Bloom | Unforgettable Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends,

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you with my second layout using the stunning NEW Unforgettable collection!

The florals in this collection are just amazing and so beautiful…….they were itching to get onto a page! I decided a photo of my beautiful nieces was the perfect photo to document them dressed in pink together!

I decided on a horizontal design both at the top and bottom of the page, I added the gorgeous small floral paper to the top of the page and also layered the teal diagonal stripe paper under the  floral paper. At the bottom I added some of the gorgeous die-cut flowers and arranged them in a cluster. I also added the gorgeous ‘Smile’ flair button over the top of the flowers. I added the foam title word just above the floral cluster and also added one of the butterfly die-cuts.

Underneath my photo I added some of the floral die-cuts and also some of the clear stickers too. The butterfly die-cuts are just gorgeous and I added another one to the right of the photo as well as another of the gorgeous flair buttons. I added some of the accessory stickers to both the top of the photo and the bottom of the photo. These phrases are the perfect small addition embellishment.

I absolutely LOVE the addition of the enamel dots again in this collection so I added a few of them around the page in different sizes and colours. Whenever I get a new collection to work with from Cocoa Vanilla, I always try to include at least one of everything on the page!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you will get your hands on some of the gorgeous Unforgettable collection if you haven’t already got some!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Throwback Thursday with a Retro Hip Twist | More Than Words | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Friends!

Amanda here for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration! Today I am sharing a slightly different take on the Throwback Thursday post!

That’s right folks! I have been getting my ‘retro’ on and created a Cocoa Vanilla Studio: MORE THAN WORDS delight for Issue 8 of Retro Hip Magazine! Yay!!!

Normally you have to purchase the magazine to see the full projects, but as a special treat for all of you, I have the editor’s permission to share this wonderful layout,

“Sweet Thing”

Oh my heart!

Isn’t this stunning?!! Throwback Thursday never looked so fresh & new! Such an exquisite page!

This layout was created for a special feature on how to make white space work for your designs. I just LOVE using white space to draw attention to my photos, and maximize overall design interest. I used one of my all time favorite Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections; MORE THAN WORDS, some light mixed media and a whole lotta fussy cutting to create this lovely layout. You can read the full article in Issue 8 of Retro Hip Magazine here, and by the way, code FRIEND10 will save you 10% off this issue!

In the meantime, here’s how I made this beautiful layout….

I started with 12 x 12″ white cardstock which I trimmed to 12 x 11 1/2″. Next, I machine stitched a half inch strip of pattern paper, CV-MT001 PRECIOUS onto the right hand side of the layout. I used the packaging technique with a pretty peach paint, and added a few splatters too! While this dried, I began fussy cutting butterflies from pattern papers, CV-MT003 GOSSAMER, CV-MT004 COLLAGE, & CV-MT006 TREASURE. I also fussy cut the sweet thing wreath from the TREASURE paper too. I then arranged the butterflies, with my sweet photo onto the peach watercolor base.

Here’s a closer look….

I tucked in a few DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms into the photo cluster, and added a DIE CUT sentiment banner onto my photograph too. SO pretty!!!

Next I added that fussy cut sweet thing wreath, and a CHIPBOARD STICKER butterfly….

So many pretty details!

You’ll notice that I used a few pretty sequins from my stash (including those butterflies!), as well as a good sprinkling of the MORE THAN WORDS ENAMEL SHAPES. 

For the finishing touch, I fussy cut the sweet heart sentiment from pattern paper, CV-MT006 TREASURE, and layered it over one of the butterflies with foam tape. I just love how effective this looks!

Such a pretty page for my sweet girl!

And there you have it!

Simple, beautiful, elegant!

Throwback Thursday made fresh and pretty!

I do hope you’ll check out my article in Issue 8 of Retro Hip Magazine for all my tips on maximizing white space for your scrapbook layouts!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog today – Happy Wednesday to you all.  I’m so excited to be back with another Cocoa Vanilla Studio share.  I’ve had some more time to play with the new ‘Unforgettable’ collection which I am absolutely loving!  I was looking through my pages recently and noticed that I hadn’t done one of myself in a while.  I can’t say I love scrapbooking about ‘me’ but I know how important it is, so pushed through the self-consciousness and got to creating.

The inspiration for the page came from all the pretty florals in the collection and the word from the Foam Titles ‘Bloom’.  I wanted to document some changes that have been happening personally for me over the past year or so and love this sentiment.  We should always be growing and developing and I thought this would be a nice page to represent that.  (I’ve put a lot of journaling on the back of this one!)

With so many pretty pattern papers in the collection, I wasn’t sure where to start so I pulled out the ‘Pretty Bits’ paper and trimmed it so that I would have some colour blocks of the patterns.  When in doubt as to which pattern to use, I went with using them all!!  I’ve positioned the strips on the left and right sides of my page.


Next, I’ve taken another strip, wider this time, from the same pattern paper and added that to create a wider block of colour.  I’ve also now added some machine stitching down the edges for added detail.  Now it was time to mat my photo.  For this, I’ve gone with the ‘Garland’ paper.  I can’t believe I chopped into that wreath on the other side of this paper, thank goodness the Collection pack has two sheets of each design!

I’ve added more stitching around my photo, I just love how it sets it off.  Now it was time to play with the elements from the Ephemera Pack.  To start, I pulled out the black and white wreath element.  I’ve cut that in half to stretch it out over my page.  One half went above my photo, the other on the right as the base of my element cluster.

I’ve gone through the pack adding elements running from the top left of the page, down the centre line to the bottom right-hand corner.  I find this helps draw the eye around the page.  I’ve also added in the title at this point, above my photo and across the wide blocks of colour from the pattern paper.  I just the pop of black in this collection, so striking!

I’ve also added in a flair button as well as a cute bow.  I love the dimension these elements add to the page AND you all know how much I love a bow!

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating. If you don’t have any of the new ‘Unforgettable’ collection yet I urge you to go and get shopping, it really is beautiful and so nice to create with.

Until next time,



The Good Life | Unforgettable Collection | Guest Designer Danni Visser

Hi everyone!  My name is Danni, and I’m so excited to be here today sharing my first layout as guest designer using the exquisite new Unforgettable collection.  For those of you that don’t know me, I have both a son and a daughter that I love to scrap, and while I was immediately drawn to the feminine floral elements, for my first layout I really wanted to highlight the versatility of this collection by creating a layout for my boy.

I’m using a beach photo for this layout, so I began by tearing large sections of the 12×12 papers to create a bit of a beachy scene, using Natural Beauty, Garland and Story Teller for the sky.  I tore Garland in small sections to create a ‘wavy’ effect.  For some more waves I cut some wavy shapes on my Silhouette, inked the edges with blue ink and machine-stitched them down using some wavy and squiggly lines.  I wanted this to feel natural and organic, so I wasn’t trying to make the stitching perfect.

Next, I mixed some coarse texture gel with gold acrylic paint to create a really fun sandy texture and scraped that onto the page in different places along my ‘boardwalk’.  I really love the fun texture this provides!  To finish off my background I used some turquoise, gold and white liquid inks to splatter all around the page.

I broke into the 6×8 paper stack next, using the black and white type paper and a thin border of the peach floral to add a bit of colour.  I popped my photo up on foam to create some dimension, then added my title using the gorgeous foam title stickers.

I went to town with embellishing, using a combination of the embellishment pack, accessory stickers, clear stickers and a flair button, plus a couple of the adorable hearts from the foam titles stickers to create three clusters around my page.  I popped a few of the embellishments up on foam to create some visual interest.  I wanted another pop of the peach colour, so I hand cut some starfish from the peach paper and added some dots with a white gel pen, then added one to each embellishment cluster.

To finish of the layout, I added my date on a label sticker below the title, journaled below the title with my black gel pen and added a sprinkle of the enamel dots to each embellishment cluster.

I’m in love with this finished page!  I really hope you enjoyed joining me today, I can’t wait to create some more beautiful pages using this incredible collection.

Danni x

Sisters | Unforgettable Collection | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends, Anita here with you today sharing a layout using the new beautiful Unforgettable collection!! ..I was so excited to play with this collection … so for my layout I wanted to scrap this photo of my 2 daughters happy together taking selfie’s .. I also wanted to create a 12×12 layout using the 6×8 paper pad to show you that it can easily be done
I started with white cardstock and using my silhouette cameo to cut out a few cut files created by Paige Evans I started with the quilt heart I cut it out in the centre of the white cardstock then I cut out the world Sisters and backed both cut files with pattern papers from the unforgettable 6×8 paper pad
I then matted my photo on papers from the 6×8 paper pad using 3 different patterns and a bit of vellum in the layers then using some double sided foam tape I added it to the back of the photo and to the back of the word cut file to add more dimension so it would pop off the background
Next using the unforgettable ephemera I started adding lots of flowers around the photo and the word cut file
To add more colour as I chose a more muted colours from the pattern papers
Check out my process video here
At the top and bottom of my white cardstock I decided I needed a little more colour I so I tore a little bit away and backed it with floral pattern paper from the 6×8 and clusters of flowers from the ephemera
And to finish off my layout with a few enamel dots and clear stickers 
I hope I’ve inspired you to create a layout using the 6×8 paper pad
Happy crafting..xx

Captured | Unforgettable | Mandy Melville

Hello everyone!

Mandy here with you today, and I’m super excited to be sharing my first layout using the brand new Unforgettable collection! I’m totally loving everything about this new collection, especially those gorgeous colours and the stunning florals! I decided to scrapbook some candid photos of my youngest daughter Eleanor on this layout. I just love the way they capture her joyful and carefree personality, and I think this collection was perfect for documenting this happy memory.

I started my layout off by trimming about half an inch off the top and bottom edges of my white cardstock background, and I then tucked a strip of the Pretty Bits patterned paper under each of those edges. Next I chose four papers from the 6×8 Paper Stack and I layered them together to create a matt for my photos to sit on. I didn’t add adhesive all the way to the edges of the patterned papers as I wanted to give the layout some more interest by lifting the corners of the papers up a little.

I also used a couple of the patterned papers from the 6×8 Paper Stack to matt my photos with. I adhered the bottom photo using craft foam to give it some extra dimension.

There are so many gorgeous pieces in the die cut ephemera pack, and I used a few of these to create an embellishment cluster to the right of the top photo. How pretty are those florals?! You can also see here that I added a flair button to the cluster as well.

To balance out the first cluster, I created another one to the left of the bottom photo. This gives the layout a diagonal flow, drawing the viewer’s eye from the bottom left to the top right. This second cluster includes some more die cut ephemera pieces as well as a sticker from the accessory sticker sheet.

I LOVE the new Foam Title Stickers in this collection, and I couldn’t resist using one of the foam words as the title for my layout. It’s a quick and easy way to add a gorgeous eye-catching title to a page!

I finished the layout off with a sprinkling of enamel dots as well as a few little word stickers.

I love how this page turned out, and I can’t wait to create some more projects using this stunning collection!

Mandy x

Stories captured | Unforgettable layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Anna here with my first project created with brand new “Unforgettable” collection. Do I have to tell you how much I love this line? Flowers, pink, blue, butterflies and amazing embellishments are a perfect match with my style. And the name??? I knew I have to use pictures from my trip to Australia on this page because it was trully UNFORGETTABLE adventure. I have few photos with girls from CVS team taken during Creative Escape event in Coffs Harbour.

I used white cardstock as a base of my layout and colored it lightly with pink and blue watercolors. Next step was to mat my photos with pieces of pattern papers from 6*8 paper stack. I love that pages in this paper stack are not glued together. You can easily grab one and they don’t have glue on the upper edge.

I placed ephemera pieces under and on the photos creating few layers. New foam title stickers are amazing and so easy to use. I made a title within few seconds.

I felt that the upper side of my page is too empty so I hand cut few triangles and arranged them pointing into the pictures, helping to focus on the bottom part of the layout. Here are few more detailed pictures:

There are so many amazing memories hidden on those photographs and I feel so grateful that I had an opportunity to meet Raquel, Michelle and Zoe.

And you? What you will scrapbook with new “Unforgettable” collection?

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.


Bloom & Grow | Unforgettable | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & I am beyond excited to be sharing my very first creation with our stunning new UNFORGETTABLE collection!

There are so many gorgeous papers and endless possibilities with this collection, and I wanted to showcase a few of them!

Here’s what I created,

“Bloom & Grow” 


Oh wow! Isn’t this just divine?!!

When I first saw the UNFORGETTABLE collection, I was immediately struck by the cleverness of Zoe Pearn – a floral collection that reflected both Spring & Fall! Florals and blooms to suit both hemispheres – sheer brilliance! I was also impressed by the whimsical & somewhat bohemian feel that UNFORGETTABLE evoked!

With Fall as my favorite season, I just had to create an Autumnal page for my sweet girl! Here’s a closer look for you….

Gosh it’s so pretty!!!

For that warm & outdoorsy feel, I used the lovely CV-UF008 NATURAL BEAUTY woodgrain pattern paper as my layout base. Next I added the two large concentric hearts to the center of the page. The larger heart is a beautiful vermilion floral pattern paper from the reverse side of CV-UF005 LACEWING. Did I mention it had my heart swooning?! Such a rich and elegant pattern design – LOVE!!! The smaller heart is cut from simple white cardstock. With a ‘clean’ white base, attention is drawn immediately to my photograph – perfect!

I positioned my darling daughter’s picture onto a base of 3 x 4 note cards which I cut from pattern paper, CV-UF004 PRETTY BITS, and then glued the layers to the center of the page. For the embellishments tucked in and around my photo, I started with 3 larger fussy cut butterflies. These were also cut from the CV-UF004 LOVELY BITS paper (& yes, I used two sheets of this paper so that I could keep to my color scheme). Next I added that fabulous FLAIR BUTTON love this, & the two DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces. And lastly, the CLEAR STICKER leaves tucked under the layers, and that super sweet butterfly to the bottom of the cluster. That smaller butterfly, and the others that you spy on my page, were all fussy cut from pattern paper CV-005 LACEWING – that paper may be my number one pick from this collection! SO incredibly beautiful!

Here’s a closer view of the photo cluster details….

Simply stunning!

As you travel around the layout, you’ll notice all the LACEWING fussy cut butterflies either tucked in or on the hearts. I include DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms, foliage & even an arrow or two for added interest. CLEAR STICKERS also adorn the embellishment clusters and enhance the heart design.

The new FOAM TITLE STICKERS were the perfect go-to option for my layout title. The swirly font is super pretty, and the black foam is really striking on the woodgrain paper. I am also impressed with how easily they were to remove from the packaging, and to apply to my project. A new favorite product to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio range!

I arranged the ‘grow’ part of my title at the base of my layout, and adorned it with a couple of leafy fronds from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack…

Those FOAM TITLE STICKERS are really somethin’!

So many beautiful papers and embellishments!

For a finished look, I scattered a few white ENAMEL DOTS throughout the design.


Simple, Timeless & Beautiful.

The new UNFORGETTABLE collection is breathtakingly gorgeous & will suit whichever season your documenting!

I hope my Fall themed page has inspired you!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

Captured | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello friends its Michelle here today with my very first layout share using the BRAND NEW Unforgettable collection. This collection is absolutely STUNNING and was so hard to chop in to, but oh so fun in the end.

I’ve chosen a sweet photo from Christmas in 2011 of my sweet Leila and Grandma reading together. Its hard to believe that this quick moment captured was from almost 8 years ago. To create the layout I chose a cut file from CUT to YOU and cut it out twice on white cardstock, then cut the florals individually off the frame they were attached to. I backed each piece using the SPRIGHTLY, LACEWING, GLORIOUS and GARLAND patterns from the 6×8 paper stack before layering them randomly and adhering with different forms of adhesive for multiple heights of dimension. I also added in a sprinkling of florals from the ephemera pack.

I used a couple of different patterns from the PRETTY BITS & STORY TELLER cut apart sheets to layer with the photo then adhered this stack to the page with a large foam square to raise it slightly higher than the floral cluster

I added the foam title piece to the top of the photo and altered it slightly using white paint so that it wasn’t so dark. I also did the same to the other smaller black foam hearts I added to the clusters.

The two of the layout looked a little bare so I’ve created a mini cluster combining a matching ephemera piece and sticker to create a larger looking flag to combine with a smaller floral cut file piece and the moments banner from a cut apart sheet.

Along the bottom of the layout I’ve incorporated a strip of the SPRIGHTLY paper with some text from the PRETTY BITS paper, a few ephemera florals, cut file bits and some enamel dots that are also sprinkled here and there

Lastly a good splattering of gold ink and a tiny amount of handwritten journalling to complete the layout.

Well folks thats all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my first layout using our super new UNFORGETTABLE collection. Cant wait to see what you all create with it once it lands on all your doorsteps!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx

Captured | Unforgettable Collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends! It’s  Kylie back with you today and I am SO excited to be sharing my latest layout featuring the brand new ‘Unforgettable’ collection. I am so in love with this latest range with its pretty colour palette and various paper designs. Like all Cocoa Vanilla collections it is so easy to create with and my layout today features lots of textured paper overlays and paper flowers, YAY! (I know….. it’s Kylie… no surprises there!)

I selected the papers STORYTELLER and NATURAL BEAUTY for my background.The polka dots of STORYTELLER jumped out at me right away and I love the wood grain print of NATURAL BEAUTY.I tore a generous strip of NATURAL BEAUTY and adhered it down to the top portion of my page, distressing the edges a little for texture. I also added a small strip to the top and bottom of it using SPRIGHTLY. I thought the watercolour floral print was perfect for my floral theme.Before I started adding anything else to my page I used some gold paint from my stash to add some splatters to the background.

I have used the flower cut file many times before.It is a firm favourite of mine designed by Paige Evans. All of the 5 layered flowers were cut from the UNSCRIPTED,SPRIGHTLY and LACEWING papers.I curled the edges up a little as I glued each layer down and finished each of them centred with some of the enamel dots. The leaves were cut from the GARLAND paper.

I wanted the flowers to look like they were flowing across the diagonal of my page so I adhered my photo in place and then added the flowers with glue in alternating colours and sizes.All whilst trying to maintain an even balance.

I usually always add in the leaves last. They are great for poking into any open gaps on your page and again for maintaining balance around the photo.I also used some of the leaf die cuts with the green ones I had cut earlier. I layered some cotton from my craft stash underneath some of the Butterfly die cuts as well.This just added a lovely extra texture to my overall completed layout.

My title was selected from the foam title stickers. I really loved the boldness of the black on my background page. The cute pink bow from the embellishment pack was far too cute not to use also!

I also added some sub titles from the stickers and die cuts.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest layout.

Until next time,

Kylie xo