Love you - using the new exclusive 'One in a million' by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing my latest layout using the limited edition mini collection kit ‘One in a Million’ which is unfortunately now sold out in the CVS store. The theme on the CVS blog this week is hearts and flowers so I have also featured the Colour me Happy cut files on this layout too.

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

As you can see I have opted to create an 8.5×11″ layout. I have recently started experimenting with this size and am loving the change. The focus of the layout is a photo that I took of my kiddies just before Fathers Day. I wanted to get a photo of the kids together holding up the sign ‘Best Daddy Ever’ which I could then frame for my husband and give as a gift on Fathers Day. I decided that because this layout was essentially about their love for their dad I could add the flowers, hearts and pinks in; all the things we may think of when we think of love.

The heart cut file and blue banner piece are the main focal point which help draw your eyes to the photo. I backed the heart on the soft pink floral patterned paper. Because I have used a white card stock base I wanted to frame the layout in a coordinating paper. I chose the gorgeous grey and white spot which adds a nice soft touch to the layout while also providing some contrast.

I added clusters of layered embellishments to either side of the photo. I added a floral die cut from the cut file set and pink and red ephemera flowers. I love the pop that the red flowers bring to the page. To finish off that cluster I added a cute bow from the Love Always bits and pieces pack, the ‘xo’ from the Love Always veneer, and some enamel dots from older collections.

For the cluster on the right side of the photo I used the same products as well as a cute little banner attached to the top of the photo with a staple and secured again with a peg, also from the Bits and Pieces pack from Love Always.

Of course I had to add a layer of patterned paper and a doily behind my photo.

Although the layout has a row of horizontal embellishing either side of the photo I still consider this layout to be very much a vertical design. Below the blue banner I add the title which is ‘Love you’ again from the Love Always wood veneer pack. To finish the layout I add a small bit of journaling on a tab from the cut apart sheet and smaller embellishments like the button and enamel dots. I love those finishing touches.

I hope that you have been inspired by my post today. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about anything you see here, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or contact me via social media.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Let's Celebrate - a birthday card featuring new Sizzix stamp & die set

Hey everyone, today I'm here sharing my latest project for Sizzix Lifestyle. For the project today I used the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 3PK w/Stamp - Floral Cake #662167 and created a birthday card. I love that this stamp and die set can be adapted to suit birthday celebrations when teamed with the right papers and embellishments. 

This card also featured a stamp from the Kellie Stamps Hip Hip Hooray stamp set and the Pink Paislee Birthday Bash collection. 

I created a quick project video of how this card came together:

And here are some close ups:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Raquel

Amazing Kid - an 8.5x11" layout featuring You Rock by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the amazing You Rock collection. I feel like a broken record when I say how much I love creating with this collection for the everyday little moments and time of my little man, but it so so so true. I have created a lot of pages so far and can see a lot more ahead!

Here is the page I created:

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

I have been dabbling in 8.5×11″ size since taking a little break from crafting and I must say that for now I am loving the size. I feel like it has reignited that scrapping mojo which is pleasing for me too. For this layout I am documenting a cute lil picture of my boy when I happened to catch him trying on my glasses.

I decided to add a grounding piece of patterned paper down the left side of the page using the Plus One paper and a small thin strip of the Inline paper. I love the pop of yellow that the In Line paper brings. I then worked my embellishing on a diagonal from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Included in the embellishing is wood veneer, chipboard pieces and one of the rubber charms. I am on my second packet of the charms. I just love adding them to my pages.

The bottom right embellishment cluster has much of the same of the top left. However I also added a fussy cut star from the Starshine paper and some of the tiny word stickers from the sticker accessory sheet.

The title is made up of a Paper Issue ‘glasses’ cut file backed with white plain vellum, the wood veneer ‘hello’ and a tiny word sticker from the accessory sheet. I put a thin foam tape behind both the cut file and wood veneer to create a slight shadow and add a touch of dimension.

This layout also features some hidden journaling. I created my own tag using the Night Sky paper to add some typewritten journaling to. The design of the page didn’t leave me a whole lot of room to add a story, so a good alternative to just leaving it off is to create a tag and tuck it behind a layer or in this case the photo. Because the patterned paper had a notepad style design I just typed the journaling straight onto it rather than cutting it into strip form like I normally do.

To add another pop of colour to the page I added the This Way paper behind my photo. You may notice I always print my photos with a white border. So this allows me to add a printed design paper behind my photo without it being to overpowering.

Thanks for stopping by!

Raquel x

The new Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway Machine!

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to share the new Sizzix Foldaway machine with you all!
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I received the new machine designed by the talented team over at Sizzix Lifestyle.

There are just so many things to love about this machine; the look, the compactness, the innovative storage spaces, ease of use....I could go on all day. 

I decided to film an unboxing of the machine and my first use of it - completely live and authentic so you can see my reactions and also how easy it is to take out of the box and pretty much play right away!

Here it is:

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

Raquel x

Brave Little Dude - A multi photo hidden journaling layout for Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone. I'm here today sharing a new layout for multi-photo week featuring the new You Rock collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For the multi photo theme I challenged myself to include as many different photos of the subject of my layout as I could using a couple of different techniques.

The subject of my layout is my little man. Recently he had a little run in with his cubby house window and the ground. Let’s just say he likes to test boundaries all the time and unfortunately it didn’t go in his favour. A trip to the GP (doctor) resulted in him having a bandage on his head to stop the bleeding and assist the wound to heal. It looks like it was a lot more serious by the bandage on his head however it was covering approx a 1cm cut. This little man barely shed a tear and was so brave that I just had to document this moment in his life.

Here is the layout I created:
Initially when looking at the layout the main 4×6″ photo is the focal point of the photo. I matted the photo with the Night Sky patterned paper and added some of the reverse side of the paper underneath also. Some ephemera finished this off.

What you can’t see in the pictures initially is all the hidden journaling and photos under this main 4×6″ photo. I created a flip album of sorts that contains many different photos taken to support this story. I really enjoyed playing with the papers and photos o wanted to add to create small flip pages that once all opened reveal hidden journaling.

Here is some close ups of those extra photos and the journaling.

As you can can see by creating this flip up I was able to add multiple photos to this page without overcrowding the initial design.

Another fun addition to the page that you may notice as well is the extra three photos on the bottom right of the page that I added in the form of the ‘photo negative strip’ from the ephemera pack. In previous layouts I had only used the negative strip pieces on ephemera packs as layering tools so it was fun to use it in its literal sense on a page. To print photos to fit I measured the negative space and then added that as a custom size in my photo printing software. Excitedly this worked and the photos fit perfectly. Not only was I able to add an extra few photos to the page but it also acted as a tool to balance the top heaviness of the top of the layout and the embellishing.
I tend to add some kind of repeated shape to a boy/masculine layout. On this page I chose stars and used them around the photo and then around the title area too.

I also added wood veneer in the three main clusters on the page. This compliments the wood pattern of the Plus One patterned paper.
The title of the page is ‘brave little dude’. To create this title I used the typewritten words ‘brave’ and ‘little’ and then for ‘dude’ I backed a free cut file from the Paper Issues store with the Experimental patterned paper.

Here’s a quick little glimpse at how the hidden photos and journaling look and work on the page:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope I have been able to show you some fun ways to include more photos on a single page layout.

Be a Pineapple - using Summer Lights by Pink Paislee

Hey everyone! I'm here today sharing a layout that was created as part of Big Titles week on the Pink Paislee blog. For my layout today I chose to use the new Summer Lights collection. When I think of big titles I always think straight away ‘die cutting’, because with die cutting you can create and customise pages to your needs.
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For this page I decided to create a big, bright, and bold statement title using a popular quote. The title is made using Bebas font and cut centred to the bottom of the page. To highlight certain words within the title I added the bold Paper 11 behind them. This made them really pop.

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To help highlight the photo I cut a free cut file from Paper Issues and used the pineapple from the set. This matched with the title and made a nice embellishment to layer and cluster with my photo. The photo was able to nestle in there within the base of the pineapple perfectly.

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Then I embellished using any pieces that I thought would fit within the theme of the layout. It was good to see that this layout could be created with a summer collection and not have a particular summer theme – apart from the icon of the pineapple.

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I love to add a lot of layers and clusters within my layouts. The chipboard, ephemera, and stickers were used to add those layers and embellish the page.

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It is so fun to build a layout around a big statement title, I hope I have inspired you to give this a go!

Back to School with BPC - An Instahop!

Hey everyone, I am joining in with a fun instagram hop today along with ten other teachers at Big Picture Classes offering 10 people month long seats in the Big Picture Classroom. 

If you want to enter visit my insta account here and check it out.

Here are the amazing crafters joining in on this hop. I am so honoured to be pictured amongst them and joining in. 

For my contribution I popped over and joined in on Pam Baldwin's class 'Text Tricks' and boy I must say this class was just what I needed to get my mojo flowing. I had taken a short SM and crafting break due to personal loss and this was such a nice and inspirational way to hop back onto the saddle and get creating again. 

In Pam's class I learnt a number of things, but took my main inspiration from Lesson 2 'Text Basics and Lesson 6 'Going Hybrid'. I sort of amalgamated the things I learnt from both of those lessons into the one layout. 

Here is what I created: I delved into my new Crate Paper Carousel collection for this one. 

As you can see this page is unlike any layout I have shared before. For starters it is 8.5x11" in size! and secondly it is pretty much made up of a photo, no white card stock! 

Thanks to Pam's class I was able to clone and turn my landscape photo into a portrait one and also add my journaling directly to my layout without adding typewritten strips later like I normally do. 

Having minimal embellishments or space for embellishing meant that everything that I added needed to have a place and purpose. 

Here is a closer look at my final design: 

And the full layout:

I decided to film a 'real time' process video of how this came together. I will not be teaching you the tips and content of Pam's class in this video, just simply how this layout came together once I had my photo with journaling. 

Don't forget to pop on over to instagram to join in and enter the comp. 

Raquel x

Fabulous You - My Fave Techniques using Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, today I am sharing with you a layout featuring my favourite technique of layering and clustering using my fave things: gorgeous papers and embellishments, cut files, white cardstock, and doilies.

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I couldn’t go past the gorgeous Oh My Heart collection for today’s layout. I used white cardstock for my background and a white floral cut file which is free from the Paper Issues store. To back the main flowers and leaves within the cut file I gathered any pink or green toned patterned papers. I also added pops of yellow to the flower buds to add more contrast. I love how the backed floral pieces against the white of the cardstock really brighten up the page.

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I love to add layers to my pages and I do this by layering embellishments or patterned papers either within clusters or behind my photo/s. I decided on this page to layer a couple of the patterned papers behind the photo. I love how this just gives the photo a little extra detail. I chose to print my photo in black and white as I knew that this again would really help the colours in my layout pop.

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To embellish the page I added some fussy cut florals from Paper 13. I just love how easy these are to cut out and how perfect they are to add a cute little detail to a page. I also added some teeny tiny flowers from Paper 6.
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I added a small amount of journaling to my page as I always do, with typewritten journaling cut into strip form. I love how convenient and easy it is to add journaling with a typewriter.

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Of course a page of mine isn’t complete without a little machine stitching. I decided to mat my whole layout on the Paper 12 and stitch around the border. To add further detail it is fun to rough up the edges and little too.

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I hope I have been able to share a little insight into my favourite techniques with you today. 

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E2C Mini Album - Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm here on the blog today wrapping up Mini Album week. For today’s album I decided to document a little getaway from last year that I went on. As a busy Mumma of two, I plan a little weekend away once a year. For the last few years it has been on a scrapbooking retreat that is in another state here in Aus. It is an exceptional event, so well run and organised and full of those special treats like delicious meals, beautiful company, and some options like massages, facials, etc. What more could a girl want?!?

Here is the album I created:
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For the mini album today I decided to create a wallet style album approx 4×6″ in size that contained some concertina style inner pages. I went searching YouTube for a good tutorial for the foundation of my album and followed this one by My Sisters Scrapper. I liked that this tutorial gave me the basic design of the album which I could then adapt and use to suit my project. I loved that the design only required a couple of pieces of cardstock too. I was able to run some seam binding along the back section to tie and secure the album at the front.
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I used my We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score board, my new favourite tool, to create the pages and score the folds. Having these tools ‘all in one’ made it super easy to create the album foundation.

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When you open up the top of the album you get a quick recap of what the album contains. It was easy to add my story to this album using typewritten journaling adhered in strip form.

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The album opened up, looks like it does below:

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I was able to use the Paper 21 as a feature and ran the shelves across both the concertina pieces so it looked like on continuous paper. I fussy cut the clip board from Paper 1 and added the text….perfect for a scrapbooking weekend away, don’t you think?
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When you pull on each of the folds the album then opens out to reveal more pages. You can do this on both sides of the album. This gave me more room to add more photos and journaling.
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Here is the album all spread out. I love that within this little 4×6″ wallet I was able to document so much about this event.
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I embellished each page of the concertina folds like a mini layout, using ephemera, stickers, and icons fussy cut from the papers. This album was also a great way for using up scraps as I was able to use my scrap pieces as backgrounds to each 3×4″ piece, or to mat photos.
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I had a few extra photos so I added a pocket to one of the pages and added my extra photos and journaling on tags.
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Here is a short flip through of the album to show you the album in its entirety:

I hope you have enjoyed this final share for Mini Albums week here on the blog. Thanks so much for popping by!
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