I would like to continue to obtain opportunities to work in the scrapbook and paper crafts industry. I would love the chance to utilize my skills and creativity in assignments for publishers, manufacturers, and retailers.
I find it difficult to describe my creative style, because it often varies with the particular project or assignment I’m working on…and it is constantly evolving. If I had to give my style a name, I might call it a “chameleon” style! I might scrapbook sepia-tone portraits of my daughter in a feminine, shabby-chic style to complement the photos. If I have pictures from a child’s birthday party, I might use a fun, whimsical style with lots of bright colors. With photos from a trip to the big city, I might create a layout in a clean and simple graphic style to go with the urban theme. I have created projects in these styles, and everything in between, and I love them all! I like working with different creative styles, as well as working with a variety of products and techniques. The products and techniques I use depend on the theme and mood of the project, but I always love discovering new things to try, and I delight in finding fresh approaches to using products in my designs. I enjoy creating scrapbook layouts, as well as other paper craft projects, such as cards, mini-books, and altered items.
Please view the slideshow below to see some of the projects I have created.
Design Team & Instructional Experience
Earned a position on the Design Team of this scrapbook product manufacturer through my entry in the company’s international Design Team Search Contest, which received more than 1,000 submissions from scrapbook designers all over the world. Responsibilities currently include: designing/creating projects (layouts, cards, and altered items) with the company’s products to be used for tradeshow exhibits, catalogs, advertising/marketing, and the company’s website; designing class projects and writing instructions for company-sponsored classes; creating and submitting projects to magazines for publication; assisting in promoting the company and its products online through message board posts; fulfilling other duties as assigned.
Crop Away Cruises – November 2006 to May 2007
Won a national contest to earn a position as a Design Team Member & Instructor for this company that specializes in organizing scrapbook-themed cruise vacations. Responsibilities included: creating projects and designing classes to be taught onboard during scrapbook cruises.
Scrapbook Xanadu (Indianapolis, IN) Design Team Member – September 2004 to April 2006
Selected as a Design Team Member for this local retail scrapbook store. Responsibilities included: designing/creating projects (layouts, cards, mini-books, altered items) for display, teaching make-n-take sessions, and assisting with crops/special events.
The Scrapbook Stand Guest Designer – January 2007
Selected as a Guest Designer for this scrapbook kit club/online store through a contest. Responsibilities included: designing/creating projects (layouts, cards, altered items) with the products in the monthly kit, posting projects on the store’s website/gallery, participating on the store’s online message board.
Scrapbooks, etc. Magazine
Two assignments created for the “Make It Yours” column. Layouts were published in the August/September 2009 issue and the May/June 2007 issue of the magazine. In two separate issues of the magazine, letters from two readers were published in which the authors specifically cited my layout in May/June 2007 issue as being a source of inspiration.
Contracted by this scrapbook manufacturer to create several projects for display at the CHA summer tradeshow in July 2007 and for use in the company’s print catalog.
Created three layouts and three altered projects as special assignments for an idea book titled, Mother Goose’s Guide to Scrapbooking Your Baby. All six designs were published in the idea book, which was released in April 2007, including one project which was featured on the cover.
Contracted by this scrapbook manufacturer to design layouts for display at the CHA winter tradeshow in January 2006 and for use in advertising/ marketing.
Contests & Awards
Creating Keepsakes Magazine (2007) – Named one of the “Top 10 Newly Discovered Scrapbookers” – Awarded Publishing Opportunity
Reminisce Design Team Search Contest (2007) – Grand Prize Winner – Awarded $500 Cash Prize and company Design Team Position
Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine Croppin’ Cruise Contest (2007) – Third Place – Awarded Scrapbook Prize Package and Publishing Opportunity
Deja Views’ Color Your World with Alpha Blocks Contest (2006) – Honorable Mention – Awarded Scrapbook Prize Package
Scrapbook Trends Magazine Cover Contest (2005) – Runner Up – Awarded $50 Prize Value and Publishing Opportunity
NanC and Company/Leisure Arts Jo-Ann Scrap Essentials Contest (2004) – Second Place Winner – Awarded $250 Cash Prize and Publishing Opportunity
Colorbök’s Cruisin’ With Susan Scrapbook Contest (2004) – Fourth Place Winner – Awarded $545 Prize Value