HAPPY INTERNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY – PART TWO

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Welcome back to our International Scrapbooking Day celebrations! If you missed yesterdays post, here is what you have missed…

Step One – Be sure you are part of our CUT to YOU HQ Facebook community. I will be sharing a bunch of stuff over there, including some fun challenges and spot prizes! I’ve just shared a Project Planner Template I made as my FREE Gift for every member. It’s something I know you will all find very useful – the link to download is in the group xo

Step Two – Shop our SALE!  With 40% off ALL DIGITALS and 20% off CUSTOM CUTS, now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh designs.  Enter INSDDIGITAL for Digital orders and INSDCUSTOM for Custom cut orders*.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie Custom orders $85+ after discounts are applied. (see Sale terms below)

Step Three – If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list…. I’ve just emailed everyone TWO free Cut Files, exclusive to Newsletter Subscribers. Sign up this weekend and I’ll send them to you too! Use them to get creating and give your new Project Planner Template a whirl! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/cuttoyoujoinfamily

Step Four – Check out the inspiration below for ideas for using the FREE files from our fab Design Team.  You’ll also find my tips and tricks for working with cut files here – 5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Files.  

Step Five – Forget about the kids, husband, pets and housework, it’s time to self isolate in your craft room and get creating – you deserve this! xo

Details for the sale – P.S – **Custom Cut orders placed using the Digital code will NOT be processed.  Maximum discount off Custom Cut orders is 20%.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie orders $85+ after discounts are applied.  **Offers ends midnight AEST 3rd May 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Now… onto some more Inspiration from the Design team, today using our second freebie!

How inspiring are all of these! More fun photos of scrappy friends, documenting wonderful crafty places and our love of creating! Perfect for this weekend right ūüôā

Thanks so much for joining in, I hope you all have your freebies and the Project Planner Template and are able to find some time to be creative this weekend. Thanks again for being here! Until next time, see you in HQ!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY – PART ONE

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. A huge ‘Happy International Scrapbooking Day’ to you all!! This is one of my most favourite weekends of the year. It’s so much fun and I’m so thankful you are a part of it! There is so much happening today and tomorrow to celebrate, I thought I’d give you a quick run down…

Step One – Be sure you are part of our CUT to YOU HQ Facebook community. I will be sharing a bunch of stuff over there, including some fun challenges and spot prizes! I’ve just shared a Project Planner Template I made as my FREE Gift for every member. It’s something I know you will all find very useful – the link to download is in the group xo

Step Two РShop our SALE!  With 40% off ALL DIGITALS and 20% off CUSTOM CUTS, now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh designs.  Enter INSDDIGITAL for Digital orders and INSDCUSTOM for Custom cut orders*.  Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie Custom orders $85+ after discounts are applied. (see Sale terms below)

Step Three – If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list…. I’ve just emailed everyone TWO¬†free Cut Files, exclusive to Newsletter Subscribers. Sign up this weekend and I’ll send them to you too! Use them to get creating and give your new Project Planner Template a whirl! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/cuttoyoujoinfamily

Step Four – Check out the inspiration below for ideas for using the FREE files from our¬†fab Design Team. ¬†You’ll also¬†find my tips and tricks for working with cut files here –¬†5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Files. ¬†

Step Five – Forget about the kids, husband,¬†pets and housework, it’s time to self isolate in your craft room and get creating – you deserve this! xo

Details for the sale – P.S –¬†**Custom Cut orders placed using the Digital code¬†will NOT be processed. ¬†Maximum discount off Custom Cut orders is 20%. ¬†Free shipping will automatically apply to Aussie¬†orders $85+ after discounts are applied. ¬†**Offers ends midnight AEST 3rd May 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Now… onto some Inspiration hey!

How fun are all of these! I just love the celebration of Scrappy friends and our community and how clever was Raechelle to make a stunning piece for her craft space! Love them all!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiration, until then, see you in HQ!

HERE AND NOW | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use the 2020 Craftathon mood board. This inspiration board is the current challenge running in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group. If you are into free cut files and creative inspiration and not yet a member, you’ll want to check it out.

I’ve used the ‘Here and Now’ title cut file. Which you can find in store here.

Here is the inspiration board; I was inspired mostly by the colours, I love the mix of the cool blue/grey with the warm apricot tones. The flowers inspired me to do some fussy cutting and I had this fun pattern paper by Kaisercraft to use. It’s from the ‘Paisley Days’ collection. I’ve also got to tell you I tried really hard to get a bow onto my page, but it just didn’t need it… so I left it. I know, who even am I??? ūüôā

To start the page, I backed my title cut file. I kept this simple as I knew I’d have a lot of interest coming from my fussy cut flowers. I’ve used a dark apricot for the words ‘Here’ and ‘Now’ and then a yellow pattern for the ‘And’ and a softer apricot colour for the heart shapes. This design is quite easy to back so this didn’t take long.

I then added a mat to my photo and adding my signature stitching. Next, it was a matter of seeing how the title and photo could fit together on my page. I decided on running them along the centre working horizontally which would allow space for my flowers towards the top and bottom of the page.

I decided on a pretty blue ombre background inspired by the ocean image in the Inspiration board. It also reflects the water in my photograph. I do love the pop of the white cut file and the darker florals off of this background colour and it’s fun to work with something that is not a plain white background for a change.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out a stack of the floral elements. I just cut a whole bunch and then worked on arranging them around my photo and title. I kept a small black edge on some of the flowers to help match in my photo. I went with a cluster at the top and another at the bottom of the page to balance everything out. I’ve added 3D foam in between layers for dimension.

It was now just a matter of adding in some embellishments. I’ve kept this pretty simple, adding some die-cut pieces, including the banner above my photo and the cute ‘hello’ banner positioned over my title. I’ve also added two of the coordinating Curios.

I love how this one came together and enjoyed being inspired by the Moodboard. Sometimes I need a starting point and these are really fun! As I mentioned above, if you haven’t joined the Facebook group it’s worth taking a look, there are random prizes of free designs and everyone there is super supportive!

Until next time,

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‚Äôm 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôm 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 ‚ÄúBetter Together‚ÄĚ 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.

Belinda Jane

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,