Hi Creative friends,

I’m back on the blog today with a new scrapbooking layout share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For today’s share, I was asked to create in my ‘Signature Style’.  I love being able to do this, it’s always so fun to just make a layout focusing on the way I love to create.  Before I even began creating, I did take the opportunity to look though my albums to see the techniques and ideas that I use alot, the things that make me the creative I am and I thought it might be fun to go through 5 things I love to do on all my scrapbook layouts. The things I do all the time when creating – 5 things that make up my signature style.

Soft and feminine Scrapbooking Layout featuring floral elements and large camera cut file.

So, first up, let’s talk about photos.  My style would have to be a single photo on my pages.  Most of my pages have a single photo which is usually 4×4 size and generally only has one or two people in it, being my daughter and/or husband.  I share a lot of photos on Instagram – @createdbygwen, so that’s why I have a lot of photos in 4×4 format.  For this page, I’ve backed my photo using the ‘Stepping Stones‘ print but in the ‘6×8 Paper Stack’ so that the print is smaller.

Secondly, I like to use a lot of Cut Files on my pages.  I’ve used one from CUT to YOU for this page called ‘Floral Camera‘.

I’ve used the B side of the ‘Sweet Serenity‘ pattern paper and the 6×8 Paper Stack to back the cut file for this page and then just placed flat onto my background.

Thirdly, is pattern paper.  I just love the stuff.  I love using pattern paper in my backgrounds too rather than cardstock.  For this page, I’ve used the A side of the ‘Sweet Serenity‘ pattern paper.  This is one of my favouites in this collection, you definately need several sheets of this one! xo

Next up is clusters.  We simply need to talk about clusters.  For me, adding clusters is the most fun part of creating a page, I love mixing and matching elements in a collection to create pretty clusters on my layout.  I’ve used elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack, Accessory Stickers, a ‘Flair button‘ and fussy cut elements from the ‘Garden Variety‘ and ‘All a Flutter‘ pattern papers on my page.  I’ve also added some sequins from the ‘Sequins and Flowers pack‘ as a finishing touch to my clusters.

and the last of the 5 things that make up my signature style is stitching.  I stich on every page that I make.  I just love the added detail it gives to a page, it really makes it special.  I tend to sew on most of my photos and around the edge of my layouts, just with my machine, so it’s a sweet detail that doesn’t take very long to add.

I’ve also made a YouTube video which shows you the process for this page and I also talk more about the 5 things that make up my style.  You can watch it here:

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