Vegas Nights | Kirei Baldwin

Hi CUT to YOU fans! I have a bright and fun layout for my second share of the month using the new Chevron Stripe cut file which you can find here in the shop. It looks just like a giant pocket so of course I needed to make a big shaker pocket….

I cut the Chevron Stripe quite large on my Silhouette from a piece of patterned paper and then distressed the inner edges before I stuck some acetate to the back. I used foam strips all around the edges of the open cut file to create my pocket then filled it with lots of different coloured sequins from my stash. I then backed it with some white cardstock and there was my giant shaker!

I flipped it upside down and stuck down onto some white cardstock. Then I added the triangle piece I had leftover from the cut file to the bottom of the layout. Now time to add my photos and embellishments!

My two photos have been waiting to be scrapped for ages… they are my husband standing outside Planet Hollywood Resort after we had been to see the Backstreet Boys who just happened to be on while we were there… that was a real bonus as they were one of my husband’s fave bands when he was younger! I attached them both to the top right of the layout and added some coordinating ephemera and stickers around the top and bottom edges.

To balance my layout I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left again made up of chipboard stickers, ephemera and puffy stickers.

I finished off with a bright coloured title and some journaling.

Thanks for popping over to take a look, hope you’ve been inspired to use a cut file to make a giant shaker pocket! Don’t forget to stop by the CUT to YOU shop to see the latest releases as well as all the other fab designs… there really is something for everyone!

Happy Scrapping!

Cousins & Best Friends | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey CTY friends,

I’m up on the blog today sharing my latest layout using the Cousins and Best Friends Cut File. This one is a bit of an oldie but goodie, and I’ve been itching to use it for ages because it’s perfect for my daughter and nephew.

I cut the file quite large using a dark blue patterned paper, and then cut the inside of the file out on my silhouette using a mint green patterned paper. Once I had these elements together, I decided I wanted to go with a dark cardstock background, which then posed the problem of the file getting a little lost 🙄

To overcome this, I used the offset function in Silhouette Studio to cut some white cardstock to frame the cut file. Unfortunately I didn’t realise I hadn’t done this on the inside of the file, but I decided not to let that stress me and just rolled with it.

Once I had glued all these elements together, I popped the whole file up on some old bits of cardboard. This gave me some dimension to the file as well as some room to tuck my photos under the top.

This page very busy, and there’s lots of large elements, including 3 photos of the kiddos, so I balanced this out with patterned paper at the top and bottom. I was also conscious to keep my embellishments to a minimum.

I love the way this page turned out, I reckon it does a great job of documenting my daughter and nephew’s special relationship (they are only 5 weeks apart in age and more like siblings!)

Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing with you again soon! Make sure you pop over to the shop to see all the new gooodies, especially the Christmas ones!!

Big Loves, Tam xo

So Very Grateful For You | Kirei Baldwin

Hi there CUT to YOU fans! It’s Kirei back with the first of my layouts for the month and I am using one of the fab new November release cut files called ‘Grateful For You’ that you can find here in the shop. I thought it was perfect to scrap a photo of my husband and me together…

I decided to cut the cut file quite large and pair it with this wreath patterned paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Daydream’ collection which I layered onto another of the patterned papers and then stitched around with gold thread for a bit of extra sparkle!

I backed the cut file with one of the coordinating patterned papers and then attached it to the wreath background with foam pads to create dimension.

Finishing the layout was really quite easy then…. I mounted my photo onto a few pieces of patterned paper and then distressed the edges. I added some of the coordinating ephemera, fussy cut rainbows, flair button, sequins and little paper flowers. I did add in that cute yarn rainbow from the Crate Paper ‘Magical Forest’ collection as it matched perfectly! And I was done!

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU shop and see all of the new November releases here…. and if you want to get a FREE cut file each month just sign up here to the CUT to YOU monthly newsletter!

Happy Scrapping!

Love My Create Dates|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a layout documenting how we craft together this year…virtually and through Zoom! I used the Love My Create Dates Title Cut File.

I cut the cut file from smooth white cardstock and decided I wanted to add some color to the file. I used some Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide to give the file an ombre look that coordinates with the Cocoa Vanilla Daydream collection.

I chose to back just the open letters in the cut file and “fill” the hearts with some other fun bits and bobs.

The largest heart I filled with sequins. I varied the colors and sizes of the sequins to add interest and texture to my layout. And speaking of texture…

How adorable are these corduroy hearts ??? They are like little puffy pillows of goodness!

They snuggled right over the hearts in the cut file and added the perfect finishing touch!

Title backgrounds are a great addition to your cut file collection. They can be altered and embellished to fit a variety of layout topics! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and grab a few for your next project.

And here is my process video showing all the details!

Have A Lovely Day!

Love Your Llama Selfie|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today playing with one of this month’s new cut files, Love Your Selfie. This cut file is so fun, I especially love the cute Instax- like camera. I knew it would look fabulous backed with some fun patterns.

I paired the cut file with papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s new line, Daydream. I just got this collection and Im already hooked…these colors are swoon-worthy. I havent gotten any new lines in a while so I dug right in and went to work..well, play (creating this layout was anything but work!)

I paired the cut file with flowers, lots of flowers. Fussy cut flowers from the collection paired with die cuts. I added this cute little corduroy heart to the camers lens. The heart and the floral element really added whimsy to the camera.

My photograph is a selfie…with a llama. I have a confession, I love llamas. I wanted to add one to my page, but in a subtle way. So I added a “hidden llama” to one of my floral clusters. He is sooo cute, right??

I added a llama to my title using some Thickers and I added some more hearts to the middle of the letter O’s to create a visual triangle around my page. And if you look closely…you’ll find a little “hidden cactus” too.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this layout. Using new products and brand new cut files was fun, and creative! Be sure to head over to the shop HERE and take a look at ALL the new cut files this month. You will not be disappointed!…promise!

Have A Lovely Day!

Hello Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello again lovely Cut to You friends!!

I’m back on the blog today with my first share for October. I have used the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Cut File from the recent September release.

I started by cutting this file from white card stock… I actually cut quite a few files from 1 sheet of 12×12 card… and I accidentally made a mistake and cut the top of the sun off… Oops!

I will often end up with files that aren’t perfect, but this doesn’t phase me too much as there are always ways to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn says! Some ways I do this is to incorporate them into my layers, cut them into smaller pieces which I then tuck into clusters, or I add them to mixed media background for added texture.

In this example, I was able to tuck the dodgy element underneath my photo stack, and voila, it’s perfect! I did decide however to paint it black with acrylic paint (before I stuck it down) as I wanted it to pop against my mixed media background. I’m so glad I took this extra step.

I love the way that the mixed media ‘fills’ the file and creates so much impact. And even though the files not backed or popped, it creates so much interest and drama just by its bold simplicity.

I also allowed the file to dictate where my embellishments went, tucking them around the title to create a nestled effect.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Big loves, Tam xo

#All The Heart Eyes | Belinda Jane

I’m delighted to be sharing my latest project for the Design Team with you today. I recently printed off a large stack of photos ready to create and this sweet photo of my husband and my son inspired me to get creative and make this gorgeous layout.

I’ve spent some time playing around with my foil quill lately and wanted to make use of it to showcase the beautiful Leaf Cluster Cut File on my page. I used the cut file with my Foil Quill to create a stunning custom foiled background.

Always a little nervous about how it will go when I try new things, I was so happy that it worked out so well and gave me a perfectly angelic looking background to work with for this layout. I just adore how the foil quill provides an embossed foil look. And of course I love being able to use the CUT to YOU cut files in as many different ways as possible.

I used the Hashtag Heart This Cut File to create my title. I cut the phrase “#All The Heart Eyes” from some thick white cardstock. I also used my Silhouette to cut the centre pieces from patterned paper.

I added some really soft and light mixed media in the space I was going to put my title to help it to stand out against. And I used what is currently a popular technique and adhered the outline directly to my page, then used foam strips to pop each of the centre pieces for the letters up from the page. I love the different and interesting effect that this gives.

I created a few layers behind my photo using coordinating patterned papers and added some texture to the edges using my distressing tool. Because I wanted the foil to be the standout feature of this layout, I kept the embellishments to a minimum. I created two simple layered clusters on either side of my page. I also added the date to a tab and adhered that to the side of my photo.

I added some really simple journalling centred beneath the photo. As always, I like to use my typewriter to type out my journalling, before cutting it into strips and ahdering it with wet adhesive.

I also added the date to a tab and adhered that to the side of my photo. And then finished off my layout by scattering some Nuvo drops in coordinating colours around the page.

If you’d like a more in depth look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to go ahead and check out my process video on YouTube below.

Thank you so much!

Hello Sunshine |Raechelle Bellus

Hello scrappy friemds! The new Hello Sunshine cut file was perfect for this sweet photo of two of our girls taken several years ago.

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I wanted this layout to be full of sunshine so I focused primarily on the color yellow.

I used a sheet of sunburst patterned paper as the main design element for the cut file and then used some foam to pop the negative space for dimension.

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Adding some falir, ephemera and stickers created some movement and nice little finishing touches and completes this bright and happy page.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Check out all the fun new September designs in the CTY  store! This release is so fun!

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Happiness | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends!!

Can you believe it’s September already!! Crazy! There are some fabulous new releases available this month, but today I’m here to share with you a fresh take on an older file.

I have used the My Happiness Cut File for the title of my layout. In the Silhouette Studio software, I have erased the word ‘my’ and then rejoined the lines in ‘happiness’ to create a single word title. I also resized the file so that the word ‘happiness’ covers nearly the full 12in of my page.

I backed the Cut File with a single piece of patterned paper, first tracing around the file and then cutting out with scissors. I then adhered the file and tidied it up and got into the nooks and crannies using my craft knife. It’s much easier to use your silhouette software here as well, but I batch cut my files, so I often don’t know what I’m going to do with them later.

I added craft foam behind my Cut File, and then adhered it to a darker strip of patterned paper to really make it pop. I added a strip of scalloped paper to soften the transition to the main background. I then tucked a word sticker to the top left, between the title and main background, for balance.

I added my photo to the right of my page to again create balance against my large title. I have created lots of layers and tucked my embellishments in tightly for the same reason. To finish off the page I added some black doodling.

Thanks for stopping by today

Big loves,

Tam xo

You are Awesome | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY peeps!!

Tamara here today to share my latest layout featuring the fabulous ‘You are Awesome’ Cut File from the CTY shop.

I am loving creating in a 9×12 format at the moment, and as such I have cut the file 10in wide. The height of the Cut File then really dictated the structure of the layout, and where the patterned paper I have added to my background fit.

I started by backing the Cut File with patterned paper, using one solid piece for the wording, and then another paper to back the stars. I chose to leave the ‘o’s open, and love how this makes the stars pop. I then used foam behind the whole Cut File to lift it off the page.

By using two 3×4 photos, I was able to tuck them in around the Cut File. I love how this let the stars at the top of the file overlap my photo.

To finish off my page, I have tucked in some more layers and embellishments around my photos, as well as at the top and bottom of my page for added balance.

I love the way this page has come together. Super cute and bright, with the Cut File and photos as the focal point.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Big Loves, Tam xo