CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“First Snow” for Scrap The Girls December 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

December is here and I’m excited!  It really is the most wonderful time of the year!  For this month’s Scrap the Girls challenge we are getting our Christmas on and being inspired by Christmas print dresses AND I’m super excited to say that  CUT to YOU are again proud sponsors.  You might be surprised at the dress that I was most inspired by, be sure to check out my take below…

and here is my take!

I was inspired by the blue and white print dress with the snowflakes on it to finally scrap this photo of Caitlin on a trip to America a few years back.  This was her very first visit to the snow and as such a really special photo.  As I don’t normally do too much in blue tones I was waiting for the perfect inspiration to create with it so I combined the mood board with a new release cut file ‘Snowflake‘ and my page came together super quick and I just love love love it!

The design for the page was directed by the cut files.  I cut out several in slightly different sizes and then positioned them onto this stunning blue ombre paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  I ran them top to bottom on my page and then stitched through them for extra detail.

Next, I added in my photo and mat, again using blue papers from Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream collection.  I’ve then dug through my stash to find some blue and white alphas to match.  I’ve got a bit of a long title which really fills out the design nicely.

I’ve also fussy cut out a few butterflies from some more Cocoa Vanilla Studios pattern paper and spread across the page.  Sure, there aren’t too many butterflies in the snow, but they are still a pretty addition.

To finish the page out, I’ve added some cute fabric bows and an embellishment cluster in the bottom left-hand corner of my photo and some tiny die cut white flowers, in the hope, they simulate smaller snowflakes (kind of).  It was good to get these few things used up and out of my stash. Super cute, quite simple and quick to make and I do love the end result.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from my cutfile store – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  CUT to YOU

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Dream Big” for Scrap The Girls November

Hi Creative Friends,

Woah, November, really?  Yep, November is here and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have another stunning mood board to be inspired by.  I thought I’d draw inspiration for this month mainly from the colours.  The images themselves didn’t lead me to any specific ideas except that I felt like scrapping a pick of my little Miss Princess when she was smaller, and from there I thought I’d just focus on the colours, especially the pink and purple of the Rapunzel image.

and here is my take!  As you can see, just the pink/purple tones used but I did include two of my cut files from CUT to YOU which is our Wedding Bouquet custom cut file.  I choose this one with its large rose design which picks up the red rose in the mood board.

I started by backing the cut files with a selection of papers from Cocoa Vanilla ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection and then position on the background paper.  Purple is not a very common colour in Scrapbooking but I did find this beautiful soft purple background paper from Mintay in their ‘Lovely Day’ collection.  With such a big part of the design now locked it, I added my photos, I have also mount them with the Bohemian Dream collection which helps them pop off the cut file in the background.

Next, it was time to work on my title.  I found the word ‘dream’ on the chipboard sticker sheet of the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection and it was the perfect colour to match the mood board and my page.  I then dug through my Thickers stash and found the letters for ‘BIG’.  I have only a few letters of this font left so I was very happy to be able to get another word out of that pack.  I think I’m totally out of vowels now!

While I was stash diving, I also found the paint chip tab that says ‘remember’ and pulled some stickers from the Bohemian Dream Accessory Sticker sheet.  I also found the fussy cut butterflies, also Cocoa Vanilla and positioned on my page.

Lastly, I added some enamel hearts and some more Cocoa Vanilla goodies, they were the perfect pink/purple touch to finish off the page.

I’ll leave you with one more close up of that CUT to YOU cut file, this would have to be one of my most favourite designs as it is so delicate and detailed.  Doesn’t it look fab and fresh in white!  This one is available in limited stock on the website; if you are after the digital version please visit the ETSY store.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  The Resin Rainbow

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Be Brave Be Strong” for Scrap The Girls October 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to announce that October is here and it’s time to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month CUT to YOU are proudly sponsoring the challenge, so if you’d love to win some of my cut files for FREE, be sure to get your entry in!  This month we have another stunning mood board to be inspired by.  It is certainly one of my favs so far this year, it’s called “fighter” and it features Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  My mum is a Breast Cancer Survivor so this months page was also inspired by her.

This photo was taken on Mothers day this year, when my mum, sister and daughter were together for a family lunch.  My mum is such an inspiration to me in so many ways, and I’ve certainly gotten to see a just how strong she is going through a Breast Cancer diagnosis.  She was just so brave and strong!  I really wanted to create a special digital cut file for her to use on this page and I’ve also now added to my CUT to YOU store for October.  This is a FREE cut file, (for the month of October) when you make a purchase, simply add to your cart and checkout through the store like you normally would.

I started my page by backing my cut file in a stack of papers from my paper scraps draw.  I just pulled out everything I could that matched the pink tone I was going for.  I then mounted the file with foam tape and positioned onto my background.  I chose pink for this as I wanted the white in the cut file to stand out from the background.  Next, I went about matting my photo, again using just some paper scraps in my stash and also added some stitching around the edge.  I positioned on my page also mounting with foam tape.

With the photo and cut file locked into position, it was really easy to finish off the page.  I found 3 pieces of the Caite Florals cutfile from my store and added those in 3 places around my page, I was careful to also slot them underneath the elements I had already locked into position.  They have been glued on with some Scotch Tacky Glue which is my go-to glue whenever I am creating with cut files.  At this point, I wanted to add another colour to my page as I currently only had the pink and white and felt it needed a little something else.  I found some pretty wood veneer elements and ran with those, I love how the warm wood tone goes with the pink.

I also found some pretty paper flowers from Little Birdie and the stars are from Pink Fresh Studio.  There are also a few things from Maggie Holmes, bits and pieces all from my stash pulled together.  All of these elements add interest to the page without overwhelming the cut file or photo.

I love how this page turned out… how could I not, Pink is oh so my favourite colour and it was really nice to document this photo of my mum and celebrate her strength and courage.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win yourself some cut files AND be sure to pop in store and grab your free cut file for the month of October  – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor: CUTtoYOU

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Perfect Day” for Scrap The Girls September 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

September has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we are all creating using this sketch called “Grunge Princess”.  You will all know I’m a LOT more “Princess” than I am “Grunge” but I was sure to include some mixed media ‘mess’ and some pops of black in my embellishments.  Oh yes, I also flipped the sketch upside down, just for something different.

So, here is my take!

I began with my background, pushing some Whipped Spackle through a stencil and letting it dry.  Then I’ve added a stack of Shimmerz Inklings for some shine.  I love how soft and shimmery it is.  The whipped spackle also resists it a little, so pools of colour sit in the grooves of the stencil which I LOVE!  Next up, I worked on my photo stack.  I really wanted to stay true to the sketch with the three photos as I normally only scrap with one or two. I’ve mounted each of my 3 x 4 photos onto some black and white scraps from Crate Paper and positioned in a messy row.

I’ve also added in a few layers of Pink pattern paper here as well just to add to my paper stack.

At this point, it was all looking a little soft and pretty but a little wishy-washy (is that even a word??) – I mean, a little pale, and needed a pop of “something”.  So, going back to the inspiration this month, I pulled out some black elements to add a touch of “grunge”.  The chipboard pieces were a great match with my stencil, I simply coloured with some black Distress Oxide Ink.  I also had the title piece ‘perfect’ from Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  I love these as they are more a dark grey than deep black and suited this project perfectly.

I then took the Floral Cluster 01 Custom cut file from the CUT to YOU store and added that as another background element to my page.  I used the sketch as a guide and added in where the marked mixed media should be.  I was never going to add a big paint splatter to the back of my page, that’s just not my style, but the cut file, with my background mixed media added in the same position draws the eye across the page in the same way as a paint splatter would.

Here you can see how the cut file sits on top of my mixed media and adds a lovely layer to the page.

The bones of the page were coming together now, it was time to add in a few more embellishments.  I’ve gone with some fussy cut butterflies.  I especially love how these match my colour scheme including a little pop of black for their bodies.

I also found a few other bits and pieces going through my stash, this black and white heart and pink paper flower.  These challenges always allow me to use up my stash of goodies and I love mixing and matching a stack of collections and manufactures for these pages.

I also found this cute little fabric bow in my stash and some black enamel dots and that was the page done.

I love how this page turned out… I know it is hardly “grungy” however, I was really inspired by the “grungy” components of the sketch to add a real pop to my page and it was so fun to work with AND, I love how it turned out.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor: Colour Blast

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Sweet Moment” for Scrap the Girls Aug 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

August has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have another stunning mood board to be inspired by.  I thought I’d draw inspiration for this month purly from the colours.  The images themselves didn’t lead me to any ideas but I did love the colours, they are just so vibrant and not colours I’d normally use so I ran with that!

The colours in the mood board are just so striking don’t you think!  I began by digging through my stash to find goodies to coordinate and first up I found a Thickers word “MOMENTS”  by American Crafts.  I really liked how it featured a combination of the purple/blue and that stunning dark red.  This piece has been in my stash for a while now, so it was a great place to start my page.

Next up, I went about choosing a photo and found this one of my little miss.. isn’t she the sweetest! To go with her pretty flower I wanted to incorporate one of my new CUT to YOU cut files.   This one is called Geo Floral and I love the hand drawn feel it has to it!

I backed the cut file in papers that matched the colours in the mood board, all of these are from Illustrated Faith – Gratitude Documented collection.  Sure, it’s for Bible journalling, but also has a stack of basic designs perfect for scrapbooking and the colours fit the mood board perfectly!

As my cut file was an extra large element to my design, I locked this into position first.  I wanted the leaf design to stem out from my photo leading the eye across the page.

Next, it was time to position that large title of mine as well.  I decided to run it along the bottom edge of the page and added “Beautiful” and “Sweet” to make the title “Beautiful Sweet Moment”.  I used a chipboard piece and foam Thickers which I have coloured with Shimmerz paint.

So, at this stage, the cut file, my photo and the big title were all locked in.  Time to embellish!  I’ve added 2 of the pretty hearts by Charm Creations who is also the sponsor for this month, some pretty bows, a butterfly and a die cut piece from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and the page was complete.

I’ll leave you with one more close up of that CUT to YOU cut file, so so loving the colours teamed with the fresh white!

I love how this page turned out… yes, they are colours I wouldn’t normally use, but that’s why it’s so fun to be a part of these challenges and I do love the result so I may even do this again!!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  Charms Creations

Until next time,