We love discovering talented crazy people and putting them to work! We call them “Alchemists” because they don’t just design or make projects. They’re here to create, share and yes, sometimes even vent.
Linda Brun – Hi. I live in Norway and I’m always on the look out for a new technique or product to try out. I love to play with textures and mediums and I tend to use bright colours. I’m creative 24/7 in some way or another and I savor every moment of it. One of my favorite things to do is to teach mix-media techniques and attend crops to meet other creative people. My goal is to inspire and to be inspired every day.
Peg Hewitt – I have been scrapbooking (modern-style) since Jan. 2001 and have a passion for grunge and mess. My style varies from plain and simple/graphic to elaborately embellished and everything in between. I don’t pre-plan my pages and rarely know what my finished page will look like when I start. I love to play with techniques and often sew, paint, ink and mist on my pages. I have a dedicated scrap-room in our big shed and love to spend time there as much as possible.
Marilyn Hughes – I gravitate toward lace, ephemera, embellishments, general junktique , and basically anything vintage. While I love anything altered (& will alter anything), ATCs, Tags, and Inchies are my forte. Creating is done while drinking gallons of coffee (love that caffeine), listening to country music, and doing impromptu dancing in my studio. Give me a stack of paper, a pile of assorted embellishments & ephemera, a UHU stick & scissors, tune the radio to Kenny Chesney or Pistol Annies, and I’m one happy lady! YEEHAW!
Lisa Oxley – I’m a mother to 2 teenage girls and my real gig is as a cook in aged care. I have always created arty things, since I was a child. I fell into scrapbooking about 10 yrs ago and have been passionate about it, mixed media and art journaling ever since. It’s all about colour for me, so I instinctively make it bright bold and beautiful. I try to create fun pieces that make me happy and express my passion for those I create pieces for, and about.
Sandi Taloumis – My first thought, when asked to join the team, was ‘pinch me’…..are you kidding me….YES, I want to join this team of Alchemists, yes, this is the spot where I can express my creative style which ranges from simple to complex, silly to something with a vintage flair, tads of this and that with the love of color, upcycling and sometimes just plain old messy! Yup, that’s me in a nut shell…let’s have fun!
Jenn “Scraps” Vanderbeek – I am a multi-passionate blogger and artist who believes in the power of creativity, cocktails, (parenthetical references) and having a good laugh (generally at my own expense). A creative dilettante (in the best possible sense of the word) and diy-er for life, I flit between 2-D, mixed media, and fiber arts, cycling through as needed to keep the inspiration fresh, the ideas clicking along, and avoid the dreaded creative block! Most of all, I enjoy learning about new-to-me techniques, art-related or not, and applying them in new ways. I create from my home studio, aka The Abyss, now in it’s 4th location in the back parlor of a Victorian home.
Rachel Whetzel – I specialize in creativity and mixed media art through thrifting, up-cycling, re-purposing and new design. I am the owner of A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and Monday Mugshots! I am: Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Chook Farmer. Goat Milker. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Beek. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Chewy Mom. Gritty Gramma. Good Intender.
Lori Wilbanks – I started as a scrapbooker in my twenties and my style has changed through the years. Once I was introduced to mixed media and art journaling, and felt the joy of having paint covered fingers, I never looked back. I love learning new techniques and every t-shirt I own has paint on it. I like throwing paint and glue and paper on art journal pages, canvases, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. It’s all about the mess, I say. I am so very stoked to be joining this crazy talented team and hoping to learn from each of them…and you! Let’s get messy!
Lara Wineman – I am an avid fan of all things mixed media and especially art journaling. What really floats my boat is working with grungy textures and layers and getting that giddy feeling when I create something I’ve never seen before. Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I do my happy dance. I love me all sorts of acrylic paints, gel mediums, mists, lace, buttons, rusted found objects and duct tape, however this list is ever revolving. I also am passionate about taking photos using the Hipstamatic app. I have two fur babies I am madly in love with and work with a clean water charity I helped start 11 years ago, africanwellfund.org. My mottos in life are “dream out loud, at high volume!” and “fear mediocrity”. So…let’s get dirty y’all!