Meet the DT–Sharmaine Kruijver

It’s time again for one of my favorite blog features: Meet the DT. I love getting to know our designers this way, we have the most amazing team! Today we have our Aussie contingency, Sharmaine Kruijver. She’s such a dear, she came to CHA this last January and it was a treat to actually get to meet her in real life. She is well loved and watched over by her Aussie friends, and they were so impressed at her gumption to travel all the way to California. I am glad she did!


Here’s more about Sharmaine, in her own words:

I was born in Tasmania, Australia and have lived here all my life. I’m married to my one and only, Dave, and we have 4 girls (better known as the 4 Squirts and my dollop of cream!). The girls range in age from 14 down to 8 and boy oh boy is life jam packed busy!! I work as a relief Teacher’s Aide at the Primary School while Dave is an Engineer with our State’s power distribution company (and he is really good at his job!). I’m 42 this year and often wonder what this thing called “Grown Up” is all about and sort of glad I don’t know yet!

I “found” Cocoa Daisy when it was first started, “found” it again in 2009 and then REALLY FOUND it again when I tried out for the Design Team in May of 2011. I’d been searching for a home. Somewhere to be me. Somewhere different. Cocoa Daisy was the place and it’s been my home ever since.

I love playing with paper and embellishments and I love to get my fingers dirty with ink, mist and paint. But the thing I love most about scrapbooking are two things. The first is that I can start with no plan or purpose and without much thought something wonderful is born. It’s a bit like the stories of how our girls came to be, but that’s a WHOLE other story!!  The second thing I love most about scrapbooking is that I can tell my stories my way. I recently heard a quote, on Dr Who, that I really think sums up why I scrapbook. He said “a soul in not made up of things it is made up of stories”. Scrapbooking is a way for me to share my soul.

1.       What is your most creative time? Anytime I sit with a moment to get lost in the scrappy goodness on my desk. I find that life is so busy that I just need to stop and allow creativeness to unfold. I work well with deadlines too, anything to force me find time to create!

2.       What is on your top 5 playlist right now? I recently pressed delete accidently on my favourite playlist. I COULD HAVE CRIED! So I have been reading songs as I find them. Newly added are songs from Jeremy Camp, Little Dragons, Of Monsters and Men, Gabrielle Aplin and Rudimental.

3.       What’s next on your scrappy life list? Oh gosh I’m not sure what is next. So far this year I have travelled across the big wide world to CHA in Anahiem. Then last month I caught 3 flights to participate in the most awesome-est scrap retreat and had the opportunity to teach for the very first time. 60 ladies how to get messy just like me, that’s was scary fun!! I don’t know what the rest of the year holds for my scrappy life list but I’m open and R.E.A.D.Y!

4.       What is your favorite retreat? My ideal little getaway would involve adventures every day, seeing new things, good coffee and eating delicious food. Where? Not fussed as long as it ticked those boxes and if it included Dave, the girls or a bunch of friends then that’s a bonus!

5.       If your life was a movie, what actress would play you? Hmmm tricky one. I don’t like drama in life so it would have to be someone who wasn’t “dramatic” (does that sound funny being that they have to dramatise things?!). Someone who told the story the way it was. Thinking of Aussie Actresses… I love Toni Collette and think Rebel Wilson is funny. Tricky, tricky question. I love Diane Keaton and Meg Ryan so they’d top my non-Aussie list, for no reason other than I love their work.

6.       Who are the important people in your life? When it comes to “important people in my life” I am a very passionate person. Dave and our girls top the list, then my sister and her girls. Next are the people who have made a way into my heart. I might not see them often but they are super important to me and I feel blessed to call them friends.

7.       What are you known for on your pages? Stories. Followed closely by mess!

8.       What’s your favorite inspiration site? Pinterest has oodles of inspiration but without the inspiration that life brings I would have nothing!

9.       What food would describe your style? Spag bog. It’s hearty and it’s messy. Each time you make a batch it tastes just a little different.

10.     What is “dressed up” for you? I don’t do dressed up (or shopping for dressed up for that matter) with ease. I’m very much a jeans,  t-shirt and sneakers type of girl.

We are so lucky to have Sharmaine here at Cocoa Daisy, she has a heart as big as the world, and isn’t afraid to show how much she loves you.

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  1. sherry c

    Sharmaine is a hoot! I love how her personality shines through on her fabulous layouts!

  2. Mandy

    Love that Sharmaine!She’s the BESTEST!!

  3. LauraC

    Oh Sharmaine! It was Great to get to know more about you! Love love love your layouts and now I want to go back to my first CD kit and make a magnet – you rocked it!

  4. Denise M

    Sharmaine is such an amazing woman. She is someone who is so passionate about her life and her loves. It is an honor to call her a friend.
    Love you lady!

  5. Louise

    <3 Sharmaine 🙂

  6. Peg Hewitt

    Such a specially awesome gal
    Love Sharmaine and her scrappiness so much.

  7. Lisa Flaherty (jjflair)

    What a joy to learn more about Sharmaine and her zest for life and family! I adore her scrappy style, the stories she captures, and her innovative use of supplies. One of the first layouts I remember falling in love with used the leftover backing from a set of alpha stickers, and the funky genius of leaving the manufacturer’s strip on her background papers. <3

  8. Sharmaine Kruijver

    *blush* thanks everyone 🙂 You kind comments have put a huge smile on my face and a warm spot in my heart. THANK YOU 🙂


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