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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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Layout of The Week – A total scraplift

Aack – I totally lifted this design, I thought I had pinned it so I could source and now I can’t find.  So sorry, if you know who please let me know and I will fix.  I probably shouldn’t even post, but it turned out so cute I can’t resist. I thought it was such a wonderful use of this OA paper…

My sister married a good man, he built this doll house from scratch for Sienna – complete with crown molding and electricity.  Interestingly enough he is also her first choice for doll house playmates.

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The Cure…

A little fun with my January Cocoa Daisy kit and a photo from my trip to South Beach last October.  I love living in Colorado, but there are some days I really  miss being near the ocean, there’s nothing quite like the soothing rhythm of the waves rolling in and out.

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Tackling the Trends

in my own special way…it seems like resist papers and chevron patterns are everywhere in the paper crafting world these days, although not necessarily together.

I decided to tackle making these on my own in this layout

Funny, this whole layout what inspired by the tea tag, one after it fell off and I thought that would make a nice embelly on a layout. Once the idea was born it just flourished in my head – such a bummer when the ideas are flowing and your stuck at work.  Luckily once the plan was on it was a matter of executing.

First I created the resist paper by stamping this charming Cocoa Daisy Coffee Cup with versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder.  Next a dash of Peach Delight Glimmer Mist (the best orange there is in my opinion, don’t know why it’s called peach).

Then on to creating the chevron pattern with these great strips from the Simple Stories paper. All those angles took me back to high school geometry and the evil teacher who told me to take consumer math instead – after this process he may have been right, but I was determined to figure it out.

 

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Keeping Watch

He never used to be a furniture dog – that was really nice – but at some point in the last six months or so, he has discovered that this a perfect place for him to keep an eye on the neighborhood.  I think he may be making mental notes of all of the squirrel activities so he can plan his attack for when we go outside.

Looking at the photo of this layout, I can’t help but think it’s a perfect reminder of why I’m not a quilter, I can’t sew a straight line to save my life.  I don’t think it looks as bad in person, but then again…

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Creative Jumpstart

Are you following this series:  Creative Jumpstart ?  If not and you’re a paper crafting person you totally should be, each morning videos arrive in your inbox with tips and tricks and mountains of inspiration to get us all through the January blahs.  I get so inspired each day I find myself reaching for my art journal…really starting my art journal.

I’ve had this group of blank notebooks that I bought at the MOMA last time I was in New York(um, almost 2 years ago).  I thought they would be the perfect thing to do some ‘warm up work’.

Here’s a sampling of things I did last week:

Cover

Misting and Pen work: I broke out my Copic Markers for this one…

Speaking of Copic Markers…I kind of forgot how much they bleed on regular paper. I sort of love the soft subtle tones on the back side, so I decided to do a quick bit of journaling, before the front side is finished

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Note to self

One of my favorite quotes…

I had some scraps lying around my desk and this sticker so I decided to make a quick framed piece for myself

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