Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today with some more Scrapbooking inspiration. For today’s share, I’m featuring a new CUT to YOU floral design and a sweet photo of my Miss 13 on her birthday.

To begin the page, I started with the ‘Spring Floral Edge‘ cut file which I’ve cut nice and large using white cardstock. I’ve backed it with the soft peach tones in the Crate Paper ‘Fresh Bouquet’ collection and for something different, I’ve used a grey and pink print to back the leaves in the cut file design.

Once the cut file was all backed, I positioned it onto my page. For the background of this layout, I’ve gone with a deep navy print from the collection. I love adding cut files onto a dark background, it really helps them to pop!

Next, I’ve positioned my photo, I’ve backed it with grey pattern paper and then raised it onto foam for dimension. It sits along the left-hand edge of the cut file. I’m using the design as a base for my page. It is guiding the layout of the page and will really help the flow of the design.

With the photo in place, I’m now going to add in my embellishments starting with the main cluster beside the bottom left hand corner of the photo.

For my layout title, I’ve gone with this chipboard piece that says ‘Love this Life’. I have several photos from this event so it wasn’t necessary for me to have anything specific. I’ll also add journalling to the back of my page as well.

For the other embellishment clusters, I’ve let the cut file design guide their placement. I am keeping them all running down the right-hand side of my page on top of the cut file. For this layout, I really want the eye to flow top to bottom. You’ll even notice my photo is portrait (not landscape) to help keep in the flow of the page.

I’ve finished the layout off with some gold elements including the photo corners and some pretty gold hearts from my stash.

You can also see how I’ve created the page below. If you like the way that I scrapbook OR the way that I chat about the way that I scrapbook, be sure to give my video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, that way you won’t miss any of my upcoming videos. This support helps me so so much! xo

I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together,

Until next time,


Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with some more inspiration using the Cocoa Vanilla Studio brand new ‘Sunkissed’ collection. This collection is Summer themed but today I’m using it to create an Easter-themed layout. This photo was taken of my daughter quite a few years back on Easter morning.

To begin the page, I’ve created a frame for my background using the ‘Growing Wild’ pattern paper. I’ve used a piece of white card stock from my stash and then sewn around the edge with a pastel blue thread. I’ve also taken the time here to fussy cut out all of the floral elements from the inner part of the paper and will keep those for use in future layouts.

Next up, I’ve backed my cut file; this one is called ‘Easter Basket‘ and is from CUT to YOU. I’m using the ‘Summer Lights’ pattern paper for the basket and ‘Good Vibrations’ for the eggs. I’ve also added in paper from the Paper Pad for the egg details as well as the photo mat. Be sure to check out the paper pad as it has some exclusive patterns in it which are not available in the 12 x 12 pattern paper sheets.

I’ve positioned my photo on the left of the layout and then created two floral clusters. The first cluster is quite small and sits above my photo, the second will be the main cluster and sits to the right of my photo. These two clusters are made up of the fussy cut florals from the ‘Growing Wild’ pattern paper as well as die-cut pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack. I’ve also added elements from the ‘Puffy Stickers’ sheet.

I’ve positioned my title down the bottom of my page under my photo. For this, I’ve used Thickers from my stash. I really wanted to use the title stickers in the collection but nothing fit quite right simply because this is a Summer-themed collection which I’m using to make an Easter-themed page. Be sure to check out the ‘Foam Title Stickers’ in this line, they are super sparkly and gorgeous and you will definitely want them for documenting Summer.

For more interest on my page, I’ve added in two of the ‘Wood Buttons’ as well as elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.

I’ve finished the layout off my adding in some of the small heart die cuts and a couple of die cut tabs from the ‘Ephemera Die Cut’ pack.

I’ve also made a YouTube video of my process so you can see how this all came together which you can watch below. If you enjoy the video, feel free to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss future Scrapbooking layout processes. I make around one each week.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,


Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today with a new scrapbooking layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For today’s share, I was asked to create in my ‘Signature Style’.  I love being able to do this, it’s always so fun to just make a layout focusing on the way I love to create.  Before I even began creating, I did take the opportunity to look though my albums to see the techniques and ideas that I use alot, the things that make me the creative I am and I thought it might be fun to go through 5 things I love to do on all my scrapbook layouts. The things I do all the time when creating – 5 things that make up my signature style.

Soft and feminine Scrapbooking Layout featuring floral elements and large camera cut file.

So, first up, let’s talk about photos.  My style would have to be a single photo on my pages.  Most of my pages have a single photo which is usually 4×4 size and generally only has one or two people in it, being my daughter and/or husband.  I share a lot of photos on Instagram – @createdbygwen, so that’s why I have a lot of photos in 4×4 format.  For this page, I’ve backed my photo using the ‘Stepping Stones‘ print but in the ‘6×8 Paper Stack’ so that the print is smaller.

Secondly, I like to use a lot of Cut Files on my pages.  I’ve used one from CUT to YOU for this page called ‘Floral Camera‘.

I’ve used the B side of the ‘Sweet Serenity‘ pattern paper and the 6×8 Paper Stack to back the cut file for this page and then just placed flat onto my background.

Thirdly, is pattern paper.  I just love the stuff.  I love using pattern paper in my backgrounds too rather than cardstock.  For this page, I’ve used the A side of the ‘Sweet Serenity‘ pattern paper.  This is one of my favouites in this collection, you definately need several sheets of this one! xo

Next up is clusters.  We simply need to talk about clusters.  For me, adding clusters is the most fun part of creating a page, I love mixing and matching elements in a collection to create pretty clusters on my layout.  I’ve used elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack, Accessory Stickers, a ‘Flair button‘ and fussy cut elements from the ‘Garden Variety‘ and ‘All a Flutter‘ pattern papers on my page.  I’ve also added some sequins from the ‘Sequins and Flowers pack‘ as a finishing touch to my clusters.

and the last of the 5 things that make up my signature style is stitching.  I stich on every page that I make.  I just love the added detail it gives to a page, it really makes it special.  I tend to sew on most of my photos and around the edge of my layouts, just with my machine, so it’s a sweet detail that doesn’t take very long to add.

I’ve also made a YouTube video which shows you the process for this page and I also talk more about the 5 things that make up my style.  You can watch it here:


Hey there Creative friends! I’m back on the blog today with some more Scrappy inspiration. For today’s share, I’ve been super inspired by the amazing pages the Design Team has been creating with black cut files and thought I’d give one a go. I’m working with a Black and White photo and the ‘More than Words’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I decided to feature our ‘Diamonds‘ cut file cut nice and large as a background feature for my page. I’ve also kept the inner parts of the design raising them up on foam tape for dimension. I’ve teamed the black and white in my layout with pastels for a softer look.

Here you can see the detail of the cut file on my page.

Once my background was positioned, I’ve added my photo on the right also on foam tape and then my title on the left. I’ve added a sprinkling of die cut ephemera, including some sweet yellow florals and some fussy cut butterflies. With a bold cut file like this one, the layout did not need too many added details.

Lastly, I’ve dug into my stash and found some Pink Puffy hearts, these from American Crafts. The pink is the perfect match to my background and I just love the little pop of colour they add.

I’ve also made a YouTube video with more details about this layout which you can watch here:


Hi Creative friends,

I’m back today with a new share and I’m stash busting for this one.  It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ and I thought it might be fun to pull out my stash of the ‘Happiness‘ collection.  I also thought it might be fun to scrapbook an older photo of my daughter for this one.  This photo was taken quite a few years back now celebrating her wins at a local swimming carnival.

For this layout, I was really drawn to use the bright colours in this collection and team them with a black and white photo.  I was also keen to use one of the prints as my background for the page and decided on the ‘Little Things‘ pattern paper.  It’s pretty bold for a background print, but I really love it.  I’ve also added a frame to my background using a floral from the collection, this one called ‘Botanical Bliss’.  To finish the frame off, I’ve used a contrasting coloured thread and stitched it around the outer edge.  I’ve also used this stitching on my photo.

Next, I’ve used the ‘Meadow’ pattern paper to back a cut file.  This one is from CUT to YOU called ‘Roses and Frames‘.  I have cut the file quite large so that it acts as a background feature for my page.  It also has two positions for photos in it which makes the photo placement really easy.  As I only have one picture for this layout, I’m going to use the other photo block as a spot for my title.  This is going to be a centered design, so I’m careful to make sure everything is positioned nice and straight and perfectly centered on my background.

I’ve chosen the ‘Good Vibes’ pattern paper to back my photo, it contrasts beautifully with the pink tones in the ‘Meadow’ paper.  I’ve also raised my photo on foam for some dimension.

For my embellishments, I’ve used elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’.  There are lots to choose from in these packs, they really go a long way.  The title ‘Happy Times’ is also from the Ephemera pack, but there is also a ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack in this collection which includes a STACK of fun layout titles.  I’ve also included a flair button from the ‘Flair Buttons’ pack to round out my top right-hand side cluster.  The ‘Good Vibes’ banner sticker which you can see below is from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.  

When positioning my embellishments, I’ve focused them in the top right square section of the cut file and then worked them down towards the bottom left-hand side of the page where my photo is.  The main idea here is to help lead the eye down towards the photo.

To finish the page, I’ve fussy cut out some of the pretty butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper.  I love using fussy cut elements as embellishments and as they are essentially a piece of pattern paper, they are very inexpensive so would definitely recommend picking up some designs like this one.  I tend to fussy cut a bunch in advance so that I have them ready to go when creating.  I’ve also been sure to include some of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’, these are always a nice finishing touch to a page.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this layout came together, now is the perfect time to stash bust if you are waiting for the arrival of the new ‘Sunkissed’ collection.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,