/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. 

Hello Heart Breaker | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-02-19T10:47:00+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today on the CVS blog. Today I am sharing a new layout I created just for fun using the You Rock collection. I took this photo of my little man in December and knew right away that I needed to scrapbook it using the You Rock collection.

Here is the layout that I created:

This photo of my boy just captures his little cheeky personality to a tee! I wanted to document on this layout how I think he is just the cutest little man and what a heart breaker he will be when he is older. His little smile and cheeky ways has everyone around his little finger, no joke!

I decided to focus on a layout base of whited card stock (like always, I know) teamed with blue and a contrast of black. I loved the boldness of the black in this layout design, it really compliments the black and white photo well.

The photo itself as I mentioned is printed in black and white with a white border. I also added a small mat of black card stock to help the photo pop and a layer of patterned paper in the design ‘Random’. I added a binding edge punch to the edge of the right side for further texture. The photo mat itself was also adhered to the page with foam adhesive. I love to add tabs of some kind to the top or side of my photos, I didn’t have one from this collection to use that worked with the colours and design I had in mind for this page so I decided to use the ‘the original’ sticker from the accessory sticker sheet instead. I just made sure that all you can see is the text of the sticker rather than the journaling space too, and it worked and looks like a tab.

The hello from the title is cut from a metal die by Sizzix and I cut and adapted the tiny word stickers to read ‘my little heart breaker’. I used a journaling label from the cut apart sheet to help ground and rest the tiny word stickers on otherwise they were going to blend too much into the background. The ‘splats’ and also the stars that feature on this layout are also a Sizzix die and was cut out with the ‘Experimental’ patterned paper or just plain textured black card stock.

The journaling was typed on my typewriter and cut and adhered in strip form. It is not lengthy journaling but I was able to express what I wanted to in that space on the page.  I added black spatters using an India ink to the background of the page in a diagonal direction. I went a little crazy with how much I added and ended up covering g up quite a bit of it with my photo, I think it adds a grunge look to the page – perfect for documenting boys, and especially this photo of my man.

To help balance the top heaviness of my layout I added a small cluster to the bottom right corner of the page. This includes a label sticker with the date and more die cut splatters and stars.

The entire page was bordered with the star design paper in the collection. Again the black pattern really adds a boldness to the page that I was wanting to add and also the stars tie in with the embellishments used on the page. I also machine stitched around the edges for that added detail.

Thanks so very much for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you have left inspired or with an idea for a future project.

Raquel xxx

You my Darling | More than Words Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-02-04T19:50:11+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing my newest layout featuring the new and beautiful More than Words collection. This collection has started to hit stores and it is just truly and absolutely stunning! Since February is the month of LOVE I couldn’t resist creating a layout documenting Hubby and I. It is rare for him and I to get photos together as it is normally me behind the camera, so whenever we do, I am bound to document them.

Here is the layout I created:

My layout was actually inspired by the February Jot Magazine mood board. The colours and theme of this board worked so well with the More than Words collection that the match was just perfect. I decided to use the Effervescent paper to frame my whole layout. I love the soft grey chevron pattern and it added a nice finishing touch to the whole layout.


The photo was taken last December on a short family getaway we had. Such awesome memories that we are making together as a little family, I could not imagine doing it with anyone else.

The design of the layout is mainly on a diagonal with my photo and cut file details in the top left corner. The cut files were free from the Paper Issues store. I added a small doily behind my photo to add an extra element of softness to the page, and embellished the photo with a chipboard banner and heart.

The ‘love you to bits’ heart was cut from the ‘Treasure’ cut apart patterned paper. I loved the saying and also liked that it repeated the shape of hearts that I had going on on this layout. I also added some of the gorgeous Vellum ephemera to this page. So so pretty! Aren’t the enamel shapes just the perfect finishing touch!

For part of the title I used the word ‘you’ from the black chipboard stickers pack and the ‘my darling’ from the ephemera pack.

The tiny word stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet are always a perfect addition of text and journaling to a page. I loved that I was able to create a phrase ‘with all my heart, I simply adore you always’. I added one of the flair buttons also that says ‘you are loved’.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have been inspired by my layout.

Raquel xxx

Perfect Moment | More than Words Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-01-25T16:13:47+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today sharing my latest layout featuring the new More than Words collection. For todays layouts I chose to focus on more of the blue tones within the collection and still add those softening touches I like to add like layers, white die cuts, etc.

Here is the layout that I created:

The moment and photo I am documenting is one of my kiddies when they had just met their baby cousin. We were all so excited for his arrival and the on this day when he was asleep in his bassinet I managed to snap the kids when they went in to check on him and watch him sleeping. How precious is it!?! I printed the photo black and white as the quality of the original photo was not the best. I had to do quite a bit of editing and lightening to get the photo useable on the page, but I do love the result.

I backed the photo onto a blue paper from the 6×6″ paper pad. The paper was a darker tone of blue and helped the photo to really stand out on the page. I love to add tabs to the tops or sides of my photos, the favourites tab was from the Ephemera pack.

As soon as I saw the chipboard packs when creating this page I knew that the ‘perfect’ from the black chipboard words and the ‘moment’ from the chipboard stickers would make a great title and express what I thought about this photo. To add some extra texture I machine stitched ‘moment’ through the centre. My journaling was typewritten and added to the page in strip form. I love being able to tell a small part of what the photo is about so that in the future when people are looking through my albums (if they are still around) they will know exactly what this page is documenting.

The layout has a somewhat vertical design in terms of embellishments and your eyes will flow from the top left of the page across to the bottom right of the page. To finish the bottom right corner I added a die cut leaf, which is a cut file available in the CVS store, a tab cut from the cut apart patterned paper, and a few ephemera pieces and stickers. I couldn’t resist adding a floral on this page, but since it is a baby page I think I can get away with it! The final touches to the cluster was a chipboard heart from the black chipboard sheet and some enamel shapes.

The top cluster includes another one of the cut files, but this time it was a whole flower. I also added some stickers, a chipboard heart and more enamel dots. I framed the whole page in a soft blue and white striped patterned paper and added machine stitching around my white background. It added a nice finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope I was able to inspire you and show you how you can create a boy layout featuring the new More than Words collection.

Raquel x

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?


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