Category Archives: Daisy Designers

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...
August Inspiration

August Inspiration

Hello all! Suz back with this month’s inspiration post! This month I was really inspired by the adorable birdie stamps in the kits and they found themselves popping up on several cards I created. They are just so adorable, aren’t they?! And this is just one set!   Here are some of the ways I put the bird stamps to good use: Repeating the same stamp in a repetitive pattern can add movement to your design. You could also first, second, (and third!) generation stamp to give your design an ombre effect. Here I have used a 4×6 DITL card for the base of my design and stamped several of the adorable little birdies along the “horizon line” of the card. I used the negative space of the diagonal striped pattern to place my sentiment.   I used a watercolor pencil to color in the little red worm.  There are several other inspiring ways to use this month’s stamp collections in the Daisy Designer gallery. Be sure to check them all out if you haven’t already here.   Have an amazing KIT REVEAL WEEK! Be sure to stop in for the chat on Friday, August 28 @7PMCST/8PM EST. (You are “daydreaming” already about it, aren’t you?!)         ...
August Planner Set-Up

August Planner Set-Up

Hi everyone! Today, I want to share with you all how I’ve set up my planner for the month of August using this month’s Daisy Day Planner Kit. I recently purchased an A5 Pink Patent Domino Filofax and once I saw this month’s kit, I knew it would be a match made in heaven! As you can see, this pop of pink is just perfect for this month’s kit! Look how perfectly it matches the cute Dear Lizzy Typewriter notepad. What I personally love about the patent domino filofax, is the wide pocket on the left side of the planner. You can easily fit taller items in this pocket. In my planner pocket, I stashed the super cute sticker sheet, journaling cards, and stamp set! I love that everything fits into the pocket without getting bent or damaged. Here is the beautiful monthly divider, I added the mint and pink tassle charm here because I think it looks beautiful with the divider as the background. I always enjoy seeing the monthly dividers in each kit first because I know the graphics will be amazing! After the divider, I created a dashboard to house my sticky notes for planning. The Dear Lizzy ones aren’t sticky so I used a removable tape runner to adhere it to the dashboard. I think this turned out super cute! What do you all think? Of course I used the adorable macaron clips to mark off the week on one page inserts! They look super cute on top of the pages and make it easier for me to flip to these inserts. Cute and convenient?...
Planning with Cocoa Daisy!

Planning with Cocoa Daisy!

Hello Friends! I wanted to share with you how my planning pages are looking these days in my Marion Smith Heart of Gold Planner. This month of August is extremely busy for me but I wanted to show you how simple it is to just decorate your week on two pages with your paper crafting scraps/ stash. What you’ll need: Stickers or any Ephemera Paper Clips Washi Tape Page Flags Any Journal Cards Stamps Your Favorite Pen I absolutely love variety, which is the same when I scrapbook so you’ll see that style reflect in my decorated pages. I start with decorating the page first, then move on to writing in my plans. What’s great with buying the actual kit that comes with our planners, and the add-on you will get many of the items that I listed above, and more! They also will coordinate with the planner pages for the month. So those cute bow paper clips that I get tons of questions about, they came in the planner kit. You will not want to miss out on those months. Trust me, Christine jam packs these with so much fun stuff! I made this dashboard using stickers and a gift bag from Target. I simply placed the letters above the dashboard and laminated it. And boom! There’s an easy personalized dashboard with your name on it. And if you were also wondering what my favorite pen to write with, it’s the sharpie clickster. I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial on ideas on what you can use for your weekly spreads. I would love to see your creations....
Cupcake Canvas Tutorial

Cupcake Canvas Tutorial

What do you make for a super sweet girl who has a special birthday??? A super sweet gift of course. A special friend of our’s turned 18 recently. I wanted to give her something special, but just couldn’t think what. So then I had the idea of making her a sweet canvas. Today I am going to share with you how it came together. I think it’s such a lovely personal gift to give someone. I used my July DITL Kit to make this.   I started with a square canvas and some Cocoa Daisy papers. I cut a large enough piece of the patterned paper to cover the front of the canvas and then painted the whole piece with gesso. Once dry (I like to use a heat gun to speed up that process) I then used a couple of stencils and mists. I took a couple of different Cocoa Daisy stamps and my Maya Chalk Inks and and stamped a little too. I never panic or put too much thought in to where I’m misting and stamping as to be honest, so many layers go in to this, it’s not really important.   I take some more patterned paper and a DITL journal card and place them in the centre of my canvas. Once stuck in place with regular pva glue, I take an old credit card and spread white acrylic paint over the papers.   Now to make my cute cup cake. More patterned papers and a cup cake case and the cake are cut out. The shapes are very basic and easy to cut by hand. Once...
JULY 2015 DITL Inspiration

JULY 2015 DITL Inspiration

Hello and happy Monday everyone! Suz here (along with Alissa, Ashli, Denise, Anna,  Lisa, and Sharmaine) sharing several of our projects created with this month’s DITL kit! First up is Alissa who created these adorably cute pages: Love her use of the the Crate Paper glitter “FUN” alphas here and her hand written journaling! Ashli showed off her playful design style with this deconstructed page: How adorable is that little sunglass-wearing whale?!   Lisa pulled out the sunshine in this kit with the bold pops of yellow showcased against the backdrop of this month’s exclusive patterned paper. She even created some “faux” washi using small pieces of it! Genius!   Anna’s clean + simple design is stunning with its photography and little bits of stitching and embellishments. Beautiful balance!     I have mad love for Denise’s oversized photos on her design and lovely little bits of layering here and there.     Sharmaine’s playful and bold design really shows off this kit! She did an amazing job of clustering the kit contents without over embellishing and the background paper is the perfect backdrop to her design.   I created two DITL layouts this month as well as a few cards. Here is one of two of my designs: I really enjoyed placing the Bella Blvd yellow stickers onto the wood veneer “Summer”! It was the perfect fit for a few sentiments that exude summertime. I made a shaker pocket using a Crate Paper frame, a few items from the kit, and sequins from my stash. I sealed it all up using my Fuse tool. The bottom right showcases...

Weekly Inserts For Academics

Hey everyone! As most of you know, I’m a full time student in college and that tends to keep me very busy. I don’t even get summers off! This summer, I have a summer course in the morning and an internship directly after class. My schedule can get extremely hectic and I don’t want to have disorganized plans. So I’ve created a system that works for me using the amazing weekly inserts from the June Kit. What I’ve done is I divided the inserts in half, the left half is for my summer course and the right half is for my internship. As you can see, I have assignments for both. From there, I used stamp sets to create check boxes and lines, stickers to mark special events, and decorative stickers.     I used the washi tape and MAMBI arrow stickers from June’s add-on to decorate the monthly side of the divider. I also used some of the stickers from June’s kit for embellishment.   From there, I punched holes into a journaling card from May’s kit in order to create a to-do list of things that I needed to remember to complete.   Thats it! I hope you’ll all enjoy how I’m using the weekly inserts and I decorated them. These inserts are very versatile and you can use them in any way that works for you and your lifestyle. Thanks for stopping by!  ...
New DaisyDori & Planner Class!

New DaisyDori & Planner Class!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend! I am extremely excited for the Planner Class that’s going to start on Monday. I am a little nervous, but I hope you all will love the content and fun surprises that’s going to be going on. Here’s some goodies that I will be working with in the class. Such a colorful sight to see. It’s not too late to join! Please head over HERE– you get an amazing free printable and the class is only $15.   So, as may some of you know, my love for the travelers notebook is insane. I absolutely love it. I take mine everywhere with me and I work in it more than my planners. I was super excited when Christine announced that we were going to have these amazing Daisy Dori printables available! And guess what?? They’re only $2.99!! They are one of a kind and you’ll never get these anywhere else. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the CD Store and purchase these bad boys. They have the travelers notebook and pass port size!    For those who are new to the travelers notebook, the amazing thing about this is- you can do pretty much anything with it. Planning, listing, creative challenges (try mine out: #creativemidorichallenge on instagram), art journaling, memory keeping and the list goes on. Also for those who missed out on the July Kits, there are some inserts still available in personal and A5 for purchase.   If you are a nautical fanatic, you do not want to miss out on these! Until next...
It’s in the Cards…

It’s in the Cards…

Hi daisies!!! We have some fun cards to share with you this month! Whether you are inspired by the DITL cards, your scraps, or the cut-files that are free to subscribers… cards are always a great way to use your kits! First up, we have the talented Alissa… I just love the way she incorporated the DITL cards. And, seriously… how cute is that little hashtag detail? Next is the fabulous Suz… So many adorable details!!! I love the way she used the exclusive map page, don’t you? Next up is the amazing Lisa…   Lisa’s work is always so fun and fresh! And, I find the layers with the rounded corners to be especially eye catching. And here is what I came up with this month… I had more fun playing with Simon and using some of the June planner goodies… Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today! We appreciate each and every one of you. I hope this has inspired you to make some cards of your own. If you do, please share them with us in our...
Fitness Motivation and Step Tracking

Fitness Motivation and Step Tracking

I wanted to change up how I use my week on one page, and decided to use it for my motivational fitness section along with tracking my steps. I have been really motivated to get out there and jog walk throughout my week. I even found myself taking that extra step and going out during my lunch breaks and inviting friends to join me instead of going out to eat. I hope this post motivates you to use a section in your planner to just take that extra step, even it’s just 100 extra ones per day it makes a difference. I also use the FitBit app which let’s you add your friends and it ranks you from how many steps you achieve that day. I started to create challenges for Goal Days or Weekends just so I can cheer my friends on and have them motivate me as well. Don’t get me wrong, not every day is going to be goal exceeding, or you may not even reach your goal. For example, on Wednesday I didn’t reach mine, but the following day I pushed my hardest and killed it with doing 20,000 steps. We do get busy in this life of ours and sometimes neglect our health. I’ve done it for years and I definitely need and want a change. For the better. If you want to add me on FitBit you can: florenceantonette@gmail.com I will cheer you on throughout the week and invite you to challenges as well. I think seeing my motivational pages everyday and entering my steps will help me strive for bigger goals. A...
June Let’s Go | DITL

June Let’s Go | DITL

It’s time to share June’s DITL kit inspiration from several of the Daisy Designers! Here is what the group of ladies have to share for inspiration this month: First up is Ashli, who had these beautiful designs to share!   I love how Ashli always pulls out the soft color palettes of the kits and adds her own whimsical, playful style to each page.       I still can’t get enough of that Simon (nerdy bunny) stamp! Love how Ashli has playfully worked him into her design here. Next up is Alissa, who packed a whole week of fun times with her Momma onto one pint sized DITL spread. Really loving how she mixed up her DITL album with the smaller squared pockets and brought out the bold red in this month’s kit!       Denise brought out the bold blues and graphic patterns that this kit has to offer in her page all about her son Connor’s upcoming graduation. Amazingly fun Senior photos of her son, yes?! And this kit complemented them so well! (*Congrats to Connor!)   Here Denise showed off the kit stamps and her playful side with the addition of the bright yellow and beautiful watercolor blues:   Lisa played up her designs with a sunny stencil misting technique (on her “just a little note” card) as well as sketching a playful outline with a fine point black pen for added continuity to her design. Love those hearts, triangles and feathers too!   And lastly, one of my DITL designs. I played off the yellow-orange in the kit and in my photos and accented my...
How to Utilize Planner Printables

How to Utilize Planner Printables

There has been some questions asking about the usage of the exclusive Subscriber printables in your planner. Well, I’m here to help! This is my first time on the blog and I hope that you will all enjoy my post today. Here are the tools that I used for my June layout: June Cocoa Daisy Inserts June Subscriber Printable* (on a full label sheet) Date Roller Stamp Washi Tape Sticky Notes (from June’s Daisy Day Planner Add-On Kit) *Editor’s note: The printable shown here is one that’s exclusive to our kit subscribers; you can find it by using the Subscriber link in your Reveal email and clicking “Subscriber Downloads” at the top of the page. Even if you don’t subscribe you can find lots of freebies via the link at the top of our site.   The first thing I did was print the printable onto a full label sheet, I purchase mine from Amazon but you can also find some at stores like Walmart. Just be sure to look for “full adhesive label sheet” on the packaging. I happen to have a cutting machine to cut out the images for me so I can peel the images like stickers. If you only have card stock laying around, feel free to print onto the card stock and cut out the images yourself then use a glue stick or tape runner to adhere the images onto your inserts. From there, I just did the decorating! Here are photos of how I decorated the first week of June for my planner:   My inserts still look a little blank but that’s because...
Summer Snapshot Inspiration

Summer Snapshot Inspiration

Hello everyone! Suz here with some summer snapshot inspiration to share!   Summer just made its warm welcome into our household this past week and with it (along with the arrival of my June Cocoa Daisy DT kits- Can you say must travel now!?) emerged my proclivity to wander and my desire to scrap all things summery! It also has me dreaming of an upcoming summer trip and some of the images I hope to capture. So, I thought it would be fun to share a few mood boards of images that has inspired my summer lovin’ soul here with you today. Here we go… Sources: sunset picnic, summertime chalkboard, surfing bound The mood board above reminds me that I not only want to document the foods and good eats of summertime, but to capture a few glorious sunsets as well! And in the bottom right image, I am reminded that I want to capture an image of my boys walking to the beach (or along the beach) with their surf gear. Sources: dockside fun, jeep, ice cream sandwich This (above) mood board reminds me to capture some action shots of family and friends in their element and to take a few silhouette photos. It reminds me to get an image or two of myself and a few captures of vehicles we are driving, loaded up for a road trip of travel fun. (top right) And lastly, the bottom right image challenges me to take some close up photos with fun landscapes in the background. (bottom right) Sources: hammock, starfish, sunset with flip-flops  Finally, this mood board reminds me to capture the beauty of...
Project Art – May

Project Art – May

It’s time for some Project Art inspiration again! The May Project Art kit is all about stamp carving. The kit contains all the tools you need to get started with carving your own stamps. I love the many possibilities of carving my own stamps and the fact that I can create something that is truly unique. I have to admit rigth away though – I am no stamp carving pro. To carve stamps that give you perfectly clean impressions takes some practice and I’m not there yet. Luckily – I am totally ok with a messy and non-perfect look! I started out with sketching, trying to come up with a design that I liked. I decided to create a triangle shaped stamp and I cut a piece of the pink rubber and drew a design in the same size on paper, using a soft pencil. I then transfered the design to the rubber by pressing the paper against the rubber and… rubbing! It’s then easy to fill in the lines with some more pencil, if necessary. When you have a design on your rubber, it’s time to start carving! Be careful, the tool is sharp! Always carve away from you and watch your fingers. Try holding the tool at a low angle and applying an even pressure. Go slowly, because you can always go back and carve some more. It’s better to take it easy in the beginning. Here is my triangle shaped stamp… It can be combined to a square by stamping twice like this… (and a tip: when you ink your stamp it’s easier to see what...
Tips for a Productive To Do List

Tips for a Productive To Do List

Ever you feel like your to do list is a mile long and it’s never going to get done? Do we set ourselves up for failure with these extensive lists that realistically can not be done in a days time? I use my Cocoa Daisy daily inserts throughout my day to help me stay organized. The night before or right when I wake up I sit down for a little brain dumping and my head spills out my basic to do list. Before having Cocoa Daisy inserts I would bullet journal, in my midori travelers notebook, which I basically do in my planner now. But how do you stay productive with these lists? I wanted to share with you a few tips that work for me, in hopes that it may be able to help you out as well. Priority is clutch. Always add the most important at the top so it’s the first thing that you see. What’s great about these inserts if you never used them before is for the A5 at the top left you have MUST DO’s. There’s up to 4 boxes and in this section and right below is the to do list. Oh the dreaded To Do’s. I am weird that I love long lists? I love knowing that I need to be super woman that day and have a billion things going on. Yes, some days I don’t get through it all, I am only human. Not all lists are meant to be finished 100% unless you only have 1-2 things on that list. Action! Did you know words of action will give...
Unexpected Uses for Pattern Paper | Handcut Letters Designer’s Challenge

Unexpected Uses for Pattern Paper | Handcut Letters Designer’s Challenge

At the end of a kit I always have a lot of patterned paper scraps left over.  Being something of a scrapbook supply hoarder I have a tough time parting with those beauties.   I pulled together my Sage + Mint kit leftovers for this project.  I just love that kit! I decided that those scraps would be the perfect focus of this month’s designer challenge.  One of the funnest trends I keep seeing is hand cut letters, but I had yet to dip my feet into that design idea pool. I hope that you will grab your scissors and take the plunge too. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1) Remember that wonky is good.  A blackout type look where you only cut the outline of the letters is much easier when you are doing this by hand. 2) Grab a bunch of coordinating patterned paper.  I think it helps to get a few more than you think you’ll need.  I tried to think about mixing up colors in a word as I went along. 3) Roughly measure and then trace the letters onto the paper with pencil.  It will make the cutting much easier later.  I used a stencil to help a bit as well. Here is the finished project!  Holi is a super fun Indian holiday where we douse each other in different colors each spring.  The pictures always have a lot going on so I tried to keep the background pretty neutral.  Adding these handcut letters was the perfect way to have a little pattern and color on the page in a...
Dissecting Design – With Stamps

Dissecting Design – With Stamps

Hello to you. Lisa here today with stamps. I thought I’d show you how I made this LO today. It was a really fun one to make.   I received the chipboard frames in my May Main Kit. The larger one however was white and just didn’t stand out enough. I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to paint over the top to make it yellow. I then took my Cocoa Daisy ‘happy’ stamp and stamped 4 times on the frame once the glaze was dry. It really brings out the red flowers on the other yellow frame. Once my photo frames were in place I wanted to use another Cocoa Daisy stamp but on a tag this time. The stamp is a heart within circles. I removed the heart from the centre so that I could use 2 colours and put it back together again before stamping.   I took one of the DITL cards. I didn’t want to use the whole card, but I liked the little quote. So I cut out each word, to replace upon my LO.   I did the same with another one of the cards but cut out in strips this time and underlined with the washi tape. I just love all the little details. I’m so happy with this dreamy page. Thanks for joining me today...
Moms on the go plan too, or say hello to Tricia Romo

Moms on the go plan too, or say hello to Tricia Romo

We’re excited to be growing our Daisy Day Planner team! Today we invite you to join us in welcoming Tricia Romo to the Cocoa Daisy family. Tricia caught our attention with her lovely photography on Instagram and we knew she’d be a good fit as she shows yet another style of planning and how it works with our gorgeous planners. Hi! I’m Tricia, lover of all things paper and memory keeping. I’m a mom to two beautiful children, two old sleepy dogs, and a spunky lizard named Rex. We are a military family, constantly moving and exploring! I love it! Naturally with all the moving and a busy family life I need to be organized. I love to plan out my life in a planner and with my love of paper I also love to make it cute 😉 I have an obsession with antiques, photography, and since we lived in Seattle for four years I love coffee!! I love a good storm, it’s the best setting for a day of journaling or fort building in the living room. I’m so excited to be on the Daisy Day Planner Team! I hope to learn from all of you as I share my love for planning! You can check out Tricia’s Instagram feed at madewithlovecrafter, her YouTube channel, and her Etsy store....
Are you sending out cards this month?

Are you sending out cards this month?

The May kit was a great kit for card making here on the team. There was something that sparked the inner card maker in us and we have lots to share with you this month. I’m going to start with Ashli. Ashli has had fun with this months stamps. I love the wording on this one. And our Suz has been crazy busy making cards with the May Kit. The perfect wedding card!! I’m so impressed with Suz. I love the cards made by Doris using the bee stamp. These are gorgeous! We have a couple from Emily. I love the colours here. And finally one from me too. Although now seeing all these other cards, it’s made me want to go away and make a whole bunch more. People love receiving handmade cards. Will you be making and sending any this month?...
Stretch Your Daisy Day Planner Pages

Stretch Your Daisy Day Planner Pages

Hello everyone! I received my May kit around first week of May so I didn’t use it for any daily / weekly planning for May. Instead, I want to show you how I stretch the Daisy Day Planner pages to use them for planning for work. I normally use A5 sized planner for my work but I have recent gotten this LV agenda MM sized (equivalent to Filofax personal sized) as Mother’s Day present. So I want to use this to plan my work and jot down ideas for my monthly kit club. P.S. I have been stamping a lot Simon the bunny and colour its shirt in various colour. I use it to decorate my May planner pages everywhere.   See… You could see Simon peeking out from one of the pockets and also I love that Christine include Simon in this month planner charm. I am such a huge fans for planner charms. Can never have enough of these cuties.       I absolutely adore the notepad (with cute pencils illustration) in the May kit.   I punched holes in some of my planner stickers and slot them into my planner. I use a paper clip to clip the sticker sheets together.         I love the Cover page for the May kit, and this is definitely my favourite cover page for all the Daisy Day Planner kits. I hole punched the 4xx6 PL cards and decorate the card  a little with this month stamp set and round tags. My fave would be the back of this PL card. Right side is the front page...
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