The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. The good news is, you’re not alone!
My name is Andrea Walford, and I’m the Creative Director and Founder of Paper Crafter’s Library. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through my series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, I began looking for a new approach to education.
While there were a number of sites that provided training on one thing or another, there was no ONE place I could go that offered comprehensive training on multiple techniques, tools, products and project ideas. Every time I would look for accurate, thorough, well-presented information on products, I would find myself spending countless hours searching the internet for the information I needed. Every time I wanted to learn a new technique or skill, I would find myself buying magazines & books, and signing up for workshops and online classes.
I knew that if I – an experienced paper crafter – was spending countless hours and thousands of dollars all in an effort to learn – there had to be lots of other people experiencing the same challenges and frustrations.
In 2011 – after a year of behind the scenes planning and work – I launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, ONLY website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. Whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Often times, the hardest information to find is the basics: “What is it?”, “What’s it used for?” and “How do you use it?”. These are all questions we answer in our teaching about the products and tools used in paper crafting. Hours of research goes into our videos in order to ensure that we are bring you the most accurate up-to-date and relevant information in the paper crafting industry. And while you’ll see that we have partnered with a a number of companies – we are selective about who we work with. Our opinions cannot be bought, and we pride ourselves on provided non-biased information, featuring both the pros and the cons.
But we don’t stop there! Our experienced team of designers/educators strive to look at all the different ways a product can be used, and all the different techniques they can be incorporated into – because we recognize that in our current economy, if you’re going to invest in a product, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
Our last area of focus is to combine those products and tools and use them in as many many different projects as we can – cards, scrapbooks, mini albums, boxes and gifts, altered art – and in as many different styles as we can – clean and simple, vintage, grungy, cutesy – so that whatever your paper crafting type or style – you’ll find help and inspiration.
What makes us different from everyone else – whether it’s online communities, classrooms, craft review sites or blogs – is that we have organized and indexed all of our videos (over 1000 to date with over 50 videos being added each month!) into a video library, so that everything is all in one place, making it easy for you to find what you are looking for!
Andrea is an avid paper crafter and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching, sharing and inspiring others towards creativity. After 6 years of teaching in the paper crafting industry and helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space, she founded Paper Crafter’s Library. She also enjoys spending time in her studio art journaling and creating mixed media pieces. She shares her life with her husband Todd, 5 children (6, 8, 12, 14 and 16), her 94 year old Grandpa, and their dog Ginger. Irene joined the family as their full-time nanny 6 years ago, making it possible for her focus on building her online business. When she’s not working she enjoys date nights with her husband, family movie nights at home with her kids, reading, and working out at the gym.
I began as a Paper Crafter’s Library Design Team member and have now joined the team as a Designer/Educator. I am proud to be a self-proclaimed artist! I strongly believe that each of us has unique creative gifts to bring into this world and I try to do my best to inspire myself and others to tap into that wealth of creativity! I live in Denver, Colorado and am humbled by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains on a daily basis. I live with my partner Michael and our four-legged kids: Loki the cat and Buddy the dog. I have been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for 7 years and have had numerous projects published in Paper Crafts magazine. You can visit me at my blog Figments of My Imagination.
My name is Leigh Penner and I live in Morden, Manitoba, Canada with my husband of 17 years and our three children. I work as a substitute teacher, which I enjoy, because it allows me to work the same hours/days as my children as well as gives me days off to craft! I have been scrapbooking for over ten years now and started cardmaking and stamping about three years ago, when I purchased my first die cutting machine and some clear stamps online. I love both forms of paper crafting evenly and would have a hard time choosing between the two! I would describe my style as CAS & pretty, with stitching 99% of the time. I am currently on the following design teams: Reverse Confetti, Pretty Pink Posh, Chickaniddy Crafts and CAS(E) This Sketch. You can find me on my blog at http://leighpenner.blogspot.ca/
I live in the Chicagoland area with my wonderful husband, son, and daughter. I work full-time as Graphic Designer/Pre-Press Operator at a small print company. I I started papercrafting around 1997, but I ended up just hoarding supplies and not completing any projects. A few years ago, my love of papercrafting was rekindled when I was invited to scrapbook at a friendís house. I have been obsessed ever since!!! I am thrilled to be joining this amazing team!!!
Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m a writer, a reader, a world-traveler, a dreamer, and friend. I’ve made my home in such exotic locals as Honduras, Germany, and Cameroon, West Africa, before returning to my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania to settle down and raise my beautiful family. I’m married to my soulmate, and we have three wonderfully precocious boys who definitely keep things lively. I’ve always been a crafty girl, but I didn’t discover paper crafting until January of 2010. At the same time, I started my blog, Christy Gets Crafty, to document my journey. I love card making especially, because it’s all about putting love on paper and giving it away.
Hi! My name is Laurel and I live in sunny Florida! I am a Christian, wife and mother of two! I love Coke products, not Pepsi. I am short and love to laugh. I like breakfast for dinner and I am huge fan of the Harry Potter series. I am afraid of heights but am married to a pilot. I was introduced to crafting a few years ago when I went to a friend’s house and saw some weird contraption. I asked her what it was and she said it was a Cuttlebug. I laughed at the name and then asked what it did. Then she started talking about stamps. Stamps? Like postage stamps? Who knew?!? From then on, I took to crafting and never looked back. I am primarily a card maker but every now and then I get daring and create something else. I would define myself as a very clean and simple designer. I LOVE distress inks and gelatos and always try to find more ways to use them. You can find me on my blog at www.laurelbeard.org.
I’ve been crafting in one way or another most of my life – but paper crafting is my favourite! I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and in fact was one of the first Canadian demonstrators when the opportunity came to this country. I continue to enjoy teaching and sharing paper crafting with others both in person and online through my website http://www.yamstamps.com . When not working on that, I work in the community as a physiotherapist. I am the proud mother of one teenaged son, who keeps me on my toes constantly, which can come in handy for my interest in running – to the point where I’ve managed to complete 3 marathons. My interests also include travelling, singing and music in general. I’m looking forward to being part of the PCL team and sharing more information on MDS – because digital and hybrid crafting is perfect for letting digital photos live somewhere else than just the memory card or computer.
Hi there, this is Jennifer Rzasa. I teach elementary music in a public school just outside of Boston, MA, and I live in a small apartment with my amazing husband. Paper crafting is just one of my hobbies (among sewing, cooking, painting, skateboarding, cosplaying, making jewelry, etc…) – but it is definitely my favorite! I especially love making cards- it’s such a wonderful feeling to create something in just a small amount of time that can make both yourself and someone else extremely happy!
Hello! My name is Kari, and I live in South Central Missouri. I am originally from Central Arkansas where I was born and raised. I am happily married to my best friend, and we have two cats that we absolutely love. By day, I work at my local hospital where for 6 years I worked in medical records as the Release of Information/Legal Correspondent or in simpler terms, I release medical records to various entities such as attorney’s, insurance companies, Disability claims, and of course patients. My passion though is card making primarily, but I do enjoy making other paper craft projects. My start and love for crafting started in August of 2009 where I was invited to a Stampin’ Up workshop, and fell in love! It quickly grew from there, and soon I was taking over my husband’s computer room, where I turned it into my craft room and then soon after I created my blog to document my journey. I love card making because it is instant creative gratification, and I get to share that with family and friends.
I’m Tracy and I am a 24 year old college student. I graduated in May of 2012 with a Psychology degree and now I’m back in school going for a Graphic Design degree. I have been creating for as long as I can remember, doing projects with beads, paper, string, glue, you name it! Now, I love to make cards using fun techniques and stamps!
Hi it’s Therese and I’m so excited to be a part of the Papercrafter’s Library. I live in Australia with my husband and two adorable cats and have been making cards for 10 years. I like to try many different styles but my ‘go to’ style I would have to say is clean and simple, I also really enjoy the challenge of trying out new techniques. I started my Youtube channel 3 years ago and love to film my cards as I create. That is why I am so happy to be one of the Designer / Educator’s so now I can share my passion with you and you can share the card making process with me and I hope that you will learn something along the way.
My name is Yana Smakula, I’m 20-smth years old and I’m from Ukraine. I’ve been married for a little bit over three years now, no kids but we do have two black cats and we can’t live without them! I love to travel and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with my husband we’ve been to a few places in Europe, Africa, Asia and USA. Our next dream destination is Madagascar, I hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! I enjoy scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook). My other passion is cardmaking – I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I’m very much into stamping and die cutting although I never really though I was until I took a closer look at my cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps and dies! You can see more of Yana’s work on her blog, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Although I have always had a creative outlet in one form or another, I got hooked on paper crafting when a good friend of mine taught me how to wet emboss. I was thrilled with the alchemy of changing a blank piece of paper into golden communication. I have been paper crafting for over 10 years now. I do some mixed media projects and have made a few scrapbook pages. My true love is making greeting cards because they are meant to be shared. I personally love getting mail and I share that mailbox thrill with others. I sell my greeting cards on Etsy under the store name Plays Nicely with Paper. When I am not crafting or on Pinterest, I work in marketing research and love talking to people to figure out what is important to them. My husband Richard and I are working on creating new additions to our family. In the meantime, he happily lets me buy all the crafts I want – as long as they stay in my craft room.
Hi, I’m Laurie Davenport. I live in Cincinnati, OH, where I currently work as a postdoctoral fellow, doing scientific research. My husband is a pastor, and I enjoy being involved in his work at our church. I have been following many paper crafting blogs over the past few years and am excited to now be branching out to do some writing myself. I’ve got my own blog up and running now, paperchemistry.wordpress.com, and am looking forward to sharing creations, participating in challenges, and getting feedback from all of you!
My name is Lucinde van Ballegooijen. I’m a graphic designer who loves to create, digital and handmade. My mother loves crafting and taught me a lot of stuff, so I kind of grew up with it. The last couple of years crafting really became my biggest hobby. When I have enough free time I’m creating cards or jewelry and when I’m not creating I’m exploring the internet for new ideas, techniques and materials. You can see more of my work at www.lucilight.nl