Saturday, May 11, 2019

Everyday Happiness | CVS Happiness Collection

Hello Crafty friends, I have a new layout share for you today featuring the wonderful Happiness collection and a fun journalling prompt for you to recreate. Each year I try to document a layout of Leila in the exact same format, including a list of all her current 'favourites'. Heres this years compilation.

I started the layout by scrap lifting the exact design I've used for the last 2 years as I felt this would keep future documenting on track if I knew exactly when and how I was compiling this information. I started with a grid of pattern papers from both the paper pad (Good Vibes & Little Things) and 12x12 papers (Frame of mind, Expressive, & Meadow) sewed to the page for a little extra texture and detail, a handwritten list of favourites using note paper torn from a paper pad, a fun photo to match one of the many things this child of mine LOVES and a tonne of pretty embellishments from the ephemera pack to create clusters of pretty details within the top and bottom corners. I also snuck in a couple of pieces from the FREE cut files created by Gwen to compliment this collection

This years list was quite similar to last years as not much has changed in what she loves in life the most. A couple of additions included the new found love for the 3 stooges and telling jokes now that she can read quite fluently (definitely has her fathers sense of humour). Still an avid collector of ALL things Super Mario related. I don't think thats ever going to go away!

I've used some of the Bright & Beautiful paper under the list as it reminded me of a clip board, and clip boards usually have lists on them so I went with that. I added the words 'every day' from the clear sticker set to some white cardstock then fussy cut them to use as the title for the list including the collection logo from a paper barcode strip. Behind the photo I've used some of the beautiful teal coloured printed reverse side of the Good Vibes paper, some scraps of the pretty hearts on the reverse of the So Fresh paper and some stickers from the accessory sticker sheet tucked in to the top and bottom for extra 'layering' effect. I also added a heart cut file piece, ephemera flower and a flair button - something I've not used in quite some time!

In the top left and bottom right corners I created some pretty clusters using cut file pieces, ephemera and stickers with a few different types of adhesives for a range of dimension - staples and both raised and flat glue dots. Love love Love a pretty cluster with dimension!

Lastly I added a couple of stickers from the accessory sheet to the opposite corners of the clusters, splattered the page with a ridiculous amount of gold colour shine and called it done!

Well thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in someway to document a list of favourites, whether it be for yourself or a loved one. Its so much fun to create, and will be good to look back on in future years when favourites have well and truly changed.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle xx

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hoppy Easter | CVS Happiness Collection

Hello hello, I'm back with a super quick layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I've used the bright and colourful Happiness collection for this layout along with a cut file that was super easy to create using simple text in Silhouette studio. A layout to celebrate the fun of Easter, when Leila goes hop hop HOPPING mad lol

I started the layout by creating the MASSIVE cut file title using a couple of different fonts in silhouette studio and the fancy 'offset' and 'weld' functions. The world is your oyster when you know how these functions work! I cut the out line of the cut file out using white cardstock, then to create less work and no fussy cutting I cut the backing piece for the file using some of the SUPER pretty MEADOW paper.

I raised the entire cut piece up off the backing cardstock using a TONNE of foam tape to add a whole heap of dimension. I also cut down the white cardstock and backed it using the B side of the EXPRESSIVE paper for an extra pop of colour around the edges.

TO the top right of the massive title I've added my photos, backed with LITTLE THINGS paper and layered with multiple die cut ephemera pieces to create one big cluster. Oh my heck I love a good floral cluster!

To balance out the layout I've added a few more florals over on the bottom left and included a die cut heart and banner sticker

Then finished the layout with a couple more ephemera pieces over on the bottom right. Lastly I added a whole heap of splattered gold ink and called it a night.

This layout truly was a joy to create, and super quick at that. I encourage anyone who has access to a silhouette or similar to have a go at creating your own MASSIVE titles! Its so much fun!!

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Until Next time, happy scrapping, and silhouetting!

Michelle x

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hello Sweet Girl | CVS Happiness Collection

Hello sweet crafty friends. Have you heard the news about our EXCLUSIVE, fun and 100% FREE cut files to compliment the brand new Happiness collection? Our fellow DT member Gwen has designed these especially for all of you to create magic with. How awesome is that!

Here's what I've created using the wreath, large floral and open hearts designs. SO FUN!

When I first saw this stunning cut file set I was instantly drawn to the wreath design and felt it would work so well with the SO FRESH paper (bright floral wreath). Using my silhouette software I increased the size of the cut file design to fit the dimensions of the bright floral wreath and cut it out on some white cardstock. I adhered the cut piece to the pattern paper using some foam tape for slight dimension, because we all know I just can't create a flat layout to save myself! HAHA

I also used the larger floral piece and open hearts design from the cut file set to finish the remainder of the wreath. I backed the florals using pieces of MEADOW and EXPRESSIVE papers and some vellum for the leaves. I added more foam tape to the backs of these pieces and adhered them to the top left and bottom right of the wreath before adding a photo to the bottom of the layout.

This sweet girl has a love hate relationship with the camera but photos like this mean the world to us. Sweet innocent Leila, who on that very day had just turned 8. Time flies so so fast!

I added my title to the top left floral piece using a sticker, cardstock title piece and letter stickers from a past collection. Above this I added a butterfly and floral from the ephemera pack, an open heart cut file piece and a couple of clear stickers to add an extra 'splash to the mixed media feel that the wreath paper has. Those coloured splatters - all part of the wonderful printed design (the gold ones are splattered by me)

I've used pieces of the EXPRESSIVE, SO FRESH and FRAME OF MIND papers behind the photo, and a couple more ephemera pieces in a mini cluster to the right.

Well friends thats all I have to share with you today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I created with our fun new FREE cut files. Be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio facebook group to share what you create with them. You can find the FREE cut file download HERE on the website.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Times | CVS Happiness Collection

Hello Scrappy friends it's Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I've used the wonderful new Happiness collection that most certainly makes me oh so happy to create! Have I told you how much I'm loving these fresh bright colours?

For todays creation I've focused on using the large die cut and backing kit a little differently to how is was designed. Still a super simple layout to recreate so make sure to share with us if you do.
To start I cut out all the woodgrain pattern from the backing sheet and added in the hearts paper from the 6x8 paper pad. Next I adhered the die cut piece to the backing sheet then cut the large heart piece out before adding detail with machine stitching. I added foam sheets to the back of the heart and adhered the large piece to the white cardstock.

Next was the photo, chosen for its bright colours to match the collection, taken at Leila's birthday back in December with some fun photo props. Then I fell into old habits and created a diagonal design layout using ephemera pieces and foam tape for dimension. It seems to be my go to layout design with large die cuts, I just can't help it HAHA

Love me some pretty floral pieces!!!

Last of all I added a couple of extra pieces from the ephemera pack to create the larger title cluster, added some hand written journalling and  then sprinkled gold colour shine all over the layout to finish it off.

Well thats all from me today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my take on a different way to use the large die cut and backing kit.
Until next time, happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lovely | CVS Happiness Collection

Hello Crafty Friends! It's Michelle here today and boy am I excited to share this new layout. About a week or 2 ago I received the best "happy mail" on my door step - our newest collection Happiness. This collection is FULL of bright colours and super sweet patterns and has now become my new firm favourite of all the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections. Who couldn't love ALL THAT RAINBOW goodness!!

For this creation I've focused on using the papers within the 6x8 paper pad from the collection. I love that Zoe has added a slightly larger size paper pad to the collections lately as they're the perfect size for so many projects. You can fold a piece in half to create a card, cut them up to use within pocket page scrapbooking and even use them to back cut files with. The smaller scale designs are super cute and work so well together with delicate cut files like the one I've used from Cut to You (designed by our very own DT member Gwen)

The colours within this collection are so bright and cheerful, and perfectly represent the colours of Happiness and this sweet girls happy spirit.

I backed random hearts with a few of my favourite patterns (Sprinkles, So fresh, Little Things, Expressive and Meadow) then added some foam tape to the back and adhered to the white cardstock. Next I added the photo with a piece of Sprinkles paper (reverse side) and a word title and large floral piece from the ephemera pack. I also added a few random bits from each of the papers to the right edge of the layout and sewed them in place for an extra pop of colour. SO fun!

Once I had the main focal points of the layout complete (and loaded with colour) I added a couple of smaller clusters to bring it all together. I've used pieces from the 6x8 cut apart sheet, floral die cut pieces from the ephemera pack and word stickers from the accessory sheet.

In the lower cluster I've added a couple of extra heart pieces that I salvaged from the first attempt at creating this page. But we won't speak about that disaster lol

So many pretty details, loads of sweet designs and SO MUCH colour! LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection, I hope you do too!

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by
Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Monday, February 25, 2019

Hello Sunshine | CVS Hello Sunshine collection

Hello Scrappy friends its Michelle back here today with another fun layout share. I've stepped back in time and chosen a collection that blended with the mix of multi colour photos I wanted to create with. LOVE love LOVE me a rainbow assortment of colours and the mix within the Hello Sunshine collection is just perfect. I've also thrown in another cut file created by fellow DT member Gwen to tie it all together.

I started off by cutting out the Sketchy Circles Open cut file from Cut to You on white cardstock and then arranged the pieces down the left side of the CHILL OUT pattern paper (reverse side). I added photos to some of the smaller sized circles and raised some pieces using foam tape. I also added a square photo to break up all the circles.

This was such a fun day out for us all. The weather wasn't too hot and we certainly found a tonne of great strawberries!

To the right of the main photo I created a large cluster and title piece starting with a fussy cut large group of florals from the FULL BLOOM paper. I layered these with stickers (both puffy and flat), cut apart pieces and a flair button then added some written journaling using a white gel pen

At the top of the layout I added a few ephemera pieces to create a mini cluster using colours from the main cluster to give a cohesive look to the layout. There was a lot of colour here there and everywhere thats for sure!

Along the bottom I created a 3rd smaller cluster to match the items within the other two clusters, again using pieces from the ephemera pack, fussy cut flowers from the FULL BLOOM paper and another word strip from the HAPPY DAYS paper. I harp on all the time about repetitive elements in clusters, but I tell you it definitely works. The layouts look well balanced and thats just the way I like them HAHA

Well friends thats all from me today. Super short and sweet as always! Thanks so much for stopping by
Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle x

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hello Gorgeous | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Midnight Collection

Hello Hello It's Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the ever so wonderful Midnight collection. I'm hoping to squeeze out at least one or 2 more pretty layouts with this beautiful collection before a box full of HAPPINESS arrives. Pun absolutely intended but if you've got no idea what I'm talking about because you live under a rock, head over to this fun announcement post HERE

Now its been a while since I used an actual cut file that I've personally cut using my machine but this one designed by fellow DT member Gwen was just calling my name. I do love creating layouts with a large focal point made of cut file and pattern paper. Its the perfect start to a diagonally designed page and is easy to create in no time at all.

To start off with this layout I cut the file using white cardstock then backed the open pieces using pattern papers from the 6x8 paper pad. I really like that the smaller scale designs are perfect for backing cut files! I also added vellum to the open striped sections of the heart and adhered the whole piece to the INSPIRED paper using some foam tape for dimension.

I certainly love creating sweet girly layouts with this beautiful collection thats full of pretty florals. Its perfect for documenting this sweet girl who turned 8 towards the end of 2018! We had a small gathering with family to celebrate and she picked her favourite 'proper' ice cream cake which we decorated with some random chocolate treats and heaps of candles.

I backed the layout with more of the 6x8 pattern paper and some vellum to help make it stand out off the die cut piece then created the title to the right. I've used the words 'hello gorgeous' from the clear sticker set and stuck them to white cardstock to make them stand out better. I've layered these with a few different pieces from the ephemera pack and some other stickers to create a cluster of sorts. I then worked diagonally from this point to create the remainder of the layout using pieces from the collection that all complemented each other.

Bottom left of the photo I've created a 2nd cluster using clear stickers, florals and a heart from the ephemera pack, accessory stickers and a touch of hand written journalling to document the moment captured.

Repetition of elements across a layout is definitely something you will always find on my layouts. It ties everything together and looks so gosh darn pretty! Here you can see that I've used similar items from the other 2 clusters in the top right corner completing the diagonal design. This one includes clear stickers, ephemera pieces and accessory stickers.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time, happy scrapping!
Michelle x