BEAUTIFUL | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. I’m back on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with a new share. For this page, I’ve dug deep into my stash to my all-time favourite collection ‘Bohemian Dream‘. I just love the blue tones in this collection and the moment I took this series of photos of Miss 12, I just knew it would be the perfect collection to work with to scrapbook it!

First things first, I stitched around the edge of my photo and added two photo mats. The first mat is purple card stock from my stash and the second mat is the ‘Wild and Free‘ paper. I’ve added foam between the layers for dimension.

Next up, I went about choosing my background paper. I used the same purple cardstock for the outside border of my layout and then ‘Gypsy Heart‘ pattern for the background. It’s bold, but I just love it! I then pulled out the “Intersecting Heart Row‘ cut file from CUT to YOU, cut it three times and colour blocked the backing of each row. It looks like I’ve used different pattern papers here but I’ve simply chosen different sections of the ‘Dreamer‘ paper from the deep purple through to the light pink.  *TIP – Choose ombre pattern papers in collections; you get multiple colour options for the price of one 🙂

Once the files were backed, I centred them onto my layout. Next, I wanted to lock in the position of my title and photo. For this, I’ve used the Chipboard Titles from the collection and the word ‘Beautiful’. As this is quite long, I’ve positioned it toward the left of the layout and the photo positioned towards the right. I think this balances the page out really nicely.

With my three main elements locked in, it was time to embellish. In my usual style, I’ve started with the bigger elements first. I had these Charm Creations fabric X and O and have added them to the left of my photo. I found this sweet sentiment ‘Fine and Dandy’ from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ and have added that on top of these elements.

I’ve also used two of the flower elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ one below my title and the other above my photo which creates three main cluster features around my page. The Ephemera pack in this collection has so many pretty watercolour flowers and lovely sentiments, it really is a must-have and still available in the Cocoa Vanilla shop.

Lastly, I pulled out the ‘Accessory Stickers’ from the collection including two fun tabs, one that says ‘Captured’ the other ‘Happy Snaps’ and added these around my photo. I’ve also added two die-cut butterflies, a flair button and some enamel dots to finish off the page.

This page is a little different for me, especially with that bolder background colour, but I just love it! I think the white in the cut file and the chipboard title really pop and it just sets the page off. Do you have some Bohemian Dream in your stash? If you do, I hope this page inspires you to revisit this stunning collection.

Until next time,

SO HAPPY CHILLIN | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use a design from the ‘Home Bodies‘ Collection. I’m sure like everyone, my family and I have been spending A LOT more time at home and thought why not document that! These photos are not actually from this year; we are homebodies from wayyy back, but I thought it was important to document, now more than ever because it is a big part of how we live. My journalling on the back talks about how we love being at home, not the events of 2020. This sweet photo is of my daughter and our cat, living their best life on the couch.

I decided on using the ‘Our House’ cutfile for this project and some of my older Maggie Holmes stash. I just love that a fresh new cut file can bring new life to older supplies!

I started by cutting the file design out using white card stock and then backing each of the pieces with cardstock and pattern paper. I’ve then added in some stitching using my sewing machine along the main lines of the design. I love this added detail, it really makes the cut file pop!

Next up, I started thinking about my title. Looking through my supplies, I found these cute puffy word stickers that said ‘So Happy’ and then thought to add the word ‘Chillin’ which I’ve found in the “Hashtag Stay Safe‘ title word set. My daughter loves chilling, she’s not an ‘outdoors’ type and her version of a perfect day is one spent in her PJ’s on the couch with the cat. So this page documents that 🙂 For the title cut file, I simply backed it with coordinating pattern papers alternating as I went. A super simple but really striking effect.

Next up, I backed my photo. For this, I’ve layered up some paper scraps and added some foam tape in between for dimension, added stitching and that was done. Now it was a matter of finding the best position for the large cut file, my title and photo.

With all of the larger elements in place, I was then able to enjoy embellishing the layout. I started with the bigger pieces first such as the cute bird and the plant chipboard elements. From there I’ve added in the smaller ones. How cute is that gold heart and it sits so neatly inside of the heart of the cut file, it was meant to be!

So, I’ve just kept going, adding bits and pieces until the layout looked complete. I’ve used quite a few older elements from my stash so I’m really happy about that.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together and that it inspires you to document some of the time you have spent at home with loved ones. This design would also be really fun to document a house move or renovation or even a back to school type page if you turned it into a school. Be sure to tag @cuttoyou if you make anything using the design, I really love to see your projects.

Until next time,

HELLO BOY | LEGENDARY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, here today with some more scrapbook inspiration using the new ‘Legendary’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This month for my shares I’ve been featuring my sister and her pooch as it’s her birthday month. I’m also sharing today as part of our feature using the recently released ‘Legendary’ cut files created by CUT to YOU which I’ll talk more about below.

For this page, I started with the ‘Off Beat’ pattern paper as I really wanted to add some colour and a mixed media/more grungy feel for this page. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not a mixed media gal so I just love that Zoe has done all of the work for me and I can still enjoy this look without getting my hands dirty! I’ve also cut out several of the star trios from the new ‘Legendary’ cut files set. These cut files are part of the set that was designed by CUT to YOU for the Legendary collection. They are available for FREE download here. If you don’t have a cutting machine, CUT to YOU offers a cutting service and ships worldwide. I’ve resized the star pieces so that they are around 14cm long and cut out seven of them.

I’ve then pulled the ‘Outdoors Type’ pattern paper and the ‘All-Star’ pattern paper to back my stars with. I’ve just alternated each set in a different colour… for my page, I’m going to be working with Blue, Green and Grey tones.

Next up, I’ve mounted my photo with a scrap piece of pattern paper (Brave Heart) I had kicking around from a previous project. This paper is blue in tone and also has a mixed media feel so fits with my design super well.

For the page design, I’ve simply lined up my star rows, alternating the colours and their start/end points across my page. I’ve then added my photo slightly to the right and slightly lower on my page to allow room for my title. My title is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack, so versatile and such a bargain with so many title options to choose from.

With my background cut file, photo and title in place, it was now time to think about embellishing. In keeping with the stars in the cut file, I’ve pulled out the star shapes from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack. I’ve layered these around and under my photo to help draw the eye to it. I’ve also added in here the cute bear icon from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and the moon shape. For dimension, these have been added with foam tape.

I’ve finished the page off by adding a couple of banner pieces also from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack, a Flair button from the ‘Flairs pack’, a couple of sentiments from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’ and some Enamel dots and called it done. I think this is a super fun page and love that ‘messy’ look I achieved without the need to do any mixed media myself! I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for this one, it was really fun to make.

Until next time,

ADVENTURE AWAITS | LEGENDARY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, here today with some more scrapbook inspiration. I have a special share for this one using the new ‘Legendary’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. It’s my sisters birthday today, so for this page, I really wanted to create a page for her and her fur-baby. I won’t be able to visit her for her birthday this year, so I thought this would be a nice way to help her feel special today.

For this page, I started with the ‘Wild One’ pattern paper as I really wanted to add some colour for this page. I’ve used it as a frame for my layout and also to back the cut file banner here. This cut file is part of the set that was designed by CUT to YOU for the Legendary collection and is available for FREE download here. If you don’t have a cutting machine, CUT to YOU offers a cutting service and ships worldwide. I’ve resized the banner piece as large I could to make it a background feature and used it as an anchor for the other elements in my page.

I’ve also used the ‘Off Beat’ B Side pattern paper on the banner for contrast. For my photo, I’ve gone with a double mat, using the A Side of the ‘Off Beat’ pattern paper and the pop of yellow from the B Side of the ‘Wild One’ pattern paper. **Design Tip – I’ve only used 2 pattern papers for this page, but it looks like more because I’ve made sure to include and A and B sides of both.

With my large banner cut file centred on my page, I decided to offset my photo, pushing it slightly to the right. To balance out the page, I’m going to add my embellishing to the left. For this, I’ve gone with elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, starting with the largest elements first.

I’ve decided to go with the ‘Adventure Awaits’ Banner piece which mirrors the cut file shape and also doubles as my title. I’ve also added in some of the round elements from the die-cut pack for interest. I’ve added these into my layers. It was at this point that I wanted to add some more warmth to the page. To do this, I’ve dug deep into my stash and found some vintage ‘Life is Beautiful’ pieces of wood veneer. These are long gone from the store, but you could use any wood veneer you have in your stash to replicate this look.

With the larger embellishment pieces locked into place, I’ve gone back and added in some smaller details such as the die-cut stars and some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’. I’ve also added some enamel dots from the collection as well as a sprinkling of sequins from my stash and called the layout complete.

I had a lot of fun making this page for my sister, I hope she likes it! I hope it has inspired you in some way. If you haven’t seen the new ‘Legendary’ collection, it’s shipping now from a store near you so be sure to check it out.

Until next time,

HERE AND NOW | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use the 2020 Craftathon mood board. This inspiration board is the current challenge running in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group. If you are into free cut files and creative inspiration and not yet a member, you’ll want to check it out.

I’ve used the ‘Here and Now’ title cut file. Which you can find in store here.

This is the inspiration board.

Here is the inspiration board; I was inspired mostly by the colours, I love the mix of the cool blue/grey with the warm apricot tones. The flowers inspired me to do some fussy cutting and I had this fun pattern paper by Kaisercraft to use. It’s from the ‘Paisley Days’ collection. I’ve also got to tell you I tried really hard to get a bow onto my page, but it just didn’t need it… so I left it. I know, who even am I??? 🙂

To start the page, I backed my title cut file. I kept this simple as I knew I’d have a lot of interest coming from my fussy cut flowers. I’ve used a dark apricot for the words ‘Here’ and ‘Now’ and then a yellow pattern for the ‘And’ and a softer apricot colour for the heart shapes. This design is quite easy to back so this didn’t take long.

I then added a mat to my photo and adding my signature stitching. Next, it was a matter of seeing how the title and photo could fit together on my page. I decided on running them along the centre working horizontally which would allow space for my flowers towards the top and bottom of the page.

I decided on a pretty blue ombre background inspired by the ocean image in the Inspiration board. It also reflects the water in my photograph. I do love the pop of the white cut file and the darker florals off of this background colour and it’s fun to work with something that is not a plain white background for a change.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out a stack of the floral elements. I just cut a whole bunch and then worked on arranging them around my photo and title. I kept a small black edge on some of the flowers to help match in my photo. I went with a cluster at the top and another at the bottom of the page to balance everything out. I’ve added 3D foam in between layers for dimension.

It was now just a matter of adding in some embellishments. I’ve kept this pretty simple, adding some die-cut pieces, including the banner above my photo and the cute ‘hello’ banner positioned over my title. I’ve also added two of the coordinating Curios.

I love how this one came together and enjoyed being inspired by the Moodboard. Sometimes I need a starting point and these are really fun! As I mentioned above, if you haven’t joined the Facebook group it’s worth taking a look, there are random prizes of free designs and everyone there is super supportive!

Until next time,