Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

SUMMER DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

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,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration

Happy International Scrapbooking Day!

Hi Creative Friends,

Popping by to say a big Happy International Scrapbooking Day!  I do hope you are all busy in your creatives spaces cropping up a storm, or out with your loved ones taking photos to scrap 🙂

I have something a little bit different today.  I’m sharing my page created for CUT to YOU using one of their International Scrapbooking Day FREEBIES.  They have two available this weekend only, I’ll pop a link to the blog with the details here.

For my page, I wanted to document my craft space.  This is the second craft space I have had and didn’t really take any photos of the first one (which I regret)… so for this space, I have taken a few and went about documenting.  The FREEBIE title was perfect for this; my creative space really does make my heart happy.  I’ve used the Kaisercraft Paisley Days collection for my page, I love the tones in this collection, and they coordinate with the colours in my craft space really well.

To create the page, I began by backing my cut file with a mixture of the pattern papers.  I just went about choosing randomly, making sure no two colours were side by side.  I then created my background using white cardstock from my stash and the ‘Smiles’ pattern paper.  I’ve also used this paper to mat one of my photos for a consistent look.  I’ve used ‘Groovy’ for the other photo, it has a very pretty shade of minty blue.  I’ve added 3D foam to the back of the cutfile to raise it up off the background of my page.

I then went about pulling out elements from the Ephemera pack as well as the sticker book to make up my floral clusters.  I love how the sticker book has more than one sheet of each design, I often go looking for multiples of flowers and butterflies etc. to give balance and cohesion to the page.  Many sticker books only have one sheet of each design.

So, I’ve just kept pulling out elements from the collection, mixing and matching until I was happy with the placement and then glued everything down.  For some of the elements I’ve used 3D foam tape for dimension, others are flat on the page.

Lastly, for some more dimension, I’ve placed a Curios… these are small glass baubles which have a really nice shine and add to the interest on the page.  A great finishing touch.

Thanks for popping by today and checking out my space and inspiration for the CUT to YOU Freebies.  I hope you have followed the link and grabbed yours.

Until next time,

 

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

UNIQUE HAPPY DAYS | BOHEMIAN DREAM | GWEN WRUCK

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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“So Happy We’re Here” for Scrap the Girls May 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Back today to share with you the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have a sketch provided by the amazing Sue Plumb!  I love a sketch, so easy to get creating with and you can get so many different pages out of the one design.  For this page, I wanted to work with a photo my hubby took of my daughter and I recently when we were on vacation.  Here’s a look at my page…

and this is the sketch!

Look at all of those stunning florals!!  To start the page, I knew I wanted to use a bit of a bolder background and some CUT to YOU digital cut files.  I’ve chosen the ‘Bouquet‘ file… it’s one of my favourite cut files, I’ve used it quite a few times now and cut it out of a cute floral pattern paper, this one by Pink Fresh Studio which was part of a kit I purchased from Kitaholics Kit Club.

I matted my photo and then positioned the floral pieces around it, loosely following along with the sketch, but shuffling them here and there to where they looked good.  I then attached them to the back of my photo so that I could move this entire piece around.  I also added here a second photo mat, this time in the minty blue for contrast.  This allowed me to move this whole element around my page until I was happy with its position.

Now this main piece was locked in, I went about finding my title.  This collection by Pink Fresh Studio is called ‘Everyday Musings‘ and it has some really lovely sentiments in it.  Not travel inspired as such, but perfect for this happy photo of us on holiday.  I went with a die cut piece from their ephemera pack and positioned it to the right of the photo following along with the sketch.

I just LOVE love LOVE this sentiment (pictured above) and knew I had to fit it in, so I tucked it under my title as a bit of a sub-title idea.  Next, I wanted to add some elements to the left-hand side edge of my photo following along with the sketch.  I’ve tucked in a frame from the collection and a tab, a die cut piece and even made a sweet paper bow.

I’ve also added in some other floral pieces at this point, also from the die cut pack.

and how perfect were these two elements?

The page was looking really good at this point.  So I was really just looking for a few small finishing touches.  I decided on two of the bright yellow puffy floral stickers.  I love how these pull the yellow out from my background layers.  Yellow is such a pretty happy holiday colour!

Lastly, I’ve added some enamel dots around the main cluster just to finish off the page and I really like it!  I think it’s a cleaner version of the sketch, but that’s the beauty of sketches; you can adjust with them however you like.

Upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor which happens to be my store CUT to YOU. We have digital cut files for those of you with electronic die cutting machines and custom cut files for those of you who would like us to cut them for you and ship if you don’t have an electronic cutter.  Everyone can use cut files in their scrapbooking.

This month’s sponsor: CUT to YOU – Digital Cut files for all kinds of paper lovers.

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Inspiration

I HEART YOU | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share, this one featuring one of their TITLE style digital cut files and an older picture of my little miss!  I’ve gone with a monochromatic colour scheme for this page, and it’s one of my favourites, black & white plus pink!

CUT to YOU has a huge range of digital and custom cut files that are designed as titles for your pages, you can check them all out here.

This is the file I used… I cut it as it is on my Silhouette and then with my fussy cutting scissors, trimmed off the heart shapes as I wanted just the text for this page design.

To create the page, first up I cut thin strips of pattern paper in various shades of Pink.  Then, using my border punch, punched down one side.  I’ve layered these all up on my background and then stitched along one edge.

Next, I went about matting my two photos, I’ve mixed up the pattern paper for these, not only because I wanted an eclectic vibe to the page, but also because I was using up lots of bits and pieces from my stash.  These are my most favourite pages to make; you take a few bits & pieces which really amount to “not much” and turn them into something special.

I positioned my photos onto my background, slightly covering up the paper strips, they are acting as a base for my page.  I then went about backing the cut file.  For this, I’ve used two pattern papers and alternated down the words in the file.  I’ve chosen darker paper for this to help the white outline of the design stand out.  I mounted the file with some 3D foam to raise it up from my background and positioned on my page.

Now it was time to dig through my stash for some embellishing pieces.  The first thing I found was this cute 3×4 journalling element with the quote “The Happiest Girl in the whole wide world” and I thought it was perfect for this page, so on it went!  Next, I went on the hunt for some black and white elements to coordinate with the black and white images.

I found this perfect chipboard floral piece from Maggie Holmes and a stack of other elements from a wide variety of collections and manufacturers and they all go because of their neutral black and white colour scheme.  I just kept digging through my stash finding and auditioning pieces here there and everywhere on the page until I was happy with how it was looking.

 

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love how the digital cut file design for my title came together.  I love how it works with all of the other elements on my page and It’s actually really nice to have a title sorted for my page without a lot of thinking about it!

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, and their selection of Title & Words here.

Until next time,