Don’t dull your Sparkle | One in a Million | Michelle Stokes

Hi Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring one of our sweet new Limited edition collections – One in a Million. The colours within this collection are so soft and very pretty, and worked so well with this hilarious photo of Leila from a few weeks back.

This child of mine is completely crazy, all kinds of hilarious and so much fun! Her latest craze is running around the house with a set of her Dad’s ear muffs on for no particular reason other than to make us laugh. So much laughter.

To create a layout to best represent the photo and its subject, I went a little crazy myself with banners and flags and layers and stuff. Starting with strips of almost all the papers within the collection kit, thick, thin, long and short plus pieces from the Cut apart sheet. So many layers and probably too many details added, but it was a fun creation that came together in no time.

Once I worked out the placement of all the banner pieces, I strung some twine across the tops added some loops and adhered with staples. I tucked in pieces of ephemera and added some sticky dots for dimension to corners of the banners. I even added some fussy cut butterflies and a flair button from the kit.

Ive used the 3×4 card “Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle” as the title as it’s exactly how I feel about this girl. I hope she’s always as fun as she is today, and that no one ever makes her dull her ‘sparkle’. Thats what makes her who she is.

I added in the heart to balance out the pink tones across the page and to add a different element other than a banner

Lastly some handwritten journalling and a mini cluster at the bottom of the layout and I called it done.

So many fun pieces within this collection. If you managed to score one before they sold out, please be sure to share what you make with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this has given you some inspiration to get a little crazy with banners!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

By | 2017-09-22T17:58:37+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|0 Comments

Forever in My Heart | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

Happy Sunday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share today featuring flowers and hearts.  I began with one of the beautiful exclusive floral cut files and enlarged it to run off the page in a diagonal manner.  I used a few collections here:  You Rock, Make a Wish and Wild At Heart.  I love mixing and matching!  I backed the cut file with papers from Make a Wish and Wild at Heart. I used watercolors on some scrap paper to create the green leaves.  The background paper is the In Line paper from You Rock.  I added a lot of white acrylic paint first and then used watercolors and gelatos to add lots of yellows and pinks.  I really love how this page turned out.

Backing a cut file is really easy.  The fun part is sorting through all the papers to see which parts of them you want to use.  Once I had the cut file finished, I created the background.  I went back to the Fresh Cut Paper from Make a Wish and fussy cut more flowers out to create a little cluster by the photo.  I also added in some tangled thread and some Wood Veneer hearts from Wild at Heart.

I went small with the title and used a Wild at Heart Die Cut Ephemera piece as well as an Accessory Sticker and a Make a Wish Accessory Sticker.  My journaling fit nicely right under the photo.

Over on the right side I added in a few hearts from Make a Wish.  They were the perfect addition to that area, and the colors match really well.

In addition to the packaging technique, I also sprayed directly onto the background with some spray inks.  You can see a little Wild at Heart Wood Veneer heart tucked in there.

Here are more Wild at Heart Wood Veneer.  I coated them with white gesso and let it dry.  Then I sprayed some spray inks on them and dabbed the color with a paper towel.  Finally I added in some word and phrase Accessory Stickers from Wild at Heart.

I hope this inspires you to add some flowers and/or hearts to your next layout!  They are always a winner in my book 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I created this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

In my heart | Love always and You Rock | Bea Valint

Hi, Cocoa Vanilla Fans, its Bea here with you today sharing a clean and simple layout I created using the You Rock and the Love Always collections. I documented one of my favorite photo of my little daughter and me, I love to see her beautiful smile, this picture fills me with happiness always as I look at it! I chose the pretty Plus One patterned paper from the You Rock collection as my background, and cut some Cocoa Vanilla cut file out of white cardstock.

 I wanted to leave my design simple, so I backed the die cut flowers with vellum instead of patterned paper. I arranged my photo in the middle of my page and placed the die cut flower under. Embellished both sides of the photo with stickers and ephemera pieces from the Love Always collection.

I created a cluster on the right top of the page using ephemera piece, die cut flower, some glittered enable dots, and added a little flower from my stash. Dropped white acrylic paint around my page to finish.

That’s it! I hope I could inspire you today to create a clean and simple design! Have a nice day! Bea

By | 2017-09-20T22:33:19+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Wild at Heart, You ROCK|0 Comments

Love that smile | Wild at Heart | Emma Wood

Hi scrappy friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my page for our “Hearts & Flowers” theme on the blog this week.  I have to confess; the page I’m about to share was not my first attempt for today’s blog post.  I thought I’d be clever and challenge myself to make a page focusing on flowers as opposed to hearts.  Hearts are one of my favourite shapes (along with stars) and I use them often so I figured it’d be fun to focus on the flowers instead.  So off I went on my merry little way, started a page, didn’t like it so took it apart and tried again…thought I’d finished attempt #2…but…I still don’t like it.  HA!

So back to the drawing board, a.k.a. create a layout using HEARTS!  Hearts I can do. 🙂

I used Wild at Heart for my page; I figured if I couldn’t create a page featuring flowers then I sure as hell could use papers that had flowers on them…but then I turned the papers over and used the patterns instead, lol…seriously I drive myself nuts sometimes…

To start I went with white cardstock and used a pencil to draw a heart shape on my page.  Then I pulled out my trusty little heart punch and went nuts.   I stuck with 3 patterned papers to minimise the heart section looking too busy (bonus being I like the mint/pink/white/black combo – I used Patchwork, Double Dot and Memento) and filled my heart shape with the mini hearts in a random pattern.  I gave the hearts a little bend in the centres so they’re not sitting completely flat on my page and used a glue pen to stick them down in the middles.  Once they were all dry I machine stitched over the top to outline the heart shape (and make sure they won’t pop off!).

For my title I went with the big “Hello” chipboard (I LOVE that script!) and teamed it with a few little word stickers underneath.  To give the chipboard piece a bit of dimension I actually popped a few foam dots behind it (I know this chipboard has an adhesive back but what can I say, I like things sitting off the page, hehe).  I didn’t feel this one needed a story to go with the photo (I literally used this photo on my page because I love his smile and it’s in my title!) so I just used a date stamp underneath and called it done.

To reduce a bit of the white space I had (and there was alot of it!) I added a border at the top and bottom using the grey woodgrain pattern paper (b-side of Artisan) then added a bit more machine stitching on both pieces to tie them in with what I’d done around my heart shape.

To add a little sparkle to my page I added a few of the pink enamel dots and grouped them with the pink heart shapes (mostly tucked behind so it’s just a little sparkle here and there!).

From where I started with a flower page (and the frustration of “failing”) to where I’ve finished using hearts, I have to say I’m super happy with the end result.  I love challenging myself to do things outside my norm but sometimes they just don’t work out and instead of kicking myself about it, I moved onto doing something I do like and that’s OK!  Maybe next time I’ll master those flowers 😉

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today, I hope this inspires you to create your own page using heart shapes, it really is a such a easy one to work into any layout!  Take care, Em xo

By | 2017-09-20T17:00:59+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

Love You | One in a Million Layout | Raquel Bowman

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

By | 2017-09-21T00:34:23+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|0 Comments

Happy Birthday | Make a Wish & Wild at Heart | Lina Monaco

Good Morning Crafty Family!
Welcome to the blog today, Lina here! Hi!
Today I’m sharing a layout I created with the always beautiful Wild at Heart & Make a Wish collections. Yes, I mixed them! They work perfectly together and I love how each are so different but compliment the other so well.
The theme this week in the blog is to use florals and hearts… literally, a piece of cake! LOL!
The photo I chose to scrapbook is of my youngest daughter, on her first birthday. 🎂

Here’s my layout…

I started with a cut file from Paper Issues, it’s free in their shop and cut it from the aqua Double Dot paper. I then backed it with the navy floral sheet. I just love this pairing! The navy floral really pops behind the aqua dots and it’s the first element crossed off the list in this week’s theme. Easy!
I began with the matting of my photo using patterns from the collection that I thought worked well with my over all theme. Then, I popped it up onto dimensional foam for added height.

Next, I shopped the Die Cut Ephemera package, my favourite part! I used the ephemera from the Make a Wish collection. I used some very beautiful florals, bunting and pennant banners, words and frames.

Creating a sub title, I used the Love You from the Chipboard Sticker Sheet. The colours were perfect to add here. It gave the layout something with it being a loud and bold title. Next, I also added some very colourful tiny words from the Make a Wish collection. I mean, they were perfect to use here, the sentiments were exact!

For the “hearts” element, I used hearts from the Wood Veneer package. I left them in their natural state since their colour is so pretty… light and airy. This checked off number 2 of the theme’s focus. I added a few other smaller clusters in and around my page. This by no means is a simple or minimalistic layout to be honest, but I love how it came together.

This is a good view of how much is actually on this page… All the pattern, colours and embellishment make my papercrafting heart happy!
Lastly, to add that last little bit of something, I sprinkled around the remaining bit of Sparkle Enamel Dots I had in the navy blue. They are sparkly and pretty and I couldn’t resist. I tucked them under elements and around my page. I really love the effect!

Thank you for stopping by today, I’m glad you’re here! Hope you enjoyed my layout 💜
Have a wonderful day!


By | 2017-09-18T11:49:55+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Design Team, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

LOVE YOU | Wild at Heart layout | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project to share with you. This week we are focusing on the theme ‘Hearts & Flowers’ on the blog, so today I have a layout featuring the beautiful ‘Wild at Heart’ collection, and a photo of me with my three children. (All looking in the same direction AND smiling – it’s a photographic miracle! haha)

Knowing in my head that I wanted to add some mixed media to my creation, I started my layout with a sheet of white cardstock, then added vertical strips of both the ‘Bohemian’ and ‘Patchwork’ papers to define the focal area of my page.

I then added a mat for my photo cut from the beautiful marbled print side of the ‘Grow Wild’ paper and some frayed gauze for subtle texture.

Next, I took a sheet of the gorgeous floral ‘Memento’ paper and fussy cut several large floral pieces from it. I used these to tuck around my photo, and also to create anchor points in two of the diagonally opposing corners. This helped bring balance and flow to my design. I then used some soft pink watercolour paint to highlight and extend on each of the floral pieces, plus add some soft splatters around my page.

For the cluster in the bottom right corner, I topped the floral piece with one of the rubber charms and a small heart from the chipboard accent stickers sheet. For the top left cluster, I added a small heart from the die cut ephemera pack. I also added a sentiment from the ephemera pack directly onto my photo.

I used the large love you from the chipboard accent stickers as my layout title, adhering it directly below my photo and emphasising it with a die cut ephemera frame that I cut into pieces.

To finish off, I added a beautiful butterfly from the ephemera pack and then I left it at that. I was really happy with the soft, understated result of this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today so I could share this with you. I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping!

By | 2017-09-18T11:46:00+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

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