Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

HELLO YOU | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

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,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  I was so drawn to the ‘Moonlight’ pattern paper in the collection it was the starting point for my project today.  I wanted to document this photo of Miss 11 on a recent visit to “Yoghurt land”, she is totally obsessed and I can understand why; if you haven’t been, you simply must!

Ok, with the background paper chosen and my photo, I wanted to team it with something a little darker and pulling out the blue/grey tones in the collection.  The ‘Inky Depths’ paper is perfect for this, and being ombre and not patterned as such, it didn’t compete with the mixed media background paper.  I’ve used it here to back my photo as well as a 1/4 inch border around my page.  I do this A LOT and love to add stitching around the edge as well.  I really like how the border finishes off the edges of my page.  For something different, I’ve made the ombre run from left to right on my page (rather than top to bottom); I’ve done this because the design of the page runs across, so it helps lead your eye across the page when everything is running in the same direction.

I then went through the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack and pulled out the frame elements.  There are two in the pack which are separated by a piece of chipboard which I have used as the third frame on my page.  I’ve positioned them across the centre of the layout positioning them above and below my photo and on the right-hand side. I’ve also added in a doily from my stash for texture and once happy with their position stuck down with a little liquid adhesive.

I wanted to sort the title next.  The bold chipboard title pieces are lovely to work with but they are quite large; by locking them into a position early, I’m making sure they ‘fit’ with the design of the page.  There have been times when I’ve left them until much later in my creative process and then found they don’t ‘fit’ anywhere, so locking them in early is my hot tip for those.  I decided to position them along the top edges of the top two frames, this really helps them feel part of the main elements as well as adding an extra layer of dimension.

I then went to the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and pulled out all of the floral and leaf elements.  I’ve used these to build a flower cluster on the left and right of my photo.  I’ve simply slotted them behind my photo and added 3D foam tape behind some elements for interest.

I was really happy with how this was coming along at this stage, just a few more elements and I could call it done.  I pulled out a tag and banner from the die cut elements pack as well as some hearts and the ‘my darling’ banner from the chipboard pack.  I’ve added these around the main cluster in places that needed a little extra touch or to fill a gap in the design.

To finish out the page, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’.  I must admit I’m hoarding that sweet girl flair, how darling is she!!  I do love how a flair can finish off a page and add the perfect element to a cluster, they have been around for a bit, but I still love them.

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,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

HAPPY HEART | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project AND… it’s my first page using the stunning new collection ‘Midnight’.  I’m already totally in love with this collection, the florals are totally swoon-worthy and I couldn’t help but feature them on my first page along with a happy snap from a recent girls trip to Melbourne for fun, food, wine and shopping!

Before I had even decided on the design for this page, I went about fussy cutting.  I love doing this while watching TV or while waiting for Miss 11 at school pick up, it’s really therapeutic for me.  I cut out all of the large flower clusters I could from the ‘Bloom & Grow’ pattern paper.  You could also do this with the ‘Sophisticated’ paper which is a similar design in Black and White. They are actually quite quick and easy to cut out as their design is elegant and simple.

I then went about finding a paper for my background.  Those of you who know me know that I love the look of mixed media without the mess so the ‘Inspired’ paper was the perfect choice for a mixed media background with all the hard work done for me, thanks, Zoe!  I let the design of the mixed media dictate my page, starting with one of the flower clusters in the upper left-hand corner and then working them towards the centre of the page and down towards the lower right-hand side allowing the eye to be drawn from those small black spots on the background from the left to the right.

Once I was happy with the floral placement, I added a touch of glue underneath to keep them in place.  Next, it was time to position my photo.  To create my photo mat, I’ve taken a piece off of the’Sunset Strip’ paper, how stunning is the ombre on this paper!!!  I cut it in three places and then just layered each piece behind my photo.  I then positioned it on the left between the edge and my florals, making sure not to cover those beauties up!

The bones of the page were now sorted, time to add in my title.  There are ohh so many choices for titles in this collection including chipboard pieces and cardboard die cuts.  I went with the die cuts for this page that say ‘Happy Heart’ and raised them up on some 3D foam tape.  There are so many things about this photo that makes my heart happy.

To add in some finishing touches, I went through the die cut ephemera pack and found some other pieces which were perfect including a circle element that says ‘love this’ and a heart shape and a banner.  I also found a number of die cut florals which I’ve added into my paper bouquet as well as a chipboard floral piece.  It’s really fun to build a floral cluster like this, it can have as many layers and pieces as you like.  I also found a bunting in the chipboard pack and added that at the bottom of my cluster which really helps draw the eye across the page.

Last but not least, I’ve added the heart design flair button and have to say, I’m super happy with how this all turned out, it really is a fun collection to create with and I do love a pretty floral.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to get to your local retailer and grab some of the Midnight collection, it’s even more beautiful in real life and I know you’ll love it!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

SO HAPPY | LOVE ALWAYS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week on the blog we are featuring stickers on our projects.   I love what the design team have shared already, so if you haven’t seen their projects, be sure to check them out.  There really are so many stickers in the ranges to choose from I wasn’t sure where to start, so I went to one of my all time fav collections; the ‘Love Always’ collection to document this sweet photo of my daughter.

To begin the page I started with a cut file, this is one that I have designed for CUT to YOU.  I wanted to use a background file for this page with the plan that the rest of the layout would be simply a photo mat and then lots of pretty embellishments, a great strategy for getting pages done fast!  I also knew at this point that I wanted to use a pretty large title so needed to keep space for that.

I’ve used the ‘More than Words’ pattern paper ‘Darling Buds’ to back the cut file.  I also took quite a bit of time to add a lot of stitching, but I do think it’s worth it!  I’ve used ‘Noteworthy’ from the same collection to mount my photo.  For this, I’ve used the A and B side to create 2 separate photo mats.  I popped all of this onto foam for added dimension, seeing this is going to quite a simple design and the cut file is so flat, mounting the photo is a good option.  Before adding to my background, I grabbed a white doily from the ‘Love Always’ Bits and Pieces pack and added behind the stack.

Now its time for the stickers!  I started with the Chipboard Title Stickers from the ‘More than Words’ collection. I love these for their dimension AND they really are nice and sticky, no need to add any extra adhesive, as their name suggests, perfect for your page title.  They are also a really lovely soft dark grey, which I love!

Next, I had a little dig through my stash and found this ‘BEAUTIFUL’ sticker on the ‘Hello Lovely’ Accessory Sticker Sheet which was the perfect fit.  For dimension, I added some foam tape underneath.  Next, I pulled out  the ‘Love Always’ Accessory Stickers I’ve used here the tab on the left side of my photo mat, it really just adds a little touch to the paper layers and if you are super thrifty like me, you can cut them in half lengthways and get twice the use out of them!

Deep in my stash, I also found some fun wood veneer elements, this ‘hello’ is from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection Wood Veneer Words.  As you can see below, it fits snugly under my popped up sticker and completes the subtitle of the page – Hello Beautiful.

I then went back to the ‘Love Always’ Bits and Pieces pack and pulled out some sparkles, and a flower to add to my embellishment cluster.  I’ve also fussy cut out some heart elements from the same collection and added to my page.  Their geometric design fits well with the geometric cut file.

To finish out the page, I pulled some of the typed stickers from the ‘Love Always’ Accessory Stickers sheet, there is a stack on here, all very sweet sentiments.  I’ve added foam under these as well for dimension and added around my page.  Lucky last, I die cut out a bow to add to my photo and the page was complete.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to pull out your stash of stickers and get them on a project.  Not sure where to start?  The cut file is available in the CUT to YOU store if you would like to recreate this page.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

KEEP SHINING | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week on the blog we are creating with feature titles.  I love layouts with really large titles and I haven’t done many so it was fun to give this a go.  I’ve started with a sweet little photo of my daughter from a few years back printed in a smaller size to give me space in my design for the title.  I really want my title to be the main element in my page design for this one.

I began by looking through all of the Chipboard Title Stickers from the Bohemian Dream Collection and the word ‘beautiful’ stood out to match my photo.  I really wanted a long title for this page so I went onto Pinterest for inspiration.  I found the quote “Keep Shining beautiful one, the world needs your light” and thought it was the perfect fit.

Now, that is a lot of letters to use so I thought the best way around that issue would be to create a cut file.  This one is available in the CUT to YOU shop.  I have purposely left out the word ‘beautiful’ so that I could add in the chipboard title sticker.  You can add in whatever word best fits your photo. For eg.  Precious, Clever, Handsome etc.   I backed each of the letters individually using a variety of the Bohemian Dream papers including Abundant, Abstract, Dreamer and Beautiful Mess.  Yes, this took a while, but I just love the look it has created.

I then went about matting my photo.  I’ve used more of the Dreamer paper for this as well as some of the Wild and Free paper; I chose it because it has a lovely mix of spots in the same colours as those used to back my cut file.  While I was backing my photo I noticed the stunning blue ombre on the B side which I decided to use as my background paper.  I was tempted to go white with all of the other colours going on here, but the chipboard word ‘beautiful’ stood out far better on the coloured background.

Next, I locked in the position of my large title and adhered it down.  I positioned my photo and then went to work on the embellishments.  I knew I wouldn’t need much as the page was already really coming together.

I pulled out the Chipboard Accent Stickers first, with the bulk of the page being quite flat, I wanted the chipboard to add some dimension here.  How cute are the little birdies? I hadn’t used them at all yet even though I have created quite a few pages with this collection so it was really nice to get them onto this one.  I also pulled out a couple of floral pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a cluster to the left and right of my photo. I also added a few Enamel shapes to finish off the page.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to create something with a big bold title, lots of words that really make it a feature.  Not sure where to start?  The cut file is available in the CUT to YOU store if you would like to recreate this page.

Until next time,