Thursday, 8 December 2016

Love | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share another layout I created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the Endless Summer collection. This time, I wanted to tackle the collection without scrapping anything with a summer or beach theme. Instead I chose a photo of my daughter and my partner that was taken recently at a wedding, and decided to stick with using only the warm tones from the collection.

"Love"

I started with the reverse side of the Aloha Sunshine paper for my background. It has large white polka dots against a very light coloured background, which give an awesome bokeh-like effect to the page. I then added some watercolour paint and some stamping using a hibiscus flower stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps to give the page a little more depth in my focal areas. (I can't believe how perfect the stamp was to use with this collection!)


Next, I created a mat for my photos using pieces of the This & That and Sunbleached papers, which I layered with a paper doily, some fussy cut flowers from the Aloha Sunshine paper, and pieces from the die cut ephemera pack.


I built the layers around my photo further by also adding the oh happy day puffy sticker, a couple of Woodies, more die cut ephemera pieces and some enamel shapes.


To finish my layout, I added the love word and an arrow from the die cut ephemera pack directly onto my photo.


Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. The Endless Summer collection is available now from retailers and also directly from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store. It's such a beautiful collection to work with, I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Until then, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Day Memories | Scrap the Boys December Challenge

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's DECEMBER already? I know I can't. This year just seems to have whizzed past in the blink of an eye. I think it's finally safe to bring out the "C" word, given that Christmas is now only weeks away. (And no, I am not ready for it!)

I am kicking off today with my first design team layout for the month, which is a mood board challenge for Scrap the Boys...


Here is my take on it...

"Christmas Day Memories"

I chose to scrap these two photos of my boys from their first Christmas. They were sitting up in their new Bumbos for the first time and watching their sister open her presents - it was so cute! I used the 'Tis the Season' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, which made it super easy to coordinate everything.

Here are some close-ups...






If you love to scrap boy layouts (or even if you are someone who needs a bit of a push), make sure you put this month's Scrap the Boys challenge on your list!
To see what the rest of the design team has come up with for this challenge, and for all the prize details, head over to the Scrap the Boys blog.

I will be back soon with another project to share with you. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 25 November 2016

F*ck You Rock | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to sharing my latest project for Flutterby Designs. The layout I have to share with you today features a photo of my sister and I that was taken during 80's theme night at the Scrap & Chat retreat we attended earlier in the year. SO. MUCH. FUN. (With thanks to our talented photographer my darling friend Ant for this shot!)

And, as you may have guessed from my post title, this one features my favourite "sentence enhancer", so if you aren't a fan of a little sweariness, then I suggest you look away now! ;)

"F*ck You Rock"

As you can see, I went the mixed media route on this one. To create my background I started by adding blue mist to my cardstock using a waterbrush; then I stamped with some of my fave stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps; and then added some gold mist splatters. On top of all that, I drizzled some white Flutter Colour paint to add extra texture and some doodled stars using the star mini stencil.


Next, I added an Everyday Etc card where I wanted my photo to go (the one I used was from the Super Cool set); on top of that I added some frayed gauze before adding my photo, which I mounted up using some cardboard.


I used a combination of two wood veneer pieces to form my title, along with one of the white tiny sticky quotes. I also used a page tab tucked in behind my photo.


Alongside my photo I added a flair button (from set #389), which I nested on some messy black thread. I also added the you + me die cut from the Mad About You die cut bits and bobs set and a few more tiny sticky quotes.


To finish off my page, I added some of the Confetti Circles wood veneers scattered around my page and my handwritten journaling.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you aren't already a member of the Flutterby Inspiration HQ group on Facebook, (or you are and just haven't shared anything), what are you waiting for? Come on down!
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Chill Out | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share another Endless Summer layout with you all. I am so in love with this collection with its soft tones, pretty patterns and super cute embellishments.
I decided to use this photo I took recently of my miss during an afternoon at the beach. (Being the little nerd she is, she had decided to sit herself in a tree and write rather than run around madly with her brothers.)

"Chill Out"

With her perched in a tree, I really couldn't go past the gorgeous woodgrain print side of the Sweet Treats paper for my background. I then used pieces of the Blue Skies and Sunbleached and papers to form a layered mat for my photo.


In my first embellishment cluster I used a combination of die cut ephemera pieces, a flair button, a small woodie, small wood veneer arrow and one of the beautiful blooms. I also popped in some messy cotton thread for some subtle texture. You can also see above a small wood veneer heart which I anchored to the main part of th layout with some hand stitching.


I also added a paper doily to my paper layers under my photo to soften all the straight lines, and a few hand stitched crosses for a little extra visual interest.


Beside and below my photo, I added more layered embellishments. To tie in with the previous cluster I repeated the used of ephemera, blooms, wood veneer, woodies and thread. I also used the chill out piece which was from the cut apart This & That paper as my title.


The Endless Summer collection is now available from select retailers (you can check the stockists page to find your nearest one), or alternatively, it is also available direct from the Cocoa Vanilla store.
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Cute | D-lish Scraps November Cyber Crop

Hi everyone!
Just popping in to share a layout I completed for the D-lish Scraps November Cyber Crop that is currently underway over in the D-lish Scraps Facebook group The Scrap Suite. Since stepping down from the D-lish Scraps design team at the end of September, I haven't really dug into my D-lish stash much so I thought it was high time I did!
I decided to tackle Sarah's sketch challenge first and of course, me being me, I couldn't stick to using the sketch as it was and decided to rotate it instead.

Here's what I came up with...


I used lots of D-lish goodies on this layout - wood veneer pieces; flair button; washi tape; various Journal It's; D-lish Dots and enamel shapes; bitty bag; tissue paper; twine; dip dye tag; and a wooden peg.

Here are some close-ups...








That's all from me today. I will back again soon with another project to share.
Til then, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 11 November 2016

You're My Person | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
I am here today to share my latest layout with you using the brand new 'Mad About You' collection from Flutterby Designs. First of all, I have to start by saying I freakin' LOVE this new range. It's bright, colourful, funny, quirky...there is just so much to love! Not to mention the fact that there are also some brand new Flutterby products in this range - Die Cut Bits & Bobs and some new format Sticky Quotes which feature some larger shapes, images and words. There is also a new themed Wood Veneer pack.

Here is the layout I created using the collection...

"You're My Person"

To create this layout, I first started by tearing up some old book paper and colouring it using some mists and a waterbrush. Once dry, I adhered it to my cardstock using Mod Podge, and then applied some Colour Blast Colour Paste through my 'I {heart} you' mini stencil in a few random areas. After that, I drizzled aqua Flutter Colour paint over the top and left it all to dry for a while.
The next step was to apply a bit of stamping with my Viva Las VegaStamps and black ink to add some depth, and then I splattered both lime and black mists.


Once my background was done it was time to create the layers for my photo to sit on. I used a variety of the 'Mad About You' Everyday Etc filler cards, along with the 'Mad About You' frame (#47), and one of the coordinating page tabs. My title was fussy cut from one of the 'Mad About You' Everyday Etc cards.


I then used some of the pieces from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack and the coordinating Sticky Quotes sheet to add some extra interest around the page. The flair button is from the 'Mad About You' (Set #2), which I nested on some black thread and added a couple of bold enamel dots nearby.


To finish my page I added a couple of the small hearts wood veneers (which I coloured black) and some white Tiny Sticky Quotes.


I love how this page came together! And did I mention I love layers? (I think that doodled circle & spot background stamp from VLVS is my very favourite - I just can't seem to stop using it!)


Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you haven't already checked out the new 'Mad About You' collection in the Flutterby Designs store (or the other new range 'Dec Documented 2016'), then scoot over HERE and take a look!
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Good Life | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share my first layout using the brand new (and oh-so-pretty) Endless Summer collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! As summer is fast approaching here in Australia, this collection will be perfect for scrapping all those summer holiday photos with it's soft, gorgeous colors and cute retro feel.

I decided to start with a photo I snapped of my family earlier in the year enjoying hot chips after a day spent on the beach. It's always the perfect end to the day for us.

"The Good Life"

I used the beautiful 'Sunbleached' ombre paper as my background, which I first added a little mixed media to. I used one of my Faber-Castell gelatos applied with a waterbrush to add some subtle colour in the area where I was going to place my photo. I also used some of my Viva Las VegaStamps to add some extra depth to my background, and then splattered some mist around.


I then created a layered mat for my photo using pieces of the reverse sides of the 'This & That' and 'Sunbleached' papers; a paper doily and some gauze for extra texture.


I then used pieces from the die cut ephemera pack; accessory stickers; and one of the coordinating flair buttons to create small layered clusters to embellish my layout. (Isn't that flamingo the cutest?)


I also fussy cut a few flowers from the gorgeous 'Aloha Sunshine' paper to use around my page.


Here's a closer look at all those lovely layers....


Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. The Endless Summer collection started shipping to retailers a few days ago, so should be hitting the shelves of your favourite store SOON! (If your favourite store doesn't have it, make sure you ask them to get it in!) ;)
Til next time, happy scrapping! X