Future Pilot | Boys Rule | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & today I am sharing a super cool scrapbook page of my boy, the future pilot! As soon as I saw this photo I knew that I had the perfect Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection to document it with – none other than the awesome BOYS RULE line! This collection is seriously cool & just rocks when it comes to scrapping the boys!  But enough chatter, here’s my scrapbook layout,

“Future Pilot”

Whoa!!! How awesome is this?! RAD, indeed!

I have featured the stunning CV-BR007 STAR FALL paper as my layout background, distressed & folded the right edge of this paper and stapled a trim of CV-BR009 GOOD TIMES behind it. This created a really raw, and edgy look which enhanced the masculinity of the overall design. The use of metal hardware (staples) not only attached the two papers, but also emphasized the rawness. Simple, but so effective!

I backed my sweet boy’s photograph with a few cool layers of the MISCELLANY frames and die cuts, as well as some fussy cut labels from CV-BR006 BOY STUFF paper. To these layers, I inserted in a few ACCESSORY STICKER stars and words/phrases, and then attached this photo cluster to my page. With my focal point in place, I then tucked my CHIPBOARD PIECES title ‘RAD’ into the top of the photo layers.

Over my treasured photograph, I foam mounted a couple more ACCESSORY STICKERS that featured stars, plus added I that awesome ‘king of the world’ FLAIR BUTTON. So cool!!!

To the right side of the photo cluster, I tucked in the ‘reach for the stars’ ACCESSORY STICKER – both the print and the sentiment coordinated perfectly with my page design.

More ACCESSORY STICKERS are used to adorn the bottom left of my photo cluster, as well as a few die cuts. To complete the photo cluster I foam mounted & overlapped that fabulous ‘adventure’ CHIPBOARD PIECE. Awesome!

For my title to be noticed on such a dark paper, I dove into my COCOA VANILLA STUDIO: COLOUR ME HAPPY stash and used the plain white ALPHABET STICKERS. I embellished around my title with more of the ACCESSORY STICKERS as well as two of the brush stroke CLEAR STICKERS. A few dots of white paint completed the page.

Simple, and yet so epic!!!

Scrapping the boys is made super easy (& totally awesome) with our fabulous BOYS RULE collection!

Thanks so much for visiting – I hope I have inspired you to get creating today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

Every Photo Has a Story | Unforgettable collection | Guest Designer – Laura Alberts

Hi y’all!

Guest Designer Laura Alberts back again with a layout focused on the story aspect of the Unforgettable collection. I really loved this cut-apart piece with the phrase, “Every photo has a story” and made it the title of my project. This photo definitely has a story to tell, so it was perfect for this 9×12 sized layout. This photo of my impish daughter covered in paint is a pretty wild story, for sure! I include as many of these stories as possible in my albums because my kids love to read them. Imagine having such a wonderful collection of your childhood memories to enjoy as an adult!

The second cut-apart saying, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” was such a fitting addition to this picture, I had to use it too! The top of the layout features the Natural Beauty paper that adds movement to the background, while the floral cluster softens the linear look.

My goal was to use flair, so two do appear on this layout, but I saw an opportunity to add tassels and took it! I absolutely love these tassels, such a lovely way to finish off a floral cluster.

I have greatly enjoyed my time as a guest designer for Cocoa Vanilla Studio and hope I have inspired you to create!   If you would like to see how I created this layout, you can watch my process video on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/CZ-wV8oIfaQ

Thank you, Cocoa Vanilla Studio for the amazing opportunity to design for you!

Laura Alberts

Love this CRAZY life | Unforgettable Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hi Scrappy friends its Michelle back today with a new layout share. This one features the beautiful Unforgettable collection, a cut file from CUT to YOU and a couple crazy photos of this little family of mine. Love how it turned out, and it all came together so quick!

To begin I resized the cut file in Silhouette studio, backed the seperate words using 2 pattern papers (both sides of Sprightly) from the 6×8 paper stack then adhered to the centre of the page using foam tape. Next I added the photos that were printed slightly smaller than 3×4 size and layered with a couple more pattern papers (reverse sides of Unscripted and Garland) from the 6×8 paper stack. I cut the main white cardstock backing down in size so that I could mount in onto the beautiful floral pattern paper Glorious for even more colour.

I used 1 large floral ephemera piece, that I cut in half, to create clusters of embellishments to the top left and bottom right of the cut file. I also added a couple extra florals and hearts from both the ephemera and clear sticker pack.

On each photo I’ve added a heart that was left over from a previous layout I created using the awesome wreath of hearts in our FREE Cut file set. Theres also a couple more ephemera pieces and stickers tucked into the layers beneath the photo.

Lastly I added a couple of enamel dots and a splattering of gold ink and called it done. A nice quick layout thanks to that massive cut file title.

Well thats all from me today, be sure to stop by the Community group on facebook to chat all things Cocoa Vanilla Studio. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #cocoavanillastudio when sharing your creations on instagram and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, happy scrapping..

Michelle xx





Happy Times | Happiness collection | Kylie Kingham.

Hello lovelies! It’s Kylie back with you all today with a fun new layout. My assignment for today was to use cut files….Yay! I immediately headed to the website and found myself drawn to the ‘Colour Me Happy’ cut files. I teamed some of these with the gorgeous ‘Happiness’ collection for my layout today.

I cut some of the flower clusters from the files as well as some extra leaf bunches and the ‘XO’ letters. I wanted to work on a white background so that the colours of the papers that I backed my cut files with would really pop. With the ‘Botanical Bliss’ paper I added a 1.5cm border on both vertical edges of my layout.

Once I had backed my cut files I began adhering them in place. I used some adhesive foam tape to back them, this way they sat up from my page with some height. I also added some extra flowers from the die cut pack with foam for dimension.

My photo was printed in black and white, and I have backed it with some white tissue paper from my stash. It was adhered flat to my page so that the floral embellishments could sit above in height for effect. Some of the typed words from the sticker sheet were used to create a small sub title phrase which completed my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest layout and it has given you a little inspiration.

Until next time,


NEW: CVS Digital Products | Going Digital For A Good Cause

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday!

Last week I posted a video on our social media channels talking about how I’d like to turn some of our older/discontinued products into digital products and donate a portion of the sales to a charity to help victims of the bushfires that have been raging throughout my home state of New South Wales.  So, from now through til midnight tomorrow, Sunday 24th November 2019,


will be donated to the Vinnies (St Vincent De Paul) Bushfire Appeal.

To read more about the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, or to donate directly, check out this link or click on the image below.

The reason I chose Vinnies as the charity as they seem to be doing more to help those who have been directly affected by the bushfires, and as someone who has personally been devastated by a natural disaster in the past, I know how much this means when everything else is lost.

So if you’ve missed out on one of our older collections, this is a great way to get it into your stash and help those in need at the same time…

All About Digital Products

Whether you are a dedicated digital scrapper, like to use digital supplies to print and create hybrid projects, or have never even heard of it, our digital products can help you create beautiful projects at home with just a printer and some scissors (or an electronic die cutting machine)!

Simply open as you would any normal photo or picture, print to your home printer and voila… Instant scrappy supplies on demand!

All of our element packs/bundles also include printable A4 sheets full of embellishments, so it couldn’t be easier to print and fussy cut your own embellishments at home! 

All products are available as both individual Digital Paper Packs, Element Packs, and a discounted Collection Bundle.

Once purchased, you will be redirected instantly to your links to download, and you will also receive an email with the download links to your products.  You can access your downloads from the My Account section at any time if you need to.

We will be adding more to our digital product range over time, but for now here is what we have on offer, right back to the beginnings of CVS!


I really hope you’ll get behind this great cause, and add some of our digital goodies to your stash… you never know, you might just get hooked!

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂

xx Zoe

Shine | Unforgettable | Rachel Lowe

Hi all Rachel here! As most of you know I LOVE cut files and use them on nearly all my layouts. Today I have a pretty layout that is fun to make and there is only one piece of 12×12 paper used. I have used the SPRIGHTLY paper to create these gorgeous flowers.

I chose a super pretty flower cut file from the Silhouette Design Store. I created three different sizes by re sizing to large, medium and small. I then used from 6 to 3 layers for each flower. This creates the effect of different flowers, different layers and sizes which adds dimension to your layout.

Before attaching my flowers I added some Unforgettable clear sticker paint strokes to provide a contrast. I also cut some leaf branches in white so I could tuck them under the flowers.I laid out my flowers and worked out where I was going to add some stamping. I have used the gorgeous Bohemian Dream stamp set. Once I had done all this I added my flowers to the left of my page.

I added my 4×4 inch photo tucking it slightly under the flowers to connect the elements. I added a bright pink paint brush stroke from the Unforgettable clear stickers under my photo to draw your eye to the photo.

I used the word Shine from the black foam title stickers and again added another bright pink paint stroke clear sticker before attaching to add contrast and draw the eye.

To finish off I added some butterflies from the Unforgettable die cut pack, adding a paint blotch clear sticker under the wings finished off with an enamel dot under the wing. I added several black hearts from the Unforgettable foam titles around my page.


When using a cut file such as a flower, and you want to use more than one, before you purchase another think of resizing and how many layers can be added or taken away, this way one cut file can look like several different ones.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope my layout using one piece of paper and one cut file inspires you to get creative this week!

Rachel X

Happy Christmas | Tis The Season Collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi creative friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you on this Thursday! I hope all my fellow Aussie friends are all safe from these horrendous bush fires we are experiencing in our country at present?

Today I am sharing a layout for the Cut Files theme we have on all this week and being that its Thursday I was also given ‘Throwback Thursday’ where we create with an older collection. I decided to create a Christmas layout since it is fast approaching!I started my page by taking a sheet of white cardstock and adding a piece of vellum over the top to mute the white a little bit, as I had lots of the sequins left from the Tis The Season collection, I decided to add lots of them under the vellum to create a shaker pocket. Once I had added the sequins, I then machine stitched all the edges so that they wouldn’t fall out. I love how this turned out! I like that it adds another feature to my layout.

I took two of the 12 x 12 papers and cut some vertical strips from them and placed them down each side of the layout. then chose a gorgeous cut file title design by Cut To You and added some of the patterned papers behind each of the words. I added craft foam to the underneath and placed it in the centre of my page. I also popped up the photo of my sons on Christmas Day with craft foam so that it was at the same level as the title on my page. I love the shadows and dimension this creates on my page.

I then began to embellish my page using some of the accessory stickers (that are still available in the store) some of the die-cuts, wood veneers and of course a bitty bow and the tiny metal key! I only had 1 of the poinsettia flowers in the die-cut pack left so I added just the one to the very bottom of the title and layered the bow over the top. Lastly I added some of the enamel dots from the Tis The Season collection.  Have you got any of the Tis The Season collection left? Pull it out and get creating with it! Its such a soft and gorgeous collection for Christmas photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! See you next time!

Tarrah x

The Good Life | Happiness | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends, and welcome back to cutfile week! I am not a pro when it comes to using cut files but I have a few tips and supplies to make them a bit more accessible. I’m scrapping a selfie this week that I took on my 29th birthday and I’m using the Happiness collection as well as a cut file from the Cut To You shop for Cocoa Vanilla.

I started but cutting the florals on white cardstock and cutting an offset piece on vellum. I knew I wanted a more abstract look rather than perfect backing, and I knew I wanted to make my own backing paper using watercolor paper and Distress Oxides and the vellum would be perfect to mask any imperfections. I can’t take any credit for this idea – I borrowed it from my friend, Laura Wonsik. So for tip number 1: get to know your design software. I’ve had a Silhouette for years and I’m just learning all of its features like offsetting and print and cut. Watch some YouTube videos and give yourself time to play before you actually sit down to make your project.
After cutting my elements and making my watercolor backgrounds, I traced the floral pieces, roughly cut it and adhered it to my cut file. This brings me to tip number 2: gather supplies. For cutfiles, a sharp pencil for tracing, a fine tipped pair of scissors, a fine tipped glue bottle and some clear vellum safe adhesive will go a long way. My fussy cut scissors are from EK Tools and I keep my glue in an 18 gauge Fineline bottle.
Once my cut file elements were ready, the rest of the layout was easy to assemble. I ripped off some patterned paper to add some interest to my background, matted my photo with some papers from the 6×8 paper pad, and embellished using the die cut ephemera and the cardstock stickers. My title came from the cardstock title pack and I popped a few elements up on foam to add some dimension to the page.
That’s it for me this week! I hope you found some inspiration here as well as some tips to demystify the cutting machine. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share using the beautiful ‘Unforgettable’ collection.  For this page, I’ve jumped out of my comfort zone again to scrap another picture of me, this one was taken on my birthday recently.  I’m also sharing some extra tips and tricks for working with cut files!

Many of you will already know that I just love working with cut files on my pages.  I love that they are super inexpensive and the designs really are limitless.  It will be no surprise that once I had chosen a photo to work with for this page, I went to my extensive library.  This file is from my cut file store CUT to YOU and I love that it helps me document this snapshot in time, my 43rd birthday.  I’ve done a stack of journaling on the back talking about where I’m at right now in my life.

To begin the page, I started by backing the letters in the file.  Tip #1 – If you have a limited supply of coordinating pattern papers, this is a fab way to use them up or make them stretch.  You’d be surprised just how little you need to make a bold title like this one, AND you can mix and match all of your scraps amongst the letters for a really pretty look.  Tip #2 – Pattern paper pads such as the one from this collection are perfect for backing cut files.  The smaller print designs work so well with the small spaces within the files.

While we are talking about backing the letters… Tip #3 – I find it much easier when working with a small area in a cut file to glue the pattern paper to my cut file and then use fussy cutting scissors to cut it out.  I find this way of backing the files the fastest for me, much faster than tracing each section and then cutting it out and then trying to position it back into the open space of the file.

Once my file was all backed and I was happy with it I went about backing my photo and thinking about the composition of my page.  Tip #4 – It’s a good idea to use the software from your electronic die cutting machine to help you with the size and placement of the design on your page.  I consider the layout of my page design when resizing the file so that once cut and you get to create it’s not too big or too small for your design idea.

I was now looking at the file and photo on my layout and it wasn’t quite popping off the page in a way I’d like so Tip #5 – I’ve added some foam tape to lift it off the page AND some soft watercolour behind the file to really help the white edges pop off the white background.  I use both of these techniques a lot to help give the cut file definition on a white background.

It was now time to embellish the page, this bit is super easy and fun with the larger elements in place.  For this, I’ve fussy cut out the large green butterfly element from the ‘Pretty Bits’ pattern paper and teamed it with two more smaller butterflies fussy cut from the ‘Lacewing’ pattern paper.  I’ve also added in a pink butterfly from the ‘Ephemera Pack’.

To create a small cluster in the top right-hand corner of my page, I’ve combined elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’, enamel dots and a flair button.  The larger floral die cut at the bottom of my photo is from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack.  To finish the page off, I’ve added some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker Sheet’ using more foam tape for dimension.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project, I hope you enjoyed the tips and tricks I’ve shared for working with cut files and that they inspire you to give working with them a go, they really are the best fun!  If you haven’t checked out the latest collection ‘Unforgettable’ yet, you really must, it is DIVINE!

Until next time,



“Be a Super Hero” mini album | Boys Rule collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you and it’s one that is pretty special to me.

Today is World Prematurity Day – a globally recognised day that is aimed at increasing awareness of preterm births, as well as highlighting some of the challenges that are often faced by these babies and their families. Each year approximately 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely, including all three of my children. My post today is for all those babies born too soon.

For my project I decided to create the first in a series of mini albums for my children to document the time following their births. (It has taken me over 7 years to get around to tackling the photos of my boys and all the memories that come with them, so please bear with me for the long post today.)

I began my mini album with the fabulous ‘Boys Rule’ collection and a small 6 ring planner that I purchased from Kmart. (These make perfect mini album covers once everything is removed from the inside.) After choosing the patterned papers I was going to work with, I cut them into a variety of sizes to form the pages of my album.

I used an adjustable 6 hole punch (purchased via eBay) to punch holes on each of the pages, and then used white hole reinforcement stickers (from my local newsagency) to help protect the holes from becoming damaged through handling.

On some of the pages I added extra interest by using border punches to create decorative edges. This, combined with the variety of different page sizes, placements and patterns throughout, is what gives the album so much character.

 If you are planning on giving something like this a go, be sure to mix things up as much as you can! Don’t feel like all your pages have to run vertically – a horizontal page thrown in here and there not only adds extra interest but makes the album more interactive as it is turned to be read.

Depending on the theme of your album, you will find that some pages require no more than a photo and some simple embellishments; whilst others may have lots of journaling and very little room for embellishments.

For the sake of continuity across my album, I printed most of my photos in black and white with a few colour feature shots added in. I printed them in a variety of sizes and orientations as well.

Don’t be afraid to add embellishments such as stickers or journaling directly over part of your photos, or to include pages that have no photo at all and are simply decorative. You can even punch directly through photos and use them as a page in your album.

Throughout my album I used a combination of items from the Die Cut Ephemera; Accessory Stickers; Clear Stickers and die cuts from the Miscellany pack to embellish my pages.

One of the other benefits of making your pages different sizes is being able to get a “sneak peek” at what is coming on the next page. This adds to to the anticipation as you leaf through the album.

To further enhance the cohesion across the album, I typed all my journaling on my computer. When putting each page together I began with photo/s and journaling placement first before deciding on embellishments.

For an extra bit of fun, add some interactive elements such as tip-ins, pockets, or pull out tags. You can see how I used one of the small cards from the Die Cut Ephemera pack with a couple of pieces of washi tape to form a tip-in (fold out flap) to include my journaling underneath.

One of my tips for putting together each page in an album is that whilst I approach each page individually, I am also mindful of what is on the facing page. You can see how I carried across the same colours in the spread below. (Working with the same collection throughout the album helps enormously.)

The only other embellishment I included in my album were a few stickers from the ‘Love Always’ Accessory Sticker sheet, as it had a few more love-filled and generic phrases that suited some of my photos.

Another way to mix things up with your photos is to create a collage or include a series of shots taken close together. (And let’s face it, who doesn’t take 20 shots when you are trying to get the perfect one?!)

I know I have included a LOT of photos in this post, but sometimes the best way to explain things is to show them, right?

My final tip if you are going to create something similar in a planner cover or album, is to not forget about the extra pockets that are built into the cover. I made some small tags to tuck into the front of my album and added some extra photos, and in the larger pocket I included a letter to my son with some of the details about his birth story.

If you are interested in seeing a few more details of my album I have filmed a flip through of the entire thing so you can see how it all looks together:

Thanks so much for sticking with me through my long post today. I do hope I have inspired you to try creating something like this yourself. It could make an ideal Christmas gift for a loved one, or just something for yourself to treasure.

Until next time, happy scrapping!