Love This Happy Life | Happiness Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi there Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the stunning Happiness collection!

This week we are focusing on what makes us happy. I decided to document a photo of myself in London 2 years ago. Travelling is another of my passions along with scrapbooking of course!

I have been lucky enough to have been to London 3 times now and will be going back again next year, so excited!  I started off by choosing a few of my favourite patterned papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad from the Happiness collection and I also chose a cut file design from The Cut Shoppe, I cut the design out from white cardstock and then used the papers to back the design. The 6′ x 8′ paper pads are perfect for this kind of technique as it saves you cutting into a 12′ x 12′ inch paper when you are only wanting a small piece. I arranged the hearts how I liked them and then adhered them down to another piece of white textured cardstock. Some of them overlap each other and some of them stand alone. I matted my photo in another of the papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad and also tucked in one of the die-cut frames from the ephemera pack. I placed my photo over the biggest of all the hearts and then began to embellish.  I chose to trim down the white cardstock and I used one of the pink 12′ x 12′ papers as the background paper.  I cut one of the quotes from another of the 12′ x 12′ papers to use as part of my title and also added one of the cardstock titles to complete my title. To embellish, I did a bit of tone on tone embellishing where I added a similar colour to the one already there. I mainly used the die-cut hearts and flowers from the ephemera pack, however I also added some of the cute phrase accessory stickers and some of the clear stickers too. I love the banner that says ‘The Best’ so that had to make it onto my page somewhere, its also from the ephemera pack. Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog! I hope I have inspired you to get out your Happiness collection and create with it. Don’t have this collection yet? You need it!!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Take Life One Cup At A Time | Happiness Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends! Today is all about what makes you happy (no people allowed), a great theme for a scrapbooking layout. Mine was an easy choice being a coffee lover and having the best coffee shop close by. I have used Happiness Collection as I love it so much.

I started off choosing a cut file and this one from the Silhouette Design store was just perfect (and generally how I do my life, one cup at a time lol!).

I  made my stacking cups first by adding machine stitching, adding two hearts on the centre cup to create contrast, layering them into each other and adding with foam tape to add dimension.

I then added my photo using a die cut frame, adding with foam tape so I could add a floral bunch die cut under it. I used phrase sticker as my journalling finishing off with two hand punched hearts (again added with foam tape).

I paper backed my title and to tie it to my embellishment clusters I added die cut butterflies coming out of the cups. My white cardstock is cut down to 10×10 inches and I used Botanical Bliss paper to create my border. I finished my layout off adding one of the clear sticker paint brush strokes in bright pink.


No matter what makes you happy, scrap it, one day my fav coffee shop probably wont be around but this memory will be. Thank you for stopping by today, have a wonderful week with some time to get creative!

Rachel X




Happy Day | Happiness Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I am sharing a mixed media layout I created for my daughter to celebrate her 11th birthday. I used the gorgeous ‘Happiness’ collection for this one, because birthdays are pure happiness – right?!

I started my page with the gorgeous indigo colour on the reverse side of the Botanical Bliss paper as my background. I adore this colour, as well as the random marked pattern of the paper. I wanted to create a contrasting focal area for my page, so used some pale pink acrylic paint that I applied roughly with a silicone spatula.

Once the paint was dry it was time to add some papery layers. I used a variety of pieces – the black and white heart print on the reverse of the So Fresh paper; the gorgeous tiny floral of the Meadow paper; and a little scrap of the Good Vibes paper that I had previously punched some hearts from.

Included in my layers was also a beautiful Cocoa Vanilla floral cut file – this one was from the Colour Me Happy cut file set and was cut from white cardstock. This provided a great contrast against the dark background.

I also added a section of the beautiful wreath design that I had fussy cut from the So Fresh paper, which I tucked under the bottom left corner of my photos over the top of the cut file.

Amongst my layers I tucked in a couple of tickets from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as some extra floral pieces; then added a heart, butterfly and some of the small word / phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

Finally, I added three extra tiny blooms from the ephemera pack and a title using the words happy and day from the Cardstock Titles pack and I was done!

I am so happy with how this layout came together, and am still crushing on this stunning range!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Happy Beautiful Moments | Midnight | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome back to another blog post! For this one, I was really inspired by a recent photo I had taken of our one year old kittens, Minerva and Astoria, and I wanted to make something that felt airy and almost dreamy, as that’s how this photo makes me feel.

Of course, I chose the Midnight collection as it’s almost fairy like with the color palette, loose and open florals, and the images of sprites mixed into the collection. Midnight is easily one of my favorite collections that has launched in a very long time. To start off the layout, I decided to play with something I do with a lot of layouts – I normally cut off piece of the background and add a swatch of color to add some fun and interest. Well, on this layout, I decided to do it in reverse, choosing four patterned papers and distressing them before arranging them on my background. I made the decision to add a swatch of blue to the opposite side since it was such a dark and stark color, and I think adding it to both sides anchors the layout.

Next, I began to work on my embellishments. I knew I wanted my photo on the relatively white space with the title cascading down and embellishments and ephemera in a horizontal line extending from the photo. I pulled out the chipboard embellishment pack as well as the card-stock stickers and a few labels that I cut out from the cut apart sheet.

First I chose my title, choosing to mix the texture of cardstock and chipboard. After doing that, I matted my photo on a sheet from the 6×8″ paper pad and then arrange some chipboard frames over top and behind it. Next, I used a mix of the cardstock stickers and the chipboard embellishments to create a cluster to the left and right of the photo. I used a few elements from the ephemera pack but a great majority of the embellishments are stickers. My favorite thing to do with them is to use a powder tool to remove their stickiness and then using them the same way you would use cardstock ephemera.

Finally, I glued my cluster down to the page and then placed my title underneath. To add some weight to the the layout and to balance out the bottom heavy feel, I used three chipboard hearts and placed them to the right of the photo and called this layout good. I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite things I’ve made in a very long time.


That’s all I have for you today, friends! I hope you found inspiration here, pull out your patterned paper and photos, and make something fun today. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

Together | Midnight Collection | Gwen Wruck

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for popping by the blog!  Gwen with you today sharing a new layout featuring the stunning ‘Midnight’ collection.  This collection is another of my most favourites.  The navy teamed with the soft pinks are absolute winners in my book.  This page features my daughter from many many years ago and her daddy having a sweet moment in the middle of a family photoshoot.  I really have forgotten how small she was, another beautiful reminder of why we scrapbook right!

I started the idea for this page with this stunning paper “Shine Bright“.  I usually go for a white or softer background but this for this page I wanted something more dramatic.  I love how Zoe has done all that water-colouring for me!  No mess, and pure perfection on the page.

I then pulled from my stash this “Bows on Strings” cut file (from CUT to YOU) and backed it with the “Inky Depths” pattern paper.  I have tried to use the darker portions of this pattern paper as I was really wanting some contrast between that bright background, the white in the cut file and the beautiful deep navy.  I’ve not backed all the pieces of the file, I wanted to keep some open for interest.

Before I could get to work positioning my elements, I backed my photo.  For this, I’ve used the “Sophisticated” pattern paper and some white tissue from my stash.  I’ve made sure to position the stripes running across the page rather than up and down; I didn’t want them to compete with the vertical lines of the cut file.

Next up, before I had a position for anything sorted, I really wanted to lock in my title.  I find when I use larger title pieces, it is important to fit them in when designing the layout for the page.  If left until the last thing, I often find I have no space for it.  I’ve chosen the word ‘Together’ from the “Die Cut Title Pack“. That choice made, it was now a matter of positioning the cut file, my photo and the tile onto my background paper.

Next up, I’ve added in some pretty embellishments.  Firstly, all three of the butterflies from the “Accessory Stickers sheet”  <<who doesn’t need a whole sheet just of these>>  and then some die-cut elements from the “Die Cut Ephemera” pack.  I often mount these on 3D foam for added dimension. Lastly, I added the flair from the “Flair button pack” that coordinates with the collection and a sprinkling of sequins from my stash.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,



Beautiful | Happiness Collection | Anita Bownds

Hey there crafty peeps!

Anita here with you today sharing a layout using the Happiness collection. My idea behind this layout was to use that beautiful rainbow pattern paper underneath a big cut file. I decided on this heart cut file from Paige Evans as I’m a big fan of hearts. I used a photo of my daughter Eve as she love playing with filters on her phone.

I started with white cardstock and cut out the pie chart heart cut file. Then using Good Vibes and my paper trimmer I cut strips at 1 inch of each of the colours on the pattern paper. Using my fringe scissors I add a fringe to each strip.

Then I layered them – just overlapping them and adhering them together. Once I had enough to cover the cut file I then adhered the heart on top of the layered fringed pattern paper and added some machine stitching around the border of the cut file.

Next I layered white cardstock on to meadow pattern paper to add a border around the edge of my white cardstock.

Then using double sided foam tape I added it to the backed cut file and adhered it in the center of my layout to add more dimension.

I grabbed a chipboard frame from the Boys Rule chipboard pack and adhered my photo to it. Next, using Sprinkles patterned paper, I matted my photo with the chipboard frame onto the patterned paper then adhered it down. I then started adding some Happiness ephemera around the photo.

I used a chipboard title from the Midnight chipboard pieces and popped it up on double sided foam tape on the bottom of my photo. Then using another cut file moth I backed it with Expressive pattern paper and add it to the top left hand corner of my heart.

And lastly I added a mini bow on top of the the tassels from the Happiness ephemera pack, and a few enamel heart dots to finish it off.

I hope this has inspired you to add a fringe or two to your projects. don’t forget to check out my process video here

Happy crafting everyone…Anita. xx


Beautiful | Happiness Collection | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy here with you today to share my take on the “do-over” theme! I decided to re-work a masculine layout that I created with the Boys Rule collection, and I created a feminine version using the gorgeous Happiness collection. I really enjoyed this theme, as I don’t often scraplift myself, and it was definitely a lot of fun! I documented a photo of my youngest daughter Eleanor, taken when we visited the Hunter Valley Gardens recently.

Here’s my original layout that I used as inspiration for this page…

As you can see, I kept the basic design of the page the same, but I flipped it horizontally so that my photo would be over on the right hand side of the page rather than the left. I did this so that my daughter would be facing into the centre of the page rather than away from it, as I think this helps to keep the viewer’s eye from drifting off the page. I used both sides of the Expressive patterned paper, as well as the reverse side of the Bright & Beautiful paper to create the layers behind my photo. I also used one of the papers from the 6×8 paper pad.

I matted my photo using the reverse side of the Botanical Bliss patterned paper, which I think helps it to really pop off the page, and then I adhered it using craft foam for added dimension. I also added my title across the bottom of the photo using one of the words from the cardstock titles pack. I love how easy it is to add a title to your layouts using these, and there are so many words to choose from in the pack!

I created a pretty floral cluster under the top right hand corner of the photo using a few of the floral die cuts from the collection. I also tucked the ‘fun’ die cut under the right hand side of the photo, and added a butterfly sticker to the cluster as well.

To give the layout a diagonal flow, and to balance out the cluster in the top right, I added another floral cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo. This one I fussy cut out of the Botanical Bliss patterned paper. I added a couple more butterflies to the page, cut from one of the 6×8 papers, and then finished the layout off with a sprinkling of clear stickers and enamel dots.

It was so much fun being able to re-create one of my older layouts, and it made this page come together really quickly as the design of the layout was already taken care of. And even though it is a scraplift, I like that the new layout actually ended up turning out quite different to the first layout, so it still looks original!

I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout today! Thanks so much for joining me here!

Mandy x

Beautiful | Happiness Collection | Anna Komenda

Hello friends. Today I have a fun project to share with you. We are having “Do over” theme this week on CVS blog which means redoing some old project using new line. It’s a fun form of scraplifting and I think it’s an excellent idea for anyone struggling with no mojo. I decided to do over this page from last year…

The original page was created with amazing “Midnight” collection. This line has such a pretty color scheme and I love how soft and delicate this page turned out. Summer makes me want to play with more saturated color palette, that’s why I decided to make similar page using rainbow patterns.

I treated the original layout as a sketch and recreated the stripes of papers. This kind of design is perfect to use some smaller paper pads, like 6*8 one used for this one. I love bright, happy colors of the newest line called “Happiness” and had such a pleasure making this layout.

All strips are the same size, but I only used tiny amount of glue to glue them. I sew through every strip with white thread and ruffled the edges adding more dimension. Because of the colorful patterns, I decided to use white background. I also used “So Fresh” paper to back it and create a heart frame for my page.

With such a busy background I didn’t need a lot of embellishments. I picked few flowers and butterflies from ephemera pack and added a title using word from die cut titles. I finished my composition with clear stickers, placing them over the white background. I love how this page turned out.

I encourage you to play along, scraplifting your own older pages, especially the ones you really like. It is such a great fun. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks. I will have for you another colorful layout to share.

XO Anna

“Stars & Stripes” TN Pages | You Rock and Flying High Collections | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share my take on this week’s “Stars or Stripes” theme that the DT have been tasked with. For this challenge I decided to create some traveler’s notebook spreads, as I have recently been working to getting more stories documented for my children. Each of my kids have their own books, and the focus of these is to use of some of the “extra” photos that don’t make it onto layouts. (I have found searching through my Facebook timeline to be a valuable resource for this, as I have often shared funny stories of things they have done or said. The fact I am also able to access an accompanying photo and the date it happened makes the whole process so much easier.)

This first spread uses the fabulous ‘You Rock’ collection, which features lots of stars and stripes. It also featured colours that were perfect for my photos.

I tend to have a “go to” formula when creating these spreads. I choose a patterned paper first (in this case the Galactic paper), then cut a piece and stick it either side of the spine so that it carries across both pages. I don’t necessarily use both pages for the same story, but try to choose photos that will work with the colours. (Here, the red of his shirts that meant these two memories could share a spread.) I also pre-print out my journalling and cut it out.

Once the paper is in place and I have decided roughly where my photos and journalling will go, it is simply a matter of filling the space with a variety of embellishments. Due to the nature of these books, I usually stick with flat things, such as die cut ephemera, stickers and cut apart papers. (I have found this is a great way to use up some of those left-overs you have.)

For my second spread (which documented a range of funny reasons my toddler son cried); I again used the ‘You Rock’ collection, this time starting with the wood grain print of the Plus One paper as it featured vertical “stripes”.

I didn’t have a photo of my son actually crying during any of these moments, so just used a photo of him (and his twin brother) that was taken during the same month. To decorate my spread I used a variety of Die Cut Ephemera pieces and some Accessory Stickers. In keeping with the theme, I also added two strips of the star print Washi Tape Stickers down the sides.

That die cut “everything is better when you’re laughing” was perfect for this spread, because I certainly laughed at the time!

For my third spread, I decided to bust some stash – going all the way back to the ‘Flying High’ collection. As this page was documenting some of the reasons my other son had cried, I simply used the same photo I had on his brother’s spread; then chose a different story that worked with the colour scheme for the opposing page.

I started with a piece of the Little Star paper and a scrap of the Flight Path paper, which were both perfect for the “Stars &amp; Stripes” theme. (I even stuck with an American red, white and blue palette for this spread.) To embellish my page I only used stickers from the ‘Flying High’ 12×12″ Accessory Sticker sheet and then finished off with some felt pens and a date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share these with you. If you have been thinking about trying this style of memory keeping I would encourage you to do so – it’s a great way to document some of those “extra” photos and stories and a great way to use up scraps too.

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

You Are Awesome | Boys Rule | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty peeps!!
Anita here with you today, sharing a layout using the Boys Rule collection
For our stars or stripes themed week and yep you guessed it I’m using more of Paige Evans cut files.
So I kinda knew how I wanted the layout to look with the stars behind and the big awesome title in the center
So first off I started by cutting out the Awesome cut file in white cardstock for my title.
And then I added my photo in the star shape then used fun and games and messed up pattern papers to back the words. Next I cut out the confetti stars background cut file on messed up pattern paper and back that with expressionist pattern paper.


Machine stitched a border around the edge of my layout.
I popped up the awesome title using double sided foam tape to add dimension so it didn’t look so flat against the stars and then added some extra words to my title using the chipboard pieces 
Then to finish off the layout I added boys rule ephemera and a couple of little word stickers from the
Boys rule Clear sticker sheet 




Check out my process video of how my layout came together.



I hope you have a wonderful day
Happy crafting …xx