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I’ll keep it brief.
Personally: I was born in 1979 and after a lot of moving around, we settled in Montana when I was 4. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee a week after high school graduation, for Belmont Univeristy. I loved college and got a degree in Piano Pedagogy (that’s fancy talk for piano teaching.) I realized I didn’t like teaching piano full-time, but also that I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I got a job at my university. I am a secretary (I totally rock at that, btw) and I teach a few piano lessons a week.
My wonderful, sweet, strong-willed son Jacob (Jake) was born September 12th, 2002. My parents moved here in Oct. ’03 and my mom is a huge help with Jake.
I love photography and writing and music and reading and laundry and the color purple and chocolate and all sorts of random things . . . Online I go by "strangejen" and "jenstrange" and "Jen_Jake'smom."
Scrap-ually: I’ve always been crafty and enjoyed art projects. My mom is a VERY crafty person and I loved watching her and learning from her. I used to do cross-stitch, but it’s SO painfully slow, I’ve all but stopped.
My mom was scrapbooking before it was cool, so it’s always been on my radar. I’ve dabbled a little in scrapbooking and collages (but not very well) for several years now, but after Jake was born I really started getting into it. Of course, then it was silhouetting pictures and sticker-sneezing on to stationary paper – but whatever. It was progress. (Click here to see some of my funny old stuff.)
I started reading scrapbook magazines and visiting online galleries in the spring of 2004, and that literally changed my life (and my scrapping.) I love paper scrapping and I love the journey I’ve been on with it. I got Photoshop in February of 2005 and made my first digital layout in April of 2005. What made me really want to start digital scrapbooking is seeing Shabby Princess’ papers and elements. I was SO excited when she opened up the Shabby Shoppe. She is my absolutely favorite designer and I use her stuff as examples a lot.
I stubbornly taught myself how to use Photoshop, then got annoyed that no one online (at the time) was explaining it easily so people could just jump in and digi-scrap. And then I started this blog. :)
I'm not an expert by any means, but I'll tell you what I know. :)
If you need to talk to me, email to jenstrange AT gmail DOT com