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Mr Fantastic | You rock layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-04-26T05:51:54+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello CVS fans. It’s Anna here with my first project created with brand new collection “You rock”. As You may know I am a mom of two girls loving pink and glitter. But luckily I am also a beagle mom. My cute, little boy is a perfect match for this collection. I love the colors and patterns and I definitely see this collection used in some travel projects too. There is even a cute globe.

I couldn’t decide which paper should I use first so I used almost all of them 😀 I created big title “Mr Fantastic”.

Such amount of colors and patterns needed some calm background. I used white cardstock splashed a little with three mists: teal, orange and red. I also cut few strips of paper from “Stripped” paper 🙂 I love those kind of papers – You don’t need to cut all Your papers to get only a piece.

I just love this funny picture of my dog. It was taken upside down. He was sleeping of his back and his muzzle couldn’t resist the gravity 🙂 He looks like he is smiling. In the end he really is a very happy dog 😀

This colorful title didn’t need much of embellishments to shine. I just added few stars from cardboard stickers. They are my favorite embellishment ever. I love the texture they add to the page. I also added few wood veneer shapes along with enamel shapes.

I finished my composition using some rubber charms. They are just perfect and so beautiful. Few black splatters combined all the pieces together.

I hope You like my page. Big titles are always a good idea for the page. “You rock” collection will be available in stores soon.

Thank You for stopping by and have a great day.

XO Anna

Project Life pages 9-2016 | Wild at Heart | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-04-04T04:09:22+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Pocket Page, Wild at Heart|

Hello everybody,

Ulli here with you sharing two double pages from my 2016 project life album. I made them with the new and absolutely gorgeous Wild at Heart collection.




There are two papers in the collection which are perfect for project life, Fussy Cuts and Patchwork. I first cut apart all the PL cards, paper strips and labels using a paper trimmer.

Then I sorted all my pictures and filled my 9×12 page protectors with them. On the left side of my first double page I used photos from various events, on the right side photos from our family photo shooting. We often do photo shootings with self-timer and the photo series function of my husband’s camera. They are mostly not perfect, but I love that we can very spontaneously decide to take some pictures of us four when we happen to have some time and the weather is nice. I love all our family photos, they are so precious to me.

On the left side I used two PL Cards. The white one with the orange script I used for the month. I glued some white alphas from my stash on it. I do not make weekly PL, I do it by the month. I placed the Wild@Heart chipboard from the Chipboard Accent Stickers on the beautiful water color card from the Patchwork paper and stitched over it with my sewing machine.



I chose a photo of my little girl and her best friend for the big pocket on the top left and decorated it with a paper strip and an ephemera piece from the Die Cut Ephemera.



Next I attached one of the wonderful chipboard frames to the photo of Lina sitting on pumpkins and decorated it with a water color heart from the ephemera pack. I adhered this to some white cardstock – I often use white cardstock to make my pages look bright.



The other photos I decorated with stickers from the Accessory Stickers and ephemera pieces. I stamped the date with a roller stamp next to some of the photos.



On the right side I wanted to use a chipboard frame with some floral paper behind it. To make sure my pocket looks good from both sides, I actually backed two mini chipboard frames in the same size with paper and glued them together. I adhered a wooden heart from the wood veneers to the paper and the other frame I decorated with a word sticker and some glitter enamel dots, which go well with my design on the next page. I used my Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers to create a smaller pocket and filled it with mint, yellow, white and some glitter sequins. Then I closed this pocket with the Fuse Tool.




I added three 3×4 PL cards and decorated them with stickers, chipboard stickers, some arrow stamps and stitched over them with my sewing machine. I cut all photos from the shooting into 3×4” so that they fill the entire pocket. I embellished them with some stickers and word stickers.




I then started working on my second double page. If you remember, I already had a pocket ready, the one with the chipboard frames and sequin pocket.

On the left I added two 3×4 PL Cards: “Bloom where you are planted” and the one with the cute butterflies. Some photos I printed in the full 3×4” size, some in smaller sizes. These I adhered to a white cardstock base. I typed my journaling on the PC and printed it out. Then I cut it into strips and glued these on the photos.



I also used one of the super cute rubber charms and placed it over a label from the Fussy Cut paper. I decorated everything with a word sticker, a chipboard sticker and an ephemera heart.




On the right side I also used two 3×4 PL cards plus a paper strip and a label from the Fussy Cut paper. On the top right I stitched over the paper strip and glued a flair button on the page protector. If I use very thick embellishments in my project life album, I usually glue them on the page protector itself rather than the PL cards or photos.



I often mix black and white and color photos on my PL pages. Some photos just match the rest much better when they are black and white; especially those with lots of colors and busy backgrounds.

The rest of my journaling I adhered to a PL cards on my last page.



I used my stapler to secure a label sticker to my photo on the top left and stamped the date on it.



To finish off this page I added some embellishments: stickers, word stickers, enamel dots, a wooden heart and a woodie from the Endless summer collection.

I hope you like my PL pages and maybe you feel inspired to create some of your own too!


Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon, Ulli

Owlette & BatBear | You Rock | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-04-22T14:47:19+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello! I’m back today to share a new layout with you all featuring the awesome new ‘You ROCK’ collection. I’ve challenged myself to use this collection with photos of Leila as I’m very limited in boy photos to scrap. I think I’ve done well in showing that it’s more than just a Boy collection. Let’s see what you think..

I’ve chosen to document a few cute photos of Leila and her class bear playing dress ups. This was taken just after she arrived home from her cousins PJ Masks birthday party, when she was sporting a cute new Owlette face mask. Henry the bear was in need of a mask, so her Bat Girl mask was the perfect choice! I felt the colours in this new collection were also a perfect choice for these photos as they blended well together, and the fun words on the die cuts suited the super hero type theme I was looking for.

I’ve used the ‘In-line’ paper for the background, for its nice subtle grey and white messy paint stripes, and mixed in some pieces of ‘This way’ and ‘Night Sky’ under the photo. I’ve also cut multiple stars from the ‘Starshine’ paper and scattered them in a diagonal design across the page.

To add to the diagonal design I’ve used some circular die cut ephemera pieces, along with some smaller stars and either stitched or stapled in place for a little added detail.

I’ve also added a couple of fun rubber charms to both the photo and top cluster of the page. These are such a cool new style of embellishment that we’ve also seen in the last collection, that brings a different element to a layout.

I’ve tucked in some work stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet and added some enamel dots to finish off the scattered clusters

Then lastly a mixed title using some older alphabet stickers from the Hello Lovely collection and some typed journalling, plus some splatters of black mist to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in and take a look. I hope this has inspired in you some way to think outside the collection and allow yourself to be open to the endless possibilities each collection has.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x



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


You’re Awesome | You Rock | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-04-20T20:47:49+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here with you today sharing my layout for this week’s themed ‘Scraplift Week’. It also happens to be my very first layout using the brand new “You ROCK” boy themed collection. (This range starts shipping to retailers on Monday 24th April, so keep an eye out – it will be hitting store shelves very soon!)

For my scraplift, I decided to look back through the Cocoa Vanilla archives for some masculine themed inspiration from previous collections and this is what I created…

I have always admired the clean, fresh style of Raquel Bowman; as it’s quite different from my own usual style. (My layouts typically use a full patterned paper background, and tend to be a bit more freestyle and messy than the restrained precision that Raquel is known for.)

Here is Raquel’s layout that provided me the inspiration – it was from quite some time ago using the Made of Awesome collection and I have always loved this page…

I decided to take her original design and flip it over, as I found it worked better with the portrait orientation photo I wanted to use. I did stick with the main structural elements though, including using only a half patterned paper background and using a diagonal flow of embellishments to draw the eye through the photo.

I used a piece of the In Line grey striped paper on my background, which I complimented with a thin strip of the B-side of the Stripped paper. I love grey, so wanted to mainly focus on the achromatic pieces from the collection. I also cut some of the circles from the pattern on the Stripped paper, which I used to layer under the edges of my photo, along with a paper doily.

For my embellishments, I started by pulling out all the black / white / grey ones, and then sorted through them to choose which ones I was going to use. I chose various pieces of die cut ephemera; chipboard stickers; a flair button and a rubber charm, which I used as my title on the photo. I also added a few pops of yellow, using some stars I fussy cut from the Starshine paper and some enamel dots. (I used foam mounting tape under some of my elements to provide extra dimension.)

I strayed a little from the clean style to add some messy thread, a few randomly stamped phrases and black splatters – all of which made my messy side much happier! (I do love that fact that I was able to add enough of my own touches to make the layout mine, whilst still maintaining the integrity of Raquel’s original design.)

If you are ever stuck for an idea and don’t know where to start, scraplifting another layout can be a great source of inspiration. (You can find all the CVS design team layouts pinned on the Pinterest account HERE)

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping!


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

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