Friday, 20 April 2018

CVS | Be Still My Heart

Hello Scrappy Fam,
This morning I'm sharing this layout I created using the beautiful, More Than Words collection. I scrapbooked photos of my littlest meatball, Juliana. This day was the morning of her second birthday and she had asked me to take her picture. I was happy to oblige 😀

I started by choosing the paper Effervescent for my background. I couldn't resist those bubbles for such a bubbly, full of life little girl. It was perfect! I also used a strip of the ledger looking paper called Noteworthy to break up a bit of the colour and give the photos a bit of a base to sit on. It's the perfect shade of pink and matched perfectly with my daughter's cardigan in the photos.

Next, on to my photos... I printed my photos just shy of 3x3 inches each. I wanted to make sure I had enough room going across to showcase all my photos properly. Then, I matted them with papers from the collection including sheets from the 6x6 paper pad.
Then, I popped two of them up onto dimensional foam for lift.

For my title, I used the word "heart" from the Chipboard Titles. I love mixing different fonts, textures and colours. Overall, it creates quite a different effect which in my opinion, is visually pleasing. Plus, it's fun!

I worked on my embellish next. I took pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera package, Accessory Stickers, and Chipboard Stickers and created clusters. I also tucked in tabs (which I ❤!) under my layers. Using the tiny words and phrases from the Accessory Stickers to embellish and add "journaling" I use that word loosely though as I do not usually put pen to paper on my actual layout. I'm not a fan of my writing and so if I have something important to say about the photos I'm documenting, I opt to write it on the back.

For my finishing touches, I added a Flair Button which sits on a nest of metallic silver thread and a whole bunch of Enamel Shapes. I sprinkled the shapes all around my page. Lastly, I added some silver ink spray splatters to add a bit of pizzazz. The silver tied together the layout because it matched part of the title and the thread underneath the flair.

Thank you for joining me today and allowing me to share my layout with you!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CVS | Love You

Hello, Hello, Hello!
This morning sharing a layout I created using the fabulous, More than Words collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This week, I scrapbooked and documented a picture of my little family. The photo was taken this past summer, so it's a little dated and my girls aren't so little anymore. Still, it needed to be documented :)

The focus this week on the blog has been paper. So, in true "Lina style", I used all the paper. And how else better to do so then to use a cut file and back each word with a four different patterned papers? That's what I did in this case and I just adore the result! The cut file is a freebie from Paper Issues and I cut it from that gorgeous, grey and white washed woodgrain. It's called Precious and it really is so. With my photo, I matted it with a few different pieces of patterned paper, again, going with the theme of the week.

Next, I worked on my title. I used the Chipboard Titles to create my title of, "Love You". Very creative I know, but let's be honest here... I love my tribe and so it worked :P
I placed some foam sheet cut into tiny strips behind the words to prop it up. The words are placed somewhat on the photo and because the photo had dimension to it, the words weren't balanced. Adding the foam behind my words gave them the stability they needed.

I had an idea in mind in how I wanted to embellish the layout. On one of the cut apart sheets, there is a 4x6 card full of black and white butterflies. I cut them out and built my embellishing around them. I took butterflies from both the Die Cut Ephemera package and the Vellum Accents package and created my flying butterfly cluster. I made the butterflies look as if they were in flight, together starting from the bottom right, flying up and across my page into the top left. I simply adore this. It really adds quite a bit of whimsy to my page. I also took the hearts from the Chipboard Titles package and tucked them amongst my butterflies.

Nestled among the butterflies, lies a perfectly placed Flair Button surrounded by a nest of pink thread. I also added some of the same pink thread under the bottom left hand corner of my photo for some added interest. I added some tiny words and phrases from the Sticker Accent sheet. Lastly, I sprinkled a good amount of Enamel Shapes around the page to carry the colours throughout the page. And, voila! Done!
I hope you all enjoyed my layout!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

CVS | Sweet Moments

Good Morning Scrappy Friends!
Lina here with you today sharing a layout I created using my fave, the More than Words collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I am scrapbooking a photo of my eldest daughter, Alessandra taken the other day at school when the parents were invited to class to share in a poetry recital. My girl was so happy to see both mom and dad in the audience and I snapped this quick photo of her. And as the title states... a sweet moment. Here's what I created...

I began with the background sheet called Radiant a cut the word "moments" using a simple, uppercase font. Then, I used my watercolour paints to create a soft and beautiful watercolour wash. I used tones of peachy pink and a blueish aqua. I took inspiration for both the colours from the in the collection. I then backed the cut word with a sheet from the 6x6 paper pad. That black and white floral gets me every time. ❤

I then worked on matting my photo. Now, I love layers so I was sure to add a few sheets of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad plus any "scraps" I had already cut into for previous layouts. Lots of lovely paper and colours makes my heart happy! I then popped the photo onto a piece of foam dimension.

I then began my title. Having already completed the "moments" aspect of my title, the next part was easy! I used the word sweet from the Chipboard Titles. I just adore the mix of fonts to create my title.

Now, my favourite part... to build and create the clusters of embellishment around my photo. I took pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, the Vellum Accents and the Chipboard Stickers. I also added some metallic silver thread and created a nest for my Flair Button to sit within.

I thought that my layout needed a bit of anchoring, so, I added a strip, cut at an angle to the bottom of my layout. I also added some embellishment with some ephemera there as well. Lastly, a healthy sprinkling of the Enamel Shapes and some silver Distress Spray. And voila! My layout is complete!

I thank you for stopping by today!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

CVS | It's a Wonderful Life

Good Day Friends!
For my layout this week, I'm using the beautifully created More Than Words collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, my new fave!
The photo I am documenting today is of my two little meatballs taken this past summer. Both are sitting on a large rock, enjoying their childhood and life!


I chose Sketchbook as my largest layer of background paper. It's absolutely stunning! The I layered Noteworthy and Gossamer on top, smaller and slightly angled. I placed my 5x5 photo that I printed in black and white, in the center. I matted it with papers from the 6x6 paper pad which are perfect for that exact purpose.

I love embellishing with any thing Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Every piece is wonderful and so usable! I used that black and pink tag and surrounded it by florals, leaves, and butterflies. How perfect! Those pieces are found in the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

Next, I did something I have never done before on a layout... I stamped directly onto it! Ahh! A scary thought but I went for it and I'm glad I did! The stamp set is perfect for cards AND layouts! I used Versafine ink in black.
I added a smaller cluster in the top right hand corner using some of the Die Cut Ephemera, Accent Stickers and a wonderful Flair Button. The button is surrounded by metallic silver thread and creates a bit of texture and visible interest.
For my title, I used a mix of alphas. the "wonderful" is from the Chipboard Accent Stickers. Both the others are from my stash. That glittery font I used worked perfectly with the collection.

Lastly, I added some ink splatter with some metallic silver ink spray and called it done!
That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed my layout because I'm glad you stopped by ☺️
Big Hugs,

Monday, 5 February 2018

CVS | Cherish These Moments

Hello Dear Scrappy Friends,
I'm excited to share with you my first creation using More Than Words from Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I am smitten with this collection. Every time I fall in love with a collection and claim it as my favourite, Zoe comes along and creates another stunner. I mean c'mon, it's sooo pretty!
The photograph I chose to scrapbook is a picture of my husband and myself. Fitting as how the theme this week on the blog is about love. ❤️

For my background, I wanted to create some visual interest so I started with layering some of the beautiful patterned paper sheets including; Precious, Gossamer and Noteworthy. I cut down stripes and adhered them down horizontally onto Radiant, that wonderful white with black dots. Simple and sweet!

Then, I worked on matting and layering papers behind my photo. I kept it simple this time around knowing that there would be a bit extra going on with all the patterned papers I had already used with my background. I printed my photo in black and white because I knew it would work perfectly with the collection. I was meant to be! I like a little lift and dimension on my layouts, so I adhered my photo and matting onto some foam sheet before sticking it onto my background paper.

Next, I worked on my title using the word "cherish" from the Chipboard Words and "Moments" from the Chipboard Accents sheet. For the word "these" I pulled an older alpha from my stash. These are Mini Markets in blue and cream.
Next, my favourite... embellishing! I used some of the gorgeous florals from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, a feather and that beautifully quoted tag that reads "Live for the moments you cannot put into words." I continued to embellish using the tiny word stickers that are included on the Sticker Accent sheet. They always manage to convey the message I'm trying to convey. <3

I thank you all for being here today and letting me share my layout with you. I appreciate it!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, 20 January 2018

CVS | Morning Cuddles

Happy New Year Friends!
Today, on the blog featuring this layout I created on my little and her daddy cuddling. This little of mine is a big cuddler and just loves to snuggle, especially in the morning. I used the fabulous Bohemian Dream to document my photo and create my layout.

So, beginning this layout, I printed my photos in black and white. This was important to me as I wanted them to pop against the colours of the papers and embellishments and I didn't want them to "get lost" within my layout. This allowed me to have fun with the elements of the collection but still be able to speak volumes with my photos.

As I always do, I started by matting and backing my photos with pieces of patterned paper, most from the 6x6. I tell you, the paper pad is convenient and I don't have to feel bad about cutting into an entire sheet just to matte an photo. I then popped up my picture with dimensional foam for lift and to create shadow.

Next, I played with the ephemera a chose pieces I wanted to incorporate into my clusters. As I was searching through the paper goodness, I found the cut apart sheet with this wonderful quote on it. The sheet itself is called Boho Bits and I knew I HAD to use it. My husband and I always say our littlest little has a killer smile and she lights up a room with it. She makes people smile when she smiles. Needless to say, the quite was perfect!

For my title, I used alphas in two different fonts and colours. I always love using this technique as I feel it brings a little something extra to my work. A bit of whimsy, maybe.

The butterflies are one of my favourite element in this collection. I used them in this case to draw attention to the top of my layout for some balance since my layout itself is bottom heavy. They just bring everything together and make it more cohesive.

Lastly, I used (you guessed it :P) some gold ink spray to create some splatters. And, really, what's better than gold splatters? LOL!
Thank you all for stopping by today, I appreciate you! Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Peace, Love Joy

Good Morning Scrappy Friends!
This morning I'm sharing this layout I created with some fun, new (to me) digital files. I went all high tech with this layout 😝
The cut file is from The Cut Shoppe and you can follow the link to make it yours,
The digital ephemera is from The Minty Octopus,

Finally, the paper collection I used is the Maggie Holmes, Carousel. It coordinated perfectly with the die cuts! It was a no brainer for me. LOL!

I started by cutting the title, Peace Love, Joy file from TCS with my Silhouette Cameo and popped it all up with dimensional foam. That was a little time consuming but I really like the over all popped up look. It really adds some depth and dimension to the layout. It makes the title look like it's jumping off the page and not just lying flat.

See what I mean about the lift and dimension? I love it!

Next, I played around with the embellishing. This collection from Cat Martin, Hip Holiday is adorable! I must have cut the files about 4 times each! I tried not to add too much ti this layout since the title is so large.  

I wanted just a loving sprinkle of ephemera and embellishments. The snowflakes were a perfect elent to add a achieve this overall look.

For a final touch, I added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold. The light splatters just adds the most subtle bit of shimmer and shine. And, I just love the contrast.

That's it! Simple and easy with this layout!
Hope you enjoyed! I had fun with this one!


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Hey Guys!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the new year. I know I am!
Today's layout is one that is wayyy overdue. I've had this collection from Paige Evans and Pink Paislee, Turn the Page for months! Like sitting and waiting for me on my desk in plain sight, screaming to be used! So, here I am, sharing a layout created with the collection in all it's splendor!

I began this layout with a cut file from Paper Issues, it's free and you can find it here: I cut it using my Cameo and backed it with that gorgeous rainbow butterfly pattern. I chose that particular sheet because the red's in both the paper and photos most closely matched. The other reds were lighter and didn't fit the over all colour scheme.

As always, I matted my photos with papers from the collection and in this particular instance, I used the handy 6x6 paper pad. It's perfect for matting photos. I then popped my photos on dimensional foam for lift.

I decided to then work on my title. I pulled pieces from the Journaling Spots and gave a home for my title to actually live. I didn't want to put it directly onto the layout. It would just get lost by doing that. For my title I used the Thickers in New Day from the collection and the smaller font is from October Afternoon in Mason Jar.

I then went through the Ephemera pack and chose my favourite pieces to embellish my page. Pulling pieces from the Chipboard sheet and stickers, I created visually pleasing clusters in and around my photo.

To finish my layout, I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold and sprinkled some gold lovin' around my page. This layout came together rather quickly and I am super pleased about the way it turned out. It's my new fave!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Let it Snow

Hey Friends!
Today, I'm sharing this layout I created with Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa. It was originally released last year but they re-released it adding some fun new elements to the beautiful collection. Here's what I created:

I started with the background paper and using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, cut out that adorable Holly and Hanging Stars piece. I then paper pieced it using paper from the collection and the 6x6.

The photo I used is from this Christmas when my daughters and I went to see Santa and take pictures with him. My oldest, pictured here, was giddy the entire time and had a laundry list of things she wanted to talk to Santa about. :P

I placed this chipboard "Let it Snow" across the Holly cut file. I just love the "banner" effect it has. It's so celebratory!

For this layout, it was my mission to use my chipboard. I feel like it's the most neglected in my arsenal of embellishing pieces. So, with this in mind, I made sure to use many pieces on my layout.

For the journaling aspect of my layouts, I like to use tiny words from the Accessory Sticker's sheet to convey my message. If I have something more to say, I usually write it on the back of the layout, including the date and ages of everyone involved.

I finished my layout with some enamel dots an some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. My fave!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

CVS | Happy, Happy

Good Morning Scrappy Fam!
This morning I'm sharing a layout using the incredibly beautiful, Bohemian Dream. It's still my top fave and I don't think I'll ever bore of using it. All the pretty florals and gorgeous colours make this collection especially easy for me to use.
The photo I scrapbooked and am sharing on my layout was taken this past October for my oldest daughter's 4th birthday. Her party theme was Rapunzel and so the purples in this collection worked perfectly with the costume my girl is wearing. So, here's what I did...

I started by choosing that gorgeous white washed, woodgrain paper. It's called Kaleidoscope and it's probably one of my faves from the entire paper set. With my Silhouette Cameo, I cut the word happy with one of the fonts on my computer and then paper pieced the word with the purple ombre, watercolour piece. This will work as part of my title.
Then I backed and matted my photos with papers from the 6x6 paper pad. I'm loving this new addition to the CVS lines. It makes paper piecing and matting photos a breeze. I then layered some foam sheet behind my photo for lift and dimension.

 Working on my title, I chose the word Happy from the Chipboard Accents sheet. Along with the die cut word, my title reads, Happy, Happy. Fitting as my girl is smiling from ear to ear in this picture. 😀

 Happily sifting through all the amazingness that is the Die Cut Ephemera and Vellum Accents, I decided I wanted to use florals as my embellishments. I created a few clusters and arranged my flowers how I liked them.
I then took some metallic gold thread and made a nest for my Flair button to rest within. The button I chose reads, "You are Amazing". I just love this look!

I felt the bottom right corner needed some anchoring and grounding so I took this opportunity to add a smaller cluster embellishment with a floral, label, and a tiny word sticker.

I gave my layout a good sprinkling of love with the tiny words from the Accessory Stickers sheet. They are my favourite way to "journal" or convey a message without adding my own handwriting to the layout. I'm hardly ever a fan of my writing once it's down on a layout.

Lastly, for some added sparkle and shine, I added some gold ink spray in gold. I've been doing this a lot lately and I have fallen in love (AGAIN) with the look of sprinkled paint splatters.

Thank you so much for joining me today on the blog. We'll see you all again soon!