Several months ago, I was cruising through the Creative Memories Go Digital Facebook Fan Page when I ran across some fantastic heritage digital scrapbook pages. As I clicked in to look closer at them, I noticed that the creator of the pages was a man. Odd, since we don't get many guys who frequent our page, let alone post awesome pages on a regular basis. Mike made his way into the group pretty naturally - he posted pages and everyone loved them. He became one of us.
We all thoroughly enjoyed his creations, as did all of our fans, so one day I decided to reach out to him and ask him if he'd be interested in joining the admin team of the fan page, and to our delight - he agreed! He's fit in perfectly with all of us, and we thoroughly enjoy having him on the team.
I was curious, though, how does a guy like Mike get into digital scrapbooking - so I asked him. Here's the story:
"What’s a regular guy like me doing in a place like this? The scrapbooking universe. Truth be known, it was quite by accident really. In September of 2010 I was looking at all the pictures my wife and I had on our computer that dated back about 6 years from the birth of our son Halen. There were hundreds of them, and other than printing out the odd one to send with Christmas cards or letters to the grandparents they just sat on the computer collecting electronic dust.
For some strange reason the idea of a scrapbook came to mind for a Christmas present for my wife. I had never actually even really seen one before but I figured, how hard could it be? You just need a photo album with construction paper and some glue right? 3 months and plenty of cuss words later it was completed and I was quite content to retire from this new found hobby so I could continue on with my various other ones. Besides I had completed what I set out to do.
One of those other hobbies was genealogy. I had spent about 10 years doing research and collecting family information. Anyone that traces their roots I think suffers with the same problem, what does one do with the mounds of paper that inevitably accumulate? How does one organize it in such a way so that it is reader friendly and appealing to look at?
I began to wonder if a scrapbook was the answer to my problem, but honestly dreaded the thought of how much work it would be. Then, a lady from work asked to see my traditional scrapbook of my son and asked me if I had given any thought to digital scrapbooking. She told me about the Creative Memories Storybook Creator and I thought I just might have the solution to my problem. It turns out I did.
I have been working on my heritage album now on Storybook Creator for about a year now and thankfully it is nearing completion. I really enjoyed visiting the Creative Memories Go Digital Facebook page to post my work looking for advice and to see what kind of projects everyone was doing. I quickly discovered that being a guy I was in the large minority as far as scrapbooking goes. I was, and still am, so appreciative of all the advice and tips I get from the visitors on the page.
I already have some more ideas in mind to try once my heritage album is completed and can’t wait to get started. So, what’s a regular guy like me doing in a place like this? Having an absolute blast!"
Here are some samples of what Mike has created that we all love:
If you haven't yet discovered Mike's creations, visit the Creative Memories Go Digital Facebook Fan Page - chances are you'll find him there. If you have discovered them, share some love here for Mike - he rocks! :)