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Combining my Planner Pages with my Scrapbooking

Combining my Planner Pages with my Scrapbooking

Hi, it’s Lisa here. This week we have some fun planner posts coming up on the blog for you as we are celebrating a year of our Cocoa Daisy Planner Kits. Now, although I am a planner, I am also a scrapbooker and I love to be able to combine the two sometimes. Today I have a LO to share with you where I’ve used my planner pages on my page. This months planner kt is so colourful and compliments this months scrapbooking kit so well. The two go so well together. I used my days of the week on my LO. I also cut out some leaves from my planner pages to embellish my page. Did you spot the scalloped edge along the bottom? That’s simply a small circle punch also used on the planner pages and stuck side by side and slipped underneath the paper. I love how I can enjoy both kits. It’s so much fun. Thanks for joining me...
Off The Page~Sweets And Scraps!

Off The Page~Sweets And Scraps!

Well hello there, Sarah Bargo here!  Do you find yourself hoarding the gorgeous leftover scraps from your kits?! Of course you don’t want to get rid of them, they’re too cute right?! Well I have a super fun and simple project for you to put those scraps to good use! I absolutely LOVE giving gifts, and I especially love giving them when it’s a surprise! Such as when someone stops by, I love to have something ready (and cute!) to give them as they’re leaving! Being that it’s almost Halloween, I may or may not have an over abundance of candy in my house…. maybe… so I was thinking hmmm what could I do with this candy to give to people, other than just stick it in a treat bag? An embellished jar of course! So, I gathered up some cute leftover supplies from my glorious Cocoa Daisy kits, ran some patterned paper through my Big Shot with the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves Die, and started tying goodies to the lid! I already had the jar lids spray painted gold with gold glitter blast spray, but you totally don’t have to do that! It’s cute without it too! 😉 Here’s what I came up with! I love that turquoise paper from the Daydream Kits with the feathers on it, the colors are gorgeous! And the opposite side is just as awesome! Also, I took a polka dot paper in the kit, die cut it into a scalloped circle, and it fit perfectly in between the lid pieces! (Thank you Cool Whip for the cute scalloped circle on your lid, totally inspired me lol!) All...
My everyday in colour

My everyday in colour

I love creating colourful Project Life Pocket Pages. I thought I would go through my process today of how they usually come together using the September DITL kit with a little of the September Main kit too. I don’t make them each week. Just when I fancy. When I started PL a couple of years ago I promised myself that it would be stressfree and I wouldn’t get hung up on the weekly stress of it. I knew I wouldn’t keep up with it and would end up giving up. I treat each pocket as a mini LO. I like a colour combo and to have some kind of balance and flow to the whole page. I always start off by picking my photos first and laying them over the top of the plastic pockets. I go through the DITL cards picking out what I think will work. This also forms my colour combo at this point.   I then start working out what papers will work as my backgrounds and cutting them to size. They usually get swapped around a few times until I’m happy. Other bits get pulled from the kit as I start to see what will go where as I’m now getting a good feel for the page.   These Simple Stories frames this month are a wonderful addition. I don’t stick anything down until I’ve decided what is going where and that I’m happy with all the backgrounds. I love to round the corners. I think it looks so much neater and is a really nice finish. Pieces can now start to be stuck down,...
Paper Cuts and Matisse?

Paper Cuts and Matisse?

What do paper cuts and Matisse have in common? Well… quite a bit, actually! Matisse is a fascinating artist to study and to gain inspiration from! In fact, I have tried my hand at a bit of “matisse style” fussy cutting for this layout…. Please have a look! x FUN, FUN! Whether it’s Matisse, or another famous master of yesteryear, I encourage you to look at the great artists of the past for some new inspiration!...
September Stamping Sensation

September Stamping Sensation

Hello everyone! Suz back here again today to share September’s Stamping Sensation ideas and inspiration with you! Joining me this month with shares are Anna, Ashli, Sarah and Denise. First up is Anna who used the September stamps and took her layout to “Cloud 9” with her design!   Ashli played along too and used the fly away with me stamp in a fitting manner on her page about a butterfly encounter above. The playful cloud/air balloon and also added in a cute little birdie from last month’s kit in her design below. Darling page, yes?! B       Sarah created this stellar reflective page using the exclusive DITL stamps. Love how she used the crescent moon for the dot on the “i” in her title work and the asterisks and stars background stamps as well!   Denise put the stamps to gorgeous use in her colorful, playful mixed media design here! She has inspired me  to break out some different mediums after seeing her page!     Here Denise used the cloud stamp. I love how she added dimension by trimming around one and raising it up for dimension and impact above the “daydream” cloud cut file!   Lastly, I used the stamps with several of my designs this month, but the stellar/asterisked background stamp by far got the most use! Below is a celebratory page where I used this particular stamp to add to the playfulness and festive feel of my design.       For more inspiration and ideas, check out the rest of the September “Daydream” Kit Gallery here: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/search.php?keywords=SEP_2015_KIT_DAYDREAM&t=September+2015+Scrapbook+Kit+%22Daydream%22&kgid=1     Happy {Labor Day}...
September DITL | Daydream

September DITL | Daydream

Well hello and happy FriYAY everyone! Suz back today with my fellow Daisy Designers, Ashli and Alissa, sharing our September DITL designs with you! First up is Ashli, who created this soft and lovely layout (in true Ashli style!) by layering up several DITL cards and pairing them up with some fun title work with several of this month’s alpha collections. Up next is Alissa who pulled out the bold and bright colors in this kit and worked her magic with it:     “Can I get an Amen!?” How cute are her pages (and that squirrel?!) LOL And lastly, here are a few of my projects. Below is a layout I created which was inspired by that one little DITL card, “We just click.” I loved using the awesome background stamps in this kit to add to the festive/celebratory nature of this page. Here is the left side of my DITL page. I love all of the alphas in this month’s kit and the BYOAO options are exceptional! The right hand side using the DITL exclusive stamps: This is my two page layout without the added inserts:   Because I had a bunch of journaling and more photos to share, I actually added to inserts within this two page spread. Here is the RHS with on of the inserts overlying the page. It is a Design H page protector I believe. I have more photos and some journaling on the back. The lower left “Let the good times roll card” is place over a 4×6 photo. I plan to add it into it’s own sleeve using my Fuse Tool so...
Hands Up if you love bunting too!!

Hands Up if you love bunting too!!

I just can not tire of cute bunting. It never gets dull or boring to me. Infact I just hung some cute strawberry bunting up over my window in my studio last week. Anyway…When I saw these cute acetate triangles that come in the Main September Kit I knew instantly that I wanted to use them to create bunting on my first September Kit LO. They come as a pack from Pink Fresh Studios and I LOVE them.   I stuck a piece of the satin ribbon to the patterned paper and then stapled the acetate triangles to the ribbon overlapping the ends slightly.  It’s looks so cute! I also added one under my title here. I love these acetate die cut pieces. They are so fun to use. I think you are going to love this...

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...
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....
August 2015 DITL Inspiration

August 2015 DITL Inspiration

Good Morning, Daises! Let’s get right into this! You’re not going to believe all the inspiration created with the DITL kit this month! And, the great news is if you’ve been on the fence, it’s still available! Check it out! Such an awesome kit! I loved the colors and the images and the pineapples and the gold and, well, just all of it! Check out what we all made… First up is Lisa… Such a great page with the 6 4×6 pockets! I love all the blue and gold here, Lisa! Ashli’s up next and she created a couple amazing 12×12 pages! I love them both so much! I love that she cut out the nerd glasses and layered the cute cards here. So cute! Ashli does such a great job of using the DITL and planner kits on her layouts and mini books, to show that you don’t have to scrap pocket, or use a planner, to find these kits so fun and useful! Anna’s up next… Cute, cute, cute. I love the strip of stamped birds layered over the striped card! Anna does such a great job of using white borders in all of her DITL pages and I really love that about her style! Such and awesome page! One more from Anna! It’s a 12×12 page using a grid to meld the pocket page look with a 12×12 page! Love it! Sharmaine created an awesome 12×12 page, too. Love the grid! Miriam created some amazing things with the DITL kit. Check them out… I love the journaling around the Adventure card so much! I love the texture...
Put A Bird on It!

Put A Bird on It!

How’s that little song go? If you liked it, then you shoulda put a bird on it? Or was it ring? HA! Well, I’m going with bird, because this month’s kits have the most fabulous little birdie stamps! Aren’t they just the cutest?!?! One of the sets was an optional add-on that is unfortunately sold out (email customer service to see if there is a wait list) and the other set comes with the September Planner Kit. I had SO Much fun putting this layout together and decided to film the process…. have a look: x That was so much fun! Some of my fellow design teamies used this month’s stamps too! First up, we have the amazing Lisa who used the day of the week stamps in such a clever way… Lisa had this to say… “I stuck my days of the week on to an acrylic block (from the DITL kit) and roughly stamped around my photo.”   Next up, Denise was clearly inspired by the bird stamps too! I just LOVE this free and artsy layout!   So much mixed media yumminess…     Oh for birdie cuteness…. And last, but NEVER least is the amazing Sharmaine… I love every one of her pages and this one is no exception! Look at the cute little birdie! I hope this has inspired you all to get creative with your stamping! Remember… our stamps are always fabulous and therefore, they sell out FAST! Be sure to subscribe so you can get all the cute stamps your heart desires!...
I’m spinning loops over the hoops

I’m spinning loops over the hoops

I have totally fallen in love with the Crate Paper Wooden Hoops that I bought as an addon this month. I am partial to the odd wooden hoop or two I have to confess. I have a few dotted around the walls at home. Long gone are the days when these were used for embroidery alone. Oh no….the ideas are endless these days. I am sharing a project (well 3 actually) that I made as soon as I opened up this months kit. Yes I went straight for my addon this month and not the main!! I’ll show you the end piece first and then go through the short process of how they came together. So here are my wooden hoops. Cute right?!   The hoops start off in a pack of 6 like this. Really good value I think at $4.15.   I went for the largest hoop first which measures about 4.5inches across. I picked out this cute Cocoa Daisy paper which comes as a 12×12 in the main kit or I took mine from the DITL kit which is a 6×6 and the Wood Veneer ‘You Are Here’ from Heidi Swapp is also in the DITL kit. I start by drawing around the outside of the hoop for my template. Don’t draw around the inside as your paper will be too small to stick to the hoop. I’ve used a Ranger Distress Stain to paint my hoop. These work great. They come in lots of colours, apply really easily and dry fast. You can then cut out your circle and stick to the wooden hoop. Making sure...
Dissecting Design | A quick guide to using ephemera and doodling to make your projects stand out

Dissecting Design | A quick guide to using ephemera and doodling to make your projects stand out

  I never met a new trend I didn’t like.  Or at least want to try out.  Doodling was definitely right up there with new trends I want to try. I used to fancy myself something of an artist once upon a time but a serious lack of classes and practice has left me far from proficient. And, that’s the great thing about doodling.  You really don’t need to be all that expert.  Just grab a pencil or pen and start scribbling.  Start with some simple shapes and patterns, see what flows naturally and go from there. Since I am still a doodling novice, I paired doodles with a bunch of the awesome Crate summer-themed ephemera in the July Bistro Kit. We had a lot of fun little adventures in Harry Potter World this summer.  Somehow a lot of them seemed to center around food, so I tried to combine those moments together into one layout. I made a funny little gif showing my placement of all the fun little bits as they scatter across the page.  You can see how I like to move things around until I feel I have found a good balance. Click on the image to see the gif play.   After the ephemera I added my doodles and journaling.  A little scalloped border is a fun and easy detail to add.   I love the Shimelle wooden buttons that came with this kit.  As you can see, I played around with a few different ideas for them, like filling up the heart or scattered around the page, but in the end they found...
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...
Hello Bistro!

Hello Bistro!

Hello lovely daisy people! And, let’s say hello to the fabulous July Bistro Kits! If you watched my unboxing video, you will know what some of my favorite things were from the kits… and I like to dive right into those when creating my first page! So, lets have a look at the goodies I put to use right off the bat, as well as some fun ways I like to incorporate mixed media into my pages… x Oh, so fun! Books… And puppies… And mixed media fun! Hey… it all works when you approach your pages with a sense of humor and whimsy! I hope this video gave you some fun ideas for incorporating mixed media along with your favorite kit elements for your next page! See you...
Sweet Stamping Sensation…

Sweet Stamping Sensation…

The Bistro Stamp Sets are so sweetly fantastic! In fact, you might have seen Christine’s fabulous little Flipagram during our Instagram Hop? Take a look: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_1870.m4v And if that wasn’t enough to convince you of the necessity that this stamp set is, take a look at my little video, where I have fun playing with these stamps… x Ahhh- but the inspiration doesn’t stop there! You know us better than that, don’t you? Take a look at these fabulous projects from our DT: First up? Sharmaine… Here is what she has to say about her beautiful pages that put the number set to use from the DITL kit: I have used the this stamp on two pages. For the first one I just stamped the date onto my photo. And for the second page, I added some random stamping to the clouds on the vellum paper. I like the smudged/bleed look that the inked vellum creates. It really suited this page! Next up, we have the lovely Doris who used the ice cream stamps to create this cute card: Then, we have this gorgeous layout from Denise. I just love the explosion of color and the perfect addition of the ice cream, don’t you? As you can see, there are so many possibilities with this month’s stamps! Head on over to the STORE to take a look and grab some goodies! See you soon!...
Making Cute Paper Clips

Making Cute Paper Clips

I got super excited this month when I spotted the Crate Paper – Poolside Embellishments in the Ditl KIT. I love things like this. This is what the pack looks like.   I had plans for the wooden buttons straight away, before the kit had even arrived. I had different sized paperclips and my glue gun at the ready. With a small blob of glue on the back and the paperclip pushed in to the glue, you have amazing paperclips for your planner.       Don’t they look cute?!   And the great thing is that there are still some fun bits left in the pack from my scrapbooking pages. You can view the whole DITL kit here. And I’ve also spotted these similar wooden buttons from Shimelle sold as an addon on their own here.  I’m wishing I had bought these now too. I totally missed them. Cute!!!   Happy making &...

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...
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