Shine | Unforgettable Collection | Guest designer – Laura Alberts

Hello Scrappy Friends!

This is Laura Alberts, Guest Designer and huge fan of Cocoa Vanilla Studios! I’m sharing a sweet 9×12 layout with you today of my darling daughter, fast asleep on the couch. Using the Unforgettable collection to document this adorable face was perfection! I was especially excited to incorporate the Cut to You floral cut file and these tassels that accompany the collection.

First, I used the Sprightly paper and floral cut file to cut out one of the clusters, than cut leafy fronds from the B side of the Garland paper. I backed the floral with vellum and topped it tassels, ephemera and a phrase sticker.

Next, I tucked a frame behind my photo and popped it up on foam, so I could easily tuck the journaling spot and tickets around the left side. A couple of banners on the right side added balance to the photo.

I hoped to give this layout a dreamy quality by nestling the photo into the floral cluster and allowing both to gently float on the page. The butterflies and tassels add a whimsical touch, while the pops of black add contrast. Lastly, by outlining the journaling spot with pen, it prevents it from being lost amidst the background. I hope this gives you inspiration for your own creations!

Laura Alberts

Shine Bright | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello there! It’s Michelle back today sharing a new layout using both our new collection Unforgettable and the FREE Cut files designed by Gwen. LOVE LOVE LOVE the designs within the set, especially the circle of hearts design. This whole layout came together pretty quickly by cutting one main floral piece, 1 massive cut file and then tucking random bits here and there.

I started by cutting the design out in silhouette studio using the reverse of the GARLAND paper and then adhering it flat to the white cardstock using the centre edge only. I curled all the hearts up for a touch of dimension. Next I fussy cut the entire wreath design from the same paper and adhered this to the bottom half of the cut file using foam tape.

When it came to the photo I didn’t want it to stand out or compete with the florals, I felt it needed to blend together so I printed it out in black and white. I chose a close up photo of Leila from a few years back as its one of my very favourites. I backed the photo using the woodgrain pattern of the NATURAL BEAUTY paper plus a couple of off cut strips from the 6×8 paper stack I used on previous layouts. I tucked the right side of the photo under the layers of florals and ephemera pieces. I also added a couple of the leaf strand cut files from the FREE SET.

To the left of the photo I added the title using the new foam title words and a stack more bits from the ephemera pack, a flair button, clear sticker and enamel dots to mirror the opposite side of the layout.

Once I felt the entire circular design was a good balance of florals and colours I splattered it all with gold colour shine, including the photo as I ALWAYS forget to cover it up. Super happy with how this turned out, pretty similar to the idea I had in mind when I started which is pretty good. It doesn’t usually run so smoothly HAHA

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to pop by our facebook group to chat all things CVS and don’t forget to download the FREE cut files!!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx



Shine Bright | Unforgettable Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello everyone! It’s Kylie back with you all today sharing another layout featuring the super pretty ‘Unforgettable’ collection. One thing I really enjoy creating is different layers in a layout and my focus today was not only ‘paper’ layers but also some mixed media layers too.

I decided to work with a white card stock background and chose two of my favourite stencils from my craft stash. One has a scattered heart design, the other a scattered star. (Both have been designed by Paige Evans.) Using some bright pink ink I used the heart stencil first, adding colour with a stamp dauber. The hearts were added vertically to the left side of my page as well as through the middle horizontally.Once dry I added some stars randomly over the top of the hearts with some metallic gold modeling paste.

Whilst my background was drying I started to cut my paper layers. I didn’t use specific measurements I just cut several to different heights and widths. The edges were distressed a little before I began layering them over each other until I was happy with the overall balance and result. TIP: This technique is also a great way of using up any left over pieces of paper you may have!

Once I had added my photo to my page I created a neat little layered cluster of die cuts to the bottom left corner of my image. Some pieces were added with foam adhesive to create some height and dimension. I also added one of the gorgeous paper tassels with a string bow.

To complete my layout I created a title using a letter punch board onto some of the ‘GARLAND’ paper.I backed it with some of the ‘UNSCRIPTED’ paper to make the title really pop. The word phrases from the sticker sheet were perfect for creating a sub title below.

I hope my layout has given you some inspiration for your own creating. Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Captured | Unforgettable Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing another layout featuring the gorgeous brand new Unforgettable collection! I am also featuring one of the stunning FREE cut files by Cut To You. The Unforgettable collection and the cut file go together beautifully!I chose a pink, grey and white colour scheme for my layout today, I pulled some of the papers and lots of embellishments that were in that colour scheme and started out by cutting the cut file on white cardstock, I cut the file out with the intention of leaving some of the design inside the cardstock. I loved how I could pop out the hearts and create a dimensional look with them. I backed the cut file design with the pink paper and then machine stitched around the circle – you can see more detail in the photo below. I then matted the cut file and pink paper onto one of the grey patterned papers. The photo is of my sister and I at our brothers wedding a couple of years ago, not often we get photos together with both my sister and brother living in England now. I added lots of paper layers underneath my photo and used foam tape to pop up my photo from the page. In the photo below, you can see I added a cluster of embellishments including some die-cuts and accessory stickers, I used foam dots again to lift up the camera die-cut and I also added one of the enamel dots to the centre – hooray for enamel dots making a come back in this collection! I love them! Over one the right hand side is another cluster featuring some of the floral and butterfly die-cuts. I also added one of the cute bows to the right of my title. My title is one of the gorgeous foam word titles, these are brilliant to add to any project, they make a statement and they really pop off the page too! I added one of the larger butterfly die-cuts to the left of the title to balance out the with the smaller one on the right hand side. A couple more enamel dots and a couple pf the gorgeous clear stickers were also added for some extra interest and texture.

Make sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla store to download your FREE Unforgettable cut files that co-ordinate with the Unforgettable collection perfectly!

I hope I have inspired you in some way today?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Best | Unforgettable | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends today I have a pretty layout celebrating the relationship between my daughter and I. I have used the new stunning collection UNFORGETTABLE.

Firstly I used a scallop border cut file, cutting it at 11x 7 inches using the lovely Natural Beauty paper. I then set about creating a grid design cutting 5 3×3 inch squares using various papers from the 6×8 inch paper pad.

Then it was a matter of embellishing each square. Here i cut another square slightly smaller and added over the 3×3 inch with foam tape to add height. I have used one of the Accessory Stickers, again added with foam tape tucking an Enamel Dot slightly behind it. I finished this square off with the gorgeous camera Flair.

I cut this floral square from the Pretty Bits 12×12 paper layering it on a dark pink square from the 6×8 inch paper pad. Again I added with foam tape. I added some of the tiny die cut flowers, black hearts from the Foam Titles finished off with a tiny butterfly I fussy cut from the 6×8 page with butterflies. I added enamel dots to some of the flowers.

I created my title under the floral square using the black foam word titles framing it with some fussy cut tiny butterflies.

I created my final paper embellished square using a smaller floral paper from the 6×8 inch pad and adding the die cut Living the Dream as my sub title. I added blue paint smears from the Clear Stickers to create a subtle contrast. I added the gorgeous floral bunch from the clear stickers to the right edge of my white cardstock and lastly a Clear Sticker butterfly.


You could of course add more photos to this design. I just love the black foam titles, they really add a wow factor! Well that’s it from me today, thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful creative week!

Rachel X

Family Snapshots Mini Album | Unforgettable Collection | Guest Designer Paige Evans

Hi everyone! Paige Evans here and I am so excited to show you this new mini album created with the beautiful Unforgettable collection!

I have been super inspired by Amber’s handmade mini albums lately so I created the first part of the cover based on her tutorial and then made hinges for the pages and photos to stick to. On the cover I decorated it with a “family” foam sticker, “snapshots” sticker, butterfly button, a few enamel dots, and half of a round floral sticker.

One of the patterned papers in the Unforgettable collection has blocks of 3×4″ cards so I trimmed those out and turned them into page pockets. First I placed the cards back-to-back and then made a notch with a circle punch at the top. Then I used a sewing machine to machine stitch around the left, bottom, and right sides to complete the pockets.

Another patterned paper in the Unforgettable collection is filled with blocks of different patterns so I turned those into tags to tuck into each pocket and machine stitched around the tag edges to create texture.

I snapped a loose leaf binder ring through an eyelet that I attached through the album edge and then looped on four paper tassels from the collection for a charm.

The design is basic: one pocket page followed by a photo page, repeat six times for 12 pages. I adhered two 3×4″ photos back-to-back for every other page. I used photos from our annual family photoshoot taken by the talented Jennifer Simmons of Everleigh Portraits. We had them taken in downtown Denver in front of some super colorful buildings which just so happen to match this collection to a “T”! It was meant to be.

Here is the opening page with a few die cuts, button, and enamel dots.

And here are all the inside pages which I decorated with supplies from Unforgettable.

I added a sticker or die cut to the tags that pull out of each pocket, but they could also be used to add additional photos and journaling! I may go back and do just that. I have lots more photos from our session that I want to highlight.

Here are a couple more photos of the finished book:

I hope you are inspired to pick up the Unforgettable collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and create layouts, cards, and other projects with it! It’s a beautiful line!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, tassels, buttons: Unforgettable collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Paige Evans

Captured | Unforgettable | Tazhiana

Hello crafty friends and welcome to another blog post. Today, I am playing with the lovely Unforgettable collection as well as some fun cut files from Cut To You!

I started my layout by choosing four 6×8 papers and cutting out these layered butterflies that I attached using my Tiny Attacher. After cutting and assembling the butterflies, I used my circle punch hoard to punch out photos of my darling friend, Charlotte as well as circle photo mats. I thought it would be fun to play with a different shape on this layout. While I had my cutting machine on, I cut out these branches with a cut file from the Cut To You shop that you can get for free!

I decided to keep embellishing around my photos pretty light as I knew that I had the larger butterflies as well as the branch elements. I chose to use some doilies for texture and add a few bits and pieces from the ephemera pack to add some color and texture. I also added a tassel and a bow to each of my photos to add more texture and visual interest to my background.

After creating my embellishment and photo clusters, I glued the circles as well as the branches to my background. I chose this woodgrain paper because I love a good woodgrain pattern and I thought it would go really well with the florals I chose for my layout. After adhering the photos and the branches, I worked on arranging the butterflies around the page. My title came from the foam titles pack and I added some enamel dots around the page for some added interest and the icing on the cake.

That’s all I have for you today, crafty friends! I hope you enjoyed this layout and are tempted to give the Unforgettable collection a try.

Happy World Cardmaking Day from the CVS Team!

Hi everyone and happy World Cardmaking Day!

The custom of giving greeting cards is a tradition that can be traced back to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their special messages on papyrus scrolls; and the ancient Chinese who exchanged messages of goodwill to celebrate the new year. Fast forward to today, and we find the custom of giving, and creating handmade cards, is enjoyed around the world by young and old alike.

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day today some of our team have created a selection of handmade cards to inspire you.

First up, are two beautiful cards from Anita Bownds. She created these cards using our ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection and cut files designed by Paige Evans.


Our next card is from Rachel Lowe, who used our new ‘Unforgettable’ collection to create this breathtaking card featuring a shaker pocket and an adorable 3D hot air balloon.

A pretty pair of cards from Anna Komenda, who said “I am not a cardmaker by heart but I love adding cards to all of my gifts. That’s why I like to keep them simple and flat. This duet was made with the brand new ‘Unforgettable’ collection with leftovers after making a layout. Quick and easy but still handmade and cheerful.”

“Hello” from Amanda, who also joined in to create a gorgeous card. She said “Florals, woodgrain, tassels & bows – what more can I say?! This 4″ x 8″ card was created with the beautiful ‘Unforgettable’ collection & a Cut To You – floral bouquet set – cut file.”

Finally, rounding our our card inspiration for today is another pair of cards, this time from Sue. She said “Although I am not usually a cardmaker, creating these cards with the ‘Unforgettable’ collection was easy and fun – I may even make more!”

We hope you have enjoyed all the handmade card inspiration from our team today and that you might feel inspired to create a card or two as well. Remember to share your creations in our Facebook Community Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #cocoavanillastudio

Zoe XX0

Love layout | Unforgettable Collection | Anita Bownds

Hi crafty friends,
Anita here with you today and I’m using the very beautiful unforgettable collection and my layout is all about our kitty Luna who loves following me around the garden to take photos I’m sure she’s thinks she’s part dog…..
so with my layout I started off by choosing a beautiful mandala cut file from Paige Evans
And natural beauty pattern paper and adhered it in the middle of my trimmed white cardstock and with the leftover of the natural beauty pattern paper I backed my white cardstock and then machine stitched around the border



I chose papers from the 6×8 paper pad to back and add layers to my photo , then using a pink doily and a few ephemera pieces and sticker from the accessory stickers sheet then I added them to the top of my photo and using pattern paper glorious I fussy cut out some flowers to add around my photo and popped them up with double sided foam tape to add dimension


Using the foam title stickers I added my title in between the fussy cut flowers then I added a few more die cut ephemera bits around the photo and phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet and to finish off I add some enamel dots.





check out my process video here


I hope I’ve given you some fun kitty inspiration for World animal day
Happy crafting..xx


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! Gwen back on the blog today with a share for ‘Throwback Thursday’.  I love these features because I get to dive deep into my stash and create with some of my all-time favorite collections.  I’m also playing along with the latest challenge over as CSI Scrapbook Challenge Number 297 which Cocoa Vanilla Studios is sponsoring.  So, if you fancy yourself some free CVS, be sure to play along!

The moment I saw the Scene from the challenge I immediately thought of the Tis the Season collection.  The soft peach and coral tones and the fall ‘vibe’ of the image really appeal to me.  I also pulled inspiration from the trees in the picture, with many reminding me of pine or Christmas trees so decided on creating a Christmas themed page.

With the collection and theme of the page decided, I pulled out a ‘Christmas themed’ cut file, this one from Cut to YOU.  I’ve backed the design with a selection of papers from the collection including ‘All is Bright’ and ‘Holly Jolly’.  This collection is a few years old now, so I don’t have a lot of papers left so the cut files provided a great way to use up the scraps and stretch the supplies I had.

I’ve mounted my photo with the ‘Very Merry’ pattern paper, stitched around the edge and mounted on foam for dimension.  I’ve then run the tree cut files and my photos across the center of my page to nut out the page design.

Once I had the trees and photo positions locked in, I added some gesso to my white cardstock base and added in some light watercolor in a matching tone to the collection.  I really wanted to keep the page in the Coral and Peach tones in keeping with the mood board and would add just add a few pops of the green here and there from my embellishments.  Once my watercolor was all dry, I’ve added my tree and photo elements back on top.

Next, it was time to play with the embellishments.  I’ve pulled out lots and lots of elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ as well as the ‘Enamel dots’, ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ and a white bow from the ‘Bitty Bows’ pack.  (You can still also get the ‘Alphabet Stickers‘ from the collection here). The cream star elements are also Cocoa Vanilla however I couldn’t see them available any longer, so you’ll have to dig deep into your stash to see if you have those.

I simply auditioned all of the elements around the photo and tree cluster until I was happy, locking in larger elements first such as the floral pieces and my title and then working with the smaller pieces to fill in the gaps.  I love making layouts like this, full of lots of pretty details.  I just keep playing with pieces until I am happy and call it done.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating and play along with one of the challenges over at CSI this month.  As I mentioned, you could win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla Studios just for joining in!

Until next time,