Hi Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Today I’m featuring the ‘Sunkissed‘ collection.  For this layout, I asked everyone in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community on Facebook if I should add in some Mixed Media to my page… and the resounding answer was YES, so I’m adding it Gwen style which is a ‘clean mixed media’ look.  I’ve gone with a bright pink colour as it really works well for this bright and happy collection.  This layout documents this fun photo of my daughter and I on a recent family vacation.

To begin the page, I mapped out a plan for the layout design getting a clear idea of where my title and photo would go.  From there, I added some mist through a 6×6 star-bust design stencil from my stash to my background.  While my mist was drying, I backed my cut file called ‘Hello Sunshine‘ using papers from the A5 paper stack and backed with 3D foam for dimension.

Next, I’ve used my sewing machine to add stitching to my background and photo and then positioned my cut file title and photo onto my layout base.

For the embellishments, I’m working with the larger pieces first such as the cute palm tree and clouds.  The are from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack‘ and then I’m moving to the smaller embellishments like the ‘Puffy Stickers‘ and ‘Wood Epoxy Buttons‘.  I’m working on three main embellishment clusters for this page, one above the right top corner of my photo, the second on the right hand side of my photo and the third one towards the bottom left hand side of my photo.

You can also see above my mixed media sun-burst from the stencil.  I love how it’s a small detail but it adds a really fun element to the page.  The Sun icon you see in the picture below is from the ‘Puffy Sticker pack’ and works so well with the clouds, the sun burst and palm tree on my page.

To finish up the page, I’ve added some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ which I have mounted onto foam tape for dimension as well as some small die cut hearts from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera Pack‘.

I’ve also made a YouTube video which you can watch here:

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creative process for this layout and it inspires you to pull out your supplies of the ‘Sunkissed’ collection and document a fun Summer holiday photo or two!  If you are not already part of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community on Facebook, I encourage you to pop over and join us.

Until next time,

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