Hi! My name is Birgit Koopsen. I’m married to Erik and mom of 3 beautiful kids. I live in a little village called Winsum in the north of the Netherlands.
I started scrapbooking officially when my youngest child was one year old, in 2003, but actually I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager. I always enjoyed photography and “pimped” my photo albums, just didn’t know there was a name for it and special products. I love how scrapbooking keeps all the beautiful memories of special events and everyday life alive. Especially for my children! But I also love the creative outlet it gives me! I just love to get my hands dirty! Be creative, play, experiment!
I love color! Bright, happy and bold colors are my favorites to work with. Lime Green, turquoise, pink, orange, yellow and red. My style goes from clean and geometric to “busy” layouts with lots of details and colors, I love to play with paints and inks and use non-scrapbooking products! In the last few years I fell in love with mixed media and I very much enjoy creating “off-the-page” projects like canvasses and Art Journal style mini albums.
In the last 8 years scrapbooking slowly turned into a job. I teach and demonstrate in my own studio at home as well as in scrapbook stores and at (international) scrapbook events, shows and conventions. Also I do freelance work for magazines. I was given the privilege to work on a couple of wonderful DT’s like in the past for Infocrea, MyStampBOX and until last year Prima. Currently I’m a DT-member for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a certified Tattered Angels Designer, an endorsed educator for WOW! Embossing Powders and designing for Sizzix and Craft Stampers Magazine.
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Hi, my name is Nathalie Kalbach. I live with my husband Jim and our spoiled rotten cat in Hamburg, Germany.
I discovered Scrapbooking and Mixed Media in 2004. I was always drawn to the more messy and painty side of Mixed Media and I love to mix and match colors and paint products. I think everyone can be creative and that creativity just has to be freed. Just like it had to be freed in me, since my professional life was one of a paralegal …I just quit my job 2 years ago to be a full time Mixed Media Artist.
My layered work is an explosion of texture, dimension and jewel tone colors. In my workshops I share my secrets for using paint and ink to reveal texture, give tips for embedding found objects and show how to unlock your personal creativity.
In the recent years I taught in several different countries including: USA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Greece and France.
My teaching style is fresh and unique.
In general none of my students‘ projects looks alike. You learn how to use the materials creatively in different ways. I have worked and still work with many different manufacturers like Prima Marketing, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Derwent and Liquitex. I am a Prima Educator since 2007 .
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