May Challenge - Scrap the Boys

I knew I had the perfect photo for the Scrap the Boy challenge this month, however with a slump in my creative mojo I did struggle to know where to start in creating a layout. I checked out the Design teams creations and took some inspiration from the lovely Melinda Sweetmans layout.

I found a beautiful cut file from the CUTtoYOU esty shop called 'Flower Crown', created by Gwen Wruck and pulled out a range of Cocoa Vanilla Studio supplies to create this:

The background paper is the B side of 'Full Bloom' from the 'Hello Sunshine' collection. The light woodgrain was speckled with Heidi Swapp colour shine in gold before adding the cutfile bumped up on some craft foam. I backed the flowers of the cutfile with the beautiful pink 'Hip Hooray' paper from the 'Make a Wish' collection and the leaves were backed with scraps from my stash. I used the ephemera from the 'Colour me Happy' collection to create the title 'Sweet smiling faces &…

April Guest Design Team - Scrap the Boys

I was super thrilled to be selected as a guest designer for Scrap the Boys April Challenge. It was very fitting given my beautiful boy celebrates his birthday in April!
I took great inspiration from the colours and the sprinkles of the mood board, using the Kaisercraft "Party Time" collection.

I used the 100's & 1000's paper as the border and machine stitching the white card stock to it. The mixed media background was created by using a stiff brush with Gelatos through a stencil. The embellishments are a mixture of the Kaisercraft "Party Time" collection as well as some Cocoa Vanilla Studio "Colour me Happy" ephemera. As always I used my Muji pen for my journaling. 

I loved how it turned out, even though it was completely different from what I had first imagined I was going to create. It is alway satisfying to get a special occasion documented and be able to look back at it to remember the fun party!

Summer - The Best

Even though summer has drawn to a close here in Australia the weather has still be stunning and rather warm, so I thought I would share a very summery layout.

This layout was created using the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Hello Sunshine' collection and was the first time I have used the 8.5" x 11" size as a design. I used the Chill Out paper as the base, Sunny Spot as the next layer and Solar Flare for the strip base for my photos. I machine stitched around the edge using white thread. The embellishments are a mix of  accessory stickers, die cut ephemera, wood and metal buttons. I used some tissue paper to mat and cluster the 3 photos. For the title I used the Full Bloom paper to cut out a banner, added dashed lines using my trusty Muji pen and the puffy stickers. Even though this layout is very simple, I like the way it highlights the photos of my son (Seb) enjoying the cool river on an extremely hot summer day.

March Challenge - Scrap the Boys

With the March Challenge being sponsored by Cocoa Vanilla Studio, my mind went straight to the latest boys collection 'Boys Rule'. I had only used this collection to complete 2 layouts before tackling this challenge, therefore I had a wonderful range of products to choose from!

This layout was inspired by Anna Komenda's gorgeous layout using the 'Midnight' collection, that I swooned over from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio instagram account

I use a light blue Faber-Castell Gelatos and Heidi Swapp colour shine in Seafoam for the mixed media background. The Happy Go Lucky paper is the border paper, which is machine stitched onto white Kaisercraft cardstock that has been coated in clear Mont Marte gesso. The photo is backed with the Expressionist paper and I have used a range of all the embellishments from the chipboard pieces, miscellany, die cut ephemera, accessory and clear sticker sheets. This layout come together relatively qui…