CUT to YOU | Tea Cup Posie Cut File | “Favourite” | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello scrappy friends and fellow cut file lovers!! Melinda here with you today with my next share as part of this A-MAZING scrappy team!!

Eeep, I just love it!! That cut file is just beautiful and available here in the store!!

As soon as I saw this cut file when Gwen shared it I knew I had the perfect photo to scrap with it from Mother’s Day this year!! I had discovered a new love for tea – or perhaps a re-ignited love – earlier in the year and hubby and my boys picked me this gorgeous little teapot with cup as a special gift and I just LOVE it!!

I’ve dug into my stash for this and pulled out the Paige Evans “Truly Grateful” collection as I loved some of the sentiments and, to be perfectly honest, this was the first collection that worked really well with the colours in my photo!

I will let you know however that this cut file took me more time than I thought it would to back but oh boy, so worth it! I just love the way it came together and that I was able to keep it fairly soft and pretty but at the same time bring in some pops of those bolder and more bright colours!!

Other than my photo and this cut file I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with this page but as you can see, lots of words!! In lots of different text’s, colours and textures that somehow just all work beautifully together and with my cut file and photo!

I do have a process video for you and I’d love for you to check it out! You can either head over to YT or just hit the play button below!

I haven’t yet had the chance to cut any of the GORGEOUS new designs that Gwen released this month but oh boy!!!
I am fairly certain that I shall be cutting the super fun “Popcorn Party” and “Popcorn” cut files VERY soon however, as I am getting braces in a couple of weeks and popcorn, I believe, is a big no-no!!!

That’s it for me for today and I’ll be back again later in the month with my next share! Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel
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You & Me | Floral Ampersand cut file | Tarrah McLean

Hi CUT to YOU friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout with you for our floral theme for this week! I chose the stunning Floral Ampersand design to create this layout. I cut the design out from white cardstock and backed the pieces behind in different patterned papers from the Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans.

Floral Ampersand cut file

This cut file is so versatile for all kinds of projects. It would also look great cut out small and not backed!

I was strategic when I backed the cut file, making sure that the large flower and the leaves could stand out. I did this by using a bright pink for the flowers and a dark green on the leaves. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and adhered the cut file to the centre of another piece of white cardstock. I love the shadows and dimension this adds to my page.

I placed my photo over on the right side of the Floral Ampersand cut file design and tucked a tag behind the photo. I also overlapped a die-cut ampersand piece onto the photo on the left. This was the perfect piece to add as it was so florally and fit next to my photo perfectly.

By adding craft foam underneath the cut file design and popping it up off the page I was able to tuck lots of die-cut flowers to further enhance the floral design and theme of my page. I didn’t add too much else to the top of the cut file design as it was quite busy already, I decided to place the foam alphabet either side of the design so that it could be included in the title. Lastly I added some more die-cut pieces and phrase stickers and also added some journaling following the shape of the bottom half of the Ampersand shape.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired in some way. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for amazing cut file designs!

Happy creating!

Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely 😉 ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel