Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back today to share my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files and this one has all of the colours!!  I am loving all of the rainbow projects I’m seeing of late and am not sure if it’s #trending but I just love them and was so keen to jump on board!  This one is of Miss C quite a few years ago now when she did Ballet.  She not a fan of it now, but I still love looking at these pics of her in her sweet tiara and tutu.


I’ve used the background cut file “Rows of Bows” as my starting point and kept it white because I had a very bright plan!   I then went about digging through my smallest paper scraps to find some in lots of fun colours.

Initially, I was going to do this as all the colours of the rainbow… but I ran into a couple of problems, one, there were two extra rows after I had one row of the each of the seven colours and two, I couldn’t find 4 different pieces of purple pattern paper (and I knew embellishments would be an issue too).  So… long story short, I decided to do just some of the colours of the rainbow instead.  Starting with light and dark pink, orange and yellow, and then moving to the greens and blues.  It still gives the look of a rainbow without technically being one.

Once I had backed each row of the file with my paper scraps I positioned it onto my background.  I went with the Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for this one as I knew I wanted to add in my paint stripes.  I simply added a stripe using a wide brush of the Colour Blast Shimmer sprays to coordinate with the colours in the bows.  It was a simple touch but really made a difference to how the cut file looked against the background.  It really helped it pop off the page.

Next, it was time to add my photo and title which I positioned towards the bottom of the page.  I then went about finding a stack of bits and pieces from my stash to layer colour on colour to embellish.  I highly recommend this for all those bits and pieces you only have one of.  I can sometimes struggle to use these up as I prefer to duplicate elements on my page.   This technique works because even though the elements are different, the colour helps them to fit together.

Here you can see the beautiful painted background poking through the file… definitely going to do this technique again, that’s for sure.


I just love love love how this turned out, and anyone with some paper scraps and a few bottles of mist can do it!

Remember too, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as, Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website for more info or pop me a message.

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files! This photo was taken on Mothers day this year and I have been itching to scrap it, I just love it so much.  It features my mum, of course, my sister and my little Miss.  My mum rarely smiles in photos because she is really not a fan of having her picture taken but we were all just mucking around and it was so nice to get this more natural shot of her.

For this project, I began with one of my favourites, the ‘Bouquet’ Custom cut file, yes, this is the exact file you will receive if you are one of my Custom cut ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I’ve purposely designed and cut this one to be a large feature on the page.

This cut file also has a lot of white space designed in it with the idea that you can add lots of beautiful mixed media to it.  I began by pulling out all of my Distress Oxides, I have a few of these now and love love love them!  Of course, I have all the pretty colours like Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Shaded Lilac and I get them all at The Stampers Hut, my local scrapbook store.  I simply pressed the ink pads onto my messy mat and then spritzed with water.  I then lightly spritzed the cut file and then pressed it into the inks.  I did not use gesso at all as I knew I wasn’t going to do layers and layers of mixed media, but would definitely recommend that if you really want to get messy 🙂

Next, I worked on my background.  I used the packaging technique here and also added a stack of splatters.  I’ve used Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for this to help prevent that nasty warping.  It was now time to back the cut file.  I’ve used lots of papers from my stash for this.  I just love how cut files allow you to use up paper scraps and turn them into something really beautiful!  Next, I positioned my cut file onto my background and glued down with some Scotch Quick Dry adhesive. I purposely left some of the edges for added dimension and interest.  I love how they slightly lift off the page.

At this point the page was really coming together, all I had left to do was mount my photo in more paper scraps, and add some simple embellishments.  I’ve gone with florals that mimic the floral shapes in the cut file to bring everything together, a title and a few other little bits and pieces and that was the page done!

I just love love love how this turned out, those oxides combined with the cut file for me was the perfect fit for this fun photo and it’s so fun to be able to work with a product I’ve designed and see it come to life on a page.

Remember too, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as, Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website for more info – Release night is this Friday (tomorrow) 6th July at 7pm.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project for a special feature “Throwback Thursday”.  My assignment for today’s layout was to dig deep into my stash and do a little stash busting.  I love challenges like these because if I use up my stash, I can get all the new things!

The oldest piece of Cocoa Vanilla I managed to find is this wood chevron paper from the Hello Lovely collection ‘Confetti‘.  So the design for the page started with that.  I kept digging and also found half a sheet of the Free Spirit ‘Dreamy‘ paper which had very pretty soft tones that could coordinate.  Both of these collections are from 2015 and they still have a very fresh feel to them, which really says a lot about how well they are designed!  I then got to thinking about how I could stretch these limited supplies and decided on using a cut file.  I am a big fan of the look of cut files on my pages and this is one I have designed myself.  It is available at my CUT to YOU store ( from tomorrow!


I used the light side of the  Free Spirit ‘Dreamy‘ paper for the larger flowers and the B side of this same paper for the smaller flowers. Because I had mat my photo first, I was able to use lots of little pieces here and there to back the file helping me to really stretch and use up every inch of that paper.

The main elements in the design were now locked in, so it was just a matter of finding some pretty embellishments to go with it.  I started by looking for some wood elements as I thought they would go really well with my background paper.  I went straight to the Endless Summer collection as I knew it had tones that would go with what I had already and found some cute Wood Veneers as well as some Puffy Stickers.

I also found a Die Cut Ephemera piece from this collection and teamed it with another wood element, these are Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy Collection to create my title.  There were also some other cute elements in this pack so I’ve added those as well including photo corners and a die cut that says “Enjoy the little things”.  I’ve simply made 3 small embellishment clusters that lead your eye around the page following the lines of the cut file in the background.

To finish the page off, I’ve added in some butterflies and hearts from the Sticker Sheet from the Endless Summer collection as well as a pretty pink Flair badge.

Using the cut file really helped this page come together and I love how it turned out.  I love the soft tones of my black and white photo and how the cut file stands out from the background paper and frames the photo.  It really was fun to go digging through all of my Cocoa Vanilla products and I’ll certainly be doing this again!

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Until next time,

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Love Today” for Scrap the Girls July 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

July has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  We have another mood board for this months inspiration and it’s a very interesting one!  Initially, I thought this was going to be a bit difficult for me… but when I looked further, it actually came together really easily and I love how the page worked out!

So… I just pulled the bits of the mood board that I loved.  For example, the background diamond shapes in the top left image, and the ballet shoes from the bottom left-hand image.  I also love the combination of pink and red with a pop of black.

My page came together really quickly, I found the background paper first and it was a perfect match to that top left-hand image… next, I printed out my photo, this one of me in my pointe shoes.  I’m sure many of you know that I go to Adult Ballet classes and love love love them!  I started over a year ago with the mission to get back en-pointe (I did a lot of pointe work when I was growing up and I can’t describe how much joy it gives me).  This photo was taken at my very first pointe class and I wanted to document that journey.  Sure, I’m standing in them in the photo, but that’s about all I could do in them at that stage!  It takes a lot of work to build up the strength required to actually dance on pointe, but I’m totally up for the challenge!

Ok… so back to the layout,

Next, I found the chipboard elements ‘love’ and ‘today’ to use for my title, I kept the word ‘love’ as it was and simply misted the ‘today’ word with some Colour Blast Shimmer Spray to make it a pretty shade of pink.  I also pulled out a few black and white elements and love the pops of black they have added to my page.  I especially love this chipboard piece that says “big plans” perfect for the photo I was documenting.  I then just went about layering up all of the elements I had pulled out to make one big central cluster around my photo using the chipboard frames to anchor the design.

I found a few elements that had the tones from pink to red in them and I feel they really pull the page together.  Most of these are from a Crate Paper Valentines day collection.  I made sure to add lots of different sizes of elements and mixed up the texture of things as well for interest.  I just love how this one came together and can’t wait to document the next part of this story.

I hope this months mood board inspires you and 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:  The Resin Rainbow

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Colour Blast, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another using the latest collection “Boys Rule” AND my very first using my new CUT to YOU cut files, which I have to say I’m pretty excited about!  I thought for this project I’d scrap a page about my darling hubby.  He is a pro-photographer and rarely in front of the camera so we had to do a little photo shoot just for him, and this shot is one of my favourites.

The inspiration for this page definitely started with the photo and I also knew I wanted to use one of my new CUT to YOU cut files. Whilst I had a stack of floral designs on my desk, this page called for something bolder and more gender neutral and I just love how it worked out.  The idea I had was to use up some of the scraps of paper I had in the collection (as this one is my third layout now) to create a block style background for my photo to layer onto.  Step one was to decide on colours and start backing the cut file.

Remeber that old saying “Blue and Green should never be seen”? Pretty sure they look fab together here!  I went with the green in the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper and both sides of the ‘Expressionist’ paper, pulling the dark blue, light blue and green out.  Once backed, I set them all out onto my background to get an idea of the layout I wanted for my page and once happy noted their position.  Next, it was time for some mixed media, not too much, just a little to break up the white background and the white parts of the cut files.

I’ve used Colour Blast Shimmer sprays in ‘Apple of my Eye’ and ‘Singin the Blues’ and yes it’s subtle but that’s how I like it.  Once dry I added my backed squares back on top.  At this point the bones of my page were set, it was now time to mat my photo.  I’ve used a pop of the green from the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper as well as the dark blue from the ‘Expressionist’ paper to do this.

Next, I went to the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’ and pulled off the painted elements, I love how you can add these to your page for a mixed media look without the mess, just position and go!  I’ve layered them on top of each other and they work together really well.  Next, I went through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and found the sentiments ‘You’re the best” and “Awesome” to use as my title and positioned under my photo.   I also found the die cut stars and the funky arrow.  I’ve just run these elements top to bottom of my page some to the top left of the photo and others to bottom right for balance.  I’ve also mounted some on foam tape for added interest.

I’ve also added in some of the text elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’ that work with my title including ‘mister fantastic’, ‘seriously’ and ‘the best’.

To finish off the page I’ve added in the criss-cross elements from the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’, with the clear backgrounds, it looks like they have been painted on and work really well with the mixed media background showing through – I so love these!

I just love how this page came together, and it is so great to get a page of my Mister scrapped!  It has reminded me that I really do need to get him out from behind that camera and in front of it from time to time.

Also, if you like the look of the cut file, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU newsletter. I’ll be sending these ladies first opportunity to get their hands on them and special bonuses, including a free cut file!! If you aren’t on the list, you will miss out on the freebie file and special offers.  You don’t need a Silhouette to create with my cut file designs, so jump onto the website and sign up now!

Until next time,