Scrapper Showcase Dawn Coelin

Introducing a new feature for our ScrapHappy membership, the Scrapper Showcase!
SH Scrapper Showcase

This is our chance to get to know our scrappy sisters a little better.

We’ll ask them questions about their life, about their scrapbooking, show off some of their creative endeavours and maybe even take a sneak peek into their crafty space!

First up is Dawn Coelin from Boston, MA.

Dawn Coelin profilepic

Will you please start by telling us a bit about yourself?


I am 52 years old, mom to 15 year old girl, a 10 year old boy, a 2.5 year old English lab and a 10 year old black kitty. I have been with my husband John for 31 years (whoa) and he is still the love of my life. I work full time at Mass General Hospital in Boston as a data analyst and SQL database administrator. I love scrapbooking, camping, photography and pretty much anything crafty


How long have you been a ScrapHappy member? How did you first hear about it? What do you love about it?


I have links back to LOAD 213, so my guess it was back around then.  Listen, I am lucky if I can remember what I had for breakfast, LOL! I am pretty sure that I learned about SH via my friend, Google, while I was searching for inspiration and kindred spirits. I love SH because everyone is always so positive, supportive and even if you haven’t posted in a long, long time, everyone is always so welcoming!

When did you start scrapbooking?


I started scrapbooking in 2000, after my daughter was born, but if I look back at some of those magnetic albums that I had (GASP), I was actually cutting pictures up and arranging them on pages before that. I was just missing paper and embellishments!


How did you get hooked on scrapbooking?

I have always loved photography (I used to have my own photography business!) and was looking for a better way to show off pictures of our new baby than just throwing them in albums. I believe that I saw some supplies in AC Moore and that was all she wrote, as they say.

Dawn Coelin LO_together

What was your style like when you started? How has it evolved?

I don’t think that I ever really had a style … lots of sticker sneeze in those old pages! If I had to pick one, I think that when I started, I was a very clean cut and linear scrapper.


What type of scrapping do you do now?


Still not sure that I have an actual style! I tend to just create a page around the mood of the pictures. I don’t think that I can pull off some styles as well as others, but it is all good as long as I am creating and preserving memories.

Chronological or Random or Other?

I used to be chronological, but with the advent of the iPhone and being able to pretty much instantly print out my favorite pics from it, I am pretty random now.I do tend to go back to chronological when I am looking for pics to scrap for a challenge, though. Need to get those old ones done, too!


Dawn Coelin LO_Prince


How often do you scrap?


I try to scrap at least once a week. There always seems to be something that needs to get done first, tho … darn chores and work and cooking and laundry and … and … and ….

Do you participate in LOAD? How many pages do you usually complete in a LOAD?

I do participate in LOAD! I love scrapping to challenges and I love seeing everyone else’s creativity. I usually complete at least half of LOAD and save the other prompts to go back to.


Do you have a scrapbook room/space?

My scrap space is in our attic. My husband put wonderful shelving up there for me on the walls and in the closet, so I can be .. or attempt to be … organized.

Dawn Coelin scrapspace

What kinds of topics do you scrap, or enjoy scrapping the most?

I enjoy scrapping the kids, my husband’s band, our vacations, the dog and cat … just about everything!

What is your process?

As I stated earlier, I love to scrap to challenges. I will usually start with pictures that fit the challenge and then go from there choosing papers and embellishments. I have been very into kits lately and those help a lot!

Do you ever get scrapper’€™s block€? If so, how do you cure it?

I don’t get it often, but when I do, I find that surfing websites and blogs helps cure it.

Dawn Coelin LO-buds

What is your favourite tool or embellishment?

I hate when things are crooked, so my favorite tool is the KellyCraft Get It Straight Laser Square. I use it every time that I scrap or make a card!

Do you have a favourite scrapper, or someone you look up to?

I don’t really have a favorite – I can’t choose from all of the wonderful work!

What helps you get more done?

I love to make up page packets, especially if I am going to a crop, ahead of time. I might not always have time to scrap, but it only takes a few minutes to throw pics, paper and coordinating embellies into a kraft keeper. When I do have time to scrap, I love just being able to grab one and play!

Dawn Coelin LO_life

What do you love about your scrapbooking?

I love the creative release, the fact that I am documenting stories for my kids to remember. Most of all, I love looking through all the pictures and reminiscing. 

Do you have a blog?

I do not.


Any other thoughts I didn’€™t ask for but should have?

Not that I can think of!


Thank you Dawn for being our first Scrapper Showcase! If you’d love to be featured next please let Alice know!

7 thoughts on “Scrapper Showcase Dawn Coelin”

  1. Scrapper Showcase is wonderful. What a great way to get to know our scrappy sisters. Dawn it was wonderful to get to know you.

  2. Dawn so nice to meet and learn more about you. I am also 52 years old. Same as you. This seems like it will be a fun new Scrap Happy event. I look forward to meeting the members up close and personal this way. Thanks Dawn for being the first one.

  3. It was so nice getting to know you Dawn. This is a great new addition to the ScrapHappy family! I look forward to getting more of you.

  4. This is a cool segment 🙂 Very enjoyable to get to know our scrap sisters :)Dawn your layouts are fantastic 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

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