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About Anna Komenda

Anna lives in Poland with her little family: husband, two daughters and a beagle dog. She is also a scrapaholic and has been addicted for over six years. It all started when her older daughter was born. She had so many cute photos and wanted to make some pretty albums to expose them. That's how she found out about scrapbooking and it turned out that it was a very important day in her life. Since that day she's never been bored and her hands are always dirty and colourful. She loves the process of making things, framing her photos and memories. It makes her feel grateful for what she has, and helps to remember how great life is on bad days.

Dream catcher for a friend | Bohemian dream | Anna Komenda

By | 2018-01-12T21:36:04+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my first post in 2018. I can’t believe that it’s my fourth year here at Cocoa Vanilla already. New collection is on it’s way to me so I have one more project created with “Bohemian dream” for you. It’s a dream catcher that was created as a gift for my scrappy friend Flóra. We never met in real life but we love chatting on-line. She lives in Slovenia so we organized this little treat pack swap for Christmas and I added this dream catcher as a surprise for her.

I made similar dream catcher using “Wild and free” collection few months ago so I am basically scraplifting myself. I really enjoy making projects like that because you can go crazy with dimension.

I used embroidery hoop as my base. Background is painted with watercolors, so are some of the flowers I used in the composition. I am running low on my ephemera packs so painting similar flowers was a really good idea.

Paper composition under the picture of Flóra helped me to add dimension. I added two layers of cardboard between each paper layer. I needed my picture to be lifted above the hoop. After this part was done, I started adding flowers. I used a lot of 3D foam squares 🙂

Butterflies and flowers are always a perfect match so I added few. I love the chipboard stickers that are part of “Bohemian dream” collection and I used them in this project too. Title HAPPY is made of them.

I finished my composition by adding enamel dots from various collections. This is the kind of embellishment I run out first.

I hope you like my projects. I will be back to you in two weeks with some inspiration created with “More than words” collection. i can’t wait to cut it.

XO Anna

My 2017 favourites | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-28T08:00:20+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hello. It’s Anna here with what I think will be a last post at CVS blog in 2017. For last two weeks we were having fun here on the blog by summing up the 2017 by picking our favourite projects. It’s my turn to shine 😉

My fist fav project is this hot air balloon frame. I used “Wild at heart” collection to make it and I really love how it turned out.

The second project I chose, is this cute layout wit my little bunny. It’s a lift of a fabulous layout by Ulrike Dold. I mixed various collections to make this page.

The last project in my “2017 Fav projects” is this dream catcher. Once again I reached for beautiful “Wild at heart” collection.

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by. I hope next year will be ever better for fantastic Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I hope to continue this extraordinary adventure. Zoe is the best boss ever and so very talented designer.

See you in 2018 🙂



Decorating tree layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-12T22:10:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. We are having a lot of fun here, on the CVS blog, for the past two weeks making Christmas related layouts with no Christmas collections. At first I wasn’t into this but when I started seeing projects created with other DT girls I was so much inspired. I made this fun and colorful layout using mostly boyish collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I started with a blue and grey paper from “Totally rad” called “Line up”. I added a ground under the trees using “Say what”. I wish I have more of this paper. It’s so pretty.

Christmas trees are made of “Leaf litter” paper from “Color me happy collection. I simply cut few nesting triangles and add a fringe to one side of each. I riffled the fringe and glue triangles together.

I embellished my trees using stars that I fussy cut from “Starshine” paper from “You ROCK” collection. Paper like this one are so great and versatile and it’s always worth buying at least two of them. You can use it as a whole and cut some smaller elements out of it.

Projects like this are so fun because you can reach for older collections and pieces that you have left in only few pieces. The cork stars from the very first CVS collection “Flying high” are the best example.

Title is a combination of two old alpha sticker sets: “Totally rad” and “Hello lovely“. I also added few stickers with words from “Love always” sticker sheet.

It was a great fun to make this page and I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with a final wrap of my 2017 CVS projects.

XO Anna


You are beautiful | Bohemian dream layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-11-27T03:37:12+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello CVS fans. It’s Anna here with my newest inspiration created with divine “Bohemian dream” collection. As a mom of two girls I never get enough of pinks, violets and flowers. My pretty girls plus “Bohemian dream” is a perfect match.

I love those watercolors patterned papers with ombre effect. We have had few of them in “Bohemian dream” and “Wild at heart” so I decided to use one them, called “Wild and free” as my background. I cut a heart with flower filling with my Cameo using white cardstock and backed it with other papers from BD collection.

6*6 paper pad is just perfect when it comes to paper piecing and creating small elements like my hand made flowers. Patterns in small paper pad are smaller and this is something I really like. They are not just a quarter of bigger paper – they are down sized versions of them.

I embellished my page using ephemera pieces. I just love the quantity of flowers in them. This is the element I always use first so having much of them is a dream come true.

Chipboard title stickers are a perfect solution for adding a title. They are white so you can color them and create perfectly matching title. I used three different colors of watercolor to customize my words. I finished my page by adding flair buttons and enamel shapes.

I hope you like my girly page and a big smile of Maja 😀 It’s the fake smile she makes when you ask her to smile for the picture. But it’s the best I’ve got. Thank you for stopping by and see you in December with my christmas page created with no christmas collections.

XO Anna

Think pink layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-11-13T19:07:15+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Sugar & Spice|

Pink or blue? That is not even a question for me. I am TEAM PINK for a long time. Not that I do not like blue but as a mom of two girls I am descent for pink. But seriously – who doesn’t like pink? Cocoa Vanilla Studio has so much to offer when it comes to pink papers and embellishments. That’s why I decided to mix few collection to create this very pink page.

I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and painted a circle using watercolor paints in different shades of pink. I also added few splashes here and there.

I didn’t want to cover my whole background with paper scraps so I decided to use (finally after so many years 🙂 ) my border punchers and make few fun stripes. You can spot a lot of different papers here like: “Sweet floral“, “Candy stripes“, “Dreamy“, “Frolic“, “Hip hooray“, “Party mix“, “Doodle dandy” and “Dreamer“. They are all from different collections but they have something in common – pink color.

With background as busy as mine I didn’t need much of embellishments. After all you don’t want to cover all that hard labor 😀 I chose two funny pictures of me taken with some animal filters (I always wanted to be a giraffe with glittery ears). I added a chipboard frame from “Love always” chipboard stickers sheet and surrounded it with flowers from “Bohemian dream” ephemera pack.

Few “Free spirit” puffy stickers along with glittery enamel dots were a perfect finishing touches. I created a title using white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” and a set of “Make a wish” alpha stickers.

I also have a process video for you:

That’s all for today. I hope you will join TEAM PINK too and you will create something covered with pink, glitter and all the cuteness of the world. See you in two weeks with some pretty “Bohemian dream” inspiration.

XO Anna


My big girl | Bohemian dream layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-10-26T19:06:05+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team|

Hello crafty people. It’s Anna here with my first project with brand new “Bohemian dream” collection. It’s so pretty and full of girly colors – dream comes true for a mother of two girls. Every time I got new collection I fell a little bit overwhelmed while making my first project. Everything is to pretty to use it and I still have to much stash so making decisions is a long process 😀

After a milion flips through the papers I decided to use this pretty ombre purple paper called  “Dreamer” and made a page with my birthday girl. I added a heart cut out and backed the gaps with few papers from 6*6 pad. I just love when the collection has big papers and a paper pad. You don’t have a dilemma of cutting only a small piece from this big, pretty 12*12 paper.

Ephemera is always a good idea, right? It’s my second favourite (right after a chipboard stickers) element of this collection. I added few flowers and butterflies here and there.

Word “big” is a piece from chipboard accent stickers and this is my fav thing in this collection. And in every other too 😀

I usually finish my page using flair buttons and enamel dots and this is exactly what I did here.

I like this color combo so much. Navy, pink and purple look so good together.

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with some other project created with “Bohemian dream” collection.

XO Anna


Fun & awesome | You ROCK layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-10-12T02:25:29+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my project for “Your signature style” themed week. When I saw what Sue is planning for us in October I needed to think for a while to define my style. I never think of what I like, I just act, cut and glue. So after few minutes I figured that my style is all about colors, little mess and layers. As a mom of two girls I usually wander around pinks and flowers so today I will surprise you a little with boyish page.

I used fantastic “You ROCK” collection to frame this cute picture of my nephew. I started with a fun and colorful background created with gelatos.

When my background was dry, I created a cluster of papers to build layers under my picture. You can spot “Starshine“, “In line“, “This way” and “Stripped” papers along with some chipboard frame and film strip stickers.

I fussy cut stars from one of the papers and added some small ephemera pieces here and there. I love how the colors are contrasting with each other and black colors just pops up from the composition. This is really a great mix.

I also added some rubber charms words here and there. They have such a great texture and I wish I had like ten packs of them. Title created with alpha stickers from “Totally rad” collection matches “You ROCK” collection perfectly. This is what I love about all CVS collections – you can easily mix and match them and still get fantastic results.

If you would like to take a peek at my creative process I have a video for you too. With my outstanding voice – over 😀

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks. i will show you my first projects created with bran new and absolutely gorgeous “Bohemian dream” collection.

XO Anna

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