CHRISTMAS JOY | JOYFUL | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the blog today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a new share using their ‘Joyful’ collection.  I am loving using these supplies for my Christmas scrapbooking this year.  Today I’m documenting a series of photos of my daughter from quite a few years back.  I don’t usually scrapbook with multiple photos so it’s nice to be able to do something a little different for this page and document this sweet little moment.

For this layout, I decided on a grid design.  To help me with that, I’m using the ‘Pocket Cards’.  I went ahead and chose several to create six blocks for the grid on my layout.  I’ve used the ‘Very Merry’ pattern paper for my background and the ‘Holly Days’ stripe pattern as my border.  I’ve also used this stripe to create my photo mats, making sure that I keep all of my stripes running left to right.

I’ve added in my signature stitching elements to the page as well, around the photos and also the border of the layout.  I’m loving this soft peach colour with this collection, it contrasts beautifully.

I was also keen to use the ‘Christmas Joy’ title from the ‘Chipboard Stickers Pack’.  It’s quite a substantial piece so I knew I had to get it into position early in the design.  I decided to centre it under two of my photos placed towards the left of the page.  To balance that out, I’ve placed my third photo towards the right hand side of my page.

I’ve then gone ahead and created several embellishment clusters, treating each block as a section but also making sure that everything balances out on the page overall.  I’ve mixed and matched elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack, the ‘Chipboard Stickers’, fussy cut florals from the ‘Tis the Season’ pattern paper, the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’ and even some of the ‘Epoxy Buttons’.

Once all of the embellishments were placed, I’ve gone back and added in some more stitching around the edges of each of the pocket cards which you can see here… AND… how sweet is this bunny from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’?  I love how it sits on top of the wreath that is printed on the pocket card.  I’ve added mine here with dimensional tape to create layers on my page.

The shine of the gold foil on the elements in this collection is so lovely.  Here you can see the thickness of the chipboard in my title and that shine!

I have also made a YouTube video of my process which you can watch here:

I hope my layout has inspired you and that you are enjoying documenting your festive season.

Until next time,

OH WHAT FUN | JOYFUL | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m on the blog today with my very first share using the new Joyful collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I adore this collection so so much, it’s so pretty AND it’s so easy to work with, this page was so fun to make!  I’m documenting a fun selfie that was taken of my family from a few years back including our sweet little Elf On The Shelf named Candy.  Have you started your Christmas scrapbooking yet?

The first paper I was drawn to in the collection was the ‘Holly Days’ paper.  I love the wreath design and it really helped me to pull this page together quickly.  I used the wreath as a guide for the design for the layout.

I have also used the ‘Making Spirits Bright’ pattern paper as a border for my layout base, the green is a really lovely tone and the print is so sweet.  I’ve used this same pattern paper to back a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU called ‘Circle Garland‘ and then layered these cut file leaf pieces over a section of the wreath.  I’m using the leaves to add extra layers in the wreath for interest.  I’ve also fussy cut some florals from the ‘Tis the Season’ pattern paper and layered those into the wreath and cut file as well.  The idea was to take the one dimensional wreath that was printed on the pattern paper and make it layered and three dimensional.

I’ve added in my signature stitching around the photo as well as the layout edge which you can see here.

For my embellishments, I’ve kept them all running in the same direction as the wreath; circular around the page.  I’ve tried to just work with the flow of the layout around that feature.  I’ve mixed and matched elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack including this super sweet reindeer as well as the ‘Chipboard Stickers’ such as this one that says ‘Family Traditions’.

I’ve also added in several of the shimmery gold stars from the ‘Chipboard Pack’ and a flag and tab element from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ and ‘Chipboard Packs’.  To finish the page I added in one of the ‘Epoxy Buttons’, they are such a sweet element to add for dimension and texture.

I have made a YouTube process video for my share today which you can watch here:

I hope my page has inspired you to get Christmas crafting and to check out this beautiful collection.

Until next time,

HELLO SUNSHINE | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a stash busting share for you featuring the ‘Endless Summer‘ collection.  Whilst this collection is from a while ago now (2016), I still really love the soft tones in it and the sweet icons, they are perfect for documenting beach photos; these taken of my daughter many years ago.  I have quite a few embellishments for this line in my stash so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some of those used up as well!

The idea for the page was to create a landscape of sorts, with my photos sitting towards the bottom of the page and the top portion of the page being a pretty summer sky.  I’ve used the ‘Blue Skies’ pattern paper for my background and then created a frame with the ‘Sun Bleached’ ombre pattern paper.  I’ve used this paper to create photo mats for my photos as well.

For a fun element to add to my sky background, I’ve cut two paper kites using a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Paper Kites‘.  I’ve backed these in the ‘Sun Bleached’ pattern paper as well as the ‘Aloha’ pattern paper, a fun tropical floral print.  I’ve added some stitching detail to really make them a feature of the design.

My photos also have a stitched border added for extra detail and they run along the bottom of the edge of the layout.  I wanted them to feel grounded against my background.

With the photo and large cut file elements in place, now I get to audition the embellishments in the collection.  I noticed at this point that I had a lot of little sentiments to work with from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack as well as the ‘Accessory Stickers’.  I even had some that had been fussy cut from the ‘This and  That’ pattern paper.  I also had some of the ‘Flair Buttons’ in my stash and am happy to have included two on this layout.

Thinking about the way the eye will flow from the top of the page down to my photos and across to the left, I have nestled in elements along the left hand edge of my paper kites.  I’ve also added a longer sentiment at the bottom of the page to balance things out and help that bottom section feel more grounded.  Here you can see how the cloud icons in the background pattern paper are matched to the flair button.  I love this layered look.

I’ve then added in a floral sticker from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ (which I cut in half) as well as some other round elements to soften the look of the page and add more interest.  The different sized round elements really add to the dimension of the page as well.  Lastly, I’ve added in two of the die cut butterflies from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as well as a couple of ‘Enamel Shapes’ as a last finishing detail.

I have made a YouTube process video for this one which you can watch here:

I hope this layout inspires you to dive into your stash and get creating!

Until next time,

GOOD TIDINGS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with another of the exclusive designs available for our CUT of the MONTH club members, this one is called ‘Triangle Crystals’ and is available now in the members area of the website for immediate download. Not one of our members yet? Now’s the time to join, for $1.50 per month, you can grab this new exclusive as well as October’s for a short time only, sign up here.

Onto the layout 🙂 I was super keen to get started on a Christmas scrapbook idea I had, using the design to give the feel of Winter. These triangles could be a geometric pattern, but for my layout I wanted them to mimic snow or ice.

I’ve backed the entire file with one piece of pattern paper and then added that to a framed background. I’ve then gone ahead and added a bunch of stitching to the layout. I just love adding stitching to my projects, it adds a really lovely texture and hand made feel to them. I’ve then mounted my photo and added more stitching around the edge.

Next it was time to add in some embellishments and paper layers. I’ve added lots of bits and pieces under my photo and built out the right hand side of the layout with embellishments. To balance this out, I’ve added a smaller embellishment cluster to the bottom left hand side of the page. This Pink Fresh collection has so many lovely elements in it, I love mixing and matching them in my clusters.

I’ve also added in some sequins from ‘Spieglemom Scraps‘ – these snow flakes are the cutest!!! We don’t get snow where I live so this photo taken on a Christmas vacation was the perfect page to use them up on and I just love how they finish off the page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today. 

Until next time,

SUMMER LOVE | SUNKISSED | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends,

I’m on the blog today bringing you some fun Summer themed inspiration.  My layout today features the beautiful bright ‘Sunkissed’ collection and I’m documenting a photo of my daughter on the beach at a recent family holiday.  I was really keen to use the deep blue of the ‘Bright Side‘ pattern paper as my background for this one to draw out the blue in the ocean in my photo.  I’ve teamed it with some of the pretty florals in the collection for a super fun bright and happy page.

To begin the layout, I’ve created a frame for my background using the ‘Sunny Days‘ pattern paper to layer onto of the ‘Bright Side‘ paper.  I’ve also added a stitched border for extra detail.

Next, I’ve backed a cut file from CUT to YOU using the two ombre style pattern papers in the collection ‘Summer Lights‘ and ‘Good Vibrations’.  I’ve used the floral ‘Growing Wild‘ paper in the rainbow section of the cut file as well as the pink exclusive pattern paper that is in the A5 paper stack.  I’ve gone with the more subtle prints here because my background has stripes and I’m teaming it with the florals.

I’ve also used the ‘Good Vibrations’ pattern paper to create a photo mat and then raised my photo on foam for dimension.  I’ve centred the back cut file on the page and now it’s time to add the pretty embellishments.

Starting with some fussy cut florals from the ‘Growing Wild‘ pattern paper, I’ve layered these both under and on top of the cut file.  I’ve mixed these with die cut florals from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera Pack‘ for added layers and to build out the embellishment clusters.  I also pulled out the fun thongs die cut to add to my page.

Next up, I’ve added in some elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ including the round element at the top of the page that says ‘Fun in the Sun’.  I’ve also included in my floral clusters some of the ‘Wooden Epoxy Buttons‘ and a cute pair of sunglasses from the ‘Puffy Sticker Sheet‘.

The tile for my page has come from the ‘Glitter Foam Title Stickers‘  I’ve combined the word ‘Summer’ and ‘Love’.  As I’ve applied them to my page, I have bent them slightly to allow them to follow along the line of the rainbow.  I’ve also added a couple of the sweet heart elements from this sheet to my clusters for an added little pop of sparkle.  These were really easy to position and I love the dimension this adds to the page.

I finished up the page by adding in a few small fussy cut florals from the ‘Growing Wild’ pattern paper.

I’ve also made a YouTube process video for today’s page which you can watch here.

Until next time,