LOVE THIS LIFE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrapbooking inspiration. For today’s share, I’m featuring a new CUT to YOU floral design and a sweet photo of my Miss 13 on her birthday.

To begin the page, I started with the ‘Spring Floral Edge‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large using white cardstock. I’ve backed it with the soft peach tones in the Crate Paper ‘Fresh Bouquet’ collection and for something different, I’ve used a grey and pink print to back the leaves in the cut file design.

Once the cut file was all backed, I positioned it onto my page. For the background of this layout, I’ve gone with a deep navy print from the collection. I love adding cut files onto a dark background, it really helps them to pop!

Next, I’ve positioned my photo, I’ve backed it with grey pattern paper and then raised it onto foam for dimension. It sits along the left-hand edge of the cut file. I’m using the design as a base for my page. It is guiding the layout of the page and will really help the flow of the design.

With the photo in place, I’m now going to add in my embellishments starting with the main cluster beside the bottom left hand corner of the photo.

I’ve finished the layout off with some gold elements including the photo corners and some pretty gold hearts from my stash.

You can also see how I’ve created the page below. If you like the way that I scrapbook OR the way that I chat about the way that I scrapbook, be sure to give my video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, that way you won’t miss any of my upcoming videos. This support helps me so so much! xo

I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together,

Until next time,

RELAX | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so thrilled to be bringing you my second layout as a Guest Designer for April.  I just had to use the “Simply Floral Pendant” Cutfile this time!  It is the perfect combination of banner pieces and flowers! 

I wanted to use a collection of supplies for this layout with deeper tones so I went for deep teal, off white and burnt sienna for a color palette.  I popped the entire cutfile up on some craft foam for dimension, tucked a photo of little old me up top and then added a whole heap of sequins in my flower centers! 

I knew right away that I wanted to have vellum behind my photo and cutfile.  I chose to tear the edges all the way around and only attached it here and there.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty of dimension!

A simple title and a few enamel dots finished this layout right off!         

You can watch me create this page here:

Thanks so much for allowing me to Guest Design for you this month!  I had a ball!

Shannon

OH WHAT FUN | KAREN JARMAN

Hi Cut To You Creatives! 
It’s Karen joining you again today as guest designer. I want to THANK Gwen and the team for this opportunity. It’s been heaps of fun and I truly appreciate the support.
My family visited Sweden for Christmas 5 years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago). I knew as soon as I saw the Gnomes I knew I wanted to create a layout featuring one of the winter cabins we stayed in to celebrate Christmas with relatives. Being part of a white Christmas was the most magical experience and when I look back at my photos I can hardly believe I was there. 
I decided to challenge myself for this layout as well, I don’t think I have ever put together a scenery type layout but I wanted to use the trees from the Christmas Wishes cut file as well. 

I love how this turned out, Here is how I put it all together.
I separated the trees from the title (to use on another project!), cut the trees in half and backed the trees with patterned paper and splattered the trees with white acrylic paintTo create the gnomes I used sparkly Kindy Glitz on the beards – I spread the Glitz onto a piece of cardstock and left it overnight to dry then cut the pieces to back beards.

Once I backed all the cut files I worked on the rough placement on the page, I tore some patterned paper to create some layers to represent the snow and got on with creating the sky.

I knew I would be adding a lot of liquid so coated the cardstock in clear gesso to form a barrier. The colour of the sky was created by and using multiple blue sprays. I spread the inks by adding water and turning the page and swirling the liquid around. I added some clouds by using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush and finished it off by adding white splatters in white acrylic paint to represent snow. To add some sparkle I added some watered down Nuvo Mouse in silver.

To create the feel of a scenery I backed the trees on the left with craft foam to give some dimension and popped the Gnomes up on foam to bring them to the front of the page. Then it was all about the embellishments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get creating, 
Thanks again Gwen for the opportunity.
Happy Creating,

Karen

HAPPY DREAM | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello scrappy friends!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so excited to Guest Design using the gorgeous Cut To You cutfiles!  I loved playing with the “Van Life” cutfile on a fab 12 x 12 layout.

I backed the cutfile using all Cocoa Vanilla Day Dream patterned papers as well as their beautiful sequins for the window and part of the door.  I chose white textured card stock for the cut so I could enjoy just a little bit of texture and bold contrast with my patterned papers.

After I backed my little camper van, I tucked a few embellishments behind the wheel as well as the sweet little sun behind my title.  I then applied a few more sequins and little word sentiments!

I have a thing for huge splatty bits and I made sure to sprinkle them liberally around my layout in a mid-tone gold from Jen Hadfield.

I used a single 4 x 6 photo with cute a Snapchat filter.  I thought it was perfect as I have always wanted to have an adorable camper craft room!  Here you can see me looking down dreaming of my little space!

I adore this project!  What could be better than a sweet cutfile, gorgeous product and a fun photo?!  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!  You can see my full process on my YouTube channel “She’s Crafty”.

Have the best day everyone,

Shannon

SO SWEET | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’ve been super inspired by the amazing pages the Design Team have been creating with black cut files and thought I’d give one a go. I’m working with a Black and White photo and the ‘More than Words’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I decided to feature our ‘Diamonds‘ cut file cut nice and large as a background feature for my page. I’ve also kept the inner parts of the design raising them up on foam tape for dimension. I’ve teamed the black and white in my layout with pastels for a softer look.

Here you can see the detail of the cut file on my page.

Once my background was positioned, I’ve added my photo on the right also on foam tape and then my title on the left. I’ve added a sprinkling of die cut ephemera, including some sweet yellow florals and some fussy cut butterflies. With a bold cut file like this one, the layout did not need too many added details.

Lastly, I’ve dug into my stash and found some Pink Puffy hearts, these from American Crafts. The pink is the perfect match to my background and I just love the little pop of colour they add.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:

Until next time,

SISTERS ALWAYS | KAREN JARMAN

Hello Cut To You fans! I was so excited when Gwen asked me to guest design this month, I admit I did squeal. I really only started using cut files about 12 months ago, yes I realise I was late to the party but I absolutely love them. I don’t have a cutting machine so I purchase Gwens Custom Cuts. These are carefully wrapped in signature pink tissue and boxed and sent out so quickly I often get my order the next day!. I am excited to say that it’s my birthday this month and my family all chipped in for a machine! 

I decided to create a 12×12 layout that features me with my sisters using the ‘Butterfly Silhouette‘ file. I love this ‘selfie’ of us, it has a special place in my heart. It was taken when the family was all together celebrating one of us successfully finishing breast cancer treatment. I have scrapped this photo a few times now and it never gets old. 

Here are the steps for creating the layout – I started the layout by backing the cut file with patterned paper.

Then I got to creating my background. My style often leans to being mixed media heavy, I love spray inks and creating watercolour backgrounds. I had initially thought I would go for a soft and monochromatic background but as with most of my layouts it morphed into something quite different.  Sometimes it can feel like you have gone too far with your sprays and this one was no exception, when this happens It’s a good idea to keep bringing the cut file over to your layout, it always looks different.  Another tip, I always use Gesso on my mixed media layouts it allows time to wipe things up and it helps the water and ink to spread without soaking into the cardstock. 

I mixed a few green and blue sprays to create the aqua green colour which was my original monochromatic idea. I then decided that I wanted more colour so added coral, gold and a darker blue that took into consideration some of the patterned pater having a dark blue tinge. 

Once everything was dry I popped the cut file up on the page with craft foam for dimension and started on the embellishing with lots of flowers and butterflies.

I love how this turned out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you gained some inspiration, I will be back later in the month for another share (squeal!)

Karen

HAPPY HOME | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’ve created the first of many pages I hope to make about our new family purchase of a Caravan. This photo was taken on our very first trip away in the van. I’ve used the Jen Hadfield ‘The Avenue’ collection for my page, I just love the green tones and florals, perfect for my outdoor photo.

To create the page, I first took the time to back the ‘Van Life‘ cut file. I even added some vellum in the areas of the window and door and I love how that looks. I simply backed each section one by one alternating pattern papers from the collection. I love how a digital cut file like this one can really help to tell the story of my photos.

Next, I created a double photo mat for my picture. I’ve used a floral pattern paper for my first matt, and then some more vellum for the second matt. I don’t usually double mat my photos but did want to include a softer edge around my photo for this page.

Next up, I positioned my Caravan cut file and photo (not stuck down as yet), I’m just positioning to get an idea of where these large elements would go on the page. Then, I’ve cut two of the trees from the ”Christmas Tree Quad‘ cut file. I’ve cut them in a dark green pattern paper from the collection to help them stand out from the background.

Once I was happy with the position of the Van, the photo and my two trees, I added the smallest amount of glue to the trees and then added stitching along their trunks for added detail. Once that was done, I could go ahead and glue into position the van and my photo.

From there, I’ve added in my title ‘Happy Home’ which is a die cut piece from the collection and some Thickers from my stash. I’ve also included some handmade cloud embellishements from ‘Charm Creations’ as well as some die cut ephemera floral elements and two sweet die cut butterflies.

To finish the page, I’ve added in some sweet puffy hearts, the touch of gold in these is a really nice finishing touch.

I’ve also mad a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:

Until next time,

GUEST DESIGNER | ERICA ROSE

Hey friends! I am excited to be back on the Cut to You blog sharing another scrapbook layout. Today I am using the Quilted Heart Cut File that you can find HERE in the Cut to You shop. Use the code HEARTERICA and get 20% off your order!

I wanted to create a winter layout so I pulled out the Doodlebug Design Winter Wonderland collection. I used the 6×6 paper pad to back the Quilted Heart Cut File in different pattern papers. For my background I wanted to created some fun splatters so I used some Perfect Posey’s Shimmerz and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Tinsel.

I used foam adhesive on the back of the cut file to pop it up from my background! This collection is all about winter and being cozy so I used some photos of our sweet Lola staying warm curled up on the couch on her favorite blanket!

The Quilted Heart Cut File was perfect to showcase the beautiful colors and patterns in the Winter Wonderland collection.

I embellished around my photos using some of the cute winter icons in the Winter Wonderland collection. I used one of the large die cuts from the chit chat pack for some of my title and then used some alpha stickers to spell out Lola.

In the top left corner I created another embellishment cluster using some more of the cute winter critters and the snuggle weather banner! Here is a look at my completed layout using the Quilted Heart Cut File from Cut to You!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can check out my process video over on my YouTube channel HERE!  Have a great day!

GUEST DESIGNER | ERICA ROSE

Hello Cut to You friends! Erica here and I am super excited to be guest designer this month and share what I created using the beautiful Cut to You files! Today I am sharing a 12×12 scrapbook layout using the Love Our Crazy Life cut file!

I backed the cut file using some pocket page cards from a recent Hip Kit. I really loved the colors in the 3×4 cards they were perfect to back all the letters in the cut file. Once all my letters were backed I used some thin foam strips from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and popped up the cut file. These thin strips worked really well around the heart part of the cut file.

I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock to 11.50×11.50 and distressed the edgges with the edge of my scissors. I wanted to add a pop of color to my background and just have peek out around the heart so I pulled out some Shimmerz Inklings in the color Precious Posey. Once the background was dry I matted the white cardstock to a piece of pattern paper from the January Hip Kit.

My photo is printed out in black and white and is from our most recent family photos. I love that everyone is smiling and laughing and baby Liam is trying to take off from my lap! He is always on the go and trying to run off and do his own thing! I used some big floral clusters to embellish around the heart cut file and added a few puffy dots from the Hip Kit.

I love how this turned out with the soft colors and the splatter of color behind the cut file. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and I hope you enjoyed this layout! If you would like to see the process you can head on over to my YouTube channel HERE. Have a wonderful day everyone!

SEASON OF JOY | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. For this share, I’m still on my Christmas scrapbooking kick and have another festive page to share.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and if it inspires you in any way be sure to subscribe so you can see more videos just like this one.

Until next time,