The Little Things - with Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today with you sharing a new layout with you that I created for Leaves Week using the Turn the Page collection. For this layout I decided to document a photo taken at a fun park about 45 minutes from our home which was taken on a lovely Autumn day. I brought the leaves into my layout through cut files available in the Cut Shoppe and Just Nick online stores.

On this particular day that I am documenting, it was actually my birthday, we decided to head to a park a little way from our home as we heard it was great for the kids. The park was full of water play type equipment and the kids had a ball putting a leaf at the top of the slide, and watching the water deliver it along the equipment until it reached the bottom. We haven’t been to this park since but now we are nearing summer here in Australia, it would be the perfect weather for it.

Here is the layout I have created:
Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
Here is a process for how the layout came together:


I couldn’t go past the new designer line by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee on this one. The colour palette was just perfect for capturing the autumnal feel and leaves designs that I was incorporating. The main focal point of the layout is the cut file which I brought from the Just Nick store. I used this to incorporate my photo as well as the layout title ‘It’s the little Things’ and then also multiple complimentary patterns from the patterned papers.

Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
The title of the page, ‘It’s the little things’ was created by using one of the phrase sheets in the 2×2″ swatch books. It was the perfect title to the story and fit beautifully within one of the cut file circles.
Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
I embellished the layout by using die cut leaves from scrap papers I had in the collection and also the 6×6 paper pad. I love the paper pad patterns and some parts of the patterns have a copper foil on them which is just gorgeous and can be seen in the floral pattern on the leaves.
Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
I loved Paper 14 in the Turn the Page collection and have been wanting to use it on a layout since I first saw it. I decided to frame the bottom of the layout using a strip of it and used the curved edge to add an extra detail to the bottom of the page.
Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
I chose to border the whole layout using Paper 23. I loved the mustard tone and for me it was a way to bring in a touch of autumn. I added some machine stitching around the edge for added detail.

The finishing touches were added using small floral puffy stickers and leaves cut from Paper 9. I also added typewritten journaling in strip form, which is one of my go-to techniques to the bottom right of the page. This helped balance the heaviness of the top part of the layout.
Raquel captures an autumnal feel featuring leaves on todays layout using the Turn the Page collection by signature designer Paige Evans. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #turnthepage #fall
I hope you have inspired by today’s layout, thanks so much for stopping by

Some Halloween shares - featuring Pink Paislee and Sizzix Lifestyle

Hey everyone,

I thought I would pop in and share a few of my Halloween projects from this year that I created in the month of October.

All the projects I am sharing today are featuring the halloween collection by Pink Paislee called Spellcast. Here is a layout that I created:


There is a process video for how this came together too:


This is actually the first Halloween layout I have every created and I had so much fun playing with and layering the icons and ephemera in the collection. There was so much to choose from. 



I also created a Halloween card which features new release dies by Sizzix Lifestyle


And I couldn't resist creating a fun treat bag full of candy too, this also features new Halloween dies by Sizzix Lifestyle. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today xxx

Happy You with Bohemian Dreams by Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone,

I am here with you today sharing my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the Bohemian Dreams collection.

Here is the layout that I created:



And here is how the process came together:


You can see more detailed images of the layout and how I pulled it together in the Cocoa Vanilla blog post found here

Raquel x

A Mini Sizzix Tutorial - Photo Magnet feat. exclusive Spotlight Dies

Hey everyone, today I am sharing with you a quick photo tutorial on how to make a cute and fun magnet featuring a favourite photo and the new and exclusive Sizzix Lifestyle dies coming to Spotlight Stores here in Aus really soon. 

I have used a few die sets in this one, here it is:


Cut the shapes using four different patterned papers. I used the Bohemian Dream collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also chose to use my new fave the magnetic plate to help hold the thinlits dies in place when cutting. 

Here is what I cut out:

Once cut out I added one of my fave 2x2" photos behind the frame and layered the pieces ontop of each other. I also added a couple of ephemera pieces from the coordinating CVS pack. 

To make the frame magnetic I simply added a small trip of magnetic tape that I had in my adhesives stash. 

And voila - all done! 



I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial today! Don't forget to keep an eye out in your local Spotlight Stores for the new dies and the awesome Foldaway machine. 

Raquel x


Cards using Wild Child by Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing two cards featuring the new and ah-mazing Wild Child collection! I don’t know about you but I will admit I squealed with delight when I saw this new collection. Not only are the icons super cute, but it has both feminine and masculine sets of embellishments, stickers, and papers; it’s like getting two collections in one. Having a little boy, masculine collections that suit young boys is hard to come by. So yep, this collection ticks all the boxes for me and I was so excited to get playing and creating.

Here are the cards I created to share with you today. I decided to create both a feminine and a masculine card to show you using the same overall design idea.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking

Here is the process for how the cards came together:
For the first card I have used the more feminine embellishments and papers in the collection. I love the fun and playful nature of Wild Child and decided to embrace that when creating these cards. I love creating a set of cards that look like they are made as a set. When creating the cards this means that what I do to one card I try and replicate on the other card.

For both cards I began by cutting the striped Paper 04 for this card, and cutting it to fit the card base. I then added a layer of Paper 02. The main element of the card is the ‘rainbow chaser’ speech bubble which was actually cut from Paper 02 as well. That paper has all these bold, amazing statements that would be perfect to fussy cut and use as titles on your projects.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking
I used a lot of foam adhesive when layering together the pieces I’d assembled from this card. I actually made a tag from Paper 01 too. Of course the unicorn was the perfect finishing touch, I wanted the speech bubble to look like it was the unicorn saying it. I also added a typewritten ‘Happy Birthday’ to give the card some meaning for how it may be given.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking
For the second card I have used the more masculine/boy themed papers and embellishments. Again I have embraced the fun playful theme of the collection and tried to create a bright and fun card to match.

I used the stripe Paper 12 this time for the base as it was blue in colour. The lime green in Paper 10 was the perfect accompanying piece. I also cut the card title ‘superdude from the Paper 10 as well.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking

Again I added a handmade tag this time from Paper 07 and embellishments including ephemera and stickers around that speech bubble. How cute is the lil dog?!? These cards were honestly so much fun putting together!
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking
Of course a card isn’t complete without an envelope! This was achievable and super quick to make thanks to my excess card stock stash and my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. I had envelopes in minutes that coordinated beautifully and fit the cards perfectly.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope I have been able to show you how easy it is to create cards using the new Wild Child collection.
Raquel is creating a bright and fun birthday card set today featuring the new Wild Child Collection. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #wildchild #cards #cardmaking
Just in case you missed the reveal of the collection you can see it here or I have created an unboxing on my YouTube channel which you can see below. Amazing isn’t it?!?

Sweet Memories with Bohemian Dream by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing with you a new layout featuring the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. This was my first layout with the new collection and wow! Bohemian Dream is so gorgeous isn’t it?!?

Here is the layout I created:
The subject of this layout is my little girl. This pic was taken right before she went to sleep on the night before her 5th birthday. 5! Yep my baby is 5. Seriously, how does it go so quick? Anyways, this was her last night being 4 so I wanted to document it. As soon as I printed it I knew I wanted to use it with this collection as I was was thinking along the lines of ‘sweet dreams my four year old’ or something of that nature. Since the collection has a lot of Dream catchers I made the link there. I printed the photo in black and white as the colours in her doona cover would have been too bold. The photo is printed at around a 3×4″ size.

It may be a little cliche’ but I had to make the main element of my page a dream catcher. It was screaming to be done with this collection and this photo and the story of my page was just perfect for it. I found a dream catcher image online and traced it with my silhouette software. I only wanted the top portion of the catcher as I knew I wanted to create the feathers using the ephemera pack and some stitching.

I love the 6×6 pads. The prints are smaller in design and just perfect for backing cut files with. I have backed a portion of the top of the dream catcher paper with the 6×6″ size of the ‘Wild n Free’ paper. The inclusion of the blue added a nice soft touch to the page as I felt the purple, navy and even the pink were a lot more bold. I also matted my photo with the paper pad on the spot design paper.

This collection has the most beautiful floral designs, dare I say my fave from all the collections, so I had to add some clusters of them on either side of the photo and dream catcher. I added a little foam adhesive to some of the elements to create that shadow and dimension.

For the bottom of the dream catcher I decided to use the three feathers that can be found in the ephemera pack. I wanted it to look like they were hanging off the dreamcatcher, like they do on a real life one, so I replicated the string with stitching and the beading you can find on them with enamel dots.

As always I felt I needed to add my journaling to tell the story of this page. Although the design was somewhat central I felt the design needed a little balance due to the heaviness of the photo so that is why I have placed the journaling where I have.
I hope this page has inspire you today. This would be such a fun page to replicate at home. If you have any questions about it at all don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below or send me a message via social media.

Oh also, if you haven’t checked out the Bohemian Dream collection in detail you can see it in my unboxing video below

Raquel xxx