Merry and Bright | Tamara Buckler

Hello and Happy New Year CTY friends!!

I’m so happy to be back with you again this year! Hope you are all well and have had a lovely festive season! Today I am up sharing a Christmas layout I created while we had a little down time, and I’m using the Merry and Bright cut file and some older Christmas pics of my girls.

I think I have mentioned before that I am Christmas scrapping convert, and one of the ways I have made this work for me is to use non-conventional colour stories on my Christmas pages. For this page I have gone with green, black and white, and I love how this works!

I have used the Merry and Bright cut file as my title, which I had cut out from white cardstock, and have coloured it using a black Posca pen. This is such an easy way to alter your cut files, and in this instance I feel it made the file stand out a lot better on my page.

I have used a black Charms Creation star over the top of the star in the file, and I love how this gives the title a bit more dimension, which can sometimes be tricky with really fine files like this one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by and check out the Christmas Shop for lots more cut files to document all your Christmas memories!

Take care out there.

Big Loves, Tam x

25 Days of Christmas | Fast, Fun and Festive Scrapbook Ideas | Day 8

Hello friends,

As you know, December is here and we have some fun celebrations happening between the 1st and 25th! Our fab design team will be popping into the blog everyday with some scrappy Christmas inspiration for you! Be sure to check the blog for your code on a sweet deal on the featured design of the day.

Today I am sharing my layout featuring the Merry Everything cut file, which I have treated quite simply by cutting from white card stock and backing with one piece of patterned paper.

I have drawn my inspiration for this page from the CSI Challenge Case File #376.The case file inspired the combination of the plaid paper in the cut file and the timber background paper. I feel like it gives log cabin vibes, which is a bit fun for Christmas in Australia!

I have always been a bit adverse to scrapping Christmas, but since I have been using Cut to You files, I actually love it! The files make it so easy to document Christmas without having to stick to ‘typical’ Christmas papers and products, which is right up my alley.

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Be sure to pop by the blog tomorrow for more Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Baby Shower Vibes | Tamara Buckler

Hey gang,

I’m back up on the blog today sharing another 8.5×11 layout, but this time its a double pager! I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I have done a double page layout, but I had lots of photos and only a little space. The bonus of spreading out across two pages is that I have been able to use two cut files! I have used the Spring Garden Bed and the Bundle of Joy files on these pages.

I used the Spring Garden Bed cut file on the left side of my page, and cut it almost as wide as my page using white cardstock. I backed each section with pretty summery floral colours, and popped the whole thing up on foam tape. I did find this file a bit fiddly to back, particularly as I had cut it for the smaller format page, so there are few bumps and bruises from me working my way around the file, but I’m ok with that.

I used the stork from the Bundle of Joy cut file of the right side of the page, which leaves me with the title of this file to use on another page (bonus!). I backed the stork using patterned paper, and tucked it up in the corner of my layout as a cute little feature.

I have drawn my inspiration for these layouts from the Case File no. 373 challenge from CSI challenge blog, pulling the colour and floral elements, and also the feeling of bright white space.

I love the way these pages have come together. I am really enjoying documenting in this smaller size and all the opportunities that this opens up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

June Baby | Tamara Buckler

Hello there scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing this sweet layout I created of my new baby niece. I have decided to use an 8.5 x 11 format for her pages so I can gift them to her parents in a binder, so you might start to see a few of this type of layout from me.

I have cut the Month Stack cut file from white card stock as I felt it would be a cute for a ‘birth announcement’ type layout. I have treated this file really simply, just backing the June portion of the file to document baby’s birth month.

I adhered the cut file directly to my background, which is quite busy, but I wasn’t worried about losing the focus on the file, I really just wanted ‘June’ to pop.

I also clustered my photos and embellishments around ‘June’ so as to create a visual triangle that kept it at its centre.

There are lots of baby specific cut files and bundles in the store, and I’m sure you’ll see me use plenty in the coming months. The file I’ve used today actually isn’t one of them, but I love how versatile the CTY files can be, so make sure you have a good luck around the CTY store!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Make your move | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey scrappy friends,

I’m up today sharing my latest CTY layout using one of our new Chess cut files…. For a layout about skateboarding 😂😂

I started this project by altering the Cut File slightly by erasing the chess pieces, and then proceeded to cut it out of white card stock.

I then backed the open words using one piece of patterned paper. To make the cut file pop off the page a little more, I inked around the edges in black and then popped it up on foam tape.

I tucked the bottom of my photo under the ‘M’ on move. I find I do this on a lot of my pages where I use titles, I feel it connects the two largest elements on the page.

I created embellishment clusters to the bottom right of the cut file, the top left of the photo and the top right of the page. My spreading them out like this, it creates a visual triangle that captures the Cut File within it, which helps to create flow and focus on the page.

Thanks for stopping in today. Make sure you pop by the shop and grab yourself a Cut File today!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy Day | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends!

Up on the blog today sharing my latest layout for Cut to You, and this time I’m using the Happy Day Title Cut File, but for a Halloween page!!

I don’t usually scrap Halloween, and up until the last few years we haven’t actually celebrated Halloween at all. But I finally relented and let my daughters trick or treat, and now I have photos to scrap! To find my inspiration, I have played along with this month’s CSI Challenge #369.

I have channeled the very traditional Halloween colours for the case file, cutting it in black card stock and using orange, purple and black patterned papers when backing my Cut File.

I added some mixed media to the background to pull in more elements from the inspiration piece and then popped the whole Cut File up on foam.

To finish off my page, I added a few embellishments clusters, and that was that. The Cut File literally did all of the work for me!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out the Halloween Cut Files over at the shop this month.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Do all things with love | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY friends!

I’m up on the blog again today to share my latest layout for CTY. To create my page I have used our Book Stack Cut File to scrap an older school photo of my girls.

I am playing along with this months CSI Challenges and have drawn from Case File #368 for inspiration for my page. I was inspired by the ‘school vibes’ of the case file, and also chose to draw on the pastel colours for inspiration.

I cut the file from white card stock and used a variety of patterned papers to back the spine and covers of the books. I then used some notebook paper to back the ‘pages’ of books, and I love that this gives the file a different texture, much like you see with real books. I added foam tape behind the patterned papers to pop the file up from the page.

I have focussed the design of my page on the bottom half of my layout, laying my photo over the edge of the cut file, and clustering and tucking embellishments around these two elements. I really feel like this keeps the focus on the story of the page, even without adding any journaling.

I really love how this came together, and as always am grateful that I get to play with these amazing Cut Files to tell our stories. Gwen has released some amazing bundle deals over in the shop, so if you have back to school photos to scrap, make sure you check them out.

Until next time, Big Loves,

Tam xo

This is the good life | Tamara Buckler

Hello wonderful CTY peeps!

I’m up on the blog today sharing a fun summery page using the Daffodil Posie cut file from the Cut to You shop.

I have kept things pretty simple with the Cut File on this layout, and have just backed each section with patterned papers. I have used a yellow for the large daffodils, which totally makes them pop, and pink for the remaining flowers.

Once I had backed the whole file, I then popped the it all up on foam tape, which has allowed me to tuck my photo in underneath.

I have layered up some embellishments on top of the florals to create my title and really emphasise the focal point created by the Cut File.

I love the fun summery vibes I was able to create with this page, but the Daffodil Posie file is so versatile you could you it for any occasion.

I hope you find time to create this week!

Big loves, Tam xo

Hello You | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

So happy to be back here today to share another messy mixed media layout with you. For this page I have used the negative pieces from our very popular Crazy Love Circle Cut File.

I actually cut this file 3 times by sizing the file to fit within itself in concentric circles. I am using the positive cut of this file on a different project that I will be sharing in the coming months, however I realised as I weeded the file for that project, that the negative pieces I was pulling out were too good to get rid of!

I used acrylic paint and a brayer to create my background, adding texture paste, ink, and doodling. I then added in the words from the cut file to my page free handed. I messed with the spacing and order to suit my layout, and really incorporated the file into my background.

I feel like sometimes we get so caught up in thinking we can only use our files by backing them and adding them to our page. Now dont get me wrong, I love that too, but I think our files are amazing for adding interest and texture to our mixed media projects too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you are sharing your layouts with us over at CTY HQ on Facebook or tagging us at @cut_to_you over on instagram.

Big Loves, Tam xo

Crazy beautiful dream | Tamara Buckler

Hello my lovely scrappy friends,

How are you all going out there in this crazy world!?! It’s times like these I’m so grateful for our wonderful craft! It’s often when I’m a little stressed I get a little messy in that space, and that what I’ve got to share with you this month, beautiful mess!!

The super cool Sunburst Heart file really got my creative juices flowing. As soon as I saw this file I new I wanted to an exploding rainbow of colour from each section of the heart.

I treated the file pretty simply by cutting it from white card stock. I then used this as a bit of a template designate the areas of my page I needed to add colour.

I selected my colours to match the papers in the Bloom St collection, and then filled in the sections on my background with matching watercolours.

I laid my photo and embellishments on top of the cut file, trying loosely to colour block my embellishments.

I’m really happy with how this one came together. I challenge you all to have a go at creating your own Sunburst Heart layout, I’d love to see how many beautiful interpretations of this file you can come up with. Share over in Cut to You HQ when you do!

For more Sunburst Heart inspo check out the one Shannon created here and the from Josefine here! Inspo everywhere!

Until next time, big loves!

Tam xo