Alison began making cards and invitations about four years ago for her
friends and family. With the news of their new niece two years ago, she
began to explore the art of scrapbooking. She enjoys experimenting with
new papers, techniques and tools in order to embellish her paper creations!
Alison enjoys not only teaching, but also learning about new ideas and techniques
from the students that take her paper crafting classes.
Aside from paper crafting, Alison
enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and working with children.
She has been teaching first grade in Palos Heights, IL for the past four
years and has recently earned her Masters of Education and Leadership degree
from St. Xavier University.
Cat has been doing crafts of one sort or another since she was a child:
sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch, making jewelry, and numerous types of
paper crafting. She grew up surrounded by artifacts and stories of family
history, including her grandmother's and great-grandmother's scrapbooks.
Cat has been doing "modern" scrapbooking since the birth of her daughter
in 1999, and often uses supplies and techniques from all areas of crafting
in her scrapbook projects. She has taught at local shops, and farther a-field
at conventions and trade shows. She is also a Certified Educator for Ranger
Industries, and loves using inks and embossing powders; in fact, you'll
rarely see anything she does that hasn't been inked at least a little bit!
I have always loved pictures. One of the first gifts I remember receiving
as a child was a small film camera. While there was nothing particularly
fancy about that camera, I loved it and I loved being behind it taking pictures
of my family. Fast-forwarding several years, celebrating graduating from
high school, my parents presented me with a camera that was (at the time)
cutting edge. Of course they gave it to me a few months early so I could
capture all of the year end revelry, and those snapped shots represent some
of my fondest adolescent memories. This love of moment-capturing eventually
led me to wanting to preserve my memories and decorate around them with
a “my-style” assortment of beautiful and funky paper and embellishments.
A heaven-made-match waiting to happen, four years ago I was formally
introduced to scrapbooking. I will forever be thankful to the friend
who got me started, held my hand through my first trip to a scrap store,
and showed me how to use a Zot.
I currently live in Hyde Park and stay at home with my two boys, Evan
and Colin, while my husband, Ryan pursues his Ph.D. in Accounting at the
University of Chicago. We are happily expecting our third child, another
boy, this October.
Emily started scrapbooking when she entered the Junior Chef of Dallas
competition at 8 years old - she had to make a scrapbook of the recipes
she made. She’s been dabbling in various forms of paper arts ever since.
Emily is the Marketing Director for Luxe Designs. You might have become
familiar with her work when she was the Education Director for Magic Scraps
(2002 – 2006) or Imagination Project (2006 – 2007). She has been a CKU professor
since 2002 and has taught all over the United States, as well as internationally.
She has had online classes through CKU Home Study and Imagination Project.
Emily been published in CK, Memory Makers, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook Insider,
as well as a number of idea books most recently including Oodles of Doodles
and the ScrapCity book. She’s also written for Magic Scraps’ series of idea
books, CK and Scrapbook Insider. Emily has been featured on ten DIY Scrapbooking
episodes. See her schedule and view her work at
Emily is 36 and lives in Dallas
with her husband, Matt. She scraps her family (there are 18 in her family
under 18 right now) and her family history (her passion is working with
vintage photos - anything from 1900-1979). Emily is inspired by reading
history and looking for a deeper understanding of trends happening around
her. She likes fabric, paint & inks, cooking, shopping at Target and
Diana Lyn McGraw
Hello, my name is Diana Lyn McGraw and I live in Pensacola, Florida with
my wonderful husband, Cory and my darling little boys, Riley and Wills.
My family has truly been my pillar of support for my new passion in life,
I started scrapbooking just over a year ago, in January
of 2005. I feel like it has just exploded and become such a large part of
my life. I can't imagine a day going by without me taking a picture or thinking
about a layout. I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING! I am just overwhelmed with how
scrapbooking has changed my life in such a short amount of time. I am so
thankful of the friendships I have made and the opportunities I have been
given. I am extremely lucky to have been selected to be a member of the
Rusty Pickle Design team and I am enjoying every minute!
Janine lives in Chicago. She has amazing twin boys, Julian and Samuel,
who are 3 years old. Before she had her boys, Janine was a Special Education
Teacher and now she's a SAHM and couldn’t ask for a better job!
She started scrapping 6 months after the twins were born and she hasn’t
stopped since! Scrapbooking has changed her life completely. Her real passion
is scrapping the everyday moments, all the little things that enrich our
lives and make it meaningful. She loves the creative outlet that scrapping
provides for her and she also loves that she able to preserve the precious
moments with her family in such a fun and creative way. Check out some of
these links to see some of Janine’s incredible layouts, then register for
a class and discover a whole new way to scrap!
Janine on TwoPeasinaBucket
Janine on Mustard Moon
Sarah has been scrapbooking since April 2000 after becoming overwhelmed
with the pile of photos of her 1 year old. After getting her feet just slightly
wet in the hobby she began teaching locally, submitting her ideas to magazines,
and eventually designing products for scrapbookers. Sarah has developed
many popular collections of paper crafting products and is known for her
interpretations of primitive and folk art. She has taught at events such
as CKU, Great American Scrapbook Convention, Premiere Scrapbook Events and
Creating Keepsakes Conventions. Sarah teaches locally at The Scrapbook Page
in Shawnee, KS. She has been married to Andrew Hale for 7 years and has
a 6 year old daughter, Mary Kate. Sarah loves being a Girl Scout leader
and chair of the Scholastic Book Fair at her daughter's school. In her free
time Sarah has a passion for American Idol, coffee made in her Bunn coffeemaker,
John Cusack, and New York City. Sarah lives in Spring Hill, KS.
Suzy West is the lead designer for Canvas Concepts and the author of
several books. Her next book will be out in July 2007 -- look for
a picture from her last visit to Windy City Scrapbooking in it! She has
been scrapbooking for 11 years and has been featured in many different magazines
and on shows as QVC and DIY. Suzy lives in Fremont, Ca with her husband
and three kids.
See her work here:
As a little girl in North Carolina, Teresa Collins first discovered a
love for the art of design. Tagging along on jobs with her mother, an interior
designer, that love was nurtured and quickly became a passion. In 2003,
Teresa realized this passion could help her preserve her family's legacy;
she instantly began to apply her talent and education to create pages and
projects that reflect her own unique style. As a well know product designer,
she has been an industry leader in developing cutting edge scrapbook lines
and classes. Her design direction has helped to create the latest and greatest
paper lines and embellishments in the scrapbook industry. In May 2005, Teresa
joined Junkitz to develop a signature line of new products in the ever changing
world of scrap booking.
Teresa is an exciting and energetic individual whose outgoing personality
makes her a wonderful teacher at Creating Keepsakes University and conventions
throughout the country. She can be found teaching throughout the country
and internationally sharing her passion and love of preserving one's memories.
She has had her work featured in numerous publications and idea books. Recently,
Teresa authored the book, "A Journey of Creativity." Teresa is a regular
television scrapbook artist on Good Things Utah as well as nationally on
DIY Scrap booking.
Amazingly, Teresa still finds time to be wife to her husband, Tyler.
She is the mother to three beautiful daughters, Taylor, Gentry and McKay
and two charming boys, Zach and Ty. She is also stepmom to Seth and Matt.
When she finds time in her busy schedule, she enjoys interior design, traveling,
and watching chick flicks. Teresa absolutely loves fabric, ribbon and the
color pink. She is inspired by anything old and distressed, antiques and
home decor magazines. Teresa and her family now reside in Murray, Utah.
Hello my name is Jeanette. I was raised in Arizona and moved to Chicago after
college in 1999. I have been married for four years in August to my soul mate
Jason. When I first moved to Chicago I taught Severe Emotional / Behavioral Disordered
Special Education students in a private school setting. When I became pregnant with
my son Jaiden, I quit working at the school.
Jason encouraged me to start
drawing again so I did and that was the rebirth of my artistic side that I had buried
in my youth. Since then I have dabbled in many different arts, drawing, sculpture,
photography, photo enhancement, painting, furniture making, jewelry, decorating…you
name it I’ve had my hands in it. In October 2004 I began working with paper
by making thank you notes for attendees of my sons’ second birthday party.
My mother and I bought a couple stamps and ink pads and wondered why the ink kept
smearing and just wouldn’t dry.
One trip after the next to the art store we were
beginning to discover this entire world of what people called scrapbooking. Then
I found Windy City Scrapbooking in November 2004 and I have become obsessed with
what I like to call Paper Art ever since. I don’t do much conventional scrapbooking
because my real passion is for making mini projects such as mini books, cards, wall
art… anything that is (somewhat) quick, intensive, and creative. I enjoy mini
projects because I like having a finished product within hours or days of starting them.I am in the process of publishing a book about paper art now. I look
forward to meeting you and sharing with you all my views and techniques of scrapbooking.