Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  I’m up on the blog today with another share for you of my Miss 12 AND details of how you could win yourself some new Cocoa Vanilla goodies!  Cocoa Vanilla Studio are proud sponsors for the CSI Challenge site this month and I was one of the design team that played along.  It’s a fab challenge site so well worth checking out with so much inspiration for all!   Here is my take on case number 280.

and here is the case file from the CSI Scrapbook Challenge I was inspired to solve.  Lots more details on their blog if you’d like to play along as well.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with that floral background in the scene.  It immediately reminded me of this floral vellum sheet from the Wild At Heart collection.

I have been hoarding several of these sheets and figured this was the perfect time to use it especially when I saw that one of the traditional clues is to pull something from your stash.  I also pulled the lovely blue and mint green from the image on the case file and set that as my colour scheme.  The Mariposa paper from the collection was perfect, so I set that as my page border and used the centre of the paper to back the cut file.  This one is from the FREE cut file set from the ‘Happiness’ collection, available here.

For something different, I turned the ombre to run across the page from left to right, rather than top to bottom.  I set the backed floral cut files to match the ombre tone on tone, the blue one on the left, and the mint one on the right.  This then set the base for the design of the page.

Next up, I matted my photo, firstly in some more of the Mariposa paper, then also in more of the vellum.  This helps bring the page together with the vellum behind the photo and also on the floral leaves in the background.  It was then time for embellishing.

The case file image included a picture of a bicycle, whilst I didn’t have one that matched my colour scheme, I decided to pull out some circular elements to represent the bike wheels but still coordinating with what I already had going on.  I like how they play off the lines of the florals.  These teamed with die cut elements from the die cut ephemeraChipboard Stickers and Accessory Stickers really helped my page come together.  I simply built the main cluster of elements on the left with the focus on the blue tones and a smaller cluster of elements on the right with the mint tones.  Working tone on tone is a really easy way to help things coordinate and give your page a consistent feel.

I also added my title at this point, these die cuts are from the latest collection ‘Happiness’.  Lastly, I thought, this page needs more butterflies!  So, I flipped over the remaining pieces of the Mariposa paper I have used and fussy cut out three to place around my page.  They really round out that floral spring vibe I have going on which really is the theme of this case.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you get a chance to play along with CSI Challenge and in doing so, you can win yourself an awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio prize.  Be sure to share with us if you do!

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration


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,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Hello Happy” for Scrap the Girls April 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

April is here and it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by this image and to scrap more images of ourselves, in which we feel empowered and beautiful.

and here is my layout!

This selfie is really special to me.  It’s just a quick photo taken before morning ballet class, but what it represents is so much more!  I have spoken a little before about my love of ballet and how I did it as a child and how I am now back at the barre after over 20 years break!  Being able to dance again has been so so great and it really does help me be the best me I can be.  It helps me mentally and physically and I’m so so blessed to be able to do it!  So… having said all that, this page for me, is about creating your own happiness and not looking to others for that AND to love yourself enough to make it a priority!

The idea for this page actually started with those 3 wooden frames.  They had been sitting in a bowl on my desk for the longest time and I was on a mission to get them stuck onto a page!  So, I actually positioned them first. Next, I went about choosing my photos and mounted them with pink cardstock and stitched around the edge.

Next, I pulled out the cut file; this one is called ‘All Around Floral‘ from CUT to YOU.  It too was sitting on my desk waiting for a page, so I placed it over the frames but flat to my background pattern paper.  This then gave me a framework to work with for the page design.

Now that my photos, the frames and the cut file were all locked in place, I worked on adding my title and embellishments.  I went with themes that matched the mood-board that added to my sentiment of being empowered to create my best life.  I love that I found a piece that says “Own your happy” it’s so true and a perfect fit for this page.  I’ve added some other cute elements such as the swans, not just because they are cute, but also because they reference Swan Lake (one of the most recognisable ballets there is). Oh yes, and gold puffy hearts, because Gold, because puffy and because hearts 🙂  AND, that was the page all done!

Another page I absolutely love, thanks for popping by and allowing me to share it with you.  I do hope you’ll play along with the challenge.  You need to upload to the Facebook group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize pack from this months sponsor.

This month’s sponsor: Charm Creations.

Until next time,


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,