Tuesday 5 July 2016


Tonight has been a big night of updating blog posts. I hope you are enjoying all the updated blog posts and revisiting some old videos. I am almost done and we will be onto fresh new content this week!! Yeah Yeah!!

So today I am following on from the Scrapbook Expo post and showing you a little of what I created in the Raquel Bowman and Cocoa Vanilla class.

This was the first of the two layouts we got to play with in the class. I can say safely now that I was not a Cocoa Vanilla or a circle fan but after this class I was out in the CVS booth buying all the pretty lovelies!! Circles I am still not that confident with but I am loving how the layout turned out!!

Here is a close up of the circles. We actually used a sanding block, something I haven't used in scrapping for years. I have to say I really enjoyed it. I am not a fan of fussy cutting as I just cant seem to get a clean straight line, but when you have a sanding block, it just seems to round the edges and finish them off so nicely. 

The other feature of the class was working with electronic cuts and layering. I love the floral and xoxo cut files from Cocoa Vanilla. You can totally purchase them from the CVS site here. I just love the layers and the white on white which occurs in so many of Raquels layouts!!

The second layout was another layout that was a challenge for me. I don't usually work with the paper patterns, I usually just cut squares and matt layers. This class however was all about cutting papers and patterns and working with them almost like embellishments. 

The main piece was this huge triangle piece from one of the patterned papers and using it at the top of the page to draw your eye into the photo. 

You will notice on both layouts I used the same photo. I worked a late night the day before expo and I was completely unprepared. I just printed one of the last photos from our photoshoot in black and white and in colour. I love how the same photo can look so different in different finishes and on different layouts. 

The layout was so light and airy but every inch of the layout was considered in this scrap lift. Its what I love so much about Raquel's style. She does things so airy and light but the page also feels so full. At the bottom of our layout we cut out two strips of arrows and placed them so that they were pointing into the middle of the page. So now we have a top arrow pointing to the photo and two arrows pointing to the middle of the page. I am just loving the consideration of the viewer in this layout. 

Another admission, I really was not a fan of the white lines and spaces around die cuts, thats one of the reasons why I think I didn't like CVS ephemera. Using them on this layout gave me new appreciation for the white space around ephemera and I find myself using it more and more now thanks to this class. I may even be fussy cutting just a little bit. 

Another awesome excuse to layer stickers and labels and enamel dots and ephemera oh my!! I love these little clusters and I just loved working with Raquel's style so much. Her versions really didn't include the bling and the gold vellum but I had to make these layouts mine so of course I had to bring out the HND flavours!!

The title on the original layout was a little different to mine but by the time I had placed the photo and everything I really didn't have enough space to scrap lift the title idea, so instead I just got some of my favourite gold Thickers and made a sweet little title directly under the photo.

Love you guys, 

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