Friday, October 25, 2019

Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Hello

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back here today with a fresh new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the super sweet Unforgettable collection and some oh so adorable photos of Leila from a few years back. I went all out with loads of pink for our current Think Pink theme, in honour of Pink Ribbon day (yesterday). There are so many variations of pink within this collection, and it was hard not to use it all.


I started the layout by cutting the loopy hearts cut file from CUT to YOU on the reverse of UNSCRIPTED paper. I also used the same pattern as the backing/border for the layout. 


I chose 2 sweet photos of Leila and printed them in B&W and slightly different sizes, framed one using the photo frame from the Happiness Collection ephemera pack, and adhered them over the right side of the cut file piece using foam tape. I tucked all the floral elements and ephemera pieces (some are fussy cut from the 6x8 GLORIOUS paper) under the frame to the left of the layout using different forms of adhesive for loads of dimension. I also tucked in a heart from the heart wreath cut file I used on a previous layout that complimented the subtle hints of turquoise I've added in to break up all the pink. Don't get me wrong I LOVE pink, but theres only so much one lover of pink can handle HAHA 


Over on the right side of the photos I added an extra ephemera piece and some text pattern paper from the 6x8 paper stack, its the same design as the reverse of PRETTY BITS just in the smaller design. I altered a large floral ephemera piece to create a smaller cluster for the bottom of the photo. 


Kept the title super simple using a foam title piece and accessory sticker, then a couple of enamel dots and a sweet butterfly to finish it off


Lastly up in the top left corner I've added a black foam heart, enamel dots and accessory sticker before splattering the layout with 2 different colours of pink inks.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to share all your beloved CVS creations within our Facebook community group HERE, and use the hashtag #cocoavanillastudio when sharing on Instagram or Pinterest 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx


Friday, October 18, 2019

CUT to YOU | The Best

Hi Scrappy friends its Michelle back here today with a new layout share for you all. I've used one of our BRAND NEW cut files from the 2019 Christmas Release - the super cool Christmas Banner set.


This cut file is AMAZING! It cuts out so perfect and is super easy to back using loads of pretty pattern papers - especially the Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Is definitely MORE than just a Christmas cut file. Super versatile for all the celebratory photos you want to scrap, like the photo I've used from my birthday a couple months back. The multiple different pattern papers distract from the obligatory night time birthday cake photo that isn't super focussed HAHA


I made sure to balance the different patterns out across the page and didn't group similar patterns or colours together. I even threw in a little silver glitter paper for a hint of sparkle here and there.


The entire cut file was cut on white cardstock using my silhouette machine. I think I resized the design slightly to ensure it took up a good chunk of the background paper. I adhered it to the backing pattern paper using some foam tape for dimension. You all know how much I love a little dimension on a layout to make it POP!


I added a couple of complimentary embellishments here and there, but not too many as there was already so much going on around this page


Love love love layering different complimentary patterns together


Well friends that is all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out ALL the new files loaded in store HERE, and check into our facebook group - CUT to YOU HQ to chat and share all things CTY

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x











Friday, October 11, 2019

Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Shine Bright

Hello there! I'm back today sharing a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using both the new collection Unforgettable and the FREE Cut files designed by Gwen. LOVE LOVE LOVE the designs within the set, especially the circle of hearts design. This whole layout came together pretty quickly by cutting one main floral piece, 1 massive cut file and then tucking random bits here and there.


I started by cutting the design out in silhouette studio using the reverse of the GARLAND paper and then adhering it flat to the white cardstock using the centre edge only. I curled all the hearts up for a touch of dimension. Next I fussy cut the entire wreath design from the same paper and adhered this to the bottom half of the cut file using foam tape.


When it came to the photo I didn't want it to stand out or compete with the florals, I felt it needed to blend together so I printed it out in black and white. I chose a close up photo of Leila from a few years back as its one of my very favourites. I backed the photo using the woodgrain pattern of the NATURAL BEAUTY paper plus a couple of off cut strips from the 6x8 paper stack I used on previous layouts. I tucked the right side of the photo under the layers of florals and ephemera pieces. I also added a couple of the leaf strand cut files from the FREE SET.


To the left of the photo I added the title using the new foam title words and a stack more bits from the ephemera pack, a flair button, clear sticker and enamel dots to mirror the opposite side of the layout.


Once I felt the entire circular design was a good balance of florals and colours I splattered it all with gold colour shine, including the photo as I ALWAYS forget to cover it up. Super happy with how this turned out, pretty similar to the idea I had in mind when I started which is pretty good. It doesn't usually run so smoothly HAHA

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to pop by our facebook group to chat all things CVS and don't forget to download the FREE cut files!!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx



Friday, October 4, 2019

CUT to YOU | Take photos

Hello scrappy friends I'm back today with a new layout to share for CUT to YOU. I have a new layout to share with you all featuring some of our brand new floral designs released this month. I've used both the Floral Bouquet set and Floral Bouquet frame to create this sweet layout of Leila on her 1st birthday.



I chose both the frame and individual bouquet set to combine together as I wanted to layer the larger florals over the top of the frame and create something similar to a shadow box. To do this I enlarged the frame to just over 9 inches in silhouette studio and erased the outer edge border so that it created a larger inner frame around the page. I resized the large floral from the bouquet set to a slightly smaller size than the largest floral piece of the frame then cut all the pieces out on white cardstock.



I cut the separate piece of florals twice so that I could make use of both the flowers and leaf stems in different ways. Once I had all the pieces cut individually I backed the main frame and extra flowers vellum and left the extra leaf stems untouched



I adhered the extra flower pieces to the frame using tiny amounts of foam tape and bent the leaf stems for extra dimension before adhering with tacky glue.



I chose a super sweet photo of Leila from her first birthday and brought it all together with the stunning Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the floral cut files



I layered the cardstock frame with a floral wreath pattern paper to make it look like one big cluster of florals and tucked in extra ephemera to compliment the cut files



I added a little extra piece to the edge of the photo that was from the bottom of the frame and would have been hidden from sight.



Lastly a massive splattering of gold colour shine and some enamel dots and I thought it was complete. I tried to work out a large title for the layout, but felt it would overpower the softness of the white on white cut files and all the pretty florals.



Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU HQ facebook group and share all the things you love about CTY. Also be sure to pop by the shop and check out all the new cut files HERE.

As always, happy Scrapping!
Michelle x



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cocoa Vanilla Studio | So Beautiful

Hello Scrappy friends! I'm back here today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the stunning UNFORGETTABLE collection. I've stepped back in time with a couple of super cute photos of Leila that I wanted to re-document and reminisce over. That cute little face really loved posing for the camera back then, not so much these days unless bribery is used HAHA


I challenged myself to use only pattern papers from the 6x8 paper stack fore this layout and I think I did well creating a simple stack of layered patterns as the base for the layout. I really love the smaller designs as you can cram more of them onto a page together. 



I distressed the edges of the papers, roughly tore the text pattern rather than cutting and adhered them all flat to the page before folding up the edged slightly to add some slight dimension. I also added a piece of foam sheet to the back of the framed photo to raise it slightly higher than all the rest and layered it together with one of my favourite doilies. 



I felt like this layout didn't need a large title to take the focus away from the sweet photos. Instead I've created a large 'cluster' of florals and ephemera pieces and used a black banner tag for the title name.



To the top right of the photos I've added in a smaller cluster using similar items to the larger group. I follow this design technique on most of my layouts to create balance and direct flow of the layout (if thats even a thing as honestly I just go with the flow and slap things here and there HAHA). Lastly I added a few splatters of gold ink and called it done. Super quick and easy this layout was to create, which I love! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community Facebook Groupto share the love of all things CVS.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Saturday, September 21, 2019

CUT to YOU Newsletter Freebie | One of a Kind

Hello! It's me back again to share a layout that was recently in the CUT to YOU newsletter. If you're not already subscribed, why not? You so should be so head over HERE  and follow the links to do so! Its released twice a month and always contains a FREE cut file like the one I've used for this layout. This cut file was the perfect way to document Leila at her recent Book Week parade.


I'll keep this post quick starting with the cut file - I enlarged the file within silhouette studio and cut out on white cardstock, backed the title and stars with separate pattern papers. I added the strips of pattern paper to the right side of the layout then adhered the cut file piece using foam tape for dimension


All products used for the layout ( apart from the FREE cut file and white cardstock) are from the UNFORGETTABLE collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.


I adhered the photo to another pattern from the same collection and added this to the top right of the title. I also created 2 small 'clusters' of florals and ephemera - one to the right of the title and the other  just under the photo, with a couple of extra pieces tucked in around the edges.


I used extra pieces of the cut file that weren't backed and scattered them at the top and bottom sections of the stars. I also included a couple of the negative star pieces.


Lastly some handwritten text, a splattering of gold ink and a few random enamel dots to make it complete


Well thats all from me for now, I did say it would be short and sweet today.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time, Happy Scrapping 
Michelle x




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

CUT to YOU | Precious Moments

Hello Friends, I'm back here today with a new layout share for CUT to YOU. I've jumped back to last months release and chosen a fun cut file called Burst Circles that was just singing out to be used.


I chose to document a photo of Leila from a recent trip to the Zoo. We had so much fun that day, and this little lady just LOVED posing for pictures time and time again. I can say that her 2 front teeth are FINALLY making a breakthrough after almost 8 months of non existence.


To start the layout I worked in Silhouette Studio to resize the entire file so that only 3 of the larger circular designs (lets call them sunburst circles) were the main focus. I played around with different ways to present them on the layout before cutting all the pieces out on white cardstock then cutting each individual circular piece so that I could layer them in different ways across the page.


I've used the newer 'Just a little Lovely' collection from PinkFresh Studio to compliment the burst circles design. I've backed the 'sunbursts' with a blue and white floral pattern paper and adhered them to the layout using foam tape, then layered the full circular bursts under each piece at random. I also adhered the negative circular pieces around the page and sewed through a couple using machine and thread.

I added the photo to the larger of the 3 sunbursts which is also backed with a pattern paper from the collection, layered with a couple of ephemera pieces and adhered to the page using more foam tape.


To the left of the layout on the middle size sunburst I have added an ephemera piece, fussy cut florals and a title. I've created smaller clusters diagonally across the page from each other using embellishments to compliment the cut file design.


Once the layout was complete I've splattered gold colour shine, added a few enamel dots and a date stamp.


Well folks thats all from me today. Before I go heres a few friendly reminders.... 
Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group where we welcome all crafters to share their love of CTY. Plus theres just been a new release in the CUT to YOU STORE


Also If you're not already subscribed to our newsletter you really should be. Its released twice per month and always contains a FREE cut file for you to use. Heres a sneak peek of what you may have missed in the current edition


and a link for you to follow HERE so that you can sign up and never miss another freebie again!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx