Hey there Happy Scrappy People! It’s Michelle back here today with a layout to share thats inspired by our current November Monthly Challenge. This months challenge is full of pastels and rainbows and an oh so yummy looking cake, the very cake I drew inspiration from for this layout. I chose the sweet Daydream collection for this creation as I knew exactly which paper would work best to create a yummy looking ruffly layer cake.

The layout I made documents Leila’s birthday from last year. Her very first ‘proper’ birthday party with family and friends from school. She had an amazing time and has requested the same party for this year. Sadly due to COVID that can’t happen, but we will find a way to make it just as magical.

Here’s a look at the November Monthly Challenge board – you can find the album to enter your creations within our Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook. So many wonderful layouts shared so far!

How good does that cake look, and those beautiful flowers. To create my own version of the delicious ruffly cake I fussy cut all the strips from the rainbow paint stripe paper – Stepping Stones – and roughed up the edges. I cut pieces of white cardstock in a rough cake formation and adhered each strip to the cake starting from the bottom, and tucking the next in underneath. You could also start from the top and overlap each as you move down the cake.

Once the cake was complete I adhered it to the white cardstock and worked on the photo stack to the left

The photo stack is made up of loads of off cuts from the A5 Paper Stack. The designs in this stack are smaller versions of the larger papers and perfect for layering multiple designs together behind photos. Here I’ve used the smaller versions of Happy Place, All Aflutter and Daisy Days along with the diagonal stripe frame and ‘so lovely’ tab from the Ephemera Pack. The floral cluster tucked into the top is from the smaller Garden Variety paper and the ‘Beautiful’ is also from the A5 size Happy Place cut apart sheet.


At the top of the cake I created a couple of cake ’embellishments’ using a heart from the Ephemera Pack, ‘oh happy day’ sticker, wooden sticks cut from the ‘Over the Rainbow‘ woodgrain paper and the number 9 is from an alphabet set released back in the early days of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Small florals cut from the smaller version of Garden Variety to balance out the bigger floral cluster I added further down the cake.

I popped these florals up using foam tape and added the title underneath using a Die Cut Word and fantabulous banner from the Ephemera Pack, then more alphabet stickers from previous collections that I’ve sewn through to keep adhered to the page in years to come.

Lastly I added some handwritten journalling and a splattering of gold ink then felt the entire page needed to a pop of extra colour to bring it all together. I chopped the edges off the white cardstock, centred it on the beautiful bright yellow Sun Shower paper and sewed around the edge to finish it all off.

Here’s one last look at the final layout, don’t know about you but that cake looks good enough to eat!


Well friends thats all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my November monthly challenge inspiration as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please be sure to share your own creations inspired by this board within our Facebook Community Group, we love seeing what you all create!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

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