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About Amanda-Jayne Baldwin

Amanda is an Australian papercrafting and mixed media artist. She is a children's Art Educator for Little Picassos, and is also on a number of scrapbooking and papercraft Design Teams. Basically not a day passes where she is not busy in the studio creating something, and that's just the way she likes it!

Remember | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-11-08T22:34:16+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and I am SO excited to be sharing my take on pink OR blue theme week! Both of these colours are divine – but one of them is my all time favourite!

I am still swooning over the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection, and just had to use it for today’s layout. It’s just so dreamy and divine!

Here’s what I’ve created,

“Remember”

Oh isn’t this pretty?!!! And no surprises, I chose to use blue for my layout! Did you know it’s my favourite colour? lol!

There are a couple gorgeous hues of blue in the Bohemian Dream collection, & I decided to feature both of them in this sweet page. There’s that delicate, pastel aqua, as well as that super pretty royal blue.

My layout begins with that sensational stripe pattern, CV-BD005 DREAMER.

I just adore this shade of blue, and with it’s watercolour appearance – well, let’s just say it’s a sure favourite of mine! LOVE it! To really draw your eye into my page, I use a central focal point design for my photograph. The VELLUM & DIE CUT EPHEMERA wreath also serves as a border for my sweet layered photo! And those layers! Well, aren’t they something?! That’s exactly why I LOVE the new 6 x 6 PAPER PAD – it has so many uses and is perfect for layering!

Let’s take a closer look….

That wreath is SO pretty! I’ve combined those incredible watercolour leaves and intricate butterflies from both the DIE CUT EPHEMERA & VELLUM ACCENTS packs, as well as those sweet ENAMEL SHAPES. Being selective to only use those with blue tones. To further establish the love of blue, I have also added a very soft and delicate mixed media base within the wreath. The 11 inch square white cardstock base really emphasises the colours and again, draws you into my layout.

I have used a black and white photo for my layout because it lends itself to the colour palette beautifully.  And just how divine is that photograph? I have double framed it to really focus in on that sweet moment…..

Beautiful, indeed!

My photo is layered onto a few of the blue patterned 6 x 6 PAPER PAD papers, and then framed with the distressed timber frame DIE CUT, which I then double up on with matching CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER frame. The frames also mimic the jetty and shapes formed within my photograph. Everything so carefully positioned, to create a sense of unity within the design. The frame is then embellished with an ENAMEL SHAPE, DIE CUT sentiment & another CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER. Central to it all is that gorgeous layered butterfly. It’s another of those fabulous CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS with a DIE CUT simply added over the top of it! Such a simple idea, but adding such dimension!

You’ll then spot that incredible CHIPBOARD TITLE STICKER, ‘Remember’. I love that these chippies are bare, and can be hand coloured to suit your needs. I gave mine the blue treatment with some of the paints I used to create that soft background with. I also dove into my stash and used a butterfly punch to cut out a few tiny cardstock butterflies. One is positioned beneath the edge of my title and the others within my wreath design. They just help to break up all the blue, and add a lil interest.

For finishing touches, more ENAMEL SHAPES, a lil cotton floss thread & that FLAIR BUTTON. Who doesn’t love a good flair?! And at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, the flairs are always so beautifully coordinated and designed with the collection in mind. Absolute perfection!

And there you have it!

Sweet. Simple. Understated.

But oh so Beautiful!!!

Hope you feel inspired to seek out the blue (or even the pink) tones in your Bohemian Dream stash!

Need more Bohemian Dream? Visit our online store HERE before it’s all sold out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

 

 

Dream BIG | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-10-20T21:04:16+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here with another dreamy scrapbook page with the stunning Bohemian Dream collection! And when I say dreamy, I am talking all things soft, sweet & pastel! Think dream catchers, big dreams and a dreamy colour combination too! Here’s what I’m talking about…..

“Dream BIG”

Oh swoon! This truly is such a divine collection to create with! So many beautiful details!

You’ll see that I have been inspired by the dreamcatchers, sweet birds & feathers for this gorgeously girly layout of my darling daughter. I have even created my own arrow embellishment from CHIPBOARD STICKERS, a wooden skewer, twine, feathers & a VELLUM ACCENT feather too! SO pretty! Lots of lovely layers and dreamy mixed media too!

My layout begins with the reverse sides of pattern papers CV-BD003 ABSTRACT, & CV-BD008 KALEIDOSCOPE. I love the ombre purple, & who can go past distressed, white woodgrain patterns?!! Just divine!

I then move straight onto those incredible CHIPBOARD STICKERS as my feature title, using the dreamcatcher chippy to center it all. Here’s a closer look for you…..

Oh my heart! It just doesn’t get much prettier than this! Just look at the fine details on that dreamcatcher! As well as centering my title, that dreamcatcher also acts as an anchor for my beautiful photograph!

My photograph has a couple of lovely layers beneath it. First you’ll see that awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio Geo Heart Cut File which has been paper pieced with the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD (using the reverse side of the GYPSY HEART pattern paper). Beneath the cut file is a beautiful mixture of purple and berry watercolours and mists. I have applied them using the packaging technique, and gentle splattering. To compliment the mixed media, and bring further attention to my photo, I have added those glossy ENAMEL SHAPES – love!!!

Here’s another view for you….

Gah! So delicate & divine!

I then embellish on and around my photograph with ACCESSORY STICKERS, and more CHIPBOARD STICKERS. Those polka dot hearts are the cutest, and those birds!!! All the heart eyes!

Supporting my photo is my handmade embellishment – a boho arrow which doubles up as a mobile to suspend those DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers from. Let’s take a better look….

So simple, and yet so effective!

To create my boho arrow I attached a CHIPBOARD STICKER arrow to a wooden skewer, and hot glued a few craft feathers to the end. I then wrapped mutli coloured twine around the skewer (including the joins) and threaded my VELLUM ACCENT feather into the end also. I used a sewing needle to thread my DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers onto individual twine strings, and then attached them to the arrow. For finishing touches I embellished the arrow with the memories sentiment and add another sweet chippy heart to hold the center string in position. I complete my layout with more ENAMEL SHAPES & another fabulous sentiment sticker…..

Bohemian Dream is truly ALL the pretty things!!! I hope you have enjoyed viewing my dreamy project today, and feel inspired to get creating with Bohemian Dream too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 

 

 

 

Beautiful Dream | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-10-12T13:46:43+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Cut Files|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and oh me, oh my! I am SO excited to be sharing my very first Design Team layout with the gorgeous NEW Bohemian Dream collection! This line is so incredibly pretty – I am truly in floral paper heaven! So for this week’s theme post, “What’s your style?” I have tried to keep to my feminine and pretty side. You’ll spy lots of those blooms – because we all know that I just heart #alltheflorals, as well as a Cocoa Vanilla Studio cut file and a soft mixed media background. I tend to always have a ‘clean’ look when it comes to mixed media, and just love to play with colour. I hope my layout inspires you!

Here’s my gorgeously girly installment…..

“Beautiful Dream”

Oh swoon! This collection is SO divine!!!

For my layout today, I’ve been totally inspired by Boho dream catchers and the cascading gardens in my photograph.

I start with the reverse side of pattern paper CV-BD001 ABUNDANT, and layer it with 11 x 11″ white cardstock.

I have used the Geo Heart Cut File from the Colour Me Happy collection, and backed it with the 6 x 6 Paper Pad floral paper, ABUNDANT. The heart is then supported by blooms and leaves from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA & VELLUM ACCENTS pack, and then embellished with the sentiment CHIPBOARD STICKERS.

The heart is positioned onto that stunning mixed media background, which was created with the packaging technique and lots of tiny brush splatters.  Those super pretty watercolours compliment the DIE CUT blooms perfectly!

Let’s take a closer look…….

And I must make mention of those VELLUM butterflies! Aren’t they something?!! Every element of Bohemian Dream is so exquisitely crafted and timeless in its beauty!

It’s no secret that I love #allthefloralthings but Bohemian Dream takes floral prettiness to a whole new level! Those watercolour blooms and leaves are incredible!

Even the ENAMEL SHAPES coordinate beautifully!!! Sooooooo gorgeous!

I love how I’ve encouraged the cascading vines / leaves to lead your eye into my sweet photo…..

Isn’t this a lovely photo of my daughter?! Such a beautiful memory captured here.

I have double mounted my photo using the 6 x 6 Paper Pad for added impact. I am absolutely loving the release of the 6 x 6 Paper Pad – it’s perfect for all those smaller details!

To complete my layout, I have used another heart and vines combination to center the design, and provide balance to the page. Such a beautiful layout for my daughter’s album!

I hope you feel inspired by my ‘my style’ page, & are ready to create with Bohemian Dream!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, it means so much!

til  next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

Hello Awesome | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-09-22T14:15:09+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Welcome back for more You ROCK inspiration with Amanda!

Today I am sharing a simple, ‘less is more’ kind of a page, with a real emphasis on my photograph! Hope you like it!

Here’s my layout,

“Hello Awesome”

Hello Awesome, indeed! What a cutie!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, my sweet boy is known as our Mister A for Awesome. So that WOOD VENEER SHAPES title is a perfect match & descriptor!

With such an adorable photo, it was important to keep it as the real focus of my scrapbook page. I’ve opted for a simple vertical design for my layout, centering my photograph to draw your eye in! The colours and textures are drawn from my photo too – so lots of warmth and wooden accents over my white cardstock base.

The woodgrain pattern paper, (reverse side) CV-YR008 PLUS ONE, has been rotated so that the grain follows the same direction as the tree trunk in my photo. It is then paired with the reverse sides of pattern papers, CV-YR001 STARSHINE  & CV-YR002 IN LINE The deep blue pulls from Mr A’s jumper colour, and the warm yellows play on the Autumn/Fall leaves at the base of the photo. Simple, but so effective!

Let’s take a closer look…..

Starting from the top and working down the page, I have that divine woodgrain pattern as the base.  I have added a subtitle with that super cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA Limited Edition and mounted this on foam tape for extra dimension & interest.

 I have positioned an ACCESSORY STICKERS tag beneath my photo, and veneer hello to break up the wooden elements and add a spot of colour. A few scattered ENAMEL SHAPES complete the top section of my design.

Travelling down, we have the second and third layer of pattern paper trim, as well as my layered photograph….

Omgoodness! This photo is truly cuteness overload! I love that I managed to capture such a natural look with the light in his eyes, and the dirt on his cheek! So super cute!

But enough of that, let’s get back to the layering beneath the photo!

You’ll notice that I double up on the bunting flag ACCESSORY STICKERS  to create a sense of symmetry to photo placement, so yes, it is two sheets of ACCESSORY STICKERS to create this look (but honestly, I go through two to three sheets of stickers every collection, so no drama to have an extra sheet on hand to recreate this look, right? ) 😉

Where did I get that stunning yellow striped paper I hear you ask? Good question. Firstly, it isn’t paper. It’s a DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame. And secondly, I snipped it into half and attached each piece to the underside of my photo to create the illusion of a new pattern paper. Such a cool trick when you’re working with a distinct colour palette and need another pattern paper option!

As we approach the base of my scrapbook layout, the yellow ephemera arrows direct your attention to the second half of my WOOD VENEER SHAPES title…..

Totally awesome! And how about that FLAIR BUTTON?!! That crown on the top is such a cool detail for my lil man! More scattered ENAMEL SHAPES embellish the page, and then I have a  1/2 inch paper strip of reverse side CV-YR002 IN LINE on the very bottom of the layout.  To keep with the vertical and balanced look, the paper strip is adorned with a WASHI TAPE STICKER and a finishing touch ACCESSORY STICKER – Officially Amazing in the center.

And there you have it! A clean, simple look with lots of impact!

I do hope that my layout has inspired you today!

I LOVE the You ROCK collection – it really is perfection for scrapping the boys!

Be sure to get yours here before it’s all gone!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

 

 

Rad Boy | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-09-10T20:59:00+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

It’s stickers theme week, and boy-oh-boy do I have a fun You ROCK layout to share with you today! I have this super cute photo of my boy, aka the Rock Star, that was just perfect for today’s share! If you love scrapping the boys, or are just looking for more masculine layout inspiration, then today’s post is for you! Here’s my cool scrapbook page,

“Rad Boy” 

Isn’t this striking, and oh-so much FUN?!! I love the colour and pattern combinations in this design! And let’s not forget all those fabulous stickers!!! So much awesome here, and that pie chart cut file (from Paper Issues) really lets those pattern papers shine against that CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY background paper. Love it!

Let’s take a closer look at it all….

How cool are those FLAIR BUTTONS?!! I love the senitments – Boys Rule, BOOM!!! Such a perfect match for my Mister A for Awesome! And while they’re not officially a ‘sticker’ as such, they are still the best dimensional stick-on embellishment for masculine layouts! My faves! But today is all about the stickers so let’s here it for those amazing ACCESSORY STICKERS and CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS! Yes! They totally rock! To make mine stand out even more, I have positioned them inside their very own piece of the pie chart – very cool!!! I never tire of the typewriter font word stickers, and they’re perfect if you’re not a fan of your own handwriting too 😉 Here’s a better look at those incredible CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS ……

Aren’t they the coolest?!! Fun, bright, bold and striking! As well as highlighting them in their own ‘piece of pie’, the stickers are also mounted on varying pattern papers from the You ROCK collection! The blue chevron design of CV-YR009 GALACTIC (reverse side) really makes those white type font stickers ‘pop’! Similarly, the white base of ruled pattern paper, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY (reverse side)  really allows those cool blue chippy stickers to be the hero! In typical Cocoa Vanilla Studio fashion, everything coordinates so perfectly! LOVE it all!!!

Those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS are really something aren’t they? One In A Million indeed! And that arrow! You’ll also spy more fun arrows in pattern paper, CV-YR003 THIS WAY guiding your eye into my super cute boy photograph! Arrow-tastic!

And I can’t not mention those luscious layers beneath my photo…..

Ooooh! So much paper & sticker goodness here!!! You’ll spy layers of patterned papers, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY, and CV-YR006 RANDOM (both sides), as well as some fussy cut stars from CV-YR001 STARSHINE  In between those divine layers, are a few more super fun ACCESSORY STICKERS because, well,  you can never have too much awesomeness! A few super cute RUBBER CHARMS complete the layout, and wow! There you have it! What an impact stickers can have on your projects!

I hope my masculine take on this weeks Stickers Theme has inspired you to get creating!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

 

 

 

The Best | Hello Sunshine | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-08-16T22:36:32+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & I am super excited to share my take on this week’s  colour theme. There are so many ways to interpret this colour focus, but for me it had to be all about those happy hues in our gorgeous Hello Sunshine collection! The vibrancy of this collection has always made my heart sing & I hope my layout today brings you the same joy! But enough chatter, here’s my layout…..

“The Best Memories”

Isn’t this pretty?!! And whoa! Talk about all the colour!!! La la love it! This page was inspired by a sudden desire to fussy cut patterned paper CV-HS001 FULL BLOOM. The florals in this paper are just divine! I arranged mine in a crescent design, encapsulating my sweet photograph & then ‘built’ my page from there. To enhance those bright blooms, I created a watercolour ‘path’ for them to be arranged onto, focusing particularly on those sunset colours with a soft blue highlighter. I finished off my paint work with a few splatters too! This was tons of fun & I just love the end result! Let’s take a closer look……

Those fussy cut blooms are just so gorgeous, and make the perfect frame for my treasured photo! As well as that fabulous mixed media base, I have also added a mix of WOOD VENEER, ENAMEL SHAPES, PUFFY STICKERS, & WOODIES to that top cascading section – love it all! But that wooden button with the coordinating bloom on it is my favourite! I mean, seriously, could it get any more perfect for my layout design?! So awesome!

As you travel around my photo, you’ll also spy the introduction of FANCY BUTTONS, ACCESSORY STICKERS, & those super cute LITTLE HEARTS. I just adored the sentiment sticker, ‘The Best Memories Are Here’ that I chose to mount it on double thick foam tape and use it as my title. As you travel down a lil further, you’ll spot those blooms (& leaves) in WOOD VENEER form – so good! Here’s another view for you…..

Gah! SO much pretty here! And oh, that puffy heart!!!

Speaking of puffy stickers, I use ‘the best’ as my finishing touch to this sweet page….

Just beautiful! I have really enjoyed re-visiting the Hello Sunshine collection – it’s so pretty!

I hope you feel inspired to get creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio & colour this week!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

Love You | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-08-06T21:45:59+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Cut Files, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here and I have a gorgeous floral layout to share with you today!

I just adore florals, and the ones in the Wild At Heart collection just make me swoon!!! SO pretty!

But enough chatter, here’s what I’ve created….

“Love You”

Told you those florals were pretty!!! No fancy layout design required when the papers are this gorgeous! Let’s take a closer look………

Simple. Beautiful. And just oh-so stunning! Wild At Heart really has my heart!

I have used my favourite floral pattern paper, CV-WH009 MEMENTO, for the base of my layout, and used it’s coordinating CHIPBOARD FRAME to enhance my sweet photograph! You’ll also spy floral paper,CV-WH007 GROW WILD as the pretty backing to that ‘string art’ dream catcher cut file. I selected this paper as it has a #samebutdifferent look to the MEMENTO paper, and it coordinates beautifully! The center heart is pieced with the B-side of pattern paper CV-WH001 LUSCIOUS – so pretty, and it really pops against the indigo blue! Here’s a closer view…..

I just love that dream catcher cut file! I have made it appear as string art, by cutting the mosaic lines thinner, & connecting these ‘strings’ with ENAMEL DOTS (SPARKLES) beads. I have added a soft mixed media element beneath the dream catcher with watercolour splatter, and finished it all off with a sweet ‘Wild at Heart’ CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER. * Please note: This cut file is  one I have edited from the Silhouette Store. *

I have positioned my photograph cluster just over the right side of the dream catcher, to enhance the connection and flow through my design….

To avoid ‘blending’ my frame into the dream catcher, I have layered the LUSCIOUS paper beneath my framed photo to add warmth and contrast. There’s also two cuts from CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS paper in this layering, as well as a delicate doily (from my stash). That gorgeous CHIPBOARD FRAME is also embellished with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA banner, so lovely!

Speaking of lovely, how about that LOVE YOU title?!!

The CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title is just divine! I have also embellished it with a super cute FLAIR BUTTON that appears to have a similar pink ‘wash’ look to it, which also coordinates with the soft mixed media element of my page too!

When it comes to florals, and all the pretty things, Wild At Heart is definitely my go to collection! So very beautiful and perfect for memory keeping my sweet girl!

Hope my layout has inspired you today!

Thanks so much for visiting!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

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