Sunday, January 23, 2022

Hello Sunshine | Sunkissed collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Summer themed layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the gorgeous Sunkissed collection! I have had this awesome photo of my Mum in the pool printed for ages and I took it especially to use with this collection! I am finally getting around to documenting it!

Free Cocoa Vanilla Summer cut files

I started by choosing some background patterned papers - I chose the sunset ombre paper for my main background and trimmed down the 'B' side of the Sunny Days paper. I adhered this piece to the centre of the sunset ombre paper and bent up the edges to create some texture. Next I chose one of the really colourful 3' x 4' cards from the journaling cards pack to add lots of colour and layered it under my photo. I placed my photo and arranged them it how I liked it, making sure to leave enough room for the cut file title at the bottom.

Next I cut out the Best Ever card from the Fun in the Sun paper (again I love the different colours in it) and placed it to the left of my photo. From plain white cardstock, I cut out the 'Hello Sunshine' title from the Free Summer cut files. I added foam tape underneath the cut file once it was cut out and adhered it to the bottom half of the Sunny Days paper. I overlapped some of the cut file on the photo and also on the Best Ever card. I love the shadows that are created on the page by adding foam tape under the cut file title.

Tip: If you want to break up the plain look of a cut file without getting messy with paint, add some small repetitive embellishments like the cute heart puffy stickers to add some small detail and colour without taking away from the cut file itself.

I couldnt go past adding some gorgeous florals from the Floral Ephemera pack I mean look at all those gorgeous colours! I tucked some into both the left and the right of the cut file title. I further embellished my page with clear stickers, more ephemera, accessory stickers, wood epoxy buttons and puffy stickers. Lastly I sprinkled some white mist on my layout and stamped the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!? 

Make sure to get yourself the AMAZING Sunkissed collection and get creating with it!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Sky Is the Limit | To the Moon collection | Bella Blvd

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout created for Bella Blvd inspired by the awesome January 2022 sketch designed by my fellow design team member Brianna. For this assignment we could choose whatever products we wanted to so I chose the gorgeous To The Moon collection.

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Below is the awesome January 2022 sketch designed by Brianna. You can join in too, we would love to see your take on the sketch! The great thing with sketches is that you can use it as a starting point and go in your own direction. You will notice that I loosely used the sketch as inspiration, you do not have to place everything exactly as the sketch shows, do your own thing, there is no right or wrong!

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I started by choosing the 'B' side of the Daily Details paper, tracing a dinner plate on to the paper and cutting it out using my craft knife, I used a craft knife and not my scissors because I wanted to keep the outside of the paper intact to use as a border around the entire layout. I adhered the circle to a plain piece of white cardstock and then trimmed down the cardstock and adhered it to the remaining Daily Details paper making sure that the colours lined up together in the circle and the background. I also bent up the edges of the white cardstock slightly to add some dimension to the page. As the sketch has some stitching elements, I decided to poke some holes around the large circle and then chose some corresponding cottons and hand stitched each section to match. I love how the hand stitching adds a very 'handmade' look to my page.

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Once the stitching was complete (this took a little time) it was time to add my photo, title and embellishments. The photo is of my 16 year old son looking very handsome after he had a haircut. I chose to add just the one photo and popped it up on foam tape, for the other 'photo' part of the sketch I decided to add the large rocket die-cut from the ephemera icons beside the photo. I adhered this piece down using regular adhesive however I took one of the cute alien faces and popped it up using pop dots on top of the rocket. The sketch has 2 smaller circles to the bottom right of the larger one, I decided to add 3 smaller ones here that are significantly smaller than the sketch, as I said before, you do not have to do exactly as the sketch suggests. I used ephemera iconschipboard stickers, puffy stickers and cardstock stickers here all to add some interest to this bottom corner. I also added my title here which is 'The Sky Is the Limit'.

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To balance the bottom corner cluster of embellishments, I created another cluster at the top opposite corner using some chipboard stickers, epoxy stickers, ephemera icons, cardstock stickers and puffy stickers. You will notice I have used a variety of adhesives on this layout including regular double sided tape, craft foam and pop dots, all to help add interest and give the page some dimension. I added a few more embellishments near the rocket also and added the stocker that says 'You Mean the World to Me' above the photo. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled some black mist around and my page was complete.

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Thank you so much for stopping by the Bella Blvd blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?! I love how it turned out! Make sure to check out the gorgeous Bella Blvd goodies in store so you can create super fun pages too!

Bella Blvd products used:

To the Moon Daily Details paper

To the Moon Chipboard Stickers

To the Moon Doohickey Cardstock Stickers

To the Moon Ephemera Icons 

To the Moon A Boy's World Puffy Stickers

To the Moon Spaced Out Epoxy Stickers

Happy creating!

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Let It Snow | Frosty and Friends collection | Pretty Little Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new winter themed layout featuring the gorgeous Frosty and Friends collection by Pretty Little Studio. I started by choosing the North Pole paper, cutting a piece of this and adhering it to the top of a white cardstock background. I then distressed and bent the edges of this piece to add some some texture to the page.


I tucked in my photo under the paper slightly and adhered a small black square frame from the Snow Angel frames pack over the top of the subject in the photo - I love how this draws your attention to the subjects in the photo. I placed my title which is the Let It Snow title from the North Pole die-cuts to the left of my photo, popping it up using foam dots.


I took lots of the snowflake die-cuts from the Snow Cream pack and adhered them around the page, I love how these really add to the Winter theme of my page. At the top and bottom of the page I placed some of the labels from the Snowy Labels pack and also layered some of the clear sticker Fruitcake stitches and some of the coloured Marshmallow Word stickers.


I also added some heart die-cuts from the Winter Wishes pack and finished off by adding a flair button and stamping the date stamp too. 


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and were inspired in some way?!

Happy creating! 


Monday, January 10, 2022

Believe | Joyful collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Happy New Year creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and yes I am still creating Christmas layouts!! I just can't get enough! The stunning Joyful collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio makes it so super easy to create pretty Christmas pages! I documented a Snapchat selfie photo taken on Christmas Day.

I chose the Holly Days paper as my main background paper and trimmed it down so that I could back it with the woodgrain side of the Pretty Posies paper from the These Days collection.  I like how the woodgrain paper helps to make the fox die-cut pop and the flowers in similar colours on the page. I machine stitched a border around the edge so that the 2 papers attached to each other.

I cut out a pretty cut file from CUT to YOU and used the A5 paper to back all of the open spaces. On the bow of the cut file, I added red and then added 2 different greens to the leaf parts of the cut file. I adhered it down using regular adhesive, I love how the wreath on the Holly Days paper peeks through and adds a layer and some extra detail between the cut file and paper.

I layered one of the cards from the Pocket cards pack under my photo and adhered the photo down using craft foam over to the right of the layout. For my title, I chose the Believe word from the Gold Puffy title stickers and placed it below my photo. I fussy cut out some of the Poinsettia flowers from the smaller paper in the A5 paper stack and adhered some around the page. In the centre of the bow at the top, I placed the round Making Spirits Bright chipboard sticker. A few of the smaller embellishments I added were wood epoxy buttons, Accessory stickers and some more die-cuts. I also added a few of the small stars from the Gold Puffy Title stickers. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and my layout was complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I absolutely love how my layout turned out and I hope you were inspired in some way?

Be sure to get yourself this gorgeous collection from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Friday, January 7, 2022

Dear Santa | Gift Wrapped cut file | CUT to YOU

 Happy New Year creative friends!!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout featuring the pretty Gift Wrapped cut file from CUT to YOU.

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I cut out the cut file as large as I could from a red patterned paper from the Crate Paper Busy Sidewalks collection, I then backed parts of the ribbon with a plaid patterned paper from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad. I then adhered the cut file to a plain white cardstock background using regular adhesive, placing it a bit straighter than the example in the cut file image.

I placed my photo using craft foam, and the layers underneath, towards the top right of my page so I didn’t cover up the cut file design too much. I tucked in some tag die-cuts at the bottom of the photo and some more die-cuts, chipboard and stickers around the photo. I opted for some gold puffy title stickers for my title, these were perfect to add as a title as they didn’t cover up too much of the cut file either. I also placed a flair button here. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled some black mist.

I love how this layout looks like a gift you can open up with the pretty bow and ribbon! I really enjoyed creating this layout and I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it?!

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for the most amazing cut files!

May your 2022 be the most memorable, happy and healthy year yet!

Happy creating!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Joy to the World | Let Us Adore Him collection | Bella Blvd

Hi creative friends and Happy New Year!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the gorgeous Let Us Adore Him collection by Bella Blvd together with a Bella Blvd co-ordinating cut file from the Silhouette Store. I chose the super cute Santa cut file, enlarged him alightly, had my Silhouette Cameo machine cut out each piece and then pieced him together. Isn't he gorgeous?

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I then adhered him using foam tape to the left of a plain sheet of white cardstock. I love how he pops against the plain white background. I trimmed down the cardstock and matted the entire page on the Rebirth paper. I adhered my photo to the right of Santa, covering up his arm and so it looked as though he was cuddling us all! I tucked in a square die-cut piece at the top of the photo to add a pop of green to the page. As I was creating this page the colour scheme of red, white and green just came to me.

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The photo I have documented is of my husband, 2 sons, our dog and my parents taken right before Christmas at a family get together. The green Christmas Family die-cut piece from the ephemera icons pack just had to go on my page, I added this piece to the bottom of my photo. I also placed the large December die-cut, tucked slightly under the photo at the bottom. I placed a sticker from the Doohickey Stickers and an enamel dot from the enamel dots pack.

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Overlapping Santa, I placed the 'Joy' acrylic word and finished the title placing the die-cut piece that says 'To The World' on top of the Joy word. I added the Family sticker from the Doohickey Stickers just above the Joy word and took some Christmas tree puffy stickers, adding these near Santa's arm. Beside Santa's head I placed a cut file piece from a previous project and a chipboard flower. I love how cute the holly die-cut looks added to Santa's hat too. To the right of my photo, I added a few chipboard pieces including the red heart and a Christmas tree. A few more small pieces of ephemera, stickers and enamel dots were added to finish the page. I also stamped the date stamp.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I love how my layout turned out and I hope you can take some inspiration from it in some way?! 

Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy new year.

Happy creating!

Bella products used:

Let Us Adore Him collection pack

Let Us Adore Him Doohickey stickers

Let Us Adore Him chipboard stickers

Bella Blvd Let Us Adore Him Santa cut file

Let Us Adore Him ephemera pack 

Let Us Adore Him puffy stickers 

Bella Blvd Christmas enamel dots

Joy Acrylic Word

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Friday, December 31, 2021

Ho Ho Ho | Merry and Bright collection | Pretty Little Studio

 Hi creative friends and best wishes for the new year ahead!


It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout created for Pretty Little Studio featuring the gorgeous Merry and Bright collection. Unfortunately this collection is no longer available however the Christmas Cheer collection is very similar in colours!


I started out with a plain piece of white cardstock, applying some mixed media to the background. I then trimmed down the cardstock and adhered it to a plain piece of pink cardstock to mat the entire layout. Next I cut out both large and small banners from the Merry and Bright collection and arranged them horizontally across the page. I applied adhesive to just the tops of the banners so I could bend up the bottoms of the banners to add some texture. I adhered some black twine along the top of the banners and tied bows at either end. 


I layered some of the small banners on top of the larger ones for dimension and I added my photo to look like one of the banners too. I adhered a die-cut heart to the bottom left corner of the photo. I adhered a fabric banner from my stash and also adhered a flair button on top of the fabric banner.


Above the banners I added my title which is the Ho Ho Ho die-cut. I also adhered a few of the small black and white Christmas trees and some of the super cute pink stars. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and added 2 more Christmas words to the bottom of my photo.


Thanks 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 out the Pretty Little Studio online store for amazing goodies for your crafting projects.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Monday, December 27, 2021

Merry Everything | CUT to YOU

 Hi creative friends and Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful few days celebrating!

It’s Tarrah back with you to share a new Christmas layout created for CUT to YOU featuring their awesome Merry Everything title cut file.

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I started by cutting the Merry Everything cut file design out of white cardstock and then backed it with different papers from the Kringle & Co collection by Photoplay Paper. Once it was all backed I adhered the cut file with foam tape to the left of a patterned paper background also from the Kringle & Co collection. I then trimmed this paper down and matted the entire layout on the red plaid paper.

I adhered my photo to the right of the cut file with a small plaid paper layered under the photo. I added a gorgeous red and black heart from Charm’s Creations to the left of the photo and also added a flair from Just Add Flair to the centre of the ‘R’ in Every.

I kept the embellishing fairly simple, adding just a few stickers and die-cuts here and there. I like to add embellishments to the top of my cut files, I like how this helps to draw your eye to the cut file. Lastly I stamped the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Christmas.

Be sure to check out the CUT to YOU online store for all the amazing cut file designs to purchase!

Happy creating!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Family Memories | Joyful collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends and Merry Christmas!

It's Tarrah back with you today, I hope you are not going to crazy in this busy time of year and that you are getting some time to relax and enjoy your family or perhaps some crafting time?

I am very excited to be sharing a new layout with you created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the gorgeous Joyful collection.

I decided to create a layout with some clusters built up at the top and bottom of my page, the bottom cluster includes the photo of my beautiful nieces dressed in their Christmas jumpers (they live in England) to go to school recently. They are so adorable and this photo had perfect colours to match with the Joyful collection. I placed my title, made up of the gold title puffy stickers, in the centre of the page to balance out the top and bottom clusters.

On the right of my photo, I just had to add the super cute bear die-cut from the Ephemera pack! He is just gorgeous and it suits the page so well, looking as though he is cuddling up next to the girls. Under the photo, I layered the oval frame die-cut and placed one of the small puffy stickers at the top of the photo. To the left of the photo I added the tag die-cut and the super cute rabbit die-cut too. At the top I added some more tags with twine through the holes.

Some of the smaller embellishments I added were some of the gorgeous wood epoxy buttons and some of the chipboard icons. I also popped up some of the star die-cuts with foam tape and scattered these down the page to tie in the top and bottom clusters together. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled some gold mist around my page.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

Check out the Cocoa Vanilla store if you would like to purchase the gorgeous Joyful collection!

Happy creating and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Tarrah x

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas | Let Us Adore Him collection | Bella Blvd

Hi creative friends and Merry Christmas!!

I hope you are all coping with the craziness of the silly season?! 

It's Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout featuring the gorgeous Let Us Adore Him collection. This week my assignment was to create a project using the Let Us Adore Him collection together with Bella Besties

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I decided to pull out my Silhouette Cameo machine and cut out some of the gorgeous bauble cut files by Bella Blvd using different colours of the Freehand Graph and Dot Bella Besties papers. Once I got these all cut, I assembled the baubles using foam and regular adhesive. I arranged these on a plain sheet of white cardstock and and adhered them at all different lengths on the page. I added a ripped piece of the gorgeous Purity paper to the top half of the page. I just love how every colour co-ordinates with Bella Blvd products. I documented a photo of my cutie pie niece and placed this amongst the baubles towards the right slightly.

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At the bottom of the page I added the striped scalloped border sticker from the Doohickey sticker sheet and a few phrase and word stickers also to help tell my story. I added some enamel dots to the centres of 2 of the baubles and some star puffy stickers to another 2 baubles.   

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On the left of my photo I placed the green Merry acrylic word that formed part of my title. The other half of my title is the circle die-cut Christmas piece from the ephemera pack, I placed this piece using foam tape just below the acrylic word. I added a few more circle die-cuts scattered around the page to compliment the baubles. Some of the smaller embellishments I added were the Christmas tree puffy stickers. Lastly I stamped the date stamp. 

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I just love how my layout turned out and hope you are inspired in some way to pull out your Let Us Adore Him collection or perhaps you are inspired to purchase the collection?!

Happy creating and Merry Christmas!

Bella products used: 

Let Us Adore Him collection

Bella Besties Freehand Graph and Dot papers

Let Us Adore Him Doohickey stickers

Let Us Adore Him puffy stickers

Let Us Adore Him ephemera icons

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Bundled Up | Frosty and Friends collection | Pretty Little Studio

 Hi creative friends!


It's Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created for Pretty Little Studio featuring the awesome Frosty and Friends collection!


I was inspired by the star die- cuts from the Winter Star pack for this layout and almost used up the entire pack on this 1 layout! I decided to adhere them to the White Out 12' x 12' paper in a wreath/circle shape and I love how it turned out! I used foam dots on most of the stars to create shadows and give dimension to my page. 


I trimmed down the White Out 12' x 12' paper and adhered it to the Chillin 12' x 12' paper to frame the entire page. I adhered my photo slightly to the left and layered one of the large tags underneath from the Fuzzy Socks die-cut pack.


I filled in the space on the right of my photo with my title, some more die-cuts and one of the gorgeous flair buttons from the Let It Snow pack.


Lastly I stamped the date stamp and added some twine to the top of the tag. I love how my layout turned out and I hope you can take some inspiration from it today. Check out the Pretty Little online store for the Frosty and Friends collection plus so many more gorgeous goodies! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Magical Moments | Joyful collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

Can you believe we are in December already?! Where has the time gone?! I know we say this every year but I am sure it gets faster each year!

Anyway it's Tarrah here with you today and because it's now December, I want to share all the Christmas things! I have created a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a photo of my darling niece featuring the STUNNING NEW Joyful collection.

I created a pretty floral layout and began by fussy cutting out lots of those gorgeous florals from the Tis The Season paper. I did choose a plain white cardstock background however I did smoosh some distress oxide inks first. I mixed both Speckled Egg and a touch of Mermaid Lagoon to match the pretty teal colour in the Joyful collection. Lots of the mixed media did get covered up however you can see little hints of it if you look closely.

Once the ink was dry, I cut out the pink scalloped border strip from the Very Merry paper and adhered it horizontally to act as a 'shelf' on my page. I adhered my photo with a 3' x 4' card from the Pocket Card set and the oval scalloped frame die-cut from the ephemera pack down first and then began to arrange the florals either side of my photo. I knew I wanted them to frame my photo without overdoing it. I adhered the florals with different heights and types of adhesive to create shadows and dimension.

I also added some greenery from the ephemera die-cuts in the mix however most of it was fussy cut by hand. I added a wood epoxy button to the centres of 2 of the flowers. My title is made up of some words from the gorgeous gold puffy title stickers and I also added some of the small gold stars from the same pack. I also added a chipboard sticker just under my title and some of the tiny holly pieces from the Puffy Stickers either end of the chipboard piece. I trimmed down the white cardstock background and added 2 small clusters of flowers to the top and bottom, I then adhered the layout to the Making Spirits Bright paper and machine stitched a border around the very edge. To finish my page, I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled a fair bit of gold Heidi Colour Shine around my layout (yes I have been hoarding it)!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?! I hope you feel inspired to check out the stunning new Joyful collection that is now in the Cocoa Vanilla online store.

Happy Christmas creating!

Tarrah x

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