"I wish our kids could have known Grandpa. He was the most wonderful man. He was a simple man but full of love and wisdom. He was quiet but lived his life loudly. He was a Godly man full of faith and character. The picture on the left is my favorite that I have of him. It shows his fun side and his love for Grandma. Though the pictures are old and styles have changed, they are priceless to me!"
In Color song lyrics, "A picture's worth a thousand words but you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered. You should have seen it in color."
Here is Sheri in her own words:
"I am a 40-something girl who is happily married to the love of my life, Rick for the past 23 years (yikes, that makes me sound old). We are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ashley. I am an aunt to the most amazing nieces and nephews who are regular subjects of my pages who also gave me the name “Aunt Re Re”. I am a native to California where I lived my entire life until moving to middle Tennessee, just a year and a half ago.
I began scrapbooking about 12 years ago when a friend introduced me to this “new” hobby. I was immediately hooked. I have always had a love for pictures and this just seemed like the natural compliment to my photos. It wasn’t until recent years that I really began getting serious about actually “doing” the pages and not just shopping for the fun supplies! For so long, I struggled with all the different styles and fads, not sure what I should really put on my pages. Then, I had my “a-ha” moment of realizing these are my scrapbooks and the right way to do them is MY way to do them. To allow my personality to take shape on the page regardless of what the going fad is or what the current style is. It was then I found the freedom to do the pages I love.
My goal has always been to capture the memories in photos first. I’ve always had a love for pictures from the time I had my very first camera, a Vivitar 110 with the automatic flash! I love capturing the stories so they are never forgotten. I have my camera with me always! I love taking pictures and have way too many but I love them all! Once I have the pictures, the pages come easily. I always start with a photo and go from there. The photo usually gives me the inspiration and feeling I want the page to have.
I am also a digital scrapbooker. I love digital pages but nothing takes the place of just getting in and playing with supplies and getting your hands dirty! I love getting my hands on scrapbooking products. I know I shop way too much for supplies but love all of it too much to pass it up!
My scrapbooking style varies depending on my mood. I love the grungy style! You’ll often find me distressing papers, inking or painting, and tearing. But then a mood will hit me and I’ll do something that is totally clean, straight lines and bright colors. I usually pull my mood from the photo I am working with. I love to try new techniques and learning new things. I take lots of online classes for everything from designing to collages and mixed mediums, to digital classes.
Even though I have loved scrapbooking for many years, it hasn’t been until the past few months that I began to get more involved in the scrapbooking community. I enjoy all the friends I have made in the scrapbooking industry.
I get my inspiration mostly from my favorite blogs that I visit regularly. I’m always a sucker for a good scrapbook magazine or book. I also love to watch ads and billboards for design layouts and color combinations. I’m always looking at colors and elements in department stores from their displays and signs. It’s amazing the combinations you can find when you open your eyes to the world around you.
What inspires me to keep creating is that I am leaving priceless memories for my children and grandchildren to experience and reflect on. I love capturing the things and faces that you will never be able to capture again. I love that we have the ability to preserve such priceless treasures. "
Where do I scrap?
Well, that's interesting that you should ask....I am used to having a whole scrap room, all to myself, me and my supplies! But, since moving to Tennessee a year and a half ago, we are temporarily in a much smaller home so I do not have my own room for scrapping. That was a big adjustment. Right now, I scrap in a small alcove area off of my living room. I am thankful that I have at least some dedicated space for scrapping. But imagine trying to unpack only the "necessary" items you might need for creating and leaving the rest packed. That was my dilemma! But it works great! I do end up spilling over on the dining room table occasionally, whether it's layouts, extra supplies or my sewing machine!
My Scrap Resume
Current Design Team: Scrap Tiffany at http://scraptiffany.typepad.com/blog_tiffany/
Classes completed: Up and Running with Photoshop – Jessica Sprague
Now We’re Rockin’ - Jessica Sprague
Digi in Deep – Jessica Sprague
Oh Shoot! – Candice Stringham @ Jessica Sprague.com
Getting Organized with ACDSee – Jessica Sprague
Eye for Design – Christy Tomlinson@ GotCrafts.com
Bling Out Your Blog – Wilna Furstenburg @ ScrapInStyletv.com
Everyone Can Write a Little – Cathy Zieskle @ BigPictureScrapbooking
Collage Couture – Stacy Fike & Nikki Pederson @ Sistv.com
Online Communities: Paperclipping
To follow Sheri on her scrapping journey and continue to be inspired by her she would love to have you visit her blog http://www.auntierere.blogspot.com/
and because not only is Sheri a super talented scrapper she is also very generous, she wants to give all of you a chance to win this months Scraptiffany kit full of the new Teresa Collins sports line to make a great minibook for all those fall sports about to begin! And thats not all, because Sheri can't scrap without her coffee she is giving you a $10 gift card so you can scrap and enjoy a Starbucks as well WOW! How much fun is that?
To enter to win this just leave a comment here or on Sheri's blog (thats right you can comment on both and enter to win twice...SCORE HUH?) letting her know what you loved about her style and/or any questions you would like to see me ask our spotlights of the week in the future. Then come back Monday to see if you won this great prize from Sheri! Until then go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!