Hey Everyone! It’s Michelle back here today with another instalment of our regular ‘Throwback Thursday’ theme. I dipped into the remnants of my Legendary Collection stash for this layout to document my awesome nephews recent birthday. This kid is such a rad rockstar, he absolutely deserves to shine bright on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog!

Our little family have recently been struck down with the dreaded ‘spicy cough’ as some may call it, and during one of the many days that I didn’t move much from bed I ended up fussy cutting an entire sheet of stars from the ALL STAR 12×12 paper in the Legendary Collection. A lot of tiny scraps of paper left in the bed and a fully cramped hand but I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result, a vision that came together in my head while sick in bed a few days prior.

To create the layout I started with a star shape clip art found easily in a google search, resized in Silhouette studio so that it filled as much of the 12×12 background paper as possible and cut it out on white cardstock. I separated the large star shape from the negative outer edge piece without tearing any edges and kept both pieces for future steps. Next I created the star outline that overlays the top of the pattern stars, this was done with a simple cut, paste and resize of the original star shape to create the outline piece. Again, both pieces separated once cut and sat to the side.

Now it was time for the fun part. I used the larger star piece from the original cut to add all the different coloured and sized stars using both foam tape and glue adhesive for different heights of dimension. This took a couple of hours to get it all right to ensure both colours and sizes were evenly distributed. Once this step was complete I was able to assemble the layers to make the background pop.

To get the layers exactly right I started with a fresh sheet of white cardstock on the very bottom, on top of this I added the negative outer edge piece of cardstock from the first cut adhered flat on top. This helped to assist with the correct placement of the bright stars piece which was added straight after. The final ‘layer’ to this star spangled sanga was the second negative outer edge cardstock piece which I lined up with the first and adhered using foam tape to create shadow lines and dimension down into the star pieces, if thats what you would call it.  Lastly I added the star outline piece over all the layers, rotated around so that it sits different to the pieces below it and adhered with more foam tape for a little extra pop off the page.

I added the sweet photo of my super cool nephew to the left of centre and layered complimenting pattern papers underneath with the addition of a sticker and ephemera piece tucked in for good measure. I printed the photo in black and white to avoid any colour clashing, as there was a lot of similar colours in both.

Under the photo I added the mixed font title, made using the word EPIC from a 3×4 card on the EPIC TALES paper and some of my most favourite white alphas that I’ve stitched into place, finished off with a mini cluster of fussy cut stars

Over on the top right of the layout I added another little cluster of stars along with some ephemera pieces and a word sticker from the accessory sticker sheet

and in the bottom right side of the star I added a note about the photo and even more fussy cut stars.

Here’s a final look at the layout with all its brightly coloured stars and a splattering of black ink. I really enjoyed creating this layout using the Legendary Collection. It’s certainly fun creating things that are different to the usual pretty florals that I tend to be drawn to. Plus the fussy cutting of the stars felt quite therapeutic and was a good little activity to make the day pass quicker while stuck in iso.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this layout has inspired you in some way to get a little creative with fussy cutting, as theres so many papers within the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collections that are perfect for chopping up and recreating with. I hope to see some of your creations shared within our Community Group real soon.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x