December Daily Days 10-12 | Joyful Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, Its Melissa here and I’m back with you today with three days in my December Daily Traveler’s Notebook.  I’m creating my entire 25 Days of December with the beautiful Joyful collection, and keeping it simple is helping me get through the month.

My first day is Day 10, and for this one I had two photos and associated stories to document.  This part of my homemade notebook has a piece of patterned paper sewn in and plain white paper.  I focused on using one of the “Pocket Cards“.

As always I am distressing all of the edges, and outlining with a journaling pen to provide extra details without dimension.

For this page I embellished with a partial fussy cut floral that I cut from one of the papers in the A5 Paper Stack and I added an Accessory Sticker.

Day 11 only had one photo, so I created a large tag using Feeling Festive and some white cardstock to hold my journaling. I embellished with cute Puffy Stickers.

I love all the cute details on the Advent cut aparts! So perfect for numbering my days.

The big tag was a fun addition to a page that needed to be filled in, and I was inspired by a scrappy friend who recently posted a photo of a TN page with a large tag.  I don’t plan the taking of my photos each day, I just try to capture moments.  Sometimes I forget to take more than one.

Day 12 just happened to be last page of my notebook (I’ll be creating volume 2 next) and had Tis’ the Season as the back cover and white cardstock.  I’ve loved using full page photos, and I size and print them at home. I used an App called Print to Size on my phone, and I print them directly to my printer. I mistakenly purchased matt photo paper and was concerned I wouldn’t like it, but I actually love how it looks.

I loved writing directly onto my photo for this page!  The holly is from the Die Cut Ephemera.








Square shaped photos are another of my favourites, and for this one of Brielle with our Christmas Countdown I just had to use the corresponding sticker!  Since the photo shows how many days until the big day I used the space in the sticker to journal.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing three of my pages, I also made a video showing me creating them and it includes a walk through of the previous days!


Thanks for looking

Melissa xx


Hello Paperlovers,

Welcome to the Cocoa Vanilla blog! It’s Josefine here today with a new scrapbook layout for you. I absolutely love the new No Limits collection! and can’t wait to play with it. I was so inspired by the colors that I wanted to create a cool boys layout for this blog. So I took Legendary out of my stash to create a mixed media layout with a winter touch.

I draw a circle in the center of the layout and with Distress Oxide I created a mixed media background. I used a background stamp that looks like a splatter and stamp several times with the distress oxide in a circle on the background.I mixed the ink with water to create a watercolor look. With a. thin round brush I splatter with the ink on the mixed media background. I really love the effect of splatters on my layout. The color I used is “faded Jeans”

I used two cut files on this layout. The deer in the background I cut out twice and glued half on top of each other. The cut file is from the Cricut design studio. The “Outdoor Adventure” title is a cut file from Cut to You. I cut a circle from the design paper and stitch the edges with brown sewing thread. I place the circle in the center of the mixed media background. I placed the deer on top and cut some design paper to size and glued it behind my son’s photo. I placed the design papers with the photo on top of the cutfile. I use 3D foam to create more dimension.

I make a cluster of die-cuts and word strips on both sides of the photo. I stitched the words “So Epic” in the middle. I colored the cutfile title with a green Distress Oxide color. The color I used for that is “Peeled paint” I cut out several stars from the design paper and placed them in different places on my layout.


I attached the stars with 3D tape. I like the way the stars. stand out a little from the background. I mix the white gesso with water and with a thin brush I make white gesso splatters on my layout. I like the effect. I think Legendary is a great collection with pretty cool colors. I am so happy that No Limits will be the next wonderful boys collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio!

I hope I was able to inspire you with this boys layout and am curious if you are also looking forward to the new collection “No Limits” I want to thank you for visiting for the blog today and hope to see you again next time with a new project.
Wishing you a crafty day friends!
XoXo, Jo


Take Two | Daydream and Joyful | Kylie Kingham

Hello scrapping friends! It’s Kylie back with you today with a fun layout to share. Do you like to intermix your collections when scrapbooking?? I know for some that would seem the ultimate sin, which is totally OK! I’d love to share with you all though how it can be fun to do so with some amazing results. So I have a little ‘Take Two’ theme for you today. I created this page combining both the DAYDREAM and JOYFUL collections. When I laid each collection out together, I really loved the mix of colours and patterns together. Even though one is a Christmas themed collection, it still works so well with everyday layouts. I really got sense of a ‘Boho’ vibe, which is what I ran with and included a lovely large flower cut file which was designed by Paige Evans.

A wide variety of different papers were used from both collections to back my cut file. Once that was completed I adhered it to the ‘AFLUTTER’ paper from DAYDREAM with foam adhesive squares. This gave it a nice dimension and texture on the page.Using the ‘STEPPING STONES’ paper also from DAYDREAM, I added a wide decorative edge against the straight side of the cut file.

My photo was cut slightly smaller than its original 6″x 4″ size before being matted and added to the left side of the cut file flower. I then began adhering some of the DAYDREAM floral die cuts until I was happy with the overall balance.To create my page title, I have combined a die cut from DAYDREAM with some of the JOYFUL- PUFFY GOLD TITLE STICKERS

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope my layout has given you some inspiration to try combining some of your collections too!


Magical Memories with Family | Joyful Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout to share with you all. One that has been inspired by our gorgeous Monthly Challenge Board designed by Sophie. A board that gives of soft wintery vibes and had be thinking about a Christmas themed layout using the Joyful Collection.

I’ve documented a happy snap from Christmas Day of Leila, Myself, My nephew and niece and my partner Clinton. I love love LOVE the magic of Christmas and am usually to busy soaking it all in that I forget to take photos. Thankfully my Sister in law had decided this was the year we were all going to ensure we took the photos!

I love how the layout turned out, taking inspiration from the board below, using elements of woodgrains, soft greens, glittery snow and a pop of red from the boots (top right of board)

I adhered the woodgrain pattern paper from the These Days collection to the top 5 inches of the white cardstock background and added a strip of the darker green pattern paper Making Spirits Bright underneath.

Next up I chose a cut file design from CUT to YOU that is a border style design full of pretty leaves and flowers. I cut this out twice so that I could layer up some areas of the file where I wasn’t adding embellishments over top. The pattern paper I chose for this was Deck the Halls

After I adhered the cut file in place I secured a long piece of red pom pom trim from my stash along the edge of the woodgrain paper using machine stitching. I cut the pom poms off from under the photo so that it would sit flat amongst all the layers. I kept the photo stack very simple using a couple layers of plain vellum and some stickers tucked in top and bottom.

I added the title of the layout in the space to the right of the photo using a cut apart piece from the Very Merry paper and some sweet gold puffy title stickers, then I added a bunch of fussy cut florals in colours similar to those on the dress in the Challenge Board.

To make it a little more Christmas like I added stockings, holly and flag ephemera pieces at either end of the cut file border, plus scattered a few ephemera and gold puffy star stickers throughout the layers.

Lastly I gave the entire border piece a sprinkling of iridescent glitter from my stash as I felt it gave it a glittery snow kind of feel when looking at the layout from different angles. Oh and I added the usual gold ink splattering to finish it all off.

Well friends, thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on this months challenge board. Be sure to get your own entires into the Album in our Facebook group for this Challenge before its too late! You can see the full entry details on the main Challenge blog post HERE

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

NEW No Limits Collection | Reveal & Give Away!

Hello everyone and I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the New Year!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a masculine collection, so by popular demand, we are starting off the year with an awesome collection for the guys in your life!

The sky is the limit with our new “No Limits” collection!  Featuring bright and bold colours and graphics, it’s perfect for guys of all ages – big and little!  With a mix of icons to suit a range of ages and stages, this collection is full of versatile goodies… the options are only limited by your imagination!

This collection will start shipping to our wonderful retailers late February 2022

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

For a chance to WIN this totally awesome collection, just leave a comment below telling us what you think of our new No Limits collection!

**Entries Close Midnight AEDST Friday 28th January 2022**

Winners will be announced shortly after this date.

Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope you enjoy our new collection… have a wonderful week!

♥ Zoe

Hello Sunshine | Sunkissed collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new Summer themed layout featuring the gorgeous Sunkissed collection! I have had this awesome photo of my Mum in the pool printed for ages and I took it especially to use with this collection! I am finally getting around to documenting it!

Free Cocoa Vanilla Summer cut files

I started by choosing some background patterned papers – I chose the sunset ombre paper for my main background and trimmed down the ‘B’ side of the Sunny Days paper. I adhered this piece to the centre of the sunset ombre paper and bent up the edges to create some texture. Next I chose one of the really colourful 3′ x 4′ cards from the journaling cards pack to add lots of colour and layered it under my photo. I placed my photo and arranged them it how I liked it, making sure to leave enough room for the cut file title at the bottom.

Next I cut out the Best Ever card from the Fun in the Sun paper (again I love the different colours in it) and placed it to the left of my photo. From plain white cardstock, I cut out the ‘Hello Sunshine’ title from the Free Summer cut files. I added foam tape underneath the cut file once it was cut out and adhered it to the bottom half of the Sunny Days paper. I overlapped some of the cut file on the photo and also on the Best Ever card. I love the shadows that are created on the page by adding foam tape under the cut file title.

Tip: If you want to break up the plain look of a cut file without getting messy with paint, add some small repetitive embellishments like the cute heart puffy stickers to add some small detail and colour without taking away from the cut file itself.

I couldnt go past adding some gorgeous florals from the Floral Ephemera pack I mean look at all those gorgeous colours! I tucked some into both the left and the right of the cut file title. I further embellished my page with clear stickers, more ephemera, accessory stickers, wood epoxy buttons and puffy stickers. Lastly I sprinkled some white mist on my layout and stamped the date stamp.

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

Make sure to get yourself the AMAZING Sunkissed collection and get creating with it!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


My Joy | Joyful Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends! I set myself the challenge of using Joyful for a non Christmas layout. And here is what I created a baby themed layout.

I firstly used a cut file to create my background of pop up flowers (Silhouette Design store). I cut my white card stock down to 11x 11 inches and then backed the pop up flowers and created a border by using the Feeling Festive paper.

Once I had my background created I set about choosing embellishments from the collection that could be used for my baby theme. I also fussy cut flowers from the Tis the Season paper

My photo is 6×4 inches portrait and I used papers from the  6×8 inch paper pad which keeps those 12×12 inch papers for larger projects. I chose very typical baby colours of a gingham pink and baby green. My photo was added with foam tape to add height. I created a flower cluster embellishment to the left of my photo, adding some die cut leaves finishing off with the adorable bunny die cut.


I used one of the die cut frames to create another embellishment cluster on the opposite side. I fussy cut the two deers from one of the Pocket Cards and added with foam tape on top of the due cut frame. I also added a heart wood epoxy button

I created my title My Joy using the Puffy Gold Title Stickers and adding a subtitle using one of the phrase sentiments from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I added a glitter heart and die cut bird to finish off.

I added some finishing touches to my layout, tucking another fussy cut flowers under the deer embellishment cluster and some stars from the Chipboard Stickers 

And there you have it a non Christmas layout using a Christmas collection!

Thank you for stopping by today and see you agin soon!

Rachel X






Disco Day | These Days collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you.

For this one I decided to pull out my supplies of the beautiful ‘These Days’ collection as I still have plenty in my stash left to play with and was dying to use it again. I also had a sweet photo of my boys together that I took last year when they were heading off to their first school disco. Although they might be twins, you can see that they are very different and both have their own individual styles, which I thought was summed up quite well in this shot.

Despite the fact this range has quite a broad palette of soft colours, I decided to focus on predominantly the blue and green tones combined with the wood grain for my background. Before I moved onto my papery layers however, I really wanted to add some depth to the background by adding some paint and stamping. I used a white paint applied with a brayer, which also helped me to define the focal area of my page. Over the top of the paint, I used a brick pattern stamp with a grey ink.

For the papery layers over my background, I used a few papers from the A5 Paper Stack which I cut and tore to size. I also added a grey paper doily from my stash, a strip from the cut apart paper, and some frayed gauze for texture. My photo also had some scrap cardboard adhered to the back of it to help pop it up from the page.

For my embellishments, I started with the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I chose a doodled frame first, which I cut in half and tucked half in under the right edge of my photo. I often use frames in this way (cut into pieces and tucked into layers) as opposed to the way they were designed to be used. I also chose the stack of books from the ephemera pack as I thought this worked well with the fact it was a school disco the boys attended.

I used the gorgeous Mini Puffy Alpha stickers for my title, as I didn’t want to detract from all the delicate elements I had on the page. I love these alphas sooo much, they are a perfect size and such a pretty mix of colours. Along with the puffy alphas, I also added some of the Puffy Stickers to my page – a heart, a flower and a butterfly (because you can never have too many butterflies!)

There were plenty of regular Accessory Stickers on this page too – you can see how I used the tab and flag amongst the cascade of embellishments alongside my photo, and there were several phrase stickers used as well. From the Clear Stickers sheet I used three small clusters of crosses and a green brush stroke. This coordinated beautifully with the green Epoxy Wood Button that I also included.

I finished off my layout with handwritten journalling; stamped phrases and date; and some black stamped doodled circles and dots.

I have a process video available for this layout. If you would like to see how it came together you can watch it here:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you are feeling inspired to get creative too. Until next time, happy scrapping!

You | Happiness Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends!

Sophie here and it’s Throwback Thursday !

I am sharing a layout created with the colorful Happiness collection !



I played with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang magical powders and shakers and a lot of water on a thick white cardstock for a colorful mixed media background. I let it dry completely.

I went for a vertical design today, and my starting point was the little pink frame that comes in the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

I created several frames and squares that I placed together under and around my photo. I machine stitched on a few of them.


I printed my photo in color as it is quite neutral. I added tissue paper and adhesive foam behind it.

I printed my journaling directly on a rectangle cut out of a paper from the 6×8 Paper Pad.


I used the Happiness Die Cut Titles for my title and subtitles.


Finally, I embellished the page with a few beautiful Die Cuts. I fussy cut the blue butterfly out of the “Little Things” patterned paper. I added a Flair Button, a few Clear Sticker hearts and some sequins from my stash.

Here are more close-ups:







I love the end-result and hope you do too !

Thank you for stopping by, and I will see you again soon !

Sophie xx

You Rock | Legendary Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout that I have created for Cocoa Vanilla. This layout features mainly the Legendary collection with a small touch of Boys Rule. The layout is featuring my boy who is now seven and looking more and more grown up each day.

Here is the layout that I created;

As I mentioned about. This layout features our little man and a gift that hubby and I recently brought him. He has expressed a love of music and singing for a while now and more recently shared that he would like to learn guitar. We were able to find one online and boy, his year has been made. The smiles and excitement was just infectious.

I used a Triangle cut file from the Cut to You store and backed it with patterned papers in the Legendary collection. I love that I can find a cut file to for every layout topic/purpose. When documenting layouts of my son I tend to choose shape style cut files like stars!

I adhered both the cut file and my two wallet size black and white photos to the layout with a thin foam adhesive tape. This gives a subtle pop of dimension.

To embellish the page I have used mainly stars from the ephemera pack. I also added a few accessory stickers and enamel dots. Such a perfect finishing touch.

The ‘you rock’ title is created from the clear sticker sheet. I simply adhered the stickers to white card stock and then fussy cut around them. This gave me my own ephemera piece that I could use on the layout. The sentiment was perfect for these photos.

The final step before I finished the layout was machine stitching around the edge. I love the finished look this gives to a layout.

I hope this layout has inspired you today. Thanks so much for stopping by the cvs blog.