I final "hurrah" is in order for the brand-new 2014 Crate Paper Design Team! Today brings an end to the five-day CP Gal inauguration - we are enormously honored by their attendance and we look forward to boasting their paper crafting know-how in the upcoming months. Crate Paper is expecting a top notch year with ample creativity and inspiration to boot!
Ashley has a passion for paper crafting, photography, fashion, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. She has always been interested in the arts and started her first scrapbook in high school which was long before any industry products were available. After an encouraging push from her husband, McArthur, Ashley started blogging in 2008 when she discovered the paper crafting online world. Currently, she designs for Papertrey Ink and Crate Paper. When she's not in her studio, you can find her photographing a wedding, traveling, surfing the internet, or watching HGTV or Food Network. She is expecting her first child in February.
I'm a thirty-three year old software engineer married to a full-time graduate student (and med school hopeful). We don't have kids, so my scrapbooks are filled with photos of our everyday (and not so everyday) adventures. We love to travel when our work and school schedules line up to allow it, and when we're at home we're always into something (the current project is DIY'ing a new kitchen from the floor up). I love documenting all of those things in my albums and having them to look back on. It's amazing how many things my scrapbooks remind me of that I would have otherwise forgotten!
Square photos. The change of aspect ratio after years of scrapping 4 x 6 and other rectangles is refreshing. In fact, I'm loving the different sizes of pages that are popping up in scrapbooking, too, especially 6 x 8!
Two-Page Layouts. Okay, so this isn't a trend, but I'm seeing more and more of them lately and I think we need to bring them back, baby!
Die Cutting. This one has been around a while, but I'm loving the new-ish trend of dies that coordinate with a paper line. They're a brilliant way to use up scraps and make your own inexpensive embellishments.
I'm Jina Jean. I live in Seoul, South Korea with my family. I'm 37, but I'm still single. So, I entirely tend to concentrate on only myself, my favorite things and my life's desires in all of aspects of my daily lives. There's no exception to scrapbooking. My layouts and photos are mostly about my routines, hobbies and sometimes, my friends. I currently design for Gossamer Blue and Write. Click. Scrapbook. and also, teach scrapbooking classes in Korea. Gosh! Such a great 2014! Happy New Year ~ CP Fans!
Gold! I recently picked up a new addiction; Gold Paper, Gold Stickers, Gold Embellishments and Gold Paint.
I can't work without transparency and vellum items.
I have a growing interest in Project Life and layout designs inspired by PL. Especially 6 x 8 sized handbook projects - discovered them via December Daily!
Melissa was born and raised in American Fork, UT. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she and her husband moved to Southern Nevada where they currently live with their little girl. After the birth of her daughter, Melissa wanted to make handmade Thank You notes to send out and became hooked immediately on card making. It all spiraled from there and has become a wonderful and rewarding part of Melissa's life.
"I love creating things for other people, and I enjoy the process of working with my hands to turn ordinary paper into something heartfelt. My loves are card making and altering anything that sparks my interest. I enjoy every minute of it and I love to share my creations with those I love."
Vellum in any color and shape; pockets, die cuts, envelopes, layered accents, etc. I love the softness and dreamy feel vellum lends and the ease with which it is to work with.
I also love the worn, weathered, aged and distressed trend. The shabbier the better :). With this trend comes the feeling that everything has a story, something weathered and aged, shows signs of being loved and cherished, and that it grows more beautiful with age.
And lately, sequins! What took us so long to rediscover them and start using them on our paper-crafts? They are the perfect finishing touch and filler.
Six years ago, I went through a life changing event that brought with it the title, 'Young Widow'. Through the experience, documenting 'life' became my mission. In learning the temporary nature which had been professed to me time and time again, I came to realize how quickly memories are made and forgotten, and how only a few ever really survive to be told and celebrated later on. A year into my widowhood journey, I met the marvelous Lisa, founder of Crate Paper. I took a chance with a brand I love upon invitation and never looked back. Today, some five years later, Crate Paper is as much a part of my passion as scrapbooking itself. I lead an awesome team of designers and carry on the tradition of Crate Paper at it's finest! I couldn't be more thankful!
Bohemian Color. Lots of it.
Metallics - starting to explore the quieter metallic hue, Silver.
Digi Printables - they're a nice change of pace.