Meet the Blank Canvas Gifts Crew

Thanks for calling in to meet us. The entire team at Blank Canvas Gifts love art. Especially our BCG Mascots – Toot the tort-a-pot, Buffy the brush-a-fly, Puck the Puff-a-rocket and Crib the crab-a-nib. You’ll see our mascots pop-up everywhere with special hints and tips to help you get the most out of your Blank Canvas Gift project. So please let me introduce…

Buffy, Crib, Puck and Toot

Sonia Johansen with her daughter, Sophie

Hi! I’m Sonia and this is my daughter Sophie. If you had of said five years ago I’d be pouring my love, passion and creativity into a business called Blank Canvas Gifts, I’d have laughed into my wine glass! But then, isn’t that always the way?!

My background is in corporate marketing. In fact, for 15 odd years I worked at some of Perth’s more high profile organisations with my last official post being the Marketing Manager at Crown Perth (back then we called it Burswood!) When I left it was to start my own consultancy, Sapphire Marketing (which I still have). Believe it or not, that was ten years ago (wow!)

Fast forward to 2011 and in the year I turned 40 I became a wife. 368 days later, I was a mum. And suddenly, like many mums before me, I found myself in very unfamiliar territory!

Becoming a mum has changed me in lots of ways. Good. Bad. Ugly. Beautiful. But one thing that hasn’t changed is my passion.  I’m incredibly proud of what we have created at Blank Canvas Gifts. And I say ‘we’ because while this business is very much me – it couldn’t be achieved without the help and support of fantastic friends and family.

I’m lucky to have creative friends who are generous enough to share their talents. And I’m even luckier to have a rock solid husband who, while admitting to having zero creativity in his blood, will happily listen as I debate the virtues of mint green over turquoise! Lucky for him my beautiful sister Janelle (who has all the true artistic talent in our family) is always on hand to step in and solve the puzzle.

So who is the crew behind Blank Canvas Gifts? Well, it’s me! But with great support from Pete, Janelle, Julie, Cat, Geraldine, JJ and of course our number one product tester and model, Sophie!

Thanks for visiting!

Sonia Johansen

PS – if you need expert advice for your business, click the links below.


Cat Lynn Geraldine Rey
JJ - Clothing Designer
(Fontana Couture)
Cat Lynn - Brand & Graphics
(Catherine Lynn Design)
Geraldine Rey - Web Guru
(Digital Chic)