Meet our ScrapSmarter Experience 2021-8 Instructors
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Our ScrapSmarter Instructors
CLASS: Colour by Number
An Introduction to Shimelle
London-based designer Shimelle Laine loves mixing current colour trends with the sweet nostalgia of stickers and glitter. She designed twelve papercraft collections with American Crafts, edited idea books, and was the first person to teach online classes in the scrapbooking industry. She’s a scrapbooker at heart and has a wall of albums filled with her family’s stories. With a love of craft and more than a little pixie dust, Shimelle looks for the magic in every new day. To learn more about Shimelle or to see more of her work be sure to visit her website at Shimelle.com or visit her on Instagram at @shimelle
CLASS: Mute that Color Wheel!
If you prefer a more muted, neutral or subtle color palette Victoria will show you how to rock the muted tones with style.
Victoria Calvin is the owner and creative director at Victoria Marie Designs, where she creates and teaches onlines scrapbooking classes, hosts annual scrapbook retreats, and creates video content on YouTube. Victoria also hosts several online scrapbooking groups on Facebook, posts daily content on Instagram, and creates exclusive videos and mini classes for her Patreon membership community. Victoria has served on a number of design teams to include Felicity Jane, Hip Kit Club, Tonic Studios USA, and Catherine Pooler Designs, in addition to guest designing for Freckled Fawn, Close to My Heart, and Citrus Twist. Additionally, she has been a featured guest on the Simple Scrapper Podcast and Get It Scrapped with Debbie Hodge. Victoria believes that scrapbooking is both an art form and a vessel through which our stories are given life through words and photos! Victoria’s work can be found at http://www.victoriamarieblog.com
Paige Taylor Evans
CLASS: Paper Piecing with Paige
Join Paige Evans and learn how to make a multi-photo, dimensional, quilt-inspired background using colorful patterned papers and a 1″ square punch! Through the techniques of repetition and paper piecing, you’ll walk away with a beautiful 12×12 scrapbook layout made with love and ideas that you can use for creating additional pages!
A Message from Paige
Hello! My name is Paige Evans and I have been scrapbooking since I was 16 years old when I got my very first job at a little local scrapbook store in Redmond, Washington. I’ve been scrapbooking over 20 years now and love it as much today as I did back then! I have 12 signature scrapbooking collections with American Crafts with a 13th in the works. I love teaching in-person and virtual classes, showing how to create colorful and unique layouts & projects as well as coptic bookbinding courses. I live in the suburbs of Denver with my husband of 14 years (he’s my very own Captain America – his name is Chris Evans 😉 our son Fox, daughter Jane, as well as a menagerie of pets – we have a dog, cat, and bunny named Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe – we love the show FRIENDS! I love to create something every day whether it’s a layout, card, mini album, coptic book, or even a Lego! Creating brings me so much joy and helps relieve stress. Happy scrapping!
CLASS: Texture and Layers
In this class you will learn different techniques for adding both visual and tactile texture and layers to your paper crafting projects. All techniques shared will be applicable to both cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.
A Message from Maria
Hi! My name is Maria Willis and I’m from a small town in California. I’ve been a lover of arts and crafts and homemade things my whole life. In 2015 I was introduced to stamping and card making. I dove in headfirst and have never looked back. Since then I’ve a discovered a love for mixed media, exploring products in-depth to figure out all the ways I can use them, and making a big crafty mess! I’m so excited that I’m able to share the joy I get from crafting with you.
CLASS: Paper Piecing and Stitching
Combining bright, bold colored patterned papers with stitching creates pure magic. Learn how to make your own projects come to life using stitching and bits of colorful patterned paper. Whether you love machine stitching, stitching by hand, or even adding faux stitching with a pen, you’ll walk away from this class feeling inspired and ready to create!
Becki Adams has been a designer within the crafting industry since 2007. She has taught numerous in-person workshops and online classes. Additionally, she has worked with many manufacturers and industry leaders, including American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Echo Park Paper, Hip Kit Club, Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine, and Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. Becki shares her work with her Instagram community daily and posts new content to YouTube channel regularly. Throughout her career, Becki has developed a style that is clean, colorful, and classic. Passionate about papercrafting, Becki considers memory keeping more than just a hobby. It is her creative release as well as a way of preserving memories for her loved ones.
Rebecca is part of the Therm O Web design team and she’ll share a ton of inspiration on how you can bring foil to your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.
A Message from Rebecca
Hi all! I’m Rebecca Keppel and I have been paper crafting since 2005 when my oldest was born. I started out scrapbooking to create her baby book. One day, I needed a birthday card and looked around at my supplies and realized that all the beautiful papers, embellishments and stamps I had collected could be used beyond my scrapbooks! And that’s when my card making obsession began! Paper crafting has always been a creative outlet for me as well as a therapeutic practice and I’ve loved the community of crafty friends I’ve met along the way. Thanks to Alice and ScrapHappy for having me! I am looking forward to making more crafty friends during this fabulous ScrapSmarter event!
CLASS: A Side/B Side
Amy will be joined by Alice Boll to show you just how much fun you can have using the ‘A-side’ or the ‘B-side’ of your patterned papers!
Amy has been scrapbooking since 1999, and just like the rest of us she looks back at some of those early pages with a bit of a cringe.
Amy likes to play with different kinds of scrapbooking embellishments and mixed media but she’s especially fond of Nuvo drops… and she has their entire collection.
When Amy’s not creating and sharing scrapbooking projects she’s working as a teacher… or possibly spending time with her daughter and her husband.
Be sure to find Amy online so you can see all of the cool things she’s doing as she work on her dream to “build her brand” and share her scrapbooking expertise online.
CLASS: Hidden Gems
Khristina will help you find the hidden gems and transform pieces of your scrapbook collections into masculine and gender neutral amazingness!
A Message from Khristina
Hi! My name is Khristina Sorge and I have been scrapbooking and creating with paper ever since I was kid. My very first scrapbook was simply a spiral bound notebook where I wrote notes and stories and used scotch tape to add my favorite treasures. Yes..I still have it! Throughout college, I worked and taught classes in my local scrapbook store while recording my stories. I then continued by memory keeping and storytelling with three amazing children of my own. Over the past few years, I have really jumped into scrapbooking industry even more and have had the amazing opportunity to serve and inspire others on several different design teams including such companies as Clique Kits, Paper House Productions, Wild Whisper Designs, SpiegelMom Scraps, and many others. I have a very active You Tube channel and I started my own custom kit curating business out of my home called The Secret Not Secret Kit Club. I am a massive travel fanatic, avid reader, and adventurous momma! Raising three crazy amazing kids is the highlight of my life and they have experienced everything from submarine rides to ziplining and white water rafting right along with me! I can’t wait to inspire you to create and tell your stories.
Janet from RTS
CLASS: No Photo Needed
Help! I don’t have a photo! Janet is here to show you how to use your pretty papers to make sure these stories are included in your scrapbooks!
A Message from Janet
Hello Beautiful! I have been scrapbooking for 26 years. Hard to believe I have been dedicated to this hobby for that long.
In that time, I have learned many aspects of scrapbooking, worked with manufacturers, taught many classes/workshops,
hosted crops, created a YouTube channel, started an exciting Patreon group and taken THOUSANDS of photos all along the way.
Scrapbooking is simply a hobby for me, and one that I am very passionate about. I still get giddy to create kits, plan layouts,
play with color and design, work with challenges, explore new product, scrap with others and most importantly, I LOVE to TALK
about this rewarding hobby! At this point, scrapbooking really is a major part of my daily life and Recording ‘my’ Story. Absolutely!
Patreon: RTS Scrapbooking https://www.patreon.com/RTSscrapbooking
YouTube: RTS Scrapboking https://www.youtube.com/user/mrsjakaye/videos
CLASS: Washi Tape
Do you have a stash of washi tape, but you’re just not using it? Layle will show you ALL of the tricks for including washi tape in your creative projects. You’ll be able to shop for more once you start using it all up!
An Introduction to Layle
Howdy friends! I’ve been scrapbooking for the past 23 years, since the birth of our first son; it seems like it’s been since the beginning of time! After more than 12 years working in the scrapbook industry for various manufacturers, a year ago I took my love for all things paper & planning and made a BIG leap to go out on my own and focus full time on growing my Layle By Mail business offering scrapbook project kits, traveler’s notebook kits, products & accessories by mail.
I’ve been teaching for the last 17 years & have had the amazing opportunity to travel the world teaching and making connections with other scrapbookers & crafters that share the same passion for the hobby. Besides crafting, I love traveling, reading, shopping, decorating, binging on Netflix, dieting (ok, not really!) and spending time with my husband as new empty nesters!
To catch up with me, my recent projects & shenanigans, you’ll find me here –
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/laylekoncar/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laylebymail
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/laylebymail