I'm a tall, loud, talkative, bossy, get-it-done-yesterday, 26 year old. I'm the wife to my best friend, Justin, who lets me tackle 50 projects at once, and encourages me the whole way. (Although some of his critiquing on my scrapbook pages could use a little refining. LOL). I'm a full time mommy to my little chatterbox - Harvey, who is 18 months old. One day I'll be able to understand what he's gabbing about! And I'm also a part time mom to my nieces, who I nanny 4 days a week. We have lots of fun doing crafts and going on adventures around the Salt Lake Valley - where I call home.
Read on to hear more about Tiffany and her scrapping!
- How long have you been scrapping? It seems like forever. My mom and I kept "old school" scrapbooks with butcher paper and rubber cement when I was a young girl. I've always kept special keepsakes from events to scrapbook (think autographs, ticket stubs, and grass stuck in the blanket from the night of my first date.) Have you ever paper scrapped? Most definitely! I got really into paper scrapbooking like it is now when I got married and I joined a scrapbooking exchange group. It really helped me stay current! When did you make the switch to digi and why? I first heard about digi scrapping in early 2008, but I wasn't sold until my baby was born that October. Only then did I start to think about SO many pros of keeping my "stash" all on an external hard drive. And now.. I won't ever go back, although I still get together with the gals to make cards and such.
- What do you feel is your strongest scrapping skill? I think I'm pretty good at titles. I feel like the title makes the page, and most of the time people looking through my albums only look at the photos and the title. And shadowing. I guess I'm good at that too. Your weakest? Designing the basics of my pages. A layout comes together so much easier for me when I use a template. When I try to do it all on my own it takes much longer to "gel."
- What advice would you give someone just starting out digi-scrapping? Only download something if you really like it, and if you really feel like you're going to use it. Don't get freebie happy. I also bought some really great tutorial magazines: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Scrapbooking (one and two) by ScrapbooksEtc. They are FULL of tutorials (and print screens) on how to do anything and everything you would ever want to know.
- Describe your scrapping "system"... What program do you use? Photoshop CS3. Where do you start first - photos, papers, elements, journaling? I usually start with the photos. Then I try to find a kit with colors or a theme to go along with them. I spend some time thinking of how I want to organize the page, what kind of title would be good, and which photo I want to emphasize. Then I choose my favorite elements and papers and usually an alpha and open them all up in Photoshop. Usually I shadow as I go, and move things around until I like them. Do you always have something in mind when you start, or do you let your creativity guide you? Not always, but sometimes I get an idea for a layout and I think about it for a while, then take photos and start from there. How long does it take you to complete a layout? Usually about an hour to an hour and a half.
- On average, how much time do you spend scrapping each week? Probably around 10 hours a week.
- Describe your perfect scrapping environment - coffee? soda? music? snacks? No snacks or drinks - I hate to get my laptop sticky or dirty. But I do like to "listen" to my favorite movies or DVRed television shows. I get more done if I've already seen them 100 times. :)
- What's your favorite thing to do BESIDES scrapping? I love camping. We go camping a ton with my hubby's family and our annual camping trip to Bear Lake is coming up in August. I can't wait to get on that boat!
- What is one thing you would love to do, just so you could scrap it? Man, I don't know. How about travel out of the US a bit further than Niagara Falls and Tijuana! But first I'd need a passport...
- Who inspires you in the scrapping community? Any person or site in particular that you look to for inspiration? I love all of ScrapMatters' challenges! They - by far - have the most and the best challenges out there. Just being challenged and then getting more inspired by the gals that play along helps me get my photos scrapped. :)
- If you could have Amber create a kit just for you, what colors, theme, etc would it be and why? A lake/boating kit. (see above). I especially love scrapping with rich, bright colors so: orange, teal, yellow, green, and purple or pink. She could include elements like life jackets, splashes, skis, wake boards, the rope, towels, and word art like "crash and burn", "rough rider" and "need for speed".
There was some circle challenge at one of the sites I came across, so I decided to see what I could figure out in Photoshop. I didn't have any digital supplies, so I just messed around... for like 6 hours. Yeah. I could probably do this layout in about 15 minutes now. But I learned a lot - and that's what counts, right?!
This is the album cover for my wedding. I extracted us out of other photos and added them into this one. I just LOVE how it turned out.
This crazy photo of my kid-self has always been a favorite of mine. I love the simplicity of this design, the glittery scatter, and of course - the 80s references! (Oh, and check out the triangles on my shirt...)
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Just my little Harvey enjoying his first ice cream cone. I had so many photos I wanted to use, so I had to come up with a way to get them all on there without going overkill. Hopefully it worked!