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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!

My 2017 favourites | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-12-28T08:00:20+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hello. It’s Anna here with what I think will be a last post at CVS blog in 2017. For last two weeks we were having fun here on the blog by summing up the 2017 by picking our favourite projects. It’s my turn to shine 😉

My fist fav project is this hot air balloon frame. I used “Wild at heart” collection to make it and I really love how it turned out.

The second project I chose, is this cute layout wit my little bunny. It’s a lift of a fabulous layout by Ulrike Dold. I mixed various collections to make this page.

The last project in my “2017 Fav projects” is this dream catcher. Once again I reached for beautiful “Wild at heart” collection.

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by. I hope next year will be ever better for fantastic Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I hope to continue this extraordinary adventure. Zoe is the best boss ever and so very talented designer.

See you in 2018 🙂



2017 Favourites from Amanda | Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-12-31T13:18:29+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

I can’t believe its almost the New Year already! Time really does fly when we’re having fun!

And, to celebrate another fabulous year at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, the Design Team are sharing our scrap-tastic favourite projects from the year!

While I am a HUGE fan of all our collections, there are two from this year that stole my heart & I am still creating with them; Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream. I may have a thing for #alltheprettythings 😉

Enough chatter though, here are a few of my favourite creations from 2017….

First up, is this layout that I created for Paper Issues using our beautiful Wild At Heart collection.

“Happy Sweet You”

You can see why it’s a favourite – SO pretty!

I just adore all the butterflies and that floral paper backing the Paper Issues cut file! Gorgeous!

And speaking of butterflies, my other favourite layout with our Wild At Heart collection is this stunner….

“Love You” 

I absolutely LOVE all the butterflies in this collection and had so much fun with this fussy cut wreath design! It’s just perfect for my pretty girl!

It is without a doubt that Wild At Heart still has my heart!

And just when I thought Cocoa Vanilla Studio couldn’t get any prettier, Zoe released my newest favourite;

Bohemian Dream…..

“You Are Beautiful”

Oh! Swoon!!!

I created this Bohemian Dream beauty for Shimmerz Paints because the colours in this collection are just divine! Such a dreamy page!

But Bohemian Dream is so much more than a pretty colour palette, it’s delicate designs and patterns too!

Here’s my latest favourite layout with it….

“One Of A Kind”

So very lovely, indeed!

I think you’ll agree with me that both Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream are the prettiest scrapbook collections of 2017!

And I hope that I have inspired you with my creating too!

I can’t wait to share more with you in 2018!

Happy New Year & Best Wishes!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo


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,





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!

Best of 2017 | Bea Valint

By | 2017-12-23T08:00:55+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Cut Files, Love Always, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Are you ready for 2018? It’s almost here, and we have throwback weeks to share some of our favorite layouts of 2017. To be honest it was so hard to choose because most of the layouts I created using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Collections have my heart! I ended up by choosing four layouts, one from each collection I used this year. We started the year with the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection, and I documented a sweet summer photo of my little daughter. I adhered some patterned paper strips behind the photo and created a vertical embellishment cluster. Love how the paper strips reflect the colors of the photo.

I used the super cool and fun You Rock collection for my second layout. As a mother of three boys, it’s the perfect collection to document our everyday life.

I combined the soft and gorgeous Love Always collection with You Rock patterned paper for creating my next layout.  I love the clean and simple design with the Cocoa Vanilla die cut flowers.

Let’s check my last layout! It’s so easy to create colorful and bright layouts with the new Bohemian Dream collection! I used the cut-apart sheet for creating this layout, I just had to add some ephemera pieces and stickers! Just love how this layout turned out!

I hope you like my Top Four Layouts! Happy Holiday! Bea



My Favourites | Lina Monaco

By | 2017-12-20T04:24:10+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Design Team, Inspiration, Wild at Heart|

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to the blog today! It’s Lina sharing my top two favourites over the past year, I’ve created with Cocoa Vanilla Studio.
During this holiday season, we’re reflecting on the layouts we’ve created over the year with the team and choosing our favourites! I must say, this was fun as it’s something different for all of us. But, I must admit, it was difficult to narrow it down to just a couple but I managed to choose these two. Thanks for stopping by!


This one! LOL! This layout of my little one featured the Wild at Heart collection in all it’s chipboard frame glory. You all know how much I adore the chipboard frames. The papers used for this layout, were also my faves. I mean how can anyone resist colourful florals, navy and white vellum and woodgrain? The answer… No one! Also, the tiny words from the Accessory Sticker sheet put this one on the top of my list. They just added the right sentiment I was trying to convey without having to journal. I’m not always a fan of my writing on layouts so this was a perfect addition!


Second Fave! Now if this one doesn’t make you melt, I don’t know what will! LOL! This one as well was created with the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. As you can tell, I was smitten with this collection this year. Just LOVE!
This one layout gets me every time! I think it’s because of all the layers of goodness. The composition of this layout I created is within my top 5 layouts. It’s fun and whimsical in style! The title created out of Wood Veneer words makes me happy! It’s the perfect compliment to the Chipboard Frames, tiny words from the Sticker Accessory Sheet and Die Cut Ephemera. I feel like the ephemera peeking out from behind the frames is similar to a burst of sunshine 🙂

I know that this post has brought a smile to your face because it surely made me happy looking back through photos and reminiscing through older posts. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a spectacular holiday season!
With love and adoration,
Lina 💜

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