Guest Designer Sue Plumb joins in the Celebrations

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.

Hi everyone!

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!