Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Today I am sharing a simple layout with a big impact featuring lots of patterned papers from the stunning Legendary collection! I was inspired to make a very organic nature-themed layout because this photo of my son and I was taken in the Australian bush, and you can see the trees in the background.

I began by freehand cutting some leaf shapes from Outdoors Type and Epic Tales patterned papers, making sure to vary the size and shape. I wasn’t too careful about making these neat; people really don’t notice any flaws in the finished layout. I wanted to add some interesting details to the leaves, so I hand stitched some veins on the larger ones with white thread and used white gel pen for faux stitching on others.

I decided to use this sweet cutfile as the main part of my title, so I went ahead and backed the letters with blue and grey from Epic Tales, Offbeat and All Star papers. To finish off my title I took the word ‘BOYS’ from the Die Cut Titles and trimmed off the ‘S’ with my scissors. Remember if the words aren’t quite what you need, it is so easy to alter them slightly! I kept my photo mats simple with a plain white followed by the light blue from Total Legend paper.

I absolutely adore the woodgrain in Outdoors Type paper, so I decide to use that as a background.  Because it is a dark tone, white accents look very striking in contrast, so I added some white modelling paste thought a quilted stencil and plenty of splatters with my white and gold inks. This kind of mixed media is simple to do but makes a huge impact!

I added some dimensional foam to my photo and title then arranged my leaves in clusters around them. I made sure to vary the placement of the green and white leaves to break up the colour and add more dimension. For a finishing touch I added three clusters of light blue, grey and white Enamel Dots and three tiny words stickers from the Accessory Stickers.  I can’t help but put enamel dots and tiny word stickers on almost all my layouts; it just doesn’t feel finished without them!

I included a couple of simple lines of journaling and the date in white pen below my title.  I just adore this layout – it was really quite simple and didn’t take too long at all, but it looks so lovely all finished. I’m so happy with it! There is a process video linked below if you would like to watch it all come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


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