/Colour Me Happy

First smiles | Hello lovely layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2018-02-22T18:23:23+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Lovely|

Year 2018 is a year of destashing. That is my resolution and I am trying to keep that in mind when I am creating. I love all the new collections and “More than words” is so divine but i also loved some older ones and it’s time to bring them back. I decided to use the one I have the least of products left – “Hello lovely”. I only got one whole paper and some leftovers plus a little bit of ephemera pieces ans stickers. It felt to good to use it again as I feel that my money are not waisted. It’s also a year of using pictures I never used before. I love all those bright one taken with DSLR but I also have plenty of not so perfect photos taken by my phone. They still carry a lot of fantastic memories and there are no better ones so it like them or nothing. I printed few of them and made some pages.

I had few pictures of my little Maja smiling for the first time and I knew it needed to be scrapped. I thought that they would match “Hello lovely” perfectly as they both share similar color palette. I wanted to use this dotty paper called “Confetti” for my background but it wasn’t 12*12 anymore. I added a strip of pink cardstock to extend it to the right size. It’s a great way to use your papers as a layout base, even if you cut a piece of it.

First thing I use when I got new pack of ephemera are flowers. I usually got stuck with some inscriptions, tabs and tags but I really wanted to add flowers to my page. I decided to fussy cut them from “Floral fancy” paper that was added to the “Color me happy” collection.

I also added some paper scraps leftovers to my background and mixed them with stickers and ephemera pieces from “Hello lovely” collection. Stitching through them added a nice texture to the page.

This page is clean. I didn’t add any mixed media which is no to obvious as I usually splash some mists at the end of my creative process. This time I decided that all the dots in the background are enough and I don’t need more mess ūüôā

I hope I inspired you to grab your older collections and work with them too. They all deserve to have a second chance ūüôā Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Happy | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-01-09T08:00:28+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration|


Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 brings you and your loved ones much happiness and joy!

And speaking of happy, have I got something delightful to share with you today….


Oh isn’t this super pretty!!!

Bohemian Dream is just SO dreamy and divine, that I¬† just can’t get enough of it!

Today I have teamed this gorgeous collection up with the fabulous Colour Me Happy: Geo Heart Cut File. They partner beautifully & I absolutely adore how bright and fun this page is!

I have mounted my 11″ x 11″ white cardstock onto that colourful, patchwork style patterned paper, CV-BD004 BEAUTIFUL MESS¬†and machine stitched it into position. It’s really playful and lends itself to the ‘happy’ vibe of the layout.¬† That awesome Geo Heart has been backed with the CV-BD005 DREAMER¬†pattern paper from the6 x 6 PAPER PAD, and then embellished with DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms.

I have snipped one of the cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA frames into half, and layered it beneath my darling photograph. I attach them both to the Geo Heart and continue to embellish the photo cluster and cut file.¬† You’ll spy ACCESSORY STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA and FLAIR with my photo, as well CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS on both of them.

I complete my layout with more ephemera pieces and that stunning butterfly chippie! Final finishing touches are the sequins and my hand coloured twine. Perfection!

Let’s take a better look…..

How stunning is the ombre CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title, ‘HAPPY’?! It reminds me of a beautiful sunset and the yellow contrasts beautifully with the purple tones of the DREAMER paper. Here’s another view of it….

It’s really pretty!!! As are the surrounding blooms and butterflies!

To create gentle dimension on this ‘clean’ look, I use mounted tape on one of the blooms, fold and elevate the wings of the die cut ephemera, and use a CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER butterfly for interest. I also add my own hand coloured twine creating flow and texture too!

 I am just LOVING those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS Рthose blooms are just the prettiest!

How divine!!! The sentiment (& ombre font) of the FLAIR BUTTON is the perfect adornment to my beautiful photograph! LOVE it!

A really simple design and yet oh so pretty!

Those ACCESSORY STICKERS are such a fabulous touch too!

Just beautiful!

I think you can see why I am still totally swooning over Bohemian Dream!

& I hope I have  inspired you to continue creating with it too!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo



My Favourites | Mixed Collections | Emma Wood

By | 2017-12-22T08:00:03+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi CVS friends – Emma on the blog today with my last post for 2017!¬† (So crazy to be typing that!)¬†¬† It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost finished, seems this year has just gone by so quickly (too quickly!).

As you know this month on the blog, the DT are sharing some of their favourite CVS projects from throughout the year and it’s finally my turn!¬† I actually found this trickier than I thought it would be – I’ve loved all the projects I’ve made this year (went through my photo’s and my short list had 9 tagged, oops!).

My first pick is this colourful page:


I don’t think there’s any secret to why I might pick this one – rainbow!¬† I absolutely love a rainbow theme ūüėȬ† It was also fun to mix and match some of my favourites from all the CVS collections and put them on one page.

Link to my original blog post.

Next up I went for a mini-album – I’ve created a few albums this year and I am so happy how this one turned out:


Bohemian Dream was a perfect match for this wedding mini album I created for my sister-in-law!¬† I seriously love all the colours throughout this collection (and purple usually scares me!).¬† Bohemian Dream really is one of those dreamy collections you’ll use over and over again.

Link to my original blog post.

And last, but not least, is this one using one of my all-time-favourite collections, You Rock:


No surprise that I’ll always love boy-themed collections – there is always the perfect mix of fun embellishments (and you know that I looooove embellishments) for you to add to your pages.¬† I’m a sucker for die-cuts so this page features a whole lot of them (with no pattern paper in sight!).

Link to my orignal blog post.

And there you go – my Top 3 for 2017!¬† I could have easily changed these out for other pages though – the layouts I’ve created for CVS this year are some of my favourite ever.

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today and for your support throughout the year.¬† I’d like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas holiday with your family and friends and I look forward to catching up with you again in 2018!

Take care, Em xo

My Favourites | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-12-11T22:32:06+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hi everyone!

2017 is fast coming to an end, and as a way of rounding off the year, we thought that it might be fun if each of our design team members shared some of our favourite projects that we’ve created this year using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla products! I’m kicking it off today, and I have three layouts to share with you that feature a variety of different CVS collections!

I love how this first layout came together! I combined quite a few different collections, including ‘Colour Me Happy‘, ‘Wild at Heart‘, ‘Love Always‘, ‘Make a Wish‘, ‘Endless Summer‘, and ‘Hello Lovely‘. The soft pastel colours teamed up with pops of black and white, and grey, made for a a really pretty colour palette that was perfect for documenting these photos of my youngest daughter enjoying her first Easter egg. If you’d like to read more about this layout, you can find all the details in my original blog post here…

This is another one of my favourite layouts that I’ve created this year! It features the lovely ‘Endless Summer‘ collection, as well as a CVS cut file, and the cutest photo of my daughter and my nephew enjoying an ice cream together! The florals in the¬† ‘Endless Summer’ collection are so beautiful, and they’re perfect for fussy cutting! You can view my original blog post here for all the details about this layout…

And I also have a process video for this layout that you can check out on my YouTube channel…

Here is the third and final layout that I want to share with you today, featuring the beautiful ‘Love Always‘ collection. My aim for this layout was to keep it light and airy, and very simple. I love the end result, and I think it was the perfect way to document this photo of my sweet little niece! You’ll find closeups and more details about this layout in the full blog post…

And I have a process video for this layout as well…

I hope that you’ve enjoyed taking another look at some of my favourite layouts from this year! I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the encouragement and support that you’ve shown me over the past year with all of¬† your likes and comments on social media, and by taking the time to read my blog posts. I appreciate all of you so much, and I look forward to sharing more projects with you in 2018. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Mandy x

Decorating tree layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-12T22:10:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. We are having a lot of fun here, on the CVS blog, for the past two weeks making Christmas related layouts with no Christmas collections. At first I wasn’t into this but when I started seeing projects created with other DT girls I was so much inspired. I made this fun and colorful layout using mostly boyish collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I started with a blue and grey paper from “Totally rad” called “Line up”. I added a ground under the trees using “Say what”. I wish I have more of this paper. It’s so pretty.

Christmas trees are made of “Leaf litter” paper from “Color me happy collection. I simply cut few nesting triangles and add a fringe to one side of each. I riffled the fringe and glue triangles together.

I embellished my trees using stars that I fussy cut from “Starshine” paper from “You ROCK” collection. Paper like this one are so great and versatile and it’s always worth buying at least two of them. You can use it as a whole and cut some smaller elements out of it.

Projects like this are so fun because you can reach for older collections and pieces that you have left in only few pieces. The cork stars from the very first CVS collection “Flying high” are the best example.

Title is a combination of two old alpha sticker sets: “Totally rad” and “Hello lovely“. I also added few stickers with words from “Love always” sticker sheet.

It was a great fun to make this page and I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with a final wrap of my 2017 CVS projects.

XO Anna


Unforgettable FUN | Mixed collections | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-12-08T20:09:11+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Made Of Awesome|

Hello Hello! It’s Michelle back here with a fun new layout share for part of our Scrap Christmas without a Christmas collection theme. This was a fun challenge to create with and I really enjoyed dipping back into some of the older collections.

You might also notice that I’ve gone down a size with my layout for today. Partly inspired by Raquel’s inspiring 8.5×11 creations but mainly due to having tiny xmas photos printed for a previous project that I didn’t want to go to waste, but also didn’t to lose on a larger 12×12 layout.

I’ve gone with a crazy star theme by creating some strands of stars hanging from the top of the layout. These were fussy cut from the¬†ROCK STAR paper in the Made of Awesome collection and I added a couple of larger sticker stars from the Accessory sheets in the same collection and also the Hello Sunshine collection. I completed the layout with the photo, a doily from my stash and some stickers all grouped together towards the bottom and the addition of some typed journalling. I really enjoyed how quickly this all came together once I finished fussy cutting lol

I backed the entire layout with some of the STAR SPANGLED paper from the Colour Me Happy collection. You see I’m a little obsessed with the star shapes and really did go a little crazy with them on this layout LOL

Here’s a close up of the photo and title cluster, I’ve used a cut apart card from the MIXED UP paper in the Made of Awesome collection underneath the photo. The enamel dots I’ve used all over the layout are from the Make a Wish collection, and Colour Me Happy.


And lastly a quick couple of typed lines talking about Christmas morning last year. Her smile definitely lit up the room she was that excited and happy! Cannot wait to see her reactions this year.

Well thats all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping xx


These Are the Days | Various Collections | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-12-07T01:32:08+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! Sue Plumb here today, and it’s time for me to¬†share another design team project with you. You may have noticed that the CVS design team are currently being challenged to create a Christmas themed project that doesn’t use a Christmas collection.¬†I love a good challenge, and I had so much fun going through my stash and collecting items from all different collections that I could use for my page.

There are such a variety of collections used here, starting with that gorgeous wood grain paper from the¬†‘Make a Wish’ collection¬†that I used for my background. (It is actually the B-side of the beautiful floral print¬†Fresh Cut¬†paper from MaW – don’t you hate it when your two favourite prints from a range are back to back?! haha)

To create my design, I layered assorted papers from the¬†‘You Rock’;¬†‘Totally Rad’; and¬†‘Colour Me Happy’¬†collections to form a basic Christmas tree shape. I cut each piece to varying widths and overlapped them to add extra visual interest. The¬†these are the days¬†piece that formed the title in the centre of my tree was cut from one of the¬†‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its¬†sheets.

I then began “decorating” my tree. I started with the ‘You Rock’¬†wood veneer¬†star on top, then added the red stars that were fussy cut from the ‘You Rock’¬†Starshine¬†paper. I also added the¬†amazing¬†and¬†awesome¬†wood veneer shapes (also from the ‘You Rock’ collection). Next, I added some phrase stickers that were from the¬†‘Wild at Heart’¬†Accessory Sticker sheet.

To further tie the wood theme into my page, I added a few¬†Woodies¬†(from the¬†‘Hello Sunshine’ collection) and the small¬†love¬†word from the ‘Colour Me Happy’¬†wood veneer words. I then livened up my tree by scattering some ‘Colour Me Happy’¬†Enamel Dots – Cool¬†randomly around.¬†To finish off my page, I used some of the new¬†‘Bohemian Dream’¬†clear stamps¬†with navy ink to stamp some hearts and the¬†love this¬†sentiment around my page; before splattering a small amount of navy ink around.

So there you have it – a Christmas themed page without a Christmas collection anywhere to be seen! (And I managed to include items from SEVEN different Cocoa Vanilla collections!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, happy scrapping!

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