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!

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 | Mixed Collections | Emma Wood

By | 2017-12-22T08:00:03+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi CVS friends – Emma on the blog today with my last post for 2017!  (So crazy to be typing that!)   It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost finished, seems this year has just gone by so quickly (too quickly!).

As you know this month on the blog, the DT are sharing some of their favourite CVS projects from throughout the year and it’s finally my turn!  I actually found this trickier than I thought it would be – I’ve loved all the projects I’ve made this year (went through my photo’s and my short list had 9 tagged, oops!).

My first pick is this colourful page:


I don’t think there’s any secret to why I might pick this one – rainbow!  I absolutely love a rainbow theme 😉  It was also fun to mix and match some of my favourites from all the CVS collections and put them on one page.

Link to my original blog post.

Next up I went for a mini-album – I’ve created a few albums this year and I am so happy how this one turned out:


Bohemian Dream was a perfect match for this wedding mini album I created for my sister-in-law!  I seriously love all the colours throughout this collection (and purple usually scares me!).  Bohemian Dream really is one of those dreamy collections you’ll use over and over again.

Link to my original blog post.

And last, but not least, is this one using one of my all-time-favourite collections, You Rock:


No surprise that I’ll always love boy-themed collections – there is always the perfect mix of fun embellishments (and you know that I looooove embellishments) for you to add to your pages.  I’m a sucker for die-cuts so this page features a whole lot of them (with no pattern paper in sight!).

Link to my orignal blog post.

And there you go – my Top 3 for 2017!  I could have easily changed these out for other pages though – the layouts I’ve created for CVS this year are some of my favourite ever.

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today and for your support throughout the year.  I’d like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas holiday with your family and friends and I look forward to catching up with you again in 2018!

Take care, Em xo

My 2017 Favourites | Sue Plumb

By | 2017-12-21T08:00:45+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone! It’s Sue here with my final design team post for 2017. Today I am sharing a few of my personal favourite pages that I have created this year using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products. Some of these pages were created specifically for Cocoa Vanilla, and some were created for other teams, but still using CVS products.

The first page I want to share is one I created using the ‘You Rock’ collection. I make no secret of the fact I LOVE creating boy pages (lucky, because I have a twin set of them!) This layout features so many things I love to include on my pages – mixed media, bright colour, and layers. I am also a huge fan of stars, so you will also notice them often, especially on my boy pages.

For a change of pace, the second page I am going to share was a recent one, using the ‘Bohemian Dream’ collection and a photo of my gorgeous girl and our cat. Again, this layout featured mixed media (this time watercolour pencils), colour and layers. It also features butterflies – I LOVE butterflies and this collection has some of the most exquisite ones I have ever seen in a papercraft range.

The next one I have to share was actually created for the Scrap the Boys challenge blog back in July, using the ‘You Rock’ collection and some fun black and white photos of my boys. Again you can see mixed media (including stamping and texture paste) and plenty of layers. One of my favourite things about this page is the combination of those blue / grey tones combined with the raw wood *swoon*


For my final favourite page from 2017, I am sharing another layout that wasn’t created specifically for Cocoa Vanilla Studio, using an older (but still favourite) collection – ‘Hello Lovely’. I love this page not only for it’s colours and design, but also for the fact it featured a complete family photo on it (a rare event around here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share these with you and for all your support and kind words throughout the year. Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays. See you in 2018!

My Favourites | Elodie Lusseau

By | 2017-12-08T07:26:08+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Lovely, Inspiration, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello everyone!

It’s Elodie with you today for my last post of the year. I had so much fun playing with the amazing CVS collections that came out this year but also with some of the beautiful older lines! Here are a couple of my favourite layouts from 2017!

Shine Bright

I love creating scenes on my layouts! Here, I made a big sun using a large photo of my youngest daughter on the beach along with pretty Hello Lovely papers and embellies. This page is just as happy and bright as my little miss sunshine!


I really enjoyed making girly layouts with the You Rock collection! For this page, I made tags with You Rock papers and washi stickers, I placed them on each side of my sweet photo and I adorned them with awesome embellies from the range. I also made ornaments hanging down from the pic with fussy cut stars and a bit of stitching. I love how soft this page looks!

Follow Your Dreams

For this layout, I used the gorgeous Wild at Heart collection along with a photo of my girls playing on the beach. I made a big butterfly on my page using pretty fussy cut butterflies and shiny enamel dots for the wings. I placed the pic and beautiful Wild at Heart embellies in the center of the page to create the body of my butterfly. So dreamy!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today! Happy holidays to you all!


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