Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today sharing a new layout using the ‘These Days’ collection.  For this layout, I’m documenting a fun photo of my daughter recently taken on a Farm Stay mini holiday.  This collection is super sweet and so fun to use for wonderful little moments like this one.  I’m feeling a little bit country-vibes for this layout.

To begin my page, I have chosen a cut file from CUT to YOU, and then used the ‘A5 Paper Stack’ to back it.  I’ve started with the banner piece of the cut file. The design was a little longer than A5 so I’ve added paper behind the left and right sides of the banner leaving a gap in the centre, this works out fine as this is where my photo will be placed.  I’ve then used the pretty peach exclusive pattern to back my flowers and a pretty green leaf print for the leaves.  I used this same green pattern paper to back my photo.

**TIP – The prints in the A5 paper stack are perfect for backing cut files and creating thin photo mats as the prints are smaller than those on the 12 x 12 pattern papers. This smaller print allows you to see the design even when using them in small pieces.

To create my background I’ve used the ‘Pretty Posies’ pattern paper for my layout edge and the ‘Neighbourhood’ pattern paper for my background.  The black and white print was a little busy for underneath my cut file, so I’ve added a layer of vellum from my stash to soften it.  I love the look of vellum, it’s such a soft element to add to a page.  I love too how the print of the pattern paper still shows through; very dreamy.

It’s now time to embellish.  I’ve gone with a large cluster (including my title) to the left of the photo and then two supporting clusters, one on the top left of my photo and the other on the bottom right of my photo.  I’ve used pieces from the ‘Die Cut Floral Ephemera’ as well as the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pieces to create the layers in my clusters and title.  The die cut piece that says ‘Picture Perfect Moments’ was perfect for my page.

For dimension and texture, I’ve added in elements from the ‘Puffy Stickers’ and three ‘Wood Buttons’.  I’ve finished off the page with several of the sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ added with 3D foam adhesive.

I’ve also made a YouTube video of my process which you can watch here:

Thanks for popping by today.  I hope my page has inspired you in some way and you enjoyed my scrapbooking process.

Until next time,





August “Life is a Canvas” Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It’s time to announce the winner of our August 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 the current challenge to be in the running for a $25 voucher for our online store.

Here’s a reminder of what our pretty “Life is a Canvas” August mood board designed by Sue Plumb looked like…

And our randomly selected winner was this gorgeous layout…

Congratulations Coralie Lizzy Crust!

Coralie used our ‘Life is Beautiful’ collection (one of our old favourites) for her layout and says she was inspired by the quote. It was the perfect theme for her fun photo! Congrats Coralie – 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 “Summerlicious” mood board designed by our queen of summer, Anna Komenda. This stunning mood board features lots of warm colours, playful patterns such as waves and polka dots and a cheerful quote…

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 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.

Good luck to everyone, we can’t wait to see what you create!


Happy Holiday Memories | Sunkissed Collection | Mandy Melville

Hello CVS friends!

It’s Mandy here on the blog today to share a new layout using the gorgeous Sunkissed collection. I was in the mood to create something bright, colourful and happy, so what better collection to use than Sunkissed! I chose to document a couple of photos of my youngest daughter enjoying the waterslide on a holiday that we took earlier this year. I love the way that the colours in these beautiful papers and embellishments complement those in the photos!

I started my layout off by trimming down a sheet of white cardstock to 8 inches wide, and adhering it to the Good Vibrations patterned paper. To add some further detail and interest, I used a border punch on two strips of the the blue Bright Side paper, and tucked the strips under each side of the white cardstock. I also added some machine stitching along the two sides of the white cardstock, as I love the texture that stitching gives to a page.

Next I matted my photos using the reverse side of the Summer Lights paper and adhered them towards the bottom half of the page. I used craft foam to adhere the photo on the right to give it some added dimension.

If you know me, you know that I love to include lots of florals on my layouts, so of course I couldn’t resist fussy cutting some of the beautiful floral clusters from the Growing Wild patterned paper to use on my layout. I added one at the bottom of the page, to fill in the corner where the two photos meet. I also added one of the cute Wood Epoxy Buttons to the centre of one of the flowers.

I created another little embellishment cluster above the photo on the right using a cloud die cut and another fussy cut floral cluster.

For my title I couldn’t go past using one of the gorgeous Glitter Foam Title Stickers! I combined the word ‘happy’ with the little word sticker that says ‘holiday memories’ to complete my title.

I wanted to create one more embellishment cluster on the layout in order to complete the visual triangle. I added this one at the top of the page above the title. You’ll notice that I’ve positioned the clusters in such a way that the photos are within the visual triangle, and this helps to direct the viewer’s eye to the photos. I’ve also positioned them so that when your eye follows them down the page, they mimic the curve of the waterslide in the photos. In this cluster at the top of the page, I’ve again included some fussy cut florals, along with a few Die Cuts and another Wood Epoxy Button.

To finish off the layout, I sprinkled around some of the tiny little hearts from the Puffy Sticker pack, as well as the gold glitter foam hearts, and a couple more little word Stickers.

I hope that my layout brought you a little sunshine today, and maybe you’ve been inspired to create a bright summery layout with the Sunkissed collection as well! I’ll be back later in the month to share some more inspiration with you, so until then, happy scrapping!

Mandy x

Paperclip Mini Album | These Days Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here with a little paperclip mini album using the 3×4 pocket cards from These Days collection. This was super easy to make and looks so cute! I have been struggling with documenting lockdown memories, so I decided to focus on all the positive moments from the first half of last year. The cozy, homey elements from These Days were absolutely perfect for this project.

I have had this large paperclip for quite some time, so I was pleased to find it was the perfect size for this album. I chose a handful of my favourite 3×4 pocket cards, then cut some long thin strips of patterned paper for the hinges. I made these into loops with glue and staples before threading them onto the paperclip. You can see the full process in video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel.

I printed a handful of my favourite ‘staying home’ memories and printed them to 2×3 inches. This is the perfect size for a tiny 3×4 album. I decided to decorate the pages first and add them to the hinges at the end. This made the decorating process much easier.

I decorated the cover with a puffy heart and some fussy cut butterflies. On the inside of the cover I included a fold out with a timeline of events. I secured this with a paperclip and a soft pink velvet ribbon. I love tactile elements like this in mini albums!

The inside pages were decorated with all the tiny elements from These Days collection. I used a bunch of the tiny clear stickers and puffy stickers, especially the hearts. I also used several fussy cut butterflies throughout as well as a bunch of fussy cut florals from the A5 paper stack.

I left plenty of space for journaling to be added in later. Where I had more than one photo per page, I added a hinged paper flip. The fantastic thing about this album is the pocket cards are already so beautifully decorated, I only needed to add small details to enhance them.

I just love how this album turned out, and it was so simple and quick to make. I will definitely be making more of these in the future! You can see a flip through of the finished album and a tutorial of making the hinges in the video linked below. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

“Summerlicious” September Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone, it’s hard to believe that it is time to reveal our SEPTEMBER monthly challenge today! As our friends in the northern hemisphere wave goodbye to summer and we in the southern hemisphere head into spring, we thought it might be nice for us all to dream of warm days and get some of those summer memories documented. And what better inspiration than a mood board designed by our own queen of summer, Anna Komenda.

First, here are some details about how our challenges work:

Each challenge starts and ends on the last day of the month. They are revealed 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. Simply use the images as inspiration for your project, then post a photo 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.

Now here is Anna’s gorgeous board, entitled “Summerlicious”…

Anna has truly captured the warm summer night vibes with this mood board. Featuring a beautiful colour palette of pinks, orange, yellow, purple and a splash of mint – choose just a couple or use them all! You could create a multi photo project inspired by the image of the hanging photo gallery; or use even create a gallery yourself. The quote could be used as a title or journaling, or be inspired by the shells or the ocean to create something with a beach theme. If patterns are more your thing, you’ll find large polka dots or a wavy, marble style pattern/ Whatever you choose is up to you, but please tell us about it when you load your entry.

Here is Anna’s stunning sample…

It is easy to see where Anna got her inspiration from when you look at her layout. The first thing that strikes you are those gorgeous colours, which match the board perfectly! She used a variety of elements from different collections to get just the right mix.

The second feature of Anna’s layout that strikes you immediately, is her use of the wavy pattern just like the image on the board. This is such an effective design for a layout background (which would look equally amazing in a range of alternative colours and patterns).

When you take a closer look, you can see how many summer themed embellishments she managed to include on her page. Despite being from completely different collections, Anna has managed to bring them all together harmoniously by sticking with the colour palette. (See why we call her our queen of summer?!)

How will this board inspire you?

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 or design team work.
  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.

Hello Sunshine | Hello Sunshine Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura here again with a deep dive into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio stash for the oldest collection I own, Hello Sunshine! For this silly layout featuring selfies of my darling son and I being exceptionally silly, I decided to create a split-level layout design, with a simple photo display on the right and a grid layout on the left. By creating this split, I can use plenty of embellishments without overwhelming my photos.

Each of these 2×2 inch squares has a large embellishment, small embellishment and a dot of Nuvo in gold for accent. I then took my navy pen and outlined each of them in a messy faux-stitching style to reflect the stitched design on the denim-styled Chill Out pattern paper under my photos. The mix of patterns on the left side really add a pop to the overall layout and give those puffy stickers the time to shine!

By layering stickers and ephemera pieces together into clusters onto these squares, each piece of the grid feels unique, but the coordination of the colors helps them feel cohesive. The outline of each square really gives the appearance of depth on the left side of the layout, giving each a shadow that helps them pop off the page!

I was so excited by how this layout turned out, that I created a sketch based on it to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy using this sketch to inspire you to try a split-level layout too!

I hope this inspires you to look at your older Cocoa Vanilla Studio stash a little differently and incorporate them in a big way on your projects too! To see how “Hello Sunshine” came together, check out the process video below!

This life | These days Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello, hello. How are doing, everyone? I hope you are ready for another dose of “These days” inspiration! This week we are focusing on puffy stickers and puffy hearts to show you how you can incorporate them in your projects. I must tell you I struggles a while for what I should do. I didn’t have any photo on my mind, or specific design so I came back ot basics by using tried and true grid design. To make things a little bit different than usual, I used heart dies and created my grid using them.

I went even further and used the die to cut the photos too. You can’t do this with every photo as you loose a lot of background. I managed to find few pictures with my daughter standing a little far, so I only lost part of her hands but you can still see what was the main focus of the photo. All my hearts are cut out from “Good life” paper, with lovely and cute pattern. They look great on warm wooden texture from “Pretty posies” paper.

After I glued down all the hearts and photos, it was time to decorate everything. I reached for ephemera and flower packs. This such a fun and quick to use product. I love fussy cutting but it takes a precious time and with pre cut elements you can create much faster. I glued down flowers and other elements using 3D foam, adding dimension to my page. Each heart got it’s own mini composition.

When it comes to puffy stickers and hearts – I added one golden heart on each element on the grid. They add a little bit of blink and sparkle to my layout. I love using puffy stickers as they are great tiny accent and perfect for finishing touches. I especially love those mini hearts – I could have a whole sheet of them only in all colors of the rainbow.

Last step in making this page was to add a title. I wasn’t vey inventive here and I used Foam titles, that are part of “These days” collection. I needed someting short so I chose THIS LIFE phrase. It’s very generic and in this case it tell about idyllic childhood of my kids. They get a chance to spend time in the countryside, run bare foot, play in the big pile of sand, spend time with the farm animals, bath in puddles and be as dirty as they want.

That is all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in September. It will be time for some fall page, right?

XO Anna

Remote Learning Fun | These Days Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, it’s Melissa here and today I’m sharing a layout that I created with the stunning ‘These Days’ collection. My assignment brief was to focus on puffy hearts and puffy stickers.  As we’re currently in lockdown again here in New Zealand I decided to scrapbook some photos from our lockdown in 2020 showing three of the kids doing their online remote learning.

I knew that I wanted to use some of the frames from ‘Wall of Fame’ and I fussy cut three of them.  I cut out the centres of them and put my photos inside.

I was very keen to use the beautiful woodgrain of ‘Pretty Posies’ and tore pieces of ‘Home Grown’ and ‘Take Flight’.  Normally I would use Take Flight for fussy cutting, but I love having a large piece of it on my page.   I hand stitched in matching embroidery thread from my stash.


I used the ‘Mini Puffy Alphas’ for my title and the ‘Puffy Stickers’ for embellishing the frames, either side of my title and on the strings holding the frames.  The puffy stickers are so adorable!!

I used the ‘Puffy Hearts’ as feature embellishments on the strings holding frames, and I love how they add a touch of bling.

I added tails onto each frame with beautiful black and white leaves from the ‘Foral Ephemera’.  They were the perfect finishing touch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my layout.  I don’t have a video this time as things have been very hectic in lockdown trying to balance work and parenting.


Take care

Melissa xx





You and Me together | Josefine van der Hoeven | These Days collection

Hello creative paperlovers,
Welcome and so happy to see you at the Cocoa Vanilla blog today. It’s Josefine here and share with you a new layout that I made with this amazing collection ” These Days”

I really wanted to work with these super cute puffy stickers and the shimmering gold hearts. I thought it would be fun to make a wreath and used the golden hearts in the center of these paper flowers.

I first draw a circle with a pencil on my white cardstock background. Then I stamped several times with the Distress Oxide color “evergreen bough”
I use a background clear stamp and print several times. Until I have a green circle in the middle. I mix the Distress Oxide with water and with a water brush I splash several times.

It’s time to make a wreath and I used the flowers and leaves from the “Floral ephemera” set
I put everything in a circle and used the punch floral set from We R keeping memories to punch out the five flowers from the design paper. In the center of these paper flowers I paste a gold heart. These flowers look so cute.

I punch out some more leaves from the green colored designer paper and slide them between the homemade paper flowers. I decorate my wreath with butterflies, wooden buttons and of course the puffy stickers. I place several puffy stickers between the leaves. Everything together gives such a festive effect. Really I love it. I cut out the photo in a circle and also cut out design paper in the shape of a circle. I use my sewing machine and stitch the edges. Then I place the photo in the center of the wreath. Finally I splash some white acrylic paint and gold acrylic ink on my page. So happy how this layout turned out.

I had so much fun with this amazing new collection “These Days” by Cocoa vanilla Studio. I hope I was able to inspire you to use the golden hearts and puffy stickers on your layout. Thank you for visiting my blog post today. Have a great time with the beautiful collections by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and wish you a beautiful and crafty day! XoXo, Jo


You are Magical | These Days | Michelle Stokes

Hey hey! It’s Michelle here today to share a new layout with you all using our newest collection These Days. Our focus over the next couple of days is to share creations featuring the sweet Puffy Stickers and Gold Glitter hearts, I’ve used both to sprinkle through all those pretty florals.

I just can’t help myself when it comes to all those florals, fussy cutting happens without even thinking about it. The Home Grown paper is certainly becoming my most used paper within this collection so far, along with the cut apart sheet in both sizes. The florals were what started this creation off by stretching from top to bottom on the left side of the layout.

I used a mix of adhesives to create layers of dimension. SO many pretty flowers

This massive floral cluster has tiny pockets of space to add cute tiny puffy hearts, sweet butterflies, a few word stickers from the Puffy Sticker sheet and a couple of the super sweet gold glitter hearts

I chose a couple of crazy fun photos of Leila from a couple years back, on a family outing to a local crepe cafe. This was the first time Leila was able to enjoy an entire adult sized crepe all to herself, although she didn’t quite finish it all. I backed the photos in patterns from the A5 paper stack and tucked in some extra bits from the cut apart paper (The Good Life paper) in both sizes.

Under the photo I added the title using a mix of foam title stickers, mini puffy alphabet and a touch of handwriting. I like the special touch the handwriting gives to a layout when I don’t add any journaling.

Over on the right side of the layout I added a strip of woodgrain (Pretty Posies paper) and a cluster of florals and puffy stickers to finish the layout off.

Lastly the finishing touch, a splattering of gold ink, all over the place.

Here’s a final look at the full layout…

Well friends that’s all from me today, thank you so much for stopping by to check out my newest creation using the These Days Collection. Be sure to check back in over the next couple days to see what the other DT members create using out feature products – Puffy Gold Glitter Hearts and Puffy Stickers.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle x