Meet the 2012 Design Team: Aggie Aviso

Get to know Aggie Aviso…

Your First & Last Name: Aggie Aviso
Where you live: Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines

Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: aggietha

Blog: http://www.aggietha.com

Aggie Aviso

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background… I am 30 years old and have two degrees under my name  – Medical Technology and Nursing (board-certified too) – but have chosen to stay and work from home so I can take care of my two kids. We live in a very nice, albeit rural place in the Philippines after living most of our lives in busy Manila, our country’s capital.
How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? I have always been the sentimental one in the family, collecting “junk” from tickets, souvenirs and diaries. I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 and have never stopped making memories ever since.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? Clean and simple. I think without templates to guide me I would always stick to words + photos all the time.

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I scrapbook in bulk. I can do 20 pages a day – since I always do something creative (organize photos, write down scrapbook ideas, organize memories in written form) every day, for about 30 minutes to an hour. When I sit down to “scrap,” I just put them all in a page.

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I write from the heart. All the time. If it’s something I need to quote word for word, I usually blog it or twit it through twitter/status update over FB and then just copy it.

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? My single life. I wish I scrapbooked long before I had kids. It is a part of me I’d love the kids to know.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? Blogs of my favorite scrapbooking people! I tend to check out the same galleries again and again – Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Anna Aspnes, Lynnette Penacho, Kayleigh Wiles, Kelly Purkey.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Definitely the stories. It is why I do what I do!

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? The design part.

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) It has made me more aware of the essential things. Sometimes it also lets me check if I have been living my life the way I should.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… You do not have to literally  “scrapbook.” A photo coupled with words or a story – that’s memory keeping already. Have them in a form that your family can see, read and turn to.

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