xoxo with Cocoa Vanilla's Wild at Heart

Hey everyone, it's Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout with you all featuring the new and amazing Wild at Heart collection. Since February is the month of Love I decided to create another page on that theme, why not right?

On this page I am documenting a photo of roses that hubby brought me for valentines day this year. Hubby is not a romantic at all really, so this gesture was a lovely and unexpected and I just had to record it in my scrapbook. Here is the layout I created below. For the layout design I was inspired by the xo cut files available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store. I decided to mimic a tic tac toe board for this layout as a feature on the page. I couldn't go past the 'Grow Wild' marble design paper to cut them out on. I really wanted to be able to showcase that paper design on a page. It is too beautiful not too!

To achieve balance on the page I created three main clusters which form a visual triangle. The cluster in the image below is made up of the gorgeous die cut ephemera pieces, some accessory stickers, a wood veneer heart and finished off with the smaller embellishments, enamel dots. I always love to finish my clusters off with tiny details like smaller embellishments. To add further detail to these pieces I machine stitched through them and bent the upwards to add further dimension.

I added the journaling to one of the 'o' in the grid. I kept it short and simple but clear enough to convey the message that I wanted to record. I added a few small embellishments to the left of this including a fussy cut butterfly from the 'Mariposa' patterned paper.

The top left corner also contained a small cluster of embellishments, as I mentioned earlier, for the purpose of balance. I included one of the chipboard hearts in this cluster also.

For my photo layers, I added a layer of the 'Patchwork' patterned paper behind the photo. As you can see on my photo I printed my photo with a white border. I do this with most of my photos - I find that it separates my photo with the next layer of paper behind it. For example, if I didn't add the white border and my photo was really busy, I would probably not add a busy patterned paper behind it. However when I have the white border I can add a busy pattern and it still looks pleasing to the eye. My title is 'bloom' from the wood veneer pack. I also added more ephemera pieces, chipboard, one of the beautiful rubber charms and finished with some enamel dots. I love how the red in the flowers really pops and is complimented by the red in the patterned paper behind it.

To create dimension and to help the xo pieces really pop off the page I machine stitched them to the page and bent them inwards. This creates a nice shadow behind them also. To add further detail I added some hand stitching to some of them too. Just a simple cross stitch or single stitches. For the board lines I used the woodgrain design from the 'Artisan' paper and cut them a little thinner than 1cm. Again these were machine stitched to the page and folded inwards for dimension.

I hope this page has inspired you today. If you want to get your hands on the beautiful Wild at Heart collection check out the Stockists page to see where you may be able to find it in your area.

Raquel xxx

Happy Valentines with Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, Happy Valentines Day! 

I thought it was fitting to share with you today a new and fun Valentines project that you can create easily at home with only a few materials featuring the Pink Paislee 'Oh my Heart' collection.

Here is what I made to share with you today ‘You Make Me *Glow*’ – glowstick Valentines:
You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart
Below are the materials which I gathered to use for this project (I have listed only what I used); Paper 10 from the Oh My Heart collection, plain vellum, a packet of glowsticks, fussy cut flowers, heart charms, and doilies.
You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #ppohmyheart
The first step I did was to cut many hearts from Paper 10 in the collection. This paper is perfect for projects like this as it allows you to have multiple patterns and colours from the one sheet. I cut my approximately 2″ hearts on my Silhouette Cameo, but this process could be even quicker if you have a 2″ heart punch.
I then decided that I wanted my Valentine project to have some dimension so I added a vellum heart underneath the patterned paper one and stitched through them both to secure them together. This allowed me to fold the top heart inwards to add dimension but also serves a functional purpose too.
You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart
I punched out a hole in the top and bottom of a small doily and threaded the glowstick through. It was then time to add my stitched heart, a fussy cut floral, one of the heart charms tied onto the stick and finishing with a vellum banner with a typed Valentines sentiment on it. These little Valentines just make my heart happy, they’re so cute and my daughter loved them!
You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart

I then, a little like a production line, made more just choosing the different heart patterns, charms, and fussy cut florals.

You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart
Here are some of them all lined up, the Oh My Heart is the perfect bright and fun collection for these cute DIY Valentines!
You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart
I hope this post has given you a fun little Valentines idea that you can easily replicate at home. I couldn’t leave this post without sharing a picture of my little helper for this project.

You make my Heart *glow* - a fun DIY valentines on the blog with Raquel @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #project #valentinesgift #valentines #bemyvalentine #ppohmyheart

Raquel x

Hello C & J with the January Hip Kits

Hey everyone, I'm stopping by my blog with a new layout share today featuring the January Hip Kits.  for this page today I wanted to document a series of photos I took of my kiddies when I was trying to snap a nice photo of the two of them together. The photos go through a succession of my daughter cuddling my son maybe a little too much ha. I really wanted to just document the real moment of that one photo I was trying to get, which in this case was the third photo from the top. 

To create this layout I stuck with a vertical design and created a feature with the Heidi Swapp Golden frames that came in the Project Life add on. I also used the cork embellishment pack as a main feature which are from the American Crafts Hazelwood collection. I love how they have the pastel painted accents to them. They complimented the exclusive hip kit floral paper beautifully. 

The cork 'hello' word really stands out on the page. I was able to nestle it between two of the frames. I used the studio calico/seven paper alphas to just add the kids initials. 

The die cut florals that feature on this layout were actually fussy cut from one of the Project Life 4x6 cards. I also added one of the butterfly rub ons from Hazelwood that I applied to a piece of white card stock and fussy cut around. 

The photo below of my children looking is the one I was originally wanting to capture. So to highlight that photo on the page I added foam adhesive behind it for some added dimension. I also used the arrows from the cork pack and the pencil Hazelwood sticker as a directional tool. 

My journaling is just a brief summary of how hard it is to capture a photo of them both looking at the camera, however, I honestly love the 'in the moment' type shots more. I typed my journaling and adhered it in strip form. 

 Some of the embellishments like the frames themselves and the cork were layered on top of each other, creating a lot of added dimension to the page. 

I hope this page has given you an idea for how you can use the frames and cork pieces on your layouts. 

Raquel x

Happy Summer Days with Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, I'm here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the lovely Endless Summer collection. I am so happy to be continuing on the Cocoa Vanilla team for the 2017 year, and look forward to sharing a lot more layouts with you all. These last couple of weeks where I live here in Aus seem to be showing signs that Summer is well and truly here so I was in a summery documenting kind of mood!

 Here is the layout I created: HAPPY SUMMER DAY

I wanted to use this collection to document a summer moment for my little man taken in January last year. The kids were given a really fun paddling pool from my aunt and uncle with a slide and dinosaur sprinkler (which has featured in a couple of my previous layouts here). This was his first summer having a paddling pool and he had an absolute ball in it. To document the story I typed my journaling on my typewriter and cut it into strips.
  HAPPY SUMMER DAY-1The layout features a colour combination of the mint toned papers teamed with the woodgrain, and white of course! I used a leaves design cut file that I had previously purchased and backed that with the wood grain paper. I love how it really pops off the page against the white of the die cut. My goal was to use other elements from the collection apart from flowers as I had created a few layouts with mainly the florals already.
To help ground the page I added a vertical strip of the diagonal mint stripe paper. I think I have adored any kind of stripe paper in the Cocoa Vanilla collections, and this one is no exception. I also added a small strip of the cream spot paper, just to break up the strip between the mint stripe and the bold white of the card stock. I stitched that just for some added texture. To help keep the page balanced I added a small wood button from the collection to the top left of the page and also stapled a cute little 'so much fun' tag too.
  HAPPY SUMMER DAY-2To the top right of the photo and to help complete my visual triangle I have added a cluster of embellishments, part of which will act as my title. The cluster contains ephemera pieces, a wood button, enamel shapes, stickers and even the 'endless summer' logo from one of the manufacturer strips on one of the papers. I added these to the page with varying depths of adhesive to add some more detail to that grouping.
  HAPPY SUMMER DAY-3The photo itself of my son I chose to print in black and white. I love black and white photos so much but not only do I love them but they also allow me to work with any colour palette I choose. I matted the photo on the cream spot paper, added a small 5" doily from my stash and also added some foam adhesive to help the photo stand out off the page and remain the focus of my layout.
  HAPPY SUMMER DAY-4 As well as my journaling I also added a small little cluster of embellishments there as well. It contains the 'yay' veneer, a puffy sticker, wood button, and a few more smaller bits and pieces, all which were from the previous Summer collection 'Hello Sunshine'.
  HAPPY SUMMER DAY-6 I hope this layout has inspired you today to use the gorgeous Endless Summer collection to scrapbook those little summer fun day to day moments! HAPPY SUMMER DAY-DESK

Raquel xxx

Love you using the new Wild at Heart by Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, I'm here today with a layout using the upcoming new release Wild at Heart. Boy, this collection is just amazing! I honestly didn't know where to start and what to use first as it is all so gorgeous. For the first part of February, up until the 14th the design team will be sharing layouts on the Cocoa Vanilla blog inspired by Love, after all February is the month of love right?!?

Instead of going the traditional route and scrapbooking my Mr, I decided to scrapbook and document the love I have for my kiddies and this moment that was captured in December.

Here is the layout I created:

I knew I wanted to do a lot of journaling on this layout, so I tried to keep my main design and embellishing to the top half of the page. To help balance the photo placed in the centre, I added clusters to either side of the photo.

The cluster in the image below was made up of fussy cut florals, some stickers and ephemera pieces. I just adore the tags in the ephemera packs, they are usually one of the items that goes first.

Another one of my favourite items, this time from the sticker sheet, is the cute little tabs. There is two on the sheet and they are another item that goes super quick. I love the look and little bit of detail that they bring to a page.

On the right side of the photo my cluster of embellishments was made up of another fussy cut flower, some of the ephemera pieces and stickers. I also created a banner from the collection name portion of the manufacturer strip. It was perfect and worked well with what I had journaled about.

It is rare for me to get infront of the camera and I do not have many pictures of myself and my kiddies (unless its a selfie) so when hubby took this photo and I saw the looks on their faces it was just priceless. The photo really just sums the kiddies up perfectly and that is what I wanted to document through my journaling; my sensitive, precious little girl, and my loveable but cheeky little man. My favourite and only way to journal is using my typewriter. I love the look it brings to a page and for me I am not bothered by the fact it is not handwritten, as long as our story is being told.

The chipboard stickers in this collection are so amazing. I fell in love with this large 'love you' sentiment on the bottom of my sheet. It spanned across the page underneath the photo perfectly. To add further detail to the title, I sewed over it. My sewing machine behaves when I do this, as long as I sew through it slowly to avoid the needle snapping.

The photo area itself is comprised of many layers of papers and embellishments that make up part of the clusters. Underneath the photo I chose to use a navy based patterned paper as I felt that would help my photo pop. I then added a softening layer of the new specialty vellum underneath that and a doily from my stash. The whole photo mat is adhered to the page using a foam sheet, one of the staple supplies in my stash for adding dimension.

The new Wild at Heart collection is just gorgeous and available at retailers very soon. In the meantime, you can check out my YouTube video below where I share the collection in more detail. It gives you a good overview on the products that will soon be available and you can get your wish lists started. Though to make it easier I suggest getting one (or more) of everything!

Thanks for stopping my the blog today, I hope my layout has inspired you.

Raquel xxx