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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

Cardstock

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

 

 

Hello sunshine | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-09-11T04:24:30+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello crafty people. As you probably noticed – it’s a STICKERS WEEK on Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I am very happy about it because let’s be honest – who doesn’t like stickers? They are so easy and fast to use, come in a variety of shapes and colors. Perfect type of embellishments.

You can find many types of stickers at CVS Store like: chipboard stickers, regular sticker, alpha stickers and puffy stickers. I mixed them together on this sunny – funny page.

I had a series of cute pictures of my little girl playing at the pool. They are mostly blue so I thought – let’s make a fun, blue background. I searched through all the CVS collections and picked every blue paper I found. I grouped them and decided to use 8 patterns together. You can spot papers from Color me happy, Wild at heart, Hello sunshine, Make a wish, You rock and Endless summer collections. I just cut a stripe of paper and combined them all together creating a whole new 12*12 paper.

With all that patterns my page didn’t need much of embellishing. Small stickers and other elements were just perfect to add them here and there.

I started with three chipboard frames from “Wild at heart” collection stuck behind the pictures. I also picked some words and small elements from “Hello sunshine” ephemera pack and sticker sheet. Puffy stickers are also a fun type pf embellishments to put on the page. I created a title using two puffy words from “Hello sunshine” puffy stickers.

Adding dimension to my pages is one of my favourite techniques while creating a layout. That’s why I love wood veneers, woodies and flair buttons. All of them used on my page are from “Hello sunshine” collection.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO

Anna

SUMMER | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-09-02T14:14:29+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here, back today for another share, this time I have a fun Summer themed page featuring me!   This shot was taken at a Fun Run my sister and I did last year, as part of our “try new things” year for my 40th birthday.  I had never done anything like this so it was on our list!! AND it was so fun!  Now, we didn’t run but walked the 10-kilometre track, stopping along the way for happy snaps and this was one of them!  I’ve used the Endless Summer collection for this for its Summery soft tones.

The idea for the page began with my photo and the die cut title from the Ephemera Pack.  I find a page always comes together quickly when you have something like this to start you off.  I then went about cutting out the floral die cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I went quite large with these as I knew I wanted them to be a major part of my design and to layer my photo and elements over the top of them.  I’ve left then plain white to contrast my background.

I went with the Sweet Treats paper for my background, because, well, who doesn’t love a wood grain!  I have rotated the paper so the grain runs up and down rather than across as I knew my design would flow more in this direction.  Next, I went about matting my photo, I’ve used both sides of the Coastal Chill paper.  I love doing this for a double matt photo.  You know the patterns will work together well and you are only cutting into one sheet.  I’ve also used a section of the This & That paper as my third paper layer, lots of fun things to fussy cut out of this one and then you can use the outside edges as a photo mat.

I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out the pink doily and striped tab from the same paper and layered them into my paper stack.  I also took this opportunity to add some foam tape to my photo to make it stand out above the background layers.  Now was also the time to add a single pink flower from the Blooms pack.

I then went ahead and added the smaller elements.  I adore the little wood veneer pieces in this collection, cute clouds, hearts and even a flamingo!! I’ve also added a cloud from the puffy stickers sheet, super cute!! I then went in search of elements from the Ephemera Pack.  I went with this cute banner as well as the title.  It was a nice chance to add some stitching here as well.

Lastly, I added the Flair and Enamel Shapes and some Woodies, all the page was done!  I love how it turned out, so warm and Summery.  With Winter now behind us in Australia, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Spring/Summer filled pages and I hope mine has inspired you today.

Thanks for popping by today

Until next time

Gwen

xo

Forever In My Heart | Wild At Heart & Endless Summer | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-08-22T06:28:18+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout I made for the „All About Color“ theme this week.

I love colors, but I often scrap using a limited color palette, so I struggled with this challenge at first. But sometimes you just need a little bit of time to think and develop a concept.

Eventually I came up with the idea of creating a large circle in rainbow colors on a 12×12 page. For this I wanted to use only cardstock that I water colored myself, paired with lots of Cocoa Vanilla embellishments.

First I took my water color pencils and added a bit of yellow, orange, pink, blue and green on a white card stock (in different areas so the colors wouldn’t mix). I then added a bit of water to the colors with a paint brush and waited until all of it dried. I chose various floral craft dies and die cut them with my Big Shot.

My starting point was a small black and white photo that was taken on our holiday on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives in May 2012. I decorated it with die cuts, rubber charms and some water colored leaves in my favorite color, pink.

I then completed my circle from right to left with orange, yellow, green and blue and ended up with pink again.

I used several Cocoa Vanilla collections to create this colorful circle: Wild at Heart, Hello Lovely, You Rock, Endless Summer, Colour Me Happy, Free Spirit and Make A Wish. It was so much fun to use the ephemera die cuts, woodies, enamel dots, stickers, rubber charms, paper flowers and all the other beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Embellishments! And of course I used my water colored leaves and flowers too. Often I glued die cuts on glue dots to give them some dimension. I also added a few smaller items from my stash – especially in yellow, because I didn’t have enough embellishments.

For my title I chose the „Forever In My Heart“ die cut from the Wild At Heart collection and placed it below my photo.

In the end I splattered some gold and black paint across the page. To finish it off I stamped the date with a roller stamp next to my photo on the left side.

I hope you like my layout and had fun reading my post!

Till next time,

Ulli

Bath time fun | Mixed Collections | Emma Wood

By | 2017-08-19T18:25:32+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello friends, it’s Emma on the blog today and I’m so excited to be sharing my next page.  This week the Design Team will be sharing projects that focus on colour and I had so much fun putting this one together.  As soon as I saw the theme I knew I wanted to include a collection of colours – and the easiest way to do that?  Go with a rainbow!   The bonus of creating a rainbow layout is that it’s also an easy way to use a mixture of CVS collections on your page too!

Because I was using a mixture of colours I flipped my photo’s to black & white so I didn’t have to worry about colours clashing.  I used a star-burst design for the top of my page and cut the papers from a few collections (You Rock, Wild at Heart, Endless Summer, Make a Wish and Totally Rad) using my trusty scissors so each piece is slightly different from the other.  I also cut a couple pieces from the same patterned paper (one slightly smaller than the other) and then machine stitched them together, folding up the sides on the top piece to create a bit of dimension on the page.

I planned to have the title at the bottom of my page but I knew I had to keep it plain because the page already had alot of colour on it, so I went with the white alphabet stickers from Colour Me Happy.

Now I’m a fan of white on white but the title didn’t stand out enough on the white cardstock background so I came up with the idea to pop them onto of the word stickers – I’d planned on using them (You Rock Accessory Stickers) on the page anyway so I figured why not make them my background instead!  Part of me didn’t want to waste that many fun word stickers on the one page but I really quite like how it turned out.  I just ran the whole lot through the sewing machine to keep them in place (I’m a big fan of the sewing machine, hard to find a layout of mind that doesn’t include it).

My journaling is typed up on the computer (using typewriter font) and printed it onto plain white paper.  Up until this stage the photo’s had been sitting side by side but the journaling ended up being a little bigger than I’d thought so I staggered the photo’s, put the journaling at the top of the right photo and popped one of the rubber charms (from You Rock collection) at the bottom of the left photo to balance things out.

Once I’d finished with the actual layout of my page, I got to add all the other fun bits and pieces – I love enamel dots/shapes and there are so many fun colours in all the CVS collections!  Most of the enamel dots came from the Colour Me Happy collection (warm & cool) but I also added a few stars from Totally Rad and chipboard stars from You Rock.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you’re inspired to create your own page using a bit of rainbow magic!  There are so many gorgeous colours in all of the CVS collections so don’t be afraid to mix and match! 😉

Until next time, take care. Em xo

Sisters | Love always layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-07-28T18:51:26+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hello girls and boys. How is your summer / winter going? We are in the middle of the summer school break here in Poland and I must say… Oh how I love the school days 😀 My girls are fighting constantly. Sometimes I just want to run away from all those “Mom!!!! Maja took my toy”, ‘Mom, Gabrysia is touching me”. But there are also those cute moments, when they love each other, play nicely, cuddle and are the best sisters ever.

I found this picture lately with newborn Maja and I thought they look so beautiful together and I need to make a page with this photo. I turned it into black and white version and reached for soft and pretty “Love always” collection.

I picked this lovely paper with pink stripes called “Twin set” for my background. I also cut few simple butterfly shapes using my Cameo and some paper scraps and vellum.

I didn’t glue the butteflies to my background. I only sew them through the middle. Thanks to that I gained a dimensional and whimsical background for my picture. I also added some smaller butterflies from ephemera pack and vellum accents pack.

I embellished space around my picture using chipboard stickers and puffy stickers. I only picked pink and grey elements to keep my page quite monochromatic. At the beginning I was going to add the blue color too but after my page was half done I decided I like it more with pink and grey colors only. I also added a flair button with cute inscription. I made a title using white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” collection.

I finished my page by adding few glittery enamel dots and white splatters.

I usually make more colorful pages but this one won my heart. It’s soft, pastel and brings so many good memories and emotions.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO

Anna

HAPPY YOU | HELLO LOVELY | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-07-06T10:13:58+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this one featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday.  I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.

I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn’t feeling like the page was working.  I don’t often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind!  So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?

I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper.  I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away.  Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.

Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash.  I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn’t want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!

To create my floral embellishment clusters, I’ve taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I’ve chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.

I’ve also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots – sparkles.  I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections.  This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.

I’ve worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.

I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.

 

I’ve added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer.  These are a mixture of collections with the word “Happy” coming from the Love Always collection and the “you” coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.

I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn’t think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.

Gwen

xo

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