10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. We are about to kick off our Summer holidays here in Australia and with school finishing up, I’ve actually been ordering books for next year and planning out my daughters subject selections. It won’t be long before we are all talking about heading back to school, so if you’re looking for Fun and Easy School themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of school-themed photos to Scrapbook so let’s get you inspired!

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10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘School-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. You could replicate this layout with a photo from a simple moment on a morning before school. What a lovely reminder to the student in your family to inspire them throughout their day.

#2 Documenting Class and Teacher details. I love documenting big and small details of school life. For this layout, I wanted to document my daughters school teacher and class details, they are hidden away underneath the cut file I’ve used on the background of this page. Cut file is called ‘School Books‘ which I’ve cut nice and large and then backed with pretty pattern papers. You could add in all kinds of details behind your book here, it’s a great way journal or document details in your photo.

#3 Documenting Progress through the grades. It’s obviously important to document each grade your student is in, but I also believe it’s also good to document where they are on their school journey. I created the cut file featured here to be able to do just that. It is called ‘Grade School‘ and the idea behind this one is to have the word ‘Grade’ at the top in one pattern paper and then to highlight the appropriate number each year. This design really is one that can be used over and over to document progress though each year level at school. For this layout, I was also keen to document my husband taking pictures by our front door, this is a real family tradition we have run with, so the journalling on this layout will talk more about our daughters progress through the grades at school and how she has grown and developed.

#4 Documenting School Sports. For this layout, I wanted to document a sports award my daughter achieved. I was not able to attend the sports event, so I snapped a couple of pictures as soon as we arrived home, making sure to take a close up of her medallion. To help tell my story, I’ve used the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file design to replicate sports flags. For the title of my page I’ve used ‘Thickers’ to spell out the type of award she won.

#5 One for the Book lovers. There is no doubt that school life means a lot of reading and study. For my daughter, it also means a lot fun as she is real book worm. For this layout, I wanted to document a lovely moment she fell asleep reading with our pet cat. I actually created this SVG design for this very layout. It’s called ‘Book Lover‘ and consists of a title and some super fun books.

#6  Documenting Awards and Certificates. It’s not everyday that your little ones are awarded class prizes and certificates so these moments really are nice to document. It’s not always possible to get to the presentation so why not take a pic outside the class room to document this special achievement. This layout features our ‘Stars N Stripes‘ design and plays on the idea of being a SUPER Star!

#7 Selfie Love! There isn’t always someone handy to take a happy snap at school, so why not snap a quick selfie. I find the ones the kids take to be extra special. This fun photo was taken as a sneaky selfie in an open class parents were invited to attend to see student work. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers.

#8 School Adventures. Not all learning experiences happen at school. For my daughter, school camp in Year 6 was a big deal, exciting and scary all wrapped up in one. It was really important for me to document all of these feelings along with the details of the camp. This photo was taken in the early hours of the morning just before she boarded a bus, looking at this page brings back so many memories!! I’ve created a pretty floral cluster to embellish this page featuring cut file leaves, for my layers. This cut file design is called ‘Leaf Duo‘ and can extend floral die cut pieces in your stash beautifully. Pre-cut out a bunch of these, I know you’ll find them handy as you are creating.

#9 Schools out for Summer. This layout celebrates summer vacay!!! There is nothing quite like that moment when school is out and it’s time for some fun 🙂 The best students are those who know how to work hard and can also rest and enjoy the Summer break. Cut file featured here is our ‘Vacay Mode‘ title design.

#10 Sticking with tradition. For this layout, I’m featuring a photo that is a real family tradition. Each year on the first day of school, I photograph my daughter standing on the front step of our house. As it’s turned out, we have lived here her whole life and it is so lovely to see the same door and background in each photo and simply watch her grow! I’ve featured here an exclusive cut file from our CUT of the MONTH Members club called ‘Eucalyptus Wreath’. If you’re looking for more info on that you’ll find more info here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting school memories with SVG files, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

GOOD TIDINGS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with another of the exclusive designs available for our CUT of the MONTH club members, this one is called ‘Triangle Crystals’ and is available now in the members area of the website for immediate download. Not one of our members yet? Now’s the time to join, for $1.50 per month, you can grab this new exclusive as well as October’s for a short time only, sign up here.

Onto the layout 🙂 I was super keen to get started on a Christmas scrapbook idea I had, using the design to give the feel of Winter. These triangles could be a geometric pattern, but for my layout I wanted them to mimic snow or ice.

I’ve backed the entire file with one piece of pattern paper and then added that to a framed background. I’ve then gone ahead and added a bunch of stitching to the layout. I just love adding stitching to my projects, it adds a really lovely texture and hand made feel to them. I’ve then mounted my photo and added more stitching around the edge.

Next it was time to add in some embellishments and paper layers. I’ve added lots of bits and pieces under my photo and built out the right hand side of the layout with embellishments. To balance this out, I’ve added a smaller embellishment cluster to the bottom left hand side of the page. This Pink Fresh collection has so many lovely elements in it, I love mixing and matching them in my clusters.

I’ve also added in some sequins from ‘Spieglemom Scraps‘ – these snow flakes are the cutest!!! We don’t get snow where I live so this photo taken on a Christmas vacation was the perfect page to use them up on and I just love how they finish off the page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

LOVE GROWS HERE | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration and a super fun announcement… Introducing the CUT of the MONTH club! Today I’m creating with the very first exclusive design available for club members only. When you join our CUT of the MONTH club you can simply log into the members area of the website and get access to a fresh new exclusive design every month. I’m creating these designs especially for members only; you won’t be able to find them anywhere else AND they will only be available for a short period of time. If you are not signed up for the design of the month, you will miss your chance to get it forever. If you love CUT to YOU designs, you won’t want to miss this. You can sign up today for full access here and can cancel at any time.

Onto the layout 🙂 I’m on a ‘Back to School’ kick at the moment so it was fun to get this photo documented. I’ve started with the ‘Eucalyptus Wreath‘ design shown above and backed it with pattern papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’ve gone with a soft green leaf print from the ‘These Days’ collection. I’m using that same print for my layout edge and then a pretty yellow pattern paper from the same collection.

I’ve then positioned my photo along the right hand edge of the wreath, backing it with a small photo mat and adding my stitching. I’ve raised it up on foam as well for dimension. I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out some florals from pattern paper. I’m going to use the wreath cut file as a bit of a guide or template to create my floral clusters. A cut file like this one is a really great starting point if you are new to creating floral clusters. Use it as a base and work your layers up from there.

I’ve mixed and matched floral pieces and leaves and added them over the top of my wreath. I’m taking care not to overlap all of the wreath, I’m just looking at filling the design out a little. Some elements are raised on foam, others sit flat to the page. I just keep trialing bits and pieces here and there until I’m happy with how it all looks. Next, I’ve fussy cut out some sweet butterflies from pattern paper and added them to my layout. I add the adhesive to just their centres so that I can bend the wings up a little for dimension.

I’ve also included some die cut elements from the same collection and some sweet typed sentiments which I’ve raised up on foam tape. These are always a nice finishing touch to a page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

ADVENTURE BEGINS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting another family outdoor adventure, this time with the help of one of the title cut file designs.

I decided to feature the ‘Adventure Begins‘ title for this one and cut it nice and large on white cardstock. It was perfect for my photo and a great way to help tell my story. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Jen Hadfield ‘The Avenue’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned towards the bottom of my layout making sure to centre on the page left to right. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

I’ve then positioned my photo so that it nestles into the design. When I was creating this cut file, I purposely positioned the text ‘and so the’ to the left (not centred) so that you would have somewhere to place your photo. You could use 6×4 or 6×8 in landscape or portrait. Lots of options with this one.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters one towards the top left and the other in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I’m always thinking about how the eye will flow across the page. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces and sticker elements. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added in some small gold chipboard hearts from Maggie Holmes. I love the smaller detail they add to the page and they round everything out nicely.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout including why I chose the bird, squirrel and car elements which you can watch here:

If you are looking for even more inspiration using this collection, I’ve created another layout which you can see here.

Until next time,

12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages you can make with cut files. So I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of Summer layout ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much and like many of you, I have a bunch of Summer photos to Scrapbook so let’s combine the two to get you inspired!

Grab your FREE Summer SVG File here:

First up though, do you love FREEBIES? Make sure you sign up for our Cut File lovers Newsletters, I send free SVG designs every month, so you will want to jump on that! You can sign up HERE.

12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Add a Sun Burst element to your page. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘Summer’ page, BUT nothing says summer like a burst of Sunshine right? This simple detail has been added using a 12×12 Mask and a pretty pink shade of mixed media spray from my stash. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE.

#2 Think Sunshine and Cute Clouds For this page, I’ve featured the ‘Sunny Skies‘ background cut nice and large as a starting point. I adore the sweet open clouds in this cut file which you can back with pattern paper OR leave open to show off your background. I’ve gone with a mix of open and backed clouds in this layout.

#3 Rainbows for the win. Not all Summer layouts need to have photos on the beach and Sunshine. This layout documents a Summer holiday using soft pastel supplies and this sweet ‘Rainbow Love‘ cut file design. The addition of the bright yellow Sun die cut and sweet raindrop pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio really pull this page together.

#4 Flowers work in every season. For this layout, I’ve pulled out bright and happy supplies and backed the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ design in all the colours. This design works best cut nice and large and is quick and easy to back. It’s also a fun way to use up paper scraps. Mix and match your bright papers and add in fun Summer die cuts like these sunglasses to pull the page together.

#5 Summer Ombre. It’s not just the ‘Summer Vibes‘ title that screams Summer on this page, it’s that stunning ombre background. I just adore the sunset feel to this page created by adding a clean white Sun shaped cut file on top of the bright background. This page came together in no time as it didn’t need a lot of embellishing after the large cut file detail had been added. I am also really loving the open space that has been left in the photo. The horizon really feels like it stretches out across the page.

#6  Say it in your title. Cut file titles like this ‘Summer Days‘ design are such a great deal! Super inexpensive when compared to alternative alphabets, they can tell the story of your layout in one or two words simply and easily. I’ve backed this one in a single piece of pattern paper and added directly to the background of my page. I’ve then simply added my photo and some die cut elements and the page was complete.

#7 Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file ‘Go See Do‘ is the perfect height for my two 4×4 photos. I love how the large title balances out the two photos to create a very centred design. This might be a Traveller’s Notebook cut file, but backed with bright Summer pattern papers, it fits on this 12 x 12 layout perfectly.

#8 White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Open Leaf‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love and helps the black elements on this page to really pop!

#9 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design ‘Scallop Banners‘ has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves you creating time. No need to back, simply add directly onto your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done!

#10 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Sunshine background‘ design cut in a lovely ombre pattern paper and then layered the ‘Lazy Summer Days‘ title on top.

#11 Soft and Sweet. Summer layouts don’t have to be filled with bright and bold colours, often I love to use softer tones for a washed out Summer look. This happy snap of my daughter and I was calling for pastels, teamed with a fun title cut file ‘Vacay Mode‘ I love the relaxed feel to this page.

#12 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene for this fun Summer layout.

BONUS! #13 As a large background feature. The ‘Makin Waves‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. It’s simply been cut in white cardstock and then coloured with tones of Blue and Green and then layered onto the background. I’ve then added this sweet photo of my husband and I on family vacation and some ocean inspired embellishments to finish off the page.

And there you have it… some really fun Summer layout projects you can create with your Cricut or Silhouette machine and CUT to YOU cut files. You can shop all of these design here and if you haven’t already, grab your FREE design by signing up to our cut file lovers newsletter here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with the designs, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

BUNNY KISSES EASTER WISHES | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’m documenting a fun Easter photo and featuring a lovely big title design.

I decided to feature the ‘Bunny Kisses Easter Wishes‘ design for this one and cut it nice and large. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Dear Lizzy ‘She’s Magic’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned along with my photo onto my layout. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

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

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces, fussy cut florals and chipboard. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added these super fun holographic heart chipboard heart pieces, they are so so fun and I love how they add a little bit of shine to the page.

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

Until next time,

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,

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,

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,

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,