Best Friends | Happiness Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! I hope this finds you well and that your year has been off to a great start. I am currently a little ragged around the edges being 5 weeks deep into school holidays but the finish line is in sight! Next week my daughter will be starting her first year of high school, and my sons are both going into grade two. With this big transition for my daughter right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to document a photo of her and her friends that was taken at her primary school graduation last month. I paired it with the beautiful ‘Happiness’ collection, which was a great match for this group of gorgeous girls. (That’s my girl in the blue.)

For my layout, I began with the blue watercolour pattern on the B-side of the Good Vibes paper as my page base. Next, I took the oh-so-pretty So Fresh paper and fussy cut the beautiful wreath design from it. I then added some foam mounting tape to the back and positioned it on my page (without yet sticking it down).

I then matted my photo with the pink B-side of the Expressive paper before adhering it to the background sheet, then added the mounted wreath over the top. I bent the edges of the wreath up slightly from the page in some places to add extra dimension.

Above the photo, I added a small tab  and some leaves from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a small cluster. For my title I used the words best friends from the Die Cut Titles pack, highlighting it with the row of chevrons sticker from the Clear Sticker set. 

To help frame my photo and bring some extra balance to the page, I arranged a couple of phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet and the time to shine banner piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to create a visual triangle. I also added some extra leaves to the outer edges of the wreath by tucking in a few from the ephemera pack.

At this point I thought that my wreath felt a little “disconnected” from the background, so I drew some inspiration from my former team member Amanda, and doodled some extra leaves around the wreath using a fine white paint pen. I also added a little extra prettiness by using some tiny paper flowers from my stash, which I placed randomly around the wreath.

I finished up by creating another “visual triangle” – this time using butterflies fussy cut from the Bright & Beautiful paper. (You probably already know how much I LOVE butterflies!)

I am so happy with how this pretty page turned out, and am pleased to report it has already found a very special home. It was popped into a frame and gifted to one of the girls in the photo for her recent birthday.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping!

My Heart | More Than Words collection | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends and welcome back to the blog! For my project today, I decided to do a Throwback Thursday inspired layout and play with some older collections that I haven’t played with in some time, namely the More Than Words collection and Wild At Heart. I’m really happy with this layout I created mixing the two lines even though they are so different in color palette and theme. 

Today, I am scrapbooking a photo of our little lady, Minerva, as she was taking a catnap on our bed. I started off by picking out pattered papers, which I almost never do, and layered the three papers over each other. I wanted to create a shadow box type of effect using my papers so I propped the floral paper up off the other two patterns using a ton of foam tape. I love ripped edges in my scrapbooking – I think it adds a ton of texture and dimension to the page and having the frayed edges on the papers added interest to the background and made it so much more fun.

After creating my background, I matted my photo of Minerva on some patterns from the cut apart sheet and ripped the edges on those papers as well to continue the distressed feel from the background papers. Once I completed this, I went to work on embellishing the layout. I literally had five die cuts left from the More Than Words pack so I added those first before pulling out the Wild At Heart pack and adding some elements from that one. I then pulled out my chipboard sheets to continue building and adding dimension and color to my layout.

Next, I went to work creating a cluster in the upper left half of my layout to balance out the one on the bottom right that held my photo. I did the same thing here, mixing cardstock stickers, die cuts and chipboard pieces to add height, dimension and color in the cluster. I love that large circle element and the phrase sentiment. After creating this cluster, I added my title, mixing a chipboard sentiment from the More Than Words chipboard title pack and some stickers from the Love Always line to create my title, My Heart, and called this layout good!

I hope you enjoyed this layout and your time here. Fingers crossed you drew some inspiration from this page and will try some of the techniques you learned here today. Till next time, keep it crafty!



Hey Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today, I hope you are all well. With the start of the new school year in Australia happening very soon, I thought it would be a fun time to document a sweet photo of my husband taking pictures of our daughter on her first day of Grade 5.

For my page, I was drawn to the ‘Unforgettable’ collection with its stunning florals and the most divine shade of Pink. I also pulled a cut file from CUT to YOU and went about backing the design. To make my title, I’ve used the bright pink of the ‘Unscripted‘ pattern paper for the word ‘Grade’ and then the number ‘5’. The remaining numbers have been backed in the aptly named ‘Glorious‘ paper. I then mounted this entire piece and centred onto a piece of white card from my stash.

Next, it was time to work on my photo mat. I’ve gone with a double mount, the first being with the ‘Story Teller‘ pattern paper, however from the 6×8 paper pad. I’ve used the paper pad here as the print in the design is smaller. I’ve double mounted with some more of the ‘Unscripted‘ pattern paper and added a soft doily from my stash for good measure.

The position of my photo was limited by the fact that I could not cover the number 5 as it was part of my title, so I went with running the key elements of the page down the right-hand side. This way, most of the numbers in the cut file are still showing and I have some space to add some pretty floral elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack because… well, who wouldn’t want to add some of those to their page 🙂

I decided on a pretty little cluster in the bottom right-hand corner of my photo as well as a small cluster in the letter ‘D’ of ‘GRADE’ at the top of the page to balance things out. I also could not resist adding some fussy cut butterflies from the ‘Lacewing‘ pattern paper. I just love the tone of the grey ones for this page, such a versatile piece of paper!

I’ve also pulled some elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker’ sheet such as the banner ‘Treasured’ and the typed sentiments which are so fun. Lastly, I’ve added a sprinkle of ‘Enamel Dots‘ in the prettiest shade of mint and called the page done.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I just love love love this collection so I hope my page inspires you in some way. As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU facebook groups to share your pages, I really love to see what you make.

Until next time,



hello beautiful | unforgettable | Anita Bownds

Hi there cocoa vanilla peeps,
Anita here with you today sharing a fun floral heart layout full of colour using the unforgettable collection my layout is of my kitty sleeping in his bed in my craft studio, he just enjoys being near me…
I started off by using my cameo to cut out the floral hearts background
cut file from Neat N Crafty Cutz created by me
I back it with papers from 6×8 paper pad and unscripted pattern paper.
{tip – you don’t always have to back the whole cut file}
Next I matted my mint cardstock on pattered paper natural beauty and machine stitched around the edges.
Then i adhered my backed cut file to my mint cardstock in the middle with double sided foam tape


I then backed my photo on pattered paper pretty bits And a doily from my stash and adhered it down
Then I added some ephemera around my photo and in the top right corner of my layout
I add a little word sticker from the accessory stickers sheet to my photo


Then I added part of my title using the foam title stickers and puffy sticker word to finish off my layout


check out my process video here




I hope I’ve given you some fun cut file inspiration..
Happy crafting

Summer Memories | Unforgettable + Endless Summer collections | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a layout for our ‘Holidays and Vacations’ theme, using a combination of the Unforgettable and Endless Summer collections. I documented a photo of my youngest daughter Eleanor with my niece Grace, taken when we took a family holiday together back in December. The kids had so much fun spending time with their cousins, and I just love this photo of the two girls ready to head off to the pool together.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock for my background, and then I adhered three different patterned papers, which I trimmed to 8 inches wide, down the middle of the page. I wanted papers that didn’t have very busy patterns on them, and I decided on using the pink and peach patterned papers from the Unforgettable 6×8 inch paper stack, as well as the 12×12 Natural Beauty woodgrain patterned paper.

Next I matted my photo with another paper from the 6×8 inch paper stack, and then I adhered it at the top of the page, using craft foam for extra dimension. I added a couple of stickers on the bottom right hand corner of the photo, from both the Endless Summer and Unforgettable accessory sticker sheets. The label sticker provided the perfect spot to add the photo details to the layout.

Next I layered together two of the Unforgettable floral die cuts underneath the photo, to make one longer floral cluster. The neutral woodgrain patterned paper underneath, helps these florals to really stand out.

I added my title at the bottom of the page using a die cut word from the Endless Summer collection as well as a clear sticker from Unforgettable. I love the combination of the two fonts! I also created a little cluster to the left of the title using a tag and a wood veneer piece from Endless Summer, as well as a little die cut flower from Unforgettable. Above the title I added a sticker with the perfect phrase for this layout… ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside’, and I also added a scallop border sticker underneath the title.

To finish the layout off I added a few enamel dots in both the bottom left and top right corners.

Today is a bit of a sad post for me, as after three years on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team, I’ve had to make the difficult decision to step down this year due to increased work commitments. I’ve absolutely loved my time on this team, and being a part of this wonderful community, so I’m really sad to be leaving. But whilst I won’t be sharing my projects here on the blog anymore, when I get the time I’ll most definitely still be creating with the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products, and I’ll continue to share my projects over on Instagram. So it’s kind of goodbye for now, but I’ll still be around! I want to say thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement that you’ve shown me over the year, to my fellow design team members for their friendship and for always inspiring me with their projects, and of course thank you to Zoe for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a part of her design team.

Mandy x

Barcelona | Endless summer | Anna Komenda

Hello friends. It’s Anna here with my first post in 2020. CVS design team is having fun right now with a theme called “Holidays and vacations” and do I have to tell you how much I love creating summer and travel themed projects? Each year we travel with my family to some of the european countries and last year we visited Costa Brava in Spain. I always have tons of pictures after each trip and I try to make a big album with them each year but I also like to incorporate my fav photos into layouts. I printed few pictures from our one day in Barcelona and used them all on the layout.

I revisited some of the older CVS collection called “Endless summer”. You can still purchase some of the products from this line but, what is even better, you can buy a digital version and own it forever! You can print yourself papers and all the bits and pieces. You can easily mix the leftovers from the products you own with elements printed in needed capacity.

I kept my page very simple because I wanted to highligh pictures. I used a lot of them so they filled the page with colors and shapes. With a bunch of colorful elements I needed a simple background so I chose wooden pattern. I can never have too much of them in my stash. I just love using them.

Empty spots between photos and filled with small elements like tabs and hearts from ephemera pack. I also added some puffy stickers to get some different texture.

Title of my page is made with alpha stickers that were a part of “Endless summer” collection. I also added a smaller descriptions on some pictures with tiny letters from different type of alpha sheets. You can purchase them in a bundle right now for a very good price.

If felt so good to relive this day once again while making this page. This feeling is an amazing part of scrapbooking. For 2 hours I stare at those photos remembering all the tiny details and things that happened that day. Challenge yourself and join us in creating a vacation themed page too. It’s such a great fun.

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

The BEST Summer Memories | Hello Sunshine | Michelle Stokes

Hey Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle here today sharing my first layout for 2020. I cant believe were already pretty much 2 weeks in to this new year and what better way to celebrate than to share a new layout for our ‘Holiday’ theme this month. For this layout I dipped into my Hello Sunshine collection, perfect for documenting summer memories like this one. Beach days are one of our favourite things to do during summer around the great region we live in, even more so towards the end of the season when its a little cooler and you can explore the coastline without frying/melting.

On this day we were out near a popular lighthouse along the coast where we live, but the beach was pretty quiet. Theres tonnes of rock pools in this area and it was so much fun exploring and seeing all the different creatures living amongst them. This was also during a time in Leilas life where Mario and Luigi had to come everywhere that she did. She had so much fun setting them up in little spots while she went off to explore.

There are a rare few Hello Sunshine product bundles available in the store, but once they are sold out they are gone for good. I’ve used the ‘Solar Flare’ paper as my pattern background, then layered the anchor paper and tiny triangles under the photos.

To the right of the photos I’ve added a couple of accessory stickers, ephemera, puffy sticker and woodie button to create a small cluster. (You can find the Puffy Stickers on clearance in the store for under half price here.)

And over to the left of the photos I’ve grouped together lots of different cut apart pieces from the main cut apart paper to create a title of sorts, but also to describe my thoughts of that day. ‘Fun in the sun’ , ‘The Best Summer Memories by the seaside’ , ‘So happy together’. I also added a few more ephemera pieces, puffy stickers and a woodie button to complete the group of bits.

All up this layout came together pretty quickly, some would call it a hot mess of bits and bobs, but one that I’m loving the look of. Definitely a different style of layout to my usual feminine floral designs.

Well thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out the DIGITAL section of the shop where you can find this range, and many other of our past collections ready and waiting for you to print, cut and create with. Don’t forget to share with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio group on Facebook as we all LOVE to see what you create.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy Moments | Boys Rule & Midnight collections | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, and welcome 2020! I am so happy to be here with my first project of the new year for you. Today I am continuing on with our Holidays & Vacations theme, and sharing a layout I created using a combination of the ‘Boys Rule’ and ‘Midnight’ collections. I know what you are thinking – a bit of a strange mix of collections, right? Despite the very obvious differences between the two, they did work together surprisingly well and were a perfect compliment for the colours in my photo.

For my layout I decided to document a photo that was taken at the Cocoa Vanilla retreat that was held last May. Scrap retreats are definitely one of my favourite kinds of holidays – besides spending time with great friends, you get to enjoy a change of scenery, have a break from your everyday responsibilities, AND you get to create! What’s not to love about that?!

I started my layout with ‘Boys Rule’, with a sheet of Star Fall as my base,which I topped with piece of white cardstock, cut slightly smaller than the paper, to leave a narrow border around the edge. I then added four blocks of paper to my background using pieces of the Messed Up; Expressionist and Straight & Narrow papers. I distressed each of the blocks by scrunching and then flattening them back out; then ran them horizontally on my page to compliment the landscape orientation of my photo.

With my background complete, I then added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photo and decided on its placement on the page. I chose the beautiful floral print Bloom & Grow paper from the ‘Midnight’ collection to begin embellishing my layout, fussy cutting several pieces to tuck in around my photo to frame it.

With the flowers in place I then added the little banner that said the best from the ‘Boys Rule’ Chipboard Pieces pack, and a small black and white butterfly sticker from the ‘Midnight’ Accessory Stickers; placing both near my top floral cluster.

I created a small cluster below my photo by combining another fussy cut floral piece with a small leafy branch and heart, both from the ‘Midnight’ Die Cut Ephemera pack. In my cluster to the left of my photo, I also added the shine bright flair button from the ‘Midnight’ Flair Buttons set.

For my page title, I used the words happy and moments from the ‘Midnight’ Chipboard Pieces pack; and then I finished off my layout by typing up my journalling and applying it in strips (again tying into the horizontal theme) near the bottom of the page.

That’s all from me today. I hope you are enjoying our Holidays & Vacations focus and that you are perhaps feeling inspired to document some of your own holiday moments. Stay tuned for more inspiration from the team for this theme!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Summer | Boys Rule | Kylie Kingham.

Happy New Year friends! It’s Kylie back with you all today with a brand new layout to share. The Design Team has a theme of Holidays/Vacations this week so I am sharing my take using one of my favourite collections-  Boys Rule .I’ve also added a few teency tiny pieces of More Than Words and Happiness.

I had a pretty cute photo of my little man to scrapbook, from when we had a beach holiday a few years ago.Coming from a cold climate our kids love nothing better than time at a beach. The papers ‘Expressionist’ and ‘Straight & Narrow’ were used as my background.The top paper being trimmed down slightly smaller to provide a border of contrasting colour underneath. I decided to incorporate a cut file for my design, and chose this ‘Summer’ grid from Paige Evans.

Each grid of the cut file was backed with different papers as I wanted as much colour and detail included as I could. A few of the elements were backed with papers from the other 2 collections mentioned, purely so I could have the exact colour I wanted.

My photo was traced and cut to fit the sun in the middle of the cut file. I was very careful to get it exact and to not use too much glue to adhere it, so that it wasn’t marked in any way. To complete my design I added several of the die cuts as well as phrase stickers for some mini sub-titles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope your New Year is full of scrapbooking fun!


The City Of Love | More Than Words Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi there creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout using the stunning Cocoa Vanilla Studio More Than Words collection.

This week the design team were asked to create a project all about holidays and vacations. I have had some of my Paris holiday photos printed for some time so I choose 3 of my favourite to feature on my layout today.

I wanted to highlight the middle photo a little more so I raised it up off the page by adding a small chipboard frame underneath it and also added one of the black chipboard hearts to the photo. The other two photos I adhered flat to the paper, however I tucked in one of the tabs to the left and one of the small journal spots to the right.  

My title is actually made up of the black letter stickers from the Made of Awesome collection and the ‘Love’ is one of the black chipboard titles from the More Than Words collection. I absolutely LOVE the vellum flowers in this collection and almost used a whole pack of them just on this layout! They were perfect tucked in either end of my photo cluster. I did add a few of the die-cut ones too for some pops of colour. 

The XOXO flair was perfect to go with the ‘City of Love’ theme of my layout, I added it to the end of the ‘Love’ word. The ‘Remember This’ banner I popped up and placed above the ‘Love’ word. I added lots of words and phrases suited to our trip to Paris. I used accessory stickers, die-cuts and cut apart paper for this. To finish off, I added some of the super cute heart enamel shapes. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this gets you inspired to create a holiday themed layout using one of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio pretty girly collections!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

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