The great outdoors | Great Escape | Josefine Van der Hoeven

Hello Paperlovers,

and welcome to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog! I’m so glad you’re here seeking new scrapbook inspiration and are curious about the fantastic new collection called “Great Escape.” Today, I’m excited to share how I was inspired by the June challenge. I love stars, so I dove into fussy cutting and had a blast creating this layout.


First, I began by selecting a sheet of patterned paper filled with stars and cutting out each one. For the background, I opted for a crisp white 12×12 cardstock to make the stars pop. Using my electronic cutting machine, I cut a circular frame, which I placed in the center of the white cardstock. To add a subtle touch of detail, I stitched a delicate white border around the circle.


Next, I adhered my photo partially onto the circular frame, using patterned paper as a backdrop to give it an extra layer of interest. With the photo in place, it was time to arrange all those carefully cut stars. I wanted to create a playful and dynamic effect, so I scattered the stars around the photo and the circular frame, using 3D foam to lift them off the page slightly. This gave the layout depth and a fun, interactive feel. Once the stars were securely in place, it was time to add the title. I chose the elegant black titles from the collection, placing the title right in the center of the circle. The bold, stylish lettering contrasted beautifully with the white background and colorful stars, making the title stand out prominently.

To finish off the layout, I added some splatters of blue distress ink. This little touch brought a sense of whimsy and tied the entire composition together. I let the ink dry naturally, which added a bit of texture and dimension to the page.



By focusing on the star theme and using techniques like fussy cutting and layering with 3D foam, this layout captures the essence of adventure and exploration that “Great Escape” embodies. Whether you’re documenting outdoor memories or simply love celestial designs, this collection offers endless possibilities for creative expression. Don’t forget to join in on the challenges and share your creations with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio community—we love seeing what you come up with! Until then, enjoy scrapping and making memories.

XoXo, Jo