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By | 2017-07-06T10:13:58+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hi Creative friends,

Gwen here today to share another layout, this one featuring the beautiful Hello Lovely collection and a joyful picture of Miss 10 inside a Butterfly house on a recent family holiday.  I was drawn to this collection for its beautiful flower and butterfly icons, both the perfect fit for my photo.

I began this page at a crop with a friend and as I started working, I really wasn’t feeling like the page was working.  I don’t often scrap away from home and I think I had left my mojo behind!  So, instead of pushing paper around the page for hours, I thought, why not spend the time chatting and adding some hand stitching to the delicate background paper?

I began by cutting out the floral/star design on the B side of the Delightful paper.  I then poked holes around the outer edge and then all intersecting lines and stitched away.  Yep, it took a while, but I am so in love with how it turned out.

Next, it was time to mat my photo, I was able to squeeze a photo mat out of the remaining piece of this paper and for softness added a layer of vellum from my stash.  I have kept the photo mat layers to a minimum as I didn’t want to cover up or distract from all that hand stitching I had just spent hours doing!

To create my floral embellishment clusters, I’ve taken the Glimmer paper and fussy cut out the florals from the B side, I’ve chosen the smaller ones in the design and teamed them with elements from the Die cut Ephemera pack and Accessory Stickers sheet.

I’ve also combined a few things from other collections, like the Free Spirit Woodies and Love Always Wood Veneer, Bits and Pieces and Enamel Dots – sparkles.  I just love how everything works so well together, even if they are different collections.  This is a great way to use up bits and pieces.

I’ve worked around my photo creating a larger cluster on the left and a smaller one on the right, layering as I went being sure to pop up some elements on foam tape for dimension.

I love the mix of textures too, from the flat stickers to the wood elements to the metal butterflies, they all add interest to the design.


I’ve added my title at the bottom of the page and to coordinate with the wood elements in the clusters, I have used more wood veneer.  These are a mixture of collections with the word “Happy” coming from the Love Always collection and the “you” coming from the Wood Veneer Words from the Colour Me Happy collection.

I am really happy with how it turned out especially considering I didn’t think this one was working at the start! Proof, you can make things work if you go with the flow a little and stay flexible in your design process.



Shine Bright | Hello Lovely | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-07-11T19:40:10+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration|

Happy Monday, crafty peeps!

It’s Elodie on the blog today with a new layout featuring the super pretty Hello Lovely collection that you can find here in the CVS online store. I played along with last week’s summer theme and used a large photo of my little one playing on the beach a couple of years ago.

To go with this cute summery pic, I wanted to create a little scene and decided to make a shining sun on my page. And this design was just perfect for my little miss sunshine!

I started with the background and backed a piece of the Lucky Dip paper with the Flower Patch paper and its beautiful floral pattern.

To make the sun, I drew a circle on one side of the photo using a pan as a template and cut it following the pencil lines. I then handstitched the borders with white thread and placed it on the background with foam squares to make it stand out.

My next step was to embellish the borders of the picture with gorgeous Hello Lovely embellies: die cuts from the ephemera pack, enamel dots and a flair button for the title.

For the sunbeams, I used paper banners from the ephemera pack as well as strips that I cut out in the Delightful, Glimmer, Confetti, Lucky Dip and Flower Patch papers. I stamped the date on one of the banners, I gently folded up the sides of the strips to add a little more dimension to my layout and tucked them under the photo. I love how the colorful embellies and paper strips pop against the black and white photo and background!

I had a lot of fun creating this summer page and I hope it inspires you to go big and use large photos on your layouts! Thanks so much for visiting the CVS blog today! Wishing you a lovely day and a great week ahead!


You make me so happy | Hello Lovely | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-07-01T06:58:28+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a summer themed layout with you. In Germany we have summer right now and it feels so good!

For this layout I used a picture from my daughter with my beloved flamingo 🙂 in Greece/Crete from two months ago. Sometimes I am a little bit crazy – I really had to buy this pink pool animal for our vacation.

I am still so in love with the “Luscious” water color paper in pink and peach from the gorgeous “Wild at Heart” collection and used it as my background paper for my 12×12 layout.

I cut a circle cut file with lotus flowers with my Silhouette Portrait and used it as a frame for my photo. After cutting I glued the photo behind it and stitched around the frame with my sewing machine.

Then I cut out a sector of a big circle from white cardstock. Therefor I used the Party Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers – it has 3 different radiuses and I used the biggest one. After that I glued it on the bottom of my layout and stitched over the border.

I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and placed the frame with the photo on my page.

For the title I used the “You make me so happy” sticker from the “Hello Lovely” Accessory Sticker Sheet and glued it besides my photo. I love it to do titles with stickers. It is such an easy way – especially when you have no idea for a special title.  I used foam dots to add some dimension.

Then I glued Die Cut Embellishments and word stickers from the “Hello Lovely” and “Endless Summer” collections on the border from the white cardstock to the background paper. I also used foam dots from time to time. The pink Die Cut flamingo from the “Endless Summer” collection was a perfect match to my photo.

I punched a hibiscus flower and leaves with a Kesi´ art Die and my Sizzix Big Shot and used pink and mint cardstock for it. Then I glued it on the left side of my photo.

I also decorated my photo with a Die Cut Flower from the “Hello Lovely” collection and a paper flower from the “Endless summer” collection. The paper flowers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio are so very beautiful and I am a little bit sad, that I have used almost all of them up now.

After that I decorated my page with arrow stickers and word stickers from the “Hello Lovely” collection. To finish off my page I added the wood veneer “Summer” from the “Endless Summer” collection, the flair button “&” from the “Hello Lovely” collection and some enamel dots.

In the end I wrote the place and the month where and when the picture was taken besides the frame.

I hope you like my layout and I could inspire you! Thanks so much for stopping by today!





By | 2017-07-06T10:15:28+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here today with a very special share.  This week we are focusing on journaling and whilst I’m not huge on journaling most of the time, I was super excited to create this layout documenting my return to Ballet; something dear to my heart.  I grew up doing Ballet right up until the age of 20, but then life got busy, I was at Uni, then met my hubby and had a family.  Turning 40 last year was a time of reflection and as part of that, I decided I wanted to get back into my pointe shoes… and I’m currently on that journey.

I wanted a very linear design for this page and to keep the journaling my focus decided on a very simple and clean design that ran up and down the centre of the page. I also knew I wanted a very soft colour palette to match with the soft tones in my photo so the Love Always collection was the perfect fit.  For my background, I’ve used the Twin Set paper – I just adore these pale pink and white stripes.

I also knew I wanted to go with the XO Colour Me Happy cut files as part of my title and cut them out quite large on my Silhouette.  I mounted these onto the Luscious paper from the Wild At Heart collection, I love this ombre in the perfect shade of pink.

Next, I found the sentiment “This Makes me So Happy” on the Lovely Things paper which I really wanted to use, but it was only 4 inches across and didn’t fit with the design I had in mind… I then had a bit of a brainwave to cut it up!  I trimmed along the grey underline of the text and then lined the four pieces up in a single row.  I then stitched these to my page.

Next, it was time to mount my photo, I wanted to balance out the colours I’d used in the top title so I also used the Luscious paper here.  I’ve also used the Class Act paper, another favourite in this collection of mine!

Now was the time for journalling.  I HATE my handwriting so it had to be typed.  I have a vintage typewriter which is quite slow to use, but beautiful, so I first drafted my journalling onto my computer.  This allowed me to edit and make sure there were no spelling errors etc and gave me an idea of how much space it would take up on my page.  I then simply copied this text out using the typewriter.  I’ve used the B side of the Lovely Things paper for this and then trimmed out the lines using a guillotine ready to add to my page.

Now was the time to place everything, starting with the XOX at the top, followed by the larger sentiment and then my journalling.  I then added my photo and saw there was a little space left at the bottom of the page; perfect for some smaller embellishments.  I decided on a little row of 3 of the vellum butterflies from the Vellum Accents pack, so soft and pretty.  I also wanted something subtle for the top centre of the page and I found this sweet heart shape on the Wild At Heart Chipboard Accent Sticker sheet which was a sweet little addition.  Underneath I placed the vellum butterfly, also from the Vellum Accents pack with some sparkles from the Bits and Pieces pack.  I thought these really helped balance out the design and fill some of the space without being too overwhelming.

To finish out the layout, I added tiny word sentiments from the Wild At Heart Accessory Stickers there are so many sweet words on this sheet, it is one of my most favourites!!  Lucky last I added some enamel dots sparkles in silver which co-ordinate with the sparkles in the top embellishment cluster.

This page came together really quickly, in part due to the focus being on the journalling, but also because every element is centred and flowing down the page.  I hope it inspires you to document something you’re passionate about and as always, would love to see you share you page in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community.



Hello Lovely | CVS Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-02T00:08:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

What do you get when you add Love Always, Free Spirt, Make A Wish, Hello Lovely and Colour Me Happy together?

An absolutely beautiful layout.


Flicking through all my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio products deciding which collection I would use to scrapbook this photo of my sister and I, I began to pull out pieces of lots of collections and saw it all come together.

This layout came together quite quickly. It started with a double mounted photo and then came the arrangement of embellishments. I used foam mounting tape to create some dimension and some wood veneer to add a different texture.


So here is what I used to create this layout.

Love Always – Cardstock and Accessory Stickers

Free Spirt – Wood Veneer

Make A Wish – Enamel Dots

Hello Lovely – Die Cut Ephemera

Colour Me Happy – Flair Button

The Love Always accessory stickers are fabulous. If you struggle to journal or simply don’t like your handwriting then these stickers are for you.

I was truly blown away by how wonderful all the different collections pieces came together.

If you have any questions about the layout or techniques I have just please leave a comment in the comments section and I will respond to you. Now click HERE and head on over to the shop and grab yourself some beautiful scrapbooking supplies.

Take Care.


Sweet heart layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-06-12T19:50:40+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Life Is Beautiful, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone. Welcome in another post in our “Scrap lift week”. This time it was my turn to choose one from many fantastic pages created by CVS team and scrap lift it. I struggled a lot because I wanted to scrap lift at least 10 pages (and I probably will do in the future 🙂 ). I finally decided to go crazy with large photo and I chose page created by talented Ulrike Dold.

This is my version:

And here is a beautiful page of Ulrike.

I decided to keep it as much similar as possible. I used big picture, various paper strips, wood veneer title and small embellishments here and there. I slightly changed the color scheme from pink to pink-blue-orange. It was such a great pleasure and fun to scrap lift this page.

You all know how easy it is to combine few CVS collections in one project. And it’s exactly what I did here. I picked some pink and blue papers from various collections and added few pattern papers. I dived into “Hello lovely“, “Love always” and “Make a wish” collections I picked few papers. I combine them in triangular shapes and sew them with sewing machine.

I also created a wood veneer title. Word HEART is from “Wild at heart” wood veneers set and word SWEET is from “Love always” wood veneers set.

I also gathered matching stickers and other embellishments. You can spy cute deer from button set from “Free spirit” collection along with paper flowers from “Hello lovely” collection. I also used few puffy stickers from “Make a wish” and mix of enamel dots.

I rarely use big pictures but working with them is such a different experience. You can’t add too much of embellishments and papers because the picture is a main focus of the page. I really like creating this way I will for sure try to use more of big photos.

Stars, splashes and some dimensional elements like rubber charms and chipboard stickers are like a cherry on the top of this page. I love the final result.

Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks.

XO Ania

Hello Lovely | Hello Lovely | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-04-26T22:22:15+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration|

Hello CVS friends!

It’s Elodie with you today sharing a new layout all about my sweet French Bulldog. It’s actually the first time I’m using the Hello Lovely collection and it’s beautiful! I love its girly patterns and soft colors mixed with a touch of black!

I was inspired by the gorgeous florals and decided to combine the Delightful and Glimmer papers for my background. I cut the Delightful paper diagonally so as to get triangles and I placed two of them at the top and at the bottom of the Glimmer paper.

To make the photo pop against the busy background, I decided to back it with a more neutral paper. I went for a heart and cut it out from the reverse side of the Delightful paper, with its pretty light pink color, and stitched the borders with white thread. I really like the texture and the soft look that the stitching and the white thread bring to the page!

I placed the heart in the center of the page, along with the pic and a doily from my stash, and then started embellishing. I tucked some beautiful flowers and a pretty ampersand from the ephemera pack under the photo.  I just can’t get enough of this floral pattern! Gorgeous!

I added paper corners and a pennant from the ephemera pack on the pic and adorned my paper heart with more Hello Lovely die cuts. I placed the title, along with a cute butterfly sticker from the accessory stickers sheet, under the photo, scattered shiny enamel dots on the die cuts and my layout was complete!

I love everything about this soft, beautiful line and I hope my page inspires you to play with it!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a fantastic day!


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