Summer Days | Sunkissed Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio fans! I hope you are all ready for some tropical, summer-inspired projects coming your way because the new Sunkissed collection hit my doorstep just a few days ago! I live in the subtropics, so this collection is absolutely perfect to scrap my family memories most of the year round. Today is extra special because myself and the amazingly talented Anita Bownds are doing a scraplift swap and I get to go first (you will see her scraplift a layout of mine soon!).


It was pretty tough choosing a layout to lift because I love so many of Anita’s projects. I decided on a cutfile layout because this is an element that we both tend to use quite often, and it also makes a page come together very easily. There were several I loved but, in the end, I decided on this lovely bicycle page because I knew I had pics of my son’s first ever public bike ride that I had yet to document.


The beauty of scraplifting another artist is that the decision-making and design is already taken care of for you. I chose a similar cutfile by COAPA Cutfiles and cut it on white cardstock, then went ahead and backed it with patterned papers from the A5 Paper Stack and Summer Lights 12×12 patterned paper.

I chose the Just Chillin’ 12×12 patterned paper for the background, as I liked the cloud pattern and the pale blue colour. I matted the photo with some of the A5 paper stack papers I had already used to back the cutfile, to create a nice separation between the photo and the background paper.

For my title I continued with the ‘Summer’ theme of the original layout with the Foam Title Stickers¸ however I changed the second half of the title from ‘Fun’ to ‘Days’ so that I could use one of the Clear Stickers that fit just perfectly in the space.

I went ahead and used the Floral Ephemera to build floral clusters in the top left and bottom right of the layout as in the original layout. I tried to get a good balance of the colours and include some bits of foliage to finish out the clusters. I also added some tiny floral sprigs to the basket of the bike from the floral ephemera – so sweet!

Anita’s layout featured lots of sweet tiny flowers scattered around the page, and this is where I deviated slightly – I couldn’t resist the sweet tiny hearts in the Clear Stickers so I added a sprinkling of those where the tiny flowers were placed. I also completely adore the Puffy Stickers though, so quite a few of the tiny puffy flowers made it onto the page as well!

Some more personal touches I included were adding a bunting die cut from the die cut ephemera to the bike, plus a scattering of tiny word phrases from the accessory stickers in three places around the layout (I can never resist these!).

I really hope I did this scraplift justice. I am super happy with how it turned out and I had so much fun creating with the amazing new Sunkissed collection. I hope you enjoyed joining me today, there is a process video linked below if you would like to watch too. Happy scrapping!

Danni x