Thursday, October 11, 2018

Make a Wish | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello, I'm back with a new layout to share with you for Cocoa Vanilla Studio as part of our 'Throwback Thursday' feature. As you are probably aware our Throwback Thursday posts usually feature collections from our past or a particular product that we've not shared for quite some time. For todays post I have used my favourite and most used collection - Make a Wish, and made a feature of the Wood Veneers from the collection. 



The Make a Wish collection is PERFECT for documenting ALL the special birthday moments and so many other sweet memories. As I've used plenty of it for Leila I thought it was time I found a 'new' subject to scrap, and what better timing than my sweet little niece's first birthday. SO CUTE!

To start the layout I've used the 12x12 piece of PARTY MIX paper as the background and layered the photos off centre before going a little crazy with layering ephemera and veneer pieces to create one massive 'cluster' of sorts.



This sweet girl is such a little sweetheart, and that toothy grin is THE BEST! 

Now we all know I'm not one to go too crazy with mixed media so I chose to keep all the wood veneer raw. I also felt that if I changed the colour of it, they would become lost within the mix of embellishments and then they'd no longer be much of a feature. I did add a little hint of glitter to each piece using a glitter brush but unfortunately it only shows up in person. 



I tucked most of the veneer pieces in under the die cut ephemera , but a few were added it straight onto the photos to give more dimension and texture



Seriously that little face is pure perfection!!! 



And I have I mentioned how much I am still LOVING the floral pieces from this collection.. Layered with dimensional dots and folded slightly to add even more dimension.



Lastly I finished the layout with a small cluster of more ephemera, an accessory sticker and one last veneer piece to give balance to the layout. 

I really enjoyed creating this layout and dipping into some older stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy ScrappingMichelle x


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

You are Unique | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello, It's Michelle here today with a new layout share. I've used one of my most favourite collections Bohemian Dream for this layout and made a feature of the super bright Beautiful Mess paper.



I thought the use of this collection was perfect to document this fun photo of Leila from last week when she was dressed up pretending to be Chuck E Cheese. This kid loves to dress up and is always entertaining us in some way. Thanks to You tube, she knows pretty much any dance or song ever invented HAHA well almost.

To create the background I cut the Beautiful Mess paper to create individual sections, then cut each one down slightly so that when glued to the white cardstock, they would create a grid pattern. I've sewn through all the rectangles for a little added detail, giving it a sort of quilted look.



I adhered the photo to a piece of the Kaleidoscope paper, added some vellum from my stash then raised it off centre over the background papers using some foam sheeting for dimension. 



Next I added my title using the white Chipboard title stickers from the collection. I wanted to ensure this was centred with the photo so that the clusters of embellishments could be wrapped around and under both the photo stack and the title. I fussy cut the large floral piece from a 3x4inch card that can be found on the Boho Bits paper. I also added pieces from the ephemera pack to layer under and over this piece and included a flair button and enamel shapes to compliment the large group of bits.



To balance out the embellishment clusters I've added similar items to the top right corner of the photo, again by layering and tucking under bits using raised dot adhesives. I also added a sticker to the top of the photo that perfectly represents how we feel about this wonderful girl. I absolutely LOVE these florals 



Lastly I added a couple more complimenting pieces of ephemera to the right side of the layout as the visual triangle didn't seem complete. You can also see a close up of the title words and how I've added a little extra detail using a pencil.

Thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Road Trip Adventure | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Limited Edition

Hello Hello, it's Michelle here today with a new layout share as part of our current stitching theme. One of my favourite techniques to add to a layout, and one that I don't use often enough lately. I've used the Hit the Road collection to document a photo taken of Leila earlier this year when we went on a family road trip (this kit was a limited edition in 2017)



For this layout I started with my usual white cardstock base, a large piece of paper 2 from the collection (a lovely woodgrain chevron pattern), plus smaller pieces of paper 1 & 4 to create the photo stack. The paper strips along the bottom of the layout came from the paper name strips along the bottom of paper 1 & 2 and everything else is a mix of ephemera and cut apart pieces from paper 5



I've used hand stitching as a feature on select embellishments and on random places around the chevron pattern paper.  I also selected a couple of ephemera and cut apart pieces that also had hand drawn stitching to continue the theme.



When I saw this card on paper 5 I just knew it would be perfect in place of a title. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to use as a title, and sometimes I don't feel the need to add one, as long as theres something large in place to balance out all the elements.



Heres a closer peek at the stitching I've added around the photo, and in place of the tiny staples I would normally add to things like stars and smaller ephemera pieces



I created a cluster at the bottom of the page and added tiny stitches to the stars plus a few more random stitches to the chevron paper



Well thats it from me today, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my take on the stitching theme. Something a little different to the way I normally add stitching, but loads of fun to create.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Be a Flamingo | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello hello! I'm back today with a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspired by my previous crafty share. I've used the Exclusive collection we received at retreat back in May to document a funny photo of Leila in yet another crazy outfit.


I felt the choice of using both this photo and the exclusive collection together would work wonders, especially with the Flamingo quote. The colours in the collection worked so well with the colours of the dress Leila is wearing (on top of her trackies and finished off with some sparkly shoes) 

To create the layout I used one main strip of the black and white paper vertically down the page, then a large banner of woodgrain paper over the top. 



Next I layered the photo with some tropical print paper, the flamingo quote and a doily over the top of the large pieces of paper. The expression on her face is hilarious! Such a 'tough' girl HAHA



I tucked in a few pieces from the ephemera sheet in the collection kit, and some enamel shapes from past collections



Lastly a word sticker and some black ink splatters and I was done. Such a super quick layout to create and I'm really happy with the outcome. Another crazy outfit photo documented!

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wacky Outfits | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello hello! It's Michelle back today with a new creative share as part of the Make it mini theme were currently showcasing. I've used the super cool Boys Rule collection to create a few fun pages in a pocket page notebook documenting Leila's many wacky outfits. You see this child of mine is so obsessed with crazy outfits and funny faces that all the photos I've taken over time needed to be documented in one place. This notebook is a work in progress, one of which that will keep us entertained for years to come.



I created a simple title for the cover of the notebook using a few strips of pattern paper from the FUN & GAMES paper, die cut pieces from the ephemera packs and some glitter alphas from my stash. I sewed through the letters to keep them adhered for years to come as they were starting to lose their stickiness.



On the inside of the cover I've attached a label from the Miscellany ephemera pack to note when it was made. On the first page a mixed title stating what the notebook is for using a fussy cut title (ENTITLED paper) and handwriting. I sewed through "the Best" for a little extra detail and then embellished the page with die cut pieces and a clear sticker along the bottom.



As you turn into the second page of the notebook you come across Leila's all time FAVOURITE 'dress up' characters Mario & Luigi. She does have proper costumes for these characters, but when they're in the wash (from over wearing lol) she does a great job to improvise using school t-shirts, a pair of jeans and some overalls HAHA.

To document these photos I've added a few ephemera pieces on top of a large piece of STAR FALL paper, a clear sticker stuck to cardstock then fussy cut (You're the best) and then created a shaker style pocket and sewed the top to make sure the pretty sequins didn't escape.
Here's a close up of the journalling



Next up is Leila's second favourite dress up item - funny head attire. These were taken a few weeks back at an in store promo photo booth set up. She really hates posing for the camera HAHA



I used pieces of the MESSED UP paper on either side of the notebook along with some die cut ephemera (my favourite embellishments from every collection) and a clear sticker, the best addition to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio embellishments range.





Love me some tiny staples! The best way to attach bits n bobs to any page.



Lastly a simple page using big pieces of the ENTITLED & MESSED UP papers, a few die cut ephemera pieces and more machine stitching. This one documents her love for wacky outdoor attire. PJS and a Tutu - perfect for helping Dad in the backyard HA





Well thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my 'mini' creation. I've had fun getting this little notebook started and already have a stack of mini photos to continue on filling up the pages and pockets. Can't wait to share more!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!Michelle x

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

HEY Cool Kid | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello, I'm back today with a new layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the SUPER cool Boys Rule collection. For the last few days part of the team have been sharing layouts featuring geometric shapes, and boy have they been awesome to see! 



I had no idea where to begin with this layout as theres so many geometric shapes to choose from, most of which I've used in some form within the last few layouts I've created. I turned to google images for some inspiration and came upon an art sketch that involved large triangles and arrows in a central design.



I started by cutting 2 large triangle shapes from the green pattern of STRAIGHT & NARROW paper, 2 smaller triangle shapes from the shite with black cross STAR FALL paper and then 2 arrows from the blue pattern ENTITLED paper. Really loving the B sides of this paper collection as they're all quite vibrant and perfect for mixing together. I've sewed through all shapes then roughed up the edges for a little texture and dimension.



I framed both the crazy face photos taken back in April using Snapchat, we LOVE a funny selfie! The wood look frame can be found in the EPHEMERA pack and the blue and white diagonal stripe frame is in the chipboard pack. I've added a clear sticker to the bottom corner of the blue frame along with the LOL accessory sticker, a crown from the chipboard pack to the top of the funny long face photo and the wild child sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.



I've created a mixed product title again, LOVE the look of them plus it stretches the word stickers and ephemera further by mixing things up instead of using it all at once on one page. Starting with the black HEY bubble which I cut up to remove the extra text that didn't work with the title. Next I added foam to the back of the COOL KID words from the EPHEMERA pack, fussy cut the YOU ARE from the ENTITLED paper and raised it up with more foam tape. I used the AWESOME from the Ephemera pack (also raised with foam tape) and then added the TOTALLY from the CLEAR STICKERS sheet to finish it off.



Lastly a sprinkling of embellishments and black ink splatters around the layout, but not too many to over do it as the background it already quite busy. I've repeated the same if not similar items within a visual triangle to pull it all together. Items used are CHIPBOARD stars, CLEAR stickers and enamel shapes from previous collections.

Well thats all from me today, I hope you've enjoyed taking a closer look at my creation.
Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Reading SuperSTAR | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Everyone! I'm back here today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspired by our recent stars and stripes theme. I've used an older collection 'You Rock' thats full of stars a few stripes and loads of other complimenting patterns. The layout documents Leila's love of reading, she especially loves all things Dr. Suess.



The process of creating this layout came together pretty quickly, once all those stars were cut out! I created a grid style layout using stars from the STARSHINE paper and some roughly cut squares from the b side of both RANDOM and STARSHINE papers. I sewed through all the rows of stars and around the outside of the squares of paper before adhering all the extra bits.



In the top right I've tucked in a sticker under the paper square, mounted the photo on a slight diagonal with foam tape then embellished the top corner using chipboard stars and another sticker from the Accessory sticker sheet.



I added a few wood veneer shapes over the top and at the ends of the stitched star rows creating some extra dimension to the layout





Over the bottom left sure of pattern paper Ive added the title using alpha stickers from older collections, more chipboard pieces, ephemera pieces and stickers from the accessory sheet. Lastly a few enamel shapes and a splattering of black ink around the page and this fun layout was complete. Super quick to create once all those stars were cut out!

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