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Honeymoon | Endless Summer | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-04-30T04:50:28+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout with you. We went on vacation to Crete, Greece earlier this month and I am still totally in summer mood! It was such a beautiful first vacation as a family of 4! Because of this I wanted to share a summery layout today.

I decided to make a page of our honeymoon with the Cocoa Vanilla Endless Summer collection. I love this picture of me and my husband. We took it at Lovina Beach in Bali on the second day of our honeymoon. We often take advantage of the sunrise and the first sunbeams for some photos. You have to get up very early but the magical light is worth it. Because of the soft colors in the picture I thought the wonderful Endless Summer collection would be a perfect match!

I used a hibiscus cut file from the Silhouette design store. I backed the blossom with the beautiful “Luscious” watercolor paper from the Wild at Heart collection and the leaves with the white and mint striped “Coastal Chill” paper from the Endless Summer collection.

Then I placed the photo on my layout and glued the hibiscus blossom on the left side of my white 12×12 cardstock. I cut a triangle from the other side of the “Coastal Chill” paper which has this gorgeous hibiscus flower pattern, and attached it to the top left corner.

I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and placed the title above my photo. For this I used the alpha sticker sheet from the Free Spirit collection and some white foam alpha stickers from my stash.

After that I decorated my page with a hibiscus die cut from the Endless Summer Die Cut Ephemera and a paper flower from the Endless Summer collection. I also used the amazing „Oh Yeah“ flair button from the same collection and glued it on the big hibiscus flower.

I placed a word sticker below the title and three more on the hibiscus blossom. They are from the stunning Wild at Heart collection and from the Free Spirit collection. I used pop dots to add some dimension. I glued the „perfect“ sticker from the Wild at Heart collection on the right bottom side of my photo and a heart sticker from the Free Spirit sticker sheet with a glue dot on the left side.

Then I added a mint chipboard sticker (You make my heart sing) and a word sticker from the Wild at Heart collection to the triangle with the hibiscus flowers. I also glued two wood veneer hearts from the Wild at Heart collection in this corner. I stamped the date on the layout with a roller stamp and wrote by hand where the picture was taken.

To finish off my page I added some sparkling sequins and enamel dots from the Make a Wish and the Endless Summer collections.

I also used two of the cute woodies from the Free Spirit collection. The woodies are always my favorite embellishments from the Cocoa Vanilla collections. They are so adorable and they are always an eye catcher!

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


You Rock | You ROCK | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-05-12T21:04:15+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi friends!

This week on the blog the design team are going to be sharing some AWESOME masculine themed projects with you! I’m kicking it off today with a layout that I created using the fantastic new ‘You ROCK’ collection!

Here’s my page…

I documented a recent photo of my son, and I really just wanted this layout to celebrate how awesome I think he is! With all of the amazing embellishments in this collection, it was so easy to do just that!

I started my layout off by covering the top half of the page with the Plus One patterned paper, and then adding a piece of the Stripped patterned paper across the middle of the layout.

I matted my photo with the Galactic patterned paper and then adhered it towards the left hand side of the page. I used one of the awesome wood veneer pieces from the collection as the title for my layout, and painted it with yellow acrylic paint. I love how this really helps it to pop off the page! I also added a chipboard star on top of the title to give it some extra detail.

I created an embellishment cluster to the left of the photo that includes a couple of chipboard stickers, a sticker, and a little die cut arrow. I really love the selection of embellishments in this collection, and how easy it is to create fun embellishment clusters!

I created another little cluster down in the bottom right hand corner of the page. Once again I used a combination of ephemera, stickers, and chipboard. How gorgeous and vibrant are the colours in this collection!!

I finished the layout off by adding my journaling, and a few of the enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that you’ve been inspired to scrap a ‘boy’ layout too!

Mandy x

Best Ever | Colour Me Happy | Emma Wood

By | 2017-05-07T12:56:22+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi friends!  It’s Emma and I’m here to share as page about my mum.   This week the DT will be sharing pages that focus on Mothers, be it about Mother’s Day (which is not too far away!) or about just about mothers in general.  My mum is my best friend and I know I’d be lost without her.   She has this habit of hamming things up for the camera when I snap photo’s (i.e. doing silly things) so alot of the pages that I create about her she asks me not to share socially (because in her words, “I look like an idiot!”, haha).  But happy to say these photo’s are “normal” so she’s OK with me to post!

I love Colour Me Happy – the black and white sides of the papers are my favourite because you get the gorgeous patterns but without colour which means you are free to add whatever colour tickles your fancy!  My mum happens to love the colour mint so I decided to add a bit of that to my page and make a monochromatic!

For my background paper I went with the little flower pattern Doodle Dandy and I added white cardstock on top of that.   White cardstock backgrounds are just my thing – as hard as I try, I just can’t get away from it.  😉  I’m not much for fussy cutting but those leaves on the Leaf Litter paper are so pretty so I decided to give it a go.  It’s actually quite relaxing to fussy cut from paper and I really like how they pop off the page a little (I stuck them at the bottom of each shape and just bent them up so they sit off the page a bit).

Can I just say that I love the Snip-It’s from this collection – so many fun tags!  I’m probably in the minority but I actually like that they don’t have adhesive behind them because it makes things easier to move about when I’m planning my page, before I start sticking things down! (And I actually have a habit of sticking adhesive stickers onto cardstock before I put them on my page – strange I know..).

For my mint green I added a few pieces from Endless Summer (Woodies and Enamel Shapes) and Wild @ Heart (Heart Veneer and Rubber Charm).   Got to love how the pieces from different collections all coordinate together!

I love the embellishment cluster to the right of my photo’s – those little layers make my scrappy heart happy!

I also added one of the limited edition flair buttons at the top of my cluster because the font and colour matched what I had already, it was a perfect match!

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today and I hope it inspires you to create a special page about your mum!  I’d love to hear if you’ve tried making a monochromatic page before (although, I’d love for you to link it up so I can check it out so I can be inspired by you!).

Take care, Em xo

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

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