A passion for creating handmade items was passed to Robin and her twin sister Renee through their mother and grandmother. This passion led Robin to be involved in many aspects of the craft industry. She won multiple blue ribbons on designed apparel and crafts at statewide fairs during junior high and high school, worked for a yardage shop while in college and became the manager for a home design store as a young college graduate. Robin started teaching home economics which developed and led to her career in education. Throughout that career Robin’s enthusiasm in the craft industry continued and expanded through multiple classes and conferences in the scrapbooking arena and serving as a design team member for a local store. Once Robin retired from education after 28 years, she started to pursue a dream that she and her sister had of opening a store together. Unfortunately, her sister Renee passed before they could realize this dream but Robin is keeping it alive by opening Paperologie. On any given day you can find her elbows-deep in her craft room, usually with an embellishment in her hair, ink on her face and a hot cup of coffee nearby.
Ashley Gilmer, Consultant
Ashley was raised with the love of crafting and creating homemade items with influence from both of her parents’ sides of the family. Her grandmother Sammy was known for her beautiful quilts and crafts and her grandmother Erma is known for her floral arrangements and centerpieces (which she still creates at 93 years young). Their inspiration matched with her mother and auntie’s arts and crafting talents have ignited a similar passion in Ashley. When Ashley’s husband was deployed by the US Marines in 2006, Robin invited Ashley to come along to a scrapbooking “crop” to see if she would be interested in taking up this new hobby. Much more than a mere “hobby”, Ashley fell in love with the paper craft industry and has remained involved as much as possible while striving to achieve a work/life balance which includes keeping up with her active little toddler, Vivien.