Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share a layout for our regular “Throwback Thursday” feature. Today I am sharing a page that I created whilst away at the Cocoa Vanilla retreat in Coffs Harbour recently. It was such a fabulous weekend – awesome people, beautiful surrounds, and so relaxing. And a big thank you to all the ladies that attended my class there – you really made my job easy and so much fun!

For the layout I am sharing today, I went back to revisit the super cool ‘Totally Rad’ collection from 2016. This boy range was definitely one of my faves with its bright, happy colour palette; and I am not ashamed to say I am still hoarding the treasured remains (including scraps) in my stash! It was perfect for some snaps of my boys (who are quite a bit bigger than they were when I first used this range to scrap their photos).

My page began with the reverse side of the ‘Stellar’ paper (one of my favourite wood grain prints of all time) as the background; and I added a few swipes of black acrylic paint using a wide brush. This was to define the focal area, and help the papers I planned to use on top pop from the background.

I used a mix of the Line Up and Happy Snaps papers over the top of the paint as a mat for my photos. (You can see how without the addition of the black paint that the warm tones of the papers would have blended with the warm background and lacked that “pop” I wanted.)

On top of my patterned paper pieces, I added some pieces of messy black cotton for texture, before arranging my photos on top. (My photos were backed with some scrap cardboard for extra dimension.)

To embellish my page, I used few small pieces from the cut apart Mix Tape paper; along with pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I used foam tape under several of the pieces, including the title words, to help them pop.

I finished off with a couple of Wood Veneer shapes, a cute little camera Woodie and a few splatters of black ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to bust some of your own Cocoa Vanilla stash, or even pull out something new and get creative. Until next time, happy scrapping!

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