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Shine So Bright | Free Spirit | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-07-13T08:23:01+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration|

Good Morning Friends!
Today, I’m sharing a fun layout with you that I created with the lovely Free Spirit collection. This week on the blog the focus is to use multiple photos on your layout. I thought these two pictures of my littlest little were totally scrap-worthy using both the theme and collection.

Here’s my layout…

I couldn’t decide what navy and white patterned paper I wanted to use for my background, so I used two. LOL! I cut the smaller polka dot paper down a bit and layered it on top of the magnificent floral paper leaving a border only on the right side. Love the effect of this!
Next, I knew I wanted to play with colour, and that I did! I used the bright pinks and corals of the collection paired with the aquas and navy. It’s a combo made in heaven! The colours seem to pop off the navy and white background.

I matted both photos as one photo. I didn’t separate and give them two separate mattings. However, I did pop both photos onto foam for dimension giving the photo on the right an extra layer of foam. I did this for two reasons; Firstly because I wanted the photo on the right to stand out a bit more. And secondly, I was able to tilt the second picture slightly without the photo on the right interfering with the positioning. Hope that makes sense.

Moving on to embellishing and creating clusters, I pulled out the Die Cut Ephemera pack and went to town pulling my favourite pieces that I thought would work with the layout. I didn’t mean to use florals but look… I did! Oops! 😉 But seriously, how could I resist? They worked so well especially considering in the photos my babe is wearing a floral top! LOL!

I continued embellishing and creating clusters with the Puffy Stickers, Woodies and the Accessory Stickers.
The title itself is created with words from the Die Cut package, Shine So Bright in the cutest font ever!

Here you can see the dimension the foam sheet gives under the photos. The one on the right has a double layer of foam and so is elevated from the second on the left.

That’s it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my layout for today. Until next time, have a wonderful day!
xoLina

 

 

Beautiful Life | Wild at Heart | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-07-13T05:34:50+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout with you.

I am totally in summer mood and so I made a 8.5×11 layout with a photo from our kids in our vacation at Crete / Greece in May. They look so happy on this picture at the pool which I made with my smartphone.

I used the new and amazing free and summer themed cut files which you can find on the Cocoa Vanilla website. They are so cute and the waves are a perfect match to my photo.

In my photo there is so much navy and orange and so I first searched for some pretty Cocoa Vanilla papers which matches perfectly. I used the coral-white stripped paper “Fussy Cut” from the Wild at Heart collection and the “Starshine” paper from the new and awesome You Rock collection. Then I cut some waves with this papers and also with white cardstock.

I glued a coral wave on the top of the layout and stitched over it with my sewing machine. Then I glued 3 waves (in coral, navy and white) on the bottom of the layout and the picture behind the upper wave. I also stitched over every wave with my sewing machine and white sewing thread.

I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and placed the title above and under my photo. For the title I used the “Beautiful” Chipboard Sticker from the Wild at Heart collection and some white foam alphas from my stash. I placed a puffy heart sticker from the Free Spirit collection as the dot of the i.

After that I decorated my page with stickers and word stickers from the You Rock and the Wild at Heart collection and the puffy sticker “happy” from the Free Spirit collection. For some of the word stickers I used pop dots to add dimension.

I glued the “FAV” sticker from the Wild at Heart Accessory Sticker Sheet on the left side on the photo and a puffy sticker on the border from the picture.

To decorating the border with the wave above I used a circle sticker from the You Rock collection, an wooden shape anchor from the Endless Summer collection and a “&” woodie from the Free Spirit collection.

To finish off my page I stamped the date on my layout and decorated the whole page with enamel dots and a second woodie with a pineapple. This cute woodie is from the the free spirit collection.

I hope I could inspire you! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Ulli

Mamma’s Happy Heart | Free Spirit | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-07-13T11:37:18+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration|

Good Morning Friends!

It’s Lina, today sharing this layout of my two babes using the Free Spirit collection.

This picture… this picture melts my heart! The two of them love each other so and I managed to snap a quick picture of the two mid cuddle. Both entertained by the iPad but loving each other none the less! It only lasted about 3.7 seconds, but I was quick enough to take this picture! Ha!

Let’s jump right in… I started the layout by cutting two triangles and adhering them to my background sheet. Creating a diagonal quadrants. Then, I sewed around the perimeter and down the sides of the triangles with my little sewing machine. I used plain white thread, I like this look best. The papers I used for the background are Dreamy and Wildflowers.

Next, you guessed it… matting of my photo. LOL! I guess I have a routine and order to the way I do things. Haha!

I chose a variety of papers in the collection for my matting. I think they were all scraps to be honest. I don’t think I cut into a new, whole sheet. Pretty impressive, right?  I used the corally-orange border in the Accessory Stickers sheet as part of my layering behind my photo.

Working on my title, I fussy cut the word “happy” from one of the cut apart sheets. There is also a lower case one in the Die Cut Ephemera pack but I liked this one better. Well, truth is that I cut out the one from the die cut sheet first and then noticed the other one. It worked out well though because I wouldn’t have been able to arrange the letters the way I wanted with the pre-cut one since it was all one piece. For the rest of my title, I used the Alphabet Stickers and then sewed through them with my sewing machine.

To embellish, I used bit and pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as some cuts from the cut apart sheet. I also used some Woodies, a Flair Button that I placed within a nest of mint thread and finished off with a sprinkling of Enamel Shapes. I have to admit that this layout is less embellished than my other layouts. It kinda felt nice to use less 😛

To add to my love of tiny words and phrases, I created my own by cutting out some of the type patterned paper from the collection. The wording was perfect!

Hope you liked my layout! Have a wonderful day!
xoLina

HAPPY YOU | HELLO LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-07-06T10:13:58+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this one featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday.  I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.

I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn’t feeling like the page was working.  I don’t often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind!  So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?

I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper.  I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away.  Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.

Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash.  I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn’t want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!

To create my floral embellishment clusters, I’ve taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I’ve chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.

I’ve also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots – sparkles.  I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections.  This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.

I’ve worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.

I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.

 

I’ve added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer.  These are a mixture of collections with the word “Happy” coming from the Love Always collection and the “you” coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.

I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn’t think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.

Gwen

xo

Hello Lovely | CVS Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-02T00:08:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

What do you get when you add Love Always, Free Spirt, Make A Wish, Hello Lovely and Colour Me Happy together?

An absolutely beautiful layout.

 

Flicking through all my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio products deciding which collection I would use to scrapbook this photo of my sister and I, I began to pull out pieces of lots of collections and saw it all come together.

This layout came together quite quickly. It started with a double mounted photo and then came the arrangement of embellishments. I used foam mounting tape to create some dimension and some wood veneer to add a different texture.

 

So here is what I used to create this layout.

Love Always – Cardstock and Accessory Stickers

Free Spirt – Wood Veneer

Make A Wish – Enamel Dots

Hello Lovely – Die Cut Ephemera

Colour Me Happy – Flair Button

The Love Always accessory stickers are fabulous. If you struggle to journal or simply don’t like your handwriting then these stickers are for you.

I was truly blown away by how wonderful all the different collections pieces came together.

If you have any questions about the layout or techniques I have just please leave a comment in the comments section and I will respond to you. Now click HERE and head on over to the shop and grab yourself some beautiful scrapbooking supplies.

Take Care.

Lauren

You are the rainbow on my sky | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-06-24T06:25:10+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. Northern hemisphere is celebrating a beginning of the summer. It’s my most favorite time of the year. I love all the colors around me. Flowers, butterflies, rainbows, clear, blue sky – this is all I need to feel good and full of energy. I am trying to pour this energy into my projects. That’s why I want to show you today this colorful layout. I mixed many collections to make this page.

I started with this cute paper with little triangles from “Hello sunshine” collection. It’s so cheerful and summery. Next step was to cut the rainbow using various pattern papers in matching colors. I just went through my scraps and found pink in “Free spirit” collection, blue and green in “Color me happy” collection, yellow and orange in “Totally rad” and pink in “Sugar and spice”. I love combining different collections n one matching design.

I used white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” collection to create a title. I also searched for embellishments in matching colors to add some texture and dimension to the rainbow. You can spot there some rubber charms from “Wild at heart” and “You ROCK”. Chipboard stickers are also from “You rock” collection.

Cute woodies are one of my fav embellishments. I mixed few from various collections. I added wood veneers too. Clouds are from “Hello sunshine” collection. I also used puffy stickers and flair button from that collection too.

My inspiration for this page was this picture of my daughter lying on the striped hammock. Stripes reminded me of rainbow. Last step was to add the smallest elements like enamel dots. Once gain, I mixed several collections there.

That’s it for today. I hope You feel inspired to make your own rainbows. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Sweet heart layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-06-12T19:50:40+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Life Is Beautiful, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone. Welcome in another post in our “Scrap lift week”. This time it was my turn to choose one from many fantastic pages created by CVS team and scrap lift it. I struggled a lot because I wanted to scrap lift at least 10 pages (and I probably will do in the future 🙂 ). I finally decided to go crazy with large photo and I chose page created by talented Ulrike Dold.

This is my version:

And here is a beautiful page of Ulrike.

I decided to keep it as much similar as possible. I used big picture, various paper strips, wood veneer title and small embellishments here and there. I slightly changed the color scheme from pink to pink-blue-orange. It was such a great pleasure and fun to scrap lift this page.

You all know how easy it is to combine few CVS collections in one project. And it’s exactly what I did here. I picked some pink and blue papers from various collections and added few pattern papers. I dived into “Hello lovely“, “Love always” and “Make a wish” collections I picked few papers. I combine them in triangular shapes and sew them with sewing machine.

I also created a wood veneer title. Word HEART is from “Wild at heart” wood veneers set and word SWEET is from “Love always” wood veneers set.

I also gathered matching stickers and other embellishments. You can spy cute deer from button set from “Free spirit” collection along with paper flowers from “Hello lovely” collection. I also used few puffy stickers from “Make a wish” and mix of enamel dots.

I rarely use big pictures but working with them is such a different experience. You can’t add too much of embellishments and papers because the picture is a main focus of the page. I really like creating this way I will for sure try to use more of big photos.

Stars, splashes and some dimensional elements like rubber charms and chipboard stickers are like a cherry on the top of this page. I love the final result.

Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks.

XO Ania

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