First name: Laura
My craft supply 'must have': Patterned paper!
What inspires me to create: Nobody in my family is a scrapbooker. I have a desire to catalogue my family's history, and I am an art teacher. It needs to be pretty! lol
Most readers don’t know this about me: I am one of this message board's original members, coming online in July of 2003, soon after ACOT (formerly Stickers Galore) started their message board. I found the board during a very sad time in my life, after losing my mother-in-law to breast cancer. This board gave me friends I never knew I had, and helped me to cope with the loss.
During that time, I also recognized how important it was to create lasting memories for my family, and the techniques I learned helped me grow as a scrapper and a person! Over the years, I have cherished the friendships I have made here, and I continue to develop my scrapping style, while loving every minute. :)
BIO: I have been scrapbooking (starting with Creative Memories) since 1998, when I found the need to scrapbook a European trip with my husband and friends. In 2006, I learned digi scrapping, and in 2008, I became a member of the ACOT Digi Scrapping Design Team. Although the DT was disbanded, I remain proud of having represented this site and I did some of my very favorite layouts during that time.
I have also been part of design teams for Silvia Romeo, HotFlash Designs, and E-scape and Scrap. I will always be bi-scraptual, loving both paper and digi, and I am dedicated to dispelling myths about digi scrapping, since this board is no longer a digi site.
As a junior high/high school art teacher, I love to share the art of scrapbooking, and I am always available to teach and help anyone to love this passion! I have been married to my best friend, Mike, for 29 years this July, and we are the proud parents of our spoiled furbaby, Paisley, a golden doodle, who is the subject of many of my layouts.
Project #1: My Dad
My Dad - layout featuring the Best Dad Ever collection - PhotoPlay.
about this layout:
I created this layout with the Photoplay "Best Dad Ever" papers and stickers. I thought the papers gave off a retro vibe that suited the photo really well. This photo was actually an old Polaroid that I scanned into my computer and enlarged. It turned out so much better than the photo quality of that old photo actually was! This layout is really simple, but I think sometimes simple looks best when dealing with heritage photos like this one. I used the paper tearing technique with the cardstock to add to the heritage feel.
Project #2: Our Story
Our Story - layout featuring the Antiquities collection - Authentique
about this layout:
This layout shows one of my flaws in scrapbooking: whenever my husband and I go on a trip together, we almost always fail to get many photos of the two of us together! So, I made it the subject of my layout and showed our individual photos, and wrote my journaling about it. I really liked the colors and elegance of this Kaisercraft line called "Antiquities." It is made for heritage photos, but still works really well with modern ones. I used the Kaisercraft "Antiquities" butterfly stamp to add to the paper background. One thing I discovered while working on this layout is that I frequently use the "back" side of the double-sided papers...at least they are the back side as shown in the ACOT shop!
Project #3: Let's Go Places
Let's Go Places - layout featuring the Simple Vintage Traveler collection - Simple Stories
about this layout:
I love to do double-page layouts because I take tons of photos. Usually, I start with a good sketch, and this layout is no exception. I find that sketches help to organize me and, even though I might change it up a bit, they help me pull together what could be a really cluttered layout. This layout is various photos of our actual anniversary day during our trip to Germany in 2011. (This is where I might add that, as you can see, I am not a chronological scrapper. I am still scrapping photos from almost 10 years ago, along with current ones! I just keep them in separate boxes and when I finish a year, or a trip in this case, I will put all the pages into an album.) I used the Simple Stories' "Simple Vintage Traveler" line with this layout, because the colors really reminded me of our time in Germany. It goes great with those photos, and I know I will be doing more layouts using it to finish out the album. I don't always buy kits or full lines for my scrapping, because I love to mix and match, but when I have a vacation to scrap and so many photos, I find it makes things much easier and the pages of the album go together better.
Project #4: On The Road Again
On The Road Again - layout featuring the Here & There collection - PhotoPlay
about this layout:
This is another layout from our trip to Germany, but I used the Photoplay "Here and There" line for this one. The colors made me immediately thing of my husband's car, and the elements were more suited for driving, rather than flying, so it was perfect for this subject. In this layout, I did a photo block, which is another way that I find it easy to organize a large group of photos. Cost-saving tip here: I cut out the middle of the paper behind the photo block (the red/blue striped one), so I could use it elsewhere, since it wasn't going to show anyway! I do this frequently on layouts, because it saves paper when you are layering, plus it makes your layout less heavy. I often use strips and pieces of my more expensive papers, and simply mount them to the piece of paper found in the page protectors of my albums for stability.
Hi there Art Teacher! I used to visit ACOT daily way back in 2003 and was around when the name changed from Stickers Galore. I remember you! Lovely to see your work...it is quite my style. Kind regards, Starnan