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Guest Posterooo

So pleased to write a guest post for the Cocoa Daisy Blog that appeared last week – on one of my favorite topics – stamp organization.  Here’s a syndicated version in case you missed it

I love acrylic stamps – especially those from here at Cocoa Daisy – but storing them can be a bit of a challenge. At first I kept them with kits, but found I would forget about them or they would get lost, then I started storing them in a basket but would waste time looking through for the stamp I wanted. So about two years ago I had some scrap transparency paper lying around and the idea for making stamp books was born. Over the years I have experimented with different ways of assembling, I think this is the best version yet.

Here’s what the finished product looks like and then I’ll walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Get ready. If you’re a messy scrapper like me, this first step is the hardest – clean your workspace

Gather supplies:

2 pieces of chipboard 4.25×5.75

4 pieces of patterned paper 4.25×5.75

10 pieces of white cardstock cut 4.25×5.5 (or 8.5×11 cut into fourths)

20 pieces of acetate cut 4.25×5.5 (or 8.5×11 cut into fourths)

Adhesive

Pretty stuff to decorate cover

Binding mechanism – I use bind-it-all and wires. You could easily use the jump rings that come with the chipboard in the Daisy Boutique

 

Step 2: Adhere your patterned paper to the chipboard, those of you that are afraid of naked chipboard might want to paint the edges here.

Step 3: Assembling the book. The interior of the book alternates acetate and cardstock – with 2 pieces of acetate (your stamps will go between these two) for every one piece of cardstock. So starting from the back of the book and work forward – layer:

I piece cardstock

2 pieces acetate

1 piece cardstock

2 pieces acetate

and so on

Once you’ve got the acetate sandwiches made stack the covers on top and punch holes for binding

Step 4: Bind that bad boy – if your using a bind-it-all or some other type of coiled wire binding one of my best tips is to stack the back of the book on top of the front – back inside cover up. This way the seam of the coil is hidden on the inside

Step 5: Decorate the cover – I happen to love the quote on the packing cards so I used it.

Step 6: Label and store. Stamp the image (I use black Memento ink) on the white cardstock. You can usually get a few stamps on each page if you plan ahead. Now your stamp is ready for it’s new home – place the stamp on the acetate aligning with your stamped image on the cardstock page. *A quick note some stamps you have to put the front side down to align with the image, this is totally ok, the acetate protects both sides.

Voila you’re done, easy peasy right? Be warned once your stamps are this easy you may find yourself just turning the pages and aahing over how beautiful they are, just remember the point is to use the stamp. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message through Daisy mail.

Happy organizing!

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Alec Baldwin is Not Alone

I’m addicted too

addicted to Words with Friends, it’s often how I start my day and often end it too

how about you? ready to get your words on?

Quick scrappy tip – I love these thickers, – I want them in every color, sadly I can only find them in grey, but Tim Holtz Distress Stain to the rescue…voila, red thickers with cool pattern

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– I want them in every color, sadly I can only find them in grey, but Tim Holtz Distress Stain to the rescue…voila, red thickers with cool pattern

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This one’s for Paula

If you’re reading this and you are not my dear friend Paula – you should be thankful for her – she is the one who nags me to post, who questions when I don’t and is generally the reason I don’t give it up completely.

I was lucky enough to squirrel away some time with her awhile back, I got to watch her work her professional development magic with a bunch of school leaders and then we spent the afternoon window shopping in Vail.  She found a friend outside one of the shops. It made for a pretty perfect day.

Most of these goodies come from the October Cocoa Daisy kit “Farmer’s Market”.  I have to admit, I was not in love with these felt leaves, but they fell out as I was pulling out another embellishment and landed on the layout – ended up being the perfect embellishment for this page.

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Pity Party Part II

I have another unloved layout to share with you, but first a little AI vent (I tried really hard to write this without spoiling it for my DVR friends, but if you’re a purist or an AI hater you might want to skip ahead…)

I swear this was the year I was going to give up watching this show, every year some one I love goes home long before their time.  I didn’t watch the auditions or much of Hollywood week, but I tuned into the first real show and I saw these seriously talented ‘kids’

and one of these two was in the bottom two…WRONG! I wasn’t really happy about the other person in the bottom 2 either as he would make up my preferred Top 5.

SO who should go, well just about any of the others, I haven’t bothered to learn their names instead I made up nicknames. In order of how I’d like them to go…

1. Lost Jonas Brother

2. Pretentious Girl

3. The youngin’

4. Weird Girl

5. Paula Abdul dude (ok I have learned his name)

Thank goodness for new rules…

Ok now back to the regularly scheduled programming, another layout unloved by Memory Makers

I loved the grey and pink combo, you can’t really tell from the photo but the letters are actually misted with some pink glimmer mist for a soft shade of glittery pink and some spritzes of mist other places.

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Hooray for President’s Day

For so many years I worked places that didn’t believe in celebrating this day as a holiday, but now…

wohoo!  it comes at the perfect time just as the blahs of February start to set in.  Not that I have done anything particularly meaningful today, but it’s been nice to have an extra day…at least my bathroom is cleaner for it…and an extra load of laundry is in the wash…

brownies are next on the agenda

and then maybe a little more scrapping…it’s week 7 of the DYL class and I’m only a couple of layouts behind, better than I would have predicted. Now I’ve made it this far I have a system and a schedule that seems to be working.  Hope I didn’t just jinx it…

Here’s a layout from week 5 that I haven’t shared yet…

I didn’t think I was going to be able to use this pattern from BG, but it turns out it’s pretty perfect on a page about tinker toys.

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Friday Fill-ins and a Layout

1. You get what you deserve.
2. You gotta fight for your right to party. (yep, vintage beastie boys proof my brain can be pretty random)
3. It’s hammer time.
4. That my brain is thinking in musical answers is pretty ridiculous!
5. I feel more of the holiday spirit this year than the past few.
6. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a…goodnight! (ok a little early on that one)

7. And as for the weekend, I vegged Friday night, today my plans include breakfast with Houston and a little crafting and Sunday, I want to watch the Broncos hand it to the Chiefs!

And now for a little layout, pretty happy with the way this one turned out. So many times, I’m afraid to cute paper up, it’s just too cute…That was the case with the blue gingham, the other side looks like a reading primer from the 50’s…after being in the stash for a couple of months, I finally allowed myself to cut it, and I’m so glad I did.

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Kraft Girls Kits — Reveal Day!

I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with this kit, can’t wait to get deeper in throughout the month…

I know if Sienna wasn’t on this page, you might wonder if it was really a Christyn creation…I’m in the midst of a mist addiction (cheesy I know, but I couldn’t resist the word play). Until this layout the mist had been contained to chipboard and flowers, but Houston challenged me to spray a whole layout and so I did, plus a little misted bubble wrap ala Rhonda.


This layout is all about ‘mr. man’s’ visit to the vet after he caused a fight at doggie daycare. The report card is one of 6 that combine to make one super fun piece of paper.


I love so many things about this picture, it needed a special layout. I ‘borrowed’ Rhonda’s idea and made flowers with the text paper from Jenni Bowlin included in this kit.


Finally one with a cute picture of my dad and Sienna ‘driving the boat’, I love the grin on his face.

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