Wednesday, May 31, 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

Thursday, May 25, 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!!

Wednesday, May 24, 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

Friday, May 19, 2017


Hello fellow paper lovers,

I'm back today to share my latest creation for Cocoa Vanilla Studios.

With the release of the new You Rock collection, we are focusing this week on the boys in our life, so how could I not scrap a page of my darling husband. ((Yes, another silly snap, this time on a quick coffee date.))

The idea for this page began with a grid design.  I have always loved these as they are such a great way to start a page, especially when you are not 100% sure of what direction to go in.  I began by cutting 8 squares all 3.5-inch x 3.5-inches.  I chose the circular design of the 'Stripped' paper for three of the squares, the white side of the 'Experimental' paper for two more and the blue side of this paper for 2 more squares.

I have mounted these onto the 'Night Sky' paper into 3 rows.  I even placed a square in the very centre as at this stage I wasn't sure where I wanted my photo mat.  I love the lines in the background, they remind me of notebook paper from school.  Next, I knew I wanted to fill in the 2 left over spaces of my grid. For the lower one I chose a blue frame from the chipboard stickers and for the top right-hand side, I chose a large circular piece from the ephemera pack.  

Every collection, Zoe wow's us with her die cut ephemera packs and this one is no exception!  I've used the large piece that says 'You are my WORLD" as part of my title and so many other bits and pieces in this layout.  I love how it's circular shape highlights the circles in the paper design.  This gave me the idea to add a few more!! I added a larger circle to the left of my photo and 2 smaller ones to the bottom right-hand corner of my photo.  I also added here a star cut from the 'Random' paper.

Next, I went about adding another layer of squares, overlapping the background grid.  I have used my photo mat as the largest of these and then added 2 more chipboard frames to round out the design.  I then went about filling in the spaces using ephemera, more chipboard pieces, Accessory Stickers, Wood veneer and a flair.

The 'hello' piece from the wood veneer set became the beginning of my title.  The natural colour of the wood coordinated really well with the yellow hints I was picking up in my photo so no need to add anything, just glue and go.  Next, I had to add some of the Rubber Charms!!  I completely forgot I was supposed to be hoarding these and added 3 in total, don't you just love love love them!

Last but not least, I added a flair from the flair pack and the layout was done.
With so many fun elements in this collection,  there really is something for everyone and I have so enjoyed creating with it!  If you haven't seen the collection yet, be sure to check it out!

Until next time

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"So Thankful" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Another layout to share with you today for D-lish Scraps.  After the divine Inspiration board for this month was revealed,  I was inspired to use a similar combo again for this layout. I went with Grey, Yellow and Pink this time rather than the Melon shade and I love the results.  I am always so blown away by the unique colour combos our Boss Lady Amanda comes up with for the kits and they are always so inspiring to work with.

I have been seeing a lot of beautiful layouts lately using the "Shorelines Script" font and I just HAD to get my hands on it!  I managed to find it at so I downloaded it and was able to use it with my Silhouette to cut out the title for this page.  I started by cutting out the word "thankful" 6 times, 3 in white card stock and 3 others in shades of yellow and pink.

Next, I pulled out my mists and did a little splattering up and down the centre section of my card stock.  I knew I wanted a centred design for this one mainly due to the large photo I wanted to use of my sister and mum and the length of the words I had cut out.  I also used a little of the packaging technique in a really light shade of pink and yellow, I wanted this to be subtle.  I worked on my photo mat next, adding a few paper layers in pink, grey and yellow.  This allowed me to see where my photo would be placed in relation to the words I wanted to use.

Next, I went about layering up the words I had cut, layering a white one, then a pink or yellow one on top.  Once I was happy with the placement considering my photo mat, I stitched them down.  Next, it was time to add the "SO" part of the title, this was also cut from my Silhouette in a bold and simple font and was placed in the centre top part of my page.  With the bulk of the design done, it was now time to add in all the pretty elements.  

As soon as I saw these sparkly puffy hearts in the shop I snapped some up, so so pretty!  You can still get the Pretty in Pink Kit which includes one of these in each kit on the website.  Such a pretty kit.  I've also used Enamel Dots, D-lish Bows and a variety of Resin Flowers to finish.

I hope you all get a chance to play along with the Inspiration board this month and be sure to check out this months kit!

D-lish products used:

Puffy Hearts from the Pretty in Pink Kit

thanks for popping by today

Friday, May 5, 2017


Hello again Creative friends,

Here today to share another Cocoa Vanilla Studios layout, this time using up my stash of Totally Rad.  With the new release You Rock in stores soon, I thought NOW would be a great time to use up my stash ready for the shiny new things!  You will all know I'm not a big "boy" scrapper, but I do love this line as it has a softer feel than some other grungy style boy lines.  It's not crazy out of my style, but I promise not a flower in sight!

Now would probably be a good time to 'explain' this photo!! Hubby and I had just taken a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, which you can see me pointing to in the middle of the photo.  We were on a rare date - we don't get much time just the two of us (without Miss 10) so we were feeling a little silly and snapped this selfie!  It really does capture the crazy side of my man, which of course I love.  

The design of the page started with the Line Up paper, which I consider a great neutral and totally useable on pages of any type.  I love the bold lines and knew I wanted these to run lengthways across the background of my layout.  Next, I went about cutting a chevron cut file.  I found this one on the Silhouette website #55485.  This is a great file for using up paper scraps, you could mix and match any papers that you have left in this collection as they all work really well together.  Once cut, I arranged them in lines on my background alternating the Stellar paper and the Say What paper.   Once I was happy with the placement, I stitched them down with some gold thread, because who doesn't love gold thread right?? :)

Next, I knew I wanted to use the title "these are Good Times" from the Mix Tape paper so I fussy cut it out and mounted it onto a neutral part of that same paper.  I also fussy cut out the words "Love This" and "Crazy" as I thought they fit my photo really well.  It was then time to mount the photo, for this I've used plain white card stock from my stash.  Then I went about adding the title and photo onto my page. I did this first, as they were my two biggest elements and I wanted to be sure I had their placement right before adding my smaller embellishments.

Once the photos were locked in, it was time to add the other text elements including those I had cut in the step above.  I felt like my page needed a little more and when I saw the sticker "You have to be odd to be number one" from the Accessory Stickers sheet I just knew I had to add it!  I also found this cute AWESOME banner in the Wood Veneer,  as well as the star and man icons.  I've also added in some Woodies - I love these things and am so glad to see them in quite a few of the Cocoa Vanilla collections.  I went with 3 cluster groups to round out the design and added some Enamel Shapes to finish.

So.. go on, pull out your left overs of Totally Rad and use them up, those shiny new things are not far away now!

Gwen xo

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May Inspiration Board for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all ready for a STUNNING D-lish Scraps Inspiration Board this month... It is called "Sunset Dreaming" and I love love love it!!

and here is my take...

I have quite a collection of vintage teacups - they are all trio sets with the cup and saucer and a sandwich plate.  My favourites are the English ones.  I've set about trying to photograph them all and get them on layouts.  I am a big tea drinker and I love that quote "First I drink the Tea, then I do the things" so true! lol

I so loved making this layout and went all out with paper layers and HELLO sequins!

Oh so many D-lish goodies on this layout... almost everything you see here!

I seriously think I could make a squillion layouts using these colours, so soft and pretty!  I'm sure the kits this month are going to fly out the door so be sure to be quick to get yours on release night.

thanks for popping by today