Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week on the blog we are creating with feature titles.  I love layouts with really large titles and I haven’t done many so it was fun to give this a go.  I’ve started with a sweet little photo of my daughter from a few years back printed in a smaller size to give me space in my design for the title.  I really want my title to be the main element in my page design for this one.

I began by looking through all of the Chipboard Title Stickers from the Bohemian Dream Collection and the word ‘beautiful’ stood out to match my photo.  I really wanted a long title for this page so I went onto Pinterest for inspiration.  I found the quote “Keep Shining beautiful one, the world needs your light” and thought it was the perfect fit.

Now, that is a lot of letters to use so I thought the best way around that issue would be to create a cut file.  This one is available in the CUT to YOU shop.  I have purposely left out the word ‘beautiful’ so that I could add in the chipboard title sticker.  You can add in whatever word best fits your photo. For eg.  Precious, Clever, Handsome etc.   I backed each of the letters individually using a variety of the Bohemian Dream papers including Abundant, Abstract, Dreamer and Beautiful Mess.  Yes, this took a while, but I just love the look it has created.

I then went about matting my photo.  I’ve used more of the Dreamer paper for this as well as some of the Wild and Free paper; I chose it because it has a lovely mix of spots in the same colours as those used to back my cut file.  While I was backing my photo I noticed the stunning blue ombre on the B side which I decided to use as my background paper.  I was tempted to go white with all of the other colours going on here, but the chipboard word ‘beautiful’ stood out far better on the coloured background.

Next, I locked in the position of my large title and adhered it down.  I positioned my photo and then went to work on the embellishments.  I knew I wouldn’t need much as the page was already really coming together.

I pulled out the Chipboard Accent Stickers first, with the bulk of the page being quite flat, I wanted the chipboard to add some dimension here.  How cute are the little birdies? I hadn’t used them at all yet even though I have created quite a few pages with this collection so it was really nice to get them onto this one.  I also pulled out a couple of floral pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a cluster to the left and right of my photo. I also added a few Enamel shapes to finish off the page.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to create something with a big bold title, lots of words that really make it a feature.  Not sure where to start?  The cut file is available in the CUT to YOU store if you would like to recreate this page.

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Guest Design, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to share that CUT to YOU is sponsoring Made to Scrap the Aussie way this month!  This fun Facebook Challenge group is a wonderful community celebrating Aussie scrapbooking businesses; how could we not want to join in the fun!  Here is the challenge for September…

As soon as I saw the flourish element in the tattoo I  just had to create a cut file inspired by the design.  I’ve called this one “Flourish” – I know, so creative 🙂

I was also really inspired by the colours in the mood board and really ran with the pink and mauve.  I wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone just for fun and whilst it is much bolder than my usual style, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Here is my take!

The idea behind the page was to have the cut file be a starting point for my page design.  I wanted my photo towards the centre with parts of the file poking out above and below leading the eye across the page.  To do this, I ended up using 2 of the cuts which allowed me to run them slightly off the page from top to bottom.  I’ve coloured them with some Colour Blast Shimmer cubes just to soften their look, I was going for a subtle feature here.

I then went about creating my photo mat with paper layers and some mixed media (whipped spackle) in the background.  I’ve also added some hand and machine stitching.

It was now time to think about the title and at this point, the page was looking a little flat. It needed a pop of the black that was also in the mood board inspiration.  I pulled out the watercolour title from my stash and coloured with some Black Distress Ink.  I then went about finding some more bits and pieces of black to add in to make the page look more uniform.  I found a stack of bits and pieces from my stash to included.. lots of small details on this one!

I found this cute floral wreath from Maggie Holmes and some other little word elements that fit really well.  There are also some clear plastic hearts which have been fussy cut and then added to the page with stitching.  The white circle glitter stickers have been hanging around for a while now so it was great to get them stuck onto a page.

Lastly, I rounded out the page with some paper flowers in various sizes running along the lines of the cut file from top to bottom.  This really pulled it together and balanced everything out.

It was so fun to play along with Made to Scrap the Aussie way! this month and I’m super proud to be able to sponsor this great Aussie challenge blog so I do hope you get your entries in!

Lastly, a quick reminder that our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ has more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files so be sure to join us 🙂

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project.  A few weeks back, some of the design team were given the challenge to create a “Geometric” themed layout.  I was so inspired by their designs I wanted to have a go at doing my own take on the ‘Geometric’ theme.  I had this photo of my sister and I which was taken recently on a day out and couldn’t wait to get it scrapped. As it was a square Instagram photo, I went with a square as my geometric shape.

I began by punching a stack of squares out of the ‘More Than Words’ 6×6 paper pad.  I also had the smallest piece of ‘Hello Lovely’ ‘Delightful‘ paper that I’ve added into the mix simply because I wanted to use it up and I knew the colours would go well together.  It was an odd shape scrap and not enough to matt my photo so punching shapes out of it was a great solution to get it used up and off my desk.  I’ve used a 1 1/4 inch square punch to do this and added them in rows on my page.  I’ve purposely left some spaces in between my rows, in part, to soften the geometric design and also to let that stunning background paper show through.  It is “Precious“, and also from the ‘More Than Words’ collection.  Once I was happy with the placement of these, I added stitched lines with my sewing machine.

I then went about matting my photo and I’ve used a small scrap from my stash of the ‘Endless Summer’ “Blue Skies” paper to do this.  I’ve mounted it on foam and also added stitching to my photo.  The pink is a slightly different tone to that of my background, however, I have a plan to use the ombre chipboard from the “Chipboard Accent Stickers” from the ‘Wild at Heart’ collection for my title and that will blend these two tones together nicely.

Once my photo was in position, it was time to embellish.  I have a couple of packs going of the ‘More than Words’ “Accent Stickers” so I pulled out both and went about getting some pieces used up.  I went straight for the pieces that say “LOVE THIS”.  I thought this could be a good way to use up two at once AND they fit that square shape design so well!  I also added my title “LOVE” from the ‘Wild At Heart’ collection as mentioned above.  I also found a couple of frames from the chipboard packs that I had not used so added them in as well, as you can see they are the perfect fit for my punched squares.

Next, I went about adding in a couple of butterflies, these ones are fussy cut from the ‘Wild At Heart’ ‘Patchwork‘ paper.  I love their watercoloured design, so soft and pretty.  I’ve also added in here a ‘flair‘ from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection and some typed sentiments from the ‘More Than Words’ “Accessory Stickers“. The “Hello Happiness” sentiment is from the ‘Love Always’ “Accessory Stickers” which I have mounted on foam tape for dimension.

It was at this point where I loved what I had but just thought the page needed a little more.  I auditioned a few other chipboard pieces but nothing really suited.  It was then that I decided to make some small paper bows.  Again I’ve used the paper pad to do this and a die from my stash and I think they are the perfect finishing touch; I am a big fan of a bow though!

As you can see, I’ve used quite a few collections here on this one and they all go together so well.  I’ve really just stuck with a soft pastel colour palette and there have been lots and lots of options to choose from out of all of the Cocoa Vanilla collections.  I just love how even though the collections are very different, they all work together as well.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Perfect Day” for Scrap The Girls September 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

September has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we are all creating using this sketch called “Grunge Princess”.  You will all know I’m a LOT more “Princess” than I am “Grunge” but I was sure to include some mixed media ‘mess’ and some pops of black in my embellishments.  Oh yes, I also flipped the sketch upside down, just for something different.

So, here is my take!

I began with my background, pushing some Whipped Spackle through a stencil and letting it dry.  Then I’ve added a stack of Shimmerz Inklings for some shine.  I love how soft and shimmery it is.  The whipped spackle also resists it a little, so pools of colour sit in the grooves of the stencil which I LOVE!  Next up, I worked on my photo stack.  I really wanted to stay true to the sketch with the three photos as I normally only scrap with one or two. I’ve mounted each of my 3 x 4 photos onto some black and white scraps from Crate Paper and positioned in a messy row.

I’ve also added in a few layers of Pink pattern paper here as well just to add to my paper stack.

At this point, it was all looking a little soft and pretty but a little wishy-washy (is that even a word??) – I mean, a little pale, and needed a pop of “something”.  So, going back to the inspiration this month, I pulled out some black elements to add a touch of “grunge”.  The chipboard pieces were a great match with my stencil, I simply coloured with some black Distress Oxide Ink.  I also had the title piece ‘perfect’ from Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  I love these as they are more a dark grey than deep black and suited this project perfectly.

I then took the Floral Cluster 01 Custom cut file from the CUT to YOU store and added that as another background element to my page.  I used the sketch as a guide and added in where the marked mixed media should be.  I was never going to add a big paint splatter to the back of my page, that’s just not my style, but the cut file, with my background mixed media added in the same position draws the eye across the page in the same way as a paint splatter would.

Here you can see how the cut file sits on top of my mixed media and adds a lovely layer to the page.

The bones of the page were coming together now, it was time to add in a few more embellishments.  I’ve gone with some fussy cut butterflies.  I especially love how these match my colour scheme including a little pop of black for their bodies.

I also found a few other bits and pieces going through my stash, this black and white heart and pink paper flower.  These challenges always allow me to use up my stash of goodies and I love mixing and matching a stack of collections and manufactures for these pages.

I also found this cute little fabric bow in my stash and some black enamel dots and that was the page done.

I love how this page turned out… I know it is hardly “grungy” however, I was really inspired by the “grungy” components of the sketch to add a real pop to my page and it was so fun to work with AND, I love 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: Colour Blast

Until next time,


Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week, I was given the *cough* *cough* “CHALLENGE” to use Black and White plus one.  I just love love love creating pages with these types of colour schemes, they always end up so striking!  I’ve done a few like this one, so I jumped straight into this challenge. I’m wondering if you can guess what colour I went with…

The idea for this page began with my photo… I have been documenting more about myself of late and was itching to update my progress on the goal I have set for myself to get back “en pointe” with my Ballet.  Next, I wanted something really pretty to go with my pretty Pointe shoes and I was really drawn to this cut file by CUT to YOU (named Floral Heart 01) which I have designed.  You can find this one and more on my cut file store here.  I have a few of these floral hearts, but I will admit, this one is my favourite!

I began by backing the flowers of the file in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper.  Next, I backed the black of tiny leaves in the Hello Lovely ‘Life Story‘ paper using just the black portion of the paper.  The black/white of larger leaves were backed with the More Than Words ‘Gossamer‘ paper and lastly, the background spot used for the balance of the file is the More Than Words ‘Radiant‘ paper.  Once that was all finished off, I stitched around the edge of the heart and mounted the whole piece onto foam tape.

Next, I decided on my background paper.  I wanted something bold that would add to the design and could work well with the floral elements.  I went with the black and white stripe of the Love Always ‘Twin Set‘ paper.  I’ve run it horizontally across the page rather than vertically as I knew at this stage I had a pretty bold title planned and thought it would work better to have your eye be drawn across the page rather than up and down the page.

It was now time to mount my photo, I’ve used some more of the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper to do this.  I’ve also stitched around the edge as I normally do.  I placed the photo on the right-hand side of the heart as to not cover up any of that hard work I did backing the file and those pretty pretty papers!!

Now was the time to place my large title, for this I’ve used the word “cherish” from the More Than Words Chipboard Title pack.  I’ve added the word “challenge” using a plain black alpha from my stash.  With the largest elements now in place, it was time to add some smaller details.  I started with a pretty little flower cluster on the right-hand side of my photo using elements from the More Than Words ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

Next, I added some of the  Colour Me Happy Snip-its typed sentiments, these come on a thicker card sheet that you fussy cut out and are slightly larger than the ones available on the Accessory sticker sheets. I love these and can’t believe there are still some available in store!

I’ve also added a flair button to my photo, this one is from one of the Limited Edition Flair sets and then got to thinking about something down the left-hand side of my photo.  After a bit of fussing, I decided to die cut out some pretty bows in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ and ‘Gossamer‘ paper scraps and that finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you’ll give something like this a go, I do really love how my pages with these kinds of colour schemes work and this one with all the florals, pink and bows, well it is very girly and I love that about it!

Until next time,