Thursday, July 29, 2021

Five Photos! | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT


Hey y’all! Laura here again with a stunning floral filled, multiple photo layout featuring the stunning new These Days collection. Focusing on the A5 paper stack, I used two of the bright happy papers to mat my photos and fussy cut the entire A5 floral paper as well. Layering all of these fussy cut florals around the outside edge of the Daybreak patterned paper allowed the mixed media background to peek through. This photo strip of four 2×3 inch photos was a great way to squeeze in additional memories while still capturing the moment of my daughter and her friend leaning on each other. I love how beautifully the two papers under the photo compliment each other, one a painted stripe and the other an ombre sunset.

In addition to the florals framing the entire layout, I also tucked in two clusters of florals at the top and bottom of the larger photo to fill in the gaps left by the photo strip. This really helps to remove any sharp angles that may draw too much attention to themselves in those corners as well as tying in beautifully with the fussy cut frame I added to the repeated photo. By framing the smaller version, I emphasized the importance of that shot and the relationship it represents.

I especially love the details of the tiny fussy cut florals scattered around as well as the puffy hearts and butterflies that bring a little movement and whimsy to the finished page. I used Nuvo drops in gold to create the small accents and butterfly trails, then a bit of gold ink splatter for fun! The title is a statement all to itself, loving the versatility of the foam words and how many ways they can be used to create a plethora of titles. The little word phrase underneath was just the finishing touch it needed.

 I hope this inspires you to look at your A5 papers a little differently and incorporate them in a big way on your projects too! To see how “These Days” came together, check out the process video below!

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Clustering Florals! | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT


Hey y’all! Laura here again with a hand-stitched wreath layout using the stunning new These Days collection! I have two photos of my youngest daughter exploring through a tree in our backyard as she often does, finding new and inventive ways to get into the branches. I love the pops of red in the These Days collection that allow me to incorporate these photos seamlessly. This layout features a chain-stitch border and a hand-cut circle in the center that I backed with the Family Ties patterned paper.

I added in clear sticker trees around my titles to accentuate the Dr. Seuss quote I used for my title. These tiny puffy alphas worked perfectly to follow the line of my stitching and add a pop of color at the top of the layout. After fussy cutting the entirety of the Home Grown 12×12 patterned paper, I created a wreath of florals around the side and bottom of my stitched border. Adding in a few butterflies creates the impression of movement and fills in the gaps around the photos.

To finish off this project, I added gold Nuvo dropos for the butterfly trails, splattered gold ink spray around the edges, and popped two of the wood buttons on the edges of my floral clusters. Beyond the florals, I kept the embellishing fairly simple with a tab above the left photo and a word phrase below the right photos, both from the ephemera pack.

I hope this hand-stitched layout inspires you to try a new technique on your next layout, whether that’s stitching, fussy cutting, or splattering! To see this layout come together, check out the process video below:

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Using Up Scraps | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT

Hey y’all! Laura here and I decided for these wild and crazy photos of my oldest son, I wanted to dig deep into my Cocoa Vanilla stash and play with the You Rock collection from 2017. I’ve almost finished it off and am determined to use it up this year. For this layout, I grouped my three photos across the center and layered scraps behind them to create a foundation for my photos. The title is cut from the paper pack packaging that I cut into a banner shape, with a small washi banner behind it.

In each of the four corners, I placed a piece of washi from the washi tape booklet that accompanied You Rock and then layered random embellishments together to create L-shaped clusters. These are a combination of fussy cut stars, ephemera, chipboard, wood veneer, and stickers. Loved seeing how I could puzzle together a variety of sizes and textures into each cluster!

The bottom right corner is my absolute favorite! I had just a few pieces left from the Totally Rad collection (as in about five pieces of ephemera!), so I created a hilariously cute little globe with a mustache that I fully admit sends me into giggles every time I see it. I think it perfectly captures the goofy personality of my oldest son! Finishing off the layout with my typical Nuvo Drops, but in black this time, and gold ink splatters.

I hope this layout inspires you to dig into your older Cocoa Vanilla Studio stash for your next layout! To see how “You Rock” came together, check out the process video below!

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Scattered Circles Design | CVS DT

Hey y’all! Laura here with a super sweet and silly 9×12 layout of my darling daughter when she was a toddler, playing happily in her water table. These photos were so bright and fun, I knew they would work beautifully with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Sunkissed collection! Using some punched and cut circles to create a vertical background design, I set my photos in a stair-step pattern so that I could fit all four of them on this smaller sized layout!

Around each of the photos, I added a cluster of embellishments. On the top photo, I used fussy cut florals, citrus fruits, and a “sweet memories” banner from the ephemera pack. On the second photo, I added a small scene with two palm trees and the sun, love this cluster around the title the most! It’s perfect for these sun-filled summer photos! In any awkward spaces, I added tiny florals to fill them in.

On the bottom two photos, I kept the embellishing minimal because I’d added a circle-cut journaling spot out of the pocket cards and tucked it in on top of a bold blue circle from the background. So, some tiny florals were all it needed to feel finished. As always, I dotted gold Nuvo drops around the page and then splattered with gold inks spray for the finishing touch! Loved playing with circles for this one!

I hope this layout inspires you to try a bright, summer color palette for your next layout! To see how “Love This” came together, check out the process video below!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

How to Layer Patterned Paper | CVS DT


Hey y'all! Laura Alberts back again with another boy layout featuring the Legendary collection. I absolutely loved this Brave Heart mixed media style patterned paper, but didn't want it to over power my photos. So, by layering white cardstock between the mixed media paper and the gray dot paper, the two work better together! I love the little photo corners I cut out of some scraps to give the center area a bit of dimension.

The title is from the clear sticker sheet, thought it has the look of handwriting or stamping! A small cluster of stars in several places on the layout were the minimal embellishing I added to this page. Most of the stars are fussy cut from the All Star patterned paper, but some are punched from scraps. Small dots of gold Nuvo Drops and gold ink splatter, along with hand-drawn stars add tiny details to each cluster.

I puzzled these photos together with the intention of creating the look of a modified grid, balanced, but yet off-kilter. I think this design works beautifully with these photos because it illustrates the nature of the castle featured there.  My favorite part of this layout is the clear sticker "Epic" on my photo with word phrases underneath. That small detail is just awesome!


I hope this layout inspires you to have some fun with the bold colors and patterns in the Legendary collection! To see how the “Super Awesome Adventure” layout came together, check out the process video below!

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Using Up Stickers | CVS DT


Hey y'all! Laura Alberts back again with a bold and beautiful boy layout featuring the stickers in the Legendary collection. On the right side of the layout, I've created a trail of clear arrow stickers to add a border along that side and anchor the layered block to the side of the page. Then, alongside the right side of the bottom photo, I added a column of phrase stickers from the cardstock sticker sheet. The enamel dots give a little pop of dimension next to each phrase.

To the left of the photos, I layered clear star stickers around the die cuts to give a "stamped" effect. Love how clear stickers look on a white background! Then, I layered punched scraps and fussy cut stars all around the large die cut star (which I backed like a cut file with patterned paper). Enamel dots, Nuvo Drops, and ink splatter added the perfect detail finishers to this large star explosion!

The title may be my favorite part of this layout, it's fussy cut from the Epic Tales cut apart and fit perfectly in that spot at the bottom! I popped each letter up on foam to give it a bit of dimension and put them on a jaunty angle for a bit of fun. Love the way the colors of the letters tie the layout together. I added my journaling around the perimeter of the layout for an extra border.


I hope this layout inspires you to have some fun with the bold colors and patterns in the Legendary collection! To see how the “Epic” layout came together, check out the process video below!


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Monday, March 29, 2021

Call Me Charlie | Cocoa Vanilla DT


Hey y'all! Laura back again with a large photo layout. This 5x7 inch photo of my darling child and her new nickname are an important story to share in her album and I think the Sunkissed collection was perfect to highlight it! I added a border to a piece of white cardstock and then weaved three strips of patterned paper vertically and horizontally to make a corner to place my photo.

I outlined each of the strips to give them a little extra pop and added a title along the right side of the photo with clear stickers to accent each of my clusters as well. A banner on the top left and top right of the layout gives it a fun feel. I even tucked a clear mixed media style sticker behind the journaling strips I cut from a journaling card.

This cluster of florals were fussy cut from the patterned paper and I layered it on top of a die cut rainbow with a word phrase sticker tucked alongside and two more on top! Little puffy hearts are spread all over the layout for my scattering bits! Nuvo drops and gold ink splatter finish off the white spaces!


I hope this layout inspires you to have some fun with the bold colors and patterns in the Sunkissed collection! To see how the "Call Me Charlie" layout came together, check out the process video below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Childhood Home Mini Album | ACOT DT

 Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today, we are gathering memories from childhood for this mini-album featuring photos from my parents’ first home and the house that I grew up in. This place has so many wonderful moments captured in its hallways. Using the Pinkfresh Studio Some Days collection was perfect for this project because it has tons of home-themed phrases and icons.


I used 2 pieces of 8 ½ x 11 100 lb white cardstock and about six 6x6 patterned papers (as well as the cover) from the Some Days paper pad. Each page has a die-cut frame from stitched square dies I had in my stash.  Loved these brightly colored binder rings from the Bueno Dias line by Obed Marshall! I started with the address as the opening page as it is ingrained in my brain from memorizing it as a child.


Next, I added a bit of journaling overviewing the subject of this mini-album and a photo of the house up close with my brother and I posed in front, of course! I kept the embellishing simple on each of the pages to keep the photos the focus. I mainly used the embellishment packs, chipboard flair, enamel dots, and blue alphas.


I made sure to include these incredible photos of my grandfather, uncle, and father working on the house itself, framing, insulating, and verifying the plans at night. This allowed my parents to absorb some of the labor cost of building the house alongside the contractor and is a fascinating tidbit to me! I created a fold-out of these photos, adhering it closed with a Velcro circle.


On the back, I focused on the gardens that my parents created all around the house. On each side, there was a bed filled with flowers and bushes galore. I created a waterfall page to house these photos with a Velcro closure topped by a chipboard flair.


These interactive pages gave me the opportunity to include far more photos as well as adding a fun element to flipping through the finished album. I really enjoy the impact these pages have on a mini album like this.


Another interactive page used the journaling tags from Some Days and allowed me to add a pocket to hide a tag with extra photos to accompany this page on the deck that my Dad and his family build behind our home. It was an oasis in our backyard!


I hope this project inspired you to check out this beautiful collection from Pinkfresh! See the entire album flipped through below.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fun in the Sun | Cocoa Vanilla DT


Hey y'all! Laura back again with a bright and happy layout featuring the new Sunkissed collection! The rainbow strip on the Good Vibrations patterned paper just called to me for these photos! By framing both sides with this brilliant mix of colors, I could keep the color scheme of the layout open ended and fun! I added a strip of Sunny Days to highlight the green tone in my daughter's shirt.

I love to fussy cut, so the floral perfection of the Growing Wild paper just called to me! These clusters are stunning and make creating a long floral border super easy! I also added a small cluster from the A5 paper pad version at the beginning and end of the title. The wood buttons are so cute, I had to add one in the center of my photos for a different texture on the page.

I used clear stickers behind a few of the floral clusters and as accents around the title. These glitter foam words are amazing! Love pre-made titles and this one was perfect for my sassy girl's car trip through the sunny backyard. To fill in some of the white space, I added some gold ink splatter and Nuvo drops.

I also created a sketch based on this layout to show how all of the layers fit together and make it easier for your to recreate the design if you’d like to!

I hope this layout inspires you to have some fun with the bold colors and patterns in the Sunkissed collection! To see how the "Fun in the Sun" layout came together, check out the process video below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Magical Birthday | ACOT DT

We are diving into the stunning Echo Park Magical Birthday collection to scrap these three photos from my daughter's 2nd birthday. I love the bright, happy colors in this collection and knew I could fussy cut lots of embellishments from this one! I used a three rows design (modified grid) to celebrate these photos. 

I fussy cut these balloons and these chalkboard icons from the pattern papers and layered them together next to the first photo. I added stars and streamer stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet. A little bit of gold Nuvo drops and splatters adds a bit of fun to this cluster! 

On the second row, I used tags and a birthday cake for the cluster, with a “birthday” sticker overlapped. I also added two borders around the entire layout, one with pink polka dots (to match the photo mats) and the beautiful multi-colored plaid. 


On the bottom row, I added a couple of clusters filled with these fussy cut decorations, mixing in streamers stickers, and Nuvo drops. I added a few flag stickers behind the chalkboard fussy cut icon, and then layered a “surprise” sticker over the photo.  

I hope this project inspired you to try out this three rows design! To see this layout come together, please check out the video below! 

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