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Love you | Bohemian Dreams Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-03-18T21:40:52+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today sharing my latest layout using Bohemian Dream. The focus this week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog is paper. For today’s layout I decided to cut into the ‘Abundant’ paper in the collection that I had been hoarding. In terms on having a focus in paper I decided to use the Abundant paper as a starting point. Not only for the main paper used in the design of the page, but also as inspiration when it came to my choice of cut files and embellishments that I used on this page.

Here is the layout that I created:

I decided to document how much my little brother and his fiancé mean to our family. They are very special people who love unconditionally and we appreciate them and the support and love (and fun if you ask my kiddies) that they give us. These selfies were taken at a family function last year and I hadn’t yet documented them.

I used a cut file set that I downloaded free from Paper Issues. Normally when I use cut files I cut them on white card stock. I decided today though, as the feature is on paper, to use patterned papers from the 6×6 paper pad in the collection. I love how they turned out. The frames were the perfect size for my photos when I printed them at approx 2×2″ in size. I also chose to back the floral cut file in another one of the papers in the 6×6 pad. I used foam adhesive to adhere the photos and flower cut file to the layout.

To embellish this page I used a lot of the floral pieces in the chipboard sheet, I also added in some of the hearts and a butterfly. To add some further dimension to the page I used a Sie cut butterfly from the ephemera pack and adhered that only by the middle so I could fold the wings inwards to make it seem like it was fluttering on the page.

The scattering of chipboard hearts, flowers and some enamel shapes helped to make the page flow and lead your eyes from the top of the page, to the journaling at the bottom of the page.

I’m the biggest advocate for adding our stories to our pages, even if it is short, sweet and to the point like this one. I used my typewriter to type out the journaling and then cut and adhere it to the page in strip form.

Thanks so much for stopping by the CVS blog today. I hope that I have inspired you to use that paper that you have been hoarding and get creating!

Raquel xx

TN for my girls | Bohemian Dream | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-03-16T00:56:58+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Bohemian Dream|

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Today I am stopping in to share with you a special TN that I started and know that when I it is finished it will be a project I love forever.

This TN is going to be filled with the special moments I have with the amazing women in my life. It will be filled with memories of great times and the wisdom that passes between women that sustains us.

The Bohemian Dream collection is just perfect for this as it is one of my most favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections.

If you would like to check out Bohemian Dream just click HERE

I started this TN by making a couple of title pages. On the left hand side I side wanted to share what this TN is all about.

The 12×12 cut a part cardstock and the 6×6 paper pad made the foundations of these pages come together.

It really interesting.. I have noticed that when I scrapbook 12×12 layouts I only use 1 or 2 photos. But with TN’s I seem to beable to squeeze heaps of photos in. I wonder why that is? It sounds funny, but I guess as long as I love the result it doesn’t really matter.

Check out these pages below..7 photos! Can you believe it? lol

Have you noticed some of the other beautiful Bohemian Dreams elements? and there is another Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection sneaking in here.. Can you work out which one?

Ephemera elements

Enamel Shapes

Cardstock Stickers

6×6 Paper Pad

and..  the other surprise element is the cardstock stickers from the Wild at Heart Collection…

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the start of an amazing meaningful TN for me.

Happy Scrapping

Lauren xo

You Have My Heart | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

By | 2018-03-11T21:12:59+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi CVS friends!

Mandy here with you today to share my layout that I created for our ‘Scraplift’ theme this week. I used the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream‘ collection to document a photo of my Mum with my youngest daughter Eleanor, taken on Christmas Day last year. The beautiful shades of pink, purple and blue in this collection were perfect for this photo!

I scraplifted a gorgeous layout created by our former design team member, Missy Whidden. I always love the beautiful colours that Missy uses on her layouts, as well as her use of mixed media and cut files. Here’s the layout that I lifted…

It’s fabulous isn’t it?! You can find Missy’s original blog post here. As you can see, I stuck fairly close to the design of Missy’s page, and I also used the same collection and the same cut file that she used.

I started my page off by applying some oil pastel art crayons to my background using a stencil brush. I used a pink, a purple and a blue to match the colours in the collection, and I applied it in three areas so that it would peek out from behind the cut file.

Next I backed the cut file with patterned papers from the 6×6 paper pad as well as the Beautiful Mess patterned paper, and I adhered it to the page using craft foam to give it some extra dimension.

I added some layers behind my photo using the Dreamer patterned paper (reverse side), as well as one of the 6×6 papers, and a doily from my stash. I also created a little embellishment cluster on the right hand side of the photo that includes a couple of die cuts and a flair button.

I decided to use the die cut tag that says ‘You have my heart’ as the title for my page. It was the perfect sentiment for this photo! I also adhered a die cut flower next to the tag using foam tape, and I tucked another flair button under the edge of the cut file to the right of the tag. How cute is that little bird?!

A couple more die cut flowers tucked around the out side edge of the cut file added some more detail to the page.

I finished the layout off by adding a few chipboard hearts to the centre of some of the flowers.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today. I hope you’ve been inspired! Maybe you could try scraplifting Missy’s beautiful layout as well!

Mandy x

Life Is Good | Mixed collections | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-03-05T09:07:58+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Inspiration, More Than Words, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi everyone,

Ulli here with you today with a new layout for you. Today we have the kick-off from our scraplift week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog. I was so happy when I saw this theme in my dates at the design team calendar. It was not difficult for me to choose a beautiful layout from a design team mate which I wanted to lift. I totally adore the designs from the amazing Emma Wood and so I´ve choose a colorful layout from her with paper rays in rainbow colors. She has made this gorgeous layout for the “All about Colors” theme last year.

And this is my take on. I hope you like it!

First I choose a photo and glued it on a little piece of white cardstock. I cut paper rays with patterned papers from many different Cocoa Vanilla collections. I used the following collections: You Rock, Free Spirit, Bohemian Dream, Endless Summer, Wild At Heart and the gorgeous new More Than Words collection. I started with the color yellow and worked from the left to the right side and ended with the color green.

I stitched over some paper stripes with my sewing machine and then I glued a ton of word stickers from the accessory sticker sheets from different collections on the lower area of the layout.

Then I added my photo on the layout and splattered some gold paint across the page. Emma has used for her layout a title which she has cut out with her Silhouette. I used the white chipboard title “Life Is Good” from the Bohemian Dream collection for it.

I decorated the rays with die cut ephemera pieces, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers and some enamel dots in the same colors as the paper stripes on the layout.

To finish off my page I stamped the date with a roller stamp on my layout and added two black enamel shapes from the You Rock collection beside my title.

I hope you like my blog post and get inspired from Emma and me to do a colorful layout too.

Till the next time, Ulli


Live a Colourful Life | Bohemian Dream | Sue Plumb

By | 2018-03-05T16:10:17+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a 12×12″ mixed media layout using the gorgeous ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection. I am still so in love with this collection with all it’s stunning colours and beautiful florals! I pulled a photo of my babies from the archives to scrap this week. (I have never scrapped this one before because it was taken with a flash and isn’t that great; but I couldn’t resist documenting it as it was the first photo I took of my kids all together after my boys finally got out of hospital.)

I had lots of colours to work with in my photo; so I decided to start with the multicoloured spots of the Wild & Free patterned paper as my background. I applied some gesso to the centre section of my paper, which I simply spread with my finger. I then used inks and a small brush to add some layers of colour to my page, using a heat gun to dry them to create the “water line” look I was after.

After I had the mediums in place, it was time to work on adding some papery goodness to the focal area of my page. I used a pieces cut from the Gypsy Heart; Kaleidoscopeand Abstract papers to mat my photo with, which helped add some definition and separate my photo from the background. I also used some scrap cardboard behind it to pop my photo up a little.

To go with the organic look of the ink on the background, I also fussy cut a few beautiful floral pieces from the Abundant paper which I tucked into my layers around my photo. I also added a few stickers from the accessory sticker sheet – a label, the heart tab, and the little love this banner. Above my photo I added the sticker that became my title – live a colourful life.

To complete my page I added a stunning butterfly that I fussy cut from the Boho Bits paper (I think this is one of my favourite CVS butterflies EVER!) Then I added a few phrases from the accessory sticker sheet and some hearts from the enamel shapes pack.

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

Best Buddies | Bohemian Dream | Mandy Melville

By | 2018-02-25T19:25:12+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hey creative friends!

Mandy here with you today to share a new layout featuring the lovely Bohemian Dream collection! I’m still swooning over the gorgeous colours in this collection, and it was perfect to document this sweet photo of my youngest two kids…

These two are such great friends… they call each other their ‘buddy’! I love how this photo really captures their affection for one another!

I started my layout off by cutting a large title on on my Silhouette Cameo. While my cardstock was still on the cutting mat, I added some mixed media to the background using the packaging technique with some oil pastel art crayons. Once the mixed media was dry, I peeled the cardstock off the mat, and then backed the title with the following patterned papers – Galactic (YOU Rock collection)Abundant (reverse side), and Abstract (reverse side)I also outlined the cut file with a black pen to give it some more definition.

I added some craft foam underneath the photo to raise it up and give it some extra dimension, and then adhered it beneath the title. Under the left hand side of the photo I tucked a floral die cut and some beautiful vellum leaves.

I created another little cluster on the bottom right hand corner of the photo that includes another floral die cut, a flair button, and a vellum butterfly. I also tucked a die cut tab under the right hand side of the photo.

I created one final cluster at the top of the page using a couple more die cuts and vellum leaves from the collection, as well as a sticker from the accessory sticker sheet. Once again, I used foam tape in this cluster to add more dimension to the page.

I finished the layout off with some handwritten journaling, a few enamel hearts, and a couple more vellum butterflies.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! I’ll be back later in the month with another project to share with you!

Mandy x

Hello You | Bohemian Dream & Hello Lovely | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-02-12T08:06:44+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi crafty friends,

Ulli here with you today with a new 12×12 layout. In two days is Valentine´s day and so it´s all about love here at the Cocoa Vanilla Blog.

I love wedding pictures and so I searched for a photo from me and my husband from our first kiss as bride and groom on our wedding day. As background I used the wooden paper “Plus One” from the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock collection. I cut out the geometric heart cut file from Cocoa Vanilla and some flowers with my Silhouette Cameo. Then I backed the heart with the Bohemian Dream “Beautiful Mess” patterned paper. This paper has a part with a beautiful color transition from yellow to pink. I fussy cut the flowers from the Hello Lovely “Glimmer” paper und glued them under the heart. I also glued the Cocoa Vanilla cut outs in white under it.

I used a mask with flowers and and glued it with some Washi stripes on the top of my layout to fix it. Then I used white texture paste and I get a nice floral pattern on my background.

I placed the heart on my layout. For the title I used the “Hello” die cut from the Hello Lovely collection and the chipboard title “You” from the Bohemian Dream collection. Then I stitched over the chipboard title with my sewing machine.

I cut a triangle from the black and white striped Hello Lovely “Life Story” paper and glued it in the left corner on the top of my layout. I searched in my Cocoa Vanilla goodies embellishments in pink and yellow. I found in the Make A Wish collection pack some sequins, acrylic flowers and a tassel in pink. Also some Die Cut Embellishments from the Bohemian Dream collection.

I placed my photo on a doilie in yellow and decorated it with the “Hello Beautiful” die cut, the butterfly die cut, a word sticker and some sequins.

I made a banner with some papers from the Bohemian Dream collection, a rubber charm from the Wild At Heart collection and some Bohemian Dream stickers on the right side besides my photo.I stitched over it and glued the pink tassel on it. Then I wrote my journaling under the banner and decorated it with some sequins and enamel dots.

I stamped the date on a little tab and fixed it with my stapler on the right side of the geometric heart. Therefor I used some glue dots to add some dimension.

I splattered some gold paint across the page and then I decorated the geometric heart with sequins, acrylic roses and enamel dots and shapes. I took always the colors from the parts of the paper to underline the color transition with my embellishments.

I hope I could inspire you one way or another. Thank you for stopping by today.



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