XO | Love Always | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a layout to share using the absolutely stunning new collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called Love Always!  As you might expect this collection is all about LOVE!  So I decided to do a layout of my hubby and I on our wedding day.

Our Wedding album mostly sits in the cupboard as it is so big and large that we don’t really get it out very often so it is really nice to grab some of my favs from the album and create a layout with them.  We don’t really have access to our photos electronically that easily so lucky in this day and age I was able to take a few photos (of the photos) with my trusty iPhone and change them from sepia to black and white!  I use an app called PicFrame to create a college and then edit them in PicTapGo and print on my Canon Selphy all from the comfort of my own home!

XOXO

Gosh where do I start, this collection is just amazingly beautiful.. all about LOVE and full of goodies!  I loved the striped patterned paper so I was drawn to that first and love using stripes on my layouts and of course I couldn’t resist some fringing for added texture as well.  I jut love the different types of embellishments in the collection from chipboard, ephemera, vellum, stickers and more – there is just something for everyone.  I love how this layout came together and for me the colours are so pretty and happy how can you not enjoy scrapping with them!

Some close ups:

XOXO detail 1XOXO detail 2XOXO detail

Today, I have used a cut file called XO 2 from Just Nick Studio white on white cardstock to create some interesting textural and the XOXO works really well with the theme of my layout.

Have you got your hands on this new collection yet?

Mxx

More layouts!

Having done lots of creating but not too much sharing on my blog – here is a wrap up of some of the layouts I have created recently!  Most of these I have created solely using products from recent Hip Kit Club kits and cut files from Just Nick Studio.

Let Your Dreams Soar

my girlPrawn!PrawnPrawn detail 1Prawn detail 2Prawn detail 3Prawn detail

She Loves To Dance!She loves to danceShe loves to dance detail 1She loves to dance detail 2She loves to dance detail 3She loves to dance detailSuch Great TimesBlack and White with oneBlack and White with one detailBlack and White with one detail2

Capture TodayPaper TeapotPaper Teapot detail 1Paper Teapot detail 2Paper Teapot detail 3Paper Teapot detail

I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest scrapbooking layouts!

Til next time xx

Just Nick Studio | DT Layouts

Hi,

Just a quick round up of layouts I have done recently but haven’t had time to share them on my blog, first up Just Nick Studio design team

Zoo | Background Cut File | Funky Rectangles

ZooZoo detail 1Zoo detail 2Zoo detail

This moment | Creative Scrappers Collaboration | Cut File: Chopsticks BackgroundCreative Scrappers LayoutCreative Scrappers Layout detail2Creative Scrappers Layout detail1Creative Scrappers Layout detail

Thanks for stopping by today !!

 

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.

before braces

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:

before braces detail 1before braces detail 2before braces detail

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

Mxx

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!!

Hello SantaHello Santa detail 1Hello Santa detail 2Hello Santa detail

Mxx

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…