We are so excited to announce our 2017 Design Team! Please join us in welcoming and congratulating our newest members! Here’s a little about each of them:
MARIE BROWNING – SIGNATURE DESIGNER
She’s sharp, creative, experienced. With more than 32 books in print and more than 2 million copies sold covering crafting topics from melding metal to photography to greeting cards to wedding paper crafts to polymer clay, suffice it to say that Marie is a seminal authority in the international craft industry. Holding one fine arts degree from Camosun College and the University of Victoria in breathtaking British Columbia Canada, Marie’s zeal for crafts began at a very early age. Propelled by her parents and six brothers and sisters to “do more with less,” Marie nurtured her interests in various craft mediums through teaching craft-making classes in her teens at the local recreation center. This was a pivotal experience in Marie’s development because the desire to share her crafting joy through books, articles, consulting, special appearances, and the Internet have propelled this crafting extraordinaire to a place of international rapport.
JENNIE GARCIA – DESIGN TEAM COORDINATOR
Originally from Puerto Rico, Jennie is an Army wife and mother to two daughters, Ithamar and Layla. Jennie has been a member of the Tombow Design Team for four years and has been our Design Team Coordinator since 2015. In this role, she is able to use her scrapbooking and blogging passions to lead and engage with our Design Team talents – keeping Tombow abreast of what’s next for the evolving industry. Jennie says, “I’ve loved creating since I was very young but I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born and I never thought it would play such an important role in my life.”
Designing and crafting since childhood, Beth’s creativity blossomed at age 12, with the gift of her first painting set. Harnessing her natural talents, Beth works in the advertising and marketing industry, where she excels in product development and original product design. In her free time, she shares her gift by teaching craft classes to adults and children. Beth is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design, with photography and illustration experience. She lives in sunny southwest Florida with her family.
Lauren is a left-handed calligrapher from Owensboro, Kentucky. She is also a full-time teacher, wife, and mommy to two sweet boys, Lauren enjoys a good doodle and working on lettering projects in her spare time. She loves to use calligraphy to make everyday things that much more beautiful. Give her some paper, glue, ribbon, brush pens, and glitter, and she’ll make something awesome.
Coloring is what makes Smitha happy. She describes herself as a mom, wife and creative being. She enjoys making projects that will make someone smile and loves to play with paper, glue and glitter. Smitha also enjoys knitting, sewing, crafting with her children, and taking photos. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.
Katie is an artist and crafter located in Washington. She loves anything and everything crafty – from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, and even quilting. If it’s creative, she loves it! Katie is a published artist multiple magazines, including Creating Keepsakes, Stitch Craft Create, as well as craft books such as Star Trek Crafts and Craft it Now.
Dani is the crafty lady behind PopFizzPaper. She enjoys sharing her love of crafting and art with other creative people and considers herself lucky to do what she loves every day. Dani loves all types of papercrafts, including planning and journaling.