Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week on the blog we are creating with feature titles.  I love layouts with really large titles and I haven’t done many so it was fun to give this a go.  I’ve started with a sweet little photo of my daughter from a few years back printed in a smaller size to give me space in my design for the title.  I really want my title to be the main element in my page design for this one.

I began by looking through all of the Chipboard Title Stickers from the Bohemian Dream Collection and the word ‘beautiful’ stood out to match my photo.  I really wanted a long title for this page so I went onto Pinterest for inspiration.  I found the quote “Keep Shining beautiful one, the world needs your light” and thought it was the perfect fit.

Now, that is a lot of letters to use so I thought the best way around that issue would be to create a cut file.  This one is available in the CUT to YOU shop.  I have purposely left out the word ‘beautiful’ so that I could add in the chipboard title sticker.  You can add in whatever word best fits your photo. For eg.  Precious, Clever, Handsome etc.   I backed each of the letters individually using a variety of the Bohemian Dream papers including Abundant, Abstract, Dreamer and Beautiful Mess.  Yes, this took a while, but I just love the look it has created.

I then went about matting my photo.  I’ve used more of the Dreamer paper for this as well as some of the Wild and Free paper; I chose it because it has a lovely mix of spots in the same colours as those used to back my cut file.  While I was backing my photo I noticed the stunning blue ombre on the B side which I decided to use as my background paper.  I was tempted to go white with all of the other colours going on here, but the chipboard word ‘beautiful’ stood out far better on the coloured background.

Next, I locked in the position of my large title and adhered it down.  I positioned my photo and then went to work on the embellishments.  I knew I wouldn’t need much as the page was already really coming together.

I pulled out the Chipboard Accent Stickers first, with the bulk of the page being quite flat, I wanted the chipboard to add some dimension here.  How cute are the little birdies? I hadn’t used them at all yet even though I have created quite a few pages with this collection so it was really nice to get them onto this one.  I also pulled out a couple of floral pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a cluster to the left and right of my photo. I also added a few Enamel shapes to finish off the page.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to create something with a big bold title, lots of words that really make it a feature.  Not sure where to start?  The cut file is available in the CUT to YOU store if you would like to recreate this page.

Until next time,

Cocoa Vanilla Studios, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and this week, I was given the *cough* *cough* “CHALLENGE” to use Black and White plus one.  I just love love love creating pages with these types of colour schemes, they always end up so striking!  I’ve done a few like this one, so I jumped straight into this challenge. I’m wondering if you can guess what colour I went with…

The idea for this page began with my photo… I have been documenting more about myself of late and was itching to update my progress on the goal I have set for myself to get back “en pointe” with my Ballet.  Next, I wanted something really pretty to go with my pretty Pointe shoes and I was really drawn to this cut file by CUT to YOU (named Floral Heart 01) which I have designed.  You can find this one and more on my cut file store here.  I have a few of these floral hearts, but I will admit, this one is my favourite!

I began by backing the flowers of the file in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper.  Next, I backed the black of tiny leaves in the Hello Lovely ‘Life Story‘ paper using just the black portion of the paper.  The black/white of larger leaves were backed with the More Than Words ‘Gossamer‘ paper and lastly, the background spot used for the balance of the file is the More Than Words ‘Radiant‘ paper.  Once that was all finished off, I stitched around the edge of the heart and mounted the whole piece onto foam tape.

Next, I decided on my background paper.  I wanted something bold that would add to the design and could work well with the floral elements.  I went with the black and white stripe of the Love Always ‘Twin Set‘ paper.  I’ve run it horizontally across the page rather than vertically as I knew at this stage I had a pretty bold title planned and thought it would work better to have your eye be drawn across the page rather than up and down the page.

It was now time to mount my photo, I’ve used some more of the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper to do this.  I’ve also stitched around the edge as I normally do.  I placed the photo on the right-hand side of the heart as to not cover up any of that hard work I did backing the file and those pretty pretty papers!!

Now was the time to place my large title, for this I’ve used the word “cherish” from the More Than Words Chipboard Title pack.  I’ve added the word “challenge” using a plain black alpha from my stash.  With the largest elements now in place, it was time to add some smaller details.  I started with a pretty little flower cluster on the right-hand side of my photo using elements from the More Than Words ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

Next, I added some of the  Colour Me Happy Snip-its typed sentiments, these come on a thicker card sheet that you fussy cut out and are slightly larger than the ones available on the Accessory sticker sheets. I love these and can’t believe there are still some available in store!

I’ve also added a flair button to my photo, this one is from one of the Limited Edition Flair sets and then got to thinking about something down the left-hand side of my photo.  After a bit of fussing, I decided to die cut out some pretty bows in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ and ‘Gossamer‘ paper scraps and that finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you’ll give something like this a go, I do really love how my pages with these kinds of colour schemes work and this one with all the florals, pink and bows, well it is very girly and I love that about it!

Until next time,

CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Sweet Moment” for Scrap the Girls Aug 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

August has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have another stunning mood board to be inspired by.  I thought I’d draw inspiration for this month purly from the colours.  The images themselves didn’t lead me to any ideas but I did love the colours, they are just so vibrant and not colours I’d normally use so I ran with that!

The colours in the mood board are just so striking don’t you think!  I began by digging through my stash to find goodies to coordinate and first up I found a Thickers word “MOMENTS”  by American Crafts.  I really liked how it featured a combination of the purple/blue and that stunning dark red.  This piece has been in my stash for a while now, so it was a great place to start my page.

Next up, I went about choosing a photo and found this one of my little miss.. isn’t she the sweetest! To go with her pretty flower I wanted to incorporate one of my new CUT to YOU cut files.   This one is called Geo Floral and I love the hand drawn feel it has to it!

I backed the cut file in papers that matched the colours in the mood board, all of these are from Illustrated Faith – Gratitude Documented collection.  Sure, it’s for Bible journalling, but also has a stack of basic designs perfect for scrapbooking and the colours fit the mood board perfectly!

As my cut file was an extra large element to my design, I locked this into position first.  I wanted the leaf design to stem out from my photo leading the eye across the page.

Next, it was time to position that large title of mine as well.  I decided to run it along the bottom edge of the page and added “Beautiful” and “Sweet” to make the title “Beautiful Sweet Moment”.  I used a chipboard piece and foam Thickers which I have coloured with Shimmerz paint.

So, at this stage, the cut file, my photo and the big title were all locked in.  Time to embellish!  I’ve added 2 of the pretty hearts by Charm Creations who is also the sponsor for this month, some pretty bows, a butterfly and a die cut piece from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and the page was complete.

I’ll leave you with one more close up of that CUT to YOU cut file, so so loving the colours teamed with the fresh white!

I love how this page turned out… yes, they are colours I wouldn’t normally use, but that’s why it’s so fun to be a part of these challenges and I do love the result so I may even do this again!!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  Charms Creations

Until next time,


CUT to YOU, Guest Design, Inspiration

“Mister Wonderful” CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap the Boys August 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to share that CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap The Boys this month!  It’s been so fun to partner with the Design Team to not only design a cut file inspired by the mood board but also create a page to share with you all.  Here is the mood board…

and here is my layout… I was super inspired by the colour combo and that Zebra print!  I had the perfect set of Thickers to use and these candid shots of Mr Wruck.

Here is the cut file I created called “Wild Geometric”.  I’ve designed it as one joined piece of 3 of the leaf shapes as well as a separate pieces of each of the designs so you can mix and match.  Available in both Custom Cut file which is cut at HQ and as a Digital Download for Silhouette owners.

I began by pulling out some pattern papers from my stash including some for the latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios collection, some from Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea collection and a black and white spot that had been in my stash for a while, sorry I’m not sure of the manufacturer on that one.  Once I was happy with my pattern paper combo, I went about backing the CUT to YOU cut file.

I then layered up the cuts to create a base for my photo mat.  I’ve layered some of the cuts side by side and others on top of each other for interest.  I then added some fussy cut pieces in an arrow style shape cut from the Maggie Holmes Carousel ‘Dazzle‘ paper which was the perfect colour for the mood board.

Next, it was time to add my title, I’ve used Thickers in 2 styles for this and some Snip-its from Cocoa Vanilla ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection.  Lastly, I’ve added a black fabric bow and some enamel stars and enamel dots.

It was so fun to play along with Scrap The Boys this month and I’m super proud to be able to sponsor this great Aussie challenge blog so I do hope you get your entries in!

Lastly, a quick reminder that our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ has more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files so be sure to join us 🙂

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Thanks for popping by.  I have a new share for today, this one using another one of my CUT to YOU Cut files.  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, this one has to be one of my all time favourites so far!  I love how big it is (yes, this is how large it comes if you are a CUSTOM CUT purchaser) and how open and soft and pretty the flowers are.  Perfect to team with some soft mixed media, in the form of Distress Oxide inks.

I started the page by colouring the cut file with the Oxide Inks. I’ve used a combination of Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and a touch of Spiced Marmalade.  It’s a lovely soft and warm colour combination.  I used the packaging technique on the cut file and a generous amount of water.  I didn’t gesso or prime the cut file before applying the inks, but I think I would next time, simply because I did add a lot of water.

I then planned out the design of my page, just roughly to get an idea of where I wanted to place the mixed media on my background.  I’ve used Bazzil Marshmallow cardstock for this.  Once that was decided, I added a small amount of the ink on to some packaging and applied to the background.  I then pulled out a palette and made up some ‘watercolours’ of each of the colours and splattered them all over!  I just love the tone on tone achieved here, super pretty!

A friend had gifted me some Felicity Jane goodies a while back and to date, I had only created one project with them.  There were quite a lot of smaller pieces of paper to use up so I thought it would be a neat idea to add some as paper strips. I’ve created a cluster at the top of my page and a larger one at the bottom.

I’ve placed my photo on to a piece of Cocoa Vanilla pattern paper and some more of the Felicity Jane papers to create a stack and then added my cut file.  I’ve then placed this on my page.  I’ve added my title with Felicity Jane letters.  Embellishments used and some old Maggie Holmes Crate Paper buttons – these are from 2014 so I know I bought them as soon as they came out, so it was good to get them on a page, some wood veneer, paper bows made with a die and some American Crafts chipboard brackets – these brackets are older than the buttons!!! #stashbustingatitsbest

I just love love love how this turned out, I love that you can use a fresh new cut file that is really quite inexpensive and create a beautiful page with it.  I love that this new product in my stash can easily be mixed with much older supplies to get them used up!

If you don’t already know, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website for more info.

Also, be sure to pop by the Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.  In fact, I have a surprise announcement coming very soon!

Until next time,