Happy Life | Daydream Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends !


It’s Sophie with you today sharing a mood board inspired layout created with the lovely Daydream Collection.



Here is the mood board this month, designed by the very talented Anita Bownds.



I was immediately driven by the upper middle photo showing colourful butterflies, and the design of rainbow rays and beautiful flowers on the centered photo of the mood board.


I used thick white cardstock for my background, that I cut in a 11 1/2 inch square and backed with the beautiful « Sweet Serenity » Daydream patterned paper. I machine stitched a border around the background with yellow thread.


I decided to go with the same design as the middle photo of the moodboard, so I centered a sweet black and white photo of Sabrina and wanted to embellish all around it.  I fussy cut every single cute butterfly from the « All Aflutter » Daydream patterned paper and arranged them in a rainbow manner around my photo. 


Before adhering them on my background, I did a little bit of mixed media on my white cardstock with watercolours, adding a very subtle and soft layer of paint around my photo in the same color scheme as my butterflies, and also adding plenty of little splatters around the page. I think it gives a little more interest to the overall look of the layout. 



I adhered every butterfly, one by one, on the background starting close to the photo and then going larger and larger, trying to curl every little wing and glue only the center part of each butterfly for more dimension. I LOVE the result !



On the bottom of the photo, I created a floral cluster with some die cut ephemera and went for a simple title, « Happy Life », that comes from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Die Cut Titles, both from the Daydream collection.


I also added a few accessory stickers and hearts here and there, and handwrote a bit of journaling as the finishing touch.



I took a ton of close-ups…!:









I hope you like this page ! Remember, it was created with one single sheet of patterned paper (aside from the background paper). Fussy cutting out beautiful elements from a patterned paper can make you go a long way !


Thank you for your visit today, can’t wait to see you again and share another creation with you !


Sophie xx


Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a new share and today’s layout is featuring the stunning ‘Daydream’ collection. For today, I decided to have a play with the cut apart pattern paper in the collection called ‘Happy Place’. It’s fun to see just how many elements I can get out of one sheet of pattern paper!

To begin my page, I’ve created a background with the ‘Serenity’ pattern paper as my border and a plain white cardstock from my stash. I’ve then used the centre of the ‘Serenity’ paper to cut out some simple banner strips. I’ve done this with a cut file from CUT to YOU but you could also do this with a border punch or even just fussy cut out the design freehand with your scissors.

Next, I’ve cut the striped piece and the heart row from the ‘Happy Place’ pattern paper. I’ve layered these two pieces with the banner pieces to create my background. I’ve added them randomly, working bottom to top along the centre line of the page, adding stitching to the top of each banner piece as I go.

I’ve then also added in three of the smaller banner pieces from the cut apart sheet and added stitching to those too. These are normally used as journaling spots, but I’m using them here just as parts of my layers.

I’ve then positioned my photo. I think this design works particularly well with photos that are landscape as the banner pieces in the background draw the eye across the page. I have used foam tape for this as well, just for added dimension.

I’ve used the cut apart sheet again for the text element ‘Beautiful’ which is positioned above my photo. I’ve also fussy cut out three of the cute rainbows and added those above and below my photo running along the same lines as the banner pieces.

I’ve also added in here some stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ as well as fussy cut out floral elements from the ‘Garden Variety’ pattern paper and butterflies from the ‘All a Flutter’ pattern paper.

Here you can see a close up of the stitched details. To finish the page off, I’ve added a few typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’ and a Flair button.

I’ve also created a YouTube process video for this layout which you can watch below – I hope it inspires you to get creating with this beautiful collection.

Thanks for popping by today,




Good Times | Daydream Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura here again with a sleepy puppy layout using the aptly named Daydream collection! I went for a modified grid this time and used as many of the bits and pieces as I could on this one. I love the way it feels both full and balanced at the same time. I did a little bit of layering at the top and bottom of the grid to give it the appearance of depth, but those flair did the job for me! I love adding chunky pieces like flair and foam on my layouts, so when I decide to do a chunky layout, I go all out!

There’s also a bit of hidden journaling in this pocket on the right side of the layout to document our old dog’s decline at the time. I didn’t want to add that part of the story to the front of the layout, so by adding this little pocket, I can document his journey without making it the focus of the layout. I really wanted this layout to showcase his incredible talent of falling asleep anywhere, anytime.

These rainbows were one of my favorite parts of this collection, so I fussy cut a whole page of them to use as embellishments and they are slowly showing up on every one of my pages! I even found ways to tuck in sequins around my clusters to add a little bit of bling and really make this layout shine!

I hope the modified grid on this layout inspires you to look at your embellishments a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can change things up. If you’d like to see the Good Times layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Be a Rainbow | Daydream Collection | Danni Visser

Hi there Cocoa Vanilla fans! Danni here, and today I am having some fun with the cut-apart elements in the Happy Place 12×12 patterned paper, which is part of the amazing new Daydream collection xx

Cut-apart sheets are one of my favourite products to work with, and as soon as this collection arrived on my doorstep I set to work with my scissors and cut this whole page up into it’s individual elements, ready for making a layout. I find it is much easier to get inspired when you already have all the pieces cut out and ready to use.

The sweet little woodgrain piece with the oval centre and flowers at the bottom was crying out to become a frame, so I carefully cut the oval from the centre, taking care to keep all the little flowers intact. A craft knife and cutting mat works best for this.

I chose this beautiful photo of my sweet baby girl to put behind the frame I created. The 3×4 inch size of these cut-apart elements makes them perfect to use with 3×4 photos, and this one fit perfectly. I arranged several of the other elements from Happy Place 12×12 patterned paper in a diagonal across my page – this is my favourite layout as it really helps to draw the eye across the page.

For my background I chose white mixed media weight cardstock and added a border using Stepping Stones 12×12 patterned paper for a pop of that beautiful rainbow stripe. I went ahead and added some soft mixed media to the background using some solid watercolour paints, making sure to place the colour where it could be seen peeking out from behind my cut-apart elements. Once this dried I placed all those elements back onto the page and adhered them down.

For embellishments I chose to keep things simple, adding a flair button, a puffy heart, a sunshine sticker from the accessory stickers and a sweet little die cut ephemera tab at the top of my photo. I pulled out a bunch of the teeny tiny heart die cut ephemera and accessory stickers, creating several clusters of these in varying colours around my diagonal design.

For finishing touches I added a few lines of journaling on a label at the bottom of the page, followed by three little clusters of white dimensional drops. This layout is quite simple and minimal, quick to make and looks so soft and pretty. I am so happy with how it turned out. I hope you were inspired to use your cut-apart patterned papers today! They are such a fun and easy way to make a layout that looks amazing.

There is a process video linked below if you would like to watch this layout come together. Thanks for joining me today, happy scrapping!

Danni x



Happy Days | Life Is Beautiful Digital | Anita Bownds

 Hi crafty friends, Anita here sharing a layout for throwback Thursday for my layout today I’ve chosen the life is beautiful digital collection all printed on paper specially for digital art … and then all fussy cut out..

I started of by printing out the paper and ephemera pieces and then fussy cutting it out it did take some time to cut out all those flowers but Netflix seems to make the time go quicker..lol
I adhered 2 strips of pattern paper with a scallop border at the top and bottom of the layout and started adding clusters of florals.


Then next I used my cameo and light pink cardstock to cut out a heart leaf wreath from @neatncraftycutz and adhered it in the Centre of my cardstock and then I matted my photo on pattern paper and adhered it in the middle of the heart and added a few bit of ephemera tucked in the top of the photo layouts.


Then I started layering more flowers on 2 sides of the photo building the cluster , I also used the cardstock titles from the day dream collection to add my title underneath my photo and I tucked a few more flowers and leaves around it.


Then I finished off the layout with a few butterflies and enamel dots.





I hope you have enjoyed my layout today

Happy crafting …

Home sweet home decor | Daydream collection | Anna Komenda

Hello Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Anna here with another inspiration created for our “Home is where the heart is”  theme. Other girls showed you amazing layouts but I decided to make a little home decoration. I am in the process of renovating my house interiors and one of the tasks is to upgrade my younger daughter’s room. She started school recently and we need more “grown up” look and furnitures. We are changing the color scheme, painting the walls, changing furniture so I decided to add little something from myself too. I used brand new “Daydream” collection for my little project.

I used small embroidery hoop and turned it into the shaker, filled with sequins and glitter. I used the ones from Sequins and flowers pack to make sure they will match the papers perfectly. I closed them between two layers of plastic foil so you can see through the whole frame. I took 6*8 paper stack and cut wonky rainbow using the papers from the package. The patterns are smaller here, so they are perfect for smaller elements.

I picked matching strings and added some stitches on each of the rainbow stripes. It took me a while but it was all worth it. Next step was to glue my rainbow down to the shiny background using few layers of foam to add dimension. I decorated the rainbow with flowers and houses from Ephemera pack.

Little flair button and fabric heart are a perfect finish touch for this project. When you shake the frame the sequins move around. You can either hang it on the wall adding a piece of ribbon or put in on a little stand. Sequins make it all more whimsical and fun.

That is all for today. I hope my little project inspired you a little bit to make your own home decorations. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in two weeks with another project made with amazing “Daydream” collection.

XO Anna

Epic | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello everyone!! Its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back with you again!  Our theme is “Home is Where the Heart Is” and I decided to scrapbook a photo of the lake that is 5 minutes from my house that I regularly ride my mountain bike around, and I definitely consider it home as my area was even named after it! Legendary is the perfect collection for documenting outdoor photos and stories!

I live in Queenstown New Zealand, which is an alpine resort that has mountains and lakes. I chose a cut file from Paige Evans with a phrase that was perfect for a home layout because I literally live between a mountain range and a lake.  I choose “OFFBEAT” for my background paper because its border features and mixed media look was perfect for the cut file and my photo.

In order to back my cut file I selected patterned papers that suited the landscape theme of the page.  The blue and white stripes of “WILD ONE” were perfect for the waves on the lake, for the trees I used “EXPLORER” and a green pattern that I cut from “TOTAL LEGEND” which includes lots of cut apart patterns.  The map print on “OUTDOORS TYPE” was perfect for the grass, and I backed the mountains with “ALL STAR“, and “BRAVE HEART“.  For the clouds I used “TOTAL LEGEND” which I orientated in two different ways for some visual difference.  I made tiny shaker pockets with white glitter for the snowy caps of the mountains. 

I kept my embellishment very simple because the cut file did so much of the work for me.  I backed the large open part of the cut file behind the words on the cut file with velum.  And for this reason I didn’t add any mixed media like splatters because I didn’t want to add too much extra detail.  I embellished with stickers from the “ACCESSORY STICKERS“, and stars a ticket and a tab from the “DIE CUT EPHEMERA“.  My title is from the “DIE CUT WORDS”.

You can read my hand written journalling below, and my final touch were some “ENAMEL DOTS”.

I also made a process video, which you can watch below:

Have an awesome rest of your week!

Melissa xx




Homemade happiness | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hey everyone!

It’s Anna here on the blog again with a new layout featuring the GORGEOUS “Daydream” Collection. Seriously, you need this collection in your life. Have you seen these colors? To say that it’s beautiful is an understatement.

I used the Sweet Serenity paper as my background. Then, I ripped two strips from the Garden Variety paper and two more from the Sun Shower paper.  I glued the strips one on the top of the other. After that, I placed them on the top and bottom of the page.

The main focus of my page is this cute cut file from Cut to You. I cut it from white cardstock, backed it with the 6×8 Paper Stack, and glued it to the page with foam to add more dimension. I also put one of these adorable Puffy fabric hearts in the middle of the A. Don’t you love its texture?

For this layout, I chose a photo of my daughters taking a bubble bath at home. I matted it with patterned paper from the 6×8 Paper Stack and attached a tab from the Accessory Stickers. Behind the photo, I also put a circle frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

To the left of the photo, I placed two die cuts more, a cute tiny blue house, and a sun.  I thought that it was the perfect spot for them, and they fit the theme of the layout because it’s about things that we do at home.

Finally, I made three floral clusters with the flowers from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. They’re so beautiful, and you have different sizes, so it’s so easy to create beautiful clusters. In one of them, I added a Flair Button. I wrote my journaling with a gold metallic pen and made some splatters with gold mist.

I love how it turned out! I hope it gives you some inspiration. Working with this collection is so easy!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’ll see you very soon with another layout!

Anna xx

Our Happy Home | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back today with a new layout featuring our newest collection Daydream for our current ‘Home is where the heart is’ theme. I chose a couple of cute photos of Leila to document from a few years back when we were in the process of building our first and current family home. Here’s a closer look..



How stinkin cute is that little face peeking through the un-bricked walls of our house in progress? Leila loved coming with us to check the progress of the house and I’m so glad I took photos to document the moment.



I paired these sweet photos with some fun house cutfiles from CUT to YOU, designed by fellow DT Member Gwen. There’s both a big house design and a row of smaller houses that I’ve backed with a mixture of patterns in pink, yellow, blue and grey.



I even gave the big house a little window box of flowers using a small floral cluster from the 6×8 paper stack version of Garden Variety. This little cluster was the main inspiration for the colour palette used for all the houses.



The papers I used for all these cute houses came from the 6×8 paper stack and include mini versions of designs from the bigger papers, most are from the reverse sides. Garden Variety – Main house, Daisy Days – blue daisy strip, Happy Place – roof of main house, All a Flutter – Heart on roof, Sun Shower – top of roof and chimney. I’ve used the same papers for the mini houses too.



I added another cluster of florals that spill out of the chimney, with a sprinkling of sequins



To the right of the ‘main house’ I’ve created a larger cluster using the photos, mini houses, mixed title and more florals. The title is made using an ephemera flag, cardstock title piece and some handwriting on a cut apart tag from the ‘Happy Place’ paper.



I finished the layout by backing the cardstock with some of the newest Cocoa Vanilla Studio Woodgrain pattern – Over the Rainbow – the reverse side to that amazing big rainbow paper. I also added some handwritten journaling to fill the white space to the top right of the houses and gave the whole layout a good splattering of gold ink.



Well crafty friends that’s all from me today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on our ‘Home is where the Heart is’ theme. Thanks so much for stopping by, please be sure to share with us in the CVS Group on facebook if you create something for this theme too. We love to see what you all create.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!



Home layout | Daydream collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello creative friends. It’s Kylie back on the blog today with a new layout to share. The theme the design team is creating to this week is ‘Home is where the heart is’. Family makes my house a home and for today’s layout I wanted to scrapbook some photos of a very much loved, furry family member of ours- ‘Maximus’. We have had our little pooch 5 years, adopting him as a rescued puppy. He may of had a rough start to life but he lives like a ‘little’ king now. Do you like to scrapbook your pets too??

For my page design today I am using the super pretty ‘DAYDREAM’ collection which I have teamed with a fun ‘grid’ design cut file by CUT TO YOU. I really love working with grid like patterns as they are a great way to document more than one photo on a page.

For my background page I layered together UP IN THE CLOUDS, SUNSHOWER and STEPPING STONES. I really love layering several papers to create a ‘border’ or framed effect. In order to conserve your paper supply, you can cut out a square from the centre of each paper prior to adhering them together. These smaller pieces can then be used for other projects. Once my cut file had been cut out, I used several papers from the 6″x 8″ paper stack to back it.

I get asked all the time how do I print my smaller scale photos. There are many ways in which you can, however I like to use my Silhouette Cameo studio software. It’s as easy as sizing them to your needs and printing them on one sheet of A4 glossy photo paper. All I need to do then is cut them out with my trimming board.

Once my photos were in place and I had backed all of my cut file, I adhered it to my background centred, using double sided tape. All that was left to do then was add a few simple embellishments. I used a combination of die cuts as well as stickers, layered together using foam adhesive to create dimension. I also used some of the typed phrase stickers to create some ‘journal’ phrases on some of my photos.

This was a really easy and fast layout to complete. I love that I have several photos of Maximus, (our little Gladiator), preserved on one fun page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!