Hello all, Irene here, today it’s my turn in the getting to know your blogteam. I’m one of the new girls on the blog, so I thought it would be fun if I tell a bit about myself. I’m a half Dutch, half Italian, married with Manfred and we live in the Netherlands. My dream is that we will move to Italy, but I don’t think my husband wants that too. We don’t have children. I work fulltime as bookkeeper and I love to teach digital scrapbooking. Besides digital scrapbooking I love photography, reading, gardening and going on vacation to Italy and other places.
Paper or digital?
I was always playing with paper and other stuff (tickets etc.) in my albums. In 2002 finally the real paper stuff came in the shops here in the Netherlands. I was often the first who asked for things in different hobby shops. So you can say I started with real paper scrapping in 2002. I still have a lot of papers and elements waiting to be used, but I sold my Cricut Expression machine because I only used it 3 times. In 2006 I bought my first DSLR and in the package was an old version of Photoshop Elements. I had no idea how to use it and left it until July 2007. Then I saw the light on how it works with layers and adding shadows. Since July 2007 I have never stopped with digital scrapbooking again!
My husband surpriced me with a Canon EOS 5DII in 2009. Got some pretty lenses too.
Why do you scrap?
I scrap because I can use my creativity and also it’s for myself! I used to make a lot of Pergamano and 3D cards in the past. But after sending them I had nothing and I didn’t know if the receiver threw my cards with hours of work in the trashcan. With this hobby you create albums for your own (and sometimes for friends or family), so you can always look back into them. I made two fantasy books for the little children of our friends and they were so happy with it! And the heritage book I made with old family photos has been re-ordered several times by other family members! For me it’s also fun to learn new techniques and see how it works on my layouts.
How would you describe your scrapbook style?
I scrap in many styles, because I love it all and I love to try new things! So when I started in 2007 you could easily see I was a paper scrapper before, but besides the traditional style I also love to create fanatsy scenes and art journaling pages. It’s impossible for me to choose, I just enjoy it all!
Where do you create, and when? What program do you use?
We have a computer room, made in one of the bedrooms. Most of the times I use Photoshop Elements 10, but for some techniques I’m using Photoshop CS4.
What’s your favorite technique or trick?
Just like Ellen (see the last blog interview!) I am doing a lot of blending on my pages lately, I also follow the blending class by Jana Morton. But I still love the variety in styles.
What’s your favorite color combination?
I don’t have a favorite color combination. It depends on the season we are in and the photos I scrap with. For boys pages I like white with a touch of black, red and blue. For girls white with a touch of pink and yellow. But now with Autumn I love orange, warm yellows, brown and a touch of gold.
Do you prefer movies or books?
I read the books from Santa Montefiore, just finished her latest release. I still have to read a couple of her oldest books. I also like to read the books from Donna Leon, the stories of her books are in Venice, one of my favorite cities.
Sweet or salty? Coffee or tea? Beach or mountains?
Sweet, no coffee or tea for me, mountains.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Italy, no doubt! My father is from Italy (still can’t imagine why he left it) so I still have a lot of family there. I try to go every year. But when I win the lottery there is no doubt the first thing I do is buy a house there!
Pick one of your favorite layouts and tell us why it’s one of your favorites?
I choose this one as my favourite layout as it shows the warm colors of Autumn. If you asked me to pick a layout in Spring I think I chose another one, but like I already said at the color question, the season can influence it. On this layout I used lots of elements, which I really like to do and I also like the use of more than one photo on a layout. Often I come home with hundreds of photos of one occassion and it’s difficult to choose. So these multi-photo pages are just great!