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



Friday, May 25, 2018

Good Vibes | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello! I'm back here today to share another creation for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Another layout made at the recent Creative Escape retreat using a new and exclusive collection of goodies just for retreat attendees. Perfect for scrapping photos of the amazing view we had each day on our walk down to breakfast. 



The venue itself was amazing, including this view on our way down to breakfast each morning. If you get the chance to join us next year, you definitely should!

The design of the layout came together pretty quickly, starting with a full sheet of the sweet spotty paper for the background, a few different pattern papers layered together to create the photo stack and a couple small clusters. To create the photo stack I cut a banner out of one pattern, tore the bottom of another, added the photo to a 3rd complimenting pattern and then layered them all together and raised them off the paper using foam for dimension.



I tucked a piece of a journal card into the top of the photo, and created a cluster top left using a fussy cut floral piece from a journal card, die cut heart from the ephemera pack, stickers from the sticker sheet, a couple of enamel dots from other Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collections.



I really could have stayed at this resort forever, that view never looked bad, and those stickers best represented how I felt the entire time I was there. Really really good company, food and excellent times!



The ephemera pack contained the perfect words to use as my title. Good Vibes - very very good vibes!



Lastly I created one last small cluster using a couple of stickers, more die cut ephemera an exclusive flair and some enamel dots and splattered the page with some gold ink. 

Thats all from me today, I hope you've enjoyed seeing a little snippet of what we were spoilt with at retreat. Both the amazing view and exclusive products. Be sure to keep an eye out on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio page for information on when the next retreat may be. 

Until next time, happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

Friday, May 11, 2018

Loving Life | Cocoa Vanilla Studio



Hello Scrappy friends! I'm back here today refreshed from time spent at Retreat and ready to share my newest layout featuring an older collection Hello Sunshine. The bright rainbow assortment of colours was the perfect way to kickstart my creative mission of scrapping till I fell asleep each day.

If you weren't already aware, this past weekend a wonderful bunch of 60+ women (plus one fella) were able to spend a relaxing few days in Coffs Harbour at the very first Cocoa Vanilla Studio Creative Escape Retreat. Words cannot express how amazing this weekend was, from the food to the laughter to the absolutely perfect beachside setting, everything was wonderful. I was super productive and able to create multiple things to share with you all here over the coming months, many inspired by creations you've already seen.



First up was the creation I'm sharing today which was inspired by a challenge set at Retreat to create a rainbow effect similar to those shared by Ulrike, HERE and HERE. I loved everything about the circular layout the Ulrike created from the minute I saw it, but was unsure how to recreate it without making it look identical. I ended up creating something quite similar - love a good scrap lift to kickstart the scrapping mojo!



I took inspiration from all the types of embellishments used and the shape they all formed and just went from there. I kicked myself multiple times throughout the process of this layout HAHA and had many witness's to just how long it took to fussy cut every single one of those flowers from the FULL BLOOM paper. It took me all night, and into the next morning to get that part done. Once the cutting was complete, I arranged the pieces in a rough circular shape and dove into the embellishments and cut apart paper to fill in the gaps



The first section I stuck down was the photo layered with the 'too cool' popsicle card from the SUMMER HITS Cut apart paper, a film strip and the 'You are my sunshine' piece from the ephemera pack plus part of a sticker from the accessory sheet to use as a date tab. I then worked around the page in an anti-clockwise direction gluing pieces here and there within a circular shape.



I layered labels and ephemera pieces, and raised some items up with foam tape for different heights of dimension.



I added puffy stickers, enamel shapes and even a few of the woodies in complimenting colours.



I worked around the circle using the rainbow effect. So much fun! and so easy to create with this collection.



I added in multiple word tags/sentiments that best reflected the photo and memory of the day it was taken. We had been out playing mini golf/putt putt for the first time as a family. It was so much fun and there were many hilarious moments watching Leila learn to play.



Lastly I've added splatters of coloured ink in rainbow colours to match the different sections. In the end, after all that fussy cutting that I swore I would never do again lol, I think the layout turned out pretty good. It's a little more square than circular, but I still love the rainbow effect it creates, and all the fun sweet floral designs around the page really make my day.

Well thats all for today, I hope this has inspired you to get out this older collection if its in your stash, or snap it up in store before it disappears. The rainbow assortment of designs in the collection are just singing for you to create something similar!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

You & Me | Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Hello Fellow scrappers! I'm back today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring my favourite collection - Bohemian Dream. I can't help but get drawn back to this collection as its colours and patterns are seriously YUM! This layout was quite fun and quick to create, I had an idea in mind and just went with it.



Over the recent school holidays, Leila and I were able to sneak out to the Movies and for a coffee/hot chocolate date.  We weren't able to venture out much as I had to work so we made sure to make the most of this day. To record this Mummy & me date I took a photo while we were having coffee & hot chocolate then made sure to keep hold of the tickets from the movie.



To create the layout, I started with some strips of pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad and layered them in a grid design with the photo and title cards. Super simple way to maximise the amount of patterns used without over doing it.



I popped the photo onto another pattern paper from the 6x6 pad, added a doily from my stash then raised it off the background paper using some foam tape. I tucked a sticker tab into the layers and created a cluster around the top right corner using Accessory stickers, die cut ephemera, chipboard and enamel shapes.



I added some accessory stickers and enamel shapes to the top right group of strips, plus a splattering of gold color shine



I added another accessory sticker to the strips bottom left, but no enamel shapes as silly me was in a rush and had forgot to HAHA



Lastly, I created a crazy title using multiple different alpha stickers from a couple of different collections and a chipboard & from the chipboard word set within the Bohemian Dream collection. I also added in some ephemera pieces, the ticket stubs, a chipboard heart and some enamel shapes.

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

Be sure to check in with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook group and share all the amazing creations you make using Cocoa Vanilla Studio goodies.


Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bucket full of YUM | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello, I'm back here today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio to finish off our current Scraplift theme. It's always fun to scrap lift a fellow DT members creation, and this time I chose one from Emma who sadly has finished her time here with us at Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Emma's creations have always inspired me, her tiny 6x8 size layouts always packed a punch! The layout I chose to lift can be found HERE.



I created my layout using the beautiful More than Words collection, focusing on multiple patterns that didn't overpower or clash  with the photo. I chose to document a sweet photo I took of Leila over the Easter weekend at an Egg hunt we attended. SO MUCH CHOCOLATE!

Heres a closer look at the layout created by Emma. I took my main inspiration from that amazing large title made from a mix of different type text cut from pattern papers using a cutting machine. I also drew inspiration from the entire design of the layout, and replicated it in a larger size layout compared to Emma's awesome 6x8 size. I wish I could make things look that good!



LOVE LOVE LOVE how pretty the colours are that Emma chose for her layout, especially the title.



I started the layout by cutting a piece of white cardstock to 8.5x11 inch size, folded and stapled the top left corner and then adhered it to a 12x12inch piece of the Sketchbook paper. Then rather than using a square photo size, I printed a rectangular shape and raised it off the layout with a piece of foam sheet. I tucked an ephemera tab under the right side and added a couple of enamel shapes.



Next I adhered the title using foam tape, I had chosen the papers and pre cut the designs using silhouette studio prior to starting the actual layout to ensure everything fit right down the middle. I used the Radiant, Treasure and Effervescent papers from the 6x6 paper pad for this as the smaller printed patterns worked best for the small cut letters.



In the top left where the paper is folded over, I've created a cluster of pretty bits. I tucked in a few different paper and vellum flowers from the ephemera packs, a chipboard heart and some enamel shapes



Lastly I replicated a similar cluster on the bottom right using the same type of items as the first, then splattered the layout with some gold ink until I felt it was complete. I haven't added any journalling to the layout as I felt the title was enough. But I may add a few lines to the back of the layout for future years to come.

Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this has been an inspiring read!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping.
Michelle x

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Goodbye D-lish

Hello Scrappy Friends, I'm back here today with my newest creation for D-lish Scraps. Now you may already be able to guess where this post it going after reading the title... 

After 5 wonderful years here on multiple different teams, I've decided it's time to say farewell. Sadly this will be the last time you will see me on the D-lish blog, but I will still be a semi regular poster within the Scrap Suite group. I'm so very thank for the time I've spent here and will miss posting regularly here to inspire you all.  Who would have thought roughly 5 years ago when Amanda offered me my very first DT gig as part of the Autumn Creative team, that I would still be here HA It's been so much fun!


For this post today, I thought I would create something special with a few of my favourite and most used D-lish products, and include a walk down memory lane by scrapping all my DT badges (which now feels a little weird after seeing multiple versions of my face lol)

I started this wonderful layout using pieces of a cut file I had left on my desk from previous layouts and backed all the stars using pretty papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I then arranged the photos top and bottom of the layout, and tucked in a few pretty embellishments using my favourite and well used items from the D-lish Store. Lastly I created a title using my much loved puffy alpha stickers and some typed journalling.

Here's a few close ups...


Above the photos at the top of the layout I've added a circle journal itwordfettiflair buttonpunchinellaLittle Birdie flowers, pastel petal and some star shaped creative cuts.



Tucked into the photos at the bottom of the layout I've repeated similar colours and items as the top cluster using another circle journal itombre wordfetti, pastel petal (my most used and definitely most favourite flower of all time) punchinellacreative cuts and little birdie flowers.


Once everything was complete I added my usual gold splatters and called it done. 

Well thats all from me, but before I go I'd like to say a big Thank you to all the D-lish followers for all your love and kind words during my time here. It's all very much appreciated. I will try my best to continue sharing things made with D-lish products within the Scrap Suite, or via Instagram using the #dlishscraps tag.

Next I'd like to send another big Thank you to all my fellow DT members, both past and present, for all your wonderful words of encouragement and regular dose of inspiration throughout my time here. We've all been through ups and downs on this creative journey, and the support and understanding we've all had for each other has been perfect.

Lastly a MASSIVE thank you to Amanda aka Boss Lady, for taking a chance on a fresh newbie all those years ago, for your ongoing support and continuing to cheer me on from behind the screen. Words cannot really express how thankful I really am for my time here, it's been nothing short of amazing!

Until I see you all again, Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

You love SNAPCHAT | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Hello! I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Our focus this week is on all things paper, and what better way to showcase all that wonderfulness than with the oh so sweet More than Words collection, and a few adorable photos of my  sweet girl.



We all know you can't start a layout without some form of paper product, and that there are a multitude of ways to create with it. But when it came to making something 'spectacular' for this feature, I honestly couldn't think of one particular technique that I've not tried before to create something different. So rather than sit and procrastinate for weeks on end like I've been known to do lately, I blame work HAHA, I combined a few different ideas that I've used on previous layouts.

It all started with a piece of Darling Buds paper (reverse side of that super pretty floral print I LOVE), some white card stock and a grid design of 2.5 inch squares made from 6x6 papers. Then I've added a couple photos,  a bunch of circular punched elements from both sizes of papers, some fussy cut flowers from the Sketchbook paper, a handful of ephemera pieces, stickers and enamel shapes.



I added some machine stitching around all the squares as a little added detail, and popped all three photos up off the layout with some foam tape. I tucked in a few flowers around this sweet photo to create a mini cluster of sorts. Just too cute!



Now this photo - totally staged after bribery. By this point in time Leila had given up and wanted to get back to her drawing and book creating, but Mumma was having too much fun with all the new filters HAHA Im glad I 'persuaded' her to continue on, as I would have missed this adorable photo opportunity.



Another group of circular elements = a new fave way to create clusters... multiple circles of sweet pattern papers grouped around a super cute photo with a fussy cut flower. love!



Lastly I added one final cluster to the bottom right corner using pattern papers from other groups within the layout. I find that creating repetitive elements on a layout helps to create a sense of balance and flow. Both of these are needed when there is so much going on pattern wise within one layout.

I also added some alphas from the Love Always collection to create my title and then splattered gold ink and called it done.

Well thats all from me today, I hope you've been inspired by what I've created.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x