Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Cocoa Daisy Tell Me A Story Reveal | Video Tutorial

Before I start my post, I have to say, I was not expecting the comments on my blog and Facebook about the American Crafts team.  I appreciated it so much.  I also want to say thank you for the congratulations for the October Afternoon design team.  I don't take for granted these opportunities.  I work very hard and struggle with keeping a balance with family, myself, and scrapping.  But I love this community of scrapbookers.  And thankful for the relationships because of this hobby.  So I really mean it when I saw thank you so much.  

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The September Tell Me A Story kits at Cocoa Daisy were very popular.  Still available are the main kit and the add-on pattern paper kit.

Here is my main kit layout...you can still pick it up here.
And you can watch the process video here.  I had my little helper with me again on this fun school bulletin board feel layout.  The star is artwork my daughter did her first day of First Grade.


And this next layout uses most of the main kit as well...I used bits and pieces from the Fairy Tale
I made the cut file for the apples.  You can download the cut file here.
 I grouped the apples in rows and then used the outer edge with the Silhouette sketch pens, then cut the apples.  A little tedious, but I love the look.  I replaced some of the apples with the white cardstock painted with watercolors and a star rub on.
The 'good' was done with the sketch pens as well.  I love those things.  I forget to use them.  The squiggle stamp is from Day in the Life kit.

And last is my Project Life.  A June spread using a September kit, and still worked perfectly.  Although I have done six PL weeks this past week to catch up.
I used the Day in the Life and its add-on with a little of Fairy Tale.
 On the left side above, I used the digital format of the squiggle stamps on the bottom left photo, and also used them on the right side spread below on the top left photo.  The cut files, printables are free to subscribers.  I am not certain if the digital version of the stamps will be made available.  



It was another gorgeous month's kits.  And I know I say it every time, but a new favorite.  Especially the Cocoa Daisy exclusive papers.  My most favorite to date.

And this month is the debut of the Planner kits at Cocoa Daisy.  

There's a Personal size:
And then there are also Planner Essential Pouches available:





I ordered the personal size planner kit and can't wait to get started.  Excited to have some pretty inside pages to work with.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

October Afternoon Design Team Member


I am not sure how to even start this post.  When I received the invite to join the October Afternoon family, I cried.  When I started scrapbooking in 2007-2008, October Afternoon was the product I picked, I followed and subscribed to their blog.  I would pretty much buy every single thing from OA.  I cannot even believe I have been given this opportunity.

So thrilled and honored to work along side these amazing ladies.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Farewell to American Crafts

Two great years with American Crafts.  I will never forget getting that very first email out of the blue inviting me to join the team in 2012.  I was so new to teams and was so fortunate, lucky, and blessed.

This was my first layout and card for the American Crafts blog.
And here is my last layout and card for the American Crafts blog.
When the team was asked what changes could be made for team requirements, etc, I am thankful I spoke up and made suggestions, which is not an easy thing for me to do, and was terrified to speak up.  If it were not for changes to the team requirements, I wasn't going to reapply.  But I was so happy to see that changes were being made, that I did reapply, and received this email:

Hi! I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that the selection committee has made a decision on AC Studio team members for the coming year. Narrowing the team down to such a small number was particularly hard for Paige and I, as we've gotten to know you via your work and on Facebook this year. 

We wanted to thank you for your hard work and dedication on behalf of the brand this year. Unfortunately, we will not be asking you back for another year. 

We do think you have a great eye for projects and your finish work was great. We're hoping you stay in touch as this new DT format will leave lots of opportunities for guest posts, etc. 


To say that stung is an understatement.  I wanted constructive feedback and there was none, I was one of their favorites this past year, just that I am on the Pink Paislee team and American Crafts wanted the chance to keep me in the AC family and give others this opportunity.

My first year with AC was my favorite.  Not being on the team again, in hinesight is what I needed.  It was time.  And allowed another door to open.  I had no idea at the time of "the email" how much this was a blessing in disguise.

I am thankful to Elizabeth and Paige for that very first invite to the team; to Paige and Tauni for the second invite to the team; and for AC giving me a ticket to the CHA show this past January.

It was two great years.  I'm ready to see what is in store next...

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Cocoa Daisy Tell Me A Story Sneaks

Well, I had good intentions to blog more, but time got away from me.  We are still getting into the swing of school and our new schedule, but going so great!  Emma loves her school, even though she will say she misses her old one.

Okay, so a new month a new kit from Cocoa Daisy, exciting!
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I feel like I have barely used the enormous amount of goodies from these kits. I got the Main, its add-on, the Day in the Life and its add-on, and have tons left! And have to say, the exclusive CD papers in the main kit are my most favorite to date. If you can only get the main, at least get extra of the papers. Gorgeous!

This is the aftermath...and just one table...my other table is covered as well, and my floors reflect I have been using the Silhouette a lot! Can you spot some of the items? Such an awesome kit!
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As always, here is my main kit only layout. I did use the cut files and printables, and admit I got a little crazy with this one...but I went with it!
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I still used mostly the main kit and its add-on for this layout, and will have a cut file to share for reveal. Stamps are in this reveal, but that "good" I did with the Silhouette sketch pens!
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And last sneak, although I want to make more, is my Project Life using the Day in the Life and its add-on.
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Stamps in action digitally, thanks to Arleigh and to Sharmaine from Cocoa Daisy!
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See you at reveal on the 28th at 9 p.m. EST!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

I Got Tagged!

I Got Tagged:  Also Known As The Blog Hop where you tag other Scrapbookers.

I don't know when the blog hop tagging other scrapbookers started exactly, but I knew it sounded like fun when I was tagged by a scrapbooker I have followed for awhile, probably about the time I started getting out more and out of my scrapbooking hole, we each discovered one another.  Her name is Ashli, but she goes by soaphousemama.  Ashli is queen of step by step tutorials and has some amazing ideas.  Her style has evolved and I am loving what I am seeing.  She will have you wanting to create as soon as you see her creations.

A Little About Me:

  1. What Am I working On Right Now?
Just finished up the sneak above for a blog post coming to the Pink Paislee blog next week.

     2.  How Long Does It Take Me To Create A Project?

I am a lot like Ashli, I work a little here and a little there.  I find it difficult to just work from start to finish without breaking.  I would guess and say about one to two hours.  Most projects are for teams, so I can limit the product I use, and that helps.  I don't over think as much as used to, and may fiddle around moving things, but I try to commit and go.  Taking, editing the photos, and blog posts probably take up more time than it did creating.




     3.  What Are My Favorite Things To Create With At The Moment?

Modeling Paste, watercolors, gelatos.  It feels good to get back to some fun mixed media on my layouts.  When I started scrapbooking, I did not own a lot of supplies, so I had to be creative with my projects and used a lot of paints and markers.  Pattern paper still lures me, but my first love is still mixed media.



    4.  How Does my Writing/Creating Process Work?

Most projects that are for teams, are based off an assignment.  So that is usually my starting point.  An example is the sneak below of my last American Crafts project.  Can you tell what the assignment was?  I will come up with the idea based on that assignment to start.  If I sit down to just create with no assignment, I decide if I want a white background with mixed media or a pattern paper background, and then go from there.



    5.  How Do I Become Inspired and Stay Inspired?

Memories, I want them documented, especially with Project Life.  I get my creative outlet through layouts and cards.  So those two things:  Memories and Creative Outlet fuel me the most.   I love designs and patterns, so I look to Pinterest and shopping.  Having my iPhone handy to snap photos of displays or merchandise that spark an idea.  I have come home from Old Navy after seeing a pair of boots with feathers on it, to come home and apply it to a card.  And lastly, other scrapbookers.  I am always inspired by this community to apply a technique or an idea and make it my own.



   6.  What Is My Signature Style?

I have no clue.  I never know what that really means.  I love color, contrast, texture, and composition (design).  One way or another, those are in my projects.



Now for the fun part of tagging and difficult too.  I have so many favorite scrapbookers.  In no particular order, these are three amazing ladies and scrapbookers: (and I hope to be them when I grow up)

Adrienne Alvis - I could pin every one of her layouts, she is that good.  Her use of pattern paper, phenomenal layering skills, and always have a "why didn't I think of that" use of product.

Mandy Koeppen - Her photography skills show in her large photo layouts, that not only have amazing use of product, but meaning and emotion.  This girl sucks me into her gallery every time, and I don't want to leave.

Diane Payne - Such amazing designs and use of product.  I tend to want to leave the comment "gorgeous" on every one of her unique and fresh projects.

I have met Mandy in person, and have had emails between Adrienne and Diane.  These ladies are truly not just awesome scrapbookers, but have beautiful hearts, and love of their families.  And it shows in their gorgeous work.

Next Monday, August 25th, be sure to click on the three ladies' links above, as the tagging continues.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Come On Get Crafty

Hello Friends!  Catching up on blog posts.  

I have two Come On Get Crafty layouts to share with you.

First is HB 2 Me  (Happy Birthday to Me)



And my second layout



You can find more details on the Come On Get Crafty Blog here and here

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

American Crafts | Grid Cards

Finally posting the grid cards I made for the American Crafts blog.
I weaved pattern paper to form a grid.
I used the matchbook stickers as is, just trimmed and repositioned, they are already in a grid.
And a card for my daughter.  I used gelatos to do the stamping, watercolors to do the coloring, stickers and stamps for grid.
Thank you for stopping by!  

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