Happy Cake Day | Make a Wish collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new ‘Throwback Thursday’ layout featuring the gorgeous Make A Wish collection!

The Make A Wish collection is one of my all time favourite collections by Cocoa Vanilla so when I got a ‘Throwback Thursday’ assignment, I knew this collection was the one I wanted to use to document a cute photo of my niece from her recent 3rd birthday.

I have again chosen to create a page in the smaller format of 8.5′ x 11′. The gorgeous Happy Day cut file title and the candles cut file are all by CUT to YOU. I have had those for a while, I was so happy to be able to use them on this layout! I backed the title with the ‘B’ side of the Hip Hooray paper and the candles with the Party Dots paper from Make A Wish. Once backed, I popped them all up using adhesive craft foam. I love the shadows and dimension this creates.

In the detail photo above, you can see I decided to add the word ‘Cake’ to the title of my layout. Happy Cake Day is the title of my layout. I used the alphabet stickers from the Make A Wish collection to spell Cake.

The background paper I chose is the Daydream paper from the collection, I then chose the wood grain paper and adhered it on top and machine stitched around the edge. I love the texture and softness this creates. I bent up the edhes of the paper slightly also.

The super cute photo had to be the main focus so I decided to adhere it to the centre of the page with one of the chipboard frames ‘framing’ it. Above the photo, I adhered the heart border strip from the ephemera pack and fussy cut out a small journal spot from one of the papers to tuck in. I also layered the ‘Fun’ banner to the top right of my photo. I adddd the wood veneer cake to the right of the photo and added some of the stars from the ephemera packs and accessory sticker sheet. Lastly I added some of the phrase and word stickers also from the Accessory sticker sheet and dated the date stamp.

Thank you so much for joining me on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog, it’s always fun to revisit some of the past collections for Throwback Thursday!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Unforgettable You | Mixed collections| Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friends Rachel here. Last week I decided it was time for a sort out of my CVS collections, as often when I am creating I get messy and end up throwing my product back in its pizza box and close the lid to hide my laziness! Well it took me far too long but it was worth doing as I discovered I had more than I thought (of course) and I also realised how many papers from different CVS collection go together beautifully. This is what inspired this layout and it is a CVS all sorts!Firstly I chose this super sweet rainbow with cloud cut file (Silhouette Design store). I kept to the rule of thirds choosing three papers that coordinated. I used Navy flower vellum paper and Grow wild paper from Wild at Heart collection, the third paper is from the Midnight collection Moonlight. I added the rainbow with foam tape knowing I would tuck elements under it (and it creates a 3D effect). I used a polka dot embossing folder on my cloud which added texture and design (this stops it looking flat), I added the cloud with double sided tape.

I added a flair from Happiness collection, I chose the hot pink ‘good vibes’ one as it contrasted against the white.

I then used a mix of embellishments from various collections to pretty up this page. As always I added a paint/watercolour clear sticker behind my cloud and adding a die cut butterfly over it, both these elements being from the Unforgettable collection.

On the opposite side I added a floral cluster using die cuts again from Unforgettable, finishing this cluster off with a phrase sentiment and enamel dots.

I found a chipboard polaroid frame for my photo in a pretty polka dot peach and used a grey min bow to finish off. I added a die cut camera under the rainbow, added an enamel dot to the lens centre and lastly added another phrase sentiment.

I created my title using a mix of chipboard word (using a paint brush stroke clear sticker behind it) and accessory sticker phrase sentiment and a clear sticker butterfly. To create a visual break between the cloud and title I added a peach scallop die cut.

All thats it from me today! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have a wonderful week.




Rachel X



Living the Dream | Unforgettable collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing a 12×12″ layout I created featuring the beautiful ‘Unforgettable’ collection and some recent photos of my daughter at the beach. As my daughter gets older (she’s now 12), I am finding it increasingly difficult to get photos of her, as she doesn’t enjoy posing for me as much as she used to. (Unless she is dressed up in a costume, but that’s a whole other story!) So you can imagine my delight when I managed to capture these photos of her, and I couldn’t wait to scrap them.

I chose to use the ‘Unforgettable’ collection because I just can’t pass up the chance to create something gorgeous and girly whenever I have the chance. I began my page with one of my favourite papers from the collection – the fabulous aqua diagonal stripe print on the reverse of the Sprightly paper. Instead of keeping the sheet as a whole, I decided to add some extra interest by cutting off a strip along the left edge and flipping it over to reveal the abstract watercolour pattern on the other side. Before re-joining the two, I also added a narrow strip of the Unscripted paper between them. I also distressed the edges of the joins slightly to add some extra texture.

With my page base constructed, it was then time to create a focal area for my layout. I layered several smaller pieces of paper (Sprightly; Garland; and Pretty Bits) to form a mat for my photos, adding some cardboard behind the left photo to lift it up a little higher than the other. Then it was time to play with some pretties!

I decided on three main embellishment clusters placed in the bottom left, top right and bottom right corners of my photo mat. Beginning with the top right cluster, I used a die cut circular frame and a large floral piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as the anchors for the cluster. It was at this point that I realised I really needed to draw in the stunning blue colour of the water in my photos. Unfortunately, this colour didn’t feature in the collection so I had to come up with another solution. I found a small floral cut file called Flower Bunch (designed by Paige Evans) that I had cut previously, and coloured it using watercolour paints.

Once dry, I cut it into three pieces so that I could use a portion of it in each cluster. I tucked the largest of the three pieces in underneath the die cuts I had started my first cluster with. I then added two smaller die cut flowers; and a small tab and phrase from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I then finished the cluster with a beautiful die cut butterfly.

For my second cluster in the bottom left corner, I again used a large die cut floral piece from the ephemera pack combined with another section of the painted cut file. In behind the floral piece I tucked a pretty little tag (also from the ephemera pack), which I tied with a little twine. I then added the little moments labelled arrow, which I popped up with little foam tape to give it some dimension.

My third and final cluster was to be my title cluster. I had already picked out the living the dream die cut from the ephemera pack for my title piece (it was an easy choice – just look at that beach on a perfect Queensland winter day). I added another die cut flower and leafy branch, as well as the remainder of the painted cut file. I used foam tape under the title, which allowed me enough room to add a watercolour style Clear Sticker under the edge.

I finished off with a small die cut heart alongside my title cluster and then some tiny splatters of blue ink scattered around my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get some supplies out and create something pretty too. (Besides, we all need to make room for the new ‘Daydream’ collection coming soon, right?!)

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Love you | Unforgettable |Sophie Delorme

Hello everyone !


It’s Sophie with you today and I am sharing a girly layout created with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Unforgettable collection. It is a simple page featuring my sweet little girl.




I used a thick white cardstock as my background, cut about half an inch around it and adhered it on the back side of the Storyteller paper to create a border all around my page. I also machine stitched with white thread around it.

I did a few watercolor splatters on my background, centered my photo and backed it with tissue paper and adhesive foam.

I used a fussy cut card out of the same Storyteller paper as a big quote next to my photo. I punched out a few stripes of different patterned papers that I stuck down under the card and adhered everything on the left side of my photo.




I also cut out three labels out of the same patterned paper, added a white stitch around them, ruffled up their edges with scissors and placed them on the right side of my photo. The overall look is like a grid design.




Then, the fun part begins: Adding embellishments ! That’s also the part where it’s hard for me to know when to stop ! There are so many gorgeous flowers, leaves and feathers in the Die Cut Ephemera Pack that match so beautifully… It was a challenge not to put literally everything on my page !!


You might also notice that I created a few watercolor leaves of my own, that I fussy cut and arranged here and there around my page.


Finally, I added a flair button,  some enamel dots, some beautiful foam title stickers above my photo, and wrote down my journaling.


Here are the close-ups.














I truly hope that you like my layout and you feel inspired to use this amazing Unforgettable collection. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, and it will be my pleasure to answer you !


I wish you all a great crafty day !


Sophie xx


You Rock | Legendary Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, I’m here today capping off the Stars and Stripes theme this week on the CVS blog. Of course, I chose to use the amazing Legendary collection which compliments this theme beautifully.

Here is the layout that I created:

This layout is documenting a photo of my little man taken at the start of March – pre-covid restrictions here in Australia. We had taken a family drive to a small town about an hour from our house to visit the market and township. Jack decided to pose on the townships post office doorstep. I adore this photo but it does project such an innocence in this little man. Jack has such a beautiful and sensitive little heart, but certainly as I have documented many times keeps us on our toes. I chose to feature a stripe through the diagonal stripe ‘Explorer’ pattern paper that has backed my photo. If there is one paper that I would love multiples of in this collection it is this lime stripe paper (or the Woodgrain, who can pass up a nice woodgrain). Instead of using my own typewritten journaling I used the tiny word stickers in the accessory sticker sheet. I was able to make a little phrase by adapting some of the stickers available.

The main design element of this photo was a cut file tag which is called Geometric Tags and is available in the Cut To You online store. In my cutting machine software I manipulated the tag so it was bigger and wider – so I could have a giant tag on my layout. The tag features stars – which I was able to highlight by backing the cut file with different patterned papers. I used the yellow in the Wild One paper and the orange in the One Way paper.

The title of the page ‘you rock’ was created using the clear stickers. I adhere the stickers onto a white card and fussy cut around them creating my own die cut titles. I love how these turned out! I also added a flair featuring a star to this title area.

I created an embellishment cluster in the bottom left corner of the page featuring ephemera and fussy cut stars. I used the stars from the All Star paper to trace onto the woodgrain paper. This helped balance the darker elements of woodgrain in the embellishments.

To finish the page I scattered multiple fussy cut stars. These make a nice design element but also can be used to help balance out any colours that are featured on the layout. The entire layout was then bordered on a patterned paper featuring stars called Offbeat.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope my layout has given you some stars and stripe inspiration!


Hey Creatives! Gwen on the blog today sharing a new scrapbook layout I’ve created as part of our ‘Stars and Stripes’ theme happening this week. I’ve decided to work with stars and was inspired to scrapbook this photo of Miss C from a few years back. I was also inspired by this months challenge mood board which I will also share below.


Here is the challenge board that helped inspire the page:

My page started by pulling out the ‘Legendary‘ collection. I really wanted to use it as I knew it had the blue tones, touches of green and that warm copper type colour all in the mood board and all that would match my photo. I also knew it would work really well with the star theme we have happening and included the die-cut star pieces in the ‘Ephemera Pack‘.

Next up, I grabbed this star cut file by CUT to YOU and backed each of the stars alternating the ‘Wild One‘, ‘Outdoors Type‘ and ‘Off Beat’ pattern papers. I’ve also used the dark woodgrain in the ‘Outdoors Type’ pattern paper as my border, adding stitching around the edge for extra detail.

To mat my photo, I’ve used the ‘All Star‘ pattern paper and more of the ‘Off Beat‘ pattern paper for my layers.

I’ve then positioned my cut file onto some foam adhesive and placed onto more of the ‘Off Beat’ pattern paper, this time using the A-side. I just love the look of this mixed media background without any of that messy mixed media work.

With my large cut file and background sorted, it was then time to position the photo and larger title pieces. I am on a kick right now to use all of these titles up and have added another three to this page. I don’ have too many now!! I had to fuss with the position a bit to get them to a place where I felt like they worked. I just kept changing things up until I was happy.

I’ve also added in at this point the two large die-cut stars into my layers and love how they look. It was time to get to the embellishments, I’ve gone with the Flair buttons, some stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker‘ sheet and a few ‘Enamel Dots‘ to finish off the page.

Thanks for popping by the blog today, I hope my page has inspired you and you are enjoying the ‘Stars and Stripes’ theme this week. I also wanted to mention that I have made a YouTube video of my process for this page which you can watch here.

Until next time,



Even Superheroes | Legendary Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts here again with a fun way to use up those scraps at the end of a project! I find cut files are brilliant for finishing off those little scraps you might otherwise throw away and with a giant title like this one from COAPA, those scraps can really shine! I have really enjoyed scrapping tons of photos with the new Legendary collection, but this mixed media style background paper has to be my absolute favorite in the entire collection. It’s called “Offbeat” and I think it framed this cut file beautifully!

I kept the embellishing pretty simple on this layout, so as not to compete with the photo or title design, but I did squeeze in a few stars (and stripes!) anyway. Stars are a great shape for boy layouts and one that has become my go-to for masculine pages. Clustering them is super simple, they tuck into each other at the corner of a label or word phrase sticker (or both!) as well as peeking out from behind larger design elements.

The best part of any layout for me is always those tiny details that finish it off. In this case, I used a combination of enamel dots and Nuvo drops to add a bit of interest to my clusters and then added to the splattered background with even more splatters in gold! I hope you find inspiration to use your scraps too, whether it’s backing a cut file or layering behind your photo. To see this layout come together, check out the process video below!


Grow Beautiful | Bohemian Dream | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends, Anita here with you today sharing a layout using the bohemian dream collection our theme this week is stars or stripes I have decided on stripes, I added it behind my photo and add them to the border.
I started off by trimming and Matting dreamer pattern paper behind my purple cardstock as I wanted to change it up from my normal white..I then splattered some white paint and some lavender mist across the cardstock to ass more colour and texture then I layered some texture Using a stencil and modeling paste.
Next I added a 6 inch doily in the centre to add softness to my background
I matted my photo on dreamer and beautiful mess to add the stripes  and colours to blend
I embellished with ephemera and accessory stickers around the photo


I also wanted to add a bit more colour to the top and bottom of my layout by clusters of embellishments layered By using more accessory stickers and ephemera


For my title I pulled out those beautiful foam titles from unforgettable and painted it purple and add some pearl drops for texture


Tucking ephemera and stickers can add that extra texture and layer to help it not be so Plain


Also cutting out the negatives of your stickers can add a different texture And texture element.
I hope you have enjoyed my mixed media layout today
Happy crafting

Memories Captured | Unforgettable Collection | Danni Visser

Hi everyone! Danni here with a simple modified grid layout using the incredible Unforgettable collection. I still can’t get enough of the beautiful colours and florals in this stunning collection.

In keeping with our ‘Stars and Stripes’ theme for this week, I decided to showcase the grey stripe pattern in Glorious 12×12 paper by using it for my background. I cut a large square from Lacewing 12×12 paper and added a white border to use as the base for my modified grid. I oriented my photo in the upper right of the square, then added a journal spot from Storyteller 12×12 paper which I backed with the woodgrain of Natural Beauty paper. I went ahead distressed the edges and added some machine stitching to the large square and my journal spot layers for some extra texture.


For my title I decided to switch it up and fussy cut some words from Unscripted 12×12 paper and I’m so glad I did! They were easier to do than I thought, and they are the perfect medium sized titles. I placed my title in my journaling spot and added a few lines of journaling along with the date to fill up the rest of the card.

For the rest of the grid I cut rectangles from the 6×8 paper stack in different sizes to fill in the remaining spaces. I love using the 6×8 paper stack for things like this because the smaller pattern makes it more visible in the small pieces. I used a combination of accessory stickers, die cut ephemera and clear stickers to decorate the remaining rectangles. I also added some twine to the sticker tag and outlined some of the pieces with black pen to add definition.

I made some star embellishments by tracing some star shapes on the reverse side of 6×8 paper stack papers and fussy cutting them out. I used these to fill in some of the empty spots and to cover some of the unwanted background details in my photo – an easy way to save a photo if you forget to edit it before printing like I did! I also went ahead and added a few enamel dots to each cluster of stars. The finishing touches were some black paint splatters to the background and a sketchy hand drawn border in black pen.

There is a process video linked below if you would like to watch this all come together. Thank you for joining me today and happy scrapping!

Danni x

NEW Daydream Collection | Reveal & Give Away!

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday to you!

I know it’s been a while between collections… we have been very busy here at CVS headquarters during COVID! And because of that, I’m so happy to reveal our gorgeous new collection, and I am just in love with this one…

We all need a bit of happiness and comfort with the way things are in the world at the moment, and that is just what our new Daydream Collection delivers!  I really feel like I went back to my roots with this collection, and just had FUN with designing!

It is filled with a fun mix of whimsical designs and icons, in a fun neutral pastel colour palette that is on trend this season… And really, who doesn’t love a cute rainbow?? I can see it being used from anything from kids, to family memories, to time spent at home… it really is a versatile range that will suit a wide range of subjects!

We have our usual line-up of products, as well as a couple of fun new additions including the CUTEST little corduroy puffy hearts which are just the sweetest things ever, and a gorgeous sequin mix with flowers!

This collection will start shipping to our wonderful retailers late July 2020

There’s a chance for you to WIN the full collection, so read on to find out how!


For a chance to WIN this gorgeous collection, just leave a comment below telling us what you think of our new Daydream collection.

**Entries Close Midnight Sunday 14th July 2020**

Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

♥ Zoe

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