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Meet the Simple Scrapper Team

20130503_0067 Jennifer Wilson, Owner/Editor
Jennifer S. Wilson is a writer and creative entrepreneur living in the heart of the midwest with her husband and young daughter. She is passionate about helping people find more time for creativity through her Create More Media projects. Jennifer launched Simple Scrapper in 2008 as a way to chronicle her own learning process and has since published two Everyday Storyteller books on practical, real-world memory keeping.
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melniczenko_150 Jen Conlon, Social Media Manager
Jen has been digital scrapbooking since 2011 and an overall craft lover since she was a child. She has tried–and sometimes succeeded–at sewing clothing, quilting, embroidery, jewelery making, macrame, knitting, crochet, and woodworking. This love of design and craft led her to publishing two web sites: Quality DigiScrap Freebies and Quality Sewing Tutorials. She is a graphic designer by trade and worked as a marketing promotions web designer for 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom in 2009. She lives along the shore in Connecticut with her two young sons.
Find Jen: Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Google Plus | Twitter
melniczenko_150 Amy Melniczenko, Team Leader
Amy Melniczenko lives in Reston, VA with her husband of 14 years and their 10 year old boy/girl twins. Their 19 year old daughter is beginning her third year at West Virginia University in the fall! Amy is a full-time project manager at a financial institution these days but began her career as a social worker working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Amy has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. Although she did a paper Project Life album in 2012, she finished 2013’s Project Life album digitally! Although she’s taking a Project Life break for the foreseeable future, she’s working on a number of digital scrapbooking projects! Amy is currently creating for Valorie Wibbens and The Digital Press. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together! Amy is a huge reader (mostly literary fiction) and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!
Find Amy: Blog | Gallery | Twitter| Instagram| Pinterest
Melanie Ritchie, Graphic Designer
Melanie Ritchie studied Visual Arts in college and university. Art and Design have always been a focus in her life. As a young girl, she sold hand drawn greeting cards at the end of her driveway instead of lemonade. Her childhood dream was to illustrate the covers of novels. Currently, Melanie spends most of her time raising her two young children and the remainder of her time documenting life/oohing and aahing over pretty scrapbook supplies.
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melniczenko_150 Neisha Sykes, Graphic Designer
Neisha is a wife, mom to four amazing kids, blogger, designer, freelance editor and writer. She loves playing in Photoshop and Illustrator, scrapbooking (paper and digital), reading, sewing, crafting, traveling and sampling good chocolate. She shares printables for the Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) audience on her blog, Hang a Ribbon on the Moon. She has previously worked with Jennifer Wilson as Copy Editor on both of the Everyday Storyteller books and as an Assistant Editor of the DST Insider magazine and she is excited to join to the Simple Scrapper team.
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Lisa Corbin-Polak
Lisa lives in Arizona with her husband and two cats. She is blessed with a wonderful daughter and misses her terribly while she is away at college. Lisa works full-time as an engineering project manager for a large corporation where she has been fortunate enough to have been employed for 20+ years. Scrapbooking has been a creative outlet for Lisa for many years. She started paper scrapbooking about 17 years ago and embraced the digital world in 2009 and has never looked back. (Although, she still cannot manage to let go of all those wonderful paper supplies!) She also strives to make time in her life to get in some regular exercise. When she’s not working, exercising, or preserving memories, Lisa enjoys cooking, reading, expanding her photoshop skills, and watching a little TV (no cable, only streaming or broadcast).
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Alexa works full time for an engineering company. She lives with a friend and they reside in ‘Jane Austen County’ on the south coast of England, in a seaside city which also happens to be an island. Alexa loves to explore new places above all other things & gladly leaves the country whenever the opportunity arises. She likes: sunshine on her face, lazy Sundays, getting lost in stories and avocados. She dislikes: the colour purple, overcast days, early mornings and Tuesdays. Alexa has been scrapbooking since 2001 and can’t imagine a life without it. Her pages are mostly about snippets of her everyday life, adventures she’s had & people she loves. Her favourite three products to scrapbook with are patterned paper, enamel dots and twine.
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Arielle Gordon lives in her hometown in Alabama with her awesome~ly indulging husband and two young energetic children. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, and previously worked in internet design, project management, and a few photography studios then later transitioned to a position as Director of Admissions for an adolescent treatment facility. She is now a stay-at-home mom, volunteers with several schools and churches , teaches Sunday school and is an avid stamper and digital scrapper.She says, “Growing up, I rarely left the house without a small stash of art supplies and/or a camera. Now, I combine my love of design (and general crafty~ness) with documenting my family’s journey. I can’t imagine my life without art, or some type of creative outlet – so naturally scrapping is a perfect ‘hobby’ for me. Being a part of Simple Scrapper has added such an amazing dimension to my memory keeping, the wonderful templates and Story Starters provide invaluable inspiration to this busy (and occasionally frazzled) momma!”Find Arielle: Blog 
Sandy Henderson_Bio Head Shot-4x4-72 dpi Sandy Henderson
Sandy Henderson is excited to be a part of the Simple Scrapper Team. She loves that there are NO RULES when it comes to creativity; especially scrapbooking! “Because we are all so different, why shouldn’t our style, our stories, and/or our processes?” She also loves that Jennifer has provided ways for us to each tell our OWN story…in our OWN way.
She is a paper, turned digital, turned hybrid, and all the way back around again kinda girl. Sandy loves creating digitally in Photoshop, yet still wants to get her hands “dirty” with glue, paint, paper and ink in paper crafting projects. She feels fortunate to be on several creative teams and to learn from some of the most talented designers in the business. Pretty soon, you will find her teaching Hybrid Classes online at Scrapaneers. Rather than maintaining a blog, she has a FB Page called Henderson House Designs, where she shares her latest creations, makes and shares announcements/promotions, and is happy to take orders from clients for announcements and invitations.
Sandy and her husband, Clark, have been married for over 28 years and have made many memories together. Some of those memories would include: 6 children (4 of whom are married), an ever-growing number of grandchildren (9 and counting), many trips, activities, sporting events, and the everyday “stuff” which makes up a life. When it comes to scrapbooking, Sandy says, “Will I ever be caught up? NO–but that’s OK! My life is a work in progress… ”
Find Sandy: Gallery
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Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)parenthood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.
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Kimberly Kalil
Kimberly Kalil is a work-like-crazy mama to two kiddos – Shelby and Cooper (9 years old and 4 years old, respectively). She lives in sunny Southern Arizona. She’s wife to a very patient, loving accountant (Mike). She travels for business and works (from home) as a consultant for a Danish company that makes software for newspapers, traveling around the world to train their staff. Kimberly has a degree in journalism and spent many years as a writer and editor before her current job. She adores anything creative including scrapping, sewing and painting. She takes as many pictures as she can. Although she’s been paper scrapping since college, she converted to digi a few years ago, which better suits her crazy life and busy travel schedule.
Find Kimberly: Blog | Twitter | Gallery
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Jennifer Larson is a high school English teacher, Maine native and current Minnesotan, wife to the biggest Star Wars fan in history, slightly tired mother to two boys (the second and third biggest Star Wars fans), and a fan of mysteries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jennifer started making cards in 1999 but became enamored with scrapbooking after attending a class at a local scrapbook store. She describes her style as linear but whimsical. Jennifer designs for Fancy Pants Designs and Write Click Scrapbook and writes for The Scrap Review.
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Jamie Leija (said Lay-ha) is a native Texan who loves to travel and scrapbook. She has lived in London, Thailand and Spain and has been blessed to travel to so many more places. For Jamie, traveling and scrapbooking go hand in hand. She believes that one hobby supports the other and that scrapbooking lets her relive and share all of those fabulous memories. Jamie has been scrapbooking (as we know it) for the past 17 years. Her first job in high school was for a local scrapbook store. She loved working there, and it helped her learn to love sharing this hobby with others. In college, Jamie worked at Hobby Lobby and then another local scrapbook store. She has been published in Northridge Publishing’s Scrapbook Trends, CARDS and Create publications. Jamie is also part of the Scrapbook Circle Creative Team. When not scrapbooking or on a plane, Jamie spends time with her boyfriend, puppy or adorable nephew.
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me0512_fb-2 copy Jan Sowder
Jan lives in southern West Virginia with her husband of 10 years and 9 year old son. She also has a 23 year old son who is a Paramedic and married with one daughter, and a 19 year old daughter who teaches day care and is also living life on her own. Jan is a high school special education teacher in her 26th year. She has taught everything from a self-contained class for students with moderate and severe disabilities to co-teaching in regular Algebra and Geometry classes, tapping in to the math geek in her. She has been digital scrapbooking since 2006. Never having been a paper scrapper, she stumbled upon digital purely by accident when her husband was teaching her to use Photoshop. She was hooked. She enjoys creating the occasional hybrid project and is on her second year of Project Life. Jan is currently on Creative Teams for Pixels and Company, Valorie Wibbens, Tracy Martin, Val C. Designs, River~Rose Designs, Scooty’s Designs, Cluster Queen Creations, and Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. She loves being able to share all her family memories through scrapbooking.
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kelly_avatar_ss Kelly Sroka
Kelly Sroka is a wife and a homeschooling mother to two teens and a tween. She and her family (which includes and assortment of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens) live on a 35-acre farm in central NC. She first started scrapbooking way back in 2001 and hasn’t stopped since! Aside from scrapbooking, Kelly is also passionate about dressage, photography, gardening, and reading.
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Sara Case Strickland
Sara lives on a little island called Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada where she complains about the fog and dreams of a longer summer – but loves it too much to ever leave! She gets by with the help of her husband, two children, and great headlights on her car. Sara started dabbling in scrapbooking about 8 years ago and it has now become a passion that covers her basement and most kitchen surfaces. She loves to experiment and you can find her working on everything from scrapbooking to cards to home decor to mixed media canvases. She has been honored to be published in multiple Create magazines and is the Head Instructor at her LSS, The Paperie. Sara believes in hot baths, cold wine, rich ice cream, and using the letter “u” in the word color!
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Though originally from Florida, Christy currently resides in Nassau, Bahamas with her husband, son and three striped island cats. She began scrapbooking in 2001. Since then, scrapbooking has become both an
obsession and a creative outlet. It’s not unusual to find a camera in her purse. She takes one nearly everywhere she goes and is always trying to improve her photography skills. When she is not scrapbooking, you can find her spending time with her family, homeschooling her son or playing a video game. She is currently creating for JBS Mercantile and Get It Scrapped. She is an instructor for Creative Passions Classes as well as a co-host on the DigiScrapGeek Podcast.
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Headshot_Allie_sq Allie Trumpower
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is marketing obsessed. She lives in Ohio with her husband and the cutest cat alive. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media!
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Delanie Wood
A trip overseas while still in high school was the beginning of Delanie’s interest in scrapbooking. Although she has many interests that come and go – currently knitting, cake decorating and rock-climbing (she’s still surprised she likes that one!) – scrapbooking and photography are here to stay. Delanie believes that documenting life – scrapbooking, photography and blogging – raises her awareness and appreciation of those wonderful details and magical moments that make up life. Plus it’s a chance to play with pretty paper and embellishments! Delanie lives with her boyfriend in Melbourne, Australia, a city that she loves, but happily disappears off travelling at every opportunity.
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