Happy day | Make a wish Layout | Anna Komenda

Hello CVS friends. Zoe keeps inspire us with new, amazing collections and each one seems even better than the previous one. I love them all and I always can’t wait for the new ones to come. I already have a big box of CVS goodies and sometimes I feel guilty that they are forgotten and unused. That’s why I decided to keep coming back to them at least once a month and put them to good use. This time I chose “Make a wish” collection. It’s the most used one from all that I have and I only got one paper and few paper scraps. I also have some stickers and chipboards left so I challenged myself to use as much as I can on one page.

I decided to make a messy composition, covering the whole background. I didn’t have untouched paper from this line so I decided to use “Shine bright” paper from Midnight collection. I love this pink ombre effect and it corresponds well to other elements from “Make a wish” collection.

I love chipboards stickers and I had few of them left, including some frames. I used them to make the composition and filled some of them with photos and other embellishments.

I also had a lot of wood veneers left from “Make a wish” line so I also tried to incorporate them into my page. Mixing them with elements fussy cut from papers was a good idea. Especially “Party mix” is perfect for fussy cutting.

Title of my page is fussy cut from “Loot bag” paper. I love those big words. I also added few puffy stickers, that I still got in my stash.

“Make a wish” collection is a perfect one to frame every birthday photo! I wish I had more of it to make a mini album. I always have a lot of party pictures to scrap. i hope you feel inspired by my project to get back to the older lines. It’s such a great fun.

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Lovely | Happiness | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here with another bright & beautiful scrapbook layout with our gorgeous Happiness collection!


Sigh! So lovely, indeed! All the rainbows & butterflies for the win!

I just adore the rainbow stripe pattern paper, CV-HA003 GOOD VIBES & it has totally inspired the color scheme for this fun and playful page! I use GOOD VIBES as my layout base, then machine stitch an 11″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock over it. By only revealing the ‘edges’ of this paper it’s bright colors aren’t too intense & don’t distract you from my photo.

Here’s a closer look……



You’ll also notice that I align the fussy cut butterflies from paper CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL, with the colored stripes on the base paper. Everything in rainbow order – just the way I like it!  I center my photograph, and arrange the butterflies so that they are also forming a heart. I embellish the base of the heart with that cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA tassel & layered heart/butterfly. Cute!

Speaking of layered butterflies, I feature a few more of them in my design…

Two are ACCESSORY STICKERS that are positioned over the fussy cut BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL butterflies, and the other is a larger butterfly fussy cut from the CV-HA006 LITTLE THINGS pattern paper.

I have positioned this larger butterfly so it is peaking out from beneath the top of my photo, and have layered it with two DIE CUT EPHEMERA hearts. This acts as a focal point and really draws your eye into my sweet girl’s photo! I also adorn the side of her photo with that So Fun FLAIR BUTTON. Love it!


To the bottom left hand side of my layout, I create a smaller ephemera embellishment cluster – including my DIE CUT CARDSTOCK TITLE, Lovely. I foam mount this title for added dimension & impact. Perfect!

For finishing touches, I add watercolor dots and use color coordinating DIE CUT EPHEMERA & CLEAR STICKERS around the rainbow heart!


And there you have it!

Rainbows, fussy cutting & butterflies – what more could you want?! 😉

I hope you’re feeling inspired to get creating with the Happiness collection! It really is a whole lot of sunshine & rainbows to create with!

Thanks so much for visiting,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

Friends | Happiness | Nikki Kehr

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends,

Nikki here 🙂

Today I will show you a scrapbook layout I´ve made with the beautiful Happiness collection. This time, I chose the size 12×12 “, because then the effect with the triangles comes out better.

For the background I cut out some triangles from the 6×8″ paper pad. Before I stick them down I searched for the center of the paper, so that the triangles run together in to the center. This creates a focus on the image in the middle.

I decorated the layout with lots of butterflies and flowers. I focused on the areas where the triangles are. To loosen up the layout I stuck some flowers and butterflies over the triangles.

I decorated the layout with lots of butterflies and flowers. I focused on the areas where the triangles are. To loosen up the layout I stuck some flowers and butterflies over the triangles. As a title, I have chosen a combination of the large “friends” logo and small stickers with slogans that underpin the situation of the picture.

I hope you had fun and are inspired by this beautiful Happiness 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

Hello Sweet Girl | Happiness Collection | Michelle Stokes

Hello sweet crafty friends its Michelle here today. Have you heard the news about our EXCLUSIVE, fun and 100% FREE cut files to compliment the brand new Happiness collection? Our fellow DT member Gwen has designed these especially for all of you to create magic with. How awesome is that!

Here’s what I’ve created using the wreath, large floral and open hearts designs. SO FUN!

When I first saw this stunning cut file set I was instantly drawn to the wreath design and felt it would work so well with the SO FRESH paper (bright floral wreath). Using my silhouette software I increased the size of the cut file design to fit the dimensions of the bright floral wreath and cut it out on some white cardstock. I adhered the cut piece to the pattern paper using some foam tape for slight dimension, because we all know I just can’t create a flat layout to save myself! HAHA


I also used the larger floral piece and open hearts design from the cut file set to finish the remainder of the wreath. I backed the florals using pieces of MEADOW and EXPRESSIVE papers and some vellum for the leaves. I added more foam tape to the backs of these pieces and adhered them to the top left and bottom right of the wreath before adding a photo to the bottom of the layout.

This sweet girl has a love hate relationship with the camera but photos like this mean the world to us. Sweet innocent Leila, who on that very day had just turned 8. Time flies so so fast!

I added my title to the top left floral piece using a sticker, cardstock title piece and letter stickers from a past collection. Above this I added a butterfly and floral from the ephemera pack, an open heart cut file piece and a couple of clear stickers to add an extra ‘splash to the mixed media feel that the wreath paper has. Those coloured splatters – all part of the wonderful printed design (the gold ones are splattered by me)

I’ve used pieces of the EXPRESSIVE, SO FRESH and FRAME OF MIND papers behind the photo, and a couple more ephemera pieces in a mini cluster to the right.

Well friends thats all I have to share with you today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I created with our fun new FREE cut files. Be sure to pop into the Cocoa Vanilla Studio facebook group to share what you create with them. You can find the FREE cut file download HERE on the website.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Happy Little Moments | Happiness | Kylie Kingham

Hello friends!

It’s Kylie back with you today, to share another layout I have created with the stunning new ‘HAPPINESS’ collection. I was so excited to learn there are cut files designed by our super talented Gwen that co-ordinate with the ‘Happiness’ collection. Cut files are some of my most favourite things to create with and I have centred my latest layout around them.

I decided on using a white background for my layout so that the colours would really ‘pop’ against it and added a colourful frame using the ‘Botanical Bliss’ paper.To give a nice edge to my layout I then added some machine stitching to my white background edge.I enlarged the wreath cut file so that it would fill a good portion of my page and cut it from the ‘Good Vibes’ paper. Using a small amount of glue I adhered it to my background being careful to make sure it was centred.

Next I backed my floral cut files before adding them over the top of my wreath at opposite angles.I again chose to adhere these flat to the background so that I could use other elements to add dimension. From the die cuts I took the wreath circle and used it as a frame over my photo.This was added with foam tape for height and it was at this point I started adding more floral die cuts so they looked to ‘blend’ with my cut file blooms.

I used the smaller floral cut file opposite my photo and created a neat little cluster with more of the die cuts.It added a lovely balance to my completed layout.

The ‘Sweet’ phrase from the die cut titles pack was added to the bottom of my layout with foam tape and I also added some more little flower bloom die cuts.

The cute little heart frame cut files were perfect to add to my wreath and I finished off my layout with some of the lovely Butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout today and it inspires you with your own creating.

You can download the free ‘Happiness’ cut files in the store HERE

Until next time,


So Thankful For You | Happiness | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with and today I am sharing a new layout using the GORGEOUS new Happiness collection!

This week some of the design team were asked to use the free ‘Happiness’ cut files designed by fellow design team member Gwen Wruck who owns the cut file business Cut To You.The beautiful free cut files below are designed by Gwen from Cut To You and they co-ordinate with the Happiness collection perfectly! You can download them for free in the Cocoa Vanilla store here!

I chose the ‘So Thankful For You’ title design and cut it out of the ‘B’ side of the Botanical Bliss paper. I went with a plain white cardstock background as I liked the contrast between the navy blue and white. I did add the gorgeous Expressive paper behind the white cardstock and machine stitched them together.I chose to document a lovely photo of my sister and her husband on their wedding day a few years ago. I love how lots of the elements in the Happiness collection go with love themed photos. I matted the photo using one of the papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad. I also tucked in one of the pink tabs on the right side of the photo and also placed the ‘This Makes Me Happy’ sticker beside the tab. I absolutely LOVE the clear stickers in this collection and added a few of them around the page for added interest. I made an extension of the cut file title by adding the ‘Every Day’ clear sticker to some white cardstock. I was then able to move it around and adhere it where I liked it. I added some more embellishments including die-cuts, accessory stickers and a flair button. I finished off by adding some pink watercolour splatters and added the date stamp. Make sure you check out Gwen’s awesome cut file store for some fabulous designs AND make sure you check out the retailers around the country who are stocking the stunning Happiness collection!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

So Thankful For You | Happiness | Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friends, today I have my first share using the stunning new collection HAPPINESS and exclusive CVS cut files created by CUT to YOU. I have a Silhouette Cameo as I refer to functions here specifically to the Silhouette not other cutting machines.

You can download these FREE cut files in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store HERE

Firstly I cut white cardstock at 10×10 inches. I matted this onto the stunning aqua paper to provide a contrast. I used the larger roses cut file and the smaller rose. The fab thing about cut files if you want to change them up you can, I flipped one of them horizontally (if you go to the object tab and hover over mirror, you can flip any cut file). I used the release compound path and dragged out the leaves and then cut in a lighter aqua and then paper backed the roses. I used a small floral print so there would be various colours showing. I added some machine stitching to the leaves to add definition, also adding a stitched border around the white cardstock.  I then attached the cut files to my layout layout using foam tape on the outer one to create a 3D effect.

I love the clear stickers so much and the paint smudges are a fab way to add a water colour background to your page. I next added my photo matted on several of the polaroid frames paper, again adding machine stitching.

To create my title which is also one of the exclusive cut files, I went to the panel tab in Silhouette and then used the off set function, this allows you to create a ‘shadow’ behind your title. I cut my title in white and then chose the multi coloured paper in the collection to cut the off set ‘shadow’, I think it really gives a title a wow factor. Before attaching to my layout I added another paint effect clear sticker to sit under my title.

To finish off I add some die cut butterflies and some word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet. And there you have it, this collection really is happiness captured.

Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon. If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to add in comments and I will respond.

Rachel X

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