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We love working with crafters and artists who think outside the box or rip that box a new one.  We love diversity, snark, fun, and flavorful variety.  Here are our “Alchemists With Attitudes” for 2015…..and beyond!

Alchemist Team Coordinator:


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.



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.

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.


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, My mottos in life are “Dream out loud, at high volume!” and “Fear mediocrity”. So…let’s get dirty y’all!

Kristie Taylor- Hi my name is Kristie and I am all about that Gauche! I have been a big fan of Gauche Alchemy for many, many years and have even been featured in the newsletter and on the blog a few times (many, many moons ago)!  I am so excited to be joining the GA team and can’t wait to get started! I cant wait to show you my snarky side of Gauche.

Monica Downing-
I’m a California native of 40 years, relocated to the Northwest corner of Arkansas after spending 5-1/2 years in Virginia. I am married to an awesome man who supports all of my ambitions and the crazy artsy endeavors I take on. I have 2 beautiful kids, ages 24 and 21, and 2 miniature red doxies. My family and friends are everything to me.  Art.  What can I say?  It’s my passion, my love, my sanity. I work full time by day, and spend as much time as possible in my art studio when I am home. I love mixed media art and the freedom it gives me to combine an endless possibility of mediums on just about any surface. I am all about paints, mists, inks, fabric, paper, texture and just about any surface I can find to put them on.


Rebecca Zweber
:  I have been making art since I was in junior high school, scrapbooking for over ten years and art journaling for about six years now. I am a bit of a craft-a-holic.  I make everything from purses to journals to jewelry and altered art as well as anything in between! Art journaling is my love and passion and I hope to one day teach classes and share my love for it.  Besides crafting I love to read, go shopping, spend time with family and spend time outdoors. I am married, have five dogs and am a preschool teacher full time.
Kiki Halbert:  I’m a mixed media artist, scrapbooker and art journalist who works full time out of my home. I’m married to a wonderful man who’s also my best friend, and we have one dog and two cats here in Ottawa, Ontario. I started my creative journey with digital scrapbooking in 2005.  I followed my creative muse down a path to art journaling a little over 2 years ago. I absolutely love working in art journaling and scrapbooking. I have done some altered books, mini albums, and have dabbled with altered projects for my craft room. I’m a design team member for a local scrapbook store, and have designed for Scrapbooking From the Inside Out, Helmar, Creative Scrappers, The Rubber Cafe as a guest, and I was published in Art Journaling by Somerset Studios in the Winter 2013. I’m looking forward to stretching my creative muscle with the design team here at Gauche Alchemy.

Viktoriya Porechnaya:  I live in Kiev,Ukraine with my husband, two daughters and cat. I have many different hobbies in my life – cross stitching, toys, watercolor painting etc, but scrapbooking is my love at first sight and forever! I also love mixed media as a viewpoint for me now! This a magic world of colors, paints and textures! Always amazing, always new and always creative! So it is always a good idea!