Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Delightful” for Scrap the Girls October 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 Breast Cancer Awareness month and an image of 12 bras.  I’m a Libra star sign, so my inspiration was the cute white number which I’ve combined with the Breast Cancer awareness colour which is bright pink.

and this is the image we are working with this month.

So for this page, I started out thinking about tones of white on white.  I knew I wanted to work with a white background and then was inspired by a quite detailed cut file.  This one is called ‘Garden Background‘ and is from CUT to YOU which if you weren’t aware is my Digital Cut File store.

I then got to thinking that I wanted to add in another colour for my page, I knew my photo was going to be Black and White, so went with the bright pink of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

I had a few paper scraps in the loveliest bright pink, so went about backing very small sections of my cut file with it.  I managed to back most of the flowers with quite a small scrap actually!  Next, I found some pretty black and white floral pattern paper and backed the larger flowers with that and then some vellum for the larger circle elements of the cut file.

I wanted to keep the rest of the cut file open, as I mentioned at the beginning, my idea was a white tone on tone look.    I’ve positioned the cutfile onto the background of my page and began to map out the page design.  I didn’t stick anything down at this stage because I knew I wanted to add some mixed media underneath my photo mat.

Once I was happy with the basic design of my page, I placed some light pencil marks where my photo would be going, removed all the elements and added just a touch of Shimmerz watercolour mixed media to the background.  Once that was dry, I’ve added the cut file with some foam tape, mounted my photo with some paper layers and added to my page.

Now it was time for some embellishing.  I’ve started with this super cute heart from ‘Charm Creations’ which I LOVE, and it was the perfect match to my colour scheme.   Next, I wanted to lock in my title, I’ve just gone with “delightful” which is a chipboard piece from my stash.

I just kept digging through my stores of embellishments pulling out anything that was pink, black or white and then went about auditioning them and their position until I was happy.  Essentially, I’ve created a spread of elements that draw your eye from the top of the page, past the photo, down towards the right side bottom of the page.

These sure are my favourite types of layouts to make, just pulling different things from a stack of collections all co-ordinated by colour, it’s a great way to use up your stash!

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 who happens to be ME!  Yes, my store CUT to YOU is sponsoring this month, so if you want yourself some free cut files be sure to get your entry in!

Until next time,

 

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Smile” for Scrap the Girls September 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 a sketch, this one created by the fabulous Sue Plumb.  I will admit I was a little worried about this one to start due to all that ‘mixed media’ in the background, but as always, found a way to make it “me”.  I know I say this a lot, but it’s important to stay true to you and what you like; even when working with a challenge or theme.  Here’s my page:

and this is the sketch Sue created.

Ok… so, as you can see, I did go a little off track with the sketch, but I promise the inspiration for my page started with it.  I think it’s totally fine to change up some elements of a sketch to make it your own, so here’s what I’ve changed.  Firstly, the photo… I didn’t have a 6×4 landscape to use so I’ve gone with a square 4×4 image.

Secondly, because I had some space to the left of my photo that wasn’t in the sketch, I’ve added a much larger banner element than what is pictured in the sketch, I’ve just mixed up the proportions here.  Lastly, I’ve used a cut file which I’ve misted with some shimmer spray as a substitute for some of the mixed media.  Those of you know me, know I’m a very clean scrapper, so I’ve gone with the cut file in lieu of some of the mixed media, but you can still see I’ve added it in keeping with the sketch. You can shop the cut file here.

The collection I’ve used for this one is by Echo Park and it’s called ‘Teen Spirit’; I love the fun feel to this collection!  So fun to use something light-hearted to document Miss 12.  I can see quite a few more pages being made with this collection because there really isn’t a lot of scrapbooking products like these on the market.

My process for the page started with my photo, I’ve mounted that with some bright pink pattern paper from the collection and then built a photo mat/centre feature that was loosely based on the sketch.  I’ve just kept building it until I was happy and then once that was locked in, I had a framework for the cut file and watercolour background.

When working on my background, I have kept bringing back my photo elements to see how much of the watercolour was showing.   I like to do backgrounds like this because it helps me to see where to put the colour and when to stop!  If I don’t do it this way, I end up with way too much on my background and have to start again.  With my background all locked in, I can then add my photo base and then lots of other little bits and pieces from the collection until the page was complete.

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: Charm Creations

Until next time,

 

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,