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,

 

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,