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

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

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

Dissecting Design: Band Across the Page

Today’s design tip is an easy one to adapt.  It’s simply to place your photos in a line across the page, creating a band of sorts.  I used a 4×6 photo, a 3×4 photo, and a 3×4 frame/journaling card combo to stretch across my page.  You could easily modify this design by adding another 3×4 photo in place of the embellishments that I added.  The combinations are endless, really.  Two 4×6’s, four 3×4’s, a pair of contact photo sheets, etc.  The trick, I think, is to use something to draw special attention to one photo in the band, making it the focal point.  I did this with the little frame over my journaling card. Once the photos are in place, it’s easy to tuck stuff above and below them to complete the design.  I layered patterned paper behind my photos on the top and bottom edges and then added some word stickers, tabs, and tags.  Since my photos are mostly in the upper half of the design, I was left with plenty of space to layer a 4×6 journaling card below to hold my title and journaling and then added another large piece of patterned paper to balance it out. This is a great design to work with!  We’d love to see what you create with it! Happy Scrapping! Doris...
What happens when Sharmaine talks to arleigh via Pinterest?

What happens when Sharmaine talks to arleigh via Pinterest?

Fun things happen when Sharmaine and arleigh start exchanging ideas on Pinterest. Today’s Stamping Sensation starts with a fun little story about that. Sharmaine found this image on Pinterest and sent it to arleigh with the following comment: Due to size restrictions on stamps, arleigh instead turned it into a printable that you get free with purchase of the kits this month. You can use it as an overlay on an image. Pretty cool. Then there was this image   and this conversation: You’ll find the results of this one in the DITL: May kit, see the big scribble? Now you the story behind the scribble stamp and overlay this month. And here are some of the ways Sharmaine actually used the stamp, along with her thoughts. I have just made a couple of (QUICK) examples to show how I thought you could use the stamp. You could use it to stamp over an image, ie alpha stickers or dies. Or you could stamp the scribble and then cut out an image. You can use just a single stamped scribble or stamp a whole bunch to make a bigger scribble. Now I am not the world’s best cutter but these first two images were made by stamping the scribble then cutting out the shapes. This one I stamped lots of scribbles over the alpha stickers. Hint: make your stickers less sticky before placing on your paper or the paper will come away when you lift the stickers. This last one was created by stamping lots of scribbles and then cutting out the word. You can back the image with whatever colour...
Scrapbooking Old Photos

Scrapbooking Old Photos

I found this photo on my desk recently, stuffed in a pile of other random photos, and decided to make a layout with it this month.  It’s one of my child ten years ago and it made me feel very nostalgic.  I mean, seriously, look at that confident smile and those sweet baby cheeks.  I die.  I wrote my journaling directly onto the background cardstock with a sharpie marker.  I think reflecting back ten years, my thoughts are quite a bit different now than they were then.  My perspective has changed and my child has changed.  Time moves on so quickly, but we really don’t realize that as it’s happening. Then I happened to scrapbook a more recent photo of my son, my big almost eleven year old on his first day of fifth grade and his last year in elementary school.  After just scrapbooking his baby photo of ten years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder how my perspective will change about these school photos ten years from now and how much he will change in those ten years.  It’s a good reminder to hold onto every moment, cherish every moment, and then take a few moments to write the thoughts in your heart down on a scrapbook...
A Big Time Winner for May’s Designer Challenge

A Big Time Winner for May’s Designer Challenge

We asked how big was big for the Designer Challenge last month. A BIG thank you to the two of you who played this month’s Designer Challenge. We picked Terry B.’s layout because not only did she use BIG alphabets for her title, but her layout about a not-so-big fish tale made us smile. Congratulations Terry, to claim your $10 gift code to the Daisy Boutique contact Lisa at funkyfairies dot co dot...
In the mood for Sage & Mint

In the mood for Sage & Mint

Our May kit collection Sage & Mint sold out super fast, if you’re one of the lucky ones who got one in your cart before they were gone, Christine is starting shipping now, it should be on its way soon! But until then, here’s the mood board inspired by this lovely kit. Enjoy and start those creative juices flowing! Top row L to R: NaxArt.com, PennyJaneDesign, Dot & Bo, Little Helsinki. Middle row L to R: remppahaikara.blogspot.ca, OhShinyPaperCo., Remodelista. Bottom row L to R: tamjpn (top), Brenda Love Lee (bottom), The Little Umbrella, Annie Eats, Crafty Blossom...
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...
2 Cute Mini Books to Inspire from our April Kits

2 Cute Mini Books to Inspire from our April Kits

It’s always 5’o clock somewhere, right? You know what that means … time to scrapbook of course! Today, while we wait for May’s kits to ship I have two mini books from April’s kits ready to inspire you.  Why not gather up the scraps you have left and make a mini too?   Anna is first up with this adorable mini of her two little munchkins.  I love how springy it is.  You can literally feel the air starting to warm up in these pictures.  The Elle’s Studio Happy Moments vellum from the Patterned Paper Pack makes such a fabulous cover! Love how she used that circle stamp over and over to create her own patterned paper.  The lime green  paint splatters are the perfect finishing touch.     Every spring Austin gets overrun with tourists here for the SXSW festival.  Part week long concert and part tech convention it attracts all sorts.  Of late a ton of free kiddie concerts have sprung up and we love to go to a few.  This year we went to something almost every day that week, so I decided that a mini book would be the perfect way to put all my photos together. The DITL kit included a pack of Pink Paislee instakit 4×4 cards that were the perfect base for my mini.  I cut days of the week strips from the Daisy Day planner kit to add my journaling for each day. I love to add tabs to pages to add a little extra dimension to pages. I used the seam binding on a tag that holds more of my extra journaling....
Updated Planner Freebies

Updated Planner Freebies

Have you wished you could use our spectacular FREE month-on-two-pages printables without having to stamp the months and numbers? I admit, when I finally caved and got a planner and started preparing for the arrival of my first set of CD inserts I groaned at the prospect of stamping the monthly printables. It went quickly, but still… So I asked Christine if we could get TWO sets each month, with and without numbers. That way if you like to stamp yours all fancy-like, you can, but if you’re lazy (like me) you can download the set that already has numbers. arleigh whipped these up for us starting with the April set, so if you want your month-on-two-pages for April or May, with or without numbers, rush right over to the store and download them. I’m already using them and I’m in...
Dissecting Design: The Four Square Grid

Dissecting Design: The Four Square Grid

I go to the foursquare grid time after time when designing layouts.  It is a solid foundation for creativity.  Even with using it so often, I never feel like my layouts look alike.  There are just so many other things that can be varied like product choices, block size, number of photos used, and placement on the page. In the layout above, I have used four 4×4 inch squares to create my foundation.  Only one of the squares is a photo, but the square on the opposite corner is filled with fun pineapples that I cut using the free digital cut file for subscribers.  Notice how the pineapples break out of their box at the top to give the layout a more dynamic feel.  With this layout, my grid is placed exactly center and then I’ve further enhanced the symmetry by centering the little brackets on the top and bottom. My second layout uses product from the same kit, but still looks completely different.  I changed up the sizes a little by using two 4×6 photos with two 3×4 cards.  I also offset the grid towards the top a bit to make room from my title across the bottom.  I further altered the dimensions of the grid my machine stitching a border around it and writing in my journaling. Have you used a four square grid recently?  Try the challenge of creating two with the same kit!  You may be surprised at how differently they turn...
5 O’Clock DITL: Our Takes

5 O’Clock DITL: Our Takes

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great holiday this past weekend! We had amazing weather here in the Pacific Northwest and the egg hunts were a success, outside! It’s always up in the air around here and indoor egg hunts are just not as fun and do not provide the best photos. And, isn’t it all about the photos anyways? On to the 5 O’Clock Day in the Life kit. Another awesome kit! I just loved the kit this month. The exclusive cards are amazing and so colorful! I also love the square cards and the aqua October Afternoon letter stickers. Such fun stuff. Look what the team did with the kit this month! Ashli always amazes me with what she creates with the DITL kits. She, almost always, scraps a 12×12 layout with the kit and I’m always blown away. Lisa’s got these great 12×12 pocket pages with lots of 4×4 squares and I love that she doesn’t let that stop her when scrapping with the DITL kits. She makes those 3×4 and 4×6 rectangle cards work. I love it, Lisa! Suz included lots of journaling on her DITL pages this month. I love that. I usually include just a single card wrap up of the week and I admire those who can include lots of stories with their photos each week. I also love that the Cocoa Daisy DITL kits include lots of cards that journaling can be added too, along with the photos. They’re just perfect! Lastly, there’s my 6×8 pages and inserts. I have loved the challenge of making the DITL...
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...
Hello, April!

Hello, April!

What do you do when you first get your kit each month?  Do you have a ritual?  I mean, other than squealing with delight that your box is HERE.  I totally do that, at least on the inside.  ;).  Then I open each package and enjoy the treats inside.  Don’t you love that they’re all individually wrapped?  It’s like extra presents on your birthday.  Once I’ve properly admired everything it goes in one of these trays.  I bought them (I have four) at Target and they’re awesome.  They are approximately 13 x 19 inches, the perfect size to hold 12×12 paper with cute bowls on the side for all my little embellishments. Now it is time to get busy!  For my first layout, I am usually disciplined and try to work with the Main Kit only.  The pineapples in this month are too adorable for words and I really wanted to use them right away.  I also worked in the Cocoa Daisy Digital Cut Files for the first time (those cut out pineapples were part of them).  I have using the digital cut files on my list of things to use again.  By the way, did I mention I make a list of what layouts I want to create with the kit.  Do you do that? Next up is my freebie layout, totally created with whatever inspires me most.  this month it was the dotted overlay.  I love the color yellow and I love polka dots and then the fact that it’s an overlay as well?  Swoon! Of course, I must get my planner ready for the upcoming month. ...
Monika Wright loves it all!

Monika Wright loves it all!

The first time I “met” Monika Wright online, I confused her with another Monica and congratulated her on the recent birth of her new son. I was so embarrassed when she assured me that a new baby was very much the thing of the past. Almost as bad as patting someone’s baby bump, only to find out it’s not really a bump at all. But I think she forgave me because she happily agreed to be our April Guest Designer. I’m so glad! You’ll notice there isn’t a gallery for her yet. We had major delays in getting all the products for our April kit, so most of the team and our Guest didn’t get their kits yet. I’ll be sure to update you when Monika’s gallery is loaded. I will promise you that it’s going to be amazing. I’ve long loved Monika’s clean and graphic style. She is going to do beautiful things with our April kit collection, 5 O’Clock! Here’s an image I stole from her Etsy store to show you a glimpse of what she does so well. Her mini books are always something I love exploring. Until then, continue reading to get to know her better. Monika is the owner and Creative Director of I Love It All, the online boutique {and blog} she founded in 2010. From the on-trend graphic typography art prints she designs to the charming mini books she creates, which include the popular 365 Things I Am Grateful For gratitude journal, the Alphabet of Our Love and other eclectic mixed media journals, Monika believes in the power of dreaming big. And taking lots...
February Project Art

February Project Art

It’s time for some February Project Art inspiration…! The kit contained two fab brayer stamps from American Crafts, three bottles of Distress Paint, a piece of vellum with a dictionary print, rub ons with numbers that I adooore and a smaller version of Stephanie’s gorgeous flower stamp! First of all I just wanted to show you and example of using one of the brayer stamps with the distress paint. I squeezed some paint out onto a palette and rolled the brayer into the paint before rolling it on my page. I loooove this pattern! I also tried the other brayer stamp, using a distress ink pad. Starting from the bottom of the page each time and rolling up, created a sort of ombre effect. I was sketching a bit earlier this week and I wanted to continue to explore one of the sketches I made… I drew the outline with a Stabilo pencil. I then added gesso inside of the drawing and some of the blue distress paint to the bottom of my page. I cut some circles of the vellum and added them and some thread, along with some of the sequins from the February kit. I also added some of the yellow distress paint to one of the upper corners of my page. And my finished page… after adding some rub ons and journaling. For my next page I used the gorgeous flower stamp and randomly started stamping on my gessoed page. Pretty soon my stamping started to look like a heart and I followed the impulse and continued to stamp, finishing up the heart shape. I...
Product Focus: My Deer

Product Focus: My Deer

One of the first thing that caught my eye in this month kit is the adorable resin deer! How cute is that little guy!  At first, I was tempted to add a bit of glitter or even some white polka dots on the back but decided that it’s just as cute as it is (plus there was already enough glitter and dots on the page). Honestly wishing I had a few more of these as it would definitely be fun to see how they can be altered.  For my layout, I went with a conservative option and using it as an embellishment for the little tag, along with some phrase stickers capturing our latest trip last week to Krabi, Thailand.  I used products from this month main kit Hello Again and also some products from add-on kit Bonjour. Can’t wait to see how you guys will use this cute little deer that’s include in this month’s main kit!...
Tips & Tricks :: One stamp, so many ways!

Tips & Tricks :: One stamp, so many ways!

Hi Daisies! I am excited to be sharing some great tips and tricks using one stamp. I am sure there are even more good ideas beyond the ones I have come up with using the adorable pear stamp this month. It’s just that cute and versatile! So here are my ideas for now and feel free to share your ideas for this stamp- or any others that you love- in the comments. We love to hear about inspiration and creative ideas that you dream up too! When I first saw the pear stamp I wasn’t sure how I could use it with the solid center. It felt a bit ‘limiting’ for me as I love to use patterned paper in my layouts and projects and I just felt it was so “solid”. But sometimes being unsure of how to use something is the very thing that can jumpstart a whole bunch of crazy, fun ideas! So I stamped the image and I did use it on a layout as you can see on this page- Once I cut it out I realized that using the stamped image as a template was the way to go with this stamp for me. It went from being a solid inked image to one that has endless possibilities! From fabric to inked patterned paper to felt and vellum and even stitched! The more I played around with it, the more I loved it! Here I used the pear shape along with the paper piercer and just poked holes evenly spaced around the outer edge, and then stitched the journal card and added a tiny...
Journal Entry DITL Pages

Journal Entry DITL Pages

Greetings Daisies! I have to tell you that there is a consensus among the design team members that “Journal Entry” is an awesome kit to work with!  Today I have several DITL pages to share with you from it.  I have three pages done already and a fourth in the works.  The kits are all packed this month and so easy to work with that I can’t seem to stop playing with them. This first page is from the add-on kits mostly.  It is a single page as it accompanies a layout (which you can see HERE in my gallery).  We are still in the middle of winter in my part of the world, so I really enjoyed working with the bright colors in the February kits and pulling out some of my photos from last summer.  Ah, summer! This full page spread was created exclusively with the Journal Entry DITL Kit.  These photos are from February of last year.  I was actually glad to not have finished them yet as it was fun to create February pages with my February kit! The Evalicious alphabet in this kit was just awesome.  A puffy sticker alphabet?  Yes, please!  and thank you! My favorite part of this spread is the pocket with my son and me in it.  I cut out the silhouettes of the two of us and backed it with one of the cards from the kit.  I don’t usually cut pictures like this, but there was another person right in the middle and it was very distracting.  The card actually says “You mean everything to me” (which he...
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