Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a fun layout featuring the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper cut-apart sheet from the gorgeous These Days collection. Cut apart sheets are a fantastic place to start when you’re feeling low on inspiration, as there are so many pieces to draw inspiration from. My favourite way to use them is to cluster several of the pieces around a central photo as I have done here.

To begin with I took a plain sheet of white cardstock and jazzed it up with some mixed media in colours to complement the These Days collection. I used yellow, duck egg blue and soft pink distress oxide inks and used a combination of brushing, spraying and splattering to create a messy background.

I cut up the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper and arranged the pieces I liked best around my photo. To vary the sizes of the pieces, I have also used one of the cut-apart sheets from the A5 paper stack. The pieces are similar to the 12×12 paper except scaled down, which means I can create interest with a variety of shapes and sizes.

To create even more interest and texture, I have taken three of the pieces and added some hand stitching. This is a nice way to add stitching if you don’t have the time or patience for lots of stitching. This was nice and quick, but still looks very cute. I decided to use the ‘Home Sweet Home’ piece as my title, then stitched over the word ‘Sweet’ with a whipped backstitch and over the leaf sprigs with a modified chain stitch. I also stitched around the little house piece and over the word ‘Sweet’ at the bottom of the page.

Once I had my main cluster placed, I added a small cluster to the top and bottom of the page. These pieces were also cut from the cut-apart tags and banners on the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper. There are so many bits and pieces on these cut-apart sheets! Once the main elements were placed it was easy to add a few embellishments to finish off the layout.

I added some of the floral ephemera in the empty spaces around my main cluster, using the smaller florals so as not to overwhelm the page. I used the clear stickers to add some leaf sprigs to my clusters, as well as the cross-hatch details for some extra interest. I also popped one of the puffy gold glitter hearts on one of my floral clusters, then added a little puffy sticker butterfly and a couple of hearts.

As the finishing touch I added some mini puffy alpha stickers at the bottom of my photo to spell the word ‘yum’. I love using embellishments to spruce up dead spaces in my photos like this, and these puffy alphas are the perfect size.

I just love how this one turned out! I hope you enjoyed joining me today. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

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