It’s my privilege to share an interview today with yet another very talented designer & scrapbooker, Calendar Girl Jennifer Labre. You’ll recognize her throughout our site as “jenn7” and will have no trouble finding her beautiful pages in the gallery and her many thoughts & ideas shared in our forum. Jenn will take the lead on the Creative Team in October.
Name: Jennifer Labre
Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your pets, your background… I am a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful girls, Jordan is 8 and Jenna turns one this month. Prior to having Jenna, I worked full-time in marketing and graphic design for nearly 15 years. It was through my work experience that I taught myself Photoshop and graphic design. I live in Wisconsin, where I always dread the onset of winter. (I hate winter!) My husband Jeff and I met through work and have been married for a year and a half.
How long have you been a scrapbooker & how did you first get started? I found scrapbooking while I was pregnant with my daughter Jordan in 2001. I was invited to attend a class at a local scrapbook store. Before going to the class though, I researched all I could find on scrapbooking. At the class, I was answering questions that the teacher couldn’t! I began my endeavor by scrapping an album from the journal I kept throughout my entire pregnancy. In 2005, I discovered digital scrapping and haven’t looked back!
How has your scrapbooking changed since that time? As I mentioned, I made the switch to digital in 2005. However, I still have all of my paper supplies. At some point, I think I may dabble again with paper products, but it would probably be other types of hybrid crafts or cards. I just love doing digital!
What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? Taking care of my two girls, learning to use my camera better (I love taking photos!) dabbling in some cooking, reading books (I’m about to tackle Stephen King’s newest book “Under the Dome”) watching movies and reality TV, going up north during the summer.
How do you choose what to include in your scrapbooks? I take so many photos it’s often hard to choose which ones to scrap. Good thing I love to scrap a lot! For me, it’s about choosing photos that tell a story or capture my heart in some way and then I try to convey that on a layout.
What types of materials do you use when you scrapbook? As a digital scrapper, my laptop is my best tool – when it’s running well. I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 for designing all my pages and editing my photos. I use ACDSee for organizing all of my supplies. I have my pages printed into bound books by Shutterfly. My camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XTi and I have two lenses currently: 50 mm and 28-135 mm.
Where do you find inspiration for your pages? I love looking in galleries. Often, I’ll see a page that will spark an idea for a new layout. I love that everyone shares their work. Although I don’t scraplift, it really is a great source of inspiration. I also find a lot of ideas just from magazines or the products themselves. And of course, my girls are my greatest source of inspiration and the reason I do what I do.
Who are your scrapbooking role models? So many people inspire me on a daily basis, but I’d have to say that one person that has really stood out to me lately is Cheryl, (Gonewiththewind). Her pages are just amazing and so unique. She can scrap with any product and make it a work of art. Love her.
What is something your scrapbooking friends probably don’t know about you? I think I reveal so much of myself in my pages I’m not quite sure what’s left!
What is on your scrapbooking “wish list”? A macro lens, does that count?
What is your favorite quote? My motto in life has always been, “Everything happens for a reason.”
What do you hope future viewers of your scrapbooks will gain from your pages? That I am a “real” person, who loves my family more than anything.
What is your best tip for fellow scrapbookers? Follow your heart. Don’t worry about trying to be perfect (having the perfect photo, perfect paper, perfect words…) Just be yourself and scrap your memories the way you want to. And don’t forget to include the stories and the dates.
Anything else you’d like to add? I’m thrilled to be a part of this team. I love to challenge myself on my pages, as it often helps me to really think about things and think outside the box. It makes my pages more meaningful. And that’s what I’m all about, being myself and bringing truth to my pages. I believe in this site and what it stands for and I really hope that others will join us on this wonderful journey.
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