Sunday, May 07, 2017

A is for Awesome - Featuring 'You Rock' by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing with you my first layout using the latest Cocoa Vanilla collection You Rock. Boy! Now this collection is truly amazing and perfect for scrapping those masculine layouts. I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for funky and modern masculine collections and this one is utter perfection!

Here is the layout I created:
It is no secret that I love ephemera and this was the main embellishments from the collection that I chose to use on this page. A little tip I have is to use some kind of tray or bowl to store the pack in whilst you are creating. It makes it so much easier to see what pieces you have to work with. I think this star tray was around $2 at christmas time from kmart.
My page design has three main clusters of embellishments with the majority of them flowing in a diagonal direction. Let’s start at the top cluster. I wanted the ephemera pieces to look like they were flowing from one corner of the page to the other. To do this I adhered the frame ephemera piece over the edge. I then built my layers of embellishments, focusing on mixing the colours of embellishments used and also the shapes. I stayed consistent with using circular type embellishments and stars, this helps maintain the flow of the diagonal design.
The cluster below was the third embellishment cluster I created and this was added to give the page balance. When I create a cluster like this I aim to add a majority of the colours that can be seen on the rest of the page. I used this area to add the date that the photo was taken. I also added a touch of stitching for a fun detail and texture.
For the final cluster, which is also the largest I used quite a number of pieces from the ephemera pack. If I haven’t mentioned already, did I say how much I love ephemera packs?!? Again I used a lot of circular pieces and stars to help with the flow of the design. You can see in the image below I added a mixture of zig zag and straight stitching for texture.
This cluster also has a variety of dimension within each of the layers. Some of the pieces are also cut from the patterned papers. To add the variety of dimension I used foam adhesive, some of the embellishments even have two layers of the foam adhesive.
The journaling was typed on my typewriter. I kept it short and sweet as I think the picture I used of my little man speaks 1000 words.
The title of this page is ‘a is for awesome’ which was taken from one of the ephemera pieces. I loved this piece so I was glad to be able to make a bit of a feature of it on my page. I also backed the photo of my little man in a soft grey patterned paper. I adore the softer patterns of the b-sides.
I love adding smaller embellishments to clusters. For this page I have added some black splatters, they add a real pop to the page, and also a couple of the enamel shapes from the collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I hope you were inspired by my page.

Raquel xxx

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