Hey Creative friends,

I’m back on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today with a new project to share.  For this one, I’m using this months mood-board as my inspiration to scrapbook a sweet picture of our pet cat.  I was really draw to the circular elements in the mood board for this layout especially as my photo has a large circular element in it.  For more details on how you can play along be sure to visit the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook group.

Here is the mood-board, as I mentioned above, I was inspired by the circular elements in the top left hand corner photo.  I was also inspired by the top middle photo with the water colour paint in it, such pretty colour. I do hope you can see how the mood-board inspired me and how it helped me pull my page together.

To begin the layout, I pulled out this large circular cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Burst Circles‘ and backed just the centre pieces.  

I’ve used a combination of papers from the collection for this, it was super quick to do and is a great option if you are new to working with cut file designs.  I’ve then created a frame for my layout background using the ‘Sprightly’ pattern paper, I’ve made sure to also use this pattern within my cut file to help pull the page together.  I love this particular pattern paper for this mood board because of it’s water-colour feel.  It also includes all of the colours I plan to use on my page so it will help to give the page a cohesive look.

I’ve then backed my photo in a pretty mint green pattern paper and stitched around the edge for added detail.  I don’t often work with circles, but I felt the circular elements in my photo were the perfect fit for the mood board and when I teamed them with the cut file and other circular pieces of the ephemera pack, they all work together to help tell the story of my photo.

There are a bunch of elements in the ‘Ephemera Packs’ in this collection, I’ve mixed and matched elements in size and shape, paying particular attention to include some of the circular elements.  I even had a couple of the wreath style elements (from several left over packs) so added them as background layers.

Here you can see the ‘Flair Button’ from the collection and my main embellishment cluster.  I’ve also included some fussy cut out butterflies from the ‘Pretty Bits’ pattern paper.  These butterflies are a little larger than some of the other butterflies in the collection so they are perfect to mix and match.

To finish the layout, I’ve included some of the sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as well as some of the ‘Enamel Dots’.

I’ve also made a You Tube video for this share which you can watch here, I hope it inspires you.

Until next time,


Hey Creative Friends, I’m back on the blog today with another share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’m using more of their new ‘Sunkissed’ collection to document a sweet photo of Miss C from a few years back.

To start the page, I’ve backed a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU called ‘Fun plus Sun‘ with pattern papers from the A5 Paper Stack. The smaller prints in the A5 papers are ideal for this and I love how there are a couple of exclusive prints in the pack.

I’ve backed my photo with the ‘Sunny Days‘ pattern paper and used it to create a border around the base of my page. For the background of my layout, I’ve used a piece of pale blue card stock from my stash. I’ve also added here my signature stitching, I just love this detail.

Next, I’ve added my backed cut file onto the layout centred and a little towards the bottom of the page. Then, I’ve placed my photo at the centre bottom. I’ve raised on foam for dimension so it’s now time to embellish.

For the embellishments, I’ve gone with three clusters to create a visual triangle on my page. The main cluster features a sweet rainbow from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack and a Sunshine element from the ‘Puffy Sticker pack‘ as well as some floral die cuts from the ‘Floral Ephemera pack‘.

For even more interest on my page, I’ve added in some of the ‘Wooden Buttons‘. I love the texture of these. As I build out the clusters, I’m making sure to have at least one of each of these in each one. I find that when I replicate elements in each of my clusters, it really helps pull the page together.

Here you can see the die cut pieces, a wooden button, puffy sticker and a typed sentiment from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘. I like to add these stickers with foam tape for added dimension. They really are a great way to round out a page and the sentiments really help to tell the story in the photos.

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

Thanks for popping by today.

Until next time,




Hey there Creative friends! I’m back on the blog today with another scrapbooking layout idea for CUT to YOU. For today’s share, I’m documenting another family outdoor adventure, this time with the help of one of the title cut file designs.

I decided to feature the ‘Adventure Begins‘ title for this one and cut it nice and large on white cardstock. It was perfect for my photo and a great way to help tell my story. I’ve backed it with pattern papers from Jen Hadfield ‘The Avenue’ collection. I’ve then added 3D foam to the back of the whole design and positioned towards the bottom of my layout making sure to centre on the page left to right. When working with large designs like this one, its important to make sure your design is nice and straight on your page. A T-square ruler is fab for helping you achieve this.

I’ve then positioned my photo so that it nestles into the design. When I was creating this cut file, I purposely positioned the text ‘and so the’ to the left (not centred) so that you would have somewhere to place your photo. You could use 6×4 or 6×8 in landscape or portrait. Lots of options with this one.

With the photo and cut file title locked into position, I’ve gone ahead and created two large embellishment clusters one towards the top left and the other in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I’m always thinking about how the eye will flow across the page. For this I’ve used elements in the collection including die cut pieces and sticker elements. I work largest elements to smallest elements and just layer everything up until I am happy.

Last, I’ve added in some small gold chipboard hearts from Maggie Holmes. I love the smaller detail they add to the page and they round everything out nicely.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout including why I chose the bird, squirrel and car elements which you can watch here:

If you are looking for even more inspiration using this collection, I’ve created another layout which you can see here.

Until next time,


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,


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,