Created By Gwen, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“You Are Beautiful” for Scrap the Girls August 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

The first of the month means it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by none other than Instagram.  You can be inspired by the logo shape or colours, the square format photos, your love of Instagram or anything else you can think of Insta related.  Here is the inspiration image:

and here is my layout!

I love this month’s challenge as I really feel you can take it in so many different directions.  I really rolled with the logo for this one as I had a cut file that was the perfect fit.  This one is called ‘Beautiful You‘ from my CUT to YOU digital cut file store.  There is also one there that’s similar called Oh Snap!

I began the page by cutting out the cut file in the largest format I could fit on my 12 x 12 page with white cardstock.  I then carefully trimmed out the word ‘you’ from it as I had a plan for my title to use a die cut embellishment for part of the title and the word ‘you’ didn’t quite fit.  I love customising cut files in this way, it makes them even more versatile.

I then backed the file with some pretty pattern papers, these are all from Pinkfresh Studio.  I’ve also used some vellum to back my file with as well.  Once that was all done, I decided to turn it into a giant shaker pocket.  I split the layers between the vellum and pattern paper and then gently placed a stack of gold sequins in between, added some stitching and love the end result!

I’ve matted my photo in the same paper and positioned on my page.  It was now just a matter of adding lots of pretty little embellishments.

I have a huge stash from this manufacturer so it was hard not to put “all the things” onto the layout!  I just mixed and matched puffy stickers, die cut pieces, chipboard and wooden elements until I was happy.  Lots of auditioning bits and pieces here and there!

I really do love how this turned out.  I haven’t made a shaker pocket in ages so it was so fun to make a giant one for a layout!  I hope this page inspires you to join in.

Be sure 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: Helmar

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Caitlin Converstaion” for Scrap the Girls July 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

The first of the month means it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by another fab mood board, this one filled with gorgeous muted tones.

and here is my layout!

I will admit, at first, I really struggled with this one, and you know what, looking at it now, I have no idea why!  Ok, I kinda do… it was the burgundy, that pop of the darker colour that was throwing me.  You see, it’s one of those colours that I really do not like (there, I said it).  Me and burgundy, are not friends.

So… that being said, now what… I still have a DT sample to do so I have to make it work!  So I dug through my stash and pulled everything I could that co-ordinated, popped it in a bag and took it to retreat.  I will add here too that there wasn’t a single piece of burgundy paper or stickers or anything in my stash; I figured I might just have to see what I could find from a scrapping buddy!

At the retreat, I pulled everything out and moaned and groaned some more about the burgundy and then asked if anyone had any small bits and pieces they would be prepared to part with; as a group effort to get this page done!  AND…. one of them said “hey, why don’t you just leave the Burgundy out?”…. LIGHT BULB moment!! Right there…. YES!  OK… I’ll do that!  and I just love how it turned out. Still not 100% sure if that is cheating, but hey, I ran with it!

 

Now that I had moved on from the burgundy, this page came together SUPER fast… I simply took a selection of pattern papers to back my cut file (Cut file by CUT to YOU – find it here) and my photo, positioned it onto my page and loved it.

Next, it was just a matter of adding in some embellishments, including this sweet ‘XO’ from Charm Creations, and some smaller elements including pretty gold enamel hearts.

I did also find a few darker pink elements, including the smallest dark pink sections on an old Crate Paper layered butterfly, a cute chipboard telephone and some rubber elements.  This was enough to give the colour combo depth without having to use the dreaded burgundy.  I also pulled in a smidge of black in some of the embellishments as a nod to the sketched image in the mood board.

Lastly, I added in a couple of tiny word elements and my title 🙂

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: Corbett Creations

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Beautiful Moments” for Scrap the Girls June 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

June is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this divine mood board filled with gorgeous florals and bold colours.

and here is my layout!

I am so in love with this mood-board, I think there are so many beautiful things to be inspired by, I actually started the page by pulling out a stack of scraps of pattern paper that fit the theme.  I had a lot of papers that weren’t really enough to make a full page with, but I could cut them into 8cm squares and combine them.  I also pulled out the Jen Hadfield collection ‘Patio Party’ which has some stunning bold floral patterns in it and the most divine pop of yellow which I pulled from those cute yellow clogs!

I began with a white background to ground all of my patterns and colours and mounted it onto one of the bold patterns from the Jen Hadfield collection.  I then went about building up a paper stack of my scraps. I also stitched around the 8cm square pieces for extra detail and also mounted my small photos in coordinating papers.

You can also see here, that I’ve added in a piece of chipboard from my stash, just as another layer. This page is really all about the layers!  Layers of pattern paper, layers of embellishments and layers in my photos.  Inspired by the mood board and the layers of fabric in the clothes and handbags.

Once I was happy with all my paper layers and the position of my photos, it was time to embellish!  I wanted to add to the florals in my pattern paper so I’ve added in a stack of die cuts from the Jen Hadfield die cut pack.  I’ve just positioned them in between my layers.  I’ve also added in a couple of digital cut file elements; these are from the ‘Caite Floral Set‘ from CUT to YOU.  I’ve misted them with some Colour Shimmer Sprays from Colour Blast.

With the two floral clusters sorted, it was time to add in my title.  For this, I’ve gone with a pop of black, to draw from the black in the photos as well as the pop of black in the mood board.  I found the sticker ‘beautiful’ and just added the word ‘moments’ with some mini alphas.

Lastly, I added in a couple of butterflies and some enamel dots and called it done 🙂

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: D-lish Scraps.

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“So Happy We’re Here” for Scrap the Girls May 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Back today to share with you the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have a sketch provided by the amazing Sue Plumb!  I love a sketch, so easy to get creating with and you can get so many different pages out of the one design.  For this page, I wanted to work with a photo my hubby took of my daughter and I recently when we were on vacation.  Here’s a look at my page…

and this is the sketch!

Look at all of those stunning florals!!  To start the page, I knew I wanted to use a bit of a bolder background and some CUT to YOU digital cut files.  I’ve chosen the ‘Bouquet‘ file… it’s one of my favourite cut files, I’ve used it quite a few times now and cut it out of a cute floral pattern paper, this one by Pink Fresh Studio which was part of a kit I purchased from Kitaholics Kit Club.

I matted my photo and then positioned the floral pieces around it, loosely following along with the sketch, but shuffling them here and there to where they looked good.  I then attached them to the back of my photo so that I could move this entire piece around.  I also added here a second photo mat, this time in the minty blue for contrast.  This allowed me to move this whole element around my page until I was happy with its position.

Now this main piece was locked in, I went about finding my title.  This collection by Pink Fresh Studio is called ‘Everyday Musings‘ and it has some really lovely sentiments in it.  Not travel inspired as such, but perfect for this happy photo of us on holiday.  I went with a die cut piece from their ephemera pack and positioned it to the right of the photo following along with the sketch.

I just LOVE love LOVE this sentiment (pictured above) and knew I had to fit it in, so I tucked it under my title as a bit of a sub-title idea.  Next, I wanted to add some elements to the left-hand side edge of my photo following along with the sketch.  I’ve tucked in a frame from the collection and a tab, a die cut piece and even made a sweet paper bow.

I’ve also added in some other floral pieces at this point, also from the die cut pack.

and how perfect were these two elements?

The page was looking really good at this point.  So I was really just looking for a few small finishing touches.  I decided on two of the bright yellow puffy floral stickers.  I love how these pull the yellow out from my background layers.  Yellow is such a pretty happy holiday colour!

Lastly, I’ve added some enamel dots around the main cluster just to finish off the page and I really like it!  I think it’s a cleaner version of the sketch, but that’s the beauty of sketches; you can adjust with them however you like.

Upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor which happens to be my store CUT to YOU. We have digital cut files for those of you with electronic die cutting machines and custom cut files for those of you who would like us to cut them for you and ship if you don’t have an electronic cutter.  Everyone can use cut files in their scrapbooking.

This month’s sponsor: CUT to YOU – Digital Cut files for all kinds of paper lovers.

Until next time,

 

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,