Last month, I started introducing you to my Creative Team members. So far, you’ve met my two Melissas. Today, you get the absolute pleasure of meeting Sara, aka mom2paigenjunior. Sara is an absolute sweetheart and creates such amazing layouts. I’m thankful for Sara and her willingness to always help out. Without further ado, let’s meet Sara.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little I wanted to be NICU nurse but my father told me that would be an extremely hard job to get into because so many went into that field. Then I changed to wanting to be a Pediatric Cardiologist and headed in that path until my second year of college when I realized how much school I would need to complete in order to do that and that most likely I would have to put family on hold. I just graduated with a BS in Psychology and hope to one day to work with children who have parents that are military.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I have a lot of want to visit places and hopefully this one will be covered soon but I want to travel to Rome. The Vatican is top on my list of things I must visit. Living in the UK now it is not an impossible feat but we may not have much time left before we have to move again.
Which would you rather visit- Disneyland or Disney World?
I have bad memories of Disneyland as a child because we went twice on my birthday and I was a little brat and jealous that everyone got presents on my birthday because it was our last day there. I never wanted to celebrate away from home again. We are hoping to take our children to Disneyland Paris before the summer when it is not so busy.
What is your favorite place you have seen in Europe? Can you share a photo?
Favorite place? Hummm. I love Europe. I have been lucky to have visited more than one country and still hope to see more. Germany is always my favorite country here. I love the markets and the culture. Venice, Italy was amazing because of the way they travel and the architecture. Austria has a beautiful lake in the middle of the mountains that we stumbled upon on the way to Neuschwanstein Castle (Photo Above) . Ireland is a land of it’s own with beautiful views. Finally our home for the last 2 1/2 years, England never disappoints. There is so much history here that each castle, town, or local you visit tells a different story.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Not trying. I think that a lot more people would be able to complete different things if they just tried but we have this idea that we are often not good enough to complete things. I am a try and fail or try and succeed type of person. But I will always try a couple times before I give up.
What form of public transportation do you prefer (plane, train, taxi, boat, bus, etc.)?
Plane. I do not mind trains as you can rest and relax but recently we missed our stop on the train and ended up at another stop after 1 in the morning and no more trains were running until 3:45. We had to taxi back to the other train station to pick up our vehicle and get home. Interesting trip. I get motion sick so buses, cars, and boats are not often the best idea!
How long have you been scrapbooking?
I have been scrapping since I was around 12 or 13. I think probably an idea of it when I was younger but not with books and more like collages. I started Digital scrapbooking when my husband deployed and I was left with an infant to care for. I did not have time to get all the traditional scrapbooking items out so one day I saw something that caught my eye and I started to try it out. At that time the product quality and quantity was very minimal. Now I am amazed at how much this has expanded and the quality of each product.
How did you learn about digital scrapbooking?
Internet searches. I was a part of a military mom’s group and in charge of changing out the decor in the forum and on the blog so was trying to find different ideas and stumbled upon this.
What kind of camera do you have?
I have a Nikon. I love it but I sent it with my husband on deployment so I just have a point and click and my phone for now. I am looking forward to getting a new DSLR and he can keep my older one.
Is it on automatic or manual mode?
I do not like Auto mode so 95% it is on manual. I am not a flash type of girl and so most of the time I am working to limit the use of the flash.
What kind of computer do you use?
PC. I am not sure I want to jump to MAC because that means I would need all new software. I am a saver not a spender so it is hard for me to justify that.
What program do you use to scrapbook?
What’s your favorite time-saving or organizational tip for scrapbooking?
I wish I had one. The only thing that keeps me sane are the numerous folders that hold my to do kits, completed kits for each of the designers I love. I am not a big template user.
How do you get out of a scrapping slump?
Go out and take great photos that I know need to be represented in a layout. I think that it is important to let photos direct you to the kits so when I have to work on a kit, it is important that I have the correct photo for it so I may have to go out and explore which is great when there is so much to explore around here.
Why do you scrapbook?
For the memories. I like to create something that my children will love forever and want to share with our future relatives. We travel so much often things get confusing and with the children at the age they are (8 and 11) they will remember the traveling and some of the things they see but they will not remember the little things. Plus we meet so many different military families and it is nice to be able to reference back to our old friends and keep them fresh in our hearts and minds.
What is your greatest reward as a scrapbooker?
The greatest reward is the memories that are preserved through time. We may not be able to go to some of the places we have visited again but we will always have albums to look back on and talk about.
Here are a few of Sara’s Favorite Layouts
Thanks, Sara, for letting us get to know you a bit better! I hope that you make it to Rome soon and get to see the Vatican. And I hope that when you do go, you’ll take lots of photos and let me live vicariously through you!