Scrapbook Ideas

Tips & Tricks. Ideas & Inspiration. Resources for Scrapbookers.

Category Archives: Scrappin’ Jobs

Scrappin’ Jobs Interview: Angela Daniels

Angela DanielsI’ve always loved Better Homes and Gardens, so of course I love their Scrapbooking Magazine, Scrapbooks Etc. I was browsing the website one day and came across the online show, Scrapbook Lifestyle. This is where I first saw Angela in action, along with a whole cast of other talented scrapbookers. Since then I have discovered that Angela has plenty of other scrap-related jobs and experience as well – just check out her Scrapbook Resume! I’m so happy Angela is willing to share her experiences with us - I enjoyed learning about her life in the scrapping industry, and I know you will too :). Be sure to check out her gallery and the other cool places to find her online, which are listed at the end of this interview! 

What is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking?

I am the executive editor for the Better Homes and Garden’s Scrapbooks Etc. sponsored show, Scrapbook Lifestyle. I am also a designer and host on the show so I get to split my time in front of and behind the camera. I also create and edit the content for the show’s official blog. In addition to that, I teach classes at my local scrapbook store, do freelance design work for C & T publishing, write color theory articles for http://www.simplycardstock.com. I am also on the design team for Avery Personal Creations. AND I also try to submit layouts and projects to magazines whenever I have free time. As if that wasn’t enough, my friends have talked me into being their personal connection by having me sell Stampin’ Up! and my new most exciting find, Uppercase Living wall words- finally something for scrap space decorating!

How did your scrappin’ job come about?

My main job working with Scrapbook LifeStyle came about 2 years ago when I saw a posting for an open-call audition. I was new to the whole scrapbooking as a profession idea but I thought my pre-mom years working as a corporate trainer might have trained me well for being on camera.

What made you think this job was for you?

I loved my job training adults in the corporate world AND I have always loved being creative and working with paper and colors. As soon as I discovered that I might be able to do BOTH at the same time AND still keep my primary focus on being a stay-at-home mom, I was determined to give it a try.

Where are most of your work hours spent (at home / away, etc)?

Luckily, I am able to do the majority of everything I do right here from home. I can even do most of it late at night so it impacts my family as little as possible.

What kind of hours do you work: Weekdays 9 to 5? Weekends? Anytime?

It really depends on the week. I add an entry to the Scrapbook LifeStyle blog every week day but often, I can do this quickly, right after my kids go to bed. When we’re preparing for a new season of the show, I cut down on my fun internet surfing (and TV watching) and focus on finding guests and working with them to create interesting stories for our show.

What is your favorite thing about this job?

I have really enjoyed meeting other people who share my enthusiasm for such a fun hobby.

What is your least favorite thing about this job?

I can’t think of a thing. I enjoy each job I have. Well, except having to mail freelance projects off in the mail. My post office is a nightmare!

Do you have any advice for people looking to get into this area of work?

The most important thing when it comes to trying to get any job in scrapbooking is to be NICE and friendly. Networking is a large part of what we all do and I have met people one year and find myself working with them one or two years later. The other tip I have is to do your homework- if you want to write or have projects published, really get to know the magazine you are interested in submitting to. Each one has it’s own personality and you really will have to have work that stands out to each individual set of editors.

Let’s talk income. On average, your job provides:
      a) Lot’s of fun, minimal income.
      b) Enough to support your scrappin’ habit.
      c) Some extra spending money for the family.
      d) A substantial second income for your family.
      e) Your family’s primary income.

c) Some extra spending money for the family. Eventually, I might have more time to make more money but I’m much happier being available for all of my kid’s after school activities and spending weekends with my family.

What inspires you most creatively?

I am most inspired by the beautiful products each scrapbook company comes out with every buying season. Like most scrappers, I can spend 10 minutes extolling the virtues of a single piece of paper when I find one that strikes my fancy.

What is your scrappin’ style?

I like to say clean, eclectic. I admire scrappers who have a solid body of work that has a cohesive look but I can’t seem to pull it off. Some days, I am in a messy, sewing mood, other days I want to make everything very plain and graphic looking. The only thing that seems to remain constant for me is that I like to use brighter colors.

What is/are your favorite scrapbooking product(s)?

I usually say my bone folder. Really. It’s not exactly beautiful but I can’t seem to do a project without it. I’m also a big fan of any new organizational gadget.

What are your favorite pictures to scrap?

I love to scrap my best, in focus photos of my kids. I take a LOT of photos but I don’t feel like I have to scrap very many of them. I’m happy to get a sampling of who they are at each age.

What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?

I am not very good at scrapping multi photo pages just for the sake of getting more photos on a page. To me, I can sum up a birthday in about one or two photos and feel I’ve captured the event pretty well.

Why did you start scrappin’?

I started scrapping when I was about 7 years-old because I have a tiny bit of a pack-rat personality, I think. I wanted some place to memorialize my Charlie’s Angel and Star Wars cards if I recall correctly.

What keeps you scrappin’?

Each time my kids really like a page I’ve done of them, I get a fresh wave of motivation. Currently, my son likes to carry around a page I did of his big secret. That makes me happy.

Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?

Honestly, I think there are going to be some great garage sales in the future. I’m not sure everyone in the future generations will appreciate all the work we scrappers are doing right now but then there will be resurgence again. All of this goes in cycles. I just hope I’m spry enough to be out at all the garage sales scooping these treasures up!

Do you scrap in:
     a) 100% paper?
     b) 100% digital?
     c) Mostly paper, some digital?
     d) Mostly digital, some paper?
     e) Pretty equal paper and digital?

c) Mostly paper, some digital

What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?

The tip I find myself repeating often is, “You don’t have to scrap chronologically.” So many of my friends use to do this and I could see that they weren’t really enjoying their scrapping time. They were making it seem like a chore. I’ve convinced them to take a break sometimes and scrap a favorite current photo, just for fun- even if they still feel like they HAVE to keep going in order to feel “done.” Being “caught up” is not something I personally ever worry about. I scrap for fun.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Just that – I hope everyone reading this is enjoying scrapping. If it starts to feel like a chore, you should step back, take a fun class, scrap something silly, scrap something about yourself- anything to get back to the heart of this hobby- the fun part.

Thanks Ang! I totally agree about the whole chronological scrapping thing!! I have SO much more fun when I scrap what inspires me at the moment :)!

Check these links for more places to find Angela Daniels online:

Angela’s Blog     Angela’s Resume     Angela’s Gallery     Scrapbook Lifestyle Show

Scrapbook Lifestyle Blog     Color Theory Articles at Simply Cardstock

UpperCase Living (demonstrator’s id: 968001 registration token: Daniels)

Scrapin’ Jobs Interview: Stampin’ Up Demonstrator

All my favorite stamps and inks are from Stampin’ Up, so naturally I was interested to hear from my friend, Melissa Fisher, about her experiences as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. Melissa is a busy mom with three kids ages three, two and one, yet she manages to create countless beautiful creations as well as make some income with her Stampin’ Up business. For more information, make sure you check out Melissa’s website and project idea gallery listed at the end of this post!

What is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking? 

I sell Stampin’ Up products.  I utilize their products in crafting hobbies such as card making, gift bags, decorative displays and picture frames.  I also use them in my personal scrapbooking.

How did you discover this job?

I was introduced to their products by my sister-in-law, once I had my 1st baby.  I have been using their products for 3-4 years now.   I decided I was more available now to start selling.

What made you think this job was for you?

I enjoy crafting, and Stampin Up products spark my imagination.  It is very natural to me to dive into something I enjoy.

Where are most of your work hours spent (at home / away, etc)?

At home.  The only away time is throwing parties at other homes.

What kind of hours do you work: Weekdays 9 to 5? Weekends? Anytime?

Anytime really.  I spend time crafting usually at naptimes for the kids and at night when they are in bed, while my husband partakes of his hobbies.  My prep time for parties is mostly at those times.

Describe “A day in the life of a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator”

I am always looking for ideas, watching the kids play and snapping photos. Surviving the day with a 3, 2 and 1 year old.  I escape to my craft corner in the master bedroom during naptime to think of possibilities or email my customers/handle orders.  Then I get going again with kids, dinner, night-time rituals.  My husband and I escape to the master bedroom to have “hobby time”. So most of my time with Stampin’ Up is at naptimes and night-time. Occasionally the kids entertain me as I trim a stamp or two, or allow me to cut paper while they color at the table!!  Currently I am typing while they are eating breakfast…won’t last long.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I get to create!!   I get to help others create.

Let’s talk income.  On average, your job provides:                     

a) Lot’s of fun, minimal income.         

b) Enough to support your scrappin’ habit.                

c) Some extra spending money for the family.               

d) A substantial second income for your family.                

e) Your family’s primary income.

b) Enough to support my scrappin’ habit (working towards extra spending $$ for family!!).

What inspires you most creatively?

Everything.  I see ideas all around me.  I look at pictures in magazines, websites, listen to others ideas, and as always survey Michael’s/Hobby Lobby!!

What is your scrappin’ style?

I suppose mostly traditional.  I have explored a little digital scrapbooking, but for the most part enjoy creating it myself.  I enjoy the freedom of creativity with stamping.

What are your favorite Stampin’ Up product(s)?

That’s a hard question.  At first I would’ve said the stamps, the stamp pads and wheels; but I have begun exploring more of their products and I am finding those exciting also. The pastels, the watercolor crayons, the color spritzer, heat embossing, markers, and the punches.  I love them all!!!

What are your favorite pictures to scrap?Father’s Day Book

Of course, hands down my family!!  I happen to think they are the GREATEST!!

What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?

I guess I would think the difficult times.  I haven’t personally dived into scrapbooking challenging times. An example would be my daughter having a seizure in the car and then being diagnosed with seizures, or my other daughter’s journey with allergies.  I think though those things that are most difficult are the most rewarding, so with that said I hope to challenge myself to scrap those thoughts!!

What keeps you scrappin’?

Life.  I think it’s an exciting way to enjoy those things around me and be thankful for what I have.  It also has allowed me to encourage those around me and celebrate them.  I have always enjoyed creativity and this has been the best outlet to date!!!

Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?

Hopefully done!!  HA.HA.  I still have to scrapbook my wedding album, along with a travel album, and all 3 kids!!  I have so many that I want to create.  I would mostly like to catch up!!

What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?

See potential in anything.  Everything has possibilities from a penny to a piece of string. As always for me I have to keep in the back of my mind KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)!! Simpler is better!!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I would say to anyone, believe you have the possibility to be creative.  It only takes seeing the possibility and trying.

Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa!

For more info, check out Melissa’s website. You can also see more of her fabulous work in her idea galley.

Scrappin’ Jobs Interview: Tasra Dawson

Tasra DawsonI first found out about Tasra Dawson when I stumbled across her blog, Lessons from the Scrapbook Page. I was immediately intrigued by her fresh, unique style and her ability have fun while still getting right down to business with organization and motivation!  I soon found out that Tasra is the author of the brand new book, Real Women Scrap, which has been getting rave reviews from the scrapbooking celebs- I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! My favorite new aspect of Tasra’s blog is Real Women Scrap TV  a series of interesting and informative webisodes you can watch for free. Also, check out this great ABC news segment featuring Tasra and Real Women Scrap. OK – Let’s jump right into the interview, shall we? Tasra’s answers are sure to inspire! 

What is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking? 

I’m an author, speaker, and scrapper. I write about scrapbooking, speak about the lessons we can learn from scrapbooking, and scrapbook professionally and personally. It’s something that I love for many reasons, two of which are leaving a legacy and being creative. I believe that we all have a story to tell and scrapbooking is an amazing and powerful way to capture and preserve those stories for generations to come. Creativity is something that helps me reconnect with who I am and why I exist…creating something from nothing brings me such joy and a sense of accomplishment.

How did you start scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking in one form or another has been part of my life since high school. My best friend and I used to make collage cards for one another with inside jokes and photos only we would understand. From there, my scrappin’ evolved into very simple pages with construction paper and a glue stick. We all know what’s available today…it’s just amazing. But the principle and purpose for why I scrapbook remains the same…to celebrate the people, relationships, and events in my life that make it meaningful.

What made you think this job was for you?

I don’t know if my job was made for me or if I was made for my job. It seems to be a bit of both. The way that I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be is that I see evidence in my life and the lives of others that what I do is making a difference. It has been through my “job” that I’ve been able to get more clear about who I am and how I am uniquely created to do what I’m doing. That feeling is confirmed when I received email messages like this, “I think you are a refreshing jolt of life, much needed by the scrapbooking world. Finally I hear someone and see someone who shares my reasons for scrapping and with active fervor. You are a very much needed reminder for me of how beautiful life can be when you follow HIM. Thank you does not cover my gratitude to you: simply for being YOU.”

Where are most of your work hours spent (at home / away, etc)?

I’m a true WAHM (work at home mom). My office is in my son’s former bedroom. Our kids now share a bedroom and have a large playroom. In my office at home, I’m surrounded by books and scrapbooking supplies. My husband has an outside office about 15 minutes from our home and every once in a while I’ll go there to get some solid quiet working time, but generally I’m at home with the sounds of the kids playing in the background.

Do you have any advice for people looking to get into this area of work?

We all have dreams, unique gifts, and amazing talent. I think that when you can line up your dreams, gifts, and talents, you will find your place in the world. That may be in the line of work that you think or it could be something else entirely. When I first started writing Real Women Scrap, I had no idea where the idea would take me…to appearances on NBC, ABC, and speaking engagements in Washington, New Jersey, and Las Vegas. It’s an amazing adventure to submit to the calling on your life and just see what doors open before you.

What inspires you most creatively?

Nature and God’s creation inspires me. When I take photographs in nature, I immediately think of ways that I could incorporate them in a layout or altered project. Nature provides such beautiful and rich colors and textures…something unparalleled anywhere else. I’m also inspired by my children…they do such funny things that I can’t resist making layouts about their antics and escapades.

What is your scrappin’ style?

I’m a classic scrapper by nature, which I talk about in Real Women Scrap. But, I’d like to be more shabby chic or modern. I see pages and layouts that shabby chic scrappers make and I’m so impressed with how they make something seemingly random and unrelated look so pulled together. I’ve tried it a few times, but don’t know that I really have the shabby touch. I’ll keep trying and experimenting though…it helps expand my creativity and ideas about what works and doesn’t.

What is/are your favorite scrapbooking product(s)?

Paper and ribbon. That’s an easy question for me because I absolutely love my paper…and can never have too much. I guess it’s probably a combination of the writer and scrapper in me that loves the different colors, patterns and textures of the paper currently on the market. I confess to having more paper than I will probably ever use, but I enjoy just looking through it. As for ribbon, everything looks a little better with some ribbon attached…from an altered journal to a layout.

What are your favorite pictures to scrap?

You hit on an area that is hard for me to make a decision because I love photography. I’ve been getting more involved in photography in the last few years, as most people who follow my show, Real Women Scrap TV, will have already seen. We’ve talked about organizing photos and how to take better photos over the last few episodes. I think pictures, good ones, can capture the emotion and action of an event and person in a way that words sometimes fail. As I improve in my photography, I’ve become more photojournalistic and capture the events and people as they are naturally, rather than posed. So to decide what I like best to scrapbook is nearly impossible…I just love photos. I don’t mind if they’re my photos, your photos, or a stranger’s photos. I love trying to discern the story behind the person and the picture.

What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?

When I scrap legacy photos of my grandpa, I have mixed emotions. My grandfather was such a pillar for me…someone who loved me unconditionally at all times. Even writing about him brings tears to my eyes because I still miss him since he passed away. I would have loved for him to meet my husband and son, but he wasn’t able to. So that’s the hardest thing for me to scrap.

Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?

In 50 years I expect my scrapbooks to be in the hands of my kids or grandkids…prominently displayed in their living rooms where they can be taken down and stories told about the people in them. Storytelling is a powerful way to connect generations and people and remind them of their history and legacy. I hope and pray my scrapbooks will do that for my children and grandchildren.

Do you scrap in:

a) 100% paper?

b) 100% digital?

c) Mostly paper, some digital?  

d) Mostly digital, some paper?

e) Pretty equal paper and digital?

c) Mostly paper, some digital. I’ve just been getting into more digital recently with some great online resources and digital kits, like the one from Digital Scrapbook Memories and Tinkering Ink. We’re even creating a digital kit for Real Women Scrap with words, titles, and papers to match the logo and theme of the book. I like the flexibility that digi scrapbooking provides in time and less mess. But, I will never fully convert to digi because I love the hands on feel of paper scrapbooking. I also would miss the sisterhood and connection with my girl friends if I only scrapped on the computer.

What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?

I have two tips that I think are essential…don’t compare and celebrate you! I tend to be a perfectionist (I’m working on it!) and when I started scrapbooking I would let myself compare my work with others who had more experience, time, and money. This led me to stop feeling creative and not enjoy what I was doing. Many years of this has taught me to celebrate my unique style and vision for my pages. They may be simple and classic, but they are mine and tell the story of those I love. That’s what is important.

Thanks for sharing such great insight with us, Tasra!

To see some of Tasra’s beautiful scrapbook pages, check out her gallery. Enjoy!

Scrappin’ Jobs Interview: Creative Memories Consultant

I love Creative Memories products, especially the albums, so I was excited to get an inside scoop about what it’s like to work for such a wonderful company from my friend, Amber.  Amber Farmer is a wife and stay-at-home mom to one little girl and another due on July 25th.  She has been a Creative Memories Consultant for one year, and has agreed to answer a few of my questions about her scrappin’ job! Don’t forget to check below for details about ordering Creative Memories products from Amber!

Amber, what is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking?

I am an Independent Consultant with Creative Memories.  I sell scrapbooking products, host crops and hold at home parties.
 
How did you discover this job?

I was invited to an at home party and fell in love with the products.

What made you think this job was for you?

I’m a stay at home mom and loved the flexibility of having my own home-based business.  I also really believed in the products.

What kind of hours do you work: Weekdays 9 to 5? Weekends? Anytime?

Anytime.  I fit it in when I can.  It’s very flexible.  However much or little I wish to work, is up to me.

What is your favorite thing about the job?

Getting to use the products myself and share how awesome they are with others.

What is your least favorite thing about this job?

The pressure I sometimes feel about making my monthly sales requirements.
 
Do you have any advice for people looking to get into this area of work?

Try it!  You can’t lose.  It’s flexible and lots of fun!

Let’s talk income.  On average, your job provides:                

     a) Lot’s of fun, minimal income.    

     b) Enough to support your scrappin’ habit.           

     c) Some extra spending money for the family.           

     d) A substantial second income for your family.           

     e) Your family’s primary income.

c) Some extra spending money for the family.

What inspires you most creatively?

My daughter’s beautiful pictures.  And Creative Memories great
products make it easy to create beautiful pages.

What is your scrappin’ style?

I’m a traditional scrapper.  I like to keep it simple and keep my pictures the focus on my pages.  As I do more albums, I experiment more with decoration (stickers, colored papers, etc.)   I also enjoy Creative Memories new Digital Scrapbooks!

What is/are your favorite Creative Memories product(s)?

Oh there are too many to say!  Digital software and scrapbooks, ALBUMS,
Power Palettes, any and all of our cropping tools….the list goes on and on.
 

What are your favorite pictures to scrap? 

My family…My husband and our beautiful daughter.

What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?

The random picture.  If I don’t have enough pictures to fill a page,
but want to use the one picture.  I guess it’s hard to figure out how to make it work.

Why did you start scrappin’?

To keep memories for my daughter.

What keeps you scrappin’?

It’s important to keep our family memories.  I love the idea of my
daughter having the albums and then passing them on to her kids…and so on.
  

Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?

Definitely with family…down the line. 

Do you scrap in:     

     a) 100% paper?     

     b) 100% digital?     

     c) Mostly paper, some digital?

     d) Mostly digital, some paper?

     e) Pretty equal paper and digital?

c) Mostly paper, some digital  (I’ll be doing more digital soon.  It’s a
good way to catch up)

What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?

Don’t try tooooooo hard.  Do it the way you like and your kids and
family will love and appreciate it.  Use quality products…it makes all the difference.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Amber!

To learn more about Creative Memories products, or to purchase scrapbooking supplies, check out Amber’s website: http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/amberfarmer. You can order online and your supplies will be mailed to you. The great thing is that the prices are the same amount as it would be if you made your order in person. What a deal! 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 475 other followers

%d bloggers like this: