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Fun & awesome | You ROCK layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-10-12T02:25:29+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my project for “Your signature style” themed week. When I saw what Sue is planning for us in October I needed to think for a while to define my style. I never think of what I like, I just act, cut and glue. So after few minutes I figured that my style is all about colors, little mess and layers. As a mom of two girls I usually wander around pinks and flowers so today I will surprise you a little with boyish page.

I used fantastic “You ROCK” collection to frame this cute picture of my nephew. I started with a fun and colorful background created with gelatos.

When my background was dry, I created a cluster of papers to build layers under my picture. You can spot “Starshine“, “In line“, “This way” and “Stripped” papers along with some chipboard frame and film strip stickers.

I fussy cut stars from one of the papers and added some small ephemera pieces here and there. I love how the colors are contrasting with each other and black colors just pops up from the composition. This is really a great mix.

I also added some rubber charms words here and there. They have such a great texture and I wish I had like ten packs of them. Title created with alpha stickers from “Totally rad” collection matches “You ROCK” collection perfectly. This is what I love about all CVS collections – you can easily mix and match them and still get fantastic results.

If you would like to take a peek at my creative process I have a video for you too. With my outstanding voice – over 😀

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks. i will show you my first projects created with bran new and absolutely gorgeous “Bohemian dream” collection.

XO Anna

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

YOU ROCK | You Rock & Totally Rad layout | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-08-20T20:15:37+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here today to share my latest design team project with you. This week the team has a brand new theme they are focusing on – ‘All About Colour’. Colour is such an integral part of creating, and the colour choices you make for your layout design can help influence the mood or theme you want to convey.

For this page, I wanted to document this cute photo of my boys, so I allowed my colour choices to be dictated by the photo.

You can see that I selected the blue as my main tone; followed by the complimentary lime green; then some small pops of red as the accent colour. I used elements from the ‘You Rock’ and ‘Totally Rad’ boy collections for this page to achieve the combination of colours I was after.

I started with the ‘Stellar’ paper from Totally Rad, and applied some blue watercolour paint with a small brush to define the focal area of my page. I held my page vertically whilst doing so, which allowed the excess paint to run down the page. I then added some blue mist splatters to the same area and allowed it to dry.

Once dry, I cut the background paper down to measure approx 11×11″ and then adhered it to the B side of the ‘Galactic’ paper from the ‘You Rock’ collection to form a border. I then used more of the ‘Galactic’ paper to mat under my photo, and added an extra layer with the lime striped ‘Mix Tape’ paper from ‘Totally Rad’ and some frayed gauze and messy lime green thread for texture.

I then began embellishing around my photo, using pieces from the die cut ephemera packs from each collection; along with some fussy cut stars from the ‘Starshine’ paper to create clusters. I complimented each of the clusters with some ‘Totally Rad’ enamel shapes and added one of the ‘You Rock’ flair buttons to the one at the top.

I used one of the large ‘You Rock’ wood veneer shapes as my title, and coloured it using a Posca pen so that it would pop from the page. I then stamped the date and added a few more mist splatters around my page and I was finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope the team will inspire you this week to break out all those gorgeous bold colours in your stash and get creating with them!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

2 Cool | Totally Rad | Emma Wood

By | 2017-08-06T16:34:04+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad|

Hi scrappy friends!  Emma here on the blog today to share a new layout using one of my favourite collections; Totally Rad.   I still love everything about this collection, the colours and designs are timeless and perfect for any type of layout.

I’m particularly obsessed with all the die-cut ephemera pieces which you may pickup by looking at my layout below 😉  This page is about Zack’s ever-changing favourite sport to play after school.  At the time I took this photo he’d decided he was all about basketball so we had to head down to the courts every night after school so he could shoot hoops (which is just awesome in the middle of winter let me tell you!).

My page started by picking a few die-cut pieces and I built everything else around it.  I used my Cameo to cut a few arrow shapes from white cardstock then I layered this ontop of another piece of white cardstock that I’d splattered with a few drops of mist.  I actually made a teeny little mistake when setting my cut file up on the Cameo – because I try to cut multiple files when I actually use it, I’d not left enough space on each side to make the full 6″ width of my page (boo!) but to fix this I just cut a few little strips of the “Happy Snaps” pattern paper and stitched it on each side.  I quite like how it finished up so it actually turned out to be a good little mistake 🙂

Once the background was finished it was jut a matter of layering all the die-cuts and putting all those fun embellishments ontop as well.  I just love that little robot die-cut (it may or may not be the reason for me buying multiple packs of the ephemera pack, haha).

I typed my journaling on my computer and printed it out on plain white paper than stuck that to the sticker green label from Accessory Sticker sheet.  I love the sticker sheet but I also like my embellishments to have a bit of dimension on them so to stop the pieces sticking flat to the page completely I’ll add little bits of white paper on the edges so they can fold up 🙂

Another favourite embellishment I reach for everytime has to be the woodies and the flair buttons! The designs/colour are just adorable and they add the perfect amount of dimension to a layout.  I created a little cluster using them on the right side of my photo which balances out the robot and speech bubble die-cut which is underneath my photo on the left side.

And to finish off my layout I put a few of the enamel shapes around my page.  I’m super happy how it finished up; it’s a bright, fun page and more importantly, I’ve got the little story of Zack’s ever-changing-favourite sport recorded 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I hope my little page inspires you to get out some of the older collections and play with them again! Until next time, take care. Em xo

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

Hello little man | You ROCK layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-05-26T05:52:44+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello crafty people. It’s Anna here with my second project created with new “You ROCK” collection. As You probably noticed after my two years with CVS, I like creating a girlish projects mostly. After all I am a mom of two girls, so I don’t have much of a choice 🙂 I always find it difficult to create masculine projects and, to be honest, I don’t enjoy it as much as creating with pink and flowers. But sometimes, when You are an aunt to the adorable 4 years old boy, You don’t have a choice 🙂

I must tell You that CVS “You ROCK” collection makes it so much easier to deal with boy pages. I love the color palette, a variety of embellishments and papers. And thing I love the most – You can dig in You stash for some older masculine CVS collections and they will match perfectly too.

I used two papers to create my background – the one with lines and one ombre blue to cut the stars. I layered them together adding smaller paper scraps to fill the stars here and there. My favourite item in this collection are chipboard stickers. They add so much dimension to the page and I love the matte finish of them. I used a chipboard frame over my picture along with some inscriptions and arrows.

I created a long, long title using different stickers and wood veneers. I really like this idea and I will try it on some other page in the future. Rubber charms are my second most favourite item. I added few of those here and there.

Wood veneers and flair button also look great. I added some acrylic stars from older collection “Totally rad”.

White and red splashes with enamel shapes finished the composition perfectly. I love the result. I need to take few more pictures of my nephew 🙂 I am starting to like all this boyish stuff.

That’s all for today. I hope You feel inspired. Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks.

XO Anna


By | 2017-04-30T14:22:43+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Totally Rad|

Hello again Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this time using up my stash of Totally Rad.  With the new release You Rock in stores soon, I thought NOW would be a great time to use up my stash ready for the shiny new things!  You will all know I’m not a big “boy” scrapper, but I do love this line as it has a softer feel than some other grungy style boy lines.  It’s not crazy out of my style, but I promise not a flower in sight!

Now would probably be a good time to ‘explain’ this photo!! Hubby and I had just taken a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, which you can see me pointing to in the middle of the photo.  We were on a rare date – we don’t get much time just the two of us (without Miss 10) so we were feeling a little silly and snapped this selfie!  It really does capture the crazy side of my man, which of course I love.

The design of the page started with the Line Up paper, which I consider a great neutral and totally useable on pages of any type.  I love the bold lines and knew I wanted these to run lengthways across the background of my layout.  Next, I went about cutting a chevron cut file.  I found this one on the Silhouette website #55485.  This is a great file for using up paper scraps, you could mix and match any papers that you have left in this collection as they all work really well together.  Once cut, I arranged them in lines on my background alternating the Stellar paper and the Say What paper.   Once I was happy with the placement, I stitched them down with some gold thread, because who doesn’t love gold thread right?? 🙂

Next, I knew I wanted to use the title “these are Good Times” from the Mix Tape paper so I fussy cut it out and mounted it on a neutral part of that same paper.  I also fussy cut out the words “Love This” and “Crazy” as I thought they fit my photo really well.  It was then time to mount the photo, for this I’ve used plain white card stock from my stash.  Then I went about adding the title and photo onto my page. I did this first, as they were my two biggest elements and I wanted to be sure I had their placement right before adding my smaller embellishments.


Once the photos were locked in, it was time to add the other text elements including those I had cut in the step above.  I felt like my page needed a little more and when I saw the sticker “You have to be odd to be number one” from the Accessory Stickers sheet I just knew I had to add it!  I also found this cute AWESOME banner in the Wood Veneer,  as well as the star and man icons.  I’ve also added in some Woodies – I love these things and am so glad to see them in quite a few of the Cocoa Vanilla collections.  I went with 3 cluster groups to round out the design and added some Enamel Shapes to finish.

So.. go on, pull out your leftovers of Totally Rad and use them up, those shiny new things are not far away now!

Gwen xo

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