UNIQUE | HAPPINESS | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends ! It’s Sophie here today and I am sharing a bright and colourful layout with you !

 

I created my page with the GORGEOUS Happiness Collection. I only have a few scraps of it left, but you will see with this page that even a little can go a long way !!

 

 

I chose a photo of my little Sabrina playing in the park where we had a picnic a few weeks ago. It was a radiant sunny day, and I wanted to highlight this moment with the bright colors of the Happiness collection.

 

I started with a thick white cardstock as my background. I added some powder inks diluted in water to create a big blue and aqua area on my layout where I planned to put my photo and embellishments. I used the packaging technique and added numerous splatters of ink on the cardstock.

 

I let it dry completely. In the mean time, I cut a beautiful flower cut file from Just Nick Studio on a white cardstock and backed it with different papers of the Happiness collection, mainly the Botanical Bliss paper, the Frame of Mind paper, the Expressive paper and the Good Vibes paper. I put adhesive foam behind the cut file before adhering it to pe page.

 

 

I also backed my photo with tissue paper (as I always do..!) and adhesive foam, and two layers of patterned papers (Good Vibes and Expressive papers).

 

 

I added a few leaves on my flower cut file, a little black wreath and two beautiful butterflies on the left side of my photo. They all come from the Happiness Die Cut Ephemera pack.

 

 

My title is a word from the Die Cut Titles pack. “Unique” couldn’t be a better word to describe my sweet girl who is always full of joy…!

 

I also created a little cluster on the top right of the layout where I added ephemeras and a few stickers from the Happiness Clear Sticker sheets for a pop of color and more dimension. It creates a diagonal design that guides the eye through the page.

 

 

I finally wrote dawn my journaling and added the date.

 

I am so happy of the end-result ! It screams summer to me and it is much needed, as fall is slowly coming and the days get colder and darker quite fast, at least here in Canada !

 

Here are more close-ups.

 

 

 

 

 

truly hope you like this page and that it inspires you to use this wonderful CVS collection !

Until next time,

 

Sophie xx

Bloom and Grow | Unforgettable Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today with you sharing another layout using one of my fave past collections ‘Unforgettable’. For this layout today I am documenting some photos taken of my girl when she turned 7.

Here is the layout that I created:

Almost a year ago now was my girls 7th birthday. We have a wall in our house that I call the photo wall, which we always take some birthday photos in front of. The last few years the photos have been with a large number balloon. It is just crazy how quick time goes when you have kids and how they grow up in what feels like an instant.  The two photos which I have used are printed in black and white and approx. 3×4″ in size.

 

The main design of this page is built around the circular designed wreath in the patterned paper. I fussy cut around the wreath first. Once I had done that and was going to adhere it to my page I realised that I wanted something to ground that left side. So I used the Unscripted paper (both sides) to create a 3″ or so wide edge to lean the wreath into. The wreath patterned paper had a cluster of flowers to one side. So I decided to continue to build on that design and added more floral elements, including some leaves and butterflies from the ephemera pack or fussy cut from the Lacewing paper.

I thought the title in the foam stickers  ‘Bloom and Grow’ was the perfect sentiment for this birthday theme. I love the bold statement these black stickers make against the white card stock background.

To help one photo stand out I used the Pink side in the Unscripted paper as a mat, this really helps distinguish it as the feature photo and draw your attention to it. I added some extra embellishments to the left of the photo also, including larger floral ephemera – a circular sticker saying ‘a moment in time’ from the Accessory sheet and one of the gorgeous tassels in the collection. I finished embellishing that area with a few enamel dots and the ‘you are amazing’ tiny word stickers.

 

I must say, I do love the cut apart papers that come in the Cocoa Vanilla collections. I always find the smaller designed elements perfect for cutting out and using to layer on my pages. I could not go past the larger butterflies in the Pretty Bits paper , which you can see was placed to the top right of my page in the photo below.

 

 

To help the layered elements in my layout stand out I always try and use a variety of adhesives, including liquid adhesive, foam tapes in varying depths, etc. This helps chosen elements to stand out off the page more that others.

 

I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today. It has been a crazy time here in Regional Victoria with the stage three lockdown we are currently in. This means school is now remote for the most part, and as a teacher and a Mumma of school aged children our days have been long, somewhat emotional (to say the least) and tiring. The Bowman household are all a little precious right now, but so thankful for our overall health and wellbeing compared to what many people in our state are going through right now.

 

 

Sending hugs and prayers to anyone who may be going through a tough time right now,

Raquel xxx

Lovely | Daydream Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura here with a bright rainbow filled layout so sweet it will warm your heart, even in the coldest winter! This gorgeous Daydream collection is just stunning and an absolute “dream” to work with, I have to tell you. My favorite part of this collection are the frames and florals, so I decided to showcase both of them on this darling 9×12 layout of my sweet girl on the trampoline. I even created two more frames with scrap paper to mix up the designs.

I backed each of the frames with patterned paper from the 6×8 pad and a couple with cut-aparts from the Happy Place paper. I fussy cut a ton of florals from the 6×8 paper pad and tucked them all around the corners where my photos met the frames, even a few of the itty bitty florals to use as detail pieces! When I added the butterflies, I just had to give them Nuvo trails behind them to create a little movement on the page.

To give this layered layout a little added texture, I popped rosettes into two of the clusters and glued the gold sequins from the embellishment pack alongside my fussy cut florals. I love the energy of this collection, it is just perfect for my happy go-lucky girls and their sweet imaginations!

I hope this frame filled layout inspires you to look at your ephemera a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use frames in a new way. If you’d like to see the Lovely layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

https://youtu.be/6F2sPbwMBwU

LAZY SUMMER DAYS | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a new share and today, I’m playing along with our Throwback Thursday challenge. For this page, I was really inspired to use my stash of ‘Endless Summer‘. This collection is a few years old now but it’s still one of my absolute favourites, I love the warm tones of this line and as you’d expect it’s perfect to use for Summer adventures. This photo was also taken a few years back now on a family cruising holiday.

I started my page by working on the background first layering up the ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Sweet Treats’ and ‘Sunbleached’ pattern papers. To create the Sunshine rays, I’ve used a cut file from CUT to YOU and added stitching for a really sweet detail.

For my title, I’m working with another cut file, this one called ‘Lazy Summer Days’ which I have backed with the ‘Blue Skies’ pattern paper and mounted on some foam for dimension.

I’ve kept things pretty simple with my photo for this one, no photo mat, just some of my signature stitching around the edge. It ties in nicely with the stitching in the sun rays. I’ve made sure to position my photo and large title first working on a design that flows with the rays of the sunshine in my background.

I’ve added lots of pretty embellishments to this page, there were so many wonderful goodies included in the collection, some still available online. I’ve used the ‘Puffy Stickers‘, ‘Accessory Stickers‘, Flair, Wood Veneer and Woodies.

To round out my title, I’ve taken a few elements from the ‘Ephemera Pack’ such as the cute banner pieces that say ‘Capture This’ and ‘Here’s the Story’. They are all in that lovely warm peach tone so fit perfectly. You can also see here the ‘Wood Veneer’ pieces and the enamel ‘Woodies’. I really just kept playing with the position of everything, adding bits and pieces until I was happy with the layout.

I’ve also created a YouTube video of my process which you can see here.

Thanks for popping by the blog today, I’d love to know, do you have some ‘Endless Summer’ collection in your stash? Why not pull it out and have a little stash bust creative time. I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating.

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

Happy Days | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

 Hi crafty friends, Anita here with you today sharing my first layout using the beautiful new DayDream collection it’s so pretty with all the flowers just makes you wanna fussy cut them all out!!…

I started off by fussy cutting out the garden variety pattern paper to add floral’s to my background because who can’t resist that beautiful paper then next I chose 3 patterned papers Sun shower , Sweet Serenity, Happy Place and cut a strip from each to layer them on top of each other . I used decorative scissors to add a scalloped edge to 2 of the strips and some machine stitching.

 

Then I matted my photo on pattern paper from the 6×8 and frame from the ephemera pack and then I tucked a cut apart beside my photo and added a geo heart cut file from @neatncraftycutz i then
embossed with a embossing folder to add texture behind it.

 

Then I added more fussy cut flowers around my photo along with die cuts from the ephemera pack
To finish it off I added my title from the ephemera pack and a flair button.

 

check out my process video here

I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration today and I hope you are having as much fun with this new collection

Happy crafting..

Lovely You | Daydream Collection | Danni Visser

Hi there lovely Cocoa Vanilla fans! Today I am up with a fussy cutting, mixed media fest using the stunning new Daydream collection and some photos from my beautiful daughter’s first birthday.

When I first saw this collection, I knew I would be whipping out my scissors right away and getting stuck in to fussy cutting those gorgeous patterned papers, and the floral wreath in Daisy Days 12×12 paper immediately caught my eye. I used my precision scissors and a craft knife to cut out the wreath and cut away most of those tiny inside sections to add a feeling of real depth and dimension.

I knew I wanted to fill out the wreath with some extra foliage, so I used my manual die cutting machine and metal dies to cut a bunch of extra leaves from Garden Variety and Up in the Clouds patterned papers.  I also cut a border from the same Garden Variety paper and added it behind some white mixed media cardstock to make the base for my background.

I went ahead with making my mixed media background by laying down some paints in a circular shape where my wreath would go. I used a combination of watered-down acrylic paints and distress oxide sprays in complimentary colours, adding them onto some plastic packaging and smooshing them onto the cardstock. I also added some splatters all the way around with a paintbrush.

Before I adhered my wreath down, I added some adhesive foam to the edges so all the little leaves and flowers would lift up from the page and look extra three dimensional. I then glued my wreath down and filled in any spaces with the leaves I die cut earlier. I tucked my two photos under the right inside edge of the wreath, then added my title “Lovely You” from the die cut titles to the left of my photos in the remaining space. I used three of the sweet little moths from the die cut ephemera around the wreath, popping their wings up with more adhesive foam to bring them to life.

I filled in the gaps on the inside of the wreath and beside my photos with some floral and tab stickers from the accessory stickers, and popped in some tiny word stickers below the title.

Lastly I used a bunch of the beautiful sequins from the new sequins & flowers pack to fill in all the gaps and spaces all the way around my wreath, adding lots of pretty sparkly details. These sequins are one of my favourite items from the new collection, I have used so many I will need to order a new pack very soon!

I hope you are loving this gorgeous new collection as much as I am! You can watch the process video of this layout below. Thank you for joining me today and happy scrapping!

Danni x

 

“Garden Party” September Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it’s the last day of the month again? Time seems to be passing by in a blur! It also means it’s time to reveal our newest monthly challenge which has been designed for us by the lovely Danni Visser. If you aren’t yet familiar with how our monthly challenges work, here are some details:

Each challenge starts and ends on the last day of the month and are revealed both here on the blog as well as in our Facebook Community group. The challenge consists of a mood board that has been collated by a member of our design team and contains a variety of images chosen to inspire you. Simply use the images to jump start your creativity, then post a photo of your project into the challenge album in our Facebook group. Your project can be a layout / set of cards or tags / traveler’s notebook spread / art journal page, etc – it’s entirely up to you. You do not have to use only Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, but they should be the main focus of your creation.

Here’s a look at this month’s board, “Garden Party” designed by Danni Visser…

This board has a gorgeous shabby vibe that is sure to inspire you. It includes soft textures such as lace, paper and twine, as well as subtle patterns like circles and stripes. Pretty pastel flowers and elegant china are nestled alongside delicate sweet treats to create the perfect setting for a garden party. Colours vary from the white and neutral shades of the wood grains, to a rainbow of pastel hues. You could be inspired by a particular theme – parties; food or baking; or even just celebrating the simple things in life. The closer you look, the more ideas you will find! We would love to know what inspired you, so make sure you tell us when you load your entry.

Danni has a beautiful sample to share using her board as inspiration…

Danni has captured the essence of her mood board perfectly using our new ‘Daydream’ collection. The muted colour palette and delicate florals featured in this collection make it ideal for creating soft, delicate layers.

The newest embellishment on the block – our sweet fabric puffy hearts, which feature fine gold thread detail, are a great choice to match the elegant touches represented in the images.

The beautiful “Sweet Serenity” paper with its dreamy, abstract, painted style pattern makes a perfect background.

Now we have shared some inspiration from Danni, it’s time to get busy and create something of your own.

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the September challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 30th September to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 store voucher to spend in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Winner Announcement – Daydream collection

Hi again everyone!

We’ve got some more exciting new to share today – the winners of our ‘Daydream’ collection giveway!

First, let’s start with a big THANK YOU to all our friends, fans and retailers! We have been totally overwhelmed with the amazing response ‘Daydream’ has received from everyone, including the amount of entries we had for our giveaway. This new collection has been in such demand that our pre-order release sold out in record time, and our warehouse has been flat out around the clock shipping orders to stores all over the world. Please rest assured that we have more stock on the way, so if your favourite store was one that missed out, they will be able to order it again soon.

Now, let’s announce our lucky winner who will receive the ENTIRE ‘Daydream’ collection…

Congratulations Leah!

And we have a runner-up as well, who will receive a ‘Daydream’ collection kit…

Congratulations Colleen Berry!

Congratulations to both our lucky winners. (Please keep an eye on your Inbox and Sue will be in touch to organise your prizes.)

For everyone else, thank you for your support for this collection so far!

If you are trying to find somewhere to purchase our new collection, please join us in our Facebook Community Group – we have a pinned post at the top with a list of current retailers that can help you locate one near you. Or if you already have it and you have been busy creating, why not join us and share what you’ve been making – we love to see!

Zoe XX

July “Country Farmhouse” Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It’s time to announce the winner of our July monthly challenge!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, make sure you pop over to our Facebook Community group where our challenges are hosted. Here you will find all the details of the current challenge, as well as instructions on how to you can enter to be in the running to win a $25 voucher for our online store.

Here’s a reminder of what our June “Country Farmhouse” mood board designed by Kylie Kingham looked like…

And our winning layout, which was selected by random draw from our entries was this awesome page…

Congratulations Jennifer Cain!

Jennifer used the wood grain “Outdoor Type” paper from our ‘Legendary’ collection for her background which really helped all those fussy stars and sequins pop! Jennifer – you have won a $25 voucher to spend in our online store, we will be in touch to get your prize organised.

If you would like the chance to be our next challenge winner, you only have until the 31st August to get your entries in for Melissa Vining’s “Saturday Afternoon” mood board…

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the August challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 31st August to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 store voucher to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.

Happy Moments | Daydream Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello hello!! Its Melissa here and I’m sooooo super excited to be sharing my first layout with the breathtakingly gorgeous new ‘Daydream’ collection!! This collection is so beautiful that its almost hard to cut into, part of me just wants to frame the papers!!

I’ve been in the mood for fussy cutting lately, especially florals.  For this layout featuring my youngest daughter Ava, last summer, I cut apart the wreath design on ‘DAISY DAYS’ and decided to do one of my favourite techniques with a printed wreath which is to deconstruct and then reconstruct in a different configuration.   I love the look of partial wreaths and the fussy cutting enabled me to layer and lift the leaves and flowers.

For this layout I did what I’d call ‘extreme’ fussy cutting, and even used a craft knife to remove as much of the white background as possible.  It took me several evenings watching movies on Netflix to get it done bit by bit, and it was so worth it. Here is a close up of my cutting with my small scissors to show the scale.

I used ‘SWEET SERENITY’ for my background, I just love adding subtle mixed media to papers like this one.  I also fussy cut some of the moths and a butterfly from ‘ALL AFLUTTER’ and used dimensional foam behind their wings for extra lift.

Of course I had to use a rainbow, and this gorgeous one is from the ‘DIE CUT EPHEMERA’ pack.  The sweet little yellow heart and phrase on my photo are from the ‘ACCESSORY STICKERS’ sheet.

I also added some cut file leaves that I painted with my watercolours to add to my partial wreaths. The sequins are from the ‘SEQUINS & FLOWERS’ pack.

My title is from the ‘DIE CUT EPHEMERA’ pack and ‘DIE CUT TITLES’ pack. I just love how the two words work so well together to tie in the entire layout, because eating an ice cream in the summer sunshine is definitely one of life’s Happy Moments!

You can watch my layout come together in my process video below.  Do make sure you subscribe to the Cocoa Vanilla YouTube Channel so you don’t miss out on more creative inspiration!

Thank so much

Melissa xx

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