I’ve had conversations with some of you that lead me to believe that even more of you just might be interested in hearing about me and why I’m writing Simple Scrapper. I hope I’m right, otherwise most will just “Mark as Read” and move on!
My in-real-life name is Jennifer Wilson, but I use “starxlr8” for most of my online profiles. I’ve had that handle/online persona since logging in to AOL for the first time in 1996. I think its one of the only things that has stayed the same in my life since then!
Above is a picture of me in my natural state. I’m just a regular girl like you! On most evenings, you can find me in my pajamas working on my blogs or scrapping… with my husband working as well on his own laptop. Sometimes we drop everything to watch a movie or head out to our campsite to fish.
I’ve moved more times than I can count in the past 11 years, but am now finally settled down with a great husband, 2 stepkids and 2 pets in the midwest. I’ve seen more corn and beans than I ever thought I would, and I find the wide open prairie simply beautiful.
Many will be (and have been) surprised to find out that I’m 29 (and then say I definitely cannot complain about feeling old). I think I’ve always had a more mature sensibility, though perhaps my mom would partly disagree. My husband did say “you’re such an old lady” the other day when I watched four episodes of The Golden Girls in a row. (C’mon, you can’t argue with great comedy!) Pretty much since leaving my parents home in 1998, I’ve longed to feel settled and grown up. While my friends were out partying the night away, I was scheming how to declutter my hot spots with FlyLady. Even as a child, I would go to my friends’ houses and clean their rooms!
This is not to say that I’m some Martha-esque beacon of perfection when it comes to organization, simplicity and productivity. I struggle with these things as well, probably just as much as you do. That’s actually why I started writing here at Simple Scrapper.
When I discovered this hobby, I quickly realized I knew next-to-nothing. I searched cyberspace near and far, but became overwhelmed with scattered, incomplete and sometimes, unattractive sources of inspiration and information. I knew there had to be a better way to learn about digital scrapbooking, a way that would fit into a modern woman’s life and appeal to her 21st century tastes for quick-access and cleanly-designed information.
I knew that if I was struggling to bring simplicity to my creativity life and find balance with my work and family time, that others likely did too. That if it was hard for me to figure out “the best” or even “the good enough” system to organize a growing digiscrap collection, that it was probably just as challenging for other women (and men) like me.
I’ve never claimed to be a hot-shot expert on everything, but I am pretty handy at pinning down those who are. I try to find the best information out there and add to it. When I write a Simple Scrapper post, sometimes I’m teaching myself as I go along. When I put together a list of tips, I cull to what makes sense and what is actionable. I want you to leave Simple Scrapper every day feeling like you have deepened your knowledge, discovered creative ideas, found a great new way to do something or felt motivated to bring more simplicity into your life.
We’re on this journey together and I can’t wait to build the future of Simple Scrapper with you.
Nice to meet you Jennifer! I stumbled upon your blog several weeks ago and enjoy reading it very much. You provide great information and useful sites that I may never have known about otherwise. Thanks!!
Thanks for sharing a little more about you. I love this blog! Keep up the great work!
Your welcome ladies – I love helping you find more time for scrapping, photography and making those memories!
Thanks for sharing a little about your life and yourself! I just recently found your blog (more like bumped into it) and I am enjoying reading your posts… Thanks for the opportunity of getting to know you a little better!
nice to read about you 🙂 You do a great job with this blog!
It is wonderful to learn more about you!!!! I must admit, you’re a very resourceful gal and we all benefit from it!!!
I am a HUGE fan of your site, and I’d say, even your biggest fan!!! (self-proclaimed, of course!)
I love receiving your posts everyday!!! Keep ’em coming and thank you for your wonderful insight, bright ideas and keen sense of what your readers want!!!!
Thanks for telling us about yourself! I’m sure this is just one page of the story. I really appreciate your site and all the work you put into it. Thank you so much!
You know what Jennifer? I was drawn to the concept of this blog the first time I stumbled upon it. It just screams this is the blog for my daily reads. I love how you keep the discussions simple yet interesting. Congratulations for a job well done, and I hope Simple Scrapper will become more and more successfull in the future!
Hello there, Jennifer! It’s so nice to know you more. I have been a struggling digiscrapper and I do believe that simplicity will make my life less complicated. Thanks to your ideas and more, I know that soon, I would be able to be come up with pages that speak to me and to my loved ones, who are the very reason why I scrap.
So from the Philippines, Mabuhay ka, Jennifer! (That’s Long Live, Jennifer!) 🙂
Whew – you guys overwhelm me! I wasn’t asking for praise here – but I sure do appreciate it! =)
Great post – enjoyed it, thoroughly!
Yay! It was fun to read about you! I only recently discovered your gem of a site and I love what you are doing! I love how you really keep things simple and easy to understand and get through! Plus, you are an amazing scrapper!!!! Thanks for all of your hard work!