Dream |Sew Loved | Rachel Lowe

Hey Cut to You friends today I have a super girly layout to share with you!  I  have used the gorgeous Sew Loved cut file.

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I have used Simple Stories Dream Big collection. And here is my layout.

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I cut the Sew Loved heart at 9 inches. I used an ombre pink thread to create visual interest.

Once I had layered my pattern papers  (pink patterned paper adhered with foam tape to create a 3D effect) on the white cardstock base, I used wet glue to adhere the Sew Loved cut file. I used a scallop punch on the patterned papers. I curved my title to follow the curve of the heart.

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Once I had stitched the heart (using a simple cross stitch) I added my photo (with foam tape) which I matted and added embellishments under the foam taped photo, this draws your eye to the photo.

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I created an embellishment cluster under my photo, adding a word embellishment and using foam tape to again create a 3D effect.

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I added another embellishment cluster on the opposite side, as my title is so big, it creates your visual triangle.

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And there you have it one very simple layout but with lots of layers, added height to elements and sewing, it certainly is enough!

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Thanks for stopping by today, take care, stay well and craft often.

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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,

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,

LALA Love |Circle of Love | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY crafty friends today I have a love themed layout using the gorgeous new cut file Circle of Love

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I have used Crate Paper Lala Love collection.Untitled-30I cut the Circle of Love cut file measuring 10.5×10.5 inches in white cardstock, I then added it to another piece of white cardstock measuring 11×11 inches.34F7DEBC-FD3E-40FB-885C-5F906CCBB853I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and pulled out the hearts, I then divided them into two and cut using two different papers/patterns. I added each heart with foam tape to create a 3D effect. I  hand stitched the inner circle to add definition and texture. I added my photo off centre with foam tape.1B08B8AD-076D-4A84-890C-43F59D75823BI added rubber embellishments on my photo to draw your eye to it.83A37D4F-32C8-4A3A-8298-52B4DB7EA405I tucked under my photo a floral die cut to break up the white of the circle. I used a brighter coloured paper  to add my final page border, again to provide contrast against the white. I couldn’t resist adding this gorgeous tasselled heart to finish off!34EE8D5A-365A-4810-B3F2-E796EFA273F2This cut file is perfect for any Valentine layout or card!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope my layout has inspired you to get crafty this week! Head over to the Cut to You Shop and grab your own Circle of Love cut file.

Rachel X

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Captured | Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone! Rachel back on the blog with you.

Today I am sharing a layout using the Stitch Geo Heart cut file.

I cut the cut file from white cardstock with my Silhouette.

I then adhered it to my background paper with foam tape to give the stitches some dimension.

I added two embellishment clusters to allow the stitches of the cut file to form the third ‘corner’ of my visual triangle around my photo.

I added a doodled border and some hand written journaling.

Check out this month’s new releases over in the shop.

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

“Better Together” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to share Guest Designer, Belinda Jane’s second project for you this month.  This one absolutely has my heart, all that stitching is divine.  I have really loved her shares this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Belinda xo 

I’m really excited to be sharing my second project as a guest designer for September. I fell totally in love with the ‘Spring Roses‘ Cut n Stitch file when I saw it in the shop. It felt like the perfect base for a layout that shared a photo of my husband and I as I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of journaling to go along with this photo so I could really let the creative aspects of the layout take center stage.I started by setting up my layout in Silhouette Studio. I duplicated the cut file making one slightly smaller. I then split the file in two and cut the outline of the roses from plain white cardstock, with the stitching holes for the leaves cut into my background paper. I then got to work stitching around each of those white roses using a graduated toned embroidery thread that perfectly matched the dress I’m wearing in the picture. I wanted to bring a little bit of watercolor into this layout. I took a fresh piece of white cardstock and covered the entire background in a few different muted peachy-pink tones and used that to back my stitched rose cut file. In hindsight, it would have been much easier to stitch those delicate roses after they had been adhered to the backing paper! Then I used a pale green watercolor inside each of the leaf outlines on the background paper before stitching around those with green thread.The layout came together pretty easily after that. I trimmed down my background paper and added a very thin mat using the watercolor background paper I had created for my roses. I distressed the edges of the background to give it some nice texture and interest.I adhered the stitched and backed roses into place on the background paper using a quick-dry wet glue. I grabbed a bunch of papers from my scrap stash and added lots of complimentary layers to back my photo before adhering that to the layout as well.I used a gold foil thickers title of “Better Together” along with some of the chipboard hearts from that same chipboard sticker set. I also added a sprinkling of blue enamel dots here and there. I kept the journaling super simple and nestled that in under the title. I finished off the layout with some gold splatters.

I will confess that this layout was more time consuming and labor-intensive than I usually like. But that finished product just makes me so very happy.

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Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,

SO FUN | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share!  I’ve been absolutely itching to use the new Butterfly Cluster cut file for a sweet page of Miss C and me… I just love this cut file so much!  I love how versatile it is and how you can mix and match the layers and parts of the cut file to suit your project.  Here is what I’ve made.

To start my page, I’ve cut the cut file out twice.  Firstly with a pale pink cardstock and the second time with white cardstock.  I had an idea to use the white as my background and the pink as the butterfly inserts for the page.  You could absolutely mix and match here with pattern papers or even vellum for lots of different page themes.

I’ve backed the white cardstock with a bold print, this one from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper.  The idea for choosing something bold was to help the block shape of the butterflies stand out.  I also wanted to make sure I made a contrast between the background, the backed paper design and the pink sections of the butterflies.

This cut file is super fast to back, so if you are new to using them on your projects I would definitely recommend this one!

Once my cut file was all sorted and looking good, it was time to back my photo.  For this, I’ve used the same pink cardstock.  I wanted to make pink my highlight colour and using it around the photo really helps draw your eye to it.  It’s one thing to have a pretty cut file on your page, but you don’t want it to be so detailed or distracting that you are drawn to it over your precious photos!

It was now time to stitch!  I’ve hand stitched the elements in the die cut with some embroidery thread, again, using pink.  I’ve also stitched with my sewing machine around the edge of my photo and my layout to bring it all together.  I’ve then mounted my photo onto foam for dimension and added to my page.

At this stage, the page was really coming together.  It was now time for a title and some finishing touches.  I’ve gone with a chipboard title from the same collection as my pattern paper for consistency.  I’ve also just had a big dig through my stash for anything in the blue/green tone that would match.  Another great reason to invest in cut files…. they really do help you bust the smaller elements of your stash.  Adding a cut file to a small selection of embellishments really does pull a page together.

 

Once all of my elements were added the page was done!  This really did come together quickly and I just love how it turned out.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Hello Happy | Tamara Buckler

Hello again beautiful CTY friends,

I’m so happy to be back with you again to share a super sweet and pretty page featuring one of the awesome Cut to You Background Files. This one is called Heart Lovers Unite and it is divine!!

I cut this File from white card stock at slightly smaller than 12×12. I backed some of the hearts with various patterned papers, I did this a little strategically to create a space for my photo cluster and also for another embellishment cluster.

I stitched around the edge of the white card stock and also through the filled hearts before mounting the whole thing on foam tape. I love the separation this gives between the Cut File and the background paper.

I chose a patterned paper to back this Cut File that had a smaller pattern in the print. I love the impact that this Cocoa Vanilla Studios paper creates with the darker background, and the bright florals that helped to inform the rest of my colour scheme.

This page just worked out perfectly to document this sweet photo of my daughter and her BFF. And the best thing about this Cut File, is that I already have more ideas for other ways to use it!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my sweet little page!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Love You | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

It’s Gwen on the blog today.  I hope you are all well!  I have a new share today, and I’m pretty excited about it because it’s my first scrapbook page using the new ‘Stitch’ inspired cut files.  It also happens to be another monochromatic layout.   I was super inspired by the monochromatic layout I did recently for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, I wanted to do another!  For this one, I went all pink!

Here is the cut file I’ve used,  as I mentioned, it’s from the Stitch inspired collection and it’s called Stitch Geo Heart.

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the cut file and this darling picture of my husband and daughter from a few years ago.  I wasn’t sure where to start with the design, so I simply cut the digital cut file positioning the heart towards the centre of my page.  I then went about backing it in strips of pink pattern paper to create an ombre effect.

For a little more detail, I decided to add in some stitching on my sewing machine between the rows of cross stitch and I just love the effect it creates.  Next, I mat my photo with some red pattern paper and added some more of my signature stitching.

I positioned the photo onto my layout, to the left side of the heart, I love how the heart adds interest and layers to the background without adding bulk.  It also looks like I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to create it when really it was very quick and simple.

Next, I went digging through my stash of red and pink embellishments, I’ve pulled out all sorts of things from many different collections.  I’ve also gone with a wide range of tones, from a soft baby pink right up to a bright red and dark pink.  To stop the layout from looking too busy, I’ve kept the colours together in their colour families and matched them to the background ombre using the tone on tone technique.  I just kept adding bits and pieces until I was happy with how everything looked.

I’ve also repeated the sentiment “Love You” to pull the page together.  When my daughter looks back on her scrapbook albums the over-riding message I want her to see is just how much she is loved and I think this page really conveys that!

Thanks for popping by today and seeing our new Stitch inspired digital cut files in action.  I really love how this one turned out and think the stitch design is so so striking! It’s always great when a cut file design in my head, turns out in reality!! 🙂

As always, be sure to pop by our Facebook group (if you haven’t already) – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files. We also love to see what you make with our files.

Until next time,

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Hi Creative friends,

I thought I’d pop by today to share some tips on using our digital cut files.  I do get a few questions, especially from those of you who are new to cutting the cut files so I’ve put together this quick step by step to help.

How to use our Digital Cut Files

Your cut file will be received in PNG and JPG format and can be used on any electronic die cutting machine.  Most machines will prefer you use the PNG file.

  1. Simply open your software and select NEW.
  2. Next, find the location of your saved file and IMPORT.
  3. Use your TRACE tool to trace the image and prepare for cutting.
  4. Resize and position as required and send to your machine.
  5. Add to your project to make it beautiful!

For SVG files, which are most commonly used with the Brother Scan & Cut machine, please visit our ETSY store, CUTtoYOU.

I personally have a Silhouette CAMEO 3 Machine and will put together a step x step tutorial for that machine for you coming soon.