HAPPY HALLOWEEN | TARRAH MCLEAN

Hi everyone! I love a good dress up and I love documenting Halloween! Today I wanted to challenge myself to use a cut file from CUT to YOU that is versatile for many themed projects and not necessarily Halloween themed.

I chose the awesome Star Light, Star Bright cut file design and cut it out from black patterned paper. I love how the contrast of the black cut file looks against the colours in the background patterned paper I chose.

I really like the look of this cut file being see through to the background paper so I decided to just back a few spots with paper to bring in another colour on the page. I haved used the Hey Pumpkin collection by Crate Paper for this layout.

Because this cut file design has 2 holes in the top and bottom, I took the opportunity to add my photo in the space at the bottom and placed a title piece and some embellishments in the top space to balance the top and bottom with each other. Cut files like this are great for helping you to decide how the page will look! Some of the guess work is decided for you! Love that!

I layered 2 patterned papers and a tag underneath my photo and also placed a chipboard frame over the photo. I also added a Charm’s Creations handmade fabric star to the left of my photo. I added 2 small puffy stickers on top of the star. I added another cluster of embellishments including a chipboard title, a flair button and a fussy cut phrase between the top and bottom clusters as I felt like there was a big space of nothing in the middle.

I love how my spooky page turned out, I hope I have inspired you to try a CUT to YOU cut file for a different themed page than what the design was intended for?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy creating!

BOO BOO BOO| Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a spooky layout featuring the awesome Halloween 1 cut file. I don’t know what it is about Halloween but I just love documenting it!

Halloween 1 cut file

The cut file was cut using black cardstock and although I cut out the entire design, I decided to leave off the half spider web part, I have put it aside to use on another project. I felt like it would have been squashed on the page and may have looked out of place, I am happy I left it off.

I just recently purchased the Hey Pumpkin collection from Crate Paper so I just had to use it for this layout of my lil pumpkin, Amelia, my gorgeous niece! How super cute is that photo?! The Boo title connected to the spider web was perfect too as Amelia looks like she is jumping out of the pumpkin and saying Boo! So I backed the ‘BOO’ title section with one of the papers in the collection and then added craft foam underneath, I love the dimension this brings to the page, I even added tiny strips of craft foam under the spider web to help it sit up too!

Above the spider web was the ideal spot to place my photo, I layered a tag underneath the photo and added some embellishments here. On the spider web, I added the white chipboard spider web and some wood veneer stars. On the title section, I layered more chipboard pieces, cut outs and puffy stickers. The pieces I chose help tell the story, I love the piece that says, ‘You’re the Pumpkin to my Spice’!

The Halloween 1 cut file would look great cut out in white, orange and purple too! I would love to see how others use it. Make sure to share any of your projects in the CUT to YOU Community Facebook group!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout. Happy creating!

Road Trip | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new travel themed layout using the awesome CUT to YOU Road Trip cut file.

Road Trip cut file

I cut the Road Trip title design from white cardstock and then backed the word Trip and the letter R in Road with some patterned paper. I chose to use the cool Let’s Wander collection by Vicki Boutin together with the cut file for this layout. Once it was backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered the cut file down to some Kraft cardstock. I placed the road part of the design down the bottom of the page to change it up a little.

I adhered the photo to the left of the page overlapping the road and tucked into the title, the photo is of myself and 3 friends away on a little scrap retreat. My friend Linda loves mo-peds so I just had to add the small pink one above the photo. I also tucked in a tab with a sticker on the left of the photo and a heart sticker just below the photo.

At the top of the title, I tucked in one of the large map looking die-cuts, a chipboard pin and a chipboard phrase to help tell the story. On the right of the title, next to the ‘d’ in road, I added a Charm’s Creations large handmade map marker and layered a chipboard map marker on top.

The large die-cut piece was the perfect piece to add to the bottom of the title, the car looks like it is driving on the road and the banner on the car sits out over the top of the title, I love how that looks! I also added the sunglasses die-cut and another chipboard phrase and some stickers in this area.

Lastly I stamped the date stamp of the day the photo was taken and I trimmed down the Kraft cardstock and matted the whole thing with the pink cardstock. I also hand drew a border around the edge of the Kraft cardstock using a black journal pen.

Thank you for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout. Make sure you check out the CUT to YOU store for amazing cut file designs to suit any kind of project.

Happy creating!

Bloom & Grow | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new design team layout for CUT to YOU! For my layout this week, I have used the stunning new Wedding Frame cut file.

Wedding Frame cut file

As soon as I saw this cut file, I just knew I was going to create with it. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It can easily be used together with any scrapbook collection. I cut it from white textured cardstock and I will admit it took some time to back all those intricate leaves and flowers but isn’t the result so pretty? I love the pops of pinks and blues from the colours in the gorgeous Midnight collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Once I had all the flowers and leaves backed, I decided to add vellum to the square section in the centre. I then turned the whole thing over and added craft foam, I wanted to create some shadows and dimension once the cut file was placed onto my chosen background paper. You can see some of the shadows created in the detail photos.

I adhered the photo of my niece toward the right so that the bottom right corner could be tucked into the floral part of the cut file design. There was an item in the photo that I wanted to disguise so by tucking the photo in and adding some more florals in die cut and sticker form, I think it worked a treat!

I decided to split my title up to have the first word at the top and the rest at the bottom. This is a good way to draw your eye around the entire page. I kept the embellishing fairly minimal as I wanted the photo and the cut file to shine. In the centres of a few of the flowers, I did add some butterfly stickers, I love how it looks like they just happened to land there. A few heart die cuts, heart stickers and some phrase stickers finished off the page.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! Make sure you check out the amazing cut files in the CUT to YOU store. There is something for everyone! I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout today and that you were inspired in some way.

Happy creating!

Delightful Roses | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone and happy 2nd birthday CUT to YOU!!!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout inspired by the gorgeous July Mood Board challenge. I was inspired by the pink (of course) and the gorgeous roses/petals in the top section. I have used the stunning new Fern Posey cut file on my page today!

The gorgeous Fern Posey cut file

The photo I am documenting is of a gorgeous rose from my Mum’s garden with a super cute grasshopper on top! Perfect photo for the mood board (mood board inspiration picture is below)

In the close up photo below you can see the photo with the rose and grasshopper on my layout. I cut the Fern Posey cut file from white cardstock and then chose a pretty pink paper to back all the floral parts. I left the greenery parts plain without any paper behind them.

Once I had finished backing the flowers, I put craft foam underneath and arranged it on my chosen background paper how I liked it, I slightly rotated it from the original cut file design photo.

I tucked in my photo over on the right hand side of the page and added a few embellishments here also. I even added a set of books to the right of my photo just like the books in the mood board! My title is Delightful Roses, made up of a small sticker and some pink alphabet stickers. I added the title under the photo and also added one of the gorgeous layered butterflies near the title.

The good part about raising a cut file up from the background is that it then gives you cute places to tuck embellishments in and around. Some of the flower die-cuts and stickers fit perfectly by doing this.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. I hope you have a chance to join in with our mood board challenge for July. By joining in, you go into a random draw to win free cut files!

Happy creating!

Summer Days | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone, it’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the awesome Summer Days cut file title and some of the cute elements from the Summer Page Builder cut file. My layout share today is inspired by CSI challenge Case No. 322. CUT to YOU is one of the sponsors for the CSI challenges, so why not join in to be in the running to win free cut files?!

CSI Case No. 322

CUT to YOU Summer Days title

I started out by cutting the Summer Days title and the Summer page builder cut file all from white cardstock, I then backed them all with some of the pretty papers from the Sunny Days collection by Crate Paper. Once they were all backed, I added foam adhesive to the bottom of them all. I chose a super cute photo of my nieces in the pink Summer gear, it was perfect for this page as the CSI inspiration photo has lots of pink. I adhered my photo in the centre of the white cardstock background with some paper layers underneath. This then allowed me to work out where my title and cloud and sun elements were going to go.

Summer Page Builder cut file

One of the other inspirations I took from the CSI inspiration image were the pieces of fruit, I just had to include the pieces of chipboard fruit to the right of my photo. I think they look really cute there! I love to layer elements over the top of the cut files, as you can see in the detail photo below, I have added some stickers to the Summer Days title. In the detail photo above I added a phrase sticker to one of the clouds and a cute flair button to the centre of the sun.

On the left side of my photo, I added a phrase die-cut with a tag tucked in and some cherry chipboard pieces, I like how these balance with the citrus fruit on the right hand side. Below the title I added a title sticker, a smaller sticker and a heart sticker too. As you can see in the detail photo below, you can see how the title popped up on foam adhesive creates some shadows and gives dimension. I love how this looks on my page. Lastly I stamped the date stamp, I trimmed down the white cardstock background and adhered the cardstock to one of the blue and white stripe patterned papers from the Sunny Days collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the gorgeous cut file designs that you keep forever once you purchase them once! I hope you get the chance to join in one of the CSI challenges too!

Happy creating!

Loved | Tarrah McLean

 

Hi everyone! It’s Tarrah McLean and I am beyond excited to be here sharing my very first layout as part of the amazing CUT To YOU design team! I absolutely LOVE Gwen’s cut files (well who doesn’t right?) and can’t wait to create more projects using them! I hope you enjoy my projects that I will be sharing twice a month right here on the CUT To YOU blog!

My first layout share is this soft and pretty layout below featuring the gorgeous new Frame Trio cut file

Frame Trio cut file

To begin, I sized the Frame Trio cut file in the Silhouette software to suit my layout and cut it out from white textured cardstock, I then chose some soft, pretty patterned papers to back the florals in the cut file design. Where there were leaves, I tried to add green but the florals were a mix of colour which I love!

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On the ‘Loved’ title part of the cut file design, I decided to leave it plain on my layout however you could easily ink, paint or watercolour this to suit your page. For the 3 frame spaces in the design, I decided to add the photo of my gorgeous nieces in the centre one and then I backed the other two with some patterned paper and also added some pretty quotes over the top.

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Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath it all so that it would sit up off my chosen background paper and create some shadows and dimension. You can see in the detail photo above the shadows created underneath the ‘Loved’ title part of the cut file. To achieve this, I cut the craft foam down very small in order to adhere it without seeing any foam adhesive.

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I added some beautiful embellishments including some die-cuts, enamel dots, epoxy stickers and 3D stickers to finish my page and enhance the cut file design even more. I also like to include the date stamp on my layouts so that people who may look back in the future will know when the photo on the layout was taken.

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Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed reading how I put my page together. Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the amazing cut file designs available!

Happy creating! 

DT NEW Tarrah