Thursday, June 26, 2008

Meet our design team

Hi there gals! I've been so excited since we picked our new DT! The girls we chose are truly amazing! I'm having fun getting to know them better every day. I asked each of them to send me their bio, picture, and their first assignments. This is just ONE project they have created. They have done a lot more. You will see them on our website very soon.

Tanisha Long

My name is Tanisha Long from New Jersey. I am a wife of 6 years, the mother of 2 sons and I work full-time as a Research Technologist. I started scrapbooking just after my first son was born as a way to record his first year of life. The more I scrapped, the more passionate I became about this wonderful hobby. Scrapbooking allows me to record and preserve everyday occurrences in my family's life and provides me with a much needed creative outlet. I love to try different techniques and usually challenge myself to work outside of my box. Although I love pretty much everything scrap related, I have to say that my favorite products are all things acrylic, patterned paper, chipboard, bling, and the alphabet in any form!I am a published scrapper; my work can be found in Memory Makers, Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook Memories, Paper Crafts, Paper Trends, Somerset Memories, and Blue Media Idea Books. I am so honored and truly thrilled for the opportunity to design for My Little Shoebox!

Gretchen McElveen

(layout out for publication)

Hi! I am Gretchen McElveen. I live outside of Birmingham, AL with my husband and our dog. No kids for us yet…but soon! I work full time as a physical therapist in an outpatient clinic but of course I would rather be scrapbooking! My aunt introduced me to scrapbooking by way of Creative Memories during college but I did not really get into it until after we got married about 5 years ago. I still have (and use) the corner rounder that I bought during my first CM party. Scrapbooking is such an incredible hobby! It is my creative outlet and a way to express emotions and feelings I often have difficulty saying. It is my way of documenting life and the special people who are such a big part of it. I cannot think of a much better way of spending my time. I am excited to be able to share my work as a part of the My Little Shoebox team. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Norma Kennedy

I am a mother of 2 beautiful little boys Cade-8yrs, Seth-4yrs, a New Baby Girl as of July 2007 and a Twelve year old Sweet Niece who lives on and off with us.I am a Christian and a Latina. I have been married for 12 years to a wonderful, loving man who understands my passion for documenting my life and those in it. I have been scrapping layouts for about 4 years and started crafting by making cards about 5years ago. I luv trying and learning new techniques as part of my creating process.

Emily Jones
Hi! My name is Emily Jones, I am Wifey to my Super Hunky Hubby James, and mommy to Joey (5), Jake (3) and Lily (Born 11-27-07). I have been scrapping for 12 years now, but have become OBSESSED since my oldest was born! If I had to describe my style, it would be, color, layers, texture! I absolutely love mixing and matching patterned paper,and finding unique embellishments! When I'm not scrapping, (which is rare) you can find me enjoying my other hobbies which are: SingingOpera, playing board games with my family, and hanging out with our black Lab Molly!I am so excited to be a part of the My Little Shoebox Design Team!! I love MLS products and I hope to inspire you with my designs!

Erin Yamabe

My name is Erin Yamabe. I'm a SAHM to two sweet and sassy girls! And I"m
married to an amazing father and my best friend. I've been seriously
scrapbooking for a little over 3 years now, and on/off for over a decade! My
passion has come out as my style has evolved and I am introduced to all these
beautiful products! I'm a teacher and designer for Picture Me Perfect, and my
first two books will be published this summer with Design Originals and Suzy
West. I love all things turquiose/red, power walks, kickboxing, going to
movies, mommy and me classes, date nights, bible study, and my friday night

Danielle Holsapple

Hello! My name is Danielle Holsapple and I am a former junior high teacher turned SAHM! I live in a suburb of Kansas City with my husband, Jeff. We have a 3 yr old daughter, Kennedy, and an angel in Heaven, Sam. I have always enjoyed crafts and photos and finally put the two together about 8 years ago! Scrapbooking is now a passion of mine as well as a creative release. I enjoy both the creative process and the finished product! It also melts my heart to watch my daughter’s face light up when she looks at the pages of her. I hope they will be a treasure for her as an adult too. Over the years I have served on numerous design teams and been published in CARDS, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Trends, Making Memories, Paper Crafts, Scrapbook Dimensions, and online ezines. I am so honored to be joining the fabulous team at My Little Shoebox!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Getting ready for CHA with My Little Shoebox

I am so excited about CHA this year. Helen and I have been working really
hard to get everything ready for the trade show and things are going great!
Our new lines will hopefully be in our hands by July 7th and our DT is
ready to start designing...quickly! LOL
If you are going to CHA please be sure to check us out. You can set up an appointment
with me if you want me to show you all the goods!! :) If not, just come on by!
We'll be doing make n' takes on Friday and Saturday from 10-12pm and 3pm-5pm.
Our booth # 2200
Hope to see you there!!
Suzy West

Monday, June 23, 2008

...and we have a winner!!!

Hi there gals!!! We have a winner for the MLS rak!! My little Sierra picked a winner and that person is
Congrats Erin! Please contact me with your address and we'll be sending you a little goodie package!!
We have some exciting news! In just a few days we'll be posting our dt's bio's with pictures of some of the projects they just created with the products.
Please check back with us and tell us what you think.
Hope your having a fantabulous day!!!
Hugs, Suzy West

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


WOWSERS!!! I am so excited that so many of you are coming to see us. You gals are so freaking awesome!!
I didn't get a chance to include my personal blog address. It is here. Come on over and see me.
It is so wonderful to see how so many of you are a great support to your friends.
We are so pleased with the girls we have chosen and know they will help our little company blossom.
Keep checking in with us because we are going to continue to do raks, fun newsletters, and more.

Suzy West

Monday, June 16, 2008

Welcome to MLS blog!!

Hi there gals!! Welcome to the MLS blog. I am soooo freaking excited about being the new DT leader.
We just picked our new design team. We are so thrilled to be working with them.
Our team includes:
Erin Yamabe-dt coorinator assistant
Emily Jones
Tanisha Long
Norma Kennedy
Gretchen McElveen
Danielle Holsapple

We are doing a really fun RAK to get our blog going.
Post a little something about yourself and how you heard about this blog and one of you will win a MLS goodie package. We'll pick a winner next week.

Suzy West