Hi there lovely Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a fun layout using a mix of old and new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections – Happiness and Daydream. I chose to marry these two collections because although they both have lots of pretty florals and butterflies, the colour palettes are quite different, with Daydream being beautifully soft and muted, and Happiness so bright and colourful. I really wanted to challenge myself to make the two collections work together, and I am really pleased with the result.

I have a photo of myself taken back in 2014 when I was in early pregnancy with my son; I had been suffering badly with morning sickness and this day was the first I felt well enough to get dressed up and go out, so I definitely wanted to celebrate that moment!

I started with the Sweet Serenity 12×12 patterned paper from Daydream, then took two pages from the Happiness 6×8 paper pad, layering them to make a large paper block in the centre of the layout to base my elements on. I also added a couple of strips of Over the Rainbow 12×12 patterned paper from Daydream because I love me some woodgrain!

I layered up some pieces from the Happiness Little Things 12×12 patterned paper behind my photo instead of matting it, and I also took one of the frames from the Happiness die cut ephemera to make a place for my journaling.

To jazz up my background a little I added some pink texture paste through a chevron-pattern stencil either side of my central paper block, elongating it to a more horizontal format. I went ahead and added a few tiny hearts with the same paste too, I just love little details like this.

For my title I chose the ‘Thankful’ die cut title from Happiness and layered it over my central paper block, overlapping my photo slightly. I chose to make two large embellishment clusters on this layout – I could have done a third but I wanted to keep most of my embellishments within that central paper block. I used a combination of accessory stickers from Happiness and die cut ephemera from Daydream to create my pretty floral clusters. I love the bright pops of pink from Happiness paired with the soft pinks and yellows from Daydream!

I decide to go all out with my clusters and added some die cut ephemera hearts and sequins from Daydream, plus some tiny word phrases from the Happiness accessory stickers. To finish it all off I added a Daydream flair and two die cut butterflies, with some pearl drops as flight trails. I really love how soft and pretty this turned out with those bright pops of happy colour shining through. I also really love using that frame to give me lots of journaling space, definitely something I will be doing again in future!

I really hope you enjoyed joining me for this layout today. There is a process video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch it come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


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