Born to be Awesome | No Limits Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Hey! It’s Michelle here today with a new layout share for you all using a technique that I’ve used a few times in the past, one that is quite time consuming, but looks pretty awesome once complete. I’ve also dipped into more of the No Limits Collection while I’m patiently awaiting the new Storyteller collection to arrive on my doorstep.

This layout was definitely a labour of love, weaving tiny little strips of paper together to create 1 large pattern overloaded background, but the end result was well worth it! Documenting a fun moment shared between Leila and 2 of her cousins late last year when we were able to get together to celebrate her 11th birthday. Still cant believe we’re halfway to 12 now.

I had a rough idea of how this layout was going to come together, so I started off by marking out a section on white cardstock where the weaved strips were going to sit, then adhered a couple of weaved pieces in place towards the bottom to create a starting point that wouldn’t slip out while building the piece up. I’ve used papers from both the A5 paper stack and 12×12 papers and continued to weave the strips all the way to the top, adding tiny drops of glue here and there along the edges to keep it all straight. This process took a couple of hours to perfect to get the right balance of colours and patterns throughout the piece. Once complete I added the extra white cardstock pieces over the top and sewed them down to hold the weaved piece in place.

Next I added the photo stack, layered with contrasting blue pattern papers with clusters of fun pieces either side.

To the right side I’ve mixed multiple pieces from the ephemera pack along with fussy cut stars from the Nebula pattern paper. Most are adhered with foam tape to lift them up and create dimension. We all know that I can’t create a layout without adding a tonne of foam tape for dimension, I just cant help it lol

To the left I’ve added more fussy cut stars and ephemera pieces, both scattered and tucked into the layers of the photo stack. I’ve used so many stars in my last few layouts that I’m surprised I’ve still got plenty left.

I created a mixed font title using the AWESOME word from the Die Cut Titles pack and an edited version of the ‘Born to Be’ banner from the accessory sticker sheet.

Last bundle of goodness grouped together on the bottom right section of the layout using a bunch more stars, ephemera pieces and a chipboard sticker piece to complete the group.

I gave the whole layout a sprinkle of black ink then called it done. Here’s another look at the final layout…

Really happy with the end result, creating something magical to document a sweet little moment between some pretty awesome cousins.

Well thats all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to share your creations with me when you try out the fun technique of paper weaving, I think it was kind of therapeutic in the end lol

Until Next Time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Totally Awesome | No Limits Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla blog. It’s Kylie with you and today I am sharing another scrapbooking layout I created with the ‘No Limits’ collection. When I am looking for inspiration to create a layout, more times than often I will use a paper collection as the inspiration. There are lots of stars that feature throughout the ‘NO LIMITS’ range, both in the die cuts, stickers and on the paper prints. I wanted to have an emphasis on stars as well as having dimension and texture within the page design I created and am sharing with you all today.

Using several different papers I cut some layered stars using a simple star shape from my Silhouette software. I resized it and then used the offset feature to produce an even layering effect. There are six layers to each star all together and once they were cut out I distressed all the edges. (**This seemed a great idea at first but it did take me a longggggggg time! But the finished result was worth it.) Once all the layers were adhered together it was time to add them to their canvas! I trimmed down some of the UNIVERSAL paper to measure 9″x 9″, distressed the edges a little and adhered it centred to the Stardust paper. I also drew a fine lined border around the edges with a black marker.

My photo was trimmed down to 5″x 4″ and adhered to some of the ORBIT paper, making sure all the edges were distressed a little for extra texture. With my photo adhered in place I layered a few simple die cuts behind it and adhered the stars positioned in the top portion of my page. For balance I also adhered a star to the base line of my photo and used some of the star puffy stickers too.

To complete my page I created a large title from the title die cut pack and positioned it on my layout so that it would overlap my photo just a little. I used foam adhesive squares to adhere it so that it sat up from the background of my page a little adding a nice dimension.

Thanks so much for checking out my layout today. I hope it has given you a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking.

Take care,


Happy Birthday | Make A Wish collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout for our Throwback Thursday feature! I decided to pull out the gorgeous Make A Wish collection for my layout today…do any of you still have any of this beautiful collection?

I am documenting a photo of my eldest niece who turned 6 last year…she had a pretty unicorn and tiara cake for her birthday cake!

I chose the white with pink spots paper for my background and trimmed down a piece of plain white cardstock to adhere on top of the white and pink spotted paper. Once adhered, I machine stitched around the outer edge to add some texture to my page. Next I chose a fun, birthday themed cut file from CUT to YOU and cut it out of white cardstock. I then chose some of the cute papers to back the balloons with and also the word Happy in the cut file. Once the cut file was backed I added craft foam underneath and adhered it to the plain white cardstock background. I love the shadows and dimension this creates on the page!

As the design of the cut file had some space on the left, this was the obvious place to add my photo and a 3′ x 4′ pocket card right next to my photo. I also added some machine stitching to the outer edges of both the photo and pocket card. I decided to add the word Birth using the alpha stickers from the Make A Wish collection so that my title reads, Happy Birthday instead of just Happy Day. I was able to pick letters that were all the same colour, placing them to the left of the word Day. Below the title, I added the notebook edge diecut and machine stitched across the very top edge, I love the texture this creates. I had one of the gorgeous fabric bows left over so it just had to be adhered on the ‘strings’ of the cut file. I also placed the Stay Lovely round sticker from the Accessory Stickers on one of the balloons.

Before I adhered the photo, I took the gorgeous doily die cut from the ephemera pack, cut it in half and tucked one half under the left edge of my photo. I also placed a tab sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet and à banner puffy sticker from the puffy stickers. The small heart die-cuts are so gorgeous, I love all the colours these come in! I added a pretty yellow one here and a pink one on the other side above the letter ‘Y’ in Happy. Above the photo, I added the banner that says Fabulous and the Best Ever phrase piece also. I added some machine stitching through these 2 pieces also for some added texture. I placed the Hello arrow chipboard piece and a triangle puffy sticker in the centre of the page, to fill a little gap that was there.

To the left of the ‘H’ in the Happy word, I added one of the gorgeous vellum hearts, a phrase sticker and one of the chipboard hearts also. Across the middle of the title, I also added the Dream Big chipboard piece! Lastly the pink banner piece that says ‘Love You’ was added between the ‘P’ and ‘Y’ in Happy and I stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken. I just loved working with the Make A Wish collection again! Even though it might be an older collection, you can still create pretty projects using older collections!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it? I hope this inspires you to pull out an older Cocoa Vanilla collection and get creating with it?!  There is something satisfying about using up your stash don’t you think?

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Love You | No Limits collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, it’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. For today’s layout, I couldn’t resist using the fabulous No Limits collection to document a recent photo of my hubby and sons that I took when we were out to dinner. In fact, it was the navy shirts my sons were wearing that inspired me to choose the gorgeous Eclipse patterned paper as my page background. I just love how dramatic this paper is!

I have a process video for this layout at the bottom of this post – feel free to scroll straight to it, or read on for a brief explanation of my process.

I began by adding a little bit of doodled detail by highlighting the lines of the arches on the paper using a white pencil. (Which I later picked back up to add further details to my page.) I then added some patterned paper layers behind my photo a scrap of the brick patterned Spark left over from a previous project, combined with the wood grain print from the A5 Paper Stack. I also added frayed gauze for texture.

For my page title, I chose love you from the Die Cut Titles pack as my main title which I positioned along the top edge of my photo and popped up with some foam tape. I then used a Chipboard Sticker with the phrase to the moon and back as my sub-title, which I positioned nearby and used as the start of my first embellishment cluster.

I also created two more embellishment clusters, which were positioned along the left and bottom edges of my photo to help create a visual triangle around the focal point of my page (which of course, is my photo).

I used a mix of embellishments in each of my layered clusters including Chipboard StickersDie Cut EphemeraAccessory Stickers, and Wood Epoxy Buttons. I tried to focus on having some common elements such as stars and circles included in each one to help tie them together.

The other main element on my page was the large moon I created using a frame from the Chipboard Sticker sheet, backed with patterned paper. I added some sketchy doodling around the outer edge of it (to give my moon a “glow”) and nearby I placed a small rocket that I had fussy cut from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I also added some doodled “trails” behind my rocket.

I finished off my page with some white ink splatters and a liberal scattering of Puffy Stickers.

If you would like to see how this layout came together, you can watch my process here:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Awesome | No Limits Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends today I have another boy themed layout to share using the fab No Limits collection! I have used two cut files on this layout, star background and Awesome 3D title, both can be found in the Silhouette Design Store.

I used the latitude paper under the star cut file so you had a multitude of colours showing through. My white cardstock is cut at 11×11 inches and I used Spark paper for my border.

I used the grey side of the universal paper to cut the outline of the Awesome cut file. I then used nebula paper for the letters which I added with foam tape to give my layout dimension.

I chose two photos of my boy which I sized at 2.5 x 2.5 inches. As they are smaller photos I embellished on the photos to draw your eye to them, tucking elements under and over the photos. I have used a combination of die cut ephemerawood epoxy buttons puffy stickers and chipboard.

Really the cut files do a lot of the work for you here! This layout is all about colour and dimension.

I love how this turned out and works so well with photos of a teenage boy!

As always thank you for stopping by today and happy creating.

Rachel X

Just Chillin’ | Sunkissed collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Sophie on the blog today with a new layout to share !


I used the Sunkissed collection for this bright and colorful page !

I used a thick white cardstock for the background and applied dry ink on a stencil from my stash with a brush.

I layered two pieces of patterned papers from the A5 paper stack behind my black and white photo, and cut a big envelope with a metal die to insert a tag cut out of the Good Vibrations paper for my journaling.


I fussy cut beautiful florals from the Growing Wild paper to decorate around the photo and cut out cute little clouds from the Just Chillin’ paper that I placed above the photo.


I used a 3×4 card for my title and added a few Accessory Stickers as the finishing touch.


Here are more close-ups:









Ahhh Summer…! There isn’t a better collection than Sunkissed to highlight those beautiful memories!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

Sophie xx

Love You | These Days collection | Kellie Moore

Good morning CVS fans, I hope you are all well.

Today I am sharing a page with you that I created using the beautiful ‘These Days’ collection….documenting a picture of my hubby and I.

To start my page I decided I wanted to create a background using circles. I pulled out the A5 paper stack and cut a bunch of circles, then decided to give them more interest on my page I handstitched around them.

Next, I wanted to add some layers behind my photo so again I used a few different papers from the A5 paper stack and added a layer of white tissue paper to add a different texture. Next I cut two frames from the ‘Wall of Fame’ patterned paper and stuck them out from each side of my photo.

To start embellishing my page, I cut some florals from the ‘Home Grown’ paper and added them to the top left and bottom right of my photo to create a diagonal flow…..can anyone else not get enough of Zoe’s florals?!!

For my title I used the ‘Love’ black foam sticker from the ‘Foam Title Stickers’ then a stamp from my stash. Along the bottom of my photo you can see I used a mug and typewriter from the ‘Clear Sticker Sheet.’

To finish off my page, I also added some of the ‘ Wood Epoxy Buttons’ into my clusters.

To finish off my page, I also added some of the ‘ Wood Epoxy Buttons’ into my clusters….circles on circles! I love the dimension this gives to my page.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you are looking forward to getting the new ‘Storyteller’ collection as much as I am!

Till next time


Picture Perfect Moments | These Days | Lina Monaco

Hello Friends!
Lina here with another layout using the ever beautiful and timeless, These Days collection. I thought it’d be a perfect collection to use to document a simple black and white photo of my daughter. If you’d like to watch the process video and how it all came together, click HERE to be taken to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel.

Using the rainbow ombre sheet of patterned paper called Daybreak, I used some Gesso and an old gift card and spread some of it in the top right hand corner of the paper. This will be where my photograph will sit and I wanted some contrast between the brightly coloured paper, my photo and the embellishments. I also took some of the gesso on a brush and splattered it down for a cool effect.
I then matted the background paper with the black and white patterned, Neighbourhood, and the green polkadot, Family Ties. I feel like all three patterns, although busy, work well with each other.

Next, time to embellish… I took pieces from both the Die Cut Ephemera and from the Floral Ephemera to create my clusters. I have one main one to the left side of my photo and then two smaller ones. One at the top right hand corner of my photo and the next, a much smaller one at the bottom left hand corner. These three clusters are dainty and simple as not to take away from the photo but add just the right amount of whimsy the layout needs.

I added tons of layers to the photo with matting using the A5 Paper Stack using papers that mixed well and many layers and tabs with the embellishing. Next, I added the lovely butterflies that are in the Die Cut Ephemera package to the page. I added hot glue to only the centers and lifted the wings up on either side so the butterflies looked like they are in flight.

To convey my message or journaling, I used the little typed sentiments from the Accessory Sticker sheet. That tiny type is my favourite and I ALWAYS gravitate to them for my “journaling”. It’s always just short and sweet and says exactly what I need it to. Lastly, a good sprinkling of some gold paint for good measure and to tie the entire layout together.

I hope you enjoyed my layout today, thanks for stopping by!


May “Peachy Keen” Monthly Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It’s time to announce the winner of our May mood board challenge!

If you haven’t played along with any of our challenges yet, make sure you head over to our Facebook Community group. You can find all the details of how to enter to be in the running for a $25 voucher for our online store.

Here’s a reminder of what the gorgeous “Peachy Keen” May mood board designed by Mandy Melville looked like…

And our randomly selected winning layout was this pretty page…

Congratulations Tahlia Knightly!

Tahlia used our ‘These Days’ collection and says she was “very literally inspired by the raindrop pillow in the mood board image and I’ve used the themed colours too.” Tahlia also said this design was perfect to document some bath time fun photos and we have to agree! Congrats Tahlia – you have won yourself a $25 voucher to spend in our online store.

If you would like the chance to be our next winner, our new challenge is the “A Taste of Summer” mood board designed by Josefine Van Der Hoeven. This vibrant board features a colour palette that includes orange, blue, teal and mint; there are also multiple patterns and shapes; and besides the over-arching theme of summer, could also inspire you to document something about the beach, a sweet treat, or even an occasion that included delicious cocktails. The choice is yours!

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the June challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 30th June 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 or design team work.
  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 scrapping everyone, we can’t wait to see your creations inspired by this one!

Cousins are the Best | No Limits collection | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here today to share a new layout using the fabulous No Limits collection! For this layout I wanted to document the sweet friendship between my youngest daughter Eleanor and her cousin Charlie, and I knew that this one had to fun and playful to match their personalities! The bright colours, as well as the multitude of stars throughout this collection, were perfect!

I really wanted to use the Big Bang patterned paper as the background for this layout. I think the design of that paper is so fun and I’ve loved seeing the different ways that the design team have been using it! I trimmed about 1cm off each side of the paper and then created a border around the page using various patterned papers from the collection. I also added black machine stitching around the edge of the layout to frame it.

Next I matted my photo using two papers from the A5 Paper Stack. I added a layer of craft foam between the two patterned papers to give the photo some nice dimension. I then adhered the photo just to the left of the large star on the background in order to draw the viewer’s eye to that focal area on the page.

For my title I pulled out my old Cuttlebug manual die cutting machine. Who else still has one of these in their craft room?! I’ve been enjoying creating  titles using metal alphabet dies lately. I love the custom look that you can create with these, plus if you use patterned papers from the same collection, your title matches your page perfectly! On this layout I used two different alphabet dies from to cut the letters for the first three words of the title, and then completed it with the word ‘best’ from the Chipboard Stickers. I love the way a mixed font title adds lots of interest to a layout!

Once my photo and title were in place, I was ready to embellish! First I created a cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo. I tucked some elements under the edge of the photo, such as the die cut and chipboard frames, and others I added on top, like the ‘Unlimited’ die cut and the wood epoxy button. Layering embellishments together like this gives a layout lots of interest and dimension.

In order to create a visual triangle, I cut another die cut frame in half, and added one piece to the top right hand corner of the page, and the other piece to the bottom left. I then added a cascade of stars flowing from that bottom left hand corner up to the top top right. As all of the elements on the page sit along that diagonal line, it once again helps to draw the viewer’s eye to the important elements on the page rather than wandering. I included stars from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, as well as others that I fussy cut out of the Nebula paper, a few that I die cut out of the A5 Papers, and of course I had to include a scattering of the tiny little stars from the Puffy Sticker pack. I finished the page off with some typed journaling strips.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! I hope that you’ve been inspired by something you’ve seen here today!

Mandy x