Summer Days | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing this fun summery page using the Summer Days Cut File and a super fun rainbow background!

I went super simple with the Cut File on this page, because the background was kinda shorty… I simple adhered it to the yellow stripes in the patterned paper to channel those summer vibes.

I kept it pretty simple from here, and used a smallish photo, and a tight cluster of embellishments around it. I loosely colour blocked these to tie in with the stripes. I also added another small embellishment cluster toward the bottom of the page, working with the pink stripes here.

And then added some white splatters to time connect the Cut File to the background a bit more.

Thanks for stopping by today peeps. Make sure you pop over to the shop and check out our other summery cut files.

Big Loves, Tam xo

A love like gnome other | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY peeps!

I’m up on the blog today with a really fun and silly share! Some of the DT have been a bit obsessed with the little gnomes that have been coming out in collections lately, and the lovely Gwen has been very accepting of this… so much so that she made us some gnome-y cut files! Today I’m using the A Love Like Gnome Other File to document these silly photos of my girls from Halloween.

I started by cutting the file using black card stock, and then cut it a second time using a bluey green colour, but taking out the inside lines, so I could use it to back the file. I adhered these two cuts together, and then added back in the black hearts, which I stitched on for a bit of fun and texture. I also stitched around the page in black to tie all this together.

I used a very busy background paper for this page, and so applied some gesso in the background to tone things down. I also popped the entire file up on foam to provide some separation from all the busy-ness.

I tucked my photos and most of my cute little embellishments in around my title. I actually used black ink around the edges of these, to tie it back to the title and again provide some separation from the background.

I mean, how cute is this little guy ^ 😍!

I mean, how cute is this little guy ^ 😍!

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you’re getting amongst all the fun stuff over at Cut to You HQ on Facebook!

Until next time, Big Loves, Tam xo

Best Friend | Chevron Stripe | Tamara Buckler

Hello my scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing a fun page featuring our old boy, Baxter. I usually create such girly pages, so it was fun flexing my muscles to create something more masculine.

I started this project by making the Chevron Stripe cut file as large as I could, stretching it out in the Silhouette Software so it took up nearly a whole piece of 12×12 cardstock. I decided to cut the file from Kraft cardstock because I like the texture and warmth that this adds.

I had intended to treat the file as more of a pocket, but once I had paired it with the starry patterned paper, I decided I liked how this filled in the gaps. To provide a little definition however, I did go around the edges of the chevron in black fine liner.

I then set about adding my photo and paper layers to my page, which I anchored toward the bottom right for balance. I tucked my title and embellishments pretty close to my photo so as to keep a tight focal point.

I added another smaller cluster to the upper left of my page, keeping it tight, and again with the aim of keeping the page balanced. I made sure to replicate elements from my main focal point/photo stack so as to tie the two together.

I really love how this came together. It really gave me a chance to use up some stash that was a bit outside my norm, and I was able to document a photo of our beautiful old boy. This cut file is so versatile, and fits right in with the boy collection over at the Cut to You shop.

Thanks for stopping by again, I’ll see you again next time.

Big loves, Tam xo

Why Hello There | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout. This time I’m using the Why Hello There Cut File, which is a new one for me.

I have been really inspired by the layouts coming out lately with fringing within the Cut File, like this one here from DT member Belinda. But instead of fringing, I wanted to play with the idea of patchwork.

To do this, I manipulated the Cut File in Silhouette Studio and removed the internal cut lines. This cut the file as one whole piece, which I was then able to lay my little squares of paper onto to make the patchwork look I was going for.

I also cut the file as designed by Gwen and laid this over the top of my patchwork background. I felt the file was getting a little lost against all the busy little squares, so I proceeded to outline the title using a black fine liner.

I then popped the whole file up on foam tape, and chose a black background for extra contrast. I tucked my photo and layers behind the file, and centred these on the page.

I added additional squares of paper along the top and bottom of the page, adding some black stitching, to again accentuate the patch work feel.

I’m so happy with how fun and playful this page ended up being. I’m sure this Title file is meant for babies or something cute 😂 but I love how it worked with my funny selfie!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Love You More | Tamara Buckler

Hello my CTY friends,

Today I’m sharing a page I’ve created using the Heart You More background cut file with a little twist! I wanted the background to come to the foreground, and so I’ve used the text in the file as my title!

I started this page by using watercolour on my background … I have colour blocked my painting to match the stripes in my patterned paper. This accentuates the effect I was going for making my title pop and helps the rest of the cut file to blend into the background.

I outlined my title using a fine liner to really make a statement of my title within the cut file. I was a little unsure about taking this step, and actually checked in with my DT girls for advice! I am really happy with how it came out, but I am also not one to worry about things being perfect on my page! I grounded the whole page with a piece of black card stock, and this again worked to accentuate the black in my title.

To finish my page off I added my photo, some other smaller puffy words, and some embellishments that tie in with the colours in the file and background. I spread these across the page above the title, and added a couple of little word strips under the title for balance.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure you’ve popped over to the shop to check out the latest releases.

See you again later in the month for another fun share! Big Loves, Tam xo

Happy Little Heart | Tamara Buckler

Hello Scrappy Friends, I’m back again on the blog today to share my latest layout for Cut to You. This page gives me country chic, log cabin vibes, which is perfect for where I am right now because its is rainy and miserable here!

I have used Floral Note Card Cut File as the jumping off point for this page. I loved the florals in this file so much, that I duplicated them so that I could have them at the top and bottom of my page! This gave me a really natural space to cluster and tuck my photos, and I feel like the Cut File and my photos work seamlessly together because of this.

You could do this simply by cutting this file out twice (or ordering 2 Custom Cuts), but I let the Silhouette software do the hard work for me. I opened the file in the software, duplicated it, flipped and melded the two files together. This way it all cut as one piece!

I decided to only back the petals of the flowers, as I thought the open leaves gave an interesting effect against the wood grain paper. I used a paper from PinkFresh Studios that had a lovely blue gradient, and have backed each of the flowers with a different shade of blue.

I added in some layers in and around my photos for added interest and dimension. I nestled my title and a few small embellishments around the bottom right of my photo, overlapping onto the florals, but not convering them up. I also added a very small cluster at the top right to balance this off and to establish a cohesive sight line down the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make sure you pop by to the shop to pick up a couple of our latest Cut Files!

Big Loves, Tam xo

Sun Seeker | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely Cut to You peeps!

I’m back on the blog today to share with you this bright and bold page featuring the Sun Seeker cut file. This file is amazing and has given such impact to this page!

I started this page by cutting the file in black because I felt like this would give the best definition to the title and the flower. I then dug into my stash to find some yellow paper that would work for my petals… only to find I didn’t have any! So I pulled out some white cardstock and some mixed media supplies and got to work. I used texture paste and a dry brush to create the feel of the petals and then mixed various paints and inks to create the yellow I was after.

The texture paste actually made it quite difficult to get the file to adhere to the cardstock, but I persevered and got there in the end! Once I had each of the petals back, I came in with a small brush and a deeper yellow/orange ink and added some shading that radiated out from the centre of the flower. I also some white in places for a few highlights.

I used some brown patterned paper for the centre of the flower and used a stencil and some black ink to create texture. I then backed the title with some white patterned paper, and then popped everything up with foam tape.

I love how this title cut file works with this photo. The pic is of my daughter and our sweet friend, we were away camping and it was a beautiful sunny morning. I feel like like this file really captures that feeling.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you pop over to the shop and check out the latest release Cut Files .

Until next time, Big Loves! Tam xo 😘

You ❤️ Me | Tamara Buckler

Hello again my lovely CTY friends,

I’m back on the blog today sharing a love inspired layout, because, you know, February! I’ve used one of the fabulous Valentine inspired Kit to You Cut Files to create this page of hubby and I.

I cut the file from some red cardstock I had in my stash, making sure to cut it from the middle so I could use the outside to create a border on the page. I then backed the Cut File with tissue paper, which honestly was not the best idea! I would have preferred to use vellum, but couldn’t find where I had put it!

I adhered the file flat to my page, and the tissue paper helped to blur out the busy paper behind allowing the file to stand off the page.

I then layered up my papers and embellishments and keep them clustered tightly together so that I didn’t cover too much of the file.

I don’t scrap photos like these very often, so it was nice to get this one on a page!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big loves, Tam xo

Just perfect as you are | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely peeps,

My challenge for this week was to use black cardstock for my cut file, which is a no brainer for me because I love that and do it a lot! So I decided to take it up a notch, and use the Fab Foil we received in our collab with Spiegel Mom Scraps this month, and let me tell you, I’m so glad I did!! I loved the result so much that I’m up on the blog today with a double whammy share!

I started my first layout by adhering the Fab Foil to a piece of black cardstock. As the foil comes in 6×12 sheets, it covered half the piece of cardstock. I was then able to duplicate the Floral Edge Cut File that I had picked from the CTY shop so that it cut on the foil half and the black half of the page.

I honestly could not believe how easily the Fab Foil cut in my Silhouette! I thought it may have been challenging to cut such as intricate file, but it was no worries at all! I would recommend using the double cut function, just to super sure it cuts all the way through the cardstock as well.

Once I had the files cut, I picked this series of photos and when I put the two elements together, I was getting grungy vibes. So I pulled out some vintage inspired papers, laid down some gesso and ink splatters, and tore some paper strips. I adhered the black part of the cut file completely to the page but only adhered the inner edge of the foil cut, so that the leaves and floral elements had some movement. This worked out great with the foil because it seemed to catch the light more.

I took the same approach on my second layout, laying down the foil, duplicating and cutting the file twice. This is where I learnt my lesson about the double cut, as the file was cut through the foil but not all the way through the cardstock. It was fine and I was able to sort it out, but it was definitely easier with the double cut!

For this page I cut the Floral Ampersand Cut File, and laid the black and foil cuts much closer together to create a shadow effect. I decided at this point that I wanted to go with a monochromatic layout, so set about gathering black and white elements for my page.

I painted some black stripes on to my white cardstock with a dry brush, and then added gold and black splatters. I struggled a little with where to place my photo in relation to the shape of the ampersand but decided it looked best nestled in at the bottom.

I really didn’t need to do too much more to the page because the Cut File and stripes packed a big punch. I added in some black and white elements sticking to a visual triangle, and then sprinkled around some gold sequins to ground the Cut File.

I really love how these pages came together! The Fab Foil from Spiegelmom Scraps really is a dream! Make sure you pop over there and check out the other colours! And while you are at it, pop over to the CTY shop and check out this months latest releases, they are fab!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big loves, Tam xo

The Best Ever | Tamara Buckler

Hello again, CTY peeps!

I’m up today sharing another layout with you, and this time I am tackling some back to school photos from last year, before we take another batch for this year!

I’m using the Backpack cut file that Gwen created late last year, and I’ve cut it kind of big, because its so cute and I wanted to make it a feature on the page! I thought this file was perfect for back to school photos because my girls always get a new backpack for the school year, which is always a big deal!

I sized up the file in the Silhouette software, duplicated it and then cut it out from 2 different patterned papers. I then deleted all the internal cut lines and cut the file again from black card stock. This gave me the ability to lay the outside of the file directly on to the card stock, and fill back in the elements I wanted to build my design.

I then cut up some old cardboard and adhered it to the back of the file to pop it up off the background, built my paper stack underneath this, and added my photo and embellishments around it. I really tried to keep everything very centred around the cut file, making a ‘visual triangle with my clusters to keep the focus very much on the cut file and photo.

The last little piece I added was the flair badge on the front of the backpack. I love how this added more dimension, and made the bag seem ‘real’.

I can’t wait to see you all create pages with this Cut File – its so easily personalised – I’m sure there are plenty of ways to make this look cute!

Thanks for stopping by again today! Big Loves, Tam xo