The best | Unforgettable collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here sharing a bit of a flashback to the Unforgettable collection with you today.

Here is the layout that I created:

The subject of my layout today is my ‘baby’ girl – who turned 9 earlier this month. I do not know how this is possible that I have a nine year old in my household. Boy time just flies doesn’t it?

I have not played with this collection in a while and had minimal supplies left. I was excited though to find a whole pack of ephemera so I was able to add and embellish as much as I wanted with no limitations to my floral choices. To frame my photo I used one of my fave script prints in this collection and added tags and circular frames from the ephemera collection. I add a crochet thread to the tags to tie a bow- this thread is subtle and thin and adds a cute touch to the page.

I used a variety of floral pieces to embellish to either side of the photo. Using differing foam adhesive tapes create a dimensional effect – I did this in the clusters to either side.

The title of the page is from foam stickers. What better sentiment than this. I’m sure my Charlotte will agree! I think we counted down to her birthday for an odd 30 days. The level of excitement was high.

To journal as always I have added my typewritten strips to document this moment and milestone.

To finish the page I have framed it on the gorgeous signature floral paper of the collection and machine stitched the edge. I also added those final finishing touches of a scattering of enamel dots.

I can hardly believe I am documenting this moment of my baby girls life!
Thank you so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope you are well and safe in this crazy work we live in currently
Take care, xxx

My Sister My Friend | These Days Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura back again with a layout inspired by the gorgeous October Mood Board. The color scheme was perfect for the These Days collection and these sweet florals and greenery reminded me of this cut file from Liz Longest Designs. It’s a very simple wreath that looks divine when dressed up with these floral ephemera pieces! I backed each of the leaves with a green floral paper from the A5 paper stack.

I separated out the colors of the flowers in the floral ephemera pack and stuck to the smaller ones for the wreath, balancing out the mix of colors around the page. Each of the flowers has a drop of Nuvo in the center to give it a little extra texture and sparkle! I used the small puffy alphas for my title, spelling out ‘My Sister My Friend’ right next to my top photo. These photos are of my twins and catching a rare moment of them being sweet to each other was definitely a scrapworthy moment!

I created four clusters on this layout around my photos. The top cluster has a fussy cut frame as a base, with a bit of fussy cut florals and floral ephemera laid on top. The sparkly gold cloth hearts are squeezed in too along with a puffy word phrase and heart. These details really make a tremendous difference to my clusters, giving them the finishing touches they needed.

Similarly, this cluster to the left of the bottom photo contains the same elements. This helps all of the clusters feel cohesive on the page. In addition to the Nuvo drops, I also splattered with gold ink spray around the floral clusters and the perimeter of the wreath for a whimsical look.

I hope this inspires you to look at your cut files a little differently and incorporate them in a big way on your projects too! To see how “My Sister My Friend” came together, check out the process video below!



Hi Creative friends,

Gwen on the blog today excited to be here with a new share.  My layout features the Daydream collection which I’ve used to document a sweet photo of my daughter on her 13th Birthday.   I’m working with a black and white photo for this page so the soft colours in this collection (especially the greys and blues) were really inspiring to me.

For the background of my layout, I decided on the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper.  I love working with a pattern paper background and wanted something a little darker for my background on this page.  I’ve decided to work with a large background style cut file and a dark pattern paper for the background will really help it pop!  I’ve backed this one from CUT to YOU with the ‘Daisy Days‘ paper, I love the sweet little flowers on this paper.

I’ve centred the cut file onto the background of my page and then added some machine stitching.  For the embellishment clusters, I’m going with 3 clusters for this page.  The main one will feature my title and will run along the left hand side, and my photo will balance that out and run along the right hand side.

Here you can see I’ve mounted my photo on foam for dimension and also added some stitching around the edge.  I’ve also added stitching to the cut file design.  I love adding stitching, it’s a fun little detail that gives a really sweet look to the page.  You can also see here my title and largest embellishment cluster.  I’ve used die cut pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack as well as stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and a sweet ‘puffy heart‘ in each cluster.

My other two embellishment clusters will be smaller and they will form a visual triangle (with my photo in the middle).  They will also include elements from the Accessory Sticker Sheet and Die Cut Ephemera packs.  I’ve also added in a coordinating flair from the collection.

Next, I’ve added are some fussy cut butterflies from the ‘All A Flutter‘ pattern paper.  I’ve raised these on foam for dimension, they look as though they are about to fly right off the page.  Lastly I’ve added a few of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as a final touch on the page.

I’ve also made a YouTube video which you can watch here:

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the scrapbook process for this layout.

Until next time,




Look on the Bright Side | Sunkissed Collection | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here and today I’m sharing a new layout featuring the gorgeous Sunkissed collection! My assignment for this project was to feature cut apart papers. I love that the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections always include papers that can be cut apart to use for pocket page scrapbooking and/or as embellishments on a layout. It’s a great way to get more bang for your buck when you purchase a collection!

I decided on documenting a beautiful, happy photo of my youngest daughter Ella, and I knew that the bright and vibrant colours in the Sunkissed collection would be perfect for this photo! It was fun to incorporate lots of pieces from the Sunkissed cut apart papers onto my layout!

I started this layout off by using a template to create a beautiful sunburst design on the background. I used the following patterned papers from the collection to create the sunburst… Sunny Days (reverse side), Just Chillin (reverse side), Summer LightsFun in the Sun (reverse side), Feelin Fine (reverse side), and Bright Side (reverse side). I LOVE how bright and colourful it looks with all those gorgeous patterned papers! Once I’d finished adhering all of the pieces into place, I added machine stitching along the edge of each one to give it some more texture.

I wanted to add a mat underneath my photo to help it to stand out from the busy background and to provide a clean area to add some embellishing. I used one of the papers from the A5 Paper Stack for this, which I cut down to a 5 3/4 inch square. I adhered the square mat using craft foam to again help the photo area to really pop. Next I matted my photo with the Just Chillin woodgrain paper, and adhered it to the middle of the square.

I started my embellishing by creating a cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo. I fussy cut a rainbow out of the A5 cut apart paper, as well as some flowers from the Growing Wild patterned paper. I finished the cluster off with a die cut banner from the Ephemera pack, as well as a cute Wood Epoxy Button.

Next I added my title and another embellishment cluster on the top right hand corner of the photo. Again I used lots of fussy cut embellishments. For my title I used the ‘Look on the Bright Side’ piece from the A5 Cut Apart paper. I also fussy cut another flower from the Growing Wild patterned paper, as well as a little banner piece from the Fun in the Sun cut apart paper. Like with the first cluster, I finished this one off with another Wood Epoxy Button.

I created a third and final cluster in the top right hand corner of the page. You’ll notice that all of my embellishments are positioned along the diagonal line from the bottom left hand corner of the page to the top right. This helps to draw the viewers eye to the photo and then through the other elements on the layout. This last cluster includes two more pieces that I cut out of the Fun in the Sun cut apart paper, and another fussy cut flower. I also tucked a Die Cut sun into the cluster to finish it off.

As the final finishing touches on the layout, I added a few gold glitter hearts from the Glitter Foam Title Stickers pack, as well as a couple of die cut clouds.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at how I incorporated cut apart papers as embellishments on my layout!

Mandy x

Home Sweet Home | These Days Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a fun layout featuring the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper cut-apart sheet from the gorgeous These Days collection. Cut apart sheets are a fantastic place to start when you’re feeling low on inspiration, as there are so many pieces to draw inspiration from. My favourite way to use them is to cluster several of the pieces around a central photo as I have done here.

To begin with I took a plain sheet of white cardstock and jazzed it up with some mixed media in colours to complement the These Days collection. I used yellow, duck egg blue and soft pink distress oxide inks and used a combination of brushing, spraying and splattering to create a messy background.

I cut up the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper and arranged the pieces I liked best around my photo. To vary the sizes of the pieces, I have also used one of the cut-apart sheets from the A5 paper stack. The pieces are similar to the 12×12 paper except scaled down, which means I can create interest with a variety of shapes and sizes.

To create even more interest and texture, I have taken three of the pieces and added some hand stitching. This is a nice way to add stitching if you don’t have the time or patience for lots of stitching. This was nice and quick, but still looks very cute. I decided to use the ‘Home Sweet Home’ piece as my title, then stitched over the word ‘Sweet’ with a whipped backstitch and over the leaf sprigs with a modified chain stitch. I also stitched around the little house piece and over the word ‘Sweet’ at the bottom of the page.

Once I had my main cluster placed, I added a small cluster to the top and bottom of the page. These pieces were also cut from the cut-apart tags and banners on the Good Life 12×12 patterned paper. There are so many bits and pieces on these cut-apart sheets! Once the main elements were placed it was easy to add a few embellishments to finish off the layout.

I added some of the floral ephemera in the empty spaces around my main cluster, using the smaller florals so as not to overwhelm the page. I used the clear stickers to add some leaf sprigs to my clusters, as well as the cross-hatch details for some extra interest. I also popped one of the puffy gold glitter hearts on one of my floral clusters, then added a little puffy sticker butterfly and a couple of hearts.

As the finishing touch I added some mini puffy alpha stickers at the bottom of my photo to spell the word ‘yum’. I love using embellishments to spruce up dead spaces in my photos like this, and these puffy alphas are the perfect size.

I just love how this one turned out! I hope you enjoyed joining me today. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

Shine Bright | Unforgettable Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello, its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back for another Throwback Thursday layout!! I love Throwback Thursday because it enables me to dive into my stash and work with some older Cocoa Vanilla products.  I decided to go into my stash and work with the first older collection (as in not from 2021) that I came across – hence the beautiful Unforgettable Collection!  The photo is the offical school photo of my 7 year old daughter for this year.

I find school photos challenging to scrapbook because of the size of the photo, and often the colour tones that I can’t alter because the photos come printed. I decided to use “Natural Beauty” for my background, and I also layered up “Forget Me Not” and “Lacewing”.  I used my scallop edge punch for extra texture.  For my photo I fussy cut out the floral edges on one of the cut apart cards on “Story Teller”.  I also used embellishments from the “Die Cut Ephemera”, Accessory Stickers and “Flair Buttons”.

I decided to use several of the “Clear Stickers” and I layered them in two positions next to my photo to provide a minimal mixed media look.  I love how they look!

I created my title with one of the phrases from the Foam Title Stickers.  I finished my layout with some black ink splatters.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create layouts and projects with Unforgettable.

Take care

Melissa xx




Autumn Days | These Days Collection | Josefine vd Hoeven

Hello crafty Paperlovers,
It’s Josefine here today with a new layout that I created with the beautiful collection “These Days”
I love the fall colors and this collection is a perfect match.

I choose different design papers from the “These Days” collection and punch out different leaves from the papers. In the center of the leaves, I stitch a border with gold thread and used my sewing machine for this.

I wrapped embroidery thread around my layout several times. I placed my picture on top on the embroidery thread and made a large cluster with the leaves. I chose different die-cuts, stickers and flowers and decorate my layout with these gorgeous embellishments.

I decorated my layout with more beautiful elements from this wonderful collection. The wooden buttons, butterflies and the cute golden hearts. I love all these beautiful layers I have created with the leaves. I used a wax seal next to my photo that I made with wax and a seal stamp and decorated it with gold flakes.

I used two different alpha sets for the title “Autumn Days” I like the nice and playful effect of using different alpha sets. I cut branches from water color paper and colored them with two different colors of Distress Oxide. The colors are “rusty hinge” and “walnut stain” I placed the branches in different places between the leaves.You can also see that I made splatters with white acrylic paint and gold ink. I like how my layout turned out.

Well that’s it for today paper friends and I’m grateful you stopped by on the blog to see what I created with this beautiful collection. I hope I was able to inspire you with this Autumn layout.
Wishing you all a very happy and creative day!
XoXo, Jo


Sweet Heart | These Days Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout share featuring the super sweet These Days Collection. I went crazy with the fussy cutting of those beautiful florals on the Home Grown paper again and teamed it up with a little texture and a cute photo from 2011..

I’ve taken another walk down memory lane with this sweet photo of Leila just before she was 1. This was from a mini photo shoot that was taken just in time for her 1st birthday and gosh did they turn out cute!

I made a little photo stack using the photo, white cardstock, a piece of 3×4 pocket card and some off cuts of the Good Life paper. I knew I was trying to achieve an open frame style layout using tonnes of florals so I added the photo to the bottom left of the awesome woodgrain  paper (Pretty Posies) and layered it with some offcuts of muslin for texture.

I added machine stitching around both the photo and the top corner of the layout using white thread and my trusty sewing machine. Only a few bits show through, but I like the hints of extra texture it adds to the layout. I fussy cut a frame to be the central point of the florals, both frames on the page were cut from the Wall of Fame paper.

I used different adhesives on the florals for a mix of dimension and folded the petals upwards to give them a 3D look

Theres even the addition of a wood button and enamel dots and a gold glitter heart sprinkled here and there…

Along the bottom of the photo I added the other fussy cut frame and used this as the base for my mixed font title. I don’t have very many black foam title words left in my stash so I needed to get creative with my title on this layout. The mini puffy alphabets are perfect in size to add to any title.

I used the same mix of florals and embellishments within the bottom floral frame/cluster to keep a cohesive look to the layout. How stinking cute is that face!

And a different angle to see all the pretty layers that came together in one cluster of goodness. You can also see I’ve added a massive splattering of gold ink around the layout to finish it all off.

Well friends, that is all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by to see what Ive created this week. Cant wait to get started on the next creation…

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

SPOOK-TACULAR | Legendary | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends! It’s Kylie with you today and I have a fun new layout I have created to share. Even though we don’t really recognise Halloween here at home, I had some photos of some Halloween fun at school I wanted to scrapbook. The main focus of my page is a cute cut file which has been designed by Paige Evans. The “LEGENDARY’ collection was my choice for this page as the colour scheme was perfect for what I had in mind.

The ‘OUTDOORS TYPE’ paper was chosen for my background. I love the depth of colour and the woodgrain look it has. Once I had cut out my cut file, I began the process of backing each section piece by piece. Rose Gold and Black glitter cardstock from my stash were used on the facial features.For dimension I adhered the cut file to my page using foam adhesive squares.

For a little added texture on my background I tore into the top of my page and added some of the ‘EPIC TALES’ paper in behind.

My photo was trimmed to 5.75″x 3.75″ and backed with a 6″x 4″ piece of paper. It too was adhered with foam adhesive squares. This also allowed me to tuck some of the star die cuts in underneath both the photo and the cut file. I created a title to correspond with the pages theme from the large title die cut pack and also added some of the typed phrase stickers below.

I really hope you have enjoyed seeing my ‘SPOOK-TACULAR’ themed page today on the blog.I have also filmed a short process video for you to watch.

Perhaps it gives you inspiration for your own scrapbooking layouts. Until next time,

Kylie .



Summer Fun | Endless Summer collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a Summer themed scrapbook layout using one of the older Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections called Endless Summer. I chose this collection because of the gorgeous teal colour of the water in my photo, a selfie of myself kayaking earlier this year. The teal in the Endless Summer collection was a perfect match! Don’t you love it when that happens?!

I chose my background patterned paper first – opting for the pretty tropical floral outline paper. I did trim it down so that I could add a double mat of cardstock behind the patterned paper. I pulled out a pink and a teal cardstock to mat the page with. I added the wood grain die-cut frame from the Ephemera pack over my photo and stapled an arrow die-cut to the top right of the frame, I then adhered it using craft foam in the centre of my page. I like the look of various layers of dimension on my layouts so I added foam tapes and regular tape under the floral die-cuts and tucked these into both sides of my photo. I also added some leaves here and bent the edges up on both the florals and the leaves.

On the right of the photo I included the super cute flamingo die-cut and the Summer Holiday ticket from the ephemera pack. I also tucked one of the flair buttons and adhered a wood veneer arrow. Below my photo I adhered the Memories Are Made of This die-cut piece on top of the frame, I also tucked in the banner die-cut underneath the photo. My title is made up of the letters that spelt ‘Summer’ and the ‘Fun’ word in the ephemera pack. I also added the cute anchor wood veneer piece to the bottom left corner of the photo. Near the anchor I placed a wood epoxy bead and also placed another wood veneer piece across the Summer title.   

To the left of my photo I added the round ‘Smile’ die-cut piece and a heart die-cut. Above the photo I added some cloud die-cuts with craft foam and layered the ‘Summer Days’ banner die-cut across the clouds. I also scattered some of the gorgeous enamel shapes in the hearts around the page. Lastly I stamped the date stamp and checked that everything was adhered down sufficiently.

Do you still have the Endless Summer collection in your stash? Why not pull it out and get creating with it? You can use my layout here as inspiration. If you don’t have the physical collection you can now purchase the Endless Summer digital collection and print your own papers and embellishments as many times as you like!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x