Category Archives: Design Team Tips

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...
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...
May Planning+ Freebies+ Challenge!

May Planning+ Freebies+ Challenge!

Happy May! I can’t believe how time is zooming so quickly these days. And Happy National Scrapbook Day!! I wanted to share with you the set up of my May planner, as well as incorporate a fun challenge of making a dashboard. This portion will be photo heavy, as I will share my planner “guts” with you. I decided to dust off my Yellow A5 Filofax Original. It’s one of my favorites and such a classic. I love the feel of Original Filofaxes and definitely are my favorite line from this brand.  One of the first things you see is my floral dashboard I made from a gift bag from target. I love to upcycle goodies, plus it was too cute to just sit there. I went on Pinterest to see ways I can stay creative and found this list- we can always use fresh ideas for staying motivated to get creative. I love carrying stickers, sticky notes, stamps- you know the on the go essentials that we may or may not need, and this zippy carries a great amount of that for me to grab on the go! I also purchased a folder that I hole punched that carries additional note pad sheets, mailing stamps, and a rubber stamp set.        So we finally are to the planning section!! And this is where I will introduce my first ever CHALLENGE for this lovely dashboard I made.  What’s a dashboard? Well it’s a page that’s like a divider, it can be the first thing you open in your planner, or one that you place to your liking. You can...
Tips & Tricks with Fancy Vellum

Tips & Tricks with Fancy Vellum

Hello Lovely Daisies!! I hope you all enjoyed the reveal last night and feel excited about your ‘Sage & Mint’ Kits. I wanted to share a LO with you today that I made using a piece of the Webster’s Pages ‘Happy Vellum’ which comes in the ‘paper addon’. I quite like fancy vellums, but I have to say, they don’t send me giddy with excitement. This particular piece though did catch my eye. They look so pretty,  fancy vellums, but sometimes you can feel a little stumped as to what to do with them once you’ve finished that initial ‘stroking’ period. Once you lay them on to papers they can look a little flat and suddenly appear slightly dull. See what I mean? I guess if you like the more muted tones then that’s fine. I personally love BRIGHT. I want my colours to stand up and let you know that they are there. In order to do that on this LO, I decided to cut this piece of vellum and I jiggled the 4 rectangles around so that they were in the order that I wanted and then I stuck them down on a piece of white 12×12. Doesn’t that make a difference? A couple of little tips. Stick the vellum down before trimming the cardstock. It makes life so much easier and secondly, don’t use any decent cardstock for this. I have a few pieces of quite thin white 12×12. Not good enough to actually make a LO on but are perfect for this. I also have a few that I’ve marked by mistake (those mists get...
Secrets of the California Traveler

Secrets of the California Traveler

I hope you all are having a wonderful filled weekend. I’m mixing up my post with some planning and scrapping. I had a mini vacation and went out to Los Angeles for some personal things I needed to take care of. I love Los Angeles don’t get me wrong (I’m there every month), but the second half of my trip was what I was looking forward to. But first I would like to share the Unboxing video of the month of May’s Cocoa Daisy Daisy Day Planner Kit. I am having some embedding issues so just click that link and it will bring you to the video     I was going to share with you how I set up my Yellow Original Filofax for May- but I’ll save that for next week.   The Central Coast is somewhere that I go to for relaxation. Pismo Beach is one of my favorite cities just to unwind, pamper myself, eat good food, and hang out at the beach. I was able to bring a special guest with me- my fur baby Sadie Buttons. We took Hwy 1 from Los Angeles and stopped by the Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo area for 2.5 Days then headed to Big Sur and Monterey. Pocket Page Documenting is pretty popular, and I wanted to share a few tips how I create while traveling. I bring a few essentials with me, and I also brought the April Cocoa Daisy Day in the Life Kit and one of the add-on kits as well. My plan is to transfer these at the end of the month into...
Are you a single photo or a multi photo LO scrapper??

Are you a single photo or a multi photo LO scrapper??

I started off as a scrapper 12 years ago scrapping as many photos on a LO as possible. Then over the years I started scrapping with less and less photos until for a long time I just scrapped with just 1 photo per page. I seem to have come full circle and have noticed that recently I’m back to scrapping with more and more photos again. I thought I’d share with you today my scrapping process of how I fit so many photos on a LO. I start by printing the photos I want. They are all quite small and I like to add a white border around the edge of each photo. I find by adding the white border is helps when placing the photos on a busy background. This CD paper is too busy to place my photos straight on to, so I take more of these DITL cards. They are perfect to go behind my photos. I jiggle things around until I’m happy that everything will fit.   I add a little prepositional tape on the back of each photo so that I can move them around until I’m 100% with where they are going. I tend not to plan when I scrap, I like to play. I ended up using the CD packaging label too. The wording is spot on for my page. I take the alphas from the main kit and the October Afternoon alphas from the DITL kit. The alphas have a great contrast and work really well. Considering the busy background paper and having 6 photos, I have still created a contrast and...
Do you have a creative addiction too???

Do you have a creative addiction too???

Is it just me, or does everyone around here have some kind of addiction when creating? One of mine (yes I confess to having more than one of them!) is frames. I do love to frame.  If you look through my gallery you will see that I use a variation of frames on my work over and over again. – I print my photos with a frame – I often trim down my LO’s and then stick them onto coloured cardstock to create a border/frame – I will create a frame around my work either by doodling, sewing, journaling, painting and today it’s by using washi tape. In the April Day in the Life – Coconut Telegraph Addon is a pack of Amy Tangerine Washi Tape. This pack is great as it’s full of strips that include different designs. You just peel off the strip and cut to size. Perfect for frame making!! I decided that I wanted to create a frame around my photos. I started by taking a ruler and pencil so that my tape would go down in a straight line. No wonky lines for me today. I wanted to use a mix of the colourful tapes, so just cut off a short piece each time. I needed to rub out the pencil line a little at a time so that the line didn’t show through the tape.   You keep on going and it starts to look like this. Until you’ve finished your frame and it looks like this. Isn’t it a great way to use your washi tape?! And then it’s time to add...
April Cards

April Cards

Hi all! Suz here showcasing how to create some really fun cards using April’s kits. (I may have showcased a few of the amazing stamps this month too! *wink) Doris is joining me this month and sharing her two amazing designs as well! Just look at her cards!! How fun and adorable are they?! I want it to be 5 o’clock-right now! LOL Love the wood veneers this month so, so much! Doris showcased several for us here. Up next, are my designs. I really had a lot of fun with the kits this month, and look forward to making many more cards with them. The patterned papers and stamps are just so adorable, versatile and fun! Here I added lots of layers, stitching and Simon (the nerdy bunny) makes an appearance! 😉 I really enjoying finding non traditional ways to use my Cocoa Daisy stamp collections and stretching their use and versatility. For this card below I used the orange/citrus slice stamp from this month’s kit as the base of my sun and added machine stitching for the rays.  Love the pineapple patterned papers this month and I added a tag that pulls out to read the hidden sentiment. Finally, this card was created with April’s sketch challenge. I omitted some of the design elements to scale it down to size for a card. I am so looking forward to seeing what you create with this month’s kits! Please link me up with your designs below, or when sharing on Instagram tag me @SuzMannecke so I can see and use the hashtag #cocoadaisycreations! Happy Friday to all!...
Secrets to Planning on the Go!

Secrets to Planning on the Go!

Hello lovely Planner Daisies! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. So far so good for me. A few weeks ago I blogged about using my Midori Travelers Notebook for on the go traveling and cut down my inserts, once again I am on the go- this time to Monterey with my honey! I made a YouTube Video on the essentials that I bring with me on the go. I honestly tend to over pack most of the time, but I really just wanted to use one bag to put everything in, including my crafty planner goods. x In my Midori I don’t only plan, I also create and like to scrap/ collage on the go. I use it for challenges (#creativemidorichallenge on my instagram: livelifeandcreate) and journaling as well. So this is a mixture of art journaling and planning that’s what I love about the midori you can do whatever you want in it. Do not get me wrong, I haven’t given up my ring binders just when I am traveling for 2-3 days it is easier for me to use. The heaviness of an A5 fully set up planner can range around 5-10 pounds. Crazy right? I weighed my Kikki-K and it was 5.8 lbs the inserts do weigh it down and so do the goodies. My Midori is only 3.4 lbs- that 2.5 lbs+ does make a difference to our arm/ shoulder. At least for me it does. What do you take with you when you travel? Are you a creator on the go? Or do you prefer working in your craft space? I love working on the...
March Mini Book Madness

March Mini Book Madness

Hello, it’s Lisa here today. I hope you are enjoying your March Kits. I wanted to share a mini book with you today that Christine made inspired by the cards in the March ‘Day in the Life Kit’. This is what Christine says about her book: ”When I saw the cards for this month’s Day in the Life kit I knew they would make a perfect mini album. I didn’t have a specific event to scrap so I just chose a handful of photos from the month of January. It’s a great way to document a lot of everyday moments. The cards made for an easy color palette to work with, soft whites mixed with pops of color. And the Heidi Swapp wood handle stamp was so much fun! I cut a glassine bag in half and used that as my front and back album cover. I sewed the bag shut on one end to create a pocket on my front page.” Here are some photos of the inside of the book. I’m sure you will agree with me that this is the most beautiful mini book. There are even more photos of more pages in the gallery here. Thanks for joining us today.  ...
Hello Again with Cards

Hello Again with Cards

Good day everyone! Suz here today sharing a few cards I made using the March kits. This month has so many goodies in it, I had plenty of embellishments and pretty papers to choose from even after my DITL layouts were completed. This month, I signed up to showcase how to use the kits for card making. And it came at a really good time, because I have a lot of people to send cards out to this month! The Hello Again kits got me well on my way to replenishing my handmade card stash.   Here are a few of my designs: The first one is made using the DITL Ciao add on. I loved that little Evalicious camera badge and paired it with the “picture perfect” puffy sticker from Pink Fresh Studio. The base is a 4×6 journaling card including in the kit. I love stretching my DITL stash for creations outside of my traditional DITL pages.   The card below uses the Ciao add on again and the patterned paper is from the DITL kit. I used a white gelato to add a bit more clouds to the sky. Simple and easy with just a bit of machine stitching!   Lastly, this card was created with the main kit and some tidbits from the other kits. I added the “you are” as part of the sentiment for the card with a Staedtler black pigment pen!       I would love to see any cards you create with this month’s kits! Please link me up in the comment section below so I can have a look-see!...
DIY Ideas For Your Planners

DIY Ideas For Your Planners

Hello everyone! This blog post should be up yesterday but something came up so I could only post it up today. I hope this post would inspire you or at least give you some ideas to make use of  your Cocoa Daisy goodies and art supplies to personalise your own planner(s). This is a photo-heavy post with plenty of planner DIY ideas – from making your own paper clips to stickers. So do sit back and grab a cuppa while scrolling thru this post. 1. Stamping on the good ol’ Post It’s The regular post it’s are boring but their adhesive is way better than the cutesy one that your could get from Target or Daiso (p.s. those are so cute but they never stick / repositionable). I use the Get Foxy and the Under The Bed Stamp set to prettify the post-its. Even my 2-year-old is obsessed with these monster stamps and keeps asking me to stamp these on his arms. 2. Make your own stickers Okay, this is no-brainer. All you need to do is to stamp on a piece of sticker paper (you can get them from Amazon or any office supply store) and cut them out. I like to stamp a bunch of these stickers using my favourite stamp sets and cut them out whenever i have free time or watching YouTube. I keep a bunch of these in a zipper pouch in my planner. I also likes to colour the white reinforcement stickers and small label stickers using Copic Markers. Of course you can colour the stickers with highlighter markers, distress markers or even water colour....
March Kit Tips – Flags, Bags, Layers & a Title

March Kit Tips – Flags, Bags, Layers & a Title

Hi, Your March Kits will be arriving now, so we thought this would be the perfect timing to share a few little kit tips with you. 1. I made a couple of flags this month. I cut this piece from the Crate Paper and stuck it on top of a cocktail stick on to 3d foam tape. And I stuck this one to the twine that wrapped my kit bag. 2. The LO that I made for the designers challenge yesterday has a brown paper bag on it. That also came from kit packaging. I always keep them. I needed something behind my photos and this worked perfectly. It worked great with a mask and a Maya Road white mist. Ashli shares a tip with us this month. ”Have a favorite, but only one? Cut it in two, strategically. I LOVE the little nest from one of the DITL cards, BUT there is only one. So, by cutting the right edge off, I was able to balance out the design of my collage and spread the cute nest around the page a bit…”. 4. If you have lots of scraps of pretty paper leftover but don’t want to throw them away. Use them up like Denise has here for a great look. 5. Who said a title has to go in one line??? Alissa says it doesn’t. 6. Get creative with your tissue paper that comes in your kit box like Jody. She made a cute fringe with her’s. 7. And a final one from me. The flowers on the Crate Paper from the Main Kit are so much fun to...
Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

How are you liking the change of seasons? Here in Australia we are seeing the leaves change colour as the days get shorter and cooler. Autumn brings the warmth of earthy tones and thoughts of apple pie Or is that just me?! I know that most of you are thankful for Spring but I loved the touches of wood that were dotted amongst the March kits, And it made me grateful for the changes in seasons. I loved the Pinkfresh Studio wood strips, Found in the Bonjour Add-on. I used them on two of my layouts but needed them to be shorter. So I cut off the “tag” part with some scissors And sanded the sides with an emery board. Yes it was that easy! Here I just removed the wood with the hole and sanded back the edge so it was smooth again. Whereas this page I made it a little shorter and rounded the edges. Did I mention it was easy? What supplies have you altered recently? What supplies do you wish you could alter? Are there any supplies that you wish were more “user friendly”? Tell us what you...
Documenting Memories in your Planner

Documenting Memories in your Planner

Hello Daisy Loves! Florence here, back with an update on how I am using my March Daisy Day A5 Planner Kit. Welcome those who are new to the planner world As some of you may have caught on, there are individuals that have multiple organizers, I am guilty of that. Why not just one? Good question. Many people like to keep their work, school, home/ family life, health and wellness, business(s), etc separate. Sometimes seeing all of that jumbled up can get overwhelming in a normal weekly planner spread and can look chaotic. Hot mess with a twist of scrappy. That is definitely my style and although it is nice to decorate and use up my stash, it’s not realistic for others to do this every week. You may not have the time, resources, creativity bug, or you just enjoy simplicity. I love how the Daisy Day Planner Inserts are already pre-designed and you barely have to embellish them. My everyday planning, is just a simple Le Pen or Sharpie fine black pen. Nothing fancy just planning my full day every morning, or I’ll start on it the night prior. These daily inserts are a part of my life. They seriously are a life saver. From to do lists, to reminding me to hydrate, setting a schedule, and throwing a litle 15 minute check off list- it seriously simplifies your life in a better way than you can imagine. There’s also a week on one page, and a week on two pages for those who may not have lengthy lists of to dos. We all plan differently, and what...
MORE Pockets For Your Planner

MORE Pockets For Your Planner

Hello there, today I am gonna show you how you can never have enough pockets in your planner(s).  You can read previous blog post by Florence on what she store in her pockets + an awesome tutorial by Candi on how to make pockets for your planner. I am gonna show you even more pockets, just because it never hurts to have some pockets to hold your bills/receipts, project life card, to-do list etc right? Firstly, I made some pockets using scrapbook papers using Candi’s tutorial. I am using personal sized planner from Kate Spade and also Webster’s Pages Color Crush (in Sky) so my pockets look much smaller than Candi’s (as she is using an A5 equivalent Kikki K planner). I just cut down a few pieces of scrapbook papers to the size of personal inserts. You would need scissors, paper trimmer, tape glue and hole punch for making pockets. I am using the smaller pieces of scrapbook papers / vellum in the above picture to make the pockets. Even project life cards are perfect for that! And this is how it looks like after i glue the smaller pieces on the dashboard. I added machine stitching just for fun and love the texture! Don’t worry, stitching on paper with sewing machine is kinda easy and fun. This is the front of my March dashboard – i drew the Mason jar and fussy cut it myself and add a piece of vellum behind to use as pockets to hold some loose note papers. Love these note papers from the Feb kit. I am a sucker for everything with hearts. You can...
Getting Ready for March Planning!

Getting Ready for March Planning!

Hey everyone! I am so excited for March to be shortly approaching. I had to get the ball rolling on setting up my March planner and I knew I wanted to use my new Personal Gold Kikki-K. I also am such a nautical fanatic, I just had to incorporate that to match the amazing cool tone blues that flow throughout this kit. If you have not yet seen sneaks- here’s a video that I posted on my YouTube x   I wanted to make my own dividers and chose a few blues, blacks, and golds to go with the nautical theme. I also utilized the Crate Paper Craft Market 12×12 that can be purchased through an add-on with the paper kits (which are amazing as well!) If you have never made dividers before, it’s quite simple. You can take the paper trimmer and trim them down to size and add tabs yourself, which I am going to do. Or you can trace the default dividers that came with your planner originally. I am all about using up my stash and saving money, so since I have my own laminator I made them myself Setting up your planner is a fresh slate. Some people do it once a year, while others like to switch out if they own multiple planners, like myself. My front pocket normally contains some type of notepad, stickies, post-its, and paper clips. These are the easy accessible items. I also added a pink stencil and the March stickers in front. I absolutely LOVE this Dream Daily Charm. It’s a positive reminder that may you dream everyday! I am doing...
”Why didn’t I think of that?!!” –  February Tips ‘n’ Tricks

”Why didn’t I think of that?!!” – February Tips ‘n’ Tricks

Hi! We are trying out a new monthly blog post on you today.  You know that feeling that you get when you look at someone’s LO and you see a simple idea and you think ”why didn’t I think of that?”. That’s what this new post is all about. It happens to me all the time when I see how other people have used the same monthly kit. So we as a team are going to collate our little kit tips and tricks for you each month. This post will go up each month just as the kits are arriving, in time for you to scrap. I will also start a thread each month on the message board where you can add your own tips once you start scrapping with the same kit. I will add a link at the end of each blog post. Feel free to visit and add your own ideas and photos. I’m going to start us off with the little vellum pieces that come in the ‘DITL’ kit. I love these!! How do you use yours? If you use them on a PL page, as they are vellum you can see straight through, the same applies to a LO. So I cut a piece of white card to size and simply attached with one staple at the top and bottom. This way you also see no adhesive.     On the same LO, using the little vellum hearts that also come in the DITL kit, I made a cute little banner. I took a needle and some silver thread and threaded through the hearts. I did...
Love is in the Air….

Love is in the Air….

  It certainly is. It is Valentines Day this weekend after all. A few of us Cocoa Daisy girls have been making Valentines inspired projects this month with our ‘Journal Entry’ February Kits. I’m going to start by sharing this amazing mini book made by Ashli. Ashli: ”I made a mini book all about everything I love right now in each of my family members. This is the fourth year that I have made one of these and it is so fun to look back! This year, I used an old planner I found at a thrift store”. Jody also got super creative this month. This is what Jody said: ”The first project is a wooden spool with a clothespin used as a mini photo holder. It could sit on a desktop or windowsill and be fun for switching out photos or word/quote cards”. ”These other Valentine goodies are a jar filled with candies and wrapped with fabric. I will made a tag and it will be a sweet gift for one of my kid’s teachers, and the tiny pack of coffee is very simply embellished and is going to a neighbor with a mini loaf of banana bread. I hope these basic ideas jumpstart some of the Daisies as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There is still plenty of time to make something and share the love!”. And I made a Valentines Token Book for my family. I’ve popped it inside one of our muslin bags that the DITL Kits come in and put some heart chocolates and candy inside. I’ve used the little cards from...
Quotes and Motivation in your planner!

Quotes and Motivation in your planner!

Hey everyone, Florence here! I am excited to share with you how I am using  my February inserts. My style is very scrappy and I wanted to show you how I utilize this area for positivity and motivation. Depending on the week, I know for me, some weeks are more tough than others. I like to pre-write the quotes or bible versus so I can view them that day. The first week of February I utilized some of the stickers that came in the kit and printed some positive quotes to the left. As well as the following week I used the “We didn’t realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun” quote card that came in our kit as well as a few of the pebbles stickers. Pause and take time to breathe and enjoy life. I know it’s definitely easier said than done when we are constantly busy. But quotes like these remind me of how fast time flies, and that if we do not make time for ourselves, and a little bit of fun, that’s when high stress occurs and we feel like we’re trapped in a hole that we cannot get out of. I believe these Monday-Sunday strips are perfect for small thoughts and memory keeping as well. Since the inserts does have amazing daily pages I thought I would utilize the strips for something positive and motivational. I hope it also gives you some inspiration to utilize your stash and to try something a little different “outside the box”. Even when I am flipping through these pages for a quick second it...
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