Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Mandy Melville


I was browsing through the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog and came across projects by Mandy Melville and instantly became her newest biggest fan! I am excited to introduce her to you today and share a brand new project and a few of her favorite creations!

Name: Mandy Melville
Location: Sydney, Australia
Instagram: @mandy1980
Pinterest: @mandymelville
Facebook: Mandy Melville

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I live just north of Sydney on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. I’ve been married to Andrew for almost 15 years and together we have three kids… Abigail, who is nearly 13 years old (eek, a teenager, how did that happen!), Isaac who is nearly 10 years old, and Eleanor who is 2 ½ years old. We also have a kitten named Sasha. As well as looking after my family, I work one day a week at my local scrapbooking store, which is so much fun! I’ve been scrapbooking for about 12 ½ years, since my oldest was a baby, and my love for the craft has just grown stronger over the years! I was introduced to scrapbooking by Mum, who had been to a few Creative Memories parties, and I was instantly hooked! We still enjoy crafting together, and now my eldest daughter joins us as well! I love that I get to share this hobby with both my Mum and my daughter! Over the past couple of years I’ve been super lucky to be on some amazing design teams and I’m so thankful for these opportunities!

Favorite thing to create: I love creating 12×12 layouts, as well as traveler’s notebook spreads!

What do you love about this hobby? What I love most about this hobby is that I’m preserving my family’s precious memories! I know that if I didn’t record all of the little details, they would be forgotten. I love seeing my kids flip through the scrapbook albums that I’ve created. They love looking at the photos, but possibly even more so, they love reading the stories that I’ve recorded through the journaling. What I also love about scrapbooking is the creative outlet that it provides. As a Mum, it can be very easy to fill the hours in the day taking care of everybody else, so I really appreciate the little pockets of time in the day when I can slip away to my desk and get creative. It’s so therapeutic and relaxing! And lastly, I love that this hobby has brought so many new friends into my life – both online and in real life. I love how supportive and encouraging the scrapbooking community is and the way that we are all inspired by one another.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I married my high school sweetheart. We started dating when we were 17, got married when we were 21, and this year we are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary!
2. I love Paris! I was lucky enough to visit Paris in 2009 and would LOVE to be able to go back there again one day.
3. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and 15 years experience as a trained accountant (but at the moment I’m enjoying a change of pace working one day a week at my local scrapbooking store). I think some people find it funny that I’m an accountant that loves to scrapbook, but I guess I’m not your typical accountant!
4. I really don’t enjoy cooking AT ALL and would happily hire a personal chef if I could afford to do so!
5. Two things I couldn’t live without are coffee and chocolate! Thankfully my husband is pretty good on a coffee machine!

DREAM BIG LITTLE ONE by Mandy Melville

I adore this photo of my youngest daughter sleeping and because I really wanted to do the photo justice, I’ve been waiting for just the right time to scrapbook it (does anybody else do that?). When Paige asked me if I’d like to be featured on the Scrapbook Expo blog, of course I said yes, and I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to document this special photo. I’ve combined a few different collections on this page, including the American Crafts ‘Little by Little’ collection by Shimelle, the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Wild at Heart’ collection, and the Felicity Jane ‘Sophie’ kit. I love that these collections came together so beautifully and that they created such a soft and dreamy colour palette! I’ve also used a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store to create my title. One of my favourite techniques for creating an eye catching layout is to cut out a large feature title using my Silhouette Cameo.

HAPPY by Mandy Melville

This layout was based on a sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for Stuck?! Sketches. I love using a sketch as a jumping off point for a layout, particularly when I’m stuck for design ideas. And a grid design is always a winner in my books! This page features photos of my youngest daughter and my nephew. They are the best of friends and I love documenting the special relationship that they share. I used the Shimelle ‘Little by Little’ collection to create this page. With lots of cute embellishments, and lovely colours, it was the perfect collection for documenting these photos! I also included a handmade star embellishment from Charms Creations, as well as a rubber charm and a flair button from Felicity Jane. I had a lot of fun creating this cute and whimsical page!

CARNIVAL FUN by Mandy Melville

This layout features photos from when we took our kids to a local carnival earlier this year. My parents joined us too, and we had so much fun going on some rides and eating ice cream cones! I really wanted this page to have a carefree and fun feel to it to match the photos, and the Paige Evans ‘Take Me Away’ collection was just what I was looking for! The colours in this collection are divine and the gold foam Thickers really add that extra pop! I decided to print my photos in black and white so that I could include lots of those beautiful colours in the collection on my page. Once again I created a large title, this time using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I decided to tilt all of the elements on the page, which I think adds some extra fun to the layout!

HAPPY EASTER by Mandy Melville

To create this layout, I dug into my stash of Cocoa Vanilla goodies, and used six different collections on this one page. I documented a couple of cute photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her very first Easter egg. I decided on using soft, pastel colours, as these really remind me of Easter. I love to create lots of dimension on my pages, so I added foam tape underneath some of the elements on the page to give them added height. I love all of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla papers and embellishments on this page and how well they all work together to create a soft and pretty layout.

LET’S GO by Mandy Melville

Towards the end of last year I discovered traveler’s notebooks, and now I’m completely hooked! I love scrapbooking in my notebooks and the smaller size makes it quick and easy to put a layout together. I’m using this particular notebook to document photos from a cruise that we went on last year. This photo of my eldest daughter was taken just before we set sail from Sydney. The view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was amazing! I used a combination of the Bella Blvd ‘Secrets of the Sea’ (Girl) collection along with the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection on this spread. I also used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to cut the phrase ‘Let’s Go’, which was the perfect title for this page. I love the fresh and vibrant colour palette on this spread and those florals from the Cocoa Vanilla ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection are totally swoon-worthy!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Mandy Melville today! Be sure to check out more of her amazing creations on her blog and instagram and such (all listed at the top of this post!) See you again soon!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Anna Komenda


I just love instagram! I can’t tell you how many scrapbookers I have “discovered” by scrolling through hashtags and tags! Gotta love technology 🙂 I “found” Anna Komenda via instagram and instantly fell in love with her style! Artistic, whimsical, and stunning!

Name: Anna Komenda
Location: Poland
Instagram: @moriony
YouTube: CrafthouseTV
Pinterest: @moriony
Facebook: anna.komenda

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I always liked playing with paper and painting. I like to have my hands busy. I was jumping from one hobby to another until I found scrapbooking. It was in 2008, right after my first daughter was born. I was searching for some ways to create a handmade album with her cute pictures and that is how I found out that there is something out there called scrapbooking. I fast became a scrapbooking junkie. I live in Poland with my little family of two daughters, hubby, and beagle dog named Pirat. I am a geologist but I am not working as one right now. I devoted myself to raising my kids and scrapbooking 😀 I teach online and live classes and I am very happy with what I have and where I am in my life right now.

Favorite thing to create: Layouts and mini albums. There is nothing better than a project with cute pictures!

What do you love about this hobby? First of all – I am never bored. I always have something to make, paint, cut, glue. I don’t panic knowing that it’s going to be a rainy weekend and we will have to stay home 🙂 Second – I meet so many friends around the world! Thanks to the crops and classes I go out a lot and spend quality time with people who share my passion. Keeping my memories in beautiful album is a great quality for sure too.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I hate spiders. I scream when I see one.
2. I love roller coasters. Being upside down makes me so happy.
3. I am a sea person. There is nothing better than sand under your feet and endless water in front of you.
4. I hate marble pattern. I am a geologist but somehow it doesn’t speak to me.
5. I throw away my layouts. I make so many of them that I don’t have a room to store them. Crazy woman, right?

DREAM CATCHER by Anna Komenda

I was recently inspired by a dream catcher I saw on Pinterest so I decided to make one for myself with a scrappy twist. I played with watercolors to create background and added my favorite Crate Paper embellishments.

LIVE SIMPLY by Anna Komenda

Rainbow colors are my favorite. That’s why I like this page so much. I painted my background with watercolors and added embellishments in matching colors.

HAPPY GIRL by Anna Komenda

As a mom of two girls I became a pink color fan. I like using pink on my projects along with cute pictures of my girls.

AWESOME DREAM by Anna Komenda

Another project with watercolor background. I just love those paints and the messy, splattery effects you can achieve with them.

BEAUTY QUEEN by Anna Komenda

Using big titles can be a really fun way to create a unique composition on the layout. So big letters plus cute model plus beautiful collection equals great page!

Thank you so much to Anna for taking the time to answer all my questions and create a new and exclusive layout for her feature!!

Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial

Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #ssbe2017 #beckiAdams #scrapbooking

Happy Thursday Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a double page multi photo layout with you. This layout also comes with a video tutorial. While the majority of my scrapbooking is single page layouts, I do enjoy creating double page layouts as well. Earlier this year, I shared a video sharing my top 5 product picks from Creativation 2017. (You can find that post HERE and that video HERE.) My favorite patterned papers from Creativation are from the Little by Little collection from Shimelle and American Crafts. I’ve used a lot of these patterned papers already but oddly enough, I neglected to use my favorite patterned paper from that collection. That all changed with this layout. I finally used my favorite patterned paper!  As I often do, I used the visual triangle design principle to create embellishment clusters around the layout. With such a bold line of photos the visual triangle of embellishments keeps the readers eye moving around the layout.This layout features four 4×6 photos. These photos of my kids were taken on the first day of school 2016. I love taking photos at the same time of year, year after year. It’s so fun to watch how we all grow and change.Come see how this layout comes together in the process video over on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo YouTube channel.



Do you have a patterned paper(s) that you LOVE but you haven’t used on a project? Consider this a challenge. Get those beautiful papers out of your stash and into your albums!!Now, when you’ve created a project using your favorite patterned paper, make sure to tag me (@beckiadams) on Instagram AND Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (@scrapbookexpo).  We always love to see what you’re creating!Double Page Multi Photo Layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #ssbe2017 #beckiAdams #scrapbooking I’d also love to hear if you prefer to create single page layouts or double page layouts. Also, do you like to put lots of photos on your layouts or do you prefer to make one photo shine? My hope is that you’ll be inspired to create your own double page multi photo layout WITH your favorite patterned paper. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another edition of Inspiration Station. I DO have a special suprise for next week’s post. Make sure you come back to visit. 😉 Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog.


Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Audrey Yeager


I have been a longtime fan of Audrey Yeager’s scrapbook layouts, among other talents!, and I am so excited to feature her today and show you a brand new layout she made just for her spotlight!

Name: Audrey Yeager
Location: Fayetteville, NY
Instagram: @audreykit1
YouTube: audreykit1
Pinterest: @audreykit
Flickr gallery: audreykit

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am a SAHM working part time as an AP Biology teacher. My kiddos are 8 and almost 6 and are the subjects of most of my pages. I started scrapping in 2005. I had a big Halloween party and I wanted to make an album of all the fun costumes and events and that was the first scrapbook album I made. Since then I have been on several design teams, kit clubs, and manufacturer teams and I even owned my own online scrapbook store for about 2 years. When I am not scrapping, I like to quilt, play volleyball, spend time outdoors, and binge watch Netflix and other TV shows.

Favorite thing to create: I love to create single page layouts about everyday events and fun memories about our family.

What do you love about this hobby? I love the outlet it provides as a stress relief and I love that it helps me capture memories and moments that I want to remember forever. I also love meeting new people and the support that both the online and real-life scrapping community provides. I have met so many people through this hobby!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I’m a heavy metal/hard rock kind of girl! My favorite bands are Metallica and Tool.
2. We do a little bit of “homesteading” at our house including raising chickens, planting lots of vegetables, and making our own maple syrup.
3. When I was about 12, I used to catch garter snakes at my house and sell them to my local pet store for $1 a foot. They would use them to feed other snakes or sell the bigger ones. I have no problems picking up snakes even to this day!
4. I’ve taught students in almost every grade, Kindergarten through graduate school.
5. I have a brother who is 18 years younger than I am and when he was born (and all throughout my 20’s) people used to think he was my child.

GOOD BOOK by Audrey Yeager

My daughter is really into this series right now, and I love reading with her. The books in the “Oh My Heart” by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee collection were perfect for this page. I tried to recreate the look of a book using lightweight media sheets and embellies to look like book marks (and I even dog-eared the corner of the “book”).

COOL DUDE by Audrey Yeager

I used a fun cut file for the background on this page and played with the design of the squares. I also love this color combo for a boy page!

THIS TREE by Audrey Yeager

For the journaling on this page, I used a combination of stamping and handwriting to tell the story of this tree in our backyard that we loved but had to cut down.

CHORES by Audrey Yeager

I used the Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collection to document the chores I hate doing (and those that I don’t mind doing). The die cuts were perfect for this theme!


I wanted to go grunge this this page about my brother and I listening to loud music. The title has both a literal and a figurative meaning for me on this page!

Thank you so much to Audrey for taking the time to answer my questions and creating a new and stunning page for her feature! See you again in a couple weeks with a new spotlight!

Tip of the Day: Vellum Receipts from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


You know Dave as the fabulous host of the crops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. Dave is also a dedicated and talented scrapper, and he shares a great tip for saving memorabilia.

Stop by to plan a weekend to crop and create with Dave. You’ll have a blast!

#SSBE2017 #WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Big Stitched & Painted Titled


Hello friends! Today I have a new layout to share with you featuring some of my favorite techniques: a combined stitched and painted BIG title!

To make this layout, first, I downloaded the “Now is the New Later” cut file from the Silhouette Design Store – it is one of the phrases found in my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee! In a new Silhouette document, I enlarged the title and rotated it slightly to make it at an angle. Next, I replaced the blade in my Cameo with a pencil using the pen holder adapter tool and drew the title onto Paper 07 from Oh My Heart. I used a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/8″ or so over the title. While we were on a 7 day Spring Break road trip, I brought this project along and stitched away during the long drives between cities!

I love the dimension and texture stitching adds. To help the title stand out even more I painted it in with acrylic paint. The thread makes a nice buffer so painting inside the letters is really easy and you don’t have to be careful about going outside the lines!

Then came the fun part of adding a photo and embellishments! I chose a recent photo of myself – I rarely scrap photos of just me but I hope my kids and family members will appreciate it. I fussy cut flowers from Paper 06 and combined those with die cut flowers to create a pretty photo mat. The page was looking very busy so I added a large block of purple paper at the bottom to cover some of the busy patterned paper background.

I hope that you are inspired to try this technique (or rather, combination of techniques)! It’s one of my favorites!

Tip of the Day: Creating Photo Templates from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo


Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows us how to create our own templates for cutting photos and papers into the exact size we need. By using these clear templates, we can easily see where to cut and get the image that we want to scrap. Lorraine also shares a great tip for working with the templates, so enjoy watching her demonstrate a no-stress approach to making cuts in the size you need.

You can find Lorraine in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos helping scrappers learn new techniques and nurture their own creativity. She’d love you to stop by and say hello, grab a seat, and create a project with her! Visit to find an Expo near you.
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