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“Be Still and Know” for Art and Soul Studio

Hi Creative Friends!

I hope you are all doing super well!  Here today to share a wonderful and unique opportunity I had this month to create for Annette at Art and Soul Studio using the DIVINE Creative Devotion line by American Crafts.  It was so nice to be thought of and asked to create with this collection and I am super excited to share a Bible journalling page and coordinating Travellers Binder notebook page (where I will do my verse study notes) with you all!

I immediately fell in love with the sticker sheet from the collection which has a stack of Bible Verses included and this one from Psalm 46:10 stood out.

These stickers are on a sheer background so they are perfect for using in your Bible as you can see through them.  For my Journal page, I mounted the sticker on to a scrap piece of white paper and fussy cut it out.

It was at this point I thought to add a bit of background work first.  So I took a sheet from the Vellum Scripture Pad and added some smudges of colour to it using the Gel Crayons.  It already had some colour, so I just added a little extra in a similar style.  I then attached this piece to my Journal using some washi from my stash and sewed around the edge with my sewing machine.

Next, I added the fussy cut “Be Still” element and the “&” sticker from the sticker sheet, I fussy cut this one out on white cardstock as well, just to make it stand out.  The cute little enamel heart you see here is from the Cocoa Vanilla and you can get them here.  I added “KNOW” using Maggie Holmes Thicker Stickers which are the most divine and perfect shade of gold and white, so that made my title “Be Still and Know” – I wanted to remind myself “Be Still and Know”, He is God, He has great plans for me and that I don’t need to be the one to sort everything out, in fact, I can be still and know what he will make a way even when there feels like no way.

So here is the right-hand side of the Journal page – I’ve used the packaging technique here and the crayon to lay down some colour for my background.  I have to add here that I love love love these crayons, they are so soft and buttery to use and the colour is so nice!!  They also do NOT bleed through on the bible, so they are perfect!  Next, I added a triangular piece of the Vellum Scripture pad in the corner in the same way as I did on the left. I added the cute stickers from the sticker sheet and my tile was simply cut using my Silhouette.  I also added here one of the Suede Tassles, I love how they finished off my page and poke out of the side of my Journal.  You can also see the Metal Binder Clips I added, these are really great for marking a page or clipping things in your Journal or Bible, love these as well!

Now, onto the bible journalling.  First up, I wanted to bring in some of the colours from my Journal so I just rubbed the crayon straight onto my page and smudged with my finger.  The colours are so soft and I love them!  I also highlighted the verse and I love how you can still very easily read the text underneath.  I am not a fan of covering any text when I create in my Bible.  I added the “Read, Pray, Repeat” sticker straight onto my page as well as the cross sticker on top of that, you can see the edge in the photo above and how transparent they are.  I also added one of the Cocoa Vanilla Enamel dots here too.

On the left I added the full scripture again, I found these cute Bible Journalling templates – not an affiliate, just found them and thought that you might like them!  I simply coloured it with the crayons and added the Enamel heart, and cross sticker to finish it off.  It’s a simple page but that’s how I like to keep things in my Bible, yes the art is fun, but it is all about the word for me!

and there you have it.  I love how these turned out and if you are inclined, I hope it inspires you to take a look at this verse and get creative in your Bible.

Items used:

Travellers Binder Journal Notebook

Gel Crayons

Metal Binder Clips

Vellum Scripture Pad

Suede Tassles

Stay tuned, I have also created a regular 12×12 Scrapbook page with this collection which will be coming up on the blog soon.

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

 

 

 

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

EIGHT | MAKE A WISH | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! It’s time for a new share for Cocoa Vanilla studios today and this one uses one of my all-time favourite collections – Make A Wish.  Whilst it’s a collection that you could scrap anything with, it is absolutely perfect for documenting birthday celebrations, so I thought why not create a page that celebrates my little Miss turning 8.

The design for the page was actually dictated by the fact that I have almost run out of paper for this collection.  I have quite a few embellishments left but not a lot of the paper, so I immediately thought to use a grid design, it’s a really great way to use up scraps.  I began by cutting 3×3 square pieces from the leftovers overs of the Party Dots, Loot Bag, Fresh Cut and Hip Hooray papers.  For added softness, I mounted these onto a piece of vellum from my stash.

Next, I found a few extra pieces that were large enough to mount my photo, I’ve used Loot Bag and Fresh Cut. I positioned it towards the left hand side of my page. Next, I went to the cut apart sheet Party Mix and fussy cut out the banner and birthday cake.  The fussy cut sheets are a must-have in any collection as you get oh so many elements for a great price!

To balance out my design, I decided to embellish just 2 of the squares in my grid, those towards the right hand side of the page.  To highlight these, I’ve used 2 of the frames from the Chipboard accent stickers pack.  I’ve then added the fussy cut birthday cake on top which I mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve also added here elements from the Die Cut Ephemera, and more chipboard as well as a Flair Button and Enamel Dots.

For the 2nd square, I’ve used more Chipboard accent stickers and more from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  I also found a few small wood veneer elements which don’t belong to a specific collection, Zoe had these for sale at the June Scrapbook Expo last year as little grab bags and I couldn’t resist getting a couple.

Lastly,  added another smaller cluster to the top left hand corner of my photo, this time also adding in some Bitty Blooms, I had almost forgotten about these cuties!   Then, looking at the layout I thought it was very ‘top heavy’, so I went and added in a couple more pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as my title ‘eight’, which I have created using Thickers from my stash and that balanced things out nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, it was really fun to play with an older collection and I love how fun this one turned out.  Stay tuned as I have a heap of new projects coming up using the newest collection “More than Words” that I know you are going to love!

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

Gwen

Colour Blast, Inspiration

“Follow Your Rainbow” for Colour Blast

Hi Creative friends,

Super excited about today’s share, it is one of my new favourite layouts and it came together so quickly!

The idea for the page began with this cute little embellishment (below) from the Pink Fresh Studio “Dream On” collection – I’ve now done 2 pages with this line and love it!  I decided I wanted to create my own larger rainbow to match the one in the embellishment.  I went to the Silhouette store and found a simple but cute one.  I went with Punch and Sunshine Colour Shimmer Sprays to colour it with, they were the perfect match.  I simply sprayed it onto the pieces as they sat on top of a paper towel and let them dry.  I was also really happy with how flat they ended up, after some initial curling, they flattened out really well.

I then found some other elements I knew I wanted to use and went about matching a Colour Shimmer Cube to the these.  I decided on Envy, I do love love love this one.  To create my background, I have used both the Colour Shimmer Spray and the Colour Shimmer Cube beginning with the packaging technique with the spray followed by splatters using the cube.  It’s a go-to technique for me, I just love the end result, soft and delicate and as someone once told me, even the splatters are neat (which as a clean mixed media gal, I love) – I’ll tell you my trick for creating this look below.

You might be able to sneak a peak of the pencil lines on the page above.  I always have a plan for the design of my page BEFORE I start misting, and these mark where my photo is going to go.

I find having a guide, and limit on where my mixed media is to go keeps the design tight and helps keep everything “neat” looking.  If I know exactly where the boundaries of my photo and embellishments are going, its easy to see where the mixed media needs to be.

So, I now have my background done and the main feature (my rainbow) done.  Next, I wanted to pull out some phrases.  I had a few chosen from the embellishments in the pack, but also found these “Dear Lizzy” Watercolour words in the bottom of my stash.  Rather than watercolour them though, I thought it might be nice to use the Blush Colour Embossing Powder.  Don’t they look pretty!!

Ok, so now I had all my elements ready to go, it was time to create the page.  Working from the top down and bottom up, I created a single wide row of elements down the centre of my page.

I’ve mixed and match a stack of embellishments and just love how it all turned out.  This collection was so fun to work with and matched my Colour Blast so well!

Above you can see the pretty Envy splatters and below a close up of the Colour Embossing Powder.

I give this project a “mess level” of Low.  Very little mess and a really clean look.  I love how adding the Colour Blast to die cuts keeps it all neat and clean BUT I don’t miss out on all that beautiful shimmer.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to pull out your Colour Shimmer Sprays and die cut machine and mist away!  As always, be sure to share your creations, I really love seeing what you all make.

Until next time,

Gwen

xox

 

 

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

ALL TOGETHER SWEET | LOVE ALWAYS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy New Year to you all, I hope your Christmas break was full of fun!  I am back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios and its something a little different!

The Bouquet paper from the Love Always collection is one of my very favourites and the design for this page was inspired by it.  I wanted to play on the design of the paper and I knew I wanted to use it in the background.  I had a full sheet for my background, and then when I found a scrap, I had the idea to fussy cut it following along with the chevron design and then mount it on foam tape on top of the background page.  This then set the base for my photo mat and embellishments.  To make it stand out from the background, I added some Colour Blast Shimmer Cube from my stash just around the edge.

Next, I wanted to lock in the position of my photo mat, I began with my paper layers using the Twin Set, Frolic and Class Act papers layered up on the right-hand side. To balance out the design, I added my tile to the left-hand side.  It is made up of some alphas from my stash, the Chipboard Accent Stickers and the word “sweet” is from the Wood Veneer pack.

I’ve also used Die Cut Ephemera pieces, Accessory Stickers, Puffy Stickers, Vellum Accents and Bitty Blooms to build 2 main embellishment clusters.  This collection as so many embellishment options, it’s hard not to choose all the things!  Below you can see a cute Puffy Sticker and a Chipboard piece.

I’ve also added a flair button and some sparkly enamel dots to finish and the page was done.  Below you can see another one of those cute Puffy Stickers, the stunning vellum and a bitty bloom.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope 2018 brings you a wonderful adventure.. and that you take the time to document it!

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

Colour Blast, Inspiration

“Miss Five” for Colour Blast

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here with you on the blog today with my latest layout.  This one features my little Miss and a photo taken on her 5th birthday.  She was such a princess at this age and I will admit, I love love loved it!  Think princesses, unicorns, fairies and all things magical – that certainly was her at this age.  I have scrapped many photos already from this birthday party, so for this one, I really just wanted to document her age and for it to have that sweet soft princess vibe about it.

 

This page started with the idea to use a cut file word that was repeated over and over on my background.  I have done similar things in the past and always loved how they worked out.  (You don’t have to re-invent the wheel for every layout you know.) I wanted the words to stand out from the white background so I added some Colour Shimmer Spray in Envy to my background.  I used the packaging technique as well as adding splatters straight from the nozzle.

Next, I set about cutting out my words.  I went with “Love this moment” and cut it out 6 times.  I then sprayed the words with the Colour Shimmer Spray in Blush.  I made sure to spray un-evenly, I wanted a textured look that had the colour deeper in some areas than others.

Once dried, I then layered over my background and stitched down.  I just love how my die cut pieces sit on top of the background. It is the perfect base for my paper layers in my photo mat.  You can see here I did not stitch them down perfectly, the bits that sit up off the page add interest and I love the effect.

Next, it was time to add my photo and embellishing.  I started with a large photo mat paper cluster and added bits and pieces until I was happy.

I went with puffy stickers, wooden hearts, vellum butterflies and chipboard, all to add texture and interest.  I also wanted a lot of pretty embellishments on this one to fit with the Princess theme.

Here you can see a close up of the Envy in the background and the Blush on the die cut pieces.

More close-ups of the die cuts in my background, and those pretty wooden buttons hand stitched on.

and one more close up for good measure, this one of one of the divine handmade embellishments by Charm Creations.

I give this project a “mess level” of Low.  Very little mess and a really clean look.  I did consider adding some splatters in at the end and then decided against it as there was a lot going on embellishment wise – yes, I chickened out!

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to pull out your Colour Shimmer Sprays and die cut machine and give this kind of background a go.  If you don’t have a Silhouette or similar, you could also do this with a Sizzix or Cuttlebug machine and why not give other elements a try such as flowers, or border pieces.  I love this technique and I think you will too 🙂

Until next time,

Gwen

xox

 

 

 

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Follow Your Heart” for Scrap the Girls

Hi Creative Friends!

Super Duper excited to share my very first page as part of the amazing Scrap the Girls team!  What an honour it is to be a part of their 2018 team!

First up, the inspiration for the January challenge:

 

This month we are inspired by blue, yes, blue… and this is exactly why I wanted to be on the team!  I wanted to have some fun creating pages that I probably wouldn’t have on my own, I love challenges like these that push me out of my comfort zone just a little, it adds interest to my albums and makes me a better scrapper.

So…  here is my take:

 

and of course, I have to share a few of the little details.  Oh so much to look at here including flowers, vellum and resin from D-lish Scraps, and pretty shimmery colour by Colour Blast.

It is a bit hard to see in the full shot, but there are quite a few white on white florals surrounding my photo cluster, lots of details of these in the close-ups.

 

 

I just love how it turned out.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor: The Resin Rainbow

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

 

 

Colour Blast, Inspiration

“Christmas Cards” for Colour Blast

Hi Creative Friends,

Back on the blog today for Colour Blast and with Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d do some last minute Christmas card creating! I have not made many cards this year so this was a heap of fun 🙂

 

For this project, I started with my background.  I wanted a subtle look with all the shimmer so went with the Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling which I sprayed through a stencil.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo below but it is soft and sparkly and super pretty!

While I was waiting for that to dry, I cut some leaves with my Silhouette and embossed them using the Colour Embossing Powder, also in Bling.  This is a messy embossing powder so not the best for stamped images if you want a very clean look, however, it does an amazing job of chipboard and die-cut pieces like these, the shine is so so pretty and the coverage is excellent.  It is also very easy to get back into the generously sized jar which is a plus for you clean scrappers out there!

It was time to work on the second layer of my background.  Using a circle stencil, I added a layer of Colour Paste in Snow White.  I love this paste so much! It is super sparkly and adds a lovely texture to the background.  As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, you don’t need a lot of this to go a long way, it spreads really nicely, like soft butter!

Next up, a couple of close-ups of the details, first, the 2 leaves die cuts, one in plain white, the other all embossed and looking pretty. I have applied only one layer, as I mentioned previously it has really great coverage!

and a close up of my finished background with the layer of Bling Shimmer spray followed by the layer of Snow White Colour Paste.  This photo really shows you the beautiful texture the paste gives you.

Once my background was complete, I added a few embellishments and the cards were complete.  I will add here that I have gone for a really subtle look with my cards, however, this technique would work so well with any colour combo, something darker such as Deep Water with the Snow White over the top would make the paste stand out more, and the shimmer of the Bling is stunning over a black cardstock.  So have a go at different combos, I’d love to see what you come up with.

I kept these pretty simple so that they could be posted and so as not to distract from my pretty background.  There you have it, three simple and sparkly Christmas cards ready just in time for Christmas.

I give this project a “mess level” of Medium/High.  It’s high simply because of the Colour paste and Embossing Powder.  However, the paste does not stain your stencils and the embossing powder is super easy to pour back into the generous container so that brings it back to a medium rating from me!  Totally worth the mess!

Thanks for popping by today, and as this is my last post of the year, I’d love to wish you all a Happy Festive Season!

Until next time,

xo