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My Favourites | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-12-11T22:32:06+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

2017 is fast coming to an end, and as a way of rounding off the year, we thought that it might be fun if each of our design team members shared some of our favourite projects that we’ve created this year using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products! I’m kicking it off today, and I have three layouts to share with you that feature a variety of different CVS collections!

I love how this first layout came together! I combined quite a few different collections, including ‘Colour Me Happy‘, ‘Wild at Heart‘, ‘Love Always‘, ‘Make a Wish‘, ‘Endless Summer‘, and ‘Hello Lovely‘. The soft pastel colours teamed up with pops of black and white, and grey, made for a a really pretty colour palette that was perfect for documenting these photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her first Easter egg. If you’d like to read more about this layout, you can find all the details in my original blog post here…

Happy Easter | Colour Me Happy + Love Always + MORE! | Mandy Melville

This is another one of my favourite layouts that I’ve created this year! It features the lovely ‘Endless Summer‘ collection, as well as a CVS cut file, and the cutest photo of my daughter and my nephew enjoying an ice cream together! The florals in the  ‘Endless Summer’ collection are so beautiful, and they’re perfect for fussy cutting! You can view my original blog post here for all the details about this layout…

Summer | Endless Summer | Mandy Melville

And I also have a process video for this layout that you can check out on my YouTube channel…

Here is the third and final layout that I want to share with you today, featuring the beautiful ‘Love Always‘ collection. My aim for this layout was to keep it light and airy, and very simple. I love the end result, and I think it was the perfect way to document this photo of my sweet little niece! You’ll find closeups and more details about this layout in the full blog post…

Sweet Eliza | Love Always | Mandy Melville

And I have a process video for this layout as well…

I hope that you’ve enjoyed taking another look at some of my favourite layouts from this year! I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the encouragement and support that you’ve shown me over the past year with all of  your likes and comments on social media, and by taking the time to read my blog posts. I appreciate all of you so much, and I look forward to sharing more projects with you in 2018. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Mandy x

Decorating tree layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-12T22:10:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. We are having a lot of fun here, on the CVS blog, for the past two weeks making Christmas related layouts with no Christmas collections. At first I wasn’t into this but when I started seeing projects created with other DT girls I was so much inspired. I made this fun and colorful layout using mostly boyish collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I started with a blue and grey paper from “Totally rad” called “Line up”. I added a ground under the trees using “Say what”. I wish I have more of this paper. It’s so pretty.

Christmas trees are made of “Leaf litter” paper from “Color me happy collection. I simply cut few nesting triangles and add a fringe to one side of each. I riffled the fringe and glue triangles together.

I embellished my trees using stars that I fussy cut from “Starshine” paper from “You ROCK” collection. Paper like this one are so great and versatile and it’s always worth buying at least two of them. You can use it as a whole and cut some smaller elements out of it.

Projects like this are so fun because you can reach for older collections and pieces that you have left in only few pieces. The cork stars from the very first CVS collection “Flying high” are the best example.

Title is a combination of two old alpha sticker sets: “Totally rad” and “Hello lovely“. I also added few stickers with words from “Love always” sticker sheet.

It was a great fun to make this page and I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with a final wrap of my 2017 CVS projects.

XO Anna


Bohemian Dreaming of a White Christmas | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-12-08T20:40:44+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

I hope you’ve been enjoying all the Christmassy creations from our talented team! I have to say, I enjoy sharing all the Christmas love, but creating a Christmas layout with no Holiday collection was harder than I thought! I didn’t realise just how much ephemera & embellishments I rely on for my designs, lol! But I finally got my act together and created this super pretty white Christmas inspired page – I hope you’ll like it!

“Bohemian Dreaming of a White Christmas”

Oh how delicate and divine! Nothing says Winter bliss more than ice blue! I’ve used the gorgeous CV-BD002 GYPSY HEART (reverse side) paper for my base, and then used the very same pattern from the 6 X 6 PAPER PAD to die cut all those pretty snowflakes with! It truly is the prettiest colour! I’ve embellished those sweet snowflakes with sequins, and that fabulous One of a Kind FLAIR BUTTON.

Here’s a better look for you…..

So super pretty!!! The FLAIR in all our collections are always en point and perfectly coordinated!

And let’s not forget that fantastic title! Those ALPHABET STICKERS are actually from our Free Spirit collection. The grey with white polka dots pattern looks so much like snow that I just had to use them! Perfect for all our Christmas themed creations (there’s still a few left in the store HERE 😉  ) but they wont last for long now!

For my photo cluster, I’ve teamed up a couple DIE CUT EPHEMERA frames, tabs and even some leaves, as well as few ACCESSORY STICKERS to adorn my sweet photograph. Infact, I get quite a bit excited with those leaves……

With their icy mint tone, the leaves really lend themselves to the icicle Winter Wonderland feel of the page. They also symbolize the holly &  greenery associated with Christmastime. Love this small, but very pretty detail! Oh, and if you look carefully you’ll notice that some of those DIE CUT EPHEMERA leaves are actually VELLUM ACCENTS! It’s all in the details! 😉

For that smaller sentiment, the sweetest, I actually used the Drama Queen banner from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack. Occasionally, there’s a saying or phrase that just doesn’t resonate with me – drama queen was one of these. She is just such a thoughtful and kind girl. So waste not, want not! I covered it with the sentiment from the ACCESSORY STICKERS, and positioned it on my woodgrain frame. What a great idea!

But it’s those icy blue snowflakes that really have my heart…..

So very intricate and pretty!

This photograph and memory really has me “Dreaming of a white Christmas…..”

May all your December days be Merry & Bright!

I hope my layout has inspired you to use the stunning Bohemian Dream collection for your Christmas creations!

Thanks so much for visiting,

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 


Beautiful December Memories | Bohemian Dream | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-12-11T06:54:32+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a christmas layout with a non-christmas collection with you. I hope you have seen all the amazing projects from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team the last two weeks because they are really amazing!

When I start with my layout I first struggled a little bit with this theme. But then I went through my christmas pictures and I saw one picture with my favorite christmas ball ornaments. It is a pink christmas ornament with a big hibiscus flower on it. It was simply perfect for Cocoa Vanilla and for this challenge!

I decided to use the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection with all its beautiful colorful flowers and it was the perfect match for my picture.

I used a geometric christmas ornament cut file from the Silhouette design store. I backed the ornament with different patterned papers from the Bohemian Dream collection. Therefor I used the papers “Abundant”, “Beautiful Mess” and “Flower Child”.

I used thin thread in gold for hanging up the backed ornament on the top of my layout. I utilized  my stapler to attach the thread on the paper. On the backside of the paper I used some washi tape to fix the thread.

Then I splattered some gold paint across the page and placed the photo on the left side of the christmas ball ornament. I used the “Favourite” tab from the accessory sticker sheet from the Bohemian Dream collection and my stapler to decorate it.

I glued many flowers and leaves from the die cut ephemera pieces from the Bohemian Dream collection and a hibiscus flower die cut from the Endless Summer collection under this two elements. I wanted to achieve the look of a twig of fir and so I also used some die cutting pieces in the shape of leaves which I made with my Big Shot and white cardstock.

For the title I glued the wooden word “Beautiful” under the twig. Then I stamped the words “December memories” under it to complete my title.

I stamped also some little stars all over my layout. I cut a triangle from the pink and white striped “Beautiful Mess” paper and attached it to the right corner below. I also glued some gold glitter washi tape over it.

I decorated the christmas ball ornament with the big pink bow with the sequins from the Make A Wish collection and a pink flower from the Bohemian Dream die cut ephemera pack.

Then I searched through all my Cocoa Vanilla supplies for round embellishments. I pierced the die cut embellishment “Smile” and a round sticker – both from the Bohemian Dream collection – on the top and attached them also with gold thread on my layout. Then I glued a pink chipboard heart on the round sticker and added a woodie from the Endless Summer collection and two flair buttons (Bohemian Dream and Endless Summer) on my layout.

I still missed the festive and winterly look on my layout and so I punched out confetti pieces from white cardstock with my confetti punch. I glued small and big confetti pieces all over my page to get the look of many little snowflakes.

Then I wrote my journaling on the pc and printed it out. I added it on the left side above omg photo. I glued the “Here´s the story” sticker with a foam dot on it.

Then I decorated my page with two word stickers and a chipboard word sticker from the Bohemian Dream collection. To finish off my page I added some sequins and enamel dots from the Bohemian Dream and the Make A Wish collection on my layout.

I hope I could inspire you! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


The Best Christmas | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-12-10T06:01:11+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello there, and Happy Sunday!  Missy here, and I have a festive holiday layout to share today using non-holiday papers & embellishments.  I had lots of fun making this one!  I started with this beautiful tree cut file, which I cut on white cardstock.  I pulled several papers from various Cocoa Vanilla collections to back all those scalloped shapes.  I went for a pink, peach and light blue color scheme, and I think it turned out really pretty.  I pulled papers from Bohemian Dream, Hello Lovely, Wild at Heart, Hello Sunshine, Make a Wish and Life is Beautiful.  I went light on embellishments to let the photo and the tree stand out.

After backing the tree, I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched along each row using gold metallic thread.  I used white cardstock as my background and used lots of Gold Color Shine as well as some pink and blue Shimmerz sprays.  I used the plastic packaging technique and added lots of splatters.  Here you can see my journaling along the bottom row, which I wrote in gold.  I added some word and phrase stickers from the Bohemian Dream Accent Sticker Sheet as well as some enamel dots.  They remind me of little lights on the tree!

I mixed and matched my title using some Hello Lovely alpha stickers and some Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers.  The Hello Lovely stickers are a wood color, but I painted some Gold Color Shine over them to make them sparkle.  I used a few Bohemian Dream Chipboard Stickers as well as a Life is Beautiful sticker.

I used a bit of blue paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I stamped my date at the top instead of the bottom on this page.

I colored the star at the top gold, and I love how subtle it looks.  It was a lot of fun backing this cut file because I got to use so many papers from so many collections!

I think of birds when I think of Christmas, and instead of red birds I used these darling pink ones.  They’re from Bohemian Dream.  I cut one from a sticker and the bigger one is chipboard.  I love using non-traditional colors for Christmas pages!

I hope this inspires you to create a Christmas or holiday layout using products not made for holidays.  It was a fun challenge, and I love how it turned out.  I have a video here if you’d like to check out the process of this layout.

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

These Are the Days | Various Collections | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-12-07T01:32:08+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here today, and it’s time for me to share another design team project with you. You may have noticed that the CVS design team are currently being challenged to create a Christmas themed project that doesn’t use a Christmas collection. I love a good challenge, and I had so much fun going through my stash and collecting items from all different collections that I could use for my page.

There are such a variety of collections used here, starting with that gorgeous wood grain paper from the ‘Make a Wish’ collection that I used for my background. (It is actually the B-side of the beautiful floral print Fresh Cut paper from MaW – don’t you hate it when your two favourite prints from a range are back to back?! haha)

To create my design, I layered assorted papers from the ‘You Rock’‘Totally Rad’; and ‘Colour Me Happy’ collections to form a basic Christmas tree shape. I cut each piece to varying widths and overlapped them to add extra visual interest. The these are the days piece that formed the title in the centre of my tree was cut from one of the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its sheets.

I then began “decorating” my tree. I started with the ‘You Rock’ wood veneer star on top, then added the red stars that were fussy cut from the ‘You Rock’ Starshine paper. I also added the amazing and awesome wood veneer shapes (also from the ‘You Rock’ collection). Next, I added some phrase stickers that were from the ‘Wild at Heart’ Accessory Sticker sheet.

To further tie the wood theme into my page, I added a few Woodies (from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection) and the small love word from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ wood veneer words. I then livened up my tree by scattering some ‘Colour Me Happy’ Enamel Dots – Cool randomly around. To finish off my page, I used some of the new ‘Bohemian Dream’ clear stamps with navy ink to stamp some hearts and the love this sentiment around my page; before splattering a small amount of navy ink around.

So there you have it – a Christmas themed page without a Christmas collection anywhere to be seen! (And I managed to include items from SEVEN different Cocoa Vanilla collections!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Good Tidings | Bohemian Dream | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-12-04T15:06:57+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team|

Good Morning Friends!
Lina here with you this morning to share I layout I created for this week’s theme of creating a Christmas layout using non-Christmas items. I loved this week’s challenge, it forced me to think outside the box. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut but having something like a theme or a sketch to work with totally brings the creativity out in me.

Here’s my take…

What a better way than to push my creativity than to use the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection for a Christmas layout? Haha! It’s full of beautiful florals and I thought to myself, “Why not?”
I decided to start this layout with a cut file, so I Googled “geometric Christmas Tree and found one I liked. I then used the Silhouette Design Studio to trace and then my Silhouette to cut it all out. I cut it out twice, once for the background and a second time so I chose a different patterned paper for the outline. I then flipped the original navy, polkadot called Abundant over and used the beautiful floral design in the back to fill in my pieces in the tree. I believe from start to finish, this process took about 15 minutes or so. I just love the effect and feel it’s totally worth the extra effort.

I then continued to matte my photo. For this, I used pieces from previously cut into sheets as well as some papers from the 6×6 paper pad. I also used a bit from the cut apart sheet. Love this method!

For the title work, I chose the word “good” from the Chipboard Titles sheet. I knew I wanted my title to be white so I just left them as they were. Then, I went through my stash and picked out some white Thickers in Daiquiri and finished my title, reading “Good Tidings”. I think it worked out pretty well. Totally complimented the theme and super simple!

Continuing forward, I worked on my embellishing. I chose pieces from both the Die Cut Ephemera and the Vellum Accents packages. I created my clusters using these as foundation pieces. Creating one cluster in the bottom right and a smaller on in the top left of the photo. I also added embellishments from the Chipboard Accents such as the hearts.

Next, I wanted to use a button from the Flair Buttons and so I chose the minty one that reads, “One of a kind.” I created a nest of sorts using metallic gold thread that I wound around my index and pointer fingers and placing on my layout. I put some glue in the middle and then added my flair directly on top. It creates a nice little place for the flair button to sit.
To decorate my tree, I used the Enamel Shapes… an entire package. LOL! How very liberating to use and entire pack of something. Anyhow, I used them to dress up my tree and act as a sort of baubles. So cute!

Lastly, I used some gold mist to add some gold splatters around my page, mainly focusing around my clusters. Done!

I hope you enjoyed my layout today as much as I enjoyed creating it! Have a wonderful rest of your day!


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