Meet the 2012 Design Team: Jaime Grove

Get to know Jaime Grove…

Your Name: Jaime Grove
Where you live: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: azrood

Jaime Grove

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background… First and foremost, I’m “mom” to three wonderful kiddos who like to keep life interesting. I have two girls (ages 7 & 9) and a boy (age 6). My husband and I have been married for 10 years, but we have known each other since I was 13. We also have a *few* fur-babies including our 4 dogs (2 labs, a beagle and a rat terrier), 2 cats, a rabbit, a rat and a rescued guinea pig named Andrew. There are a couple of fish in the mix as well. They are the usual subjects of my layouts.

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper?I made my first scrapbook in the late 90s after taking family trip to Italy. There aren’t a lot of embellishments or decorative papers in that album as I scanned lots of objects I brought back from my trip and used them to decorate the pages along with lots of journaling. I made a few more books with photos from my wedding and then really got into the hobby after my daughter was born as a way to preserve my memories. In 2007 after stumbling across the concept while searching for scrapbooking printables, I moved into the world of digital scrapbooking. I made my first layout that night using PowerPoint (lol!) and quickly moved on to Photoshop and all things digi without ever looking back.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style?I don’t really know that I have a certain “style.” I like my pages to look realistic but other than that, I just like to have fun creating.

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? I find time work on my layouts daily. Sometimes it’s a couple of hours on Saturday morning and sometimes it’s 15 minutes while I’m waiting for my daughter’s ballet class to end. Scrapbooking is how I de-tress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life so I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into my busy schedule.

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I used to keep a blog where I would write out the stories and memories and then when I was working on a page, I would go back and copy, paste and edit the journaling for my layouts. I also used to keep a Word document for each of my children where I could go in and “jot” down memories and stories making sure to date them so I could match them with photos later. Now that life has gotten busier, I use my Logbook and bits of scrap paper (like the back of envelopes or the notepad I keep in my purse) to write things down. Then I stash all of the papers in a box on my desk with the intention of someday adding them to my Word documents.

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 started this back when my husband and I first began our journey together (nearly 15 years ago). The kids are always asking us questions about how we met and they want to hear all about the things we did when we were dating. Of course, we remember the basics, but it would be nice to have the details too.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? I’m a visual person and I get tons of ideas just from browsing through online galleries and magazines.

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? I think it’s a tie between the creative process and the outcome – getting to go back and remember.

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Not being frustrated by the fact that I can’t get caught up. I try to scrap things as they happen, but I’m just not able to scrap them all that quickly… not to mention all of the hundreds of photos I have from before I even started scrapbooking! I try to stay positive by reminding myself that at least I’ll have plenty of things to scrapbook once I reach retirement… in 30 years!

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) I don’t think that my scrapbooking has changed drastically. I’ve refined some of my skills like drop shadowing and learned a few new tricks along the way, but some of my very first digital pages are still my favorites today.

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… Don’t overthink it! Don’t worry about whether you’re getting the perfect photo or if you don’t have time to document the whole story. Just grab the camera and snap a few shots. Jot down a few words to help you remember the story later. Having something is better than not having anything at all.


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