Wednesday, September 9, 2009

spark teachers

Announcing the Spark teacher line up! ( You can see the class run down here)

Kelly McCaleb is our girl to Spark it up with the fantastic fabric class: Feel your Spark.
(photo credit: Tara Whitney)

Kelly is
a happy mama, homemaker, and wife who loves to create with and re-purpose vintage goods. When she's not collecting fabric, vintage trims, yarn, buttons, cookware (you get the idea), she is home working on projects and blogging about them at She also sells her goods in her etsy shop,

The creative duo: April Meeker & Margie Romney-Aslett will be teaching a hands-on jewelry class: Gather your
Spark .
(photo credit: Tara Whitney)
April is
the type of girl that likes to get her hands dirty. On any given day, one might find a mixure of paint, dirt, ink, tarnish and tomato sauce smeared on her apron. She has the annoying habit of loosing pens and pencils in her hair.

April lives by the sea with her small brood of two little chicks and one crazy Rooster, all of whom she is madly in love with . She goes by the aliases of Mommy and Secondsister. You can find her blogging away at and peddling her sundries at

(photo credit: Jefra Linn)

Margie is
a hip hop Mom to 4 grown kids!
Wife to Grant Aslett for 23 years and counting!
Friend to everyone she meets
Loves a good laugh
Drinks Diet Dr. Pepper like nobody's business
Makes stuff with paper, fabric, paint, and glue
Glitter is her friend
The color pink is her favorite
Hates goodbyes
Loves to teach all over the world
Busy with a business with her daughters
Has a passion for life and loves to share it
Margie is just a girl loving life...
You can read her blog "just a girl"

The amazingly creative
Jefra Linn will be teaching the photography class: Capture your Spark.

(photo credit: Tara Whitney)

Jefra is
an amazing artist & photographer.
She sees things in a different light.
I have learned so much from her.
I'll wait to tell you more about her, but wanted to introduce her with all
of the teachers.

Jefra Starr Linn was born in Chicago in 1975 and grew up in New Canaan, CT. Her earliest memories of creative passion involved collecting sparkly rocks while walking to the school bus, for which she was often late (sparkly rock collecting is very time-consuming).

She studied art College at BYU-I and UVU – narrowly escaping from the College of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Design.

She studied photography in high school and college, becoming acquainted with darkroom technique, and also served as

a popular photography model .
She has been an award-winning floral designer.
She is an almost avid embroiderer, sculptor, knitter, crotchetier,
She is a maker of mix tapes, an official Master Gardener, a freewheeling sewing fiend, and has been known to weave a mean friendship bracelet.

She does Scrapbooking, although it takes her forever to finish a page.

Jefra self-published a book of her photography- “The Road Less Traveled.”
Her work has been sought out by galleries in Utah and Santa Fe, NM, as well as Getty Images.
She has been involved in nearly every type of photography, except war documentary or crime scene. She even shot a major politician.

Jefra has taught photography workshops around the country.

“I love the instantaneous reward of photography. I love how it reveals a person and a moment. I love how it can tell a

story in one frame. I love how it grabs an instant in time that will never been seen again.”

Jefra is mother to three kids and wife to a pretty amazing guy - David Linn

Elizabeth Kartchner & Rhonna Farrer team up for the mixed media book class: Remember your Spark.
(photo credit: Jefra Linn)

Elizabeth (or Liz) is
Momma to 2 silly sprouts
Wifey to my best friend
Sucker for colorful shoes
Loves to play with paper and glue
Cries easily but laughs even easier
Enjoys monthly column 'Dear Lizzy' in CK
Travels all over the world sharing my passion with others
Deprived of sleep
Ignores the fact that brownies aren't good for you
Seeks to inspire others
Listens to Zee Avi
Adores laughter, a clean home, minimallows & vintage cameras.
Loves to blog:
Elizabeth has been a crafter for many years and has worked for numerous manufacturers (American Crafts, Close To My Heart & Pebbles). In 2007 she was named 'Scrapbooker of the Year' by Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Since then she enjoys her column "Dear Lizzy" that is featured monthly in Creating Keepsakes. In the March issue of Utah Valley Magazine she was named one of the '50 Most Fabulous People.' She also is a frequent guest on Channel 5 morning show "Studio 5." She will be a guest coming up on October 2nd.

(photo credit: Jefra Linn)

Rhonna is
a short, spunky mom to 3 fab kids.
Loves being with her soul mate, Jeff.
Ignores the laundry when there's a creative
Seeks peace & happiness through running, laughing, and sharing her faith.
Captures her
happy art & designs in House of 3
Adores blogging here.
Remembers nothing, & therefore must record.
Gathers those around her that make her happy.

I am 1/3 of House of 3, my business with Heidi Swapp & Janet Hopkins.
**As part of House of 3: I am owner, designer, creator & product developer! We all 3 work together great as a team & we'll be sure to have some of our products at Spark!
I work with Wacom as a Penscrapper.
I work with Shutterfly on their Creative Board Advisors.
I work with Scrapblog & sell Rhonna DESIGNS & House of 3 elements there.
I work with several companies designing greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags & tags!

2004-2008 I worked with Two Peas in a Bucket as a Garden Girl & Digital Designer Team Director.
2007: I was on Better Homes & Gardens' Scrapbooks, Etc. Magazine team.
2004-2008: Worked with Autumn Leaves where I had my own product line & was involved in several of the Designing With...books/projects.
2004: Won Creating Keepsakes' Hall of Fame & worked with them for a year.
1997-present: Designs for greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags & other paper products.

We'll have sneak peeks of what we've got in store for you, but trust'll Spark your creativity! We are just so excited to have FUN with you all!

Some of you have asked about a yahoo group or something to get to know each other before the event. Great idea! That's why we have this blog! Go ahead & leave comments here with your info so we can start a running list on our sidebar of WHO is coming & their info! watching for our feature presentation...coming soon!

enjoy the process,