I am so very excited and pleased to announce the lovely ladies that will be our Fall Design Team. There were a ton of applicants and the decision was most definitely not an easy one, but I think you’ll all agree we are in for a fantastic visual treat over the next three months as we receive inspiration from the amazing Julie Koets, Amy Coose and Liz Qualman.

Please join me now for a little meet and greet with these creative, crafty geniuses.

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First off let’s meet Julie Koets. For those of you that are a part of our ScrapbookSteals.com Facebook community, Julie is no stranger to you. Julie has been a part of our family for a very long time and it’s a true delight that she will be representing ScrapbookSteals in an official Design Team position. Julie comes to us from the beautiful midwest from the town of Elkhart, Indiana.

I’m Julie Koets, a long time fan of Scrapbook Steals and thrilled beyond belief to be part of this amazing Design Team.  I am blessed with an amazing husband and two wonderful boys who all support my crafty obsession.  In addition to scrapbooking, I also love baking, entertaining friends and family, camping, and exploring the great outdoors!

I asked each of the ladies a few questions to help break the ice so we could get to know each of them just a little bit more.

1.  Who is your favorite manufacturer?

I have a hard time narrowing down a favorite, but lately my go to manufacturer is Simple Stories.  I love so many of their collections and adore how quickly a layout comes together when I use their products.  I’m often pressed for time, so I don’t have hours to spend crafting and Simple Stories really does make scrapbooking simple.

2.  Why do you scrapbook?

I scrapbook for many reasons, but the main reason is to preserve all of the great memories.  Boxes full of old pictures don’t tell much of a story, so my scrapbook pages will hopefully serve as great reminders and help “tell the story” of my life.  I make books for each of my boys that will someday be given to them and I also keep a family album for myself.

3.  What is your go to treat for scrapping?

My preferred treat for scrapbooking is Twizzlers!

I’m so excited for the fall DT term to start and can’t wait to see what products I get to work with!

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For those of you that joined us during the September ScrapbookSteals.com blog hop, you may remember Amy Coose and her amazing projects with the Martha Stewart Craft Glitters. I’ve only just begun to get to know Amy but she has one of those fun bubbly personalities and is one of those girls that seems like a long lost friend. And the cutest baby boy ever! She joins us form the busy and buzzing  metropolis of Washington D.C.

My name is Amy Coose and I am thrilled to be joining the ScrapbookSteals Fall Design Team!  I am a transplanted Texan living outside of Washington DC with my hubby of 16 years and our three kiddos.  Austin, my hockey player, is 13, Georgia, my drama queen, is 11, and my baby boy, Davis, just turned one.  Davis was our HUGE surprise baby. Although I was not ready to be a mom again and start all over, I am so thankful that I was given this gift and can’t imagine it any differently.
I have been scrapbooking since my oldest was about one. It’s my creative outlet, and I just love that I’ve preserved some special moments and memories that we would have forgotten if it wasn’t for scrapbooking.

1.  Who is your favorite manufacturer?

My favorite manufacturer would have to be My Mind’s Eye. I just love the quality and amazing range of products they offer.

2.  Why do you scrapbook?

I scrapbook because I have a horrible memory. I would forget all of the little things that make up our lives and I feel like those little things are what make us “us.”

3.  What is your go to treat for scrapping?

My go-to treat is a nice warm cup o’ coffee. I can’t scrap without it. No matter what time of day I’m scrapping there is always a cup of coffee close by.

I am looking forward to a fun term with the ScrapbookSteals design team!

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Lastly we are very excited to have the ever so talented Liz Qualman as a part of our Fall Design Team. Liz has fabulous style which is sure to please the masses. Liz joins us from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Edwards, CO.

I guess you could say I have been paper crafting since kindergarten and have never stopped. Living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with my family provides a lot of inspiration and keeps me busy.  Some of my industry experience includes working as the design team coordinator at Little Yellow Bicycle and on the design team at Simple Stories.  I am also a regular series writer for Scrapbooking and Beyond and Paper Creations Magazines and have been known to share a sketch or two. I am delighted to join the ScrapbookSteals Fall Design Team and look forward to some fun projects with great products.

Who is your favorite manufacturer ? 

This is a tough question, but I do have to say that I love companies who maufacture full lines of embellishments.   This is one of the reasons I am so happy to regularly work with Little Yellow Bicycle – their embellishments are top notch.  However, I recently received the entire Lucille collection from Basic Grey for an upcoming publication and it is one of the very best collections I have seen and I am totally smitten…  You can see why it is too hard to pick a favorite manufacturer and I have to admit that since I am a sucker for embellishments (especially those with adhesive already added), my heart is easily won over.

Why do you scrapbook? 

I like the creative outlet.  I live in the mountains and most people play outside, which I do too, but I like to hide away at my craft table and experiment with color, texture and design.

What is your go to music for scrapping?

My Pandora has a Katy Perry station.  It’s fun to rock out to her music along with other artists that have similar appeal.  I would not say that my scrapbooking “moves like Jagger,” but it is fun to listen to the upbeat, happy tunes to keep my projects fresh and fun.

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I’m SO excited to have the pleasure to work with you ladies. I cannot wait to see what amazing creations you come up with.
Be sure to check in on Friday as Liz kicks things off with the fall term.
Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our Guest Sketcher Mid Week Mojo. In short – amazing!