Please give a big Pencil Lines to this weeks deisgn team spotlight member, Karen Shady. Karen also provided this weeks gorgeous sketch.
Hi, my name is Karen. I live with my husband Chris and 5 children, in Victoria, Australia, where we own and run a large cropping farm. In a former life, I was a nurse, but I am very fortunate now to be a stay at home Mum. I am completely obsessed with scrapbooking, and spend any spare time I have in my little scrap room.
I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago. My Grandmother had recently passed away, and had left us with a huge box of old photos, we didn’t know who half the people were in the photos, and I found it very sad that these people were my family, and I would never know them, or their stories. I didn’t want that to happen to my family photos and stories after I was gone. Not long after that, I stumbled on a scrapbook magazine in a newsagency, and the rest is history. My only regret is I didn’t start scrapping earlier, when my eldest child was a baby, it certainly would have changed the way I took photos.
My scrapping style has evolved and changed a lot, and is still changing. I suppose if I had to give it a name, I would say “shabby chic vintage” I love all things shabby, and am mad about making my own embellishments at the moment, especially flowers.
I love the world of online scrapbook galleries, blogs and forums, and have met some amazing women online, who I now consider to be very dear friends.
Along with Pencillines, I am also very fortunate to be on 2 magazine design teams, “Scrapbook magazine UK” and “Australian Scrapbook Ideas ‘here in Australia. Also my local scrapbook store ‘The Imagination Factory’. My work is published regularly in Scrapbooking Memories, Scrapbook Creations and Creating Keepsakes magazines.
Name: Karen Shady
Birthday: 3rd of August 1967
Birth place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Current Location: amongst the gumtrees, on a farm in Victoria, Australia
Eye colour: brown
Hair colour: red/brown
Height: 175 cm (5 foot 9 inches)
Right or Left handed: right
Your Heritage: Dad Australian, Mum English.
Shoes you wore today: sandals and gumboots
Your weakness: chocolate unfortunately.
Your Fear: (don’t laugh) worms !!
Your Perfect Pizza: hmm, homemade BBQ chicken.
Pepsi or Coke?: Coke zero for sure
Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee: strong coffee
Do you sing: do nursery rhymes count ?
Do you like Thunderstorms: love them, as long as we don’t lose electricity
Do you play an instrument; my kids are brilliant, Im hopeless
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos; no, Im being very good and watching what Im eating J
What do you want to be when you grow up: It’s a bit sad, but Im living the life I always wanted to already. As a kid, my dream was to become a nurse, live on a big farm, with lots of land, and have 6 kids. We stopped the kids at 5, but everything else is pretty spot on.
What country would you like most to visit: America
Number of CD's I own: not a lot, with 5 kids, who has time to listen to music.
Number of piercings: earrings, that’s it
Number of tattoos: sorry, none
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