Happy Times | Happiness collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! It’s Sue Plumb here to share another layout using the gorgeous ‘Happiness’ collection. For this project I challenged myself to create a page without using ANY of the flowers or floral patterns from the range. (SO hard to resist!) Instead, I decided to take my inspiration from the cute hearts pattern found on the reverse side of the So Fresh paper and use hearts as a theme of my page.

And I figured what better to go with hearts than my sweet girl? I had some photos of her that I had taken the night before her birthday last year so I created a photo strip with them.

When it came to my page design, I started with a sheet of white cardstock and cut a piece of the So Fresh paper to cover the top half of my page. I then took a piece of the stunning Expressive paper with its abstract painted design and tore a piece to layer over the top. I added an extra tear near the centre and folded the edges back to expose some of the pink cross pattern underneath, securing it in place with staples.

At this point I wanted to “drag” some colour down to the bottom part of my page, so I added some green ink using a wide brush and a vertical stroke. I then layered some light blue ink over the top using the packaging technique to soften it. Next, I added a thin strip of the Meadow paper that I had punched with a heart edge punch along the bottom edge of the So Fresh paper. 

I cut a piece of the Happiness paper to use as a photo mat, and positioned it so it sat on the punched horizontal line; then layered two fussy cut frames from the Frame Of Mind paper over it before adding my photo strip on top. I added a frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack over the middle photo; then the die cut happy times words below the strip for my page title.

In the bottom section of my page I added some hearts that I had cut using metal dies from the Expressive paper, which I then layered with some small word stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet. Amongst the larger hearts, I added a few heart stickers from the Clear Sticker pack; then a chevron sticker alongside my photo strip..  

To finish off, I tucked in a butterfly above my photo, as well as the time to shine banner piece in top section of the page (both from the ephemera pack). I also added a couple more hearts that I had cut.

Finally, I stuck a small label from the Accessory Sticker sheet down the bottom of the page that I stamped with the date; and a then line of handwritten journalling and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you haven’t gotten your hands on the ‘Happiness’ collection yet, make sure you check with your favourite retailer. (I know many sold out in record time and have since re-ordered.) Until next time, happy scrapping! 

The Sweet Life | Happiness | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Cocoa Vanilla family! Tazhi here with a fun layout for you featuring a rainbow scheme because as we all know by now, rainbow is my favorite color.

The Happiness collection is easily one of my favorite lines to be released in a very long time. I know I said this last time but I love the color scheme and the floral elements and so this layout, I decided to use both. I started out with the Good Vibes paper, which is a kind of rainbow paint like striped patterned paper. I cut that paper into 6 two inch strips and then attacked it with my fringe scissors to create fringed strips. I then recreated the rainbow order on a piece of Bazzill cardstock. Before I stuck down the final fringed strip, I pulled out an array of Distress Oxides and some sponge applicators and created another rainbow across the top. One of my favorite features of Distress Oxides is how they interact with water so I dropped some water onto the ink and then blotted it with water to create that oxide effect. Next, I stuck down my final fringed strip and called my background done.
After I created this rainbow monstrosity, I needed a photo to document! I chose this photo of Joshua and I from the Disneymoon because I thought it worked with colors in my background and it was pretty fun and fit the energy of the layout I wanted to create. Next, I matted it on two papers from the 6×8 paper pad and created a kind of tone on tone scheme with my embellishments using ephemera from the Ephemera pack. I added some pieces to the left and the right of my photo, trying to create and retain balance as well as following the horizontal orientation that my fringed strips created.
Next, I added my title. I used some of the cardstock phrases to create my title – The Sweet Life seemed perfect for this photo. Finally, I pulled out the clear sticker pack and the Cardstock Accessory sticker sheet and added some final elements to my layout – these little heart stickers feel like the icing on the cake with a spread like this.
That’s the whole page done! I’m super happy with how this layout came out and I love how bright and fun it is. The Happiness collection truly is a thing of joy. I hope you enjoyed this and don’t forget to pop back in to see what the rest of the team is up to. Til next time, keep it crafty friends.

Thankful | Happiness Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my first layout with you featuring the new Happiness collection. Wow! Is all I can say about this amazing collection. The florals and colours are just beautiful – so bright and vibrant, it was so hard to choose what I wanted to use for this layout.

The subjects of my layout today are my two kiddies. This was a recent photo taken of them at a family wedding and although they are both not looking at the camera I still love it.

I chose to use the ‘Expressive’ patterned paper in the collection as the main feature on this page. I cut a strip a few inches in width and adhered that vertically to the centre of the page. I then machine stitched around the border on either side of the strip for some added detail.

I was inspired my a floral circle ephemera piece white I used to layer under my photo. I then built my embellishing around the small photo that I am documenting. The floral clusters provide a design similar to a laurel wreath. I made sure to add the different pieces to the page with foam adhesive for that added dimension.


Another feature on this page is the gorgeous heart banner cut file from Cut to You by Created by Gwen. I used the reverse of the ‘expressive’ paper to back the heart design. I love how the pink really pops against the white cut file and white background of the layout.


To help balance our the leaves design I added a couple of smaller embellishments like floral ephemera and clear heart shaped stickers. I think I could have a whole pack of just heart shapes. Don’t you agree?!?

I also added a small cluster of die cut ephemera pieces to the bottom of the page. This helped to balance out the top heaviness and also gave me a section on the layout to add my journaling.

The journaling is short and simple but is able to tell as much of the story as needed to be told. The typewritten form makes it easy for me to add my family’s stories to my layouts without me worrying about what my handwriting may or may not look like.

Below is a final glimpse of my layout. Thanks so much for stopping my the Cocoa Vanilla blog today. I hope you have felt inspired.

Raquel xxx


Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!  It’s Gwen here today with this sweet page of my daughter Caitlin.  For this layout, I’m using the Sugar & Spice collection for Throwback Thursday!  I just love these features, I get to dig deep into my stash and come up with fresh inspiration from an older Cocoa Vanilla collection.  For this layout, I’ve gone all the way back to the start of 2015 and one of the very first Cocoa Vanilla collections.

The inspiration for the page most definitely started with the collection.  I pulled out all the bits and pieces I had and took in the pretty soft colours.  I had a full sheet of the Journal Cards paper as well as the Dot to Dot paper and a couple of sticker sheets from an original collection pack. I also had some paper scraps, very small pieces though.  I then got to thinking about adding a cut file and remembered that there were designs released with the Colour Me Happy collection from 2016 so went about cutting some of those out on some plain white cardstock from my stash.  You can shop them here.  There are florals and titles and lots of super fun elements, well worth checking out!

At this point, I had a clean white background and some fresh cut files also in white.  I love a border on all of my layouts, so I began by cutting out the centre of the Dot to Dot paper and using the centre part to mat my photo.  The outer edge became the frame for my page.  I double matted the photo using a paper scrap of the Candy Stripes paper.  I then positioned the cut files and my photo getting the base of the design locked in.

Next, I went about finding a coordinating element from the Journal Cards paper, I’ve gone with the element that says “Beautiful Girl”, not only because of it’s colour, but the sentiment is perfect as well.  I’ve positioned that to the left of my photo, I love how it runs horizontally the same way that my photo does.  It really helps draw the eye across the page.

I knew I wanted to use a lot of the sticker elements on my page, mainly because I had so many compared to how much pattern paper I had left, you really do get a lot of elements on these sticker sheets.  I decided to really roll with the floral elements, adding them to my page to build on the feature of the cut file.  I essentially created one large cluster down the right-hand side of the page.  Some of the flowers I have mounted onto foam for dimension, others I’ve added directly to the page.

I then went on to add some of the sentiments from the sticker sheet, again using foam tape for some for dimension and interest.  I took the large sentiment ‘Beautiful’ and used that as a subtitle for my page tucked underneath the journal card and photo I positioned earlier.  I’ve also used the cute banner pieces and added some stitched detail to make my banner pop.

I was really happy with how this was all coming along but felt the page needed grounding.  It felt like it was a bunch of elements just floating in the centre of the page.  So, I took the long border strip from the Accessories Sticker sheet and trimmed a small piece from one end.  I positioned the small piece on the left of my page and the larger piece on the right-hand side.  I found this helped draw the eye from my photo on the right down and across the page past my title to the left.

At this stage, the page needed a few small finishing touches, so I’ve added in some tiny hearts, again from the sticker sheet.  I then also, grabbed a couple of very small scraps and using a steel roll die from my stash, made a paper bow, it was the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks for popping by today, I just love how this page turned out!  I hope it encourages you to dig into your stash and create something with an older collection.  If we use up the older stuff, we feel so much better about getting all the new things right?

Until next time,



Stay Unique | Happiness | Jess Mackenzie

Hey there Lovelies, Jess here today with a bright fun “Happiness” collection page to share with you! I’ve decided to scrap a selfie as I really wanted to inspire you to scrap a page all about YOU. So often we scrap everything else but ourselves, and I think we should scrap ourselves way more because we are FABULOUS and deserve to be part of the art we create! The brand new “Happiness” collection is perfect for a selfie page, as it’s so bright & colourful that it makes scrapping those pics of ourselves a fun happy process.

Of course I just had to start my page by adding some bright splotches & splats of watercolour, which I then layered with two different sized strips of “Little Things” paper.

I then cut different sized strips of the “Expressive” & “Sprinkles” papers, which I machine stitched through then layered over the biggest watercolour splotch. I also layered some of the clear watercolour “paint strokes” stickers over my own watercolour splotch to add colour & contrast.


Using more clear stickers, die cut ephemera & Cut To You cut file butterflies I tucked them between my layers & popped them over my photos to add lots of dimension. I also added some cotton thread for texture.

I finished off my large photo cluster with a die cut title and word sticker. I absolutely LOVE how the midnight blue title really pops against all of the other colours!

Lastly I added a cluster of stitched paper, die cut ephemera, clear stickers & word stickers over the smaller watercolour splotch.

And there you have it, I hope I’ve inspired you to scrap yourself!

Jess xx

Happy Times | Happiness Collection | Anita Bownds

Happy crafty Tuesday cocoa vanilla studio fans !
Anita with you today sharing a fun layout using the beautiful Happiness collection.
The idea behind this layout is one we all experience at one time or another a taste or a smell from childhood
and for me that was at the beach on the swings with a raspberry ice cream.
So I started off by creating the Popsicle’s using a cut file from doodlebug available in the silhouette store
and pattern papers – bright and beautiful, botanical bliss, meadow, good vibes

Then using a butterfly cut file from the silhouette studio I cut out in sprinkles and to back it with expressive pattern paper


Then next using a background hearts cut file I cut out on white cardstock backing it with frame of mind pattern paper
and and a few little bits of so fresh from the 6×8 paper pad before adding a stitched border around the edge.
I added the butterfly off center and the biggest Popsicle I created in the center of the butterfly


Using good vibes from the 6×8 paper pad I then mattered my photo and tucked it under the edge of the butterfly wing to the right.
Next using the die cut pack I added some flowers to the Popsicle in the middle of the butterfly and around the photo and a few other pieces and my title.
Using the clear stickers I cut some in half to add around the layout and just underneath the butterfly.


I wanted to add a few more little flowers from the die cut pack to the background so I added them randomly around the layout .
Then using the accessory stickers I added a few around my photo.


To finish off my layout I add 2 more little butterflies that I painted and added mini Popsicle’s in the middle with a bit of glitter glue to give it shine


So I hope I’ve given you some fun inspiration full of colour
and a cute little way to make little embellishments for your layout cause it’s super fun.
Crafty hugs..xx

So Happy | Happiness | Mandy Melville

Hey friends!

Mandy back here on the blog with you today, and I’m sharing another layout using the beautiful new ‘Happiness’ collection! My layout features a super cute photo of my sweet little niece, Eliza, and I think the Happiness collection was just perfect for documenting such a happy photo!

I can’t get enough of the gorgeous florals in this collection, so of course I had to fussy cut some of those floral clusters out of the beautiful Botanicals Bliss patterned paper! I’ve also used the heart die cut from the Large Die Cut & Backing Kit, and I’ve tucked the floral clusters around the heart to create a beautiful feature on the page.

Once I had the florals and the large die cut in place, the rest of the layout fell into place very easily. I matted my photo with one of the papers from the 6×8 paper pad and adhered on the left hand side of the heart, so that my niece is facing towards the middle of the layout.

I used the words ‘so happy’ from the Cardstock Titles pack for my title. It was the perfect phrase to describe this photo, and I also wanted to record how much I love my niece’s happy personality. I love how easy it is to add titles to your layout using these cardstock titles!

Next I added some butterflies from both the Accessory Sticker sheet, and the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I think they add a lovely whimsical feel to the layout. I also scattered a few little die cut flowers around the page. Lastly I finished the layout off with a couple of the clear stickers and a some little word stickers.

Thanks so much for joining me here today! I hope that you’ve been inspired my page, and I look forward to sharing some more inspiration with you later in the month.

Mandy x

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