Meet the 2012 Design Team: Chantal Stober

Get to know Chantal Stober…

Your First & Last Name: Chantal Stober
Where you live: Johannesburg, South Africa

Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: TheHybridMess

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Your Twitter ID: ChantalStober

Chantal Stober

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background… I am a 30-something bunny and tree hugger. Mom to a pre-teen drama queen and wife to a “humble” software developer. I have two cats and live in a 75 sqm flat on the wrong side of town. I volunteer at my daughter’s school as the Yearbook Faculty Advisor and Fundraiser. My husband and I together with a partner run a Software Development and Web Design Company, where I am the administator.

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? My mom-in-law was interested and I went into the LSS to get her a gift certificate and got hooked instantly. To this day she has not scrapped a page. I went fully digital at the beginning of 2011 and have never looked back.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? I describe it as boring. Others describe it as classic. I tend to follow the rules. I love large photos. Also I am a fan of multi-pic layouts with lots of journaling.

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? Mostly at night or I will sneak a few minutes at the office. I find if I wait for a big enough block of time I might never get any time to scrap. The amount of time I spend scrapping depends on the mojo. But I will say that I spend far too much time scrapping, considering the few pages I get done.

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I love the letter format. Not that I start each page with Dear Nikita. My journaling is more like little messages to my daughter, whether it be a lesson I want to impart or little note about what we’re doing now. Also, I am aware that my grandchildren will read these messages and I write with that in mind.

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? The story of my heart operation when I was 4. How my family felt. All the doctor’s visits, etc.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? Browsing kits to find a unique connection between my photos/journaling/life and kits. Like using a circus kit to describe our Monday morning routine.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Taking photographs and writing the journaling.

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Shadowing!! And finding time to document everything I want to.

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) Well, I was a die-hard paper scapper, then I went hybrid for about 5 years and now I am fully digital. I like to think that my pages are a little more sophisticated than they were 7 years ago.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… Try looking at your world from a stock photographer’s point of view, but without staging your photo. Sometimes, the imperfect tells a story of a life lived.


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