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Try something new – Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi there, Sheena here x

Do you ever have a time when you feel your mojo has left you?

Well thats how I was feeling earlier this month. Usually when this happens to get me going again I flick through my albums, find a layout I like & scrap lift myself. This seems to work for me & I recommend it. But this moth I thought maybe it was time to shake things up a bit. I had been admiring the A4 style pages Julie, Jackie,Jo & Rachel had made so thought this would be a great place to start. To add to this I decided to try a manufacturer that I’d not used before – Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

By picking a new size, 9x12in and a new range – Life is Beautiful from Cocoa Vanilla Studio I started to scrap.

Captured.

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I used the cut apart sheet as the basis for this  grid style page, layering on top die cuts, flowers, charms and enamelled dots.

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I had been a while since I’d used paper and resin flowers on my pages and they add lots of  lovely dimension.

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Happy Memories.

When I saw this photo it was perfect for this range & really made me smile as it features Jackie, Julie & me with a friend Mary at a Sarah’s Cards retreat back in 2011.

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For this page I focused on the flowers and butterflies in the die cut pack & on the sticker sheet. I gave the background patterned paper the packaging technique treatment before adding my layers.

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Some of the elements were raised on foam & the butterflies were all hand stitched down for further texture.

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Crazy Gang.

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Using kraft cardstock as my base I added varying width strips of all the blue based papers including 2 from the  Cocoa Vanilla Studio Free Spirit range and then machine sewed them into place.

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I used a cut file to help create my title which I then filled with lots of sequins, time consuming but nice & relaxing to achieve.

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By mixing it up this month I certainly created different layouts. The hardest part… initially trimming the cardstock & patterned paper down. Silly I know but once I made those cuts it seemed to free me to start making.

How about trying something new? whether it be size or manufacturer, I think it does us all good to get out of our comfort zone now & again, you might really like it!

SHEENA

Supplies Used

Cocoa Vanilla  Studio- Life is Beautiful

Cocoa Vanilla – Free Spirit

Cardstock

Enamel Dots and Sequins

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Barbara

    Fab layouts Sheena love the sequin title – happy days xxx

  2. Jo

    These are great Sheena. I love to mix up the sizes of my layouts and just go with the flow rather than sticking just to one size all the time. It’s awesome that you tried something new.

  3. Ida Rosberg

    I also tried a smaller layout size… but that was not for me! Yours look perfect! The title on your last one is amazing!!!

  4. Claire

    That photo on your last layout Sheena, make me LOL – fab title too !

  5. Julie

    just lovely Sheena, love how you’ve done that sequin title