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SUMMER | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-09-02T14:14:29+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here, back today for another share, this time I have a fun Summer themed page featuring me!   This shot was taken at a Fun Run my sister and I did last year, as part of our “try new things” year for my 40th birthday.  I had never done anything like this so it was on our list!! AND it was so fun!  Now, we didn’t run but walked the 10-kilometre track, stopping along the way for happy snaps and this was one of them!  I’ve used the Endless Summer collection for this for its Summery soft tones.

The idea for the page began with my photo and the die cut title from the Ephemera Pack.  I find a page always comes together quickly when you have something like this to start you off.  I then went about cutting out the floral die cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I went quite large with these as I knew I wanted them to be a major part of my design and to layer my photo and elements over the top of them.  I’ve left then plain white to contrast my background.

I went with the Sweet Treats paper for my background, because, well, who doesn’t love a wood grain!  I have rotated the paper so the grain runs up and down rather than across as I knew my design would flow more in this direction.  Next, I went about matting my photo, I’ve used both sides of the Coastal Chill paper.  I love doing this for a double matt photo.  You know the patterns will work together well and you are only cutting into one sheet.  I’ve also used a section of the This & That paper as my third paper layer, lots of fun things to fussy cut out of this one and then you can use the outside edges as a photo mat.

I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out the pink doily and striped tab from the same paper and layered them into my paper stack.  I also took this opportunity to add some foam tape to my photo to make it stand out above the background layers.  Now was also the time to add a single pink flower from the Blooms pack.

I then went ahead and added the smaller elements.  I adore the little wood veneer pieces in this collection, cute clouds, hearts and even a flamingo!! I’ve also added a cloud from the puffy stickers sheet, super cute!! I then went in search of elements from the Ephemera Pack.  I went with this cute banner as well as the title.  It was a nice chance to add some stitching here as well.

Lastly, I added the Flair and Enamel Shapes and some Woodies, all the page was done!  I love how it turned out, so warm and Summery.  With Winter now behind us in Australia, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Spring/Summer filled pages and I hope mine has inspired you today.

Thanks for popping by today

Until next time

Gwen

xo

Love You | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-08-06T21:45:59+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Cut Files, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here and I have a gorgeous floral layout to share with you today!

I just adore florals, and the ones in the Wild At Heart collection just make me swoon!!! SO pretty!

But enough chatter, here’s what I’ve created….

“Love You”

Told you those florals were pretty!!! No fancy layout design required when the papers are this gorgeous! Let’s take a closer look………

Simple. Beautiful. And just oh-so stunning! Wild At Heart really has my heart!

I have used my favourite floral pattern paper, CV-WH009 MEMENTO, for the base of my layout, and used it’s coordinating CHIPBOARD FRAME to enhance my sweet photograph! You’ll also spy floral paper,CV-WH007 GROW WILD as the pretty backing to that ‘string art’ dream catcher cut file. I selected this paper as it has a #samebutdifferent look to the MEMENTO paper, and it coordinates beautifully! The center heart is pieced with the B-side of pattern paper CV-WH001 LUSCIOUS – so pretty, and it really pops against the indigo blue! Here’s a closer view…..

I just love that dream catcher cut file! I have made it appear as string art, by cutting the mosaic lines thinner, & connecting these ‘strings’ with ENAMEL DOTS (SPARKLES) beads. I have added a soft mixed media element beneath the dream catcher with watercolour splatter, and finished it all off with a sweet ‘Wild at Heart’ CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER. * Please note: This cut file is  one I have edited from the Silhouette Store. *

I have positioned my photograph cluster just over the right side of the dream catcher, to enhance the connection and flow through my design….

To avoid ‘blending’ my frame into the dream catcher, I have layered the LUSCIOUS paper beneath my framed photo to add warmth and contrast. There’s also two cuts from CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS paper in this layering, as well as a delicate doily (from my stash). That gorgeous CHIPBOARD FRAME is also embellished with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA banner, so lovely!

Speaking of lovely, how about that LOVE YOU title?!!

The CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title is just divine! I have also embellished it with a super cute FLAIR BUTTON that appears to have a similar pink ‘wash’ look to it, which also coordinates with the soft mixed media element of my page too!

When it comes to florals, and all the pretty things, Wild At Heart is definitely my go to collection! So very beautiful and perfect for memory keeping my sweet girl!

Hope my layout has inspired you today!

Thanks so much for visiting!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

This Makes Me So Happy | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-08-09T00:22:48+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello friends!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share today.  I combined a few collections on this page including Love Always and Wild At Heart.  I wanted to see how the florals from both collections would look, and I love how it turned out!  I love using watercolors to create a background that pulls all the colors together.  I think the light and dark pinks look so pretty mixed with the light oranges and corals.  I started with this beautiful black and white dotted patterned paper from Love Always.  I coated a lot of it with white acrylic paint to fade out some of the circles.  This makes the background less busy and helps the photo and embellishments to stand out while still leaving some of the dots scattered around the edges.  I did a lot of fussy cutting and used one of the exclusive floral cut files as well.

I used a few different shades of pink and coral watercolors on the background.  I used the plastic packaging technique as well as a brush.  It did take some time to fussy cut all those flowers, but the end result is worth it.  I tucked the cut file in as a layer and added some tangled thread.  I also added some foam under my photo to raise it up off the page.

Again, I mixed collections here.  I used a Rubber Charm from Wild At Heart, and the striped banner piece is from the Love Always Accessory Sticker Sheet.  I added in a few sequins from my stash that matched the mint leaves.

After the pink and coral watercolor dried, I splattered in some light aqua and silver ink sprays.  I also added in a few more pieces here.  The Chipboard Stickers are from Wild At Heart, and the “captured” sticker is from Love Always.
I created a small floral cluster down at the bottom left area with more fussy cut flowers and tangled thread.  I used a few more Wild At Heart Chipboard Stickers here as well.

I fussy cut this circle from a Love Always paper and added a few flowers to the left of it.  I overlapped the watercolor so it blended in and looked like part of the background instead of just a random piece that I just stuck down.  I also stitched through it and topped it with some sequins.

I used this piece as my title.  It’s from a 3×4 cut apart piece from a Love Always paper.  I love that it’s a dark grey color and matches the photo.  I layered a few more flowers here, did some stitching and wrote my journaling.

I hope this inspires you to mix and match your collections.  It’s fun to come up with new color schemes and see what embellishments work with it.  Check out my process video if you’d like to see how I created this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMuHCPfYaNc

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Hello Sunshine | You Rock | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-08-02T15:18:29+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone,
Lina here today sharing a project I created using You Rock. I’m having so much fun working with this new collection. It’s so bright and colourful and because it’s Summer here in Canada, it’s perfect to use for the season!
Also, I used a bunch (almost all 😜) of the new Summer Cut Files available on the website. You can find them here :  http://cocoavanilla.com.au/shop/summer-freebie-cut-files/

I’m scrapbooking a photo from last week of my parents and my littlies at the park. They’re all swinging on the swings and this shot captures so much happiness… I’m not sure who’s having more fun, the kids or the grandparents 😊

First, I cut the FREE cut files I mentioned above out of some of the patterned paper in the collection. I felt it appropriate to use the yellow pattern for the words Hello Sunshine. Then I cut it a second time in another pattern paper and cut the sunshine piece off using a pair of scissors. I glued them on top of one another, slightly offset, creating a “shadow”. I love the effect this gives.

Next, my fave… matting my photo. I used so many pieces from the collection including scraps from papers I had already cut into. After adding a few layers, I popped all of it on some foam sheet for dimension. I just adore the way a bit of lift gives the photo a lot of depth.

Next, I dug into the Die Cut Ephemera and looked for pieces that I thought went well with the layout and colour scheme that I was going for. I decided to make the teal/aqua pieces the focal colour and so I put aside all those pieces as I was searching. I used pieces from the Accessory Stickers sheet, including the little words and phrases to embellish my page and clusters.

Behind the photo and matting as well as behind the Flair Button I used, you’ll see some tangled and messy thread. I just love the look of some peaking through.
I finished off the layout with a heathy sprinkling of Enamel Shapes in aqua and yellow to make the layout more cohesive as a whole.

That’s it for me today my friends! I hope you enjoyed my layout and my process. I appreciate you stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
xoLina

Love That Smile | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-24T03:28:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun layout to share today.  I mixed and matched a few collections for this including You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  I started with the beautiful wood grain paper from You Rock.  I wanted to add lots of bright colors to it, so I pulled some papers from the three collections and cut several XOs in different sizes.  You can find the XO cut file in the store with the Colour Me Happy collection.  I chose four photos to go horizontally across the page.  I arranged the XOs in a vertical design behind them.  I used some acrylic paints and in sprays on the background and embellished with flair buttons, die cuts, wood veneer and stickers.

I love how all of these die cuts created such awesome dimension and texture here.  I overlapped them and added in some tangled thread and a few fussy cut flowers.  I didn’t want to cover up to much of the die cuts, so I added just a few embellishments.  The Flair Button is from Make a Wish, the Wood Veneer is from You Rock, and the banner piece is a Life is Beautiful Ephemera piece.

I added a Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer word and a few die cut flowers here. I think these bright colors really make the black & white photos stand out.

I think my favorite part about the XO cut file is that it’s lined so you can see through it.  You can still see the background through them, and I love that effect.  I added in some light coral thread here to match the XO above the photos.

Here’s another look at the top of the layout.  I added in a few more pieces from Life is Beautiful.  I didn’t completely glue the XOs down all the way.  I wanted the edges to pop off the page to create some depth.

I tucked the first photo under the X here to keep a pop of the blue in that area.  I didn’t want to completely cover it up since that is the boldest color.  I added a few label stickers under the end photos.

For my title and center piece, I used this Accessory Sticker from Make a Wish.

It was a lot of fun mixing and matching collections for this!  I hope it inspires you to do the same and perhaps work a fun cut file into the mix.  I do have a process video if you’d like to check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Summer | Endless Summer | Emma Wood

By | 2017-07-19T14:49:56+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hello scrappy friends!  It’s Emma on the blog today to share a fun summer layout using Endless Summer and the free cut files!  We’re in the middle of winter over here (in Australia) so I’m looking for any excuse to scrap photo’s that remind me of warmer days so the freebie cut-files were perfect!  I adore the soft colours used throughout the Endless Summer collection – it’s a perfect match for creating pages about summer.

I broke with tradition and went with a patterned paper background!  Bit of a shock I know 😉  I’ve a habit of always using white cardstock but I’m trying to mix things up a little by using my patterned paper more.  I love the colour of this paper (Coastal Chill) and added a bit of vellum (from my stash) on top to soften it a little more.  For my cut files though I went back to my beloved white and I used the wave pattern plus the word “summer”.

I couldn’t decide which photo’s to use so I ended up going with three!  Only one of them is in colour though because the other two are a little blurry (2 year old + jumping around in the pool while using an old phone camera does not produce the best photos…) but by turning them black & white it’s not quite as noticeable.  I layered the photo’s in a off-centre grid type layout and used one of the die-cut pieces to balance things out.

I cut 3 wave files at the same size and stuck them together using foam tape in between each layer to create a bit of dimension (staggered the positioning so you can see each of the layers..it’s meant to look a little bit like waves moving back and forth, not sure it worked…but you know…I tried, ha!).

I typed my journaling on the computer again (using typewriter font) then cut out one of the 3×4 cards from This & That paper and used it to anchor my journaling section at the bottom of my page.  Once the base was set I got to add all those fun little pieces.  I love, love, LOVE the woodies (in every CVS collection!) so I made sure I included a few of those.

I added a pop of pink at the bottom (heart woodie) then had to balance the contrasting colour around the rest of the page by using the flamingo (because why not? I mean it’s so cute!) and arrow die-cut (I’ve that habit of doing things in groups of 3).

Super happy how this one turned out – I think it’s got that perfect summer vibe!  And I’m just a little chuffed with myself for creating a page without a white cardstock background! 😉

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Take care, Em xo

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

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