These Sweet Memories | Josefine vd Hoeven | These Days collection

Hello paperlovers,
Welcome to the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! So great to share a new layout with you. I was inspired by the March 2021 Moodboard. I thought the little yellow clouds were a fun idea to slide them between the paper layers.I love how that turned out.


I started with a white piece of cardstock. I cut the beautiful designer paper from the “These Days” collection to size by 6×6 inches. I stitched the square with gold sewing thread in the center of the layout with my sewing machine. I picked out several pocket page cards and folded them in half. I created layers and put them on top of each other with adhesive tape.

I placed the photo on top of these design paper layers. I start by making a cluster on the left side. I use different flower die-cuts, leaves from white cardstock and wooden buttons. I cut photo frames from the design paper and sew the edges with gold thread. I slide the photo frames between all these layers.

I am decorating my layout with more beautiful embellishments from this amazing collection by Cocoa Vanilla studio. I used word strips, stickers and butterflies. I cut the clouds from white cardstock and colored them with Distress Oxide. The color I used is “spiced marmalade” I stitch the clouds with gold thread and I placed them between these paper layers.

I combined the title “These Sweet Memories” with the beautiful black elegant foam words and the small colored puffy alphas. At the top of this layout I placed a black metal clip. This way it looks just like a clipboard. I placed the white cardstock on top of a woodgrain design paper and splattered with white acrylic paint. I am surprised how this layout turned out and am happy with the result.

I hope I was able to inspire you with this layout and hope to see you next time on the blog. For now, I wish you a happy and creative day! Enjoy your creativity friends.

XoXo, Jo


Black Friday Sale!

Hello and Happy Black Friday to all the shopaholics out there!

We have some awesome deals storewide, so it’s a great time to stock up on some goodies to add to your scrappy stash while you can…  We have new Grab Bags, Special Offers galore and prices slashed on last chance Bundle Deals!

Here is just a taste of what’s on offer this weekend… some of these bundles have items that are rare gems and are sold out, so get in quick as they are only available while stocks last!

We have a great range of papers and embellies on sale with massive savings to be had! Shop some crazy bargains in these categories:

We also have our Brand NEW Joyful collection in store now, as well as our popular These Days Collection!  We have some great bundle deals on offer for both of these collections:

I hope you all enjoy shopping up a storm over this weekend! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

xx Zoe

Christmas Magic | Joyful Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Hey! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the wonderful NEW Joyful Collection. SO many pretty patterns and colours with a couple of super cute creatures thrown into the mix. I’ve documented one of our fun family traditions from last Christmas, our crazy Elf on the Shelf shenanigans.

To start off the layout I grabbed out the A5 paper stack and cut out pieces from multiple patterns that are just over 3 inches square in size. I’ve distressed the edges, folded and ripped some pieces and also layered some with velum and other pops of pattern paper. All squares are adhered within a grid format using foam for slight dimension.

Next up I’ve worked on the photo stack, title and floral cluster group. I printed the photos out roughly 3.5×2.7 inch size and adhered them to the bottom left area of the layout using more foam. I also added in an extra pattern paper above the photos to balance out the colours on the layout.

We’ve loved playing around with the Elf each year, and sadly I think last year was the last season for creating this kind of ‘magic’. It was certainly fun to see what the Elf and her friends got up to each night, and am very interested to see what happens this year.

To the right of the photo I created a floral cluster using fussy cut pieces from the Tis the Season paper with the addition of stars from the ephemera and puffy title sticker packs.

The title was a super easy creation using a chipboard word sticker and a puffy title sticker

Up in the top right of the layout grouped together more fussy cut florals from the Tis the Season paper along with a super cute reindeer from the ephemera pack. I’ve been itching to find ways to incorporate the animals without just throwing them on for no reason, cause they’re all so darn cute!

Over on the left I created another small cluster of florals tucked behind the tag and banner from the ephemera pack. These florals are so pretty in real life, so its hard to cut into the paper.

Lastly some handwritten journalling to tell the story of our Elf Twinkle and her mates that helped to spread some Christmas Cheer. I used a ripped piece of notepaper from a pad that I keep handy on my desk and embellished it with some stars and accessory word sticker. To add one final touch to the layout I’ve added my usual sprinkling of gold ink, that splattered in places I didn’t really want it to, but thats the risk we take when creating something fun.

Well friends thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! I cant wait to see what you’re all creating with the Joyful Collection so be sure to share with us in our CVS facebook group and on Social Media using the hashtags #cocoavanillastudio and #cvsjoyful .

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Magical Moments | Joyful Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hi friends! It’s   back today with another layout to share featuring the new ‘JOYFUL’ collection. I’m really loving the colour palette of this range which features traditional Christmas tones yet muted for a modern appeal. I centred this page around a lovely cut file of Christmas Lights which has been designed by Paige Evans.

Once my cut file had been cut out, I used the A5 paper stack to back each individual bulb. This didn’t take too long and I loved the colourful effect once it was completed. The ‘DECK THE HALLS’ paper was used as my background and I adhered the light bulbs with foam adhesive squares so that it sat up a little adding dimension.

A 6″x 4″ sized photo was used on my layout and I neatly tucked it under some of the light bulbs. It was a great nesting point where I could then anchor some cute embellishments and chipboard stickers. The ‘Magical Moments’ title was created from the gold alpha stickers and positioned above my photo which seemed to be the best place for balance.

To finish my layout I added some of both the chipboard and cardstock sticker phrases below my photo. I also added some of the gold chipboard stars throughout my page.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your own Christmas scrapbooking.

Until next time,


Christmas Joy | Joyful collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends, it’s Tarrah back with and today I am very excited to be sharing my first scrapbook layout using the stunning new Joyful collection!

This collection is absolutely amazing and I hope you love it as much as I love it too!

I started by choosing 2 background patterned papers, I chose the white with gold spots and the multi stripe paper also. I trimmed down the white with gold spots and matted it to the multi stripe paper. I then machine stitched a border around the outer edge. I decided to cut out a gift cut file from CUT to YOU and backed all of the spaces with papers from the A5 paper stack. Once the cut file was all backed, I adhered it to the gold spotted paper using craft foam to give some dimension to the page.

I adhered the black and white photo of my sons, taken one Christmas Day, slightly over to the right tucking in one of the 3′ x 4′ journal cards here also. I also layered 2 pieces of ephemera from the ephemera pack on top of the photo too. To the left of my photo, I placed my title which is ‘Christmas Joy’ from the chipboard icons. I decided to keep the embellishing pretty minimal since the cut file takes up lots of space and is the focus of the page.

I did pull out a few super cute puffy stickers though and placed the reindeer one to the left of my page, the FaLaLaLa one I placed at the bottom section of the cut file. The stars also got a spot on this page as well as one of the gorgeous epoxy wood buttons that I placed in a small cluster over to the left of the page. I added a few more ephemera pieces like the stars, the pink gift that I placed at the bottom of the photo and the Merry Days tag above the photo. I don’t know about you but when I create a layout with one whole collection, I like to add at least 1 of everything to my page! I guess I feel like I am honouring it by using all the things haha!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! Make sure you get your hands on this stunning Christmas collection called Joyful from Cocoa Vanilla Studio as soon as you can! I promise you will not be disappointed! The online store will not have it as yet, you will need to find your nearest stockist or an online retailer who will have it in stock!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Joyful | Mini Album | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS crafty friends! I was super excited when Joyful arrived at my door and I totally love it. I don’t know about you but by the time Christmas is over I am a little over it. Also my Christmas photos always seem to be taken in a rush and therefore are usually quite average and one’s I probably wouldn’t put on a layout.

So making a Christmas mini album in November makes sense, its already to go and it doesn’t matter if photos are not perfect!

I used a Christmas tree cut file from the Silhouette deign store. I cut extra pages in paper and vellum, all in all I can add about 12 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch photos.

I used a coloured O ring to secure my pages and added some die cut banners finished off with some machine stitching. The top part of the tree is too small for photos so I added a scalloped border, a vellum cut and fussy cut some flowers to create a feature.

Under the vellum I used a chipboard piece. You will see that I have added machine stitching to my borders to add texture. I have also used foam tape to add dimension. I like my albums to look a little chunky.

So I can add numerous photos I always create an accordion paper piece, which I use a bone scorer, here I scored at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Here I added the chipboard bird with foam tape but in a way I can use it to also lift the accordion in and out.

I love to use vellum to soften and break up the pages. I added a border and attached with machine stitching, this not only looks pretty but will stop the vellum for curling up.

The embellishments of Joyful are beautiful and plentiful, chipboard, die cuts, puffy alphas, puffy stickers, glitter stars and wooden flairs. I have used all of them on my mini album!

The larger back two pages I cut from 12×12 papers but every other paper is from the 6×8 inch paper pad. I always purchase a 6×8 inch paper pad exclusively to create mini albums and cards, saving my 12×12 papers for layouts exclusively.

There are many Christmas mini album options and that can be put together quickly, especially when you have such fab embellishments like Joyful does. I can now tick this off my Christmas to do list!

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions on my mini just leave a comment.

Rachel X

Ho Ho Ho | Joyful collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, Sue Plumb here today to share my very first layout using the new ‘Joyful’ collection.

You may have noticed that I haven’t shared a project here on the blog for a while? Unfortunately I haven’t had access to my scrap stuff for quite some time while we were going through the process of moving house. I am pleased to report however, that I am now settled into my new house and after many years, I finally have a craft room again – happy days!

I was super excited to receive this new collection, and as usual, Zoe has totally hit it out of the park! I am not usually a big fan of Christmas collections because of the strong red/green colour palette they often use, but this one is so beautiful with its more muted tones and sweet little animals scattered throughout. I was also surprised to find myself drawn to use the Holly Days paper, which features a gorgeous wreath (a design I don’t often reach for first).

The photo I was working with was a photo of my three kids and my cat that I took in front of our tree on Christmas Eve, not long before they went to bed. (You can tell by the expression on their faces they were excited about what was to come the following day… except for the cat of course, who was horrified at the fact they were making him wear a turkey hat! haha)

I decided to keep the wreath paper intact and use it as my layout background. This gave me a good base to work from, with the focal area already defined for me. The first thing I did was choose some patterned papers from the A5 Paper Stack to use as a mat behind my photo and to create some layers on my page. I tore along the bottom edges of the papers, then ruffled them up a little more with my fingernail to add texture. I also added a small mint coloured doily into my layers, and some frayed gauze on top of them, then stapled the entire stack together and attached it to my page.

I then chose two different colour Distress Oxides (Rustic Wilderness and Worn Lipstick), mixed them with a little water, and used a fine brush to add tiny splatters around the entire wreath. I then repeated the process with some gold mist as well. Once dry, I adhered my photo down on top of my paper stack using a liquid adhesive and set about adding some embellishments.

In the top left corner of my photo, I tucked in a Chipboard Sticker present underneath the edge of the layers, then the sweet little season’s greetings envelope from the Die Cut Ephemera pack over the corner of the photo. (Embellishing directly onto my photos is something I love to do.) I also added the magic moments banner piece along the bottom edge of the photo (also from the ephemera pack).

To the right of my photo I added the ho ho ho Chipboard Sticker for my page title, and underneath I added the sleeps til Christmas sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet. (For the number 1, I actually used one of the Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers from the ‘These Days’ collection.) In the bottom right corner of my photo I added that sweet little fox from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and put a little foam tape behind him to pop him up to the same height as my photo.

To embellish around my wreath, I fussy cut some large stars from the Making Spirits Bright paper, which I mixed with a few smaller ones from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

I finished off with a few gold foil phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet and I was done! I am so happy with how this page turned out (especially considering I thought I would be a little rusty after my time away, but this collection made it so easy!)

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this beautiful range yet, then make sure you do. As it is seasonal, it will not be re-stocked after it sells out, so grab it while you can. You can find a retailer near you via our stockist list HERE. (Please note that not all stockists carry all collections, so you will need to contact individual retailers to enquire.)

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amazing Walk with You | These Days | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Sophie with you today with a new autumnal page created with the lovely These Days collection !


I used the Pretty Posies woodgrain paper as the main part of my background. I paired it with a scalloped border punched out of the Home Grown paper and created a little hand stitched line with white embroidery floss.

I printed my photo in black in white so that it wouldn’t compete with all the colors I planned to use on my page. It softens the overall look of the layout and it drives the eye easily to the photo.

I wanted to use clusters of branches and flowers all around the photo, since it was taken in the forest new our home.

I cut two cut files from the Anett Design store on white paper and backed the beautiful leaves with different patterned papers from the These Days A5 Paper Stack. I also cut strips of the Family Ties paper in different colors. I bent each strip in different length and placed them at the base of all the leaves. I added a handstitched knot to each bent paper in matching colors. Although it was a very simple little thing to do, I love the beautiful dimension it adds to the page.


I placed the two branch cutfiles on each side of the photo, adding many floral ephemeras at each base and on a few leaves.


I printed my journaling on white cardstock and cut it into strips under the photo.

My title comes from a mix of These Days Mini Puffy Alphabet stickers and letters cut with a die from my stach.


I stamped the date and added a few Nuvo Crystal drops as the finishing touch.

Here are more close-ups:









I hope you like what you see!

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,

Sophie xx

Oh what fun! | Joyful Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hi everyone, it’s Raquel here sharing a layout with you that I created using the new Joyful collection. This was the first time I have played with this collection and boy, it did not disappoint. I decided to look back at some of my favourite memories from our 2020 Christmas and chose to document a series of three photos of my kiddies all dressed up and ready to get their Santa photo.

Here is the layout I created:

As I mentioned above, the subject of my layout was my kiddies. These photos were my chance to snap a nice photo of the kids together and dressed up. As you can see from the pics, with these two, it can be tricky to get a photo of them both together when they’re both looking at the camera. I printed these slightly smaller than 3×4″ and in black and white. This helps with coordinating my photos to the new collection.

I added a patterned border to the photos using the paper pad. I love that the paper pads patterns are slightly smaller and also that you get some similar prints to the 12×12 but in different colours. The photo is adhered to the page with foam tape that has been doubled over. I wanted the photo to stand out a bit more than the cut file.

The ‘jingle bells’ cut file is from Cut to You and is a main focal element to this layout. I used a combination of patterned papers to back the file including some gold glitter paper that I had in my stash. I love the finished effect of the bells on this layout. It brings such a Christmas element of fun to the layout. A challenge with using feature cut files is to ensure that the file doesn’t take away from the main focus of the page: the photos. To do this I try and make sure to embellish the page in a visual triangle so your eyes move around the page from the top left, to top right, down to the journaling in the bottom right and back up again.

I created clusters of embellishments on either side of the photo. These were fussy cut from the ‘Tis the Season’ paper and layered to create interest. I finished the clusters with small puffy stickers like stars and leaves and also stars from the ephemera and chipboard packs. I just adore the colourings of this Christmas collection.

The cluster to the left of the photo, again contains more fussy cut flowers, stars and leaves from the stickers, ephemera and chipboard. I finished that little cluster with a cute little Reindeer puffy sticker and an ‘oh what fun!’ banner. The Reindeer matched my photos perfectly as the kids were wearing Reindeer hats that Santa gave them.

I journaled using my fave technique of strip journaling and adhered this to the bottom corner to balance out the top heaviness of the layout.

I finish the page I framed the entire layout in the ‘Making spirits bright’ paper, this also tied into the colour of the bow on the bell.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS page today, I hope that this layout has inspired you.

Raquel x


Hi Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today with a stash busting share for you featuring the ‘Endless Summer‘ collection.  Whilst this collection is from a while ago now (2016), I still really love the soft tones in it and the sweet icons, they are perfect for documenting beach photos; these taken of my daughter many years ago.  I have quite a few embellishments for this line in my stash so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some of those used up as well!

The idea for the page was to create a landscape of sorts, with my photos sitting towards the bottom of the page and the top portion of the page being a pretty summer sky.  I’ve used the ‘Blue Skies’ pattern paper for my background and then created a frame with the ‘Sun Bleached’ ombre pattern paper.  I’ve used this paper to create photo mats for my photos as well.

For a fun element to add to my sky background, I’ve cut two paper kites using a cut file from CUT to YOU.  I’ve backed these in the ‘Sun Bleached’ pattern paper as well as the ‘Aloha’ pattern paper, a fun tropical floral print.  I’ve added some stitching detail to really make them a feature of the design.

My photos also have a stitched border added for extra detail and they run along the bottom of the edge of the layout.  I wanted them to feel grounded against my background.

With the photo and large cut file elements in place, now I get to audition the embellishments in the collection.  I noticed at this point that I had a lot of little sentiments to work with from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack as well as the ‘Accessory Stickers’.  I even had some that had been fussy cut from the ‘This and  That’ pattern paper.  I also had some of the ‘Flair Buttons’ in my stash and am happy to have included two on this layout.

Thinking about the way the eye will flow from the top of the page down to my photos and across to the left, I have nestled in elements along the left hand edge of my paper kites.  I’ve also added a longer sentiment at the bottom of the page to balance things out and help that bottom section feel more grounded.  Here you can see how the cloud icons in the background pattern paper are matched to the flair button.  I love this layered look.

I’ve then added in a floral sticker from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ (which I cut in half) as well as some other round elements to soften the look of the page and add more interest.  The different sized round elements really add to the dimension of the page as well.  Lastly, I’ve added in two of the die cut butterflies from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as well as a couple of ‘Enamel Shapes’ as a last finishing detail.

I have made a YouTube process video for this one which you can watch here:

I hope this layout inspires you to dive into your stash and get creating!

Until next time,