Tag Flip Mini Album | Legendary | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends today I have a mini album to share which I created for my sons up and coming 18th birthday. This album is a tag flip album inside an album cover, inspired by Lorilei Murphy (@roseposey_studio). My album is created using the awesome new collection Legendary. I will add my photos later.

To make the album cover cut a 10×5 inch strip from BRAVE HEART paper. Cut another strip at 3×5 inches from the ALL STAR paper. Using a bone scorer, score the larger paper strip at 4.5 in from the edge and then do the same from the other side which leaves the centre fold at 1 inch. Score the smaller strip at 1 inch both sides. Before attaching binder strip I added machine stitching to the edges of both paper strips. I then embellished the cover keeping in mind the theme for my son.

I punched a whole in the centre of the back album cover and added an eyelet for strength. So I could add more photos and a letter for him I added a envelope to the inside using the ALL STAR Paper, adding a velcro dot so it would stay closed and finished off adding a die cut from the EPHEMERA pack and an ACCESSORY STICKER.

Now its time to create the tag flip. I first chose the papers I want to use and journal cards from the EPIC TALES paper (I used both sides for the album pages) and added machine stitching to all of them to add texture and visual interest. I created another cover so to speak, 18 Legendary (perfect!).

Some of the ephemera die cuts I used I added stitching to them, like this star, it really adds a wow factor. I hand cut some tags to vary the paper shape and sizes. I also used foam tape to create a 3D effect.

The largest paper strip for tag album is 3×4 inches so it fits perfectly inside the cover.

Not all pages have spaces for photos, they are inspirational quotes for my boy!

I used some of the paint brush strokes from the CLEAR STICKERS on some of the white background paper strips to add a little mixed media feel.

I cut 2×2 inch paper strips as frames for my photos when I add them. You can see I used the ACCESSORY sticker sheet to add word and phrase sentiments.

I added FLAIRS and ENAMEL dots from the collection for finishing touches.

The other papers I used for the tag pages were WILD ONE and TOTAL LEGEND. 

I had such fun making this album and tag flip, LEGENDARY the perfect collection!  Thank you for stopping by today and stay safe and well in these current times.

Rachel X

Rad Robot | Legendary collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here to share another design team project using the brand new ‘Legendary’ collection with you. Today I am sharing a 12×12″ layout I created to document some photos of one of my boys and the awesome Lego robot he made with his dad. Building Lego is one of the activities they really enjoy doing together and I love seeing what they come up with. I couldn’t resist snapping some shots of this robot, it was very impressive!

I began my layout with the reverse side of the Brave Heart paper which features a fabulous painty style pattern. I then stacked a variety of pieces taken from the Wild OneOne Way; and Explorer papers to define the focal area of my page and form a mat for my photo. These were topped with the strip featuring black and white arrows that was cut from the Total Legend cut apart paper.

Once the papers were in place, I added some lines of black machine stitching to help define the horizontal structure of the stack and also add some extra visual interest. I also added a rough stitched border around the outer edge of the page to help connect the background with the foreground, before adding my photo on top of the paper stack.

Now it was time to turn up the fun factor by adding some embellishments. (I usually have trouble deciding which pieces to use when I receive a new collection, as there are always so many to choose from.)

I began to the left of my photo, creating a small cluster using the die cut geo bear and a star from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, as well as a few Enamel Dots.

To the right of my photo I created my title cluster using the round frame and another star from the ephemera pack; the word RAD from the Die Cut Titles; a few enamel dots; and some small alphabet stickers I had left from the Made of Awesome collection. For an little extra pop of colour I also added the orange paint splat from the Clear Sticker set.

I created a third small cluster (because – visual triangle and rule of threes!) above my photo using the tag and phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet; with the small die cut flag layered over the top. I brought further balance to my page (and my mind) by adding an extra die cut star below my photo, which completed my secondary visual triangle.

I also created a small cluster for my journalling at the top of the page to counteract the fact that my page was so “bottom heavy”. The label and the strip of stars both came from the Epic Tales cut apart paper. I then finished off my layout with some black stamping using texture and phrase stamps and a few well placed tiny staples.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I am so enjoying creating with this new collection and I hope I have inspired you to get creative too.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Super Star | Legendary collection | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends and welcome to my second project with the Legendary collection! Today, I decided to stretch my creative muscles and scrapbook a photo of myself after my pinning ceremony – that felt pretty legendary if I do say so – and to create a rainbow! The colors in this collection are super saturated so it was perfect for this type of project.

I started with a rainbow cut file I had in my hoard of cut files and backed it with some of the papers from the collection – luckily the cutfile only had five swatches for color so I was able to make a pretty convincing rainbow with the papers in the line. After backing my cut file and my clouds, I tore one of the patterned papers to create the illusion of sky and layered a few clouds in the background on foam for more interest and dimension. Then it was time to work on embellishing!

For this layout, I did something I rarely do – I stuck down my title first! I knew I wanted my title to be Super Star and that I wanted to scatter stars across my page so it just made sense to do it that way. I created a cluster using some ephemera and propped up part of my title on foam stickers for added dimension. I really loved the medal that said “certified legend” so of course that went into my cluster and I added an extra few stars to repeat the theme.

I chose to mat my photo on one of the more colorful sheets of paper to repeat the paper in the background and created a cluster around it using a mix of the die cuts and cardstock stickers on the other end of my rainbow. I love the flow of the page with the rainbow connecting the left and right side of the page – it makes the whole layout feel super fun!

Finally, to help me balance some of the white space, I tore an edge on the bottom of my paper, added a bit more patterned paper and a few bits of ephemera to add some color and pop at the bottom of the layout. A few enamel dots sprinkled across the page completed this layout!

I hope you enjoyed this page and it inspired you to pull out a cutfile and some patterned papers and to add some color to your day! See you next time.


You are Awesome | Legendary Collection | By Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, well it’s been a long time between posts for me here on the CVS blog but I am excited to be back creating and sharing projects with you all. My first layout I am sharing with you is using the new Legendary collection. I have both a boy (5) and girl (7) at home so always love when Zoe creates a masculine collection to use to document our stories.

Here is the layout that I created:

I have used white card stock as my base for this layout and framed it with the ‘Total Legend’ patterned paper. I loved the geometric Aztec design of the bside of this paper and thought it added a nice border to the whole layout. My statement piece on this page is the cut file from Cut 2 You which I backed with the ‘wild one’ ‘offbeat’ and ‘all star’ papers. This was added to the page with foam dots to create shadow and dimension against the white background. I wanted this page to feature pops of yellow and compliment the colour in my kids tops so the colours in the ‘wild one’ paper was perfect for this. Stars feature heavily in design elements for this collection so of course I had to feature the, on this page of my two little superstars.

The design of the layout is a diagonal design where the embellishments flow from the upper left corner to the bottom right creating balance. I am a lover of layers so for my portrait photo I have layered multiple patterned papers behind it to add detail and dimension. The final layer I cut fishtail ends into just for something different. That whole layered piece is also adhered to my layout using a foam sheet. To be more cost effective in my craft and because I love to add dimension to my layout I buy foam sheets in bulk packs from stores like Spotlight or Lincraft.

The star embellishments featured on this page are from a couple of different items in the collection; the ephemera pack and fussy cut from the ‘all star’ paper. To add detail to the stars I have either adhered them with a clear glue dot or added machine stitching for texture.

I always love to hand type my journaling and cut it into strips. This particular page features my kiddies love hate relationship… siblings right?!?

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope you have been inspired to create, I am so happy to be back.

Sending lots of love and prayers to you all in this scary time in our world.
Raquel x


Hey Creative friends, Gwen here today with some more scrapbook inspiration using the new ‘Legendary’ collection. This photo is of my husband, taken on a recent family vacation… for those who don’t know, he is a photographer, so it’s rare that he is in front of the camera! I do try and pry it out of his hands and take some shots, so it was so good to get these fun photos scrapped.

For this page, I knew I wanted to use two photos and that they would take up quite a lot of space on my page, so the design had to be kept quite simple. I decided to go with a vertical design for the photos, and add interest to the background with a grid design. To do this, I’ve used a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU and cut it from the pattern paper ‘Brave Heart’. I’ve then arranged it on a white cardstock base. I’ve also mounted this onto the same pattern paper, to create a border for my page.

*TIP – If you aren’t a fan of backing cut files but love their look, use pattern paper to cut them out and then simply add to your page, no backing required!

I’ve then worked on the photo mats for my photos. I’ve gone with a double mount, first up using the ‘All Star’ pattern paper, and then using the ‘One Way’ paper. I am loving the pop of orange here with the blue and grey tones of the other elements. As usual, I’ve added stitching around my photos and then around the edge of the layout for detail.

Next, I’ve worked on my title. For this, I’ve used the ‘Die Cut Title pack’ and gone with the title “My Hero”, I’ve pulled out the ‘Super Star’ banner piece from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack to use as part of my title as well. I’ve also pulled out all of the elements that I could find that were either blue or orange; I’m keeping the colour palette very simple with this one.

I love this large prize ribbon element and find something round like this softens the look of the page. I’ve teamed it with a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons’ pack to create a cluster and round out the title element.

I’ve also included here some of the typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’, added to the page with foam tape for dimension.

With my main cluster complete, I’ve added a second cluster to balance the page out. The ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ has lots of tags and tickets included and they are really fab way to build clusters and interest on your page. I’ve firstly chosen elements due to their colour, and then how they fit together to help me tell the story of the photo. The star elements here balance out and coordinate with the star image on the flair button and also balance out the pops of orange on the page.

I’ve also added some of the ‘Enamel Dots’ to my embellishment clusters to help draw the eye around the page and it finishes everything off nicely.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project. Do you have your hands on this collection yet? As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook group to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,




Hi y’all! Laura here and I’m thrilled to share my first layout as a part of the official Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team!  I am over the moon to be a small part of this incredible company!  Today, I have a multi-photo layout featuring my handsome son and the brand new Legendary Collection. I love the earthy tones and outdoorsy feel of this collection so much, it’s just perfect for documenting my kids and their adventures.

I started with the stunning wood grain Outdoors Type paper to mat the center photo and create a border for the outside. I have three fantastic shots of my son as we walked around the neighborhood pond and just couldn’t narrow it down to a favorite, so I scrapped all three! To leave plenty of room for journaling, I focused on embellishing in just two areas, on a diagonal, and keeping the embellishments tight to the photos. Using a patterned paper background like this one, called Offbeat, gave me a head-start, so the layout came together very quickly!

In the top right corner of the layout, I added two tags created from the cut apart page, Total Legend, and then added a cluster of stars from the ephemera pack as well as the clear stickers to cascade off the page. I repeated this style of embellishment on the bottom left side of the photos, adding in a “Legend” ephemera piece and a word phrase to mix it up a little bit.

The final touch was adding the title, popped up on foam, with my favorite phrase from the whole collection, “Stay Weird, Stay Wonderful” underneath of it. Love that! As usual, I had plenty to say and shared my thoughts to my son about staying his authentic self always. I think it’s so important to share those words with him and his siblings, I often add short messages of encouragement like this to my kids’ layouts for now and in the future.

Thank you for checking out my 12×12 scrapbook layout and I hope you find inspiration for your own creations!  If you would like to see how I created this layout, you can watch my process video on YouTube here:

Laura Alberts, Design Team

Love you to the moon and back | legendary | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends , Anita here today sharing a girly layout using the legendary collection
Yes you can make beautiful girly layouts with a boy collection and using a cut file can help a lot if you don’t know where to start ..my go to is flowers totally love them!! I really enjoy making them and adding lots of depth and colour and they always give that feminine touch to any project
So I chose 2 cut files from @neatncraftycutz a background full of butterflies and tiny hearts to add colour using papers ( total legend , wild one , one way ) and a flower cut file to bring that girly vibe
 ( wild one , one way and offbeat)
And I really wanted to bring more of those colours to the background I matted my white cardstock on
Pattern ( Wild one ) and machine stitched around the border..
When matting my photo I decided on colours and patterned papers (total legend)
so that didn’t over power but blended With the colours of pattern papers of the butterflies .
I also tucked lots of (ephemera and accessory stickers ) in the paper layers to add more colour
With my title I used The  ( die cut titles and accessory stickers) to balance out the colour I added a small flower above the title I also add a (flair button ) to break up the colour with the flowers.
So I hope I’ve inspired you to try and make some girly layouts with this fabulous boy collection .
Happy crafting..xx

Love This Kid | Legendary Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Scrappy friends!  Danni here, super excited to be sharing my first project as a member of the Design Team!  And what an incredible collection to get started with – the adventure-packed new LEGENDARY!  Of course, I had to start with a scrapbook layout featuring my gorgeous little man and those big beautiful eyes.

I was very inspired by the mandala-like pattern on the EXPLORER paper the second I saw it, so I decided to fussy-cut the design out and add some texture by hand-stitching with a chain-link stitch and white embroidery thread.  Stitching is one of my absolute favourite techniques to add yummy texture to a page!



I made sure to keep the rest of the EXPLORER paper to use as a border for my layout. I layered plain white cardstock on top with lots of messy blue ink splatters – I just love the contrast between the white and dark navy blue.  I popped up the fussy-cut mandala on adhesive foam for dimension before adhering it to the layout.

I used WILD ONE and EPIC TALES papers to mat my photo, then used a mixture of ephemera and accessory stickers to create a couple of small clusters around my photo.  I made sure to include a label from the accessory stickers for the date!

My title was easy with the amazing die cut titles included in the collection – ‘Love This Kid’ was just perfect for this special little person. For finishing touches I added some stars from the die cut ephemera and clear stickers, then sprinkled some of the gorgeous enamel dots around the layout.

I simply adore this new collection! Cocoa Vanilla have really knocked it out of the park with this one, don’t you agree?  If you would like to watch me put this page together, there is a process video below.  Thank you for joining me today!

Danni x

Good boy | Legendary Mini album | Anna Komenda

Hello my sweet friends. We continue to inspire you with projects made with brand new “Legendary” collection. I made travel themed layout with this line already and this time I decided to make a mini album. I am a mom of two girls and very lovely beagle dog Pirat. It was a great opportunity to change pink and glitter into some other color palette 🙂 After all, he also deserves his own pages, right?

I decided to use circles as a base of my album. I picked some solid patterns from the papers included into “Legendary” collection: All star, Offbeat, Wild one, Total legend, Explorer, One way, Outdoor type and Brave heart. They are very colorful and perfect for any type of project, not only masculine ones.

I used every single item from “Legendary” in this album. Various products add various textures and this is something I am always aiming for. This line can be easily mixed with some older boyish collections from CVS – “Boys rule” and “You rock“. I used some bits and pieces from them to add some decorative hanging element on the album ring.

Each page holds one or two pictures taken during different occasions. My boy is fancy, lazy, sporty, elegant and crazy. “Legendary” line is filled with pretty starts so you can find this motif on almost every page. I mixed them with tabs and words from sticker sheet and ephemera pack. I also added few flair buttons and titles from Titles pack. I finished my project adding enamel dots. here are all the pages included into this mini book:

That is all for today. Do you like my album? Isn’t Pirat the cutest dog ever? It was so fun to scrapbook so many pictures of him at once. He is already a senior dog with 13 years behind him so I cherish every single photo I have. Despite his age he is still full of live and loves to play.

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks <3

XO Anna

Winner Announcement – Legendary collection

Hello again everyone!

I have a bit more exciting news to share with you today – the winners of our ‘Legendary’ collection giveway!

We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response this collection has received from everyone, including all the entries for our giveaway. It’s really heartwarming to see our new collection being embraced by crafters from all over the world. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment and enter – please know that each and every one of your comments are read and appreciated.

Now, let’s announce our lucky winner who will receive the ENTIRE ‘Legendary’ collection…

Congratulations Tracey McKee! 

And we have a runner-up as well, who will receive a ‘Legendary’ collection kit…

Congrats Lucie!

Congratulations to both our lucky winners. (Please keep an eye on your Inbox and Sue will be in touch to organise your prizes.)

For everyone else, thank you for your support for this collection so far!

If you are trying to find somewhere to purchase our new collection, please join us in our Facebook Community Group – we have a pinned post at the top with a list of current retailers that can help you locate one near you. Or if you already have it and you have been busy creating, why not join us and share what you’ve been making – we love to see!

Zoe XX

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