Amanda sent in this beautiful layout for Challenge 53:
Tell us about your family: I have been married to my husband since February 2004. We met in the Navy, he’s still in, but I got out in 2005. I have a step-daughter, who is 10, and we have one little girl, who is 2. She is the subject of 85% of my layouts.
How/Why did you start scrapbooking? My sister was into "Close to My Heart" stamping and in 1999 I went to a party with her. I had a lot of fun, but I never bought any stamps because I was in the Navy and I didn’t have any room to keep a bunch of supplies. Whenever I had time I started buy things at the store to make small scrapbooks and eventually just strayed away from the whole stamping part. When I got out of the Navy in 2005, and we moved into our house, I had plenty of room for scrapping goodies. I have basically been scrapping ever since then.
How long have you been scrapbooking? I first started 9 years ago, but I basically took a 5 year break in there. Heehee.
What is it about scrapbooking that you really love? I love the idea of getting my memories down on paper for my daughter. I think it will be awesome for her to have to look back on when she has children of her own.
How many hours a week do you scrapbook? Anywhere from 5-15. Depends on how much time I can get away to my scrapping area. :-)
How long does it take you to complete a layout? It depends on it I have the idea in my head already or not. If I have an idea of what I want it to look like already it doesn’t take any longer than an hour. Some of my layouts take up to two hours.
Where do you get your inspiration? From a lot of places. Lately I have been getting a lot of inspiration watching cartoons with Haley. I get ideas from magazines, songs, and of course looking at galleries on my favourite scrapping websites.
We're looking forward to seeing more from Amanda during the week. Drop by tomorrow for our next weekly challenge!