Category Archives: Inspiration

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...
Does this Look Familiar?

Does this Look Familiar?

Does this DITL spread look familiar? Well, you can probably tell that I (Ashli) made it, but maybe it resembles the work of one of my fellow teamies? Can you guess who? Take a look… x I had so much fun with this! And, my DITL fun didn’t stop there, but more on that in a moment… First, let’s look at some other awesome DITL inspiration from my fellow teammates: First up, we have the always amazing Miriam: And next up, wonderful Suz! And now for the fabulous Denise! Amazing work, right?!?! And now… the other layouts I made featuring the DITL cards: As you can see… there are SO many possibilities with the gorgeous supplies in the DITL kit! Be sure to head on over to the store and check them...
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!...

Crazy for Mini Books!

Hi everyone! Miriam here and I’ve got a confession to make, I am crazy about mini books!!  I love to make them and I love to flip through them.  They are so much fun to make, and it’s such a great way to use all those leftover scraps of your favorite papers.  There is just something so wonderful about seeing all my favorite papers together, I love them chunky or just plain skinny, they can be themed, maybe a summer mini or a birthday mini or even just one using all those extra pics just laying around.  Either way I think they are the funnest.   Today I’ll be sharing two fun minis with you, first up is this amazing September Selfie mini by Alissa!  She is so creative, I love how she uses every bit of the kits including the packaging in her projects, such a smart and fun idea!!! Wow! Such a fabulous Selfie mini Alissa!  I can’t wait to see it all filled up! Next up is a mini I put together, its another summer mini book using random summer photos and my favorite bits and pieces from the September kits. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through our mini books!  What is your favorite kind of mini to make? Thank you for stopping by,  I hope you’ll share your fun little books with us!!    ...
My everyday in colour

My everyday in colour

I love creating colourful Project Life Pocket Pages. I thought I would go through my process today of how they usually come together using the September DITL kit with a little of the September Main kit too. I don’t make them each week. Just when I fancy. When I started PL a couple of years ago I promised myself that it would be stressfree and I wouldn’t get hung up on the weekly stress of it. I knew I wouldn’t keep up with it and would end up giving up. I treat each pocket as a mini LO. I like a colour combo and to have some kind of balance and flow to the whole page. I always start off by picking my photos first and laying them over the top of the plastic pockets. I go through the DITL cards picking out what I think will work. This also forms my colour combo at this point.   I then start working out what papers will work as my backgrounds and cutting them to size. They usually get swapped around a few times until I’m happy. Other bits get pulled from the kit as I start to see what will go where as I’m now getting a good feel for the page.   These Simple Stories frames this month are a wonderful addition. I don’t stick anything down until I’ve decided what is going where and that I’m happy with all the backgrounds. I love to round the corners. I think it looks so much neater and is a really nice finish. Pieces can now start to be stuck down,...
Paper Cuts and Matisse?

Paper Cuts and Matisse?

What do paper cuts and Matisse have in common? Well… quite a bit, actually! Matisse is a fascinating artist to study and to gain inspiration from! In fact, I have tried my hand at a bit of “matisse style” fussy cutting for this layout…. Please have a look! x FUN, FUN! Whether it’s Matisse, or another famous master of yesteryear, I encourage you to look at the great artists of the past for some new inspiration!...
August Inspiration

August Inspiration

Hello all! Suz back with this month’s inspiration post! This month I was really inspired by the adorable birdie stamps in the kits and they found themselves popping up on several cards I created. They are just so adorable, aren’t they?! And this is just one set!   Here are some of the ways I put the bird stamps to good use: Repeating the same stamp in a repetitive pattern can add movement to your design. You could also first, second, (and third!) generation stamp to give your design an ombre effect. Here I have used a 4×6 DITL card for the base of my design and stamped several of the adorable little birdies along the “horizon line” of the card. I used the negative space of the diagonal striped pattern to place my sentiment.   I used a watercolor pencil to color in the little red worm.  There are several other inspiring ways to use this month’s stamp collections in the Daisy Designer gallery. Be sure to check them all out if you haven’t already here.   Have an amazing KIT REVEAL WEEK! Be sure to stop in for the chat on Friday, August 28 @7PMCST/8PM EST. (You are “daydreaming” already about it, aren’t you?!)         ...
Planning with Cocoa Daisy!

Planning with Cocoa Daisy!

Hello Friends! I wanted to share with you how my planning pages are looking these days in my Marion Smith Heart of Gold Planner. This month of August is extremely busy for me but I wanted to show you how simple it is to just decorate your week on two pages with your paper crafting scraps/ stash. What you’ll need: Stickers or any Ephemera Paper Clips Washi Tape Page Flags Any Journal Cards Stamps Your Favorite Pen I absolutely love variety, which is the same when I scrapbook so you’ll see that style reflect in my decorated pages. I start with decorating the page first, then move on to writing in my plans. What’s great with buying the actual kit that comes with our planners, and the add-on you will get many of the items that I listed above, and more! They also will coordinate with the planner pages for the month. So those cute bow paper clips that I get tons of questions about, they came in the planner kit. You will not want to miss out on those months. Trust me, Christine jam packs these with so much fun stuff! I made this dashboard using stickers and a gift bag from Target. I simply placed the letters above the dashboard and laminated it. And boom! There’s an easy personalized dashboard with your name on it. And if you were also wondering what my favorite pen to write with, it’s the sharpie clickster. I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial on ideas on what you can use for your weekly spreads. I would love to see your creations....
August 2015 DITL Inspiration

August 2015 DITL Inspiration

Good Morning, Daises! Let’s get right into this! You’re not going to believe all the inspiration created with the DITL kit this month! And, the great news is if you’ve been on the fence, it’s still available! 🙂 Check it out! Such an awesome kit! I loved the colors and the images and the pineapples and the gold and, well, just all of it! 🙂 Check out what we all made… First up is Lisa… Such a great page with the 6 4×6 pockets! I love all the blue and gold here, Lisa! Ashli’s up next and she created a couple amazing 12×12 pages! I love them both so much! I love that she cut out the nerd glasses and layered the cute cards here. So cute! Ashli does such a great job of using the DITL and planner kits on her layouts and mini books, to show that you don’t have to scrap pocket, or use a planner, to find these kits so fun and useful! 🙂 Anna’s up next… Cute, cute, cute. I love the strip of stamped birds layered over the striped card! Anna does such a great job of using white borders in all of her DITL pages and I really love that about her style! Such and awesome page! One more from Anna! It’s a 12×12 page using a grid to meld the pocket page look with a 12×12 page! Love it! Sharmaine created an awesome 12×12 page, too. Love the grid! Miriam created some amazing things with the DITL kit. Check them out… I love the journaling around the Adventure card so much! 🙂...
Are You a Card Maker?

Are You a Card Maker?

Well, if you are, you’re in luck this month! I’ve got so much inspiration to share with you today! You’re just going to love it! 🙂 First up is Ashli! Ashli is such an inspiration to me! She creates so much wonderful eye candy each month. I love everything she makes! I love how Ashli used a few journal cards from the DITL kit to create this adorable little bit of happy mail! 🙂 This hand-cut sentiment is so, so cute! 🙂 Next up is Denise. I always love her use of product and mixed media! How cute is that paint spattered wood veneer “Hello”? 🙂 Next is Suz. Suz is a regular in the card making world. I throw them in occasionally, but Suz is making them every month and I always love the designs. Such an awesome anniversary card! SO different from mine! (It’s coming up, I promise.) I completely adore the stamping on this card, Suz! It’s perfection! 🙂 Next up is Emily. Emily’s projects always blow me away! Such lovely, handmade goodness every time! I love the machine stitching and heat embossing on both of these adorable cards! Last up is me. I love making tags for my family, rather than cards. LOTS of layers and staples and clips here. I made an anniversary tag for my sweetie and a birthday tag for my niece. I loved the free bird printable cards and thought they were perfect for the start of my tags. I can’t wait to see all the awesome cards you create with the August kits, once they start arriving! I do hope you’ve loved...
August – Today I am Focusing on ….

August – Today I am Focusing on ….

Hello, it’s Lisa with you today. Today I am focusing on the fun Crate Paper Die Cuts that are included in the August Main Kit. They were the first thing that caught my eye when I tucked in. I’m a big fan of ‘bits & pieces’.   We are asked so often on the message board for us to go through the process of how our LO’s come together. So today I am going to show you how my bag of bits and pieces goes from this **points above** to this **points below**.   I picked my photos out first and laid out the Die Cuts so I could see what I was working with and started to move things around on my paper.   The Die Cuts are cute but not all of the suitable for my page, so I needed to get clever with layering. There will be lots of covering up going on here.   I’m not a big fan of the transparent dies cuts, so I like to stick them to white card and cut them out to stick on my pages.  You can also see here that the covering up has already started. Our adventure was on foot, I didn’t want that car on my page, so the chevrons will cover that nicely. Another example of clever layering. This above turns in to this below.   I needed something extra for some of the layers to cover up some bits and I didn’t have what I needed in the Die Cuts. So I took the pineapple patterned paper from the main kit and a...
Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday

Right now we are in the second (and last) week of school holidays. Our holidays have been busy and full but with that comes the struggle to capture and document. So my inspiration post today isn’t so much a creative prompt but more of a prompt to remember to hit pause for a moment. To stop, grab a camera and snap. Today I’ve been trying to capture moments with our teens. Everyday moments. Moments that aren’t about anything but life. These are the moments that can easily be forgotten in the busy. So today I hope you feel inspired to find the “finer details” and capture them....
JULY 2015 DITL Inspiration

JULY 2015 DITL Inspiration

Hello and happy Monday everyone! Suz here (along with Alissa, Ashli, Denise, Anna,  Lisa, and Sharmaine) sharing several of our projects created with this month’s DITL kit! First up is Alissa who created these adorably cute pages: Love her use of the the Crate Paper glitter “FUN” alphas here and her hand written journaling! Ashli showed off her playful design style with this deconstructed page: How adorable is that little sunglass-wearing whale?!   Lisa pulled out the sunshine in this kit with the bold pops of yellow showcased against the backdrop of this month’s exclusive patterned paper. She even created some “faux” washi using small pieces of it! Genius!   Anna’s clean + simple design is stunning with its photography and little bits of stitching and embellishments. Beautiful balance!     I have mad love for Denise’s oversized photos on her design and lovely little bits of layering here and there.     Sharmaine’s playful and bold design really shows off this kit! She did an amazing job of clustering the kit contents without over embellishing and the background paper is the perfect backdrop to her design.   I created two DITL layouts this month as well as a few cards. Here is one of two of my designs: I really enjoyed placing the Bella Blvd yellow stickers onto the wood veneer “Summer”! It was the perfect fit for a few sentiments that exude summertime. I made a shaker pocket using a Crate Paper frame, a few items from the kit, and sequins from my stash. I sealed it all up using my Fuse tool. The bottom right showcases...
It’s in the Cards…

It’s in the Cards…

Hi daisies!!! We have some fun cards to share with you this month! Whether you are inspired by the DITL cards, your scraps, or the cut-files that are free to subscribers… cards are always a great way to use your kits! First up, we have the talented Alissa… I just love the way she incorporated the DITL cards. And, seriously… how cute is that little hashtag detail? Next is the fabulous Suz… So many adorable details!!! I love the way she used the exclusive map page, don’t you? Next up is the amazing Lisa…   Lisa’s work is always so fun and fresh! And, I find the layers with the rounded corners to be especially eye catching. And here is what I came up with this month… I had more fun playing with Simon and using some of the June planner goodies… Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today! We appreciate each and every one of you. I hope this has inspired you to make some cards of your own. If you do, please share them with us in our...
Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

  I love working in a rainbow inspired palette! It’s always so fun and cheerful. Plus, it can really make a page dynamic! Image sources from top left to right (Color Wheel, Paint Palette, Color Splash, Brushes) I was inspired by color wheels for this layout… I used lots of bits and pieces from the DITL and the Main kits for my “wheel.” I just loved how it turned out! In fact, check back tomorrow… I might just have a little video for you that shows how this came together (among other things)! So, next time you aren’t sure where to start with a page… try seeing rainbows. You just might find a pot of gold at the end!...
June Let’s Go | DITL

June Let’s Go | DITL

It’s time to share June’s DITL kit inspiration from several of the Daisy Designers! Here is what the group of ladies have to share for inspiration this month: First up is Ashli, who had these beautiful designs to share!   I love how Ashli always pulls out the soft color palettes of the kits and adds her own whimsical, playful style to each page.       I still can’t get enough of that Simon (nerdy bunny) stamp! Love how Ashli has playfully worked him into her design here. Next up is Alissa, who packed a whole week of fun times with her Momma onto one pint sized DITL spread. Really loving how she mixed up her DITL album with the smaller squared pockets and brought out the bold red in this month’s kit!       Denise brought out the bold blues and graphic patterns that this kit has to offer in her page all about her son Connor’s upcoming graduation. Amazingly fun Senior photos of her son, yes?! And this kit complemented them so well! (*Congrats to Connor!)   Here Denise showed off the kit stamps and her playful side with the addition of the bright yellow and beautiful watercolor blues:   Lisa played up her designs with a sunny stencil misting technique (on her “just a little note” card) as well as sketching a playful outline with a fine point black pen for added continuity to her design. Love those hearts, triangles and feathers too!   And lastly, one of my DITL designs. I played off the yellow-orange in the kit and in my photos and accented my...
Summer Snapshot Inspiration

Summer Snapshot Inspiration

Hello everyone! Suz here with some summer snapshot inspiration to share!   Summer just made its warm welcome into our household this past week and with it (along with the arrival of my June Cocoa Daisy DT kits- Can you say must travel now!?) emerged my proclivity to wander and my desire to scrap all things summery! It also has me dreaming of an upcoming summer trip and some of the images I hope to capture. So, I thought it would be fun to share a few mood boards of images that has inspired my summer lovin’ soul here with you today. Here we go… Sources: sunset picnic, summertime chalkboard, surfing bound The mood board above reminds me that I not only want to document the foods and good eats of summertime, but to capture a few glorious sunsets as well! And in the bottom right image, I am reminded that I want to capture an image of my boys walking to the beach (or along the beach) with their surf gear. Sources: dockside fun, jeep, ice cream sandwich This (above) mood board reminds me to capture some action shots of family and friends in their element and to take a few silhouette photos. It reminds me to get an image or two of myself and a few captures of vehicles we are driving, loaded up for a road trip of travel fun. (top right) And lastly, the bottom right image challenges me to take some close up photos with fun landscapes in the background. (bottom right) Sources: hammock, starfish, sunset with flip-flops  Finally, this mood board reminds me to capture the beauty of...
Dissecting Design – With Stamps

Dissecting Design – With Stamps

Hello to you. Lisa here today with stamps. I thought I’d show you how I made this LO today. It was a really fun one to make.   I received the chipboard frames in my May Main Kit. The larger one however was white and just didn’t stand out enough. I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to paint over the top to make it yellow. I then took my Cocoa Daisy ‘happy’ stamp and stamped 4 times on the frame once the glaze was dry. It really brings out the red flowers on the other yellow frame. Once my photo frames were in place I wanted to use another Cocoa Daisy stamp but on a tag this time. The stamp is a heart within circles. I removed the heart from the centre so that I could use 2 colours and put it back together again before stamping.   I took one of the DITL cards. I didn’t want to use the whole card, but I liked the little quote. So I cut out each word, to replace upon my LO.   I did the same with another one of the cards but cut out in strips this time and underlined with the washi tape. I just love all the little details. I’m so happy with this dreamy page. Thanks for joining me today...
Are you sending out cards this month?

Are you sending out cards this month?

The May kit was a great kit for card making here on the team. There was something that sparked the inner card maker in us and we have lots to share with you this month. I’m going to start with Ashli. Ashli has had fun with this months stamps. I love the wording on this one. And our Suz has been crazy busy making cards with the May Kit. The perfect wedding card!! I’m so impressed with Suz. I love the cards made by Doris using the bee stamp. These are gorgeous! We have a couple from Emily. I love the colours here. And finally one from me too. Although now seeing all these other cards, it’s made me want to go away and make a whole bunch more. People love receiving handmade cards. Will you be making and sending any this month?...
Secrets of the California Traveler

Secrets of the California Traveler

I hope you all are having a wonderful filled weekend. I’m mixing up my post with some planning and scrapping. I had a mini vacation and went out to Los Angeles for some personal things I needed to take care of. I love Los Angeles don’t get me wrong (I’m there every month), but the second half of my trip was what I was looking forward to. But first I would like to share the Unboxing video of the month of May’s Cocoa Daisy Daisy Day Planner Kit. I am having some embedding issues so just click that link and it will bring you to the video 🙂     I was going to share with you how I set up my Yellow Original Filofax for May- but I’ll save that for next week.   The Central Coast is somewhere that I go to for relaxation. Pismo Beach is one of my favorite cities just to unwind, pamper myself, eat good food, and hang out at the beach. I was able to bring a special guest with me- my fur baby Sadie Buttons. We took Hwy 1 from Los Angeles and stopped by the Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo area for 2.5 Days then headed to Big Sur and Monterey. Pocket Page Documenting is pretty popular, and I wanted to share a few tips how I create while traveling. I bring a few essentials with me, and I also brought the April Cocoa Daisy Day in the Life Kit and one of the add-on kits as well. My plan is to transfer these at the end of the month...
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