Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


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,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project.  A few weeks back, some of the design team were given the challenge to create a “Geometric” themed layout.  I was so inspired by their designs I wanted to have a go at doing my own take on the ‘Geometric’ theme.  I had this photo of my sister and I which was taken recently on a day out and couldn’t wait to get it scrapped. As it was a square Instagram photo, I went with a square as my geometric shape.

I began by punching a stack of squares out of the ‘More Than Words’ 6×6 paper pad.  I also had the smallest piece of ‘Hello Lovely’ ‘Delightful‘ paper that I’ve added into the mix simply because I wanted to use it up and I knew the colours would go well together.  It was an odd shape scrap and not enough to matt my photo so punching shapes out of it was a great solution to get it used up and off my desk.  I’ve used a 1 1/4 inch square punch to do this and added them in rows on my page.  I’ve purposely left some spaces in between my rows, in part, to soften the geometric design and also to let that stunning background paper show through.  It is “Precious“, and also from the ‘More Than Words’ collection.  Once I was happy with the placement of these, I added stitched lines with my sewing machine.

I then went about matting my photo and I’ve used a small scrap from my stash of the ‘Endless Summer’ “Blue Skies” paper to do this.  I’ve mounted it on foam and also added stitching to my photo.  The pink is a slightly different tone to that of my background, however, I have a plan to use the ombre chipboard from the “Chipboard Accent Stickers” from the ‘Wild at Heart’ collection for my title and that will blend these two tones together nicely.

Once my photo was in position, it was time to embellish.  I have a couple of packs going of the ‘More than Words’ “Accent Stickers” so I pulled out both and went about getting some pieces used up.  I went straight for the pieces that say “LOVE THIS”.  I thought this could be a good way to use up two at once AND they fit that square shape design so well!  I also added my title “LOVE” from the ‘Wild At Heart’ collection as mentioned above.  I also found a couple of frames from the chipboard packs that I had not used so added them in as well, as you can see they are the perfect fit for my punched squares.

Next, I went about adding in a couple of butterflies, these ones are fussy cut from the ‘Wild At Heart’ ‘Patchwork‘ paper.  I love their watercoloured design, so soft and pretty.  I’ve also added in here a ‘flair‘ from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection and some typed sentiments from the ‘More Than Words’ “Accessory Stickers“. The “Hello Happiness” sentiment is from the ‘Love Always’ “Accessory Stickers” which I have mounted on foam tape for dimension.

It was at this point where I loved what I had but just thought the page needed a little more.  I auditioned a few other chipboard pieces but nothing really suited.  It was then that I decided to make some small paper bows.  Again I’ve used the paper pad to do this and a die from my stash and I think they are the perfect finishing touch; I am a big fan of a bow though!

As you can see, I’ve used quite a few collections here on this one and they all go together so well.  I’ve really just stuck with a soft pastel colour palette and there have been lots and lots of options to choose from out of all of the Cocoa Vanilla collections.  I just love how even though the collections are very different, they all work together as well.

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week, I was given the *cough* *cough* “CHALLENGE” to use Black and White plus one.  I just love love love creating pages with these types of colour schemes, they always end up so striking!  I’ve done a few like this one, so I jumped straight into this challenge. I’m wondering if you can guess what colour I went with…

The idea for this page began with my photo… I have been documenting more about myself of late and was itching to update my progress on the goal I have set for myself to get back “en pointe” with my Ballet.  Next, I wanted something really pretty to go with my pretty Pointe shoes and I was really drawn to this cut file by CUT to YOU (named Floral Heart 01) which I have designed.  You can find this one and more on my cut file store here.  I have a few of these floral hearts, but I will admit, this one is my favourite!

I began by backing the flowers of the file in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper.  Next, I backed the black of tiny leaves in the Hello Lovely ‘Life Story‘ paper using just the black portion of the paper.  The black/white of larger leaves were backed with the More Than Words ‘Gossamer‘ paper and lastly, the background spot used for the balance of the file is the More Than Words ‘Radiant‘ paper.  Once that was all finished off, I stitched around the edge of the heart and mounted the whole piece onto foam tape.

Next, I decided on my background paper.  I wanted something bold that would add to the design and could work well with the floral elements.  I went with the black and white stripe of the Love Always ‘Twin Set‘ paper.  I’ve run it horizontally across the page rather than vertically as I knew at this stage I had a pretty bold title planned and thought it would work better to have your eye be drawn across the page rather than up and down the page.

It was now time to mount my photo, I’ve used some more of the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper to do this.  I’ve also stitched around the edge as I normally do.  I placed the photo on the right-hand side of the heart as to not cover up any of that hard work I did backing the file and those pretty pretty papers!!

Now was the time to place my large title, for this I’ve used the word “cherish” from the More Than Words Chipboard Title pack.  I’ve added the word “challenge” using a plain black alpha from my stash.  With the largest elements now in place, it was time to add some smaller details.  I started with a pretty little flower cluster on the right-hand side of my photo using elements from the More Than Words ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

Next, I added some of the  Colour Me Happy Snip-its typed sentiments, these come on a thicker card sheet that you fussy cut out and are slightly larger than the ones available on the Accessory sticker sheets. I love these and can’t believe there are still some available in store!

I’ve also added a flair button to my photo, this one is from one of the Limited Edition Flair sets and then got to thinking about something down the left-hand side of my photo.  After a bit of fussing, I decided to die cut out some pretty bows in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ and ‘Gossamer‘ paper scraps and that finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you’ll give something like this a go, I do really love how my pages with these kinds of colour schemes work and this one with all the florals, pink and bows, well it is very girly and I love that about it!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week I have another layout featuring the  “Boys Rule” collection.  It also features my hubby “on location” at one of his many photo shoots.  He gets to see so many beautiful parts of our country and take pics of some super crazy fit people and he LOVES it!

The idea for the page began with two selfies my hubby took “on location”.  I was inspired to use the photo frames included in the Miscellany pack, to ‘frame’ the pictures and play on the fact that in just one shoot he will take up to 10,000 pics!  There are a bunch of frames in this pack, none large enough to actually frame my 3×4 photos, so I thought I’d use them to create a background feature instead.

For my background, I’ve used the Boys Rule ‘Star Fall’ pattern paper and mounted that onto the ‘Fun & Games’ paper on the woodgrain side.  I’ve stitched around the edge and love the pop of white on the darker colours.  Next, I took my photo frames and layered them up in the top left-hand corner and right bottom corner.  Once I was happy with their position, I stitched around the edges of some and through the middle of others.  I love how the white thread really stands out on the navy background.

Next, I matted my 2 photos using the “Good Times” paper and mounted them on foam for dimension.   I’ve also sewn around the edges of the photos in keeping with the stitching I’ve already done in the design.

I then went through the embellishment packs in search of some other shapes for my page.  At this point it was filled with squares and harsh edges, so I wanted to mix things up a bit.  I found three circular elements (2 from the Accessory sticker sheet and one chipboard piece) to add to my page.  I also added this cute flair badge in the same wood grain colour as the border of my page.

I’ve then added in some stars from the Accessory Sticker Sheet and Ephemera pack as well as some sentiments.  The “AWESOME” and “LOL” below are from the Ephemera pack.  There is also a sticker “You are AWESOME” from the Accessory Sticker sheet I’ve used.

I’ve pulled arrows and banner pieces as well from the ephemera packs and Accessory sticker sheet.  I’m pulling out anything really that fits my colour scheme that could work and seeing what everything looks like.

I’ve also pulled out more chipboard, below you can see the “Hey you’re pretty rad” and “THE BEST” pieces.  I love the generous size of these pieces, they really help fill out my design.  Here you can also see I’ve added some typed sentiment stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet to finish off the page.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you’ll give something like this a go, there is a stack of frames in this pack and lots of other cool bits and pieces.  I will also be teaching this layout at The Stampers Hut this week, so if you’d like to come along or grab a kit, be sure to give Karen a call… Don’t wait for them to go on to the online store, they never last that long!

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project.  I had free choice for this one and was really keen to create again with the Bohemian Dream collection especially the paper pad as I had not had a chance to create with it as yet.  This one features my husband and daughter a few years ago at one of our fav local restaurants.

I love working with paper pads, I love that the prints in them are smaller than those on the 12×12 papers and they are a really economical way of getting every paper in a collection.  They are perfect for backing cut files as well.  Today I’m working with the “XO” from the Colour Me Happy Cut Files.  I’ve just cut the ‘X’ out twice to make my feature “XOX”.

I began by flicking through the Bohemian Dream Paper Pad to find 4 or 5 patterns to work with.  I’ve gone with one in a mint tone, two in a mauve tone and a white and dark navy/purple stripe.  I’d never have chosen all of these patterns for one layout normally, however, using them in small pieces, in their smaller design creates a really stunning effect.  I simply cut strips out of each design and mixed and matched them to back the cut file.

Once the cut file was done, I went about choosing the background.  I didn’t want to go my usual white for this one, I really wanted the page to be bright and fun, however, anything too bright just competed with my new backed cut file.  I decided on the ‘Treasure‘ paper from the ‘More Than Words’ collection.  It’s the perfect shade of muted green to coordinate with the mint in the cut file and the horizontal stripes fit in with the design of the cut file leading your eye across the page.

With that decided, I locked in the position of the cut file element and added some stitching.  I also went about matting my photo using more paper from the paper pad.  I’ve chosen 3 more designs for this still in those same tones.  That’s 8 different pattern papers all on one layout!!!  I added some more stitching and positioned on the page.

It was now time for some embellishing!  I began by making my title “Happy Memories”.  The “Happy” chipboard piece is from the Chipboard Accent Stickers from the Bohemian Dream collection and the “memories” is from the Colour Me Happy Wood Veneer Words. I’ve also added in a chipboard butterfly/moth, and heart from the Chipboard Accent Stickers.  The “One of a kind” Sticker is from the  Accessory Stickers from the Bohemian Dream collection as well.  I then found the sentiment “You Make My Heart Sing” from the Wild At Heart Accent Stickers and added that as well as some typed sentiments from the Wild At Heart Accessory Stickers.

I’ve fussy cut out two butterflies from another paper in the paper pad and added them onto the page as well as a couple of pieces from the Ephemera pack. At this point, I decided I needed one more little pop of wood veneer to balance the page out and chose the Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer “Always” Wood Veneer piece, it was a perfect size and works as a sub-title (Always Love You).  At this point, I called it done 🙂

Thanks for popping by today, I’m really happy with how colourful this one is.  The papers all worked together so well.  I hope you’ll give something like this a go;  It’s a great way to use those paper pads (or paper scraps) you have in your stash.

Until next time,