/Lauren Hender

About Lauren Hender

Lauren lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in the small town of Taree, Australia. She is a mother of two, cool step mum to one, and works full time in community services sector. In 2017, Lauren has promised herself to make time to persue her passion for photography; to be mindful about having a healthy body and mind; and to push herself creatively through her love of scrapbooking. Lauren says being a part of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team is kick-starting her creative 2017, and she is excited about working for an amazing Australian company.

Wonderful | More Than Words | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-02-16T00:24:52+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

So have you fallen madly in love with the new More Than Words collection yet?

If you by some crazy chance you haven’t then I have a layout to share with you today that will surely tip you off the edge.

This layout is of my beautiful sleeping daughter. My heart explodes when I see photos of her sleeping. I pray that she is dreaming of happy inspiring things.

The creation of this layout centre’s around this fabulous unicorn cut file. Now I know backing cut files is super time consuming but when it makes a magical unicorn how can you not.

I key More Than Words products I have used in this layout include:

6×6 Paper Pad

Chipboard Accents

Ephemera Pieces


and a perfect 12×12 patterned paper

To help separate the background from the cut file and photo I used some white gesso and blended it with some mixed media mousse. I then adhered them down and added the beautiful ephemera pieces and chipboard accents.

Once the main pieces were down and the background was created the rest of the layout was simple to come together.

I hope my layout has helped you to fall in love with the new More Than Words collection and to have a go at backing a sweet cut file to help compliment an even sweeter photo.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo






Cherish | More Than Words | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-01-31T23:14:44+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|More Than Words|

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

By now all the kids have returned to school and as parents we are taking our psychological big breath to prepare for the busy year ahead. For me I have one less child heading back to school and instead heading into the workforce. I couldn’t be prouder of our Mr18 son. He has shown extraordinary commitment to school when it wasn’t easy and is now relaxing into the life he deserves and enjoys (I just wish he would put more sunscreen on..)

I believe that it’s in the hard times we have a space to challenge ourselves and either grow and achieve or retreat and build up the strength to take on the next challenge. This is also true in the scrapping world (on a smaller less stressful scale) and in particular with the new More Than Words collection that on it’s outward appearance being a pretty feminine collection but when you take up the challenge you can create some fabulous layouts just for our boys and the special men in our lives.

This is a layout of Mr 18 using only products from the More Than Words collection.

In this layout I have used beautiful vellum accents, chipboard pieces, patterned cardstock, ephemera pieces and of course a beautiful flair button.

Oh and I can’t forget those sweet heart enamel shapes…

This collection is not quite ready for public sales from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store but will shortly.

Right now you can get it from your local scrapbooking stockist, and if they don’t have it encourage them to contact CVS and get there hands on this stunning new collection.

If you are interested in becoming a stockiest find the application here

I hope my layout has inspired you to take up the creative challenge and create a male layout using this beautiful new collection.


Lauren xx

Precious | More Than Words | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-01-15T22:47:03+00:00 January 16th, 2018|More Than Words|

A collection of soft delicate pastels that have something for boy or girl is what the More Than Words is all about and is a must for your scrapping must haves list.  

Over the next few layouts I share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio I am going to show you why this collection is suited for all the family. Young, old, boy, girl this collection has some for everyone.  

Today I am sharing with you a layout of my precious little girl surrounded by majority of the More Than Words collection.

This layout has been put together using some simple layering techniques. I used the 6×6 paper and a punch to make some strips and adhered them into a colour order that I thought looked nice. I then backed my photo using a piece of vellum and adhered it down. I was tempted to use some foam mounting tape here but I am trying to use let foam to hopefully fit more layouts into my albums.

I then selected some beautiful chipboard elements to make up the title and pulled apart the ephemera pack to build my cluster elements of flowers and tags and butterflies. This was hard as there was so many beautiful elements.

Isn’t that chipboard heart and flair just perfect.

This collection is full of adorable pieces. Have you haven’t had a chance to see it all click HERE

I’m next on the blog on the 29th and it’s then that I will share with you how this collection is perfect for our boys.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Lauren xo

Happy birthday to you | Make A Wish | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-01-16T08:09:27+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone!

Welcome everyone to 2018. I hope the year ahead is wonderful for each of you.

Have you made any resolutions? Crafty ones? Personal ones?

To tell you the truth the last two years I completely skipped this step. After a bad run of a few years not achieving all that I hoped I decided it was not worth doing.

But I have been thinking and what I came up with was to have some small achievable crafty goals that are easy for me to achieve.

I have come up with..

1.       Every layout I create goes straight into an album and not in a pile on the floor.

2.       Complete a goals board

3.       Post a minimum of 26 You Tube process videos.  

Probably not a good start that I didn’t create a process video for this layout but I have to say I actually made this in 2017 so it doesn’t really count. Lol

This layout is a 6×12 inch layout featuring the beautiful Make A Wish collection.

When I snapped this picture of my little girl on her 8th birthday I knew that colours would perfectly match this collection.

I started this layout with cutting my cardstock pieces and a vase of flowers cut file.

I started to back the cut file and after a short time my patience got the best of me and I grabbed the cutest pink doily knew that it may just do the job of filling in the back of the cut file and make it pop.

I then mounted my photo and pulled out ephemera and the sticker sheet from the Bohemian Dream collection and added some cluster elements and a title piece. Check out the flair button. Could it be anymore cuter?

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope that all your resolutions come to light.  

Lauren xo

2017 Favourites | Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-12-12T21:37:20+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Over the next week you will see myself and the other DT girls sharing and talking about layouts that have inspired them over the last 12 months.

This in turn we hope inspires you.

It’s a busy time of year so hopefully by seeing all these beautiful layout will put a smile on your face and let you take a five minute breather from this pace.

First up I want to share a layout created by the beautiful and crazy talented Raquel Bowman.

Raquel uses the super cool collection YOU ROCK to create this fabulous layout.


Secondly, I want to share an out of this world layout by Missy Whidden.

She has used the Summer Freebie Cutfile 

to be a big featured title and added the beautiful hand stitching to complete it.

Missy has a fabulous way of using watercolour and in this layout she has perfectly matched it to the Make A Wish collection.

Isn’t this layout divine!


And lastly,  I want to share with you a stunning layout by the talented Bea Valint.

Bea has smashed it out of the park using the Bohemian Dream collection.

Check out the gorgeous cluster of flowers from the ephemera pack.. gasp! Stunning..

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.

See you in 2018 with some more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration.

Lauren xoxo

Happy Christmas | Bohemian Dream | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-12-08T00:09:36+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Bohemian Dream|

Hello everyone and a big welcome back to our Christmas week here on the blog.

What do you think of the Christmas layouts using non Christmas themed collections? I have enjoyed seeing that regardless of the traditional Christmas colours not being used you can create easily a beautiful Christmas layout. This is great as Christmas can be an expensive time and sometimes our financial sacrifices are scrapbooking supplies, so this way you know that if you have to give the latest Christmas scrapbook collection a miss you can still create some fabulous Christmas layouts.

I have used a Christmas wreath cut file to give a bit of a Christmas feel and brought it together using the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection. This layout highlights a special 2016 moment where my little dolly popped the star on top of the Christmas tree.

You can find the Bohemian Dream collection in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio online and is available to purchase right now!! Just click HERE

Another fun part about this layout is that I created a YouTube process video of the layout as part of an Aussie Scrappers YouTube Hop. Check out my process video below which will explain how the hop works and how to win some lovely scrappy prizes including a Cocoa Vanilla Studio prize pack.

The Bohemian Dream collection is just beautiful and has so many fabulous elements. In this layout I have used the following:

Ábundant’ patterned paper

Accessory Stickers

6×6 paper pad

Die Cut Ephemera

Flair Buttons

Chipboard Stickers

Remember if they are out of stock in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store then one of the stockist can help you out.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative at this bust time of the year. Oh and don’t forget to come along and join in the YouTube hop for a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Lauren xoxo


Blossom | Bohemian Dream | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-11-16T10:38:37+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Bohemian Dream|

Hello Everyone and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

How are you enjoying PINK or BLUE week? If your just stopping in for the first time this week the DT girls are all having fun showing what you can do with the new Bohemian Dream collection in the colours pink or blue.

I have chosen to play along and have chosen the colour blue to drive my layout. I think what this week has shown us so far that either pink or blue can create stunning and beautiful gender mixed layouts and that my lovely scrapper means that Bohemian Dream is one pretty cool collection.

Click HERE to shop the new Bohemian Dream collection.

In this layout I have used a cut file to be my main feature. This cut file works particularly well with the colour combination featured in this collection. It magically brings together colours that traditionally you would think wouldn’t work together and transforms the layout into something beautiful.

Another fabulous product in this collection is the vellum accents.Oh gosh, they are just lovely and give a lovely effect slightly different from the traditional ephemera pieces. Don’t get me wrong the die cut ephemera is amazing also.

See what I mean! Look at that vellum flower cluster.. so pretty!!

So can you see where I have used blue? Background, in my cut file, backing my photo and in my vellum flower cluster.

So tell me.. are you a pink scrapper or a blue scrapper at heart?

Another fun product in this collection I love is the flair buttons . CVS flairs are always amazing and create a little something special on you layout. In this collection you can purchase the buttons in a set of six.

Love Love Love them!!

Check out my process video below and see how this colourful layout came together.

I hope my layout has inspired you to get out scrapping supplies and create a pink or blue layout.

Happy Scrapping,

Lauren xo

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