Hello Gorgeous | Midnight | Michelle Stokes

Hello Hello It’s Michelle back today with a new layout share featuring the ever so wonderful Midnight collection. I’m hoping to squeeze out at least one or 2 more pretty layouts with this beautiful collection before a box full of HAPPINESS arrives. Pun absolutely intended but if you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about because you live under a rock, head over to this fun announcement post HERE

Now its been a while since I used an actual cut file that I’ve personally cut using my machine but this one designed by fellow DT member Gwen was just calling my name. I do love creating layouts with a large focal point made of cut file and pattern paper. Its the perfect start to a diagonally designed page and is easy to create in no time at all.

To start off with this layout I cut the file using white cardstock then backed the open pieces using pattern papers from the 6×8 paper pad. I really like that the smaller scale designs are perfect for backing cut files! I also added vellum to the open striped sections of the heart and adhered the whole piece to the INSPIRED paper using some foam tape for dimension.

I certainly love creating sweet girly layouts with this beautiful collection thats full of pretty florals. Its perfect for documenting this sweet girl who turned 8 towards the end of 2018! We had a small gathering with family to celebrate and she picked her favourite ‘proper’ ice cream cake which we decorated with some random chocolate treats and heaps of candles.

I backed the layout with more of the 6×8 pattern paper and some vellum to help make it stand out off the die cut piece then created the title to the right. I’ve used the words ‘hello gorgeous’ from the clear sticker set and stuck them to white cardstock to make them stand out better. I’ve layered these with a few different pieces from the ephemera pack and some other stickers to create a cluster of sorts. I then worked diagonally from this point to create the remainder of the layout using pieces from the collection that all complemented each other.

Bottom left of the photo I’ve created a 2nd cluster using clear stickers, florals and a heart from the ephemera pack, accessory stickers and a touch of hand written journalling to document the moment captured.

Repetition of elements across a layout is definitely something you will always find on my layouts. It ties everything together and looks so gosh darn pretty! Here you can see that I’ve used similar items from the other 2 clusters in the top right corner completing the diagonal design. This one includes clear stickers, ephemera pieces and accessory stickers.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Michelle x

Precious | More Than Words | Kylie Kingham.

Hello friends! It’s Kylie with you all today and I am very excited to be sharing with you my first layout as part of the Design Team. I am a huge lover of flowers and lots of them so my layout today reflects that.I have created it with the beautiful More Than Words collection.

I just love the beautiful pastel tones and pattern prints to this collection! To begin with I selected my backing paper ‘Radiant’ and added a triangle of white card stock to one side with a machine stitched edge.Next I cut out my Butterfly cut file, (designed by Paige Evans via the Silhouette Store) and backed it with an array of beautiful papers.I adhered it to my page with foam tape so that it stands out from my page.

Next I set to work on all those pretty blooms.I cut all of them from either a flower punch or dies from my stash and glued all the layers together.The enamel shapes were perfect for the centre of them, so I used lots of different sizes for effect.I also cut some leaves with a punch to add in and around my flowers.Once they were all glued in place I added some of the flowers, a butterfly and word phrase from the die cuts as well.

Since my layout has a rustic or textured theme I distressed the edges of my photo a little and made sure some of the flowers overlapped it once I had adhered it into place. I also added some of the typed phrase stickers with foam tape.

I love titles on a page so I couldn’t resist using one of the Chipboard stickers.Nestled in neatly amongst my blooms!

Once my layout was completed you could really see the dimension and texture the flowers gave.Whilst they sit up a little from the page, they won’t flatten too much should I place my layout into an album.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layout today and it inspires you a little with your own scrappy fun.Until next time,

Kylie. xo



Sweetness | Midnight | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout using the stunning Midnight collection! I changed things up a little bit and created an 8.5 x 11 inch layout for a change….The ombre pink in the Shine Bright paper is just gorgeous! I pulled a small piece of it out of the 6′ x 8′ paper pad and punched out a whole heap of butterflies using my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I adhered a glue dot behind each one and adhered them so that they look like they are flying out of the jar of flowers and the back of the photo…I arranged them so that the darkest pink ones were at the bottom in both the small and medium size and they graduated to the lightest at the top. The photo is of my Mum with her youngest grandchild Olivia (my niece) I just love this photo so much, it was taken when my sister and her daughters visited from England last year.I popped the photo up using some craft foam underneath and layered the jug of flowers chipboard piece to the right of the photo and also added a few words to that side. Layering embellishments over part of your photo is a great way to hide or blend something in.

Make sure to check out the Midnight collection in the Cocoa Vanilla online store if you don’t already have it……its soooo pretty!!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Oh My Heart | Midnight Collection | Rachel Lowe

Hello Rachel here and today I have a super cute Valentine layout to share. I have a crush on hedgehogs currently and so I had to include them on my Valentine layout. I have used the beautiful Midnight collection to create this 8.5×11 inch layout.


I have used two digital cut files on this layout, heart lace and the hedgehogs both available in the Silhouette Design Store, I used the super pretty small floral print paper (inky depths paper) to cut the hedgehog spikes, I cut their main body in the midnight inspired paper. Once assembled I added a row of back stitch to add definition between the body and spikes. I cut some hearts to add to my page, I cut two of each so I could layer with foam tape the balloon and heart which I also added more hand stitching.


I adhered the heart lace cut file onto the 7.5×10 inch white cardstock. I used the stunning sophisticated paper as the border. I then added my photo which is 4×4 inches and used a dit cut frame from the ephemera pack.

I added some of the gorgeous roses and leaves from the ephemera pack and finished off adding some phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.

A valentines layout with a twist! DH did ask what hedgehogs had to do with Valentines lol!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I will see you again later in the month with a fun geometric boy layout!

Rachel X

Hello Beautiful | Bohemian Dream | Jess Mackenzie

Hey everyone, its Jess here with you today sharing my very first layout for Cocoa Vanilla! I am so beyond excited to be creating with such beautiful products and am thrilled to bits to be a part of the Cocoa Vanilla family! Anyway without further ado I’m sharing my layout created with the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.

When I laid my eyes on the bright, colourful Bohemian Dream collection I just knew it would match perfectly to a photo of my fur baby wearing a flower crown. I started my page by adding some water colour to the Kaleidoscope background paper. I love adding a watercolour ‘ink blot’ behind my layers as I find it really draws the eye to the photo!

I then played around with layering the papers Abundant, Beautiful, Boho Bits and Dreamer with some Die Cut Ephemera flowers, label and Hello Beautiful title. I also added a Chipboard Accent Stickers flower for added dimension. I generally play around with layering for a while, adding and taking away pieces until I’m happy with the look, then I go ahead and stick everything down with foam tape!

One of my favourite things to do to offset my photo ‘cluster’ is to add some strips of paper and embellishments along one of the sides of my background paper. Here I layered the papers Dreamer and Abundant (my absolute fave from the collection) along with some more ephemera flowers, chipboard heart and a word sticker from the Accessory Stickers sheet.

Lastly I added another chipboard heart and an ephemera flag to the top right section of my page.

And there you have it! I hope you are inspired to make something bright, colourful and fun!

Jess xx





Hello Cocoa Vanilla family, and I must say that I am super excited to share my first layout with you all! It’s literally a dream come true being on this team with so many talented people and being able to create with these lovely products is a gift. But you didn’t come here to read me gush about the awesome products Cocoa Vanilla puts out – if you’re here, you probably already know how amazing it is.

For my first project, I used the Midnight collection. I knew from the second I saw this collection that it would be perfect for making headway into my wedding album – the mix of soft and warm pastels with deep, dark navy has me all over it so I decided to scrap some photos from my first dance with my husband.

I’m a sucker for ripped paper layers so that’s where I decided to start with this layout. I chose the Shine Bright, Moonlight, and Inky Depths patterned papers, ripped off strips of each and created a border for my layout. I then matted my photos using papers from the 6×8 paper pad – I love that it has the same patterns we love from the larger paper pads but on a smaller scale. Then it was time for my favorite part of scrapbooking – embellishing!

My technique for embellishing is kind of a stick as you go method. I lay out all the pieces in an ephemera pack and then grab and stick pieces down, layering as I go. The beauty of working with a collection is everything matches so half of the work is done for you! I mixed floral elements, some mason jars and a large piece with text on it to create a horizontal band going across the middle of my page, mimicking the horizontal lines my paper layers across the top and bottom of my page created.

Next, I went to work on my title. I used to die-cut phrases pack to title my layout. This was actually one of the first things I decided on after my paper layers – I love having ready made titles because I’m not very clever and all my layouts would have the same title otherwise! The dark scripty font was a perfect complement to the light and airy feel of the floral pieces, and I think it grounded the layout perfectly.

Finally, I pulled out the clear stickers and used it to add a few accent pieces. The tiny hearts, flowers and hatch marks were the perfect elements to tie the layout together and add a few places of interest in the page. Overall, I love the effect the small stickers give and I had to stop myself from using the whole pack on this one page!

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this layout and this peek into my process. I hope this inspired you to create something lovely today and to tell your own story. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

Family Moments | Midnight Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout featuring the gorgeous midnight collection available inshore here.

Here is the layout that I completed:

The layout features a Paige Evans cut file and a couple of the embellishments and the stickers from the collection. I love that the ‘xoxo’ banner works as a directional tool for your eyes.  I didn’t want to over embellish this page as I wanted your eyes to be able to flow from the top of the page to the middle.

I added the photos onto the ‘midnight inspired patterned paper. I love that it helped them to pop off the page a little more. The florals on this layout are from the sticker sheet.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope this layout has inspired you. !

Raquel x




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