Sunday, November 21, 2010

A little bit about me

As Christine had previously mentioned, she and I are the new blog writers for Scrapbook Royalty.  It's been a lot of fun to take on this role as I have been inspired and motivated to take on my own crafting for a cause effort.  (Quick update:  In 5 days of cards sales, we've raised $900 to benefit my friend and her family).

I'm not very good about writing about myself, but I will attempt to paint a quick picture of my history in paper-crafting and my passion for service.  So here's a little bit about me...


One of my good friends took this picture of me, and I think it captures everything about my personality.  I believe of in the pursuit of self-happiness as my way of life, and I achieve this most by working with others to positively affect the community. 

I have intentionally pursued a career in the non-profit sector - I have worked in smaller, local non-profits; in the federal government; and now at an academic medical center.  My current role provides me with the chance to create opportunities for our staff to engage in community service, and you can imagine how great it is to see your peers learning to use their skills to give back (and enjoying it!).

Paper-crafting, specifically scrapbooking, is a hobby I was introduced to about 10 years ago, and I have been hooked ever since (I'm sure you all can relate)!  

It actually got to a point where I had so much inventory and so many requests for custom items, that I officially launched my own custom scrapbook company in 2007.  I focus a lot of my work on ethnic and culturally specific items - a void I still see in the scrapbook market.  I often have to create my own little embellishments to add that extra touch, but I love the challenge :)

Well, I hope that gives you a little insight into why I decided to actively take part in the work that Scrapbook Royalty does.  I'm constantly amazed by the good deeds members are doing with a hobby I love.  

I know that I will only continue finding ways to do more because of all the great work that you all share and I write about.  So far, the biggest lesson I have learned is that it isn't too hard to just need a creative spark!

Though I'm not on the West Coast, I'm super happy to represent Chicago and the Midwest and hope that I can creatively engage the talented individuals in my area!  So watch out West Coast for I'm hoping to flood this blog with fun events we're having here!  


Scrappin with the bug said...

Welcome aboard. Thanks for representing Chi Town.. Miss that place.