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“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,







CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Happy Monday to you all!  Here today to share a new layout with you and it’s well and truly the time I got my Christmas on!  I am a huge Christmas fan and am pretty excited that it’s only around 2 weeks away and I’ve really only just started scrapping with last years photos!

Here are the two cut files I’ve used:


The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the Floral Wreath Background cut file.  Whilst it’s not a ‘Christmas’ design as such, it lends itself very well to a Christmas wreath.  I decided to run it off the page rather than have it centred for something different.  At this point, I had chosen the photo I wanted to work with and as it is on the smaller size, it worked in perfectly with the proportions of the wreath.

Cut files and page layout decided I knew I wanted to add some sparkle.  I’ve used Shimmers to colour the wreath and page title.  I haven’t gone to town here, just adding a little with the packaging technique to soften the white of the cut files.  I’ve then added the wreath to my page and stitched into position with my sewing machine.  This technique is a really good way to work with the files if you are short on time or don’t feel like investing the time and effort to back them.

Now comes the fun part!  I’ve decided to use the beautiful ‘Tis the Season‘ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios. Sure, it’s from 2015 but I absolutely love the muted colours in the collection.  I’ve matted my photo and added a stitched border to highlight.  I’ve then gone through the elements of the collection and added them to my wreath.

I’ve focussed a cluster to the bottom right of my photo and to the top left corner of the layout to draw your eyes toward the photo and balance out the design.  I’ve then added my title to the bottom centre of the page along with a die cut title from the collection.  This finished out the page and I think it’s the sweetest thing ever.

New to CUT to YOU? – All of my designs are available as downloadable digital cut files as well as Custom cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette or alternative die cutting machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship.  I have over 100 designs now so lots to see in the store, visit for more info.

Join our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  I’ve had this black and white photo printed for some time now of my daughter and I on a Mothers day many many years ago.  It’s one of those photos that means so much more to me than what you see… and to be honest, I find these the hardest to scrapbook.  I knew the ‘Midnight’ collection would be perfect for it, so I pushed aside the self-doubt and got to memory keeping!

I began the page by deciding on my background.  I just love the Shine Bright pattern paper, the white woodgrain is the perfect neutral base for any project.  Next up, I decided on a cut file, this one from my latest CUT to YOU release called Flower Circle.  I cut the file as large as I could to use as a background feature for my page.  I often do this when I’m not sure where to start with a project and let the cut file guide me in terms of the design of the page.

Next up, I went about backing the file.  To do this, I’ve used the 8×8 paper pad, if you get one thing in the collection, I would recommend this!  You get every pattern in the collection and they are in a smaller format to the 12 x 12 pattern papers which makes them perfect for backing cut files.  I love how even though my pieces are quite small, you can still really easily see the pretty pattern.  I’ve also used the ‘Shine Bright’ B side which is this perfect ombre pink *swoon* to back the central flower pieces in the cut file.  They break up the white on white and really feature in the centre of the layout.

Next, it was time to position my photo, I’ve popped it in the left-hand side of the cut file and then trimmed around the outer edge keeping with the circle edge.  Once I was happy with the photo and cut files position, I pulled out my sewing machine and added some stitched details.  If you’ve seen my pages, you’ll know I just love adding stitching for a subtle and pretty detail.  Next, I’ve added in my title from the ‘Die Cut Cardstock Titles – I’ve added some foam tape underneath for dimension.

All the page needed now was a few smaller embellishments.  I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’ that says “Hello Lovely” as well as three of the pretty black and white butterflies from the Accessory sheet (also mounted on foam).  I’ve also added in a few sentiment stickers and a die-cut ephemera pieces that says “Sweetness”.  I also found a chipboard tab in the ‘Chipboard  Pieces’ pack to add above my photo.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to grab some of the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection and get creating!

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“First Snow” for Scrap The Girls December 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

December is here and I’m excited!  It really is the most wonderful time of the year!  For this month’s Scrap the Girls challenge we are getting our Christmas on and being inspired by Christmas print dresses AND I’m super excited to say that  CUT to YOU are again proud sponsors.  You might be surprised at the dress that I was most inspired by, be sure to check out my take below…

and here is my take!

I was inspired by the blue and white print dress with the snowflakes on it to finally scrap this photo of Caitlin on a trip to America a few years back.  This was her very first visit to the snow and as such a really special photo.  As I don’t normally do too much in blue tones I was waiting for the perfect inspiration to create with it so I combined the mood board with a new release cut file ‘Snowflake‘ and my page came together super quick and I just love love love it!

The design for the page was directed by the cut files.  I cut out several in slightly different sizes and then positioned them onto this stunning blue ombre paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  I ran them top to bottom on my page and then stitched through them for extra detail.

Next, I added in my photo and mat, again using blue papers from Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream collection.  I’ve then dug through my stash to find some blue and white alphas to match.  I’ve got a bit of a long title which really fills out the design nicely.

I’ve also fussy cut out a few butterflies from some more Cocoa Vanilla Studios pattern paper and spread across the page.  Sure, there aren’t too many butterflies in the snow, but they are still a pretty addition.

To finish the page out, I’ve added some cute fabric bows and an embellishment cluster in the bottom left-hand corner of my photo and some tiny die cut white flowers, in the hope, they simulate smaller snowflakes (kind of).  It was good to get these few things used up and out of my stash. Super cute, quite simple and quick to make and I do love the end result.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from my cutfile store – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  CUT to YOU

Until next time,