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You-nique | Bohemian Dream layout | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-10-21T00:27:03+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here today and I am very excited to be sharing my first layout using the gorgeous new ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection (which is now available in the Cocoa Vanilla store!) This range is just SO delicious and dreamy. It features stunning florals and a divine colour palette, including a beautiful shade of purple. (I have to admit, I have never really been a purple fan, but I totally love this one!)

I am sure you have seen the newest products that have been added to the Cocoa Vanilla range with this collection – 6×6″ paper pad, chipboard titles and stamps. I was determined to make sure I included some of each on my project, and I also thought it would be fun to create a boy themed page too.

I decided to create a page combining blues and purples to showcase these cute photos of my son in his new glasses. I started with the Wild & Free paper as my base; first adding some light swipes of gesso with a brush, and then using one of the new clear stamps (a rough “brush stroke”) with some purple ink to help define the focal areas of my design. I also added some light splatters of purple watercolour and indigo mist around my page.

Next, I created a layered mat for my photo using some of the Abundant and Gypsy Heart papers, as well as pieces of the miniature Abstract and Dreamer papers from the 6×6″ paper pad. Tucked in amongst my layers was also a tab and a mini pennant from the die cut ephemera pack and some messy cotton thread for texture.

Next, I took the Boho Bits cut apart paper and cut out the purple smile quote and also the purple bird. I placed the quote card alongside the right side of my photo (such a gorgeous quote!) To the left side of my photo I created a cluster using the fussy cut bird, some branches from the vellum accents pack and I topped it off with one of the coordinating flair buttons

Below the quote, I added a couple of die cut feathers from the ephemera pack, and a small heart from the chipboard accent stickers sheet. In the bottom right corner of my page where I had stamped the brush strokes, I layered a couple of small die cut labels and then stamped the date on the top one.

I used the same purple watercolour I had splattered around my background to add some colour to my title. I used two of the chipboard title stickers (you and unique) and trimmed the unique so I could spell out you-nique. These titles are such a great addition to the product range and I was really happy with how well they took the watercolour.

To finish off my layout I used the hello you stamp from the stamp set to stamp in a few random places around my page with navy ink; and then I added my handwritten journaling and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you haven’t got your hands on any of the ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection, then head over to the store HERE and grab some for yourself! (It’s even better in person than it looks on the screen!!)

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Big, Beautiful You | Bohemian Dream | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-10-19T11:14:33+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Good Morning Friends!
Lina here today and I’m sharing my very first layout using the incredible Bohemian Dream collection. I must first preface this post with saying that I am absolutely smitten by this collection. Zoe has knocked it outta the park for me with all the tones of purple and florals. Perfect!

The layout I’m sharing is of my littlest meatball at about 9-10 months. She was wearing purple and it matched perfectly with the collection so I went with it.
We were challenged this week to use new product… Done and done! Everything I used is new to me and newly available in the CVS shop. Here’s what I created:

I began my layout with a crisp sheet of white card stock and a piece of the gorgeous dark purple diagonal stripe paper called, Dreamer. I mounted it to the top of my white card stock and got to work. I chose papers from the new 6×6 paper pad and started matting my photo which roughly measures 4×4 inches.

Next, I worked on my title because it would need to dry before I could use it. I took the words Beautiful and You from the Chipboard Titles and sprayed them with some ink spray. I chose a dark aqua, vibrant pink and a purple. I sprayed the word pieces and used my heat gun to speed up the drying process. I then set them aside and began working on my embellishments.For the BIG part of my title, I used the word title from the Chipboard Sticker Set. I love the mix of fonts!

I lovingly sifted through the Die Cut Ephemera, admiring every detail and piece and chose some of my favourite that would correspond well with my layout. I also used some of the Vellum Accents for layering. I love the subtle look of them. Using some metallic silver thread, I created a nest of sorts for the Flair Buttons to sit within. I used two Flair on this layout.

Next, taking the tiny word stickers from the Sticker Accent Sheet, I added my favourite sentiments in and around my page. I did this with other stickers around my page as well.

Finally, as a finishing touch, I added some of the Enamel Shapes in the Aqua and the Pink. They are a perfect addition to any layout. They just complete the layout in my opinion.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share in my layout. I appreciate all your kindness and love! ❤️ Have a wonderful day!


Sweet Memories | Bohemian Dream Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-10-18T17:28:10+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing with you a new layout featuring the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. This was my first layout with the new collection and wow! Bohemian Dream is so gorgeous isn’t it?!?  Each and every piece is just so beautiful. I must say I was super excited to see the new 6×6 paper pad, stamps and chipboard words that were released with this collection. Even more goodness to play with! I’ll make sure to share how I used them throughout this post.

Here is the layout I created:

The subject of this layout is my little girl. This pic was taken right before she went to sleep on the night before her 5th birthday. 5! Yep my baby is 5. Seriously, how does it go so quick? Anyways, this was her last night being 4 so I wanted to document it. As soon as I printed it I knew I wanted to use it with this collection as I was was thinking along the lines of ‘sweet dreams my four year old’ or something of that nature. Since the collection has a lot of Dream catchers I made the link there. I printed the photo in black and white as the colours in her doona cover would have been too bold. The photo is printed at around a 3×4″ size.

It may be a little cliche’ but I had to make the main element of my page a dream catcher. It was screaming to be done with this collection and this photo and the story of my page was just perfect for it. I found a dream catcher image online and traced it with my silhouette software. I only wanted the top portion of the catcher as I knew I wanted to create the feathers using the ephemera pack and some stitching.

I love the 6×6 pads. The prints are smaller in design and just perfect for backing cut files with. I have backed a portion of the top of the dream catcher paper with the 6×6″ size of the ‘Wild n Free’ paper. The inclusion of the blue added a nice soft touch to the page as I felt the purple, navy and even the pink were a lot more bold. I also matted my photo with the paper pad on the spot design paper.

This collection has the most beautiful floral designs, dare I say my fave from all the collections, so I had to add some clusters of them on either side of the photo and dream catcher. I added a little foam adhesive to some of the elements to create that shadow and dimension.

For the bottom of the dream catcher I decided to use the three feathers that can be found in the ephemera pack. I wanted it to look like they were hanging off the dreamcatcher, like they do on a real life one, so I replicated the string with stitching and the beading you can find on them with enamel dots.

As always I felt I needed to add my journaling to tell the story of this page. Although the design was somewhat central I felt the design needed a little balance due to the heaviness of the photo so that is why I have placed the journaling where I have.

I hope this page has inspire you today. This would be such a fun page to replicate at home. If you have any questions about it at all don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below or send me a message via social media.

Oh also, if you haven’t checked out the Bohemian Dream collection in detail you can see it in my unboxing video below



By | 2017-10-16T18:59:48+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi Creative friends!

Gwen back with you on the blog today with another project using the DIVINE new Bohemian Dream collection.  I’m sticking with my theme this month of documenting the first 10 years of my daughter’s life, this time creating a page for her album.

I had already spent a long time sorting photos and getting them into a consistent format for my mini tag album so I thought why not use that effort and also create a 12 x 12 layout.  I knew the layout would be a bit of a challenge because I had eleven photos I wanted to add and I knew they were all in different formats, but I’m super glad I gave it a whirl and love the end result.  The best way I find to include lots of photos on a page is to print them small.  I began by creating a Photo collage using this feature at my local print shop, there are lots of formats to choose from so I went about creating a couple.  I mixed and matched the photos on each so that I would have a few choices of the sizes each of the photos would be printed in.

I then went about working on the position of the photos, I just shuffled them until I was happy.  For my background, I’ve used the “Wild and Free” paper.  I was also restricted by the fact that I wanted to keep them in timeline order, so their order and position really did dictate the design of the page.  Once I had them looking good I went about matting each one twice.  I used a combination of papers from the 6×6 paper pad.  I love using the paper pads for small photo mounts like this, as the designs are printed smaller than the 12×12 so you see more of them.  Proportionally the designs are a better fit with the photos.

At this point, all of my photos were locked into position, it was now time to add the title.  I really love the colours in the chipboard word “HAPPY” from the Chipboard Stickers sheet so I teamed that with the words from the Chipboard Titles sheet to make my title “This Happy Life”.  Of course, you can leave these plain, but I really wanted the pop of colour so I’ve added some shimmery watercolors from my stash, just using a paintbrush.  These Chipboard pieces are so versatile, you could add mists and inks or embossing powders etc, so many ways to make them uniquely fit your layout.  I was going for a ‘not so perfect’ look here, I didn’t want to cover the entire piece of chipboard, I wanted variation in the colouring.

Next, I just could not help but use some of the vellum accents, the florals in this pack are my favorite!!  I positioned one of the larger vellum pieces over a similar style die cut from the Die Cut Ephemera pack for a layered flower effect.  I placed two others around my page, simply securing with a small amount of liquid glue in the center.

I also added leaves from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to my main floral element under the title and some vellum butterflies… oh so pretty!  I also added foam to one of the sentiments in this pack and added that.  I really just kept the design simple so it wasn’t competing with all those photos!

Lastly, I’ve added a couple of words from the Accessory Stickers sheet and some Enamel Shapes and that was the layout finished.  How cute are those hearts? Aren’t they the perfect finishing touch.  Thanks for popping by today and keep sharing those beautiful creations of yours on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing them!

Until next time,



Unique | Bohemian Dream | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-10-09T23:33:08+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Elodie here and I’m happy to be back to share a new layout with you today. This week, we are putting the spotlight on the new and stunning Bohemian Dream collection, its paper pad, chipboard titles and pretty stamp set. I was inspired by the gorgeous colors and cute bird icons and I combined it with a colorful pic of my little one posing in front of a mural in Derry, Ireland.

I am a big fan of 6×6 pads and I use them a lot on my projects. So I was super excited about the Bohemian Dream paper pad! I wanted to use it to create my background and I started by picking a couple of 6×6 papers that would go with my photo.

I cut five frames in several 6×6 papers and cut four of them in half so as to get eight triangles. I folded the edges a little bit for dimension and placed them on the borders of the Kaleidoscope paper that I picked for the background.

Next, I adhered the last frame and the matted photo in the center of the page with foam squares. I love how all the pretty colors pop against the gray background!

For the title, I used a pretty chipboard word on which I stamped the ‘hello you’ and ‘love’ sentiments from the Bohemian Dream stamp set with black and gray ink. Stamps are such a great way to add fun details to a project!

I also spiced up the title with cute enamel dots from the range and placed it right under the photo.

The Bohemian Dream line is packed with gorgeous embellishments and I had a lot to choose from when came the embellishing part! As I didn’t want to cover up my background design too much, I made a cluster around the photo using die cuts, vellum accents and cute birds from the chipboard sticker sheet. Finally, I added a couple of word stickers at the bottom and at the top of the page to complete the title.

I am so in love with this amazing collection and I can’t wait to play with it again. The paper pad, the chipboard titles and the stamps are awesome new items and I hope my page inspires you to get your hands on them! Thanks so much for joining me today! Have a great day!


Born to Shine | Bohemian Dream | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-10-14T11:56:49+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Bohemian Dream|

Hello Everyone

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog

Today I am sharing with you a beautiful layout of my little dancing dolly using the new release collection Bohemian Dream.

This collection is just stunning with it’s beautiful pastel colours predominately featuring a stunning purple.

In this layout I have used lots of the beautiful new products.

This included chipboard titles, 6×6 inch pad, cardstock, stamps, die cut ephemera, accessory stickers and enamel shapes.

Have you picked your favourite product in the collection or are you like me and need to have it all?

I have a treat for you today. I have created a process video for this layout.

I am really new to the process video thing but I am enjoying learning and being creative with video editing.


This layout came together beginning with the background of watercolour. I just love using watercolours to help build a unique one of a kind background.

I then layered up my photo with a piece from the 6×6 paper pad and some tissue paper.

I then wanted to add a block of pattered cardstock so that I would have an area to feature my title.


The fun did not stop there.. I then added all the little features to make it come together. This included a little touch of stamping, some flower clusters and some simple but stunning fussy cut butterflies.

Oh .. and my favourite the tiny enamel shape heart. Oh they are just the cutest an add the perfect fishing touch onto the layout.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative and head to your local supplier for the new Bohemian Dream collection.

Lauren xo

Dream | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-10-11T21:52:15+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi everyone! Mandy here today, and I’m so excited to be sharing my first layout using the brand new Bohemian Dream collection! I absolutely love this beautiful collection… especially the dreamy colours, and the gorgeous florals! It’s so pretty and feminine! You will have noticed that this week on the blog the design team have all been sharing projects that showcase each of their ‘signature styles’, and today I’ll be wrapping up this feature! I documented a photo of my eldest daughter Abi that I took when she was about 3 1/2 years old… Nearly 10 years ago! I love her beautiful smile in this photo, and the colours worked perfectly with this collection!

I included lots of my go-to techniques on this layout. If you take a look at my past layouts, you’ll notice that they usually include most of these things…

  • White cardstock background
  • Dimension (using foam tape)
  • Embellishment clusters
  • Visual triangles
  • White space
  • Layering
  • Typed journaling

I started my layout off by adding strips of the Abundant patterned paper (both the A-side and the B-side) down the left and right hand sides of the layout. I think this is probably my favourite paper in the collection… I can’t go past a good floral! I used a border punch to add some detail to the strips. I then added some layers behind behind my photo using the Dreamer and the Gypsy Heart patterned papers (both reverse sides), as well as a die cut frame, and a doily from my stash. I also added some foam tape underneath the photo to lift it up and give it some dimension!

I created a pretty floral cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo using flowers from the die cut ephemera pack. How pretty are these colours?!! I used a word from the chipboard sticker sheet as the title for my layout, and layered this on top of the flowers. I also tucked a flair button into the cluster as well.

I created a smaller cluster down in the bottom right hand corner of the page to balance out the heaviness in the top half of the layout. This one includes both die cuts and vellum accents.

To create a third point of interest on the layout, I tucked a die cut tab and a vellum flower under the right hand side of the photo. You can also see here that I added a sticker and a strip of typed journaling underneath the photo.

I finished the layout off with a few enamel hearts and some stamping using the gorgeous new clear stamp set.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout and you’ve been inspired to have a play with the beautiful ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection!

Mandy x

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