Category Archives: Guest Designers

Happy New Year and Ann-Marie Espinoza, our January Guest Designer

YAY! It’s 2014 and we couldn’t be more excited for this new year ahead! We wish you a prosperous and creative 365 days and hope you’ll continue to include Cocoa Daisy in your journey. Our January kit Blueprint shines in the hands of our awesome Guest Designer, Ann-Marie Espinoza nee Morris (recently married, you can read all about her wonderful honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest on her blog Ann Marie Loves). We loved what she did with just the main kit, she shows how bright and cheery this kit can be. She also shows that you can do a LOT with one kit! Be sure to check out her entire gallery, it’s so worth the click! Ann-Marie is a freelance designer, crafter, and stylist living in Pasadena, California with her new husband John. She spends her days making things by hand, styling her home, and blogging for herself and BasicGrey. When she’s not behind the computer or camera, you can find her thrifting for fun home decor pieces, taking as many Zumba and yoga classes as possible, or scrolling through her favorite blogs and Pinterest for visual inspiration. She is a paper enthusiast, flea market frequenter, Instagram-aholic, textbook introvert, photography fiend, and Mexican food lover who is always on the hunt for her next great creative adventure. 1. What is your most creative time? Definitely late at night. For better or worse, I’m a total night owl who gets the most accomplished between the hours of 10pm and 2am. 2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us. Oh gosh, my musical taste is always evolving! Right...

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...

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...
Meet the Guest Designer: Suz Mannecke

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! 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....
Maggie Holmes: Our September Guest Designer

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. 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...
Welcome Our August Guest Designer Mou Saha!

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. 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...
July’s Guest Designer: Becky Fleck!

July’s Guest Designer: Becky Fleck!

I’m so happy to share our July Guest Designer’s work with you today. I contacted Becky about being our Guest Designer and she agreed wholeheartedly, then suggested some of our design team could do her PageMaps sketches in return. I thought that was a fair trade, and so this month you’ll enjoy LOADS of PageMaps/Cocoa Daisy inspiration in the gallery! I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Becky now for a few years and her love of papercrafting is contagious. I’m sure you’ll agree as you go through her gallery this month, so many lovely and unique bits of inspiration in each card. She really went above and beyond with the details, do you notice how she used the Simple Stories papers as speech bubbles on this card? Becky Fleck is the editor and art director of Scrapbook and Cards Today, one of Canada’s most popular papercrafting magazines. She is also owner of the PageMaps, a free online resource which provides scrapbook layout and card sketches to over 20,000 readers each month. Becky has authored the best-selling books Scrapbook PageMaps and Scrapbook PageMaps 2, and has teamed up with Spellbinders and Penny Black Stamps to create innovative, fun stamp designs and coordinating cutting dies. She lives in the beautiful Stillwater Valley of southeast Montana with her husband and their two golden retrievers, Libby and Cooper. Becky’s answers to our updated questionnaire had me smiling, I love how it helps me know her personality a bit more. 1. What is your most creative time? I’m a very early riser, usually by 5-5:30am. I get more done before noon than...

Meet Our June Guest Designer–Jenni Hufford

Welcome to our June Guest Designer, the very sweet and talented Jenni Hufford. My first interaction with Jenni was to scraplift a layout she did. I emailed her and asked permission and she gave me an enthusiastic YES! By the time my layout was ready, her layout had already been picked up for publication. I knew I’d spotted talent! I met  Jenni in real life a few years back at a CHA, and have enjoyed getting to know her better every time. It’s been fun seeing her style develop, but what has stayed true those great designs that were her signature the first time I noticed her work!   Jenni Hufford lives in Indianapolis, IN and is married to Todd. She is a stay at home mother to Jonah James (7 years) and Jordan Nicole (5 years). Jenni enjoys applying the creative aspect of scrapbooking into every day activities with her family. In addition to scrapbooking Jenni’s hobbies include photography, cooking, blogging, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her close knit extended family and friends. Currently, Jenni is a Blog Contributor for Project Life at Elle’s Studio, and is a Jenni Bowlin Studios Ambassador.   1. What is your most creative time? Recently I have discovered that my most creative time is during the day while my kids are in school. As my kids grow (and seasons change) I’ve have found different times of the day to be my most productive creative time. And sometimes it just happens to be in 15 minute increments! 2. Share your current top 5 favorite songs/music groups with us. My favorite music groups are Jimmy...

Meet Our May Guest Designer: Ronda Palazzari

We are thrilled to have long time Cocoa Daisy friend, Ronda Palazzari, here as our May Guest Designer. She’s a great friend and supporter and we love having her stencils in the shop, they are always a huge favorite. We love what she did with the kit, please read on to learn a little more about Ronda. Ronda Palazzari is an Author, mixed media Artist, Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver.  She has been into art since early childhood.  One of her most memorable Christmas presents was a Crayola Caddy that inspired her to create.  She took many art classes throughout her secondary and college schooling.  Ronda was also an editor on her high school newspaper.  She loved photos, stories, and white space so layouts became her specialty.  After the birth of her children she began scrapbooking as it brought art & storytelling together.  In 2009, Ronda became a Memory Maker Master for Memory Makers Magazine.  She has designed for many manufactures including Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Crate Paper, Purple Onion Designs, as well as Guest Designing for many other leading manufactures.  She was on the Cocoa Daisy Design team from Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2012 and has been a subscriber since the beginning.  Her first book Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012. She has published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines.  Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop releasing 8 new stencils in January 2013.  She is currently contract designing for Maya Road, Sizzix, and My Mind’s Eye.  Ronda launched her website Ronda Palazzari Designs in February complete with online classes, digital downloads, &...
April’s Guest Designer: Laina Lamb

April’s Guest Designer: Laina Lamb

We are so grateful that Laina agreed to be our Guest Designer for April! Laina’s not only super talented, she’s also incredibly sweet and real. I’ve had the chance to know her for a few years now through Jillibean Soup, and I have come to the conclusion that she is exactly what she seems to be. True and honest, geniune on all accounts. When she offered to make a printable to coordinate with the kit, she just cemented my opinion on the awesome woman she is. The free printable can be downloaded in the store now. My name is Laina Lamb and I live just outside Cleveland, Ohio. I am married to a very patient husband to puts up with my creative obsessions. We have three boys Maxwell Presley 17, Cooper Marley 10, and Emmitt Cash 8. All named after rock stars of course! I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a design degree and worked in the architectural field designing retail stores, malls and way-finding graphics. After my youngest was born I stayed home for a few years to enjoy being a mom. I started scrapbooking during this career break and found that I had found my passion. I am now employed full time as a freelance product designer for Jillibean Soup and My Favorite Things. I have a strong interest in Digital Die Cutting machines and love to create my own cutting shapes and printable designs. My favorite projects to create are pages about my children! I have been very fortunate to have my work published in magazines and recently became a member of the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team. 1.What is your most creative time?...
March’s Guest Designer: Jaime Warren

March’s Guest Designer: Jaime Warren

We’d like to welcome the wonderfully talented Jaime Warren as Cocoa Daisy’s March Guest Designer. When I saw what would be in the line up for our March kit, Sketchbook, the first person to come to mind was Jaime. She’s awesome at soft and ethereal colors and knows how to add the perfect touches to her designs. I was right, it was a good fit, don’t you think? Jaime Warren is a scrapbooker and photographer who lives in a tiny little town in Georgia. She has three girls, ranging in age from 12 to 6 who keep her on her toes and keep her scrapbooking. She is married to her best friend who happens to be the only one who could put up with her chaos. She has been blessed to design for several manufacturers over the years including Crate Paper, October Afternoon, Prima, Chic Tags, Technique Tuesday, Pink Paislee and more. She was a 2009 Memory Makers Master  and a Two Peas In A Bucket Garden Girl .  She has also been published in Creating Keepsakes, Cards and several scrapbooking books. 1. What is your most creative time?  Late in the evening for sure.  I am a total night owl and it seems that inspiration always hits around 7pm and I end up working until the wee hours of the morning! 2. What is on your top 5 playlist right now?  All of the Of Monsters and Men songs, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Neon Trees. 3. What’s next on your scrappy life list?  I would love to start designing for companies a bit more again...
Welcome our February Guest Designer, Stephanie Howell

Welcome our February Guest Designer, Stephanie Howell

Every designer I’ve asked to guest design for Cocoa Daisy has responded with enthusiasm (thus making my job much easier), but I am so grateful that when I asked Stephanie Howell to be our February Guest Designer, she exuberantly responded with how much she loved Christine and how she would help out in any way she could. Even with a busy and tight creating schedule, Stephanie created some wonderful projects for us with our February kit, Double Feature. I was especially floored by her mini album. It’s a beautiful snapshot her family right now. Check out Stephanie’s gallery here. And here’s a bit more about the sweet Stephanie: Stephanie is a mama to four little girls and (for now) she lives in Rhode Island. Her life is one big adventure because she is married to her real-life hero (and action figure) Jimmy. He is in the army and each year brings something (and somewhere) new. Her mantra is “you have to laugh because if you don’t you’ll cry.”…and laugh she does. Stephanie is the social media director for My Mind’s Eye. She believes that scrapbooking should not be taken too seriously. It should always be FUN. She spends most of her days chasing her twin toddlers,securing ponytails, picking up Barbies, and doing pink loads of laundry. Scrapbooking is her escape and her sanity.  Her blog, Just Me, My Soldier, and Our Four Little Chicks is a treat to read, Stephanie always put her heart wholly into everything she does, you can see that in her writing. Here are her questionnaire answers: 1. What is your most creative time? Usually late morning,...
Introducing our January Guest Designer, Christina Clouse

Introducing our January Guest Designer, Christina Clouse

Need some inspiration? If you haven’t had a chance to check out her Cocoa Daisy Guest Designer gallery yet, you are in for a huge treat! Stephanie suggested I ask Christina Clouse to be our January Guest Designer, and holy cow, she was so spot on! Christina is amazing! She’s got a lovely grunged up style and captures her life in Seattle with such class, it makes me miss living there! Check out this mini album she made, you can see the entire album here. All finished, this album is over an inch thick! It’s a great tribute to her boyfriend and their adventures. Here’s more about Christina in her own words: I am 30 years old and I recently moved into an old house in a very industrial part of Seattle. I live with my partner of 13 years, Greg, along with assorted books, plants, and nerdy and crafty projects. I am often to be found with ink or paint on my hands and a cup of iced coffee nearby. I also work for Starbucks Global HR, so this means that loving coffee is mandatory.  I adore photography and collecting old film cameras. I also have completely trashy taste in reading novels – I love urban fantasy detective stories – if there is a vampire or a faerie solving crimes, I am totally there. I also love to go to our local beaches and visit the markets; random city adventures keep me inspired. We are so grateful Christina agreed to join us and she’s also promised a little tutorial later on in the month, so be on the look out...
Welcome to Kelly Purkey, our December Guest Designer

Welcome to Kelly Purkey, our December Guest Designer

  I am so happy to have Kelly Purkey joining us this month as Cocoa Daisy’s guest designer. I’ve worked with Kelly for a few years and always loved her innovative style and fun personality. I was so happy when Kelly quickly agreed to help us out in December. We did some moving around of kits so we’d have one that was perfect for Kelly’s bright and cheery style, we think we matched the two up perfectly! Then she and Christine worked together to bring you the exclusive Kelly Purkey stamps for the main kit, and I was over the moon. Those stamps are awesome! So playful and fun, just like KP. Kelly Purkey is a graphic designer and scrapbooker living on the island of Manhattan.  A former product designer & jack of all trades for American Crafts and Studio Calico, she recently launched a new boutique company under her name.  Kelly Purkey stamps are now available in her shop (kellypurkey.bigcartel.com) and at Simon Says Stamp.  Kelly loves good meals, photobooths, and time with her friends. Get to know Kelly a little better by reading her answers to our questions, it’s always fun to see how these get answered by our different guests. 1. What is your most creative time? I’m a total night owl so any time from 8 – 2am I’m in the zone 2. What is on your top 5 playlist right now? Hold Onto What You Believe – Mumford + Sons Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn Pool Mashup: Just a Dream/Just the Way You Are from Pitch Perfect Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen Starships – Nicki...
Welcome Guest Designer Danielle Flanders!

Welcome Guest Designer Danielle Flanders!

We are so pleased to share with you the fabulous work of our November Guest Designer, Danielle Flanders. True to her style, she did the most beautiful things with Navy Pier and even though she says layouts aren’t her strong suit, I have to say that she has me fooled with what she sent me this month! Please be sure to check out her Cocoa Daisy gallery and make sure to let her know what you think. Here’s a little more about our guest designer in her own words: I’ve been crafting and making things ever since I was little. I have always been “into” art of all sorts, drawing, painting, quilting, and when my first daughter was born, I began scrapbooking to make a baby book for her. That is when my true love of paper crafting began, 13 years ago! My style is girly, but with a more modern twist using brighter colors and adding a happy, clean feel to update the vintage look. I love working with color, pattern and trying new things and techniques – and dabble in everything from layouts to cards to mini albums. Currently, I am working as the design team coordinator for Pink Paislee and also designing for Papertrey Ink and Lily Bee Designs. Stop over to my blog and say hello: www.danielleflanders.blogspot.com! We always ask our Guest Designers to answer some questions so we can get to know them better, here’s what Danielle said:  1. What is your most creative time? I used to be a night owl and stay up late many nights, but since I started running again, I’m exhausted at...
October Guest Designer, Melissa Mann

October Guest Designer, Melissa Mann

When I asked Melissa if she’d be interested in joining us as our Guest Designer in October, I knew she’d do a bang up job with the kit, Aspen Grove. She’s fabulous with bright happy colors and I love how she uses patterned papers so adeptly. What I didn’t know is just how fast her turn around time would be. She is absolutely amazing! Not only does she do gorgeous things with patterned paper and embellishments, but she can do it FAST! I’d love to be a fly on her wall and learn a few of her secrets. She didn’t disappoint this month and she has been delightful to work with, two things that make a guest designer tops in my book. Here’s a little about Melissa in her own words: Hey there! My name is Melissa Mann and I live on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Pensacola, FL. I am married to a great guy named Troy and we have two dogs and one cat. My day job is being team lead for the reservation desk at a condo in Perdido Key, FL – definitely not a boring job by any stretch of the imagination! I started scrapbooking in 2005 and have come to love this hobby. I am currently on the design teams for American Crafts, Lily Bee Design, Lawn Fawn, & The Green Frog Studio. I have been privileged to be published in Scrapbook Trends, Create, & Cards magazines. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the team for the month of October here at Cocoa Daisy!   Well Melissa, we are happy...
September’s Guest Designer, Michelle Hernandez

September’s Guest Designer, Michelle Hernandez

We’re happy to introduce our lovely guest designer for our September kit, He Said She Said, Michelle Hernandez. Michelle’s got a fun artsy style, bursting with happy energy. We love how she adds lots of layers and captures her family life it such artistically moving photos. We’re so thankful she said yes! Here’s a bit more about Michelle: Hello from Brooklyn, New York! I’m Michelle- Mom, distracted wife and massive paper lover. My paper crush started at age 12 with my first origami book and moved on to photography, collages, comic books and art journals. 4 years ago I learned I was pregnant with my first child and that she would most likely be severely disabled. Instead of giving in to fear, I took to the internet to learn more and to prepare myself for the biggest challenge of my life. In my meanderings I also discovered online scrapbook blogs. I was searching for stencils to draw birds for the baby’s room- ’cause girlfriend over here CANNOT draw to save her life. Then Miss Lola was born and although she spent 6 weeks in the intensive care unit the doctors could not find anything wrong with her. No genetic defects, No physical defects. Whatever caused her fetal distress has thankfully resolved itself entirely. So I started a blog (My Analog Life) to tell my wacky stories, ideas, photography and paper crafts projects. I also vowed I would start taking my own creative pursuits seriously so I could be a proper “role model”. It’s been an amazing journey so far. I’m meeting incredibly kind and talented people every day. Learning new...
Ronda Palazzari guest post: Distress Inks

Ronda Palazzari guest post: Distress Inks

I admit i am into backgrounds. I love building up slow layers of color and texture. This cool technique falls right into that love. Today i am sharing how to use distress inks, stamps, and water to create this uber fun layer. Here’s the final piece. After completing the background, i stamped the awesome leaf stamp again in citrus ink. It is a Cocoa Daisy stamp that is sold out. I have heard “rumors” that they just may be bringing it back for a second release. I then stamped the word grow in archival black ink and placed the die cut under it. I added in some cream butterflies and journaled around the edges. You can see the “ghosted” stamp in the background creating beautiful depth in the layers. I hope you have fun trying out this technique. Please share if you create something, I would love to see it! Thank you Ronda for sharing this great tutorial with us! You can see more of Ronda’s great ideas by visiting her blog Help [ME]...
August Guest Designer Michelle Lanning

August Guest Designer Michelle Lanning

Please join us in welcoming our very talented guest designer, Michelle Lanning this month at Cocoa Daisy!  I have to share that she is one of my all time favorite scrappers (and bloggers).  Probably because we have daughters close to the same age and they are both (if I do say so myself) adorable and Michelle has a wonderful eye for photography and design…all wonderful attributes to the art of scrapbooking! When asked to share a bit about herself, this is what Michelle had to say: “I am a momma to an 8 year old, named Alyson. I love to do anything crafty, from sewing to scrapbooking, I love it all. I also dabble in photography which came about through scrapbooking.And when I am not being a momma, a crafter, a photographer,I am a first grade teacher. Needless to say, crafting has become my stress reliever.” To learn more about Michelle be sure to check out her blog Tutus & Glue Dots. I will leave you with one of my favorites that she created this month using the August Cocoa Daisy kit (which is already SOLD OUT!). Happy Scrapping!  ...
Please Welcome our July Guest Designer Jennifer Yates!

Please Welcome our July Guest Designer Jennifer Yates!

  —————————————————————– I have to share that Jennifer is one of my most favorite people in the scrappy world! I have had the opportunity to work with her in various scrappy related endeavors and she is so pleasant and just plain FUN!  I was tickled when she agreed to be our guest designer for this month…not only because I love her as a person, but because she is one AMAZING and talented designer as well. A bit more about Jennifer in her own words: —————————————————————– Hello! My name is Jennifer Yates and I am thrilled to be July’s Guest Designer here at Cocoa Daisy!!!  I live in Texas with my husband Mark of 16 years. We have two wonderful kids, who I stay at home with, Mason (8) and Maren (5).  We are also the proud owner of a sweet lab, two cats and three frogs…Oh! And our recent purchase at the pet store a beta fish named Jesse!  Our household is crazy and never boring!!!    Coming from a graphic design background I have always been creating, but discovered the joy of scrapbooking after the birth of our son in 2004.  I am honored to have designed for some of the top manufacturers and I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to teach classes at our local scrapbook store The Little Blue House!      Currently I am designing for Provocraft on the Cricut Circle Blog and enjoying every minute of it! When I am not scrapbooking I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, polishing up on my photography, reading or watching mindless TV!!!  Thank you again for having me this month…I had a blast designing with this...
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