SWEET LIFE | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends, I’m back on the blog today with my first share of the year for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I’ve enjoyed having some time off over Christmas and New Year and I’m super excited to be getting stuck into 2020. What better way to start than to kick off the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Holiday/Vacations theme week. I couldn’t resist scrapping this sweet photo I took in December of my husband and daughter on our recent family getaway to Hervey Bay in Queensland.

For my page, I was drawn to the ‘Happiness‘ collection with its stunning bright blue hues and immediately thought to team it with this fun cloud background cut file by CUT to YOU called ‘Rainbow Skies’. I’ve cut the file on a plain white card from my stash and began the page by simply backing the clouds mixing and matching the ‘Good Vibes‘ and ‘Expressive‘ papers. For the rainbow, I used the B side of the Expressive paper.

Next, I’ve mat my photo using the ‘Botanical Bliss‘ pattern paper and then added some stitching around the edge. I’ve double mounted with more of the ‘Expressive‘ paper and raised everything up on foam for dimension.

I’ve mounted my white background using the same ‘Expressive‘ paper and stitched around the outer edge of my page. I find if I use the same paper in various parts of my layout, it really helps the page come together. From here, I’ve decided on the placement for my photo and the large cut file background so it was now time for embellishments.

This was the fun and easy part. With the largest elements of my page locked in, it’s really just about filling in the gaps and thinking about how your eye will travel across the page when you look at it. I decided to go from the top section in between the rainbow and the sunshine, down to the bottom centre of the page. To do this, I’ve started by creating a floral cluster in the bottom right-hand corner of my photo using elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

I’ve then fussy cut out some dark navy butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper. Next, it was time to add in my title, I’ve gone with the sentiment ‘Sweet Life’ from the ‘Die Cut Titles‘ pack. I love how it nestles down in under my photo against my flower cluster there.

Next, it was time to add in some journaling. One of my scrappy goals this year is to do more journaling on my pages. I often just write on the backs of them, but this year I would really like to include more details on the front where I can to help me tell my stories more. For this page, I’ve gone with the typewriter and some white card from my stash. I’ve also added in some more elements mostly from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack but also from the ‘Accessory Stickers‘ sheet. I just love the typed sentiments at the bottom of these, and they match my typed journalling perfectly!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get this collection out from your stash if you have it and make a fun summer vacay page. Also, be sure to keep checking the blog as there is a stack of inspiration coming your way from the rest of the design team over the coming week. As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU facebook groups too to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,

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