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Love That Smile | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-24T03:28:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun layout to share today.  I mixed and matched a few collections for this including You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  I started with the beautiful wood grain paper from You Rock.  I wanted to add lots of bright colors to it, so I pulled some papers from the three collections and cut several XOs in different sizes.  You can find the XO cut file in the store with the Colour Me Happy collection.  I chose four photos to go horizontally across the page.  I arranged the XOs in a vertical design behind them.  I used some acrylic paints and in sprays on the background and embellished with flair buttons, die cuts, wood veneer and stickers.

I love how all of these die cuts created such awesome dimension and texture here.  I overlapped them and added in some tangled thread and a few fussy cut flowers.  I didn’t want to cover up to much of the die cuts, so I added just a few embellishments.  The Flair Button is from Make a Wish, the Wood Veneer is from You Rock, and the banner piece is a Life is Beautiful Ephemera piece.

I added a Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer word and a few die cut flowers here. I think these bright colors really make the black & white photos stand out.

I think my favorite part about the XO cut file is that it’s lined so you can see through it.  You can still see the background through them, and I love that effect.  I added in some light coral thread here to match the XO above the photos.

Here’s another look at the top of the layout.  I added in a few more pieces from Life is Beautiful.  I didn’t completely glue the XOs down all the way.  I wanted the edges to pop off the page to create some depth.

I tucked the first photo under the X here to keep a pop of the blue in that area.  I didn’t want to completely cover it up since that is the boldest color.  I added a few label stickers under the end photos.

For my title and center piece, I used this Accessory Sticker from Make a Wish.

It was a lot of fun mixing and matching collections for this!  I hope it inspires you to do the same and perhaps work a fun cut file into the mix.  I do have a process video if you’d like to check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Summer | Endless Summer | Emma Wood

By | 2017-07-19T14:49:56+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hello scrappy friends!  It’s Emma on the blog today to share a fun summer layout using Endless Summer and the free cut files!  We’re in the middle of winter over here (in Australia) so I’m looking for any excuse to scrap photo’s that remind me of warmer days so the freebie cut-files were perfect!  I adore the soft colours used throughout the Endless Summer collection – it’s a perfect match for creating pages about summer.

I broke with tradition and went with a patterned paper background!  Bit of a shock I know 😉  I’ve a habit of always using white cardstock but I’m trying to mix things up a little by using my patterned paper more.  I love the colour of this paper (Coastal Chill) and added a bit of vellum (from my stash) on top to soften it a little more.  For my cut files though I went back to my beloved white and I used the wave pattern plus the word “summer”.

I couldn’t decide which photo’s to use so I ended up going with three!  Only one of them is in colour though because the other two are a little blurry (2 year old + jumping around in the pool while using an old phone camera does not produce the best photos…) but by turning them black & white it’s not quite as noticeable.  I layered the photo’s in a off-centre grid type layout and used one of the die-cut pieces to balance things out.

I cut 3 wave files at the same size and stuck them together using foam tape in between each layer to create a bit of dimension (staggered the positioning so you can see each of the layers..it’s meant to look a little bit like waves moving back and forth, not sure it worked…but you know…I tried, ha!).

I typed my journaling on the computer again (using typewriter font) then cut out one of the 3×4 cards from This & That paper and used it to anchor my journaling section at the bottom of my page.  Once the base was set I got to add all those fun little pieces.  I love, love, LOVE the woodies (in every CVS collection!) so I made sure I included a few of those.

I added a pop of pink at the bottom (heart woodie) then had to balance the contrasting colour around the rest of the page by using the flamingo (because why not? I mean it’s so cute!) and arrow die-cut (I’ve that habit of doing things in groups of 3).

Super happy how this one turned out – I think it’s got that perfect summer vibe!  And I’m just a little chuffed with myself for creating a page without a white cardstock background! 😉

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Take care, Em xo

Summer Days | Endless Summer Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-07-19T00:23:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout using the Endless Summer collection and the new freebie summer cut files available in the store here.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the cut files for this layout and delve back into my Endless Summer stash. It was the perfect opportunity to break it out again!

Here is the layout that I created: Summer Days

Here is the process of how the layout came together :

For the main element of the page I used the clouds in the cut file set with the word ‘summer’. I backed some of the clouds with the Blue Skies paper and the remaining with plain vellum. I also used a paper punch to punch out some extra smaller clouds.

I added a cluster of embellishments in the top left corner which had some of the clouds, and a couple of either mint or woodgrain pieces from the ephemera pack. I really wanted to challenge myself to stick to that colour palette on this page.

When adhering and grouping the cloud cut files I adhered them either with a foam tape, or a liquid adhesive direct to the page. I love how that brings a detail and dimension to such a simple idea.

My typewriter has been a little temperamental lately, but thankfully I managed to type with success my story on my layout. I really wanted to document this summer and what I think will be the beginning of a new summer tradition for us. I finished that journaled area off with more ephemera pieces. I thought the ‘memories are made of this’ sentiment was just perfect!

For the ‘summer’ title, which was cut on the Sweet Treats patterned paper, I added that to the page running along the bottom of my photo. The ‘days’ word from the ephemera pack was the perfect finish to the title, I was very excited when I saw it matched my colour palette and was able to nestle in perfectly underneath the die cut word.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout and process video featuring the free cut files and the endless summer collection. Being mid-winter here in Aus it was lovely to create a summer inspired layout and dream about the warm weather!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Raquel xxx

Hello Sunshine | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-13T10:41:44+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. Is everyone loving the free cut files! I know I am absolutely loving them and I am truly amazed by how different everyone’s layouts are when using them. When I saw this title ‘Hello Summer’ I knew the photo I wanted to scrap. This photo is a few years old but I just love how happy my boy is to have some fun after is wrist was broken.

If you are only just finding out about these great free cut flies follow the link below and download yourself a set.


Summer Freebie Cut Files

Is that ‘summer’ font not the best! Love it!

As you can see I have made the cut file in my layout the main focus. Sometimes this can take away  from your photo or the other features on your layout but if the effect that you want is for people to first see the title and then take in the rest of the layout then  having a bold  fab title is the way to go. The ‘Hello Sunshine’ was that for me.

I have created the dimensional effect with my title by cutting two title and adhering them together slightly off centre. To really create the dimensional effect ensure that the bottom cut file is darker then the top. To make it pop a little more I traced the top cut file along all edges of the lettering with a white marker pen.

The collection I have used in this layout is the most recent release titled YOU ROCK. This collection has been created for our boys and the special men in our lives. It full of fun colours, titles, and accents that will work for any all boy occasion.

Find the YOU ROCK collection by clicking HERE

In this layout I have used lots of YOU ROCK goodies including:

Die Cut Ephemera

Flair Buttons

Washi Tape Stickers

Rubber Charms

I hope my layout inspires you to have some fun with the free cut files and check out the new release YOU ROCK collection.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo

I need a vitamin sea | Endless summer layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-07-11T06:36:13+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with my summer page based on “Endless summer” collection. It’s our assignment for this week and Zoe created fabulous, free cut files that match this collection. It looks like this:

and you can download it from here >> click.

Summer projects are always my favourite. We travel some place warm every year, with palm trees, turquoise see and blue sky so I always have some great photos to scrap. I am definitely a sea person. I could stare at waves and boats for hours. Beach is my happy place and I consider summer “wasted” if I have no chance to visit seaside.

I chose my favorite “Blue skies” paper for the background. I cut six waves shapes using white cardstock and painted them with watercolors. I also cut three clouds and backed them with vellum.

“Endless summer” collection has so many fun embellishments to play with. Ephemeras are always my favorite and I picked some of them and placed them around my page. Could those flamingos be cuter? I also added few puffy stickers and woodies here and there.

Fancy in alpha stickers? CVS has a lot of them. I chose white, simple letters from “Color me happy” collection along with jeans patterned letters from “Hello sunshine”.

My final steps with most of my pages are: adding enamel dots and splashing. This is exactly what I did here.

If you are curious how my creative process looks like, I recorded a video for you.


That’s all for today. I will see you in two weeks with soft and delicate inspiration created with ‘Love always” collection. You don’t want to miss this 😉

Thank you for stopping by.

XO Anna

Hello Sunshine | Endless Summer | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-07-09T16:22:27+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer|

Hi Everyone! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout share using the beautiful Endless Summer collection. The soft sweet pastel colours in this collection remind me of summer which makes it perfect for the Summer theme were focusing on this week.

I’ve gone back in time and scrapped a cute photo of Leila from 2013, when we enjoyed the warmer months a lot more. It certainly warms my heart to look back on the memories we created in our old backyard, especially this time of year when its freezing cold.

I kept the layout design quite simple, using a strip of COASTAL CHILL paper across the background, then built the title and photo mat layers up across the same horizontal line to give the layout some dimension. I created clusters top right of the layout and bottom left of the photo to draw the eyes attention across the page and finished it all off with a sprinkling of gold ink.

Here’s some close ups…

This was a fun cluster to begin with, as it uses a mix of all my favourite embellishments from the collection. To create it I’ve used pieces from the THIS & THAT cut apart paper, and raised up the pink doily piece with foam tape. The clouds are from the wood Veneers pack and are a super cute addition to the collection. The other items used are the enamel shapes, woodies & blooms

Under the photo mat I’ve used the reverse side of the COASTAL CHILL paper, along with more cut apart pieces from the THIS & THAT paper. I also included an off cut of the pink doily used in the cluster at the top of the page and some accessory stickers tucked under the bottom of the photo and into the top of the floral cluster.

I added a hint of glitter to the flowers from the Blooms pack, but its really hard to see in these photos. I’ve included more items into this cluster that are in the top cluster, to help balance the layout.

I’ve used one of the FREE cut files to create the title using the woodgrain side of the SWEET TREATS paper and raised it up off the page using foam tape to help it stand out a little more. I also included a piece from the ephemera pack and added my typed journalling in the blank space below.

The Free cut files are pretty cool, and can be found on the website HERE

Thats all from me today, I hope this has inspired you in some way to get those Summer photos documented.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy Summer | Make a Wish | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-10T10:25:23+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Make A Wish|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun Summer layout to share today.  I used the gorgeous Make a Wish collection and one of the NEW Summer cut files available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store.  (You can download them from the store HERE) I enlarged the word “Summer” and stretched it to span across the entire page.  I cut it on the Fresh Cut paper, and it turned out so pretty!  I decided to hand stitch around it using an aqua thread.  I used some white cardstock as my background and used some pink and yellow golden Shimmerz Paints to create those watercolor splashes.  I didn’t use any blues on the background since the photo was full of blue.  I like how it contrasts with the pinks and yellows on the background.  I also did a bit of fussy cutting from patterned paper as well.

To complete my title, I fussy cut “HAPPY” from the Loot Bag paper and stitched it down above the photo.  Since I had some open space on both sides of the picture, I added some fussy cut flowers on top.  Again, I love the contrast against the blue water in the photo.

I created a small cluster at the bottom using a few Ephemera Die Cuts, a Chipboard Accent Sticker and a few Accessory Stickers.  I machine stitched through them and then added a bit of journaling underneath.

Although hand stitching takes some extra time, I think the end result is always worth it.  I love how it adds extra color & texture.  It also makes the title crisp and allows it to stand out against the background.

Here’s another angle of the stitched title.  I love how it looks on this floral paper!

Here are a cluster of die cut flowers and fussy cut flowers.  These types of embellishments are always fun to layer in and around photos.

Here’s one last close-up.  I really wish I had a never-ending supply of these flowers 🙂

I hope this inspires you to create a fun Summer layout!  And challenge yourself to use a collection that isn’t even geared for Summer…it’s something fun to try 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to watch how I created this from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and have a great day!

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