Tell us about your family:
I am married to my sweetie Ken for 15 years. We have 1 son, Mason, age 7 who is the 2nd grade and the absolute shining light in our lives. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life, with a short stint in Roanoke Va, from age 1-5 when my father was transferred for work. I love having the change of seasons, but my favorite is SUMMER! We share the house with 2 kitties, Rascal and JT. JT has been the topic of some of my posts because he is, quite possibly, the stupidest cat in the world! I work full time as an insurance agent (yippee skippy) and have been at my current job for 22 years! The beauty of working somewhere that long is the flexibility! I am quite close to my family and we do MANY events/holidays/dinners together, which gives me a lot of "material".
How long have you been a scrapbooking and what got you started?
I started scrapping in March 2003 (march 16th to be exact! according to my layout! (thank God for dating layouts!). I had been on a "mommy" message board that I had been on since I was pregnant in 2000. All our kids where now 3 years old and we needed something else to talk about, so they opened a "craft" board. All the moms where either scrappers or quilting and since I couldn't sew, I decided to try scrapping. I have been hooked since and now I wonder what I did with all my spare time and money before!
What inspires you?
I LOVE challenges! I wish I would COMPLETE more of them but they definately inspire me to get to my scrap room and just "do it"! Another thing that inspires me is an awesome photograph and how to showcase it so that everyone wants to look at it again and again! My kid is really cute, so I want to make the pages as "pretty" as he is! Sketches also inspire me, but it seems once I pick the sketch I want to use, I get inspired and do it my own way anyway!
How do your family and friends feel about your scrapbooking?
They couldn't be any happier to have someone other than themselves showcase all those happy memories!!!! They all EXPECT homemade albums and gifts for Christmas and any other holiday which may fall anywhere near a major "picture" event. Everyone gets together for a party? Surely Cecilia will be scrapping that and giving us all a mini-album! THAT'S what they all think! and that's mostly what they get!
How did you find A Cherry on Top?
Remember that "mommy" message board? One of the scrappers had branched out and found THIS board, and redirected me to it! Guess who else I wrangled over here from that site? Elsie! (ElsieB) from California.
How long have you been a part of the ACOT community?
I think my first post was in July of 2003, about a month after the board came on line!
Do you have a favorite product line?
My Minds Eye, without a doubt! A close second is Basic Gray.
What is a favorite technique that you like to use?
Inking, distressing, sanding, mod podging, alcohol inks (a new fav!) oh right, you only asked for one............
When and where do you create your layouts?
I have a wonderful scraproom! When my niece, who had lived with us while in college moved out, Shoot! Score! I got my scraproom. Within 2 wks of her moving out, the walls where a retro turqiose!! It's the absolute girliest room in the house with purple flowers painted around the window and sheer, glazed flowers all over the walls!
How would you define your style?
Altered! I really have a mixed style, one minute I like "clean and graphic" layouts, but than usually wind up "junking" them up with my little altered pieces and it no longer looks "clean and graphic" but that WAS the look I was going for! I also like to give myself personal challenges, such as using a kit with ONLY what is in the kit, plus ink (gotta have it) and get the best possible finished project from the kit. Or, I'll pull out a certain amount of embellishements and say " I can ONLY work with these, make it happen". I usually issue myself some kind of challenge when I scrap just to keep it interesting!
Do you have any tips to share for saving time, organizing or getting started?
Sure! To get started, I just look for something on the board here, or in a magazine. When I see pretty art, it makes me want to create also! As far as organizing.....I'm all for it, in the beginning of a layout. But once I am "full on" working on it, all organization goes out the door and I wind up using every inch of the 3 tables I have for scrapping. HOWEVER, once I am done a layout or project, EVERYTHING must go back to its (semi) proper place. I can't start a new project with the "old stuff" sitting on my table. Hence the reason I can only do 1 project at a time!! And saving time? This is my HOBBY, its all about "wasting time" looking through idea books, creating, planning, dreaming and sharing and there is no reason to save time doing that. This is my escape, my TIME. I save time doing everything else (I'm a multi tasker big time)so I can slow down, relax and be at one with my precious photos and scrappy supplies!
What is your ultimate goal in scrapbooking?
To be published, of course!!!! I would love to be a featured artist for an altered art magazine!!!! Also, as is (most) everyone's goal is to have my life and memories remembered for years and generations to come. I want my family to be able to remember the who, what and where of our lives, even if it does take my son an entire U-Haul to bring the books to his home.
Any other hobbies?
Yes! Summer!!!! I know its not a hobby to most, but its mine! We love watersports, waverunning, boating, tubing...anything to get you wet and cool! I also love to build things, with actual power tools! I am still afraid of the circular saw, but am working my way through that! My dh and I love to do all kinds of home improvement projects, something not everyone enjoys, but we love to see the fruits of our labor!
Great interview! Who loves ya baby!
Great to meet ya!
I have met you IRL and LOVE YA!!! Great to learn more about you though. Awesome BOM thing!!!
Nice to "meet' you, Cec! Great article!
Hey Cec! Great article and I LOVE the clock layout
Hi Cec!! Great interview! I'm so jealous of your scraproom! :-)
About time you were featured! You've been here forever~ Love your room! Awesome!
I enjoyed reading about you. Great scraproom!
So great to learn more about you Cecilia! Awesome article! and I'm so jealous of your scraproom...when I grow up, I wanna have one just like that!
Yay, Cec!!!!! I'd love to learn to do some woodworking!
Whoohoo Cec!!! Awesome article!
Loved "Getting to know you" Cec! Your work rocks!
Hey Cec!! Great article!!