My Favourites | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-12-11T22:32:06+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

2017 is fast coming to an end, and as a way of rounding off the year, we thought that it might be fun if each of our design team members shared some of our favourite projects that we’ve created this year using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products! I’m kicking it off today, and I have three layouts to share with you that feature a variety of different CVS collections!

I love how this first layout came together! I combined quite a few different collections, including ‘Colour Me Happy‘, ‘Wild at Heart‘, ‘Love Always‘, ‘Make a Wish‘, ‘Endless Summer‘, and ‘Hello Lovely‘. The soft pastel colours teamed up with pops of black and white, and grey, made for a a really pretty colour palette that was perfect for documenting these photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her first Easter egg. If you’d like to read more about this layout, you can find all the details in my original blog post here…

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

This is another one of my favourite layouts that I’ve created this year! It features the lovely ‘Endless Summer‘ collection, as well as a CVS cut file, and the cutest photo of my daughter and my nephew enjoying an ice cream together! The florals in the  ‘Endless Summer’ collection are so beautiful, and they’re perfect for fussy cutting! You can view my original blog post here for all the details about this layout…

Summer | Endless Summer | Mandy Melville

And I also have a process video for this layout that you can check out on my YouTube channel…

Here is the third and final layout that I want to share with you today, featuring the beautiful ‘Love Always‘ collection. My aim for this layout was to keep it light and airy, and very simple. I love the end result, and I think it was the perfect way to document this photo of my sweet little niece! You’ll find closeups and more details about this layout in the full blog post…

Sweet Eliza | Love Always | Mandy Melville

And I have a process video for this layout as well…

I hope that you’ve enjoyed taking another look at some of my favourite layouts from this year! I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the encouragement and support that you’ve shown me over the past year with all of  your likes and comments on social media, and by taking the time to read my blog posts. I appreciate all of you so much, and I look forward to sharing more projects with you in 2018. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Mandy x

Beautiful December Memories | Bohemian Dream | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-12-11T06:54:32+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a christmas layout with a non-christmas collection with you. I hope you have seen all the amazing projects from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team the last two weeks because they are really amazing!

When I start with my layout I first struggled a little bit with this theme. But then I went through my christmas pictures and I saw one picture with my favorite christmas ball ornaments. It is a pink christmas ornament with a big hibiscus flower on it. It was simply perfect for Cocoa Vanilla and for this challenge!

I decided to use the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection with all its beautiful colorful flowers and it was the perfect match for my picture.

I used a geometric christmas ornament cut file from the Silhouette design store. I backed the ornament with different patterned papers from the Bohemian Dream collection. Therefor I used the papers “Abundant”, “Beautiful Mess” and “Flower Child”.

I used thin thread in gold for hanging up the backed ornament on the top of my layout. I utilized  my stapler to attach the thread on the paper. On the backside of the paper I used some washi tape to fix the thread.

Then I splattered some gold paint across the page and placed the photo on the left side of the christmas ball ornament. I used the “Favourite” tab from the accessory sticker sheet from the Bohemian Dream collection and my stapler to decorate it.

I glued many flowers and leaves from the die cut ephemera pieces from the Bohemian Dream collection and a hibiscus flower die cut from the Endless Summer collection under this two elements. I wanted to achieve the look of a twig of fir and so I also used some die cutting pieces in the shape of leaves which I made with my Big Shot and white cardstock.

For the title I glued the wooden word “Beautiful” under the twig. Then I stamped the words “December memories” under it to complete my title.

I stamped also some little stars all over my layout. I cut a triangle from the pink and white striped “Beautiful Mess” paper and attached it to the right corner below. I also glued some gold glitter washi tape over it.

I decorated the christmas ball ornament with the big pink bow with the sequins from the Make A Wish collection and a pink flower from the Bohemian Dream die cut ephemera pack.

Then I searched through all my Cocoa Vanilla supplies for round embellishments. I pierced the die cut embellishment “Smile” and a round sticker – both from the Bohemian Dream collection – on the top and attached them also with gold thread on my layout. Then I glued a pink chipboard heart on the round sticker and added a woodie from the Endless Summer collection and two flair buttons (Bohemian Dream and Endless Summer) on my layout.

I still missed the festive and winterly look on my layout and so I punched out confetti pieces from white cardstock with my confetti punch. I glued small and big confetti pieces all over my page to get the look of many little snowflakes.

Then I wrote my journaling on the pc and printed it out. I added it on the left side above omg photo. I glued the “Here´s the story” sticker with a foam dot on it.

Then I decorated my page with two word stickers and a chipboard word sticker from the Bohemian Dream collection. To finish off my page I added some sequins and enamel dots from the Bohemian Dream and the Make A Wish collection on my layout.

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


Unforgettable FUN | Mixed collections | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-12-08T20:09:11+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Made Of Awesome|

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back here with a fun new layout share for part of our Scrap Christmas without a Christmas collection theme. This was a fun challenge to create with and I really enjoyed dipping back into some of the older collections.

You might also notice that I’ve gone down a size with my layout for today. Partly inspired by Raquel’s inspiring 8.5×11 creations but mainly due to having tiny xmas photos printed for a previous project that I didn’t want to go to waste, but also didn’t to lose on a larger 12×12 layout.

I’ve gone with a crazy star theme by creating some strands of stars hanging from the top of the layout. These were fussy cut from the ROCK STAR paper in the Made of Awesome collection and I added a couple of larger sticker stars from the Accessory sheets in the same collection and also the Hello Sunshine collection. I completed the layout with the photo, a doily from my stash and some stickers all grouped together towards the bottom and the addition of some typed journalling. I really enjoyed how quickly this all came together once I finished fussy cutting lol

I backed the entire layout with some of the STAR SPANGLED paper from the Colour Me Happy collection. You see I’m a little obsessed with the star shapes and really did go a little crazy with them on this layout LOL

Here’s a close up of the photo and title cluster, I’ve used a cut apart card from the MIXED UP paper in the Made of Awesome collection underneath the photo. The enamel dots I’ve used all over the layout are from the Make a Wish collection, and Colour Me Happy.


And lastly a quick couple of typed lines talking about Christmas morning last year. Her smile definitely lit up the room she was that excited and happy! Cannot wait to see her reactions this year.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping xx


The Best Christmas | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-12-10T06:01:11+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hello there, and Happy Sunday!  Missy here, and I have a festive holiday layout to share today using non-holiday papers & embellishments.  I had lots of fun making this one!  I started with this beautiful tree cut file, which I cut on white cardstock.  I pulled several papers from various Cocoa Vanilla collections to back all those scalloped shapes.  I went for a pink, peach and light blue color scheme, and I think it turned out really pretty.  I pulled papers from Bohemian Dream, Hello Lovely, Wild at Heart, Hello Sunshine, Make a Wish and Life is Beautiful.  I went light on embellishments to let the photo and the tree stand out.

After backing the tree, I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched along each row using gold metallic thread.  I used white cardstock as my background and used lots of Gold Color Shine as well as some pink and blue Shimmerz sprays.  I used the plastic packaging technique and added lots of splatters.  Here you can see my journaling along the bottom row, which I wrote in gold.  I added some word and phrase stickers from the Bohemian Dream Accent Sticker Sheet as well as some enamel dots.  They remind me of little lights on the tree!

I mixed and matched my title using some Hello Lovely alpha stickers and some Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers.  The Hello Lovely stickers are a wood color, but I painted some Gold Color Shine over them to make them sparkle.  I used a few Bohemian Dream Chipboard Stickers as well as a Life is Beautiful sticker.

I used a bit of blue paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I stamped my date at the top instead of the bottom on this page.

I colored the star at the top gold, and I love how subtle it looks.  It was a lot of fun backing this cut file because I got to use so many papers from so many collections!

I think of birds when I think of Christmas, and instead of red birds I used these darling pink ones.  They’re from Bohemian Dream.  I cut one from a sticker and the bigger one is chipboard.  I love using non-traditional colors for Christmas pages!

I hope this inspires you to create a Christmas or holiday layout using products not made for holidays.  It was a fun challenge, and I love how it turned out.  I have a video here if you’d like to check out the process of this layout.

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

These Are the Days | Various Collections | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-12-07T01:32:08+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here today, and it’s time for me to share another design team project with you. You may have noticed that the CVS design team are currently being challenged to create a Christmas themed project that doesn’t use a Christmas collection. I love a good challenge, and I had so much fun going through my stash and collecting items from all different collections that I could use for my page.

There are such a variety of collections used here, starting with that gorgeous wood grain paper from the ‘Make a Wish’ collection that I used for my background. (It is actually the B-side of the beautiful floral print Fresh Cut paper from MaW – don’t you hate it when your two favourite prints from a range are back to back?! haha)

To create my design, I layered assorted papers from the ‘You Rock’‘Totally Rad’; and ‘Colour Me Happy’ collections to form a basic Christmas tree shape. I cut each piece to varying widths and overlapped them to add extra visual interest. The these are the days piece that formed the title in the centre of my tree was cut from one of the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its sheets.

I then began “decorating” my tree. I started with the ‘You Rock’ wood veneer star on top, then added the red stars that were fussy cut from the ‘You Rock’ Starshine paper. I also added the amazing and awesome wood veneer shapes (also from the ‘You Rock’ collection). Next, I added some phrase stickers that were from the ‘Wild at Heart’ Accessory Sticker sheet.

To further tie the wood theme into my page, I added a few Woodies (from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection) and the small love word from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ wood veneer words. I then livened up my tree by scattering some ‘Colour Me Happy’ Enamel Dots – Cool randomly around. To finish off my page, I used some of the new ‘Bohemian Dream’ clear stamps with navy ink to stamp some hearts and the love this sentiment around my page; before splattering a small amount of navy ink around.

So there you have it – a Christmas themed page without a Christmas collection anywhere to be seen! (And I managed to include items from SEVEN different Cocoa Vanilla collections!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Remember December | Bohemian Dreams Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-12-04T21:48:30+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring Bohemian Dreams for the theme of christmas. Yep, you read that right! A christmas layout using Bohemian Dreams. It can be done, and you will see what the team come up with on the blog documenting christmas with a non themed collection.

Here is my layout that I created:

The subject of my layout was our December visitors, our elves on the shelf; Chippy and Snowflake. I took a North Pole inspired colour palette of blues for this page and added in some die cut snowflakes to match. The cut file I used is one from Paige Evans available in the Silhouette Design Store. I printed the photos 1.1″ square in size to fit into the frames perfectly. I love that I was able to document multiple photos at once through using this file.

The title of the page was made up from the Chipboard title sticker ‘remember’ and a die cut word ‘December’ that I cut on my electronic cutting machine. I added texture to the die cut title by machine stitching through the middle. I also finished that area with a brief sentence of journaling which details what the images were of.

One of our elves is called Snowflake so I decided to play on that and cut multiple snow flake style designs in varied sizes. I used these to create clusters and embellish the page. I added a floral ephemera (I couldn’t help myself!) and a scattering of enamel dots to each embellishment grouping.

I love that the stickers in most CVS accessory sheets are quite versatile and generic. It means that I was still able to add them to this christmas page and they still worked.

The cut file had little sections at the top of each photo that mimicked a clothes peg. I used that to add in pops of colour, I backed those pegs with the Abundant patterned paper.

I think one of the things I like about this page, apart from the fact that I was able to document so many photos, is the dimensional look the layout has. The use of a foam adhesive under the frames and chipboard word add lovely shadows and depth to the page. You can see just how much from the image below.

Thanks so very much for popping by the blog today. I hope you have found this post inspirational.

Take care,

Raquel xxx


By | 2017-11-21T21:30:23+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Lovely, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Sugar & Spice, Wild at Heart|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen sharing more Christmas inspiration with you today!  I love Christmas, I really do and I love scrapbooking our Christmas memories.  Today I am sharing this sweet photo of Miss 9 at last years Santa photo session.  She is getting to be a ‘big girl’ now and as we were standing in line for our photo, she noticed Santa asking the other children to put their hands on their heads to create Reindeer antlers.  As she stood there, trying to be all grown up, she kept saying, “I am sooo not doing that Mum, that’s for little kids”.  To my surprise, when it came to her turn, she followed along with Santas request and I have the darling photo to prove it.

Sweet You XMAS.jpg

This fortnight, we have been set the challenge to create a Christmas project with NON-Christmas supplies.  To begin, I sorted through my stash in the hunt for Red and Mint, the two boldest colours in my photo.  I found the Hello Lovely Glimmer paper which was a perfect match for the Mint, as well as the Make A Wish Daydream paper which I have used for my photo mat.  The Red, however, was much harder to find, so I pulled out a bright Christmas red in cardstock from my stash.


I also then searched through my stash of cut files and found this one, by Neat and Crafty which again, is not a Christmas theme cut file but I thought the bows were really nice and would represent presents.  I ended up cutting the file out three times, once in bright red and twice in white cardstock.  At this stage, I wasn’t sure which direction I was going and for me, options are always good to have!  It was at this point I did a whole lot of shuffling, in the end deciding on the white.  I then went about backing the bows in various colours in the paper mentioned above.  I then took the extra white version I had and trimmed off some single bows with my scissors and backed those as well. My plan was to mount them on foam for added dimension and layer them over the top of the main cut file.


I then thought it was all looking a bit plain, the cut file was blending into the white cardstock background.  So, I added in the red version of the cut file as a layer, with only small portions of it showing, almost like an outline. I love how it really helps bring the page together.

With that all in place, I went about placing my photo and finding my embellishments.  I just looked at all of the collections for things that would fit.  The words “Best Ever” have come from the Make a Wish Accessory Sticker Sheet and the typed sentiments have all come from the Love Always Accessory Sticker Sheet.  The “Special Memories” and “So Sweet” sentiments, as well as the love hearts, are all from the Sugar and Spice Accessory Stickers Sheet (an oldie but still one of my favourites). I’ve also added a couple of puffy heart stickers from the Endless Summer puffy sticker pack and sequins from my stash to finish.

The title “Sweet You” is from the Wild At Heart Collection Wood Veneer Words pack.  I have used embossing powder from my stash to turn them the perfect shade of Christmas gold.


I have kept the embellishments pretty simple as I didn’t want to take away from that background I had spent so much time creating.  A few small clusters and the page was complete.

Thanks for popping by today, it’s now your turn to create a Christmas page, which we would love to see you share on the Community FaceBook group!

Until next time,




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