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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


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,





Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Bohemian Dream + You Rock + More | Mandy Melville

By | 2017-11-29T22:49:42+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hey crafty friends!

Mandy here today to share a fun festive layout with you! For the next two weeks, the design team are all going to be sharing Christmas projects using non-Christmas themed products! It’s going to be awesome to see what everyone comes up with! I’m kicking it off today, so for my layout, I decided to combine quite a few different CVS collections to create a fresh and vibrant colour palette. Here’s what I came up with…

I documented a photo of my little nephew Jude on this layout. Last year was his very first Christmas, so it was a particularly special Christmas for our family! He looked so adorable with his little Santa hat on!

I wanted to have a large feature title on this layout so that I could include lots of the beautiful CVS patterned papers. I chose a cut file, and then backed each of the words using a variety of different patterned papers. Here’s a list of the papers that I used (from top to bottom)…

I LOVE how all of these patterned papers look together!

I added a couple of layers behind my photo using the Night Sky patterned paper from the You ROCK collection, as well as a frame from the Free Spirit Die Cut Ephemera pack. I also tucked a little tab from the Bohemian Dream Accessory Sticker sheet under the right hand side of the photo. I’ve been hoarding the gorgeous buttons from the Hello Sunshine collection for quite awhile, but I decided that it was time to pull them out and get them onto a layout! I added one on the left hand side of the photo, and two more around the layout the layout as well.

Up in the top left hand corner of the layout, I added a few embellishments from the ‘You ROCK’ collection, including a chipboard sticker, a wood veneer piece, and a star that I fussy cut from the Starshine patterned paper.

I created another little cluster to the left of the word ‘little’. This one includes a ‘Bohemian Dream’  flair button, another fussy cut star, and another little button from the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection. I love how those stars add the perfect pop of red to the page!

The CVS little phrase stickers always add the perfect finishing touch to a layout! I used one that says ‘love this’, which was from the ‘Colour Me Happy’ Snip-Its pack.

To add some more interest to the page, I added a few puffy stars. These were from the Free Spirit’ puffy sticker pack, as well as the ‘Hello Sunshine’ one. I finished the layout off by adding a messy hand-drawn border around the page, and then lastly I added some black ink splatters.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! Maybe you’ve been inspired to create a Christmas layout using non-Christmas themed products? Make sure you pop back in for lots more Christmas inspiration over the coming weeks!

Mandy x

Thankful For You | Hello Lovely | Ulrike Dold

By | 2017-11-16T07:45:11+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new Cocoa Vanilla DT layout with you.

This week we have the gratitude theme here at the Cocoa Vanilla Blog. Therefor I made a clean and simple layout with a picture from me and my little family. I am so thankful for having my beloved husband at my side and together we have two wonderful little kids.

I decided to use the pretty and super cute Hello Lovely collection because I love the color scheme from this collection so much.

First I typed up my small journaling with my typewriter at the top of my 8.5 x 11 inch white cardstock. I picked “Thankful for you” for my title and decided to create the title with a pink foam phrase sticker from my stash and the small wooden grain and aqua alphabet stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely collection. I glued the word “Thankful” directly under my journaling and the other two words also beneath it. Then I stitched over the foam word with my sewing machine.

I cut out the little banner (Love this) from the Hello Lovely “Lucky Dip” paper and I used my stapler before I glued it beside the words with the alpha stickers. Under the title I added the little diamond from the Hello Lovely die cut ephemera.

Then I cut a wide paper stripe from the black and white striped “Life Story” paper and a small one from the pink “Delightful” paper. I glued the striped one on the bottom and the other over it. Then I stitched over the lower border from my layout with my sewing machine.

I splattered some gold paint across the page. After that I punched out my photo in the shape of a circle. Therefor I used a circle punch with the size of 2 inch. I glued the photo on the papers below in the middle of my layout because I love it when my layouts have a clear structure.

Then I glued the sticker with the three flowers from the Hello Lovely accessory stickers sheet on the right side next to my photo. I used foam dots to add my layout more dimension. On the middle of the biggest flower I added the woodie (FAB) from the Free Spirit collection.

I glued the floral border in aqua on the top of my layout and stitched over it. Then I glued the sticker with the stars on it – also with some foam dots.

I stamped the date with a roller stamp on my layout and wrote on the other side where the photo was taken. Then I finished off my layout with some enamel dots from the Hello Lovely and the You Rock collection here and there.



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

Till next time,


Think pink layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-11-13T19:07:15+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Sugar & Spice|

Pink or blue? That is not even a question for me. I am TEAM PINK for a long time. Not that I do not like blue but as a mom of two girls I am descent for pink. But seriously – who doesn’t like pink? Cocoa Vanilla Studio has so much to offer when it comes to pink papers and embellishments. That’s why I decided to mix few collection to create this very pink page.

I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and painted a circle using watercolor paints in different shades of pink. I also added few splashes here and there.

I didn’t want to cover my whole background with paper scraps so I decided to use (finally after so many years 🙂 ) my border punchers and make few fun stripes. You can spot a lot of different papers here like: “Sweet floral“, “Candy stripes“, “Dreamy“, “Frolic“, “Hip hooray“, “Party mix“, “Doodle dandy” and “Dreamer“. They are all from different collections but they have something in common – pink color.

With background as busy as mine I didn’t need much of embellishments. After all you don’t want to cover all that hard labor 😀 I chose two funny pictures of me taken with some animal filters (I always wanted to be a giraffe with glittery ears). I added a chipboard frame from “Love always” chipboard stickers sheet and surrounded it with flowers from “Bohemian dream” ephemera pack.

Few “Free spirit” puffy stickers along with glittery enamel dots were a perfect finishing touches. I created a title using white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” and a set of “Make a wish” alpha stickers.

I also have a process video for you:

That’s all for today. I hope you will join TEAM PINK too and you will create something covered with pink, glitter and all the cuteness of the world. See you in two weeks with some pretty “Bohemian dream” inspiration.

XO Anna


Always Shine | Free Spirit | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-09-30T22:05:49+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Free Spirit|

Hello everyone and a BIG welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

 I know you are all going crazy about the new Bohemian Dream collection hitting stores well the exciting news is that the Desgin Team now are busy creating with it to provide you with lots of inspiration. BUT..before all that happens I want to share with you a sweet layout using the stunning Free Spirit collection.

This layout is of me and my handsome hubby in New Zealand. Our first overseas holiday together and we loved every minute.

When creating this layout I really wanted to make sure the photo popped off the page. That is where the idea of the two diamond borders came to mind. By doing this I was able to highlight the photo and the title ‘Always Shine’.

I began this layout by applying a light coat of watercolor to the page. I just wanted to soften the edges a little and achieve a bit of a transition from the cardstock to the cluster of embellishments.

Starting with two doilies I then mounted one of the cut aparts cards and my photo underneath two frames from the ephemera pack. Just these few simple steps left me thinking ‘oh yeah this is coming together’.

Now for the fun part… putting all the embellishments on.

I began with the title using a puffy word sticker and an ephemera piece. I then added clusters to the left and right side of the doilies and top and bottom between the frames.

So lets go shopping..

Free Spirit Die Cut Ephemera

Free Spirit Accessory Stickers

Free Spirit Wood Veneers

Free Spirit Flair Buttons

Free Spirit Enamel Shapes

I hope my layout has inspired you to be creative.

Lauren xo

Hot air balloon frame | Wild at heart | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-09-24T23:09:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Design Team, Free Spirit, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Wild at Heart|

Hello CVS fans. It’s Anna here with some fun project created with “Wild at heart” collection.

If I would have to choose my favourite craft tool it would be a Silhouette Cameo for sure. I love how versatile it is and how helpful and inspiring the cut outs can be. Project I want to share with you today is one of those inspired by the cut file. I found this fun hot air balloon box and I thought that it would look great as a frame too. I oversized it and used Cameo to cut it out.

First step was creating a base for my frame – hot air balloon. I used three papers from WAH collection to decorate it: Double dot, Grow wild, Patchwork.

After my balloon base was ready I started decorating it using all the WAH goodies.

I used a picture of me and my cute family and glues it to the balloon using cardboard pieces to add dimension. I picked few flowers from ephemera pack and placed them behind the picture. I fussy cut few butterflies from ‘Mariposa” paper and added them to my composition. I also picked some paper flowers from previous collections and spreaded them all over the balloon.

Wood veneers from “Love always” collection were a perfect match with this project.  I wanted to use this big heart for a while and I finally found a great spot to use it. I also added few flair buttons from “Wild at heart”.

I had to fill the basket of the balloon with some beach rocks because it lost the stability. This is one thing I haven’t thought of before I started adding all those layers 😀

I finished my project using rubber charms and puffy stickers from “Free spirit” collection.

I hope you like my project. It was really fun to make something else than layout. And it looks really nice on my shelf 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks with some boy themed page.

XO Anna

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