Hey Everyone. I know some of you have been stopping by Pixel Scrapper for a long time. I think it's been open almost 3 years now, so some of you have been my secret admirers for that long. So I'd really love if you'd take a moment to say hi, introduce yourself and talk a little about how you scrapbook and why. Even if you're new, I'd love to get to know you too!
I'll start with myself. I was born in Minnesota, USA in 1985 (that makes me 27 right now!). When I was 12 my family moved to La Paz, Bolivia, a city on the edge of the world (15,000 feet up). My parents are teachers, and they switched from public school teaching to working in international schools so my family could travel more. And travel we did.
All this traveling is what got me started (paper) scrapbooking when I was probably 14, or so. My parents bought me some paper, glue and scissors and I was off and haven't looked back since. It wasn't until about three years ago, when I was stuck at my desk while teaching English in Korea that I made the switch to digital. I used to look at digital scrapbooking with my nose in that air, "why would I want to give up all this great paper?" But then, "What, you mean I can MAKE paper, in ANY color, with ANY pattern, and keep AS MUCH OF IT AS I WANT with me WHEREVER I AM?" It became evident that working digitally was what I had been waiting for my whole life and didn't know it. I used to scrapbook only in the summer, when we were back in the States and I had access to paper and things. Now I scrapbook ANYWHERE, including from my backpack while on the road. The switch to digital was so massive for me that I'm here now trying to make it my life's work. If you had told me when I was 15 that I would be scrapbooking for my job I never would have believed you in a million years. I've never had an art class. I studied physics in college. That's how serious I was about design.
But if there's one thing I learned studying physics, it's that's life is uncertain and what you think you know you probably don't.