Hey Creatives! I hope you are all keeping well. Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share and for today’s page, I was inspired to use the 2020 Craftathon mood board. This inspiration board is the current challenge running in the CUT to YOU HQ Facebook group. If you are into free cut files and creative inspiration and not yet a member, you’ll want to check it out.

I’ve used the ‘Here and Now’ title cut file. Which you can find in store here.

Here is the inspiration board; I was inspired mostly by the colours, I love the mix of the cool blue/grey with the warm apricot tones. The flowers inspired me to do some fussy cutting and I had this fun pattern paper by Kaisercraft to use. It’s from the ‘Paisley Days’ collection. I’ve also got to tell you I tried really hard to get a bow onto my page, but it just didn’t need it… so I left it. I know, who even am I??? 🙂

To start the page, I backed my title cut file. I kept this simple as I knew I’d have a lot of interest coming from my fussy cut flowers. I’ve used a dark apricot for the words ‘Here’ and ‘Now’ and then a yellow pattern for the ‘And’ and a softer apricot colour for the heart shapes. This design is quite easy to back so this didn’t take long.

I then added a mat to my photo and adding my signature stitching. Next, it was a matter of seeing how the title and photo could fit together on my page. I decided on running them along the centre working horizontally which would allow space for my flowers towards the top and bottom of the page.

I decided on a pretty blue ombre background inspired by the ocean image in the Inspiration board. It also reflects the water in my photograph. I do love the pop of the white cut file and the darker florals off of this background colour and it’s fun to work with something that is not a plain white background for a change.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out a stack of the floral elements. I just cut a whole bunch and then worked on arranging them around my photo and title. I kept a small black edge on some of the flowers to help match in my photo. I went with a cluster at the top and another at the bottom of the page to balance everything out. I’ve added 3D foam in between layers for dimension.

It was now just a matter of adding in some embellishments. I’ve kept this pretty simple, adding some die-cut pieces, including the banner above my photo and the cute ‘hello’ banner positioned over my title. I’ve also added two of the coordinating Curios.

I love how this one came together and enjoyed being inspired by the Moodboard. Sometimes I need a starting point and these are really fun! As I mentioned above, if you haven’t joined the Facebook group it’s worth taking a look, there are random prizes of free designs and everyone there is super supportive!

Until next time,