Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bloom with Wild at Heart by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a layout with you as part of Seasons week here on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. For this layout today I was inspired by Spring flowers and have documented a little family day at a Lavender Farm where Charlotte enjoyed picking daisies in the field. The Wild at Heartcollection was perfect for documenting this moment.

Here is the layout I created:
The main element of the page apart from the photo is the daisy cut file that I downloaded from the Silhouette store. I used the Memento paper to back the daisy flower heads – I really wanted to incorporate the mustard colour from the collection onto this page so I stuck the cut file onto the flowers with that colour. I added the circle ‘wild at heart’ chipboard to mimic the flower centre. I also added a cluster to the top left of the page which incorporates a fussy cut butterfly (from the Mariposa paper).
The title is made up of a combination of embellishments; the wood veneer, the ephemera pack and a tiny word sticker from the Accessory stickers sheet. I added some finishing touches to the title area with some more veneer pieces, another fussy cut butterfly, and some enamel dots.
For the photo, I have layered it on top of the Luscious patterned paper and the Patchwork pattered paper. I love to add tabs to the top of or side of my photos. It it so easy to do this with a stapler and I like the detail it brings it too.
To frame the entire layout I have used the Luscious patterned paper. It gave it a nice finishing touch by bordering the entire thing. I also added some machine stitching around the edge too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Raquel xxx

Friday, June 09, 2017

Dude! - a card with Sizzix Lifestyle

Hey everyone

I have been having fun with my Sizzix dies and created this fun card!

I used the new Sizzix Lifestyle Looking Dapper (661702) and Splatter (661709) dies. They were the perfect combination together to create this fun card using the You Rock collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Heres how the card came together:

Raquel x

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

You Rock - scrapbooking a milestone with Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing my latest layout using the new and amazing ‘You Rock’ collection. Of course I am taking full advantage of this masculine collection to get more layouts of my little man and his many stories complete. Have I said how much I love this collection yet?!? Seriously … in LOVE!

Anyways, for today’s layout my inspiration came from my photo and the story I wanted to tell. Recently my little man has made another big step in his little life and started wearing big boy undies and going to the toilet. No more nappies! So exciting. Each moment like this we reach is entered with a mixture of emotions, excited of course because he finally did it but sad too as he is getting more grown up by the day and I have a little babe no longer. He is certainly a big boy now! Of course I wanted to document this time in his album, and thought this photo would be a great way to tell the story.

The photo was just snapped when he was doing some painting out in my craft room in his top and jocks. He tended to have only his underwear on in the first week just so we could make those quick dashes to the loo. I just love the fact that technology now allows us to capture these small moments in our life quickly and effectively. As scrapbookers I appreciate that we actually print out our photos and tell these stories, I think we are part of a generation that doesn’t print and all the important little photos people take are stores on multiple hard drives and ‘clouds’. This hobby is just so special.

Anyways back to the layout. Here it is:

Here is the process video for how this layout came together:

For the foundation of my layout I have used a cut file I downloaded free from Paper Issues. It looks like multiple ‘targets’ and made me think of Jack hitting the target and scoring a bulls eye so to speak; reaching another milestone. I backed a few of the segments of the cut file with patterned papers in the collection. I worked in my usual visual triangle in terms of design and backed the targets in that fashion also. I love the look of white on white when I use cut files so I wanted to keep the backing of the cut file minimal and just add pops of colour in certain sections. To add further texture I stitched through a few of the straight lines running through the file. I then bent some of those edges inwards to add dimension and shadow.
For the title of the page ‘you rock – you’re awesome’ I used a combination of the wood veneer and one of the amazing rubber charms. The rubber charm sat beautifully on top of the veneer and allowed me to add more detail to the title. I wanted to do some kind of altering to the wood veneer piece and ended up settling on backing the ‘rock’ section with the yellow side of the ‘inline‘ paper. I love the pop of yellow that brings and adore the look of natural veneer on my pages.

I also added some smaller embellishments to the left of the title. I kept the theme of stars within the embellishment clusters.
For the cluster on the top right corner of the page I used a star from the wood veneer pack, a fussy cut star from the Random patterned paper and the enamel shapes. When I add items like veneer to the page I like to repeat it in a couple more sections just to balance it out.

A big part of this layout as I mentioned above was the story that I wanted to tell. To add my journaling I have, like always, used my typewriter and added it in strip form to the page. I added it to the bottom right side – just to balance the heaviness of the title and the top right cluster.

A few more details of some tiny attacher staples and the layout was done.

I hope this layout has inspired you today. 
Raquel xxx

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Jot Issue 18 is here!

Hey everyone, 

Did you see that the latest Jot Magazine has been released? Check it out by clicking the cover image below:

Here is a little sneak peak of what you can see within it...

Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and enjoy xxx


Monday, June 05, 2017

Altenew May 2017 Blog Hop Winner!

Hello everyone!!! 

We have a winner from those who commented on my blog post here as part of the Altenew May blog hop. 

The Blog Hop winner is:
Teresa Doyle

Please email Altenew at with the subject line "May 2017 Release Blog Hop Winner from Raquel's blog" to redeem your $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. 

Congrats and enjoy your prize!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Lights by Pink Paislee Collection Reveal

Have you seen the newest collection by Pink Paislee called Summer Lights?

It is totally gorgeous and I have shared the full collection over on my YouTube channel which you can check out below.

Check out your local stockists or visit Pink Paislee for more inspiration

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Altenew May 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey everyone,

I am here today as part of the Altenew May 2017 Blog Hop. I am so honoured to be able to take part with such an amazing group of creatives and get to play with the new May release stamps and embossing powder, alongside using the beautiful Reflections Kit.

If you are wondering more about the new releases which you can purchase here, here is what I was sent to play with:

I used mainly the Halftone Hearts Stamp set, the Crystal Clear embossing powder and of course my fave Reflections Scrapbook kit.

Here is what I created: #myworld

The main layout design was inspired by the Map paper in the Reflections kit. It may be a surprise but I do love a white background so because the paper had a cream base I decided to fussy cut it out and add it to a piece of textured white card stock. I then took inspiration from the world map to decide on my title "#myworld" and the photos and story that I wanted to document on this page. 

Here is the process video for the page:

And some detailed images:

The alphas in the Reflections kit were the perfect contrast and pop against the white card stock background. I added my typewritten journaling in strip form under the title. I finished the title area with some embellishing of a fussy cut flower, a chipboard arrow (both from the Reflections kit) and a stamped heart which I embossed with the Crystal Clear embossing powder. 

For my stamping today on this layout I used the Halftone Hearts stamp set, coloured inks from my stash, the Altenew Jet Black ink and the Crystal Clear embossing powder. I was able to apply the embossing powder directly to the stamped image and love the shiny effect it gave to the images.  I embossed hearts in a variety of colours and sizes and some of the sentiments from the set. They were perfect in assisting me to tell the story of this layout. 

I just adore the way the stamped hearts and sentiments compliment this story and design. 

I was able to add many colours into this page as the paper which I used behind the photos was a rainbow striped pattern. I tried to add the pink hearts near the pink part of the paper, orange hearts near the orange and so on. 

I hope that you have been inspired by my contribution to the hop today. I had so much fun using the new May releases along with my Reflections kit. 

You may be wondering where the details for the hop are, check out all the info below!

Prizes:To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, June 3rd.

PLUS: Bonus draw!!

You can also enter a draw to receive a $30 gift certificate by commenting on this post! I'll announce the winner here on June 2nd!

Here is the full hop order: