Monday, July 24, 2017

"Turning Ten" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative friends,

I hope you are all well!  Here today to share a fun birthday inspired page for D-lish scraps.

This one features Miss Caitlin on her 10th birthday which was in January of this year and I have yet to scrap a single photo!!  We had a whole day of celebrations starting with some school friends at a local "Bounce Inc" trampoline play centre.   This is a quick snap I took before we all got jumping, such fun!

I began this page by selecting out some key elements I know I wanted to use, such as the chipboard balloons and the cute yellow deer from the Resin Embellishments.  I then decided to take the bright colours from these to make up the colour combo of my page.  I wanted everything to be bright and happy for this one.

I started with a plain pale pink background so that the bright elements I added would really pop!  First I began creating my photo mat, which consists of lots of layers of paper and a teal striped paper baggie.  This one was a 5 x 7 bag, which I have simply trimmed to fit my photo mat.

Next, it was time to lock in the design of the layout, I started with my title as I knew it was going to be pretty large.  That combined with the photo mat I had just made needed to be decided on before I went about adding the smaller details.  I just laid everything out and shuffled until I was happy.

Next, it was time to get working on some embellishment clusters.  I have positioned two wooden hearts to the left of my photo to start.  I have used so many of these Wooden Hearts, they go with everything right?!# These have been painted with some Colour Blast Water Colour Shimmer cubes in "Sunshine".  I then created a larger cluster to the right of my photo and another one towards the top of the page.  To decide these, I just tried to balance out the balloons, the title and my photo.

I've also used some Jewelled Cabochons - these are super cute and that pink/purple colour is divine!  Once I was happy with the clusters, I added a few splattered drops of watered down white paint just to soften the harshness between that super clean pink background and the embellishments.  Now was also a good time to add the final touch, some .

I'll leave you with one more close up of all the paper layers and that cute little deer!

I'm sure you all have photos of birthday celebrations yet to scrap, so I hope this layout inspires you to pull them out.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Hi Creative friends,

Here for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday.  I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.

I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn't feeling like the page was working.  I don't often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind!  So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?  

I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper.  I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away.  Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.

Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash.  I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn't want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!

To create my floral embellishment clusters, I've taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I've chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.

I've also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots - sparkles.  I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections.  This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.

I've worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.

I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.

I've added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer.  These are a mixture of collections with the word "Happy" coming from the Love Always collection and the "you" coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.

I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn't think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Hello Handsome" for Dlish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share another layout for D-lish scraps, this one featuring my Ferris Frank the cat.  I rarely get a shot of him in the garden, so when I noticed he had a taken a moment to lie on the grass I snapped it up!!

This page started with a cut file the wonderful Katie Howard designed and shared on Facebook (thank you Katie xo) which featured all those stars running along the top edge of the page.  I combined these with some vellum stars I had from a previous Just Add Paper kit to create a page about the other handsome boy in my life!

To start, I knew I wanted the cut file star shapes to run across the top part of the page so I would need to balance out the design by adding my photo and layers across the bottom of the page.  I started with some layers of yellow and teal paper as my photo mat.  Once my photo position was locked in, I could add my title.  To do this I've used Corbett Creations wood words for the "Hello" sentiment and the puffy alphabet stickers for the "handsome".  I so so love these - Did you see they now come in lower case as well?

Next, I've used a large teal star from my stash and the vellum stars from a previous Just add Paper kit.   I've positioned these so that they flow towards the top of the page.  I also popped one inside of one of the larger cut file shapes, it was the perfect fit!  I just love the kits Amanda puts together, every month there is something new and different!! 

I've also used some wood stars which were also from a Just add Paper kit which I've also placed into the cut file shapes, scattered across the page.  To keep with the wood theme, I've used some wood beads which you will find in the Clearance section; worth a look anytime you are shopping in the store. wouldn't be a Gwen page without a bow, this time I've used a grey one, you'll find some here.

I've combined these with some wood elements from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and a Charm Creations embellishment thrown in as well to round out my layout.  All that was left to do to finish the layout was add some Enamel dots always a perfect finishing touch.  

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today with a very special share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  This week we are focusing on journaling and whilst I'm not huge on journaling most of the time, I was super excited to create this layout documenting my return to Ballet.  I grew up doing Ballet right up until the age of 20, but then life got busy, I was at uni, then met my hubby and had a family.  Turning 40 last year was a time of reflection and as part of that, I decided I wanted to get back into my pointe shoes... and I'm currently on that journey.

I wanted a very linear design for this page and to keep the journaling my focus decided on a very simple and clean design that ran up and down the centre of the page. I also knew I wanted a very soft colour palette to match with the soft tones in my photo so the Love Always collection was the perfect fit.  For my background, I've used the Twin Set paper - I just adore these pale pink and white stripes.  

I also knew I wanted to go with the XO Colour Me Happy cut files as part of my title and cut them out quite large on my Silhouette.  I mounted these onto the Luscious paper from the Wild At Heart collection, I love this ombre in the perfect shade of pink.

Next, I found the sentiment "This Makes me So Happy" on the Lovely Things paper which I really wanted to use, but it was only 4 inches across and didn't fit with the design I had in mind... I then had a bit of a brainwave to cut it up!  I trimmed along the grey underline of the text and then lined the four pieces up in a single row.  I then stitched these to my page.

Next, it was time to mount my photo, I wanted to balance out the colours I'd used in the top title so I also used the Luscious paper here.  I've also used the Class Act paper, another favourite in this collection of mine!

Now was the time for journalling.  I HATE my handwriting so it had to be typed.  I have a vintage typewriter which is quite slow to use, but beautiful, so I first drafted my journalling onto my computer.  This allowed me to edit and make sure there were no spelling errors etc and gave me an idea of how much space it would take up on my page.  I then simply copied this text out using the typewriter.  I've used the B side of the Lovely Things paper for this and then trimmed out the lines using a guillotine ready to add to my page.

Now was the time to place everything, starting with the XOX at the top, followed by the larger sentiment and then my journalling.  I then added my photo and saw there was a little space left at the bottom of the page; perfect for some smaller embellishments.  I decided on a little row of 3 of the vellum butterflies from the Vellum Accents pack, so soft and pretty.  I also wanted something subtle for the top centre of the page and I found this sweet heart shape on the Wild At Heart Chipboard Accent Sticker sheet which was a sweet little addition.  Underneath I placed the vellum butterfly, also from the Vellum Accents pack with some sparkles from the Bits and Pieces pack.  I thought these really helped balance out the design and fill some of the space without being too overwhelming.

To finish out the layout, I added tiny word sentiments from the Wild At Heart Accessory Stickers there are so many sweet words on this sheet, it is one of my most favourites!!  Lucky last I added some enamel dots sparkles in silver which co-ordinate with the sparkles in the top embellishment cluster.  

This page came together really quickly, in part due to the focus being on the journalling, but also because every element is centred and flowing down the page.  I hope it inspires you to document something your passionate about and as always, would love to see you share you page in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

An announcement you probably didn't see coming!

Hi Creative friends!!

I have a fun announcement for you this morning, one you possibly didn't see coming!  I've been invited to join the team at Colour Blast to share my style of clean mixed media!! Think shimmer, pastels and all things pretty without getting your hands messy!! Can't wait to share my designs using these gorgeous products with you!

A huge welcome and congrats to all the other girls on the team an amazingly talented bunch!!

Colour Blast Design Team 2017/2018

Tenisha Furlong (Owner)
Melissa Struhs (Design Team Co-ordinator)
Kaye Halls (Blog Co-orindator)
Amanda Hartmann
Sue Plumb
Melinda Sweetman
Amy Churchward
Kasia Leach
Rachel Dutko
Gwen Wruck
Tracey Campbell
Danielle Vertigan
Louise Turner
Malinda Gardner
Selena Stevens
Suzy Loudon
Fiona Hughes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Seriously Gorgeous" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative friends,

I'm back on the blog today to share another sweet page for D-lish Scraps of Miss C.  I am totally crushing on this photo, so serious!!  We were doing a bit of a photo shoot as she had just gotten new glasses so I took a stack of photos and by the time this one was taken she had had enough and was starting to pull faces!!! As it turns out, this one is one of my favourites!

I went with a relatively simple design for the page with a white background and pops of colours with some splatters.  I purchased these AMAZING new super shimmery Colour Simmer cubes Watercolours from Colour Blast at the Scrapbook Expo and I so love them!! I've used Blush, Lipstick and Envy on this layout.  I combined these with some mists from my stash and love the result.

Next I went about making my photo mat and used a couple of layers of paper, keeping things pretty simple and clean so as not to compete with that background.  I then adding in a Bitty Bag at the top of my photo as I knew I wanted to extend some embellishments up that way and these are a great starting point for that.  As soon as I saw the lower case Puffy Alpha Stickers in store, I knew I had to get some, I SO SO love this font!!  It was also the perfect hint of green I needed for this page.  I have combined these alphas with a Kinder Kreations Chipboard chipboard piece for my title.

I've also used more vellum Butterflies, I found these in the Past Kit Bit section along with the pink puffy heart.  It is always worth a look in store at this section; you never know what you will find!  Now you all know my love affair with bows... this layout needed a little pop of black so the Gingham Bow was perfect.

I've also used a Little Birdie paper flower here in the most divine shade of pink.  There are a few varieties of these in store, so be sure to check those out.  You can also see here a little sneak of the Wood Beads which you will find in the clearance section, another MUST visit section when you are shopping!

and that's the layout done.  I hope you enjoyed all the close ups and I hope it inspires you to make something pretty!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017


Hello creative friends,

I've rested up after that fab long weekend at the Scrapbook and Paper Craft Expo and I'm back for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share today.

For this layout, I wanted to document a little weekend trip we recently took down the coast to go Glamping! For those of you who have not heard of the term, it is simply Glamourous Camping and I am certainly not a camper gal but was pleasantly surprised at how fun and comfortable these glamping tents were!!

This layout came together pretty quickly for me and surprisingly began with the photo and that cute little flag I have popped onto the top of the tent.  It is very rare that I would start a layout in this way, but it was the perfect fit and I just love how cute it looks there.  I then went about stitching around the photo to make it pop.

Next, I went about my usual process of creating the background, the Endless Summer collection seemed like the perfect fit and I was immediately drawn to the Blue Skies paper and those cute clouds.  For the lower section, I went with the Aloha paper which was the perfect neutral to ground my paper layers and photo mat.

I went with a pretty simple photo mat using bits and pieces from the This and That paper.  These cut apart sheets are super versatile and a must in any collection.  I then went about constructing my title using a combination of the Alphabet stickers (which I have also stitched to my photo), Puffy Stickers and the die cut ephemera.  I added a subtitle with pieces from the This and That paper, more die cut ephemera and the Accessory Stickers and a wood veneer.  I love mixing and matching the embellishments within a collection for added interest and the wonderful differences in texture.

Once I had sorted out my title and subtitle placement, I then went about adding a bunch of elements around my photo.  I began with the larger elements such as the "Hello Sunshine" circle cut from the This and That paper and mounted on foam.  The blooms for this collection are super pretty too; I went with this neutral one.

 I then went on to add the florals from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and other circle elements including my favourite the woodies.  A few people asked me about these at the craft show recently and yes, they are quite thick but to remove some of the dimension, I remove the foam mount that they come on and glue down with a liquid adhesive.  I love their dimension and the soft wooden colour.

Lastly, I pulled out the cloud elements from the Wood Veneer and Die Cut Ephemera packs and added them to the top part of the layout, I felt this really helped balance out the design as before these were placed, it was very bottom heavy.

And that was the page done.  I love how the clusters came together for this one and how I've used lots of bits and bobs from quite a few of the embellishment packs.  They fit together so well!  So, why not pull out your summer collections, snuggle up and scrap those fun summer pics, I hope I've inspired you today :)

Until next time,

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Scrapbook Expo 2017 Recap

A big hello from me today!!

I am still a little delirious from a massive weekend at the Scrapbook & Paper Craft Expo but I really wanted to pop in and say a huge thank you to all of you who came along and supported me and Cocoa Vanilla Studios.

It has been an incredible 4 days of meeting you all, helping you shop and a special shout out to the lovely ladies who booked into my class.

I did call in a favour and asked Chris from Chris Wruck Photography to come up on Saturday and take some shots of my display so grab a cuppa because he went all out and took a stack of shots for you all, so I could share all the details.  The perks of having your own personal pro-photographer!  #loveyousweets

I really wanted to put my personality into my display so I went with a mix of my work and the things that inspire it.  Thank you to all those who voted for it and gave me wonderful feedback, it meant alot.

and yes, I did hand make all the bannars and the pom poms!!

and if you got this far, you get a shot of me at the stand xo - I think I might scrapbook this one :)

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