Lovely Times | Daydream Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello it’s Melissa here and I’m back to share another layout that I made with the gorgeous ‘DAYDREAM’ collection!! Have I mentioned how beautiful the colours are in this collection?!  I decided to feature several of the patterned papers in the ‘6×8 PAPER STACK’, and one of my favourite ways to do this is to use a background cut file.  I went with one with lots of hearts so that I could scrap this darling photo of my two oldest girls with the layouts they created with the amazing International Scrapbooking Day digital kit that Zoe created.

I fussy cut one of the floral clusters from ‘GARDEN VARIETY’  and featured it at the bottom of my photo.  The doily is from my stash and adds a soft and pretty layer between the photo and the cut file.

I made my background with some watercolour splatters in coordinating colours, I love that it changes my background from plain white, but isn’t overpowering. I used two different sized brushes to get larger and smaller splatters.  I’m also thrilled to get one of the ‘FLAIR BUTTONS’ onto my page!!  I thought the ‘Choose Joy’ sentiment was perfect.

I made my title from the ‘DIE CUT TITLES’ which I love using because sometimes coming up with a title when you scrap as much as I do is challenging to say the least! I added a sticker from the ‘ACCESSORY STICKERS’ which was a perfect subtitle.  I was also so happy to put one of the ‘PUFFY HEARTS’ hearts on my layout!! They are super adorable, and the corduroy texture and slight shimmer is beautiful!

I wrote my journalling on one of the smaller cut apart sheets from the 6×6 version of ‘HAPPY PLACE’.

You can watch my process in the video below, and I also include a detailed look at fussy cutting the floral cluster.

Thanks so much

Melissa xx





Oh little you | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hello CVS friends! It’s Anna here with you. I’m so happy to be back on the blog, sharing my first layout using the amazing new Daydream collection. I love the soft color scheme of this collection, all the flowers, and the cute rainbows. Zoe has nailed it!

For this baby themed page, I went for a vertical design. I cut a 6 inches wide strip of the Sun Shower paper and glued it onto white cardstock. Using the B side of the same paper I add two strips on each side. Also, with a doily lace border punch, I made two more strips from the B side of the Garden Variety paper. I love how it looks!

I place the picture in the middle of the page, and I created two clusters in opposite corners of it. On the upper left corner, I stacked some flowers from the Die cut ephemera pack, some raised with foam dots. From the ephemera too, I glued this rainbow circle die cut, and a blue butterfly (or whatever that insect is called).

The first part of my title is also in this cluster. I took some words from the Die cut titles to build the title ” Oh, little you”. For the second cluster, I did the same, to give symmetry to the design. But this time, I added a flair button and a fabric puffy heart. These fabric hearts are so lovely and I love the texture that they add to the page. I backed my photo with the Happy Place paper from the 6×8 paper stack and tissue paper.

It was so fun to play with this collection. It’s so versatile, and it could be used for any occasion. And, as always, floral designs are really amazing. I can’t wait to share with you more projects using Daydream! You can find more inspiration here on the blog every day, and in our Facebook community group HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!


Anna xx

Sweet Beautiful You | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello its Michelle here today with a new layout to share with you all. I’ve used the NEW Daydream Collection and went a little crazy with some fussy cut flowers, lots of flowers.

The main focus of this layout is definitely the beautiful floral paper ‘Garden Variety‘ that I’ve fussy cut to frame the corners. I used a few different forms of adhesive to add layers and dimension to the outer edge of the layout, making the clusters pop off the white background.

So many sweet florals and colours in this collection, I had a hard time not adding more to these corners.

I kept the photo stack pretty simple by backing each photo with some pink paper from the 6×8 paper stack. This is the same design as the ‘Stepping Stones‘ paper but in a smaller scale. I added a little foam to the back of each and adhered them to the newest CVS woodgrain paper ‘Over the Rainbow’. Zoe’s woodgrain paper designs have captured the hearts of many people, that they could definitely be added together to form their own special edition collection. If only!

I added a couple of stickers from the accessory sticker sheet and part of a cut apart tag from the 6×8 paper stack into the layers of the photo stack just for a little extra ’embellishing’

I added some foam adhesive tape to the Cardstock title pieces  and added an accessory sticker to create the title , then some handwritten journalling underneath to fill in some of the blank space below.

Here’s a closer look at my favourite of the floral clusters. These are super easy to create with this paper as the clusters are already designed, you just need to cut them out and adhere to the layout, or layer with a couple of individual florals for extra dimension.

I scattered a few sequins around all the florals and splattered the layout with some gold colour shine to finish it all off.

Heres another final look at the full layout..

Well friends thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this creation as much as I enjoyed creating it to share with you. Please be sure to share your creations with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on facebook, especially with this new collection if you’ve been lucky enough to add it to your stash. It truly is a beautiful feminine collection.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Wild and Free layout | Daydream collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hey Cocoa Vanilla fans! It’s Kylie back with you all on the blog today with another layout featuring the gorgeous new “Daydream” collection. My layout today was inspired by Spring and I wanted to create something soft and feminine with lots of pretty flowers!

To begin my layout I trimmed 1 cm from each side of a piece of the ‘GARDEN VARIETY’ paper. Each side was distressed a little for texture, before being adhered to a piece of the ‘OVER THE RAINBOW’ paper. Next I cut a sweet phrase cut file, (designed by Paige Evans,) and backed it using various papers from the 6″x 8″ paper stack. Once complete, I adhered it centred to my page with some foam tape.

I printed 2 coloured photos for my page to around 2.5″ x 3.5″ each and added them on opposite corners of my cut file.Foam tape adhesive was once again used so they would sit raised from my background page, allowing me to tuck embellishments underneath.

The floral elements from the die cut pack are simple gorgeous and I can never get enough of them. I built several layers supporting my photos, with some being adhered flat to my background page and others using foam adhesive so it would create a dimensional effect.

Once I was happy with the balance of my page I completed it by adding some of the phrases from the sticker sheet to create a sub title below my cut file. Since I am not a fan of my handwriting, I love creating sentences with these stickers rather than to add a handwritten journal strip.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for taking a look at my latest project.Until next time,


Sweet Life | Daydream collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you to share another scrapbook layout featuring the amazing new Daydream collection! This collection is absolutely stunning, if you haven’t got your hands on it yet, trust me, you NEED it!

The photo I am documenting today is of my beautiful nieces on a recent little outdoor adventure to see some waterfalls.

The Daydream collection was perfect to document this cute outing as I was able to include the butterflies, moths, florals and rainbows to help tell the story of the outdoors in the photo. I placed foam adhesive underneath my matted photo and then placed this slightly to the right of the page to allow enough room for my title that I placed to the left of the photo. I also used foam adhesive to lift the title up off the page.

A little tip for when you are adhering butterflies and want some dimension – place adhesive in the very centre of the butterfly body only, let the glue dry and then lift up the wings. You can see in the photo above the shadows that are created by doing this!

Above the photo and title, I placed some more phrases and created a sequin cluster. I also placed a banner sticker right on the photo. I also tucked in some floral pieces either side of the photo and I added a word sticker to the fabric puffy heart!

I cut the pink heart strip from the ‘Happy Place’ paper and adhered it to the top of the layout. I absolutely love the rainbow stripe ‘Stepping Stones’ paper, I used this piece as a starting point to create my layout, I cut it and turned it so the stripes ran vertically. By doing this, it directs the eye towards the top of the page and allows you to take in all the elements and photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you liked my layout today and that I have inspired you in some way! See you next time!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Good Life | Daydream collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends Rachel here! Haven’t the DT layouts using the stunning new collection Daydream been just gorgeous! I had to use all my restraint not to use the rainbow paper this time around, but I promise I will end up over using it as it is my absolute fav!

So here is my first layout using Daydream titled The Good Life, which is documenting our sea change to a coastal regional town (which was the best decision ever!)

I chose a camper cut file as my new home is all about the sea and visitors in camper vans all summer long. I used Garden Variety  and Daisy Days papers to create the body of the camper van. I used Sun Showers paper and the wood grain paper from the 6×8 inch paper pad to create chassis and wheel. I then machine stitched each segment. I added the curtain and door with foam tape to create height.  I had to use the gold puffy heart which went perfectly in the centre of the wheel.

I created a floral cluster using the die cut flowers from the Ephemera pack, this was to add a feature that softened the layout. I layered them and used foam tape to adhere some of them. I added some glossy accents to the flowers, cut file leaves in white and finished off with a moth/butterfly.

My photo is of our jetty at sunset which is stunning. I framed it with a die cut frame and added to my layout with foam tape. I tucked the sun die cut under the frame and finished off adding one of the gorgeous flairs. I used a scallop paper strip to form my ‘sky’ and a strip from the Garden Variety paper to create my ‘grass’. This links everything together.

I added journalling under the camper in the form of a phrase sentiment from the die cut pack and some that I typed.

This would make a great travel layout and of course you could add more photos!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week.
Rachel X

Sweet Beautiful You | Daydream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. For today’s post I have been tasked with sharing some inspiration for our September monthly challenge. If you haven’t already seen this month’s gorgeous “Garden Party” mood board designed by Danni Visser, here it is…

I absolutely love all the pretty pastel tones of this board, which were perfect for me to pair with the brand new ‘Daydream’ collection. There were several elements in the board I really wanted to represent on my page – the flowers; the outdoors (I chose some photos of my daughter in the garden) and (of course) the colours, including pops of yellow, just like those delicious looking macarons. I also wanted to include the word “sweet” as a nod to the sweet treats in the photos.

Here’s what I came up with…

I began my page with a sheet of white cardstock and some inks in shades of pink, blue and yellow. I mixed the ink with a little water and then used some plastic packaging to gently apply the watercolours to the cardstock, drying between each colour. I then added some darker blue splatters over the top.

Then it was time to add some gorgeous papers! I used pieces of the All AflutterSweet Serenity; and Happy Place papers to create a layered mat for my photos. To add a pop of yellow, I also included a small yellow paper doily from my stash; then topped all my layers with some frayed gauze for texture before sticking my photos on top.

I wanted to continue building on the layers I had created and help frame in around my photos. I used the tag sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet, which I tied with a little twine and tucked it in behind the point where my photos overlapped. I also added the you are my sunshine sticker directly onto the join between my photos.

Next, I chose some flowers from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and used them as the basis for the second and third embellishment clusters around my photos. In the cluster below my photos I included one of the fabric Puffy Hearts which also added a lovely textural element.

To the right of my photos, I tucked in a partial rainbow that I had fussy cut from the cut apart Happy Place paper and used this as the spot to add my title. I fussy cut the sweet flag piece from the same paper, then combined it with the beautiful you banner sticker to complete my title.

I finished off my page with a gorgeous little indigo butterfly and a little yellow heart – both from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

I so love how this page turned out, this collection really is amazing! I hope I have inspired you to join in on this month’s challenge. There is a $25 store voucher up for grabs for the winner and you can find all the details and enter via our community group HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping!

UNIQUE | HAPPINESS | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends ! It’s Sophie here today and I am sharing a bright and colourful layout with you !


I created my page with the GORGEOUS Happiness Collection. I only have a few scraps of it left, but you will see with this page that even a little can go a long way !!



I chose a photo of my little Sabrina playing in the park where we had a picnic a few weeks ago. It was a radiant sunny day, and I wanted to highlight this moment with the bright colors of the Happiness collection.


I started with a thick white cardstock as my background. I added some powder inks diluted in water to create a big blue and aqua area on my layout where I planned to put my photo and embellishments. I used the packaging technique and added numerous splatters of ink on the cardstock.


I let it dry completely. In the mean time, I cut a beautiful flower cut file from Just Nick Studio on a white cardstock and backed it with different papers of the Happiness collection, mainly the Botanical Bliss paper, the Frame of Mind paper, the Expressive paper and the Good Vibes paper. I put adhesive foam behind the cut file before adhering it to pe page.



I also backed my photo with tissue paper (as I always do..!) and adhesive foam, and two layers of patterned papers (Good Vibes and Expressive papers).



I added a few leaves on my flower cut file, a little black wreath and two beautiful butterflies on the left side of my photo. They all come from the Happiness Die Cut Ephemera pack.



My title is a word from the Die Cut Titles pack. “Unique” couldn’t be a better word to describe my sweet girl who is always full of joy…!


I also created a little cluster on the top right of the layout where I added ephemeras and a few stickers from the Happiness Clear Sticker sheets for a pop of color and more dimension. It creates a diagonal design that guides the eye through the page.



I finally wrote dawn my journaling and added the date.


I am so happy of the end-result ! It screams summer to me and it is much needed, as fall is slowly coming and the days get colder and darker quite fast, at least here in Canada !


Here are more close-ups.






truly hope you like this page and that it inspires you to use this wonderful CVS collection !

Until next time,


Sophie xx

Bloom and Grow | Unforgettable Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today with you sharing another layout using one of my fave past collections ‘Unforgettable’. For this layout today I am documenting some photos taken of my girl when she turned 7.

Here is the layout that I created:

Almost a year ago now was my girls 7th birthday. We have a wall in our house that I call the photo wall, which we always take some birthday photos in front of. The last few years the photos have been with a large number balloon. It is just crazy how quick time goes when you have kids and how they grow up in what feels like an instant.  The two photos which I have used are printed in black and white and approx. 3×4″ in size.


The main design of this page is built around the circular designed wreath in the patterned paper. I fussy cut around the wreath first. Once I had done that and was going to adhere it to my page I realised that I wanted something to ground that left side. So I used the Unscripted paper (both sides) to create a 3″ or so wide edge to lean the wreath into. The wreath patterned paper had a cluster of flowers to one side. So I decided to continue to build on that design and added more floral elements, including some leaves and butterflies from the ephemera pack or fussy cut from the Lacewing paper.

I thought the title in the foam stickers  ‘Bloom and Grow’ was the perfect sentiment for this birthday theme. I love the bold statement these black stickers make against the white card stock background.

To help one photo stand out I used the Pink side in the Unscripted paper as a mat, this really helps distinguish it as the feature photo and draw your attention to it. I added some extra embellishments to the left of the photo also, including larger floral ephemera – a circular sticker saying ‘a moment in time’ from the Accessory sheet and one of the gorgeous tassels in the collection. I finished embellishing that area with a few enamel dots and the ‘you are amazing’ tiny word stickers.


I must say, I do love the cut apart papers that come in the Cocoa Vanilla collections. I always find the smaller designed elements perfect for cutting out and using to layer on my pages. I could not go past the larger butterflies in the Pretty Bits paper , which you can see was placed to the top right of my page in the photo below.



To help the layered elements in my layout stand out I always try and use a variety of adhesives, including liquid adhesive, foam tapes in varying depths, etc. This helps chosen elements to stand out off the page more that others.


I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today. It has been a crazy time here in Regional Victoria with the stage three lockdown we are currently in. This means school is now remote for the most part, and as a teacher and a Mumma of school aged children our days have been long, somewhat emotional (to say the least) and tiring. The Bowman household are all a little precious right now, but so thankful for our overall health and wellbeing compared to what many people in our state are going through right now.



Sending hugs and prayers to anyone who may be going through a tough time right now,

Raquel xxx

Lovely | Daydream Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura here with a bright rainbow filled layout so sweet it will warm your heart, even in the coldest winter! This gorgeous Daydream collection is just stunning and an absolute “dream” to work with, I have to tell you. My favorite part of this collection are the frames and florals, so I decided to showcase both of them on this darling 9×12 layout of my sweet girl on the trampoline. I even created two more frames with scrap paper to mix up the designs.

I backed each of the frames with patterned paper from the 6×8 pad and a couple with cut-aparts from the Happy Place paper. I fussy cut a ton of florals from the 6×8 paper pad and tucked them all around the corners where my photos met the frames, even a few of the itty bitty florals to use as detail pieces! When I added the butterflies, I just had to give them Nuvo trails behind them to create a little movement on the page.

To give this layered layout a little added texture, I popped rosettes into two of the clusters and glued the gold sequins from the embellishment pack alongside my fussy cut florals. I love the energy of this collection, it is just perfect for my happy go-lucky girls and their sweet imaginations!

I hope this frame filled layout inspires you to look at your ephemera a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use frames in a new way. If you’d like to see the Lovely layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

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