Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

SO LOVELY | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to be sharing today my first page using the latest collection “Happiness” from Cocoa Vanilla Studios!  I am so in love with the colours and elements in this collection, it really is a must-have!  It was so perfect to document this sweet shot of my daughter.

As soon as I saw the papers in the collection, I was immediately drawn to this one called ‘Sprinkles’. It has this divine mixed media look to it but it’s soft and pretty; I just knew it would make the perfect base for my page.  I trimmed the edges slightly and mounted it onto some white cardstock from my stash.

I also fell immediately in love with the pattern paper called ‘Expressive’; its design is beautifully bold paint strokes in the most divine colours ever!  So that I could use the whole sheet, I decided to cut out some florals using a digital cut file.  This one is called ‘Trio Flower Cluster‘ and I’ve cut it out twice, nice and large so that all the colours on the pattern paper would be represented.  I’ve then positioned these onto my page so that they flow from the top left to the bottom right.

Don’t the colours look amazing!!! Swoon city right there!

Next, I took my photo and mat it with a spare piece of the ‘Expressive’ pattern paper using the B side which is a beautiful bright pink.  I’ve stitched around the edge in my usual style and then positioned on my page using foam tape for dimension.

Next, I positioned my title.  I created it from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack combining the words “You are so Lovely”  These packs are full of title elements that can be mixed and matched to make so many different titles.  I’ve added these to my page, some with flat tape, but others with foam for dimension.

Now that my background, photo and title are all locked in place, I can now add in the smaller details.

I pulled out the ‘Accessory Stickers’, ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ and ‘Flair Button’ packs and mixed and matched elements until I was happy with the page.  The butterflies are all from the Ephemera pack, so too are the cute tassels.  The typed sentiment ‘Happy Little Moments’ is from the sticker sheet and how cute is that flair!!

Thanks for popping by today, I just love how this page turned out!  If it inspires you to create your own, please let me know by sharing it in the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group or at CUT to YOU HQ on Facebook, I really do love seeing what you make!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

LOVELY YOU | MIXED | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well.  I’m here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, and this one is part of our Monochromatic colour theme week.  I love these kinds of projects and had so much fun putting this one together.  I’ve gone with a mint/blue combo, which was chosen by Miss 12, teamed with a black and white photo of her taken on the night of her Year 6 graduation.

With the photo being one that celebrates her graduating, and heading to a party, I thought I’d use some pretty party banners for my background.  I went with the Banner Trio cut file for this one by CUT to YOU and cut out seven of the top banner.

I then went about backing the banners in a mixture of papers.  The green stripe is More than Words Treasure, the black and white dots are Colour Me Happy Spotty Dot and the green floral is Make A Wish Party Dots.  You don’t need much of each of the papers to do this, so it’s a great way to use up bits and pieces left of an older collection.

Once I had the files backed, I layered them onto my page making sure to slightly overlap them and then stitched down with my sewing machine.  I just made sure that I alternated the patterns in a random way for interest.

Next, I went about matting my photo, for this, I’ve used the More than Words Treasure paper and I’ve also used this as the outer edge of my page just to pull everything together.  That subtle pattern is now in my banners, backing my photo and now rounding out the edge of the page.  For my background, I wanted something fun, but not too distracting from the other patterns, so I went with More than Words Radiant, which actually happens to be one of my all-time favourite pattern papers of all the collections.

The page now had a really great direction and was now ready for some embellishments!  I went through my entire stash and pulled out a heap of elements, all in my blue/mint colour tones.

First up though, I wanted to place my title, I knew if I left it until the end, I would not have had space for it.  I went with the Bohemian Dreams Chipboard Title stickers for this, as they are white. I also pulled out the flair from this collection that says “One of a Kind”, you can get that here.

I found the sentiment “Memories are made of this” which I positioned at the top of my page on the  ‘Fussy Cuts‘ paper and then went on the look out for banner type elements to add to my page.

The “Oh So Happy” sentiment is from the Bohemian Dreams collection Ephemera pack, along with the “moments” tab positioned on the top banner.  There are chipboard and stickers from the “Make A Wish” collection, as well as elements from the Love Always ephemera pack.  There really is bits and pieces from so many of the wonderful collections and they all go together so well.  I just continued to add bits and pieces until I was happy with the page.  I just kept the elements running along the same lines as the banners to draw the eye across the page without it looking too busy.

Thanks for popping by today, as always, I hope this inspires you to make something in a monochromatic colour scheme. If you do, please share your creations over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group.  If you use one of the CUT to YOU cut files, be sure to share in the CUTtoYOU HQ facebook group too!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

YOU SHINE | MIDNIGHT | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing really well.  I’m here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, this one featuring the latest release ‘Midnight’ collection.  I had this sweet black and white picture of Miss 11 I wanted to use and pulled the stunning Navy, White and Grey from the collection to highlight it.  I’ve teamed it with one of the latest release cut files from CUT to YOU for Traveller’s Notebooks called XOXOXO.

The idea for this page started with my photo.  I really just wanted to build some layers out from my photo which I had somewhat centred on the page.  I began by matting it in my usual style and worked on a white cardstock background as I wasn’t 100% sure which direction the page was going to go.  I did want to add a pop of colour, so I’ve used the “Moonlight” pattern paper as a border for the white card stock base and then, had an idea to cut a cutfile using the centre of that same pattern paper for my layers.

As mentioned above, I went with the Traveller’s Notebook XOXOX cut file, even though it is designed for Traveller’s Notebooks, these designs work really well with regular scrapbooking as well.  I simply positioned towards the left of my page and then used this piece and my photo to ground my layers adding everything in, around and under these pieces.

This was the really fun part, as now my design had some direction.  I went to the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and pulled out lots of bits and pieces including frames, the ‘Bloom and Grow’ sentiment and the darling tag with that young lady on it. (I must admit, I was hoarding this piece!!)  I just kept trying pieces here and there until I found a home for them I was happy with.

I just kept mixing and matching and adding in the die cut elements until I was happy, making sure to leave some space for my title.  The title is from the ‘Cardstock Titles pack’ which I have added to my page with foam tape for dimension.  I’ve also added in some chipboard pieces from the ‘Chipboard Pieces pack’ at this point for more dimension and interest.

For some finishing touches, I’ve added in a flair button as well as some enamel dots, these ones are from the ‘Make A Wish‘ collection, they are super pretty and sparkly and are a great finishing touch for any project.

Thanks for popping by today, as always, I hope this inspires you to make something pretty! A reminder to share your creations over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing what you make and if you use one of the CUT to YOU cut files, be sure to share in the CUTtoYOU HQ facebook group too!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

CHERISH | MORE THAN WORDS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy Monday to you all!  I’m here today to share my latest project for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, this one featuring the More Than Words collection and a sweet black and white picture of Miss 10, pulled together with one of the latest release cut files from CUT to YOU called ‘Smell the Roses’.

The idea for this page started with the cut file.  I’m always quite ‘time poor’ at this time of year with the school holidays reaching their end and lots of preparations for the school year ahead happening. I knew, if I started with a cut file, a lot of the design work would be done for me and it would get the page done fast!  I simply uploaded the design into my Silhouette Studio software and arranged on my page and cut it out four times.  I had an idea to make a wreath of sorts from the roses.

I then went about backing the roses in the ‘Darling Buds‘, ‘Gossamer‘ and ‘Radiant‘ papers.  For consistency, I used the same paper combinations on two of the four roses.  Once that was all done, it was now just a matter of arranging them on my background paper.

I decided on a plain white background for this one, just for the clean look it provides.  At first, I tried to place them so that the entire design was on the page but it looked a little overwhelming, so I pushed the flowers out further and let the edge of each rose flow over the edge of the background cardstock and I just love how they look!  Time to glue them down and then I stitched around the edge and trimmed off the excess pattern paper.

It was now really easy to see where my photo should go; right in the centre!  I’ve matted with more of the pretty ‘Darling Buds‘ paper and added some more stitching.

Next, I wanted to lock in my title.  Ohh so many perfect choices from the ‘Chipboard Title Stickers‘, I went with ‘Cherish’ and centred above my picture.  I’ve also found some die cut elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack and created a small cluster in the top left-hand corner of my photo.

I wanted to add a few more small elements at the bottom of the photo to balance the design out so I made a cute paper bow out of a scrap of paper from the ‘Paper Pad‘.  I chose a pattern from the paper pad as I really love their smaller scale for smaller elements like this.  I’ve also added here a sticker from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet‘ and another title piece, this one is fussy cut from the ‘Love Always’ collection pattern paper ‘Lovely Things‘.  These elements finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, as always, I hope this inspires you to make something pretty! A reminder to share your creations over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing what you make and if you use one of the CUT to YOU cut files, be sure to share in the CUTtoYOU HQ facebook group too!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

BLOOM AND GROW | GWEN WRUCK | MIXED

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,