SMILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for this page, I wanted to do something a little different with my cut files. I wanted to show you how they don’t have to make up the largest part of your design and how you can use them to make very inexpensive embellishments for your layout.

This page started with my photo and this collection by Dear Lizzy called ‘She’s Magic’. I just thought they went together so so well! I also really wanted to use some of the square frames from the collection as I had actually bought two packs of these by accident (who even does that?? I really need to check my cart before I hit submit). Anyways, I wanted to get a few of those onto my page and so, I didn’t want a big cut file for the design as well. I then came up with the idea to use the ‘Leaf Duo‘ cut file and turn them into embellishments for my page.

First up, I backed my photo with some of the pattern papers from the collection, then I went about locking in the position of the photo and those frames as I knew those were going to be the main elements in my design. Next, I wanted to build my main embellishment cluster which the leaves would be a part of. I’ve actually only gone with one of the leaves and cut it out twice, quite large and then backed them with a green pattern paper from the collection.

Next up, I’ve fussy cut out some floral elements from another of the pattern papers, I’m working with the idea that the leaves are the base of the cluster and then the floral elements are on top. I really just kept mixing and matching each element and its position until I was happy.

Here you can see the pretty floral layers and the leaf cut file sticking out towards the top.

With this main cluster, all locked in, it really now was just a matter of filling out the rest of the page. For this, I’ve really just thought about drawing the eye from the top of the page to the bottom of the page and then back towards the photo. I’ve positioned all of the elements within the vertical block of the frames.

I found this chipboard sticker in the collection that said ‘Smile’ that was the perfect shade of yellow, I can’t believe what a good match it is for the yellow in her beanie! I just love how it nestles under the main floral cluster along the bottom edge of the frame.

I’ve also added a few other smaller elements, from the chipboard pack and some enamel dots to finish off the page. As you can see, even though the cut files themselves don’t make up a big part of the design of the page, they do add a lovely detail and are a really cost-effective way to make embellishments for your pages.

I hope this page inspires you to look at the cut files in your stash a little differently and see if you can turn some into embellishments.

Until next time,

THIS THING | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today and I have a page I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time. I’m a big fan of scrapbooking the ‘everyday’ and the little things in my world AND, I’m pretty sure most of you with tweens or teens are going to relate to this one.

This photo was taken out at a restaurant for lunch, and yes, Miss 12 was sitting on her phone… it has become a little bit of a family joke, we like to tease her a little about it. She is always chatting with her friends or checking out Instagram, it’s a big part of her world right now and I really wanted to document it, because I know it won’t always be like that. Look at that concentration on her face, oh so serious!

Along with my photo, I also had the idea to use this cut file to help me tell the story. It is by CUT to YOU and it is called ‘Chit Chat‘. I cut the phone element out really large and then a couple of the speech bubble elements. I’ve then gone about backing these. For the large phone piece, I couldn’t go past the beautiful ombre of the ‘Shine Bright‘ paper. For the speech bubbles, I’ve gone with the dark floral in the ‘Mixed Blessings‘ pattern paper and the floral from the ‘Inky Depths‘ pattern paper. The smaller print of these florals was perfect for this.

With my cut files backed, I went about the base design for the page. I’ve positioned the phone element down the left-hand side and the two speech bubbles coming out from it towards the right. I’ve mat my photo here with more of the ‘Shine Bright‘ pattern paper and stitched around the edge for added detail. You can see I’ve also used this paper for my outside edge border.

Now that my large elements are in place and the design for the layout has structure and a plan, I can now add in my smaller elements. This is the fun bit for me! I knew I wanted to add in a title for this page using the ‘Die Cut Titles‘. There are so many great titles in this pack but nothing was quite right for the space I had to work with or the moment I was trying to document, so… I got creative! I used the word ‘this’ and then the word ‘things’ but trimmed off the ‘s’ on the end, making my title ‘this thing’. **Design Tip – Don’t be afraid to cut or trim die-cut elements to make them unique and help them work on your page.

Now, it was just a matter of adding in some pretty elements. I pulled from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack as well as a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons‘ pack. I’ve also used this sweet sticker with a heart on it from the Accessory Sticker sheet. The flower and bow are what I like to call ‘Vintage’ Cocoa, from the depths of my stash, so it was great to get them onto a page!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating with this collection and maybe document a small part of your everyday! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

SUNKISSED SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives, Happy Wednesday! I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today sharing a fun Summer themed layout. I’ve been digging through some older pictures of Miss C and found this super sweet one and just had to create with it.

I was actually on a family vacation when making this page. I had limited supplies with me and wanted to pull this layout together pretty quickly. I decided on just the one cut file, this one is called ‘Open Leaf‘ and just the one scrapbook collection. This is from Simple Stories called ‘Hello Summer‘. I do this when I really want to take the guesswork out of mixing and matching my supplies. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time backing the design so I came up with the idea to cut it out really large and make it a background layer, I’ve worked it as a base element into my flower clusters and just love the white-on-white look.

So, I’ve actually built this page by positioning my photo and the cut file first. I did back my photo with just the one photo mat and added some foam and stitching as I normally do. Then, I positioned it on top of the cut file. From there, I’ve then worked on my element clusters working outwards from the photo.

For many of the elements, I have fussy cut them from the collections pattern paper. I do this a lot, that is, cut out a stack of elements from a collection and then simply mix and match to build my clusters. Some parts of the clusters sit flat to the page, others are raised with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve worked on the idea of having 3 main cluster elements, one on the left of the photo, one on the right and then one at the top of the page. I feel this helps draw the eye around the page and they all help bring the eyes to rest on the photo.

Once my main clusters were locked into position, I’ve pulled elements from the Chipboard and Die Cut pack to add more details and fill in the clusters. Again, I just ‘audition’ every piece until I’m happy. ***Side note, this IS why my pages take me forever, I have to try all the things*** I just keep going and adding until I’m happy with how everything looks.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I wanted to show you that you don’t always have to back the files on your pages, there really are lots of ways to incorporate them. As always, if this has inspired you to make a page, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see, we have such a fun and supportive community, come say Hi!

Until next time,

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS | UNFORGETTABLE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I’m feeling adventurous! For my page today, I thought I’d ditch the comfort of my white cardstock background and go about using #allthepatternpapers because, why not with so many pretty designs all in one collection. Let’s use all the things! xo

For my page, I started with the ‘Pretty Bits‘ paper. I just love all of the patterns on this one and wanted to use them all, so I cut two strips, one 2 inches wide, the other, 1 inch wide with the plan to run them down the sides of my layout. This is where I would normally then go for a White Cardstock. Instead, I went hunting for a more neutral pattern paper and decided on the B side of ‘Storyteller‘ pattern paper. Of course, I was drawn to the white in this pattern paper, but I do love those sweet dots as well!

Next up, I went about backing my cut file. I wanted to use a bold title for this page so I’ve gone with the ‘Hashtag Remember This‘ cut file by CUT to YOU. I have then used the ‘6×8 paper stack‘ to back it. I love how the prints in the paper stack are smaller than the 12 x 12 pattern papers they are perfect for backing cut files. I’ve also used these papers to back my photo.

With my main elements sorted, it was time to assemble and lock in the page design. I’ve gone with the two strips down the left and right-hand sides of my page, with the 2 inch one on the right. From there, I’ve used this right edge as an anchor point to add my photo and the title underneath. I have raised these elements up on foam tape for extra interest and dimension and to help separate them from the background.

It was now time for pretty embellishments. I’ve started with the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ as this pack has so many stunning pieces in it. I love pulling them all out and just mixing and matching, playing around until I’m happy with everything. I’ve gone with one main floral element and then some pretty smaller florals and the butterflies.

I’ve then pulled the ‘Snapshots’ sticker from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet‘ these fun tabs are always the first to go off my sticker sheets, so fun to add to the top of a photo.

Next, some more dimension with a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons‘ pack and a bow from the ‘Tassles and Bows‘ pack. These are really fun elements to add to a page and they finish this one off so nicely.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to grab this collection and get making! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

HOLIDAY CHEER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you have all had time to be creative this past weekend. I’m here with a new share, and I’m still on my Christmas kick.  This one is actually from a few years back so it was so good to get it done… and, it came together really easily with the help of the ‘Christmas Banner‘ cut file, I’ll show you how below.

For this layout, I had the idea to use my photo as one of the banner pieces on top of the cut file. I started by backing my photo with a cute green check pattern paper which I also echoed as a border for my background. I then went about finding the position for the photo, just so I had a plan when working with the cut file. I find it’s best to sort the photo position first as this can save you some time in the backing process, that is, you don’t have to back the parts of the file that your photo will cover.

With a plan of attack, I then went about backing my cut file. I’ve used a combination of papers from the Pink Fresh Studio ‘Holiday Vibes’ collection. I love the bold colours in this collection and really wanted a pop of red and green. I just worked right to left on both pieces of cut file mixing and matching the colours of the papers to back the file until I was happy.

Next, I positioned the two cut file pieces onto my background and positioned my photo. The page was really coming together at this point, there was only embellishing left to do. For this, I’ve kept things really simple by continuing to use the same collection. I’ve just pulled out all the fun bits and pieces and mixed and matched them to create areas of interest along each of the banners. I just kept in mind that when viewing the page, my eye needed to be drawn across the banners, so kept the embellishments along this same line.

I’ve then gone ahead and added my title, again working along that same line across the page, it fits perfectly under my photo.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I hope it inspires you to continue to document your Christmas photos even though the season is over. If you do make something, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see! Come say Hi!

Until next time,