Album “Love You” | Make a wish | Anna Komenda

By | March 28th, 2017|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my newest inspiration for Cocoa Vanilla. Today I have something big for you – an album created with “Make a wish” collection. It’s one of my favourite collections, filled with pinks, blues and beautiful flowers.

I made this album from scratch using cardboard for the cover and papers for the inside. I decorated the cover with “Fresh cut” paper, my favourite. I also added flowers from various collections, golden doily from “Color me happy” collection and some wood veneers from ‘Love always” collection.

Inside of the album is filled with blank pages, ready to be filled with Your favourite memories.

I used several papers to create pages: “Hip Hooray“, “Party dots“, “Party mix” and “Day dream“.

I decorated them with my own watercolors paintings, ephemeras, chipboard stickers, regular stickers and wood veneers.

It was a long post but I hope I didn’t bore you ūüôā Albums posts are usually that long because I can’t decide what pictures to use because I want to show You every single detail.

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

XO Anna

Wild @ Heart | Free Spirit | Ulrike Dold

By | 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 ‚ÄěLove this‚Äú 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,

Just Be You | Wild at Heart | Michelle Stokes

By | March 25th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi Everyone! Michelle here today with a new layout featuring the beautiful Wild at Heart Collection. I thought for this layout I would showcase the awesome new Chipboard Frames, by sharing a way to use loads of them in a grid style layout.

The photo’s I’ve chosen to document had me¬†stepping back in time, as they’re¬†a couple of selfies of Leila and I from back in 2013. Back when front facing cameras weren’t as good as they are these days, and when those cheeks were so much more squishable lol

To start the layout I played around with placement of the different frames in the pack. I chose colours and designs that complimented each other, along with the background paper “Artisan” and set them out in a grid style design with some diagonal elements. I’ve layered pieces from the “Patchwork” paper behind the 2 smallest frames and a quote card from the “Fussy Cuts” paper in the other larger frame to use as a title. Under the 2 frames with photos I’ve added some doilies, a label from the “Fussy Cuts” paper and some complimenting die cut flowers from the Ephemera pack. Around the remainder of the page I’ve balanced out the embellishments using some ¬†Accessory stickers, chipboard stickers, fussy Cut butterflies from the “Mariposa” Paper, a couple of Flair Buttons and some of my favourite Glitter enamel dots.

I’m really happy with the finished layout. It all came together better than I’d pictured in my head. Lets take a closer look..

Love the mixed media feel the Artisan paper gives, enabling the user to create something magical without the mess

I’m finding I use quote cards or sentiment strips as Titles more and more these days, keeping an already busy page less cluttered.

I know I say it all the time, but I’m really loving the florals in the collections. The perfect finishing touch to mini clusters


And lastly these frames, they would have to be my most favourite part of the layout, apart from the photos. A good balance of colours and patterns that blend in together without overpowering the layout.

Well, thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this layout and the use of frames has inspired you with your next creations. Be sure to share what you make with us in our Facebook community group, or by using the hashtag #cocoavanillastudio on Instagram.

Until Next Time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x


Hello Love | Wild At Heart | Missy Whidden

By | March 24th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello there!¬† Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the beautiful Wild At Heart collection.¬† I just love the deep, rich colors in this line.¬† I decided to create an artsy page by using lots of watercolors on my background to enhance the colors in the papers.¬† I began with the Artisan paper, which is a pretty white and grey wood grain.¬† It’s a great neutral paper, so it’s perfect for a background.¬† I chose a black & white photo to really let all the colors shine.¬† I used a pinwheel type cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut them in lots of different patterned papers.¬† I used matching watercolors and sprays to add to the background using plastic packaging, a paint brush and also just spraying directly onto the paper.¬† I covered a lot of the background with white gesso first to allow the colors to blend easily and to give the paper a textured barrier so the liquids didn’t just soak right through it.

I just randomly placed all the pinwheels onto the paper once it was dry and then decided where I wanted my photo.   I sorted through the cute Wood Veneer package and used three hearts to create a visual triangle around the page.  I also used one of the adorable Rubber Charms and added some tangled thread for added color and texture.

The Chipboard Stickers in this collection are just gorgeous.¬† I used the big “LOVE” letters and paired them up with one of the Flair Buttons to create my title.¬† I used a few die cuts from the Ephemera Pack as well.¬† I love the dimension from the the chipboard.

I did add some machine stitching with grey thread through several of the pinwheels.¬† I love how the edges roll up and give a nice 3D look.¬† Bringing your papers and embellishments up off the page just gives it that little something extra ūüôā

Here’s the area above the photo.¬† I added some paper layers behind it as well as some foam adhesive.¬† I love the shadowing effect that creates.¬† I added another die cut here above the photo.

Here’s one last close-up below the photo.¬† Another die cut and a chipboard piece, and my journaling area down below to finish it off.

I hope this inspires you in some way!¬† This collection really is beautiful, and we love seeing what you guys are creating with it.¬† I have a process video if you’d like to check it out.

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

You are the sunshine in my soul | Wild at Heart | Bea Valint

By | March 23rd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello Cocoa Vanilla Studio fans! It’s BEA back with a new layout. Today I would like to share with you a colorful, spring page I created using the new Wild At Heart collection.

We enjoy so much the first days of spring here in Hungary, the sun shines brighter and warmer and the first flowers began blooming. Thanks for the gorgeous butterflies and flowers of the collection, these page is came together so easily.

I used yellow card stock as my base and added a coat with white gesso. After drying I painted colorful watercolor on top. Using a sewing machine I stitched some big circles and arranged my photos in the middle of the circle.

One of my favorite patterned paper from this collection is the cut-apart sheet. I decided to use the ‘You are the sunshine in my soul’ floral card as my title of my page, I arranged it between the photos. I layered some other parts of the cut-apart paper behind my photos with some die cuts and CVS cut file flowers.

Once ready, I stared to fussy cut some of the gorgeous painted butterflies out of  Mariposa paper and positioned them in a circle to create a frame of my pictures.

Between the butterflies I adhered some glittered enable dots, sequins, and some ephemera pieces. This gave a playful touch to my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope this layout inspired you to use fussy cut elements on your layouts. Happy crafting! Bea


Mini-album | Wild at Heart | Emma Wood

By | March 22nd, 2017|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi friends!¬† It’s Emma on the blog today to share a little mini-album I created using the stunning Wild at Heart collection!¬† I’m on a bit of a mini-album phase at the moment; these little books are so fun to make.¬† To be honest though, these books used to intimidate me – they seemed like so much work, and the first couple were (because I agonised about the placement of every.little.thing) but now I’ve found a bit of groove and I find I’m really enjoying putting them together!¬† The best bit about mini-albums is you can create them about whatever you like; this time I’ve created a book that records a few of my favourite things!¬† The idea behind this mini came because I’ve got a collection of photo’s I’ve printed and never used; so the focus of this mini was to finally put them to use!

The album is bit over 4×4 (insides are 4×4, the cover is slightly bigger).¬† I created my cover using a bit of fabric I picked up not too long ago (I’m on a bit of a buying-random-fabric-thing at the moment too…).¬† To give the cover and back cover a bit of weight I added felt inbetween then used fabric tape to stick the felt/fabric together and machine stitched around the edges to make sure it doesn’t come undone.¬† (To add holes for my o-rings I used a leather hole-punch my dad has!).¬† I really like way the covers feel when you hold it – kind of reminds me of those fabric books you buy for your kids when they’re little ūüėȬ† I stitched one of the veneer hearts into the centre of my cover.

The inside of my album is fairly simple – each page has a subject and I’ve added a little bit of journaling about each.¬† The hardest part for me when creating a mini is deciding what layout the photo’s should be and what papers work best for them.¬† Because I was using photo’s I’d already printed out I didn’t have the freedom of using full 4×4 photo’s so I took ages just working what patterned papers I should use each on each page!

The front page is super simple; clear acetate (from my stash) with a chipboard sticker and then die-cuts/word sticker adhered in the centre.  I used a few things from my own stash throughout the album but most of it is from the Wild at Heart collection and I adore the colours throughout the whole album!

I love the veneer words and I used them a few times in this book – the script is just perfect!

I’m pretty sure I’ve used a sequin pocket in every mini-album I’ve made…. I just can’t help myself!

I also used a bit of old packaging for my pages Рearlier on you can see chipboard and below is a bit of brown paper bag.  I have this habit of keeping random bits of packaging so I figured I might as well use it up!

And here’s a quick flip through the whole album:


Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today ‚Äď I’d love to hear if you’re fond of making these little albums like me!¬† What’s your process?¬† Can you get them done in one day?! I wish I could – this little book took me a couple weekends to finally finish which seems crazy given there’s not that much in it, but I’m so indecisive sometimes so I like to put it together and then leave it there for a few days while I decide if I like it or not ūüôā

Take care, Em xo




Love You | Wild at Heart | Sue Plumb

By | March 21st, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here with you today to share another layout using the new Wild at Heart collection. For anyone that has been trying to get their hands on this range, you will be happy to hear that the second shipment of this collection was sent to retailers last week, so it should be hitting shelves near you very soon (if it hasn’t already).

For my layout today, I opted to focus on the rich, warm tones from the collection and combine them with some photos of my daughter snuggling our kitten. (We’ve had fish and birds before, but this has been her first furry pet that she can cuddle, so to say she loves him is probably an understatement.)

I used the B sides of the Fussy Cut and Luscious papers for my background. I love the contrast of the bold stripes against the soft ombre watercolour.

I used two smaller size (3×4″) photos for this page, which I layered on top of a paper doily and mounted up higher using some cardboard underneath. I then added some messy cotton thread and fussy cut floral pieces from the Luscious¬†paper which I tucked under and around my photos.

I created a small, layered cluster to the right of my photos using half a chipboard frame; a die cut heart from the ephemera pack; a flair button and some Sparkles enamel dots. Under the corner of the photo I tucked a small butterfly that I fussy cut from the Mariposa paper.

I added another identical butterfly slightly further down my page, and between the two I placed one of the super cute new rubber charms. For my layout title, I used two wood veneer words, which I coloured using a paint pen; along with a small heart. Directly below my title I added one of the small phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.

Next, I fussy cut “hello gorgeous” from the Fussy Cuts¬†paper, and adhered it overlapping the edge of my secondary photo. I then added a heart chipboard sticker and another enamel dot to help balance my left hand side embellishment cluster. I finished off my page by splattering some white ink around. (Just don’t forget to cover your photos when you do this.)

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project. Until then, happy scrapping!

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