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My Favourites from 2017 | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-12-31T13:18:44+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hello CVS friends!

Ulli here with you today and it is my last post in the year 2017. It is time to reflect the last year and my wonderful time at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team.

When I got the email from Zoe in the beginning of 2017 a dream came true. And that´s why I want to say thank you again. Dear Zoe, thank you for your trust, for this wonderful chance and for having me. I really love being a part of the CVS family and I am looking forward for the upcoming year!

Today I want to show you my three favourite layouts from 2017.

The first layout is my first Cocoa Vanilla Studio Layout ever. I made it with the gorgeous Wild At Heart collection and probably it will be forever the most important project for me using this brand. It was love at the first sight when I worked the first time with the gorgeous papers and embellishments designed by the amazing Zoe Pearn. I really adore working with these beautiful scrapbooking supplies. And as you know I love big picture layouts and flowers.

My second favourite is the layout which I made for the All About Colour theme. I made a colourful wreath out of Cocoa Vanilla embellishments and die cut parts of water-colored paper. Therefor I used the Endless Summer, the Wild At Heart and the You Rock collection from Cocoa Vanilla. I think in this layout you can see how beautiful the Cocoa Vanilla embellishments are and how well the different collections fit together.

And my third favourite layout is this big picture layout which I made with the Free Spirit collection and the Wild At Heart collection. I used a big black and white picture from my little daughter with her beloved balance bike and I stitched rays of papers on the 12×12 layout.

After watching all three of my favourites layouts I realized that all three have something in common. I used a black and white photo for all of them, I used the colour pink at all of these projects and I have used on all flowers as embellishments. And two of three are big picture layouts – typical me.

I hope you liked my little review of my creative Cocoa Vanilla year 2017. I wish you all a good start in the new year.

See you in the year 2018,

Ulli

 

 

 

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

Beautiful December Memories | Bohemian Dream | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-12-11T06:54:32+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a christmas layout with a non-christmas collection with you. I hope you have seen all the amazing projects from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team the last two weeks because they are really amazing!

When I start with my layout I first struggled a little bit with this theme. But then I went through my christmas pictures and I saw one picture with my favorite christmas ball ornaments. It is a pink christmas ornament with a big hibiscus flower on it. It was simply perfect for Cocoa Vanilla and for this challenge!

I decided to use the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection with all its beautiful colorful flowers and it was the perfect match for my picture.

I used a geometric christmas ornament cut file from the Silhouette design store. I backed the ornament with different patterned papers from the Bohemian Dream collection. Therefor I used the papers “Abundant”, “Beautiful Mess” and “Flower Child”.

I used thin thread in gold for hanging up the backed ornament on the top of my layout. I utilized  my stapler to attach the thread on the paper. On the backside of the paper I used some washi tape to fix the thread.

Then I splattered some gold paint across the page and placed the photo on the left side of the christmas ball ornament. I used the “Favourite” tab from the accessory sticker sheet from the Bohemian Dream collection and my stapler to decorate it.

I glued many flowers and leaves from the die cut ephemera pieces from the Bohemian Dream collection and a hibiscus flower die cut from the Endless Summer collection under this two elements. I wanted to achieve the look of a twig of fir and so I also used some die cutting pieces in the shape of leaves which I made with my Big Shot and white cardstock.

For the title I glued the wooden word “Beautiful” under the twig. Then I stamped the words “December memories” under it to complete my title.

I stamped also some little stars all over my layout. I cut a triangle from the pink and white striped “Beautiful Mess” paper and attached it to the right corner below. I also glued some gold glitter washi tape over it.

I decorated the christmas ball ornament with the big pink bow with the sequins from the Make A Wish collection and a pink flower from the Bohemian Dream die cut ephemera pack.

Then I searched through all my Cocoa Vanilla supplies for round embellishments. I pierced the die cut embellishment “Smile” and a round sticker – both from the Bohemian Dream collection – on the top and attached them also with gold thread on my layout. Then I glued a pink chipboard heart on the round sticker and added a woodie from the Endless Summer collection and two flair buttons (Bohemian Dream and Endless Summer) on my layout.

I still missed the festive and winterly look on my layout and so I punched out confetti pieces from white cardstock with my confetti punch. I glued small and big confetti pieces all over my page to get the look of many little snowflakes.

Then I wrote my journaling on the pc and printed it out. I added it on the left side above omg photo. I glued the “Here´s the story” sticker with a foam dot on it.

Then I decorated my page with two word stickers and a chipboard word sticker from the Bohemian Dream collection. To finish off my page I added some sequins and enamel dots from the Bohemian Dream and the Make A Wish collection on my layout.

I hope I could inspire you! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Ulli

Hello sunshine | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-09-11T04:24:30+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello crafty people. As you probably noticed – it’s a STICKERS WEEK on Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I am very happy about it because let’s be honest – who doesn’t like stickers? They are so easy and fast to use, come in a variety of shapes and colors. Perfect type of embellishments.

You can find many types of stickers at CVS Store like: chipboard stickers, regular sticker, alpha stickers and puffy stickers. I mixed them together on this sunny – funny page.

I had a series of cute pictures of my little girl playing at the pool. They are mostly blue so I thought – let’s make a fun, blue background. I searched through all the CVS collections and picked every blue paper I found. I grouped them and decided to use 8 patterns together. You can spot papers from Color me happy, Wild at heart, Hello sunshine, Make a wish, You rock and Endless summer collections. I just cut a stripe of paper and combined them all together creating a whole new 12*12 paper.

With all that patterns my page didn’t need much of embellishing. Small stickers and other elements were just perfect to add them here and there.

I started with three chipboard frames from “Wild at heart” collection stuck behind the pictures. I also picked some words and small elements from “Hello sunshine” ephemera pack and sticker sheet. Puffy stickers are also a fun type pf embellishments to put on the page. I created a title using two puffy words from “Hello sunshine” puffy stickers.

Adding dimension to my pages is one of my favourite techniques while creating a layout. That’s why I love wood veneers, woodies and flair buttons. All of them used on my page are from “Hello sunshine” collection.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO

Anna

SUMMER | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2017-09-02T14:14:29+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here, back today for another share, this time I have a fun Summer themed page featuring me!   This shot was taken at a Fun Run my sister and I did last year, as part of our “try new things” year for my 40th birthday.  I had never done anything like this so it was on our list!! AND it was so fun!  Now, we didn’t run but walked the 10-kilometre track, stopping along the way for happy snaps and this was one of them!  I’ve used the Endless Summer collection for this for its Summery soft tones.

The idea for the page began with my photo and the die cut title from the Ephemera Pack.  I find a page always comes together quickly when you have something like this to start you off.  I then went about cutting out the floral die cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I went quite large with these as I knew I wanted them to be a major part of my design and to layer my photo and elements over the top of them.  I’ve left then plain white to contrast my background.

I went with the Sweet Treats paper for my background, because, well, who doesn’t love a wood grain!  I have rotated the paper so the grain runs up and down rather than across as I knew my design would flow more in this direction.  Next, I went about matting my photo, I’ve used both sides of the Coastal Chill paper.  I love doing this for a double matt photo.  You know the patterns will work together well and you are only cutting into one sheet.  I’ve also used a section of the This & That paper as my third paper layer, lots of fun things to fussy cut out of this one and then you can use the outside edges as a photo mat.

I’ve then gone ahead and fussy cut out the pink doily and striped tab from the same paper and layered them into my paper stack.  I also took this opportunity to add some foam tape to my photo to make it stand out above the background layers.  Now was also the time to add a single pink flower from the Blooms pack.

I then went ahead and added the smaller elements.  I adore the little wood veneer pieces in this collection, cute clouds, hearts and even a flamingo!! I’ve also added a cloud from the puffy stickers sheet, super cute!! I then went in search of elements from the Ephemera Pack.  I went with this cute banner as well as the title.  It was a nice chance to add some stitching here as well.

Lastly, I added the Flair and Enamel Shapes and some Woodies, all the page was done!  I love how it turned out, so warm and Summery.  With Winter now behind us in Australia, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Spring/Summer filled pages and I hope mine has inspired you today.

Thanks for popping by today

Until next time

Gwen

xo

Forever In My Heart | Wild At Heart & Endless Summer | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-08-22T06:28:18+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout I made for the „All About Color“ theme this week.

I love colors, but I often scrap using a limited color palette, so I struggled with this challenge at first. But sometimes you just need a little bit of time to think and develop a concept.

Eventually I came up with the idea of creating a large circle in rainbow colors on a 12×12 page. For this I wanted to use only cardstock that I water colored myself, paired with lots of Cocoa Vanilla embellishments.

First I took my water color pencils and added a bit of yellow, orange, pink, blue and green on a white card stock (in different areas so the colors wouldn’t mix). I then added a bit of water to the colors with a paint brush and waited until all of it dried. I chose various floral craft dies and die cut them with my Big Shot.

My starting point was a small black and white photo that was taken on our holiday on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives in May 2012. I decorated it with die cuts, rubber charms and some water colored leaves in my favorite color, pink.

I then completed my circle from right to left with orange, yellow, green and blue and ended up with pink again.

I used several Cocoa Vanilla collections to create this colorful circle: Wild at Heart, Hello Lovely, You Rock, Endless Summer, Colour Me Happy, Free Spirit and Make A Wish. It was so much fun to use the ephemera die cuts, woodies, enamel dots, stickers, rubber charms, paper flowers and all the other beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Embellishments! And of course I used my water colored leaves and flowers too. Often I glued die cuts on glue dots to give them some dimension. I also added a few smaller items from my stash – especially in yellow, because I didn’t have enough embellishments.

For my title I chose the „Forever In My Heart“ die cut from the Wild At Heart collection and placed it below my photo.

In the end I splattered some gold and black paint across the page. To finish it off I stamped the date with a roller stamp next to my photo on the left side.

I hope you like my layout and had fun reading my post!

Till next time,

Ulli

Bath time fun | Mixed Collections | Emma Wood

By | 2017-08-19T18:25:32+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Totally Rad, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello friends, it’s Emma on the blog today and I’m so excited to be sharing my next page.  This week the Design Team will be sharing projects that focus on colour and I had so much fun putting this one together.  As soon as I saw the theme I knew I wanted to include a collection of colours – and the easiest way to do that?  Go with a rainbow!   The bonus of creating a rainbow layout is that it’s also an easy way to use a mixture of CVS collections on your page too!

Because I was using a mixture of colours I flipped my photo’s to black & white so I didn’t have to worry about colours clashing.  I used a star-burst design for the top of my page and cut the papers from a few collections (You Rock, Wild at Heart, Endless Summer, Make a Wish and Totally Rad) using my trusty scissors so each piece is slightly different from the other.  I also cut a couple pieces from the same patterned paper (one slightly smaller than the other) and then machine stitched them together, folding up the sides on the top piece to create a bit of dimension on the page.

I planned to have the title at the bottom of my page but I knew I had to keep it plain because the page already had alot of colour on it, so I went with the white alphabet stickers from Colour Me Happy.

Now I’m a fan of white on white but the title didn’t stand out enough on the white cardstock background so I came up with the idea to pop them onto of the word stickers – I’d planned on using them (You Rock Accessory Stickers) on the page anyway so I figured why not make them my background instead!  Part of me didn’t want to waste that many fun word stickers on the one page but I really quite like how it turned out.  I just ran the whole lot through the sewing machine to keep them in place (I’m a big fan of the sewing machine, hard to find a layout of mind that doesn’t include it).

My journaling is typed up on the computer (using typewriter font) and printed it onto plain white paper.  Up until this stage the photo’s had been sitting side by side but the journaling ended up being a little bigger than I’d thought so I staggered the photo’s, put the journaling at the top of the right photo and popped one of the rubber charms (from You Rock collection) at the bottom of the left photo to balance things out.

Once I’d finished with the actual layout of my page, I got to add all the other fun bits and pieces – I love enamel dots/shapes and there are so many fun colours in all the CVS collections!  Most of the enamel dots came from the Colour Me Happy collection (warm & cool) but I also added a few stars from Totally Rad and chipboard stars from You Rock.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you’re inspired to create your own page using a bit of rainbow magic!  There are so many gorgeous colours in all of the CVS collections so don’t be afraid to mix and match! 😉

Until next time, take care. Em xo

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