Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Prima's 2012-2013 Education Team!

Prima has just announced the new Education Team for 2012-2013! This is one AMAZINGLY talented groups of ladies and I am thrilled to work with them!


Prima will be showing off their work and their upcoming classes on our Education Blog. Make sure you bookmark it for lots of inspiration.

Jennifer Matott: New York
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Jen's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration?  My biggest source of inspiration is other artists.  I go to art openings, museums, galleries, Pinterest, and blogs whenever I can!  I love to see what other artists are creating and they inspire me to try new things! My students are also a huge inspiration!  They discover new ways of doing things that I might not thought of.  It's awesome to see other people making artwork that I taught them how to do but put their own twist on it!

If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be?
If I could teach anywhere, I'd love to go to Europe or Australia!  A beach location would be amazing too!

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Stephanie Miller: California

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Steff's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration? My biggest source of inspiration is other artists (scrapper gal pals) that share the same passion! I get excited chatting about all the beautiful products, sharing fun new techniques and thoughts about what we can create! And then... my favorite scrappy magical moment happens! Feeling that creative sensation hit me - I just know how all those colors, beautiful papers, awe-mazing gorgeous flowers, ribbons, embellishments will all come together !! It makes my fingers get jumpy!! ta-hee! Yes, sharing our scrappers passion with each other - it's a Magical Prima Moment! {sounds a bit corny but true for me.. awww I LOVE IT!}
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? If I could pick a dream location to teach this year it would be located at a fun craft store with a gorgeous view of the crashing waves on a beach somewhere.. anywhere.. and the store filled with happy scrappers, lots of laughter, amazing scrapping supplies, snacks, and plenty of TIME! :)

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Nathalie Kalbach: Germany


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Nathalie's Blog Link

If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it
be?  It would be New Zealand, and let me cheat and say South America too :)

Do you have a favorite color? I can't pick one- all colors are my friends! Right now I spent lots of time with my friends orange, yellow and purple :)


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Cari Fennell: New York


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Cari's Blog Link
What is your favorite snack while scrapbooking? I love to chew on bubble gum or red licorice.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? My dream location to teach would be Italy. I would love to visit Rome especially :) 



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Jamie Dougherty: California

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Jamie's Blog Link
Where would you love to teach? A dream location for me is somewhat limited, so I guess anywhere in the US or Canada-New York or Kentucky would be cool!
What's your favorite color? My favorite color right now is red.


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Sherry Mendoza: Australia

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Sherry's Blog Link
Do you have a favorite color?
Turquoise is my favourite color. I think that is why the Sun Kiss line was one of my favorites also.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be?
My dream location to teach would be the Greek Islands. Hopefully I will get there one day.

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Julie Nutting: California


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Julie's Blog Link
What is your biggest source of inspiration? 
             Fashion, even though I am a jean and tee-shirt girl!

Tell us one thing we don't know about you!  
             I hate shopping for clothes!

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Trina McClune: New Zealand

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Trina's Blog Link
If you could pick a dream location to teach in this year what would it be? I would love to teach in the snow. Anywhere that it’s warm and cosy inside with snow falling outside. We could scrap for a couple of hours, then take a break to drink mulled wine and build snowmen. Then scrap some more. Divine.
Do I have a favourite colour? No. I don’t. I never have, even as a child. I love all colours. I get inspired by them. I drool over the pinks/reds/oranges and yellows found in sunrises and sunsets. The purple in a cloudy day. The blue and greens found in ever changing oceans. Seems I have a thing for nature too?! LOL. But where better do you find the most beautiful colours in the world?
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Nic Howard: New Zealand

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Nic's Blog Link
What music do you love to scrap to? 
I listen to the radio until lunchtime, when I change to my iPod music.  On my iPod is Black Eye Peas, Cold Chisel, The Cult, Alanis Morrisette, Bruce Springsteen, lots of old stuff that I can sing along mindlessly (and badly) to! In the evenings I turn the radio back on.  I guess I like to listen to DJ chatter sometimes, but when it’s time to get really creative, the iPod goes on!
Do you have a favourite colour?
Teal – hands down.  Love it.   It sneaks into most of my pages in some form.  Teal and red, teal and yellow, teal and orange, teal and teal.
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Janine Koczwara: Australia

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Janine's Blog Link
What is your favorite snack while scrapbooking?  I love to have a hot drink, Chai Latte, Coffee, Hot Chocolate. The flavour is less important than the feeling of a warm cup in my hands.
If you could pick a dream location to teach this year what would it be? Somewhere in Scandanavia, as I would dearly love to see the scenery and there are so many wonderful scrapbooking ladies in this area that I would love to meet.


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Marion Smith: Texas

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Marion's Blog Link
  • What is your biggest source of inspiration? Antique Shops/Boutiques/Flea Markets
  • Tell us one thing we don't know about you! I love to sing!


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And me! I'm the lucky gal who gets to work with these wonderful teachers!

Education Coordinator:
Sharon Laakkonen: Kentucky

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Sharon's Blog Link (you are here!)

Where is your dream place to teach? ANY place where I can stay just a little while afterwards to visit with the store owners, students and sightsee! I would love to teach in the Czech Republic (to see my grandparent's culture), or Africa or Ireland; or go back to Israel, Italy, or a million other places!
What is your biggest source of inspiration? New photos and new product really inspire me to start creating. I also love how almost everything around me can inspire in some way; from pinterest to online stores, to restaurant menus to billboards.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Look at the 2012-2013 Prima Design Team and Guest Designers!

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Anna-Maria Wolniak: Poland
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  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? Unfortunately I listen to all kinds of music from opera to disco :) really... But lately I like one song the most... Maroon5 "Moves like Jagger". Very inspiring song.
  • What's your favorite color? I loooove BLUE colour. I adore every kind of blue: cyan, navy, ultramarine, pale blue. This is the colour of my eyes, of the sky and sea - the special one :)

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Anna Dabrowska: Poland
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  • What's your favorite color?
  • Hah, this is an easy question: black! I use it on every single page together with others of course - colors are a great source of inspiration and main element of any creative project, but I feel that black is special to me: no matter in what way - as embellishment, background, stamping, paint drops, photo - there has to be something black!
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever?
  • I've got 3 favorites: trinkets of all kinds - as I love metal findings, background stamps, which I use over and over again and everything made from canvas: resist elements, canvas sheets, album or book covers, flowers, page elements.
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Brit Sviggum: Norway
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  • Brit's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? Pickles.......I really hate pickles. The first thing I do when I buy a Quarter Pounder at McDonalds is get rid of the pickles.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? Oh, this is difficult, but there is something that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE-and that is the wood embellishments !  
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Felicity Wilson: Australia
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  • Felicity's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite color? My favorite colour is Red... but when it comes to creativity my favorite colour is teal!
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? Oh definitely the vines and flowers!   There are just so many uses, endless possibilities as to how and where you place them on your project.  I am totally in love with all the vines at the moment! 

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Gerry van Gent: The Netherlands
Gerry Van Gent Collage
  • Gerry's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? -  Snails 
  • What`s your favorite movie? -  "Schindler`s List"

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Hege Lundquist: Norway

Hege Lundquist Collage
  • Hege's Blog Link

  • What is your favorite thing about your country? My favorite thing about my country Norway is not nature that everyone is so impressed or how well we do in especially winter sports ... What I'm most proud of is actually the people. We have a reputation for being cool and cold, but just see how our country reacted to the terrorist act- July 22th 2011. No promises of revenge ... we were angry, but mostly sad. Very very sad .. But we stood together and showed our grief by caring for each other. I love my country!
     
  • What is your favorite movie? My favorite movies are simply  "Hang Over" 1 & 2. Along with "Bridesmaids". They are really my kind of movies where I can just relax and laugh so much that the tears flow and I almost cannot breathe :-D

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Heidi Kelley: USA
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  • What is one food you cannot eat? APPLESAUCE. Blech, it is too sweet, and for a fruit, it's too saucy, and the texture, well... I JUST CAN'T eat it, lol.

  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Fiji Islands. Yep, where the water is sooo blue and clear, its warm and you can stay in cabanas without walls or windows. One day I will make it there, I swear!

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Janna Werner: Germany
Janna Werner Collage

  • Janna's Blog Link
  • What is one food you cannot eat? Brussel sprouts - they give me the shivers!
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Iceland... or the Caribbean *yarr* :-)

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Juliana Montoya: USA
Juliana Montoya Collage
  • Juliana's Blog Link
  • What is your favorite color? Is really hard to pick one color, but if I had to choose it would be white. I love how clean and how shabby chic it looks ;) I also love pale pink!!!!

  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? My favorite Prima products are flowers!!!!!  I have loved flowers ever since I was a little girl and I would pick them up everywhere!! Love all of the different flower styles that Prima carries and I love how they all coordinate with the paper collections.

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Larissa Albernaz: Brazil


Larissa Albernaz Collage
  • Larissa's Blog Link
  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? There are a lot of small things that make Brazil a great place to live. I love its vibrant multi-culturalism; Brazilian food and music; but my favorite thing is the weather.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever? The Pixie Glen paper line!

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Lea Lawson: USA
Lea Lawson Collage
  • Lea's Blog Link

  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? Right now I am pretty much obsessed with Phillip Phillips who won this season of American Idol.  I cannot WAIT for him to release an album!  Until then, I purchased quite a few of his songs they recorded for the show.  I love singer/songwriter type of music....so that is what you will typically find playing in the background while I am creating.
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? I want to travel to Australia so bad, I can taste it!!  My husband and I both feel this way, and we have our dream vacation basically planned out!  We want to go to Australia over the Australian Open, take in some good tennis, and just explore the amazing country and all it has to share!!  One day, we will take that dream vacation...I just know it!!

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Lene Bjornerud: Norway
Lene Bjornerud
  • Lene's Blog Link

  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? I live in the best country in the whole world! That's a fact and I love it because we have all the best opportunities of education, heath care, and so on! I also love our beautiful and unique nature and animals! I love to travel and do some shopping, almost anywhere is cheaper than Norway!

  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? I often see/hear nature and documentaries on web-TV, or else I sit in silence.

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Leslie Ashe: USA


Leslie Ashe Collage
  • Leslie's Blog Link
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?   I’m DYING to go to Italy. And Ireland. Ok, and Switzerland, France & Scotland. Can you tell I need a European vacation? Like...yesterday.
  • What is your favorite Prima product ever?  My favorite product from Prima HAS to be the masks. I LOVE using all sorts of mediums to play with these. I also have to say my favorite Prima line is Doodle Deux. I LOVE the fun whimsical colors and designs.
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Magda Bolinska: UK
Magda Bolinska Collage
  • Magda's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite color? I love all color, but recently yellow the most :)
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?
    Paris !!! it`s my big dream :)
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Maiko Kosugi: Japan


Maiko Kosugi Collage
  • Maiko's Blog Link

  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country? I live in Japan. There is much delicious food in Japan. And I like Kyoto and Kobe. There are rows of houses of a beautiful temple and an ancient city in Kyoto. Kobe is surrounded by a mountain, and the sea, and is a stylish town. Please visit Kyoto and Kobe when you travel Japan.
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Austria (Vienna), France, and Australia
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Marie-Nicolas Alliot: France
Marie-Nicolas Alliot Collage
  • Marie-Nicolas' Blog Link
  • Where do you dream about going on vacation? For vacation, we have a big dream with my husband : going to American Park with our 4 children ! A big big Dream !! We want now to discover another country with our children. I hope this year going to the sun with them ! I dream. lol!
  • What do you love about your country: France. I don't know if you have the same thing in another country ... In France, we adore cooking and eating. And with my family : we love it ^^ And so, we adore going to the market on Saturday to buy all we have need to cooking for the WE. Cheese : lot of cheese ! But vegetables and seafood (we leave at 30min of the sea). And after we come back and cooking all the WE for us or all of us and friends ! I think I can't live in a country where there is no cheese. :-)
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Solange Marques: Brazil


Solange Marques Collage

  • Solange's Blog Link
  • What's your favorite movie? The Notebook
  • What's your favorite color? Red.

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Stacey Young: Australia

Stacey Young Collage
  • Stacey's Blog Link
  • What is your favourite Prima product ever?  Summer Carnation Vine (but any vine will do me)!
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?  I would love to take my family to Disneyland and America one day:)
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Steph Devlin: Australia

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  • What's your favorite color? My favourite color is Turquoise Blue, Hot Pink, Lime Green, Rasberry, Violet, Pastel Pink, Baby Blue and Seafoam Green !!!!!!!   How can I pick just one ... I have always had a love affair with colors.
     
  • What's your favorite movie? I have a passion with movies. I love the escapism and dissapearing for a couple of hours in another world.  My favourite movie ...... Hmmm "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett.  The acting, script, cinematography, and costumes, anything historical I adore.  Oh, and I have to sneak in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Still.
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Design Team Coordinator:


Sharon Laakkonen: USA
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  • Sharon's Blog Link
  • What is your favorite thing about the country you live in: Although I love traveling and exploring new cultures, new sites, and meeting new people, I always love coming home! I have yet to explore all 50 of our wonderfully-diverse states, their amazing variety of foods, and their spectacular scenery. And we have Diet Coke. :)
  • What is your favorite Prima product: Oh no. That is like asking me which of my seven children is my favorite! (Okay-I think I just LOVE our flowers the most. They are absolutely the best ones on the market hands-down! And I have a hard time scrapping without sneaking a flower in here and there!)
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This year we decided to pick 12 guest designers! We will be working with one of them each month, so make sure you look for their work coming up!


Norway-Vibeke Harila

Sweden-Camilla Ekman

Australia-Louise Nelson

Australia-Jill Van Iperen

Poland-Olga Heldwein

Poland- Kasia KrzymiƄska

USA- Frank Garcia

USA-Adrienne Ford

USA-Celine Regnier

Puerto Rico-Marilyn Rivera

Ukraine- Tanya Dudkina

Canada- Keren Tamir

Can I just say, "WOOT!" This is a STUNNING line-up to work with over the next 12 months!

Thank you, Prima Design Team: 2011-2012

This was posted on the Prima blog, but I also wanted to post it here. I have spent the last year+ with these talented designers. They are an amazing group. It's always sad to see a good thing come to an end.

 

It's Been A Wonderful Ride Together!

It's that time of the year to say:
THANK YOU!
to our amazing Design Team. After working together on a daily basis for a whole year we have become far more than just co-designers.
This amazingly talented group of gals made the whole year smooth sailing for me as a coordinator. Not only were they super easy to work with (while putting up with me), but they encouraged one another, helped one another, and provided priceless friendship to one another. The camaraderie on the team is simply a wonderful blessing.
Each one of these talented designers constantly brought fresh designs, and the most creative ideas, to share with you. It's not an exaggeration to say that each gal has a special place in my heart!
And a special shout out to a few of my girls who are leaving after fulfilling two years on the team. These gals stepped up to the plate and became amazing mentors to the new gals when the team first started last June. They are talented beyond measure, professional in all their ways, and are going to go places in this industry!
  • Janine Koczwara
  • Stacy Cohen
  • Karola Witczak
  • Trina McClune
As a special treat I want to share one of my favorite projects from each Prima designer from the last year. (It was a tough job choosing just one!)  I you girls! ~~ Sharon

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Anne Jo Lexander
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AnnaMarie Mondro
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Anna Maria Wolniak
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Marie-Nicolas Alliot
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Janine Koczwara
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Trina McClune
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Stacy Cohen
StacyCohen

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Karola Witczak
Karola witczak

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Leslie Ashe
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Heidi Kelley
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Trudi Harrison
TrudiHarrison

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Stacey Young
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Anna Dabrowska
Anna dabrowska

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Hege Lundquist
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Emeline Seet
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Maiko Kosugi
Maiko kosugi

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Steph Devlin
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