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CUT to YOU | Sisters, Besties for Life

Hey there and welcome to my blog this lovely Wednesday, aka Hump Day! I’m here with you sharing my latest creation for CUT to YOU!

When I decided it was time to scrap this photo of myself and my little sister I just couldn’t go past this “Besties for Life” cut file available in the store!

I’ve pulled out my Cocoa Vanilla “Sunkissed” collection (just swoon!!) to create this page as I love the bright and bold colours in it and thought they worked beautifully with this almost Summer 2020 photo!

I used the A5 Paper Stack to back my cut file and had my Cameo do all the “hard” work cutting the letters!

With the orientation and placement of faces in my photo I did have to do a little surgery on my cut file but that was easy to cover up with a cute heart puffy sticker!

There is a process video for this page which is linked below! This was all shot in ONE go! I can’t believe it lol and I do hope that you enjoy!

I’ll leave you with a few close up photo’s and I’ll see you again real soon with another share for CUT to YOU!
Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter for all of the fun things…. Yep, that’s a little hint right there for iNSD 2021, wink wink!!

Melinda
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CUT to YOU | The Best

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog today! I’m really egg-cited (haha!!) to share my latest creation with you for CUT to YOU featuring 2 of the newer Easter cut file designs!!

I started this page with the adorable Easter Nest cut file.

And couldn’t resist recreating my own “Lindt Gold Bunny” using the cute Bunny Silhouette cut file which I backed using some of the left over gold foil from our recent partnership with Spieglemom Scraps!!

For this page I wanted to use the beautiful new freebie digital collection by Traci Reed “Here Comes the Sun” which I have printed out on a bunch of different types of papers!!

My idea was to create 3 shaker pockets with the Easter Eggs in the Easter Nest cut file for some extra fun!

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I’ve hand stitched around the eggs which has given enough dimension for the sequins to move around and shake!

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I do have a process video for you if you’d like to see my page come together, just click that play button and enjoy!

Have you seen the newest release? Gwen, as always, has a stunning collection of fresh new cut files for this month and my personal fave is Party Bow!! IKR, it’s gorgeous! And such a different design for me to pick as much fave but I’m thinking up a creative way I can use it 😉

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Until I’m back, happy scrapping and I hope I have inspired you to maybe use multiple cut files in a project or perhaps even create a shaker pocket of your own!!

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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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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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 | 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 😉 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 😉


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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 😉 Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

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