Getting to Know: Melissa

I have some amazingly talented and wonderful women on my Creative Team. I’d like to take a few minutes a couple of times a month to celebrate these ladies.  A Creative Team can be a designer’s biggest asset, and my team is the best.  They are extremely supportive of me and my work. They help me when I get stuck. Sometimes they drag me out of my comfort zone to experience new things. And I appreciate it!

The first team member I’d like to introduce you to is Melissa aka KSCroppyChick.  She is a super-star!  Melissa has been on my team since July 2011.  That’s dedication!  I’m not always the most organized person (my team is probably hysterically laughing now) and Melissa has stuck with me for a long time, through several store changes and team changes.  Without further ado… Meet Melissa!


Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a newly working, mom of 3 with a severe case of volunteeritis. When I can, I love reading and cooking or camping, boating, and hanging out at the lake with family and friends.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and to sing with Kenny Rogers

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

Right now, gut reaction is to say anywhere where the temperature is in the double digits!! Number one on my bucket list is Ireland followed by The Maldives.

Which do you like better- Disneyland or Disney World?
I’ve haven’t been to either, but I have to say the Disney Cruise Line and their private island Castaway Cay are absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to go again.

How long have you been scrapbooking?

In some way, shape, or form, since I was 8. I started a scrapbook as part of a 4-H project and never looked back. What was once photos and momentos glued to paper in binders or printed out clip art with photos in magnetic photo albums morphed into paper and albums and printed photo books over time. My first digital layout was about 9 1/2 years ago.

How did you learn about digital scrapbooking?

A friend of mine opened an online paper scrapbook store and forum. I was on staff. There were a few digital scrappers that hung out with us. I was given the task of making a scrapbook for my husband’s Grandma after all her photos were destroyed in a fire. Because I was using mostly scanned images, I decided to give digital a try. The rest as they say was history.

What kind of camera do you have?

A Canon Rebel

Is it on automatic or manual mode?

It is smarter than me and as much as I wish it were not the case, it’s on auto. Whenever I try to play with manual settings, I am less than happy with the results. I know this is an insult to my beloved high school photography teacher!! If anyone wants to give me camera lessons, feel free.

What kind of computer do you use?

I am a Desktop PC girl!

What program do you use to scrapbook?

Photoshop CS5

What’s your favorite time-saving or organizational tip for scrapbooking?

Organized? Who me? I’ll get back to you when I manage that feat!!

How do you get out of a scrapping slump?

Templates!! I got to the point where I felt that my layouts all looked the same, I turned to templates and now use them about 75% of the time. When my mojo completely leaves, I like to browse galleries or just take a few days off away from it all together.

Why do you scrapbook?

Easy, my kids! I love how excited they get looking through scrapbooks. It’s good stress relief too!!

What is your greatest reward as a scrapbooker?

When my kids or husband reminisce about an event after seeing a layout.

Share your favorite layout. Why is it your favorite?

My current favorite is sitting on my hard drive unshared because we have no Internet yet following a move, but another favorite is this layout about my niece. I just love the bright colors. It feels happy.

Sunshine and Smiles by Meredith Cardall

See what I mean?  Melissa is a trooper.  Within an hour of me begging asking my team if anyone would be willing to help, she agreed. Even without internet access at home! She’s just that kind of person and I appreciate it! (For the record, several team members offered to help, and some replied that they wished they could but had legitimate reasons for not being able to drop everything to be interviewed!)

You can check out Melissa’s other layouts on her Pinterest board as well as at ScrapStacks.

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