Be A Rainbow | Daydream Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends it’s Kylie with you again today and I have been given the assignment to create a project using the May Mood Board for inspiration. Mood boards are a fabulous way to ignite your creativity by giving you wonderful inspiration. Plus if you upload a photo of your completed project to the May Mood Board album in the Cocoa Vanilla Community Facebook group.  you could win a $25 voucher to spend in the Cocoa Vanilla store.

In case you haven’t seen the May Mood Board, here is a sneak- It has been designed by Mandy….

I really love the colour palette Mandy chose and straight away I knew the DAYDREAM collection would be perfect. The image that really stood out to me was the one with the balloon arch. Seeing all of the various sized circular shapes in different colours gave me the idea to use circles as a decorative border on a layout.

I cut out various sized circles using my Silhouette and a simple circle resized 5 different times on different papers. These were adhered down the left side of the background page and I made sure to overlap them and use foam squares to stick some down, creating a nice dimension on the page.Because of my love for floral die cuts, I couldn’t resist then adding some flowers amongst the circles too.

I wanted to add some of the paper included in the circles, to the opposite side of my page for balance. Sometimes when you stand back and look at your page you feel like it just needs ‘something’. The top right corner was folded down and I used my mini stapler to staple and hold it down in place. I used the lovely ‘DAISY DAYS’ paper to add a contrasting piece behind the corner.

My photo was a 6″x 4″ size to which I cut a photo mat to 6.25″x 4.75″ and adhered my photo to. Once the photo was in place on my page, I began layering even more floral die cuts behind it for balance.

How adorable is that rainbow die cut?? I couldn’t resist adding it to my page. Not only did it fit the mood board but it was a perfect match for my photo too. I also created a title to suit using the title die cut pack, which always has lots to choose from! Since my photo had a lot of open background I also added some of the typed phrases from the sticker sheet over the top.

I hope you have enjoyed reading how my layout came together today and it inspires you to take on the May challenge too!

See you next time,


Total Legend | No Limits | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, today I am sharing another boy layout using the fab No Limits collection! This boy here is my middle child and yes he is a typical middle child lol!

I have used Stardust Stardust paper as my base paper. I then cut down Big Bang paper to 10×10 inches. This when I added machine stitching along the blue/grey off shoots to add texture and definition. You don’t have to be good at machine stitching, just following the pattern on the paper. I then attached this piece to my base paper Stardust.

I found this geometric cut file from the Silhouette design store and being circular I knew it would be perfect against the Big Bang paper piece. I used the A5 paper stack to paper piece my cut file, the patterns being smaller in the paper pad are great for smaller paper piecing. I chose stars and strips, bolder colours to add a contrast.

You will see I created an embellishment cluster around my photo (which I added with foam tape to create a 3D effect). I used several different embellishments from the collection to add more texture, die cut ephemerachipboard stickers and wood epoxy buttons.

To keep the flow of this layout I added my title using the die cut titles around my photo and embellishment cluster following the off shoots of the starburst pattern. I added these with foam tape. I finished my title off by adding some of the chipboard planets and puffy stickers.

This layout is simple yet eye catching and a little fun! Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again soon!

Rachel X

Hello Beautiful | Happiness collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, it’s Sue Plumb here to share another design team project with you. For today’s post I was tasked with scraplifting the amazingly talented Sophie Delorme, which was simultaneously exciting, but terrifying. It’s no secret I have a huge scrappy crush on Sophie’s work, so to be asked to scraplift one of her layouts was no easy feat. How would I ever choose? Or do it justice? In the end, I chose a stunning autumnal themed layout that she created a few months ago using the ‘These Days’ collection.

Here is Sophie’s layout…

And here is my take on it using the ‘Happiness’ collection

I have to admit, the clincher that made me choose this particular layout of Sophie’s was the butterflies. And I couldn’t help but reach for the collection with my all-time favourite Cocoa Vanilla butterflies – ‘Happiness’. I think I will actually cry the day I use my last scraps of this collection.

Sophie and I have daughters that are very close in age, so just like Sophie did for her layout, I wanted to document a photo of my gorgeous girl too. Due to her position, where she was facing towards the left side of the photo I chose to mirror the design so I could position my photo closer to the left edge of the page and having her facing inwards. (Tip: always position your photos so the main subject is facing towards the larger space on your page.)

Just like Sophie’s original, I added torn paper along the bottom edge of the page; and instead of the Pocket Cards that she had used across the middle, I used pieces of patterned paper cut to size. I chose the piece with the two large butterflies and hello beautiful on it to act as my title card, which was cut from the cut apart paper. On top of the the heart paper I added some of the phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet, which I had mounted onto some pink paper to give them a little definition against the background.

From the torn paper along the bottom edge, I added fussy cut flowers spilling out and winding their way up along the right edge of the photo. these were layered to give them depth and I used foam tape under the one on the corner of the photo for even more dimension. I couldn’t help but add a little frayed gauze for some texture too.

The only item I used on my page that wasn’t from the ‘Happiness’ collection, was the small wood button that was actually from the ‘Sunkissed’ collection. ‘Happiness’ did not have wood buttons, and as Sophie had used one on her page I wanted to include one too. I also wanted to add a couple of embellishments to my photo, so I chose a small heart flag and a phrase banner from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

I substituted the journalling from Sophie’s layout with a couple of paint swatch stickers from the Clear Sticker sheet and I like the mixed media touch they gave the page. The star of the embellishment show however, was the glorious burst of fussy cut butterflies spilling upwards from the title card. I bent their wings up from the page to give them dimension and a sense of movement. The final touch was some small splatters of navy mist (because I couldn’t have my layout too clean, could I?)

If you would like to see how I put it all together, you can watch my process video here:

Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll be back with another project again soon. Until then, happy scrapping!


Sweet Kisses | These Days collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends!


It’s Sophie here and I have something fun to share with you!


Today is a scraplift swap !


I had to pick a layout from the lovely and talented Sue Plumb and scraplift it! Ohhh there were so many GORGEOUS ones to choose from…!


Here is her page:



And here is mine:



I used the beautiful These Days collection for my page. I started with a white background and added a little bit of mixed media (I used Distress Oxides) on the lower portion of the page, where my title was going to be.


I used three layers of patterned papers, just like she did, teared the central part of the upper layer and tied it to the page with a few stitches. I also hand stitched on the top of the page.



I centered three colored photos of Sabrina and Farine, mounted on tissue paper and foam adhesive, and tucked a few frames from the embellishment pack under them.


My title is a combination of the Mini Puffy Alphabet pack and letter dies from my stash.



Finally, I created a floral cluster around the photos and titles, instead of hearts, added a few butterflies and a Wood Button, and handwrote my journaling.


Here are more close-ups:










That’s a pretty faithful scraplift from the original, isn’t it? Even though the end-result, with another color scheme and collection, turns out quite different…! That’s the beauty of scraplifting !!


I hope this was inspiring for you and that you like our pages!


Thank you and have a great day!


Sophie xx

My World | These Days collection | Kellie Moore

Good morning everyone and welcome back to the CVS blog.

For today’s layout I thought I would pull out the ‘These Days’ collection from my stash and create a more feminine page to share with you.

I had an idea of wanting to create a design with multiple photos on my page and I managed to squeeze 18 photos on….. I have never done this before and am really happy with the result.

I decided to print off a bunch of photos of my husband with myself and all of the kids. To keep the page from getting too busy I decided to print my pictures in black and white.

I wanted to create a focal point for my title to sit on so I cut out a globe cut file and used papers from the A5 paper stack to back it.

To fill out the globe I cut out a heap of the florals from the ‘Homegrown’ paper and some of the houses from the ‘Neighbourhood’ paper. For the florals, instead of sticking them flat to the page, I simply used my hands to bend the petals slightly then glued the centres down. I finished the clusters off with some of the hearts from the ‘Clear Stickers’ and some of the word phrases from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet.’

I finished the clusters off with some of the hearts from the ‘Clear Stickers’ and some of the word phrases from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet.’


Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have been inspired…maybe you could try getting 18 photos on a page?!

Happy Scrapping!


Love You | Wild at Heart | Lina Monaco

Welcome to the blog today, Friends!
Lina here and sharing a layout I created using the wonderful and timeless, Wild at Heart collection. If my memory serves me correctly, it was the very first collection that was sent to me by Zoe, years ago when I originally started on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio team and still remains one of my favourites to this day. If you’d like to watch the process on YouTube, click HERE to be taken to the CVS channel 🙂

I began with that lovely blue and aqua watercolour ombre piece of cardstock named Mariposa and layered a white piece of cardstock matted with the blue and white floral vellum on an angle onto it. I trimmed the excess papers and am left with a background that’s slightly skewed and on an angle. Just love the whimsy of it!

My challenge this week was to use multiple photos and thought it was a great opportunity to use photos from just this past Mother’s Day of myself and my girls. The photos roughly measure 3 1/4 inches each and I matted them with papers from the collection. Next, I took frames from the Chipboard Frame package and used them to create a loose grid.

Now the fun… I used all the embellishments! Using the Die Cut Ephemera I added bits and pieces to create balance and adorn the page with goodies from the collection. I also used pieces from Accessory Stickers for the phrases, Chipboard Stickers for my title, a Flair Button, and lastly what I was most excited about, the Rubber Charms. They really added the final touches to the layout.
Lastly to round out the layout, I used some gold thread and metallic gold paint and added splatters.

Thank you for joining me today on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog, YouTube channel and social media, This layout was a bunch of fun to create!

Welcome to Paradise | Sunkissed Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts back again with a fun summer layout using the gorgeous Sunkissed collection! I love multiple photo layouts, so this month’s multiple photo focus was definitely my jam! I think these three 3×4 inch photos that beautifully illustrate my oldest son’s friendship with my brother. Love how the vibrant colors in Sunkissed perfectly capture the playful mood of these photos! Using a rainbow strip from the Fun in the Sun paper, along with some fussy cut flags, I created a fun L-design in the top left corner of this layout, which created a lovely border for my grid of photos.

I particularly love this large cluster on the right where I layered a fussy cut floral cluster from the Growing Wild paper behind a rainbow and ticket from the ephemera pack. It’s such a fun corner cluster that accents the main focal image perfectly. The labels in this collection are so perfect for tucking a little bit of journaling anywhere on the layout too!

As a finishing touch, I dug into the glitter foam titles for this ‘happy’ and then added hearts to my other two clusters to tie in the beautiful gold tone around the page. The little starfish seemed like a lovely accompaniment in front of it! A little bit of splatter and Nuvo around my clusters finished this one off! Such a fun layout.


I hope this layout inspires you to try a multiple photo layout, as well as look at the cut apart papers as opportunities for extra embellishments! If you’d like to see how Welcome to Paradise came together, be sure to watch the process video below.

Happy Mother’s Day | Daydream collection | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here today to share a new layout with you. This week on the blog it’s all about different ways of featuring your photos. When creating a layout I always try to make the photo/s the focus of the page. Sometimes I only need one photo to tell the story, and other times it’s important to include more, but either way, all of the other elements on a page are there to complement and support the photo and story. For today’s layout I wanted to include three photos – one with each of my kids on Mother’s Day, and I chose to use one of my all-time favourite collections, Daydream to document these photos.

I started this layout off with a sheet of the All Aflutter paper as my background. I trimmed it down to 11 inches square, added some machine stitching around the edge, and then matted it on the Happy Place paper. This framed the layout nicely, and helped to make all of the elements on the page feel contained.

Next I cut my title using my new little Cricut Joy (which my hubby surprised me with for Mother’s Day!). I chose one of the phrases available to download within the Cricut Design Space and cut the word ‘happy’ from the Over the Rainbow paper and ‘Mother’s Day’ from the Sun Shower paper. I then created an offset and cut this from white cardstock, which helped the title to really pop and stand out from the background. I also adhered my title using foam tape to give it some nice dimension and shadows.

I matted my 3×4 inch photos with various patterned papers from the 6×8 Inch Paper Stack, and then arranged them around the title, creating a visual triangle.

Next I created two floral clusters, one in the top left and the other above the photo in the bottom right. This helps to give a diagonal flow to the layout, drawing the viewer’s eye down the page and through the title and photos. I used various floral and leaf die cuts in the clusters, layering them up and adhering some with foam tape for extra dimension and interest.

I finished the page off with a couple of little moths/butterflies that I fussy cut out of one of the 6×8 papers, as well as a few little heart stickers. I also added my typed journaling next to the photo at the top of the page.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I’ve hope that you’ve been inspired by how I’ve included multiple photos on my layout.

Mandy x

To the Moon and Back | No Limits | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a fun, bright layout featuring my two favourite little people and the incredible No Limits collection. This week the team were challenged to make a layout with multiple photos or shaped photos, so I decided to do both. I am really happy with how this one turned out, I hope you like it too!

One of the easiest ways to use shaped photos is to use a cutfile. I have had this star patterned one sitting in my stash for ages, so now was the perfect time to use it. It’s a combination cutfile/stitching template which gives an extra layer of detail and interest, but that’s completely optional.

I used the A5 paper stack, Eclipse 12×12 patterned paper and a couple of double-sided 3×4 cards to back all but two of the star shapes in the cutfile, which I saved for my photos. Just make sure to print the photos large enough so they will fit in the stars, then adhere the photos to the back of the cutfile and trim off the excess. My two littles were having a lovely time at the park this day, even though the weather was a bit gloomy!

Once my cutfile was backed I added some adhesive foam to the back of the stars to add dimension. For the stitching, I used the stitching template part of the cutfile to cut the stitching holes into The Big Bang 12×12 patterned paper, before stitching with embroidery thread using a chain-stitching technique. This can be quite time consuming, but I love all the extra texture this provides.

Once I had finished the stitching, I added some tiny delicate splatters of gold mist and white acrylic ink all around the outside of my stitched pattern. Then I adhered the cutfile down within the stitched pattern. Make sure to use a good amount of adhesive if you do something like this, as the backed cutfile is quite heavy.

For the title I decided to use the gorgeous ‘To the Moon and Back’ piece from the chipboard stickers and adhere it right in the centre of the largest star. I then did the same with two of the larger epoxy wood buttons and two of the other stars to add some more circular elements. To embellish, I added some more of the smaller chipboard pieces and layered them over the cutfile.

For finishing touches, I added lots of chipboard sticker and puffy sticker stars all around the outside of the layout, followed by three tiny word phrases from the accessory stickers. I love the contrast of the bright colours of this layout against the neutral woodgrain background. I hope you enjoyed joining me for this layout today. Take care and happy scrapping!

Danni x

Jura 2021 | No limits Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty Friends. It’s Anna here with a page containing multiply photos. This is the assignment we were given this week and I was so happy to join. It was the perfect opportunity to make “all in one” type of scrapbook page, with a lot of small photos from one of our family trips. It’s something I love to do after each vacation. I pick about 10 photos I like the most and arrange them over the page. I, of course, make more pages with single photos to go more into details of each adventure and make a travel album, but this page is just a super fun reminder of all the great fun we had.

This time I scrapbooked our last year one week vacation in french Jura. It was kind of an accident we ended up there but we felt in love with the landscape, food and people and we are coming back this year too!

I used colorful “No limits” collection to make my page. It was inspired by the paper called “Eclipse”, that is also my page base. I decided to place each photo in different 3*4 square. Before I did that, I wanted to  “get rid” of some rectangles that were too colorful or in a wrong color. I reached for Pocket Cards and picked few in the colors I wanted to add to my page. I used them to cover all the 3*4 rectangles I wanted to hide. Pocket Cards are not only for project lifers! They can be a super cute base for mini album, used as dividers in bigger albums or as a journaling spots on layouts. Very versatile product!

After my grid was finished, It was time to place my photos. They are all in the same size and have white frame. However, some rectangles we also white-ish and my pictures tend to blend with them. That’s why I backed some of them with pieces of orange “Spark” and yellow “Latitude” papers.

Each photo is backed with a one layer of cardboard to add more dimension to the page. This is my go to technique for every single page. I just can’t make anything flat 🙂 With all the photos glued down it was time for embellishing the page. I tried to find as many stickers and ephemera pieces as possible, that would match travel theme of my layout. There is a great globe in Chipboard Stickers sheet, that I placed on one of the cards. I also picked few more thick stickers to add to my page.

Stars, small phrases and arrows come from Ephemera Pack – the most versatile product ever! With so many elements to choose from, you can make many, many projects with just one pack. I also used YEAH word from Die Cut Titles becasue I needed something to fill the empty space above the photo. Not all elements have to have a deeper meaning, right? I also used a word strips from Accesory Stickers sheet and three super cute wooden buttons.

I managed to use all the embellishments from “No limits” collection but one! I love the story this layout carries and love every single photo, even if it doesn’t look like taken by proffesional artist. There are so many great feelings poured into this page and this is always the most important part of scrapbooking for me.

I hope I inspired you to make a multiply photo layout, because I know it may be hard to arrange so many pictures. Grid is always a great idea in this case.

Thank you so much for staying with me and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna