Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy Days | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello and Happy belated New Year! I'm back today and ready to kickstart my creative shares for Cocoa Vanilla Studio in 2019.

For this new share I've used the most recent collection Midnight and created a super quick 8.5 x 11 inch size layout. The perfect size to document a quick story during this busy season of life.

I've found that these smaller size layouts are perfect when I'm stuck for time to create, and the subtle patterns within the midnight collection pair so well with a cute black and white photo.

Leila's been LOVING her time at home over the last few weeks, especially when she can create to her hearts content. She's been creating signs, pictures, forts and clubhouses.

The main feature of the layout consists of the photo layered with a small and large piece of the cut apart paper MIXED BLESSING, with the larger B side piece acting as a base for all the bits and the smaller pink pattern piece used as a photo mat. I've tucked a floral ephemera piece and a 'take note' tab both from the ephemera pack into these layers and then created a large title using words from both the chipboard accents and die cut titles packs.

Under the title I've added a few handwritten words for journalling and then to the right of all this is a large floral ephemera piece to complement the other florals on the layout.

Along the top and bottom of the layout I've used strips of paper from the 6x8 paper pad. Patterns used are the smaller versions of INSPIRED and SOPHISTICATED. At the top I added a frame and flag from the ephemera pack and a sticker from the accessory sheet.

Along the bottom I've added a couple more pieces from the ephemera pack to create a cluster which helps to tie the layout all together. I've also splattered a little gold ink cause I just can't help myself.

Well scrappy friends thats all from me today, I hope this has inspired you to create something magical.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Faves for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello! I'm back today with my last share for 2018. Seriously, another year is coming to an end and so its time to share my favourites from the last 12 months. HECK, I have a hard time choosing my favourite collections, let alone choosing the favourite creations I've made with them lol
Right O, first favourite of the year.... "Story of You" My multi photo layout from last month featuring the newest collection Midnight and a photo from every birthday Leila has had up to last years.

Next favourite... "Reading SuperSTAR" from July. I had so much fun creating this, even all that fussy cutting of the stars from the YOU ROCK collection papers.

I could keep going with favourites as I really do love everything I create, but will share one last one. "Loving Life" The intense rainbow creation from May that I created at the Creative Escape Retreat using Hello Sunshine. So much fun, so much fussy cutting, but oh so good!

Well friends, thats all from me today. I will be back with more to share in the new year, so until then thank you all for your kinds words throughout 2018. I look forward to sharing more creative inspiration in 2019.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!
oh and Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Live the life you Love | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Crafty friends! I have a new layout to share featuring the beautiful Midnight collection thats currently available in store now. You best snap it up real fast before it all disappears

I've gone with another super quick layout design today. And can I say I've been loving this style of scrapping, especially during this crazy season of life. The days fly by so quick that its hard to believe this sweet little human of mine has just turned 8! Looking forward to scrapping those photos with this amazing collection in the new year too.

To begin my creation I've used a full sheet of the SOPHISTICATED paper as the base then layered a few of my favourite patterns from the BLESSING, INSPIRED and 6x8 Paper pad with a doily and photo to create the main focal point on the page. Love this sweet face and she LOVES Luigi!

At the top right of the photo stack I've added a cluster of floral embellishments from the ephemera pack along with some stickers from both the clear set and accessory sheet. To give the pieces dimension I've added sticky dots to raise them up.

Next I added a few more floral pieces from the ephemera pack and sticker sheet. I layered these all together in a small cluster with a small strip of SOPHISTICATED paper and a phrase strip cut from the ALL THE THINGS paper.

Lastly I added another cut apart piece from the ALL THE THINGS paper to use as a title for the layout. It perfectly sums up the life this kid lives! I also added a few more floral pieces in a cluster to the right to balance out all the elements on the page. A little touch of hand written journalling, the date stamped to the right and a few splatters of gold ink and I felt it was done. Another memory recorded in the prettiest of ways.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to check back each day for more inspiration from all of us here on the Design Team.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Story of you | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello, It's new layout share time. Todays layout features multiple photos as part of our current theme and the brand new Midnight collection to help document the celebration of Leila's upcoming 8th birthday.

When I first heard we had this theme I knew instantly what direction I wanted to take. I've been meaning to scrap a layout using 1 photo from every birthday and what better collection to use than Midnight for all its girly hues and pretty florals. The perfect accompaniment to all those sweet black and white photos.

I started the layout by choosing the softest pink pattern paper to create a base for the 'grid' of photos. I went with the B side of ALL THE THINGS as I just love the soft 'mixed media' feel to the pattern with its paint splotch and mini cross design. I also added a strip of the woodgrain SHINE BRIGHT to create a base for the title and massive floral cluster below.

I've added a few pops of colour layered with select photos using pieces of the MIXED BLESSING and ALL THE THINGS cut apart papers. I added a couple of ephemera pieces and accessory stickers within the layers for those little added details.

Theres a couple of hidden doilies and glitter numbers from my stash to tie all the bits together. And how sweet are those hand drawn flowers far right. Oh my heck I love me some floral pieces!

That face, so so Sweet! Time has flown so fast, this girl is so fun!! Such a wonderful walk down memory lane by documenting this collection of photos.

I've used words from the CARDSTOCK TITLES pack to create the title, and tucked in and layered up so many bits from the ephemera packet create this one massive floral cluster that finishes of the layout.

Well thats all from me. I hope this has given you some inspiration to take a walk down memory lane a document a select few photos from over a period of time. I certainly enjoyed the 'stroll'

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wonderful Memories | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello! It's that time of the month when I get to share a new layout with you all, this one again is featuring the fantastic Midnight Collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Love Love LOVING the colours in this collection! Are you? I sure do hope so ;)

I've created a smaller size layout for this week, an 8.5x11 inch size to be exact. I wanted to create something super quick and straight to the point using a fun photo of Leila (as usual) from a couple months ago. I started with a piece of white cardstock and added a strip of the SHINE BRIGHT wood grain paper down the left side. I backed my photo using some of the reverse pattern on the SHINE BRIGHT paper, this time from the 6x8 paper pad. These mini papers are a perfect size to mat a photo onto and even better for layering multiple patterns together. Behind the photo I added a doily from my stash, something I've not done for quite some time.

Cheeky little Miss was pretending to be 'Queen of the World' on top of a rock HAHA. I added an ephemera piece to the top of the photo using my tiny attacher then adhered the photo and doily to the layout using some foam for slight dimension. I then tucked a tag and circular ephemera piece in a cluster top right of the photo. I've shared a closer look below.

I created my title using a couple of pieces from the ALL THIS THINGS cut apart paper. Love using this technique to create titles. You can see in the close up below that I've added a couple of clear stickers below and to the right of the title cluster for a little extra detail.

Lastly I worked on the main cluster above the title using pieces of ephemera, chipboard and a couple more clear stickers to finish it off. I find using repetitive elements within clusters helps to bring the layout all together.

Well scrappy friends, thanks so much for stopping by again today. It was a short and sweet share that I hope has inspired you in some way.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Take care, Michelle x

Friday, October 26, 2018

Family Photo Booth Fun | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the brand new and OH SO Beautiful Midnight collection. Definitely a new favourite with all the hand drawn florals and mix of sweet soft pastels, Navy and bright pink

I had an idea in mind a few days ago that involved a grid style layout and multiple photos, then I remembered these HILARIOUs ones we took in a Photo Booth at Timezone last month. One glorious family shot mixed with many ridiculously hideous ones HAHA. To start the layout I chopped up pieces of the MIXED BLESSING and ALL THE THINGS and laid them out on some white card stock along with the photos that I had scanned, edited to black and white then printed in a 2x3inch size. I raised 2 of the photos up with some foam for slight dimension, and the other 2 were adhered straight to the paper.

Next up I created this mixed title using hand drawn letters on a piece of the B side of ALL THE THINGS paper. I also used a word from the CARDSTOCK TITLEs pack and some white alpha stickers from the Colour Me Happy collection. I sewed through the stickers to keep them adhered to the layout then raised the other 2 words top and bottom using some sticky dots on top of tiny bits of vellum

Heres a close up of the hand drawn and cut letters, and the tiny 'detail' I added to the edge of the card stock after adhering to a strip of the INKY DEPTHS paper.

only created a couple of clusters on this layout, both include pieces from the EPHEMERA pack, with some pieces raised using glue dots or adhered using my tiny attacher. You can also see here a close up of the detail I added to the pattern paper using machine stitching.

Lastly a couple of stickers added to the photos. Top right I added a clear sticker and then a chipboard piece

and then the bottom left I added a tab sticker with more machine stitching. Oh and a super pleasant photo of Moi HAHA

Well, thats all from me today. I hope you're falling in love with this collection just as much as we all are!

Until Next time, happy Scrapping!!

Michelle xx

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