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April 30, 2012

Dissecting Design

Hello Daisies! Did you have fun at the crop? I know I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to play and chat with everyone.

Emily here with a little dissection for you today, I’m hoping that with a little bit of break down, I can encourage you to play along with my challenge from this weekend’s crop!

First off, I printed a large black and white photo of my son playing basketball. Part of my challenge was to silhouette a photo. This might frighten you, take you back to the 90′s when silhouetting was big (and the reason I quit scrapbooking back then, I couldn’t bear to cut up a precious photo. Now with digital prints, I don’t worry about it.), but here are some tips that should help allay fears.

  • The best kind of photo for silhouetting is a front-on, full to 3/4 body shot. Head shots are great too, if you can get the whole head and shoulders in the picture.
  • Go big! Not having the bounding box of a traditional photo, going big allows your photo to stand out.
  • Sit your photo on a shelf of some sort. Floating in the middle of the page DOES.NOT.WORK.

My shelf was the bottom of the page. Once I had my photo silhouetted, I started clustering some elements around it. Don’t be afraid to go over and under your photo. It adds a lot of dimension. And don’t be afraid to stitch through your photo, again with digital files it’s easy to reprint if you don’t like the look.

My next addition was the large “BE YOU” text. Don’t be turned off by pink on a boy’s page, and don’t worry about not being able to see the entire letter. As soon as I added that strip, this layout started looking like an ad. It also grounded the photo. I hadn’t attached my photo or cluster yet, so I took those off an stitched down the strip of text.

The title work was what took me the longest. I tend to like long titles, if you have to move them around, that’s a lot of letters to move. I originally had the title in two rows, but it just didn’t look right, so I snugged it up against my son’s left arm and turned two lines into three.

I added my subtitle, “shooting hoops,” and decided I wanted more turquoise to balance that out. I didn’t have any turquoise embellishments or paper, so I used the border on the sheet of Jillibean Soup stickers, the place where the company puts their logo and product name or information. You’ll notice both stars are partially hidden behind the photo. It’s because I couldn’t get a full star w/o some text in it. It worked perfectly. AND the stars were adhesive, just like the alphabet! Use what you have, be creative!

Next I added my splats of paint. Another part of my challenge was to add these. I don’t naturally gravitate toward paint on a layout, but this month I really tried to use it in a way consistent with my simple graphic style. I decided to use white on white, so the paint element wouldn’t overwhelm my design. I watered down the paint, loaded my brush, and held it over the places I wanted paint. With a little encouragement, I was able to get paint in the appropriate spots. It took about 3 hours to dry, but I like how it looks.

My final step on the layout was to add my journaling. There were a number of places I could have done this, but it seemed to balance with the large black title best if I kept the journaling snugged up to my son’s left side again.

I honestly had a blast putting this layout together. I’ve had a serious mojo block for a number of months, but I think stepping out of my ordinary method–silhouetting a photo instead of using a traditional rectangular image–really helped jump start my creativity. Using paint, something I don’t usually do, also shook things up and I ended up using paint on every project I did this month!

I know for some of you, some of these things can be scary, but I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try this challenge. It may be just the thing you need!


April 29, 2012

Pick Your Cocoa Daisy Crop Promo: Day 3

We have some great promos going on this weekend, starting with a great deal on our 6 month subscriptions:

The May kit is looking to be SOLD OUT – the best way to be first in line for the wait list is to sign up for a subscription!

This is the last day of our crop and the last day of our special Spring Crop Promos!

The last day of the crop (April 29th) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 10% off your first month’s kit.

Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 10% off  your first month’s set of stamps.

OH! And guess what else we are going to do this weekend! Give you three other promos to choose from!

We have loaded the Daisy Boutique with tons of new goodies and to help celebrate we are offering THREE specials for you to choose from:

1. Receive a FREE Cocoa Daisy Exclusive Tote Bag with any order of $25.00 or more from the Daisy Boutique. Just type in FREE TOTE in the comments section when you check out.

2. Receive TWO FREE exclusive stamps from our past Main kits with any order of $45 or more from the Daisy Boutique, these stamps have not been available for individual purchase and are very limited! Just type in FREE STAMPS in the comments section when you check out.

3. Receive FREE SHIPPING with any $75 domestic order from the Daisy Boutique. Just enter coupon code: FREESHIPPING in the coupon section when checking out.

Please note this is for Daisy Boutique orders only and does not apply to Subscriptions. Only one promo per purchase.

April 28, 2012

May’s Kit: Graffiti Bridge

Just like the art form it’s named after, our May kit, Graffiti Bridge, is full of stunning hand drawn, colorful, and whimsical artwork. It features both papers and die cuts from Amy Tangerine’s gorgeous new line, Sketchbook. It nods to the urban feel of graffiti, with Fancy Pants’ Subway Art paper, and it rounds things out with Basic Grey and Crate. Two delightfully useful alphabets, the Blazonry stencil from Balzer Designs, fun kraft tags and flags, and a paint splat exclusive stamp make this kit alive and full of energy, reminiscent of the gorgeous street art. It’s a kit that inspires you to get messy, but if that’s not your style, Graffiti Bridge just as easily stays neat and clean. Don’t you love it when a kit is this versatile?

And the May add-ons:
Watercolor Path
Come take a walk with playful papers from Pink Paislee’s new She Art line, paint splats of the rub on kind by Hambly (for those who don’t like to actually get messy, but love the look), Prima’s jam-packed alphabet/phrase sheet and chipboard, and some lovely basic labels from Heidi Swapp make Watercolor Path a most vibrant add on.

Sculpture Park
A Hambly transparent overlay in pink. A bit more Amy Tangerine. Happy Basic Grey embellishments. Rub ons from Christy Tomlinson’s She Art. Stand alone products for certain, but put them together in a Sculpture Park, and this kit makes for a stunning collection of scrapbooking goodness.

Embellishment Pack
So many great textures in one pack, wooden clothes pins from Pebbles, more wood in the form of tickets from Prima as well as their embossed paper flowers, Basic Grey’s felt borders, and some very unique ribbon that reminds us of a kite tail, you’ll be reaching for this add on for every single layout this month.

Our patterned paper add on, Portrait Pond, a happy and bright addition to Graffiti Bridge.

Remember, the subscriber newsletter with the special link to the store goes out tonight at 9pm EST!

April Pinterest Challenge Winner

Thanks to those that entered the April Pinterest challenge.

The winner was Mette who created this gorgeous layout

April Pinterest Challenge

Congrats Mette. I will pass on your name to Christine so she can message you with the voucher details.

April 27, 2012

Spring Crop Designer’s Challenge.

If you haven’t noticed from the sneaks we have included a 6×6 Crafter’s Workshop Blazonry Stencil (Designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) in the May “Graffiti Bridge” kit. I know some of you are a little new to using stencils so I thought it would be fun for newbie and veteran stencil users alike to get some great tips and inspiration on how to use it.

We asked a great variety of artists to create something using the stencil. The only guidelines we gave them was to make sure and highlight the stencil in their work.
Wow! Did we get some amazing and creative pieces!! Take a look:

Thank you to all the Designers that took up the challenge!

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