Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome back to another blog post! For this week’s project, I’m playing with the lush pastels and warm neutrals of the More Than Words collection and I’m scrapping a photo of one of my very good friends and her daughter.

I love how spontaneous and fun summer can be, and this photo was on a very spur of the moment trip to the zoo with my friend. She quite literally hit me with her stroller as they were walking a few weeks ago and inevitably, I tagged along on their outing. This picture, and many others, was a result of that outing.
For this layout, I knew I wanted to play with texture. I’m down to the very last of my stash for this collection so I knew that I wanted to make the patterns of the paper pad shine and work with a few embellishments to make an impactful layout. I began by punching squares from seven patterned papers and arranging them in a sort of bricklaying fashion across the top and bottom of a piece of white cardstock. I then used some basic white crepe paper to add some more texture to the rows and followed that with some trim I had in my stash that I grabbed from my local fabric store. I then rolled and distressed the paper rows so they wouldn’t lay perfectly flat because I needed a bit of mess in my pages.
Next, I worked on the photo. I used the remnants of the papers I used for my paper squares to create a layered photo mat and then grabbed some mini doilies from my stash, also to add texture and more color to the page. The only ephemera I have left from this collection was the vellum die cut pack, so I used some floral elements from that pack to add some interest around the photo, and I really love how it softened the picture and added a new texture to the page.
For my title, I used one of the chipboard stickers from the collection coupled with some gold thickers from my stash to carry the gold theme from the trim to the rest of the layout. I finished the page with a cluster in the upper left corner of pieces from the accessory sticker sheet that I mounted on foam dots to add some height to that element.
I hope you enjoyed this layout and were inspired to look at elements in your stash in a completely different way. It was fun to take something that’s not a conventional scrapbooking element like crepe paper and trim and work it into a layout – and I hope you give it a try. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

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