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How I Finished Off My December Cocoa Daisy Kit . . .

How I Finished Off My December Cocoa Daisy Kit . . .

Usually when I think about doing a “My Kit Is Here!” type post, I want to gush over all the pretty things that have just arrived in my beloved happy box from Cocoa Daisy, and I did that.  This month, however, I thought it would be fun to talk for a minute about what I do when I’ve finished a kit.  I truly feel like I finished December.  For my gallery reveal I had created 11 kitty Christmas cards, my first ever pop up card, three covers for my December Midori inserts, four pages in last year’s December Daily mini-album, five layouts, two Project Life pages, and prepped my December DaisyDori for the month ahead.  Whew!  In revisiting my kit this week, I decided that I could get a little more out of it, so I created 10 more December Daily mini-album pages (shown below).  Then I was done for sure. What do you do with a kit when you feel like you’re mostly finished with it?  I like to go through all the leftover bits and decide how I might use them.  I always make a giveaway pile that I share with a scrappy friend or my sister, the art teacher (that pile was shamefully small this month!).  I make a little trash pile as well since I keep every last scrap while I’m creating, but don’t want to keep all the one inch bits and wrappers long term.  The keepers are then distributed into my stash.  My product packaging (tissue paper, glassine envelopes, and paper bags) has it’s own special spot.  This month I also made for separate...
Design Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Repeat Yourself

Design Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Repeat Yourself

My tip for today is simple.  Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself.  If you look through my gallery from month to month, you will find that the two by two grid is probably my favorite design.  I use it all the time.  It showcases photos and pretty patterned paper well and is very versatile.  Even though it is the same basic design, I never feel like the layouts I create using it look the same or are boring.  It’s my go to tool! This month I used it twice!  I had two special photos of our kitties and the planner add-on was just perfect to use with them.  I love the results (and our kitties). Do you have a go to design?  We’d love to hear about it....
How about a Mini-album as a Letter?!

How about a Mini-album as a Letter?!

I had the most fun making this little card!  It looks sweet and simple on the outside, but inside is PACKED with so much fun!  It’s a flip letter, so basically it’s a little mini-album on the inside.  See all the goodness revealed in this...
Three Tips from One Layout

Three Tips from One Layout

This layout was so quick to make, and I think that was because I let the color work for me.  I essentially went with the “gallon, quart, pint” concept.  My background color is tone-on-tone and almost a neutral.  Such an easy color to work with (gallon sized).  My design area is mainly monochromatic in that 90% of my papers and embellishments are in that lovely aqua blue (quart sized).  Then I added a simple little visual triangle in a bright pop of red (pint sized).  The colors are all working for me rather effortlessly.  I like that! And a couple of bonus tips: 1. check for dominant colors in your photos that might throw off your design.  I only added two red embellishments, because the third corner of my visual triangle was in that bright red truck in the photo. 2. hand the camera over to your child – my son has recently acquired his first smartphone and used it to take several photos on a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with his dad.  It was so neat to see the trip from his...
Cocoa Daisy Printables in My Planner!

Cocoa Daisy Printables in My Planner!

I love to use the monthly Cocoa Daisy Printables in my planner.  They coordinate beautifully with the monthly planner pages and add a festive touch to my plans.  They’re also perfect for the journaling and memory keeping sections of my planner.  This month I used them, along with the Dear Lizzy Foiled Stickers, to document my travel dreams and my son’s costume quest.  When I use them in my planner, I tend to print them on regular copy paper instead of cardstock.  That way they don’t add bulk to my planner pages.  It’s just another reason to love...
Stamping Sensation | November

Stamping Sensation | November

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

DaisyDori on YouTube!

Greetings Fellow Daisies! Isn’t this time of month just so exciting?!  I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment at having finished my October DaisyDori insert and enjoying the anticipation of starting a new month.  These little inserts make my month so much more enjoyable and organized.  I love them!  Below is a little video I made that walks through my finished October insert and a quick flip through of what I have so far as I prepare for November. I also have a little November unboxing video to share if you’re still contemplating placing an order.   Thanks for watching!   Doris...
Fall, Fall Everywhere…

Fall, Fall Everywhere…

Hey All! Happy Friday and Happy Fall! Today I’ve got some serious mini book eye candy to share with you all! The team really outdid themselves in the mini book medium this month! Me, I love mini books. They have always been my favorite projects to scrapbook. It probably comes from my days of working in a LSS in my town. We were known for our mini books and mini book classes. We loved mini books and so did our customers! Well, I digress. Want to see what the girls made? Let’s start with Katherine… I love that she used a portion of a Starbucks sleeve for the title. You know me, love my Starbucks and combined with my love of mini books, makes this perfect for me! I also love that Katherine used a couple shipping tags and the muslin ribbon as a closure for her little book. Next up is Miriam… Miriam created THE cutest Fall tag mini book. So cute! I love the stitched on kraft letters and the cute fox on the cover tag. Look at that cute chipboard house. Oh, I die. More adorable stitched on kraft numbers. Next up is Lisa. Lisa loves Disney and especially at Halloween. Lisa’s accordion Halloween mini book is ADORABLE! I just love this chunky little book! See what I mean? So chunky and so, so fun! The insides are just delicious! Last up is me. I used one of the cute muslin bags that the DITL kits and Daisy Planner kits come in as the cover. I have a long arm stapler and I just layered up...
Polka Dots, Flowers, Layered Tags, and a Dog? Oh My….

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

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

Tuesday Inspiration | Remembering Fall

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

Planning- stepping outside of your comfort zone

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

Daisy Love October

  Hello everyone! This month I bring to you Shannon Yates. Sadly I do not have a photo of Shannon to share with you. She was gracious enough to share her answers to my nosy questions and then we had a glitch in our emails I think. But I have so many of her lovely layouts to share with you and our little interview.   Shannon is a voice of wisdom on the message board and I love her ability to move so easily between clean and simple design and more adventurous  mixed media.  Her answers to my questions were insightful and interesting.  In her own words: what talent would you most like to have? There are so many talents I wish I had but a singer/songwriter still tops the list. I occasionally dream about what it might be like to sing my own songs in an intimate coffee house type setting. You know the kind with low lights, a small crowd and the opportunity to mingle with the patrons. I love music, mostly all kinds and I am rarely without listening to it. When I am in my crafting space I usually listen to classical or jazz, my favorite jazz artists at the moment are Holly Cole, Diana Krall and Leonard Cohen. favorite quote that describes yourself or your life right now? As a teenager living at home, I remember struggling with typical teen problems. After a chat with my Dad about one of the issues, a boy issue, he said simply “with every decision you make, there are more of some things and less of others and it...
Halloween Inspiration with the October Cocoa Daisy Kits

Halloween Inspiration with the October Cocoa Daisy Kits

October Greetings to all you lovely Daisies! We hope you are enjoying these glimpses of our October Kit, Memento.  I am finding that the warm fall hues set against an expanse of clear blue skies and shot through with golden sunlight is very appealing this time of year.  Christine got it just right again this month, didn’t she? Today we’re bringing you a couple ideas for getting your Halloween photos scrapbooked.  Now I have to say that I really enjoyed scrapbooking without themed product and my fellow design team member, Lisa, does too.  I love the way she used texture, pattern, and color to spotlight the gorgeous Halloween wreath at Disney.  It is really a fabulous design that I need to pin and use for inspiration some day (maybe even with my November Kits!) I really got a kick thinking about what Trick or Treating means exactly.  Halloween themed product was definitely not needed here.  The tiny candy colored triangles on the transparency reminded me of my son’s piles of loot from last Halloween.  I searched through the golden words to find the perfect title; I really liked the way “Happy” played on “Happy Halloween” and “Adventure” alluded to his first walk around the block with his guy pals instead of his mama.  The houses were way too cute as they symbolized going from door to door on Halloween night.  The fox reminded me of a bandit which was perfect as my son dressed up as a robber last year.  And finally, I did throw in a few October details like the date stickers from the planner kit and...
Week 41 with Kate Spade Rose Gold Planner

Week 41 with Kate Spade Rose Gold Planner

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

Developing a Game Plan for My October Kit

Greetings Fellow Papercrafters! I am currently enjoying everything about fall break, and as I’m writing this blog post I’m wondering if you ever develop a “game plan” for working with your kit goodies each month.  Personally, I begin to feel slightly guilty if I don’t make a sizable dent in my kit in the first couple months that it resides with me.  To make that happen, I have a little routine that I generally follow when I get a new kit that helps me really make the most of it. Obviously, I first must open the box and “oooh and aaah” over every beautiful piece inside.  Two thumbs way up to this month’s product packaging.  Polka dots?  Yes, please! Once I have introduced myself to all my pretty new bits, I will house them neatly in one of my Target trays.  These are generally available in the housewares section of Target.  They hold 12×12 papers nicely with room on the side for a pair bowls for the embellishments.  I am always careful to organize all my kits so that I can remember which bits go with which kits.  This way I can focus on each one in a separate project. Now generally I try to make my first project with the Main Kit only.  This month I just couldn’t do that.  There were so many cute whimsical elements scattered throughout the kits that I just had to have all out fun on my first layout.  I was delighted with the results.  Once I got that out of my system, I was able to have a slightly more disciplined approach....
A fox of your own…

A fox of your own…

This gorgeous card by Suz totally makes me want a fox of my own to hug! And if I can’t have a real one, at least I need this cute foxy stamp! I love how Suz repeated the stamping on the backgorund like this – so simple but so stunning!   Ashli also played with the stamps and used them in her gorgeous designs. Here she used the fox and the leaf stamp, along with the cut files, creating a fab repetetive design.   And here… Ashli used the leaf again! Perfect for fall layouts.   Ashli also used the pumpkin from the DITL stamp set on this adorable card!   Suz also created a card using the leaf – both the stamp and the cut file. She also stamped stars using gold ink, to create a lovely bursting effect.   I hope you feel inspired to get your stamps and ink out! I know that I do!...
Making your planner kit work in different planners

Making your planner kit work in different planners

First let me say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to CocoaDaisy for their one year planner anniversary! I’m so excited to be a part of this team and getting to celebrate with everyone has been so fun! I’ve loved using the planner kit in all my planners. It is truly made for any planner you want to use. Currently I use three planners, yes I know…crazy, but I am a true planner addict and I have a system that works so I stick to it! I wanted to share today how I use my planner kit in each planner to help inspire you to make your supplies stretch. The first planner I use is my DaisyDori insert in my Traveler’s Notebook. I like to always have a planner with me on the go and the TN is my preferred book to carry. I was probably way too excited when CocoaDaisy announced their Daisy Dori insert! It was exactly what I had been looking for. I love that the background is already beautiful for you! There’s nothing better than opening your planner and seeing something pleasing to the eye when you’re looking up boring tasks and appointments. I use every little sticker on that sticker sheet in the planner kit! I love the arrows to help me remember important details and I use the labels to highlight appointments. I love the specialty stickers they include each month on the sticker sheet. This “Priority” sticker stands out and helps me remember snack day for soccer. Don’t want to disappoint a team of hungry kids! The next planner I use is a Hobonichi Cousin....
Planner Creativity

Planner Creativity

  It seems like yesterday that I just joined the Cocoa Daisy Team. Throughout the months I’ve found innovative ways to use my inserts. From lists, motivational pages,  memory keeping, creative journaling and daily to do’s Cocoa Daisy has got you covered. I wanted to share with you some of my recent favorite layouts! People seek planner inspiration everyday and I wanted to show you the various sides of planning that you can choose from. Dive into your creative outlets and try them all. Tomorrow is a new day, 7 days is a new week- the possibilities are endless. I challenge you to get inspired by someone, a photo, a quote, use your stash especially something you are holding on to dear life because it’s that cute- and just go for it. Let your creative juices flow. Happy #plannerversary Cocoa Daisy. I love being part of the planner team. Big hugs from California!...
Daisy Dori October Set Up and September Walk Through Video

Daisy Dori October Set Up and September Walk Through Video

Hello Friends! This week we’re celebrating the “Plannerversary” of the Daisy Day Planner!  I, for one, am so grateful to Christine for pursuing this goal.  I have fallen in love with the newest member of the Daisy Day Planner Team, the Daisy Dori.  This type of memory planning is absolutely perfect for me!  Dare I say “Planner Peace?”  I have a little set up video for you today of my October Daisy Dori and a walkthrough of my finished September Daisy Dori.  I thought it was very interesting to compare the two as I went.  This is only my second month using the Midori Traveler’s Notebook set up.  I’m on a definite learning curve, but it’s a fun learning curve!  If you haven’t explored the Midori Traveler’s Notebook planning/journaling option yet, I highly recommend it.  There are so many things you can do with it!  Like I said earlier, I am in love!  ...
Cocoa Daisy’s Golden Highlights

Cocoa Daisy’s Golden Highlights

I really love that Cocoa Daisy offers golden highlights in their kits so often.  Gold is the perfect neutral for me.  It goes with everything, and adds that perfect bit of sparkle to really make my projects shine.  This month you will find touches of gold in the embellishment sheet in the main kit, golden sequins and washi tape in the Day In the Life Kit, and shining add on options of word Thickers, diecuts, and stitched fabric tags.  I hope you have a little extra sparkle heading your way with Cocoa Daisy’s October Kit, “Memento.”...
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