Love You | Wild at Heart | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here with you today to share another layout using the new Wild at Heart collection. For anyone that has been trying to get their hands on this range, you will be happy to hear that the second shipment of this collection was sent to retailers last week, so it should be hitting shelves near you very soon (if it hasn’t already).

For my layout today, I opted to focus on the rich, warm tones from the collection and combine them with some photos of my daughter snuggling our kitten. (We’ve had fish and birds before, but this has been her first furry pet that she can cuddle, so to say she loves him is probably an understatement.)

I used the B sides of the Fussy Cut and Luscious papers for my background. I love the contrast of the bold stripes against the soft ombre watercolour.

I used two smaller size (3×4″) photos for this page, which I layered on top of a paper doily and mounted up higher using some cardboard underneath. I then added some messy cotton thread and fussy cut floral pieces from the Luscious paper which I tucked under and around my photos.

I created a small, layered cluster to the right of my photos using half a chipboard frame; a die cut heart from the ephemera pack; a flair button and some Sparkles enamel dots. Under the corner of the photo I tucked a small butterfly that I fussy cut from the Mariposa paper.

I added another identical butterfly slightly further down my page, and between the two I placed one of the super cute new rubber charms. For my layout title, I used two wood veneer words, which I coloured using a paint pen; along with a small heart. Directly below my title I added one of the small phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.

Next, I fussy cut “hello gorgeous” from the Fussy Cuts paper, and adhered it overlapping the edge of my secondary photo. I then added a heart chipboard sticker and another enamel dot to help balance my left hand side embellishment cluster. I finished off my page by splattering some white ink around. (Just don’t forget to cover your photos when you do this.)

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project. Until then, happy scrapping!

By | March 21st, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

Hello Beautiful | Wild at Heart | Lina Monaco

Good Morning Lovelies!
So excited and happy to share with you a wonderful layout of my mamma I created using the stunning Wild at Heart collection. It’s still my fave collection of all time and I plan on using it until it’s not in production anymore! 😛 It’s truly a gorgeously, stunning assortment that’s not only beautiful to look at but very versatile in use.
Like I mentioned above, this photo is of my dear mamma and was taken earlier this year at my sister’s bridal shower. After I took it, and looked at it in my camera roll, I knew it was one of those photos that needed to be documented and not just sit on my computer. So here’s how I got started…

I began with the gorgeous Double Dot paper. It’s a beautiful light aqua blue sheet with random white dots on it. The back is just as fun, a white background covered in fun, colourful dots. It’s so festive and celebratory in style. I knew I wanted to use some spray mists to add some “mixed media” to my background. I used a darker, denim blue and a more turquoise-y colour and used the packaging technique. I let that air dry for a few minutes and worked on the rest of my layout.

I matted my photo with a few of the other papers in the collection including Fussy Cuts and Bohemian and then added some dimension to my photo with some foam sheet that I cut down. I just adore the lift it gives any layout.

I decided the embellishing was my next step. I sorted through the die cut ephemera and chose a few that would co-ordinate with my photo and background. I placed them around my photo, creating two clusters, one on the top left and the other on the bottom left of the photo. I also embellished with the Rubber Charms, Flair Buttons, and the Enamel Dots in the darkest sparkly blue. The Accessory Stickers were the last thing I added to complete my embellishing. They just add that perfect little something!

    For my title, I knew exactly what it would be after looking at the Chipboard Stickers. It was the amazing “Hello Beautiful” words from the set. They screamed at me and were the perfect colour and size for my layout! Without hesitation, I added them and then continued to embellish the title with a few floral die cuts, an xoxo and a coral rubber charm. This created my third and final cluster and a visual triangle.
I also knew that the butterflies in this collection would compliment my layout and draw the eye to strategic areas wherever they were placed. So I sprinkled with love <3
Lastly, and to finish my layout, I used some gold spray mist and added some splatters in the places where I had already placed my clusters

.   Thank you so much for stopping by today and reading. I hope you enjoyed my layout today and will be back again soon! 💜

By | March 20th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|3 Comments

Happy & Proud | Wild at Heart Layout & QR Code Mini Tutorial | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today and I decided to create a page about my little man using the new Wild at Heart collection. I thought this may have been quite difficult given that you may perceive this new collection to be more feminine orientated, however it all fell together easily once I had chosen my colour palette.

The moment I am documenting is a pretty big one in my little mans life. On the morning that this photo was taken he had slept the full night without the security of his dummy/pacifier. In this household and for him, as a two year old, I thought that weaning him off it would be a lot more tricky than it was. The night before he couldn’t find his dummy and exclaimed that the ‘tooth fairy took it’, so we decided to go with it and yep, that was it!

Here is the layout that I created: Happy and Proud. 

Here is the process video for how the layout came together:

For the background I used a free cut file that I downloaded over on the Citrus Twist blog by Jen Chapin. When I create a masculine page, one of my go to techniques is to ‘go geometric’. I will choose a shape of some kind and base by design around it. It is always a great starting point for me when I am thinking of layout designs. In this case the free cut file was a triangular design, so that was a perfect foundation. I used mainly the Mariposa patterned paper to back the triangle designs. I chose this one as the colour has a watercolour look and changes from a green/blue to a royal blue colour, it is so gorgeous. I also added a few woodgrain triangles from the Artisan patterned paper in three places, forming a visual triangle.

The photo itself has multiple layers of papers and embellishments behind it. I used a grey patterned paper from the Love Always collection, a layer of the Wild at Heart vellum, and lots of beautiful tags and ephemera pieces, including one of the cute rubber charms!

On this particular day, along with my photo I recorded a segment of my sons reaction to sleeping the whole night in this bed without a dummy. I decided to turn this video into a QR code which can be scanned to watch it and see more of the story.

To create your own QR code of a video from your phone you can do the following:

  1. Upload your video to ‘YouTube’, I do this quickly via the ‘Capture’ app and set it to unlisted (this means those with a link can view the video).
  2. Copy the video link.
  3. Download a program such as Qrafter, which allows you to read and create your own QR codes.
  4. Click the ‘create’ option and create your own QR code by pasting in your video link.
  5. The program will then create your QR code which you can edit by changing the colours and then save to your camera phone ready to print to add to your layout or project.

I added three main clusters of embellishments on this page, forming a visual triangle. In the cluster below I actually delved back into my CVS stash and used a flair and veneer from the Made of Awesome collection, a camera I fussy cut from the Life is Beautiful collection and finished with some labels from the Colour me Happy snippets.

I felt like the journaling needed something to help balance it all out so I also added some further embellishing below it. I chose also to use the Colour Me Happy cool enamel dots on this one as they coordinated beautifully.

For this title of this page I have used a combination of embellishments. The word happy is from the Wild at Hear veneer pack. I just love the font and how it pops off the page. I also added the text ‘& Proud’ using the Life is Beautiful alpha stickers. I added those to this page as they were in that navy blue colour and suited it perfectly. I added the date to this page a little differently to usual. I found a cute little tag in the Love Always Bits and Pieces pack. I decided to stamp the date on it with archival ink and adhere it to the page by wrapping it around the veneer and securing it with some foam adhesive. I love how it turned out. Of course I added my journaling using my typewriter, in strip form. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope this layout has shown you how you can use this collection for masculine pages and also given you some tips and tricks to using QR codes on your pages.

Raquel x

By | March 19th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments


Hi friends,

Did you know that Cocoa Vanilla Studio is one of the sponsors this month over at Kraft + Challenges? If you are looking for some inspiration and want a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla goodies, be sure to check the challenge out and give it a go!

This month, you need to use Denim on your creation, somehow, anyhow (I simply used the colour Denim)… making sure the Kraft is still the hero. Here is the inspiration board:

At first I was a bit worried that the board was not quite me, however, it was a great starting point for a layout and I find challenges like these really help me become a better scrapper by getting me out of my comfort zone a little. I took inspiration in particular from the lace and the beautiful shades of denim blue. I started with the Kraft card stock base and a cut file from white card stock from my stash. Then I pulled out a stack of pieces from the Wild At Heart collection all in varying shades of blue. I starting with the stunning bold title from the chipboard sticker sheet.

It turned out a little ‘boho’ and I really love that about it! To create the layout, I took the “Grandma’s Tablecloth background” cut file from the silhouette store and cut it to fill an entire 12 x 12 white card stock sheet. I then overlaid it onto of my Kraft card stock. At this point I saw the background design had taken away from the Kraft base too much so I went about cutting out large sections of it to reveal more Kraft colour. I kept aside some of these cut out pieces to use as layers in my photo mat. Once I was happy with the white that was left, I backed with the small pieces of the “Mariposa” paper. I tried to vary the pieces from the paper up a lot, rather than back the file in one large piece; as I wanted a mix of the shades of blue to match the inspiration board. I then went about machine stitching the pieces for added detail.

Next, I set about adding my title. With a title this large, it’s a good idea to place it early in the design – I find if I don’t do this, I can run out of space later. I then added in the lovely chipboard photo frames. I love love love these! I wanted to use the quote about love as well, and was the perfect fit for the frame as you can see here. This was also the point where I finalised my photo mat; I’ve used more of the “Mariposa” paper as well as some of the “Artisan” paper for contrast.

You can also see I’ve added some more machine stitching around my photo, some die cut ephemera pieces such as this bow and some pretty blue flowers and the enamel dot sparkles. At this point I thought it needed a little pop of another colour and noticed the inspiration board had the smallest pops of pink. For these, I went to the Endless Summer collection and found the Woodies and Blooms were a perfect fit to finish off the layout.

I hope my layout and a little look into my process has inspired you to give the challenge a try, I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks for popping by today
Gwen xo

By | March 18th, 2017|Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

Follow Your Dreams | Wild at Heart | Elodie Lusseau

Hello everyone!

Elodie here today with a new page using the beautiful Wild at Heart collection and a photo of my girls playing on the beach. We are lucky to live by the sea and we love to go for walks on the beach. I always make sure to bring my camera with me and you’ll often see beach pictures on my layouts!

This time, I was inspired by the Mariposa paper and its pretty butterflies and I decided to create a big butterfly on my page. I started by backing a piece of white cardstock with the lovely Double Dot paper. I placed one of the chipboard frames on the pic and adhered it with foam squares in the center of the page. I love this light blue frame with the black and white photo and how it echoes the borders of the layout!

I fussy cut butterflies from the Mariposa paper, folded them for dimension and placed them on either side of the photo so as to make butterfly wings. I also added a couple of enamel dots to add a bit of sparkle to my page.

I then got busy completing the body of my butterfly by placing word stickers from the accessory stickers sheet, a pennant from the ephemera pack and a chipboard sticker for the title above and under the photo.

I finished off my layout by adorning the frame with a die cut and a cute paper bow from the ephemera pack as well as one of the pretty Wild at Heart flair buttons.

I hope this page inspires you to play with your scissors and create with the gorgeous Wild at Heart line!

Thank you for joining me on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! Wishing you a lovely day and a great weekend ahead!


By | March 17th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

Hello Heart | Wild At Heart | Lauren Hender

Hello everyone! I hope you all feeling fabulous and in this busy world finding sometime to get creative. Today I am sharing with you a layout using the beautiful Wild at Heart Collection.

  This layout celebrates a captured moment of my little girl and her most treasured little puppy. I love candid moments that are captured and no one else but myself knows about them.

  In this layout I used watercolour paints to create a background of flowers. Don’t laugh but I originally set out to try and match the flowers featured in the Wild at Heart Collection but as I travelled along it was clear that my artistic skill was not found in watercolour painting. Even though the background didn’t turn out as I hoped it all came together wonderfully in the end.

 In this layout I used the Wild at Heart patterned paper to place a strip along the bottom of the page and to mount my photo.

I then mounted the photo using foam so it slightly popped off the page. The string was an after thought that was easily applied as I just slid it underneath the photo and through the sections that were not mounted with the foam.

 I then added some wood veneers, and ephemera pieces to build the layout. This was so much fun. There is so much in the ephemera pack its almost hard to stop adding it on.

 I then added some of the Wild at Heart rubber charms. Oh my goodness, these are cuteness overload and you will just love them. I then added a perfect flair and some journaling using a typewriter which made it all come together.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative.

Lauren xo

By | March 16th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|1 Comment

Hello Cuties | Wild at Heart | Mandy Melville

Hi everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a new layout using the fabulous Wild at Heart collection! I’m seriously loving everything about this collection, especially the gorgeous colours! This is the third layout that I’ve created using Wild at Heart, and I thought that this time I’d like to focus on the beautiful blues and aquas in the collection.

Here’s my layout…

I documented a photo of my youngest two kids taken on Christmas Day last year. I love how it really captures the affection that they have for one another.

How gorgeous is the watercolour side of the Mariposa patterned paper… I adore this! And the blues and aquas on this paper perfectly matched the colours of my kids clothes in the photo! Win!

I matted my photo on the Momento patterned paper and also layered a chipboard frame behind the photo. I love the dimension that this adds! To the right of the photo I created a little cluster that includes one of the beautiful flair buttons, a bitty bloom, and a heart from the wood veneer pack. Up in the top right hand corner of the layout I added one of the cute little rubber charms.

I created another cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo that includes a ticket and a flower from the die cut ephemera pack, as well as another wood veneer heart. I really love all the bits and pieces that come in the ephemera pack – they are perfect for layering and creating pretty embellishment clusters!

I added my title to the bottom left hand corner of the layout using the word ‘hello’ from the chipboard sheet, as well as Alphabet Stickers from the Totally Rad collection. I also added another die cut flower and a bitty bloom to the title area as well.

I finished the layout off by adding a few enamel dots and some typed journaling cut into strips.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that you’ve been inspired, and I look forward to being back here next month to share more projects using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products.

Mandy x

By | March 15th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|0 Comments

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