Hi friends!  I’m Wendy Sue Anderson, a design team member here at Scrapbook & Cards Today, and I am excited to share a layout I created using some of the FREE (yes, FREE) cut files you can find on our website!  Did you know there are a bunch of free cut files (and other free content) available for you to download at any time? I’ll share the links to the cut files I used below, but first, here’s a peek at my layout:


I was excited to use some gorgeous spring papers from the “Gingham Gardens” collection by My Mind’s Eye for my layout. I used four different (free!) cut files for my layout, starting with the fun circle background, which was featured in the Winter 2019 issue of the magazine. I love the collection of circles and I was excited to fill each circle with something unique!


I filled some of the circles with photos, and others with patterned papers. To fill the circles, I used the pieces from the cut file as templates and traced around the photos or papers where I wanted to cut them. I cut them slightly larger than the opening so I could glue them to the backside of each “frame”.


For one of the circles, I used the April 2019 free cut file. I cut the “Hello Spring” circle piece from the same subtle monochromatic dot patterned paper as the background, a new favorite from Carta Bella Paper, the Dots textured cardstock. I backed the circle with white cardstock, tied a string around it, then secured it to the back of the circle background.


You’ll see some leaf sprigs sprinkled throughout the layout—those are from a free cut file as well! You can find them as part of the winter 2019 issue collection. And, just in case there is any question about the theme of my layout (my cute newly-engaged daughter and her fiancé), there was definitely love in the air last spring, so this page called for a fitting title, “love,” which also happens to be a free cut file, found in the winter 2014 issue freebies!


Don’t forget to add journaling to your layout, at least names and dates! I added the small paper strips to one of the patterned paper-filled circles and used little enamel dots as bullet points!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope I shared some cut file ideas that you can use on your next project! Take a minute to look around at all the FREE cut files that SCT offers, and if you use any of them, we’d love to see! Leave a comment with a link to your project, or post on social media, tagging us @sctmagazine and using the hashtag #createwithsct so we can check it out!

Happy Spring!

~ Wendy

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