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As design team members, we love nothing more than supporting those that share their work in the Cocoa Daisy galleries. I went poking through there a few weeks ago for some inspiration and found these beauties!
Love this one from Amber. I was drawn to the feathers stamped up the side and the all-across-the-bottom layering.
This one from elinakou drew me in with her down-the-side layers as well. Simple and so much to look at all at once!
Nzingha inspired me with her centered photo and great clustering around it. I love the drops of mist and the layering at the edges with strips of accent papers.
With all of those amazing works in mind, I set out to create this layout. I used the mist drops and paper-edge layering strips. I also concentrated all of my pictures and layering in one long strip down one side of the page.
I really like how this turned out! This moment called for a lot of journaling, too, so I added that element in, though it wasn’t conveyed in any of the inspiration pages.
Thanks for stopping to see these gallery inspirations and how they inspired me!
Hello! Diana here with you today to talk a bit about stamping. I love the stars background stamp that is in the kit this month (and you can see it on my page), but today I am going to talk about the extra stamps that were in the kit — the wood veneer arrows! Did you know you could use those as stamps?
First, you have to be committed to the idea that the stamp will most likely not show up clean and crisp with sharp edges. If you are OK with the fun artsy look, then this is an idea for you.
Here is an up-close picture of what the arrow can look like stamped onto your page and then also the wood veneer itself also inked and added to the page.
Here’s a little tip: I use the TomBow non-permanent dots runner for my adhesive. I run a little along the back side of the arrow and then allow it to stick to my finger as I dab it into the ink. This keeps my fingers from getting into the ink as well and then I won’t accidentally add little fingerprints to the edges of the stamped image as I apply it.
To get the lighter, double-stamped look I have in the image below, I stamped the arrow a second time using only what was left and not re-inking the arrow. Paired with the mist and the stars stamp, this little cluster makes a custom look to your background paper.
I hope I gave you an idea on how you can look at the pieces in the kits in a different way. Thanks for stopping by the Cocoa Daisy blog today.
Hello there! Diana here with you today to inspire you a bit with my crafty space.
First, I want to share how I store my Cocoa Daisy stamps. Right next to my desk I have the Doodlebug 3-drawer stand with these wire bins. I love it. It works so well for me to have everything at arm’s reach. My most-used stamps are all here and I have a drawer just for Cocoa Daisy.
My desk has all of the essentials on it. This little wire basket has my most used inks and tools right where I need them.
I am also really big into little jars and baskets right within reach, too, with little embellies or pieces that I will want to use on a whim.
And being a big fan of mists, my current faves are always perched on my desk. I like to rotate them out and these four are the current colors of choice: primrose, tinsel, mustard and teal. I hang my scissors on the wall at my desk. This made crafting so much easier for me once I did this — I highly recommend it.
On the other side of my craft room, I have white drawers filled with stash and tools. On the top, I have a typewriter and the wire two-tier basket to hold some of my current favorites or pieces from leftover kits that I want to keep handy.
I also like to display my layouts and projects right after I make them. Putting them into a book right away isn’t fun for me — I love to look back at my current favorites and be inspired for the next project I make. For that, I have two large wire and clothespin frames hanging on one side of my room.
I have a closet to keep all of my less-used pieces, my albums and a sewing machine. Before I put my layouts into albums, I hang them on S-hooks in the closet. It’s just another way to keep them in view just a bit longer rather than tucked away in the top of the closet. I also have my camera bag and lens in there as well (love the pink bag!!).
I don’t usually buy 12×12 paper since I get the Cocoa Daisy kit sent to me, I usually feel fully stocked in 12×12, but I do have a minor addiction to 6×6 paper pads. Even some of these aren’t opened yet. I see them and can’t help myself. The tiny patterns and smaller sheets just seem to call to me.
And that’s the tour of my scrap space! I hope you’ve found some new neat tips or tricks to add to your own space to help organize your supplies.
Hello! Diana here to share with you my process in making this layout.
Here are the supplies I used: Mists (any brand will do — and we even have some for sale in the Cocoa Daisy shop), my photos, and the Midway Doo-Dads from October Afternoon in the Navy Pier kit. Throw in a little adhesive and a pen and you are all set to get started.
Start by misting on your background page. I like to actually take the top off and just fling and drip the mist onto the page. Place the pieces from the pack as your base for where your photos will go.
Here’s a pretty nifty tip: Want some circle with those mist droplets? Use the top of the mist container with some ink to make circles.
Now place the photos onto the page. Add some more mists and circle after you see where all of the photos are going to end up.
Add some more pieces from the die cuts packet on top of the photos for layering.
Time to personalize it with some journaling, and then you are all set. The page is done!
Thanks for stopping by to see how I built my page.