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!

Bloom | Wild At Heart | Emma Wood

By | 2017-06-12T15:17:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi friends!  This week on the blog we’ve been sharing layouts that are focused on seasons and I’ve created a page about my favourite time of year; SPRING!  Spring is my favourite time of year.  Not only is the weather perfect (well let’s ignore the rain, what I’m really thinking about is the temperature) but it’s also when all the flowers start blooming!  I love watching our garden explode with colour during spring.

I couldn’t wait to use Wild at Heart for this page!  I’ve had the die-cut ephemera sitting on my desk for some time just waiting for the right page to use them on and I finally found it!  Here’s a look at the page I created:

As per my usual style, I kept with a white cardstock background and added snippets of Memento at the top and bottom.  I actually work up the old Cameo and cut a window shape using the woodgrain paper (B side of Artisan) and the maroon chevron type pattern for my curtain (B side of Patchwork).

Originally I had planned on going with 4 photo’s and having them beside the window frame (2×2 style) but as I was playing around with I thought it looked a bit crowded so I dropped one photo and put them underneath the frame.  The best part about this change is that it opened up a heap of room for that amazing veneer title to sit on top of my window frame!  I love veneers and I adore the font of the wood veneers words; it’s one of my all-time favourites!

Once I had the basic layout finalised (title/photo in position) it was onto the fun part – embellishing!  This is always my favourite part of the whole process.  Getting all those little bits and pieces and seeing how much I can fit onto a page before it starts looking wrong 😉

The whole point of cutting the window frame was so I could use the flowers from the die-cut pack so I used a few foam dots behind those to create a bit of dimension.  I also popped a couple of the butterfly die-cuts around my title.

To add a bit of balance on the page I created a small cluster at the bottom right of my photo’s using one of the heart veneers, die-cut and the word stickers.

The enamel dots were the last piece of the puzzle for this page – I love the sparkle they add to the page without distracting you!  I also have a habit of tucking them behind photo’s/other embellishments so only parts of them are peeking out.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  What’s your favorite season of the year?  I’d love to hear and I hope perhaps this might inspire you to make a page recording it!

Take care, Em xo

Bloom | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-06-18T12:42:50+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, It’s Raquel here today sharing a layout with you as part of Seasons week here on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. For this layout today I was inspired by Spring flowers and have documented a little family day at a Lavender Farm where Charlotte enjoyed picking daisies in the field. The Wild at Heart collection was perfect for documenting this moment.

Here is the layout I created:

The main element of the page apart from the photo is the daisy cut file that I downloaded from the Silhouette store. I used the Memento paper to back the daisy flower heads –  I really wanted to incorporate the mustard colour from the collection onto this page so I stuck the cut file onto the flowers with that colour. I added the circle ‘wild at heart’ chipboard to mimic the flower centre. I also added a cluster to the top left of the page which incorporates a fussy cut butterfly (from the Mariposa paper).

The title is made up of a combination of embellishments; the wood veneer, the ephemera pack and a tiny word sticker from the Accessory stickers sheet. I added some finishing touches to the title area with some more veneer pieces, another fussy cut butterfly, and some enamel dots.

For the photo, I have layered it on top of the Luscious patterned paper and the Patchwork pattered paper. I love to add tabs to the top of or side of my photos. It it so easy to do this with a stapler and I like the detail it brings it too.

To frame the entire layout I have used the Luscious patterned paper. It gave it a nice finishing touch by bordering the entire thing. I also added some machine stitching around the edge too.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope you have been inspired by my layout.

Raquel xxx


By | 2017-06-15T19:13:31+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hello creative friends,

I’ve rested up after that fab long weekend at the Scrapbook & Craft Expo and I’m back for another layout share today as part of our SEASONS feature this week.

For this page, I wanted to document a little Spring weekend trip we recently took down the coast to go Glamping! For those of you who have not heard of the term, it is simply Glamourous Camping and I am certainly not a camper gal but was pleasantly surprised at how fun and comfortable these glamping tents were!!

This layout came together pretty quickly for me and surprisingly began with the photo and that cute little flag I have popped onto the top of the tent.  It is very rare that I would start a layout in this way, but it was the perfect fit and I just love how cute it looks there.  I then went about stitching around the photo to make it pop.

Next, I went about my usual process of creating the background, the Endless Summer collection seemed like the perfect fit and I was immediately drawn to the Blue Skies paper and those cute clouds.  For the lower section, I went with the Aloha paper which was the perfect neutral to ground my paper layers and photo mat.

I went with a pretty simple photo mat using bits and pieces from the, This & That paper.  These cut apart sheets are super versatile and a must in any collection.  I then went about constructing my title using a combination of the Alphabet stickers (which I have also stitched to my photo), Puffy Stickers and the die cut ephemera.  I added a subtitle with pieces from the, This & That paper, more die cut ephemera and the Accessory Stickers and a wood veneer.  I love mixing and matching the embellishments within a collection for added interest and the wonderful differences in texture.

Once I had sorted out my title and subtitle placement, I then went about adding a bunch of elements around my photo.  I began with the larger elements such as the “Hello Sunshine” circle cut from the, This & That paper and mounted on foam.  The Blooms for this collection are super pretty too; I went with this neutral one.

 I then went on to add the florals from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and other circle elements including my favourite the Woodies.  A few people asked me about these at the craft show recently and yes, they are quite thick but to remove some of the dimension, I remove the foam mount that they come on and glue down with a liquid adhesive.  I love their dimension and the soft wooden colour.

Lastly, I pulled out the cloud elements from the Wood Veneer and Die Cut Ephemera packs and added them to the top part of the layout, I felt this really helped balance out the design as before these were placed, it was very bottom heavy.

And that was the page done.  I love how the clusters came together for this one and how I’ve used lots of bits and bobs from quite a few of the embellishment packs.  They fit together so well!  So, why not pull out your summer collections, snuggle up and scrap those fun summer pics, I hope I’ve inspired you today 🙂

Until next time,



Epic Fall | You Rock, Wild at Heart & Make A Wish | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-06-15T23:53:39+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Elodie here with you today and I’m happy to be back to share a new layout using the You Rock collection along with some Wild at Heart and Make A Wish goodies. This week is going to be all about seasons on the blog. Summer is almost here but I felt like making a fall page with a lot of pretty leaves and this cute photo of my little one snapped last October.

I started by drawing leaves using templates on several You Rock papers: Starshine, In Line, This Way, Stripped, Random and Galactic. I cut and handstitched them, adding transparent sequins on some of them. I then placed the leaves on the beautiful Experimental paper that I picked for my background. The pretty colors and woodgrain of the You Rock line are just perfect for fall pics!

I matted the photo with a piece of the Plus One paper and I adorned it with You Rock enamel shapes, a die cut from the ephemera pack and a tab from the Wild at Heart accessory stickers sheet. I then adhered it in the center of the page with foam squares to make it stand out.

For the title, I used a lovely You Rock rubber charm and Make A Wish alphabet stickers that I placed on a leaf. I then adorned other leaves with a You Rock die cut and word stickers, a Wild at Heart flair button and a paper piece from the ephemera pack and a shiny Make A Wish rhinestone.


To complete my fall page, I sprinkled embellies from the three collections on the background: You Rock enamel shapes, Wild at Heart die cuts and wood veneer hearts as well as Make A Wish sequins.

I had so much fun mixing these collections and I think they go beautifully together! I hope my page inspires you to mix and match CVS lines too!

Thank you for visiting the blog today! Have an awesome day!


Hello Mr Rad | You ROCK | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-06-12T21:32:33+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Mandy here with you today to share a new layout using the awesome ‘You ROCK‘ collection! Who’s been enjoying ‘Scraplift Week’ on the blog this week? I am loving seeing how the design team members have been scraplifting each other’s layouts! I chose to lift a fabulous layout by the talented Sue Plumb. I was inspired by the grid design of her layout.

Here’s my page…

And here is Sue’s layout…

You can read more about Sue’s layout on her blog.

I chose to scrapbook a photo of my son, taken when I took the kids to a local reserve a couple of months ago. I love seeing how much Isaac enjoys the great outdoors, and it was the perfect opportunity to snap a pic of him while he was in his element!

I started my layout off by matting my white cardstock background on the B side of the Starshine patterned paper, and adding some machine stitching around the edge of the page.

Then I was ready to start putting bits and pieces together to form the grid. I used some of the pieces from the Random cut apart sheet, as well as the B side of that paper, and the Stripped and Night Sky patterned papers. As I was choosing what I would add to the grid, I kept in mind that I wanted a blue, black and wood grain colour combination, so I pulled out anything in these colours.

I added a little bit of embellishing to some of the sections in the grid. Here you can see that I added a chipboard star to one piece, and a rubber charm to another. These rubber charms are one of my favourite things in this collection!

How ‘awesome’ are all of the pieces on the cut apart sheet? They made putting this kind of layout together a breeze!

I matted my photo with the B side of the Galactic patterned paper, and then added some foam tape underneath to lift it up and give it some extra dimension. I then popped one of the super cool flair buttons on the right hand side of the photo. I added my date to one of the labels off the accessory sticker sheetand then adhered that to one of the sections in the grid.

I added some foam tape underneath the circular die-cut piece that says ‘Rad’ to give it some extra height. The last piece of the grid to embellish was the strip along the bottom of the page, and I added a chipboard arrow to this section.

To finish the layout off I added a few of the little phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet around the page, and lastly I added some black ink splatters and a few enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I had so much fun scraplifting Sue’s layout! Maybe you’ve been inspired by her layout too, and could try your own scraplift!

Mandy x

Hello Baby Boy | You Rock | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-06-07T05:02:49+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout.

We have Scraplift Week on the Cocoa Vanilla Blog this week and I want to show you what I created with the gorgeous „You Rock“ collection.

I lifted a layout from a former Design Team member, the talented Tarrah McLean. The layout „@ the beach“, which she made with the beautiful „Endless Summer“ collection, is so adorable!

I love the circles and this multi circle design works wonderfully with all the circle embellishments from the „You Rock“ collection too.

I used two photos instead of one because they are from the same series and are similar. I glued them on white cardstock to have a thin white border around them. Then I glued them on the cardstock.

I cut off a strip from the „Stripped“ paper and placed it on the left side of the white cardstock. I added one of the amazing washi tape stickers and the „You Rock“ die cut ephemera on this paper strip.

I splattered some gold and black paint across the page. I picked out some papers from the „You Rock“ collection and using my circle punch I made a few circles. I stitched them down onto my layout with my sewing machine.

Then I made a banner using some stickers and a chipboard arrow from the chipboard stickers. I used foam squares to add dimension to the banner and then I sewed over it.

I added some more circles to my layout from the „You Rock“ ephemera pack and the sticker sheet.

For the title „Hello Baby Boy“ I mixed and matched some alphas: I used the wood veneer word „Hello”, some black foam alphas from my stash („Baby“) and the „Boy“ chipboard sticker from the „You Rock“ collection.

I added some word stickers and one rubber charm below the photos and a wood veneer cloud and a cloud-button from the „Endless summer“ collection.

I stamped the date with a roller date stamp on the layout. I didn’t need to add lots of journaling.

To finish off my page I added some woodies from the „Endless Summer“ collection, some die cut ephemera from the „You Rock“ collection and some enamel dots and enamel shapes from the „Colour me happy“ and the „You Rock“ collections.

I hope you had fun reading my post and you like my scraplift layout. Thanks for stopping by today.


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