Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  With the start of the new year, I’ve been in a bit of a ‘stash busting’ mood; I love a good craft room tidy and using up some of my older supplies to make way for some pretty new things!  I find this even easier to do with a fresh new cut file, this one is from CUTtoYOU called Spring Floral.

I started by choosing the background paper; this one is Line Up from the Totally Rad collection.  It’s one of the very last pieces of paper I have in this line and although it is a ‘boys’ collection, I have loved teaming it with my other supplies to make both masculine and feminine pages.

Next, I went about backing the cut file.  I’ve gone through and found some coordinating scraps:

Wild At Heart Double Dot and Luscious pattern paper and Love Always Lovely Things pattern paper as well as the black and white spot from the More Than Words 6×6 Paper Pad.  I simply alternated the designs for each flower making sure no flowers that were next to each other had the same pattern paper backing.  Once everything was backed, I’ve positioned the cut file onto the background of my page.

For my photo, I’ve stitched around the edge and then mounted onto another piece of the black and white paper from the More than Words 6×6 paper pad.  I’ve also added some foam behind it for added dimension and added to my page.

I’ve really now got the bones of the page sorted, time for some pretty details.  I’ve pulled out the Wild at Heart Die Cut Ephemera pack and found some pretty leaf die cuts to add.  I’ve also added in a stack of buttons from my stash which I’ve hand sewn on for added detail.

Next up, I wanted to lock in the title for the page, so I’ve pulled the Wood Veneer Words from the Wild At Heart Collection.  I’ve used the word “grow” and some of the pretty wooden hearts.  For an extra detail I’ve covered them with Gold embossing enamel and heat set, the wood texture of the these takes on the embossing very well and I love the end result.  I’ve teamed this with some plain white Thickers from my stash to make the title “Bloom and Grow”.  The photo is a selfie taken at a school event raising awareness for Mental health, and it’s a topic I’m really passionate about!  2018 was a year of self-discovery for me so I really wanted this page to celebrate that!

The page was almost complete at this point.  I just wanted to add a few little butterflies to round out the design.  These are from the ‘Patchwork‘ paper from the Wild At Heart collection.  I’ve simply fussy cut them out and added to my page with foam tape.

Here you can see the gorgeous shine of the embossing powder on the wood elements.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you are all getting a creative start to the year.  Maybe this has inspired you to use up some of your stash to make room for the exciting new things 2019 will bring! If it has, be sure to share them over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my first Cocoa Vanilla Studios project for the year.  I feel so so grateful to be on the Design Team again for 2019 and can’t wait to share lots more projects with you!  This layout is another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection and it’s featuring my cat, Ferris again.  He’s been in a few pages of late and I love that because he is a big part of our family.

Some of you may recall that my cat is a boy, so usually, I’d go for a page that wasn’t too girly and full of florals, however, this page I’ve gone all out with the pretty vibe starting with the ‘Wings‘ digital cut file from CUT to YOU.  I cut the file out three times, flipping the design for one of them, getting them sized to fit the design I had in mind for my page in my software before cutting them out.  Once cut, I added some pretty watercolour paints, these ones are from Prima which I purchase here.  I find that as long as you are careful with the amount of water you use, the regular cardstock paper is fine for this.  You could cut them out in the watercolour paper too.

Once all of my butterflies were dry, I positioned onto my page and stitched down along the centres for added detail.  I’ve chosen the ‘Sophisticated’ paper for my background, I love the soft pink stripes in this one, they provide a lovely neutral background.  Next, it was time to mount my photo, sticking with the stripes theme, I’ve chosen the ‘Bloom & Grow’ paper for this, I wanted to add some of that striking Navy as accents to my page so the photo mat was the perfect place to start.  It also helps the photo stand out off of the background.

Next, I knew I had to add my title.  The ‘Cardstock Titles’ in this collection are quite large so it’s important to sort out the position of the title before adding in lots of other embellishments.  I find that if I don’t set the title early in the design I run out of space for it!  I decided to go with a large cluster above my photo (which the title would be the main part) and a smaller one on the left-hand side of the page.

Here you can see I’ve added foam behind the word “Happy” and then left the word “Days” flat against my background.  This is the beauty of these Cardstock titles over chipboard ones; if you want dimension you can add it; if not, you can use them as they are from the pack.

To finish out my clusters, I’ve added in elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and the ‘Accessory Sticker’ sheet.  I’ve also added two of the small hearts from the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack and a flair button.  I’ve mounted some of the stickers with foam for added dimension.

To finish out the page, I went through my stash and found these black sparkly enamel dots from the Love Always collection, yes, I’m mixing the navy of the collection with the black enamels but my photo is black and white and the Navy is quite a dark shade so I’m calling it good.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you are all getting stuck into your creative projects this year, getting those stories documented and having a heap of fun in the process.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well!  I’m back on the blog today with my last share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios for the year.  This week the design team are featuring our favourite layouts for 2018.

I so love all of the pages I created this year, it really is hard to choose but I couldn’t go past this layout of my sister and her pooch!  I created this page as a gift for her 40th birthday using the “Totally Rad” collection and I just love how it turned out… the soft tones I pulled from this collection still make me swoon and set off this cute pic beautifully.

My second choice is “Cherish the Challenge” created using a mix of collections.  I love mixing and matching collections and just love how they all work together so well.  I simply went through my stash to find anything that was either Black, White or light pink and mixed them together for this page.  I chose this page as it documents a huge part of my 2018 (and long-term goal), of being en-pointe.   Ballet is a big part of my life and makes my heart so happy, I had to include a layout devoted to it in my favourites.  I’ve also included this one as it features one of my very own designed cut files, another new adventure for this year which I’m really proud of.

Lastly, I’ve included this layout “Keep Shining”.  I couldn’t help but put this in as it features my all-time favourite collection “Bohemian Dream“.  The colours in this collection will never get old for me even after using it on a stack of layouts.  For this one, I set about using up some of the smaller scraps I had; not wanting to throw any of it out!  I’ve backed this cut file (CUT to YOU) mixing and matching all of the patterns to create this bright and happy page.

Thanks for popping by today, and for your support both here and on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios blog.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  It has been such a fun year and I’m super excited to be able to share more Cocoa Vanilla Studios inspiration with you in 2019.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  I’ve had this black and white photo printed for some time now of my daughter and I on a Mothers day many many years ago.  It’s one of those photos that means so much more to me than what you see… and to be honest, I find these the hardest to scrapbook.  I knew the ‘Midnight’ collection would be perfect for it, so I pushed aside the self-doubt and got to memory keeping!

I began the page by deciding on my background.  I just love the Shine Bright pattern paper, the white woodgrain is the perfect neutral base for any project.  Next up, I decided on a cut file, this one from my latest CUT to YOU release called Flower Circle.  I cut the file as large as I could to use as a background feature for my page.  I often do this when I’m not sure where to start with a project and let the cut file guide me in terms of the design of the page.

Next up, I went about backing the file.  To do this, I’ve used the 8×8 paper pad, if you get one thing in the collection, I would recommend this!  You get every pattern in the collection and they are in a smaller format to the 12 x 12 pattern papers which makes them perfect for backing cut files.  I love how even though my pieces are quite small, you can still really easily see the pretty pattern.  I’ve also used the ‘Shine Bright’ B side which is this perfect ombre pink *swoon* to back the central flower pieces in the cut file.  They break up the white on white and really feature in the centre of the layout.

Next, it was time to position my photo, I’ve popped it in the left-hand side of the cut file and then trimmed around the outer edge keeping with the circle edge.  Once I was happy with the photo and cut files position, I pulled out my sewing machine and added some stitched details.  If you’ve seen my pages, you’ll know I just love adding stitching for a subtle and pretty detail.  Next, I’ve added in my title from the ‘Die Cut Cardstock Titles – I’ve added some foam tape underneath for dimension.

All the page needed now was a few smaller embellishments.  I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’ that says “Hello Lovely” as well as three of the pretty black and white butterflies from the Accessory sheet (also mounted on foam).  I’ve also added in a few sentiment stickers and a die-cut ephemera pieces that says “Sweetness”.  I also found a chipboard tab in the ‘Chipboard  Pieces’ pack to add above my photo.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this page inspires you to grab some of the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection and get creating!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  This time focusing more on the stunning Navy in the collection to document a stack of photos of my cat.  I was so drawn to the ‘Inky Depths’ pattern paper it was the starting point for my project today and I just love how the darker background looks, it really sets my photos off don’t you think!

My cat is a boy, so I wanted a page that wasn’t too girly and full of florals, so the ‘Inky Depths’ paper was the perfect starting point.   With the background paper locked in, I went straight to my cut file stash and decided on this one called ‘Conversation‘ by CUT to YOU. Available in Custom cut (I’ll ship to you already cut) or Digital, anyone can have this file on a page 🙂  I love the pop of the white on the darker background!

Next up, I decided I’d soften the look a little by backing a few of the ‘speech bubbles’ with the pretty pink ombre of the ‘Shine Bright’ pattern paper.  I’ve used a sheet from the 6×8 paper pad for this as with the smaller format to the 12 x 12, the ombre is closer together and shows more in a smaller space.  I’ve also backed the heart shapes in the cut file design with the B side of the ‘Inky Depths’ paper again from the paper pad.

Next up, I went about matting all of my photos.  I love making layouts with multiple photos and a trick I have to do this is to print the photos in a small size.  Smaller photos means you can fit more on your page!  I have 8 all together and I’ve mounted them all in a combination of papers again from the 6×8 pattern paper pad.  I’ve then positioned these across the page loosely following along with the design of my cut file.

With the bones of the page all locked in now, it was time to focus on the smaller details.  There are so many pretty little elements in the collection, it was really fun to pick through the packs and audition elements here, there, and everywhere.

I’ve added a few elements across my page including die cuts from the ‘Ephemera pack, a piece from the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack as well as a few of the cute ‘Accessory stickers’.  Now to my title, I wanted to use the words in the cut file, so I went with ‘Hello You’.  The ‘You’ is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack.

To finish out the page, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’.  I must admit I’m hoarding all of these and I’ve used 2 already, time to buy another pack I think!  I do love how a flair can finish off a page and add the perfect element to a cluster, they really are a scrapping staple embellishment.

Thanks for popping by today, heaps more ‘Midnight’ inspiration to come, I think I’ll be creating with this collection for a while yet!

Until next time,