BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES | WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK Guest Designer for Kraft + Challenges

Hi friends,

Did you know that Cocoa Vanilla Studios is one of the sponsors this month over at Kraft + Challenges?  If you are looking for some inspiration and want a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla goodies, be sure to check the challenge out and give it a go!

This month, you need to use Denim on your creation, somehow, anyhow (I simply used the colour Denim)… making sure the Kraft is still the hero.  Here is the inspiration board:

At first I was a bit worried that the board was not quite me, however,  it was a great starting point for a layout and I find challenges like these really help me become a better scrapper by getting me out of my comfort zone a little.  I took inspiration in particular from the lace and the beautiful shades of denim blue.  I started with the Kraft card stock base and a cut file from white card stock from my stash.  Then I pulled out a stack of pieces from the Wild At Heart collection all in varying shades of blue.  I starting with the stunning bold title from the chipboard sticker sheet.

It turned out a little ‘boho’ and I really love that about it!  To create the layout, I took the “Grandma’s Tablecloth background” cut file from the silhouette store and cut it to fill an entire 12 x 12 white card stock sheet.  I then overlaid it onto of my Kraft card stock.  At this point I saw the background design had taken away from the Kraft base too much so I went about cutting out large sections of it to reveal more Kraft colour.  I kept aside some of these cut out pieces to use as layers in my photo mat.  Once I was happy with the white that was left, I backed with the small pieces of the “Mariposa” paper.  I tried to vary the pieces from the paper up a lot, rather than back the file in one large piece; as I wanted a mix of the shades of blue to match the inspiration board.  I then went about machine stitching the pieces for added detail.

Next, I set about adding my title.  With a title this large, it’s a good idea to place it early in the design – I find if I don’t do this, I can run out of space later.  I then added in the lovely chipboard photo frames.  I love love love these!  I wanted to use the quote about love as well, and was the perfect fit for the frame as you can see here. This was also the point where I finalised my photo mat; I’ve used more of the “Mariposa” paper as well as some of the “Artisan” paper for contrast.
You can also see I’ve added some more machine stitching around my photo, some die cut ephemera pieces such as this bow and some pretty blue flowers and the enamel dot sparkles.  At this point I thought it needed a little pop of another colour and noticed the inspiration board had the smallest pops of pink.  For these, I went to the Endless Summer collection and found the Woodies and Blooms were a perfect fit to finish off the layout.
I hope my layout and a little look into my process has inspired you to give the challenge a try, I’d love to see what you create!
Thanks for popping by today
Gwen xo


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