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Cool for the Summer | You Rock | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-06-17T12:01:37+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Design Team, You ROCK|

Hello Friends, Lina here!
Today, I’m sharing my latest layout with you, a 12×12 I created with the You Rock collection. This week on the blog we’re focusing on Seasons. And, having just come back from the best vacation yet, I chose Summer. This photo is of my oldest daughter and my hubby, playing with sand on the beach.
I’m having too much fun pushing myself out of my own comfort zone using pictures of my daughters with such a masculine collection. But you can seriously use this collection for just about any photo, it’s so versatile!

Here’s my layout…

     I had an idea in my heading before beginning this layout that I wanted to use strips of different patterned papers. All types f patterns and colours. The cut apart sheet was perfect for that concept… it already has strips of perfectly coordinating patterns. I happily cut into it and chose my favourite ones. The background paper I used is that gorgeous, multicoloured triangle. It heart it so much! I glued it all together and also contemplated even machine stitching across the butted seams but decided against it when I realized I wouldn’t be able to fold up some of the edges to create dimension. I’m glad I didn’t. 😛

     Next, I matted my photo with you guessed it… more patterned paper and colour. Blame the tropical island I just left for all the inspiration! LOL!
I popped my photo with matting on some foam sheet for added dimension. I don’t think I’ll ever not use it. I just love the look of the lift.

I dove right into embellishing and created three separate clusters including my title.

    To embellish, I used pieces from the Chipboard Stickers, the Die Cut Ephemera, the Accessory Stickers, and Washi Stickers. So, pretty much all the things!

I also used some metallic silver thread to create a “nest” for my Flair Button. I used the cute Awesome one.
To create my title, I used two different sets of alphabets from my stash. A larger, woodgrain one and a smaller orange one.


To complete my layout, I also used a couple of the Rubber Charms in and around my clusters. They were the perfect finishing touch! It took everything in me not to splatter some paint on the layout but I refrained because I wanted to keep the layout look “cleaner”, if that makes any sense.
And, that’s it!
I hope you enjoyed my process and layout. I appreciate you all stopping by!

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!


My Tornado | You Rock | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-06-13T23:31:50+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Chit Chat, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. Today I am sharing with you a scraplift layout.

I always find these challenges fun and I try to push myself to scraplift a design that puts me out of my comfort zone.

The Cocoa Vanilla Studio community page on Facebook is a great place to hang out and find heaps of inspiring layouts to scraplift. Find the CVS Facebook community group HERE

I created this layout using the new YOU ROCK collection of my beautiful son who is now much bigger and still has a great love for basketball.

He is my little (now much bigger) tornado.

The layout I have scraplifted is created by the very talented Raquel Bowman. Isn’t her little girl such a dolly.

As you can see I have used a different collection to scrap with, a portrait instead of horizontal photo, and created a male layout instead of a female one. What this tells us is that no matter the layout, the scrapbooking products you have you can still scraplift a layout and it will still all come together.

Here are some close up of my layout for if you would like to have a go at scraplifting my and Raquel’s layout lol.

Tip Time: If you are a fan of buying the YOU ROCK collection kit (AU $29.95) then don’t throw away the sneak peek card displayed on the front of the kit. It perfectly mounted my 4×6 inch photo in this layout and highlighted a little sneak of the entire collection.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative and come on over to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog and scraplift your heart out.

Have a fabulous week.

Lauren xo

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 AWEsome | You ROCK | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-06-07T22:10:32+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, Endless Summer, You ROCK|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, and I am so excited to be sharing my latest layout with the new You ROCK collection! This week our Design Team assignment is to scraplift a fellow DT member’s layout (past or present) and I am delighted to be lifting the insanely talented, Anna Komenda!  For those of you who don’t know, I am an enormous fan of Anna’s unique style – she never ceases to amaze me! Here’s her original design that I am lifting today…..

“Summer Fun” by Anna Komenda

Absolutely stunning!!! You can see why I just LOVE Anna’s creating!

I am also a huge fan of vertical designs and thought this layout would be a ton of fun to scraplift. And, with it being Summer in the Northern Hemisphere right now – Anna’s layout is great inspiration! And, for my version, I am inspired by the cooler months in the Southern Hemisphere. But enough chatter, here’s my scraplift of Anna’s original,

“Hello AWEsome” 

I absolutely adore how this turned out! You ROCK is such a perfect match for my Mr A for Awesome in the Autumn leaves! The colours in my photogrpah were just so perfectly balanced that it seemed a no brainer to draw upon them for my pattern paper choice! The warm, earthy and natural look of the reverse side of pattern paper CV-YR008 PLUS ONE (woodgrain) was always going to be my main feature paper, as were the Wood Veneer Shapes. The cool blues in my lil boy’s outfit and chucks had me grabbing at pattern paper CV-YR009 GALACTIC , as well as the blue highlighter tones from the awesome paper CV-YR004 STRIPPED. My final paper choice was CV-YR006 RANDOM – the reverse side coordinated with my son’s black & white cap, and the A side features that golden yellow, “You Rock” card. Perfection! All I really needed to do for this layout was embellish!

Let’s start with that Wood Veneer title….

The veneer shapes in You ROCK are SO much fun! I love that the AWE is capitalised in awesome – very cool! And just like Anna’s original, I’ve positioned my title vertically for big impact. Hello awesome, indeed!

Moving further up, you’ll spy that I have layered, and mounted, my You Rock journal card…..

It’s also embellsihed with that  BOOM Flair Button , a yellow Enamel Shape, a star Chipboard Accent Sticker & that incredible typewriter font Washi Tape Sticker! So many cool items here! I love the pops of yellow throughout my layout – they really create interest and coordinate with my colour palette so beautifully!

Let’s take a closer look at some more of those sweet yellow embellies…….

The layered stars are so much fun! Seriously, perfection!!!

I just love the tone of the yellow in You ROCK! It couldn’t be more on point!

How awesome are all the Die Cut Ephemera pieces too?!! That Happy Snaps camera had me from the moment I opened the packet, lol! And just like Anna’s design, I chose to use sentiment Accessory Stickers to lead your eye into my photograph. And Yes, he is officially amazing to us!!! 😉

Lots of decorative pieces adorning my photo too……

More camera goodness – could that veneer get any more adorable?!! And stars for my super star!

And there you have it!

My sweet Autumn take on Anna’s amazing Endless Summer design – I hope I did it justice! I’d love to know your thoughts!

Feeling inspired? Be sure to share your creations with us in the Official Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook, we love seeing what you’ve made too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, til  next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

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.


Star of the Week | You Rock | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-06-08T18:07:08+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Chit Chat, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hello fellow Scrappers, It’s Michelle here today with a new layout share featuring the awesome You Rock collection. This week on the blog we are focusing on scrap lifting again and I’ve challenged myself to scrap a layout Inspired by Missy. Now I’m no mixed media extraordinaire, so I’ve done my best by choosing products Inspired by her style to recreate the layout made.

Here’s the layout I’ve created, celebrating a new milestone for Leila at school – being awarded Star of the Week!!

Which was inspired by this creation by Missy…

I’ve followed along with a similar design concept by using a massive text cut file backed with pattern papers as the centrepiece of the layout. The cut file I’ve used is from The Cut Shoppe and is perfect for welding together to create large Titles. I’ve backed the entire piece with foam tape to create some dimension.

I’ve used stars in place of flowers to keep with the star theme of the layout, and created clusters with the addition of some wood veneer and ephemera pieces.

I’ve also used 2 photos backed with some tissue paper and some messy thread in multiple places, both a regular addition to Missy’s amazing work.

The main thing I didn’t try to recreate was the watercolored background, as they just never seem to work for me without major warping of the paper lol. Instead I’ve chosen the Experimental pattern paper as it had a similar feel, and splattered it with some black ink.

I kept one of the letters open and placed some cut stars from the Starshine paper under and above for something different and added a Rubber Charms below as the perfect finishing touch to this side of the layout.

I typed my journalling as I didn’t trust myself enough to write on the background. I always fear I’m going to make a major boo boo and have to re-do the whole page again. I thought the white cardstock it was typed on would break up and fill up that dark/empty space.

For this last cluster I’ve layered together pieces from the Die cut Ephemera pack along with a sticker and more of that fun messy thread, plus a wood veneer star and enamel dot.

That’s all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope my layout for Scrap Lift week has inspired you in some way.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x



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