Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio today featuring the ‘Happiness’ collection.  On the blog this week, the design team have been playing along with the theme “Circles or Squares” and I’ve got to say, I really struggle with circle elements so I absolutely took the easy way out and created a page featuring squares. This photo is one I took of my daughter quite a few years ago while we were at a theme park and I’ve come up with a fun way to use up a bunch of pattern paper scraps on my layout within the Squares theme I’m working with.

To begin my page, I’ve started with a white piece of Cardstock from my stash and a cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Grid Block Background‘.  I’ve cut the design out nice and large to create a background for my page.

I’ve then pulled out a bunch of pattern paper scraps in the collection and backed the squares in the design.  You could also do something similar to this with a basic square punch.  Backing the file went quite quickly actually because the square is a very simple shape to cut out.  I didn’t think too hard about the colour placement of the pattern paper, I was just a little bit careful not to put two of the same colours side by side.  I even left some of the squares in the design open for interest.

Next, I’ve positioned the backed cut file onto the centre of my background and added stitching around the edge.  From there, I’ve backed my photo with the ‘Little Things‘ pattern paper, added some stitching and then mounted with 3D foam.

My daughter is positioned towards the right hand side of the photo so I want to position my photo towards the right hand side of my page, I like to have the subjects in my photos looking towards the centre of the page rather than off to the side of the page.  It’s not a rule, just the way that I prefer to do it.  I just find it easier for me to embellish when I do it this way.

I can now begin to work on my embellishment clusters.  I’ve pulled elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack starting with the pretty floral elements and that sweet prize ribbon die cut.  I’m going to create an embellishment cluster along the right hand side of my photo and then balance that out with a separate cluster in the top left hand corner of the page.  As always, I’ll position the largest pieces first and then work towards the smaller elements.

I’ve also added in a couple of the cute tassels from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and a couple of stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.  For the stickers, I often like to add them with 3D foam tape for dimension.  It’s nice to have layers within your clusters and try to nestle everything in close together.

I’ve also pulled a flair button from the ‘Flair Buttons’ pack and added that to the top right hand corner of my page.  The title for the layout has come from the ‘Die Cut Pack’ as well.  To finish everything off I have fussy cut out a couple of the stunning butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper and added them onto my background.

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

I hope my page has inspired you to work with some squares on your next layout or to use up some of your stash of the ‘Happiness’ collection.

Thanks for popping by,

Until next time,

Hello Sunshine| Sunkissed | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Today I’m featuring the ‘Sunkissed‘ collection.  For this layout, I asked everyone in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community on Facebook if I should add in some Mixed Media to my page… and the resounding answer was YES, so I’m adding it Gwen style which is a ‘clean mixed media’ look.  I’ve gone with a bright pink colour as it really works well for this bright and happy collection.  This layout documents this fun photo of my daughter and I on a recent family vacation.

To begin the page, I mapped out a plan for the layout design getting a clear idea of where my title and photo would go.  From there, I added some mist through a 6×6 star-bust design stencil from my stash to my background.  While my mist was drying, I backed my cut file called ‘Hello Sunshine‘ using papers from the A5 paper stack and backed with 3D foam for dimension.

Next, I’ve used my sewing machine to add stitching to my background and photo and then positioned my cut file title and photo onto my layout base.

For the embellishments, I’m working with the larger pieces first such as the cute palm tree and clouds.  The are from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack‘ and then I’m moving to the smaller embellishments like the ‘Puffy Stickers‘ and ‘Wood Epoxy Buttons‘.  I’m working on three main embellishment clusters for this page, one above the right top corner of my photo, the second on the right hand side of my photo and the third one towards the bottom left hand side of my photo.

You can also see above my mixed media sun-burst from the stencil.  I love how it’s a small detail but it adds a really fun element to the page.  The Sun icon you see in the picture below is from the ‘Puffy Sticker pack’ and works so well with the clouds, the sun burst and palm tree on my page.

To finish up the page, I’ve added some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ which I have mounted onto foam tape for dimension as well as some small die cut hearts from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera Pack‘.

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

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creative process for this layout and it inspires you to pull out your supplies of the ‘Sunkissed’ collection and document a fun Summer holiday photo or two!  If you are not already part of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community on Facebook, I encourage you to pop over and join us.

Until next time,


Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the ‘Sunkissed‘ collection.  For this layout, I thought it would be fun to pull out some of my metal dies and my Sizzix machine.  I’ve cut out a bunch of floral elements to create a fun background for my layout.

To begin the page, I’ve die-cut out a stack of floral elements from the ‘Feeling Fine‘ pattern paper.  I love this pattern paper as it has a mixed media look about it, without the mess and warping that comes with making one myself.  All that hard work is done 🙂  I’ve also used this paper as the border for my page with my background being a pink piece of cardstock from my stash.

For the die-cut florals, I have three different sizes to work with and have just arranged them onto the background of my page randomly.  No real method for this, I was just careful to spread out the colours in the pattern paper evenly.

Next, I’ve backed my 4×4 photo also using this pattern paper.  I’ve added stitching around the edge and around the edge of my page for added detail.

For my embellishments, I’ve created the main cluster to the left of my photo which also includes my title ‘Fun in the Sun’.  This title piece and this darling rainbow are from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘.    You will also find the fun flag that says ‘Hello’ in this pack and loads of other super fun Summer themed icons.  I’ve also added bright florals in yellow and blue from the ‘Floral Ephemera pack‘.

For some dimension, I’ve included several of the ‘Wood Epoxy Buttons‘, I just love the soft wood tone in these, they are so fun to add to a page.  You can also see here a few elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ including the sticker above my photo that says ‘Summer Days’ and the typed sentiment sticker below my photo that says ‘Holiday Highlights’.

To finish off the page, I’ve added Enamel Dots from my stash into the centre of each of the flowers and then added some small puffy sticker hearts from the ‘Puffy Sticker sheet‘.

I’ve also made a YouTube video where you can see my process.  You can watch it here:

Until next time,




Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with a new share featuring the ‘Sunkissed‘ collection.  Today I’m documenting a recent family outdoor adventure on a weekend away and what better collection to do that with than this one!  I just love its outdoor feel and the bright happy colours, it’s perfect for all kinds of adventures.

To begin my page I’ve created the background using the ‘Just Chillin‘ pattern paper.  For this page, I’ve used the A and B side of this design, so be sure to grab a couple for your stash.  The B-side is the woodgrain and the A-side features sweet puffy clouds.  I was so drawn to use the clouds as my background of my layout, they are the cutest! and I just wanted something really fun, bright and happy for this page.

Next up, I’ve backed a cut file title design, this one from CUT to YOU called ‘TN Go See Do‘.  

For this, I’ve used the ‘A5 Paper Stack‘ and chosen one of the exclusive patterns which you can see above, it’s that striking blue pattern.  This design is only available in the A5 paper stack.  I’ve teamed it with a similar pattern in the pink but this time I’ve used the ‘Growing Wild‘ 12 x 12 pattern paper.  You can see above the difference in the size of the print.  I find it fun to mix and match papers in the A5 paper stack format with the regular 12 x 12 sheets.

I’ve also backed my photos using the A5 Paper Stack and added my signature stitching for extra detail.  I’ve then positioned my photos and bold title centred on the page.  The photos are flat on the background, but I have raised up the title here with some foam tape.

Now it’s time to embellish!  For this, I’ve started with the ‘Die Cut Floral Ephemera‘ and ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ packs.  Both include super fun elements to add to my page.  I’ve just mixed and matched and auditioned everything until I was happy with the placement.  I decided on a couple of small clusters for this page, it didn’t need too much extra given I’ve used two photos and the large title piece.

Next, I’ve included some elements from the ‘Puffy Stickers‘ pack as well as a couple of ‘Wood Epoxy Buttons‘.  Both of these are fab ways to add texture and interest to your page, I love the sweet elements in these packs.

Lastly, I’ve added some of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ in the collection.  I like to add these with foam tape for a little more dimension.  They are a great way to help support your photos and help tell your story.

Thanks so much for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you in some way.  I also have a YouTube process video showing you how I’ve created this page which you can watch here:

Until next time,


Hey Creative Friends,

I’m back today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’m stash busting again for this one and using the ‘Happiness‘ collection.  I’m scrapbooking these two sweet photos of my husband and daughter taken a few years back, they were taken as part of a mini photo-shoot we had for my birthday and I just adore this very sweet little moment between the two of them.

To begin my page, I’ve used the ‘Expressive‘ pattern paper to create a frame for the edge of my layout, I’ve added plain pink cardstock to the center from my stash. I’ve then cut out two of the ‘Floral Note Card‘ cut file designs by CUT to YOU. I’ve used sections of the ‘Expressive‘ pattern paper to back just floral parts of the design, keeping the notecard part open.

I’ve then layered these two elements down the centre of my page. I wanted to create the look of two frames with the design, rather than the look of the note paper.

For my photos, I’ve backed them with the ‘Frame of mind’ pattern paper, making sure to pull from the blue area on that paper. I’ve added stitching around the edge of my photo and raised it up on foam for dimension. I’ve also pulled a paper doily from my stash and added that behind as a soft layer. You can also see here that I’ve taken a piece of the ‘So Fresh‘ pattern paper and created a banner piece to layer behind my photo as well.

Next, it was time for some fussy cutting. I’ve cut several of the navy butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper to position around my page. I’m using the navy butterflies here because I want to use a title from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack. These titles are all in a deep navy tone so the butterflies help to balance out the colour in the title around the page.

I’ve also included elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and a ‘Flair Button’, as well as a couple of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’. The final touches for the page include a sweet bow cut from the ‘Expressive‘ pattern paper using a die from my stash and some sequins also from my stash of supplies.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed my share and it inspires you to use up your stash of the ‘Happiness’ collection. You can still shop some elements from this one in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio shop here.

I’ve also created a YouTube video of my process for this one, you can watch it here:

Until next time,