Cocoa Vanilla Studio: The Best

Hello Happy Arty Days Friends!
How's your 2016 Summer holidays?
I've been trying to keep up-to-date with printing and scrapping my photos... LOL!
Let's be honest, I'm still playing catch up on last year's memories! But I have been using the new Hello Sunshine collection to record it all ;)
Here's a peak at one of my fave photos (& now layout) from 2015 -
"The best"
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I know, where do I start?! So many lovelies going on here!
Sweet Summer Days indeed!
I love all the brightly coloured pattern papers in Hello Sunshine, that I wanted to show them off a lil more. As in, both sides of the papers on the one page. So I guess I tried to channel some origami paper folding love with the SOLAR FLARE paper.
I also really love the fun & playfulness of the patterns too - so I just had to feature the paper CHILL OUT
Very cool! & tons of fun for my happy subjects!
Here's a closer look at that faux origami....
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Yes, I did 'staple' it into place. I do like the odd staple.... OK, I totally LOVE using my stapler on my scrapbook layouts! It not only holds things in perfect position, but also adds a more relaxed and fun feel. Staples can also create interest, texture and dimension. Anyways, moving on from the stapling, I also tucked a couple ticket stub stickers, journal sticker and an enamel shape under the fold. This really draws attention to that cute fold. Love it!
Let's take a closer look at some of the other pretty embellishments I've used today....
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Puffy stickers. Need I say more?! How fabulous are those puffy script words - LOVE!!!
I am also loving those super pretty blooms, the colours are just stunning! But it's the wood veneers that have me on this layout - Sooooooooooo COOL! (that bicycle is just awesome sauce!!!)
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 And let's not forget those sweet embellishments that really create a 'finished' look for all your layouts; Fancy ButtonsWoodies and Enamel Shapes.
Yep. I may be behind in my Summer scrapping, but with a collection being this easy to create with, it wont take me long to fill an album :)
Loving Hello Sunshine, and I am sure you will too!
Thanks for visiting,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

More Exciting News for 2016!!!

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans!

Thanks for stopping by to read my super-dee-duper exciting news....

I am joining the Design Team at Scrap The Boys!!!

I am so delighted to be joining this fabulously talented team 
can't wait to share my super cool boy layouts with you!

To find out more, & to see who else is in creative line-up for the next 6 months please visit 

Thankyou all for ongoing encouragement, support & wonderful comments - it means so much!

Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Plan On It challenge

Hi Creatives!
Hope you're enjoying the New Year!

I am really having fun with my planners this year, and so are the team at Paper Issues!

They have a fantabulously fun

challenge this month: 
16 goals for 2016! (& include 2 labels too!)

How could I resist joining in?!
Here's my planner spread & goals in my medium Kikki K Ocean....

Oh, how pretty is this?!! So many planner pretties here too! 
Embellishments are from Crate Paper Inc, The Planner Society, GP Sticker Studio, Studio Fourteen40, Berry Sweet Plans, Shop Evaliscious & Kikki K & I am totally loving the colours!!!

Here's a closer look....

2016 - Be You! 
So many wonderful goals and reminders here to keep me focused throughout the year!
Here's the other page....

Yep, Lots of plans. Lots of goals. Dreaming Big!!!
But I so got this! #girlsgottaplan

Hope you liked this lil peak into my planner!
For more inspiration, or to join in on the Paper Issues fun click here.

Thanks for visiting,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Kaisercraft January Creations

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!
Welcome to a new year of KAISERcrafting, memory keeping and just plain old FUN!
 I am super excited to be sharing some of my creations with
the 2 fabulous new collections for January;
True Love
January Collections
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First up, some gorgeously girly pages with the oh-so-pretty True Love collection....


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I know, isn't this the prettiest?!
True Love is truly swoon worthy!!! Perfect for scrapping all the lovely ladies in our lives!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, P2027 | My Darling, P2031 | My Precious, CT847 | Collectables, DD504 | Doilies, SB750 | Silver, KM107 | Peach.


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A clean, contemporary and fresh layout that captures these two darlings divinely! Love that patterned paper!
& layering the Collectables adds great dimension & interest to layouts too.
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, P2032 | My Dearest, PP989 | Paper Pad, CT847 | Collectables, SB700 | Silver, DD504 | Doilies. Other: Tag, paper bag, clip & staples.

And because I love to showcase the diversity of Kaisercraft's collection, here's a boy page.....

"Just Because"

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Love this! Such a fun take on this paper collection! The green tones ensure this paper range suits everyone!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, P2026 | My Sweetheart, PP988 | Paper Pad, CT847 | Collectables, SS304 | Sticker Sheet, KM101 | Kaisermist- Charcoal, SB791 | Pewter, ST926 | True Love
Other: Ampersand charm, sewing, cotton & staples.

This next layout I've created with my  patterned paper 'off-cuts',
"Love You To The Moon & Back"

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Love those black papers against the peach Kaisermist! Really striking!
& what a clever (but very simple) design to use up those paper 'left-overs'!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, PS439 | Hearts, P2027 | My Darling, SS304 | Sticker Sheet, PP988 | Paper Pad, KM107 | Peach.
Other: Staples.

I've also created a few more layouts and a Valentine's Day card with this stunning collection - but you'll need to check back here all month for my bonus creations ;)

Now, time for some #Me inspiration!
First up, I am breaking out of my comfort zone & scrapping myself - very uncomfortable for me - but it is so important to share my stories too!

"My Life, My Story"

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Excuse the selfie! Let's focus on those pretty patterned papers! How divine is that blue woodgrain?!
And those floral combos are just swoon worthy! Cool collectables and stickers embellish this page & make creating a lil too easy!
Kaisercraft Products: P2034 | Confidence, P2037 | Strength, CT848 | Collectables, SB718 | Bliss.
Other: Doilies.

Next up, I have moved away from scrapping myself - here's a lovely page of my darling daughter....

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Just beautiful! Those pastel lime greens and washed up blues are just soooooo pretty!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, P2037 | Strength, PP989 | Paper Pad, CT848 | Collectables, SS305 | Sticker Sheet, SB784 | Ice Green, F649 | Sage.
And #Me isn't just ideal for memory-keeping, it's also perfect for card making too.....

"Just Because" card

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Love this! How effective are those colours?! & I just adore the embossed vellum! Kaisercraft really do have such a fabulous range of Embossing Folders!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, PP989 | Paper Pad, EF224 | Handwritten.
Other: Ribbon, twine, vellum.

"Wonderful Friend" card

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More paper pretties! #Me has super stunning patterns!
Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, PP989 | Paper Pad, F646 | Buttercream, SB762 | Silver.
Other: Ribbon.

Want to see more #Me layouts from me?
Be sure to return here next week for Tutorial Tuesday with yours truly - I have a few more layouts, as well as a step-by-step creation to share!

Thanks so much for viewing my creations today, I hope you feel inspired!
til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
 Amanda xo

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Simply The Best

Hi Creative Friends!
Welcome back for more Hello Sunshine inspiration!
I totally love this collection - so bright and fun, it's perfect for all our happy Summer moments!
And here's a classic moment of mine to share with you today...
"Simply The Best"
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That face!
I mean, could he get any cuter?!!
Makes me smile everytime I see this picture!  & isn't she that most darling big sister?! So beautiful!
And what better way to capture this moment than with Hello Sunshine! Modern, contemporary, bright & so very happy!  A perfect match!
Hello Sunshine is also quite gender neutral and ideal for scrapping our gorgeous girls and boys together!
I am totally loving the typewriter font word paper that I've used as an accent in my layout...
Super cool paper, huh?! And because it is such a bold design it works so well as an embellishing feature paper!
The paper beneath HAPPY DAYS coordinates perfectly - the same colours are repeated in the pattern - but the tiny triangles ensure that this paper is much more suitable as a solid background paper.
This paper is a real staple in the Hello Sunshine collection, and forms the reverse side of SUNNY SPOT
Both papers are beautifully coordinated, and so easy to embellish with the gorgeous array of embellishments available in Hello Sunshine.
Let's start by taking a closer look at some of the fabulous diecut ephemera pieces.....
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Those flowers! Just divine!!!
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And how cute are those striped hearts?! Really easy to put pages together when everything is so perfectly matched!
Sooooooo loving that little resin heart too...
The Little Hearts are another of those divine 'accent' pieces that really make your layouts complete!
Just so dang cute!!!
Here's another closer look......
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Oh! How good do the enamel shapes look with the Little Hearts?!
& again, that EPHEMERA steals the show with its super cool script words, 'hello happy'!
To make my words really noticeable on the white cardstock, I added a lil blue drippy ink & some staples. This really added another fun & playful element, but also ensured my subtitle remained a focal point. Cool, huh?!
Hello Sunshine is a super fun collection!
It's so cleverly designed and coordinated that even a simple layout design, like this one today, can look so amazing!
But that's enough chattering from me,
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with Hello Sunshine soon!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a looksee!
til next time,
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Happy New Year with Imaginarium Designs!

Hi my Creative Friends!

Welcome to 2016!!! 
I hope you and your loved ones had an amazing time over the holiday season, 
 are ready for another exciting year of creativity and fun with me!

Today I'm sharing a few gorgeous projects with some of the latest release chipboards from
Imaginarium Designs!

 Let's get straight into it.....

First up, I have this super cool boy layout to share.....

How fun is this?!!
Nothing like a lil mixed media fun to kickstart the year off!
Love that specialty foil paper from Crate Paper - it really 'pops' with the inky background.
I've combined some old favourite chipboards (cogs, and clock) with the all new, Natalie's Pinwheels chippies to create interest and texture on my page. Lots of inky, stamping fun happening here too!
Let's take a closer look at those chippies....

I've used black, vintage and island ink pads from Kaisercraft to dress my chipboard. I've also embellished some of the cogs with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Gear Cogs - adding more depth to the layout.
My sweet photograph has been mounted on the clock chipboard. To avoid detraction from my image, I have simply coated the clock face in black ink. I've used the clock hands as arrow markers too!
Very cool! I hope you liked it!
My darling daughter loved it so much that she insisted I create a 'girly' version for her - so here it is!

Wow! A very pretty take on Mr Too Cool's layout!
I've created both pages individually; but they will work so well as a double page in my album!
Instead of using the clock, cogs and gears, I've opted for the delicate and intricate doilies. I've still used Nat's Pinwheels, but I've layered them to create a sweet gerbera bloom!
Take a closer look......

I've inked the chipboards in Berry, Tangelo and Saffron inks from Kaisercraft, and then added a quick spritz of Kaisermist to soften the colour. The centres of the doilies have been filled with droplets of dimensional magic, I love the clear resin finish it creates!
I love how both these pages came together - so quick and easy and yet so very effective!

My final layout that I am sharing with you today is super fun, full of colour, and features some more of the new chipboard designs available....

"# Awesome"

Isn't this fabulous?! 
A mix of Crate Paper's Confetti & Shine collections - it's so modern, & bright and well, just perfect for scrapping my lil darlings!
And unlike my previous two layouts, this one doesn't make a 'feature' of chipboard. I wanted to show how chipboard can be understated, and complimentary to all our layouts too! 
The new insta words are a fabulous new addition to the Imaginarum Designs range; I've inked mine in black so it partners well with the transparency title 'together'. Take a closer look......

You'll also spy a very pale pink chippie heart on the top of my photograph  - very sweet!

But my fave chipboard on this layout are those mint inked leaves - tucked under my photo cluster but really adding that special 'something'. Aren't they just darling?

And there you have it! 

Two very different ways to use Imaginarium Designs Chipboard in your memory keeping - but both very easy to achieve too!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my first layouts for 2016, and  I look forward to sharing another year of creativity with you! 

Thanks for visiting!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Exciting news to welcome in the New Year!

Hi my gorgeous creative friends! 

Happy New Year to you all!
May 2016 be filled with good health, happiness & much JOY!!!

I am starting off my happy new year with this exciting announcement:

 Yay!!! You know how much I love Imaginarium Designs chipboard,  & I  had so much fun on their DT last year! Im super delighted to be returning for another year of chipboard joy!
To see the entire new team for 2016 click here.

I'll be sharing my very first 2016 post with them tomorrow,  so be sure to check back here real soon ;)
Thanks again for all your love and support!  
Best wishes for an amazing year ahead!

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo