Day |23 Breakfast on the porch with Brenda Smith

I would to introduce you all to my guest blogger today, welcome to an awesome lady Brenda Smith.
Please join me on the porch for breakfast and a lovely get to know you better chat.......

Good Morning everyone.  I am so excited to be guesting here today!  Head on up to the porch and chat with me!

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My name is Brenda.  I am currently residing in gorgeous Virginia, USA.  For the last 11 years I have been a SAHM to my 3 kids.  This year all of my babies are in school so I am job hunting. Until then my time is filled with housework, crafting, photography and exploring our state.

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Isn't it beautiful?  These photos are from all different locations within 10-15 minutes of my house.  I am so lucky.

Tea Coffee or Bubbly:
  I am definitely a coffee person.  Recently I learned to make cold brew at home.  My life is now coffee complete.

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Need I say more?  mmmm

Sweets or savoury:  
  hmmm  This is actually a hard one.  I love food.  Sometime I like to have something sweet and other times I want something savoury.  It really depends on the day.  Like today I am craving apples but yesterday it was cheese.  haha

How/When did you get involved in scrapbooking:
  In 2005 my first child started to make all these milestones that I really wanted to get down into memory.  At first I started with paper scrapping, just grabbing little bits of things from teh dollar store and an album from Walmart.  Then he hit 1.  He was into everything.  After he tried to eat the glue and paper for the "last" time I started to look for another way.  For quite a while I was digital scrapbooking and even designing digital scrapbook products.  For about 2 years now I have been back to paper scrapping and even a little hybrid scraps.  My kids are old enough not to touch my things or to scrap right along with me.  It is so much for fun this time around.


Impressionist Transfers |  Vinnie Pearce Design
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Cedar Lane | Pink Paislee
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What Design teams are you on:
  For the moment I am working for Pink Paislee, Paper Camellia, Gossamer Blue and am guesting for Citrus Twist.  Digitally(or hybrid) I design for Paislee Press, One Little Bird, Valorie Wibbens, Vinnie Pearce and The Lilypad.  It seems like a lot but I like to be busy.  I am sure it will slow down after I start working.

Favourite Products / Company:
  I love all the manus!  Seriously.  I don't think I have a favorite but I do love to work with anything Maggie Holmes, Pink Paislee and Crate Paper.  My favorite products are paper ephemera and pretty patterned papers.  I can create pretty much anything if I have those two things.

Photography equipment:
  I shoot most of my candid photos with my Iphone 5s and edit with Pic-Tap-Go and VSCOcam.  When I want to get better photos I use my Nikon d5100 with my 50mm and 35mm lenses.  Those photos are usually edited in photoshop with My Four Hens actions.

Do you have any hints or tips for taking good photos?:
  Basically just pay attention to angles and light.  Dramatic light from a lamp or window or back lighting/side lighting photos makes for some really fun and different images.  Take photos from all different angles.  I love taking photos from above my kids when they are playing.  Or getting down on their level to really see what they are doing.

Lamp light at 10:00 at night.  Shot with Nikon d5100 + 50mm lens
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Shot with Iphone 5s | edited in VSCOcam + Pictapgo
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my goals:
  I have really reached and gone well over the goals I had for this year.  I am working for some amazing people.  This year I was even able to add a design position to my scrap resume.  Paper Camellia has me designing cards and elements for their Everyday Life kits.  Ideally I would love to start creating full scrap kits and maybe posters/cards in the future.  For now I am just learning and soaking in all that I have.  I am so grateful.

Where can you be found on the web?

IG | FB | Blog | Pinterest | Twitter

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today.  I suppose I should get to cleaning something or prep for dinner.  Have an absolutely lovely day!!!

I have so enjoyed this wonderful time with you Brenda and thank you so much for joining me today on the blog.


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