Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  I was so drawn to the ‘Moonlight’ pattern paper in the collection it was the starting point for my project today.  I wanted to document this photo of Miss 11 on a recent visit to “Yoghurt land”, she is totally obsessed and I can understand why; if you haven’t been, you simply must!

Ok, with the background paper chosen and my photo, I wanted to team it with something a little darker and pulling out the blue/grey tones in the collection.  The ‘Inky Depths’ paper is perfect for this, and being ombre and not patterned as such, it didn’t compete with the mixed media background paper.  I’ve used it here to back my photo as well as a 1/4 inch border around my page.  I do this A LOT and love to add stitching around the edge as well.  I really like how the border finishes off the edges of my page.  For something different, I’ve made the ombre run from left to right on my page (rather than top to bottom); I’ve done this because the design of the page runs across, so it helps lead your eye across the page when everything is running in the same direction.

I then went through the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack and pulled out the frame elements.  There are two in the pack which are separated by a piece of chipboard which I have used as the third frame on my page.  I’ve positioned them across the centre of the layout positioning them above and below my photo and on the right-hand side. I’ve also added in a doily from my stash for texture and once happy with their position stuck down with a little liquid adhesive.

I wanted to sort the title next.  The bold chipboard title pieces are lovely to work with but they are quite large; by locking them into a position early, I’m making sure they ‘fit’ with the design of the page.  There have been times when I’ve left them until much later in my creative process and then found they don’t ‘fit’ anywhere, so locking them in early is my hot tip for those.  I decided to position them along the top edges of the top two frames, this really helps them feel part of the main elements as well as adding an extra layer of dimension.

I then went to the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and pulled out all of the floral and leaf elements.  I’ve used these to build a flower cluster on the left and right of my photo.  I’ve simply slotted them behind my photo and added 3D foam tape behind some elements for interest.

I was really happy with how this was coming along at this stage, just a few more elements and I could call it done.  I pulled out a tag and banner from the die cut elements pack as well as some hearts and the ‘my darling’ banner from the chipboard pack.  I’ve added these around the main cluster in places that needed a little extra touch or to fill a gap in the design.

To finish out the page, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’.  I must admit I’m hoarding that sweet girl flair, how darling is she!!  I do love how a flair can finish off a page and add the perfect element to a cluster, they have been around for a bit, but I still love them.

Thanks for popping by today, heaps more ‘Midnight’ inspiration to come, I think I’ll be creating with this collection for a while yet!

Until next time,

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