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Spring | Bea Valint | Love Always

By | 2017-06-18T07:20:59+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Love Always|

Hey everybody, it’s BEA with you today. Since it’s ‘Seasons’ week on the blog, I’m sure you’ve had great inspiration already. I love using flowers on my projects in all forms, like die cuts, fussy cut shapes, ephemera pieces, wood veneers, so it was not a question that I chose SPRING! I took many photos of my little girl last spring, she enjoyed so much picking flowers from the garden (and put all of them into her hair, because she played ‘flower princess’ 🙂 I decided to use the soft and beautiful Love Always collection for my layout, it is absolutely perfect for a floral theme.

I started my layout with die cutting a floral cut file from white card stock, and backed the flowers with soft pink patterned paper. For the leaves I used mint patterned paper. I chose a wide striped patterned paper as my background, and placed the flowers in the middle of the page.  For adding some interesting details I stitched circles behind the flower shapes.

I layered paper doily and some pieces of patterned paper behind my photo, and placed in the center of my layout. I like the way how the flowers surround the photo and drive the eyes to the focal point! For embellishing I arranged some ephemera pieces, stickers, wood veneers and a flair button around my photo. I mainly adhered them with foam tape which gives depth to the layout.

For creating my title I mixed and matched the pretty handwritten wood veneer shape with some chip board letters, and stamped the date of the photo above them.


I hope I could inspire you with my layout today! Have a nice weekend! Bea

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

Cocoa Vanilla at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo!

By | 2017-05-25T15:55:18+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Chit Chat, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

This year’s Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo is fast approaching, and we are getting excited at the opportunity to see so many of our lovely friends and fans there!

The expo is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, located at South Bank, daily from June 9-11.

Cocoa Vanilla will have a retail stand at the expo where you will be able to come see (and buy!) all your favourite products – including all our most recent collections, page and card kits, and even some show exclusives!

We will also be hosting daily classes taught by Cocoa Vanilla owner and designer herself, Zoe Pearn; and design team member (and current Scrapbooking Memories Magazine master) Gwen Wruck. Both Zoe and Gwen are accomplished scrapbookers, as well as experienced teachers; and their classes promise to be jam packed with product and full of fun.

For Zoe’s first class, (daily from 9.30-11.30am); participants will create two gorgeous layouts using the hugely popular Wild at Heart collection. Zoe will also pass on her tips for getting the most out of your supplies and leave you inspired to continue to create when you get home. Class materials include papers, stickers, ephemera, wood veneer and more.

In Gwen’s 12.00-2.00pm class, participants will create two bright & beautiful layouts using the stunning Make a Wish collection and learn her tips for creating embellishment clusters in her signature layered style. (Those who are brave enough can even add some hand stitching to their pages.) Materials for this class include papers, stickers, ephemera and enamel shapes.

Zoe’s final class each day (2.30-4.30pm) is a traveler’s notebook style mini album, featuring the beautiful Love Always collection. Participants in this class will learn how easy it can be to create a treasured keepsake, and can either follow the directions, or go their own way to customise their album to their own needs. This feminine collection makes a pretty album that can suit a variety of themes (weddings, love, girls, family or even yourself!) Class materials include papers, stickers, die cut ephemera, traveler’s notebook and more.

All class kits include materials required to complete the projects, plus plenty of left-overs to use when you get home!

As an added bonus, every seat booked in each of our classes, will earn an entry into the draw to win a Cocoa Vanilla Studio shopping spree – with a $100 voucher to the online store up for grabs for one random participant.

Bookings for classes with Zoe or Gwen can be made via the Scrapbook Expo website. Simply click on the class you are interested in on the timetable and follow the prompts through to book: http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/2017-time-table/

Entry tickets to the expo can also be pre-purchased online via the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo website.

In the meantime, make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook page or follow our Scrapbook Expo event page HERE for all the latest news.

We hope to see you at the expo!

Grandma | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-05-07T22:08:09+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Love Always, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing a super sweet Mother’s Day theme layout with the Wild At Heart collection. This collection is oh-so-pretty and perfect for all the special ladies in our lives!  This layout is dedicated to a wonderful Grandmother who is very dear to us! So lucky to call her our Grandma!


Isn’t this delicate and divine?!! There’s a real softness and femininity to the watercolour background and those butterflies! You’ll spy that the Colour Me Happy Cut Files, Bitty Blooms,Alphabet Stickers from the Love Always collection team up perfectly with the Wild At Heart line too!

The CV-WH003 MARIPOSA fussy cut butterflies, and that Chipboard Accent Sticker butterfly are a main feature of this layout! Infact, the wing pattern and colours, and flight path were the inspiration for that delicate watercolour background too!

Let’s take a closer look……

Those butterflies really are divine!!! I adore that chipboard one tucked beneath my top corner of my precious photograph! Speaking of chipboard, you’ll also notice my photo being supported by a pretty pastel Chipboard Frame. There are two smaller frames anchoring my design too! And let’s not forget those cut files!!!! Who doesn’t love to add an extra layer, or point of interest, with a pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio cut file?!

More deliciousness here with those pretty blooms, &  Wood Veneer Words (hearts). I love the warmth and balance that the wooden hearts bring to this design. Still soft and delicate, but just cutting through all the cool pastels and adding interest too!

I need to make mention of the Accessory Stickers! I love the typewriter font words, and these sweet sentiments double up  like little pops of journalling on my layout – so awesome! I’ve arranged them to follow the ‘flight path’ of the butterflies, in a diagonal flow. Love the extra element these stickers provide!

And how sweet is that ‘Be your kind of beautiful’ butterfly Accessory Sticker layered on the frame in the bottom corner……

Just loving it all!!! I mean seriously, that XO chipboard heart is too cute for words!!! And check out my favourite, go-to finishing touches item, the Enamel Dots (Sparkles)…..

Fab-u-lous! The Enamel Dots are truly a staple for every scrapbooker!!! I can’t live without them, lol!

I love that delicate ombre effect on the Love Always Alphabet Stickers title – very soft, and beautifully coordinated with the Wild At Heart collection.

Here’s a closer look at the top corner of my layout…..

SO very pretty!

Love this wonderful lady, and I think Wild At Heart was just perfect for capturing her!

I hope my layout has inspired you!

And to all the wonderful women in our lives, Happy Mother’s Day!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

Happy | Love Always | Zoe Pearn

By | 2017-05-01T22:37:14+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here today popping in to share something different with you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a scrapbooking layout. It’s different, as in, not MY scrapbooking.

You all know that Zoe is the owner and designer behind Cocoa Vanilla Studio. And you already know she designs amazing products that we all love to use. But one of the things you don’t get to see often enough, are the stunning scrapbook pages that she creates. So today I thought I would sneak in and share one with you on her behalf.

This is one of my favourite EVER pages of Zoe’s, which she created using the beautiful ‘Love Always’ collection

I absolutely adore the amazing level of detail Zoe achieved on this layout. From the subtle machine stitching, to the paper layering and perfectly placed embellishments, and even a tiny bit of splatter!

Let’s take a closer look at the details…

Zoe used a variety of embellishments to frame around her photo and journaling. Layers of die cut ephemera pieces are topped with delicate bitty blooms and chipboard accent stickers to add extra dimension.

Tucked in amongst those delicious papery layers, you can see wood veneer pieces that bring an element of natural texture and warmth; along with unique details such as resin flowers from the Bits & Pieces pack.

The use of the vellum butterflies alongside the photo (from the vellum accents pack), adds an extra softness and romanticism to this loved-up layout.

One of the elements of this page I am most drawn to, is the use of the two tassels (also from the Bits & Pieces pack). The  way they are bound together in unity is quite symbolic on this layout that is about celebrating the unity of two people.

Thanks for stopping in today so I could share Zoe’s gorgeous page with you. (I think I will definitely have to do this more often – layouts like this deserve to be seen close up!)

Until next time, happy scrapping!

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

By | 2017-04-12T21:51:37+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

Mandy here today to share another Easter themed layout with you! To create this layout, I dug into my stash of Cocoa Vanilla goodies and used SIX different collections on this one page! That’s just one more thing that I love about the Cocoa Vanilla collections – they all work so well together!

I documented a couple of cute photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her very first Easter egg last Easter! I printed the photos in black and white, as this allowed me the freedom to choose whichever colours I wanted to use on this page. I decided on using soft, pastel colours, as these really remind me of Easter!

I pulled out some patterned papers from the Colour Me Happy collection as well as the Hello Lovely collection, and used these to create some layers for my photos to sit on. I also matted my white cardstock background on the reverse side of the Star Spangled patterned paper from the Colour Me Happy collection. I like that this gives the layout a nice border.

I added a die cut banner from the Love Always ephemera pack to the photo on the left. I like lots of dimension on my pages, so I popped some foam tape underneath the die cut to give it some added height.

For my title, I used a wood veneer word from the Colour Me Happy collection as well as the Love Always alphabet stickers. Combining different fonts and textures, as well as using varying heights for the words, helps to adds interest to the title.

I tucked a chipboard frame from the Wild at Heart collection underneath the photo on the right. I love using these not just as frames, but as layering pieces under my photos. To create the cluster to the right of the photos, I added a tag and a die cut flower, both from the Make a Wish ephemera pack, as well as a flair button from the Colour Me Happy collection, and a wood veneer heart from the Love Always collection. I love how beautifully all of these items coordinate with one another!

Up in the top left hand corner of the layout, I added a little bunting die cut from the Endless Summer ephemera pack, which I popped up on some foam tape. I also added two little phrase stickers from the Love Always accessory sticker sheet. You can also see here the die cut scallop that I tucked under the top edge of the paper layers. This is from the Love Always ephemera pack.

To create a diagonal flow to the layout, I created another little cluster in the bottom right hand corner of the page. I used a small strip of the Colour Me Happy Paisley Patch patterned paper, as well as another die cut scallop from the Love Always ephemera pack. I popped an Endless Summer woodie on top, as well as a butterfly from the Love Always vellum accents pack.

I finished the layout off by adding some typed journaling, which I cut into strips.

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create a layout using more than one collection!

I wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

Mandy x


By | 2017-02-12T18:05:56+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Love Always|

A big hello to you all, Gwen here today with another layout to share using the divine ‘Love Always‘ collection.  I have so enjoyed seeing the Design Teams layouts in our ‘Love’ theme and today I have one more to share with you; this one features my husband and I on a recent (and rare) weekend away. 

For this layout, I started with the off-cut/outline piece from the ‘XO’ Colour Me Happy Cut file which I had previously cut from a white sheet of card stock. I wanted to use the outline as a feature in my design.  I started by backing the cut file with the ‘Class Act‘ paper; those dots are divine and I just loved how simple yet striking they were.  Next, I went about the task of hand stitching around the outline of each of the shapes.  I chose a soft pink thread to complement the pink chipboard elements I had planned to use later on.  This does take some time, but I feel the results are worth it!

The next step was to create my photo mat, adding paper layers from the ‘Note to Self‘ and ‘Twin Set‘ papers and then adding more hand stitching around the edge of my photo for extra detail.

To round out the design, I have used a few chipboard elements including the frames these are all from the ‘Chipboard Accent Sticker‘ sheet.  The first frame I chose was a perfect fit for the “This Makes me so Happy” sentiment, which I have used as a bit of a sub title for the page.  This has been cut from the ‘Lovely Things‘ paper.  The others I chose for their varying size and colours to help round out the design.  I love working with square photos, so adding the frames (which generally are also square) really pulls the design together.

Of course, I wanted to add some other smaller elements for interest; the Bits and Pieces pack and the Die Cut ephemera elements were perfect – you get so many elements in these and in lots of sizes too which is fab.  Be sure to take a look at the Vellum accents as well, these are super divine.

What better way to finish the page than with a puffy sticker and the sparkly Enamel Dots, I cannot get enough of these and they are in the most perfect colours with a pretty sparkle to them.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of my latest layout and it has inspired you to get creative with some of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios products, there is so much to choose from and it is all divine!!

Thanks for popping by today,


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