Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! It’s time for a new share for Cocoa Vanilla studios today and this one uses one of my all-time favourite collections – Make A Wish.  Whilst it’s a collection that you could scrap anything with, it is absolutely perfect for documenting birthday celebrations, so I thought why not create a page that celebrates my little Miss turning 8.

The design for the page was actually dictated by the fact that I have almost run out of paper for this collection.  I have quite a few embellishments left but not a lot of the paper, so I immediately thought to use a grid design, it’s a really great way to use up scraps.  I began by cutting 3×3 square pieces from the leftovers overs of the Party Dots, Loot Bag, Fresh Cut and Hip Hooray papers.  For added softness, I mounted these onto a piece of vellum from my stash.

Next, I found a few extra pieces that were large enough to mount my photo, I’ve used Loot Bag and Fresh Cut. I positioned it towards the left hand side of my page. Next, I went to the cut apart sheet Party Mix and fussy cut out the banner and birthday cake.  The fussy cut sheets are a must-have in any collection as you get oh so many elements for a great price!

To balance out my design, I decided to embellish just 2 of the squares in my grid, those towards the right hand side of the page.  To highlight these, I’ve used 2 of the frames from the Chipboard accent stickers pack.  I’ve then added the fussy cut birthday cake on top which I mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve also added here elements from the Die Cut Ephemera, and more chipboard as well as a Flair Button and Enamel Dots.

For the 2nd square, I’ve used more Chipboard accent stickers and more from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  I also found a few small wood veneer elements which don’t belong to a specific collection, Zoe had these for sale at the June Scrapbook Expo last year as little grab bags and I couldn’t resist getting a couple.

Lastly,  added another smaller cluster to the top left hand corner of my photo, this time also adding in some Bitty Blooms, I had almost forgotten about these cuties!   Then, looking at the layout I thought it was very ‘top heavy’, so I went and added in a couple more pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as my title ‘eight’, which I have created using Thickers from my stash and that balanced things out nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, it was really fun to play with an older collection and I love how fun this one turned out.  Stay tuned as I have a heap of new projects coming up using the newest collection “More than Words” that I know you are going to love!

Until next time,




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