Craft A Happy Life | Happiness Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friends today I have a fun ‘no people’ layout to share created using the stunning Happiness collection. My daughter bought me this super cute bowel for my craft room, perfect for bling I say!

I firstly cut a piece of white cardstock down to 8 x 9 inches  before adding it to the Little Things paper. I added floral die cuts to each side, layering them over each other and adding extra leaves and sprigs.

I used a heart background cut file from the Silhouette Design store. I used a die cut frame from the Happiness ephemera pack and added my photo over the cut file. I typed my journalling and added under my photo. I have used the Meadow paper to cut the heart background.

My title Craft A Happy Life is a cut file from Cut to You (created by Gwen). You will see that some of the letters I have added with foam tape to add visual interest. I have used the Expressive paper to create my title. I tucked the date/year in amongst the floral bunch.

I finished my layout off adding a paint splotch clear sticker from the collection finished off with a die cut butterfly.

I love how this layout turned out, light, bright and pretty!  Thank you for stopping by today and if you have any questions  leave me a comment and I will respond. Have a great week and see you again soon!

Rachel X


You Are Lovely | Happiness Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share my latest design team project with you. I am sure you have all seen the stunning new ‘Unforgettable’ collection that was revealed over the weekend? Such a beautiful range, I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Until then, I am still busying myself with the ‘Happiness’ collection, which I used to create this page.

I began my layout with the gorgeous floral print of the Meadow paper, which I wanted to use as a base. I then cut a piece of white cardstock down to 10×10″ and adhered it over the top, which left a 1″ border around the sides.

I then set about creating some layers in the centre of my page where my photos were going to be placed. I started with a piece of wood grain print paper from the 6×8″ paper pad; which I layered with a piece cut from the Frame of Mind paper; then topped it off with a yellow painted stripe cut from the Radiant paper from the More Than Words collection.

Once I had worked out exactly where my photos were going to be placed, I also added a scrap of the Expressive paper (that I had previously used to cut some hearts from); and a tag from the Die Cut Ephemera pack tucked in above my photos.

To embellish my page I started with a die cut flower pot and a rosette, which I placed on either side of my photos; along with a small tab that I added onto my layers above.

For my page title, I used the word lovely (also from the ephemera pack), which I adhered using foam tape to pop it up from the page. I paired this with the you are small phrase sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet. To help ground my title, I also added a floral frame from the ephemera pack, which I tucked in behind.

I couldn’t resist adding some butterflies, so I fussy cut a handful of different coloured ones from the Bright & Beautiful paper and placed them in the top left and bottom right corners of my page to give a sense of movement through my design. I then added an extra one alongside my photos to provide the final point for my “butterfly triangle”.

I finished off my page with the stay colourful banner along the bottom edge, a few hearts from the Clear Sticker set and some small splatters of pink and yellow mist.

That’s all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out your stash and get creative too. (Besides, you need to make room for the new ‘Unforgettable’ collection anyway, right?!) If you haven’t entered for your chance to win the entire ‘Unforgettable’ collection yet, then hurry – there are only two days left to enter! You can head to the giveaway post HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Family Memories | Midnight | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family and welcome back to another blog post!

I am so excited to be playing with Midnight again for this one. I’ve been playing around with using one of the premodern cut-file backgrounds but I never really took the leap because they’re so beautiful and I was afraid I would ruin it. Well, today I decided to throw all that self doubt out the window and make something with that large circle element.
I decided to scrap a photo of my teammates and I. These women have been life changing for me since the day I met them and we really are a family, so this was a perfect photo to work with. I also opted to print it in color instead of in black and white because I knew the soft tones in the Midnight collection would work with all the colors we’re wearing in the photo.
I created a huge photo mat using three papers from the 6×8 patterned paper book, and just layered my photo over and over until I ran out of paper. Then, which is a bit unusual for for, I stuck my title down to my photo. Normally, my title is the last element I put down on a layout but I knew I wanted it directly on the picture so I just went for it. Next, I used a combination of the ephemera pack, cardstock stickers and clear stickers to embellish the space around my photo. I propped my photo up on kid’s fun foam and then stuck the embellishments around it. One of my favorite things to do on a layout that is as soft as this one is to play with dimension, so I love propping some elements on the page higher than others. I think it adds visual interest and texture to the page. Also, combining different textures in the elements used, like mixing cardstock, chipboard, and clear stickers adds interest and fun to the page.
After I created my main element, I decided to make a counterbalance to kind of even the page out. On the opposite corner, I used the same embellishments to create a kind of cluster that just adds a bit more interest to the page. I aimed for a nice diagonal line because that’s my preferred style for pages like this, especially with the large circle element in the background. I finished the layout off with some cardstock and clear heart stickers, propping some up on foam dots and leaving some level on the page. I wanted one more bit of dimension, so I added a flair button to the right side of the layout, played around with adding another, and quit while I was ahead. I’ll never be accused of being a neat and tidy scrapbooker, but I think that’s part of my charm.
That’s all I have for you today, friends! I hope you found inspiration here to stop hoarding a favored supply, to pull out your patterned paper and photos, and make something fun today. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

Winter Moments | Midnight | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

It’s Mandy here with you today, and I have layout to share that I created for ‘Sisters Day’. I love scrapbooking photos of my girls, and what a perfect reason to document this gorgeous photo of the two of them together! I used the beautiful Midnight collection to create this layout, and I love how pretty the soft pinks and blues look together!

I started my layout off with the Moonlight patterned paper as the background, and I added some machine stitching around the edge of the page to give it some additional texture. Next I cut the word ‘winter’ on my Silhouette Cameo using a free cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I backed the word with vellum to give it a soft, frosted look, and then I adhered it using small pieces of foam tape to give it some dimension. Using the same cut file, I also cut a few snowflakes out of the reverse side of the Mixed Blessings patterned paper to embellish my page.

I matted my photo with the reverse side of the Bloom & Grow patterned paper, and I adhered it to the right of the cut file. I also tucked a tab from the sticker sheet under the right hand side of the photo.

I completed my title using the chipboard word ‘moments’. I love using different elements to create fun and interesting titles like this! You can also see here that I added a flair button to the centre of one of the snowflakes. Underneath the title I added a little word sticker and a banner die cut that says ‘All Smiles’.

I love the texture and interest that the snowflakes add to the layout! I added a couple of die cuts and a chipboard heart to the centre of the one in the top right hand corner. I finished the layout off by adding a few clear stickers, a couple of die cut flowers, and some sparkly Wild at Heart enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I hope that you’ve been inspired by my ‘Sisters’ themed layout! I’ll be back later in the month to share some more inspiration with you.

Mandy x


Hi Creative Friends,

It’s Gwen with you on the blog today sharing a very special page.  Today is International Sister’s day and to celebrate, I’ve created a page that documents my relationship with my sister.   It features the stunning ‘Happiness’ collection and a photo taken with my sister at a lunch outing we had recently.

The inspiration for this page absolutely started with my photo.  I love how blue that sky is behind us and was immediately drawn to the blue watercolour design of the ‘Good Times’ pattern paper.  I then took a cut file from my stash, this one from CUT to YOU as it was perfect for today’s theme celebrating sisters.  I’ve cut it out as a statement title for my page using the ‘Botanical Bliss’ pattern paper.  I wanted a real contrast between the file and the background for my layout which I had planned to make white.  I backed it with the stunning blue watercolour pattern paper; ‘Good Times’.

With my cut file sorted, I went to work on the design of my page.  I mounted my photo with the ‘Expressive’ pattern paper and then backed on foam for dimension and added machine stitching.  Once I was sure where these large elements were going to go, the page looked a little too plain for what I had in mind, so I thought it might be fun to add a little bit of mixed media onto my background.

I’ve added clear gesso to some thick white cardstock and then used some mists, spraying and moving around the colour until I was happy.  I like my mixed media to be a little subtle and soft, but do love the addition it makes to this page.  It adds another layer of detail and softens the plain white background I had previously.

Once my background was dry, I’ve added my cut file (with foam tape for dimension) and my photo… Now it was time for some embellishing!

I began by fussy cutting out some pink butterflies from the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper.  I also pulled out some of the floral pieces from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack.  I then went about creating a floral cluster down the right-hand side of my photo.  I then scattered the butterflies over my page and added a few more elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  The bow you see below has been cut with a die with some of the scrap ‘Botanical Bliss’ pattern paper.

To finish the page off, I’ve grabbed some sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and added.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the ‘Happiness’ collection, it is one of my favourites!  And, if you have a sister, why not create a special page to celebrate her; I bet she’s awesome like mine! xo

Until next time,




NEW Unforgettable Collection | Reveal & Give Away!

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I’m so excited to reveal our much anticipated new collection, and I am so smitten with this one… I hope you will be too!

This collection is elegant and bright, bursting with our famous watercolours, florals and everyday sentiments.  Versatile elements with a focus on documenting our stories, combined with gorgeous patterned papers will be perfect for feminine and everyday pages.  We have brought back some old favourites, as well as some fun and on trend new products to this line that I’m sure you will love!

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

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Happy Vibes | Happiness | Anita Bownds

Hi crafty friends,

 sharing a fun layout of our kitty Luna using the happiness collection 

So you might remember last month I shared a layout using the layered fringe behind a cut file and because I had some of that beautiful layered fringe leftover from that project I wanted to use it on another layout .

I started with white cardstock and a (flower 290299) cut file from Paige Evans from white cardstock and back with vellum.

Using the layered fringed pattern paper good vibes and the same pattern paper from the 6×8 paper pad

I added the fringe paper to the left hand side of my cardstock and with the 6×8 piece of pattern paper I trimmed about a inch off one side and tucked the biggest piece underneath the fringed paper and the 1 inch to the right hand side of the layout


Then using the leaves of the cut file I cut apart I then tucked just underneath the strip of pattern paper.

Then to add a flower I used a (layered flower with leaves 288406) cut file from Paige Evans that I cut out of meadow pattern paper and layered the flowers together making 2 a bigger and smaller for the smaller I added a flower from the ephemera in the centre and then a brad to add more texture and dimension. Then I started clustering more of the ephemera

I backed my photo with papers from the 6×8 paper Pad and using a few to layer behind my photo and adhered it down using some double sided foam tape. Then I added the big flower on top of a vellum backed flower And adding a flair button in the centre.

I tucked another set of vellum backed leaves behind my photo layers and added my title using the cardstock titles I then added some rhinestones around the big flower and around the cluster of ephemera 

And to finish of the layout with some cardstock stickers at the top of the photo.

check out how this process video came together


You can watch how this layout came together on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel here:

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration today!!

Happy crafting friends..xx

Friendship | Boys Rule Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello there! It’s Kylie back with you all on the blog today, sharing another fun project I have been working on. Since yesterday was International Friendship Day, I thought I would work on some Traveler’s Notebook pages featuring my boy and his very best friend Maximus- Our much loved (*cough- and spoilt) pup.

The “Boys Rule” collection was perfect for my photos and I found my pages came together very easily thanks to all the cute die cuts and stickers I could use to enhance my pages.

Using off cut strips of paper, I love to create borders for my pages overlapping each other, even tucking my photo behind one. They really help to frame my page. The ‘You and Me’ title phrases I borrowed from the ‘Midnight’ collection.

I mostly used the 6 x 8 paper pad to back each TN page. It’s pages are the perfect size to cut down and it also limits waste. I lined each page with a different design making sure they were cut slightly smaller than the TN page. This gives each page the appearance of a white border. **TIP- Once you have cut the background paper for the first page, use it as a template for your remaining pages to ensure each is the exact same size.

Using the frames from the die cut pack, I layered them over each other to back one of my photos.

Some of the phrase die cuts were a perfect addition to my photos and the story I was preserving. I used lots of the arrows as well as the star die cuts to layer over my images or to fill any spaces that needed balance.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Traveler’s Notebook today and that it inspires you a little to fill your own pages.

Take care,

Kylie xo

Beautiful Friends | Happiness Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

Happy International Friendship Day! It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a layout created especially for International Friendship Day!

I have used the gorgeous Happiness collection to document a photo of some beautiful friends – you may recognise a few familiar faces in this photo…one being Zoe – the owner and founder of Cocoa Vanilla Studio, and 2 of my fellow CVS design team members – Raquel Bowman and Sue Plumb.I started out by choosing a free cut file from Paige Evans Happy Scrappy Place on Facebook, I cut it out from white textured cardstock. I then chose some of the gorgeous patterned papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad to back the layers of petals. I started with the floral one then a solid colour and then went to a smaller floral again. I LOVE how it turned out! I love the array of florals and colours all mixed together! One it was all backed, I considered machine stitching the cut file, but decided against it when it would have been a bit fiddly. I chose the ‘B’ side of the rainbow stripe paper as my background and popped the cut file up using craft foam.I matted my photo with one of the gorgeous pink papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad and also layered another scrap piece I had laying around. I popped the photo and the layers up using craft foam also. I cut out the ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ quotes from the frames paper and tucked that into the left of my photo. This photo was taken right before a really fun night out together so the Fun, Fun, Fun was perfect to add! I think that’s what friendship is all about, having a blast together! I had to cut out some of the gorgeous rainbow butterflies to scatter around the cut file. I popped these up using foam dots and also curled up their wings with my fingers.

My title is made up of 2 of the cardstock titles from the Happiness collection. Of course the word ‘Friends’ had to appear on the page and I decided on ‘Beautiful’ for the first word. I popped up the title with foam dots and then chose a few small embellishments like the heart and small flower die-cuts and the ‘Good Stuff’ ticket to add. Lastly I added some of the phrase accessory stickers that were suited to the page and also the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! Do you have a friend or 2 that you have photos of? Get creating and document those fun times together all in honour of International Friendship Day!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Best | Hello Sunshine Collection | Anna Komenda

Hello friends.

As many of you know, I am a big fan of colorful designs. The more colors, the better and a whole rainbow is a perfect solution. I also love scrapping summer photos and memories and this was was pretty special.

I had a great pleasure to join this year’s Creative Escape retreat in Coffs Harbour. The venue, where the retreat is happening, has an access to amazing beach and I loved walking there. I snapped many photos and girls were kind enough to print some for me.

I reached for one of my favorite CVS collections – “Hello Sunshine” and made a rainbow page. Two pleasures in one attempt.

The “Hello Sunshine” collection is almost completely out of stock, but you may find some pieces remaining in the big sale happening now. You can shop the sale HERE

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks. I will have for you another layout to share.

XO Anna

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