Designer Week- Fun with John & Kay!

This week is "Designer Week" here on the Authentique Paper blog! We want to showcase all of our amazing designers and we thought our fans may want to get to know the people behind the amazing projects featured on our blog.

John Petersen

We don't know that there are enough words to describe what a ball of fun John is! From the moment we met him, we were absolutely in love with his personality & humor. There is never a dull moment with this guy and we are very happy to have him as a part of our team. Not to mention, he's incredibly creative & talented! 

10 random fun facts:
  1. Middle child so I have Jan Brady syndrome (Marsha Marsha Marsha, it’s always Marsha!)
  2. I’m addicted to shopping at Costco and I don’t know how to shop at a “regular” grocery store
  3. I can’t watch a movie all the way through, I get bored and restless
  4. Love to spend time in the garden and weeding is relaxing
  5. I hate to fly and don’t like heights
  6. Don’t like the color yellow
  7. I don’t respond to Jonathan because that’s not my name
  8. Allergic to coconut but love me some McRib
  9. Can’t wear (yellow) gold – I break out in a horrible rash!
  10. I have naturally curly hair, think Diana Ross in humidity

5 must have tools for crafting:

  1. Scor It Tape
  2. Therm-O-Web 3d dots
  3. IMAGINE Crafts Craft Mat
  4. wax paper to use with my die cutting machine
  5. “squishy” gripped craft knife
  6. Authentique Papers
3 of My Favorite projects created with Authentique Paper products:

John's Crafty Space:


Kay Fatula

When we first came across some of Kay's layouts, we KNEW she would be a perfect addition to our team! The layering and detail that she adds to a single 12x12 page is amazing. Not to mention, her creativity is versatile! She is also a true sweetheart! 

10 random fun facts:

  • I'm a Quality Analyst with over 15 years experience in this field & work in an office in a typical 9-5 corporate atmosphere
  • I'm bilingual.  Am fluent in both English & Spanish & can understand & speak a little bit of French
  • I'm a certified Zumba instructor
  • I still enjoy a good cartoon especially the classics like Tom & Jerry or Looney Toons
  • I'm a big horror book/movie buff and especially enjoy reading books by Stephen King. Under this category is my love for shows like 'The Walking Dead' and I'll forever be a fan of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
  • I find the supernatural intriguing along with the concept of wizardry & 'magic' which is why I'm a loyal Harry Potter follower as well
  • I can quote just about every single line from infamous 80's movies such as 'The Breakfast Club', 'Ghostbusters' or 'Sixteen Candles'
  • If I could be in my PJ's 24/7 I would!
  • I can put together all types of furniture, shelves, fixtures etc...better than my husband.  I'm a bit of a tom boy in this sense
  • I can't swim.  I now have a house with a pool but cannot really use the pool.  This is a prime example of 'ironic'!
5 must have tools for crafting:
  • Dimensional embellishments
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mists/Inks
  • Stamps
  • Diecuts wooden or chipboard such as small ornate frames, arrows, clocks etc...
3 of My Favorite projects created with Authentique Paper products:

Kay's Crafty Space:

We want to offer up a little prize pack to a lucky fan! Simply come back each day this week and get to know more of our design team, leave a unique comment and you are entered to win! 


  1. Hi John and Kay ... love you guys and your work! Hey John I'm a middle child too. Kay... I'm with you on PJ ... my Scrap uniform as my husband calls it is a long flannel gown with matching slippers . So cool to see your space mine looks like a cross between the two of you :)

  2. It was fun to learn a little about these two talented crafters!

  3. Love John and Kay's projects, and getting a peek at their creative spaces!

  4. More great looking team
    members! Welcome.
    Carla from Utah

  5. How fun! I love the little tidbits into each designer's life! Stunning projects!

  6. love the two minis; i'll be teaching a class at the LSS making a star book--i really love this one and the other one. The layouts are really pretty.

  7. Love the designer notes, but their spaces are really great to see!

  8. Fantastic projects John and Kay! I love the jewelry that John made and love Kay's layouts.

  9. So wonderful seeing peoples creative space, getting to know some facts about them and seeing their gorgeous work!

  10. John is a man of my own heart. His craft room looks like mine - I can never understand those pictures of pristine craftrooms. Seems like that would stifle creativity. He doesn't like heights and he doesn't watch movies. Kay's craft room looks like I could craft in it too.
    thanks for the bio's. Merry Christmas.

  11. John yellow is a color that I too do not reach for. Kay, great projects, thanks for the inspiration

  12. These blog posts are great! Love seeing the designers' crafty spaces.

  13. Congrats to both. Love your creative style and can't wait to see more.

  14. Wow, am loving seeing your crafty spaces. Love the John's places to see/visit/love project! And that clock is awesome! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  15. Love reading all about the design peeps. John, I am betting your work space looks more like the second photo than the first photo! Inspiration at work!

  16. How exciting to meet new friends. I would LOVE to visit their homes and be able to play alongside ... and use their "must have" tools.

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Such fun artist! Thanks for a peak inside your heart and craft rooms.

  18. The imaginations of the crafters are just wonderful. and I wish I could organize my playroom like theirs.

  19. All I can say is WOW! I love their inspirational projects and I can't wait to see what will be next.

  20. Hi John and Kay!
    Love your projects that you have shared with us!

  21. Loved your bios John & Kay. I can see lots if great ideas swirling in my head after seeing your work!

  22. Awesome projects from both John and Kay. Love seeing your scrappy spaces. Can't wait to see more.

  23. John - what does the wax paper do for the die cutting machine? I hadn't heard of using that before.
    Kay - Stephen King and Walking Dead all the way!!!

  24. Love my Score It Tape and hot glue gun too! Nice meet the both of you!

  25. Thanks for sharing! I love learning about designers and seeing their spaces...clean and messy!


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