Heart This | Day Dream | Anita Bownds

Hi crafty friends Anita here, sharing a layout using the beautiful Day Dream Collection

I really enjoy spring each year all the flowers are in bloom it’s all so pretty and probably my favourite time of year

I started of by trimming 2 sides of my cardstock and then I matted on sun shower pattern paper
Then using my cameo and a cut file from the silhouette store I cut out 3 border strips using all aflutter pattern paper and then I trimmed 4 strips of sun shower and adhered them down underneath each other, then using my sewing machine I added stitching on each of them.


Then I matted my photo on happy place and sweet serenity pattern paper and adhered it just off center of the strips then I started tucking ephemera and accessory stickers under and around my photo. Using pattern paper garden variety I fussy cut out a bunch of flowers and added them to the top and bottom of layout and around my photo


Then I added a flower I had previously made to one corner of my photo with fussy cut flowers around and a flair button. Then to finish off with my title from the cardstock titles and a couple of butterflies from the ephemera then I popped a sticker from the accessory stickers underneath the clusters of flowers..


Check out my process video of how this layout came together..




Happy crafting everyone I hope you are enjoying this fun collection with all the beautiful colours

Crafty hugs..

Happy Birthday | Daydream Collection | Danni Visser

Hi there creative friends! Today I want to share a layout with you featuring the gorgeous Daydream collection and a photo of my little man at his 5th birthday party. I have been having a lot of fun scrapping girly photos with this collection, so I wanted to share the love and create some more masculine pages too. There are plenty of more boyish colours and patterns in this collection, so this page came together easily.

I started with the woodgrain side of Over the Rainbow 12×12 patterned paper because I just love a good wood pattern and I find it a very neutral pattern to work with. I added a border of Sun Shower 12×12 patterned paper to bring in some of the yellow that is in my photo.

To add some detail to my background I added some splatters with white ink, varying the size from delicate sprinkles to some larger drops. I also added a lighter sprinkling of lovely shiny gold mist for that metallic effect.

Next I found a geometric circles panel cutfile from Neat n Crafty Cutz that I had cut a while ago from white cardstock but had not managed to use – I love when I can get supplies that are just lying around to good use! I simply backed the entire cutfile with vellum, adding that lovely translucent quality while still being able to see the pattern of the paper behind.

I matted my photo with navy and blush pink papers from the 6×8 paper stack then layered it over the cutfile. I dug through the die cut titles to find the word “Happy” as the main part of my “Happy Birthday” title, using some small gold foam alphas from my stash to finish it off.

With the bones of my layout down, I added lots of pretty embellishments from the die cut ephemera and accessory stickers, building three clusters of embellishments in a triangle around my layout with my photo as the focus. I made sure to include a rainbow element and  a more dimensional element in each cluster; I used a flair button, puffy heart and a foam-backed fussy-cut rainbow for those dimensional pieces.

As finishing touches, I added a handful of tiny word stickers from the accessory stickers, a sprinkling of the gorgeous sparkly sequins around each embellishment cluster and a hand-drawn border in white gel pen around outside edge of the woodgrain paper.

I really love how this turned out. I’m definitely a fan of flowers and rainbows on a boy page, and I think the masculine tones of woodgrain, yellow and navy really help to balance it all out. What do you think?There is a process video on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio YouTube channel linked below if you would like to watch this layout come together. Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy scrapping!

Danni x

“Serenity Lane” November Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone!

It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time to reveal our newest challenge for you – designed especially for us by Tarrah McLean. Here are some details about how our challenges work:

Each challenge starts and ends on the last day of the month. They are revealed here on the blog as well as in our Facebook Community group. The challenge consists of a mood board that has been collated by a member of our design team and contains a variety of images. Simply use the images as inspiration for your project, then post a photo into the challenge album in our Facebook group. Your project can be a layout / set of cards or tags / traveler’s notebook spread / art journal page, etc – it’s entirely up to you. You do not have to use only Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, but they should be the main focus of your creation.

Here’s a look at this month’s board, “Serenity Lane” designed by Tarrah McLean…

This board has a sweet, feminine vibe that is sure to inspire you. It features a pastel rainbow colour palette and a mix of white space; clean lines and organic shapes. Textures inspired by natural elements such as wood, sand and water could lend themselves to mixed media designs; whilst the layers and lines of coloured icing could work equally well to inspire a more paper-based page. Flowers, wings, clouds, butterflies, rainbows – there are so many elements here to chose from. You may decide to create a “love” themed project inspired by the text; document a memory such as a trip to the beach or a birthday celebration; or even record something about your home, like some of our design team did earlier this month. Whatever you choose, we would love to hear what inspired you, so please tell us when you load your entry.

Tarrah has created a gorgeous layout based on her board…

You can see immediately how Tarrah has captured some of the elements from the board on her page. The painted raindrop patterned paper that she has used for her background, along with the whimsical style rainbows – a direct reference to the painted rainbow image in the board.

When you look closer you see other elements, such as the touch of wood grain tucked in behind her photo, and the small floral wreath.

Tarrah used the word “love” as her page title, and also incorporated the hearts from the same image.

Now we have shared some inspiration from Tarrah, it’s time for you to get busy and create something too.

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. One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 store voucher to spend in 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.

We can’t wait to see your “Serenity Lane” creations!

September Monthly Challenge AND Merry & Bright Giveaway Winners!

Hi everyone! We’ve got a few winners to announce today starting with the winner of our September monthly challenge.

Here’s a reminder of what our pretty September “Garden Party” mood board designed by Danni Visser looked like…

And the winning entry selected by random draw was this beautiful layout…

Congratulations Karen Jarman!

Karen used our ‘Daydream’ collection and really put her fussy cutting skills to the test with this page! Karen – you have won a $25 voucher to spend in our online store, we will be in touch to get your prize organised.

If you haven’t had a chance to play along with us yet, make sure you pop over to our Facebook Community group where our challenges 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 yourself a $25 voucher for our online store. Don’t forget that entries for our “Spring Vibes” challenge close midnight (AEST) tomorrow.

October “Spring Vibes” mood board designed by Anita Bownds…


Ho, ho, ho, now on we go to announce our ‘Merry & Bright’ giveaway winners!

Thank you so much to everyone for your overwhelming response to this collection reveal. We are so happy that you are excited for a new Cocoa Vanilla Christmas collection, so perhaps we won’t leave it another 5 years until the next one. We’ve had an amazing amount of pre-orders from retailers, so hopefully you will have no trouble finding it in your favourite store soon!


Our lucky winner who will receive the ENTIRE ‘Merry & Bright’ collection…

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Congratulations Wendy Zammit!

And we have a runner-up as well, who will receive a ‘Merry & Bright’ paper pack…

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Congratulations Jenny Wayne!

Congratulations to both our lucky winners. (Please keep an eye on your Inbox and Sue will be in touch to organise your prizes.)

For everyone else, thank you so much for your ongoing support of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The ‘Merry & Bright’ collection will begin shipping very soon and we can’t wait to see what you all create with it!

Zoe XX

Sweet | Daydream Collection | Laura Alberts

Hey y’all! Laura Alberts here today to share a darling 9×12 layout with you today that will truly pull at your heartstrings. My little girl doesn’t fall asleep in my arms anymore, but I surely cherish the many times that she did! This layout features a color and black and white version of this photo to really emphasize the moment. The soft colors of the Daydream collection were perfect for this layout! I used the Sun Shower patterned paper as a background and then used the leftover pieces to make an arrow behind each of the photos. This detail draws your eye from left to right, then right to left through the photos.

On either side of my photos I layered clusters of fussy cut florals, puffy hearts, rosettes, and rainbows. By using a variety of embellishment sizes, the clusters are dynamic and the layers create depth. Also, I add tiny details around each clusters with small hearts, Nuvo Drops, and gold ink splatter to finish them off. I loved the idea of these pillow-like puffy hearts on such a sweet, sleepy layout.

I love these titles included in the Daydream collection, they make it so easy to add a title! This tiny cluster in front of the title helped to tie it in with the other two clusters. I even used the collection title from the manufacturing strip and tucked it into one of the clusters because it perfectly matched these photos.

I hope the varied clusters on this layout inspires you to look at your embellishments a little differently! It’s fun to see how you can change things up. If you’d like to see the Sweet layout come together, I have the entire process in the video below!

Happy day | Daydream Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Cocoa Vanilla Studio maniacs. It’s Anna here with my brand new layout made with beautiful “Daydream” collection. I know that this line already won hearts of many of you but who can blame it? All the amazing flowers, very versatile feel and the rainbows are the ingredients of the perfect collection. Colors in “Daydream” are a little bit worn out and muted, with a pinch of wooden patterns so I thought they will match perfectly to the craft cardstock. I used it as a background for my page documenting our little, family trip fo the zoo from few weeks back.

I combined pretty floral pattern called “Garden variety” with raw color of craft cardstock adding some tearing in between to make the transition more smooth. My compostion runs from one corner to another diagonally with photo on one end and title on the second one. I framed the picture with one of the polarid frames from Ephemera pack. I also added some flowers, butterflies and tags to embellish it.

Little fabric heart from Puffy hearts pack is such a cute detail and adds great texture to the whole project. Sequins can be a perfect replacement for all the enamel dots and can be used as a finishing touch to every project. I used the ones from Sequins and flowers pack from “Daydream” collection so I was sure they will match the papers perfectly.

When it comes to my title I could use the ready words from Title die cuts but I wanted to have something lighter and more colorful. I chose the Happy days phrase from Emphemera pack and cut it into the single letters. I arranged the title once again skipping “s” in the word “days”. Thanks to that the title got less solid and more airy. I added pretty flair button as a finishing touch here.

This kind of page can be finished within half an hour, without complicated and sometimes scarry mixed media and big die cuts from electronic die cutting machines. Just simple, old fashioned layering. That is all for today my sweet Friends. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in November.



My Sunshine | Daydream Collection | Melissa Vining

Hello everyone its Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back with you again, this time sharing a new layout with the gorgeous Daydream collection!! For this layout I really wanted to attempt creating a layout with the B side of ‘STEPPING STONES’ as I’d had an idea for machine stitching in matching colours.  I needed a happy fun photo, and this recent photo of Brielle was perfect!

I tore a piece of the patterned paper, and made sure that the top edge was torn as well.  Then I went to town with uneven stitching in matching colours, back and forth on each stipe until I got the effect I wanted.  Did you know I’ve only recently started machine stitching in coloured threads?

I also did lots of fussy cutting.  I cut one of the floral clusters from ‘GARDEN VARIETY’ a placed it at the bottom of my photo.  I used a couple of papers from the ‘6 x 8 PAPER STACK’ to back my photo, and tucked one of the beautiful ‘PUFFY HEARTS’ to the right of my floral cluster.

I also fussy cut lots of moths and butterflies from ‘ALL AFLUTTER’ to use as embellishments.  I adhered them in positions that colour matched the thread and stripes. 

For my title two of the ‘DIE CUT TITLES’ were perfect, and I placed elements on and around the ‘Sunshine’.  I used a floral cluster sticker from the ‘ACCESSORY STICKERS’.

I finished with my journaling, splatters and some sequins from the ‘SEQUINS & FLOWERS’ pack.

I made a video of my process which you can watch below.

Thanks so much

Melissa xx



Cousins & best friends | Daydream Collection | Anna Blades

Hi CVS friends! Anna here with you today, sharing a new layout with the gorgeous ‘Daydream’ collection. For this page, I chose to document a photo of my daughters with my sweet niece from this summer. These three girls always have a great time when they’re together. You just have to see their faces.

I started fussy cutting this beautiful floral wreath from the Daisy Days paper.  I have to say that I’m not a fussy cutting lover, but I wanted to give this wreath some dimension, so I raised it with foam and placed it on top of the B side of the Sweet Serenity paper. (I’m a B side lover)

As my title and focal point of my layout, I used this cut file from Cut to You. It’s just perfect for my photo. I backed it with papers from the 6×8 Paper Stack because they have a smaller scale and work better for this. All the colors match perfectly. I put it a little crooked on the left side of the page, so this way, I had the spot for my picture on the right side.

Instead of backing the hearts of the cut file too, I decided to place three of the puffy hearts on top of them. I love their texture. They are the cutest. I also raised them with foam dots. I’ve said it many times, but I think dimension is so important in layouts.

I layered my photo with some pieces of the 6×8 Paper Stack, attached a label from the Accessory stickers on it, and another one in the lower part that says “oh happy day”.

Around the wreath, I added some die cuts from the Die Cut Ephemera pack: flowers, butterflies, hearts, and a cute rainbow. This gives more dynamism to the page. I could use these flowers on every layout because they are just perfect for embellishing anything.

Finally, I feel that it needed something more, so I trimmed half an inch of two sides and framed the page with the B side of the Stepping Stones paper. This adds a touch of color and helps to enhance the page.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I love how it turned out, and I hope you do too. See you soon with more inspiration!

Anna xx

Family Days | Daydream Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back here today with another layout share using the wonderful Daydream Collection. I’ve been itching to use the awesome rainbow paper – Over the Rainbow – since it was shared with us on release day. It’s a paper that’s been used and shared over and over again because its just so darn sweet! Here’s a closer look at what I made..


I started by hand stitching every second heart on the outer arch of the rainbow, one of which was different to the others but I ended up covering most of it with the floral cluster. I cut each individual arch off the original pattern paper, lightly distressed the edges, bent the sides up slightly and adhered each piece to a sheet of white cardstock.



Next I added the photo of my sweet little family using the woodgrain frame from the Ephemera kit. I added some foam tape to the edges of the back of the frame before adhering to the photo so it wasn’t sitting flat on top then adhered the whole piece to the layout using more foam for a little dimension.



I worked on the floral cluster after that using a fussy cut piece from the Garden Variety paper along with some extra florals found in the Ephemera pack and some sweet tiny butterflies from the 6×8 version of All Aflutter



I used cardstock title pieces plus a sticker to create the title, adding a puffy heart to the right



Then finished off the layout by creating a mini cluster of florals, hearts and butterflies with a banner and sequins in the bottom left corner. A little ‘pot of gold’ if you can call it that.


And here’s a final look at the full layout..


Well that’s all from me today, Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on this well loved pattern paper – Over the Rainbow. Be sure to share your creations using it too by tagging us on Instagram or sharing within the CVS Facebook group.

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Sunshine Days layout | Daydream | Kylie Kingham.

Hello happy scrappie friends! It’s Kylie back with you today with another layout featuring the ‘Daydream’ collection. I wanted to create yet another soft and feminine layout for my daughter with a focus on…You guessed it- flowers! I’ve also incorporated a ‘lacey’ Butterfly cut file which was designed by Paige Evans.

I’ve used the ‘GARDEN VARIETY’ paper as my background, which isn’t the first time I’ve used this paper, I just can’t help it! It’s my most favourite shade of blue! I’ve added a 1.5″ torn strip of the reverse side of this paper to the lower edge and distressed the edges a little more. I then cut into the top edge 1.5″ down and folded it back, securing it with some small staples. A piece of the ‘SUN STRIP’  paper was added in behind for contrast.

Once the cut file design had been cut out I chose to back it with a solid piece of the ‘STEPPING STONES’ paper. The soft and delicate ‘washed’ effect of this paper design stood out really nicely on the darker background. The Butterfly was then adhered to my background on an angle and with using foam tape, so that it sat up off the background page.

My photo was printed to smaller scale so that it fitted neatly over the Butterfly. Once it was in place I began layering some of the lovely floral die cuts surrounding it.

Using some of the die cut titles, I create a large title for my page. It was added to the opposite side of my photo with more layered, floral die cuts for balance.To complete my page I added some of the typed phrase stickers below my photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope my page has given you a little inspiration for your own creating.

Take care!