Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Wonderful | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

Today I have a new layout to share with you, featuring the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio More than Words collection! On this layout I documented a super cute photo of my son and my niece having a cuddle together. I'm so glad that I had my phone handy so that I could capture this sweet moment on camera! The lovely soft colours in the More than Words collection made it perfect for scrapbooking this photo!


I started with a sheet of white cardstock for my background, and then I added a strip of the reverse side of the Noteworthy patterned paper down the left hand side of the page. Next, I got busy fussy cutting some of the beautiful floral clusters out of the Sketchbook patterned paper. I can never resist fussy cutting floral patterned papers, and I always love how pretty they look as embellishments on my layouts! I arranged the flowers down the page so that they covered the join between the pink patterned paper and the white cardstock. 


I matted my photo with the reverse side of the Precious patterned paper, and adhered it with foam tape to give it some extra dimension. I also created a little cluster of embellishments on the bottom right hand corner of the photo that includes a few die cuts, a tag from the sticker sheet, and a flair button. To add some interest to the cluster, I tucked some of the embellishments under the edge of the photo, and others I added on top.


To the right of the photo, I added a cute little chipboard banner, and underneath it I added my typed journaling strips.


For my title I used the chipboard sticker that says 'wonderful', and I added it across the top of the photo.


To finish the layout off, I added a couple of chipboard butterflies, a few little hearts from the Chipboard Titles sheet, and lastly a sprinkling of cute enamel hearts

I hope that you've been inspired by my layout! I really enjoyed creating with this collection again!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Merry & Bright | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy New Year friends!

Today I have a Christmas themed layout to share with you using the awesome Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule collection! With all of the stars in this collection, and the pops of bright green, it was perfect for creating a Christmas layout! I couldn't wait to documented this photo that I took of Isaac on Christmas Day. He looked so handsome, and I just love his genuine happy smile!


I started my layout off by fussy cutting lots of the stars out of the background sheet from the die cut & backing kit! I'll use the die cut piece on another layout, so this way I'm getting two layouts out of the one kit! I also freehand cut a few stars of various sizes out of patterned papers, and I used some of the die cut and chipboard stars as well. I scattered them all across the middle of the layout.


I added a couple of layers behind my photo using frames from the die cut ephemera pack, as well as the miscellany one. I then adhered my photo using foam tape to give it some extra dimension.


For my title, I used a die cut title from the Midnight collection, combined with a wood veneer word from my stash. I added a few lines of journaling underneath the title.


You can see here how I adhered some of the stars with foam tape, so that they would have varying heights. I love the dimension that this adds!


I finished the layout off by adding a few thin strips of patterened paper across the top and bottom edges of the layout, and I also added a few little word stickers around the page.

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I'll be back later in the month with another project to share with you!

Mandy x

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Happy Days | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello everyone!

Today I have a new layout to share using the gorgeous Midnight collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! The beautiful soft colours in this collection made it perfect for documenting some super cute photos of my youngest daughter Eleanor. I took these photos when we were out at a playground recently, and I think that they just capture her sweet personality beautifully. I decided to print them in black and white so that they would really pop against the soft colours that I've used on the page.


I started my layout off by adding a strip of the Inky Depths patterned paper down the length of the page, which provided a base for me to add my photos on top of. I matted my photos with patterned papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad to help them to stand out from the background, and I adhered the smaller one with foam tape to give it some extra dimension.


Next I got to work fussy cutting some floral clusters out of the Bloom & Grow patterned paper. I seriously can't get enough of fussy cutting that paper! I tucked the florals under the right hand side of the top photo, and under the left hand side of the bottom photo. I didn't add any adhesive under the outer leaves of the floral clusters as I wanted them to lift off the page a little rather that sit flat against it. On the left hand side of the smaller photo I also added a flair button and a die cut flower from the collection.


For my title, I combined the chipboard word that says 'happy' with some alpha stickers from my stash. Underneath the title I added some strips of typed journaling.


To finish the layout off I added a couple of little word stickers as well as a few more little die cut flowers.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope that you've enjoyed taking a look at my layout, and that you've been inspired in some way. I'll be back later in the month with another project to share with you. Until then, take care!

Mandy x

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Hello Mr Fantastic | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone!

I'm back today to share a traveler's notebook layout that I created using the awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule collection! One of the things that I love about this collection is that there are so many different colour combinations that you can use. For my last layout using this collection, I used mainly the greens and woodgrain elements within the collection... This time I decided to focus on the navy and grey. These colours were perfect for documenting a photo of Isaac dressed up as 'Ninja Kid' for book week earlier this year.


I started off by covering the left hand side of the spread with the reverse side of the Expressionist patterned paper. This provided a nice bold contrast to the white background on the right hand side. I also added a thin strip of the Straight & Narrow patterned paper down the inside edge of the page. For my title, I chose two of the die cuts from the collection, and I added them to the left hand page, creating the phrase 'Hello Mr Fantastic'. I gave the banner die cut some extra dimension by adhering it with some foam tape.


I matted my photo with one of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad and I adhered it to the right hand side of the spread. I also added a cute camera die cut on the bottom right hand corner of the photo.


To finish the layout off I added some stars, using both die cuts and clear stickers, and I also added a few lines of hand-written journaling.


I love how this spread turned out, and it was quick and easy to put together! I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at it, and hopefully you've been inspired as well!

Mandy x

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Live the Life You Love | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone!

Today I have a new layout to share using the beautiful new Midnight collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! This week on the blog our theme is 'gorgeous & girly', so I decided to document a lovely photo of my eldest daughter Abi, all dressed up and ready for her dance concert earlier this year. And what could be more gorgeous and girly than the new Midnight collection?!

Here's a look at my finished layout...


I chose the pretty Inspired patterned paper as my background, as I really like the subtle mixed media look that it gives to the page. I love that the Cocoa Vanilla collections always include some more subtle patterned papers that are perfect for backgrounds. Even though I love my white cardstock backgrounds, I've found that lately I've been mixing it up a bit and I'm using more of these kinds of patterned papers as well.


How gorgeous are the florals in the Midnight collection?! I decided to fussy cut a bunch of the floral clusters out of the Bloom & Grow patterned paper, and I used these as the basis for the design of my page. I arranged them so that they flowed from the bottom left hand corner of the page, up to the top right, which helps to direct the viewer's eye across the layout. I used some foam tape under parts of the flowers to give them lots of dimension.


I tucked my photo into the floral clusters, and I love how pretty it looks with the flowers surrounding it. To the right of the photo I added the card that says 'Live the Life You Love', which I cut out of the All the Things patterned paper, and I used this as the title for my page. I also layered a die cut frame behind the photo, and I tucked a tab under the left hand side.


At the top of the page I added some more fussy cut florals, and I also added a chipboard banner to the left of the floral cluster. I finished the layout off with a few little word stickers as well as a couple of butterflies from the accessory sticker sheet.

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout! Head on over to the Cocoa Vanilla blog for lots more 'gorgeous & girly' projects from the design team this week!

Mandy x

Monday, 15 October 2018

You + Me | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

I'm so excited to be sharing my first layout using the beautiful new Midnight collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I absolutely adore the gorgeous colours in this collection, and the pretty florals! It will be perfect for documenting photos of my girls, but for my first project using this collection, I decided on scrapbooking a photo from our wedding day 16 years ago!


I used the reverse side of the Moonlight patterned paper as my background. I love the beautiful scripty font on this paper, and I think it looks so pretty as a background! I also added a strip of the Bloom & Grow floral patterned paper down the left hand side of the page. I think that has to be my favourite paper in the collection!!


I matted my photo with one of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad, and I also layered a chipboard frame under the left hand side. I created a pretty cluster of embellishments above the photo that includes both chipboard and die cut flowers, as well as a flair button. I overlapped the embellishments onto the photo as there was some white space at the top of the photo.


Under the bottom edge of the photo I tucked a die cut label and I added a little word sticker along the bottom of the photo as well. You can also see here the dimension that was achieved by adhering the photo with foam tape. I love the shadow that it creates!


I added my title in the top right hand corner of the layout using one of the cardstock titles. How awesome are these!? They make adding a title to your project, so easy! Underneath the title I adhered another chipboard frame, and I completed the cluster with a pretty butterfly sticker.


I created a third cluster of embellishments at the bottom of the page, which completes the visual triangle, helping to direct the viewer's eye around the page. This one includes the other half of the chipboard frame that I used at the top of the page, as well as die cut flowers and leaves, a little chipboard banner, and another butterfly sticker.


I love how this layout turned out with the soft colours, the beautiful florals, and the pretty little details. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look! The Midnight collection is now hitting retailer's shelves, so make sure you keep your eye out so that you can snap it up for yourself!

Mandy x

Monday, 1 October 2018

Totally Awesome | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I have a traveler's notebook layout to share with you, using the awesome 'Boys Rule' collection! I documented a photo of my hubby with our son Isaac, enjoying the great outdoors! This week on the CVS blog, the design team will be sharing projects featuring stickers... I used both the clear stickers and the accessory stickers from the Boys Rule collection to embellish my layout.

Here's a look at the finished spread...


I started off by covering the left hand side of the spread with the reverse side of the Boy Stuff patterned paper. I also added a thin strip of the woodgrain side of the Fun & Games patterned paper down the inside edge of the page. I like how the woodgrain and green elements on the layout tie in well with the 'outdoorsy' feel of the photo.


I matted my photo with one of the cut apart pieces from the Fun & Games patterned paper, and then I created a little embellishment cluster on the bottom right hand corner of the photo, using some stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.


Next I covered the right hand side of the spread with the reverse side of the Straight & Narrow patterned paper. I added my title to this page using a couple of the clear stickers. I LOVE the scripty font, and how it looks like it's been hand-drawn straight onto the page!


At the top of the page, I added a die cut label from the Miscellany pack. This helped to bring a little bit of the woodgrain pattern over to the right hand side of the spread. I added a little word sticker to the label, and then I finished the layout off with some handwritten journaling, and a sprinkling of star stickers


Thanks so much for joining me here today! I hope that I've inspired you to pull out your stickers to embellish your next project with!

Mandy x