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By | 2017-05-28T14:38:38+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello again Creative Friends,

I have a pretty layout to share with you today using the divine Make a Wish collection. It features Miss C from a few years back dressed up for a school book parade.  She went as Alice in Wonderland, with the pink bunny doubling as the “white rabbit”.

This has to be one of my favourite collections of all the Cocoa Vanilla lines… I love how clean and fresh it is, the pinks and florals and THAT blue/green **totally swoon worthy**.  It is a perfect collection for documenting birthdays with lots of Happy Birthday elements, but I love it for every day scrapbooking, like this layout, which just celebrates my sweet little girl.

The design for the page started with the Cocoa Vanilla cut file, this one is from the Colour Me Happy collection – you can grab it here.  I started by cutting it out on plain white card stock from my stash and then added some colour using some mists.  I’ve used a blue shade and a pink/gold shade applied un-evenly.

Once I was happy with the colour in my die cut, I decided on its position on the page.  Once that was locked in, I knew where to place the coloured mist in the background.  I’ve done this using the packaging technique in a very pale pink, allowed it to dry and then added blue and pink splatters.  I wanted this to have a confetti-like feel.. to go with my title “Celebrate You”.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out the flowers in ‘Fresh Cut’ paper, this is one of my most favourites… such pretty florals begging to be fussy cut!

I now was able to position the cut file, my photo and the flowers.  Next, I went about creating a verticle line from top to the bottom of my page starting with the ‘Celebrate You’ element I knew I wanted to use as my title.

I went through the Chipboard Accent Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Stickers looking for elements to add to my page.  I wanted a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths for interest.  Once these were all chosen and in position, I added my finishing touches, some stars and a flair badge.

This really is such a pretty collection and I always love creating with it.  It is also the collection I am using for my upcoming class at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo coming up on June 9th – 11th.  The kit for this class is so pretty, I know you will love it!  Below is a sneak peak of one of the layouts we will create together in the class.

Class bookings are open now and can be made online here on the 2017 time table.


AND, anyone who books into a Cocoa Vanilla class goes into the draw to win a $100 Shopping Spree in store!  How good would that be!!!  I do hope you’ll join me at the show 🙂

Gwen xo

Grandma | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-05-07T22:08:09+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Love Always, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing a super sweet Mother’s Day theme layout with the Wild At Heart collection. This collection is oh-so-pretty and perfect for all the special ladies in our lives!  This layout is dedicated to a wonderful Grandmother who is very dear to us! So lucky to call her our Grandma!


Isn’t this delicate and divine?!! There’s a real softness and femininity to the watercolour background and those butterflies! You’ll spy that the Colour Me Happy Cut Files, Bitty Blooms,Alphabet Stickers from the Love Always collection team up perfectly with the Wild At Heart line too!

The CV-WH003 MARIPOSA fussy cut butterflies, and that Chipboard Accent Sticker butterfly are a main feature of this layout! Infact, the wing pattern and colours, and flight path were the inspiration for that delicate watercolour background too!

Let’s take a closer look……

Those butterflies really are divine!!! I adore that chipboard one tucked beneath my top corner of my precious photograph! Speaking of chipboard, you’ll also notice my photo being supported by a pretty pastel Chipboard Frame. There are two smaller frames anchoring my design too! And let’s not forget those cut files!!!! Who doesn’t love to add an extra layer, or point of interest, with a pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio cut file?!

More deliciousness here with those pretty blooms, &  Wood Veneer Words (hearts). I love the warmth and balance that the wooden hearts bring to this design. Still soft and delicate, but just cutting through all the cool pastels and adding interest too!

I need to make mention of the Accessory Stickers! I love the typewriter font words, and these sweet sentiments double up  like little pops of journalling on my layout – so awesome! I’ve arranged them to follow the ‘flight path’ of the butterflies, in a diagonal flow. Love the extra element these stickers provide!

And how sweet is that ‘Be your kind of beautiful’ butterfly Accessory Sticker layered on the frame in the bottom corner……

Just loving it all!!! I mean seriously, that XO chipboard heart is too cute for words!!! And check out my favourite, go-to finishing touches item, the Enamel Dots (Sparkles)…..

Fab-u-lous! The Enamel Dots are truly a staple for every scrapbooker!!! I can’t live without them, lol!

I love that delicate ombre effect on the Love Always Alphabet Stickers title – very soft, and beautifully coordinated with the Wild At Heart collection.

Here’s a closer look at the top corner of my layout…..

SO very pretty!

Love this wonderful lady, and I think Wild At Heart was just perfect for capturing her!

I hope my layout has inspired you!

And to all the wonderful women in our lives, Happy Mother’s Day!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

MOM | Free Spirit | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-04-28T21:38:58+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a Mother´s day themed layout.

I wanted to create a layout which is a love letter from me to my little girl. I wrote a long journaling which I addressed to her. The journaling is about how Lina came to us and made me a mom. I wrote about holding the positive pregnancy test in my hands, my wonderful and exciting pregnancy, hearing her heartbeat for the first time, her first kick…I love her so much and I am so happy to have her in my life. I chose 3 photos from different stages of my pregnancy and another photo that was taken directly after the birth.

I picked “Mom” for my title and decided to create a big title using different patterned papers.

I mostly used the Free Spirit collection and also some embellishments from the new Wild at Heart collection and the Make a Wish collection.

I wanted to divide my 12×12 cardstock into three sections: photos at the top, long journaling in the middle and big title at the bottom.

First I typed up my journaling on a white cardstock using my typewriter. I had to start over three times because I made some typos. It is not easy to type such a long text on a layout without making mistakes!

Then I arranged the four photos at the top. I layered the amazing floral cut file from Cocoa Vanilla Studio behind some of the photos. I framed the first photo on the left side with a chipboard frame from the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection.


Then I cut out the word MOM from three different patterned papers from the Free Spirit collection. I used both sides of the „Wildflowers“ paper and for the third I picked the „Dreamy“ paper. I used some big gold letters from my stash as template and cut them out with my scissors. Then I adhered  them to the bottom of the 12×12 sheet.

Now I could start embellishing the layout. I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and decorated the photos with some of the die cut ephemera from the Free Spirit collection. I popped up two die cuts using glue dots to give them some dimension.

I also used a paper flower from the Endless Summer collection, the XOXO flair button, a woodie from the Free Spirit collection and an enamel star from the Make a Wish collection. I used the wood veneer word Love from the Wild at Heart collection and placed it on the bottom of two photos on the right side.

I added some die cuts from the Free Spirit collection (Precious and Our Story) to my big title, as well as a wooden heart from the Wild At Heart collection and some enamel shapes in different colors from the Make a Wish collection.

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

Till next time,


Yay | Make A Wish | Emma Wood

By | 2017-04-20T21:14:52+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi friends!  Emma here to share my page for this weeks Scraplift challenge!  I chose to lift a DT member who I’ve been a fan of (for years!) and who’s “scrappy style” is different to my own – Michelle!

Funny story, I met Michelle a few years back at a scrap-camp and I remember being so nervous most of the time that I hardly spoke (I also met Raquel at that same camp and think I may have mustered the courage to say “hi”, but that was about it, lol.. I’m such a dork I know).   Fast forward a couple years, and now we’re on the same DT!  😉

Anyway, best get back on track – here is a look at the page I created that was inspired by Michelle’s love of Make A Wish!

And here’s a look at the amazing page of Michelle’s that I lifted:

As hard as I tried to be strict in scraplifting, my page went away from her design a little – partly because I’m just hopeless that way but mostly because my page is somewhat smaller (I’m 6×8 in comparison to Michelle’s 12×12) so I had to scale it down so my page didn’t look too cramped.

I used the same cut file (from the shop) and cut it apart so I only used the 2 end flowers.   One flower went on top of the cluster around my photo but instead of backing it up with paper I fussy cut a few flowers from the Fresh Cut paper and popped them behind instead.  I also used a couple of the same die-cut flowers but as you can see, given my smaller page, they look quite big in comparison to the flowers on Michelle’s page 🙂

The other half of the die-cut went at the bottom of my page to help create a bit of balance – I like that given it’s a white on white it doesn’t stand out too much and distract you.

I also mixed up bottom right corner so that instead of having a big title, I included my journaling (which I printed out from the computer and just cut into strips).  I recently did a little rearranging of all my layouts that are in albums and noticed I preferred when I could read the journaling without taking the layout out of the plastic pocket so I’m trying to be more conscious about including it on the front of my pages (because of the 6×8 size I tend to have hidden journaling behind a photo or have it on the back of my pages, but I’m thinking this might have to change now!).

I really, really enjoyed putting this page together – although I’m not entirely sure I’m very good at scraplifting! Haha.

It was challenging but not in the way I thought it would be. I absolutely love the bright colours used on Michelle’s page (it’s one of the first things that got my attention), yet my page has finished up looking quite stark in comparison.  I think that’s what I had the most fun with – seeing how I interpreted Michelle’s page and even though I tried to lift it, I still ended up with something that looks a different!  (Or do I just completely fail at scraplifting and need to start again? Haha).

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today – I hope it inspires you to add your own flair to a scraplift!

Take care, Em xo


XO | Wild at Heart | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-04-20T00:58:33+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello and welcome to the blog this morning!
It’s Lina and I’m excited to be sharing this layout I created using the ever gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. I thoroughly enjoy using it and think I will use every last shred of this collection. It’s just perfect!

So, this week on the blog is to focus on a previous member layout, past or present and “scraplift” their creation. I choose the lovely Raquel’s layout. I found it on Pinterest a little while back and just admired it for a bit for inspiration. When this challenge was presented, I jumped at the chance to use it. Yay! You’ll find Raquel’s layout below.

Now, here is the one I created using Raquel’s as inspiration.

To start, I cut out some of the florals, leaves and of course the glorious XO from the Colour Me Happy cut files. You can find them HERE in the CVS shop. Then, I backed it with patterned papers just as Raquel did. I went with aqua and light coral shades. I also left some of the leaves unbacked. I like the contrast it adds.
My photo runs vertically, unlike Raquel’s that is landscape. I matted it with various patterned papers from the collection as well as a white doily. I feel like the doily softens the hard edges of the photo and matting. And it’s all popped up on a piece of foam sheet for dimension.

The corners are one of my favourite things on this layout. I cut two triangles and matted with a piece of vellum from my stash and machine stitched down the longer of sides. It’s a super cool effect and I am really digging it.

Next, I searched for embellishments and the butterflies from the Ephemera pack were spot on perfect. I placed glue only in the center of the pieces and folded the wings upwards as to mimic a butterfly in flight.
I also used the small typed words from the Sticker Accent Sheet. I wish I had an endless supply of these as I feel they finish off any layout. I think it may easily be one of my favourite embellishment in the collection.

Using the very pretty and shimmery Sparkle Enamel Dots, I lovingly placed them around my page, tucking some under embellishments allowing them to “peek” through. The XO is also popped up on foam sheet and it really stands up off the page. I am in love with the colours of this collection, they’re perfect to document any type of photo you may want to.

I had a great time “scraplfting” Raquel and I hope I did her amazing layout justice with my take on it. Her composition of the photos and embellishing in the center of the page is a favourite of mine.
I appreciate you stopping by today! My heart is full! Have a wonderful day!

So Thankful | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-04-18T22:05:05+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using the Wild at Heart collection. This week on the blog is Scraplift week – where the design team is to choose another team member to scrap lift. For my layout today I decided to choose a team member whose style is very different to mine, so I chose mixed media queen Missy and decided to have some messy play!

Here is the layout I created:


And here is Missy’s amazing layout:

I decided to follow the main layout design and used the one photo and vertical design of the ‘xo’ cut files from the Colour me Happy cut file set available in store.

I printed my photo in black and white slightly smaller than 4×6 in size and created three main clusters. For the first cluster I added a doily, some of the stickers and ephemera pieces. I also added one of Missy’s go to techniques of adding some messy thread underneath a flair button.

I also added a cluster to the right of the page, near the largest ‘xo’ cut files. This time as well as the stickers and ephemera, I also added the chipboard ‘wild at heart circle’ to repeat the circular element from the previous cluster.

The subjects of this layout is my hubby and son. I wanted to add some simple journaling just documenting my love for them. As always, I added typewritten journaling in strip form.

The final main cluster is at the bottom left of the page. I kept this one a lot more simple than the previous two. I also added some of the tiny word stickers to the page and like Missy’s sample, I added some machine stitching detail to them.

The background itself was created by first adding a thin coat of clear Gesso. This helps when applying liquid and inks as the colour will not just seep in. Once the gesso dried I applied the distress ink to clear packaging and some water, and smushed it over the background. This technique is known as the ‘packaging technique’,  a tried and well tested technique used a lot by Missy.

I chose a blue/grey distress ink colour as I wanted a more soft watercolour background look. To add further detail to the ‘xo’ pieces I added some machine stitching. Foam tape added some extra dimension to the main ‘xo’ pieces to help them stand out off the page even more. I also backed the largest cut files from the page on a floral patterned paper. 

I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to the Scraplift week here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Raquel xxx

Easter 2016 | Make a Wish | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-04-09T14:17:45+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi Everyone! Michelle here today with a new layout creation featuring my most favourite collection – Make a Wish. With Easter just around the corner, I thought what better time than now, to scrap some photos from last year. The bright cheerful colours and designs within this collection work perfectly for any Easter/Spring inspired creating.

I’ve chosen a couple of sweet photos of Leila hunting for her treasures last easter, the first we celebrated in our new house. She had so much fun running around the house collecting eggs in her basket. Can’t wait to do it all again this coming weekend!

For the background of the layout I’ve used the B side of Party Mix paper plus a ripped piece of Daydream (B side) at the bottom, I wanted to keep it as soft and simple as I could (without being too plain) as I knew the photos would stand out quite a lot. Next I built up the photos with layers of patterns from Daydream and the B sides of Hip Hip Hooray & Party Dots. I felt the colours in these papers suited the photos best without clashing. Normally I would use B&W photos when there’s too much colour, but I wanted to keep these as is.

I’ve also added some messy stitching around the large pattern paper, and within the messy torn edges of the photo stack for a little added detail.


Once I was happy with the background and photo placement I worked on the clusters, starting with the cut files from the Colour Me Happy set. The florals in this set are stunning, and perfect for layering together. I’ve used a mix of pattern papers to back the files, mostly the Fresh cut, Daydream and Hip Hip Hooray papers. I only adhered the leaves with glue, and kept the main flower piece loose for a little dimension using my tiny attacher.

To finish the clusters I’ve used a mix of die cuts from the Ephemera pack, some cut aparts from the Party mix paper, a flair button some chipboard and accessory stickers plus a sprinkling of enamel dots.

How sweet is that little bunny! Perfect for an easter layout. I’ve fussy cut him/her out from a card on the Party mix paper. SO cute!  I’ve also added a little typed journalling to finish the layout completely.

That’s all from me today, I hope this has inspired you to create something special with those fun easter memories! Be sure to share your creations with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community Facebook group, or even tag us on Instagram!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

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