You Got This | Wild at Heart collection | Sophie Delorme

 

Hello Crafty friends !

It’s Sophie on the blog today with a school themed project to share !

 

All I used on this page comes from the beautiful “Wild at Heart” collection.

I chose the last photo of Sabrina doing home school before the Christmas Holidays. Home schooling during this pandemic has been very hard on her but overall she managed it quite well, and I wanted to highlight that on my page.

That’s why I used this beautiful cut file “You Got This” from Paige Evans as my starting point.

I used thick white cardstock for my background and applied watercolor where I planned to put my big title. I went for blue and purple tones of watercolor to match the collection and to make sure that my title stands out.

I cut the cut file on white cardstock and carefully stitched it to my background once completely dry.

 

I cut a piece of the “Mariposa” patterned paper for the inner part of the “O” in the word “Got” and backed it with adhesive foam to add my subtitle “Just Be You”, cut out of the “Fussy Cuts” patterned paper.

 

I backed my photo with tissue paper, adhesive foam, the “Grow Wild” paper and a teared piece of the “Patchwork” paper, and placed it at an angle next to the title.

I grounded my page with two large teared strips of patterned papers: “Double Dot” and “Artisan” papers.

 

I embellished my page with beautiful fussy cut flowers out of the “Luscious” patterned papers and created floral clusters on the top and bottom of the page. I also added a few butterflies and wrote down my journaling on one of the paper strip.

 

Here are a few more close-ups:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the visual impact of this big title on the page. Isn’t the color scheme of the Wild at Heart collection seriously amazing ??!

I hope that you felt inspired today, thank you so much for stopping by !

I’ll see you again soon !

Sophie xx

Time to Shine | Happiness Collection | Back to School

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing with you a ‘Back to School’ themed layout. I decided to delve into one of my favourite CVS collections ‘Happiness’.

Here is the layout that I created: Time to Shine


I knew that I wanted to use this bright and fun collection to document the beginning of what we hope will be a great 2021 school year – for the kids at school and also for myself as a teacher. The school year of 2020 was a challenge for everyone – particularly us in Victoria who had restrictions for long durations and remote learning. It is certainly a year we hope we do not need to repeat.

The subjects of this layout are my two kiddies – posing beautifully with their ‘first day’ sign prior to heading into school  . Full of smiles which I can honestly say have been present all week. It’s such a relief to know they are comfortable and happy in their new little space for the year. I chose to print the photos in a photo strip form in a smaller size  I love the definition the white border gives.

The cut file on this layout is a school themed file from the Cut to You store. I was able to use a variety of patterns from the paper pad to back the sections within the file. I love how it turned out!
I created three main clusters of embellishments on this layout. The image below shared the largest cluster in the bottom left of the page and to the left of the photo. I used mainly ephemera for this cluster but made sure to include a variety of foam adhesives to play around with the dimension I create on the page.


Behind the cut file and photos – I used a couple of strips of patterned paper. I added extra detail by machine stitching the edges of the paper pieces and the layout too. I just love how it turned out.

The title, although small was the perfect sentiment for these two ‘Time to Shine’


My last step in the creation of this layout was to add typed journaling to the page. As always I have used my typewriter and adhered it in strip form.

I hope you have been inspired by this layout today. Raquel xxx

 

HELLO BEAUTIFUL | WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog, I hope you are all doing well.  It’s Throwback Thursday today, so I’m diving into my stash and using the ‘Wild At Heart‘ collection.  This collection is from 2017 and I still absolutely adore it.  I love the mix of colours in the line and especially the blues and purples, and the sentiments are all so sweet.  I’ve used it to document some fun photos of my daughter just before a school disco from a few years back and especially love the theme to ‘Be your own kind of Beautiful’.

I had quite a bit of stash left in this collection embellishment wise however, I was a little short on the ‘Patchwork’ pattern paper which I really wanted to use.  To work around this, I’ve planned out my page first.  I knew I wanted to work with this cut file from CUT to YOU so first up needed to decide the position of my photos.  From there, I could save time and paper by only backing the parts of the cut file that would be showing.  No one would ever know that behind my photos, the cut file is not backed at all.

To back the cut file, I’ve used the ‘Patchwork’, ‘Luscious’ and ‘Artisan’ papers.  For my background, I’ve used a plain pink cardstock from my stash and framed it with the ‘Bohemian‘ pattern paper which is still available in the shop.  I’ve then added some stitching for extra detail.

Working with the supplies I had left, I’ve gone through them and pulled out anything I thought would match, looking at the sentiment in the pieces and their colour.  I decided on three focal points to create a visual triangle, two towards the top right-hand side of my page and one bottom left-hand side of the page.

I then fussy cut out three of the butterflies from the ‘Mariposa’ pattern paper and positioned them; one in each spot in my visual triangle.  From there I built my embellishment cluster, starting with larger pieces first, working towards the smaller elements.

I’ve used the title ‘Hello Beautiful’ from the Chipboard Sticker Sheet, I love how big and bold it is.  I’ve also used several of the sentiments from that sheet, (including the pink arrow below that says ‘wonderful’) the dimension chipboard creates on the page is really lovely.

I’ve also pulled some sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ – I especially love the typed sentiments at the bottom.  I’ve added these to my page using 3D foam tape and to finish up the layout, I’ve added in a flair button and the ‘Enamel Dot Sparklers’.

I’ve also made a YouTube video of my process which you can watch here:

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’ve put this page together.  Do you have any Wild at Heart still in your stash?  Why not pull it out and get creating.

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

 

Cool Dude | Legendary Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts back again with a fun boy layout! This is an update for my son’s album of his new style, glasses and very long hair. I used the gorgeous Legendary collection, especially the All Star patterned paper and the die cut ephemera. Starting with the larger stars, I created a border on either side of my photos that frame the images in the center. I added gradually smaller and smaller stars, many punched from scraps leftover from previous projects! To add a bit of detail, I added dots of Nuvo for a splattered effect.

I used the die cut titles that accompanied this collection for my “Cool Dude” as well as a phrase sticker from the 6×12 sticker sheet. In the gap between the photo and the title, I squeezed in a quick note about his updated appearance, which has changed quite a lot in the last year! Enamel dots were perfect to add a bit of dimension to some of the stars as well.

On a few of the larger stars, I added small word phrase stickers with angles cut into the edges or arrows from the die cut pack. I love the way this mix of colors worked so well with my photos and was glad to find some of the scraps I had punched were red, which is a common color for my boys to wear! Once I added a neutral border to contain all the flying stars, it felt complete!

 

I hope this star-filled layout inspires you to look at your scraps a little differently! You can use punches and fussy cutting to use up even the smallest bits and pieces in a collection! To see how the “Cool Dude” layout came together, check out the process video below!

Laura Alberts, Design Team

Beautiful | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

Hi lovely’s , Anita back with you today sharing a another floral layout using day dream collection .
full of fussy cut flowers and pretty paper layers ….seriously who doesn’t love some flowers all layered up.
I started off with white cardstock and then I cut 4 strips of sweet serenity about 1 x 12 and punched a border on 2 of the strips then I layered the punched strips over the other and added them to the top and bottom of the layout

 

Then I tucked a fussy cut flowers from the garden variety patterns paper and added some phrase stickers from the accessory stickers
Then I cut a big 4 1/2 inch strip and punched 2 sides and then cut 2 more inch strips to tuck underneath to make the border punched edges pop

 

Next I matted my photo on papers from the paper pad and tucking a doily and tab from the accessory stickers then I add a few other stickers around the photo then next I added more fussy cut flowers around the photo and tucking them at the top of the photo

 

Then to finish off the layout I added a cardstock title popping it up on double sided foam tape to add that cute dimension

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my floral inspiration today
Happy crafting..xx

The Good Days | Daydream Collection | Danni Visser

Hi there scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout inspired by the new February monthly mood board challenge “La Vie en Rose” created by the talented Anna Blades.

I chose to document a photo I adore, taken at a local park, of Jacaranda trees in full bloom just as the sun is setting. The Daydream collection was the perfect choice for this!

I was inspired by the image of the ocean at sunrise/sunset in the mood board and I was especially drawn to the layers of colour in that image. I started with the pink side of Stepping Stones 12×12 patterned paper as my base, as I wanted to keep with the mainly pink colour scheme and I love the hint of yellow in the pattern.

My goal was to mimic the layers of colour in the ocean waves, so I tore strips of Garden Variety, Sweet Serenity, All Aflutter and Happy Place 12×12 patterned papers, keeping the torn edges uneven and varied. Next I rolled the edges up with my fingers to create extra shadows and dimension. Once I was happy with how they looked, I layered them up towards the bottom of the layout, overlapping them from the top down.

I was not completely happy with the look of the straight line on the top layer of paper right in the middle of the layout, so I took the strip of little rainbows from the cut apart side of Happy Place 12×12 patterned paper and fussy cut the top edge. I tucked it behind the top layer of paper strips which helped soften that harsh line.

I adhered my photo down in the centre of the page, then built my title “The Good Days” from the die cut titles, placing the words above and below my photo to create the sense of the title embracing the photo.

The image of cherry blossoms in the mood board had me imagining tiny falling blossoms raining down, so I used a bunch of the teeny tiny floral and leaf die cut ephemera to create a vertical pattern of blooms falling from the top to the bottom of page.

For finishing touches I filled in all the gaps between the flowers with dimensional drops in white and pale gold, as well as some gold leaves and pink + white sequins from the sequins & flowers pack. Tiny sparkly details like this always help to finish off a page for me.

I hope you enjoyed joining me today for this mood board inspired layout! Which images from the mood board are you most drawn to? There are so many beautiful ones to choose from. There is a process video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch this layout come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

 

“La Vie En Rose” February Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it’s the last day of the month already? January seems to be that “blink and you miss it” month that passes by in a blur. Here in Australia, the new school year has just begun and everyone is getting back to their normal routine after the Christmas holiday period. We know that for many of you in other parts of the world your current routine includes varying levels of lockdowns and restrictions, and we just hope that it also includes some time for yourself to be creative.

And to help you along with that creativity, we have a brand new challenge for you designed by Anna Blades.

Here are some details about how our challenges work:

Each challenge starts and ends on the last day of the month. They are revealed here on the blog as well as in our Facebook Community group. The challenge consists of a mood board that has been collated by a member of our design team and contains a variety of images. Simply use the images as inspiration for your project, then post a photo into the challenge album in our Facebook group. Your project can be a layout / set of cards or tags / traveler’s notebook spread / art journal page, etc – it’s entirely up to you. You do not have to use only Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, but they should be the main focus of your creation.

Here is Anna’s mood board, entitled “La Vie En Rose”…

Anna has created a soft, romantic mood board for us this month. The phrase “La Vie En Rose” translates simply to “life in the pink”. It can also be interpreted to mean to see life through rose-coloured glasses (live life with a positive outlook). You could use this theme as the subject of your project, or you could even include the quote. The signpost image might inspire you to document a favourite trip or holiday destination; or the champagne flutes might remind you of a special occasion, like a wedding. The beautiful layered colours of the sunset may have you reaching for watercolour paints, or the braided yarn may have you looking for soft fabric texture. Or you could simply go with lots of pink! Whatever you choose is up to you, but please tell us about it when you load your entry.

And here is Anna’s gorgeous sample layout…

Anna has captured the pretty pastel tones of her board perfectly (including plenty of pink) using our ‘More Than Words’ collection for her layout.

She cleverly twisted a pink chenille stem (pipe cleaner) to create the word love to replicate the neon light of the quote.

Anna fussy cut some of the sketched style flowers from the “Sketchbook” paper to represent the beautiful blooms on the board. She also included some layered pastel tones just like the pretty sunset.

Now that you’ve been inspired by Anna’s stunning layout, it’s time for you to get creative too!

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the February challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 28th February to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 store voucher to spend in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.

Sweet Memories | Merry & Bright Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts back again with a super silly 9×12 layout featuring non-holiday themed photos using the delightfully holiday themed Merry & Bright collection! I particularly adore the florals in this collection and really wanted to make them the shine on this page. With two black and white photos on a wood grain background, using the Season’s Greetings patterned paper, these photos automatically ‘pop’ on this background regardless of how much color I add on.

I clustered together a number of fussy cut florals to create a border along the bottom of the photos, adding in a couple of the puffy stars for a bit of non-paper texture. I loved the gold tones these added to the page and reached into my stash for some large gold sequins to add as well.

For the strands of hearts along the bottom, I drew lines with my white gel pen, then added an assortment of hearts and the outlines of hearts (that I cut from the punch-out packaging!). These outlines are then backed with pocket page cards and paper scraps. The hearts that didn’t have an outline were drawn one with my white gel pen. By alternating between sequins and hearts, with a little bit of Nuvo drops in between, this gives a lovely detail to the bottom of the page as well as tying in the gold from the stars.

 

   

I have included a sketch based on this layout to inspire you to give this design a try! I hope the sketch for this layout inspires you and this embellishment style encourages you to look at your collections a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can change things up. If you’d like to see the Sweet Memories layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Beautiful Together | Throwback Thursday – Happiness Collection & Others | Melissa Vining

Hello everyone!! It’s Melissa here and I’m so happy to be here for Throwback Thursday.  The first thing I always do for Throwback Thursday is pull out all of my Cocoa Vanilla collections and decide which one I’m going to use.  I decided that for this layout, I’d let the members of our Facebook Group decide, so I made a poll with the following collection options: Happiness, More Than Words, Bohemian Dream and Midnight.  Happiness won by a landslide, but a couple of people asked for a mashup, and several other others likes this suggestion.  So I decided to make Happiness my main collection, and incorporate something from each of the other three collections!! Such a fun challenge to set myself!!

I chose a photo of oldest and youngest daughters, and my main reason for choosing it was for the pink and purple colours in it!  It goes perfectly with Happiness.

I created a mixed media background focussing on pink, purple, blue and gold.  I also added subtle white splatters to tie it all in together.  I mostly used the packaging technique, and also splattering.  I used a manual die cut machine to cut two different sizes of triangles from the paper scraps I had leftover from Happiness. After I had adhered all of my triangles I machine stitched through them in bright pink thread for texture and interest.

I heat embossed the large floral stamp from More Than Words with gold metallic embossing powder.  I love how elegant it turned out!

The large chipboard “beautiful” is from Bohemian Dream, and I kept it white so it would pop against all of the other colours on my page.  The “together” die cut title is from Midnight.

I also used Accessory Stickers and  from Happiness and Midnight over the top of the triangles and stitching, and I love the whimsy that it adds!! I wrote my journalling on a cut apart piece that I fussy cut.

I made a process video, which you can watch below.

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I hope I inspired you to pull out your older Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections, and to even mix them up a little!

Thanks so much

Melissa xx

 

Sending kisses | Daydream Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello friends. Have you seen brand new “Sunkissed” line reveal? I am so excited about this collection. It’s like combination of all my favorite things in one: summer, rainbows, seaside and vivid colors. I still have to wait for few weeks to dive into it but it gives me more time to play with another gorgeous collection – “Daydream“. I still have plenty of papers and embellishments in my stash so I decided to make another page. This time I reached for quite old photos of tiny Maja ans scrapbooked them in sweet and cute way.

I mixed together two papers to make my background – solid “Happy place” pattern and “All flutter” cut into film strips. I made them using my edge punch, that I own for ages. I challenged myself to use more of my tools this year. I glued the strips only in the middle are so i was able to bend the edges and tuck some elements behind them.

Next step was to add photos and flower clusters around them. You can find plenty of pretty florals in ephemera pack. I focused in ones in pink, coral and yellow colors trying to keep my page quite monochromatic. I also fussy cut cute, little rainbows from “Up in the clouds” paper. They are just a perfect little embellishment!

I finished my composition adding few fabric, puffy hearts. They are so cute and give such a nice texture to the page. I also added little flair button. I am running low on them and tend to hoard them 🙂 but I managed to overcome my parsimony. Last step was adding title using my stash of alpha stickers. Maja just learned how to send kisses with her hand and my hubby took photo in the right time, when she was doing that. Hence “Sending kisses” title. I so miss those days, when she was so tiny and cute.

I really like how this page turned out and I am glad I used my punch to make those strips. They create little anchors for all the embellishments so they do not float on the empty background.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you soon in my other post <3

XO Anna