Fight Like a Girl! | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends Rachel here again.

October being Breast Cancer Awareness month I decided to create a layout to celebrate and honour every woman that has or is currently fighting breast cancer. The fab photo on my layout is one of the Breast Cancer campaign photos.

I have used papers from Love Always collection, twin set paperlovely things paper, and the final pink papers are from the Hello Lovely collection, flower patch paper and delightful paper. I cut five squares and then arranged them so you can see a peek of each around my photo, keeping the grey heart paper at the back so it contrast against my white base paper. I adhered the centre of the papers only so I could tuck elements in and under the layers and it gives a softer look.

I added my photo with foam tape and used a white clothes pin/peg.

I then fussy cut numerous flowers from the Colour me Happy collection paper floral fancy paper. I then added pink water colour paint to each and also the chipboard butterfly. Also from the Colour me Happy collection I cut a phrase from the snip its.

The flair ‘don’t forget’ was perfect and in keeping with the theme of my layout colour me happy flairs

I also added a woodie from the Free Spirit collection ‘Fab’.

The Breast Cancer ribbon cut file is from the Silhouette Design store. I added some vellum hearts that I stitched to give it some height  and texture. I hand punched some butterflies in more pink and added them in a way they appear to be coming out of my flowers. The chipboard butterfly and pink flower are from the More than Words collection chipboard stickers

I added splatters of pink and black paint to finish off.

Thank you for stopping by today and see you again soon.

Rachel X




Happy Moments | Midnight Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my first layout featuring the amazing new Midnight collection. I cannot believe how quickly this layout came together and that was all thanks to the beautiful icons, ephemera and patterns within Midnight. Isn’t it stunning? If you have not got your hands on this collection yet be sure to check out the Stockists tab on the site to see what online or local stores carry CVS. I know Midnight has hit most Aussie stores and is in transit to those stocking it overseas.

Here is the layout that I created:

The subject of my layout is my two babes in a series of three photos that I snapped recently on the day of my daughters birthday. It is always entertaining trying to get a photo of the two of them together. But these sorts of photos I must say are always my favourite; so candid and real. I printed the photos to fit three to a 4×6″ size. I always use collage apps via my phone to do my editing of photos. Most photos you see on my layouts now are taken on my camera phone and edited in a variety of apps on there too. One of my fave releases in the Midnight collection is the 6×8″ paper pad, now this size is just genius. I love that I can matt a 6″ long photo easily on one of the smaller patterns  without having to cut into a large 12×12″ sheet of paper.

To ground the photo strip to the page I adhered two patterned papers to the left side of the layout. Machine stitching them at the end helped to secure them, but another reason I like adding stitching is because it adds a nice final detail and textural element to a layout. To the left and right of the photo strip I embellished with the ephemera flowers. They are just so beautiful and I had to restrain myself from going to overboard with the embellishing. The top left of the page I added a ‘bunting’ chipboard piece and in terms of design it is the start of a diagonal flow of embellishments that lead you to the bottom right hand corner.

The chipboard embellishments are great as they are not self adhesive. That means you can use a foam adhesive like I have to adhere the title to your page. I love how the title really pops!

I finished the clusters to either side of the photo by adding smaller floral and heart embellishments from both the ephemera and clear stickers pack. I used the ‘all smiles’ and ‘love you’ banner pieces on top of the photo.

To finish the layout I added the date using a date stamp and a coordinating ink. I hope you have been inspired by this layout today! If you haven’t yet seen the gorgeous Midnight collection I have done a full unboxing of the collection which you can view in the video below.
































Raquel xxx


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you today to share my latest project AND… it’s my first page using the stunning new collection ‘Midnight’.  I’m already totally in love with this collection, the florals are totally swoon-worthy and I couldn’t help but feature them on my first page along with a happy snap from a recent girls trip to Melbourne for fun, food, wine and shopping!

Before I had even decided on the design for this page, I went about fussy cutting.  I love doing this while watching TV or while waiting for Miss 11 at school pick up, it’s really therapeutic for me.  I cut out all of the large flower clusters I could from the ‘Bloom & Grow’ pattern paper.  You could also do this with the ‘Sophisticated’ paper which is a similar design in Black and White. They are actually quite quick and easy to cut out as their design is elegant and simple.

I then went about finding a paper for my background.  Those of you who know me know that I love the look of mixed media without the mess so the ‘Inspired’ paper was the perfect choice for a mixed media background with all the hard work done for me, thanks, Zoe!  I let the design of the mixed media dictate my page, starting with one of the flower clusters in the upper left-hand corner and then working them towards the centre of the page and down towards the lower right-hand side allowing the eye to be drawn from those small black spots on the background from the left to the right.

Once I was happy with the floral placement, I added a touch of glue underneath to keep them in place.  Next, it was time to position my photo.  To create my photo mat, I’ve taken a piece off of the’Sunset Strip’ paper, how stunning is the ombre on this paper!!!  I cut it in three places and then just layered each piece behind my photo.  I then positioned it on the left between the edge and my florals, making sure not to cover those beauties up!

The bones of the page were now sorted, time to add in my title.  There are ohh so many choices for titles in this collection including chipboard pieces and cardboard die cuts.  I went with the die cuts for this page that say ‘Happy Heart’ and raised them up on some 3D foam tape.  There are so many things about this photo that makes my heart happy.

To add in some finishing touches, I went through the die cut ephemera pack and found some other pieces which were perfect including a circle element that says ‘love this’ and a heart shape and a banner.  I also found a number of die cut florals which I’ve added into my paper bouquet as well as a chipboard floral piece.  It’s really fun to build a floral cluster like this, it can have as many layers and pieces as you like.  I also found a bunting in the chipboard pack and added that at the bottom of my cluster which really helps draw the eye across the page.

Last but not least, I’ve added the heart design flair button and have to say, I’m super happy with how this all turned out, it really is a fun collection to create with and I do love a pretty floral.

Thanks for popping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to get to your local retailer and grab some of the Midnight collection, it’s even more beautiful in real life and I know you’ll love it!

Until next time,



Every Moment Matters | Midnight | Elodie Lusseau

Hello there!

Elodie here today and I’m excited to be back with you to share my first layout using the brand new Midnight collection. I love its soft colors and girly patterns. Just gorgeous!

The Midnight patterned papers are all beautiful and I had a hard time picking one for my background. I finally settled on the Sunset Strip paper and its pretty ombre pattern to showcase my sweet photo snapped in Genoa last year.

While I was going through the Midnight embellishments, I came across the frames from the ephemera pack and decided to use them. I moved them around the page for a bit and finally layered them at the bottom of my layout. I then backed the picture with a pink paper from the 6×8 paper pad and I placed it on the right side of the frames with foam tape. I like how my photo stands out against that gorgeous background!

I tucked a tab sticker under the photo and moved on to embellishing the frames. I adorned them with die cuts, chipboard pieces, and stickers from the accessory sticker sheet. I adhered some of the frames and embellies with foam squares to add dimension to my layout.

For the title, I used a pretty flair button that I layered on a label from the ephemera pack. I wrote my journaling on another label and placed it under the frames. I also added a cute chipboard banner at the top of the page and topped it with clear word stickers. I put the final touch to my layout by adding a couple of clear heart stickers here and there.

I am so in love with the gorgeous Midnight collection and I hope this page inspires you to get it all!

Thank you so much for stopping by the CVS blog today! Have a lovely day!


Live the life you love | Midnight | Lauren Hender

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

This post is exciting for me as it’s sharing with you my first project using the beautiful new release Midnight collection. This collection with is soft pinks, blues and purples is perfect for scrapbooking the sweetness in our life. Today I was challenged to create a layout that focused on the colour ‘pink’ this was tricky for me as I just wanted to use all the new things but I tried and I guess that’s all one can do. This layout size is 9×12 inch.

To put this layout together I used some acrylic paint to create a pink background that transitions from dark at the bottom to light at the top. I then fussy cut some large flower elements to surround the photo.

To help the photo pop off the page I double mounted it and added foam tape between the layers to help give the photo some more dimension.

Using a tag as a template I cut my own couple of tags from the 6×8 paper pad. These where perfect embellishments that did not overtake and highlighted my title ‘Live the life you love’.

I then added a little embellishment cluster in the corner. Here I used a flair button, ephemera pieces and some cardstock sticker words.

I then finished off with some journaling, flicks of paint and a whole lot of happiness when I saw the finished layout.

I hope my layout has inspired you to seek out the new Midnight collection from your local stockist.

I have a process video available for this layout on my YouTube channel too.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren Hender xo

You + Me | Midnight | Mandy Melville

Hi friends!

Mandy here today, and I’m so excited to be sharing my first layout using the beautiful new Midnight collection! I absolutely adore the gorgeous colours in this collection, and the pretty florals! It will be perfect for documenting photos of my girls, but for my first project using this collection, I decided on scrapbooking a photo from our wedding day 16 years ago!

I used the reverse side of the Moonlight patterned paper as my background. I love the beautiful scripty font on this paper, and I think it looks so pretty as a background! I also added a strip of the Bloom & Grow floral patterned paper down the left hand side of the page. I think that has to be my favourite paper in the collection!!

I matted my photo with one of the papers from the 6×8 paper pad, and I also layered a chipboard frame under the left hand side. I created a pretty cluster of embellishments above the photo that includes both chipboard and die cut flowers, as well as a flair button. I overlapped the embellishments onto the photo as there was some white space at the top of the photo.

Under the bottom edge of the photo I tucked a die cut label and I added a little word sticker along the bottom of the photo as well. You can also see here the dimension that was achieved by adhering the photo with foam tape. I love the shadow that it creates!

I added my title in the top right hand corner of the layout using one of the cardstock titles. How awesome are these!? They make adding a title to your project, so easy! Underneath the title I adhered another chipboard frame, and I completed the cluster with a pretty butterfly sticker.

I created a third cluster of embellishments at the bottom of the page, which completes the visual triangle, helping to direct the viewer’s eye around the page. This one includes the other half of the chipboard frame that I used at the top of the page, as well as die cut flowers and leaves, a little chipboard banner, and another butterfly sticker.

I love how this layout turned out with the soft colours, the beautiful florals, and the pretty little details. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look! The Midnight collection is now hitting retailer’s shelves, so make sure you keep your eye out so that you can snap it up for yourself!

Mandy x

Happy heart | Bohemian dream layout | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with my newest page. We are playing at scraplifting other girl from DT and it was my turn to be inspired by one of the Amanda-Jayne pages. This is the layout I picked:

I love how Amanda-Jayne created a wreath and filled it with butterflies. I also like a little bit of mixed media added to the background. I reached for “Bohemian dream” collection to release my scrappy powers. This is the final result:

I started with white background because I though it will help be display pretty butterflies better. Adding a little bit of mixed media helped me highlight the wreath I cut out of the white paper.

Creating my own butterflies embellishments out of the patterned papers was so fun and relaxing. It’s also a perfect way to use up papers from 6*6 paper pad or paper scraps.

I created a title using chipboard stickers and some older alpha stickers. I also added few vellum flower from vellum accents.

It’s quite simple page but I really enjoyed making it. I recorded a process video for you, if you are curious how it was made.

That is all for today. I will be back in two weeks with project created with brand new “Midnight” collection. Can’t wait to dive in it.

XO Anna

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