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.


Memories | These Days collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts back again with a hand-stitched layout featuring the stunning These Days collection! For this beautiful title, I used a stitching cut file from Paige Evans. Instead of using an electronic cutting machine, however, I printed out the image and used a paper piercer to poke the holes by hand. Then, using a variety of coordinating colored floss, I chain-stitched the title. While three days of stitching was certainly a time commitment, I think the end results were worth it!

I backed the entire layout with a stunning wood grain paper called Pretty Posies and then reached into the A5 paper stack for these beautiful banners and mat behind my photo. The florals I’ve clustered on either side of the photo are fussy cut from the Home Grown patterned paper as well as the floral ephemera pack. Even those tiny little scattered florals are fussy cut! I do enjoy prepping new collections by fussy cutting all the florals first!

On opposite sides of my stitched title I added florals from the ephemera pack that I fussy cut the white border off of, with little fabric hearts for a bit of added texture. That is the name of the game with this layout! Stitching is a brilliant way to add texture and dimension to a layout without adding a lot of bulk to your albums! I finished off the layout with gold Nuvo drops around the clusters for extra detail and a bit of gold ink splatter. My favourite part was adding my journaling to the ‘O’, such a fun and unexpected place for journaling!


If you’d like to see how ‘Memories’ was created, be sure to check out the process video below! I hope you will give hand-stitching a try and see how you can elevate your scrapping with added texture!

Magical Christmas | Joyful Collection | Mandy Melville

Hey everyone!

Mandy here today to share some more inspiration using the gorgeous Joyful collection. I can’t get enough of this collection, and I’m having so much fun using it to document our Christmas memories! For my layout today, I decided to scrapbook a couple of super sweet photos of my youngest daughter Eleanor, taken on Christmas Day, and I love the way the beautiful colours in this collection really complement these photos.

I started the layout off by dividing the page into quarters to create four triangular segments. I cut two triangles from the pink Feeling Festive paper, and another two from the aqua Deck the Halls paper to fill in the four sections of the background. I distressed the edges of each of the papers to give them lots of texture. I then matted my photos with the reverse side of the Advent paper and adhered them in the middle of the page.

Of course I couldn’t resist fussy cutting some of the beautiful floral clusters from the Tis the Season paper! Once I’d cut them out, I arranged them around the bottom edges of the photos to provide a ‘ledge’ for the photos to sit on. I adhered some of the flowers with foam tape to give the cluster some nice dimension and interest. I also tucked that sweet little chipboard deer in amongst the flowers and I think he looks super cute there!

I also added a few die cuts into the floral cluster, including the cute envelope and the ‘north pole’ flag. To the left of the photos I added a die cut label, layered on top of a frame, which I used to add the details of the photos to.

For my title I couldn’t go past using one of the Puffy Gold Title Stickers, and I decided on the phrase ‘Magical Christmas’. I added this above the photos, and then to finish the layout off I added a sprinkling of gold stars, which are also from the Puffy Gold Title Stickers. I think the gold elements add the perfect touch to a festive layout!

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope that you’ve been inspired by my layout. I’ll be back to share some more inspiration next month. Until then, happy scrapping!

Mandy x

All I Want For Christmas | Joyful Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio friends! Danni here with a fun mixed media layout featuring the absolutely beautiful Joyful collection, because I still can’t get enough of it!  I have a couple of sweet photos of my little girl to document, so I decided to keep everything bright and add lots of texture using machine stitching.

I started the layout with a white cardstock base and added a border with the soft pink gingham side of Advent 12×12 patterned paper. I added a line of machine stitching around the edge to add extra security and added detail. This gave me an idea to add a quilt-inspired design to the page – I’ll explain more about that later.

I have been eyeing off the gorgeous double sided 3×4 cards for a while, and this is one of my favourite ways to use a bunch of them on a layout. I overlapped my two 3×4 photos slightly, then chose four of the cards to build a large cluster to go in the centre of the page. I distressed all the edges of the cards then layered them around and behind my photos at different heights and widths to create variety. I adhered all these together then set them aside while I worked on my background.

I wanted to add some mixed media to the plain white background, so I took some distress oxide ink pads and diluted the colour using water and some white acrylic ink. White acrylic ink is great because it mutes bright colours while also making inks more opaque. My colours ended up still being brighter than I wanted, but I’m totally ok with that. I used the packaging technique to add messy splotches of the ink to the white cardstock.

Once the paper was completely dry, I went in with my sewing machine and added lots of cross hatching lines of stitching in a quilted-style pattern. I made sure to add the stitching where it would be visible around my central cluster. Because my photo and card cluster was already adhered together, I could just go ahead and glue it down to the centre of the page in one piece.  I ended loving the quilted stitching effect peeking out from behind everything!

I finished off the ‘All I want for Christmas’ card with some small phrase stickers from the accessory stickers – I just love that shiny gold typeface font. I also took a couple of flag accessory stickers and layered them below the lower 3×4 card, plus a tab accessory sticker at the top. I embellished lightly with some chipboard sticker holly leaves either side of my photo, and some shiny chipboard sticker stars cascading down my layout.

Finally I added some puffy sticker holly leaves layered with the chipboard sticker ones, then some tiny puffy sticker stars. I love how this one turned out, I hope you did too. There is a process video linked below on the Cocoa Vanilla YouTube channel if you would like to watch this layout come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


All I want for christmas is you | Joyful Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello scrappy Friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page. I still haven’t finished scrapbooking christmas photos so the bag with “Joyful” collection is still on my desk. I had this one, fun photo of my puppy spending time under the christmas tree that I wanted to use on the project. It was such a funny moment, when he found a perfect spot for the nap there, when all the presents were handled and christmas was done and dusted. All I could think of while looking at him was a Mariah Carey’s song “All I want for christmas is you”. He was like a self wrapped gift 🙂 It have me an idea of a layout title.

I gathered all solid patterns from “Joyful” line, going through both 12*12 sheets and A5 paper stack. I decided to use “Deck the halls“, “Feeling festive“, “Making spirits bright” and “Tis the season” plus few small papers fromt the stack. Next step was to hand cut the letters for the title. I haven’t sketched anything so each letter if different. I tried to keep them around 5 cm tall. If you want to recreate my idea and you don’t feel confident enough to cut them by your own, you can reach for bigger alpha dies or digital die cutting machine. My desk is a total mess right now, swamped with few projects in progress so I didn’t have room for the Cameo to put up.

I tried few pattern papers for my background but they were mixing with the patterns I used for letters so I decided to use sheet of kraft cardstock instead. I arranged the letters and the photo and glued everything down. I only applied glue in the middle of each letter to be able to tuck something behind them if needed.

Next step was to decorate everything with ephemera pieces and stickers. I went through ephemera pack, chipboard stickers and puffy stickers to choose matching elements. I found a tall gift and I replaced one of the I letters with it! Am I brilliant or what? 😀 I also fussy cut some starts from “Making spirits bright” and added them to composition. You all know how I love papers with elements that can be easily cut out!

Here you can see my precious gift from up close. Isn’t he the cutest? My final step was to add few wooden buttons and golden splatters. To my surprise, this page came together really fast. Cutting the letters took me less than half an hour and placing all the elements another half making it an one hour page. I had a lot of fun with the big title and I will for sure revisit this idea for some other topic. It’s also a perfect opportunity to use up smaller paper scraps or make a page when you run our of full 12*12 papers and have only leftovers.

That’s all for today. Are you still creating christmas themed projects like me, or after the December is done, you no longer find it enjoyable? Let me know in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Hey Santa | Joyful Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, Its Melissa here and I’m thrilled to be back with my first post of 2022!  I was very tempted to create another spread for my December Daily Traveller’s Notebook, but instead I decided to create a layout with the beautiful Joyful collection.  This layout is about my 7 year old daughter and her letter to Santa, which she showed him during a visit  in our little town. I backed the cut file with predominantly papers from the A5 Paper Stack.

The lovely cut file is by Confessions of a Paper Addict and is not Christmas themed, however I made it work by adding fussy cut florals from this collection. I also used vellum for the paper in the typewriter.  I printed out “Dear Santa” on my computer with a typewriter font.

For my background I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks and an older stencil.  I also used several Chipboard Stickers which I adore!

A large floral cut from Tis the Season was perfect to place on the bottom of my photo to balance all the other florals. I used sparkly glitter paste on all of my fussy cut florals.

The woodgrain paper is from Sunkissed and is called Just Chillin.  It was perfect to look like a desk for the typewritter to sit on.

I made a process video which you can watch below:

Have an awesome January!

Melissa xx


Hello Paperlovers,
Welcome to my new post on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! It’s Josefine here with a new scrapbook layout. For this layout, I chose a winter layout that I created with the amazing Joyful Collection and was inspired by the Cocoa Vanilla Moodboard.


One of the things that inspired me was the winter photos and the light blue color of course I added some extra colors to my design. With the velum and white gesso splatters, I tried to capture the winter vibe.


I start with a mixed media background that I created with the distress oxide ink. I chose the color “Victorian Velvet” I applied the ink with a stamp to my white cardstock background by stamping several times. This is how I created a stain of ink in the center of my layout. I punched out several butterflies from the design paper, vellum and light pink tissue paper.

I used gold sewing thread and stitched the butterflies together. I also punched out a photo in a butterfly shape. I placed the butterflies in the center of the mixed media background and start decorating using die-cuts, flowers, stars, stickers and wooden buttons.I placed die-cuts, flowers and stickers between the butterflies. I loved how that turned out. Look the gorgeous word strips on my layout and the gold title Memories under the butterflies. I splashed white gesso and gold acrylic paint splatters on top of the butterflies and embellishments.I punched some white twigs out of white cardstock and gave them a winter look with the Nuvo glacier. WoW, such a cool effect! I really love the shimmers. Curious to see more details and exactly how I made the layout! Just hop over to the Cocoa Vanilla Youtube channel for the process video!

I want to thank you for visiting the blog today and hope I was able to inspire you with this layout! I wish you a very happy and creative day today and enjoy watching the process video.
XoXo, Jo


Magical Christmas Memories | Joyful Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Hey! It’s Michelle here with a new layout share featuring the wonderful Joyful Collection. A brilliant Christmas themed collection that was just right for documenting our sweet Doggo’s first Christmas. We had such a magical day, and this little fur ball absolutely loved the insane amount of wrapping paper we had around.

I started the base of the layout first by getting messy with some inks, water and plastic packaging. The best way to smoosh the colour on without getting too messy, although it does make the paper warp a little but nothing I cant handle.

I’ve used a cutfile from CUTtoYOU that I used on a previous layout, this time I flipped it around a little and cut it up to fill the corners of the layout rather than the centre. I backed each star (including the main large star) with different pattern papers from both the A5 paper stack and 12×12 papers, then adhered them to the background using double sided tape for a little dimension.

The sweet little photo of human kid and fur kid has been backed with the candy cane print from the A5 paper stack and adhered using more of that fabulous doubled sided tape. I added the tags (ephemera pack and pattern paper) to the top right of the photo to cover some of the junk thats shown in the background of the photo lol

In the top left corner I added some extra ephemera pieces along with some fussy cut stars to created an open cluster of sorts

I repeated the same elements in the other star groups at the bottom and right side of the layout.

Next up I added a mixed font title using the awesome gold puffy title stickers, my beloved white alphas and an ephemera piece. I sewed through the white alphas to ensure they stay put for years to come.

Heck how cute! I couldn’t pass up the chance to use this sweet little rabbit from the ephemera pack in this tiny bottom cluster.

And as a last minute addition to the already adhered layout, I added in a little pocket to the back of the photo and tucked in a journalling card from the pocket page cards pack. I embellished this with some ephemera pieces and accessory stickers then added the note about Daisy Doggo’s first Christmas.

Well friends thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by to see my first creation of 2022. I can’t wait to get back into the craft room to make more mess with this wonderful Joyful Collection!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Beautiful Moments | Midnight Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hey friends! Happy New Year to you all! It’s Kylie back with you today and I am sharing a new layout I created which I drew inspiration for from the January mood board which was designed by Sophie. In case you haven’t seen the mood board yet, here it is:

Drawing inspiration from a mood board is a wonderful way to create, especially if you are having a little ‘scrappers block’ with ideas. (We’ve all been there!) There are many ways to interpret a mood board, it could be the theme, the colours or patterns or perhaps a particular element. For me when I saw the mood board I immediately thought Winter, (obviously), but what stood out to me were the snowflake cookies. I also loved the blue floral print on the dress. Here is a look at my design and you will be able to see how I have taken these two particular elements to complete my layout.

I decided to use the lovely ‘MIDNIGHT’ collection because of the lovely blue tones included in the papers as well as floral elements. I used a ‘Snowflake’ border and ‘Snowflakes’ cut file designed by Paige Evans in the top corner of my page. The border cut file was cut from white cardstock and I used a variety of coloured papers to cut the individual snowflakes. These were adhered randomly over the top of the border with foam tape, creating a layered, dimensional effect.

I trimmed my photo down to a smaller size from 4″x 6″. It was then adhered with foam squares amongst the snowflakes. I decided to add some hearts and smaller floral die cuts as well, these blended beautifully!

A large title was created from the title die cut pack, which was then adhered with more foam squares below my photo. I also created a smaller sub-title phrase from the sticker sheet which gave a nice overall balance.

I hope you have enjoyed seen my layout, created with inspiration from the January mood board. I hope you will create something too, we’d love to see your work in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community Facebook Group HERE.  

Until next time,