If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!
I have a tiny tip for you today, on how to use some of those scraps that we all love to collect! I have some really old pieces of papers that I just love so much, that I can’t possibly throw them away!
This time though, I’m going to show you what I did to one of the pretty papers in the December kit. I used one of my stencils as a template, to cut out some hexagons of varying sizes.
I love using squares and circles of patterned paper too, or perhaps stars, adding them in a similar way as the hexagons in this layout. I added the hexagons to a painted background, machine stitching them on. I can totally see them being added to a single colour cardstock background instead. Perhaps using a white background and adding some hexagons made out of another matching paper too.
The machine stitching adds some interest to the design and so do the little embellishments that I layered on top of some of the hexagons.
Additional ideas could be to chalk the edges of the hexagons or to add some stamping on top of them. Small and simple ideas for those small pieces of paper!
Have a wonderful day and have fun playing with your scraps!
Have you been singing along to Mariah and making Christmas cookies?
We would like to bring a little festive spirit to Cocoa Daisy, so will be adding a few festive posts this month to help get you in that mood. We are starting today with Christmas Cards. Do you make your own?
Here are a couple that Emily made using some very festive Elle’s Studio.
And whilst talking of Elle’s Studio, the lovely Suz added these cards to our gallery that she made too.
I love that they both added some stitching on their cards.
I have decided not to send many cards this year and the majority that I have sent have been bought, but I did want to send a few handmade to some friends. Time has been an issue this year so I decided to keep it simple. I had some cards leftover from my December DITL and main kit that I hadn’t used on my Project Life pages and thought they would make great cards.
With the addition of some kraft cardstock, a little twine and some sparkly stickles, they made very easy cards.
Have you made any cards this year? Do you plan to? We’d love to hear from you. Come and join us on the message boards here and show us what you’ve been making.
Hi, it’s Lisa here with our monthly ‘Teaming Up’ post.
This month a few of us have worked with the rather snazzy Pink Paislee – Hey Kid – Red Rover paper. It’s a 12×12 die cut paper and comes with the December Main Kit.
It is rather gorgeous before we even get our scrappy little paws on to it. Sometimes this can be rather daunting though. This can be one of those papers that just sits there to be stroked, but never gets cut.
Lets not do that though, lets’ have some fun with it.
I will now show you how we created using this paper, I will start with Jaime.
Jaime cut around this paper and turned it in to something beautiful and whimsical, just how Jaime does. Stunning!
Emily was really brave with her’s and well and truely got the scissors to it. I love how colourful this page is. Did you spot the little hand stitched star?
Mandie let the paper speak for itself and just added a cute photo, a little journaling, a title and some stamping. Great LO.
Sharmaine’s LO makes me smile so much : )
I just love everything about this. The badges, the thead, how she stamped on the Maya Road Chipboard Alphas and that photo. So cool!!
And I decided that I loved this paper so much I wanted it to be on display. So I’ve framed it ready for a Christmas gift for my sister.
So as you can see, there are endless possibilities using this paper.
This is Ashley, and today I’m going to talk about using unequal spacing as a design principle.
I think we’re probably all familiar with the rule of thirds, and the idea of not placing the subject of a photo directly in the centre of the rectangular frame. Placing design elements somewhere other than directly in centre leads to a more exciting, and visually creative design.
This same idea can be applied to our layouts!
Centred, balanced design can be a very bold and conscious choice that can work well in many circumstances. But recognizing that unequal spacing can lead to exciting and creative designs can make your work even more fun and polished. Like any other new skill, thinking carefully about placement and how to create intentionally unequal spacing will at first take attention and effort, but over time will become a natural choice.
First, what is intentionally unequal spacing? Intentionally unequal spacing is the design choice to place an important design element on a layout so no space between it and the four sides of the layout are the same. At the same time, your placment choice is intentional, because it’s going to follow other design-conscious rules: you didn’t just slap that photo down on the page without thinking about what else is going on with that layout.
To illustrate this design choice, let’s look at two great pages submitted to the Cocoa Daisy layout gallery, both using the November kit, Stargazing.
As you can see, the placement of the photo and the lovely layered cluster beneath it nicely follows the rule of thirds, with the photo placed approximately 2/3 of the way across from the left side of the page. The vertical placement sits the subject’s smiling face almost exactly in the middle of the page from top to bottom, a very intentional choice.
However, the arrangement of the entire central portion of the layout was intentionally placed unequally from all four sides of the page:
and although measurements A and B (as marked above) are close in size, they are not entirely equal. This off-centre placement creates a dynamic feeling page that is exciting to look at, but doesn’t overwhelm the viewer with too much movement. The choice to place the photo directly vertically centred in the page really grounds the photo and ensures it will be the viewer’s focus.
Marti’s page is complex, but still uses the rule of intentionally unequal spacing — especially evident in the main photo.
Although the distance of A and D are similar, and B and C are similar to each other, they are actually not equal and this inequality creates a very high-energy layout. The similar placement of the second photo helps reinforce this energy, but because it is more evenly centred between the top and right side of the layout, and between the bottom and left of the layout, it has a calmer dynamic and doesn’t compete with the main photo for the viewer’s first focus and attention.
Both of these wonderful layouts by our Cocoa Daisy subscribers nicely demonstrate how to use intentional unequal spacing on a page to create a design that is both balanced but also dynamic and visually interesting.
I love that both of these pages also used a very balanced and centred design choice to provide a grounded feel. Martha centred the photo vertically on her page, and Marti placed the central portion of her layout on an even mat of patterned paper. The combination of unequal spacing and equally spaced design choices makes these layouts really work — they have dynamic and creative energy but are grounded so they don’t feel chaotic or overwhelming to look at.
Do you use unequal spacing on your pages? Maybe you do and didn’t realize it! If you haven’t, will you give it a try on your next page? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this design principle and to see any pages you’ve made that you’ve made employing unequal spacing!
Hi everyone, just stopping in with a quick post today. I wanted to share a little DITL today. Sometimes it’s fun to get away from your normal layouts and try something different. I think of the little pocket pages as a way to try small projects like painting, machine sewing and cutouts. Things that you might not want to try on a larger scale yet.
For my DITL I hand painted a little page using watercolors and you just cut several pieces of watercolor paper or card stock and paint away. If you don’t like it just toss it and try again! I think that’s what keeps me coming back to this project.
Believe me I haven’t gotten the best at keeping up with the weeks and months but I’m loving the few pages I’ve done and I try not to beat myself up about how many I’ve done because I’ll still have some fun pages to look back at in the future!
Thanks for stopping in today with me “off the page”!