Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and welcome back! I have a pretty fun layout for you today featuring the Bohemian Dream collection. I was incredibly inspired by all the bright colors in the collection and i wanted to showcase some of the fun paper patterns.

I started off with a free cutfile from Paige Evans that spells out Glamorous in a large block font. I then cut an offset of the same file from a Bohemian Dream paper – I chose this particular one because there were multiple colors to play off of and it was a small enough print that would work really well behind the cutfile. I chose to offset the backing element from the white paper to add more interest and fun to the layout, and then I added some mixed media to the background in matching colors to jazz up the page.

While my background was drying, I chose to work on my photo cluster. I’m scrapping a photo of myself in my favorite nightgown with a full face of makeup because what’s more glamorous than a bathroom selfie in an oversized nightgown? I backed the paper with vellum and some various papers from the collection and then went to work on embellishing. I used a variety of products for this page, including the ephemera pack, the chipboard stickers and the cardstock accessory stickers. I love the florals in the Bohemian Dream collection so I layered some of the leaf elements with florals and feathers to embellish my photo and then added a large chipboard floral piece and a text banner to complete my embellishing. Once this whole cluster was finished, I glued it down to my cutfile so I had one cohesive piece to work with.

I chose to add a border to my background page so I chose a paper that had a bunch of florals in matching colors and used that as a background. Next, I glued the cutfile down on an angle to my background cardstock using Scotch glue in my Fineline bottle. I loved how different the layout looked with the photo on an angle and it was the perfect touch for the overall energy of this layout. Lastly, I created a cluster for the upper right corner using pieces from the ephemera pack and the chipboard stickers and called this layout done!

I hope you found some inspiration here and enjoyed this page. It was way too much fun to make and I’m obsessed with the finished product. I hope you try something similar with a large title and you have the most fun making your page and telling your story. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

What I love about You | Midnight Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a new layout featuring the amazing and beautiful Midnight collection. Sigh……this collection never fails to inspire me! Life has been hectic here in the Bowman household with this Mumma returning to full time teaching and sadly little time has been left for crafting. What I love however, is how easy and useable the CVS collections are! I feel like the valuable time spent in the craft room is never wasted when the CVS products are so inspiring. The pages just ‘fall together’, well not quite but you know what I mean.

Here is the layout that I created:The statement title and main focal point on this page was created using a cut file in the Cut to You cut file store. I cut the design on the Shine Bright patterned paper. I wanted to cut the design on something different as compared to my usual white card stock. The heart in the cut file, provided a great space for me to add my photo.

To embellish the page I used mainly the ephemera die cut flowers from the pack. They just make the crafty process a whole lot easier.

Of course I added the journaling in which I cut and adhered in strip form. Be warned if you read it, its a bit mushy!

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today, I hope you have been inspired by this layout.

Raquel xxx


Hi Creative Friends,

It’s Gwen here on the blog today, I hope you are all doing really well.  I’m here today to share my latest project, this one featuring the latest release ‘Midnight’ collection.  I had this sweet black and white picture of Miss 11 I wanted to use and pulled the stunning Navy, White and Grey from the collection to highlight it.

The idea for this page started with my photo.  I really just wanted to build some layers out from my photo which I had somewhat centred on the page.  I began by matting it in my usual style and worked on a white cardstock background as I wasn’t 100% sure which direction the page was going to go.  I did want to add a pop of colour, so I’ve used the “Moonlight” pattern paper as a border for the white card stock base and then, had an idea to cut a cutfile using the centre of that same pattern paper for my layers.

I decided on a cut file from CUT to YOU and it’s a Traveller’s Notebook style cut file. Even though it is designed for Traveller’s Notebooks, these designs work really well with regular scrapbooking as well.  I simply positioned towards the left of my page and then used this piece and my photo to ground my layers adding everything in, around and under these pieces.

This was the really fun part, as now my design had some direction.  I went to the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack and pulled out lots of bits and pieces including frames, the ‘Bloom and Grow’ sentiment and the darling tag with that young lady on it. (I must admit, I was hoarding this piece!!)  I just kept trying pieces here and there until I found a home for them I was happy with.

I just kept mixing and matching and adding in the die cut elements until I was happy, making sure to leave some space for my title.  The title is from the ‘Cardstock Titles pack’ which I have added to my page with foam tape for dimension.  I’ve also added in some chipboard pieces from the ‘Chipboard Pieces pack’ at this point for more dimension and interest.

For some finishing touches, I’ve added in a flair button as well as some enamel dots, these ones are from the ‘Make A Wish‘ collection, they are super pretty and sparkly and are a great finishing touch for any project.

Thanks for popping by today, as always, I hope this inspires you to make something pretty and get that stash used up! A reminder to share your creations over at the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook group, we love seeing what you make.

Until next time,



Hello Gorgeous | Midnight | Jess Mackenzie

Hey there lovelies it’s Jess here and today I’ve got a layout using the beautiful Midnight collection to share with you. I love this collection so much, the colours are to die for & the embellishments are so perfect for layering!


I am a little bit addicted to scrapping puppy pics of my fur baby Betty, and this page is no exception! I started my page off my placing a 4.5 x 12 inch piece of the paper Sophisticated (which I cut so the stripes would be vertical) across the top of some white cardstock. I then added a water colour ‘ink blot’ and splatters to my page. I always prime the areas I’m going to add watercolour to with absorbent ground as this makes the watercolour really vibrant and also means your page doesn’t tend to buckle as much.

I then cut a rectangle piece of Moonlight from the 6×6 paper pad & used it as my base over the watercolour ink blot. I used the papers Mixed Blessing & Inky Depths to layer over a Chipboards Accents frame. Before layering my photo on top of the papers and frame I added some cotton thread for texture. I then played around with pieces from Die Cut Ephemera, Chipboard Accents & the Clear Stickers sheet, tucking them into layers & sticking them down when I was happy with the look! One of my favourite things to do is cut butterfly stickers in half and layer them on different layers for added dimension.

To offset my photo I added a cluster on the bottom of my layout. I layered a strip of the Sophisticated paper on top of the smaller watercolour ink blot & then added more cotton thread, ephemera, chipboard and a butterfly from the Accessory Stickers sheet.

Lastly I added a title under my picture using words from both sticker sheets.

And there you have it! I thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla blog. I hope you are inspired to get creating with the fabulous Midnight range!

Jess xx

Bloom and Grow | Midnight | Anita Bownds

Hi there , Anita here with you today !

So I decided to mix it up a little with midnight and boys rule collection
I love creating with a white cardstock background it’s something about having a clean slate to work on and I do find it really hard sometimes to use busy patterned papers for a background but this one I kept on coming back to..

So I started my layout by cutting out this fabulous floral cut file from the silhouette design store in white cardstock then started backing with mixed blessing and shine bright from the midnight collection

I used different blue tones for the leaves to break up the colours

I really like adding double sided foam tape behind my backed cut file as it gives that dimension

Then I added it to the patterned paper star fall from the boys rule collection
Then I backed my photo on 2 bits of patterned paper from inky depths and mixed blessing
And tucked it just underneath the backed cut file.
Using the midnight ephemera die cuts I tucked 2 tags in underneath the photo and a tab
I added some stickers from the accessory sticker sheet a mini heart from the chipboard pack

And a few of the clear stickers around and on my photo

I added some cardstock to the back of the butterfly stickers from the accessory stickers to bend then to give them dimension and and I used the bloom and grow sticker for my title
Here is my process video


Crafty hugs Anita..xx

Love Our Days Together | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy here on the blog today to share a traveler’s notebook layout that I created using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection! I love the beautiful colours in this collection, it’s still one of my all time favourites! I documented some fun selfies that I took of my youngest daughter and I when we were being silly and pulling funny faces!

 I started by covering the left hand side of the spread with the Gypsy Heart patterned paper.

For my title, I used the die cut titles from the Midnight collection, combined with a little word sticker. I adhered the word ‘days’ using craft foam to give it some extra dimension and interest. I love how versatile these die cut titles are, and that they can be used with other collections!

I printed my photos in a grid format which enabled me to be able to fit four photos onto the layout. I then matted the photo grid with the reverse side of the Dreamer patterned paper and adhered it to the right hand side of the spread.

Along the top of the photos I added the sticker that says ‘Live a Colourful Life’, which I think perfectly complements the photos! I also added a little banner sticker in the top right hand corner of the page.

Underneath the photos I added some typed journaling strips, and I also added some hearts to the page, to tie in with the patterned paper that I used on the left hand page. I used a chipboard heart, as well as a few that I fussy cut out of the Gypsy Heart patterned paper. I finished the layout off with a sprinkling of enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me here today. I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my traveler’s notebook layout! I’ll be back next month with some more projects to share with you!

Mandy x

Valentine’s Day gift set | Love always | Anna Komenda

Hello Friends. Happy LOVE DAY! I am a big fan of celebrating love, even if this day is filled with trashy hearts and everythin pink. Saying someone “I love you” is always much appreciated. It doesn’t have to be a husband / wife or boyfriend / girlfriend. I love giving Valentine’s Day cards to my daughters. They are also a part of my personal love story. As a scrapbooker, I pay much attention on how to wrap gifts to make them look even better. I like making matching boxes and this is what I want to share with you today. A perfect gift set – card, envelope and a little box.

I decided to use leftovers from one of my favorite collections called “Love always”. Perfect color combination of soft pink, grey and black and pretty florals. I only had few papers left, but it was enough to make a box and envelope. I used paper scraps to compose a card.

I like my 1-2-3 Punch Board, because it makes creating boxes and envelopes so fast and easy. All you need to do is to trim paper to the proper size and use the board to score the lines and punch corners. It took me five minutes to create matching envelope. Paired with a card makes a very elegant set.

Paper pieces from “Class act” and “Bouguet” made a perfect combo for the card. I aslo added few flowers from ephemera pack and a big title from wood veneers pack.

1-2-3 Punch Board is also handy when it comes to making big, paper bows. I used a piece of paper to make one and decorated my envelope with it.

My matching box is big enough to carry some treats or jewelery. It didn’t need much of embellishing too. I used “Lovely things” paper to make it and some bits and pieces from ephemera pack to finish it.

Making the whole set took me about an hour. I need to make another one, for my other daughter and I am ready to meet 14’th of February. My hubby will get a kiss and some sushi plate 🙂

I hope you like my inspiration. Thank you for stopping by and see you soon in two weeks.

XO Anna

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