/Make A Wish

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 birthday to you | Make A Wish | Lauren Hender

By | 2018-01-16T08:09:27+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Make A Wish|

Hello everyone!

Welcome everyone to 2018. I hope the year ahead is wonderful for each of you.

Have you made any resolutions? Crafty ones? Personal ones?

To tell you the truth the last two years I completely skipped this step. After a bad run of a few years not achieving all that I hoped I decided it was not worth doing.

But I have been thinking and what I came up with was to have some small achievable crafty goals that are easy for me to achieve.

I have come up with..

1.       Every layout I create goes straight into an album and not in a pile on the floor.

2.       Complete a goals board

3.       Post a minimum of 26 You Tube process videos.  

Probably not a good start that I didn’t create a process video for this layout but I have to say I actually made this in 2017 so it doesn’t really count. Lol

This layout is a 6×12 inch layout featuring the beautiful Make A Wish collection.

When I snapped this picture of my little girl on her 8th birthday I knew that colours would perfectly match this collection.

I started this layout with cutting my cardstock pieces and a vase of flowers cut file.

I started to back the cut file and after a short time my patience got the best of me and I grabbed the cutest pink doily knew that it may just do the job of filling in the back of the cut file and make it pop.

I then mounted my photo and pulled out ephemera and the sticker sheet from the Bohemian Dream collection and added some cluster elements and a title piece. Check out the flair button. Could it be anymore cuter?

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope that all your resolutions come to light.  

Lauren xo

2017 Favourites | Mixed Collections | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-12-29T08:00:20+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi Everyone, It’s Michelle back here to finish the month off with a quick post about my favourite layouts created in 2017. I’ve created a tonne of layouts with Cocoa Vanilla Studio products for both this design team and the others that I’m on, so it was extremely hard to narrow down the favourites. I really thought this post would be filled with florals and pretty feminine colours, but surprisingly from the 5 I chose, 3 of them are featuring the You Rock collection!

First up is this fun creation “Owlette & Batbear” featuring the You Rock collection. Inspired by the stars from the collection and the colours of the photos, this collection truly made this memory shine. While Leila has moved on from being obsessed with PJ Masks to loving all things Mario and Luigi, I’m so glad this moment was captured and recorded. This child of ours completely embraces all kinds fun and imaginative play from the moment she wakes and all day through. ORIGINAL POST HERE

Next up is one of my favourites created with the Make a Wish collection Hip Hip Hooray”. This collection was and is still by far my most favourite collection, although Bohemian Dream is pretty much equal to it. The floral designs and the sweet colour palette are perfect for documenting all things feminine and girly, especially a Birthday Celebration. Teamed with a large floral cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection and lace doily from my stash and we have a match made in heaven (well for me anyway) ORIGINAL POST HERE

Now this creation “Star of the Week” is definitely one of my all time favourites, a scrap lift of a layout made by Missy earlier in the year. Another layout using the You Rock collection, perfect for scrapping School photos, and documenting the very first award Leila received at school. This was such a fun layout to create, especially when it involved scrap lifting a long time scrappy Idol of mine 😉 ORIGINAL POST HERE

Almost to the end of the post, and were up to “One of a Kind” that I created more recently using the Bohemian Dream Collection. I couldn’t not share this layout as a favourite! The colours and designs within the collection are absolutely stunning, so much so that I couldn’t help but use almost all of it on one layout! I created a grid using the 6×6 paper pad (the smaller scale designs are perfect for grid work) and grouped a few of my favourites from the ephemera pack to finish it off. ORIGINAL POST HERE

Lastly a fun layout using more of the You Rock collection and a silly photo of my nephew. It was so nice to create something more masculine, and to record a special little moment shared with this little cutie. “Hello Mister Rad” was one of the quickest layouts created to date, surprisingly it all just came together without much thought so I should definitely try and do it more often! ORIGINAL POST HERE

Well thats all from me today, Thank you all so much for stopping by to check out my favourites. Another big THANK YOU to you all for your continued support throughout the year, I can’t wait to get back to scrapping and sharing again in the new year!

Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

My Favorite Layouts | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-12-24T08:00:09+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Love Always, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hey, friends!  It’s Christmas Eve…woo hoo!  Missy here today sharing some of my favorite layouts from 2017 using all kinds of gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla products.  I love them all so much!  This one I created during the Summer using the Make a Wish collection.  That floral paper was my all-time favorite, so I used it in my Cameo to cut a large title.  I did some hand-stitching and lots of watercolor on the background.  I also fussy cut some flowers to go around the photo.  Pretty much all of my favorite things on one page 🙂

This one I love so much because it’s another Summer page!  I used lots of the Hello Sunshine collection for this.  I used gesso and watercolors on the background, and I fussy cut the sun rays from patterned paper.  I love stitching through sun rays like this to add interest and texture.  I cut a really big title and watercolored it and then embellished with lots of flowers, die cuts, wood buttons and puffy stickers.  I hand cut “vibes” from patterned papers.

This one I love because it has my favorite shades of pink and coral mixed with black & white.  I love adding paint and watercolor to my backgrounds, and this one was fun because it was a patterned paper.  I covered a lot of it with white acrylic paint to fade out some of the circles and create a white space.  I used lots of watercolor here, and I fussy cut a lot of flowers from the Love Always & Wild at Heart collections.  My original inspiration was combining flowers from two different collections, and it turned out so nice!

This one I love because the You Rock collection is for boys, and I totally made a girl page with it!  I fussy cut all those stars and basically made a huge cluster.  I absolutely LOVE this background paper…it’s gorgeous.  I did add a bit of gesso to it along with some yellow/gold ink spray.  I also added some white splatters by watering down some white acrylic paint with a brush.  I heat embossed some wood veneer stars with gold powder to add in there as well.  I embellished with some stickers, chipboard, rubber charms, flair and machine stitching.

This is my favorite Bohemian Dream layout.  How can you not create something beautiful with this collection?  I used my Cameo to cut out all those hearts and then backed them all with various patterned papers from the collection.  I went around each heart with gelatos and smudged some color around them with my finger.  I very carefully machine stitched around all the hearts…it’s not perfect, but I love how it looks!  I embellished with lots of gorgeous floral die cuts and phrase stickers, and I added some pink gelato to the white chipboard title.

I hope you enjoyed these…I sure loved creating them!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friends!

2017 Favourites | Collection Mix | Lauren Hender

By | 2017-12-12T21:37:20+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Make A Wish, You ROCK|

Hello Everyone and a big welcome back to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

Over the next week you will see myself and the other DT girls sharing and talking about layouts that have inspired them over the last 12 months.

This in turn we hope inspires you.

It’s a busy time of year so hopefully by seeing all these beautiful layout will put a smile on your face and let you take a five minute breather from this pace.

First up I want to share a layout created by the beautiful and crazy talented Raquel Bowman.

Raquel uses the super cool collection YOU ROCK to create this fabulous layout.


Secondly, I want to share an out of this world layout by Missy Whidden.

She has used the Summer Freebie Cutfile 

to be a big featured title and added the beautiful hand stitching to complete it.

Missy has a fabulous way of using watercolour and in this layout she has perfectly matched it to the Make A Wish collection.

Isn’t this layout divine!


And lastly,  I want to share with you a stunning layout by the talented Bea Valint.

Bea has smashed it out of the park using the Bohemian Dream collection.

Check out the gorgeous cluster of flowers from the ephemera pack.. gasp! Stunning..

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.

See you in 2018 with some more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration.

Lauren xoxo

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!


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