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CUT to YOU | Summer Days

Hi everyone! I’m so excited you are here with me as I share my latest creation for CUT to YOU with you!

How super fun and bright and colourful is it?!? I just LOVE it! And I love how I have used the “Summer Days” cut file as part of the background!!

When I decided to use this photo of my boys I just KNEW that the brand new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection “Sunkissed” would be the perfect match! Knowing the photo and the collection I wanted to use just left the cut file choice! I wanted something that I could easily incorporate into my background without the cut file being the main and most obvious piece on the page.

I have sized the cut file to 9 different sizes and played with the idea I had in my head in the Silhouette software. When I was happy with the cut size and placement I sent the white card stock through to be cut.

On another piece of thick, smooth white card stock I had my Cameo trace the beginning and ending S’s in each line and also a horizontal line between each of the lines of text in pencil so I knew where to place each of the cuts. I do show that part of my process in my process video which is linked below for you!

I’ve pulled out 5 Distress Oxide colours (from top to bottom – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans) and swiped those across my page – here is where those horizontal lines came into action 😉 – and then activated with a paint brush loaded up with water to create paint strokes.

When that was all dry, I adhered all of those “Summer Days” pieces with scotch tacky only in the centre line. For texture and interest I’ve then stitched straight through the middle of each of those title pieces with matching coloured thread and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out! I also stitched along the horizontal lines with some gold thread.

I’ve pulled a few pieces from the floral ephemera pack, the puffy stickers, the accessory sticker sheet, the gold foam titles and one of the wooden buttons to complete my page. My title is an acrylic piece from my stash. With all of my pieces in place I was then able to go back through to the cut files and lift up either edge for some interest!

This layout was oh so fun to create! I love that I have used a “title” cut file to create my background and that, with the help of my layer choices, it does not over my layout!! Gwen has so many titles in the store to choose from and I hope that perhaps I have inspired you to play with one as part of a background design!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today!! I look forward to sharing another project with you soon 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 | 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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Scrapbooking Kit | Cocoa Vanilla Studio – Daydream Collection

Hey and hello my scrappy friends!! I hope you are all well and if you are in the Southern Hemisphere enjoying the warming weather; and if you’re not, staying warm and cozy!

My share today is of a scrapbooking kit I have put together using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Daydream collection!
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a peek….

I have created 6 layouts with this stunning collection and have put together detailed step-by-step instructions for each layout.

You can see a walk through of the pages plus the kit contents over on my YT channel, but I’ll also link the video directly below!

And here is a look at all 6 pages

Maybe you are looking for a little something for yourself for Christmas or perhaps a gift for someone special. Or maybe you’d like something to keep yourself occupied with the Christmas break coming up!

I had so much fun creating with these goodies and I hope that you do too! I have a few left and they are $125AUD. That includes everything in the kit plus the step-by-step instructions as a digital file. If you would like it printed I can get that organised also for $10AUD.

If you are interested in the kit please feel through to shoot me through an email on melindasweetman@gmail.com or you can always contact me via PM on my FB page Melinda Sweetman Scrapbooking.

I hope that you have enjoyed this share and I look forward to being back soon with a new creation!! Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Happy Birthday

Hello, hello scrappy friends and family!! I’m really excited to be here with you to share this somewhat (ok, ok, VERY!!) busy page that I created using 2 cut files and a quick and easy mixed media technique on my background for CUT to YOU.

And here is the first file I used – “Happy Birthday Title“. This was cut in white textured cardstock and backed with the 6×8 Paper Stack from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Legendary collection.

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And the second one I used is “Rock Star“. Now, if you follow me you probably know that I love stars so when I saw this cut file when it was released I was so bummed when I didn’t come up with an idea straight away! But, it’s on a page now and I love it! This was cut on a pattern paper – Cocoa Vanilla Studio – Legendary – “Brave Heart”.

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I’m also playing along with this fun CSI Challenge which is all about using older products!! I’ve pulled some acrylic paint from my stash as my “older stash” and then pulled on the fun, bright colours and also included lots of layers on my back ground and distressing.

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I, of course, have a process video for you which is linked below. It is a bit longer than my “normal” videos however I wanted to include as much as I could. Make sure you grab a cuppa before you sit down and enjoy!

I seriously had so much fun creating this page! It’s messy, bright, layered and features my boy on his 10th birthday with a few loving words from Mum to Son. I’ll leave with you a few close ups and make sure you head on over to CSI: Color Stories, Inspiration to join in one, some or maybe even ALL of the challenges that are current! Remember, CTY is a major sponsor!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that it has inspired you to maybe play along with one of these challenges for some great prizes! Or perhaps, to try a new (maybe messy?!?) technique?!? I’d love to hear!

Oh, one last thing before I leave, have you seen the gorgeous new Christmas cut files in the store?!?? SO many beautiful designs! I can’t wait to share my next page with you, wink wink 😉 Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

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CUT to YOU | Happy Times

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!

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

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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!

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I have a process video linked below for you!

And to finish off some close up shots!!

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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!

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Melinda
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Scrap The Boys | Treasured

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! It’s the 1st August which means a new challenge for Scrap The Boys!! Oh, and a new decade has started for yours truly lol

And the challenge this month is “Put a Flower On It”

I chose to use the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Unforgettable” collection for this page as I had these gorgeous flowers cut and backed already! Cut file is from CUT to YOU and you can find that here in the store!

I, of course, have a process video for you – the voice over is a little all over the place but that will all make sense when you watch lol

And, finally, some close up’s for you!

Make sure you head over to the STB blog to see what creations the rest of the DT have come up with and to also load up your own take on this fun challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be back again real soon!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Back To School

Hello, hello everyone and welcome!! I’m here to share my second creation with you for this oh so fun birthday month at CUT to YOU!!

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Yep, that is back to school 2020! I tend to scrap as I feel inspired rather than chronologically. I have used the Back To School cut file released earlier this year which I really, really love and have had cut for ages!

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This month was the PERFECT time to use this cut file and play along with the Two-Riffic Birthday challenge happening right now over in the CTY HQ Facebook group!
Head over here for the challenge album and have fun creating!

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I have a process video for you which you can see below, just click that button, sit back and enjoy!

And here are a few close up details!

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I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I look forward to seeing your creations for both of the fun Birthday challenges happening until 10th August!

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Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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STB October 2019 | Super Awesome

Hey my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!! My share today is for the Scrap The Boys October challenge.


I just love sketches so was excited when I saw that this was the challenge for this month! Here is my take


You can see I have stuck very closely to the sketch but yet still made it a definite “Melinda page”


I jumped into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio “boy” stash, specifically to start with my “Boys Rule” collection which I just LOVE!!


I’ve used papers Happy Go Lucky, Good Times and Straight & Narrow for my 3 biggest background pieces and just love that pop of lime green in the middle!


This was all looking way too clean for me so I grabbed a couple of stamps and some black Versafine ink and stamped in a couple of pieces on my background layers. I’ve also added some splatters using green, blue and a grey.


I’ve used a couple more paper layers, one scrap from a 12×12 and some from the 6×8 paper pad. I added in a few ephemera pieces for layers as well.


My title pieces came from the CVS You Rock collection and so too did the film strip tucked into my layers.


I added in my journalling to one of the cut aparts from the 6×8 paper pad, right where the middle photo is on the sketch. And finally, some enamel shapes sprinkled around. So excited, I FINISHED a package of something lol


Unfortunately, due to some stupid tech issues I have no video for this page but I still hope you enjoyed!! Touch wood, all my tech issues seem to be sorted now so more videos coming soon!!

Make sure you head over here for the other girls’ takes on this fun sketch and to enter your own page for this months challenge. Remember, I may have followed the sketch very closely but if it inspires you in another way just go for it and enjoy the process!!!

Until the next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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STB May 2019 | Oh My Heart

Hello, hello!!! Welcome back to my blog once again today! 

As it is the beginning of a new month I have another DT project to share with you and this one is for Scrap The Boys! Being May it is all about Mother’s Day!

I went back through my archives of photos and found one of my first Mother’s Day when I had 2 babies to love and decided to scrap that! I love the way my big guy is looking at my little guy and the cheeky grin on the little guys face 😉


As you can see I have used a cut file as the main part of my background and this, of course, has come from CUT to YOU. This is an older file called Floral Filled Heart #2 but I just love it and am so excited that I got it onto a page!


I have used, almost exclusively, Cocoa Vanilla Studio goodies to pull this page together and really love the end result! You can see my page come together below in my process video.


As I mentioned in my last post, life has been nothing short of busy so another short and sweet blog post today with lots of photos! I do hope you enjoy!


Head over here for this month’s STB challenge and to see all of the other amazing DT inspiration that has been shared! Also, that is where you will need to go upload your take on the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and see you again very soon 😉

Melinda
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