CUT to YOU, Inspiration

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy Monday to you all!  Here today to share a new layout with you and it’s well and truly the time I got my Christmas on!  I am a huge Christmas fan and am pretty excited that it’s only around 2 weeks away and I’ve really only just started scrapping with last years photos!

Here are the two cut files I’ve used:

       

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the Floral Wreath Background cut file.  Whilst it’s not a ‘Christmas’ design as such, it lends itself very well to a Christmas wreath.  I decided to run it off the page rather than have it centred for something different.  At this point, I had chosen the photo I wanted to work with and as it is on the smaller size, it worked in perfectly with the proportions of the wreath.

Cut files and page layout decided I knew I wanted to add some sparkle.  I’ve used Shimmers to colour the wreath and page title.  I haven’t gone to town here, just adding a little with the packaging technique to soften the white of the cut files.  I’ve then added the wreath to my page and stitched into position with my sewing machine.  This technique is a really good way to work with the files if you are short on time or don’t feel like investing the time and effort to back them.

Now comes the fun part!  I’ve decided to use the beautiful ‘Tis the Season‘ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios. Sure, it’s from 2015 but I absolutely love the muted colours in the collection.  I’ve matted my photo and added a stitched border to highlight.  I’ve then gone through the elements of the collection and added them to my wreath.

I’ve focussed a cluster to the bottom right of my photo and to the top left corner of the layout to draw your eyes toward the photo and balance out the design.  I’ve then added my title to the bottom centre of the page along with a die cut title from the collection.  This finished out the page and I think it’s the sweetest thing ever.

New to CUT to YOU? – All of my designs are available as downloadable digital cut files as well as Custom cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette or alternative die cutting machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship.  I have over 100 designs now so lots to see in the store, visit www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info.

Join our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

YOU AND ME | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  I’ve had this black and white photo printed for some time now of my daughter and I on a Mothers day many many years ago.  It’s one of those photos that means so much more to me than what you see… and to be honest, I find these the hardest to scrapbook.  I knew the ‘Midnight’ collection would be perfect for it, so I pushed aside the self-doubt and got to memory keeping!

I began the page by deciding on my background.  I just love the Shine Bright pattern paper, the white woodgrain is the perfect neutral base for any project.  Next up, I decided on a cut file, this one from my latest CUT to YOU release called Flower Circle.  I cut the file as large as I could to use as a background feature for my page.  I often do this when I’m not sure where to start with a project and let the cut file guide me in terms of the design of the page.

Next up, I went about backing the file.  To do this, I’ve used the 8×8 paper pad, if you get one thing in the collection, I would recommend this!  You get every pattern in the collection and they are in a smaller format to the 12 x 12 pattern papers which makes them perfect for backing cut files.  I love how even though my pieces are quite small, you can still really easily see the pretty pattern.  I’ve also used the ‘Shine Bright’ B side which is this perfect ombre pink *swoon* to back the central flower pieces in the cut file.  They break up the white on white and really feature in the centre of the layout.

Next, it was time to position my photo, I’ve popped it in the left-hand side of the cut file and then trimmed around the outer edge keeping with the circle edge.  Once I was happy with the photo and cut files position, I pulled out my sewing machine and added some stitched details.  If you’ve seen my pages, you’ll know I just love adding stitching for a subtle and pretty detail.  Next, I’ve added in my title from the ‘Die Cut Cardstock Titles – I’ve added some foam tape underneath for dimension.

All the page needed now was a few smaller embellishments.  I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’ that says “Hello Lovely” as well as three of the pretty black and white butterflies from the Accessory sheet (also mounted on foam).  I’ve also added in a few sentiment stickers and a die-cut ephemera pieces that says “Sweetness”.  I also found a chipboard tab in the ‘Chipboard  Pieces’ pack to add above my photo.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to grab some of the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection and get creating!

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

SWEET SMILES | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Thanks for popping by today.  I have a new layout to share with you. I’ve used one of our older files that I’ve been meaning to use for some time to document a sweet photo of my daughter and hubby. It’s a background cut file so this one came together in no time at all.

Here is the cut file I’ve used – you can find the custom cut version here:

This design is a background cut file and for this page, I had the idea to run it off of the left-hand side of my page.  Normally I would perhaps centre this style of cut, but for something different, I worked my design from the left-hand side towards the centre of the page.  I also had in mind right from the beginning for the file to work as a background layer, tone on tone.  I love white on white, it’s such a simple yet stunning effect.

Once I was happy with the cut files position, I glued it straight onto my page, making sure to only glue the centres of the flowers.  I love how the edges of the flowers stick up slightly creating a shadow on the page.  You get the sense of dimension and layers without any bulk.  This technique is perfect if you are not too confident in backing cut files or want to put a page together really quickly, no messy mixed media, no fussy cutting, just position and glue!

I then took some scraps from my stash to create my photo mat.  Lots of layers here and some stitching added around my photo for extra detail.  Then it was a matter of filling the design in with some pretty embellishments.

I’ve kept to a very simplified colour palette for this one, black white and pink with just a hint of green from the leaves of the flowers.  I’ve created my main cluster to the right of my photo and then a ‘supporting’ cluster of sorts along the left-hand side edge.  A few word sentiments and this page was done.

I hope this page inspires you to use a cut file white on white, tone on tone.  As I mentioned before, I do really love this look and it is ohh so simple to create.  Be sure to share your page on our Facebook page, link below.

New to CUT to YOU? – All of my designs are available as downloadable digital cut files as well as Custom cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette or alternative die cutting machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship.  I have over 100 designs now so lots to see in the store, visit www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info.

Join our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

HELLO YOU | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  This time focusing more on the stunning Navy in the collection to document a stack of photos of my cat.  I was so drawn to the ‘Inky Depths’ pattern paper it was the starting point for my project today and I just love how the darker background looks, it really sets my photos off don’t you think!

My cat is a boy, so I wanted a page that wasn’t too girly and full of florals, so the ‘Inky Depths’ paper was the perfect starting point.   With the background paper locked in, I went straight to my cut file stash and decided on this one called ‘Conversation‘ by CUT to YOU. Available in Custom cut (I’ll ship to you already cut) or Digital, anyone can have this file on a page 🙂  I love the pop of the white on the darker background!

Next up, I decided I’d soften the look a little by backing a few of the ‘speech bubbles’ with the pretty pink ombre of the ‘Shine Bright’ pattern paper.  I’ve used a sheet from the 6×8 paper pad for this as with the smaller format to the 12 x 12, the ombre is closer together and shows more in a smaller space.  I’ve also backed the heart shapes in the cut file design with the B side of the ‘Inky Depths’ paper again from the paper pad.

Next up, I went about matting all of my photos.  I love making layouts with multiple photos and a trick I have to do this is to print the photos in a small size.  Smaller photos means you can fit more on your page!  I have 8 all together and I’ve mounted them all in a combination of papers again from the 6×8 pattern paper pad.  I’ve then positioned these across the page loosely following along with the design of my cut file.

With the bones of the page all locked in now, it was time to focus on the smaller details.  There are so many pretty little elements in the collection, it was really fun to pick through the packs and audition elements here, there, and everywhere.

I’ve added a few elements across my page including die cuts from the ‘Ephemera pack, a piece from the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack as well as a few of the cute ‘Accessory stickers’.  Now to my title, I wanted to use the words in the cut file, so I went with ‘Hello You’.  The ‘You’ is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack.

To finish out the page, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’.  I must admit I’m hoarding all of these and I’ve used 2 already, time to buy another pack I think!  I do love how a flair can finish off a page and add the perfect element to a cluster, they really are a scrapping staple embellishment.

Thanks for popping by today, heaps more ‘Midnight’ inspiration to come, I think I’ll be creating with this collection for a while yet!

Until next time,