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BRACE YOURSELF | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  It’s my turn again on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with a new layout to share.  I couldn’t wait to scrap these photos of Miss 12, documenting a big milestone in her life.  She recently got braces!  It was a happy yet nervous day so I’m so glad I got these shots, she’s smiling and excited to be on the journey to a lovely smile.

I started the idea for the page with my two photos, I knew I wanted to use both a happy shot and a close up of her braces to document this day.  I usually only create with one photo, so was keen to lock in a design idea before sticking anything down to ensure I had enough space for everything.  I also wanted to use my paper punches as I’ve neglected those for a bit.  I pulled out some of my scraps from the ‘Happiness’ collection. (I’ve made a few pages with this collection now so had some smaller pieces of pattern paper to use).  I’ve just punched strips in various sizes in the different patterns.  I’ve used ‘Expressive’ ‘Good Vibes’ and ‘Meadow” papers for this.

Next up, I went about sorting a title for my page, I wanted something pretty specific so this one is actually a cut file I made especially for it, available at CUT to YOU; you can see the design below.  I cut it out on white card and then backed with more of the paper scraps and mounted on 3D foam.  I then mapped out a spot for the photos and the title and the paper strips. I then stitched the paper layers down and gently lifted up the edges for added texture.  I’ve also mounted my photos on 3D foam for some more dimension and separation from the background layers.

The bulk of the page was now all in place, it was time for some embellishing.

I went about fussy cutting out one of the frames from the ‘Happiness Frame of Mind’ pattern paper and added that along the left-hand side of the page. This filled in some of the space between my photos and the title.  I’ve added stitching here too for more detail and to ‘match’ the stitching on the punched paper strips.

Next, I pulled out the Die Cut Ephemera pack and sorted through all the goodies.  I’ve found a sweet floral, a cute tab with a heart on it and the sentiment banner ‘One of a Kind’.  I’ve added those around the page along with a Flair button from the Flair Buttons pack and some stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

At this point the page was looking very close to finished, it just needed one more thing… butterflies.  What page doesn’t need butterflies right?  With the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper you get a stack!  I chose 4 of the pretty blue ones and fussy cut them out and positioned on my page.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  Lots happening on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog so be sure to check back frequently as well as the Community group on Facebook.  There is always a lot of inspiring projects to see.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the latest collection and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,

 

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

WINTER WONDERLAND | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today as part of their latest theme “Summer or Winter’.  I have a stack of Summer photos, living in beautiful Queensland, however, for this page, I took the opportunity to scrap a Winter photo from a trip a few years back we took to Big Bear Lake, California, USA.  I knew for this page I couldn’t go past the Bohemian Dream collection; it is one of my all time favs and I knew the pinks and purples would be a fab match to my photo.

I wasn’t really sure where to begin, so I started by choosing my background pattern paper.  I went with ‘Abundant‘ as the purple/blue tone are a perfect match for my daughters winter jacket.  I did have an idea that I would be using cut files and thought a darker background would be something different and help them pop off the page.  I also loved how the dots in the design were like tiny little snowflakes; perfect for the theme.  Next, I went about matting the photo.  I’ve gone with ‘Wild and Free‘ and ‘Day Dreamer‘ for this.

Next up, I’ve pulled out a cut file to help pull the page together.  This one is from my store CUT to YOU and is called ‘Winter Wonderland’.

I went about backing the cut file with three different pattern papers, alternating them along each row of letters.  For this, I’ve used the Paper Pad as I wanted the patterns in a smaller format to fit inside the small boxes of the cut file.  You could also use leftover paper scraps for this if you can’t get a hold of the paper pad for this collection.

I then positioned my title, the photo and the snowflake elements onto my page, with the title at the bottom, I positioned everything to help draw the eye from the top of the page to the photo and then down to the title.  Once I was happy with the placement, it was time for adding some embellishments.

I’ve gone through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and pulled out the moth die cuts and positioned on my page.  I found the matching element on the Flair Buttons and added that in here as well.

I’ve also pulled out one more moth from the Chipboard Accent Stickers pack. I also grabbed a stack of stickers from the Accessory Sticker pack including this cut tab with the word ‘Brilliant’ which I’ve placed in the top right-hand corner of my photo.  I’ve mounted the words from the sticker sheet onto 3D foam tape to give them extra dimension.

Lastly, I’ve dug deep into my stash and found some buttons from the Bits and Pieces Pack of the Love Always collection and added in three places.  The silver sparkle on these is the perfect touch.  I have hand sewn them in place for a handmade detail.  Lastly, some enamel shapes from the Bohemian Dream collection were sprinkled around the page and I called it done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope our current theme inspires you to get some of your Summer or Winter snaps documented and onto layouts; I know I for one have so many of these unscrapped so it was fun to play along and I’m really happy with how the page turned out.

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration

SPECIAL | CUT TO YOU | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share, this one featuring their current Newsletter FREEBIE cut file ‘Floral Banner’.  If you aren’t aware, there is a newsletter sign up pop up when you visit the website which you can pop your email address into.  They send around 2 emails per month and every email sent includes a free design!  So worth checking out, if you are into fab digital cut files for FREE 🙂  Now, onto my page!  I started with this sweet photo of Miss C and her Daddy taken a few years back and the ‘Breathe’ collection by Kaisercraft.

 

To create the page, I cut the design out twice, once in white and once in Navy Blue cardstock.  At this point, I wasn’t sure which colour I was going to use for my page and wanted some options!

I then went about backing the navy cut file with a variety of pattern papers from the collection.  I also pulled out the smallest scrap of Apricot pattern paper from my stash and some vellum for the leaves.  I then added some foam behind the file and placed onto my page.

At this point, I was not really loving the Navy, it felt a bit ‘heavy’ for the photo and my idea for the page.  So, I positioned the white version of the cut file over the top.  When placed directly over the top, it was all a bit too ‘white’ and ‘washed out’ but when I offset it a little, you could see some of the Navy which I loved.

Now that I was happy with how the cut file layers were looking, I then set about positioning my photo.  I had just enough of the apricot pattern paper to back it and stitched around the edge.  I positioned it slightly to the left-hand side of the banner.

It was now time to play with the embellishments from the collection.  I pulled elements from the sticker book as well as the die cut ephemera pack, starting with what ends up as my title for the page the ‘Special’ element.  I positioned that to the right of my photo and then built the clusters of elements from there.

I’ve just pulled the things that fit with my photo and capturing this sweet moment between my daughter and her daddy.  I have added some of the elements with 3D foam tape for dimension and interest and just kept playing around with everything until I was happy and then glued down.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the Navy, Apricot and White colour scheme.  It feels a little out of my comfort zone but still very me, I’ll definitely be making a couple more pages with this elegant collection and I just love the bold statement the cut file has made and how simply it has helped me put the page together.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs now to choose from, so you might want to grab a cuppa 🙂

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Beautiful Moments” for Scrap the Girls June 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

June is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this divine mood board filled with gorgeous florals and bold colours.

and here is my layout!

I am so in love with this mood-board, I think there are so many beautiful things to be inspired by, I actually started the page by pulling out a stack of scraps of pattern paper that fit the theme.  I had a lot of papers that weren’t really enough to make a full page with, but I could cut them into 8cm squares and combine them.  I also pulled out the Jen Hadfield collection ‘Patio Party’ which has some stunning bold floral patterns in it and the most divine pop of yellow which I pulled from those cute yellow clogs!

I began with a white background to ground all of my patterns and colours and mounted it onto one of the bold patterns from the Jen Hadfield collection.  I then went about building up a paper stack of my scraps. I also stitched around the 8cm square pieces for extra detail and also mounted my small photos in coordinating papers.

You can also see here, that I’ve added in a piece of chipboard from my stash, just as another layer. This page is really all about the layers!  Layers of pattern paper, layers of embellishments and layers in my photos.  Inspired by the mood board and the layers of fabric in the clothes and handbags.

Once I was happy with all my paper layers and the position of my photos, it was time to embellish!  I wanted to add to the florals in my pattern paper so I’ve added in a stack of die cuts from the Jen Hadfield die cut pack.  I’ve just positioned them in between my layers.  I’ve also added in a couple of digital cut file elements; these are from the ‘Caite Floral Set‘ from CUT to YOU.  I’ve misted them with some Colour Shimmer Sprays from Colour Blast.

With the two floral clusters sorted, it was time to add in my title.  For this, I’ve gone with a pop of black, to draw from the black in the photos as well as the pop of black in the mood board.  I found the sticker ‘beautiful’ and just added the word ‘moments’ with some mini alphas.

Lastly, I added in a couple of butterflies and some enamel dots and called it done 🙂

Upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: D-lish Scraps.

Until next time,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

SUMMER DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with another share for you, this time for our ‘Holidays/Vacations’ theme.  For this page, I couldn’t go past the Endless Summer collection. The photo for this page was taken on a recent trip to Sydney for a cruise over the Summer holidays. **A little side note, this collection is still available as a bundle here for just $15!!**

I don’t have a lot of this collection left in my stash as it is from 2016, just one full 12 x 12 pattern paper ‘Sunbleached‘.  It’s a really pretty ombre so perfect for a background.  I did also have a few half sheets and scraps, so pulled out a cut file to help stretch the pattern paper a little further.  These two cut files are from CUT to YOU.  Summer Days and Sunny Skies.

I then went about backing both the cut files with a mixture of papers, including ‘Sweet Treats‘ which is a woodgrain and ‘Chill‘ which is a lovely mint green stripe and floral B side. I just mixed and matched the papers making sure to alternate so that no two patterns were side by side.

Now, you can also see that some of the clouds were not backed, this is because I ran out of pattern paper, I’ve just been strategic in choosing which ones to leave unbacked, so you can’t tell; it just looks as though it was part of the design and meant to be that way.

I have also raised up the cut file, just to give it some dimension off the background of my page.

For the title, I backed it in just the two pattern papers to separate out the words a little.

Next up, I’ve mat my photo and stitched around the edge as I normally do and then positioned the two cut files and my photo on the page.  It was now time to find some matching embellishments to finish the page off.

I did have some of the Accessory Stickers left in my stash so I’ll pulled a couple of those, I also have some of the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ and I’ve added a few pieces of those as well.

I’ve also added some of the ‘Wood Veneer‘ pieces – they are a perfect match for this collection, the wood used is so warm in colour and they are the perfect dimension for adding interest but not making the page too bulky.

I’ve also cut some elements from the ‘This and That‘ pattern paper; a great buy if your looking for little elements to add to a page.  I also had this paper flower from the ‘Summer Blooms‘ pack.  The enamel heart is from the ‘Free Spirit‘ collection; I dug deep into my stash to find that one!

Lastly, I’ve added in some enamel shapes from the collection and called the page done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope our current theme inspires you to get some of your Holiday/Vacation snaps documented and onto layouts; I know I for one have so many of these unscrapped so it was fun to play along and I’m really happy with how the page turned out.

Until next time,