Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Hi guys :o) SP here and I am so excited to bring you another GALLERY GIRLS feature!! I am forever admiring the gallery and layouts of our next Gallery Girl…she has the sweetest little girls, her pages are always packed with adorable pics…and her scrapping style just rocks! She is CASHARINA (isn’t that a gorgeous name? – love it)…known as MOMMY2TWO in the Shoppe’s gallery :o) I’m thrilled to let you all get to know her better! She is a total JOY and I have had a lot of fun emailing back and forth! So, without further ado…let’s meet Casharina!!!
Be sure to scroll down so you don’t miss the new layouts Casharina created specifically for this feature! I also had to include one of my fave layouts from her gallery :o) She will also be uploading all of these new layouts to her gallery…so you can see larger images and more info about each there :o)
I can’t think of a better way to start this post…than to share Casharina’s first NEW layout with you guys…it’s all about FAMILY (and what a beautiful family they are)…which is obviously everything to her! And, also, you get to ‘see’ Casharina in the family portraits (along with her hubby and girls!)!
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF…
I’m the mommy of two princesses, a wife to my high school sweetheart, and a daughter to the King of Kings. I am currently a stay at home mommy, which makes me busier than ever! I love photography…I’ve loved it since I can remember. I’m a former teacher, I LOVE kids and I really miss them but I wouldn’t trade this time with my girlies for anything! Scrapbooking is my form of “my time” and I love it, as well as spending time with my family!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SCRAPPING DIGITALLY…AND DID YOU EVER GIVE PAPER SCRAPPING A TRY?
I was a paper scrapper until my first daughter was about one. At that time I was running out of spots to put up everything out of her way. It got to be a pain to get all the stuff out and work on a page. I put together a baby book for her and that’s the last thing I’ve completed (although it’s missing her first birthday layout…I really need to get that done!) I’ve been digitally scrapping for about three years now. I started with making photo invitations for my little girls’ birthday party and it’s grown since then. I love how digital elements can easily be saved/put away/and changed, oh and re-used…that’s the best part!
a couple more new layouts from Casharina :o)
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR SCRAPPING STYLE?
I’m not sure! I love to look through the SP gallery and find pages that I can relate to, most of my layouts have in some way been inspired by either a page someone else has done or by a theme/idea. I do like to have more photos than one, I can’t seem to just do a page with one photo…I always have too many to choose only one. lol
WHAT IS THE FIRST COMPONENT OF EACH PAGE YOU CREATE…OR DOES IT VARY FROM PAGE TO PAGE?
I actually almost always start with a design and then find the pictures. Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s probably completely backwards, but that’s the way I do it. I like to decide what color scheme I’m going to go with and what kind of design/template and then I design it and put in the pictures. It’s not very often that I start with the pictures and go from there; however I usually have in mind the pictures/occasion I want to scrap.
Seriously…aren’t her girls simply GORGEOUS?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LAYOUT (TO DATE) AND WHY?
Shew…this is a hard one, but I think my favorite is my spring layout with my kids…this is just “us” – it’s what we LOVE!
WHAT TIP/TECHNIQUE DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED SCRAPPING DIGITALLY?
I have two, one I only found a few days ago! My first is how to re-color items in a kit. This has made a HUGE difference in what I’m able to create and use on my pages. It makes the kits so much more versatile since I can mix/match items in different kits. The other is the use of brushes. I’m just now learning (like in the past few days) how to use a brush like a mask. I love it…it gives the page so much more texture. I know I have lots to learn but those are my two favorites at this time!
another new layout…and one of my absolute faves! as per her style, Casharina got so many PERFECT pics on this page – love it…and it really tells the story of the day :o)
WHAT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR SCRAPBOOKING?
Of course I’m mainly inspired by my beautiful babies/family. If it weren’t for them I’d not have a lot to scrap about. I’m also very inspired by those wonderful scrappers here in the SP gallery. There are so many talented scrappers and I try to learn from their pages and ideas. When designing new pages I try to think about what I will want to remember forever, what’s the most important part of this event? Those are the things I try to transfer to my pages.
TECH STUFF :o) Tell us about your camera and software!
My husband/former boyfriend bought me my first real camera, and I was hooked. Since then he has supplied me with a better camera every few years (yes I’m lucky!!) He bought my first digital camera when I had our first daughter and then when our second daughter was on the way he bought me my Nikon D-40 DSLR. I love it. I’ve learned so much about photography. I study all the time trying to learn how to make my images better. I started out my scrapbooking in Digital Scrapbook Factory and quickly found I needed a way to use PNGs so I went with Paint Shop Pro. I’m now using Adobe for almost all of my work.
I just had to fit in a couple more new layouts, lol! So many fun pics on these two pages – looks like a WONDERFUL day!
FAST FIVE FACTS!
Favorite COLOR: turquoise (if I have a second: pink/turquoise!)
Favorite FOOD: umm…anything sweet!
Favorite MOVIE: Yours, Mine, and Ours…I watched it a hundred times with my Mommy when I was growing up!
Favorite SONG: I love old time Hymns, Just as I am…
Favorite MEMORY: The first time my boyfriend/husband kissed me (back in highschool!) and my babies being born, I don’t think it can get better than that!
and last but not least…this is one of my FAVE layouts from Casharina’s Gallery…so I’m calling it SP’s PICK, lol! the photo, the design…and most importantly – the journaling – WOW :o)
THANK YOU SO MUCH for having fun with us, Casharina :o) It has been a total pleasure and I look forward to each and every layout you share with us…always anxious for more! Of course, I’ll be bringing you another new GALLERY GIRLS post next month…so stay tuned :o)
Be sure to join us back here tomorrow, as Kylie shares July’s FREE desktop :o) THANKS for stopping by…have a beautiful and bless day/night! xoxo –SP