Meet Our Design Team Week – Say Hello to Rebecca Keppel!

In a former life I was a corporate attorney living in San Francisco. After my daughter was born, my husband and I decided to move our little family to Arizona. We are still adjusting to the extreme heat, but overall we love the family atmosphere here. In 2007 our little guy was born. They are now 5 and 1/2 and almost 4. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 5 and a half years. I started scrapbooking about the same time our daughter was born. What started as a way to create a baby album for my daughter turned into much more.

Although I have been “journaling” and taking tons of pictures my whole life, it wasn’t until I saw scrapbooking as whole that everything clicked for me and the obsession began! Besides recording memories and playing with fun product, I love to learn new techniques and learn more about photography. My favorite way to add texture and dimension to my projects is by sewing (either hand or machine) because I love the homemade, unique touch it adds. Besides making layouts, I love cardmaking and making gifts for family and friends.

Thanks to Elle for letting me be a part of this amazing team and giving me a chance to showcase Elle’s Studio’s fabulous designs.

You can also visit Rebecca’s blog, here.
What is your favorite color combo? I honestly don’t think I have a favorite color combo. I think one of the fun things about scrapbooking is playing with colors that you don’t interact with in your daily life. For example, I NEVER wear yellow, but I love scrapbooking with it because it is such a happy, hopeful color.

What are your go-to and must have scrapbooking products? Journaling cards–seriously, I like to hand write but I need a space to corral my handwriting so I use journaling cards on 90% of my layouts. I also use Thickers on EVERYTHING. And bakers twine and buttons.
Why did you start scrapbooking and how did you get started? Before we moved from San Francisco to the suburbs of Phoenix a friend told me that once you move out of the city you are required to scrapbook. She was kidding of course, but between moving to a place where we had neither family nor friends and becoming a stay at home mom after working 60+ hours a week I needed some type of outlet. I started with an album of my daughter’s first year and went from the big box craft stores to finding several local scrapbook stores and finally to discovering the online scrapbooking community.

Who or what inspires you? I use Google Reader to follow tons of blogs from photographers, home decorators, manufacturers and other scrapbookers.

What is your favorite thing about scrapbooking? Definitely the creative outlet and the mind body connection. I love the connection between photography, writing, design and creating with my hands. Something about all those things together just makes me happy 🙂

Where do you scrapbook? I’ve moved my space around our house several times. Right now we have made the 4th bedroom into an office/scrapbook space/kids crafting/kids homework area and I love it. It is a space we can all share and enjoy and spend time together without having the T.V. on!

What is your favorite thing to listen to or watch while creating? With two kids 6 and under silence is pretty rare so when I am alone I generally like to hear NOTHING. But with my new space having my computer nearby I have listened to a CD on occasion. Lately I’ve been rediscovering Deee Lite’s World Clique –so much fun and always puts me in a good mood.

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Thank you for sharing with us today, Rebecca! It was so much fun to learn more about you, see your scrap space and beautiful canvas project!

Now for some extra fun! We put together some special packages that we are giving away during our special week! Just leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! Winners will be announced on February 8th!

Don’t forget: We are celebrating our Design Team members from January 31st – February 7th! Keep checking back to meet our other design team members, enter the giveaways and more! Also, all orders placed in our shop during our special week will receive a free gift!

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