Thursday, June 10, 2021

Shine Bright | Unforgettable collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi friends,

 Today I am excited to share a new layout created for Cocoa Vanilla featuring the amazing Unforgettable collection. This week I had the fun assignment to scrap lift one of, Rachel Lowe, my fellow design team members beautiful layouts. The layout below is my interpretation of Rachel's gorgeous page.....

Below is Rachel's gorgeous layout that I chose to take inspiration from. I love how Rachel has created a flowing diagonal design on her page and I still have quite a bit of the Unforgettable collection in my stash so this was a great way to use some of it up.

I replicated the flowing diagonal design and the plain white cardstock background of Rachel's layout. I placed my foam title sticker title in a slightly different position to Rachel however you can see that I have mostly stuck to Rachel's beautifully designed layout. I chose to document a sweet photo of my niece, the Unforgettable collection is a gorgeous collection for cute little girls.

Under my photo, I layered one of the wood grain die-cut frames and also tucked in lots of the stunning floral die-cuts. I love how this draws your eye to the subject in the photo. On top of the frame I added some words from the Accessory sticker sheet and a die-cut. I also layered one of the cute flair buttons on top of the camera die-cut and placed this to the left of my photo.

I absolutely LOVE the bows and tassels pack from this collection, I just had to add one of the bows to my page since it's a little girl page! To balance out the top left of the page, I continued the flow of my page by placing my title and a cluster of florals in the bottom right corner. The butterflies in this collection are stunning also, I added a few of these on my layout as Rachel did. Lastly I added a few of the cute enamel dots, sprinkled some black mist and stamped the date stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it? How do you think I went with the scraplift of Rachel's gorgeous layout? I hope you think I did it some justice?!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Happiest Girl | CUT to YOU

 Hi everyone,

Today I am happy to be sharing a new girly layout created for CUT to YOU using the gorgeous Floral Mandala 2 cut file design. I cut the mandala design out from white cardstock and then backed the design with a multi stripe coloured patterned paper. 




I love how all the colours look behind the mandala cut file. Once it was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and then adhered the entire cut file design to my chosen patterned paper background. I teamed the cut file with the gorgeous Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper. I turned the design so that it had a slight tilt for extra interest on my page. The photo I am documenting today is of my beautiful niece. I adhered the photo on the left of the mandala and adhered a 3' x 4' card on the right. I added a metal bow clip to the top of this piece and a die-cut arrow also. Under the photo, I tucked in a pretty tag and tied some string through the hole in the top.


The Floral Mandala 2 cut file is suited to so many different themed projects. It would look great cut out in black as well. This design would also look amazing backed with many different patterned papers to enhance each section of the design. So many endless opportunities with this one!


I added a chipboard title underneath my photo and also a die-cut one, I kept the embellishing to a minimum for this layout because of the busy design and all of the colour happening on the page. I did add another small chipboard piece above the journal card that says 'When You Wish Upon a Star'. I also added a cute chipboard heart to the left of my photo.


Lastly on my page, I stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken.

 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with the gorgeous Mandala cut file. Make sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for the Floral Mandala 2 cut file and SO many more gorgeous designs!

Happy creating!


 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Dude | Pie Graph cut file | CUT to YOU

Hi crafty friends,

Today I am sharing a boy themed layout created for CUT to YOU for our boy feature this week! Have you checked out the Boyzone section in the CUT to YOU online store? Its full of awesome cut files suitable for all your boy themed projects! I chose to use the awesome Pie Graph cut file for my layout today.


Pie Graph cut file 


The Pie Graph cut file is suitable for any type of project really but don't you think it looks effective adding boy papers and elements?! I cut the design from white cardstock as I do mostly and backed all the spaces with different boy themed patterned papers from the Bro and Co collection by Simple Stories. I then did another thing that I do frequently and that is to add craft foam underneath the cut file! I then adhered it to my chosen background patterned paper. Its great how you can rotate this cut file to suit your photo and embellishments you may want to use. I love how the white pops against the blue in the background paper. 


As I placed the cut file the way it appears, I chose the widest opening part to place my photo. I like that I was able to layer and tuck things in here to draw attention to my photo. I added my large chipboard title starting in the bottom right corner of my photo and filled in the gap on the right of the photo with some die-cuts. I decided to eave some of the other gaps free of any embellishments so as not to overcrowd the page too much. I felt that the cut file and the photo with minimal embellishing makes a good impact and tell the story of my photo. You could most certainly add embellishments or even some machine stitching to the gaps. 


I really like the dimension and shadows the cut file gives with craft foam underneath. It is especially handy to have them popped up if you want to tuck things in and add things in later like I always do when I create! Is this something you do when creating? I am always lifting things up and fitting things in later when I find the perfect embellishment later on after almost finishing a page!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my boy themed layout and that you are inspired in some way to create a boy themed project using the CUT to YOU cut files!

Happy creating!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Love You | Sunkissed collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi crafty friends!

Today I am sharing a layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspired by the awesome Grab 5 challenge from interNational Scrapbook Day set by fellow designer Michelle Stokes. I created my layout with the gorgeous new Sunkissed collection and documented a beautiful photo of my eldest niece.

The Grab 5 challenge needed to include:

Patterned Papers
Stitching
Something Gold
Stickers
Ink splatters/sprinkle

Patterned papers - I used a patterned paper as the background at the back of my page, the wreath is cut out from patterned paper and there is also patterned paper behind my photo. Stitching - I have stitched the wreath down with machine stitching. Something Gold is the foam gold glitter hearts. Stickers - I have added accessory stickers, puffy stickers and clear stickers and Ink Splatters I have added in gold.

I took the Feeling Fine patterned paper and cut out the gorgeous wreath from the Happiness set of free cut files. I love how the pink side of the Feeling Fine paper pops against the white of the cardstock. I then machine stitched the wreath and took a pack of the stunning floral ephemera and arranged lots of these around the wreath, I bent up some of the leaves and florals for some dimension. I trimmed down the cardstock to measure roughly 11' x 11' and matted the cardstock to another piece of the Feeling Fine patterned paper.

Happiness free cut file set in the Cocoa Vanilla store

The Love You title is a cut file from the free Unforgettable set, I cut this one out from white cardstock and then hand painted the just the bottom section with some watercolour paints. I placed my photo and the layers over to the right of the wreath and added the title to the bottom left corner of the photo. I popped the title up using foam dots, I love the dimension the title gives on my page. Some of the embellishments I added to this layout include some stickers, some heart die-cuts and some gold foam hearts.

Unforgettable free cut file set

I added some journalling to one of the cards from the Fun in the Sun paper I then tucked it into the left side of the photo. Lastly I added some sprinkles of gold Heidi shine and stamped the date stamp of the date the photo was taken.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you were inspired to create some projects with the stunning Sunkissed collection! If you don't already have the gorgeous Sunkissed collection, make sure to check it out in the Cocoa Vanilla online store.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Friday, May 21, 2021

Love You More Than All the Stars in the Sky | To the Moon collection | Bella Blvd

 Hi creative friends!

Today I am very excited to share a new layout created for Bella Blvd featuring the awesome brand new To the Moon collection!PhotoGrid_1621070078680

I started my layout by free hand cutting out a moon shape from the 'B' side of the Solar System paper. I love how the grey and the design on the paper look similar to a moon! I cut the rainbow strip from the Borders paper, trimmed it slightly and adhered it horizontally to the Reach for the Stars paper that I chose as my background.

I then added craft foam underneath the moon shape and adhered it to the top of the background paper over the top of the border strip. I bent the edges of the moon up a little bit to add some texture. I then trimmed down the Reach for the Stars paper to add a plain white cardstock mat behind the entire layout.

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I added the photo of my youngest son nestled in against the moon, also with foam tape underneath. On the left of the photo, I tucked in one of the colourful tags from the ephemera icons pack and also adhered a cute astronaut die-cut here from the ephemera icons pack. I absolutely love the die-cut title that says, 'I Love You More than all the Stars in the Sky' I added this to the right of my photo, also with foam tape, running along the top of the rainbow stripe border strip paper. From the Space Boy Bella Pop pack, I took the yellow, circle star and added it above the title. 

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From the chipboard sticker icons, I added the 'My Boy' to the top of my photo. I like how adding this, it draws your eye into the photo. I also added one of the cute flag die-cuts here. Over towards the top of the moon, I added one of the Saturn die-cuts from the ephemera icons pack

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To dull down some of the grey in the handmade moon, I added quite a few of the small star and heart shapes from the ephemera icons pack and also the big comet too. Finally, I stamped the date of when the photo was taken. I love how this collection is bright and suited to both young boys and older boys! There are so many awesome elements and I can't wait to create more projects with it! 

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it! Make sure to check your local or online stockist of Bella products and get yourself this gorgeous collection.

Happy creating!

Bella products used:

To the Moon collection:

Reach for the stars paper

Solar System paper

Borders paper

Ephemera Icons

Spaced Out Epoxy stickers

Space Boy Bella Pop

Chipboard icon stickers

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Family Fun | Color Me Happy collection | Pretty Little Studio

 Hi everyone,

Today I am back to share a new layout created for Pretty Little Studio featuring the gorgeous Color Me Happy collection. I have documented a sweet photo of my brother and sister with their kids on a family picnic. The Family Fun acrylic title from the Savannah Dreams collection was the perfect title for my page. 


I decided on a vertical design for my layout and cut up lots of the Word Flags  
I then arranged these down the middle of the page. Underneath my photo, I layered one of the Be Awesome journaling cards, I just love how the colour pops underneath the photo.  


I embellished my layout using the Hear Me Roar die-cuts I just love those gorgeous animal faces and the super cute hot air balloons. I also added some Heart Beat stickers  here and there. Above my photo, I also adhered the So Much Fun title from the Stay True Words pack. You will notice with some of the embellishments I have popped some up using foam dots and some I have left flat to the layout.


On the right of my layout, I added a fabric arrow and then layered some of the Starbright Word stickers on the top of the arrow. Lastly I sprinkled some black mist on my page and I stamped the date stamp.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog  today! If you haven't got the Color Me Happy collection, you NEED it, it's just so gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you are inspired to create!

Happy creating! 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Happy Hippy Chick | Pretty Little Studio

Hi crafty friends,

Today I am sharing a new layout created for Pretty Little Studio featuring the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.

I love the mandala designs in this collection and decided to fussy cut some of the small and larger ones. I arranged them around my chosen background paper which is the 12' x 12' Creamsicle paper from the Document Life collection. Some of these I popped up with pop dots and some I adhered flat to the page.


I really wanted to include some of the hippy elements from this collection but didn't really have a suitable photo! I ended up taking a selfie with the Snapchat app!


I adhered my photo in the centre of the page covering some of the mandalas. I then added a few die-cuts around my photo including the ampersand, the peace sign and some phrases. My title, I added on the left of my photo which reads, Happy Hippy Life. On top of the photo, I stapled a die-cut that says, 'Boho Chic'. The pink fabric emoji face tucked in on the right of my photo is from my stash. Lastly I added some phrase stickers to help tell the story of the layout. 


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with your Pretty Little Studio products!

Happy creating!

 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Love You | Unforgettable collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi crafty friends and Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful Mum's out there!

Today I am back to share a new layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio for our Mother's Day special today. I chose to document a photo of myself and my beautiful Mum using the stunning Unforgettable collection.  

I chose a beautiful title cut file design from CUT to YOU and backed the open spaces of the design with different patterned papers from the Unforgettable 6' x 8' inch paper stack. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath and then adhered it to the centre of the pretty Garland paper. I trimmed down the Garland paper slightly and then adhered this sheet to the 'B' side of the Forget Me Not paper 

Underneath the flower in the 'Love' word of the cut file, I placed one of the round die-cuts. I also layered a butterfly die-cut on top of this flower. On the other flower, I adhered a flair button that says 'Love This'. I placed my photo with some layers underneath to the left of my page underneath the 'Love' word. I placed an arrow sticker on top of my photo and also a phrase sticker too. On the right of the 'Love' word, I added the 'Everyday' accessory sticker and some accessory stickers. I love the paper tassels in this collection - they are so cute! I added a pink one poking out from the bottom of the 'You' word, I tucked in some die-cuts in this area too.

In the top left area of the cut file, I tucked in some more florals and added a black heart foam heart and a clear sticker heart too. I love the pop of black the foam hearts give the layout. When I create my layouts, I always add the largest things to my page first like my photo, some papers and a title, I then add medium sized embellishments like die-cuts and flair buttons and I finish with the smaller embellishments like stickers and enamel dots.  

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my Mother's Day themed layout. There is not a great deal of the Unforgettable collection in the Cocoa Vanilla store so make sure to get yourself some before it all goes for good! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Everyday Is An Adventure | CUT to YOU

 Hi crafty friends!

Today I am back to share a new outdoors themed layout created for CUT to YOU featuring the awesome Everyday Is An Adventure cut file.

Everyday Is An Adventure cut file

I cut the title cut file from white cardstock and backed all the words with open spaces with different patterned papers, making sure that there were not 2 patterned papers the same in each word. Once the words were backed, I turned the entire cut file design over and added craft foam underneath. I adhered the whole thing down in the centre of a woodgrain patterned paper background. I love the dimension this gives the page and I love how the white cut file looks against the woodgrain paper.

I added craft foam underneath my family photo and adhered it to the right of the cut file design covering up the stars in the design. With this cut file design, the obvious place to add your photo is where the stars are in the design however if you didn’t want to cover the stars, you could place a smaller photo here or choose a landscape orientated photo instead.

I love to add embellishments over the top of cut files, on this layout I have added some die-cuts. In between the cut file, I have added some enamel dots on contrasting colours. I added some clear stickers to white cardstock and then adhered them just below the cut file. I also included a flair button from Just Add Flair above the die-cut near my photo. The Legenday collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio goes perfectly with this cut file and my photo, I love how my layout turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout. Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for amazing cut file designs for all kinds of projects!

Happy creating!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Fun in the Sun | Sunkissed collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi crafty friends!

Today I am sharing a new layout featuring the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Sunkissed collection. Cocoa Vanilla often sponsor the CSI Challenge blog. I got to play with case No. 349 - I just loved all the cute kites so decided on these as my inspiration for this page.

Case 349 from the CSI Challenge blog

I chose some cute kite cut files from The Cut Shoppe and cut them out from different patterned papers in the Sunkissed A5 paper stack. I then backed them with different papers again from the A5 paper stack. I love how this made the kites really bright and colourful. I added craft foam underneath each of the kite parts and adhered them to a plain white cardstock background. I left the 'strings' of the kites just as they were, I did not bother with adhering these down as I wanted them to look like they could move on my layout. I love the shadows that are created when adding foam underneath elements on a page.

The photo is my Mum and I on holidays in NSW in January 2021, we had a great day together and the lookout just topped it off! I layered some of the 3'x 4' journaling cards underneath my photo and adhered all of this underneath the kites, I wanted the page to look like the kites were rising up behind us. To the right of my photo, I added my title which is the Fun in the Sun die-cut from the ephemera pack. I scattered more die-cuts around the page also including tabs, banners and hearts.

I think the puffy stickers in the Sunkissed collection are my favourite embellishment! I added quite a few to this layout including the rainbow above my title, the yellow sun and some hearts. Another favourite embellishment are the wood beads which have made a comeback in this collection. I added a rainbow one and a blue heart one to this layout. The last thing I added was a gold glitter foam title to the bottom of my photo and some phrase accessory stickers.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with the Sunkissed collection!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Summer | Chasing the Sun | Tarrah McLean

 Hi crafty friends,

Today I am sharing a Summery themed layout using the gorgeous Chasing the Sun collection.


I chose the 12' x 12'  Heat Wave paper from the 12' x 12' paper pack as my background, I really like the pink splotches and the odd blue ones. I also cut a 2 inch strip from the 12' x 12' Sunshine paper and adhered this piece on the left of my layout.


Under my photo, I layered one of the sundae brackets and I trimmed down the 8' x 8' Icecream paper and layered this under my photo also. I had a dark pink doily in my stash and decided to cut this in half to layer underneath also. I like how the dark pink makes the pink in everything else on my page pop. The photo is of my youngest son having an icecream - the perfect photo to use with this fun collection!


I also had a fabric handmade hessian heart in my stash - this reminded me of a waffle icecream cone and was perfect for this layout, I tucked it in on the right of my photo and layered some die-cuts from the Chasing the Sun collection over the top of the heart. Above the heart I added my title which was the Summer word from the Photo Shoot die-cut pack, I also added a few other die-cuts like florals and an icecream, popping these up with some craft foam. On the left of my photo, I added one of the flair buttons from the Watermelon set and also added some stickers and more die-cuts. Lastly I sprinkled some yellow mist around to finish my page.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you inspired to create too!

Happy creating!



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