Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

LOVE THIS for THROW BACK THURSDAY | MIXED | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project for a special feature “Throwback Thursday”.  My assignment for today’s layout was to dig deep into my stash and do a little stash busting.  I love challenges like these because if I use up my stash, I can get all the new things!

The oldest piece of Cocoa Vanilla I managed to find is this wood chevron paper from the Hello Lovely collection ‘Confetti‘.  So the design for the page started with that.  I kept digging and also found half a sheet of the Free Spirit ‘Dreamy‘ paper which had very pretty soft tones that could coordinate.  Both of these collections are from 2015 and they still have a very fresh feel to them, which really says a lot about how well they are designed!  I then got to thinking about how I could stretch these limited supplies and decided on using a cut file.  I am a big fan of the look of cut files on my pages and this is one I have designed myself.  It is available at my CUT to YOU store (www.createdbygwen.com.au) from tomorrow!

 

I used the light side of the  Free Spirit ‘Dreamy‘ paper for the larger flowers and the B side of this same paper for the smaller flowers. Because I had mat my photo first, I was able to use lots of little pieces here and there to back the file helping me to really stretch and use up every inch of that paper.

The main elements in the design were now locked in, so it was just a matter of finding some pretty embellishments to go with it.  I started by looking for some wood elements as I thought they would go really well with my background paper.  I went straight to the Endless Summer collection as I knew it had tones that would go with what I had already and found some cute Wood Veneers as well as some Puffy Stickers.

I also found a Die Cut Ephemera piece from this collection and teamed it with another wood element, these are Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy Collection to create my title.  There were also some other cute elements in this pack so I’ve added those as well including photo corners and a die cut that says “Enjoy the little things”.  I’ve simply made 3 small embellishment clusters that lead your eye around the page following the lines of the cut file in the background.

To finish the page off, I’ve added in some butterflies and hearts from the Sticker Sheet from the Endless Summer collection as well as a pretty pink Flair badge.

Using the cut file really helped this page come together and I love how it turned out.  I love the soft tones of my black and white photo and how the cut file stands out from the background paper and frames the photo.  It really was fun to go digging through all of my Cocoa Vanilla products and I’ll certainly be doing this again!

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Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Colour Blast, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

AWESOME | BOYS RULE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another using the latest collection “Boys Rule” AND my very first using my new CUT to YOU cut files, which I have to say I’m pretty excited about!  I thought for this project I’d scrap a page about my darling hubby.  He is a pro-photographer and rarely in front of the camera so we had to do a little photo shoot just for him, and this shot is one of my favourites.

The inspiration for this page definitely started with the photo and I also knew I wanted to use one of my new CUT to YOU cut files. Whilst I had a stack of floral designs on my desk, this page called for something bolder and more gender neutral and I just love how it worked out.  The idea I had was to use up some of the scraps of paper I had in the collection (as this one is my third layout now) to create a block style background for my photo to layer onto.  Step one was to decide on colours and start backing the cut file.

Remeber that old saying “Blue and Green should never be seen”? Pretty sure they look fab together here!  I went with the green in the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper and both sides of the ‘Expressionist’ paper, pulling the dark blue, light blue and green out.  Once backed, I set them all out onto my background to get an idea of the layout I wanted for my page and once happy noted their position.  Next, it was time for some mixed media, not too much, just a little to break up the white background and the white parts of the cut files.

I’ve used Colour Blast Shimmer sprays in ‘Apple of my Eye’ and ‘Singin the Blues’ and yes it’s subtle but that’s how I like it.  Once dry I added my backed squares back on top.  At this point the bones of my page were set, it was now time to mat my photo.  I’ve used a pop of the green from the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper as well as the dark blue from the ‘Expressionist’ paper to do this.

Next, I went to the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’ and pulled off the painted elements, I love how you can add these to your page for a mixed media look without the mess, just position and go!  I’ve layered them on top of each other and they work together really well.  Next, I went through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and found the sentiments ‘You’re the best” and “Awesome” to use as my title and positioned under my photo.   I also found the die cut stars and the funky arrow.  I’ve just run these elements top to bottom of my page some to the top left of the photo and others to bottom right for balance.  I’ve also mounted some on foam tape for added interest.

I’ve also added in some of the text elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’ that work with my title including ‘mister fantastic’, ‘seriously’ and ‘the best’.

To finish off the page I’ve added in the criss-cross elements from the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’, with the clear backgrounds, it looks like they have been painted on and work really well with the mixed media background showing through – I so love these!

I just love how this page came together, and it is so great to get a page of my Mister scrapped!  It has reminded me that I really do need to get him out from behind that camera and in front of it from time to time.

Also, if you like the look of the cut file, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU newsletter. I’ll be sending these ladies first opportunity to get their hands on them and special bonuses, including a free cut file!! If you aren’t on the list, you will miss out on the freebie file and special offers.  You don’t need a Silhouette to create with my cut file designs, so jump onto the website www.createdbygwen.com.au and sign up now!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

ADVENTURE |BOYS RULE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another using the latest collection “Boys Rule”.  I thought for this project I’d scrap a page about our family cat doing the one thing he does best, sleep.

The inspiration for this page definitely started with the photo.  Like most cats, ours is an avid sleeper and I had this shot of him sprawled out enjoying some sun.  I found the text “Eat, Sleep, Be Rad, Repeat” on the “Boys Stuff” pattern paper and thought I’d use that to make up my title.  The “Be Rad” text didn’t suit 100% so I’ve placed a chipboard arrow from the Chipboard pieces pack over that text to make my title “Eat, Sleep, Repeat, Adventure”.  Because that really is HIS life… just eat, sleep, adventure repeat. The word “Adventure” has been fussy cut out of the “Entitled” pattern paper.  I’ve placed these all on the “Messed Up” pattern paper, I just love that mixed media messy look, with no work and no mess!

With the title being such a large element it really did dictate the design.  I’ve kept it simple and run everything from top to bottom of the page along the centre line.  I’ve mounted my photo using the dark blue from the “Happy Go Lucky” pattern paper and sewn around the edge for added detail.  This blue is a perfect match to the blue in my title.

Next, I wanted to pick up some of the warmth in the photo and the yellow of the text “Eat”.  I have done this with the timber look die cut frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  To balance out the colours I found the text from the “Boys Stuff” pattern paper “#SRSLY” which was also in this colour and made sure to add that towards the bottom of the page.  If you follow me on Facebook, you will know I’m a huge fan of the HASHTAG and love using them on my layouts too!

At this point, I could see that I didn’t have enough to fill my page top to bottom so I went about finding some more elements to add.  I love this piece with the blue stars on it from the “Boys Stuff” pattern paper and added that into my stack of embellishments.  It was great to have the added pop of the darker blue and grey and it wasn’t too heavy to add directly underneath my title.  I also decided on the grey element of arches to add as it was fun and interesting and finished off the bottom stack nicely.

The bones of the page were certainly locked in now, it was time to add some smaller embellishments.  I’ve gone with stars to match the stars under my title with a selection of the chipboard pieces, Accessory Stickers and Die Cut Ephemera pack.  I’ve also added a couple of the Clear Sticker stars on top of these for added detail.  I just love these clear stickers, they are the perfect finishing touch.  I also added another arrow to fit with the one I had placed over the “Be Rad” text.

To finish off the page I’ve added one little paper sticker at the very bottom and another 2 die cut pieces at the very top of the page.  I also took this time to add some more stitching around the edge as well as between and across some of the central elements.

I just love how this page came together, and it is so great to get a page of our beloved family cat scrapped.  This really is a fun collection to do that with!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

FUN AND GAMES |BOYS RULE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and I’m super excited to say it’s using the latest collection “Boys Rule”.  I’ve had this photo of Miss 11 for some time now not sure what products to combine it with and when I saw the latest collection I knew it was going to be such a great fit; this page came together in no time.

The idea for the page came from the ‘Entitled’ pattern paper… as soon as I saw the word “Random” I knew it would be perfect for this photo, because, well, it’s a random picture of my daughter with a moustache!  I began by fussy cutting it out along with the words “Oh Yeah” with the idea to use a stack of words in my design.

For my background, I wanted something more neutral as I knew there would be a lot going on with the words, so I choose the “Good Times” pattern paper.  It has a starburst type pattern on it so used that as a bit of a template for my design, positioning the photo towards the centre and having elements around that.

Next, I went about matting my photo.  I’ve used the “Expressionist” paper to do this and also added in a cute tab from the “Accessory Stickers Sheet” that says “Oh Yeah”, the perfect match for my fussy cut “Oh Yeah” element.  At this point, I decided that I needed some more words for my design, so I pulled out the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and used the words “Hello” and “Cool” and while I was there pulled out all of the star elements.

I also pulled the hashtag # from the Chipboard Pieces pack and love that I now have the main word #RANDOM as I am a big fan of using a hashtag!  I then positioned these words around my photo to see how they all worked together.

Next, I decided I did need a few more words, in a smaller size this time, so I pulled out the clear stickers and added in the words “fun Times” and “one cool kid”.  I also grabbed some of the typed sentiments in the clear stickers to add to the gaps.  I found a couple of these typed sentiments on the “Accessory Stickers sheet” as well that were a really good match so added those as well.

Now all of the words were locked in place, it was time to add some stars in chipboard and die cuts, and the cute camera from the “Die Cut Ephemera”.  I also added the black chipboard cross elements at this point and the fun arrows, also in chipboard and die cut varieties.  This filled in all of the gaps nicely and helped the design flow from left to right.  I added a star flair badge and the page was complete.

I just love how this page came together, and I think it has been the perfect collection for my photo and was such fun to make!  Be sure to let us know when you get your hands on this latest collection and as always, I’d love to see what you create.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

THIS HAPPY MOMENT | TOTALLY RAD | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends,

Here today for my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios share and a special birthday shout out to my sister!  This year she is turning 40!! Happy birthday, sis!  To celebrate, I thought why not create a special page for her and whilst I knew I wasn’t going to make a ‘boys page’ as such, I really was inspired by this paper called Line Up from the Totally Rad collection.  I also managed to get a hold of a really lovely photo of her and her dog “Boof” which she had posted on Instagram recently.

I then had the thought to use a cut file (this one from Just Nick Studio) which I’ve set really large as I wanted it to be the main feature on my page.  I’ve backed the cut file with the Say What paper for the larger flowers and the Stellar paper for the smaller flowers.  I’ve also taken a small piece from the Mix Tape paper for the flower on the left of my photo.

It was now time to mat my photo, for this, I’ve used more of the Say What paper as well as some of the Stellar paper, just layered up for interest. I then positioned them on to my page with the cut file.

It was now time to add in the smaller details.  I took some thread in the same colour as my background paper and stitched around some of the flower centres for added detail.  I wanted to fill in the other flowers on the cut file, so I went digging through my stash and found some old buttons which I’ve also sewn on.  I then pulled out some wood veneer, these pieces are from the Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer pack.  This may be a 2015 collection, but it is still one of my all-time favourites.

It was now time to think about my title.  I’ve used the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection for this as well as the Totally Rad Alphabet Stickers I love the soft combination of the wood veneer and the wood grain that’s printed on the stickers.

At this point, the layout was almost complete.  I did add a Limited Edition flair badge as well as a couple of typed sentiments from the Snip its sheet in the Colour Me Happy collection and then called it done.

I hope you like it, it sure was fun to make and use up some of my older stash of supplies.  It’s not too long now until the new collection arrives, so get busy using up your stash while you are waiting for it!  I know I can’t wait to get my hands on some new product!

Until next time,