Truly Blessed – Farewell | Lauren Hender

Hello everyone, welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. This post is a hard one to write as it is where I say goodbye to creating for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. After two years I feel truly honoured to be apart of an amazing Australian company and to work alongside talented designers that inspire me daily. In my final post I thought I would share with you some of my most favourite layouts that I have created. 

Looking back at all these layouts highlights a little piece of most of the stunning Cocoa Vanilla collections. 

Finally, thank you. Thank you for all the kind comments and constant encouragement. I feel truly blessed. 

Lauren xo

My Favourites | Mandy Melville

Hi friends!

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over?! To finish the year off, each of our design team members are going to share their favourite projects that they’ve created this year using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections!

I always find it hard to narrow down my favourites, but after scrolling through my projects from this year, I found three layouts that stood out for me. I really enjoyed creating each of these pages, and I love that I was able to document these precious memories using the beautiful CVS products!

So here are my top three for 2018…

I absolutely love the gorgeous colours in the Bohemian Dream collection, especially the lovely shades of purple, and they complemented this cute photo of Eleanor perfectly! This collection is still ones of my favourites for creating pretty girly pages. You can see closeups and read my full blog post for this layout here

The second layout that I wanted to share as one of my favourites from this year features the amazing Boys Rule collection. Hands down, this is my favourite boy collection ever! I love the combination of the blues, with the lime green and grey. And you can’t go wrong with stars right?! I used a cut file on this page, and I backed it with lots of the gorgeous patterned papers from the collection. If you would like to take a closer look, you can check out my blog post here

The final layout that I wanted to share as one of my favourites, is a recent one that I created using the new Midnight collection. The florals in this collection are absolutely divine, and I love the beautiful soft colours. I couldn’t resist fussy cutting some of the gorgeous florals out of the Bloom & Grow patterned paper, and I think they frame this lovely dance photo of my daughter perfectly! You can read all of the details in my blog post here

Thanks so much for joining me here today, and also for your support throughout 2018. I always enjoy reading your lovely comments on Facebook and Instagram, and appreciate the time that you take to leave them.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I will see you back here in 2019 to share some more inspiration with you!

Mandy x

Romantic cards | Midnight | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with three fun and easy cards made of our brand new “Midnight” collection. I already made few layouts with this line but I thought it will be great to show you other possibilities, how you can use your stash. I think of myself more as a scrapbooker than a cardmaker but with those papers it doesn’t seem difficult at all.

I thought it will be fun to use 6*8 paper pad only to make all of those cards. As I usually make 12*12 pages, smaller paper pads seem to be kind of forgotten by me. I also used big words from “Die cut titles” pack   on each card.

First card is based on the photo frame from “Ephemera pack”. I think it’s makes composition cohesive and things are not looking like they are floating. The frame is like an anchor for all the bots and pieces.

Second card is made of paper scraps from various patterns. I used border punch to add nice shape to them and lined them in the rows. It added lightness and a lot of dimension. I fussy cut a lot of flowers from one of the papers and arranged them arounf the title.

Third card is the most simple of them all but somehow I like it the most. I only added king of a cristal piece from “Ephemera pack” and a title. I finished the composition with few hearts from “Chipboard accents” pack.

That is all for today. I hope you feel inspired by my little cardmaking experiment and you will also try your chances with making few cards for your friends and family. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with my final post for 2018.

Bloom & Grow | Midnight | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing a super pretty layout with our divine MIDNIGHT collection! I just adore this gorgeous collection, and it’s fast become my favorite collection of 2018! From beautiful patterns, sweet florals and a beautiful colour scheme this collection has it all! But enough of the chatter, here’s my next layout with MIDNIGHT…. 

“Bloom & Grow”

Sigh! Isn’t this just the prettiest?!!

It’s no secret that I love ALL the floral things, and this is exactly why! So very beautiful!

If my layout looks a little familiar to you, you’d be correct! I’m actually taking inspiration from my own monochromatic layout from last month. It’s called, “Our Happy Story” & looks like this……

Just divine! You can revisit this layout and blog post HERE

So sweet! You can see why I just had to create a pink version too! Highlighting just one colour, and creating monochromatic magic with the MIDNIGHT collection is really beautiful & so effective! 

For today’s variation, I rotate the design, and opt for a more floral and feminine look! I feature the remaining half of the large mandala die from the LARGE DIE CUT & BACKING KIT (from last month’s layout) and spray it in my favourite shimmering pink colours. I try to mimic the colours & tones from the ‘Love This’ die cut that features in the embellishment cluster in the top right hand side of my layout.  I just love how this turned out! A bright pop of colour, and with such depth, it allowed me to back the die with a busy pattern paper and not get ‘lost’. Speaking of that floral paper, it’s actually the reverse side of CV-MN007 INKY DEPTHS – yes, the paper I used to back my original design last month! #useallthethings! I think I need at least 20 sheets of this paper – it features both my favorite colour (indigo blue) and pretty florals!!! So I’m totally crushing on INKY DEPTHS! 

 You’ll also note that I foam mount this floral backed, half LARGE DIE CUT & adorn it with gold sequins from our past HELLO LOVELY collection. Before I adhere it to my white cardstock base, I use the same shimmering pink sprays & the packaging technique to create a softened mixed media base. I do this where the half LARGE DIE CUT, and the vertical paper strips on the right, will be positioned. I then tuck a few floral ACCESSORY STICKERS, CLEAR STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces & even floral CHIPBOARD ACCENTS alongside & beneath the LARGE DIE CUT rim. Amongst these florals, I also add my CLEAR STICKERS title Bloom & Grow, as well as some journaling with the typed ACCESSORY STICKERS. 

I select the gem like DIE CUT EPHEMERA as an unlikely, but very pretty, frame for my sweet ballerina photograph. I foam mount 2 CHIPBOARD ACCENTS blooms onto the rim of the LARGE DIE CUT. Next, I foam mount & layer my framed photo onto them. Lots of foam mounting in this layout to create dimension and clearly defined layers! Definition is important with so many pretty details! 

It really is a beautiful page for my darling girl! And such a happy moment to document! This photo was taken of her trying on all the Bloch Pointe ballet slippers for the first time – such a milestone moment for her! 

As we move across the page, you’ll spot that softened mixed media layer. It is followed by a half inch strip of pattern paper CV-MN007 INKY DEPTHS (reverse side), and a 1 1/2 inch strip of pattern paper CV-MN009 SOPHISTICATED (reverse side also).  I love how these paper strips anchor my layout, and in particular, that LARGE DIE CUT.

Let’s take a better look….

Stripes are always for the win, & I just LOVE the ombre pink stripes in pattern paper, CV-MN009 SOPHISTICATED! Over this pretty paper, I foam mount that gorgeous terrarium DIE CUT EPHEMERA, tucking a few die cut blooms beneath it. I add the Love This sentiment DIE CUT with thick foam tape too! For finishing touches, I scatter a few more of the HELLO LOVELY gold sequins! 

And there you have it! Beautiful layers, all the pink and lots of florals for my beautiful girl! 

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating with the gorgeous MIDNIGHT collection! (& maybe try some monochromatic magic too!)

Thanks so much for visiting,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

Story of Us | Midnight collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing a layout I created with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection; and just as its name suggests, I chose to work with the gorgeous deep midnight blue as my primary colour for this page

I started my page with a sheet of ‘Bloom & Grow’ paper, which I cut down to measure approximately 9×12″ and then added a strip of the ‘Inky Depths’ paper down the left side. I love the contrast of the block colour against the stripes, and the dark shades of these papers so much!

Next, I created a layered mat for my photo using pieces of the ‘Inky Depths; ‘Inspired’; and ‘Mixed Blessing’ papers, which I layered with a paper doily as well.

I then built a large floral cluster to the right of my photo using pieces from the die cut ephemera pack. I used foam tape to pop some of the flowers up and bent up the edges of them, and the leaves, from the page.

To the left of my photo I added a few more die cut flowers, again using foam tape to create dimension; before adding the every moment matters flair button on top.

Along the bottom edge of my photo I added the here + now quote that was cut from the ‘All the Things’ paper. For my page title, I used words from the die cut title pack. I used a double layer of foam tape to pop them up to the same height of the photo so they didn’t get lost on the background.

To give the page a little more dimension I added few hearts from the chipboard accents pack, and I also added the sweet little tab with hearts which I tucked in behind the top edge of my photo.

To finish off my page I added a couple of small stickers from the accessory sticker sheet where my papers joined at the top of my page. I used a small banner and layered a small tab over the top of it.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by.

The ‘Midnight’ collection is now available in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store, along with some recently released page kits and some super specials from the Black Friday Sale. (But hurry, before they are all gone!)

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Live the life you LOVE | Midnight collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello Crafty friends! It’s Michelle here today with my next layout share featuring the beautiful Midnight collection thats currently available in store now. You best snap it up real fast before it all disappears 

I’ve gone with another super quick layout design today. And can I say I’ve been loving this style of scrapping, especially during this crazy season of life. The days fly by so quick that its hard to believe this sweet little human of mine has just turned 8! Looking forward to scrapping those photos with this amazing collection in the new year too.

To begin my creation I’ve used a full sheet of the SOPHISTICATED paper as the base then layered a few of my favourite patterns from the BLESSING, INSPIRED and 6×8 Paper pad with a doily and photo to create the main focal point on the page. Love this sweet face and she LOVES Luigi!

At the top right of the photo stack I’ve added a cluster of floral embellishments from the ephemera pack along with some stickers from both the clear set and accessory sheet. To give the pieces dimension I’ve added sticky dots to raise them up. 

Next I added a few more floral pieces from the ephemera pack and sticker sheet. I layered these all together in a small cluster with a small strip of SOPHISTICATED paper and a phrase strip cut from the ALL THE THINGS paper. 

Lastly I added another cut apart piece from the ALL THE THINGS paper to use as a title for the layout. It perfectly sums up the life this kid lives! I also added a few more floral pieces in a cluster to the right to balance out all the elements on the page. A little touch of hand written journalling, the date stamped to the right and a few splatters of gold ink and I felt it was done. Another memory recorded in the prettiest of ways.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to check back each day for more inspiration from all of us here on the Design Team.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Happy Moments | Midnight | Adele Toomey

Hello scrappy peeps!

I have been obsessing over the gorgeous Midnight collection lately and loving the colours of the collection. Today I have a fun 6×12″ layout for you using some easy edge detailing. 

I loving using blue florals on “boy/masculine” pages and challenging the stereotype of florals being only for feminine pages. This stunner of a floral paper is perfect as a background as the simple lines and white background help create a fresh layout. 

I used a notebook punch to create some edge detail along with ruffling some tissue paper. 

I love using the wide variety of chipboard and cardstock words included in the Midnight collection to create fast titles. I also added some journaling using my electric typewriter. 

Hope you enjoyed this layout and have a chance to get crafty this week!

Adele 🙂

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