Good afternoon! Hope you are enjoying the great outdoors today -- we finally are after almost 2 weeks of cold, rainy weather.
Time to introduce you to another sister of the week!
Please welcome Bibiana Tie, from Western Australia.
Tell us about your family: I am Malaysian-born Chinese, but have moved around a lot with my family, previously also living in England, Brisbane, Australia, and now in Perth. I think it is because of this that I love to travel and see the world, and this is how I ended up with so many photos to scrapbook!
My parents are currently living in Malaysia, while my older (and only) brother lives in Brisbane with his wife and 2 cats. Though we're all living in different cities, we keep in touch regularly by phone/email, and fly to visit each other often. I would say that we're a very close family and supportive of one another.
When did you start scrapbooking? I've always loved all sorts of crafts, from origami to beading and jewellery-making. My interest in papercrafts began with card-making when I found a lovely little stamping/paper supplies shop in Perth called Starfish Lane. This was in round about 2003. The following year, I went on a trip to the west coast of Canada and came home with heaps of beautiful photos. I'd always thought it was a real pity that I never got to keep the cards that I made, and as I'm an archival sort of person who never throws anything out, the transition into scrapbooking at that point was an easy one to make. At that point though, my idea of scrapbooking just involved sticking photos, ticket stubs and stickers onto a page. So it's no surprise that the hobby didn't really take off then – I quickly got bored!
In 2005-2006, I did what many Aussies do – I went on a working holiday to the UK and traveled all over Europe! Of course, I ended up with lots more beautiful photos, so when I returned to Australia, I decided to give scrapbooking another go. Imagine my surprise when I stepped into the local scrapbook store and discovered how the industry had grown, with loads more beautiful products and possibilities! My interest was definitely piqued! I soon joined a scrapbooking group, and learned lots of new techniques from the other women in the group.
However, it wasn't until early 2008 when I discovered the most awesome store in Perth (Scraptivate), subscribed to the magazine Scrapbooking Memories and through the magazine, discovered internet scrapbooking and challenge sites, that I truly became addicted to the craft! Through various classes and online inspiration/tutorials, my style has really evolved and improved. My blog site was started this year purely so I could enter the various competitions available on the web! I think it would be fun to one day post a "Before and After", showing just how much my style has changed!
Does anyone in your family also scrap? No! In fact, they don't understand me at all and often ask me, "What's the point?" I wish they scrapped also so that we could have crop nights together!
What size do you normally scrap?12 X 12", but I’m starting to explore other sizes and dabble more in off-the-page projects.
What is your favourite colour scheme? I love anything in bright colours, but my absolute favourite would have to be anything with red and/or pink in it, eg red/pink/black or red/pink/blue. Actually, I can’t go past pink and green either…I think I just like pink the most!
How many hours a week do you scrap? I've never added it up before, but I scrap on average at least 1 hour each weeknight and up to 5 hours over the weekend, so I guess that's around 10 hours a week!
What is one thing you always find yourself reaching for when creating a layout? I love anything girly, so ribbons/lace and flowers!
Bibiana created this gorgeous layout for our Week 59 challenge:
You can see more of her work on her blog - Bibs and Pieces. Drop by and leave a note!
If you're looking for a scrapping challenge, come back again tomorrow and see what we've got for you! You could have a chance at our fabulous sponsored prize this month, and you just might become our newest sister :-)