Hello! My name is Toni From (username supertoni). I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, but currently live in sunny Rolesville, North Carolina with my husband and our two kids. My husband Eric works as a welder and just finished fourteen years of service in the Army Reserves. Our hilarious and sweet boy (Elliot) is fourteen and getting ready to start high school in the fall (eekk!) Our helpful daughter (Isabelle) is ten and is a fellow scrapbooker and is always on the go. We also have two dogs, a turtle my husband rescued, and a Robo Dwarf hamster named Chubs. I have a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington (go Huskies,) but love being a stay-at-home mom. I began paper crafting in 1996 when I decided to make a scrapbook to document my senior year of high school and I have been hooked ever since. I am primarily a scrapbooker or Project Lifer, but I also love making cards and mini albums. Scrapbooking takes up the majority of my free time, but I also love home projects, working in the yard, going for walks, watching movies, camping, and playing board games with my family.
SC Member Since: July 2012
All Time Favorite Past Kit or Collection: What a difficult question, that’s like picking your favorite child! I cannot possibly pick only one, but I will settle on Bluegrass Farms, Planetarium, and Office Hours. My favorite collections are Atlantic and Lemon Lush.
What do you do when your kit comes?
Do a happy dance, which probably resembles Elaine’s dancing from Seinfeld. :-) Take a photo and post to Instagram, #mysckitishere. Wait until I have an uninterrupted hour to carefully open up each package and pet the products. Yes, I fully admit to petting pretty paper and embellishments. :-) I place my older Studio Calico kit in a crop bag and then I wipe down my white tray and get out small white ceramic bowls. I open up the embellishment packages and smaller items and place them into the bowls and the papers and bowls all get placed into my white tray. I usually look at the new supplies for a couple of days before I use them and then I go crazy! I like to refer to this part of the process as “full contact crafting.”
What’s your go to technique?
Mixing and matching pretty paper. I love working with patterns and colors and finding a fun way to complement the photo and story I want to tell. I love how different colors and combinations really allow the crafter to create a desired mood and accentuate a photo.
Share your top 5 products:
1. Pretty paper
3. Photoshop Elements
4. My Epson printer
5. Sewing Machine and Silhouette Cameo
Where do you go when your mojo is low?
The Studio Calico gallery of course! There are so many talented and creative crafters in this community, and always so much inspiration each and every day.