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Project Life pages 9-2016 | Wild at Heart | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-04-04T04:09:22+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Pocket Page, Wild at Heart|

Hello everybody,

Ulli here with you sharing two double pages from my 2016 project life album. I made them with the new and absolutely gorgeous Wild at Heart collection.




There are two papers in the collection which are perfect for project life, Fussy Cuts and Patchwork. I first cut apart all the PL cards, paper strips and labels using a paper trimmer.

Then I sorted all my pictures and filled my 9×12 page protectors with them. On the left side of my first double page I used photos from various events, on the right side photos from our family photo shooting. We often do photo shootings with self-timer and the photo series function of my husband’s camera. They are mostly not perfect, but I love that we can very spontaneously decide to take some pictures of us four when we happen to have some time and the weather is nice. I love all our family photos, they are so precious to me.

On the left side I used two PL Cards. The white one with the orange script I used for the month. I glued some white alphas from my stash on it. I do not make weekly PL, I do it by the month. I placed the Wild@Heart chipboard from the Chipboard Accent Stickers on the beautiful water color card from the Patchwork paper and stitched over it with my sewing machine.



I chose a photo of my little girl and her best friend for the big pocket on the top left and decorated it with a paper strip and an ephemera piece from the Die Cut Ephemera.



Next I attached one of the wonderful chipboard frames to the photo of Lina sitting on pumpkins and decorated it with a water color heart from the ephemera pack. I adhered this to some white cardstock – I often use white cardstock to make my pages look bright.



The other photos I decorated with stickers from the Accessory Stickers and ephemera pieces. I stamped the date with a roller stamp next to some of the photos.



On the right side I wanted to use a chipboard frame with some floral paper behind it. To make sure my pocket looks good from both sides, I actually backed two mini chipboard frames in the same size with paper and glued them together. I adhered a wooden heart from the wood veneers to the paper and the other frame I decorated with a word sticker and some glitter enamel dots, which go well with my design on the next page. I used my Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers to create a smaller pocket and filled it with mint, yellow, white and some glitter sequins. Then I closed this pocket with the Fuse Tool.




I added three 3×4 PL cards and decorated them with stickers, chipboard stickers, some arrow stamps and stitched over them with my sewing machine. I cut all photos from the shooting into 3×4” so that they fill the entire pocket. I embellished them with some stickers and word stickers.




I then started working on my second double page. If you remember, I already had a pocket ready, the one with the chipboard frames and sequin pocket.

On the left I added two 3×4 PL Cards: “Bloom where you are planted” and the one with the cute butterflies. Some photos I printed in the full 3×4” size, some in smaller sizes. These I adhered to a white cardstock base. I typed my journaling on the PC and printed it out. Then I cut it into strips and glued these on the photos.



I also used one of the super cute rubber charms and placed it over a label from the Fussy Cut paper. I decorated everything with a word sticker, a chipboard sticker and an ephemera heart.




On the right side I also used two 3×4 PL cards plus a paper strip and a label from the Fussy Cut paper. On the top right I stitched over the paper strip and glued a flair button on the page protector. If I use very thick embellishments in my project life album, I usually glue them on the page protector itself rather than the PL cards or photos.



I often mix black and white and color photos on my PL pages. Some photos just match the rest much better when they are black and white; especially those with lots of colors and busy backgrounds.

The rest of my journaling I adhered to a PL cards on my last page.



I used my stapler to secure a label sticker to my photo on the top left and stamped the date on it.



To finish off this page I added some embellishments: stickers, word stickers, enamel dots, a wooden heart and a woodie from the Endless summer collection.

I hope you like my PL pages and maybe you feel inspired to create some of your own too!


Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon, Ulli

Sweet memories | Wild at Heart | Bea Valint

By | 2017-04-21T17:56:29+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Wild at Heart|

Hello and welcome to the blog this morning!

It’s Bea here today to share a new layout I made featuring the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection.

This week is “Scraplift week” on the CVS blog, the focus is on a previous member layout, past or present and scraplift their creation. I chose the lovely Ulrike’s layout, I just love the clean and soft style with the big photo and it’s quite different from my own usual style, so I was so happy to had the chance to try it!


Here is Ulrike’s layout that provided me the inspiration – I loved this page from the first moment I saw it <3


To start I cut some heart shapes with my Cameo and backed with different patterned papers from the Wild at Heart collection. I love how the beautiful patterns work together, they are so pretty next to each other. I used white card stock as my base, adhered my big photo, dropped watercolor around and let it dry. I layered the hearts under my big photo and for adding extra dimension I adhered them with double sided foam dots.

For embellishing I created two little cluster around my photo using card stock stickers and some pieces of ephemera. I love using word stickers very much, so I added some of these from the chipboard and the accessory sticker sheets around the hearts. The lovely glittered enable dots are “Must have items” on my pages recently! 🙂 For adding title I adhered the wood veneer word Happy to the bottom of the page..


Thanks Ulrike for the inspiration, I hope you like how my layout turned out!

Thanks so much for joining me here today!




XO | Wild at Heart | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-04-20T00:58:33+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello and welcome to the blog this morning!
It’s Lina and I’m excited to be sharing this layout I created using the ever gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. I thoroughly enjoy using it and think I will use every last shred of this collection. It’s just perfect!

So, this week on the blog is to focus on a previous member layout, past or present and “scraplift” their creation. I choose the lovely Raquel’s layout. I found it on Pinterest a little while back and just admired it for a bit for inspiration. When this challenge was presented, I jumped at the chance to use it. Yay! You’ll find Raquel’s layout below.

Now, here is the one I created using Raquel’s as inspiration.

To start, I cut out some of the florals, leaves and of course the glorious XO from the Colour Me Happy cut files. You can find them HERE in the CVS shop. Then, I backed it with patterned papers just as Raquel did. I went with aqua and light coral shades. I also left some of the leaves unbacked. I like the contrast it adds.
My photo runs vertically, unlike Raquel’s that is landscape. I matted it with various patterned papers from the collection as well as a white doily. I feel like the doily softens the hard edges of the photo and matting. And it’s all popped up on a piece of foam sheet for dimension.

The corners are one of my favourite things on this layout. I cut two triangles and matted with a piece of vellum from my stash and machine stitched down the longer of sides. It’s a super cool effect and I am really digging it.

Next, I searched for embellishments and the butterflies from the Ephemera pack were spot on perfect. I placed glue only in the center of the pieces and folded the wings upwards as to mimic a butterfly in flight.
I also used the small typed words from the Sticker Accent Sheet. I wish I had an endless supply of these as I feel they finish off any layout. I think it may easily be one of my favourite embellishment in the collection.

Using the very pretty and shimmery Sparkle Enamel Dots, I lovingly placed them around my page, tucking some under embellishments allowing them to “peek” through. The XO is also popped up on foam sheet and it really stands up off the page. I am in love with the colours of this collection, they’re perfect to document any type of photo you may want to.

I had a great time “scraplfting” Raquel and I hope I did her amazing layout justice with my take on it. Her composition of the photos and embellishing in the center of the page is a favourite of mine.
I appreciate you stopping by today! My heart is full! Have a wonderful day!

So Thankful | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-04-18T22:05:05+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using the Wild at Heart collection. This week on the blog is Scraplift week – where the design team is to choose another team member to scrap lift. For my layout today I decided to choose a team member whose style is very different to mine, so I chose mixed media queen Missy and decided to have some messy play!

Here is the layout I created:


And here is Missy’s amazing layout:

I decided to follow the main layout design and used the one photo and vertical design of the ‘xo’ cut files from the Colour me Happy cut file set available in store.

I printed my photo in black and white slightly smaller than 4×6 in size and created three main clusters. For the first cluster I added a doily, some of the stickers and ephemera pieces. I also added one of Missy’s go to techniques of adding some messy thread underneath a flair button.

I also added a cluster to the right of the page, near the largest ‘xo’ cut files. This time as well as the stickers and ephemera, I also added the chipboard ‘wild at heart circle’ to repeat the circular element from the previous cluster.

The subjects of this layout is my hubby and son. I wanted to add some simple journaling just documenting my love for them. As always, I added typewritten journaling in strip form.

The final main cluster is at the bottom left of the page. I kept this one a lot more simple than the previous two. I also added some of the tiny word stickers to the page and like Missy’s sample, I added some machine stitching detail to them.

The background itself was created by first adding a thin coat of clear Gesso. This helps when applying liquid and inks as the colour will not just seep in. Once the gesso dried I applied the distress ink to clear packaging and some water, and smushed it over the background. This technique is known as the ‘packaging technique’,  a tried and well tested technique used a lot by Missy.

I chose a blue/grey distress ink colour as I wanted a more soft watercolour background look. To add further detail to the ‘xo’ pieces I added some machine stitching. Foam tape added some extra dimension to the main ‘xo’ pieces to help them stand out off the page even more. I also backed the largest cut files from the page on a floral patterned paper. 

I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to the Scraplift week here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Raquel xxx


By | 2017-04-01T15:52:51+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi creative friends,

Gwen here today for something a little different.  This week on the blog we are Scrap lifting!!  Like many of you, I’m sure, I’m a huge fan of Raquel Bowman and could not go past the opportunity to scrap lift one of her Cocoa Vanilla layouts.  After a lot of indecision (there are WAY too many beautiful designs to choose from), I went with this one.  I love the clean lines and central design and thought it would suit my photos really well.

and here is my version of her design:

It was so fun to have a design to work with and not have to make too many decisions about what should go where, almost like a sketch!  It meant the page came together really quickly as well!

I am still totally crushing on the Wild At Heart collection, and I knew it would be a great fit for my pictures.  I began by adding the top and bottom strips of Artisan paper pieces to the Double Dot paper.  I’ve also added some layers of the Patchwork paper both the A and B sides, for a pop of pink and florals.  I did also use some basic white card stock from my stash.  I have mat my photos with the B side of the Double Dot paper, I so love this shade of mint green and added lots of stitched details.

I also had the idea to use the negative chipboard piece from the “Love You” sentiment from the chipboard accent stickers as my title. I felt it was a really good fit with the Scrap lifted design as I needed something quite large that would fit across the width of my photo and keep with the linear style of the page.  It was also a great way to get more out of the chipboard.  Do you use the negative pieces on your layouts?

Next, I began work on the flower clusters to the left and right of the photo.  There are so many beautiful elements in the Wild At Heart ephemera pack it was so fun to layer them all up together.  I finished off the clusters with some flowers from the Free Spirit and Hello Lovely collections.  I have added quite a few more pieces than Raquel did, simply because I feel my style is more layered and I do love to add heaps of embellishments.  Even when scrap lifting, I think it’s important to be true to what you like and make the borrowed design your own.

Have you seen the Rubber Charms?  There are so many embellishments in this collection and these are some of my favourites.  I selected out the 2 bright pink charms and made sure they found a spot on my page, I love them so much.

A final close up of the divine typed sentiments from the Accessories Sticker Sheet – one of the most popular items in the collection because they are so useful.  They are currently out of stock on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios website, however,  I have seen these at some of our stockists, so if you come across them, snap them up!  Of course, I have also finished the layout with some Wild at Heart enamel dots, and woodies from the Free Spirit collection.

I hope this inspires you to give scrap lifting a try, it’s a fun and easy way to create a layout. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little of your own style in too for a wonderful result.

Thanks for popping by

Gwen xo

Happy Easter | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-04-16T14:36:04+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Wild at Heart|

Happy Easter and a big thank you for stopping in to the Cocoa Vanilla blog on this special day. I hope you are all surrounded by loved ones and if that is not possible you are tucked away scrapbooking something memorable.

While I was flicking through some photos earlier this week I came across this photo of my two adorable children on Easter in 2012. I couldn’t be more delighted to see this photo and compare how they have changed over the last five years.

This layout is 98% Wild at Heart, 1% Colour Me Happy and 1% Hello Lovely. That’s the beauty about all Cocoa Vanilla Studio ranges they all in some way coordinate. Shopping these collections is simple today.. just click HERE

This beautiful marble paper is perfect for an Easter layout. There is something about those magical swirls that make me wish they were on an egg.

In this layout I used some watered down white paint and pink to blend some of the patterned paper to soften it and draw the attention to the my photo. I then used a range of Wild at Heart patterned paper and layered them behind the photo using some foam and standard double sided tape.

I then added the areas of clustered embellishments around the photo. This is really the fun part. When your patterned paper is very busy you need to add lots of featured sections around you photo so that the photo really pops. This is what I hoped to achieve with balance and ensuring that I don’t take away from the photo.

I then added the chipboard title, some enamel dots and my journaling.

I showed my children the layout and they loved it. They laughed and giggled at how different they looked and the fun memories they had that Easter.

Thanks again for stopping by.. I’m off to have a fresh hot cross bun & a cup of tea.

Lauren xoxo

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

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