Hello everyone, after greeting our "old" members, today we introduce you the new members of the Academy Committee.
They will be those who will accompany us to the new edition of the Scrapbooking World Championship and to all the other news we will reveal you.
They will be above all our judges but also our designers. With their projects they will inspire us by creating special projects and giving us the incentive to make something unique.
Together with the champions Olga and Apexa, there will be many new entries among the contestants of the first world championship.
Less talking, space for their brief descriptions.
Jessica Larios - Academy Committee Member
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.
Monika Tripathi Shukla - Academy Committee Member
Hello, my name is Monika Shukla, born and raised in India, now reside in Abu Dhabi, UAE. My world revolves around my two year old son and caring husband. I am a full time homemaker who is working on her dream of opening her own craft studio. I love making cards, scrapbooks and home decor art pieces. I put my heart into creating something unique each time.
I love making handmade albums, scrapbooks, layouts, cards, canvases, mixed media art, 3D project, art-journals and other arts. Up-cycling and designing home decor art piece from any type scrap material, shabby chic style and mixed media are my all time favorite. I always look for new inspirations and try to explore beyond my boundaries. I have met so many amazing talented people along the way and am really enjoying this exciting creative journey. It’s almost two years since I started crafting as my passion and profession. I love my family, so my world revolves around my two year old son and caring husband, they bring me joy and new ideas for my projects. Coming to my style of work, I am more into everything as everything around me draws my attention like shabby chic, grungy, rustic mix media, simple card making. Paints and brushes are my all time favorite, glimpses of which will be always there in my creations. I get inspiration by looking around at all the creative and talented crafters and websites.
Yes, I worked as Designer for some Indian craft store and brands (My Happy Packs, Tubby Craft and CrafTreat). As of now I am Design Team Member for various Indian and International craft challenges. Recently 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. 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.
Cristina Moriggi - Academy Committee Member
Hello, my name is Cristina Moriggi from Italy.
Mom and wife full time ... but when I can I try to realize my dream ... trying not to get it moldy too much!!! Which?
Everything that is a form of art: photography, drawing, colors and for six years now Card Making, Art Journaling, and especially MIXED - MEDIA.
I forgot to tell you that I am a birthday on Christmas Eve; this year I am 50 years old, but it is really true that it is never too late to feel fulfilled and to feel great satisfaction in seeing something created with your own hands ... for me this has always had a great charm !!!!
I adore, as you may have guessed, the red color in all its forms and variations ... it has bewitched me since I was a child and I find it so passionate, aphrodisiac, intense and fragrant that I really can't help it! ...
The colors are my life ... so much so that my baby I called her Viola ... this is a little bit of me and I hope that with time you will get to know me better ... I'm not so bad!!!
Luciana Warnowski - Academy Committee Member
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.
Sharon Schlezinger Bayer - Academy Committee Member
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 4 known companies and will become a Copic instructor soon. 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.
Giovanna Irde – Academy Committee Member
My name is Giovanna Irde, I am the proud mom of two beautiful young women and wife of a handsome supportive men. I love to stay at home with Rose, my two years old lovely pitbull and organise my papercraft classes. I live in Sardinia, Italy. Probably because I live in a beautiful island, the sea is my element and maybe because here we have almost always sunny days, I love the colours. Colouring is my passion, cardmaking is my fun and scrapbooking is my precious moment, in general all the paper craft is my comfort zone.
Apexa Nagar – Scrapbooking World Champion Pro 2019
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.
Olga Kolov – Scrapbooking World Champion Hobbyist 2019
I am Olga Kolov, the wife of a wonderful man, that honored my passion and mom of 2 creative boys, aged 7 and 12, 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 ;)
Elena Consonni - Co founder, Academy Creative Director
Hi, my name is Elena and I am 47 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!