Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! Gwen back on the blog today with a share for ‘Throwback Thursday’.  I love these features because I get to dive deep into my stash and create with some of my all-time favorite collections.  I’m also playing along with the latest challenge over as CSI Scrapbook Challenge Number 297 which Cocoa Vanilla Studios is sponsoring.  So, if you fancy yourself some free CVS, be sure to play along!

The moment I saw the Scene from the challenge I immediately thought of the Tis the Season collection.  The soft peach and coral tones and the fall ‘vibe’ of the image really appeal to me.  I also pulled inspiration from the trees in the picture, with many reminding me of pine or Christmas trees so decided on creating a Christmas themed page.

With the collection and theme of the page decided, I pulled out a ‘Christmas themed’ cut file, this one from Cut to YOU.  I’ve backed the design with a selection of papers from the collection including ‘All is Bright’ and ‘Holly Jolly’.  This collection is a few years old now, so I don’t have a lot of papers left so the cut files provided a great way to use up the scraps and stretch the supplies I had.

I’ve mounted my photo with the ‘Very Merry’ pattern paper, stitched around the edge and mounted on foam for dimension.  I’ve then run the tree cut files and my photos across the center of my page to nut out the page design.

Once I had the trees and photo positions locked in, I added some gesso to my white cardstock base and added in some light watercolor in a matching tone to the collection.  I really wanted to keep the page in the Coral and Peach tones in keeping with the mood board and would add just add a few pops of the green here and there from my embellishments.  Once my watercolor was all dry, I’ve added my tree and photo elements back on top.

Next, it was time to play with the embellishments.  I’ve pulled out lots and lots of elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ as well as the ‘Enamel dots’, ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet‘ and a white bow from the ‘Bitty Bows’ pack.  (You can still also get the ‘Alphabet Stickers‘ from the collection here). The cream star elements are also Cocoa Vanilla however I couldn’t see them available any longer, so you’ll have to dig deep into your stash to see if you have those.

I simply auditioned all of the elements around the photo and tree cluster until I was happy, locking in larger elements first such as the floral pieces and my title and then working with the smaller pieces to fill in the gaps.  I love making layouts like this, full of lots of pretty details.  I just keep playing with pieces until I am happy and call it done.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating and play along with one of the challenges over at CSI this month.  As I mentioned, you could win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla Studios just for joining in!

Until next time,



The Best | Unforgettable | Mandy Melville

Hi friends!

Mandy here today to share another layout using the GORGEOUS new Unforgettable collection! I’m totally loving the beautiful butterflies and the florals in this collection, and I knew that I wanted to feature them on this page! I documented a photo of my eldest daughter Abigail taken earlier this year, and I used this layout as an opportunity to journal about how proud I am of her.

I started by trimming down my white cardstock background and matting it firstly with the Natural Beauty patterned paper (reverse side), then with the Unscripted paper (reverse side). I also added some machine stitching around the white cardstock to give the layout some texture.

Next I matted my photo with one of the papers from the 6×8 Paper Stack, and then I created a pretty floral cluster to the right of the photo. I used one of the larger floral die cuts as the base for the cluster, and then I tucked some extra leaves and smaller flowers into it. I finished it off with some more leaves which I cut out of white cardstock using the beautiful new Unforgettable Cut Files. These are designed by our very own design team member Gwen Wruck, and they’re available to download for FREE here.

As I said, I knew that I wanted to feature those gorgeous butterflies from the collection on this layout. I cut the larger ones out of the Pretty Bits patterned paper and the smaller ones were from the Lacewing paper. I arranged them so that they look like they’re floating from the bottom right up to the top left, giving the layout a diagonal flow. I adhered them with glue just in the middle, so that their wings would lift off the page, giving them lots of dimension.

I also created another smaller floral cluster in the bottom right hand corner of the page. Once again I used a combination of die cuts, along with leaves from the Unforgettable cut file set.

I’m LOVING the addition of the Foam Title Stickers in this collection! They make it so easy to add a title to your layout, and the scripty font is really pretty! Plus I love the contrast that the black adds against the bright colours!

I finished the layout off by adding some typed journaling strips, a few little word stickers, and a couple of the little hearts included in the Foam Title Stickers pack.

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

Mandy x


We Remember Moments | Unforgettable Collection | Guest Designer Danni Visser

Hi scrappy friends! Guest designer Danni here, sharing another layout featuring the gorgeous Unforgettable collection. I have been having so much fun creating with this collection, and this time I decided I had to dive into those delicious florals and make a beautiful romantic layout.

I used Natural Beauty and Sprightly patterned papers to create a diamond-shaped background, including some torn vellum for texture.

I had this lovely roses cutfile sitting in my stash, so I decided to incorporate that, backing it with several patterned papers from the 6×8 paper stack and some more vellum.  I popped it up off the page by adding some dimensional foam behind the patterned paper.

My photo was matted using the lovely turquoise and black & white spotty papers from the 6×8 paper stack, and I distressed the edges to add texture.  For my title I cut this beautiful quote card from the Story Teller cut-apart paper and backed it with the peach paper from the 6×8 paper stack to make it pop against the black & white photo.

To embellish the page, I went to town with the florals from the ephemera pack.  I adore florals and this ephemera set is packed full of the most stunning floral die cuts.  I used the two largest clusters at the top-right and bottom-left of the diamond to emphasise the diagonal flow of the page, drawing the eye across my photo and title.  I added some smaller florals either side of my photo with some of the beautiful leafy springs from the ephemera pack.

To finish off the layout I scattered three tiny word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet, added some delicate white ink splatters and sprinkled some of the white enamel dots from the collection around my large floral clusters.

This layout turned out so dreamy and romantic, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to add this layout to my wedding album.  I really hope you enjoyed this layout today, thank you for joining me!

Danni x

We are family | Unforgettable Collection | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty Friends. It’s Anna here with another project made with brand new “Unforgettable” collection. I made another layout but it’s not surprise for you 🙂 Once again I combined white background and a lot of layers of papers. I also used flowers as they are so pretty and tempting. Luckily I have two girls at home so I can use florals with almost all of my projects.

I also used brand new free cut files designed by super talented Gwen. They are available to download in the CVS store here:

Just look how pretty they are:

Pink paper called “Unscripted” was perfect to cut few roses and mix them with ephemera flowers. I set my machine to cut them and worked with my background in the meantime. I used blue Distress Oxide ink and applied it through stencil. Next step was to add some water to make it look more dreamy.

I used a strip of fun pictures of me and my daughter using filters. I love those mini photo sessions of us two. I backed my picture with a lot of paper layers. Using 6*8 paper stack helped me save my 12*12 papers 🙂 I also fussy cut three big butterflies from paper called “Pretty bits”.

My title is a combination of amazing foam titles and some older black alpha stickers. I also added few transparent stickers here and there on the background. It’s a good way to add some special touch to white layout base.

I finished my page by splashing everything with pink and black inks. This kind of little mess is my signature style 🙂 That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by <3 If you need more inspiration, check our FB group – Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community. You can spot a lot of amazing projects there to feed up your mojo.

XO Anna

Love This | Unforgettable | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, & today I am sharing a super pretty layout with our beautiful new UNFORGETTABLE collection. You’ll spy lots of fussy cutting, butterflies and blooms and discover which pattern paper is my new favorite! But enough chatter, here’s my latest creation with UNFORGETTABLE…..

“Love This” 

Sigh! Love this, indeed! Such a beautiful layout of my two darlings!

And as for my new favorite pattern paper? Well, it has to be that divine wreath paper, CV-003 GARLAND – gosh it’s so super pretty!!! You’ll notice that I actually used two sheets of CV-003 GARLAND to create today’s scrapbook page!

I started my layout with GARLAND as the base, but wanted to do a little more to highlight it’s magnificence. I loved the mint arc in the wreath, and decided to ‘fill’ inside the wreath with this very same colour (which happens to be the reverse side of – you guessed it, the GARLAND paper! ). To fill this space, I used a Cut To You cut file called, Flower Circle and backed the flowers and leaves with an assortment of papers from the 6 x 8 PAPER STACK.  Next, I backed the entire circle with the reverse side of GARLAND – I just love mint watercolor wash of this pattern! Here’s a closer look….

As I’d already cut into a second sheet of GARLAND, I decided to make the most of it, and fussy cut the floral section of the wreath. I foam mounted both the cut file and fussy cut blooms, and adhered them to the layout. I positioned the Flower Circle in the center of the wreath, and layered the fussy cut GARLAND blooms around the edge of it. By doing this, it revealed the original wreath below, and created the appearance of a thicker & fuller arrangement of blooms. Gor-jus!!!

Aren’t those florals just errrrything?!! LOVE!

I tucked my darling photograph into the top right section of both the cut file & fussy cut wreath, and embellished it with the ‘smile’ FLAIR BUTTON. Next, I fussy cut a large pink butterfly from pattern paper, CV-UF004 PRETTY BITS and tucked it beneath my photo. To enhance this decoration, I added two more butterflies around my photo – a CLEAR STICKER butterfly, and a DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece!

There’s no denying that UNFORGETTABLE is the prettiest release of 2019! So.much.gorgeousness!!!

The new FOAM TITLE STICKERS are all kinds of awesomeness too! I curved my love this title around the outer edge of the wreath arc, and then embellished with a couple more butterflies…

For finishing touches, I added a tiny spot of journaling with the sentiment stickers from the ACCESSORY STICKERS sheet.

Simple, beautiful creating with the new UNFORGETTABLE collection!

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with some Cocoa Vanilla Studio lovelies today!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo













So Beautiful | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Scrappy friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the stunning UNFORGETTABLE collection. I’ve stepped back in time with a couple of super cute photos of Leila that I wanted to re-document and reminisce over. That cute little face really loved posing for the camera back then, not so much these days unless bribery is used HAHA

I challenged myself to use only pattern papers from the 6×8 paper stack fore this layout and I think I did well creating a simple stack of layered patterns as the base for the layout. I really love the smaller designs as you can cram more of them onto a page together.

I distressed the edges of the papers, roughly tore the text pattern rather than cutting and adhered them all flat to the page before folding up the edged slightly to add some slight dimension. I also added a piece of foam sheet to the back of the framed photo to raise it slightly higher than all the rest and layered it together with one of my favourite doilies.

I felt like this layout didn’t need a large title to take the focus away from the sweet photos. Instead I’ve created a large ‘cluster’ of florals and ephemera pieces and used a black banner tag for the title name.

To the top right of the photos I’ve added in a smaller cluster using similar items to the larger group. I follow this design technique on most of my layouts to create balance and direct flow of the layout (if thats even a thing as honestly I just go with the flow and slap things here and there HAHA). Lastly I added a few splatters of gold ink and called it done. Super quick and easy this layout was to create, which I love! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community Facebook Group to share the love of all things CVS.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x



Bloom | Unforgettable Collection | Kylie Kingham

Hello sweet friends it’s Kylie back with you today with a new layout, featuring the gorgeous ‘Unforgettable’ collection. When I first received this beautiful new range I straight away saw you could have varying colour way options for a project. I love pinks and mauve’s but for today’s layout I went through and pulled out different grey apricot and mint green elements. I also added some bold black embellishments too!

For my border piece I selected the GLORIOUS paper and decided that I would also use it to cut my cut file from. I selected a heart wreath with a square sectioned centre for my cut file, designed by The Cut Shoppe. Using the muted soft colours I had selected from the papers I alternated each heart as well as the squares. I chose a cute phrase from the 6 x 8″ paper stack which once trimmed down fitted perfectly in one square.

I added some foam to the back of my completed cut file before adhering to my background page. A freehand border was added around the edge with a fine tip black pen.

As always the floral die cuts are simply divine and always my favourite! I added some neat clusters at opposite sides of my heart for balance. I also used some cotton from my stash to back behind one of the button flairs.

To complete my layout I chose a title from the foam title stickers to add to the lower edge of my heart.

Thanks for dropping by the blog today and seeing my new layout. I hope it gives you some inspiration for some of your own projects!

Until next time,



Shine Bright | Unforgettable | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome to my first layout featuring the super lovely Unforgettable collection! Every time Zoe releases something new, I’m convinced this new collection is my favorite one and then she manages to shock and impress me once again. Unforgettable is me in a collection with all the lush florals, pinks, aquas and neutrals. I’m officially obsessed.

For this layout, I decided to scrap a photo of one of my very good friends and I. I started by picking a more neutral paper and this lovely tone on tone pink paper and layered the two together. I love the look of distressed edges so I tore the pink paper to give the ruffled edges and glued it down on top of the white paper. Next, I worked on matting my photo using the 6×8 paper stack – the 6×8 paper pads tend to be my favorite product in a collection besides the ephemera pack because there is so much use you can get out of smaller papers and patterns.
After matting my photo, I worked on creating my embellishment cluster. I knew I wanted that large floral element to shine so I popped it up on foam dots and then used a bunch of other elements from the ephemera pack to embellish my photo, layering them underneath the picture. I propped up the smaller flowers and butterfly on foam dots as well to give some further dimension to the layout so everything wasn’t on the same plane and this is one of my favorite techniques to add height and interest to pages.
After gluing down the massive complex that was my photo and embellishment cluster, I reached for the foam title stickers to create my title. Since the black was so stark against all the soft colors in the background, I added a few of the black foam hearts around my photo to carry the black across the layout. Next, I created the small cluster in the bottom left corner using the accessory stickers and a few elements from the ephemera pack. A few enamel dots across the page finished the layout off and I am so happy with the overall flow and look of the page!
I hope you enjoyed this layout and I hope you give this collection a try! Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

Unforgettable You | Unforgettable Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hi all today I have a layout featuring the new and stunning UNFORGETTABLE collection. It is just too stunning for words!

I started with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, loving this heart cut file as it meant I could add several papers from the collection. I used the beautiful Glorious paper to paper piece the left side of the heart. I chose two paper to paper piece the right side of the heart, Garland and Unscripted.

I used the left over floral bunch on the reverse of the Garland paper, fussy cutting to use on my layout. I cut down my white cardstock to 10×10 inches and centred it onto the Sprightly paper. I added my photo slightly off centre matting on the Sprightly paper adding with foam tape. I added a tab to the top of my photo and the So Beautiful sentiment from the die cut ephemera pack and finishing off adding a enamel dot next to the sentiment sticker.

I then added the fussy cut floral bunch to the right of my photo and adding the water colour brush stroke from the clear sticker sheet. For a girl who find mixed media a bit to messy lol, these clear stickers are fab for creating a mixed media feel without the mess!

I added some of the gorgeous die cut ephemera butterflies to the left side of the heart in a way they appear to be flying up and away.

Lastly I created a small embellishment cluster at the bottom of my page, again adding another paint splotch clear stickers and adding the die cut camera over it, adding also an enamel dot to the lens of the camera and finished off with a sentiment phrase from the accessory stickers.

I added a splatter of black paint lightly over my page to break the contrast of the white. I so love the pretty and girly feel of this layout that really highlight the photo of my daughter.  I adore the colour hues of this collection, pink and turquoise swoon!

And before I go I just wanted to share a gift bag I created using Unforgettable and turquoise cardstock, finished off with a super cute tassel from the collection!

Thanks for stopping by today and I know you are going to love this collection as much as I do!

Rachel X


Living the Dream | Unforgettable Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest layout featuring the gorgeous ‘Unforgettable’ collection. For this page I wanted to document some sweet photos of my hubby and our cat that were taken when he was just a kitten. (And yes, I think a pop of purple is perfectly acceptable for a masculine page!)

Starting with a white cardstock background, the first paper I was drawn to was the gorgeous wood grain print of the Natural Beauty paper. I am a huge fan of wood grain papers, and I have to say, I think this one is my favourite so far! The tones, the pattern of the grain – it’s just perfect. I cut a large piece and placed it vertically on the left side of my page.

I overlaid the wood grain print with a piece of the minty green watercolour print paper from the 6×8″ Paper Stack (in the 12×12″ papers this is the reverse print of the Garland paper). I used a notebook style paper punch to punch the edge of it for extra interest.

Then it was time to add some horizontal structure to my page. I used an extra piece of the same mint paper again; along with a piece of the black & white leafy print from the reverse side of the Natural Beauty paper; the grey stripe from the reverse of the Glorious paper; and the mint diagonal stripe from the Sprightly paper.

I decided to frame each of my photos using frames from the Die Cut Ephemera pack – one a gorgeous polaroid style wood grain and the other a black and white wreath. I positioned each of them over the patterned papers layers, using some cardboard behind them to pop them up from the page.

Now it was time to add some fun embellishments to bring all the elements of my page together.

I started with the Foam Title Stickers, choosing the word hello and adding it alongside my top photo. I then reached for the Die Cut Ephemera pack again – choosing the Living the Dream phrase piece to go alongside the lower photo. Between the two, I added the purple ticket from the ephemera pack.

I then took another frame from the ephemera pack, this time a sweet circular frame with a doodled heart border. I cut it into two pieces, tucking the larger piece around the corner of my top photo, and the second smaller piece in behind the hello sticker. I also added a label for my journalling that was fussy cut from the Story Teller paper.

After writing my journalling on the label, I added the super cute retro style camera and a small heart (both from the ephemera pack) to create a small cluster. Then, to balance it out, I added a small strip of the reverse side of the Natural Beauty paper at the top of my page, and the true story sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet over the top.

Almost done – time for a few finishing touches! I added two small hearts from the Clear Sticker sheet; the purple butterfly from the Die Cut Ephemera pack; and the Life is Good sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

I then stamped the oh happy life phrase using a stamp from my stash and added a few tiny splatters of berry ink.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. The ‘Unforgettable’ collection is now hitting the shelves of retailers around the world. If you have a chance to get your hands on it, just do it! It’s really a stunning collection and I know you will enjoy creating with it as much as I am.

Until next time, happy scrapping!