/Endless Summer

Wild @ Heart | Free Spirit | Ulrike Dold

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

Happy Summer Days | Endless Summer | By Raquel Bowman

By | January 23rd, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the lovely Endless Summer collection. I am so happy to be continuing on the Cocoa Vanilla team for the 2017 year, and look forward to sharing a lot more layouts with you all. These last couple of weeks where I live here in Aus seem to be showing signs that Summer is well and truly here so I was in a summery documenting kind of mood!

Here is the layout I created:


I have a process video for this one to share with you here:


I wanted to use this collection to document a summer moment for my little man taken in January last year. The kids were given a really fun paddling pool from my aunt and uncle with a slide and dinosaur sprinkler (which has featured in a couple of my previous layouts here). This was his first summer having a paddling pool and he had an absolute ball in it. To document the story I typed my journaling on my typewriter and cut it into strips.


The layout features a colour combination of the mint toned papers teamed with the woodgrain, and white of course! I used a leaves design cut file that I had previously purchased and backed that with the wood grain paper. I love how it really pops off the page against the white of the die cut. My goal was to use other elements from the collection apart from flowers as I had created a few layouts with mainly the florals already.

To help ground the page I added a vertical strip of the diagonal mint stripe paper. I think I have adored any kind of stripe paper in the Cocoa Vanilla collections, and this one is no exception. I also added a small strip of the cream spot paper, just to break up the strip between the mint stripe and the bold white of the card stock. I stitched that just for some added texture.
To help keep the page balanced I added a small wood button from the collection to the top left of the page and also stapled a cute little ‘so much fun’ tag too.


To the top right of the photo and to help complete my visual triangle I have added a cluster of embellishments, part of which will act as my title. The cluster contains ephemera pieces, a wood button, enamel shapes, stickers and even the ‘endless summer’ logo from one of the manufacturer strips on one of the papers. I added these to the page with varying depths of adhesive to add some more detail to that grouping.


The photo itself of my son I chose to print in black and white. I love black and white photos so much but not only do I love them but they also allow me to work with any colour palette I choose. I matted the photo on the cream spot paper, added a small 5″ doily from my stash and also added some foam adhesive to help the photo stand out off the page and remain the focus of my layout.

As well as my journaling I also added a small little cluster of embellishments there as well. It contains the ‘yay’ veneer, a puffy sticker, wood button, and a few more smaller bits and pieces, all which were from the previous Summer collection ‘Hello Sunshine’.

I hope this layout has inspired you today to use the gorgeous Endless Summer collection to scrapbook those little summer fun day to day moments!

Raquel xxx

Lazy days of summer | Endless summer layout | Anna Komenda

By | January 15th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my newest inspiration for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I have a layout created with “Endless summer” collection. I live in the northern hemisphere and we are in the middle of cold winter now. I hate being cold, I don’t like the grey landscapes and short days. What can You do to warm Yourself during the long evenings? Scrap Your summer pictures. This is my therapy. I still didn’t make an album from our last vacation. Before it will happen I can use some pictures on the layouts.

This is what I did here. I had three pictures from the beach with my father and my daughter playing in the water. They are not artsy but I love them. My father loves Maja so much. He loves spending time with her, playing, laughing. They have a special bond.


And this is all they did on the beach – playing and laughing. This melts my heart. I guess it’s less summer memory, more family related one. But still, it was summer so I needed to add some flamingo 😀


I used “Aloha sunshine” paper for my background and “Coastal chill” paper for the cut file.


I also chose few ephemera pieces to embellish my cut out. Flamingo and clouds are my favourite.


I am also a big fan of woodies. They look so cute in every project. Puffy stickers are great too. They add another type of texture to the pages.


As always, I used enamel dots and flair buttons to add finishing touches.

That’s all for today. I will be back in two weeks with some older collection. There will be a process video too 🙂 Stay tuned and have a great day.


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