Dissecting Design with Emily


Hello Daisy friends! Have you even seen a packaging idea that you just loved? Basic Grey currently uses the “waterfall” packaging for some of their embellishments. It’s where they have three to five packs of product, bagged separately, then stacked one on top of the other in a cascading fashion, the middle image is an example:

The sequins from Teresa Collins that we had in the February add on Paint Chip were also packaged this way.

For some reason, this way of packaging a product so you can see every bit of what you are getting really appeals to me. The bulging bag of product is so tempting, especially if it’s a product you love to use, or just look at…

…like the Doodlebug sequins that came in the Dewdrop add on last month.

I loved those pretty multicolored gold and yellow sequins so much (and the little jar they came in was so cute), but they weren’t quite working when I’d lay them out in a couple of rows on my layout, Definitely Mightier. They didn’t pack the punch I wanted. I was going for a loose but packed feel. Then I remembered the waterfall idea, and I knew that would work beautifully for the look I was needing in my design.

It’s really easy to create this same look yourself. I went to my scrap trash can and pulled out a sleeve of that thin plastic that every scrapbook product comes in, you know, the 12×12 sleeve that your new pack of paper comes in with the little sticky flap in the back? Or the flair or alphabet packaging? I had a bunch of different ones in my garbage, so I found one that fit the width of my design.

I used my sewing machine to make a little pocket flap, closing both sides with a tight zig sag stitch. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could easily do the same thing with staples or a seriously strong glue. My advice to you? Make sure you


I then poured a handful of sequins in and stitched it closed by sewing it to the green piece of patterned paper which was the base of my design. I added a strip of the exclusive Cocoa Daisy navy diamond shaped paper under the pocket flap of sequins.

Next I worked on the title. I glued the awesome Jillibean Soup alphabets to the bottom of the fun Amy Tangerine tag and stitched it on to echo the same stitching on the tag.


The mini washi tape in the Day in the Life: April kit was the perfect size to cover the gold paper clips, so I added that little detail to my leaf cluster.



I then tilted the 3×4 card behind the title tag. Originally I had the green base a little taller, but it didn’t feel right, so I cut it down and added a strip of gold washi tape to ground the card.



I thought I needed  a bit more gold so I used the DITL stamp set using my favorite gold glittery embossing powder.



I thought I was finished, but was missing a bit of dimension, so I cut these awesome leaves that come as a free cut file with the purchase of the main kit, Hint of Sunshine, or the Day in the Life: April kit (there are still a couple of each available for purchase, so you can still get the awesome cut files and printables from Panda Eight that also come free with the kits). I tucked the leaves behind the flair and on the left side, behind the tag.


And with that, I concluded that yes, the layout was complete!



  1. Vickie Farrow

    A great page. Loved all the things you thought of!

  2. Laura

    Love what you’ve done with the sequins!


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