TOGETHER FOREVER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share using my very first Travelers Notebook cut file!  I’ve made a stack of these for the TN peeps out there, (you can shop them here) and always said, these are great for scrapbooking too and today I thought I’d show you!  This photo was taken at my wedding 18 years ago and from memory is the 2nd or 3rd wedding photo I’ve scrapbooked.

I started with the ‘TN Together Documented‘ cut file and resized it quite large knowing I was working with a 6×4 photo.  I’ve backed the design with pretty paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Midnight‘ Collection, it really is beautiful for Wedding photos.  I went with a darker paper to fill the hearts in the design and something lighter and soft for the letters.

I’ve then backed my photo with just a single mount for this one and stitched around the edge as I normally would.  I’ve also added 3D foam behind for added dimension and then decided on the position of the cut file and the photo.  I like to nut out this part of the design early so that I have a direction for the page.

Next up, I’ve pulled out some co-ordinating embellishments, most of these from the Die Cut Ephemera pack of the collection as well as my foam Thickers.  I decided to add to the ‘Together’ in my cut file to make the title ‘Together Forever’.

I’ve now added in some more floral elements and this cute navy bow.  I’ve worked in my usual loose, flowing clusters to help draw the eye around the page and finished it off with this sweet flair from Felicity Jane.

And that was the page done AND as you can see, even though it is a Traveler’s Notebook design as such, it is also perfect for layouts.  The rectangle format would also work super well with the 9 1/2 x 11 size, so if you love those, the TN designs are for you!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

Guest Designer – Amy Churchward

Hi Creatives!

Introducing another fab guest designer we have lined up for this month.  Many of you will know Amy Churchward, and if you haven’t met her yet or seen her wonderful projects you are in for a treat!  She is an amazing part of the Aussie scrapbook community and has worked with many Aussie businesses and I’m so so glad she is joining us this month!  Check out her first project below.

Hi everyone! I am super excited to be here! A little about me – I am married to a wonderful husband with two active boys. Seeing as I have boys, I tend to be drawn to masculine pages with a mixed media style.  Here is my first project:

The geometric background fits perfectly here. I love the funkiness of the ‘Sketchy Squares‘ cut files. I have placed this over the darkish mixed media background.

The white ‘Sketchy Squares‘ were just the thing to break up the background. I love how it really lifts the page…

…and you know what I also love… I don’t own a cutting machine, so the lovely Gwen does ‘Custom Cuts’ for you! This is a beauty as the cut file comes to you ready to go!

Thank you for popping by!

Amy 😊

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

 

 

‘Lego Boy” Kirei

Hey Creatives!  Gwen with you back on the blog today to share the last project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin and I think I might have left the best until last, I just love this cut file and what she has done with it! #legorules

and he comes with a friend!

Here is what Kirei said about her project:

This is such a fun cut file and I knew I had to use this as I had the perfect photo of my husband posing proudly with his finished Lego London bus! I mainly used papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Boys Rule’ collection to back the Lego Boy cut file which I then stuck to my layout. I cut a wavy piece of green patterned paper that I used as something to stand him on as he looked like he was floating otherwise! I added the one photo that I just tucked into the side of the cut file and then finished off with some matching embellishments and alphas from my stash. The finishing touch was the cute bow that was perfect on my Lego Boy!

You can shop Lego Boy here, and Lego Girl here.

I’d also love to take a moment to sincerely thank Kieri for joining us as a guest this month and creating four wonderful projects.  It’s been so great to have her on the team.

Until next time,

Guest Designer Mandy Miles

Hey Creatives!

Gwen back with you on the blog today sharing the second part of our special Guest designer Traveler’s Notebook feature!  As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve invited papercrafts dynamic duo Sue Plumb and Mandy Miles to share some of their latest Traveler’s Notebook spreads with us; so if you missed Sue’s share yesterday, be sure to catch that one too.

Today, you are in for a treat because Mandy has created three spreads and they are all fabulous.  First up, this super cute spread with her darling puppy featuring our ‘TN Heart Banner‘ cut file.

I just love how she has taken the time to back each heart in a different colour to create a pattern that coordinates with the colours in her photos.  So sweet!

Next up, we have a more geometric style design, this one featuring our ‘TN Faded Grid‘ file cut from white cardstock and then coloured in a funky grey using watercolours.  The beauty of our custom cuts is that they are all cut on white card, meaning you can colour or emboss to whatever colour you’d like.

I love how Mandy has used the top part on the left of her spread and the bottom on the right side of her spread, and the files work as the base for her embellishment clusters, it really helps everything come together for a cohesive look.

Last, but not least,  she’s pulled out the bold colours of America to document her trip with the ‘Together Documented‘ file.  You might also recognise the red heart in I heart NY and around her spread?… They are the insides of the hearts from the heart banner she used in her first spread, simply coloured red… very clever!

How cool does the file look over the top of this aerial view of the city!  Here you can really see how they work in the rectangle format for this style of creating.

I hope you have enjoyed the pages Sue and Mandy have shared, I love how very different they are, and how they have shown off the designs.  If you are a TN lover, I’d love to see your pages in the HQ group, or simply tag us #cuttoyou AND you can catch all of our Traveler’s Notebook designs here.

A big thank you to Sue and Mandy for joining us this month!

Until next time,

 

 

Guest Designer Sue Plumb

Hey Creatives!

I hope you are all doing well!  Gwen with you on the blog today with a special Guest designer Traveler’s Notebook feature!  I’ve invited papercrafts dynamic duo Sue Plumb and Mandy Miles to share some of their latest Traveler’s Notebook spreads with us and I just love what they have put together.   To date, we have over 30 different TN designs; each has been created specifically for the format of a standard Traveler’s Notebook and as you’ll see over the next two days, they really take a TN spread to the next level!

First up, Sue has created this SUPER fun spread using our ‘Superhero Page Builder‘ cut file.  Now, this one is not technically one of our TN designs, however, as you can see, it works so fabulously on this spread!  There are so many pieces to this file, and they can be sized to fit a TN so easily.

Sue has cut the elements from the file in black cardstock which really makes it pop off her spread!  This effect also means you don’t have to spend the time backing the files and that extra layer of paper adding bulk to your notebook.  I love how she has combined that black with the super bright red and yellow, definitely worthy of her twin Superheros!

See all of the Traveler’s Notebook designs here and be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what her sister Mandy makes!

Until next time,

 

LIVING THE DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you popping onto the blog today.  I have a new share with a file I’ve been meaning to work with for a while.  It’s called ‘Quad Frames’ and when I designed it, I had in mind the grid design scrapbook pages that I love the simplicity of.  Funnily enough, though, my first page working with it turned out to NOT be a grid design at all!

 

As I mentioned above, the idea for the page actually started with the cut file ‘Quad Frames‘, I had this one on my list for a while now to create with and had planned to make a grid design page.  I also had on my desk the latest collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios which I am crushing over right now, and this picture of my husband, daughter and myself in a helicopter flying over the Grand Canyon!  I have had this photo in my pile to create with for years now and just couldn’t get the colours to work, until ‘Unforgettable’ came along, it was a perfect match.

The Quad Frames design was cut as large as I could on the 12 x 12 cardstock. I then pulled out some Shimmerz watercolor paint.  I’ve coloured each block of the design in a new colour and initially was thinking of keeping the blocks and doing something in a tone on tone look for each square.  Pink elements on the pink block, green elements on the green block etc.

It was at this point that I realised that the photo was just too large (width ways) for that to work and I didn’t want to reprint smaller or crop it any further, so I changed plans.  I decided on a vertical design with the photo in the center of my page.  I mounted it on a pretty floral paper and stitched around the edge.  As always I’ve added stitching here too.  This same paper I’ve used for the outer edge of my page and added stitching around the edge as well.  I do this a lot because I feel it really pulls the elements of the page together.

Next, I stuck down the cut file keeping everything really centered and then added my photo on top.  I’ve then gone ahead pulling out lots of elements from the collection and adding pieces working from the top to the bottom of the page down the centerline.

I’ve just kept auditioning elements until I was happy, being careful to consider how the eye will be directed around the page and how all of the elements tie together.

I’d really loved the sentiment ‘Living the Dream’ because this America trip was a dream come true for me, I had always wanted to go to Disney Land and the Grand Canyon for a white Christmas and it was so good to be able to go and do that and give that gift to our daughter.  Lots of journaling on the back of this page for this one!

And that was the page done!  I love how the cut file frames the design for this one and that even though the page wasn’t what I had initially thought to do, I still love how it turned out.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

“Floral Frame 01” Kirei Baldwin

Hey Creatives!  Gwen with you back on the blog today to share the latest project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I am really loving the variety of the pages she has created for us, she really is showing off how versatile cut files can be!  This one is super soft and pretty, see all the pretty details below!

**This design also comes in a 6×4 frame – Shop that here.

Here is what Kirei said about her project:

The Floral Frame 01 cut file is so pretty and I decided to use vellum to back it as it gives such a delicate, soft look. I used the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Just A Little Lovely’ collection to compliment the cut file which I attached with foam pads to the sketchy floral background paper. I then mounted a square black and white photo onto two of the patterned papers and attached that to the center of the cut file frame. I pulled out some of the more peachy pink embellishments and the title from the collection and finished off with lots of sparkly sequins.

Until next time,

“Better Together” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to share Guest Designer, Belinda Jane’s second project for you this month.  This one absolutely has my heart, all that stitching is divine.  I have really loved her shares this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Belinda xo 

I’m really excited to be sharing my second project as a guest designer for September. I fell totally in love with the ‘Spring Roses‘ Cut n Stitch file when I saw it in the shop. It felt like the perfect base for a layout that shared a photo of my husband and I as I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of journaling to go along with this photo so I could really let the creative aspects of the layout take center stage.I started by setting up my layout in Silhouette Studio. I duplicated the cut file making one slightly smaller. I then split the file in two and cut the outline of the roses from plain white cardstock, with the stitching holes for the leaves cut into my background paper. I then got to work stitching around each of those white roses using a graduated toned embroidery thread that perfectly matched the dress I’m wearing in the picture. I wanted to bring a little bit of watercolor into this layout. I took a fresh piece of white cardstock and covered the entire background in a few different muted peachy-pink tones and used that to back my stitched rose cut file. In hindsight, it would have been much easier to stitch those delicate roses after they had been adhered to the backing paper! Then I used a pale green watercolor inside each of the leaf outlines on the background paper before stitching around those with green thread.The layout came together pretty easily after that. I trimmed down my background paper and added a very thin mat using the watercolor background paper I had created for my roses. I distressed the edges of the background to give it some nice texture and interest.I adhered the stitched and backed roses into place on the background paper using a quick-dry wet glue. I grabbed a bunch of papers from my scrap stash and added lots of complimentary layers to back my photo before adhering that to the layout as well.I used a gold foil thickers title of “Better Together” along with some of the chipboard hearts from that same chipboard sticker set. I also added a sprinkling of blue enamel dots here and there. I kept the journaling super simple and nestled that in under the title. I finished off the layout with some gold splatters.

I will confess that this layout was more time consuming and labor-intensive than I usually like. But that finished product just makes me so very happy.

Belinda Jane

Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,

‘Squirrel’ Kirei Baldwin Guest Designer

It’s the weekend Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today with you to share the latest project from our Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I just love the colours in this one! Perfect inspiration for our friends in the Northern hemisphere who are going into Autumn/Fall.

SQUIRREL

I loved the ‘Squirrel‘ cut file and had the perfect title to go with it! I pulled out the One Canoe Two ‘Goldenrod’ collection that I’ve been hoarding and cut the ‘Squirrel’ out from one of the patterned papers, which I then backed with more of the coordinating papers all raised on foam pads. The landscape design patterned paper was perfect for my squirrel to sit on! I added a couple of photos and a few of the matching embellishments from the ‘Goldenrod’ collection and of course my title… ‘Nuts About You’!

You can shop our ‘Squirrel’ cut file here.

Until next time,

WORK SAVE TRAVEL REPEAT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you up on the blog today with a new share today featuring one of the newer designs and playing with some more new scrappy goodies!  I’ve been itching to scrap this pic of Miss C and me for a while now and this cut file was perfect for it!

I really wanted to design some cut files that would help us all document our travels.  Rather than creating specific ones for locations we might visit, I wanted some that could be broadly used for any kind of travel no matter what the destination and this one ‘Traveler Background‘ is one of my favs!

I’ve blown up the world shape super large and positioned on the background of my page, overlapping one edge.  I’ve also added some stitching along each of the lines just for some extra detail.  Next, I went about backing the title.  For this, I’ve done it in blocks of colour, I felt like I needed to help it stand out from that watercolor pattern on the background, and figured this would be a good way to go about doing that.  I feel like the colour blocking also helps you read the title.

I’ve mounted the title up on foam as well which helps separate it from the background, especially when viewing the page in real life.  I then mounted my photo and positioned the photo and title piece onto the background.  You’ll see it’s a perfect fit edge to edge! (No, I didn’t plan that when sizing the title, it just worked out that way).

The page was really coming together now, it was just a matter of adding in some embellishments.

I didn’t want to do too much and take away from the work I had already done so I’ve kept the embellishing really to two small clusters, one at the top right-hand side of my photo, the other on the bottom edge of the photo.  I feel these do help lead your eyes down the page and finish off the page nicely.

I am in love with this collection and this cut file and will definitely be using it again for more of my travel pics!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,