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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.

Thats My Boy | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-05-15T21:36:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|You ROCK|

Hello everyone and welcome to boys week on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

This week you are going to see some fabulous layouts by the design team highlighting our boys and the new release

YOU ROCK collection.

Check out this adorable face that I made.

My original idea with this layout was to only use the black, white and grey elements of this collection. But .. when I saw that super cool orange diagonal stripe washi tape and enamel crosses I couldn’t resist by adding the pop of orange.

I just loved the end result.

The cardstock stickers are a perfect edition to the all boy layout. All the sentiments are fun and scream all boy.

These I thought looks great scattered throughout the layout almost dividing the page.

In the cardstock collection there is a great strips/boarder page. Each of the strips are so useful in dividing a page and adding a feature when only needing a little.

I wanted so bad to put a flair on my layout and the ‘BOOM’ looked so cool.

But where to place it.. Can you help me out.. Where would you place the boom flair on my layout?

I hope you have been inspired to create with this cool collection and remember to stop by the blog each day this week and check all the ALL BOY inspiration.

Lauren xo

Hello Mister Rad | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-04-29T22:58:11+00:00 April 30th, 2017|You ROCK|

You Rock… what a wonderful collection! I just love everything about it. Each of us have some special men in our lives that we want to celebrate by scrapbooking them and this range will help us do that. The best part is that it’s popping up in retailer stores as we speak so make some phone calls to get your hands on this super cool collection.

Oh no, I have been rude, I’m sorry. I should have started by saying…

Welcome back to the blog, it’s Lauren here and I am going to share with you my very first travellers notebook using You Rock, but I am just too excited.

Not owning a travellers notebook, but desperately wanting to try one out I decided to make my own using patterned paper and some white high gsm uncoated white paper. I also used pretty much an entire ephemera pack, chipboard accents, washi tape, cardstock stickers, rubber charms and a gorgeous flair button. So I guess what I am trying to say is if you are wanting to complete a travellers notebook themed with You Rock then you will need to purchase pretty much the entire collection (you can thank me later lol)

So here it is..

I couldn’t help but have a little mixed media fun. The stickers, washi tape and ephemera pieces made this easy.

TIP: If you are going to do this make sure you test out the white paper you use so that it does not soak through.

This TN is a snapshot of my super cute son over a few years. I love this collection of moments. When creating this it highlighted to me how fast our children grow. I’m feel blessed to have a hobby that lets us reflect and delight in these brief wonderful moments.

I hope you have been inspired to use this collection and make something memorable as I have.

Remember to stop by you local scrapbooking retailer and find out when you to can have this collection in your creative hands.

Lauren xo


Happy Easter | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-04-16T14:36:04+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Wild at Heart|

Happy Easter and a big thank you for stopping in to the Cocoa Vanilla blog on this special day. I hope you are all surrounded by loved ones and if that is not possible you are tucked away scrapbooking something memorable.

While I was flicking through some photos earlier this week I came across this photo of my two adorable children on Easter in 2012. I couldn’t be more delighted to see this photo and compare how they have changed over the last five years.

This layout is 98% Wild at Heart, 1% Colour Me Happy and 1% Hello Lovely. That’s the beauty about all Cocoa Vanilla Studio ranges they all in some way coordinate. Shopping these collections is simple today.. just click HERE

This beautiful marble paper is perfect for an Easter layout. There is something about those magical swirls that make me wish they were on an egg.

In this layout I used some watered down white paint and pink to blend some of the patterned paper to soften it and draw the attention to the my photo. I then used a range of Wild at Heart patterned paper and layered them behind the photo using some foam and standard double sided tape.

I then added the areas of clustered embellishments around the photo. This is really the fun part. When your patterned paper is very busy you need to add lots of featured sections around you photo so that the photo really pops. This is what I hoped to achieve with balance and ensuring that I don’t take away from the photo.

I then added the chipboard title, some enamel dots and my journaling.

I showed my children the layout and they loved it. They laughed and giggled at how different they looked and the fun memories they had that Easter.

Thanks again for stopping by.. I’m off to have a fresh hot cross bun & a cup of tea.

Lauren xoxo

Hello Lovely | Wild at Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-04-01T18:27:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Wild at Heart|

I love beautiful things, I love having them around me and I especially love scrapbooking with them. This is why I am over the heels in love with a the Wild at Heart collection.

Welcome back to the blog! Today I am sharing layout using some of the blue tones in the Wild at Heart collection.


Did you know that you can purchase the Wild at Heart collection directly from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio website!

All you have to do is click HERE

In this layout I have used a mix of the Wild at Heart chip board stickers, cardstock, ephemera, and a perfect flair. I predominately used all the embellishments that included blue tones. I thought they matched the photo perfectly with Katies and my matching hats.

To create this layout I began by using a stencil with some white texture paste. This added some contrast to the page without taking away form the photo or the scrapbooking products I placed on top. I then double mounted my photo using some Wild at Heart cardstock. I placed a white doily behind the mounted photo and cut some frames and ephemera pieces behind the photo. At this point my main cluster is coming together. I then added the flower at the top of the photo and adhered it to the page.

I then created a cluster at the bottom of the photo and added a few floating embellishments around. The next important step was to journal on my layout. I used a typewriter to add a vintage but funky feel and tied it in with a ‘xoxoxo’ sentiment in the bottom cluster. To adhere the journaling I cut it into strips and applied them in order using double sided tape.


I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative with the Wild at Heart collection.

See you again soon.

Lauren xoxox

Hello Heart | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-03-15T11:04:13+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello everyone! I hope you all feeling fabulous and in this busy world finding sometime to get creative. Today I am sharing with you a layout using the beautiful Wild at Heart Collection.

  This layout celebrates a captured moment of my little girl and her most treasured little puppy. I love candid moments that are captured and no one else but myself knows about them.

  In this layout I used watercolour paints to create a background of flowers. Don’t laugh but I originally set out to try and match the flowers featured in the Wild at Heart Collection but as I travelled along it was clear that my artistic skill was not found in watercolour painting. Even though the background didn’t turn out as I hoped it all came together wonderfully in the end.

 In this layout I used the Wild at Heart patterned paper to place a strip along the bottom of the page and to mount my photo.

I then mounted the photo using foam so it slightly popped off the page. The string was an after thought that was easily applied as I just slid it underneath the photo and through the sections that were not mounted with the foam.

 I then added some wood veneers, and ephemera pieces to build the layout. This was so much fun. There is so much in the ephemera pack its almost hard to stop adding it on.

 I then added some of the Wild at Heart rubber charms. Oh my goodness, these are cuteness overload and you will just love them. I then added a perfect flair and some journaling using a typewriter which made it all come together.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative.

Lauren xo

Wildflowers | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-03-01T21:17:49+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hello creative people!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my recent layout using the stunning Wild At Heart collection.

In this layout I tried to capture a little of my daughters personality. She is a little crazy and free spirted and I wanted to try to give that effect using the ephemera pieces.

The ephemera pack is amazing value consisting of 60, YES 60 stunning pieces. It hold a variety of titles, frames, flowers, flowers and much more all ready to enhance your project.

To build this layout I used a 2×6 inch photo and mounted behind it two small pieces of patterned paper.

I then added three frames from the frame set available for purchase in the range.

I then added the flowers & butterflies trying to make sure that I kept it wider at the bottom moving to a point at the top.

I made sure that I only placed adhesive on the centre of the butterflies to ensure that the wings pop out a little once the page was complete. I think it gives the layout a little dimension.

Isn’t she just adorable! I can’t believe that I made her.. I’m clever.

Ok, I will stop bragging now lol.

Next I added some titles. This included the large ‘this makes me happy’ right up to the ‘she belongs with the wildflowers’.

I then finished off with adding a few stickers, some sparkly enamel dots and a splash of white spray.

I hope you have been inspired by my layout. I can’t recommend enough the amazing Wild At Heart ephemera pack!

Lauren xoxo

Planner Prep | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-02-15T13:46:23+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Planners and Journals, Wild at Heart|

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

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