Announcing the 2013-2014 Dream Team, Contributing Editor, and Contributing Writer

Creative Editor, Megan Hoeppner

What a happy day it is on our blog! You see, we have some very special guests to introduce to you. After months of keeping this BIG secret, we’re finally ready to share our 2013-14 team of contributing editors, writers, and Dream Team designers! You’ll recognize some of their friendly faces as returning team members, while meeting others for the first time in this capacity—a wonderful blend of new enthusiasm and seasoned expertise! So without further ado, let’s meet our extended Creating Keepsakes team.

Dream Team Member, Stacy Cohen

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I’ve been scrapbooking since 2004.  I started when my children were very little because I wanted to document all of our precious family memories.  I immediately discovered what a wonderful creative outlet scrapbooking is, and I was hooked from the get-go!

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

My general scrapping style is feminine, flowery and shabby chic.  However, I like to change it up from time to time and incorporate different scrapbooking styles, anywhere from whimsical to clean and simple.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

I love to stitch (either by hand or machine) and crochet on my layouts.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

The Smallest Things by Stacy Cohen

One of my favorite layouts is “The Smallest Things”, which appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.  This layout is at the top of my list because these toddler photos of my daughter are some of my very favorite photos of her.  Also, I had a ball adding all the little details on this page.

Dream Team Member, Maggie Holmes

Dream Team Member, Maggie Holmes

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

Since High School. I was into photography and got started because I took a ton of photos and wanted a way to store them and make them cute!
How would you define your scrapbooking style?

Eclectic and colorful. I like to mix and match patterns, styles and companies. I also love lots of layers and dimension.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

I would say misting because you can mist so many different things to make them unique. You can mist a background, a title, embellishments, etc. I also love that you can make it look a little different every time!

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

The Girls by Maggie Holmes

It is too hard to choose a favorite layout so I chose a recent one instead! I guess you could say I am indecisive! :) I love this one because it has so many different things that I love — misting, lots of layers, lots of color (including pink!), some banners and a favorite photo of me, my mom and my girls doing one of my most favorite things – antique shopping!

Dream Team Member, Laina Lamb

How long have you been scrapbooking?

I started scrapbooking in 2006 and have been completely hooked since!
All of the women in my family are heavily into crafts. I grew up around sewing, knitting, ceramics and more. If there was a new craft trend, chances are my Mother, Aunts and Grandmother were trying it. After I grew up and had children, my Mother literally begged me for years to start scrapbooking with her. I had never enjoyed “crafts” before and resisted her attempts to persuade me. My life completely changed one cold Winter night in Cleveland. I owed my Mom a big favor. She made me promise to join her at a crop at the local scrapbook store. I grudgingly agreed to come with her but only to watch of course! As soon as I entered the store I knew I was in trouble. I was completely taken with the beautiful papers and their beautiful store samples. As I watched the other ladies create their pages, I knew that this was something I just had to do!

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

I am a very graphic and linear style designer. I tend to use fun splashes of color and love to incorporate bold typography into my work.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

My favorite technique is using Diecuts and punches to create depth and interest on pages.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Growing by Laina Lamb

Not fair making me pick one! When I look through my albums, my favorite pages are most definitely the ones that tell a story and capture a moment I may quickly forget. This page about my youngest son is one of my favorites because he is growing up much too fast. I love that we can go back and remember the little details about him at this age.

Dream Team Member, Gretchen McElveen

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I have been scrapbooking for ~10 years. I was introduced to scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party back in college. However, it was not until after I got married ~10 years ago that I really got involved in the hobby. I had to do something with all those wedding pictures!

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

Good question! I never have a good answer for this question. I feel like my styles changes a lot. Sometimes it is funky and kind of artsy. Then other times I feel like it is more classic and clean and simple. Right now I think I am leaning toward the classic, clean and simple style! But that may change tomorrow. :)

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

Hmmmm, I am not a big technique-y scrapper really! Probably my favorite “technique” is cutting images out of patterned paper to use on a layout or card. Can that count??! Oh I also like to die cut and punch stuff too! :)

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Shoes by Gretchen McElveen

This layout is a few years old but it continues to be my favorite. It’s one of those layouts that came together just like I had planned in my head. And I think it is fun and colorful! And it still pretty much applies to me today…4 years later! :)

Dream Team Member, Jana Morton

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I have been a scrapbooking to some degree since high school but my passion for documenting life reached a whole different level once my oldest child was born nine years ago.  I switched to digital scrapbooking about five years ago when I found myself creating the same layout multiple times for each of my three children’s albums. Digital scrapbooking allowed me to create one layout which I could print out as many times as I needed to and it also allowed me to experiment with new techniques.
My mom was a scrapbooker although it looked much different back in those days.  She would cut out newspaper articles and place them in albums with her photos.  I still have those scrapbooks today and it helped me see how important it was to document life.  My mother passed away far too early in life.  Her absence in my life reinforced that I am not going to be around forever and I want my children to always be able to hear “my voice” through the pages that I create.

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

I would describe my style as clean and graphic with a little sprinkling of “artsy” on top.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

When I found digital scrapbooking, I discovered a whole world of digital techniques that allowed me to bring unique effects to my photos and stories.  I love to use blended images and extractions to emphasize different images on my page.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Moments With Q by Jana Morton

I created this layout for my son.  I wanted to convey to him how important he was to me and how I treasure these moments that we have shared together.    When my son first saw this page in his album, he said “Wow Mom”.  His little finger pointed to a layout and then quickly went to the next layout and with each one he said “do you remember…” and shared a story about the day.  That single moment validated why I am so passionate about documenting life.  Each of these pages is a symbol of my love for him and I hope that he carries these special memories with him forever.  I sure will.

Dream Team Member, Jing-Jing Nickel

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I have been scrapbooking since 1999, over 13 years already.  I was invited to a Creative Memories party by my college roommate and I knew immediately that I have found the hobby of my life.

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

I am a relatively simple scrapper, a traditionalist who creates for the sake of documentation: events, facts, accounts, statistics, stories, processes, thoughts and feelings etc.  Above all else, my style is always a little humorous with a touch of whimsy.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

My favorite technique is to mix and match patterned papers from different collections and manufacturers.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Every Look She Has by Jing-Jing Nickel

This is one of my all time favorite layouts. From the perspective of photos, so many of them were snapped when she decided to make funny faces at me. Each face/photo was adorable and precious to me and worthy of its own page. However, grouping them together makes a greater impact, supports my journaling and vice versa.  From the design perspective, I cut my favorite label die-cut paper to maximize its usage.  Since we were on a ship, the layers represent the incoming waves. The buttons are my version of ocean bubbles and an homage to her effervescent personality.

Dream Team Member, Piradee Talvanna

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I’ve always been a crafty person, continuously creating or doing something, and was introduced to the world of scrapbooking in 2008, when I got married and relocated from Thailand to Singapore for work (I’m originally from Bangkok). It was there that I walked into my first scrapbook store and quickly became addicted to all the beautiful papers and fun embellishments and quickly became addicted to this hobby. Scrapbooking not only allows me to explore and challenge my creativity but also helps me de-stress after along day at work; as I scrap away the wonderful memories that hubby and me are now creating together.


How would you define your scrapbooking style?

I would describe my style as a clean and simple with fun twists and layering details. I’m addicted to embellishments and always find myself needing to control the amount that I put on my layouts in order to not overwhelm it. LOL

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

At the moment it’s all about layering and creating embellishment clusters; whereby I like to mix several embellishments together and especially those with different textures for a fun new look and feel.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Everyday by Piradee Talvanna

I selected this layout as one of my recent favorites as I just love how everything came together, from the sweet picture of us to the combination of colors and embellishments (and of course with my latest addiction to layering and embellishment clustering). And every time that I look at this layout, it reminds me of the sunny and cheerful day that we had in Penang, Malaysia and how everyday should be like that! From a technique stand point, having tons of fun with my die cutting machine. 

Dream Team Member, Kim Watson

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

8 years now, wow has it been that long? I started after the birth of my son, Max. I had just bought my first digital camera & was looking for a way to force myself to print out & display the digital images I was accumulating by the hundreds.

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

I don’t think have a specific style, although I love structured layering, multi photo and sewing on most of my projects.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

Definitely layering.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

Celebrate December 25th by Kim Watson

It was so difficult to choose just one page :) Being emotionally attached to each project, I find it hard to select my current favorite .
This page represents how I love to scrap. Lots of layers of great product and fun techniques; supporting a collection of fave photographs that strongly tell the story of a memory I don’t want to forget.

Contributing Writer, Autumn Baldwin

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I started scrapbooking 10 years ago when I had to spend two months in the hospital when I was pregnant w/my twins. I had to figure out how to fill up all that time somehow, and by the time I got home w/two new babies I was hooked.

How would you define your scrapbooking style?
Simple and graphic.
What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

I love fonts and text and finding new ways to manipulate words on the page.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

One More by Autumn Baldwin

A favorite layout: One More. Most of my layouts are focused on my kids and are full of photos (obviously!), but I’ve always loved writing, and occasionally I create a journaling-only layout that allows me to present my thoughts with a bit more visual interest than a plain old journal page would. I created this page a few years ago and I love how it captures exactly how I feel about being a mom.

Contributing Editor, Deena Boese

How long have you been scrapbooking and what got you started?

I started scrapbooking in 2000 shortly after my first daughter was born. I remember feeling like those first few weeks were just a blur of new feelings, newborn coos, sleepless nights, snuggles, unexplainable love, and endless “firsts”. I wished there was a way to stop time so I could savor every moment. Someone gave me a scrapbook kit for Christmas and I instantly fell in love. Twelve years later and I’m still madly in love with this amazing hobby that allows me to combine my passion for family with my passion for design.

How would you define your scrapbooking style?

Simple. Clean. Graphic.

What is your favorite scrapbooking technique?

I don’t know if it’s officially a “technique”, but I love using bold typography on my layouts. The fact that you can create art just using letters and numbers is so fascinating to me. Honestly, I get excited over the placement of text. And while I love fonts and have over 1,000 on my computer, I use the same journaling font on probably 90% of my pages. At first, I seriously thought I needed a support group. I’ve since embraced it and actually found that using the same font for journaling provides a sense of continuity in my albums.

What’s your favorite layout you’ve ever created?

My Super Hero by Deena Boese

My Super Hero (published in the January 2010 issue of CK). My favorite layouts tend to feature full page photos, graphic text, and revolve around everyday moments and honest emotions instead of big milestones. I consider most of my layouts to be “love notes” that just happen to contain a sprinkling of life events. These are the layouts that leave an imprint on my heart.

More Reason to Celebrate!
Wow! What a group! We’re definitely in store for some creativity in the coming issues. In the meantime, since this is a celebration, let’s go out with a bang! Leave a message for these lovely ladies in the comments section of this post. From the comments received between now and Wednesday, Dec. 5, we’ll randomly select three winners to receive a grab box of scrapbooking happiness.
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor
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90 Responses to Announcing the 2013-2014 Dream Team, Contributing Editor, and Contributing Writer

  1. esh ktana says:

    what a team. congratulations ladies/

  2. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    Really enjoyed reading about the new team and their favorite techniques. Jing Jing has the same favorite technique as me–I love mixing and matching patterned papers from different companies–one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking! LOVED this post.

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  4. Zoe says:

    Wow what a great group. Each has a unique style and i love them all!

  5. kate blue says:

    a diverse group of talent-congrats ladies! Some familiar names and some new ones for me so I get to blog hop this evening!

  6. Liz S. says:

    I loved reading the background stories of the Dream Team Ladies here! So neat!

  7. jengd says:

    Congrats ladies! Looking forward to seeing what wonderfulness you create over the next year!

  8. Brenda Coleman says:

    Congrats Gretchen!! I miss seeing all of you girls. I look forward to your layouts and telling everybody, “Hey I know that girl!!” You are one talented scrapbooker.

  9. Yvonne Williams says:

    What a great team! Loved all their layouts and can hardly wait to see more. Thank you.

  10. Emily Todd says:

    Congrats ladies! I can’t wait to see the inspiration you have in store for us!

  11. Merrilee larson says:

    I enjoyed reading about each of you talented artists. Special congrats to my friend, Jana Morton. She is truly a star in the digital world.

  12. StefanieC says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How wonderful and exciting!!! :-)

    Can’t wait to see more of your creative works!


  13. Beth W says:

    Wow-this is the hall of fame of scrapbookers.I am really looking forward to all the incredible and varied inspiration they will be sharing with us.

  14. deebill says:

    Wow! What great people! I look forward to being inspired by you!

  15. Donna S. says:

    Congrats to all and hoping to see some fantastic projects in the future!

  16. Melinda Wilson says:

    Welcome ladies and congratulations!!! (I even know one of you personally – Gretchen!!)

  17. Savanna Carson says:

    Congrats to all of the ladies and especially Gretchen cause I know her!!! =)

  18. MaryLouH says:

    So glad there are so many talented ladies who design for the companies. With their ideas I can embellish or change them to suit my needs. Need something to give me a jump-start.

  19. Melinda T says:

    Very excited to be inspired by you talented ladies! Congrats!

  20. stee says:

    Congratulations to the team. Though isn’t this pretty much the same people who were on the 2012 team and the 2011 team? All these names – and these layouts – are familiar to me. I wish CK could find a few more unknowns now and then to mix things up.

  21. lisa says:

    Great layouts. Love all the ideas

  22. shosh says:

    Good luck to you and to everyone ,you are the dream team
    The large and are just amazing inspiration to us all Bless
    My dream to be a designer and hoping would fulfill
    Thanks for your work on the creation of a good smile

  23. Lisa says:

    Good luck to the dream team. I love all your layouts and ideas.
    I’m new to scrapbooking and hope one day to be able to make pages as lovely as you ladies do

  24. donnajo says:

    Look forward to getting some new ideas…..looks like a great team….

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