CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I’ve got some more inspiration to share with you today, this page created for CUT to YOU using a new favourite cut file of mine, “My Sunshine” featuring my Miss C from a few years back.  I love scrapping these older pics as they remind me of a time when she was so so little.  They grow up way too fast right!

As soon as I saw this pic, I knew I wanted to create a fun, Summer style layout, my photo was already printed in black and white, so I really wanted to bring in the tones of Summer in my scrapbook supplies.  I pulled out the Endless Summer collection from Cocoa Vanilla, I love the tones in this collection and now it’s a few years old, really wanted to use it up!

Yes, I am still on my “New Years cleaning binge” and am really focused on using my supplies.  So I decided to pull out a 12 x 12 stencil.  It’s been FOREVER since I used one of these!  First, I added some soft coral Lindy’s Stamp Gang mist using the packaging technique, then positioned my stencil over the top and very lightly misted with some Pastel Mint Ayeeda Mist from 13arts.  Once that was dry, I took some white thread and my sewing machine and stitched over the ‘sun rays’ for added detail and dimension.

I’m in total love with this colour combo!  Next up, it was time to select a cut file from my huge collection.  This one is a newer design and fit the theme of my page perfectly.  I misted it lightly with the 13arts spray as well… trying hard to make the spray light and consistent.  Once that was all dry, it was time to back the bottom part of the file; I decided on this warm wood grain pattern.

Here you can see a close up of the backed cut file and my soft mint mist.

I positioned the cut file onto my preprepared background with some foam tape.  Then, it was just a matter of matting and mounting the picture and then I locked that into position with some foam tape as well.  I love lifting the photo off of the background of my pages, the dimension is really lovely.

All that was left to do was add in my sweet Summer embellishments.  I’ve included some super cute fabric clouds from Charm Creations – another little Aussie business; Charm hand makes all of her embellishments and I love them!  I’ve also added in some butterflies from the Endless Summer sticker sheet, a paper flower and some wooden elements as well as a flair button to finish.

Here is the cut files I’ve used:


Thanks for popping by today, I really do appreciate your support.  I love seeing what you make too with the cut files, so please if you haven’t already, visit – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files and show us your makes!

If you love a Summer themed layout, and are looking for more inspiration, you may also be interested in this recent blog post.

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Inspiration

“Happy Days” for Scrap the Boys February 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to share that CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap The Boys this month!  It’s been so fun to partner with the Design Team to not only design a set of cut files inspired by the mood board but also create a page to share with you all.  Here is the mood board…

I’ve designed a couple of cut files inspired by the mood board and they are both available right now:

and here is my layout!  I was super inspired by the colours and the wave/ocean theme to scrap this pic of hubby and me and the background cut file was perfect.  Now, I know technically it’s scrapping the boys and I’m in the pic, but when you’re the sponsor you get to bend the rules a little right?  Be sure to only include boys in your entry though for your chance to win! 🙂

To begin the page, I pulled out the ‘Makin Waves’ Background cut file and my watercolours.  I just went with a couple of tones in blue and green and randomly coloured the file.  I didn’t cover with gesso or anything first as I knew I’d take it easy on the water and be careful with the file while it was wet!

Next, I pulled out the ‘Endless Summer‘ collection from Cocoa Vanilla.  This one is an older collection (from 2016).  I’ve also pulled out the Hello ‘Sunshine collection‘ (from 2015)and I really am in the stash busting mode at the moment so this was the perfect match for the cut file and my pic!

I matted the photo twice and mounted on foam to raise it above the background.  I’ve also added in my signature stitching.

Next up, it was time to add in some fun summer elements.  These are from the die cut ephemera packs and Accessory sticker packs.  There are also some super cute puffy stickers which surprisingly you can still get in store here and the fancy buttons from this collection are also still available here.

A cute little flower cluster and flair button and the page is done.

It was so fun to play along with Scrap The Boys this month and I’m super proud to be able to sponsor this great Aussie challenge blog so I do hope you get your entries in!

Lastly, a quick reminder that our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ has more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files so be sure to join us 🙂

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Happiness is Here” for Scrap the Girls February 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

February is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by a “Constance Hall” themed mood board.

I just adore the colours in this one and all of those florals; so so pretty!  Constance is a proud Mumma bear so it seemed fitting to scrap a pic of myself and my Miss 11.  Here is my take:

I began the page by pulling out some water-colours that matched the Yellow, Orange, Pink and Blue panels in the mood board. Then, with a general idea of the design for my page, went about adding them in blocks using the packaging technique.  Once that was dry, I then added splatters over the top.  I made sure to keep the colours in sections and not to mix them up too much to avoid things getting muddy and messy!

Next, I pulled out a couple of packs of the Celebration Flowers cut files, these are the exact size you will receive them if you order as CUSTOM cuts.  I then went about colouring each of them in the same four colours as above… the main idea for this page was to create a large cluster for my photo mat with layers of the feature colours in the mood board.

Once I was happy with the colours on the cut files, I positioned them onto my page.  Next, I mounted my photo.  I went with a black and white photo for this page as I knew I already had a lot of colour going on and didn’t want it all to get too much.  I love the pop of the Black and White with the bold colours so much!

With the position of the photo and the cut files now locked in, it was time to add the smaller embellishments to finish out the page.  I’ve kept with the colour blocking adding yellow elements in the yellow section, orange elements in the orange section and so on.

I’ve also added paper flowers in the coordinating colours and love the dimension they add.

Above, you can see the blue section, I even managed to find some blue butterflies!

To finish the page out, I added buttons from my stash in the same co-ordinating colours. I then trimmed the edges and mounted onto a piece of pale pink cardstock and sewed around the edge.  I add a frame in this way to most of my pages, I just love how it finishes them off.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: Corbett Creations & Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Lovely” for Scrap the Girls January 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy 1st of Jan 2019!! A new year and a fresh start, got to love that!  I have so much planned for this year ahead, starting by sponsoring this month challenge at Scrap the Girls.   I hope you’ll join me in this year’s adventure!  This month, we have this fun inspiration board to work with and I’m excited to share my take.

I love the Black and White theme to this one and that POP of Red is so fun…..I thought it would be a great chance to scrap another Christmas photo (this one from 2017) Here is my take!

I began the page with my photo and the Intersecting Hearts Digital cut file from my store CUT to YOU.  I cut this one out as large as I could to fill up the background of my page.  I then pulled out a stack of bits and pieces from my stash that were either Red, White or Black.  I really wanted to use up some of those one-off pieces in my stash and these challenges are a fab way to do that!

Next, I went about backing the cut file, I used only scraps of paper to do this, so mixed up some red cardstock, some red and white vellum and some black and white stripes.  You’ll see I haven’t backed all of the hearts, I didn’t have enough scraps to do each one, but I love how some are white on white.  You really can work with what you’ve got; the cut files really do help you STRETCH your stash.

I then grabbed another red piece of scrap paper and combined that with a red paint sample card and began to build my photo mat.  Before I stuck it down, I decided to use the cute squiggle chipboard pieces as I felt they really matched the circular pattern in the hearts.  I’ve painted them black and then layered on top of the cut file.  I love how it’s an extra layer of detail.  I also found a couple of puffy stickers in a similar design so, on they went as well.

It was now time to position my photo.  One locked in, I could add some more embellishments, a black and white chipboard piece and this cute black and white bow from Crate Paper.

Here you can see all the pretty layers of the page.  Loving how this is coming together.

I then went about adding in some title pieces, I started with the larger banner piece that says ‘Lovely’.  It was the perfect colours so I just had to include it.  I also had this chipboard piece below and some really old DYMO style stickers.  I’ve had those for years now, so it felt great to get them on a page!

To finish the page out, I’ve added some enamel dots; the perfect finishing touch.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor which is my store CUT to YOU.  We love seeing what you make and you can win a Custom Cut or Digital prize pack.

This month’s sponsor: CUT to YOU – Created by Gwen

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Eve, Eve!!!  I have one last share for you for the year before we get into Christmas week and all the magic of this busy season.  I have a huge week planned, so you might notice we are a little quite on Social media, not to worry, I have an even bigger 2019 planned and you’ll hear more about all of that soon!  The website will be open all Christmas however, there will be some small delays in shipping with all orders being shipped in the New Year.

Now, onto my layout! I may have mentioned before, I only tend to scrap Christmas during December, so today’s share is another Christmas layout, this time using one of our latest Christmas designs “Stacked Presents Background“.  This is one of my favourites from the latest release.

Here is the cut files I’ve used:

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the cut file, this is why I love working with them so much!  I knew I wanted to cut it out quite large and it would really create the ‘framework’ for the page, all I had to do was back the shapes and add my photo!  If you order this one as a CUSTOM cut, this is the size it will be for you too!

I decided on the ‘Tis the Season‘ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios, it is a Christmas collection, however, I really only have the papers that are quite generic and could be used for lots of things.  I love the softness of this collection, it’s so versatile.  I also had a very small scrap piece of Black and White paper from the ‘Colour Me Happy‘ collection which I’ve also used.


Once the cut file was backed with my papers, I positioned it onto a white background.  I was looking for a clean look for this page and I do love the ‘white on white’ look.  I then took some time to add stitching to all of the presents in the stack.  I find these small details really add to the page.

Next, I matted my photo, again in a scrap from the Christmas collection, stitched around the edge and position on my page.  I’ve mounted with foam tape as well just for some dimension and to separate it a little from the background.

Now came the fun bit, adding all the embellishments!  I’ve gone with some stickers and die cuts here and there from the collection; not too much as I didn’t want to cover up my beautiful cut file!  I also found a couple of bows to add to my present stack, I love how cute these are!  You can see below that I’ve added some Holly too as a little gift decoration and a banner at the top of the page that says “Christmas Day”.

To finish off the page, I’ve added in some Enamel dots, also from the ‘Tis the Season’ collection.  They fill in some gaps, add some detail and helps draw the eye around the page.  It’s a pretty simple and clean design, and I love how it worked out.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this has inspired you to get some Christmas scrapbooking done and I’ve left links to everything so if you’d like to re-create this page you can gather the supplies you will need.

Also, a reminder to join our Facebook group (if you haven’t already) – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.  I’m also having giveaways over there, so if you like free stuff, pop on by.

Until next time,