I was terrified the first time I cut a photo—when I was 14 I made a mini scrapbook for my dad to display in his office. I took a 4" x 6" photo book and cut (with scissors) several pages from plain white copy paper. I cut the photos in different shapes and decorated around them with stickers, markers, and stamps. I even covered the mini album with fabric to resemble a shirt and tie. My dad still proudly displays this album in his office. Looking at it now makes me laugh, but he loves it, and little did I know it would be the springboard into my passion.
I get my eye for color and placement from my mom and have been crafting with her since I developed motor skills. My mom is now a floral designer and creates beautiful, colorful masterpieces for high-end events. When my sister and I were young, she made us beautiful sundresses, lead the crafts for Vacation Bible School, and constantly immersed us in craft projects! I was rubber stamping and making cards with my sister in elementary school before it was ever popular!
My oh my has scrapbooking ever come to a level I never could have dreamed it would reach! I LOVE any kind of crafting, but especially scrapbooking, cardmaking, stamping—all papercrafting. I feel so lucky to have found Close to my Heart because I truly feel they have the best products on the market and do an amazing job of staying current and ahead of trends.