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January 31, 2010

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 around!

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 hours! 

January 30, 2010

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 of the book, secure the ribbon with a pin-backed brad OR a decorative safety pin.

Step 7) Decorate the ends of the ribbons with more scalloped circle punch outs. You can add a brad in the center, buttons, puffy stickers or flowers, a small chipboard alphabet or number.

I hope you found this tip useful. It’s easy, and you can make it different for each mini book you make. Happy scrapping !!!

January 27, 2010

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 scrappy!

January 25, 2010


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 booths.

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