Hello its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing a sports layout with you that I created with the amazingly versatile Legendary collection.  The photo is of my son at our New Zealand National Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in 2018.  I always think a sports layout is the perfect way to feature stars, especially when its a boy layout too!!


For this layout I really wanted to feature some of the gorgeous star die cuts from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and I knew that I wanted to have them hanging like a key chain.  My photo was taken in 2018 and Sam was aged 11 at the time, so I really wanted to make sure the key chain feature looked masculine, and not girly or like a baby mobile. In order to this I used a really old banner paper clip from my stash, which also enabled me to attach the stars to my photo. The papers that you can see backing my photo are Offbeat, One Way, and All Star.

I created a shaker pocket from the largest star with plastic packaging, which I hand stitched to close the pocket.  I used some sequins to fill my pocket, and then attached all of the stars with some blue and white stripped twine.  I backed the second largest star with Outdoors Type and then punched holes in all of the stars to thread the twine through.  I arranged all of the stars with different lengths of twine, and then tied them in a knot around the paper clip.  It was a little fiddly, but so worth it!

I created my background with gesso first, then texture paste through a stencil followed by water activated powders that I applied with the packaging technique, and then splatters.  I always think its worth taking the time to dry in between layers of powders to get defined spatters.

Most of my embellishing was done with one of my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio supplies, the Clear Stickers.  I also used a phrase from the clear stickers for my title.   I finished my embellishing with a couple of the Accessory Stickers on my photo, and a subtle piece of ephemera which I cut in half and used as a layer under the paper layers.  In order to ground my photo I used a torn strip of Off Beat on the left side of my page.

I made a process video which you can watch below or on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube Channel.  In fact make sure you subscribe so that you don’t miss any of the videos the DT posts!

Thanks for looking!

Melissa xx

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