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March 6, 2014

Day in the Life | March Tips


Hello All!!! Alissa here today to talk about Project Life and getting more from your DITL kit.

First, can I say how much I LOVE the DITL kits that Christine puts together? And, we now have an add on specifically geared to pocket scrapbooking. LOVE it!!! March is the first month with the DITL add on and it was a hit! Blue Ridge was the first add on to sell out.

One thing I really loved about the March DITL kit was the addition of the Project Life cards by Becky Higgins. I always love the usual Cocoa Daisy/Evalicious exclusive cards and this month Christine included a BUNCH of BH Project Life cards, too. AWESOME!!!

Let’s see if we can use those cards in a different way to stretch your supplies. week-4-01
The bottom left card is not a 4×6 card at all. It’s actually 2 3×4 cards, cut to fit my needs, and a 4×4 photo. I loved that “photo op” card but it didn’t fit with the journal lines running in the opposite direction that I needed them to run and the cute speech bubble card was the same. I cut off what I needed from those 3 cards and tucked them under my photo. And, I have the rest of each card still to use in the future.

Here’s a closer look.
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So, anytime you think a card might not fit your theme or needs, think about using it in parts or even as a photo mat for a smaller photo. I love “making it work”. I take it as a personal challenge. 

Want to see what the rest of the team did with the kits?
jody
Jody used her DITL kit to create a pocket page about a single subject. I love how she layered the cards up and punched shapes from some of the cards, just like patterned paper.

lisa
Lisa did not get the DITL kit but she did use the Blue Ridge add on to create an awesome pocket page! I love all the greens!!

mandie
Mandie used the DITL kit and the Blue Ridge add on to create her Project Life spread. I love all of the 4×6 photos cut up and represented in 3×4 pockets.

martha
I love how Martha used the world map card from the DITL kit to represent the blending of her family with her daughter coming from China. So cool! :)

patricia
Patrica used the cute LOVE card to journal about kitty and tucked it under the photo in a 4×6 pocket to make it work. LOVE this!

suz
And, Suz worked all of those 4×6 cards beautifully. I LOVE this spread!

So, to recap, try using those 3×4 and 4×6 cards in different ways this month. Cut them up. Punch them into shapes. Mat your photos with them. Use them in a different way. You will LOVE the results!

Hope you have an awesome day!

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March 3, 2014

How To – Gallery Walls


I finally finished my gallery wall last week. It has taken months of planning and preparation to get it just right. I didn’t want to rush it, I wanted to be really pleased with the final result and I’m pleased that I’ve done it this way. It’s been worth the wait.

I thought I would give you a little insight in to how this wall of art has come together.

I have been making the pieces for quite a few months now. Nothing was planned purposely for this wall, it’s all kind of come together.

I picked up this canvas from a local good will store for $5. It’s huge 25×25 inches and really deep too. It had already been painted which I didn’t mind as I knew I wanted to use it to create something myself.

Lots of paints, old book pages, gesso and some very large old MM foam stamps and I have this canvas made.

My next pieces to show you are 3 mini canvases and a framed 6×4” pic. These were made with an addon and some of the main kit in October. I love how these turned out. They match the foxy cushion that sits on the sofa under this gallery. (my hubby has a thing for foxes. He has regular meetings with them on the late night dog walks).

I have just one photo on this wall. This was a last minute addition when we were piecing everything together. I wasn’t going to add one at all, but I had picked up this 5×7” frame for $5 last year and wanted to use it.   I edited my photo to get this fun colour effect in picmonkey.com. It’s free and very easy to use. There wasn’t anything to hang this frame up with though. It just had a stand on the back. So I removed the backing and stuck down a small piece of trimming. The backing was replaced which also helps hold the trimming in place securely. I love that extra bit of colour it adds.

Next up is my map. I picked up a really old atlas in the Goodwill store last Fall. This was such a find. Just $7, it’s big and the colours were perfect. I then wanted to find a frame to match and happened to find this one which again was perfect and cost just $4. The old ladies in the goodwill store were admiring the old ship picture that was inside as I was paying and I went on to explain what my actual intentions were for this frame. They looked rather horrified and I even offered to open up the frame and give them the lovely print of the ship, but they obviously didn’t like it that much as they declined, still not looking convinced with my idea though.

I do need to cut down the mount slightly though as the top of the map is slightly hidden. Incase you are wondering why the US when we live in sunny England??? Well we both love the US. My hubby has worked for a very big US company since he left school and is very proud to work for them, he also lived/worked in Cali for a few months before we were together. My Dad has lived in Indiana for the past 20 years. I have spent the past 20 years falling in love with the country and have been fortunate to visit lots of cities and States and then in 2007 we got married in Orlando and are about to go back as family for our 4th visit. So the US means alot to us.

Which brings me nicely in to the letters L & A.

Not meaning LA, but these are our initials. Lisa and Ade. I bought these mdf letters from Ebay and covered them in maps of Orlando and gave them to hubby as an anniversary gift of our first date last August. Thinking about it I think they should really be covered in maps of LA as we had the most amazing week there last year. Just the two of us…..and the crazy Cocoa Dasiy girls : )

Above the letters are 3 6×4” frames. I bought these in a department store here as a set for $10. Two have a Cocoa Daisy wordpress card inside and one a Day in the Life Kit card. Each card is backed on to bazzill.

Below the letters are wooden scrabble letters that I bought off ebay for under $5 for all the tiles incl postage.

I have another Day in the Life Card framed here.

I attached a piece of garden string to hang this one. I bought some wooden hearts off Ebay years ago and still had some left, so I used a Tim Holzt Distress Stain (Picket Fence) to stain it white.

Then there is a deep framed piece here. I made this when I was on the Fancy Pants team.

I used the same piece of paper to cut the same size heart out 3 times. I’ve folden it down the centre and stitched it to the card down the centre and added a rubon.

Above that is an old frame that I was already using in the house. It was a matt gold colour and didn’t really fit anymore. I mixed up some paints so it matched the wording on the big canvas and very roughly painted the frame, rubbing it in to the grooves with kitchen paper. I didn’t want a perfect look. I wanted parts of the old frame to show through. I removed the back and hung just the frame.

I picked up some wooden embroidery hoops from a goodwill store  for a dollar each a couple of years ago with the idea of hanging them with frabric.

The vintage fabric was purchased on Ebay as a piece of sample fabric and the other I made myself.

It came from one of the kids old cotton school shirts. I used this litle stamp set and some Prima Chalk Inks. Very quick, easy and cheap.

For Christmas I made my hubby this next framed piece.

I got given his Grandad’s old typewriter for my birthday last March. I typed up the definition of the word ‘Soulmate’ and framed for him.

And finally this one.

This was a birthday gift for hubby last year and the most expensive piece on this wall. I bought the frame from a shop for just about $15 and had the mount made which was another $8. The lady was so kind in the local frame store and I discussed how I would hang my mdf letters and she gave me the little hooks to match. She didn’t even sell them, but had them to hand. I printed off a map of Orlando to go inside.

So as you can see it’s something that’s taken many months to make.

As far as the putting together goes, this wasn’t something that was rushed either. We measured the space of the wall that we wanted to use. Made that same space on the floor and laid all the pieces down as they were about to be hung. This took lots of rearranging until we were happy. We took some mini post its marking off the bounderies on the wall of where the edges of the gallery were to be.

The little paper pocket at the top, hubby made that and stuck it to the wall each time he drilled so it caught most of the dust as it fell.

We are so pleased with the end result and every piece has a special meaning, reason or story.

Now before I close off here today I have a final piece of this room to share with you. It’s a mini gallery wall that has been here for a good couple of years now. I added the final piece just last week.

Between the window and the fireplace we have this small alcove. A have a couple of my canvases here and a set of wooden drawers. My Orlando 2012 mini book that I made with  Cocoa Daisy Kit back in 2012 sits here and the glass tea light holders that I made during last years Fall Crop here at CD. Here is the link to the class if you are interested. And some other bits and pieces that I’ve made. Have you spotted the final piece from this new March Kit yet?

Here is a closer look.

It’s the exclusive wood veneer piece stuck on with a little blutack. I think it finishes off that wall beautifully.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the stories behind my gallery wall. It really is a good feeling to have something so personal in your home.

Thanks for staying with me during this very long blog post.

 

 






February 17, 2014

Teaming Up With…


This month I have teamed up with Mandie, Mandy Kay, Anna, Alissa, Denise, Jody and MandyK.

The topic this month is black and white photos.  We all scrapped a LO using black and white photos using our February ‘Color Swatch’ Kit.

Here’s what we all made.

Let’s start with Mandie. Mandie when bright. Using lots of colour in her background to really help the photo stand out. The black title really pulls it all together.

Mandy Kay’s LO is a little more subtle. The greys in the background really match the photo, but the little pops of colour throughout make this page come to life. The Thickers from the ‘Mood Board’ addon are a perfect match for this LO. I love how the red hearts behind the photo really draw focus to the sweet photo.

This LO of Anna’s is so arty. The photo has such depth and the blue paint behind works so well.

Alissa has used a black and pink colour combo on her LO. What a great girlie page.

Denise has used some pieces from the ‘Mood Board’ addon on her LO too.  Another sweet photo. Sometime I do think that you can capture more feeling in a black and white photo.

Jody’s black and white photos have a warmth about them. Using the pale grey and the kraft gives them a slight sepia tone. You can get so many shades of black and white when changing the tones of your photos if you do it yourself. I love the softer, homely feel to this.

MandyK’s LO is such a contrast to Jody’s. It’s light, bright and airy. Must be that Californian feel to the photo : )

I’ve layered my photos up. Starting with a black and white, I then printed the same photo but in colour to layer on top. I wanted to create a fun and bright page as the LO is about my sister who is a very fun and colourful person to be around.

As you can see from our examples, black and white isn’t one look and certainly doesn’t mean creating a dark  LO.  These 8 LO’s here couldn’t been more difefrent, each with a different tone and a different feeling. It’s great to experiement. If you haven’t edited your photos before you can try doing it yourself on picmonkey.com. It’s free and very easy and lots of fun.

Why not give it a go.

 






February 2, 2014

January Kit Secrets


This is a little bonus post for you this month. Let’s call it a ‘Super bowl widow’ post. Afterall, that’s what I am tonight. Am I the only one tonight???? I plan to spend my evening scrapping instead.

I asked the other Daisy Designers if they had any kit secrets to share with us from using their January Kits. I know that all the excitement it geared around the lovely new ‘Colour Swatch Kit’ right now, but obviously non of you have your hands on that one…yet : )  So whilst you are happy playing with your January ‘Blueprint’ kit, we thought we’d let you in to a few of our secrets.   This post is all about those moments when you see how something was used or made and think ”I would never have thought of that”.

I’m starting with Anna’s use of sequins. Can you tell that the flower petals were made from sequins? I certainly didn’t.

Anna used these sequins from the ‘paint chip’ addon and glued them together with glossy accents and added a resin flower on top. I would never have thought to do that.

Ashley has two tips for us.

1. Use your glue gun to adhere those sequins! But don’t try to use your heat gun to melt away all of those little glue gun glue strings… because you’ll melt your sequins, too!

And tip 2. Cut apart cute cards when layering! No one can tell there’s nothing under that top layer, and this way you can save a great card to use on two layouts, like I did with this stitched arrow card on these two pages:

Thanks Ashley. That’s so cool. You would never have thought looking at those two LO’s that it’s the one journal card that was used.

Emily is next with her golden secret. Emily said that she needed more gold on her LO, so she spray painted the fuchia letters gold. It all fits together so well now.

And finally my tip for you. I loved the Crate Paper with the cameras on that came in the Mian Kit so much, but I wanted to use it as a base and then half way through I decided that I wanted to use a couple of the cameras as embellishments. What to do??  Simple, I unstuck everything and cut out a hole of the paper which had 2 cameras on. I then stuck everything back down again over the hole. This is the LO from the back with the hole.

Then I made my little camera embellishments from the same piece of paper. Double the fun.

I hope you have enjoyed this bonus blog post and if you like me, you aren’t watching the Superbowl tonight, come and stop by the message board tonight and say ‘Hi’.






February 1, 2014

Product Spotlight – Using Wood Veneers


Have you been loving all the pieces of wood veneers in your kits recently?

I just love how you can adapt them to fit with any project. There are so many possibilities.

As you are all now enjoying your Janaury ‘Blueprint’ Kits, I thought it would be fun today to share some of our ways with you how we used them on Januray kit projects.  There were some great little wooden pieces in the main kit and also the ‘day in the life kit’. Let’s see how they were used.

I made a LO using quite a few pieces.

I have to confess that I wasn’t going to scrap this photo. It was taken on Christmas Day when my family were visiting. The kids were fooling around with fake moustaches and I snapped this one of my youngest with my little brother. My brother is almost 13 years younger than myself and my kids always have seen him as one of the kids rather than one of the adults. I love watching them mess around.

I wanted to highlight ‘the two of them’ in my title. I had some Pink Paislee wooden letters from an older kit which I used with the small wood veneers from this kit. I coloured them all in the same way.

I started by rubbing them with a Yellow Prima Chalk Ink .I then dabbed the tops and sides with an Orange Chalk Ink. They weren’t quite coloured enough though and still didn’t stand out as much as I would have liked. So I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze on each piece. I purposely let this run and went over the edges of the wood. I love the sheen you get when using these.

If you don’t have the glimmer glazes you can also use mists. Just screw the top off and dip a thin paint brush inside. It will work in the same way.

I made a LO last week using the wooden frames that come with this months ‘Color Swatch kit’. This is a little set of 3 and they are so cute. I coloured them with some Pro Marker Pens and they came out so bright.

Alissa also has some ideas to share with us today how she used her wood veneers from her January Kit. She embossed some of the pieces with the Zing gold metallic embossing powder.

She says it’s ”super simple”.  I think that gold really loks great. She also says ” Just make sure you have the wood anchored when using the heat gun”.

Another one of Alissa favourite ways with the wood veneer is to ink them with the Prima Chalk Inks. Teal Damask was used here. The Chalk Inks really do cover well.

 

And if all else fails….just plain ol’ naked can be good too.

From Stephanie.

And Anna.

Whatever you do with them the wood veneers are always a fun product to play with and add to your LO’s.

Happy Scrapping!!

 






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