Creativity

“So Epic” | Cocoa Vanilla Studio DT

*Originally written for Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Blog*

Hey y’all! Laura here with a really fun take on this amazing mandala design on the Explorer paper from the Legendary Collection. I wanted to see if I could use both the inside and outside of this gorgeous design on two separate layouts! This idea has been floating around in my head for ages, so I decided to dive in and give it a go!

Once I finished fussy cutting out the mandala pattern inside, I pulled together two different sets of photos, one for a busy layout and one for a simple layout. I figured the contrast between the two designs would be a fun juxtaposition! For the first layout, I layered in plenty of scraps and even used the part of the orange One Way paper that wouldn’t show to mat my photos! Love when I can get the absolute most use out of my papers, especially the gorgeousness from Cocoa Vanilla.

I had quite a bit of journaling to add to these photos, so I ended up using three label stickers from the 6×12 accessory sticker sheet to create spots for the details around the page. Anime is a huge interest for two of my kids at the moment, so the opportunity to see people dressed as their favorite characters was a thrill! And this wild, layered background was the perfect backdrop for these photos, pulling the bright orange and blues in together. Adding in the very appropriate “So Epic” title and the little stream of stars around each of my two clusters was a fun way to finish it off!

For my second layout, I backed the frame of the mandala with the Epic Tales paper, then adding a border of the bright orange One Way paper to give that blue a pop of excitement! Using many of the circle elements in the ephemera pack, I backed a few with scraps and layered them in with my photos of a Scouts fishing trip. My goofy son’s silly antics are some of my favorite pictures to scrap and these were no different! I did have to take the design all the way to the edge on the right to cover up where I cut through to the mandala, but overall, I think it turned out pretty cool!

I hope this double layout from one pattern inspired you to look at your patterned papers a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use every little piece up in a new way. If you’d like to see the So Epic layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below! 

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