Hi, my name is Karen. I live with my husband Chris and 5 children, Ashlee, Matthew, Samuel, Jack and Harrison, in Victoria, Australia, where we own and run a large cropping farm. In a former life, I was a nurse, but I am very fortunate now to be a stay at home Mum. I am completely obsessed with scrapbooking, and spend any spare time I have in my little scrap room.
I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago. My Grandmother had recently passed away, and had left us with a huge box of old photos, we didn’t know who half the people were in the photos, and I found it very sad that these people were my family, and I would never know them, or their stories. I didn’t want that to happen to my family photos and stories after I was gone. Not long after that, I stumbled on a scrapbook magazine in a newsagency, and the rest is history. My only regret is I didn’t start scrapping earlier, when my eldest child was a baby, it certainly would have changed the way I took photos.
My scrapping style has evolved and changed a lot, and is still changing. I suppose if I had to give it a name, I would say “shabby chic vintage” I love flowers and bling, and am especially fond of creating my own embellishments. I love the world of online scrapbook galleries, blogs and forums, and have met some amazing women online, who I now consider to be very dear friends.
I am very fortunate to be on 2 magazine design teams, “Scrapbook magazine UK” and “Australian Scrapbook Ideas ‘here in Australia. I am also a proud member of the Zva Creative and a few other design teams. My work is published regularly in all the Aussie magazines, as well as Creating Keepsakes.
I am very honoured and excited to be the guest designer for Creative Scrappers this week.
A big thank you to Kristine for having me.
The deadline to submit your layout(s) is January 31 2012
Enjoy your week!