Hi Creative Friends,

I am so in love with the newest Cocoa Vanilla Studios collection, it really is becoming one of my all-time favourites.  It just seems so versatile for the kinds of pages I like to create.   For my latest layout, I began with this sweet black and white photo taken of Miss 11 on a recent family holiday.  I knew I wanted to combine it with the soft pinks and peach tones in the collection with a touch of black.

I started by deciding on my title, which possibly may seem an odd place to start, however, I wanted to use the Chipboard Title Stickers and as they are quite large, knew that the word/words that I choose would dictate some of my design.  It’s much better to get this sorted in the beginning when you have more options in your design than get to the end and find you have run out of room for a title.  I have to add here that there are ohhh so many title options on this sheet, it was hard to decide.  In the end, I went with “Sweet Heart”.

With the title sorted, I then pulled out the Gossamer paper. There are so many things to love about this paper, those butterflies are made to be fussy cut and the black and white design was the perfect border for my page to compliment the black titles. I took out the centre section of the paper and then simply mounted my plain pink cardstock on top.  I then mounted my photo with this centrepiece and used the leftovers to fussy cut out as many of the butterflies as I could.  I added a double mount for my photo using the Effervescent paper.

Now I had a pile of perfectly pretty paper butterflies, my title and photo matted, it was time to make some design decisions.  I began by drawing with a pencil around a china dinner plate to create a circle shape in the centre of my page.  I then took my sewing machine and stitched around the circle twice.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, it all adds to the handmade feel.  I then positioned my photo onto one side.

To balance out the design, I added my title which I’ve split top and bottom of the page and then added a couple of flower clusters.  I’ve used the Die Cut Ephemera, and the large peach flower from the Chipboard Accent Stickers sheet.  I’ve also layered into the cluster a couple of leaves from the Vellum Accents pack.  Now it was time to add in my sweet little fussy cut butterflies around the circle.  I’ve placed them so that they are all flying towards the top of the page, rather than around in the circle, just for something different.

To finish the page off, I’ve created an embellishment cluster in the top left-hand corner of my photo and also added in some black hearts from the Chipboard Title Stickers, a Flair Badge and some Enamel shapes.

I really do love how this turned out, I don’t use a lot of black in my creating, but this still feels pretty and delicate to me and I think it really helps bring out the best in my photo.  This really is such a classically beautiful collection, be sure to pop over to the store or a local stockist and check it all out AND if you’re so inclined to recreate it, I love to see you share it on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook page.

Until next time,



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