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About Gwen Wruck

Gwen lives on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland with her husband, who happens to be a pro-photographer, and daughter Caitlin - "the most photographed child on the planet". Gwen started scrapping in 1998 and still loves it so much she scraps every day. She also enjoys making cards for her family and friends. Gwen has worked on many design teams and says she "loves showcasing products, sharing ideas, and connecting with the scrap community both online and locally". She has had numerous layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories and is a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2017. She is also a frequent contributor to Australian Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. Gwen adores paper and says her style could be described as "eclectic and pretty". Her designs are predominantly linear and feminine, and usually feature embellishment clusters and sewing. She also loves chipboard, layers and flowers.

HAPPY YOU | HELLO LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-07-06T10:13:58+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this one featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday.  I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.

I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn’t feeling like the page was working.  I don’t often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind!  So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?

I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper.  I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away.  Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.

Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash.  I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn’t want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!

To create my floral embellishment clusters, I’ve taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I’ve chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.

I’ve also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots – sparkles.  I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections.  This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.

I’ve worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.

I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.

 

I’ve added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer.  These are a mixture of collections with the word “Happy” coming from the Love Always collection and the “you” coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.

I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn’t think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.

Gwen

xo

XOX | LOVE ALWAYS + WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-07-06T10:15:28+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here today with a very special share.  This week we are focusing on journaling and whilst I’m not huge on journaling most of the time, I was super excited to create this layout documenting my return to Ballet; something dear to my heart.  I grew up doing Ballet right up until the age of 20, but then life got busy, I was at Uni, then met my hubby and had a family.  Turning 40 last year was a time of reflection and as part of that, I decided I wanted to get back into my pointe shoes… and I’m currently on that journey.

I wanted a very linear design for this page and to keep the journaling my focus decided on a very simple and clean design that ran up and down the centre of the page. I also knew I wanted a very soft colour palette to match with the soft tones in my photo so the Love Always collection was the perfect fit.  For my background, I’ve used the Twin Set paper – I just adore these pale pink and white stripes.

I also knew I wanted to go with the XO Colour Me Happy cut files as part of my title and cut them out quite large on my Silhouette.  I mounted these onto the Luscious paper from the Wild At Heart collection, I love this ombre in the perfect shade of pink.

Next, I found the sentiment “This Makes me So Happy” on the Lovely Things paper which I really wanted to use, but it was only 4 inches across and didn’t fit with the design I had in mind… I then had a bit of a brainwave to cut it up!  I trimmed along the grey underline of the text and then lined the four pieces up in a single row.  I then stitched these to my page.

Next, it was time to mount my photo, I wanted to balance out the colours I’d used in the top title so I also used the Luscious paper here.  I’ve also used the Class Act paper, another favourite in this collection of mine!

Now was the time for journalling.  I HATE my handwriting so it had to be typed.  I have a vintage typewriter which is quite slow to use, but beautiful, so I first drafted my journalling onto my computer.  This allowed me to edit and make sure there were no spelling errors etc and gave me an idea of how much space it would take up on my page.  I then simply copied this text out using the typewriter.  I’ve used the B side of the Lovely Things paper for this and then trimmed out the lines using a guillotine ready to add to my page.

Now was the time to place everything, starting with the XOX at the top, followed by the larger sentiment and then my journalling.  I then added my photo and saw there was a little space left at the bottom of the page; perfect for some smaller embellishments.  I decided on a little row of 3 of the vellum butterflies from the Vellum Accents pack, so soft and pretty.  I also wanted something subtle for the top centre of the page and I found this sweet heart shape on the Wild At Heart Chipboard Accent Sticker sheet which was a sweet little addition.  Underneath I placed the vellum butterfly, also from the Vellum Accents pack with some sparkles from the Bits and Pieces pack.  I thought these really helped balance out the design and fill some of the space without being too overwhelming.

To finish out the layout, I added tiny word sentiments from the Wild At Heart Accessory Stickers there are so many sweet words on this sheet, it is one of my most favourites!!  Lucky last I added some enamel dots sparkles in silver which co-ordinate with the sparkles in the top embellishment cluster.

This page came together really quickly, in part due to the focus being on the journalling, but also because every element is centred and flowing down the page.  I hope it inspires you to document something you’re passionate about and as always, would love to see you share you page in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community.

Gwenxo

xo

SWEET SPRING DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-06-15T19:13:31+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hello creative friends,

I’ve rested up after that fab long weekend at the Scrapbook & Craft Expo and I’m back for another layout share today as part of our SEASONS feature this week.

For this page, I wanted to document a little Spring weekend trip we recently took down the coast to go Glamping! For those of you who have not heard of the term, it is simply Glamourous Camping and I am certainly not a camper gal but was pleasantly surprised at how fun and comfortable these glamping tents were!!

This layout came together pretty quickly for me and surprisingly began with the photo and that cute little flag I have popped onto the top of the tent.  It is very rare that I would start a layout in this way, but it was the perfect fit and I just love how cute it looks there.  I then went about stitching around the photo to make it pop.

Next, I went about my usual process of creating the background, the Endless Summer collection seemed like the perfect fit and I was immediately drawn to the Blue Skies paper and those cute clouds.  For the lower section, I went with the Aloha paper which was the perfect neutral to ground my paper layers and photo mat.

I went with a pretty simple photo mat using bits and pieces from the, This & That paper.  These cut apart sheets are super versatile and a must in any collection.  I then went about constructing my title using a combination of the Alphabet stickers (which I have also stitched to my photo), Puffy Stickers and the die cut ephemera.  I added a subtitle with pieces from the, This & That paper, more die cut ephemera and the Accessory Stickers and a wood veneer.  I love mixing and matching the embellishments within a collection for added interest and the wonderful differences in texture.

Once I had sorted out my title and subtitle placement, I then went about adding a bunch of elements around my photo.  I began with the larger elements such as the “Hello Sunshine” circle cut from the, This & That paper and mounted on foam.  The Blooms for this collection are super pretty too; I went with this neutral one.

 I then went on to add the florals from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and other circle elements including my favourite the Woodies.  A few people asked me about these at the craft show recently and yes, they are quite thick but to remove some of the dimension, I remove the foam mount that they come on and glue down with a liquid adhesive.  I love their dimension and the soft wooden colour.

Lastly, I pulled out the cloud elements from the Wood Veneer and Die Cut Ephemera packs and added them to the top part of the layout, I felt this really helped balance out the design as before these were placed, it was very bottom heavy.

And that was the page done.  I love how the clusters came together for this one and how I’ve used lots of bits and bobs from quite a few of the embellishment packs.  They fit together so well!  So, why not pull out your summer collections, snuggle up and scrap those fun summer pics, I hope I’ve inspired you today 🙂

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

HELLO MISTER | YOU ROCK | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-05-16T18:27:06+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen back with you today to share another layout, this time of the other ‘Mr’ in my life, my cat!  We have had Ferris for just under a year now and he makes our whole house happy!  I decided to create a page that celebrates a milestone for him… his ability to jump up to the top of our 8-foot fence.  He loves sitting up there watching the world go by.

I started the page knowing I wanted to use the sentiment “Hello Mister” as my title.  I love love love the ‘Random’ paper with all the cut apart elements, so practical!!  I had also planned on using a large cut file star shape in my background so I felt it was important to place the title, star and photo first as those 3 large elements would make up the design for the page.  I liked how the ‘Starshine’ paper contrasted really well with the white star shape so went with that for my background.  To compliment my bold blue and white, I have also added some yellow highlights which began with the stitching around the star design.  I pull more of this yellow into the design with the enamel shapes later on.

For my photo mat, I’ve used the ‘Night Sky’ paper and the ‘Plus One’ paper.   I love how the ‘Plus One’ paper perfectly matches the wood print in my title and will compliment the other wood veneer elements I knew I would soon add.  To break up the white space of the star, I have chosen small pieces of the washi stickers layered in with some other fussy cut patterns.  Next, I needed to add the second part of my title “Fence Sitter”… I’ve used the Totally Rad Alphabet Stickers – they go so well and a simple font I have cut on my Silhouette which has been cut out of the ‘Stripped’ paper.

Time to add in lots of little bits and pieces to round out the design.  I started with the Wood Veneer pieces pulling out 3 stars.  I then found a coordinating star flair badge which I felt worked really well.  Next, how could I not add one of the Rubber Charms? (loving these).

I also added some word phrases from the Accessory Sticker sheet and a few little elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  Lucky last, I added in the enamel shapes and the page was done!

I have so enjoyed using this collection, I think it is so easy to work with (even for this self-confessed girl scrapper!!)  I think my next challenge might be to make a girl page with it… maybe I could mix and match some collections and see what I come up with… stay tuned!

Until next time

Gwen

xo

CELEBRATE YOU | MAKE A WISH | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-05-28T14:38:38+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello again Creative Friends,

I have a pretty layout to share with you today using the divine Make a Wish collection. It features Miss C from a few years back dressed up for a school book parade.  She went as Alice in Wonderland, with the pink bunny doubling as the “white rabbit”.

This has to be one of my favourite collections of all the Cocoa Vanilla lines… I love how clean and fresh it is, the pinks and florals and THAT blue/green **totally swoon worthy**.  It is a perfect collection for documenting birthdays with lots of Happy Birthday elements, but I love it for every day scrapbooking, like this layout, which just celebrates my sweet little girl.

The design for the page started with the Cocoa Vanilla cut file, this one is from the Colour Me Happy collection – you can grab it here.  I started by cutting it out on plain white card stock from my stash and then added some colour using some mists.  I’ve used a blue shade and a pink/gold shade applied un-evenly.

Once I was happy with the colour in my die cut, I decided on its position on the page.  Once that was locked in, I knew where to place the coloured mist in the background.  I’ve done this using the packaging technique in a very pale pink, allowed it to dry and then added blue and pink splatters.  I wanted this to have a confetti-like feel.. to go with my title “Celebrate You”.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out the flowers in ‘Fresh Cut’ paper, this is one of my most favourites… such pretty florals begging to be fussy cut!

I now was able to position the cut file, my photo and the flowers.  Next, I went about creating a verticle line from top to the bottom of my page starting with the ‘Celebrate You’ element I knew I wanted to use as my title.

I went through the Chipboard Accent Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Stickers looking for elements to add to my page.  I wanted a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths for interest.  Once these were all chosen and in position, I added my finishing touches, some stars and a flair badge.

This really is such a pretty collection and I always love creating with it.  It is also the collection I am using for my upcoming class at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo coming up on June 9th – 11th.  The kit for this class is so pretty, I know you will love it!  Below is a sneak peak of one of the layouts we will create together in the class.

Class bookings are open now and can be made online here on the 2017 time table.

http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/2017-time-table

AND, anyone who books into a Cocoa Vanilla class goes into the draw to win a $100 Shopping Spree in store!  How good would that be!!!  I do hope you’ll join me at the show 🙂

Gwen xo

ONE IN A MILLION | YOU ROCK | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-05-12T21:02:15+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi creative friends,

Gwen here today to share with you a new layout.  With the release of the new You Rock collection, we are focusing this week on the boys in our life, so how could I not scrap a page of my darling husband. ((Yes, another silly snap, this time on a quick coffee date.))

The idea for this page began with a grid design.  I have always loved these as they are such a great way to start a page, especially when you are not 100% sure of what direction to go in.  I began by cutting 8 squares all 3.5-inch x 3.5-inches.  I chose the circular design of the ‘Stripped’ paper for three of the squares, the white side of the ‘Experimental’ paper for two more and the blue side of this paper for 2 more squares.

I have mounted these onto the ‘Night Sky’ paper into 3 rows.  I even placed a square in the very centre as at this stage I wasn’t sure where I wanted my photo mat.  I love the lines in the background, they remind me of notebook paper from school.  Next, I knew I wanted to fill in the 2 left over spaces of my grid. For the lower one I chose a blue frame from the chipboard stickers and for the top right-hand side, I chose a large circular piece from the ephemera pack.

Every collection, Zoe wow’s us with her die cut ephemera packs and this one is no exception!  I’ve used the large piece that says ‘You are my WORLD” as part of my title and so many other bits and pieces in this layout.  I love how it’s circular shape highlights the circles in the paper design.  This gave me the idea to add a few more!! I added a larger circle to the left of my photo and 2 smaller ones to the bottom right-hand corner of my photo.  I also added here a star cut from the ‘Random’ paper.

Next, I went about adding another layer of squares, overlapping the background grid.  I have used my photo mat as the largest of these and then added 2 more chipboard frames to round out the design.  I then went about filling in the spaces using ephemera, more chipboard pieces, Accessory Stickers, Wood veneer and a flair.

The ‘hello’ piece from the wood veneer set became the beginning of my title.  The natural colour of the wood coordinated really well with the yellow hints I was picking up in my photo so no need to add anything, just glue and go.  Next, I had to add some of the Rubber Charms!!  I completely forgot I was supposed to be hoarding these and added 3 in total, don’t you just love love love them!

Last but not least, I added a flair from the flair pack and the layout was done.

With so many fun elements in this collection,  there really is something for everyone and I have so enjoyed creating with it!  If you haven’t seen the collection yet, be sure to check it out, it’s in stores now!

Until next time

Gwen

xo

GOOD TIMES | TOTALLY RAD | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-04-30T14:22:43+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad|

Hello again Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this time using up my stash of Totally Rad.  With the new release You Rock in stores soon, I thought NOW would be a great time to use up my stash ready for the shiny new things!  You will all know I’m not a big “boy” scrapper, but I do love this line as it has a softer feel than some other grungy style boy lines.  It’s not crazy out of my style, but I promise not a flower in sight!

Now would probably be a good time to ‘explain’ this photo!! Hubby and I had just taken a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, which you can see me pointing to in the middle of the photo.  We were on a rare date – we don’t get much time just the two of us (without Miss 10) so we were feeling a little silly and snapped this selfie!  It really does capture the crazy side of my man, which of course I love.

The design of the page started with the Line Up paper, which I consider a great neutral and totally useable on pages of any type.  I love the bold lines and knew I wanted these to run lengthways across the background of my layout.  Next, I went about cutting a chevron cut file.  I found this one on the Silhouette website #55485.  This is a great file for using up paper scraps, you could mix and match any papers that you have left in this collection as they all work really well together.  Once cut, I arranged them in lines on my background alternating the Stellar paper and the Say What paper.   Once I was happy with the placement, I stitched them down with some gold thread, because who doesn’t love gold thread right?? 🙂

Next, I knew I wanted to use the title “these are Good Times” from the Mix Tape paper so I fussy cut it out and mounted it on a neutral part of that same paper.  I also fussy cut out the words “Love This” and “Crazy” as I thought they fit my photo really well.  It was then time to mount the photo, for this I’ve used plain white card stock from my stash.  Then I went about adding the title and photo onto my page. I did this first, as they were my two biggest elements and I wanted to be sure I had their placement right before adding my smaller embellishments.

 

Once the photos were locked in, it was time to add the other text elements including those I had cut in the step above.  I felt like my page needed a little more and when I saw the sticker “You have to be odd to be number one” from the Accessory Stickers sheet I just knew I had to add it!  I also found this cute AWESOME banner in the Wood Veneer,  as well as the star and man icons.  I’ve also added in some Woodies – I love these things and am so glad to see them in quite a few of the Cocoa Vanilla collections.  I went with 3 cluster groups to round out the design and added some Enamel Shapes to finish.

So.. go on, pull out your leftovers of Totally Rad and use them up, those shiny new things are not far away now!

Gwen xo

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