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,

 

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Love Today” for Scrap the Girls July 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

July has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  We have another mood board for this months inspiration and it’s a very interesting one!  Initially, I thought this was going to be a bit difficult for me… but when I looked further, it actually came together really easily and I love how the page worked out!

So… I just pulled the bits of the mood board that I loved.  For example, the background diamond shapes in the top left image, and the ballet shoes from the bottom left-hand image.  I also love the combination of pink and red with a pop of black.

My page came together really quickly, I found the background paper first and it was a perfect match to that top left-hand image… next, I printed out my photo, this one of me in my pointe shoes.  I’m sure many of you know that I go to Adult Ballet classes and love love love them!  I started over a year ago with the mission to get back en-pointe (I did a lot of pointe work when I was growing up and I can’t describe how much joy it gives me).  This photo was taken at my very first pointe class and I wanted to document that journey.  Sure, I’m standing in them in the photo, but that’s about all I could do in them at that stage!  It takes a lot of work to build up the strength required to actually dance on pointe, but I’m totally up for the challenge!

Ok… so back to the layout,

Next, I found the chipboard elements ‘love’ and ‘today’ to use for my title, I kept the word ‘love’ as it was and simply misted the ‘today’ word with some Colour Blast Shimmer Spray to make it a pretty shade of pink.  I also pulled out a few black and white elements and love the pops of black they have added to my page.  I especially love this chipboard piece that says “big plans” perfect for the photo I was documenting.  I then just went about layering up all of the elements I had pulled out to make one big central cluster around my photo using the chipboard frames to anchor the design.

I found a few elements that had the tones from pink to red in them and I feel they really pull the page together.  Most of these are from a Crate Paper Valentines day collection.  I made sure to add lots of different sizes of elements and mixed up the texture of things as well for interest.  I just love how this one came together and can’t wait to document the next part of this story.

I hope this months mood board inspires you and 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,

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“My Sister & My Best Friend” for Scrap the Girls June 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

June has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we are focussing on friendship and I thought I’d draw inspiration from one main image of the mood board and I’ve chosen the top left-hand one with the quote.

I had a couple of fun shots of my sister and I that I’ve been wanting to scrap for ages so I printed them out in black and white.  I was also inspired by the text “She’s my best friend” and that became the starting point for my title.

Now that the photo and my title ideas were locked in, I went about thinking about the design of the page.  I knew my title was going to be very long and needed to make sure it not only fit nicely on the page but featured in the layout design.  I saw this cute cut file from Paige Evans and thought I’d run the title along the banners.  I simply backed them with some pattern paper and stitched them into position.

Next, I placed my photo in the centre of the page along the edge of the top banner.  I have mounted with the same pattern paper as I’ve used in the banners, there is quite a lot happening already on this page so I thought a simple single photo mat in the same paper would be best.  It was also at this point that I locked in the position of each word in my title.

The layout was looking almost complete at this stage but I did want to add a few more embellishments.  I went with the 2 larger kites on the right-hand side of my photo and a smaller cluster to the left.  One more paper flower on the right-hand side of the lowest banner helped balance the design out.

Below you can see a close up of the cute chipboard kites – they fit into that spot just so perfectly.

And that is the page complete.  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 our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  Flutterby Designs

Until next time,