Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration including a new YouTube process video. For this share, I have unboxed the new Fancy Pants ‘Wishmas‘ collection as well as creating a layout for you all so I hope you are feeling festive! The cut file I’ve featured is ‘Christmas Wishes‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and if it inspires you in any way be sure to subscribe so you can see more videos just like this one.

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 ‘Daydream’ collection. For today’s share, I’ve decided to have a play with the cut apart pattern paper in the collection called ‘Happy Place’. It’s fun to see just how many elements I can get out of one sheet of pattern paper!

To begin my page, I’ve created a background with the ‘Serenity’ pattern paper as my border and a plain white cardstock from my stash. I’ve then used the centre of the ‘Serenity’ paper to cut out some simple banner strips. I’ve done this with a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Scallop Banners’ but you could also do this with a border punch or even just fussy cut out the design freehand with your scissors.

Next, I’ve cut the striped piece and the heart row from the ‘Happy Place’ pattern paper. I’ve layered these two pieces with the banner pieces to create my background. I’ve added them randomly, working bottom to top along the centre line of the page, adding stitching to the top of each banner piece as I go.

I’ve then also added in three of the smaller banner pieces from the cut apart sheet and added stitching to those too. These are normally used as journaling spots, but I’m using them here just as parts of my layers.

I’ve then positioned my photo. I think this design works particularly well with photos that are landscape as the banner pieces in the background draw the eye across the page. I have used foam tape for this as well, just for added dimension.

I’ve used the cut apart sheet again for the text element ‘Beautiful’ which is positioned above my photo. I’ve also fussy cut out three of the cute rainbows and added those above and below my photo running along the same lines as the banner pieces.

I’ve also added in here some stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as well as fussy cut out floral elements from the ‘Garden Variety’ pattern paper and butterflies from the ‘All a Flutter’ pattern paper.

Here you can see a close up of the stitched details. To finish the page off, I’ve added a few typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’ and a Flair button.

I’ve also created a YouTube process video for this layout which you can watch below – I hope it inspires you to get creating with this beautiful collection.

Thanks for popping by today and be sure to leave me a comment on my video if you enjoyed watching it, I’d love to know you popped by! xo


Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back today with some more Scrappy inspiration for you including a new YouTube process video. I’ve used My Minds Eye ‘Splendor’ papers and embellishments as well as some goodies from my stash! The cut file I’ve featured is the ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page.

You can check out my Scrapbooking Process video here:

I’ve included a couple of close-ups for you here too…

I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to get creative! xo


Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For this page, I was super inspired to work with some bright and fun colours so I’ve gone to the ‘Happiness‘ collection. It’s one of my favourites; I just love how saturated the colours are, so so bright and happy. I’ve used a collage of selfie photos taken of my daughter and I from a couple of years back printed in black and white to balance out all of the other colours in the collection.

To create the background of my page, I’ve used the ‘Little Things‘ pattern paper B side with the fun green spots. Over the top of that, I’ve layered a cut file, this one called ‘Fern Foliage‘ from CUT to YOU which I’ve cut out using the ‘Meadow‘ paper.

Next up, I’ve mounted my photos with a double mount. The first is the ‘Expressive‘ pattern paper, the second is the ‘Botanical Bliss‘ pattern paper. I did not glue the entire cut file to the background, I like how some of the leaves are slightly raised, it adds a really nice texture and feel to the background.

I’ve then gone about building my paper layers using elements from the collection. I’ve used floral die cuts and pretty banners from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as stickers from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet‘. The butterflies have been fussy cut out of the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper.

I’ve also added in a flair button from the ‘Flair pack‘ as well as some ‘Sparklers’ from the Wild at Heart collection. I love adding different textures into my clusters and will mix paper elements including stickers, chipboard and die cuts with bulkier things like flair buttons to add interest.

I’ve also added in some sweet little leaves to fill out the floral clusters, these are also from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack. There are 58 pieces in this pack and all of them are gorgeous!

I’ve finished the layout by adding in my title, this one from the ‘Die Cut Titles‘ pack. This pack has so many elements in it and I just love that the titles are a mix of sizes and lengths. I’ve layered it up on foam for dimension. You can also see below more elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack which I’ve layered up to build my cluster.

If you’d like to see more details of how I created this page, I have made a YouTube video which you can watch below, or by clicking here. I hope it inspires you!

Until next time,


Hey there Creative friends! I’m back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. Today I’m diving deep into my stash and using one of my all-time favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called ‘Bohemian Dream’. I’ve also pulled a sweet pic of Miss C taken a few years ago now. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Triangle Pinwheel‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here’s a closer look at the cut file I’ve used. This one is nice and fast to back and I think adds a really striking element to the page. If you are new to working with cut files, this one is a great one to get you started.

To create my page, I’ve begun by backing my cut file design, I’ve simply backed each triangle one by one mixing and matching pattern paper scraps. I wasn’t too careful about the colour placement, I just made sure that no two colours were side by side. I’ve then added this whole piece to the cardstock background of my layout and stitched around the edge.

Next, I’ve mounted my photo with a 1/4 inch frame and added some stitching. I’ve then locked in the position of my photo onto my page.

Next up, I’ve worked on my title. I knew I wanted to use a larger title for this design so it was important to get it into position early in the design process. I just love the bold white chipboard I’ve used here.

Next up, I’ve created my main embellishment cluster. I pulled this ‘Charm Creations‘ heart from my stash and added that to some die cut embellishments and a flair from the collection. I love the different textures here.

I’ve then gone ahead and added in two smaller embellishment clusters mainly made up of the die cut ephemera pieces and some word sentiments. Most I’ve added on 3D foam tape for dimension.

The clusters help draw the eye from the top left hand corner of the photo down to wards the bottom left hand corner of the page. I’ve kept them pretty simple as I didn’t want to cover up too much of my fun cut file background.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,