Feel the Magic | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog again today sharing this sweet little page of my little princess. I have used the fun ‘Feel the Magic’ cut file as the focal point of the page, and everything else has really just sprung from there.

I used a one piece of patterned paper behind my cut file, it had a very loose painterly rainbow pattern on it, and a consequence it has bought multiple colours into the title. I then used these colours as inspiration.

I actually fussy cut my photo, because the background was very dull (I haven’t done that in forever! And once I had done that my little miss tucked in behind the cut file perfectly. I popped the cut file up on foam, as well as my photo, and then got to work building my layers underneath.

I created three clusters to the top of my layers, to the left of the cut file and to the right of my photo. This created a visual triangle, with the cut file right in the centre.

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! It’s sweet and whimsical and fun, and that’s just how I like it!

See you again soon!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Hello Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hi there CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my first share for the month. I unfortunately didn’t have any theme parks pics to use for our prompt this month, but did have this cute pic of my kiddo dressed up as Eeyore, which I felt drew in the magical theme!

I have used the Hearts on Strings cut file for this layout, which I have cut out from Navy blue card stock, just did something different!

I randomly backed some of the hearts in coordinating papers, being careful not to back the ones behind where my photo would go. I then popped each of these up on foam.

I kept my embellishments pretty tight in around my photo, so as to not cover too much of the cut file. I also created a small cluster on opposite side of the page to create balance, and draw your eye across the page and the cut file.

I love how whimsical this page is! And I’m also really happy that I cut the file from dark card stock as it doesn’t get lost on the busy background. I really feel like this works even though all the other colours are fairly pastel.

Thanks again for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam

CUT to YOU | Christmas Wreath Cut File | Joyful Moments | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello everyone, Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my latest scrapbook layout using a CUT to YOU cut file!

Yes, it’s April and yes that’s a Christmas page but I just could not resist the stunning “Christmas Wreath” cut file any longer!!

I’ve cut this on white textured card stock so that it sits below my pair of photos and “hangs” the same way it would on a wreath!

Todays layout was created with a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection called Joyful and it’s just beautiful to work with!! I started with the A5 Paper Stack and backing my cut file. I also used some vellum pieces to back some of the leaves.

Next I chose my title “Joyful Magic Moments” as these photos show the pure and absolute joy on my boys’ faces on Christmas morning as they opened “the” gifts from Santa! Do you remember how that felt when you were just 9 or 11 years old?!? Pure MAGIC!!

A layer of pattern behind my photos, some dimension behind my photos and title/journaling card and a few embellishments and my page is done!! And, of course, gold splatters!!! How can I call a Christmas page complete without gold splatters?!?!

I have a process video for you which is linked below, just hit play!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you!!
I’m going to leave you with a question… Is there ever a wrong time to scrap Christmas for you? Clearly the answer for me is a giant no but I’d love to know your thoughts!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

CUT to YOU | Floral Rainbow Cutfile Kit | You Shine | Melinda Sweetman

Hey & hello fellow CUT to YOU lovers!! Melinda here with you today sharing my newest scrapbook layout.

Swoon!! As soon as I saw this stunning kit with the gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file I just could not cut it fast enough!!

A super quick FYI in case you don’t know… Gwen has curated stunning and exclusive cut files for the “Kit to You” kits available in the store & one of the best things (apart from the stunning exclusive cut files of course!) is that Gwen includes a sketch, an ingredients list and step by step instructions for every single kit!! If you haven’t yet, you simply MUST check them out!

Ok, so onto my layout!! As you can see I’m scrapping a photo of myself. This was a selfie I took in December 2020.

I really like the way it turned out and remember exactly how I felt & what I was thinking when I took this photo which is what spawned this whole page!

I’m using a printable digital collection by Traci Reed called Keep Chasing Rainbows. My cut file was cut on textured white card stock and I used my Cameo to print & cut the inside pieces using pattern papers from the collection.

My white card stock has digital mixed media on it too which I just LOVE behind that gorgeous Floral Rainbow cut file!!

Without covering up too much of the cut file or my back ground design I’ve added my photo, embellishments & journaling.

I really, really love the end result here and I hope that I’ve inspired you to check out this & the other Kit to You designs available in the store. Next time, I may even follow along with Gwen’s sketch and ingredients list!!

I have a process video if you’d like to see my page come together, just hit that post button below!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope that you’ve enjoyed and I’ll see you with my next post later this month!!

Melinda

Totally Awesome Wow! | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

So happy to be back with you again to share another fun layout featuring another fun cut file! For this layout I have used the Floral Camera file, which I have kept quite small, and have cut from white card stock.

I really wanted the cut file to be the focal point of my layout, particularly as I wanted to add my photo inside the lens of the camera. So I started there, popping in my photo amd then backing the file, and then working my way outwards.

I love how all the layers direct your eye toward the cut file, and even though there are a lot of colours and patterns, that this remains the focus. I thinking cutting it out in white, and adding dimensional foam underneath, also helps with this. As does using minimal embellishing.

There are quite a few similar camera cut files in the shop, and you can actually pick them up in a bundle set, which is great value for money!

Thanks for stopping by again today.

Big Loves, Tam xo

How to Scrapbook with Cut Files | Beginners Guide

Hey Creative friends,

New to scrapbooking with cut files? This blog post is for you! I’ve gathered some essential info to get you started super quickly and easily. Learn how to scrapbook with cut files, the equipment you need and how to get started, plus details of how you can get your very first free SVG design sent directly to your inbox.

What is a Cut File?

A cut file is simply a digital version of an image or text that can be downloaded to your computer. Once downloaded, files can be imported into the electronic die-cutting machine software, manipulated and then sent to cut. Cut files come in a large variety of shapes and designs and texts. Files are typically in either JPG (.jpeg), PNG (.png) or SVG (.svg) format and can be cut from lots of materials including paper and cardstock. You may also find cut files in DXF (.dxf) and EPS (.eps) file formats.

What are SVG Files?

SVG files are particularly useful as cut files. SVG stands for Scaleable Vector Graphic. These file types are super popular because they allow the image to be scaled without changing the quality of the design. Typically, SVG files also come on a transparent background so they are super useful for all kinds of craft projects; not just scrapbooking!

Essentials for Scrapbooking with Cut Files

There are a few things you will need to get started.

  1. A digital die-cutting machine. Brands include Silhouette, Cricut and Brother Scan and Cut. There are several models available for each of these brands. I use a Silhouette Cameo. You will also need a computer to connect the machine to and the cutting machine software. There are free versions of the software for the cutting machines as well as paid versions available. Start off with the free version where you can, it could very well be all that you need.
  2. Cutting Mats. Depending on the brand of machine you purchase, you will need matching cutting mats. There are also unbranded versions at great prices that are compatible with many machines. I use ‘Universal Crafts’ brand. Be sure to check your machine warrantee before using unbranded supplies, this could be a good option once your warrantee period has expired.
  3. Cutting Blades. Depending on the brand of your machine, you will also need matching cutting blades. The Silhouette comes with many options suitable for the different materials you will be able to cut including the ‘Deep Cut’ blade, ‘Auto’ blade and ‘Fabric’ blade.
  4. Machine accessories. If you plan on working a lot with cut files, I’d highly recommend getting a scraper tool. This will help you to remove the design off of the cutting mat once it is cut. There are other tools as well available such as a ‘Weed’ tool which is great if you plan on cutting Vinyl for DIY projects. Planning on only cutting paper and cardstock? The scraper is all you need.
  5. Paper and Cardstock. While any paper will work in the machine, results can be quite varied. For scrapbooking with cut files I recommend the American Crafts Precision Cardstock. It is made for intricate and clean cuts, well worth the little bit extra you will pay for it.

If you’d like even more info on these, you can learn more in this article ‘5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Cut Files‘.

You have all the equipment you need and you’re ready to go, now, you just need a design to cut.

Free SVG Cut Files

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG cut files out every month, and you’ll get our ‘You Are Special’ design immediately so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE and it’s free to join. I highly recommend starting off with free SVG designs, they are great to test and play with until you get more confident with your machine.

I also wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE just by signing up. What a lovely reminder to your loved ones of just how special they are no matter what the season.

How to Scrapbook with Cut Files?

Need more help to get started? Want to learn exactly how to scrapbook with cut files? Check out my YouTube channel filled with hundreds of Scrapbooking Ideas, Tutorials and instructional videos.

Need specific help with How to trace and resize a Cut File using Silhouette Studio – Watch this video.

Want specific help with How to back a cut file with paper? – Watch this video.

Still have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Happy New Year | Tamara Buckler

Hello my wonderful CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog today sharing another colourful layout, this time I’m featuring the Happy New Year cut file.

I did a bit of work to this file in Silhouette Studio before cutting it out as I didn’t want the rocket element of the cut file. I used the eraser function to ‘rub out’ the portions I didn’t want, and the point tool to tidy things up.

I then added various patterned papers behind my cut file, and then popped the whole thing up on foam. I added some gesso to the centre of my page, letting it dry before adhering my title.

I added lots of embellishments to my page, following the flow of the Cut File, and working within a loose colour on colour theme to tie in with my background.

I love the way this one came together, and I love sharing my work with you guys! Make sure you check out all the fab title files over in the shop that you could use for your next layout!

Big loves, Tam xo

A Year to Remember | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps,

Thanks for joining me on the blog again today. I’m sharing with you a new layout featuring the ‘A Year to Remember’ cut file. I’m documenting my vaccination story with this page, and have used a cheeky little mask emoji Charm to help tell my story.

To fit the emoji on the page, I carefully cut the love heart away from the letters around it. I then backed the cut file with a single piece of patterned paper and popped the whole thing up on foam.

I adhered the cut file down the left hand side of a sheet of black cardtock. I love the contrast this gives with the bright title, really makes it pop. I then really focussed on tucking my photo and embellishments around the right edge of the cut file and page.

Once I had done all that, I added some stamping and splatters. Once this was all done, I felt like the cut file was getting a bit lost, so I added some doodling around the edges for a bit of extra something something. I really love how this came together!

Thanks again for stopping by 😊

Big loves, Tam xo

12 Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring and Easter

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. I was looking at creating some Easter & Spring pages and looking for inspiration, and I thought you might be too. So, I’ve collected some stunning scrapbook layouts from the design team featuring scrapbook ideas that I love. So if you’re looking for Fun and Easy Spring themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of photos to scrapbook so let’s get inspired together!

Grab your FREE Special SVG File here:

First up though, do you love FREEBIES? If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE and it’s free to join.

12 Spring & Easter Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘Spring-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. What a lovely reminder to your loved ones of just how special they are no matter what the season.

Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring & Easter

#1 Soft Pastels and bright whites. Pastels are always a favourite of mine for documenting Spring and Easter. I love the soft pinks and blues in this share by Tarrah Mc Lean. The details in her layout here are so sweet, from the check pattern paper in the background to the button on the bunnies bow. This page is also a great example of what can be achieved with a very simple bunny SVG design. This one is called ‘Bunny Silhouette‘ is super quick to back and easily replicated so you too can have a page just like this one.

#2 Flower Daffodils. It’s no secret that yellow makes my heart happy, so how could I not love this layout by Kirei Baldwin documenting fresh spring flowers. I love that she has teamed the Daffodils in her pictures with our ‘Daffodil Posie‘ SVG backing this one with pretty vellum and pattern papers. Our Floral SVG designs are my most favourite and I think this layout showcases just how easy they are to work with and how they can help you tell your story.

#3 Floral like Geometrics. For this layout, Piroska Czako Radvanji has created a striking page centred around a diagonal design. She cut out the ‘Floral Mandala 1‘ SVG cut file nice and large and centred it on her page. Backing it in bright colours really makes it pop and draws on the colours in her photo. What makes this page special is the way she has used the cut file as a large element on her background to get her started, then layered her photo and embellishments on top. Not sure where to start creating your next layout? Try this technique.

#4 Floral Banner. Our floral banner SVG design is an absolute favourite of mine for getting a page done fast. This banner svg design can be cut to fit the background of your 12 x 12 layout, backed and then centred on the page. From there, it’s just a matter of adding two small portrait photos to the floral banner itself and some pretty embellishments. Design featured here is ‘Spring Floral Banners‘ and is one of our KIT to YOU designs which includes a layout sample AND full step x step instructions to recreate the page.

#5 Combining Easter and Spring on your page. For those of you in the Northern hemisphere, Spring and Easter are a match made in heaven. I adore this layout by Kirei Baldwin that combines cute little bunnies, birds and spring tulips. Cut file featured here is ‘Spring Tulip‘ which she has cut out several times and stacked down the centre of her page.

#6 A Spring wreath. Scrapycat Josefine is featuring a stunning spring wreath svg for this layout. This floral design is called ‘Flower Crown‘ and is another popular one used as a base for a layout design. Centre the wreath on your page, add floral die cuts and your photo and the page is complete. See the perfect spot for your photo to sit? A quick example of how scrapbooking with cut files can be quick and easy.

#7 Selfie Love! Selfies are fun no matter what the season. When there isn’t someone handy to take a happy snap, why not snap a quick selfie. This fun photo was taken at school and I’ve embellished it with pretty spring florals with a vintage vibe. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured here is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers as an anchor point for my photos. If you love selfies, you’ll love our big selection of Cameras and Photos svg designs on the website.

#8 Egg Hunt Adventures. There is nothing that says Easter morning like an egg hunt, so of course it’s a moment that needs scrapbooking. Photos of the kids running around madly searching for eggs can be tricky, I call these ones action shots and they are so fun to use on your pages. They don’t need to be perfect, they just need to capture the moment. I’ve used the ‘Lily of the Valley‘ cut file for this one, a floral svg that I’ve cut out nice and large and added to fill in my background. I also am loving the soft pinks and purples on this page.

#9 Spring Butterflies. Another super sweet layout by Tarrah Mc Lean, this one features the ‘Choose Happy‘ title SVG which she has centred on her page along with her photo. What sets this layout off are those darling butterflies sprinkled around the page and the pops of blue and yellow softened with the woodgrain pattern paper creates a simply beautifully balanced page.

#10 Lovely floral layers. This page by Scrapycat Josefine is a picture of Spring. From the mix of floral pattern papers to those stunning layers of floral die cuts. On this layout, Josefine has also left her cut files open, keeping them soft and light. Design featured here is ‘Posey Duo‘ and it’s the perfect addition to the floral embellishment clusters.

#11 Spring Showers. It’s not all sunny days in Spring, but that means an opportunity to document April showers and beautiful rainbows. Documenting the weather can be a really fun thing to do, so why not let this page by Tarrah Mc Lean inspire a page that documents this season for you. Cut file featured is ‘Chasing Rainbows‘ one of our very popular Rainbow svg designs.

#12 Bold and Bright. This page by Scrapycat Josefine is like a burst of Spring! The colours on this layout really pop with the contrasting areas of black. She’s layered up cut file pieces from the ‘Floral Bouquet Set‘ adding vellum behind some of the pieces to soften. The mix of bright green and pink on this page is so so striking proving Spring layouts don’t need to be soft in colour, choose the tones you love and create with those!

That’s it! 12 Scrapbook Layout Ideas for Spring & Easter for you to try. I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for scrapbooking with SVG files, they really are so versatile! You can find all of these designs and more in the shop.

Until next time,

One Big Adventure | Tamara Buckler

Hello again CTY peeps,

I’m up on the blog today sharing this fun travel themed page using the One Big Adventure title cut file. I’m documenting our little vintage caravan that we are in the process of renovating.

I started by backing the file with lots of bright patterned papers – keeping the paper the same for the word ‘BIG’ and pulling the colours from this to choose my papers for the word ‘ADVENTURE’. I was also careful here not to put papers with the same colour or pattern next to each other.

I added some gesso to my background so that the cut file popped off the page, and added foam to the back to accentuate this effect.

Once I had adhered the cut file to the page, I added my photo and some layers of patterned paper to the top left, tucking the bottom edge under the word ‘one’.

I added some cute little embellishments around the page, but didn’t go too crazy because I really just wanted to let my title shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you check all the travel themed files over in the Cut to You shop.

Big Loves, Tam xo