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TOGETHER | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for popping by the blog!  I’m sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio today a new layout featuring the stunning ‘Midnight’ collection.  This collection is another of my most favourites.  The navy teamed with the soft pinks are absolute winners in my book.  This page features my daughter from many many years ago and her daddy having a sweet moment in the middle of a family photoshoot.  I really have forgotten how small she was, another beautiful reminder of why we scrapbook right!

I started the idea for this page with this stunning paper “Shine Bright“.  I usually go for a white or softer background but this for this page I wanted something more dramatic.  I love how Zoe has done all that water-colouring for me!  No mess, and pure perfection on the page.

I then pulled from my stash this cut file (CUT to YOU – Bows on strings) and backed it with the “Inky Depths” pattern paper.  I have tried to use the darker portions of this pattern paper as I was really wanting some contrast between that bright background, the white in the cut file and the beautiful deep navy.  I’ve not backed all the pieces of the file, I wanted to keep some open for interest.

Before I could get to work positioning my elements, I backed my photo.  For this, I’ve used the “Sophisticated” pattern paper and some white tissue from my stash.  I’ve made sure to position the stripes running across the page rather than up and down; I didn’t want them to compete with the vertical lines of the cut file.

Next up, before I had a position for anything sorted, I really wanted to lock in my title.  I find when I use larger title pieces, it is important to fit them in when designing the layout for the page.  If left until the last thing, I often find I have no space for it.  I’ve chosen the word ‘Together’ from the “Die Cut Title Pack“. That choice made, it was now a matter of positioning the cut file, my photo and the tile onto my background paper.

Next up, I’ve added in some pretty embellishments.  Firstly, all three of the butterflies from the “Accessory Stickers sheet”  <<who doesn’t need a whole sheet just of these>>  and then some die-cut elements from the “Die Cut Ephemera” pack.  I often mount these on 3D foam for added dimension. Lastly, I added the flair from the “Flair button pack” that coordinates with the collection and a sprinkling of sequins from my stash.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

MY SUNSHINE | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share featuring Miss Caitlin in beautiful Fiji from quite a few years back now.  I’ve actually had this picture for ages and was never quite sure what to do with it.  I always struggled to make it fit with a page…UNTIL I created this sweet sailing boat (Set Sail 2)for her to ‘sit’ on.  I am so in love with the end result.

I’m also on a bit of a mission to use my stencils a little more of late so this page started with some stencil work.  In my usual clean mixed media style, I’ve lightly sprayed the stencil with a soft pink glimmer mist.  I was kind of looking to emulate the rays of the sun at sunset so chose a soft pink rather than a bright yellow mist.  Once dry, I’ve added lines of machine stitching for extra detail.

Next up, I’ve gone to work backing the cut file.  I’ve used Kaisercraft Paisley Days collection for this.  mixing and matching the papers in the collection to ‘colour’ my little boat cut file.  I’ve also used this collection to mount my photo, just one layer for this page as I didn’t want too much happening over my pretty background and cut file.  I’ve added some stitching here too in my usual style.

At this point I had my background locked in, the file backed and my photo ready.  It was time to do the layout dance to place all of these large elements.  I was careful to position the boat in the centre but allow room for my photo off to the right-hand side.  I wanted the mast in the picture to be on the same side as the mast in my cut file boat.

Next, it was time to have some fun with embellishments to round out the page.  First up, I found these sweet neutral clouds by Charm Creations.  I love how soft they are.  They were the perfect feature for my ‘sky’.

I then found this sweet little pink bow in my stash, it’s from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Just HAD to add that.  #socute

Then came all of the elements from the Kaisercraft collection… I found floral stickers and die cut butterflies.  The banner sticker was the perfect fit along my mast and matched the flags on the cut file perfectly!  I really just kept adding bits and pieces here and there until I was happy.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the soft background colour scheme and the pops of yellow from the pattern papers.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs and lots of design team samples to check out.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

HAPPY MOMENTS | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m sharing on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today a new layout inspired by ‘stars or stripes’ for our current theme.  This page features my cute kitty ‘Ferris’ and the stunning ‘Midnight’ collection and was super fun to make.

I started the idea for the page with the Colour Me Happy cut files the large ‘XO’ in the designs features bold stripes which I thought would be a fab jumping off point for my page.  I also decided early on my background paper.  The Shine Bright pattern paper design is perfect as a soft muted background and the woodgrain stripes fit with my challenge and the stripes in the cut file.

Background and cut file choices now locked in, I went through my paper scraps and backed the cut file.  I just worked along with the stripes alternating pattern papers from the collection.  Once I was happy with the cut file, I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine in a pretty pink thread.  I love the detail this adds.

Next, I’ve matted my photo with the Inky Depths pattern paper.  I’ve also used the B side as a border around the edge of my page and added more stitching.  I find I do this a lot and it really helps pull the design together.  I’ve also mounted my photo with foam tape for dimension.

With the photo, cut file and background all locked it, it is time to do the layout ‘shuffle’.  I just keep moving the pieces around until I find a layout that I like.  I did end up mounting the cut file on foam too as you can see here.

With the largest elements now all locked in, it was time for a title. I’ve used the Chipboard Accents for this. I’ve also pulled out elements from the Die Cut Ephemera, and Accessory Stickers to create clusters around my page.  I do this to help draw the eye around the page design.

The heart die cut you see here is from a metal die from my stash, combined with more pretty elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  You can also see here that I like to add foam under the tiny word sentiments from the Accessory Sticker sheet for dimension.

I found this cute bow deep in my Cocoa stash and loved how it had the pink and white stripes so added that along with some sequins in a mix of colours and that finished up the 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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Caitlin Converstaion” for Scrap the Girls July 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

The first of the month means it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by another fab mood board, this one filled with gorgeous muted tones.

and here is my layout!

I will admit, at first, I really struggled with this one, and you know what, looking at it now, I have no idea why!  Ok, I kinda do… it was the burgundy, that pop of the darker colour that was throwing me.  You see, it’s one of those colours that I really do not like (there, I said it).  Me and burgundy, are not friends.

So… that being said, now what… I still have a DT sample to do so I have to make it work!  So I dug through my stash and pulled everything I could that co-ordinated, popped it in a bag and took it to retreat.  I will add here too that there wasn’t a single piece of burgundy paper or stickers or anything in my stash; I figured I might just have to see what I could find from a scrapping buddy!

At the retreat, I pulled everything out and moaned and groaned some more about the burgundy and then asked if anyone had any small bits and pieces they would be prepared to part with; as a group effort to get this page done!  AND…. one of them said “hey, why don’t you just leave the Burgundy out?”…. LIGHT BULB moment!! Right there…. YES!  OK… I’ll do that!  and I just love how it turned out. Still not 100% sure if that is cheating, but hey, I ran with it!

 

Now that I had moved on from the burgundy, this page came together SUPER fast… I simply took a selection of pattern papers to back my cut file (Cut file by CUT to YOU – find it here) and my photo, positioned it onto my page and loved it.

Next, it was just a matter of adding in some embellishments, including this sweet ‘XO’ from Charm Creations, and some smaller elements including pretty gold enamel hearts.

I did also find a few darker pink elements, including the smallest dark pink sections on an old Crate Paper layered butterfly, a cute chipboard telephone and some rubber elements.  This was enough to give the colour combo depth without having to use the dreaded burgundy.  I also pulled in a smidge of black in some of the embellishments as a nod to the sketched image in the mood board.

Lastly, I added in a couple of tiny word elements and my title 🙂

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: Corbett Creations

Until next time,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU

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,