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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!

Brave Little Dude | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-08-17T19:39:06+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone. It’s Raquel here today sharing a new layout for multi-photo week featuring the new You Rock collection. For the multi photo theme this week I challenged myself to include as many different photos of the subject of my layout as I could using a couple of different techniques.

The subject of my layout is my little man. Recently he had a little run in with his cubby house window and the ground. Let’s just say he likes to test boundaries all the time and unfortunately it didn’t go in his favour. A trip to the GP (doctor) resulted in him having a bandage on his head to stop the bleeding and assist the wound to heal. It looks like it was a lot more serious by the bandage on his head however it was covering approx a 1cm cut. This little man barely shed a tear and was so brave that I just had to document this moment in his life.

Here is the layout I created:

Initially when looking at the layout the main 4×6″ photo is the focal point of the photo. I matted the photo with the Night Sky patterned   paper and added some of the reverse side of the paper underneath also. Some ephemera finished this off.

What you can’t see in the pictures initially is all the hidden journaling and photos under this main 4×6″ photo. I created a flip album of sorts that contains many different photos taken to support this story. I really enjoyed playing with the papers and photos o wanted to add to create small flip pages that once all opened reveal hidden journaling.

Here is some close ups of those extra photos and the journaling.


As you can can see by creating this flip up I was able to add multiple photos to this page without overcrowding the initial design.

Another fun addition to the page that you may notice as well is the extra three photos on the bottom right of the page that I added in the form of the ‘photo negative strip’ from the ephemera pack. In previous layouts I had only used the negative strip pieces on ephemera packs as layering tools so it was fun to use it in its literal sense on a page. To print photos to fit I measured the negative space and then added that as a custom size in my photo printing software. Excitedly this worked and the photos fit perfectly. Not only was I able to add an extra few photos to the page but it also acted as a tool to balance the top heaviness of the top of the layout and the embellishing.

I tend to add some kind of repeated shape to a boy/masculine layout. On this page I chose stars and used them around the photo and then around the title area too.

I also added wood veneer in the three main clusters on the page. This compliments the wood pattern of the Plus One patterned paper.

The title of the page is ‘brave little dude’.  To create this title I used the typewritten words ‘brave’ and ‘little’ and then for ‘dude’ I backed a free cut file from the Paper Issues store with the Experimental patterned paper.

Here’s a quick little glimpse at how the hidden photos and journaling look and work on the page:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  I hope I have been able to show you some fun ways to include more photos on a single page layout.



Hello Mister Rad | You Rock | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-08-08T20:12:00+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello scrappy friends! It’s Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the fun masculine You ROCK collection. For this layout I’ve actually gone for a full on boy theme, including a fun photo of my sweet Nephew. I really should scrap more photos of him and all the funny faces he makes!

I started the layout by trimming down my cardstock to layer over the “Galactic” paper leaving a thin dark border around 3 edges of the layout. Next I worked on the main focal point of the layout by gathering scraps from previous layouts, arranging them randomly under the photo and cutting a couple of the bottoms into banner/fishtails. The papers used are This Way, Stripped & Night Sky .

To the left of the photo I’ve arranged a few die cuts, stickers and pieces from the “Random” cut apart paper to create layers and my title. I also added in some fussy cut stars from the “Starshine” paper and stapled them down to keep them in place.

As I do with most of my layouts, I’ve raised the photo and its layers up with some foam. I really like the dimension it gives to my layouts and the shadowing does help to make things stand out a little more.

Under all the layers I added some small strips of the fun new decorative Washi Tape. This added a little extra colour where it was needed to help balance the colours around the page. I popped a rubber charm onto the photo and a flair button to the right, layered over a tag sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.

I didn’t want to add too much to the remainder of the layout so I created a simple cluster at the bottom left corner using another fussy cut star, some stickers, die cut pieces from the ephemera pack and then scattered some of the enamel dots around the different clusters to tie it all together.

Lastly a few lines of typed journalling and a splattering of black ink and the layout was complete.

Well, thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to get creative with this fun masculine collection.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy Brothers | You Rock | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-07-30T12:03:20+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here and it’s time again for another project from me, this time using the fabulous ‘You Rock’ collection. It’s no secret that I love creating boy layouts, so with two five year old boys, I always have plenty of moments to document. The photo on this page was taken the day I took my Cars-mad boys to see the new ‘Cars 3’ movie. (Of course, we had to wear our Lightning McQueen shirts for the occasion.) Afterwards, I took them to spend some birthday money that was burning a hole in their pockets, and they quickly snapped up some of the car characters from the movie.

I adore the wood grain print on the reverse side of the Plus One paper, so I decided to use that as the base for my layout. I wanted to “grunge” my page up a bit first, so I added some brush strokes of white gesso, stamping and random smears of coloured texture paste to the paper before constructing my page.

I started by creating a layered mat for my photo to sit on. I used pieces of the Stripped and Galactic papers, which I cut and tore into a variety of shapes and sizes, then stacked and stapled the pile together. I also added a small amount of frayed gauze to add some texture before adding my photo on top.

Next, I took some of the washi stickers and tore them up. I applied the enjoy the little things phrase to the right of my photo, and small pieces from the blue striped one around my page.

Die cut ephemera was next. I selected several pieces from the pack and used them to add dimension and interest to my layers by tucking them in around and under my photo.

With that fabulous wood grain print forming the background for my page, I couldn’t go past using some of the coordinating wood veneer shapes to embellish it. (I so love the stars in this pack!) I added several pieces around my page, which brought warmth and natural texture to my design.

Finally, I added my title. I used the happy word from the Wild at Heart wood veneer words pack; and paired it with the word brothers from the cut apart Random paper. I highlighted my title by adding a small arrow from the rubber charms pack. I also added the double trouble phrase sticker from the accessory sticker sheet above my photo; my handwritten journaling; and a few splatters of white ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another project.

Until then, happy scrapping!

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!

Wicked Awesome | You Rock | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-07-30T05:48:32+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi CVS friends!

It’s Elodie here and I’m happy to be sharing another summer layout with you today. This time, I used the awesome You Rock collection and a photo of my girls with their dad on the beach a few weeks ago.

I went with blue and white for the background and backed a large strip from the Night Sky paper with the Starshine paper. How pretty is this dark blue? I love the way it nicely frames the page and gives it more depth!

I usually start a layout with a design in mind. This time, I decided to create waves on my page to go with the photo. I drew and cut circles in several You Rock papers: Starshine, In Line, Stripped, Night Sky, Random and Plus One. I cut them again in half, folded them gently for dimension and placed them like scallops on the left hand side of the page.

Next, I matted the pic with the bright In Line and Galactic papers and adhered it with foam squares in the center of my paper sea. I really like how the black and white photo pops against the colorful You Rock papers!

For the title, I used a wood veneer word that I spiced up with a cute flair button and I placed it on the bottom right hand side of the page. I then adorned the pic with a sticker from the accessory stickers sheet and a fussy cut star and sprinkled a couple of word stickers on my paper waves. I finished off my layout by adding more pretty You Rock embellies near the photo and around the title: more fussy cut stars from the Starshine paper, shiny enamel shapes, wood veneer stars and a die cut from the ephemera pack that I tucked under the pic.

I just can’t get enough of the bright colors and fun patterns of this collection and I hope my page inspires you to play with it! Thank you for stopping by the CVS blog today! Have an awesome day!


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