Adventure Awaits! | Free Spirit | Lina Monaco

Hello Friends, welcome back today!
I want to share with you all today a layout I created with the ever colourful and pretty collection, Free Spirit. All the aqua, pinks, navy and corals in this collection have me swooning! I mean seriously, is there anything better than a colourful layout! The photo I decided to document is of my eldest daughter and her daddy. The perfect pair of adventurous souls, always ready to take on the world. Just adore both their free spirits ūüėČ


I started the layout with the aqua woodgrain, called Shabby Chic, and sewed messy circles with my sewing machine using white thread. I then cut off 1/4 ” of paper on each side of the layout. I decided I wanted to back this gorgeous woodgrain sheet with another piece of patterned paper. For this I chose, Word Jumble and glued them atop each other. The result is a gorgeous striped frame around my aqua woodgrain piece. I just love the effect!

I decided I wanted to matte my photo with many of the patterned papers from the collection. I chose a variety, floral and text, navy and pinks. I used all types. To make my layout a little more softer and feminine, I used a white doily and affixed that behind all the layers of my matting and photo. To add a bit more femininity, I added floral cut files from the Colour Me Happy collection. I can’t resist a floral… like ever ūüėõ

For my title, I used the absolutely gorgeous alpha stickers from the collection. They were a perfect pairing to the layout. The light grey colour of the alpha letters is a perfect addition to the bright and vibrant colours of the layout. To compliment and finish my title, I used another grey alpha from my own collection.

Now onto the fun part…. embellishing! I just adore the sweet pieces in the ephemera pack of this collection. So many pretty pieces to chose from and work with. I kept it simple today but really had to focus to achieve this. It took all of me not to use everything! LOL! I did, however, use items from the ephemera pack, enamel shapes, and the flair.
I am also a big fan of adding dimension to my layouts using dimensional foam sheets. I cut down and added smaller pieces to the back of the banner and my photo. Now, they pop off the page and become more of focal pieces. It’s my favourite thing to do!

You can see from this angle, the lift I get by adding the foam behind pieces. I didn’t add any to the butterflies, I only added glue to the centers and folded up the wings. This makes them look like they’re in flight. Finally, to finish off the layout and give a bit of shimmer and shine, I added some gold spray mist splatters.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’m so glad you did ūüôā

By | February 20th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Free Spirit|0 Comments

XOXO | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout with you all featuring the new and amazing Wild at Heart collection. Since February is the month of Love I decided to create another page on that theme, why not right?

On this page I am documenting a photo of roses that hubby brought me for valentines day this year. Hubby is not a romantic at all really, so this gesture was a lovely and unexpected and I just had to record it in my scrapbook.

Here is the layout I created below. For the layout design I was inspired by the xo cut files¬†available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store. I decided to mimic a tic tac toe board for this layout as a feature on the page. I couldn’t go past the ‘Grow Wild’ marble design paper to cut them out on. I really wanted to be able to showcase that paper design on a page. It is too beautiful not too!

To achieve balance on the page I created three main clusters which form a visual triangle. The cluster in the image below is made up of the gorgeous die cut ephemera pieces, some accessory stickers, a wood veneer heart and finished off with the smaller embellishments, enamel dots. I always love to finish my clusters off with tiny details like smaller embellishments.  To add further detail to these pieces I machine stitched through them and bent the upwards to add further dimension.

I added the journaling to one of the ‘o’ in the grid. I kept it short and simple but clear enough to convey the message that I wanted to record. I added a few small embellishments to the left of this including a fussy cut butterfly from the ‘Mariposa’ patterned paper.

The top left corner also contained a small cluster of embellishments, as I mentioned earlier, for the purpose of balance. I included one of the chipboard hearts in this cluster also.

Fo my photo layers, I added a layer of the ‘Patchwork’ patterned paper behind the photo. As you can see on my photo I printed my photo with a white border. I do this with most of my photos – I find that it separates my photo with the next layer of paper behind it. For example, if I didn’t add the white border and my photo was really busy, I ¬†would probably not add a busy patterned paper behind it. However when I have the white border I can add a busy pattern and it still looks pleasing to the eye.

My title is ‘bloom’ from the wood veneer pack. I also added more ephemera pieces, chipboard, one of the beautiful rubber charms and finished with some enamel dots. I love how the red in the flowers really pops and is complimented by the red in the patterned paper behind it.

To create dimension and to help the xo pieces really pop off the page I machine stitched them to the page and bent them inwards. This creates a nice shadow behind them also. To add further detail I added some hand stitching to some of them too. Just a simple cross stitch or single stitches. For the board lines I used the woodgrain design from the ‘Artisan’ paper and cut them a little thinner than 1cm. Again these were machine stitched to the page and folded inwards for dimension.

I hope this page has inspired you today. If you want to get your hands on the beautiful Wild at Heart collection check out the Stockists page to see where you may be able to find it in your area.

Raquel xxx

By | February 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments


A big hello to you all, Gwen here today with another layout to share¬†using the divine ‘Love Always‘ collection. ¬†I have so enjoyed¬†seeing the Design Teams layouts in our ‘Love’ theme and today I have one more to share with you; this one features my husband and I on a recent (and rare) weekend away.¬†

For this layout, I started with the off-cut/outline piece from the ‘XO’ Colour Me Happy Cut file which I had previously cut from a white sheet of card stock. I wanted to use the outline as a feature in my design. ¬†I started by backing the cut file with the ‘Class Act‘ paper; those dots are divine and I just loved how simple yet striking they were. ¬†Next, I went about the task of hand stitching around the outline of each of the shapes. ¬†I chose a soft pink thread to complement the pink chipboard elements I had planned to use later on. ¬†This does take some time, but I feel the results are worth it!

The next step was to create my photo mat, adding paper layers from the ‘Note to Self‘ and ‘Twin Set‘ papers and then adding more hand stitching around the edge of my photo for extra detail.

To round out the design, I have used a few chipboard elements including the frames these are all from the ‘Chipboard Accent Sticker‘ sheet. ¬†The first frame I chose was a perfect fit for the “This Makes me so Happy” sentiment, which I have used as a bit of a sub title for the page. ¬†This has been cut from the ‘Lovely Things‘ paper. ¬†The others I chose for their varying size and colours to help round out the design. ¬†I love working with square photos, so adding the frames (which generally are also square) really pulls the design together.

Of course, I wanted to add some other smaller elements for interest; the Bits and Pieces pack and the Die Cut ephemera elements were perfect Рyou get so many elements in these and in lots of sizes too which is fab.  Be sure to take a look at the Vellum accents as well, these are super divine.

What better way to finish the page than with a puffy sticker and the sparkly Enamel Dots, I cannot get enough of these and they are in the most perfect colours with a pretty sparkle to them.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of my latest layout and it has inspired you to get creative with some of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios products, there is so much to choose from and it is all divine!!

Thanks for popping by today,


By | February 18th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|0 Comments

So Very Beautiful | Wild at Heart | Elodie Lusseau

Hello everyone!

Elodie here today with a layout using a photo of my oldest girl and the upcoming Wild at Heart collection. I am so in love with every single bit of this gorgeous line: the pretty and soft colors, the watercolor style, the delicate and romantic patterns. It’s all so beautiful!

The patterned papers are all so yummy that I had a difficult time choosing one for my background! I finally went with the Artisan paper and its gray woodgrain. I then grabbed the chipboard frames and placed them sideways on the page. I love the way they pop against the gray background!

I added the matted photo in the center with foam squares, adorned it with a chipboard heart from the chipboard stickers sheet and then got busy embellishing. I fussy cut pretty flowers from the Luscious paper and tucked them in two of the frames. The florals in this collection are just amazing!

I filled the frames with paper pieces from the ephemera pack: more flowers, hearts, an arrow, a bow and a cute butterfly. I then got the super pretty rubber charms out of their package and adhered them on some of the frames, along with a tab sticker from the accessory stickers sheet. I used another rubber charm for the title. They add even more dimension and texture to my page.

I added some word stickers from the accessory stickers sheet for the journaling, sprinkled a few glittery enamel dots on the page and my layout was complete!

I had so much fun with this page and it all came together really easily. I just wanted to use a little bit of everything from this beautiful line on my layout! That’s how awesome the Wild at Heart collection is!

Thank you so much for stopping by the CVS blog today! Wishing you a lovely day and a great weekend!


By | February 17th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|7 Comments

Planner Prep | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

Hello wonderful creative people. Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Today I am sharing some Wild At Heart collection planner pages I created for my upcoming month of March.

Over the next few weeks my personal and work life is going into overdrive and I did not want to neglect my planner.

So I got a head start.


The brand new Wild At Heart Collection is exquisite with a blend of rich colours and textures perfect for all occasions.

It took me no time at all to make stunning planner pages using the patterned papers, frames, enamel glitter dots, stickers and ephemera.

To make this title page I used the ‘fussy cuts’ cardstock and chipboard frame. I then fussy cuts some butterflies from the Mariposa cardstock. I know fussy cutting is time consuming but it’s worth it to have perfection fluttering around your planner. I then accented using some ephemera and some glitter dots.

The ‘fussy cuts’ cardstock have some wonderful journaling pieces. These will be perfect to jot down some appointments and things to do. I added some sweetness with the ‘patchwork’ cardstock and sticker sheet. I left spaces for journaling, some photo snaps and a few more pretties.

I used some rose gold clips to pin down my list and journaling pieces. This allowed me to get ahead even though I haven’t entered my schedule into my planner yet.

How absolutely adorable is the ephemera bow!

Using a simple pocket and some tags I added some reminder spaces and also a place to keep March’s important receipts.

I adhered this section so it flips up so I have more places to write.

I hope my planner has inspired you to pick up this new collection at your local scrapbooking store

 and make your planner magic also.

Chat again soon..

Lauren xo

Shine Bright | Wild at Heart | Mandy Melville

Hi everyone!

Mandy here with you today, and I’m excited to be sharing my first project¬†using the gorgeous¬†new Wild at Heart collection.¬†Everything about this collection is stunning!! The colours are amazing, with a mixture of both pastels and bolds. And the floral elements¬†are just divine!! I’m totally crushing on it all!!

Here’s the layout that I created.

I documented a photo of my eldest daughter taken on Christmas Day last year. Seeing this photo reminds me of how quickly she is growing up! She’ll be a teenager this year, which is a bit scary, but I’m so proud of the beautiful young lady that she is becoming. This collection was just perfect for scrapping¬†this lovely¬†photo of her.

I started my layout off by cutting a large title out of my white cardstock using the Colour Me Happy Cut Files. I then backed it with the reverse side of the Luscious patterned paper. I think this may be my favourite patterned paper in the collection, with the beautiful florals on one side and the ombre watercolour pattern on the other! I love the look of this showing through the cut file!

Here are some closeups of my layout…

The florals on the Luscious patterned paper are perfect for fussy cutting! I created a pretty cluster to the left of my photo that includes some fussy cut florals as well as a die cut from the ephemera pack. I added foam tape underneath the flowers to give them varying heights and dimension.

On the bottom right hand corner of the photo, I added a wooden heart from the wood veneer pack with a banner sticker layered on top. I then tucked two flowers from the ephemera pack under the corner of the photo. How pretty are the blues teamed up with the dark pinks/reds!?!

I created a third cluster on the left hand side of the layout to balance out the first two, and to create a visual triangle. Here I used some more flowers from the ephemera pack (I¬†can’t get enough of these!!). I once again added foam tape underneath one, to give it some extra dimension. I popped¬†a little die cut banner on top of the flowers to complete the cluster. Underneath this cluster I added a couple of tiny word¬†strips from the sticker sheet. I usually add journaling to most of my layouts, but these¬†were the perfect words and sentiment, so I didn’t feel that I needed to add any additional journaling to this page.

I finished the page off by adding a couple more wood veneer hearts, some enamel dots, and a few gold ink splatters.

The Wild at Heart collection will be hitting retailers very soon, so keep your eye out, because you will not want to miss out on this collection!

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I look forward to sharing with you again next month!

Mandy x

By | February 15th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

Loving You is easy | Love always layout | Anna Komenda

Hi. It’s Anna here with my love themed page. Today is Valentine’s Day but I don’t have for You any pinkish project full of hearts and pictures of me and my hubby ūüôā I will save it for later ūüėČ Today I have a page about different kind of love. All mothers of the world know it. It’s the most selfless, boundless and complete feeling of all. Love to Your child.

I used soft and beautiful “Love always” collection. It’s full of light, airy colors and delicate patterns. I decided to combine them on background made of ‘Note to self” paper.

I combined two cut files from “Color me happy” collection, enlarged them and cutted with Silhouette Cameo. I backed flowers and leaves with some paper scraps.

I also used chipboard stickers frames to create three focal points. One is focused around the picture and two others are builded around the twigs.

Flowers and butterflies from ephemera and vellum packs helped me to complete the composition. I also love the puffy stickers. They give such a nice texture to the page.

I hope You like my page. I had a lot of fun creating it.

Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks.

XO Anna

By | February 14th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|0 Comments

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