Precious Girl | More Than Words | Lina Monaco

Good Morning Friends!
Welcome to the blog! Lina here with you today showing this layout I created using the More Than Words collection. I’ve decided to document a sweet picture of my eldest little and myself while we were on vacation last year in Mexico. And to be honest, I don’t know how I hadn’t scrapbooked it until now 😛

The paper in this collection is seriously something else… it’s so beautifully done and every sheet makes my little heart pitter patter. For this particular layout, I used the floral sheet called Precious (fittingly enough), the coral sheet Called Sketchbook and Radiant which is that lovely black on white random polka dot. You see, I could not decide on which sheet I wanted to use so  I used many LOL!

My photo is printed in black and white and is matted with random pieces of paper I had from the collection. The sweet black 2×3 card you see to the left of my photo is from the Collage sheet. It was perfect for this layout and the message I was trying to convey. It also acts as a sort of sub-title for my layout.

I created a few clusters in terms of embellishing on my layout and created a visual triangle. I have two larger clusters and one smaller one in the top right hand corner of my photo. To embellish, I used the beautiful ephemera from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. And, I also used stickers from the Accessory Stickers page. Both two of my favourite!

For my title, I used the word “precious” from the Chipboard Titles package and the word “girl” is a AC Thickers in Goldie. I love the combination of fonts and colours for title work. I feel it just makes the entire title fun!

Two things to finish off my layout… First, I created a nest of yellow thread and a home for my flair button to sit. I feel it gives a great foundation and a bit of texture to the entire layout. Secondly, I feel a heathy scattering of Enamel shapes is always a good thing! 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed my layout today and will be back tomorrow to see what the other ladies are up to 🙂

Love You | Wild at Heart Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout with you all. For todays layout I delved back into one of my favourite collections Wild at Heart. I hadn’t created with this collection in a little while so it was just so lovely getting creative with it again to make this page that I am sharing today.

Here is the layout that I created:

The photo I am documenting is one of my hubby that I snapped on a recent family holiday in April. Hubby is not one to pose for photos or willingly be in photos so I was wrapped to get this one to document. Although this page is of my hubby that did not deter me from using the Wild at Heart collection. That is because I knew that I wanted to document ‘love’ – so using this collection would be perfect for that.

I matted my 4×6″ portrait photo with a remnant of the Mariposa patterned paper and backed that with a doily. The cut file was a download designed by Paige Evans for the Silhouette Design store. I loved the banner surrounded by florals and knew that creating a bold statement title to accompany this photo would be perfect.

Either side of the photo I have used floral clusters from the Ephemera pack from Wild at Heart. I added detail to those clusters on either side by using some foam adhesive to pop some of them off the page a little more.

To the right of the photo, along with the ephemera florals, I used the ticket and butterfly from the Ephemera pack.

The ‘love you’ title makes such a statement on this page due to its size and position. The letters from this title are actually from the chipboard accent stickers from the collection. I love the watercolour look to the letters and that they are such a tall font. They also fit perfectly on the die cut banner which was a total but exciting fluke. Don’t you love when things like that happen?

One thing I love to do to my pages more recently is give them a patterned paper border. This has also allowed me to use a lot more of my papers up too (although I still do take out the middle sections to use later). Machine stitching around the layout edges gives extra detail and texture to the layout and is a nice finishing touch. To help balance out the design of the page I added two stickers to the top right corner.

My journaling for this page isn’t a long story or too detailed – but I do like expressing, even if brief, my current thoughts when documenting photos. This was my thoughts based on this moment and photo. I used my typewriter to type up the journaling and then cut it into strip form to adhere to the page. Two stickers from the sticker sheet added a nice finish to the journaling on the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today, I hope you have been inspired by this post. I cannot wait to share my projects with the new Boys Rule collection. See you again on the 5th!

Raquel x


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here with you today to share my latest design team project and I’m super excited to say it’s using the latest collection “Boys Rule”.  I’ve had this photo of Miss 11 for some time now not sure what products to combine it with and when I saw the latest collection I knew it was going to be such a great fit; this page came together in no time.

The idea for the page came from the ‘Entitled’ pattern paper… as soon as I saw the word “Random” I knew it would be perfect for this photo, because, well, it’s a random picture of my daughter with a moustache!  I began by fussy cutting it out along with the words “Oh Yeah” with the idea to use a stack of words in my design.

For my background, I wanted something more neutral as I knew there would be a lot going on with the words, so I choose the “Good Times” pattern paper.  It has a starburst type pattern on it so used that as a bit of a template for my design, positioning the photo towards the centre and having elements around that.

Next, I went about matting my photo.  I’ve used the “Expressionist” paper to do this and also added in a cute tab from the “Accessory Stickers Sheet” that says “Oh Yeah”, the perfect match for my fussy cut “Oh Yeah” element.  At this point, I decided that I needed some more words for my design, so I pulled out the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and used the words “Hello” and “Cool” and while I was there pulled out all of the star elements.

I also pulled the hashtag # from the Chipboard Pieces pack and love that I now have the main word #RANDOM as I am a big fan of using a hashtag!  I then positioned these words around my photo to see how they all worked together.

Next, I decided I did need a few more words, in a smaller size this time, so I pulled out the clear stickers and added in the words “fun Times” and “one cool kid”.  I also grabbed some of the typed sentiments in the clear stickers to add to the gaps.  I found a couple of these typed sentiments on the “Accessory Stickers sheet” as well that were a really good match so added those as well.

Now all of the words were locked in place, it was time to add some stars in chipboard and die cuts, and the cute camera from the “Die Cut Ephemera”.  I also added the black chipboard cross elements at this point and the fun arrows, also in chipboard and die cut varieties.  This filled in all of the gaps nicely and helped the design flow from left to right.  I added a star flair badge and the page was complete.

I just love how this page came together, sure it’s a boys collection, but I think it has been the perfect choice for my photo and was such fun to make!

Until next time,



One of a Kind | Bohemian Dream | Elodie Lusseau

Hello crafty friends!

It’s Elodie on the blog today with a brand new page to share with you. I played with the super pretty Bohemian Dream collection and a photo of my little one ready to go egg hunting on the beach last Easter. So cute!

I went with blue and purple this time and I chose the gorgeous Wild & Free paper for my background. For this layout, I wanted to make a big flower on the left-hand side of the page. So I started by cutting a large circle in the Flower Child sheet for the center of the flower and smaller circles in several papers from the 6×6 paper pad for the petals.

I adhered the large circle along the left border of the page. Then I cut the smaller circles in half and tucked them under the big one. I bent them up before sticking them down for dimension. I like using the borders of my layouts to create fun and striking designs!

To echo the background, I matted my sweet photo with a blue paper from the 6×6 pad. I then adhered it with foam tape in the center of the flower and adorned it with a cute pennant and a tab from the ephemera pack. I love how the picture pops against the beautiful Flower Child paper!

Next I got busy arranging pretty Bohemian Dream embellies along the edge of the big circle. I used die cuts, a chipboard heart, and a flair button for my title. I topped a couple of embellishments with blue enamel hearts and my layout was complete!

I really enjoyed playing again with the beautiful Bohemian Dream line and I hope my page inspires you to have fun with it as well!

Thank you so much for joining me today!


Life is Good | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

Hi friends!

Mandy here with you today to share a new layout featuring the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection! This is definitely one of my favourite collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio – I just keep coming back to it again and again! I was lucky to be able to attend the CVS retreat earlier this month, and this was one of the layouts that I created over the weekend. I documented a recent selfie of my youngest daughter and I…

I started my layout off by layering some strips of patterned paper across the page. The patterned papers that I used were…

I also matted my photo with the reverse side of the Gypsy Heart patterned paper and I tucked the piece that says ‘You were born to Shine’ under the bottom edge of the photo. (I cut this piece out of the Boho Bits patterned paper). I adhered my photo using craft foam, which helped it to really stand out against those patterned papers and gave it some lovely dimension.

To the right of the photo I added my title, and I also created a pretty cluster of embellishments around the photo. For the title I used a combination of puffy alphabet stickers from my stash and one of the chipboard titles. The floral die cuts in this collection are so beautiful, and I added quite a few of them to this layout. To finish off the cluster to the right of the photo, I added a flair button and a couple of chipboard stickers.

I created a second cluster up in the top left hand corner of the page. This one includes another floral die cut and a chipboard sticker. You can also see here that I added some subtle texture and interest to the page by applying some texture paste through a stencil.

I created a final cluster down in the bottom right hand corner of the page, which gives the layout a diagonal flow, drawing the viewer’s eye from the top left, down to the bottom right. This cluster includes a couple more die cuts, and you can see that I used some foam tape to adhere one of the elements in the cluster. I love the dimension that this adds!

I finished the layout off with a few little enamel hearts from the collection.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed taking a look at my layout, and that you’ve found some inspiration here today!

Mandy x

Kiss? No! | Bohemian dream layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Cocoa Vanilla friends. It’s Anna here with my newest project made with CVS goodies. New collection in on it’s way to my end of the world but I am still enjoying older ones. Usually I have projects made in advance to share them here with you and I make them when the mojo strikes. My recent project however was made in last minute and I had to search for inspiration. I was going through my CVS box thinking what should I use and then I rediscovered the stamps. They were included in two most recent collections: “More than words” and “Bohemian dream”. The thought of using them unlocked my mojo and this layout made itself in less than an hour.

I started with a white background and a stamp set from “Bohemian dream” collection. I used the brush stroke shape and few ink colors and created my own pattern paper. I really like the effect and I am going to spread my wings with making another backgrounds for further projects 🙂

I backed my picture with a paper from 6*6 paper pad with colorful rectangles. It really matches my background. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title. Story behind this picture is quite funny. I was taking pictures of Maja and her cousin Kuba and asked him to kiss her in the chick. He was willing to do it, but then Maja made this funny face screaming she doesn’t want to be kissed by anybody. That’s why I used two words: KISS? and NO! Navy paper “Abundant” looks really good over this soft yet colorful background.

I finished my page by adding few flowers and small elements from “Bohemian dream” ephemera pack and chipboard stickers sheet. I also added two flair buttons from the same collection. They were my two last and I need to restock with them ASAP.

That’s all for today. I hope I inspired you to reach for your stamps and play with them making your own patterned papers. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.



Beautiful Memories for Mother’s Day | Wild At Heart | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

& a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the special women in our lives!

Amanda here, and in celebration of this special day, I am sharing a sweet page about my personal love of being a mum! I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful to document!

Here’s my layout,

“Beautiful Memories”

Nawww! Love this kiddo! He’s my Mister A for Awesome!

And as this is a ‘me’ page, I *may* have used my all-time favourite collection, and colour! Wild At Heart is just so pretty & well, we all know my love of blue! You’ll also spy all my favorite page elements; cut files, mixed media & lots of DIE CUT EPHEMERA! Everything about this layout just makes me happy! Monochromatic LOVE!

I begin with the reverse side of pattern paper CV-WH003 MARIPOSA. I adore the watercolor appearance of this gorgeous ombre blue paper! It’s just too pretty for words! To this base, I add an 11″ x 11″ layer of white cardstock, and then apply my texture paste doily to the bottom edge of this cardstock.

To the top area of my page, I add an 8’3/4″ x 3″ trim of specialty VELLUM. I begin by layering it with our sweet Geo Heart Cut File from the COLOUR ME HAPPY collection – let’s take a closer look……

SO pretty!

To the Geo Heart, I foam mount that ‘everything you need’ journal card which I have trimmed from the aptly titled pattern paper, CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS. Between and surrounding the vellum & heart layers, I include a few pretty DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces. You’ll spot butterflies, blooms & even a star! And because I wanted to keep with a pretty monochromatic page, I fussy cut some extra blue butterflies from pattern paper, CV-WH003 MARIPOSA. It’s all about the blue! 😉

I also add one of those MARIPOSA butterflies to the top right hand corner of my VELLUM paper…..

Those butterflies are so lovely! And speaking of lovely, how awesome is that CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER?!! I combine it with the Beautiful You EPHEMERA banner to create a visual stop point in the layout. As most of us read left to right, this encourages your eye to return to the next ‘line’ & read that WOOD VENEER and EPHEMERA title. Beautiful Memories, indeed!

The WOOD VENEER beautiful is the most exquisitely cut title! With its cursive font & natural warmth, it really adds that something special to the overall layout design. The veneer butterflies also add balance and warmth to the otherwise cool blue page.

Note: The veneer butterflies are from our FREE SPIRIT collection – which you can view HERE.

Here’s a better look at them all together…..

Those veneer butterflies!!! I have carefully positioned them so that they double up as anchors to my two sweet photos. I know, pretty AND purposeful! So perfect!

For finishing touches, I carefully splatter some blue ink, and even smear a little of it beneath the VENEER title for added interest!

Love it! Such a beautiful moment cherished and documented for years to come!

Happy (monochromatic) Mother’s Day!

I hope my layout has inspired you to get creative this weekend!

Thanks so much for visiting,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 


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