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Love That Smile | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-24T03:28:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun layout to share today.  I mixed and matched a few collections for this including You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  I started with the beautiful wood grain paper from You Rock.  I wanted to add lots of bright colors to it, so I pulled some papers from the three collections and cut several XOs in different sizes.  You can find the XO cut file in the store with the Colour Me Happy collection.  I chose four photos to go horizontally across the page.  I arranged the XOs in a vertical design behind them.  I used some acrylic paints and in sprays on the background and embellished with flair buttons, die cuts, wood veneer and stickers.

I love how all of these die cuts created such awesome dimension and texture here.  I overlapped them and added in some tangled thread and a few fussy cut flowers.  I didn’t want to cover up to much of the die cuts, so I added just a few embellishments.  The Flair Button is from Make a Wish, the Wood Veneer is from You Rock, and the banner piece is a Life is Beautiful Ephemera piece.

I added a Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer word and a few die cut flowers here. I think these bright colors really make the black & white photos stand out.

I think my favorite part about the XO cut file is that it’s lined so you can see through it.  You can still see the background through them, and I love that effect.  I added in some light coral thread here to match the XO above the photos.

Here’s another look at the top of the layout.  I added in a few more pieces from Life is Beautiful.  I didn’t completely glue the XOs down all the way.  I wanted the edges to pop off the page to create some depth.

I tucked the first photo under the X here to keep a pop of the blue in that area.  I didn’t want to completely cover it up since that is the boldest color.  I added a few label stickers under the end photos.

For my title and center piece, I used this Accessory Sticker from Make a Wish.

It was a lot of fun mixing and matching collections for this!  I hope it inspires you to do the same and perhaps work a fun cut file into the mix.  I do have a process video if you’d like to check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Happy Summer | Make a Wish | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-07-10T10:25:23+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Make A Wish|

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun Summer layout to share today.  I used the gorgeous Make a Wish collection and one of the NEW Summer cut files available in the Cocoa Vanilla Store.  (You can download them from the store HERE) I enlarged the word “Summer” and stretched it to span across the entire page.  I cut it on the Fresh Cut paper, and it turned out so pretty!  I decided to hand stitch around it using an aqua thread.  I used some white cardstock as my background and used some pink and yellow golden Shimmerz Paints to create those watercolor splashes.  I didn’t use any blues on the background since the photo was full of blue.  I like how it contrasts with the pinks and yellows on the background.  I also did a bit of fussy cutting from patterned paper as well.

To complete my title, I fussy cut “HAPPY” from the Loot Bag paper and stitched it down above the photo.  Since I had some open space on both sides of the picture, I added some fussy cut flowers on top.  Again, I love the contrast against the blue water in the photo.

I created a small cluster at the bottom using a few Ephemera Die Cuts, a Chipboard Accent Sticker and a few Accessory Stickers.  I machine stitched through them and then added a bit of journaling underneath.

Although hand stitching takes some extra time, I think the end result is always worth it.  I love how it adds extra color & texture.  It also makes the title crisp and allows it to stand out against the background.

Here’s another angle of the stitched title.  I love how it looks on this floral paper!

Here are a cluster of die cut flowers and fussy cut flowers.  These types of embellishments are always fun to layer in and around photos.

Here’s one last close-up.  I really wish I had a never-ending supply of these flowers 🙂

I hope this inspires you to create a fun Summer layout!  And challenge yourself to use a collection that isn’t even geared for Summer…it’s something fun to try 🙂  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to watch how I created this from start to finish.

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

Hello Lovely | CVS Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-07-02T00:08:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Love Always, Make A Wish|

Hello and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

What do you get when you add Love Always, Free Spirt, Make A Wish, Hello Lovely and Colour Me Happy together?

An absolutely beautiful layout.


Flicking through all my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio products deciding which collection I would use to scrapbook this photo of my sister and I, I began to pull out pieces of lots of collections and saw it all come together.

This layout came together quite quickly. It started with a double mounted photo and then came the arrangement of embellishments. I used foam mounting tape to create some dimension and some wood veneer to add a different texture.


So here is what I used to create this layout.

Love Always – Cardstock and Accessory Stickers

Free Spirt – Wood Veneer

Make A Wish – Enamel Dots

Hello Lovely – Die Cut Ephemera

Colour Me Happy – Flair Button

The Love Always accessory stickers are fabulous. If you struggle to journal or simply don’t like your handwriting then these stickers are for you.

I was truly blown away by how wonderful all the different collections pieces came together.

If you have any questions about the layout or techniques I have just please leave a comment in the comments section and I will respond to you. Now click HERE and head on over to the shop and grab yourself some beautiful scrapbooking supplies.

Take Care.


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!


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


By | 2017-05-28T14:38:38+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello again Creative Friends,

I have a pretty layout to share with you today using the divine Make a Wish collection. It features Miss C from a few years back dressed up for a school book parade.  She went as Alice in Wonderland, with the pink bunny doubling as the “white rabbit”.

This has to be one of my favourite collections of all the Cocoa Vanilla lines… I love how clean and fresh it is, the pinks and florals and THAT blue/green **totally swoon worthy**.  It is a perfect collection for documenting birthdays with lots of Happy Birthday elements, but I love it for every day scrapbooking, like this layout, which just celebrates my sweet little girl.

The design for the page started with the Cocoa Vanilla cut file, this one is from the Colour Me Happy collection – you can grab it here.  I started by cutting it out on plain white card stock from my stash and then added some colour using some mists.  I’ve used a blue shade and a pink/gold shade applied un-evenly.

Once I was happy with the colour in my die cut, I decided on its position on the page.  Once that was locked in, I knew where to place the coloured mist in the background.  I’ve done this using the packaging technique in a very pale pink, allowed it to dry and then added blue and pink splatters.  I wanted this to have a confetti-like feel.. to go with my title “Celebrate You”.

Next, I went about fussy cutting out the flowers in ‘Fresh Cut’ paper, this is one of my most favourites… such pretty florals begging to be fussy cut!

I now was able to position the cut file, my photo and the flowers.  Next, I went about creating a verticle line from top to the bottom of my page starting with the ‘Celebrate You’ element I knew I wanted to use as my title.

I went through the Chipboard Accent Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Stickers looking for elements to add to my page.  I wanted a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths for interest.  Once these were all chosen and in position, I added my finishing touches, some stars and a flair badge.

This really is such a pretty collection and I always love creating with it.  It is also the collection I am using for my upcoming class at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo coming up on June 9th – 11th.  The kit for this class is so pretty, I know you will love it!  Below is a sneak peak of one of the layouts we will create together in the class.

Class bookings are open now and can be made online here on the 2017 time table.


AND, anyone who books into a Cocoa Vanilla class goes into the draw to win a $100 Shopping Spree in store!  How good would that be!!!  I do hope you’ll join me at the show 🙂

Gwen xo

Make a Wish | Make a Wish | Zoe Pearn

By | 2017-05-25T16:43:26+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here with you, and today I thought it would be nice to pop in and share another inspirational layout on behalf of Zoe, this time using the bright and beautiful Make a Wish collection.

As you can see, Zoe used a fabulous grid design for this layout; which allowed her to showcase a large variety of papers and embellishments from the collection all on the one page. This sort of design is also ideal to include multiple photographs, without the photos appearing too cluttered.

You can see how Zoe has treated each square of her grid as an individual focal point, by adding a stitched border to highlight it. Leaving a small space between the blocks also allows each area to shine independently, as well as working harmoniously within the overall design.

When each square is examined, you can see the finer details, and how Zoe has carefully chosen her embellishments to create small, delicate clusters. Die cut ephemera, chipboard stickers, vellum accents, Sparkles enamel dots and wood veneer all blend seamlessly together to create a page that is full of interest, yet pleasing to the eye.

The use of black and white photos also ensures that the subject (Zoe’s gorgeous daughter) remains the focus; and ensures that no background elements or colours are present to clash with anything on the page.

If you have ever wondered about ways to incorporate a wide variety of elements or photos onto your page, then I would highly recommend a grid design as Zoe has used here. It’s a great way to start a page and will then allow you to be as creative as you wish!

If you would like the chance to come and learn from Zoe in person, she will be teaching classes at the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo from June 9-11. Zoe will teach two classes each day using our recent Wild at Heart and Love Always collections. You can visit our Facebook event page for more details of the classes and expo HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping!

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