Home Memories | INSD Free Printable Kit | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing a layout that I created using the free printable INSD kit and free live online class that Zoe did last Friday night. Zoe’s class was created in a 12×12 size and inspired by these home days in isolation. I was so motivated to create a page using the page design and kit as a base for an 8.5×11″ size layout.

Here is the layout that I created:

I created a process video to show how this layout came together, you can see it here:

The layout features two photos of my kiddies taken recently during our home learning. We are going onto our 7th week of isolation here in our household and are currently home learning. Our school has an amazingly supportive program for these two kiddies, but being 5 and 7 they of course need constant support to complete set tasks. Getting used to this new normal and Mummy as the teacher has been new for us all. While supporting my kiddies to learn, I am also a Foundation school teacher so as well as supporting my own kiddies I have a class of 19 to work with as well. To say its been a juggle is speaking lightly. I am very much looking forward to life resuming to normal and everyone being safe and healthy as I am sure we all are.

The photos are printed on my home printer (an Epson picture mate) and in black and white. Printing in black and white allows any colour palette to use. I will often print my photos in black and white if my photo is very busy with a lot of competing colours. The page kit itself had four approx 3×4″ cards in the printables. These cards were designed to act as photo mats. I used them for the same reason and was able to double mat my photos with what was included.

What I loved about the page kit was the paper strips were already designed to a length and width. Being a smaller layout, I was able to trim these narrower and shorter and still get the desired effect. I machine stitched the strips to the page and was able to curve the ends inwards to create dimension.

The page kit also came with a page of ephemera pieces. I am sure if you are tech savvy there would be a way of print and cutting these with a die cut machine. However, I simply took mine to the couch while I was with my family and fussy cut them out with some precision tip scissors.

I adhered the clusters with a combination of clear glue dots, liquid adhesive and adhesive foam squares. I love the multidimensional look the varying adhesives brings to a page.

I did add a couple of products from my stash to this page, but they were minimal. One thing I added was a piece of pink patterned paper from the ‘Make a wish’ collection to frame the whole layout in. I felt that the layout needed a border to ground it. I also machine stitched around the border. The other thing I added from my stash apart from white cardstock was the wood veneer pieces, they were from both the older collection Free Spirit and Colour me Happy. I had forgotten that I had them in my stash and were a surprising and welcomed addition to help complete this page. They added that finishing touch that I was after.

The digital kits intended title was ‘home life’ however because I work in a smaller size I felt like it was too overpowering. I was happy to find the memories wood veneer piece to finish my title area. I used the tag in the kit to layer my typewritten journaling onto. I didn’t go into too much detail of the whole home learning experience but plan to on future layouts to document this unprecedented time in our lives. The little bow with the crochet thread added that nice finishing touch to the tag and element of journaling.

I hope that you got to join us, the CVS team in the INSD weekend celebrations. It was so much fun with lots of challenges and inspiration shared.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, stay safe

Raquel xxx


Hey Creative friends, Gwen on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration. I have a special share for this one using the new ‘Legendary’ collection. It’s my sisters birthday today, so for this page, I really wanted to create a page for her and her fur-baby. I won’t be able to visit her for her birthday this year, so I thought this would be a nice way to help her feel special today.

For this page, I started with the ‘Wild One’ pattern paper as I really wanted to add some colour for this page. I’ve used it as a frame for my layout and also to back the cut file banner here. This cut file is part of the set that was designed by CUT to YOU for the Legendary collection and is available for FREE download here. If you don’t have a cutting machine, CUT to YOU offers a cutting service and ships worldwide. I’ve resized the banner piece as large I could to make it a background feature and used it as an anchor for the other elements in my page.

I’ve also used the ‘Off Beat’ B-Side pattern paper on the banner for contrast. For my photo, I’ve gone with a double mat, using the A-Side of the ‘Off Beat’ pattern paper and the pop of yellow from the B -Side of the ‘Wild One’ pattern paper. **Design Tip – I’ve only used 2 pattern papers for this page, but it looks like more because I’ve made sure to include and A and B sides of both.

With my large banner cut file centred on my page, I decided to offset my photo, pushing it slightly to the right. To balance out the page, I’m going to add my embellishing to the left. For this, I’ve gone with elements from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, starting with the largest elements first.

I’ve decided to go with the ‘Adventure Awaits’ Banner piece which mirrors the cut file shape and also doubles as my title. I’ve also added in some of the round elements from the die-cut pack for interest. I’ve added these into my layers. It was at this point that I wanted to add some more warmth to the page. To do this, I’ve dug deep into my stash and found some vintage ‘Life is Beautiful’ pieces of wood veneer. These are long gone from the store, but you could use any wood veneer you have in your stash to replicate this look.

With the larger embellishment pieces locked into place, I’ve gone back and added in some smaller details such as the die-cut stars and some typed sentiments from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’. I’ve also added some enamel dots from the collection as well as a sprinkling of sequins from my stash and called the layout complete.

I had a lot of fun making this page for my sister, I hope she likes it! I hope it has inspired you in some way. If you haven’t seen the new ‘Legendary’ collection, it’s shipping now from a store near you so be sure to check it out.

Until next time,









Hey y’all! I’m back with a fun and page-filling take on Tarrah’s awesome challenge in the International Scrapbook Day Event happening RIGHT NOW on Facebook! I hope you will join us for some fantastic inspiration and a few freebies too! In Tarrah’s challenge, we are encouraged to use multiple photos and a multiple font title, so I decided to push this challenge to the max! Using 5 photos and a 6 word title, then filling the whole rest of the page, collage-style. It was so much fun to fill every nook and cranny of this page, let me tell you! Seriously, satisfying!

These photos are of my oldest daughter’s experience homeschooling and I really wanted to include as many as possible for this layout. The best way that I know how to make photos like these pop on the page is to let the bold colors shine in the photos and focus on softer colors in the background. That meant the stunning More Than Words collection would be perfect for this one! These sweet florals and soft pastels made a lovely backdrop and accent.

My favorite part of piecing together this fabulous layout was the title. Using a mix of chipboard, ephemera, and stickers to make an elaborate title was a technique that’s new to me, but that I really enjoyed! My sweet girl is an over-the-top, exuberant personality, so it just seemed fitting that the title of this layout be dramatic and divine, just like her. I often try to incorporate the feeling of the moment or the personality of the photo’s subjects into the design of my layouts. It’s a fun way to make each layout feel like an experience, rather than just a documentation of memories!

I hope you find some inspiration in this design and join us for even more challenges in the International Scrapbook Day event on Facebook! If you’d like to see the process of how this layout came together, be sure to watch the video below. Enjoy your lovely scrappy weekend, my friends!

living the dream | unforgettable | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty friends,
Anita here with you today sharing a layout using unforgettable collection to create this beach themed layout
This photo always reminds me of when I was young going camping, fishing and just having fun swimming with the puppies… so I was inspired to get out of my comfort zone and use a peach coloured cardstock instead of my normal white…
So I started off by applying some modeling paste through a stencil and having it digitally across my cardstock
Then I trimmed it down and matted it on sprightly pattered paper to add a little pink around the border then using my sewing machine I stitched a boarder.

To add some texture to my photo I add a stitched border.i then started layering pattern papers behind my photo I used pretty bits , sprightly and natural beauty Next I used my cameo to cut out a layered flower I designed using papers glorious, garland, lacewing and patterned paper from the 6×8 paper pad

And started layering them around the photo putting then into a cluster and tucking the leaves in randomly to spread the colours out.



Then using some of the butterflies,  leaves and other bits from the ephemera I added them around my photo and in some of the layers.. I also used one for my title to add right beside my photo.
Next I I add some flicks of white paint and some of gold and to finish it off with some scattered enamel dots.


check out my process video on YouTube
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration using a different colour combination
Happy crafting..xx

The Sweetest Boy | Legendary Collection | Danni Visser

Hi Cocoa Vanilla fans! Today I am sharing a simple layout with a big impact featuring lots of patterned papers from the stunning Legendary collection! I was inspired to make a very organic nature-themed layout because this photo of my son and I was taken in the Australian bush, and you can see the trees in the background.

I began by freehand cutting some leaf shapes from Outdoors Type and Epic Tales patterned papers, making sure to vary the size and shape. I wasn’t too careful about making these neat; people really don’t notice any flaws in the finished layout. I wanted to add some interesting details to the leaves, so I hand stitched some veins on the larger ones with white thread and used white gel pen for faux stitching on others.

I decided to use this sweet cutfile as the main part of my title, so I went ahead and backed the letters with blue and grey from Epic Tales, Offbeat and All Star papers. To finish off my title I took the word ‘BOYS’ from the Die Cut Titles and trimmed off the ‘S’ with my scissors. Remember if the words aren’t quite what you need, it is so easy to alter them slightly! I kept my photo mats simple with a plain white followed by the light blue from Total Legend paper.

I absolutely adore the woodgrain in Outdoors Type paper, so I decide to use that as a background.  Because it is a dark tone, white accents look very striking in contrast, so I added some white modelling paste thought a quilted stencil and plenty of splatters with my white and gold inks. This kind of mixed media is simple to do but makes a huge impact!

I added some dimensional foam to my photo and title then arranged my leaves in clusters around them. I made sure to vary the placement of the green and white leaves to break up the colour and add more dimension. For a finishing touch I added three clusters of light blue, grey and white Enamel Dots and three tiny words stickers from the Accessory Stickers.  I can’t help but put enamel dots and tiny word stickers on almost all my layouts; it just doesn’t feel finished without them!

I included a couple of simple lines of journaling and the date in white pen below my title.  I just adore this layout – it was really quite simple and didn’t take too long at all, but it looks so lovely all finished. I’m so happy with it! There is a process video linked below if you would like to watch it all come together. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


Good life | Wild at heart Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. I am always anxious to see and use new lines beautifully designed by Zoe but after making few projects with them I start missing some older goodies. I like revisiting and rediscovering them again and again. This time I decided come back to “Wild at heart” line. You can still purchase some papers and embellishments from this collection to supplement your stash. I was running out of untouched neutral papers so I reached for wooden pattern from “You rock” collection.

I started with making 6 simple pockets out of papers with 3*4 cards. I even found a piece of vellum. I used sewing machine to mount the pockets to the base. They are not glued so you can still put elements inside them, including hidden journaling.

I used a selfie of myself but the whole page is about how my life looks when I am 36 hears old and how I was imagining it will look like when I was much younger. I tried to sum up if the expectations and plans I had 15 years ago and make some sort of check list. To be honest I was thinking my life will be different now but it’s still awesome. I live good and happy life and I am gratefull for that.

I decorated each pocket with ephemera pieces and some chipboard stickers leftovers. I also added butterflies fussy cut from one of the patterned papers. Title was made with foam stickers that were included into the “Unforgettable” collection.

Grid design is so fun to work with and I love coming back to it over and over again. And you? Do you like revisiting older lines are you work with them till the last piece and then you move to newer ones? Maybe you put leftovers to one bag and use the mix of collections to supplement other lines? I bet I sould still make at least one page with the very first CVS collections 😀 I am a hoarder for sure. Maybe it’s time to move back in time even more 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon during International Scrapbooking Day.

XO Anna

Epic Legend | Legendary Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello again, it’s Melissa here and I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of April!! I hope you’re all well and finding some time to be creative.

I have another layout to share with the amazing ‘Legendary’ collection today, and its the toughest photo I’ve ever scrapped! This photo is of my brother in law Blair and our youngest daughter Ava a week after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2018.  Blair passed away in October 2019, and I’ve held off documenting any photos from his journey until now, mostly because I felt that I couldn’t do his memory justice.  But the Legendary collection speaks to me, and is perfect for documenting this special photo.

I knew that I wanted to fussy cut some of the stars from the ALL STAR paper and make a wreath to represent what a star Blair was during his nearly 1 year battle with cancer.  I used a cut file from Paige Evans, and backed the stars with several papers from the collection (including WILD ONE, TOTAL LEGEND and Brave Heart) that had small repeating patterns.  I also added some velum from my stash for some lightness. I matted my photo with ALL STAR and EPIC TALES and distressed the edges.

The OFFBEAT paper was perfect for my background as it helps direct the eye towards the centre of my page, and of course towards the photo.  I did some subtle machine stitching in white thread, and just drew a circle with pencil and stitched around it abut 5 times. Its always easier to machine stitch when it doesn’t have to be perfect!!

I didn’t do much embellishing on this layout, mostly because all of the stars are embellishment! But I did add a tab sticker, word sticker, die cut ephemera tab, and some of the clear stickers.  My title was easily made with two of the die cut words which I popped up on foam.

I will admit that I found this layout hard to make emotionally, but I’m so happy I finally managed to start scrapbooking Blair’s Epic Journey.  Blair was an amazing bother in law who was able to present to the New Zealand Government the largest cancer petition in history, and made significant changes to cancer care in my country before he passed away.  I’m so grateful for our wonderful memory keeping hobby, and I hope I’ve inspired you to scrapbook the photos and memories you find difficult too.

You can watch my process video for this layout here.

Much love

Melissa xx

Happy | Bohemian Dream Collection | Anna Blades

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Blog! Today’s topic is sewing, so for this layout, I used my sewing machine and also did some hand stitching. Today I’m featuring the wonderful and colorful Bohemian Dream collection.

I chose the B side of the Flower Child paper for my background. Then I ripped a wide strip from the Dreamer paper and a thinner one from the Gypsy Heart paper and stacked them together at the center of my page. In this layout I showcased two pictures of my younger daughter on the beach. These days I’m missing open spaces so much. Behind these two photos, I placed 4 of the 3″x4 “cards from the Beautiful Mess paper and I sewed all the edges with different types of stitches.

For my title, I used my Silhouette Cameo. I cut out the word happy from the Abundant paper and hand stitched it with white thread. I also cut a bigger outline of the word from vellum. I adhered the word to the vellum with foam dots and placed it under the photos.

I embellished the page with some flowers and a butterfly from the die cut shapes and also a flower from the vellum flowers. The rest of the embellishments are from the sicker sheet.

And finally some enamels dots… almost a must-have for me. I think they add such a nice touch to any project, don’t you agree?

I really love to add some kind of stitched to my projects, because it gives interest and texture. Do you usually do that? I hope you like this layout and inspires you to create something beautiful today!

Have a wonderful day and see you soon!

Anna xx

Beautiful Moments | Midnight | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello friends and welcome back to another focus on stitching layout! I was so ready for the challenge of finding a way to include the texture of stitching and thread on my page because it is a technique I love to see on other’s work but not one I reach for very often and I have to say, I am pleased with the result.

Before I pulled out any embellishments or paper, I started by stitching a loose 3×3 grid. I’ve recently really been enjoying using more geometric and orderly designs on my page and they are a nice change from my more messy and loose layouts that I normally reach for. I used a light pink and a light blue thread to stitch semi straight lines to create my grid and left my threads on top to add a bit of messy factor to an otherwise not very messy layout. I am pleased to report that my sewing machine relatively cooperated and only made me curse existence once so I am calling that an improvement.

After I had my stitching finished and my bobbin threads neatly tucked away on the backside of my layout, I went to work on creating my base layer of embellishments. I printed my photo at 4 inches by 4 inches, which is a bit larger than I am used to using and set it in the middle of the page so I could build my clusters around it. Using the Midnight collection, I pulled out the die cut ephemera pack, the chipboard, the flair and the clear stickers and tried to mix all the textures in each section of my grid.

Once all of my smaller clusters were finished, I created a larger cluster around my photo of my husband and I and added my title underneath it using pieces from the chipboard pack. I love using the Midnight collection to scrapbook photos of my husband and I – the colors and sentiments in this line are perfect for photos like these. Finally, I cut and distressed the top and bottom edges of my page and added a strip of pattered paper for that Tazhi vibe and a bit of messiness.

That’s the page done! I hope you enjoyed this layout and it inspired you to pull out your sewing machine and to add some thread and texture to your own pages! Till next time, friends.

So Awesome | Legendary | Kylie Kingham.

Hello sweet friends! It’s Kylie back with you today to share another new layout I have been working on, featuring the super awesome “LEGENDARY” collection. I knew I wanted to work with some mixed media for this design and to keep it fairly monochromatic.

To create my framed background, I layered OFFBEAT, ONE WAY and BRAVE HEART papers. (I had carefully removed the centres of the papers first, just leaving a frame, to avoid wastage.) Each piece had been trimmed down slightly smaller than the previous to achieve a stacked appearance. I added a white card stock to the top layer, ready for some mixed media. Using a black fine tip marker, I drew a free-hand border around the edges.

Some Aqua toned watercolour was added to my large acrylic stamp block and I proceeded to stamp colour in the centre of my background. I kept adding until I was happy with the result.By using a ‘stamping’ technique allows me to control where I want the colour to be more effectively.Once dry, I took some stamps from my stash which I thought matched well with the Legendary collection and added them throughout my background. One in navy ink, the other in black.

I had three photos of my son I wanted to use in sequence. The ‘sure take my photo, hey whats over there?’ shot, the ‘here’s your nice one Mum’ shot and the  ‘OK, I’m so done now’ shot. When you keep clicking your camera, I love the photos you end up with! I printed them in black and white, the larger measuring 4″ x 4″ and the two smaller are 2″x 2″. I adhered them in place with foam tape and was then able to add some die cuts and a title surrounding my cluster.

To finish my layout, I added a very large date stamp to the lower left corner.

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

Kylie. xx

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