Where were you born, and where do you currently live? I was born in Iowa and live in Jacksonville, Florida. Tell us about your family: My husband and I have been married 7 years. We have a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. Hobbies & Interests: Scrapbooking, card making, old movies. Pet Peeves: mean people Favorite Magazine: Cards, Scrapbook Trends, country living. Favorite Smells: Cookies baking, vanilla, laundry fresh from the dryer. Favorite Movies or Books: The sound of music, The Birds. Favorite TV shows: Lost, ER, Andy Griffith. Favorite Season: Fall What time do you wake up in the morning? 7am. Do you collect anything? I really don’t, maybe it’s odd but I don’t enjoy collecting things.. I tend to get rid of extra stuff unless it’s an heirloom or something. SCRAPBOOKING: When and how did you get into scrapbooking? I kept a scrapbook of sorts since high-school, but didn’t get introduced to scrapbooking as we know it now until after being married. I soon found the online world of scrapping and all the fun products and became addicted. I’ve been scrapping for almost 7 years now. What music (if any) do you listen to while you scrap? A lot of the time my hubby is watching his old movies and sci-fi shows (Dr. Who, etc.) in the background, but sometimes I listen to my ipod- Contemporary Christian stuff, Nora Jones, Jewel.. What do you like to snack on while you scrap? Anything chocolate
How would you describe your scrapbooking style? Changing, fun, layers.
What is more important to you…getting the photos into albums, or indulging in creativity? Does a bit of both count?
Where do you find inspiration? Sometimes the product itself is inspirational. I also love online scrapbook sites, magazines, etc. Do you like to crop with others or scrap alone? If I actually need to get something done, then alone… for fun- with my girlfriends! How has scrapbooking changed your life? I have seriously made real-life friends thru scrapping. It’s also just fun for me and a way to share memories with others. What is one scrapbooking tool, you can't live without? My 4*6 paper cutter.
What format do you scrap? (12x12, 8.5x11 etc)? All of the above. Changing it up helps me stay out of ruts.I love making layouts and cards! Do you have any organization or time saving tips you could share? I find it helpful to go thru my stuff every 4 months and sell stuff I know I wont use, re-organize and remember what I have!
You can visit Charity's blog here...and check out this great layout she created with Melissa Frances products...
Watch throughout the next week for more great projects from Charity!
During our Ambiente Album consumer class, which we have been teaching at events throughout the US this year, we have been sharing with the students how Linda Albrecht (a very talented member of the Melissa Frances design team) used the box which the album kit comes housed in to make a fabulous wall hanging.
We thought we'd share it here for everyone. We hope it inspires you, the same way it did for us, to look at packaging and other typically 'throw-away' items in a new way!
To create this card, I used a page torn out from the small Scallop Circle Open Up album for the scalloped piece on the card, then covered it with Haley paper and zig zag stitched it at the top. I created a card base from white cardstock and embossed the bottom portion with the Cuttlebug machine. At the top, a floral border was stamped with the Imperial Border Stamp set. Other Melissa Frances supplies used: Thankful Transfers (saying), Attic Treasures Pearls, and Thankful 3D stickers.