Friday, September 29, 2023

Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Happy Days

I don’t know about you but I am not ready to let go of summer just yet! I love a good sweater and a warm pumpkin spice latte as much as the next crafty gal but I would also take another month of summer if someone asked me. So I have decided that playing with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Happy Days goodies from the Scrap Shotz shop will keep summer alive in my scrappy space. 

I love the happy theme of this collection - sunshine, rainbows and happiness! The classic goodness of a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection. For the layouts below I had the following goodies on my desk: Happy Days Collection Pack, Happy Days Title Stickers, Happy Days Ephemera, and Happy Days Floral Ephemera.  

Ok here is the fun I had ;) 

September Sketch Challenge 

For my first layout I played with our September Sketch Challenge. I love the sketch’s focus on the lower right of the page but also the touch of design across the bottom. So classy. 

This sketch design gave me a perfect opportunity to use this word pattern background - I knew the busy pattern wouldn’t steal the show with a single focal point on the lower right. Instead of the straight lines of the sketch, I let the rainbow curves of the Happy Days collection guide my design. 

A black and white photo made sure the ephemera really popped off the page and didn’t draw attention away from the amazing florals embellishing my photo. I will add my journalling to those empty tags along the bottom (in my own hand writing!) before I drop this one in my 2023 album. 

If you get a chance to play with the sketch, drop a photo in the September challenge album on the Scrap Shotz Facebook Group for a chance at a prize! 

Grunge Up Those Rainbows 

I love Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s bright and fun style but I really, really am a grunge-girl at heart. So I decided to ‘grunge up’ the rainbow. 


I used my black journal pen to messily trace the lines between each of the rainbow colours. Then I added a few spritz of water to some Tonic - Nuvo Crystal Drops in Black Ebony and used a small paintbrush to flick some splatters on the page. 

I printed my photos in 1x2 to make a wonky photo strip down the right of the page - I added at least a couple different patterns from the Collection behind each photo for some depth and contrast to the rainbow. I added the fun sketched frame from the ephemera pack to draw attention to my main photo and the flags from the pack as well in and around the others. The phrase stickers I added to bring some white to the layout so there was a place for the eye to rest on all the busy! I will add journalling in a column to the left of the photos before putting this one in my Scotland Trifect 2023 album. 

Inspired to Doodle

I had such fun with this layout! First, I took out my stash of Lindy’s Stamp Gang - Magicals from the shop and the striped rainbow pattern from the Collection and matched Magicals to each colour section of the stripes. Then I used the Magicals, mixed with a bit of water, and the packaging technique to splotch the colours next to the corresponding colour down the middle of a white 12x12 cardstock. I ripped the stripe pattern for the left hand side of the page. 

Before adding my photos and ephemera, I used my journal pen to trace the lines between the colours on the stripes, added some black splatters and a few random stamps here and there to add to the ‘mess’. 

I printed 6 photos for this layout, 2 are 2x3 as the feature photos and the other 4 are 1x2. I backed the photos in white to create some space between the photo image and the colourful background. For the larger photos, I added a couple of Collection pattern papers behind too. 

Liking the doodle look of my journal pen on the stripes, I decided to keep going and create my own leaves to pop out behind the florals ephemera pack goodies. To make these, I literally doodled loops connected to a line on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. I like the pops of white/sketch look with all that colour. To make the florals match the doodle look a little more, I also doodled some lines on each flower. 

I am off to play some more with his amazing collection, stay tuned for part 2 … 

Monday, September 11, 2023

49 and Market for Travel Memories

Hi y’all! Brande here sharing some travel memory projects brought to you by the amazing inventory of 49 & Market goodies in the Scrap Shotz shop! 

I used the Vintage Artistry Everywhere collection as my go to kit for these pages adding in some goodies from the Vintage Bits and Essentials collections too. 

Loving the Film Strips 

I love the film strips that 49 & Market have designed! I find myself designing a page then before adhering everything down I decide to also tuck a few film strips in behind and it’s next level! That’s what happened for this one. 

I started with the pattern paper and added a bunch of the messy rub ons, some splatters and a cluster of photos with a few embellishments was almost where I stopped .. then the film strips happened! One of each colour which then inspired the little circle chipboard embellishments to finish it off. Next level from my original vision. 

Words for the Win 


The Vintage Artistry Everywhere Rub-Ons come with a sheet of the most fantastic travel / adventure / explore the world words. I used a bunch of them to frame my layout! I tried to make a few a little off the page and a few fully on the page - sort of mimicking a pattern paper look. 

Then I added some splatters and a stencil pattern with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Unchartered Mariner. I used this colour to also inspire the embellishments - adding mostly blue touches here and there, and of course more of those amazing film strips! 

Forced Perspective 

For this layout I was inspired by the geo tags in the 49 & Market goodies. I love that they point to where you were, where you want to go a map .. or in this case, where the eye should focus on a layout. I cut the black/white pattern paper on this layout  to mimic the bottom of the geo tag that is sitting there all pretty in the middle of the page. 

From there, I created a cluster of small and even smaller photos, added some embellishments to connect all the photos and a few circles cut with the 49 & Market pattern papers. I repeat stamped the word happy over and over in black and coordinating Distress Inks (worn lipstick, twisted citron) behind the photo cluster. 

If you had the pleasure of seeing the Scrap Shotz crew at the Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton and Calgary this year you may have seen these layouts on display.  

Thanks for swinging by!