Cherish | More Than Words | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you to share a new layout using the ever so beautiful More Than Words collection!

This week the design team are focusing on patterned papers…I used lots of the different papers from the More Than Words collection!

I absolutely love using cut files on my projects so when I saw this frame cut file, I just knew I had to try it with the gorgeous More Than Words collection! I just love how it looks cut from the orange paper! The 6 x 6 paper pad was so handy to be able to back lots of the different papers behind the frame cut file. It sure saves cutting into a big 12 x 12 piece if you don’t have too!

I once I had all the papers backed, I machine stitched around a few of the frames to draw some extra focus to them. This photo is of myself with my 88 year old Nan!! Yes you read that right….she is 88 and simply amazing! She still drives and lives in a big house on her own! She doesn’t look a day over 50 I reckon! This was the day we celebrated her 88th birthday with loads of the family getting together! So much fun!

The ‘Cherish’ chipboard sticker made the perfect title for this layout since I like to cherish any time spent with Nan! Some of the small accessory stickers had some lovely sentiments that I also added to my page!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog today! I hope you are inspired to pull out all your More Than Words papers and get creating?!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

By | 2018-03-19T22:01:39+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|0 Comments

Sweet Heart | More Than Words | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share another creation with you. As you know, this week on the blog we are focusing on paper. (Because let’s face it, we all love paper, right?!) Today I am sharing a layout that features the gorgeous new ‘More Than Words’ collection and my equally gorgeous girl.

I started this page with the ‘Noteworthy’ patterned paper (because we are celebrating paper after all!) I couldn’t leave my paper clean though, so added some layers of mixed media to it. I used a grey spray (applied using the packaging technique); then some pink texture paste through a stencil; then some orange ink finely splattered around.

Once the mediums were dry, I added a paper doily from my stash where the focal point of my layout was going to be. I then added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photos before sticking them down on top of the doily.

To embellish my layout, I once again turned to paper. I used the stunning ‘Precious’ paper with its floral pattern to fussy cut some pieces to frame around my photo. I tucked the edges under my photos, then lifted the edges of the floral pieces to add some dimension to my page.

I also fussy cut a grey spotted label and the Sweet Heart label from the ‘Treasure’ paper and layered the two together (with foam tape between them) to form my title.


The love you to bits heart was also fussy cut from the ‘Treasure’ paper, and I added it below my photos (once again, using foam tape to add dimension).

To finish off, I used stamps from the clear stamp set to add some various sized hearts and the phrase the best around my page. I used a pink shimmery watercolour paint to add a touch of colour to the hearts.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Make sure you pop back tomorrow to see what else the team has created. Until next time, happy scrapping!

By | 2018-03-20T18:17:12+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|0 Comments

Love You | More than Words | Lina Monaco

Hello, Hello, Hello!
Lina here with you this morning sharing a layout I created using the fabulous, More than Words collection. This week, I scrapbooked and documented a picture of my little family. The photo was taken this past summer, so it’s a little dated and my girls aren’t so little anymore. Still, it needed to be documented 🙂

The focus this week on the blog has been paper. So, in true “Lina style”, I used all the paper. And how else better to do so then to use a cut file and back each word with a four different patterned papers? That’s what I did in this case and I just adore the result! The cut file is a freebie from Paper Issues and I cut it from that gorgeous, grey and white washed woodgrain. It’s called Precious and it really is so. With my photo, I matted it with a few different pieces of patterned paper, again, going with the theme of the week.

Next, I worked on my title. I used the Chipboard Titles to create my title of, “Love You”. Very creative I know, but let’s be honest here… I love my tribe and so it worked 😛
I placed some foam sheet cut into tiny strips behind the words to prop it up. The words are placed somewhat on the photo and because the photo had dimension to it, the words weren’t balanced. Adding the foam behind my words gave them the stability they needed.

I had an idea in mind in how I wanted to embellish the layout. On one of the cut apart sheets, there is a 4×6 card full of black and white butterflies. I cut them out and built my embellishing around them. I took butterflies from both the Die Cut Ephemera package and the Vellum Accents package and created my flying butterfly cluster. I made the butterflies look as if they were in flight, together starting from the bottom right, flying up and across my page into the top left. I simply adore this. It really adds quite a bit of whimsy to my page. I also took the hearts from the Chipboard Titles package and tucked them amongst my butterflies.

Nestled among the butterflies, lies a perfectly placed Flair Button surrounded by a nest of pink thread. I also added some of the same pink thread under the bottom left hand corner of my photo for some added interest. I added some tiny words and phrases from the Sticker Accent sheet. Lastly, I sprinkled a good amount of Enamel Shapes around the page to carry the colours throughout the page. And, voila! Done!

I hope you all enjoyed my layout!


By | 2018-03-13T11:36:00+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Design Team, More Than Words|0 Comments

Love you | Bohemian Dreams Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using Bohemian Dream. The focus this week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog is paper. For today’s layout I decided to cut into the ‘Abundant’ paper in the collection that I had been hoarding. In terms on having a focus in paper I decided to use the Abundant paper as a starting point. Not only for the main paper used in the design of the page, but also as inspiration when it came to my choice of cut files and embellishments that I used on this page.

Here is the layout that I created:

I decided to document how much my little brother and his fiancé mean to our family. They are very special people who love unconditionally and we appreciate them and the support and love (and fun if you ask my kiddies) that they give us. These selfies were taken at a family function last year and I hadn’t yet documented them.

I used a cut file set that I downloaded free from Paper Issues. Normally when I use cut files I cut them on white card stock. I decided today though, as the feature is on paper, to use patterned papers from the 6×6 paper pad in the collection. I love how they turned out. The frames were the perfect size for my photos when I printed them at approx 2×2″ in size. I also chose to back the floral cut file in another one of the papers in the 6×6 pad. I used foam adhesive to adhere the photos and flower cut file to the layout.

To embellish this page I used a lot of the floral pieces in the chipboard sheet, I also added in some of the hearts and a butterfly. To add some further dimension to the page I used a Sie cut butterfly from the ephemera pack and adhered that only by the middle so I could fold the wings inwards to make it seem like it was fluttering on the page.

The scattering of chipboard hearts, flowers and some enamel shapes helped to make the page flow and lead your eyes from the top of the page, to the journaling at the bottom of the page.

I’m the biggest advocate for adding our stories to our pages, even if it is short, sweet and to the point like this one. I used my typewriter to type out the journaling and then cut and adhere it to the page in strip form.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope that I have inspired you to use that paper that you have been hoarding and get creating!

Raquel xx

By | 2018-03-18T21:40:52+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|0 Comments


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen on the blog with you today and I have to say, we sure have had a lot of fun this week with the team scrap-lifting other DT members.  I’m pretty excited that it is my turn as I love it when we get to do this!!  I see oh so many clever designs and wonderful creations from the design team, it’s so fun to be able to scrap-lift them; the hardest part is choosing who to lift!  This time around, I’ve decided to go with the crazy talented Anna Komenda.  Here is her stunning off the page “Dream Catcher” using Bohemian Dream that inspired me.

I love this so much!!! What’s not to love about the fussy cut flowers and that mixed media background AND all those lovely layers!!  I went about re-creating it using the latest collection More than words.

The first thing you will probably notice is that I’ve used calico as my background.  I liked the idea of having soft edges for the hoop as my version was not going to be a “dream catcher” as such but a frame essentially that could be hung on a wall.  I also knew my version would be far more neutral than Anna’s because of the soft tones of the collection I was using so I made sure to choose a photo that was soft and dreamy too.

I began the project by fussy cutting out all of the flowers on the Sketch Book paper.  There are quite a few, however, they are really quick to cut out as they are not crazy detailed.  I love that they are in a variety of different sizes.

Next, it was time to work on my background.  I’ve primed the calico with some white gesso, this not only gives it some stability but also helps any mixed media to blend rather than soaking straight into the fabric.  I’ve used mists from my stash and applied using the packaging technique as well as adding splatters.  I know it is subtle, but that was the way it was intended.  I really wanted to mimic the soft watercolours of the flowers I had fussy cut.

I’ve used a square photo for my project the same as Anna’s as I really liked the proportions she had with her frame and picture.  I also wanted to use the frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and knew that was for a square photo.  While I was looking through the pack, I found some sweet die cut butterflies and a little die cut piece that says “remember this”.

I also took this time to pull out the butterflies from the Vellum accents pack, I love the softness of these and knew they would be the perfect addition to my soft watercolour flowers.

It was now time to place everything. Starting with the largest flowers first, I added these all around the frame and picture.  I then began layering with the medium sized pieces, some I’ve placed on top of the larger pieces, others peaking out from behind them.  Lastly, I added the smallest flowers to my cluster.  Each layer has been added with foam tape for extra dimension.

I then added in my title which is a combination of the die cut piece mentioned above and words from the Chipboard Accent Stickers sheet.  This collection has so many title options which really helps your page come together quickly.  I’ve also added in some of the Enamel Shapes and a Flair for some smaller details for the project.

I really do love how this turned out and it now hangs pride of place in my craft space!  I hope this week we have inspired you to have a go at scrap lifting one of the Design team, we love seeing what you create on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook page, so be sure to share it with us!

Until next time,



By | 2018-03-15T19:18:22+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|0 Comments

So Adorable | More than Words | Elodie Lusseau

Happy Saturday, friends!

It’s Elodie back with you today with a new layout I made for scraplift week using the beautiful More than Words collection and a photo of my girls ready to go ice skating. I lifted a gorgeous page by the lovely and talented Amanda-jayne Baldwin. I love how bright and dreamy her layout looks with those pretty Bohemian Dream colors and supplies. Here is my lift!

And here is Amanda’s beautiful page!

I went in a different direction for the background and used patterned papers instead of cardstock and mixed media like Amanda. I placed two strips from the pretty Gossamer sheet on each side of the Precious paper, just like on Amanda’s layout. I cut two more strips in the Collage and Notheworthy papers and I adhered them on the right-hand side of the page. I folded up the edges a bit before sticking the strips down to give more dimension to my layout. I like how the black strips nicely frame the page!

I started with the top left cluster and tucked two tabs from the ephemera pack under the strip. I then added a couple of pretty More than Words embellies: a word sticker from the accessory sticker sheet, a circular die cut that I topped with a beautiful vellum butterfly and another butterfly from the ephemera pack.

Next, I moved on to the right side of the page and adhered the photo with foam squares. I placed a lovely frame from the ephemera pack on my pic and adorned it with a butterfly and a banner for the title.

I tucked a circular sticker under the picture and topped it with a cute flair button. I completed my photo cluster with cardstock feathers, a pretty deer chipboard sticker and a chipboard heart that I placed under the pic. I just love all the black bits combined with those beautiful pastel colors!

I finished embellishing the right side of my page with more pretty die cuts, a butterfly from the vellum accent pack and a couple of word stickers. I just had to use the “so dear to me” sticker to go with the deer chipboard piece that I used under the pic! I put the final touch to my layout with pastel enamel dots.

I loved lifting this stunning page by Amanda and I hope I did it justice! Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a beautiful day!


By | 2018-03-17T05:04:18+00:00 March 17th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|1 Comment

TN for my girls | Bohemian Dream | Lauren Hender

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Today I am stopping in to share with you a special TN that I started and know that when I it is finished it will be a project I love forever.

This TN is going to be filled with the special moments I have with the amazing women in my life. It will be filled with memories of great times and the wisdom that passes between women that sustains us.

The Bohemian Dream collection is just perfect for this as it is one of my most favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections.

If you would like to check out Bohemian Dream just click HERE

I started this TN by making a couple of title pages. On the left hand side I side wanted to share what this TN is all about.

The 12×12 cut a part cardstock and the 6×6 paper pad made the foundations of these pages come together.

It really interesting.. I have noticed that when I scrapbook 12×12 layouts I only use 1 or 2 photos. But with TN’s I seem to beable to squeeze heaps of photos in. I wonder why that is? It sounds funny, but I guess as long as I love the result it doesn’t really matter.

Check out these pages below..7 photos! Can you believe it? lol

Have you noticed some of the other beautiful Bohemian Dreams elements? and there is another Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection sneaking in here.. Can you work out which one?

Ephemera elements

Enamel Shapes

Cardstock Stickers

6×6 Paper Pad

and..  the other surprise element is the cardstock stickers from the Wild at Heart Collection…

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the start of an amazing meaningful TN for me.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo

By | 2018-03-16T00:56:58+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Bohemian Dream|0 Comments

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