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CUT to YOU | Merry & Bright | A Scrapbook Layout

Wow!! It is practically the middle of December already and I cannot believe how quickly this month is flying by. Heck, 2018 has just disappeared! I hope you are managing to stay on top of the crazy this time of year, so far so good here, however school finishes tomorrow so my tune may change lol

Anyways, I am here today to share my latest creation for CUT to YOU and yep, it’s a Christmas page! This month CTY is again sponsoring the Scrap The Girls challenge blog with this inspiration board and I was inspired by the black dresses with the pops of those fun Christmas colours.


Here is my page


I have used the super fun Merry & Bright digital cut file for this page and built my whole design around it and am really happy with the way it pops off the black! I did try it on a couple of patterned papers and also on white but I really do love it on the black!


I knew I wanted to use the cut file right in the centre of the page so working on that idea I pulled out my white gesso, watered that down and added splatters all over my background. I then pulled out my gold mist and did the same. I left that to air dry and continued working on the rest of my page.


I really struggled at this point to find photo’s to scrap!! This was, after all, for Scrap The Girls, and the majority of my Christmas photos have at least one boy in them but after a bit of searching I found these silly Christmas Day (evening) Snapchat Elf photos of myself!


I backed the word and and also the star with some gold printed acetate (I may have stocked up on this, shhhh!!) and then left the cut file alone.


A few messy, textured layers behind my photo including some gold washi strips, some gold machine stitching all the way around the frame of the cut file and voila, my page was done!


I have a process video available for this page which you can watch below.


I did add a few extra bits and pieces after I turned off the camera including some gold holographic star stickers, a red chippy arrow and a little circle chipboard piece in black that says “hi” and then I was done!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this page come together and make sure you head over to the CUT to YOU store to get your hands on this awesome cutfile. Remember, you can buy it as a custom cut or as a digital cut file!

See you all very soon! Until then, happy scrapping!!

Mel

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CUT to YOU | Life Is Better With Coffee | A Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone and happy hump day!!

Today’s share is for CUT to YOU and brought to you by the “Coffee Love” cut file available in the store!! As usual, the cut file is available as a Custom Cut or a digital cut file!


I have to admit, I do love getting the digital cut because I can cut my designs however big or small I choose and I decided with this page to go GIANT!!


I knew immediately when I cut this design that I had this coffee kit from Funky Flairs Studio in my stash so went ahead and pulled colours that worked with the kit! I haven’t really done anything fancy with the cut file, just picked some pretty paper to back it. 


My background was just a few splatters in matching colours to the top left of where the cut file would live on my background and the bottom right.


I added in a few layers behind my photo and also remembered that I had cut the lovely Open Leaf cut file a bunch of times in a bunch of sizes and thought why not?! Haha! Leaves and coffee work, right?! The custom cut can be found here in store!




They don’t really have anything to do with anything but if you really wanted to make a connection the photo was taken on a lovely warm spring day….


I decided to colour 3 of the leaves and I again used the same colours and technique on the leaves as I did the background though I added more water to leaves to get the colours to move and mix a bit. I have used brown and gold only on the leaves.


I have made a process video for this page and you can view that quiet easily in the browser simply by pressing the play button!


I do want to put it out there, however, that I am chasing 1000 subbies over on my YT channel (by the of the year hopefully!) so if you haven’t yet subscribed, please do so!!

I hope you have enjoyed my process and I will be back again soon with some more shares! In the mean time why don’t you head over to the CUT to YOU store and make sure you enter your email address to keep up date with the new releases, trust me, you wanna see December’s 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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CUT to YOU | Love You | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey everyone and happy hump day!

Another day and another share 😀 Today I am waving the CUT to YOU flag with this very soft and pretty page I created with one of Gwen’s new files.


This beauty can be found in digital format in the store and also as a limited number of custom cuts in the store so head over and check it out – it is truly stunning!
Here is the page I created using the Wedding Bouquet as my main feature on the page.


I have used a bunch of different Cocoa Vanilla Studios papers to back the file and made sure to pick all the very pretty and soft patterns and colours for the look I was going for on this page. Oh, it is so, so pretty, even if I do say so myself!!


I have gone a little mixed media mad on the background and I have used a couple of Shimmers watercolour paints to create my background after I applied 2 quick coats of white gesso using a dry paint brush. 


The pink is Creameez in Piggy Pink and the gold is a Shimmerz in Candlelight. 


I started with the packaging technique with the pink and then quickly swapped to just painting the colour on with my brush.


You can see my whole process (minus the backing of the cut file) in the process video below, just click on that play button!


I kept the embellishing very simple, a small doily, a tag, a glassine bag and a few small punched gold glitter hearts as I really wanted that cut file to sing!


I added some alpha stickers to my photo for my title, hand wrote my journalling on the tag and slipped that into the glassine bag to finish off my page. 

I really love how that cut file pops off the page with all of those very pretty, soft colours.

I hope you have enjoyed and until next time, happy scrapping!!

Melinda

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Scrap The Boys | November 2018 | You + Me | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey and happy November! Oh my goodness, yes I wrote that correctly, November!!! How?! Dear time, please slow down!

Ok, now I am breathing again today I am here to share my first DT make for the month and it is, of course, for Scrap The Boys.


Do you love the simplicity of this?! And the fact that perhaps you have a photo of one of your guys with you or another loved girl that you have permission to use this month?!? Haha! I decided months ago, when this photo was taken (in June!) that I was using this photo for this challenge and here is my page!


I have used another of the awesome cut files designed by Gwen over at CUT to YOU. In fact, it was one I used on a page I shared just last week but looks very different today! You can pick up the digi version here and the custom cut here.


I have a process video up if you’re keen to see how this page came together just click on the play button below.


And a shameless plug for myself – I have set myself a goal to reach 1000 subbies by end of year so if you are not yet a subbie I would for you to head on over to my YT channel and hit that subscribe button if you like what you have seen today!

Ok, now back to the page! A photo of hubby and I all dressed up and celebrating the “end” of the fire season.


I’ve used my Kuetake Gansai Tambi water colours to colour the heart (and if you watch the process video you will see that my end design is NOT what I had planned to start with – see it morph lol!) and matched the colours as best I could to the gorgeous Vicki Boutin All The Good Things collection as I knew I wanted to embellish with that range.

I’ve used a few ephemera flowers and a couple of the paper clip thingies and I really love how this page ended up!


Here are a couple more close ups.


I hope I have inspired you to play along with the November challenge at Scrap The Boys and remember to head over the STB blog to check out the amazing work from the rest of the team and to load up your own entry!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | My Cute Lil Bunnies | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey everyone and welcome to my blog today!

Today’s share is again for CUT to YOU, Gwen Wruck’s digital and custom cut little baby and I am playing with this beautiful Scallop Heart cut. I have used the digital version but you can also (of course!) buy the custom cut version if you don’t have your own cutting machine.


This is my page and as you can see I have not actually “cut” the file at all!


First I used my Pen (come pencil!!) holder and had my silhouette trace the shape with the pencil. Right, smack bang in the middle of my white card stock background paper. After that finished I went around the lines with  my pokey tool and poked little holes for me to stitch through.

I have done the chain link stitch as I have wanted to try this out for ages and I just love how it worked! And, just for the record, it didn’t take as long as I expected nor was it as complicated as I expected so winning!!


After my handstitching was done there was not a great deal to do to bring my page together but I first started with some Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprinkled on the paper behind where I knew the photo was going.


I have gone stash diving and pulled out the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Hello Lovely” ephemera and used a number of pieces around my photo for embellishments.



You can also see some gorgeous gold dictionary print vellum behind my photo which is all I used as a mat and then I mounted my photo corners on cardboard so it sat evenly with the stitching.

I added my title with 2 different thickers – Happy Life (the tiny white foam thickers) and Hazel (the beautiful gold font), added some enamel dots (I even finished off one sheet – woohoo!!!!) and then my journalling with a lead pencil to finish my page off.


I love using cut files in a different way to cutting and sticking and have even come up with an idea for some clothing decorating for a party my hubby is going to soon – stay tuned for that one!!

I have a process video for you if you are interested and I hope you enjoy!


Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel

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CUT to YOU | Be Brave Be Strong | A Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Today’s share is my latest make for CUT to YOU and I have used the Be Brave Be Strong cut file for my page. 


You can find the digital file here and the custom cut here and for the month of October it is FREE with any purchase! Gwen created this file for a very special cause (of course October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in Australia) but to read more about that you can find Gwen’s post here with a little of her story.
CUT to YOU is once again sponsoring Scrap The Girls and this is the STG mood board for the month which I am playing along with.


And here is my page! 


As you can see I have used the quote as my main inspiration but also drew on the pinks in the graphics and the idea of “the fighter” from the entire board.

I have a process video up on my YT channel if you’d like to watch, just click the play button below and enjoy! 


I cut the file on black cardstock and then after I traced and did an internal offset I cut the words also on my cameo rather than sticking and cutting. This made it super quick and easy to back the cut file, without a great deal of mucking around!


Some texture in my background and some splatters.


A couple of layers behind my photo including a vellum bag for my journalling tag to slot into for a little bit more personal journalling. Just as a side note, though that part of my journalling is hidden it is not top secret, not to be read by anyone ever, it’s “hidden” in plain sight and if anyone cared to take the extra step to pop their hand into my album and pull the tag out for a read I would have no problem with that. It’s “hidden” in the sense that perhaps not everyone flipping through my album would like to read the more touchy feely stuff of life but there if anyone wanted to!


I added some puffy black alphas to finish off my title, some enamel dots/shapes and little journalling to the front of the page with a grey pen and my page is done!


And this ephemera piece was just perfect for this page!


Head over here to play along with the October challenge with STG and over here to check out all the beautiful cut files available in the CUT to YOU store!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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STB October 2018 | Shine Bright Zany One | A Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! Today I am sharing my take on this fun mood board for Scrap The Boys for October. Blue with a dash of pink. 


Navy and light pink {heart eyes}; one of my all time absolute fave colour combos and here is my page.


I have used this cut file from CUT to YOU and added in the word “zany” using some GIANT Ali Edwards alpha stickers.


I have used 4 different mediums with the plastic packaging technique to add colour to my white cardstock. Which I had applied a coat of clear gesso to. You can see my whole process in process video, linked below!


I have cut the outline of the cut file in a navy blue Studio Calico paper that has been in my stash for ages and also cut the inside pieces using my Cameo and a Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper and I am totally loving the end result!


I embellished pretty simply by adding some pink tissue paper behind all 3 photos, using some veneer around the page and adding in some enamel shapes in white, dark and light blue.


After almost everything was stuck down I felt that my white alpha stickers were way too white so I grabbed a Distress Oxide pad and a water colour brush (one of the Vicki Boutin brushes – LOVE!!) and coloured my alphas, dabbing it off before it was completely dried. I then also added some splatters of the same colour to my background and over the top of my alphas.


Head over here to check out the rest of the DT’s beautiful work this month and make sure you get your challenge uploaded to the blog post before the end of  the end of the month! I can’t wait to see what inspires you with our moodboard this month!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Boy Mum Life | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey and happy hump day to you all! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see my latest creation!


Today’s share is for CUT to YOU and I have used the very fun Sketchy Circles Open cut file – available here. (The custom cut can be found here.)


I cut this a little while ago on my cameo when I cut my last black cut file and hadn’t yet worked out how I was going to use it but I love the fun page I ended up creating!


I have enlarged the file and then cut a few of the extra circles to fill the empty space on  my cutting mat.


I have, of course, created a mixed media background using white gesso, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Deep Teal and Cobalt) and Color Shine in Patina and water.


I have used a combination of 2 different types of alpha to create my title and LOVE those giant kraft coloured alphas that I have simply stamped on and inked around the edges to make them fit my page perfectly!


I also pulled out my Boy’s Rule collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios and used a clear sticker, some 6×8 papers (mostly off cuts!) and some chippy to add some other details to my page.


If you’d like to see the whole page come together there is also a process video  below, just click on the play button and enjoy!


Short and sweet today! I hope you enjoyed and if you have any questions please make sure you leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Mel

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CUT to YOU | You & Me | Scrapbook Layout

Hey everyone and welcome once again to my blog!! So glad you stopped in! 

Today’s inspiration is my latest share for CUT to YOU. This month Gwen is sponsoring the great Aussie challenge site Made to Scrap the Aussie Way and created this VERY cool cut file that is available both as a custom cut and a digital file.


I, of course, made use of the digital cut file and when I opened it in the Silhoutte software I manipulated it so it was a tiny bit shorter than 12″ as I was totally and completely inspired by the tattoo in the inspiration piece from Made To Scrap. I wanted to mimic that so I cut the file in black cardstock.
TIP: I found using a new blade did the trick in cutting the black perfectly so if you have struggled like me, perhaps you need a blade or a “special” blade for black?! While I was cutting black I also cut the fun Constellation file a few times, filling my page with different sized stars and re-sizing them to fit around and fill the whole page.


Anyways, here is  my page


For all of that pretty, messy fun background I have once again used my Distress Oxide inks. 


If you are a follower of mine, did you see that I used PURPLE?! In fact, I not only used purple, I purposefully MIXED a purple lol But the page needed it and purple is one of my niece’s fave colours and since it’s a photo of us I figured I would include it!


Here are a few more close ups!


And even a process video


Make sure you keep an eye on the CUT to YOU HQ page to see the other girls awesome pages and also to see what other cut files people are playing with! Also, if you are inspired by the challenge head over here to enter your take to win some awesome CUT to YOU goodies!!

I hope you have enjoyed and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy scrapping
Mel
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CUT to YOU | My Fave Childhood Character

Hey, hey everyone and welcome to my blog again today!!

Another share for CUT to YOU and today I am sharing a rainbow of flowers lol


So, did everyone see the gorgeous new releases this month?? I am lucky enough to have received a whole bunch of them and I just couldn’t decide so I first asked in the CUT to YOU HQ group (you guys were too slow!!) and then I asked hubby and he picked this Loop Flower for me to work with. And then I got an answer on the HQ group – floral so it was decided for me!!
I stretched the cut file to fill my whole background and cut it on white cardstock – I had an idea in my head and using white meant I could PLAY with ALL the colours!! Oh, and if you buy the custom cut Gwen will cut it to fill your background too 😉

I grabbed another sheet of white cardstock (my intention was to use the not cut piece thus my reason for picking another sheet rather than leaving my cut on my mat and adding colour to the top) and got to work.


I knew I wanted to play with my Distress Oxide inks so picked out a rainbow of colours (sorry, no purple, I don’t own a purple!! #sorrynotsorry) and started blending my colours, one at a time, using an ink blending tool. I started in the middle with a yellow (easier to find the centre of the page and not add too much of any particular colour) and then did the warm colours and then went back in with the cool colours. I used some washi tape to hold the cut file (now stencil) down for some of the blending but by the end I was just holding it in place and being careful as I added colour.

The colours I used (in ROYGBIV except IV order and add in pink lol) 
Picked Raspberry|Candied Apple|Spiced Marmalade|Squeezed Lemonade|Cracked Pistachio|Peacock Feathers|Mermaid Lagoon


Time for the magic to be revealed!! I lifted off the cut file/stencil and though the whole 12×12 looks great I fell in love with the cut file and it was at this point I changed how I was going to do my background! I do still have my rainbow of stencilled flowers in my stash so I’m certain it will get used!


I added some water splatters to both pieces to get that gorgeous oxide effect happening and used some paper towel to soak it up after it had sat for a few seconds.


From here my page came together super easy – I had a whole rainbow of colours to work with so matching colours wasn’t a huge problem but rather than add more colour I chose some gold accents by firstly backing my photo with some gold foiled vellum and a doily. And then of course I needed some gold in my background so I splattered some gold colour shine all over my white background.

I pulled out another “vintage” gold star from Charms Creations and added that to my photo cluster. I created a tag, did some gold machine stitching through the centre of the flowers (side note – IF you want to stitch through this cut file it is WAY easier to sew when it is adhered to your background!!), grabbed some alphas and voila, one completed page.


This is a super fun page and I so love creating with a rainbow! I recently went to a class at a local scrapbooking store where I learnt some new Distress Ink techniques which lead me to give this a go!! Thanks Suzanne!

I do have a process video if you interested in seeing this come together, I do hope you enjoy!


Until next time, happy scrapping


Melinda
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