Thursday, January 26, 2012

Emily Lanham - {Social Media/Design Team Coordinator}I am a stay at home mommy and wife and I reside in southern Ohio. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, but I really got into the hobby (and collecting of all things crafty) about 7 years ago. Since then, I have come a long way as far as my creative ability goes. I've also turned my hobby into a career that I am able to do from the luxury of my own home and in my pj's if I want. There aren't too many that can say that they wake up every morning and go to work and absolutely 100% love what they do. I can. I am truly blessed with the "career" and many friends that I have acquired just by starting a mere hobby in the crafting industry. With crafting, the possibilities are endless, every day I find a new reason to love what I do, and that's how I know that I've found my niche in life.

Heather Conklin - I am so excited to be a member of Authentique Paper's team! I have been an artist and creator my entire life, and spent much of my childhood drawing, painting and making jewelry. After marrying my college sweetheart, I sought for a way to preserve the memories of that day. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking, and an obsession was born. A few years later, with the birth of our daughter, I started making cards. I love preserving the memories of our family. I am also a high school visual arts teacher, and have even shared with my students my love for papercrafting. A lot of how I view crafting comes from my arts background, and what I learned through my many arts courses. I enjoy making tutorials, mini-albums, and sharing my creations with other people.

Loes DeGroot - I have been scrapbooking since 2006 and I love it because of the variety of color-combinations and endless possibilities for creating fun projects! My true passion is photography and I recently enrolled in photography academy to further my knowledge and skills. I have been designing for a scrapbook store in the Netherlands for about 2 years and I also design for their magazine, Memory Makers. I have been  married for over 20 years and I have 3 children. I live in a small village in the North of Holland called Appingedam. I also love a good book and to sit by the fireplace with my husband and sip on a good glass of wine!

Audrey Pettit - I currently live in North Carolina with my two adorable teenage kiddos, a wee hedgehog baby, and our adoptive Golden Retriever pup. I am a web director and social media coordinator for a local landscape design and garden center, as well as a part-time writer and photographer. In my spare time, I love to go antiquing and thrifting, read, and of course, play with paper. I have been papercrafting for about a dozen years now. Love learning, and sharing, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Authentique Design Team.

John Petersen - John’s “addiction” to paper began as a child- the touch and feel of paper, the different patterns and colors, the creativity waiting to happen!  Growing up in a household where art and creativity were encouraged, John learned to manipulate the surface of paper with paints, inks and almost any other medium available to make cards, books and other “projects” as his Mom liked to call them.  Being an avid journaler, John taught himself the art of bookmaking- from traditional Japanese binding techniques to altered books and everything in between.  John has been an educator in the paper arts and crafts industry for over 15 years, passionately sharing his tips and techniques in a variety of classes including card and bookmaking, photography, calligraphy and beading.

Kay Fatula- My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay--a nickname I received in college & it simply stuck. I've loved arts/crafts my whole life. I've been drawing since the time I picked up my first crayon. However, it wasn't until 2007 that I discovered scrapbooking & haven't looked back since. Scrapbooking provides a means for me to release my artsy side & to document my life in order to pass down to future generations. Along the way, I also discovered the art of stamping--I tend to stamp my own backgrounds & create my own designs. I also enjoy doing the occasional altered art. I've altered wooden frames, wooden boxes, mini albums & have done a couple of canvases. I reside in Northern NJ just 30 minutes away from New York City. I'm also fluent in both English & Spanish. By day, I'm a senior level Quality Analyst working for a Fortune 100 global company--I do most of my crafting late at night. I'm also a certified Zumba instructor--you can find me at the gym almost every evening shaking the night away! I'm married to a great guy that puts up with & supports my scrapbook & crafting addiction! I have one son & a small fur-baby by the name of Toby--both my boys are my little rays of sunshine.I am grateful for the opportunity to design for such a fantastic company. I'm looking forward to working with Authentique & to hopefully provide innovative inspiration to some of you along this new creative journey!

Hilary Kanwischer- I live in Palm Beach, Florida with my two children, Courtney (16) & Connor, (12).  I work as a Firefighter / Paramedic and I drive a fire engine, which my son thinks is pretty cool, and I've been at my department for 19 years now.  
I got into paper crafting about 15 years ago after walking into a scrapbook store looking for party invitations.  I was so blown away, (never even knowing places like that even existed), and as I stood there, in all that scrapbooking glory....I've never looked back! :)

In addition to paper crafting, I also love sewing, photography, road trips, snow, hiking, laughing, coffee, magazines, buttons, antiquing, primitive decorating, snow skiing, New York, Vermont, and Christmas, (I swear I could keep my home decorated for Christmas, all year long).  My dream is to one day, move with my kids to Vermont and open my own little country store. 

If I were to describe my style, it would be a little homespun, mixed with a little primitive and finished with a little vintage.  I love trying new techniques, though no project is quite finished for me until it's been run through my sewing machine, distressed, and doused with buttons and glitter.

Through the years, I have been so fortunate to have had my work published in various magazines and I currently design for Sizzix and Emma's Paperie.  The icing on the cake of my paper crafting career however, came when I received the invitation to be a part of the Authentique Design Team!  I am still trying to contain my excitement and I hope you will enjoy my creations, as much as I will enjoy, creating them.

Keely Livings-  I live in Georgetown, Kentucky where I am an advanced practice nurse and mom of 2 teenage boys. I’ve been papercrafting as long as I can remember. I love layering beautiful patterned paper and would describe my style as playfully vintage. I’m such a fan of Authentique products.   I love the fabulous weight and texture of Authentique paper products.  My favorite piece is always the 12x12 detail stickers.  My favorite pieces to create are layouts and altered art for my home.


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