Q&A with Sarah

I’m thrilled today to share an interview with Calendar Girl Sarah Hirst, known throughout our site as “sascedar“. Sarah has been an active member here at Log Your Memory nearly from our launch and just recently even started contributing some of her templates and other design work as freebies for our membership. Sarah will take the reins as lead Calendar Girl in May. Read on to learn more about this amazing lady … and be sure to check out her scrapbook pages in our gallery!



Sarah Hirst (sascedar)

Name: Sarah Hirst

Username: sascedar

Location: Sydney, Australia

Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your pets,  your backgroundI’m a wife and mum of two boys aged 4 and 5 months. I’m a teacher in the early years when not on maternity leave. We have two dogs. I live a pretty suburban life!

How long have you been a scrapbooker & how did you first get started? I first started paper scrapping some time ago. Teachers love anything to do with stationery. I loved all the wiggly scissors. I found digi when I started to put text on my photos to add interest to layouts. I thought I invented digi scrapping…

How has your scrapbooking changed since that time? When I started I was into blending and creating magazine-type layouts. Then I discovered the digi scrap community and became all about products- how many elements can I put on one page?! I think I’ve come full circle now, striving for a more simple look, while making sure I am recording the stories of our lives.

What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? Ummm…small children.

How do you choose what to include in your scrapbooks? I love to start with the photo and/or story and work from there. I never scrap in order of anything, I just grab whatever inspires me. Sometimes I have to scrap an event the day it happens, but I also love going way back to do more reflective journaling.

What types of materials do you use when you scrapbook? Digital kits- especially those with really good papers and a few unique elements. I love to print up bound albums, it’s very rewarding.

Where do you find inspiration for your pages? From the photos and stories themselves, and from galleries.

Who are your scrapbooking role models? Jaime Choi and Amanda Taylor are examples of the kind of scrapping I aspire to- simple clean designs and powerful journaling.

What is something your scrapbooking friends probably don’t know about you? That I am super messy. My brain is organized. My home is not.

What is on your scrapbooking “wish list”? Time! More time to spend with family and friends creating memories, and time to scrap the memories. OK, I really really want a fabulous zoom lens and speedlight for my DSLR.

What is your favorite quote?

Be the change you want to see.”

~ Ghandi

What do you hope future viewers of your scrapbooks will gain from your pages? I hope my kids look at these albums and appreciate the efforts I make to record the emotions of our daily moments. I’m quite sure they will be focused on the bad hairstyles though!

What is your best tip for fellow scrapbookers? Have fun with your scrapping! I found I enjoy it much more when my focus is on the real-life recording, and not necessarily technique and trend-driven. Get some words on your page!

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  1. So nice to learn more about you Sarah! TFS!

  2. So nice to learn more about you Sarah! TFS!

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