I'm a 30-something mommy to a 6 year old boy and a 17 month old girl and I've been happily married for 10 years. I adore my family. I love scrapbooking, knitting, and blogging too. I dabble in graphic design and work full time for a non-profit agency I helped to open.
Q: How long have you been scrapping and how did you discover digi? I found digital in March of 2005 (almost 4 years ago, wow!) when I was looking for some clip art to build a website. I bought and downloaded my first kit about 10 minutes after finding the site, and I've never stopped since.
Q: Why do you scrap? I scrap because it's become a part of my life. It's my therapy. It's my creative outlet. It's my way of sharing my love with my family. It's just become so much a part of who I am I can't imagine not scrapping.
Q: What do you do while scrapping? Usually the TV is on. If it's the weekend I usually enjoy a nice microbrew while I'm scrapping too.
Q: What program do you use? I use Photoshop CS3 and sometimes Illustrator also.
Q: How long does it take you to complete a layout? It varies. Sometimes it just flows and I can do a layout in a couple hours, but sometimes I work all week, off and on, on a layout before I stop tinkering with it.
Q: Once you’ve completed a layout, what do you do with it? I save it for web to upload to galleries, then back them up to my external hard drive. If it's one I want to put on the fridge or in frame I'll print it right away, I like to rotate those out every few weeks. Most of my layouts get printed eventually, I like to print at home mostly and use the 8x8 Making Memory albums you can find at Target.
Q: What is your favorite digi item? I just love getting a whole kit and working with it, but if I were to choose just one item, it's probably stitching. I can't sew and don't have a sewing machine, so paper layouts would always lack this item.
Q. What is the last movie you went to see? I saw Slumdog Millionaire and it was, without a doubt, the best movie I've seen in years. I recommend it to everyone! Find it, and watch it. Awesome flick!
Q: What is your process for completing a layout? This varies, sometimes I'm moved by a picture and start with that, find the elements and write a little about it. Sometimes I have something I want to say, inspired by a blog, or something I've been thinking about and I'll choose the elements and maybe try to find a photo to go with it. I usually let the process and the LO itself tell me what to do next. I'm not very methodical in general, kinda all over the place really, hehe.
Q: What camera do you use? Haha, this is a funny story. So I must be the only scrapbooker alive who has lost her camera, but up until Christmas I was using a Cannon Powershot. I either left it at someone's house and their not fessing up, or just totally lost it. Now I'm using an OLD point and shoot that I got in 2001 or something. My husband lets me use his Cannon (analog) Rebel from time to time as long as I promise to keep in on auto, haha. Really, I'm not the best photographer, and I really don't want to be. I'm much more interested in the LO. The photo is just another element to me. My dh takes some kick butt photos though! I usually let him do the shooting.
Q: Do you have any favorite post- processing tips or actions that you use? I always use a free action to sharpen it up a bit, then I usually adjust levels and contrast a bit. Sometimes I'll use a couple of actions I got from deviantart if I'm going for something artistic. I also love overlays for giving it a worn edge or something.
Q. If you could be any character in fiction who would you be? Probably Claire from the Outlander Series, I love that she gets to time travel, be with the love of her life, see parts of the world I've only imagined, raise a kid in two time periods, it's all just so romantic!
This is one of my favorite layouts from Tania.
Thanks Tania! I'm so impressed that you print your layouts for regular viewing! For more inspiration, visit Tania's gallery here.