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About Michelle Stokes

Michelle is a 30-something crafty mum of one, based in the outskirts of Geelong, Victoria. She works part time in a pharmacy, but would much prefer being home to snuggle her daughter Leila, drinking ALL the coffee and creating to her hearts content! Michelle says she has been "obsessed" with scrapbooking for nearly 10 years, (and attributes that to her scrapbooking bestie), dabbling in many different areas of the craft from mixed media to Project Life. Michelle loves to create layouts that feature layers of pretty papers and embellishments; machine stitching; cut files; and more often than not, a splattering of mist.

Unique, WILD & One of a Kind | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-11-09T17:30:50+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back with a new layout share for November. Todays creation features the fun Bohemian Dream collection that is full of sweet colours and designs, and loads of fun sayings within the stickers and die cut ephemera packs. All that plus a couple of hilarious photos of Leila on Snapchat and we have one perfectly simple layout.

To ensure the photos took centre stage on the layout, I kept the embellishing to a minimum. I don’t normally go too crazy with clusters, but for this creation I really scaled it back. I backed the photos with papers from the 6×6 paper pad that complimented the colours within them. I layered them both over a doily from my stash, then onto another 6×6 piece of pattern paper that I cut down to fit underneath. I layered a couple of strips underneath all of this before adding my title and embellishments.

Heres a closer look at all the pretty details..

I cut this butterfly from the Boho Bits cut apart paper and adhered to the layout using some foam tape, then tucked in a vellum floral piece, an ephemera tab and some enamel shapes to complete the cluster. On the top right of the layout I’ve added another ephemera piece along with a chipboard shape to fill in some of the white space and give balance to the layout.

Snapchat is such a fun app to use, especially for kids. The filters always make us laugh!

These chipboard words are pretty awesome and are perfect for adding colour to with watercolours or inks. I chose a couple items from the pack to create my title with the addition of an ephemera piece and some stickers from the accessory sheet. I also tucked in another vellum floral piece for an extra pop of colours along with some enamel dots.

Lastly I added a strip of the Wild & Free paper along the bottom of the layout then created one final mini cluster using some ephemera and vellum pieces plus a sticker and enamel dots.

Thats all from me today, I hope this super quick layout share has inspired you in some way 🙂

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Hilariously You | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-10-22T14:13:31+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back today with my newest layout share featuring the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection. By far my favourite collection of all time, which I’m sure I’ve already mentioned it before, but heck I’d shout it from the roof tops if I could HAHA

If you weren’t already aware, this collection is FINALLY available In Store NOW! You can find all of the YUMMY goodness right HERE.. Run, don’t walk lol

For this layout I just went with the flow of creating, no actual plan in mind other than a gigantic cluster of some description that was full of florals… I chose a hilarious photo of Leila from a few months back when she decided to help her Dad outside with the gardening. Who knew a Tutu was the newest gardening essential? Too funny!

I centred the photo in the top half of the page and worked my clusters around this, along a diagonal line. I’ve used a piece of Kaleidoscope paper (B side) under the photo along with pieces of the Boho Bits paper in both the 12×12 and 6×6 size to add some extra layers.

To the right of the photo I created a larger cluster with pieces in the ephemera pack. I also added in a couple of enamel dots and shapes, a flair button (one of my favourite sentiments we say to Leila all the time), a bird sticker from the accessory sticker sheet and a sneaky little stamp underneath. I’m not a stamper or a media expert, but I try lol

To give the cluster some dimension and shadowing, I’ve used a few different types of foam tape and sticky dots to raise and layer them up. I use this technique (if you could call it that) with all the clusters I create on each layout as I find it gives the pages a 3d feel to them, and makes things pop rather than keeping everything flat.

To the left of the layout I’ve added the next cluster, which is usually the smaller of the 2 large ones. I tend to create a layout with at least 3 groups of embellishments, forming a visual triangle of sorts. This helps draw the eyes attention into the photo without distracting too much.

In the cluster above I’ve used more floral pieces from the Ephemera pack, a few stickers from the accessory sheet and a sprinkling of enamel dots to finish it off…

Rather than leaving the top corner of the layout bare, I’ve added a couple of banner/flag pieces and an arrow that I cut down to match. All three pieces can be found in the Ephemera pack.

To create the title I’ve used some alpha stickers from the Totally Rad collection. To lighten these up I added a coat of white gesso to the tops before adhering to the layout.

Here’s a look at the colour difference before and after the gesso was used

I then added the ‘you’ from the chipboard words set in the Bohemian Dream collection and watercolored the bottom half. I used some of the remaining liquid to splatter around the page, and messed it up in places that was difficult to fix without ripping the paper. Whoops!

Lastly I added a few strips of paper (Boho Bits & Gypsy Heart) to the bottom of the layout, along with more florals, a label sticker with another stamp and a sentiment strip from the Boho Bits paper. The purple strip is from the 6×6 version of the Beautiful Mess paper.


Well thats all from me today. I hope you have enjoyed this new creation and that it has inspired you in some way. Be sure to check out the store and snap up all of this stunning collection before everyone else does!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

You were born to shine | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-10-09T12:31:15+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the beautiful new Bohemian Dream collection. By far my favourite collection since Make a Wish and it works perfectly for my style of layouts – clusters, layers and white space. Leila recently had a MASSIVE haircut, so what better way to document it than with this fun collection.

I’ve been loving banners on my layouts lately, so for this creation I layered a few different sized pieces of pattern papers together and fishtailed the bottoms for a banner effect. I also added a few random strips and torn pieces of paper for some extra textures to the photo stack, then popped it off the page with some foam sheets for dimension.

SO many pretty designs within this one collection. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Especially that floral paper.
FYI – I will list all products used at the bottom of this post, and will update with links once they’re available in store 

I also love this sweet sweet face! Oh my Hecking Heck do I love this sweet face! Especially when its cooperative and smiles so sweet!

TO the right of the sweet photo I’ve created a minster cluster, another favourite technique of mine. I especially like to mix in loads of ephemera pieces, more flowers than anyone ever needs, possibly a cut apart piece or 2, some chipboard, stickers and enamel dots. Layering in and around each other until I think it looks complete.

To balance the layout I usually create some form of visual triangle with extra mini clusters to compliment the main cluster. For this layout I’ve replicated the floral design , chipboard piece and enamel dots over on the left side of the photo, and created a mini banner cluster top right of the layout.

Here’s a list of all the products that I’ve used for this layout:
12×12 Papers – Abundant, Gypsy Heart, Beautiful Mess, Wild & Free, Flower Child
6×6 Paper pad
Die Cut Ephemera Pack
Vellum Flowers pack
Chipboard stickers
Accessory Stickers
Enamel shapes

Well thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way.
Be sure to share your creations with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook, we love to see what you’re all making with the fun products available in store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping xx


Don’t dull your Sparkle | One in a Million | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-09-22T17:58:37+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Limited Edition|

Hi Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring one of our sweet new Limited edition collections – One in a Million. The colours within this collection are so soft and very pretty, and worked so well with this hilarious photo of Leila from a few weeks back.

This child of mine is completely crazy, all kinds of hilarious and so much fun! Her latest craze is running around the house with a set of her Dad’s ear muffs on for no particular reason other than to make us laugh. So much laughter.

To create a layout to best represent the photo and its subject, I went a little crazy myself with banners and flags and layers and stuff. Starting with strips of almost all the papers within the collection kit, thick, thin, long and short plus pieces from the Cut apart sheet. So many layers and probably too many details added, but it was a fun creation that came together in no time.

Once I worked out the placement of all the banner pieces, I strung some twine across the tops added some loops and adhered with staples. I tucked in pieces of ephemera and added some sticky dots for dimension to corners of the banners. I even added some fussy cut butterflies and a flair button from the kit.

Ive used the 3×4 card “Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle” as the title as it’s exactly how I feel about this girl. I hope she’s always as fun as she is today, and that no one ever makes her dull her ‘sparkle’. Thats what makes her who she is.

I added in the heart to balance out the pink tones across the page and to add a different element other than a banner

Lastly some handwritten journalling and a mini cluster at the bottom of the layout and I called it done.

So many fun pieces within this collection. If you managed to score one before they sold out, please be sure to share what you make with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this has given you some inspiration to get a little crazy with banners!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

One of a Kind | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-09-18T12:15:40+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle here today to kickstart a new week of Inspiration featuring all things STICKERS. We’re talking accessory stickers, chipboard stickers, alpha stickers and even washi tape stickers. I’d even consider the sweet enamel shapes as stickers – they are sticky lol

For my layout share today I’ve used the amazing new collection Bohemian Dream. If you’re a follower of our Facebook page and Community group you would have seen the MOUNTAIN of boxes in a shipment that Zoe has just received. It has arrived! WOO HOO. It may take some time for it to load into the store, so for now you can drool all over the prettiness shared here 😉

This collection is absolutely STUNNING, and has absolutely surpassed my obsession for the Make a Wish collection. I’m loving the bright pops of colour, mixed with soft water colours and darker prints. The sweet floral designs are perfectly pretty and those hearts…. so cute! I’ve chosen the photo of Leila purely for the colour of her shirt that ties in with the colours of the collection.

I’ve created a grid style layout using a selection of papers from the 6×6 paper pad. I cut 2x2inch squares and arranged them randomly before sewing around or through each individual square.

I backed my photo with another 6×6 pattern paper, the 6×6 version of the Abstract paper that I’d cut into 2 triangles for a different project but didn’t use. I layered the photo into the corners of the paper and cropped the excess off. I also layered a cut apart piece behind and an accessory sticker before raising it up with some foam for dimension.

Now I’m not sure about everyone else, but I consider my Accessory sticker sheets an extension to my die cut ephemera packs. They’re perfect for layering in clusters and adding a finishing tough to empty spaces, and sometimes even being used for Title work. So many sweet sentiments and those chipboard stickers give some great dimension to a page!

With all this in mind my next task was to create a large cluster with as many stickers as I could, without over doing it. I used the “One of a Kind” piece from the sticker sheet as my title for the layout, and raised it with some foam tape to make it stand out more. Tucked in under and around this are more accessory stickers, a large floral chipboard sticker, a couple of chipboard sticker hearts, enamel dots and some ephemera pieces.

Once I was comfortable with the main cluster, I worked on all the mini clusters using more Accessory stickers and enamel dots. I selected random squares to fill within a visual triangle to create an even flow of embellishments in an already busy background. I also added in a few ephemera pieces to compliment the added colours and stickers.

All of the little word stickers and strips are perfect for documenting a ‘just because’ layout of Leila, with each one singing out sweet little sentiments I want her to remember in years to come.

Thats all from me today. I hope this has given you some inspiration to go crazy with stickers! I know it has for me 🙂

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!

Hello | Wild at Heart | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-08-22T22:46:12+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout as part of our focus this week on Colours. Theres been a fantastic assortment of awesome creations from the other DT members featuring a rainbow of colours. This can easily be  achieved when mixing multiple Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections together, but for today I’ve stuck mainly with one collection and added just a sprinkling of extras from a few others.

Apart from the super cute photo for Inspiration, the layout idea was formed around the spotted Double Dot paper within the Wild at Heart collection. Full of messy splotches of colour I drew on the ‘rough’ circular design by cutting circles in differing sizes, both full and outlines of circles, from this paper and the B side of Patchwork. I then added to the circular design by adding chipboard, flair and enamel dots from the collection, some Woodies from the Endless Summer & Totally Rad collections and lastly some enamel dots from the Made of Awesome collection

Scrapping yet another cute photo of Leila, using Snapchat and a cute Bunny filter, I based the layout on the colours within the photo. Pink tones from the ears and her jumper and the blue of her eyes. All the colours that I find inspire me the most!

I kept the top clusters pretty simple by layering the circles randomly, adding a mixture of embellishments to balance out the colours and sizes of circles. For this cluster I’ve used a flair button, stickers and die cut ephemera pieces, a woodie from the Totally Rad collection plus enamel dots…

and in this one over on the right hand side I simply added some twine, stickers and chipboard plus the enamel dots.

Along the bottom cluster I’ve layered the circles randomly again with more stickers, ephemera, twine, woodies and enamel dots. In all of the clusters I’ve raised the larger circle of the group with some foam tape for dimension.

Lastly I created the title using Chipboard pieces, layered some embellishments around the bottom right corner of the photo, added a couple lines of typed journalling then some splatters of gold Color shine and it was complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope that has given you some inspiration for scrapping with your favourite colours and even circles!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Hello Mister Rad | You Rock | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-08-08T20:12:00+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello scrappy friends! It’s Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the fun masculine You ROCK collection. For this layout I’ve actually gone for a full on boy theme, including a fun photo of my sweet Nephew. I really should scrap more photos of him and all the funny faces he makes!

I started the layout by trimming down my cardstock to layer over the “Galactic” paper leaving a thin dark border around 3 edges of the layout. Next I worked on the main focal point of the layout by gathering scraps from previous layouts, arranging them randomly under the photo and cutting a couple of the bottoms into banner/fishtails. The papers used are This Way, Stripped & Night Sky .

To the left of the photo I’ve arranged a few die cuts, stickers and pieces from the “Random” cut apart paper to create layers and my title. I also added in some fussy cut stars from the “Starshine” paper and stapled them down to keep them in place.

As I do with most of my layouts, I’ve raised the photo and its layers up with some foam. I really like the dimension it gives to my layouts and the shadowing does help to make things stand out a little more.

Under all the layers I added some small strips of the fun new decorative Washi Tape. This added a little extra colour where it was needed to help balance the colours around the page. I popped a rubber charm onto the photo and a flair button to the right, layered over a tag sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.

I didn’t want to add too much to the remainder of the layout so I created a simple cluster at the bottom left corner using another fussy cut star, some stickers, die cut pieces from the ephemera pack and then scattered some of the enamel dots around the different clusters to tie it all together.

Lastly a few lines of typed journalling and a splattering of black ink and the layout was complete.

Well, thats all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to get creative with this fun masculine collection.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

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