Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello Mister Rad | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello scrappy friends! It's Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the fun masculine You ROCK collection. For this layout I've actually gone for a full on boy theme, including a fun photo of my sweet Nephew. I really should scrap more photos of him and all the funny faces he makes!



I started the layout by trimming down my cardstock to layer over the "Galactic" paper leaving a thin dark border around 3 edges of the layout. Next I worked on the main focal point of the layout by gathering scraps from previous layouts, arranging them randomly under the photo and cutting a couple of the bottoms into banner/fishtails. The papers used are This WayStripped & Night Sky .


To the left of the photo I've arranged a few die cutsstickers and pieces from the "Random" cut apart paper to create layers and my title. I also added in some fussy cut stars from the "Starshine" paper and stapled them down to keep them in place.



As I do with most of my layouts, I've raised the photo and its layers up with some foam. I really like the dimension it gives to my layouts and the shadowing does help to make things stand out a little more.


Under all the layers I added some small strips of the fun new decorative Washi Tape. This added a little extra colour where it was needed to help balance the colours around the page. I popped a rubber charm onto the photo and a flair button to the right, layered over a tag sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.


I didn't want to add too much to the remainder of the layout so I created a simple cluster at the bottom left corner using another fussy cut star, some stickers, die cut pieces from the ephemera pack and then scattered some of the enamel dots around the different clusters to tie it all together.


Lastly a few lines of typed journalling and a splattering of black ink and the layout was complete.

Well, thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to get creative with this fun masculine collection.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy as Larry | D-lish Scraps

Hello Scrappy friends!! I'm back today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps that I made over the weekend at an amazing retreat I attended. Was such a wonderful time, and I even got to meet a few fellow Team members in real life, plus plenty more Inspiring creatives! Didn't get too much creating done though as I spent a lot of time talking or pushing papers around lol and most layouts I needed to add more to once I got home after forgetting certain things when I was packing.

The layout I've chosen to share today was based on my sketch from the July Cyber crop challenge. I really liked the base design of the sketch and it was a perfect way to kickstart my scrapping inspiration over the weekend. 

I scrapped a photo of Leila from a few weeks ago while we were trying to enjoy the school holidays. This poor mumma was struck down with a dreaded head cold/ flu virus that wiped me out the entire 2 weeks off, so Leila spent quite a few days rotating between books, creating in her art book, loads of Screen time and playing with toys. Her favourite pastime is definitely screen time .... mixing it up between Youtube toy reviews, ABC for kids app and her Mathletics school app. Fun times!

Heres another look back at the sketch, which I rotated clockwise for a vertical design. I can't help it, I'm addicted to flipping and rotating sketches!


I ended up spreading out the embellishments to create a diagonal design, and added in an extra cluster of goodness to balance it all out.

Here's a closer look at all the pretty bits n bobs...


I've used most of my favourite embellishments in these clusters, choosing colours that complimented the papers from the Life is Beautiful collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I turned the Bitty Bow clip on its side and slid it onto the photo, then created a cluster to the left using a Little Birdie flower, paper flowerflair buttonombre wordfetti and some of the stunning NEW faceted enamel dots


As always I've added a lace doily within the layers of papers under the photo. I love the soft delicate design they add to a layout. I chose to use a Black & White photo as there were so many colours within it that would clash with the colours I chose to scrap with. I've also tucked in some strips of pattern Journal It cards to the top of the photo (blue & yellow)


To the right of the photo I created a smaller cluster using a gold sequin bowwordfetti piece, more faceted enamel dotspaper and Little Birdie flowers. 


Along the bottom of the layout I've grouped together some Journal It's (circle & hello my name is card, a strip cut from a yellow speech bubble card Journal It, Happy Day journal It ticket from a mixed pack I've hoarded for so long), more flowers the same as the other clusters, a butterfly Creative Cut and some more faceted enamel dots. Other pieces added into all the clusters are from the ephemera and sticker sets within the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collection.


Lastly I created a large title using the "Happy" word creative cut (from the Script Words set), and some white Puffy Alphabet stickers. I added the stitching for some detail, but to also ensure they stuck for good. A few lines of typed text journalling and then some splatters of gold ink and the layout was complete. 

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope this has given you some form of inspiration, and please be sure to share yours with us in the Scrap Suite on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You're Weird & Wonderful | Scrap the Girls

Hello! It's the start of a new month, which always means its time for a NEW challenge at Scrap the Girls. This month was another challenging one, but it all turned out great in the end!

All shades of grey were needed, and a fun photo of Leila to match.

I started with the title in mind - large, different fonts and types of alphas. I used 2 different fonts in Silhouette Studio, cut them out and backed with some grey pattern paper from my stash. All pattern papers were in my extras stash without name strips so I've got no idea where they came from lol

Next I figured out the photo and the layers under neath and matched them up with the pattern paper around the edges of the layout. A good mix of greys used to ensure balance across the layout.

Here's a look at the mood board we had to be inspired by. Apart from the colours we needed to use, I chose the You're Weird slogan on the t-shirt to base the title from.


Here's some close ups...

The photo I chose was of Leila earlier this year, being her usual fun self. I love capturing little moments like these that don't necessarily have a meaning, but are always fun to look back on.

I've made the feathers using pattern papers and a feather punch by Fiskars, and dipped into my D-lish stash to finish off the clusters either side of the layout. Here I've used a flair button, forget me not flower (and another I can't remember the name of) enamel dots and a glitter thicker asterisk to finish it off.

Along with the cut file words, I've added some puffy alphas from D-lish Scraps along with some older Basic grey stickers to create the title. I stitched through the stickers to keep them adhered to the page for years to come.


Love these sequin bows from D-lish, and those white flowers are the perfect touch to balance out the greys. 

Thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
Be sure to stop by the Scrap the Girls blog to see what the other team members have created!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Creative Cards | D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone, It's Michelle back here today with my newest creative share. 

For this post I thought I'd do something different to my usual, by using remnants of the current and past Just add Paper kits to make some more cards for my ever growing collection. I've got quite the collection happening, as I keep forgetting to give them out!

All up I've made 5 different cards using kits and bits from my other D-lish stash. Here's a closer look


For the first set of cards I've used the March 2017 Pretty in Pink kit on the left ... and the current Primrose Lane kit on the right. The card on the left uses the flowers, vellum butterflies and twine from the kit along with the addition of a 4inch lace doilyCreative Cuts "Leaves", a pink Carnation, an Ombre Worfetti piece and some glitter dots

The card on the right is made from the flowers, journal it, white leaf that I've cut into, and twine from the kit along with a doilywordfetti piece and enamel dots like the other card. I stuck with similar design elements for each of the cards to keep them simple and easy to put together.

Here's a look at the 2 kits used for the above cards to refresh your memory...




Next up I've used the December 2016 Peaches & Cream kit and the February 2017 Fresh Cut. I didn't have a lot of the Peaches and Cream kit left to create a generic form of card, so I've used the Journal It pieces, twine, a rose and a veneer arrow that I coated in glitter paste. To bulk up the card Ive used the same doily as the other cards, a flair button, 2 paper flowers from Little Birdie sets, a pick n place bowombre wordfetti and enamel glitter dots

The card on the right is made up of loads of goodies from the Fresh cut kit, I hadn't had a chance to create with it just yet so I had a full kit to play with! I kept the pip berry stem in its circular form and placed it over the doily from my other D-lish stash. I tied the twine around the cardstock piece and attached in place to keep it secure. I arranged the flowers in the bottom right of the circle, and added a flair from the kit as a 5th element to the cluster. Lastly I added a ombre wordfetti strip and some enamel dots to match. 

Here's another look at the 2 kits featured in these cards...



Last card of the bunch was made using pieces from the Peacock Avenue kit from November 2016. In addition to the kit contents ( crochet feather, twine, sequins, washi tape, flair and large purple flower) I've added my favourite Forget me nots, a scribble circle Creative CutdoilyWordfetti pieceenamel dots and ribbon from my stash. 

Here's one last look at the kit for reference ..


And lastly a look at all the cards together, showing how similar yet different they all are. 


I really enjoyed making and sharing something a little different this week! I hope its given you some form of inspiration.

Until next time, happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hey Mum, HELLO! | D-lish Scraps

Hello Scrappy friends! A quick layout share today of a creation I made and shared recently for the D-lish Scraps Cyber Crop challenge. Each month a few select members of the Design team share a challenge to inspire you, and then you have roughly 4 weeks to create and share your masterpiece. 

Here's the layout I shared this month, which a sketch was created from as the challenge.


Here's a better look at how the sketch turned out, including a link to the group to share your creations


I kept it pretty simple with loads of white space. Something not all of my layouts usually have as they're generally filled with large cut files, big titles and clusters of embellishments. 

Here's a closer look at the bits n bobs I added to make it a little prettier..

I've used papers from the Endless Summer collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to layer behind the photo, and across the page. Then I've tucked in a piece of a Hello my name is Journal it (only the spotted strip without the text) a piece from the Pink ombre wordfetti sheet, a rose Creative cut, a pretty lace doily, my favourite forget me not flowers, glitter enamel dots and a Little Birdie flower. 


This photo cracks me up every time I look at it! You're all well aware that we love Snapchat here, and this is just one of many hilarious photos we have added to our collection!

I made a mixed title text using some of the white puffy alphabet stickers and the hello creative cut piece from the script words set. Journaling added underneath using my typewriter.


Over on the right hand side I've used more of the pattern paper from the other side of the layout and tucked a printed tag in underneath. Layered above these is a Journal It circle, flair button, butterfly creative cut and the same flowers and enamels as the other cluster. 

Lastly I did the usual splatter of gold color shine and called it done :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hello | D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone! I'm back here today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps featuring the July Just Add paper Kit - Primrose Lane. I'm loving the colour combo within this kit and all the pretty bits included. Those resin flowers are super cute, and the Pink, Red and Aqua combo with hints of flowers = my new favourite. I thought I'd follow along with the sketch included on the Inspiration board too, so heres a closer look..

The photos I've shared in the layout are taken a little over 6 months apart, and help to document the story of Leila's ongoing love for Frozen. Her obsession has ramped up a little more this past week after we took a trip into the 'Big City' by train with some friends to see Disney On Ice. Not sure if she will ever 'Let it Go' lol 

I stuck as close to the sketch as possible and replaced one of the photo's with the journalling card from the kit. I created clusters using the embellishments in the kit, moved the title onto the Large Journal card, and created an extra cluster bottom left of the layout to continue the diagonal design. 

Here's a reminder of the current Inspiration Board, keep scrolling through to see more close ups of my creation




I cut into the satin leaves to create a fun feathered look, and glued them in under the clusters with a flair button, cherry blossom, resin flower and some added glitter enamel dots


In the main cluster I also added some twine from the packaging and the tassel from the kit.


I added a strip of the thin hearts washi tape along the bottom strip of paper, and machine stitched along for some added detail. The cluster above was pretty simple to create using the name tag from the packaging along with the date circle, label tag, puffy sequin heart and some more enamel dots.


Lastly the title made using the Hello wood veneer. I ended up leaving it whole with the letters glued inside the speech bubble and added a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. I originally hand wrote the journalling on the card, but wasn't able to fit everything in that I wanted, so went with some typed words and glued them over the top.

Here's a closer look at the contents of the kit, there's still a few more in store if you want to snap one up.


Well, thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to get creative with your JAP kits. Be sure to share your creations with us in the Scrap Suite, we love to see what you make!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hello Sunshine | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi Everyone! I'm back here today with a new layout share using the beautiful Endless Summer collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The soft sweet pastel colours in this collection remind me of summer which makes it perfect for the Summer theme were focusing on this week.

I've gone back in time and scrapped a cute photo of Leila from 2013, when we enjoyed the warmer months a lot more. It certainly warms my heart to look back on the memories we created in our old backyard, especially this time of year when its freezing cold.



I kept the layout design quite simple, using a strip of COASTAL CHILL paper across the background, then built the title and photo mat layers up across the same horizontal line to give the layout some dimension. I created clusters top right of the layout and bottom left of the photo to draw the eyes attention across the page and finished it all off with a sprinkling of gold ink.
Here's some close ups...



This was a fun cluster to begin with, as it uses a mix of all my favourite embellishments from the collection. To create it I've used pieces from the THIS & THAT cut apart paper, and raised up the pink doily piece with foam tape. The clouds are from the wood Veneers pack and are a super cute addition to the collection. The other items used are the enamel shapes, woodies & blooms



Under the photo mat I've used the reverse side of the COASTAL CHILL paper, along with more cut apart pieces from the THIS & THAT paper. I also included an off cut of the pink doily used in the cluster at the top of the page and some accessory stickers tucked under the bottom of the photo and into the top of the floral cluster.



I added a hint of glitter to the flowers from the Blooms pack, but its really hard to see in these photos. I've included more items into this cluster that are in the top cluster, to help balance the layout.



I've used one of the FREE cut files to create the title using the woodgrain side of the SWEET TREATS paper and raised it up off the page using foam tape to help it stand out a little more. I also included a piece from the ephemera pack and added my typed journalling in the blank space below.
The Free cut files are pretty cool, and can be found on the website HERE



Thats all from me today, I hope this has inspired you in some way to get those Summer photos documented.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x