Country: United States (New Mexico and yes it is a state) in the middle of a desert, high up in the mountains!
Favourite colour: RED and Turquoise cause I love them together!!
Favourite food: Oh I love starch! Donuts yum, bread, muffins, tortillas...oh I gained weight writing that!
Describe you in one word: Insane- I thrive in chaos!
1. How and when did you start digital scrapbooking?
We adopted a 4 year old in 2001, and he had zero photos before we brought him into our heart and home. I was insane taking pictures, printing and filling photo albums. I started making digital pages with power point! Oh flat rectangle pages, hilarious to look on now, but they are printed and still loved.
2. How and when did you end up in a CT/ CT’s?
I was a freebie grabber, and there was a new designer contest going on in 2008. These ladies would all make kits and give them away. Full kits!!! I loved it, had so much fun. Charlie Scraps (she is a butt kicking awesome pro photographer now), won the contest, and she needed a team. I applied, and then went insane on CTs. I was on over 20 teams at one time! Yeah, insanity is a good ONE word to describe me!
3. How long have you been on my CT?
Mirjam, who I love as a person so much. I watched her at her old store, and one of my friends sold there (Studio 68) and I would be up all night chatting and mentioned how I would love to be on Pink Reptile Designs team. The next day, I got an email. I squealed so loud! I think that was 2010 or so? I took a hiatus in 2012, when we adopted 3 more kids....INSANE much? But when she began guesting at the Lily Pad (in 2013), I came with her, fired up to have her be a permanent designer!
4. What software do you use? What type of camera?
My oldest son got me CS5 a few years ago! I am addicted to Puppet Warp! I can play with shadows for hours. I have a Canon P&S that I carry with me everywhere. I just got a new to me Big Girl Canon, the mighty 450D Rebel, and I am teaching myself and pushing myself to learn the RAW camera!
5. How would you describe your style?
My style?? Eeeeeeeeeeeek, I love a mess, it is true, but I think story teller could describe me, if I use journaling, or the title, or even elements to help tell the story. I take millions of pictures and print lots of books, so the story gets read again and again.
Alphas! Oh my, I like to mix and match them always. I adore starting a page with a humongous title and work around that! Paint it, twist and warp and enjoy expanding the page from the Word.
7. What is your favourite Pink Reptile product and why?
Noted!!! The brilliant red and black alphas (in her Noted kit) are always popping up on my page! Then there are these two alphas she has that go together like peanut butter and jelly: Wicked, (it is a sketch type alpha-sold separately) and you lay the I believe in Miracles (is also in the kit) alpha on top...oh the effect is beyond remarkable!! I am serious, you have to try it!
8. Just for fun… tell us all about a quirky habit of yours!
My life is quirky. A habit, hmmmmmmmmmmm something I do all the time? Oh I love to clean house! I do, it is like therapy to me...so I am a flylady by habit! I clean out drawers, scrub floors on a ritual habit.
9. Name 5 things that you can touch RIGHT NOW from where you are sitting, no cheating!
Headphones, Check from my mom for our anniversary! (woot), Camera, Sharpies (lots of them) and my checkbook! I could grab more, cause my desk is a mess most of the time.
10. Silliest thing you have ever done…
Silliest thing? Oh this is one I love, I am very very pale person. When I go to a coffee place or anywhere you order food, I like to make up obscure names for pick up. My favorite is AfriKa with a K. I always say that too, with a K! It is hilarious to see them write it down, and then call me !
I also put on fake eyelashes once...hilarious:
Then there was the time I put Jordan's underwear on my head!
11. Can you give us a tip on digital scrapbooking?
Friends never let friends fonts float! I am dead serious....your journaling, unless it is alphas and you are going all artsy fartsy....get the stuff to lay in your page...blend it or what not, but I beg of you do not shadow your fonts!
AND PRINT YOUR PAGES!! Please, typed in caps, but meant with love!
I was going thru the Pink Reptile Gallery, and so many memories came flooding back, not just my pages but others in there. Watching your stories unfold are amazing, and having them surrounded by Mirjam's (our Pink Reptile Designer), makes them like family!
Thank you Anne, for sharing your pages and your lovable personality with us. Just like you, your pages are full of family, laughter and so many fun stories ... and whenever I look at your pages your stories always jump out at me and then draw me in for a closer look. It is truly amazing. You infuse fun, silliness and love into all your pages! I cannot believe that at one time you were on over 20 Creative Teams, that is mad love for digital scrapbooking! Love your tips for using fonts on digital pages and your ideas for using and mixing alphas. I know a lot of scrappers who shy away from using alphas, but they can add so much magic to a page! I have to say though, I am a tad jealous that your quirky habit is that you love cleaning house! Any tips on how to get that habit to rub off on me? LOL
Again, thanks for sharing a little bit of you with us Anne!