Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mr & Mrs | Stuck?! Sketches August 15th Challenge

Hi friends!

I'm popping in to share the latest sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the lovely sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for the August 15th challenge...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


My hubbie and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary next week, and so I decided to use this sketch to scrapbook one of our wedding photos.

My layout features the Echo Park 'Wedding Bliss' collection, as well as cut files from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.


I created a cluster to the right of the photo that includes a couple of die cuts from the collection as well as a Charms Creations heart.


On the top left hand corner of the photo I added a Charms Creations tab with a wood veneer heart on top. I love the texture that the Charms Creations embellishments add to the page!


I finished the layout off by creating another cluster up in the top left hand corner of the layout using more die cuts from the Wedding Bliss collection.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by August 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun layout to share with you that I created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the totally gorgeous Wild at Heart collection! I just love the beautiful colours in this collection, and it's so perfect for scrapbooking photos of my girls!

This week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog, we are all sharing layouts that feature multiple photos! Here's the page that I created:


How super cute are these photos of my two girls! My eldest daughter Abigail recently downloaded an app that puts filters on your photos similar to the ones on snapchat, and she had fun taking some photos with her younger sister, Eleanor. I absolutely love the photos, and of course I had to scrapbook them!

I used the beautiful Artisan patterned paper for my background. I've already used this same paper as a background once before, but I just keep coming back to it because I love it so much! I think it made a fun background for these photos! I also added a strip of the Patchwork (reverse side) patterned paper on the left hand side of the page. I stuck it down slightly crooked which added to the fun and carefree feel of the layout.


I fussy cut the word 'love' out of the Fussy Cuts patterned paper, and I used this as the title for my layout. I added some foam tape underneath the word which gave it some extra height and dimension.


I created a cluster to the left of the photo that includes a chipboard frame, a couple of die cuts from the ephemera pack, as well as a wood veneer star from the You ROCK collection. To add some extra interest and dimension to the cluster, I layered everything at different heights.


I matted the photo on the right with the Grow Wild (reverse side) patterned paper and then tucked a tab from the accessory sticker sheet underneath the right hand side of the photo. I also added another 'You ROCK' wood veneer star to the right of the photos. I think these stars really added a fun element to the page!


To finish the layout off I added a couple more die cut stars and another wood veneer star to the layout, as well as some little phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet, and a few sparkly enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! I hope that you've been inspired! Pop on over to the Cocoa Vanilla blog this week for lots more multi-photo layout inspiration from the design team!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Don't Stop Believing | Stuck?! Sketches August 1st Challenge

Hi friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the August 1st sketch designed by the talented Laura Whitaker...

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I really enjoyed creating with this sketch! I decided to use one horizontal photo rather than the two smaller photos on the sketch. Here's my layout...


I documented a photo of our family that was taken on Christmas Day last year. I love it when we manage to get a photo of the five of us together!

I used the gorgeous Fancy Pants 'Dream Big' collection to create this page. The colours in the collection complemented this photo perfectly!


I created a cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo that includes a floral die cut from the collection as well as a Kinder Kreations flair button. I also tucked a kraft tag underneath the left hand side of the photo.


I tucked a couple more die cuts under the top right hand corner of the photo.


I decided to move the title and strips of paper at the bottom of the page over to the left hand side. I included a beautiful Charms Creations White, Denim & Stripe Heart in this bottom cluster, and then I added a die cut on top, which I decided to use as the title for the page. Charms Creations is one of the sponsors for this challenge, so make sure you play along for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate!

I finished the layout off with a few little puffy stickers, some enamel dots, and gold ink splatters.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by August 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout!

Mandy x

You Rock | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a layout that I created using the fabulous 'You ROCK' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I can't get enough of the awesome colours in this collection, and I really can't go past 'You ROCK' for documenting photos of my son, Isaac!

Here's the page that I created...


My layout features a photo of Isaac with our kitten Sasha. We've had her for about 7 months now, and I love seeing how much Isaac cares for her! They are so sweet together!

I used the Experimental patterned paper as the background for my layout. I LOVE the artsy / mixed media look that this gives to the page, without having to do any of the work! Lucky I have more than one sheet of this patterned paper, because I also matted my photo with the reverse side of this paper!


I decided to use pieces from the Random cut apart sheet as the main design element on this page. I cut them up and then laid them across the page to create a mat for my photo to sit on. I made sure that they were all a little crooked and not lined up, to give them more of a random look. I also curled up the corners of the cards a little to give them some extra dimension, rather than them just sitting flat on the page.


How awesome are the Cocoa Vanilla rubber charms?! I used the rubber tag on this page, which I tucked under the left hand side of the photo. I also tied a little bit of cotton twine to the tag to finish it off. On top of the tag I added a star which I fussy cut from the Starshine patterned paper.


I can't go past the wood veneer shapes in this collection, and I love that 'You Rock' piece! It made the perfect title for this page! I added some small pieces of foam tape underneath to lift it up and give it some extra dimension, and I love how this makes it really pop off the page!


To the right of the title I added a label sticker, which I stamped the date onto, as well as an arrow chipboard sticker. I added my journaling underneath the title, and then added a few more embellishments in the bottom right hand corner of the page. This little cluster includes another chipboard sticker, as well as another fussy cut star from the Starshine patterned paper.

I finished the layout off with some more stars... a few of the wood veneer ones, more fussy cut ones, as well as a little chipboard one. This adds interest to the layout by using different colours and textures, as well as cohesiveness, by repeating the same shape throughout the layout.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I'll be back later in the month with another project to share with you! See you then!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Daily Traveler's Notebook Spread | Felicity Jane

Hi friends!

I'm popping in today to share a traveler's notebook spread that I created using the stunning 'Kate' kit from Felicity Jane Studio!


I'm using this TN insert to document all of the little everyday things that make me happy. My morning coffee is one of those things! Usually I have my coffee at home, but this particular day I got a takeaway coffee after I dropped my older two kids at school, and went to a local reserve to enjoy it. It was so nice!


I covered the left hand side of the spread with the dot patterned paper. I love this paper! I then cut the sketchy heart out of one of the 3x4 journal cards, and adhered it to the page using some foam tape. I also added the little banner die cut that says 'today' on top of the heart.



I matted my photo using one of the solid color papers from the kit, and I also tucked one of the tags underneath the right hand side of the photo. The die cut word 'daily' made the perfect title for this spead!


I added my journaling underneath the photo, and then I finished the page off with a few of the wood veneer stars and one of the little word stickers.

Thanks so much for joining me today and taking a look at my TN spread! If you'd like to check out the 'kate' collection, click on the links below. You can purchase the kit as a whole or most of the items in the kit are available to purchase separately.

Mandy x

Supplies Used: 'Kate' kit | Kate Solid Color Papers | Kate Patterned Paper Add-On | Kate Die Cut Shapes | Kate Word Stickers | Kate Journaling Cards | Travelers Notebook Insert

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Loved | Stuck?! Sketches July 15th challenge

Hi friends!

There's a new challenge running over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the lovely July 15th sketch designed by Laura Whitaker...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


I documented a photo of my new little niece Eliza! She is so precious, and we are all love her so much! This photo is of her at one week old!

I used the beautiful Felicity Jane 'Sophie' kit that was released earlier this year. I LOVE the colours and the florals in this kit, and it was just perfect for scrapbooking this photo!


I always love fussy cutting florals, and these ones look so lovely tucked under the side of the photo. I added some foam tape underneath some parts to create varying heights and to give them some dimension. On the top right hand corner of the photo I added a cute little Charms Creations tab with a Felicity Jane rubber heart on top. I also tucked a tab in under the right hand side of the photo, which I stamped the date onto.


I used a sticker from the kit as the title for my layout, which I adhered using foam tape. I added some more fussy cut florals to the right of the title, and then I added my typed journaling underneath.

I finished the layout off with a few little puffy dots.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by July 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout!

Mandy x

Summer | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

This week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog the design team are sharing some gorgeous 'summer' themed projects with you! Here's my layout featuring the beautiful 'Endless Summer' collection!


I documented a super cute photo of my youngest daughter and my nephew, taken last summer when they were enjoying an ice cream together. These two are so adorable, and they love each other so much! Of course I take every opportunity I can to snap photos of them together!

I used one of the FREE summer cut files that are available to download from the Cocoa Vanilla store!


How awesome are these?! I decided to use the word 'summer', and I resized it to create a large title for my layout. I cut it out of my white cardstock background using my Cameo, and then I backed it with the sunbleached patterned paper. I love the wow factor that a large title like this makes on a layout!


I matted my photo with the reverse side of the sweet treats patterned paper, and then I popped some foam tape underneath the photo to give it some extra dimension. I love fussy cutting floral patterned papers, and the Aloha Sunshine paper is just perfect for this! I fussy cut two large floral clusters and tucked one under each side of the photo. I love how this looks with the flowers coming out from behind the photo! Up in the top right hand corner of the layout I added a couple of die cuts from the collection, as well as a cute little woodie button.


On the bottom left hand corner of the photo I added one of the cute puffy stickers from the collection, and I popped another woodie button there as well.


At the bottom of the page I added a banner sticker, which I adhered using foam tape to give it some extra dimension. I added a third woodie here as well, which creates a visual triangle with the other two. I love these cute little wooden buttons! I added my typed journaling underneath the title, and then I finished the layout off with a couple of little heart stickers, some enamel shapes, and lastly some gold ink splatters.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

I also have a process video for this layout on my YouTube channel, if you'd like to check out how it came together...



Mandy x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Melville Family | Stuck?! Sketches July 1st Challenge

Hi friends!

It's time for a new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the July 1st sketch designed by the talented Laura Whitaker...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


I documented a photo of our extended family on my husband's side, taken about six months ago. Unfortunately we are not often all together like this as my sister-in-law and her family live in another state, so it was so nice to get together with the whole family when they were here visiting. And I'm glad that we were able to get a photo of us all together!

I dug into my Felicity Jane stash to create this layout, and used the beautiful 'Emeline' kit.


I started my layout off by creating my title using my cameo. First I cut our family name 'Melville' out of the white cardstock background, and then backed it with that gorgeous woodgrain paper from the kit. I then cut out the word 'family' using a Felicity Jane cut file from the Silhouette Design Store. I added some foam tape underneath this word to lift it up and give it some extra dimension.


I decided to use one landscape photo rather than the two smaller photos on the sketch, and I tucked some fussy cut florals underneath both sides of the photo.


I decided to add a little cluster up in the top right hand corner of the page. In this cluster I included a beautiful wood veneer tab, as well as a cute little floral puffy sticker, which I tucked under the edge of the tab.

I finished the layout off with a couple of little wood veneer hearts and some little puffy dots.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by July 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! Thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment as well - it is always very much appreciated!

Mandy x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Beautiful | Cocoa Vanilla

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a layout that I created using the STUNNING 'Wild at Heart' collection! I'm still crushing on the beautiful florals in this collection, and so I wanted to create a layout featuring these!


I documented a photo of my eldest daughter Abigail & I. We recently enjoyed a fun girls weekend away together, and of course we took lots of selfies to remember our little getaway! On the first morning we went for a walk down to the beach to enjoy the sunshine, and this was when we took this photo. Of course I wanted to scrap it straight away!

I used the reverse side of the lovely Artisan patterned paper as the background for my layout. I also added a strip of the Double Dot paper down the middle of the layout, with a thin strip of the reverse side of the Patchwork patterned paper tucked under both sides to give it some definition from the background.


I matted my photo with the reverse side of the Luscious paper, and then layered two of the beautiful chipboard frames from the collection underneath the photo. I love the dimension that this creates! I couldn't go past the 'beautiful' chipboard sticker as the title for my layout, and it fit perfectly sitting just above the photo! You can also see here that I added a little tab sticker on the top left hand corner of the photo.


I had so much fun fussy cutting those gorgeous florals on the beautiful Luscious patterned paper! I might be strange I know, but I actually find it quite therapeutic! And I absolutely love the end result, so I think it's worth the effort! I arranged them under the bottom edge of the photo to create a base of sorts for the photo to sit on. I like how they also frame the bottom half of the photo nicely. I made sure that I only added glue to the centre of the flowers as I wanted the leaves to lift off the page which gives the floral clusters dimension and movement.


There was some negative space on the left hand side of my photo, so I stuck a chipboard butterfly there, and then added the little 'happy' die cut just above that. I also cut the word 'together' out of the Fussy Cuts patterned paper, and tucked it under the bottom edge of the photo.

I finished the layout off with a couple of die cut butterflies and some pretty enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

Mandy x