/Make A Wish

Hello You | Bohemian Dream & Hello Lovely | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-02-12T08:06:44+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hi crafty friends,

Ulli here with you today with a new 12×12 layout. In two days is Valentine´s day and so it´s all about love here at the Cocoa Vanilla Blog.

I love wedding pictures and so I searched for a photo from me and my husband from our first kiss as bride and groom on our wedding day. As background I used the wooden paper “Plus One” from the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock collection. I cut out the geometric heart cut file from Cocoa Vanilla and some flowers with my Silhouette Cameo. Then I backed the heart with the Bohemian Dream “Beautiful Mess” patterned paper. This paper has a part with a beautiful color transition from yellow to pink. I fussy cut the flowers from the Hello Lovely “Glimmer” paper und glued them under the heart. I also glued the Cocoa Vanilla cut outs in white under it.

I used a mask with flowers and and glued it with some Washi stripes on the top of my layout to fix it. Then I used white texture paste and I get a nice floral pattern on my background.

I placed the heart on my layout. For the title I used the “Hello” die cut from the Hello Lovely collection and the chipboard title “You” from the Bohemian Dream collection. Then I stitched over the chipboard title with my sewing machine.

I cut a triangle from the black and white striped Hello Lovely “Life Story” paper and glued it in the left corner on the top of my layout. I searched in my Cocoa Vanilla goodies embellishments in pink and yellow. I found in the Make A Wish collection pack some sequins, acrylic flowers and a tassel in pink. Also some Die Cut Embellishments from the Bohemian Dream collection.

I placed my photo on a doilie in yellow and decorated it with the “Hello Beautiful” die cut, the butterfly die cut, a word sticker and some sequins.

I made a banner with some papers from the Bohemian Dream collection, a rubber charm from the Wild At Heart collection and some Bohemian Dream stickers on the right side besides my photo.I stitched over it and glued the pink tassel on it. Then I wrote my journaling under the banner and decorated it with some sequins and enamel dots.

I stamped the date on a little tab and fixed it with my stapler on the right side of the geometric heart. Therefor I used some glue dots to add some dimension.

I splattered some gold paint across the page and then I decorated the geometric heart with sequins, acrylic roses and enamel dots and shapes. I took always the colors from the parts of the paper to underline the color transition with my embellishments.

I hope I could inspire you one way or another. Thank you for stopping by today.



Remember | Bohemian Dream | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-01-23T22:45:59+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart|

Hey everyone,

Ulli here with you today with a new layout made with the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection. I made the layout in the size 8.5×11. This is my favorite size for layouts in the moment because I really love the smaller format. I used a photo from our little daughter from fall 2017.

I decided to use only a limited color palette in pink, peach and coral and so I first searched patterned papers and embellishments in those colors. I love it when I go through my beautiful Cocoa Vanilla stuff… so many pretty colors, patterns, papers and embellishments.

I glued the photo behind the pretty striped chipboard frame from the Wild at Heart collection. The frame is a square and so I got the idea to cut some squares in different sizes from the Bohemian Dream collection for the background of my layout. Therefor I used the “Beautiful Mess” paper with many different patterns and the “Kaleidoscope” paper with the wooden design. I glued the photo on my layout and placed the squares with the different patterns around it. I stitched with my sewing machine over the square with the wooden paper under the photo.

Then I inked the chipboard title with little ink pads to get a color transition from pink to coral. I used the same colors for stamping the super cute Bohemian Dream clear stamps. I stamped the flower wreath in the same color transition on a piece of white cardstock and did some fussy cut. Then I stamped the brushstroke stamp on the bottom of my layout – also with a color transition and I love how to turned out. I placed the title “Remember” vertical beside my photo.

I splattered some gold paint across the page. After that I glued some vellum flowers with glue dots on the top of my frame and stitched over them.

I decorated the frame with die cut flowers from the Bohemian Dream ephemera pack, a heart chipboard sticker, the “Lovely” chipboard sticker and two word stickers.

I stamped the heart stamp and the “Little moments” stamp from the Bohemian Dream collection in black on two of the squares. The new Cocoa Vanilla clear stamps are so adorable! Then I drew some lines with black fine liner on my page and wrote my journaling on my layout.

I decorated the layout with some chipboard stickers, the stamped flower wreath, an die cut arrow and some fabric flowers from the Make A Wish collection.

I stamped the date with a date roller stamp on my layout. to finish off my page I added some enamel shapes and dots from the Hello Lovely and the Bohemian Dream collections.

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





By | 2018-01-14T21:30:46+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all well! Gwen here and I have another layout to share today and this one uses one of my all-time favourite collections – Make A Wish.  Whilst it’s a collection that you could scrap anything with, it is absolutely perfect for documenting birthday celebrations, so I thought why not create a page that celebrates my little Miss turning 8.

The design for the page was actually dictated by the fact that I have almost run out of paper for this collection.  I have quite a few embellishments left but not a lot of the paper, so I immediately thought to use a grid design, it’s a really great way to use up scraps.  I began by cutting 3×3 square pieces from the leftovers overs of the Party Dots, Loot Bag, Fresh Cut and Hip Hooray papers.  For added softness, I mounted these onto a piece of vellum from my stash.


Next, I found a few extra pieces that were large enough to mount my photo, I’ve used Loot Bag and Fresh Cut. I positioned it towards the left hand side of my page. Next, I went to the cut apart sheet Party Mix and fussy cut out the banner and birthday cake.  The fussy cut sheets are a must-have in any collection as you get oh so many elements for a great price!

To balance out my design, I decided to embellish just 2 of the squares in my grid, those towards the right hand side of the page.  To highlight these, I’ve used 2 of the frames from the Chipboard accent stickers pack.  I’ve then added the fussy cut birthday cake on top which I mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve also added here elements from the Die Cut Ephemera, and more chipboard as well as a Flair Button and Enamel Dots.

For the 2nd square, I’ve used more Chipboard accent stickers and more from the Die Cut Ephemera pack.  I also found a few small wood veneer elements which don’t belong to a specific collection, Zoe had these for sale at the June Scrapbook Expo last year as little grab bags and I couldn’t resist getting a couple.

Lastly,  added another smaller cluster to the top left hand corner of my photo, this time also adding in some Bitty Blooms, I had almost forgotten about these cuties!   Then, looking at the layout I thought it was very ‘top heavy’, so I went and added in a couple more pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as my title ‘eight’, which I have created using Thickers from my stash and that balanced things out nicely.

Thanks for popping by today, it was really fun to play with an older collection and I love how fun this one turned out.  Stay tuned as I have a heap of new projects coming up using the newest collection “More than Words” that I know you are going to love!

Until next time,



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!

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