Saturday, April 08, 2017

Cut It Up April- Be You!

Hello, friends, it's Stacie here and welcome to another round of Cut It Up.  April's free cut file is Be You. There are several options: scripty title words, hexagons, or bees.  This cut file can be downloaded from the free files in the Paper Issues store.

I have wanted to use a large ampersand in a layout and was inspired to stitch, so I turned the ampersand into a stitching cut file on the Silhouette.
 I saved screen shots and went over all the steps on my blog on how to get the perfect needle size holes. I also wanted the stitches to be longer (because hand-stitching takes forever if you are doing small stitches)!
This paper number 8 from Pink Paislee Oh My Heart is a favorite of mine and it went perfectly with the florals in the ephemera pack.  I switched out the embroidery floss match the paper colors.

Here's a look at the stitching and title cut file close up:

Rachel rocked My Mind's Eye Palm Beach with her adorable zoo layout with flamingos. How perfect is that sweet photo of her son?! I love that Rachel went for the pops of pink on this layout and it is fantastic for a tropical boy page! Absolutely love how the hexagons work for this fun zoo theme. The bold lines and stripes make it pop off the page!

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Raechelle wows us with this blue beauty using Pebbles Simple Life by Jen Hadfield.  I love how she incorporated all of the cut file title words to create a stunning tribute to her beautiful daughter and the Texas bluebonnets.  I adore the distressed paper detailing which allows the other Simple Life patterned papers to peek through.

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Pol has the cutest lil picture (check out those cool ears!) to go along with her super sweet layout using Pink Paislee Oh My Heart.  I love the stitching that she has  around her background.  The cut file title looks fantastic in the dark floral patterned paper number 18. Check out the finishing touch of the doodling outline around the letters. Super cool, Pol!

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Annelie completely wows me with this stunning layout of her daughter using Bella Blvd Make Your Mark.  I love how she cut the background cardstock with cut file phrases at the bottom for such a fresh take on title placement.  She backed the cut file words with the patterned paper for yet another way of incorporating cut files into your background! The ephemera die cut florals look so lovely and girly. So inspired!

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Devra supersized a hexagon for a perfect stitching opportunity!  I love the use of Crate Paper Cool Kid and the cut file title words. Mixing fonts and using up your stash is always a good idea! The beautiful layering and playful embellishments are the best with her awesome group of photos.  Such a bright and cheerful design!

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Amanda created a spring masterpiece with Dear Lizzy Lovely Day and Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Amanda was able to use the cut file words backed in the pretty ombre pink paper to create a beautiful layout for her darling daughter.  I adore the soft pinks with the bold blue.  The bunnies are just the sweetest paired with her beautiful daughter's photos!

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So that's a wrap this month for Cut it Up.  I hope you'll play along using any free Paper Issues cut file in the store and post your projects in the Facebook challenge album between now and May 2nd.  Winners of the monthly gift cards will be drawn May 3rd!

 Tag Paper Issues on social media with #paperissues or #PIcutfile so we can send you and your project some love!

What are you waiting for??  Get your cutting machines fired up and try out your favorite design.
 I am looking forward to seeing how you use Be You or any of  the 100s of free cut files in your projects this month!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


  1. I love all these creative layouts!

    1. Thanks, Janet! I hope you will play along!

  2. Absolutely fabulous, I love all the different ways people have used the cut file! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Roxy! We sure hope you'll try it out and tag us! We'd love for you to join us!

  3. So many different ways to use this fun FREE cut file. great job.


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