Creative Team

August 2012 - January 2013 - 

Leonie Neal-Dawson...
Hi, my name is Leonie and I live in Geelong, Victoria. Along with my Husband of 11 years, Greg and our 4 children, Will (10), Andrew (8), Hamish (8), and Maggie (6).

I started Scrapbooking when I was pregnant with my twins in 2003. And truly I love everything about this craft; preserving our family’s day to day moments, the creative outlet for me, meeting fabulous like minded people and the amazing online world of scrapping, blog challenges, forums etc. I’ve become so passionate about my craft that everyday will find me scrapping in some way or another, even if it’s just 15 minutes tucked away in my study.

I enjoy learning and trying lots of different techniques in my scrapbooking and I think that is part of the attraction of blog challenges. They always offer something a little different, something to help push you in new directions. Having said all that at the moment I like to use mists and masks on most my Layouts.

I love having visitors to my blog, so feel free to pop in and say hi.

Leonie's Blog:

Helene Bogren - Sweden

I live in south of Sweden with my husband and our four year old daughter.
I have always loved playing with colors in different ways, which has resulted in hobbies like interior design, to design and sew clothing, and gardening/garden design. When I found out about scrapbooking that quickly became my new passion! I just love the colors, patterned papers, embellishments, masks, mixed media products and so on… At the moment I’m using a lot of mix media and doodling on my layouts but I like to challenge myself to try new techniques. I’m kind of a more-is-more girl in scrapbooking and I love to use a lot of bright colors (which, by the way, works SO well with kraft paper).
Belinda Spencer...

Hi!! My name is Belinda Spencer and I have been addicted to scrapping since 2003.
My main focus for scrapbooking has always been 12” x 12” layouts but more recently I have become addicted to cardmaking and artist trading cards as well.
My style tends to include elements of shabby chic, vintage, fussy cutting and a touch of grunge. I love to include texture, dimension and different techniques. These days I cannot seem to complete a layout without gesso, Distress Inks, Glimmermist and, of course, kraft cardstock.
My children are an endless source of inspiration for me as well as blog surfing, magazines, product and other scrappers that I admire.
I have been published in Scrapbook Creations and Scrapbooking Memories magazines.
I currently teach at Charlotte’s Web in Adelaide, am a Design Team member at The Color Room, Dusty Attic and Handmade By Suzanne and participate in as many blog challenges as I can fit in each month.
I am so thrilled to be joining the Kraft It Up team and hope that you enjoy seeing my creations.
You can see more of my work on my blog
Sarah Groen – NZ...

Hi there
I live in Auckland NZ with my hubby of 16 years (Mark) and my 6 gorgeous kids ranging in age from 21 to 3 years - so lots of scrappy inspiration there :))) I am a stay at home mum and since I discovered scrapbooking 6 years ago I have been a hopeless addict. I am currently on the design team for the NZ scrapbook store Scottie Crafts,, the Australian based companies "Purple Pumpkin" and ‘Rasberry’, and the on-line challenge blogs “Frosted Designs”, “Stuck Sketches” and “Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge”. I have been published many times both in NZ and overseas and in 2009 I was lucky enough to be chosen as an Elite Team member for Up2Scrap, NZs premiere scrapbooking magazine.
I am so looking forward to being on the design team for Kraft it Up. I really love to design with bright colours and I find that a kraft background really makes my pages 'pop'.
I also love working from sketches and putting my own twist on them. I regularly contribute to challenge blogs and particularly enjoy creating multi-photo layouts. I really admire the work of all the members of your current design team, and I hope that my own style will complement the amazing talent that you already have. My pages often have a whimsical feel to them but I love to try out new techniques and my style changes according to my inspiration.
My blog can be found here:
Sue Smith...

My name is Sue Smith and I live on the beautiful South Coast of NSW and have 2 adult children and 3 fur-babies. All my life I have dabbled in art of some sort, and have been an obsessed fan of scrapbooking for about 7 years now after reluctantly attending a Creative Memories workshop.

Becoming involved with the online scrapbooking community has, and continues to be, a wonderful source of technique development, creative inspiration and many, many valued friendships.

I don't really have a scrapping style as such, but I love using lots of layers and mists and experimenting with new products and techniques. I also dabble in mixed media art and I am passionate about photography. I love working with Kraft and I am really looking forward to my time here on this team, and sharing my creations on this blog."

Kim Price...

My name is Kim Price and I live on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia with my husband of 20 years and 2 grown up teenaged daughters.

I first discovered a scrapbooking shop in 2002 during our trip around Australia and I have been papercrafting ever since. I have a passion for colour and I love to incorporate more traditional scrapbooking supplies such as designer papers and flowers along with art supplies like paint, ink and gesso. I am a huge fan of fussy cutting and layered styles. You could describe my personal style as artsy, a bit whimsical and freestyle.
Much of my inspiration is drawn from my family, experiences and those people closest to me. This year I have been working on taking better photographs to incorporate in my layouts and on my blog. I have also begun to use my own photographs as embellishments on a layout, such as butterflies and objects of interest.
I am so very happy to be part of the Kraft It Up! creative team, and I look forward to getting to know you all better in the coming months.

Kim's Blog:

Gina Rogers...

My name is Gina Rodgers and I’m from Tasmania, Australia…

I’ve been with my partner Mark for 18 years and have we have 2 gorgeous girls Rhiannon (16) and Jemma (13). I’ve been scrapping for around 5 years...

I usually apply paints and mists on my layout backgrounds as well as some textural effects such as stitching, layering and collage. I love trying out new techniques and using products in unexpected ways.

When I’m not scrapping I love to make cards, jewelry and fill my art journal.

Gina's Blog:
Kylie Symons – Returning

I have been married for 11 years to my husband whom i have known all through my school years. We have three beautiful girls- Kayley 10, Emma 8 and Bridget 5. My family are my life basically. It all evolves around them. They enjoy playing numerous sports and i totally like supporting and watching them achieve their goals and having fun. My kids are my life. They feature quiet alot on my layouts and fight over mummy completing pages of themselves! I always get, “I’m next”.
Three words best describe my scrapping - Freestyle, bright and colourful .Chipboard and pp are two embellishments that you will see a lot on my layouts.
Di Garling – Returning
I am happily married & I have two grown up sons who have now unfortunately moved out of home, so now I am an "empty nester".
I so miss my boys living at home. I have a great little fat "Staffy" dog called Poppy, who we all totally spoil.

I own a Scrapbook shop at The Entrance NSW which I started up 5 1/2 years ago & I do a lot of designing & teaching there. I absolutely love my job & I do adore all things paper.

I would have to say I am totally addicted as most of you are too. I am also a sewer, patchworker & beader, however I don't seem to do those as much any more as Scrapbooking seems to be my No. 1 passion.
I am also the DT Cordinator for Green Tara.

Di's Blog:

Beth Jarrett – Returning
My name is Beth Jarrett and I have been scrapping for 10 years.

I have three kids who are the main focus of my scrapping.
I love scrapping. I love the finished product, but what I love most is the process. I like to take my time when scrapping as I like to enjoy it.
It can take me up to a week to complete a layout.

I am fortunate enough to be named a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2001/12.
Beth's Blog: