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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  – I 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  

Happy Birthday | Make a Wish | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-07-09T15:08:19+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Everyone, It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout Inspired by my impending birthday LOL I’ve used the oh so sweet Make a Wish collection and a super cute photo of Leila from her 1st birthday back in 2011. I couldn’t settle on one of my own birthday photos and Leila looks way cuter than I do anyway!!

This ended up being a super quick layout to put together, apart from the fussy cutting of the letters for the title, and a few extra pieces I had cut out that didn’t make the layout. I started with the title in mind, using random letters from the words on the Loot Bag paper, combined with the ‘happy’ word from the wood veneer set in the Love Always collection.

I’ve added foam tape under the thicker parts of the letters to lift them off the page, giving them dimension and making them stand out a little more.

I centred the photo in the top half of the layout and layered papers Party Dots & the pink side of Hip Hooray under the photo with a doily from my stash. I also added the sequin bow from the Bits & pieces pack for a little added sparkle, because who doesn’t love sparkle!

Along the bottom of the layout I’ve used strips of the Daydream & Fresh Cut papers to act as a base for my Cake stand cluster. The floral design on the Daydream paper is by far my favourite of any Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers, and reminds me of a delicate tablecloth. Perfect to place a cake stand onto. The cake stand design can be found on the Party Mix cut apart paper, along with the Celebrate banner.  I added ‘decorations’ to the cake in the form of a wood veneer heart a glitter dot and a die cut heart. Next to the cake I’ve added some Bitty Blooms along with a chipboard accent sticker.

Lastly the top cluster on the layout made with items from the ephemera pack, a couple more pieces from the Bits & Pieces pack, glitter dot & sticker, plus a flair button and another wood veneer heart to balance out the veneer across the layout. You can also see a close up of the ‘love this’ tab sticker and ticket that are poking out between the layers under the photo.

After the layout was complete I added my journalling and a few splatters of ink, that as usual went a little haywire in places. It almost always goes a little haywire at splatter time lol

Well thats all from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my layout Inspiration. I hope its Inspired you in some way.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x


Scrapbook Expo + Winner Announcement + New Store Stock!

By | 2017-06-21T11:39:30+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Chit Chat, Limited Edition, Page Kits, Reveals & GiveAways|

Hi everyone,

After a very busy (and fun!) trip to the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo, I just thought I would pop in to thank everyone who supported us. Whether you attended classes with Zoe or Gwen; shopped at our stand; or just took the time to stop and tell us how much you love the CVS products – thank you all! Attending events such as this, and having the opportunity to personally connect with so many lovely people, really is a highlight for all of us involved. (And helps make all the time, effort and looong days that go into it truly worthwhile!)

We were very fortunate to have Chris from Chris Wruck Photography take some shots for us, so a big thanks to Chris too!

Zoe’s tutor display…

Gwen’s tutor display…

The Cocoa Vanilla stand, which was filled with gorgeous products and equally gorgeous customers…

Lucky we had that big entry box on the counter, we had lots of entries into our daily prize draws. Congratulations again to Tracey, Kate and Margaret who were our three daily winners!

Gwen, Sue and Mandy…

Everyone that attended our classes at the expo this year received an entry into the draw to win a $100 shopping spree in our online store. We are very pleased to announce that our winner is…

Rose-Anne Monk!

Congratulations Rose-Anne. We will be in touch with you shortly with your prize details. Thanks everyone who entered the draw by attending our classes. We hope you enjoyed your time with Zoe or Gwen and that you went home with plenty of inspiration (and product) to keep you busy creating!

Now onto our next exciting piece of news…

New Store Stock!

For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the expo, we didn’t want you to miss out. We are pleased to announce that we have a limited number of exclusive items that will be released into the Cocoa Vanilla store Friday 23rd June:

  • ‘Wild at Heart’ DOUBLE LAYOUT KIT designed by Zoe Pearn

  • ‘Make a Wish’ DOUBLE LAYOUT KIT designed by Gwen Wruck

  • ‘Love Always’ TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK KIT designed by Zoe Pearn

  • Bargain GRAB BAGS which are filled with an assortment of patterned papers / accessory stickers / alphabet stickers from various collections

These items will be available in strictly limited quantities, so make sure you get in quickly to avoid disappointment! In the meantime, stay tuned to our Facebook page or join our CVS Community group on Facebook, and we will let you know first when they are available.

Until next time, happy scrapping!


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

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!!! 😉

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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