LAZY SUMMER DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends, Iโ€™m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio and today, I’m playing along with their Throwback Thursday challenge. For this page, I was really inspired to use my stash of ‘Endless Summer‘. This collection is a few years old now but it’s still one of my absolute favourites, I love the warm tones of this line and as you’d expect it’s perfect to use for Summer adventures. This photo was also taken a few years back now on a family cruising holiday.

I started my page by working on the background first layering up the ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Sweet Treats’ and ‘Sunbleached’ pattern papers. To create the Sunshine rays, I’ve used a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Sunshine Background‘ and added stitching for a really sweet detail.

For my title, I’m working with another cut file, this one called ‘Lazy Summer Days‘ which I have backed with the ‘Blue Skies’ pattern paper and mounted on some foam for dimension.

I’ve kept things pretty simple with my photo for this one, no photo mat, just some of my signature stitching around the edge. It ties in nicely with the stitching in the sun rays. I’ve made sure to position my photo and large title first working on a design that flows with the rays of the sunshine in my background.

I’ve added lots of pretty embellishments to this page, there were so many wonderful goodies included in the collection, some still available online. I’ve used the ‘Puffy Stickers‘, ‘Accessory Stickers‘, Flair, Wood Veneer and Woodies.

To round out my title, I’ve taken a few elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ such as the cute banner pieces that say ‘Capture This’ and ‘Here’s the Story’. They are all in that lovely warm peach tone so fit perfectly. You can also see here the ‘Wood Veneer’ pieces and the enamel ‘Woodies’. I really just kept playing with the position of everything, adding bits and pieces until I was happy with the layout.

I’ve also created a YouTube video of my process which you can see here. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you enjoy the video and it inspires you in some way ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for popping by the blog today, I’d love to know, do you have some ‘Endless Summer’ collection in your stash? Why not pull it out and have a little stash bust creative time. I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating.

Until next time,

FAMILY MOMENTS | DAYDREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share, this one for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using their brand new collection called ‘Day Dream’. This is the first layout I’ve created with this collection and I absolutely loved working with it, so soft and pretty! This week on the blog we are being inspired by the theme ‘Outdoor Adventures’ so I thought it would be fun to document a couple of photos from a recent family trip to Rainbow Beach.

The design of the page was inspired by my photos and this sweet pattern paper called ‘Over the Rainbow’. As soon as I saw the pattern paper, the idea popped into my head to make a little scene of sorts with the rainbow crossing over the sky in my pics.

I began by fussy cutting out the rainbow design and then placing it onto the ‘Sweet Serenity’ pattern paper and adding stitching along each of the rainbow arcs. Next, I’ve positioned my photos underneath the rainbow, mounting on the ‘Garden Variety’ pattern paper from the 6×8 paper pad. I love using the paper pad to back my photos as the prints in the designs are smaller and they translate really well as photo mats. I’ve raised my photos up on foam for dimension.

I’ve then gone ahead and placed the larger die-cut pieces, the florals are from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ and the title is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack. Placing the larger elements first helps the page come together quickly. I’ve also raised some of these elements up on foam tape for dimension. I love mixing and matching the heights of elements on my page.

I’ve then worked on creating my ‘flowing clusters’ as I like to call them… clusters of embellishments that draw the eye around the page.

I’ve used a combination of elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’, ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’ and the ‘Flair button pack’ to create one main cluster and two smaller ones that draw the eye from the top of the rainbow down to the photos.

To finish the page off, I’ve fussy cut out three of the cute moth elements from the ‘All Aflutter’ pattern paper and two of the cute hearts from the ‘Puffy Hearts’ pack, these smaller elements add texture and interest and finish off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this inspires you to take a look at the latest collection and add it to your stash, it’s shipping now so be sure ask for it at your local store. I’ve also created a YouTube process video for this layout if you’d like to see how it all came together. Check that out below or by clicking here.

Until next time,

SWEET SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to be joining you today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used Jen Hadfield ‘Hey Hello’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my YouTube process video for it here:

I’ve included a couple of close ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

HELLO LOVE | MORE THAN WORDS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share, this one for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’m really having a bit of a stash bust at the moment with my CVS products, while I wait for their latest collection to arrive and I’m really enjoying seeing these older products on pages. This project features the ‘More Than Words‘ collection and a sweet photo of my daughter and I, taken a few years back.

For this page, I actually started with the idea to use up some of my stash in this collection and noticed that I had quite a few orange/yellow elements left. I’ve made a stack of layouts with this collection and most of those featured the pretty pinks and greens… so I thought it would be fun to use up some of the darker prints and that pretty peach/orange tone.

Some of you will also know that I’m on a bit of a coloured background kick at the moment so thought I’d start with the ‘Sketch Book’ pattern paper as my background. I’ve then framed it with the ‘Gossamer‘ pattern paper to create a solid border around the edge. I’ve also used this pattern paper to mount my photo along with a small piece of the ‘Effervescent’ pattern paper I had left in my stash. I’m going for a design that runs across the centre of the page so was sure to keep the lines of my background paper running left to right (not top to bottom).

Next, I wanted to build the photo mat and base elements of my page. To break up the peach in the background, I’ve pulled out a cut file, this one called ‘Damask Flower Stack‘ from CUT to YOU and cut two out in white Card Stock. I’ve layered these across the middle section of my page to act as a base for my photo and embellishments.

I’ve then positioned my photo on the left-hand side of the page and began thinking about my title and other design elements. I’ve gone with the title ‘Hello Love’ from the ‘Chipboard Titles‘ in the collection. These are super sticky and great quality and really add a lovely touch to your page. I’ve positioned it to the lower right of my photo.

With the largest elements of my design locked it, it’s time to embellish! I’ve started with some floral and leaf die cuts from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack. I’ve just made sure to keep to my warm soft Apricot/Peach tones and Black and White.

I’ve also fussy cut out some butterflies, some from the ‘Collage‘ pattern paper and some from the ‘Gossamer‘ paper I have used earlier. I’ve also filled in the design with some Die Cut title elements and stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.

Lastly, I’ve rounded out the page with some Enamel dots and a deep dive into my stash to find some ‘Endless Summer’ Woodies. I love the warmth of the wood grain here, perfect for this page.

Thanks for popping by the blog today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together and that it might inspire you to do a little stash busting yourself! If you do, be sure to share it with me in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook group ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

SWEET MEMORIES | WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives! I hope you are all well. I’m up on the blog today sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I’ve dug deep into my stash for this share, using the ‘Wild at Heart’ collection. I paired it with this happy snap of Miss C and myself which was taken a while back while we were just hanging out. I love these pics, so fun and so ‘us’ and they work so well with this sweet collection.

For this page, I was really inspired to use up some of the ‘Chipboard Frames’ from the collection. I had an unopened pack in my stash so pulled them out and set out a plan to layer them onto my page. I just mixed and matched them with my photo until I was happy. At this point nothing is stuck down, I just needed to get an idea of where everything was going to go.

Next, I went about backing my photo. For this, I’ve used the ‘Memento‘ paper and ‘Luscious’ paper, I’ve also added my signature stitching here. I’ve then gone ahead and recreated my design with the photo and the chipboard. Once I was happy with the position of everything, I’ve glued the frames to the photo (not the background) so that everything is in one piece and easy for me to move around.

Now it was time to work on my mixed media background. I’m going for a subtle look here and used some mixed media shimmery spray and the packaging technique, not fussing with it too much, just letting the spray drip a little and move around the page, then set it aside to dry. Once dry, I’ve added my photo and frame pieces on top.

Before sticking everything down, I’ve added in a large die cut doily from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ to the right of my photo as well as a tag from this same pack, sticking out the top edge of my photo. My page is a central design so everything is working from the centre of the page outwards.

It was now time to embellish! I’ve started by fussy cutting out some of the elements from the ‘Fussy Cuts’ paper and pulling pieces from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ and ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’. Adding bits and pieces to the main structure of my page. I’ve also used a bow die in my Sizzix machine to create some fun paper bows and added these for dimension and interest. This is a great way to use up paper scraps if you have them.

Next, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘Flair pack‘, some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and some ‘Enamel Dots’ in gold to add a pop of sparkle. These smaller elements help round out the page and finish it off so nicely.

I hope this page has inspired you to pull out your collection of ‘Wild at Heart‘ and get creating! It’s always great to stash bust a little before a brand new collection arrives! As always, be sure to share in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio community, we love seeing what you make ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,