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How many ways can you take one sketch?

How many ways can you take one sketch?

We love a good sketch here at Cocoa Daisy. It’s such a good jumping off point for designing a layout, you can use all or part of it and make it your own. I love that no two pages ever look the same. Our September sketch is based off of Alissa’s layout in her Hemingway gallery (which I think was based off a sketch of Anna’s layout from an earlier month, just proving how flexible sketches really are!). I took more inspiration from the photos that Alissa used, I loved that she had four circles: two from the embellishments, two in her photos. So I trimmed four photos I had into circles and kept with the same downward flow. I kept my title in the same area and used DITL cards to make my rectangular base. You can see the original inspiration, but I think it’s a very different outcome. Ashli took the criss cross lines in the back of the design and moved them to the left side using ribbons instead. She kept true to the two photos and title placement, but added more journaling and layers than the sketch.  And I love seeing when the original designer takes a crack at her own sketch. Alissa played along this month, creating a new layout with a totally different feel. She kept the criss cross element, but really played with everything else. One large photo and a bunch of smaller frames are featured, she even moved the title a little. That’s they beauty of a sketch, you can take it all sorts of places! We hope you’ll join us this month and...
What a day for a Daydream!

What a day for a Daydream!

How can you NOT be delighted when you see our September scrapbooking collection, Daydream? It’s a big cheery mix of Pink Fresh Studio, Simple Stories, and October Afternoon, with a dash of BasicGrey thrown in for good measure. And of course we always include the perfectly coordinated exclusive to Cocoa Daisy products in every kit. This month you’ll get two sheets of Stephanie Wheeler patterned papers and two sweet flair pieces designed by Panda Eight Designs. We know you love our stamps, but we’ve also heard you like roller stamps, so this month the main kit includes a very popular roller stamp from October Afternoon, so you’ll be able to add just the right phrase to your design. You’ll also get some funky triangle acetates, photo frames, a length of melon green ribbon, and whole sheet of rubber charms full of happy phrases. We’ve also included a sheet of four different alphabets and a bunch of words perfect for summer from Simple Stories. September will be an excellent month to tune everything out and enjoy your own Daydream. Oh this is fun! You’re going to love what Leah Riordan of Mommyish Graphic Design has done for our Day in the Life: September kit. Plenty of whimsically designed 3×4 and 4×6 cards will brighten up your pocket scrapbooking next month; we’ve got hearts, chevrons, bubbles, puffy dandelions, cameras, shapes, and text. Each kit also includes two sheets of alphabets from Pink Fresh Studio. You’ll get four 6×6 sheets of our exclusive patterned papers from Stephanie, plus chipboard frames, epoxy shapes, a roll of dotty washi tape, flair from Panda Eight...
August Mini Book Madness

August Mini Book Madness

Mini books are just the funnest.  I love to create these little creations.  They have so much range too.  They can help you corral all your photos and memories from a trip or season.  They can also be really non-traditional and hold memories from a fun theme, like random instagram photos or a recipe book. Even though I like to combine lots of different things in a mini book, I find that having a few elements  repeated throughout add cohesion to the design.  Working from a kit really helps make this process effortless. First up is Miriam’s vacation album.   Who doesn’t love bunting?  Turning it a mini book is just genius.  This would be super fun to display.  The idea would work great for a birthday or shower too.     Ashli does something super creative and cute as usual.  A mini book on a layout!  Now, that is awesome.  I love how she paired patterned paper strips with the Heidi Swapp journal.  Such a good place for holding extra stories and pictures.   Alissa used the Heidi Swapp journal as well for a Whole 30 album.  Doing something like Whole 30 takes a lot of motivation and journaling about it is one way to really help keep up with it.  Such a cute album too!  Great job Alissa, love seeing your minis all the time. When your kit is down to scraps, why not make a mini from...
Hands Up if you love bunting too!!

Hands Up if you love bunting too!!

I just can not tire of cute bunting. It never gets dull or boring to me. Infact I just hung some cute strawberry bunting up over my window in my studio last week. Anyway…When I saw these cute acetate triangles that come in the Main September Kit I knew instantly that I wanted to use them to create bunting on my first September Kit LO. They come as a pack from Pink Fresh Studios and I LOVE them.   I stuck a piece of the satin ribbon to the patterned paper and then stapled the acetate triangles to the ribbon overlapping the ends slightly.  It’s looks so cute! I also added one under my title here. I love these acetate die cut pieces. They are so fun to use. I think you are going to love this...

Tips and Tricks

Hi everyone, Miriam here this morning sharing some tips and tricks that I love to use to get the most out of my stamps each month.  It’s really not tricky at all, actually pretty simple, all you need is some vellum paper, your stamps and of course some ink.  When I get my stamps each month after I’m done drooling over them I love to pull out some vellum paper and just stamp all over, this months bird and bookworm stamps have been some of my favorites ever! This makes it so much easier to see what stamps I have to work with whenever I’m working on a layout or a day in the life spread.  I just cut them out when I want to use them and add a little glue or use my tiny attacher or a little pop up dot to use on my project.  I love to use my stamps directly on my pictures but that can either be a hit or miss type of situation, this way I don’t ruin any pictures and if I decide it doesn’t work for me I can just remove it without ruining any photos or layouts.  I get so much more use out my stamps this way !  Here are a few projects I’ve used this on, I really like the see thru effect on the pictures, I always prefer stamping with black ink but of course using some color would be fun too!   Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and did I already mention these stamps were absolutely the funnest to work with!!!  Have a...
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