Friday, May 25, 2007

Karen's 15 Minutes

Meet this week's famer: Karen Mataraza

view from home

I’m just over 30 and I dislike it more with each hair that falls out of my head (good thing I have thick hair to start). What’s that all about? Is it because of my 5 year old or my 3 month old? Two boys—who’da thunk it? Me? That’s so not me. Maybe it’s our Korean dog who whines all day long to go outside to sniff the air? Maybe it’s the hubby, Mike, who still, after seven years, does not understand what a laundry basket does. Maybe it’s the little bit of what’s left of my New York accent that throws him off. He is, after all a native Texan.

But Mike’s accent didn’t show through when I first met him back in 2000. He had just returned to Ft. Campbell after duty in Egypt and our mutual friends didn’t even introduce us. And he didn’t say hello and would not even take his nose out of that menu! I mean, how many things can you order at Outback? I figured he was just another jerk, one of the 80 gazillion I met during my seven years in the Army as a Korean Linguist.

I guess his charm or his like-minded politics worked, because here I am in Texas, where his accent is back and I find myself looking for a safety or straight pin every time he asks for a PEN. I’m 20 hours from a B.S. in Biology and out of dough for school but it’s OK here. Mike has a good job and life is good. But I miss snow, the fall colors, miss my family. Mike’s family is so not the picture-taking/scrapbooking kind.

Yes, I have friends from the scrapbook store where I work two days a week, but no one (my age) to hang out with, go shopping, etc. I need my Mom and my sisters—and my brother (but he’s a boy!) I always had everyone around growing up, now there’s no one; nobody's ear for me to talk off. (And they don’t have a real deli or real hard rolls down here either—don’t even get me started on the Italian food.)

Maybe that’s why I scrapbook? So that Michael and Owen will both know how important they are to me, I spend my whole day taking pictures of us and the silly things we do. Wherever life takes them, they’ll have a part of me and will always know who I am. I have much to tell, or so I think, and they don't know any of it because they don't even know my family.

While I’m the farthest thing from a photographer, I take my ‘best shot’ with a layout in mind. Sometimes I think I spend more time photographing and scrapbooking the memory than enjoying the event itself! Or maybe I just like paper and collecting things? I mean, I was the youngest sister who would steal my eldest sister’s school notebooks just to have the clean, white paper to run my hands over.

Or maybe I just want my kids to know that, at one time, I had a full head of hair!

Karen's Favorite Layout:

Here are our takes on Karen's favorite layout.

Carla Chrissy







Post a link to your take here by June 5 for your shot as a future Famer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


and our favorite is...Colleen, with her page

and Beth J, you were our runner up.

Thanks to all of our participants:
Check back on Friday morning to see our next Famer!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Nicole's 15 Minutes

Meet our First Famer: Nicole Klein
Blog: These Are the Days


I am 29 years old. I’ve been married to Jeff for 6 ½ years. I am currently a stay at home mom, with three kids under the age of three – Jack and Lauren who will turn three in June, and William, who just turned 1 at the end of April. I live in central Minnesota, and even though I was able to travel and explore many fantastic places, this is definitely home. I could not imagine being anywhere else to raise my children.

I have always loved family history and old photographs and have been collecting bits and pieces from my life as long as I can remember. So scrapbooking in one sense or another has always been a part of my life, even though I didn’t quite realize it until 1999, when I started my first Creative Memories album. However, even that step was nothing compared to the entirely new meaning scrapbooking took on once my kids were born in 2004. Now I would have to say I’m just a little obsessed with scrapbooking and documenting the details of our lives.

I would consider my scrapbooking style to be simple as my layouts usually consist of a couple of photos and a few random embellishments here and there. I am definitely a late night scrapper, although whenever I find a free moment during the day you can find me at my scrap table in my cozy little corner of our office. Listening to music is a necessity while I create and a few sweet treats are always helpful as well. In addition to scrapbooking I love taking a ridiculous amount of photos, quilting, sewing, or really anything craft related.

Nicole's Favorite Layout:Here's our take on this amazing layout:







Leave us a link here to this post. Remember the deadline is May 22. We can't wait to see what you have created using Nicole's layout as inspiration!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


and our favorite is...Karen, with her page "You can do Magic."

A big thanks to all of our participants:

  1. Alice V

  2. Angela Daniels

  3. Beth

  4. CarolAnn28

  5. Colleen

  6. Corrine

  7. D@501

  8. Dana

  9. Dawn B

  10. Donna

  11. Edleen

  12. Elizabeth

  13. Jenni

  14. Karen

  15. Leah

  16. Linda

  17. Liz N

  18. Nicole

  19. PattyS

  20. Telah

  21. Tenny

  22. Tonya

Keep up the great work! Don't forget to come back tomorrow, May 11! We are revealing our first Famer, and she rocks!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


We want to thank you all for the HUGE show of support, and wanted to let you know that we will be showcasing our first guest designer{aka Famer} on May 11.

So you have until May9 to get your pages done and linked to us via the COMMENT section. You can link them to this post, but we will also be checking the links already left on previous posts. Don't worry. We won't overlook anyone! We'll post our favorite Layout on May10, reveal our new Famer May11. Busy busy busy.

So far, SO awesome!! We are loving all the pages, keep 'em comin'!