Thursday, May 24, 2007

As of this month....

It's official! I have been scrapbooking for ten years! Time sure does fly. Back then, backgrounds were only white and if we wanted a colored background, we had to piece 8.5x11 pieces of cardstock together to make it the right size! At the time I was using CM albums and they were about 11.75x11.75 inches.


Here's my scrapbooking timeline...


1997 Started scrapbooking (I even used....{gasp!} Crayola Markers in my album!) Here's my first ever {don't forget...it was TEN years ago!} layout...
I was so proud of this layout. I did 'fun' lettering, I used special scissors and I even cut one photo into the shape of a ghost! Woo Hoo. {grin!} You have to love the Ellison Die Cut shapes! Go Ellison! :)














1998 My first layout was published. It was a great turkey page and Memory Makers Magazine picked it up {and I can't find it to photograph it for you....boo hoo} . Then, this layout was picked up by Creating Keepsakes....










Here, you can see that I had just invested in a circle cutter. Can you have too many circles? Well, this page doesn't, but, let me tell you, yes, there is such thing as too many circles....





Here's an example of too many circles.... ;) Gosh, my kids used to be so cute!


In 1999, I started teaching scrapbooking classes at a local craft store. PaperKuts Magazine wrote an article about my classes and this PB&J layout was the beginning of my relationship with PaperKuts. Starting in 1999, I was in every issue of the magazine until almost the very end. I ended up as a co-author on two of their idea books and I was on their beginning scrapbooking dvd with the editor, Angie Randall. Later, I became a Contributing Editor for PaperKuts.

I'm having so much fun! QVC, Scrapbook LifeStyle, my own stamp line....wow!


The scrapbooking industry has been so incredible to me. Looking back over the years, I realize that I am so incredibly blessed! I have been able to turn my hobby into my job and along the way have met some wonderful people.


So, ten years down, so many more to go.

I have so many exciting things to share about the future...but, 'they' are making me stay quiet. {boo hoo!}


Soon, I'll be able to share so much with you. You'll be amazed at what we have in store....{wink!}





8 comments:

Jen Gallacher said...

Ahhh, those were the days. :) I'm not even sure where my first layouts are, but I just came across a bunch of my paper piecing layouts. :) Too much fun!

liannallama said...

awww! your pages are cute, LOL! Isn't it fun to see your old styles?! I wish I had saved my first pages--they were done in the 80's in magnetic albums so I tore them all up about 5 years ago when I realized what I had done!

Anonymous said...

Oh BAH- I thought I'd get a giggle out of seeing your first pages but these are quite cute!

Angela Daniels

Eminepala said...

those are SO CUTE...
I think the HOT scrapbook styles were different... 10 years later we will be looking at our pages now and LAUGH LOL

Isn't it great to actually make a job out of your hobby... I recently got in an manufacturer designteam and I'm thrilled and HONORED...

I can't wait to find out what your secrets are ;)

xoxo
Emine

Kim said...

Your layouts are precious. No shame there, that is exactly what all our first layouts looked like. I wish I knew where my first layouts were... well then again maybe not! It is funny to see how we have all crown in this industry!

Shirley said...

it's not really exactly how they look but the fact that you captured the memories for those to follow - heck my pages still look like that! LOL!

Linda Beeson said...

Yep - scary!!! In that day they were rockin'!

Stephanie Barnard said...

Thanks, everyone! Jen, I loved paper piecing...hopefully someday it'll come back!

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