#NSDSC15 | Meet Your Challenge Hosts

We've invited some of our rewards members to help us celebrate NSD! They'll be posting on our message boards between 9am and 9pm EST- each will issue a challenge that will result in a thread filled with inspiration. Please join me in saying hello and THANK YOU to your hosts. We're linking up each of their profiles so that you can follow them and be sure not to miss their challenge!

christinepalka: Hello everyone. My name is Christine Palka.I’m a writer, maker and communicator residing in Vancouver, Canada with my husband, Joseph. We have two cats, two guinea pigs and a parrot. I enjoy reading, baking, hiking, playing board games and of course, paper crafts.

Scrapbooking is my tool for self-expression and memory keeping. I strongly believe that we can all foster creativity in everyday living. Finding time for creativity helps us thrive personally and professionally. I first treated myself to a Studio Calico subscription in July 2013 because I wanted to join a community of likeminded individuals. Thank you all so much for making me feel welcome. I’m looking forward to spending National Scrapbook Day with you!


Stefanie.Velten: I am Stef. I am forty on paper and twenty-something in my head and live in Germany, sharing my apartment with my cat Marsha. I am addicted to coffee, stories, photography and traveling. I found out about Project Life around two years ago, when I googled for a way to get my analogue photos into albums. Documenting my life or memory keeping was never my intention, but once I realized the incredible source of joy it brings me, I've never looked back. Since then I also started making 12x12 layouts and recently even cards. I am completely hooked on pretty papers and stamps. Getting to know this community has been a blessing. I am so incredibly inspired by all the talent in the gallery and it pushes me to try out new things and learn daily. When I am not playing with pretty paper, you can find me on the golf course, hanging out with any or all of my three godchildren pretending to be the cool aunt or watching a movie or a TV show. As of yesterday I am also officially one of those crazy entrepreneur types, who try to turn their passion into a life and am currently trying to establish myself as an independent social media consultant, which is incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time.


jenjeb: Hi! My name is Jenny and I'm from San Diego, CA. I'm a full time Nurse Coordinator for one of the school districts in San Diego. My husband and I have 2 kids, Vincent & Olivia. I have always loved stickers and paper since I was a little girl. I first discovered scrapbooking when I got married 17 years ago and I still LOVE this hobby. I joined Studio Calico in 2008. Ever since then, the monthly brown box delivered to my doorstep still gets me excited. I love how the products and the Design Team push me to try new things that are out of my comfort zone. I love how supportive and fun the SC Community is. Thanks SC for inviting me to join the NSD fun!


ATXmom: My name is Kathryn, and I live with my family in Austin, Texas. I've been married to my husband, Matt, for over 20 years, and we have a son, Dylan, who will turn 16 this month. I work as a reading specialist providing support for students K-5. Although I work in education, I also have a fine arts degree, and finding ways to express myself creatively while being a full-time working mom is a priority for me. When my son was a baby, I fell in love with scrapbooking and even taught classes at my local scrapbook store until it closed years ago. Finding Studio Calico opened up a whole new world of inspiration and gave me more time to enjoy creating with coordinated kits delivered to my doorstep each month. I'm happiest at home creating in my craft space; grilling out on the patio; enjoying a homebrew with my husband; watching skateboarding videos with my son; snuggling our yellow lab, George; or catching up with the latest on the Studio Calico message boards. I'm looking forward to being a host for NSD 2015 at Studio Calico and hope you will join in the fun!


cariilup: Hello everyone, my name is Cari. I'm a 27 years old freelance translator and Spanish teacher for foreigners living in Chile with my husband and my two cats who I love like if they were my sons and if you ever saw my gallery you can prove that! I started in the hobby when I was at college but I went crazy once I started working and even crazier when I started my first subscription a little longer than a year ago. I love memory keeping in a beautiful and creative way and I know I will love to watch my albums in some years from now. I also love knitting, cats, tea, pink, planners, cats and Sailor Moon -yes, cats are two times on the list!-. I'm so excited to be hosting one of the challenges for this NSD, I hope you enjoy it!


penny: Hello, it's Penny! I have been subscribing to Studio Calico kits since 2008. I can't believe it's been so long. I stalked the site for a while before ever posting any layouts. In fact, the first layouts I posted were for National Scrapbook Day in May 2009. I think I entered every single challenge. I rarely pass up ANY challenges these days because I need the motivation and I love the prizes. I am a cardmaker and scrapbooker, but I also subscribe to PL because I like the fun stuff inside. And I sometimes use pocket pages for my layouts. My other favorite hobbies are quilting, singing, and reading.

I live in sunny Arizona, but I spent most of my life in Oklahoma and Texas. I did a brief stop in Cleveland, Ohio, for 3 years before moving here. My current job is "stay-at-home" mom and wife. I have two teenagers who keep me busy. Previously, I was a university professor for 20 years (dream job!), teaching communication and public speaking, but I enjoy my current job even more than that one. I love the SC community, and days like NSD are the most fun of all!


toribissell: Hi lovelies! I'm Tori, a 25 year old city girl from Toronto, Canada. I'm the Director of Training for an abuse prevention company. I get this great opportunity to do online training and travel across Canada to do training for thousands of people who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults. While I love my job, I'm super passionate about arts and crafts. I'm a lover of everything pretty: buttons, doilies, sequins and sparkles. I love that scrapbooking and crafting lets me be me. I'm so happy I found Studio Calico and this community - I've found my scrapbooking, card making, project life, crafty home. Here I find friends, inspiration, passion and acceptance. Your love, support and encouragement means so much to me! I can regularly found with glitter in my hair, a hot glue gun in my hand and sitting in my bedroom crafting. You can also found me on youtube and instagram. I'm so thankful to be a part of the NSD fun. Cheers to a whole day of crafting and pretty making.

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19 comments

  1. TaraElias TaraElias says…
    04/30/2015

    So awesome! Loved reading about you all!! :)

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  2. toribissell toribissell says…
    04/30/2015

    Oh I'm so excited!

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  3. NinaChow (Silver Rewards Subscriber) NinaChow says…
    04/30/2015

    Awesome, so glad to see you all here! can't wait to see what you come up with for NSD.

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  4. juliee (Gold Rewards Subscriber) juliee says…
    05/01/2015

    @toribissel- I recently stocked up on doilies - bet I'm ready for your challenge :)

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  5. amyscalze amyscalze says…
    05/01/2015

    Congratulations ladies on this fun opportunity!

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  6. jamiewaters (Studio Calico Creative Team Member) jamiewaters says…
    05/01/2015

    super fun! excited for tomorrow!

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  7. toribissell toribissell says…
    05/01/2015

    hahaha @juliee that's so sweet. Hint: it doesn't include doilies in the challenge but you can definitely use them. I used them. :)

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  8. melissamarie melissamarie says…
    05/01/2015

    What a great group! Can't wait for the challenges!

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  9. cariilup cariilup says…
    05/01/2015

    So excited!!!

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  10. josmary josmary says…
    05/01/2015

    congratulations to everyone. Yeah so happy for you @toribissell

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  11. pinksoup (Gold Rewards Subscriber) pinksoup says…
    05/02/2015

    Loved reading everyones profiles! I'm so sad I'm going to miss all the fun. I will try to keep up through my phone.

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  12. tealandtafetta tealandtafetta says…
    05/02/2015

    I am so excited to celebrate NSDSC with everybody! :)

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  13. toribissell toribissell says…
    05/02/2015

    Thanks so much @josmary I am so stinkin amazed and excited!

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  14. Leah (Gold Rewards Subscriber) Leah says…
    05/02/2015

    I love that the members are doing the challenges...so fun!

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  15. SteffiandAnni (Silver Rewards Subscriber) SteffiandAnni says…
    05/02/2015

    Congratulations to all girls!!

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    1. lory (Gold Rewards Subscriber) lory says…
      01/04/2014

      Wuauuuu it's super nice I use a moleskine to write day by day or day one on my iPhone

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  16. ATXmom (Gold Rewards Subscriber) ATXmom says…
    05/02/2015

    I'm excited to be celebrating with you all today!

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  17. dptuffy dptuffy says…
    05/02/2015

    Congratulations ladies! I loved getting to know you better and hope to be scrapping with you all day today! The hubs just left for 6 hours with the kids, woohoo :)

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  18. CeliseMcL (Gold Rewards Subscriber) CeliseMcL says…
    05/02/2015

    I loved reading these and so happy to see our family on the blog!

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  19. christinepalka christinepalka says…
    05/02/2015

    Thanks everyone! So excited to be hosting a challenge today. Looking forward to seeing all your creations. :)

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