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About Amanda-Jayne Baldwin

Amanda is an Australian papercrafting and mixed media artist. She is a children's Art Educator for Little Picassos, and is also on a number of scrapbooking and papercraft Design Teams. Basically not a day passes where she is not busy in the studio creating something, and that's just the way she likes it!

Rad Boy | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-09-10T20:59:00+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

It’s stickers theme week, and boy-oh-boy do I have a fun You ROCK layout to share with you today! I have this super cute photo of my boy, aka the Rock Star, that was just perfect for today’s share! If you love scrapping the boys, or are just looking for more masculine layout inspiration, then today’s post is for you! Here’s my cool scrapbook page,

“Rad Boy”¬†

Isn’t this striking, and oh-so much FUN?!! I love the colour and pattern combinations in this design! And let’s not forget all those fabulous stickers!!! So much awesome here, and that pie chart cut file (from Paper Issues) really lets those pattern papers shine against that CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY background paper. Love it!

Let’s take a closer look at it all….

How cool are those FLAIR BUTTONS?!! I love the senitments – Boys Rule, BOOM!!! Such a perfect match for my Mister A for Awesome! And while they’re not officially a ‘sticker’ as such, they are still the best dimensional stick-on embellishment for masculine layouts! My faves! But today is all about the stickers so let’s here it for those amazing ACCESSORY STICKERS and CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS! Yes! They totally rock! To make mine stand out even more, I have positioned them inside their very own piece of the pie chart – very cool!!! I never tire of the typewriter font word stickers, and they’re perfect if you’re not a fan of your own handwriting too ūüėČ Here’s a better look at those incredible CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS ……

Aren’t they the coolest?!! Fun, bright, bold and striking! As well as highlighting them in their own ‘piece of pie’, the stickers are also mounted on varying pattern papers from the You ROCK collection! The blue chevron design of CV-YR009 GALACTIC¬†(reverse side) really makes those white type font stickers ‘pop’! Similarly, the white base of ruled pattern paper, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY (reverse side) ¬†really allows those cool blue chippy stickers to be the hero! In typical Cocoa Vanilla Studio fashion, everything coordinates so perfectly! LOVE it all!!!

Those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS are really something aren’t they? One In A Million indeed! And¬†that arrow! You’ll also spy more fun arrows in pattern paper, CV-YR003 THIS WAY guiding your eye into my super cute boy photograph! Arrow-tastic!

And I can’t not mention those luscious layers beneath my photo…..

Ooooh! So much paper & sticker goodness here!!! You’ll spy layers of patterned papers, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY, and CV-YR006 RANDOM (both sides), as well as some fussy cut stars from¬†CV-YR001 STARSHINE ¬†In between those divine layers, are a few more super fun ACCESSORY STICKERS because, well, ¬†you can never have too much awesomeness! A few super cute RUBBER CHARMS complete the layout, and wow! There you have it! What an impact stickers can have on your projects!

I hope my masculine take on this weeks Stickers Theme has inspired you to get creating!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 




The Best | Hello Sunshine | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-08-16T22:36:32+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & I am super excited to share my take on this week’s ¬†colour theme. There are so many ways to interpret this colour focus, but for me it had to be all about those happy hues in our gorgeous Hello Sunshine collection! The vibrancy of this collection has always made my heart sing & I hope my layout today brings you the same joy! But enough chatter, here’s my layout…..

“The Best Memories”

Isn’t this pretty?!! And whoa! Talk about all the colour!!! La la love it! This page was inspired by a sudden desire to fussy cut patterned paper CV-HS001 FULL BLOOM. The florals in this paper are just divine! I arranged mine in a crescent design, encapsulating my sweet photograph & then ‘built’ my page from there. To enhance those bright blooms, I created a watercolour ‘path’ for them to be arranged onto, focusing particularly on those sunset colours with a soft blue highlighter. I finished off my paint work with a few splatters too! This was tons of fun & I just love the end result! Let’s take a closer look……

Those fussy cut blooms are just so gorgeous, and make the perfect frame for my treasured photo! As well as that fabulous mixed media base, I have also added a mix of WOOD VENEER, ENAMEL SHAPES, PUFFY STICKERS, & WOODIES to that top cascading section Рlove it all! But that wooden button with the coordinating bloom on it is my favourite! I mean, seriously, could it get any more perfect for my layout design?! So awesome!

As you travel around my photo, you’ll also spy the introduction of FANCY BUTTONS, ACCESSORY STICKERS, & those super cute LITTLE HEARTS. I just adored the sentiment sticker, ‘The Best Memories Are Here’ that I chose to mount it on double thick foam tape and use it as my title. As you travel down a lil further, you’ll spot those blooms (& leaves) in WOOD VENEER form – so good! Here’s another view for you…..

Gah! SO much pretty here! And oh, that puffy heart!!!

Speaking of puffy stickers, I use ‘the best’ as my finishing touch to this sweet page….

Just beautiful! I have really enjoyed re-visiting the Hello Sunshine collection – it’s so pretty!

I hope you feel inspired to get creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio & colour this week!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

Love You | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-08-06T21:45:59+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Cut Files, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here and I have a gorgeous floral layout to share with you today!

I just adore florals, and the ones in the Wild At Heart collection just make me swoon!!! SO pretty!

But enough chatter, here’s what I’ve created….

“Love You”

Told you those florals were pretty!!!¬†No fancy layout design required when the papers are this gorgeous! Let’s take a closer look………

Simple. Beautiful. And just oh-so stunning! Wild At Heart really has my heart!

I have used my favourite floral pattern paper, CV-WH009 MEMENTO, for the base of my layout, and used it’s coordinating CHIPBOARD FRAME to enhance my sweet photograph! You’ll also spy floral paper,CV-WH007 GROW WILD as the pretty backing to that ‘string art’ dream catcher cut file. I selected this paper as it has a #samebutdifferent look to the MEMENTO paper, and it coordinates beautifully! The center heart is pieced with the B-side of pattern paper CV-WH001 LUSCIOUS – so pretty, and it really pops against the indigo blue! Here’s a closer view…..

I just love that dream catcher cut file! I have made it appear as string art, by cutting the mosaic lines thinner, & connecting these ‘strings’ with¬†ENAMEL DOTS (SPARKLES) beads. I have added a soft mixed media element beneath the dream catcher with watercolour splatter, and finished it all off with a sweet ‘Wild at Heart’ CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER. * Please note: This cut file is ¬†one I have edited from the Silhouette Store. *

I have positioned my photograph cluster just over the right side of the dream catcher, to enhance the connection and flow through my design….

To avoid ‘blending’ my frame into the dream catcher, I have layered the LUSCIOUS paper beneath my framed photo to add warmth and contrast. There’s also two cuts from CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS paper in this layering, as well as a delicate doily (from my stash). That gorgeous CHIPBOARD FRAME is also embellished with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA banner, so lovely!

Speaking of lovely, how about that LOVE YOU title?!!

The CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title is just divine! I have also embellished it with a super cute FLAIR BUTTON¬†that appears to have a similar pink ‘wash’ look to it, which also coordinates with the soft mixed media element of my page too!

When it comes to florals, and all the pretty things, Wild At Heart is definitely my go to collection! So very beautiful and perfect for memory keeping my sweet girl!

Hope my layout has inspired you today!

Thanks so much for visiting!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

That’s My Boy | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-07-22T19:49:55+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and I am super excited to be sharing another awesome cool kid layout with our fabulous You ROCK collection! When it comes to my Mister A for Awesome, I just can’t go past You ROCK! It’s all things BOY! Love it!

Here’s a look at my latest scrapbook layout this fabulous line,

“That’s My Boy”

Isn’t this awesome?!!

I love how fun and playful these colours and patterns are together! I have mounted my white cardstock on patterned paper, CV-YR003 THIS WAY  РI adore the bright triangles pattern, so much fun!

The large view master die cut that my photo is mounted on is a cut file from the Silhouette Store. It was totally inspired by a similar, smaller DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece in this collection.  I have backed this cut file with the reverse sides of CV-YR002 IN LINE & CV-YR009 GALACTIC, really drawing on the bright, happy colours from the collection. Such fun vibes!

Speaking of fun vibes, just check out all the awesome embellishments on this layout – SO cool!!! ¬†Let’s take a closer look….

Oh yes!!!! The DIE CUT EPHEMERA is always a favourite of mine! I mean seriously, could it get any cooler?! You’ll notice that I have snipped both my target pieces into half, and positioned them around the top left, and bottom right corners of my page to encourage the diagonal flow of the design! I have then layered them with more embellishments – love it! More ephemera stars as well as ENAMEL SHAPES further enhance the flow of my layout across the page.

WOOD VENEER SHAPES & FLAIR BUTTONS are perfect additions to any scrapbook layout, but I just love how they add dimension and interest to this particular design.

Here’s a view of the other embellished corner……

Boy Oh Boy, indeed! That VENEER really adds warmth and balance to all the white and brights! And honestly, that FLAIR really is awesome!!! The playful font and colours on the flair coordinate perfectly with the THIS WAY pattern paper base. You’ll also spy a complimenting CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER star or two! Such a striking page that’s so easily put together!

The final feature of this cool kid page is the DIE CUT EPHEMERA title and subtitles. Here’s a better look at them…..

For added impact, I mounted my That’s My Boy title ephemera on foam dots. I love that extra dimension for titles! The No.1 ephemera adorning my sweet boy’s photo is also mounted on foam too, because after all, he’s our No.1 Boy for sure! The You Rock ephemera completes the layout – almost as a final statement to my Mister A.

And there you have it!  My latest scrapbook page with the awesome You ROCK collection!

I hope I have inspired you to get creating!

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo


Best Ever | Endless Summer | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-07-07T20:00:28+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Endless Summer|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing a scrapbook layout for the Endless Summer theme week!

This collection has such a soft pastel colour palette, and it truly creates the prettiest of Summer layouts!

I am always in awe of the fabulous pattern paper designs that Cocoa Vanilla Studio create, and the woodgrain papers are always a firm favourite of mine! They always add warmth to all the cool, pastel designs!

Here’s what I’ve created with the Endless Summer collection today….

“Best Ever”

Oh isn’t he the cutest?! He absolutely loves Summer days spent at the beach, and the Endless Summer collection is just perfect for documenting it all! And yes, you’ll spy woodgrain paper, CV-ES001 SWEET TREATS (reverse side) here to compliment and accent that fabulous clouds paper, CV-ES002 BLUE SKIES¬†And don’t they look fabulous together?!! I have mounted Blue Skies onto white cardstock, and lightly distressed the edges because, it is after all, a boy page! In the layer beneath my super cute photo, you’ll also spy that cool green pattern paper,¬†CV-ES006 SUNBLEACHED – just awesome!

The rest of my layout is simply layered embellishing with all the fabulous bits n pieces you’ll find in the Endless Summer collection! Let’s take a closer look at them…….

The WOOD VENEER are always incredible, and I couldn’t resist using the script words, Best Ever, for my title! Again, I have used woodgrain (DIE CUT EPHEMERA) ¬†& VENEER to add warmth and balance to my layout. They also provide a touch of masculinity to this somewhat pretty page!¬†The clouds are really fun, and playful!

 ACCESSORY STICKERS surround my large central photo, and add to the layering and colours in my scrapbook layout design! I should add that the doily and cotton floss are from my stash, but everything else in this layout is from the Endless Summer collection.

And how about those FLAIR!!! Good Life for sure!!!

The FLAIR BUTTON featuring the clouds design is just the cutest! I love how it coordinates perfectly with the Blue Skies paper! Really making a prominent feature of clouds on this beachy page!

You’ll spy more pretty DIE CUT EPHEMERA throughout my design, with many of the pieces layered togethered….

Oh Yeah! This kid has definitely got sunshine on a cloudy day!!! So happy and joyful!

Loving the high gloss, fun design WOODIES in this embellishment cluster, as well as the ENAMEL SHAPES!  

Endless Summer – It’s just too much fun!!!

Hope my Summer theme layout has inspired you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 


Discover Adventure Time | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-06-22T14:32:32+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and today I have a super fun adventure theme layout using the fabulous You ROCK collection! You ROCK continues to be go-to collection for my Mister A for Awesome – it’s just so much fun! But enough chatter, let’s get straight into the good stuff!

Here’s my layout,

“Discover Adventure Time”

Oh wow! Total awesomeness! You can see why I totally LOVE the You ROCK collection! With such a stunning black and white photograph, I really wanted to make feature of the black, white & grey tones within this line, and bring it all together with pops of blue. I think this colour palette looks so striking!

I have used the super cool CVS-YR002 IN LINE pattern paper for the base layer on my white cardstock, and embellished over it all. My sweet photograph has been double mounted with pattern papers CVS-YR006 RANDOM & reverse side of CVS-YR004 STRIPPED, then adorned with ACCESSORY STICKERS & that awesome RUBBER CHARM So cool!

Let’s take a closer look…….

A is for Awesome indeed!

So many fabulous embellies here! You’ll spy WOOD VENEER & CHIPBOARD STICKER arrows to lead your eye into my photograph, as well as DIE CUT EPHEMERA adorning it all! More awesome ACCESSORY STICKERS, and those ENAMEL SHAPES scattered throughout – love it!

Here’s the other side of my photo….

More RAD embellishments layered beneath and around my focal point. I have used stars, crosses & arrows as my main adornments, they coordinate perfectly together! The use of WOOD VENEER SHAPES really balances my page, and adds a touch of warmth and masculinity to this clean, contemporary design.

Let’s look beneath my photo….

OMGoodness! The RUBBER CHARM¬†are like my favourite embellishments this year! I truly can’t get enough of them! To make this one even more impressive, I mounted it onto a CHIPBOARD STICKER for extra dimension! More cool arrows, and ephemera, but that striking DISCOVER title is actually from pattern paper¬†CVS-YR006 RANDOM – love the cut aparts! And anyone who follows me knows that the typewriter font journal stickers are a staple item on all my layouts! So very cool (& a ton quicker than me typing my own, lol!)

Moving down the page, you’ll spy that final cluster at the base – also mounted on a thin strip of¬†¬†CVS-YR004 STRIPPED¬†paper. Boys rule! Total perfection for my boy! Love the shine on those ENAMEL SHAPES too!

The embellishments in You ROCK are truly the coolest……

Yep, I love You ROCK for my boy!

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with this awesome collection too! Grab yours in the store here

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo  

Hello AWEsome | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-06-07T22:10:32+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Endless Summer, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, and I am so excited to be sharing my latest layout with the new You ROCK collection! This week our Design Team assignment is to scraplift a fellow DT member’s layout (past or present) and I am delighted to be lifting the insanely talented, Anna Komenda!¬†¬†For those of you who don’t know, I am an enormous fan of Anna’s unique style – she never ceases to amaze me! Here’s her original design that I am lifting today…..

“Summer Fun” by Anna Komenda

Absolutely stunning!!! You can see why I just LOVE Anna’s creating!

I am also a huge fan of vertical designs and thought this layout would be a ton of fun to scraplift. And, with it being Summer in the Northern Hemisphere right now – Anna’s layout is great inspiration! And, for my version, I am inspired by the cooler months in the Southern Hemisphere. But enough chatter, here’s my scraplift of Anna’s original,

“Hello AWEsome”¬†

I absolutely adore how this turned out! You ROCK is such a perfect match for my Mr A for Awesome in the Autumn leaves! The colours in my photogrpah were just so perfectly balanced that it seemed a no brainer to draw upon them for my pattern paper choice! The warm, earthy and natural look of the reverse side of pattern paper CV-YR008 PLUS ONE (woodgrain) was always going to be my main feature paper, as were the Wood Veneer Shapes.¬†The cool blues in my lil boy’s outfit and chucks had me grabbing at pattern paper CV-YR009 GALACTIC¬†, as well as the blue highlighter tones from the awesome paper CV-YR004 STRIPPED.¬†My final paper choice was CV-YR006 RANDOM¬†– the reverse side coordinated with my son’s black & white cap, and the A side features that golden yellow, “You Rock” card. Perfection! All I really needed to do for this layout was embellish!

Let’s start with that Wood Veneer title….

The veneer shapes in You ROCK are SO much fun! I love that the AWE is capitalised in awesome – very cool! And just like Anna’s original, I’ve positioned my title vertically for big impact. Hello awesome, indeed!

Moving further up, you’ll spy that I have layered, and mounted, my You Rock journal card…..

It’s also embellsihed with that¬† BOOM Flair Button¬†, a yellow Enamel Shape, a star Chipboard Accent Sticker & that incredible typewriter font Washi Tape Sticker! So many cool items here! I love the pops of yellow throughout my layout – they really create interest and coordinate with my colour palette so beautifully!

Let’s take a closer look at some more of those sweet yellow embellies…….

The layered stars are so much fun! Seriously, perfection!!!

I just love the tone of the yellow in You ROCK! It couldn’t be more on point!

How awesome are all the Die Cut Ephemera pieces too?!! That Happy Snaps camera had me from the moment I opened the packet, lol! And just like Anna’s design, I chose to use sentiment Accessory Stickers to lead your eye into my photograph. And Yes, he is officially amazing to us!!! ūüėČ

Lots of decorative pieces adorning my photo too……

More camera goodness – could that veneer get any more adorable?!! And stars for my super star!

And there you have it!

My sweet Autumn take¬†on Anna’s amazing Endless Summer design – I hope I did it justice! I’d love to know your thoughts!

Feeling inspired? Be sure to share your creations with us in the Official Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook, we love seeing what you’ve made too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, til  next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

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