Totally Awesome You | Boys Rule | Rachel Lowe

Hello everyone, today I have my second layout using the super fab new CVS collection Boys Rule!

I used  Expressionist paper as my background paper adding some splatters of black color shine and some messy sewing to add a border.

I have used a cut file from Justnick Studio called Sound Wave, I cut it from the Happy Go Lucky paper. Once attached I added some zig zag stitching through the centre.

I adore this photo of my three boys taken at our local wharf (how cool is the background!). I went with a 3×4 inch photo and matted on the Straight and Narrow paper, which I added a stitched border. I used the Fun and Games paper selecting the grey star paper piece adding an inch to each side. I then tucked under the ‘love it’ sticker tab and finished off my photo feature with the die cut banner ‘yeah boy’ with more stitching to add texture.

I have to say I am totally in love with the clear stickers, they are wonderful to use on lighter elements, you can see here I have added some sentiment ones on my background page and over my stitched skill and bones die cut.

My title is also a clear sticker from the collection ‘Totally Awesome’  and finished off with clear sticker and die cut stars to ensure your eye is drawn to the centre of my layout. I added a flair from the collection to the larger star die cut.

To finish off I fussy cut the camera from the Boy Stuff journal card paper, added some more stitching, another clear sticker to complete my title and finished off with one of the chipboard arrows.


Here are the other products I used to create this layout:

CVS Boys Rule Accessory Stickers

CVS Boys Rule Chipboard

CVS Boys Rule Clear Stickers

CVS Boys Rule Die Cut Ephemera

CVS Boys Rule Flair Buttons


And there you have it! I so enjoyed creating this layout and playing with this wonderful collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again soon!


Cool Kid | Boys Rule | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share a layout I created with the brand new ‘Boys Rule’ collection.

As you may already be aware, I was fortunate enough to be one of the tutors at the recent Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo. It had long been a dream of mine to teach at the expo and I had such a fabulous time! I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to all the lovely ladies who attended and helped make my classes so enjoyable.

The layout I am sharing today is one of the pages I taught in my “Boys Rule” class. I LOVE creating boy pages and this new collection makes it so easy!

I used the Messed Up patterned paper as my page background, which is one of the mixed media style papers from the range. (These are perfect for anyone who likes the look of mixed media but without the mess!)

I then created a layered mat for my photos using pieces cut from the Fun & Games paper; a tab from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and a frame from the Miscellany pack.

My title was created using pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and I also added a phrase and an arrow from the new Clear Stickers pack.

Alongside my photos I added the do your own thing quote piece from the Miscellany pack.

Around my page I scattered a few stars from the Die Cut Ephemera pack; and on top of my photo I added the that’s my boy piece from the ‘You Rock’ Rubber Charms pack.

To balance out my page I created a small cluster in the top corner of my page using pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Sticker sheet.

I finished off my layout with a little shading using a watercolour pencil and some small splatters of black ink.


Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back again soon to share another project with you. Until then, happy scrapping!

#You Are Rad | Boy’s Rule Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here back with you today sharing my latest layout using the Boy’s Rule collection. This is the second page I have created with this collection and again I was blown away by how easily the layouts are coming together. The variety of embellishments gave me everything I need and I am totally loving this colour combo too. Anyways, here is the layout that I created:


Of course the subject for this layout was my cheeky little man Jack. I framed his photo using the ‘Expressionist’ patterned paper to bring a pop of a lighter aqua blue to the page. The colour of the blue contrasts nicely with the black and white photo I have chosen to document. My pages currently are 8.5″x11″ so this means that I print my photos slightly smaller than a 4×6″ so that the photo is relative to the page size. This photo was only taken last week when I took him to a local park. There was not a story to tell as such about the photo so you will notice that this is a ‘just because’ layout, as it doesn’t contain my usual style of adding journaling.

The layout base is the ‘Good Times’ paper from the collection, yep, I used a patterned paper for the base and I am super happy with the result. The star cut file is one from Paige Evans for the Silhouette Store. I backed this easily using the ‘Star Fall’ paper. I chose this as it repeated the pattern of stars but also because it added the gorgeous navy colour into the layout. To add further detail to the star I stitched around the edge of it with my sewing machine.

For the title on the page I couldn’t go past the statement title from the chipboard pack, #you are rad. I thought it was so bold and it fitted perfectly along the right side of my page in a vertical orientation. I used the stitching lines around the perimeter of the layout to rest my letters on.

To embellish the layout, I continued with the theme of stars and scattered a cluster of stars in three main areas on the layout, the top left of the page, the top right of the page and the bottom left of the page, forming a triangle. The stars are a combination of die cut ephemera, chipboard and clear stickers. You may also notice chipboard swiss cross pieces in there too.

I wanted to use the tiny stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet so I added a small circle journal spot from the sticker sheet to the left of the photo and added the text ‘here comes trouble’ because well, that sums up my lil man. The ‘cool kid’ flair was a finishing touch to that area also.

I hope that this layout has inspired you today – don’t forget to tag Cocoa Vanilla Studio when you share your creations and join us over in the ‘Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community’ on Facebook too.

Raquel xxx


Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here today to share my latest project and it’s another using the latest collection “Boys Rule”.  This is my third project with the new collection and I am really loving it!   I thought for this one I’d scrap a page about my darling hubby.  He is a pro-photographer and rarely in front of the camera so we had to do a little photo shoot just for him, and this shot is one of my favourites.

The inspiration for this page definitely started with the photo and I also knew I wanted to use this cut file which is one I have designed myself.  You can get these very soon at CUT to YOU (details on my blog).   Whilst I had a stack of floral designs on my desk, this page called for something bolder and more gender neutral and I just love how it worked out.  The idea I had was to use up some of the scraps of paper I had in the collection to create a block style background for my photo to layer onto.  Step one was to decide on colours and start backing the cut file.

Remeber that old saying “Blue and Green should never be seen”?  Pretty sure they look fab together here!  I went with the green in the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper and both sides of the ‘Expressionist’ paper, pulling the dark blue, light blue and green out.  Once backed, I set them all out onto my background to get an idea of the layout I wanted for my page and once happy noted their position.  Next, it was time for some mixed media, not too much, just a little to break up the white background and the white parts of the cut files.

Yes, the mixed media is subtle but that’s how I like it.  Once dry I added my backed squares back on top.  At this point the bones of my page were set, it was now time to mat my photo.  I’ve used a pop of the green from the ‘Straight & Narrow’ paper as well as the dark blue from the ‘Expressionist’ paper to do this.

Next, I went to the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’ and pulled off the painted elements, I love how you can add these to your page for a mixed media look without the mess, just position and go!  I’ve layered them on top of each other and they work together really well.  Next, I went through the Die Cut Ephemera pack and found the sentiments ‘You’re the best” and “Awesome” to use as my title and positioned under my photo.   I also found the die cut stars and the funky arrow.  I’ve just run these elements top to bottom of my page some to the top left of the photo and others to bottom right for balance.  I’ve also mounted some on foam tape for added interest.

I’ve also added in some of the text elements from the ‘Accessory Sticker sheet’ that work with my title including ‘mister fantastic’, ‘seriously’ and ‘the best’.

To finish off the page I’ve added in the criss-cross elements from the ‘Clear Sticker sheet’, with the clear backgrounds, it looks like they have been painted on and work really well with the mixed media background showing through – I so love these!

I just love how this page came together, and it is so great to get a page of my Mister scrapped!  It has reminded me that I really do need to get him out from behind that camera and in front of it from time to time.  I hope this collection is inspiring you to document those boys who rule in your life too!  See what I did there 🙂

Until next time,



Life Is Good | Bohemian Dream | Elodie Lusseau

Hi everyone!

Elodie here today and I’m delighted to be back to share a new CVS project with you. I had fun with the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection and made a summery page using a photo of my oldest girl eating an ice cream with her dad a few years back.

I love the purple in the Bohemian Dream line and I just had to use the gorgeous Abstract paper for my background. How pretty is this mandala pattern?

I decided to go with a wreath design and layered lovely embellishments from the collection in a circle on the page. I used die cuts, vellum accents and a couple of chipboard stickers. I adhered some embellies with foam squares to add dimension to my layout.

I added the photo on the left side of my wreath, adorned it with a tab and flowers from the ephemera pack and tucked an accessory sticker with the date under it. For the title, I used pretty Bohemian Dream chipboard words that I placed in the center of the wreath. I like how the white title pops against the purple background.

I put the final touch to my wreath with a couple of orange enamel shapes and I finally added cute flourishes from the chipboard title pack at the top and at the bottom of the page.

I love wreath designs! They always look so pretty. I hope you are inspired to give them a try using your CVS supplies!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today! Have a great day!


The Best Brothers | Boys Rule | Lauren Hender

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Are you loving all the BOYS RULE collection! I am enjoying seeing what everyone is making with it. It’s really rare to find exclusive boy collections and I am so thankful that Cocoa Vanilla Studio has not forgotten about our beautiful boys and special men.

In this collection release there was a cute file page kit. It retails for $6.90 and all that needed a some photo/s and a few embellishments and it’s done. A quick and easy cost effective layout complete to share in no time at all.

Check out what I created with this fabulous page and cut file.

Here is how this layout out came together.

Firstly, I double mounted my photo using white cardstock and the turquoise patterned paper. I then cut a frame in half out of the miscellany pack and adhered them to the back of the photo slightly angled. Then using two ephemera packs I pulled out the scalloped edge piece and adhered it top and bottom of the photo. Then out of the ephemera pack I pulled the title ‘brothers’ and stuck it down. From the chipboard pieces I grabbed the hashtag and the flag that says ‘the best’ and adhered them to the photo. I finished off with a flair button and some word phrases from the cardstock sticker sheet andyes, it was as easy as that. Here are some close ups.

I hope my layout has inspired you to check out the new release Boys Rule collection.

Lauren xo



You are Awesome, Kid | Boys Rule | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy back here with you today to share a new project using the amazing Boys Rule collection! This time I created a traveler’s notebook layout, featuring a photo of my son, Isaac, at his school swimming carnival earlier this year. I wanted to document how proud I was of him and the effort that he put in on the day!

I started the layout off by covering both pages with the Expressionist patterned paper. I trimmed the patterned paper slightly smaller than the page, so that it left a white border around the layout to frame it. I then positioned my photo so that it went across both pages.

I love that there are two packs of Ephemera in this collection! I had fun layering bits and pieces from both packs down the right hand page.

I also cut the ‘You are Awesome’ piece out of the Boy Stuff patterned paper, and I layered this with the die cuts. It made the perfect title for my layout!

 To finish the layout off, I added my typed journaling to the left hand page.

I had so much creating this traveler’s notebook layout using Boys Rule! I can’t wait to create another project with this fun collection!

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Mandy x

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