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December 1, 2013

Get to know Jess Forster, our December Guest Designer


I found Jess through Pinterest. One of her Project Life spreads came up in my feed and I was smitten. I did some searching and hunting and figured out who had designed the awesome clean and graphic spread. I showed Christine and Jess’s minimalist style spoke to her as well. We thought that with the huge success of our Day in the Life kits, we should have a guest designer every so often that focused solely on that kit.

I emailed Jess and she was so excited to join us for the month of December. Her only concern: ”I tend to use minimal products, are there specific requirements on how much I use on the from the kit?” I responded that indeed, that was the reason we wanted her to guest design for us! To show us her unique take on our Day in the Life kit would make for a fun twist on guest designing. So this is how we came to bring you Jess! Check out her awesome gallery for some gorgeous Project Life inspiration using our Day in the Life: December kit and add ons.

Here’s her bio, questionnaire answers, and a bunch of ways you can follow Jess online. Have fun getting to know her!

Jess Forster knew she was addicted to scrapbooking after completing Week in the Life in 2010. After giving birth to her daughter, Jess started to focus all of her memory keeping efforts on Project Life and considers it her go-to memory keeping system of choice. A wife to Aaron and mama to Rowan, Jess enjoys running, drinking too much coffee and seeking adventures big and small in her east end neighbourhood of Toronto, ON, Canada. You can see her clean and simple layouts and other crafty pursuits on her blog at Life on Lee Avenue

1. What is your most creative time?
I am most creative during afternoon naps or in the evenings when my daughter goes to bed. I love sitting in my small scrap space, turning on Netflix and watching standup while I print out photos or choose my journaling cards.

2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us.
I love me some indie rock / folk music. Besides listening to stellar mixes from Songza (download this app people!), my top five albums from 2013 that I am listening to include Daughter, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Neko Case and The Sadies.

3. If you where in a Rock N’ Roll band, what would your job be?
You know I am hitting middle age, when just reading this question makes me feel tired! Ha! Okay, seriously, I would either be the photojournalist that travels around with the band taking too many pictures OR the manager of the band, organizing the schedule and telling people what to do :)

4. Did you ever want to change your name? If so, to what?
I go by a shorten version of my full name….does that count? I go by Jess instead of Jessica, because it’s a little more personal to me. Also My parents would always call me Jessica if I was in trouble….maybe that has something to do with it too.

5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
Hmm….Anne Hathaway…..when she had short hair?

6. What’s your favorite accessory?
My winning personality! Ha! Seriously, I love me some scarves.

7. How do you cheer yourself up?
A few ways: going for a run, watching stand up comedy or crafting. If all else fails, bring on the wine!

8. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
Good question! I would choose my Auntie Linda, my mom and our family friend Gwen. My favourite memory growing up was sitting around my Aunt’s kitchen table, listening and participating in conversations. Since my Aunt is no longer with us, it would be a real treat to speak with her again. I always felt listened to when she asked me questions.

9. What food would describe your style?
A glass of red wine paired with an assortment of cheese and crackers. Simple and classic.

10. What is “dressed up” for you?
Anything that does have spit up on it? Just kidding. On date nights with my husband, I usually wear skinny jeans, boots, and a jacket. I usually pair it with #6 and some matching jewelry.
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INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/jess_forster






November 1, 2013

Welcome our November Guest Designer, Martha Bonneau


Martha’s name came up when Stephanie and I were discussing ideas for who would be fun to work with, very important! Steph reminded me that Martha had an Etsy shop, PandaEightDesigns, and might be willing to do some exclusive flair for the kit. Well, things led to things and I’m so happy to be introducing you to Martha Bonneau. And yes, there is some exclusive PandaEightDesigns in the kit this month! I know I’ve enjoyed working with her and getting to know her better this last month.

Get to know Martha too, I think you’ll love her!

I live with my husband, 5 year old daughter and pug Pixie in Crystal Lake, Illinois which is in the ‘burbs NW of Chicago. I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted! I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it. We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away. I stated out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it! When i’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughter which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (she loves it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time. I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.

1. What is your most creative time?
I never used to be a night owl, but that changed once we brought our daughter home. I find that I do most of my scrapping after she goes to bed at night. Like me she is an early riser so she goes to bed pretty early so it gives me my evenings free to work on projects. I usually find a movie on Netflix to have on in the background and start making a mess!

2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us.
Oh my, I am so out of the loop on current music! I really like Mumford and Sons and Justin Timberlake is a huge guilty pleasure. DD loves the album Red by Taylor Swift so that is usually on while we are crafting together. If i’m in my car alone and get to pick the music it’s probably going to be Radiohead, Beastie Boys, or a mix of 80′s new wave.

3. If you where in a Rock N’ Roll band, what would your job be?
Hmmm…seeing as how I can’t carry a tune or play any instruments I want to be the one who designs the tour t-shirts.

4. Did you ever want to change your name? If so, to what?
I have always wanted to change my name. I’ve always felt like the name Martha belongs to someone much older than me. That being said I don’t know what I would change it to, I’ve never heard a name and thought “hey that’s so me!” I guess I have kind of grown into Martha at this point.

5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
O.k., so we don’t look remotely alike but if I could pick anyone I am going to go with Zooey Deschanel. I just love her quirkiness and I think she is so talented and cool and stylish and maybe we could be BFFs if she was in a movie about me lol!

6. What’s your favorite accessory?
Oh that’s an easy one, scarves! I am kind of addicted and we live somewhere where it has already been chilly enough to pull them out for the season so I am a happy camper. Oh and also a necklace I bought when we were waiting for our daughter to come home. It has her Chinese name and birthdate on it along with the Chinese symbol for love. I am not a jewelry person but I wear it every single day.

7. How do you cheer yourself up?
I do something creative. If I feel like I am in a funk I know that I need to take some me time and play with some paper or fabric or something!!

8. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
My grandmother Jane because I would really like her to meet my daughter, my husband’s grandmother Florence, I never got to meet her but from the stories he tells she sound like she was a really cool woman and she sounds a lot like my grandmother so I think they would get along well at lunch together! I’m going to be a total nerd for #3 and goes with Severus Snape, we are huge Harry Potter fans and I have questions for him!

9. What food would describe your style?
I make a pretty mean baked mac & cheese with bacon, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms and I think that pretty much reflects me…comfortable and homey but with a little something extra :)

10. What is “dressed up” for you?
Wearing shoes that aren’t flip-flops. Seriously, it is pretty casual around here so it is flip flops for warm weather and Uggs for cold. I do have a couple of fun pairs of cowboy boots I love so I guess those are my “dressed up” shoes.

Be sure to check out Martha’s November gallery (and give her some love) as well as her Etsy shop, she even made some flair with our own Jody Ferlaak in mind. :)






October 1, 2013

Meet the Guest Designer: Suz Mannecke


If you’ve not yet met Suz Mannecke, you are in for a real treat. Suz and I met a few years ago through another kit club and she’s so very enthusiastic about life, has fun and playful approach to scrapbooking, and is a solid, supportive friend on top of it all. I’m so happy she agreed to be our October guest designer!

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1. What is your most creative time?
In the past, I was quite a night owl and would create really late at night after my household had gone to sleep. However, lately I have been finding I scrapbook more during the days when the lighting is better, my family is gone (work and school-although my youngest is homeschooled part-time), and I have the afternoons & evenings to spend with them.

2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us.
My boys’ choice of music pretty much dictates my life right now as I taxi them here and there, but lately I have been listening to music while I am scrapping at home. Most recently my playlist has included songs from Wicked, Sidewalk Prophets, Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Katherine McPhee), Adele, and Mumford and Sons. (I really love many genres of music though).

3. If you where in a Rock N’ Roll band, what would your job be?
This is an interesting question. I am thinking I’d just like to be a “Front Row Fan of the Band.” Can I be that? LOL If not, then probably the PR Agent/Manager. If that doesn’t qualify me as a band member, I am at a complete loss!

4. Did you ever want to change your name? If so, to what?
When I was younger I thought my name was pretty boring and that it didn’t suit me. But now that I am “vintage,” I like the name, especially since I was named after my sisters. Literally. Karen Lynn, Linda Sue, Susan Kay. My parents say they named us that so that friends and relatives would know our sibling order. (Yeah. Ok. Whatever you say rents). ;) I have always loved the names Emily and Kate though. And regarding my nickname Suz. I have had a few people wonder why there is a “z” in my nickname and yet no “z” in my formal name. The Suz actually is a shortened version of a nickname my sister Linda gave me. And my last name? It’s pronounced “Man-neck-E.” For those who might be wondering.

5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
Wow. Well ok. Let’s see. In my younger days, when I had a really short pixie cut, people told my I looked just like Jamie Lee Curtis. But since she is quite a bit older than me, that’s not gonna fly.(I do think she is a great actress though!) So, let me think. Hmmm…I have always loved Sandra Bullock, so I am going to say her. She’s still older, but I am not gonna complain if she’d be willing to play me!

6. What’s your favorite accessory?
Favorite accessory? Hmm…I am a tomboy about 355 days of the year, so favorite accessory is another tricky question. Most important accessory perhaps? My wedding ring and what it represents and signifies. Yeah. That. :)

7. How do you cheer yourself up?
I cheer myself up by playing tennis or scrapbooking with dear friends with the music playing in the background, and perhaps breaking a few boards in taekwondo. Yeah. That.

8. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?I would choose to have lunch with my angel sister, Linda, and my two grandmothers, my sister Karen, and my mom (Ok, I realize that is five but are you really going to make me choose between these significant women?), who really played/play priceless roles in mentoring me in life. I am who I am largely because of their influences and their guidance. Yeah. That.

9. What food would describe your style?
Chicken chimichanga + chips & queso + candy apple pie for dessert. A little bit spicy and a little bit sweet! Translation: an eclectic mix of scrapbooking products paired with timeless graphic lines. Yeah. That.

10. What is “dressed up” for you?
Dressed up for me. Again. Not a fussy dresser. At all. Practicality and comfort is my thing. However, on the rare occasion, when I do want/need to dress up, it’s high heels, a long formal gown/cocktail dress, and classy high heels with some pretty bling. Hair up. Yeah. That. ;)

Check out Suz’s gallery here.

Her blog here.

And find her on Twitter and Instagram.






September 1, 2013

Maggie Holmes: Our September Guest Designer


We are happy to introduce the lovely Maggie Holmes as our September Guest Designer. When we set up the months and guests, we knew that 5th & Main with its lovely pinks and navy blues would be right up Maggie’s style alley. Add some vintage-y florals and bits of gold, and well, we’ll let you be the judge, but we love what she did with the kit. Get to know Maggie a little better here, then take a minute to explore Maggie’s gallery and let her know what you think of her projects.
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A scrapbooker since high school, Maggie is passionate about scrapbooking and loves the fact that she can record all of her special family memories and create art at the same time! She currently designs for Studio Calico and is also on the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team. Her inspiring layouts and ideas can be found on her website atwww.maggieholmesdesign.com. She lives in Arizona where she is a professional photographer and mother of five amazing children. She feels blessed to share her talent with others and capture meaningful photos for her clients. She also teaches others how to capture amazing images themselves through her online photography workshops. Maggie loves to read, organize, and decorate her home. Always juggling many projects at once, when Maggie gets a quiet moment, it’s usually spent dreaming up the next project (while snuggling with her babies, of course).

1. What is your most creative time? – any time really… whenever I have some quiet time where I am not busy with the kiddos.
2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us. Taylor Swift, Mindy Gledhill, Mat Kearney
3. If you where in a Rock N’ Roll band, what would your job be? manager, I am not musically talented but I wish I was!
4. Did you ever want to change your name? If so, to what? No, I have always been happy with my name.
5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you? I honestly have no idea… I watch a lot of Strawberry Shortcake and Dora with my little one these days and not much else! haha!
6. What’s your favorite accessory? bracelets and belts!
7. How do you cheer yourself up? snuggles with my kiddos or getting out of the house to do something with my family.
8. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why? My grandmas. They both passed away when I was little so I would love to be able to visit with them now and let them see my kiddos.
9. What food would describe your style? a salad bar – pick my favorites and then mix and match them all together.
10. What is “dressed up” for you? a dress and high heels.

 

Thanks so much Maggie, we loved having you here as our guest at Cocoa Daisy this month!

 






August 1, 2013

Welcome Our August Guest Designer Mou Saha!


 

We found it rather appropriate that our travel themed kit 80 Days was the kit we chose a world traveler to be our guest designer. We were even more delighted when we found that Mou Saha was born in Calcutta, one of the stops in the Around the World in 80 Days book that we named an add on after. It was meant to be!

Mou is no stranger to Cocoa Daisy, she was on the design team from 2009 until 2011, you can see her past galleries here. We are happy that she agreed to come back for another guest designer stint with us.
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Hi there, I’m Mou Saha. I was born in Calcutta, India. My scrapbooking journey began in 2004 quite by chance. I love to make layouts about my children and our everyday life. I love to experiment, particularly with mixed media techniques. I tend to hand write my journaling in almost every layout. I love waking up every morning and have a creative day! I design for Tim Holtz, October Afternoon, Sizzix, Anna Griffin, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Glitz Design, and Little Yellow Bicycle. I live in Tampa, Florida, USA with my husband, two kiddos and a puppy. You can connect with me through my blog: collage, collage, collage. My creative journey has brought me in touch with amazing people who have inspired me in so many ways! I’m very excited to be guest designing for Cocoa Daisy!

1. What is your most creative time?
Late nights

2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us.
Rather ancient, but I find myself listening to these quite often
My Girl by The Temptations
Summer Holidays by Cliff Richard
Country Roads Take Me Home by John Denver
Breakaway by Kelly ClarksonThe Climb by Miley Cyrus

3. If you where in a Rock N’ Roll band, what would your job be?
Drummer maybe!

4. Did you ever want to change your name? If so, to what?
Nope

5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
Still casting :)

6. What’s your favorite accessory?
Purse

7. How do you cheer yourself up?
Art journaling

8. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
My mom, grandma, and great grandma… simply because I don’t need a reason to be with them :)

9. What food would describe your style?
Spicy!

10. What is “dressed up” for you?
Getting dressed Indian… lahengas, jewelry, makeup

Thanks Mou for being our August Guest Designer, we love how you made the kit shine!

See Mou’s lovely travel inspired Cocoa Daisy gallery here.

 






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