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Monday, August 08, 2016

What a collection! The new Love Always by Cocoa Vanilla - a layout share....

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing my first layout I have created using the new and absolutely stunning Love Always collection. This layout, I actually taught at a recent retreat in Victoria which was so much fun and a chance to share the Cocoa Vanilla love with others.
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This collection is truly after my heart; the pastel colours with pops of black, white and grey, the softness of embellishments and paper designs, the bundles of embellishments including die cut card stock ephemera and vellum ephemera- I mean what is not to love!?!

For this layout I decided to document this gorgeous photo of my kiddies hugging that was taken at Easter time. I was trying to get them to look at the camera, which is an impossible task these days might I add – and managed to snap this gorgeous picture of them hugging in the process.

I used white card stock as my base, which doesn’t come as a surprise, and applied a layer of whipped spackle through a text stencil in a diagonal direction. This adds a lovely subtle texture to my page. If you are interested in learning more about adding Subtle Texture to your pages in my style of scrapbooking I have a Big Picture Class you can take here by accessing a free trial of the classes if you are not already a member.

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I layered my photo behind multiple layers of the patterned papers in the collection. I also added a doiley from my stash. The main layer is a 7″ circle which I matted with vellum and added to the page with foam adhesive. I then added my layered photo mat with another layer of foam adhesive. When I have large areas like this that I want to add dimension to I use a material such as a craft foam sheet. This is cost effective and gives a nice flat and even layer of dimension.
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The title is made up of an ‘xo’ cut file available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store for immediate download. I backed these with a patterned paper in the collection and also added a layer of vellum behind them to help distinguish them from the white background. I also added them to the page with a double layer of foam adhesive so they were the same depth as the photo. You can really see the dimension in the image below.
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The florals are a cut file based on the florals in the collection. I just adore them and they may be arriving in the CVS store soon *hint hint*. I backed the leaves section and floral section with the papers from the collection also.

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Embellishing the page was done with a combination of the accessory sticker sheet and die cut ephemera. I honestly just can’t get enough ephemera!
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I added some journalling, just basically my thoughts when I look at the photo. I did this by typing it onto my typewriter and adhering it in strip form under the title.
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I had an absolute ball teaching this class to a number of the retreat attendees. I think they all loved the CVS goodies as much as I do!

I couldn’t finish the post without a pic that we managed to snap, myself with the lovely creator of these amazing products Zoe! Thank you for allowing me to share my love of your products with everyone!
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Raquel xx

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Take me Away with Pink Paislee's Paige Kits

Hey everyone,

I'm here today to share with you a fun tutorial you can follow along with at home to recreate the page below using the Paige Kit from the Take me Away collection!

Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
Here is how it all came together:


All you need is the Paige Kit, some wallet sized photos, adhesive, and scissors (I used a sewing machine too!).
Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
The kits themselves come with the die cut background, a patterned paper, die cut ephemera, patterned acetate, and even foam dots!
Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
I would love a few sheets of the die cut ephemera on their own, how beautiful are they!?!
Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
Although the sample of the Paige Kit doesn’t have photos, I decided to add photos behind a couple of the letters. The photos were printed in ‘wallet’ size and fit behind the letters perfectly.

Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
The whole die cut piece was adhered to the page with the foam dimensional adhesive tape. I love the shadow it gives background!

Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
When adding the ephemera I used a mixture of foam dots and regular adhesive runner. This gave the embellishments depth and definition.
Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
I used two types of foam dots, which vary in depth, as you can see from the floral die cuts below. Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
I hope that this post has given you an insight into how awesome the Paige Kits are and how fun and easy they are to use and customise for your albums or wall decor!

Take Me Away: Paige Kit Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #pptakemeaway #layout #12x12 #homedecor
Raquel xxx

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Live out Loud with Fancy Free by Pink Paislee

Hey everyone,

I'm here today with a new layout to share for Circles week on the Pink Paislee Blog. For my layout I decided to use a cut file available here at Just Nick as a base for my layout design.

I am a big fan of a diagonal design and loved that this cut file led itself to one. The layout features the Fancy Free designer collection by Paige Evans. As always I love the bright colours that this collection brings to a page, and against a white background, boy they sure do pop!

Here is the layout I created: Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

I added a subtle texture to the background with a music notes stencil from my stash and a white texture paste. I applied that to the page diagonally just to add a bit of detail to the areas behind the cut file.
  Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

 I used the button pack to match with the circular layout design. They added a nice pop of colour to the page. The 'happy dance' text is cut from a circle in one of the patterned papers within the collection. I used that circle and a couple of the others from the paper to back to smaller circles within the cut file.
  Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

 For the circles that contained photos I have backed them with doilies from my stash. I was able to use both 5" and 4" doilies behind them. I love the softness that this adds. circles 550-3

 I also embellished the page with die cut ephemera and the cute swiss cross' from the silver glitter thickers pack.
  Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

 The dream acetate script can also be found in the ephemera pack.
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 The acetate pieces pop beautifully off the white background, even with the added texture of the paste.
  Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

The title of the page is live out loud. It just summarised these photos of my little girl beautifully. I used the 4x6" card from the cut apart patterned paper for backing that section of the cut file. I was wrapt when it fit perfectly!
  Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

 I applied the whole cut file to the page with a foam adhesive. I do this as the cut file is white and applying it to a white background can sometimes mean it fades in a little and doesn't stand out. The foam adhesive adds a shadow to the page and helps the cut file pop from the white background. Circles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

Thanks for stopping by my blog today xCircles: Live out Loud Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #circles

Raquel xx

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In the Summertime with Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone. I'm here with you today sharing a layout I created using the Hello Sunshine collection. This bright and fun collection is one of my faves. I just love how versatile it is. I can create masculine or feminine layouts and of course document our beautiful summers. Perfect timing to share this layout while we are experiencing dreaded cold days!

This layout was actually one of the layouts I taught at the recent Brisbane Scrapbook Expo. It features a just because photo of my little man. I just adores this cheeky smile.
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To the left of the photo I added a cluster of ephemera and stickers. I also added a wood ephemera and a couple of enamel shapes from the collection.
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The stars on the page are adapted from the Colour me Happy cut files which I welded together in a diagonal design and then backed with the papers in the collection. I adhered them to the page with a dimensional adhesive.
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I added a small triangle to the bottom left of the page this helps to draw your attention back into the photo and works the design into a visual triangle which is a technique I use often.

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I also added a cluster to the right of the photo which incorporates some of the stickers, ephemera and veneer. The sticker ‘in the summertime’ acts as the title for this page. Lots of foam adhesive helps these embellishments to pop off the page.
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Thanks for for stopping by. I recently received a box full of the stunning Love always collection which I can’t wait to play with!!!

Raquel xx

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Exploring with the June Hip Kits!

Hey everyone, Raquel here today to share a layout I created inspired by the July mood board. I chose to draw inspiration from the image on the bottom left of the board with the polaroid images and pegs and also the notion of exploring from the quote. Here is the July Board: 13575847_10154401118467566_3516913961149536037_o
 And my layout: Happy Exploring image The Jillibean Soup pegs were perfect to replicate that pegged photo look. I tried to choose ones that had coloured veneer than complimented my colour palette. I added some string from my stash along the tops of the photos also and secured it with staples.  image Each photo was mounted onto a 3x4" card from the project life kit in coordinating colours. The landscape photo of my kiddies in the middle was double matted and embellished more than the photos on either side to make it more of a focal point. The embellishments are a combination of the exclusive die cuts, puffy stickers, and Jillibean Soup wood veneer. imageThat 'hip' peg by Jillibean Soup was perfect for my little man. I love adding the puffy sticker tabs to the tops or side of photos too. image The journaling is typewritten on my trusty typewriter. I just never tire of the look of the strip journaling. It is so easy and quick to add my stories to my layouts.  image Each photo was backed with foam adhesive as the peg creates a lot of dimension and needs to foam to make it a flat surface. image The title was made from a combination of products. The Happy was from the Bella Boulevard chipboard from the June kit and the Jillibean Soup Navy alphas from the July kits. I created a multi dimensional cluster to the bottom right of the page. I added the Heidi Swapp chipboard, Jillibean Soup veneer, the exclusive die its and puffy stickers, Pink Paislee buttons,  and more. imageThe kids had such a fun day this day so I am so pleased that this kit was perfect for documenting it.  imageOf course while I had this beautiful kit out on my table I had to have more of a play and create a tag just for fun. This will go in my 'card' stash and be a quick and nice little addition to a gift for someone. I created the tag itself from some white yardstick and applied a reinforcement sticker to the top after I punched the hole. This makes the tag look like a brought one instead of one I have just made. The main element of the tag is a camera with speech bubble which was cut out from one of the 3x4" cards in the Project Life kit. loveyoutag
 I embellished the tag with the exclusive die cuts and the Simple Stories alphas, stickers and enamel dots. I love how it turned out.  loveyoutag-close Thanks for stopping by my blog today everyone.
Have you seen the August kits? Oh my, make sure you check them out!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

August Hip Kit Reveal

Well I don't know about you, but I want it all this month !!!


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HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016- MAIN KITMainHip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95 
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Happy Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Yes Pease Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Central Park Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Madison Avenue Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Metro Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Be You Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Giggle Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Rainbows Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Cheery Paper
  • 1 package – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Ephemera
  • 1 package – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – Petals Thickers
  • 1 package – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – Hello Thickers
  • 1 package – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Small Embellishments
  • 1 package – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Wood Embellishments


HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KITProject LifeHip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Hip Kit Club subscribers can purchase individual Project Life Kits for the member price. ($29.95)
Products Included:
  • 24 HKC – Exclusive Project Life Cards – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 each – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Sticker Book (8 pages)
  • 1 package – Pink Paislee – Take Me Away – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • 1 package – Pink Paislee – Take Me Away – Mirrored Acrylic Shapes
  • 1 package – My Mind’s Eye – Hooray – Enamel Dots
  • 1 package – HKC Exclusive Acetate Stickers – Designed by Claudia Van Rooijen

HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016 EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KITEmbellishmentPrice:  $27.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 package – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Adorable Puffy Thickers
  • 1 package – Crate Paper – Cool Kid – Play Thickers
  • 1 package – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – Black Foil Stickers
  • 1 package – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – Rubber Shapes
  • 1 package – HKC Exclusive Ephemera – Designed by Claudia Van Rooijen

HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
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Price:  $25.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 package – Prima – Oil Pastels (24 colors)
  • 1 package – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Die Cut Tags

HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
PaperPrice:  $12.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Happy Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Oh Happy Life – Yes Pease Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Central Park Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Madison Avenue Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Saturday – Metro Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Be You Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Giggle Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Rainbows Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Cheery Paper

HIP KIT CLUB – AUGUST 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstockPrice:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 8 sheets – American Crafts – White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Lt. Kraft Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – White Vellum

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

First Haircuts using a Grid Design and Pink Paislee

Hey everyone,

I am here today sharing a grid design layout I created for Pink Paislee this week.

Here is the layout I created for you today: Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign

I am not one who tends to scrapbook in grid designs. For some reason I actually find them a little tricky. I do not know if it is because I feel confined within the design, or whether I like a more flowing layout design. However, for this layout I tried to add a different spin to it and angle the design and create a lot of squares so I could incorporate multiple photos to tell my story. I absolutely adore the chipboard thickers in the collection. You can pack a whole lotta punch by adding these thickers to your page as each letter is a different colour and really pop off the page. Because my title was larger I was able to incorporate a lot of the thicker designs. I just love the effect!
  Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign  
To add a little detail to the title I machine stitched through the centre of each of the words. It is easy to machine stitch through the thickers however whenever running them through your machine, due to the thickness, stitch them slowly.
Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign  
I used the multi square patterned paper to create this layout. I loved that I could incorporate multiple patterned paper designs into this one layout from a single sheet of paper. Plus they were the perfect size! I added embellishment clusters to some of the squares, but for one of the spaces where a square could have been I added one of the acetate hearts from the ephemera pack and a puffy sticker 1 to symbolise the 'first' haircut my kiddies had.
Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign  
 I added a few clusters to this page which comprised of die cut ephemera, buttons and glitter thickers. I love the detail this gave and it also allowed my page to balance with a visual triangle in the layout design.
 Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign  
The photos themselves were printed in wallet size - 2 to a page. I edit all my photos in Pic Tap Go that are taken on my phone and print with my Epson picture mate. Makes it so easy!
Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign
 I added detail to each of the squares on the page by machine stitching around the edge of them and folding the edges inwards to add slight dimension.
  Grid Design: First Haircuts Layout @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #layout #12x12 #griddesign
 I hope you have enjoyed this post today on creating a multi photo grid based layout.

Raquel xx