Bloom and Grow with Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today with you sharing another layout using one of my fave past collections ‘Unforgettable’. For this layout today I am documenting some photos taken of my girl when she turned 7.

Here is the layout that I created:

Almost a year ago now was my girls 7th birthday. We have a wall in our house that I call the photo wall, which we always take some birthday photos in front of. The last few years the photos have been with a large number balloon. It is just crazy how quick time goes when you have kids and how they grow up in what feels like an instant. The two photos which I have used are printed in black and white and approx. 3×4″ in size.


The main design of this page is built around the circular designed wreath in the patterned paper. I fussy cut around the wreath first. Once I had done that and was going to adhere it to my page I realised that I wanted something to ground that left side. So I used the Unscripted paper (both sides) to create a 3″ or so wide edge to lean the wreath into. The wreath patterned paper had a cluster of flowers to one side. So I decided to continue to build on that design and added more floral elements, including some leaves and butterflies from the ephemera pack or fussy cut from the Lacewing paper.

I thought the title in the foam stickers ‘Bloom and Grow’ was the perfect sentiment for this birthday theme. I love the bold statement these black stickers make against the white card stock background.

To help one photo stand out I used the Pink side in the Unscripted paper as a mat, this really helps distinguish it as the feature photo and draw your attention to it. I added some extra embellishments to the left of the photo also, including larger floral ephemera – a circular sticker saying ‘a moment in time’ from the Accessory sheet and one of the gorgeous tassels in the collection. I finished embellishing that area with a few enamel dots and the ‘you are amazing’ tiny word stickers.


I must say, I do love the cut apart papers that come in the Cocoa Vanilla collections. I always find the smaller designed elements perfect for cutting out and using to layer on my pages. I could not go past the larger butterflies in the Pretty Bits paper , which you can see was placed to the top right of my page in the photo below.


To help the layered elements in my layout stand out I always try and use a variety of adhesives, including liquid adhesive, foam tapes in varying depths, etc. This helps chosen elements to stand out off the page more that others.

I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today. It has been a crazy time here in Regional Victoria with the stage three lockdown we are currently in. This means school is now remote for the most part, and as a teacher and a Mumma of school aged children our days have been long, somewhat emotional (to say the least) and tiring. The Bowman household are all a little precious right now, but so thankful for our overall health and wellbeing compared to what many people in our state are going through right now.



Sending hugs and prayers to anyone who may be going through a tough time right now,

Raquel xxx