Thankful | Daydream & Happiness Collections | Danni Visser

Hi there lovely Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a fun layout using a mix of old and new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections – Happiness and Daydream. I chose to marry these two collections because although they both have lots of pretty florals and butterflies, the colour palettes are quite different, with Daydream being beautifully soft and muted, and Happiness so bright and colourful. I really wanted to challenge myself to make the two collections work together, and I am really pleased with the result.

I have a photo of myself taken back in 2014 when I was in early pregnancy with my son; I had been suffering badly with morning sickness and this day was the first I felt well enough to get dressed up and go out, so I definitely wanted to celebrate that moment!

I started with the Sweet Serenity 12×12 patterned paper from Daydream, then took two pages from the Happiness 6×8 paper pad, layering them to make a large paper block in the centre of the layout to base my elements on. I also added a couple of strips of Over the Rainbow 12×12 patterned paper from Daydream because I love me some woodgrain!

I layered up some pieces from the Happiness Little Things 12×12 patterned paper behind my photo instead of matting it, and I also took one of the frames from the Happiness die cut ephemera to make a place for my journaling.

To jazz up my background a little I added some pink texture paste through a chevron-pattern stencil either side of my central paper block, elongating it to a more horizontal format. I went ahead and added a few tiny hearts with the same paste too, I just love little details like this.

For my title I chose the ‘Thankful’ die cut title from Happiness and layered it over my central paper block, overlapping my photo slightly. I chose to make two large embellishment clusters on this layout – I could have done a third but I wanted to keep most of my embellishments within that central paper block. I used a combination of accessory stickers from Happiness and die cut ephemera from Daydream to create my pretty floral clusters. I love the bright pops of pink from Happiness paired with the soft pinks and yellows from Daydream!

I decide to go all out with my clusters and added some die cut ephemera hearts and sequins from Daydream, plus some tiny word phrases from the Happiness accessory stickers. To finish it all off I added a Daydream flair and two die cut butterflies, with some pearl drops as flight trails. I really love how soft and pretty this turned out with those bright pops of happy colour shining through. I also really love using that frame to give me lots of journaling space, definitely something I will be doing again in future!

I really hope you enjoyed joining me for this layout today. There is a process video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch it come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


Find beauty in little moments | Daydream Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello friends. It’s Anna Komenda here with another page created with amazing “Daydream” collection. I am still not ready to move to christmas projects, enjoying beautiful, fall color palette. I have bunch of new and shiny photos of my girls taken in the nearby forest and I picked one to scrapbook. They look so adorable together holding hands. This little moment made me melt in tenderness. It also made me think how important it is to cherish them and scrapbook even small things, not only those big ones.

Inspired by the forest, I reached for paper called “Over the rainbow”, with pretty wooden texture, and used is as a base of my page. Next step was to cut word “beauty” using my digital die cutting machine and “Sun shower” paper. I wanted letters to be bold and big. To spice things even more, I run each letter through floral embossing folder, giving them unique texture. I highlighted the “bumps” with golden ink.

You know I am a big fan of fussy cutting so I took paper called “Garden variety” and cut out most of the flower clusters from one sheet. I placed them around my letters to make everything more cute and feminine. The same thing happend with butterflies from paper called “All aflutter”.

After such a bold intro with the title I knew I needed to be more modest with the photo to make it stand against the big title. That’s why I didn’t add any paper layers under it. I only embellished it with the rainbow from ephemera pack and few flower leftovers.

Fabric heart and cute flair buttons are fantastic do add some finishing touch to the page. They also give this special texture. Brown, wooden paper makes everything pop from the background. I used gold, foam thickers to finish the title adding few words that all together sound: “Find beauty in little moments”. This is something I need to remember, especially recently. “Daydream” collection has so many faces and I have seen so many amazing projects made with it from my fellow DT girls. Each layout look so different. I just love that with one line you can scrapbook fall, cute baby photos, rain and puddles adventures and unicorns and rainbows. I still haven’t said the last word here too.

Thank you so much for stopping by and spreading your love in comments. See you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Sweet Heart | Daydream Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, its Melissa and I’m back with you today to share another layout that I made with the gorgeous ‘DAYDREAM’ collection.  I’m nearly ready to start creating Christmas layouts, but first I wanted to create a layout with the signature paper from this range called ‘OVER THE RAINBOW’, and I’m sure you’ll know which paper I’m talking about because it has the woodgrain on the A side and the rainbow on the B side.  I’ve seen a lot of beautiful layouts created with both sides of this paper, and I wanted to challenge myself to use the rainbow with hand stitching.

I also wanted to challenge myself to use more that one paper for my background. The ‘SUN SHOWER’ paper was perfect with the raindrops, and then I used ‘SWEET SERENITY’ for the remainder of the background.  I love the way that the rainbow stops the rain!!

I started by cutting apart the rainbow, and then I pulled matching threads in each of the colours.  Last time I created with Daydream I did some hand stitching on one of the ephemera rainbows, and I decided I wanted to recreate that to really help the rainbow shine.  I especially love stitching sequins, and all of the sequins on this layout are from the ‘SEQUINS & FLOWERS’ pack. I even stitched the tiny gold sequins in the zig zag pattern printed on the paper.

For my embellishment I predominantly used fussy cut floral clusters from ‘GARDEN VARIETY’ and I love how they look with around my photo and tucked under pieces of the rainbow.  Of course I had to use a ‘PUFFY HEART’ too!!

As explained in my journalling, the photo is a sweet photo of my youngest daughter Ava which I took in our local deli!  I found that the best place for my journalling was in the centre of the smallest part of the rainbow.

I also added some of the phrases from the ‘ACCESSORY STICKERS’ which are always perfect if you don’t journal, or if you want a couple of words to help tell your story.  The papers that mat my photo are from the ‘6X8 PAPER STACK’ and I purposefully chose papers that were darker to contrast against all of the lighter rainbow colours. 

Sometimes I really struggle with the words for a title for my layout, and I love that I found a title for my page easily from the ‘DIE CUT TITLES’.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about my thoughts behind the creation of my layout!  I have a process video that you can watch below.


Take care

Melissa xx





Hello sister | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hi CVS friends! It’s Anna here with you again with a new layout. The focus of my layouts are usually my daughters, but for today’s project, I decided to use this picture of me and my sister. We both prefer to be behind the camera, but sometimes we have fun taking some selfies.

For my background, I made some mixed media on a watercolor sheet with pink and blue pigment powders. Then, I covered the top half of the page with two ripped papers. I used the B side of the Pretty Bits paper from the Unforgettable Collection and also the B side from the Daisy Days paper from the Daydream Collection.

I framed my photo with this wood polaroid frame from the Daydream Die Cut Ephemera pack and raised it with foam to make it stand out. I embellished it all around by creating clusters of flowers from the die cut pack too. I tried to give some dimension to the page raising some flowers with foam dots.


For my title, I used the word “hello” from the More than words collection chipboard titles. I put it on top of the frame, and below it, I used an old foam alphabet that I had in my stash to spell the word sister. I completed the title with one of the stickers from the Daydream Accessory Stickers.

On the left side of the Hello, I glued a puffy fabric heart from the Daydream collection. I’m so in love with these hearts.

Finally, I cut a strip from the Garden Variety paper and use a scallop border punch. I lifted the edges and placed it on the top of my page to accentuate the romantic look of the page. I also scattered some hearts and butterflies die cuts.

I love how it turned out, so girly and romantic. I hope it gives you some inspiration. That’s a simple design to use when you’re stuck.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! See you very soon with another project!

Anna xx




Christmas Memories 2019 | Merry & Bright Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello, it’s Michelle here today and boy do I have a project share with you all this week. I suggest you sit down with a cuppa and have a read as theres a lot to share in this little post. If you cant tell by the title or sneak peek I’ve started an album to document last years December Memories using the magical new collection – Merry & Bright.

This collection is the perfect mix of Christmas and signature Cocoa Vanilla Studio designs. Full of beautiful colours, patterns and pretty florals which are all perfect for documenting an Aussie Christmas as theres not a snowflake insight. I’ve used the BRAND NEW Pocket Cards for this project as they make creating albums like these so fast. Pick a card and pop it in, pair it with a photo and call it done! You can jazz it up with a little ephemera, cut files, vellum and glitter. Don’t forget there’s also an A5 paper stack, 2 cut apart papers (Count Down & Oh What Fun), and some super cute gold puffy hearts that are all perfect for creating one magical album full of December Memories..

I’ve got half the album to share in this post today so apologies now for the photo overload. I’ll try not to write too much as there’s A LOT to get through

Lets begin…

The Album size I’ve used is 6x8inch and I’ve used a mix of different configurations in pocket pages. I kept the front opening page quite simple using a full A5 sheet in the Star Bright pattern, ‘Christmas’ and ‘Oh what fun’ tags are from the Oh What Fun cut apart paper, holly leaves from the ephemera pack, sticker from the Accessory sticker sheet and the numbers are from an ancient CCV collection.

Flipping over to the first pocket page – I’ve used another full A5 pattern paper Jingle All The Way with a piece of note paper sewn on to document the month ahead, then added some florals from the ephemera pack to the corner of the paper. You will see throughout the pockets of the albums I’ve used the Countdown paper to document most of the days, the numbers all cut down to just over 2inch square. For the right hand side I added the number to a pocket card using my tiny attacher

Heading over to the next page, sharing more of December 1 memories as a couple of things happened that day – our house elf arrived and I went out for dinner with my work colleagues. I created a ‘privacy shaker’ pocket to hide their faces using a flip flap pocket. Inside I’ve added the large floral cluster from the ephemera pack to some vellum and a tonne of glitter then used my sewing machine to stitch the edge closed. The ‘eat drink + be merry sticker is adhered to the outside along with the ephemera tag.

The shaker pocket turned out so cute.

Page 3… Still documenting the rest of December 1st haha  How stinkin cute are those little gingerbread houses! Our house Elf Twinkle didn’t seem to get up to too much mischief last year, hoping she’s on her best behaviour if she makes it back into the country this year.

I used another flip flap to add an extra layer of embellishments to this corner of the page. Those gold hearts are so soft and not bulky at all, its hard not to use them all in one go!

Over the page and I’ve used the smaller frame from the ephemera kit to frame a smaller photo and documented a not so fun trip to the doctors. Between these 2 pages I’ve added a vellum insert using the 3 ornament pieces from the ephemera pack

I sewed these to the vellum and added some stickers

Theres a larger frame in the ephemera pack too, I’ve used it on this side to document an early Christmas present I gave to myself and am still yet to use. Whoops.

Some pockets I left plain with just photos and cards. Not everything needs a bunch of words to document, the photo is enough. The other side of the page however needed some words. I used a label from the cut apart paper for one and a journalling card from the pocket cards pack for the other. This pack is FULL of different designs, quote cards, filler design cards and journalling cards. Each card has a design on both sides so every design in the pack can be used once or twice if you need.

December is a big month for everyone, even bigger for those of us who have a birthday to throw into the mix. Leila’s falls in the second week of December and last year we were lucky to be able to throw a party for her and some friends and cousins. So much fun.

I created another flip pocket with the journalling on top and photos underneath

The kids had so much fun. Faces blurred for privacy

Of course the birthday girl and her cake needed a special insert! I love adding inserts to pocket page albums to create a focal interest and break up all the smaller pockets. I created this one using a star cut file from CUT to YOU and adhered the photos back to front, either side of the cut file, and then the entire piece sewn into the pocket page to stop it from moving or falling out

The cute photo on the reverse is from the following day with more cake to celebrate with family at home

On the right side of the page are more photos documenting the family celebration, the day prior to her actual birthday.

Over page and more photos to document our Elf, a couple more filler pocket cards, a label from the cut apart paper Oh What Fun, fussy cut florals from the A5 version of Joy to the World

On the right I used a smaller pocket page made up of 2x2inch squares. I created a couple of mini shaker pockets using ephemera, stickers and a gold puffy heart sewn in using my machine after sprinkling each with glitter. I added a couple of photos of Leila to document her last night of being 8 and filled the rest with pattern papers

Over page again and Its an entire spread dedicated to her actual birthday. Photos of present opening, more pattern paper to fill in the blanks. Photos of our house Elf and the spectacle she set up overnight. We never know what mess we might come out to on Leilas birthday, but theres always a basket full of presents for Leila all Christmas themed. Our elf does this in place of a December 1st basket.

And were onto the last of the pages I’ve created for this album. Our tree finally came out of its box so I could finally use the cute ‘Oh Christmas tree’ card

and one last flip flap pocket just because!

Phew, did you get through that ok? I hope you enjoyed seeing the first half of last years December memories. I like to keep things pretty simple within my pocket pages branching out with a little shaker page or insert to add a little extra fun. Everything within the album is either adhered using a tape runner, tiny attacher or sewing machine to save on bulk as theres a lot more to add so I need to save space as best I can.

Well thats all from me today. Thank you so so SO much for stopping by and reading through all of that! I aim to get this album complete and ready to share in a future post so keep an eye out next month. For now be sure to share with us the Christmas Creations that you’re making. We love to see what you all create. And if you haven’t already RUN to one of the many Scrapbooking Stores that are carrying this collection and buy it all before it sells out ! You won’t regret it.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Tis The Season | Merry & Bright collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi friends!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog! Today I am very excited to be sharing my first design team layout using the AMAZING new Merry & Bright collection! I have documented a fun Christmas photo of my 2 sons from last year. Oh my goodness, seriously this collection is stunning! It is the perfect Christmas collection without being too over the top. The colours and all the elements are so gorgeous!! Even if you are not a fan of Christmas, this collection can be used for any themed project!

I decided to make good use of the 6′ x 8′ paper stack and began backing a holly wreath cut file design from CUT to YOU with the pretty papers in the stack. I tried to have the green for the holly leaves and I added red for the berries. The other florals I added a mixed floral paper and a striped paper. I will admit this did take some time but I feel the end result is worth it. Once the cut file was all backed, I turned it over and added craft foam to the bottom of the cut file.

I chose the Happy Holidays paper as my background paper and adhered the cut file at the top and bottom of the page to create a wreath shape. I then trimmed down the Happy Holidays paper a little smaller and matted it onto the Oh Christmas Tree paper. I like how this brings out the green/teal in the leaves in the cut file. On the top large in the cut file, I added one of the super cute gold puffy stars. See image below.

I matted my photo using some more of the 6′ x 8′ papers and also layered a paper doily underneath. I adhered the photo and mats to the lower centre of the wreath. I then cut the Tis The Season words from the Season’s Greetings paper for my title and adhered it using craft foam to the bottom of the photo.

I added the green Merry Christmas die-cut under the title and one of the beautiful flair buttons to the left of my photo. I also stapled a banner die-cut to the top left of the photo and adhered a heart die cut to the right of the photo. I tucked in some leaf sprig die-cuts into the cut file to enhance the wreath design.

Lastly I stamped the date stamp just below the heart die-cut of when the photo was taken.

Are you getting the new Merry & Bright collection? If you are considering buying it, considerate no more and do it! You will not regret it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with Cocoa Vanilla goodies!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hello Sunshine | Daydream | Kylie Kingham.

Hey Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Kylie back with you all to share my first layout for November. My assignment for today’s project was to create a design using the November mood board as inspiration. With lots of pastels, florals and a rainbow, I knew the ‘Daydream’ collection would be perfect. I decided to use the gorgeous ‘Over The Rainbow’ paper for my layout today since I hadn’t worked with it as yet  and its cuteness had been calling me since day 1!

If you’d like to check out the details of how you can play along with this months mood board challenge, see the details HERE.

Another feature of my layout is the beautiful phrase cut file I have used which has been designed by Cut To You. Once I had backed it with the SUN SHOWER and GARDEN VARIETY papers I adhered it through the centre of the rainbow using foam tape. This helps the title sit up from the background adding dimension.

For some added interest, I adhered some of the heart die cuts with foam adhesive, over the top of the heart print in the top rainbow band. My photos were printed in colour at a 2″x 3″ sizing and layered over each other before positioning.

For an extra pop of pastel colour, I have layered some of the floral elements from the die cut pack below the title. For balance I have also used some of the typed phrase stickers to construct a smaller title element for my layout.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and seeing my layout. I hope you create a project following this months mood board too!


Scrap Lift Challenge | Daydream Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, Today I have my take on Debra Beer’s layout that Sue and I chose to scrap lift. Here is Debra’s layout!

And here is my take using Daydream collection.

I created two scallop paper strips as the base of my layout, using Stepping Stones and Daisy Days papers (you can either use a hand punch or cut file to do this). I then did a little mixed media (probably as much as I will ever be comfortable in doing!). I used a soft pink and blue as my mixed media colours which coordinate perfectly with the Daydream collection.

I next added my photos, the photo on the left with foam tape to create a 3D effect and the other photo with double sided tape, but before I firmly press and attach I like the option of being able to add elements under the photo.

In keeping with Debra’s layout I added die cut ephemera florals under my photo, also adding a moth with foam tape. On the other side I again added another floral bunch and tucked one of the Puffy Hearts slightly behind my photo.

Instead of using wash tape I used a die cut, row of rainbows from the ephemera pack and finished off using a phrase sentiment from the Daydream Accessory Stickers, which is my title.

I finished off my layout adding a tab at the top of my left photo and instead of a doily I added a circular die cut instead. I also added some clear NUVO crystal drops on leaves, arches of rainbow and centre of photos to create light and shade. I added a light splatter of gold spray, just because I like gold really!!!

I hope I have done justice to Debra’s layout, Sue and I created quite different takes on this lift but that’s because every scrapper is unique I think!

Thank you for stopping by today and later in the month I look forward to sharing my first layout with the new Christmas collection Merry & Bright.

Rachel X

Sweet | Daydream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. This weekend we are doing “Scraplift Saturday and Sunday”, so myself and Rachel (tomorrow) will both be sharing a scraplift of a recent layout from our Facebook Community group. The layout we are lifting was this beautiful entry into our October “Spring Vibes” monthly challenge by Debra Beer…

Scraplifting is when you take a design from someone else and use it as the basis for your own page. This could range from copying the design in its entirety using the exact same materials; to simply using the page as inspiration and treating the bones of the page like a sketch. Both Rachel and I have scraplifted the same layout to demonstrate how one page can inspire people in different ways.
Here is my take on Debra’s page using the ‘Daydream’ collection
The first thing I decided when it came to creating my page, was that rather than a white cardstock background, I chose to use the Sun Shower patterned paper instead. I topped this with a piece of the Daisy Days paper to form the focal point of my page. I added extra texture to the paper by distressing the edges; and stuck some torn strips of washi tape under the top and bottom edges of it – just like Debra had also used washi tape on her page. I also added some frayed gauze for more texture.
On top of the Daisy Days paper, I added a small piece of the navy Up in the Clouds paper to help separate my photos a little from the busy floral print. For my photos, I also chose to go with both a portrait and landscape shot, just as the original page had. These photos were taken recently while my family were celebrating my mum’s birthday. I also added a paper doily, but changed the position of it slightly to tuck under the left top corner of my photo and I also tucked in a circular floral frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.
Just like Debra’s original page, I wanted to embellish my layout using clusters of flowers. I fussy cut several pieces from the Garden Variety paper and combined them with some ephemera pieces to create three clusters to frame around my photos. I also added a couple of small phrase stickers to my page from the Accessory Sticker sheet.
I finished off by adding a Die Cut Title word along the bottom edge of my photo, then added some scattered sequins from the Sequins and Flowers pack instead of the enamel dots Debra had used. A few tiny splatters of black ink, my journalling, a stamped date and I was done!
Thanks so much to Debra for her inspiration – I really love how this page turned out! If you ever find yourself stuck for ideas, take a quick scroll through our Facebook Community group and see all the gorgeous pages shared by our members there – you might find something to scraplift too.
Please note: if you are going to copy the work of someone else, it is common courtesy to credit the original designer when sharing your page. A small mention of who inspired you is often enough to make someone else’s day!
Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what Rachel created too.
Until next time, happy scrapping!

Day Dream Beautiful You | Daydream Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello crafty friends !

Sophie with you today with a sweet layout to share ! I used the Daydream collection and still can’t get enough of it..!



I started with the gorgeous woodgrain « Over The Rainbow » patterned paper for my background.  

I used a stencil and applied textured paste with a palette knife directly on the background, behind where I planned to put my photo.  I love the subtle effect it adds to the page.


I used a beautiful heart shaped wreath cut file from Just Nick Studio and cut it in white with my cutting machine. I backed the tiny flowers and leaves with different patterned papers from the 8×6 Daydream paper stack.

I added adhesive foam behind the cut file before adhering it to my page. 

I backed my photo with tissue paper, adhesive foam and a piece of the « All Aflutter » patterned paper. I also added beautiful floral embellishments from the Die Cut Ephemera around the wreath.


I did a little cluster on the top right of the layout with a scalloped piece of the « Happy Place » patterned paper, an ephemera and a beautiful Flair. I also did a zig zag stitch with yellow thread on the scalloped border. 


My title comes from a fussy cut « DayDream » word out of one packaging cardstock, and an accessory Sticker. 

I added a few word stickers for my journaling as the finishing touch.


It is a very simple layout but I really love the end-result. 

Here are more close-ups:







I hope that you felt inspired by my page today, and by that beautiful collection.

Thank you so much for passing by !

Sophie xx