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Hello sunshine | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-09-11T04:24:30+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello crafty people. As you probably noticed – it’s a STICKERS WEEK on Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I am very happy about it because let’s be honest – who doesn’t like stickers? They are so easy and fast to use, come in a variety of shapes and colors. Perfect type of embellishments.

You can find many types of stickers at CVS Store like: chipboard stickers, regular sticker, alpha stickers and puffy stickers. I mixed them together on this sunny – funny page.

I had a series of cute pictures of my little girl playing at the pool. They are mostly blue so I thought – let’s make a fun, blue background. I searched through all the CVS collections and picked every blue paper I found. I grouped them and decided to use 8 patterns together. You can spot papers from Color me happy, Wild at heart, Hello sunshine, Make a wish, You rock and Endless summer collections. I just cut a stripe of paper and combined them all together creating a whole new 12*12 paper.

With all that patterns my page didn’t need much of embellishing. Small stickers and other elements were just perfect to add them here and there.

I started with three chipboard frames from “Wild at heart” collection stuck behind the pictures. I also picked some words and small elements from “Hello sunshine” ephemera pack and sticker sheet. Puffy stickers are also a fun type pf embellishments to put on the page. I created a title using two puffy words from “Hello sunshine” puffy stickers.

Adding dimension to my pages is one of my favourite techniques while creating a layout. That’s why I love wood veneers, woodies and flair buttons. All of them used on my page are from “Hello sunshine” collection.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO

Anna

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

Forever In My Heart | Wild At Heart & Endless Summer | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-08-22T06:28:18+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout I made for the „All About Color“ theme this week.

I love colors, but I often scrap using a limited color palette, so I struggled with this challenge at first. But sometimes you just need a little bit of time to think and develop a concept.

Eventually I came up with the idea of creating a large circle in rainbow colors on a 12×12 page. For this I wanted to use only cardstock that I water colored myself, paired with lots of Cocoa Vanilla embellishments.

First I took my water color pencils and added a bit of yellow, orange, pink, blue and green on a white card stock (in different areas so the colors wouldn’t mix). I then added a bit of water to the colors with a paint brush and waited until all of it dried. I chose various floral craft dies and die cut them with my Big Shot.

My starting point was a small black and white photo that was taken on our holiday on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives in May 2012. I decorated it with die cuts, rubber charms and some water colored leaves in my favorite color, pink.

I then completed my circle from right to left with orange, yellow, green and blue and ended up with pink again.

I used several Cocoa Vanilla collections to create this colorful circle: Wild at Heart, Hello Lovely, You Rock, Endless Summer, Colour Me Happy, Free Spirit and Make A Wish. It was so much fun to use the ephemera die cuts, woodies, enamel dots, stickers, rubber charms, paper flowers and all the other beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Embellishments! And of course I used my water colored leaves and flowers too. Often I glued die cuts on glue dots to give them some dimension. I also added a few smaller items from my stash – especially in yellow, because I didn’t have enough embellishments.

For my title I chose the „Forever In My Heart“ die cut from the Wild At Heart collection and placed it below my photo.

In the end I splattered some gold and black paint across the page. To finish it off I stamped the date with a roller stamp next to my photo on the left side.

I hope you like my layout and had fun reading my post!

Till next time,

Ulli

Bath time fun | Mixed Collections | Emma Wood

By | 2017-08-19T18:25:32+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello friends, it’s Emma on the blog today and I’m so excited to be sharing my next page.  This week the Design Team will be sharing projects that focus on colour and I had so much fun putting this one together.  As soon as I saw the theme I knew I wanted to include a collection of colours – and the easiest way to do that?  Go with a rainbow!   The bonus of creating a rainbow layout is that it’s also an easy way to use a mixture of CVS collections on your page too!

Because I was using a mixture of colours I flipped my photo’s to black & white so I didn’t have to worry about colours clashing.  I used a star-burst design for the top of my page and cut the papers from a few collections (You Rock, Wild at Heart, Endless Summer, Make a Wish and Totally Rad) using my trusty scissors so each piece is slightly different from the other.  I also cut a couple pieces from the same patterned paper (one slightly smaller than the other) and then machine stitched them together, folding up the sides on the top piece to create a bit of dimension on the page.

I planned to have the title at the bottom of my page but I knew I had to keep it plain because the page already had alot of colour on it, so I went with the white alphabet stickers from Colour Me Happy.

Now I’m a fan of white on white but the title didn’t stand out enough on the white cardstock background so I came up with the idea to pop them onto of the word stickers – I’d planned on using them (You Rock Accessory Stickers) on the page anyway so I figured why not make them my background instead!  Part of me didn’t want to waste that many fun word stickers on the one page but I really quite like how it turned out.  I just ran the whole lot through the sewing machine to keep them in place (I’m a big fan of the sewing machine, hard to find a layout of mind that doesn’t include it).

My journaling is typed up on the computer (using typewriter font) and printed it onto plain white paper.  Up until this stage the photo’s had been sitting side by side but the journaling ended up being a little bigger than I’d thought so I staggered the photo’s, put the journaling at the top of the right photo and popped one of the rubber charms (from You Rock collection) at the bottom of the left photo to balance things out.

Once I’d finished with the actual layout of my page, I got to add all the other fun bits and pieces – I love enamel dots/shapes and there are so many fun colours in all the CVS collections!  Most of the enamel dots came from the Colour Me Happy collection (warm & cool) but I also added a few stars from Totally Rad and chipboard stars from You Rock.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you’re inspired to create your own page using a bit of rainbow magic!  There are so many gorgeous colours in all of the CVS collections so don’t be afraid to mix and match! 😉

Until next time, take care. Em xo

THE SLEEPY KITTY | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-08-14T21:49:19+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today and this week our focus is on creating with multiple photos.  Generally, I prefer to scrap one photo per page so it was fun to mix things up a bit and include more than one.  I had these 2 cute pics of my kitty Ferris and thought they would be perfect.  I seriously think this cat sleeps all day, it’s quite the life don’t you think!

The design for this page started with the photos which I knew I wanted to print smaller than usual.  These are 3 inches x 3 inches.  I would definitely recommend working with smaller prints if you are used to only using one photo at a time.  I also knew I wanted to create a bold title, another reason for printing smaller than usual as I knew my title would fill up quite a bit of space on the page.  I have used my Silhouette to cut the title from a plain piece of card stock, then I went about mounting it with the Sunbleached paper, I just love the ombre on this one, I didn’t want a pattern in my background here, I wanted something very simple and this paper was perfect.

Next, it was time to get about hand stitching.  I punched small holes around the edge of the letters and then hand stitched using embroidery thread.  I like to leave a small white space between the edge of the letters and my stitching so that it looks more like an outline rather than sitting directly on the edge.

I then also mounted this piece of white cardstock onto the Sweet Treats paper – just so that a small strip was showing at the top and a slightly larger one down the bottom.  I also added stitching with my machine around the edge at this point.

Now was the time to place my photos and add my embellishment clusters.  I wanted the design to be somewhat symmetrical, so I placed one photo under the title on the left and the other above the title on the right.  I have mounted these using the striped side of the Coastal Chill paper and the lightest part of the Sunbleached paper.  Next, I added the cute floral pieces from the accessory stickers sheet.  I know it’s extravagant to use the 2 floral pieces from 2 separate sheets, but I had them there and I really wanted that part of the design to balance.

It was now time to finish off my title, I’ve done this with the Alphabet stickers.  I pulled out the green letters on the sheet to help balance out the small green details from the flower clusters.  There was already a lot of the warm peach tones, so I didn’t want to add to them, I wanted something to break them up a little.  With such a big title, I wanted to keep the other elements on the page quite simple so I have just added a few wood veneer elements, these ones are from the Life is Beautiful collection and some sticker hearts also from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

Lastly, I added some cute enamel elements from the Enamel Shapes pack and the layout was done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how this one came together and I’d love to see your pages using more than one photo; so be sure to share them in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community, we do really love seeing your creations!

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

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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