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Moms Week Guest Designer: Mandy Koeppen

Guest Designer of the Week

Our fabulous Guest Designer for Moms Week is former American Crafts Design Team Member, Mandy Koeppen!

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Short bio: Mandy Koeppen is a 30 something mom of 3 who juggles many job titles in her everyday life from chauffeuring family accountant to zoo-keeping therapist. She lives a small town, country girl life in Michigan with her Mr. K, raising their three children Teagan, Mavrick, and Avery. When she has time, Mandy loves to get creative with paper, browse her local antique shops, raise autism awareness for sweet Mav, and have fun with family & friends. Mandy’s work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook Trends, Scrapbooks Etc, and Somerset Memories. Mandy currently designs for October Afternoon, Cocoa Daisy, and the Stringery.

How did you get started scrapbooking? I was given a pad of 12×12 paper at my first child's baby shower. I made a little mini album filled with Teagan's first photos and that was it. I picked scrapbooking up again after Mav was born but with two children under two I was way too busy so I gave it up again. Then in 2006 within months of Avery's birth Mav was diagnosed with Autism and I needed something for me, something to get those emotions out and be able to deal with all the things I was going through – a sort of therapy without having to go lay on some couch to talk to a total stranger. So I turned to scrapbooking again, this time a whole new spark was lit in me. Since then I have had this passion for documenting our lives and stories in this fun and creative way called scrapbooking!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? I love the Tags and Thickers (especially the Lullaby font).

Blog: mandykoeppen.blogspot.com

Twitter: @mandykoeppen

Instagram: @MandyKoeppen

Pinterest: pinterest.com/mandykoeppen 

Boxermom
#BOXERMOM by Mandy Koeppen

When most see the Mom theme they think you have to scrapbook the 2 legged kids but I took it a different route this time to scrap these photos of our Boxer twins and the story behind my instagram hashtag #boxermomma.

Supplies: This & That Paper (35960)-Lucky Charm, Pretty Painterly Paper (35973)-Lucky Charm, Perfect Paper(35932)-Yes Please, Consistent Paper (35931) -Yes Please, Stargazer Paper(35982)-Lucky Charm, Muse Woodgrain (53343)-Thickers, Mixed Buttons (85630)-Elements, Die Cuts(85655)-Bits, Cardstock Tags(85656)-Bits, Rub-on Transfers(42395)-Lucky Charm, Trinket(42391)-Thickers, Phrases & Icons(59162)-Roller Stamp

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HELLO CARD by Mandy Koeppen

I used my leftover scraps to create this card. Lots of layers and love!

Supplies: Float Away Paper(35965)-Lucky Charm,This & That Paper (35960)-Lucky Charm, Pretty Painterly Paper (35973)-Lucky Charm, Perfect Paper(35932)-Yes Please, Consistent Paper (35931) -Yes Please, Stargazer Paper(35982)-Lucky Charm,Trinket(42391)-Thickers

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REMEMBER TODAY IT WON'T LAST FOREVER by Mandy Koeppen

The journaling on this layout is all about the sometimes craziness of being a momma of 3. At times I have to stop and remind myself that this isn't going to last forever, someday they'll be grown up, and I'll miss all those things that tend to drive me crazy now.

Supplies: Perfect Paper(35932)-Yes Please, This & That Paper (35960)-Lucky Charm, Float Away Paper(35965)-Lucky Charm, Rub-on Transfers(42395)-Lucky Charm,Trinket(42391)-Thickers, Die Cuts(85655)-Bits, Screen Printed Clothespins(85662)-Lucky Charm, Kensie Robin's Egg(73218)-Thickers

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MOM'S GONNA SNAP FRAMED ART by Mandy Koeppen

I giggle every time I see this saying pop up online so I thought it would be cool to use that camera die cut and Thickers for this piece. Simple and quick.

Supplies: Wishbone Paper(35969)-Yes Please, Cardstock Diecuts(85626)-Bits, Sketchbook Black(331343)-Thickers 

You-make-moms-heart-sing
YOU MAKE MOMS HEART SING by Mandy Koeppen

I love big photos and the Lucky Charm line made this picture pop.

Supplies: Stargazer Paper(35982)-Lucky Charm, Pretty Painterly Paper (35973)-Lucky Charm,This & That Paper (35960)-Lucky Charm, Noteworthy Paper (35963)-Lucky Charm, Float Away Paper(35965)-Lucky Charm, Trinket(42391)-Thickers,Muse Woodgrain (53343)-Thickers,Cardstock Tags(85656)-Bits, Flag and Label Stickers(42393)-Lucky Charm

Thanks for all of your gorgeous work Mandy!