RAINBOW VIBES | SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT IDEA BY GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! I’m back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Day Dream’ collection and the super fun ‘Rainbow Vibes‘ cut file by CUT to YOU to create a dreamy summer layout. This selfie was taken on Christmas Day last year while we were on family vacation.

When creating this layout, I was a little short on time, so I’ve let the cut file do the hard work for me. I’ve cut it out nice and large so that it fills the entire background of the layout. I’ve then backed it in a mix of the pattern papers. This is a great way to quickly get started on a page, especially if you are anything like me and sometimes find it hard to know where to start.ย 

I’ve added the cut file flat to the page for this layout as I’m going to be adding my dimension behind my photo and embellishments. This is also the quickest way to get it locked into position.

Working from the largest elements to the smallest, the next big decision was the placement of my photo. I decided to place it slightly to the right of the page as I liked the way the palm tree and my hair flowed in the direction. I find it is best to go with the flow of photo rather than work against it.

Next, I positioned some fussy cut floral elements and created a couple of clusters to help draw the eye around the page. I’ve also included some fussy cut out moths from the ‘All a Flutter’ pattern paper. For dimension, I’ve added a flair button and these fun typed sentiment stickers which I’ve raised up on foam tape. I’ve used the floral clusters to balance out the page and then the smaller elements for details.

I’ve also made a You Tube process video where I share more about my design process and you can see the page come together. You can watch it here:

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

Craft Room Tour 2022 | See my Craft Room Organisation

Hey Creative Friends, Back on the blog today with a share that I have been wanting to do for the longest time! I finally have a tour of my scrapbook studio for you. I’ve included lots of details of the craft room storage that I use including goodies from my favourite stores, IKEA and Kmart… as well as the details of a couple of custom furniture pieces I have. I talk about how I store my supplies and why storing them that way what works for me. It is my hope that the video doesn’t just show you my craft room but also helps give you ideas for how to organise your craft space as well!

My studio is in a bedroom of our house, all of the storage ideas are free-standing, so if you are renting, there is nothing attached to the walls, everything is relocatable. My desk is not a standard office desk but a dining room table which I have centred in the room. I have lots of ideas to share with you including 12×12 paper storage, punches, dies and embellishments and what scrapbook craft room tour would be complete if it didn’t include my Raskog.

I will include links to as many of the items as I can below… especially helpful if you are an Aussie scrapbooker like me! I hope you enjoy seeing my scrapbook space and that it gives you some storage ideas to try for yours.

IKEA Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Someday Dream Co Crystals + Minerals – https://www.somedaydreamco.com.au/

Wendy Brightbill ๐Ÿ’—

Wendy – Stencil Girl – https://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-wendy-brightbill-s/2073.htm Wendy – ETSY Shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/agirlandherbrush

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,