Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Remember this Always - A Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Faber Castell collaboration

Hey everyone, today I am sharing a layout as part of a Faber Castell and Cocoa Vanilla Studio collaboration.

I have been updating a photo wall in our house and have been going back into my photo stash and reminiscing on older photos. While looking through the photos I found this one of our little girl which I thought would be lovely to feature on a layout. It is one of those ‘just because’ layouts and I just adore how blue her eyes look and how baby soft her skin is.

Here is the layout I created : Remember this Always
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Products used:

Colour me Happy Spotty Dot Paper

Colour Me Happy Snip Its

Colour Me Happy Alphabet White

Colour Me Happy Warm Enamel Dots

Colour Me Happy Cool Enamel Dots

Colour Me Happy Flair Buttons

Colour Me Happy Happy Blossoms – Cool Pinks

Colour Me Happy Cut Files

Faber Castell Gelatos – peach & guava

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle


To create the background I firstly preprepared my card stock with a clear gesso. I simply coloured the background with the peach and guava gelatos. I only shaded it lightly and then using a wide brush and water I was able to blend the gelatos in wide horizontal strokes. I added touches of the peach gelato in three parts creating a visual triangle.

As you can see from the image below I also used an intricate floral stencil and my favourite Faber Castell product Whipped Spackle to create detailed texture on my background.
I cut the Cut Files on just a white textured card stock. I love the crisp look of white cut files on a page. I also added a flair from the collection which matched this colour palette and a flower from one of the Happy Blooms packs. To create a centre of the floral piece I added an enamel dot from the Cool pack in the collection.
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The heart and choose happy phrase were cut out from the Snip Its pack. I fussy cut around them both to turn them into die cuts and also adhered them both with foam tape; creating a multi dimensional embellishment.
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I generally will create a layout in a visual triangle design. I do this as I feel it balances out my layouts and doesn’t make them too heavy on one side. To balance out the bottom photo and embellishment clusters, I added a cluster to the top right corner. This contains labels from the Snip Its pack and a cut file. As well as some extra textured detail using the stencil and again the whipped spackle.
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The gelato topped with the stencilled detail of the whipped spackle gives such a lovely and feminine effect to a page. The use of the broad brush creates an even painted effect which I also like. This technique, if you follow my style was a little out of my comfort zone (that may be an understatement). But I must admit I had a lot of fun and I also think it is something I might have more of a play with in the future.
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I love that even using these new techniques and mixed media products I was able to stay true to my style and create a soft, feminine and dimensional layout.
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Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Make sure you check www.cocoavanilla.com.au to see all the amazing creations the girls have made using the Faber Castell goodies and the Colour me Happy collection!

Raquel xxx…

1 comment:

Kerry said...

Absolutely divine layout, so soft and precious. I love the intricate floral mask that you used on the background and was wondering if you could tell me the make etc of it. Much appreciated. xx