Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Our Sweet Boy" for D-lish Scraps

Hello again creative friends,

Hope you are all well!!  It's my turn to share again on the D-lish scraps blog and today I have a layout of our sweet kitten Ferris.

This layout started with the hexagon background cut file and some paper scraps in pink and yellow shades; I have been hoarding these forever and was on a mission to use them up.  I also had this cute little Crate paper element of a kitty cat and it was so cute I had to use it! I love pink and yellow as a colour combo, problem is, our cat is a boy!!!  This is one of those moments when you realise you have chosen colours because you like them and NOT because they fit your photo! - whoops!!  So... what to do??  Well, I thought, why not document his sweet nature.  He may be a boy but he is the sweetest, loving little thing, so affectionate and tolerant of Miss 10 who sometimes forgets he is a kitten!!  

As I often do, I went about building up my paper layers for my photo mat first and included one of the 5x7 paper bags,  these are always a great start to a page.  I simply added my paper scraps together until I was happy with my layers. I then went about looking for extra elements to round out the layout.  I found this sweet Journal pack piece from the Past Kit Bits section of the website which was the perfect yellow to match my pattern papers and I knew I also had this Sequin Bow in a really bright shade of yellow that would be a perfect fit. 

I also wanted to add some Wood Veneer - it's no secret that I love adding these elements to my pages, and I especially love the tone of the wood in the D-lish store, no need to add paint if you don't want to, they are perfect as they are.  I also had the co-ordinating Flair to the journal piece and the cute little Bitty Bow Clip - I simply slid it off the clip part to make an adorable bow tie for my kitty image. 

Next, it was time to add some flower clusters, I love the softness of the Fantasy Blooms and the Tea Roses are really nice to add into clusters for interest, they are the perfect sized smaller flower. To avoid any confusion with the whole "he is a boy" thing, I decided on the title "Our Sweet Boy" using the puffy Alphas and of course some Enamel Dots and that's the layout complete.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Hi creative friends,

Back with you today for something a little different.  This week over on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios blog we are Scrap lifting!!  Like many of you I'm sure, I'm a huge fan of Raquel Bowman and could not go past the opportunity to scrap lift one of her Cocoa Vanilla layouts.  After a lot of indecision (there are WAY too many beautiful designs to choose from), I went with this one.  I love the clean lines and central design and thought it would suit my photos really well.

and here is my version of her design:

It was so fun to have a design to work with and not have to make too many decisions about what should go where, almost like a sketch!  It meant the page came together really quickly as well!

I began by adding the top and bottom strips of Artisan paper pieces to the Double Dot paper.  I've also added some layers of the Patchwork paper both the A and B sides, for a pop of pink and florals.  I did also use some basic white card stock from my stash.  I have mat my photos with the B side of the Double Dot paper, I so love this shade of mint green and added lots of stitched details.

I also had the idea to use the negative chipboard piece from the "Love You" sentiment from the chipboard accent stickers as my title. I felt it was a really good fit with the Scrap lifted design as I needed something quite large that would fit across the width of my photo and keep with the linear style of the page.  It was also a great way to get more out of the chipboard.  Do you use the negative pieces on your layouts?

Next I began work on the flower clusters to the left and right of the photo.  There are so many beautiful elements in the Wild At Heart ephemera pack it was so fun to layer them all up together.  I finished off the clusters with some flowers from the Free Spirit and Hello Lovely collections.  I have added quite a few more pieces than Raquel did, simply because I feel my style is more layered and I do love to add heaps of embellishments.  Even when scrap lifting, I think it's important to be true to what you like and make the borrowed design your own.

Have you seen the Rubber Charms?  There are so many embellishments in this collection and these are some of my favourites.  I selected out the 2 bright pink charms and made sure they found a spot on my page, I love them so much. 

A final close up of the divine typed sentiments from the Accessories Sticker Sheet - one of the most popular items in the collection because they are so useful.  They are currently out of stock on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios website, however,  I have seen these at some of our stockists, so if you come across them, snap them up!  Of course I have also finished the layout with some Wild at Heart enamel dots, and woodies from the Free Spirit collection.

I hope this inspires you to give scrap lifting a try, it's a fun and easy way to create a layout. Don't forget to sprinkle a little of your own style in too for a wonderful result.

Thanks for popping by
Gwen xo

Saturday, April 15, 2017

On Trend - Wreath Design page "You + Me" for D-lish April Cybercrop

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share my latest layout for the D-lish design team as part of my challenge for the April Cybercrop.  I have been itching to create a layout using a wreath design and I've seen a stack of late so I thought why not challenge myself to give one a go!  Hope you like my take....

The design for the page started with this beautiful cut file "Floral Wreath" by Neat N Crafty - as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it for this challenge but as a twist, use the negative piece rather than the positive cut piece.  Don't worry, I saved that for another layout!  I have backed it with this divine floral paper from Kaisercraft.  Next up, I mounted my photo and decided where it should go.  I liked it on the left as hubby and I are more to the right in the picture.

Next, I decided to add the title underneath the photo and loved the idea of using some wooden elements.  I love the colour of these ones "all natural" and thought they were a great fit for the warm colours I already had going on.

To add interest and dimension to the wreath, I have fussy cut out some more flowers and layered them together.  I've also added some fabric flowers, fabric bows and the most divine resin flowers.  I have tried to cluster them loosely in three places around the wreath.  Repetition of the elements adds to a cohesive design... and I like groups of 3, they always look good. 

and there you have it... a pretty quick layout and not too much work once you get that cut file sorted.  So.. I've challenged myself, and now it's your turn... I'd love to to see what you create!

Thanks for popping by,
Gwen xo

Sunday, April 9, 2017

"My Happily Ever After" for D-lish Scraps

Hello everyone!!

Here today to share with you the April D-lish Inspiration Board - Have you seen it this month?

Ok, so when I saw this, my first thought was WOAH, it's pretty "boy" themed, my next thought was WOAH, it's pretty "cool" too!!  Two words I would not use to describe my creating style!  However, after some thought, and a little pep talk from myself to be open, try new things etc...(you know the one), I decided to give it go.  The result, I hope you'll agree is still very true to my style but is still in keeping with the Retro Revival Inspiration board.

I wasn't sure I would have a lot of choices from my stash in these colours, however, I went digging and I found this pretty Dear Lizzy pattern paper with red flowers all over it and immediately thought to fussy cut a stack of them out.  I also found this chipboard heart embellishment from the depths of my stash and the page was off to a start!  As I mentioned, I don't use a lot of these colours in my day-to-day scrapbooking so I don't have a stack of embellishments, but reminded myself, you can make a lot from a little if you get creative!!  I will add that there was a little bit of Pink in the pattern paper, just a touch, and I thought I'd get away with that!

Next, I pulled out my spray inks, I managed to find a dark blue, a light blue and a perfect shade of yellow.  I'm not hugely into mixed media so I just went at it little by little adding little splatters to the centre part of my page.   I kept building it up slowly but surely trying to keep it down the centre of the page leaving 3 inches each side (approximately) for white space.  Next, I spread the fussy cut flowers out over the splatters, placing them closer together near the centre and spreading out as they went down the page.

 Next, I added a few layers of paper under my photo to create a mat and of course added some stitching.  I then went about building my flower clusters to the left and right, starting with the largest of the fussy cut flowers, layering them up and I knew I had these super pretty yellow Fantasy Blooms to finish the clusters off which would be a perfect fit.  I so love how they pop off the page!

For my title, I used some dark blue alphas and stitched them on - you can find similar ones in the shop... here in red and here in royal blue.  I have also added some enamel dots, there's a stack in store and I find you can really never have too many of these!

To finish off the page, I added in a  Bitty Bow Clip on the top left-hand side of my photo and added in the Resin flowers lucky last - I use these a lot on my pages, they are a really nice finishing touch.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Hello creative friends,

Today I'm here to share with you my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  Crazy happy with how this layout came together and it has been so nice to document the Adele concert in Brisbane my sister and I recently attended.

The design and whole idea for this layout came from these sweet little notes that were sprinkled over us towards the end of the show, just like confetti.  As soon as I saw they had hand written song lyrics on them I knew I had to use them on a layout and my sister and I went madly about trying to get one of each of the different types! 

Then came the tricky part, trying to include them in a way that was my style, not taking too much away from my photo but showing them off as well.  I came up with the idea to use them in my background.  To do this I chose 3 of my favourite papers (Artisan, Luscious and Grow Wild) from the Wild At Heart collection and cut rectangle pieces similar to the size of the notes, these are 5.5cm x 3 cm if you are looking to re-create at home.  I then layered them onto a white piece of card stock in a patch work kind of design, mixing up the papers for interest as I went.  Once I was happy with how these looked, I added in the song lyric pieces and stitched in place.

Next, I went about adding the chipboard frames, ohh how I love these, and layered them in with the photo mat. I then decided I wanted a little more interest in the background and had some of the XOXO shapes cut from the Colour Me Happy cut files I really wanted to use. I like to cut elements in advance so I have them on hand when creating and these were from that pre-cut stash.  I also took this time to add in the title, using the Hello Sunshine Alphabet stickers which were a perfect colour match to the blue shades in this collection.  Next, I noticed the flair badge that said "Hello" and then went about finding all of the "hello" sentiments I could from the collection and was quite surprised at how many I found!!  These really helped my layout come together.  ("Hello" is one of my favourite Adele songs and the song she sang to open the show)

Then, I went through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and found this sweet blue bow, blue flowers and fab star elements.  I also added the wood veneer hearts at this point and decided where that flair should go.  Lastly, I finished out the layout with some Hello Sunshine enamel shapes - how cute are these hearts? and these divine typed sentiments from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my process for this layout, and if you too went to the concert, I'd love to see how you documented the event. 

Thanks for popping by today,

Gwen xo

Friday, March 31, 2017

So happy...

Happy Saturday creative friends,

A quick little share today to tell you... I've been invited to say on as D-lish Designer for D-lish Scraps, and how could I possibly say no!

It is an amazing design team to be a part of and I just love love love all of the D-lish Goodies!!

and here is the rest of the fab team... such a great bunch of talented ladies!

Sooo looking forward to sharing more D-lish inspired creations with you on the next 6 months.


Friday, March 24, 2017

"You Shine" by Gwen Wruck

Hi creative friends,

I'm back on the D-lish Scraps blog today with a pretty special share.  This photo has been kicking around my scrap room for years!!!  For years, I have been trying and trying to get it scrapped, trying it with a heap of colour combos but it never made it to the final layout as it was switched out with another photo.  The problem was the gold in the tutu... it's a bit of a mustard gold colour and I could never find a good fit, it's also of my sweet little Miss when she loved Ballet.  She has since stopped ballet and I am still quite devastated about it, so this layout brings me a lot of joy and takes me back to a time when she loved it.

I'm telling you all this because I want you to know that not every page turns out perfectly, things rarely go to plan when I scrap, especially when the photo is particularly meaningful... I've just learned to go with the flow, switch out some things and work with what I have that is working and eventually, everything will fall into place :)

 I have used a bunch of D-lish goodies here including the felt heart doilies which I crazy adore!  This one has an acetate overlay layered on top and stitched into place.  There is also a mix of different resin embellishments which are always the perfect finishing touch to a layout.

I know you all know how I love bows... #allthebows #bowadict... and this layout uses this lovely Gingham bow - the black was a surprising addition but I think it really makes the page pop!  I've also added some Wood Veneer as I love the soft colour of these hearts.

You can also see here the TuTu bloom - So soft and delicate and really fit with the tutu theme of my page and some of the pretty paper layers and stitching.  

One more close up, stitching, paper layers and Enamel dots... all in my signature style.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES | WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK Guest Designer for Kraft + Challenges

Hi friends,

Did you know that Cocoa Vanilla Studios is one of the sponsors this month over at Kraft + Challenges?  If you are looking for some inspiration and want a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla goodies, be sure to check the challenge out and give it a go!

This month, you need to use Denim on your creation, somehow, anyhow (I simply used the colour Denim)... making sure the Kraft is still the hero.  Here is the inspiration board:

At first I was a bit worried that the board was not quite me, however,  it was a great starting point for a layout and I find challenges like these really help me become a better scrapper by getting me out of my comfort zone a little.  I took inspiration in particular from the lace and the beautiful shades of denim blue.  I started with the Kraft card stock base and a cut file from white card stock from my stash.  Then I pulled out a stack of pieces from the Wild At Heart collection all in varying shades of blue.  I starting with the stunning bold title from the chipboard sticker sheet.

It turned out a little 'boho' and I really love that about it!  To create the layout, I took the "Grandma's Tablecloth background" cut file from the silhouette store and cut it to fill an entire 12 x 12 white card stock sheet.  I then overlaid it onto of my Kraft card stock.  At this point I saw the background design had taken away from the Kraft base too much so I went about cutting out large sections of it to reveal more Kraft colour.  I kept aside some of these cut out pieces to use as layers in my photo mat.  Once I was happy with the white that was left, I backed with the small pieces of the "Mariposa" paper.  I tried to vary the pieces from the paper up a lot, rather than back the file in one large piece; as I wanted a mix of the shades of blue to match the inspiration board.  I then went about machine stitching the pieces for added detail.

Next, I set about adding my title.  With a title this large, it's a good idea to place it early in the design - I find if I don't do this, I can run out of space later.  I then added in the lovely chipboard photo frames.  I love love love these!  I wanted to use the quote about love as well, and was the perfect fit for the frame as you can see here. This was also the point where I finalised my photo mat; I've used more of the "Mariposa" paper as well as some of the "Artisan" paper for contrast.

You can also see I've added some more machine stitching around my photo, some die cut ephemera pieces such as this bow and some pretty blue flowers and the enamel dot sparkles.  At this point I thought it needed a little pop of another colour and noticed the inspiration board had the smallest pops of pink.  For these, I went to the Endless Summer collection and found the Woodies and Blooms were a perfect fit to finish off the layout.

I hope my layout and a little look into my process has inspired you to give the challenge a try, I'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for popping by today
Gwen xo

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Sweet - loveable you" for D-lish Scraps

Happy Thursday creative friends,

Here today to share with you a layout of my sister and daughter on a recent girls day out.

The idea for this layout started with the the background spotty paper and an outline of a heart I had cut on my Silhouette.  I don't often use big bold shapes like this one however I have been seeing a lot of layouts with large hearts of late and wanted to give one a go... AND I love how it tuned out!

To create my flower clusters, I have used some layered fussy cut paper flowers and then added the Fantasy Blooms to the top to finish it all off.  I love how dimensional these are and the pop of the pink was perfect for this layout.

I have also used glitter dots which were in the perfect shade to match the flower.  You can also see where I have placed the paint chip tab and a 5x7 paper baggie - these are two of my favourite D-lish supplies.  

For my third pop of pink to round out the layout, the Sequin Bow was the perfect choice and of course I've added some stitching too.

One last close up, this one of my title, the perfect sized wood veneer word "sweet" - I love the tone in these veneer so I tend to leave them natural.

You can also see the wood veneer hearts I've used and what layout would be complete without adding a D-lish doiley!

thanks for  popping by,

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Pretty in Pink" for D-lish Scraps - March Inspiration Board

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share the March inspiration board over at D-lish scraps and isn't it just divine?

The girls and I were discussing and apparently there are people out there that don't like pink?? Can you believe that?  For me, Pink is my all time favourite, especially baby pink and it was so fun to create with it for this project.

I started the page with the white background and the Cocoa Vanilla 'XOXO' cut file elements.  After deciding their position I added some misting and adding Shimmerz using the packaging technique.  Once I was happy I stitched the pieces in place.

Next, I added the vintage lace to the top with some machine stitching.  I began work on my photo mat which I have anchored from the top of the lace.

I've added in a stack of D-lish Scraps bits and pieces and lots of paper layers too.

Here you can see the veneer frame I've added to my paper layers, which I've painted with gesso and added Shimmerz as well as a flourish piece cut from my Silhouette.

I hope you are all pink lovers and will give the challenge a go!

Thanks for popping by today.
Gwen xo