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:



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7,364,160 minutes with you - Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a layout as part of Anniversary week on the Pink Paislee blog.

For today’s layout I used the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans. I have chosen a design to go with the symbol of love: hearts. I also wanted to get a little creative with the title of my post and the subject which I will go into detail further into the post today.

Here is the layout I created:
How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #fancyfree
Here is a process video of the layout:

For the main layout design I used a heart cut file and backed it with a mix of photos and 6×6 patterned papers. I chose patterned papers for this particular layout as I wanted the patterned designs to be in smaller prints. I also printed my photos into 2×3″ and framed a couple of those behind the hearts.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
So let’s get to the anniversary part of the post shall we. 2016 marked my husband and I’s 14th year of being a couple. I wanted to document this in a different way. So instead of having a title as simple as ’14 year’s I decided to get a little creative. Online in the website there is a Duration Calculator. This calculator allows you to input two dates, your starting date and end date. I inputted our anniversary details and found out the following:
Hubby and I have been together:
5114 days
14 years
441,849,600 seconds
7,364,160 minutes
122,736 hours
730 weeks and 4 days
How cool is that?!? I went with the minutes figure to document in this instance as you can see below.
How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Hearts are a hard shape to frame photos within, and I still had a little trouble even though I printed my photo smaller. In the image below the photo was actually too small on the left hand side. Nothing that a cute puffy flower won’t fix.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
The layout is mainly of a vertical design, however I created three clusters of embellishments to help balance the page. This cluster below is made up puffy stickers and buttons from the Fancy Free collection.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
The photos I chose to frame in the cut file design had to be ones that had the subject more off center. This is because otherwise, the center of the heart would be going through heads. It took me a little while to find photos of hubby or hubby and I that were suitable. But I am so glad I took the time to find them as I am pleased with the result.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Due to the background being white and the cut file being white too, they need something to help distinguish them from each other. When creating layouts with designs such as this my go-to technique is to place a foam adhesive under the cut file. This gives the layout a little depth and dimension and also creates a shadow, helping us to see the edges of the cut file away from the background. I love doing this, it is such a subtle but effective technique.

How many hours, minutes or seconds have you spent with your loved one? Learn how Raquel documented an anniversary in a unique way in todays post. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #ppfancyfree
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jot Magazine May Moodboard

Jot Girl Leanne has pulled together an amazing Autumn inspired mood board for the month of May. Have you checked it out yet? 

Just take a look at those rich, warm colours – teal, mustard, orange, scarlet and grey.

The May Mood Board sponsor is Nat May from Imaginarium Designs who is donating a voucher.
Make sure you visit Imaginarium Designs for awesome chipboard embellishments. Check out their website here>>SaveSave

And check out Jot Magazine for some design team mood board inspiration and details on how to enter.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Real Life - a stamping layout with Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm with you today sharing a layout as part of Stamping week on the Pink Paislee blog. I decided to have some fun with the Oh My Heart stamp set and embossing powder to create my own patterned paper.

Here is the layout that I created:
Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
For this layout I decided to document a story about my little man. The cut file I used was a free download here, it came with both the pie chart and title ‘real life’ which was just perfect for documenting this photo and story of ‘the look’. ‘The look’ is something that my little man does to me whenever I ask him for a photo, it’s a ‘seriously mum, more photos?’ look. I was glad I managed to capture it so I could document this story.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
So let’s get onto the stamping shall we? For this layout, as I mentioned above, I decided to pull out the Oh My Heart stamp set. I looked at all the images and words on the stamp set and decided on the text ‘today’. I chose to use the stamping technique of embossing and pulled out my Zing Charcoal embossing powder to do this.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
I wanted to create my own patterned paper that I could use to back a portion of the pie chart. For this layout I chose to use the green tones of the Oh My Heart patterned papers with pops of black and white prints. Using the ‘today’ stamp and the charcoal embossing powder I was able to create my own patterned paper that complemented the papers and embellishments that I have chosen to use. I finished backing the remaining parts of the cut file with other 12×12 papers in the collection.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
To create the patterned paper I simply stamped the sentiment multiple times with versamark ink and applied the embossing powder to it. I then heat set it with a heat gun. I didn’t worry too much about perfect alignment of the stamp and just embraced the randomness of it. I love the result and want to do it again! So fun!

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
To document the story of the layout I used my typewriter and also cut out the ‘note to self’ sentiment from one of the 6×6 patterned papers.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
Some of the icons and phrases in the cut apart Paper 16 in the collection were the perfect addition to this layout, both in colour and also the images on them.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
I am a big lover of lots of layers and detail within clusters. This cluster was made up of lots of bits and pieces from that same paper (Paper 16). I cut some of the paper strips into banners by cutting a fishtail into the end.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
To finish the layout I added some splatters of black Heidi Swapp colour shine and also added detail by stitching around the main edges and sections of the cut file.

Join Raquel on the blog today as she creates her own patterned paper using stamps. @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #layout #12x12 #stamping #embossing #ppohmyheart
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I have inspired you to pull out your stamps and embossing powders and get creating!

Raquel x

Saturday, May 20, 2017

#Fun Times - a You Rock layout for Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing another layout as part of the ‘For the Boys’ week that is running currently on the Cocoa Vanilla blog. Of course to create a layout for this theme I just had to use the latest CVS collection You Rock and scrapbook my spunky little man.

For this layout I am documenting the real times in our life with Mr Jack; the tears and the tantrums feature on this particular layout. This photo and story just had to be told, don’t you think?

Here is the layout I created:
If you are wanting to see the process for how this layout came together you can check out the process video below:

For the overall layout, I stuck to a somewhat vertical design with patterned paper strips bordering either edge. For me those edge strips serve a purpose of drawing your eyes inwards towards the photo.

I printed my photo in 4×6″ size as I wanted it to really stand out. To accompany the photo I used a cut file which I downloaded for free from Paper Issues to create the title ‘#fun’ and added the word ‘times’ from the Made of Awesome collections letter stickers. I enlarged the file so that it spread across the width of the photo and backed it with a combination of patterned papers in the collection. I just adore how this really pops off the page. Of course I had to add some extra dimension to it by adhering it to the page with foam adhesive.
I used my typewriter to document the story I wanted to tell and adhered this to the page in strip form. The rubber charm ‘that’s my boy’ was perfect for this story too!

As I mentioned in the process video, I love working in clusters on my layouts, mainly three in total forming a visual triangle. My first embellishment cluster is on the top right of the page and is comprised of a label from the cut apart sheet, stickers, ephemera and rubber charms. Those charms were the perfect addition to that space on the top of the photo. I have found a liquid adhesive works best when adhering these down.

I created a small cluster to the left of the title which only has a flair button and smaller embellishments; the star, swiss cross and an enamel dot. It’s a simple cluster but due to the statement impact of the title, it really is all that is needed.

I hope you enjoyed the process video and my take on the ‘For the Boys’ theme for Cocoa Vanilla. In a market that is oversaturated with more girly collections I must say I am just loving documenting my little man so easily. The layouts I have created so far have just fallen together which is purely since this collection is so amazing.

Thanks for stopping by,

Raquel x

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hearts Gallery - Jot Magazine Issue 17

Hey everyone, today I am here to share with you my layout from the 'Hearts' gallery that can be found in Issue 17 of Jot Magazine. The theme of hearts really is so broad that I had to pinpoint the direction I wanted to take for this layout first. I decided to make a feature of a heart printed patterned paper that I loved from the 'Hello Love' collection by Crate Paper, I will explain in more detail what I did in this post. 

Here is the layout I created:

I added an embellishment cluster to the top left of my photo which included multiple heart embellishments too of course. Most of these embellishments were ephemera or stickers. 

For the actual 'heart' feature on the page, I cut out extra hearts from the patterned paper. I then stitched them on top of the hearts on the page and bent them inwards to add a nice detail and feature. I really like how this turned out. I also created a small embellishment cluster to the bottom left of the page to help balance and give my page a visual triangle. 

To the right of my photo I created a large cluster of embellishments, lots of tags, ephemera and hearts layered here. Oh and that Crate Paper tassel! Aren't they gorgeous! 

There are so many layers and a lot of dimension to this page it can be sometimes hard to capture it on the camera. 

This was one of those 'just because' layouts from a recent little photo shoot my kiddies had done. I just adore each and every photo taken by Splash of Life photography - I am sure I will have more layouts featuring the photos from the same shoot soon to share.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to check out Jot Magazine to read the latest issue! 

Raquel x