Meet Our Signature Designers

Jaime Echt

Jaime Echt is the founder and creator of The Crafter’s Workshop. She pulls inspiration from all parts of her life including being a mom, Girl Scout Leader, shop-a-holic, choc-o-holic and wonderer of all things interesting. She started her business back in 1997 when “mixed media” was a well-kept secret kept by art students and avant-garde artists.

Jaime became interested in stencils after finding it difficult to purchase funky, yet pretty stencils for her paper-arts customers. So, she made her own. The rest is history!

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Hello! My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I am a mixed media painter, collage maker, and avid memory keeper living in the midst of the craziness that is New York City. I blog five-days a week at Balzer Designs. My blog is chock full of artsy inspiration. I write about visiting museums, teaching classes, new products, new techniques, things I’ve made, artists I love, and every Friday you can join the linky list for Art Journal Every Day. I make an effort to art journal every single day and on Fridays I share art journal pages, techniques, ideas, supplies, tutorials, etc. If you’d like to take a class from me, I teach both online and in-person. I try my very best never to duplicate online and in-person content, so you’re always getting something fresh from me!

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Rebekah Meier

Rebekah Meier

Rebekah Meier is a self taught mixed media artist, teacher, author, and designer. She has a special interest in fabric and paper, combining both to create collage and fiber art. Rebekah has a freeform and relaxed design philosophy, believing that when creating art, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. She likes to incorporate many textures into her artwork which is represented in her best selling books, Fabric Art Collage, 40+ Mixed Media Techniques, and More Fabric Art Collage.

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Ronda Palazzari

Ronda Palazzari

Ronda Palazzari is a Mixed Media Artist, Author, Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver. Ronda is Signature Designer for The Crafter’s Workshop with over 50 stencil designs. Her stencil designs are always on trend featuring cool backgrounds, striking graphic images, and her fabulous hand drawn illustrations. She has a book title Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media. She is also an artist included in Walter Foster’s Pinterest Perfect Book. Ronda is published in several magazines and other idea books including Artful Blogging, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, Creating Keepsakes, Somerset Memories, Haute Bags, Memory Makers, and Scrapbook Trends. She has designed & guest designed for many leading manufactures (Ranger Ink, Maya Road, Sizzix, Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Basic Grey, American Crafts, etc) and is currently a designer for My Mind’s Eye. An avid blogger, Ronda shares her inspiration daily. She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with bold bright colors.

Ronda continues to teach worldwide as well as providing inspiration and telling her dorky stories on her blog HelpMeRonda.

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Carmen Medlin

Hi! I’m Carmen. I live in sunny Northern California with my equally imaginative, sweet husband and two impish cats, Kiba and Opal. I love birdwatching, reading, crochet, sewing, chocolate, children’s books, video games, movies, the outdoors, cats, singing and playing musical instruments, and God’s amazing creations!

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Gabrielle Pollacco

I’m a mom of two girls who are the loves of my life. I began scrapbooking many years ago and my work has evolved over the years to include mixed media projects which more often than not include the beautiful stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I’m delighted to be designing for this amazing company now and hope you enjoy using these stencils as much as I have enjoyed designing them! xo

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Marlene-Meijer-van-Niekerk, TCW-Brand-Ambassador

Marlene Meijer van Niekerk

Mixed media artist & art journaller Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk is a South African origin artist who chose not to be limited to the culture she happened to be born into, although she misses the colours, sounds and smells of Africa on a daily base and recognizes its influences on her work…she tries to free herself of limitations….by pushing the boundaries of the materials she uses.”By defining yourself, you are limiting yourself.” I refuse definition by race, country, gender, orientation, education, career or language…..and I try to work in several art styles, not limiting myself by man set borders. I believe it is part of my creative freedom and broadens not only my view of art, but the all over experience too.”

Marlene’s art is often described as vibrant, original, colourful, free and positive. She uses a lot of different mixed media and applies them in various techniques. She works on paper, in journals, on canvas and loves stamp design and integrating stencils in her work.

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Kasia Krzymińska

Kasia Krzymińska

My name is Kasia Krzymińska, but sometimes I use my nickname Czekoczyna (or Czeko to make it shorter). I’m 24 years old and I’m from Poland. I am absolutely an artistic soul – I’m searching for an inspiration everywhere and everyday – in music, nature, old books, bad weather, dreams … I love summer, meadows and beautiful notebooks. I started painting from a young age and most of my skills and knowledge are self taught.

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Connie Shaw

Connie Shaw TCW Brand Ambassador

I am a mixed media artist, blogger and product designer. I have been a crafter and quilter for over 30 years starting out of necessity when I was a young military wife on a tight budget. My individual style is full of bright colors and lots of texture.  My wish is to help everyone find their inner artist and crafty self by sharing my process on my YouTube channel.

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