/Raquel Bowman

About Raquel Bowman

Raquel is an Australian mummy to Charlotte and Jack, wife to Clint and an ‘obsessed with all things scrapbooking’ kind of girl! She is trained as a primary school teacher, but currently she's a Mummy by day and a scrapbooker by night! She loves spending time with her family, drinking coffee with friends, having creative time, a glass of wine at the end of a tough day and all things social media! Raquel is a lover of layers and clusters and enjoys adding little details to her pages while still maintaining white space, balance and a cleanliness to her layouts. She is lucky to design for online publication 'Jot Magazine' and was one of ten 'Scrapbooking Memories Magazine' Masters in Australia in 2014. 

So Thankful | More than Words | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-01-18T23:03:20+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today sharing with you a new layout featuring the new More than Words collection. I could not wait to play with this collection and get creating. I decided for todays layout to channel a geometric design of circles.

The subject of this layout is my Mum, I wanted to create a layout to document how grateful we are for all the love and support she gives us. This photo was taken recently on her 6oth birthday and features my kiddies in it too.

Here is the layout I created:

Here is a process video for how this layout came together:

More than Words was the perfect collection to document this subject and photo of my Mum and kiddies. I printed the photo in black and white as there was a lot of colours in the background. The photo was printed approx 4×4″ in size and then cut with my Sizzix framelits circle dies to get the circular shape. I also cut multiple circles from the 6×6″ paper pad in various sizes using the circle dies too.

As usual I typed and printed my journaling on my typewriter and cut it into strip form. Below the photo and title ‘So very Thankful for You’ was the perfect place to add the journaling. The title was taken from the 6×12″ accessory sticker sheet, it was just what I was looking for.

The design of this page is mainly a vertical design of circles which flows from the top of the page to the bottom. I added a small cluster of embellishments to the bottom to continue to help your eyes flow down the page. This cluster is made up of a Chipboard heart, a small journal spot, a floral die cut piece and some enamel dots. I also added some details about the photo to the cluster too.

To finish the page and balance the vertical design I added a few small embellishments to the right side of the page. The placement of the embellishments helps even out the heaviness of the left side.

I hope you have enjoyed this post today. Be sure to check out your local stockists as the More than Words collection should be hitting their stores very soon.

Just incase you missed it, or want to see More than Words in more detail, I shared the collection on my YouTube channel recently. You can watch it below:

Take care, Raquel xx

My Favourites from 2017 | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-12-19T08:00:56+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, Raquel here with you today. It’s favourites week here on the CVS blog, so today I get a chance to reflect on the year gone by, reminisce over memories I have documented and share with you my fave layouts from 2017.

I have four to share with you today. The first one I am sharing with you is the layout below. I love this one for a few reasons; it features my beautiful babes, it is using the Wild at Heart collection (one of my fave cvs collections ever) and lastly because it brings back memories of a beautiful weekend when I taught this layout at the Escape 2 Create retreat in Port Lincoln.

My next layout was not long after I had made a recent creative change to try the 8.5″x11″ size layouts. I had recently been though a few things personally and was feeling unmotivated and uninspired to create. I decided one day to just have a play and thought ‘why not try the smaller size’ and well since then, I haven’t looked back. I am feeling more inspired than ever and I think this was one of the layouts that did that for me. On this layout I used the exclusive to Paperific kit ‘One in a Million’ and documented an image I took of my kiddies that I framed for my hubby.

This next layout….. well what can I say about the Bohemian Dreams collection? It is just pure perfection. It is ideal for documenting sweet moments like the image below of my little girl. I couldn’t resist creating a dream catcher for this page. The feather ephemera were the perfect accompaniment.

Finally, my most recent CVS layout has to be one of my all time faves. It’s a very busy layout in terms of design and what I am used to creating but I just love how it ended up. It was fun to document so many christmas memories on the one layout and also challenge myself to use a non themed collection to create it with.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, it has been so nice to see everyones favourites so far on the blog! Be sure to keep checking in to see what the rest of the team loved.

Raquel xx

Remember December | Bohemian Dreams Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-12-04T21:48:30+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring Bohemian Dreams for the theme of christmas. Yep, you read that right! A christmas layout using Bohemian Dreams. It can be done, and you will see what the team come up with on the blog documenting christmas with a non themed collection.

Here is my layout that I created:

The subject of my layout was our December visitors, our elves on the shelf; Chippy and Snowflake. I took a North Pole inspired colour palette of blues for this page and added in some die cut snowflakes to match. The cut file I used is one from Paige Evans available in the Silhouette Design Store. I printed the photos 1.1″ square in size to fit into the frames perfectly. I love that I was able to document multiple photos at once through using this file.

The title of the page was made up from the Chipboard title sticker ‘remember’ and a die cut word ‘December’ that I cut on my electronic cutting machine. I added texture to the die cut title by machine stitching through the middle. I also finished that area with a brief sentence of journaling which details what the images were of.

One of our elves is called Snowflake so I decided to play on that and cut multiple snow flake style designs in varied sizes. I used these to create clusters and embellish the page. I added a floral ephemera (I couldn’t help myself!) and a scattering of enamel dots to each embellishment grouping.

I love that the stickers in most CVS accessory sheets are quite versatile and generic. It means that I was still able to add them to this christmas page and they still worked.

The cut file had little sections at the top of each photo that mimicked a clothes peg. I used that to add in pops of colour, I backed those pegs with the Abundant patterned paper.

I think one of the things I like about this page, apart from the fact that I was able to document so many photos, is the dimensional look the layout has. The use of a foam adhesive under the frames and chipboard word add lovely shadows and depth to the page. You can see just how much from the image below.

Thanks so very much for popping by the blog today. I hope you have found this post inspirational.

Take care,

Raquel xxx

Super Awesome | Bohemian Dream + You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-11-16T21:26:15+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, its Raquel Bowman here with you today sharing a new layout as part of ‘Pink or Blue?’ week. You will never believe what colour I chose to feature on my page today!

………………….. blue! Yep, I decided to go against my natural lean towards all things girly and create a blue layout featuring my little man. For this layout I chose to feature the blue toned papers and embellishments from both the new Bohemian Dreams collection and the You Rock collection too.

Here is the layout that I created:

I am documenting my little mans love of jigsaw puzzles on this one. He loves puzzles and he does them amazingly quick….sometimes I can be doing a puzzle with him and he places pieces together before I have even grasped what the piece was of.

Due to having a large title on the page, which I will share more about it below, I documented the story of Jack’s love for puzzles on tags I made using the CVS papers and my typewriter. I knew I definitely wanted to add journaling so if my main design doesn’t allow a lot of room a great tip is to create tags to tuck behind photos that hold your story.

Here is a close up of the journaling:

The title itself formed a large part of the page and is a fun and functional design element. The cut file was downloaded free from the Paper Issues store and backed with the ‘Wild and Free’ Bohemian Dreams patterned paper. I love the two tone effect that the paper has behind the cut file. It gives a nice effect with little work. It did take me a little while to back this file as I had to use my craft knife to cut out some of the negative spaces, but the result was well worth it. I added some machine stitching to add some extra detail to the title.

To embellish the page I went through my embellishments and found any that would coordinate with my blue colour scheme. I also added black, white and a smidgen of woodgrain, thats a neutral right?!?

I created three main clusters of embellishments, one to the top right of the photo, one to the left of the title and one towards the bottom right of the page. Here is a closer look at those clusters.

I really enjoyed sticking to the one colour for this layout as it challenged me to use stickers, flair, die cuts, etc that I hadn’t yet used on other layouts.

A handy little tip I have found when working with chipboard is that if you would not like it to be as thick, simply peel layers of the board off the back of the piece. This allows you to create the amount of dimension that you want the piece to have, like I have done with the world icon on this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I have to ask, are you team pink or blue? Or are you on the fence with this one?


Happy You | Bohemian Dream Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-11-04T17:42:05+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, Raquel here on the blog today sharing a new layout using the new Bohemian Dream collection. For this layout today I created a layout documenting my little girls 5th birthday that was at the start of October. I chose to use a colour photo for this one as the purple and pink were the perfect pairing to the Bohemian Dream collection.

Here is the layout that I created:

I decided to create a garland of flowers in a semi circle shape featuring the gorgeous vellum ephemera leaves. I don’t know about you but the floral design in the Bohemian Dreams is one of my CVS faves and when they are printed in vellum, wow! – they are just pure perfection. I added a spot of glue under the vellum accents to secure them  and then ran a few lines of stitching over them for detail but also to make sure they stay in place. I was also able to add some extra dimension to the florals by folding the ends up.

I added a fun little detail to the butterfly by adding some hand stitching under it. A super easy and super fun detail to create.

I backed the photo with the ‘Dreamer’ patterned paper and added a doily too.

The word ‘happy’ in the title was from the Chipboard stickers pack. I was really drawn to the ombre look of the letters so I decided to try and mimic the look on the ‘Chipboard Title’ word ‘you’. I did this by using my distress inks and a blending tool. The chipboard title pack is so easy to customise to suit your projects.

As usual I added the journaling by using my typewriter and cutting it into strip form before adhering.

I added some finishing touches to the page of machine stitching and enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

Take care, Raquel xxx

Sweet Memories | Bohemian Dream Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-10-18T17:28:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing with you a new layout featuring the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. This was my first layout with the new collection and wow! Bohemian Dream is so gorgeous isn’t it?!?  Each and every piece is just so beautiful. I must say I was super excited to see the new 6×6 paper pad, stamps and chipboard words that were released with this collection. Even more goodness to play with! I’ll make sure to share how I used them throughout this post.

Here is the layout I created:

The subject of this layout is my little girl. This pic was taken right before she went to sleep on the night before her 5th birthday. 5! Yep my baby is 5. Seriously, how does it go so quick? Anyways, this was her last night being 4 so I wanted to document it. As soon as I printed it I knew I wanted to use it with this collection as I was was thinking along the lines of ‘sweet dreams my four year old’ or something of that nature. Since the collection has a lot of Dream catchers I made the link there. I printed the photo in black and white as the colours in her doona cover would have been too bold. The photo is printed at around a 3×4″ size.

It may be a little cliche’ but I had to make the main element of my page a dream catcher. It was screaming to be done with this collection and this photo and the story of my page was just perfect for it. I found a dream catcher image online and traced it with my silhouette software. I only wanted the top portion of the catcher as I knew I wanted to create the feathers using the ephemera pack and some stitching.

I love the 6×6 pads. The prints are smaller in design and just perfect for backing cut files with. I have backed a portion of the top of the dream catcher paper with the 6×6″ size of the ‘Wild n Free’ paper. The inclusion of the blue added a nice soft touch to the page as I felt the purple, navy and even the pink were a lot more bold. I also matted my photo with the paper pad on the spot design paper.

This collection has the most beautiful floral designs, dare I say my fave from all the collections, so I had to add some clusters of them on either side of the photo and dream catcher. I added a little foam adhesive to some of the elements to create that shadow and dimension.

For the bottom of the dream catcher I decided to use the three feathers that can be found in the ephemera pack. I wanted it to look like they were hanging off the dreamcatcher, like they do on a real life one, so I replicated the string with stitching and the beading you can find on them with enamel dots.

As always I felt I needed to add my journaling to tell the story of this page. Although the design was somewhat central I felt the design needed a little balance due to the heaviness of the photo so that is why I have placed the journaling where I have.

I hope this page has inspire you today. This would be such a fun page to replicate at home. If you have any questions about it at all don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below or send me a message via social media.

Oh also, if you haven’t checked out the Bohemian Dream collection in detail you can see it in my unboxing video below


Let’s go on an Adventure | Hit the Road Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-09-26T20:18:38+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today with you sharing my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla. For my layout today I have used one of the limited edition mini collection kits that were available at the recent Paperific expo in Melbourne and online in the Cocoa Vanilla store. I was lucky enough to help out at the expo and nab myself the gorgeous exclusives. I am using the ‘Hit the Road’ collection today documenting a page for my little mans album.

Here is the page I created:

Here is the process of how this layout came together:


For this page today I created it in 8.5×11″ size. The moment I am documenting is a newborn photo of my little man. I chose to use this photo as the theme of the collection is adventure and travel in masculine tones, so I took the message of a new adventure we will have with this little man now in our lives.

For the base of the layout I used a free cut file from the Paper Issues store and just shrunk it down to fit the 8.5″ wide size. I backed the file using one of the papers in the collection. I placed a couple of layers of patterned paper and a small doily under the small 3×4″ landscape photo. I added some detail to the ledger look paper by adding a binding edge punch along the right side.

These mini collections contain 5 double sided papers, an ephemera pack and a 3 set of flair. I have stuck to mainly these things when embellishing the page. At the top right cluster on the page I have layered a frame, banners, tags and a die cut circle. The flair and circle die cut helped repeat the circle design that happened on the main base of the page. I also added the date typewritten and an enamel shape from the Free Spirit collection.

I also added another small cluster to the bottom left of the photo. This contained more die cut shapes which act as my title ‘let’s go on an adventure’. I added some ‘You Rock’ tiny word stickers, and some more enamel dots. The staples added with my tiny attacher add a nice detail and textural element to the page.

The final cluster is on the bottom left corner. On this cluster I added a small amount of journaling that I typed on my typewriter. I felt this page didn’t need too much detail in the journaling so it was kept very short. I added a rubber charm from the ‘You Rock’ collection as the blue tones were a perfect match. To ground the whole layout due to how much of the layout was sitting on the top third of the page I decided to add the printed branding strip along the bottom, helping to balance the layout.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and been inspired by my layout. Did you manage to snap up one of the mini collections? Don’t forget to tag #cocoavanilla studio on instagram or share your layout in our Facebook community

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