Hey, Creatives! Gwen here with you today and I’m super excited to share that our next guest designer is none other than Sue Plumb! I am always in awe of her creations, there really isn’t anything this chick cannot scrap; from grungy boy layouts to the most delicate pretty girl pages and everything in between; Sue really can do it all. She’s been a big support to CUT to YOU from day one and I love her to bits! I hope you all enjoy the first of her shares this month.
It’s Sue Plumb here and I am super excited that Gwen asked me to be a guest designer this month to help celebrate Cut to You’s first birthday!
Today I am sharing a page that I created to document a photo taken at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Creative Escape” Retreat recently. It features CUT to YOU DT coordinator Tam, my sister Mandy, CUT to YOU boss lady Gwen and myself. I so love hanging out with these gals!
For my layout, I started by creating an abstract background using Micador watercolour paints on heavyweight white cardstock. I had no real plan other than the fact I drew inspiration for the colours from the photo; I simply pushed paint around the page until I was happy with it. I also added some gold Color Shine in a few spots, first by dabbing on with a brush, then a few tiny splatters.
With my background sorted it was time to figure out which cut files I was going to use. I wanted to draw on the fact that there was a garden behind us in the photo and use some nature-themed files to match. I started with the floral piece from the new release ‘Blossom’ file, which I placed over the left side of the paint, allowing the colours to show through the cut file. I then added my photo alongside it so it was overlapping the edge.
With my photo in place, I then chose the ‘Open Leaf Stem’ cut file, and cut two different sized branches – one to be placed above the photo, and one to the right.
I gathered some floral and leaf die cuts from my stash and adhered them so that the Leaf Stems I had cut would be positioned over the top. I also tucked some coordinating pieces under the Blossom floral piece and added some messy white cotton thread to each cluster for texture.
Next, I wanted to add some extra flowers; so I chose some from the Caite Floral Set to place around my page and used a few sequins to create centres for them.
The only thing my layout needed now was some text. I added a couple of coordinating die cuts with words on them; a sticker across the bottom of my photo for the title; and handwritten journaling.
I am so happy with the finished layout – not only does it feature some of my favourite people and colours to work, but it also showcases the way I like to use cut files on my pages. Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you, and thank you, Gwen, for having me on the Cut to You blog today!