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,


Hi Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This week the design team are all sharing projects inspired by Rainbows, how fun right! If you are a fan of Rainbows (and who isn’t) you’ll want to be sure to check out all of the projects, they are all stunners! I’m also using the new ‘Daydream’ collection which is so perfect for this theme. If you haven’t seen that yet, you can see an unboxing of it on my YouTube channel here.

Seeing our theme this week is ‘Rainbows’ I was super eager to use this fun Rainbow cut file, it’s called ‘Rainbow Love‘ and is from CUT to YOU. I’ve gone ahead and backed it with the ‘Sweet Serenity’ pattern paper. I’ve used both the A and B sides for this and then finished off my Rainbow cut file with some stitching in a pretty pink thread. I’ve then added foam tape to the back and positioned onto my background.

The background for the page is the ‘Sun Shower’ pattern paper, I adore the sweet little raindrop print on this one, the print is so fun for using as a background on your page.

Next, I wanted to position my photo… I do this early as I like to work from the largest elements to the smallest. I’ve chosen to place it on the left so that my daughter (in the picture) is looking in toward the centre of the layout.

Now I can get onto adding some pretty details. I’ve fussy cut out a stack of florals from the ‘Garden Variety’ pattern paper as well as some title elements from the ‘Happy Place’ Cut Apart sheet. I’ve added foam tape to some of these for dimension.

You can see below here that I’ve also added in a flair from the ‘flair pack’ and that cute heart from the ‘Puffy Hearts pack’, the hearts are so sweet and have an added gold detail.

Next, I’ve added in some typed sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and finished the page off with some fussy cut out moths from the ‘All A Flutter’ pattern paper. **TIP – Fussy cut out elements from pattern papers in advance, then you have a sweet stash to add to your page as you are creating.

Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I pulled my page together… I also have a YouTube process video up on my channel for this one which you can watch here. If it has inspired you in any way, please let me know by giving it a thumbs up 🙂 xox

Until next time,


Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I hope you are ready for some bright fun Spring colours. It’s not long turned Spring here in Australia and I am so happy to be getting into some warmer weather and really enjoying creating with some bright fun colours. Today’s layout is a silly happy snap that was taken last Christmas by my daughter using one of those fun filters on her phone. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Hearts on Strings‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large to create a background feature for my page. Lots more details to see below.

Here is the cut file I’ve used… a really fun and simple design that was super easy to back and a fast way to get a page put together.

So, as I mentioned, the page began by cutting out the design nice and large. I’ve then taken a mix of the pattern papers from the collection and backed the hearts. I’ve not taken too much care with the colours, I was just careful to not have too many of the same colours grouped together. I’ve then placed foam tape behind the design and centred it onto my page.

Next, I’ve simply backed my photo with another pattern from the collection. It’s a really fun photo so I did want to play with the patterns on the page as well to create a fun feel for the layout. As you can see below, I’ve added my signature stitching detail to the photo as well.

To keep the design fairly simple, I’m working with my embellishment clusters positioned around the edges of the photo. I want to add this detail but I don’t want to cover up too much of the cut file in my background. It’s a bit of a balance here so I would recommend keeping that in mind when you are working with cut files as background features.

I decided on one large main cluster on the right of my photo and then two smaller ones (one on the left and one on the top) and these balance out the page nicely. I’ve really just mixed and matched elements from the collection until I was happy working largest elements to smallest.

I’ve finished off the page with the ‘Love you More’ die cut piece and a couple of fun red puffy hearts as well as these super sweet die-cut bees, so sweet!

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you in some way, be sure to tag me on social if it does so I can see what you have made!

Until next time,