Category Archives: Inspiration

Documenting Memories in your Planner

Documenting Memories in your Planner

Hello Daisy Loves! Florence here, back with an update on how I am using my March Daisy Day A5 Planner Kit. Welcome those who are new to the planner world As some of you may have caught on, there are individuals that have multiple organizers, I am guilty of that. Why not just one? Good question. Many people like to keep their work, school, home/ family life, health and wellness, business(s), etc separate. Sometimes seeing all of that jumbled up can get overwhelming in a normal weekly planner spread and can look chaotic. Hot mess with a twist of scrappy. That is definitely my style and although it is nice to decorate and use up my stash, it’s not realistic for others to do this every week. You may not have the time, resources, creativity bug, or you just enjoy simplicity. I love how the Daisy Day Planner Inserts are already pre-designed and you barely have to embellish them. My everyday planning, is just a simple Le Pen or Sharpie fine black pen. Nothing fancy just planning my full day every morning, or I’ll start on it the night prior. These daily inserts are a part of my life. They seriously are a life saver. From to do lists, to reminding me to hydrate, setting a schedule, and throwing a litle 15 minute check off list- it seriously simplifies your life in a better way than you can imagine. There’s also a week on one page, and a week on two pages for those who may not have lengthy lists of to dos. We all plan differently, and what...
”Why didn’t I think of that?!!” –  February Tips ‘n’ Tricks

”Why didn’t I think of that?!!” – February Tips ‘n’ Tricks

Hi! We are trying out a new monthly blog post on you today.  You know that feeling that you get when you look at someone’s LO and you see a simple idea and you think ”why didn’t I think of that?”. That’s what this new post is all about. It happens to me all the time when I see how other people have used the same monthly kit. So we as a team are going to collate our little kit tips and tricks for you each month. This post will go up each month just as the kits are arriving, in time for you to scrap. I will also start a thread each month on the message board where you can add your own tips once you start scrapping with the same kit. I will add a link at the end of each blog post. Feel free to visit and add your own ideas and photos. I’m going to start us off with the little vellum pieces that come in the ‘DITL’ kit. I love these!! How do you use yours? If you use them on a PL page, as they are vellum you can see straight through, the same applies to a LO. So I cut a piece of white card to size and simply attached with one staple at the top and bottom. This way you also see no adhesive.     On the same LO, using the little vellum hearts that also come in the DITL kit, I made a cute little banner. I took a needle and some silver thread and threaded through the hearts. I did...
February Sketch Challenge Winner!

February Sketch Challenge Winner!

Hello everyone! Suz dropping in today to announce the sketch challenge winner for the month of February! But, before I do, I wanted to share links to some of the creative takes you Daisies had for this challenge. I hope I didn’t miss anyone!   Iska’s fun “Ready to Swim” take: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image_page.php?album_id=676&image_id=22065 Terry B’s flipped “Autumn” design: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image.php?album_id=1104&image_id=22069  Sharmon’s beautifully layered take: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image_page.php?album_id=1545&image_id=22081 Shannon’s creative stamped trees take:http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image.php?album_id=1535&image_id=22070 Wendy’s feathered take: http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image.php?album_id=545&image_id=22137 Christy S’ “Hush Hush” http://www.cocoadaisy.com/forum/gallery/image.php?album_id=1713&image_id=22089   And the random winner for February’s Sketch Challenge is…… Terry B! Congrats Terry! Please email Lisa (aka The Funky Fairy) to obtain your Cocoa Daisy $10 gift certificate/voucher! Happy Thursday to all! Thank you ladies for playing along with this challenge!  ...
Inspired By Fabric and Planner Pages…

Inspired By Fabric and Planner Pages…

Hi there! Ashli here today with a little dose of inspiration… (original link) Have you seen the fun fabric banner trend? Oh, they are so pretty, aren’t they?!? Well, I don’t play with fabric much, but paper does see a lot of action around here, so that got me thinking… Perhaps some planner pages might make a fun “fabric-inspired” banner?   Indeed they do! I simply grabbed a stack of planner pages, cut them in strips with my scissors, and stapled them to the top of my layout. A few embellishments added and… ta da… I adore those fabric banners and I adore how that inspiration translated to a layout! Thanks for joining me today. See you...
January Planner set up and free cut files!

January Planner set up and free cut files!

Happy Monday, Christine here with you today to share my January planner set up, a few tips and some FREE cut files/PDFs! I like to keep all my planner supplies together in a small basket, I have the items from the Planner Kits as well as some favorite things I’ve pulled from our Main and Day in the Life kits. I love how there are so many cute things I can pull from those kits to use in my planner, and having them all together in a little basket makes it nice and easy to just grab and use whenever I want to play…ahem… work on my planner. For January I decided to use my gold Kikki K. planner, I thought the metallic gold looked so pretty with the January colors. I created a set of gold tab divider (more on those in just a minute) and I dressed up the January monthly tab with just one glittery circle sticker from the January Main Kit. For my monthly overview page I used the free Day Planner printable. I added a journaling card to the blank side and dressed up the overview page with vellum letter and number stickers (found in the Carmel add on), some cute stamped images from the “But first coffee” and “Under the bed” stamp sets, and a few of the January Planner Stickers. I like that I can be creative with my monthly overview pages, its a fun way to use my scrapbooking and planner supplies but it doesn’t take a lot of time (in fact I usually do this while I’m sitting in bed watching the Tonight Show). A...
January Designer Challenge – HOPES & DREAMS FOR 2015

January Designer Challenge – HOPES & DREAMS FOR 2015

Hello Daisies!! I’m hosting our first designers challenge of the year. I had a little think about this one. I do love a colour challenge and I love playing along with recipe challenges too, but I thought we’d go for something a little different. As 2015 is still new to us and with all the talk of resolutions, word of the year and everything else that we want and hope to achieve in this new year, I thought….lets’ scrap about it.  It could be big dreams and wishes or it could be a basic ‘to-do’ list, your word of the year perhaps or your resolutions for this year if you have any. I’ve gone with a basic to do list for my LO. Although if you were ask my husband he would say that it’s not very basic at all. Our word of the year is ‘do’. We have no vacation plans this year as we had a big Florida trip in October, but we have a home that is in desperate need of some TLC. So I have made a list of all the jobs that I would like to get done this year to make our home neater and cozier. We’ve all used our Pajama Time January Kits on our LO’s. There are still a few left here if you are feeling tempted. Martha has joined in with this challenge. I just LOVE her cool spin on this challenge. She’s made a memory keeper. This is what Martha says about her project. Instead of making resolutions and goals this year, because we all know well we do...
Pajama Time Inspiration!

Pajama Time Inspiration!

I am happy to be on the Cocoa Daisy blog to provide you with an inspiration piece using the month’s Pajama Time kit! I came upon this fun image on Pinterest and thought immediately of the exclusive cut file this month! I used the wonky bricks cut file from the kit to cut different pieces of patterned paper and added them to my page in an ombre pattern like in the inspiration piece. The inspiration piece was just a starting point, I added lots of layers from items in the kits and my photo I hope you are able to find some inspiration from this piece...
Have you bid your farewell to 2014 yet?

Have you bid your farewell to 2014 yet?

Hello. I do hope 2015 has been kind to you so far. As we start on our lovely new 2015 scrapbook and Project Life albums, it’s time to say goodbye to our 2014 albums. I always like to add a final ‘years review’ LO as my final page. A little snippet of each month. It’s a nice way to finish off the album. Alissa has done the same. Here is her final farewell to 2014 in her Project Life album. Alissa made up 1 3×4 card for each month of the year. I love how fun and colourful this looks. It looks like Alissa had a fun year. I love the selphies!! This is such a great way to use up any PL cards. And here is mine for my 2014 scrapbook album. This year I’ve made up some mixed media tags. I used a colour combo of greens, yellow and white. I really needed the white to break it up and lighten the page. So I added a a white strip near the top, I added a bold white border to each photo, printed my journaling off on to white card and the chipboard alphas are the wood vaneer but I sanded them down for a white look to match the LO. If you also make a years review LO/page or now fancy making one, please do come and share with us here. We’d love to see. Thanks.  ...
Wrapping things up & fresh starts.

Wrapping things up & fresh starts.

Hello Daisies, it’s me, Jody here to bid farewell to 2014 with one last blogpost on this New Year’s eve of 2015. I am actually still awaiting the arrival of my January kit~ Pajama Time and so instead of having a mini book to share with you I am just offering a short goodbye and hello all at once! I love taking a bit of time at the end of a year to sort through my scrap collection. It’s fun to see the mix of papers and embellishments from the previous years’ kits and to freshen up my space and get ready to document and craft in the coming new year. If you are like me, you’ll find you still have lots of wonderful “old” new stuff to use up! I hope you have had a great year scrapping with so many wonderful items that you found in your Cocoa Daisy boxes month after month in 2014. The exclusive papers and new items- like planners and embellishments– were highlights this year, and I just know that there will be more surprises and reasons to look forward to your kits in 2015 too! So for now, I leave you with a “bonjour” and a “hello” as we wish you well from one year to the next! {link to bonjour fries here} {link to hello here} May your year ahead hold lots of inspiration, creativity, growth, excitement and memories that find themselves in your planners and on your pages for years to...
Product Focus with Alissa – Jillibean Soup Mask

Product Focus with Alissa – Jillibean Soup Mask

Hey All! How many of you all were here PJ partying with us last night for the reveal? It was so fun, right? Such a fun mix of stuff in the kit this month! I love when Christine adds, what I call, non combustible items to the kits! This month she added a Amy Tangerine embroidery kit to the Goodnight Moon  DITL add on kit and a Jillibean Soup mask in the Pajama Time main kit. Cool stuff, right? Sometimes, I like to use the “non combustible” item in a combustible way. Rather than use the mask as a mask or a stencil, like many of the girls on the design team did, I loved the color and just slapped it on my page as the actual title.  Yep. One time use. As easy as that! My tiny attacher and a few well placed glue dots and I’m good to go. I journaled on a shipping tag from my stash and tucked it behind the mask and clipped it with the “plus sign” clip from the DITL kit. Now it’s your turn. How will you use the mask in the main kit? We’d love to see all of your creations in the gallery each month so we can all be inspired. I can’t wait!! Enjoy and I hope you all have a Happy New Year!...
Your Favourite 2014 Layout

Your Favourite 2014 Layout

Hello!!   I hope you have all been enjoying your Christmas festivities. As we are nearing the end of 2014, I thought it would be fun to look back over the year and for us to pick a favourite LO of our’s that we have made. I wonder excatly how many LO’s we have all made this year???? I would be fun to count and actually see. As a team, here are our favourite LO’s that we have made this year. Nicole   Alissa Ashley Emily Martha Suz Anna Mandie Denise Sharmaine Jody And me. Have you looked back over your years worth of scrapbooking? We’d love to see your own favourite LO. Please come and share with us here.  ...
Inspired To Give

Inspired To Give

Inspired by the frames Christine shared a while ago and the need for a quick Christmas present I pulled out a few items and got to work. I took a plain black frame and (inspired by Alissa who makes all thing gold look… well GOLD!) sprayed it gold. I then pulled a coveted card from my stash, along with some plain black paper to back it with. It was also a great time to use up some of the sequins that I’ve obtained through Cocoa Daisy! The next bit was the quickest… Putting it all together. Simple! and did I mention quick? I hope my friend likes it and I hope it’s inspired you to pull out some of your goodies and put together a gift for a friend. Enjoy the holidays everyone and have a wonderful time with your loved ones. Take care and happy...
It’s December sketch time!

It’s December sketch time!

First off – can you believe it is already December?? Today starts our Document December class with Patricia Roebuck, for those that have registered, it will be a treat for sure! It is also time for our monthly sketch! Check out Stephanie’s sketch for this month: it was all based on this lovely page by our own talented Denise: Great sketch right??? Now check out what some of our designers did with this one: Martha did an awesome take on the sketch with all those lovely layers on her tag areas! Jody added tons of texture with lots of pretty stitching !   Anna used some clean lines and bold colours to make her page pop! Lisa added a fun misted sun and fun photos to change up the sketch a bit! And here is mine! I love that this sketch gives you the opportunity to use so many photos, even though I only ended up with a couple, I really wanted to use more!   Now here is the fun stuff – join us for the challenge this month and there’s a $10 Cocoa Daisy code in it for one lucky person! I will announce the winner on December 25th!. You can post your projects here or to the Challenge Forum thread too Can’t wait to see what you create...
Keeping Organised – Weekly Meal Planner

Keeping Organised – Weekly Meal Planner

Hello!! It’s Lisa with you today with a confession. I am a ‘list-a-holic’. I have lists for everything. Chores, shopping lists, to-do’s and my most important, my weekly meal planner. Like most of you, I’m a very busy Mum/wife. Juggling work, family, home etc… Our meals have always been important to me. I like to make sure my kids eat a good balanced diet and for me to make them home cooked meals. The only way I can achieve this is by being super oragnised. This is where my weekly menu planner comes in. I find a few minutes to sit down with my diary each weekend to plan the menu. Meals are picked according to what after school activities are on and how much time we have etc. If I have a lot on I will choose a meal that can go in the crock pot all day, if the kids have friends over it will be something ‘kid friendly’ and so on.  By doing this, this also enables me to easily put a shopping list toegther for the week and stick to it. We don’t have much waste in our house when it comes to groceries. This meal planner is so helpful. I have made this one for my sister as a Christmas gift, so I thought I would share this with you today and I’ve put some little step by steps together for you. It’s really easy. 1.      I started with some scraps from my October Kit, but you can use any other papers and embellishments that you have. I also have a small...
Sneaky Inspiration

Sneaky Inspiration

Happy Tuesday everyone and Veteran’s Day! A special shout out to the Veterans who have served (and are serving) and who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. @MandiePierce, please thank your hubby for me personally! I am here today to share my inspiration piece for this month, Arleigh’s fabulous and fun sneaker stamp! I simply had the best time using it here on my November DITL spread (top left) along with October’s leaf stamp set.   It stamps absolutely beautifully with the Cocoa Daisy Black Hybrid Ink in the Cocoa Daisy Boutique here. Love the little details it possesses!   And it also came in really handy as part of my “City Museum” layout design here: While I don’t own any Chucks (yet!) my youngest son does, so I have a few more plans for this stamp in the future! I challenge those of you DITL subbers or those with the stamp subscription to break this bad boy out and get creating! Please link me up to your designs in the comment section below. 😉 Have a great day!...
Inspiration Tuesday :: Top 5

Inspiration Tuesday :: Top 5

Hello Daisies! I thought it might be fun to share my top 5 sources for inspiration right now. I have Emily to thank for talking me into joining Instagram earlier this year. I am so glad that I did because it has been a wonderful resource for all sorts of inspiration! I love that it is handy on my phone and that a simple search for something like “goldendoodles” can literally lead you on an adventure! {Some of you may recall that we had a puppy for a short week this past spring. One reason for that was finding some cute, local goldendoodles through IG!} I love finding new feeds and people and places that I would never have the opportunity to see without things like Instagram, Pinterest and blogs. My biggest issue is that there is always way more to see and not enough time for me to soak up all the goodness! So today I am bringing you some pictures and links to some of my current favorites. Some are new to me, and others are just so good every time a new image or post is uploaded. I made this collage because I love the mood boards that I see all over the place. They are great inspirations in and of themselves to jumpstart a scrap layout based on color or pattern or even a sketch! I picked 5 categories to be represented and they are all fall-themed right now too. So enjoy if you are in autumn and tag along if you happen to live somewhere that is winter, spring or summer right now! The five categories are: nature, travel, food, fashion and of course, scrap/craft inspiration as well! This first image popped off the screen...
CD exclusive Cut Files & Printables!

CD exclusive Cut Files & Printables!

I am always excited to get my Cocoa Daisy cut files and printables in my inbox. This month, I loved the graphic nature of the cut files in particular and was drawn to use them on my page using lots of pretty papers from the kit. You can see that I used the hexagon pie chart shape to create this page. I played around with the hexagon shape a bit in my Silhouette software and resized a few of them too to create this background. I then backed the pie pieces with some exclusive CD papers and others from the kit. If you look really closely, you can see that I added in some exclusive CD stamps from September too mixed in with the cut file and rub ons from the October kit. I hope you are inspired to get creative with the cut files this month ! Thanks for stopping by the blog...
Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Does Halloween happen in your home? Do you decorate your house? Here in the UK it’s not a huge thing. It’s more popular than it used to be, but nowhere near as big as it is in the US. We do decorate our home a little, the kids love Halloween. Today I have a little garland to share with you that I have made using the past 3 kits. I love putting my scraps together and seeing what I have. It’s a great way to make a mini book or a project like this. Just bits and pieces left over and scraps of paper. Now before I share with you, I must confess that The ‘N’ in Halloween seems to have gone missing since it was made. I can not for the life of me find the alpha set to replace it. So this year we will be celebrating ‘Hallowee’!! We have a mirror above the fireplace which has little tea light holders. I have secured it here. I stuck those big alphas on to white card and cut them out to strengthen them a little. I used some of the Panda Eight printables attached to 3d foam tape. The little black stars were cut from the Cocoa Daisy paper. That’s been my favourite design of pp this year. See what I mean about it being a good way to use up all the bits and pieces. The pegs, the flair, the buttons, frames, ribbon….   Everything here is come from a recent CD kit except for the big chipboard arrows. I did ink them using a Prima Chalk...
Unboxing My Very First Daisy Day Planner

Unboxing My Very First Daisy Day Planner

Hello hello, this is Sam (Happie Scrappie) here and this is my very first blog post on Cocoa Daisy here. so this blog post is about unboxing my very FIRST Day Planner kit from Cocoa Daisy. I took a lot of photos of the kit because I want to show you more details about this awesome planner kit which you could get it from here. October kit is already sold out so stay tuned for the November kit!   I waited a day to open the box… because I wanted to take detailed photos of me unboxing this and show y’all.      Who doesn’t love a happy mail day? Just a lame photo to show off my manicure hehehe.     The planner pages / inserts are in the kraft bag while the rest like roller stamp, washi tapes, planner charms and assorted journal cards are kept in the mini muslin bag.   Here’s a pic of the full kit. I received the A5 pages and Personal sized pages in the box because I want to use Personal sized for my personal stuff and the A5 sized planner for my work-related stuff. Don’t you just love the watercolor splatter on the page? Since the inserts are more on the peachy-pink tone so its not difficult to guess which planners that I am gonna use in the month of October 😉 You can find more detailed description of the kit, shipping charges here.   I am using the A5 sized planner in Pastel Pink (from my shop here) and my unicorn Filofax Finsbury in pink. Pink on pink on...
Daisy Day Planner: Setting up your planner

Daisy Day Planner: Setting up your planner

I am so excited to share this very first tutorial on how to use our Daisy Day Planner kits and pages. I’ve also included a FREE page divider PDF that matches the October Planner Pages and you can download that here. I’ll warn you, this is a long blog post so you may want to get a nice, hot, cup of coffee or tea (or water) before you start reading. The pics in this tutorial are of my A5 size Kikki K planner but all of these tips and tricks can easily be applied to any size planner. You can find all the planner items we have available, here in the Daisy Day Planner section of the store. And I am very happy to say that we will have subscriptions to both the Day Planner Kits and Pages available by the end of next week (subscriptions would begin with the December edition) so be watching for that announcement. Everyone’s process for keeping track of their daily chaos is different, this is just my routine, but I hope it helps and inspires you to get your schedule under control and at the same time making your daily schedule a little brighter. To get started you should gather a few supplies and print out any of the extra Cocoa Daisy Planner Printables, you can find the free and premium sets here. Aside from the October Planner Kit I have a few stamps, some stamp ink, a tab and border punch, my trusty crop-a-dile and a few sheets of coordinating patterned paper (I used a lot of the paper from the September Cocoa Daisy main kit, Story...
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