Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Design Team revealed!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the new Artfull Crafts Design Team for the next year...

But firstly we want to THANK everyone who applied for the Team. We were really thrilled with the quality of submissions and know that it's disappointing for the unsuccessful applicants. But we want to celebrate their work too and have permission to showcase them on the blog this week. :-) Thanks everyone. We'll show a few each day...

Today we announce the successful applicants. We have included a photo montage of each person's application pieces and encourage you head to the new galleries in the website to see them up close. Below each project you'll be able to read the Designer's Comments and you also get a chance to comment. If you put a Comment on the website before midnight Wednesday then you'll go in the draw to win a set of Sentiments Clear Stamps.

You can also read a bit more about the Designers and what scrapbooking products and styles they like by clicking here.

Make sure you're a Facebook and Blog follower - so you don't miss out on any of the new projects.

Clarissa Hardy
Clarissa remains with us, creating the Monthly Layout Kit (Scrappin' Sensations). Here's what she has to say, "I want to say a big welcome to the new Design Team members. It's great to have so many people joining us and I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantastic ideas and inspiration that I'm sure you'll all bring."

Tina Connolly, Queensland, Australia

I have been scrapbooking on and off for about nine years, but started to become seroiusly addicted around four years ago. I love experimenting with new products and techniques, getting my hands 'dirty' with paint/mists/inks, and altering my paper in as many ways as possible.

My favourite products are Tim Holtz/Ranger, Tattered Angels, & Prima. I teach scrapbooking and card classes at my local scrapbooking shop, and am always on the net sourcing new products and ideas. I have a blog, which I update regularly.

I'm so excited to be selected for the Artfull Crafts Team and feel honoured to be chosen.

Lowri McNabb, Blenheim, NZ

I am thrilled to be chosen for the Artfull Crafts Design team. I love papercrafts, but family is still the most important thing to me. We live on a vineyard and with 3 pre-school kids and being a full-time mum I spend a lot of time in the car ferrying the kids and myself to various activities.

I have always enjoyed a number of crafts and love how with papercrafts you can take inspiration from others and quickly turn an idea or project into your own. I would not consider myself a traditional scrapbooker (only having ever done one 12"x12" layout) - but I love to do cards, mini albums and small papercraft projects. I am really looking forward to the challenge of being on the Team.

Betsy Clark, Geraldine, NZ

I'm a busy Nana to ten lovely grandchildren and married to a very tolerant husband for forty six years. Our Christian faith is very important to us both. Crafting has been a major pastime but
patchworking and cardmaking have taken over. I love both and have been doing them for the past twenty odd years.

I do a little teaching in cardmaking, passing on what I learn off other very talented ladies' websites. I am a social person and do love contact with likeminded ladies. I am thrilled to be part of the Team!

Joanne Care, Hamilton, NZ

I live in the Manawatu with my fiance Shaun and our daughter, Hannah. Ive been interested in Scrapbooking for about 4 years but only really got into it when Hannah was born last year. I don't have many photos or memories from my childhood and I want it to be different for Hannah, so Scrapbooking is perfect!

I think of my style as clean and simple with hopefully a little something extra. Im really looking forward to the next year with Artfull Crafts and I hope you enjoy my creations :)

Shirley Towan, Geelong, Australia
My name is Shirley Towan, I’m 40 years old and happily married to the man of my dreams and have been blessed with 2 beautiful children, Jesse and Shianne. I love doing girly princess layouts for Shianne & funky boy layouts for Jesse, but I have to admit that my favourite style of scrapping is vintage/heritage/distressed and I love that I can work my style into every project I do. It doesn’t have to be just old family photos for this style to work….it's so versatile!

I first started scrapping about 10 years ago, dabbling in it for a few years until a life-changing event happened. My Dad passed away suddenly 12 hours after daughter was born. This was a tragedy for me, as I had lost my mum to cancer 10 years prior. I inherited a huge box of photos from his lifetime of music - what better way to keep his memory alive than to compile an album of his wonderful life! So I started work on his album, and found it very therapeutic, although there were lots of tears shed. I had learnt so much about my Dad from these photos and I find great comfort in looking back thru this album on a regular basis with my children.

So that was it… I was addicted to scrapbooking…I’ve since compiled an album of my mum’s life, in doing which, has also helped with the grieving process. I miss them both so much everyday, so when I’m feeling a little down, I head out to my scrapping room and flick through their albums, and although the pain is still there I always come out smiling!

My wonderful husband has converted ½ of our garage into my scrapping room and yep its got everything I could ever want and more…surround sound, a fridge, carpet, heating, great lighting, excellent storage and room to move.

Being chosen to be a part of the Design Team for Artfull Crafts has been such a boost to my confidence I’m so excited as to where this might lead me…..Oh what a journey!

Tanya Leigh, Christchurch, NZ

My name is Tanya Leigh, I'm 37 years old and live in Christchurch, NZ. I am a solo mum to 3 wonderful boys. Jarrod (13), Leigh (11) and Noah (4). These guys are my main inspiration for my scrapping. Over the last 8 months things haven't been great for me and my boys but we are coming out the other side of it and looking to the future.

I started scrapbooking 8 years ago after saying I would never do scrapbooking...LOL!! I love the fact I can leave memories for the boys on their childhood after I'm gone. The boys look at their albums and don't remember some of the things in there, so this is what scrapping is all about. Leaving memories for them to show their family.
I have been a manager of a scrapbooking shop here in Christchurch and loved every minute of it. I try and do some scrapbooking everyday to give me peace and it does. I don't think I have a set style for my scrapbooking I just do what I like. I love pink, green and bling which can be hard putting pink and bling on the boys layouts..LOL!! I have also started up the Little Shop of Sketches Blog.

This is a huge honour to be asked to be part of Artfull Crafts Design Team for 2010/2011 and I look forward to working with Liz and the other girls for the next year.

Janine Marsh, Hamilton, NZ

I consider myself to be a very fortunate SAHM, who is loving the life I live. I am a passionate papercrafter who began making cards about 14 months ago and hasn't looked back since. We are a family of 4 living in Hamilton chasing rainbows - that would be of the paper kind of course!

I am so looking forward to being a member of the Artfull Crafts Design Team ( I keep pinching myself to ensure I'm not dreaming!! ). It will be fantastic to work with others who share the same passion, and don't consider having boxes (and boxes) of pretty patterned paper, and continuing to buy stamps. . . as an incurable illness!!

I hope I will manage to inspire you just a little.

Liz's Comments

Welcome ladies!! We look forward to being inspired by you throughout the year.

Don't forget to head to the website to check out the comments and make your own to be in the draw to win!


  1. looks like a great design team you have there Liz....i look forward to seeing their creations over the next year

  2. Well done everyone, looks like you all have very different styles. I look forward to picking up some ideas. Diane

  3. great creations by all new design team members
    Cheers Carol J

  4. congrats all you lovely, creative ladies!! WTG all, specially my 'home away from home' buddy Tina who showed me this GORGEOUS blog and gallery - so full of STUNNING inspiration. :)