Meet the 2012 Design Team: Lisa Spiegel

Get to know Lisa Spiegel…

Your First & Last Name: Lisa Spiegel
Where you live (city/state/country): West Hills, CA, USA

Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: scrapmama or scrapmamato3

Twitter ID: scrapmamato3
Facebook ID: Lisa Rowen Spiegel

Lisa Spiegel ~ 2012 Design Team

Lisa Spiegel ~ 2012 Design Team

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background…I live in Sunny So. Cal with my hubby of 19 years and our three daughters. Our oldest two are in high school and our youngest is in 4th grade. We also have two crazy dogs and a fish! I am a part-time Newborn Hearing Screener by day and Lamaze Childbirth Educator by night. I also am troop leader to my youngest’s Junior Girl Scout troop and have been a Girl Scout or Leader now for about 18 years – I guess it’s safe to say I’m an artsy craftsy kind of girl!!

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? I have always kept scrapbooks… all I needed was a Hallmark scrapbook, some tape and a pen! When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter about 17 years ago, I decided to start keeping a memory book for her which morphed into a scrapbook. I’ve never looked back!

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? I like to layer and sew and grunge and mist and create pages to reflect the mood of the photos I’m scrapping… I change my style to fit the photos so I don’t know if I could describe my style other to say it’s focused on the photos and the story I’m telling!

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I try to scrapbook while my girls are in school a couple mornings a week… and then a couple nights a week as well. I do something scrappy every day, whether it’s photography or editing or scrapping… it seems it’s a lifestyle for me!

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I don’t feel like my pages are complete without telling the story – after all, that is why we do this hobby!! I often add tags to my photos so I can remember what I want to say. Once on my page, I change it up, but I really like to journal around my page!

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? I wish I had scrapbooked through high school and college. I had my “scrapbooks” but they were for memorabilia, not really telling the stories. I have little memory of that time in my life so I really wish I had documented as I grew up!

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? Oftentimes a story will get me thinking, “Oh! I need to scrap that!”…or I’ll see a Pin on Pinterest that gets me thinking…

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Oh, really all of it… I love the act of scrapbooking, from editing the photos to designing the page to telling the story… I really just love it all! Collecting the supplies is super fun, too!!

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Probably fighting the inner critic. I know my family is not comparing my pages to anyone else’s, and ultimately, that is what gets me through… but I want the pages to be phemomenal and each one to evoke a personal response!

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) Oh wow… well the scrapbooking world sure has changed in 17 years. I started out very typically, with die cuts and stickers on a white background. My pages are NOTHING like that now.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… The nuances of life are what make our life rich. There will always be birthdays and events to record, but it’s the little bits of life that really make all the difference. Documenting the everyday is such a GIFT to our families… treat it as such and it will come naturally to you!!

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