I go by sillyleann just about everywhere I go on the internet whether crafting related or not. I am married to the absolute love of my life. We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary the sixth of May. I am a SAHM with 2 delightful children. I have a 6 year old boy and a 3 year old daughter. They seriously light up my life and are so precious. I think I could write a book about the conversations we have and the crazy concocted things they say. I have a 7 year old boxer. She is a great dog, but at times we have a love/hate relationship (it's the snoring, whining, . . . ) I am a huge Survivor fan. It is the only must-see show for us - although I thoroughly enjoy Dancing with the Stars, the Bachelor, Biggest Loser, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution . . . can you say reality junkie! I am a Mac fan. I am a snob about it. I do not like Windows anything and don't want to discuss it. My husband says it is an obsession and I should seek counseling. I am willing but, I am afraid it would bring up all my neurotic tendencies and that is a scary place to go. :) Speaking of neurotic, I am a self diagnosed obsessive compulsive. Again, my husband says I should seek counseling but read above. I think I have a somewhat twisted sense of humor and that is okay as long as you laugh with me and not at me.
I have been crafting most of my life. I started "scrapbooking", so-to-speak, since I was around 7. My dad bought me a camera one day around my 7th birthday (I don't even remember why). It was a 110 (not a 35mm) and took that funny long skinny film thing (it sounds like I was born in the 20's, but I really am 32). I began taking pictures and putting them in photo albums. I would find magazine pictures, make construction paper titles, create overlays, etc to put in the photo sleeves and around the photos. I didn't know about real scrapbooking, so this is what I dreamed up. When I first learned that scrapbooking was a thing, I fell instantly in love. Years later, I got a digital camera for college graduation and realized that it seemed silly to print the pictures and then scrap. So, I thought I was clever to make these collage things - the predecessor to digiscrap. Oh, looking back they were horrible. I thought everyone should be doing this and thought I had invented something. Well, about 4 years later a google search turned up a whole new world - digital scrapbooking. Oh, technically I had been digiscraping, but nothing like my new discovery. That was 6 years ago and I haven't gone back. Although I knew I would never scrapbook again, I was having paper crafting withdrawals. I made a few digital cards (before hybrid was a word). But I never really got the same satisfaction from it as I did digital scrapbooking. So, I pulled out my dusty scrapbook stuff and went to work. I was hooked! I bought my first stamp (does anyone remember when stamps came on wooden blocks?) and haven't looked back. After exhausting my local Hobby Lobby of anything cute, I went looking in other places. Viola - PTI!
I am super excited to be a part of the Papertrey Chicks. I love, love, LOVE making cards. My dream is to someday get published. But, I enjoy it and find it extremely rewarding. My husband and I started a letters ministry. It sounds fancier than it really is. We just go through the church directory and/or our personal contacts and send real, handwritten letters inside the cards that I make. It has been so interesting to see the response. I am blown away how such a simple act can be so significant to others. I do sell my cards at a local store. Trust me when I say - don't quit your day job. I put all my earnings back into PTI (and a few small places here and there). While I currently wouldn't be able to support my family on it, it does support my hobby (cough . . . addiction).