Grateful Heart | These Days Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends! Today I am sharing my second layout using the oh so beautiful These Days collection. I love this photo of my eldest and youngest and this inspired my layout.

I cut a diagonal strip from the Take Flight paper (butterfly side) and added this over the Family Ties paper (green side). I chose two of the 3×4 inch pocket cards, both black so they would contrast against the colours, one to mat my photo and the other to create a page feature.

I next added florals from the Floral Ephemera Pack starting at the edge and working my way in. Some I added with foam tape and ensured they were positioned in a interesting way across the diagonal (do not to a straight row or it will look flat and uninteresting).

I used die cuts from the Ephemera Pack to embellish my pocket card. I added this gorgeous title with foam tape, I added the little boy from another die cut by fussy cutting and adding him to the mother and daughter die cut, this kept the theme of my photo.

I added extra butterflies from the Puffy Stickers sheet. I had to use the stunning black Foam Title Stickers which really stands out against the muted green and tomes down the multi coloured butterfly paper. I curved my chosen words for visual interest and finished off with a Gold Puffy Heart.

I always leave my layout overnight so I can look again with fresh eyes before I photograph it, this is when I usually add small details like adding the Wooden Epoxy Buttons, more leaves to the florals and so on.

I really enjoyed creating this layout and documenting this moment in time. I am loving seeing all your layouts on social media using These Days, it’s just one of those collections that is so easy to create with!

Thanks for stopping by, have a safe and creative week!

Rachel X

Grateful | These Days | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here today sharing a new layout featuring the new and amazing These Days collection. I was really inspired by the icons and elements in this collection and had a similar layout idea rolling around in my head since I received it. I had wanted to create a layout with a house design, and include the sentiment and quote “home is whenever I’m with you”.


Here is the layout I created:


The subject of this photo is hubby and I from our wedding back in 2011. The warm tones in the photo suited this colour palette beautifully. The main design of the page was a house cut file. To create this cut file I actually just found a house icon via google and traced that in my cutting machine software. This was a quick and easy way to customise my layout to suit the design I had in my mind.

The title ‘grateful’ was from the foam stickers. I love the bold and striking contrast the black has against the woodgrain paper and white of the cut file. The ‘together is the best place to be’ is from the accessory sticker sheet.

At the left and right sides of the house there was shrubbery style shape. I decided to use that as a base for embellishing and adding floral elements to the house – in a way to replicate garden beds out the front. I used a combination of the regular ephemera and the floral ephemera packs. I adhered these in a variety of depths. To finish this embellishment cluster below I added some puffy stickers, a clear sticker paint swipe and a ‘love you so much’ tiny word sticker.

The cluster to the left of the house was completed much the same using the same ephemera packs and puffy stickers. Again, using a variety of dimensions to adhere through the use of tapes and foam adhesives.

I wanted to add a smaller detail to the top left of the page so I tore the white background, and added a pop of the woodgrain under it to add another touch of that pattern. Machine stitching the edges of the layout helped to tie all this in together.

The ‘home is whenever I am with you’ is one of my favourite elements on this layout. I love that it mimics a photo frame and is the ideal and perfectly worded sub heading.


The whole house design was adhered to the page with a adhesive foam sheet. This gives enough shadow to create interest but also allows me to layer under and around it.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have been inspired by my layout today!

Take care








Hello Lovely | Hello Lovely digital collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends !


It’s Sophie with you today and a Throwback Thursday layout !


I used the Digital Hello Lovely collection that you can find here in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Shop.



Everything you see on this page comes from the digital kit that I printed at home with my Ink Jet printer. Let’s guide you through my process:


I started with a thick white cardstock as my base and created a simple mixed media background with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang magical powders diluted with water. I also added splatters of color with my brush.


I used a cut file from the JustNick Studio store and backed it with some Hello Lovely patterned papers. I also added a little bit of watercolor paint on the leaves and flowers to give them more depth and interest.



I mounted the cut file on adhesive foam and placed it on the lower half of the page.


I printed a beautiful photo of my little Sabrina in black and white, added tissue paper and arranged it a bit crooked above the cut file.


I fussy cut the title, banner and ephemeras from the printed digital collection and made sure to pop them with adhesive foam for more dimension before placing them on my layout.



I also added fussy cut beautiful florals that I added on top of the cut file.


I teared a big chunk of the polka dot paper to place on the bottom of the page, adding to it a fussy cut scalloped border, different words and a label on which I stamped the date.



Finally, I handwrote my journaling with a fine tip black pen directly on my background and scattered a few white Nuvo Drops as the finishing touch.


Here are more close-ups:










I hope that you like my page today and feel inspire to use some older digital kits ! They are beautiful, very inexpensive and easy and fun to work with.


Please don’t forget how copy rights are important though in not sharing these files if you buy them.


Thank you so much for stopping by,


Happy creating !


Sophie xx


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today sharing a new layout using the ‘These Days’ collection.  We are doing a bit of a Scrap-lift on the blog this week and I’m super excited to be inspired by a layout created by Laura Alberts.  I’ve included an image below of her layout so you can see all the inspiration I’ve had for my page.

There is so much about Laura’s page that inspires me.  I was first drawn to the frames in her background and their grid like format.  Then I was drawn to her black and white portrait image finished off with a striking black border on her layout.  For my layout, I simply started with those three elements and went from there.  I’ve pulled from my stash the same black and white pattern paper she has used for her outside edge (More than Words Collection – Gossamer) and then teamed it with the latest ‘These Days’ collection.  I’ve also found a black and white portrait photo to use, just as she has.  This one is a photo of me and I thought, why not use it, I don’t scrapbook myself nearly enough 🙂  I know I’m also going to use some butterfly embellishments just as she has in her page.

For the background of the layout, I’m using the ‘Home Grown’ pattern paper.  I love using pattern paper rather than card stock for my page backgrounds, this one is a pretty shade of yellow.  I’ve then pulled out a cut file from CUT to YOU, this one is a lovely mix of floral and frames.  I wanted to replicate the frames on Laura’s layout here.  I have gone ahead and backed the cut file using the A5 paper pad and then left the frames all open so that my lovely yellow background will show through.

Next, I’ve backed my photo and then fussy cut out a few of the pretty frames from the ‘Wall of Frame’ pattern paper.  I’m going to use these to layer into the frames in my cut file for something different.  This is a great way to give a bit of a backed look to the cut file, without the hard work.  The frames in this pattern paper are super quick to fussy cut out.  I’m using both of these elements taking inspiration from the frames in the background of Laura’s page.

I have positioned my photo to the left of the page so that you can see most of the floral elements in my cut file on the right.  From there, I’ve created three embellishment clusters using lots of elements from the collection.

I’ve featured elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’ as well as florals from the ‘Floral Ephemera’ pack.  For the title of my page, I’m going with a sticker that says ‘Bloom where you are planted’ from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’.  I’ve also used the typed sentiment stickers on the bottom of that sheet adding them to my page with foam tape for dimension.

To finish up the page, I’ve added in 3 of the ‘Wooden Buttons’ and they really help draw the eye around the layout as well as adding some lovely texture to the page.

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

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed seeing the details in my layout and that it has inspired you in some way 🙂

Until next time,



Always Together | These Days Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura back again with a fun scraplift of Gwen Wruck! I absolutely loved Gwen’s fabulously frame-filled layout, so I just had to recreate it with the new These Days collection! Some of the things I loved most about Gwen’s layout were the variety of frame/photo sizes, the way her embellishments overlapped the frames, and the large title at the bottom. So, these are the elements I focused on when creating my version of her fun design.

First and foremost, I needed to create some frames! I used the A5 black and white floral to create frames for my 4×4 inch, 2 – 3×3 inch, and 2×2 inch photos. Then, I fussy cut several of the smaller frames from the patterned papers as well. The combination of the two work beautifully to contrast the bold and colorful Family Ties patterned paper that I used for a background to mimic Gwen’s painted one. I filled each of the frames with either a photo or an embellishment and puzzled them together as closely as I could to Gwen’s design.

Adding in a variety of textures to this page was so much fun! Between the fabric hearts, puffy stickers, wood veneer buttons, and Nuvo drops, this page is filled with texture! My personal favorite was the tiny houses, which were perfect for photos showcasing backyard fun at our home. I added gold Nuvo Drops as controlled splatter before going wild and crazy with gold ink spray around the perimeter of the frames (as is my usual style!).

To finish this page off, I added a bold title similar to Gwen’s below my frame collage and then fit my journaling into the small frame beside it. I love the way these frames really focused in on my photos and allowed me to fit so many onto one page without it feeling overwhelming!

I hope this layout encourages you to try your hand at making your own frames or fussy cutting them out for your next project! If you’d like to see how “Always Together” was created, check out the process video below!

Bloom | These Days Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio friends! Danni here with a layout inspired by this month’s gorgeous moodboard. I was incredibly inspired by all the bright rich colours and the quote, so I decided to pull out my watercolours and have some painty fun.

When I first received the new ‘These Days’ collection and saw the sketchy florals in Neighbourhood 12×12 patterned paper, I thought it was perfect for making a customized painted background. I pulled some of the beautiful bright colours from the moodboard and used my watercolour paints to fill in the outline of some of the leaves and flowers.

I wanted that soft hand painted watercolour effect, so I kept the painting quite messy and imperfect. I also left some of the outlines unpainted to avoid the background looking too clustered and added some delicate splatters.

I chose a single photo of a beautiful kookaburra my husband took several years ago and matted it with the woodgrain paper from the A5 paper stack. Using the floral images from the moodboard, I chose some floral cluster cutfiles from my stash and backed them with Daybreak 12×12 patterned paper and one of the 3×4 pocket cards. I tucked the clusters around opposite corners of my photo.

To fill out the floral clusters I tucked some of the floral ephemera in amongst them, layering them to create an illusion of depth and dimension. I added a sticker from the accessory stickers as a small title, layering it with a label below my photo. I added in some small leaves and flowers from the floral ephemera to tie this in with the rest of the ephemera clusters.

To finish everything off I added three tiny butterflies that I fussy cut from the A5 paper stack butterfly paper, bending them in the middle to make them three dimensional. I love how the hand painted background turned out! This is such a great way to add colour and tailor a paper to exactly what you are going for. I hope you enjoy trying this out too. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

Little Moments of Joy | These Days Collection | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a layout featuring the beautiful new These Days collection. I’m absolutely loving creating with the soft colour palettes and pretty florals in this collection! I knew that it would be perfect for documenting this beautiful photo of my eldest daughter Abi, taken when we went out for brekky together on the morning of her Year 10 formal.

I started my layout off by trimming down a sheet of white cardstock to approximately 11.5 inches square and matting it on the reverse side of the Family Ties patterned paper. Next I adhered a 9 inch square piece of the yellow gingham Home Grown paper to the middle of the page. I added machine stitching around both the white cardstock and the patterned paper to give the page some additional texture. I then adhered a 4 inch wide strip of the Pretty Posies patterned paper, slightly off centre, towards the left hand side of the page. I used a border punch along with the orange Wall of Fame paper to create a pretty scalloped border to tuck under each side of the Pretty Posies paper.

I matted my photo with the wood grain side of the Pretty Posies patterned paper and adhered it overlapping the right hand side of the patterned paper strip. I then added the little ‘Hello’ banner from the Accessory Sticker sheet on the top left hand corner of the photo.

There are so many gorgeous embellishments to choose from in this collection! To create the embellishment cluster to the right of the photo, I started with one of the Double Sided 3″ x 4″ cards, and I fussy cut the ‘Little Moments of Joy’ banner piece out of it to use as both an embellishment as well as the title for my layout. I then chose an assortment of flowers and leaves from the Floral Ephemera pack to build on the cluster. I used foam tape to adhere some embellishments to give the cluster lots of dimension and interest. I also added a lovely little Wood Epoxy Button to the centre of one of the flowers.

To balance out the main embellishment cluster on the right hand side of the page, I created a smaller one in the top left hand corner. I repeated similar elements in this cluster that I’d used in the first one to keep it looking nicely balanced and cohesive. Those sweet little butterflies were fussy cut out of one of the papers in the A5 Paper Stack. I also tucked the die cut word ‘Happy’ into this cluster.

I finished my layout off with a few of the lovely Puffy Stickers, as well as some tiny little flowers that I fussy cut out of the Home Grown patterned paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope that you found some inspiration from my layout.

Mandy x

Fun in the sun | These days Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello, hello! It’s Anna here wnd I come to you with another layout. After so many years me being on this Team, you probably already know I love colorful collections and scrapbooking summer and vacation. That’s why you may be a little surprised today as I scrapbooked summer, beach photo but I used very soft “These days” collection, that has nothing in common with sea. I know I could cut into fantastic “Sunkissed” line, and to be honest, I even had it on my desk, but photo I picked turned out so dreamy and light that I just couldn’t fit it into so many colors. It’s full of sandy beiges and washed blues – colors that appear in “These days” line. So I challenged myself to use it with this particular photo.

“These days” collection is filled with fantastic motifs but none of them matches my beach photo. That’s why I focused on simple and versatile patterns and used dies to cut out shells and starfishes. I mixed papers from A5 Paper Stack and few 12*12 sheets like “Good life” and “Family ties”. Next step was to make myself very soft background. I quickly painted few blue stripes on white watercolor paper. I added a lot of water to the color because I wanted to achieve a very light shade.

After the background was dry, I glued my square photo in the middle and surrounded it with my die cuts mixing colors and shapes. Some of the shells are glued directly to the base and some are raised with one layer of foam squares. Thanks to that my composition is more dimensional and full of texture. For my title I reached for gold glitter foam titles from “Sunkissed” line. It has perfect words and color. Black words from “These days” would be too dark.

I went through the ephemera pack and picked few versatile shapes, like banner, to add them to my composition. I also found few matching stickers with generic words on them. My light background was perfect for displaying clear stickers so I picked few hearts and small crosses and scattered them between the die cuts.

My favorite wooden epoxy buttons are perfect for any type of project and they add fantastic texture. I added three of them here and there and finished everything with few small hearts from puffy stickers sheet. Few blue and gold splatters connected everything together perfectly.

I just love using scrapbooking collections in unusual ways and spreading my stash and this is a perfect example. I hope it will inspire you to look at your papers in a new, fresh way. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

Hugs, Anna

Always Happy | These Days Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, Its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back sharing my second layout created with the beautiful new “THESE DAYS” collection.   For this layout I really wanted to create a layout mixing two patterned papers as my background, and I chose “TAKE FLIGHT” and “FAMILY TIES”.  I love that one is subtle and the other is bold.  My photo is of my daughter and her TY soft toy collection, and the colours in my photo were perfect for the soft colours in These Days.


My sewing machine is broken at the moment, and ordinarily I would have stitched between the two papers, but I actually love that I distressed the edge of the white polka dot paper and left it lifted.  I added mixed media with inks and shimmery splatters, predominantly on the white paper to tie the two papers together.

I backed my photo with papers from the “A5 PAPER STACK” and embellished with lots of flowers and some leaves from the “FLORAL EPHEMERA”.  I also cut out one of the small cut aparts from the A5 Paper Stack and used it as additional journalling.

I fussy cut lots of butterflies from “TAKE FLIGHT” and placed them to look as though they flew over my photo.  I glued the centres down and lifted up the wings with dimensional adhesive.

The “FOAM TITLE STICKERS” were perfect for my title, and I love how the two words look nestled together.

I created a process video which you can watch below:

Have an awesome weekend!

Melissa xx


Hello Paperlovers,

It’s Josefine here with you today at the Cocoa Vanilla Blog sharing a new layout that I created with the beautiful “These days” collection and I couldn’t wait to combine my photos from Paris with the beautiful patterns and designs of this awesome collection.

I started by stamping on the white cardstock background by using a background clear stamp that looks like a stain. I make a mixed media background in the center of this page and stamp several times. The color of the Distress Oxide I am using is “tattered rose”
The color is very light and doesn’t stand out very much with photographing this layout.

I cut several picture frames from the design paper and placed them in the center of the page. I choose some different design papers and cut them into strips and fold them in half. I slide them under the picture frames.This gives a great dimension and extra details to your layout. I choose different die-cuts, labels, (puffy) stickers, word strips and wooden buttons to decorate my layout.

On both sides I make clusters of die-cuts, labels, flowers and stickers. I love creating different layers. I use 3d tape to make my clusters. Through the middle of the trees I sew with gold sewing thread. I love using sewing thread in my layouts.The great big black title ” Grateful” gets a nice spot under the photo. With the cute small alpha set I make the word life. My layout calls “Hello Grateful life” In love with the little puffy sticker typewriter. So cute!

Finally, I add some butterflies to my layout and splash some more with the Distress Oxide colors, tattered rose, speckled egg, victorian Velvet. I hope I was able to inspire you with this layout and want to thank you for visiting the Cocoa Vanilla Blog today! I wish you a beautiful and crafty day!

XoXo, Jo