Saturday, February 18, 2017


A big hello to you all, Gwen here today with another share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios using the divine 'Love Always' collection.  I will never get sick of the pastel shades in this line teaming them with black and white photos; this one of my husband and I on a recent (and rare) weekend away.

For this layout, I started with the off-cut/outline piece from the 'XO' Colour Me Happy Cut file which I had previously cut from a white sheet of card stock. I wanted to use the outline as a feature in my design.  I started by backing the cut file with the 'Class Act' paper; those dots are divine and I just loved how simple yet striking they were.  Next, I went about the task of hand stitching around the outline of each of the shapes.  I chose a soft pink thread to complement the pink chipboard elements I had planned to use later on.  This does take some time, but I feel the results are worth it!

The next step was to create my photo mat, adding paper layers from the 'Note to Self' and 'Twin Set' papers and then adding more hand stitching around the edge of my photo for extra detail.

To round out the design, I have used a few chipboard frames.  The first I chose was a perfect fit for the "This Makes me so Happy" element, which I have used as a bit of a sub title for the page.  This has been cut from the 'Lovely Things' paper.  The others I chose for their varying size and colours to help round out the design.  I love working with square photos, so adding the frames (which generally are also square) really pulls the design together.

Of course, I wanted to add some other smaller elements for interest; the Bits and Pieces pack and the Die Cut ephemera elements were perfect - you get so many elements in these and in lots of sizes too which is fab.

What better way to finish the page than with the sparkly Enamel Dots, cannot get enough of these and they are in the most perfect colours with a pretty sparkle to them.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of my latest layout and it has inspired you to get creative with some of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios products, there is so much to choose from and it is all divine!!

Thanks for popping by today, 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Hey Girl, Love You" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Back again today to share a layout for D-lish scraps.

I love working with black and white photos and would have to say my 'go to' colour combo for scrapping them is black, white and baby pink.  For today's layout I started with the background sheet of paper.  It was a natural progression to pick up the pink of the cute little hearts and I've added grey to soften.  I feel it's pretty classic 'Gwen' in design too!

So after my pattern paper choice, I knew I had to use that title.  It's not very often I use a bold black title on a page but I feel this one suits it perfectly!  I've added lots of D-lish Scraps elements to finish it off including the divine black Tutu Bloom.  Putting it towards the bottom of the page helps balance out the black in the title.

Of course, as usual I have close ups...

How totally adorable are the Resin bows?  I just love these, so sweet and the perfect size too and they come in a wonderful pastel mix.

I've used a Felt Doily here with a vellum sentiment over the top and stitched together.. loving this look!  You can also see just a glimpse of the wooden arrow there too.  Lots to choose from here.
You can also see Punchinella here tucked into my paper layers... I love using it on my photo mats, in a subtle way.  If you look very closely you will also see a 5X7 Bag in the middle of my paper stack.

Lucky last I had to show you a close up of these cute Shaped Wooden Buttons and Resin Flowers totally adorable.  The flair was the perfect addition in black and white, so versatile.

Products used:

thanks for  popping by,

Saturday, February 4, 2017


A big hello everyone!!  Gwen here today to share with you my very first layout as part of the Cocoa Vanilla design team.  Super excited to be here and looking forward to sharing lots of creations with you all.  First up, I'm using one of my all time favourite collections 'Love Always' AND it features my two most favourite people in the whole world; my husband and daughter.

I really wanted to document the true love the three of us have for each other, they really do complete me. The design for this layout began with the 'Colour Me Happy' cut files, in particular, the bold leaf design.  I have cut two of these out quite large (one slightly smaller than the other).  I am using white card stock for a soft look to match the photo and stitched down the centre of each of the leaves for a sweet little detail.

I then went to my photo to choose papers from the collection to match, I particularly love the softness of this collection which I knew would work really well with my photo.   I chose the blue/green in the 'Note to Self' paper to pick up the blue and green tones in my photo and added a touch of pink from the 'Class Act' paper.  I wanted something a little more striking for the title, so I chose the wide stripe of the 'Twin Set' paper and back mounted it against the letters.

I also wanted a little grey in my design so the 'Lovely Things' paper was the perfect choice, especially with the cut apart elements on the A side.  For this layout I used the strip of grey hearts along the length of my design.  It may have only been 6 inches long, however, I have placed my photo mat on top to give the illusion of it running the full length of the page.

Lots of other elements from the collection used including the Die Cut Ephemera, Accessory Stickers, flair buttons, Enamel dots, chipboard accent stickers and the Bits & Pieces pack which I L.O.V.E - Oh so many cute little pieces to choose from including these darling sparkly hearts, don't you just love those?

Thanks for joining me for my very first share, I hope you enjoyed it and it inspires you to scrap a page about someone you love using beautiful Coco Vanilla Studios goodies.

Until next time,

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Real Love Story" for D-lish Scraps - February Inspiration Board - Fresh Cut

Hi all,

Here for a quick share today.  Have you seen the new February Inspiration board over at D-lish Scraps??

Loving the fresh vibe of these colours although I will admit, with Australia Day just passed, I was thinking Aussie Aussie Aussie!!

and here is my take... I went more with the warm yellows and creams and teamed them with white and a pop of the that bright light green.  I made sure to include a floral paper as part of my signature style, but these are colours I wouldn't normally scrapbook with so it was so fun to try something different!!!

Of course, I've included some close ups for you as well.

The image of  the buttons inspired me to add this one, such a pretty floral. I didn't need any inspiration to add that sequin bow, they fit on any project - I was just super happy I had one in the perfect shade of green! :)

I particularly love the light wood colour of these wooden hearts, they were a perfect match as well and really added some warmth to the layout.

thanks for  popping by,

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Make A Wish" for D-lish scraps

Hi everyone,

Back again today for my 2nd share this month for D-lish scraps and today I have a birthday layout to share with you.

Now I know you might be thinking, the page doesn't have her age on it!!!  It's ok, this is one of many many shots of the day and her age is well documented :)  There are many times I create just for the love of it and this certainly was one of those days!

This idea for this layout started with those big bold fussy cut flowers and their bright colour which I wanted to team with Pink of course!  After the fussy cutting was done, I stitching on the vellum paper in 2 sections and let that dictate the design of my page.

I also had the wood veneer frame square mini pack that I knew I wanted to use with the striking background paper.

I also wanted to use these divine bright pink paper flowers and teamed them with the resin flowers which come in these super fab grab bags filled with lots of pretty colours.  Add in lots of layers and the layout was complete.

Products used:

thanks for  popping by,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wild at Heart the latest release by Cocoa Vanilla

Hi Everyone,

So happy to share with you the first collection for 2017 for Cocoa Vanilla Studios!

Wild at Heart is simply gorgeous, and full of beautiful things that are sure to make your heart skip a beat… And we’ve increased our papers with this release too, so there’s more for you to create with than ever!
The gorgeous Wild at Heart collection will be shipping to retailers from Monday the 13th February, and will be available in our online store  a month later from the 13th March..

Be sure to pop over to the Cocoa Vanilla Blog to see all of the beautiful details, the entire product range AND for your chance to win the collection!!

Thanks for popping by today, now get on over to the Cocoa Vanilla blog :)


Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's only taken 10 years

Hi Everyone,

A bit of a different share today...

After nearly 19 years of scrapbooking, yep I started in 1989 - I can finally say I now have my own little studio space!!!

It's taken a long time, but it was so worth the wait!  The big kids have moved out and my supplies and I have moved in!  Of course, it is still a work in progress, I have only been in for a few weeks so I'm sure things will get shuffled, but for now here is how it looks :)

Looking into the room towards the door.

View from the door.

Ohhhh the Raskog... I don't think I need more words for this one do I???  Since this photo was taken, I have moved the project life cards out of the bottom section and into a draw.  I added a towel and our kitty likes to sleep in there while I scrap.

My clip it up.  Top tier is all Crate Paper, bottom tier is everything else.

This little basket is for all things new... that is, when I buy new supplies, they go in here first.  I find this way I am much more likely to use them; if they go straight into my stash, I forget I bought them!!!  They will stay in here for a month or so, then anything left over will get filtered into my stash.  The only exception to this is kits, but I am not currently subbing to any as I was finding I was getting supplies I wasn't really loving, I really need to do some more kit club research.

My entire collection of pattern papers and cardstock, less than you might think, I'm actually not a hoarder.  In general I think I have a lot less than people expect.  One of the reasons for this is that I am a product scrapper, I use a lot of product on my pages, the second reason is that I don't go nuts buying everything in every colour.  I choose what I really love and that's it.  In the front there are masks, 12 x 12 and smaller.  Papers are sorted by colour but there are special sections for Cocoa Vanilla and Crate Paper.

Not my entire collection, just a few favourites I use a lot... all sitting in a pretty little metal dish my mother gave me, her mum had it before her, it's not real silver, but I don't care, it's special to me.

I have lots of vintage trays and tea cups etc around my space with pretties in them.  I find if I can see things I'm much more likely to use them.

My very small collection of letter "G's" - it's a work in progress... 

Paper scraps sorted by colour into these draws.  The only exception to this is Crate Paper, they all go into a separate container as I tend to use the collections all mixed together and seeing they are all cream based and similar in tone, I find it much easier just to grab that box and go!

I keep my sewing machine permanently set up, I seem to stitch every page so packing it away would be a bad idea!

Copic storage and things I use all the time in the Couture Creations Whirligig.

First level of my Raskog - ATG lives here as well as all of my sticker sheets.

Coloured pencils sorted by colour some I may have borrowed from Miss 9, love the varying shades from different manufacturers; none are fancy, all work for me just fine.

My vintage typewriter... it is the perfect shade of green.

and lucky last, a little short of my mood board/notice board/inspiration zone.  I made this from a frame I found in a thrift store, took out the centre and added some wire for hanging.

thanks for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed seeing my scrap space!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Introducing the 2017 Cocoa Vanilla Design Team.... which includes me!

Hi Everyone,

Crazy excited to be a part of this amazing line up of talent!!!  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be on the same DT as these gals.  I hope you are all ready for some amazing inspiration coming your way!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio – 2017 Design Team:

"Hello Grade 4" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Well, the business of Christmas and New Year is now behind us and today is my first day back at work after having a full 3 weeks off.  I am now starting to think about 'Back to School' supplies and organising my little Miss into year 5 and it was in this organising that I realised I had not yet scrapped her first day of Grade 4... so I got working on that straight away and here is what I came up with.

I have had that chipboard pencil in my stash for a bit and I knew it was one of those things that had to go onto a school layout, so this one was the perfect fit.

I have also been on a mission of late to use my washi tape supply more, so I went about creating a colourful border layering tapes in sections in co-ordinating colours and then adding some stitching to make sure it stays put in the long term.  Lots of Washi Tapes at the store if you are looking for some new ones to add to your stash.  The background is a cut file I created using a diamond shape I bought from the Silhouette store Design ID #16577, I simply resized a few of them and positioned them on my page.

Aren't those resin diamonds the cutest!!

I have added a journal Spot in here, lots available in the past kit bits section of the D-lish website as well as some D-lish flair and a paper Flower.

Some sewn on journalling and enamel dots to finish the layout.

Products used:

thanks for  popping by,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Jot Magazine - December Mood Board

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share a layout I created with the Jot December Mood Board.  I was looking for something to inspire and loved the colours in this one.

Here is the Mood Board created by Suse Fish

and here is my take:

I wanted to use some really bold colours for this one to go with the black and white photo and background paper.  Lots of layers, lots of embellishments and it was done.

So fun to play along and I love the result.

thanks for popping by
Gwen xo