Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing really well.  I’m here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, this one featuring the latest release ‘Midnight’ collection.  I had this sweet black and white picture of Miss 11 I wanted to use and pulled the stunning Navy, White and Grey from the collection to highlight it.  I’ve teamed it with one of the latest release cut files from CUT to YOU for Traveller’s Notebooks called XOXOXO.

The idea for this page started with my photo.  I really just wanted to build some layers out from my photo which I had somewhat centred on the page.  I began by matting it in my usual style and worked on a white cardstock background as I wasn’t 100% sure which direction the page was going to go.  I did want to add a pop of colour, so I’ve used the “Moonlight” pattern paper as a border for the white card stock base and then, had an idea to cut a cutfile using the centre of that same pattern paper for my layers.

As mentioned above, I went with the Traveller’s Notebook XOXOX cut file, even though it is designed for Traveller’s Notebooks, these designs work really well with regular scrapbooking as well.  I simply positioned towards the left of my page and then used this piece and my photo to ground my layers adding everything in, around and under these pieces.

This was the really fun part, as now my design had some direction.  I went to the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and pulled out lots of bits and pieces including frames, the ‘Bloom and Grow’ sentiment and the darling tag with that young lady on it. (I must admit, I was hoarding this piece!!)  I just kept trying pieces here and there until I found a home for them I was happy with.

I just kept mixing and matching and adding in the die cut elements until I was happy, making sure to leave some space for my title.  The title is from the ‘Cardstock Titles pack’ which I have added to my page with foam tape for dimension.  I’ve also added in some chipboard pieces from the ‘Chipboard Pieces pack’ at this point for more dimension and interest.

For some finishing touches, I’ve added in a flair button as well as some enamel dots, these ones are from the ‘Make A Wish’ collection, they are super pretty and sparkly and are a great finishing touch for any project.

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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