Crafty Resume

My name is Gwen A. Hesson. I have lived in Ohio my entire life and reside in a rural community with my husband, Todd and two (of our four) daughters. Paper crafting is one of my favorite hobbies. My other hobby love is sewing. I find they are both wonderful creative outlets and quite therapeutic at times.

I've been scrapping since 1999. I started with a lot of enthusiasm but not much talent or design. I'm a firm believer in journaling even though I sometimes don't do this myself. I do not have a professed style at this time. I generally sit down with an idea and let the lay out take on its own design.

Scrapbooking Philosophy: I believe that there is no right or wrong way to create. You should be free to express yourself and celebrate your memories in what ever way best reflects you and your personality. I have heard so many sad stories from people who have been criticized to the point that their joy is crushed and they no longer want to scrapbook. (I have personally worked hard to "rehabilitate" several of these sad souls. Being a "scrapping coach" to help encourage and motivate is a good feeling.) On that note: Never, {NEVER}, tell someone they didn't do it right and for goodness is {Morally Wrong} and irresponsible to ever pull apart someone else's work if you weren't asked to do so!!!! Yes! These things have happened to friends of mine...hence the "coaching".

Card making has been something that I fell into a few years ago. Again, not much talent but I really enjoy the process.


1. To work on my projects that mean the most to me and not allow myself to feel behind. This is a hobby, it shouldn't stress you out. Enjoy the process!
2. Create a nurturing creative space in my studio, where I can actually find my supplies.
3. Continue to learn new techniques and not be afraid to experiment with my artistic abilities.
4. Strive to capture better photographs to cherish with my family for years to come.

Designing for:

Currently not designing for any teams.

Past Design Teams:

A Crafty Little Place (formerly DCRU DT) -  2009-2011
Term I - Designer
Term II - Design Team Coordinator
Term III - Design Team Coordinator
Claudia & Company Blog
Term III Continued - Paper Craft Team Coordinator

2 Cute Rubber Stamps DT

Sew Many Challenges Lay Out DT

Published in these fine magazines:

Scrap N Art Magazine ezine - Fall Lay Out - September 2009 issue


TGF's Top Crop Tuesday - July 2011
2 Cute Rubber Stamps GDT-May 2010
Club Anya and Friends Monday Mania Hostess - March 2010
SMC Lay Out Challenge - April 2010
Club Anya - December 2009 (July 2009) for lay out entitled, "Laughing at Myself" for the June Challenge winner.
(All submitted work featured on

Contests: (Chosen for work, not randomly selected)

1. "Little Miss Sunshine Contest" by - 1st Place
2. SPCC Week #4 - July 2009 card "little Angel" - Top 5 Winner
3. SPCC Week #7 - August 2009 LO "Best Friends" - Top 5 Winner
4. Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge #45 - Lay Out "Wonder"
5. Fantabulous Cricut Crawl - My First Cricut LO
6. The Greeting Farm - New Year's Challenge Jan '10 - Mary's Black Tie Challenge

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