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You Have My Heart | Bohemian Dream | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2018-01-09T08:16:19+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi scrappy peeps!

Elodie here today with a new page to share with you! I went with blue for this layout using the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection and a photo of me and my sweet girls snapped in Barcelona a couple of years ago. Here is my page!

I love the blue tones in the Bohemian Dream collection. Gorgeous, right?! For my background, I picked the Abundant paper, with its pretty navy blue color, and placed a strip from the Flower Child sheet in the center of the page.

I wanted to keep my layout simple and I decided to make two clusters – one at at the top of the page and another one at the bottom.  I started with my top cluster and tucked a lovely tag from the ephemera pack under the  strip. Then I added beautiful Bohemian Dream embellies all around it: more die cuts from the ephemera pack, a label on which I stamped the date, a chipboard heart and a flower from the vellum accent pack.

For my bottom cluster, I layered the photo on a doily and I adorned it with a frame, die cuts, a pretty vellum flower, a cute flair button and word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet. I really like how the frame draws the eye to the picture!

I love adding dimension to my layouts. Here, I adhered some items with foam squares and I folded up the edges of several embellies to make them pop.  I also sprinkled my page with pretty enamel shapes and I put the finishing touch with droplets of black ink.

I love creating with this gorgeous line and I hope my page inspires you to play with it too! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

Elodie

Precious Little Memories | More than Words | Mandy Melville

By | 2018-01-12T22:20:01+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi everyone!

Mandy here with you today, and I’m so excited to be sharing my first layout using the brand new More than Words collection! I absolutely LOVE this collection, especially the soft pastel colours and the beautiful florals! It’s just so pretty!! I couldn’t wait to start creating with it!

Here’s my layout…

On this layout I documented a couple of photos of my youngest daughter Eleanor and I, taken a few months ago. If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably behind the camera more than you’re in front of it. So when my hubby offered to take some photos of me with the kids, I happily handed the camera over to him, and I absolutely love the photos that he took. I think they beautifully capture the love between my daughter and I!

I started my layout off by covering the top half of the page with the Sketchbook patterned paper. I absolutely love the look of the hand-drawn flowers on this paper, and the soft hints of colour. So pretty! I also added a thin strip of the Darling Buds (reverse side) patterned paper under the bottom edge of Sketchbook paper, and I tore the edge of it to give it some texture. Next I matted the two photos with the Treasure (reverse side) patterned paper, and adhered them side by side in the middle of the page.

I created a little cluster of embellishments on the top left hand corner of the photo on the left. The cluster includes a label, a small floral cluster, and a little banner, all from the die cut ephemera pack. Above the photo I added a couple of the little word stickers from the sticker sheet as well as a little chipboard heart sticker.

I added some foam tape, and tucked a chipboard frame, underneath the photo on the right. This helped to give it some nice dimension. I then created a second cluster on the right hand side of the photo using a die cut butterfly, a flair button, and a chipboard heart. I also tucked another little word sticker under the bottom edge of the photo.

Underneath the photos I added my title and journaling, as well as a few more pretty embellishments. I created the title using a word from the chipboard sticker sheet, combined with a little banner from the die cut ephemera pack. I added my journaling to the page using my typewriter, and then I embellished around the title and journaling with some leaves and florals from the vellum accents pack. I finished the layout off with a few of the cute little enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I hope that you enjoyed taking a closer look at some of beautiful papers and embellishments in the More than Words collection! Make sure you keep your eye out at your local retailer in the coming weeks for this beautiful collection! I guarantee you’ll love it!

Mandy x

Dream catcher for a friend | Bohemian dream | Anna Komenda

By | 2018-01-12T21:36:04+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my first post in 2018. I can’t believe that it’s my fourth year here at Cocoa Vanilla already. New collection is on it’s way to me so I have one more project created with “Bohemian dream” for you. It’s a dream catcher that was created as a gift for my scrappy friend Flóra. We never met in real life but we love chatting on-line. She lives in Slovenia so we organized this little treat pack swap for Christmas and I added this dream catcher as a surprise for her.

I made similar dream catcher using “Wild and free” collection few months ago so I am basically scraplifting myself. I really enjoy making projects like that because you can go crazy with dimension.

I used embroidery hoop as my base. Background is painted with watercolors, so are some of the flowers I used in the composition. I am running low on my ephemera packs so painting similar flowers was a really good idea.

Paper composition under the picture of Flóra helped me to add dimension. I added two layers of cardboard between each paper layer. I needed my picture to be lifted above the hoop. After this part was done, I started adding flowers. I used a lot of 3D foam squares 🙂

Butterflies and flowers are always a perfect match so I added few. I love the chipboard stickers that are part of “Bohemian dream” collection and I used them in this project too. Title HAPPY is made of them.

I finished my composition by adding enamel dots from various collections. This is the kind of embellishment I run out first.

I hope you like my projects. I will be back to you in two weeks with some inspiration created with “More than words” collection. i can’t wait to cut it.

XO Anna

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

You Make Me So Happy | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2018-01-10T06:01:35+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello again, friends!  Missy here, and I have a monochromatic layout to share today.  I was in the mood to use a lot of blue on this page, so I sorted through all the Cocoa Vanilla collections I own and pulled out all the blue papers.  I was surprised to see how many shades of blue there were!  I used this beautiful butterfly cut file and cut it on white cardstock.  I backed each one with a blue paper, and I just love mix of lights and darks.  I used the beautiful wood grain paper from Bohemian Dream as my background.  I coated a lot of it white gesso first and then used a few different shades of blue inks sprays over that.  I wanted more blue to peek out from around the cut file and in between all the butterflies.

I added some foam adhesive under all the butterflies to raise them up off the page.  I love the dimension this creates, and it really just makes the layout come to life.  I tucked my photo in to the left of the cut file and overlapped them.

I went small with the title and used this fun banner sticker from the Hello Lovely Accessory Stickers.  I didn’t want to add a large title because there really wasn’t anywhere to put it.  I didn’t want to cover up the butterflies or make them look busier.

I added this sticker from Wild At Heart here, and I love the pop of dark blue it gives.

I used a few things under my photo for layering.  I pulled a dark blue chipboard frame from Wild At Heart and also a fun die cut frame from Life is Beautiful.  I also added a few Life is Beautiful heart stickers and a gorgeous blue leaf stem from Bohemian Dream.  I love how the water in this photo looks like the background paper.  They both have lines, and I thought it matched very well.

Here’s one last close-up of the layering and dimension.  I really love how it turned out!

I hope this inspires you to go through all your papers and choose one main color to work with.  It helps you narrow down what you can use and helps to bring your page together faster.  Plus it’s fun to work with all those different shades of just one color!  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to see how I made this.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fabulous day!

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….

“Happy”

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 – those 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

 

 

From me | Bohemian Dream | Emma Wood

By | 2018-01-04T21:33:53+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi CVS friends!  I know we’re a week into 2018 but it’s my first time on the blog this year so I have to wish you a Happy New Year!!  Hope you had a fantastic time celebrating! I had a quiet one at home (Zack went out with friends!) and scrapped my little heart out all night and even made it to midnight! 😉

Today I’d like to share my latest page using the stunning Bohemian Dream collection!

I’ve said this before but I absolutely adore the floral paper and I’ll come up with any excuse to use it on my pages so it was my starting point for this one.

I cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo (using 3 different fonts to mix it up a little) out of white cardstock and two patterned papers, Abundant (both sides) and Wild & Free.  The white cardstock is slightly thicker (to create a outline) and also just the outline border.  For the top two lines of my heading I layered the pattern paper words directly ontop of the white words but the bottom has the white outline ontop of the pattern paper.

Once the title was put together I started putting the page together.  I picked out a few matching mists from my stash and added drops on the page so that the colours matched up with the title ontop (blue with blue, pinks with pinks, etc).  I’ve a love/hate relationship with mists – especially when I use more than one colour.  You can bet there is always one drop that goes where I don’t want it to, ha!  Which means a re-do.  And yes, I had to do the background more than once…

I centered my title down my page and layered the photo at the top but it meant I had a lot of white space at the top of my page, so to match in with my title I added more of the floral paper but instead of just adding a border at the top, I folded down one corner and put the paper underneath.  Such a fun way to add more pattern/colour plus it adds a bit of dimension to the top of my page!

Because of the large title there isn’t a lot of room on my page for journaling I had thought I would just add it behind my photo (type it up on a tag and tuck it behind) but after playing around with the die-cuts I settled on using the little tag on the right side and have put the jounaling on the back of my page instead!  Printed onto one of the 6×4 patterns from Beautiful Mess paper.

To finish off my page I added some of the enamel shapes around my title (that match in with the floral paper..again haha) and added a couple of the word stickers underneath!

I’m am really happy how this one finished up – I love the bright colours and I used my mists again (I don’t use the “messy” things enough – but I’m hoping to change that this year!).   Plus I love, love, loveeee that floral paper.  It’s just so pretty and I can promise you I’m hoarding every.single.scrap.piece of it!

I hope this might inspire you to get out those mists/paints/etc that don’t use often and put them on your page too!   And if you found yourself sneaking some of the floral paper onto your page, well, that wouldn’t be a bad thing either 😉

Take care, Em xo

 

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