Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a new share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the brand new ‘DayDream‘ collection. For today’s share, I’m working with this picture of me. Yes, I’m still on a bit of a mission to scrapbook more layouts featuring photos of myself. I tend to do a lot of my daughter so it’s been fun to create a couple recently of me.

The idea for the page definitely started with the photo for this one, and with it being black and white, I thought it might be fun to pop it onto a coloured background. I’ve gone with the grey and white spot pattern in the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper. I’ve used both sides of this paper for my background, adding a frame around the edge of my layout using the floral side. I’ve added stitching in a pretty pink thread for an added detail.

Next up, I’ve backed my cut file. This one is from CUT to YOU and I’ve used more of the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper to do this. I’ve also used ‘Sweet Serenity‘ and ‘All Aflutter‘ pattern papers as well.

I’ve used these same papers to mat my photo, opting for a double mat for this page.

For the embellishments, I’ve fussy cut elements from the ‘Happy Place‘ pattern paper including the sweet rainbows and cute tab elements. I’ve also used some fussy cut florals from the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper. I’ve teamed these with pieces from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as a ‘Puffy Hearts‘ and ‘Flair Button‘.

To finish the page, I’ve fussy cut out three moths from the ‘All Aflutter‘ pattern paper and added to my page with foam tape.

I’ve also made a process video for this layout which you can watch here:

I hope you enjoyed seeing me make this page and that it inspires you to get creating with your Cocoa Vanilla Studio goodies.

Until next time,



Beautiful You | Day Dream and Merry and Bright | Anita Bownds

 Hi lovely’s  , Anita here with you today sharing a floral layout mixing 2 collections together day dream and merry and bright using a photo of our Luna sleeping on my chair in the craft room and I often find her asleep on my chair she likes the craft room as it’s quiet and a great place to just chill out..

You know me ..white cardstock first then I was thinking with this layout I wanted to add some mixed media
To the background so I used the plastic package technique and kissed light pink paint and peach watercolour to the background across the page and let it dry before adding a stenciled modelling paste across it


Then I flicked white watered down paint and did the same with rose gold to add a bit more colours in the background, I kept it light as I didn’t want the background to take away from the foreground I just wanted it to blend


Then I matted background on all aflutter and machine stitched around the boarder then I matted my photo on papers from day dream 6×8 and tucked in some stickers from the accessory stickers from day dream in the top of the photo layers and adhered my photo in the center of the layout..


Then I started cutting out my flowers using joy to the world pattern paper and for the leaves I used oh Christmas tree , count down and sun shower to make my clusters. Using a white pen I added so detail to the flowers and just bent them up a bit to add dimension and layered them with a enamel dots in the center’s to finish them off


And I bent up the leaves just to add more dimension to look more like flowers instead of them being flattened out
And then I clustered them on 2 sides of my photo and finish off the layout with a few ephemera butterflies from the day dream ephemera pack and a few drops of liquid pearls I rose gold.



I hope you have enjoyed my floral inspiration today

happy holidays and happy crafting lovely’s


Merry and Bright Pocket Pages | Merry and Bright Collection | Danni Visser

Hi crafters! Danni here with a double pocket page layout featuring the gorgeous Merry and Bright collection. I have so many of the stunning pocket cards left that I just had to get some of them used up, and what better way than a couple of pocket pages?

I like to use pocket pages as a way to include lots of photos in my yearly albums, especially photos that aren’t the best quality, are of less interesting everyday moments, or when I have several similar photos that I can’t choose between. These pages are everyday Christmas season snapshots and some extras from our Christmas parade.

For my first page I chose the “Merry & Bright” pocket card and backed it on the candy stripe 12×12 patterned paper for a title card. I chose two pretty pocket cards – one to embellish with Santa from the die cut ephemera, the other as a perfect spot for my journaling. I like to cover ugly or distracting background details in my photos with pretty embellishments, so I also fussy cut the two hearts from one the pocket cards and used them to decorate a photo.

I added some clusters of florals fussy cut from floral 12×12 patterned paper to the corners of two of my photos, then used a combination of die cut ephemera and accessory stickers to fill in any empty spaces. The tiny heart die cuts came in handy for this project – I used lots of them to embellish my photos, outlining them in white gel pen to really make them ‘pop’.

For my second pocket page I decided to make a couple of decorative feature cards. First, I used the multicoloured polka spot paper from the A5 paper stack, some die cut baubles and some strip rhinestones to make a hanging bauble card, filling in the corners with layered fussy cut florals. For the second decorative card I layered tag and phrase stickers together on a green starry pocket card, adding baker’s twine to the tag and another heart die cut.

Many of these photos have not-so-nice things in the background (a rubbish bin for example) so the accessory stickers and smaller die cut ephemera worked perfectly to cover these up and add detail to the photos. I also used a combination of fussy cut and sticker labels to add small areas of journaling to highlight the important memories from these photos.

I inked the edges of many of the cards in a Christmassy green ink to help define the edges and added lots of tiny words from the accessory stickers to help tell my stories. Do you like to use pocket pages to record your stories?  I hope this inspired you to try some new things! There is a process video on YouTube linked below. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


Bathtub mermaid | Happiness Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. Welcome in New Year. Today I want to share with you my first page created in 2021. I was assigned to my favorite “Throwback Thursday” theme, where we revisit older CVS collections. You know I love doing that. It feels so good to put older stuff into good use (and make some room for the new one 🙂 ). This time I was inspired by the photo of my daughter taking bath. She reminded me of little mermaid (minus ginger hair) so my thoughts wandered in this direction. Happy memories deserve happy colors so I added some rainbow too. It resulted in colorful project with mixed media background.

I started with white sheet of paper and scales stencil. I picked 6 colors of Distress Oxide Inks and blended them through the stencil in rainbow order using brushes. They help you create very soft look. Next step was to add photo and composition around it. There is one collection that matches such a colorful background perfectly. It’s called “Happiness” and I already made many rainbow projects using it.

I reached into my ephemera leftovers (I managed to use up almost 3!!! packages) and picked few flowers and tabs and placed them around the photo. I also found this cardboard frame from much older “Wild at heart” line and decorated picture with it. Using my dies and die cutting machine I cut out three rows of “waves” from paper called “Good vibes“. I also cut out two sizes of circles from the same paper. They were meant to look like air bubbles under the water.

I love using white cardstock as a base and alter it with some mixed media. Applying inks over the stencil is so easy and fun and final results are just stunning. For more “underwater” effect I could only focus on shades of blue but I couldn’t help myself to add magical rainbow. Scales pattern was inspired by the mermaid tale but you can also use circles that will “pretend” air bubbles. If you don’t have matching stencil, but you are a proud owner of digital die cutting machine, you can cut temporary stencil using the machine.

My title is a mix of foiled alpha stickers and white stickers from CVS “Colour me happy” line. It’s white with matte finish so you can color it any way you want. I also have a die of mermaid tale and I cut it using silver cardstock to add it to design. My daughter Maja loves all things shiny and fairytale so she will for sure approve it. Adding small hearts fussy cut from “Little things” paper was my final touch to this page.

I hope this rainbow page will be first one of many happy designs this year. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Present | Daydream | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone!! It’s Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back here with you sharing my first post of 20201!! And as its the beginning of the new year I thought it very appropriate to create a layout with my word for this year which is “Present”.  One thing that lockdown taught me was that I need to spend more time with my children, and that even though I can be in the same room as them, I need to make an effort to put my phone down.  I used the gorgeous ‘Daydream‘ collection, which I was very excited to return to after lots of Christmas scrapbooking!

For this layout I wanted  a bold white title with my Silhouette Cameo, and I created this one by using the free fonts in the software.  I cut the title letters 4 times and layered them up for added dimension.  In order to make my title pop I used ‘Garden Variety’ for my background paper. I also used the A side of this paper and fussy cut both clusters and individual florals.  I bent up the petals and used lots of dimensional adhesive to make them look realistic, and also added some glimmer paste on the open flowers.

I used the ‘6 x 8 Inch Paper Stack’ to create to mats around my photo.  I chose two of the pink patterns and I love how they look against the grey of the background.  I also used several ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pieces for my embellishment.

I created clusters of flowers around the title, and also on top of my photo.  It almost looks like a flower crown on my head!!

I cut apart ‘Happy Place’ for the heart and rainbow borders.  I fussy cut around the tops of the rainbows for extra added interest, and I love that it creates a scallop border. The ‘Puffy Heart’ , tiny heart stickers (from the ‘Accessory Stickers’ and sequins from the ‘Sequins & Flowers’ provide sweet details. I was also proud of myself because I got one of the gorgeous ‘Flair Buttons’ onto my page too!

Here is a close up of my journalling, which explains more about how I will apply my word into my life this year.

I also made a process video which you can watch below.  Also make sure you go to the Cocoa Vanilla YouTube channel and subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the videos that we create for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Melissa xx




Baby, it’s cold outside | Merry and Bright Collection | Anna Blades

Hello CVS friends!

Welcome back to the blog, Anna here with you today! Christmas is over, but for me, it’s hard to stop using the gorgeous Merry & Bright collection. So, I decided to use it in a wintry way. And including flowers, of course. I love the result!

First, I took the Sweet Serenity paper from the Daydream Collection and ripped it in half. I glued it on top of a watercolor sheet, where I did a mixed media background with pigment powders matching the colors. Then, I diluted white chalk paint with water and made splatters.

I used one of the frames from the Merry & Bright Die Cut Ephemera to frame my picture. And placed it in the middle of the page. Behind it, I put one of the Pocket Cards, which I turned into a tag.

To embellish the layout, I made a visual triangle creating three flower clusters. Some flowers were from the Die Cut Ephemera, and some others I fussy cut them from the Joy to the world paper. These flowers are so pretty, and it’s really easy to make beautiful clusters with them.

To built my title, I fussy cut the letters from the Season’s Greetings paper to spell the word “cold”, and then I complete the sentence with a little gold foil alphabet thicker that I had in my stash. So, my title is “Baby it’s cold outside” because we were on the street and my girls are wearing jackets with fur hats.

Finally, I scattered some snowflakes all over the page to add a snowy touch. I made them with a very old punch die that I have had for years.


And that’s all for today. I really love how it turned out. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful 2021!

See you soon!

Anna xx

Beautiful Friendship | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends, its Michelle back here today with my newest layout share for 2021! I chose the beautiful Daydream collection for this creation, documenting a sweet photo of fellow DT member Raquel and I from a couple years back. We’ve been friends since we started primary school and now our kids are great friends too.

I really wanted to use the wreath paper – Daisy Days – from the collection, and had a hankering for some fussy cutting… as much as I say I hate fussy cutting, it really is therapeutic and fun to do when sitting in front of the TV.

I used the wreath pieces as the base of the circular design and layered extra florals into areas to create large ‘clusters’. I used different types of adhesive to create multiple layers within the cluster, most used are foam tape and glue dots.

I’ve backed the photo using the smaller designs of Sweet Serenity and Sunshower from the A5 paper stack and tucked in a word tab from the ephemera pack. To the left of the photo I’ve added a flair button and butterfly from the ephemera pack and created larger floral clusters above and below this area that curve around the photo.

In the top group of florals I’ve used a mix of florals from the Garden Variety paper as well as the floral wreath piece, some smaller fussy cut tiny florals and a sticker.

In the larger grouping I’ve used florals from both the 12×12 and A5 size Garden Variety paper, a small rainbow from Up in the Clouds and a banner word from the ephemera pack.

And over on the right I’ve used both small and large florals again plus a sticker to complete the floral group, then added the title above to fill some of the open white space. I’ve used a die cut title word and stickers from past collections to create the mixed font title.

Lastly I added the usual splattering of gold ink and felt it was complete. One sweet photo of 2 friends who’ve known each other almost their entire life documented. A friendship that I cherish and am so thankful for. Don’t know what I would do without her.

Well friends that is all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Happy Heart | Daydream | Kylie Kingham.

Hey friends! It’s Kylie back with you today with a new layout I created using the stunning ‘Daydream’ collection. I really love layering various papers to create my backgrounds. Sometimes I use intricate patterns and sometimes I keep it quite simple, like for today’s layout. I went with the beautiful ‘SUN SHOWER’ paper for my main background page, as it is so bright and happy!

To begin, I added some strips of the STEPPING STONES and ALL AFLUTTER papers to the right side of my page. One measured 10cm x 23cm the other 5cm x 28cm. Using my silhouette I cut a circle from the SWEET SERENITY paper and adhered it over the other strips to the left side of the page.

To add some nice balance to my page I added some strips of papers horizontally across the bottom of my layout. For texture I used a craft border punch from my stash on one which added a lovely detail. Both of my photos were backed with the DAISY DAYS paper and adhered to the lower right of the circle using foam adhesive squares. That way I was able to tuck embellishments underneath for effect.

When I embellish a layout I do tend to work in opposites, so I added a second cluster of die cuts opposite to my photos, again using foam adhesive squares for some to give more dimension. I also constructed a title from the large DIE CUT TITLES.

To complete my page I added several heart and insect die cuts around my layout design as well as a small sub title created from the typed phrases on the sticker sheet.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest page design!

Until next time,



Happy Days | Daydream collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new project featuring the stunning Daydream collection. I decided to create something a little different for my project today. I have created a round canvas wall hanging for my craft room!

I chose a 12′ size round canvas and chose the gorgeous Over the Rainbow paper for the background. I traced the canvas onto the paper and free hand cut it out. I used a strong glue to adhere the paper to the canvas, making sure there weren’t too many bubbles. On the left, the paper didn’t quite reach to cover up the canvas so I improvised and covered it with lots of gorgeous florals from the ephemera pack. I used glue and craft foam here for different heights of dimension.

On the right of the canvas I created another cluster of florals to balance with the cluster on the left. I used both glue and foam tape here again for dimension. Once the florals were all dry I bent up the edges of the flowers and leaves for even more dimension.

On the left side of the canvas I just had to include the journal card that reads, ‘These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” from the Happy Place paper. It is the perfect phrase to suit my craft room! At the top of the rainbow, I chose a few of the heart die-cuts in various colours and added these using craft foam for dimension. In the centre of the canvas I added craft foam underneath my title – ‘Happy Days’ – after all every day is a happy day in my craft room! I added 3 butterflies and moths here also along with, ‘The Good Life’ phrase from the ephemera pack. One of the super cute puffy hearts made it on and also some more heart die-cuts.

Once I was happy with the front, I felt the outside was too bare so I trialed a few different trims from my stash finally settling on some lace that I felt matched the prettiness and girly feel of the canvas.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you enjoyed my project today and that you are inspired in some way. Make sure to get yourself the beautiful Daydream collection from the online store now if you don’t already have it!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

One Little Word 2021 | Daydream Collection | Rachel Lowe

Happy New Year CVS friends! At the beginning of each new year I choose one little word to try and guide what I am striving to achieve (a different version of a New Years resolution started by Ali Edwards). This year I chose the word Progression (not perfection), the anxiety and stress that perfection can cause is now replaced with progression. So here is my layout which is all about my new OLW.

I went back to the beautiful Daydream collection after a month of Christmas scrapping! I have used Garden Variety paper as my background paper because I really can’t get enough of these florals. I add a 10×10 inch white cardstock to the centre and then added some messy machine stitching using a blue thread to help frame it.

I used a cut file to layer on top of the white cardstock, I chose another piece of cardstock which coordinated with the pink hues in the florals. I created a polaroid frame using Sweet Serenity paper, before adhering to my page I created a floral cluster cascading out of the right side of frame using the florals from the die cut ephemera pack.

To finish off this embellishment cluster I added an accessory sticker to my frame, flair and lastly a puffy heart. Next I focused on my title. I cut my word progress using the blue side of Garden Variety paper (Word from Silhouette Design store). I typed ‘not perfection’.

To tie it to the rest of the elements I added a rainbow and flower from the die cut ephemera pack which I added with foam tape and then added the first of the moth die cuts which flows to the circle on my page.

I added moth die cuts around the circle to finish off my page. I also went back and added drops of NUVO jewel drops to the petals and leaves.

Well thats it from me today, thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Rachel X