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Read for a bit of a background on me and who I am.

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You’re probably on this page because you want to know who the heck it is I am, what do I stand for, and why should you hire me?

I’m a dot points kinda gal, I’m going to guess you probably are too. So I’m going to list a few things that I stand for, and stand against.

+ I design with the end in mind – meaning – design has a specific purpose. Selling a course? It needs to communicate directly with the people buying it. (It’s not just window dressing.)

+ I’m a rule breaker and storm trooper (see what I did there?)

+ I want your design to stand up and be noticed, & I want it to encompass who you are in an authentic way

+ I love BIG ideas, and want to think outside the dodecahedron (or square if you prefer)

+ I want each project I work on to be collaborative, I’m not a design monkey kinda gal

+ I stand for authenticity in business and can’t stand shove it in your face kind of marketing and selling

+ I will guide you to build your brand from the ground up, so it’s sustainable and most importantly, flexible (so when your brand changes in the future, you’ll be able to build it from the inside out)

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Design is a tool (not in the vulgar slang sense of the word, the nice functional definition) 

Design is often disregarded as many people are taking up DIY, not that I have anything against DIY, infact I love it (Check out my Barefoot Branding Academy! www.barefootbrandingacademy.com) but if you’re not trained in design for marketing purposes often it can be a case of design-for-design’s-sake. Which we DO NOT want. I believe successful design that has been created with a solid marketing backbone really is the difference between a good brand and a GREAT one.

When I was 11, I wrote on the walls of our cubby house that I wanted to be “an artist, graphic designer, or an actor!” I think mainly because I thought being a graphic designer meant that I’d be a celebrity and have cool shiny black clothes, high heels and expensive wares. What I now know is that idea of a designer couldn’t be farther from the truth – design is a communication tool, that can help you to bring the best of you and your business to life, and effectively market your services and have them understood in an instant.

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Want to work with me? See if we might be a good fit with these points in mind

+ Do you have similar taste to me? My style is fresh, contemporary, chic and timeless (with a lot of colour). Check my portfolio

+ You want to delve really deep into your brand, and you don’t want a cookie cutter approach 

+ You’re ready to level up in your biz. You’re over having bits and pieces and nothing cohesive for your brand, and want a brand with style & class

+ It’s you and me soul to soul. You bring the vision and we’ll strategise together

+ As your brand mentor and partner in crime, I want you to succeed

+ It’s probably best if you’ve been in business for at least a year (this lets the dust settle) or maybe this is just a new venture, you’ve had other business ventures before

+ The work I create is totally unique to your brand and your vision alone

+ You understand that to truly create a unique brand, you can’t slap new paint on an old house

+ Your want to build your brand from the inside out 

+ You have a fire in your heart and a creative spirit, but you crave guidance and support 

+ You want your brand to represent YOU 

+ You’re with me when I say SCREW THE 9 TO 5

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YOU AND ME = THE PERFECT MATCH

I’m not one of those people who can create art from my inner self, that’s why you + me = the perfect match. You’re my inspiration! (Want to go on a’ date’? and see if we’re the right fit? Contact me for a free 20 minute chat – seriously lets nut it out in 20 minutes) I’m not going to recommend absolutely everyone work with me because I’m not going to try and sell you something I think you don’t need, or if I think I’m not right for you.

I work with entrepreneurs to bring their visions to life

Are you ready for the ride sista? If you commit 100%, so will I. Finding the right designer for you can be a hard task, so let’s set up a 15 minute call and see if we gel. Like an oreo and it’s creamy inside.

If you’re ready to level up in your biz, and show people on the outside the professional that you are on the inside, then I want to hear from you.

Getting in contact is easy – just email me at stacey [at] cottontailcreative.com

Or, connect with me on social media to follow along on my adventures // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

“My products now represent the quality of work I pour into them, and it is a huge stepping stone from starting before you’re ready to being seen as a professional. I love the work Stacey has done for my business.” – Phoebe Hook – business coach and Founder of the Soulful Warrior 

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I have a Bachelor of Communication Design

I spent 5 years studying the art of design at 3 different universities across Australia, finishing up at Swinburne University in Melbourne. What I know now that I didn’t know then was that credentials don’t hold a candle to life experience, I’ve learnt more in the last 6 months then I did in the last few years working for a company. To be honest I haven’t even framed my uni degree – it’s still rolled up in it’s postage container because as soon as I left uni I knew I was only scratching the surface of what design really meant.

I love creativity, and DIY. I make my own fabric flowers, my own soap, my own lip gloss, and I wish I could make my own clothes. I love Pinterest / apartment therapy / and Ikea hackers. I also love fabric, even if I can only sew a straight line. I’m kinaesthetic, so love ceramics, woodworking, knitting, crafting, and anything to do with up cycling.

I’m a cubicle phobe, and have always done things a little differently. I’m an empath, and I’m highly intuitive. I’m also compassionate and highly creative.

‘Stacey has an incredible ability of spotting and focusing on the pros of any given circumstance and making that the focus.’ – Rose Megirian

One more thing I’d like to leave you with – its a quote that I adore, and I hope you will too:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. – Martha Graham”