Here are my answers to the questions about scrapbooking, cameras and photos:
1) What kind of camera do you have?
I have a Canon 30D. While I love it, a camera is only as good as the person behind the lens. I really need to learn how to use it better. It's rather large, so in hindsight I wish I would have gotten the Canon Rebel. The Rebel is a great SLR but isn't as bulky (who knew when I purchased the 30D that I'd be carrying around 2 kids and a diaper bag?). I've bought 2 cameras off Craig's List. Both were fantastic purchases that I have been very happy with.
2) What kind of digital photography software do you use?
I use Creative Memories Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator Plus. I love love love both programs and can't say enough good things about them. If you are filling out your Christmas Wish List, I suggest either of those programs. You can organize, edit and view photos using Memory Manager and you can do all kinds of fun creative things with StoryBook (create digital albums, create digital layouts, make invitations, cards, etc).
3) How many Creative Memories albums have you made? How long have you been making the albums?
I'm not sure how many albums I have made. More than 10, less than 20. I was introduced to Creative Memories by my mother-in-law in the early 90s when I started dating Ryan. My first album is about our dating years. I must admit I have a bad habit of starting albums, but not fully completing them. Looking back, I am so glad that I took pictures in my single years, dating years and early married years. Those photos are priceless to me. Today I scrapbook both traditionally and digitally. I love telling my story both ways.
Side note: I actually worked at Creative Memories for 4 years as a copywriter...it was my dream job and I loved it. I quit to start writing as a freelancer from home.
4) Is scrapbooking one of your hobbies?
I don't know that I would say that scrapbooking is one of my hobbies. It is more of a passion. I don't care whether the books are called scrapbooks, memory books, photo albums, picture books, storybooks, whatever. I think it's invaluable to take photos, print them and make them available to enjoy and celebrate. Albums are simply ways that we tell our stories...with pictures and words. In a way this blog is like a digital album for me.
5) Did you ever make a faith album or an album about your journey to motherhood?
I have not made an album about my journey to motherhood but I think that is a wonderful idea that I will consider doing in the future. I made an album the year I turned 30 and I called it my Blessing Book. I felt so thankful to God for the many blessings in my life that I wanted to chronicle all of them. I created a 2-page layout for each role in my life starting with "The Blessing of being a Woman." I also included Wife, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Friend, Woman of Faith, Writer, American. This is what I would consider my faith album. It is definitely among my favorite albums!
I am also working on an album that I affectionately call "The 7 year itch." I took pictures every day for one month in March 2008 - the month of our 7 year anniversary. I love this album! It shows where we lived, who we hung out with, where we worked, and how we spent our free time. It will be so fun to show this to Samuel and Lauren some day. And I am very thankful I created it when I did, because 7 months later our lives were drastically changed forever!