Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


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


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,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today with another share for you of my Miss 12 AND details of how you could win yourself some new Cocoa Vanilla goodies!  Cocoa Vanilla Studio is proud sponsors for the CSI Challenge site this month and I was one of the design team that played along.  It’s a fab challenge site so well worth checking out with so much inspiration for all!   Here is my take on case number 280.

and here is the case file from the CSI Scrapbook ChallengeI was inspired to solve.  Lots more details on their blog if you’d like to play along as well.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with that floral background in the scene.  It immediately reminded me of this floral vellum sheet from the Wild At Heart collection.

I have been hoarding several of these sheets and figured this was the perfect time to use it especially when I saw that one of the traditional clues is to pull something from your stash.  I also pulled the lovely blue and mint green from the image on the case file and set that as my colour scheme.  The Mariposa paper from the collection was perfect, so I set that as my page border and used the centre of the paper to back the cut file.  This one is from the FREE cut file set from the ‘Happiness’ collection, available here.

For something different, I turned the ombre to run across the page from left to right, rather than top to bottom.  I set the backed floral cut files to match the ombre tone on tone, the blue one on the left, and the mint one on the right.  This then set the base for the design of the page.

Next up, I matted my photo, firstly in some more of the Mariposa paper, then also in more of the vellum.  This helps bring the page together with the vellum behind the photo and also on the floral leaves in the background.  It was then time for embellishing.

The case file image included a picture of a bicycle, whilst I didn’t have one that matched my colour scheme, I decided to pull out some circular elements to represent the bike wheels but still coordinating with what I already had going on.  I like how they play off the lines of the florals.  These teamed with die cut elements from the die cut ephemeraChipboard Stickers and Accessory Stickers really helped my page come together.  I simply built the main cluster of elements on the left with the focus on the blue tones and a smaller cluster of elements on the right with the mint tones.  Working tone on tone is a really easy way to help things coordinate and give your page a consistent feel.

I also added my title at this point, these die cuts are from the latest collection ‘Happiness’.  Lastly, I thought, this page needs more butterflies!  So, I flipped over the remaining pieces of the Mariposa paper I have used and fussy cut out three to place around my page.  They really round out that floral spring vibe I have going on which really is the theme of this case.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you get a chance to play along with CSI Challenge and in doing so, you can win yourself an awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio prize.  Be sure to share with us if you do!

Until next time,


Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

CUT to YOU for Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hi Creative Friends,

Boy, do I have something exciting to share with you today!  I am super proud and excited to announce the very first “CUT to YOU for Cocoa Vanilla Studios” cut files!!! That’s right, I’ve been working with Zoe from Cocoa Vanilla Studios to create a special set of cut files, inspired by her gorgeous designs that will complement the stunning “Happiness” collection.  What’s even more exciting, you can get them for FREE!!! That’s right, find them here for FREE.

Happiness CUTFiles

AND… of course, I wanted to share my very first page using the files!!

As soon I saw the collection, I was drawn to those signature florals of Zoe’s… she really does know how to make floral designs, I knew straight away I wanted some floral cut files to go with them!  I went about simplifying her floral shapes to create a set of roses and leaves and these are the files I worked with for this page.  I simply cut them out super large and used the mirror feature on my Silhouette Cameo 3 to make one of them a mirror image for added interest.

I then went about backing the files, for this, I’ve used the “Meadow” paper which has this divine pink watercolour ombre effect and the brown on the leaves is from the “Bright & Beautiful” paper.  Once backed, I simply added to my page along the right-hand side running from the top to the bottom.  I just love the statement these make!

Next, I found the same “Meadow” paper in the 6×8 paper pad and mounted my photo.  I’ve also added my signature stitching, I don’t think I could ever miss that out!  I’ve positioned it on the left at the bottom of my page.  I want the roses to be part of the design, but I don’t want to cover them up very much, they are just so so pretty.

Now all that was left to do was add in some embellishments and my title.  I’ve gone pretty simple with the embellishments, fussy cutting out some butterflies from the “Bright & Beautiful” paper and adding some die cut element from the ephemera pack.  The title is from the Die Cut Titles pack and I’ve positioned at the top of my page to balance out the photo.

I’ve also added a flair button down by my photo, I love the pop of black here and it balances out my title nicely as well as adding a little interest to that simple cluster.  AND…. that was the page done, and why I love working with cut files oh so much!  They really help you lock in a layout for your page which helps the pages come together really quickly.

Now, if you haven’t already, go get yourself a set of the FREE cut files which you can grab here and then, get creating!  As always, be sure to show me what you make, I really love to see! #cuttoyou #cocoavanillastudio

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m up on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios blog today with this sweet page of my daughter Caitlin.  For this layout, I’m using the Sugar & Spice collection for Throwback Thursday!  I just love these features, I get to dig deep into my stash and come up with fresh inspiration from an older Cocoa Vanilla collection.  For this layout, I’ve gone all the way back to the start of 2015 and one of the very first Cocoa Vanilla collections.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with the collection.  I pulled out all the bits and pieces I had and took in the pretty soft colours.  I had a full sheet of the Journal Cards paper as well as the Dot to Dot paper and a couple of sticker sheets from an original collection pack. I also had some paper scraps, very small pieces though.  I then got to thinking about adding a cut file and remembered that there were designs released with the Colour Me Happy collection from 2016 so went about cutting some of those out on some plain white cardstock from my stash.  You can shop them here.  There are florals and titles and lots of super fun elements, well worth checking out!

At this point, I had a clean white background and some fresh cut files also in white.  I love a border on all of my layouts, so I began by cutting out the centre of the Dot to Dot paper and using the centre part to mat my photo.  The outer edge became the frame for my page.  I double matted the photo using a paper scrap of the Candy Stripes paper.  I then positioned the cut files and my photo getting the base of the design locked in.

Next, I went about finding a coordinating element from the Journal Cards paper, I’ve gone with the element that says “Beautiful Girl”, not only because of it’s colour, but the sentiment is perfect as well.  I’ve positioned that to the left of my photo, I love how it runs horizontally the same way that my photo does.  It really helps draw the eye across the page.

I knew I wanted to use a lot of the sticker elements on my page, mainly because I had so many compared to how much pattern paper I had left, you really do get a lot of elements on these sticker sheets.  I decided to really roll with the floral elements, adding them to my page to build on the feature of the cut file.  I essentially created one large cluster down the right-hand side of the page.  Some of the flowers I have mounted onto foam for dimension, others I’ve added directly to the page.

I then went on to add some of the sentiments from the sticker sheet, again using foam tape for some for dimension and interest.  I took the large sentiment ‘Beautiful’ and used that as a subtitle for my page tucked underneath the journal card and photo I positioned earlier.  I’ve also used the cute banner pieces and added some stitched detail to make my banner pop.

I was really happy with how this was all coming along but felt the page needed grounding.  It felt like it was a bunch of elements just floating in the centre of the page.  So, I took the long border strip from the Accessories Sticker sheet and trimmed a small piece from one end.  I positioned the small piece on the left of my page and the larger piece on the right-hand side.  I found this helped draw the eye from my photo on the right down and across the page past my title to the left.

At this stage, the page needed a few small finishing touches, so I’ve added in some tiny hearts, again from the sticker sheet.  I then also, grabbed a couple of very small scraps and using a steel roll die from my stash, made a paper bow, it was the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks for popping by today, I just love how this page turned out!  I hope it encourages you to dig into your stash and create something with an older collection.  If we use up the older stuff, we feel so much better about getting all the new things right?

Until next time,