Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

DREAM LOVE | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for popping by the blog!  I’m sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio today a new layout featuring my favourite CVS collection of all time ‘Bohemian Dream‘.  It’s crazy to me that I call it that, as I’m not normally a lover of purple, but this collection just nails it for me! I’ve paired it with a CUT to YOU cut file, this one called ‘Butterfly Garden‘, to document a sweet photo of my little miss.

I didn’t really have a story to document with this photo, it was taken on a random day, but these are actually my favourite kinds of photos to scrap.  I use them in my albums to share with my daughter just how loved she is.  I love that when she flips the pages she can see lovely messages about living her dream, shining bright and that she is so loved and this collection for me is perfect for doing that!

Ok, so onto the layout!  I started by backing my cut file.  I’ve used a combination of the ‘Abstract‘ paper and the ‘Abundant‘ paper to add stripes to my butterflies.  Yes, this took a while, but I think the end result is worth it.  Once that was done, I’ve used some watercolours to add patches of watercolour over some of the flowers on the cut file.  I’ve also left some of the flowers plain white.

Next, I’ve matted my photo, I’ve used more of the ‘Abstract‘ paper for this and stitched around the edge as I do with most of my layouts.  It was now time to think about the background of my page.  For this, I’ve grabbed a plain white piece of cardstock and added more of the same watercolours that I used on the cut file.  I think this helps the page come together with a consistent look.  Once happy with the watercolour background, I’ve mounted the entire sheet onto more of the ‘Abundant‘ paper and stitched around the edge.

With the background looking good, and the cut file done, it was now time to bring everything together.  I’ve mounted the cut file piece onto some foam tape and added to my background.  I’ve then added in my photo, mounting it as well for extra dimension.

Now for the fun bit!  I’ve gone through all of the wonderful bits and pieces from the collection to see what I could add to my page.  I’ve started with the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as the ‘Flair Buttons‘.  I’ve grabbed my title from the chipboard embellishment pack and also added some stickers from the ‘Accessory Stickers‘ sheet.

I’ve just pulled out anything I think would fit and then auditioned them in various spots all over my page.  I must say, I am totally crushing on the watercolour flowers in this collection, they really suit this layout with the other watercolour elements I’ve added.  I’ve finished off the page with some enamel dots and a plain white button from my stash.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  I really enjoyed putting this one together, even though it did take a little while with the details of the cut file! If you don’t have any of the Bohemian Dream collection yet I urge you to go and grab some while you still can, it really is a beautiful collection!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

SISTERS | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio today a very special page.  Today is International Sister’s day and to celebrate, I’ve created a page that documents my relationship with my sister.   It features the stunning ‘Happiness’ collection and a photo taken with my sister at a lunch outing we had recently.

The inspiration for this page absolutely started with my photo.  I love how blue that sky is behind us and was immediately drawn to the blue watercolour design of the ‘Good Times’ pattern paper.  I then took a cut file from my stash, this one from CUT to YOU as it was perfect for today’s theme celebrating sisters.  I’ve cut it out as a statement title for my page using the ‘Botanical Bliss’ pattern paper.  I wanted a real contrast between the file and the background for my layout which I had planned to make white.  I backed it with the stunning blue watercolour pattern paper; ‘Good Times’.

With my cut file sorted, I went to work on the design of my page.  I mounted my photo with the ‘Expressive’ pattern paper and then backed on foam for dimension and added machine stitching.  Once I was sure where these large elements were going to go, the page looked a little too plain for what I had in mind, so I thought it might be fun to add a little bit of mixed media onto my background.

I’ve added clear gesso to some thick white cardstock and then used some mists, spraying and moving around the colour until I was happy.  I like my mixed media to be a little subtle and soft, but do love the addition it makes to this page.  It adds another layer of detail and softens the plain white background I had previously.

Once my background was dry, I’ve added my cut file (with foam tape for dimension) and my photo… Now it was time for some embellishing!

I began by fussy cutting out some pink butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper.  I also pulled out some of the floral pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack.  I then went about creating a floral cluster down the right hand side of my photo.  I then scattered the butterflies over my page and added a few more elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. The bow you see below has been cut with a die with some of the scrap ‘Botanical Bliss’ pattern paper.

To finish the page off, I’ve grabbed some sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and added.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the ‘Happiness’ collection, it is one of my favourites!  And, if you have a sister, why not create a special page to celebrate her; I bet she’s awesome like mine! xo

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

MOST IMPROVED | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share inspired by this months challenge Inspiration board.  Each month there is a new Inspiration board, and I am totally crushing on this months; which is birthday themed.  If you’d like the chance to win FREE cut files from the store, be sure to play along.  Here is the Inspiration board and my take.

For my layout, I was really inspired by the banner image and the pretty pretty colours.  I began by cutting out a stack of the circular banners from the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file.  I ended up with 9 in total and then went about backing them in pretty pattern papers that coordinated with the colours in the Inspiration board.

Once my cut files were all backed, I placed them down the centre of my layout, overlapping and mixing and matching up the colours.  I really wanted to create a background of banner layers here.

I’ve positioned them all down flat on my page, as I knew at this point that there would be a few layers yet to go on top.  Next up, I mounted my photo, again, just choosing a pattern paper that complimented what was already happening in the banners.  I have mounted this onto 3D foam for dimension and to lift it visually off the background.

I decided to add my photo to the right of my page, so that I would have space for a title on the left side of the page.  For this, I’ve used some Thickers from my stash.  It is quite a big title so it was important to lock in the position of it early in the design.  If left too late, I often find that I’ve run out of space for a large title, so locking it in early is a great strategy.

I was also SUPER keen to get this chipboard banner piece onto my page.  It is from an older Crate Paper collection and is quite large as well.  I have struggled to get it to fit onto layouts because of its size.  I found here it worked because it coordinates with the banner theme going on in the background and looks small in proportion to them.  Your eye is lead across it along with the other banners, so it fits on the page in a more subtle way than if it were to be placed on its own.

Next up, it was time to add some pretty florals.  Lots of bits and pieces from my stash here.  I’ve just gone with anything that fits in the colour scheme and goes with my design.

Lastly, I have fussy cut out some butterfly elements from pattern paper and they finish out the page nicely.

This page came together quite quickly and the end result is so fun.  It feels so good to get some elements from my stash onto a layout and I love how the cut files help me to do that.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

MY SUNSHINE | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share featuring Miss Caitlin in beautiful Fiji from quite a few years back now.  I’ve actually had this picture for ages and was never quite sure what to do with it.  I always struggled to make it fit with a page…UNTIL I created this sweet sailing boat (Set Sail 2)for her to ‘sit’ on.  I am so in love with the end result.

I’m also on a bit of a mission to use my stencils a little more of late so this page started with some stencil work.  In my usual clean mixed media style, I’ve lightly sprayed the stencil with a soft pink glimmer mist.  I was kind of looking to emulate the rays of the sun at sunset so chose a soft pink rather than a bright yellow mist.  Once dry, I’ve added lines of machine stitching for extra detail.

Next up, I’ve gone to work backing the cut file.  I’ve used Kaisercraft Paisley Days collection for this.  mixing and matching the papers in the collection to ‘colour’ my little boat cut file.  I’ve also used this collection to mount my photo, just one layer for this page as I didn’t want too much happening over my pretty background and cut file.  I’ve added some stitching here too in my usual style.

At this point I had my background locked in, the file backed and my photo ready.  It was time to do the layout dance to place all of these large elements.  I was careful to position the boat in the centre but allow room for my photo off to the right-hand side.  I wanted the mast in the picture to be on the same side as the mast in my cut file boat.

Next, it was time to have some fun with embellishments to round out the page.  First up, I found these sweet neutral clouds by Charm Creations.  I love how soft they are.  They were the perfect feature for my ‘sky’.

I then found this sweet little pink bow in my stash, it’s from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Just HAD to add that.  #socute

Then came all of the elements from the Kaisercraft collection… I found floral stickers and die cut butterflies.  The banner sticker was the perfect fit along my mast and matched the flags on the cut file perfectly!  I really just kept adding bits and pieces here and there until I was happy.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the soft background colour scheme and the pops of yellow from the pattern papers.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs and lots of design team samples to check out.

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,