Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio fans! Danni here with my first layout using the gorgeous new Joyful collection. I have a sweet collage photo of my daughter playing in the rain to document today. It is not necessarily a Christmas themed photo, but it was early in December and she has a bright red dress on so I thought it was a perfect lead in to my Christmas layouts for that year’s album.

I started by taking the Very Merry 12×12 patterned paper as my background paper because the subtle spotted pattern reminded me of falling snow or rain, which was perfect for my rainy day theme. To highlight my photo I matted it using the mustard script paper from the A5 paper stack and lightly distressing the edges for texture. I added further softness and texture by including a couple of layers of pink tissue paper as a second photo border.

For my title I couldn’t go past the incredible puffy gold title stickers – they are the perfect shade of bright Christmassy gold and the metallic shine on them is just amazing. I spelt out ‘Joyful Day’, which describes this moment perfectly, and layered it across the bottom of my photo.

Next I took a pile of stars that I fussy cut from the Making Spirits Bright 12×12 patterned paper, as well as stars from the corresponding paper in the A5 paper stack to create a variety of sizes. I created layered stars with some of these by adding a larger star underneath with patterned paper and adding dimensional foam in between the layers. Other stars I added foam behind or just left as is for a variety of heights and added dimension.

I wanted to create the feel of hanging Christmas ornaments so I glued a variety of different threads and twine in between my star layers and positioned my stars at various heights across the page, with the twine hanging from the top of the layout. I love this effect!

To fill in any gaps left between the larger stars, I added some of the smaller fussy-cut stars and three of the puffy gold glitter stars in the empty spaces. Those gold puffy glitter stars are just so incredibly gorgeous, I had to use them immediately!

To finish off the layout I added a sprinkling of the stars from the puffy gold title stickers in amongst the star clusters, then layered the ‘Fa la la la la’ chipboard banner piece from the chipboard stickers across the top of my photo. I hope you like this layout! There is a process video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch the full process. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

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