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

“Country Farmhouse” July Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone!

It’s time to reveal our new monthly challenge! Wait – what? It’s not the new month yet! After some consideration we’ve decided to change things slightly and reveal our new challenge on the last day of each month. This means each challenge will now start and end on the last day of the month. The challenge will be revealed both here on the blog and also in our Facebook Community group, but you will need to be a member of the group to enter. Each month our challenge will consist of a mood board that has been collated by a member of our design team. The mood board will contain a variety of images that have been carefully chosen to (hopefully) inspire your creativity. Using elements from the images in the board, you simply create your project (layout / set of cards or tags / traveler’s notebook spread / art journal page, etc) and then upload an image into the challenge album in our Facebook group by the end of the month to be in the running for a store voucher.

Here’s a look at this month’s board, “Country Farmhouse” which was designed by Kylie Kingham…

This country style board contains a variety of elements you could incorporate into your creation – natural elements such as wood, wicker and foliage; plaid; stripes; shades of blue…or you might follow a theme such as time, animals or gatherings. Whatever catches your eye to inspire you – we’d love you to tell us what it was when you load your entry.

Kylie has created a gorgeous sample layout using her board as inspiration…

I am sure you can guess which element from the board that Kylie chose to inspire her main design feature – and how gorgeous is that boho-style cow skull cut file that Kylie has used? *swoon*

Kylie combined elements from a variety of collections for her page, including patterned papers from our ‘Legendary’ and ‘Happiness’ collections.

She also included beautiful layered die cut blooms from our ‘Unforgettable’ collection.

No flower crown is complete without a couple of feathers and a sweet little butterfly, right? (These are also from our ‘Unforgettable’ collection.)

Now we have shared some inspiration from Kylie, it’s time to get busy and create something of your own.

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the July challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 31st July 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.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. The 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.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

** Pssst…make sure you pop back here tonight after 7pm (AEST) to see our brand new collection **


LOVE THIS | Legendary Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello everyone !


I am Sophie Delorme, a new DT member to the Cocoa Vanilla family ! I am more than thrilled and so grateful to get to work with such an amazing team of talented ladies !

I am from Canada and have been scrapbooking for many years now ! And let me tell you, the first time that I got my hands on some Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers, ohhh gosh, it was love at first sight !!

So I will share with you my very first layout as a DT member here today ! I played with the gorgeous Legendary collection.



I thought this collection was absolutely perfect to document one of my photos from a hike we did on a trip to Italy last summer.

I started by adding watercolor paint to a thick white cardstock as my base for my background and did a few splatters here and there on my page.

Then, I teared a part of the diagonal striped patterned paper called “Explorer” and adhered it on the bottom of my page. I also cut a strip of the “Outdoors type “ patterned paper with a border punch and sticked it on the teared paper .



I layered a few patterned papers as well as tissue paper behind my photo and popped it with adhesive foam. I created a tree next to my photo with an old die from my stash.



Choosing among all the Legendary Die Cut Ephemeras to embellish my page was not an easy task ! Everything matched so beautifully, it was hard to stop !

My title is from the Die Cut Titles from that same collection. I also added a flair and some accessory stickers for the final touch.


Here are some more close-ups.






I hope you like my page and that you felt inspired to use that gorgeous collection !

Thank you so much for passing by today !

Sophie xx


Bloom and grow | Unforgettable Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. It’s Anna here with my new layout made with fantastic “Unforgettable” collection. Recently I am in a mood of using up as many things from my stash as possible. Don’t get me wrong – I love to just “own” scrappy supplies but saddly my scraproom doesn’t want to magically expand. This time I wanted to finish a pack of foam titles so I figure out a design that will allow me to do that.

I started with white cardstock base. Next step was to add a square of paper called “Sprightly“, right in the middle. After glueing down the photos, I added the foam titles on the edges of the square. I tried to fill them from corner to corner combining sets of words together.

I added some flowers, tickets and butterflies on the empty spots around the photos. They all come from ephemera pack. I also found some remaining flair button from “Unforgettable” collection so I used it too.

Edge of the layout seemed empty so I decided to embellish it with some flower clusters. I got few of them left in my ephemera pack. I cut them in halves to be able to glue them all around.

I finished the page with enamel dots, like usual. It seems busy and like a lot of work but it took me less than an hour to make it. Once I got the idea in my head of course. Because it lasted much longer in my head 🙂

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in July. Summer is officially here so it’s time for some sunny projects 🙂

XO Anna

Super Awesome | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing a sports layout with you that I created with the amazingly versatile Legendary collection.  The photo is of my son at our New Zealand National Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in 2018.  I always think a sports layout is the perfect way to feature stars, especially when its a boy layout too!!


For this layout I really wanted to feature some of the gorgeous star die cuts from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and I knew that I wanted to have them hanging like a key chain.  My photo was taken in 2018 and Sam was aged 11 at the time, so I really wanted to make sure the key chain feature looked masculine, and not girly or like a baby mobile. In order to this I used a really old banner paper clip from my stash, which also enabled me to attach the stars to my photo. The papers that you can see backing my photo are Offbeat, One Way, and All Star.

I created a shaker pocket from the largest star with plastic packaging, which I hand stitched to close the pocket.  I used some sequins to fill my pocket, and then attached all of the stars with some blue and white stripped twine.  I backed the second largest star with Outdoors Type and then punched holes in all of the stars to thread the twine through.  I arranged all of the stars with different lengths of twine, and then tied them in a knot around the paper clip.  It was a little fiddly, but so worth it!

I created my background with gesso first, then texture paste through a stencil followed by water activated powders that I applied with the packaging technique, and then splatters.  I always think its worth taking the time to dry in between layers of powders to get defined spatters.

Most of my embellishing was done with one of my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio supplies, the Clear Stickers.  I also used a phrase from the clear stickers for my title.   I finished my embellishing with a couple of the Accessory Stickers on my photo, and a subtle piece of ephemera which I cut in half and used as a layer under the paper layers.  In order to ground my photo I used a torn strip of Off Beat on the left side of my page.

I made a process video which you can watch below or on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube Channel.  In fact make sure you subscribe so that you don’t miss any of the videos the DT posts!

Thanks for looking!

Melissa xx

The Mountains are Calling | Legendary Collection | Anna Blades

Hi everyone!

Anna here with you today with a new layout featuring the awesome “Legendary” collection. With this page, I really went out of my comfort zone: no pink and no flowers!!

I started googling a mountain shape and with my Silhouette Cameo, I traced it and cut it. Then, I used it as a stencil with my distress inks in white cardstock. I love how this background turned out!

I also created the title with my Silhouette Cameo, using both sides of the Outdoors Type paper in two different fonts, and I raised the word “mountains” with foam dots. I stacked a flair button with the same pattern next to it (and could be used as a subtitle).

From the Die Cut Ephemera pack, I choose two that had mountains and placed them on both sides of my picture. The picture was matted with the B side of the Wild One paper and the whole page with the Outdoors Type paper too. I also made a machine stitching all around it.

Finally, some stars from the Die Cut Ephemera in the sky and some clear stickers.

It was so hard not to use pink at all, but I love the final result! I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!!

Anna xx

Happy Days | Throwback Thursday – Midnight Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hi Friends its Michelle here today with a new layout share for our ongoing ‘Throwback Thursday’ Theme. I dove back into my stash of Midnight collection and added a couple of cute photos of Leila from a family outing a little while ago.

I love the colour palette of this collection and its soft floral patterns, especially that tiny floral pattern paper I’ve used to the left of the layout. I based my layout on one that I’ve made in the past, and one that I’ve been wanting to recreate again.

I started with 4 different pattern papers – INKY DEPTHS, SHINE BRIGHT and INSPIRED and cut triangles from each piece to create the background for the layout. I’ve machine stitched around each triangle after adhering each piece to the cardstock backing.

I backed the photos I’ve used with some of the pretty ombré SHINE BRIGHT paper and added a doily from my stash. Something I haven’t added to layouts for quite some time.

To the right of the photos I created a cluster of mixed embellishments, bringing together ephemera and stickers layered with different adhesives for pops of dimension.

There’s a couple of similar elements tucked into the left of the photos also.

Under the photos I added a title using words from the Die Cut Titles pack with a sprinkling of glitter enamel dots from the Wild at Heart collection to the right.

Lastly I created a mini cluster at the top left of the layout which helps to bring all the embellishments elements together and balance the visual triangle I created on top of the triangular pattern paper background.

Well friends that’s all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed this instalment of Throwback Thursday – our fortnightly walk down memory lane.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

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