Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

It’s that time of the year when the DT at Cocoa Vanilla Studios get to feature the wonderful boys and men in our lives with the release of the latest ‘boys’ collection.  Whilst “Boys Rule” has not quite hit my desk yet, I’m using the chance to dig deep into my stash and combine the last two CVS previous boy collections Totally Rad and You Rock to scrap a pic of my hubby.

Does it ever happen to you that one product inspires an entire layout?  It happens to me quite a lot!  This layout is certainly one of those.  Whilst my assignment was to create a boys layout, it was completely inspired by the Snip-its sheet from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I not only took on the sentiment as the title for my page, it inspired the giant sun which is the main element for its design.

These are available in store, they are printed on really lovely thick cardstock and using your paper trimmer are really simple to cut up.


I began my page by cutting out a giant sun with my silhouette using the You Rock ‘In Line‘ paper.  For the background, I’ve also used this paper, but the B side.  I’ve mounted the sun shape onto foam tape for added dimension.

Next, I went to work on my photo, I simply mat the 4×4 photo with Totally Rad ‘Say What’ paper and then lined it up next to the sentiment piece and mounted on a plain white piece of card from my stash.


I placed this piece towards the top half of my sun shape and centred.  This now finished the large key elements of my design so it was time to work on a few embellishments.



I wanted to add a subtitle of sorts underneath my photo and love the shade of these Alphabet Stickers from the Hello Sunshine collection to spell out the word ‘Handsome’ and then a typed sticker that said ‘hello’ from the You Rock Accessory Stickers.

Next, I fussy cut out some stars from You Rock ‘Random’ paper and added them to the page.

I felt like the top of the page now needed some clusters, so I’ve added the You Rock Chipboard Accent Stickers (orange star) and ‘Hey’ circular chipboard piece, I’ve added a die cut sticker over the top of it as I wanted the dimension of a chipboard piece but preferred the sentiment from the sticker.  I’ve also added some elements from the You Rock Die Cut Ephemera pack.

To finish out the layout, I found a couple of pieces of wood veneer (I believe these came from cute little packs that were CVS exclusives I scored at the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo 2017)  and some Enamel Shapes from the Hello Sunshine collection as a finishing touch.

I hope this page inspires you to use up your stash as well, that way we can all feel better about ordering up big on the new one!  Stay tuned to the Facebook Group for details of the release date.

Until next time,


Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today sharing my latest page using the divine “More than Words” collection.  I have been itching to scrap this sweet little selfie with Miss 11 on a recent holiday and knew this sweet collection would be perfect.  This is my 5th layout using this collection and I love it more and more, it’s so fresh and fun and all things pretty!

The design for this page began with the cut file, I knew I wanted something bold that would be a large part of my layout design, I often start pages in this way, especially when I’m not sure of the direction I want to take with the page.  It’s a great way to get started on a project when you are not sure where to start.  Once I had decided on this flower cut file, I went about backing each of the flowers with some of the bolder patterns in the line starting with papers Darling Buds, Collage and Radiant.  I’ve also left some of the flowers so that the background paper will show through them.

I decided on the Darling Buds paper for my background, it has a stunning watercolour effect; mixed media look without any mess, love that!  Next, I used the B side of the Radiant paper to mount my photo, it features these divine paint stripes and pulled in all of the colours I had used to back my cut file perfectly.  I then used the A side of this same paper as a second photo mat.  I wanted a white edge around my photo to help it lift off of the busy cut file background.

The rest of the page I kept pretty simple, adding some Die Cut Ephemera pieces around my photo, I love how many elements you get in these packs, lots of different shapes and sizes too.  I’ve then added a tile from the Chipboard Accent Stickers, these are a really great way to quickly add a title to your page, the chipboard is nice and thick and the adhesive on the back is really secure.

Now that my photo cluster and title were sorted I wanted a few other elements to balance out the page, nothing too large to distract from the flowers, something to set them off!  I decided on some fussy cut butterflies from the Collage pattern paper and these super cute grey hearts from the Chipboard Title Stickers pack.  Hearts and butterflies, how can you possibly go wrong with that!  I’ve also thrown in a button from the Woodies pack from the Free Spirit collection it was a nice balance for the dark grey hearts and my black and white photo.  I’ve challenged myself to try and use up some of the small bits & pieces I have left of some older collections so it was nice to get one onto this page… even one here and there helps get through that stash!

and that was the layout complete.  This one was easy to put together with backing the cut file taking the longest part.  Once that was done it was super fun to add the other smaller elements to round out the design.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you are all enjoying using this collection as much as I am.

Until next time,



Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Fabulous” for Scrap the Girls April 2018

Hi Creative Friends!

April is here and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls and I love love love it!  This month challenge is another mood board, featuring my fav combo, mint and pink, with a pop of red!

For my take, I drew inspiration from the bottom right-hand image, starting with fabulous as my title and how could I go past a mint and pink colour scheme.  AND here is my take…  (**Side note, the pop of pink on the edge does go all the way around the page, it just doesn’t look like it in the shot below)

The design for the page began with the large number 40 I have cut out on my Silhouette.  I have backed it with some paper scraps in the pink and mint colour tones and then hand stitched around the edges.  I will never get sick of hand stitching on my pages, it adds such a wonderful finishing touch and a lovely handmade element.


Next came the large word “fabulous” which I have also cut on my Silhouette, this time in a bright shade of pink!  I love the brightness it adds to my page.  I knew this would be my title and run across the bottom of my page.  These two elements are both quite large, so once I had a plan for their positions the rest of the page fell into place.

I decided on one main cluster for my page which would go above my title and below my photos.  It’s essentially a centred design, but off centre 🙂  If that makes sense!  I’ve also mounted my photos with the same bright pink cardstock as the title which brings the page together.

Then it was time to add in the little elements that finish off a page.  For these, I’ve gone with Gold, mainly because I had a few gold elements in my stash I wanted to use up (such as the cute little “best ever” chipboard piece and the bow paper clip) but also because I am a huge fan of Pink and Gold and in fact, my party (the one in the pictures) was a pink and gold theme!

I just love how all the little pieces work together to make up this page, combined with the super large number 40, I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  Scrapping Fun Kits & Rainbow Splendour

Until next time,



Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today and I have to say, we sure have had a lot of fun this week with the team scrap-lifting other DT members.  I’m pretty excited that it is my turn as I love it when we get to do this!!  I see oh so many clever designs and wonderful creations from the design team, it’s so fun to be able to scrap-lift them; the hardest part is choosing who to lift!  This time around, I’ve decided to go with the crazy talented Anna Komenda.  Here is her stunning off the page “Dream Catcher” using Bohemian Dream that inspired me.

I love this so much!!! What’s not to love about the fussy cut flowers and that mixed media background AND all those lovely layers!!  I went about re-creating it using the latest collection More than words.

The first thing you will probably notice is that I’ve used calico as my background.  I liked the idea of having soft edges for the hoop as my version was not going to be a “dream catcher” as such but a frame essentially that could be hung on a wall.  I also knew my version would be far more neutral than Anna’s because of the soft tones of the collection I was using so I made sure to choose a photo that was soft and dreamy too.

I began the project by fussy cutting out all of the flowers on the Sketch Book paper.  There are quite a few, however, they are really quick to cut out as they are not crazy detailed.  I love that they are in a variety of different sizes.

Next, it was time to work on my background.  I’ve primed the calico with some white gesso, this not only gives it some stability but also helps any mixed media to blend rather than soaking straight into the fabric.  I’ve used mists from my stash and applied using the packaging technique as well as adding splatters.  I know it is subtle, but that was the way it was intended.  I really wanted to mimic the soft watercolours of the flowers I had fussy cut.

I’ve used a square photo for my project the same as Anna’s as I really liked the proportions she had with her frame and picture.  I also wanted to use the frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and knew that was for a square photo.  While I was looking through the pack, I found some sweet die cut butterflies and a little die cut piece that says “remember this”.

I also took this time to pull out the butterflies from the Vellum accents pack, I love the softness of these and knew they would be the perfect addition to my soft watercolour flowers.

It was now time to place everything. Starting with the largest flowers first, I added these all around the frame and picture.  I then began layering with the medium sized pieces, some I’ve placed on top of the larger pieces, others peaking out from behind them.  Lastly, I added the smallest flowers to my cluster.  Each layer has been added with foam tape for extra dimension.

I then added in my title which is a combination of the die cut piece mentioned above and words from the Chipboard Accent Stickers sheet.  This collection has so many title options which really helps your page come together quickly.  I’ve also added in some of the Enamel Shapes and a Flair for some smaller details for the project.

I really do love how this turned out and it now hangs pride of place in my craft space!  I hope this week we have inspired you to have a go at scrap lifting one of the Design team, we love seeing what you create on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook page, so be sure to share it with us!

** I almost forgot!!  If you like this project and would like to re-create it for yourself, why not join me in my March class at The Stampers Hut.  I’ll walk you through my process step x step and you will go home with your very own embroidery hoop framed project.  Call Karen on (07) 5539 5188 to book.

Until next time,



Colour Blast, Inspiration

“Lovely” for Colour Blast

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today with my final share as part of the Colour Blast design team.  I have really loved pushing myself out of my comfort zone as part of the team and creating in my clean mixed media style, the time on the team has flown by! It seems this last project is quite fitting as I would say it is one of my “messiest” pages ever and I so love it!

For this project, I knew I wanted to use the Bohemian Dreams collection by Cocoa Vanilla with its lovely pink and purple tones.  I’ve pulled out colours that coordinate; I’ve gone with Colour Shimmer Sprays in Punch, Lovely Lilac and Rose Petal.  I’ve also used Colour Shimmer Cubes in Rose Petal, Royalty, and Punch.  These are not available online however many stockists carry these and they are in fact my favourite Colour Blast product so well worth trying to track down if you don’t already have some.

I began the design of my page by drawing 2 lines down the centre of my page with a pencil, these were to mark where the rectangles would go that make up the design for the page.  I then applied the Colour Shimmer Spray into the spaces alternating pink and purple tones using the packaging technique.

Once that had dried, I went about splattering on the colour from the Shimmer Cubes.  As this colour is more saturated, the splatters really stand out over the top of the mist. I love the tone on tone effect it has created.  I did mix some of the pinks and purples, however, tried to keep the rectangles either mostly pink or mostly purple.  I did also try and keep the colours contained, that is, leaving white space around the full edge of my page and also between the blocks of colour.

I did have a bit of a plan for this page, so I knew my title was going to be a chipboard piece from Cocoa Vanilla.  These come as plain white chipboard that you can colour any way you like.  I took the Royalty Colour Shimmer Cube and painted it in a watercolour style.  I wanted some areas to be darker than others and I also purposely left some areas around the edges white.

I then went about building my page.  Essentially, it is 4 rectangles of paper layers mixed together and stacked onto each other.  I kept with my colour theme, ensuring that the spaces stayed either mostly purple or mostly pink.  One rectangle was for my photo and another was for my journaling.  For the third rectangle, I wanted to use a die cut card, I just loved its message and felt it was the perfect fit for my photo.

Everyone knows I’m a perfectionist and normally there is no way I would put a photo like this out there, one with crazy hair and tired eyes, however, I’m learning of late to be more gentle with myself, and not so critical of myself or my abilities.  I’m learning that not everything needs to be perfect, my best is enough and part of this crazy journey is the “imperfect”.

Once my three rectangle elements were all in place, I was left with the one on the top right-hand side of the page.  I felt at this stage like the page needed a little ‘white space’ so I kept this rectangle very simple.  A Charms Creations heart right in the centre and a Rubber tab for the top.

The bones of the page are well and truly done now.  I’ve just added a few more little embellishments to finish off each of the rectangles.  I also then went about hand stitching the verticle and horizontal lines with some thread in a dark purple tone to make them stand out.

I give this project a “mess level” of high.  It is a messier style background for me and there is a lot of it!  It was however super easy to create and not a lot to clean up and I think the colour blocking of the design and space around the outside of the page helps it to still fit into my clean mixed media style.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Tenisha for the opportunity to be on the team and letting me share my work with you all.  While my time on the team is over, this won’t be the last clean mixed media page you see for me as I so love creating these!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,