Welcome to our New Design Team Members

We would like to welcome the three new members of our Design Team and have them tell you a little about themselves


Katie Hand

I am a fairly young empty-nester and grandma who is fortunately enough to call Chicago my Sweet Home. By day I am an IT geek for the alcohol industry. By night I am a belly dancing, baseball loving, crafty fool!

I make hundreds of cards every year for Operation Write Home, I come from a long line of proud veterans, my daughter was US Navy and my son in law is active duty US Air Force. I am honored to be able to share my passion/talent/obsession in a way that supports these brave men and women.


Jules E

I am a Florida transplant from St. Louis and a retired English teacher. My beloved husband and I live with our two cats in a small village on the Gulf Coast. I have two adult children and have been blessed by our daughter and her husband with twin grandsons, going on 4 and their gorgeous sister, who is 2 1/2.

I have been involved in paper arts since about 1996 and have been altering, teaching and designing since 2002. I’ve taught at conventions nation wide and at stores and crops here in Florida.  My motto is ” a day without art is a day without sunshine”.

And last but certainly not least:


Monica L


My name is Monica Lowrance. I live in the beautiful Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. I’m a mom to a wonderful teenage young man, David, and our crazy pug – George Louis.

I discovered Scrapbooking around 2002, after returning home from the US Army and within in the last few years discovered mixed media. WOW! HOW FUN! I’m always looking to learn more and to share what I’ve learned! I love playing with a variety of mediums on various surfaces; a project is not finished without some ink, paint or gesso!

I like to try various styles and it depends on my mood as to what I create. Besides crafts I love watching movies, scratching on George, photography and being the best mom I can to my son.  I am extremely excited to be a part of this talented team. What an honor! Thank you.

We here at Basically Bare are excited to have Katie, Jules, and Monica as part of our team and I promise you they will have some wonderful projects to share.  Stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed!


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