Sunday, January 26, 2014

Meet our Fabulous 2014 Design Team

Laurie Baker 

I’ve been a designer for many years–a designer of/in different forms. I went to the Art Institute of Dallas. I am currently a Graphic Designer for Madix, Inc. in Terrell, Texas, trying to make their catalogs a little more fun and exciting.
My husband Bill and I reside in Duncanville, Texas. Together we have two dogs, my Super Flying dog, Dexter,my half-horse/half-dog, Scout, and my blue-eyed cat named Frankie.
I think of myself not only as a scrapbooker, but more of an altered artist so my style is very eclectic. I love all lines of paper, embellishments and trinkets. I love everything, but I have a passion for paper! I have tons of it of and it is still not enough!

I have been crafting as long as I can remember. My grandmother and great-aunt taught me about crocheting, painting, cross-stitching and embroidery work, which gave me an understanding about the importance of small details. They lit the spark that started the fire that still burns in me today!

Christy Bailey

I began scrapbooking in 2007 after loosing my oldest daughter, Kelly, in a car accident when she was 16 years old. Some months later, I was going through her things and stumbled upon an unfinished Scrapbook she'd started to document her memories of a Camp Fire USA trip she'd taken to Missouri the year before.

I became hooked! I went backwards and scrapbooked her entire life Birth-16 years, then started on my youngest child, who was 13 at the time, doing the same thing. My youngest daughter is now 19 and enrolled in college at the University of Texas, Tyler for Nursing.

I was a 12x12'er from 2007-2010...Then I stumbled upon the world of Mixed Media and Mini Albums. My artistic journey has never been the same. I very seldom do any 12x12 layouts (except for as Design Team projects). I am a lover of all things messy, inky, and stencily.

If my fingers are covered in ink and paint then I am not having much fun! I am thrilled to be part of the SGT Design Team.

Heather Hare

Heather started scrapbooking in 2004 after seeing her aunt's scrapbook and thinking, "I could do that!" Since then, her process and style have evolved into her current story-based approach. She enjoys an eclectic style, relying on a wide variety of techniques and products to help convey the message of her layouts. Heather enjoys connecting with other scrappers and sharing with them her knowledge of techniques and design principles, and has several years' experience as an independent consultant and teacher for a direct sales scrapbook company as well. Some of her favorite scrapbook supplies at the moment include spray ink, flair, and anything sparkly or shiny.

Heather's school-aged children Hannah and William are the stars of her layouts, while she, her NASA computer guru husband Chris, and their cat make cameo appearances. Both Heather and Chris graduated from Baylor University in 2000, and have resided in Houston since then. By day a mild-mannered stay-at-home mom, at night Heather lives her dream as a professional freelance French horn player.

Rachel Ferris

I'm a pack rat. I save everything. I've got movie stubs, plane tickets, little notes from people. Scrapbooking gives me an excuse to keep all this stuff. I started scrapbooking as a senior in High School when everyone was putting together senior memory books. My book is "done" but I still have a box of stuff that would be great to go in it and it just never made it, but I can't part with the stuff. All my scrapbooking seems to go this way. Everything is a work in progress! I studied art at Baylor (sic 'em) and work as a graphic designer. I live in Waco with my husband and 2 year old little girl.  I was on the design team at the Waco store several years ago (I live in Waco, but Susie is worth the drive!) and enjoy making page layouts and projects with parameters. I think the challenge of using certain supplies or having rules of some sort really motivates me. I frequently find myself in the store trying to work on a page when Susie brings me some crazy embellishment (like drinking straws, or the tiniest plastic envelopes you've ever seen) and says "do something with it." I will happily drop everything just for the challenge of figuring out how to use what she's given me. My favorite scrapbooking item would have to be patterned paper -- I'm obsessed with the stuff. It's just so pretty! If I can make a page layout without using a solid color piece of paper I'm a happy girl! I tend towards vintage girly patterns with some bold graphic trendy stuff thrown in.  

Jill Cornelius

Yes I admit I am very behind in my Scrapbooks!  Isn't everyone?  I LOVE to make things!  Little things, big things, all types of things!  And I LOVE to try new techniques and products - what Scrapbooker doesn't?  I started Scrapbooking 18 1/2 years ago and never looked back!  At first I hid it from my husband.  Buying stuff here and there and only working at night after my little girl went to sleep.  That's when I would go and hide in the Guest Room and play with my Scrapbook Stash!  I remember the night my husband found out about my Scrapbook Obsession.  He walked into the Guest Room, looked at me, looked at the paper and piles of photos that I had around me and said, "So that's what you're doing back here!".  Then he looked at my pages that I had completed, smiled, walked out of the room and closed the door.  And that's how it all started.!  Fast forward 18 1/2 years and I am still addicted as ever!  If I could only use five items to scrapbook with I would have to have Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Chestnut Roan Ink, Gemstones (lots of gemstones) and well, some flower dies would be helpful too!  I live in Allen with my husband Simon,  my 18 3/4 year old daughter Sarah, and our Three Cats. Snoopycat, Dewey, and Bug.  Now, if you think my daughter is the focal point of my pages have I got news for you!  Well, actually she is. I just have a LOT more pictures of my cats than I do of my daughter!  I've been on several Design Teams, both local Scrapbook Stores and Manufacturers (Scrappy's, FiberScraps, Rusty Pickle) and I am also a Reformed Contest Junkie! I do have a blog that I "try" to keep up to date (notice the word "try"...I have the BEST intentions!)  I'm really EXCITED to be on the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team and can't wait to show everyone my projects!

Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer has been a memory keeper as long as she can remember, but her modern scrapbooking journey began in 1999, shortly after the birth of her first child.  Her style has evolved to include paper crafts of all kinds, and she especially enjoys creating home decor items, mini albums and anything with glitter!  Her favorite scrapbooking supplies include flowers, acrylic items and pretty much anything shiny.  Jennifer enjoys sharing her craft with new scrapbookers and has taught at various churches and at her local scrapbook store.

Jennifer is married to Wayne, the love of her life and husband of 16 years. She is mother to two rowdy boys and a sassy teenage girl.  She is blessed to be step-mom to two boys (one in college and one in the Air Force) and a beautiful stepdaughter whose recent wedding has added an adorable grandson to the family. Additional subjects in her scrapbooks include fishing & camping trips, church activities, lots of baseball games and the family's three dogs.

Melissa Gross

Melissa began scrapping in elementary school, putting memorabilia in the scrapbook her Mama started when she was born. She’s been using the new scrapbooking methods and supplies for the past 15 years and loves preserving memories in a way that is also an outlet for her creativity. She especially enjoys layering patterned papers and creating clusters of embellishments on her layouts. Several years ago she changed from chronological to inspirational scrapbooking, converted her photo processing and storage methods to the Library of Memories system taught by Stacy Julian at (BPC), began using a digital workflow plan, and started sharing her photos, stories & layouts on a blog. Melissa has been a coach in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop and Library of Memories Community at BPC the past three years.
Melissa is a teacher by passion and by training (she’s taught everything from middle school technology classes to university level business courses, from Children’s Church to the Young-at-Heart Sunday School), and she truly enjoys helping others learn. Melissa is married to her best friend, Robbie - a wonderful man who totally supports her scrapbooking addiction and often surprises her with new items for her stash. They both enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, spending time with their nieces and nephews, and relishing the life God has given them. She shares their adventures and her latest scrapbooking projects on her blog: Daily Life – Bits &Pieces.

Susie Ellis

I've been scrapbooking since 1996 with the birth of my great niece, Bethany. Over a decade ago, my father entered  hospice care.  During that time of visiting and caring for him, I was introduced to the idea of how scrapbooking could be a healing part of the grief process.  I decided to start right away. Visiting with him and hearing his memory and stories, not only helped to say goodbye, but led to a career change.  After his passing, I got the idea of opening a scrapbook store.  Having business and sales experience my whole life, I was eager to put the two skills together.  
Scrappin' Goodtime was born! 

I am married and have two children, three grandchildren, and have recently become a mother to a GRANDFATHER!  Yes, this past December, my son became a grandfather, making me a great-grandmother to an adorable baby boy.  Of course I can't forget my little Sam (miniature Schnauzer). My passion is my store and retreat center!  I love to provide all the latest and greatest product for any and every scrapbooking need! Tools are my favorite scrapbooking item, and I would love for you to stop by so that you can learn how to use them. I never meet a stranger! When you visit, you'll hear my stories again and again, but I promise, you are sure to leave SGT with a  new friend!

Rachael Clift
store manager/teacher

Having been crafty since a little girl, I "unwillingly" entered into cardmaking/stamping in 2002. ;) Of course I was hooked immediately!   In 2006, a new scrapbook store opened where I was living, and I frequented it so much they hired me.  What started as a part-time job to support my hobby, quickly grew into assistant manager and teacher! I learned to love all sorts of paper crafting while working at the store, to include scrapbooking, but stamping and cards continued to be my true love. I relocated to Corsicana in 2012, and came into Scrappin' Goodtime for a white gel pen.  ONLY. And I am still here. Lol.  As store manager, teacher, store social media director (that one always makes me laugh!) , and maid, I wear many hats - to include mother to 4 girls. I am also fluent in American Sign Language  with a degree in interpreting and am currently working on Deaf Ed certification.