February “La Vie En Rose” challenge winner

Hi everyone,

It’s time to announce the winner of our February mood board challenge!

If you haven’t joined in with one of our challenges yet, make sure you join our Facebook Community group. Here you will find all the details of the current challenge, as well as instructions on how to you can enter to be in the running to win a $25 voucher for our online store.

Here’s a reminder of what our beautiful “La Vie En Rose” February mood board designed by Anna Blades looked like…

And our winner, selected randomly from all our entries, was this fabulous layout…

Congratulations Kim Arnold!

 

Kim used our ‘Daydream’ collection for her entry and said she was inspired by the colours and the image of the champagne flutes to document her end of year drinks with her team during COVID. Love it! Kim – you have won yourself a $25 voucher to spend in our online store.

If you would like the chance to be our next winner, our new challenge is the awesome “Be Happy” mood board designed by Sophie Delorme. This one is full of a fabulous eclectic mix of images ranging from soft and dreamy to funky and fun…

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the March challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 31st March to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges or design team work.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 store voucher to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.

Now it’s over to you – time to get creative!

Summer Days | Sunkissed Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio fans! I hope you are all ready for some tropical, summer-inspired projects coming your way because the new Sunkissed collection hit my doorstep just a few days ago! I live in the subtropics, so this collection is absolutely perfect to scrap my family memories most of the year round. Today is extra special because myself and the amazingly talented Anita Bownds are doing a scraplift swap and I get to go first (you will see her scraplift a layout of mine soon!).

 

It was pretty tough choosing a layout to lift because I love so many of Anita’s projects. I decided on a cutfile layout because this is an element that we both tend to use quite often, and it also makes a page come together very easily. There were several I loved but, in the end, I decided on this lovely bicycle page because I knew I had pics of my son’s first ever public bike ride that I had yet to document.

 

The beauty of scraplifting another artist is that the decision-making and design is already taken care of for you. I chose a similar cutfile by COAPA Cutfiles and cut it on white cardstock, then went ahead and backed it with patterned papers from the A5 Paper Stack and Summer Lights 12×12 patterned paper.

I chose the Just Chillin’ 12×12 patterned paper for the background, as I liked the cloud pattern and the pale blue colour. I matted the photo with some of the A5 paper stack papers I had already used to back the cutfile, to create a nice separation between the photo and the background paper.

For my title I continued with the ‘Summer’ theme of the original layout with the Foam Title Stickers¸ however I changed the second half of the title from ‘Fun’ to ‘Days’ so that I could use one of the Clear Stickers that fit just perfectly in the space.

I went ahead and used the Floral Ephemera to build floral clusters in the top left and bottom right of the layout as in the original layout. I tried to get a good balance of the colours and include some bits of foliage to finish out the clusters. I also added some tiny floral sprigs to the basket of the bike from the floral ephemera – so sweet!

Anita’s layout featured lots of sweet tiny flowers scattered around the page, and this is where I deviated slightly – I couldn’t resist the sweet tiny hearts in the Clear Stickers so I added a sprinkling of those where the tiny flowers were placed. I also completely adore the Puffy Stickers though, so quite a few of the tiny puffy flowers made it onto the page as well!

Some more personal touches I included were adding a bunting die cut from the die cut ephemera to the bike, plus a scattering of tiny word phrases from the accessory stickers in three places around the layout (I can never resist these!).

I really hope I did this scraplift justice. I am super happy with how it turned out and I had so much fun creating with the amazing new Sunkissed collection. I hope you enjoyed joining me today, there is a process video linked below if you would like to watch too. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

 

“Be Happy” March Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone!

Thanks to the shorter month of February, it means a double post from us today on the blog so that we can share our brand new challenge with you. We asked design team member Sophie Delorme to design our mood board for us this month, and she put together a beautiful board that is sure to get your mojo flowing.

Before we get to that though, here are some details about how our challenges work:

Each challenge starts and ends on the last day of the month. They are revealed here on the blog as well as in our Facebook Community group. The challenge consists of a mood board that has been collated by a member of our design team and contains a variety of images. Simply use the images as inspiration for your project, then post a photo into the challenge album in our Facebook group. Your project can be a layout / set of cards or tags / traveler’s notebook spread / art journal page, etc – it’s entirely up to you. You do not have to use only Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, but they should be the main focus of your creation.

Now here is Sophie’s board, simply entitled “Be Happy”…

Sophie has designed a board with a very eclectic vibe this month. Combining soft, dreamy elements such as the fabrics and clouds; with the whimsy of hot air balloons and the surfboard stacked Kombi; to the quaint row of painted buildings. The colour palette ranges from deep moody blues to soft pink and peach, with accents of mustard and yellow. You might be inspired to use a theme of travel or outdoors, add the words “Be Happy” to your project, or create something that features textured paper or stripes. Whatever your style, we are sure this board has you covered.

Here is Sophie’s breathtaking sample layout…

 

It’s obvious from Sophie’s layout what she chose from the board as the inspiration for her primary design element – just look at that stunning hot air balloon cut file that she has expertly backed.

Our ‘Daydream’ collection worked beautifully with the tones of the board. Loving all the layered flowers with the pops of yellow.

You can really appreciate the intricacy of the cut file and backing work that Sophie did when you see it close up like this. You can also see how she has raised it up from the background to give it more dimension.

Now you have been inspired by Sophie’s layout, it’s over to you to create your own masterpiece. Happy scrapping!

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the March challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 31st March to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges or design team work.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 store voucher to spend in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.

Shine on | Daydream Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Anna here with my newest page. As I am living on the other side of the world (comparing to Australia), I am still waiting for my parcel with brand new “Sunkissed” collection to arrive. In the mean time I still have a chance to play with pretty “Daydream” and there are few ideas I wanted to try with it. Inspiration for this page came to me from well… box of dog food. You never know the mysterious ways mojo travels 😀

It had this rosette, that best dogs on the show get, on the packaging and I thought it would be fun to make big rosette on the page too. One thing led to another and I was already scoring few pieces of “Stepping stones” paper, combining then in one larger piece. I also used a border punch to add some decorative edge. When rosette was finished I started looking for a good background paper. I was going to reach for just white cardstock to make rosette shine but, by the lucky coincidence, it turned out it matches perfectly the paper with wreath called “Daisy days“. You can still see pieces of flowers and leaves peeking from behind.

Making the rosette took me a while so I knew I don’t want to cover it too much. I fussy cut some flower clusters from “Garden variety” paper and arranged them under my photo. I added few elements from the sticker sheet, like rainbow, tab and a title. I also cut out some butterflies from “Aflutter” paper. I know, I know… I am a fussy cutting freak 😀

To make sure the rosette will stay glued to the paper, I used hot glue gun. It’s the best solution for this kind of elements, especially with rosette as it wants to bounce back to the tube shape. I also used hot glue to glue down flowers and other elements on the top of the rosette too. This way I am sure layout will be in good condition for years of storing it vertically.

This time I haven’t used any ephemera pieces (as I am running low on them already) and I tried to squeeze out as much as I can from the papers themselves. It always makes me so happy and relaxing to spend my time with scissors, watch YouTube and just cut. I like to do it in advance so when the mojo strikes, I am ready with all the elements.

That is all for today. I hope my next project will be made with super colorful and pretty “Sunkissed” line. I can’t wait to play with it. See you in two weeks <3

Anna

365 New Days | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone!! It’s Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing another layout with you.  This time it’s a much requested boy themed layout, and of course I had to use the amazing Legendary collection!! At the beginning of every year I create a page for each of my four children as an introduction to the year, setting the scene and telling them what I hope for them in the preceeding year. I used a stunning cut file from Cut To You which was so perfect for the theme of my layout for Sam (who is aged 13).

I created my background with a water activated ink pad.  I stamped on my craft mat, sprayed it with water and then did the reverse packaging technique where you place the cardstock onto the mat several times. The key is to not add too much water, especially if you’re not using gesso. I also used a stencil and foam pad to blend the same ink.  My final mixed media touch was to splatter with some sparkly water activated powder and white iridescent ink spray.  The reuse tis a very subtle layered background behind the cut file.

I backed the cut file with patterned paper that was not overly blue, so that I could use blue in my background to make the colours pop! I used Wild One, Total Legend, Brave Heart and All Star. For the stars I cut them in One Way and popped them up with dimensional adhesive.  I love the interest that it provides, especially as everything else on the cut file is glued flat to the background paper.

Its not often that I incorporate my photo into the backing of a cut file, but for this one the open “A” was perfect, especially as my photo of Sam was taken at our favourite beach.  One of my daughters was also in the photo, and my placing him in the cut file I was able to cut her out.  I love that I’m still able to see the rocks, beach and sea.

I embellished very simply with Accessory Stickers, Die Cut Ephemera, and Enamel Dots.  I didn’t want to take away from the cut file and especially the photo, and I think the small clusters work well to achieve this.

I made a process video which you can watch below.

Thanks so much

Melissa xx

 

 

Super cool kid | Legendary Collection | Anna Blades

Hello CVS friends!

Today I want to share with you this baby boy-themed layout. I usually do more girly layouts, but once in a while, I like to get out of my comfort zone. Also, I know that many of you will be happy with some masculine inspiration with the Legendary collection.

On this page, I’m documenting a photo of my sweet nephew Roger. He’s so smart and happy, always with a smile on his face. Isn’t he cute? My sister sends me a lot of pictures of him, and I love making layouts with those pictures. For this page, I started with the Offbeat paper as my background.

Then, I cut out triangles in different sizes from Outdoors Type, Total Legend, and Wild One papers. I’m not going to lie, I struggled with the arrangement of all these triangles until I found a design that I liked, placing them on the left side of the page.

I also cut my picture into a triangle shape to fit it in the design, framing it with a white border. I used foam dots to raise some triangles and give more dimension to the layout. The reason to put the photo on the left side, it’s because the baby is looking to the right, so it looks like he’s looking across the page.

For my title, I combined the Die Cut Titles with the Clear Stickers to write “Super cool kid”. I raised the die cut titles with foam too. I love to combine different fonts to build my title.

Under the title, I placed another clear sticker as a subtitle and my journaling. Finally, I spread some enamel dots and a couple of stickers from the Accessory Stickers. I couldn’t help to put this cut geometric bear too.

And that’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like this page, and it gives you some inspiration for documenting your boys’ pictures. I think Cocoa Vanilla Studio has the best masculine collections ever!

Have a great weekend and save a little time for crafting!

Anna xx

Dream Big Crazy Kid | Bohemian Dream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Hey! It’s Michelle here today with another instalment of what I like to call ‘Scraplift a follower’. The past few days members of the Design Team have been set a scraplifting challenge here on the blog and I’ve chosen one of our friendly CVS Community Group members to inspire my creation. I used the Bohemian Dream collection and even got a little messy with some mixed media on the background, which was kind of fun for this “clean” scrapper.

I love how this came together combining all the elements of the original, created by Petra de Vroege, with some slight changes to make it my own. I’ve scrapped a photo of Leila from 4 years ago when she was going through a hilarious dorky dress up phase. A time when she kept us constantly entertained, oh how I miss those days. Now its all Youtube, Roblox and Nintendo nonsense and hardly any dressing up at all. The colours in the photo worked so well with the patterns and colours from the Bohemian Dream Collection, which I must note its sadly no longer available as you all LOVED it so much it sold out! There are plenty of other gorgeous collections to choose form though

Heres a look at the layout Petra created..

Super cute! Those scattered stars down the page were what originally caught my eye, and I’m a sucker for cute photos and mixed font titles too!

What a character! This photo was around the time that Leila could finally wear this costume without tripping over the mermaid tail, which was about the same time that posing for photos was no longer fun.

To begin the layout I started with the stars, cutting out a range of different sizes on my silhouette using a free star cut file I found via Pinterest. I chose a few different pattern papers from the 6×6 paper pad that all complimented each other and the photo then popped them to the side once cut to continue with the background

I got a little messy and tried out the plastic packaging technique using the flat side of some bubble wrap and smooshed different coloured inks that were watered down on some white cardstock. The texture of the bubble wrap left a pretty cool pattern, although most of it was covered by the stars and photo and also my hands lol. I splattered a few extra colours that coordinated with the Bohemian Dream collection over the top then left it to dry. At this point I may or may not have freaked out a little when I saw how warped the paper was so I pilled a pack of cardstock on top overnight once it was dry to help it flatten out a little

To create the title I used a mix of Chipboard words (raised off the layout using foam tape and glue dots) older alphabet stickers (sewn through to keep them adhered for years to come) handwritten words and a banner sticker from the Legendary Collection sticker sheet.

Next I’ve added strips of pattern paper to the top and bottom of the layout, which is different to the way Petra has added hers to the sides. I tucked the half labels underneath and added word banners on top along with some chipboard hearts

Lastly I added the stars, scattered randomly at the top and bottom of the photo to recreate the vertical line Petra has used. I adhered the stars with foam tape, glue dots and tacky glue to give different heights of slight dimension. I added in a couple of enamel dots too

Here’s a final look at the entire layout inspired by Petra’s super cute creation

I love how it all came together and can happily say I will definitely be trying some more messy backgrounds in the future.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to keep sharing your own creations using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products with us in the CVS Community Group on Facebook. We love to see what you make using these amazing products, and you just never know when we might pick your creations to be inspired by.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Love You | Merry and Bright | Kylie Kingham.

Hello, hello Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Kylie back with you today on the blog with some scrappy inspiration for you all. My design team assignment for today was to scrap-lift a design from the Cocoa Vanilla Community Facebook group. I actually chose a design by fellow DT member Raquel Bowman to scrap-lift. I was really drawn to her design which you can see below, followed by my scrap-lifted completed works.

As you can see by my page I have adapted the ‘Merry and Bright’ collection for my layout even though it is a Christmas themed range. When I was working with this stunning collection at the end of last year, I was totally obsessed with it and also found many of the paper elements and die cuts could be easily adapted into a non-Christmas themed project! I was really excited to try this and was super happy with the finished result! The centrepiece of this page is a lovely cut file which has been designed by Cut To You! I selected papers featuring neutral themed designs and prints to back each ‘pie’ section before adhering it over my background papers. The ‘Jingle All The Way’ paper was used as the border piece of my page. Even though it featured some holly shaped leaves, you really couldn’t pick those out once I had added the ‘Seasons Greetings’ paper over the top.

The ‘Seasons Greetings’ paper had 1 cm trimmed off each side and a machine stitched border added before adhering it over the top of the floral.

My photo was printed to a smaller scale of 3″x 4″ and adhered over the top of the cut file using foam adhesive squares. From here I was able to add lots of different floral elements from the die cut pack. I made sure to cover any Holly leaves or remove them from the flower first.

To complete my page I added a large title using the foam title stickers from the ‘Unforgettable’ collection which balanced my page nicely. I also added a button flair which featured a sweet double heart print and matched my theme.

So that you can see exactly how my page came together, I have also filmed a short process video-

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my scrap-lifted layout and that you may even be tempted to try a non Christmas themed project with the Merry & Bright collection too!

Until next time,

Kylie

Lovely | Happiness collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the stunning Happiness collection! My assignment for today was to scrap lift a layout from the Cocoa Vanilla Community on Facebook. Scroll down to see the gorgeous layout I chose to lift!

The layout above is my scrap lift of this gorgeous layout below created by Niki Rowland! I just love the colours and how everything was centred underneath and around her photo on the page. Niki used the stunning Daydream collection on her layout while I chose to use the Happiness collection as there are similar elements in both collections.

I love how Niki used so many titles from the Daydream title pack, I chose to use 1 title however I added a few coloured rainbow cut files ( an old cut file from The Cut Shoppe) to balance and replicate Niki’s title placement. She also added small rainbow embellishments so the cut files I chose to use were a perfect addition to my page.

The photo I am documenting is of my eldest niece – she is wearing a cute rainbow dress, the photo was my inspiration for this page with the colours and theme I was going for. To make the photo stand out from the colourful background, I added a small piece of the navy paper under my photo. As I don’t really do a lot of mixed media and Niki has done a little on her page, I opted to use the gorgeous water colour clear stickers from the Happiness collection, I love how these add a little subtle colour without the mess and having to wait for things to dry! (I am so impatient!) You can see I did add a little sprinkling of gold Heidi Shine, that’s about as messy as I get!

When it was time to embellish my layout, I simply went with a tone on tone look. I arranged the rainbow cut files how I liked them and then added similar coloured small embellishments close to the colour of the rainbow. If you look at Niki’s layout, she did a similar thing. You can see in the above photo that I placed an orange clear sticker under the orange rainbow, fussy cut an orange butterfly and adhered it with a small orange flower. I did this for all the colours on my page. I also added some green sequins like Niki did and a pink and white stripe bow from an older Cocoa Vanilla collection. I trimmed down the white cardstock so that I could add the navy 12′ x 12′ paper as a mat to the entire layout. I do this quite often if I use a plain white cardstock background in the beginning. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on Niki’s beautiful layout today. Be sure to check out the Facebook Community group for amazing inspiration from fellow crafters. Share your projects in there too!

You can find the stunning Daydream collection and the amazing Happiness collection all in the Cocoa Vanilla online shop.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy creating!

Tarrah x

Happy Days | Daydream | Rachel Lowe

Hi there CVS friends, today I am sharing a layout created with Daydream. I have been wanting to scrap this photo of my daughter out side the Notre-Dame Cathedral since it was almost completely destroyed in a fire. I of course I had to use Daydream and incorporate the rainbow paper!

I am loving that paper tearing and torn strips are back in and now I no longer a novice in scrapbooking I love tearing paper!!!!! I think the up in the clouds is perfect to use as my happy sky in this layout. I next used the  sun shine paper on the bottom of my page and lastly used all aflutter paper. Once I had adhered my torn strips I rolled some of the edges back to expose the colour.

I added a floral bunch cascading onto the white base paper, using several flower and leaves from the die cut ephemera pack. I also added a phrase sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.

Paper strips are a great way to tuck elements under as I have here, a butterfly which looks like it is ‘flying out of the paper piece and my place and date journalling.

I matted my photo (which is 4 x 4 inches) on a 4.1 x4.1 inches of stepping stones paper. I added my photo with foam tape to add dimension. I used some phrase sentiment die cut banners to draw your eye to the photo.

Lastly I added my title and used Happy Days from the die cut ephemera pack. I used foam tape to add these, again to create a 3d effect on my page.

Remember tearing paper is not an exact science and you can only roughly measure by eye the paper strip sizes you want, the rest is up to the universe!!!!!!!! Just tear away!

Thank you for stopping by today and I have loved seeing all your Daydream layouts on FB and IG, all amazing.

Rachel X