MY HERO | LEGENDARY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, here today with some more scrapbook inspiration using the new ‘Legendary’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This photo is of my husband, taken on a recent family vacation… for those who don’t know, he is a photographer, so it’s rare that he is in front of the camera! I do try and pry it out of his hands and take some shots, so it was so good to get these fun photos scrapped.

For this page, I knew I wanted to use two photos and that they would take up quite a lot of space on my page, so the design had to be kept quite simple. I decided to go with a vertical design for the photos, and add interest to the background with a grid design. To do this, I’ve used a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU and cut it from the pattern paper ‘Brave Heart’. I’ve then arranged it on a white cardstock base. I’ve also mounted this onto the same pattern paper, to create a border for my page.

*TIP – If you aren’t a fan of backing cut files but love their look, use pattern paper to cut them out and then simply add to your page, no backing required!

I’ve then worked on the photo mats for my photos. I’ve gone with a double mount, first up using the ‘All Star’ pattern paper, and then using the ‘One Way’ paper. I am loving the pop of orange here with the blue and grey tones of the other elements. As usual, I’ve added stitching around my photos and then around the edge of the layout for detail.

Next, I’ve worked on my title. For this, I’ve used the ‘Die Cut Title pack’ and gone with the title “My Hero”, I’ve pulled out the ‘Super Star’ banner piece from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack to use as part of my title as well. I’ve also pulled out all of the elements that I could find that were either blue or orange; I’m keeping the colour palette very simple with this one.

I love this large prize ribbon element and find something round like this softens the look of the page. I’ve teamed it with a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons’ pack to create a cluster and round out the title element.

I’ve also included here some of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’, added to the page with foam tape for dimension.

With my main cluster complete, I’ve added a second cluster to balance the page out. The ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ has lots of tags and tickets included and they are really fab way to build clusters and interest on your page. I’ve firstly chosen elements due to their colour, and then how they fit together to help me tell the story of the photo. The star elements here balance out and coordinate with the star image on the flair button and also balance out the pops of orange on the page.

I’ve also added some of the ‘Enamel Dots’ to my embellishment clusters to help draw the eye around the page and it finishes everything off nicely.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project. Do you have your hands on this collection yet? As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

SUMMER DAYS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and I’m still on my Summer kick! I did mention in my previous post that I’ve been going through some older pictures which has been really fun. I found this sweet little one of Miss C from a few years back now taken at our local park and teamed it with a title cut file and some bright pattern paper.

For this page, it really was all about the photo and keeping things simple. I had previously fussy cut out some of these floral elements for a previous page and thought, why not team them with one of the title cut files – this one is ‘Summer Days‘ for a quick and easy layout.

I began by backing the cut file in a pretty pattern paper. This one is from the Simple Stories ‘Hello Summer‘ collection. I’ve also used this paper to mat my photo and for the outside edge of my layout. I then positioned my title piece at the centre bottom of the page.

I’ve then gone about working on the design of the layout. I knew I wanted to use the pretty Sun and cloud stickers from the collection and with my portrait photo, thought it would be best to create a page that had a vertical design that runs down the centre of the layout. I worked on placing the largest elements first, like the chipboard banner piece, the Sun and Cloud stickers and the large floral clusters.

In my usual style, I just kept mixing and matching elements until I was happy with their placement. Once the larger elements were locked in, I progressed to the smaller ones and little details like the sentiment stickers and smaller floral elements.

I love how fast this one came together and how the title is simple, yet perfect for the page. The title cut files really are a good option over Thickers or other alphabets, and they never run out!

I hope this has inspired you in some way, and as always if it has, be sure to share it with me on social.

Until next time,

FUN ADVENTURE | LEGENDARY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today and I’m super excited to be sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio my first scrapbook page using their new collection ‘Legendary’! Whilst you’ll all know I’m not normally a ‘boy’ scrapper, I love these opportunities to create pages featuring my husband. Cocoa Vanilla Studios really is the only masculine products I’ll use; I just love how Zoe puts her boy collections together. This one is going to be great for all things ‘boy’ and ‘adventure’ so if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out!

So, the idea for the layout started with my photo. This one was taken a few years back on a family cruising holiday. As it was my first page with the collection, I was keen to dive into all the patterns and papers, but not really sure where to start… you know, that ‘first cut’ anxiety? I suffer from that A LOT! To combat that, I’ve started with the ‘Total Legend’ paper. It’s a fab sheet of patterns that can easily be cut apart. I’ve used these to back a cut file, this one called ‘Stepped Cubes’ from CUT to YOU.

Working around the cut file, I’ve just backed each of the squares with a different pattern paper, making sure to put contrasting designs side by side. I’ve then placed this onto the ‘Epic Tales’ pattern paper for my background. I usually use a white background, but I just love how this paper is subtle enough to use but has those fun arrows for interest.

I’ve also mounted my background onto the ‘Explorer’ pattern paper. I like that bold deep blue to frame my layout. I made sure to keep the inner section of this one, and plan to fussy cut out the design and use on another page. Next, I’ve added a photo mat using the ‘All Star’ pattern paper and then some stitching for added detail.

I’ve positioned my photo and mat onto the page adding in some foam for dimension. Now the design for the layout was locked in, I can get to adding my embellishments and finishing touches.

I’ve started with the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack, there are over 50 pieces in this one, all really great to add to your layouts. I’ve used fun flags, sentiment banners and stars. I also love the compass element, which is a nod to the fact that my photo was on a cruise ship. I’ve also pulled out the flair that says ‘Let’s Go’. It helps the other circle element to fit in with all the other square elements and it helps tell my travel adventure story.

I’ve also added in some of the tiny word stickers from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’, (this collection really has a lot of Adventure and Travel themed elements) as well as the tab that says ‘noteworthy’ down the right-hand side of my photo. My title ‘Adventure’ is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack, these are a ‘must grab’… so versatile and you get so many in the pack!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to grab this collection and get making! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

SMILE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and for this page, I wanted to do something a little different with my cut files. I wanted to show you how they don’t have to make up the largest part of your design and how you can use them to make very inexpensive embellishments for your layout.

This page started with my photo and this collection by Dear Lizzy called ‘She’s Magic’. I just thought they went together so so well! I also really wanted to use some of the square frames from the collection as I had actually bought two packs of these by accident (who even does that?? I really need to check my cart before I hit submit). Anyways, I wanted to get a few of those onto my page and so, I didn’t want a big cut file for the design as well. I then came up with the idea to use the ‘Leaf Duo‘ cut file and turn them into embellishments for my page.

First up, I backed my photo with some of the pattern papers from the collection, then I went about locking in the position of the photo and those frames as I knew those were going to be the main elements in my design. Next, I wanted to build my main embellishment cluster which the leaves would be a part of. I’ve actually only gone with one of the leaves and cut it out twice, quite large and then backed them with a green pattern paper from the collection.

Next up, I’ve fussy cut out some floral elements from another of the pattern papers, I’m working with the idea that the leaves are the base of the cluster and then the floral elements are on top. I really just kept mixing and matching each element and its position until I was happy.

Here you can see the pretty floral layers and the leaf cut file sticking out towards the top.

With this main cluster, all locked in, it really now was just a matter of filling out the rest of the page. For this, I’ve really just thought about drawing the eye from the top of the page to the bottom of the page and then back towards the photo. I’ve positioned all of the elements within the vertical block of the frames.

I found this chipboard sticker in the collection that said ‘Smile’ that was the perfect shade of yellow, I can’t believe what a good match it is for the yellow in her beanie! I just love how it nestles under the main floral cluster along the bottom edge of the frame.

I’ve also added a few other smaller elements, from the chipboard pack and some enamel dots to finish off the page. As you can see, even though the cut files themselves don’t make up a big part of the design of the page, they do add a lovely detail and are a really cost-effective way to make embellishments for your pages.

I hope this page inspires you to look at the cut files in your stash a little differently and see if you can turn some into embellishments.

Until next time,

THIS THING | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today and I have a page I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time. I’m a big fan of scrapbooking the ‘everyday’ and the little things in my world AND, I’m pretty sure most of you with tweens or teens are going to relate to this one.

This photo was taken out at a restaurant for lunch, and yes, Miss 12 was sitting on her phone… it has become a little bit of a family joke, we like to tease her a little about it. She is always chatting with her friends or checking out Instagram, it’s a big part of her world right now and I really wanted to document it, because I know it won’t always be like that. Look at that concentration on her face, oh so serious!

Along with my photo, I also had the idea to use this cut file to help me tell the story. It is by CUT to YOU and it is called ‘Chit Chat‘. I cut the phone element out really large and then a couple of the speech bubble elements. I’ve then gone about backing these. For the large phone piece, I couldn’t go past the beautiful ombre of the ‘Shine Bright‘ paper. For the speech bubbles, I’ve gone with the dark floral in the ‘Mixed Blessings‘ pattern paper and the floral from the ‘Inky Depths‘ pattern paper. The smaller print of these florals was perfect for this.

With my cut files backed, I went about the base design for the page. I’ve positioned the phone element down the left-hand side and the two speech bubbles coming out from it towards the right. I’ve mat my photo here with more of the ‘Shine Bright‘ pattern paper and stitched around the edge for added detail. You can see I’ve also used this paper for my outside edge border.

Now that my large elements are in place and the design for the layout has structure and a plan, I can now add in my smaller elements. This is the fun bit for me! I knew I wanted to add in a title for this page using the ‘Die Cut Titles‘. There are so many great titles in this pack but nothing was quite right for the space I had to work with or the moment I was trying to document, so… I got creative! I used the word ‘this’ and then the word ‘things’ but trimmed off the ‘s’ on the end, making my title ‘this thing’. **Design Tip – Don’t be afraid to cut or trim die-cut elements to make them unique and help them work on your page.

Now, it was just a matter of adding in some pretty elements. I pulled from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack as well as a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons‘ pack. I’ve also used this sweet sticker with a heart on it from the Accessory Sticker sheet. The flower and bow are what I like to call ‘Vintage’ Cocoa, from the depths of my stash, so it was great to get them onto a page!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating with this collection and maybe document a small part of your everyday! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,