Sweet Memories | Life is Beautiful | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!

It’s Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today it is my turn to share for our “Throwback Thursday” feature and I have a layout that I have created with one of our collections from back in 2015 – ‘Life is Beautiful’. I couldn’t help myself but choose this range – I still love it so much! And it was perfect for documenting this photo of my gorgeous gal that was taken last year while we were out celebrating her birthday.

For my layout I decided to create a design that was concentrated down the central area of my page, leaving white space on either side. I used pieces of the ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Blossoms’ papers, layering them in the same order from the top and bottom towards the centre of the page. I love the way the bold patterns look together – all so different, yet unified by the common colour palette.

After I had the base papers in place, I added my photo, then set about embellishing the page around it. I first fussy cut some of the funky flowers from the ‘In Bloom’ paper, and then used them to frame along the bottom edge of my photo; then tucked a second piece in under the right edge of my photo; and saved a final small piece to add to my title cluster.

Along the bottom edge of my photo I also added a scalloped border from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and then the best day ever banner piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack over the top, using some foam tape to pop it up.

For my title cluster, I used two tickets (chosen especially because this photo was taken at a theme park); the large script word sweet and the memories banner piece – all from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I used foam tape under some of the pieces to add dimension. Underneath the cluster I tucked the small fussy cut floral piece I had saved from earlier.

Also from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, I chose a beautiful floral print butterfly that I added directly to my photo. (The main reason for this was to cover up a red sign in the photo that was very distracting.) The small so happy arrow that I added to the right side of my page was cut from the ‘Mixed Bag’ paper and my journal spot was also from the ephemera pack.

On top of the floral piece below my photo, I added the remember this flair button; and then tucked a couple of small resin roses from the Little Pretties pack in around the edges. Next, I added some of the Life is Beautiful coordinating Enamel Dots (I so love the colours in this pack!); and I surprised myself by using some of the larger sized dots, as opposed to the tiny ones I usually prefer. To finish off my page I added some small splatters of orange and yellow ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you have some older CVS collections in your stash that you haven’t used in a while, I challenge you to get one out and create a page with it. It’s so much fun going back and re-visiting an old favourite collection – it’s a bit like catching up with an old friend.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Midnight Collection | Sweet Little Things | Rachel Lowe

Hello CVS friends, today I have my first share using the gorgeous new collection Midnight! With so many gorgeous papers and embellishments to choose from I almost didn’t know where to start lol!

Instead of using my usual white card stock base paper I couldn’t pass up on the beautiful mixed media paper Inspired from the collection. I first cut a large butterfly from the Silhouette Design store. I paper backed it with the gorgeous small floral print paper, Inky Depths so you get a pretty contrast to soften the white card stock.

I chose a 3.5×3.5 inch photo (because it had a lama in it too lol!), matting it on a 3.7×3.7 inch square of the Moonlight Paper from the 6×8 inch paper pad. Once I had my butterfly in place which I added with foam tape so I could tuck elements underneath it later, it was time to add the gorgeous new embellishments from the collection.

I started at the the bottom of my page starting off by adding a flower from the clear sticker sheets, I then added two more but from the ephemera pack and adding a clear sticker phrase sentiment. I also tucked a small die cut butterfly under the feature butterfly.

The flairs from this collection are just so pretty! Before adding my chosen flair I paid a water colour effect clear sticker (you can add mixed media effects with no mess!) and finished this feature off with some chipboard hearts.

I tucked a tab from the accessory sticker sheet under my photo and a small floral die cut to the side which frame it wonderfully. Before adding my chosen die cut title word Sweet from the cardstock titles pack again I added a water colour paint effect clear sticker to add a hint of colour. I added several more of the water colour paint effect clear stickers on my background paper to create even more visual interest.

This layout is not technique based,  it is all about pretty, using the gorgeous papers and embellishments to create a beautiful layout! I cant wait to create again with this collection.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a happy and creative week!

Rachel x

You & Me | Midnight Layout | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing a multi photo layout using the amazingly beautiful Midnight collection. Seriously, this collection is just so easy to work with; the colours, the florals, the mix of patterns = perfection!

Here is the layout I created for today:

I also filmed a process video for this one which you can check out below if you would like to:

For todays layout I am documenting a series of photos that my daughter and I took together using Snapchat. This girl is the biggest ‘funny photo’ fan! She loves taking selfies and playing around with the filters and always wants to borrow my phone to take them. I have even taught her how to save the pictures onto my camera roll as we can always do with extra photos to document right?!? I mounted the three photos onto one of the 6×8″ paper pad pieces to resemble a photo strip.

To the left side of the photo I decided to do a little bit of fussy cutting. The floral ‘Bloom and Grow’ patterned paper was calling my name to be cut out and made a feature of. I tried on this layout also to create a page using nearly an entire patterned piece of paper using the woodgrain side of the ‘Shine Bright’ paper. Though I did have to add a white card stock grounding strip! I could not help myself! ….whoops.

The journaling was completed in my usual style, simply documented, typewritten and cut into strip form. I do not always find the need to be elaborate in my story telling, as long as I am telling the main focus of the page in a sentence or two.

I had not thought of or pre planned a title for this page, however I knew that the ‘Die Cut Title’ pack would have a perfect option. The ‘you & me’ was a great choice to document photos of my girl and I together. I also found the text ‘the best daughter’ in the Accessory stickers so I used that above the featured title.

The photo strip and the ends of the florals were adhered with foam adhesive. I love the dimension foam adhesive is able to bring to a page. It adds a simple element of interest without adding more busyness to my designs,

To finish the layout I added some of the chipboard hearts, clear heart stickers and some small fussy cut flowers.

I hope that you have been inspired by my layout today! Be sure to check out your local stores or online stores to grab some of this collection, trust me, you won’t regret it!

Raquel xxx



Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios project and it’s another with the beautiful ‘Midnight’ collection.  This time focusing more on the stunning Navy in the collection to document a stack of photos of my cat.  I was so drawn to the ‘Inky Depths’ pattern paper it was the starting point for my project today and I just love how the darker background looks, it really sets my photos off don’t you think!

My cat is a boy, so I wanted a page that wasn’t too girly and full of florals, so the ‘Inky Depths’ paper was the perfect starting point.   With the background paper locked in, I went straight to my cut file stash and decided on this one called ‘Conversation’ by CUT to YOU.   I love the pop of the white on the darker background!

Next up, I decided I’d soften the look a little by backing a few of the ‘speech bubbles’ with the pretty pink ombre of the ‘Shine Bright’ pattern paper.  I’ve used a sheet from the 6×8 paper pad for this as with the smaller format to the 12 x 12, the ombre is closer together and shows more in a smaller space.  I’ve also backed the heart shapes in the cut file design with the B side of the ‘Inky Depths’ paper again from the paper pad.

Next up, I went about matting all of my photos.  I love making layouts with multiple photos and a trick I have to do this is to print the photos in a small size.  Smaller photos means you can fit more on your page!  I have 8 all together and I’ve mounted them all in a combination of papers again from the 6×8 pattern paper pad.  I’ve then positioned these across the page loosely following along with the design of my cut file.

With the bones of the page all locked in now, it was time to focus on the smaller details.  There are so many pretty little elements in the collection, it was really fun to pick through the packs and audition elements here, there, and everywhere.

I’ve added a few elements across my page including die cuts from the ‘Ephemera pack, a piece from the ‘Chipboard Pieces’ pack as well as a few of the cute ‘Accessory stickers’.  Now to my title, I wanted to use the words in the cut file, so I went with ‘Hello You’.  The ‘You’ is from the ‘Die Cut Titles’ pack.

To finish out the page, I’ve added in a flair button from the ‘flair pack’.  I must admit I’m hoarding all of these and I’ve used 2 already, time to buy another pack I think!  I do love how a flair can finish off a page and add the perfect element to a cluster, they have been around for a bit, but I still love them.

Thanks for popping by today, heaps more ‘Midnight’ inspiration to come, I think I’ll be creating with this collection for a while yet!

Until next time,



You’re the Best | Boys Rule | Elodie Lusseau

Hi everyone!

Elodie here today and I’m delighted to be back to share my newest CVS project with you. I used the awesome Boys Rule collection to make a layout all about my girls with a winter photo snapped two years ago.

I love the cool patterns in this boy line. For this page, I wanted to focus on the stars and decided to layer a lot of them in a circle at the bottom of my layout. I started by looking for a background in the Boys Rule patterned papers and picked the beautiful Star Fall sheet. That dark blue ombre pattern is just gorgeous!

Next I drew stars using You Rock wood veneer shapes as templates in the Fun & Games paper. That cut apart sheet is so handy as it includes different colors and patterns. I cut the stars with craft scissors and placed them in a circle on the bottom right corner of the page. I then adorned my paper stars with die cuts, accessory stickers, chipboard pieces, a couple of clear stickers, and a flair button.

I moved on to my photo cluster and adhered the black and white picture at the bottom of the page with foam tape. I topped it with a pretty frame from the ephemera pack and I embellished it with another paper star, a journaling card from the miscellany pack, accessory stickers, die cuts, a cute chipboard star, and clear stickers. For the title, I used an ephemera piece that I arranged under the photo.

Finally, I added a shiny touch to my layout with droplets of gold ink. I really like the combination of gold and dark blue. So pretty!

Thank you so much for visiting the CVS blog today! I hope this page inspires you to have fun with the Boys Rule collection and use it for feminine projects!


Happy Moments | Midnight | Lauren Hender

Big hello everyone. Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Today I am sharing a layout with you using the stunning new collection called Midnight. This collection in all it’s dreaminess is perfect for highlighting special moments in our lives. Today I am highlighting a memory of mine with almost all of my children, nieces and nephews are captured in one photo. I know these photos will be important to them as they grow.

To create this layout I used some mists to blend a watercolour feel to some white cardstock. I only had pink and yellow on hand so I blended the pink and yellow together to make a beautiful peach colour that matched perfectly with the Midnight collection. I then added the clear stickers and cut file to complete the background.

TIP: The clear stickers are perfect for blending into mixed media backgrounds.

I then mounted my photo and surrounded them with some custom made tags, and chipboard elements. I then added my title and a couple of perfect little enamel hearts from the More Than Words collection.

I then added a cluster in the top left hand corner. I incorporated some beautiful ephemera pieces, flair button, accessory stickers and another perfect little heart.

I hope my layout has inspired you to create with the new Midnight collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

If you want to see what others are creating with this collection make sure you become a member of our Facebook group.

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo

2019 Design Team Call | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

We are excited to announce that our 2019 design team call is NOW OPEN!

If you have been waiting for the opportunity to join the Cocoa Vanilla team, then your opportunity has finally arrived. We are on the hunt for some talented and passionate new designers to join us who would love to showcase our products.


– Create 2-3 projects per month using products supplied.
– Post your work to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.
– Share your work via your own social media channels – a blog, Facebook and public Instagram account are all essential! (Process videos shared via YouTube are not necessary, but will be considered favourably.)
– Participate in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook.
– Participate in special events as agreed – these may include (but are not limited to) collaborations with other companies; teaching classes; attending trade shows; submitting work for media use; etc.

In return, design team members will receive a generous amount of product to create with that includes all new release collections during their term. Their work will also be showcased via the Cocoa Vanilla Studio social media channels.

To Apply:

1. Tell us about yourself:

Name, country of origin.
What do you like to create? Describe your style? Are you, or have you been, on any other design teams?

2. Your links:

Please provide links to your blog, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube (if applicable) and any other source or galleries we may find relevant to view your work.

3. Samples:

Please attach photos of THREE samples of your work that you think BEST represent you. (You do not have to use Cocoa Vanilla Studio products on these.) Ensure file sizes are not too large – 800×800 (or smaller) is ideal.


Email your application to: dtcall2019@cocoavanilla.com.au by Friday, 7th December 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email in January and the new team announced soon after.

This call is open internationally.

Good luck! We are looking forward to seeing all your applications!

xx Zoe

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