Founder and Owner
I have been scrapbooking in some form or another for as long as I can remember. As a small child, I made books about movie stars, poster collages of my dreams and wishes for my future, and magnetic albums with family and friends' photos, embellished with stickers and handwritten journaling written on construction paper. I graduated to a wedding 'storybook' album made for close friends in 2000. Soon after, I was introduced to the 'new' world of scrapbooking...
The publication of my album called "Sedona Moments', about moments of clarity in my life, in the Write from the Heart section of Simple Scrapbooks in Nov/Dec 2007 (click here and here) played an important role in helping me develop my teaching business, and for that I am so grateful.
When I first started scrapbooking, I covered events, trips and the like. I came to realize that the things I loved to scrapbook about were about my heart and soul. I'm a firm believer in the value of psychotherapy - and found that while other people were journaling as part of their therapy to get their feelings out and expressed, my best and most complete way to do that as part of my therapy was by scrapbooking and then studying and discussing it - so I created a unique tool for helping process my life. I am so thrilled and so motivated to share my 'way' of scrapbooking with others as it has helped me so much, and continues to, even to this day. I have really enjoyed the chance to watch others take my vision and transform it into something that speaks directly to their hearts. It is my passion and my dream to help others understand themselves, deal with life's difficulties and celebrate their inner and most private victories through our craft.
I live with my family in beautiful Santa Monica, California, just 10 blocks from the beach. Seriously, you gotta come out here-it's amazing!
Rachel's Blog: Inside Out
Design Team Coordinator
Hi there! I'm Lori, from sunny Florida. I am a single, free-spirited, fun-loving gal who has worked as an educator for 15 years. I am the Director of Education at a well known learning center and love working with kids of all ages and abilities.
I started as a scrapbooker in my twenties and my style has changed through the years. Once I was introduced to mixed media and art journaling, and felt the joy of having paint covered fingers, I never looked back. My style changes all the time and I love to delve into mixed-media, art journaling, sketching and watercolors, scrapbooking and finding new ways to visually represent and document what is going on in my life. I was an active part of the SFTIO community when it first began and credit that to a huge time of growth for me. Participating in the challenges and working with the beautiful kits helped me see this craft as a form of self-reflection and self-awareness. And now I'm back, to let YOU know, I can really shake it down....oh, sorry, sometimes I confuse song lyrics with conversation...whoops! ;)
As a single woman, with no husband or kids, I think the concept behind SFTIO is such an important one. It's GOOD for me to reflect on my own life, to document my days, to create art with my own voice.
I also currently serve on the design team for Paper Issues and Gauche Alchemy, where I also create and edit the monthly newsletter. I am thrilled to be back at SFTIO and look forward to sharing my journey and being inspired by YOU.
Lori's Blog: Wild Colored Sprinkles of Me
Hi everyone! I'm Kiki Halbert and I'm thrilled to be here. I currently live in Canada's capital, Ottawa with my husband of 7 years, along with our furbabies - one dog and two cats.
I remember my very first scrapbook. It was a giant sketchbook that I bought that was made of flimsy kraft-coloured paper, and I just taped in momentos of my years in highschool, and a few memories shortly thereafter. That was back in the late 80s/very early 90s. And I didn't scrapbook another moment of my life again until after my engagement to my husband. I started my way back to scrapbooking digitally, in 2005 and scrapbooked our lives together, along with some cherished family memories. I got into art journaling and scrapbooking with paper and haven't looked back.
I'm thrilled to be with SFTIO because it's about me. II have had a very faulty memory over the last few years, and find that writing down the memories are important for me, and that's what SFTIO is all about. I've been published a few times, both in digital magazines, Log Your Memories' Scrap Your Real Life book and more recently a paper magazine, and am on a design team for one LSS. I am the blog coordinator for Creative Scrappers. And now I've started teaching local art journaling workshops. I have to say that the move to art journaling and traditional scrapbooking has been an exciting one. I'd have to describe my style as eclectic grunge. I adore texture paste and gesso, and love my white space. And if the paper has damask on it, I'm all in, baby! I've very honoured to be here and hope that you'll join me on this exciting journey!
Kiki's Blog: Toasted, Roasted and Ready to Serve
Vertically challenged, blonde (most of the time), easy-going yet verbose scrapbooker seeks strong, bold, colorful and funky patterned paper for long-term, yet vulnerable and intimate love affair. I can’t stay away from a good line that coordinates well with other fun pals, especially “Chip” and “Tag”. I love to be adventurous with stamps and Stickles. Got flowers? If not, no worries, I do! I adhere to few rules and hope you like cutting and tearing it up as much as I do. If you’re ready to dig deep and expose your inner self with me, then you bring the bling and I’ll bring the ribbon and we can meet up for a sticky good time!
Whoops! How did my ScrapperMatch.com bio sneak into this one? Sorry! How embarrassing! Boy, is my face red. Let’s try this again…
Hi, my name is Kai. It’s pronounced K-eye or rhymes with tie, bye, hi, sigh… well, you get the picture. I currently reside in central Ohio, but only under duress. I'd much rather be "home" in western NY state. I started scrapbooking in 1999 after visiting a friend who had just attended a Creative Memories workshop. Looking at her completed page just sent little electrical impulses through me. I realized then that this was what I had been searching for. Prior to this day, I was a “craft nomad”, dabbling in a lot of different crafts. As a child I remember spending hours making my own cards, paper-storybooks, and collaged photo pages in those static-cling albums with hand-cut pieces of paper with journaling or quips on them. But I was never satisfied. I never realized what was missing until that day… when my friend’s scrapbook page opened my mind. I took a class and started to explore my own creativity. Years later, I started working part-time at the LSS where I had taken my first class and remain there today.
After a few years at the LSS, I again grew unhappy and disillusioned with scrapbooking. At this point in time I had only really had time to scrapbook two basic albums, a few gift items and handmade cards. I just felt unfulfilled. What I created didn't feel good enough, or just... enough. I considered quitting until a friend of mine pointed me here to SFTIO. I immediately realized that I had found my new home. Scrapbooking as a form of journaling, therapy, release, catalyst or just to share who I really am inside is where it’s at for me now. I will be forever thankful to Rachel for bringing her vision to life and I am very excited and humbled to be a part of it!
Kai's Blog: Enjoy the Ride Today