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Epic Pavement Adventure Stories | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Legendary | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the Anna’s blog again today! Melinda here with you for some more Cocoa Vanilla Studio Legendary goodness titled “Epic Pavement Adventure Stories”.

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I snapped this photo in 2018 because I really loved the story behind it. Funnily enough, the story is still relevant now; though it’s grown and changed with time!

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I started this page, again, with my title in mind. Using the Die Cut Titles, a Clear Sticker and adding some green alphas from my stash I built my title. I really love the look of a mix of different fonts, especially in longer titles! With so much “white space” in the photo I layered my title onto my photo and the back ground paper.

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For the back ground I started with the 12×12 “Offbeat” pattern, which has all that fun messiness around the edges! Also, that pattern has ALL the colours in it which just makes my rainbow-loving heart happy! The only other paper used on this page are the photo mats I have added using the 6×8 Paper Stack.

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Time to add more; so I started with stars, of course! The stars come from the Die Cut ephemera pack and also some of the clear stickers. When I saw the compass die cut pack I knew there wouldn’t be a better page I could use it on, so tucked that into my layers as well.

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To my eye the page was looking a little bare with only the photo/title cluster at the bottom. I decided to add a second cluster up to the top starting with another of the Die Cut Title pieces and another clear sticker word “Super”. Adhering my clear sticker words to white card meant I could move them around my page for the “perfect” placement!

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More stars and more clear stickers and I was feeling the page was coming together nicely! At this point I felt that my page was still very “clean” and in order to “mess” it up a bit I added some orange and red thread (bundled together) in 3 places.

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It did still seem a bit too “clean” for me! lol So, I grabbed a navy blue spray and added some paint along the bottom and right edge of my photo (it was all stuck down already!) using a paint brush. And, of course, splatters!

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My final touches were adding my journalling in grey, word stickers from the Accessory Stickers and some enamel dots. As you can see, my journalling was added between the top and bottom clusters and completed the “column” on my page.

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I really had fun documenting this photo and telling this story with some time perspective! I find that some stories are best that way!

Remember, head over here in the store for all the CVS “Legendary” goodies! Make sure you head over to the ACC Community FB page for lots of inspiration too!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

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Cocoa Vanilla

Our Super Star | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Legendary | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and again, welcome to the blog today! Melinda here with you and I’m sharing another Cocoa Vanilla Studio Legendary collection layout which is titled “Our Super Star”.

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First up for this page I chose my photo and my title. Pretty easy, right?! Using those fun Die Cut Title pieces certainly helps!

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The next idea I had was to use a few different patterns and make a layered star! I started with the Outdoors Type 12×12 paper for my biggest star. Design tip: if you love a paper and are die cutting it then cut from the centre of the page! This way you can use the rest as layers or a page border!

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From there I chose 4 other papers from the 6×8 Paper Stack. To make each pattern stand out I made sure to layer from a darker pattern to a lighter pattern and so forth. I cut the stars from the papers using my Silhouette Cameo. Afterwards I went around each of the stars with my sewing machine and white thread. I love the texture this adds!

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With all of those patterns and colours in the stars I decided to work on a white card stock background which has been trimmed down on 2 sides. Using some Distress Oxide Inks I added some colour to my back ground using those and some plastic packaging. The colours I used were Twisted Citron, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Hickory Smoke. I didn’t apply any gesso to my white card because I really love the way Distress Oxide Inks dry without it!

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After my inks were dry I added some stamping using Archival inks in black and grey. I concentrated the stamping in 3 areas – one to the top left of the star, one right at the bottom of the star and the other to the right side of the star.

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Remember my design tip for using pattern paper? Well, I just love this wood grain and I used my left overs as a border around my card stock. I adhered it so that it can only be seen on the right and bottom of the page to balance the “weight”.

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With all of the main parts of my page made/designed it was time to stick all of that down! I’ve used a combination of wet glue and foam adhesive for interest and dimension.

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I pulled one of the flair badges (yay!!). And a few of the die cut ephemera pieces which I have tucked into layers around the page. Also fussy cutting the hot air balloon from the cut apart sheet in the 6×8 Paper Stack to add in.

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This page was so fun to create! I really do love getting messy!! Head over here in the store for the entire Legendary collection! I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I’m looking forward to sharing my next CVS Legendary page with you all!

Melinda

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Cocoa Vanilla

This Cool Dude | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Legendary | Melinda Sweetman

Hello there Anna’s friends!! Melinda here with you today sharing the first of my projects that I have created with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Legendary collection!

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I had a lot of fun with this one and I am really excited to share! I’m scrapping these 5 photos of my nephew and I from last year!

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Starting with the “One Way” 12×12 patterned paper for my background I applied a thin coat of white gesso. Making sure to blend out the edges using my fingers so I was left with no harsh lines.

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Using 2 different yellow mists from my stash I have sprayed the colour over the gesso. Using a combination of turning the page and a wet paintbrush I have moved the colour around. After this was dry I wanted some contrast so I used a grey mist and did the exact same thing in 2 places.

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I made the 4 little photos into a photo strip adhering them onto white card stock. Adding a couple of layers behind the bigger photo using the 6×8 Paper Stack really made that photo a feature! To add some dimension I have mounted those all on foam.

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Before starting this page I had chosen my title from the Die Cut Titles pack. With that, I now had a background, photos and title placement ready to go so onto the fun stuff!

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I’ve added another layer behind the big photo with the frame from the die cut ephemera pack – I love what that pop of wood grain adds to the page! Using the ephemera pack I have built up 2 clusters – one to the top left of the photos and the other to the bottom right of the photos. Wanting to add some more wood grain I used one of the 6×8 papers to punch a couple of labels.

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With so many paper layers I wanted to add something different for interest. First I reached for one of the flair buttons. And then some thread in orange to match my colours, which I have added in 3 places.

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To finish off I wanted to lighten things a little so after adding my journalling in white I also added in some white splatters from the top left to bottom right diagonal.

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This page was super fun to put together, but lets face it, the Legendary collection is super fun!! Zoe has once again created another AMAZING “boy” collection!! Make sure you head to the store before it all sells out!

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Until next time, happy scrapping,
Melinda x

 

 

 

 

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Prima Marketing

Glow | Prima Darcelle | Kim Ewins

Hello again, Kim here with you to share with you all my 4th layout created using the gorgeous Prima Darcelle Collection!

The beauty of this collection is the rich colours and the unmistakable Prima quality.

Let me share with you my layout, Glow.

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For my layout I started by looking through my photo’s and I found this one of my daughter, (from her Engagement photo shoot.) Then looking at the Prima Darcelle Puffy Stickers I spotted the word ‘Glow’ and that gave me direction for my layout.

I grabbed the Prima Darcelle paper -Just Wing It, then I added some background texture with a stencil and some Tonic Studio Nuvo Expanding Mousse. Using a heat tool I dried the mousse. Next I coloured my chipboard with some spray and let that dry. (The spray is actually some very old glimmermist I have had for years.)

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Once my chipboard was dry I stuck that in place using glue.

Next, I cut a piece of white canvas slightly bigger than my photo and distressed the edges, I positioned this and stuck it in place. I then added some muslin.

With my photo I ran a single line of machine stitching around the outer edges and then stuck my photo in place, on top of the muslin,  tucking the left hand side of the photo under the chipboard.

While my sewing machine was out I also stitched roughly 1cm in from the outer edge of my base paper.

I then found some of the Rose clusters from the Prima Darcelle Ephemera and trimmed off the white outer edge.

Then I fussy cut some gold flower elements from the sheet of Prima Darcelle paper – Biggest Steps Of Your Life.

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I set about arranging my elements around my chipboard circle and photo, also tucking in just a little more muslin for softness. I then adding my title from the Prima Darcelle – Puffy Stickers.

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Using some glimmermist, water and a paintbrush I slowly added some colour over the Nuvo Expanding Mousse. Once this was dry I then used some Prima Metallic Water paints and a paintbrush to add a touch of gold to my layout.  I also splattered some of the gold paint and glimmermist around my layout. My final step was to use a gold gel pen, to add a drawn border either side of my stitched border on the layout, (not the photo.)

 

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I have really enjoyed working with this stunning collection from Prima

The Prima Darcelle Collection is just gorgeous!

Thank you for stopping by today to view my layout.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Kim X

 

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Prima Marketing

2 Beautiful | Prima Darcelle | Kim Ewins

Hello….hello!

Kim here again with you today to share my 3rd layout created using the stunning Darcelle Collection from Prima!

This collection from Prima has a selection of rich colours, but also throws in a few neutrals to cover every taste.

For my layout today I chose the beautiful paper – Born to Make History.

Let me show you my layout….. 2 Beautiful

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As I stated above I used the Prima Darcelle paper – Born To Make History for the base of my layout, such a gorgeous design on this paper! Then I took a Ranger Stencil and some Tonic Studio Expanding Mousse in Worn Linen and using a spatula applied it to my page. Using a heat tool I then dried the mousse, (you do need a heat gun/tool for this mousse.)

Next I took a chipboard piece and painted this using Prima Finnibair Heavy Gesso in white, and let it dry. Once dry I positioned this in place and glued it down. I then took my photo and added some cardboard to the back of it and then stick it in place.

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I then took the Prima Darcelle paper – Walking Alone and fussy cut some of the rose clusters, ensuring to keep some of the leaves and stems. I selected my flowers from the Prima flower packs and set about arranging the elements around my photo, once happy with placement I glued them in place. I also managed to find , just a touch of lace and added that to my page.

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While thinking about my page title I noticed the number ‘2’ piece in the Prima Darcelle Ephemera Pkt and also the word ‘Beautiful’ from the Prima Darcelle – Puffy Stickers and I thought it was perfect, so I added these to my layout. I also added a couple of other elements from both these packs.

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Next I decided to add some Prima Marketing Art Ingredients – Art Stones and some Prima Darcelle – Say It In Crystals around my layout.

If you look closely, you can see that I have depth of colour around my photo. Now, to create this I simply used a paintbrush, water and (for this project, I have used some glimmermist I have had forever.)

I added some glimmermist to a paint palette, then added some water. Using a paint brush I then went in and added colour around my photo and stencil work. A great way to add depth of colour.

 

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Lastly I decided to add this Prima paperclip. I just stuck it down with a touch of glue. Then I added some splatters of watered down white paint and also some glimmermist splatters.

 

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The Prima Darcelle Collection is quite simply, stunning! Such gorgeous Colours

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my layout and I hope that you have been inspired?

Maybe you might like to give my colour depth technique a go?

I will return soon with my final share using the Prima Darcelle Collection

Thanks so much for stopping by

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Kim X

 

 

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