Daddy Super Hero | Legendary Collection | Anna Blades

Hello CVS friends! Anna here with you today sharing my first layout with Legendary collection! YAY! Today we focus on the die cut titles, so when I saw this Super Hero title it reminded me of this picture that I took two years ago in Mallorca.

For my background, I used this wheel cut file designed by Paige Evans and backed all the spots with different patterned papers: Total legend (both sides), Offbeat, Wild One (both sides), One way, and All Star. I was thinking about doing a hand stitching all around the circle, but finally, I decided to put enamel dots from the collection, mixing the little and the medium ones. Faster but also effective 😉

I wanted to use the word “daddy”, but it wasn’t in the Die Cut Titles, so I cut the letters that I needed from other words. I used the B side from the Wild One paper to mat my picture and placed the word “daddy” above it and the word “superhero” below it. To give more volume to the page I raised the picture and the title with foam.

I took a bunch of stars from the Die Cut Ephemera and placed them in the upper left corner and the lower right corner, rising some of them with foam dots. I also took this geometric bear (because daddy is as strong as a bear) and the little fun flag. They’re in the water, so I stacked two of the clear stickers to simulate that the bear is walking in the water (if that makes sense). Also, from the clear stickers, I chose that one that says: “the best”, and stacked it on top of the bear (because you know, daddy is the best).

I framed the layout with the yellow side of the Wild One paper and did a machine stitching to add more texture.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this page gives you some inspiration 😉

Have a great week!


Anna xx

You are Magical | Happiness Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hi friends it’s Michelle back here with you today to share another layout I’ve made using my most favourite collection Happiness.

I stepped back in time a little with a photo of Leila at our local park and a fun scalloped banner cut file from CUT to YOU. I cut the designs out on a mix of bright fun patterns then layered them on some white card stock before machine stitching them all down one by one. The papers I’ve used are MEADOW, EXPRESSIVE, GOOD VIBES, FRAME OF MIND, BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL and SPRINKLES.

I added the photo to some of the BOTANICAL BLISS paper and adhered to the middle right of the layered scallops using some foam for added dimension. To the right of the photo I added some florals and bits from the EPHEMERA PACK along with some glitter enamels and a fussy cut flower from the floral side of BOTANICAL BLISS.

To the left of the photo I created a mixed font title using DIE CUT TITLE pieces and some older alpha stickers. I layered 2 letters together for each letter in the word Magical to give them a little extra dimension. To the left of this I created a second floral cluster using similar elements to the first.

At the top of the scalloped banners I’ve added a third smaller cluster, again using similar elements to the others to create a visual triangle.

Here’s a look at all that dimension those sewn scallop banners create.

Well friends that’s all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this has given you the dose of inspiration you came looking for. It was quite fun to create, even with all that sewing.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Wonderful Moments | More Than Words | Kylie Kingham

Hello friends. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.It’s Kylie with you, sharing a new layout I completed recently. I’ve taken a step back in time and have used one of my favourite past collections, ‘More Than Words’ . I’ve also used a very pretty cut file which has been designed by my DT friend Gwen, from Cut To You. Together, both elements created a very soft and girly layout.

For my background I trimmed 2 cm off each side of the ‘TREASURE’ paper and backed it with a slightly larger piece of white card stock from my stash, making sure I distressed all edges a little for texture. I then adhered them centred to a piece of the ‘GOSSAMER’ paper.For effect I added a free hand drawn border with a fine tip black marker as well as a small cluster of embellishments to the top left corner.As I had a page design in mind I knew this small cluster would give a nice balance to my finished design.

Once I had cut my cut file, I backed just the Butterfly’s and adhered it to the lower right corner of my page. I wanted the cut file to be more of a background element for my page which is why I didn’t back the flowers of the design. Once in place, my photo was added and I began layering some pretty floral die cuts over the top.I used some foam tape for some so that they would sit higher than others, creating dimension.

To finish my page I chose some of the chipboard stickers as a title. Nothing beats a large title for a page don’t you think? I love the effect of having the non backed cut file underneath.It kind of looks like paper lace work.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout today. Sometimes it is nice to pull out your stash of past kits when they have been in storage for a while to create something brand new! I hope my page today has given you a little inspiration.

Until next time,


Super Star | Legendary Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing another new layout featuring the awesome new Legendary collection!

I have been mixing up the size layout I have been working on lately and decided to create another 8.5′ x 11′ page today. I started by choosing to cut out the stars from the awesome exclusive FREE Legendary cut files, designed by Gwen. I cut these out from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.
I chose the gorgeous rainbow paper called ‘Wild One‘ to back all the stars with. Once the stars were all backed, I added craft foam to the underside of the stars, I then arranged them vertically and adhered them to a white cardstock background that was trimmed down slightly smaller than 8.5′ x 11’. I chose to cut the ‘One Way‘ paper to be the mat behind the white cardstock. I then machined stitched around the edge of the white cardstock as you can see in some of the detailed photos.
I matted my photo (which is of my youngest son when he was about 3) to the B side of the ‘Wild One‘ paper. I then adhered it over the top of the stars so that it became the main feature of my page. I added one of the accessory sticker sheet banner stickers to the too right corner of the photo and also overlapped the title onto my photo also. The title is made up of those awesome font die cut cardstock titles, these are so super fun!
I added the rainbow star strip from the ‘Epic Tales‘ paper to the top of my layout and I finished off by adding a few more stars in clear stickers, diecuts and the flair badge too, the date stamp almost always makes it onto my pages too, so I stamped the date the photo was taken!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are getting some creating time in? Why not check out the Cocoa Vanilla store for the awesome Legendary collection plus all the other amazing things in store now too!
Happy creating!
Tarrah x

Winners, winners, winners – INSD Winners Announced!


Hi everyone! It’s FINALLY time to announce the winners from our InterNational Scrapbook Day celebration challenges – thank you so much for your patience. We had so many amazing entries, our team really had their work cut out for them narrowing each challenge down to only one winner. But can I just say, I really think we were ALL winners. In what can only be described as “difficult” times being experienced right around the world, the opportunity for us all to unite and celebrate our passion for our craft was really heartwarming. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it such a success.

Now onto some winners! Each challenge winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend in our online store.

Challenge 1: Anita’s Mood Board

Congratulations Sue! You captured the vibe of the mood board perfectly and you won the hearts of our team with your beautiful watercolour work.

Challenge 2: Raquel’s Scraplift the DT Challenge

Congratulations Tahlia! We loved your take on one of Danni Visser’s recent layouts using the ‘Legendary’ collection, a perfect page for the photo of your boys.

Challenge 3: Anna K’s Sketch Challenge

Congratulations Jessica! The colours of your layout were gorgeous and eye-catching, and it was so lovely to see the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection being used.

Challenge 4: Tarrah’s Multi Photo & Mixed Font Challenge

Congratulations Ashleigh! It’s no secret that we all love stars around here, and your star-filled layout had great flow and looked simply awesome!

Challenge 5: Gwen’s Grab 5 Challenge

Congratulations Lisa! Your layout was definitely another starry creation that captured our team’s eye. We loved all the layers you created on this page and the way you colour matched perfectly to the photo.

Challenge 6: Anna B’s Monochromatic Challenge

Congratulations Tamara! You created such a pretty page. Your page design and use of all those blue elements was fabulous!

And last but not least, our major prize winner…

Congratulations Carolyn! Completing all 6 challenges clearly paid off – you had 7 lucky entries into the draw. You have won your choice of either our ‘Unforgettable’ or ‘Legendary’ collections. (Thank you everyone who uploaded entries into the challenges, I spent a decent amount of time writing all those names out and folding all those pieces of paper this week! hehe)

Congratulations also to Ros Coutts who won Zoe’s guessing game and scores a digital collection of her choice.

Could all winners please send me a private message via our Facebook page and I will get your prizes organised for you.

Thank you again to everyone who joined our celebration – we hope you gained plenty of inspiration, information, and most of all – happiness and a feeling of camaraderie for this wonderful crafting community that we all belong to! X

My Darling | Throwback Thursday | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, today I have a layout to share using a mix of the older collections, Wild at HeartMidnight , Unforgettable and Make a Wish collections.Instead of my go to white cardstock I used the beautiful and subtle grey white washed wood grain paper Artisan. I wanted a real pop of colour so used the bright pink paper Hooray. I have used a large scallop hand punch to create a border each side of the Wild at Heart Vellum sheet which is 4 x12 inches. I added machine stitching to each side of the pink border strips.I added my photo off centre with foam tape and finished off with a bow from Unforgettable collection.I have not matted my photo knowing I was going to be adding layered flowers which would draw the eye to the photo.I have used two different cut files from the Silhouette Design store to create my layered flowers but for those who do not have a cutting machine use a hand punch, punching at least 3 and then layer with foam tape. If you want to recreate these centres, they are super easy! Cut a 12 inch strip at 1/2 an inch. fringe cut with a pair of scissors and then roll as you would any rolled flowers. Once the glue has dried then push outwards all the way around, then glue to the centre of your flowers. I have used Inky Depths paper from the Midnight collection to create my flowers.You will see that I then tucked in-between the flowers fussy cut butterflies, some die cut leaves and a sentiment from the accessory stickers.I then created my title using Happiness die cut titles. I added some more fussy cut butterflies around my title adding some Unforgettable enamel dots.I love using word and phrase sentiments from the Accessory Stickers sheets and you can see I added some more under my photo and under my large title.And there you have it, I love how this turned out! A great colour palette even though I have used several different collections. Don’t be put off because of the flowers on this layout, you can make. beautiful one’s too, time to blow the dust off those punches!














Thank you for stopping by today and feel free to leave any questions you may have on this layout in the comments. See you soon, stay safe and well!

Rachel X

You Are My Sun | Legendary collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share another layout featuring the ‘Legendary’ collection with you. For this one I wanted to create a mixed media page to document these sweet photos of my two boys. (I’ll take smiling non-silly photos from them whenever I can get them!)

To start, I began with a sheet of white cardstock and some green ink, as I wanted to tie in the colour of the foliage behind them in the photos. I applied the ink to my messy mat, added a little water and swirled it through with my finger before I placed my cardstock over the top to soak it up. I then allowed it to dry before I repeated the process with some blue ink, then added some stamping with black ink using a stamp that featured tiny stars.

Once the inks were dry, I added a small tear along the top edge of the cardstock, then folded the edges of the tear back and fastened with tiny staples. I then backed the tear using some of the green print from the cut apart Total Legend paper. To balance it out, I then added a torn piece of the green striped print from the Explorer paper, adding a little torn marble print washi tape from my stash over the top.

I then turned my attention to the main focal area of my page, adding pieces of layered papers to create a photo mat. The papers I used included the blue star print from the Offbeat paper; more of the green stripe; the bold orange from the One Way paper; and the multi coloured stars of the All Star paper. I also added some more of the torn washi tape, frayed gauze, and a charcoal coloured paper doily from my stash.

After fastening all my layers in place and then adding my photos on top, it was time to get busy embellishing! The first piece I added was my title piece, which I fussy cut from the Epic Tales cut apart paper. I don’t tend to add my titles before other embellishments, but because this was a large piece and it had to be placed to the left of my photos (to hide the straight edge along the right side of it), I needed to place it first.


Now it was time to add “the sprinkles” – because that’s what embellishments are, right?! The sweet little morsels we add to finish things off. First and foremost, my layout needed STARS! (What else was I going to use with a title like that?) I fussy cut a handful of various sized stars from the All Star paper and scattered them around my page, bending the points up for extra dimension.

To balance my title, I needed a cluster to the right of my photos so I added a moon, the incredible label and an arrow from the Die Cut Ephemera pack (using foam tape to pop them up a little from the background). Above my photos I added a little star banner (also from the ephemera pack) and the little hey there phrase from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I then finished off my page with a splattering of navy mist.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you, I hope you are feeling inspired to pull out your supplies and get creative to. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Stay Weird Stay Wonderful | Legendary Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hi everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing a new layout featuring the amazing new Legendary collection and the freebie cut file designed by Gwen at Cut to You exclusive to CVS. This layout today features my little man, who is not so little anymore, and our gorgeous puppy Lola.

Here is the layout that I created:


Here is a process video for how this layout came together:

The main feature of this layout, along with the photo of course, is the banner cut file which I have cut on black textured card stock. I normally cut all my cut files on a white so choosing the black was a big change for me. I have to say though I love the masculinity that this adds to the layout and that striking pop of contrast. To back the cut file I used both sides of the ‘Total Legend‘ patterned paper. My colour palette for this layout was to stick to the woodgrain, green, blues and greys which I was able to do with the embellishments and papers within the collection. These colours really complimented the colours in the photo of Jack and Lola.

The photo was matted on the green of the ‘Outdoors Type‘ patterned paper. I then added a cute woodgrain tab and a compass ephemera piece to the top left of the photo. The green legendary embellishment that you can see is actually a clear sticker, adhered to a piece of white card stock and cut out. I tend to do this a lot with the clear stickers as that gives me the freedom to move them around. Plus adhering them on white allows them to really feature and pop as an embellishment. I used my tiny attacher to add a few staples to the embellishments – more for a design purpose than for the use of adhesion. 

Stars feature on this layout heavily and were mainly chosen from the ephemera pack. There is nothing better than a scattering of stars on a layout, wouldn’t you agree? Of course, I added them in a number of 3. I always tend to work in threes when I embellish.

The enamel dots in this collection have this beautiful shade of blue. I scattered a few on this layout too.

For the title today, it did take me a while to figure out what I wanted to add. When going through my Legendary stash I came across the phrase ‘Stay weird, stay wonderful” on the ‘Epic Tales‘ paper and I just knew this was perfect. I fussy cut the heading out and then added my typewritten journaling in strip form underneath. 

The line style stars scattered amongst the page are a fussy cut star from the ‘Epic Tales‘ paper. I love the look of these as an added embellishment. 

I framed this layout with the woodgrain from the ‘Outdoors Type‘ paper. I love the woodgrain in this collection. So so amazing. I added extra detain to the border using machine stitching and also some staples.

I hope you have been inspired by todays layout. Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog.

Stay safe,

Raquel xxx


Hey Creative friends, Gwen here today with some more scrapbook inspiration using the new ‘Legendary’ collection. This month for my shares I’ve been featuring my sister and her pooch as it’s her birthday month. I’m also sharing today as part of our feature using the recently released ‘Legendary’ cut files created by CUT to YOU which I’ll talk more about below.

For this page, I started with the ‘Off Beat’ pattern paper as I really wanted to add some colour and a mixed media/more grungy feel for this page. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not a mixed media gal so I just love that Zoe has done all of the work for me and I can still enjoy this look without getting my hands dirty! I’ve also cut out several of the star trios from the new ‘Legendary’ cut files set. These cut files are part of the set that was designed by CUT to YOU for the Legendary collection. They are available for FREE download here. If you don’t have a cutting machine, CUT to YOU offers a cutting service and ships worldwide. I’ve resized the star pieces so that they are around 14cm long and cut out seven of them.

I’ve then pulled the ‘Outdoors Type’ pattern paper and the ‘All-Star’ pattern paper to back my stars with. I’ve just alternated each set in a different colour… for my page, I’m going to be working with Blue, Green and Grey tones.

Next up, I’ve mounted my photo with a scrap piece of pattern paper (Brave Heart) I had kicking around from a previous project. This paper is blue in tone and also has a mixed media feel so fits with my design super well.

For the page design, I’ve simply lined up my star rows, alternating the colours and their start/end points across my page. I’ve then added my photo slightly to the right and slightly lower on my page to allow room for my title. My title is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack, so versatile and such a bargain with so many title options to choose from.

With my background cut file, photo and title in place, it was now time to think about embellishing. In keeping with the stars in the cut file, I’ve pulled out the star shapes from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I’ve layered these around and under my photo to help draw the eye to it. I’ve also added in here the cute bear icon from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and the moon shape. For dimension, these have been added with foam tape.

I’ve finished the page off by adding a couple of banner pieces also from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack, a Flair button from the ‘Flairs pack’, a couple of sentiments from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’ and some Enamel dots and called it done. I think this is a super fun page and love that ‘messy’ look I achieved without the need to do any mixed media myself! I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for this one, it was really fun to make.

Until next time,






Thankful for You | Happiness Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts back again with a sweet layout of my grandmother using the stunning Happiness Collection. I started with a cut file from Hip Kit and filled it with papers from the Happiness 6×8 paper pad, then added it to this gorgeous teal background on the Good Vibes patterned paper. Using floral swags from the ephemera pack on the left and bottom of the photo and adding a cut-a-part piece from the Little Things patterned paper to add my journaling.

The larger butterflies are fussy cut from a cut-a-part sheet and the smaller butterflies are all fussy cut from the Bright & Beautiful patterned paper. I love the simple elegance trenbolone these add to this layout, it’s amazing the mileage you can get from patterned paper if you’re willing to fussy cut out the beautiful icons! I thought these lovely butterflies were perfect for a memorial page honoring my grandmother’s amazing life.

To finish this layout off, I added clear heart stickers around the clusters and the arrows by the die-cut title. Then, a little flourish with Nuvo drops in gold and white, as well as gold splatter! I love the way the tiny details like butterfly trails give this layout such movement and interest.

I hope this layout inspires you to try adding some extra tiny details to your layouts! If you’d like to see this layout created, I have a process video below! Have a wonderful and creative day!

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