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CUT to YOU | First Let Me Take a Selfie

Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation with a super fun cut file on a super fun scrapbook layout!

I’ve used the “Selfie” cut file which you can find here in the store. Isn’t it so fun!

The photo’s I’m scrapping today are fun Summer photos so what better collection to pair them with than the vibrant Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio!!

My cut file was cut in textured white cardstock and I cut it BIG!! I’ve used my Cameo to also cut the letters from the “Bright Side” 12×12 pattern paper. And the A5 Paper Stack to back the camera and a couple of layers behind my fun photo strip on the left hand side.

I just LOVE this floral camera and wish I could have one in real life! How fun would that be?!??

As you can see I have used a photo behind the lens of the camera. I just love how that brings your focus to the photo and then directs you around the rest of the page!

My largest photo was a tiny bit not wide enough, so to cover that up I’ve created an embellishment cluster, right on top of the photo and the cut file. From there I wanted to draw the eye diagonally across and down the page to my other photos.

If you’d like to see this page come together just hit that play button below! I hope you enjoy!

With such a large cut file most of my page was already designed for me so this one came together pretty quickly. And I love that I was able to overlap a few things without losing either the meaning or design of the cut file.

I hope that I have inspired you to perhaps create with a really BIG cut file or maybe to use a photo as a part of the backing of a cut file. Make sure you head over to the shop for all of the beautiful and fun designs Gwen has been loading up! Have you seen that there’s a new category in the shop for Bundles!!?! So, so great AND there is a disount when you buy any of them!

Have a fab, scrappy day and I’ll see you soon with my next share!
Mel

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CTY | Love You | Mini Album

Hey there and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today!!
Melinda here to share my most recent creation using a CUT to YOU cut file!

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Yes!! That is a mini album!!
Something different for me and all of the pages have been created using the Floral Banner #3 cut file.

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So, I’ve got a tutorial video for you today showing exactly my process for what and how I cut this cut file in a couple of different ways to create my mini album pages and some step by steps below!

Firstly, after I had opened and traced the cut file in Silhouette Studio, I horizontally flipped the cut file so the banner was on the right hand side. This piece is then what I used to create the different layers and becomes the backed cut file on the front page.

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The black base pages were created by doing an offset of the original file, setting it to 0.075in for the offset.
I then removed all of the inner pieces of the new, slightly bigger, cut file.

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I used my Cameo to cut all of the internal pieces of the florals and the banner to easily back my cut file.

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This was done by copying the original file and then releasing compound path.
Delete the entire outside edge of the cut file.

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Next, select all of the pieces of 1 floral, right click and select “make compound path” and repeat for other florals and the leaves with 2 pieces.

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Once all of your compound paths have been created select florals, banner and leaves and do another offset. This one was set to 0.05in.
After confirming your offset, delete the smaller, internal, original pieces.

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Now, you have the cover cut file pieces ready to cut along with the black base pages. All that is left is the pattern paper pieces that get layered onto the black cardstock.

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Once again, make a copy of the original cut file and release compound path. This time you need to delete all of the internal pieces which will leave you with just the outline which is the part you want cut to layer onto the cardstock.

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It seems complicated and a little tricky but once you get started and the more you practice the easier it becomes and honestly, making mini albums with cut files means the only constraints you have to work within is your own imagination!!

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I have used a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection, Fresh Cut, to create my album and used some Storybook sequins by Spieglmom Scraps to add those finishing touches.

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I’m certain you worked out that this was a gift for a very close friend of mine and I’m happy to report that she loves it!

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Have you ever used cut files to create a mini album?? What cut file from the store do you think would make a great mini? I’d love to know!

Oh, and bonus!!! I almost forgot, I also have a video flip through of this mini for you!! I do hope you enjoy and I’m looking forward to sharing my next creation with you soon!! Until then, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Remember

Hi everyone, it’s lovely to have you stop by my blog today for my latest creation for CUT to YOU!

For this page I was challenged to use a floral cut file – 2 florals in a row, who even am I anymore?!? Now, Gwen has the most beautiful floral cut files and I love every single one but sometimes it’s tricky for me to incorporate them. But I’ve gone with this beautiful “Fleur de Lily” cut file as it really spoke to me about some journalling I wanted to record.

As I created this page I realised that I wanted to keep it really soft and pretty so wanted a fairly neutral-ish, simple title so grabbed the “Hashtag Remember This” cut file and removed the top and bottom text lines in Silhouette Studio to leave me with simply “Remember”.

As you can see above, this page has no photo and that was intentional. The words on this page tell a very sad story that has stuck with me since I was 16 but it was a story that I definately wanted to include in my album.

For something different I chose to work on a 9″ x 12″ layout so sized my cut files accordingly and cut them both on textured white cardstock.

To keep my idea of “soft and pretty” I decided to use vellum to back my floral cut file pieces.
If you’ve never used vellum before heads up 😉
Tip 1 – If you add any liquid it WILL curl up!! To colour my pieces I taped them to my craft mat and painted using a mix of Shimmerz paints. These were left to air dry, because – tip 2 – vellum can meltif you heat it! I used the Silhouette software again to cut the backing pieces for the lilies and I so love how this beautiful Lily came together!

The rest of the page came together pretty quickly and easily with some stitching detail, some alpha stickers and sequins.

I hear you asking “But, the journalling Mel! Where is it?!?” Well, that is tucked away behind the white cardstock! I’ve used my stitching to create a secure hinge, printed my journalling onto vellum and stuck that onto another piece of white cardstock that is behind.

I do, of course, have a process video for you to see this page come together and, seriously, am so, so happy with how this page turned out. In fact, it’s better than I had envisioned! Though it is a sad story I am happy to have my feelings and thoughts recorded in an artistic, true to me way.

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I hope that I have inspired to get some of your own thoughts and feelings recorded. It doesn’t always have to be front and centre of the page, especially when you have access to such beautiful floral cut files to help tell those stories!

I’m looking forward to sharing my next page with you (think fun, Summer!!) but until then, happy scrapping!
Mel

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Scrap the Boys | March 2021 | Oh Dear

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! Today I’m here to share this very busy and fun layout that I created for the March 2021 STB challenge!

The challenge this month is a “Pick 3” challenge and I chose stitching, stamping and a cut file!

I started with my title and photos and then decided I was going to use a cut file. I looked into my CUT to YOU files on my computer and really loved this one that I used – String Art Cube.

This file is actually one of the KIT to YOU cut files and when I looked at it I was super inspired by Gwen’s page in the kit so dove into my Cocoa Vanilla stash and pulled out the “Boys Rule” collection.

I’ve added stitching in both black and white around the layout and LOVE the extra detail and texture it adds.

For my stamping I picked one that says “challenge accepted” and used black archival ink to stamp a border all the way around the white cardstock.

I love seeing what the other girls have done with this challenge so make sure you head over to the STB blog to check them out!

And then, when you have chosen your 3 things and created your layout head over to the FB group here to upload your entry! I hope to see you play along!

I’ll leave you with my process video for now and I hope that you enjoy!

Melinda
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CUT to YOU | A Love Like Gnome Other

Hello CUT to YOU family and welcome to the blog tody for my first February post!! I am so, so, so excited to be sharing this page with you!

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So, as you can see, I have used the oh so fun and adorable brand new Gnome cut files! I seriously love these so, so much!! First up that title – “A Love Like Gnome Other“.

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And the other is, of course, “Mr & Mrs Gnome“, aren’t they just adorable?!

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I’m sure you noticed too all of that gorgous gold foil!! That is the stunning new “Fab Foils” from Spiegelmom Scraps. This month we are collaborating Fab Foils & Cut Files for some shiny fun!!

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This foil adds so much pop to a project and, once you get the hang of applying it, it is so easy to work with! As you can see I’ve used it here to back parts of Mr & Mrs Gnome and also to add in the letters for the title.

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Now, because I like to challenge myself (apparently lol) I have also decided to play along with one of this months CSI challenges!

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I was inspired by the colour palette, the theme of love, the idea of writing my journalling in letter format and those little pops of black in the doodled type images.

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I have a process video for you which is linked below to show just how this page came together and I do hope you enjoy!

Have you checked out all of the gorgeous new release cut files for Feb yet? Which is your fave? Or perhaps you were like me and just HAD to cut Mr & Mrs Gnome IMMEDIATELY?! Either way, I hope that this inspires you in some way!! So many options with this share lol

I have already got a start on my next share and can’t wait to share that with you but until then, happy scrapping and I’ll see you soon!
Mel
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Stash | Mermaid Hair Don’t Care

Hey and hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog!! It’s only the 3rd of Feb and this is my second blog post for the month – who even am I?!?? LOL

Anyways, I’m here with a stash share for you and I really hope that you enjoy!

My inspiration for this page was from the lovely and incredibly talented Jana (who is Jana Scissors Paper Glue on YT and I cannot recommend her enough 😉 ) and her “Sketch Saturday” series. I’m playing along with sketch 10 which is below!

So, so, so fun!!!

You can see my process video is linked below but please also make sure you head over to check out Jana’s channel as well!

I’ll leave you with a couple of close up images as well but I do hope that you enjoy and I look forward to being back with you soon with another process video!

Stay safe and happy scrapping!!
Mel
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Scrap the Boys | February 2021 | Here Comes Trouble

Hello, hello and welcome to my (somewhat neglected!!) blog! The first of the month means another new challenge over at Scrap The Boys and I am excited to share my page!

And here is the challenge!

Ah, yep!! My page looks nothing like the sketch but sketches are a jumping off point! I was totally inspired by the squares in the background and started my design from there! You can see in my process video below how that changed quiet drastically!!

The important thing is that I have a story documented and that I had FUN creating this page! I can’t wait to see what you do with this sketch so make sure you head over to the FB page to load up your entry for the month!

I’ll leave you with a few close ups but make sure you head over to the STB blog for all of the other amazing DT inspiration we have to share!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share and I look forward to seeing what you create with this fun sketch!

Melinda
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Scrap the Boys | January 2021 | Dirty Feet are the Happiest Ones!!

Hey and hello my scrappy friends and a very big Happy 2021!! I hope that however you welcomed the New Year you are not paying too heavily for it today lol

My first share for 2021 is my take on the beautiful mood board for Scrap the Boys for January 2021.

I was totally inspired by the colours in the mood board for this page and actually pulled a back ground that I had already started on without any actual plan for!

I had pre-stamped this white card stock background with Heidi Swapp Toner Ink using some Tim Holtz and PinkFresh Studio stamps and left it to await the “right” page. When I saw this mood board I chose orange foil and then used blues and teals over the top.

I seriously LOVE how this background came together! Like, seriously! And the most interesting bit is that I probably wouldn’t have chosen this colour scheme with out the mood board prompt.

When I finally decided on my photo the rest of my page came together pretty quickly! I added some Heidi Swapp foil to some alpha stickers to get a perfect match and also pulled out a bunch of Minc stickers, paper and ephemera pieces to add and layered things up until I was happy. You can see my process on the video link below!

I can’t wait to see how the mood board inspires you this month! Head over here to load up your take on the challenge. And over here to see the other amazing DT creations for more inspiration! And here are a few close ups for you!

I hope you have enjoyed and I look forward to sharing more with you soon! Fingers crossed for coming up with a plan AND sticking to it for 2021 for me lol Happy scrapping!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Lovely

Hello and welcome to my blog today!!!

I don’t know about you but this year sure has given me time to think about the things I’m grateful for and lots of time to scrap!! Today I have for you a scrapbook layout about ME! And some fun winter PJ’s! I hope you enjoy!

I don’t know if you have seen this most gorgeous fox in the store but I have seriously been hanging out to use her for the longest time! She is “Mrs Fox” is available here in the CUT to YOU store. I have cut her on the “Stepping Stones” pattern paper in the Daydream collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The colours in this collection were just PERFECT for this photo!

Gah, isn’t she just the cutest little fox ever?!? However, I do think she needs a “Mr Fox”, Gwen…..
Anyways, I have backed her using the 6×8 Paper Stack in the Daydream collection and then used that gorgeous blue with the feathers for my background. Mrs Fox and my photo just pop right off that background!

As usual, I have a process video for you all! Please be aware, this video was made away from home so looks a little different to my “normal” videos but I figured a video was better than no video 😉

I’ll leave you with a few close up shots of this and I do hope that I have inspired you to scrap a little something about YOU!!

If you are reading this post the day it goes live there are only 9 short days until the excitement of Christmas morning is actually here! However you celebrate, even if your Christmas Day is a not a “traditional Christmas celebration”, I wish you all a magical day, filled with lots of love and laughter and hopefully surrounded by those you love!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic remainder of December and 2020!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | 12 Days | Gwen’s Documenting December YT Hop | Christmas Traditions

Hi and hello everyone and welcome to my blog!!

A very short and sweet post for you today which is actually for a few different things that are happening!!
First up, my first share for December for CUT to YOU!
Secondly, we are celebrating 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for CUT to YOU so I’m sharing some inspiration with todays freebie, Christmas Stocking.
And lastly, Gwen has also created a fun YT December Hop to use up some older Christmas Stash!

You can head over here in the store for this cut file. And the code you need to grab it for FREE is STOCKING.
Please be aware that this cut file is only available free on 3rd December 2020 until midnight AEST! Check your timezones!

You can watch my process video over here

I’ll leave you with some close up photos!

Make sure that you keep an eye on the CUT to YOU blog for the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveways codes and I hope that you enjoy!
I’m looking forward to seeing how you will use these cut files in your December documenting; however it is you document your December!

Until next time, happy scrapping and happy December!!
Mel
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