Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen back with you on the blog today with a fresh new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the ‘These Days’ collection.  I’ve used it to document a fun photo of my teenage daughter at the beach on a recent family get away.  I’m doing a lot of fussy cutting for this page and have teamed that with a large title for a simple design that came together fast.

To create the background of my layout, I’ve created a frame with the ‘Wall of Fame’ pattern paper and added it to a sheet of Olive green card stock from my stash.  I love the shade of this paper, it screams fall.  I’ve also used it to back the word ‘Adventure’ in my title.  Next, I’ve used the signature floral print in the A5 pattern paper stack to back the word ‘Big’ in my title.  Using the A5 papers for this allows for more of the pattern to show, it really is the perfect scale for backing cut files.  This title design is a cut file from CUT to YOU.

As I was backing the title, I thought I’d extend it with the words ‘with you’.  These have come from the ‘Mini Puffy Alphas’ which are so cute!!  I’ve also added in some stitching here; to co-ordinate with the stitching around the edge of my page and photo.  I love the look of stitching over puffy stickers, it adds a home made touch to the page, texture and detail.

I’ve backed my photo with the ‘Daybreak’ pattern paper in the A5 paper pad and mounted it on foam.  I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out a bunch of floral pieces from the ‘Home Grown’ pattern paper.  I’ve added my photo to the left of the layout and then the floral elements down the right hand side of the photo flowing down the page towards the bottom right hand corner.

To further embellish the page, I’ve added in elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ including some typed sentiment stickers which I have mounted with 3D foam for dimension.  I’ve also fussy cut several butterflies from the ‘Take Flight’ pattern paper. *TIP – Fussy cut out a bunch of butterflies in advance to have them ready to add as finishing touches to your pages.  There is a lovely mix of colours to use in this collection.

Lastly, I’ve added in three of the ‘Wood Epoxy Buttons’ around the page.  These add a lovely texture and detail to the design.  They come on a foam pad which you can use for extra dimension, or remove if you prefer a slightly flatter look.

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

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process for this layout and it inspires you to get creating with this stunning collection.

Until next time,

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