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About Raquel Bowman

Raquel is an Australian mummy to Charlotte and Jack, wife to Clint and an ‘obsessed with all things scrapbooking’ kind of girl! She is trained as a primary school teacher, but currently she's a Mummy by day and a scrapbooker by night! She loves spending time with her family, drinking coffee with friends, having creative time, a glass of wine at the end of a tough day and all things social media! Raquel is a lover of layers and clusters and enjoys adding little details to her pages while still maintaining white space, balance and a cleanliness to her layouts. She is lucky to design for online publication 'Jot Magazine' and was one of ten 'Scrapbooking Memories Magazine' Masters in Australia in 2014. 

Love You | One in a Million Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-09-21T00:34:23+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using the limited edition mini collection kit ‘One in a Million’ which is unfortunately now sold out in the CVS store. The theme on the blog this week is hearts and flowers so I have also featured the Colour me Happy cut files on this layout too.

Here is the layout I created:

Here is a process video for how this layout came together:

As you can see I have opted to create an 8.5×11″ layout. I have recently started experimenting with this size and am loving the change. The focus of the layout is a photo that I took of my kiddies just before Fathers Day. I wanted to get a photo of the kids together holding up the sign ‘Best Daddy Ever’ which I could then frame for my husband and give as a gift on Fathers Day. I decided that because this layout was essentially about their love for their dad I could add the flowers, hearts and pinks in; all the things we may think of when we think of love.

The heart cut file and blue banner piece are the main focal point which help draw your eyes to the photo. I backed the heart on the soft pink floral patterned paper. Because I have used a white card stock base I wanted to frame the layout in a coordinating paper. I chose the gorgeous grey and white spot which adds a nice soft touch to the layout while also providing some contrast.

I added clusters of layered embellishments to either side of the photo. I added a floral die cut from the cut file set and pink and red ephemera flowers. I love the pop that the red flowers bring to the page. To finish off that cluster I added a cute bow from the Love Always bits and pieces pack, the ‘xo’ from the Love Always veneer, and some enamel dots from older collections.

For the cluster on the right side of the photo I used the same products as well as a cute little banner attached to the top of the photo with a staple and secured again with a peg, also from the Bits and Pieces pack from Love Always.

Of course I had to add a layer of patterned paper and a doily behind my photo.

Although the layout has a row of horizontal embellishing either side of the photo I still consider this layout to be very much a vertical design. Below the blue banner I add the title which is ‘Love you’ again from the Love Always wood veneer pack. To finish the layout I add a small bit of journaling on a tab from the cut apart sheet and smaller embellishments like the button and enamel dots. I love those finishing touches.

I hope that you have been inspired by my post today. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about anything you see here, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or contact me via social media.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

Hello Amazing Kid | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-09-04T22:46:53+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the amazing You Rock collection. I feel like a broken record when I say how much I love creating with this collection for the everyday little moments and time of my little man, but it so so so true. I have created a lot of pages so far and can see a lot more ahead!

Here is the page I created:


Here is the process video for how this one came together:

I have been dabbling in 8.5×11″ size since taking a little break from crafting and I must say that for now I am loving the size. I feel like it has reignited that scrapping mojo which is pleasing for me too. For this layout I am documenting a cute lil picture of my boy when I happened to catch him trying on my glasses.

I decided to add a grounding piece of patterned paper down the left side of the page using the Plus One paper and a small thin strip of the Inline paper. I love the pop of yellow that the In Line paper brings. I then worked my embellishing on a diagonal from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Included in the embellishing is wood veneer, chipboard pieces and one of the rubber charms. I am on my second packet of the charms. I just love adding them to my pages.

The bottom right embellishment cluster has much of the same of the top left. However I also added a fussy cut star from the Starshine paper and some of the tiny word stickers from the sticker accessory sheet.

The title is made up of a Paper Issue ‘glasses’ cut file backed with white plain vellum, the wood veneer ‘hello’ and a tiny word sticker from the accessory sheet. I put a thin foam tape behind both the cut file and wood veneer to create a slight shadow and add a touch of dimension.

This layout also features some hidden journaling. I created my own tag using the Night Sky paper to add some typewritten journaling to. The design of the page didn’t leave me a whole lot of room to add a story, so a good alternative to just leaving it off is to create a tag and tuck it behind a layer or in this case the photo. Because the patterned paper had a notepad style design I just typed the journaling straight onto it rather than cutting it into strip form like I normally do.

To add another pop of colour to the page I added the This Way paper behind my photo. You may notice I always print my photos with a white border. So this allows me to add a printed design paper behind my photo without it being to overpowering.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. Thanks for stopping by!

Raquel x

Brave Little Dude | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-08-17T19:39:06+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone. It’s Raquel here today sharing a new layout for multi-photo week featuring the new You Rock collection. For the multi photo theme this week I challenged myself to include as many different photos of the subject of my layout as I could using a couple of different techniques.

The subject of my layout is my little man. Recently he had a little run in with his cubby house window and the ground. Let’s just say he likes to test boundaries all the time and unfortunately it didn’t go in his favour. A trip to the GP (doctor) resulted in him having a bandage on his head to stop the bleeding and assist the wound to heal. It looks like it was a lot more serious by the bandage on his head however it was covering approx a 1cm cut. This little man barely shed a tear and was so brave that I just had to document this moment in his life.

Here is the layout I created:

Initially when looking at the layout the main 4×6″ photo is the focal point of the photo. I matted the photo with the Night Sky patterned   paper and added some of the reverse side of the paper underneath also. Some ephemera finished this off.

What you can’t see in the pictures initially is all the hidden journaling and photos under this main 4×6″ photo. I created a flip album of sorts that contains many different photos taken to support this story. I really enjoyed playing with the papers and photos o wanted to add to create small flip pages that once all opened reveal hidden journaling.

Here is some close ups of those extra photos and the journaling.


As you can can see by creating this flip up I was able to add multiple photos to this page without overcrowding the initial design.

Another fun addition to the page that you may notice as well is the extra three photos on the bottom right of the page that I added in the form of the ‘photo negative strip’ from the ephemera pack. In previous layouts I had only used the negative strip pieces on ephemera packs as layering tools so it was fun to use it in its literal sense on a page. To print photos to fit I measured the negative space and then added that as a custom size in my photo printing software. Excitedly this worked and the photos fit perfectly. Not only was I able to add an extra few photos to the page but it also acted as a tool to balance the top heaviness of the top of the layout and the embellishing.

I tend to add some kind of repeated shape to a boy/masculine layout. On this page I chose stars and used them around the photo and then around the title area too.

I also added wood veneer in the three main clusters on the page. This compliments the wood pattern of the Plus One patterned paper.

The title of the page is ‘brave little dude’.  To create this title I used the typewritten words ‘brave’ and ‘little’ and then for ‘dude’ I backed a free cut file from the Paper Issues store with the Experimental patterned paper.

Here’s a quick little glimpse at how the hidden photos and journaling look and work on the page:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  I hope I have been able to show you some fun ways to include more photos on a single page layout.



Summer Days | Endless Summer Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-07-19T00:23:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout using the Endless Summer collection and the new freebie summer cut files available in the store here.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the cut files for this layout and delve back into my Endless Summer stash. It was the perfect opportunity to break it out again!

Here is the layout that I created: Summer Days

Here is the process of how the layout came together :

For the main element of the page I used the clouds in the cut file set with the word ‘summer’. I backed some of the clouds with the Blue Skies paper and the remaining with plain vellum. I also used a paper punch to punch out some extra smaller clouds.

I added a cluster of embellishments in the top left corner which had some of the clouds, and a couple of either mint or woodgrain pieces from the ephemera pack. I really wanted to challenge myself to stick to that colour palette on this page.

When adhering and grouping the cloud cut files I adhered them either with a foam tape, or a liquid adhesive direct to the page. I love how that brings a detail and dimension to such a simple idea.

My typewriter has been a little temperamental lately, but thankfully I managed to type with success my story on my layout. I really wanted to document this summer and what I think will be the beginning of a new summer tradition for us. I finished that journaled area off with more ephemera pieces. I thought the ‘memories are made of this’ sentiment was just perfect!

For the ‘summer’ title, which was cut on the Sweet Treats patterned paper, I added that to the page running along the bottom of my photo. The ‘days’ word from the ephemera pack was the perfect finish to the title, I was very excited when I saw it matched my colour palette and was able to nestle in perfectly underneath the die cut word.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout and process video featuring the free cut files and the endless summer collection. Being mid-winter here in Aus it was lovely to create a summer inspired layout and dream about the warm weather!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Raquel xxx

Beautiful | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-07-03T11:13:46+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today on the CVS blog sharing a layout with you featuring journaling. I love the theme for this week as it is something very close to my heart. When people ask me why I scrapbook the answer for me is pretty simple; to tell our stories. It is a goal of mine for my kiddies to grow up and to be able to enjoy and relive those everyday moments of their lives, how special is that? Of course, scrapbooking for me is a hobby too, my outlet as a Mumma and teacher that gives me that ‘me’ time I crave. If I was to look back over my pages it is clear that most of the time I add some form of journaling to my pages. The page I am sharing today is an example of how I typically will add my story; typewritten and in strip form.

Here is the page I am sharing with you all today. If you attended the recent Escape2Create retreat in Port Lincoln this page may look familiar as it was one of my classes I taught.

For this page I chose to feature the Colour Me Happy cut files with the Wild at Heart collection. I cut the heart to approx 8″ in size and backed it with the Luscious patterned paper. I loved the gradient look it brought and it gave it a varied effect without needing to back individual parts of the file.

I created clusters to either side of the photo, using fussy cut flowers from the remaining Luscious paper, chipboard stickers and ephemera. I also used the leaves from the cut file pack and backed them with vellum.

The cluster on the left side of the photo is made up of similar elements. I also cut the tiny flowers from the Grow Wild paper and added them to the clustered areas.

The photo is backed with the Grow Wild paper also and a doily which is something I add to most of my pages. I actually backed the whole layout in that paper and to maximise the paper I cut the centre out and used it on other parts of the page, rather than covering it all just for a bordered effect.

As the theme of this post is journaling I cannot forget to show you a detailed image of that. For the journaling I have used my typewriter and as I mentioned cut it into strip form, my favourite way of adding journaling to a page. For this particular journaling I will at times, when I don’t have a specific story to tell, adapt and use quotes from pinterest. The journaling on this page was a quote that I found on pinterest which I thought summarised my thoughts on these two kiddies perfectly.

The whole photo area was adhered in parts using a foam sheet or foam tape for the smaller embellishments. I love the dimension that it gives to a page and added detail. I added the chipboard word ‘beautiful’ as the title and finished the page with a few Gold Lame Heidi Swapp Colour Shine splatters.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope I have inspired you to begin adding your story to your pages.

Raquel x

Bloom | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-06-18T12:42:50+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, It’s Raquel here today sharing a layout with you as part of Seasons week here on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. For this layout today I was inspired by Spring flowers and have documented a little family day at a Lavender Farm where Charlotte enjoyed picking daisies in the field. The Wild at Heart collection was perfect for documenting this moment.

Here is the layout I created:

The main element of the page apart from the photo is the daisy cut file that I downloaded from the Silhouette store. I used the Memento paper to back the daisy flower heads –  I really wanted to incorporate the mustard colour from the collection onto this page so I stuck the cut file onto the flowers with that colour. I added the circle ‘wild at heart’ chipboard to mimic the flower centre. I also added a cluster to the top left of the page which incorporates a fussy cut butterfly (from the Mariposa paper).

The title is made up of a combination of embellishments; the wood veneer, the ephemera pack and a tiny word sticker from the Accessory stickers sheet. I added some finishing touches to the title area with some more veneer pieces, another fussy cut butterfly, and some enamel dots.

For the photo, I have layered it on top of the Luscious patterned paper and the Patchwork pattered paper. I love to add tabs to the top of or side of my photos. It it so easy to do this with a stapler and I like the detail it brings it too.

To frame the entire layout I have used the Luscious patterned paper. It gave it a nice finishing touch by bordering the entire thing. I also added some machine stitching around the edge too.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope you have been inspired by my layout.

Raquel xxx

You Rock | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-06-05T09:36:57+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using the new and amazing ‘You Rock’ collection. Of course I am taking full advantage of this masculine collection to get more layouts of my little man and his many stories complete. Have I said how much I love this collection yet?!? Seriously … in LOVE!

Anyways, for today’s layout my inspiration came from my photo and the story I wanted to tell. Recently my little man has made another big step in his little life and started wearing big boy undies and going to the toilet. No more nappies! So exciting. Each moment like this we reach is entered with a mixture of emotions, excited of course because he finally did it but sad too as he is getting more grown up by the day and I have a little babe no longer. He is certainly a big boy now! Of course I wanted to document this time in his album, and thought this photo would be a great way to tell the story.

The photo was just snapped when he was doing some painting out in my craft room in his top and jocks. He tended to have only his underwear on in the first week just so we could make those quick dashes to the loo. I just love the fact that technology now allows us to capture these small moments in our life quickly and effectively. As scrapbookers I appreciate that we actually print out our photos and tell these stories, I think we are part of a generation that doesn’t print and all the important little photos people take are stores on multiple hard drives and ‘clouds’. This hobby is just so special.

Anyways back to the layout. Here it is:

Here is the process video for how this layout came together:

For the foundation of my layout I have used a cut file I downloaded free from Paper Issues. It  looks like multiple ‘targets’ and made me think of Jack hitting the target and scoring a bulls eye so to speak; reaching another milestone. I backed a few of the segments of the cut file with patterned papers in the collection. I worked in my usual visual triangle in terms of design and backed the targets in that fashion also. I love the look of white on white when I use cut files so I wanted to keep the backing of the cut file minimal and just add pops of colour in certain sections. To add further texture I stitched through a few of the straight lines running through the file. I then bent some of those edges inwards to add dimension and shadow.

For the title of the page ‘you rock – you’re awesome’ I used a combination of the wood veneer and one of the amazing rubber charms. The rubber charm sat beautifully on top of the veneer and allowed me to add more detail to the title. I wanted to do some kind of altering to the wood veneer piece and ended up settling on backing the ‘rock’ section with the yellow side of the ‘inline‘ paper. I love the pop of yellow that brings and adore the look of natural veneer on my pages.

I also added some smaller embellishments to the left of the title. I kept the theme of stars within the embellishment clusters.

For the cluster on the top right corner of the page I used a star from the wood veneer pack, a fussy cut star from the Random patterned paper and the enamel shapes. When I add items like veneer to the page I like to repeat it in a couple more sections just to balance it out.

A big part of this layout as I mentioned above was the story that I wanted to tell. To add my journaling I have, like always, used my typewriter and added it in strip form to the page. I added it to the bottom right side – just to balance the heaviness of the title and the top right cluster.

A few more details of some tiny attacher staples and the layout was done.

I hope this layout has inspired you today. I am loving all the layouts that are being shared in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!

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