12 Ways to Scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something a little different but super helpful I hope! I thought today I’d share some scrappy Christmas inspiration. I know, I know… as this post goes up it’s only August, but I absolutely love the season AND I have a stack of photos that desperately need to be scrapped. You see, I really only tend to scrap Christmas around the Christmas season.. which in turn means I have wayy too many pics that need doing. Sooo I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to get you inspired. I’m hoping they get me inspired too and we can all scrap away our holiday snaps! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

12 Ways to scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Bold feature Title. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your Christmas photos a festive feel is to combine them with a bold Christmas themed title. Here I’ve used the ‘Holly Jolly‘ cut file but you could replace this with any kind of Alphabets you have for a similar look.

#2 Christmas Wreath. What’s more festive than a Christmas wreath, right? AND you don’t need to use specific Christmas Wreath designs to make a statement like this on your page. I’ve used the ‘Floral Wreath‘ cut file here which is actually just a spring-themed design and then used up my Christmas embellishments layered over the top. This way, I’m getting multiple uses out of the one cut file design AND I’m also using up my stash of Christmas themed die-cut pieces.

#3 Repeat it! For this page, I’ve actually changed it up and used a Spring themed scrapbook collection. No Christmas supplies here… instead, I’ve gone with a very flexible cut file design called ‘Merry Merry Merry and Bright‘. I love the repeated title in this one, perfect to cut nice and large and add as a background, then you can use whatever supplies you like.

#4 Switch it and Stack it. For this layout, I repurposed the ‘Present Stack‘ design. This one is meant for Birthday layouts, but for this page, to create a Christmas feel, I’ve stacked it with a bunch of fun Christmas sentiments. This could well be one of the fastest scrapbook layouts you make!

#5 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, so no guesswork required. This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite and with the added shine of Silver elements, it’s definitely vibing Christmas. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#6 Go Traditional. For me, a big part of Christmas day is sitting around my mum’s house which, with a 12-year-old in tow, can turn into a bit of a ‘Snap Chat’ session… Cute modern selfies like this one team really well with more traditional colour schemes. You really can never go wrong with a classic red and green Christmas layout. Cut file design featured here is ‘Christmas Gift Stack‘.

#7 Reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Christmas Banners‘ cut file is the perfect addition. The star elements and the gift tags perfectly layered up, give the layout a fun festive feel with not a lot of fuss.

#8 Help create a scene. It’s not always easy to capture the details of a location on your layout, especially when your photos really are focused on the people in them, not so much on the background or location. In this page, I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ cut file design to really help the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page. That stunning Christmas tree in our photo helps too… it was so gorgeous!

#9 Document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter and I with our Elf on the Shelf. I love documenting the small moments at Christmas as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Christmas Tree Row‘ I’ve used here helps me create a central design and the cute Christmas embellishments really pull the theme together. Adding a soft mixed media background to my page really pulled this all together.

#10 Colour blocking. A super popular feature in Scrapbooking, I personally love to do this on my pages. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts Background’ cut file and then backed it in traditional red cardstock. You might notice on this one that there are no ‘Christmas’ themed goodies, even the cut file is a generic shape… but the page still has a Christmas feel to it because of the red I’ve chosen and elements like the striped bow. Adding in some word sentiments like ‘So much fun’ and ‘I love this day’ help tell the story.

#11 Christmas really is special. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#12 Be a rule breaker. It’s official, there is no “Scrapbooking Police”, there is no right or wrong way to create your layouts… so my last tip is to do what makes you happy. If putting spring butterflies onto a layout that is about a cold snowy Christmas just like I have done here, it doesn’t matter. If it makes your heart happy, I say go for it! xo

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting your Christmas with Cut Files, they really are so versatile! ¬†Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning!  If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,

HOW TO BACK A CUT FILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! Gwen here today with something a little different but highly requested. I am often asked how I back my cut files, so I thought it would be fun to put together a little video with some tips and show you how I go about it.

If you are just after some quick tips here are my top 3:

  1. Use less glue than you think you need. As you press the cut file onto the pattern paper the glue will ooze out towards the edges so less is definitely more here.
  2. Use scissors you find comfortable to work with, especially if you are doing a lot of backing at once. Choose fussy cutting scissors over regular scissors, you want a scissor that has a fine tip to help you get into tight corners around the design.
  3. Practice, practice, practice…. I promise you will get better and faster at it with time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I back cut files and find this video useful. While you’re on YouTube be sure to Like and Subscribe for more videos… I’ll be sharing more Scrapbooking process videos soon ūüôā

Until next time,

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on How to use Cut Files on scrapbooking layouts so I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much! First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send two free designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up here.

30 Ways to use Cut Files on your Scrapbook Layouts

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 As a layout title. Cut files make amazing layout titles that are super inexpensive and so so flexible. This design features the ‘You Are Special‘ cut file which you can grab for FREE here.

#2 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, who doesn’t love that! This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.

#3 As a repeating pattern. This ‘Smell the Roses‘ design has been repeated and positioned around the page for a really striking design feature. The roses direct the eye towards the centre of the page.

#4 Help document the details of your story. School photos can be tricky, years blend into the next after time. This ‘Grade School‘ cut file helps to document the details of the layout. By choosing pattern papers carefully, parts of the cut file design stand out and can really help the viewer quickly identify details in the story.

#5  Turn them into shaker pockets. Um… sequins, yes, please! For this page, I’ve cut the ‘Camera Beautiful You‘ design to fit the layout background. I’ve then backed with vellum and pattern paper and added sequins in between the layers to create a shaker pocket. So fun!

#6  White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Garden Background‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love.

#7  Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file (Floral Banner) has been cut twice, once in dark blue and secondly in white. The dark blue cut of the file acts as a shadow to the white design. It’s such a striking addition to this page.

#8 As a large background feature. The ‘Bows on Strings‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. For interest, some of the bows have been backed in pattern paper, with others left open to show through to the background. A page like this is super quick to pull together.

#9 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. The extra beauty of this technique is that no backing is required so if you are not a fan of fussy cutting, this tip is a winner. I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ page builder file for this layout.

#10 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves time with no need to back it. Simply add to your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done! ‘Trio Flower Cluster‘ design.

#11 Be ‘punny’, it’s fun! The cut file ‘Brace Yourself‘ on this page is a fun pun that relates to the photos. It would also work for an adventure page, you can get really creative with your titles so go for it!

#12 Add a clean mixed media element – You can add all kinds of mixed media paints and sprays to your cut files. I love doing this and then adding them to a clean background for a clean mixed media look. For this page, I’ve added Distress Ink to several cuts of the ‘Celebration Flowers‘ files in various colours. I’ve added colour blocking for the embellishments and teamed this all with a black and white photo that pops!

#13 To help with your layout design. In this page, the cut file ‘Butterfly Garden‘ fills a large part of the page. When using files like this your design choices are limited, which actually helps pages come together faster. There are fewer embellishments required and limited photo positions available. This stops that shuffle I know you do (because I do it too!)

#14 Double Up! Using two different cut files on your page is double the fun! For this page, I’ve used both to help tell my story. The ‘Sunny Skies‘ design acts as a background and the ‘Summer Days‘ file is my page title.

#15 To add a bold feature title to your layout. Let’s face it, alphas such as ‘Thickers’ can be expensive, cut files give you a similar bold look at a fraction of the price. This ‘Traveller Background‘ is the perfect bold title for this vacation-inspired layout. I’ve layered it on top of the globe element from the same cut file and some watercolour inspired pattern paper for the win!

#16 To maximise negative space. This ‘Stitch Heart Geo‘ design was the perfect addition on this page to fill in the blank space of the background. These designs are also some of the easiest to work with as they simply need layering onto pattern paper. The paper shows through the design, no need for fussy cutting to get a ‘backed’ look!

#17 To reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Book Stack‘ design is a perfect fit for this photo at our local library.

#18 DIY inexpensive embellishments. The cut files in this layout may not be as noticeable as those in other pages shared here, but they are working just as hard. For this page, I simply cut out two leaf designs ‘Leaf Duo‘ and used them as a base for my embellishment cluster. Embellishments can be expensive so these leaf elements are a great option for those of us scrapping on a budget!

#19 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page.

#20 To document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter on her phone, but it tells a story of my Miss 13 and her love for technology. I love documenting the small moments in life as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Chit Chat‘ I’ve used here expands on that idea, giving me a space for some typed journalling that fits in the theme.

#21 Use as a design element. Cut file designs don’t have to directly relate to your photo. More generic designs such as these ‘Quad Frames‘ are so versatile and can be used on so many different styles of pages. I’ve added them to this page as they help draw the eye to the central design elements and most importantly the photo.

#22 Go Monochromatic. For this layout, I’ve pulled a stack of a blue/green papers and elements in my stash to create this Monochromatic layout. I’ve mixed and matched the papers to back my ‘Happiness‘ cut file. It still surprises me just how few supplies you actually need when working with a cut file. They really extend your stash and this technique is a great way to stash bust!

#23 To document family holidays. Back from vacay and have a bunch of photos to scrapbook? Cut files can really help pull your pages together fast and give a consistent look in travel albums. This page features our ‘Makin Waves‘ design which has been coloured with watercolours. The waves in the design really fit with the Summer vacation theme and could easily be repeated throughout an album with a sailing or summer theme.

#24 To give your photos context. The ‘Conversation‘ cut file on this page not only acts as a wonderful background and base for my photos and embellishments for the layout but gives the photo context and helps tell the story.

#25 Add a repeated pattern. This ‘Speech Bubble‘ design has been cut twice to fill the centre of this layout. Many cut file designs can be cut out several times and then repeated on your page for a fun effect. Any repeated pattern can help your layout design feel more consistent.

#26 Colour blocking. Cut file are a great way to add clean colour blocking to your page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts‘ cut file which I’ve repeated down my page and then added a plain pattern paper to back them. This creates three blocks of colour which creates a base for my photos and embellishments.

#27 To document special occasions. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.

#28 Add Floral elements to your page. Flower embellishments can be expensive and can add a lot of bulk to your page. Floral Cut Files such as these ‘Lily of the Valley‘ can give that same look, especially when teamed with some fussy cut die cuts and layered leaves. I love that you can reuse these over and over and make them fit any scrapbook layout just by changing up the pattern papers you use to back them.

#29 Cut them up! You don’t have to use a cut file design as a whole element on your page. They are really great for chopping up and changing up the design. This file ‘Flowers and Frames‘ actually has two square photo boxes as part of it. I’ve chopped those off and used just the floral elements for this layout. Think outside the box and you can get several looks from the one design.

#30 To help you use up your stash. This layout is one from our KIT to YOU collection. These exclusive designs help you use up your stash with Step x Step instructions and a special ‘Shop your Stash’ section, so no going out for new supplies, you can use what you have! ‘Flower Band Kit‘. Find out more about KIT to YOU here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with Cut Files, they really are so versatile!  Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?

Why not print out a bunch and get planning! ¬†If you’d love to have these in a pad format shipped to you, you can also shop them here!

Until next time,

Late Summer Blooms | Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a layout featuring one of the new April cut files, Spring Tulip.

I paired my cut file with an older collection from my stash. I have been trying really, really hard to use up some older supplies and collect some empty packages this month. I finished off a whole package of puffy stickers on this layout and I couldn’t be happier! In addition to backing this cut file I also did some color coordinated hand stitching to add some more texture and color to the file.

Want to give hand stitching a cut file a try but nor sure how to get started? I have a bonus tutorial today showing the supplies and how I hand stitch a cut file as well as a process video. You can find both links below!

Be sure to check out all the great cut files in the shop HERE

Process Video- https://youtu.be/sT2HndxMC1c

Hand Stitching Tutorial- https://youtu.be/eSk3eeGi0SQ

Have A Lovely Day!

Chit Chat/Sara Scraps

Happy Monday Creative Peeps! Sara with you today with a fun TN spread featuring the new Chit Chat cut file.

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I decided to document the text messages my sister and I send to each other. I wanted my spread to have high contrast and be colorful. To achieve this look, I cut the file in black, and then backed the different elements with lots of bright, fun patterns.

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I added some white pen details and some fun phrase stickers to give my spread a fun, snarky feel…cause thats me and my sister texting each other.

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I have a fun process video to share as well decribing my whole process.

Be sure to head over to the shop HERE  and check out all the great cut files!

Have A Lovely Day!

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Hooray | Sara Scraps

Hello Creatives! Sara here today with a brand new layout featuring the My Kind of Messy cut file.

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To make my cut file really POP! , I first cut it in black cardstock and then splattered it like crazy with white acrylic paint. It gave the cut file a ton of interest and the black added a lot of contrast to my layout.

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By pairing my cut file with a “pre-printed” watercolor background paper and keeping the embellishments simple and geometric, this layout came together quick as a wink!

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You can see my whole process right here.

Be sure to take a peek at the shop HERE   Which cut file do you think would look awesome cut with black? I’d love to see!

Have A Lovely Day!

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5 Essentials for Cutting Digital Cut Files

Hey Creatives,

Gwen with you on the blog today, I hope you are well. ¬† I get asked all of the time about what I would recommend to anyone looking at getting an electronic die cutting machine for the first time. ¬†There is a lot of info out there and it can be overwhelming, so, today I thought I’d share my personal recommendations for starting out; what you DO and don’t need. ¬†

Before I get to my 5 essentials, you will want to be sure to grab this FREE digital design, direct from my store… FREE designs are perfect for beginners and it will give you a file to have a play with once you get your machine.

Ok… so now here are my 5 essentials, get these and you’re ready to get creating!

First things first, you need a cutting machine!

My recommendation will always be a Silhouette and in particular a Cameo. ¬†I personally cut with a Cameo 3 however there is a new model recently released – ¬†Cameo 4. ¬†I haven’t heard enough reviews at this stage to confidently recommend the Cameo 4, but I’d definitely recommend the Cameo 3. ¬† ¬†You can see the Cameo 3 features here. ¬†I’ve found specifications for the Cameo 4 here. ¬†You will want to have a think about the types of projects you will be working on to make your choice. ¬†Currently, Cameo 3 is doing a stellar job of meeting the needs of CUT to YOU and myself.

Also, you will need a computer of some sort as well as the FREE Silhouette Studio Software which you can download here.  A great idea is to download the software before you even buy a machine and have a play.  Check out the features and see if its right for you.

Next, cutting mats. ¬†Now if you are under warranty, you should not use anything but genuine Silhouette parts. ¬†Doing so will void your warranty! ¬†Once you are out of warranty, I’d recommend the Universal Crafts 12 x 12 inch sticky Cutting Mats. ¬†Currently, these are $6.99 compared to the Silhouette mats at $17.99, so a great cost-saving especially if you are cutting a lot like I do!

Next, blades. ¬†Now, this is tricky because I’m still on the fence about the auto blade. ¬†Cameo 3 and 4 now work with an automatically adjusting blade called the Autoblade (Side note! **The Cameo 4 auto blade is different to the Cameo 3 auto blade) and in theory, it’s great in that you don’t have to adjust the blade to different settings for your different materials. ¬†My experience though is that it is fickle… it’s very sensitive and I have had a couple last only a few weeks! ¬†I pretty much only cut on white card so I don’t need to adjust blade settings much at all, so, I’m personally thinking of switching back to the Premium blade. ¬†The Auto blade is $17.99 and the Premium Blade $26.99 but the Premium blade does last 3 times as long as the regular blade. ¬†Deep cutting and fabric blades are also available, you don’t need these to start… but hey, if you are feeling adventurous go for it!

Next up.. Accessories. ¬†The only one I think you 100% need is the scraper. ¬†You can buy them individually or as part of a tool kit. ¬†The weeding tools are handy if you are planning on cutting vinyl but if your machine is just for papercraft, you absolutely don’t need them. ¬†The scraper, on the other hand, is a must-have to help get your files off that sticky mat.

And lucky last cardstock… ¬†I have been using American Crafts basic cardstock but I am considering changing over to their new Precision option once I’m out of my current stock. ¬†I am getting some issues with the paper splitting as I pull it off my cutting mat and I’ve heard this will fix that. ¬†You can see more about that here. ¬†I’ll update with my thoughts once I’ve had a chance to fully trial the Precision card. ¬†Remember too you can cut on any pattern paper as well which is always a really nice effect. ¬†My favourite pattern paper to use are by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Pink Fresh Studio – both beautiful quality and nice and thick.

And that’s it… the 5 things you need to start cutting your own digital cut files.

OK… so not quite it… I get so so many questions about the glue I use when working with the files so I’ve added here my two favourites. ¬†The first is the one I use, it’s called Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue. ¬†I actually take mine out of the bottle it comes in and put it into a ‘Fine Liner’ Bottle (make sure you get the Yellow one, not the Blue one). ¬†I have personally had my bottle for years and years but you do have to remember to put the lid on when you are done using it because the tip is so fine it will clog easily if left ‘un-capped’, so be diligent ok! xo

 

 

Now, that really is it creatives! ¬†The six things you NEED when working with cut files ūüôā¬†

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU Newsletter. ¬†Every 2 weeks I send everyone on the list a FREE digital cut file. ¬†Not on the list? You can sign up here.

Until next time,