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

Monday, June 25, 2018

100% Awesome | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Scrappy friends! I'm back today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the cool Boys Rule collection. Still loving the challenge that this collection is giving me each time I dip in and get creative, but loving that theres still so much to use for scrapping photos of girls. It's awesome!

For this layout I've scrapped a photo of Leila from a few weeks back when we ventured out to SUPA TRAMP for the very first time. The photo quality isn't great, but still one that I wanted to document as Leila had so much fun running from one area to the next. She can't wait to get back there on the School holidays.



To start the layout I grabbed the 12x12 die cut and background specialty paper and went about creating something different to what the other DT members have created so far. I chopped the die cut piece in uneven halves, then fussy cut the stars from the backing piece and stapled them to the die cut piece. I then stuck them to the cardstock using some foam tape to lift them up and add dimension.



Next I grabbed the Miscellany pack that contains a few different polaroid style frames, and chose the one that has a mixed media look that blended with all the stars. I layered this over the fun photo of Leila, and added some white alphas form the Colour me Happy collection to create the start of my title.



This would have to be one of the very few times I've created the full title before embellishing the remainder of the layout. I dipped into the Ephemera pack for the word 'Awesome' and the blue star, then back into the Miscellany pack for the 100% piece that also had the word boy on it, but I chopped it off as it wasn't relevant to this creation. I also added some stickers from the Accessory sheet and a clear star from the new Clear stickers pack.



At the top of the photo I added a die cut arrow from the ephemera pack, the 'oh yeah' sticker from the accessory sheet and then some clear stickers to finish the cluster of embellishments off. Theres also the addition of the black star from the accessory sheet that I've used around the page to bring it all together in a visual triangle of sorts.



Over on the right side of the layout Ive added a couple of different stickers, some die cut pieces and a chipboard star to balance out the embellishments and colours around the layout. Loving that 'one cool kid' sticker.



Lastly a closer look at the slight dimension that foam tape has given to these stars. So awesome!

Well thats all from me today, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my way of using the super cool new die cut and backing sheet.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Monday, June 11, 2018

You're the best | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello! I'm back today with a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the super cool new Boys Rule collection. Absolutely loving the challenge this collection has given me in creating something that runs true to my style of scrapping. The colours are so fun, and the designs are perfect for boys. Just one slight problem, I don't have many boy photos to scrap. So for todays layout I've chosen a previously scrapped photo of Leila and her cousin from a couple years ago.




I absolutely love the colours within this collection. Blues and greens are by far my most favourite colours, you wouldn't think it though with all the girly florals I obsess over HAHA pinks and purples are still high up there though.

The patterns are all really fun, and I couldn't help but squeeze them all onto the same layout by ripping strips of each paper using a ruler to create rough edged squares and rectangles. After arranging them all in a grid design I adhered them to the cardstock and sewed through each individual piece with a straight stitch on my sewing machine. I added an extra zigzag stitch to the rectangle ones for a little added detail.



Next up I added a sweet photo of Leila and her cousin, backed with some plain vellum from my stash and raised up using a piece of foam sheet to give create dimension.



I added my title to the layout next using words from the chipboard pack, which are all conveniently cut out ready to use now YAY! I cut the A off the ARE word to create YOU*RE and used the star in place of an apostrophe. I also added a little die cut tag from the Miscellany set and some handwriting to create the wording before the title.



To balance out the black of the title I've added another larger chipboard piece to the top of the photo. I tucked in a sticker tab from the accessory sheet, added a smaller star from the chipboard pack and a die cut star from the main ephemera pack. I say main as yes there are 2 ephemera packs! So much to choose from.



Over on the right I've added a couple more die cut ephemera pieces, some stickers from both the clear sticker set and the accessory sticker set, and another chipboard piece. I didn't over do any of the clusters of embellishments on this layout, as I felt there was enough colour and embellishment with all the pattern papers in the background.



Then lastly a couple more stickers from the accessory sticker sheet and a chipboard star to tie it all together.

Well, thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping and be sure to share your creations with us on Facebook in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio group.


Michelle x