The Academy DT is still growing to offer you even more creativity, ideas and experiences from all over the world.
Despite a difficult year that has changed everyone's habits, the desire for creativity has not passed and we hope, in the near future, to be able to return with our Championship.
12 DT Members will accompany you with projects and tutorials for the next 12 months.
Many reconfirmations Apexa, Olga, Monika, Luciana, Elena, Jessica and Sharon,
we greet Cristina and Giovanna whom we thank for their precious creative contribution, who come out of the DT but will still be guests on some occasions.
We thank a lot even all the creatives that took part to our DT call, the choice has not been easy because of the good level of everyone of you, for this we wanted to propose to all of those who sent us their applications to write to us so we can decide together a date to publish a project as Guest Design.
But now it's time to welcome the 5 new entries and to introduce again all our DT:
Avishag Alon - Israel
My name is Avishag and I'm an artist and creator.
Married to Yossi and mother of three wonderful girls, Emily, Ariel and Arbel .
The Mixed media is my favourite field.
I like to create with molds, colors, elements and flowers and always happy to learn and discover new materials, techniques and fields.
I create Greeting cards, Canvas, Albums and Altered Accessories.
I'm also doing workshops and I've recently opened a tutorial channel on YouTube.
Chiara Portini - Italy
Hello everyone! My name is Chiara Portini and I am 47 years old and I am a proud mother of two girls.
I have many interests ... I like reading books and always learning new things, drawing, coloring, scrapbooking and I also love sewing.
In my creations I like to mix various elements and experimenting is my passion. My scraproom is my happy place and it's always messy!
Colleen Balija - USA
Hi, my name's Colleen!
I live in the Midwest of the United States with my husband and dog, Atticus.
I have 2 grown children and a granddaughter.
I love music, vacations, wine, and all things crafty!
Krystal Overby - USA
Hello, my name is Krystal Overby. I am the owner of The Flying Seahorse. I am a brand ambassador for A Vintage Girl and a designer for 2 other challenge blogs called Bleeding Art and Steampunk Challenge Blog.
I have been doing mixed media and assemblage arts for roughly a year now but have always been interested in some type of craft. Everything from scrapbooking to hair bows. I love what I do now and look forward to creating unique inspiring projects to share with everyone. I am also a mom of 3 and a wife to my lovely husband, Todd.
Miria Molinari - Italy
Hi, I'm Miria aka La prof, this nickname comes from my job, I was a teacher.
I've always loved being creative in everything I do, I've experimented many different hobbies but my favourite are cardmakng and colouring.
I'd like to thank Academy for choosing me, so proud of being part of this DT with so many talented ladies.
Apexa Nagar - India
My name is Apexa Nagar, from India.
By qualification I am a mechanical engineer but my passion towards art and craft never leaves me anywhere under any circumstances.
My parents and husband have always encouraged me and been a great support system throughout my journey. I have two little muchkins who are like Cupids of my life and at this small age of 5 years and 4 years they are supporting me to another extend.
Playing with different textures, faux metallic, faux leather, steampunk & rustic look effects are my style of work I love to do the most.
I turned my passion into profession in the year of 1998 by registering as a craft teachers with pidilite industries (which has creative unit now as hobby ideas) became expert teacher just after two years of registration with them and the very next year I became Super teacher with them for almost 5 years. My role with the company was to train hobby teachers for the new products they launch in the market with new techniques.
I have managed to train more than 1200 hobby teachers all over India. And then started my own studio named "Art studio by Apexa" but took 5 years of break from 2012 to 2017 for family priorities and now resumed back last year.
Jessica Larios - USA
My name is Jessica Larios/Matter of Crafts. I'm from Florida, USA. I am a mother to two boys, a wife, a part-time worker, and soon to be a geriatric counselor. I am inspired to encourage and help others in any way I can. I like to sprinkle happiness like it's a wildfire.
Through art, I encourage and uplift others. I'm an up-cycling mixed media artist with specialty's in creating my own pastes. I draw inspiration from Mother Nature. I love to use natures remnants to create lovely dimensions and textures in all my projects. Making unconventional 3D art out of what was once considered discarded trash to create and many mediums to alter, create home-decor, cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and works on canvas surfaces is my passion.
Luciana Warnowski - Brasil
Hello, my name is Luciana Fatima Warnowski. I am scrapbooker and educator from Brazil! I love paper crafting and I’m passionate about what I do. Currently, I'm endorsed Prima Educator.
I started scrapbooking and paper crafting in 2004 and since then, I have dedicated my time to learn and pass along my knowledge through my work.
I enjoy incorporating mixed media techniques and ideas in my classes, so that I can pass along my skills to my students.
I have been travelling across my country for conducting many workshops, teaching classes and demonstrating new products' use.
Dr. Monika Tripathi Shukla - India
I am Monika Tripathi Shukla, born and raised in India, now reside in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In academics, I hold a degree of Ph.D. in Biotechnology and also worked as researcher for more than 5 years. I am married to a very patient husband who understands me very well. I decided to be a full time mother, when my son came into my world, so now crafter by profession. Irony it may seem but yes thats how life works. I started crafting in 2017 as my passion and profession. My family motivates me a lot. My lovely siblings keep me inspired and on my toes in putting forward my best. My parents have always been part of me through thick and thin of my life. My mother inspired me always with her artistic acumen. I do not restrict myself to a certain style. I love experimenting with new styles when it comes to crafting, till now my favourite are Mixed Media Art, Up-Cycling and Scrapbooking. I worked as Designer for My Happy Packs, Tubby Craft and CrafTreat in the past. As of now I design for an Indian brand "Mudra Craft Stamps", Spanish paper manufacturer "Papers For You" along with some blog challenges. I won Scrapbooking World Championship (Asian stage) organized Academy Scrapbooking and Arts, Dublin and also secured 2nd rank worldwide. I am so thrilled to be in this fantastic Academy committee for another year again. It is an honour to be here today. My heartfelt thanks to sweet Elena and whole academy for so much love and giving me this wonderful opportunity. I hope that I can inspire others.
Olga Kolov - Germany
I am Olga Kolov, the wife of a wonderful man, that honored my passion and mom of 2 creative boys, aged 8 and 13, that honored my scrapbooking staff. Our family lives in wonderful small town Oldenburg in north Germany, near to Bremen. We have a house with a cat ;) I am quality assurance manager by day and creativity monster by night ;)
As designer, I am in love with shabby chic, vintage style and mixed media. I make cards, canvas and altered art. But Clean&Simple is my new love ;)
Sharon Schlezinger Bayer - Israel
Hi, my name is Sharon, and I'm from Israel. I'm a mother, lawyer, graduate of Interior Design studies and a scrapaholic.
As a daughter of an art teacher, I was exposed from early age to art and crafting, and loved it.
I happened to be exposed to Scrapbooking 3 years ago, and have been addicted ever since. I started with traditional scrapbooking, but very soon I found that making cards, paper, stamps and Copic markers are my passion.
For me, scrapbooking is not 'just' crafting, but also moments of happiness, self-observation, and a real therapy. I love that everyone can do scrapbooking without a prior knowledge of art or artistic talents.
As such, I want more people to become acquainted with this field and for that I carry out voluntary projects of making greeting cards in holidays and special occasions in Israel, for the needy population, the sick, the elderly, Holocaust survivors and more - all in collaboration with crafters from Israel and abroad, in a way that gives both the creator and the recipient a blessing.
I also work to make professional knowledge available in the field and I use scrapbooking to promote things that are important to me, such as raising awareness and tolerance for autistic people (a topic close to my heart as my only son is coping with autism). I'm also a member of Design Team in 5 known companies and I'm a Copic certified instructor. I collaborate with stores, importers and creators to promote the field and make it accessible to everyone - all on a voluntary basis, out of my love for this amazing hobby.
Elena Consonni - Italy
Hi, my name is Elena and I am 48 years old. I worked in the field of sporting events and television. After having our third child I started to devote myself to creative art, trying different disciplines including scrapbooking...now I love the Mixed Media! I combined my artistic passion with my experiences in organizing events to make the first Scrapbooking World Championship.
We look forward to Thursday for the first post of one of them!
The Academy Staff