Merry & Bright | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hi Everyone It’s Michelle back here with a new festive share for the month of December. I’ve used the Unforgettable collection to document a sweet moment of Leila in front of the Christmas tree last year, right before she ripped into all the presents. The colours within this collection are perfect for documenting any occasion, even Christmas!

I chose a fun BIG cut file from CUT to YOU to used as the base of this layout and backed the open pieces of the letters using papers from the 6×8 paper stack. Perfect small designs that work wonderfully with intricate cut files. I couldn’t choose one pattern to be the backing piece for the layout, so I chose the PRETTY BITS paper for all its wonderful colourful designs and added some of the grey GLORIOUS in place of the butterflies.

The patterns I used to back the cut file with are SPRIGHTLY, NATURAL BEAUTY, GARLAND, GLORIOUS, LACEWING & STORY TELLER

Once all three of the main parts to the layout were sandwiched together ( cut file, cardstock and backing pattern paper) I added the photo and embellishments. I added a couple of layers behind the photo to tie all the colours together – FORGET ME NOT, STORY TELLER & LACEWING. These are from the smaller 6×8 paper stack with the addition of the pink ephemera piece and heart from a previous cut file. The floral piece at the top of the photo has been fussy cut from the 6×8 glorious paper

I added one main floral cluster to the left of the photo using the large floral ephemera piece and a couple of extras tucked under and adhered with different foam tape. This added slight dimension at different heights to really make the layers pop.

Along the bottom of the cut file I added an extra floral piece, cut apart word, accessory sticker, clear sticker and some enamel dots. Lastly a splattering of gold ink and I called it done.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on a bright pretty Christmas layout, without the use of traditional colours.

Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle x


The Good Life | Unforgettable collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello lovely friends. It’s Kylie back with you today to share another layout I have created with the ‘Unforgettable’ collection. Looking through my craft supplies I had so many decorative punches and border punches that I decided I wanted to use them to create some decorative edges for my layout. These punches were the inspiration for my completed design.

I layered several co-ordinating papers over each other.The top pages, (UNSCRIPTED & GARLAND), were cut slightly narrower than the base,(STORYTELLER) to create a border. I used a delicate scalloped lace border punch across the top edge of the top papers. Layered together it gave them a lovely texture as well.

For a little extra colour on my page I added a heart punched strip to the top of my page from the NATURAL BEAUTY paper. Some simple back stitching was added to the small edge that I added to the base of my page.

Since there was so much colour happening in my layout I chose to print my photo in black and white. It was mounted to my background with foam tape so that it say up a little, enabling me to layer some floral accents for a dimensional look.

To complete my layout I added a title using the FOAM TITLE STICKERS as well as some sub phrasing below using the ACCESSORY STICKERS.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest layout.

Until next time,



Tis The Season | Tis The Season Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi there creative friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new Christmas themed layout using the gorgeous Tis the Season collection.

I started my layout by cutting a Christmas Tree cut file design (sorry I am not sure where this one comes from) from white cardstock. I don’t have much of the traditional collection left now but I am so happy to be able to get everything I need in digital form! I will never run out again! If your stash is getting low of Tis the Season, make sure to grab the digital collection here and print your own! There are some of the older collections available in digital form now, so check them all out in the Cocoa Vanilla Store here! I did have some of the green holly paper left and I love how it looks behind the cut file design. I also had a small amount of the red and white diagonal stripe paper and decided to adhere a strip of that to the left side of the page.   I chose a photo of my youngest taken on Christmas Day when he was about 3 weeks old, he just turned 9 yesterday so the photo is quite old but its one of my favourites! I changed the colour of the photo to a soft black and white as the colours in the photo would have clashed with the soft colours in the collection. Underneath the photo I layered a small paper doily and a smaller piece of the red and white stripe paper to the right of the photo. I also layered a wood veneer frame on top of the photo, I like how this draws your eye to the photo. I popped up the photo using craft foam and then placed embellishments around the photo. The ticket that says ‘Child’ die-cut definitely had to be added, it was perfect tucked at the bottom of my photo.I used accessory stickers, enamel dots, die-cuts, wood veneer, sequins and a bitty bow to embellish. I have tons of the sequins left, I love the gold stars so I scattered a few of those around to add some sparkle. I placed the white bitty bow at the base of the tree to separate the tree from the pot. To finish the page, I added the date stamp of when the photo was taken. I love how my page turned out even with only minimal pieces from the Tis the Season collection!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my page today and that you are inspired to create your own Christmas themed layout using your stash of Tis the season!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Christmas Card and Gift Boxes | Unforgettable | Rachel Lowe

Hey all today I have some Christmas goodies to share. I love creating Christmas gift boxes and bags, because who doesn’t love pretty things!  I have used the gorgeous Unforgettable collection for my Christmas trio.

I created a simple Christmas card using the 6×8 Unforgettable paper pad. I used Sprightly as my background paper measuring at 5×7 inches. I then chose three papers to create the Christmas trees, Story Teller, Glorious and Garland. I used a cut file for my tree’s but these could easily be cut by hand. I added some machine stitching to the curves of each tree piece to add definition. I added white glitter to the Garland (turquoise) pieces. My tree’s were then attached with foam tape to create dimension. I added gold glitter stars and tree trunks because although not a huge fan of bling, Christmas is a time you can add as much as you like right!!!! To finish off I added some tiny flowers from the ephemera die cut pack and a Merry Christmas sticker from my stash.

This Coffee Cup gift box is a cut file by Lori Whitlock, easy to assemble but oh so cute! I filled this one with Lindt Chocolates and it will be a gift for one of my boys teacher. I cut the cup part using the Natural Beauty paper as this provides a great contrast to use brighter coloured paper and embellishments. I cut the coffee cup lid in white cardstock.


I used the turquoise strip side of the Sprightly paper to add the coffee cup heat sleeve and then added one of the large floral bunches from the ephemera die cut pack with foam tape.

I added a paper star created using Unscripted paper finished off with a little bling. The Spiral Star is by Lori Whitlock.

To finish off I added one of the bows from the collection to break up the white of the lid. These are so easy to create and perfect for little Christmas treats.


And finally to finish off my Christmas trio I created another box, this is a Noodle Box from the Silhouette Design store. The outer box I used Sprightly paper and inside the box I used Glorious. I used the papers from the 6×8 inch paper pad to create the layered flower finished off with an Enamel Dot from the collection. I have filled this treat box with bath bombs.

You don’t need a Christmas collection to create Christmas cards or boxes, I love pink and turquoise as Christmas colours. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you find a little time in the busy month of December to create.

Rachel  X

We Remember Moments | Unforgettable Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here to share a recent mixed media layout I created using the gorgeous ‘Unforgettable’ collection and a photo of my children that I took while I was shopping with them a few years ago.

I started this page by creating a mixed media background on some white cardstock. I used pink ink to create a watercolour style background, before adding some stamping and coloured texture paste through a stencil in a few spots on my page. I also added some blue watercolour splatters over the top for some extra interest.

Next, I fussy cut the wreath from the beautiful Garland paper, adding foam tape underneath the floral section to pop it up from the page, before sticking it down on top of my background. (You can see how I bent the edges up from the page to add extra dimension.)

I then added some pieces of paper cut from the B sides of the Glorious and Sprightly papers as a mat for my photo, which I stuck down on top.

Alongside my photo, I added the quote “we don’t remember the days, we remember moments” from the scaled down version of the Story Teller paper from the 6×8″ Paper Stack to act as my page title. I was especially drawn to use this quote for this layout, as in the early days of having twins life seemed to pass by in such a blur. Going shopping with the kids and having two sitting in the trolley and one perched on the end like in the photo is something I will always remember though.

On top of the quote card I added the cute camera Flair Button and popped a couple of Enamel Dots nearby.

Now it was time to embellish my wreath. I used a variety of flowers from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, which I stuck down on top of the wreath using foam tape to provide further dimension. I also added 3 bows from the Tassels and Bows pack; and a few small phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

I finished off my layout by adding more Enamel Dots; a die cut butterfly; and then a few hand-stitched crosses using embroidery thread.

That’s all from me today, I hope I have inspired you to create something pretty too. Until next time, happy scrapping!


Happy | Midnight Collection | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends and welcome back to the blog for a new project! I’ve been on a crazy December Daily kick so it was kind of nice to switch gears and relax those Christmas muscles and make something fun with the Midnight collection.

I know I’ve said this before but the Midnight collection has me all over it with the color palette so I figured I would scrap a recent selfie I took with my new phone while exploring portrait mode! I really like how this layout came out and it is an EXCELLENT stash buster.
I started with 6 3x4inch pieces of patterned paper and literally pulled out all the embellishments I had left from the Midnight collection, including the chipboard set and the cardstock ephemera. I then set out to create three individual clusters – one for my photo and the other two to just feature some embellishing. I wish I had a rhyme or reason for why I did what I but it kind of just came together organically. I picked up bits, stuck them down, added foam stickers when I wanted some additional height and just had fun creating the clusters.
For my background, I actually used patterned paper! I know, incredibly shocking. I used the white and gold marble paper as my background and then layered two ripped pieces of paper from other sheets in the collection to add interest and texture since there was already a whole lot of texture in my embellishment clusters. I then attached my three clusters in a diagonal across the page. I love how they look against that marble paper.
To finish off the layout, I added the “Happy” chipboard piece to serve as my title even though this layout would have worked just fine without one and I added a few chipboard hearts. This layout was pretty easy to complete and such a fun process.
I hope you enjoyed my project and you give this technique a try. Seriously, pick it and stick it. That freedom to create is life changing. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen up on the blog today with a new share and its a fun Christmas project featuring my husband, daughter and our ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Candy on holiday in 2017. You all know how I love Christmas so this page was a heap of fun to make!

For a bit of a challenge, I decided to create the project without any ‘Christmas’ themed supplies. I really just wanted to use some things I had on hand to show that you don’t need a Christmas collection to make a pretty Christmas page. I started with my favourite collection ‘Bohemian Dream‘. I felt the cool colours of this collection would translate really well and would be perfect or those who have a cooler Christmas season.

I then pulled this cut file from CUT to YOU called ‘Roses and Frames’ and went about backing it in a section of the papers. I’ve used ‘Dreamer‘ and ‘Abundant‘ for this. Next, I’ve added a photo mat to my pictures, also using the Abundant paper. In my usual style, I’ve raised these on foam and added a stitch detail to the edge. I really love how the black and white photos work for this page, especially once I added the silver elements.

I’ve then simply added my cut file and photos centring it all on my page. I then added a border around the page edge using the ‘Abstract‘ paper. I am really loving the grid style of this cut file.

At this stage, my page was looking good, I really just needed to add in some embellishments to finish it off. I’ve pulled from my stash some Thickers letters and spelt out the title ‘Christmas’. It was at this point that I decided to try and keep the layout very balanced which is why I’ve gone with half the title on the left, the other on the right.

I’ve continued with this balanced look for all of the embellishments, starting with two of the chipboard birds and two butterflies from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack. I’ve also added some sentiments from this pack to both photos, I really love those little tab elements. Next, I’ve chosen some stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ which I’ve placed up on foam tape for added dimension and lastly added a sparkly silver fabric bow from my stash.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get this collection out from your stash and try a Christmas project. If it does, be sure to pop it into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio facebook group, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,



Captured Memories | Unforgettable Collection | Guest Designer – Laura Alberts

Hi y’all! Guest Designer Laura Alberts back again! I was honored to be asked if I could create a couple more layouts with Unforgettable, so of course I agreed with enthusiasm! This layout is a mixed media floral explosion, one of my favorite styles. These photos of my darling girls swinging at our local park is a vision of happiness because the swings are their favorite! I wanted to capture some of that happiness with this layout.

I began with Dylusions paint in Rose Quartz and swatched a large area to frame my photos. This bold pink is a leap for joy! It exudes the happiness these girls have when swinging, but also I love how perfectly it coordinates with the Unforgettable collection too! I added florals cut from the Garland paper and Unforgettable cut file leaves from the back of that paper underneath of the photos. Then, I sprinkled butterflies all around to add a bit of whimsy and fun!

I hope you find this layout inspiring! It was so much fun to dive back into this stunning collection and find new ways to use it. One of the many reasons I love Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s collections is that they are so versatile. I can scrap photos of any theme and type with these collections, how easy it all comes together when you love the products you’re playing with, am I right?

Laura Alberts, Guest Designer

XOXO | Unforgettable | Anita Bownds

Hi crafty friends, Anita here with you today sharing a love layout full of floral’s using fussy cut flowers and die cuts flowers from unforgettable (do you like fussy cutting?) I think it’s one of those things that’s just relaxes me while I watch a show …I’m totally hooked on prodigal son tv show at the moment.. and yep I’m one of those peeps who totally love’s crime shows!!.. well anyway back to my layout..
I started off by using story teller as my base of my layout and I wanted to have hearts popping in the background so I used a cut file from Paige Evans’s wonky hearts background and cut it out with my cameo in the center of the patterned paper so I could trim the paper down to add unscripted behind it and have a pink border as well. Then I machine stitched around the edges to add a extra textured border.


Next using a paper from happiness botanical bliss I used another cut file for my title from Paige Evans’s XOXO and I wanted to back it with white cardstock so I offset the design to add another layer behind to make it a bit stronger and to pop that floral design.


I matted my photo on papers from pretty bits and add stickers from the accessory stickers around my photo and in the layers. I then fussing cut flowers from patterned paper glorious to tuck underneath the my title


And using flowers from the ephemera die cuts I tucked them underneath the edges of the title and scattered them around adding little flowers on top of my cut file title


I used the mint enamel dots to add extra colour around the flowers and tucked a few clear stickers in the flower clusters and to finish off I used some glitter glue to add a few little dots inside the tiny flowers.




I hope I’ve given you some floral inspiration today..
Happy crafting everyone..

Christmas Cards | Mixed Collections | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a set of Christmas cards that I created using a combination of Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections! I chose a fresh and pretty colour scheme of pink, aqua, and lime, with a touch of grey and woodgrain. I then pulled together some products from the Happiness, Boys Rule, and You Rock collections to create my cards. I’m going to show you that it’s super easy to create Christmas themed projects even if you don’t have a Christmas collection. Plus I think the Cocoa Vanilla products are gorgeous and are perfect for using for any occasion / theme!

For my first card, I started by adding a piece of the beautiful pink Expressive paper from the Happiness collection to the middle of the card. I also used the Straight & Narrow paper from the Boys Rule collection, and tucked the grey stripe side under the top edge of the pink paper, and the lime green side under the bottom edge. I then adhered a die cut frame from the Boys Rule Miscellany pack to the card using foam tape for added dimension. I used some Christmas stamps from my stash to add a sentiment inside the frame.

To embellish the card I fussy cut a couple of stars out of the You Rock Starshine patterned paper, and then I also traced one onto the Boys Rule Straight & Narrow paper and hand cut it out. I think the stars help to give it a Chrismasy feel! To finish the card off, I added a few Wild at Heart sparkly enamel dots.

For my next card, I used the same patterned papers, and this time I layered them in strips across the front of the card. I only adhered the edges of the grey stripe paper as I wanted to tuck a couple of tags in behind this strip. The smaller tag is from the Happiness die cut ephemera pack, and I stamped the phrase ‘merry merry merry’ onto this one. The larger tag I created using a metal die from stash and the Bright & Beautiful woodgrain patterned paper, also from the Happiness collection.

Once again I finished this card off with a couple of fussy cut stars from the You Rock Starshine patterned paper, and some enamel dots from the More than Words collection.

I love how these cards turned out using non-Christmas themed collections, and I can’t wait to hand them out to some special friends during the Christmas season!

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my cards!

Mandy x