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,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Birthday Girl” for Scrap the Girls May 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

May has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls and this one has my name written all over it!  As soon as I saw it, I thought “this won’t be a challenge at all” how stunning is this mood board!!

Ohh so much inspiration here!!  Immediately I was drawn to the text “Birthday Girl” and then had an idea to scan the image into my Silhouette and try to create a cut file title from the text.  It worked a treat and here is how it turned out…

 

I cut the text out super large and ran it the full length of my page, so it kind of went from a title to part of my background, but I love it!  I ended up cutting it out twice on plain white cardstock and layering them together slightly offset.  For the lower layer, I coloured around the edges with some Shimmers Paint in a pretty pink shade.  I’ve backed the file with a pretty black and white floral pattern paper.

Next, it was time to build my photo mat.  I layered up some Maggie Holmes die cut pieces, the Carousel collection had a few larger pieces that were perfect for my small photo, I’ve also used some vellum from my Crate Paper stash.  The photo is only 2 and 3/4 inch square, it had to be this small to fit in between the B and the I in Birthday.

To balance out the design, I wanted to add some elements on the right-hand side of the page, I choose some chipboard pieces and definitely rolled with the whimsical theme of the collection and just added pretty things… ohhh how I love the swan!

I then felt the photo needed a few more elements on the left-hand side.  I wanted it to feature as the main embellishment cluster and the one on the right to be smaller and more for balance. I found these sweet little sticker balloons, perfect for the layout AND balloons feature on the mood board as well!  I’ve also added fussy cut floral elements, puffy stickers and paper flowers.  I just kept adding until I felt it was done.  There is a lot on this page, but I love it!

I feel this layout is a little different for me, in terms of design, but all the products I’ve used are really in my zone so I just LOVE it!  Oh.. and feel free to send me a message if you’d like a copy of the cut file I created to make your own Birthday Girl inspired page.

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:  Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Until next time,

 

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Fabulous” for Scrap the Girls April 2018

Hi Creative Friends!

April is here and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls and I love love love it!  This month challenge is another mood board, featuring my fav combo, mint and pink, with a pop of red!

For my take, I drew inspiration from the bottom right-hand image, starting with fabulous as my title and how could I go past a mint and pink colour scheme.  AND here is my take…  (**Side note, the pop of pink on the edge does go all the way around the page, it just doesn’t look like it in the shot below)

The design for the page began with the large number 40 I have cut out on my Silhouette.  I have backed it with some paper scraps in the pink and mint colour tones and then hand stitched around the edges.  I will never get sick of hand stitching on my pages, it adds such a wonderful finishing touch and a lovely handmade element.

 

Next came the large word “fabulous” which I have also cut on my Silhouette, this time in a bright shade of pink!  I love the brightness it adds to my page.  I knew this would be my title and run across the bottom of my page.  These two elements are both quite large, so once I had a plan for their positions the rest of the page fell into place.

I decided on one main cluster for my page which would go above my title and below my photos.  It’s essentially a centred design, but off centre 🙂  If that makes sense!  I’ve also mounted my photos with the same bright pink cardstock as the title which brings the page together.

Then it was time to add in the little elements that finish off a page.  For these, I’ve gone with Gold, mainly because I had a few gold elements in my stash I wanted to use up (such as the cute little “best ever” chipboard piece and the bow paper clip) but also because I am a huge fan of Pink and Gold and in fact, my party (the one in the pictures) was a pink and gold theme!

I just love how all the little pieces work together to make up this page, combined with the super large number 40, I’m so happy with 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:  Scrapping Fun Kits & Rainbow Splendour

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Dreaming” for Scrap the Girls March 2018

Hi Creative Friends!

March is here and so too is the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls and it’s a doozy.  This month we all going to be crazy inspired by this cool mood board.

I just love the mix of colours in this one, all so bold and this is my take!

I love love love yellow so as soon as I saw it on the mood board, I knew I had to use this paper from my stash… so bright and happy and fun!  I simply added some white acrylic paint over the top of sections of it so that when I added my embellishments they would stand out from the busy background.

I then pulled out a new addition to my stash the “Dream On” collection from Pink Fresh Studio as the colour palette in this line is the perfect match to the mood board.  It made it so easy to create my page, I just love all the little elements in the ephemera pack and puffy stickers!!

How cute are these canvas bows, and in the perfect shade of blue for the mood board, you can get these from this months sponsor D-lish Scraps.

I just love how all the little pieces work together to make up this page, I’m so happy with 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:  Dlish Scraps

Until next time,

Gwen

xo