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!



Good Times | Daydream collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share a new layout featuring the amazing Cocoa Vanilla Studio Daydream collection! I just love all the florals in this collection so I decided to cut out a large floral and leaf cut file design from my favourite cut file shop, CUT to YOU.

Once I had the cut file design cut out, I took the awesome Daydream 6′ x 8′ paper stack and backed all the florals and leaves in the design with the different papers. The cut file design has 2 rectangles in the centre, I backed both these spaces with patterned papers also and I knew that I wanted to place the sweet photo of my nieces in the top rectangle, I then added my title to the bottom rectangle. My title is the Good Times piece cut from the cut apart sheet.

Once I had the cut file backed, I added craft foam underneath it and then adhered it to the B side of the Garden Variety patterned paper. You can see in the close up photos the shadow this creates on the page. As the cut file is mostly the focal point of my layout, I kept the embellishing fairly simple.

I added some of the gorgeous floral diecuts, tucked into the side of the cut file as well as layered on top near my photo. I tucked in a tab diecut on the left of my photo and added phrase stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet.

The heart flair button is super cute, I added this just above my title, I love the moths and butterflies from the All Aflutter patterned paper, I fussy cut some of those out but only ended up using 1 to fill the space in the bottom right corner of the cut file.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you were inspired in some way.

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

This Happy Place | Day Dream collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends! I finally used the Over the Rainbow paper (because I can’t keep it in my stash just to look at it because it is so pretty lol). Of course it is the perfect paper to scrap the photo of my new craft room mural which is Zoe’s rainbow design.


Before adding anything to my page I added some machine stitching and white Nuvo crystal drops. I didn’t want to make it too busy but wanted to add a little texture.

I have used a pretty bird cut file from the Silhouette Design store, I wanted to height add create the illusion of a moving element on my page so it didn’t look ‘flat’. I used the 6×8 inch paper pad to paper piece the bird (which is a great way to save your 12×12 papers for a larger project). I used Happy Place, All a Flutter and Stepping Stones papers.

To tie the bird in I used a larger floral die cut adding with foam tape (this way it doesn’t look like you have added an element for no good reason). I added some clear Nuvo crystal drops to the flower petals for texture.

I next added the photo of my craft room mural using a die cut frame and adding with foam tape. I added a sweet flair from the collection to draw your eye to the photo (and because it is so cute!)

I created my title by using a word from the Die Cut Titles and a phrase from the Accessory Sticker sheet, because yes this indeed is my happy place.

I finished off adding a fussy cut butterfly/moth and some phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet. I love how it turned it, but everything in this collection makes it easy to create super beautiful layouts!

Thank you for stopping by and I will see you later in the month with another layout created using Day Dream.

Rachel X

Family Time | Daydream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, it’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project using the amazing ‘Daydream’ collection. If you haven’t had a chance to create with this range yet, then do yourself a favour and make sure you check with your favourite retailer to see if they have it in stock – it is so gorgeous!

For this page, I decided to document a photo that I took a few months ago when some of my family got together to celebrate my boys 8th birthday. I began with a sheet of white cardstock and used inks to add  some subtle layered watercolour detail to the background.

Next, I layered some pieces of the Sun ShowerAll AflutterStepping Stones; and Up in the Clouds papers to form the mat for my photo. I then added some frayed gauze for texture and some scrap cardboard under my photo to pop it up from the page.

Once I had the photo in place it was time for some embellishments. I had the gorgeous floral print Garden Variety paper and my scissors at the ready to get cutting. I fussy cut several larger floral pieces and a few loose flowers, then tucked them in amongst the different paper layers around my photo. To give the flowers extra dimension, I bent up some of the petals and leaves, and used foam tape under some of the pieces.

To the left of my photo I added the flair button which read the good life from the Flair Button pack and a small blue heart from the Die Cut Ephemera pack directly onto the edge of my photo.
I couldn’t resist adding one of the adorable Puffy Hearts to my page, so I tucked a green one in amongst the flowers above my photo, which coordinated perfectly with where the green ink was on the background.

I created a small cluster in the top right corner of my photo using a few small stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet, then added a butterfly from the Die Cut Ephemera pack nearby.

I chose the words family time from the Die Cut Titles pack for my page title and completed my title cluster with a die cut rainbow and heart.

As a finishing touch I scattered a few sequins around the page from the Sequins and Flowers pack and a little handwritten journalling.

I will be back again with another share in two weeks time. Until then, happy scrapping!

NEW Merry & Bright Collection | Reveal & Give Away!

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!

You’ve been asking and we’re about to deliver… I’m so excited to show you our newest collection, Merry & Bright – our first Christmas collection in 5 years!!!

This collection is full of fun and whimsy and all of the things you love about Christmas!  With a pastel take on traditional Christmas colours, it will be perfect for documenting your festive memories! We have our usual line-up of products, as well as a new additions including a set of 3″x4″ Pocket Cards, perfect for documenting your days of December, and a sweet set of gold puffy stars!

I’d like to take a minute to dedicate this collection to my wonderful Grandad, Studley, who passed away after a long battle with cancer last week.  He made everyone’s days merry & bright, and was all the things that Christmas means to me – comfort, joy, family, love and kindness.

This collection will start shipping to our wonderful retailers early November 2020

There’s a chance for you to WIN the full collection, so read on to find out how!


For a chance to WIN this gorgeous collection, just leave a comment below telling us what you think of our new Merry & Bright collection!

Entries Close Midnight Friday 16th October 2020.

Winners will be announced shortly after this date.

Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

♥ Zoe


Hey friends !


It’s Sophie with you today and I am sharing a beautiful and simple layout created with the Daydream collection !



I cut a 9×10 rectangle out of the gorgeous “Sweet Serenity” patterned paper and backed it with a light brown cardstock.

I felt like doing some hand stitching on my page, so did a little chain stitch with white embroidery floss on the edges of my rectangle. Then, I added adhesive foam on the back of the whole rectangle before adhering it to a 12×12 white cardstock.


I chose a photo of my sweet Sabrina, smiling while she was watching our dog play outside.

I added tissue paper, adhesive foam and a piece of the “All Flutter” patterned paper behind the photo, and placed it on the left lower side of the layout. I added 3 frames; 2 square ones and one circle that are from the Daydream Die Cut Ephemera pack, that I arranged around the photo in a diagonal line.


Of course I had to add a bunch of flowers, as I think this collection has just the most stunning floral embellishments I have ever seen !!! So I created a beautiful floral cluster on the left lower corner of the page, that are from the Daydream Die Cut Ephemera pack, as well fussy cut out of the “Garden Variety” patterned paper.


I also created a little cluster on the upper side of the page with a sun, rainbow, and a few other flowers.



My title is from the Daydream Die Cut Titles that are so versatile and easy to use !

Finally, I handwrote my journaling, following the circle pattern of the floral frame, and added the date.

This is a very simple design but I truly love the end-result ! This little hand stitched border gives extra dimension to the layout and ties everything together !

Here are more close-ups:








I hope you felt inspired by this beautiful collection today, thank you so much for stopping by, and happy scrapping !!!

Sophie xx



Happy Times | Happiness Collection + Monthly Challenge | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing some inspiration for this months Monthly Challenge that can be found in our Facebook ‘Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community’ – the winner randomly drawn will be able to score a $25 voucher to spend in the CVS store. 

Here is the layout that I created inspired by the mood board – 
I chose to draw inspiration from the colours, the nature and plant elements, adding butterflies to my page and also from the painted striped image at the bottom of the inspiration board. 
Here is the process video for this layout:

The subject of my layout is my home town of Geelong. This photo was taken pre-covid when the waterfront was very much hustle bustle even on a weekday. I think this pandemic has brought me to reflect on the good times and things that I have in my life, our little town is one of those things. 
The Happiness collection has soo many gorgeous floral elements and embellishments. As you can see from my process video the embellishing of this page came together so nicely and just worked. The cut file I have used on this page is another one from the Cut to You store, however this one was one of the Newsletter freebie files. I backed the file with vellum as I really wanted to showcase the beautiful florals on this layout. 
Can you see something different for me on this page? Yep I had a little play with some distress inks and water to create that rainbow wash background. I fully committed to the design, though I must admit, I thought I would not like the result and would end up putting the background in the bin. Much to my surprise, that wasn’t the case and I like how it turned out. 
The title Happy Times was found in the ephemera pack. I had played with the die cut titles pack in the collection, and really love the way the one titled ‘beautiful’ looked on the page, however, I ended up choosing the less bold and smaller in size ‘Happy Times’. 
To frame my photo I used the light pink cross paper from the 6×8 paper pad. This pink shade has to be one of my favourite papers in the collection.I have used it multiple times and I was surprised that I had some left to mat my photo. 
I created embellishment clusters to the left and right of the photo and also a small cluster to the bottom left of the page to balance out the heaviness on that top right side, this small cluster also served as a good place to pop my journaling. I have used mainly the florals in the ephemera pack to embellish this layout, though I did also use some of the Accessory stickers (words, hearts) and some fussy cut butterflies.
The journaling on this page, as always is typewritten and reflects my love of our town. 
I love the opportunities that layering various elements gives, allowing me to add dimension, detail and depth by using foam adhesives to varying parts of the clusters. This image below gives you the chance to see some of the layering and detail that is on this page. 
I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today. If you are not a member of our Facebook community be sure to join and take part in this challenge. I would love to see what you create. 

Thanks so much for popping by, Have a great week.

Raquel xxx




Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. For this page, I was super inspired to work with some bright and fun colours so I’ve gone to the ‘Happiness‘ collection. It’s one of my favourites; I just love how saturated the colours are, so so bright and happy. I’ve used a collage of selfie photos taken of my daughter and I from a couple of years back printed in black and white to balance out all of the other colours in the collection.

To create the background of my page, I’ve used the ‘Little Things‘ pattern paper B side with the fun green spots. Over the top of that, I’ve layered a cut file from CUT to YOU which I’ve cut out using the ‘Meadow‘ paper.

Next up, I’ve mounted my photos with a double mount. The first is the ‘Expressive‘ pattern paper, the second is the ‘Botanical Bliss‘ pattern paper. I did not glue the entire cut file to the background, I like how some of the leaves are slightly raised, it adds a really nice texture and feel to the background.

I’ve then gone about building my paper layers using elements from the collection. I’ve used floral die cuts and pretty banners from the ‘Ephemera Pack‘ as well as stickers from the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet‘. The butterflies have been fussy cut out of the ‘Bright and Beautiful‘ pattern paper.

I’ve also added in a flair button from the ‘Flair pack‘ as well as some ‘Sparklers’ from the Wild at Heart collection. I love adding different textures into my clusters and will mix paper elements including stickers, chipboard and die cuts with bulkier things like flair buttons to add interest.

I’ve also added in some sweet little leaves to fill out the floral clusters, these are also from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack. There are 58 pieces in this pack and all of them are gorgeous!

I’ve finished the layout by adding in my title, this one from the ‘Die Cut Titles‘ pack. This pack has so many elements in it and I just love that the titles are a mix of sizes and lengths. I’ve layered it up on foam for dimension. You can also see below more elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack which I’ve layered up to build my cluster.

If you’d like to see more details of how I created this page, I have made a YouTube video which you can watch below, I hope it inspires you!

Until next time,




World Card Making Day celebration | CVS design team

Hi everyone, happy World Card Making Day! (And yes, it’s totally a thing and we did not make it up.) Today is a day for all the card makers out there, as we celebrate your special corner of the paper crafting world and the art of creating handmade cards.

So where did cards begin? The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of goodwill to celebrate the new year; and also to the early Egyptians who used papyrus scrolls to send greetings. In the 1400’s Europeans began selling and exchanging greeting cards (including Valentine’s cards). The first known published Christmas card can be traced back to 1843, although the official Greeting Card Industry was not formed until almost one hundred years later in 1941. These days, despite a booming industry in mass-produced cards, there are still many who prefer the personalised touch of a handmade card, and today we celebrate them with cards created by our entire design team.

(After you have scrolled through the cards, we’ve got a challenge to you at the end of the post!)

First up, a floral friendship card from Sophie using our ‘Daydream’ collection…

And another sweet sentiment, also from Sophie using ‘Daydream’…

A layered birthday card from Tarrah, using our ‘Make a Wish’ collection…

A cute shaker card from Gwen (with a bow, of course!), using ‘Daydream’…

Another beautiful shaker card using ‘Daydream’, this time from Laura…

A simple rainbow thank you card from Sue using ‘Daydream’…

A sweet card to make you smile from Anita, also using ‘Daydream’…

A gorgeous pair of happy cards from Rachel using the ‘Daydream’ collection…

A glorious floral greeting to make you feel fantabulous from Kylie using ‘Daydream’…


Sweet, simple, and sure to make your day brighter – this pair from Anna B, also using ‘Daydream’…

A super fun concertina fold card from Danni, also using ‘Daydream’…

Look at the amazing layered detail when you open Danni’s card…

Super pretty, positive vibes using our ‘Daydream’ collection coming from Raquel…

A stunning pop-up box card bursting with happiness from Anna K using ‘Daydream’…

Pretty and elegant using a floral cut file combined with the ‘Daydream’ collection from Melissa…

And finally, a sweet congratulations shaker card from Michelle also using ‘Daydream’…

We hope you have found plenty of card making inspiration from our team today. Now it’s time to put your own card making skills to the test with a card making challenge (or two!) Pop over to our Facebook Community group where you can join our card sketch challenge or our card colour challenge. We’ve got two $10 store vouchers up for grabs for our lucky winners, but get in quick as entries close midnight (AEST), Monday 5th October.
Happy crafting!

My Sweet | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

 Hi there crafty friends, Anita here with you today sharing a cute heart layout created with the beautiful Day Dream Collection . My layout today is all about our cheeky bird nubby who loves digging holes and playing plastic lids.

Using white card stock and my cameo I cut out a heart using a cut file from @neatncraftycutz  I then back it with sweet serenity pattern paper popping it up on double sided foam tape then I trimmed he white card stock down and back it with stepping stones pattern paper.


Now it’s time to decorate, I matted my photo with stepping stones pattern paper and added it to the right hand side ,I then pulled out all the flowers from the ephemera and started adding clusters of flowers around the edges of the heart A few bits of ephemera around my photo.


Then I add my title using the cardstock titles and I finished off the layout with the a few mini fussy cut flowers , enamel dots and pearls.
Pop on over and check out my process video



I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration today.

happy crafting ..xx