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April 7, 2014

::Dissecting Design::


Hello Daisies! Jody here to share with you a bit of the process of how this layered layout came to be using the wonderful “Hint of Sunshine” kit this month. Don’t you just love the colors and details of the embellishments in this kit?! I sure did and totally jumped into the fun part of creating with it as I made this page.


Would you believe me if I told you it started out as a simple piece of white heavy-weight paper that was in a stack of papers from my preschooler’s backpack? I smoothed it out from his folder and brought it up to my scrap space fully intending to use it as scrap paper for sketching ideas or testing out some stamped images. Instead, my kit was spread out on my floor {yes, I scrap most of my pages on the floor with a large piece of poster board as my ‘desk’} and I picked up the tiny sequined twine and the photos of mixers {which I printed out from a stock image and can’t find the original source…my apologies to the photographer!} and that was the start of this page. I taped down the twine with the tiny gold washi tape and fully intended to keep this page simple and sized to 8 1/2 x 11. But the white space felt too big to me, so I cut it down. And then suddenly it felt too small as I added details, and I wasn’t sure where I could put the journaling I wanted to put on this page.

Thank goodness scrapping isn’t a precision art! I grabbed the pieces of 12×12 patterned paper which I had cut and used bits and pieces of on my two previous layouts. You can see that none of the papers match up in size or are perfectly cut. I just stuck them behind the white base I had scrapped and knew if I stitched them down they would stay together nicely.



I also realized I love these papers so much that I would want to use them on other projects, so I grabbed my craft knife and cut out the section of paper that would be behind the white base part. A good scrapper knows how to stretch the stuff they like most! =) I added another strip of random paper to keep make sure the paper stayed intact as some of the pieces would have been loose otherwise.


SO basically this design all came about a bit “backwards” as far as layering is concerned. Most times I build from the bottom up, but in this case I made things fun and tricky for myself as my ideas kept evolving during the process. Here is the backside of the finished layout.


Here is a peek at the journaling and I also have to tell you that I love the row of hearts stamp so much that I used it six times on this page alone!


I love that an idea can grow and change in your mind as you play with your papers and embellishments. There is no right or wrong in the creative process and it’s actually cool to see a page come together in a way you don’t normally scrap sometimes. This page was that sort of page for me. I hope you enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at my crazy method and I hope you have fun playing and trying out different methods for pulling your pages and projects together with this awesome April kit too! Happy scrapping, everyone!


April 3, 2014

APRIL DITL | Pocket Page Scrapbooking With a Hint of Sunshine

Hi everyone! Happy April to all! Suz here today to share some April DITL pages created by the lovely and talented Alissa, Mandie, Lisa, and Piradee as well as my own design. The APRIL DITL kit includes the scrap lovelies pictured below:



>>>>>>and it is available in the shop here (while supplies last).

First up is Alissa, who created these fabulous layouts:

I love how she used the thin gold washi tape in several areas along with the gold alphas in the kit and complemented them with some of the October Afternoon Daily Flash alphas and Pink Fresh Studios painted chevron wood veneers from the Dewdrop add-on. And below she used the thin washi as journaling lines! So. love. that!

I am still swooning over the gold embossing that she added to the Jilllibean Soup Placemats (the camera die cut below) from the Dewdrop (Add-on 2) in this layout:


So playful Alissa! Don’t her designs just scream happy?!

Up next is Mandie.  Mandie knocked it out of the ballpark with this DITL spread:

I love how Mandie intermingled some of the exclusive patterned paper with the cards from the kit to add repetition of pattern and color. And that eensy, weeny photo of that spectacular sunset on the DITL card? LOVE.  I also love that she used a bunch of smaller photos on her layout and combined them with just a few 4×6 photos to add a bit of variety. So fun!

And this clean and simple design by Lisa shows just how fun and creative you can be while still getting things documented with photos and words in a relatively short period of time. More time creating memories and less time documenting them, yes? ;) Love it Lisa! Especially love her handwriting and her little stamping details. :)


Below I adore how Lisa used a stencil to mist a sunburst on her week number 4×6 card, the cute fox stamp and chain of hearts stamp (from the “GET FOXY” stamp set HERE), and tucked a grocery receipt from a trip to the store that week. It’s the little bits and pieces of our lives that really showcase how we live day by day.



Piradee’s layout is simply delightful with lots of photos of her precious daughter! I adore how she used a clothing tag from one of her daughter’s outfits paired with some October Afternoon stickers from the Dewdrop add-on. The little bits of sequins  and embellishments here and there are a lovely complement to the photos.

Her genius idea of using the vellum speech bubble to overlay the day of the week with journaling? = awesome. :)

I really adore that little aqua fox  nested in the vellum speech bubble as well. Thanks for sharing these Piradee!

Lastly, here is my DITL spread using this month’s kit as well as bits and pieces from the Main Kit, “Hint of Sunshine” and the Dewdrop Add-on #2. I can’t help blending my kits! They are so versatile and so well coordinated it just made this layout come together pretty quickly. (Ok, minus my detailed fussy cutting on the “hello” card it came together pretty quickly! LOL) 

Some things I added to this week: selfies that were taken by my inlaws and texted to us, a screenshot of a text message from my oldest son, a Muffins With Moms flyer that I prettied up a bit with items from the kits (on the backside is a questionnaire both he and I filled out. My favorite part of it all!)

A few more details on how I created this DITL spread can be found in my gallery here: Suz’s Week 12 DITL LAYOUT

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your April is as bright and cheerful as this month’s kits are!



April 2, 2014

Stamping Sensation: April

Every month, Cocoa Daisy offers you great stamps, but sometimes you don’t know quite how to use them. I’ve got a quick tutorial for you today showing a fun way to stamp with our April offerings, well actually, any of our stamps! We have sold out of the stamps that I used for today’s post (Get Foxy), so be sure to sign up for a Stamp Subscription and you’ll never miss out on our awesome stamps!

Meet Foxy.

Meet my layout about my foxy husband.

I wanted to use the fox stamp on this layout. I wanted to use the glassine bag on this layout. I knew dye inks don’t dry too well on glassine. They do eventually dry, but I wasn’t in a place where I could wait and not smudge the ink. Then I remembered this technique I’d learned while doing an assignment for Scrapbook and Cards Today CardMaps 3 (FYI: CardMaps4 is now available to pre order, it will start shipping the end of this month… hint hint)

I got out my old old old chalk tray (yes it’s good to save everything. I thought I’d passed it on to a new home, but found it recently in the very back of a drawer), my Versamark, my stamp, and the envelope.

I inked up my stamp really well.

I stamped it carefully on the glassine envelope.

I then got my Q-tip all nice and chalky and started to softly rub it over the image. Start with a soft touch so you can find your image and not get chalk all over your paper.

I went over a second time with a bit more pressure. That’s the fun thing about this technique, you can add dimension by changing the pressure you use in applying the chalk.

Any errant chalk comes of quite well with an eraser.

And that is how I got Foxy on my glassine envelope. It works equally well on vellum and regular cardstock. P.S. When I started the process, I wasn’t sure it would work out. That’s often the story of my scrapping. Just try things, if they work out, great, if not, you’ll be the wiser!

Another thing that is fun about this technique is you can color different parts of the stamp. I used the chevron strip stamp on this card and used chalk to make the same image multiple colors.

You can see the errant chalk doesn’t come off as well on the paper, but it’s not that big of a deal to me.

It helps to know where things are in your stamped image, so I recommend stamping on a scrap paper the same image with a visible ink and using that as a guide when you are applying the chalks.

Oh, and the orange cloud in my layout? I used the same orange chalk to color that as well. I was really impressed at how well the wood veneer took the chalk!

Now, on to the DT and what they did with the stamps this month!

Lisa did a couple of different techniques.

I decided to go with a yellow, green & red colour combo for this LO. The red due to that being their school colour, but there wasn’t even one tiniest piece of red in this kit. So I used one the the stamps and also the Red Prima Chalk Ladybug Ink to add the red to my page (see the arrows from the mask and the wood veneer arrows using the red ink). 


I added quite alot of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam and let it ‘puddle’ a little on the cardstock. (this can be done with mists and watered down paints too). Then taking the stamp, I dipped it in the puddles and stamped over and over on the page.

Ashley made her own background with a stamp.

I made a template using the Cocoa Daisy cloud background cut file and stamped the clouds onto plain cardstock. Then I kept the template in place and added matte gel over the clouds to act as a resist. I pulled up the template, and added messy watercolours, gesso, and some book pages.

And Patricia did a lot of stamping this month, here are a few of her examples.

The stamp from the main kit inspired this entire layout. So I had to use it, it brought the layout and theme together for me. I stamped onto vellum using Prima Chalk ink (blasted it a little with the heat gun to set and make permanent), trimmed around it and lightly adhered it to my layout.

And I always use stamps in my Project Life to help re-iterate the stories, add embellishing without bulk. I used the stamps as is and also did partial inking to do partial stampings to fit the cards. A Great way to get more out out of very usable stamps from the Day in the Life.

See the two ways she used the “Details” stamp in the DITL: April kit?

Our design team amazes me with the ideas they generate from the same products. I hope you’ve added some ideas and techniques to your tool box of stamping.

Thanks for joining me today.

March 21, 2014

Project Art – March

Hello! It’s Anna here with some ideas for this month’s Project Art kit!

The March Project Art kit contains a set of five PanPastels in the colours Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Extra Dark, Permanent Green and Neutral Grey, blending tools and a set of tags and wood veneer butterflies. If you are new to PanPastels, they are wonderful and fun to work with. They are artist’s pastel colours, manufactured in a pan instead of in the more typical stick format. They function as a dry paint and you can mix and blend them. Although they are pastels, they is very little dust. The colours are to be used directly from the pan and they are compatible with many different materials such as acrylics, inks, pencils, watercolours and more. They are also erasable using a regular eraser, and they can be applied in semi-transparent layers, achieving a darker and darker tone the more pastel you apply. It’s a good idea to seal the finished work with some kind of fixative, for example a spray fixative for charcoal and pastels.

To apply the pastels I used cheap make up sponges.

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For my first page I started out with adding a thin layer of the Phtlao blue pastel. I then used a stencil and applied some clear VersaMark embossing ink, through the stencil.


I then added some PanPastel (the same colour, Phthalo Blue) to the ink and as you can see below it immediately stuck to the VersaMark.


I wanted to add more layers and the next thing I did was to add more of the Phthalo blue and also the Permanent Green. On top of this I then added some gesso, using a stencil and a palette knife.


I also added some more gesso around the page, using the palette knife.


When the gesso was dry I added Permanent Green to the gessoed leaves and more of the Phthalo Blue to the rest of my page. I then used the Fishbone background stamp with some black ink.

On top of this, I added even more gesso, again using the same stencil.


I wanted to use the tags that came with the Project Art kit and here’s an example of two different ways to give the smooth tags some tooth. The pastels need some tooth to be able to grab onto the surface and the left tag was primed with white gesso (different gessos give different surfaces – you need to try to see what you like), and the right tag was painted with clear gesso, before applying the PanPastel using a stencil and a sponge (no Versamark ink this time). I then used a spray fixative on top of the tags.


I’m not sure what happened next, but I played around with gesso, some patterned paper, a watersoluble Stabilo pencil, a little acrylic paint, letter stickers, a piece of fabric, one of the butterflies, more PanPastel, mist and a white Sharpie pen… I added some crazy drawing… and this is what I ended up with.


For my next page I took out a mask that I made some time ago, using my hand as a template. I scanned it and printed it out in a smaller version, before cutting it out. I then used it to apply pastel around the hand.



I outlined the hand with a pen and used a stencil + gesso to create some texture above the hand.

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I used the yellow pan pastel + a yellow Gelato crayon from one of the previous Project Art kits, to colour the beams.


I then wrote my journaling inside the hand.


I coverd my writing again, to be able to splatter some mist around the hand.


I added more pastel around the hand and used one of the blending tortillions to soften and blend the colour. I also added letter stickers and some white details using a white Sharpie.


I coloured the butterfly with PanPastels and then sealed it with Glossy Accents from last month’s Project Art kit.

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For my last page this month, I started out with stamping using the Fishbone background stamp and versamark ink and then applied Neutral Grey pastel on top.

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I covered my entire page.

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I then painted over the top with a thin layer of gesso. It does smear the pastel a tiny bit, but it didn’t bother me in this case and it does create a fixating layer. I also added some extra gesso on top, using a palette knife and then I took some papers from the March kit and stiched them together and glued them down.

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I added some gesso on top of the papers and the loose threads too.

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When the gesso was dry I added even more pastel, using a stencil.

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I layered some items from the March kits on top. A bit of one of the acetate sheets is stapled behind the kraft frame. I added some Glossy Accents to the pink star.

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To finish my page I added some mist and let it drip down the page.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you feel inspired to play and please let me know if you have any questions!

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March 19, 2014

Sharing | Suz’s Scrap Space

Hi everyone! Suz with you today to share a bit of my newly renovated scrap space.

It is still a work in progress, but it has come a long way in a short amount of time. Just before our Spring Break here we moved all of the furniture out, had the carpet removed, and had woodgrain porcelain tile installed along with some additional task lighting above my scrap desk. Then it was time to pack for vacation. And then…vacation. Back home again only to find a lovely little clustering of items to find new homes for;  items to donate, to sell, and to keep.  So, for the past two days I have been working hard to get it all organized, cleaned, and tidied up. I made good progress, but still have much more to get completed. All in good time, yes?! No worries. Be Happy. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right. (Thank you Bobbi McFerrin and Bob Marley for helping me keep it all in perspective). ;)

Ok, so, before we get to the video clips, a little DISCLAIMER: I am definitely a novice when it comes to making videos, so I simply took a few video clips using my iPhone (Because, believe it or not, it is the best video recorder we have). I tried to keep the clips short and recorded them in groupings throughout the room. There is no music nor editing done (other than to trim a longer video into shorter chunks for uploading). It is rudimentary at best, but it at least gives you a glimpse into my space more so than static images would do. Also, I have been fighting severe allergies that have been affecting my breathing and sinuses. You will likely note this along with several “whatnots” in my monologue. There, you have it. You have been warned! ;)

So on to the “work in progress.” I hope you find a little tidbit of organizational help along the way. Click on the links below to watch the videos.  Feel free to ask questions or to leave comments below. I always enjoy hearing/reading how other’s organize their spaces and products so please do share! :)

NOTE: *If you find, for some reason, that you cannot view the video clips, please check that you have software updates completed and current on whatever device you are trying to view them from. If you still have difficulty, I will be also be posting on Twitter, Facebook, and my personal blog located here: Suz’s Blog


 Suz’s Scrap Desk (1 of 2)

Suz’s Scrap Space (2 of 2)

Suz’s Mobile Crafting Station

Wall Storage & Organization

GIVEAWAY ALERT: I am giving away the exclusive main kit stamp set (the good day/ bad day, thumbs up/thumbs down) from this month’s kit to anyone who comments here on my Instagram/Twitter feed @SuzMannecke! Good luck! *US only due to shipping costs please. Thanks and good luck! I will post a winner back here on Friday, March 21!

****>>>>ETA: Congratulations to @muelleraz (Instagram) winner of the March stamp giveaway! Please contact me with your USPS addy so I can get your goodies out to you! Contact info has been left on my IG feed. Thanks to all who played along and commented here. :)

Have a beautiful Wednesday all!

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