The Best Adventure | Legendary Collection | Danni Visser

Hi everyone!  Danni here, back again playing with the beautiful Legendary collection. Once again, I am scrapping an outdoors photo and I chose this adorable photo of my son playing at a local park.  This week we were challenged to feature the incredible Legendary free cutfiles that are available for download, and I decided to use the Adventure word as my title.  I cut it once from the yellow side of Wild One patterned paper, then used the offset tool in Silhouette studio to cut a slightly larger backing piece from Offbeat patterned paper.  I then went ahead and hand-stitched a single line of chain stitch following each of the letters.  I am on a big hand-stitching kick lately, I just love the texture it provides, and I find the process very relaxing! Once I finished the stitching, I adhered the title to the backing piece using tacky glue.

Next I got to work on creating my background by using Offbeat and Epic Tales patterned papers to frame a piece of white mixed media cardstock and machine stitching around the edge using a combination of straight and zig zag stitch for added interest. I went through and distressed all the edges with my fingers to really emphasise the layers. Too jazz up the white background I added some colour in blue and yellow using watered-down artist acrylics and the packaging technique, followed by lots of splatters. I added some of the paint splatters from the Clear Stickers too, these are perfect for adding that mixed media effect.

I matted my photo in white followed by the orange One Way patterned paper to really draw the eye to the photo. I flipped One Way over and used the reverse side as a larger layering piece behind my photo, creating a space for embellishments to sit. I added some torn strips of Wild One paper as well for some extra colour.

To complete my title, I fussy-cut the ‘The Best’ banner from Epic Tales cut-apart patterned paper and layered it behind my main ‘Adventure’ title.  I embellished either side of my photo using a combination of Accessory Stickers and Die Cut Ephemera, using several circular elements to tie in with the ‘The Best’ banner. The green ‘Let’s Go’ Flair Button was the perfect addition to this theme.

My few lines of journaling I added in strips of typeface font in that perfect little space below my title. I added in one of the tiny word stickers from the Accessory Stickers at the top of my photo to help frame it and finished the layout with a sprinkling of the Enamel Dots in all the colours. I’m really pleased with this one!  It wasn’t planned out and definitely came together during the creative process, and those are definitely some of my favourite layouts.


There is a process video linked below if you would like to watch this one come together.

Happy scrapping!

Danni x


Sweet | Mixed collections Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. International Scrapbooking Day is over and we had tons of fun on our special weekend event. So many amazing challenges from my fellow DT girls and some great discussions too. I asked you a question about your ways to boost up your mojo and each of you has her own, special way. Mine is RAINBOWS and it never disappointed me before. I didn’t have to wait long to use my trick… Last weeks have been really challenging and I am totally not made for home schooling. I am horrible when it comes to patience in explaining the same thing few times in a row. Plus, I lost my free time and hours in my scrappy place are like a luxury. All of this doesn’t make my mojo thrive so I needed my rainbow trick to start creating again. One of the challenges on the group was a lovely and very inspiring moodboard by Anita and all I remembered of it was a photo of colorful dots. It was a starting point of my project.

I took my round punches and cut a lot of circles in three sizes. It was a perfect opportunity to use up some scraps and papers from smaller paper pads. It was my original idea – to use only them but I needed some yellow and green pieces too, so I reached for the papers from the newest “Legendary” collection too. My final project is created with a mix of papers from 6 or 7 different collections. Creating a background didn’t take me a lot of time. I was surprised how quickly it went.

With such a colorful and busy background I needed pictures that will pop out from it. That’s why I used b&w versions with only pinch of color. I backed every photo with a remaining pieces of pattern paper and some bits and pieces from various collections. Some of them are few years old. It was a perfect project to use up the leftovers. I have a special, little box with single stickers and ephemera pieces with lines that are no longer avialable in the shop but I still like coming back to them from time to time. You can spot some puffy stickers from “Make a wish” and “Endless summer” along with tabs from “Life is beautiful” and “Free spirit”.

After my photos were added I picked some small elements from various, both old and new, lines and placed them color on color. I went through ephemera packs and stickers sheets to find the matching ones. It was so fun to dig into my magic box filled with CVS goodies. I even added a flair button from “Legendary” collection! I finished my layout with enamel dots taken from many sets. I am so happy to see this product back in newest collections. I am a big fan of those tiny embellishments.

It feels so rewarding to use up some older goodies and I had so much fan creating this page after the primary block down. Rainbows to the rescue! You can alter this idea by creating a gradient of circles in different shapes of the same color like blue or pink. It would look awesome too! You can also change the shape of elements into the stars or hearts. I will definitelly scraplift myself and this idea one more time.

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

XO Anna

Hello Adventure | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello!! Its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back with you sharing another layout that I made with the amazing Legendary collection. For this layout I decided to work with the stunning Explorer paper (shown below), specifically the B side with the stunning circular pattern.

I always knew that I wanted to hand stitch this paper, but I wasn’t sure exactly how.  When I looked at the paper I could see a snowflake, which was perfect for scrapbooking two chairlift selfies that I took on Coronet Peak Ski Field (here in Queenstown, New Zealand) last Winter of my daughter Azaria and I.

I started making this layout by piercing holes along the lines of the snowflake, back stitching in white embroidery thread (full 6 strands), and then fussy cutting it out.  To be honest I wasn’t sure how it was going to look, because the entire pattern with only some of it stitched didn’t look like a snowflake until I cut it away from the rest of the paper.  I was pleasantly surprised that it worked, and Azaria was very excited, as she had helped me find the lines of the snowflake!

I’ve been very inspired by the other Design Team ladies that use mixed media, specifically Sue, Tazhiana and Danni, all of whom I watched create live during our International Scrapbook Day Celebration.  For my layout I applied clear gesso to white card stock, and then used the packing technique with blue media, and then added some splatters in gold and white.  I love how this media brings the wintry feel of my layout to life! The photo below also shows a peek of my torn border that I placed on the bottom of my layout to look like mountains.  The paper is one of my favourite cut apart patterns from the B side of Total Legend!

The Legendary collection has Die Cut Titles, and I went through the pack to find the perfect title for my layout.  “Hello Adventure” was perfect to describe the many afternoons my daughter and I spent skiing (her) and snowboarding (I) together.  Even though Legendary is a guy collection, it works so well for documenting outdoor memories.   I also had to add some whimsy with several of the adorable Clear Stickers.

I kept my embellishment to a minimum because I wanted the focus to be on the snowflake, but I did find the perfect phrase sticker and “Lets Go” sticker from the Accessory Stickers. The two papers that I used to back my photos are Epic Tales and Total Legend (the A side).  I added texture to these papers by tearing the bottom edge and distressing the other three edges.

You can watch my process video here.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create an outdoors layout with Legendary, its truly such a versatile collection!

I’ll be back again soon!

Melissa xx





Adorable You | Hello Lovey Collection | Anna Blades

Hi friends!!

Anna here today with you sharing a new layout. Have you ever used a digital kit? I must say that it’s my first time, and I’m so happy with the result. On this page, I’m featuring the Hello Lovely collection that you can find on the Digital Products section from the shop.

I have a standard A4 printer, so for my background, I decided to use two 12×12 patterned papers from the More than words collection. I used the Precious paper and backed it with the Gossamer paper. I think both go very well with the Hello Lovely collection.

The focal point of my layout is this cut file from Paige Taylor Evans. I think it describes perfectly the look of my youngest daughter in the pictures. I cut it from white cardstock and placed the photos behind the letters “O”.

Instead of backing all the letters, what I did methenolone enanthate primobolan depot was use the inner part of the letters as a template. I draw them on the patterned paper that I printed and fussy cut them. I raised the cut file with foam dots, but I glued the inner part of the letters to the background.

In the digital collection bundle, you can find printable element sheets. They’re so easy to cut, and I used them to embellish my page. I also die cut a couple of white bows with my Big Shot.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you like how I used this digital collection and encourage you to try it!

Have a happy scrappy week!

Anna xx

Loving EVERY Sweet Second | Michelle Stokes

Hi Everyone it’s Michelle here with you today to share a new layout I made to round out our Mothers Day Celebrations. I hope all the mummas out there had a wonderful day yesterday with those near and dear to them. I’ve used the sweet Happiness Collection for my layout today that documents a sweet moment of Leila and I snuggling, and a cut file design from CUT to YOU.

I chose this photo from a few years back so the quality isn’t perfect, but it totally sums up one of the many things I love about being a mum. The endless snuggles while they’re still little. Snuggles these days are very few and far between, so I Cherish the ones we do have.

I cut out the cut file design from CUT to YOU (Hearts on Strings) using the EXPRESSIVE paper and used the outer edge remnants to back frame the white cardstock background paper. I used tiny raised glue dots to adhere the cut file to the cardstock to give a slight lift off the paper.

Next I gathered some complimentary pattern papers to layer under the photo, 2 of my most used colours from this collection I think, the reverse of both GOOD VIBES and EXPRESSIVE with a tiny strip of hearts from the SO FRESH paper.

To the left of the photo I added a couple of pieces from the cut apart paper LITTLE THINGS to create a title for the layout. I also included a word sticker from the ACCESSORY Sticker sheet and some handwriting on a tag.

I fussy cut florals from the wreath pattern paper SO FRESH to create clusters both left and right of the photo/title piece and added some stickers from the Accessory sticker sheet and glitter enamels from the Make a Wish collection to finish them off.

Theres also a good splattering of gold colour shine around the page and some machine stitching of the edges to add a little extra fun to the layout.

Well thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my layout that celebrates a special moment in this mummas life. I hope you can share your precious moments with us too in the CVS Facebook group. We do love to see what you all create using CVS products.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle x


Dream Big | Bohemian Dream | Kylie Kingham

Hello dear friends! It’s Kylie with you all again today, sharing a new layout I have just completed. Since it’s Mother’s Day here in Australia today, I thought it would be fitting to share a layout of that theme. I decided to use some of my Bohemian Dream stash and have combined it with a beautiful cut file which has been designed by lovely design team member Gwen, of Cut to You.

The cut file had two frames amongst leaves which were backed with the Wild and Free paper. For one frame I have fussy cut the gorgeous dream catcher 3 x 4 card from the Boho Bits paper and I have added my photo to the lower frame.Once it was all backed I adhered it to the Kaleidoscope paper with foam tape.I like the dimension and effect it gives to my layout, having it sit up from the background.For some extra colour I added two 1.5cm strips of Flower Child paper to each vertical side.

I really love to layer together different embellishments for texture and dimension. I have used the chipboard stickers, vellum accents and die cuts to support and balance my layout.Some have had foam tape added to raise them, giving a lovely natural flow.

Large titles can make such a beautiful impact to a layout. I selected the ‘Dream Big’ phrase chipboard stickers and added them to the lower side of my page. Once completed, I went back and added some of the chipboard hearts as well as a vellum butterfly to finish off my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest design and it gives you a little inspiration for your own scrapbooking.

Until next time, happy scrapping!



You Are Special | Midnight Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi friends,

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout for our Mother’s Day theme we have going on this week on the blog! I decided to document a special photo of my beautiful Mum and myself on Sydney Harbour when we went to the ballet a year ago. I pulled out the gorgeous Midnight collection to help me document this special memory.

I found a really lovely cut file designed by fellow team member Gwen from Cut To You, I cut it out from white cardstock and then backed the hearts at the top of the cut file with the pink side of the Shine Bright paper the Special word in the cut file, I backed with the ‘B’ side of the Inky Depths paper, I love that small soft floral side. Once it was all backed, I placed craft foam underneath both the hearts and the ‘Special’ word.

I chose the ‘B’ side of the Mixed Blessing paper for my background and also matted that piece with another sheet of the Inky Depths paper. I machine stitched around the entire edge to add some texture and interest. I placed the cut file title in the centre of the page and I cut a strip of the Bloom and Grow paper and placed it underneath the bottom of the cut file before I adhered it all down. I matted my photo in the orange part of the Shine Bright paper and added craft foam underneath the photo and mat, it fit perfectly just above the word ‘Special’ with one of the hearts from the cut file overlapping onto the photo also.

I tucked in one of the cute die-cut frames from the die-cut ephemera pack into the top of my photo, I then took one of the paint strip clear stickers and added it to white cardstock, I then fussy cut it out and tucked it into the right side of my photo. I also added one of the cute flair buttons here. The jar and flower chipboard piece fit perfectly there just above the ‘You’ in the cut file, I love how this looks here. I also tucked in one of the floral die-cuts to the left of the jar to bring in some more of the florals to the page. I also added a few chipboard hearts and also a clear sticker heart too. Lastly I added some of the accessory word and phrase stickers and the date stamp to finish off!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you have plenty of Mother’s Day memories you can document!

Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday, happy creating!

Tarrah x

The Great Outdoors | Legendary Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friend, today I have some boy love to share! I have used the fab new Legendary collection.I have used a fun cut file from Silhouette Design store, I chose it so I could use more of the designs on one layout.

I cut my white card stock down to 10×10 inches and adhered it to the Wild One paper. Keeping to the rule of thirds, I chose three papers to paper piece the cut file, Wild One – yellow sideAll Star paper and One Way paper. I used foam tape to adhere the finished cut file to create a 3D effect.I then added my photo and again with foam to create more height. I chose to create an embellishment cluster around my photo, using the die cut ephemera and accessory stickers. How gorgeous is the geometric bear I tucked behind my photo!I used the accessory stickers to add my subtitle/journalling.

I have used more foam tape to add die cuts to create more height and added some enamel dots under some of the die cuts.I love all these colours together but because I didn’t want my layout to look ‘too’ busy I was careful when it came to my embellishing.

And there you have it one super colourful and super fun boy layout! Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

Rachel X

Life is a Beautiful Mess | Bohemian Dream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest project with you. Today I am sharing a layout I created last weekend as part of the Cocoa Vanilla International Scrapbook Day celebration event. It was such an amazing weekend – full of fun, friendship, and of course, inspiration! I am so proud of our team and all the work they put into the event, and to hear how much everyone who took part enjoyed it, really made it all worthwhile.

So the layout I am sharing here was designed for Gwen’s “Grab 5” challenge where we had to include – a chipboard element; a die cut title; a flair button; enamel dots; and something fussy cut. I decided to document this fabulous photo of my daughter being hit with holi powder that was taken by a friend of mine who is a photographer. And what better to pair a splash of colour with, than the beautiful ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection?

Given the “arty” theme of this photograph, I decided the best approach would be to have some arty fun whilst I created it. I started with a sheet of white cardstock that I cut down to measure 11×11″ with the intention of mounting it on patterned paper later on. I pulled out my gelatos (if you don’t have gelatos you can substitute any sort of water soluble pastel or art crayon). I chose some colours that would match with the palette of the collection, and used them to create a very simple “scribbled” background in a rough square shape. I then used my fingertip and a baby wipe to blend the colours out.

With my background work complete, I then turned my attention to creating some layers for behind my photo. I gathered some scraps of the Gypsy Heart and Dreamer papers and added them behind my photo, tucking in a yellow paper doily from my stash as well. I also added a tag that I cut and the you brighten my world tag sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet, both tied with twine.

For the fussy cut element of my page, I couldn’t go past using the stunning floral print from the collection – AbundantI cut three pieces from the paper, tucking each of them under the edges of my photo to form a triangle around it. I also added the live a colourful life sticker along the bottom edge of the photo.

By now I needed to tick off a few other items from my criteria list, as I only had one in place so far. I grabbed a flair button from the Flair Button pack, adding it on top of the floral cluster to the left of photo. The next element I wanted to add was the chipboard element, so I chose a few pieces from the coordinating Chipboard Accent Sticker sheet – a couple of small hearts and the beautiful pink moth.

For my title, I knew exactly what I wanted it to say, so I grabbed the ‘Happiness’ Die Cut Titles pack and chose the words life is beautiful. To complete my title I fussy cut a mess from one of the cards on the cut apart Boho Bits paper, then mounted all the words down along the right side of my photo.

I finished off my page with a scattering of sweet enamel shapes (hearts) and a splattering of some navy mist. I was so happy with how this pretty page turned out!

If you haven’t joined the INSD group yet, you can find it on Facebook HERE. There are still a few days left to enter the challenges, plus there is also a free online class from Zoe you can access (including a printable digital kit); process, live scrap and instructional videos from different members of the team; and plenty of inspiration as well, of course.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I cold share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Sweet Things | Unforgettable | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vaniila friends and family! During INSD weekend, I shared a peek at this system that I was currently making in and so many of the ladies tuning in seemed really interested so here’s a spread in the book that I am using to document quarantine life using the Unforgettable collection!

These inserts measure 7.5×9 so there is plenty of space to make and explore new techniques in which is why it is one of my favorite mediums to play in right now. To start with this page, I quickly blended some flowers on the right side using some Distress Oxide ink pads and a stencil. Of course, most of this got covered up but I really like the pop of color behind the photo.

I printed my photo at 4×6, and it is a picture of some peonies some friends of mine sent me and I loved how lush and beautiful they were. After matting my photo on some scraps of paper – I love this particular project for stash busting – I went to work on picking out embellishments.

Because this is a closed book, I was wary about adding things that would be too dimensional so I stuck to the cardstock ephemera, accessory stickers and the clear stickers. I first chose a piece of paper to cover the entire left side since I had some ink showing through and added a strip of that same paper to the right side to repeat that pattern. Next, I created a loose grid on the left side using some cutaparts from the 6×8 paper pack as well as some stickers and die cuts. My title is from the Midnight collection title pack and I added a lot of clear stickers to fill in the empty space and add interest to my page.

On the left side, I stuck down my photo and then began embellishing it with the same elements that I used on the right – clear stickers, cardstock ephemera and the accessory sticker pack. There is a clear sticker that says “the story” so I used that to be a journaling spark and added my story about the flowers and what they meant to me and finished off this spread with a few more clear stickers around the page!

I hope you enjoyed this project and a peek at a fun new size. Having new materials like this one help to keep the hobby fresh and fun and I hope it inspired you to try something new!

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