Hello | Unforgettable Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page made with pretty “Unforgettable” collection. This page is really unique for me and I will explain you why. Usually, when I make a layout, it takes me about 3 hours to finish it. I am a slow scrapbooker. I start with choosing proper papers going through all of my stash few times. Next step is finding out how many pictures I am going to use and how to arrange them. I am thinking about composition, title and whether I should use a cut file or not. I change my mind few times, swap papers, try different alignment. When all the decisions are done, it still takes me at least hour to pick all the embellishments and glue everything down. And this page came together within 10 minutes!!! Yes, it only took me that long (or short :).

It’s all thanks to the pretty paper with wreath called “Garland“. It determined the composition, the background, lack of cut file and placement of the photo. All I needed to do was to glue down the picture with a layer of “Unscripted” paper under it and start embellishing.

I didn’t want to cover all the pretty wreath so I only chose few flowers from ephemera pack and glued them around the photo. I also picked few smaller ones and mounted them around the wreath to add some dimension. Cute bow from “Bows and tassels” is a perfect match for the little girl on the photo. This page isn’t telling any story so my title doesn’t have any meaning. I used “hello” word from word title stickers.

Last step was adding few butterflies cut out from “Lacewing” paper. I have to be honest – I had a bunch of them cut out prior to making the page. I like to keep my hands busy while watching TV so I just fussy cut a whole sheet of them in advance. So it definitely shorten up the process of making a whole page. I finished making this layout with few enamel dots here and there and splashed everything with pink and blue mists.

I just love clever papers and this wreath pattern is definitely one of them. How long does it takes for you to finish a layout? What is your time record in making a page?

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in February.

XO Anna

Life is short, Eat the Cake | Make a Wish | Michelle Stokes

A big Hello to you scrappy friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring an older collection that holds a sweet spot in my heart – Make a Wish. I love that this collection is perfect to document birthday memories, but is versatile enough to just create something soft, sweet and feminine. This layout documents Leila’s most recent birthday, the last in single digits.

I’d been holding onto this fun cut file from CUT to YOU for a little while now, ready and waiting for the perfect birthday photos. I wanted to keep the layout ‘fuss free’ without the massive clusters I’ve created in the past. I started with a full sheet of that wonderful woodgrain (reverse side of FRESH CUT) for the background of the layout. I added a couple of rough torn strips of HIP HOORAY to the bottom third of the layout to use as a base for the cut file and photos.

Next I cut the cut file out on white cardstock and backed it using my ultimate favourite paper of all time DAYDREAM and adhered that to the left side of the layout using foam tape for a little extra dimension,

To the right of the cut file I adhered the photos using a little of the PARTY DOTS paper to layer underneath. I also added an accessory sticker, ‘beautiful’ word strip from the PARTY MIX cut apart paper and the ‘make a wish’ came from the barcode strip on one of the papers.

Above the photos I added a cake that was cut from the PARTY MIX paper, an accessory word sticker and crystal heart and sequins from the bits & bobs pack, plus some stars from the ephemera pack.

Lastly this bottom mini cluster created with leaves, numbers strip and star from the ephemera pack, sequins from the bits & bobs plus the hat and fabulous ticket from the PARTY MIX paper. I also added a sprinkling of gold colour shine and called it done. I had so much fun creating this layout while my sweet nephew watched along asking questions about the process. I think both him and Leila might be ready for a little crafting class of their own.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle x


Precious Moments | More Than Words collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello! It’s Kylie back with you today on the blog, sharing a new layout with one of my favourite past collections, ‘MORE THAN WORDS’. I really only had several bits and pieces left in my stash so I thought it would be good to share my ‘go-to’ layout design for when you wanted to use up all your scraps.

It’s a really easy layout to bring together. I started with a white cardstock background and set about cutting down strips of papers at varying widths and heights. I like to distress the edges of them a little before I start adhering them into place. Each strip is then layered over each other being careful not to have everything too symmetrical. I think the background works so well because no two pieces of paper are the same size. Once I was happy with the positioning of them, my photo was added over the top.For balance I have added some gorgeous die cuts to support my photo with foam tape, so that they sat up from the background, adding dimension.

From the chipboard stickers and the accessory stickers I have created a main title as well as a sub title phrase below.

Once completed I loved all the rustic layers in my layout…

Thanks for taking a look at my latest layout today. I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your own creating.


Back To School | You Rock Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah here with you and today I have a Back To School themed layout to share with you. I have used mostly the awesome ‘You Rock’ collection along with a few bits from ‘Made of Awesome’ and ‘Totally Rad’!

I started out by cutting the Back To School title cut file design from The Cut Shoppe using white cardstock, I then picked some papers from the You Rock, Made of Awesome, Totally Rad and Colour Me Happy collections and backed them all behind the letters in the title. I love how all the papers look behind the title. Once the letters were all backed, I adhered it to the ‘In Line’ paper from the You Rock collection. I added a photo each of my sons on their first day back to school last year. I was lucky with the design in that it was suited to 2 photos either side of the word ‘To. I added a variety of embellishments including accessory stickers, a rubber charm, wood veneers, wood buttons, a flair button, a die-cut and chipboard stickers from the various boy collections mentioned above. The wood buttons I added to the centres of the letter ‘C’ in the words ‘Back’ and ‘School’. The 100% Awesome sticker in the centre of the ‘O’ in ‘To’ I popped up with craft foam for some dimension. I just love the world globe die-cut from the Totally Rad collection, it was perfect for my school themed layout!

The star underneath the star flair button, I fussy cut out of one of the papers from the Made Of Awesome collection. I like how it it looks underneath the star flair which is also from the Made Of Awesome collection.  I just love the rubber charms from the You Rock collection, I added the one that says ‘So Much Fun’ to the top of the ‘B’ in the word ‘Back’. To finish, I added some of the phrase stickers from the ‘You Rock’ accessory sticker sheet to the middle of the ‘A’ in the word ‘Back’ and I also stamped the date stamp at the bottom of the ‘2 Cool’ sticker.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired by my layout in some way! Be sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store for all the amazing collections available!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Best | You Rock and more…… | Rachel Lowe

Hey there CVS friends! Well here is the boy themed layout as chosen by you earlier in the month. I have used a mix of  Boys Rule and You Rock collections.

I love grids and this is the basis of my design.

I used Boys Rule Messed Up paper as my background paper, who doesn’t love a paper where the mixed media is done for you! I then cut a 3×12 inch of Boys Rule Straight & Narrow paper and attached vertically to my base paper. I then hand punched different sized stars from Boys Rule Star Fall paper and arranged, slightly tucking some under the green paper and added some with foam tape slightly over the green paper. I added a row of stitching on the right side of the green strip to add texture.

I decided on a grid of three which allowed me one square for my photo and two to embellish. I started at the top creating an embellishment cluster, cutting a 3×3 inch square from Boys Rule Fun & Games paper. I added some random messy machine stitching and added a paper strip from the You Rock black cross paper. I then used the die cut ephemera from Boys Rule to embellish and finishing off with a flair from You Rock collection.

I next added my photo which is 2×2 inches, I used a die frame from the die cut pack and then matted onto Boys Rule Fun & Games denim square. I finished this off with some phrases from the Boys Rule Accessory Stickers and a flair from Made of Awesome collection.

I used another die cut frame for the Rubber tag Awesome. I used another phrase die cut and finished this off with enamel crosses from Made of Awesome collection, which I also added to the corners of my base page.

My title is created using Foam titles from Unforgettable collection (they don’t count as girl on this page lol!), they add such a wow factor in strong black with added height, a close second fav of mine, clear stickers being my absolute fav!

Of course you could add more photos, make your grid with 5 squares instead of three! I hope I lived up to the hype of creating a boy layout to inspire you. I can’t wait until the new boy collection Legendary arrives.

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Rachel X

Best Friends | Happiness Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! I hope this finds you well and that your year has been off to a great start. I am currently a little ragged around the edges being 5 weeks deep into school holidays but the finish line is in sight! Next week my daughter will be starting her first year of high school, and my sons are both going into grade two. With this big transition for my daughter right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to document a photo of her and her friends that was taken at her primary school graduation last month. I paired it with the beautiful ‘Happiness’ collection, which was a great match for this group of gorgeous girls. (That’s my girl in the blue.)

For my layout, I began with the blue watercolour pattern on the B-side of the Good Vibes paper as my page base. Next, I took the oh-so-pretty So Fresh paper and fussy cut the beautiful wreath design from it. I then added some foam mounting tape to the back and positioned it on my page (without yet sticking it down).

I then matted my photo with the pink B-side of the Expressive paper before adhering it to the background sheet, then added the mounted wreath over the top. I bent the edges of the wreath up slightly from the page in some places to add extra dimension.

Above the photo, I added a small tab  and some leaves from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a small cluster. For my title I used the words best friends from the Die Cut Titles pack, highlighting it with the row of chevrons sticker from the Clear Sticker set. 

To help frame my photo and bring some extra balance to the page, I arranged a couple of phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet and the time to shine banner piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a visual triangle. I also added some extra leaves to the outer edges of the wreath by tucking in a few from the ephemera pack.

At this point I thought that my wreath felt a little “disconnected” from the background, so I drew some inspiration from my former team member Amanda, and doodled some extra leaves around the wreath using a fine white paint pen. I also added a little extra prettiness by using some tiny paper flowers from my stash, which I placed randomly around the wreath.

I finished up by creating another “visual triangle” – this time using butterflies fussy cut from the Bright & Beautiful paper. (You probably already know how much I LOVE butterflies!)

I am so happy with how this pretty page turned out, and am pleased to report it has already found a very special home. It was popped into a frame and gifted to one of the girls in the photo for her recent birthday.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping!

My Heart | More Than Words collection | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends and welcome back to the blog! For my project today, I decided to do a Throwback Thursday inspired layout and play with some older collections that I haven’t played with in some time, namely the More Than Words collection and Wild At Heart. I’m really happy with this layout I created mixing the two lines even though they are so different in color palette and theme. 

Today, I am scrapbooking a photo of our little lady, Minerva, as she was taking a catnap on our bed. I started off by picking out pattered papers, which I almost never do, and layered the three papers over each other. I wanted to create a shadow box type of effect using my papers so I propped the floral paper up off the other two patterns using a ton of foam tape. I love ripped edges in my scrapbooking – I think it adds a ton of texture and dimension to the page and having the frayed edges on the papers added interest to the background and made it so much more fun.

After creating my background, I matted my photo of Minerva on some patterns from the cut apart sheet and ripped the edges on those papers as well to continue the distressed feel from the background papers. Once I completed this, I went to work on embellishing the layout. I literally had five die cuts left from the More Than Words pack so I added those first before pulling out the Wild At Heart pack and adding some elements from that one. I then pulled out my chipboard sheets to continue building and adding dimension and color to my layout.

Next, I went to work creating a cluster in the upper left half of my layout to balance out the one on the bottom right that held my photo. I did the same thing here, mixing cardstock stickers, die cuts and chipboard pieces to add height, dimension and color in the cluster. I love that large circle element and the phrase sentiment. After creating this cluster, I added my title, mixing a chipboard sentiment from the More Than Words chipboard title pack and some stickers from the Love Always line to create my title, My Heart, and called this layout good!

I hope you enjoyed this layout and your time here. Fingers crossed you drew some inspiration from this page and will try some of the techniques you learned here today. Till next time, keep it crafty!



Hey Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today, I hope you are all well. With the start of the new school year in Australia happening very soon, I thought it would be a fun time to document a sweet photo of my husband taking pictures of our daughter on her first day of Grade 5.

For my page, I was drawn to the ‘Unforgettable’ collection with its stunning florals and the most divine shade of Pink. I also pulled a cut file from CUT to YOU and went about backing the design. To make my title, I’ve used the bright pink of the ‘Unscripted‘ pattern paper for the word ‘Grade’ and then the number ‘5’. The remaining numbers have been backed in the aptly named ‘Glorious‘ paper. I then mounted this entire piece and centred onto a piece of white card from my stash.

Next, it was time to work on my photo mat. I’ve gone with a double mount, the first being with the ‘Story Teller‘ pattern paper, however from the 6×8 paper pad. I’ve used the paper pad here as the print in the design is smaller. I’ve double mounted with some more of the ‘Unscripted‘ pattern paper and added a soft doily from my stash for good measure.

The position of my photo was limited by the fact that I could not cover the number 5 as it was part of my title, so I went with running the key elements of the page down the right-hand side. This way, most of the numbers in the cut file are still showing and I have some space to add some pretty floral elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack because… well, who wouldn’t want to add some of those to their page 🙂

I decided on a pretty little cluster in the bottom right-hand corner of my photo as well as a small cluster in the letter ‘D’ of ‘GRADE’ at the top of the page to balance things out. I also could not resist adding some fussy cut butterflies from the ‘Lacewing‘ pattern paper. I just love the tone of the grey ones for this page, such a versatile piece of paper!

I’ve also pulled some elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker’ sheet such as the banner ‘Treasured’ and the typed sentiments which are so fun. Lastly, I’ve added a sprinkle of ‘Enamel Dots‘ in the prettiest shade of mint and called the page done.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I just love love love this collection so I hope my page inspires you in some way. As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU facebook groups to share your pages, I really love to see what you make.

Until next time,



hello beautiful | unforgettable | Anita Bownds

Hi there cocoa vanilla peeps,
Anita here with you today sharing a fun floral heart layout full of colour using the unforgettable collection my layout is of my kitty sleeping in his bed in my craft studio, he just enjoys being near me…
I started off by using my cameo to cut out the floral hearts background
cut file from Neat N Crafty Cutz created by me
I back it with papers from 6×8 paper pad and unscripted pattern paper.
{tip – you don’t always have to back the whole cut file}
Next I matted my mint cardstock on pattered paper natural beauty and machine stitched around the edges.
Then i adhered my backed cut file to my mint cardstock in the middle with double sided foam tape


I then backed my photo on pattered paper pretty bits And a doily from my stash and adhered it down
Then I added some ephemera around my photo and in the top right corner of my layout
I add a little word sticker from the accessory stickers sheet to my photo


Then I added part of my title using the foam title stickers and puffy sticker word to finish off my layout


check out my process video here




I hope I’ve given you some fun cut file inspiration..
Happy crafting

Summer Memories | Unforgettable + Endless Summer collections | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a layout for our ‘Holidays and Vacations’ theme, using a combination of the Unforgettable and Endless Summer collections. I documented a photo of my youngest daughter Eleanor with my niece Grace, taken when we took a family holiday together back in December. The kids had so much fun spending time with their cousins, and I just love this photo of the two girls ready to head off to the pool together.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock for my background, and then I adhered three different patterned papers, which I trimmed to 8 inches wide, down the middle of the page. I wanted papers that didn’t have very busy patterns on them, and I decided on using the pink and peach patterned papers from the Unforgettable 6×8 inch paper stack, as well as the 12×12 Natural Beauty woodgrain patterned paper.

Next I matted my photo with another paper from the 6×8 inch paper stack, and then I adhered it at the top of the page, using craft foam for extra dimension. I added a couple of stickers on the bottom right hand corner of the photo, from both the Endless Summer and Unforgettable accessory sticker sheets. The label sticker provided the perfect spot to add the photo details to the layout.

Next I layered together two of the Unforgettable floral die cuts underneath the photo, to make one longer floral cluster. The neutral woodgrain patterned paper underneath, helps these florals to really stand out.

I added my title at the bottom of the page using a die cut word from the Endless Summer collection as well as a clear sticker from Unforgettable. I love the combination of the two fonts! I also created a little cluster to the left of the title using a tag and a wood veneer piece from Endless Summer, as well as a little die cut flower from Unforgettable. Above the title I added a sticker with the perfect phrase for this layout… ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside’, and I also added a scallop border sticker underneath the title.

To finish the layout off I added a few enamel dots in both the bottom left and top right corners.

Today is a bit of a sad post for me, as after three years on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team, I’ve had to make the difficult decision to step down this year due to increased work commitments. I’ve absolutely loved my time on this team, and being a part of this wonderful community, so I’m really sad to be leaving. But whilst I won’t be sharing my projects here on the blog anymore, when I get the time I’ll most definitely still be creating with the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products, and I’ll continue to share my projects over on Instagram. So it’s kind of goodbye for now, but I’ll still be around! I want to say thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement that you’ve shown me over the year, to my fellow design team members for their friendship and for always inspiring me with their projects, and of course thank you to Zoe for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a part of her design team.

Mandy x