Hi, my name is Malina Rome and I am so excited to a be a guest designer this month! I guess I have been scrapbooking about ten years. I discovered it while I was a child photographer and shortly after my daughter was born. I laugh now at what was scrapbook art then and what it is now. This is how I tend to view most of my work...as art. I am a designer for my local scrapbook store, "Rochester Scrapbooking Company." I do not just do layouts but mini-albums and paper art and this is becoming my niche with the design team it seems so I am always on the look-out for new ideas and techniques to try.
I also assist in teaching classes on using the Cricut cutting machines now. I am really grateful that I have that chance and look forward to the opportunity for teaching more classes locally on scrapbooking. I will be published for the first time in Scrapbooking News and Review com Magazine(http://www.scrapbookingnewsandreview.com/) on Aug. 29, 2010 with 4 different layouts!!! I hope you get a chance to check it out because I am super excited and super proud so forgive the shameless promotion lol.
In addition to all this I do own a small home-based/internet-based company called Reflections; Scrapbooking & Paper Keepsakes. In my restructure from local projects for local individuals I am reaching out for something bigger...you can follow that 'bigger' at www.reflectionskeepsakes.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/MalinaofReflections.
I do not have any special style but I do have specific tools I cannot scrap without! I must have my Fiskar's locking spring handled scissors, my five different types of tweezers, my crafting knife, my headlight and my family. My children are my favorite subjects to scrap always and living in MN gives me lots of different environments for great pictures. I used to just scrap big events but now I scrap everything! My favorite inspiration books are from Creating Keepsakes but I believe inspiration can come from ANYWHERE! I especially like "Scrap Our Stash" because I have A LOT of stash. I like to tell my children I have enough paper to scrap for 10 years without buying another piece...but I will keep buying pieces because I have a problem, lol. I am a huge fan of "Scrap Our Stash" and hope to be able to design for them again after this month but if not I will still keep scrapping Kathy's challenges because they are great.