SHOtime Day 16: Scrap Happy Spotlight – And the “Lainie” goes to…

Leslie Smith
Leslie Smith

KATHY!
Here’s her acceptance speech and today’s prompt,
and we promise not to cue the music to cut her speech short!
Hello, my name is a Kathy and I’m a frustrated paper scrapper who has found a home in digi land. I’m married to a great guy who supports my habit 100% as long as I don’t say anything about his sports cards…. My two children are grown and for the most part fairly independent.  DS lives at home but we hardly every see him except for the dirty dishes
and laundry. I’ve worked for a major retailer for 32 years, the last 16 in a tech support role so what follows is a natural for me.


I’ve been a crafter much of my life with sewing, crocheting and quilting.  I got my start in paper scrapping in the late 90’s when a close friend introduced me to CM.  I loved the idea of memory keeping but most of my layouts were simple and I really struggled with pattern papers and all those embellishments.  I could spend hours shopping for the right flower or ribbon only to get home and lose all motivation to get the page done….. and the supplies piled up with no pages to show for it.  I used to say I had lots of product but absolutely no productivity.


Then in 2010, I found Stacy Julian on a cable tv craft show. I loved her Big Picture concept that freed me from chronological scrapping (which I thought was  necessary in the CM album world) and she exposed me to the WWW of scrapping inspiration on line including Paper Clipping Roundtable.  Through the Roundtable I found this wondrous thing called digi and was introduced to LOAD and Lain. I taught myself Photoshop
Elements during LOAD 1010 and my life has not been the same since.


I think what I really love about digi is that you can always change it. If you can’t find the perfect paper or flower, you can recolor the one that is close. You can crop and zoom photos on the fly and never have to worry about not having the right size.  You can add and remove paper and elements, experimenting to your hearts content. I do print all my
layouts and love that the flat albums take up much less space and the flowers never get crushed.


My challenge for you is all about layers. In digi, every item is a layer. Even a simple layout can have 20 layers. Every one of us also has multiple layers.  Today, peel back those top layers and make a layout about something that isn’t readily visible on the surface. Maybe it’s something you do, a guilty pleasure or something from your past that few people know. Or, use lots of layers on your layout.. Hit your scrap basket and pull a bunch of papers that coordinate to tell your story. Either way, have a great time!
Some of Kathy’s favorites:
The most layers I’ve ever used…99 on Your Story Matters:Love
My favorite paper layers..Splish Splash
My favorite element layers–Blue Velvet Baby
Baby Face Layout
Template: Stitched Down by  Wish Well Creations

Kit: Memory Keepers Collaboration by Gotta Pixal

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