Meet the 2012 Design Team: Caroline Brown

Get to know Caroline Brown…

Your Name: Caroline Brown
Where you live: Tasmania, Australia
Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: Nightwolf

Blog URL: http://nightwolfsden.com/

Facebook ID: NightwolfDen
Twitter ID: @nightwolfs_den

Caroline BrownPlease tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background… I’m 33, WAHM, wife, PC user (but secretly wants a Mac), obsessed with Pinterest, avid memory keeper, hybrid scrapper, lover of cats, iPhone owner, Geek, Sci Fi nut, web designer, mad keen AFL (Australian Rules Football) & NRL (rugby league) supporter. Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I live in a coastal town in Tasmania, Australia (that’s the small island below mainland Australia 😉 ). I’m mum to Miss K and 2 kitties. I love playing computer games and am slightly obsessed with all things relating to The Sims (I own a copy of every Sims game ever released). I love all things crafty especially scrapbooking & cross stitch. When I’m not scrapping, working or looking after Miss K, I’m usually found baking up a storm.

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? I was inspired to start scrapbooking after seeing scrapbooks done by one of my husband’s rellies. I did some Googling and attended a few classes & was hooked. I’ve always been a memory-keeper. From a young age I always kept diaries and journals.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? I don’t really have a style per se. I love to try new styles & techniques and pick my favorites as I go along. So I guess I’m a little eclectic 😉

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I mainly scrapbook in the evening when Miss K is asleep or on a weekend when I go visit Mum & Dad (who get to spend some quality time with their granddaughter). I usually scrap for anywhere between an hour to five or six hours in one stretch. Some weeks I’ll scrap lots, other times I’ll go a couple of weeks without scrapping – but I’ll always do something crafty, be it surfing the net for ideas, planning pages or just doodling in my art journal.

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I don’t really have a favorite way of journaling, it really depends on the page. In my daughter’s albums I’m trying to journal as if I am talking to her. One great tip for journaling I learned from another scrapper was if you want to add more journaling than you have space for, or if you want to keep your journaling private, stick it on the back of your layout.

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? I’d love to know more about my adoption and the story leading up to my adoption. I guess I should ask my parents to document their side and if I ever meet my birth parents, I’d love to hear their story too.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? I’d have to say scrapbooking blogs are my biggest source of inspiration as are the numerous online galleries.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Collecting supplies… LOL. Seriously though, I do love creating something that future generations can look back on and know a bit about my family.

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Finding time to scrap sometimes. My inner critic, you know that small voice that tells you your page doesn’t compare to such-and-such a ‘celebrity’ scrapper. I’m shocking for comparing my work to others.

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) Very much so. I’ve gone from fairly simple pages, to trying to cram all the latest supplies on, to digital, to hybrid and back to simple pages with lots of hybrid thrown in.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… Take lots of photos and keep a journal. If you are on Twitter or Facebook, your status can be a great memory keeping tool. I’ve found a great app called Momento for my iPhone that I use every night to journal about my day and it also imports my Facebook & Twitter feeds so I have it all in one place and I can also add photos.

 

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