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Hello Everyone! Today’s blog post is about kit organization. Back in December, Michelle LaPoint Rydell shared with us how she stores her kits & add-ons. Michelle made them from old postal shipping boxes. She reconfigured them and covered with gift wrap. I love the titles she created for the edges. They fit just perfectly in her expedit bookcase! Don’t they look so pretty? I love it when functional organization becomes a work of art. Do you have a special way of storing your kits? We would love to hear any of your organizational tips!
But Michelle’s organization doesn’t just stop there. Make sure you stop by her blog for tons of inspiration and her flickr stream to see more studio shots.
Thank you Michelle for letting us share some of your insights into organization.
Cocoa Daisy warmly welcomes Lisa Olsen (Asil) as our guest designer for October. We spotted Lisa in our design team call and knew we would had to have her for a guest designer. She has a great simple yet vintage classic with bits of whimsy style that fit perfectly with this warm kit. We asked Lisa a few questions to get to know her better:
1. What is your most creative time? Inside I’m a night owl desperately trying to get out of the morning-person body my kids are forcing me into, haha. When the house is quiet (or empty), I loose all sense of time and enjoy my papers and glue! So late evening is my prime time!
2. What is your top 5 playlist?
Gosh, it’s been so long since I had a proper playlist, but favourite songs at the moment are (in no particular order except the top one)…
- I’m not sorry / Morrissey
- Last Christmas / Wham! (it’s almost December after all!)
- Ring meg (Call me) / Gabrielle
- The more you ignore me, the closer I get / Morrissey
- Set fire to the rain / Adele
3. What’s next on your scrappy life list? Christmas cards and gift tags – oh, I’m so late!!
4. What is your favorite retreat? Send me to a spa and I’m in heaven. Or a beach. Or London. Or let me just sleep late one morning..
5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you? That’s a tricky one. I know who I would like to see play me, but that’s not the question, is it.. boring experience.. Rene Z. as in Bridget Jones – I feel a bit Bridgety sometimes, even though I have hubby & kids.
6. Who are the most important people in your life? My family! Without them, I’m lost. And my closest friends!
7. Where do you start when you scrap? Usually I start with the paper or the picture(s). Sometimes the paper tells me which photo to use, sometimes it’s the opposite. But I do lay out everything before I glue thing together – adding and taking things away, until I’m satisfied. It takes for ever, I’m such a slow scrapper.
8. What’s your favorite blog? Hmm.. It’s really hard to choose only one.. I’m loving Mumkaa’s (http://mumkaa.blogspot.com/) style at the moment – a cluster-like style with lots of messy paint on it. The Polish scrappers have an awesome style, misting and using stencils & paint. And then you have the clean & simple scrappers – Maria (http://www.houseofpaper.no/) is a huge inspiration!
9. What food would describe your style? I’m going safe on this and say smorgasbord (buffet-like food)! That’s a bit of everything, isn’t it? My style changes constantly, I don’t think I have one particular one..
10. What is “dressed up” for you? I hate dressing up, so any skirt/dress-outfit would be a major event!
Here are her stunning creations this month:
Her gallery is being posted soon. In the meantime, check out her beautiful blog Asil’s Ville Verden. Thanks Lisa for such wonderful creations.
Christine & I have created 4 different cover options for you using the Merry & Bright kit for a December Holiday Album. We each used one chipboard sheet found in the store to create two different covers. Christine’s albums are each 6 x 6. I split my chipboard into a 6 x 8 album and a 4 x 6 album. Today i am going to share with you the two “Mixed Media covers.” Each cover has an easy tutorial on how to create these fabulous mini’s.
Take a bit of modeling paste, add in some paint, & mica and what do you get? Christine’s stunning cover using the Crafter’s Workshop Jasmine stencil. She has a simple step by step guide on how to create this 6 x 6 cover here.
Take the same stencil, add in a bit of patterned paper, gesso, and matte medium and you get this Joy Cover. I love that Christine & i used the same stencil for two very different looks. You can see my step by step directions on this post.
Christine & I have created 4 different cover options for you using the Merry & Bright kit for a December Holiday Album. We each used one chipboard sheet found in the store to create two different covers. Christine’s albums are each 6 x 6. I split my chipboard into a 6 x 8 album and a 4 x 6 album. Today i am going to share with you the two “Simple covers.” Each cover has an easy tutorial on how to create these fabulous mini’s.
Christine’s simple cover uses a leaf punch to make this gorgeous dimensional tree set against the fabulous white, red, & green back drop. The back is just as pretty as the front. Check out her tutorial here.
I used my 4 x 6 pieces to create this simple Noel album cover. With just a bit of inks, you can age any tag to give it that vintage touch. It can be a simple album with just 4 x 6 photos or a little more complex with pages, titles, etc. The directions for creating this mini album is here.
Tomorrow we will be sharing our mixed media covers!
The turkey has arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. I used Cocoa Daisy’s November kit to create this cute card. I used the Dresden stamp (found in the kit) to create his tail feathers along with the grid stamp to create the background. You don’t have to purchase the kits to get the stamps. You can purchase them individually or become a stamp subscriber and get three new stamps each month. To show you how easy it is to create this card, i made a video.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I would love to see your turkey creations!