XOXO | Bohemian Dream and Wild At Heart Collections | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today, as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I decided to create a Iove themed layout using both the Bohemian Dream collection and the Wild At Heart collection. I love how these two gorgeous collections combine together!

I cut out the XO twice from the Colour Me Happy cut file set using white cardstock. Once cut, I backed it with the ‘B’ side of the Fussy Cuts paper from the Wild at Heart collection. I placed some craft foam under the cut file and adhered it to a 6.5′ x 12′ piece of the ‘B’ side of the Abundant paper from the Bohemian Dream collection. I then adhered the whole piece to the Gypsy Heart paper that I chose for my background, this piece is also from the Bohemian Dream collection.

My photo is a fairly recent one of myself and my hubby chilling out on some deck chairs, its not often that he will get in photos with me so when I can a snap some selfies! Under the photo, I layered a piece from the Beautiful Mess paper and one of the die-cut frames from the Wild At Heart ephemera pack. I then tucked my photo and layers into the left side of the bottom XO and also having the top ‘X’ overlap onto the photo.

On the top ‘O’ I added the round purple sticker from the Bohemian Dream Accessory sticker sheet and also added one of the Wild At Heart flairs to the centre of the sticker. On the other ‘O’ I added one of the die-cuts from the Bohemian Dream ephemera pack. To the right of the top ‘XO’ I added one of the tags and arrows from the Wild at Heart ephemera pack. Lastly, I added some of the wood veneer hearts also from Wild At Heart and some of the white and black phrase stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! I do hope you can take some inspiration from my layout today.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

So Lovely | Happiness & Unforgettable Collections | Rachel Lowe

Hey all Rachel here and today I have this layout to share with using created using a mix of Happiness and Unforgettable collections.

I have used a gorgeous cut file from Cut to You Floral Bouquet.

I firstly measured my cut file to 10×10 inches and adhered to a white cardstock. I created a scallop page at 10.5×10.5 inches using Lacewing paper from Unforgettable collection. I add the 10×10 inch piece with foam tape on the scallop pink piece and then adhered this to a white 12×12 inch white cardstock. Layering like this softens your layout.

I paper pieced the floral cut file using Frame of Mind paper (from Happiness collection) and Class Act Paper (from Love Always collection).

I next added my photo which is 3.5×3.5 inches but before placing down I added a Happiness clear stickers to the top and bottom of photo placement. I then added my title using die cut titles from Happiness collection.

I fussy cut numerous butterflies from the Bright and Beautiful paper (Happiness collection) and added them with foam tape.



Florals and butterflies, a winning combination for a girl themed layout. Thank you for stopping by today and will see you again later in the month.

Rachel X






Lovely | Unforgettable collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share a pretty page with you featuring the ‘Unforgettable’ collection. This layout was actually created for a class I taught at the December Workshop Wonders event at The Crafty Chain in Brisbane. I had great fun with the ladies in my class, and loved seeing all the different variations of this page as people put their own spin on it.

I used white cardstock as the base for this layout, then layered assorted size pieces of the Pretty Bits and Natural Beauty papers horizontally over the top. I love using these cut apart papers, as they are an easy and cost-effective way of adding a variety of patterns to the page. Some of the pieces were also distressed to add texture and dimension to the page.

Once all the background strips were in place I cut a large circle from the Lacewing paper, topping it with another piece from the Pretty Bits paper, before adding my photo on top. (This snapshot was taken at the Cocoa Vanilla retreat and features Zoe, myself and some of the girls from the team – it’s awesome to be able to be all together in person like this.) I used some scrap cardboard between the layers to add dimension, and also some messy cotton for texture.

To embellish my page I used a variety of pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, sticking with the neutral and warm tones of my chosen palette. (This also meant there were plenty of bits left over in the pack for participants to use in another project – it’s always nice to be able to take home extras from a class kit, don’t you think?)

For my page title, I used the word lovely from the ‘Bohemian Dream’ Chipboard Titles. Again, using only one word from the pack meant everyone had extras to take home – yay! I decided to leave the title plain white so it matched with my background, but I did encourage everyone in class to alter them if they wanted to, so some people chose to ink / stamp / paint theirs to suit their page.

To finish off, I added my handwritten journalling and then splattered a few coloured inks around the page – because I always love a little bit of mess! (Sorry for your table and window after everyone had finished this step Alison & Shelley!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Hello You | Unforgettable | Tazhiana

Hello crafty friends, and thanks for coming back to the blog. With no real assignment today, I got to do a bit of creative play and just make what feels good and I love what I came up with. 

I started off with this photo of my niece, Charlie, on an impromptu trip to the zoo over the summer and the Unforgettable collection. To being my page, I applied a thin layer of gesso using a brayer to kind of toughen up the patterned paper since I was going to add a ton of water to this page. After drying the gesso with my heat tool, I grabbed a few Distress Oxides and went to work adding some color and texture to the background using the packaging technique and some water. I love the random splashes of color this technique gives and it is so easy to blend different hues using this technique. 

While this was off drying, I went to work backing my cutfile. I cut the insets of this butterfly page using my Silhouette Cameo and then glued them to my cut file using Scotch Quick Dry glue. This is my favorite adhesive to use on layouts and it dried super fast and clear. After attaching all of my butterflies, I glued it down to my page and started working on my photo cluster. 

I backed my photo on a few scraps of paper from the 12×12 papers I have already cut into and then arranged a cluster of florals, butterflies and tags using bits and pieces from the ephemera pack. In addition to my main cluster, I created another one diagonally from that main cluster using the same elements to continue the diagonal flow across the page from the butterfly cutfile. Next, I added some more texture using the dimensional embellishment pack and added a few bows around my page. 

For my title, I used one of the foam stickers and scattered a few more hearts to mimic the color and texture of the foam stickers. Finally, I added some enamel dots and a flair piece and called this layout done.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and were inspired to add some color to your background in a new way. Till next time friends, keep it crafty and have the best day. 


Hey Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today sharing AND I’m feeling adventurous! For my page today, I thought I’d ditch the comfort of my white cardstock background and go about using #allthepatternpapers because, why not with so many pretty designs all in one collection. Let’s use all the things! xo

For my page, I started with the ‘Pretty Bits‘ paper. I just love all of the patterns on this one and wanted to use them all, so I cut two strips, one 2 inches wide, the other, 1 inch wide with the plan to run them down the sides of my layout. This is where I would normally then go for a White Cardstock. Instead, I went hunting for a more neutral pattern paper and decided on the B side of ‘Storyteller‘ pattern paper. Of course, I was drawn to the white in this pattern paper, but I do love those sweet dots as well!

Next up, I went about backing my cut file. I wanted to use a bold title for this page so I’ve gone with a title cut file by CUT to YOU. I have then used the ‘6×8 paper stack‘ to back it. I love how the prints in the paper stack are smaller than the 12 x 12 pattern papers they are perfect for backing cut files. I’ve also used these papers to back my photo.

With my main elements sorted, it was time to assemble and lock in the page design. I’ve gone with the two strips down the left and right-hand sides of my page, with the 2 inch one on the right. From there, I’ve used this right edge as an anchor point to add my photo and the title underneath. I have raised these elements up on foam tape for extra interest and dimension and to help separate them from the background.

It was now time for pretty embellishments. I’ve started with the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ as this pack has so many stunning pieces in it. I love pulling them all out and just mixing and matching, playing around until I’m happy with everything. I’ve gone with one main floral element and then some pretty smaller florals and the butterflies.

I’ve then pulled the ‘Snapshots’ sticker from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet‘ these fun tabs are always the first to go off my sticker sheets, so fun to add to the top of a photo.

Next, some more dimension with a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons‘ pack and a bow from the ‘Tassles and Bows‘ pack. These are really fun elements to add to a page and they finish this one off so nicely.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to grab this collection and get making! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,



Love You | Happiness | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends, Anita back with you today sharing a pretty floral layout using the happiness collection so today I wanted to do a product focus on my layout using stickers instead of ephemera you would be surprised I only used a few but it looks like I’ve used heaps..
I started off by backing my white cardstock on expressive then using my cameo I set out to cut some cut file out I started with a leaf wreath 243418 from Paige Evans that I cut out in white cardstock and adhered to the middle of my layout then meadow I cut out flowers using layered flower with leaves 311424 the I cut leaves using the same cut file out of frame of mind and to add that pop of dark navy blue I used botanical bliss and another layered flower and leaves cut file 311423 by Paige Evans



Then I matted my photo of bits of paper papers from the 6×8 and added a few stickers in the layers at the top of my photo and adhered it down inside the wreath to one side
Then I created the flowers by bending them up a little to add dimension and some glitter around the edges to add a bit of sparkle in the center of the big flowers I add the flair and the smaller I popped heart stickers from the accessory stickers and add them around the wreath and photo


Then I started tucking in the leaves around the flowers adding the at the top and bottom of my layout
Then using more accessory stickers I added a couple to the top of my photo and some tucked in layers in my photo and in the flower clusters


Then I added my title using the cardstock titles
And to add a few more details I added some butterfly’s using the accessory stickers and some scattered hearts using the clear stickers to finish of the layout.



i hope I’ve giving you some fabulous inspiration
Happy crafting ..

Hello | Unforgettable Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page made with pretty “Unforgettable” collection. This page is really unique for me and I will explain you why. Usually, when I make a layout, it takes me about 3 hours to finish it. I am a slow scrapbooker. I start with choosing proper papers going through all of my stash few times. Next step is finding out how many pictures I am going to use and how to arrange them. I am thinking about composition, title and whether I should use a cut file or not. I change my mind few times, swap papers, try different alignment. When all the decisions are done, it still takes me at least hour to pick all the embellishments and glue everything down. And this page came together within 10 minutes!!! Yes, it only took me that long (or short :).

It’s all thanks to the pretty paper with wreath called “Garland“. It determined the composition, the background, lack of cut file and placement of the photo. All I needed to do was to glue down the picture with a layer of “Unscripted” paper under it and start embellishing.

I didn’t want to cover all the pretty wreath so I only chose few flowers from ephemera pack and glued them around the photo. I also picked few smaller ones and mounted them around the wreath to add some dimension. Cute bow from “Bows and tassels” is a perfect match for the little girl on the photo. This page isn’t telling any story so my title doesn’t have any meaning. I used “hello” word from word title stickers.

Last step was adding few butterflies cut out from “Lacewing” paper. I have to be honest – I had a bunch of them cut out prior to making the page. I like to keep my hands busy while watching TV so I just fussy cut a whole sheet of them in advance. So it definitely shorten up the process of making a whole page. I finished making this layout with few enamel dots here and there and splashed everything with pink and blue mists.

I just love clever papers and this wreath pattern is definitely one of them. How long does it takes for you to finish a layout? What is your time record in making a page?

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in February.

XO Anna

Life is short, Eat the Cake | Make a Wish | Michelle Stokes

A big Hello to you scrappy friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring an older collection that holds a sweet spot in my heart – Make a Wish. I love that this collection is perfect to document birthday memories, but is versatile enough to just create something soft, sweet and feminine. This layout documents Leila’s most recent birthday, the last in single digits.

I’d been holding onto this fun cut file from CUT to YOU for a little while now, ready and waiting for the perfect birthday photos. I wanted to keep the layout ‘fuss free’ without the massive clusters I’ve created in the past. I started with a full sheet of that wonderful woodgrain (reverse side of FRESH CUT) for the background of the layout. I added a couple of rough torn strips of HIP HOORAY to the bottom third of the layout to use as a base for the cut file and photos.

Next I cut the cut file out on white cardstock and backed it using my ultimate favourite paper of all time DAYDREAM and adhered that to the left side of the layout using foam tape for a little extra dimension,

To the right of the cut file I adhered the photos using a little of the PARTY DOTS paper to layer underneath. I also added an accessory sticker, ‘beautiful’ word strip from the PARTY MIX cut apart paper and the ‘make a wish’ came from the barcode strip on one of the papers.

Above the photos I added a cake that was cut from the PARTY MIX paper, an accessory word sticker and crystal heart and sequins from the bits & bobs pack, plus some stars from the ephemera pack.

Lastly this bottom mini cluster created with leaves, numbers strip and star from the ephemera pack, sequins from the bits & bobs plus the hat and fabulous ticket from the PARTY MIX paper. I also added a sprinkling of gold colour shine and called it done. I had so much fun creating this layout while my sweet nephew watched along asking questions about the process. I think both him and Leila might be ready for a little crafting class of their own.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle x


Precious Moments | More Than Words collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello! It’s Kylie back with you today on the blog, sharing a new layout with one of my favourite past collections, ‘MORE THAN WORDS’. I really only had several bits and pieces left in my stash so I thought it would be good to share my ‘go-to’ layout design for when you wanted to use up all your scraps.

It’s a really easy layout to bring together. I started with a white cardstock background and set about cutting down strips of papers at varying widths and heights. I like to distress the edges of them a little before I start adhering them into place. Each strip is then layered over each other being careful not to have everything too symmetrical. I think the background works so well because no two pieces of paper are the same size. Once I was happy with the positioning of them, my photo was added over the top.For balance I have added some gorgeous die cuts to support my photo with foam tape, so that they sat up from the background, adding dimension.

From the chipboard stickers and the accessory stickers I have created a main title as well as a sub title phrase below.

Once completed I loved all the rustic layers in my layout…

Thanks for taking a look at my latest layout today. I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your own creating.


Back To School | You Rock Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah here with you and today I have a Back To School themed layout to share with you. I have used mostly the awesome ‘You Rock’ collection along with a few bits from ‘Made of Awesome’ and ‘Totally Rad’!

I started out by cutting the Back To School title cut file design from The Cut Shoppe using white cardstock, I then picked some papers from the You Rock, Made of Awesome, Totally Rad and Colour Me Happy collections and backed them all behind the letters in the title. I love how all the papers look behind the title. Once the letters were all backed, I adhered it to the ‘In Line’ paper from the You Rock collection. I added a photo each of my sons on their first day back to school last year. I was lucky with the design in that it was suited to 2 photos either side of the word ‘To. I added a variety of embellishments including accessory stickers, a rubber charm, wood veneers, wood buttons, a flair button, a die-cut and chipboard stickers from the various boy collections mentioned above. The wood buttons I added to the centres of the letter ‘C’ in the words ‘Back’ and ‘School’. The 100% Awesome sticker in the centre of the ‘O’ in ‘To’ I popped up with craft foam for some dimension. I just love the world globe die-cut from the Totally Rad collection, it was perfect for my school themed layout!

The star underneath the star flair button, I fussy cut out of one of the papers from the Made Of Awesome collection. I like how it it looks underneath the star flair which is also from the Made Of Awesome collection.  I just love the rubber charms from the You Rock collection, I added the one that says ‘So Much Fun’ to the top of the ‘B’ in the word ‘Back’. To finish, I added some of the phrase stickers from the ‘You Rock’ accessory sticker sheet to the middle of the ‘A’ in the word ‘Back’ and I also stamped the date stamp at the bottom of the ‘2 Cool’ sticker.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired by my layout in some way! Be sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store for all the amazing collections available!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

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