Hi Creative friends!

Back on the blog today with another project using the DIVINE new Bohemian Dream collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  I’m sticking with my theme this month of documenting the first 10 years of my daughter’s life, this time creating a page for her album.

I had already spent a long time sorting photos and getting them into a consistent format for my mini tag album so I thought why not use that effort and also create a 12 x 12 layout.  I knew the layout would be a bit of a challenge because I had eleven photos I wanted to add and I knew they were all in different formats, but I’m super glad I gave it a whirl and love the end result.  The best way I find to include lots of photos on a page is to print them small.  I began by creating a Photo collage using this feature at my local print shop, there are lots of formats to choose from so I went about creating a couple.  I mixed and matched the photos on each so that I would have a few choices of the sizes each of the photos would be printed in.
I then went about working on the position of the photos, I just shuffled them until I was happy.  For my background, I’ve used the “Wild and Free” paper.  I was also restricted by the fact that I wanted to keep them in timeline order, so their order and position really did dictate the design of the page.  Once I had them looking good I went about matting each one twice.  I used a combination of papers from the 6×6 paper pad.  I love using the paper pads for small photo mounts like this, as the designs are printed smaller than the 12×12 so you see more of them.  Proportionally the designs are a better fit with the photos.


At this point, all of my photos were locked into position, it was now time to add the title.  I really love the colours in the chipboard word “HAPPY” from the Chipboard Stickers sheet so I teamed that with the words from the Chipboard Titles sheet to make my title “This Happy Life”.  Of course, you can leave these plain, but I really wanted the pop of colour so I’ve added some shimmery watercolors from my stash, just using a paintbrush.  These Chipboard pieces are so versatile, you could add mists and inks or embossing powders etc, so many ways to make them uniquely fit your layout.  I was going for a ‘not so perfect’ look here, I didn’t want to cover the entire piece of chipboard, I wanted variation in the colouring.

Next, I just could not help but use some of the vellum accents, the florals in this pack are my favourite!!  I positioned one of the larger vellum pieces over a similar style die cut from the Die Cut Ephemera pack for a layered flower effect.  I placed two others around my page, simply securing with a small amount of liquid glue in the center.


I also added leaves from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to my main floral element under the title and some vellum butterflies… oh so pretty!  I also added foam to one of the sentiments in this pack and added that.  I really just kept the design simple so it wasn’t competing with all those photos!



Lastly, I’ve added a couple of words from the Accessory Stickers sheet and some Enamel Shapes and that was the layout finished.  How cute are those hearts? Aren’t they the perfect finishing touch.  Thanks for popping by today and keep sharing those beautiful creations of yours on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing them!
Until next time,

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