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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. 

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!

#Fun Times | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-05-19T01:53:01+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, it is Raquel here with you today sharing another layout as part of the ‘For the Boys’ week here on the Cocoa Vanilla blog.  Of course to create a layout for this theme I just had to use the latest CVS collection You Rock and scrapbook my spunky little man.

For this layout I am documenting the real times in our life with Mr Jack; the tears and the tantrums feature on this particular layout. This photo and story just had to be told, don’t you think?

Here is the layout I created:

If you are wanting to see the process for how this layout came together you can check out the process video below:

 For the overall layout, I stuck to a somewhat vertical design with patterned paper strips bordering either edge. For me those edge strips serve a purpose of drawing your eyes inwards towards the photo.

I printed my photo in 4×6″ size as I wanted it to really stand out. To accompany the photo I used a cut file which I downloaded for free from Paper Issues to create the title ‘#fun’ and added the word ‘times’ from the Made of Awesome collections letter stickers. I enlarged the file so that it spread across the width of the photo and backed it with a combination of patterned papers in the collection. I just adore how this really pops off the page. Of course I had to add some extra dimension to it by adhering it to the page with foam adhesive.

I used my typewriter to document the story I wanted to tell and adhered this to the page in strip form. The rubber charm ‘that’s my boy’ was perfect for this story too!

As I mentioned in the process video, I love working in clusters on my layouts, mainly three in total forming a visual triangle. My first embellishment cluster is on the top right of the page and is comprised of a label from the cut apart sheet, stickers, ephemera and rubber charms. Those charms were the perfect addition to that space on the top of the photo. I have found a liquid adhesive works best when adhering these down.

I created a small cluster to the left of the title which only has a flair button and smaller embellishments; the star, swiss cross and an enamel dot. It’s a simple cluster but due to the statement impact of the title, it really is all that is needed.

I hope you enjoyed the process video and my take on the ‘For the Boys’ theme for this week. In a market that is oversaturated with more girly collections I must say I am just loving documenting my little man so easily. The layouts I have created so far have just fallen together which is purely since this collection is so amazing.

Thanks for stopping by,

Raquel x

A is for Awesome | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-05-04T15:31:32+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, Raquel here today sharing with you my first layout using the latest Cocoa Vanilla collection You Rock. Boy! Now this collection is truly amazing and perfect for scrapping those masculine layouts. I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for funky and modern masculine collections and this one is utter perfection!

Here is the layout I created:

It is no secret that I love ephemera and this was the main embellishments from the collection that I chose to use on this page. A little tip I have is to use some kind of tray or bowl to store the pack in whilst you are creating. It makes it so much easier to see what pieces you have to work with. I think this star tray was around $2 at christmas time from kmart.

My page design has three main clusters of embellishments with the majority of them flowing in a diagonal direction. Let’s start at the top cluster. I wanted the ephemera pieces to look like they were flowing from one corner of the page to the other. To do this I adhered the frame ephemera piece over the edge. I then built my layers of embellishments, focusing on mixing the colours of embellishments used and also the shapes. I stayed consistent with using circular type embellishments and stars, this helps maintain the flow of the diagonal design.

The cluster below was the third embellishment cluster I created and this was added to give the page balance. When I create a cluster like this I aim to add a majority of the colours that can be seen on the rest of the page. I used this area to add the date that the photo was taken. I also added a touch of stitching for a fun detail and texture.

For the final cluster, which is also the largest I used quite a number of pieces from the ephemera pack. If I haven’t mentioned already, did I say how much I love ephemera packs?!? Again I used a lot of circular pieces and stars to help with the flow of the design. You can see in the image below I added a mixture of zig zag and straight stitching for texture.

This cluster also has a variety of dimension within each of the layers. Some of the pieces are also cut from the patterned papers. To add the variety of dimension I used foam adhesive, some of the embellishments even have two layers of the foam adhesive.

The journaling was typed on my typewriter. I kept it short and sweet as I think the picture I used of my little man speaks 1000 words.

The title of this page is ‘a is for awesome’ which was taken from one of the ephemera pieces. I loved this piece so I was glad to be able to make a bit of a feature of it on my page. I also backed the photo of my little man in a soft grey patterned paper. I adore the softer patterns of the b-sides.

I love adding smaller embellishments to clusters. For this page I have added some black splatters, they add a real pop to the page, and also a couple of the enamel shapes from the collection. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you were inspired by my page. If you are keen to get your hands on the You Rock collection you can find it in some stores now, check out the stockists page for places you can find CVS goodies.

So Thankful | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-04-18T22:05:05+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using the Wild at Heart collection. This week on the blog is Scraplift week – where the design team is to choose another team member to scrap lift. For my layout today I decided to choose a team member whose style is very different to mine, so I chose mixed media queen Missy and decided to have some messy play!

Here is the layout I created:


And here is Missy’s amazing layout:

I decided to follow the main layout design and used the one photo and vertical design of the ‘xo’ cut files from the Colour me Happy cut file set available in store.

I printed my photo in black and white slightly smaller than 4×6 in size and created three main clusters. For the first cluster I added a doily, some of the stickers and ephemera pieces. I also added one of Missy’s go to techniques of adding some messy thread underneath a flair button.

I also added a cluster to the right of the page, near the largest ‘xo’ cut files. This time as well as the stickers and ephemera, I also added the chipboard ‘wild at heart circle’ to repeat the circular element from the previous cluster.

The subjects of this layout is my hubby and son. I wanted to add some simple journaling just documenting my love for them. As always, I added typewritten journaling in strip form.

The final main cluster is at the bottom left of the page. I kept this one a lot more simple than the previous two. I also added some of the tiny word stickers to the page and like Missy’s sample, I added some machine stitching detail to them.

The background itself was created by first adding a thin coat of clear Gesso. This helps when applying liquid and inks as the colour will not just seep in. Once the gesso dried I applied the distress ink to clear packaging and some water, and smushed it over the background. This technique is known as the ‘packaging technique’,  a tried and well tested technique used a lot by Missy.

I chose a blue/grey distress ink colour as I wanted a more soft watercolour background look. To add further detail to the ‘xo’ pieces I added some machine stitching. Foam tape added some extra dimension to the main ‘xo’ pieces to help them stand out off the page even more. I also backed the largest cut files from the page on a floral patterned paper. 

I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to the Scraplift week here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Raquel xxx

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