Cool Kid – Kay Hall

Hi there!

Kay here with you today sharing a boy themed layout using a new cutfile from the January release. I have used the new CUT to YOU Circle Eights Cut File and papers from the Boys Rule collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. This combo was perfect for as I am a mum of 3 boys!

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I wanted the cutfile to really stand out against the lovely bright papers so I used black cardstock. I had some small scraps of paper to use up and armed with a circle punch I filled in all the circles.

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Using 3D foam I mounted the design onto the background sheet after adding a few splatters here and there. I then added my photo followed by embellishments from the collection’s ephemera packs. 

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I added some punched stars and some small white enamel dots to complete my design.
If you are like me and are always on the hunt for boy designs, make sure you jump into the Boyz Zone on the CUT to YOU website.

I will be back next month with more layouts!

Happy Scrapping!

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Family | Raechelle Bellus

Hello all! Raechelle here sharing a decades-old photo featuring the gorgeous new Floral Banner 2 cut file.

I was scrolling through some old photos and came across this gem of our children taken 20 years ago. I must say that I didn’t pay much attention to the date until it came time to document it, and I honestly had to do a triple take. No way could this photo have been taken twenty years ago. There is just no way these children are two decades older, but they really are. Just wow.

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Enough on that. Since there are so many colors in the photo, I wanted to empahsize them, but also keep this page light and fresh. Starting with a lighter color to back the larger two florals was a perfect way to keep the focus on the photos. Adding in the pops of color keeps the eye moving around the entire cut file, yet still maintaining a light feel.

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A few die cuts, strips of patterned paper, and whimsical wooden butterflies tie everything together and creates movement. Tucking the photo into the beautiful cut file makes this page feel cohesive and as if the photo is blooming out of the banner.

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There are so many fun and whimscial cut files to choose from in the CTY store. Which is your current favorite? Be sure to share your proejcts with us on the CUT to YOU HQ facebook page. We’d love to see them!

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Memories | Marie Hirst

Hi there everyone! Marie up on the blog today sharing this awesome layout using the new Boho Circles Cutfile which you can find here. It is one of the new release files which you can find here.

The circles made me think of this cute photograph of my son when we were on holiday and hired a picnic boat for the day and travelled up and down the Norfolk Broads. I have used the Pink Paislee ‘Truly Grateful’ collection (along with a few other bits from my stash). I chose a dark coloured background (not something I usually do) and I love how it turned out!

The first thing I did was cut the cut file on my Cricut from white cardstock. I then stuck it straight to the cardstock. I decided not to back my cut file as I felt it stood out so well on the dark background so well! For a little more interest, I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it all over the page. I then matted my photo on white and then on some of the lovely bird paper, added some dimensional foam and stuck it down.

I then began embellishing. I mainly used ephemera from the ‘Truly Grateful’ collection for this and also some fussy-cut foliage from one of the 12×12 sheets in the collection.

The title ‘Memories’ was from my stash (PinkFresh Studio I think) which matched the other greens I had used perfectly.

I tucked lots of different pieces of ephemera in different places around the photo and also added some puffy phrases and stickers to add further interest. Some were glued down and some were placed on foam pads to add a bit of depth.

You’ll find a process video on my channel if you’d like to watch how it all came together!

Remember to check out all the awesome new releases in the shop! And also take a look at the new ‘Kit to You‘ too!

Until next time, keep on creating!

Marie x

Life is Short…… Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY crafty friends, Happy 2020 to you all!

I have created this layout which was inspired by CSI Challenge Case File 306. I was inspired by the image and birthday cake. CSI Challenge Blog here if you would like enter and simply see all the lovely DT inspiration they have on show.

This is the fab cut file I have used, Life is short, eat the cake !IMG_2745

I used the gorgeous Crate Paper Hooray collection. Firstly I cut the phrase is a silver glitter flocked paper, subtle but stops the blocked words from getting lost on my white background page.

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I then chose a patterned paper to add my letter, some I added with foam tape and others I left, this adds dimension and visual interest.

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I added my square photo, which I added a narrow blue border around and foam tape centre of the sentiment cut file above. Then it was just a matter of embellishing (which is always the fun part right!)

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Don’t be afraid to put embellishments over large title words, as I have done here by adding the cute cat, it adds to the visual interest and draws your eye.

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I chose embellishments in keeping with the birthday theme and using them as my sub titles.

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Page builder cut files such as this one, really make it easy to create a gorgeous layout.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you grab this cut file from the shop.

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Family is Forever | Marie Hirst

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m so happy to be back for another term with CUT to YOU to work with more of the awesomeness that is cut files!

For this layout I used two CUT to YOU cut files and used my Cricut software to weld them together to make one single cut file. (If you’d like more information about how I did this, just let me know!). Both of these cut files are now available in the shop or click directly on these links to find them: Family is Forever and Floral Edge.

After manipulating the file and cutting it from white cardstock, I then backed it using a variety of pink-toned Christmas papers from my stash. I placed lots of dimensional foam on the back of the cut file too so that it would stand proud of the page just a little (and allow me to tuck other bits in behind!)

I backed all of the letters but only some of the flowers and leaves – I like the effect of having some of them left as they are. I used a sheet of grey snow-effect paper as my background.

I then added some die-cut foliage in various places using the same papers. I also added a few pink enamel dots and some silver thread for a little bit of sparkle.

I also added some more detail by running the layout through my sewing machine and doing some straight and zigzag stitching around the edge.

The photograph, which is of my little family on Christmas Day, was matted on the same papers – I do like a bit of coordination!

If you’d like to watch how it all came together, there’s a process video on my channel here:

Thanks so much for stopping by and dont forget to check out some of the other awesome new releases in the shop!

Marie x

Together/Sara Scraps

Hello! Sara with you today with a fun fall layout featuring an older cut file- Heart Lovers Unite . If you are new to Cut To You files, this one should REALLY be a part of your collection! It is versatile and can be used in soo many ways. The possibilities are endless.

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For my layout, I chose to use an inlay technique for my layout. I hand painted each heart using Shimmerz acrylic paint or Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo. I then added some black splatter for a little extra detail.

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Once the background was finished, the layout came together easily with some coordinating embellishments and paper.

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You can grab the cute cut file in the SHOP here. And I have a process video showing all the details here-

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara

Celebrate Happy Times | Meggy Blethen

Hello CUT to YOU fans! I am back today with a very special layout. I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVED all of the new release floral cut files this month so I knew I had to make a layout using them.

That is exactly what I did with this layout of my scrappy bestie and I, having a fun night out celebrating her birthday. At first I thought I’d only use one of the florals from the release but I had them all sitting out on my desk when I started making my layout and they all looked so pretty. I decided the layout needed all of them

I wasn’t sure if I’d like using 3 different flowers on a layout, but in the end I think it looks amazing. I really love how the clusters frame the photo!

I also added some fussy cut florals from an Auburn Lane patterned paper.

I wanted the cut files to stand out against the background so I used a green patterned paper to back the leaves on each flower and then a pretty pink with gold pattern paper for the flower itself.

I had also cut out the ‘Happy Times’ cut file to use as a title and I absolutely love how that looks with the gold alpha as part of it.

I used one of the flowers from the Daisy Trio cut file to add a little pop behind the word ‘Celebrate’ in the title.

For this cluster under the title I cut off some of the leaves from the Rosey Posey cut file and added them as another embellishment. I love how it looks!

Thanks for stopping by today! I have a process video for you to watch on my youtube channel below:

Be Happy | Roses and Frames | Rachel Lowe

Hey Cut to You friends! Today I have a layout featuring one of the new super pretty floral cut files, Roses and Frames

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I decided I wanted to use a 3×3 inch photo, so re sized the cut file so the frame would fit my photo. I centred this on my white cardstock but did not glue down the leaves so they would give the appearance of movement on my page.

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I paper pieced the two roses and leaves by using the ‘Release Compound’ function (Silhouette Cameo) which allows you to seperate the rose petals/leaves and cut, which means your roses will look perfect!

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I then attached my photo with foam tape to create height on my layout and ensure your eye would be drawn to it.

The second frame I created an embellishment cluster which reflected the theme of my photo/layout. Again I foam taped some of the elements which allowed me to tuck some under. This is where I took the opportunity to add a sub title and word sentiments (my form of journalling for this layout).

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I added a second embellishment cluster to the right of my photo, adding some more word sentiments, a gorgeous bird die cut finished off with some tiny glitter hearts and a word sentiment tab at the top of my photo.

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Lastly I added my title ‘Be Happy’ with foam tape and to break up the white I added some light splatters of gold spray.

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You of course could add two photos and create embellishment clusters to each side of the frames.

And there you have it one super pretty layout where most of the work is done for you in regards to design with this gorgeous cut file.

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Thank you for stopping by and see you later in the month where I will be sharing some Christmas Tags in preparation for Christmas, there is nothing more fun than creating your own Christmas wrapping and tags!

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You + Me | Tamara Buckler

Hey there scrappy friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share another layout with you using the Arrows Cut File from October’s release.

I cut this one out in black card stock just for something different, and then played with lots of bright colours and summery elements.

I backed the file using a single piece of bright blue patterned paper, cutting around the outside of the Cut File with scissors and a blade. I like that’s this gave continuity in the pattern on the paper.

For a bit more fun and whimsy, I drew sketchy lines around the Cut File with a white gel pen. I then popped each arrow up on double sided tape before adhering to the background.

Where the photo overlapped the Cut File, I actually cut of some of the arrow heads to continue the Cut File to the other side of the photo. You can’t actually see that too much now, but it gave an anchor point for my embellishment cluster.

To balance the page, I created another cluster to the top left of the layout, again anchoring it to the Cut File. This worked out really well, allowing me to have a lot going on embellishment wise without covering too much of the File or overpowering it.

I’m super happy with how this page turned out. I think at first glance this file might look quite masculine, and I’m sure it would be right at home in the Boyz Zone of the shop, but I absolutely think it can be flipped to be fun and a bit funky like I’ve done here.

Make sure you head over to the shop for the November releases, lots of beautiful florals! There are also a heap of new Christmas Files over there too!! If you’re not already pop over to the website and sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out.

See you all next time!

Big Loves, Tam x

Awesome | Sara Scraps

Hello Hello!

I have what might be one of my very favorite layouts ever to share with you! I love to create mixed media backgrounds. I think I have a unique take on how I approach mixed media. I like a “cleaner” look with lots of texture instead of a “messy” feel. Pair this with a gorgeous cut file and “swoon”- if I do say so myself.

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For today’s layout I used the Arrows Cut File . I love how it drew attention right to my photo.

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After I created my background. I backed the cut file with papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Boys Rule collection. To compliment the colors in my photo, I added some small touches of pink.

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I used a stamp to guide my journaling about all the things my son is currently loving.

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You can check out my whole process on my You Tube channel!

Be sure to take a peek at all the cut files in the Cut To You  shop. Which one will catch your eye to pair with our next mixed media background?

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara Scraps