Meet the 2012 Design Team: Heather Topich

Get to know Heather Topich…

Your Name: Heather Topich
Where you live: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: hokieez

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Heather TopichPlease tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background… I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 kids. I have been scrapbooking for about 9 years but I’m happy to say that my style has evolved quite a bit since the beginning. Most of my layouts are about the kids or our family, but I also treasure my scrapped recipes… it makes cooking WAY more fun!

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? When I was in college, I took on the task of putting together my fraternity’s scrapbook and won third place at the national convention for my work. That hooked me.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? My style is mostly clean. I tend to use three or more pictures on a lot of layouts, and I am a disaster when try to paint!

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I usually scrap during naptimes or after the kids’ bedtime. I average 2-3 pages in a week, but it’s mostly feast or famine… I’m VERY inspired and scrap a lot or I’m not feeling it at all and can’t bring myself to work on anything.

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I don’t have any rules for journaling except that I nearly always hand-write on my pages. Using my own writing is meaningful for the legacy that I want to leave.

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 more on my middle child’s first year of life. I was so overwhelmed and feel like I can barely remember it now. I think that is SO sad.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? I’m completely addicted to Pinterest. I love being able to see things that inspire me mixed together all on one board.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? I love playing with paper and glue. It’s not the most important thing about scrapbooking to me, but it makes it fun!

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? I sometimes spend TOO much time looking for just the right inspiration for a page instead of trusting my own instincts. I do too much second-guessing.

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) While I’m definitely more focused on layout and design, I pay MUCH more attention to the story that I’m telling. I’m not just trying to get photos scrapped… I’m telling my children where they come from.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping…  Just get started. Pick a story that is important to you and get it out where others can be a part of it. Even if you never scrap another page, your loved ones now have one more story that they would have had otherwise.


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