Hello sister | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hi CVS friends! It’s Anna here with you again with a new layout. The focus of my layouts are usually my daughters, but for today’s project, I decided to use this picture of me and my sister. We both prefer to be behind the camera, but sometimes we have fun taking some selfies.

For my background, I made some mixed media on a watercolor sheet with pink and blue pigment powders. Then, I covered the top half of the page with two ripped papers. I used the B side of the Pretty Bits paper from the Unforgettable Collection and also the B side from the Daisy Days paper from the Daydream Collection.

I framed my photo with this wood polaroid frame from the Daydream Die Cut Ephemera pack and raised it with foam to make it stand out. I embellished it all around by creating clusters of flowers from the die cut pack too. I tried to give some dimension to the page raising some flowers with foam dots.


For my title, I used the word “hello” from the More than words collection chipboard titles. I put it on top of the frame, and below it, I used an old foam alphabet that I had in my stash to spell the word sister. I completed the title with one of the stickers from the Daydream Accessory Stickers.

On the left side of the Hello, I glued a puffy fabric heart from the Daydream collection. I’m so in love with these hearts.

Finally, I cut a strip from the Garden Variety paper and use a scallop border punch. I lifted the edges and placed it on the top of my page to accentuate the romantic look of the page. I also scattered some hearts and butterflies die cuts.

I love how it turned out, so girly and romantic. I hope it gives you some inspiration. That’s a simple design to use when you’re stuck.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! See you very soon with another project!

Anna xx




Christmas Memories 2019 | Merry & Bright Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello, it’s Michelle here today and boy do I have a project share with you all this week. I suggest you sit down with a cuppa and have a read as theres a lot to share in this little post. If you cant tell by the title or sneak peek I’ve started an album to document last years December Memories using the magical new collection – Merry & Bright.

This collection is the perfect mix of Christmas and signature Cocoa Vanilla Studio designs. Full of beautiful colours, patterns and pretty florals which are all perfect for documenting an Aussie Christmas as theres not a snowflake insight. I’ve used the BRAND NEW Pocket Cards for this project as they make creating albums like these so fast. Pick a card and pop it in, pair it with a photo and call it done! You can jazz it up with a little ephemera, cut files, vellum and glitter. Don’t forget there’s also an A5 paper stack, 2 cut apart papers (Count Down & Oh What Fun), and some super cute gold puffy hearts that are all perfect for creating one magical album full of December Memories..

I’ve got half the album to share in this post today so apologies now for the photo overload. I’ll try not to write too much as there’s A LOT to get through

Lets begin…

The Album size I’ve used is 6x8inch and I’ve used a mix of different configurations in pocket pages. I kept the front opening page quite simple using a full A5 sheet in the Star Bright pattern, ‘Christmas’ and ‘Oh what fun’ tags are from the Oh What Fun cut apart paper, holly leaves from the ephemera pack, sticker from the Accessory sticker sheet and the numbers are from an ancient CCV collection.

Flipping over to the first pocket page – I’ve used another full A5 pattern paper Jingle All The Way with a piece of note paper sewn on to document the month ahead, then added some florals from the ephemera pack to the corner of the paper. You will see throughout the pockets of the albums I’ve used the Countdown paper to document most of the days, the numbers all cut down to just over 2inch square. For the right hand side I added the number to a pocket card using my tiny attacher

Heading over to the next page, sharing more of December 1 memories as a couple of things happened that day – our house elf arrived and I went out for dinner with my work colleagues. I created a ‘privacy shaker’ pocket to hide their faces using a flip flap pocket. Inside I’ve added the large floral cluster from the ephemera pack to some vellum and a tonne of glitter then used my sewing machine to stitch the edge closed. The ‘eat drink + be merry sticker is adhered to the outside along with the ephemera tag.

The shaker pocket turned out so cute.

Page 3… Still documenting the rest of December 1st haha  How stinkin cute are those little gingerbread houses! Our house Elf Twinkle didn’t seem to get up to too much mischief last year, hoping she’s on her best behaviour if she makes it back into the country this year.

I used another flip flap to add an extra layer of embellishments to this corner of the page. Those gold hearts are so soft and not bulky at all, its hard not to use them all in one go!

Over the page and I’ve used the smaller frame from the ephemera kit to frame a smaller photo and documented a not so fun trip to the doctors. Between these 2 pages I’ve added a vellum insert using the 3 ornament pieces from the ephemera pack

I sewed these to the vellum and added some stickers

Theres a larger frame in the ephemera pack too, I’ve used it on this side to document an early Christmas present I gave to myself and am still yet to use. Whoops.

Some pockets I left plain with just photos and cards. Not everything needs a bunch of words to document, the photo is enough. The other side of the page however needed some words. I used a label from the cut apart paper for one and a journalling card from the pocket cards pack for the other. This pack is FULL of different designs, quote cards, filler design cards and journalling cards. Each card has a design on both sides so every design in the pack can be used once or twice if you need.

December is a big month for everyone, even bigger for those of us who have a birthday to throw into the mix. Leila’s falls in the second week of December and last year we were lucky to be able to throw a party for her and some friends and cousins. So much fun.

I created another flip pocket with the journalling on top and photos underneath

The kids had so much fun. Faces blurred for privacy

Of course the birthday girl and her cake needed a special insert! I love adding inserts to pocket page albums to create a focal interest and break up all the smaller pockets. I created this one using a star cut file from CUT to YOU and adhered the photos back to front, either side of the cut file, and then the entire piece sewn into the pocket page to stop it from moving or falling out

The cute photo on the reverse is from the following day with more cake to celebrate with family at home

On the right side of the page are more photos documenting the family celebration, the day prior to her actual birthday.

Over page and more photos to document our Elf, a couple more filler pocket cards, a label from the cut apart paper Oh What Fun, fussy cut florals from the A5 version of Joy to the World

On the right I used a smaller pocket page made up of 2x2inch squares. I created a couple of mini shaker pockets using ephemera, stickers and a gold puffy heart sewn in using my machine after sprinkling each with glitter. I added a couple of photos of Leila to document her last night of being 8 and filled the rest with pattern papers

Over page again and Its an entire spread dedicated to her actual birthday. Photos of present opening, more pattern paper to fill in the blanks. Photos of our house Elf and the spectacle she set up overnight. We never know what mess we might come out to on Leilas birthday, but theres always a basket full of presents for Leila all Christmas themed. Our elf does this in place of a December 1st basket.

And were onto the last of the pages I’ve created for this album. Our tree finally came out of its box so I could finally use the cute ‘Oh Christmas tree’ card

and one last flip flap pocket just because!

Phew, did you get through that ok? I hope you enjoyed seeing the first half of last years December memories. I like to keep things pretty simple within my pocket pages branching out with a little shaker page or insert to add a little extra fun. Everything within the album is either adhered using a tape runner, tiny attacher or sewing machine to save on bulk as theres a lot more to add so I need to save space as best I can.

Well thats all from me today. Thank you so so SO much for stopping by and reading through all of that! I aim to get this album complete and ready to share in a future post so keep an eye out next month. For now be sure to share with us the Christmas Creations that you’re making. We love to see what you all create. And if you haven’t already RUN to one of the many Scrapbooking Stores that are carrying this collection and buy it all before it sells out ! You won’t regret it.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Tis The Season | Merry & Bright collection | Tarrah McLean

Hi friends!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog! Today I am very excited to be sharing my first design team layout using the AMAZING new Merry & Bright collection! I have documented a fun Christmas photo of my 2 sons from last year. Oh my goodness, seriously this collection is stunning! It is the perfect Christmas collection without being too over the top. The colours and all the elements are so gorgeous!! Even if you are not a fan of Christmas, this collection can be used for any themed project!

I decided to make good use of the 6′ x 8′ paper stack and began backing a holly wreath cut file design from CUT to YOU with the pretty papers in the stack. I tried to have the green for the holly leaves and I added red for the berries. The other florals I added a mixed floral paper and a striped paper. I will admit this did take some time but I feel the end result is worth it. Once the cut file was all backed, I turned it over and added craft foam to the bottom of the cut file.

I chose the Happy Holidays paper as my background paper and adhered the cut file at the top and bottom of the page to create a wreath shape. I then trimmed down the Happy Holidays paper a little smaller and matted it onto the Oh Christmas Tree paper. I like how this brings out the green/teal in the leaves in the cut file. On the top large in the cut file, I added one of the super cute gold puffy stars. See image below.

I matted my photo using some more of the 6′ x 8′ papers and also layered a paper doily underneath. I adhered the photo and mats to the lower centre of the wreath. I then cut the Tis The Season words from the Season’s Greetings paper for my title and adhered it using craft foam to the bottom of the photo.

I added the green Merry Christmas die-cut under the title and one of the beautiful flair buttons to the left of my photo. I also stapled a banner die-cut to the top left of the photo and adhered a heart die cut to the right of the photo. I tucked in some leaf sprig die-cuts into the cut file to enhance the wreath design.

Lastly I stamped the date stamp just below the heart die-cut of when the photo was taken.

Are you getting the new Merry & Bright collection? If you are considering buying it, considerate no more and do it! You will not regret it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you are inspired to create with Cocoa Vanilla goodies!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hello Sunshine | Daydream | Kylie Kingham.

Hey Cocoa Vanilla fans. It’s Kylie back with you all to share my first layout for November. My assignment for today’s project was to create a design using the November mood board as inspiration. With lots of pastels, florals and a rainbow, I knew the ‘Daydream’ collection would be perfect. I decided to use the gorgeous ‘Over The Rainbow’ paper for my layout today since I hadn’t worked with it as yet  and its cuteness had been calling me since day 1!

If you’d like to check out the details of how you can play along with this months mood board challenge, see the details HERE.

Another feature of my layout is the beautiful phrase cut file I have used which has been designed by Cut To You. Once I had backed it with the SUN SHOWER and GARDEN VARIETY papers I adhered it through the centre of the rainbow using foam tape. This helps the title sit up from the background adding dimension.

For some added interest, I adhered some of the heart die cuts with foam adhesive, over the top of the heart print in the top rainbow band. My photos were printed in colour at a 2″x 3″ sizing and layered over each other before positioning.

For an extra pop of pastel colour, I have layered some of the floral elements from the die cut pack below the title. For balance I have also used some of the typed phrase stickers to construct a smaller title element for my layout.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and seeing my layout. I hope you create a project following this months mood board too!


Scrap Lift Challenge | Daydream Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, Today I have my take on Debra Beer’s layout that Sue and I chose to scrap lift. Here is Debra’s layout!

And here is my take using Daydream collection.

I created two scallop paper strips as the base of my layout, using Stepping Stones and Daisy Days papers (you can either use a hand punch or cut file to do this). I then did a little mixed media (probably as much as I will ever be comfortable in doing!). I used a soft pink and blue as my mixed media colours which coordinate perfectly with the Daydream collection.

I next added my photos, the photo on the left with foam tape to create a 3D effect and the other photo with double sided tape, but before I firmly press and attach I like the option of being able to add elements under the photo.

In keeping with Debra’s layout I added die cut ephemera florals under my photo, also adding a moth with foam tape. On the other side I again added another floral bunch and tucked one of the Puffy Hearts slightly behind my photo.

Instead of using wash tape I used a die cut, row of rainbows from the ephemera pack and finished off using a phrase sentiment from the Daydream Accessory Stickers, which is my title.

I finished off my layout adding a tab at the top of my left photo and instead of a doily I added a circular die cut instead. I also added some clear NUVO crystal drops on leaves, arches of rainbow and centre of photos to create light and shade. I added a light splatter of gold spray, just because I like gold really!!!

I hope I have done justice to Debra’s layout, Sue and I created quite different takes on this lift but that’s because every scrapper is unique I think!

Thank you for stopping by today and later in the month I look forward to sharing my first layout with the new Christmas collection Merry & Bright.

Rachel X

Sweet | Daydream collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. This weekend we are doing “Scraplift Saturday and Sunday”, so myself and Rachel (tomorrow) will both be sharing a scraplift of a recent layout from our Facebook Community group. The layout we are lifting was this beautiful entry into our October “Spring Vibes” monthly challenge by Debra Beer…

Scraplifting is when you take a design from someone else and use it as the basis for your own page. This could range from copying the design in its entirety using the exact same materials; to simply using the page as inspiration and treating the bones of the page like a sketch. Both Rachel and I have scraplifted the same layout to demonstrate how one page can inspire people in different ways.
Here is my take on Debra’s page using the ‘Daydream’ collection
The first thing I decided when it came to creating my page, was that rather than a white cardstock background, I chose to use the Sun Shower patterned paper instead. I topped this with a piece of the Daisy Days paper to form the focal point of my page. I added extra texture to the paper by distressing the edges; and stuck some torn strips of washi tape under the top and bottom edges of it – just like Debra had also used washi tape on her page. I also added some frayed gauze for more texture.
On top of the Daisy Days paper, I added a small piece of the navy Up in the Clouds paper to help separate my photos a little from the busy floral print. For my photos, I also chose to go with both a portrait and landscape shot, just as the original page had. These photos were taken recently while my family were celebrating my mum’s birthday. I also added a paper doily, but changed the position of it slightly to tuck under the left top corner of my photo and I also tucked in a circular floral frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.
Just like Debra’s original page, I wanted to embellish my layout using clusters of flowers. I fussy cut several pieces from the Garden Variety paper and combined them with some ephemera pieces to create three clusters to frame around my photos. I also added a couple of small phrase stickers to my page from the Accessory Sticker sheet.
I finished off by adding a Die Cut Title word along the bottom edge of my photo, then added some scattered sequins from the Sequins and Flowers pack instead of the enamel dots Debra had used. A few tiny splatters of black ink, my journalling, a stamped date and I was done!
Thanks so much to Debra for her inspiration – I really love how this page turned out! If you ever find yourself stuck for ideas, take a quick scroll through our Facebook Community group and see all the gorgeous pages shared by our members there – you might find something to scraplift too.
Please note: if you are going to copy the work of someone else, it is common courtesy to credit the original designer when sharing your page. A small mention of who inspired you is often enough to make someone else’s day!
Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see what Rachel created too.
Until next time, happy scrapping!

Day Dream Beautiful You | Daydream Collection | Sophie Delorme

Hello crafty friends !

Sophie with you today with a sweet layout to share ! I used the Daydream collection and still can’t get enough of it..!



I started with the gorgeous woodgrain « Over The Rainbow » patterned paper for my background.  

I used a stencil and applied textured paste with a palette knife directly on the background, behind where I planned to put my photo.  I love the subtle effect it adds to the page.


I used a beautiful heart shaped wreath cut file from Just Nick Studio and cut it in white with my cutting machine. I backed the tiny flowers and leaves with different patterned papers from the 8×6 Daydream paper stack.

I added adhesive foam behind the cut file before adhering it to my page. 

I backed my photo with tissue paper, adhesive foam and a piece of the « All Aflutter » patterned paper. I also added beautiful floral embellishments from the Die Cut Ephemera around the wreath.


I did a little cluster on the top right of the layout with a scalloped piece of the « Happy Place » patterned paper, an ephemera and a beautiful Flair. I also did a zig zag stitch with yellow thread on the scalloped border. 


My title comes from a fussy cut « DayDream » word out of one packaging cardstock, and an accessory Sticker. 

I added a few word stickers for my journaling as the finishing touch.


It is a very simple layout but I really love the end-result. 

Here are more close-ups:







I hope that you felt inspired by my page today, and by that beautiful collection.

Thank you so much for passing by !

Sophie xx

You are Awesome | Boys Rule | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel Bowman here today and I am here sharing a “Throwback Thursday” layout. For today’s throwback I am delving into one of my fave boy collections from CVS called Boys Rule.

Here is the layout that I created to share with you today:  

I came across the featured photos on this layout while looking through a photo box I had in my craft room. I just wanted to document them immediately. These pics are of my little man when he was only a couple of years old. His little cheeky personality sure shines through with these photos and the Boys Rule collection was perfect to document them with. I also teamed my photos with a cut file from Cut to You – my fave place to buy cut files for my crafty pages. 

I used the 6×8” paper pad to back the clip board cut file binder clips. I also backed the clip boards in a combination of patterned papers and ephemera pieces to add layers and detail. 

As well as the clipboards framing the photos – stars were another repeating element to this page. I used the stars to embellish the page but also to support your eyes to go from the photos down to the title. The title of the page was fussy cut from the cut apart patterned paper. I added machine stitching through the title to allow it to stand out even more and add extra texture. 
I love that pop of aqua blue that the title brings to the page – I am so added some fussy cut stars and the banner ‘eat sleep and be rad’ – another cute element that compliments the rest of the layout design. 

The whole layout was matted in that black chalkboard style paper – to work well with the office theme of the page. To finish the layout and add texture to the page I used machine stitching. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today, I hope you found this Throwback Thursday post inspirational. 


Hi Creative friends, Gwen back on the blog today with a new share and today I’m using the brand new ‘Merry & Bright’ collection.  I’m working with this sweet picture of Miss C on Christmas morning. The colours in the collection were the perfect match for this photo including the gold of the puffy stars. So fun right?!

For the design of this page, I wanted to keep things pretty clean and simple so decided on a centred design with my photo on the left and a large title on the right. The title is a cut file from CUT to YOU which I have backed with pattern papers from the ‘Paper Stack’. I’ve placed these elements onto the ‘Happy Holidays’ pattern paper and then added a frame using the ‘Jingle All the Way’ pattern paper. I love the sweet candy stripe as a border here.

I’ve mounted my photo with the ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ pattern paper, it’s the sweetest shade of green ever! I’ve also added my signature stitching here for added detail.

With the photo and title elements done, it’s time to have some fun adding the embellishments. The embellishment pack for this collection is full of really fun die cuts. For interest and dimension I’ve raised some of them up on foam tape, its a cheap and effective way to give paper die cuts a more layered feel.

For the page, I’ve created three main embellishment clusters, one in the top right hand corner of the photo, the second along the right hand edge of the photo and the third near the ‘R’ in my title ‘DECEMBER’. The three clusters help draw the eye around the page.

I’ve finished the page off with a flair from the ‘Flair pack’ as well as three of the super cute gold puffy stars. These are so fun for Christmas pages AND as it turns out, the perfect shade of gold to match the tinsel on our tree!

Here’s one more close up of the details including the sweet tree die cuts from the ‘Ephemera Pack’.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of my layout and if you haven’t already be sure to check your local store for this collection, it really is beautiful!

I’ve also created a YouTube process video for this page so if you’d like to see how I put it together, you can watch it below.

Until next time,




October “Spring Vibes” Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It’s time to announce the winner of our October monthly challenge!

If you haven’t joined in with one of our challenges yet, make sure you pop over to our Facebook Community group where they are hosted. Here you will find all the details of the current challenge, as well as instructions on how to you can enter to be in the running to win a $25 voucher for our online store.

Here’s a reminder of what our October “Spring Vibes” mood board designed by Anita Bownds looked like…

And our winning entry, which was selected by random draw from our entries was this fabulous layout…

Congratulations Debra Weston!

Debra used our ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection for her beautiful layout. Despite the fact this gorgeous collection was released a few years ago, it still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of Cocoa Vanilla fans. Debra – you have won a $25 voucher to spend in our online store.

If you would like the chance to be our next winner, our current challenge is the super pretty “Serenity Lane” mood board designed by Tarrah McLean. We are sure you will find something to inspire you here…

To enter:

  1. Entries must be loaded into the November challenge album in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook Community group prior to midnight (AEST) 30th November to be eligible for the prize. (If you aren’t already a member, make sure you click the link to join.)
  2. Cocoa Vanilla Studio products must be used. Yes, you can use other supplies as well, but the majority of products used should be CVS.
  3. Entries must be created solely for this challenge and not combined with other challenges.
  4. You may enter as many times as you wish and entry is open to participants worldwide.
  5. The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 store voucher to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online store.
  6. By entering the challenge you automatically give permission for your work to be shared by Cocoa Vanilla Studio via any of our social media channels.