Rainbow layouts and classes alert | Happiness collection | Anna Komenda

Hello crafty Friends. Today I wanted to share with you two layouts I made with brand new “Happiness” collection. They are both very colorful, with some mixed media backgrounds. I also have some fantastic news to share – I am coming to Australia in May! I will be attending Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Creative escape” Retreat. How great is that? I am super excited about this travel and opportunity to meet you all, who will be there.

Those are my two newest pages:

New “Happiness” collection is a dream come true to me. You all know how I love creating colorful designs so I couldn’t think of a better line for myself.

Another news is that I will be teaching few classes during the retreat and those layouts are a projects we will be making on one of them.

I will be also visiting Brisbane for the weekend to teach three classes in Crafty Chain shop. They all will be with fantastic Cocoa Vanilla studio goodies of course 🙂

Who will I be meeting both on retreat and in Craft Chain?

Can’t wait for the May to come. Thank you for stopping by and see you next week.

Wonderful Moments | More Than Words | Amanda Baldwin

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans, 

Amanda here with another installment of our Throw Back Thursday feature!

Today I am taking you back to 2018 with the gorgeous More Than Words collection and a very sweet ‘mom & son’ page,

“Wonderful Moments”

Talk about sweet, this melts my heart! Such a happy moment documented! And maybe another twist on my love for the monochromatic designs 😉

Lots of lovely layers here, starting with the reverse side of CV-MT003 GOSSAMER as my layout base. I layer over this pretty black floral paper with a sheet of pale blue cardstock. I distress, peel back, and staple this cardstock into place to reveal the CV-MT003 GOSSAMER base. This is such an effective technique, as it creates both texture & interest, as well as a masculine touch to these pretty papers!

To these two background bases, I layer a cut file (Geometric Art courtesy of The Cut Shoppe) which I semi back with the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD version of the GOSSAMER paper. To the cut file, I add embellishments galore, and of course, my photo cluster! So many pretty layers! Let’s take a closer look……

Absolutely LOVE this photo of me & my boy! I embellish the cut file with a mix of DIE CUT EPHEMERA, CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS, ENAMEL SHAPES, & even ACCESSORY STICKERS. I start my design from the top of the cut file, & travel down the page focusing on my photo cluster in the center. The ‘wonderful’ CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER was the perfect title choice for my darling photo! But my title doesn’t end there! As your eye moves down my layout, you’ll find the remainder of my title beneath my photograph….

Unforgettable, & Wonderful are fussy cut labels from pattern paper CV-MT006 TREASURE, and Moments is from the CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS. Such a fun mixed title & I just adore all the tucked in pieces surrounding my photo! Layered perfection!

Here’s a better look at my title and central photo….

That layering beneath my photo is just stunning! You’ll spy more cuts from pattern paper, CV-MT006 TREASURE, as well as ACCESSORY STICKERS, more CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA & that divine VELLUM ACCENTS feather!  I love that bold pop of blue, it really brings attention to my photo!

Here’s another view for you….

Just gorgeous!

I tuck a few white cotton floss threads into the photo cluster too!  For more interest & a finishing touch, I also add a few watercolor splatters as well! LOVE it!

More Than Words might be a girly, feminine collection but it is still perfect for scrapping the boys too! I hope you enjoyed my edition of Throw Back Thursday, & feel inspired to get creating with your older Cocoa Vanilla Studio stash too!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 



Sweet and Adorable | More Than Words | Nikki Kehr

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends,

Nikki here :)Today I will show you a scrapbook layout I´ve made with the beautiful More than Words collection. This time I focused on these sweet butterflies of the collection.

The background of this layout was made with a background punch. The collection with its many butterflies reminded me to use them again 🙂 I love how it turns out.

The scrapbook layout is decorated with the butterflies from the ephemera pack and some handcutted from the pattern paper called Treasure. To integrate some color I punched out some butterflies with the background punch out of different papers. I used the pattern papers called: Treasure, Sketchbook and Collage. For some pop of yellow I integrated a few enamel dots.

As a title I combined a chipboard word with a banner from the ephemera pack and some phrases stickers. Some of the grey chipboard hearts are used to create the 3-times rule to harmonious and calm the layout.

I hope you had fun and are inspired by this beautiful More than Words 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


Happy Times | Happiness | Michelle Stokes

Hello Scrappy friends it’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I’ve used the wonderful new Happiness collection that most certainly makes me oh so happy to create! Have I told you how much I’m loving these fresh bright colours?

For todays creation I’ve focused on using the large die cut and backing kit a little differently to how is was designed. Still a super simple layout to recreate so make sure to share with us if you do.

To start I cut out all the woodgrain pattern from the backing sheet and added in the hearts paper from the 6×8 paper pad. Next I adhered the die cut piece to the backing sheet then cut the large heart piece out before adding detail with machine stitching. I added foam sheets to the back of the heart and adhered the large piece to the white cardstock.

Next was the photo, chosen for its bright colours to match the collection, taken at Leila’s birthday back in December with some fun photo props. Then I fell into old habits and created a diagonal design layout using ephemera pieces and foam tape for dimension. It seems to be my go to layout design with large die cuts, I just can’t help it HAHA

Love me some pretty floral pieces!!!

Last of all I added a couple of extra pieces from the ephemera pack to create the larger title cluster, added some hand written journalling and  then sprinkled gold colour shine all over the layout to finish it off.

Well thats all from me today. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my take on a different way to use the large die cut and backing kit.

Until next time, happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Together | Happiness | Kylie Kingham.

Hello everyone! It’s Kylie back with you today and I am sharing a layout I have completed using the beautiful, new “Happiness” collection. I just love all the beautiful colour combinations and prints to the range. I wanted to select a pink and aqua combination for my layout which features my daughter and her little best friend.The background paper I selected is ‘Good Vibes’.

I tore a small section off the top of my page and added a combination of the ‘Botanical Bliss’ paper for a little extra colour. I distressed the edges with my scissors a little as well as curling the edges once they were adhered into place. My layout also features a combination of two cut files. Both the phrase as well as the floral bouquet which are from CUT to YOU. Once they were backed, I adhered them to my page with foam tape so they sat up with a little dimension.The colours are AMAZING and really pop against my background.

To soften the background a little I also added some very faint, white paint splatters.

I’ve used two photos for my layout, one slightly smaller in size to the other.To help them blend into my layout I have added some of the precious floral die cuts, adhered around the images adding balance. They are SO pretty.

Some of the flowers and leaves were also added over the top of my backed cut file bouquet before adding in some of the typed phrase stickers from the sticker sheet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my latest layout created with the beautiful Happiness collection.

Until next time,


Beautiful You | Happiness | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

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

This collection is absolutely amazing, if you haven’t ordered yours from a retailer yet, you really should! Its just gorgeous and the colours are to die for!

Some of us designers were asked to scrap lift each other this week, I chose to lift an amazing page by fellow designer Amanda Jayne Baldwin!

I just adore the watercolour look together with the circle cut file Amanda used on her layout! I decided to replicate a similar look by painting with some watercolours and also splattering some of the same colours also. I cut out a circle cut file using the ‘B’ side of the Botanical Bliss paper. I wanted to have the darker paper as a contrast against the white background and the softer watercolours.

Here is Amanda-Jayne’s stunning layout that I lifted, Amanda-Jayne used our pretty Hello Lovely collection:

I just had to fussy cut some of those beautiful butterflies from the Bright and Beautiful paper! I mean they were just meant to be cut out right?! I used foam tape underneath most of the to pop them up from the page, I arranged them around the perimeter of the circle cut file how I liked them. I also added a couple of the clear sticker butterflies, first I adhered them to some white cardstock, I like how this allows me to then move them around like a die-cut. I used some of the gorgeous papers from the 6′ x 8′ paper pad to mat my photo and I also layered one of the die-cut frames underneath.

My title is ‘Beautiful You’ chosen from the Cardstock Titles pack. I placed it overlapping the bottom of the die-cut frame at the bottom of my photo. I added one of the cute flair buttons over on the right hand side, I placed it amongst the fussy cut butterflies. I also added some of the clear sticker and die-cut hearts for some extra embellishing and interest.

I added quite a few of the clear stickers on this layout as the colours matched perfectly, especially the ones that look like paint smears, you can see I added one to the right of my photo if you look at the photo below. Some of the small word and phrase accessory stickers were added to the bottom of the frame and title. It is so easy to create pretty pages with this collection! Once I had decided whose layout I was going to lift, it was easy to then execute my design and embellish it!

I hope I have done Amanda-Jayne’s page justice?! Have you ever tried scrap lifting a design? It’s a great way to get your creativity flowing if you are in a slump or not sure where to start! I often scrap lift myself if I like a previous page I have done!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

This Story | Midnight | Rachel Lowe

Hi CVS friends this week is all about scrap lifting. I chose one of my fav designers Amanda-Jayne Baldwin and here is her layout that I lifted.

And here is my take.

I have used the gorgeous Midnight collection. I used a heart wreath cut file filling the hearts with  paper. Next I added my photo using a smaller die cut frame from the ephemera pack to ensure my photo stood out I added a floral bunch using the ephemra die cuts, a beautiful flair button and a tab from the accessory sticker sheet . Under my photo I added my title using the title die cuts. 

I then cut some butterflies layering them for effect, machine stitched the layers together and adding around the heart wreath. I added another flair, tucking it under a larger layered butterfly. I added a sub title using a accessory sticker. Finally I used a platter of black paint.

I had so much scrap lifting Amanda-Jaynes layout! Thank you for stopping by today and see you again soon.

Rachel X

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