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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. 

Super Awesome | Bohemian Dream + You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-11-16T21:26:15+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, its Raquel Bowman here with you today sharing a new layout as part of ‘Pink or Blue?’ week. You will never believe what colour I chose to feature on my page today!

………………….. blue! Yep, I decided to go against my natural lean towards all things girly and create a blue layout featuring my little man. For this layout I chose to feature the blue toned papers and embellishments from both the new Bohemian Dreams collection and the You Rock collection too.

Here is the layout that I created:

I am documenting my little mans love of jigsaw puzzles on this one. He loves puzzles and he does them amazingly quick….sometimes I can be doing a puzzle with him and he places pieces together before I have even grasped what the piece was of.

Due to having a large title on the page, which I will share more about it below, I documented the story of Jack’s love for puzzles on tags I made using the CVS papers and my typewriter. I knew I definitely wanted to add journaling so if my main design doesn’t allow a lot of room a great tip is to create tags to tuck behind photos that hold your story.

Here is a close up of the journaling:

The title itself formed a large part of the page and is a fun and functional design element. The cut file was downloaded free from the Paper Issues store and backed with the ‘Wild and Free’ Bohemian Dreams patterned paper. I love the two tone effect that the paper has behind the cut file. It gives a nice effect with little work. It did take me a little while to back this file as I had to use my craft knife to cut out some of the negative spaces, but the result was well worth it. I added some machine stitching to add some extra detail to the title.

To embellish the page I went through my embellishments and found any that would coordinate with my blue colour scheme. I also added black, white and a smidgen of woodgrain, thats a neutral right?!?

I created three main clusters of embellishments, one to the top right of the photo, one to the left of the title and one towards the bottom right of the page. Here is a closer look at those clusters.

I really enjoyed sticking to the one colour for this layout as it challenged me to use stickers, flair, die cuts, etc that I hadn’t yet used on other layouts.

A handy little tip I have found when working with chipboard is that if you would not like it to be as thick, simply peel layers of the board off the back of the piece. This allows you to create the amount of dimension that you want the piece to have, like I have done with the world icon on this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I have to ask, are you team pink or blue? Or are you on the fence with this one?


Happy You | Bohemian Dream Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-11-04T17:42:05+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, Raquel here on the blog today sharing a new layout using the new Bohemian Dream collection. For this layout today I created a layout documenting my little girls 5th birthday that was at the start of October. I chose to use a colour photo for this one as the purple and pink were the perfect pairing to the Bohemian Dream collection.

Here is the layout that I created:

I decided to create a garland of flowers in a semi circle shape featuring the gorgeous vellum ephemera leaves. I don’t know about you but the floral design in the Bohemian Dreams is one of my CVS faves and when they are printed in vellum, wow! – they are just pure perfection. I added a spot of glue under the vellum accents to secure them  and then ran a few lines of stitching over them for detail but also to make sure they stay in place. I was also able to add some extra dimension to the florals by folding the ends up.

I added a fun little detail to the butterfly by adding some hand stitching under it. A super easy and super fun detail to create.

I backed the photo with the ‘Dreamer’ patterned paper and added a doily too.

The word ‘happy’ in the title was from the Chipboard stickers pack. I was really drawn to the ombre look of the letters so I decided to try and mimic the look on the ‘Chipboard Title’ word ‘you’. I did this by using my distress inks and a blending tool. The chipboard title pack is so easy to customise to suit your projects.

As usual I added the journaling by using my typewriter and cutting it into strip form before adhering.

I added some finishing touches to the page of machine stitching and enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

Take care, Raquel xxx

Sweet Memories | Bohemian Dream Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-10-18T17:28:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing with you a new layout featuring the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. This was my first layout with the new collection and wow! Bohemian Dream is so gorgeous isn’t it?!?  Each and every piece is just so beautiful. I must say I was super excited to see the new 6×6 paper pad, stamps and chipboard words that were released with this collection. Even more goodness to play with! I’ll make sure to share how I used them throughout this post.

Here is the layout I created:

The subject of this layout is my little girl. This pic was taken right before she went to sleep on the night before her 5th birthday. 5! Yep my baby is 5. Seriously, how does it go so quick? Anyways, this was her last night being 4 so I wanted to document it. As soon as I printed it I knew I wanted to use it with this collection as I was was thinking along the lines of ‘sweet dreams my four year old’ or something of that nature. Since the collection has a lot of Dream catchers I made the link there. I printed the photo in black and white as the colours in her doona cover would have been too bold. The photo is printed at around a 3×4″ size.

It may be a little cliche’ but I had to make the main element of my page a dream catcher. It was screaming to be done with this collection and this photo and the story of my page was just perfect for it. I found a dream catcher image online and traced it with my silhouette software. I only wanted the top portion of the catcher as I knew I wanted to create the feathers using the ephemera pack and some stitching.

I love the 6×6 pads. The prints are smaller in design and just perfect for backing cut files with. I have backed a portion of the top of the dream catcher paper with the 6×6″ size of the ‘Wild n Free’ paper. The inclusion of the blue added a nice soft touch to the page as I felt the purple, navy and even the pink were a lot more bold. I also matted my photo with the paper pad on the spot design paper.

This collection has the most beautiful floral designs, dare I say my fave from all the collections, so I had to add some clusters of them on either side of the photo and dream catcher. I added a little foam adhesive to some of the elements to create that shadow and dimension.

For the bottom of the dream catcher I decided to use the three feathers that can be found in the ephemera pack. I wanted it to look like they were hanging off the dreamcatcher, like they do on a real life one, so I replicated the string with stitching and the beading you can find on them with enamel dots.

As always I felt I needed to add my journaling to tell the story of this page. Although the design was somewhat central I felt the design needed a little balance due to the heaviness of the photo so that is why I have placed the journaling where I have.

I hope this page has inspire you today. This would be such a fun page to replicate at home. If you have any questions about it at all don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below or send me a message via social media.

Oh also, if you haven’t checked out the Bohemian Dream collection in detail you can see it in my unboxing video below


Let’s go on an Adventure | Hit the Road Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-09-26T20:18:38+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today with you sharing my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla. For my layout today I have used one of the limited edition mini collection kits that were available at the recent Paperific expo in Melbourne and online in the Cocoa Vanilla store. I was lucky enough to help out at the expo and nab myself the gorgeous exclusives. I am using the ‘Hit the Road’ collection today documenting a page for my little mans album.

Here is the page I created:

Here is the process of how this layout came together:


For this page today I created it in 8.5×11″ size. The moment I am documenting is a newborn photo of my little man. I chose to use this photo as the theme of the collection is adventure and travel in masculine tones, so I took the message of a new adventure we will have with this little man now in our lives.

For the base of the layout I used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store and just shrunk it down to fit the 8.5″ wide size. I backed the file using one of the papers in the collection. I placed a couple of layers of patterned paper and a small doily under the small 3×4″ landscape photo. I added some detail to the ledger look paper by adding a binding edge punch along the right side.

These mini collections contain 5 double sided papers, an ephemera pack and a 3 set of flair. I have stuck to mainly these things when embellishing the page. At the top right cluster on the page I have layered a frame, banners, tags and a die cut circle. The flair and circle die cut helped repeat the circle design that happened on the main base of the page. I also added the date typewritten and an enamel shape from the Free Spirit collection.

I also added another small cluster to the bottom left of the photo. This contained more die cut shapes which act as my title ‘let’s go on an adventure’. I added some ‘You Rock’ tiny word stickers, and some more enamel dots. The staples added with my tiny attacher add a nice detail and textural element to the page.

The final cluster is on the bottom left corner. On this cluster I added a small amount of journaling that I typed on my typewriter. I felt this page didn’t need too much detail in the journaling so it was kept very short. I added a rubber charm from the ‘You Rock’ collection as the blue tones were a perfect match. To ground the whole layout due to how much of the layout was sitting on the top third of the page I decided to add the printed branding strip along the bottom, helping to balance the layout.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and been inspired by my layout. Did you manage to snap up one of the mini collections? Don’t forget to tag #cocoavanilla studio on instagram or share your layout in our Facebook community

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.



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