Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration


Hi Creative Friends,

Happy Wednesday to you all.  I’m so excited to be back on the blog today with another Cocoa Vanilla Studio share.  I’ve had some more time to play with the new ‘Unforgettable’ collection which I am absolutely loving!  I was looking through my pages recently and noticed that I hadn’t done one of myself in a while.  I can’t say I love scrapbooking about ‘me’ but I know how important it is, so pushed through the self-consciousness and got to creating.

The inspiration for the page came from all the pretty florals in the collection and the word from the Foam Titles ‘Bloom’.  I wanted to document some changes that have been happening personally for me over the past year or so and love this sentiment.  We should always be growing and developing and I thought this would be a nice page to represent that.  (I’ve put a lot of journaling on the back of this one!)

With so many pretty pattern papers in the collection, I wasn’t sure where to start so I pulled out the ‘Pretty Bits’ paper and trimmed it so that I would have some colour blocks of the patterns.  When in doubt as to which pattern to use, I went with using them all!!  I’ve positioned the strips on the left and right sides of my page.


Next, I’ve taken another strip, wider this time, from the same pattern paper and added that to create a wider block of colour.  I’ve also now added some machine stitching down the edges for added detail.  Now it was time to mat my photo.  For this, I’ve gone with the ‘Garland’ paper.  I can’t believe I chopped into that wreath on the other side of this paper, thank goodness the Collection pack has two sheets of each design!

I’ve added more stitching around my photo, I just love how it sets it off.  Now it was time to play with the elements from the Ephemera Pack.  To start, I pulled out the black and white wreath element.  I’ve cut that in half to stretch it out over my page.  One half went above my photo, the other on the right as the base of my element cluster.

I’ve gone through the pack adding elements running from the top left of the page, down the centre line to the bottom right-hand corner.  I find this helps draw the eye around the page.  I’ve also added in the title at this point, above my photo and across the wide blocks of colour from the pattern paper.  I just the pop of black in this collection, so striking!

I’ve also added in a flair button as well as a cute bow.  I love the dimension these elements add to the page AND you all know how much I love a bow!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating. If you don’t have any of the new ‘Unforgettable’ collection yet I urge you to go and get shopping, it really is beautiful and so nice to create with.

Until next time,

Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Smile” for Scrap the Girls September 2019

Hi Creative Friends,

The first of the month means it’s time to share another fab challenge at Scrap the Girls.  This month we are being inspired by a sketch, this one created by the fabulous Sue Plumb.  I will admit I was a little worried about this one to start due to all that ‘mixed media’ in the background, but as always, found a way to make it “me”.  I know I say this a lot, but it’s important to stay true to you and what you like; even when working with a challenge or theme.  Here’s my page:

and this is the sketch Sue created.

Ok… so, as you can see, I did go a little off track with the sketch, but I promise the inspiration for my page started with it.  I think it’s totally fine to change up some elements of a sketch to make it your own, so here’s what I’ve changed.  Firstly, the photo… I didn’t have a 6×4 landscape to use so I’ve gone with a square 4×4 image.

Secondly, because I had some space to the left of my photo that wasn’t in the sketch, I’ve added a much larger banner element than what is pictured in the sketch, I’ve just mixed up the proportions here.  Lastly, I’ve used a cut file which I’ve misted with some shimmer spray as a substitute for some of the mixed media.  Those of you know me, know I’m a very clean scrapper, so I’ve gone with the cut file in lieu of some of the mixed media, but you can still see I’ve added it in keeping with the sketch. You can shop the cut file here.

The collection I’ve used for this one is by Echo Park and it’s called ‘Teen Spirit’; I love the fun feel to this collection!  So fun to use something light-hearted to document Miss 12.  I can see quite a few more pages being made with this collection because there really isn’t a lot of scrapbooking products like these on the market.

My process for the page started with my photo, I’ve mounted that with some bright pink pattern paper from the collection and then built a photo mat/centre feature that was loosely based on the sketch.  I’ve just kept building it until I was happy and then once that was locked in, I had a framework for the cut file and watercolour background.

When working on my background, I have kept bringing back my photo elements to see how much of the watercolour was showing.   I like to do backgrounds like this because it helps me to see where to put the colour and when to stop!  If I don’t do it this way, I end up with way too much on my background and have to start again.  With my background all locked in, I can then add my photo base and then lots of other little bits and pieces from the collection until the page was complete.

Be sure 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,