CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Hello Happy” for Scrap the Girls April 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

April is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this image and to scrap more images of ourselves, in which we feel empowered and beautiful.

and here is my layout!

This selfie is really special to me.  It’s just a quick photo taken before morning ballet class, but what it represents is so much more!  I have spoken a little before about my love of ballet and how I did it as a child and how I am now back at the barre after over 20 years break!  Being able to dance again has been so so great and it really does help me be the best me I can be.  It helps me mentally and physically and I’m so so blessed to be able to do it!  So… having said all that, this page for me, is about creating your own happiness and not looking to others for that AND to love yourself enough to make it a priority!

The idea for this page actually started with those 3 wooden frames.  They had been sitting in a bowl on my desk for the longest time and I was on a mission to get them stuck onto a page!  So, I actually positioned them first. Next, I went about choosing my photos and mounted them with pink cardstock and stitched around the edge.

Next, I pulled out the cut file; this one is called ‘All Around Floral‘ from CUT to YOU.  It too was sitting on my desk waiting for a page, so I placed it over the frames but flat to my background pattern paper.  This then gave me a framework to work with for the page design.

Now that my photos, the frames and the cut file were all locked in place, I worked on adding my title and embellishments.  I went with themes that matched the mood-board that added to my sentiment of being empowered to create my best life.  I love that I found a piece that says “Own your happy” it’s so true and a perfect fit for this page.  I’ve added some other cute elements such as the swans, not just because they are cute, but also because they reference Swan Lake (one of the most recognisable ballets there is). Oh yes, and gold puffy hearts, because Gold, because puffy and because hearts 🙂  AND, that was the page all done!

Another page I absolutely love, thanks for popping by and allowing me to share it with you.  I do hope you’ll play along with the challenge.  You need to upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: Charm Creations.

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Majorly Totally” for Scrap the Girls March 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

March is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this movie-themed mood board.

Ok, I must admit, when I first saw this mood board I was totally stumped.  I mean, I haven’t seen ANY of these movies!! (I know, obviously, I’m just not a big movie buff and some of these are not really the kinds of movies I like).  BUT, I do have a 12-year-old daughter so I thought, what better time than now to watch ‘Clueless’ and let that inspire me to design a page.  Here’s what I came up with.

I was inspired by a couple of stand out things from the movie, first of all, that super fun Yellow, Black and White outfit that Cher wears and the quote “I’m majorly, totally, butt crazy in love with Josh!”

I then went about designing a digital cut file background based on the quote. You can shop it here.

I cut the design out in white card stock and placed it onto a bright yellow background.  I then went about pulling out everything in my stash that was either, Black, White or Yellow.

I mounted my photo in a yellow and white spotty pattern paper and then again in a plain black and white text paper.  I also found some black and white florals from a Maggie Holmes collection and fussy cut those out.

It was now just a matter of layering the photo with those fussy cut flowers to build the base of the design.  Once those pieces were locked in, I went about adding in some more text elements.  I found the circle chipboard piece that says “Best Day Ever” and the speech bubble that says “Hello”. I really just mixed and match pieces shuffling them around until I found the perfect spot for each.

Next, I positioned this large black and white bow, I’ve been hoarding these, but felt this was a great page to use one on.  It’s a large element, so it does need to be positioned early in the design.  Next, it was time to add in some smaller elements, like the circle brads and enamel dots.  There are also some resin flower pieces from this months sponsor D-lish Scraps.

 

 

 

At this point, I thought the page was done until I found some yellow butterfly stickers out of a Maggie Holmes sticker book.  They were the perfect finishing touch, filling in the gaps around my flower clusters; and the colour match was made in heaven, there was no way they were not going on this page!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: D-lish Scraps.

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Happiness is Here” for Scrap the Girls February 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

February is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by a “Constance Hall” themed mood board.

I just adore the colours in this one and all of those florals; so so pretty!  Constance is a proud Mumma bear so it seemed fitting to scrap a pic of myself and my Miss 11.  Here is my take:

I began the page by pulling out some water-colours that matched the Yellow, Orange, Pink and Blue panels in the mood board. Then, with a general idea of the design for my page, went about adding them in blocks using the packaging technique.  Once that was dry, I then added splatters over the top.  I made sure to keep the colours in sections and not to mix them up too much to avoid things getting muddy and messy!

Next, I pulled out a couple of packs of the Celebration Flowers cut files, these are the exact size you will receive them if you order as CUSTOM cuts.  I then went about colouring each of them in the same four colours as above… the main idea for this page was to create a large cluster for my photo mat with layers of the feature colours in the mood board.

Once I was happy with the colours on the cut files, I positioned them onto my page.  Next, I mounted my photo.  I went with a black and white photo for this page as I knew I already had a lot of colour going on and didn’t want it all to get too much.  I love the pop of the Black and White with the bold colours so much!

With the position of the photo and the cut files now locked in, it was time to add the smaller embellishments to finish out the page.  I’ve kept with the colour blocking adding yellow elements in the yellow section, orange elements in the orange section and so on.

I’ve also added paper flowers in the coordinating colours and love the dimension they add.

Above, you can see the blue section, I even managed to find some blue butterflies!

To finish the page out, I added buttons from my stash in the same co-ordinating colours. I then trimmed the edges and mounted onto a piece of pale pink cardstock and sewed around the edge.  I add a frame in this way to most of my pages, I just love how it finishes them off.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: Corbett Creations & Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Lovely” for Scrap the Girls January 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy 1st of Jan 2019!! A new year and a fresh start, got to love that!  I have so much planned for this year ahead, starting by sponsoring this month challenge at Scrap the Girls.   I hope you’ll join me in this year’s adventure!  This month, we have this fun inspiration board to work with and I’m excited to share my take.

I love the Black and White theme to this one and that POP of Red is so fun…..I thought it would be a great chance to scrap another Christmas photo (this one from 2017) Here is my take!

I began the page with my photo and the Intersecting Hearts Digital cut file from my store CUT to YOU.  I cut this one out as large as I could to fill up the background of my page.  I then pulled out a stack of bits and pieces from my stash that were either Red, White or Black.  I really wanted to use up some of those one-off pieces in my stash and these challenges are a fab way to do that!

Next, I went about backing the cut file, I used only scraps of paper to do this, so mixed up some red cardstock, some red and white vellum and some black and white stripes.  You’ll see I haven’t backed all of the hearts, I didn’t have enough scraps to do each one, but I love how some are white on white.  You really can work with what you’ve got; the cut files really do help you STRETCH your stash.

I then grabbed another red piece of scrap paper and combined that with a red paint sample card and began to build my photo mat.  Before I stuck it down, I decided to use the cute squiggle chipboard pieces as I felt they really matched the circular pattern in the hearts.  I’ve painted them black and then layered on top of the cut file.  I love how it’s an extra layer of detail.  I also found a couple of puffy stickers in a similar design so, on they went as well.

It was now time to position my photo.  One locked in, I could add some more embellishments, a black and white chipboard piece and this cute black and white bow from Crate Paper.

Here you can see all the pretty layers of the page.  Loving how this is coming together.

I then went about adding in some title pieces, I started with the larger banner piece that says ‘Lovely’.  It was the perfect colours so I just had to include it.  I also had this chipboard piece below and some really old DYMO style stickers.  I’ve had those for years now, so it felt great to get them on a page!

To finish the page out, I’ve added some enamel dots; the perfect finishing touch.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor which is my store CUT to YOU.  We love seeing what you make and you can win a Custom Cut or Digital prize pack.

This month’s sponsor: CUT to YOU – Created by Gwen

Until next time,

 

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,