Summer | Boys Rule | Kylie Kingham.

Happy New Year friends! It’s Kylie back with you all today with a brand new layout to share. The Design Team has a theme of Holidays/Vacations this week so I am sharing my take using one of my favourite collections-  Boys Rule .I’ve also added a few teency tiny pieces of More Than Words and Happiness.

I had a pretty cute photo of my little man to scrapbook, from when we had a beach holiday a few years ago.Coming from a cold climate our kids love nothing better than time at a beach. The papers ‘Expressionist’ and ‘Straight & Narrow’ were used as my background.The top paper being trimmed down slightly smaller to provide a border of contrasting colour underneath. I decided to incorporate a cut file for my design, and chose this ‘Summer’ grid from Paige Evans.

Each grid of the cut file was backed with different papers as I wanted as much colour and detail included as I could. A few of the elements were backed with papers from the other 2 collections mentioned, purely so I could have the exact colour I wanted.

My photo was traced and cut to fit the sun in the middle of the cut file. I was very careful to get it exact and to not use too much glue to adhere it, so that it wasn’t marked in any way. To complete my design I added several of the die cuts as well as phrase stickers for some mini sub-titles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope your New Year is full of scrapbooking fun!

Kylie.

The City Of Love | More Than Words Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi there creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout using the stunning Cocoa Vanilla Studio More Than Words collection.

This week the design team were asked to create a project all about holidays and vacations. I have had some of my Paris holiday photos printed for some time so I choose 3 of my favourite to feature on my layout today.

I wanted to highlight the middle photo a little more so I raised it up off the page by adding a small chipboard frame underneath it and also added one of the black chipboard hearts to the photo. The other two photos I adhered flat to the paper, however I tucked in one of the tabs to the left and one of the small journal spots to the right.  

My title is actually made up of the black letter stickers from the Made of Awesome collection and the ‘Love’ is one of the black chipboard titles from the More Than Words collection. I absolutely LOVE the vellum flowers in this collection and almost used a whole pack of them just on this layout! They were perfect tucked in either end of my photo cluster. I did add a few of the die-cut ones too for some pops of colour. 

The XOXO flair was perfect to go with the ‘City of Love’ theme of my layout, I added it to the end of the ‘Love’ word. The ‘Remember This’ banner I popped up and placed above the ‘Love’ word. I added lots of words and phrases suited to our trip to Paris. I used accessory stickers, die-cuts and cut apart paper for this. To finish off, I added some of the super cute heart enamel shapes. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope this gets you inspired to create a holiday themed layout using one of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio pretty girly collections!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Every Photo Has A Story | Unforgettable Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hi all Rachel here! Wishing you all a Happy 2020 and may it be a fun and creative year.

Today I am revisiting a beautiful holiday in Italy, with the photo in my layout taken in Capri. You certainly do not have to use a vacation themed collection to memory keep your holidays as my layout shows you. I have used Unforgettable collection to document my vacation snap.

I used the florals as the main feature on my layout, keeping a tropical, summery feel. I firstly added my photo which is 3×3 inches with a white border. I then started arranging the floral die cut ephemera at the top and side of my photo. I have layered and some I have added with foam tape which stops the floral bunches looking ‘flat’ finished off with some extra die cut leaves tucked under.

I had to add the die cut camera because holidays and cameras are a must! Again I used foam tape to add and added some of the clear sticker hearts. I used a sticker ‘the Story’ from the accessory sticker sheet to form my journalling. I typed my location and date onto white cardstock and added under the sticker.

I created my title using the foam title stickers and added more journalling using the accessory stickers. To break up the white I added a small clear sticker over it.

I added butterflies, some clear stickers, some die cuts and others fussy cut from the 6×8 inch paper. I have added in a way that they connect from the bottom of my page, going in a diagonal direction to the top of my page.

I added another floral piece which was fussy cut from the garland paper, I added a clear sticker paint brush stroke behind the bunch to add a stark contrast. I added enamel dots from the collection under the butterflies, floral bunches and on the camera lens. Lastly I added a light splatter of black color shine to break up the white of my page.

I love how this turned out, white space can really enhance your other elements. Thank you for popping in today and I hope this has inspired you to get scrapping those holiday snaps! See you again soon.

Rachel X

NEW Legendary Collection | Reveal & Give Away!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I’m so excited to reveal our much anticipated first collection of 2020, and I am so excited about this one… I hope all you boy scrappers will be too!

This collection is one you won’t want to miss if you have a guy, big or small, in your life!  Neutral, earthy tones, combined with splashes of bright colour and masculine elements, make this a versatile and super fun collection!

This collection will start shipping to our awesome retailers late January 2020

There’s a chance for you to WIN the full collection, so read on to find out how!

**PLEASE NOTE – GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

 

For a chance to WIN this awesome collection, just leave a comment below telling us what you think of our LEGENDARY new collection.

**GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED**

Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

♥ Zoe

The Best | Unforgettable collection | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello friends, and welcome to my first project of 2020! I am so excited to get back to making and sharing pages with you all, and I’m starting off with a layout about our Disneymoon using the super lovely Unforgettable collection.

I started off off with a cutfile that is pure Disney magic and I backed it with some 6×8 papers from the paper pad. I cheated a bit and used my Silhouette to cut out the insides of the letters so I wouldn’t have had to cut them by hand and it worked out really well. Before attaching anything to the patterned paper I chose to use as the background, I used some acrylic paints to add some color and interest to my layout, and I added swipes of pink, light teal, coral, and a pale orange. After setting that off to dry, I went to work on the rest of my layout.
The photo I printed is of the two of us on the teacup ride at the Magic Kingdom wearing our bride and groom Mickey and MInnie Mouse ears, and I chose to print it out in black and white since it was faded and kind of grainy. First, I matted my photo on a bunch of matching patterned papers and added a torn edge because it’s not a Tazhiana layout without a ripped edge somewhere. Then I added some foam tape to the back of the photo so that I could slide a tag with some journaling behind it. I grabbed a bunch of ephemera from the die cut pack and created a sort of floral wreath behind where my photo was going to sit. I even added some foam dots and a piece of flair to add some more texture and dimension to the layout. It all worked out really well and was incredibly easy after all the hard work of picking what I want to use.
After attaching my photo and the LOVE die cut piece to the background, I went ahead and added my title using the foam title sticker pack and I added some enamel dots to add a bit more color and called this layout good. I love how it came out so, so much and it was a blast to play with color and paint.
There’s a process video for the page linked underneath this blog post if you want to watch it all come together! I hope you enjoyed my project and you give this technique a try. Seriously, pick it and stick it. That freedom to create is life changing. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

SWEET LIFE | HAPPINESS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog with you today with my first share of the year. I’ve enjoyed having some time off over Christmas and New Year and I’m super excited to be getting stuck into 2020. What better way to start than to kick off the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Holiday/Vacations theme week. I couldn’t resist scrapping this sweet photo I took in December of my husband and daughter on our recent family getaway to Hervey Bay in Queensland.

For my page, I was drawn to the ‘Happiness‘ collection with its stunning bright blue hues and immediately thought to team it with this fun cloud background cut file by CUT to YOU. I’ve cut the file on a plain white card from my stash and began the page by simply backing the clouds mixing and matching the ‘Good Vibes‘ and ‘Expressive‘ papers. For the rainbow, I used the B side of the Expressive paper.

Next, I’ve mat my photo using the ‘Botanical Bliss‘ pattern paper and then added some stitching around the edge. I’ve double mounted with more of the ‘Expressive‘ paper and raised everything up on foam for dimension.

I’ve mounted my white background using the same ‘Expressive‘ paper and stitched around the outer edge of my page. I find if I use the same paper in various parts of my layout, it really helps the page come together. From here, I’ve decided on the placement for my photo and the large cut file background so it was now time for embellishments.

This was the fun and easy part. With the largest elements of my page locked in, it’s really just about filling in the gaps and thinking about how your eye will travel across the page when you look at it. I decided to go from the top section in between the rainbow and the sunshine, down to the bottom centre of the page. To do this, I’ve started by creating a floral cluster in the bottom right-hand corner of my photo using elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

I’ve then fussy cut out some dark navy butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper. Next, it was time to add in my title, I’ve gone with the sentiment ‘Sweet Life’ from the ‘Die Cut Titles‘ pack. I love how it nestles down in under my photo against my flower cluster there.

Next, it was time to add in some journaling. One of my scrappy goals this year is to do more journaling on my pages. I often just write on the backs of them, but this year I would really like to include more details on the front where I can to help me tell my stories more. For this page, I’ve gone with the typewriter and some white card from my stash. I’ve also added in some more elements mostly from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack but also from the ‘Accessory Stickers‘ sheet. I just love the typed sentiments at the bottom of these, and they match my typed journalling perfectly!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get this collection out from your stash if you have it and make a fun summer vacay page. Also, be sure to keep checking the blog as there is a stack of inspiration coming your way from the rest of the design team over the coming week. 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,

Gwen

xo

Living the Dream | Unforgettable | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a fabulous 2020! Today I have a new layout to share with you using the gorgeous Unforgettable collection. I chose to scrapbook a couple of photos of my beautiful Abi, taken when we were on holidays recently. I think that the colours in the photo work perfectly with the Unforgettable collection!

I started off with the Garland patterned paper as my background, however I turned it upside down as I wanted the cluster of flowers on the garland to be at the top of the page rather than the bottom. I love that this paper provides a gorgeous, ready-made background, which makes the design process so much quicker!

I printed my photos about 3×4 inches, and then matted them using two of the patterned papers from the 6×8 paper stack. I then positioned them overlapping the larger floral cluster at the top of the page. I also added a couple more floral die cuts into the garland to give it some more dimension and interest.

I added a few embellishments around the photos including a flair button to the left, and a tab sticker and butterfly die cut to the right.

To balance out the large floral cluster in the top left hand corner of the page, I added another smaller one in the bottom right hand corner. I fussy cut this one from the beautiful Glorious patterned paper. I also added a butterfly to the cluster, which I cut out of the Pretty Bits paper. I adhered it just in the middle section so that the wings would lift nicely off the page, once again adding some lovely dimension to the layout.

For my title, I chose the die cut piece that says ‘Living the Dream’, which I think was appropriate for these holiday snaps! I added this over on the right hand side of the page above the floral cluster. To finish the layout off I scattered a few little die cut flowers and some enamel dots around the page.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today and taking a look at my layout! I’ll be back later in the month with another project to share with you.

Mandy x

life is good | Bohemian Dream | Anita Bownds

 Hi crafty friends,
Anita here with you today sharing a colourful layout for our first throw back Thursday for 2020 using the Bohemian Dream collection … wow I can’t believe it’s been a year and I’m still having so much fun with Zoe’s collections they are so bright and beautiful… so my layout to day is all about my kitty Kushan..
It must be good to be a cat !! Not a care in the world, all curled up snoring his little head off …
For my layout today my inspiration is the pattern paper flower child from this collection. I wanted to use those colours of the little flower clusters..
I started off by cutting out a few cut files the envelope by Paige Evans with paper boho bits and flower clusters from the silhouette design store, I back both flower clusters with the same pattern papers – boho bits , flower child , beautiful mess and the green pattern papers from boys rule straight and narrow and fun and games 
Then next I matted my light yellow cardstock on pattern paper flower child then I wanted to add more of that bright pink colour so using another cut file heat confetti from Paige Evans I cut on thick cardstock to use as a stencil , I mixed the strawberry pigment powder with modeling paste till I had the desired colour and added it in 2 place’s on my background.

 

Then I started to add the flowers and the envelope to the layout popping them up with double sided foam tape to add a bit of dimension , I added some ephemera and accessory stickers to my photo and a flair to the centre of one flower. I popped out some of the chipboard titles and added some yellow paint to make my title pop and adhered them down

 

To finish of my layout I added a butterfly from the ephemera pack and enamel dots scattered around the flower clusters… and a stitched border around my Light yellow cardstock

 

check out my process video here

I hope you have a enjoyed my colourful throwback Thursday inspiration today
Happy crafting..xx

2020 Design Team Call | Apply Now!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s time to celebrate! We are excited to announce that our 2020-2021 Design Team call is NOW OPEN! If you have been waiting for the opportunity to join the Cocoa Vanilla team, then your opportunity has finally arrived. We are on the hunt for some talented and passionate new designers to join us who would love to showcase our products.

Requirements:

– Create 2-3 projects per month using products supplied

– Post your work to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.  Posts must be ready 3 days prior to your assigned dates.

– Share your work via your own social media channels – a blog, Facebook and public Instagram account are all essential! (Process videos shared via YouTube are not necessary, but will be considered favourably.)

– Participate in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook

– Participate in special events as agreed – these may include (but are not limited to) collaborations with other companies; teaching classes; attending trade shows; submitting work for media use; etc

In return, design team members will receive a generous amount of product to create with that includes all new release collections during their term. Their work will also be showcased via the Cocoa Vanilla Studio social media channels.

INTERESTED?
HERE’S HOW TO APPLY

1. Tell us about yourself.

Name, country of origin.
What do you like to create? Describe your style? Are you, or have you been, on any other design teams?

2. Your links.

Please provide links to your blog, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube (if applicable) and any other source or galleries we may find relevant to view your work.

3. Samples.

Please attach photos of THREE samples of your work that you think BEST represent you. (You do not have to use Cocoa Vanilla Studio products on these.) Ensure file sizes are not too large – 800×800 (or smaller) is ideal.

Email your application to: dtcall2020@cocoavanilla.com.au by Friday, 17th January 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by email and the new team announced soon after.

This call is open internationally.

APPLY NOW

Good luck! We are looking forward to seeing all your applications!

xx Zoe

 

Favorities | Mixed | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. It’s Anna here. I am the last one, closing this amazing year of isnpiration over Cocoa Vanilla Blog. All of my super talented DT mates already shared their favorite 2019 Cocoa Vanilla projects and now it’s my turn. To be honest, I had a hard time choosing them because I love CVS products and I love all of my layouts and albums made with them.

You all know I love colors so I decided to pick a rainbow page as a first fav page of 2019. I created it as a sample for my classes, that I was lucky to teach in Australia this year. I used papers and embellishments from amazing “Happiness” collection. This name truly reflects the line itself. If you want to make this page, along with a second colorful layout, you can purchase the Double Page Kit in CVS store.

My second favorite page it much less colorful but I had so much fun making it. It’s a scraplift of my fellow DT member gal – Amanda and I used pretty “Midnight” collection. Simple heart made of fussy cut flowers is a perfect example that less is more.

One of my resolutions for 2019 was to reach for older collections much often to use up a little bit more of a growing pile of scrappy supplies. This birthday page was made with “Make a wish” line, which was one of my favorite collections in CVS history. I honestly used almost all of it.

I am a big fan of summer themed line so this “Hello sunshine” line is also on the top of my favorite CVS collections (who am I kidding – they all are on the top of my list…). This one was created during amazing event – CVS Creative Escape retreat. Zoe is making another one in 2020 and you really don’t want to miss that. Check the details here.

Last page is the most recent one. Once again I revisited an old line – the very first CVS collection called “Sugar and spice“. I do not have much of it left but I had a great help from Zoe, who released digital versions of older lines!!! How great is that. Now you can print your own papers and embellishments. We can call this layout a hybrid page, because I combined both older stuff and the newly printed elements.

That is all for today and for this year. We will meet again in 2020! I can’t believe how fast this year went by. I am sure 2020 will bring many more amazing products from CVS.

Happy New Year Friends!

Anna