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So glad we’re family | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-08-11T18:01:58+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, Sugar & Spice|

Hello everyone. How are you doing? It’s Monday, time to start new week. I am counting down to my French vacation. Only 10 more days to go 😀 I am still working at my desk creating projects with my favorite CVS products. It’s a multi photo week here at Cocoa Vanilla blog so I made a layout with two pictures of my lovely daughter. I also cut a big title “So glad we’re family” because I am really proud mom of my two girls. They are two best things in my life.

I didn’t have a plan for this page. First I thought I will use “Make a wish” collection because it’s colors matches my pictures. I chose paper “Hip hooray” with navy stripes for my background and “Party dots” for the title. After I had my base, title and pictures ready I noticed that I used up almost all my “Make a wish” embellishments. So I went for a hunt and looked through some older collections for matching elements, especially flowers.

I found the oldest CVS embellishments – stickers from “Sugar and spice” collection. I used all the flowers and some other small elements. I still have some more to use for the future 🙂

I also fussy cut some flowers from one of my favorite papers “In bloom” from “Life is beautiful” collection. “Make a wish” chipboard stickers were a perfect match too.

Hello sunshineflair button and woodies matched my page perfectly too.

I love digging in my CVS stash searching for matching elements and mixing up the collections. I am rediscovering them and the possibilities they give. I hope you like my page and it inspires you to dust the older scrappy stuff to play with.

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


I need a vitamin sea | Endless summer layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-07-11T06:36:13+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with my summer page based on “Endless summer” collection. It’s our assignment for this week and Zoe created fabulous, free cut files that match this collection. It looks like this:

and you can download it from here >> click.

Summer projects are always my favourite. We travel some place warm every year, with palm trees, turquoise see and blue sky so I always have some great photos to scrap. I am definitely a sea person. I could stare at waves and boats for hours. Beach is my happy place and I consider summer “wasted” if I have no chance to visit seaside.

I chose my favorite “Blue skies” paper for the background. I cut six waves shapes using white cardstock and painted them with watercolors. I also cut three clouds and backed them with vellum.

“Endless summer” collection has so many fun embellishments to play with. Ephemeras are always my favorite and I picked some of them and placed them around my page. Could those flamingos be cuter? I also added few puffy stickers and woodies here and there.

Fancy in alpha stickers? CVS has a lot of them. I chose white, simple letters from “Color me happy” collection along with jeans patterned letters from “Hello sunshine”.

My final steps with most of my pages are: adding enamel dots and splashing. This is exactly what I did here.

If you are curious how my creative process looks like, I recorded a video for you.


That’s all for today. I will see you in two weeks with soft and delicate inspiration created with ‘Love always” collection. You don’t want to miss this 😉

Thank you for stopping by.

XO Anna

You are the rainbow on my sky | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-06-24T06:25:10+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. Northern hemisphere is celebrating a beginning of the summer. It’s my most favorite time of the year. I love all the colors around me. Flowers, butterflies, rainbows, clear, blue sky – this is all I need to feel good and full of energy. I am trying to pour this energy into my projects. That’s why I want to show you today this colorful layout. I mixed many collections to make this page.

I started with this cute paper with little triangles from “Hello sunshine” collection. It’s so cheerful and summery. Next step was to cut the rainbow using various pattern papers in matching colors. I just went through my scraps and found pink in “Free spirit” collection, blue and green in “Color me happy” collection, yellow and orange in “Totally rad” and pink in “Sugar and spice”. I love combining different collections n one matching design.

I used white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” collection to create a title. I also searched for embellishments in matching colors to add some texture and dimension to the rainbow. You can spot there some rubber charms from “Wild at heart” and “You ROCK”. Chipboard stickers are also from “You rock” collection.

Cute woodies are one of my fav embellishments. I mixed few from various collections. I added wood veneers too. Clouds are from “Hello sunshine” collection. I also used puffy stickers and flair button from that collection too.

My inspiration for this page was this picture of my daughter lying on the striped hammock. Stripes reminded me of rainbow. Last step was to add the smallest elements like enamel dots. Once gain, I mixed several collections there.

That’s it for today. I hope You feel inspired to make your own rainbows. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Island Vibes | Hello Sunshine | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-06-24T04:13:01+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Happy Saturday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing a new Summer layout today.  We’ve been focusing on seasons lately, and my favorite is Summer.  I love the bright and bold colors, and sunny photos are my favorite to create with.  I pulled out the Hello Sunshine collection to scrap this picture of me and my husband in Aruba last year.  I love the neutrals and yellow tones in it, so I wanted to pull those colors into my background.  I started with the Sunny Spot paper as my background, and I coated a big chunk of it with white gesso to prepare it for some watercolor.  I used some Shimmerz Paints in golden yellow and blue shades.  I also used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  I love using sun rays on Summer pages, so I used a piece of the Solar Flare paper and cut the white parts out.  I used that as a layering piece behind my photo and used gold thread to stitch through each ray for added shine and texture.  I embellished with lots of goodies from the collection including flowers, die cut ephemera, wood buttons and stickers.

I used the packaging technique on the background, and I also sprayed directly on to the paper.  I wanted to incorporate flowers into the design because they just remind me of everything tropical.  I combined a big floral die with with a dimensional flower here as well as a wood button and some puffy stickers.

I wanted to go big with my title.  I created the word “island” in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font and cut it on white cardstock.  I used the blue Shimmerz to paint it.  I love how it curls up on the ends of the letters…such great dimension!  I hand cut the word “vibes” from various papers and tucked them under the bigger piece.  I added a few lines of journaling under that and stamped the date.

This blue is so pretty!  It really compliments all the other colors in this collection.  Again, the dimension here looks so cool.

To the right of the photo, I added in another flower as well as a few fussy cut flowers and a leaf from the Full Bloom paper.  I wanted a pop of orange, so I added the wood button.

I love how these stickers look here.  I used a sticker from the Accessory Sheet and another puffy sticker.  I added a frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack under my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.

I created a fun cluster at the bottom here with a big circle die cut, another die cut flower another dimensional flower and another wood button.  I love repeating things in various clusters around the page.

I hope this inspires you to create a page about your favorite season.  I really loved this challenge, and I am very happy with  how it turned out.  I have a video if you’d like to see how I created this page from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend!

Hello spring layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-04-14T02:32:58+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here. Month ago I shared with You a layout with hand made flowers. You can check it here >>> click. Many of You asked me how I made them so I decided to create a page with similar flowers. It was just right in time as my theme for today is spring. And what is more spring than flowers? I mixed few Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection, mostly “Make a wish” and “Hello sunshine”. They both have fresh colors, perfect for framing spring photos.

I love wood grain patterns. They match every color and season. That’s why I picked this “Fresh cut” paper as my background.

I used two pictures I took few years ago. I just love this vivid blue sky and soft, pretty apple and cheery blossoms. And I even managed to catch a bumblebee flying from flower to flower. Perfect spring photo.

I used some “Make a wish” paper scraps to cut my flowers. I just sketched them on a paper and cut them. If You are not good in drawing things, You can use You Cameo and cut some flower shapes. I am sure You won’t have a problem finding matching shapes.

I made leaves using a green paper “Leaf litter” from “Color me happy” collection.

I created flower center using woodies and enamel dots from different collections.

I finished the page adding “hello spring” tittle. I mixed chipboard sticker from “Wild at heart” collection with alpha stickers from “Make a wish”. I also added some flowers from “Hello sunshine” ephemera pack.

I also have a process video for You 🙂 Remember – You ask, I listen 😀

I hope You like this page and felt inspired to make Your own spring pages.

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



Stay wild | Wild at heart layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-03-12T22:07:23+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Wild at Heart|

Hello. It’s Anna here with my next project created with “Wild at heart” collection. My focus for this week was vellum and rubber charms. I love using both of those products so it was an easy job 🙂 I created a layout inspired by selfie with me and my sis. I used this funny app and added as a flowers wreaths.

We are still in denial that we crossed our thirties 😀 We are young at heart and like messing around. I used this gorgeous paper with watercolor brush strokes as my background.

I used few small embellishments around my pictures like flowers from Ephemera Pack and rubber charms. I decided the picture doesn’t need much of embellishing because I created quite busy background.

I cut flowers both from vellum and another watercolor looking paper from Wild at heart collection. I shaped them adding some dimension and added woodies from previous collections (Free spirit, Hello sunshine) in the center.

I also used my sewing machine to create beams and leaves. It was such a fun thing to do and I love the effect.

I finished my composition adding few butterflies from chipboard stickers and ephemera pack.

I really like the effect and the flowers and I will definitely come back to this idea and create some other page.

I hope You feel inspired. Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks. I will have some mini album for You 🙂

XO Anna

Hello Sunshine | Hello Sunshine | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-02-24T05:23:03+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Hello there, friends!  Missy here, and I have a bright and sunny layout to share with you today.  Although I’ve never been to Australia, I know it’s blazing hot there.  It’s not super hot here in Florida, but it sure isn’t anywhere close to Winter.  I love living in the Sunshine State because it’s almost always Summer time!  I love scrapping sunny photos, so I couldn’t wait to use the beautiful Hello Sunshine collection.  I named my layout the same name…it was too perfect not to 🙂  I used the Full Bloom paper for my background because it reminded me of a sandy boardwalk.  And in my photo, we had just walked on one to get to this little tiki hut bar on the beach in Aruba.  I used a big chunk of the Solar Flare paper because of those sun rays.  I wanted them shooting out from behind the photo.  I added some blue acrylic paint and watercolor behind it to create the illusion of water.

I used one of the Cocoa Vanilla floral cut files here as a layering piece and then added some fussy cut flowers and leaves.  Those flowers are on the Full Bloom sheet.  I added some blue tangled thread in here as well for some added color and texture.  I added one of the cute Woodies to the center of the big pink flower that I overlapped onto the edge of the photo.  For my title, I fussy cut the “sun” and “shine” from the Summer Hits paper and added some of the Puffy Stickers to complete it.

Here you can also see that I did some machine stitching with metallic gold thread.  I love how it really makes the sun rays pop and adds a touch of shine.  I love the contrast of the yellow rays and blue watercolor…it really does look like the sun and the beach!

To add some interest at the top of the layout, I added some of the die cut clouds from the Die Cut Ephemera Pack.  I added some foam adhesive under them and some tangled blue thread.  There are so many cute pieces in this die cut pack!

For the bottom of the layout, I fussy cut some of the phrases from the Happy Days paper.  There were so many I wanted to use, but I settled on these four.  I machine stitched through them all with blue thread and then added another little cluster of fussy cut flowers under it.  Here you can also see more of the larger fussy cut flowers, thread and another Woodie on the right side of the photo.

This was a blast to make!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to see how I put this layout together from start to finish.

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

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