Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Our Story | Storyteller collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing another new scrapbook layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the stunning Storyteller collection!

I have had this lovely photo of my parents printed for ages, I was finally able to document it using the Storyteller collection because look how the colours in the photo match perfectly with the colours in the collection?!

I chose the gorgeous woodgrain side of the Cross It Off paper as my main background paper, trimming this down and adhering it to a plain sheet of white cardstock. I decided to cut out a gorgeous book cut file from CUT to YOU from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I chose a variety of the papers from the A5 paper stack and backed them behind the cut file. Once the cut file was backed, I added some craft foam to the underneath and adhered it down on the woodgrain background paper. The reason I do this is so it creates dimension, shadows and texture. Once it was adhered to the background, I bent the edges of the 'pages' to make it look a little more realistic and to add even more dimension.

 I adhered the photo to the right side of the cut file and tucked in one the pocket cards on the left side of the photo. Under the bottom left corner I took one of the accessory stickers and placed it down. Further left of the pocket card, I took one of the banner chipboard pieces and adhered this down. Around my photo I added a few different embellishments including at the bottom of the photo, I added the 'Love This' ephemera piece using craft foam and tucked the half circle Our Story ephemera piece below it. To the right of the photo I added one of the super cute wood epoxy buttons and a small heart die-cut between the photo and the pocket card. Above the photo and below the chipboard banner I added some phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet to help tell the story.

The title for my layout is 'Our Story' made up from the gorgeous black foam title stickers. I placed this at the bottom of the cut file and love how it looks there. I also placed the swirl and a heart from the same pack here too. As I had the black at the bottom of the page, I wanted to create a visual triangle and did this by adding 2 more hearts in 2 different places on my layout to draw your eye around the page. Creating a visual triangle is important when designing and for the finished result as it becomes pleasing to the viewer. With my layout all of the colour going on in it, the visual triangle with the solid black elements helps to break up some of the colour. Under the title, I took more of the phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet and placed them down.

At the top of the book cut file, I knew I wanted to tuck in quite a few of the stunning florals from the floral ephemera pack. I played around with a few of them for a little while until I as happy with how it looked, I bent the edges of the petals and leaves also. In either corner of the book cut file, I took 2 of the floral chipboard pieces and tucked these in how I liked them. After the florals were added to the top, I felt like the very bottom of the page was a little bare so I took the floral book chipboard and placed it in the centre at the bottom of the page. I love how that added a little something to the page. I also placed a phrase sticker from the accessory sticker sheet on top of it. Lastly I stapled the 'Love This' tab on the right of the cut file and stamped the date stamp below the title.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about how I created my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

Haven't got yourself the beautiful new Storyteller collection yet? Make sure you keep an eye out in the Cocoa Vanilla online store for its arrival soon!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Saturday, July 23, 2022

So Happy | Storyteller collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the stunning NEW Storyteller collection!

For this week I was given the brief of focusing on the wood epoxy buttons in the Storyteller collection! How can you go past these cute embellishments? These are great little additions to any project, providing beautiful dimension and texture!

I recently went away on a little weekend getaway and there was a lovely fireplace inside the cabin we stayed in, I took a couple of selfies in front of the fire as it was so cozy!

I chose the 'B' side of the beautiful Spring Fling paper for my background, trimming it down slightly and adhering it a piece of plain white cardstock, I printed my photo in black and white and distressed the edges of the photo, I then pulled out one of the pocket cards and layered it under my photo. I popped the photo up from the pocket card using craft foam, I love the dimension this creates on my layout. On the photo, I stapled a banner sticker from the accessory sticker sheet and to the right of the photo I also adhered a tab from the ephemera pack. 

For my main design element I decided on a circle design, and since the gorgeous wood epoxy buttons are the feature, it allowed me to add lots to the centres of the circles!

I took my circle punches and the A5 paper stack and punched out a few circles from the papers in different sizes, I then layered them together to create 5 layered circles......I distressed the edges of all of the circles and added craft foam in between each layer to add dimension and texture.

I then took a wood epoxy button and added one to the centre of each of the layered circles I created. Once the layered circles were completed, I arranged them on my page how I liked them. I adhered them down, leaving some space at the bottom at the bottom to add a title and some more embellishments. I adhered the gorgeous rainbow banner from the ephemera pack below my photo and popped up the circle die-cut on the right of the photo. On the left of the photo, I just had to add the circle sticker from the accessory sticker sheet that says. 'But First, Let Me Take a Selfie. I added pop dots to the left edge of this piece and placed it overlapping the photo slightly.

I chose the title 'So Happy' from the awesome foam title stickers from the collection and placed the title below my photo and also took some phrase stickers from the accessory stickers and added these below the title and above my photo too. To balance out the other side of the page, I adhered the shorter rainbow banner die-cut from the ephemera pack. I also adhered the camera chipboard piece using craft foam to add dimension and adhered another of the wood epoxy buttons in the centre of the camera.

To help fill in some of the spaces between the circles, I bought in some of the smaller embellishments. I added some of the button die-cuts, some puffy stickers, accessory stickers, foam black hearts and even more wood epoxy buttons too. I added two of the black foam hearts to create the all important visual triangle on my page, strategically placing the hearts in places to draw your eye around the layout. Lastly I sprinkled some white mist and stamped the date stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I had so much fun creating this layout and focusing on the super cute wood epoxy buttons! I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it. Make sure to ask your retail store for the gorgeous Storyteller collection...you absolutely NEED this in your life!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Love This | Storyteller collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing another layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the stunning new Storyteller collection! This collection is absolutely gorgeous and so versatile for any themed projects and layouts you want to document your memories.

 For my layout today, I am documenting a photo of my Mum and myself from a recent lunch out together.

 I started by cutting out a free cut file design from Paper Issues from white cardstock and then got busy backing the hearts in the cut file with the beautiful heart and navy papers from the A5 paper stack. Once the cut file was all backed, I added craft foam underneath the cut file and adhered it to the centre of the gorgeous 12' x 12' wood grain patterned paper. I love the shadows and dimension this adds to my layout. I did trim down the wood grain paper a little bit and matted it with the 12' x 12' small floral paper. I machine stitched a border around the edge using my sewing machine with white thread.

I decided to place my photo over towards the right of the page so as not to cover up too much of the hearts in the cut file design. I chose 2 more of the papers from the A5 paper stack and trimmed them to layer under my photo. I also slightly distressed the edges of the papers, I like how this adds a little more interest and texture to my layout. I also added one of the small banner stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet to the top left corner of my photo. I also tucked in one of the tab stickers above the photo too. I created a cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner of the photo and could not go past the 'Special To Me' banner piece from the ephemera pack. I added foam tape under this piece and placed it under my photo. I also added a chipboard button, heart and floral die-cuts and a couple of stickers here as well.

To the left of my photo, I added the cute camera die-cut from the ephemera pack and placed one of the gorgeous wood epoxy buttons on top. Above the camera I also added some of the phrase and word stickers from the Accessory Sticker Sheet. Below the camera die-cut I added my title which is made up of the foam title stickers. Below the title I added a die-cut butterfly and another chipboard button. You will notice in between the hearts in the cut file that I added some of the super cute enamel hearts randomly. This was mainly to enhance the heart design of the page. I love how this looks.

In the top left corner I added another cluster of embellishments here also, this cluster consists of one of the gorgeous floral die-cuts, a chipboard button and a butterfly die-cut. I added this cluster to help balance out the cluster I added in the bottom right area of the page. This helps with the flow of the page and draws the viewers eye in. With almost all of my pages, I start out adding all of the largest elements like my photo, the title and any larger embellishments. I then move to adding some smaller embellishments and then the smaller things to finish off the page. Once I had finished embellishing my page, I added some sprinkles of white mist and stamped the date stamp as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I had so much fun creating this layout, I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it. Make sure to ask your retail store for the gorgeous Storyteller collection...you absolutely NEED this in your life!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Friday, June 24, 2022

Smile | Storyteller collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am very excited to be sharing my first layout featuring the stunning new Storyteller collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio! This collection is absolutely gorgeous and so versatile for any themed projects and layouts you want to document your memories with! I absolutely LOVE anything with hearts so the 12' x 12' patterned papers with the hearts on them would have to be my favourite!

As soon as I saw the rainbow striped paper, I knew I wanted to use this paper for my first layout. I decided to cut the coloured strips up and placed them all but one, onto a sheet of plain white cardstock. I adhered them down and then bent the edges of all of them with my fingers to create some texture. I left one of the coloured strips out as I wanted to leave some space in between each coloured paper.

I placed my photo slightly to the right of the page using craft foam to add dimension. I layered some papers from the A5 paper stack underneath the photo and distressed the edges slightly to add some texture and to help make the photo pop! I searched through the pocket cards and found the perfect one to suit the photo of my son as photographer! I used craft foam to adhere the pocket card to the left of the photo. When I am placing elements on my page and I am not 100% certain about their position, I will mostly always only use a very small amount of adhesive in case I need to reposition anything or add an extra layer underneath. Once I am happy with where everything ends up on my layout, I add extra adhesive for reinforcement.

Now I have the main focus of the layout sorted out, next I added a title. I went through the gorgeous black Foam Titles and chose the word 'Smile'. I placed this word at the bottom of the pocket card to help tie the photo, pocket card and title together. At either end of the photo and pocket card, I tucked in some pretty flower ephemera pieces, I also added the little piece that says 'Snap Happy' to the right of my photo.

On top of my photo, I adhered the ephemera piece that says, 'The Story Behind the Photo' and also a small phrase sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet in the top right corner. I also added some more of the phrase stickers above the photo and below the photo, these are great additions to a page to help tell a story! Above the pocket card, I added the camera die-cut using craft foam. From this point, I decided to add my embellishments in a tone on tone look...I took some of the super cute heart die-cuts, enamel hearts and wood epoxy buttons and placed them on their corresponding colours.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I had so much fun creating this layout, I hope you enjoyed reading how I created it. Make sure to ask your retail store for the gorgeous Storyteller collection...you absolutely NEED this in your life!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Happy Birthday | Make A Wish collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout for the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Throwback Thursday feature! I decided to pull out the gorgeous Make A Wish collection for my layout today...do any of you still have any of this beautiful collection?

I am documenting a photo of my eldest niece who turned 6 last year...she had a pretty unicorn and tiara cake for her birthday cake!

I chose the white with pink spots paper for my background and trimmed down a piece of plain white cardstock to adhere on top of the white and pink spotted paper. Once adhered, I machine stitched around the outer edge to add some texture to my page. Next I chose a fun, birthday themed cut file from CUT to YOU and cut it out of white cardstock. I then chose some of the cute papers to back the balloons with and also the word Happy in the cut file. Once the cut file was backed I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to the plain white cardstock background. I love the shadows and dimension this creates on the page!

As the design of the cut file had some space on the left, this was the obvious place to add my photo and a 3' x 4' pocket card right next to my photo. I also added some machine stitching to the outer edges of both the photo and pocket card. I decided to add the word Birth using the alpha stickers from the Make A Wish collection so that my title reads, Happy Birthday instead of just Happy Day. I was able to pick letters that were all the same colour, placing them to the left of the word Day. Below the title, I added the notebook edge diecut and machine stitched across the very top edge, I love the texture this creates. I had one of the gorgeous fabric bows left over so it just had to be adhered on the 'strings' of the cut file. I also placed the Stay Lovely round sticker from the Accessory Stickers on one of the balloons.

Before I adhered the photo, I took the gorgeous doily die cut from the ephemera pack, cut it in half and tucked one half under the left edge of my photo. I also placed a tab sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet and à banner puffy sticker from the puffy stickers. The small heart die-cuts are so gorgeous, I love all the colours these come in! I added a pretty yellow one here and a pink one on the other side above the letter 'Y' in Happy. Above the photo, I added the banner that says Fabulous and the Best Ever phrase piece also. I added some machine stitching through these 2 pieces also for some added texture. I placed the Hello arrow chipboard piece and a triangle puffy sticker in the centre of the page, to fill a little gap that was there.

To the left of the 'H' in the Happy word, I added one of the gorgeous vellum hearts, a phrase sticker and one of the chipboard hearts also. Across the middle of the title, I also added the Dream Big chipboard piece! Lastly the pink banner piece that says 'Love You' was added between the 'P' and 'Y' in Happy and I stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken. I just loved working with the Make A Wish collection again! Even though it might be an older collection, you can still create pretty projects using older collections!

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 this inspires you to pull out an older Cocoa Vanilla collection and get creating with it?!  There is something satisfying about using up your stash don't you think?

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

You're The Best | No Limits collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created using the awesome No Limits collection.

I am documenting a photo of my eldest son taken at one of his birthdays a few years ago. It's great to look back on older photos to see how much they have grown!! 

I decided on the 'B' side of the Orbit paper for my background, trimming it down slightly and adhering it on some plain white cardstock. At this point I can never decide if I want to add machine stitching to the outside, so I usually carry on creating the layout and leave that decision to last! As you can see I did opt to machine stitch around the edge, I do like the texture this brings to the layout.

I cut out a cool star cut file by CUT to YOU from white cardstock and backed some of the larger stars with an orange paper from the A5 paper stack. Once backed I adhered the cut file on a slight angle to the background paper. At this point the decision was made on what colour scheme I was going to go with for my layout. I decided to go with orange, black and white. I tried to be careful that it did not look too Halloween themed!

I took some of the 3' x 4' pocket cards and layered them under my photo, I placed one vertically and one horizontally. I then added craft foam to the underneath and adhered this to the centre of the layout also on a slight angle, following the same angle that I adhered the cut file. I love the shadows and dimension that are created on my layout by adding craft foam underneath some elements. On top of my photo I adhered the banner die-cut piece that says You're The Best, this also became the title of my layout. I pulled out lots of the orange and black elements from each of the packs of embellishments. I also cut some pieces from the Universal 12' x 12' paper that suited both the theme and colours of my page.

Another reason that I decided on the orange, black and white colour scheme was the colours in the photo of my son. By pulling colours from the photo, it helps to continue on from the photo and helps the photo to blend nicely on the page. I added some contrasting black ephemera stars to the large orange ones using craft foam. I also added the To the Moon and Back round ephemera piece to one of the stars also.

I absolutely love layering on my pages, I love the texture, dimension and interest it brings to a page. If there were no layers and different elements it would rather flat and boring. I once again embellished my page with the larger embellishments first like chipboard and ephemera. I then finish off embellishing with smaller things like accessory stickers, wood epoxy buttons and puffy stickers. Lastly I finished off with some sprinkles of white mist 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 you check out the Cocoa Vanilla store as the new and very awesome No Limits collection is now in the online store to purchase.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bloom Where You Are Planted | These Days collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am here to share a new scrapbook layout inspired by the beautiful May 2022 Moodboard. Each month in the Cocoa Vanilla Community Facebook group there is a monthly moodboard challenge held, create a project and upload it and you will go in the running to win a Cocoa Vanilla store voucher.

From the moodboard this month, I was inspired by the gorgeous colours, the pretty florals and the circular shapes from the moodboard and used the stunning These Days collection to create this layout below.

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I am documenting a photo of myself and 2 good friends from a retreat last year. I chose to cut out a pretty wreath cut file from Paper Issues from white cardstock and backed some of the florals and leaves in the cut file using papers from the A5 paper stack. Once the cut file was all backed, I adhered the cut file wreath to the Family Ties patterned paper using foam tape to add dimension and shadows. I trimmed down the Family Ties paper slightly and backed it onto plain white cardstock. I adhered my photo down towards the bottom of the wreath cut file and layered one of the 3' x 4' Pocket cards underneath.

I added most of the embellishments around my photo to help draw attention to it...some of these were floral diecuts, ephemera pieces, wood buttons, puffy stickers and accessory stickers. I deliberately left the cut file free of papers so that you could see the patterned paper come through from the background and so I could layer up some of those gorgeous florals too.

At the very top of the wreath I added a small cluster of embellishments including some florals and leaves diecuts, some accessory stickers and a gold puffy heart. Above the photo, I decided to add 3 of the butterfly puffy stickers as though they were flying out of the photo. My title is the accessory sticker that says, 'Bloom Where You Are Planted', I placed this under the photo.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

You're Awesome | No Limits collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends,

It's Tarrah back with you on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today sharing a new layout featuring the awesome No Limits collection!

I started out by choosing a dark background, deciding on the Orbit paper as I knew I wanted to add the white star cut file from CUT to YOU. I love how the white cut file pops against the dark paper. I did add some different papers from the A5 paper stack behind each star in the cut file before adhering it to the background paper with craft foam. I trimmed down the Orbit paper slightly and adhered it to the Nebular paper for another layer on my page.

I adhered the photo of my 2 sons hanging out together on top of the cut file over towards the left slightly, I layered one of the 3' x 4' journal cards horizontally under the photo. On the right of the photo, I tucked in one of the Accessory Stickers with the stars on it, above the photo and journal card I tucked in one of the tab Accessory Stickers also. On the left I added the Accessory Sticker that says 'You're the Best' and the bottom left corner overlapping the photo I adhered the 'Unlimited' die cut ephemera piece.

My title is made up of the awesome chipboard in the No Limits collection...I just love the dimension that the chipboard brings to my layout. I spelt out the words, 'You're Awesome' and placed it in the bottom right overlapping the cut file. I was ok with the title covering up the cut file a little bit as by placing it where I placed it, below the photo and slightly to the right, it helps to balance out the heaviness of the photo, die-cuts and stickers in the top left. In the top left where the large star from the cut file is, I adhered the large star die-cut to frame the star and to help draw attention to the photo. On the right of the photo, I also added the flag die-cut piece that says 'Let's Go'. When I embellish my pages, I sometimes add elements that go with the theme of my page and other times I add elements because I need a certain colour in a certain area so that my page is visually pleasing to the eye.  

Some of the last embellishments I chose were the cool wooden epoxy buttons, I added 2 to this page - the No Limits one and the Cool Kid one. I tucked in one of the large star chipboard pieces at the top of the photo, all of the other stars adhered around the page are from the ephemera pack. I also placed some of the super cute puffy stickers in grey and white colours to enhance the background paper even more and I also kept these neutral as there was already lots of colour on my page. I chose some more phrase stickers from the Accessory Stickers help to tell my story. Lastly I stamped the date stamp of the day the photo of my sons was taken and sprinkled some white mist around my page.

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

Make sure to get your hands on the awesome No Limits collection! Look out for it coming to the Cocoa Vanilla online store soon! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Saturday, April 9, 2022

You're the Best | No Limits collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you to share a new layout featuring the No Limits A5 paper stack and the No Limits 3' x 4' pocket cards! These products are such a great part of the No Limits collection! They are perfect for layering, punching shapes from and backing cut files too. This collection is so versatile and its perfect for not only boy projects but travel and even girly projects too!

I decided on a monochromatic colour scheme for this layout as so many of the elements in the No Limits collection went perfectly with the photo of my son having fun in the pool. I chose the Universal paper as the background paper as it reminded me of bubbles and was perfect to go with the photo of my son in the pool. I trimmed this paper down slightly and backed it onto the 'B' side of the Stardust paper. I took my black journal pen and freehand drew a border around the outside. I cut out some different sized strips from the A5 paper stack and layered them in a vertical manner to the left, I also took 5 of the 3' x 4' journal cards layering them under the paper strips, I added the 'You're The Best' one to the right hand side of the layout, this card became the title of the layout.

I adhered my photo on the left using foam tape to add some dimension to the layout and took some of the chipboard frames and also layered these under the photo. I cut out 2 phrases and adhered these to the photo. I also layered one of the thin chipboard frames under the title card on the right. When I create layouts I always start with the larger elements on my page first like the papers, title and photo. I then add smaller layers and embellishments and finish with the smallest things at the end. Once the chipboard was placed, I then took some ephemera and accessory stickers also in the monochromatic colour scheme and added these as layers under the photo and paper layers.

As my photo and most of the detail is on the left of the layout, I wanted to balance the layout by adding similar elements on the right of the layout. I was able to replicate the photo by adding the 3' x 4' journal card and I tucked in some layers just the same as I did on the right. I didn't tuck any papers on this side so that it did not look too overdone. I tucked in mainly ephemera and accessory stickers.

Some of the smallest embellishments I added last were the chipboard arrows, by placing these opposite to each other, they give a sense of movement on the layout. I also took some of the super cute puffy stickers, choosing some of the blue and grey ones and added some around my layout. I like how these also help replicate bubbles and go perfectly with the theme of my layout. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and sprinkled a little bit of black mist on my page.

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 you keep an eye out for the awesome No Limits collection in your local scrapbook store and it should also be hitting the Cocoa Vanilla online store soon as well.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Sweet Girl | You Are My Sunshine collection | Bella Blvd

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a summery layout created for Bella Blvd featuring the gorgeous You Are My Sunshine collection together with Bella Cut-Outs! The You are My Sunshine collection is AMAZING! I just love everything in this collection! It is so easy to create pretty projects with it!

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I decided on the gorgeous Sweet Girl Cut Out from the sweet My Candy Girl collection. I took 4 of the papers from the You Are My Sunshine collection and backed each letter in 'Girl'. Once the cut-out was backed with the papers I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to the 'B' side of Bee Youtiful paper. I then trimmed down the Bee Youtiful paper and adhered it to the Everyday Magic paper. I like how the blue from the paper frames the entire layout and it is the exact colour match of my niece's dress in my photo.


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I adhered the photo at the end of the Cut Out to the right of the page and so that the Cut Out overlaps onto the photo. I tucked in a die-cut tag here also. By overlapping the Cut-Out on the photo, it helps to hide and distract some of the background from the photo! At the bottom of the Cut-Out and photo, I added the red spotted scalloped border strip and I also added some of the Doohickey stickers above my photo to help tell the story of my photo. On the Cut-Out I stapled one of the large ephemera butterflies and love how that looks on the Cut-Out.

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At the left of the Cut-Out I added a small cluster of flowers here that consists of ephemera, a Bella Pop and an epoxy sticker. In the bottom right corner of the photo, I added another cluster of embellishments here that consisted of the same. Above my photo, I added the large rainbow die-cut, the chipboard sun and some puffy and epoxy stickers. At the very top of the layout I also stapled another Doohickey banner sticker. By adding the 2 small clusters and the larger one at the top of the layout, I created a visual triangle that is pleasing to the viewers eye in design. Lastly I sprinkled a little bit of black mist on my layout. 

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I love how my layout turned out and how fresh and Summery it looks too! Make sure you get your hands on the gorgeous You Are My Sunshine collection!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Bella Blvd blog today! Sadly this is my last blog post and layout as part of the amazing Bella Blvd design team, thank you so much to Stephanie Buice and Stephanie Smokovich for the amazing year being on this wonderful team. I will certainly continue to use your gorgeous products!

Bella products used on this layout:

You Are My Sunshine Chipboard

You Are My Sunshine Ephemera

You Are My Sunshine Puffy Stickers

My Candy Girl - Sweet Girl Cut Out

You Are My Sunshine - My Only Sunshine 'B' paper

You Are My Sunshine - What a Day 'B' side paper

You Are My Sunshine - Happy Thoughts paper

You Are My Sunshine - Everyday Magic 'B' side paper

You Are My Sunshine - Bee Youtiful 'B' side paper

You Are My Sunshine Doohickey Cardstock Stickers

Bella Pops - Fly Away

You Are My Sunshine Epoxy Stickers - Hello Summer

Happy creating!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

You Got This | No Limits collection | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

 Hi creative friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am excited to share a new scrapbook layout created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the awesome No Limits collection!

I am documenting a photo of my eldest son from his first day of starting work at KFC as a casual. He was very confident and we knew he would be fine. 2 years on he still loves his job and everyone he works with also. There were so many cool elements in the No Limits collection to help tell the story and document the occasion!

I decided on a horizontal design for this layout, taking the A5 paper stack and cutting some strips from some of the patterned papers in the A5 paper stack.

I arranged them in different positions on the page and then added some machine stitching to the centres of each strip. I also bent up the edges of the papers just with my fingers, I love how the machine stitching and the bent up edges add some extra texture and interest to my page. I placed my photo slightly to the left of the page using craft foam and I layered 2 of the cards from the 3' x 4' Journal Cards pack under my photo here. I also stapled one of the banner stickers from the Accessory Sticker pack to the photo and layered another small rainbow sticker under the 3' x 4' journal cards.

To the right of my photo I placed my title that is made up of the die-cut titles from the No Limits collection. I used foam tape under the title also to give some dimension and to help it stand out. I also added the cool banner die-cut from the Die-cut Ephemera pack that says 'Go For It' and those super cool hand gesture die-cuts had to be added too, these are so fitting for boy layouts!

On the bottom green paper strip I added a small cluster of embellishments including an arrow from the Chipboard pack, another phrase sticker from the Accessory sticker pack and a phrase die-cut too. These phrases all help to tell the story and are suited to the message I am trying to portray to my son in my layout.  I also added a few of the die-cut stars around as well, you can never go wrong with stars on a boy layout!

On the left of my photo I added another cluster of embellishments including the wood/epoxy button, the hand die-cut and another of the stars. When I create my clusters I always try to include similar colours from clusters I have previously created. This helps draw the eye around the layout, helps with visual design and makes the page aesthetically pleasing to look at. You can see on my layout that in each cluster I have added the red/orange colour, this is a great colour to use as it pops against most other colours. Another great colour to use for this is yellow.

Lastly I sprinkled some black mist and stamped the date stamp also. I hope you enjoyed my layout today?

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Make sure you get your hands on the awesome No Limits collection from your local scrapbook shop or wait until it becomes available in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

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