Sandi Minchuk

Sandi Minchuk
Freelance Designer
and Artist from
Merrillville, IN
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My scrapbook blog - {Sandi's Musings}

So, this is me:  

Creating art is my passion. I have been using it as my outlet for as long as I can remember. My career is fast-paced and full of stress and when I come home, I revel in the fact that I can hide in my studio that my family affectionately refers to as 'Scrapbookland' and drown myself in my art. I love creating pages for my family that make them gasp or laugh and reminisce. This passion, the creating process, is what makes me happy. This is what validates me.


I would love to work as a designer for a scrapbook manufacturer or a magazine. (This is my ultimate dream.) I would be available for almost anything and I have a very fast turn-around time for special projects. My passion is paper crafting.  My creativity and enthusiasm make me a perfect candidate to work with your company.  I am flexible, driven and professional. I work well under time constraints and as part of a team.  Most importantly, I am constantly challenging myself to learn new and fresh techniques and apply them to my work. I am available for any freelance work... please feel free to contact me if you think my style would be a complement to your product or publication.

Styles & Techniques:

My scrapbooking style is very eclectic- I like to use all sorts of different media to achieve the look I envision. I also tend to use a wide variety of product when I am creating pages. I try to pay close attention to the design elements on my pages. While the photos are the main focus of my layouts, I enjoy highlighting products and telling a story though my work.  I enjoy using a variety of techniques including sewing, stamping and using computer software as I create scrapbook pages, cards, mini-albums and altered items.



  25 Meaningful Albums 2004 Contest
  'My Story', First Place
  13 various layouts

*Creating Keepsakes*
  "Home for the Holiday" file folder mini album
  December 2005

  "You Amaze Me"
  Can Do Techniques
  Summer 2006

  Super Fast Pages with 4x6 photos
  Summer 2007

*Memory Makers*
  501 Great Scrapbook Ideas
  "Our Sweet Teas"
  March 2005

  Best of the Masters
  Spring 2006

  The Amazing Page
  "For the Love of Coffee"
  Spring 2006

  April 2006 issue

  Find your Groove 
  "On the Flipside" 

  601 Great Scrapbook Ideas 
  "Full of Life" 
  Fall 2007 

  Show It Off! 
  "Sadie" wall hanging 
  "Madison" wall hanging 
  "For You" bouquet 
  "Love" frame 
  "A Good Life" mini album
  Spring 2008  

  Oh, Baby! 
  "Sam, I am"
  Summer 2008

  Fabulous Friendships 
  "Seriously? Ok!"
  Summer 2008

  Scrapbook Idea Gallery 
  "Make each day count"
  August 2008 

  The Big Book of Scrapbook Ideas 
  Upcoming publication  

*Scrapbooks, Etc*
  "Love Never Ends"
  March 2005 issue

  "Best Gift"
  Feb/Mar 2006 issue

*Cantata Books* 
  The Joy of Scrapbooking
  "Exhibit A" 
  Fall 2006

*NanC & Co.*
  JoAnn's Scrap Essentials
  "Me, at 29"
  March 2005

  JoAnn's Scrap Essentials vol. 2
  "Eggs to Dye For"
  Spring 2006

*Scrapbooking & Beyond*
  "Friends give..."
  Fall 2006 issue

  Summer 2007 issue

  "Omaha Beach"
  "C'est magnifique!"
  Fall 2007 issue  
  "{love} m-style"  
  "Seize the Moment" 
  "CSI Wannabe" (digital layout)
  Spring 2008 issue

*Paper Trends*
  "Family Birthdays" calendar
  October 2006 issue

*Creative TECHniques*
  "Only you..." 
  Summer 2007

*Scrappin', Stampin' & Stationery*           
  "Making Dad" canvas album
  2006 2nd Quarter issue

*Scrapbook & Cards Today*
  Fall 2006 issue

  Spring 2007 issue

*Layout Blueprints 2*
  "Puppy Love"
  "For you..."

*Stamping, Stationery and Scrapbooking*           
  2006 3rd Quarter issue

  "Grandma's Birthday"
  2007 1st Quarter issue

*Bead Trends* 
  "Hip to be Square" bracelet
  "Tranquility" bracelet
  "With all my Heart" bracelet
  January/February 2008

  "Luck O' the Irish" bracelet
  March/April 2008 

  "A Touch of Nature" necklace
  "La Vie en Rose" bracelet
  "My Favorite Things" bracelet
  "The Harvest" bracelet and necklace set 
  May/June 2008 

  "Sandstorm" bracelet and earrings set
  September/October 2008

  "Into the Blue" bracelet
  "Untamed" bracelet  
  November/December 2008

  "Blue Hawaii" bracelet and earrings set
  January 2009

*BasicGrey* {online gallery}
  "Madie's New Do"
  July 2005

  July 2005

  "Simple Moments"
  July 2005

  "Child of the 80's" matchbook album
  April 2006

  "Top 10 Reasons" mini album/altered notebook
  May 2006

  "{love}" m-style
  May 2006

  "Rocket Dog"
  January 2007

  September 2007

*CherryArte* {online gallery}
  May 2006

  "Me" altered frame
  June 2006

  "Only you..."
  June 2006

*Prima* {online gallery}
  "Naturally Adorable"
  February 2007

*Ready-Set-Create! * {e-zine}
  "Special Bond" 
  "Every Moment" 
  "Wonder # Two" 
  "Today is Beautiful" 
  "Thank you" card 
  "My First Sketch"
  June/July 2006 

  "Back to School" tag book
  August/September 2006

  "Fun Day at the Beach" 
  "Mom's Beach Birthday" 
  "Make a wish" card  
  "Kid Zone" 
  "The Carousel" (digital layout) 
  "Indianapolis 2005" (digital layout)
  October/November 2006 

  "Miss Independent" 
  "Simple Pleasures" tag book 
  "Delight in Everything" card 
  "Holiday Memories" (digital layout)
  December 2006/January 2007 

*ScrapStreet * {e-zine}
  May 2006

  "The Moment"  
  October 2006 (Cover Finalist)

*Scrappin' Trends * {e-zine}
  "Puppy Love"  
  July 2006

  "Who could resist this face?"
  September 2006

  "Happy Fall" card
  "Me Loves Punkins"
  November/December 2006

  "I love you" tag
  January/February 2007

  "Life is a great bundle..."  
  March/April 2007

  May/June 2007

*Scrapbook News + Review * {e-zine}
  "Dance Diva"
  "Me, in Love"
  "Made with Love"
  "Naturally Adorable" 
  "For You" (wedding) gift card 
  May 2008

  "Sweet Baby" 
  "Welcome to the World" 
  "miss u" card  
  "hello" card 
  "yum" treat container 
  "enjoy" shadowbox 
  June 2008 

Manufacturer Design Teams:

Transparent Touches & Tags
  Design Team Member
  from June 2006-May 2007

Die Cuts With a View
  Design Team Member
  from March 2007-May 2008


Design Teams:

  Owner and Founding Member, Design Team 
  Creative Design Team Leader 
  from April 2007-January 2010 (site closed)

Scrappin' Trends
  Design Team Member
  from January 2006-June 2007

  Founding Member, Design Team
  from February 2007-June 2007 (site closed)

Imagine, Create, Scrap!
  Founding Member, Design Team 
  Creative Design Team Leader 
  from June 2005-April 2007 (site closed)

Scrapbook Sizzle
  Founding Member, Design Team
  from August 2006-March 2007 (site closed)

  Design Team Member
  from May 2006-February 2007


The Scrapbook Stand
  Design Team Member
  from May 2006-November 2006

Create My Keepsake
  Founding Member, Design Team
  from January 2006-June 2006

Studio C

  Founding Member, Design Team
  from March 2006-May 2006

Scrapper's Daily Dose
  Design Team Member
  from December 2005-May 2006

The Memory Safe
  Founding Member, Design Team
  from April 2005-November 2005

Memories by Design
  Founding Member, Design Team
  from 2003-2004


Scrapbook News + Review 
  Editor at Large, Columnist and Layout Designer
  from January 2007-July 2009


  Make It Meaningful -2004
  First Place - My Story

Luv 2 Scrapbook
  Bo Bunny contest
  Honorable Mention

                    Scrappin' Angels
  Mother of All Mystery Contest
  Top Ten

Scrapbook Expo
  Crop Night
  First Place


* Several articles in the May and June issues of Scrapbook News + Review.

* 'Girly-girl' layout chosen as Memory Makers' Featured Project, 1.26.2007; It was also featured in the Memory Makers newsletter that is sent out.

* 'Forever My Friend' layout chosen as Memory Makers' Featured Project, 9.4.2006; It was also featured in the Memory Makers newsletter that is sent out.

* Layouts & article featured in the September through December 2006 & January through May 2007 issues of the Transparent Touches & Tags newsletter;

* 'whoosh' layout chosen as Creating Keepsakes' Page of the Day, as picked by Erin Lincoln, 8.1.2006;

* Layouts & article featured in the May, June & July issues of the Create My Keepsake Chronicle;

* Layouts & article featured in the May, June, November, December 2006 & January through June 2007 issues of the Scrappin' Trends newsletter;

* 12.7.2005 Pubster of the Day, Two Peas in a Bucket;

*  NSA member #2802


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