Playground Pals | No Limits Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio fans! Danni here with another fabulously bright layout featuring the amazing No Limits collection!

This layout was made to be a companion page to the last layout I made, and as that one was on a patterned paper background, I decided to use plain white cardstock as a base so the whole spread doesn’t become too busy looking.

I made a title myself in my digital cutfile machine software, using a script title and then adding an offset to add another layer of dimension. This is a great way to make those titles really pop! I used the woodgrain side of Big Bang 12×12 patterned paper to cut out the title offset base layer of the title, then the rainbow pattern of Latitude 12×12 patterned paper to cut out the top layer. I love contrasting a bright rainbow paper against a neutral woodgrain. I then added a layer of dimensional foam between the two layers of the title before adhering them together.

Next I started on my background to add some colour and a personal touch with some mixed media. I used a combination of blues, yellow and peach hybrid inks to draw from the colours in the rainbow paper. I added some water to the inks and added them straight to the page using the packaging technique. I then added some splatters and went in with some white acrylic ink splatters for good measure. I was a little impatient waiting for the background to dry so there are quite a lot of smeared spots, but that’s ok! This page is handmade and I’m fine with a few little imperfections.

Once the background was (mostly) dry, I added my title across the centre and tucked my two photos in above and below. I then layered in some of the die cut ephemera pieces around my photos – I finally found a place for that adorable globe die cut and I’m so pleased about it! I didn’t really try to make specific ephemera clusters this time, I just tucked them around the edges of my photos where they looked good to me.

Next I took a couple of arrow pieces from the chipboard stickers and added one to the embellishments around each of my photos. I love using embellishments with different finishes and thicknesses to add visual interest to a page. I also added some dimensional foam to a few of the die cut ephemera pieces to vary their heights on the page.

As a finishing touch I used the accessory stickers to add a tab to the top of a photo, then used three of the tiny word phrases to add a final detail to each of my photos and below my title.

I love how this turned out, so bright and happy! Perfect for a fun summer day at the playground. I hope you enjoyed joining me today too. There is a process video of this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch this come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


“Taste of Summer” June Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone. The last of the month means it’s new challenge day! This month’s board has been curated for us by Josefine Van Der Hoeven, and it’s a stunner that we will know will inspire you.

Before we share it, 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 and contains a variety of images. 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 / traveller’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.

Here is Jo’s board, entitled “Taste of Summer”…

We told you this one was a stunner – just look at those gorgeous colours! The combination of orange, teal and mint is so vibrant and fresh, be inspired by any (or all) of the colours. Jo designed this board with summer in mind, as our friends in the the northern hemisphere head into the summer season. If a summer theme doesn’t grab you, you might prefer to simply be inspired by one of the patterns or the shapes such as circles or stars. You could create a project about the beach, sweet treats, cocktails with friends or even fun at the fair or theme park. There are so many options to choose from!

Here is Jo’s amazing sample layout…

As you can see, Jo was definitely inspired by the colour palette of the mood board, with the gorgeous combination of both warm and cool tones. She used a large cut file from Cricut for her background, which she highlighted by adding hand stitching to it.

Jo used two other cut files in the focal area of her page – an ice cream cone and a ferris wheel, both from Paige Taylor Evans. These each represented different images from the mood board and again, she used the colours from the colour palette.

Our ‘No Limits’ collection was perfect for this fun-filled layout, which captures the essence of summer. You can see how much dimension Jo created on her page with all the layers and the beautiful texture the embroidery thread adds.

And now that you have been inspired, it’s over to you – we cannot wait to see how this mood board inspired you. Happy scrapping!

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the June challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 30th June 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.

Awesome | No Limits | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts here again with a fun multi-photo layout featuring the gorgeous new No Limits collection. This layout has a combination grid and column design, with two photos gridded into the Latitude pattern paper on the left and one photo showcased on the right. I loved including pocket cards on this layout too! One I used for a journaling spot, one behind to the photo on the right side and one in the center of the grid on the left. Such a great way to add a little extra detailing!

My clusters on the grid are pretty simple, so that the photos still remain the focus. A simple arrow with a circle, star, and word phrase on the top photo. An arrow with a hand sign and star on the bottom photo. In addition, a chipboard word phrase across the center of the pocket card made for a fun detail. Something a little unexpected.

The center of the layout is certainly the ‘star’! This photo was taken in the middle of my son’s explanation of what he was holding (the dipstick). I wanted to showcase the skills he’s learned over the years in his personal albums and this seemed like a perfect series of photos to include. My journaling is hand-written, a detail that I personally love to see on layouts! To finish off my center section, I tucked ephemera stars behind the photo and sprinkled puffy stickers and ephemera stars around the edges. A bit of nuvo and gold ink splatter as a final touch.

I hope this layout inspires you to take a new look at your multi-photo layouts! Thanks for stopping by!

Totally epic | No limits Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. We all love Cocoa Vanilla for their masculine collections, right? Zoe is a master of designing them and she never disappoints with each new line. They are very versatile and can be used not only for boys or men photos and I am a proof of that. I am a mom of two girls and a beagle boy and I use those lines to scrapbook my puppy photos mostly. But, from time to time, I put my girls on the display too. They are way less cute than a puppy but I need to be fair with dividing my scrappy attention 🙂 I framed their photo using new “No limits” collection and it turned out great.

I was inspired by the pack of title die cuts that comes with this collection and wanted to use as many as possible on one page.  That’s why I printed by photo big and square to be frames by the words. I also changed it’s colors to black and white and it will better fit the vibe of “No limits”.

My layout base is made out of “Spark” paper. It has very light and calm pattern in the middle and fun, mixed media like frame on the edges. I also fussy cut some stars from “Nebula” paper. I love patterns like this – with elements big enough to be cut. It helps to stretch your collection way further than a pack of ephemera pieces.

With a photo glued flat in the middle of the page, I started arranging the words around it. It was tricky to find right combinations – they needed to fit on the side of the square and make some sense as a phrase. Each word is glued down with a layer of foam tape for more dimension. I also added some fussy cut starts in the composition.

If you have some empty spaces left – don’t worry. You can fill them with stickers, ephemera pieces or other elements. I reached for cardboard stickers mostly, as they add great texture to every project. You can also spot few wooden buttons (my big love!). Big words look great accompanied by small phrases in different font so I added few word strips from stickers sheet. I finished my project by adding few super cute puffy stars here and there as a stronger color accents.

That is all for today. I hope I inspired you to use those die cut titles. You can arrange longer title with them, use single words and I even fussy cut single letters to make totally new words with them! Sky is the limit here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in June! Let’s hope I will have some project made with brand new line to share with you.

XO Anna

This Kid | No Limits Collection | Melissa Vining

Hi everyone, its Melissa here and I’m so thrilled to be back with you sharing another layout that I created with the amazing No Limits collection.  I don’t know about you, but I am loving creating layouts for my girls with No Limits!  Our youngest daughter Ava was born with a kidney condition that was discovered when she was only 4 months old. She’s doing really well with it now that she is older, but she is monitored with scans.  This layout is about the first scan she had since we moved towns.

For this layout I wanted to use a floral cut file with the gorgeous Eclipse paper.  The cut file is by Paige Evans, and was perfect to feature papers from the A5 Paper Stack.  I didn’t intend to create a monochromatic flower, but the papers worked together so well, and I love how it looks contrasted with the dark tones of the Eclipse paper.

I embellished with Chipboard Stickers, an Accessory Sticker, and Wood Epoxy Buttons.  I also splattered with white mist.

For my title I used two of the Die Cut Titles that were perfect for my story about Ava!! She had asked the Radiographer for a lolly and was given a lollipop and a small tube of lollies.

I created a process video which you can watch below:

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Melissa xx

Epic Birthday Kid | Legendary Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hey Everyone! It’s Michelle back here today with another instalment of our regular ‘Throwback Thursday’ theme. I dipped into the remnants of my Legendary Collection stash for this layout to document my awesome nephews recent birthday. This kid is such a rad rockstar, he absolutely deserves to shine bright on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog!

Our little family have recently been struck down with the dreaded ‘spicy cough’ as some may call it, and during one of the many days that I didn’t move much from bed I ended up fussy cutting an entire sheet of stars from the ALL STAR 12×12 paper in the Legendary Collection. A lot of tiny scraps of paper left in the bed and a fully cramped hand but I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result, a vision that came together in my head while sick in bed a few days prior.

To create the layout I started with a star shape clip art found easily in a google search, resized in Silhouette studio so that it filled as much of the 12×12 background paper as possible and cut it out on white cardstock. I separated the large star shape from the negative outer edge piece without tearing any edges and kept both pieces for future steps. Next I created the star outline that overlays the top of the pattern stars, this was done with a simple cut, paste and resize of the original star shape to create the outline piece. Again, both pieces separated once cut and sat to the side.

Now it was time for the fun part. I used the larger star piece from the original cut to add all the different coloured and sized stars using both foam tape and glue adhesive for different heights of dimension. This took a couple of hours to get it all right to ensure both colours and sizes were evenly distributed. Once this step was complete I was able to assemble the layers to make the background pop.

To get the layers exactly right I started with a fresh sheet of white cardstock on the very bottom, on top of this I added the negative outer edge piece of cardstock from the first cut adhered flat on top. This helped to assist with the correct placement of the bright stars piece which was added straight after. The final ‘layer’ to this star spangled sanga was the second negative outer edge cardstock piece which I lined up with the first and adhered using foam tape to create shadow lines and dimension down into the star pieces, if thats what you would call it.  Lastly I added the star outline piece over all the layers, rotated around so that it sits different to the pieces below it and adhered with more foam tape for a little extra pop off the page.

I added the sweet photo of my super cool nephew to the left of centre and layered complimenting pattern papers underneath with the addition of a sticker and ephemera piece tucked in for good measure. I printed the photo in black and white to avoid any colour clashing, as there was a lot of similar colours in both.

Under the photo I added the mixed font title, made using the word EPIC from a 3×4 card on the EPIC TALES paper and some of my most favourite white alphas that I’ve stitched into place, finished off with a mini cluster of fussy cut stars

Over on the top right of the layout I added another little cluster of stars along with some ephemera pieces and a word sticker from the accessory sticker sheet

and in the bottom right side of the star I added a note about the photo and even more fussy cut stars.

Here’s a final look at the layout with all its brightly coloured stars and a splattering of black ink. I really enjoyed creating this layout using the Legendary Collection. It’s certainly fun creating things that are different to the usual pretty florals that I tend to be drawn to. Plus the fussy cutting of the stars felt quite therapeutic and was a good little activity to make the day pass quicker while stuck in iso.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this layout has inspired you in some way to get a little creative with fussy cutting, as theres so many papers within the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collections that are perfect for chopping up and recreating with. I hope to see some of your creations shared within our Community Group real soon.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x

You’re The Best | No Limits collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created using the awesome No Limits collection.

I am documenting a photo of my eldest son taken at one of his birthdays a few years ago. It’s great to look back on older photos to see how much they have grown!! 

I decided on the ‘B’ side of the Orbit paper for my background, trimming it down slightly and adhering it on some plain white cardstock. At this point I can never decide if I want to add machine stitching to the outside, so I usually carry on creating the layout and leave that decision to last! As you can see I did opt to machine stitch around the edge, I do like the texture this brings to the layout.

I cut out a cool star cut file by CUT to YOU from white cardstock and backed some of the larger stars with an orange paper from the A5 paper stack. Once backed I adhered the cut file on a slight angle to the background paper. At this point the decision was made on what colour scheme I was going to go with for my layout. I decided to go with orange, black and white. I tried to be careful that it did not look too Halloween themed!

I took some of the 3′ x 4′ pocket cards and layered them under my photo, I placed one vertically and one horizontally. I then added craft foam to the underneath and adhered this to the centre of the layout also on a slight angle, following the same angle that I adhered the cut file. I love the shadows and dimension that are created on my layout by adding craft foam underneath some elements. On top of my photo I adhered the banner die-cut piece that says You’re The Best, this also became the title of my layout. I pulled out lots of the orange and black elements from each of the packs of embellishments. I also cut some pieces from the Universal 12′ x 12′ paper that suited both the theme and colours of my page.

Another reason that I decided on the orange, black and white colour scheme was the colours in the photo of my son. By pulling colours from the photo, it helps to continue on from the photo and helps the photo to blend nicely on the page. I added some contrasting black ephemera stars to the large orange ones using craft foam. I also added the To the Moon and Back round ephemera piece to one of the stars also.

I absolutely love layering on my pages, I love the texture, dimension and interest it brings to a page. If there were no layers and different elements it would rather flat and boring. I once again embellished my page with the larger embellishments first like chipboard and ephemera. I then finish off embellishing with smaller things like accessory stickers, wood epoxy buttons and puffy stickers. Lastly I finished off with some sprinkles of white mist and stamped the date stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it?!

Make sure you check out the Cocoa Vanilla store as the new and very awesome No Limits collection is now in the online store to purchase.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Be A Rainbow | Daydream Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends it’s Kylie with you again today and I have been given the assignment to create a project using the May Mood Board for inspiration. Mood boards are a fabulous way to ignite your creativity by giving you wonderful inspiration. Plus if you upload a photo of your completed project to the May Mood Board album in the Cocoa Vanilla Community Facebook group.  you could win a $25 voucher to spend in the Cocoa Vanilla store.

In case you haven’t seen the May Mood Board, here is a sneak- It has been designed by Mandy….

I really love the colour palette Mandy chose and straight away I knew the DAYDREAM collection would be perfect. The image that really stood out to me was the one with the balloon arch. Seeing all of the various sized circular shapes in different colours gave me the idea to use circles as a decorative border on a layout.

I cut out various sized circles using my Silhouette and a simple circle resized 5 different times on different papers. These were adhered down the left side of the background page and I made sure to overlap them and use foam squares to stick some down, creating a nice dimension on the page.Because of my love for floral die cuts, I couldn’t resist then adding some flowers amongst the circles too.

I wanted to add some of the paper included in the circles, to the opposite side of my page for balance. Sometimes when you stand back and look at your page you feel like it just needs ‘something’. The top right corner was folded down and I used my mini stapler to staple and hold it down in place. I used the lovely ‘DAISY DAYS’ paper to add a contrasting piece behind the corner.

My photo was a 6″x 4″ size to which I cut a photo mat to 6.25″x 4.75″ and adhered my photo to. Once the photo was in place on my page, I began layering even more floral die cuts behind it for balance.

How adorable is that rainbow die cut?? I couldn’t resist adding it to my page. Not only did it fit the mood board but it was a perfect match for my photo too. I also created a title to suit using the title die cut pack, which always has lots to choose from! Since my photo had a lot of open background I also added some of the typed phrases from the sticker sheet over the top.

I hope you have enjoyed reading how my layout came together today and it inspires you to take on the May challenge too!

See you next time,


Total Legend | No Limits | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, today I am sharing another boy layout using the fab No Limits collection! This boy here is my middle child and yes he is a typical middle child lol!

I have used Stardust Stardust paper as my base paper. I then cut down Big Bang paper to 10×10 inches. This when I added machine stitching along the blue/grey off shoots to add texture and definition. You don’t have to be good at machine stitching, just following the pattern on the paper. I then attached this piece to my base paper Stardust.

I found this geometric cut file from the Silhouette design store and being circular I knew it would be perfect against the Big Bang paper piece. I used the A5 paper stack to paper piece my cut file, the patterns being smaller in the paper pad are great for smaller paper piecing. I chose stars and strips, bolder colours to add a contrast.

You will see I created an embellishment cluster around my photo (which I added with foam tape to create a 3D effect). I used several different embellishments from the collection to add more texture, die cut ephemerachipboard stickers and wood epoxy buttons.

To keep the flow of this layout I added my title using the die cut titles around my photo and embellishment cluster following the off shoots of the starburst pattern. I added these with foam tape. I finished my title off by adding some of the chipboard planets and puffy stickers.

This layout is simple yet eye catching and a little fun! Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again soon!

Rachel X

Hello Beautiful | Happiness collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, it’s Sue Plumb here to share another design team project with you. For today’s post I was tasked with scraplifting the amazingly talented Sophie Delorme, which was simultaneously exciting, but terrifying. It’s no secret I have a huge scrappy crush on Sophie’s work, so to be asked to scraplift one of her layouts was no easy feat. How would I ever choose? Or do it justice? In the end, I chose a stunning autumnal themed layout that she created a few months ago using the ‘These Days’ collection.

Here is Sophie’s layout…

And here is my take on it using the ‘Happiness’ collection

I have to admit, the clincher that made me choose this particular layout of Sophie’s was the butterflies. And I couldn’t help but reach for the collection with my all-time favourite Cocoa Vanilla butterflies – ‘Happiness’. I think I will actually cry the day I use my last scraps of this collection.

Sophie and I have daughters that are very close in age, so just like Sophie did for her layout, I wanted to document a photo of my gorgeous girl too. Due to her position, where she was facing towards the left side of the photo I chose to mirror the design so I could position my photo closer to the left edge of the page and having her facing inwards. (Tip: always position your photos so the main subject is facing towards the larger space on your page.)

Just like Sophie’s original, I added torn paper along the bottom edge of the page; and instead of the Pocket Cards that she had used across the middle, I used pieces of patterned paper cut to size. I chose the piece with the two large butterflies and hello beautiful on it to act as my title card, which was cut from the cut apart paper. On top of the the heart paper I added some of the phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet, which I had mounted onto some pink paper to give them a little definition against the background.

From the torn paper along the bottom edge, I added fussy cut flowers spilling out and winding their way up along the right edge of the photo. these were layered to give them depth and I used foam tape under the one on the corner of the photo for even more dimension. I couldn’t help but add a little frayed gauze for some texture too.

The only item I used on my page that wasn’t from the ‘Happiness’ collection, was the small wood button that was actually from the ‘Sunkissed’ collection. ‘Happiness’ did not have wood buttons, and as Sophie had used one on her page I wanted to include one too. I also wanted to add a couple of embellishments to my photo, so I chose a small heart flag and a phrase banner from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

I substituted the journalling from Sophie’s layout with a couple of paint swatch stickers from the Clear Sticker sheet and I like the mixed media touch they gave the page. The star of the embellishment show however, was the glorious burst of fussy cut butterflies spilling upwards from the title card. I bent their wings up from the page to give them dimension and a sense of movement. The final touch was some small splatters of navy mist (because I couldn’t have my layout too clean, could I?)

If you would like to see how I put it all together, you can watch my process video here:

Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll be back with another project again soon. Until then, happy scrapping!