Day 28: Introducing…

Guest Star cateshomegrown!

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I moved to the west coast over 30 years ago and currently live in Northern California with my husband Michael. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, but have been together for over 16 years. I do not have children of my own, but I do have two grown step kids. We live in a community called Sleepy Hollow. The name fits it perfectly. There is a lot of wildlife all around us. I swim three days a week and go to a boot camp style class twice a week. I am not working right now, by choice, which leaves me lots of time for my favorite pastime – scrapbooking. I also take many, many classes at BPC and rarely miss a LOAD. I bought a few rubber stamps about 18 years ago. I started making my own greeting cards and now friends and family expect only homemade cards from me. I fought the scrapbooking craze at first, but how could I resist all the amazing products that started appearing in the stores. It was not long before I was hooked.

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I am not sure how I would describe my scrapbook style. I take many nature and travel photos. My nature photos usually end up on single photo/page LOs, which are mostly emotional type pages or pages where I want to tell a story.  I take numerous travel photos on a single trip, so those are used on two page LOs using many photos. I really like my photos to stand out so I always ink the edges and mat the photo or sand the edges of the photo. I like to scrap about the everyday things in my life. My favorite subjects are my nieces and nephew. I only see them twice a year, so I always have my camera with me when they are around.


Many scrapbookers have inspired me. Three stand out – Cathy Zielske for her design savvy. The rule of thirds is a big one and is always in the back of my mind when creating pages. Ali Edwards inspires me to create meaningful pages and to tell the stories of my life. Lastly, Nic Howard inspires me to add layers and clusters. I love her beautiful style and I love dimension on my LOs. I think one of my strongest assets in regards to scrapbooking is my use of color. I love color and feel I have a good eye for it. Most of my pages are filled with color and patterned paper. Most important I love to scrap. I am so glad I found this hobby.

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7 thoughts on “Day 28: Introducing…”

  1. Yipee! Couldn’t have chosen a better inspiration myself! Cathy, you know that I LOVE your work! Even though our styles are quite different (for example, I don’t think that many of your layouts are centimetres thick!) I totally adore everything you do. I love your clean lines, the multi-photo emphasis (have lifted these types of layouts quite often) and your skill at colour. Your orange layouts are the BEST and I have to say that I’ve noticed purple creeping in more this month and these are fab too. To the Queen of Orange, thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  2. What a wonderful post. I’m new to your work, but am loving what I’m seeing. Considering that your scrapping inspiration are Nic, Cathy & Ali, (3 of my ALL time favs) I’m running to your flickr account now to subscribe. Thanks for sharing this bit about yourself.

  3. Thanks for sharing! You layouts are very inspirational and your “mentors” can be seen in your work. I love how you’ve pulled them all together to make your own style.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I love that 2 of the scrappers you love are Cathy Z and Nic H — opposite ends of the spectrum. I too love them both. Cathy teaches you to have good design and Nic can teach you how to add that ‘icing’ on the cake.

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