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About Lauren Hender

Lauren lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in the small town of Taree, Australia. She is a mother of two, cool step mum to one, and works full time in community services sector. In 2017, Lauren has promised herself to make time to persue her passion for photography; to be mindful about having a healthy body and mind; and to push herself creatively through her love of scrapbooking. Lauren says being a part of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team is kick-starting her creative 2017, and she is excited about working for an amazing Australian company.

Incredibly Priceless | CVS Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-09-16T09:43:44+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Colour Me Happy|

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Today I am sharing a layout using a mix of some of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections.

Can you name some or all of the collections I’ve used?

Sometimes when I’m walking up to bed I check on my babies. Making sure they are warm and sleeping peacefully. It really is a selfish act as when I look at their sleeping faces my heart swells. I feel so blessed to be their mother and I pray everyday that they have full and wonderful lives.

I wasn’t sure how this layout would come together. To be honest I sat there just playing around with some papers, pulling out some embellishments and just fussy cutting some butterflies. I looked the photo of my daughter sleeping and thought how incredibly beautiful she was. As soon as I said that to myself I knew the perfect title and the layout ideas began to flow.

Have you worked out all the collections I have used?

Ok, here they are…

Wild At Heart

Cardstock and Flairs

Love Always

Cardstock Stickers

Colour Me Happy


Enamel Dots

I hope my layout has inspired you to pull out all those bits and pieces from different collections and have some fun putting it all together.

Lauren xo



Basketball Forever | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-09-02T13:33:41+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|You ROCK|

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I know you are all so excited about the new release Bohemian Dream heading to your local retailers but I just want to celebrate our boys just one more time.

The YOU ROCK collection would have to be one of my fav’s in the CVS collection family because it not only caters for our little boys but our big boys also.

The project I have to share with you today is highlighting my Mr 13..

He loves basketball. When he is not playing he is in the front yard practicing and refining his skills.


Today I am sharing with you a peek of my current travellers notebook.

These pages celebrate my son’s 2017 rep basketball final win.

I just love the connection these boys have created over this season. All of them growing up into fine young men.


I knew I wanted to use four photos but was limited in space for journaling and embellishing. So I decided to add a little flip page in the centre.

I created this with patterned papers and some washi tape strips. I wanted to reinforce the page so I added the white scolloped card to either side, applied some watercolour paint and used a large wood veneer piece to reinforce it further.

I then added my photos and using washi tape strips I added accents to the tops and bottoms of the photos. This helped boarder the photos and added features to the photos on the page.

I then added some white alpha stickers to create a subtle but present feature title. Using the white on the B&W photos meant that the title did not take away from the photos.

I then added some doodling and journalling with a fine point pen. This was lots of fun and I had some fun just free styling with it.


So lets go shopping….

Night Sky Cardstock

Stripped Cardstock

Accessory Stickers

Enamel Shapes

Wood Veneer Shapes

Washi tape stickers

Ephemera Pack


I hope that I have further inspired you to create something special for the boys and men in your lives.

Happy Scrappin



Journey | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-08-15T21:31:50+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Chit Chat, Wild at Heart|

Hello wonderful creatives,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. If you have stopped by the last few days you will have noticed that the design team and I have been having a wonderful time using multiple photos on our layouts. For me this was a little challenging as I am usually a 1 photo per layout kinda girl, but when playing around it all came together.

Are you a one pic per layout scrapper or do you enjoy adding a few more photos on your layouts?

To create this layout I have used the stunning Wild At Heart collection.

This collection is full of stunning warm colours and beautiful florals.

To create this layout I firstly mounted my three photographs and layered some vellum behind them.

I used frames and cardstock to add a few extra layers here and there to help add some dimension.

Then the fun began when I added all the lovely embellishments. This included ephemera , Wood veneer words , flair buttons and chipboard frames.

I admit I am not a big journaling girl but their are times you have an easy story. I recently visited my birth town, a town I have no memory of. I visited the hospital I was born in and the first home I ever lived.

I filled some gaps in my journey and it filled my heart.

So it’s time to challenge yourself.. pull out your photos and see how many photos you can create on a single layout..

And if your up to it, scrap your journey.. where were you born, where have you lived. Ask some questions of the knowledge holders in your family and fill the gaps in your journey.

Hope your week is wonderful. Make sure you check in each day and be inspired by the other DT girls multi pic layouts.

Lauren xo

Puppy Love | Hello Lovely | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-08-01T23:57:22+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration|

Hello everyone! A big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I am having a fabulous week because I recently went away on a creative retreat and got some time to focus on me and be inspired by creative amazing people. At the retreat I created the layout I am sharing with you today. This layout celebrates the adorable relationship my daughter has with her puppy named Elsa. Can you guess what collection I have used to create this layout? I love it and I am sure it is a favourite of many.

Have you guessed it yet? …

It’s the prettiest HELLO LOVELY collection. This perfect match of pink, aqua and orange together with flower clusters and hearts matched my photos perfectly highlighting the cute relationship with my little girl and her puppy.

I started building this layout by fussy cutting some large flower clusters from the GLIMMER CARDSTOCK . I was lucky enough to have two sheets of this and the backside become the base page of the layout. Aren’t they beautiful. I couldn’t resist by added a few strips of watercolour to make them pop a little and coordinate with the collection.

I mounted my photos and began to set my layout out using the die cut ephemera pack and the wood veneers. These packs are so wonderful the layout easily came together. Can you see what else I have used in this collection?

There they are the couple of pieces from the Hello Lovely sticker sheet. It’s a great set and in this layout I have used two boarder strips slightly off centre and mounted with foam to give them some pop. I also used the alphabet sticker sheet to highlight our little puppy’s name Elsa.

 I hope this layout has inspired you to get creative and if you have a little puppy then scrapbook him or her.

Lauren xo

Hello Sunshine | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-13T10:41:44+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. Is everyone loving the free cut files! I know I am absolutely loving them and I am truly amazed by how different everyone’s layouts are when using them. When I saw this title ‘Hello Summer’ I knew the photo I wanted to scrap. This photo is a few years old but I just love how happy my boy is to have some fun after is wrist was broken.

If you are only just finding out about these great free cut flies follow the link below and download yourself a set.


Summer Freebie Cut Files

Is that ‘summer’ font not the best! Love it!

As you can see I have made the cut file in my layout the main focus. Sometimes this can take away  from your photo or the other features on your layout but if the effect that you want is for people to first see the title and then take in the rest of the layout then  having a bold  fab title is the way to go. The ‘Hello Sunshine’ was that for me.

I have created the dimensional effect with my title by cutting two title and adhering them together slightly off centre. To really create the dimensional effect ensure that the bottom cut file is darker then the top. To make it pop a little more I traced the top cut file along all edges of the lettering with a white marker pen.

The collection I have used in this layout is the most recent release titled YOU ROCK. This collection has been created for our boys and the special men in our lives. It full of fun colours, titles, and accents that will work for any all boy occasion.

Find the YOU ROCK collection by clicking HERE

In this layout I have used lots of YOU ROCK goodies including:

Die Cut Ephemera

Flair Buttons

Washi Tape Stickers

Rubber Charms

I hope my layout inspires you to have some fun with the free cut files and check out the new release YOU ROCK collection.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo

Hello Lovely | CVS Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-02T00:08:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

What do you get when you add Love Always, Free Spirt, Make A Wish, Hello Lovely and Colour Me Happy together?

An absolutely beautiful layout.


Flicking through all my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio products deciding which collection I would use to scrapbook this photo of my sister and I, I began to pull out pieces of lots of collections and saw it all come together.

This layout came together quite quickly. It started with a double mounted photo and then came the arrangement of embellishments. I used foam mounting tape to create some dimension and some wood veneer to add a different texture.


So here is what I used to create this layout.

Love Always – Cardstock and Accessory Stickers

Free Spirt – Wood Veneer

Make A Wish – Enamel Dots

Hello Lovely – Die Cut Ephemera

Colour Me Happy – Flair Button

The Love Always accessory stickers are fabulous. If you struggle to journal or simply don’t like your handwriting then these stickers are for you.

I was truly blown away by how wonderful all the different collections pieces came together.

If you have any questions about the layout or techniques I have just please leave a comment in the comments section and I will respond to you. Now click HERE and head on over to the shop and grab yourself some beautiful scrapbooking supplies.

Take Care.


My Tornado | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-06-13T23:31:50+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Chit Chat, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. Today I am sharing with you a scraplift layout.

I always find these challenges fun and I try to push myself to scraplift a design that puts me out of my comfort zone.

The Cocoa Vanilla Studio community page on Facebook is a great place to hang out and find heaps of inspiring layouts to scraplift. Find the CVS Facebook community group HERE

I created this layout using the new YOU ROCK collection of my beautiful son who is now much bigger and still has a great love for basketball.

He is my little (now much bigger) tornado.

The layout I have scraplifted is created by the very talented Raquel Bowman. Isn’t her little girl such a dolly.

As you can see I have used a different collection to scrap with, a portrait instead of horizontal photo, and created a male layout instead of a female one. What this tells us is that no matter the layout, the scrapbooking products you have you can still scraplift a layout and it will still all come together.

Here are some close up of my layout for if you would like to have a go at scraplifting my and Raquel’s layout lol.

Tip Time: If you are a fan of buying the YOU ROCK collection kit (AU $29.95) then don’t throw away the sneak peek card displayed on the front of the kit. It perfectly mounted my 4×6 inch photo in this layout and highlighted a little sneak of the entire collection.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative and come on over to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog and scraplift your heart out.

Have a fabulous week.

Lauren xo

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