Tim Holtz is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of innovative inks, paints, and embossing products. Tim plays an integral part in the development and design of cutting edge paper crafting products. Tim has teamed up with various key companies like Advantus, Tonic Studios, and Stampers Anonymous to bring unique products that work hand in hand with Ranger’s extensive lines.
As a well known designer, Tim travels across the country and internationally to educate and introduce people to his world of ink techniques, clever projects, and so much more. His book "A Compendium of Curiosities" is filled with creative and inspiring ideas for beginner paper crafters and beyond. He truly lives his motto that creativity is an endless journey where we should always take the scenic route.
"In a world where the moments of our lives can be captured and created in art of the everyday, it’s important it reflects our own unique personality. Finding just the right objects, accents, and tools to use are most important. Whatever your artistic vision is, exploring the imaginative is a chance for our creativity to escape understanding. Remember life isn’t about finding yourself - life is about creating yourself…"
For more information on Tim visit www.timholtz.com
Wendy Vecchi is a full time artist/designer, Certified Ranger Educator, and a proud design team member for Maya Road. Wendy loves to demo and teach at stores and events across the country. Wendy also has her own signature line of stamps from Stampers Anonymous titled Studio 490 which capture her passion for art with a touch of whimsy. Her style is unique and eclectic with an exceptional attention to detail and a fresh approach to the creative spirit. She shares her love of techniques on her blog and reminds you that whatever you do each day just – "Make Art!"
For more information on Wendy visit studio490art.blogspot.com
Heidi Swapp is living a self-entitled ‘crazy life!’ and feverishly photographing every twist and turn to capture it all in her scrapbooks! She is a passionate scrapbooker and has determined that it’s more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle!
She loves to share her passion and ideas through classes, magazine articles and idea books… but especially with Creative Escape, an annual education retreat for craft enthusiasts, conceptualized and created by Heidi and Bazzill Basics Paper.
As the author of the innovative book series, Yes, It's a Scrapbook! I am a craft and paper-product junkie. I could and often do spend hours walking the aisles of my local office supply, fabric, craft and hardware store just gathering items and ideas on how to turn everything into a scrapbook. I took to scrapbooking as an extension of my paper product and photography addiction in 2000 when I walked into my local craft store in search of a hobby and walked out of the store excitedly clutching my new packs of brightly colored cardstock, decorative scissors, and a glue stick.
As a columnist for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, I enjoy using and implementing the latest and greatest in the industry while maintaining a simplistic style. A former elementary school teacher, I have synthesized my first love of teaching with my passion for craft and enjoy traveling across the globe teaching at scrapbook stores and events, writing books, gathering inspiration, designing and endorsing products I believe in, as well as, guest expert appearances for QVC. Originally from the Jersey shore, I now live in North Carolina, with my incredibly supportive husband Bill and our three children, McKenna, Payton and Cole.
Teresa is a well known product designer and teacher. She loves creating and designing projects with both meaning and lots of eye candy. She is known for incorporating her interior design background and experience in her scrapbook work. As a product designer, her Teresa Collins signature line is known for creating the latest and greatest in the industry. She is passionate about sharing her love of photography, trying new techniques and incorporating your own handwriting in your scrapbook pages.
Teresa is a friendly, energetic teacher who has taught sold out classes throughout the country and internationally. She loves sharing with others her passion for life and this hobby. She encourages others to CREATE and document special moments in your own unique way. Teresa is ALL GIRL; she loves bling, pink and black, and funky jewelry! Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Utah, with her husband and best friend, Tyler and their children, Matt, Taylor, Gentry, Seth, McKay, Zach and Ty.
Marah Johnson grew up all over the United States and Canada never really calling one place home, her parents were true hippies, living the hippie, bohemian lifestyle. Constantly on the move Marah went to well over a dozen schools before she started 7th grade. Her mother used to make artdolls, quilts, jewelry and would sell them at craft fairs across the country to put food on the table. Most of the family friends were artisans as well... so whether by osmosis, or by her never ending curiosity... Marah learned to bead, sew, paint, carve wood, tool leather, cast molds, card and spin wool, weave, throw clay, paint silk, paint with beeswax, block printing, screen printing, and embroidery... before the age of 10. Needless to say art was, and still is Marah's coping skill, her drug of choice.
Marah has been in the industry for the past 7 years, teaching both locally and internationally. She has been licensed with Creative Imaginations for 6 years, and is best known for her edgy, grungy, rock influenced artwork and her love of texture. Her work been published several times by Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Design Originals, Legacy, Scrapbooking and Beyond, Paper Crafting and a few more that she can't remember... she has so many ideas floating around in her head that her memory skills are lacking a bit.
Marah is still happiest, barefoot, hair pulled in a ponytail, comfy clothes... fingers full of ink and glue with a bit of paint and glitter thrown in for good measure. She is known for getting lost in her projects, and having to remember set an alarm clock so she doesn't forget to pick up her kids at school, and more often than not forgets to eat lunch.
Marah currently lives in Vista with her three darling daughters ranging in age from 19 to 9. When she is not working she loves to take photos of her girls, and cook with her budding chef (her youngest daugher) and of course travel!
Margie Romney-Aslett is a Daughter, a Sister, a Friend, a Wife, a Mother, a Scrapbooker and Designer. If you asked her she would say, "I’m just a girl" Margie started Scrapbooking after the birth of her first child Megan, 20 years ago and has seen the industry change over the years. She is now part of that as Style Director and as a Product Designer for Making Memories. Margie started working at her Local Scrapbook Store and from there went to work for Deluxe Designs where she co-authored the book Card Crazy with Katherine Brookes, she also designed her first paper line Margie’s House based on her home and each one of her children. During that time she did some work for Bazzill Basics Paper. She was a contributing artist in their first two books. After a family move from Arizona to Utah Margie went to work for Making Memories. Where she is currently creating.
Margie’s first love is teaching! She has taught all over the United States and now world. South Africa, Norway and this year Australia and France… Margie loves getting out and meeting other women who have the passion for Scrapbooking in common. If you have ever taken one of Margie’s classes you know she is a "closet" comedian, full of laughs and fun! Margie is a girlie girl, loves the color pink, a good pedi and putting together a great outfit from head to toe!
Margie has been married to Grant Aslett for 21 years and has 4 beautiful children, Megan 20, Brooke 17, Max 15, and Griffin 14! Having an adult daughter and three teenagers in her home keeps her hip to all the latest trends, full of energy and hard working!
Karen Russell grew up in Southern Oregon and now lives in Grants Pass, Oregon with her family. She is the designer behind the innovative line of scrapbooking products; Narratives by Creative Imaginations. She has always had a love of photography and began incorporating her photography into scrapbooking six years ago.
Karen has taught scrapbooking classes from Grants Pass, Oregon to San Paulo, Brazil, including instructing at Creating Keepsakes University. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and books, including Creating Keepsakes 2003 Hall of Fame, Hot Looks for Scrapbooks and other CK monthly publications, Lil' Davis Full Circle, Creative Imaginations Your Sentiments Exactly and Totally Transparent, Memory Makers and Scrapbooks Etc. Along with her scrapbooking line, Karen also designs rubber stamps for FontWerks and Photo Inlays for ScrapbookPictures.com and is part of the editorial advisory board for Somerset Studios, Legacy magazine.
Stacy Julian is a recognized leader in the scrapbooking industry and the visionary founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking (BPS). Launched in November 2005, BPS is the first dedicated online scrapbooking education program with members around the world. Offering a wide range of convenient on-demand projects and progressive multi-week courses, what differentiates BPS is Julian’s simple step by step thematic approach that unlocks a person’s creativity and helps them to easily create stories out of life’s special moments.
A passionate and sought-after speaker, trainer and author, Julian regularly presents across the nation and abroad, including Japan, Australia and Europe. Author of four books, her recent title Photo Freedom is sold at local craft stores, CreatingKeepsakes.com and Amazon.com. She also has a popular blog and strong Twitter following (stacyjulian). Her television appearances include the Discovery Channel's Home Matters and the PBS series More than Memories. Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, where Julian was the founding editor, has been mentioned in The Chicago Tribune and Woman’s Day as a leading trade publication for the scrapbooking industry.
Julian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. A certified professional teacher with the Craft and Hobby Association since 1997, Julian lives in Spokane, Washington and is a proud wife and energetic mother of five.
Debby Schuh has been scrapbooking most of her life…she still has her scrapbook from when she was two years old! Her years as a teacher and in the scrapbook industry have made her a sought-after instructor at scrapbook stores and events both in the US and abroad. In addition to her design work for scrapbook companies, Debby is doing the things she enjoys most … designing classes, teaching, traveling, and meeting the students who love scrapbooking and paper arts as much as she does.
Debby’s projects have been published in Creating Keepsakes and Memory Makers publications, as well as many other books and magazines. She is the author of the book Kid’s Scrapbooking… Easy as 1, 2, 3.
As a child, Debby’s favorite books were the interactive ones with hidden flaps and pockets, and she designs her scrapbooks with those elements, too. Her classes feature paper-engineering techniques for "Wow!" moments and often use products in unexpected ways. Debby lives near Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two college-age sons. You can read more about her on her blog at debbyschuh.typepad.com.
Margot Potter is a woman of diverse talents and interests. A classically trained actress, professional vocalist, respected designer, prolific author, freelance writer and blogger, public speaker, TV hostess and consultant, she’s a true Renaissance woman (or a Jill of all Trades depending on which day you ask her.) She approaches everything with her signature sense of humor and copious amounts of joie de vivre because she feels that if it’s not fun, it’s simply not worth doing. Impatient, Imperfect, Irreverent and Impetuous, Margot is a design expert for the rest of us. She invites people to not only think outside of the box, but to tear it up, repurpose it into something fabulous and stand on it to reach for the stars. She’s equally comfortable at the writer’s desk, in the design studio, onstage or in front of the camera. Her popular The Impatient Beader how-to book series is a best selling trilogy available at the major book purveyors online and the major big box craft chains or right here at her website! She has two new titles pending for 2009 Beyond the Bead (a beginning mixed media jewelry technique book) and Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed (a wire and crystal jewelry design title with talented co-authors Katie Hacker and Fernando DaSilva.)
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"
– Marianne Williamson
Heather Bailey gets chills every time she reads this quote. If she could accomplish one thing, it would be to encourage women to discover their fabulousness and find joy in creative expression.
As a playful and inventive designer of "all things happy," Heather Bailey is an internationally-celebrated textile artist and paper-crafts designer, as well as the inventor of Trash Ties™ hair accessories. From sewing patterns to paper projects, Heather’s designs marry her flair for color and her talent for modern design, with her love for vintage nostalgia.
With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in children’s and women’s accessories, as well as in product design. Designing for different mediums, Heather has honed a smart and lively aesthetic that infuses every aspect of her art. Her creations have been eagerly snatched up by celebrities and offered by many of the world's most exclusive stores including Fred Segal, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdales, as well as high-end boutiques in Japan, Hong Kong, and Paris.
Fresh and imaginative, Heather's designs have been featured in top fashion magazines, such as InStyle, Glamour, Seventeen, and Mademoiselle, as well as in top home and craft publications, such as Country Living, Creating Keepsakes, and Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion.
Heather is a busy young mother of two. Her children come first, but when they’re content, Heather is busily sketching fabric designs, designing sewing patterns and scrapbook supplies, running operations for her hair accessory business, and recording it all on her well-loved weblog.
"It is my aim to bring more women and families to know the joy and deep fulfillment that comes from creativity and from nurturing our families with the work of our hands," says Heather, "I'm thrilled to be a part of the growing movement toward creative community.
Discover more about Heather’s fabric designs, scrapbook collections and designer sewing patterns at HeatherBailey.com, or for free project patterns and tutorials visit her blog at HELLOmynameisHeather.com. For more information about Heather’s wildly-popular hair invention, Trash Ties, visit TrashTies.com.
Our company, GLITZ Design, started out with one idea that has grown into a full-fledged Scrapbook company! We carry original paper, stickers, rub ons, stamps, rhinestone strips (we like to call it "frosting") and much more. We, Erin DeSpain, Ginger John and Laura Funk, started this company because we wanted to CREATE Exciting and Fabulous NEW scrapbooking products. We love working with the store owners and their customers on a regular basis. The most exciting part of all is that we get to CREATE for a living. We scrapbook for our Job! What more could you ask for? Glitz Design has grown at a tremendously fast rate and we look forward to a very long and happy future together in the scrapbooking industry!
Stayce is a fun-loving Huntington Beach, California native. She lives there with her husband Jimmy and five children. She also has an adorable 15 month old granddaughter that she absolutely cherishes!
Stayce has been scrapbooking for ten years and has always dabbled in some sort of crafting her entire life. She loves to include sparkle, glimmer, flowers and photography in almost all her projects!
Stayce designed for Creative Imaginations for 5 years doing show boards, displays, catalogs, design team and education. Currently she is an endorsed educator for Tattered Angels, Helmar and Prima as well as several scrapbook stores.
You can see Stayce on various live broadcasts such as "Live with Prima" and Live Helmar classes. She has been published in Memory Makers, Scrapbooking and Beyond and Gift Maker magazine.
Native to California, Liz Hicks is a free form artist that resides in beautiful Ft. Collins Colorado with her husband James and their three beautiful blessings. Liz enjoys mixed media treasures and applies this form of art to her scrapbooking and paper crafting. She enjoys recycling or "up cycling" and utilizes everyday items on her projects. The purpose of her classes is to encourage crafters to know that everyone has the ability to create art and that there really are NO LIMITATIONS :) More than teaching fun techniques, Liz strives to provide her students with the confidence to approach each project with an open mind and that the possibility to create art is within each and every person. Liz has a passion for inks, paints, sparkle and textures and enjoys finding a variety of uses for scrapbook products. Liz is fondly regarded for always having "colorful" hands as a result of her classes. Liz has been fortunate enough to work with great companies along the way, a few including: Prima Marketing Inc. Tattered Angels and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L. Liz has also been published in Creating Keepsakes magazine. Liz's motto is: "The Possibilities are Endless" and she strives to share this philosophy with her students.
Marion Smith is a full time artist, mother, and wife. She has been scrapbooking and painting since before she can remember, and her artistic abilities seem to be inherited from her father, uncle, and great grandfather who are all amazing artists in photography. She has become a well-known educator for Prima Marketing and currently travels all over the United States teaching workshops. Her workshops are known for being full of life and her projects very unique in paper mechanics and detail. She has her first book, A Piece of Craft, more than just scrapbooking! due out in 2011 and her second book , Junk’d Up mixed media painting and more, due out in 2012.
Marion also has her very own line of products with Prima Marketing debuting at the CHA winter show in January 2011.
Marion’s known for really ”junkin up” her projects as well as her many interesting techniques using various mediums. She loves changing things up and stepping outside the box.
"Every time I create something I put a little piece of my heart and soul into it and I think everyone else does too, that is why I say, Art is art whether you like it or not!"
Nancy Arbuckle-Mayer is a fourth generation California gal. She lives in Southern California with her husband of 30 years Rich and her favorite fluffy feline Priscilla. Her three grown children and six grandchildren are always a source of inspiration providing many fun photo and crafting opportunities.
Nancy comes from a long line of artists including her mother, aunts and sisters. She picked up the great art of quilt making from her grandmother as a child and hasn’t put the needle down since. As a fabulous oil painter, her mother is able to sketch anything and always taught Nancy to “give it a try! just pick up the brush and paint” which encouraged Nancy to try a range of many expressive mediums throughout her life.
There are never idle hands on Nancy’s clock! From sewing anything from garments to airplane covers, to beadwork of all types including crazy quilts and detailed jewelry pieces, to being an avid fan of anything Grunge, there is always a project in process in Nancy’s studio. Scrapbooking, altered art, jewelry making, ATC’s, books and boxes, cards and collages keep her very creative talents well tuned. As an avid fan of Tim Holtz, Nancy has spent many hours watching Tim create his wonders, taking all of his classes on his last three adventure cruises, visiting him during his travels and generally inking anything that isn’t nailed down. Tim’s inspiration has kept her fingers busy and grungy for years and is one of her favorite styles.
Based on her love of art as our heritage and keeping it alive for our young people to enjoy, Nancy has kept busy teaching for over 22 years. Her projects have been displayed in her local art gallery and in the homes of all her friends and family. One of her custom-designed quilts was auctioned off to raise money for the local Native American Pow Wow and now resides in the William S. Hart Mansion.
With her winning smile, a fun style and a light-hearted manner, Nancy aspires to truly enjoy every minute of the day. In her own words, “teaching is an honor, I love to see the light come on when a student ‘gets it’, while learning to add their own style to their art. It is my greatest pleasure to help keep our creative community alive and growing”.