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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 πŸ˜‰

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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CUT to YOU | Christmas Star

Hey everyone, I’m really excited to be sharing my latest creation for CUT to YOU! I have this super fun Christmas page to share featuring a 2019 photo.

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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!

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I said it recently in another post, but in case you didn’t know, stars are totally my jam. My fave!! 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!

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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.

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

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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!!

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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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰
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Until next time, 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 πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

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CUT to YOU | A+ Study Squad

Hello scrappy friends and a big welcome to my blog today! I’m here for my next share for CUT to YOU.

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!

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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 πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ˜‰ So much colour and so, so fun!!

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

And to finish off, some close up shots

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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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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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CUT to YOU | Beautiful

Hello there my scrappy friends and a big welcome to my blog today! Today’s share is my latest make for CUT to YOU and is a part of the fun 2nd Birthday celebrations happening all month long!

I have used the beautiful mood board for inspiration for this page and really love how it turned out!

I have used the beautiful Rosey Posey Background Cut File which I have edited to remove the frame in my Silhouette software before sending it to cut.

For all of the details and the process video just hit that play button below, sit back and enjoy!

And here are some close up shots for you!

Make sure you head over to this post for the full schedule (check out that A-MAZING line-up!!) for the month and over here to shop, shop, shop with your 20% off EVERYTHING code (yep, that includes digitals AND custom cuts!) CTYCELEBRATE2!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and make sure you keep an eye on that schedule so you don’t miss any of the amazing creations being shared!
Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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STB July 2019 | Travel Fun

Hello my scrappy friends! Another day and another post, yay!

This is for the adventure/travel STB prompt for July and I have actually scrapped someone other thanΒ  my children lol


Here is my page and I really love the end result! And yep, that’s hubby in the photo. Without a child lol


Again, Gwen from CUT to YOU has sponsored us with some cut files and here are the 2 I’ve used.


As you can see I have welded the word Travel from the Adventure Awaits file to the Fun from the Summer Page Builder file and also cut the word adventure from the Adventure Awaits file. All of these were cut in smooth white card stock.


I decided to keep my background fairly monochromatic using blacks and greys with stencils and the packaging technique. I’ve also used stamping on my title/word pieces for a little extra interest.


I’ve pulled the colours from the photo (red and blue) and used those as embellishments and layers around my photo.


You can see this page is awaiting journalling on the right hand side and that is hubby’s “job” as it was his trip and his experience. I really don’t often get the chance to include any of the other people’s voices in my layouts as I have a story I want to tell to “go with” the photos I’m using!
So, make sure you head over here for my process video


And over here for the STB blog and all of the other DT girls awesome inspiration pieces! I can’t wait to see what you create this month!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Let’s Get Crafty

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! I’m sharing my latest DT project with you for CUT to YOU! Yep, I said project and not page again!
I actually created this a little while ago as a gift but couldn’t share it until this month as the cut file was one of the fantastic freebies Gwen offered for iNSD! Did you manage to snag yourself this cut file for free? If not head over here to the Etsy store and you buy it now!
This is the project I created and it is actually in a frame by Ikea called “Ribba”. The inside dimension of the frame is about 9″ square and I thought the perfect size for an OTP project that wasn’t ginormous or too heavy!
I started by cutting the title and the scissors on some smooth white cardstock keeping in mind the limitations of the inside of the frame.
I decided to back the whole title with some vellum, except for the heart in the middle of the ‘A’ as I had come up with an idea for the background that did not involve any mixed media lol The person this was gifted to is a (very talented!!) quilter so I used her craft to inspire my background for this!
I have pulled out an older 6×6 paper pad by Shimelle and cut a heap of 1″ squares to create my background. Without much rhyme or reason, other than not having 2 of the same pattern next to each other, I randomly stuck down the squares to form a kind of quilt like pattern onto some cardstock. To really go with that idea of quilting I also used my sewing machine and did a zig zag stitch on every line, both horizontally and vertically.
With the main part of my design good to go I got to work on my scissors! I’ve used the same pink from the heart in the ‘A’ to back the handles. (cause who wouldn’t love a pair of pink handled scissors?!)
Next I have created my own holographic paper for the blades. This was really easy to do with my Minc machine and the Minc mist! I simply painted some of the mist onto some scrap paper, let that dry thoroughly and then ran my scraps through my Minc with the holographic foil and voila!! I love how these scissors came out!
Time to put it all together! I used foam adhesive around the whole title and also behind the scissors and then used my wet adhesive to stick it all to my “quilted” back ground.
I have recorded my process for this as well so I do hope you enjoy!


This was a super fun project to create and it would be so easy to replicate! And using different papers you would get a completely different look so next time you have a gift to give, maybe you could think a little outside the norm!


I hope you have enjoyed and I shall see you next month my next share!
Happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Together

Hello fellow creatives I’m so happy you have visited me here today! I’m sharing another 12×12 layout for CUT to YOU and playing along with the Scrap The Girls May challenge as CTY is this months sponsor.



We had this sketch to play along with and as soon as I saw I thought one of the brand new cut files would be perfect so I cut the Frames Background cut file on white card stock.




And here is my page! I’ve gotta be honest and say that this is nothing like what I had “planned” out in my head but I do really love it! I kinda got a bit carried away painting lol




I wanted to crack into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection so pulled out the pattern paper with ALL the colours and matched those as best I could with some Distress Ink Pads. I’ve used Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.




I had intended on colouring just the full blooms in this cut and backing the open ones but, like I said, I got carried away with my painting! The technique I have used to colour is super easy. All I did was smoosh my ink pad onto my craft mat and then used a water colour brush to pick up the colour and paint it onto my cut file. Easy!




I made sure I had different shades of the colours happening which just mean applying a second or third coat and then blending the edges and I really love how this turned out!




I have backed the main frame with the photo of my Mum, my sister (little sister that is lol), myself and my Aunty from my Mum’s birthday lunch earlier this year and then backed all of the other frames with pattern papers from the Happiness collection. I ended up backing the open flowers with some plain vellum and love the softness it adds.




I also had other plans for the background paper! I was going to use the beautiful wood grain that is in this collection but when I happened to move my cut file to find something it ended up on this gorgeous pattern and I just LOVED the way it looked! So I shifted gears again!
I popped the cut file up on some old cardboard for dimension adding layers to the pieces that were the furthest away from the centre and then leaving the open leaves and flowers without any adhesive.
Before I stuck that down however I decided I wanted to mute out some of that pattern a little bit so I used some white gesso and my finger to spread some behind where all of my page elements were going and then stuck down the cut file.




Finally, some embellishing. With all the pattern on the background paper I didn’t want to add too much so I simply used my Pixscan mat in my Cameo software to fussy cut some butterflies from on of the other pattern papers and added of those (in pink) to the centre of the big open flowers.
I added tassles from the ephemera pack (OMG aren’t they gorgeous!), a title piece from the Midnight collection as well as a sticker that says Wonderful. I pulled in a couple of wood grain labels from my stash to add my journalling, added in some white ink splatters and my page was done! I also have a process video for you linked below so I do hope you will pop over and that you enjoy!




That is it for me for today. This page turned out completely different to what I had envisioned but I really do love the end result and love that I got this photo scrapped! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!



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