Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans and Happy New Year! Danni here sharing my latest layout featuring the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Daydream collection. We are starting off the new year with ‘New’ themed projects, so I have chosen to document these photos of my daughter’s new ‘do – her first ever baby haircut…adorable right?

I decided to keep things fairly simple for the background, using some plain white cardstock and a patterned paper border. This is a go-to technique for me because it is quick and easy but the border keeps the cardstock from looking too blank. I used Daisy Days 12×12 patterned paper for the border, making sure to gut the centre of the paper first so as not to waste any of the beautiful quality paper.

Next, I wanted to use up some of the scraps from the 12×12 patterned papers that I have already cut into for other projects. I had quite a few scraps by now, so it was time to get them used up! Instead of matting my photos individually, I cut several of the scrap pieces into varying sized rectangles and layered them together to form an interesting arrangement. I then distressed all the edges with my scissors for texture and dimension before adhering my photos on top.

I love adding paint and mixed media to my layouts, so I decided to go ahead and add a soft pink shimmery watercolour to the background. I used my paintbrush and added some messy brushstrokes and delicate splatters peeking out from behind my patterned paper layers.

For the title I chose a combination of die cut titles and some glittery alphas from my stash, as well as some tiny words from the accessory stickers to provide some subtitles. This is a great way to use these little phrases and I adore the typeface font.

I stamped the date on a label accessory sticker and added it above my photos along with a few extra stickers and a couple of lines of journaling in white gel pen. I love using white pen on top of patterned paper as it is nice and legible while keeping things light and bright.

I embellished either side of my photos using some floral die cut ephemera pieces and a couple of the adorable little houses. I popped on a flair button and some fussy cut butterflies from the 6×8 paper stack for good measure. I love how these tiny details finish off embellishment clusters beautifully.

I love how this sweet page turned out! The Daydream collection makes layouts like this come together like an absolute dream. I hope you enjoyed joining me today as much as I enjoyed making this layout. Have a wonderful day and best wishes for the new year!

Danni x

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