

Then I added embellishment clusters above and below the photo all using ephemera and stickers from the same collection.

To finish off I added a coordinating Thickers title, lots of enamel dots and my journaling.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop to check out the latest cut file releases! Make sure you sign up to the newsletter here to be sure you don’t miss out on the fab free cut files!

Happy Scrapping!

OH WHAT FUN | KAREN JARMAN

Hi Cut To You Creatives! 
It’s Karen joining you again today as guest designer. I want to THANK Gwen and the team for this opportunity. It’s been heaps of fun and I truly appreciate the support.
My family visited Sweden for Christmas 5 years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago). I knew as soon as I saw the Gnomes I knew I wanted to create a layout featuring one of the winter cabins we stayed in to celebrate Christmas with relatives. Being part of a white Christmas was the most magical experience and when I look back at my photos I can hardly believe I was there. 
I decided to challenge myself for this layout as well, I don’t think I have ever put together a scenery type layout but I wanted to use the trees from the Christmas Wishes cut file as well. 

I love how this turned out, Here is how I put it all together.
I separated the trees from the title (to use on another project!), cut the trees in half and backed the trees with patterned paper and splattered the trees with white acrylic paintTo create the gnomes I used sparkly Kindy Glitz on the beards – I spread the Glitz onto a piece of cardstock and left it overnight to dry then cut the pieces to back beards.

Once I backed all the cut files I worked on the rough placement on the page, I tore some patterned paper to create some layers to represent the snow and got on with creating the sky.

I knew I would be adding a lot of liquid so coated the cardstock in clear gesso to form a barrier. The colour of the sky was created by and using multiple blue sprays. I spread the inks by adding water and turning the page and swirling the liquid around. I added some clouds by using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush and finished it off by adding white splatters in white acrylic paint to represent snow. To add some sparkle I added some watered down Nuvo Mouse in silver.

To create the feel of a scenery I backed the trees on the left with craft foam to give some dimension and popped the Gnomes up on foam to bring them to the front of the page. Then it was all about the embellishments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get creating, 
Thanks again Gwen for the opportunity.
Happy Creating,

Karen

Happy Little Heart | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends, I’m back again on the blog today to share my latest layout for Cut to You. This page gives me country chic, log cabin vibes, which is perfect for where I am right now because its is rainy and miserable here!

I have used Floral Note Card Cut File as the jumping off point for this page. I loved the florals in this file so much, that I duplicated them so that I could have them at the top and bottom of my page! This gave me a really natural space to cluster and tuck my photos, and I feel like the Cut File and my photos work seamlessly together because of this.

You could do this simply by cutting this file out twice (or ordering 2 Custom Cuts), but I let the Silhouette software do the hard work for me. I opened the file in the software, duplicated it, flipped and melded the two files together. This way it all cut as one piece!

I decided to only back the petals of the flowers, as I thought the open leaves gave an interesting effect against the wood grain paper. I used a paper from PinkFresh Studios that had a lovely blue gradient, and have backed each of the flowers with a different shade of blue.

I added in some layers in and around my photos for added interest and dimension. I nestled my title and a few small embellishments around the bottom right of my photo, overlapping onto the florals, but not convering them up. I also added a very small cluster at the top right to balance this off and to establish a cohesive sight line down the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you pop by to the shop to pick up a couple of our latest Cut Files!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Easter | Ali Skifton

Hi my Crafty Peeps! It is Ali here with you today sharing an Easter layout using the Bunny Silhouette Digital Cut File. This picture was taken last year of my parents coming over to our house to drop off an Easter basket. Due to Covid, we were not able to spend Easter together and it broke my heart. I was missing my parents and they surprised us by coming over and staying outside to give us bunny kisses and Easter wishes.

I am so excited to share with you a little trick I just taught myself with the Silhouette Cameo. I knew I wanted to have two bunnies on my layout and I wanted them to face each other. If you go into the Silhouette library and go to the tool bar there is a replicate button and you can mirror your original image and have two bunnies for the price of one.

I had so much fun creating these bunnies with the cute Simple Stores new Easter line. I backed up the bunnies with the fun different papers and added brads for their eyes and a cotton ball for their cute little fluffy tails.

I broke out my fringe scissors to cut the grass and layered 2 rows together. I stitched the bottom of the grass and tucked in an Easter basket and a couple eggs. I decorated the rest of the layout with stickers.

Go check out the cute Easter and Spring cut files in the shop! I will be doing another Easter layout post next month. So start hopping and get crafting with all these new cut files that Gwen has created.

Happy Spring!

Love, Ali xoxo

Love, Documented | Daffodil Corner Cut File | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am back with you today to share my second project for the Design Team this month. For this project I was challenged to create a layout using a floral cut file – totally my jam! And when the DT received the new cut files for March, I was so inspired by the Daffodil Corner Cut File that I had a completed layout in my hands within just a couple of hours!

You can see how I created this layout step-by-step in my process video:

And here are a few more close-up photos of my finished layout.

Thank you so much for taking the time to view my project. I hope you have a great day!