Chocolate Nation Layout by Zsoka Marko

Friday, May 29, 2020

Hi there friends, Zsoka Marko back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team! It feels like I rarely scrapbook anymore so I'm always excited and happy when I actually have something to share! I started out with the Bloom Street collection and mixed it with lots of Horizon papers. I haven't used Horizon in ages so this page makes me super happy!
This gorgeous floral Paper 23 from Bloom Street is one of my favorites from the collection and I haven't used it yet, so I was determined to do so on this layout! I picked out this super cool cut file by Paige called Heart Swirls, which kind of reminded me of rainbows, so I backed it in that manner.

It turned out to be a bit too busy for the floral paper so I only used a wider strip at the top and a thin strip at the bottom. I thought it paired well with the pink/yellow watercolor B-side of Paper 22. I added foam to the cut file and adhered it to the background. I layered some tissue paper behind my photo as well as a tag from the Ephemera Die Cuts, then glued it down.

I documented a photo from our summer holiday last year. We took the kids (my best friends' twins and Maxim) to Chocolate Nation in Antwerp. This is the coolest and most fun museum we've been to! Well to be fair we don't go to museums all that often, but all of us loved this one so much! It's interactive, the way you're guided through each room is awesome. Super entertaining, the kids were glued to their headphones. And of course, there were several stops where you can try all kinds of chocolates. My goodness, heaven! Belgian chocolate is my favorite, so yeah, I didn't mind going hehe! They also showed us how to make pralines and we could try them too. There were photo booths with props, for instance there was this one where you could "fake" lift a huge jute bag filled with cocoa beans (it was hanging from an invisible thread and you just moved it to the height you wanted) in a tropical kind of setting - the kids loved posing for photos! At the very end there was a room filled with all kinds of melted chocolate - from white to dark and everything in between! And you could eat as much as you wanted! I will say though, even taking a teaspoon full from each (and I haven't tried the super dark ones) you felt full. And there was ruby chocolate OMG! Have you ever tried it?! It's super hard to find it still but it's so worth it. It's pink and fruity and reminds me of raspberry. It's all natural though, so no artificial fruit flavor. It's so good! Then of course there's a shop as you exit the museum and you can buy so many things, we spent ages there. The kids picked up some S'mores kit to try and they were so happy they were allowed to barbecue alone. If you're ever in Antwerp, definitely check it out!

Phew that was a long story, sorry for getting off track! Back to the layout now :) I used the white mini foam Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection to create my title following the curve of the cut file. I wrote my journaling on the opposite side. For embellishments I mostly used Floral Die Cuts which I layered next to the photo, alternating between liquid and foam adhesive to create some dimension. I then cut out colorful sentiments from Paper 13 and adhered these down too. Last but not least, some white glitter Enamel Dots, they are sooo pretty!

That's it! I hope I could inspire you in one way or another with my layout today! Thank you for stopping by! Happy scrapping!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, die cuts, stickers, embellishments, enamel dots: BLOOM STREET; Patterned papers: HORIZON; Thickers: PICK-ME-UPwhite cardstock; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Heart Swirls by Paige Evans
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  1. Wow!! This is AMAZING! I loveeeeee that heart full of rainbow goodness!!

  2. Wow that museum sounds fantastic! I will look for it if I can ever get to Antwerp. Love your LO and all the colours in the rainbows! ❤️


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