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2017 Favourites | Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-12-12T21:37:20+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

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

Over the next week you will see myself and the other DT girls sharing and talking about layouts that have inspired them over the last 12 months.

This in turn we hope inspires you.

It’s a busy time of year so hopefully by seeing all these beautiful layout will put a smile on your face and let you take a five minute breather from this pace.

First up I want to share a layout created by the beautiful and crazy talented Raquel Bowman.

Raquel uses the super cool collection YOU ROCK to create this fabulous layout.


Secondly, I want to share an out of this world layout by Missy Whidden.

She has used the Summer Freebie Cutfile 

to be a big featured title and added the beautiful hand stitching to complete it.

Missy has a fabulous way of using watercolour and in this layout she has perfectly matched it to the Make A Wish collection.

Isn’t this layout divine!


And lastly,  I want to share with you a stunning layout by the talented Bea Valint.

Bea has smashed it out of the park using the Bohemian Dream collection.

Check out the gorgeous cluster of flowers from the ephemera pack.. gasp! Stunning..

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.

See you in 2018 with some more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration.

Lauren xoxo

Decorating tree layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-12T22:10:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. We are having a lot of fun here, on the CVS blog, for the past two weeks making Christmas related layouts with no Christmas collections. At first I wasn’t into this but when I started seeing projects created with other DT girls I was so much inspired. I made this fun and colorful layout using mostly boyish collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I started with a blue and grey paper from “Totally rad” called “Line up”. I added a ground under the trees using “Say what”. I wish I have more of this paper. It’s so pretty.

Christmas trees are made of “Leaf litter” paper from “Color me happy collection. I simply cut few nesting triangles and add a fringe to one side of each. I riffled the fringe and glue triangles together.

I embellished my trees using stars that I fussy cut from “Starshine” paper from “You ROCK” collection. Paper like this one are so great and versatile and it’s always worth buying at least two of them. You can use it as a whole and cut some smaller elements out of it.

Projects like this are so fun because you can reach for older collections and pieces that you have left in only few pieces. The cork stars from the very first CVS collection “Flying high” are the best example.

Title is a combination of two old alpha sticker sets: “Totally rad” and “Hello lovely“. I also added few stickers with words from “Love always” sticker sheet.

It was a great fun to make this page and I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with a final wrap of my 2017 CVS projects.

XO Anna


Merry and bright | Love Always | Bea Valint

By | 2017-12-08T06:45:14+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Love Always, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, its BEA here with you today! I have a lot of Christmas themed layouts to document our Family memories but this time I decided to document my feelings about Christmas night. In my country, we celebrate Christmas on 24th of December, and I think that day is one of the busiest days of the year. We start with decorating the Christmas tree, then clean the house, cook the lunch and the Christmas dinner, greet the guests, visit the church etc… and I would like to do all of these with a big smile on my face and preserve the special festive mood of the day. My favorite part of the day when I’m finally done with everything, put my pretty dress on, and join my family to celebrate Christmas Eve!

I began my scrapbooking process with selecting my materials, choosing a color palette I loved, patterned papers that I couldn’t wait to incorporate. For this layout, I mixed and matched Love Always collection pink pattern papers with some red, fussy cut You rock stars and white die cut snowflakes.  I cut the huge  ‘Merry’ word using my Cameo. For adding more contrast to the word, I offset the shape in the Silhouette program, cut the outline from darker pink paper, and layered behind the white word.

I layered some die cut snowflakes with the red stars diagonally on my page. I created a cluster using Love Always ephemera pieces and stickers on the left bottom of the page and added my handwritten journaling to a white tag.

I placed my photo to the right side of the title, layered a doily behind and embellished with stickers.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope I could inspire you to create Christmas themed layout using your Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections! Bea

These Are the Days | Various Collections | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-12-07T01:32:08+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here today, and it’s time for me to share another design team project with you. You may have noticed that the CVS design team are currently being challenged to create a Christmas themed project that doesn’t use a Christmas collection. I love a good challenge, and I had so much fun going through my stash and collecting items from all different collections that I could use for my page.

There are such a variety of collections used here, starting with that gorgeous wood grain paper from the ‘Make a Wish’ collection that I used for my background. (It is actually the B-side of the beautiful floral print Fresh Cut paper from MaW – don’t you hate it when your two favourite prints from a range are back to back?! haha)

To create my design, I layered assorted papers from the ‘You Rock’‘Totally Rad’; and ‘Colour Me Happy’ collections to form a basic Christmas tree shape. I cut each piece to varying widths and overlapped them to add extra visual interest. The these are the days piece that formed the title in the centre of my tree was cut from one of the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its sheets.

I then began “decorating” my tree. I started with the ‘You Rock’ wood veneer star on top, then added the red stars that were fussy cut from the ‘You Rock’ Starshine paper. I also added the amazing and awesome wood veneer shapes (also from the ‘You Rock’ collection). Next, I added some phrase stickers that were from the ‘Wild at Heart’ Accessory Sticker sheet.

To further tie the wood theme into my page, I added a few Woodies (from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection) and the small love word from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ wood veneer words. I then livened up my tree by scattering some ‘Colour Me Happy’ Enamel Dots – Cool randomly around. To finish off my page, I used some of the new ‘Bohemian Dream’ clear stamps with navy ink to stamp some hearts and the love this sentiment around my page; before splattering a small amount of navy ink around.

So there you have it – a Christmas themed page without a Christmas collection anywhere to be seen! (And I managed to include items from SEVEN different Cocoa Vanilla collections!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Bohemian Dream + You Rock + More | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-11-29T22:49:42+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hey crafty friends!

Mandy here today to share a fun festive layout with you! For the next two weeks, the design team are all going to be sharing Christmas projects using non-Christmas themed products! It’s going to be awesome to see what everyone comes up with! I’m kicking it off today, so for my layout, I decided to combine quite a few different CVS collections to create a fresh and vibrant colour palette. Here’s what I came up with…

I documented a photo of my little nephew Jude on this layout. Last year was his very first Christmas, so it was a particularly special Christmas for our family! He looked so adorable with his little Santa hat on!

I wanted to have a large feature title on this layout so that I could include lots of the beautiful CVS patterned papers. I chose a cut file, and then backed each of the words using a variety of different patterned papers. Here’s a list of the papers that I used (from top to bottom)…

I LOVE how all of these patterned papers look together!

I added a couple of layers behind my photo using the Night Sky patterned paper from the You ROCK collection, as well as a frame from the Free Spirit Die Cut Ephemera pack. I also tucked a little tab from the Bohemian Dream Accessory Sticker sheet under the right hand side of the photo. I’ve been hoarding the gorgeous buttons from the Hello Sunshine collection for quite awhile, but I decided that it was time to pull them out and get them onto a layout! I added one on the left hand side of the photo, and two more around the layout the layout as well.

Up in the top left hand corner of the layout, I added a few embellishments from the ‘You ROCK’ collection, including a chipboard sticker, a wood veneer piece, and a star that I fussy cut from the Starshine patterned paper.

I created another little cluster to the left of the word ‘little’. This one includes a ‘Bohemian Dream’  flair button, another fussy cut star, and another little button from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection. I love how those stars add the perfect pop of red to the page!

The CVS little phrase stickers always add the perfect finishing touch to a layout! I used one that says ‘love this’, which was from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its pack.

To add some more interest to the page, I added a few puffy stars. These were from the Free Spirit’ puffy sticker pack, as well as the ‘Hello Sunshine’ one. I finished the layout off by adding a messy hand-drawn border around the page, and then lastly I added some black ink splatters.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! Maybe you’ve been inspired to create a Christmas layout using non-Christmas themed products? Make sure you pop back in for lots more Christmas inspiration over the coming weeks!

Mandy x

Thankful For You | Hello Lovely | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-11-16T07:45:11+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new Cocoa Vanilla DT layout with you.

This week we have the gratitude theme here at the Cocoa Vanilla Blog. Therefor I made a clean and simple layout with a picture from me and my little family. I am so thankful for having my beloved husband at my side and together we have two wonderful little kids.

I decided to use the pretty and super cute Hello Lovely collection because I love the color scheme from this collection so much.

First I typed up my small journaling with my typewriter at the top of my 8.5 x 11 inch white cardstock. I picked “Thankful for you” for my title and decided to create the title with a pink foam phrase sticker from my stash and the small wooden grain and aqua alphabet stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely collection. I glued the word “Thankful” directly under my journaling and the other two words also beneath it. Then I stitched over the foam word with my sewing machine.

I cut out the little banner (Love this) from the Hello Lovely “Lucky Dip” paper and I used my stapler before I glued it beside the words with the alpha stickers. Under the title I added the little diamond from the Hello Lovely die cut ephemera.

Then I cut a wide paper stripe from the black and white striped “Life Story” paper and a small one from the pink “Delightful” paper. I glued the striped one on the bottom and the other over it. Then I stitched over the lower border from my layout with my sewing machine.

I splattered some gold paint across the page. After that I punched out my photo in the shape of a circle. Therefor I used a circle punch with the size of 2 inch. I glued the photo on the papers below in the middle of my layout because I love it when my layouts have a clear structure.

Then I glued the sticker with the three flowers from the Hello Lovely accessory stickers sheet on the right side next to my photo. I used foam dots to add my layout more dimension. On the middle of the biggest flower I added the woodie (FAB) from the Free Spirit collection.

I glued the floral border in aqua on the top of my layout and stitched over it. Then I glued the sticker with the stars on it – also with some foam dots.

I stamped the date with a roller stamp on my layout and wrote on the other side where the photo was taken. Then I finished off my layout with some enamel dots from the Hello Lovely and the You Rock collection here and there.



I hope you like my layout and had fun reading my post.

Till next time,


Super Awesome | Bohemian Dream + You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2017-11-16T21:26:15+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, its Raquel Bowman here with you today sharing a new layout as part of ‘Pink or Blue?’ week. You will never believe what colour I chose to feature on my page today!

………………….. blue! Yep, I decided to go against my natural lean towards all things girly and create a blue layout featuring my little man. For this layout I chose to feature the blue toned papers and embellishments from both the new Bohemian Dreams collection and the You Rock collection too.

Here is the layout that I created:

I am documenting my little mans love of jigsaw puzzles on this one. He loves puzzles and he does them amazingly quick….sometimes I can be doing a puzzle with him and he places pieces together before I have even grasped what the piece was of.

Due to having a large title on the page, which I will share more about it below, I documented the story of Jack’s love for puzzles on tags I made using the CVS papers and my typewriter. I knew I definitely wanted to add journaling so if my main design doesn’t allow a lot of room a great tip is to create tags to tuck behind photos that hold your story.

Here is a close up of the journaling:

The title itself formed a large part of the page and is a fun and functional design element. The cut file was downloaded free from the Paper Issues store and backed with the ‘Wild and Free’ Bohemian Dreams patterned paper. I love the two tone effect that the paper has behind the cut file. It gives a nice effect with little work. It did take me a little while to back this file as I had to use my craft knife to cut out some of the negative spaces, but the result was well worth it. I added some machine stitching to add some extra detail to the title.

To embellish the page I went through my embellishments and found any that would coordinate with my blue colour scheme. I also added black, white and a smidgen of woodgrain, thats a neutral right?!?

I created three main clusters of embellishments, one to the top right of the photo, one to the left of the title and one towards the bottom right of the page. Here is a closer look at those clusters.

I really enjoyed sticking to the one colour for this layout as it challenged me to use stickers, flair, die cuts, etc that I hadn’t yet used on other layouts.

A handy little tip I have found when working with chipboard is that if you would not like it to be as thick, simply peel layers of the board off the back of the piece. This allows you to create the amount of dimension that you want the piece to have, like I have done with the world icon on this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I have to ask, are you team pink or blue? Or are you on the fence with this one?


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