Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

HAPPY MOMENTS | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m sharing on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today a new layout inspired by ‘stars or stripes’ for our current theme.  This page features my cute kitty ‘Ferris’ and the stunning ‘Midnight’ collection and was super fun to make.

I started the idea for the page with the Colour Me Happy cut files the large ‘XO’ in the designs features bold stripes which I thought would be a fab jumping off point for my page.  I also decided early on my background paper.  The Shine Bright pattern paper design is perfect as a soft muted background and the woodgrain stripes fit with my challenge and the stripes in the cut file.

Background and cut file choices now locked in, I went through my paper scraps and backed the cut file.  I just worked along with the stripes alternating pattern papers from the collection.  Once I was happy with the cut file, I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine in a pretty pink thread.  I love the detail this adds.

Next, I’ve matted my photo with the Inky Depths pattern paper.  I’ve also used the B side as a border around the edge of my page and added more stitching.  I find I do this a lot and it really helps pull the design together.  I’ve also mounted my photo with foam tape for dimension.

With the photo, cut file and background all locked it, it is time to do the layout ‘shuffle’.  I just keep moving the pieces around until I find a layout that I like.  I did end up mounting the cut file on foam too as you can see here.

With the largest elements now all locked in, it was time for a title. I’ve used the Chipboard Accents for this. I’ve also pulled out elements from the Die Cut Ephemera, and Accessory Stickers to create clusters around my page.  I do this to help draw the eye around the page design.

The heart die cut you see here is from a metal die from my stash, combined with more pretty elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  You can also see here that I like to add foam under the tiny word sentiments from the Accessory Sticker sheet for dimension.

I found this cute bow deep in my Cocoa stash and loved how it had the pink and white stripes so added that along with some sequins in a mix of colours and that finished up the page.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  Lots happening on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog so be sure to check back frequently as well as the community group on Facebook.  There is always a lot of inspiring projects to see.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the latest collection and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU

BRACE YOURSELF | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  It’s my turn again on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with a new layout to share.  I couldn’t wait to scrap these photos of Miss 12, documenting a big milestone in her life.  She recently got braces!  It was a happy yet nervous day so I’m so glad I got these shots, she’s smiling and excited to be on the journey to a lovely smile.

I started the idea for the page with my two photos, I knew I wanted to use both a happy shot and a close up of her braces to document this day.  I usually only create with one photo, so was keen to lock in a design idea before sticking anything down to ensure I had enough space for everything.  I also wanted to use my paper punches as I’ve neglected those for a bit.  I pulled out some of my scraps from the ‘Happiness’ collection. (I’ve made a few pages with this collection now so had some smaller pieces of pattern paper to use).  I’ve just punched strips in various sizes in the different patterns.  I’ve used ‘Expressive’ ‘Good Vibes’ and ‘Meadow” papers for this.

Next up, I went about sorting a title for my page, I wanted something pretty specific so this one is actually a cut file I made especially for it, available at CUT to YOU; you can see the design below.  I cut it out on white card and then backed with more of the paper scraps and mounted on 3D foam.  I then mapped out a spot for the photos and the title and the paper strips. I then stitched the paper layers down and gently lifted up the edges for added texture.  I’ve also mounted my photos on 3D foam for some more dimension and separation from the background layers.

The bulk of the page was now all in place, it was time for some embellishing.

I went about fussy cutting out one of the frames from the ‘Happiness Frame of Mind’ pattern paper and added that along the left-hand side of the page. This filled in some of the space between my photos and the title.  I’ve added stitching here too for more detail and to ‘match’ the stitching on the punched paper strips.

Next, I pulled out the Die Cut Ephemera pack and sorted through all the goodies.  I’ve found a sweet floral, a cute tab with a heart on it and the sentiment banner ‘One of a Kind’.  I’ve added those around the page along with a Flair button from the Flair Buttons pack and some stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

At this point the page was looking very close to finished, it just needed one more thing… butterflies.  What page doesn’t need butterflies right?  With the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper you get a stack!  I chose 4 of the pretty blue ones and fussy cut them out and positioned on my page.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  Lots happening on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog so be sure to check back frequently as well as the Community group on Facebook.  There is always a lot of inspiring projects to see.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the latest collection and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,

 

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

WINTER WONDERLAND | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today as part of their latest theme “Summer or Winter’.  I have a stack of Summer photos, living in beautiful Queensland, however, for this page, I took the opportunity to scrap a Winter photo from a trip a few years back we took to Big Bear Lake, California, USA.  I knew for this page I couldn’t go past the Bohemian Dream collection; it is one of my all time favs and I knew the pinks and purples would be a fab match to my photo.

I wasn’t really sure where to begin, so I started by choosing my background pattern paper.  I went with ‘Abundant‘ as the purple/blue tone are a perfect match for my daughters winter jacket.  I did have an idea that I would be using cut files and thought a darker background would be something different and help them pop off the page.  I also loved how the dots in the design were like tiny little snowflakes; perfect for the theme.  Next, I went about matting the photo.  I’ve gone with ‘Wild and Free‘ and ‘Day Dreamer‘ for this.

Next up, I’ve pulled out a cut file to help pull the page together.  This one is from my store CUT to YOU and is called ‘Winter Wonderland’.

I went about backing the cut file with three different pattern papers, alternating them along each row of letters.  For this, I’ve used the Paper Pad as I wanted the patterns in a smaller format to fit inside the small boxes of the cut file.  You could also use leftover paper scraps for this if you can’t get a hold of the paper pad for this collection.

I then positioned my title, the photo and the snowflake elements onto my page, with the title at the bottom, I positioned everything to help draw the eye from the top of the page to the photo and then down to the title.  Once I was happy with the placement, it was time for adding some embellishments.

I’ve gone through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and pulled out the moth die cuts and positioned on my page.  I found the matching element on the Flair Buttons and added that in here as well.

I’ve also pulled out one more moth from the Chipboard Accent Stickers pack. I also grabbed a stack of stickers from the Accessory Sticker pack including this cut tab with the word ‘Brilliant’ which I’ve placed in the top right-hand corner of my photo.  I’ve mounted the words from the sticker sheet onto 3D foam tape to give them extra dimension.

Lastly, I’ve dug deep into my stash and found some buttons from the Bits and Pieces Pack of the Love Always collection and added in three places.  The silver sparkle on these is the perfect touch.  I have hand sewn them in place for a handmade detail.  Lastly, some enamel shapes from the Bohemian Dream collection were sprinkled around the page and I called it done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope our current theme inspires you to get some of your Summer or Winter snaps documented and onto layouts; I know I for one have so many of these unscrapped so it was fun to play along and I’m really happy with how the page turned out.

Until next time,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

SUMMER DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with another share for you, this time for our ‘Holidays/Vacations’ theme.  For this page, I couldn’t go past the Endless Summer collection. The photo for this page was taken on a recent trip to Sydney for a cruise over the Summer holidays. **A little side note, this collection is still available as a bundle here for just $15!!**

I don’t have a lot of this collection left in my stash as it is from 2016, just one full 12 x 12 pattern paper ‘Sunbleached‘.  It’s a really pretty ombre so perfect for a background.  I did also have a few half sheets and scraps, so pulled out a cut file to help stretch the pattern paper a little further.  These two cut files are from CUT to YOU.  Summer Days and Sunny Skies.

I then went about backing both the cut files with a mixture of papers, including ‘Sweet Treats‘ which is a woodgrain and ‘Chill‘ which is a lovely mint green stripe and floral B side. I just mixed and matched the papers making sure to alternate so that no two patterns were side by side.

Now, you can also see that some of the clouds were not backed, this is because I ran out of pattern paper, I’ve just been strategic in choosing which ones to leave unbacked, so you can’t tell; it just looks as though it was part of the design and meant to be that way.

I have also raised up the cut file, just to give it some dimension off the background of my page.

For the title, I backed it in just the two pattern papers to separate out the words a little.

Next up, I’ve mat my photo and stitched around the edge as I normally do and then positioned the two cut files and my photo on the page.  It was now time to find some matching embellishments to finish the page off.

I did have some of the Accessory Stickers left in my stash so I’ll pulled a couple of those, I also have some of the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ and I’ve added a few pieces of those as well.

I’ve also added some of the ‘Wood Veneer‘ pieces – they are a perfect match for this collection, the wood used is so warm in colour and they are the perfect dimension for adding interest but not making the page too bulky.

I’ve also cut some elements from the ‘This and That‘ pattern paper; a great buy if your looking for little elements to add to a page.  I also had this paper flower from the ‘Summer Blooms‘ pack.  The enamel heart is from the ‘Free Spirit‘ collection; I dug deep into my stash to find that one!

Lastly, I’ve added in some enamel shapes from the collection and called the page done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope our current theme inspires you to get some of your Holiday/Vacation snaps documented and onto layouts; I know I for one have so many of these unscrapped so it was fun to play along and I’m really happy with how the page turned out.

Until next time,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

UNIQUE HAPPY DAYS | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m up on the blog today with another share for you.  For today’s post I really wanted to share a page featuring my sister and I as today is her birthday!  We get along super well and frequently go on adventures… all of which almost always involve selfies.  They don’t always work out that well, but when they do, it’s really fun to scrap them.

The inspiration for the page came straight from the photo… as soon as it was ‘snapped’ I knew I wanted to use the ‘Bohemian Dream‘ collection to make my page; I knew it would be the perfect match to the colours in the picture.  It’s like they were made for each other!

Next, I had the idea to use this cut file from CUT to YOU… this is available in store, but was also one of their freebies for Newsletter subscribers and it’s called “Speech Bubble”.   I thought it was a nice play on the fact that this photo is taken with a Snapchat filter.

 

I’ve been working with this collection for a while now, so I did have a few sheets of pattern paper that had been cut into that I wanted to use up… but first for my background, I started with the ‘Abstract‘ paper.  I’ve used this to create the border for my page and to back some of the speech bubbles in the cut file.  I then pulled out scraps of ‘Dreamer‘ and ‘Wild and Free‘ papers.  I’ve used the white spotty paper from the paper pad for the small hearts and a paper bow I’ve made with a die from my stash as I was keen to use a smaller print for those.

Once the cut file was backed, I matted my photo, again using the ‘Abstract‘ paper and mounted it on foam for dimension.  I positioned my cut file and added it to my background and placed my photo on top.  It was then just a matter of finding a title and those finishing touches for the page.

I’ve gone straight to the Chipboard Titles to find a title for my page.  I just love these, so easy to use and all of the words are so versatile, a must for any Cocoa Vanilla stash!  They are super sticky too, so no fussing with wet glue to make sure they stay stuck.

I’ve then gone through the Ephemera pack to add a few pieces to my page, including floral pieces and a sentiment banner.  I’ve also added a Flair badge and some stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet and I’m happy now with how everything looks.

Thanks for popping by today, this came together really quickly and I hope you love this page as much as I do… If you’re after some FREE cut files, be sure to sign up to the CUT to YOU Newsletter (you’ll find the link on their website home page – here) AND a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIS, you’re awesome, love you lots!

Until next time,