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About Sophie Sim-Lawrence

Sophie is from the sunny island of Singapore. She is a stay at home mummy and her days are filled with stories, blocks, library trips and cooking. It is often through these avenues that a colour combination or an idea for a project will inspire her. When her children are sleeping,she can be found playing with paper and glue. Her creative style can be described as fun and colourful. She likes to think that her creations are bright confections that celebrate her blessed life. Playing with different colour combinations, stretching the potential of each embellishment and being innovative are her favorite things to do when creating. A cup of tea paired with a scrumptious slice of cake will make her day anytime. And please make that an earl grey. 

Yay Happy Happy | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2017-01-10T00:38:52+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Love Always|

Cocoa Vanilla Studio creates some really beautiful paper blooms and I cannot tell you how long this idea has been growing in my mind – a page filled with as many paper flowers as possible, while scrapping about my daughter’s creativity. The result:

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This is one of those stash bursting pages, where I happily went through my entire collection of CVS goodies and pulled out as many blooms as I could for the page. The concept was simple. Include a portrait of my girl, which she drew and coloured and attach flowers to the drawing as hair buns. We were inspired by a kid’s book we came across, where an illustration of a little girl peeking out from the bottom of the cover was featured. So my daughter decided to draw her own version and together, we collaborated for this page. She loves having crazy hair colours and checker board eyes on the girls she draws these days. I like how I am able to record her drawing and colouring here, which I believe will be loads of fun to look back at in the years to come.

 

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After she had done her part for this page, I attached her drawing to the bottom of Sunbleached from the Endless Summer collection. Next, I attached my paper blooms to form two buns on top of the girl she drew. In order to convey how imaginative and creative my daughter is, I decided that it will be fun to add a layer of wood veneers on top of the flowers. Again, I went through my stash and added images that represented who my girl is and what she loves. I tried to make these pieces pop by colouring them lightly with white gelato. I penned my journaling around these buns, gushing about how much we enjoy all the stories and thoughts this little six year old comes up with. I framed the page with Spotty Dot from the Colour Me Happy collection.

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For my title, I kept it simple with a collage of wood veneer words to form “Yay happy happy”, a phrase that seems to be how my child lives her everyday. Added some vellum and diecut ephemera butterflies from Love Always and a few enamel dots. For a final touch of childlikeness, I added a corner from a chipboard frame found in the Make A Wish collection. I like how the polkadots add that element of childhood playfulness here.

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With this page, I am thankful for the past two years of fun I had with CVS. Totally grateful for the privilege and opportunity to grow with this company. To more gorgeousness, creativity and memory keeping CVS! Thank you for everything!

Merry Christmas | Tis the Season | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-12-14T00:18:50+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Design Team, Inspiration, Tis The Season|

Blessed Christmas Eve everyone! First, thanks for taking the time today to check in here at Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I really, really love Christmas and think it is often a good time to pause in the midst of all the festivities to give thanks. This year, I am giving thanks for my three little darlings, who fill my everyday with all sorts of joy, mischief and fun.

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Before I created this page, my intention was to create a wooden tiled panel design for my background, so that my wreath would appear to be hanging off a wooden wall. To achieve this effect, I used the woodgrain papers from the Hello Sunshine and  Make a Wish collections. I really do think that CVS has a wonderful range of woodgrains patterned papers and it was by no means easy limiting myself to only these two papers. I cut my papers into strips and laid them to form a chevron pattern in the middle, with straight lines running vertically and horizontally on the outside edges.

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I adhered these panels to the side of the Merry & Bright paper. For my wreath, I first cut out a ring and then went to town decking it with holly leaves, poinsettias, resin stars and enamel dots. I was also happy to sneak in some of those key charms in this wreath.

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To top off the wreath, I drew a banner and tried my hand at brush lettering to pen “Merry Christmas” on it.

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While my writing is still a little shaky on it, I am glad that I can create a page of this nature to celebrate all that I am glad for this year – family, Christmas and the freedom to try new crafts, like brush calligraphy. I spritzed on a little mist and sprinkled on some sequins for added fun, before deciding that my page was completed. So thrilled to have created a Christmas page.

Once again, thanks for being here today. Have a most blessed Christmas with all your loved ones and a Happy New Year!

 

Chill | Endless Summer | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-12-04T23:44:19+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

One of our best moments as parents this year was witnessing our six year old daughter enjoy herself at the park. That day, she asked to go to the park to draw and have fun with her brother. The hubs and I were so encouraged to see her sing, draw and even write her own poem, as she basked in the evening sun. This photo in the layout caught her in mid action, oblivious to the fact that Mummy was taking her photos. I just had to scrap it using the yummy Endless Summer collection:

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First, I used Coastal Chill as the background for my page. I decided to cut out some of the blooms in the paper and popped them up with foam tape to lend some dimension to the page, without it getting too busy.

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To anchor my photo, I used a strip of Sunbleached paper and I love the ombre effect on it. I adhered my photo on top of it and accentuated my photo with all those glorious blooms from the die cut ephemera pack. I also attached a wood veneer to the blooms and I think the flowers really highlight the wood veneer piece.

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I wrote my journaling and added some stickers to the top and bottom of the page. I also love how adding a woodies and enamel hearts lend so much oomph to the bottom of the page.

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Finally, I framed the entire page with the b side of the background paper. Those blue stripes really are beautiful.

Thank you for joining me today and allowing me to share with you my interpretation of Endless Summer!

 

 

Sunshine Fun | Endless Summer | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-11-21T23:26:31+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Here in Singapore, it’s Summer all year round. This means we spend a lot of time outdoors running, playing and the kids’ favourite – cycling. Recently, the littlest in the family had a chance to sit on Daddy’s bike for the first time and he was totally thrilled by the experience.

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So I took a series of photos and decided to scrap them using http://cocoavanilla.com.au/product-category/endless-summer/Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s latest collection – Endless Summer! I love that cloud paper to bits and just had to frame my page with it as a background. I had loads of fun layering various elements around my page and here are a few close ups:

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Just keep layering and you get your very own unique embellishment. Think wood veneer + ephemera + sticker + enamel dots. All so very gorgeous and fun! Those puffy stickers are absolutely adorable and so much fun to include on a page. For a little additional detail, I decided to include a little bracket design on the side of the page.

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I think this helps to lead the eye to the photos. All in all, I am so glad that the colour palette in the collection lends so well to a summery page, even for male subjects! I was also totally spoilt for choice with regards to what embellishments to include, given that they were all so yummy.

I hope you are looking forward to your own share of Summer fun and will get to play with this lovely collection as well!

Good Times | Totally Rad | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-11-04T01:02:29+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad|

One of my favourite sights is that of my kids enjoying a book. It’s as if all the cogs in their brains are turning and processing all that they are reading. After getting the baby to nap one day, I found the older brother lazing on his bed and reading. And I’m glad I caught that moment and created the following:

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These are certainly good times – times when the kiddos are reading like a boss. To start, I used the B side of Happy Snaps for my background. I also added a frame around the entire page using Top Gear. Using this multi-coloured paper allowed me to have a colourful page, one that included the entire colour palette from the Totally Rad collection. For some contrast, I added a strip of Say What down the middle of the page.

Around my photo, I layered various pieces from the ephemera pack. The title for the page came from the Mix Tape paper that I added a frame around.  I like how those robot die cuts just up the cuteness factor on the page. To play on the idea of the little one’s mental gears turning as he reads, I went to town embellishing the page with all the gear die cuts and metal gear pieces in the Bits & Pieces pack.

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To anchor the photo to the background, I decided to cut some patterned papers to resemble bookmarks and adhered these to the bottom of the photo. A simple and effective reference to the theme of the page.

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Finally, to play with the vertical aspect of the page, I attached two star shaped paperclips to the top and bottom of the page. For a little bit of fun, I tied the twine found in the Bits & Pieces pack to the paperclips and held them down with staples. I also attached a couple of diecuts that I layered on each other at the bottom.

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For a journaling spot, I wrote directly on the page and found that adding the word “amazing” that was printed on acetate helped to convey my thoughts without adding unnecessary weight to the page. I anchored this with a couple of woodies. For that final flourish, enamel dots were added. And I was happy.

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Thanks for joining me today and I sure hope you have some fun scrapping and reading as well!

First Haircut | Totally Rad | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-10-19T00:09:05+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad|

Hi there! Sophie here today to share with you my interpretation of the wonderfully versatile sketch #299 by Creative Scrappers.

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First, I worked with the Totally Rad collection for my page. Once I have selected my papers and photos, I decided to tilt the entire sketch slightly and also adhere my photos to the page in a non-linear fashion. I love a page with multiple photos, especially when they line up and tell a story. On this page, I scrap about my son’s first haircut, one which was nothing short of epic. He did not enjoy it as all and cried throughout. In fact, it is only recently, when he turned three, that we finally succeeded in sending him to the barber’s without a meltdown. Bravo little man!

I like how this sketch called for three clusters of embellishments and that was where I had loads of fun with the die cut ephemera,  acetate stars, woodies, flair buttons, paperclip and stickers. I decided to cut out the “epic” speech bubble from the Mix Tape paper and adhered that at the top cluster to emphasize what a huge deal this first haircut was.

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For the title of the page, I outlined my alphabet stickers for added emphasis.

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Finally, I ran some black stitches on this page using my sewing machine and thought leaving the ends of the thread on the page sewing will play along nicely to the theme of the page. I completed the page with some enamel shapes.

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Thanks for joining me today! I had fun creating this page and seriously, creating a page using a sketch really makes the whole process much faster. Do join in the fun and you might just win some yummy Cocoa Vanilla Studio yummies for yourself! All details can be found in this post.

 

 

 

Bloom | Love Always | Sophie Sim-Lawrence

By | 2016-10-07T00:54:29+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hello there! I’m sharing another page using the breath-taking Love Always collection today. I really think this collection is so wonderful to scrap photos of my little girl with, especially when she was a little baby. Here’s one of her when she was about 5 months old, giving her signature smile.

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To start off, I decided that I wanted a light background and decided on using Note to Self. I added interest to it by pleating strips of paper and adhered these to the right side of the page.

 

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For the photo, I found it really nifty and quick to snip a chipboard frame in two on the diagonal and attach them to the sides of my photo. Here, I used a frame from the Make A Wish collection. I think the woodgrain pattern on it really accentuate the photo. For my embellishments, I decided to stick to vellum accents for a softer feel. I love that vellum doily and all those pretty blooms in the pack!

 

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To add further interest, I used the cut file from Colour Me Happy as a stitching template and stitched on vellum as well. I think this serves as a pretty focal point on the page, especially with that really cute button in the middle.

 

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My title was created using some alpha stickers and attached vertically to the side of the photo. I went on to attach some bitty blooms and a mini peg for additional interest.

 

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Finally, I clustered a chipboard sticker, flair, puffy stickers and more blooms on the vertical stripes. Sprinkled some mist and enamel dots and another page is completed.

Thanks for joining me today. Should you find yourself creating with any lovely Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, do share them with us on Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s community Facebook page!

 

 

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