my name is Nicole Harper.
I am 39
years old and am married to my high school sweetheart, Mike.
Together we have one daughter, Allison, who is nearly 13.
I work full-time in surgery and have been playing with paper
+ stickers since the 80's.
been scrapbooking for 7 years, in my current style
as mentioned before, have been playing with photos and newspaper
clippings since high school.
because I wanted more than just a 'baby book' for our daughter
in the end realized how much I just enjoy being creative.
scrapbook three days per week. I work full-time, but this
is my 'ME' time
so I make it a priority to work it in.
It definitely got a bit easier when my daughter was old enough
to be at school for the day.
I am most often inspired to make a page because I either have
a photo I love or a story to tell. More often than not, it's
the story for me. Without the stories, I'd just have a fancy
of my go-to techniques are: painting the edges of my photos,
hand journaling with a ruler + pen and clustering little 'tidbits/elements'.
NOT scrapbook without the following products/tools: ledger/graph
paper, .03 black pen, stickers, die-cuts, my old typewriter,
a few basic stamp sets, staples and paint.
and where do you store/display your completed pages? I've
always kept my albums on a shelf that my daughter was able
even when she was smaller. There isn't anything
better than seeing her flip through and ask questions about
the photos + words.
do you shop for scrapbooking supplies? Online: Studio
Calico (kits make being pinched for time much more manageable!).
My favorite store is in a suburb of Detroit, two hours away
I road trip up there every other month or so.
page size do you generally scrap? I mix it up
x 12", 8 1/2" x 11" and mini albums.
you prefer single or double layouts, why? Single. With
my daughter being almost 13, I don't do nearly as many 'event'
it's more about things she is doing/saying/feeling
right now, so I don't have as many photos. Single pages allow
me to document these things without having lots of 4"
x 6" photos available.
is your favorite photography App? Instagram, without a
doubt! I'd be lost without it!!
is your favorite adhesive? Tombow tape runner.
is your best advice to someone just starting out?
I think that starting out can be overwhelming with so many
options. I found it helpful to find somewhere online that
I 'clicked' with, and I continue to draw inspiration/encouragement
from there. I also stress to people that it's OK to not be
I scrap out of order all the time, and it
can actually be fun to jump around in time!