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Saturday Seminar: Inks, Stains and Ink Pads

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Saturday Seminar time again!  and as a mixed media “artist” I love this topic!  It’s all about inks, and stains, and Ink Pads and what are your favorites, so here are mine!

Lindsay’s Favs:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stains, great for just splashing on the page!  Adding a bit of color, on the Cocoa Daisy pages, it dries so quick!  No heat gun necessary!!, these aren’t great for blending though, mot color combos, when added on top of one another, tend to go muddy brown so keep that in mind when using them.  They work great by themselves or in lines of colors.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Sprays, so much fun to create a different texture behind other things, or just on its own! Spray directly on the sheet, or only a palette and use a brush to apply if you want to paint with the color of spray you have.
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers (I didn’t talk about these in the video below, but since they are on my Dandelion page after I ended the video and decorated the page, I thought I would add them)  They are vibrant colors, best used on another piece of paper, like the Cocoa Daisy Scrapbook paper and then added to your Planner pages as seen in the photo above, just to help avoid bleed through of these heavily pigmented inks, or color a bit on a palette and water them down a bit before using directly in your planning pages!
  • Versafine Ink Pad for general stamping, I have not had any issues with bleed-through, and given a flat surface behind your stamping provides a crisp and clear image! Other inks that work great in planners are Chalk based inks, they don’t bleed through when you’re stamping if you want to add other colors of in into your planning.

 

Here is a small “tutorial” video on using the stains, sprays, and ink pads in your planning pages!

Happy Planning!

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Saturday Seminar: a5 Sticker Sheet

It’s Saturday Seminar time!  This week we are showcasing the a5 Sticker sheet that you get in the Cocoa Daisy Planner kit.

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I have only used a few of this one so far, but as I am writing this post I am using more!!  It is so much fun to play with the stickers for sure!

So lets go through all the stickers on the sheet

  • 2 month banner stickers
  • 2 title stickers
  • 6 flags
  • 4 dot word stickers
  • 2 fold over tab stickers
  • 4 – 1/4 circle stickers
  • 4 large arrows, some date specific
  • 6 mini dots inside 6 hole reinforcements, or paper donuts I like to call them
  • 1 landscape short decor banner
  • 4 list toppers
  • 1 tracker or to do list
  • 2 tags, you could also use the 2 tiny dots inside the top of the tags as well!
  • 8 arrow head shapes
  • 1 Cocoa Daisy Heart
  • 3 stars
  • 4 duo colored hearts
  • 1 large decor circle

If you count the 8 tiny dots inside a few of the stickers you have 63 stickers!

I have quite a few ideas for these stickers, and some of them have yet to be implimented so for those ones I will do my best to describe what I am thinking!!

The March banner, as well as the blank banner can be used for the front of your dori decorating, or on the month at a glance or month on 2 pages view, those pages do already say march, but if you wanted to change it up a bit you totally could stick them right over top of the existing month wording, you could layer it with washi tape too!

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I cut off the beveled edge of one of the title stickers, and stuck it onto my spring cleaning top tab.  I did have the sticker from the tab stickers on there, but then put this one over top because I liked it better!

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The fold over tab stickers I used for my March Blog Plan Page, and I also made a bookmark to easily find the week I am in.  I used a piece of vellum, the edge that I cut off for my meal plan tip ins, some die cuts, and stickers to spruce it up!

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I used the shorter Decor banner, with bonjour on it on the bottom of the bookmark as well, you could laminate the bookmark as well, but this month was just a trial for me so I left it unlaminated.  I think I will do the bookmark again, and laminate it at the same time that I do my dashboards to save a sheet of lamination!!

The duo colored shapes, could again be used as more temperature trackers!  Oh yay!  More dates that I can track weather with fun stickers!.  If you read my last Saturday Seminar, I used the duo colored circles for this purpose!

For ring bound planner girls the donut holes are a no brainer, use them to reinforce one day, one week, or just randomly through your month!  The dots inside could be more bullets or todo lists!

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I didn’t have an appointment to use one of these 1/4 circle stickers, so I just used it as decoration on one of my less busy days!

The large, some date specific arrows are super fun as well!  Cocoa Daisy has even included the dates you should use them on to help guide you!  Isn’t that fantastic!  In my March 6-12 Plan with Me video I used the hop forward one because while my clocks don’t change where I live, my Mom’s do, so I wanted to remember that!

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I used the large circle decor sticker on my front cover, I also made a process video on how I made that as well!  The tags, and flags could also be used for decorating your cover, or for filler on your not so busy days!

The list toppers work great for shopping lists, I used one on the shopping list I made in my March 13-19 Plan with Me video.

As a fun added tip, you could even cut out and use the Cocoa Daisy logo as a sticker to mark important dates like Sneak Peeks on the 15th of the month, or release day on the 28th of the month!  Now if there is anything you want to be sure to have in your planner it is those 2 dates!!

 

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

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Saturday Seminar: Day and Date Sticker Sheet

So often we get a sheet of stickers that we have trouble using, or just want to look for other ways of using.

Today, I am going to show you how I am currently using the Day and Date sticker sheet that you get in the Cocoa Daisy Planner kit.

Because of course I am well into the month of March planning, I have used most of this sheet, but this gives you an idea of what the sheet we are going to be talking about looks like.

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So lets go through all the stickers on the sheet

  • 8 tiny arrows
  • 4 bullet vertical flags
  • 8 tear drops
  • 16 small solid circles
  • 6 large 1/2 split circles
  • 6 small 1/2 split circles
  • 6 house shape arrows
  • 8 small 2 colored arrows
  • 4 large 2 colored arrows
  • 31 numbered banners, and 1 shape banner
  • 13 word banners

Thats 110 stickers all on one little sheet!  Amazing!!

The date/numbered banners are easy, I use them each month to date my days in my planner, I usually do this during my initial planner set up at the end of the month previous. This way if I have planning to do before the month I am currently in is done, I at least can put sticky notes in the right place in my new dori.  As you can see I didn’t use the last date banner, but you could use it and write a previous months date on it if your week doesn’t begin on Monday or Sunday.

The tiny arrows I used to mark how much the trip to the mechanic was, but they could be used for work hours, or cleaning zones, or even to point to something you need to pay attention to.

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The tear drop I used to signify a shopping excursion, but they could be used for pretty much anything that you want to ad a “bullet” to.  for ladies, you could used them as your personal trackers as well, if you like to track that sort of stuff, or need to :).

The small solid circles could also be used for “bullets” on your lists, you could also use them on your monthly calendar to signify something is happening on that day if you don’t wish to write tiny on the front calendar in the dori’s.

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The bullet vertical flags align perfectly with the grid on the front section of the dori’s.  I use them for daily to do’s sometimes if there are a few things that just need to be done without going anywhere.  You can also use the word banners here to signify to do’s, they fit right inside the grids as well!

I also use the word banners to separate my important tasks on my tip out page, I find it very easy to categorize my tasks with them, and again there is grid on this page, and the banners fit quite nicely within the grid!

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I’ve decided that on the days that I want to track the weather that I would use the split circle stickers, and write the highs on the top half of the circle and the lows on the bottom half of the circle. (these temps are all in Celsius in case you were wondering)  You could also use them turned the other way so the split is up and down as well, or even wrap them on the edge of your page to signify something important just by glancing at the edges of your dori.

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The tiny little houses, I have been using to signify household bill dates, you could either write in the amount of the bill due, but I found it was easier to write in just an abbreviation of the bill on each little house, if you have more then 6 household bills, you could use the large or the small 2 colored arrows as well for tracking.

To keep things neat and tidy on your planner you could fit the 2 colored arrows in the bottom of the date flags as well if you wanted to keep things in the same spot each day.  This is something that is best set up when you do your first planning in your dori, decide where things are going and to keep things cohesive, put them in that spot on each day, so that you know where to look if you are just quickly glancing over your pages.

I really hope you have enjoyed my post about this sticker sheet!  There is no right or wrong way to use any of the stickers on any of the sheets, what ever they do for you, is what you should use them for.  I hope my take on them was inspirational to you!

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

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Cocoa Daisy March Kit Unboxing!!

I am so excited to share with you my first full official kit with Cocoa Daisy!  I am pretty sure that may mailperson thinks that I have nothing better to do then to stand by more door and wait for her to come up the stairs with my package…lol…But I have been waiting all weekend for it to be delivered!  I wish that as soon as it arrives in the city that I could just go pick it up since I am only a few blocks from the main postal station, and it really would save them the trouble!!

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This kit is so full of so many goodies!  It took me a while to get through it all!   Hopefully it’s not to long but I had to share every little detail with you all!!

If you don’t already subscribe to Cocoa Daisy, well you better head over to their site and subscribe to all this goodness!!  I am so pleased with the high quality of goods as well as how awesome their customer service is in any situation!!

I hope you enjoy watching as much as I loved unwrapping all this!!

Lindsay

Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, Tutorial

Tutorial: Faux Pocket

EDITED TO ADD: For those who either don’t have a sewing machine or don’t sew, You can also use the double sided tape that you can find at Michael’s with the red backing on it, the skinny stuff.  It works great, you can use it to attach the sides of each of your pockets after you washi tape them on. And also for your back piece as well, adding it to just the sides you need to in order to insert it into your planner :).

And now on with the Tutorial!!

I have been having a blast today playing with paper!!  A few days ago, Christine from Cocoa Daisy posted a short video where she showed off a faux pocket for the front of her planner, and I instantly fell in love with the idea and wanted to make one of my own!

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I also wanted to share how to do it with you!  So I made a tutorial, that as I am writing this blog post is slowly but surely uploading to my YouTube Channel!  Please subscribe as I will be posting more videos!

Here are the supplies you need to make your own faux pocket!

  • Cardstock, these pieces must be at least the width of your faux pocket, scraps can be used, as most of the pockets should be about 2″ deep unless you want larger pockets, you also need a larger piece that will act as the front of your backing
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Washi
  • Sewing machine
  • backing cardboard, this is a thin cardboard, I found some on the back of a paper package, or you could use an old cardboard post/mailing envelope
  • a ruler or a cutting mat with measurements on it.

You could also have embellishments if you wanted to decorate the bottom pocket as well, it’s up to you!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!  I had a few phone issues (space, who needs it!) but I got it sorted now, so upcoming videos should go much, much smoother…lol

Please comment below if you make a faux pocket with a link to your Instagram feed so I can check it out!!  You can also hashtag #plannerfauxpocket on Instagram so that we can all see and be inspired by your pocket!!

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Cocoa Daisy

I am so excited to share with you some new things!!

I have recently joined a planner supply club called Cocoa Daisy, and each month I will receive some super cute supplies for my travelers notebooks!  In this club each month you receive a travelers notebook insert, stickers, washi tape, diecuts, double sided papers, clips, stamps, notepads, sticky notes, page tabs, and other cute things!  Each month is designed to match, and make planning fun!

I would like to be able to share unboxing videos, maybe even some planning videos, photos and even some tutorials!  I am really looking forward to this club and how different each month is!!

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I have placed a couple of small orders before my first kit for the month of March arrives, and I love the quality of the items.  They don’t feel like cheaply made items that are going to stop working after the first use.  The Daisy dori, or travelers notebook insert which is for February, has very nice paper in it, the notebook has a calendar on the front page, 5-6 pages of divided grid pages, it has some blank and lined note pages, and then 5-6 pages of divided blank pages.  The initial plan for me, is to plan in the first set of 5-6 grid pages, and then journal in the second set of 5-6 blank pages, we will see how well that works with February before my actual kits start arriving!!

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The colors in these kits are just wonderful and I can’t wait for more!!  I look forward to sharing my ideas with these kits as they arrive and I start to have fun with them!!