Just Nick Studio | Geometric Background 2

Today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file.   This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes.  I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design.   This is the original file:

As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments.  To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path).  I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software.  I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border.  When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out.   This is the finished layout:

I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper.  I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn’t actually quite fill the shape – the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments  to the other negative spaces.

I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam’s name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today?  Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing?  Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven’t already?

Thanks Michelle xx

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Yay party time | Make a Wish | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi

Today I have a layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the brand new ‘Make a Wish’ collection. I always find scrapbooking birthday photos so tricky to do as the photos are usually quite busy and usually there are lots of colours going on.  Well, I can tell you this collection is just amazing,  you are going to want to have it to scrap your birthday pics too – This layout shows a few shots of some of the party guests – to include a few different snaps I have created a collage of four photos and printed them out on square photo.  Then I set out to start embellishing and adding lots of little details with the chipboard, the stickers, the veneers and the vellum you are really spoiled for choice when it comes to embellishments in this collection.

Yay Birthday

Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed my first layout with this new collection!  Til next time. Mxx

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:

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

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

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…

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

Mx

CSI 179

Hi everyone,

The latest case file has been revealed over at Color Stories Inspiration.  179 flat

Here is how I solved the case:  I loved all the gorgeous greens and corals in the case file.  CSI 179

Evidence: Washi Tape, Envelope (for my journaling), feathers and flowers
Testimony:  My story is in the envelope on a tag.  It is a message to myself to be cool, live the dream and life to the fullest!

Some close ups:CSI 179 detail CSI 179 detail 1 CSI 179 detail 2

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest layout.  Would love it if you played along with the latest challenge – there are lots of cool prizes up for grabs from our sponsors – do check them out.

Michelle xx

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.

xxM

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
Mxx