Smile | Unforgettable Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends I hope you are having a fab week! My photo is of me in Croatia (because a pretty bike like this has to be scrapped!), I made my husband take about 50 shots as historically he takes terrible photos, out of the 50 odd shots I got one where the actual bike and me ended up in the photo lol!!!!!

I have used Unforgettable collection and the bike with flower baskets cut file is by Paige Evans/Silhouette Design store.I cut a piece of white cardstock at 10×10 inches matting it on Unscripted paper. I then set about create tiny flowers to fill the baskets. I used Forget-Me-Not paper to create them and a flower punch that I had in three sizes. I used white NUVO crystal drops in the centres.I then paper pieced the bike and hearts, I used Garland paper turquoise side, for the baskets I used Glorious paper the grey side and finally I used Class Act paper from Love Always collection.I used the Clear Stickers from Unforgettable collection, butterflies and the paint brush stroke which I added under my photo (as I chose not to matt it). I added some Accessory Stickers under my photo. My photo is 5×4 inches.I chose a Flair from the collection which is also my title, choosing it over a traditional title as I didn’t want my layout to become cluttered.

This layout is all about pretty! Well that’s it from me today, thank you for taking the time to stop by. See you again soon!

Rachel X


“Hello You” baby girl mini album | Midnight collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing a baby girl mini album I created using the super pretty ‘Midnight’ collection. (You may recall that I made one of these a few months ago for one of my sons using the ‘Boys Rule’ collection – you can see that post HERE) As it usually goes when you have more than one child, you can’t do something for one without doing it for another, hence I am back today with this album created for my daughter.

I began this mini album with an unbranded 6 ring pink planner I purchased from eBay. This planner came completely empty, and unlike the last planner I used (which was from Kmart), this one features a magnetic clasp to close it, rather than the elastic band. I also used an adjustable 6 hole punch (also purchased from eBay) that I set up to fit the rings in the planner.

I used pieces from most of the patterned papers from the collection, cutting a variety of sizes and shapes to use for the pages. I then punched each one with the hole punch, ensuring they were not all aligned the same so that they would sit at varying heights within the album. I also added some additional decorative detail to some of the pages using an assortment of border punches.

I created “tip-ins” for some of the pages using patterned paper adhered with washi tape. This allows you to extend on the amount of space you have on a page to add extra photos or journalling, or even hide journalling underneath, just like I did with my daughter’s birth story above.

Remember you don’t always need a photo on each page – it adds extra interest to an album to intersperse purely decorative pages, or pages that simply feature a sentiment throughout, such as the page featuring fussy cut flowers from the Bloom & Grow paper and a Die Cut Title word above.

Another way to help anchor photos into an album and ensure they appear as a cohesive part of the page design, rather than just stuck over the top, is to add embellishments that overlap part of the photos. Alternatively, don’t be afraid to use an entire photo as a page in itself and punch directly through the photo. (Matte photos tend to work better for this, rather than glossy.)

To continue to provide variety throughout the album, try turning some of the elements vertically on the page; or have a horizontal page opposite a vertical one. (It also adds an extra level of interactivity to have people rotate the album to look at them.)

A great way to include a series of photos is to print them as a photo strip and fold them accordion style with a tab sticker to pull it out with…

The photos fold out and then fold neatly back into the album, only taking up the same amount of space as one photo.

Create small pockets from scrap pieces of paper to hold journal tags. For a final interactive element, I uploaded a video taken during the drive home from the hospital with my daughter to my YouTube channel (set as private) and then created a QR code for it. This allows it to be scanned by a QR code reader on a phone that links to the video and plays it. (My children LOVE these!)

There is much more to this album than I could show here. If you would like a look at the entire album, I have a flip through below:

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

Hello Happy | Happiness | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends! Today, I have a fun rainbow layout for you featuring the Happiness Collection and a fun stencil and some paints. 

To start this layout, I went through my stash of Happiness papers and created a rainbow of 2 inch strips of paper. Then I pulled out a 9×12 stencil and some coordinating colors of embellishment mousse and brushed them through the stencil to create my background. Once I had the stars blended, I stuck down my strips of paper and ran it through my sewing machine and created a wonky border with some black thread. 

After I had my strips and my stitching done, I went to work creating my embellishment cluster. I matted my photo on a few of the papers from the 6×8 paper pad and then pulled out the ephemera pack and the cardstock stickers. I chose to pop some of the embellishments up on foam while building my clusters and added some die cut pieces at varying heights to add texture and dimension. 

For my title, I used the cardstock title pack and kept it simple with “Hello Happy”. I added another die cut underneath it to add some more color and continue the sentiment and then I scattered some clear stickers across the page to continue the painterly effect and add some more interest to the background. 

This layout was super easy to put together and so much fun to make. I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to make a rainbow of your own.




Hey Creative friends,

Gwen back on the blog today and I have a page I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time. I’m a big fan of scrapbooking the ‘everyday’ and the little things in my world AND, I’m pretty sure most of you with tweens or teens are going to relate to this one.

This photo was taken out at a restaurant for lunch, and yes, Miss 12 was sitting on her phone… it has become a little bit of a family joke, we like to tease her a little about it. She is always chatting with her friends or checking out Instagram, it’s a big part of her world right now and I really wanted to document it, because I know it won’t always be like that. Look at that concentration on her face, oh so serious!

Along with my photo, I also had the idea to use this cut file to help me tell the story. It is by CUT to YOU. I cut the phone element out really large and then a couple of the speech bubble elements. I’ve then gone about backing these. For the large phone piece, I couldn’t go past the beautiful ombre of the ‘Shine Bright‘ paper. For the speech bubbles, I’ve gone with the dark floral in the ‘Mixed Blessings‘ pattern paper and the floral from the ‘Inky Depths‘ pattern paper. The smaller print of these florals was perfect for this.

With my cut files backed, I went about the base design for the page. I’ve positioned the phone element down the left-hand side and the two speech bubbles coming out from it towards the right. I’ve mat my photo here with more of the ‘Shine Bright‘ pattern paper and stitched around the edge for added detail. You can see I’ve also used this paper for my outside edge border.

Now that my large elements are in place and the design for the layout has structure and a plan, I can now add in my smaller elements. This is the fun bit for me! I knew I wanted to add in a title for this page using the ‘Die Cut Titles‘. There are so many great titles in this pack but nothing was quite right for the space I had to work with or the moment I was trying to document, so… I got creative! I used the word ‘this’ and then the word ‘things’ but trimmed off the ‘s’ on the end, making my title ‘this thing’. **Design Tip – Don’t be afraid to cut or trim die-cut elements to make them unique and help them work on your page.

Now, it was just a matter of adding in some pretty elements. I pulled from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack as well as a flair from the ‘Flair Buttons‘ pack. I’ve also used this sweet sticker with a heart on it from the Accessory Sticker sheet. The flower and bow are what I like to call ‘Vintage’ Cocoa, from the depths of my stash, so it was great to get them onto a page!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating with this collection and maybe document a small part of your everyday! As always, be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio and CUT to YOU Facebook groups to share your pages, I love seeing what you make.

Until next time,



My Lovely | unforgettable and Happiness | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends,
Anita here sharing a fun mixed media layout with lot’s of flowers and leaves using unforgettable and happiness collections I really love how all the cocoa vanilla studio collections always work so well together and I absolutely love the bright and beautiful colours…


I started off with white cardstock and adhered it on sprightly pattered paper to add colour to my border around my white cardstock then stitched around the edges using my sewing machine


Then I added watercolour to the cardstock and then mixing pink paint with heavy body gel
Through a dots stencil to add more texture to the background


Then I started adding flowers and leaves from a cut file from Paige Evans that I cut from unscripted ,garland papers and the 6×8 happiness paper pad using my silhouette cameo I added a flair and enamel dots and a few rhinestones from my stash


Then I matted my photo on papers From the 6×8 unforgettable paper pad and the blue pattern paper from the happiness paper pad and tucking it in the flower clusters and i used a title from the happiness cardstock titles


And I finish off the layout by adding some ephemera and stickers around my photo
And clear stickers around my floral cluster.




I hope I’ve given you some fun mixed media and floral inspiration 💗
Happy crafting…

Bedtime rituals | Mixed collections | Anna Komenda

Hello friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page made with CVS goodies. You all have seen the brand new line that will be appearing in the stores any time called “Legendary”. It’s another amazing, boy themed line, that came out from Zoe’s wonderful mind. I am still waiting for it, so I decided to dive into older collections. This time my creative process started with a picture, that I printed long ago but didn’t have mojo on how to scrapbook it. The important thing for this page is mentioning that my printer was dead for few days so I had to use photos that I already had on hand, so I was kind of “forced” to use this one. Don’t get me wrong – the picture is so cute and darling to me but the colors were hard to scrapbook as I always prefer more pastel shades and this one was edited with weird filter. it was a perfect opportunity to challenge myslef. I knew I am going to use some CVS collections, so I went through my stash and picked papers that may work for those colors and “baby bedtime” theme.

“Endless summer” line turned out to be just perfect when it comes to colors, especially the paper with cute clouds. It’s no longer available in the shop but you can purchase the digtal version of it and print your own paper. Stary paper “Star fall” from “Boys rule” collection was just perfect for a bedtime themed page. Thta it how thw whole idea came out.

After I fussy cut some clouds, I placed them around the background and added photo. I knew, I didn’t want to add too much to make a picture a main star of the project. I have a little box filled with elements from older CVS collections, all mixed up so I searched through it looking for matching elements. I didn’t care the line, I just wanted them to fit the theme. I picked many wooden stars from various collections including the very first boy themed line “Flying high”. I also added a cardboard frame and rubber tag that were a part of “Wild at heart” collection. My title was made with leftover alpha stickers.

It’s a very simple page and because the photo carries so many good memories, i wanted to add journaling too. however, I hate seeing my hadwriting on the pages, so I hid it. I cut out two tags in the same size from paper scraps and tided them with a string. The bottom tag has a little journaling on it, but it’s cover by the second one. This way I still get my memories recorded and a clean page 🙂

That is all for today. CVS collections are perfect used separatelly and together and working with them is a pure joy. I am a member of this team for 5!!! years and I still can’t get enough of them. thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

Happy Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate it.

XO Anna

My Happiness | Happiness Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Friends its Michelle back here today with my first layout share for the month of LOVE.. I went with a heart theme for my layout using the colourful HAPPINESS Collection and a new cut file from CUT to YOU.

This sweet girl LOVES a selfie here and there, and the perfect time to capture just happens to be night time snuggles. However I’ve just realised upon writing this post that the photo was in fact taken early December, the night before her birthday. The journalling for the photo could have been completely different, but much the same as the direction I took when creating.

OK, lets talk through the process of how this all came together shall we?

I resized the cut file design to around 10 inches and cut it out twice for this layout – once using white cardstock for the outline, then again for the backing piece using the MEADOW paper. I adhered the 2 pieces together where each heart joins the next and left the tops of the hearts open for a little added dimension. Then I stuck the entire piece to the backing paper SPRINKLES

I added the photo to the bottom left of the hearts wreath, layered with some vellum and GOOD VIBES paper and adhered using foam tape to lift it up off the layout. I added a cluster of EPHEMERA pieces to the right of this using different forms of adhesive for varying depth of layers.

Heres a closer look at all that pretty goodness

Top left of the layout I replicated the ephemera cluster and added a title using cardstock words. To the lower right I added my handwritten journalling, a couple of accessory stickers and of course the wrong stamped date HAHA

Well thats all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Be sure to check in with us in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on facebook to discuss ALL things CVS.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x




Little Moments | Unforgettable | Kylie Kingham.

Hello lovely friends! It is Kylie with you all today on the blog and I have a brand new layout to share featuring the gorgeous ‘Unforgettable’ collection. Of course, being me, I wanted to feature lots of flowers which are my favourites! I love that the die cut pack comes with so many blooms to use on your creations. I have also included a floral cut file in my layout, which was designed by Paige Evans.

I decided to work with a white background and add some paper borders which I have done so using the ‘GLORIOUS’ paper. On one of the coloured borders I have used a lace border punch from my stash to add a pretty detailed finish. I also had some hot pink, heart ribbon in my stash which I have glued down over the border edges. I had been wanting to use this ribbon for a while and this seemed like the perfect match for it.

Using the 6 x 8 paper stack, I backed my cut file before adhering it to my background with foam tape. By using foam, it helps it to sit up from the background, allowing you to create dimension within your layout. I also added some cute clusters of floral die cuts over the top of the cut file.

From this angle you can really see the height and dimension added to the layout…

My photo was backed with the ‘Forget Me Not’ paper before being added to my background, again with foam tape. To finish, I have added more floral clusters as well as a cute title .

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my layout has given you a few ideas for your own creating.

Until next time,



XOXO | Bohemian Dream and Wild At Heart Collections | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today, as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I decided to create a Iove themed layout using both the Bohemian Dream collection and the Wild At Heart collection. I love how these two gorgeous collections combine together!

I cut out the XO twice from the Colour Me Happy cut file set using white cardstock. Once cut, I backed it with the ‘B’ side of the Fussy Cuts paper from the Wild at Heart collection. I placed some craft foam under the cut file and adhered it to a 6.5′ x 12′ piece of the ‘B’ side of the Abundant paper from the Bohemian Dream collection. I then adhered the whole piece to the Gypsy Heart paper that I chose for my background, this piece is also from the Bohemian Dream collection.

My photo is a fairly recent one of myself and my hubby chilling out on some deck chairs, its not often that he will get in photos with me so when I can a snap some selfies! Under the photo, I layered a piece from the Beautiful Mess paper and one of the die-cut frames from the Wild At Heart ephemera pack. I then tucked my photo and layers into the left side of the bottom XO and also having the top ‘X’ overlap onto the photo.

On the top ‘O’ I added the round purple sticker from the Bohemian Dream Accessory sticker sheet and also added one of the Wild At Heart flairs to the centre of the sticker. On the other ‘O’ I added one of the die-cuts from the Bohemian Dream ephemera pack. To the right of the top ‘XO’ I added one of the tags and arrows from the Wild at Heart ephemera pack. Lastly, I added some of the wood veneer hearts also from Wild At Heart and some of the white and black phrase stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! I do hope you can take some inspiration from my layout today.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

So Lovely | Happiness & Unforgettable Collections | Rachel Lowe

Hey all Rachel here and today I have this layout to share with using created using a mix of Happiness and Unforgettable collections.

I have used a gorgeous cut file from Cut to You Floral Bouquet.

I firstly measured my cut file to 10×10 inches and adhered to a white cardstock. I created a scallop page at 10.5×10.5 inches using Lacewing paper from Unforgettable collection. I add the 10×10 inch piece with foam tape on the scallop pink piece and then adhered this to a white 12×12 inch white cardstock. Layering like this softens your layout.

I paper pieced the floral cut file using Frame of Mind paper (from Happiness collection) and Class Act Paper (from Love Always collection).

I next added my photo which is 3.5×3.5 inches but before placing down I added a Happiness clear stickers to the top and bottom of photo placement. I then added my title using die cut titles from Happiness collection.

I fussy cut numerous butterflies from the Bright and Beautiful paper (Happiness collection) and added them with foam tape.



Florals and butterflies, a winning combination for a girl themed layout. Thank you for stopping by today and will see you again later in the month.

Rachel X