Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thankful for you | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello! I'm back here today with a new layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio as part of the fun Thankful theme we have happening this week. I have many things to be thankful for so it was hard to settle on just one for this theme, but for this special topic I've chosen a sweet selfie and scrapped it using the Beautiful Bohemian Dream collection!

This girl right here, which most of you know as the super talented and lovely Raquel Bowman from our Design Team, is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Over 28 years and still going strong, well at least I think so HAHA So many reasons to be thankful for her and the friendship we have, and now the friendship that our little ones have with each other. Wouldn't change a thing!

For the layout itself I knew I wanted to layer up a few different papers with a quote card, some hidden journaling and a few mini clusters of pretty bits. I was considering bringing them together into a grid form, but felt it was too much pattern for my simple and fresh style. So I kept it simple with the layers of papers, photo and quote card with hidden journalling slightly above centre on the layout with a mixed element title below. I added mini clusters diagonally across from each other using similar elements and a smaller cluster with some strips of pattern papers along the bottom edge.

Papers used under the photo are some of my most favourite from the Bohemian Dream collection, such bright happy colours  are the best way to document this precious photo. We don't take many selfies together as they just never seem to look right plus we're usually too focused on the moments lived rather than the photos taken, which is quite funny when we are both avid scrapbookers and life documenters! Papers chosen are the WILD & FREE, FLOWER CHILD, GYPSY HEART, KALEIDOSCOPE, ABUNDANT and BOHO BITS.

Love this quote, and though it was just perfect for this layout. No other words needed, although I did add plenty in some hidden journalling under the card. You can find this quote card on the BOHO BITS paper, and that big thick floral piece is from the chipboard stickers set

Oh so mushy lol I don't tell people enough, how much that I am thankful for them, but hopefully these words will suffice. I added a few ephemera pieces to the inside of the card along with the typed words to add some colour

I created the title using pieces from other collections and a handwritten word. The alpha stickers are from the Totally Rad Collection, I dulled the colour down using some white gesso so they didn't stand out too much. There are so many different forms of alpha stickers to choose from in store, you can find them all HERE with all the other stickers available from all collections. The 'You' is from the Wild at Heart wood veneers pack that I left raw.

Lastly I added a couple of paper strips from offcuts to the bottom of the page along with a label sticker, perfect for adding the date to, some other word stickers, a floral ephemera piece and some enamel dots.

Well thats all from me and my gushy mushiness this week! Thanks so much for stopping by, hopefully my OTT words about my best friend hasn't made you feel too ill LOL

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Favourite Things | D-lish Scraps

Hello Hello! I'm back today with my second layout share for D-lish Scraps this month. You may have seen this already if you're a member of the Scrap Suite on Facebook, as it was shared last night as part of the newest Cyber Crop challenge for all our D-lish Scraps friends. 

My challenge for you all is to create a project using all of the items listed below

An idea for this layout came about after browsing through older projects I've created, I find it helps when I'm lacking inspiration. There were a few I had created for D-lish throughout my time here on the team that I wanted to replicate in some way you can find them HEREHERE and HERE. They're a mixture of grids, list making, clusters and some form of diagonal theme are definitely a few of my favourite ways to document this child of mine.

Heres a closer look at how it all came together including loads of D-lish goodness

I've used a full 12x12 piece of pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio for my background, something I very rarely do, then arranged the photos in a rough grid form around the middle of the page. I tucked in some older square Journal it cards under neath 2 of the photos using colours that complimented them.

Over on the top right photo I've created one of the 2 clusters featuring a colour journal itflair button, 2 types of flowers, faceted enamel dots and a flower creative cut. I also added a piece of ombre wordfetti into the layers of journal its under the photo

Down on the bottom left I've replicated the same elements as the other cluster but swapped the circle journal it for a Jumbo Note ticket and added a lace doily in the 5 inch size. The "HELLO MY NAME IS" journal it tucked into the layers can be found in the Monochrome journal packs. I've also tucked in a piece of a Pastel 'Sweet talker' to balance out the colours 

Lastly I added a title using some of the fun Puffy alphabet stickers, some typed words and a date stamp. Around the page I've added my 'journalling' which is a random selection of all Leila's most favourite things.

Since documenting Leila's list of favourites earlier this year, things have changed just a little. She's gone from loving and obsessing over PJ Masks and Beanie Boos to loving everything Super Mario Bros. And I mean OBSESSED! Nearly every second thing, apart from food, she talks about is something to do with Mario or Luigi. Theres only 2 toys in her 'plush' collection and they seem to follow her everywhere. Anywhere from in the car to school to snuggling up in bed and out in the shed with Dad.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
Be sure to check out the Scrap Suite to see the other challenges set by NicoleeMalinda & Amy, and share with us any creations you make with D-lish goodies.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Unique, WILD & One of a Kind | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello Scrappy Friends! It's Michelle back with a new layout share for November. Todays creation features the fun Bohemian Dream collection that is full of sweet colours and designs, and loads of fun sayings within the stickers and die cut ephemera packs. All that plus a couple of hilarious photos of Leila on Snapchat and we have one perfectly simple layout.

To ensure the photos took centre stage on the layout, I kept the embellishing to a minimum. I don't normally go too crazy with clusters, but for this creation I really scaled it back. I backed the photos with papers from the 6x6 paper pad that complimented the colours within them. I layered them both over a doily from my stash, then onto another 6x6 piece of pattern paper that I cut down to fit underneath. I layered a couple of strips underneath all of this before adding my title and embellishments.

Heres a closer look at all the pretty details..

I cut this butterfly from the Boho Bits cut apart paper and adhered to the layout using some foam tape, then tucked in a vellum floral piece, an ephemera tab and some enamel shapes to complete the cluster. On the top right of the layout I've added another ephemera piece along with a chipboard shape to fill in some of the white space and give balance to the layout.

Snapchat is such a fun app to use, especially for kids. The filters always make us laugh!

These chipboard words are pretty awesome and are perfect for adding colour to with watercolours or inks. I chose a couple items from the pack to create my title with the addition of an ephemera piece and some stickers from the accessory sheet. I also tucked in another vellum floral piece for an extra pop of colours along with some enamel dots.

Lastly I added a strip of the Wild & Free paper along the bottom of the layout then created one final mini cluster using some ephemera and vellum pieces plus a sticker and enamel dots.

Thats all from me today, I hope this super quick layout share has inspired you in some way :)

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You are One | D-lish Scraps

Hello Hello! I'm back here today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps featuring some of the super pretty Little Birdie flowers and a seriously cute and clever one year old, who is about to turn 7! I have no idea where those last 6 years have gone, but I fear she will be 10 before we know it...

I started the layout by sewing multiple 2inch squares to the left side of the layout, then adhered the photo and Lace doily towards the middle to allow for the massive cluster on the right side. 

To the left of the photo I tucked in a printed tag and D-lish Flair button amongst the ephemera pieces from the collection I've used. I also added a piece of ombre wordfetti, a mini Little Birdie flower and some faceted enamel dots

To the right of the photo is where the magic happened LOL I honestly had no idea where this cluster was going until it was all stuck down, piece by piece I just kept adding. I've used more pieces from the ephemera pack and 2inch pattern papers along with a Round & Round journal it, Butterfly creative cut, leaf creative cut, canvas pick n place bow, ombre wordfetti, puffy alpha stickers and Little Birdie flowers. Love me some Little Birdie flowers 😍

A close up of the beautiful butterfly creative cut that I've layered with an ephemera piece and those sweet flowers too

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

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hello Super | Scrap The Girls

Hello Hello! Can you believe we're another month further into the year? Heck it's going way too fast, and it's only going to get busier! 

For my layout share today I have a new DT Sample for Scrap the Girls. This months challenge was a mood board featuring a shoe theme, so I chose a photo of Leila wearing a pair of my super comfy slipper boots. This teamed with the awesome Glitter Girl collection by Shimelle for American Crafts and I was off and crafting. 

Heres a closer look at what I created

Such a fun collection to create with, full of bright colours and bold patterns. I chose to stick with a mostly pink colour palette with pops of yellow, navy and teal and kept the embellishments to a minimum to ensure the photo took centre stage.

Heres a quick look at the mood board for the month, which is sponsored by both Flutterby Designs and Accent Scrapbooking, so be sure to get your entries in via the website HERE

I didn't really follow an exact theme, other than to scrap a photo of Leila wearing shoes. This was a challenge in itself as more often than not we don't get her feet in the photos!

Here's some close ups..

For this creation I chose papers from both the 12x12 sheets and the 6x6 paper pad and embellished with items within the ephemera pack, sticker book, glitter thickers set and the embellishment pack (enamel dots and sequins) 

I found the entire collection available through and it still looks to be available HERE

Super quick handwritten journalling finishes off the layers under the photo

And a last minute addition to the bottom of the layout before taking the photo to complete a visual triangle and creating balance with the bold colours.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to stop past the STG blog to see the other DT members creations, and to link up your creations for us to all see.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x