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,

OH HAPPY SNAP | LEGENDARY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, here today with some more scrapbook inspiration using the new ‘Legendary’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For this layout, I was challenged to feature some stitching, which, if you know me, really isn’t a challenge at all because I like to add stitching to every layout I do! I’ve got another photo of my hubby for this one, taken last year when we were out enjoying a refreshment after a bushwalk.

With my photos chosen, I got to thinking about my challenge and the stitched elements. I decided on adding some stitched details to a large cut file element. This one is from CUT to YOU and is called ‘Camera Oh Snap‘ and I’ve cut it out super large with the idea to place it centred on my page.

This photo was taken at an Irish pub; you can see the bright green walls in the background. I thought this might be a hard colour to work with, but the ‘Legendary’ collection works perfectly. I began with the ‘Outdoors Type’ paper, because of the bright green. I used it to back the largest areas of my cut file. For the smaller parts of the file, I’ve used the ‘OffBeat’, ‘One Way’, and ‘Total Legend’ papers. If you get one pattern paper from this collection it needs to be ‘Total Legend’, it has so many bold colours and the prints are in a smaller format to the other 12 x 12 sheets, this makes them so good for backing files like this.

With my cut file now backed and looking good it was time to add some stitched details. I’ve added stitching along the out edges of the file, including the camera buttons and then more along the main horizontal elements of the camera as well. I’ve done this to help draw the eye across the page, this design is going to run horizontally, left to right.

Next, I’ve mounted my photos on some leftover of the ‘Offbeat’ pattern paper and stitched around the edges of those as well. I’ve used this same pattern paper as my layout border and added stitching here too. I’ve added foam to the photos and then positioned them in the bottom left side of the page. I’m going to balance them out with my title and embellishments towards the top right-hand side.

As always, I’ve looked at adding the larger embellishments first. I’ve started with my title, adding the word ‘Happy’ from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack and then the large element that says ‘Hey Good Lookin’ from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack. The cute little bear element in the top right-hand corner is also from this embellishment pack. I’m adding 3D foam tape to some of the elements for added dimension.

Next, I’ve added in the medium-sized elements such as the ‘Limited Edition’ tag piece (also from the Ephemera pack) and the flair button from the ‘Flairs’ pack. The stars were also added here, all of these are from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack.

The smallest elements I’ve added last, these being the cute typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Stickers’ Sheet and the ‘Enamel Dots’, always a must-have for me from any collection.

I’m super happy with how this one turned out, I love the bold colours and the large feature title and that I have another fun layout created of my husband. If you haven’t seen the new ‘Legendary’ collection, I hope this page has inspired you to go and check it out!

Until next time,

EASTER FUN | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a fun Easter themed share. Here in Australia, it is Easter Sunday and for my family, that means an Easter Egg Hunt! This photo was taken of my daughter when she was much littler and I just love how it captures the feel of our Easter mornings. Her running around in her pyjamas on the hunt for eggs; so much fun!

For my page, I’ve used the ‘Lily of the Valley‘ cut file. I’ve had this one on my list to use for some time now and I just love how the page turned out and how fitting it is for an Easter themed layout.

To start my page, I began by cutting out two of the cut files in the same size. I then went about backing the flowers in each. I’ve gone with a soft pattern paper from the new Paige Evans ‘Bloom Street’ collection. I’ve then gone ahead and backed the leaves in both of the files with a bold green print from the same collection. I’ve also used this as a border around my page edge for contrast.

Next, as the files are quite large, I wanted to lock in their position and that of the photo. I have backed the photo in a baby pink paper from the collection and then some white card stock from my stash. I’ve overlapped the two files slightly and trimmed off one of the large leaves and then re-positioned that hiding the cut piece underneath my photo.

I’ve popped everything on foam tape and locked into position so it was now time to embellish.

I have really stuck with the collection on this one, adding in some floral elements and the pretty butterflies. I also found some Epoxy Flairs from Scrappin Happy Studio (Etsy) in my stash that were perfect, so I’ve added those as well.

It was at this point that I thought the layout might be finished, but it was missing something. I felt that it really needed a title. I pulled some ‘Thickers’ from my stash and add in my title ‘Easter Fun’. I wouldn’t normally add a title so late in the design, but I’m so glad I did as it really did round out the page perfectly. I was lucky my photo had some white space for it to fit!

I’ve added in some enamel dots and puffy gold hearts at this point and then called the page complete. I hope this has inspired you to make an Easter inspired page or use our ‘Lily of the Valley’ cut file, it really is a pretty one! As always, whatever you make, please be sure to share it with me on social, I get a real kick out of seeing your projects you can tag me at #cuttoyou @cut_to_you.

Until next time,