Our Sunshine | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello It’s Michelle here today with a new layout to share with you all as part of our current Product Focus theme. This week we’re showcasing fun ways to add our new Puffy Hearts, sequins and flowers to your crafty creations. I’ve used the Beautiful new Daydream Collection that features all of these sweet embellishments.



I’ve started the layout by using the paper ‘Sweet Serenity’ for the background as it gives the layout a mixed media look without having to get messy, plus its so so pretty. I’ve added a cutfile from CUT to YOU using some white cardstock, vellum and sequins, more on that below. There’s also another little hint of pink paper to make the super cute photo of Leila pop, this is the 6×8 version of ‘Stepping Stones’ from the 6×8 paper stack.



How cute is that little face. This photo, along with a few others, were taken by a local photographer to our area just before she turned One, oh how the years have flown. So many beautiful moments captured



Here’s a closer look at one of the areas that I went a little sequin crazy. I’ve used my trusty hot glue gun in areas of the cutfile that I had backed with cardstock and just dumped the entire packet of sequins over the top in hopes some of them would stick. I shook off the excess and repeated the process with the other open heart. I didn’t want the entire layout to look like a disco ball so I only went OTT with the sequins on 2 of the open hearts rather than all 3. I did also add a couple extras into the embellishment clusters.



The main embellishment cluster to the right of the photo came together pretty quickly by using some of the left over fussy cut flowers I had from the floral framed layout last fortnight, a puffy heart tucked in behind the layers and a sweet little flower.



To the left of the photo I’ve added a smaller cluster of florals to make it look like the two clusters are draped across the top of the cutfile with the photo sitting over the top.



The title nestled perfectly into the other sequin heart to the right of the layout, which I’ve adhered using foam tape so it didn’t sit too flat.


Here’s a final look at the whole layout..


Well that’s all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by to see what I created for our Sequins, Flowers and Puffy Hearts theme. Be sure to check out your favourite Scrapbook store for this amazing collection, its certainly one you don’t want to miss out on.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx


Happy Days layout | Daydream collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello Cocoa Vanilla fans! It’s Kylie back with you all today with another layout created with the ‘Daydream’ collection. For todays layout I am making a feature of hearts, sequins and flowers. My favourites! It’s so easy to create such soft and pretty pages with this collection and for something a little different I wanted to create some layered paper flowers.

To begin I cut some flowers using some lovely layered flower cut files from Neat and Crafty Cutz. Once they were all cut out, I pinched, folded and adhered them together to create lovely ruffled, dimensional blooms. I glued a few of the sequins from the sequin mix into the centre of some for a little extra sparkle and used the paper roses in the centre of others. For my background I chose the paper ‘SWEET SERENITY’ and cut down a piece of the ‘OVER THE RAINBOW’ paper to 18cm x 9cm, adhering it over the top.

My photos were printed smaller and adhered down the left side of my page with foam adhesive so they would sit up from the page and not become lost amongst all those blooms.Next I began positioning the flowers so they appeared to be cascading down the page around my photos. When I was happy with the balance I tucked in some of the foliage I cut out to fill the spaces between the flowers.

To complete my page I added some of the gorgeous fabric hearts and a large title from the die cut pack. I get asked a lot about storing a layout with a lot of dimension, like I have created with my paper flowers. I still add them to my albums without them becoming flattened too much or I hang them in my craft studio. You don’t necessarily have to fold your paper blooms too much either to be able to achieve a lovely dimension about them.

So that you can see exactly how my layout came together I have filmed a short process video for you that you can watch below:

Happy scrapping friends!



Our Home | Daydream collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you on the Cocoa Vanilla blog and today I am sharing another new layout featuring the amazing new Daydream collection!

This week some of the design team are focusing on using the super cute puffy hearts and gorgeous sequins included in the Daydream collection!

I started out by choosing a super cute house cut file from CUT to YOU, I cut it from white cardstock and then backed all the different parts of the house with the gorgeous papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad. The paper pad is perfect for backing cut files and for making cards with, it means you do not have to cut into a full sheet of 12′ x 12′ paper just to use a small section. Once the sections were all backed, I adhered the entire cut file to plain white cardstock using craft foam to give it some dimension and I then trimmed the white cardstock down and matted the entire page with the ‘B’ side of the Garden Variety paper. I then machine stitched around the white edge of the white cardstock for some extra texture and detail.

As I went for a home themed page design, I documented a photo of my gorgeous nieces at their home cuddling up with a doona together. I placed the photo to the right side of the house cut file so that you could still see the door of the house! I knew I wanted to add the ‘Happy Days With You’ banner sticker to the front door as you can see in the detail photo below. To the right of the photo, I tucked in one of the journal tabs, some cute flower die-cuts and a small tab that says ‘Sweet’. I also layered one of the moth die-cuts to the bottom right corner of the photo. Underneath the photo, I created a another small cluster including a small house die-cut with layered stickers over the top. Here I also stamped the date stamp of when the photo was taken.

The Daydream collection has the most gorgeous rainbows included in it so I added one of the rainbow stickers above the photo, it was the perfect size. I wanted to add the small yellow sequins to the windows of the cut file design to replicate a reflecting look like you would get from the glass of actual windows, I think these look cute placed here.

I also wanted to give the roof of the house cut file some texture like rooves have so the sequins were the perfect element to add here. They fit perfectly and give some texture to enhance the roof in the design. I also placed the mint green puffy heart to the heart in the cut file design – again the prefect embellishment to add here! The title is made up of the cardstock die-cut words, I added foam dots under the title to help pop it up off the page. I love the dimension it created. I added a few more phrase accessory stickers below the title here. The chimney at the top of the house was looking a little bare so I decided to add some of the small floral die-cuts tucked into it. I think these look cute too! Lastly I added another moth up near the chimney and a heart sticker too.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog, I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout today and that you are inspired in some way. If you don’t have the Daydream collection yet, be sure to keep an eye on the Cocoa Vanilla online store as the Daydream collection should be coming really soon! Trust me, YOU NEED IT!! It is amazing!!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Happy Days | Daydream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here today to share my latest design team page with you. This layout is actually the very first page I created with the brand new ‘Daydream’ collection, even though I am only sharing it now. When I cracked open this collection to create, I couldn’t help myself but reach for the adorable Over the Rainbow paper first. (I think there are lots of people who did the same – including our design team!) You may recall seeing lots of rainbow themed layouts over the past week from our team as part of our rainbow theme, so I thought what better time to share this page and join in the fun!

Now the funny thing about this layout, is I already knew I was going to make it before I even received the collection. (Very unlike me to plan a page ahead of time!) As soon as I saw Zoe’s reveal of this paper, I knew I wanted to use a silhouetted photo of my daughter standing under the rainbow (so I had her pose for the photo in advance).
I started my layout by adding a little bit of extra detail to the paper. I used a fine tip white paint pen to add faux stitched detail along the edges of some of the rainbow arches, and then faux hand stitched details onto the blue hearts.

I then cut around my photo to get rid of all the background and placed some messy white cotton thread for soft texture where my photo was going to go. I used some scrap cardboard behind the photo to pop it up from the page.
Once I had the photo in place I added a floral piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack along the bottom edge of the page so it looked as though she was springing from a bunch of flowers. I also added a small floral sprig and the fantabulous banner piece to cover her hand.

Now it was time to add some extra detail around my page. In keeping with the whimsical scene I was creating, I added the die cut sun from the ephemera pack in the top right corner of the page using some foam tape to pop it up. I also used the happy days words from the ephemera pack as my page title.

With my daughter’s pose of her hand being held joyfully in the air, I wanted to create a look as though she was scattering some fun / happiness / rainbow vibes, so I used a selection of sequins from the Sequins & Flowers pack and stuck them as though they were being thrown from her hand.
I also added three fussy cut butterflies from the All Aflutter paper, placing them so they were on the coordinating coloured arch on the rainbow.
I finished off with a few happy phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet placed onto the rainbow and my page was done. This whimsical scene was unlike my usual style of page, but I really had fun creating it and I am happy I could bring my vision to life. (And my daughter absolutely loves it, which is the most important thing, right?!)


Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. If you haven’t managed to find the ‘Daydream’ collection yet because your favorite store sold out, rest assured that plenty of re-stocks have been shipped, so check with them to see if they have it coming.
Until next time, happy scrapping!

Shine On | Day Dream | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends today I have my second share using the stunning Day Dream collection! When it comes to wreaths I am unable to avoid using them and although it seems most of the work is done for you, you can still add your own unique mark. The DAISY DAYS paper is perfect for these photos of my daughter.

I was also inspired by the September Mood Board challenge!

I used a butterfly cut file and layered flowers from the Silhouette Design Store but if you don’t have a cutting machine you could use a hand punch to create the same effect. For the butterflies, I have used the SWEET SERENITY paper and for my flowers, I have used UP IN THE CLOUDS, SUN SHOWER and HAPPY PLACE papers.

I used the die cut circle frames from the EPHEMERA PACK, keeping the circular theme of the wreath. I added them both with foam tape to add height.

Once I had added the butterflies (which I did in a way so it appeared they were flying all in one direction) I then set about adding my layered flowers in a balanced way.

I tucked this tag in between the flowers and added some word sentiments from the ACCESSORY STICKER SHEET.

I used the DIE CUT TITLES creating my title Shine On which again I added with foam tape. I couldn’t resist adding the odd moth die cut around the wreath. I finished my layout off adding one of the gorgeous FLAIR BUTTONS.

I love the dimension and textures of this layout incorporating Zoe’s stunning wreath design! Talking of Zoe’s stunning designs, if you missed my craft room update here it is!

Yes, it is totally inspired by the OVER THE RAINBOW paper from the collection. I love my new space, it really is my happy place. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week with a little time to create.

Rachel X







Big Heart | Daydream Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello crafty friends !


It’s Sophie with you today and I am so happy to share my very first layout created with the GORGEOUS Daydream collection !



I went for a rainbow-themed layout, inspired by all the rainbow pages we have on the CVS Facebook group !


I started my design by cutting a simple rainbow with my cutting machine on thick white cardstock.


I backed each ray of the rainbow with different patterned papers from the collection, namely “Happy Place“, “Sun Shower“, “All Aflutter” and “Sweet Serenity“. I also machine stitched between the rays with white thread.


I played with my water-colours to add just a little bit of interest on the white background, mostly around where I had planned to put my photo.


I used a photo of Sabrina and our dog to illustrate how lucky they are to have each other in those difficult Covid times. I placed it on one end of the rainbow, added tissue paper and adhesive foam behind it.


I cut a big strip of my white background paper on the bottom of the layout, punched a scalloped border and added the beautiful woodgrain patterned paper from Daydream called “Over the Rainbow” underneath the white cardstock.


I created a cluster of flowers on the bottom of my photo and tucked a few flowers underneath the scalloped border as well. They all come from the beautiful Die Cut Ephemera pack from the Daydream collection.



I used the Daydream Die Cut Titles for my “Big Heart” title, and hand wrote my journaling directly on the background.


Finally, I hand drew three clouds on which I applied a little bit of water-colour paint. I layered them with white cardstock and adhesive foam to make them stand out over the rainbow.



Isn’t this collection just AMAZING ?!!? I can’t get enough of everything about it !!


I hope you like the end result and that it will give you some ideas to get crafty and play with Daydream !


Here are more close-ups;







Thank you so much for stopping by !


Until next time,


Sophie xx


Chillin’ Together | Daydream Collection | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today sharing a new layout for our ‘Rainbows’ theme with you all. Of course I had to use the stunning new Daydream collection to create this layout. I have also used two cut files from the Cut to You store as the main design elements on this page.

Here is the layout that I created:

These photos I am documenting were taken on Mother’s Day this year. In Victoria in May we were in COVID restrictions so this made our Mother’s Day look a lot different to what it may have looked like in the past. Although different I was glad to be able to capture a few pics of the kiddies and I together. The photos do capture the kids personalities beautifully.

I printed the series of photos using my Canon Selphy and made them a bit over an inch wide and about 6” long. I wanted it to mimic a photo strip. Of course I printed them in black and white, one of my fave ways to print photos.

For the rainbow I used a selection of papers in the 6×8 paper pad. I started with the pinks, then used blue and yellow for the other parts of the rainbow. The backing of the cut file did take a while but the finished result was worth it. I decided that I wanted to place it on the upper area of the page and the title underneath. The cut file is adhered to the page using foam adhesive to give it that dimension.

I decided to place the photo strip to the right of the rainbow and embellish on that right side using florals that were both fussy cut from papers but also from the ephemera packs. I love the way that florals allow you to layer and create so much detail on a layout.

The title of the page is created using a cut file and a title piece from the die cut title pack. The journaling was typed on my typewriter and adhered In strip form underneath.

To help balance the top heaviness of the layout on that right side I created a small cluster of embellishments to the bottom left of the page. This really helps to move your eyes around the page from the photo to the rainbow then to the title in a triangular shape. I used one of the gorgeous hearts on this page and I absolutely adore how it looks! I was able to adhere it really easily using a liquid adhesive.

I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today.  It has been so nice having creative time amongst supporting my own children and teaching remotely for this past 6 weeks, its been a challenging time.

Thanks for stopping by the CVS blog today, take care

Raquel xxx


Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a new layout share.  This week the design team are all sharing projects inspired by Rainbows, how fun right! If you are a fan of Rainbows (and who isn’t) you’ll want to be sure to check out all of the projects if you haven’t already, they are all stunners! I’m also using the new ‘Daydream’ collection which is so perfect for this theme.

Seeing our theme this week is ‘Rainbows’ I was super eager to use this fun Rainbow cut file, (CUT to YOU). I’ve gone ahead and backed it with the ‘Sweet Serenity’ pattern paper. I’ve used both the A and B sides for this and then finished off my Rainbow cut file with some stitching in a pretty pink thread. I’ve then added foam tape to the back and positioned onto my background.

The background for the page is the ‘Sun Shower’ pattern paper, I adore the sweet little raindrop print on this one, the print is so fun for using as a background on your page.

Next, I wanted to position my photo… I do this early as I like to work from the largest elements to the smallest. I’ve chosen to place it on the left so that my daughter (in the picture) is looking in toward the centre of the layout.

Now I can get onto adding some pretty details. I’ve fussy cut out a stack of florals from the ‘Garden Variety’ pattern paper as well as some title elements from the ‘Happy Place’ Cut Apart sheet. I’ve added foam tape to some of these for dimension.

You can see below here that I’ve also added in a flair from the ‘flair pack’ and that cute heart from the ‘Puffy Hearts pack’, the hearts are so sweet and have an added gold detail.

Next, I’ve added in some typed sentiment stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and finished the page off with some fussy cut out moths from the ‘All A Flutter’ pattern paper. **TIP – Fussy cut out elements from pattern papers in advance, then you have a sweet stash to add to your page as you are creating.

Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I pulled my page together… I also have a YouTube process video up on my channel for this one which you can watch here. If it has inspired you in any way, please let me know by giving it a thumbs up 🙂 xox

Until next time,



Play | Bohemian Dream | Laura Alberts

Hi y’all! Laura back again with a burst of color in this joyful layout of my darling girls playing together. I just adore their sweet friendship and have to celebrate it at every opportunity! Today’s theme is Throwback Thursday, so I reached into my stash for the very first Cocoa Vanilla collection I ever purchased, the stunning Bohemian Dream! This bold mix of pink, purple, and navy captured my heart from the very first time I saw it.

To start this layout, I backed a cut file from Redefined Kreative with the Abstract patterned paper, then layered it onto the Wild & Free Paper to make a big, bold patterned paper background. Building up from there, I used the remaining purple B-side of Abstract to mat my photos and then added lots of beautiful florals and word phrases around them.

To finish it off, I added some enamel shapes, gold Nuvo drops, gold ink splatter, and sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps that coordinated perfectly! These little details make such a huge difference on a layout and can take a simple page to superb in a flash! I had plenty to share about these two peas in a pod, so I wrote my journaling all around the outside of the mandala. This gave it a bit of an outline as well to distinguish the cut file from the background.


I hope this pattern paper filled layout inspires you to look at your papers a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can use up every little scrap. If you’d like to see the Play layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!


Sweet Dream | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

 Hi there crafty friends, Anita with you today sharing a layout with the
rainbow theme for this week how super cute is the rainbow paper from the new
Day Dream collection ,I know the design team girls have fallen in love
with it and the floral pattern paper just absolutely beautiful when I sat down
to start my layout looking at the rainbow just sparked a image in my head a
hot air balloon floating in the sky with little clouds over a rainbow and I’m
really happy how it turned out…

I started by fussy cutting out the rainbow from the over the rainbow
pattern paper and then added machine stitching to each and adhered it down on
white card stock for my background then I cut out the hot air balloon and
clouds using cut files from @neatncraftycutz and backed the hot air balloon
with papers from the 6×8 paper pad. I then machine stitched around each
cloud to add a bit of texture.


Then next I fussy cut out the flowers from garden variety pattern paper
and starting adding them around the layout on the balloon and clouds , I even
fussy cut the smallest flowers to add a sprinkle of flowers around the floral
clusters. I matted my photo on papers from the 6×8 and tucked a few bit
of ephemera and accessory stickers around to add more
layers and colour


I added a title from the die cut titles then some ephemera around the
background, on the clouds and hot air balloon to finish it off.


check out my
process video



I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration today

Happy crafting..xx