Our Design Team call was every bit as exciting to judge AND difficult to decide as our initial call was last year - except that we only had ONE spot open for a new designer this year! After much deliberation, we are thrilled to be able to introduce you to our newest DT member, Maya Oren-Dahan.
Maya lives in Wisconsin with her husband Ofir and thee children - two girls, 10 and 7.5 years old, and a 7-month-old baby boy. They moved to the US from Israel six years ago. Her family speaks Hebrew at home, and tries to preserve their Israeli culture while living in a completely non-Jewish environment.
Maya wrote us, "Since I was a little girl I loved looking at the pictures and decorating picture albums. I finished my own baby album when I was in high school. Later I made travel scrapbooks to document our trips. The only tools I have were the scissors and markers. Little did I know that few thousands miles away there is a huge industry called scrapbooking :)
Maya calls herself a "simple scrapbooker with some artistic touches". She adds, "I always like to try new ideas and techniques, but they have to be reasonable. I am not going to spend 1 hour to stamp, emboss, distress and stamp again just to make one little tag :) It is just not me. I think my strengths are in working with the pictures. I always think that the picture is the star of the layout and everything else is just to help the picture shine."
We got a preview of her beautiful style with her design team application, and can't wait to see her working with our sponsor products in upcoming months!