HOLIDAY CHEER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today, I hope you have all had time to be creative this past weekend. I’m here with a new share, and I’m still on my Christmas kick.  This one is actually from a few years back so it was so good to get it done… and, it came together really easily with the help of the ‘Christmas Banner‘ cut file, I’ll show you how below.

For this layout, I had the idea to use my photo as one of the banner pieces on top of the cut file. I started by backing my photo with a cute green check pattern paper which I also echoed as a border for my background. I then went about finding the position for the photo, just so I had a plan when working with the cut file. I find it’s best to sort the photo position first as this can save you some time in the backing process, that is, you don’t have to back the parts of the file that your photo will cover.

With a plan of attack, I then went about backing my cut file. I’ve used a combination of papers from the Pink Fresh Studio ‘Holiday Vibes’ collection. I love the bold colours in this collection and really wanted a pop of red and green. I just worked right to left on both pieces of cut file mixing and matching the colours of the papers to back the file until I was happy.

Next, I positioned the two cut file pieces onto my background and positioned my photo. The page was really coming together at this point, there was only embellishing left to do. For this, I’ve kept things really simple by continuing to use the same collection. I’ve just pulled out all the fun bits and pieces and mixed and matched them to create areas of interest along each of the banners. I just kept in mind that when viewing the page, my eye needed to be drawn across the banners, so kept the embellishments along this same line.

I’ve then gone ahead and added my title, again working along that same line across the page, it fits perfectly under my photo.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I hope it inspires you to continue to document your Christmas photos even though the season is over. If you do make something, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see! Come say Hi!

Until next time,

Cool Kid – Kay Hall

Hi there!

Kay here with you today sharing a boy themed layout using a new cutfile from the January release. I have used the new CUT to YOU Circle Eights Cut File and papers from the Boys Rule collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. This combo was perfect for as I am a mum of 3 boys!

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I wanted the cutfile to really stand out against the lovely bright papers so I used black cardstock. I had some small scraps of paper to use up and armed with a circle punch I filled in all the circles.

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Using 3D foam I mounted the design onto the background sheet after adding a few splatters here and there. I then added my photo followed by embellishments from the collection’s ephemera packs. 

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I added some punched stars and some small white enamel dots to complete my design.
If you are like me and are always on the hunt for boy designs, make sure you jump into the Boyz Zone on the CUT to YOU website.

I will be back next month with more layouts!

Happy Scrapping!

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Memories | Marie Hirst

Hi there everyone! Marie up on the blog today sharing this awesome layout using the new Boho Circles Cutfile which you can find here. It is one of the new release files which you can find here.

The circles made me think of this cute photograph of my son when we were on holiday and hired a picnic boat for the day and travelled up and down the Norfolk Broads. I have used the Pink Paislee ‘Truly Grateful’ collection (along with a few other bits from my stash). I chose a dark coloured background (not something I usually do) and I love how it turned out!

The first thing I did was cut the cut file on my Cricut from white cardstock. I then stuck it straight to the cardstock. I decided not to back my cut file as I felt it stood out so well on the dark background so well! For a little more interest, I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it all over the page. I then matted my photo on white and then on some of the lovely bird paper, added some dimensional foam and stuck it down.

I then began embellishing. I mainly used ephemera from the ‘Truly Grateful’ collection for this and also some fussy-cut foliage from one of the 12×12 sheets in the collection.

The title ‘Memories’ was from my stash (PinkFresh Studio I think) which matched the other greens I had used perfectly.

I tucked lots of different pieces of ephemera in different places around the photo and also added some puffy phrases and stickers to add further interest. Some were glued down and some were placed on foam pads to add a bit of depth.

You’ll find a process video on my channel if you’d like to watch how it all came together!

Remember to check out all the awesome new releases in the shop! And also take a look at the new ‘Kit to You‘ too!

Until next time, keep on creating!

Marie x

Introducing… KIT TO YOU

Hey Creatives,

Gwen on the blog today for a very special share…a project that has been on my mind for some time now, in fact, I registered the domain more than a year ago!! I have been quietly working away in the background on this and I’m so excited that the day is FINALLY here!

Love creating but not sure where to start? New to working with cut files? Need a little direction or inspiration to get the most out of your creative time?

Are you going on retreat and looking for an ‘all in one’ project to work on?… I sure can help.

At KITtoYOU you will find unique Scrapbooking Kits for all kinds of Cut File lovers. Available as Digital downloads OR as Custom Cut files shipped Internationally. Each kit includes an EXCLUSIVE cut file only available as part of the kit and so much more!

What’s in my Kit?

Our kits start with a professionally designed Scrapbook layout with the focus on your precious photos and include the following:

  • High-quality images including several close-ups so you can really see the details in the page.
  • Easy to follow Step x Step instructions with FULL measurements… no more guessing placement based on the photo.
  • A unique sketch for the layout design. Use it as a template for making similar designs with your stash.
  • Full product list including brand and paper names, embellishment details for EVERY element.
  • Suggested substitutes for shopping your stash; use what you have!
  • Exclusive cut file designs in JPG and PNG format in a .zip file – Also available CUSTOM CUT version for those without electronic die-cutting machines.
  • Multipage colour PDF with everything you need to know.
  • Access to our creative community if you need any help!

Available right now in the CUT to YOU store! For more info be sure to visit www.kittoyou.com.au or send me a message, I’d be more than happy to help.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today, I hope you have all had time to be creative this weekend. I’m here with a new share, a sweet page that features my daughter on her 10th birthday.  I’ve been meaning to scrap this one for a while now so when I saw the latest CSI Challenge number 306, it was like it was meant to be!

If you don’t know, CUT to YOU is a Prime sponsor for the CSI Scrapbook Challenge this year! We are teaming up with the fab girls over there to get you inspired and help you win FREE CUT FILES! Yep, every month this year you could win yourself some CUT to YOU digital files along with lots of other wonderful prizes, so be sure to pop by and check out the challenges. There really is something for everyone and I for one, LOVE them!

Now, onto the layout…. As soon as I saw this Case, I immediately thought of the ‘Wedding Cake‘ cut file with its floral elements and details. I cut it on white cardstock and then backed it with some pretty paper scraps. Most of these are from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, some are also from Felicity Jane. I mixed and matched what I had and just kept in mind the soft tones featured in the Casefile.

With my cut file-backed, I positioned it right in the centre of the page… for this design, I just wanted to work from the centre outward and had planned to keep things pretty simple so I didn’t even mount it. Next up, I backed my photo with some pretty lemon cardstock and then had a think about my title. I’ve mentioned a few times before, I feel like once I have my cut file element, photo and title positions locked in, the rest of the page comes together really quickly.

For my title, I’ve mixed some Simple Stories alphabet stickers with some Thickers from my stash and a cute little puffy sticker from Paige Evans and really just played with their position (along with the position of the photo) until I was happy.

From there, it really was just about adding some extra elements to the page. I didn’t want to add too much, I didn’t want to cover up my pretty cut file and all that work I had done to back it. I pulled out some floral elements and a cute little butterfly from the depths of my stash as well as a cute paper bow, some sequins and enamel dots and called the page complete.

I love how this sweet page came together, so I hope it inspires you in some way and you get a chance to play along with the Case over at CSI. As always, I really do love seeing what you make so please keep sharing your projects with me!

Until next time,

Life is short eat the cake| Tamara Buckler

Hello beautiful people!

So happy to be back with you to share my first page for 2020! Today I am playing along with our good friends over at CSI Scrapbook challenges, using Case File No. 306.

I have used the fabulous ‘Life is short, eat the cake’ Cut File, which you can find in the store in the Celebrations and Fun category.

The inspiration from CSI was all about birthdays and birthday cake and this Cut File worked perfectly!

I treated the Cut File fairly simply, just backing the block words with some red patterned paper and then mounting on foam tape, but I think that this has given the File so much impact on a very busy page.

The white cardstock against the red paper just pops!!

I was then able to tuck my photos and embellishments around the Cut File without having to cover any of the File! Love how this worked out!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year season! Make sure you pop over to our shop to grab some of our new January goodies! I can’t wait to be share more with you in this new year!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Family is Forever | Marie Hirst

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m so happy to be back for another term with CUT to YOU to work with more of the awesomeness that is cut files!

For this layout I used two CUT to YOU cut files and used my Cricut software to weld them together to make one single cut file. (If you’d like more information about how I did this, just let me know!). Both of these cut files are now available in the shop or click directly on these links to find them: Family is Forever and Floral Edge.

After manipulating the file and cutting it from white cardstock, I then backed it using a variety of pink-toned Christmas papers from my stash. I placed lots of dimensional foam on the back of the cut file too so that it would stand proud of the page just a little (and allow me to tuck other bits in behind!)

I backed all of the letters but only some of the flowers and leaves – I like the effect of having some of them left as they are. I used a sheet of grey snow-effect paper as my background.

I then added some die-cut foliage in various places using the same papers. I also added a few pink enamel dots and some silver thread for a little bit of sparkle.

I also added some more detail by running the layout through my sewing machine and doing some straight and zigzag stitching around the edge.

The photograph, which is of my little family on Christmas Day, was matted on the same papers – I do like a bit of coordination!

If you’d like to watch how it all came together, there’s a process video on my channel here:

Thanks so much for stopping by and dont forget to check out some of the other awesome new releases in the shop!

Marie x

Calendar 2020 | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there,

It’s Piroska here, and this is my very first post on the Cut To You blog. I am overjoyed and very grateful to Gwen to get the chance to join the Design Team of these amazing scrapbookers.

As the CTY team is my first international Design Team, I wanted to scrap this special memory. The new Calendar 2020 cut file was perfect for the photo of the DT announcement.

I wanted to get a light and airy look, so I decided to cut the file from white cardstock and use a white cardstock as a base too.

White on white could be boring, but adding 3D foam squares to lift the background cut file creates shadows, and shadows give a special “colour” and more dimension to the layout. I did not add dimensional foam stickers to everywhere, only to those parts, where there was enough space to add them, and I cut them in half to be able to place them on the edges.

As the background file is also the part of my title (Living the Dream: Jan-Jun 2020), I decorated those parts, but only those parts of the cutfile. For my whole layout I used the Unforgettable collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I chose pink and grey colours to reflect on the photo, so I added clear stickers in those colours under the Jan and Jun parts, and to my photo. I added cut outs and clear stickers to the 2020 part, and cut out some butterflies to continue playing with the dimensions.

It is so easy to create a layout with this page builder cut file. What are your plans for 2020? Is there a special event you are going to attend? Grab this cut file from the shop, and create a layout like this!

Thanks for reading and happy scrapping!

Piroska

It’s a Christmas Wish |Tamara Buckler

Hello scrappy friends!!

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas!? I’m up on the blog today sharing my last layout for 2019 and of course it’s another Christmas layout!

I have used the Make a Wish Cut File from our Christmas Collection, which I edited a little in the Silhouette software to remove the star as I new I wanted to nestle it into my title.

I have cut the File from patterned paper today, and I have stuck some pieces of cardboard box which I have cut very thinly, behind the Cut File to pop it up off the page.

I love how raising the Cut File off the page helps to nestle it above the photos, and also allows the rest of the title to be nestled into it.

It’s a little unusual for me to have the title at the top of my page, but as the white space on my photos was towards the top, this worked best. I then kept most of elements central to the page so as to draw the eye down.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. Make sure you pop over to the shop to grab some of our Christmas Cut Files, because if you’re anything like me, there will be lots of photos to scrapbook in the New Year!

I hope you and yours have a fantastic and safe Christmas and New Year. I for one am looking forward to the break, relaxing, have a few wines and soaking up the sun (lookout for lots of summer layouts in the new year 😂).

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Together/Sara Scraps

Hello! Sara with you today with a fun fall layout featuring an older cut file- Heart Lovers Unite . If you are new to Cut To You files, this one should REALLY be a part of your collection! It is versatile and can be used in soo many ways. The possibilities are endless.

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For my layout, I chose to use an inlay technique for my layout. I hand painted each heart using Shimmerz acrylic paint or Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo. I then added some black splatter for a little extra detail.

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Once the background was finished, the layout came together easily with some coordinating embellishments and paper.

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You can grab the cute cut file in the SHOP here. And I have a process video showing all the details here-

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara