Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  Gwen on the blog today with a new layout to share.  I couldn’t wait to scrap these photos of Miss 12, documenting a big milestone in her life.  She recently got braces!  It was a happy yet nervous day so I’m so glad I got these shots, she’s smiling and excited to be on the journey to a lovely smile.

I started the idea for the page with my two photos, I knew I wanted to use both a happy shot and a close up of her braces to document this day.  I usually only create with one photo, so was keen to lock in a design idea before sticking anything down to ensure I had enough space for everything.  I also wanted to use my paper punches as I’ve neglected those for a bit.  I pulled out some of my scraps from the ‘Happiness’ collection. (I’ve made a few pages with this collection now so had some smaller pieces of pattern paper to use).  I’ve just punched strips in various sizes in the different patterns.  I’ve used ‘Expressive’ ‘Good Vibes’ and ‘Meadow” papers for this.

Next up, I went about sorting a title for my page, I wanted something pretty specific so this one is actually a cut file I made especially for it, available at CUT to YOU.  I cut it out on white card and then backed with more of the paper scraps and mounted on 3D foam.  I then mapped out a spot for the photos and the title and the paper strips. I then stitched the paper layers down and gently lifted up the edges for added texture.  I’ve also mounted my photos on 3D foam for some more dimension and separation from the background layers.

The bulk of the page was now all in place, it was time for some embellishing.

I went about fussy cutting out one of the frames from the ‘Happiness Frame of Mind’ pattern paper and added that along the left-hand side of the page. This filled in some of the space between my photos and the title.  I’ve added stitching here too for more detail and to ‘match’ the stitching on the punched paper strips.

Next, I pulled out the Die Cut Ephemera pack and sorted through all the goodies.  I’ve found a sweet floral, a cute tab with a heart on it and the sentiment banner ‘One of a Kind’.  I’ve added those around the page along with a Flair button from the Flair Buttons pack and some stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

At this point the page was looking very close to finished, it just needed one more thing… butterflies.  What page doesn’t need butterflies right?  With the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ pattern paper you get a stack!  I chose 4 of the pretty blue ones and fussy cut them out and positioned on my page.

Thanks for popping by today to see my latest project.  Lots happening on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog so be sure to check back frequently as well as the Community group on Facebook.  There is always a lot of inspiring projects to see.  I hope my page inspires you to get creative with the latest collection and as always really love seeing what you make!

Until next time,



Love You To Pieces | Happiness Collection | Kylie KIngham.

Hello there friends!

It’s Kylie back with you all on the blog today and I am sharing another layout I created with the divine ‘Happiness’ collection. I love adding a title to my projects and for this layout I went totally over the top and filled half my page with one!

I wanted to do something fun with my photo. So using a jigsaw cut file I had on hand I created a fun photo puzzle.It was adhererd flat over my background with double sided tape and I left a few pieces coming away from the bulk of the photo for effect.Some machine stitching was added to my background as a border to add some texture.

My title was cut using some alphabet punches from my stash.I loved being able to alternate lots of different papers for their colour and design.Once it was all cut I decided to add some machine stitching through all of the letters.Again to add a nice texture to the finish. I varied both straight stitch and zig-zag – If you have OCD look away now…. I LOVE stitching titles crooked. Does that sound weird?? I just love the effect it gives and how it has a ‘handmade’ feel to it.

I adhered all the letters overlapping a little and decided to curl the edges a little for dimension.

For balance I added some of the lovely floral die cuts at the base of my photo as well as onto the background. Some were added with with foam tape so that they had a sweet layered effect.

Once completed I was really happy with seeing all these amazing colours come together!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my blog post today!

Until next time,

Kylie. xo


Happiness | Happiness Collection | Anita Bownds

Hi there crafty peeps!!
Anita back with you today, sharing a fun layout using the happiness collection
of my 2 daughters being their quirky silly self’s that the seem to like doing anytime the camera is pointed is there direction…
I started with my white cardstock and my cameo cutting out one of Paige Evans cut files heart butterfly for my background. Then I backed it with botanical bliss pattern paper and then machine stitched around the heart shape .Adding extra texture to the background. Next I trimmed down my white cardstock and backed it with expressive pattern paper to add more colour around the border
I then layered pattern papers behind my photo using expressive and little things and adhered it to my layout in the heart shape. Then I tucked in one of the ephemera tags at the top of my photo.
Then using more of Paige’s cut files I cut 2 borders out in good vibes and sprinkles pattern papers And adhered them by layering them together with a little bit of crepe paper frill at the bottom then I adhered it at the bottom of my photo.


Next using another cut file from Paige this time a layered flower with leaves.
I cut them out using frame of mind and a pattern paper from midnight shine bright and layered them together
and added then in 2 corners of my photo with little bows and a mini Prima flowers


I added a few bits of happiness ephemera to my flowers and a butterfly
For my title I used the cardstock titles and then I add a few enamel dots.


check out how i created my layout.
I hope you have a enjoyed my inspiration today
Happy crafting..xx

Awesome Adventure | Boys Rule + You Rock + Totally Rad | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy here today to share a new layout featuring a combination of all of my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio boy collections! I wanted to document some photos that I had of my son and his friend, taken when they went to Treetop Adventure Park in the last school holidays. I knew that I’d be able to use one of the awesome masculine themed collections from Cocoa Vanilla to scrapbook these photos, and so I pulled out Boys Rule, You Rock, and Totally Rad. I was so happy to find that there were papers and embellishments from all three collections that worked well with these photos, and they all coordinated perfectly with each other as well!

I often only use one or two photos on a layout, but in this case I felt that using more photos would tell the story better, so I printed four photos at 3×4 inches, and arranged them down the page. I decided on using the Boys Rule Messed Up patterned paper as my background, as I love the messy mixed media look that it gives to the layout. I matted two of the photos with patterned papers, one with the Totally Rad Line Up paper, and the other with the Boys Rule Straight & Narrow paper. I love how the pop of colour behind those two photos helps them to really stand out. I also tucked a couple of chipboard frames from the You Rock collection behind the photos.

I created my title ‘Awesome Adventure’, using a Boys Rule die cut piece combined with a sticker from the Totally Rad collection. I always love extra dimension on my projects, so I popped the die cut word up with some foam tape.

I created a little cluster of embellishments to the right of the photos that includes a die cut star from the Boys Rule collection, a You Rock wood veneer arrow, a sticker from the Totally Rad accessory stickers, as well as one of the Totally Rad woodies. How awesome do all of these embellishments from the three different collections work together?!

To balance out the title and embellishments to the right of the photos, I created a second cluster over on the left. This one includes die cuts from the Boys Rule collection, a wood veneer camera and a sticker from the You Rock collection, and a flair button and woodie from the Totally Rad collection.

I added my typed journaling strips to the right of the bottom photo, and above that I added a Boys Rule die cut piece, which helps to direct the viewer’s eye down towards the journaling.

I finished the layout off by adding a few little word stickers from the You Rock accessory sticker sheet around the page.

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I’ll be back next month with some more projects to inspire you!

Mandy x

Love you | Wild at heart Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends! Welcome in my first post in June. I had such an amazing few weeks in May during my visit in Australia. I had a pleasure to meet Zoe – the owner of CVS, and few DT girls. They are all so amazing and talented. I also attended fantastic Creative Retreat event (you can already sign up for next year and spots are filling fast so hurry up!!!). We had such a great time, laughing and creating. Even though I didn’t take much of scrappy stuff from Poland, I had all the amazing Cocoa Vanilla collections in hand and I finished few pages. For this one I used pretty “Wild at heart” collection.

This page is all about fussy cutting. I love this simple technique so much. With only a scissors and some time, you can squueze so much more from your papers. I took “Luscious” paper and I cut our all the flower clusters from it.

I cut out a big circle from “Mariposa” paper and backed it with “Double dot” pattern adding a little bit of dimension between those two layers. I filled the circle with my fussy cut flowers adding photo in between them.

I also cut our few butterlies from the leftover circle and added them between the flowers. My title is created with chipboard stickers from the same collection. I also added few bits and pieces from ephemera pack.

My page turned out to be a quite dimensional thanks to the 3D foam squares added under some of the layers. I finished my project by adding glittery enamel dots from “Make a wish” collection.

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks <3

XO Anna

Love Here & Now | Happiness | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Friends! 

Amanda here, and today I am sharing another super pretty page with our delightful HAPPINESS collection!

It’s no secret that I adore florals, so when it came to documenting this photo of me and my puppy, I just had to use them all! Here’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout….

“Love Here & Now” 


So super pretty! Gimme all the florals! Love here & now, so much!

 If you know me, you’ll also know my love for the color blue! Needless to say, I started my layout with the reverse side of the fabulous CV-HA003 GOOD VIBES pattern paper. Absolutely gorgeous! Such a pretty blue, and it compliments my photo background perfectly – win, win! I centered an 11″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock over this paper, to create a white ‘clean’ background for my super bright & colorful page.

Next, I cut the fabulous bloom cut files from the exclusive HAPPINESS DIGITAL FILES which you can download from the shop HERE. I backed the leaves with the B-side of CV-HA004 FRAME OF MIND and the blooms with the pink watercolor paper from the 6 x 8 PAPER PAD. I positioned these larger cut file blooms in the left hand corner of my layout to create interest & anchor my open wreath design. DIE CUT EPHEMERA florals and leaves tuck into one another to form the remainder of the open wreath shape. I predominantly used pink and orange pieces, as these floral die cuts contrasted with the blue border trim beautifully!

 I layered pink & orange watercolor swatch CLEAR STICKERS beside the cut file blooms. I tucked my photograph into and beneath the cut file blooms, and over the CLEAR STICKERS base. Next, I foam mounted an ACCESSORY STICKER onto my photo. To finish off my photo cluster, I added the foam mounted DIE CUT TITLE (love) and a heart ACCESSORY STICKER.

I chose to extend my title with the ACCESSORY STICKERS ‘here + now’ sentiments, which I applied to the right hand corner of my layout.

I added the typewriter font phrases (also from the ACCESSORY STICKERS sheet) around the wreath to tell a little of my story, as well as more sticker hearts.

Sequins from my stash, as well as some fussy cut butterflies from pattern paper CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL are added to my layout for finishing touches. And there you have it!

Simple, bright & beautiful memory keeping at its best! You just can’t go wrong with the gorgeous HAPPINESS collection.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout today & feel inspired to get creating!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 


Love | Midnight | Nikki Kehr

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends,

Nikki here 🙂

Today I will show you a scrapbook layout I´ve made with the Midnight collection with a cute birthday theme. This collection fits perfectly to the photo of my sweet little brother when he was a few days old. The focus of the background is the big cake on the right side. As a candle on the cake serves the big chipboard heart. It underlines the love I feel for the little boy.

For the cake I used the papers called strip, inky depths and sunset strip. For some extra style I tored off the papers instead of cutting them. Some of the layers of the cake are rounded off by the painted seam with a white gel pen. I framed the photo and the cake in flowers and leaves that makes the layout romantic. The photo is layered on tissue paper and the paper called mixed blessing.

I deliberately designed the background only with splashes of paint to keep the focus on the cake and sweet photo. For the background you can use many different colors, which are in the collection or harmonize well with it. I like the dark berry tone the most. This gives the layout even more dimension and highlights the photo and the cake from the white background. The whole layout is layered on the paper called sophisticated.

Finishing touches on this layout are clear stickers, chipboard elements, phrases stickers and cut titles.

I hope you had fun and are inspired by this beautiful Midnight collection. Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog and make sure to share your projects with us!

See you soon and happy creating!

XO Nikki