I’d be fooling myself if I thought you’d actually read through all this explanation before scrolling down to see the photos, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here until you scroll back up.
Back so soon? Want to hear the back story on our search? Grab a drink or a snack and settle in. It’s quite a tale.
It was two years ago that we reconfigured our group of Paper Crafts Pros and launched the era of Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. We expanded this group of ambassadors from four women to six, and established a two-year term for the group as a whole.
And oh, what a group it became! They came together like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, eggs and bacon…and really helped to tighten the weave of our paper crafting community in all the best ways.
But for two years we ran them ragged, from fun CHA booth activities to editorial board meetings. We also assigned them projects for our magazine columns and special issues, plus a whole lot of blogging. It’s a significant commitment in time and energy.
So we weren’t surprised when three of them notified us toward the end of last year that they would be retiring at the end of the two-year term. Kim Hughes launched her own company, and Jessica Witty and Maren Benedict are going to enjoy some breathing room with their young and growing families.
So we took the same approach as we did two years ago, and reached out to a group of individuals who we thought embodied the traits of a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal – a group that included current Go-to Gals Teri Anderson, Kim Kesti, and Betsy Veldman. We put that group through a set of challenges, quietly and behind-the-scenes, and evaluated the participants on a variety of criteria.
And, since you’ve already scrolled down to take a sneak peek, no more drama.
Introducing the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals for 2012-2013:
If you’re online, then you already know these talented women because they are all over the place. We’re looking forward to having the group here for our editorial board meetings in a few short weeks to plan for the coming production year, and you’ll be seeing more and more of them as we start working on our 2012 issues (which starts, believe it or not, in MAY).
Saying hello and goodbye to some pretty awesome women,
P.S. Wanna congratulate our new six-pack of Go-to Gals? Just click below!