Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using their brand new ‘DayDream‘ collection. For today’s share, I’m working with this picture of me. Yes, I’m still on a bit of a mission to scrapbook more layouts featuring photos of myself. I tend to do a lot of my daughter so it’s been fun to create a couple recently of me.

The idea for the page definitely started with the photo for this one, and with it being black and white, I thought it might be fun to pop it onto a coloured background. I’ve gone with the grey and white spot pattern in the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper. I’ve used both sides of this paper for my background, adding a frame around the edge of my layout using the floral side. I’ve added stitching in a pretty pink thread for an added detail.

Next up, I’ve backed my cut file. This one is from CUT to YOU and is called ‘Love Your Selfie‘. I’ve used more of the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper to do this. I’ve also used ‘Sweet Serenity‘ and ‘All Aflutter‘ pattern papers as well.

I’ve used these same papers to mat my photo, opting for a double mat for this page.

For the embellishments, I’ve fussy cut elements from the ‘Happy Place‘ pattern paper including the sweet rainbows and cute tab elements. I’ve also used some fussy cut florals from the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper. I’ve teamed these with pieces from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as a ‘Puffy Hearts‘ and ‘Flair Button‘.

To finish the page, I’ve fussy cut out three moths from the ‘All Aflutter‘ pattern paper and added to my page with foam tape.

I’ve also made a process video for this layout which you can watch here:

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating!

Until next time,


Hey there Creative friends! Super excited to share another Scrapbooking process with you. Today’s share is for CUT to YOU and I’ve created another Christmas layout. If you are following along on my YouTube at Created by Gwen you’ll have seen the big Christmas Stash Bust series I did in December. I used up a stack of goodies so didn’t feel guilty at all about getting the new Pink Fresh Studio Collection and working with it on this page. That is the wonderful thing about using up older supplies; you can go ahead and buy new ones!

I was a little time poor when I was making this page so decided to back the cut file in the one pattern paper. It didn’t take very long as it is a simple design around the outside edge. You could use a different pattern paper in each of the stars for a more dramatic look as well, it will just take a little longer to back. If you’d like to see how I back my cut files, I have a couple of videos on YouTube you can check out.

I’ve positioned the file centred on my page and added my photo to the left-hand side of the layout. I’ve also used the same pattern as a border for my page so that the border matches the pattern in my backed stars.

Next, I wanted to work on my title. I was concerned I might run out of space for it if I didn’t lock it in early in my process. I’ve gone with the word ‘Joy’ which is a puffy sticker.

I’ve then worked on adding lots of bits and pieces from the ephemera packs and die cuts in the collection. I’ve worked with the idea that larger elements will go towards the bottom of the page and smaller elements at the top of the page to match the size of the stars in the cut file. I’ve also been careful to include round or star shaped elements, not square as they would be too ‘blocky’ for the look I’m going for here.

I’m being really careful to consider not just the shape of the elements I’m adding but the colour as well. I’m trying very hard to balance out the heavy colours on my page with softer ones. In particular, the blue and red tones.

I’ve just kept mixing and matching until I felt the layout was complete. I think this one is a simple yet striking design and certainly one you could recreate in a short period of time. If it inspires you to make a page, I’d love to see it, so be sure to tag me or #cuttoyou on social.

I’ve also made a YouTube video process for this page, which you can see below.

I hope you enjoyed this one,

Until next time,


Hey Creative Friends, Happy New Year to you all. I’m back on the blog today kicking off the 2021 inspiration with a scrapbook layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For this page, I thought it would be fun to scrap this black and white photo of myself, taken at the end of 2020 at my local ballet studio.

For this page, I was inspired by the current Inspiration board, in particular, the image with all of the frames in it and the quote that says ‘This is where the fun stuff happens’. Be sure to pop by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community for more details on how to play along.

To begin my page, I backed a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Snapshots‘, with pattern papers from the ‘Pretty Bits‘ pattern paper, the ‘Story Teller‘ cut apart sheet and papers from the 6×8 pattern paper pad. I’ve also backed my photo with the pattern paper ‘Lacewing‘ and stitched around the edge for added detail.

I’ve placed my backed cut file centred on the page and added a frame to my background using the ‘Natural Beauty‘ pattern paper.

Now it was time to embellish. For this, I worked with a visual triangle to create three clusters around my page. I’ve chosen elements from the Ephemera Pack, Die Cut Accessory Stickers and a Flair button.

My main focus for creating the clusters was to balance out the colours on the page, especially the pops of black. I’ve also made sure to represent all of the colours in the inspiration board including the soft Apricot/Peach tone you can see below in the butterflies.

Here’s a close up of all the lovely layers of my page.

To finish off my page, I’ve added in some of the Enamel Dots in the two tones of Pink.

I’ve also made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,


Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with some more Christmas inspiration using the ‘Merry and Bright’ collection. For this page, I thought it would be fun to scrap this black and white photo of my daughter and drew inspiration from that sweet little present she has there in her lap.

To start the page, I’ve created my background using the ‘Star Bright’ and ‘Happy Holidays’ pattern papers. I’m going with another central design for this page (I’ve been on a bit of a kick with those of late) To ground my photo I’ve cut out a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Pretty Packages‘ nice and large and then backed it. To back the cut file design, I’ve used the ‘A5 Paper stack’ where possible as I wanted the smaller prints of the paper designs.

I’ve added a mat to my photo also using paper from the ‘A5 Paper stack’ and then added stitching around the edge and popped it up on some foam tape for dimension. I’ve also added stitching to the edge of my background for a sweet detail.

For the title of my page, I’m using the ‘Merry and Bright’ element below which has been fussy cut from the ‘Oh What Fun’ pattern paper. This pattern paper has so many fun elements on it you can use to embellish your pages and I’ll be adding some more from this one as well which you will see below.

With my title and photo locked into position, it’s time to embellish. For this, I’ve taken floral pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack as well as a Flair button. I’ve also added in a cute banner piece with Holly on it (shown above) which was cut from the cut-apart sheet.

I’ve also added in two of the ‘Gold Puffy stars’ from the collection and some Enamel Dots which are from the ‘Tis the Season’ collection.

To finish the page, I’ve taken a little dive into my stash and found a ‘Woodies button’ from the ‘Free Spirit’ collection as well as some typed sentiments from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Collection and another Wooden Veneer piece that says ‘memories’. I have been on a bit of a stash busting kick as well of late so it was nice to get a few older pieces into this layout and mixing and matching them with brand new supplies.

You can also watch me create the layout below:

I hope you are getting some creative time at the moment, I know it can be a busy season. If not, be sure you’re taking lots of photos! xo

Until next time,


Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using their brand new ‘Merry & Bright’ collection. For today’s share, I’m working with this picture of me! This one was taken on a Christmas cruise we did a few years back.

It’s been a while since I’ve scrapbooked a photo of myself, so it was definitely the inspiration for the page. I knew I wanted to go with a vertical design and thought it might be fun to include this Christmas Tree Cut File by CUT to YOU. (It’s called Whimsy Woodland). The idea is that both the tree and the photo run vertically and draw your eye up and down the page.

I’ve started by backing the tree in the ‘Star Bright’ pattern paper. I’ve also used this paper as the background of my page. For the trunk of the tree, I’ve used the ‘Seasons Greetings’ pattern paper and I’ve also used that as a feature border around the edge of my background. I almost always add a border to my pages, I love how it finishes the edges off and am always sure to add stitching for extra detail.

I’ve backed my photo with a cut candy stripe from the ‘A5 Paper Stack’ and mounted on foam for dimension. I’ve added stitching to it as well which you can see below.

For the embellishments, I’ve decided on one main cluster in the top left-hand corner of my photo. I’ve used a mix of Die Cuts from the ‘Ephemera Pack’, some cut apart elements from the ‘Oh What Fun’ pattern paper some fussy cut florals from the ‘Joy to the World’ pattern paper and a flair button.

I also decided to add some cute decorations to the tree. For this, I’ve used some more fussy cut florals from the ‘Joy to the World’ pattern paper and some die cut ornaments from the ‘Ephemera Pack’. All finished off with a star from the ‘Puffy Gold Stars’ pack.

I’ve also made a YouTube video of my layout process which you can watch here.

Until next time,