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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Happiness is Here” for Scrap the Girls February 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

February is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by a “Constance Hall” themed mood board.

I just adore the colours in this one and all of those florals; so so pretty!  Constance is a proud Mumma bear so it seemed fitting to scrap a pic of myself and my Miss 11.  Here is my take:

I began the page by pulling out some water-colours that matched the Yellow, Orange, Pink and Blue panels in the mood board. Then, with a general idea of the design for my page, went about adding them in blocks using the packaging technique.  Once that was dry, I then added splatters over the top.  I made sure to keep the colours in sections and not to mix them up too much to avoid things getting muddy and messy!

Next, I pulled out a couple of packs of the Celebration Flowers cut files, these are the exact size you will receive them if you order as CUSTOM cuts.  I then went about colouring each of them in the same four colours as above… the main idea for this page was to create a large cluster for my photo mat with layers of the feature colours in the mood board.

Once I was happy with the colours on the cut files, I positioned them onto my page.  Next, I mounted my photo.  I went with a black and white photo for this page as I knew I already had a lot of colour going on and didn’t want it all to get too much.  I love the pop of the Black and White with the bold colours so much!

With the position of the photo and the cut files now locked in, it was time to add the smaller embellishments to finish out the page.  I’ve kept with the colour blocking adding yellow elements in the yellow section, orange elements in the orange section and so on.

I’ve also added paper flowers in the coordinating colours and love the dimension they add.

Above, you can see the blue section, I even managed to find some blue butterflies!

To finish the page out, I added buttons from my stash in the same co-ordinating colours. I then trimmed the edges and mounted onto a piece of pale pink cardstock and sewed around the edge.  I add a frame in this way to most of my pages, I just love how it finishes them off.

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

This month’s sponsor: Corbett Creations & Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Until next time,


Cocoa Vanilla Studios


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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Lovely” for Scrap the Girls January 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

Happy 1st of Jan 2019!! A new year and a fresh start, got to love that!  I have so much planned for this year ahead, starting by sponsoring this month challenge at Scrap the Girls.   I hope you’ll join me in this year’s adventure!  This month, we have this fun inspiration board to work with and I’m excited to share my take.

I love the Black and White theme to this one and that POP of Red is so fun…..I thought it would be a great chance to scrap another Christmas photo (this one from 2017) Here is my take!

I began the page with my photo and the Intersecting Hearts Digital cut file from my store CUT to YOU.  I cut this one out as large as I could to fill up the background of my page.  I then pulled out a stack of bits and pieces from my stash that were either Red, White or Black.  I really wanted to use up some of those one-off pieces in my stash and these challenges are a fab way to do that!

Next, I went about backing the cut file, I used only scraps of paper to do this, so mixed up some red cardstock, some red and white vellum and some black and white stripes.  You’ll see I haven’t backed all of the hearts, I didn’t have enough scraps to do each one, but I love how some are white on white.  You really can work with what you’ve got; the cut files really do help you STRETCH your stash.

I then grabbed another red piece of scrap paper and combined that with a red paint sample card and began to build my photo mat.  Before I stuck it down, I decided to use the cute squiggle chipboard pieces as I felt they really matched the circular pattern in the hearts.  I’ve painted them black and then layered on top of the cut file.  I love how it’s an extra layer of detail.  I also found a couple of puffy stickers in a similar design so, on they went as well.

It was now time to position my photo.  One locked in, I could add some more embellishments, a black and white chipboard piece and this cute black and white bow from Crate Paper.

Here you can see all the pretty layers of the page.  Loving how this is coming together.

I then went about adding in some title pieces, I started with the larger banner piece that says ‘Lovely’.  It was the perfect colours so I just had to include it.  I also had this chipboard piece below and some really old DYMO style stickers.  I’ve had those for years now, so it felt great to get them on a page!

To finish the page out, I’ve added some enamel dots; the perfect finishing touch.

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from this months sponsor which is my store CUT to YOU.  We love seeing what you make and you can win a Custom Cut or Digital prize pack.

This month’s sponsor: CUT to YOU – Created by Gwen

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Eve, Eve!!!  I have one last share for you for the year before we get into Christmas week and all the magic of this busy season.  I have a huge week planned, so you might notice we are a little quite on Social media, not to worry, I have an even bigger 2019 planned and you’ll hear more about all of that soon!  The website will be open all Christmas however, there will be some small delays in shipping with all orders being shipped in the New Year.

Now, onto my layout! I may have mentioned before, I only tend to scrap Christmas during December, so today’s share is another Christmas layout, this time using one of our latest Christmas designs “Stacked Presents Background“.  This is one of my favourites from the latest release.

Here is the cut files I’ve used:

The idea for the design of the page was inspired by the cut file, this is why I love working with them so much!  I knew I wanted to cut it out quite large and it would really create the ‘framework’ for the page, all I had to do was back the shapes and add my photo!  If you order this one as a CUSTOM cut, this is the size it will be for you too!

I decided on the ‘Tis the Season‘ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios, it is a Christmas collection, however, I really only have the papers that are quite generic and could be used for lots of things.  I love the softness of this collection, it’s so versatile.  I also had a very small scrap piece of Black and White paper from the ‘Colour Me Happy‘ collection which I’ve also used.


Once the cut file was backed with my papers, I positioned it onto a white background.  I was looking for a clean look for this page and I do love the ‘white on white’ look.  I then took some time to add stitching to all of the presents in the stack.  I find these small details really add to the page.

Next, I matted my photo, again in a scrap from the Christmas collection, stitched around the edge and position on my page.  I’ve mounted with foam tape as well just for some dimension and to separate it a little from the background.

Now came the fun bit, adding all the embellishments!  I’ve gone with some stickers and die cuts here and there from the collection; not too much as I didn’t want to cover up my beautiful cut file!  I also found a couple of bows to add to my present stack, I love how cute these are!  You can see below that I’ve added some Holly too as a little gift decoration and a banner at the top of the page that says “Christmas Day”.

To finish off the page, I’ve added in some Enamel dots, also from the ‘Tis the Season’ collection.  They fill in some gaps, add some detail and helps draw the eye around the page.  It’s a pretty simple and clean design, and I love how it worked out.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope this has inspired you to get some Christmas scrapbooking done and I’ve left links to everything so if you’d like to re-create this page you can gather the supplies you will need.

Also, a reminder to join our Facebook group (if you haven’t already) – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.  I’m also having giveaways over there, so if you like free stuff, pop on by.

Until next time,