Friday, June 23, 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!

D-lish products used:

thanks for popping by today

Saturday, June 17, 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,

Sunday, June 11, 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 :)

thanks for popping by

Friday, June 9, 2017

"Happy Heart" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a fun-filled day!  Here to share my latest page for D-lish Scraps and I hope you all have your sunglasses handy!!

 The idea for this page came from a visit to the hardware store to look for paint swatches.  I was looking through a flyer and saw a swatch of many colours lined up all on one page and thought I could re-create that on the background of a layout in water colours.  I will admit, my initial thought was NOT for it to be so bright, I was thinking pastel watercolours in rows - but the colours turned out way more saturated than expected!!  Yes, I did think of adding a sheet of vellum over the whole lot to tone it back but decided to go with it, and just add some coloured pencil over the top to soften just a little.  It is nice to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try out something new!

Lots of close ups to share!  Once I had created my background, I then went about pulling out groups of embellishments from my stash that matched the background colour.  I was going for 'colour on colour' layering here.  My stash made it really easy to do actually, as most of the products in the D-lish store come in a variety of colours so you can see I've used the same element in different colours around my page.  This helps the design flow.

Here you can see the Resin Flowers which come in a variety of colours all in the one pack as well as the new Creative Cuts, perfect for those of you who don't have a Silhouette but want that electronic cut look.  I've used two on my page, the largest of the two in the top right hand side and then a smaller one at the bottom of my page.

Here you can see the Fantasy Blooms and a Resin Embellishment as well as the Enamel Hearts.  These enamel shapes are so cute, the perfect sized heart and the pack includes 5 different colours, I've used them all!

There are a stack of Paper Flowers in store as well and I've used a couple of different types simply choosing those that were a perfect fit for the background colour.

To finish up the layout, I added in some sequins (again in co-ordinating shades) and then some tiny word phrases.  Whilst I'm not sure I'll do the bold colours again, I do love how this turned out and am determined to give this another go, maybe with some softer toned inks??  In any case, I sure hope it inspires you to give something different a try or to create a rainbow coloured page!

D-lish products used:

thanks for popping by today

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Hi Creative friends,

Back with you today to share another Cocoa Vanilla Studios layout, this time of the other 'Mr' in my life, my cat!  We have had Ferris for just under a year now and he makes our whole house happy!  I decided to create a page that celebrates a milestone for him... his ability to jump up to the top of our 8-foot fence.  He loves sitting up there watching the world go by.

I started the page knowing I wanted to use the sentiment "Hello Mister" as my title.  I love love love the 'Random' paper with all the cut apart elements, so practical!!  I had also planned on using a large cut file star shape in my background so I felt it was important to place the title, star and photo first as those 3 large elements would make up the design for the page.  I liked how the 'Starshine' paper contrasted really well with the white star shape so went with that for my background.  To compliment my bold blue and white, I have also added some yellow highlights which began with the stitching around the star design.  I pull more of this yellow into the design with the enamel shapes later on.

For my photo mat, I've used the 'Night Sky' paper and the 'Plus One' paper.   I love how the 'Plus One' paper perfectly matches the wood print in my title and will compliment the other wood veneer elements I knew I would soon add.  To break up the white space of the star, I have chosen small pieces of the washi stickers layered in with some other fussy cut patterns.  Next, I needed to add the second part of my title "Fence Sitter"... I've used the Totally Rad Alphabet Stickers - they go so well and a simple font I have cut on my Silhouette which has been cut out of the 'Stripped' paper.

Time to add in lots of little bits and pieces to round out the design.  I started with the Wood Veneer pieces pulling out 3 stars.  I then found a coordinating star flair badge which I felt worked really well.  Next, how could I not add one of the Rubber Charms? (loving these).  

I also added some word phrases from the Accessory Sticker sheet and a few little elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  Lucky last, I added in the enamel shapes and the page was done!

I have so enjoyed using this collection, I think it is so easy to work with (even for this self-confessed girl scrapper!!)  I think my next challenge might be to make a girl page with it... maybe I could mix and match some collections and see what I come up with... stay tuned!

Until next time

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Hello again Creative Friends,

I have a pretty layout to share with you today using the divine Make a Wish collection. It features Miss C a few years back dressed up for a school book parade.  She went as Alice in Wonderland, with the pink bunny doubling as the "white rabbit".

This has to be one of my favourite collections of all the Cocoa Vanilla lines... I love how clean and fresh it is, the pinks and florals and THAT blue/green **totally swoon worthy**.  It is a perfect collection for documenting birthdays with lots of Happy Birthday elements, but I love it for every day scrapbooking, like this layout, which just celebrates my sweet little girl.

The design for the page started with the Cocoa Vanilla cut file, this one is from the Colour Me Happy collection - you can grab it here.  I started by cutting it out on plain white card stock from my stash and then added some colour using some mists.  I've use a blue shade and a pink/gold shade applied un-evenly.

Once I was happy with the colour in my die cut, I decided on its position on the page.  Once that was locked in, I knew where to place the coloured mist in the background.  I've done this using the packaging technique in a very pale pink, allowed it to dry and then added blue and pink splatters.  I wanted this to have a confetti-like feel.. to go with my title "Celebrate You".

Next, I went about fussy cutting out the flowers in 'Fresh Cut' paper, this is one of my most favourites... such pretty florals begging to be fussy cut!

I now was able to position the cut file, my photo and the flowers.  Next, I went about creating a verticle line from top to the bottom of my page starting with the 'Celebrate You' element I knew I wanted to use as my title.

I went throught the Chipboard Accent Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Stickers looking for elements to add to my page.  I wanted a variety of shapes, sizes and lenghts for interest.  Once these were all choosen and in position, I added my finishing touches, some stars and a flair badge.

This really is such a pretty collection and I always love creating with it.  It is also the collection I am using for my upcoming class at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo coming up on June 9th - 11th.  The kit for this class is so pretty, I know you will love it!  Below is a sneak peak of one of the layouts we will create together in the class.

Class bookings are open now and can be made online here on the 2017 time table.

AND, anyone who books into a Cocoa Vanilla class goes into the draw to win a $100 Shopping Spree in store!  How good would that be!!!  I do hope you'll join me at the show :)
Gwen xo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shopping Spree anyone?? I'm teaching at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo

Hi everyone,

A super fun share for me today with exciting news!!  Did you know that I am teaching at the upcoming Scrapbook & Papercraft expo?  

It's only a few short weeks away AND class spots are available now for my Session Two class called "Make A Wish" - See below to see how just by booking in you could win yourself a $100 shopping spree at Cocoa Vanilla Studios!!

Click on the class you are interested in via the timetable here: 

Skill level: all levels
Join Gwen for a fun-filled class and create two gorgeous layouts with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Make A Wish collection. Learn tips and tricks to achieve lovely layers in Gwen’s signature style and for those who feel brave, add a touch of hand stitching to your layouts. Get the most out of your products using an assortment of layering techniques, plus learn Gwen’s expert clustering tips so you can create stunning pages at home.

Even better news:

Did you know that by booking into one of the Cocoa Vanilla Studios classes with either Zoe or Gwen at this year's expo that you could WIN a Cocoa Vanilla spending spree? 
Every class you book gives you an entry into our prize draw for a $100 voucher to spend in our online store!

If you haven't booked a class yet, make sure you visit the expo website! 

I would love it if you all came along to create with me, it would be so nice to see you all in person!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"The Happy Crazy Sister" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Another layout to share with you today for D-lish Scraps.  I had such fun creating this page, not only due to the fun photo, but because it was created on a little scrap day with the super talented Amanda Hartmann and Nicolee Cable from the D-lish design team as well as some other very special scrapbooking ladies!

Yep, so now I better explain the photo a little.  This one features my sister and I and was taken on Christmas day 2016.  Our mum has a Christmas tradition (like many) that once dinner is served, we all crack Bon Bons, tell the jokes and wear our paper hats.  No-one is "allowed" to take their hat off until dinner is done!  One year, mum even made us all Santa hats and stitched our names on them which was hilarious, as we all obviously know each others names seeing we are having Christmas dinner together!! 

Anyway, this was a quick silly selfie taken of my sister and I to add to the ongoing tradition that is the Christmas hat for our family.  I'm so serious because I was concentrating on taking the selfie and she is crazy, well, because she IS just a little crazy.

Now onto the layout!!  This one started with some pretty paint splatters using my mists and these large yellow fussy cut flowers.  Next, I set about matting my photo and used a paper baggie to do this.  I love the bold colours of these!  I also found a scrap of yellow paper to mount my photo and Amanda gave me this piece of silver/white mesh which added lovely texture to my paper layers.   

Next, I added in my bright yellow fussy cut flowers and then went looking through my stash of D-lish flowers.  I just love the floral choices Amanda gets for us all, from paper to resin there are so many to choose from in lots of sizes, so great for layering.  I've added links below to all of these!

Once I was happy with my paper flower clusters, it was time to add in some resin flowers.  I like to spread these out in little clusters, usually in 3 spots around my page.   You all know by now I'm a huge fan of these wooden hearts, the perfect addition to any page... you can paint or ink over them but I rarely do as I love their soft wooden shade.  You can also see here I've added in some of the divine glitter dots as well.

One last close up, this time of the cute bow - how sweet are these??  They come on a paper clip so you can easily attach to your paper layers.

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and the little bit of silly that goes along with it.  It's so nice to scrap family traditions isn't it!

D-lish products used:

thanks for popping by today