Monday, September 25, 2017

Dull your Sparkle | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi Scrappy Friends! It's Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring one of our sweet new Limited edition collections - One in a Million. The colours within this collection are so soft and very pretty, and worked so well with this hilarious photo of Leila from a few weeks back. 



This child of mine is completely crazy, all kinds of hilarious and so much fun! Her latest craze is running around the house with a set of her Dad's ear muffs on for no particular reason other than to make us laugh. So much laughter. 

To create a layout to best represent the photo and its subject, I went a little crazy myself with banners and flags and layers and stuff. Starting with strips of almost all the papers within the collection kit, thick, thin, long and short plus pieces from the Cut apart sheet. So many layers and probably too many details added, but it was a fun creation that came together in no time. 



Once I worked out the placement of all the banner pieces, I strung some twine across the tops added some loops and adhered with staples. I tucked in pieces of ephemera and added some sticky dots for dimension to corners of the banners. I even added some fussy cut butterflies and a flair button from the kit.



Ive used the 3x4 card "Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle" as the title as it's exactly how I feel about this girl. I hope she's always as fun as she is today, and that no one ever makes her dull her 'sparkle'. Thats what makes her who she is.



I added in the heart to balance out the pink tones across the page and to add a different element other than a banner



Lastly some handwritten journalling and a mini cluster at the bottom of the layout and I called it done.



So many fun pieces within this collection. If you managed to score one before they sold out, please be sure to share what you make with us! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this has given you some inspiration to get a little crazy with banners!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Saturday, September 23, 2017

You COLOUR my world | D-lish Scraps

Hello Hello! I'm back with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps inspired by the current Over the Rainbow Inspiration board. For this creation I've used this months Just add paper kit and a bunch of paper punches I have neglected for so long. I've been inspired by so many pages in the last few months that have used this technique so I thought I'd give it a try. 


I had the perfect photo ready for this layout, one of Leila from a couple years back that I'd recently re edited using a fun app on my phone called Color Pop. The app allows you to create a black and white photo with parts in full colour. So fun! 


The colours of Leila's dress are the best mix of Rainbow, which are perfect for using with this months Just add paper kit. The selection of goodies this month is full of pretty pops of colours that perfectly compliment each other in every way possible. 

Heres a look at the full kit if you haven't seen it at all this month...


Quite a few of my favourite items within this kit - journal its, a sequin bow, paper flowers, flair buttons, an awesome yellow tag, some fun washi tape and more!


I left the large wood veneer raw as I felt it would blend into the background if it was any other colour.  You can also see a close up of a few punched designs Ive used to create the strips along the background. I fussy cut the yellow label from the journal its pack and tucked it into the strips. I've also adhered the glitter heart to the layout using foam tape as the back is slightly curved and wouldn't hold using regular tacky glue.


To the right of the photo I created a cluster using the Sequin bow, 2 of the paper flowers, a flair button, flower button and some of the pretty faceted enamel dots from the store


I've added a couple of lines of journalling under the strips, something I'm really enjoying seeing on my layouts more since my typewriter stopped working.


Lastly I felt the top of the layout needed a little colour so I created a cluster to balance it all out. I;ve used a journal it from the kit, some remnants of the strips from the centre of the layout, a tiny strip of washi tape, a button and more of those pretty faceted enamel dots. 

Well thats all from me today, I hope this has given you inspiration on how to get use from this months Just Add Paper kit. Please be sure to share your creations made with D-lish Scraps goodies via our Facebook group The Scrap Suite, we love seeing what you all make 😍

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Monday, September 11, 2017

One of a Kind | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello! I'm Back today to kickstart a new week of Inspiration for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring all things STICKERS. We're talking accessory stickers, chipboard stickers, alpha stickers and even washi tape stickers. I'd even consider the sweet enamel shapes as stickers - they are sticky lol

For my layout share today I've used the amazing new collection Bohemian Dream. If you're a follower of our Facebook page and Community group you would have seen the MOUNTAIN of boxes in a shipment that Zoe has just received. It has arrived! WOO HOO. It may take some time for it to load into the store, so for now you can drool all over the prettiness shared here ;)



This collection is absolutely Stunning, and has absolutely surpassed my obsession for the Make a Wish collection. I'm loving the bright pops of colour, mixed with soft water colours and darker prints. The sweet floral designs are perfectly pretty and those hearts.... so cute! I've chosen the photo of Leila purely for the colour of her shirt that ties in with the colours of the collection.

I've created a grid style layout using a selection of papers from the 6x6 paper pad. I cut 2x2inch squares and arranged them randomly before sewing around or through each individual square.



I backed my photo with another 6x6 pattern paper, the 6x6 version of the Abstract paper that I'd cut into 2 triangles for a different project but didn't use. I layered the photo into the corners of the paper and cropped the excess off. I also layered a cut apart piece behind and an accessory sticker before raising it up with some foam for dimension.



Now I'm not sure about everyone else, but I consider my Accessory sticker sheets an extension to my die cut ephemera packs. They're perfect for layering in clusters and adding a finishing tough to empty spaces, and sometimes even being used for Title work. So many sweet sentiments and those chipboard stickers give some great dimension to a page!

With all this in mind my next task was to create a large cluster with as many stickers as I could, without over doing it. I used the "One of a Kind" piece from the sticker sheet as my title for the layout, and raised it with some foam tape to make it stand out more. Tucked in under and around this are more accessory stickers, a large floral chipboard sticker, a couple of chipboard sticker hearts, enamel dots and some ephemera pieces.



Once I was comfortable with the main cluster, I worked on all the mini clusters using more Accessory stickers and enamel dots. I selected random squares to fill within a visual triangle to create an even flow of embellishments in an already busy background. I also added in a few ephemera pieces to compliment the added colours and stickers.



All of the little word stickers and strips are perfect for documenting a 'just because' layout of Leila, with each one singing out sweet little sentiments I want her to remember in years to come.



Thats all from me today. I hope this has given you some inspiration to go crazy with stickers! I know it has for me :)

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fine & Dandy | Scrap the Girls

Hello Hello! September already = its time for a new challenge with Scrap The Girls. This month is a cool sketch that challenged me to get a little messy! I've used the STUNNING new collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Bohemian Dream, which is not in store as yet, but a sneaky little birdie dropped me off a package while they were visiting for Paperific and I couldn't wait to dig in to it all!


LOVE LOVE LOVE the colours within this collection, and all the pretty designs! The perfect collection for scrapping photos of Leila. 

Heres a look at the sketch designed by DT member Sue



I got a little messy on the background with some coloured paint and scrunched paper towel, plus an extra added sprinkling of colour with some Kaiser Mists. I even drew some mini hearts with a black pen

Heres some close ups of all the sweet details






Thanks so much for stopping by. Ive left this super short today, but I aim to pop back in and leave links to all the items once the collection goes live in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store. 

Until then, apologies for all the creative spam ;)

Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Learning is AWESOME | D-lish Scraps

Hello Friends! I'm back today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps featuring THIS months Just Add Paper kit - Off the Wall. Such a cool kit to work with, and even though its kind of a Boys kit, it still totally works with photos of Leila that are a little less girly. 

 

A few months back Leila's class celebrated all things Alphabet, with the children all dressing as their favourite letter. Leila chose to go as the letter Z and kept telling everyone she was a Zebra HAHA (There may have been a very last minute late at night sewathon to create the T-shirt she wanted to wear lol)


I created the layout using 2 photos grouped together and slightly off centre, with the title to the right with a chunk of journalling underneath. I added 2 main clusters diagonally across the layout, and a smaller sprinkling of bits to finish off the design triangle. All pieces used on the layout come from the CURRENT Off the Wall Just add Paper kit. 

Heres a closer look at the kit and contents, along with the Inspiration board to match



Now a closer look at all the D-lish bits n bobs 💕💕💕


Everything I've used on the layout is from the KIT, with the exception to the new and AMAZING faceted Enamel dots. You can find them HERE - They're SO cool! That RAD flair is pretty awesome!


I loved these exclusive cut files! Such a great layering piece for someone who doesn't like to get too messy with backgrounds. Gives a slight texture to a page where its needed. I also added pieces of torn tissue paper, some of the green washi tape and some fun turquoise hessian under the photos.


Love LOVE loved this silver sparkly smiley face! Although I wasn't too impressed when I noticed I'd accidentally splattered it with Color Shine lol Happens all too often 

I layered the face over some more tissue paper, washi tape, hessian and a piece of the Creative Cut. I tucked in the green polka dot star flair and added a button star and enamel dots to finish off the cluster.


I coated the entire "Awesome" veneer piece in silver glitter paste, then felt it needed an extra colour so I pained half with some delusions paint, then some more glitter paste over the top. I combined this with some white letter stickers from my stash to create the title, and drew around the white letters so that they stood out more


Lastly I added some handwritten journalling and a few too many splatters of black Color Shine around the layout and called it done. 

Thats all for my share today, Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx



Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello Mister Rad | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello scrappy friends! It's Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the fun masculine You ROCK collection. For this layout I've actually gone for a full on boy theme, including a fun photo of my sweet Nephew. I really should scrap more photos of him and all the funny faces he makes!



I started the layout by trimming down my cardstock to layer over the "Galactic" paper leaving a thin dark border around 3 edges of the layout. Next I worked on the main focal point of the layout by gathering scraps from previous layouts, arranging them randomly under the photo and cutting a couple of the bottoms into banner/fishtails. The papers used are This WayStripped & Night Sky .


To the left of the photo I've arranged a few die cutsstickers and pieces from the "Random" cut apart paper to create layers and my title. I also added in some fussy cut stars from the "Starshine" paper and stapled them down to keep them in place.



As I do with most of my layouts, I've raised the photo and its layers up with some foam. I really like the dimension it gives to my layouts and the shadowing does help to make things stand out a little more.


Under all the layers I added some small strips of the fun new decorative Washi Tape. This added a little extra colour where it was needed to help balance the colours around the page. I popped a rubber charm onto the photo and a flair button to the right, layered over a tag sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.


I didn't want to add too much to the remainder of the layout so I created a simple cluster at the bottom left corner using another fussy cut star, some stickers, die cut pieces from the ephemera pack and then scattered some of the enamel dots around the different clusters to tie it all together.


Lastly a few lines of typed journalling and a splattering of black ink and the layout was complete.

Well, thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to get creative with this fun masculine collection.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy as Larry | D-lish Scraps

Hello Scrappy friends!! I'm back today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps that I made over the weekend at an amazing retreat I attended. Was such a wonderful time, and I even got to meet a few fellow Team members in real life, plus plenty more Inspiring creatives! Didn't get too much creating done though as I spent a lot of time talking or pushing papers around lol and most layouts I needed to add more to once I got home after forgetting certain things when I was packing.

The layout I've chosen to share today was based on my sketch from the July Cyber crop challenge. I really liked the base design of the sketch and it was a perfect way to kickstart my scrapping inspiration over the weekend. 

I scrapped a photo of Leila from a few weeks ago while we were trying to enjoy the school holidays. This poor mumma was struck down with a dreaded head cold/ flu virus that wiped me out the entire 2 weeks off, so Leila spent quite a few days rotating between books, creating in her art book, loads of Screen time and playing with toys. Her favourite pastime is definitely screen time .... mixing it up between Youtube toy reviews, ABC for kids app and her Mathletics school app. Fun times!

Heres another look back at the sketch, which I rotated clockwise for a vertical design. I can't help it, I'm addicted to flipping and rotating sketches!


I ended up spreading out the embellishments to create a diagonal design, and added in an extra cluster of goodness to balance it all out.

Here's a closer look at all the pretty bits n bobs...


I've used most of my favourite embellishments in these clusters, choosing colours that complimented the papers from the Life is Beautiful collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I turned the Bitty Bow clip on its side and slid it onto the photo, then created a cluster to the left using a Little Birdie flower, paper flowerflair buttonombre wordfetti and some of the stunning NEW faceted enamel dots


As always I've added a lace doily within the layers of papers under the photo. I love the soft delicate design they add to a layout. I chose to use a Black & White photo as there were so many colours within it that would clash with the colours I chose to scrap with. I've also tucked in some strips of pattern Journal It cards to the top of the photo (blue & yellow)


To the right of the photo I created a smaller cluster using a gold sequin bowwordfetti piece, more faceted enamel dotspaper and Little Birdie flowers. 


Along the bottom of the layout I've grouped together some Journal It's (circle & hello my name is card, a strip cut from a yellow speech bubble card Journal It, Happy Day journal It ticket from a mixed pack I've hoarded for so long), more flowers the same as the other clusters, a butterfly Creative Cut and some more faceted enamel dots. Other pieces added into all the clusters are from the ephemera and sticker sets within the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collection.


Lastly I created a large title using the "Happy" word creative cut (from the Script Words set), and some white Puffy Alphabet stickers. I added the stitching for some detail, but to also ensure they stuck for good. A few lines of typed text journalling and then some splatters of gold ink and the layout was complete. 

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope this has given you some form of inspiration, and please be sure to share yours with us in the Scrap Suite on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!