Friday, 15 June 2018

You are Awesome, Kid | TN Layout | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey friends!

Today I have a new project to share with you using the amazing Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule collection! This time I created a traveler's notebook layout, featuring a photo of my son, Isaac, at his school swimming carnival earlier this year. I wanted to document how proud I was of him and the effort that he put in on the day!


I started the layout off by covering both pages with the Expressionist patterned paper. I trimmed the patterned paper slightly smaller than the page, so that it left a white border around the layout to frame it. I then positioned my photo so that it went across both pages.


I love that there are two packs of Ephemera in this collection! I had fun layering bits and pieces from both packs down the right hand page.


I also cut the 'You are Awesome' piece out of the Boy Stuff patterned paper, and I layered this with the die cuts. It made the perfect title for my layout!

To finish the layout off, I added my typed journaling to the left hand page.


I had so much creating this traveler's notebook layout using Boys Rule! I can't wait to create another project with this fun collection!

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

New Kitten | Junque Journal pages | Vicki Boutin

Hi friends! 

Today I'm sharing a new entry in my Vicki Boutin junque journal! I’m so excited to be joining in with Vicki’s Junque Journal Summer Camp, and I used one of the June prompts to inspire this page. I chose prompt #6, which is to use the neutral art crayon pack. I must admit that this is probably my least used pack of art crayons, but you know what?! I loved playing with these colours, and I’ll definitely be using them more now! I’ll show you my finished pages, and then I’ll take you through my process step-by-step to show you how I created them. 


These junque journal pages were all about experimentation for me… I had no plan when I started, I simply kept adding layer upon layer to my background until I was happy with how it looked! It was fun just to play and experiment with different ways of using the art crayons! 

Here’s my process… 

1) I started by scribbling the green crayon from the pack onto my craft mat, and then spritzing some water onto it to make a watercolour. I then used my brayer to apply it to my background. 


2) Next I added some more colour to the background using the art crayons with a stencil brush. I used the same green again, and I also brought in some grey, and a little bit of the dark blue. 


3) For the next layer, I mixed the Iridescent glaze with the dark blue art crayon, and applied it through one of the Vicki Boutin stencils in three areas on my background. I really love that you can mix the art crayons with the glazes, because it means that you can customise the glazes to whatever colour you want! 


4) Once the glaze was dry, I then applied some more of the dark blue art crayon to the background, this time using the packaging (or kissing) technique. If you haven’t tried this before, all you need to do is scribble the art crayon onto some plastic packaging, add a little water to it, and then ‘kiss’ the packaging to the cardstock to apply the colour. 


5) I also applied some more of the green art crayon using the same technique. 


Here’s a look at the finished pages, before I added my photo and embellishing… 


I started my embellishing by adding my title to the left hand page using the chipboard Thickers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection. I also added a couple of butterflies from the watercolor sticker pack, and gold glitter hearts from the foam Thickers pack. 


At the top of the page I added a beautiful gold rub-on from the collection. I love how this finishes it off! 


I added a photo of my son with our new little kitten Archie over on the right hand page. I matted the photo with one of the patterned papers from the 7x10 inch paper pad, and I also tucked a label from the die cut frames pack under the right hand side. 


I created a little cluster on the bottom right hand corner of the photo, using a cardstock sticker and another butterfly from the watercolor sticker pack. I also added another gold glitter heart to this page. 


I added a few lines of journaling to the page, and then I was done! Here’ another look at the completed pages… 


Thanks so much for joining me today! I’m looking forward to sharing some more Junque Journal pages with you this month for the Summer camp! Make sure you share your projects with us as well over in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Community Facebook group! 

Supplies Used: 
Junque Journal 
Junque Journal Refills – White Paper 
Gesso 
Art Crayons #3 – Neutral 
Creative FX Glaze – Iridescent 
Stencils 
Watercolor Brushes 
Stencil Brush Set 
Mister Bottles 
Single-sided Card Pad 7”x10” 
Cardstock Stickers 
Thickers – Alpha/B&W Chipboard 
Thickers – Phrase/Glitter Foam 
Rub-Ons 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Watercolor Stickers 


Friday, 1 June 2018

Awesome | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing my first layout using the AWESOME new Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule collection! This just might be my favourite boy collection ever!! I LOVE the colours, and the embellishments are so fun! This layout came together very quickly (well quick for me anyway!), and that's because the product was just so easy to work with! On this layout I documented a photo of my hubby and my boy fishing together while we were on holidays last year...


I decided on using the reverse side of the Star Fall patterned paper as the background for this layout. This kind of paper is perfect for using as a background as the pattern is subtle, but still adds some nice detail to the page. I then layered three more patterned papers onto my background to provide a matt for my photo to sit in. The papers I used were:
Expressionist (both sides)
Fun & Games (reverse side)

I also cut out the strip of stars from the Boy Stuff patterned paper, and tucked it under the bottom edge of the Expressionist patterned paper.


Next I matted my photo with one of the sections from the Fun & Games cut apart sheet, and I adhered my photo using craft foam underneath to give it some extra dimension. To the left of the photo I added an arrow from the die cut ephemera pack, and then I added my title along the bottom of the photo using one of the chipboard pieces. I love that these are now pre-cut, which makes them easier to move around your page whilst deciding on their placement.


To the right of the photo I added a die cut camera, and I also tucked a label from the Miscellany die cut pack under the side of the photo. I typed my journaling on my typewriter and then cut it up into strips to add to the label.


I used the 'adventure' die cut from the miscellany pack, and I tucked it under the top edge of the light blue Expressionist patterned paper. I also added a flair button there as well.


I finished the layout off with some of the chipboard crosses and a few little word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.

Thanks so much for joining me here on my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout and how I used the amazing Boys Rule collection!

Mandy x

Thursday, 31 May 2018

CVS Retreat | Vicki Boutin

Hi there friends! 

Today I have a bright and colourful layout to share with you, featuring the Vicki Boutin Color Pop paints! I was lucky to be able to attend a creative retreat recently and it was so lovely to be able to meet some of the ladies that I’m friends with online, in real life. I documented a photo of all the girls that I shared a table with at retreat. They were such a fun bunch of ladies, and we definitely had some good laughs over the weekend! 


I started my layout off with a sheet of the Vicki Boutin Foundations Paper, and then I created a rainbow of colours on my background using the Color Pop paints. I watered them down quite a bit, and I also misted the background with a bit of water before applying the paint. This allowed the colour to move more freely on the cardstock, and it also gave them more of a watercolour look. I think I’ll try something like this again, because I love how it turned out! 


Next I matted my photo with a couple of the patterned papers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection, as well as some vellum. I added some craft foam in between the layers to give the photo some extra dimension. I also added a cardstock sticker across the bottom of the photo that says ‘Do all the Things’. Underneath the photo I added my title, using the chipboard Thickers from the collection. I added some machine stitching through the Thickers to secure them to the page, and to add some texture. 


Around the photo I added some of the watercolour stickers, tucking them into the layers. You can also see here that I added a little bit of stamping to the background. I used one of the Vicki Boutin stamp sets, along with the Color Wheel inks. I tried to keep it tone-on-tone, matching the colour of the ink to the colour on the background. 


I fussy cut some of the beautiful butterflies out of the Social Butterfly patterned paper, and adhered them to the page, once again trying to match them to the colours on the background as closely as I could. I also added some machine stitching through the middle of the butterflies, and then lifted the wings up a little to give them some dimension. 


I finished the page off with some black ink splatters and enamel dots. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout! If you’d like to see how it came together, you can check out my process video over on my YouTube channel… 


Supplies Used: 
Foundations Paper 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 1 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 2 
Color Pop Acrylic Paints – Set 3 
Color Wheel Pigment Ink – Cool Tones 
Color Wheel Pigment Inks – Warm Tones 
Stamps & Dies – Set 2 
Brushes 
Mister Bottles 
Cardstock Stickers 
Thickers – Alpha/B&W Chipboard 
Watercolor Stickers 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Pretty Words 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Social Butterfly 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – The Little Things 


Friday, 25 May 2018

Junque Journal | Here | Vicki Boutin

Hi friends! 

Today I have a new junque journal page to share with you for the Vicki Boutin design team! I used a few of the beautiful Color Pop paints, along with some stamping and stencilling, to create this Summery page! I documented a selfie of me with my youngest daughter at the beach… 


This page actually came together very quickly because I already had the painted background ready to go. While I was creating my previous DT layout, I had some excess paint left on my craft mat, so I simply grabbed a page out of my junque journal and ‘kissed’ it onto my mat to pick up the paint. It was that easy! Sometimes unplanned backgrounds work out the best! To add a little bit more interest, I decided to add some stencilling to the background using one of the newer Vicki Boutin stencils, along with an art crayon and a stencil brush. I really love the depth that this adds to the background! 


On this page, I also used some flowers that I had previously stamped onto a leftover piece of cardstock. I had added some mixed media to the cardstock, and then cut a title out of it, and I didn’t want to waste the leftover bit, so this is what I did with it! 


I decided to add my title, journaling, and photo down the centre of the page. The black die cut frame over the photo really helps it to pop! I also clustered some of the flowers around the photo, and I added a water color sticker across the bottom. To complete the photo cluster, I tucked a little bird in behind the larger flower. 


I added my title, using one of the foam Thickers from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection, and then wrote my journaling underneath the title. I finished the page off with a few more of the die cut flowers, and that was it! 


I love how this page turned out with the gorgeous bright colours, and the pops of black! Here's how it looks all finished and in my VB Junque Journal...


If you’d like to watch my process video for this Junque Journal page, you can check it out over on my YouTube channel… 


Supplies Used: 
Junque Journal 
Junque Journal Refills – White Paper 
Gesso 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 1 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 2 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 3 
Art Crayons #1 – Warm 
Art Crayons #2 – Cool 
Stencils 
Stamps & Dies – Set 2 
Watercolor Brushes 
Paint Brushes 
Stencil Brush Set 
Mister Bottles 
Thickers – Phrase/Glitter Foam 
On the Edge Paper Embellishments 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Watercolor Stickers 


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Serenity | Vicki Boutin

Hey friends! 

Today I have a new layout to share featuring some Vicki Boutin mixed media products and the ‘All the Good Things’ collection! I had a play with the Color Pop paints on this page, and I also did some stamping and stencilling. The photo that I documented was one that I took when we were on a family holiday recently. We found this lovely creek, and it was such a peaceful and serene spot. It was the perfect day! Here’s the layout that I created… 


To start my layout off, I applied some white gesso through the script stencil in three different places on the background. I wanted to add some texture to the background before I added the paint. 


Next I mixed the Saltwater Taffy paint with a little bit of the Plum Pudding to get a colour that matched the blue sky in my photo. Then I added some water to it to make it more fluid, and I painted it over the top of the stencilling. My idea was to add some colour behind the photo, and also to create a smaller cluster in the top left hand corner of the page. (I end up changing my mind though and the mixed media in that top corner gets covered up with patterned paper.) 


Once that was dry, I decided to add some stamping over the top of the paint, to give it some more depth and interest. I used the new circle stamps, along with the color wheel inks, to add a few stamped circles. 


I also stamped some smaller circles using black archival ink. 


To finish off the mixed media, I added a little bit of the Daiquiri Ice paint to the background. I watered it down the same way that I did with the blue, and applied it using a paint brush. The reason I decided to add this colour was because the other colours on the page were very bright and bold, and I wanted to soften the colour palette a little. 


Once my background was done, I was ready to start embellishing! I added a few of the die cuts from the ‘All the Good Things’ collection around the right hand side of the photo. I tucked some under the photo, and then I layered one over the edge of the photo. I also used foam tape underneath some of the die cuts to give them extra dimension. 


I painted a few of the butterflies from the watercolor sticker pack, once again using the color pop paints. I love that by doing this, I was able to customise them to my page, and they matched perfectly to the other elements on the layout! I adhered the larger butterfly using foam tape, to make it look like it was floating off the page. 


As I mentioned before, I decided to add some patterned paper down the left hand side of the page. This helped to bring in more of the yellow and aqua. I added some machine stitching down the edge of the yellow patterned paper, and I also distressed the edge of it a little which gave the page some nice texture. I added my title vertically along the edge of the patterned paper using the chipboard Thickers from the collection. 


To finish the page off, I added a couple of enamel dots. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! If you’d like to see how this layout came together, you can check out my process video over on my YouTube channel… 


Supplies Used:
Foundations Paper 
Gesso 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 1 
Color Pop Acrylic Paint – Set 2 
Color Wheel Pigment Ink – Cool Tones 
Stencils 
Stamps & Dies – Set 3 
Brushes 
Mister Bottles 
Thickers – Alpha/B&W Chipboard 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Icons 
Cardstock Die-Cuts – Frames 
Self- Adhesive Finishing Embellishments 
Watercolor Stickers 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Blossom to Awesome 
Double-sided Patterned Paper – Social Butterfly 


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Life is Good | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

Today I have a new layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection! This is definitely one of my favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - I just keep coming back to it again and again! I was lucky to be able to attend the CVS retreat earlier this month, and this was one of the layouts that I created over the weekend. I documented a recent selfie of my youngest daughter and I...


I started my layout off by layering some strips of patterned paper across the page. The patterned papers that I used were...
Abstract (reverse side)

I also matted my photo with the reverse side of the Gypsy Heart patterned paper and I tucked the piece that says 'You were born to Shine' under the bottom edge of the photo. (I cut this piece out of the Boho Bits patterned paper). I adhered my photo using craft foam, which helped it to really stand out against those patterned papers and gave it some lovely dimension.

To the right of the photo I added my title, and I also created a pretty cluster of embellishments around the photo. For the title I used a combination of puffy alphabet stickers from my stash and one of the chipboard titles. The floral die cuts in this collection are so beautiful, and I added quite a few of them to this layout. To finish off the cluster to the right of the photo, I added a flair button and a couple of chipboard stickers.


I created a second cluster up in the top left hand corner of the page. This one includes another floral die cut and a chipboard sticker. You can also see here that I added some subtle texture and interest to the page by applying some texture paste through a stencil.


I created a final cluster down in the bottom right hand corner of the page, which gives the layout a diagonal flow, drawing the viewer's eye from the top left, down to the bottom right. This cluster includes a couple more die cuts, and you can see that I used some foam tape to adhere one of the elements in the cluster. I love the dimension that this adds!


I finished the layout off with a few little enamel hearts from the collection.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today! I hope that you've enjoyed taking a look at my layout, and that you've found some inspiration!

Mandy x