Captured | Unforgettable Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you, and my very first using the brand new ‘Unforgettable’ collection. And OMG…is this one gorgeous range or what?! I was so excited to sit down and create with this one – so many gorgeous pieces I hardly knew where to start! But once I did, boy was this layout easy to create; it was one of those that just “fell onto the page”. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)

I designed this layout to document some fun candid photos of my siblings and I that were taken a couple of weeks ago at my older sister’s birthday party. You’ve gotta love candid shots sometimes – we were all having such a great time singing and dancing together we didn’t notice the photographer snapping away at us.

So I began my page with my three photos and a sheet of white cardstock. The first item I reached for was the 6×8″ Paper Stack. You may recall that previous collections have had a paper pad, not a stack. This is a new addition to the product range, and I have to say, I MUCH prefer the stack to a pad. It made it so much easier to pull pieces out to shuffle around!

I chose three patterns from the stack that I thought would work well together – the watercolour floral print (from the Glorious paper; the monochromatic floral print from the Lacewing paper; and the hot pink pattern from the Unscripted paper.) I cut and punched a variety of circles from the papers and arranged them so they were cascading down the right side of my page.

I then placed my three photos on the page, layering the two smaller ones near the top, and the slightly larger feature photo near the bottom. I made sure I had left enough space between them for my layout title, which I had chosen from the new Foam Title Stickers. One of the best thing about these stickers? They come on a clear backing sheet! This makes it easy to move the titles around to different spots to see how they will look before you commit to placement. Once I found the right spot, I stuck it down; adding a small heart at the end of the word.

With my title in place I then set about embellishing my page. Below the title I added the sticker photo stories from the Accessory Sticker sheet; andin the smaller circle to the right, a camera sticker from the Clear Sticker sheet.

To balance out the title cluster, I then added a a large die cut flower and the little moments arrow (both from the Die Cut Ephemera pack) alongside the photo at the top of my page. I also added one of the watercolour brush marks Clear Stickers nearby.

Above my top photo, and in keeping with my circular theme, I added the snap shots flair from the Flair Buttons pack. To the right of that same photo I tucked in a small die cut flower, then added a gorgeous butterfly clear sticker.

I added another tiny die cut flower and a heart clear sticker near my feature photo; then wrote my journalling onto a tag from the ephemera pack. I added a small piece of twine to it before tucking it in behind my photo.

To finish off I added tiny black splatters around my page.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I can’t wait to create some more with the ‘Unforgettable’ collection which should be hitting the shelves of a store near you soon. If you have a chance to get your hands on it, I highly recommend you do – you will love all the new additions to the product line up.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Perfect Moments | More Than Words | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome back to another blog post! For this week’s project, I’m playing with the lush pastels and warm neutrals of the More Than Words collection and I’m scrapping a photo of one of my very good friends and her daughter.

I love how spontaneous and fun summer can be, and this photo was on a very spur of the moment trip to the zoo with my friend. She quite literally hit me with her stroller as they were walking a few weeks ago and inevitably, I tagged along on their outing. This picture, and many others, was a result of that outing.
For this layout, I knew I wanted to play with texture. I’m down to the very last of my stash for this collection so I knew that I wanted to make the patterns of the paper pad shine and work with a few embellishments to make an impactful layout. I began by punching squares from seven patterned papers and arranging them in a sort of bricklaying fashion across the top and bottom of a piece of white cardstock. I then used some basic white crepe paper to add some more texture to the rows and followed that with some trim I had in my stash that I grabbed from my local fabric store. I then rolled and distressed the paper rows so they wouldn’t lay perfectly flat because I needed a bit of mess in my pages.
Next, I worked on the photo. I used the remnants of the papers I used for my paper squares to create a layered photo mat and then grabbed some mini doilies from my stash, also to add texture and more color to the page. The only ephemera I have left from this collection was the vellum die cut pack, so I used some floral elements from that pack to add some interest around the photo, and I really love how it softened the picture and added a new texture to the page.
For my title, I used one of the chipboard stickers from the collection coupled with some gold thickers from my stash to carry the gold theme from the trim to the rest of the layout. I finished the page with a cluster in the upper left corner of pieces from the accessory sticker sheet that I mounted on foam dots to add some height to that element.
I hope you enjoyed this layout and were inspired to look at elements in your stash in a completely different way. It was fun to take something that’s not a conventional scrapbooking element like crepe paper and trim and work it into a layout – and I hope you give it a try. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

Kaboom | You Rock Collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share a project I created for our regular “Throwback Thursday” theme. I had some super cute photos of one of my boys dressed in his Batman suit that I wanted to document, so I dug into my stash and pulled out the ‘You Rock’ collection, which I thought would be a perfect match.

I started with the star print of the Night Sky paper as my page base, adding a smaller piece of the wood grain print of the Plus One paper over the top.

Next, I used plain black cardstock to cut the Super Hero cut file set from Cut to You. I sorted through the pieces, choosing the ones I wanted for my page design. I chose the large kaboom piece and backed it with the yellow spotted print from the In Line paper. I then backed the smaller pow and boom pieces with the black and white cross print from the Random paper.

Before adding any of the cut file pieces to my page, I decided to create a little more depth on my background using some subtle stamping and some small torn pieces of the Washi Tape Stickers.

I then arranged the three cut file pieces that I had backed on my page; before placing my photos on top. Before sticking them down, I tucked some messy white cotton thread underneath, and added some scrap cardboard to the back to pop them up from the page.

With all the main pieces of my page in place, it was simply a matter of adding my embellishments to tie it all together and finish it off.

I used some of the black cardstock stars I had left from the Super Hero cut file set, and placed three of them around my page to create a “visual triangle” around my photos. On top of the largest star I added a wood veneer star from the Wood Veneer pack; which I then offset with three wood veneer lightning bolts – keeping two of them relatively close together to again form a visual triangle.

I decided to draw some extra attention to the kaboom piece as I was using it for my page title. I added anextra small wood veneer star over the top of the word, then the black you’re awesome banner from the Rubber Charms pack. From the same pack, I added the small yellow epic arrow alongside my photo.

To finish off my layout I used a few yellow crosses from the Enamel Shapes pack and I was done!

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

YOU ARE SPECIAL | UNFORGETTABLE | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today and I’m crazy crazy excited to be using the beautiful new ‘Unforgettable’ collection!  Seriously, this collection is just divine!  I actually get quite nervous working with a new collection, I want to be sure I do it justice.  I imagine how much work Zoe has put into designing it and I don’t want to let her down.  I have to say though, this one was so so easy to work with straight away, I’m already calling it a real contender as my favourite of all time.

I began the page with some fussy cutting, as I mentioned, I do sometimes struggle knowing where to start with oh so many pretty choices, so a bit of fussy cutting is a great way to ease myself into it.  I fussy cut out the four butterflies from the ‘Pretty Bits’ pattern paper.  I then decided on my photo and went to the ‘6×8 inch paper stack’ and mounted it with the bright pink pattern ‘Unscripted’.

Next, I decided to use a plain white cardstock for my base but wanted to add some colour.  I’ve taken a stencil and added some watercolour spray.  Once dry, I’ve chosen a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU for my title.  Yes, there are the most divine foam title stickers in the collection, but I’m currently hoarding those!  Again, I’ve used the paper stack to alternate pattern papers to back each letter.  I love that for this collection the papers are not glued together into a pad, they are all individual sheets so it is super easy to pull them all out to audition each design before you commit to anything.

Once my cut file was all backed and looking lovely, I’ve position onto my background with some foam tape.  Now it was time to look through all of the pretty embellishments.

I’ve started with the Ephemera pack, which has 65 pieces, including florals and butterflies and banners and auditioned EVERYTHING, it is all so so nice! As well as the ‘Bows and Tassles’ pack, there was no way I wasn’t going to include a bow on this first page!  I’ve also matched the ‘Enamel dots’ from the collection with the pop of the pink in the pattern paper.

I thought it best to lock in the position of my large fussy cut butterflies first and then work in the smaller elements.  I did end up with just the three for this page. I did find a matching butterfly from the ephemera pack which was the perfect fit as it was quite a bit smaller than the others.

I’ve added in some florals to the left and right of my photo as well as a pretty little cluster of banners and florals above the right-hand side of my photo.  I find this gives the eye three places to rest as it moves around the page and really rounds out the design.  Lastly, I added in the bow and the enamel dots and called it done.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, the first of many with this new collection.  It is shipping now and I know many retailers have pre-orders available, so if you don’t have any on order yet, get onto that, it’s even prettier in real life!

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

XOXO | Midnight Collection | Anita Bownds

Hi crafty friends Anita here with you today sharing a floral layout using the midnight collection.
I always love this time of the year when the flowers are in bloom and the butterflies are flying about our garden full of life …for my layout I wanted the design to be light and shabby chic looking ..
I started off my cutting out a cut file from Paige Evans heart swirl from moonlight and then adhering it onto white cardstock that I trimmed down to add a border around it using the B side moonlight 

 

I then wanted to add this beautiful floral cut file from Paige Evans poppies I had on my desk so I decided to back it with glassine paper then backed again on to the floral pattern paper from the midnight 6×8 paper pad to give it a lighter look

 

I backed my 3×4 photo on pattered paper from the midnight 6×8 and shine bright and adhered both photo and floral cut file down at the same time then using the ephemera and accessory stickers I added them around my photo and background

 

I die cut a mini bow from the 6×8 paper pad and then added a chipboard heart to the middle to add to a paper clip
Then to finish off my layout I flicked black mist and added machine stitching around the border.

 

Check out my process video here

 

I hope I’ve given you some fun inspiration full of prettiness
Crafty hugs..xx

Beautiful You | Wild at Heart | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone,

Mandy here with you today to share a layout using the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. I’ve been wanting to scrapbook this photo of Abi and I taken on Mother’s Day, but until now haven’t been able to find the right collection. I could have converted it to black and whie, but I really like it in colour, and then I remembered the beautiful deep pinks and blues in the Wild at Heart collection and I knew that it would be perfect! I love pulling out an older collection that I haven’t used in awhile and giving it some more love!

I started my layout off by trimming down a four inch wide strip of the reverse side of the Patchwork patterned paper and adhering it towards the top of the page. This paper provided a nice pop of that gorgeous pink colour, but was not too busy so as to overpower the other elements on the page. I then positioned my photo in the centre, overlapping the bottom edge of the patterned paper.

Next I got to work fussy cutting some of the stunning floral clusters out of the Luscious patterned paper, and I tucked them under either side of the photo. I think the florals frame the photo beautifully!

I created a small cluster in the top right hand corner of the layout using another smaller fussy cut floral piece and a circular die cut from the collection. I adhered the die cut with foam tape for added dimension.

For my title, I combined two of the lovely chipboard stickers to create the phrase ‘Beautiful You’. To the left of the title I created a small cluster to balance out the one in the top right. This one includes a label sticker, a chipboard sticker, and a flair button.

I finished the layout off with a few enamel dots and a couple of little word stickers.

Thanks so much for joining me here today. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my layout, and maybe you’ve been inspired to pull out an older collection to use on your next project as well. I’ll be back later in the month to share a project using the brand new Unforgettable collection!

Mandy x

 

Happiness Is | Happiness Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends, Its Michelle back again with a bonus layout share for this month! I’m trying to crank out as many pretty layouts as I can using the beautiful Happiness Collection before the brand new Unforgettable collection arrives on my doorstep and all other collections are forgotten HAHA

The layout was inspired by a sweet photo of a few familiar faces from this years Creative Escape Retreat in Coffs Harbour. LOVE LOVE LOVE spending time with these lovely ladies and it was SO good to meet Anna in person

To begin the layout I cut out the Floral Banner cut file from CUT to YOU using white cardstock and backed it using block colours of bright patterns Good Vibes, Expressive & Frame of Mind. The main banner piece is backed using the multicolour spot paper Sprinkles and layered together with a strip of vellum and the woodgrain pattern of the Bright & Beautiful paper. I also cut the florals off the main banner rather than keeping them as one whole piece. This gave an extra layer of depth and dimension. We all know I love small hints of dimension on a layout!

The photo is adhered to the reverse pattern of Botanical Bliss with the addition of a couple of ephemera pieces to create part of the cluster top right.

I had a handful of florals and butterflies, fussy cut from previous layouts, that I added to the florals of the die cut. I tucked in a couple of leaves from the ephemera pack too

I fussy cut a few more florals from the Botanical Bliss paper to tuck into various places of the layout adding hints of orange. There’s also a couple of clear stickers added here n there

The title is made using a couple of accessory stickers and cardstock title piece, raised slightly using glue dots.

Lastly a few splatters of gold ink, a date stamp and handwritten journalling and it was finished.

Thats all from me for my final share this month, thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to share all your crafty goodness using all things Cocoa Vanilla Studio in the Facebook group HERE

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

 

 

Always be yourself | Bohemian Dream Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty Friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page created with CVS goodies. I was cleaning my box with Cocoa Vanilla embellishments to make room for new line (how pretty is it, right? ) and I discovered the set of vellum pieces from “Bohemian dream” collection. It inspired me to use this line in my next project.

I also challenged myself to use up as many vellum pieces as possible. That is why I decided to use white background. Transparent vellum looks best on lightly colored papers. I arranged my composition in three rows adding machine stitching over the vellum flowers. Thanks to that I didn’t have to use a lot of glue, which doesn’t work well with vellum making it wave.

I enriched my composition adding bits and pieces from ephemera pack and few leftover chipboard stickers. I love this collection so much that I almost used it to bits.

I have a little tip for you for leftover ephemera pieces. If some elements are too big or you know you won’t use them the way they are, try to fussy cut elements from them like I did with few little birds. I cut them out from tickets and they became perfect, little embellishments.

I finished my composition adding few enamel dots from various collections, like those glittery ones from “Make a wish” line.

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Sweet Thing | More Than Words | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, & while I am desperately awaiting for our new UNFORGETTABLE collection to arrive, I have decided to make room for it by stashbusting the gorgeous MORE THAN WORDS collection. So, for today’s post, I am sharing a super pretty stamped layout with this lovely line….

“Sweet Thing”

Oh my heart! Sweet thing, indeed! So many beautiful details to this pretty page of my darling girl! And who said old couldn’t be made new again?! I am LOVING creating with this soft and romantic collection again!

To begin, I trim one inch off the side of my 12 inch white cardstock, so that I can layer it onto the reverse side of pattern paper, CV-MT009 SKETCHBOOK. I just love the soft peach tone of this pattern paper, and it frames my layout beautifully! Next, I stamp up the top left and bottom right corners of my cardstock base with the amazing MORE THAN WORDS CLEAR STAMP. To maintain a soft and delicate look, I use a mix of soft blue, pink and yellow inks. So pretty!!! That stamp is all kinds of wonderful!

Here’s a closer look….

 

The stamped base really breaks up the white space, and adds that ‘extra’ point of interest to the main embellishment clusters.

Next, I create a layer of DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms, and fussy cut butterflies from pattern papers CV-MT003 GOSSAMER and CV-MT006 TREASURE in the top left corner. Onto this bed of blooms, I position my sweet girl’s photo, which I have backed with a small piece of white tissue paper. I embellish her photo with the sentiment, “My Darling” from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack. I tuck a few more DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms beneath my photo, as well as the wreath sticker from the ACCESSORY STICKERS sheet. Here’s more detailed look for you….

Aren’t those layered embellishments the best?! I just adore how the blooms and fussy cut butterflies draw further attention to my cherished photograph! To complete the photo cluster, I add a few VELLUM ACCENTS butterflies, a scattering of ENAMEL hearts & dots, and some journaling with the typewriter font ACCESSORY STICKERS.

Beautiful!

For the lower right corner of my layout design, I embellish with a larger bloom CHIPBOARD STICKER, and the Sweet Thing fussy cut wreath from pattern paper, CV-MT006 TREASURE….

I tuck a VELLUM butterfly under the CHIPBOARD STICKER bloom, and add a few more of the fussy cut butterflies from the CV-MT003 GOSSAMER paper. I add in an extra typewriter font sentiment with more of the ACCESSORY STICKERS, & while I have these stickers out, I also use the fabulous “love you so much” circular sticker for an added point of interest.

For finishing touches, I apply more of the ENAMEL hearts and dots.

Voila!

Simple, Elegant & Oh So Beautiful creating! I just LOVE how this turned out!

I hope I have inspired you to dive into your Cocoa  Vanilla Studio stash while you wait for UNFORGETTABLE to arrive too!

Thanks so much for joining me today,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

 

Winner Announcement – Unforgettable Collection

Hi everyone!

No, we haven’t forgotten that we promised to announce a winner for our recent giveaway celebrating the release of our new ‘Unforgettable’ collection. (Things have just been a little hectic around here – as they usually are when we are about to start shipping a new range.)

We were overwhelmed with the response to our giveaway, and are beyond grateful for all the lovely feedback and comments we received about our new release. It really does make all the hard work that goes into designing and producing a collection worthwhile to know that you guys are as excited about it as we are – thank you!

 So without further ado, let’s announce our lucky winner who will receive the ENTIRE ‘Unforgettable’ collection…

Congratulations Katie Green!

And we have a lucky runner up as well, who will receive an ‘Unforgettable’ collection kit…

Congratulations Kelly Malacko!

Congratulations to both our lucky winners. (Please keep an eye on your Inbox and Sue will be in touch to organise your prizes.)

For everyone else, your favourite retailer should have ‘Unforgettable’ on their shelves VERY soon as we begin shipping in a few days time. I can’t wait to see what you all create with it and hope you love it as much as I do!

Zoe XX