Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a fun summer-themed project for you.  I was super inspired to use the ‘Daydream‘ collection for this photo of myself and my daughter on a recent family vacation to Harvey Bay in Queensland.  I loved the soft fresh colours in the collection, they were the perfect match for my photo.

To begin the page, I wanted to create a soft sunburst effect on my background.  To do this, I’ve used a stencil and mists from my stash.  Once my mist was dry, I’ve gone ahead and stitched with my sewing machine, along the lines in the stencil for an added detail.

I’ve then trimmed this piece and mounted it onto the ‘Sun Shower‘ pattern paper.  I’ve trimmed this pattern paper as well and added it onto the ‘Daisy Days‘ pattern paper to create a double border for my page.  I’ve also added stitching along the outer edge to finish the background off.

For the title of my page, I’ve used a cut file from CUT to YOU, backing it with a mixture of papers including those mentioned above in my layout base.  I’ve then mounted the whole title piece onto 3D foam.

For my photo, I’ve used more of the ‘Daisy Days‘ pattern paper to create a photo mat and added some stitching here as well.  For this layout, I’ve gone with a pretty sky blue for my thread to add some contrast.

Next, I’ve mounted my photo onto 3D foam and added it to my background.  It’s at this point that I have also locked in the position of my title.  With these elements in place, I can now add the embellishments.  For this, I’ve started with a fussy cut piece of the florals from the ‘Garden Variety‘ pattern paper and added to that some floral elements from the ‘Die Cut Epherma‘ pack.  I’ve also added in a ‘Flair Button‘ and one of the Puffy Hearts.

I’ve also included some fussy cut elements from the ‘Happy Place‘ paper, such as the sweet little rainbows.  Lastly, I’ve added a few of the fussy cut moths from the ‘All a Flutter‘ pattern paper mounted on 3D foam and some sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.

You can watch me create this layout here:

Thanks for popping by today to see how this page came together.  As always, I hope I have inspired you in some way and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Until next time,





Happy Days | Daydream Collection | Danni Visser

Hi there my fellow crafters! Today I am here to share a layout documenting some joyful photos of my daughter playing in the rain. I chose the Daydream collection because the motifs of suns and rainbows was perfect for this moment of a warm afternoon sun shower.

I chose a large background cut file from COAPA Cutfiles that features lots of little umbrellas. The rain itself isn’t easily visible in the photos, so I really wanted to emphasize the rain theme! I backed the cut file with the rainbow stripe, yellow stripe, and tiny daisy print papers from the 6×8 paper stack – I like this for backing cut files because the print is sized down, which allows more of the design to be visible.

For my background I chose a bright sky-blue cardstock. I love how it mimics the sky and the white of the cut file edge really pops against the bright colour. I ran the border edge of the cut file through my sewing machine with white thread, to firmly secure the cut file to the background while adding a lovely textured border.

The raindrop design on Sun Shower 12×12 patterned paper was just made for this layout! I tried it out as a background, but the white of the cutfile didn’t stand out enough for me, so I decided to fussy cut a whole bunch of the raindrops instead. If you get stuck with an idea not working, try to think of a slightly different way to use those supplies like this – sometimes it turns out even better!   I sprinkled all those raindrops into the spaces between the cut file umbrellas, and I just love that effect.

I matted my photos with Happy Place and Garden Variety 12×12 patterned papers to help separate them from the background. I positioned them diagonally on the page, leaving a gap between two of the photos for my title.

I chose the ‘Happy Days’ title from the die cut ephemera. I love the happy colours and the font, and to help emphasize the letters even more I traced around the edge of them in black fine liner pen. For good measure I added a banner die cut as a subtitle below.

Next, I created three embellishment clusters, one by each of my photos. I chose a combination of suns, rainbows and hearts from the accessory stickers and the die cut ephemera. I also managed to squeeze in an adorable rainbow flair button ­– I will be so sad when I run out of these!

For finishing touches, I used a white gel pen to outline all the little hearts, highlighting them further. I also added a cluster of my favourite tiny word stickers from the accessory stickers by each photo. I really love how these can take the place of journaling to help tell the story on a page.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this layout as much as I did making it! There is a process video linked below if you would like to see how it all came together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


Love This | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

 Hey lovely’s ! Anita here with you today sharing a sweet floral layout using the daydream collection and this months Mood board with all the sweet dreamy colours to choose from so I pulled out the Kraft cardstock to match the coffee and the rest of the colours from around the mood board and of cause I added a photo of my cute fluffy boy sleeping ..
So I started with  Kraft cardstock and a paw print 🐾 stencil and used white ink and just used a blender to add the ink. Then I added some light pink paint by just quickly brushing across the cardstock trying not to put it on too thickly then I used a light blue to flick around the cardstock along with some white and rose gold..


Then I matted my photo on sweet serenity to layer behind then I tucked a few bits of ephemera , doily and a few accessory stickers around my photo and my chipboard title from (bohemian dream ) I think …..
I wanted to add the title before I started adding my title so everything would fit in place.


Then using happy place I add a strip down the left hand side then tucked a doily and little strip from sweet serenity that I punched a little decorative punch and a little piece from the ephemera.
Then I pulled out a few dies and used happy place, daisy days, sun shower , all a flutter to make a bunch of flowers big and small and a few leaves.


And to add more white in the background I die cut sprigs and tucked them in underneath and around the flowers and leaves ,
For the center’s I use enamel dots and buttons all in white to add that shabby look and just placed them diagonally across the page in 3 clusters to draw the eye across the page …


I finished the page off with some glitter gel painted on the flowers just to add some shimmer..





I hope you have enjoyed my mood board inspiration today
Happy crafting..

Valentine’s Day Gifts | Daydream Line | Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. Happy LOVE DAY!!! I lie Valentine’s Day so much because what can be better to celebrate than LOVE? It doesn’t have to be the romantic one between partners. Love has so many shades and forms and this day is just another occassion to show our appreciation to the people we care the most. Each year I prepare little gifts for my daughters with handmade cards filled with love words. I usually make some decorative boxes too for a little treat. This year is no different. This time I reached for pretty “Daydream” collection and created two sets containing of paper bag and card.

Each bag is made with single sheet of paper: “Daisy days” and “Serenity“. I closed them with a ribbon bows so you can easily open them and close again. I also added a decoration on each bag with a little shaker. They are the part of the gift itself because they are mounted to the bag with magnets! You can remove them and put on the fridge or some other place.

Each shaker is made with a frame from ephemera pack and decorated with flowers and butterflies. You can fill them with sequins and beads like me, or use ready mixture from Sequins and flowers Pack. I also added words “love you” from stickers sheet.

Each bag has a matching card – very easy and fast to make. I chose the same pattern papers than I used for the bags, but this time I reached for smaller size. Paper stack comes very handy here. All the patterns and smaller, which works great with smaller projects, like cards.

Each card is made of trimmed paper and some ephemera pieces. I also used die cut titles to add a message on the top of embellishments. They are small enough to fit the card size, but still big enough to become a main focus element.

All I need to do now is to place some treats inside the bags and write personal messages to each of my daughters. Do not worry – hubby will also get his own gift 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all to spend this day surrounded by people you love <3

XO Anna

Love | Daydream Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello everyone, its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing with you, this time a Valentines Layout for our Love theme.  Valentines Day isn’t a huge celebration or holiday here in New Zealand, but it is an opportunity to reflect on the love that I have for my husband.  Its also the perfect excuse to scrapbook us instead of the kids!! I created this layout with the gorgeous Daydream Collection and a cut file by Confessions of a Paper Addict.

I stated by applying gesso to my white cardstock to prepare for mixed media.  I chose some soft and pretty water soluble crayons in colours that would match the colours in Daydream and applied them with the packaging (smooshing, kissing etc) technique.  I used my heat gun to dry off each layer.  Once all my layers were complete I added some splatters of water activated splatters.  I love the soft and pretty effect all my layers create!

I backed the cut file with predominantly papers from the 6 x 8 Paper Stack.  I love the smaller scale of these patterns, and selected smaller repeating designs for the little envelopes and florals.  I embellished the envelopes with fussy cut flowers, stickers from the Accessory Sticker Sheet, and even included Flair Button!  The photo is of my husband and I (featuring our daughter photo-bombing!) on a day that we went boating at our largest local lake during January.

I used the 6 x 8 version of Stepping Stones to back the letter part of the cut file.  This was perfect to contain my journalling! I embellished the letter with a Puffy Heart.

The word “Love” from the Die Cut Titles was perfect for my title, I needed a title that didn’t take up too much space, so that it would be of the right scale to not dominate the layout. My final step was to back the layout onto Happy Place.

I love how soft and pretty this layout turned out, a little different for me and perfect for my family scrapbook album!

I made a process video that you can watch below.

Happy Valentines Day tomorrow!

Melissa xx




Love the good life | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hello CVS friends!

It’s Anna here with you today. Welcome back to the blog! This Saturday is Valentine’s Day and the ladies of the design team will be creating projects full of love during the weekend. Today I want to share with you this lovely page featuring the beautiful Daydream Collection. I decided to document a photo of my oldest daughter with his father when she was almost two years old. I love this funny picture.

I started with the Daisy Days Paper as my background. It matches the greens of the photo and gives to the page the country look that I was looking for. And the wreath perfectly frames the title and the photo.

For my title, I cut the word “love” with my cutting machine. It’s not a cut file, I just used a font that I have on my computer. I cut it from the All Aflutter Paper and the outline from the Sun Shower Paper. Y stacked them together with foam dots to add more dimension and place it a little croocked on the page. On top of the “V” and “E”, I placed one of the die cuts to complete the title.

Below it, I placed my photo, matted by a piece of the Daisy Days Paper from the 6×8 paper pack. I embellished it with some die cuts, which I raised up with foam. I also put a puffy fabric heart and a flair button.

Around the wreath, I added more flowers because I wanted it to have more volume and integrate the title. Finally, some more die cuts and a phrase from the accessory stickers.

I love how it turned out. And remember that you can create your own cut files taking advantage of the fonts on your computer.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I wish you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Anna xx

Back to School | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the wonderful Daydream Collection. I’ve chosen to document Leila’s first day back at school photo for 2021 and created a grid using squares of pattern paper from the A5 paper stack.

Its getting harder each year to capture the first day back photo, this years happen to be taken at the end of the day so Leila’s looking a little rough around the edges haha.

I chose a grid design for this layout as I find they are the easiest and quickest way to get a layout done when your lacking mojo or even just strapped for time. I used a mix of patterns from the A5 paper stack that complimented each other as a base for the layout. All were cut into 4x4inch squares and the pieces layered under and on top were slightly smaller by about 1/8 of an inch.  Each square has some sort of machine stitching added apart from the top left which has stitching through the photo.

I’ve used the Stepping Stones and Sun Shower pattern papers for the top left of the grid, raising the photo up with some foam then adding a banner from the Happy Place 12×12 sheet, heart accessory sticker and date tag from the A5 size Happy Place paper.

I created 1 large cluster of embellishments on the bottom right square using a quote from the A5 Happy Place paper, fussy cut florals from the Garden Variety paper, circle frame from the ephemera pack, word sticker and green puffy heart. The papers used on this area of the grid are Up in the Clouds and  Sun Shower.

The title square came next using my favourite white alpha stickers, label tag from 12×12 Happy Place paper and some fussy cut florals from Garden Variety. Like always I’ve sewn through all the alpha stickers to keep them adhered for years to come. The pattern papers I used for this part of the grid are Daisy Days and Sweet Serenity.

I added a chunk of handwritten journaling using notepaper that I sewed onto the top right grid section. I also added more fussy cut florals to the edge, overlapping the notepaper and pattern papers. Patterns used are Happy Place and All A Flutter

Along the top of the layout I added an uneven strip of wood grain, Over the Rainbow, and sewed it in place with a tiny strip of Daisy Days

There’s another strip of wood grain along the bottom edge of the layout to bring it all together along with one last accessory word sticker.

I also gave the layout a good splattering of gold ink and a sprinkling of tiny fussy cut flowers on the edges of the clusters.

Heres one final look at the entire layout..

Well that’s all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to share in the comments below your go to process on how you get layouts done when you’re lacking time and mojo.

Until next time Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy Days | Daydream | Kylie Kingham

Hello Cocoa Vanilla fans! It’s Kylie back today on the blog with another layout featuring the beautiful ‘DAYDREAM’ collection. Going through my supplies I have found myself to have lots and lots of different paper off cuts, so for my layout today I really wanted to use up some of my scraps without diving into my full sized sheets.

I used some white cardstock for my main background, to which I have added some layered strips of paper vertically through the centre. The first layer was the ‘UP IN THE CLOUDS’ paper. I’ve used a lace border punch from my craft stash down each side for interest. It stands out so well over the top of the white background. From here I layered three extra strips of varying design. I didn’t focus on exact measurements for each and rather preferred to go by eye sight and what seemed to fit best.

My photo was printed to around a 3″x 4″ size in black and white. It was adhered to my layout using foam adhesive squares, enabling me to tuck embellishments underneath, building a nice dimension within the layout. I feel the black and white print of my photo helped it to really stand out amongst all the coloured blooms.

The title of my page was created using die cuts from the embellishment pack. It too was adhered with foam adhesive squares so that it looked like it was ‘floating’ above the background page. I made sure to spread out the clusters of embellishments on my page for an even balance, rather than to have everything grouped in the one spot.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you are enjoying some scrapbooking time too!

Until next time,


You Are My Sun, My Moon | Legendary collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi crafty friends, 

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new boy themed scrapbook layout featuring my youngest son and the awesome Legendary collection. The inspiration for this layout definitely came from the awesome circle die cuts in the ephemera pack and the journal card from the Epic Tales paper that says My Sun, My Moon and All of My Stars. I knew that I had the perfect photo to go on this layout. It is of my youngest son sitting in front of a moon and star background at Luna Park.

I chose to pull similar colours from the journal card and use these throughout my layout, the orange, blue and grey colours really spoke to me for this page. I added some subtle grey mixed media to a sheet of plain white cardstock and then began to arrange the elements how I felt they looked best. The ephemera pack is amazing value with so many awesome pieces to help tell your story and enhance your design at the same time!

I fussy cut the journal card into a round shape to fit in with all the other elements on the layout. I also cut my photo into a circle and adhered one of the circle frames on top. Of course there had to be stars on this layout too so I pulled out a few large and small ones from the ephemera pack and arranged them amongst the circles.

Once I had most of the larger elements adhered to my page it was time to add some smaller embellishments like some accessory stickers, clear stickers and enamel dots! All of these smaller details were added in and around some of the larger elements on my layout to help draw your eye in.

Lastly I added some sprinkles of black mist and stamped the date. I then trimmed down the white cardstock and framed it using one of the grey patterned papers from the Legendary collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way? Make sure to check out the amazing Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store for the Legendary collection and so many more amazing collections.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Awesome Kid | Boys Rule collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, it’s Sue here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing my take on the “school” theme that we have been focusing on for the past few days. For my layout, I decided to document a photo of one of my boys with the academic award he received at the end of last year. This was the first time he had ever received an award like this, and it was a very big deal for him (and only came after a big attitude adjustment and a lot of hard work). I knew the ‘Boys Rule’ collection would be perfect to coordinate with the colours of my photo.

I began this layout with the printed backing sheet from the Large Die Cut and Backing Kit. I had already used the die cut top piece in a separate project, so I had this left over in my stash. I was drawn to use it because of the blackboard style print, with the doodled chalk border around the edge. As I only wanted to use the border part for my background, I cut the centre from the page and kept it aside for some fussy cutting later. I then got to work on some white cardstock that I had cut down to measure 10.5×10.5″.

I added colour to my background by swiping an ink pad to create vertical stripes on the page, then used a wide brush dipped in water to blend the ink out. I then used a stencil with a random spot pattern and grey ink to layer detail over the top.

For my paper layers, I used a combination that included the star print Happy Go Lucky; Expressionist; and a fabulous pop of green from the Straight & Narrow. I used torn edges and frayed gauze to add texture to the page.

When it came to embellishments, I used pieces (tag, label, frame) from the Die Cut Ephemera and Miscellany packs; as well as some stars that I fussy cut from the backing sheet I had begun my layout with.

I used an arrow from the Chipboard Pieces pack to help draw attention to my photo; and added a metallic touch by using some staples around the page. My title was a combination of the die cut word kid from the ephemera pack combined with awesome cut from the cut apart paper.

I used the Clear Stickers to scatter some phrases around the page, and three black crosses from the sheet too. I stamped a little extra detail on the background using a stamp with a random circles and dots pattern (similar to the stencil pattern) and finished off by stamping the date.

I am really happy with how this layout came together, and I hope I have given you some inspiration to create your own page to document some of those school photos, or even just a boy layout.

If you would like to watch me put this one together, I have a process video available:

Until next time, happy scrapping!