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Gold Vellum Inspiration!

Gold Vellum Inspiration!

Hey there! Ashli here with you to share a process video. I was so inspired by the gold vellum die cuts included in this month’s kit! Let’s take a look… x As you can see, the starting point is not always the ending point. But, that’s all part of the process! I hope this has inspired you to let your inspiration lead as you create your next page. See you...
Farewell 2015….how to end your years scrapbook

Farewell 2015….how to end your years scrapbook

Today I am bidding farewell to 2015 and closing up my 2015 scrapbook album. I keep lots of scrapbook albums. The kids have one each, one for each big vacation that we take, the Project Life album and each new year has it’s own album too. At the end of each of the years albums I like to end with a final LO which is a review of the whole year. I just think it’s a really good way to close the year and the book too. It gives the scrapbook album a proper ending. Today I am sharing with you how my 2015 review page was made. It can be tricky creating a LO with multi photos. So getting at least 12 photos on the one 12×12 page with a title, journaling and yet still keeping some kind of a design can be a challenge. I keep all my photos files organised throughout the year. This makes my life so much easier when it comes to scrapbooking. There is a new file for each year, then monthly files within that. Then within those monthly files there are more files for the days where I have taken photos and they are all labeled too so I know exactly what day they were taken and the reason…birthday/school event etc… So to go through the years photos and pick one out for each month, doesn’t feel a task. I also write down notes at the same time of events that have happened each month. This makes it easy when it comes to the journaling. I wanted a patterned background, but not...
“The Best Love…

“The Best Love…

…”is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me.” – The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks   This quote rings so true with this month’s NOTEBOOK kits -they are the best kind of scrapbooking love! The kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more and plants a fire in our hearts (to CREATE!) and brings peace to our minds as well. 😉 Suz here with you sharing what several of my fellow Daisy Designers and I have curated with this month’s DITL kits! First up is Suzanna, (welcome Suzanna!) who is shared these beautiful designs and shows how layering up the DITL cards along with the some embellishments, spray mists and printed patterned hexagons can make for a fun a lovely design! Love her use of the exclusive cut circles file along with a simple DITL card, embellishments from the kit and dramatic silhouette photo! Both Ashli and Denise really trimmed down and altered their DITL cards creatively to put to use on their traditional layouts here: Above Ashli cut down the mason jar filled with hearts from the 4×6 DITL card in the kit and below Denise cut the same card in half and created this pretty, soft design. She also cut some of her DITL cards into smaller pieces and stacked them for a fun and textural, layered effect below. Sharmaine stacked her cards vertically in her design below for a great use of repetition in design, complementing the vertical striped, bold patterned paper!...
January 2015 Sketch Challenge

January 2015 Sketch Challenge

Hi there Daisies! Suzanna here for the first time to present you with this month’s sketch challenge. Sketches tend to be either well liked and inspirational or frowned upon. Me, personally, I’m a fan. I don’t see them as binding as some might do. There is a lot of freedom in a sketch if you can allow yourself to see it as a guideline, not a rule. Another great sketch designed by Stephanie (gotta give credit where credit is due!) based on a layout by Anna. I love the layers in this sketch and that there is more than one photo. That’s what I came up with. You can see the resemblance to the sketch with the two vertical photos and the multiple layers. My title placement is the same as well. From there, I took the sketch and added elements to the layout that made the layout work for me. I personalized the sketch by adding the header strips up the top and the hexagons down on the bottom, left hand corner. Isn’t that owl, poking out from behind the picture adorable? He and the other hexagons are part of the DITL kit and were made especially for Cocoa Daisy by Pretty Little Studios. Lisa had the same idea as I did with the many layers and title placement. Instead of the second picture, Lisa used a cluster of DITL cards with lots of layers in and around them. It never ceases to amaze me how with two constants; the kits and the sketch, the final outcomes are so varied! Katherine kept the orientation of the sketch and same as...
January Product Focus – Those Shiny Gold Alphas!!

January Product Focus – Those Shiny Gold Alphas!!

Hi, It’s Lisa here with your ‘Product Focus’ post for January. Each month for this post we get to pick something from the kit that some may struggle with to give ideas. When I opened up my kit yesterday I have to say I loved it. The colours were so beautifully balanced and I love the good mix of papers, sticker and bits and pieces…but for me, if there was one item that I had to pick it would be the gold shiny alphas. They just aren’t me. I’m not a blingy type of person at all. So today I am going to share with you how I tackled this. I also have a few kit tips to share that I will throw in here and there. I started my LO by taking some of the DITL cards from the DITL Kit. I took a craft knife to one of them enabling me to slide another card in to it. I wanted to add a layered look.  You do not have to use up loads of your pretty papers to create this look. This is all I used. to create this look. With my gold alphas now in place it’s time to transform them. I want to take off the shiny first so use a file and rub over them in various directions. I can them go over them with an ink. The areas where I have rubbed off the shiny will take the ink nicely. The more shiny you remove, the more coloured ink will show through. And them I use a black pen on my alphas. The...
Merry Christmas & Our Favourite 2015 LO’s

Merry Christmas & Our Favourite 2015 LO’s

Hello and Merry Christmas!!! We hope you are enjoying your Christmas so far. I have asked the DT to share with us their favourite LO that they have made this year. I love looking back at the end of each year and picking out my favourite creations. It’s great to do this and choose a few and ask yourself why in particular they are your favorites. Is it the design, the colours, a particular technique???? It often helps me if I hit a block to look back over my favourite work and remember what I have enjoyed doing in the past. So I have some favourites for you today. Let’s start with Alissa. Alissa picked one using October’s ‘Memonto’ Kit. Isn’t t fun? I love those Fall like layers and how she’s pieced all those patterns together. Everything is such and mismatch and yet it works so perfectly. I love it!! Katherine picked this LO of her’s. It’s so much fun. Those pineapples in the kit were made to go with these photos, don’t you agree? Emily’s favourite was made using the ‘Hemmingway Kit’ in August. This is so sweet. One from the heart. I just adore her use of the cute stamps at the bottom. I can see why she picked this one for many reasons.  A double pager from Suz and like Emily, also made with the August Kit. I can see that this one is special for Suz as they get ready to start a new chapter. I love the design from the LO that Sharmaine picked it. It’s so bold and very Sharmaine like in...
December Sketch Challenge Winner and Document December

December Sketch Challenge Winner and Document December

Hello and happy Thursday all! Suz back with you today to share the winner for this month’s sketch challenge (anddddd a bit later today a share of some of my Document December album). The winner of the sketch challenge is…   …SHANNON!! You are the winner! Please PM Lisa (aka @thefunkyfairy) that you have won this month’s challenge to obtain your GC info. To refresh your memory, here is the sketch: And this is Shannon’s lovely take on the sketch: I love how she used the soft grey patterned paper as the backdrop against the pops of pinks (and limey green) in the circles and her sweet subject’s clothing. Just darling! Congrats to Shannon! Thanks for playing along this month Daisies! On to my Document December album. I admittedly am not as far along as I had hoped to be, but given my travel time away from home, I feel I am off to a decent start. Here is a bit of my progress so far: COVER: I will likely add the year with a gold rimmed circle tag or something of the like later. Here is my inside cover. I love that woodgrain patterned paper! I chose to stamp a sentiment repeatedly onto the striped vellum paper for the intro to Day#1. (Right) On the left is my little December intention manifesto. Day #2 Left Side Day 2 Right side Here I used the exclusive “December” stamp. Day#3 Love the exclusive geotags this month. I have used every one of them in my creating. (The rest were used on a Christmas card I need to get posted in...
December Daisy Day Planning

December Daisy Day Planning

Hello everyone! How has your December been? Mine has been extremely hectic due to it being the end of my very last semester, my graduation is on the 13th, and my big party is on the 19th! With that being said, planning around this time of the year is crucial. With everything going on, I need to have every little detail written down so I don’t miss anything! So I would like to share with you all today, my weekly spread of Week 50 (December 7-13th): I personally LOVE that this December theme isn’t the typical red and green. The fun and playful colors are eye catching and leaves room for fun stickers. Here is a close up of the first half of the week: Stickers help me plan but feel free to use whatever works with your style! And finally, here is the close up of the last half of the week: I used the alpha stamp set from this month’s kit to stamp out “GRAD”.   The color scheme and artwork of this month’s planner kit is absolutely stunning. But the best part? It gives me an excuse to use a bright pink planner during the month of December! 😀 Which planner are you using to house this month’s inserts? I’d love to know!     Well, that’s all for now. I hope you all have a lovely holiday with your loved ones and I’ll see you all next year! xoxo...
Christmas Inspiration!

Christmas Inspiration!

Hello, hello! Are you ready for Christmas??? I am happy to say that around here, we are! YAY! I tell you, I feel like I should get a trophy or something for having all my cards made and presents wrapped! Whether you are done too and ready to sit back and relax, or you need a kick start in your mojo… take a look at this little video I worked up during my Cocoa Daisy December kit scrapping… x As you can see, I had lots of fun crafting… both holiday and non-holiday alike! And here’s a look-see at the Christmas items I made during my crafting session: This last picture is my version of Document December this year. How am I going to document an entire month on one layout? Well, as the mood strikes, I am going to use all of those interactive flaps to house my journaling and photos. I’m excited about keeping it simple this year and I will keep you posted as to how it goes! And now… let’s see some AWESOME inspiration from my fellow DT members! There is some serious eye candy coming, so grab your coffee, tea, or beverage of choice and get ready! First up? Doris! And now for the amazing… Katherine! And now for the wonderful…. SUZ! And now for some gorgeous work by Denise… And lastly, Anna wows with this clever idea… Here’s what she had to say: “I took one of the pretty papers from the add on and added gesso, glitter and paint of all sorts.” “I then punched stars out of the painted paper and...
December Sketch Challenge

December Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone! Suz here with this month’s sketch challenge. Happy 1st day in December! It is hard to believe the countdown to Christmas has begun and we are here to start your month of December creativity off with a sketch challenge that is full of circles, fun and festive possibilities!   This sketch was designed by Stephanie and inspired by Lisa’s fun, lively, and lovely design from the November Memento kit:  Alissa decided to follow the sketch using several circles scattered across the page as well as opting for a vertical photo. Such a darling page, right? I love how she balanced the busy smaller polka dot and floral patterns with the white of the envelope! And Lisa shows how versatile and different this sketch challenge can be by contrasting her first layout above with this fabulous one below. She once again utilized the circle design but the end result was a totally different layout! Love the drawn circles and how she added the sentiments and journaling within them!      Come play along with this sketch and share in the gallery. Link us up with your design by commenting below and you will be entered to win a $5 GC to the Daisy Boutique! Happy December Numero Uno!!  ...
Snail Mail Love!

Snail Mail Love!

Hello everyone! Katherine Maynard here, Kiggies5 on Instagram. I am writing you from our cabin in Blue Ridge, GA. We are staying the week up here for Thanksgiving. As I was packing up I grabbed my Document December Kit…I believe they still have a few available. Now that the fall season is winding down with all of my kids activities, I am able to catch up on my snail mail. Lately I have been sending out pocket letters, but this month I wanted to create a little something different. I have seen some folding letters on Instagram and was inspired to create one with the Document December Kit. Like I said, we are up in the mountains and all I have is the kit, my tape runner, cutter, scissors and ink pad. It was time to get creative! I needed a base for the letter and used to brown bag that the kit was sent in. I love the polka dot tissue paper that is sent with every kit and made some cute little tassels. With all of the cold weather happening around I added some hot cocoa Daisy! 😉 As always, a few gifts for my pals are added in every letter! I would love to see what snail mail you create, tag me on Instagram with @Kiggies5. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! XOXO- Katherine  ...
What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

I am thankful that I have LOADS to be thankful for! One of which is this hobby. I am prepping another pocket page this month, leaving lots of room to journal all that I am thankful for. Take a look… x   And now… check out this gorgeous page from Alissa! I just love all the contrast in her page! And next up, we have the wonderful Katherine! Gorgeous, yes? From scrapbooking supplies, to warm meals on the table, to fun sporting events… so much to be thankful for, big and small! So… what are you thankful...
#creativemidorichallenge with Daisy Dori

#creativemidorichallenge with Daisy Dori

Good morning! Today I want to share with you all how I’ve been using my November Daisy Dori. This month, my good friend and fellow CD team member, Florence, created the #creativemidorichallenge I’ve never finished a challenge before mostly because I didn’t have the time to do so. But the great thing about using the Daisy Dori is that it matches all of this month’s kits. This cuts down the time for me because by using pieces of the kits, I know it’ll all match cohesively. So my supplies were the November Daisy Dori, parts of November’s Main Kit, Fall printables for KellyBangsCreative, washi tapes from Michael’s Recollections, and pieces of past kits: Here is my prompt for Day 1: I’m still working on catching up but I’m determined to finish the challenge because this one is unique. It’s all about learning about myself and I think it’s important to understand yourself as a person. If anyone else is doing this challenge, let me know below in the comments! Have a great week everyone! xoxo...
Stamping Sensation | November

Stamping Sensation | November

Well hallo there! Suz back with several fellow Daisy Designers to share how we utilized the exclusive stamps and roller stamps from the November Gathering kits. As you have seen or will see, the stamps are super inspiring and versatile. First up is Miriam, who used the “The Skinny” alphabet stamp set for her title work to this fun layout about donuts. She also used the roller phrase stamps in a few places. She  created this cute tag for part of her cover to a cute mini she created by simply re-stamping the same “today” sentiment over and over for a fun repetitive effect. Lisa created this lovely layout that highlights the roller phrase stamp including in the DITL kit this month. Ashli played with the stamps in several of her creations! Here are a few of her creative takes:   I loved how she used the adorable kitten stamps and ticked a few here and there within her “bookshelf” of patterned papers. Below Denise created an adorable vintage layout and used the roller phrase stamp to add a few sentiments here and there across her design. Niru created a wonderful layout by using the roller phrase stamp as a way to house all of her photos and elements in a angled columnar design. I often like to use snippets of left over kit pieces from my kits to create cards with. Below I combined a few strips of patterned papers  and stamped my sentiments with “The Skinny” alpha and the roller phrase stamp. I wanted my sentiment to be a bit less bold to go along with the...

I love leftovers!

Hey everyone, Katherine here with a product tip for the November Gathering kit. I love everything about the November kit…don’t you!??? I fell in love with the Dear Lizzy circle paper, but I didn’t want to cover up all the cute phrases. I kept setting it aside every time I would scrapbook. I was afraid to use it. I finally saw this image the other night on Pinterest I can spend hours on there and thought it would make a great scrapbook a page. I just cut out a few of the circles that I liked out of the paper and used a scallop punch for the white ones. I also used another leftover from the kit, the clear glassine bags that the embellishments come in (I always save those!). The ombre strip is from the Jen Hadfield paper Family Rules…another leftover. I arranged them on my page and tucked a journal tag in the bag I don’t have the best handwriting so I like to hide mine. I embellished with some of the Basic Grey flair buttons, Dear Lizzy stickers, thickers and a few sequins.   Now go and use some of that beautiful paper and your leftovers!   XOXO-Katherine...
Polka Dots, Flowers, Layered Tags, and a Dog? Oh My….

Polka Dots, Flowers, Layered Tags, and a Dog? Oh My….

What do polka dots, flowers, layered tags, and a dog have in common? They all made it onto my layout, that’s what! It can be a challenge to use layered and dimensional embellishments, along with loads of pattern, yes? In this video, I tackle all these things and even see if I can tie a scarf around my dog’s neck! Let’s have a look… x And here’s one more look at that page… Lots of layers, lots of pattern, lots of fun! And… lots to love! I hope this has inspired you to play with loads of patterns on your next layout! See you...
Tuesday Inspiration | Remembering Fall

Tuesday Inspiration | Remembering Fall

Hello everyone! Suz back with you today to share a bit of Tuesday inspiration with you. Fall colors are at their peak here in the Ozarks, and the leaves are started to make their way to the ground. Therefore, I decided to make this inspiration post about focusing on leaves as a jumping off point in designing. I was perusing Pinterest recently and came across a few lovely images that inspired me to take to creating with October’s Memento kit. First up, a card, that was inspired by this lovely image:                                              Source  I decided to use this month’s leaf stamp with gold and moss green inks. I employed first and second generation stamping with the gold ink to give the card a textural feel and I love that there is additional texture to the green leaves due to a bit of incomplete coverage of the inks.  A very simple technique with clean + simple results!   Here are a few more images of leaves/fall that spoke to me:    SOURCE                                                   SOURCE SOURCE       Here is my second creation that was inspired by the leaf images. Here I used the awesome cut file leaf and added into my layer clusters at the bottom right.     How are you are inspired to create with one or all of these images. Better yet? If you are...
Planning- stepping outside of your comfort zone

Planning- stepping outside of your comfort zone

Hello Sweet Dasies! It’s the last week of October and it feels like it’s still the first week. Every time I write a blog entry I feel that way. Time passes by so quickly and in a blink of an eye we’ll be welcoming November. But before we get ahead of ourselves I wanted to share with you my WO2P for my last week of October. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone with stamping. If you notice, I do not incorporate it much with my layouts. Why? I think it’s very time consuming, and I tend to stick with the typical black ink. I know, so plain Jane. But I wanted to use some new stamps that I got from Sakuralala they were too cute not to use, and since I had them with me, I wanted to force myself to use her collection. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is important. I know stamping isn’t my strength, but it also is important to use what’s in your stash. What’s something that you may be avoiding on using? Whether it’s a certain sticker set, not knowing how to use washi, pens, etc. I challenge you to pick it up and use it. Use it to it’s fullest advantage and make it known it was well used in your spread.   I also used a freebie sticker set that I received at a meet up this past weekend. Which Cocoa Daisy was one of the generous sponsors, thank you Christine! If you are wanting to participate in meet ups, I say join planner facebook groups and try to...

Squeezing every bit out of your yummy kits!

Hi Miriam here!  I have to start by saying that October kits are AHH-mazing!!!  Dont you agree?  I’ve had so much fun creating with them, the papers, the colors, the embellishments, the stamps, everything is just so well coordinated, I loved it all.  I’ve made some ditl spreads, some fun layouts and even a mini album.  But after all that I still have some wonderful goodies leftover (just goes to show how much is packed into each kit!) so I decided I’d make a couple of cards.  I’ll get back to those later but first check out these fabulous cards made by these very talented ladies. First up these gorgeous cards by Ashli, I love that she even used that tissue paper that is part of the packaging, so creative and talk about squeezing out every bit of the kits!! Next up is Katherine, with this beautiful card, check out all the pretty details, I love the fussy cutting! And finally here are mine! I had a blast making these! I hope you’ve enjoyed them and can’t wait to see all your card creations!  Don’t forget to visit the Design Team gallery for more October...
Week 41 with Kate Spade Rose Gold Planner

Week 41 with Kate Spade Rose Gold Planner

Hello hello! Annie again here to share with you all, how I’ve planned for the week of October 5th-11th. So let’s start out with supplies… Kate Spade Rose Gold Planner VersaMagic Chalk Inks (Mango Madness, Aloe Vera, Spanish Olive) Cocoa Daisy October Planner Inserts October Afternoon Date Stickers Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Ephemera & Washi Book (from Main Kit) Cocoa Daisy Limited Edition Stamp (from Main Kit) Target Alpha Stickers Various stickers from LovePipsticks Sticker Subscription Here is week 41’s spread in it’s entirety: A close up of the first half (sadly, this week started off with a scare): And the second half: As you can see, I like to embellish my planner with some cute clips. I get most of mine from Etsy but feel free to use whatever you like. I loved that this month’s planner kit included a tassel from HautePinkFluff, I never owned one before but now I can’t get over how cute it makes my planner look! And that’s that! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, it’s much...
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