Sweet Family | Midnight | Michelle Stokes

Hello scrappy friends its Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I’ve created something quick and magical using the stunning die cut & backing sheet from the Midnight collection as a feature for this layout. I hope you like it too!

This Die cut and backing kit is perfect to use when you’re stuck for time or creative ideas. Add a few clusters using pieces from the ephemera pack, accessory and clear sticker sets, die cut words for a title and a sweet family photo and you can call it done in less than an hour!

I started the layout by adhering the die cut piece to the backing using some raised gel dots. This gave the die cut a little dimension rather than looking flat. I already had a diagonal design in my head so I knew where I needed to place the photo that I had backed with the B side of Mixed Blessing paper and a piece of the B side of Moonlight. I created 1 main cluster to the left of the photo using multiple pieces from the ephemera pack, raising some with gel dots and lifting the edged for a little extra oomph.

I do love creating clusters especially when they contain such pretty pieces like the ones within the Midnight ephemera packs.

To create the diagonal design I placed a second smaller cluster around the top left of the large die cut piece using florals from the ephemera pack, some clear stickers and an accessory sticker.

Then to tie the layout all together I recreated a similar cluster diagonally to the bottom right of the large die cut piece using similar elements to the top left cluster. I find that using similar items in each cluster helps to provide balance and ties everything all together without looking like a mismatched mess.

I also added the title to the lower cluster using die cut title word pieces before splattering the page with some gold ink.

Well thats all from me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my version of how to use this FUN die cut and backing kit. It surely does take the guess work out of creating a super sweet layout in next to no time!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Michelle xx

Introducing…Kylie Kingham

We would like to officially welcome Kylie Kingham to our design team. We are so excited to have Kylie join us, and cannot wait to share her work using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products with you!

Here’s a little about Kylie in her own words…

My name is Kylie and I live with my husband Paul, two children – Eliza and Jy as well as our very much loved puppy ‘Maximus’. I have been ‘crafty’ pretty much my whole life but it was around 15 years ago I started scrapbooking and found my true passion. These days I create across all platforms to include pocket page memory keeping, scrapbooking, creative planning and much more. I thrive on connecting with fellow creatives and sharing my techniques. When I’m not in my little studio creating you will find me enjoying family time and photography.

Here are some samples of Kylie’s beautiful work so you can get to know her style…

You can also see more of Kylie’s work via her social media channels:

Blog:  http://www.papersweetpea.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/paper_sweetpea

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuxpESmyuEb4t2wTIWCqsXg

Happy | More Than Words | Tarrah McLean

Hi Cocoa Vanilla friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the stunning More Than Words collection!

I started out by choosing a pretty floral cut file that is new from The Cut Shoppe and then from the 6′ x 6′ paper pad I chose lots of the gorgeous papers to back the pretty florals in the cut file. I tried to back them so that there was not the same pattern or colour touching. Once I had it all backed, I used some foam tape underneath to adhere it to the Darling Buds paper I chose for my background.

My photo is one of my sister and I from her recent visit back home from England. We love getting photos together and do so whenever we can! I just love this photo of us taken on her 40th birthday (that’s her on the right)! I placed the photo down in the bottom right corner so then I was able to balance the page by adding my title and a cluster of embellishments to the top left.

For my title I used one of the cute black chippy words. I also added a flair button, a fussy cut word from one of the papers, a phrase accessory sticker and some enamel shapes to that same cluster. I embellished everywhere else with mainly chipboard pieces and phrase stickers. I did also add some pretty vellum flowers in and around the cut file too.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! I hope I have inspired you to get out your pretty CVS goodies and create something beautiful!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Midnight Cards and Gift Box | Rachel Lowe

Hey CVS friends, with Christmas done and dusted I have started to make birthday cards and gift wrap/boxes. I have used the beautiful Midnight collection to create these feminine cards and gift box.

I have used a cut file with a flower pattern to add texture to the background before adding embellishments. White on white is a stunning way to add texture. To add height I attached both white paper pieces with foam tape. I chose floral papers to mat the white cardstock on to add contrast.

From the chipboard pack I took the vase and flowers, then adding ephemera flowers and leaves over it, adding the smaller flower with foam tape. How pretty does the vase of flowers look against the white! I then added the word ‘Happy’ from the chipboard words pack. To finish this card off I added some machine stitching.

I have cut six feathers, added a row of machine stitching down the centres and tied a bow at the top with embroidery thread, finishing off with another chipboard word from the collection. Inside each card I have stamped sentiments.

The gift box was super quick and easy to put together. I add a paper piece on the top, created a 3D flower (a cut file or hand punch), layered and added leaves finished off with embroidery thread wrapped several times and tied with a bow.

Here is the list of product I used to create these:

Thank you for stopping by today and Midnight is the perfect collection to create pretty paper crafts.

Bloom and Grow | Midnight collection | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have something a bit different for me – a whimsical style page created using the ‘Midnight’ collection and a fabulous cut file from Cut to You. 

The inspiration for this page came when I took this recent photo of my daughter in her new swimmers. The sun was shining on her face and her legs were in shadow; and as soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of the stunning ‘Sunset Strip’ paper from the ‘Midnight’ collection. (Please tell me that I am not the only one who sees a photo and it makes them think of paper that would match?! haha)

So my page began with a sheet of ‘Sunset Strip’ as my base and a sweet photo of my daughter. I wanted to remove as much distraction as possible so I fussy cut around her silhouette to remove the background from the photo. Looking at it made me think about how quickly she was growing up, and blossoming – so the idea to turn her into a flowering plant was born.

I decided to use the ‘Open Leaf’ cut file from Cut to You as my branches / wings and coloured them using ink. I then backed them using the beautiful tiny floral pattern on the reverse side of the ‘Inky Depths’ paper and set them aside. 

I used the gorgeous little mason jar from the Chipboard Accents pack as my “pot”, and then placed my photo so she was growing from it; adding the sweetness label from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and a little chipboard heart on top. I then created a little layered “garden” around my pot using assorted blooms from both the ephemera and chipboard accent packs. 

I then tucked the two branches in behind the photo, positioning them so that they would look like a pair of wings. I then cut a small floral feature from one of the ephemera pieces, placing it on her head like a flower crown and topping it with a small chipboard heart. I also added some extra leaves from the ephemera pack, tucking them in around the edges of the wings.

I used the bloom and grow piece from the ephemera pack as my page title, adding it in the bottom right corner of my page. I then added a few flowers from the Clear Stickers pack to the edges of the wings, and two little heart stickers to the points where the wings joined her body.

I used some small word stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet to add the sentiment onto the wing, and a small butterfly sticker just beneath it. To finish off my page I splattered some pink mist, and added a scattering of pale blue sequins that I had left over from the ‘Hello Lovely’ collection in my stash. 

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you.  Until next time, happy scrapping!

Introducing…Tazhiana Gordon

We would like to officially welcome Tazhiana Gordon to our design team. We are so excited to have Tazhiana join us, and cannot wait to share her work using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products with you!

Here’s a little about Tazhiana in her own words…

Hey crafty friends! My name is Tazhiana and I’m super excited to be here. I’ve been paper crafting for two years now and I’m in love with this hobby. I create a variety of projects, including 12×12 layouts, TN layouts, pocket page layouts and a few off the page projects. I can’t wait to start creating with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla products! 

Here are some samples of Tazhiana’s gorgeous creations so you can get to know her style…

You can also see more of Tazhiana’s work via her social media channels:

Blog:  https://preciselytazhi.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preciselytazhi

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tazhianagordon

This… | Midnight Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here with you today sharing with you my latest layout featuring the gorgeous Midnight collection. This layout is documenting a rare photo of myself and journals about my love of the one and only coffee.

Here is the layout that I created:


I have a process video for this layout that you can view below:

I am a big advocate for adding your story to your pages and this was a good example of this. I do not believe that I need to add a very detailed story or amount of journaling, but I do love the thought that in the future family or loved ones could view my layouts and get a sense of my family story and who I was as a person. I tend to always type my journaling and add it to my pages in strip form.

I have used a cut file from CUT to YOU, which is this super fun coffee cup. I was attracted to the cut file design because of the heart – it was perfect because I love coffee. I backed the coffee cup in patterned papers from the 6×8 paper pad. I love how convenient the paper pads are for backing cut files.

For the main embellishments I fussy cut florals from the Bloom and Grow patterned paper. This paper is hands down my favourite from this collection! Love, love, love it! I also used one of the titles in the die cut titles ephemera pack ‘this’ – it teams perfectly with the love heart.

The photo was a selfie that I took and printed at approx 3.5″ square in size. I use a home printer to print my photos and add a white border to the edge. I chose to add a couple of paper layers behind my photo too, adding a bit more detail to the focal area of the cut file and the photo.

The cut file and photo were both adhered to the page with foam adhesive. I also added foam dots around the edges of the fussy cut flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope that you have been inspired by my layout.

Raquel xxx

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