Q&A with Lydia

I’m excited to share another Calendar Girls Creative Team Member interview today, featuring the talented Lydia Tarbox, otherwise known around the site as “ltarbox.” Lydia will be taking the lead on the Creative Team in March and sharing her inspiring layouts throughout the year. Read on and you’ll soon see why she’s a part of our fabulous team!



Lydia Tarbox (ltarbox)

Name: Lydia Tarbox

Username: ltarbox

Location: Kaysville, Utah, USA

Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your pets,  your backgroundI am a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful kids, two boys ages 5 and 3 and a 7-month-old baby girl. My husband and I have been married for just over 9 years. We were both born and raised in Utah (except for a little 5-year jaunt my family made to the Philippines when I was in Elementary School). After living in Tucson, Arizona for five years while my husband completed his graduated degree and worked for a few years, we returned to Utah to be closer to our families. And, we love it! I have a degree in English, and before becoming a mom, I worked as an editor for about 10 years. I loved my work but gladly traded it in to stay at home with my kids.

How long have you been a scrapbooker & how did you first get started? I started paper scrapping about 12 years ago. Paper scrapping was so different then than it is now! Around 2002, I kind of quit scrapping all together because I was overwhelmed by it. I had so many photos and memories that I wanted to capture, and I just didn’t know how to do it all. Plus, it was just too expensive! After I started having kids, I decided I needed to start getting stuff recorded again and started looking into new ways of doing that. A good friend of mine introduced me to digital scrapbooking in 2004, and I never looked back! I am hooked through and through!

How has your scrapbooking changed since that time? Honestly, I just laugh my head off when I go back and look at my paper layouts from 10-12 years ago. And, even my first digital layouts are a little embarrassing. I think now that I have the basic technique of digital down, I am learning to have an intent behind everything I put on the page. I don’t just throw elements on willy nilly. I try to make sure the things I put on the page help tell my story.

What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? Mostly, chasing my kids around. I love to sing and play the piano. I love to read, crochet, and cross-stitch. And, I really enjoy cooking. But, I don’t enjoy grocery shopping, so that makes the cooking part hard sometimes.

How do you choose what to include in your scrapbooks? Mostly, I am trying to record my life and the life of my family. So, I usually just pick a photo that is speaking to me at the moment and try to record what was happening when I took that photo. Sometimes, I get a little overwhelmed because I really want to include everything, but I can’t get it all done at once. But, little by little, I am recording the story of my family.

What types of materials do you use when you scrapbook? I am a completely digital scrapper. I do the occasional hybrid project, but that really isn’t one of my talents. I have a really good photo printer, so I usually print out 8X8” layouts at home and put them in post-bound albums. I did do one bound book for layouts of my wedding, and that turned out really good. But, mostly I print at home.

Where do you find inspiration for your pages? I find most of my inspiration from online galleries. I also like to look through magazines for ideas. There is so much talent out there, it’s easy to find a new technique or a new style that I would like to try.

Who are your scrapbooking role models? I don’t know that I could name any particular people, but I have learned a lot from so many people in the digi world. When I see a layout that particularly stands out, I try to study it and see what about it draws me in. What things about it could I incorporated into my scrapping to make me better? I have learned sooo much about clustering, drop shadows, blending, and so many other things by looking at layouts from my fellow scrapbookers.

What is something your scrapbooking friends probably don’t know about you? Oh so much! Probably how sarcastic I am. I’ve noticed that I don’t show my sarcasm nearly as much with my online friends as I do with my real-life friends. I think that’s because it’s too hard to make sarcasm obvious when you’re typing. There’s no voice inflection or facial expression. And, I don’t want to offend people, so I just restrain myself. But, in real life, I love to joke around and be sarcastic.

What is on your scrapbooking “wish list”? Well, I’m a kit hoarder, so my list is way too long. But, I would really love a new computer. I’m a Mac girl, and I love my laptop. But, Apple came out with new MacBooks within the last year, and I would really love one . . . bigger hard drive, longer battery life, etc . . . all those things that mean so much to a digital scrapbooker. LOL!

What is your favorite quote? It’s so hard to choose just one. Some of my favorite quotes are from song lyrics. I’m a crazy fan of James Taylor (the original JT – no offense to Justin Timberlake), and I love these lyrics from his song “Another Day:”

“Wake up Suzy; put your shoes on; walk with me into this light.

Another night has gone; life goes on; another dawn is breaking.

Turn and face the sun; one by one; the world outside is waking.

Morning light has driven away all the shadows that hide your way.

And night has given away to the promise of another day.

Another day; another chance that we may finally find our way.

Another day; the sun has begun to melt all our fears away.

Another day.”

They are so much better with the music. 🙂

What do you hope future viewers of your scrapbooks will gain from your pages? I hope they’ll see how much I love my family. In the end, family is what life is all about, and I hope my scrapping shows the joy I find in spending time with the people I love.

What is your best tip for fellow scrapbookers? Scrap for yourself. Scrap the things that are most important to you. Make your pages something that you and your family can look back to and have fond remembrances of the times you have spent together.

Anything else you’d like to add? I’m just really excited to be part of this community! But, really, you’ve probably heard enough from me now!

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  1. Whoo Hoo! So excited to be here! Thanks for the great introduction!

  2. Whoo Hoo! So excited to be here! Thanks for the great introduction!

  3. Loved reading more about you Lydia!

  4. Loved reading more about you Lydia!

  5. Way to go Lydia! I’m so glad you made it as one of the Calendar Girls! I can’t wait to see your layouts and inspiration for the new year!

  6. Way to go Lydia! I’m so glad you made it as one of the Calendar Girls! I can’t wait to see your layouts and inspiration for the new year!

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