Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well!  I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share and it’s a new monochromatic layout with one of the latest cut files.  I was super inspired by the monochromatic layout I did recently for Cocoa Vanilla Studios, I wanted to do another!  For this one, I went all pink!

Here is the cut file I’ve used, it’s a new file from the Stitch inspired collection called Stitch Geo Heart:

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the cut file and this darling picture of my husband and daughter from a few years ago.  I wasn’t sure where to start with the design, so I simply cut the digital cut file positioning the heart towards the centre of my page.  I then went about backing it in strips of pink pattern paper to create an ombre effect.

For a little more detail, I decided to add in some stitching on my sewing machine between the rows of cross stitch and I just love the effect it creates.  Next, I mat my photo with some red pattern paper and added some more of my signature stitching.

I positioned the photo onto my layout, to the left side of the heart, I love how the heart adds interest and layers to the background without adding bulk.  It also looks like I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to create it when really it was very quick and simple.

Next, I went digging through my stash of red and pink embellishments, I’ve pulled out all sorts of things from many different collections.  I’ve also gone with a wide range of tones, from a soft baby pink right up to a bright red and dark pink.  To stop the layout from looking too busy, I’ve kept the colours together in their colour families and matched them to the background ombre using the tone on tone technique.  I just kept adding bits and pieces until I was happy with how everything looked.

I’ve also repeated the sentiment “Love You” to pull the page together.  When my daughter looks back on her scrapbook albums the over-riding message I want her to see is just how much she is loved and I think this page really conveys that!

Thanks for popping by today and seeing our new Stitch inspired digital cut files in action.  I really love how this one turned out and think the stitch design is so so striking!

As always, be sure to pop by our Facebook group (if you haven’t already) – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Majorly Totally” for Scrap the Girls March 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

March is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this movie-themed mood board.

Ok, I must admit, when I first saw this mood board I was totally stumped.  I mean, I haven’t seen ANY of these movies!! (I know, obviously, I’m just not a big movie buff and some of these are not really the kinds of movies I like).  BUT, I do have a 12-year-old daughter so I thought, what better time than now to watch ‘Clueless’ and let that inspire me to design a page.  Here’s what I came up with.

I was inspired by a couple of stand out things from the movie, first of all, that super fun Yellow, Black and White outfit that Cher wears and the quote “I’m majorly, totally, butt crazy in love with Josh!”

I then went about designing a digital cut file background based on the quote. You can shop it here.

I cut the design out in white card stock and placed it onto a bright yellow background.  I then went about pulling out everything in my stash that was either, Black, White or Yellow.

I mounted my photo in a yellow and white spotty pattern paper and then again in a plain black and white text paper.  I also found some black and white florals from a Maggie Holmes collection and fussy cut those out.

It was now just a matter of layering the photo with those fussy cut flowers to build the base of the design.  Once those pieces were locked in, I went about adding in some more text elements.  I found the circle chipboard piece that says “Best Day Ever” and the speech bubble that says “Hello”. I really just mixed and match pieces shuffling them around until I found the perfect spot for each.

Next, I positioned this large black and white bow, I’ve been hoarding these, but felt this was a great page to use one on.  It’s a large element, so it does need to be positioned early in the design.  Next, it was time to add in some smaller elements, like the circle brads and enamel dots.  There are also some resin flower pieces from this months sponsor D-lish Scraps.




At this point, I thought the page was done until I found some yellow butterfly stickers out of a Maggie Holmes sticker book.  They were the perfect finishing touch, filling in the gaps around my flower clusters; and the colour match was made in heaven, there was no way they were not going on this page!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: D-lish Scraps.

Until next time,


Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


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,