Music Soothes The Soul|Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing a layout featuring the Guitar cut file and the amazing Legendary collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

This cut file is so perfect for my boys! Both of them play guitar and I have loads of guitar photos to scrap so I was excited to pull some out and scrap them.

For some added texture and interest, I hand stitched the “strings” on the guitar and backed it with some woodgrain paper for warmth and an orange strap to compliment the photo.

I stamped two borders using a stamp set across the top, one of which acts as the title of my page. I loved these ticket die cuts that came in the collection so I layered them up along with some stars for embellishment.

Some of the stars I popped up with foam adhesive for some extra dimension and then just a few phrase stickers to finish up this page.

If you have some guitarists in your life, this cut file is a must buy for sure. And while your there, be sure to check out all the amazing music files in the SHOP.

Here is my process video for this one for you to enjoy.

Have A Lovely Day!

Just Perfect | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am happy to be back to share another project with you today. I wanted to create a quick, sweet and simple layout to get my creative juices flowing again after a bit of a crafty hiatus.

I had taken some gorgeous photos of my kids playing out the front a couple of months ago and was inspired to scrap one of them. The Rose Bud Background cut file stood out to me for its sweet simplicity. I cut it from glitter cardstock just to add a bit of sparkle to the layout.

After backing the cut file I added a little bit of water colour and splatters to my white background, once again keeping it pretty simple. I backed my photo with a few off-centre layers using coordinating patterned papers and distressing the edges for some extra texture.

I decided not to add any additional journalling to this page, but did include the date stamped on a label tucked in between the layers behind my photo. I used two complimentary alphas to create my title.

I also wanted to keep the embellishments quite simple and maintain focus on the photo. The collection I used had lots of florals which I fussy cut out and used to create small clusters at the top left and bottom right of my photo.

And of course as usual I finished off with a scattering of Nuvo drops to finish off my little clusters. If you want to see this layout come together in more detail I would love for you check out my process video.

Thank you so much and I hope you have a great day!

Christmas Star | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone, it’s Melinda here with you for today’s blog post! I have this super fun Christmas page to share featuring a 2019 photo.

This page features the very awesome “Star Light, Star Bright” cut file which has been embossed with gold glitter embossing powder. And I just love how it turned out!

I said it recently in another post, but in case you didn’t know, stars are totally my jam. My fave!! So as I flipped through my photos and came across this one. I knew straight away that I just HAD to cut it AND that it simply HAD to be gold!

By happy accident my boy is wearing a teal-ish coloured shirt which, for me, is part of a perfect Christmas colour combo – red/teal/white/gold and in this case, silver too ;), so I totally embraced that and created a messy mixed media background with lots of different Lindy’s products.

Oh, and with teal in my colour scheme I simply had to include these gorgeous X and O Charms Creations!!!

I, of course, have a process video for which is below! Grab a cuppa, sit back and I do hope you enjoy!

I’ll leave with you a few close up shots!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe I have inspired you to use a more non-traditional colour scheme for some Christmas pages 😉 Make sure to head over here to the shop if you are looking for all of the stunning Christmas designs and make sure you have signed up here to the newsletter. It may be very worth your while to keep up to date with the CUT to YOU happenings 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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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!

This Is So You Buddy | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am happy to be sharing my first design team project for November with you today.

I have to admit that I just love working with the KIT to YOU cut files and kits. They are such a fun and easy way to flex your crafty mojo to create quick and easy layouts. But today I wanted to share with you a different way to use your KIT to YOU cut file.

I loved the Segmented Circle Cut File and KIT and thought it would be perfect for my boy themed layout. I knew that I wanted to include some repeated circle elements so I cut four copies from black cardstock sized at around 4.5 inches.

I used a variety of coordinating patterned papers to fill the segments in each of the Segmented Circle Cut File sections. I chose a mixed-media patterned paper for my background and added a little more mixed media to really build that visual interest.

I adhered my four circles down in the middle of the page and then got stuck into creating some interesting layers behind my photo. For added interest I created my title using four different alphas or words and adhered those down at the base of my photo.

I added my journalling directly underneath in strips that I typed up on my typewriter.

I finished off my layout by created a couple of clusters of layered embellishments on either side of my photo. And added some arrows pointing towards each of the four corners of my photo + embellishment clusters to really help draw the eye into the middle of the page. And of course, I had to add my scattering of Nuvo drops for that finishing touch.

If you’re interested in seeing how this came together in more detail, I’d love for you to check out my process video below and let me know what you think!

A+ Study Squad | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU friends and a big welcome to the blog today! I hope you are enjoying this months new releases as much as I have been! And those A-MAZING Christmas cut files, swoon! Anyways, I am here today to share this fun layout I created!

I’m not entirely convinced that when Gwen created this “Study Squad” cut file she had this type of “learning” on the radar however I felt it was a perfect match for this photo of my boys learning how to make their Mumma a pod coffee 😉

I’ve pulled out my stash of the Pink Fresh Studio “Let’s Stay Home” collection for this one and have backed the cut file with (mostly) the 6×6 paper pad. I simply could not resist the awesome “Better Things Are Ahead” patterned paper that I may have been hoarding 😉 So much colour and so, so fun!!

I, of course, have a process video for you, which is linked below.

And to finish off, some close up shots

And that is a wrap from me today!! I am off to get creating with some of the fun and beautiful new Christmas designs! What will you cut first???

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Captured | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am so happy to be here today sharing my second project for the month with you.

I had a realisation that after four years of studying, I have never actually document my journey as a mature-aged student and the impact that has had on my life, and my family’s lives. So I knew when I saw the School Books Cut File it would be perfect for getting some of this story told.

I started out by adding some subtle mixed media to my background using stencils and texture paste. As is my go-to at the moment, I added a mat to my entire background page and stitching around the border, this time in a coloured thread that coordinated with the colours in the collection I was using.

I backed my cut file in some coordinating patterned papers, and chose a word-based paper for the open pages of the book to give it a more authentic feel. I backed my photo with some really textured layers of patterned paper. I adhered my photo flat to the page and layered the backed cut file to overlap the bottom of the photo using some foam adhesive.

I chose a large foam word for my title and added that over the top of my cut file. Then I really had so much fun creating two beatiful layered clusters alongside my photos. I used a lot of different foam adhesives to really give my layered embellishments a lot of dimension and movement.

I created a complimentary 6×12 page to hold all of the journalling I wanted to include. I made sure to repeat some of the elements on the journalling page to ensure cohesiveness between the two pages.

If you would like a more detailed look at how I created this layout, I would love for you to check out my process video below.

Thank you so much and I hope you have a great day!

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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!

Happy Times | Melinda Sweetman

Hey CTY friends and family ❤ I’m really excited to be here today with you to share my most recent creation using some of Gwen’s gorgeous cut files!

I could not resist the fun new “Tropical Punch” cut file and cut that on textured white cardstock.

As soon as I saw this cut file I knew which photo’s/memories I wanted to scrap. I also immediately knew that the Happiness collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio would be the PERFECT match!

I have a process video linked below for you!

And to finish off some close up shots!!

I hope that enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to create a fun bright page using any one of the gorgeous new cut files in the store!

Melinda
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Exhale | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I am so excited to be sharing with you is one of my all time favourite layouts that I have created.

 

I knew that I wanted to create a really soft and pretty layout for what I was documenting and, although it might seem like an odd pairing, the  Pie Graph Cut File was really speaking to me.

This cut file was actually one of the newsletter freebies this month. If you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, you can go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

I had a vision of a layered background using the Pie Graph Cut File which I achieved by first cutting it from some white cardstock, handstitching around and backing it with vellum. In my software I released the outside cut line to cut the ‘pie pieces’ from a white cardstock background piece, and then handstitched around each of those.

I layered the white, vellum backed, cut file on top of the background piece, rotating it slightly so that the pieces weren’t sitting directly on top of each other.

I backed my photo with a couple of simple and soft layers including patterned paper, vellum and tissue paper. I had lots of fun creating two goregously soft and floral embellishment clusters on opposite corners of my photo.

I used a chipboard word for my title and added my journalling in strips below the title. And of course I finished off with a little bit of mixed media splatters and my favourite Nuvo drops.

If you want a more detailed look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to check out my process video below.

Thankyou, and I hope you have a great day!