Friday, May 6, 2011

Tara's Spotlight

Cindy here to bring you today's CT Spotlight. I hope you enjoy getting to know Tara as much as I did. I also hope you enjoy the template she created for you just enough to leave her a comment saying thanks or even a gallery comment her layout is linked :) I hope you have a great Friday and iNSD weekend!

How long have you been digital scrapbooking? This month (March) is my three year anniversary! I was a paper scrapper for many years before that but was having a hard time doing my scrapbooking with a toddler constantly reaching for my scissors and sharp tools. I was introduced to digi by a blogging friend of mine, Nikki (nikkiARNGwife). I dove right in and have never looked back.

Who/What is your inspiration? Mostly my children. I want to make these books as my love notes for them to read in the present and future. I just want to leave behind a legacy.....not only in what I teach them but in memories we share also.

What program do you use? I have been in PhotoShop Elements since day one. I started in version 6 and now have version 9. I have just recently purchased CS5. I have it installed and watched several tutorials. I just haven’t been gutsy enough to try a layout yet! I promise I will soon. It is just hard to get out of my comfort zone.

Mac or PC? Just got my Macbook Pro a few months ago and LOVE it. As they say....Once you go Mac you never go back!

When do you create? I am a night owl. It is usually after everyone is asleep and I can work with no interruptions.

What is your creative environment? I have to have a Coke to drink and snacks on hand. Depending on my mood, I am either listening to my playlist on itunes or watching old girly movies. It has to be movies I have seen a lot so I don’t have to actually “watch” it. I can basically picture it in my head as I work! Movies that are constantly played: Sweet Home Alabama, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, any of the Twilight's or Friends episodes on DVD.

Besides scrapbooking, what are some other hobbies you enjoy? I really love to read and I am totally addicted to my Kindle. I also love photography and am trying harder to get better at it.

What is a random fact that not many people know about you? I am pretty much an open book. There is not much NOT known about me. I guess the fact that is hard for people to believe if they don’t know me in real life is the number of kids and grand kids I have. I am only 34.......I have 7 children: 2 step daughters (19 and 17 yo), 4 adopted kids (20,19,18 and 6 yo) and 1 foster son that is 6 months old. My two oldest adopted kids have made me a Nonna to two beautiful girls. One is 20 months old and the other is 12 months. My husband and I have been married for 12 years (June 1998) and have really found our place as a foster/adoptive family.

What is your favorite product by Jennifer? Wow...that is tough. I think my very favorite will have to be In the Air with Nikki Epperson. I am normally not a fan of purple but LOVE the shade in this kit. I have already done three pages with it and will use it again for sure.

This is my favorite layout using In the Air by Jennifer Fox and Nikki Epperson
To leave Tara some love her layout is linked to her gallery :)

and the template Tara made for you
Download here at
and here at mediafire


CBH May 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 11 post on May. 06, 2011. Thanks again.

LifeAsDINKers (Ava-J) May 7, 2011 at 4:51 AM  

Thanks to Tara for the template and to Cindy for posting. Happy iNSD to you all! :)

grambie May 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

Many thanks to Tara for this beautifully designed template. Love the elements and the photo placement that blend into this lovely creation. Thanks to you and your wonderful coworkers. Blessings!

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