Totally Rad Super Hero | Boys Rule Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today sharing my latest layout with you for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This is my layout for the black + white + one theme on the blog this week, as you can see I have chosen to add the colour blue to my share. For this layout I have mainly used the new Boys Rule collection which is now available in the Cocoa Vanilla online store here. I am documenting my little man and I’s love for our special fun days out that we have together, on this particular day we had gone into town to spend his birthday money.

For the main element of the layout I chose to adapt the star die cut that is available in the large die cut and backing kit and trimmed some of the stars off so it fits within an 8.5″x11″ background. I used the Entitled paper to back three of the die cut stars, this was where I brought in the main element of blue to my page.

To embellish the layout I dug into my CVS stash and found Vellum Stars from the Totally Rad collection and also enamel dots from the Colour Me Happy collection. They were the perfect colourings to add some extra detail to the background. To complement the star theme I used the star flair design in the Boys Rule flair pack.

When I was searching for the perfect title for this page I came across this blue ‘super hero’ die cut in the Boys Rule ephemera pack. I knew that this had to make up part of my title. I added that to the page along with the scripted ‘totally rad’ words from a Totally Rad ephemera pack. To finish the bottom right corner of the page I also added some of the clear stickers and the date which was typewritten.

I just adore the shadows that die cuts give to a layout when they are adhered with a foam adhesive. I chose to do the same on this page.

The layout didn’t quite feel finished as I was working so I decided to trim the white card stock down and back the whole layout on the Happy Go Lucky paper. Once I had backed the layout I also machine stitched in white cotton around the edges to add extra texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope my layout has given you another example of the ‘black + White + one’ challenge but also shown you how you can adapt and use the large die cut and backing pack to suit your needs.

Raquel xxx



Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you here today to share my latest project and this week, I was given the *cough* *cough* “CHALLENGE” to use Black and White plus one.  I just love love love creating pages with these types of colour schemes, they always end up so striking!  I’ve done a few like this one, so I jumped straight into this challenge. I’m wondering if you can guess what colour I went with…

The idea for this page began with my photo… I have been documenting more about myself of late and was itching to update my progress on the goal I have set for myself to get back “en pointe” with my Ballet.  Next, I wanted something really pretty to go with my pretty Pointe shoes and I was really drawn to this cut file by CUT to YOU, which I have designed.

I began by backing the flowers of the file in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper.  Next, I backed the black of tiny leaves in the Hello Lovely ‘Life Story‘ paper using just the black portion of the paper.  The black/white of larger leaves were backed with the More Than Words ‘Gossamer‘ paper and lastly, the background spot used for the balance of the file is the More Than Words ‘Radiant‘ paper.  Once that was all finished off, I stitched around the edge of the heart and mounted the whole piece onto foam tape.

Next, I decided on my background paper.  I wanted something bold that would add to the design and could work well with the floral elements.  I went with the black and white stripe of the Love Always ‘Twin Set‘ paper.  I’ve run it horizontally across the page rather than vertically as I knew at this stage I had a pretty bold title planned and thought it would work better to have your eye be drawn across the page rather than up and down the page.

It was now time to mount my photo, I’ve used some more of the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ paper to do this.  I’ve also stitched around the edge as I normally do.  I placed the photo on the right-hand side of the heart as to not cover up any of that hard work I did backing the file and those pretty pretty papers!!

Now was the time to place my large title, for this I’ve used the word “cherish” from the More Than Words Chipboard Title pack.  I’ve added the word “challenge” using a plain black alpha from my stash.  With the largest elements now in place, it was time to add some smaller details.  I started with a pretty little flower cluster on the right-hand side of my photo using elements from the More Than Words ‘Die Cut Ephemera‘ pack.

Next, I added some of the  Colour Me Happy Snip-its typed sentiments, these come on a thicker card sheet that you fussy cut out and are slightly larger than the ones available on the Accessory sticker sheets. I love these and can’t believe there are still some available in store!

I’ve also added a flair button to my photo, this one is from one of the Limited Edition Flair sets and then got to thinking about something down the left-hand side of my photo.  After a bit of fussing, I decided to die cut out some pretty bows in the More Than Words ‘Darling Buds‘ and ‘Gossamer‘ paper scraps and that finished off the page really nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you’ll give something like this a go, I do really love how my pages with these kinds of colour schemes work and this one with all the florals, pink and bows, well it is very girly and I love that about it!

Until next time,



Together | More than Words | Elodie Lusseau

Hello everyone!

It’s Elodie here today and I’m delighted to be back to share a new layout with you. The next couple of days are going to be all about monochromatic projects on the CVS blog. For my page, I went with orange and I used the gorgeous More than Words collection along with a photo of my youngest daughter and her dad snapped in Ireland last year.

I started my layout by looking for black, white and orange papers and embellies in my More than Words stash. For the background, I picked the reverse side of the pretty Radiant paper, trimmed the edges and backed it with the Sketchbook sheet. I love how soft this background looks!

Next I got busy making scallops to create a spiral on my page. I drew and cut several circles in two different sizes in a black paper from the 6×6 paper pad and I cut them again in half to get semicircles. I then adhered the photo with foam tape in the center of the page.

I bent up the scallops a bit for dimension and I placed them all around the picture so as to get a spiral. I then adorned my scalloped spiral with beautiful fussy cut butterflies from the Gossamer paper. Here again, I bent them up before sticking them down to make them pop off the page.

I embellished the picture with pretty flowers from the ephemera pack and I also added orange enamel hearts near the photo and on one of the butterflies. I really like how this black spiral draws the eye to my picture!

Finally, I added the title at the bottom of the page. I made a little cluster by layering a couple of stickers from the accessory sticker sheet and a cute enamel heart.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope this page inspires you to give monochromatic projects a try using your CVS supplies!


Beautiful | Wild at Heart | Lauren Hender

Hello everyone, Lauren here today sharing with you a layout for our ‘throwback Thursday’ feature. Throwback Thursday is all about creating with one of our past collections. I have chosen the beautiful Wild at Heart collection to create a layout.

This collection with it’s blues, pinks, reds, floral and beautiful butterflies is the perfect all round collection for any special occassion. I love this photo of myself and my husband. Each year I can see our faces changing as we get older but we are still together and we still love each other.


This layout was also created for another special reason and that was for me to teach as a class at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio retreat. The reatreat was amazing and every attendee receiving a Wild at Heart kit to create my layout with or whatever they chose. If you have the opportunity to attend the retreat in 2019 then grab it. It was relaxing, inspiring and the best part was that you get to meet many of your fellow Cocoa Vanilla Studio creatives.

This layout I have used a few tride and true techniques to making scrapbooking pages come to life. These include mounting my photo,fussy cutting flowers and heaps of butterflies, building some feature cluster areas and having a large feature title.

I am lucky as all the things that I needed to make this layout come together are found in this collection. So lets do a little shopping. All you need to do is click on the text and it will take you straight to some of the key products I have used in this layout over in the Cocoa Vanilla store.

The Wild at Heart Collection

The Wild at Heart Collection Kit

Wild at Heart Die Cut Ephemera

Wild at Heart Sticker Sheet

I hope that my layout has inspired you to create with the Wild at Heart collection or at least to pull out some of those older scrapbooking products you have hidden away and create with them.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo


Stay a Little Bit Wild | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

Hi everyone!

Mandy here with you today to share a traveler’s notebook layout using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection! I’ve loved seeing what the design team have been sharing this week for our ‘Make it Mini’ theme! So many cute projects, and lots of amazing inspiration! I decided to scrapbook a photo of my youngest daughter Eleanor when she was just being cute and silly. I love to use my traveler’s notebooks to document those little everyday moments!

I started off by covering the left hand side of the spread with the Abstract patterned paper. I love how the bright colours in this paper really help the black and white photo to pop! I also thought that the ‘messy’ look of this patterned paper would add to the fun and playful feel that I wanted to achieve on this layout.

I matted my photo with one of the patterned papers from the 6×6 paper padI also layered a die cut frame, and a couple of labels that I cut out of the Boho Bits patterned paper behind the photo to add some more interest. On the bottom right hand corner of the photo I created a little cluster using a floral chipboard sticker, and die cut, as well as the sticker that says ‘Shine Bright’. (A little tip, when I use chipboard stickers in my TN inserts, I peel some of the layers of chipboard off the back to make them a little thinner and less bulky).

Next I covered the right hand side of the spread with the Wild & Free patterned paper. This lighter paper provided a nice contrast to the darker one I’d used on the left hand side. For my title, I fussy cut the piece that says ‘Stay a little bit Wild’ out of the Boho Bits patterned paper. This suited the photo (and my daughter’s personality in general) perfectly! I also fussy cut that beautiful butterfly out of the Boho Bits patterned paper, and I adhered it with just a little bit of glue in the middle, so that the wings would lift off the page a little bit.

To finish the layout off, I added a strip across the bottom of the right hand page (once again this was cut out of the Boho Bits patterned paper). I also added a few lines of typed journaling which I cut up into little strips.

I love how this traveler’s notebook layout turned out! The Bohemian Dream collection is just so bright and colourful!

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I’ll be back next month with some more inspiration to share with you! Until then, take care.

Mandy x

Mini album for a little girl | More than words | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with my newest project. This week we are having “MAKE IT MINI” theme on CVS blog. I love making mini albums so I was very happy to contribute. New babies are arriving to this world around me and I like to add something extra to the greeting card. I make small (4*4 inches) mini album with a name on front cover and some spots for first pictures and journaling.

What collection would be more perfect for welcoming little girl than “More than words”? It’s pink and blue, has flowers and cute details and is so easy to work with.

Each page of my mini album is about 4*4 inches. I used both 12*12 papers and 6*6 paper pad to embellish them. I also added some smaller pages using “Treasure” paper. It can be easily cut into parts and used as a dividers or special pages.

I also used chipboard stickers here and there to add some texture and dimension. I love how thick they are. I also picked some cute ephemera pieces to add some interest to the pages. I only wanted some smaller elements because I need a room to add photos later.

Tiny words from accessory stickers were just perfect to add them on my small pages. You can easily find matching phrases to almost every type of project.

Creating a shaker pocket using vellum and sequins is a great idea. It makes album more differential and feminine.

Making this mini took me less that two hours and I really enjoyed it. New moms really appreciate this extra effort as this can be a pretty start of their memory recording adventure.

I hope you are feeling inspired by this “MAKE IT MINI” theme on CVS blog. I saw what other girls created and I am like “wow”. SO many pretty stuff. Don’t forget to check their posts.

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Picture Perfect Mini Album | More Than Words | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, & I am so excited to be sharing my take on the make it ‘mini’ themed assignment!

I just adore creating mini albums & for today’s mini I am making a feature of our fabulous 6 x 6 PAPER PAD!

ALL the papers featured in this album are from this paper pad – so cool!

Let’s get started….

“Picture Perfect” Mini Album!!! How beautiful is our More Than Words collection?!! So super pretty! The dimensions for this mini are 3″ x 6″, so we can make the most from our 6 x 6 PAPER PAD papers. I have made the cover from chipboard sheets which I cut to size. No chipboard? No problems! Simply recycle the cardboard from your cereal boxes; it’s fairly sturdy without being too thick, and makes an excellent substitute!

I decorate my cover with the pretty grey chevron paper, as well CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER frames & banner. I also embellish the cover with ACCESSORY STICKERS, ENAMEL SHAPES & some coordinating ribbons and tassels from my stash. Here’s a closer look….

Wonderful, indeed! Such a lovely lil keepsake album! Let’s look inside….

Does it get any cuter?!! Just adore these two!

I back my chipboard cover with the butterfly pattern paper, and embellish it with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA sentiment and a CHIPBOARD TITLE STICKER heart. Simple, but very pretty!

Now to create all the pages!

The 6 x 6 PAPER PAD papers are single sided, so back two sheets together at a time, and then trim them straight down the center ( 3″ x 6″ size). Repeat this process until you have acquired enough pages to ‘tell your story’! Such a quick & easy mini album to create! With so many pretty patterns in this pad, your only difficulty will be deciding which ones to use!

I embellish my first page with that gorgeous CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER frame for my darling photograph, ACCESSORY STICKERS, CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER heart & those sweet ENAMEL SHAPES. Gor-jus!!!

So sweet! & that ledger paper is just divine!

To add emphasis & interest to these sweet pages, I’ve divided them with sheet of vellum from my stash, as well as added a ‘punched’ trim to the edge of the page on the right hand side. Such soft and subtle points of interest really create that sense of special and something to treasure!

Loving that CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER Hello Lovely – the perfect adornment to this photo! Such pretty pages for my darling girl!

The next pages are for my Mr Cool Kid……

LOVE this for sure!

I’ve opted for the blue and grey tones in the MORE THAN WORDS collection to create a more masculine feel, as well as those fun arrow embellishments. Awesome!

Lots of ACCESORY STICKERS  and DIE CUT EPHEMERA pretties here!

More of the cool kid!  This time I’ve used the CLEAR STAMPS over the vellum sheet for a bolder, more masculine look!

Nawwww! Such a cutie! The Love that face EPHEMERA sums it up perfectly!

More DIE CUT EPHEMERA love with that divine, soft floral frame! Just beautiful!

Also, how fabulous is this that CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER? Not only is the sentiment super sweet, but it also serves as a terrific focal point for this single photo spread.

I’ve doubled up on DIE CUT EPHEMERA labels here to create balance within my design.

I love the continuity of the typewriter font journal stickers from the ACCESSORY STICKERS – a firm, core fave of mine from all of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections!

Last page in my mini & isn’t it the sweetest?! An unforgettable moment in time that I am so glad I’ve documented!

For finishing touches, I add pom pom trim to the edge of the chipboard cover for added interest and texture. 

Put the cover & pages all together, punch with your Crop-A-Dile or similar hole punching tool. Attach with metal rings & Voila!

A super simple, but OH-so pretty, mini album in minutes! Love it!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to use your Cocoa Vanilla Studio 6 x 6 PAPER PADS for mini albums!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo


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