Hi Creative Friends,

Happy Monday to you all!  I’m here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, this one featuring the More Than Words collection and a sweet black and white picture of Miss 10, pulled together with one of the latest release cut files from CUT to YOU called ‘Smell the Roses’.

The idea for this page started with the cut file.  I’m always quite ‘time poor’ at this time of year with the school holidays reaching their end and lots of preparations for the school year ahead happening. I knew, if I started with a cut file, a lot of the design work would be done for me and it would get the page done fast!  I simply uploaded the design into my Silhouette Studio software and arranged on my page and cut it out four times.  I had an idea to make a wreath of sorts from the roses.

I then went about backing the roses in the ‘Darling Buds‘, ‘Gossamer‘ and ‘Radiant‘ papers.  For consistency, I used the same paper combinations on two of the four roses.  Once that was all done, it was now just a matter of arranging them on my background paper.

I decided on a plain white background for this one, just for the clean look it provides.  At first, I tried to place them so that the entire design was on the page but it looked a little overwhelming, so I pushed the flowers out further and let the edge of each rose flow over the edge of the background cardstock and I just love how they look!  Time to glue them down and then I stitched around the edge and trimmed off the excess pattern paper.

It was now really easy to see where my photo should go; right in the centre!  I’ve matted with more of the pretty ‘Darling Buds‘ paper and added some more stitching.

Next, I wanted to lock in my title.  Ohh so many perfect choices from the ‘Chipboard Title Stickers’, I went with ‘Cherish’ and centred above my picture.  I’ve also found some die cut elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack and created a small cluster in the top left-hand corner of my photo.

I wanted to add a few more small elements at the bottom of the photo to balance the design out so I made a cute paper bow out of a scrap of paper from the ‘Paper Pad’.  I chose a pattern from the paper pad as I really love their smaller scale for smaller elements like this.  I’ve also added here a sticker from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet‘ and another title piece, this one is fussy cut from the ‘Love Always’ collection pattern paper ‘Lovely Things‘.  These elements finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, as always, I hope this inspires you to make something pretty! A reminder to share your creations over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing what you make and if you use one of the CUT to YOU cut files, be sure to share in the CUTtoYOU HQ facebook group too!

Until next time,

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