Sunday, February 16, 2020

XOXO | The Cut Shoppe

Hi creative friends,

Today I have a new love themed layout created for The Cut Shoppe using the Love Ya cut file.

I cut the cut file design out of white textured cardstock and then backed the shadow parts with black cardstock. I then used a black pen to outline the outer edge and also the shadow pieces.



Love Ya

Going through my stash of bits and pieces of love collections I found I had lots of things with the XOXO on to add to my page. These were mostly from the Hello Love and Main Squeeze collections by Crate Paper. 

I adhered the XOXO to some red cardstock using some craft foam underneath the cut file to give some height and dimension. 


Over the top of the cut file, I layered lots of things like a pocket, some tags, a few stickers and some wood veneer hearts. 


The fabric X and O are from my stash and I layered a heart puffy sticker and a gold glitter sticker. The flair button on the left of my page is also from my stash and it goes perfectly as it is a bicycle with hearts in the top basket!


Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you to create a love themed layout and to check out all the gorgeous cut file designs in the shop!

Happy creating!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

XOXO | Bohemian Dream and Wild At Heart Collections | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi creative friends!

 As Valentine's Day is fast approaching I decided to create a Iove-themed layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using both the Bohemian Dream collection and the Wild At Heart collection. I love how these two gorgeous collections combine together!

I cut out the XO twice from the Colour Me Happy cut file set using white cardstock. Once cut, I backed it with the 'B' side of the Fussy Cuts paper from the Wild at Heart collection. I placed some craft foam under the cut file and adhered it to a 6.5' x 12' piece of the 'B' side of the Abundant paper from the Bohemian Dream collection. I then adhered the whole piece to the Gypsy Heart paper that I chose for my background, this piece is also from the Bohemian Dream collection.

My photo is a fairly recent one of myself and my hubby chilling out on some deck chairs, its not often that he will get in photos with me so when I can a snap some selfies! Under the photo, I layered a piece from the Beautiful Mess paper and one of the die-cut frames from the Wild At Heart ephemera pack. I then tucked my photo and layers into the left side of the bottom XO and also having the top 'X' overlap onto the photo.

On the top 'O' I added the round purple sticker from the Bohemian Dream Accessory sticker sheet and also added one of the Wild At Heart flairs to the centre of the sticker. On the other 'O' I added one of the die-cuts from the Bohemian Dream ephemera pack. To the right of the top 'XO' I added one of the tags and arrows from the Wild at Heart ephemera pack. Lastly, I added some of the wood veneer hearts also from Wild At Heart and some of the white and black phrase stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I do hope you can take some inspiration from my layout today.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Play | The Cut Shoppe

Hi creative friends,

Today I am sharing a new back to school themed design team layout for The Cut Shoppe using one of the Freebie Friyay cut files called Uncharted Territory.  


Uncharted Territory

I cut out the design from white textured cardstock and then chose some older coloured papers by Bella Blvd to back the cut file with. I used red on the very outside, then came in to yellow and then used the light blue/aqua colour in the centre.  Once the cut file was backed I adhered it to the centre of another piece of textured white cardstock.

I matted my photo using a star paper and adhered it slightly to the right of the design. I didn't want to cover up all the blue from backing the cut file. I added the strip of paper with the apples under my photo, I then used this as a place to adhere my acrylic title 'Play'. 

I used a mixture of embellishments including a felt bow, stickers, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, die-cuts, enamel dots and shapes, a flair button and wood veneer.  I placed the felt bow under the apple paper strip, I love that pop of yellow here. Over to the right of my photo, I placed the backpack die-cut and then layered a Back to School flair button over the top. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Make sure to check out The Cut Shoppe store for amazing cut file designs for all types of projects!

Happy creating!

Monday, January 27, 2020

I Am An Aussie | Pretty Little Studio

Hi creative friends!

Happy Australia Day!

Today I am sharing a new design team layout created for Pretty Little Studio I was asked to create something in honour of Australia Day!

I went through all my Pretty Little Studio goodies and pulled anything that was red and blue. Red, white and blue are the colours of our flag however our traditional colours are green and gold. As I don't have much in the way of green and gold to scrap with, I decided to go with the flag colour scheme for my layout today. I layered one of the dark navy papers from the Document Life collection, a paper doily from my stash and and one of the bookmark pennants underneath my photo.

I knew that I wanted to use both the mini and the larger red letter stickers from the XOXO collection to make up my title, I added these to the bottom of the paper, I like how the title pops off the darker paper. I also added the 'Having a Blast' phrase die-cut just above the title, it went perfectly there.

I pulled out the 'Best of Times' die-cut from the Document Life collection and added it overlapping onto the left of my photo. I also added a fabric star embellishment and a flair button from my stash. I just love how it looks under the word cut outs that I layered on the top. I absolutely love the cork arrows from the Ain't Life Grand collection, this was my very last one. Pretty sure they are no longer being made :( Thankfully I still have some cork hearts left!! Lastly I scattered a few star stickers in red and blue around and also stamped the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Thursday, January 23, 2020

Back To School | You Rock Collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi creative friends!

Today I have a Back To School themed layout to share with you created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I have used mostly the awesome 'You Rock' collection along with a few bits from 'Made of Awesome' and 'Totally Rad'!

I started out by cutting the Back To School title cut file design from The Cut Shoppe using white cardstock, I then picked some papers from the You Rock, Made of Awesome, Totally Rad and Colour Me Happy collections and backed them all behind the letters in the title. I love how all the papers look behind the title. Once the letters were all backed, I adhered it to the 'In Line' paper from the You Rock collection. I added a photo each of my sons on their first day back to school last year. I was lucky with the design in that it was suited to 2 photos either side of the word 'To.  

I added a variety of embellishments including accessory stickers, a rubber charm, wood veneers, wood buttons, a flair button, a die-cut and chipboard stickers from the various boy collections mentioned above. The wood buttons I added to the centres of the letter 'C' in the words 'Back' and 'School'. The 100% Awesome sticker in the centre of the 'O' in 'To' I popped up with craft foam for some dimension. I just love the world globe die-cut from the Totally Rad collection, it was perfect for my school themed layout!

The star underneath the star flair button, I fussy cut out of one of the papers from the Made Of Awesome collection. I like how it it looks underneath the star flair which is also from the Made Of Awesome collection.  I just love the rubber charms from the You Rock collection, I added the one that says 'So Much Fun' to the top of the 'B' in the word 'Back'. To finish, I added some of the phrase stickers from the 'You Rock' accessory sticker sheet to the middle of the 'A' in the word 'Back' and I also stamped the date stamp at the bottom of the '2 Cool' sticker. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired by my layout in some way! Be sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store for all the amazing collections available!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sweet Summer Time | The Cut Shoppe

Hi creative friends,

Today I am sharing a layout created for The Cut Shoppe

I used the Sweet Summer Time freebie cut file that was included in the June 27th 2019 newsletter. 



I cut the cut file design out from white cardstock and then backed the title parts with 2 different patterned papers from the Sunny Days 6' x 8' pad. I used the pink in 'Summer' to make it stand out just a little bit more. For the spikes of the sun, I chose a yellow paper from the 6' x 8' paper pad.  

Once it was all backed, I adhered it down to another piece of white cardstock. I then matted my photo with another of the 6' x 8' papers and adhered it to the bottom right of my page. I then started to embellish using chipboard pieces, die-cuts and stickers and puffy stickers.

The 'Vacay Vibes' die-cut piece was perfect underneath the 'Time' word and I just had to add the teal coloured chipboard car here too! A few of the other chipboard embellishments I added are the shell on the left, the heart at the top and the 'Sunkissed' piece right at the top too. 

Make sure to check out The Cut Shoppe store for amazing cut file designs to enhance any project!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy creating!


Thursday, January 9, 2020

The City Of Love | More Than Words Collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi there creative friends!

 Today I am sharing a new layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the stunning More Than Words collection

This week the design team were asked to create a project all about holidays and vacations. I have had some of my Paris holiday photos printed for some time so I choose 3 of my favourite to feature on my layout today.

I wanted to highlight the middle photo a little more so I raised it up off the page by adding a small chipboard frame underneath it and also added one of the black chipboard hearts to the photo. The other two photos I adhered flat to the paper, however I tucked in one of the tabs to the left and one of the small journal spots to the right.  

My title is actually made up of the black letter stickers from the Made of Awesome collection and the 'Love' is one of the black chipboard titles from the More Than Words collection. I absolutely LOVE the vellum flowers in this collection and almost used a whole pack of them just on this layout! They were perfect tucked in either end of my photo cluster. I did add a few of the die-cut ones too for some pops of colour. 

The XOXO flair was perfect to go with the 'City of Love' theme of my layout, I added it to the end of the 'Love' word. The 'Remember This' banner I popped up and placed above the 'Love' word. I added lots of words and phrases suited to our trip to Paris. I used accessory stickers, die-cuts and cut apart paper for this. To finish off, I added some of the super cute heart enamel shapes. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this gets you inspired to create a holiday themed layout using one of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio pretty girly collections!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Dec 25 | The Cut Shoppe

Merry Christmas creative friends!

 Today I am sharing a new Christmas layout created for The Cut Shoppe using the 12 Days of Christmas 'Dec 25' freebie!

The Dec 25 freebie...find all the 12 Days of Christmas cut files in the store here

I decided on a red, black and white colour palette for this layout, I am not normally a plaid person but I love how the red and black plaid looked backed in the '25'. I decided on the pretty black floral for the 'Dec'.

Once I had backed the entire cut file, I added craft foam underneath and popped it up on to the small back spot paper. I often pop up cut files from the background paper to allow for tucking in embellishments as well as layering them on top of the cut file.

I added my photo on top of the '5' and layered a black doily and one of the frames from the collection. I added some wood veneer embellishments as well as die-cuts and stickers to finish off my page. Overall this layout came together pretty quickly once I had my cut file backed and ready to go.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I do hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Christmas with your loved ones!

Happy creating!

Monday, December 23, 2019

2019 Favourites | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi creative friends!

 Today I am sharing some of my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio layouts from 2019. 

First up is this one I created recently using some of my last pieces of the gorgeous Tis the Season collection that I had been holding on to! This layout is one of my favourites because it has lots of my favourite things included on it, a photo of my boys, Christmas, a cut file, machine stitching and I also love the super cute shaker pocket that I filled with lots of the sequins from this collection.

Thankfully I can now have an endless supply of this stunning collection with the release of this collection in digital format! Never have to run out of it again! You can get your hands on the Tis the season digital collection in the Cocoa Vanilla store here


My next favourite is this one I created using the amazing Unforgettable collection. I just Love all the florals in this collection and the colour palette is so beautiful too. I chose this one as a favourite because I love the design and how the soft colours of the collection make the darker black and white photo really pop. I also love all the layers of florals, papers and embellishments. The gorgeous foam titles in this collection are awesome to use too and the re-introduction of the bitty bows and tassels makes my bow heart happy! 



Of course there has to be a boy themed layout in the mix having 2 sons and a husband! I used the awesome You Rock collection and used a sketch as inspiration to create my layout about my eldest son and hubby. 
This layout is a favourite because I love the simple design and that I was able to use up some of my stash of the You Rock collection. The You Rock collection is probably my favourite Cocoa Vanilla boy collection. Unfortunately there are not too many pieces left from this collection and as yet its not a digital collection so if you have some left, lucky you!


Last but not least is this pretty layout using the stunning Happiness collection. This layout is one of my favourites because I absolutely LOVE the Happiness collection! This collection gets my colour loving heart skipping a beat! I mean just look at those stunning colours!!
I love that I was able to include lots of the different papers and I also fussy cut the colourful butterflies and scattered them around the layout.
Its also one of my favourite layouts because of the photo I added to the page, this photo features some of my people and they include boss lady Zoe, fellow team member and good friend, Sue and her gorgeous sister Mandy as well as former team member, Raquel and another friend Amy. I love spending time with 'my people' who get my passion for creating with pretty things!


Thank you so much for all your support this past year! I hope I inspired you in some way?!
Wishing you and your families all a very safe and Merry Christmas, I hope you get to spend time with the people you love the most and cherish those times with them. 

All the best for a prosperous new year!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

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