/Raquel Bowman

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. 

Happy & Proud | Wild at Heart Layout & QR Code Mini Tutorial | Raquel Bowman

By | March 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today and I decided to create a page about my little man using the new Wild at Heart collection. I thought this may have been quite difficult given that you may perceive this new collection to be more feminine orientated, however it all fell together easily once I had chosen my colour palette.

The moment I am documenting is a pretty big one in my little mans life. On the morning that this photo was taken he had slept the full night without the security of his dummy/pacifier. In this household and for him, as a two year old, I thought that weaning him off it would be a lot more tricky than it was. The night before he couldn’t find his dummy and exclaimed that the ‘tooth fairy took it’, so we decided to go with it and yep, that was it!

Here is the layout that I created: Happy and Proud. 

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

For the background I used a free cut file that I downloaded over on the Citrus Twist blog by Jen Chapin. When I create a masculine page, one of my go to techniques is to ‘go geometric’. I will choose a shape of some kind and base by design around it. It is always a great starting point for me when I am thinking of layout designs. In this case the free cut file was a triangular design, so that was a perfect foundation. I used mainly the Mariposa patterned paper to back the triangle designs. I chose this one as the colour has a watercolour look and changes from a green/blue to a royal blue colour, it is so gorgeous. I also added a few woodgrain triangles from the Artisan patterned paper in three places, forming a visual triangle.

The photo itself has multiple layers of papers and embellishments behind it. I used a grey patterned paper from the Love Always collection, a layer of the Wild at Heart vellum, and lots of beautiful tags and ephemera pieces, including one of the cute rubber charms!

On this particular day, along with my photo I recorded a segment of my sons reaction to sleeping the whole night in this bed without a dummy. I decided to turn this video into a QR code which can be scanned to watch it and see more of the story.

To create your own QR code of a video from your phone you can do the following:

  1. Upload your video to ‘YouTube’, I do this quickly via the ‘Capture’ app and set it to unlisted (this means those with a link can view the video).
  2. Copy the video link.
  3. Download a program such as Qrafter, which allows you to read and create your own QR codes.
  4. Click the ‘create’ option and create your own QR code by pasting in your video link.
  5. The program will then create your QR code which you can edit by changing the colours and then save to your camera phone ready to print to add to your layout or project.

I added three main clusters of embellishments on this page, forming a visual triangle. In the cluster below I actually delved back into my CVS stash and used a flair and veneer from the Made of Awesome collection, a camera I fussy cut from the Life is Beautiful collection and finished with some labels from the Colour me Happy snippets.

I felt like the journaling needed something to help balance it all out so I also added some further embellishing below it. I chose also to use the Colour Me Happy cool enamel dots on this one as they coordinated beautifully.

For this title of this page I have used a combination of embellishments. The word happy is from the Wild at Hear veneer pack. I just love the font and how it pops off the page. I also added the text ‘& Proud’ using the Life is Beautiful alpha stickers. I added those to this page as they were in that navy blue colour and suited it perfectly. I added the date to this page a little differently to usual. I found a cute little tag in the Love Always Bits and Pieces pack. I decided to stamp the date on it with archival ink and adhere it to the page by wrapping it around the veneer and securing it with some foam adhesive. I love how it turned out. Of course I added my journaling using my typewriter, in strip form. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope this layout has shown you how you can use this collection for masculine pages and also given you some tips and tricks to using QR codes on your pages.

Raquel x

Love You | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | March 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. Today I will focus a little more on the papers and ephemera pack in the collection and how to showcase them.

Here is the layout I created:

And here is the process video:

For this layout I decided to document this recent photo of hubby and myself taken at my cousins wedding. I thought the colours in the photo would work with the Wild at Heart collection perfectly.

I decided to do a little something different with the background today. I used the Colour Me Happy cut files and cut the heart into the background white card stock. Except I wanted the heart to be cut into the background and not a separate piece so I didn’t cut the outline of the heart. I actually used a pen holder and pencil on my machine and drew the outline. That then gave me a line to follow with my sewing machine, and I stitched around that heart shape outline as you can see in the image below. The woodgrain patterned paper placed behind the file gave a really nice soft detail to the page.

I created embellishment clusters to the left and right of the photo. These clusters consisted of mainly fussy cut papers and ephemera pieces which are the focus of this post. The larger floral piece is cut from one of the patterned papers. When I fussy more detailed flowers I will normally pick and choose my battles, sometimes I will cut around each and every petal perfectly but other times if time is more short I will choose only a selected few and may not cut as precise. At the end of the day though, it pretty much has the same effect don’t you think? I also added and tucked in the layers a floral piece, star, heart, and a couple of tiny word stickers from the accessory sheet.

The second cluster to the right was made up of pretty much the same elements, except I also added one of those AH-Mazing rubber charms too.

For my title I used the ‘love you’ pieces from the veneer pack plus two of the hearts. I wanted to work in a somewhat vertical design with my journaling underneath.

The sentiment ‘you’re some kind ….’ came from one of the cut apart papers in the collection. I also added the ‘I just can’t get enough’ sticker. The journaling is a quote I found recently that I absolutely loved.

As always I used a variety of adhesives, foam tape, liquid adhesive and tape runner to create lots of dimension and interest. I also added a few splatters of a gold mist to finish it off and some of the glitter enamel dots.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout today. Don’t forget to join and stop by the CVS Community over on Facebook, its always a hive of activity!

Raquel xxx

XOXO | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | February 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout with you all featuring the new and amazing Wild at Heart collection. Since February is the month of Love I decided to create another page on that theme, why not right?

On this page I am documenting a photo of roses that hubby brought me for valentines day this year. Hubby is not a romantic at all really, so this gesture was a lovely and unexpected and I just had to record it in my scrapbook.

Here is the layout I created below. For the layout design I was inspired by the xo cut files available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store. I decided to mimic a tic tac toe board for this layout as a feature on the page. I couldn’t go past the ‘Grow Wild’ marble design paper to cut them out on. I really wanted to be able to showcase that paper design on a page. It is too beautiful not too!

To achieve balance on the page I created three main clusters which form a visual triangle. The cluster in the image below is made up of the gorgeous die cut ephemera pieces, some accessory stickers, a wood veneer heart and finished off with the smaller embellishments, enamel dots. I always love to finish my clusters off with tiny details like smaller embellishments.  To add further detail to these pieces I machine stitched through them and bent the upwards to add further dimension.

I added the journaling to one of the ‘o’ in the grid. I kept it short and simple but clear enough to convey the message that I wanted to record. I added a few small embellishments to the left of this including a fussy cut butterfly from the ‘Mariposa’ patterned paper.

The top left corner also contained a small cluster of embellishments, as I mentioned earlier, for the purpose of balance. I included one of the chipboard hearts in this cluster also.

Fo my photo layers, I added a layer of the ‘Patchwork’ patterned paper behind the photo. As you can see on my photo I printed my photo with a white border. I do this with most of my photos – I find that it separates my photo with the next layer of paper behind it. For example, if I didn’t add the white border and my photo was really busy, I  would probably not add a busy patterned paper behind it. However when I have the white border I can add a busy pattern and it still looks pleasing to the eye.

My title is ‘bloom’ from the wood veneer pack. I also added more ephemera pieces, chipboard, one of the beautiful rubber charms and finished with some enamel dots. I love how the red in the flowers really pops and is complimented by the red in the patterned paper behind it.

To create dimension and to help the xo pieces really pop off the page I machine stitched them to the page and bent them inwards. This creates a nice shadow behind them also. To add further detail I added some hand stitching to some of them too. Just a simple cross stitch or single stitches. For the board lines I used the woodgrain design from the ‘Artisan’ paper and cut them a little thinner than 1cm. Again these were machine stitched to the page and folded inwards for dimension.

I hope this page has inspired you today. If you want to get your hands on the beautiful Wild at Heart collection check out the Stockists page to see where you may be able to find it in your area.

Raquel xxx

Love You | Wild at Heart | Raquel Bowman

By | February 5th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today with a layout using the upcoming new release Wild at Heart. Boy, this collection is just amazing! I honestly didn’t know where to start and what to use first as it is all so gorgeous. For the first part of February, up until the 14th the design team will be sharing layouts inspired by Love, after all February is the month of love right?!?

Instead of going the traditional route and scrapbooking my Mr, I decided to scrapbook and document the love I have for my kiddies and this moment that was captured in December.

Here is the layout I created:

I knew I wanted to do a lot of journaling on this layout, so I tried to keep my main design and embellishing to the top half of the page. To help balance the photo placed in the centre, I added clusters to either side of the photo.

The cluster in the image below was made up of fussy cut florals, some stickers and ephemera pieces. I just adore the tags in the ephemera packs, they are usually one of the items that goes first.

Another one of my favourite items, this time from the sticker sheet, is the cute little tabs. There is two on the sheet and they are another item that goes super quick. I love the look and little bit of detail that they bring to a page.

On the right side of the photo my cluster of embellishments was made up of another fussy cut flower, some of the ephemera pieces and stickers. I also created a banner from the collection name portion of the manufacturer strip. It was perfect and worked well with what I had journaled about.

It is rare for me to get infront of the camera and I do not have many pictures of myself and my kiddies (unless its a selfie) so when hubby took this photo and I saw the looks on their faces it was just priceless. The photo really just sums the kiddies up perfectly and that is what I wanted to document through my journaling; my sensitive, precious little girl, and my loveable but cheeky little man. My favourite and only way to journal is using my typewriter. I love the look it brings to a page and for me I am not bothered by the fact it is not handwritten, as long as our story is being told.

The chipboard stickers in this collection are so amazing. I fell in love with this large ‘love you’ sentiment on the bottom of my sheet. It spanned across the page underneath the photo perfectly. To add further detail to the title, I sewed over it. My sewing machine behaves when I do this, as long as I sew through it slowly to avoid the needle snapping.

The photo area itself is comprised of many layers of papers and embellishments that make up part of the clusters. Underneath the photo I chose to use a navy based patterned paper as I felt that would help my photo pop. I then added a softening layer of the new specialty vellum underneath that and a doily from my stash. The whole photo mat is adhered to the page using a foam sheet, one of the staple supplies in my stash for adding dimension.

The new Wild at Heart collection is just gorgeous and available at retailers very soon. In the meantime, you can check out my YouTube video below where I share the collection in more detail. It gives you a good overview on the products that will soon be available and you can get your wish lists started. Though to make it easier I suggest getting one (or more) of everything!

 Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope my layout has inspired you.

Raquel xxx

Happy Summer Days | Endless Summer | By Raquel Bowman

By | January 23rd, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the lovely Endless Summer collection. I am so happy to be continuing on the Cocoa Vanilla team for the 2017 year, and look forward to sharing a lot more layouts with you all. These last couple of weeks where I live here in Aus seem to be showing signs that Summer is well and truly here so I was in a summery documenting kind of mood!

Here is the layout I created:


I have a process video for this one to share with you here:


I wanted to use this collection to document a summer moment for my little man taken in January last year. The kids were given a really fun paddling pool from my aunt and uncle with a slide and dinosaur sprinkler (which has featured in a couple of my previous layouts here). This was his first summer having a paddling pool and he had an absolute ball in it. To document the story I typed my journaling on my typewriter and cut it into strips.


The layout features a colour combination of the mint toned papers teamed with the woodgrain, and white of course! I used a leaves design cut file that I had previously purchased and backed that with the wood grain paper. I love how it really pops off the page against the white of the die cut. My goal was to use other elements from the collection apart from flowers as I had created a few layouts with mainly the florals already.

To help ground the page I added a vertical strip of the diagonal mint stripe paper. I think I have adored any kind of stripe paper in the Cocoa Vanilla collections, and this one is no exception. I also added a small strip of the cream spot paper, just to break up the strip between the mint stripe and the bold white of the card stock. I stitched that just for some added texture.
To help keep the page balanced I added a small wood button from the collection to the top left of the page and also stapled a cute little ‘so much fun’ tag too.


To the top right of the photo and to help complete my visual triangle I have added a cluster of embellishments, part of which will act as my title. The cluster contains ephemera pieces, a wood button, enamel shapes, stickers and even the ‘endless summer’ logo from one of the manufacturer strips on one of the papers. I added these to the page with varying depths of adhesive to add some more detail to that grouping.


The photo itself of my son I chose to print in black and white. I love black and white photos so much but not only do I love them but they also allow me to work with any colour palette I choose. I matted the photo on the cream spot paper, added a small 5″ doily from my stash and also added some foam adhesive to help the photo stand out off the page and remain the focus of my layout.

As well as my journaling I also added a small little cluster of embellishments there as well. It contains the ‘yay’ veneer, a puffy sticker, wood button, and a few more smaller bits and pieces, all which were from the previous Summer collection ‘Hello Sunshine’.

I hope this layout has inspired you today to use the gorgeous Endless Summer collection to scrapbook those little summer fun day to day moments!

Raquel xxx

Jot Girls | A Jot Magazine and CVS Collaboration | By Raquel Bowman

By | January 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing a layout featuring the gorgeous Make a Wish collection. Did you know that in the December issue of Jot Magazine the Jot Girls and Cocoa Vanilla Studio collaborated to create a layout gallery full of beautiful projects featuring the Make a Wish collection?

Today I wanted to share with you an extra project that I created as part of the collaboration, and what better subject than a layout about some of the Jot team!


As a bonus today I have created a process video for this layout which you can watch below:

To create the main text on the layout I used my silhouette software to recolour the Jot Motto/tagline. I coloured it in a pink tone to compliment the collection.

The gorgeous florals and butterflies in the card stock and ephemera packs were perfect for embellishing either side of the photo.

I thought the camera from the sticker accessory sheet was the perfect match for the subject of memory makers and story tellers, as what we do is document memories via photos. I added more ephemera to the right side of the camera to help balance the layout.


The photo itself is printed approx. 3.5″ in size so that I could fit it within the pink ombre frame within the chipboard sheet.


I added simple layers of a doily from my stash and one layer of the floral patterned paper behind my photo. I added extra dimension to the photo area by adding a layer of foam sheet.


I hope this layout has inspired you today and you can see the versatility of the gorgeous Make a Wish collection.



To see the collaboration between Jot Magazine and Cocoa Vanilla Studio you can check out the magazine by clicking the image below. *You may want to grab a cuppa and bickie, its a good read!*


Raquel xx

Cutie Patooties | Endless Summer Layout | By Raquel Bowman

By | December 19th, 2016|Chit Chat, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it is Raquel here today sharing a new layout featuring the latest collection ‘Endless Summer’ collection. For this layout I decided to scrapbook another photo from our fun summer day here in our household.

I had a small floral design from Silhouette store and teamed that with a few fussy cut flowers. Here is the layout I created.


For the title and my journaling I used my silhouette and font I had in my library. I typed the words ‘cutie patooties’ and then created an offset which I cut out on the Sweet Treats paper. The journaling is typed and short and sweet, then cut into strip form.


To the right of the photo I added a small cluster comprising of fussy cut florals and die cut ephemera. And of course we can’t forget the woodies and enamel shapes. I adhered the pieces in a variety of depths to create some added dimension.


Here is my layout again. I’m hoping to have a process video for this one up on my You Tube channel very soon.


Thanks for stopping by today Raquel xxx

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