Our Daisy Divas

Anja Wade
Design Team Coordinator

Anja Wade designer Cocoa DaisyMy name is Anja Wade and I live in Warren, MA. I've been scrapbooking for seven years. I have a background in chemistry and teach at the high school and college level. I love the creative outlet provided by scrapbooking - it gives me the chance to use my artistic side and helps me to feel balanced. I feel so lucky to have discovered this hobby - it has truly become a passion for me.

When I'm not scrapbooking, I enjoy cooking, reading, running, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends. I love good food, good drinks and good times with loved ones - and I love to scrap about it!

I especially love doing layouts about my childhood. With no children of my own yet, I scrap about myself and my four brothers growing up in the seventies and eighties. I love using old photos, even if they are less than perfect. I recently co-wrote an article for Scrapbook and Cards Today on this topic. I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy team!

Anna Bjorklund

Anna BjorklundMy name is Anna Björklund and I live in Sweden. I discovered scrapbooking when my first child was born in 2003, and it was like entering a whole new world that I immediately fell in love with. Scrapbooking wasn't very well known in Sweden at that time, but it has really grown enormously since then. I am totally hooked, sort of obsessed... I scrapbook about everything - my family, our house, our life... both the good and the bad.

Sometimes it's all about playing and messing around with supplies. Sometimes the story is the most important thing and sometimes I have a beautiful photo that I want to display and preserve. I love that scrapbooking can be done in so many different ways. I love to experiment and to try new material and new techniques. I love challenges and the inspiration I get from everywhere.

Mou Saha

Mou SahaI am a stay-at-home mom to my two kids and married to Ashis for 7 years. I am from India and been living in the US for as long as I have been married. After my first was born, I shelved my career in Clinical Psychology and Counseling and eventually filled the emptiness with scrapbooking. I love to experiment with paint and doodling. I am amazed by all the women I have met through this hobby.

I think officially, my biggest scrapbook-related achievements so far are being named to Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame and making the Top Ten in their Scrapbooker of the Year 2006, while unofficially, getting a nod of approval out of my husband has been the most challenging. My biggest support are my kiddos who don't mind me chasing them around with a camera...well, most of the time!

Aida Haron

Aida HaronI am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Cocoa Daisy Team!

My husband and two girls are often the subjects of my pages and they have been marvellously supportive of my scrapbooking which is relatively new in our tiny island city Singapore. I have always been an artsy-craftsy person and in 2004, a chance stop at an amazing rubber stamping shop started my addiction to scrapbooking. I still remember how difficult it was then to get current papers or the most basic embellishments which meant much of the accents on the pages were hand-made.

Currently I am on the Design Teams of a local scrapbooking store as well as an Australian manufacturer. I also teach scrapbooking at the store and create projects to help showcase the products.

My style is eclectic, for want of a better word, and I am usually inspired by the papers, the colors and patterns on them. My other interests include reading, cooking and perfecting South East Asian dishes, as well as all sorts of theatre performances like dance, musicals or dramas. Singapore is a foodies paradise and hunting down old style foods is another passion.

Ronda Palazzari

Ronda PalazzariHi everyone! My name is Ronda, like the beach boy song…help me Rhonda…only "no h." Seriously have been saying that all my life. I currently live in the burbs of Denver, Colorado with my husband Andy and two teens Lexi & Anthony. My house is ruled by two adorable Chihuahuas, Nina & Pedro. I love being a stay-at-home mom and all things crafty….. scrapping, cooking, knitting, sewing, reading, and photography. I love to travel with my family and hope to explore more of this great big world of ours. You can usually find me in my craft room creating with my music blaring in the background or in the kitchen baking for my kiddos.

I have been into art since I was a kid and have always loved it. In high school I was editor of my High school paper and layouts were my specialty. So when my daughter came along, scrapbooking seemed so natural. I got to play with paper, write stories, and capture memories. I love how I get to incorporate all my art loves into scrapbooking. Some of my proudest scrapbook moments are starting the One Little Word Scrapbook challenge blog, being a named a Memory Makers Master, becoming part of the Fancy Pants, Purple Onion, and Cocoa Daisy Design Teams. I have also been blessed in being published in various magazines, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Artful Blogger as well as some idea books.

I like to call my style Uptown Antique Brie: a little class, a little vintage, and a lot of good cheese. I love the new, flashy stuff but have an appreciation for vintage items. I love to push the edge of products and use them in unconventional ways. Most of my layouts (if not all) are cheesy, scrapping the emotions and everyday moments. I love using bold colors and combining colors that surprise people.

Christine Drumheller

Christine DrumhellerI live on the west side of Michigan about 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and 30 minutes from the beach. I love it here, the winters can be long, but I love the seasons. I have a wonderful and supportive husband named Greg and 2 energetic boys, Nate (almost 5,) and Zach (almost 2). They are my constant inspiration. I left the work force after the birth of our first son and have continued to be a stay at home mom.

I have been scrapbooking for about 8 years and have had a number of layouts published in Memory Makers Idea books. I have been a Creating Keepsakes HOF honorable mention for the last two years, and I had my scrap studio featured in the April 2006 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

My schooling and background are in fine arts and graphic design, this tends to come through in my scrapbooking style: bold and graphic with a touch of whimsy. I love to have all the elements on a layout support it's theme in some way, and to draw people in and have them take a minute to discover all the little details. My journaling is always honest and from my heart.

Being artistic is a driving force in my life - I have to do something creative everyday, whether it's gardening, decorating, sewing or scrapbooking! I am very excited to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team and hope that I can inspire you!

Kim Watson

Meghan Dymock

"I have been scrapbooking for 3 and a half years and it has been a wonderful creative journey for me. Being a fashion designer for so long, has developed in me a love for colour & texture, which I get to explore daily through my scrapping. Together with life,scrapbooking & blogging...I am doing what I always wanted to....taking everyday experiences to grow & learn and then visually catalog them in a way, that will touch & inspire.

My style in an eclectic one, that morphs from week to week, depending on my mood & what product I am using; this makes for my albums being filled with colourful variety of styles. I try to focus on the little everyday things I experience because it is these things that make up the bigger part of life, rather than waiting for those huge life changing events that are few & far between.

I am SO excited to be involved here Cocoa Daisy. It is going to be a blast getting you know you all. I look forward to being hugely inspired & trust I can inspire in return!" 

Sue Mylde

Sue MyldeHi there Daisies! My name is Sue Mylde and I'm so honoured to be part of the Cocoa Daisy Divas. Our family moves around a lot and so 'where I'm from' doesn't have a straight answer for me.

I was born in Singapore but since I was 17, I've lived in different parts of the world: Italy, England, Canada, and now Norway. Each of these places have made me who I am today, whether in my pasta cooking, or how I say 'eh' A LOT and my ability to speak Norwegian with a true 'coastal' dialect. I'm very content with being a citizen of this world. I've been married to my high-school sweetheart for more than a decade and we have a four year old with a talent for drama and a weakness for princess dresses.

I've always had a need for many creative outlets. Besides my love for scrapbooking and all things bling, I love writing, photography, knitting, crocheting, acting, sewing, and cooking. I enjoy the privilege of staying home and the ability to grow my creativity every day.

I just love how scrapbooking helps the stories of those moments captured through photographs shine through, making our ordinary lives, just a little bit special, at least to ourselves. I'm all about the stories but I don't think I could ever live without bling, buttons, flowers or ribbons on my creations.

My style evolves constantly. I love trying different things, but I often go for elegance, simplicity, a bit of daring and a lot of fun.

I enjoy the social aspects of scrapbooking, and making friends online and in person, teaching and attending classes and crops, and scrappy evenings with 'the girls'. My hobby has allowed me to make new and lasting friendships and I feel so blessed to have discovered this wonderful aspect of life.

On occasion, I may also be found entertaining friends at my own dinner parties, travelling to someplace or another, or, if I'm really lucky, scuba diving with turtles and starfishes under the sea..

I look forward to getting to know all of you! And thank you again Tricia for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the most talented buch of Cocoa Daisy Design Team Divas!

Vee Jennings

Sue MyldeHi, I am Veronica “Vee” Jennings and I currently live in the suburbs of Washington, DC. I started scrapbooking seven years ago after the birth of my son. I never imagined I would become so immersed into this expression of art— I love it! I love the whole creative process, being inspired and creating different layouts, cards and LOTS of mini albums. My creative style and motto is to enjoy art and have fun with it while keeping my design simple with lost of “artsy” elements added in such as paint and spray inks to make it a little edgy.

I am a single mother of two beautiful children— Saadiq and Synai— who bring me incredible joy and inspiration. I love to blog and to share my creations and my life with others. It is such a fun way to meet people and share our common addiction, love and hobby-scrapbooking. :)

When I am not creating I love to take photos, watch tv, travel, read and spend time with my family and friends. I am very excited to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team in addition to designing here I am also a proud member of "The Dares" and was very blessed to be a 2009 Memory Makers Master.

Anita Letts

Anita LettsHi, I'm Anita, stay-at-home mom to Emma-6, Samuel-7, Brayden-10, Trevor-15, and Erika-18. I've recently become a grandma to Marlee Rae born June 22, 2009. I have been married to my best friend for 11 years. With 5 children and a grandchild I have plenty of subjects to scrapbook about!

I started scrapbooking the year Samuel was born, in 2002. I started scrapbooking because my sister had been for a long time and decided to give it a try. She was such an inspiration to me with her simple pages, it intrigued me so I decided to start dabbling in it. But it wasn't until about 4 years ago that it really "stuck" and I was hooked. I am totally addicted to it now. I would consider myself a simple scrapper but I do like to put a spin on things sometimes. I love patterned paper, stickers, chipboard, and everything having to do with the creative process. I think as they come up with more new styles and products, I become more and more addicted. The biggest reason I scrapbook is that I want for my children to have something to look back on and know that I loved every aspect of their lives and was able to document it through their pictures.

Besides scrapbooking, I love photography, crocheting, sewing, and anything crafty.

I am so honored to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy Team. It is such a warm, welcoming and friendly community. Besides Cocoa Daisy, I design for the Creative Therapy challenge blog.

Danielle Layton

Anita LettsDanielle Layton is a physician's assistant and military wife. She has been scrapbooking since 2002, mostly her European travels and her dog until the birth of her son. She loves photography and wants to leave behind lots of good photos for her son as she does not have many from her own childhood.

She likes to be busy and therefore, scrapbooks and blogs often
(www.vtpuggirl.blogspot.com). You can find her adamantly researching Chipotle's secret recipe for guacamole by her preferred method: taste-testing.

Danielle designs for American Crafts and Scribble Scrabble in addition to Cocoa Daisy. She has had her work published in Memory Makers, Papercrafts, Simple Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Trends Magazine, as well as some web-based E-zines.

Her guilty indulgence is Grey's Anatomy, when she isn't doing continuing medical education credits towards her medical license. She is thrilled to be a part of the Cocoa Daisy design team.


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