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Meet a2z’s New Design Team and Design Team Leader


Today is an exciting day at a2z Scrapbooking. We are announcing our new Design Team.  It was a hard choice. All of the entries were fabulous and it was so hard to narrow it down but we think we got it right and chose a really great team!  If you applied and didn’t make it…please don’t despair. There will be future calls and we really hope you will try again. 🙂

Before we meet the new designers we have some sad news to share. Our Design Team Coordinator and Lead designer,  the ultra-talented, super sweet, always has a smile to share Linda Trace has stepped down. We are so sad to see her go. She has been an integral part of the a2z Scrapbooking family and she will be dearly missed.  We want to wish Linda all the best on her new endeavors and let her know she will ALWAYS have a place here at a2z Scrapbooking if she ever wants to return.

In her place we have hired a fabulous new replacement….Michelle Liimatainen (aka Skrappergirl). I am sure that she is going to do an outstanding job filling the position. Please give her all a warm welcome.

Michelle Liimatainen


Hello everyone!  I am Michelle Liimatainen Yes, it’s 2 i’s in that last name…I get that question all the time. It’s Finnish. 😉 I married into it. I am American Indian and French. 😉 I reside in Massachusetts with my husband & best friend in the whole world, Ray,  we have 5 children and 3 dogs.  Life is chaotic, but fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I have been scrapbooking for 16 years and stamping for 7.  I fell in love with the paper crafting industry after a scrapbook kit showed up at my sister’s doorstep.  I adored the cute pages my sister was making and fell in love. It was instantaneous!  The rest is history. I became a paper addict. Stamping came many years later. I found the Hero Arts blog and saw rubber stamping in a whole new way. I fell in love. I had to buy stamps!  Who knew so many stamps could fit into one room?!

I also have stepped into the art journaling world and my other passion is home decor with paper. I love to create decor for my house with paper.   I love gummy bears, Starburst, the ocean and iced coffee. You can see my creations on my blog Page Master Designs and in my photostream on Flickr.

Now meet our wonderfully talented returning designers:



Hi Everyone! Today s such an exciting day. I want to say Hello to all the new team members. I am looking forward to working with you! I am a single Mom of 2 adult sons. The youngest is a Senior at Purdue. He’s majoring in Spanish and Business. The oldest has special needs and is living at home with me. He works as a welder in a nearby Steel Mill.

We have 2 cats Mischief and Dustbunny who provide lots of laughs. Dustbunny gets her name because she as a runt and looked like a dustbunny with eyes when she was young. Now she has the special ability

to have found two tumors on me and she knows when my blood sugar is too low at night and will wake me up to tell me to go eat.

I have been scrapbooking since 2002. I had a heart attack shortly after 9-11 and wanted my kids to know my story. Now I scrap just because it is therapeutic 🙂 And I am a scrapbooker first and a card maker second. I am addicted to paper. I can just sit and look at it for hours. I really love the girly ones, but with two boys I rarely have an opportunity to use it.

I have been with a2z Scrapbooking since it started in 2007.  The company was started to raise money for Celiac and Behcets Awareness. Currently we are raising funds to start a local camp for kids with celiac. We are all volunteers at a2z Scrapbooking.. I really enjoy working there. I love being able to meet customers from all over the world. My blog is Visions of Paper.    



My name is Barb Ghigliotty, although you may know me by my screen name ‘BarbGhig’. I live in central New Jersey, and have been married to my best friend Mike, for 39 years! We have 2 grown children and a sweet granddaughter, age 7 (the light of my life), who lives in Florida. The only one left at home with us right now, is our fur-baby Movado who keeps us young with his unlimited energy and fun personality!

I began scrapbooking when my granddaughter was born, but over time, I have found card making the most fun!  I love to play in challenges to push my creativity, and enjoy online card classes! My style is definitely ‘Clean and Simple’, but I do love to learn new techniques, such as water coloring, and try to implement them in my card making. I also love coloring images with my Copic markers.Please feel free to stop by my blog, (http://barbsstudiocreations.blogspot.com/) anytime to say hello!



Hi! I’m Charlene Kochensparger (Chark).  I’ve always loved drawing, crafting and the smell of new crayons. I’m a cardmaker, scrapbooker and a dabbler in other crafts. I’m also a freelance writer and my first publication is a story in Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children. http://elvaresa.com/book/military-life/ I also write for the online mag Books Make a Difference.  http://booksmakeadifference.com.

I also love reading, writing, crafting and The Wizard of Oz.

A class with Jennifer McGuire made me a convert to Hero Arts stamps–love them!  Please visit my blog.  Glitter in my Kitchen. I am so excited to be a part of this talented team–here’s hoping I can keep up!




Hi guys! I’m Kelly! I’m married to a wonderful man named Craig and we have a gorgeous one year old son who is the light of my life.

I’ve been cardmaking for about seven years and have loved every minute of it! I’m a huge fan of techniques and glitter. lots and lots of glitter ha! I also love seeing how far I can stretch my stamps.

I’m so honored to be on this team with such talented girls and representing such a wonderful store! Please visit my blog  You and Your Big Dreams 



Hi, I’m Lisa Haines, aka ThePurplePlace, which is the name of my blog and my special love of the color purple, which you’ll often see in my creations. It’s also the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia a chronic health condition that I personally live with.

I am married and the very proud Mom of two grown sons who I adore. Alex, the ‘baby’ who is 22, and Brian 27, who is now married to Meghan, my new “daughter” and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. That’s leave the house to Hubby, me and our three “Fur-Babies”, who have pretty much taken over. We are now raising Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenie sisters, who we adopted from a Dachshund Rescue in 2013. We all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Northeastern, Massachusetts.

I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It’s become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking card and technique classes, both online and at my LSS! I’m also a bit of a craft addict and love trying new products and shopping for the latest and greatest new craft goodies. I also love to take part in challenges and am a member of several craft-related groups online. Crafting has brought a whole new world of wonderful people into my life and I love being a member of the craft community. Please visit my blog at: The Purple Place

Hi, I’m Steph! I am married to a wonderful man and we have one sweet little boy and two fur babies.
In my free time I enjoy all things crafty! I love making cards, scrapbooking, sewing, crochet, etc.
For the most part, I love to create fun, colorful, clean and simple cards. Aside from crafting, I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading blogs, watching movies, going to the beach, and traveling. My blog A StephMade Life, is where I share my work.
Now let’s give a big warm welcome to our newest Design Team Members:


Hello, I’m Terhi Koskinen from Finland. I’m a mother of two girls, a loving wife, an effective employee and passionate horse girl and rider – but most importantly I’m an addicted papercrafter with lots of inspiration.

Scrapbooking is more than a hobby for me, it’s a lifestyle – it’s starts with the photograph session and ends when I get my creation where I want it, then it starts again. My creations are filled layers, straight lines, and techniques I want to try out. Mostly I do layouts (12″ x 12″), but sometimes I create art journal pages, canvases, cards and more..

You’re welcome to see me on my blog  http://tellimaria.blogspot.fi.



Hi! I’m Kathy Wade (aka krolski on Flickr and kkrolski on Twitter and Instagram).  I live in Indianapolis, Indiana with my husband. I work full-time at a University so I mainly craft in the evenings and on weekends.

I love stamps (especially Hero Arts stamps!), colorful inks, patterned papers, paint, Copic markers and anything related to card making and scrapbooking! I also love iced tea and brownies, but not necessarily together.  My favorite seasons are spring and summer, but I’m not a big fan of winter! I have 24 nieces and nephews and another one on the way, so I make lots and lots of birthday cards!

I’m super excited, and honored, to be a part of this Design Team. You can find my blog here:  http://wadingincreativity.blogspot.com. I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!



Hi, I’m Ruth. I’m a Mum, an IT nerd and I love Scrapbooking. I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I have been scrapbooking a long time but only started sharing online in early 2013 and so far it is a wonderful and encouraging experience.

I’m very excited to be part of the a2z scrapbooking team working with amazing Hero Arts products. I love sketches and bright happy colours. I love both pocket and my traditional layouts, occasional mini albums and recently I have decided to try art journalling. You can find my creations on my blog  Scrapmachine .



Hi—I am a craftaholic and card loving maniac.  But first and foremost I am a wife, mother and mema.  My husband is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army, who served 30 years of service.  He is truly an amazing husband, father, and papa who is dedicated to his family and supports me in all of my endeavors.  I have a son, a daughter and three beautiful grandchildren, who are the loves of my life. My travels have been vast as I was fortunate to live abroad and in multiple states around the Country.  The most interesting thing about traveling is seeing all the beauty that surrounds the World which has shaped my life and eye for creativity.


I have always loved crafting and I inherited that trait honestly because my mother was a home economics major in college. Growing up I always wanted to be in fashion shows, because she would make me new clothes.  She is truly a talented and inspirational artist.  She makes quilts and wearable art clothing, so this is why I give all the credit to her.

Moving forward, I love Scrapbooking–traditional and digital.  I love, love, love making cards, altered art, and photography.  I always strive to integrate my joys that I captured or created in my designs to share with others through blogging.  I just wish there were more hours in the day.  Please feel free to stop by my blog and check out my creations.  Creative Lady



I’m so thrilled to be part of the A2Z Scrapbooking  Design Team! I’m Ria Montefalcon, a mom to KC and Aunt to Abiel and Aidan. Philippines is my home country but I currently live in a small city, yet my home for a couple of years now, Doha, Qatar. I’m a marketing professional by day and a happy crafter by night. My educational background is in the Arts so card making and doing crafts are the things I most enjoy.

I have loved arts and crafts ever since I was a little girl, from a handmade card for grandma, stamping with coloring, to even sewing dresses for my little dolls. I find my style clean and simple and I’ve been hooked to card making for about two years now. I love to play with patterned papers, stamps and I try techniques to explore more fun in crafting. I also love sewing so you will see some of my sewn crafts and needle works at my blog. I am so happy to be able to share my works with you all. Please visit my blog at  Heart for Handmade



My name is Marnie {like the Alfred Hitchcock movie} and I live in the bustling Chicagoland area, with my husband Dave and our 2 Daughters Emily and Abbigayle as well as our little dachshund Vienna.

I work some days at our LSS Craft Fancy and some days I teach creative classes at the same store. I have been crafting and creating in some form all my life with my talented Mother and Grandmothers and now with my own Daughters. I discovered stamps about 21 years ago and never looked back even though I do sprinkle a few other crafts in from time to time.

I enjoy sharing ideas with people and generally lean towards bright happy colors, although I am always up for a new challenge or technique. I continue to learn and grow and be inspired by the amazing paper crafting community.

Besides crafting & more crafting I also enjoy gardening, cooking, art, photography, dancing, spending time with family and friends. I am super excited to join the A2Z team. I Love Hero Arts stamps, they have been a staple in my crafty life as long as I can remember. Hero Arts stamps are fun and versatile to fit any style or mood you may be in, it’s part of their success. Please visit my blog  Papertivity 




My name is Chitra and I live in Detroit, Michigan with my husband ‘Arun’. I have been into coloring and crafting in some form all my life. I came into card-making world in 2012 and I’ve come across new stamp companies, new techniques, new blogs, amazing products over the years.

My passion is for coloring it doesn’t matter what coloring medium it is, It is simply relaxing for me, I love bright and fun designs. I started blogging in September(2012) in order to join some awesome challenges and I became totally hooked. I am awestruck of all the wonderful blogs that I see and I hope that one day my blog will be up to that level and it is my hope thru my blog to inspire others and to keep learning, growing & creating. Please visit my blog  My Crafty Corner




My name is Emanuela Zoey, but everyone calls me just Zoey because it is shorter…short like me! LOL . I live in a small town near Bologna, Italy. I have always been a “creative kid” , when I was little I remember the teachers told my family to let my imagination run wild, so they did. When I turned 20 I stopped drawing, I don’t know why, but I started again few years later, because I was bored lol! I started making cards and I’ve been addicted since! In the past I traveled a lot and by doing this it gave me the opportunity to find out more about the card making/scrapbooking world — which is a ‘niche’ world here in Italy.

In the beginning I was making only ‘traditional’ cards, now I have jumped into the mixed media world, a world where I can find again the little kid I was, where I can run wild and let my imagination run with me without any rules. I also love to create Layouts, Altered projects, ATCs and TAGS.

I get inspired by everything that surrounds me and I am not afraid of mistakes, I find mistakes can add a touch to the final artwork, because no one will know, except yourself. You can find me on InstagramFacebook and over my Blog 



Hello, I’m Kymona Tracey. Who am I, you ask? I am a woman who never slows down and loves it. Yes… I am the energizer bunny’s sister! I just keep going and going (which is something that I am working on, if you follow my weekly wishes on my blog). I am a single mother of two wonderful children who are 8 years apart. My 16 year old son is a true self-made jock who plays every sport you can think of ! My 7 year old daughter is a real life princess who loves anything crafty and girly and absolutely hates anything related to sports. Talk about yin and yang! …but I love it!! Besides running from one activity to another with them, I work full time at a hospital (public health background), facilitate a reading group at work, teach high school students on the weekends and have a huge love of learning new things. I’ve taken classes in photography, web design, knitting, scrapbooking and card-making. I love them all, however, my true passion is card-making.

I was introduced to card making back in 2004 and haven’t turned back since. I started out as a hobbyist just making cards for family and friends. People were always ecstatic when they received a card from me. What they did not know was that it made me feel just as special to make a card for them. This passion pushed me into teaching card-making classes at work with a couple of coworkers who wanted to learn how to make projects for their families.

In September 2013, I made a big leap and created my blog, Kreative Kymona. Besides being a mom, I think that this has been one of my most rewarding accomplishments. Just being able to share with my world community makes life so rewarding! Please visit my blog Kreative Kymona Welcome ladies!  We are so happy to have you all here. Please come back tomorrow for our first official CHALLENGE, the Design Teams first official cards and enter for the chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store!

Thanks for stopping by. If at anytime you want to see the Bio’s of our designers again, just click on the Design Team tab at the top of the blog.

Thank you.

a2z Scrapbooking

Author: a2zscrapbooking

a2z Scrapbooking is proud to be a premier Hero Arts Retailer. Our Etsy store carries an extensive array of Hero Arts products and we love special orders. Our company, which is run by volunteers, was founded in 2007 in an effort to raise funds for Celiac and Behcets awareness. Have a question or a special request? Please contact us!

2 thoughts on “Meet a2z’s New Design Team and Design Team Leader

  1. I am super excited to have extended my term and now will be part of the brand new a2z Design Team with a very talented group from all over the world! Welcome to all the tam members, it’s already been fun meeting you and I’m very much looking forward to spending a lot of time together, being creative and sharing are love of Hero Arts products and shopping at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!

  2. Congratulations to each of the returning and new design team members! Such an incredible group of talented women! I look forward to seeing all of your cards on the blog in the upcoming months!

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