You Are My Sun, My Moon and All of My Stars | Boys Rule collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you on the Cocoa Vanilla blog and today I am sharing a new layout for an ‘Add Something Black’ feature this week!

I decided to add a black cut file design from CUT to YOU for my black feature and I dug into my big Boys Rule collection!!

I cut the design out from black cardstock and then backed all the different words in the cut file with the papers from the Boys Rule 6′ x 8′ paper pad. I then added foam adhesive underneath the entire cut file and adhered it to gorgeous blue background paper. I trimmed down this paper and matted the entire layout with black cardstock also.

I adhered the photo of my eldest son in the top right corner of the page, lifting up the cut file slightly to have the file sitting over the photo. I layered a tag, a tab and some paper under the photo and added one of the awesome chipboard stars over the top of the photo. Some of the other chipboard elements I added were the pennant that says, ‘The Best’ at the top, the arrow on the left of the page and the lightning bolt at the bottom.

Some star die-cuts were also added to help fill in other spaces, you can never go wrong with stars on a boy page right?! I also added the piece that says, ‘100% Boy’ under the word moon.

Some phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet were added as a final touch and I also stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken. I really enjoyed working with a black cut file instead of my go to white for this layout. I love how the black makes the colours in the Boys Rule collection really pop!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Holly Jolly memory keeping | Merry and Bright | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends! It’s Kylie back with you today and I’m SO excited to be sharing my very first project with the brand new ‘Merry & Bright’ collection. This fab new range is perfect for any festive scrapbooking or crafty project you have in mind. For something different, I wanted to create some smaller scale, memory keeping pages in my traveller’s notebook.

I like to add a paper background to the pages of my TN and always make sure I trim them slightly smaller than the page. Not only does this create a lovely paper border but it is practical in the sense that as I fill my TN I wont have trouble with pressure on the spine and pages getting crumpled or coming apart.

For interest, I have layered some papers together to create a border. I’ve used a craft border punch and scalloped edged scissors to give a nice decorative finish to each layered paper. The gingerbread houses from the die cut pack were so cute! I’ve layered several over the top of my paper edge borders to support my image.

For the opposite page I have layered several of the gorgeous Christmas blooms, again from the die cut pack. Whilst each double page ‘blends’ design concept wise, I don’t necessarily create a mirror image design to the opposite page.

For this next double page design. I used the fun spotted side of the ‘Happy Holidays’ paper with a decorative border edge using the ‘Jingle All The Way’ paper. So that my photos are framed, I have backed them with some of the ‘Count Down’ paper.

You can add some journaling to your pages but I have kept it fairly simple and create some short phrases to suit using the sticker sheet.

Did someone say ‘gold metallic fabric stars?’ Umm yes please!! These were perfect for embellishing the photo of my son and I love that they aren’t too thick and bulky for my TN pages.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest memory keeping project and it may inspire you a little to try smaller scale scrapbooking in a TN too!

Until next time,


Sweet FANTABULOUS Birthday Girl | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey there Happy Scrappy People! It’s Michelle back here today with a layout to share thats inspired by our current November Monthly Challenge. This months challenge is full of pastels and rainbows and an oh so yummy looking cake, the very cake I drew inspiration from for this layout. I chose the sweet Daydream collection for this creation as I knew exactly which paper would work best to create a yummy looking ruffly layer cake.

The layout I made documents Leila’s birthday from last year. Her very first ‘proper’ birthday party with family and friends from school. She had an amazing time and has requested the same party for this year. Sadly due to COVID that can’t happen, but we will find a way to make it just as magical.

Here’s a look at the November Monthly Challenge board – you can find the album to enter your creations within our Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook. So many wonderful layouts shared so far!

How good does that cake look, and those beautiful flowers. To create my own version of the delicious ruffly cake I fussy cut all the strips from the rainbow paint stripe paper – Stepping Stones – and roughed up the edges. I cut pieces of white cardstock in a rough cake formation and adhered each strip to the cake starting from the bottom, and tucking the next in underneath. You could also start from the top and overlap each as you move down the cake.

Once the cake was complete I adhered it to the white cardstock and worked on the photo stack to the left

The photo stack is made up of loads of off cuts from the A5 Paper Stack. The designs in this stack are smaller versions of the larger papers and perfect for layering multiple designs together behind photos. Here I’ve used the smaller versions of Happy Place, All Aflutter and Daisy Days along with the diagonal stripe frame and ‘so lovely’ tab from the Ephemera Pack. The floral cluster tucked into the top is from the smaller Garden Variety paper and the ‘Beautiful’ is also from the A5 size Happy Place cut apart sheet.


At the top of the cake I created a couple of cake ’embellishments’ using a heart from the Ephemera Pack, ‘oh happy day’ sticker, wooden sticks cut from the ‘Over the Rainbow‘ woodgrain paper and the number 9 is from an alphabet set released back in the early days of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Small florals cut from the smaller version of Garden Variety to balance out the bigger floral cluster I added further down the cake.

I popped these florals up using foam tape and added the title underneath using a Die Cut Word and fantabulous banner from the Ephemera Pack, then more alphabet stickers from previous collections that I’ve sewn through to keep adhered to the page in years to come.

Lastly I added some handwritten journalling and a splattering of gold ink then felt the entire page needed to a pop of extra colour to bring it all together. I chopped the edges off the white cardstock, centred it on the beautiful bright yellow Sun Shower paper and sewed around the edge to finish it all off.

Here’s one last look at the final layout, don’t know about you but that cake looks good enough to eat!


Well friends thats all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my November monthly challenge inspiration as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please be sure to share your own creations inspired by this board within our Facebook Community Group, we love seeing what you all create!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Joy to the World | Merry & Bright collection | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends today I am sharing my first layout using the gorgeous new Christmas collection Merry & Bright.

As most of you know I LOVE cut files and what’s better when one is already cut for you with a beautiful water colour mixed  media effect! (large die cut and backing kit)  All I did before starting my layout is splattering the page with gold paint.

I love the Christmas Krispy Kreme doughnuts and so I have used this photo to Create a fun layout. My photo size is 4×4 inches. Using the 6×8 inch paper pack I used Star Bright and Oh Christmas Tree papers and cut at 4.2 inches. I angled each mat behind the photo but attached the photo straight with foam tape over the right of the tree.

I tucked under my photo the double heart flair buttons and finished off using two die cut tabs from the ephemera pack.

I created a floral cluster on the left side of the tree, using foam tape of some of the florals to add dimension. I tucked a die cut ticket slightly under the larger flower.

Of course I had to add the happy Father Christmas die cut and created a small embellishment cluster in the lower left corner of my layout, again using foam tape on some of the die cut ephemera.

Lastly I added one of the gold puffy hearts to the top of the tree. I had considered adding some machine stitching but to be honest this cut file kit is just perfect the way it is.

Super quick and super easy layout that still looks fabulous!

Thank you for stopping by today and I will see you again soon with an off the page creation all about Christmas.

Rachel X

Merry and Bright | Merry & Bright collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share my very first layout using the brand new ‘Merry & Bright’ collection. For this Christmas page, I couldn’t go past documenting one of my kids Santa photos from last year. Each year we try to do something a little out of the ordinary, as it not only makes it easier to get my kids to do it, but it also gives us something fun to look back on. (Not to mention giving Santa a good giggle as well.) Last year we decided to go with a Queen theme, as Bohemian Rhapsody is one of our favourite car sing-along songs.

Here is my layout…

As soon as I opened this collection, I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous wood grain print on the Season’s Greetings paper. (Zoe always has the best wood grains!) I decided to use it as the basis for my page, so I cut it down to measure 10×10″ and then mounted it onto the script pattern of the Oh What Fun paper to add a border.

I really wanted to make the background bit more “me” so I decided to add some mixed media as well. I brushed on some dark grey acrylic paint, then used a loose script stencil (which tied in beautifully with the script print paper) and some gold glaze to add texture.

Now it was time for some papery layers! I used pieces of some of the scaled down prints from the A5 Paper Stack to use as layers under my photo, adding in a dark grey paper doily (to tie in with the paint) and some frayed gauze for texture. I also added some cardboard to the back of my photo to help pop it up from the page.

For my embellishments, I began with the gorgeous floral pattern of the Joy to the World paper because I couldn’t wait to fussy cut those flowers! I cut two large pieces which I tucked in under the bottom left and top right corners of the photo, to create a diagonal flow to help draw the viewer’s eye through the photo. I also added an extra flower from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

Then it was time for some pretty little bits and pieces. I used three of the Puffy Gold Stars, which I attached using my stapler; and some small pieces of twisted gold wire, which I also stapled to the page.

For my title, I fussy cut the words merry and bright from one of the 3×4″ Pocket Cards and then adhered it below my photo using foam tape to pop it up from the page. I also tucked in the sweet little Santa Flair Button alongside my title.

To finish off, I stamped the date and a few phrases using a roller stamp from my stash; then added a touch more festive sparkle with some splatters of gold mist and a sprinkling of gold sequins.

I’ve already been busy creating more layouts with this collection and I can’t wait to share them with you soon. If you don’t have this collection yet, make sure you contact your favourite retailer to ask if they have it in stock.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

The Most Wonderful Time | Merry & Bright | Raquel Bowman

Hi everyone, it’s Raquel here and today I am sharing my first layout with you using the new Christmas collection ‘Merry & Bright’. I don’t know if I feel quite ready personally for Christmas or Christmas documenting however I must say that I really loved creating this layout. 

The focus of this layout was to document the arrival of our Elves Chippy and Snowflake each year. This time is highly anticipated in my household and spoken about in incidental moments all throughout the year ‘Remember the time Chippy did….’ ‘I love when Snowflake did ….’. I used a photo taken during the first year that Chippy arrived and a cut file from Cut to You store. 

Here is the layout that I created:

The cut file stocking was backed using 6×8″ papers from the paper pad. I love that the paper pads come with the same patterns and designs as the 12×12″ sheets but on a much smaller scale. I just adore a diagonal stripe so I had to use that as the feature of the cut file backing. I used the text script paper under the gift tag, but also added an ephemera tag to the top of the stocking to replicate a tag on the stocking too.

To embellish the top of the stocking I used a ‘be jolly’ sticker and one of the gorgeous gold fabric stars.

The title is a sticker ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and is a small feature off the layout.I used a mixture of foam adhesive on both the photo and the stocking die cut to add extra dimension to the page. 

The journaling for this layout was typed on my typewriting and cut into strip form.

I cannot wait to document the 2021 Christmas adventures with the elves and my little family using this absolutely beautiful collection. I hope you have been inspired by todays layout. 


Raquel x


You are everything | Life is Beautiful and Hello Lovely collections | Sophie Delorme

Hello crafty friends !

It’s Sophie here ! It’s Throwback Thursday today and I am sharing a beautiful fall layout created with a mix of two digital collections: Hello Lovely and Life is Beautiful.

I started my layout with thick white cardstock and cut my title directly on it with my cutting machine. It is a cut file from Justnick Studio.

Then, I backed the title with cardstock and different patterned papers from both collections. With a fine brush, I added a little bit of matching water-colour to the letters to create more depth. I LOVE the effect !

I also created a subtle mixed media background with water-colours where I planned to put my photo.

This photo of my sweet Sabrina was taken a few weeks ago when we went for a walk nearby our home. The fall colors where just breathtaking beautiful !

I fussy cut plenty of leaves and flowers mainly from the Life is Beautiful collection and created a floral cluster on the lower right of the photo. I put adhesive foam on the majority of the embellishments to add interest and dimension.

I also cut a banner “You make me so happy” and a few hearts that I put around my title.

Finally, I hand wrote my journaling directly on the background and stamped the date.

A big title like this is a very easy way to get started on your design ! Here are more close-ups:

And have you noticed that I created my fall theme layout with two gorgeous summer collections ? I had to think outside the box, and love the result ! I hope you do too and that you felt inspired by my page today !

Thank you for stopping by !

Sophie xx


Hi Creative friends, Gwen with you on the blog today. For today’s share, I’m working with this sweet picture of Miss C wayyy too excited about Christmas M&M’s. On the blog this week the Design Team have been challenged to mix an older collection with a new one, so I’ve decided to mix the new Christmas collection (Merry & Bright) with Tis the Season. I just love how these two collections came together.

The design for my page is a central one which started with this title cut file by CUT to YOU. I’ve positioned my photo on top taking care to ensure everything is nicely centred.

Then, working with the larger ephemera pieces first, created three embellishment clusters, one in the top left hand corner of the photo, one in the bottom right hand corner of the photo and one centred, at the bottom of the page. I’ve started with the large Santa die-cut element from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ and mixed and matched ephemera pieces from both collections.

Here you can see the die cut piece ’25’ from the ‘Tis the Season collection’, sitting next to the Santa and Holly elements from the ‘Merry & Bright’ collection. I just love how I can use up those leftover pieces of the older collection and give it a fresh new look with the new one.

In the top and bottom clusters, I’ve also added in two of the gold ‘Puffy Stars’ from the ‘Merry & Bright’ collection. These are a great textured piece to add to a layout and are the perfect shade of gold.

You can also see here that I’ve added in a ‘Flair’ from the ‘Flair pack’ as well as some Enamel Dots, these are from the ‘Tis the Season’ collection.

I’ve also made a YouTube process video which you can watch below.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how this page came together. Be sure to join the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook group to see even more inspiration and ideas for using this collection.

Until next time,




Good Times | Laura Alberts | Daydream & More Than Words Collections

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts here today to share a darling 9×12 layout with you that shows just how versatile Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections really are, they mix and match so beautifully together! This layout has both Daydream and More than Words meshed together. Using frames from both collections and backing them with cut-aparts and patterned paper to create the background, then layering my photo on top, makes for a sweet linear design that creates pockets perfect for embellishment clusters! Up in the top left, I added a rainbow and word phrase from Daydream, with a butterfly from More than Words!

I traced a border around all of the frames with my pen to give them a little extra depth and dimension (without adding bulk!) and created butterfly trails with Nuvo Drops to create the impression of movement. The stark black border is a paper from More than Words called Gossamer, and the back side of it is covered in more of these gorgeous butterflies! In the center cluster, the florals are a mix of the two collections, and I added small sequins for a bit of sparkle as well!


This bottom cluster is my absolute favorite! It features florals from Daydream, a bit of sequins, and a tiny butterfly cut from the More than Words 6×8 paper pack. I love how this cluster bridges the gap between the photo and the title, adding just a nice pop of color where it’s needed most! By using a black and white version of the 4×6 photo, I’ve given myself plenty of opportunity to play with a variety of colors and the contrast between black and white! Love how it turned out!

I hope the varied clusters on this layout inspires you to look at your embellishments a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can change things up. If you’d like to see the Good Times layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Tis the Season | Merry and Bright | Anita Bownds

Hello lovelies, sharing my first layout using the merry and Bright collection and as this week we are mixed it up with new and old I use some ephemera, stickers and one of the hearts from day dream..

My photo is of Luna kitty all curled up asleep after attacking the Christmas tree playing with the ornaments .. but seriously what kitty doesn’t have a super fun time with the Christmas tree…lol

I started with a snowflake cut file design from Paige Evans that I cut out on light pink cardstock to match the light pink in the collection then I adhered it in the center of the white cardstock and then matted my photo on paper from the 6×8 and a few little labels from 6×8
Then using the season greetings pattern paper I chose to use tis the season for my title and popped it up with some double sided foam tape at the bottom of my photo


Then I cut 4 border strips 2 from joy to the world that a punched a lace border and one from oh what fun that I trimmed in half that I layered on top of the lace strip and added them to the top and bottom of my layout


Then using joy to the world I fussy cut out a bunch of flowers and started clustering flowers at 2 corners of my photo and the top and bottom of layout I also added a few bits from day dream like our happy place from the ephemera pack , the tag from the accessory stickers and one of the puffy hearts


Then to finish it off I added little fussy cut berries and enamel dots from the legendary collection..




I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration today

 don’t forget to pop on over and check out the process video:

Happy crafting..