Hi! My name is Andrea Bethke, and I'm a Latina who lives in sunny SoCal with my Prince Charming of a hubby, Ryan, and my adorable puppy, Leeloo! I have a serious condition called CRPS which causes constant pain and limited mobility, and so creating has become a very important outlet in my life and a true blessing from God that helps me get through the struggle. I love scrapbooking and papercrafting and planner-ing and just making in general, and feel that all acts of creativity help the soul to flourish even in the most difficult of circumstances! I am particularly drawn to making mini albums. They are the perfect way to document important stories and emotions in our life, in a way that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I think story telling is an essential element in everyday life. When we document our own lives through memory keeping we help shape the person we want to be and the life we want to live and also how we wish to be remembered! My motto is to live “life as a fairytale” – which is basically all about being the heroine of my own story and writing my own happily ever after, one memorable, beautiful, and real moment at a time. I go by “fairytale scrapbook” on Instagram and YouTube and I think that gives a hint as to my scrappy style – which is basically filled with whimsy! I am all about the magic, the wonder, “once upon a time”, unicorns and princesses, and dreams coming true! I am a huge fan of Disney and that look and sensibility, and I am also a big fan of vintage, and I think both those things really influence my style and get mixed in with modern trends that I like, to create my signature look! I am so thrilled to be a part of the Simple Stories team, and I cannot wait to start sharing with you my everyday-magical stories using the beautiful Simple Stories product!
Brenda found scrapbooking in 2010 when her oldest was 4 months old. She had tried her hand at many other crafts and nothing stuck until making that first scrapbook layout. Since then, she has dabbled in many forms of scrapbooking including making cards, mixed media, digital/hybrid, planners, etc., but was instantly smitten with pocket page layouts and has been making them since 2013. Brenda has been published a handful of times in magazines including Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook Trends, and Cards and has had the pleasure of working as a design team member for many different teams throughout the industry. She scrapbooks to remember the little moments shared with her 5 year old daughter, 3 year old son, and husband of 8 years.
I have always had a love affair with paper. A Graphic Designer originally from South Africa, I have been intoxicated with Scrapbooking since 2010 after creating a keepsake gift for my Sister’s 30th birthday. Scrapping for me, is a joyful creative release and serves as an important way to tell my two young children stories about our lives together. Especially those everyday things that can so easily be forgotten! I enjoy adding interactive elements to my projects and I love learning new techniques. I’ve had the honour of being on some wonderful creative teams and having my work published in both print and online publications. Looking forward to new typefaces, good coffee and crafty adventures in 2016!
Hello, My name is Dorymar Perez, currently I live in Connecticut but, I was born and raised in "La Bella Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico!" I am mother of 2 beautiful young girls (Adriana and Andrea). I have been happily married for 14 years. Since I was a child, my favorite hobbies were drawing and making crafts. I knew the wonderful world of scrapbooking 9 years ago, my husband invited a friend who hosted a scrapbook party at my house. Since that day, I can't stop creating and creating. I love to create protect well detailed and elaborated. I always use any element from the collection to create. I create: 3D projects, mini albums, layouts, mix media, cards, etc. I had the opportunity to take classes with many recognized scrapbook artists this has helped me to perfect my techniques. In addition of loving scrapbooking, I love volleyball, dogs and traveling. I'm currently designing and offering classes to one of the largest scrapbook store in the Caribbean. I thank God and Simple Story for giving me the opportunity to share what I love and being part of a team of talented and skilled women.
Hello, I'm Emma, married with an 18 yr old daughter and a six yr old little boy. I started my own business when I had my son, where I design & make a variety of wooden keepsakes. I've always loved crafts and had a passion for stationery! I really enjoy creative planing, and adore filling my pages with plenty of decoration. I am incredibly thrilled to be joining the team and look forward in sharing my journey with you.
Jana Eubank lives in Bountiful, Utah, with her husband, Kevin, and their four children. She has always loved memory keeping and has kept journals and scrapbooks since her early school years. Her love of all things paper runs in the family, as she grew up in a family that owns a printing and copying business. She worked there throughout high school and college as a graphic designer. It was only natural that she became immediately addicted to scrapbooking when she discovered it 20 years ago. Jana has been on several manufacturer and kit design teams over the years and has been published in various scrapbooking magazines. She has also had the opportunity to work "behind the scenes" in the paper-crafting industry as a design team and blog coordinator, an art director, a graphic designer, and the co-owner of a product company. Besides scrapbooking, Jana also enjoys creating 3d paper projects, cards, party projects, home decor, and decorating her planner. She loves to teach, read, decorate her home, shop, travel, and spend time with her family.
Jennifer Haggerty lives in Central Illinois with her husband, Chris, and two children. She has held a license in dental hygiene for over 20 years and currently works part time in a general practice. Jennifer has always loved to craft even as a little girl making her own scrapbooks with photo albums and stickers. Layouts are her favorite to make but also loves mini albums and home decor. She has had the opportunity to be a part of manufacturer and kit club design teams as well as working and teaching for local scrapbook stores. When not scrapping (or supply shopping), Jennifer enjoys running, snuggling with her pug Max, and spending time with her family.
Hello! My name is Jomelle Gomez. I'm originally from Chicago. My husband and I decided to move to Southern California in 2006. We have 2 boys, 14 year old and 8 year old. We finally have a baby girl who is now 15 months old. I've been working as a Registered Nurse for 17 years now and I work 12 hours night shift in Oncology Unit. My family and I love to travel. We love to go on road trips. We usually drive to Chicago and back to Cali almost every year. I've been Scrapbooking since high school and I've always had a planner growing up. I joined the planner community in 2015. I really love creative planning and memory keeping. I actually found planner peace with Carpe Diem Planner and inserts when I do my creative planning. I am excited to be part of this team and I can't wait to share my creativity.
Kristine Davidson lives in New Brunswick Canada with her Husband Stephen and their two kittens Archie and Willie. She works full time as a sales and service agent for an airline company and loves to spend her spare time being creative. Besides scrapbooking, she loves traveling, anything sugary, sunsets and city skylines. Kristine has been an avid scrapbooker for over 10 years and loves the smell of freshly printed paper, she's addicted to pop dots and diecuts! She is also the founder of a great sketch site called Creative Scrappers and of course she loves a good sketch challenge and creating that perfect page or project. She's the author of two Sketchbooks, published in the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, and featured on several manufacturers online galleries and blogs.
Layle Koncar has been scrapbooking for the past 19+ years, since the birth of her first son. More than 10 years ago she was able to turn her love for all things paper crafting into a full time job. Since then she’s worked for several leading manufacturers in the industry & is currently the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories; her boss jokingly refers to it as the 'fun & games' department and that’s A-OK with Layle because it IS fun and she loves her job! She’s has been teaching for the last 14 years & has had the amazing opportunity to travel the world teaching and making connections with other scrapbookers, paper crafters & planner girls that share the same passion for the hobby. Her work has been published in various scrapbooking publications over the years as well as authoring & contributing to the book 'Memory Art'. Besides scrapbooking, she loves traveling, reading, shopping, decorating, binging on Netflix, dieting (ok, not really!) and spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.
I am a paper crafting, memory keeping, and journal-loving creative planner girl! My planner goes with me everywhere and has become a fun way to document my life as it is unfolding. I also scrapbook and love mixed media, so I enjoy using those techniques on my planner pages. My decorating style usually incorporates lots of fun colors, watercolor and texture. After a long childhood of moving constantly as a Navy dependent, I have settled in Virginia with my husband and spirited cat, Minerva. I am a scientist by profession, but spend most of my free time crafting, being a huge geek, and hanging out with my family.
I am a happy homemaker living in a suburb of Seattle, WA with my darling husband and favorite beagle. I have always loved arts and crafts and sharing my passion for creating. This hobby has enriched my life through new and long-lasting friendships, being continually inspired by others and having the opportunity to share my creations with the world. I enjoy working with paper and color, making home décor projects and altering almost anything. I also love to cook, bake, bible journal, spend time in my garden and outdoors and play with my super fun puppy. I am absolutely thrilled to be designing for Simple Stories and look forward to beginning this new and exciting journey with you all! Let's make 2017 our most creative year ever!