Meet Amanda-Jayne Baldwin | 2015 Design Team

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Hello, hello, and welcome to our week of introductions… I announced our first ever Design Team yesterday, and we have an awesome group of ladies to inspire you with their handiwork!

So while they wait for their goodie bags to arrive and start creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, I thought it would be nice to get to know them a little better! 🙂

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Amanda-Jayne Baldwin

I really love Amanda-Jayne’s classic style and the beautiful, feminine touches that adorn her pages! She is is a woman of many talents, and I really loved seeing such a variety of different projects… She has no shortage of creativity – she creates just about every day, and told me she does 35-40 projects a month.  A MONTH!! I just can’t wait to see what she will create with our products!  Apart from her amazing style, her bubbly personality is sure to win you over – she’s a real sweetheart!

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My name is Amanda-Jayne Baldwin, and I am an Australian paper-crafting and mixed media artist! I am a children’s Art Educator for Little Picassos & am also on a number of scrapbooking / papercrafting Design Teams – basically not a day passes where I am not busy in the studio creating something (and that’s just the way I like it)! I absolutely love colour and getting creative and I hope my creations will inspire you 😉

I am married to a wonderful man and have two amazing children – Miss M nearly 9 years old & Mr A, 2.5yrs old. Hillariously funny, incredibly lovable, gorgeous little people who feature often in my creations. They are my inspiration in everything I do!

VISIT AMANDA’S BLOG

VIEW AMANDA’S GALLERY

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Project Picks

Here are some of my favourite projects that Amanda has created!

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^^ Lots of familiar papers here as well 😉 ^^

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**Please Note: The above layouts are used to represent the style of the Design Team member, and do not contain Cocoa Vanilla Studio Products**

I can’t wait to see what Amanda-Jayne has up her sleeve for us!

I’ll be back later today to introduce another of our fabulous new Design Team Members!

xx Zoe

Introducing…

… the 2015 Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team!!!

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Amanda-Jayne Baldwin | Anna Komenda | Anna Kossakovskaya | Annelie Maddock | Belinda Griffin | Marcia Dehn-Nix | Michelle Whorwood | Raquel Bowman | Sophie Sim-Lawrence | Sue Plumb | Tarrah McLean

Please help me welcome this talented group of girls to the Cocoa Vanilla team… I seriously can. not. WAIT to see what they create with our goodies, and I’m sure you will be inspired by their amazingness as well!

I’ll be introducing these lovely ladies over the next week, and I’m sure you’ll agree that I’m a pretty lucky gal to have these girls on board! 😀

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you who applied to the team call… We had an amazing number of applicants, and it was not an easy task to narrow it down! It made my heart happy to see so much enthusiasm for our brand – I’m still grinning from ear to ear 🙂

Until next time, happy scrapping!

xx Zoe

In Stores Now!

If you haven’t been following us on Facebook, I thought I would come and let you all know that our products are starting to pop up in a few stores around the country – yippee!  You can check out all of our registered retailers on our Stockists Page.

(And remember, if you want to see our products in your usual scrappy shop, tell them about us! ♥)

This is where I’ve seen our products pop up at online this week – it might just be your usual store! 🙂

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Deer & Fawn Designs

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And our full range of products is available at MakeAPage Scrapbooking – a bricks n’ mortar store! So if you’re in Kilmore, Victoria, make sure you drop in and check them out!

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I’ll be updating our list of stockists frequently, and also posting to our Facebook Page as I see our ranges pop up in their stores, so you’ll know where you can buy our stuffs!

We love our retailers, and are so thankful for their support of our brand new products, so make sure you pay them a visit if you’re looking for our ranges!

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I’m hoping to get a little bit of scrapping done this weekend and have some more pages to share with you next week… In the meantime, I’m still choosing our very first Design Team, so I’ll be in touch with everyone who applied soon… Announcement will be made next week! 😀

I hope you all get a bit of scrappy time this long weekend… Happy Australia Day!!

xx Zoe

Sugar & Spice Layout | Sugar & Spice

Last night, I finally got time to sit down and do another page with the Sugar & Spice collection.  I usually feel a bit guilty when I scrapbook, so it was nice to be able to do some under the guise of “working”… *cough cough* 😛

I will admit, this layout didn’t come easily… I started with the base and just couldn’t figure out where to put everything… I spent a long time just pushing embellies around the page LOL! It was one of those pages that took on a bit of a life of it’s own once I got into the swing of it though, and I actually really like how it turned out!

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I love this photo of my daughter, Lola… She is such a sweet little thing, but then sometimes she can be a real handful as she is a little bit headstrong (I wonder where that comes from)… I love the cheeky look she’s giving me over her glasses, from memory she was getting ready to tell me not to take any more photos. She is a real case of Sugar & Spice in action LOL!

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I was excited to finally have a chance to play with the Wood Veneer, and it was so much fun!! I think I might have to do a few more pages just so I can use it again!

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I love that the wood veneer pieces layer perfectly on top of the flowers from the Sticker Sheet to add a bit of dimension.

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You can download the Project Sheet for this layout, as well as see a complete list of all the supplies used, on our Project Ideas page!

So even though I felt like throwing this layout in the “too hard basket” in the beginning, I’m glad I pushed through because it all came together in the end…

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday!

xx Zoe

Design Team Call – CLOSED

Hello everyone! 🙂

Just wanted to let you know that the Design Team Call is now closed!

Thank you so much to everyone who applied… With over 100 applicants, it’s going to be a hard one to decide! I’m going to give myself a week to make sure I have time to look at everyone’s app properly… Thanks so much for your patience with me while I choose!!

So stay tuned – the team will be announced after the 25th January! 😀

Cheers

xx Zoe

Flying High Layout | Sweet Boy

If you’re just joining us, this week I’m sharing some of the layouts I’ve done with the Flying High and Sugar & Spice collections…

Today, I’m back to basics with the Flying High collection… I’ve mentioned before how much I love this collection for boys of all ages, so today I’m sharing a page that I did for my son’s baby album!

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My little guy was only two weeks old when this photo was taken… awwww!! I miss that little bundle of cuteness!  I love how this paper is kind of a page on it’s own, just waiting to have some photos and embellishments to it… It was so easy!

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I wanted it to look like the stars were hanging from the sky in a kind of baby’s mobile (does that make sense? LOL), so I stitched some lines to “hang” them from.  I love the effect and will definitely be using it again! I loved having the mix of stars to use from the Sticker Sheet, plus the Cork Stars are now the go-to item in my stash – I can see them being used in lots of my future pages!

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You can download the Project Sheet for this layout, as well as see a complete list of all the supplies used, on our Project Ideas page!

I’ve never really scrapped a lot of my son’s baby photos for some reason, so I’m glad I have lots to use for this collection!

I’ll be back with more inspiration soon… Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a fantastic Friday! 😀

xx Zoe

Sugar & Spice Layout | Beautiful Girl

This week, I’m sharing some of the layouts I’ve done with the Flying High and Sugar & Spice collections…

I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on the Sugar & Spice collection – it’s so pretty and girly, and I was excited to be able to scrap my little cherub with this gorgeous collection!

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My little Lola is a real chatterbox and full of life, but she freezes and becomes a completely different child as soon as she gets in front of the camera… I love this photo because it shows her vulnerability and a certain shyness that I usually don’t get to see from my little firecracker very often!

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I loved having such a variety of flowers and sweet embellies to use from the Sticker Sheet, the Cork Hearts are a great basic to have on hand, and the Flair Buttons make another appearance of course!  This layout was super duper quick… and then I decided to hand embroider the details around the edge, so that took a bit longer, but I think it was totally worth the effort! 😉

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What I especially loved was the Beautiful Girl wording that’s included on the Sticker Sheet – it made the title a no-brainer 😉

You can download the Project Sheet for this layout, as well as see a complete list of all the supplies used, on our Project Ideas page!

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Thanks so much for joining me today, and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! :D

xx Zoe

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