Hey everyone, its Raquel here today and I decided to create a page about my little man using the new Wild at Heart collection. I thought this may have been quite difficult given that you may perceive this new collection to be more feminine orientated, however it all fell together easily once I had chosen my colour palette.

The moment I am documenting is a pretty big one in my little mans life. On the morning that this photo was taken he had slept the full night without the security of his dummy/pacifier. In this household and for him, as a two year old, I thought that weaning him off it would be a lot more tricky than it was. The night before he couldn’t find his dummy and exclaimed that the ‘tooth fairy took it’, so we decided to go with it and yep, that was it!

Here is the layout that I created: Happy and Proud. 

Here is the process video for how the layout came together:

For the background I used a free cut file that I downloaded over on the Citrus Twist blog by Jen Chapin. When I create a masculine page, one of my go to techniques is to ‘go geometric’. I will choose a shape of some kind and base by design around it. It is always a great starting point for me when I am thinking of layout designs. In this case the free cut file was a triangular design, so that was a perfect foundation. I used mainly the Mariposa patterned paper to back the triangle designs. I chose this one as the colour has a watercolour look and changes from a green/blue to a royal blue colour, it is so gorgeous. I also added a few woodgrain triangles from the Artisan patterned paper in three places, forming a visual triangle.

The photo itself has multiple layers of papers and embellishments behind it. I used a grey patterned paper from the Love Always collection, a layer of the Wild at Heart vellum, and lots of beautiful tags and ephemera pieces, including one of the cute rubber charms!

On this particular day, along with my photo I recorded a segment of my sons reaction to sleeping the whole night in this bed without a dummy. I decided to turn this video into a QR code which can be scanned to watch it and see more of the story.

To create your own QR code of a video from your phone you can do the following:

  1. Upload your video to ‘YouTube’, I do this quickly via the ‘Capture’ app and set it to unlisted (this means those with a link can view the video).
  2. Copy the video link.
  3. Download a program such as Qrafter, which allows you to read and create your own QR codes.
  4. Click the ‘create’ option and create your own QR code by pasting in your video link.
  5. The program will then create your QR code which you can edit by changing the colours and then save to your camera phone ready to print to add to your layout or project.

I added three main clusters of embellishments on this page, forming a visual triangle. In the cluster below I actually delved back into my CVS stash and used a flair and veneer from the Made of Awesome collection, a camera I fussy cut from the Life is Beautiful collection and finished with some labels from the Colour me Happy snippets.

I felt like the journaling needed something to help balance it all out so I also added some further embellishing below it. I chose also to use the Colour Me Happy cool enamel dots on this one as they coordinated beautifully.

For this title of this page I have used a combination of embellishments. The word happy is from the Wild at Hear veneer pack. I just love the font and how it pops off the page. I also added the text ‘& Proud’ using the Life is Beautiful alpha stickers. I added those to this page as they were in that navy blue colour and suited it perfectly. I added the date to this page a little differently to usual. I found a cute little tag in the Love Always Bits and Pieces pack. I decided to stamp the date on it with archival ink and adhere it to the page by wrapping it around the veneer and securing it with some foam adhesive. I love how it turned out. Of course I added my journaling using my typewriter, in strip form. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope this layout has shown you how you can use this collection for masculine pages and also given you some tips and tricks to using QR codes on your pages.

Raquel x