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Meet our New Design Team Member ~ Betsy Skagen!

We are excited and honored to have
Betsy Skagen
Join the Altered Pages Design Team

Please help us welcome her!!!

My name is Betsy Skagen. Skagen rhymes with toboggan--which makes sense since I hail from the snowy and arctic northland of Saint Paul, Minnesota. I share my home with my with my husband of 26 years; two circus-performing kids; our counter-surfing 90-pound dog, Annie Lulu; and Boomer, our Golden Retriever puppy. I am a paper crafter, altered art artist, writer and graphic designer, who brings a fresh approach to the crafting world by infusing my blog-- Paper Calliope with slightly irreverent humor.

 My eclectic crafting style is built upon a foundation of good design principles,forged from my years as a marketing communications professional. Having a strong sense of design allows me to explore new techniques and trends without forgoing excellence.  Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.

Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, I also despise the Oxford comma.

I have been named to the international design teams of the ColourArte, Robin's Nest, Whisker Graphics and Altered Pages. Please drop by my blog at

Bragging rights: I have a husband; two kids; a 90 pound mixed breed Bluetick coonhound named Annie Lulu and a fast-growing Golden Retriever named Boomer. Two of these beings unicycle, do circus tricks in the air and walk the high wire. One sugar-daddies my craft supply needs and the other two are pro-circuit countersurfers.

To learn more about this amazing Jane Austen ATB visit Betsy blog HERE!

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