We are very excited to welcome special guest Sheree Forcier to the SCT blog today! Sheree’s clean designs with pretty colours and plenty of white space “wow” us every time we see them, and today Sheree is sharing a gorgeous layout in her beautiful style, using a new collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Let’s take a look and get some expert tips from Sheree, too!


Hi everyone!  I’m Sheree Forcier and I’m thrilled to be here on the SCT Magazine blog as a guest designer! Today I have a fun, summery layout to share with you featuring the fresh new Sunkissed Collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Supplies | Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers: Sunkissed Collection by Cocoa Vanilla; Cardstock: American Crafts; Ink:  VersaFine Clair Nocturne by Tsukineko; Other: typewriter, sewing machine, white tag, thread, twine, foam adhesive, date stamp

I recently came across an older photo of my kids enjoying the water during school holidays and I knew that this collection would be absolutely perfect for documenting this memory.  

I cut my white cardstock to 10.5 inches wide and backed it with blue “Bright Side” paper which gave a nice border on each side of the page.  I also added a strip of the cloudy “Just Chillin’” paper tucked under both sides of the white cardstock to add a hint of light blue before adding some machine stitching.  

TIP: Using a denim needle in your sewing machine makes it easier to stitch through multiple layers.

Now that my background was done, it was time for the fun part: the photo and embellishments!  I decided on a vertical arrangement down the middle of the page. This allowed for lots of white space and draws the eye from the top to the bottom of the page where all the action is. I love how the colours in this collection really pop against the white background!

I chose some of my favourite die cuts, foam stickers, and phrase stickers from the collection then arranged them cascading down the top half of the page, slightly overlapping them as I went. I also used foam adhesive behind the top of each one to give some dimension to each piece. Stitching was added to the phrase stickers for added texture.

To frame my 4 x 3-inch photo, I fussy cut two floral clusters from the gorgeous “Growing Wild” paper and layered them together using more foam adhesive.  I stamped the date onto the date sticker from the sticker sheet and tucked it under the right side of the photo. 

I typed my journaling text onto a white tag, stitched around the tag to add some texture, added some twine then tucked it under the left side of the photo. 

TIP:  To make it easier to type onto a small tag or die cut using a typewriter, attach it to a larger piece of cardstock using washi tape at the top and bottom to hold it in place.

I placed my title under the photo using the glittery foam title stickers from the collection. I stitched across another phrase sticker and layered it on top.  To finish it off, I added two die cut hearts and the banner at the bottom. 

TIP:  To add stitching to an individual sticker, adhere it to some white cardstock before running it through your sewing machine, then cut it out.

Have you tried an arrangement like this before? I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I put this layout together and that I’ve given you a few ideas to try on your next project. Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today!

I’m Sheree and I live on the Gold Coast in Australia with my husband and three teenage children.  Scrapbooking and papercrafting has been a big part of my life for the past 18 years or so and I love it now more than ever!  I’ve been involved in a variety of design teams and papercraft magazines over the years but I’m currently a member of the Felicity Jane, Kerri Bradford Studio and Echo Park Paper Co. creative teams.  I was also excited to be a recent guest on The Scrap Gals podcast. 

Find more of Sheree’s work here:  Instagram | You Tube.


What a gorgeous layout! Be sure to follow Sheree for more inspiration, including beautiful layouts, pockets, and more! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us, Sheree!