SO CRAFTY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share. For today’s page, I’m working with one of the exclusive cut files from the KIT to YOU scrapbook kits. I wanted to show you a fresh idea with the kit still following along with the design and step x step instructions but also mixing things up a bit to create a fresh new looking page. These really are kits you can use over and over; they are made to help inspire you to use up that stash!

I’ve started the page by backing the cut file, this one is called ‘Mason Jar Bouquet‘. For this, I’ve used the Simple Stories ‘Hey Crafty Girl’ collection. I love the fresh colours in this line and I really liked the ombre stripe paper and thought it was perfect for the Jar part of the cut file. For the floral parts of the file I’ve used a selection of their spotty patterns, and some bright green for the leaves.

Below you can see the details in the cut file design. I made sure to choose a pattern paper that was bright and quite a saturated tone as I didn’t want to lose any of these pretty details. I’ve simply glued the file to the pattern paper and then fussy cut around the edge.

Next, I have mounted my photo in the same pretty orange/pink tone and stitched around the edge. I’ve positioned the cut file and my photo onto my background so it is now time to add in the embellishments.

This collection is for documenting all things crafty and I’ve really run with that. Keeping with the original design of the page from the kit, I’ve created a cluster near the bottom right-hand corner of my photo. To do this, I’ve really just auditioned various elements until I was happy with how it all looked. I decided to add in my title here, it worked really well layered across my photo.

I’ve also added details around the neck of the jar (similar to the kit) and some above my photo. You might notice that the placement of the title is different, I’ve just switched a few elements to suit. It really does give a totally different look to your page with very little changes from the kit instructions.

This page came together super fast with the help of a plan from the kit. As I mentioned, all I really changed up was the colours of the pattern papers and the embellishment types to suit the theme of my page. I’ve switched out a few of the elements and created a fresh new design. You really do not need to re-invent the wheel every time you create a page.

I hope this inspires you to get working with the KIT to YOU kits, and your cut files… they really are so fun to work with.

Until next time,

Back To School/Sara Scraps

Helllo Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a school layout! I just love the Back To School cut file. I’ve had it cut and waiting for me to use in my stash and I decided today is the day!

I backed the cut file with patterned paper and paired it with a fun mixed media background to give oodles of texture and some pops of color!

I think this was the perfect cut file for a fun boy page! Be sure to head over to the shop and check out all the cut files in the Boy Zone section for lots of inspiration for your next project.

You can also check out all of the details on how to create this layout in the process video-

Have A Lovely Day!

Grade 4 | Tamara Buckler

Hello again scrappy friends,

My turn on the blog today to share with you another fun layout. For this one I have used the Grade School Cut File that was released in January.

I cut the file using yellow card stock, keeping the inside piece from the number 4, which I traced and cut out from a piece of patterned paper.

I added some gesso and mixed media behind the Cut File, focusing on the area my photos would be situated. I adhered the Cut File directly to the background, and mounted the number 4 onto some foam tape before adhering it on top of the 4 in the Cut File.

It’s a little difficult to see, but I’ve gone around the Cut File with white gel pen and then smudged some white gesso over the file to soften it a bit more.

To complete my page, I created lots of layers and tucked lots of embellishments around my photos. I tried to keep this pretty tight so that I didn’t cover too much of the Cut File.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today. If you have back to school photos you need to scrap, there are some great ones in the shop!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Family | Marie Hirst

Hi everyone! It’s Marie here on the blog today with this pretty layout documenting a lovely family photo. Family photos are few and far between in our house as one of us is usually taking the photo!

And here is the Spring Floral cutfile I used.

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:

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out all the awesomeness that is currently in the shop!

Until next time, stay safe and keep on crafting!

Marie x

Scrap Happy | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here! Well today it’s all about scrapping, and I’m using the most perfect cut file to document being a part of the CTY design team in 2020.

It’s called the Scrap Happy Cut File.

I love this cut file and those scissors,  just too cute! I have used Kaisercraft Crafternoon collection.

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I resized the Scrap Happy title to fit with my intended design and cut in white. I then used the release compound function to pull out the letters (Silhouette Cameo) and cut them in a pretty floral and would provide a nice contrast against the white. Several of the letters I added with foam tape to create depth and so it didn’t look ‘flat’ on my page.

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I added my 4×4 inch photo in the centre, under my Scrap Happy title and again used foam tape to add height.

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I used gold glitter paper to cut the handles of the scissors because I love a little bling. I next added some floral die cuts slightly under my photo on both sides.

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I created my sub journalling by using die cut phrase and aligned it in the  centre, under my photo finished off with two cute die cut hearts layered over each other.

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The key to this layouts design is keeping all your elements centred and adding dimension by using foam tape on some elements such as letter in your cut file title. Well that’s it from me today, have a fab crafty week and see you again soon.

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SUMMER DAYS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and I’m still on my Summer kick! I did mention in my previous post that I’ve been going through some older pictures which has been really fun. I found this sweet little one of Miss C from a few years back now taken at our local park and teamed it with a title cut file and some bright pattern paper.

For this page, it really was all about the photo and keeping things simple. I had previously fussy cut out some of these floral elements for a previous page and thought, why not team them with one of the title cut files – this one is ‘Summer Days‘ for a quick and easy layout.

I began by backing the cut file in a pretty pattern paper. This one is from the Simple Stories ‘Hello Summer‘ collection. I’ve also used this paper to mat my photo and for the outside edge of my layout. I then positioned my title piece at the centre bottom of the page.

I’ve then gone about working on the design of the layout. I knew I wanted to use the pretty Sun and cloud stickers from the collection and with my portrait photo, thought it would be best to create a page that had a vertical design that runs down the centre of the layout. I worked on placing the largest elements first, like the chipboard banner piece, the Sun and Cloud stickers and the large floral clusters.

In my usual style, I just kept mixing and matching elements until I was happy with their placement. Once the larger elements were locked in, I progressed to the smaller ones and little details like the sentiment stickers and smaller floral elements.

I love how fast this one came together and how the title is simple, yet perfect for the page. The title cut files really are a good option over Thickers or other alphabets, and they never run out!

I hope this has inspired you in some way, and as always if it has, be sure to share it with me on social.

Until next time,

Love Captured | Sara Scraps

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!

Have A Lovely Day!

Fun Memories | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps!

I’m back today sharing another fun layout with you! For this layout I have used the TN Heart Banner Cut File to create a scrapbook page!

I cut the file using black card stock and the used a white gel pen to trace around the Cut File. I added some white gesso to my background behind where the Cut File would be positioned.

I randomly backed some of the hearts, adding foam tape behind these. I then secured the end of each strip to the page with wet glue. This variation in height gave a sense of movement.

I laid my photo partially over the Banners, and then embellished in random spots. I didn’t go too heavy with embellishments as I didn’t want to cover too much of the Cut File or make the page too busy.

Make sure you pop over to the shop to check out our March releases, there’s some super cute ones in there this month!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout!

Big Loves

Tam xo

Dream On, Dreamer | Marie Hirst

Hi there everyone! My turn on the blog today and I’m sharing this dreamy layout using three cutfiles.

I’ve been wanting to use the ‘Dream Believer‘ cutfile for so long and I paired it with ‘Dream on Dreamer‘ and this ‘Feathers‘ cutfile too!

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.

Until next time, happy scrapping,

Marie x

SMILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for this page, I wanted to do something a little different with my cut files. I wanted to show you how they don’t have to make up the largest part of your design and how you can use them to make very inexpensive embellishments for your layout.

This page started with my photo and this collection by Dear Lizzy called ‘She’s Magic’. I just thought they went together so so well! I also really wanted to use some of the square frames from the collection as I had actually bought two packs of these by accident (who even does that?? I really need to check my cart before I hit submit). Anyways, I wanted to get a few of those onto my page and so, I didn’t want a big cut file for the design as well. I then came up with the idea to use the ‘Leaf Duo‘ cut file and turn them into embellishments for my page.

First up, I backed my photo with some of the pattern papers from the collection, then I went about locking in the position of the photo and those frames as I knew those were going to be the main elements in my design. Next, I wanted to build my main embellishment cluster which the leaves would be a part of. I’ve actually only gone with one of the leaves and cut it out twice, quite large and then backed them with a green pattern paper from the collection.

Next up, I’ve fussy cut out some floral elements from another of the pattern papers, I’m working with the idea that the leaves are the base of the cluster and then the floral elements are on top. I really just kept mixing and matching each element and its position until I was happy.

Here you can see the pretty floral layers and the leaf cut file sticking out towards the top.

With this main cluster, all locked in, it really now was just a matter of filling out the rest of the page. For this, I’ve really just thought about drawing the eye from the top of the page to the bottom of the page and then back towards the photo. I’ve positioned all of the elements within the vertical block of the frames.

I found this chipboard sticker in the collection that said ‘Smile’ that was the perfect shade of yellow, I can’t believe what a good match it is for the yellow in her beanie! I just love how it nestles under the main floral cluster along the bottom edge of the frame.

I’ve also added a few other smaller elements, from the chipboard pack and some enamel dots to finish off the page. As you can see, even though the cut files themselves don’t make up a big part of the design of the page, they do add a lovely detail and are a really cost-effective way to make embellishments for your pages.

I hope this page inspires you to look at the cut files in your stash a little differently and see if you can turn some into embellishments.

Until next time,