Creative Resume

Email: melissaelsner [at] gmail [dot] com

About Me 
Hi there!  My name is Melissa Elsner and I am a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I have been scrapbooking and paper crafting in some shape or form since 2001.  Art has always been something I loved and to combine with documenting my life, through scrapbook pages, is a bonus.

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. That said, I do love documenting events and special moments through my pages, as well. I'm also an avid card maker and love utilizing product that was intended for scrapbook pages and, showing how to adapt to cards.

My Style
My style has evolved over the years and lingers between clean, layered and fun.  My layouts are to the point, well balanced and with lots of journaling. My cards are composed, sentimental and colorful.

Design Teams
Just Nick Studio (Cut Files) Design Team/Social Media Guru - June '15 - present
Clique Kits (Kit Club) Design Team - October '16 - present 

Imaginisce (Manufacturer) Design Team - January '16 - June '16 (Company Closed)
Scrapbooking From the Inside Out  DT Coordinator - July '10 - September '15
Paper Issues Creative Team - October '14 - May '15
Jen Martakis Designs Social Media Coordinator and Creative Team - November '11 - March '13
ScrapStreet Magazine Card Corner Writer - April '10 - December '12
Kite Tails Designs (Manufacturer) - May '12 - October '12
Allison Davis/SG Publishing Creative Team - January '10 - December '11
Inspired Stamps (Manufacturer) Design Team - June '11 - August '11
All About Me Site Coordinator - August '09 - June '12 
Sketchabilities Design Team - January '10 - March '10
Scrapsketch Creative Team - May '09 - November '09

Guest Appearances 
Page Maps March 2016 Sketches
Team Up with Just Nick Studio

Scrapbook and Cards Today
Card Guest Designer - Crop & Create Winter 2015 Kit

Page Maps December 2014 Sketches 
Team Up with Paper Issues Creative Team

Two Peas in a Bucket (Store/Site Closed)
Holiday Card Making Weekends - Guest for Jen Martakis - November '10

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

Scrapbook & Cards Today
"Thank You" Card - Creative Cards Special Issue 2015

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

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 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)

I post most often to my Instagram and Facebook Page
I try to keep my gallery updated as much as possible