Creative Resume

Contact
Email: melissa [at] theprofoundbrunette [dot] com

About Me 
Hi there!  My name is Melissa Elsner and I a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I have been scrapbooking and paper crafting in some shape or form since 2001.  Art has always intrigued me and I enjoy experimenting with many different types of media.  Ever since I found out that memories don't have to be kept in those old-fashioned photo-albums with only photos, I have been hooked to scrapbooking and don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

My objective is to showcase how we can use scrapbooking to express the deepest part of our hearts.  I am a "ME" scrapbooker and decided that I wanted to combine this awesome art form with recording my own life - emotional, circumstantial and eventful. Sometimes scrapbooking about ourselves can be scary, intimidating and misunderstood. Some just don't want to scrap this way nor see the benefit of it. This is my approach to scrapbooking and I love showing how to simplify it, enjoy it and find fulfillment in recording our own lives.

My Style
My style is Clean and Simple with a touch of whimsy. I love clean lines and simple embellishments. While I do experiment and am not afraid to try something new, I always revert back to my classic style. My layouts are to the point, well balanced and with lots of journaling. My cards are composed, sentimental and colorful.

Design Teams
Current
Scrapbooking From the Inside Out  DT Coordinator - July '10 - present
Paper Issues Creative Team - October '14 - present

Past
Scrapsketch Creative Team - May '09 - November '09
Faith Sisters Challenge Creative Team - January '10 - March '10
Sketchabilities Design Team - January '10 - March '10
All About Me Site Coordinator - August '09 - June '12 
Inspired Stamps (Manufacturer) Design Team - June '11 - August '11
Allison Davis/SG Publishing Creative Team - January '10 - December '11
Kite Tails Designs (Manufacturer) - May '12 - October '12
ScrapStreet Magazine Card Corner Writer - April '10 - December '12
Jen Martakis Designs Social Media Coordinator and Creative Team - November '11 - March '13

Guest Appearances 
Two Peas in a Bucket
Holiday Card Making Weekends - Guest for Jen Martakis - November '10

Write.Click.Scrapbook.
Contributed layout to Meaningful Journaling article by Christa P. - Sept '11

Creating Keepsakes Magazine
Guest Blogger on CK Blog - Sept '12

Lily Bee Design (Manufacturer)
March 2012 Guest Designer - Click Here and Here

Laina Lamb Design
Blog posts here, here and here

Publications
Paper Crafts:
"Cute Happy Holidays" Card - Nov/Dec '10 issue and The Big Book of Holiday Paper Crafts
"Adore You" Card - Go To Sketches for Card Makers 2011
"Love Always" Card - Card Creations 10
"Let's Go" Card - July/August '12 issue

Life. Paper. Scrapbook
"Beautiful" Layout - Fall 2013 Issue
"Noteworthy" Layout - Fall 2013 Issue

ScrapStreet:
I had many projects published in this now defunct online magazine.

Featured Projects
"Thanks for your Kindness" card Moxie Fab World WCMD feature (October 2014)
"I'm With the Band" Trendy Tuesday post at Paper Crafter's Library (March 2013)
"Find Joy" Layout for Product Spotlight on Two Peas In A Bucket (June 2012)
"I Miss You" Card picked for Soup Spotting at Jillibean Soup Blog (December 2012)
"What Path Do I Take" Layout Scraplifted at Basic Grey Blog (February 2012)
"New Friend" User Lift at Two Peas in a Bucket (November 2011)
"Do Not Fear" Card picked for Friday Finds at Lily Bee Designs Blog (August 2011)
"Just a Note" Card Picked for Soup Spotting at Jillibean Soup Blog (July 2011)
"Stay Positive" Layout featured on Creating Keepsakes Blog (June 2011)
"Amazing Friend" Card Picked for Friday Finds at Lily Bee Designs Blog (June 2011)
"Berry Sweet New Friends" Layout picked for iSpy at Imaginisce Blog (June 2011)
"Love U 2 Bits" Layout for Soup Spotting at Jillibean Soup Blog (May 2011)
"Free to Be" Showcased in the Scrapbook.com and Club CK newsletters (May 2011)
"Love You!" Card  Showcase on You post at Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker (February 2011)
"Live, Laugh, Love" Picked for Friday Faves at Lily Bee Designs Blog (December 2010)
"Hello" Card on the Cosmo Cricket Blog (October 2010)
"XO" Card for SRM Stickers (September 2010)
"Overjoyed" Picked for Friday Faves at Lily Bee Designs Blog (September 2010)
"Grow" Picked for Friday Faves at Lily Bee Designs Blog (September 2010)
"Happy Birthday" Card for SRM Stickers (August 2010)
"You Taught Me Courage" for SFTIO - Lily Bee Designs Blog (July 2010)
"Captured Joy" for SFTIO - GCD Studios Blog (July 2010)