A bloggy update

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe we are in October already… now that crazy September is over and done with I am feeling that much more saner about the world, building houses, and birthday parties galore made it a fun yet full on month.

I know I haven’t shared my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studio layout on my blog yet so I thought I would take a few minutes peace whilst the kids are eating their lunch (School holidays here in NZ).

The two new collections Life is Beautiful and Tis the Season for Cocoa Vanilla Studio are both amazing.  On my layout I have used mostly Tis the Season on a non-traditional Christmas layout.  I have chosen a photo which I think is actually 6 x 8 inches in size which is photo you get when you buy the package of photos when you go to a touristy type attraction.  This is a photo of Aimee and myself on the chair lift after going down the luge together! I really loved all the photos  you get when you go on these attractions but they aren’t the best quality photos and usually I never do anything with them but I decided to challenge myself.Love You & Me

As my photo is a larger landscape photo – I wanted to balance out the photo by adding some different sized strips of the patterned paper at the bottom of the photo to ‘ground’ it.    And I have left the rest of the layout quite simply embellished – I took advantage of having white space in my photo to add my title from the sticker sheet  LOVE with a cute border strip to anchor it.  I finished off my layout with a couple of embellishment clusters from the ephemera and sticker sheets from both Life is Beautiful and Tis the Season collections.

Some details:

Love You & Me detail 1 Love You & Me detail 2 Love You & Me detail

I also have another layout to share with that I created as part of my DT application for Hip Kit Club’s Creative Team.

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I’ve used products from mainly the July 2015 Hip Kit and then added in some Cocoa Vanilla Studio wood veneer from Life Is Beautiful.

That’s all I have to share for today!  Lots of blog posts going around in my head though – just need a few more hours to write them all.


Life is Beautiful | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Gosh!  It really has been awhile since I managed to blog! Life is really just a bit crazy here… building a house, packing up your old one, 5th birthday parties and sick kids have been pretty much monopolising my time over the last month or so.  I have still be creating layouts though I just have been super slack at sharing them

Today, I have a layout to share with you for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the brand new Life is Beautiful collection.  I have just loved working with all the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections and Life is Beautiful is no exception.  The soft blues mixed with teal, navy, orange and yellows makes this a really versatile range to work with – here I have scrapped a holiday snap from a trip to Brisbane to see my sister and her family.

sweet memories

Some close ups:

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I just adore this cute banner and wood veneer butterfly which adds a bit of whimsy to my layout.  And the journal cards make a perfect trio to add to my grid style layout and the sentiments on them fit perfectly with my photo.  I really love using Die cuts in the Ephemera pack and here I wanted to use the cute arrow but the colour wasn’t what I wanted so I just flipped it over and used the blank white side and added a cute heart from some detail too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Take are


Pretty at 3 | Color Stories Inspiration #171

It is a rainy Monday morning here and after the weekend I am catching up after the weekend with blogging some scrap layouts I have completed recently.  I have a busy week so trying to get on top of all the house stuff and things so it is less stressful all round.  I have always got great intentions of being organised, meal plan and such like but often feel like I am even too busy for that.  What do you guys get up too to be organised for the week!

In the meantime, here is case file 171 for CSI.  I really liked this colour scheme although struggled a bit end the end… the mojo has been lacking of late!

And here is how I solved the case file:

CSI 171 unframed

To create my background I used ‘the all heart’ cut file from The Cut Shoppe as a stencil with texture paste.

Evidence: Stripes, Triangles, food related embellishment, jar, labels, something transparent, texture paste, wood and cork and dots!
Testimony: Documented a celebration – Aimee’s third birthday!!

Some close ups:
CSI 1709 unframed detail 1 CSI 1709 unframed detail 2 CSI 1709 unframed detailThe deadline for completing Case File No. 171 is  Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  I hope you have time to play along with us for this challenge!  

So Proud | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Today I am sharing a layout I have created using the Made of Awesome Collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  This is truly a ‘fun’ and ‘happy’ collection and so easy to use!!  Today, I have a layout of my 11  year old son posing with a certificate he received for an academic achievement at school and I love that the Ephemera in this collection has lots of ‘good positive words’ which worked perfectly with my layout.  To begin, I sprayed my white card stock with some Warm Calico mist and then added some sprays of water and allowed the heavy misting to run up and down the page.

So ProudNext, I started layering up the patterned papers from the collection under my photo, I stitched on some banners and then adding in some Ephemera and the frame around my photo (the top of my photo had some artwork and by adding this frame I covered this over – creating a cleaner look). So Proud detailSo Proud detail 2

To create further interest I added a border strip of the ‘Directions’ patterned paper at the top and bottom. And then added some more Ephemera and stickers from the sticker sheet and finished off with a splattering of the enamel dots, cork and veneer stars (from the Flying High collection) to create flow and tie the layout together.So Proud detail 3So Proud detail 1

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Michelle xx


Hi again,

I know another post and another layout.  It is the first day back after school holidays here in NZ.  It is so nice and quiet here this morning without the rug rats.  Although it was a culture shock to get us all out the door early this morning.  I’m sure the kids are all having fun at school, kindy and creche!  In the meantime, here is a layout just for fun.  Don’t get to do that very often!!  This one is of Aimee and her friend Adisyn at creche on the swings.  Usually on Wednesday this is the first thing the girls get up too when we drop them off – thanks Wendy for the cool photo too. Friends Swing

Details;Friends Swing detail 1 Friends Swing detail 2 Friends Swing detail 3 Friends Swing detailTake care

Michelle xx

Sketchabilities #143

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with you for Sketchabilities Sketch #143.  Another amazing sketch this fortnight and I enjoyed taking part again.  I have been subbing to the Hip Kit Club scrapbooking kits for awhile now and I have so much lovely new product that I am dying to use so I thought taking part in a few challenges would be a good way to go. Here is the sketch:
143And here is my take:Sketchabilities 143This layout is of some cheeky girls at Petra’s 5th birthday.  Gosh the girls are growing up! Gotta love the silly faces…I have used a mixture of the May and June Hip Kits to create my layout.  Here are some close ups:
Sketchabilities 143 detail 1 Sketchabilities 143 detail 2 Sketchabilities 143 detailThanks for stopping by my blog today!


Michelle xx

Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Hello Lovely Layout

Hi everyone,

I had lots of fun creating this layout with the gorgeous Hello Lovely Collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio of my almost 5 year old daughter on a recent hot chocolate date with me.  This is one  of my favourite photos of my daughter I have taken recently – it shows just how she is growing up so fast and definitely isn’t a baby any more. So grown up

The gorgeous florals of the ‘Glimmer‘ patterned paper with the stripes of the ‘Life Story‘ was a perfect backdrop for my photo. I love these two patterns paired together.   One of my favourite pieces of Ephemera is from the new ‘Made of Awesome‘ collection – the die cut ‘Anyone can be Cool but Awesome takes Practice’ fits my daughter’s personality to a ‘T’ and I knew as soon as I saw this card I had to put it on a layout of her – she has amazing tenacity and practices a lot to get things right which makes me so proud as her mum.  I have added some more stickers and ephemera, wood veneer and a cute camera charm to add further interest and balance the page too.

Some close ups:

So grown up detail 2 So grown up detail 4 So grown up detail 5 So grown up detailHello Lovely is another stunning collection from Zoe Pearn.  I love being able to showcase it on my layouts!!


Summer Daze |Color Stories Inspiration | Case File 170

There is a new case file reveal over at Color Stories Inspiration.   Case File 170 has a bright and fun colour scheme:

and here is how I solved the case:
CSI 1709 unframedEvidence: Arrows, Stripes, Flair, Stars
Testimony: Documented a Summer Ritual.  This photo was taken when we were at our Caravan. Every year we go to the beach and camp (used to be in a cabin or a tent) but last year we bought a permanent caravan at a holiday park about 45 mins drive from us so we can go up there a lot during the summer time.  It is perfect for the kids and great fun for the adults too.

I hope you can play along with us and solve this Case File!  The deadline for completing Case File No. 170 is  Friday, August 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Sketchabilities #142


I’m up to date with most of my DT work at the moment so I thought I would get out my recent June kit from the Hip Kit Club and play along with a Sketchabilities sketch #142.


Sketchabilities July 13

I just LOVE all the summery colours in the June Kit and the Pool Side Ephemera is to so much fun to use – perfect for layering up of embellishments.  Makes me wish it was summer here in NZ.  Well right now when it is freezing  most things make me wish it was summer!!  Even though my photo is actually a photo taken in Winter here in NZ – I loved the bright colours and the sentiments of ‘Hello there sunshine” was perfect for my youngest child.  I love switching up themes to make them work for me. I do have some summer photos left to scrap which would also be perfect for this kit.

Some close ups:Sketchabilities July 13 detail 2 Sketchabilities July 13 detail 3 Sketchabilities July 13 detailThanks for stopping by today.   Hope this bright and fun layout warmed up your day !!

Michelle xx