Beautiful Friends | Happiness Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

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

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

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

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

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Best | Hello Sunshine Collection | Anna Komenda

Hello friends.

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

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

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

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

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

XO Anna

Stay Unique | Happiness | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing another butterfly theme layout with the gorgeous HAPPINESS collection. This time I’ve taken some inspiration from fellow teamie, Anna Komenda (‘cos she’s one awe-inspiring creative!) and I just love how it turned out – hope you like it too!

“Stay Unique”

Wow! Isn’t this super pretty?!!

I love a good grid design, & when I saw Anna using butterflies for the ‘boxes’ I knew I’d have to lift her design! It’s seriously SO cool! I’ve mixed mine up a bit though, & created a fun new look with our beautiful HAPPINESS pattern papers, LOVE!!!

I started with the fabulous polka dot pattern paper, CV-HA002 SPRINKLES as the 12inch base. I used my silhouette software to arrange the butterfly cut file ( Butterfly Wings courtesy of The Cut Shoppe) into a grid design. I cut out all 9 butterflies and saved the ‘off-cut’ negative to create my background with. I trimmed the white cardstock ‘off-cut’ to 11″ x 11″ and then proceeded to back all the butterflies. I selected pattern papers, CV-HA009 MEADOW & CV-HA004 FRAME OF MIND and alternated them throughout the white cardstock background. I love how pretty the pink and blue/green silhouettes look! Simply stunning!

Next, I used a sheet of ‘fun foam’ to back the entire 11″ base, before gluing it onto the SPRINKLES base. This gave my layout a little lift and added some subtle dimension too! With the base of the layout completed, the rest of the layout was all about my sweet photo and embellishments!

On the pink butterflies, I layered one of the cut file butterflies, followed by a fussy cut pink butterfly from pattern paper, CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL.  Here’s a closer look for you….

Simple and yet, oh so effective! Beautiful!

I chose to leave the FRAME OF MIND butterflies free from embellishments, as the detailed design on the pattern is just too pretty to cover, don’t you think? That said, I did end up covering two of them with my CARDSTOCK TITLES, Stay Unique, but I tried to keep that lovely pattern visible. 

Next, I applied a few painty splatters of color in the center of the page, spreading out towards the butterflies. This subtle hint of colour breaks up all the white and adds that extra point of interest. Once dried, I built my photo cluster over the center butterfly….

You’ll spy that I used the brush stroke CLEAR STICKERS (complimenting the previously applied paint splatters) beneath the cluster, & then added in some DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms. I foam mounted my sweet girl’s photo, and then embellished it with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA sentiment label & 2 pretty butterflies. I tucked in the beautiful sentiment from the ACCESSORY STICKERS, and finished off with that awesome FLAIR BUTTON.  For final touches, I added a few more CLEAR STICKERS around the page.

And there you have it!

Super beautiful creating with the HAPPINESS collection!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project today, & feel inspired to get creating today!

Thanks so much for your kind comments & support!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 

Happy Times | Happiness Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello scrappy Friends, its Michelle here with a new layout share featuring the wonderful Happiness collection and the coordinating FREE cut files designed by fellow DT member Gwen. This was a super speedy layout to create, one that would be easy to recreate if you like the white on white background with pops of colour.

To begin the layout I started by making the background using silhouette studio. I traced only the wreath design from the FREE Cut file set then duplicated, mirrored and resized before cutting on white cardstock.

Next I adhered the pieces to a second piece of white cardstock and machine sewed them all into place, plus the stitching gives the layout a little more subtle detail.

I’ve used a piece of BOTANICAL BLISS paper under the photo and a smaller strip of EXPRESSIVE to add a pop of pink. Both of these designs are the smaller print from the 6×8 paper pad

To create the title cluster I’ve gathered bits from both the ephemera pack and accessory sticker sheet, plus a strip of my most favourite paper MEADOW

I created 2 smaller clusters top left and bottom right of the large outer wreath. These are made up of stickers and ephemera pieces, mainly florals layered with glue dots for slight dimension.

Lastly a splattering of gold colour shine and a date stamp and it was complete. Super sweet and oh so simple and fun to create.

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to drop into the Facebook group to share all your craft CVS goodness! We love to see what you all create too.

Until next time, happy scrapping

Michelle xx

Throwback Thursday TN Spreads | Bohemian Dream Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share some new Traveler’s Notebook spreads that I created with the beautiful ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection for our Throwback Thursday feature.

For these spreads, I documented a variety of family memories, ensuring that the details of the stories were also recorded. I started with a spread for my daughter, choosing photos that I thought would work well with the same colour scheme.


I started with a piece of the Dreamer paper, cutting it into two pieces and placing it either side of the spine. (This is usually my “go to” starting point to create cohesion across the two pages.) On the left page I also added a small scrap of the Abstract paper, and on the right page an extra piece of the Dreamer paper, showing the stripes on the other side.

After deciding where my photos and journalling would go, I used a variety of pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and some Accessory Stickers to decorate the page, finishing off with a few hearts from the Enamel Shapes pack.

For my second spread, which I created for one of my sons, I began with a strip of the gorgeous Gypsy Heart paper on each page to anchor my design.

I then matted one of the photos with the reverse side of the Gypsy Heart paper before sticking both photos down. Again, I had pre-printed my journalling (so I knew exactly how much space it would require); and then added it to the pages too.

Then it was simply a case of decorating the pages by filling in the gaps. I used stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet, including some of the small word / phrase stickers; and pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I also added a few enamel hearts. To finish the spread and fill in some of the white space, I added some extra doodled details using felt pen and coloured pencils, as well as stamped the date.

My final page was also for my daughter’s book. I had found this photo in my stash that I had printed some time ago but never used; so I looked up the memory on my Facebook page to see what the details were. I was so happy to come across a funny quote she had said, so used it in my journalling.

I again used a piece of the Gypsy Heart paper (as it was already out on my table), then added the photo and journalling. To fill the gaps I added the smile sentiment from the Boho Bits paper; a couple of larger stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet, then the sweet little bird from the same sheet – quick and easy! I finished the page off with some doodled detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you are love the ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection as much as I do, you better get in quick and snap it up while you can – it’s currently on clearance in the Cocoa Vanilla store. You can shop the entire sale HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping!

So Happy | Happiness Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hey lovely friends! It’s Kylie back with you today, to share another layout I have just completed featuring the “Happiness” collection. I’ve used a theme of ‘This makes me happy…’ so naturally this collection was perfect. There’s also a few other elements that make me happy: Flowers, Mixed Media and of course a pic of my girl.

I wanted my layout to be soft and delicate so I decided to use a white background. Using a circular stencil from my craft stash, I added some stamping to my background with my favourite shade of Peacock. I applied the ink with a stamp dauber and a gentle circular motion.

Next I backed a Butterfly cut file, (which was designed by Paige Evans), with various papers. The body of the Butterfly was adhered flat to my page, but I used foam tape on the wings to give them dimension. Once it was in place, from my craft stash I chose a floral die and cut several of them in white card stock also. These were added in behind my Butterfly and photo, not to stand out but to add a nice texture to my background.

Once my photo was backed it was also added to my layout, surrounded by lots of the pretty florals from the die cut pack.I also snuck one of the Button Flairs next to my photo, backed with some scrunched cotton.

Some of the title phrases were the perfect finish for my layout and gave it a nice balance.I also added these with foam tape so they would stand out a little.To finish off my layout I added a single flower or heart randomly to balance open space with colour, over the stencilled background.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you get to enjoy some scrapping time for yourself soon!

Kylie. xo

Love This Happy Life | Happiness Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi there Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the stunning Happiness collection!

This week we are focusing on what makes us happy. I decided to document a photo of myself in London 2 years ago. Travelling is another of my passions along with scrapbooking of course!

I have been lucky enough to have been to London 3 times now and will be going back again next year, so excited!  I started off by choosing a few of my favourite patterned papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad from the Happiness collection and I also chose a cut file design from The Cut Shoppe, I cut the design out from white cardstock and then used the papers to back the design. The 6′ x 8′ paper pads are perfect for this kind of technique as it saves you cutting into a 12′ x 12′ inch paper when you are only wanting a small piece. I arranged the hearts how I liked them and then adhered them down to another piece of white textured cardstock. Some of them overlap each other and some of them stand alone. I matted my photo in another of the papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad and also tucked in one of the die-cut frames from the ephemera pack. I placed my photo over the biggest of all the hearts and then began to embellish.  I chose to trim down the white cardstock and I used one of the pink 12′ x 12′ papers as the background paper.  I cut one of the quotes from another of the 12′ x 12′ papers to use as part of my title and also added one of the cardstock titles to complete my title. To embellish, I did a bit of tone on tone embellishing where I added a similar colour to the one already there. I mainly used the die-cut hearts and flowers from the ephemera pack, however I also added some of the cute phrase accessory stickers and some of the clear stickers too. I love the banner that says ‘The Best’ so that had to make it onto my page somewhere, its also from the ephemera pack. Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog! I hope I have inspired you to get out your Happiness collection and create with it. Don’t have this collection yet? You need it!!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Take Life One Cup At A Time | Happiness Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends! Today is all about what makes you happy (no people allowed), a great theme for a scrapbooking layout. Mine was an easy choice being a coffee lover and having the best coffee shop close by. I have used Happiness Collection as I love it so much.

I started off choosing a cut file and this one from the Silhouette Design store was just perfect (and generally how I do my life, one cup at a time lol!).

I  made my stacking cups first by adding machine stitching, adding two hearts on the centre cup to create contrast, layering them into each other and adding with foam tape to add dimension.

I then added my photo using a die cut frame, adding with foam tape so I could add a floral bunch die cut under it. I used phrase sticker as my journalling finishing off with two hand punched hearts (again added with foam tape).

I paper backed my title and to tie it to my embellishment clusters I added die cut butterflies coming out of the cups. My white cardstock is cut down to 10×10 inches and I used Botanical Bliss paper to create my border. I finished my layout off adding one of the clear sticker paint brush strokes in bright pink.


No matter what makes you happy, scrap it, one day my fav coffee shop probably wont be around but this memory will be. Thank you for stopping by today, have a wonderful week with some time to get creative!

Rachel X




Happy Day | Happiness Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I am sharing a mixed media layout I created for my daughter to celebrate her 11th birthday. I used the gorgeous ‘Happiness’ collection for this one, because birthdays are pure happiness – right?!

I started my page with the gorgeous indigo colour on the reverse side of the Botanical Bliss paper as my background. I adore this colour, as well as the random marked pattern of the paper. I wanted to create a contrasting focal area for my page, so used some pale pink acrylic paint that I applied roughly with a silicone spatula.

Once the paint was dry it was time to add some papery layers. I used a variety of pieces – the black and white heart print on the reverse of the So Fresh paper; the gorgeous tiny floral of the Meadow paper; and a little scrap of the Good Vibes paper that I had previously punched some hearts from.

Included in my layers was also a beautiful Cocoa Vanilla floral cut file – this one was from the Colour Me Happy cut file set and was cut from white cardstock. This provided a great contrast against the dark background.

I also added a section of the beautiful wreath design that I had fussy cut from the So Fresh paper, which I tucked under the bottom left corner of my photos over the top of the cut file.

Amongst my layers I tucked in a couple of tickets from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as some extra floral pieces; then added a heart, butterfly and some of the small word / phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

Finally, I added three extra tiny blooms from the ephemera pack and a title using the words happy and day from the Cardstock Titles pack and I was done!

I am so happy with how this layout came together, and am still crushing on this stunning range!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Happy Beautiful Moments | Midnight | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome back to another blog post! For this one, I was really inspired by a recent photo I had taken of our one year old kittens, Minerva and Astoria, and I wanted to make something that felt airy and almost dreamy, as that’s how this photo makes me feel.

Of course, I chose the Midnight collection as it’s almost fairy like with the color palette, loose and open florals, and the images of sprites mixed into the collection. Midnight is easily one of my favorite collections that has launched in a very long time. To start off the layout, I decided to play with something I do with a lot of layouts – I normally cut off piece of the background and add a swatch of color to add some fun and interest. Well, on this layout, I decided to do it in reverse, choosing four patterned papers and distressing them before arranging them on my background. I made the decision to add a swatch of blue to the opposite side since it was such a dark and stark color, and I think adding it to both sides anchors the layout.

Next, I began to work on my embellishments. I knew I wanted my photo on the relatively white space with the title cascading down and embellishments and ephemera in a horizontal line extending from the photo. I pulled out the chipboard embellishment pack as well as the card-stock stickers and a few labels that I cut out from the cut apart sheet.

First I chose my title, choosing to mix the texture of cardstock and chipboard. After doing that, I matted my photo on a sheet from the 6×8″ paper pad and then arrange some chipboard frames over top and behind it. Next, I used a mix of the cardstock stickers and the chipboard embellishments to create a cluster to the left and right of the photo. I used a few elements from the ephemera pack but a great majority of the embellishments are stickers. My favorite thing to do with them is to use a powder tool to remove their stickiness and then using them the same way you would use cardstock ephemera.

Finally, I glued my cluster down to the page and then placed my title underneath. To add some weight to the the layout and to balance out the bottom heavy feel, I used three chipboard hearts and placed them to the right of the photo and called this layout good. I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite things I’ve made in a very long time.


That’s all I have for you today, friends! I hope you found inspiration here, pull out your patterned paper and photos, and make something fun today. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.