Cocoa Vanilla Studio | These Days – Part 2 | Giselle Homer

Hello Magpies,

Autumn is here again but I have one last sunny layout to share today. And a mini book card, made from just one piece of cardstock, complete with full details on how to make it. Read on for all the details!


Sunflower Fields

This collection has a sheet a paper with some cute frames that can be fussy cut, so I chose a variety to arrange across the base paper just above the centre line. I stencilled some pale green & yellow dots in the middle of the base paper.


I placed my photo in the middle but chose not to back it so that it would be more prominent. I decided to colour some of the frames with pencils as they looked quite pale. I added lots of floral & butterfly embellishments plus some word stickers, to break up some of the corners & to add interest.


I chose a scalloped frame to go behind the photo as a focal point on the layout & added some puffy heart shapes here & there.


I used the collection’s puffy alphabet for my title & added journalling on a die cut circular tag using a gold pen.


For a cute finishing touch I placed a corner of a frame along the lower edge & added more floral die cuts & puffies.



Mini Book Card

Here’s the mini book card I mentioned above; it’s fairly simple to make & would be a lovely gift for any occasion. Follow the instructions below to make one of your own!



To begin take a piece of 12″ x 12″ strong cardstock & trim it down to 12″ x 9″ landscape format. Score & fold along the red dotted lines & cut along the two solid horizontal black lines. Each square then measures 3″ x 3″ with the two centre squares at the outside edges folded in half as shown.


Cut your pieces of patterned paper slightly smaller than 3″ x 3″ & glue them into place. Remember to cut 2 squares in half for the two outer (folded) squares

The two photos below show the base card with the added papers & the fold orientation. I changed some of the papers when I added my photos to better suit the colours & embellishments.



Once you’ve prepared the base you can add your photos & embellishments in an arrangement that suits your project. I’ve used 6 photos & embellished the remaining squares with ephemera. The puffy alphabet from this collection is a great size for this project!



Fold the card into the finished shape & decorate the front with patterned paper & embellishments.  Use a ribbon to tie it together, ready to give to the lucky recipient!



I’d love to see your take on the minibook card so please share them on our Facebook page if you make one, they do make cute little gifts too! Until next month, happy scrapping everyone.


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Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘These Days’

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