Before Braces | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Made of Awesome

Hi everyone (is anyone still out there?)

Seriously though, my blog is always seems to be neglected these days.  Instagram and Facebook have taken over my social media sharing but sometimes just sometimes I manage to get some layouts actually here on my blog.  Today I have had to go to grab coffee and work on my laptop in order to actually sit down and sort out blogging!  It really feels like I have been doing lots of creating lately but mostly for DT stuff in the future so I can’t really share it yet which probably makes me feel like I am not sharing my stuff enough but in reality I haven’t actually been able to yet.

Right so today, I have a layout I  have created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio!  Unfortunately, some new goodies have gotten a wee bit lost in transit on the way to me in NZ so I haven’t been able to play with any new goodies just yet.  In the meantime, here is a layout with Made of Awesome.

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This turned out to be a super fast layout.  Probably about 20 minutes in total – I say that is a testament to such a great collection that is so easy to work with.  There embellishments are perfect and fit well with boys of all ages and the patterned papers work really well together as well.  Liam got his bottom braces put on his teeth on the 14th June so I wanted to take a before photo of him with his teeth so we could compare later.  It has been a long time coming with many orthodontist appointments before Liam had finally lost enough teeth and we were ready to go.  The weird thing is the same orthodontist that did my braces is now doing Liam’s braces!

Here are some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post !


Just Nick Studio DT Announcement & Layout

Hi everyone,

Oh wow… it has been so long since I posted on my blog!  I’ve been so lucky to be included in the 2016 Design Team for Just Nick Studio with lots of talented ladies.  Just Nick Studio is an online store which has amazing cut files designed by the gorgeous Nicole Nowosad.

13522733_10157037875235720_3002112434699455142_oI shared my first layout on the Just Nick Blog yesterday which was a layout All About Me.  I used the Let it Shine Background cut file as my background and cut this out on patterned paper and then added a white cardstock circle with Right Now on it as it fitted the selfies I took of myself a couple of weeks ago and I liked how it created a centre piece on my layout.

All About me with BannerCut Files used: Let It Shine Background and Right Now

Some close ups:All About Me Layout detail 1All About Me Layout detail 2All About Me Layout detail

Thanks for stopping by my very neglected blog!!  I have quite a bit of scrapbooking to share so will scheduled some more posts over the next few days.

Take care xx

Hello Santa | Hip Kit Club

My second layout share of the day!!  I haven’t felt that well this holidays so my creative mojo had definitely left the building!!  So what do you do when you don’t feel like being creative but actually miss it.  You start organising your scrap room which if I had my way would be well kitted out with custom furniture but budget constraints right now means more of a temporary measure!  My room is teeny.  1.8m x 1.8m square with no windows = essentially a giant cupboard but it is a space to be creative and to store everything in our smallish house (218sqm).

This is my first layout I have actually created in there – usually I head out to the dining room table and of course – spread out over most of the table, and the island bench and the buffet table – well you get the drift.  I have used an older Hip Kit – not sure which one.  I love creating Christmas layouts in a non-traditional way using just general products.

I hope you like!!

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Rope Swing | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Life is Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Catching up on blogging today after a fun filled but a bit crazy school holidays here in NZ.  I have a layout using Life is Beautiful collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The photo is one I took of Taylor over the Easter holidays at Sandspit Holiday Park.  There is rope swing down at the beach which the kids loved playing on, loved this photo even though her eyes are mostly closed.  Shows the stunning scenery behind her as well – we are having a great long summer and we have definitely taken advantage of the hot sunny weather. Rope swingSome close ups:
Rope swing detail 1

Rope swing detail 2 Rope swing detailThanks for stopping by, have you seen that Cocoa Vanilla Studio now has exclusive cut files for the Cameo Silhouette, check them out here

Michelle xx

Hip Kit Club – March 2016

Aimee and Indi

Hi everyone, It is Friday night here in NZ, and it’s been a full on week… sick kids, birthday party preparation for Aimee’s 4th Birthday on Sunday, lots of work done on storage in the house.  Decluttering, putting up shelves … Continue reading

Gr8 Mates | Hip Kit Club | March 2016

Hi everyone!

Today I have my first layout to share with you featuring the March 2016 Hip Kits.  We are so lucky to have lots of Hip Kit Exclusive Papers designed by the talented Kim Watson – including this wood grain I have used as my background.   I have used a sketch designed by Ashley Horton which is one of the challenges set each week in our online Facebook forum (Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook).  If you haven’t checked out this lovely community you need to come along and join in the fun.  This is the sketch:12052656_10154105426192566_2475801020682751282_oI totally love the embellishments in the March Kits, Ephemera from Basic Grey (Saturday Morning), Elles Studio (Little Moments) and Pinkfresh Studio (Felicity collection) – they are perfect little treasures to layer on your layouts. Best Friends

Close ups:Best Friends detail 2 Best Friends detail 1 Best Friends detail

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest layout for Hip Kit Club xx

Epic Runner | Cocoa Vanilla Studio |Totally Rad

Today I have a layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio which I have created with the Totally Rad collection.

Epic RunnerI started my layout with an idea that I needed to get some use out of my Cameo Silohuette and create a layout using a cut file as its base.  The cut file is called ‘Totally Tubular Background‘ by Just Nick Digital Cut Files. I am really drawn to using patterned paper within the negative space of the cut file which is really easy to do.  I used the left over pieces of the circles from the inside of my cute file and cut around the edge of them (just so you see a small amount of patterned paper) and then slipped them under the cut file.  Then, the fun part!  Adding a photo and embellishments!

Epic Runner detail 1When I embellish my scrap pages (actually even when using colours and patterned paper) I try and balance the colours and shapes using the ‘visual triangle’ I find this technique helps my layout design and is really pleasing to the eye.  On this page, you can see I have done this with the wood veneers, the stars, and even the colour palette (with the black circles).Epic Runner detail 2When I add embellishments to my layouts, i try to layer them not straight on top of each other but more off to the side so that it creates interest and depth to my layering. The Totally Rad Ephemera, flair and stickers are great ways of adding layers to your layout. Epic Runner detailLastly, I added some of the little star enamel dots and some sequins from the bits and pieces pack in the top left and top bottom corners.  Again, this creates flow on the page and balance as well.

I hope I have inspired you to use ‘the visual triangle’ on your scrapbooking pages.  It is really an easy but super clever way of creating interesting yet balanced pages.

Thanks for stopping by xx…

Hip Kit Club|February 2016 Kit layout | April 2016 Kit Reveal

Hi everyone,

I have one last layout to share with the February 2016 kits and I would like to introduce you to the April 2016 Kits by Hip Kit Club.

Firstly, here is my layout :

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April 2016 Hip Kits

Hip Kits April Kits showcase brand new CHA products from Amy TangerineShimellePink Fresh StudioElle’s StudioSimple Stories & My Mind’s Eye.  We have also included two HKC Exclusive Papers that were designed specifically for this kit by Kim Watson.

0000777_april-2016-main-kit_510You definitely won’t want to miss out on the April Embellishment Add-On Kit.  It is jam packed with scrappy goodness!  Be sure to check out HKC Exlusives included in this kit…  tiny Acrylic StarsFlair Badges & a gorgeous Cut Apart Sheet designed by Kim Watson.  We have paired our exclusive products with the Little You Thickers,  Life Noted Washi Tape StickersStar Shine Stickers & more!  Having these goodies at your fingertips will make embellishing your projects a breeze.0000793_april-2016-embellishment-kit

The Hip Kit April Color Kit includes an HKC Exclusive Butterfly Stencil along with 2 of the brand new Shimmerz Coloringz Mists which will give vibrant color to your projects without  the shimmer.  The bright yellow & aqua mists and whimsical butterflies are the perfect combination to celebrate spring.  HKC DT members, Missy WhiddenTerhi KoskinenChristin Gronnslett Irit Landgraf are masters when it comes to creating mixed media layouts. You will find new projects showcasing these products on our blog & Facebook page starting the first week of April. MissyIrit Terhi share process videos throughout each month that highlight different ways to incorporate our Color Add-On Kits into your projects, so make sure to check those out and order your Color Kit so that you can follow along!0000782_april-2016-color-kit_510HKC April Project Life Kit is gorgeous!  You will find a collection of 25 HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards designed by Kim Watson Kimberly Hutchison.  In addition to our amazing PL Cards, you will find a set Life Noted Epoxy Stickers, On Trend 2 Enamel DotsStar Shine Mini Phrase Stickers My Story Wood Veneer Shapes.  We have also include two sets of alphabet that are the perfect size for adding titles and captions to your PL Cards.  You will have absolutely everything you need in this one kit to create amazing PL pages in no time at all!0000790_april-2016-project-life-kit_510

Did you know that we share a new set of HKC Exclusive FREEBIE Silhouette Cut Files each month? Just REGISTER on the HKC website to get access to the downloadable files. We also, have additional FREE Silhouette Cut Files & Printable Cut Apart Sheets that are available only to our HKC Subscribers. This is just another little benefit of being a HKC Subscriber. When you login to your account you will see the download tab with all of your available download files. All of the HKC March Cut Files are available on our website now, and the HKC April Cut Files will be revealed on April 1st. So, be sure to get set up so you can download and get creating with these amazing designs!

If you aren’t already a member of the HKC Facebook Forum you should definitely join the fun! Just CLICK HERE for access to our group. It’s a great place to share your Hip Kit projects. Come right in and introduce yourself, and get to know other Hip Kit Club members. Our DT members visit frequently, so you can chat with them as well. It is a super friendly welcoming group! Jump in and join our Weekend Challenges!  Just create a layout for each week’s challenge for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Hip Kit Club online store. Who can say no to free goodies? I sure can’t!

The Hip Kits are truly amazing for both value and style!  You don’t want to miss these.

First Tooth | Hip Kit Club |Feb 2016

Hi, today I am sharing a layout for Hip Kit Club using the February 2016 Kits.  I have used one of my favourite patterned papers in the kit for my background and I love how the black and white photo and the other papers/project life cards ‘pop’ on the navy spots!  I have also used some of the project life cards and Amy Tangerine stickers and frame as embellishments on my page!  Taylor loosing her first tooth was a momentous occasion in our house  and I couldn’t wait to record this special event in her life.

Taylors first tooth

Some details:Taylors first tooth detail 1Taylors first tooth detail

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layouts with the February Hip Kits. I have one more for next week before my March kit arrives hopefully in the next day or so.  Til next time Mxx


Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone,

Next, I have three layouts to share with you featuring Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s latest 3 collections.

Firstly, Hello Sunshine – the perfect collection for all things summer!  Bright and Cheery!  I love how you can use this collection for both girls and boyish layouts. Perfect for summertime as it is here in NZ right now.

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Next, Free Spirit.. this is definitely a soft feminine collection.  Love the soft hues and pretty colours in this collection teamed with navy and flowers!  What more could a girl want!

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Lastly, Totally Rad!  Oh what a fun boyish collection this one is!!  I know that the scrapbooking world totally needs more collections for boys.  So of course, I used this collection on a layout of Aimee who definitely isn’t a boy but I think it suited this photo perfectly and her ‘rockstar’ attitude. And who can resist a Unicorn Rainbow!!  Not me..

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I hope you have enjoyed my layouts using the fabulous Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections – do you know you can order them directly from their website and they deliver internationally?  These are must haves for any scrapbooker!!

Til next time