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January 1, 2013

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 for that! You can check out Christina’s blog, Coffee Girl Crafts, she’s got lots and lots of inspiration, especially for the mini album challenged, like me!

Here’s her Q&A too:

1. What is your most creative time?
All day on Sundays and Tuesday evenings. Those are the days that my guy has gaming time with his friends, so I have pure uninterrupted crafty bliss time for me. Also occasionally Friday nights, when I can cyber-crop on Skype with my far-away crafty friends.

2. What is on your top 5 playlist right now?
I really love the Paperclipping Roundtable and The Digi Show Podcasts. For music, I am completely obsessed with Beats Antique, especially their Blind Threshold album, anything by the Glitch Mob, and there’s a super cute kitschy song by Kimbra called Settle Down that I cannot get out of my head right now.

3. What’s next on your scrappy life list?
I really want to do up something fun for Valentine’s Day (I know, so early!) Most likely it will be to finish Project Life for 2012 and get my December Daily totally squared away.

4. What is your favorite retreat?
When not getting my hands all painty or playing with a camera? Probably being curled up on my couch with a hot cup of something tasty and a good book.

5. If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?
Hah, I would love to say Christina Hendricks, but probably it would be someone way more quirky, yet adorable, like Kirsten Vangsness.

6. Who are the important people in your life?
Ooooh, I’m going to get in trouble for picking favorites! Probably my boyfriend Greg and his lovely family. my sister, and my close friends.

7. What are you known for on your pages?
Not using white space. Probably using paint and mist and label stickers, constantly. Also, I love doing things in tiny scale. Mini-books are my jam.

8. What’s your favorite inspiration site?
Pinterest! I also get good tips from links I find on Twitter.

9. What food would describe your style?
Ice cream. It comes in many flavors, and can be messy and sometimes bad for you, but it is so delicious.

10. What is “dressed up” for you?
Well, I dress pretty nice most days as I have that whole corporate job thing, so lots of cute dresses and blazers for everyday.Usually black clothing, with various jewel toned accent pieces and some cool Target jewelry. When I get super fancy, I cosplay, so I have a few Victorian Steampunk outfits that I wear on a very few special occasions.

Thanks Christina!





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