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

By | 2017-04-12T21:51:37+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

Mandy here today to share another Easter themed layout with you! To create this layout, I dug into my stash of Cocoa Vanilla goodies and used SIX different collections on this one page! That’s just one more thing that I love about the Cocoa Vanilla collections – they all work so well together!

I documented a couple of cute photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her very first Easter egg last Easter! I printed the photos in black and white, as this allowed me the freedom to choose whichever colours I wanted to use on this page. I decided on using soft, pastel colours, as these really remind me of Easter!

I pulled out some patterned papers from the Colour Me Happy collection as well as the Hello Lovely collection, and used these to create some layers for my photos to sit on. I also matted my white cardstock background on the reverse side of the Star Spangled patterned paper from the Colour Me Happy collection. I like that this gives the layout a nice border.

I added a die cut banner from the Love Always ephemera pack to the photo on the left. I like lots of dimension on my pages, so I popped some foam tape underneath the die cut to give it some added height.

For my title, I used a wood veneer word from the Colour Me Happy collection as well as the Love Always alphabet stickers. Combining different fonts and textures, as well as using varying heights for the words, helps to adds interest to the title.

I tucked a chipboard frame from the Wild at Heart collection underneath the photo on the right. I love using these not just as frames, but as layering pieces under my photos. To create the cluster to the right of the photos, I added a tag and a die cut flower, both from the Make a Wish ephemera pack, as well as a flair button from the Colour Me Happy collection, and a wood veneer heart from the Love Always collection. I love how beautifully all of these items coordinate with one another!

Up in the top left hand corner of the layout, I added a little bunting die cut from the Endless Summer ephemera pack, which I popped up on some foam tape. I also added two little phrase stickers from the Love Always accessory sticker sheet. You can also see here the die cut scallop that I tucked under the top edge of the paper layers. This is from the Love Always ephemera pack.

To create a diagonal flow to the layout, I created another little cluster in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I used a small strip of the Colour Me Happy Paisley Patch patterned paper, as well as another die cut scallop from the Love Always ephemera pack. I popped an Endless Summer woodie on top, as well as a butterfly from the Love Always vellum accents pack.

I finished the layout off by adding some typed journaling, which I cut into strips.

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create a layout using more than one collection!

I wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

Mandy x

This Makes Me Happy | Wild at Heart + Endless Summer | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-03-28T16:45:29+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here, popping in today with another design team project to share with you. For this layout, I decided to combine the two most recent Cocoa Vanilla collections – Wild at Heart and Endless Summer. (Who would have thought that these two collections would mix so well together?) My page features a photo I took of my children when I took them to see “The Secret Life of Pets” movie.

I wanted to keep this layout design relatively simple, to allow the soft colours of the papers and embellishments to shine, so I opted for a white cardstock background. I then created a mat for my photo using multiple layers of different patterned papers from the two collections, and a paper doily from my stash.

To add some extra dimension to my layers, I also added some chipboard frames from the Wild at Heart collection. I LOVE these frames – they are so versatile with the variety of patterns and sizes in each pack. You can see how I also added some messy cotton thread to my layers to add some subtle texture.

I used a combination of embellishments dotted around my page. This included die cut ephemera from both collections and some super cute rubber charms from Wild at Heart (these are a brand new addition to the Cocoa Vanilla range).

To help balance my design, I created a small cluster in the top right hand corner of my page. I repeated many of the same elements from my main focal area – layered patterned papers, a chipboard frame, die cut ephemera, a small phrase sticker and some cotton thread. I also added a flair button inside the chipboard frame.

Instead of using a large title for this page, I opted to use the small this makes me happy die cut tucked in above my photo for my title, alongside a cheeky little die cut flamingo. (Given the subject, I had to squeeze a sneaky little animal on there somewhere!)

To finish my page I added a few small triangles of patterned paper to break up the white space; my journaling; some stamping; and a few navy mist splatters.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to look at your stash and perhaps try combining some different collections too?

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Wild @ Heart | Free Spirit | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-03-23T07:08:27+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everybody,
Ulli here with you today, bringing another big picture layout!
For this layout I used a photo of my daughter on her beloved balance bike. She has so much fun riding it! I used papers and embellishments from the wonderful Free Spirit collection, some pink and baby pink cardstock, a wood veneer title and some other embellishments from the new and amazing Wild At Heart collection.
My plan was to cut some rays out of the papers and line them up at an angle around my photo.
I ordered this picture in the size 20×30 cm (around 8×12″). This is the size I usually use for most of my big picture layouts.
First I lined up my photo to the left side. Then I cut 4 big rays from the wonderful Free Spirit Dreamy paper, some pink and baby pink cardstock. The ray on the left side I glued over the photo at an angle so the photo itself becomes a ray too. I always alternate cardstock and patterned paper for more contrast between the rays.
I stitched over all of the rays on the right side with my sewing machine and distressed the edges a little bit. I used 2 colours of thread (baby pink and aqua) to add more interest.
Then I cut a small pink triangle/ray for the left corner and stitched over that too.
I splattered a few drops of black and gold ink around my page.
For my title I used the beautiful wood veneer words from the Wild At Heart collection and placed them in the bottom right corner of my layout.
Then I wrote my journaling with a thin Edding marker directly on my photo. First I drew some lines with the help of a set square, so that I could write straight. I wrote some of the journaling on the left and some of it on the right side of my daughter’s photo.
I decorated my layout with die cut ephemera from the Free Spirit collection. The bicycle matched my bike-themed layout perfectly! I also glued 2 aqua enamel hearts above it.
When I decorate a layout I always use embellishments in the same color or color palette as the cardstock and the patterned papers.
I used two of the wonderful rubber charms, an aqua button and the “Sweet” chipboard word from the Wild At Heart collection.
I added the „Love this“ die cut, a woodie and a puffy heart sticker from the Free Spirit collection. I also used some heart stickers from the Free Spirit Accessory Sticker sheet and added some dimension with pop dots.
 The paper flower is from the Endless Summer collection and it matched perfectly with the other two lines I used!
I also added some enamel dots on the rays and on a heart sticker from the Make A Wish collection .
To finish off my page I stamped the date with a roller stamp.
I hope you enjoyed my layout and my blog post! See you soon,


By | 2017-03-18T01:44:49+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi friends,

Did you know that Cocoa Vanilla Studio is one of the sponsors this month over at Kraft + Challenges? If you are looking for some inspiration and want a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla goodies, be sure to check the challenge out and give it a go!

This month, you need to use Denim on your creation, somehow, anyhow (I simply used the colour Denim)… making sure the Kraft is still the hero. Here is the inspiration board:

At first I was a bit worried that the board was not quite me, however, it was a great starting point for a layout and I find challenges like these really help me become a better scrapper by getting me out of my comfort zone a little. I took inspiration in particular from the lace and the beautiful shades of denim blue. I started with the Kraft card stock base and a cut file from white card stock from my stash. Then I pulled out a stack of pieces from the Wild At Heart collection all in varying shades of blue. I starting with the stunning bold title from the chipboard sticker sheet.

It turned out a little ‘boho’ and I really love that about it! To create the layout, I took the “Grandma’s Tablecloth background” cut file from the silhouette store and cut it to fill an entire 12 x 12 white card stock sheet. I then overlaid it onto of my Kraft card stock. At this point I saw the background design had taken away from the Kraft base too much so I went about cutting out large sections of it to reveal more Kraft colour. I kept aside some of these cut out pieces to use as layers in my photo mat. Once I was happy with the white that was left, I backed with the small pieces of the “Mariposa” paper. I tried to vary the pieces from the paper up a lot, rather than back the file in one large piece; as I wanted a mix of the shades of blue to match the inspiration board. I then went about machine stitching the pieces for added detail.

Next, I set about adding my title. With a title this large, it’s a good idea to place it early in the design – I find if I don’t do this, I can run out of space later. I then added in the lovely chipboard photo frames. I love love love these! I wanted to use the quote about love as well, and was the perfect fit for the frame as you can see here. This was also the point where I finalised my photo mat; I’ve used more of the “Mariposa” paper as well as some of the “Artisan” paper for contrast.

You can also see I’ve added some more machine stitching around my photo, some die cut ephemera pieces such as this bow and some pretty blue flowers and the enamel dot sparkles. At this point I thought it needed a little pop of another colour and noticed the inspiration board had the smallest pops of pink. For these, I went to the Endless Summer collection and found the Woodies and Blooms were a perfect fit to finish off the layout.

I hope my layout and a little look into my process has inspired you to give the challenge a try, I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks for popping by today
Gwen xo

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace | Wild at Heart | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-02-19T19:06:49+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing my first project for Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I´m so excited to be here! Thank you Zoe for having me!

This is actually my first layout using Cocoa Vanilla Studio supplies because it was impossible to get it in Germany before.

When I opened my Cocoa Vanilla Studio package, it was love at the first sight! All the papers and embellishments are so very pretty, I also love their texture!

I decided to start with the absolutely gorgeous new Wild At Heart collection and I created a big picture layout using a photo of myself from our after-wedding-shooting in September 2013. I am a fan of pastels and I love using a limited color palette. For this layout I chose shades of pink and peach.

I wanted to use a hibiscus cut file from the Silhouette design store and the Bloom wood veneer word from the Wild at Heart collection. I found this wonderful quote “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace” and used my typewriter to complete the title. I typed all words except bloom directly on my white cardstock (above the photo and below the hibiscus flowers). I marked where to type with pencil and removed the pencil lines later.

I then placed my photo and backed the hibiscus flowers with the beautiful watercolor papers Luscious and Artisan from the Wild at Heart collection. I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and adhered the wood veneer word Bloom on the biggest blossom. Then I started decorating the layout with a paper flower and a woodie from the Endless Summer collection. The colors of this collection match the color palette of Wild at Heart perfectly! I love using word stickers very much, so I glued some of these from the chipboard and the accessory sticker sheets on the blossoms.

I also added a beautiful marbled chipboard heart, two super cute rubber charms, stickers and a star die cut.

To add some dimension to my layout, I used pop dots to adhere these. For a bit of accent and playfulness I decided to add a few of the gorgeous glitter enamel dots here and there. To finish off my layout I stitched down two chipboard stickers and one of the rubber charms with my sewing machine.

I hope you like how my layout turned out and I could inspire you in one way or another!

Thanks so much for joining me here today!


Happy Summer Days | Endless Summer | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-01-23T21:36:48+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!

Amanda here with you today, & I am just loving the delicacy of our Endless Summer collection!

Summer has never looked so pretty!

And boy oh boy, do I have a pastel delight for you today!

Here’s my layout,

“Happy Summer Days”

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Told you it was pretty!!!

I’ve used a vertical design to compliment my photograph, and have layered those stunning patterned papers, BLUE SKIES (reverse side) CV-ES002 & COASTAL CHILL CV-ES004

Beneath my central section, I have also created a delicate watercolour splatter base, as well as using the Colour Me Happy cut files  to add more interest and draw your eye into my image. For gentle texture, I’ve stitched those pattern papers together, as well as used some cotton for ‘floss’ around my embellishment clusters.

Here’s a closer look……….

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The cutest wooden buttons – WOODIES – including a super cute flamingo but, oh! That FLAIR button!!! It’s the same doily design as the Blue Skies pattern! Just a perfect adornment to my page!

Speaking of perfect, how gorgeous are the ENAMEL SHAPES ?! Those pastel pink hearts and dots are just so glossy! Love them!

I am also loving the WOOD VENEER shapes too….

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That printed heart, ‘love it’ says it all!

But it’s that gorgeous flamingo that makes the veneer soooooooo irresistible!

Here’s a better look at it….

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Yep! Flamingo LOVE! I just cant say no to the Flamingo!!!

How delicate and pretty are the BLOOMS that I’ve clustered with the flamingo too?!! That mint coloured one just makes me swoon! That colour is so fresh for Summer! And I love the softness in the Gerberra bloom….

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It’s just ALL so very pretty!!!

Everything about Endless Summer is soft, delicate and DIVINE! Love it all!

Hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with this super pretty collection too!

Thanks for visiting & leaving a comment,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 

Best Summer Fun | Endless Summer layout | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-01-24T22:32:13+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hi everyone! Just popping in today to share my latest layout using the delicious Endless Summer collection. This time, I have opted for a summer themed boy layout featuring a couple of pics of the boys I snapped at the local pool. I love how versatile this collection has been for me, allowing me to use it in a variety of styles.

I used a combination of both the Coastal Chill and Sunbleached papers as the base for my layout. I also added a couple of pieces of the Aloha Sunshine paper as a mat where I was going to place my photos. I then used some stamps to add a bit of subtle background interest behind my photos and where my title was going to go.

Once my photos were in place, I used the film strip (cut into two pieces) from the die cut ephemera pack on either side of my photos along some messy cotton thread, and a die cut cloud above my photo. I echoed the cloud theme using a couple of wood veneer clouds.

To tie in the wood elements further, I also added a wood veneer tab onto one of my photos; the wood grain print flair button; a couple of Woodies; and a wood veneer arrow around my photos. I also popped in the cute icecream puffy sticker; more die cut ephemera pieces; and some enamel shapes.

To follow the theme I had created, I used a combination of wood veneer pieces for my title, which I spaced simply along the horizontal strip across my page.

To finish, I added some simple journaling; a few stamped phrases and the date; and some splatters of blue mist.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project to share.

Until then, happy scrapping! X

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