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

Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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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

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!

Waiting for Sunny Days | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi there, Piroska is here today with my latest layout. As you know, I just love leaves in scrapbooking, so I immediately fell in love with the beautiful Lots of Leaves cut file.

I really like the colours of the Looking for Sunshine paper of the Pinkfresh Studio My favourite story collection. I decided to cut my leaves from that paper, making it a bit ombre by arranging the cut file so that it reaches 2 similar colours. This way are the leaves 3″ tall.

I cut 12 leaves, 3 in each colour combo, but for the layout I used 10 of them. On a single white cardstock they looked a bit pale. I didn’t want to use watercolours this time, so I chose the Joyful Heart paper with those rainbow and (almost) the same colours as my leaves.

And it was time to play: I put my photo which I matted before with several patterned papers on the left rainbow above. I used many flower cut outs and my digital cut leaves to frame my photo – it was made at Lake Balaton (Hungary), at the beginning of our holiday. The weather was not so good, not cold but not good enough for going to the beach. So that’s what my title is about,which I also framed by some leaves.

I hope you like my layout and could inspire you to use leaves on your works. Get over to the CUT to YOU shop and grab some leaves design, Gwen has made several beautiful cut files!

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

You are my Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

My turn on the blog today to share a page that I was recently challenged to complete over at Cut to You HQ. We had HQ members choose a File for us to use and I was challenged to use the Sunshine Background Cut File.

This page is really special to me, as it focusses on a photo of my beautiful Mum in her youth. I lost my Mum when I was a young girl, and I don’t have a lot of photos of her, so it was really special to document this one.

I started this page by first cutting this file from white card stock and then cut it again from a piece of Pinkfresh patterned paper, using an internal offset to space out the rays inside the Cut File.

I rotated the file so that the rays were coming from the bottom of the page, distressed the inner pieces and then adhered it to a piece of CVS patterned paper.

To embellish the page, I clustered some Die Cuts from both CVS and Pinkfresh around my photo, and created my title using some thickers and puffy stickers from Crate Paper. The final touch was to splatter some gold Heidi Colour Shine gently around the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure you join in over at Cut to You HQ so that you can challenge our DT next.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

You Are Awesome | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow creatives and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation as part of the design team and oh boy, I just love how this page turned out and I can’t wait to share it!

As you can see my cut file features as part of my background design and adds texture and something fun to the page! The file I used is called Squares Cubed and you can find it here in the CTY store.

I cut this as big as I could in my Silhouette software on white cardstock. I knew I wanted to use this file exactly as I have; so to help it meld into the back ground I did choose smooth.

Once that was all cut I simply used some matte medium with a spatula and adhered each of the squares in diagonal lines on the bottom right of the page. I made sure they had plenty of medium on the back of the file to stick and also applied a coat over the top as I knew I wanted to add colour and water to my page. The top left of the page was a kind of after thought but I’m so glad I decided to add in a few more squares there!

When the matte medium was completely dry I could add colour! For this page I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in a blue and a purple to work with my 2 3×4 photos. I simply spritzed my page with water and kind of dripped and dropped and painted my colour over the top. I love watching things like this as the colour moves around because it really brings those cut files to life – it’s like the emerge from the back ground!! Once I was happy with the colour I used the same colours to add lots of splatters.

Now, being that I am not huge lover of purple I did kinda hit a stumbling block while trying to finish this page off but realised I could use black and white for the most part. I ended up settling on the Cocoa Vanilla “You Rock” collection as I still had those 3 big chipboard words which I thought worked perfectly for my title and fit beautifully both above and below my photos!

I added in a few more chipboard pieces and then not much else as I didn’t want to cover up too much of that oh so fun back ground! I found a few ephemera pieces and decided I really loved what that pop of wood grain added to my page so added those in. But I especially love the clear stickers on this page cause you get the fun of the stickers but also the fun of that back ground – win/win!!

And that wraps up my page for you today! You can see my process video below, just hit that play button!

I do hope you enjoy and remember to stop by the shop here to re-create a fun back ground like this or here for some fun new designs! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel