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,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios

HAPPY DAYS | MIDNIGHT | GWENWRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my first Cocoa Vanilla Studios project for the year.  I feel so so grateful to be on the Design Team again for 2019 and can’t wait to share lots more projects with you!  This layout is another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection and it’s featuring my cat, Ferris again.  He’s been in a few pages of late and I love that because he is a big part of our family.

Some of you may recall that my cat is a boy, so usually, I’d go for a page that wasn’t too girly and full of florals, however, this page I’ve gone all out with the pretty vibe starting with the ‘Wings‘ digital cut file from CUT to YOU.  I cut the file out three times, flipping the design for one of them, getting them sized to fit the design I had in mind for my page in my software before cutting them out.  Once cut, I added some pretty watercolour paints, these ones are from Prima which I purchase here.  I find that as long as you are careful with the amount of water you use, the regular cardstock paper is fine for this.  You could cut them out in the watercolour paper too.

Once all of my butterflies were dry, I positioned onto my page and stitched down along the centres for added detail.  I’ve chosen the ‘Sophisticated’ paper for my background, I love the soft pink stripes in this one, they provide a lovely neutral background.  Next, it was time to mount my photo, sticking with the stripes theme, I’ve chosen the ‘Bloom & Grow’ paper for this, I wanted to add some of that striking Navy as accents to my page so the photo mat was the perfect place to start.  It also helps the photo stand out off of the background.

Next, I knew I had to add my title.  The ‘Cardstock Titles’ in this collection are quite large so it’s important to sort out the position of the title before adding in lots of other embellishments.  I find that if I don’t set the title early in the design I run out of space for it!  I decided to go with a large cluster above my photo (which the title would be the main part) and a smaller one on the left-hand side of the page.

Here you can see I’ve added foam behind the word “Happy” and then left the word “Days” flat against my background.  This is the beauty of these Cardstock titles over chipboard ones; if you want dimension you can add it; if not, you can use them as they are from the pack.

To finish out my clusters, I’ve added in elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and the ‘Accessory Sticker’ sheet.  I’ve also added two of the small hearts from the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack and a flair button.  I’ve mounted some of the stickers with foam for added dimension.

To finish out the page, I went through my stash and found these black sparkly enamel dots from the Love Always collection, yes, I’m mixing the navy of the collection with the black enamels but my photo is black and white and the Navy is quite a dark shade so I’m calling it good.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you are all getting stuck into your creative projects this year, getting those stories documented and having a heap of fun in the process.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

2018 FAVOURITES | COCOA VANILLA STUDIO

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well!  I’m back on the blog today with my last share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios for the year.  This week the design team are featuring our favourite layouts for 2018.

I so love all of the pages I created this year, it really is hard to choose but I couldn’t go past this layout of my sister and her pooch!  I created this page as a gift for her 40th birthday using the “Totally Rad” collection and I just love how it turned out… the soft tones I pulled from this collection still make me swoon and set off this cute pic beautifully.

My second choice is “Cherish the Challenge” created using a mix of collections.  I love mixing and matching collections and just love how they all work together so well.  I simply went through my stash to find anything that was either Black, White or light pink and mixed them together for this page.  I chose this page as it documents a huge part of my 2018 (and long-term goal), of being en-pointe.   Ballet is a big part of my life and makes my heart so happy, I had to include a layout devoted to it in my favourites.  I’ve also included this one as it features one of my very own designed cut files, another new adventure for this year which I’m really proud of.

Lastly, I’ve included this layout “Keep Shining”.  I couldn’t help but put this in as it features my all-time favourite collection “Bohemian Dream“.  The colours in this collection will never get old for me even after using it on a stack of layouts.  For this one, I set about using up some of the smaller scraps I had; not wanting to throw any of it out!  I’ve backed this cut file (CUT to YOU) mixing and matching all of the patterns to create this bright and happy page.

Thanks for popping by today, and for your support both here and on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios blog.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  It has been such a fun year and I’m super excited to be able to share more Cocoa Vanilla Studios inspiration with you in 2019.

Until next time,