Monthly Archives: January 2010

February Guest Designer – Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

February Guest Designer – Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Hi! My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I live in New York City. I am obsessed with all things craft and art related! As far as my style, I tend to reach for the paint, ink, and sandpaper before the paper trimmer! I like art that looks handmade and invites a closer viewing. I tend to experiment wildly with my supplies and see how I can stretch them, abuse them, and make them new again. At the same time I’m a sentimental fool and my journaling totally reflects my romantic nature. I have been published in many scrapbooking, quilting, and craft magazines in the U.S. and abroad. I am on the design teams for Prima, Kenner Road, Sultane, and the sketch challenge blog, Pencil Lines. I also regularly appear on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS). Mostly, I am on an ever evolving art journey! I’m delighted to be guest designing for Cocoa Daisy. I have long admired the kits and the design team is one of the most talented and artistically outrageous...
Don’t forget…

Don’t forget…

Tonight at 6pm EST starts the Reveal Night fun over on the message board!  You’re not going to want to miss out on the fabulous kit we have coming your way for February!!  Stop by and join in the festivities — you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes!  Plus we’ll be announcing the winner of the American Crafts giveaway!  If you haven’t yet left a comment on this post — there’s still a few...
Tip- Decorative mini book tie

Tip- Decorative mini book tie

  Hello Daisies ! It’s Aida here. It’s almost the end of January and I hope the year has started off positively for you ! I love making small mini-books as they make wonderful gifts with their perfect size fitting in the palms of your hands. The one thing I DON’T like are using plain ‘ole metal jump rings to hold the covers and pages together. Surely, I thought, there must be other more decorative ways to tie a book together ? I wanted a way that is quick and easy, yet can be made different for each book by just switching the elements or products. While I love ribbons, I am not a scrapper who ties pretty bows well !! So …… the steps you will see below is fr a simple and interesting way to secure your mini-book pages. This is a 6 X 6 mini album made with chipboard covers decorated with Imaginisce’s patterned paper and accents. Here are the steps ! Step 1)  Very important – make sure you punch holes in the top left hand corner of the covers and all the pages. Step 2) Punch out a scallop circle in cardstock, then a plain circle for the center, glue them together. Step 3) Put in a large eyelet into the center of the circles. Step 4) Glue the circle to the corner of the book cover making sure the eyelet is lined up with the hole you have punched into the cover earlier Step 5) Thread the ribbons through all the covers and the pages Step 6) About 1.5 inches from the edge...
January Weekly Prompts

January Weekly Prompts

Hi gals and pals! It’s been a really busy January and I hope you’re settling into the comforts of the new year, and keeping on those resolutions, and embracing your life’s challenges – scrapbooking or otherwise. We love to keep you inspired here and this year, we are bringing you some weekly prompts to keep you creating, using your stash, and playing with your newly arrived kits! Here are some highlights from the prompts gone by for January, and some favorites created by our fellow Daisies who’ve played along: Weekly Prompt One – New Beginnings – Your hopes and dreams for 2010, in a layout. By AmberCA: Weekly Prompt Two – Use Your Stash – Your best layout with old and new stash By janis: Weekly Prompt Three – All in the title – Prompt to use a LONG title on your page By FunkyFairy (Lisa) This week’s prompt is Square Me. I hope you’ll be playing along! We love the work of all you Daisies and really appreciate you playing with us! Who knows, maybe next month’s blog post will even feature YOUR layout? Thanks and happy...
CHA BOOTHS

CHA BOOTHS

Trica, Christine, & I are at CHA.  It has been so much fun but there is so much to see.  The first day was a busy one, trying to take in all that we see.  We thought you might like to take this journey with us so we are sharing today some of the booths.  They are always decorated so elaborately and with such thought.  The major theme we have seen for this decor is either vintage, dressmaker forms, or both. Take a look at what some companies have done with their...
More Cocoa Daisy Feb kit Sneaks

More Cocoa Daisy Feb kit Sneaks

This is my first post on the Cocoa Daisy blog, so hang in there with me! Some previews of CHA stuff being tossed about and loved on the CHA message board are: Pink Paislee 365 American Crafts Dear Lizzy, etc. Basic Grey Basics Line Maya Road Sassafrass Cosmo Cricket Webster’s Pages Jillibean Soup Crate Paper Brook Seen some good sneaks from CHA we might have missed? Let us know about them! We’ll get excited about them, we promise! We will be keeping a lookout for some floor photos from Ronda, Tricia, Christine, and Vee, all present at the CHA show in California. Wish them luck as they plan the Cocoa Daisy kits for the next 6 months! And now a few more sneaks of the Cocoa Daisy Feb Kit. The one word that describes this kit for me is texture! In the kit and add-ons there is a bit of stitching, knitting, beautiful foil, glitter, embossing, misting/stencils, ruffles, metal and so much more! It’s chalked full of the latest and greatest papers and embellishments. And of course it’s got both the seasonal appeal of Valentines day, but presently the 3 layouts I’ve completed are not Valentine’s day themed in any way. That’s what I love about Cocoa Daisy kits, so versatile! And not too much pink for those of you with little guys who worry about that sort of thing, but enough Pink paislee to keep everyone...
More Sneak Peeks!

More Sneak Peeks!

Here are a few more peeks at the February kit from our Diva Christine!  We’ll be picking a winner for the American Crafts giveaway on January 31st, the night of our reveal.  Don’t forget to check our messageboard that night for the winner and lots of reveal night fun! Random musings…. I just got a new laptop this week.  Somehow a cup of hot water on the keyboard, a dead battery and a non-functioning touchpad made it unavoidable.  I feel like I’m letting go of a long standing relationship with a frienemy that I had no idea I was so attached to.  I had visions of this little baby sitting on my desk: But, as my husband works for HP, I’ll continue to be a PC.  Sigh… I guess I’ll just have to live with mac envy! Have you noticed the banner theme that is popping up all over in the new CHA releases?  I’m loving them!  You can find them in the new Jenni Bowlin release, the American Crafts Dear Lizzie line and I know I’ve seen them else where as well!  I’ve taken to checking out the decor8blog lately and I just saw a banner there that I love from artandghosts.  I love how the same trends run through scrapbooking, fashion and home decor.  What are some of the trends in the new products that are really catching your eye? And did you catch Martha Stewart yesterday?  She had a segment on scrapboxes!  They were beautiful!!!  There is also an article on them in the February issue of her magazine (I think I’ll be reading that on the...

Inspiration from a magazine

A fabulous source for inspiration is magazines and not just scrapbooking magazines. I bought a home décor/life style magazine recently and I immediately found several pages that inspired me and made want to scrap right away! The first one is a page where the magazine presents some of the people working for them. The design could totally be used for a cool scrapbook layout. The second one is an ad and I fell in love with the wonderful, soft colour combination. Also the third one is an ad, that could easily be used as a sketch for a layout. I definately look with different eyes upon magazines like this, than I did before entering the world of scrapbooking. Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have a favourite...

2010 Trends

1.  Pattern Papers as Fabric I love that some of my favorite scrapbook companies are making their papers as fabrics too. The ideas for projects just doubled! 2.  Vintage Papers and Embellishments I love vintage products, more and more companies are starting to create lines with a vintage flair. I love the vintage feel of this new GCD paper designed by Melody Ross! 3.  Felt is here to stay I thought this was a fading trend and wouldn’t last for after a few cycles, it seems to keep reappearing in lines. I can see felt has become a staple for most and with felts shapes as cute as the ones in the new dear lizzy line by American Crafts who can resist! What are some trends and products do you see emerging with new products debuting at CHA?...
January Daisy Devotion

January Daisy Devotion

We are so blessed at Cocoa Daisy to be surrounded by so many talented gals we like to call Daisies.   Our message boards are filled with fabulous gals from around the world that we thought it was time to share them with you.  Each month we will showcase a fellow daisy so you to can be in awe of their creations.  After all you Daisies are one of the many reasons why Cocoa Daisy blooms.  Without further adieu we would like to introduce our first Daisy Devotion. Laura Johnson message board name… FLAPJACK living in…. Bristol, UK favorite cocoa Daisy Kit…  So difficult.  I love my Cocoa Daisy kits. October and the Haute Couture add on were just so gorgeous, but I’ve found the December kit to be equally as scrummy. scrapbooking since… 2007.  I had a second baby that miraculously slept and I *had* to take it easy, so scrapping it was.  Turned out she was totally faking me out.  But, I had a blissful few weeks there for a while. my style…  A bit of everything really.  I like trying all sorts of different styles.  It’s why I love the scrapbooking process so much. soundtrack…  Well, that would be a bit of Take That.  The boys just get better with age.  I find I scrap best with a Bones episode on in the background.  That’s a well kept secret however.  I don’t tell many people about that. perfect day…  A lie-in, waking up to find someone has magically cooked me a Sunday roast and brought me chocolate, followed by a trip to the Zoo or beach. first...
February Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

February Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

Are you ready for a peek at February’s kit? Are you ready to win some fun products from American Crafts? Just leave a comment telling us which CHA sneak peek you are most excited about and you could win these fun new Letterbox stamps and embellishments! Have a great...

Have you seen…

All the great CHA sneak peeks that Danielle has posted to the messageboard? Lots of fun stuff coming out!  Check it out if you have a...
Photography favorites!

Photography favorites!

Hello, Anita here!  How’s your new year going?  If its anything like mine, you are saying when will things get back to NORMAL? Have you ever gotten to the point with your photos that you think, blah blah blah.  I need inspiration!  My photos are looking the same to me.  Well I thought today I would share some of the sites that inspire me.  I have an addiction to photography blogs.  LOL  I visit them daily.  Here goes: 1. Brenda Acuncius Photography-LOVE this gal.  She has the most adorable children.  She is, in my opinion, the queen of natural light and she adds some awesome texture to her photos. 2. Karen Russell-Besides being an awesome scrapbooker she does a fabulous job with photography too! Karen even teaches photography classes to a chosen few.  She just recently throw down her beloved Canon and switched to Nikon and I believe it was a great choice.  It suits her well! 3. Kelly Ryden-FABULOUS newborn photographer.  I can get lost in her blog.  They way she poses them babies fascinates me like no other! 4. Kathy Wolfe-GREAT all around photographer. I love her post processing she does. 5. Amanda Keeys-I LOVE her grungy type processing.  It doesn’t help that she has the most adorable children.  She also sells fabulous actions so make sure you check them out too. OK, so I’m obsessed with photographers that photograph children.  I would love to see some of your favorite photographers too.  Make sure you leave a comment and a link.  I wanna see!  I hope you get some inspiration from a few of my favorites..  Have a...
I dream of chocolate… or maybe it’s cheesecake!

I dream of chocolate… or maybe it’s cheesecake!

As much as I’ve wanted to buy a half gallon of rocky road ice cream since January 1, I have refrained (maybe refrain is a sister word to resolve).   I threw out all the remaining Christmas cookies in the house.  I did not eat that very large European chocolate bar filled with chocolate mousse that someone gave us.  I did not buy that brownie that was staring at me from the bakery case the other day. But… This recipe is making me want to throw resolve, refrain and any other word that does not have to do with complete and utter abandonment right now!  How delicious does this look? You can find the recipe here.   I found Hostess with the Mostess last week and I am loving all her fresh, beautiful ideas! So… what is your big...

Month to Month

For quite some time, I have been wanting to work on an on-going creative project. 365 projects like a-photo-a-day inspire me and daunt me at the same time. Even 52-week stuff seem too involved for me and I TOTALLY admire the people who complete these tasks diligently. That left me with one option: a layout a month. Inspired by month-by-month style scrapbooks, I have decided to make one two-page spread about each month of the year. I know that all the stories I want to tell are not within the scope of such a project, but I want it to be a springboard for other more detailed stories. When I mentioned this to Tricia and Ronda, they graciously gave me a slot on the diva blog to post my creation on the 9th of every month. Thanks ladies So, I’m starting my month-by-month scrapbook album this month with the following specifics: 1. Using the 8.5″x11″ format 2. Starting with an opening page 3. Making a two-page spread for each month 4. Using the Cocoa Daisy kit for every given month (this will help because the kits come gorgeously coordinated filled    with seasonal flavor-no guesswork needed on my part 5. Organizing my pages in a 8.5″x11″ viewbinder that I will decorate when my album’s completed by the end of the year. Now, I’m taking this on after two years’ worth of procrastination!!! So, I’ll need all the encouragement and support I can get… play along with me, please So without further ado, here are my opening page and an introduction: Pssst… I did these two pages back to back on...
Scraps.

Scraps.

After I have played with my Cocoa Daisy kit and created a few layouts I am always left with a bunch of scraps leftover, or as I like to call them “pretty bits”.  Some of what I have left I really want to play with but it just didn’t go with my layouts, instead of tucking them away in my stash I make myself use them up! The best way to use them up is by making some cards. With this months kit I used my leftover pretty bits to create some thank you cards (perfect for after Christmas). To make the process simpler and get more cards done I did two of each design. The flowers on this set were made by layering distressed punched circles of patterned paper. So before you put your leftovers away make a couple quick...

Happy Official Start of the Year!

RESOLVE So the kids FINALLY went back to school today and to me that means today is the day for getting back to a routine, FINALLY, and starting to really implement New Year’s Resolutions FINALLY… like being a better blogger.  In the shower this morning (where I seem to do all my best thinking and where I can’t write any of it down — do white boards work in showers?) I thought about what it means to make a resolution; what’s at the heart of it.  And it’s to resolve.  The definition of resolve is:  to determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle or to form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.   I didn’t think I was a “one little word” person.   My attention spans tends to the short side and the thought of having one word define who I was for a year did not appeal.  Then I thought of the word “resolve.”  Anything that I want to do better in life, any changes I want to make to my health, my relationships, my work takes resolve.  Overall, I want to resolve to do better.  I’ve decided to give in and adopt one little word this year, one little gutsy word, resolve.  And in keeping with my resolve, I’ve made a few resolutions. I resolve to be 5 minutes early instead of 5 minutes late.  I hate being late.  I hate that about myself and the unnecessary stress it causes.  So, from now on I will RESOLVE to be...

Inspiration: Gig Posters

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I’m really excited for the new year and I hope you all are too. One of my goals is to find more time to be creative and get out of the creative rut I found myself in too often last year. Looking for inspiration in out of the ordinary places is one of the strategies I’m going to use. The website www.gigposters.com is one of my favorite places to browse for ideas. I always find cool illustrations, interesting color combinations, fun lettering styles and new design ideas there. As I browse, I save my favorite posters in an inspiration folder on my computer. Here are some of my favorites from that folder… Check out the site and see what catches your eye. I’m going to try to do a layout or two based on these posters. Hope you find something...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone’s new year and new decade is off to a great start! Peace, happiness and health to you and yours in the 2010! Our day start with an end — an end to the Christmas decorations.  I love putting the Christmas decorations up but I think even more I love the catharsis of taking them down again and reclaiming my house.  Somehow it seems that with the Christmas decorations comes a certain level of clutter that I just don’t deal all that well with.  When the decorations go back into their little boxes and back into the back of their closet, I regain a bit of control over the house once again. The play room catharsis did not happen today as I had hoped.  We’ll need to wait a few days for a new beginning for that room.  But, I loved the idea of a bright beginning to the year for my house on what was otherwise a very, very wet and gloomy day! As for New Year Resolutions, one that I would like to keep is posting more regularly to the blog.  And keeping with that aim, I definitely needed an entry for today.  And, keeping with my “out with the Christmas and in with the New Year” theme, I thought I’d post our Christmas card and the kids’ photo with Santa.  Then, I will be done with Christmas! I was so happy with the way our cards turned out this year!  And it was a very happy surprise to receive an email from an old friend telling me that our photo had won her annual contest with local...
Happy New Year from the Daisy Divas!!

Happy New Year from the Daisy Divas!!

I am privileged to be the one to officially be the very first blogger for 2010 & that means I get to be the first to wish you all a very Happy New Year. May this one be a fun, productive year of creating memories both in real life & on paper!! On the subject of creating, I’d like to share with you x4 of some of my fave pages from out of the Cocoa Daisy gallery, created by some of our very own Daisies.  So without further adieu…..take a look: Me & My Jellies by Janis Her fabulously fun page was created with the October kit. I love her mix of papers & embellishments mixed with the gentle yellow mist treatment to the base paper.  The punchy touches of brown pull the page together beautifully. Little girl by Jen Davis (happydays525) This striking page using the Nov kit, is incredibly well designed & one cannot help being drawn to that sweet photo of her cute daughter, Zoe. The 3D layering of the die cut paper over the green adds amazing punch, as does the addition of pearls & brads to the flower centers. The clever subtle accents make it extra special. My darling Princess by Mison This sweet page by Mison, was also designed using the gorgeous Nov kit. I love the innocence & femininity of the page with the lovely layering & gorgeous birdcage accent. When we were little…. by Lara (flapjack) This super page was also created using the Nov kit. I marvel at how one Cocoa Daisy kit never fails to produce the most amazing variety of projects & pages...

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