Super Awesome | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing a sports layout with you that I created with the amazingly versatile Legendary collection.  The photo is of my son at our New Zealand National Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in 2018.  I always think a sports layout is the perfect way to feature stars, especially when its a boy layout too!!


For this layout I really wanted to feature some of the gorgeous star die cuts from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and I knew that I wanted to have them hanging like a key chain.  My photo was taken in 2018 and Sam was aged 11 at the time, so I really wanted to make sure the key chain feature looked masculine, and not girly or like a baby mobile. In order to this I used a really old banner paper clip from my stash, which also enabled me to attach the stars to my photo. The papers that you can see backing my photo are Offbeat, One Way, and All Star.

I created a shaker pocket from the largest star with plastic packaging, which I hand stitched to close the pocket.  I used some sequins to fill my pocket, and then attached all of the stars with some blue and white stripped twine.  I backed the second largest star with Outdoors Type and then punched holes in all of the stars to thread the twine through.  I arranged all of the stars with different lengths of twine, and then tied them in a knot around the paper clip.  It was a little fiddly, but so worth it!

I created my background with gesso first, then texture paste through a stencil followed by water activated powders that I applied with the packaging technique, and then splatters.  I always think its worth taking the time to dry in between layers of powders to get defined spatters.

Most of my embellishing was done with one of my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio supplies, the Clear Stickers.  I also used a phrase from the clear stickers for my title.   I finished my embellishing with a couple of the Accessory Stickers on my photo, and a subtle piece of ephemera which I cut in half and used as a layer under the paper layers.  In order to ground my photo I used a torn strip of Off Beat on the left side of my page.

I made a process video which you can watch below or on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube Channel.  In fact make sure you subscribe so that you don’t miss any of the videos the DT posts!

Thanks for looking!

Melissa xx

The Mountains are Calling | Legendary Collection | Anna Blades

Hi everyone!

Anna here with you today with a new layout featuring the awesome “Legendary” collection. With this page, I really went out of my comfort zone: no pink and no flowers!!

I started googling a mountain shape and with my Silhouette Cameo, I traced it and cut it. Then, I used it as a stencil with my distress inks in white cardstock. I love how this background turned out!

I also created the title with my Silhouette Cameo, using both sides of the Outdoors Type paper in two different fonts, and I raised the word “mountains” with foam dots. I stacked a flair button with the same pattern next to it (and could be used as a subtitle).

From the Die Cut Ephemera pack, I choose two that had mountains and placed them on both sides of my picture. The picture was matted with the B side of the Wild One paper and the whole page with the Outdoors Type paper too. I also made a machine stitching all around it.

Finally, some stars from the Die Cut Ephemera in the sky and some clear stickers.

It was so hard not to use pink at all, but I love the final result! I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!!

Anna xx

Happy Days | Throwback Thursday – Midnight Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hi Friends its Michelle here today with a new layout share for our ongoing ‘Throwback Thursday’ Theme. I dove back into my stash of Midnight collection and added a couple of cute photos of Leila from a family outing a little while ago.

I love the colour palette of this collection and its soft floral patterns, especially that tiny floral pattern paper I’ve used to the left of the layout. I based my layout on one that I’ve made in the past, and one that I’ve been wanting to recreate again.

I started with 4 different pattern papers – INKY DEPTHS, SHINE BRIGHT and INSPIRED and cut triangles from each piece to create the background for the layout. I’ve machine stitched around each triangle after adhering each piece to the cardstock backing.

I backed the photos I’ve used with some of the pretty ombré SHINE BRIGHT paper and added a doily from my stash. Something I haven’t added to layouts for quite some time.

To the right of the photos I created a cluster of mixed embellishments, bringing together ephemera and stickers layered with different adhesives for pops of dimension.

There’s a couple of similar elements tucked into the left of the photos also.

Under the photos I added a title using words from the Die Cut Titles pack with a sprinkling of glitter enamel dots from the Wild at Heart collection to the right.

Lastly I created a mini cluster at the top left of the layout which helps to bring all the embellishments elements together and balance the visual triangle I created on top of the triangular pattern paper background.

Well friends that’s all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed this instalment of Throwback Thursday – our fortnightly walk down memory lane.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Hey Cool Dude | Legendary | Kylie Kingham.

Hello crafty friends. Thanks for stopping by the blog today! It’s Kylie back with you all to share another new layout I have been working on. This year I had two goals: One was to complete more layouts for my sons album and the second being to try and use more than one photo in a layout. For my page today I managed to tick both boxes and I was able to do so using the super fun ‘Legendary’ collection.

For my background I chose the wood grain printed paper called ‘Outdoors Type’ and added some scalloped borders of ‘Wild One’ as well as a strip of ‘Epic Tales’. Using a leaf border punch from my craft stash I added a decorative strip punched from the ‘Off Beat’ paper.

Normally when I add my photos to a layout I like to back them with co-ordinating paper, but for my page today I added them in their ‘raw’ state, printed to full size and with a white border. Some of the punched stars from the die cut pack were added in behind both before adhering the photos to the page with foam tape to add a little more dimension.

Once the photos were in place I added a cluster of die cuts to the lower side to balance the large title that was added. To finish I adhered some of the typed phrase stickers. I love being able to build phrase titles with these that suit my photos.

I’ve really been able to create some fun pages thanks to the gorgeous ‘Legendary’ collection. My sons album will be a lot more full in no time!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how my design came together today.

Until next time,




So Awesome | Legendary Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new layout featuring the awesome Legendary collection!

I have chosen to scrap a 8.5′ x 11′ size layout today, I have been on a bit of a kick with this size of late and the photo that I am documenting is of my 2 sons on a recent bush walk where they found a cave.

I trimmed a piece of plain white cardstock to 8.5′ x 11′ and then trimmed the Offbeat paper with the blue stars showing down to 8′ x 10.5′. I machine stitched the paper to the white cardstock and bent up the edges to create a textured look. I then trimmed a piece of the One Way paper, turned it over to show the orange side and cut a banner edge into the bottom. I love how this paper looks as a contrast on the blue star background paper.

I added craft foam underneath the orange paper and the other layers to create shadows and dimension, I adhered these all in the top left corner with my photo. I then added some of the awesome accessory stickers, clear stickers and die-cuts to embellish this main design element on my page.

For the bottom right cluster I had to add that gorgeous bear die-cut, he is popped up off the page with craft foam, I overlapped the Explore piece also and tucked in a few clear stickers here. The stars are clear stickers adhered to white cardstock and then fussy cut out with a foam dot placed under each of them. My title is made of those awesome cardstock die-cut titles with that super cool font!

Lastly I placed some enamel dots and stamped the date stamp to finish my page.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you are inspired to create with your Legendary stash or if you don’t have this collection, be sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla online store to purchase!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Good Life – Scraplift | Unforgettable Collection | Zoe Pearn

Hi everyone, and happy Monday!

It’s Zoe here today to share a layout I created as part of our scraplift series, where we create a layout inspired by YOU!  As soon as I saw this gorgeous layout by Katie Scott, which she did for our iNSD celebration mood board challenge, I knew I had to scraplift it and make my own version. It had all of my favourite things – flowers, butterflies, all coming together in a wreath design… what’s not to love?

Katie used our Happiness collection to create this beautiful layout…

And here is my version using our Unforgettable collection!

The “Garland” paper from the Unforgettable collection made the perfect base for this layout, with it’s pre-made wreath design. Using that as a guide for placing my embellishments made this layout come together in a snap!

I fussy cut a whole heap of butterflies from the “Lacewing” paper, from both the 12×12 paper and the 6×8 Paper Pad, so I had varying sizes to use.

Of course, the beautiful flowers from the Die Cut Ephemera made an appearance!

And the Foam Title Stickers, and some watercolour splatters around the wreath, made the perfect finishing touch to this page.

Thanks so much to Katie Scott for the inspiration!  Remember, if you’re stuck in a rut, finding a layout you love to scraplift and make your own is a great way to get creative… super easy!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day, and I’ll see you again soon!

xx Zoe

Scraplift a Fan! | Mixed collections | Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friends, I loved this challenge and have chosen a fab layout created by Natalie King for the Grab 5 INSD 2020 challenge. And here is her gorgeous layout.

And here is my scrap lift of her layout.

I have used a mix of Bohemian Dream and Wild At Heart collections. I first cut a doily on my Silhouette instead of Natalie’s circle at 8 inches. I cut my white cardstock down to 10×10 inches. I used the vibrant Flower Child paper as my border page (creating a stark contrast for visual impact). I then used two polaroid die cut frames (these photos are 2.5×3 and 2×2 inches) and added with smaller photo with foam tape.

I next created the 3 embellishments clusters as Natalie did. I used the Bohemian Dream Ephemera die cuts, layering under and over the photos and a smaller one under the doily.

I have used enamel dots and some clear stickers to add a little mixed media feel and add more dimension.

You will see here that I have not glued the outer part of my doily cut file, only adhering the centre, this ensure it does not look ‘flat’ and helps create another layer on the layout.

I finished off my layout adding a clear sticker brush stroke on the edge of the white cardstock and added a sentiment banner over the top

I had such fun scrap lifting this layout! I also love going back and revisiting older collections and falling in love with them all over again! Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon.

Rachel X

Live in the Moment | Bohemian Dream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here to share my take on the current scraplift theme that the entire team have been working on. For this theme we were all challenged to choose a layout that inspired us from the International Scrapbook Day challenge entries and create our own version. There were so many amazing layouts I found it really hard to choose, but I kept coming back to this super cool page by Rachel Dutko…

There were so many elements I just loved about this page – the textures of the torn, layered papers; the eclectic mix of embellishments; the use of white space; and the touch of mixed media – it just drew me in. For my scraplift, I really wanted to capture some of Rachel’s main design features, whilst still creating a layout that was my own style. I even decided to re-visit one of my all-time favourite collections, ‘Bohemian Dream’.

Here is my layout (I hope you think I did yours justice Rachel!)…

I decided to create my page with a similar theme to Rachel’s, by documenting a selfie and focusing on the message of being yourself and unique. (This pic probably accurately represents me…haha) I then grabbed some white cardstock and added a splash of colour, just as Rachel had on hers. I used blue and purple inks, which I mixed with a little water and then applied to my cardstock to achieve an abstract watercolour background.

Next, I chose three patterned papers, which I tore and layered across my page. The papers I used were DreamerGypsy Heart; and Abstract. I also added a few torn pieces of a washi tape sticker from the ‘You Rock’ collection and an extra paper strip cut from the reverse of the Dreamer paper.

Just as Rachel did, I used two layers of paper to mat my photo (these were from the ‘Bohemian Dream’ 6×6″ paper pad); along with a small yellow paper doily and some frayed gauze for texture. I then began working on the embellishments to cluster around my photo.

I had a sheet of the gorgeous floral print Abundant paper that I had already cut into previously, so I fussy cut three floral pieces to tuck into the layers around my photo, adding a couple of extra little leafy branches from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

Then it was time for a little stash-busting treasure hunt as I looked through my stash of Cocoa Vanilla embellishments for some extra bits and pieces. I found a couple of gorgeous blue paper flowers I had left over from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection that matched with my blue ink perfectly, so I added those to my clusters, tucking the edges under my photo. I also found some cute little blue puffy stickers from the same collection, so onto the page they went too.

The one of a kind Flair Button that I added to the corner of my photo was from the ‘Bohemian Dream’ pack, and was perfect for my page theme! The small mint acrylic heart was left-over from the ‘Free Spirit’ collection; and I also used some blue enamel dots from ‘Life is Beautiful’.

Rachel had some pretty little butterflies on her page, so I had to include some on mine too. (I know, since when do I need an excuse for butterflies, right?!) I added a blue one from the ‘Bohemian Dream’ chipboard near the top of the page; then a smaller pink one from the Die Cut Ephemera pack near to the bottom.

To finish off, I added the live in the moment sticker for my page title (popped up on a little foam tape), and a few small phrases from the Accessory Sticker sheet. A little splatter of some navy mist and I was done.

A big thanks to Rachel for inspiring me with her fabulous layout, I am really happy with how mine came out. (Even though I am clearly incapable of showing the same level of restraint that I so admired about Rachel’s page…haha)

Until next time, happy scrapping!

EPIC | Legendary Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing a layout inspired by one of our Cocoa Vanilla Facebook community members and from our recent cyber crop Keighley Brennan. I absolutely adored the vertical design of this layout, the circle elements and also the scattering of stars that featured on the page.

Here is Keighley’s layout:

I also used the Legendary collection for my layout too. Here it is.

The subject of my layout is the subject of most of my layouts when I am using a masculine collection, my little man  this particular photo was one taken a few years ago that I found in my photo stash – it was such a nice surprise to find it as it had always been a picture that I had wanted to document but just had not done so yet. When I look back at old photos I find it hard to recall when the kids were so little, I’m so thankful for my craft and scrapbooking for documenting all these little moments in our lives.

I used my Sizzix Big Shot and circle dies to create the circular elements for the page. I do of course love my electronic die cutter but the big shot makes it easy to cut elements like shapes so quick and easy if I have a suitable die set to use.  Originally I was going to use the same style colour palette with the blues however once I started creating I was drawn to the green diagonal stripe and the  rest of the layout progressed from there.

The title is made up of the fussy cut letters spelling EPIC from the cut apart sheet of paper. I loved the font design and thought they made a nice statement title. The colours in the font actually inspired the rest of the colours that I used on the page. I added tiny word stickers as a sub heading to help support the EPIC title. 
The flag ephemera piece was a nice way to add detail to the top of the layout. I finished this cluster area with some fussy cut stars from patterned papers, enamel dots and another tiny word sticker. 
I did not have the right die size to create a perfect circle mat around my photo using the orange paper so I did my best to keep the circle even using my scissors. The entire layout was backed in the green diagonal stripe paper. I love how this looks. 
I hope you have enjoyed stopping my the blog today and found inspiration.

Take care xxx


Hey Creatives! I hope you are all well. Gwen on the blog today sharing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This week we are having a bunch of fun sharing Scraplifts from challenge entries in the recent International Scrapbooking Day celebrations. There were so so many wonderful entries, so it was super hard for me to choose one to Scraplift; so so much inspiration. In the end, I decided on this one by Kim Arnold.

What drew me to her page was the landscape design with room for multiple photos (which I sometimes struggle with) and her sweet floral clusters. I also loved how she added that frame and I have a stack of these in my stash so thought this was a nice opportunity to use one up. I also love that pop of black in her title, the butterfly and in her photo mats so I’ve drawn inspiration from that as well. Here is my page….

Even though I had her ‘scrap-lift’ to work with, I wanted to make the page my own, so to start, I pulled out a delicate cut file from my stash. This one is from CUT to YOU. I will admit, I totally cheated here and used it as the base for my page design, instead of adding the mixed media that Kim used. Whist I love it on her page, I’m not super confident with getting messy so I stuck to what I know and love.

I went with the ‘Garland‘ pattern paper for my background for my page as I wanted something that my white cut file could be layered over and still stand out. Next up, I went about backing my photos, for this, I’ve used the ‘Unscripted‘ pattern paper, I’ve also used this to back just the centre flowers of my cut file.

Working with her design, I’ve pulled out a frame from the ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. I’ve positioned my cut file base, photos and the chipboard frame in keeping with her layout composition.

It was now time to work on the embellishment clusters. For this, I’ve simply pulled out a stack of elements from the collection including this round element from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as fussy cutting some butterflies from the ‘Lacewing‘ paper.

I’ve also included florals from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘, stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘, a bow, AND a flair button from the ‘Flair Pack‘. For my title, I’ve gone with the ‘Hello’ sentiment from the ‘Foam Title Stickers Pack‘. This part of the page was the easiest and most fun. I simply kept her main design elements in mind and positioned similar things in similar positions.

To finish the page, I felt like it needed a hint more of that pop of black, so I’ve gone with the ‘Natural Beauty‘ pattern paper to frame my page. To finish everything off, I pulled some of the gold ‘Sparkle Enamel dots‘ from the ‘Wild At Heart‘ collection. I just love these ones, so pretty and sparkly!

Thanks for popping by today and a special thank you to Kim Arnold for the inspiration for this page and everyone who played along with the challenges over the INSD weekend. It really was so fun to see everyone’s creations!

Until next time,




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