Little Moments | Unforgettable | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & today I am sharing another super pretty layout with our gorgeous UNFORGETTABLE collection. For today’s layout, I wanted to create something really special for my sweet girl – I hope she likes it!

Here’s what I came up with…

“Little Moments” 

Oh how preeeeeeeeeetty!!! Such a beautiful, floral page for my darling daughter!

Here’s a better look for you…

Absolutely stunning!

You’ll spy the B-side of pattern paper CV-UF 001 GLORIOUS taking center stage! I fussy cut this paper along its own pattern line, and took advantage of the directional quality it posesses. Not only does this clever cut paper encourage movement and flow, it essentially draws attention straight into my sweet photo – LOVE!!! Such a clever way to trim & use this paper! For added impact, I adorned this paper with that sensational floral cut file.

***Note: The cut file is called: Floral Bouquet Set and is courtesy of Cut To You***

It really is something, isn’t it?! I used papers from the 6 x 8 PAPER STACK, as well as some peach coloured cardstock to back this file. I filled the flower centers with ENAMEL DOTS pollen, and then embellished on and around the cut file with DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms & leaves. To complete the look, I positioned a DIE CUT EPHEMERA butterfly in between the two large cut file flowers. Perfect! Like the GLORIOUS pattern paper, these cascading blooms lead you straight to my beautiful photo…..

Beautiful, indeed!

I tuck my photo into that gorgeous array of blooms, which are from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack. I also anchor my layout with a half inch trim of the reverse side of pattern paper, CV-UF007 SPRIGHTLY. This trim is errrrything!!! I just adore how it encompasses my overall design and forms the perfect base to this page!

I embellish this photo cluster with tiny fussy cut butterflies from the 6 x 8 PAPER STACK, more DIE CUT EPHEMERA flowers, and a couple of ACCESSORY STICKERS which I position beneath my photo!

For finishing touches, I add a few of the sentiment stickers from the ACCESSORY STICKERS sheet.

Simple. Sweet, and oh-so pretty!

A beautiful little moment captured! I hope it has inspired you to document your little moments too!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

Extraordinary Stories | Unforgettable Collection | Guest Designer – Laura Alberts

Hello Scrappy Friends! This is Laura Alberts, Guest Designer and huge fan of Cocoa Vanilla Studio! I’m sharing a 12×12 Layout using the Unforgettable collection, a large heart cut file from Cathartic Scrapper, and a photo with two of my daughters snuggled up together for a story.

By using the inside pieces of this cut file, which I normally might have tossed, I’ve created a geometric heart background! I hand-stitched a border all the way around to give it an outline and add texture to the page.

For my three clusters, I started with the Cut to You cut file with leafy fronds cut from the Garland paper and then backed the leaf outlines with vellum. Layering the large floral swag from the ephemera pack on top made for a lovely large cluster!  I added a tag from the 6×12 sticker sheet as well as two tickets, tucked behind the left side of the photo, and a few word phrases on the right side. A tab and small cluster on the right of the photo as well as a few clear stickers created a tiny cluster there and a cluster of florals and leftover fronds on the top left of the heart finished it off! I added clear tiny heart stickers and enamel dots for the detail embellishing, then splattered with gold mist.

This layout wouldn’t be complete without using one of the striking titles from the Unforgettable collection and “Stories” was perfect! I’m absolutely in love with the font on these titles as well as the small foam hearts, that I sprinkled into my clusters to help tie in the black from the title. I had so much fun with this layout and I hope it inspires you!

I have a process video available for this page. You can watch it here:

Laura Alberts

Hello | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a fresh new layout using the super sweet Unforgettable collection and some oh so adorable photos of Leila from a few years back. I went all out with loads of pink for our current Think Pink theme, in honour of Pink Ribbon day. There are so many variations of pink within this collection, and it was hard not to use it all.

I started the layout by cutting the loopy hearts cut file from CUT to YOU on the reverse of UNSCRIPTED paper. I also used the same pattern as the backing/border for the layout.

I chose 2 sweet photos of Leila and printed them in B&W and slightly different sizes, framed one using the photo frame from the Happiness Collection ephemera pack, and adhered them over the right side of the cut file piece using foam tape. I tucked all the floral elements and ephemera pieces (some are fussy cut from the 6×8 GLORIOUS paper) under the frame to the left of the layout using different forms of adhesive for loads of dimension. I also tucked in a heart from the heart wreath cut file I used on a previous layout that complimented the subtle hints of turquoise I’ve added in to break up all the pink. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE pink, but theres only so much one lover of pink can handle HAHA

Over on the right side of the photos I added an extra ephemera piece and some text pattern paper from the 6×8 paper stack, its the same design as the reverse of PRETTY BITS just in the smaller design. I altered a large floral ephemera piece to create a smaller cluster for the bottom of the photo.

Kept the title super simple using a foam title piece and accessory sticker, then a couple of enamel dots and a sweet butterfly to finish it off

Lastly up in the top left corner I’ve added a black foam heart, enamel dots and accessory sticker before splattering the layout with 2 different colours of pink inks.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to share all your beloved CVS creations within our Facebook community group HERE, and use the hashtag #cocoavanillastudio when sharing on Instagram or Pinterest

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx



Living The Dream | Unforgettable collection | Kylie Kingham

Hey friends! It’s Kylie back with you on the blog today, with a new layout to share! My theme for today’s project was ‘Think Pink’…… yes please! So with that in mind I couldn’t go past creating with the beautiful ‘Unforgettable’ collection. There are so many pretty pink elements in this range as well as lots of flowers so I had no trouble bringing my completed work together.

I decided to work with a white background and used the UNSCRIPTED paper as a border piece. Using some paint from my stash I created a simple watercolour background by painting some stripes with a wide paint brush and finishing with some random splatters. Some machine stitching was added around the border for texture as well.

A special feature of my layout is the beautiful heart wreath cut file I used which was designed by Cut To You. You can find these freebie cut files in store HERE. I backed the frame with some of the STORY TELLER paper.

Since I had so much colour going on in my layout my photograph was printed in black and white. I added it to my background with foam tape so that it had some dimension and height. I then proceeded to add lots of the lovely floral die cut elements in and around the base of my layout.

Some die cuts were adhered flat to my background and others with foam tape, again for giving lots of dimension to the overall finished result.

Thanks so much for checking out my layout today! I hope you have enjoyed seeing it and it gives you some inspiration for your own creating.

Take care,

Kylie xx

Girl Squad | Unforgettable Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hey friends Rachel here. Do you ever create a layout and then your are not sure if you love it!  Well I ended up creating two layouts this month because of this (it’s a Virgo thing lol!), anyway I will let you choose which version of my Girl Squad layout you like the most. So here is the first one I created. I wanted it to be soft and very girly and hence went for lots of white, pink and flowers.And here. is version two! I decided to go bold and bright, ensuring my lettering really stood out which I felt it got a little lost in the first version of the layout. The only drawback was I had to convert my photo to black and white, which I think lessens the beauty of the shot.On both layouts I have used Story Teller paper as my base so there was a slight contrast with the black dots instead of a flat white. My second version I have used a turquoise cardstock, cutting the Story Teller paper down to 11×11 inches. I also used the same cardstock to cut Girl Squad cut file. on my Silhouette Cameo, in my first layout I used white to cut the Girl Squad cut file.I used the beautiful Forget Me Not paper  to paper piece the Girl Squad cut file, wanting a smaller print so I could use some of the larger floral die cuts without them getting ‘lost’.From the 6×8 inch paper pad I used the Lacewing paper and fussy cut numerous butterflies. I wanted smaller butterflies hence why I used the sheet in the 6×8 inch pad and not the 12×12 paper. I added these with foam tape to create a 3d effect.I chose the largest floral bunch from the die cut ephemera pack and added in a way you could still see the lettering. Again I did this with foam tape to add dimension. I added some of the pink and turquoise enamel dots to flowers and under some of the butterfly wings.Before adding my photo I used some of the paint blotches from the Clear Sticker Sheet (I adore the clear stickers so much!) to ‘frame’ my photo and draw your eye to it. I used foam tape to attach my photo. I finished off adding some phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker Sheet. 

So there you have it, only one difference in papers used but the over all effect if quite different! Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful creative week.

Rachel X

Traveler’s Notebook Spreads | Unforgettable and Happiness Collections | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here continuing on with our focus on traveler’s notebook pages. For today’s post I decided to create my first spread using the recently released, and oh-so-beautiful, ‘Unforgettable’ collection. I had a couple of photos of my sister and I that I printed in black and white, as I thought that despite being two separate pages, that they could work well side by side in my book.

I began with the 6×8″ Paper Stack, as these are the perfect sizes papers for my notebook inserts. I chose the scaled down version of the stunning butterfly Lacewing 12×12″ paper for the base of my pages. I trimmed down my sheet into two pieces and placed one either side of the spine.

On the left side I then added a pink and white striped piece of paper cut from the Pretty Bits 12×12″ cut apart paper. I then adhered my photo and journalling on top. I then worked vertically from the top to the bottom to embellish my page.

At the top I used the our little moments sticker from the Accessory Stickers sheet; followed by the captured word cut from the Story Teller paper; the large butterfly fussy cut from the Pretty Bits paper; and the small heart tab sticker from the Accessory Stickers sheet. I finished along the bottom of the page with the best things in life are free sticker and stamped the date.

I knew I needed to work in a vertical style again on the right page so that the two sides of my spread had cohesion across the design.

I started by adding the every photo has a story quote piece from the 6×8″ Paper Stack; followed by the wood grain piece from the Story Teller paper with my photo and journalling on top. Below that I added the take a photo it will last longer sticker from the Accessory Stickers sheet; then finished off with the cute pink camera from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.

For my second spread, I decided to work with the previously released ‘Happiness’ collection to document some photos of my boys and I on a day out together.

This time I was able to work with the spread as a whole, rather than two separate pages sharing a spread. I started with the 6×8″ Paper Pad, choosing the scaled down version of the Sprinkles paper as the base for my pages. I cut the sheet into two uneven pieces and placed them either side of the spine.

I then added my three photos and my journalling, which I stuck on top of a journal box cut from the Little Things paper. I also added the making memories quote card from the same paper.

Next, I added some floral pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack – cutting the largest piece in two and placing in on either side of the spine at the bottom of the page. I also used a couple of single flowers, which I tucked under the edges of my photos.

I then added two small phrase stickers from the Accessory Stickers sheet; and finished off with a few other elements from the ephemera pack – tickets, hearts and the title piece.

That’s all from me today, I hope I have inspired you to try some traveler’s notebook spreads if you haven’t already – it’s such a fun size to work in!

Living The Dream | Unforgettable | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla Family and welcome back to the blog! For my assignment this week, I was given the task of documenting in a traveler’s notebook, and considering this is the medium that made me fall in love with scrapbooking, this happened pretty seamlessly. I decided to play with the Unforgettable collection because it’s so delicious and I needed some floral action in my life. I chose to print my photos in black and white so I could use all the colors on my layouts.

For my first spread, I decided to create a sunburst of sorts using triangles I cut out from the 6×8 paper pad. I cut rectangles, then cut those in half to create the triangles and arranged them across the top half of my layout. That was the hard part. The rest of this came together pretty easily!
I chose to mat my photo on just one patterned paper since there were already so many going on in my background and then I popped the large floral element on foam, stuck it on the bottom left of my photo and added the circle die cut right behind it for dimension and interest.
On the left side of my page, I started with a card from the cut apart sheet since it was the same size as my photo, added a floral die cut and then adhered my title – also from the ephemera pack. With traveler’s notebooks, dimension can get out of hand really quickly so I chose to use a flat ephemera piece as my title as opposed to chipboard or foam. I added a single butterfly to the left side and a blue tab element to the right and called this layout done!
For my second project, I knew I wanted to use these branches that I had left over from a previous layout so I started with the pink cardstock background so the white of the cutfile would pop against the background. Then I printed my photos at 2×3 inches and matted them on three papers from the 6×6 patterned paper stack. I used strips of the same patterns on the right side of the spread to carry over the color and patterns and I added two more branches to the right side to continue the theme.
Now we embellish! I used some small elements from the ephemera pack as well as stickers from the accessory pack to add some texture and interest to the photos.
On the right side, I used a piece that I cut from one of the 6×8 patterned papers, layered it over a tag, flower, and butterfly, and added some additional flowers along the branches to tie the whole layout together. A couple of enamel dots on both sides finished off this spread and I am super happy with how both projects came out this week.
I hope you found inspiration here and are fired up to scrap small and make something beautiful today in a traveler’s notebook today. Till next time, keep it crafty friends and have a great day.

Unforgettable Card Set | Guest Designer – Shannah Bartle

Hi everyone!

It’s Shannah Bartle here, and I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer with the fabulous Cocoa Vanilla Design Team! I’ve created three cards for you today, using the gorgeous new ‘Unforgettable’ collection. This is such a beautiful range, with a fantastic variety of paper patterns and fun coordinating elements.

For my first card I wanted to create an easel card and thought the cute polaroid frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack the was just perfect for the pop-up piece! When the card is folded flat the polaroid feature is framed by the stunning floral 6×8” papers…

… And once opened the polaroid frame, backed with aqua paper, sits up nicely showing off the Accessory Stickers and Die Cut Elements.

The inside of the card is covered with wood panel paper, and I’ve used a strip of crochet lace and two heart Foam Title Stickers as a ‘stopper’. I heat embossed a sentiment from Uniquely Creative’s All Occasions stamp set onto aqua paper and framed it with more of the floral paper.

I finished it with a sprinkling of sweet Unforgettable Enamel Dots.


For my second card, I was inspired by the “Shine” Foam Title Sticker to make a glitzy shaker card!

I used lots of the gorgeous 6×8” papers for the card base and shaker element and filled it with gold sequins for the ‘shine’.

I arranged lots of Die Cut Elements around the card and finished with a butterfly in the top corner.

For my last card I chose two of the beautiful 6×8” papers which I cut into a square, then divided in half diagonally.

I layered one of each pattern on a slightly larger square of black cardstock, then trimmed the remaining diagonal pieces smaller and layered onto another black square, then onto the centre of the card.

I chose a third patterned paper, again matt with black cardstock, then added it to the centre of the card using 3D foam for dimension. I adhered the “hello” Foam Title Sticker and several Die Cut Elements and finished with a few Enamel Dots.

Here are all three cards together… hope they inspire you to get creative!

I absolutely LOVED playing with the  Cocoa Vanilla Unforgettable collection… and you can check out my Quick Makes feature using this range in Issue 5 of Love Cardmaking International magazine soon!

Happy crafting everyone!

Shannah Bartle


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today, I hope you are all well! I’m back today with a new share using the stunning ‘Unforgettable’ collection.  This is the fourth page I’ve made with this collection and the more I use it, the more I just love it!  My page features a photo of my daughter the day before heading off to her first school camp.  We were both super nervous about the adventure ahead and I had been speaking with her about enjoying the little moments at camp and remembering that these are moments she will look back on and truly treasure, even though right now it didn’t seem that way.

I started the page with the idea of creating a central paper stack for my photo and working outward from there.  For this, I’ve used the butterfly quad element from the ‘Pretty Bits’ pattern paper.  I’ve teamed this with the ‘Sprightly’ paper which I’ve used as an edge for my layout as well as a double mat for my photo.  **TIP –  If you want a double mat for your photo and aren’t sure which two papers to use, go with an A and B side of the same paper, they were made for each other 🙂

With my photo mat sorted, I positioned it overlapping the butterfly quad element (making sure to fussy cut out the two butterflies that were not showing for later) and centered everything onto a plain white card stock background.  Now, I could go through all of the pretty elements of the collection to fill out my page.

I find it is always best to work with larger elements first and then move onto the smaller ones, so started with the pretty floral die cut from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack.  I’ve used one of the largest pieces here and then added smaller pieces on top using foam tape for a layered effect.

Next, I’ve added in the Orange fussy cut butterfly that I had saved and a smaller one from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’.  There is still another Grey butterfly that I had fussy cut, that one will be added to a new project.  I’ve also added in here a large sticker from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and a medium-sized die-cut Camera.  I’ve grabbed a flair button and added that here as well.

I was really happy with the ‘bones’ of my page now so it was time to move onto smaller embellishments.  I’ve pulled out several stickers from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ and positioned them on my page.  There were quite a few that really suited the sentiment for this layout and I loved how the colours matched perfectly.  Lastly, I went about adding a cute bow from the ‘Tassles and Bows’ pack as well as some Enamel dots and the page was complete.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope it inspires you to get creating with this beautiful collection.

Until next time,



Traveler’s Notebook Spreads | More than Words + You Rock | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy here with you today to share a couple of traveler’s notebook spreads that I created for Throwback Thursday! For my first layout I wanted to create something soft and pretty to document a photo of my youngest daughter and I taken on my birthday last month. The beautiful More than Words collection was just perfect for this!

I started my layout off by covering the left hand side of the spread with the Noteworthy patterned paper. I LOVE the beautiful scripty font on this paper! Next I cut two of the 3×4 inch pieces out of the Collage patterned paper, and I layered these behind my photo to help it to stand out against the background.

I embellished around the photo using some pretty die cuts from the collection.

For the right hand side of the spread, I used the Radiant patterned paper as my background. I chose that paper as it matched perfectly with the dress that my daughter was wearing in the photo. I then cut out the piece that says ‘Love You to Bits’ from the Treasure patterned paper, and I adhered it to the middle of the page using craft foam for added dimension. Lastly I scattered some little word stickers down the page, and I finished it off with a couple more floral die cuts.

For my second TN layout, I decided to pull out the awesome You Rock collection to scrapbook a photo of Isaac with one of his best mates, taken when I took them to Gravity X a couple of months ago. The bright and fun colours in this collection worked perfectly with photo and the theme of this spread.

I covered the left hand side of the spread with the reverse side of the Random patterned paper. This provided a nice neutral background to work with, while adding some cool detail to the page. Next I added the colourful striped piece of patterned paper down the left hand side of the page, which I cut out of the Stripped paper. I then fussy cut some stars to add to the layout. The smaller ones were from the Starshine patterned paper, and the larger one was from the Random paper. To finish the left hand side of the spread off, I added the piece that says ‘Boys will be Boys’, which I cut out of the Random patterned paper.

Down the right hand side of the spread I added a strip of blue patterned paper, which was also cut out the Stripped paper. I matted my photo with the reverse side of the In Line paper to help it to stand out on the page, and I also layered more pieces from the Random and the Stripped patterned papers behind the photo. For my title I used one of the chipboard words from the Boys Rule collection. I love how the black title really pops against the bright colours that I used on this layout.

I created a little embellishment cluster on the bottom right hand corner of the photo that includes another fussy cut star and a rubber charm from the collection. To complete the layout I added some short handwritten journaling at the bottom of the page, and I also added a couple of small chipboard plus signs.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! I hope that you’ve been inspired by my traveler’s notebook spreads, and that you enjoyed my ‘Throwback Thursday’ post using a couple of older collections!

Mandy x