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Creative Cards | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2018-01-09T17:15:58+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi Everyone, it’s Michelle back today with a super quick creative share. I’m still taking it easy since my surgery last month, and hadn’t really spent much time in my craft room, so I thought what better way to ease back into it than with a couple of cards. Super simple and quite easy to replicate using pieces from the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection.

The first card I made using some offcuts of the 6×6 Paper pad cut into banner flags, ‘strung’ along the top of the card and stitched in place.

I used the paint smear stamp from the set in the collection and some yellow ink under the ‘shine bright’ sticker and layered another sticker above it to create a sweet sentiment for the recipient.

To finish the card I added a leaf from the ephemera pack and some enamel dots for a little extra pop of colour.

Second card was another super simple one but my favourite by far. I used a piece of the beautiful floral print ABUNDANT from the 6×6 paper pad behind some white cardstock, then a strip of GYPSY HEART under the chipboard word HAPPY from the collection.

I added in the word birthday with alphas from the Make a Wish collection as nothing else looked as good. Lastly I tucked in a couple of the leaf pieces from the ephemera pack, some hand writing to finish off the card and some machine stitching to hold it all in place.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to check in daily for more inspiration from the other Design team members.
Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Spotlight on YOU | Bohemian Dream collection

By | 2017-11-30T00:22:04+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Chit Chat, Planners and Journals|

Hi everyone! Our ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection is still proving to be hugely popular and we have been seeing so many gorgeous customer projects popping up, we thought we might share a few more with you.


Heather Shank


Marcia Dehn-Nix




Jen Naulls




Tania Ridgewell


It’s amazing to see the variety of projects that are being shared – from scrapbook layouts (both paper-based and mixed media); to travelers notebooks; mini albums; cards; tags; planner spreads and more!

Thank you to each and every person who takes the time to share their work with us – either through our Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community group on Facebook or on Instagram and using the #cocoavanillastudio tag. Keep your amazing posts coming – we love seeing what you create!

And for everyone that has been waiting and wondering – YES, the ‘Bohemian Dream’ will be re-stocked soon!

Wedding Mini | Bohemian Dream | Emma Wood

By | 2017-10-19T11:51:05+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my latest mini using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.

First up can I just say how absolutely dreamy this collection is; at first I was a little worried about the purples (I’ve always found it a tricky colour for me to scrap) but as soon as I had it in my hands I was smitten.  The colours used throughout the collection are just so pretty and it’s all super easy to use.  My sister-in-law asked me to make a little mini using some of her wedding photo’s a few months back and I’ve been waiting to get this collection in my hands so I could start, and I can honestly say Bohemian Dream is a PERFECT match.

I’d originally intended to use an old book as the base but I couldn’t get the format to work for me (the pages are old and discoloured…i.e. not white! and the colour annoyed me too much, haha) so I restarted and just used a plain chipboard cover.  The inside of my mini is a combination of plain grid/lined papers, doilies and the stunning patterned papers of the collection.  The album itself is roughly 5×7 and I just machine stitched it all together.

To hide the stitching on the outside I glued a bit of my favourite paper (isn’t it everyone’s?!) along the spine of my book and I used my trusty hot glue gun to stick it down so I wont have to worry about it coming apart later on.

The only thing my sister-in-law asked of me when creating the album were to heave space/blank pages for her to write her own journaling.  I did add a few quotes/phrases but the majority of the journaling will be added by her directly.

I love the stamps included in the collection this time!  I stamped directly onto the doily and added one of the sentiment stickers then created a little cluster of flowers directly underneath.  And I used the purples! It’s just so pretty, truly, the photo’s do not do it justice!

I’m also a huge fan of the chipboard titles.  The script font is so beautiful and I love the neutral colour.  I was excited to try and colour/paint them, like we’ve seen the other DT do recently on the blog, but given I was grouping this one with a photo of the bride, I thought it might be better to keep it white 😉

It should be no surprise that I love the 6×6 paper pad either.  Because of the sized pages I create (6×8), I’m always drawn to the smaller patterns that you get in the paper pad (not to say that I don’t like the full 12×12 patterns, but some times the large patterns can be tricky for me to use).

I used both the 12×12 pattern and 6×6 pattern paper for the page below – the background features the 12×12 pattern while the “lovely” die-cut word is cut using the 6×6 pattern.  I just cut 7 copies of the same word and layered them all together to add a bit more dimension to the page!

Without sounding as though I’m blowing my own trumpet, I really love how pretty this album is; the colours of the Bohemian Dream collection are a perfect match for the photo’s.  I’m happy to report my sister-in-law loves it too! (Phew!)

And it goes without saying the floral paper (see below, it’s called Abundant) is STUNNING – you can bet I am hoarding every single scrap of it because I love it so.

I really do enjoy making these little mini albums – they are a true labour of love.  It took me a while to give the albums a shot as they seemed like so much work, but they’re really not and now I can’t stop making them!  For some reason my craft room seems to turn into a disaster room every time I create one, but even that’s not going to stop me 😉  Already have plans for another couple (not to mention I need to get my December Daily album organised too, wohoo!).

Here’s a quick flip through the entire album:


Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today – I hope this inspires you to create your own mini album.  And I can promise if you use the Bohemian Dream collection, then it’ll be a breeze 😉  Take care, Em xo








By | 2017-10-02T23:18:30+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi Creative friends!

Gwen here with you today with a very special share… Special for a couple of reasons, firstly, it is my very first project using the DIVINE new Bohemian Dream collection we have all been swooning over, and more importantly, it’s special because it’s a project 10 years in the making!

I am a huge fan of tag mini albums and I have always wanted to do one featuring my little Miss and all of her birthday celebrations.  I wanted to create one project that would show just how much she has grown up over the years and of course, birthday photos are a great way to see that!  It took a little bit of work to sort through 10 years of photos but so worth it!  As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of inconsistency in the photos due to them being taken over such a long period of time over many different cameras. I thought the best way to work with that would be to print them all in black and white and edit with the same filter.  I’m really happy with the consistent feel they now have.

I then went about putting the photos in order from birth to 10, this gave me a really good starting point for the design of the album and dictated the layout for all of the pages.  Some of the photos were not that great quality wise so they had to be printed smaller, others were the square format and some were 6×4.  I really love the mix of sizes and I think it really adds an eclectic feel to the album.

Now that the photos were sorted, it was time for the fun stuff!  I ADORE this new collection especially the mix of pink and purple and the floral in the “Abundant” paper is to die for!  I thought it best to stick with a small selection of papers, “Abundant”, “Dreamer”, “Wild and Free” and “Bo Ho Bits” and teamed these with a piece of bright green cardstock from my stash.  I was going for bright and fun just like my Miss 10!

I have used a set of pocket page plastic sheets as pockets for my photos and went about inserting these and adding my pattern papers to the back.  I created tabs for the photos to attach to the ring at the top out of rectangles cut from the “Bo Ho Bits” pattern paper.  I simply fussy cut them out, folded in half and then punched a hole in them.  I have also used quite a few of the elements from this cut apart sheet for my embellishments.  The number of each birthday came from my stash, it was good to finally get a use for those!

The bones of the project were coming together at this point so now was the time to go page by page adding lots of elements.  I started with the tag from the Sticker sheet that says “You Brighten my World” and added that to a scrap of pattern paper, next came a tag that was die cut and then I’ve added the word “lovely” from the chipboard accessories sheet.  For the next sheet, I’ve added a sticker tab to the right of my photo and a flair button.  I really wanted to use lots of bits from all of the parts of the collection, they go so well together and I just love the dimension they all bring.

This part of the creation process was so fun, I simply went page by page adding bits until I was happy.  Above you can see chipboard, fussy cut pieces of pattern paper and die cuts to create this cluster, finishing it off with some enamel shapes.  It was so nice to be able to just pick pieces and add them, there are just so many choices and with everything being so new and so well co-ordinated it really was hard not to add everything… I did use quite a bit though and I love that!

Here you can see a side view of the album.  I’ve added quite a few words and tabs down the side for interest and you can also see that I have added A LOT of sewing details to keep the album together.  I have also included a few shaker pockets with sequins which are really fun.  Sewing them really helps them stay together as they are handled so much more than pages in an album.  I think this is one of the reasons I love making them so much,  I seriously could make these all day every day!

I do hope you love what I have created with this new collection, it was so fun to make!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it all, be sure to pop over to the Cocoa Vanilla Facebook page, it really is such a stunning collection.

Until next time,



Mini Album | You Rock | Emma Wood

By | 2017-09-08T08:58:07+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, Made Of Awesome, You ROCK|

Hi scrappy friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my next mini-album.  I just love making these little books.  I’ve been hoarding pieces of You Rock specifically so I could use it in this mini album 😉

This mini is about Zack’s second year playing junior football and I have to preface this by letting you know it’s not quite finished..  You see, as I was putting it together, Zack totally surprised me by asking if he could put the “stories” in the book this year.  Umm, YES!!! How awesome is that?!  Makes my scrappy-heart so happy when he flips through the pages/albums I make, but doubly so when he actually asks to contribute in making it!  So to make a long story short, his “stories” are not quite ready but soon as he’s finished they’ll be printed onto tags that tuck in behind the photos (per his request).

I went with a 4×4 album for the base of my album (I have a habit of buying them whenever I see them on sale…) and used the plastic pockets for the majority of my pages.  I’ve learned that some mini albums need to be a little hardier than others (little hands can be a little rough) and the pockets protect everything perfectly.

On the spine I used some of the sticker alpha’s from Made of Awesome (because they’re small enough to fit, ha!) and then just popped one of the chipboard stars down the bottom.

The actual album format is very similar to what I did last year – each week is separated by a tab and I’ve used various alpha stickers to number each tab (Round one, two, etc).

For my tabs I cut patterned paper into 2 x 2/2.5 inch wide strips and just folded them over in the middles – then I stitched them straight to the edges of my plastic pockets.  Originally they were much wider because I had planned on having them poke out the sides of the album but after I’d finished stitching them all on, I didn’t like it (always the way!) so I just used scissors to cut them down which is why some of the words are cut in half.  I thought the words being chopped would bug me but I strangely enough, I like how it looks!

I love sequin pockets so you can bet I had to include one in this mini (I think almost all my mini albums have some kind of sequin pocket, haha).  I used the yellow sequins from Made of Awesome and just added a few black sequins from my stash (yellow and black are our team colours).

I’m sure I’ve said this before but adding all the embellishments to a page is my favourite part of the process and there are so many amazing pieces in the You Rock collection.  I’ve used a piece from almost all of it throughout this little book and I love how it finished up.

The sticker sheets definitely got a work out throughout this album; I ended up using the sticker labels from quite a few collections because I ran out of the ones from You Rock hah!

I love all the word phrases from the sticker sheets and ended up putting them everywhere 😉  In this mini I’ve actually stuck most of my embellishments directly on top of my plastic pocket rather than the photo itself (which also made it super easy to move things around if I changed my mind, haha).

(I love the photo below – it’s the biggest and smallest of our team this year – Zack was always messing around with Lachlan, he may be small but he knows exactly how to get Zack back…double-fold, every.single.time!)

I did include a little journaling – each week the coach would send out a little report about the game so I just printed it out and stuck it to some plain 3×4 journal cards that I had in my stash.  Once Zack has finished typing up his part I will print it onto tags and he wants me to tuck those behind the photo’s (although depending on how much he types, I may put some of it on the back of the 3×4 cards!).

Although the main reason for using plastic pockets in this album is to protect it (the kids tend to flip through them and sometimes the paper rips 😉 – super happy they look through them but I want the albums to last too!), I found the process of putting this little book together to be easier than usual which is a major win in my book.  I tend to fuss  about the tiniest little details so anything that makes that process faster (like going with 4×4 photos that just slide into pockets!) is a win for me.  Add to that that I stuck with the You Rock collection and the album was pure joy to create.  I can’t wait for Zack to complete his part so we can finish it off 🙂

And here’s a quick little flip through the full album 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today – hope this might help inspire you to try creating your own mini-album using the You Rock collection, it’s perfect for it!  Take care, Em xo


Birthday invites | You Rock | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-06-07T05:45:07+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hi everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a special project on the Cocoa Vanilla Blog.

Our little boy turned one at the end of may so I decided to make some birthday invites for his party. I focused on the blue, mint and grey tones in the „You Rock“ collection because I used a little blue whale as my theme.

First I cut out the whales with my Silhouette Portrait. For this I used the „Experimental“ paper from the „You Rock“ collection. I love this blue ombre paper! It is absolutely gorgeous!

Then I made some bows using a bow die and my Big Shot. I used different papers because I wanted to make every invite a little bit different. I used the papers „Night Sky“, „Random”, „This Way“ and „Stripped“.

I cut out 3.5 x 4.5 inch cards with the help of my paper trimmer. I used the grey side of the „In line“ paper and rounded the corners with my Crop-A-Dile corner chomper.

I splattered some black paint across the front side and added some mint washi tape from my stash to  the bottom of my cards.

I cut some other cards from mint cardstock for the backside of the invites. I typed the text on these cards using my typewriter, rounded the corners and glued them on the back of the grey cards.

Then I glued the bows below the text.

I decorated the front of the invites with stickers, word stickers and enamel shapes from the „You Rock“ collection. I also added a number 1 to each of these, for which I used different foam and chipboard alphas from my stash.

I hope I could inspire you with my quick and easy birthday invites. Thanks so much for joining me here today!


Awesome Shaker Cards | You Rock | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-06-05T11:26:54+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey Friends! Welcome to the blog today!
I’m super excited to share something a little different with you. Something a little different then the layouts I make. From time to time, I like to create cards and that’s what I’ve got to share with you today. I’ve been on a shaker card making kick lately and this collection, You Rock, is perfect for those masculine birthday cards.

I’ve made two so far, and I want so badly to make more. They’re fun! I need to carve out more time to create cards. After all, they’re always in demand as it’s always someone’s birthday! LOL! So, here’s what I created…

Both cards measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches, one is landscape and one is portrait. First thing I did was create frames with dies for both. I used one that had a stitched detail. Then I cut some transparencies to fit the frame. To build up my frame, I used three sheets of foam each. I knew I needed some extra space in the shakers to accommodate the thicker pieces of embellishments I wanted to use to decorate the inside of the cards. I allowed everything to dry overnight so there weren’t any sticky bits the sequins would stick to later.

I choose background papers that wouldn’t complete with all the fun shaker bits and embellishments I wanted to add, so I chose papers that were muted in design. Nothing overpowering in terms of colours or prints.
To embellish, and add the sentiment I wanted to convey, I used the wood veneer pieces that I heat embossed a couple weeks ago. I used embossing powders in both black and pearl orange. Next, I selected pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera package.
I also used pieces from the Rubber Charms. The fit perfectly in the window since I had given myself enough space with the foam.
My cards *needed* that something else, So I liberally used the Enamel Shapes to add that punch of colour and design.

Now, for the fun part… the sequins! I wanted it to be a super festive card so I went to town with the sequins. I picked colours that screamed PARTY!!! Using colours that are already in the collection, I chose some Aquas, oranges, yellows, metallics and blues. I also added some small beads for another type of dimension and texture. I like the look of all these fun elements together!

    Here you can see all the dimension both of the foam creating the actual shaker and the contents on the inside. I could stare at all the pretties all day!

    I kept the inside super simple… I matted the inside with some patterned paper from the collection topped with some white card stock to write my sentiments. And that’s it! The outside already has so much going on, I didn’t want to add (or take away from) to the fun element of the card.
And, that’s it! These cards took a little longer to create because of all the extra steps involved, but they are soooo worth it! I can’t wait to see the faces of the recipients when they open their cards!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazingly, creative day! xoLina ❤️

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