Meet the 2012 Design Team: Patti Hamil

Get to know Patti Hamil…

Your Name: Patti Hamil
Where you live: Dawsonville, GA, USA
Your most commonly used username in the scrapbooking word: phamil

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Facebook ID: Patti Smith Hamil

Patti HamilPlease tell us a little about yourself, your family, your background … I am married to a very supportive man, have 3 grown children. Eric is 29, Jenna is 25 and Patrick is 22. We also have 2 dogs and a cat, a Rottweiler and also an English Bulldog. We had an English Bulldog for 9 years that we lost this past December, she was very special to us all, not just a dog at all. I was a stay-at-home mom and homeschooled my children. Eric works for Siemens in engineering, Patrick is a web-designer and Jenna works for an orthopedic surgeon. I love water, watersports and being outside.

How did you become a scrapbooker or memory-keeper? I have always been a memory keeper, for as long as I can remember. When I was little I would take magazines or composition books and put all sorts of things in them with tape. I’d find pictures in ads, comics in the paper, flower packs, anything that I liked and put in them. Then later, I found actual scrapbooking!

How would you describe your scrapbooking style? My style is hard to describe. I would say that is it “photo-oriented”… I let my pictures tell me what I am going to do with a page!!! I am a paper scrapper, and I guess I would say it’s more of a traditional/embellished style.

When do you scrapbook? How much time do you spend on this activity during a typical week? Oh gosh, I scrap everyday almost. Some days I will spend all day in my scraproom, then some weeks I will go for several days without scrapping. Just depends on what is going on!!!

What is your favorite way to capture the journaling part of your scrapbooking? I do a lot of hand-journaling. I think it’s important for the people we are making these for to see our handwriting too! So I computer journal some, but hand journal a lot.

What story from the past do you most wish had been documented so you and/or your family could enjoy it now? Not really a story… my Dad passed away and I wish more than anything that I had asked him to write some things down in his own handwriting. Like his favorite foods growing up, favorite places, things like that.

What is your favorite source of scrapbooking or design inspiration? I totally go by my pics most of the time, but I also love using sketches and color combo challenge sites too. Sometimes I see ads with color combinations that I like and will make a mental note of them and use that too!

What is your favorite part of scrapbooking/memory-keeping? I love the creating process and seeing the finished result. I love playing with all of the embellies and papers, getting “my hands dirty” so to speak!!! LOL!

What do you find the most challenging about scrapbooking/memory-keeping? Finding enough hours in the day to do what I want instead of having to do all of the other things that I need to do!!!

How has your scrapbooking changed since you first started? (or has it?) Ummm, yes, it definitely has changed! I was a sticker and photo person to start with, now I’m a very embellishment oriented scrapper! I love blooms and bling and new techniques!!!

Please share one piece of advice on how to capture everyday real life memories for others new to scrapbooking and/or memory-keeping… My advice would be easy… now that most cell phones have cameras, just keep your phone with you! You never know when just an ordinary thing will be special. Even if it doesn’t seem special now, it will later, especially with children, they grow so fast! Also, for the older folks in your family, plan on sitting down with a composition book and asking them things that only they would know, write them down, also get something written by them to have as well. There are so many things we think of after someone is gone….don’t wait.


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