Unique | Happiness | Tarrah McLean

Happy Easter Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout using the stunning new Happiness collection!I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that rainbow striped paper but wanted to use it in a different way…I decided to cut a doily like design out using it and I think it turned out gorgeous! I felt the paper on its own was a little too busy so this was a great compromise. Once it was all cut out, I adhered it in strategic places to some plain white cardstock. When I say strategic, I mean that I wanted to be able to fold up the scallops so I only adhered the very centre down and a little around the outside scallop edge.Before machine stitching the cut file down, I took some of the watercolour look clear stickers and placed those under the cut file in a tone on tone look. See the image below of the orange clear sticker under the cut file. Once stitched, I folded up the scallops to create the look of dimension and shadows. I matted my photo using one of the papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad and used some craft foam underneath it to pop it up. I tucked in some of the die-cuts either side of my photo and also adhered a flair button on the bottom right corner of my photo.My title is the ‘Unique’ word from the Happiness cardstock title pack, a fitting title when you can get some unique looks from Snapchat photos haha! I adhered the title overlapping my photo at the bottom. I also placed the ‘Stay Colourful’ die-cut piece underneath the title. I love that ‘Colourful’ is spelt correctly 😉 To finish off the page, I added some of the phrase and shape stickers around the photo and stamped the date stamp. Thank you so much for joining me on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today, I hope I have inspired you to pull out your Happiness collection and create with it! If you don’t have any yet, you NEED it! Check out the many online and brick and mortar retail stores that have it in their stores and it will be in the Cocoa Vanilla online store soon!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Happy Easter | Make a Wish collection | Sue Plumb

Happy Easter everyone! I hope the bunny was good to you and that you didn’t eat too much chocolate (like my children did!) I am here today to share an Easter themed layout that I created using the ‘Make a Wish’ collection and some cute photos of my kids that I took last year as they attempted to consume their own body weight in chocolate for breakfast.

I decided to work with the ‘Make a Wish’ collection for this page because I knew it had that super cute little rabbit in it; and despite the fact it is a birthday themed collection, it can easily be used for all sorts of layouts.

I chose the gorgeous watercolour style pattern on the reverse of the Hip, Hip Hooray paper as my base, and then dry-brushed teal coloured acrylic paint where I wanted my focal area to be. I also watered down some extra paint and used a soft, round brush to splatter it onto my page from a bit of height. (Tip – this step is an outside activity peeps! hehe)

I then used strips of various papers (Hip, Hip Hooray; Party Mix; Loot Bag; and Fresh Cutwhich I layered together horizontally over the top of the paint so that only the edges of the painted area were peeking out.

I took my three photos and framed two of them using small polka dot frames from the ‘Make a Wish’ chipboard accent stickers, and then framed the third using a spotty frame from the ‘Wild at Heart’ chipboard frames. I layered the frames together; using foam tape to support the outer two and help pop them up from the page. I also added some messy cotton thread underneath the frames to add some soft texture to the page.

I added a few assorted pieces from the die cut ephemera pack and the chipboard sticker sheet onto my layers, before adding the large “oh yeah” sentiment that I had fussy cut from the Party Mix paper near the top of my page. From the same paper, I also fussy cut a cute party hat; the word “happy”; and the little rabbit. I then used “happy” and the rabbit paired with some of the coordinating alphabet stickers to form my page title.

To finish off, I added a few of the small word / phrase stickers from the ‘Make a Wish’ Accessory Sticker sheet around my page. Despite the fact that a number of items from the ‘Make a Wish’ collection are now sold out, there are still more than enough pieces available in the Cocoa Vanilla store to create some beautiful pages with. Pop over and see what’s available HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Handmade Cards | Happiness | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends Rachel here. I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter break spent with family and friends. Today I have two Easter cards to share using the gorgeous new Happiness collection.

I have made these cards 5×5 inches using the EXPRESSIVE paper (pink side), I then cut white cardstock at 4.5×4.5 inches. Again using the EXPRESSIVE paper but using the stunning colour wash side I cut a bunny rabbit (from the Silhouette Design store). I used a gorgeous geometric flower circle cut file (Silhouette Design store) which I cut using the SPRINKLES paper. Before attaching I added some of the paint strokes CLEAR STICKERS, I love the watercolour effect they give on white cardstock. I used foam tape to attach my cut file bunny so I could add some of the stunning die cut flowers from the EPHEMERA pack under each side of the bunny. I finished of card 1 by adding a pink felt pom pom.

The second card I again cut another bunny but this time using LITTLE THINGS paper. I used more paint brush strokes clear stickers on the white cardstock, more gorgeous die cut flowers finished off with a die cut butterfly. I added a white pom pom for the bunny tail.

These cards are simple but so sweet. Thank you so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of Easter, a bit of scrapping and chocolate maybe!!!!!!!!!

Rachel X


Happy Heart | More Than Words | Tazhiana

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family and welcome to Easter weekend! Easter makes me think of eggs and pastels and spring time so I reached out to all those sources of inspiration for this particular layout.

I recently shared in the Facebook group that More Than Words was my ideal collection for documenting this time of year and thankfully i had more than enough to make this page. I started off with a cut file I purchased through the Silhouette Design Store that was a bunch of Easter eggs. I cut three eggs on white cardstock and then using the 6×6 paper pad, I cut backing pieces for each of the eggs. I decided to make a grid style layout because I thought it would show off each of the patterns and be a fun design to start with.
Once I had each of my eggs backed and glued, I arranged them on my background piece in a grid and glued them down. My photo is a picture of some flowers I found growing by my college and I thought the colors went perfectly with this collection. I first used the scraps from my eggs to back the photo and tie it into the overall design, and then I used some embellishments from the ephemera pack as well as a flair button from the Love Always collection. The colors in these two worked perfectly together!
Since I situated my photo in the upper right hand corner, I decided to place my title in the lower left hand corner. I used the grey chipboard from the collection for my title after adding some ephemera underneath it for a pop of color and some visual interest. Finally, in what is a very classic Tazhiana move, I hacked off a bit of cardstock on either side of the layout, distressed the edges, and glued down a strip of 12×12 cardstock underneath. I thought it needed the page needed a bit of magic, and by adding this element and some ephemera on both sides of the page, it added some interest and tied the whole page together.
I am really pleased with how this layout came out! The colors are 100% right up my alley – warm neutrals and beautiful pastels, and this layout screams springtime. I hope you found some inspiration here to tell your own springtime and Easter stories! Till next time, keep it crafty friends.


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  Gwen with you on the blog today with another share for you of my Miss 12 AND details of how you could win yourself some new Cocoa Vanilla goodies!  Cocoa Vanilla Studio are proud sponsors for the CSI Challenge site this month and I was one of the design team that played along.  It’s a fab challenge site so well worth checking out with so much inspiration for all!   Here is my take on case number 280.

and here is the case file from the CSI Scrapbook ChallengeI was inspired to solve.  Lots more details on their blog if you’d like to play along as well.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with that floral background in the scene.  It immediately reminded me of this floral vellum sheet from the Wild At Heart collection.

I have been hoarding several of these sheets and figured this was the perfect time to use it especially when I saw that one of the traditional clues is to pull something from your stash.  I also pulled the lovely blue and mint green from the image on the case file and set that as my colour scheme.  The Mariposa paper from the collection was perfect, so I set that as my page border and used the centre of the paper to back the cut file.  This one is from the FREE cut file set from the ‘Happiness’ collection, available here.

For something different, I turned the ombre to run across the page from left to right, rather than top to bottom.  I set the backed floral cut files to match the ombre tone on tone, the blue one on the left, and the mint one on the right.  This then set the base for the design of the page.

Next up, I matted my photo, firstly in some more of the Mariposa paper, then also in more of the vellum.  This helps bring the page together with the vellum behind the photo and also on the floral leaves in the background.  It was then time for embellishing.

The case file image included a picture of a bicycle, whilst I didn’t have one that matched my colour scheme, I decided to pull out some circular elements to represent the bike wheels but still coordinating with what I already had going on.  I like how they play off the lines of the florals.  These teamed with die cut elements from the die cut ephemeraChipboard Stickers and Accessory Stickers really helped my page come together.  I simply built the main cluster of elements on the left with the focus on the blue tones and a smaller cluster of elements on the right with the mint tones.  Working tone on tone is a really easy way to help things coordinate and give your page a consistent feel.

I also added my title at this point, these die cuts are from the latest collection ‘Happiness’.  Lastly, I thought, this page needs more butterflies!  So, I flipped over the remaining pieces of the Mariposa paper I have used and fussy cut out three to place around my page.  They really round out that floral spring vibe I have going on which really is the theme of this case.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you get a chance to play along with CSI Challenge and in doing so, you can win yourself an awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio prize.  Be sure to share with us if you do!

Until next time,



Perfectly Imperfect | Throwback Thursday – Love Always Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here sharing a layout for Throwback Thursday today! I delved right back into my Cocoa Vanilla stash for this one. You know, the stash of goodies that are hoarded for just the ‘right’ layout. I actually couldn’t believe I had full sheets of paper and ephemera left from this collection, it truly has been one of my all time faves from CVS.

Anyways, here is the layout that I created this Throwback Thursday:

I used the Twin Set paper as the main background for the page. I just adore that soft pink stripe. I would normally stray away from using a patterned paper background on a page, however I knew due to the softness of the colours in the paper I would be able to achieve the look I wanted while still having a patterned background. This is not something I do regularly or easily.

This page features the gorgeous free cut files designed by Cut to You for Cocoa Vanilla and the Happiness collection. I knew as soon as I saw the outlined florals that they had to feature on my next page. I used a couple of the patterned papers from Love Always to back the floral designs; Note to Self, Class Act and Frolic, I even included some plain vellum from my stash of goodies.

Here is the cut file set which you are able to download for free here

The subject of this layout is myself and my little family. With two children and a husband, it can be tough to get a perfectly posed photograph. This series of photos pretty much sums up my attempts to ‘be in the photo’ and get a photo ‘with’ the kids as part of hubbys birthday celebrations. If it wasn’t one child pulling a face it was the other, closed eyes, the works! However, I must say that these are the sorts of photos I love best, the ones that really capture their personalities. The die cut ephemera piece ‘picture perfect’ was a little play on words where I added typewritten text to my title before and after, simply to just state that even though we may not be textbook perfect, my little family sure if perfect to me.

As you can see in the below image, I have used a lot of foam adhesive on this layout. I love the depth and shadows this has brought to the layout, especially the cut file florals.  To embellish the page I have used a variety of ephemera, chipboard, and enamel dots (I was totally hoarding those!). A little machine stitching to add texture and the page was done. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! It was so much fun to combine a new cut file with an older Cocoa Vanilla collection. Enjoy your Thursday!

Fun Moments | Happiness Collection | Jess Mackenzie

Hey there Lovelies, Jess here today with a fun Happiness collection layout to share with you. This week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog is all about patterned paper backgrounds! Using a patterned paper background can seem a bit intimidating, but I promise you it can look fabulous! For my layout I chose to use the gorgeous Expressive paper as my background. One way I like to add depth to a coloured patterned background is by creating ‘ink blots’ using a watercolour in a few shades darker than the background paper.

After adding my ‘ink blots’ I started layering over the largest one first. I added a ‘Cut To You’ cut file heart background (which I cut up) boarder along the edge. I then layered different sized strips of Little ThingsSo FreshBotanical Bliss Good Vibe papers. Before placing my photos I added a Die Cut Ephemera wreath frame. I love how it brings the eyes focus to the photos! I also added a little cluster using a Die Cut Ephemera butterfly, an Accessory Sheet butterfly & a Flair Button. 

Another thing I LOVE to do is layer Clear Stickers on all my different layers! They add so much dimension and interest without taking away the focus from the photos!

I adore the midnight blue word titles in the Happiness collection. They really pop against all of the bright colours. I used the Clear Stickers ‘fun moments’ title, because dressing your pupper up as a unicorn is definitely a fun moment!

Lastly I added a smaller cluster to the opposite side of the larger one. This adds a nice balance to the page. I layered more of the same papers, ephemera, stickers & cut file that I used on my main cluster. I also added another Flair button, because who doesn’t love a flair button!

And there you have it! I hope you are inspired to use some patterned paper for your background!

Jess xx

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