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


Awesome Memories | You Rock | Sue Plumb

By | 2018-02-21T12:44:18+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share a mixed media layout I created using the ‘You Rock’ collection. I make no secret of the fact I love creating boy pages, and I certainly love adding a bit of mixed media into my pages too. For this layout, I decided to document a couple of photos of my boys swimming in their Nana’s pool over the Christmas holidays.

I wanted to emphasise the water theme of my page, so I started with wood grain print of the Plus One paper; then applied white gesso and used inks over the top to create a water inspired background. I also smeared some coloured texture paste with a thin palette knife around my page to provide a textural element and a feeling of movement.

Once I had the background complete, it was time to start working on the paper elements of my page. I started cutting and layering assorted size pieces of patterned paper in the focal area where I knew my photos were going to be placed. I used pieces cut from both the Stripped and Galactic papers in my layers, which I also mixed with some frames from the die cut ephemera pack to give more depth.

Once all my layers were in place, I added my two photos on top, adding some scrap cardboard behind them to mount them up a little higher. I also added some more pieces from the die cut ephemera pack with foam tape behind them to provide more dimension.

The next embellishments I added were some wood veneer stars from the wood veneer pack; along with some stars that I fussy cut from the Starshine paper; and some yellow enamel shapes.

For my title, I used the “awesome” word from the wood veneer pack, which I coloured using some gesso (smeared on with my finger) and one of the same inks I had used on the background; then added the little “memories” banner from the die cut ephemera pack to complete it.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping!

Hello Heart Breaker | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-02-19T10:47:00+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today on the CVS blog. Today I am sharing a new layout I created just for fun using the You Rock collection. I took this photo of my little man in December and knew right away that I needed to scrapbook it using the You Rock collection.

Here is the layout that I created:

This photo of my boy just captures his little cheeky personality to a tee! I wanted to document on this layout how I think he is just the cutest little man and what a heart breaker he will be when he is older. His little smile and cheeky ways has everyone around his little finger, no joke!

I decided to focus on a layout base of whited card stock (like always, I know) teamed with blue and a contrast of black. I loved the boldness of the black in this layout design, it really compliments the black and white photo well.

The photo itself as I mentioned is printed in black and white with a white border. I also added a small mat of black card stock to help the photo pop and a layer of patterned paper in the design ‘Random’. I added a binding edge punch to the edge of the right side for further texture. The photo mat itself was also adhered to the page with foam adhesive. I love to add tabs of some kind to the top or side of my photos, I didn’t have one from this collection to use that worked with the colours and design I had in mind for this page so I decided to use the ‘the original’ sticker from the accessory sticker sheet instead. I just made sure that all you can see is the text of the sticker rather than the journaling space too, and it worked and looks like a tab.

The hello from the title is cut from a metal die by Sizzix and I cut and adapted the tiny word stickers to read ‘my little heart breaker’. I used a journaling label from the cut apart sheet to help ground and rest the tiny word stickers on otherwise they were going to blend too much into the background. The ‘splats’ and also the stars that feature on this layout are also a Sizzix die and was cut out with the ‘Experimental’ patterned paper or just plain textured black card stock.

The journaling was typed on my typewriter and cut and adhered in strip form. It is not lengthy journaling but I was able to express what I wanted to in that space on the page.  I added black spatters using an India ink to the background of the page in a diagonal direction. I went a little crazy with how much I added and ended up covering g up quite a bit of it with my photo, I think it adds a grunge look to the page – perfect for documenting boys, and especially this photo of my man.

To help balance the top heaviness of my layout I added a small cluster to the bottom right corner of the page. This includes a label sticker with the date and more die cut splatters and stars.

The entire page was bordered with the star design paper in the collection. Again the black pattern really adds a boldness to the page that I was wanting to add and also the stars tie in with the embellishments used on the page. I also machine stitched around the edges for that added detail.

Thanks so very much for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you have left inspired or with an idea for a future project.

Raquel xxx

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.



Thank you, goodbye, and hello…again

By | 2018-01-31T00:57:13+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone!

A couple of announcements to share today – both sad and happy.

First of all, as today marks the end of our 2017 term with our design team, we are saying goodbye to a couple of our lovely ladies. Bea Valint and Missy Whidden are leaving us to continue on with their creative journey, and we can’t thank this dynamic duo enough for all the stunning projects they have created for us over the past 12 months. Both of these ladies have been absolutely delightful members of our team, and they will always remain a part of our extended Cocoa Vanilla family.

We couldn’t go without a final look at their work, so here are some of our favourite pages from each of the ladies using our ‘Bohemian Dream’ and ‘You Rock’ collections.

Our second piece of news is that our former (and very much loved) design team member Tarrah McLean has re-joined the team and will once again be inspiring you with her amazing work this year.

Welcome back Tarrah!

We will also be having some guest designers join us this year, (our very first one is hard at work as we speak), so stay tuned to see who will be sharing their work with us in February.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by!

Fall 2017 | You Rock | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-01-12T09:34:35+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, You ROCK|

Hello everyone,

Ulli here with you today sharing a new layout which I created with the gorgeous You Rock collection.

I used a beautiful photo from my son and I wanted to add a big journaling about him with the age of 16 months. I decided to use the colors black and white with some blue tones.

First I cut my white cardstock in the size 8.5×11 inch. Then I marked the point where my journaling should start and I wrote it down with my typewriter.

I cut off a small paper stripe from the Random paper from the amazing You Rock collection and placed it on the left side of my cardstock. Then I stitched three times over it. I glued the photo left-aligned with my journaling on my layout. I decorated it with a acetate feather from the Bohemian Dream collection and a die cut leave from the Hello Lovely collection and stitched over it with my sewing machine. Then I glued a circle die cut with a star from the You Rock die cut embellishments over it.

For the title I cut out the lettering “Fall” with my Silhouette Cameo. I glued it on the right side and upright on my photo and stitched over it with white sewing thread. Then I stamped the year date in black alongside.

I added a chipboard arrow from the You Rock chipboard stickers on the left side of my photo. Then I stamped the date with a date roller stamp on the “The Orinal” Sticker from the accessory sticker sheet and placed it on the left side below on my photo. Therefor I used foam squares to add some dimension.

I splattered some black paint across the page. For giving my layout a autumnal touch I stamped some leaves in different blue tones on white cardstock and cut them out. I placed them diagonal with foam squares on my layout. I started on the left corner below and end at the right corner on the top of my layout.

I stamped “All The Feels” in blue below my journaling and glued two word stickers and the “You Rock” sticker from the You Rock accessory stickers on my layout.

To finish off my page I added some enamel shapes and enamel dots from the You Rock and the Colour Me Happy collections and some die cut stars from the You Rock die cut ephemera pack.

I hope you like my layout. Thanks for stopping by today.


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!

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