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February 17, 2014

Teaming Up With…

This month I have teamed up with Mandie, Mandy Kay, Anna, Alissa, Denise, Jody and MandyK.

The topic this month is black and white photos.  We all scrapped a LO using black and white photos using our February ‘Color Swatch’ Kit.

Here’s what we all made.

Let’s start with Mandie. Mandie when bright. Using lots of colour in her background to really help the photo stand out. The black title really pulls it all together.

Mandy Kay’s LO is a little more subtle. The greys in the background really match the photo, but the little pops of colour throughout make this page come to life. The Thickers from the ‘Mood Board’ addon are a perfect match for this LO. I love how the red hearts behind the photo really draw focus to the sweet photo.

This LO of Anna’s is so arty. The photo has such depth and the blue paint behind works so well.

Alissa has used a black and pink colour combo on her LO. What a great girlie page.

Denise has used some pieces from the ‘Mood Board’ addon on her LO too.  Another sweet photo. Sometime I do think that you can capture more feeling in a black and white photo.

Jody’s black and white photos have a warmth about them. Using the pale grey and the kraft gives them a slight sepia tone. You can get so many shades of black and white when changing the tones of your photos if you do it yourself. I love the softer, homely feel to this.

MandyK’s LO is such a contrast to Jody’s. It’s light, bright and airy. Must be that Californian feel to the photo : )

I’ve layered my photos up. Starting with a black and white, I then printed the same photo but in colour to layer on top. I wanted to create a fun and bright page as the LO is about my sister who is a very fun and colourful person to be around.

As you can see from our examples, black and white isn’t one look and certainly doesn’t mean creating a dark  LO.  These 8 LO’s here couldn’t been more difefrent, each with a different tone and a different feeling. It’s great to experiement. If you haven’t edited your photos before you can try doing it yourself on It’s free and very easy and lots of fun.

Why not give it a go.


February 5, 2014

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Christine has been working on a surprise for our Cocoa Daisy community. She asked Ashley and Martha, two of our awesome DT members, to whip up some special additions for the February kit. And amazing things happened!

Ashley made cut files and made multiple backgrounds and Project Life cards (below is just ONE example of many)!


And Martha made some fun tag printables that coordinate nicely with the kits.


We are offering them to you absolutely FREE this month, simply because we love our Cocoa Daisy community. And Valentine’s Day is a good time to show that love, don’t you think?

Come visit the Daisy Boutique, put a kit or two in your cart, then scroll down to the bottom and you can pick out any and all of the these free files from Cocoa Daisy.

And you’ll want to join us with a 6-month subscription because while we’re giving away these files this month, we’ll not always have them for free, unless you are a subscriber. Today is the last day to get the 40% off your first kit when you sign up for a six month subscription. So join now, enter NEWSUB40%OFF in the coupon code box.

Thank you Ashley and Martha!

January 7, 2014

January’s Sketch | 2014


January 3, 2014

Feature Friday!

Hey Daisies!!! It’s Mandy Kay here, and I wanted to share with you something that inspired me this week. I was going through the Design Team gallery for the Blueprint kit and this layout by Emily Pitts caught my eye right away.


I just LOVE how she used those big alphas to add a journaling-style title to her layout and I wanted to do just the same. So, I took a partial C.S. Lewis quote and a picture of myself from New Year’s Eve; along with some papers from the main kit, a couple cards and the stamps from the DITL kit, chipboard from T-Square, little Rolodex-style die cuts and those big alphas from Drawing board, and a glassine bag. I layered them all up in the center of my page, and voila!


I think I just might use this as a front page for my 2014 project life album.

I’d love to hear about what has inspired you this week.

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December 23, 2013

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Do you have white Christmases where you are or do you spend summer on the beach?

Mandy Kay shared her White Christmas with us.

Those white snowflakes together with the plain chipboard are so eye catching.

I’ve never experienced a white Christmas and it’s looking like this one won’t be white either, just very windy.

Mandy’s layout has inspired me to take a photo outside on Christmas Day to scrap.



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