Happy Vibes | Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Hello dear friends! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. It’s Kylie back with you to share a new layout I have completed with the super gorgeous ‘Happiness’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla. I had taken some recent photos of my girl and wanted to create something fun and florally. I’ve used a sweet birdhouse cut file designed by Paige Evans.

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I trimmed 1cm off each edge from some of the MEADOW paper before adhering it over the top of a piece of the BLISS paper to create a framed effect. I then trimmed 1.5cm off each edge of a piece of white card stock and adhered it centred to my page. Using a wide paint brush and some aqua watercolour I added some stripes and random splatters to my background. I felt no need to add Gesso to the background first as I wasn’t going to go crazy with mixed media.Once dry I added a fine hand drawn border with a black marker pen.

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Once my cut files were backed I adhered them to my page with some foam squares. This makes them sit up from the background, enabling me to create more dimension within my page.

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There are so many lovely floral elements in the ‘Happiness’ die cut pack. I added several to the base of my page to support my photo. I used more foam tape on some, again for dimension. I printed my photo to 3″x 4″and in black and white.With so much colour going on in my page this helps to still draw the eyes attention to the photo, rather than having it lost or blend in amongst it.To finish my page I have added some of the typed phrase stickers from the sticker sheet. There are so many phrase options you can create with these!

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest layout today and you can enjoy some scrapping time of your own soon.

Until next time,


Wander | Simple Stories.

Hey friends! I’m back today back with you all to share a fun new layout I have been working on featuring the divine Simple Vintage Great Escape collection by Simple Stories. This is a lovely ‘outdoorsy’ themed range perfect for scrapbooking and documenting any camping, picnic, bush walking or hiking photos you may have. I’ve documented some photos of my kiddos from when they were ‘much’ smaller, when we took a walk through some botanical gardens.

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I love to layer papers together to create a frame. For this page I layered together ‘Made To Wander’, ‘3 x 4 elements’ and ‘4 x 6 elements’. I measure these purely by eye and cut them slightly smaller as I layer them together. I really love seeing a hint of a co-ordinating pattern and colour between layers. I always use double sided tape to adhere them together as I find glue can make the paper warp a little. Using the ‘Fern’ paper I added a decorative punched strip to the top and bottom edge of my page.

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Both of my photos were printed in colour to 3.75” x 3.75” and backed with some of the ‘Nature Lover’ paper. I cut an extra 2 squares of this paper and lined them with ‘Time For Adventure’.

Each square was adhered in a grid format to the centre of my page. Using a scalloped circle punch I added a ‘Terracotta’ circle to each blank square. I wanted these to be a fun layered cluster of embellishments and add more colour to my page, so have used a combination of stickers and chipboard stickers to do so.

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Oversized titles are my favourite so I couldn’t resist finishing off my page with the large ‘Wander’ word title from the chipboard stickers. Once completed it added a lovely balance to my overall design.

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Thanks so much for taking a look at my layout. I hope it has given you a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking. Perhaps you have some ‘Nature’ themed photos of your own for preserving….In which case the Great Escape collection will be perfect!

Until next time!


Enjoy The Little Things | Pink Paislee.

Hello friends. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. It’s Kylie back with you all with another fun layout to share featuring once again, the gorgeous ‘Bloom Street’ collection designed by Paige Evans with Pink Paislee. I have a real ‘thing’ for using cut files just as they are, not backing them, but as a background feature. I love intricate patterns that remind me of lace work. My inspiration for today’s layout came from a cut file, also designed by Paige which was exactly what I was wanting as a background feature.

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I really wanted to build lots of paper layers within my page and began by layering papers 12, 18 and 22 together to form a frame. I distressed the edges a little so that my layout would take on a ‘shabby chic’ vibe with added texture.Once I had cut out the cut file I draped it on a diagonal from the top right hand corner and adhered it to the background with a spray on adhesive.

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My photos were printed in black and white so that they really stood out amongst all the colour within my page. I adhered them with foam tape so that once I started adding all the floral die cuts, I could work on building lots of height and dimension.

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To complete my page I added a large title from the puffy phrase stickers as well as a few of the beautiful, dimensional Butterfly stickers. Lately I have been trying really hard to work with more than one photo in my layouts and this page design was perfect for enabling me to do so.

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Thanks so much for checking out my layout today! You can see the process video for it HERE. I hope I have given you a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking.

Until next time,


Hey Cool Dude | Cocoa Vanilla.

Hello crafty friends. Thanks for stopping by the blog today! It’s Kylie back with you all to share another new layout I have been working on for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This year I had two goals: One was to complete more layouts for my sons album and the second being to try and use more than one photo in a layout. For my page today I managed to tick both boxes and I was able to do so using the super fun ‘Legendary’ collection.

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For my background I chose the wood grain printed paper called ‘Outdoors Type’ and added some scalloped borders of ‘Wild One’ as well as a strip of ‘Epic Tales’. Using a leaf border punch from my craft stash I added a decorative strip punched from the ‘Off Beat’ paper.

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Normally when I add my photos to a layout I like to back them with co-ordinating paper, but for my page today I added them in their ‘raw’ state, printed to full size and with a white border. Some of the punched stars from the die cut pack were added in behind both before adhering the photos to the page with foam tape to add a little more dimension.

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Once the photos were in place I added a cluster of die cuts to the lower side to balance the large title that was added. To finish I adhered some of the typed phrase stickers. I love being able to build phrase titles with these that suit my photos.

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I’ve really been able to create some fun pages thanks to the gorgeous ‘Legendary’ collection. My sons album will be a lot more full in no time!

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing how my design came together today.

Until next time,


Birthday Blast | Simple Stories.

Hello friends! I’m back with you today with a new layout to share for Simple Stories. This one is for the boys! I’ve been creating with the fun new ‘Birthday Blast’ collection to create a fun and bright layout, to document a special birthday.

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To create my background I have layered together, papers ‘Wish Big’, ‘Birthday Boy’ and ‘Have A Blast’. Using a white, fine tip marker pen I drew a free hand border around the edge. This minor detail really provides a nice ‘framed’ effect for the completed design.

My photo size for this page was kept at 4”x 6” and adhered to my page with foam tape to give a lovely dimension and draw the eyes attention to it because it sits up from the background .I added a few more co-ordinating papers through the centre of my page with two cut into a fish tail banner for interest.

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Using a combination of die cuts as well as some of the chipboard stickers, I layered many surrounding my photo until I was happy with the overall balance. My main title for this layout was the ‘Hooray’ die cut which was adhered to the base of the photo. However, I have added a few ‘sub-title’ phrases to support my photo also.

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I really loved the garland chipboard stickers which I added to the top of my page. Again, I found this added a lovely balance as well as even more colour!

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Documenting a birthday would be one of my most favourite ‘themes’ to create in a scrapbooking layout.

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my ‘Birthday Blast’ scrapbooking layout and it has given a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking.

Until next time,


Rosette cards | Pink Paislee.

Hello friends, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.Today I am sharing a fun set of cards I’ve made with the ‘And Many More…’ collection for Pink Paislee  I decided to create some paper rosettes to feature on the front of each card. These are so easy and fun to make and can also be quite addictive once you get going!

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For the base of my cards I used some white card stock which measures around 6″ x 4″ once folded. I find this a good size for me to work with. Each card was lined with papers 6 and 11 which were cut just slightly smaller than the base so that it gave a nice even border around the edges.

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To construct each paper rosette I prefer to use a hot glue gun. You need a glue that dries super fast and that is strong. I cut three strips of  paper 12″x 1.5″ and then scored each strip at 1/4″ sections. From there I folded each strip on the score lines in a zig-zag form.Using the hot glue gun both ends were brought together to form a circle. Using a 1.5″ circle punch I punch a backing for each rosette. Hot glue was applied to the punched circle before the folded strip was set in place to form the rosette. (You will be able to see this process clearly in the video tutorial below.)

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I love how they all turned out! Once they were all constructed I layered them over each other and adhered in place to my card base. From paper 10 I fussy cut some cute presents to add to the centre of each rosette. I added these with foam tape so that they sat up a little for dimension. To complete each card I fussy cut a sentiment from paper 4 and added to the lower right side corner.

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So that you can see how my cards came together exactly, I have filmed a short tutorial for you to watch: HERE

 I hope my little cards have inspired you to make some of your very own. Have fun!


Sunshine and Fun | Pink Paislee.

Hello again! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. It’s Kylie back with you for some more scrappy inspiration featuring the ‘Bloom Street’ collection from Pink Paislee. I recently came across this fabulous CUT FILE designed by Paige Evans, which became the inspiration for my layout. I love decorative and colourful backgrounds so this would be the perfect combination with ‘Bloom Street’.As the name states of the cut file- ‘Quilt Frame’, it really did remind me of a quilt square in a blanket or even a stained glass window.

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To begin, I trimmed a 1 cm (10 mm) strip off each side of paper 15 and layered it over paper 21.This created a lovely frame for my background page.My cut file design was cut from white card stock I had in my stash before being backed with papers 4, 8, 9 and 17. I really wanted to work with the lavender and mauve hues in the collection and once together it gave a lovely softness to my layout. The cut file completed was then adhered centred to my layered background page with double sided adhesive tape. You may be able to faintly see, that I also drew a free hand border with a white marker pen around the edge of my page. It doesn’t seem much but sometimes these tiny details create a lovely impact on your completed design.

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The focus of a layout is always the photo, after all it is the memory we are preserving. With so much pattern and colour in my layout, I printed my photo in black and white so that the eye will immediately be drawn to it. I layered several tags from the ephemera behind my photo and adhered it to the background with foam tape. I then added lots of brighter colours thanks to the floral die cuts and stickers that I layered below the photo. I think the cute snail sticker is a favourite!

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The Flutter phrase stickers were used to create my title.They also gave a nice balance to my completed page.I had some lovely, delicate ribbon in my stash which I used to tie a little bow to one of the tags behind my photo.

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Thanks so much for taking a look at my layout today. I hope it gives you some inspiration with your own scrapbooking. Until next time,


Rainbow | Simple Stories.

Hello friends! I’m back with you all, to share a brand new layout I have created featuring elements from the super fun Color Vibe collection from Simple Stories. I have a ‘thing’ for pastels so the Lights Textured cardstock kit, teamed with some of the Foam Alpha Stickers and the Lights Alpha Sticker book were a perfect combo. I immediately thought of a rainbow seeing all the colours together, so that became the inspiration for my layout.


I added half a sheet of the ‘Bubblegum’ paper over the top of some white cardstock from my stash to form the background base. I also added a strip of the ‘Mint’ that had been run through a decorative border punch. Once my rainbow had been cut out and layered together, I adhered it to the background with foam tape so that it looked like it was floating. I created a cloud from more white cardstock as well as some gold glitter card which I had been saving for a special project. This was also adhered with foam tape before I created my title for the page. I love the Foam Alpha stickers! They really added a lovely dimension to my page, teamed together with the Alpha Sticker Book.


At this point I decided to add some pretty paper blooms to my design. Using the ‘Buttercup’ paper and a simple flower punch, I created some layered flowers. With a white marker pen I edged each flower petal as well as the leaves to highlight them a little. Then, I curled the petals up a little before adhering them together. I found some enamel dots from a past Simple Stories Christmas collection that were a perfect colour to centre each bloom.


I created two different sized layered blooms for effect. The leaves were added to fill any gap and to provide balance.


Once completed I also added a very fine, free hand drawn border with the white marker pen to the edge of the ‘Bubblegum’ paper. This detail is only very faint, but I like the effectiveness it gives.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest creation today and it gives you a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking layouts.

Take care!


Rainbow layout | Pink Paislee.

Hello friends! It’s Kylie here with you today and I am sharing another layout that I’ve had a lot of fun creating for Pink Paislee. I really can’t get enough of the pastel tones of Paige Evans’s ‘Bloom Street’ collection. I just can’t. They call to me every time I look to create with this fun range. My inspiration today came from a photo of my daughter from a few years ago that I hadn’t scrapped yet. It was taken in the Spring time here in Australia and the ‘Bloom Street’ collection was a perfect fit. I also really wanted to use the ‘Rainbow’ CUT FILE , also designed by Paige from her Spring bundle collection.

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To begin with, I started layering different papers to create a nice border. To do this I used papers 23, 5 and paper 9 as a background. Each were trimmed slightly smaller so when stacked, it creates a small edged border of each. (TIP: So you don’t waste paper I cut the centre out of the bottom two pages prior to adhering to each other.These pieces removed can then be used on a smaller project.) The edges were distressed a little before adhering each layer together.This just added a little texture.Using a white marker pen I drew a border around the edge of my background page.

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My cut file was cut out on white card stock and I used the colourful paper 22 to back it.Making sure I was able to get a little of every colour within my rainbow.The water-colour design of paper 10 was used to back the cute rain drops. Once completed, I adhered it centred to my background using foam tape.That way it sat up from my background, adding a nice dimension.Some of the gorgeous floral die cuts were layered over the cute clouds adding so much colour! My main title was selected using the ‘Flutter Phrase’ puffy stickers.

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I chose to print my photo black and white so that it really stood out amongst all the colour. To complete my page I added some of the Butterfly stickers for balance.

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Thanks so much for being here today. I really hope you like my latest creation. Until next time,


Wonderful Memories | Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Hello friends. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.Today I am sharing a new layout I completed recently for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.. I’ve taken a step back in time and have used one of my favourite past collections, ‘More Than Words’ . I’ve also used a very pretty cut file which has been designed by my DT friend Gwen, from Cut To You. Together, both elements created a very soft and girly layout.

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For my background I trimmed 2 cm off each side of the ‘TREASURE’ paper and backed it with a slightly larger piece of white card stock from my stash, making sure I distressed all edges a little for texture. I then adhered them centred to a piece of the ‘GOSSAMER’ paper.For effect I added a free hand drawn border with a fine tip black marker as well as a small cluster of embellishments to the top left corner.As I had a page design in mind I knew this small cluster would give a nice balance to my finished design.

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Once I had cut my cut file, I backed just the Butterfly’s and adhered it to the lower right corner of my page. I wanted the cut file to be more of a background element for my page which is why I didn’t back the flowers of the design. Once in place, my photo was added and I began layering some pretty floral die cuts over the top.I used some foam tape for some so that they would sit higher than others, creating dimension.

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To finish my page I chose some of the chipboard stickers as a title. Nothing beats a large title for a page don’t you think? I love the effect of having the non backed cut file underneath.It kind of looks like paper lace work.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout today. Sometimes it is nice to pull out your stash of past kits when they have been in storage for a while to create something brand new! I hope my page today has given you a little inspiration.

Until next time,