The One with Answers

Sunday, December 18, 2011

You had questions, now I have answers!

Isha said: Where do you find your inspiration to create such beautiful cards and layouts?
Since I work at Scrapbook Trends magazine I'm blessed to be able to view hundreds, if not thousands of layouts on a monthly basis. I am inspired by so many people! If there is a layout I particularly love I'll save it in my "inspiration" folder and then when I'm about to scrap I'll print off those image and look at them while I'm creating and use bits and pieces from my favorites. Lately I've also found lots of fun patterns and techniques on Pinterest. And, last but not least, I subscribe to hundreds of fellow crafter's blogs and love getting my daily dose of inspiration from them!

Holly F. said: Miss Paige, I have always wondered what Chris thinks of all your craftiness. Is he tolerant, enthusiastically supportive, or a mix of both?
Chris has known from day one that I'm a crafty gal and has been completely and 100% enthusiastically supportive ever since. He's also an artist so he knows what it's like to make something from nothing and the feeling of accomplishment that goes along with it. He's my #1 fan :)

Melu103 said: Have you been outside the USA? If so, where?
I went to Canada once (or twice?) when I was a teenager with my family. I don't remember much about it... Then I did a study abroad to London when I was 20 and also got to travel to France, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Germany during that time.
Most recently we went on a cruise to Mexico. There are lots of other places we'd love to travel to someday, particularly Italy!

Camille said: How did you guys decide on the name Fox? (because I LOVE it)
Once upon a time there was a show called the X-Files and every Sunday night the entire fam would gather 'round the TV to watch it. That was when I first heard the name Fox - as in Fox Mulder.
I fell in love with the name and vowed that someday I'd have a son named Fox. 10 years later my wish came true!

Danielle said (PS - send me a link to your blog!): I was just curious if you will ever be teaching a book binding workshop in Utah?
We don't make it out to Utah very often (much to my chagrin!) - hopefully the next time will be in March for an annual bookbinding conference I attend with my grandpa. If enough interest is generated I'd love to teach one then!

Carolyn (my dear sweet mother) said: What do you love most about your mother? :)
Everything! Now that I'm a mother, I appreciate your role infinitely more. I love how you raised me and everything you taught me and I love all the traditions we share and the memories we've made and I love your personality and how I can talk to you about anything and our daily chats and on and on.
Here's another question: When are you going to have another baby? :)
All in good time Malm! How's that for vague? :)

Erin K said: Does being fantastically crafty pay OK?
I think so. It's just a matter of finding your niche and then getting noticed for what you do through blogger or facebook or twitter. All my jobs revolve around scrapbooking, which I love, so I'm so lucky to be able to get paid to do what I love! One of my favorite quotes growing up was "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." I like to think I'm living that to the fullest!

Eliz Gardner said: I am wondering if you are a member of CHA and/or if you have had any fun experiences at any of the shows?
I've gone to the winter show in Anaheim or Los Angeles every year for the past four years either through American Crafts or Scrapbook Trends. The show in 2009 was definitely the most memorable cuz I was literally face-to-face with Paris Hilton.
She's on the left and I'm in the front row in the yellow on the right.
That's also when I met my fabulous friend Reyanna Klein :)

Tanya said: I know how much you love movies. What is your all time favorite movie?!
I actually have a blog post dedicated to just this! My all-time favorite movie is Elizabethtown.
There's not really a big plot line - it's mostly a series of sweet moments, each capped with the right song at the right time. The music is a really big part of my attraction to this movie. It's so different from anything I listen to on a regular basis - it's sort of folk/small town/country music. Also, the chemistry between Orlando Bloom (Drew Baylor from Oregon) and Kirsten Dunst (Claire Colburn from "Loo-uh-vul" Kentucky) particularly draws me in. I think part of me wants to live the "small town" life where everyone knows everyone, houses have picket fences and wrap-around porches, and you can hear crickets and see the stars at night. There's a lot of that stuff in this movie which is another reason I love it. There are also some really great quotes in the movie, such as: "If it wasn't this, it'd be something else." So true. This movie definitely doesn't appeal to everyone - I've recommended it to friends and family who watched it and weren't impressed. I guess I hyped it up too much. If you do decide to see it, make sure you can watch it all the way through with no distractions and in a quiet place where you can really get into the music.

Sandee said: I want to know how Joey is doing after his encounter the other day, and did those people ever apologize or anything?
That's so sweet of you to remember and ask! Joey is doing great. He's still a little sensitive when we touch him where he was bitten, but I'm sure in time that will pass. I haven't seen those people since, though I'm always on the lookout. It was right around Thanksgiving and I'd never seen them before so I'm thinking they were just visiting? I remember they called their dog Charlie though so if I ever see them again or a dog that looks similar I can ask if its name is Charlie and then let them have it!

Mdegraeve said: What made you decide to title your blogs with "the one with"?
We're big FRIENDS fans.
All of their episodes start with "The One with" or "The One when". In addition to naming our pets after FRIENDS characters (Joey the dog, Rachel the cat, Chandler the rabbit, Alice the finch (her mate was Frank Jr.), all of my blog posts start like that just to show my dedication to the best show ever!

Lauren (if you have a blog let me know and I'll link you up!) said: 1. Do you ever get to scrap 'just for you'? Messy. Simple. Whatever. Put it in a book and done. No scanning or photographs. Just for you.
Eh, not really. I'd like to think that I am scrapbooking for myself whenever I'm doing assignments though because I'm using pictures that I want to scrap and that's what it's all about - preserving my memorable pictures.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10?
In five years we'll be towards the end of our 4 year commitment to the Army. Who knows where that will be! We'll find out next December. We're hoping for Germany or somewhere abroad. In 10 years we'd like to be settled in Texas. Or Washington. Or Colorado. Somewhere more towards the west coast just to be closer to family.
3. If money were not necessary, what is the one thing you would purchase for yourself? What would you do? What places would you visit? To whom/what org would you give?
That's lots of questions in a single question! I guess I'd buy a big fat diamond ring? Or a ginormous house? Or a nice car? We'd travel all over and document our adventures. And I'd donate to animal shelters :)

Rachel said: always read your blog and think you look so much like Anne Hathaway! Do people tell you this in real life? 
I've never been told that I look like Anne Hathaway! Back in high school I used to get told I looked like Julia Roberts. Must just be the brown hair and brown eyes. 
Also, how many kids would you all like to have?
4 or 5.

Louella said: I have been thinking of bucket lists at the moment - so what's on your bucket list??
I have a 27 before 27 list that we're slowly ticking things off of! Here's the link to it:

Luke and Court said: I'm into shampoo... what kind do you like? Do you use professional stuff or stuff from the grocery store?
I guess I'm boring and just go for whatever's cheapest at Costco! We switch it out every time (since the bottles are so big they last like 8 months) but it's never anything fancy.

Reyanna Klein said: I *totally* was going to ask you the baby question the other day. Because Fox is almost 15 months old... meaning, if you got pregnant next month, they would be two years apart. Just sayin... ;-) 
People people people. We'll have more kids when we're good and ready!!! :)

Melissa said: Remember when we had you and Chris over for dinner a million years ago. What did you think of us? We didn't really know one another and sometimes I just think I'm a big awkward goober. I've always wondered what you thought about that night. Is that strange? You can be honest, no tears will be shed :)
You're so funny Melissa. We totally didn't think you were goobers. We're the goobers for not returning the favor and having you over for dinner! We thought your apartment was cute and the food was delicious and we loved learning more about how you two met and getting to know you better! I'm so glad you did invite us over and that you have a blog so I can keep up with your fascinating life!

Bethany said: I want to know why you think a cursive Q looks like a 2.
Award for the most random question goes to Bethany :) And I have no idea how to answer it!!

Natt Smith said: What do you usually do when you have creative block? 
I get creative blocks every month. Right around the time of my monthly gift. TMI? Sorry. It must be the hormones or something but I always feel sooooo uncreative during that week! The best piece of advice I received recently which has really helped me whenever I'm feeling unmotivated or don't want to do something that needs to get done is this: do whatever it is you're dreading for 10 minutes and that's all the time it usually takes to "get into" it. Try it for 10 minutes. Works like a charm!
Who inspires you? 
Soooo many people. Right now I'm loving what I'm seeing from my fellow AC and Hambly gal Corrie Jones. Just look at my loooong list of "Scrapbookers" links and that's who I admire. And then some :)
How many scrapbook layouts do you have ? 
All my scrapbooks are in Fox's room and he's sleeping right now or else I'd actually count. I'm thinking hundreds though... I've been scrapping for 10 years now so I've built quite the collection!

Jennifer Sanborn said: Who's your favorite Disney character?
Oh this one's easy! Belle from Beauty and the Beast!
Why? Because the gal who plays the voice of her in the movies is named Paige. And she has brown hair and brown eyes just like me!

Meredith said: Since Joey was your baby before Fox, how did that adjustment go for Joey?
Joey was interested in Fox for like a half second and then he went and did his own thing. Now that Fox is older and walking they interact more and are best buddies. Shiba Inus are not known for being great with kids but when Joey was only 6 weeks old we started taking him to obedience classes and have always had him around people and other dogs which has shaped him into the gentle creature that he is today.

Tiffany! (if you have a blog let me know and I'll link you up!) said: What hair product do you use? Do you use a diffuser? Or are you blessed with gorgeous curls that just naturally air dry like that?
I never really paid much mind to my hair as a child. My mom would braid it once in awhile but other than that it just always hung there, straight as an arrow. When I hit puberty at 13 and actually started caring about my looks my hair went and got curly on me! (Same exact thing happened to my dad - his hair got curly at 13!) It took an entire year and like 365 days of ponytails to figure out what to do with it. Now my routine is always the same. I wash it and then lather gel (DEP brand strength 8) into it when it's wet then I let it air dry. Once in a blue moon I'll straighten it with a ceramic flat iron, but it takes forever and a day so I have to have lots of time on my hands. Which is rare. 9 out of 10 days I still wear it in a ponytail. I wish I knew how to do fun and creative things with my hair!

Joanne said: So I'm just wondering, what's your favorite layout of all time because you have so many awesome layouts.
My favorite layout is always changing as my style changes and new product is introduced. Once I create layouts I clip six of them up at a time on the wall and admire them for a few weeks until they're replaced with new layouts or I send them out for publication.

Savannah O'Gwynn said: I just want to know how you do it all? 
I've always been super organized - I lined up all the pots and pans and utensils in the kitchen when I was just a wee baby. And I've always been super self motivated. I think those things combined helps me accomplish everything that I need to all in a day's work. Chris is so helpful and understanding of me and my jobs and watches Fox as soon as he gets home from school and all weekend. And he does all the cooking... During Fox's naps and after he goes to bed at 7 is when I get most things done. I make time to do things that I want and prioritize. I use Google Calendar and make lists for EVERYTHING. I get tons of satisfaction from crossing things off my list.
And I actually thought of this question last night while watching Toddlers and Tiaras (I know I know... I shouldn't watch that show - teaches the kids bad things) and thought, "I wonder if Paige would ever put Fox in a pageant show... he would totally win!"
After I saw this comment I googled "baby modeling in LA" and found dozens of websites. But that's just another "thing" that I can't take on right now, haha. If we're ever approached by a talent agent or something, heck yeah we're all for it, but making it happen ourselves isn't in our cards right now. I'm sure he'll be flattered someday by this :)

Lynley Jill said: So here's my question... I was on an in house design team for years at a well known company but we never got our names put on any of our work :( With years of experience but no name to show for it I can't seem to have any success getting published on my own. What tips do you have for being a successful/published stay at home scrapbooker? 
That's so sad that your name wasn't attached to your work! That's half the fun of it! My tips for getting published: use great quality pictures, not blurry or dark ones but very professional and bright ones. Use current product. Take really good photos or scans of your layout. Submit submit submit! The more you submit, the more familiar your work becomes. Look at what's being published now - does your style match what's "in"? Try scraplifting a few of the layouts in recent magazines and see if you can incorporate the latest trends into your style.

Heather Leopard said: So this is The One with Would You Rather... Sky dive or scuba dive?
Scuba dive for sure. Just thinking about skydiving makes me have vertigo. 
Go mutton bustin' or ride a bucking bronco? 
Mutton bustin' cuz that sounds less painful than riding a bucking bronco. 
Eat live scorpions or live roaches?
I'm not even gonna answer this one! Ewwww!!!

Nicole Martel said: How did you meet Chris? High school sweethearts?
I've blogged about this many-a-time cuz it's a story I love to tell :) Click on that link to read the entire story. But basically, in a nutshell, we met in 2006 when we were 18 as freshman in college in an art history class. Turns out we lived right across the street from each other. So convenient! We dated for 9 months, then he went on a mission to the Philippines for 2 years, he got back July 2006, we got engaged November 2006, and were married in May 2007. There's a lot more funny details in the long version though!

Heather said: How did you learn Morse Code?
I've actually blogged about this too - one of my very first posts! In high school we all had to do lengthy, extensive, ambitious senior projects. My dad suggest I get my ham radio license and I didn't have anything better in mind so that's what I did!
The 2nd best license (which was my goal for my senior project) required learning Morse Code. There were some simple programs available on the internet which helped me learn. My dad knows Morse Code so well it's scary so we'd pass notes back and forth in church all in Morse Code to help me practice before the test.


  1. ha, loved this post! but WHY would you ever want to live in texas?!!!??

  2. thank you for answering my question :)you should visit Argentina when you get a chance . You will love it :)

    i had fun getting to know you better~

    Melina ♥

  3. such a fun post!

    but really can you let me know when you are thinking about number two... we are just waiting for you ;)

  4. I'd have to say Elizabethtown is one of my favorite movies too. I think I have to make a 20 before 20 list... Love this post!

  5. This is so interesting - really gettingt to know you

  6. That was a cool ....get to know you visit! :-) Merry Christmas to you and your family Paige!!!

  7. This was awesome reading all your answers to the many questions and getting to know you a little better!! I think you should share some of your early scrapbooking pages....I would love to see what you created!!

  8. Thanks for answering my question! That is such a cool and unique skill. It was really fun reading the other Qs and As. Also, I have always thought cursive Qs look like 2s, too. And I also think that Fox could win a cute baby contest. Just sayin' :)

  9. I have a confession: I rarely and I mean RARELY ever read an entire blog post. Any blog post by any blogger, I don't discriminate :) But I read every word of this one. Loved it!

    And we'd welcome yall to Texas!

  10. wow, that was a lot of questions! You are such a nice person sitting down and answering everyone's questions, some of which i had wondered about but didn't think to ask ( which was why your blog is "The one with...", now I know, lol ) I'm so glad Joey is doing better, and I hope those people were just visiting and don't live near by!

  11. Very cool potst. I am loving the questions and answers. How fun!

  12. This was WICKED fun to read! And hey, if you wait a *little* bit longer to have your second child, we could be pregnant together! ;-)

    p.s. Thanks for the mention while talking about Paris Hilton. That was a crazy day. But it was hot. ;-)

  13. And umm... Tanya... Though Texas *is* disgusting (hee hee hee... says the girl who lives in TX), Austin is AWESOME! Seriously. You would LOVE it here. Just sayin. Austin is not Texas... it's way too cool to be Texas. ;-)

    And the weather here is amazing. :-)

    That is all. :-D

  14. Just catching up on blogs!! So fun to read your answers!! GREAT post!

  15. And oh... you should totally do Canada again with the family. We are NOT that far ;)

  16. Superb post Paige. Its great to know you more:)

  17. LOVED this post Paige!! We're on a big XFiles kick at our house right now - re-watching all of them :-) SO fun! LOVE the name Fox!!!!
    Elizabethtown is one of my very favourite movies too - one of the best movie soundtracks EVER!

  18. What a fun post!! I love that you answered all our questions! Very cool. Thanks for your response and for your tips! I'm excited to put them into practice:) Thanks again!!

  19. Well, that was super fun reading through the questions and answers! My computer has been on the fritz so I haven't had much blog reading time lately . . . this was the perfect post to read to catch up :)

    Merry Christmas!

  20. I feel like we're best buddies now! :) I would so make a 26 before 26, but I'll be 26 in like 2 weeks. hmm...

  21. just getting caught up with reading emails after the holidays...i love the movie elizabethtown too! and i literally only live right down the interstate from etown...prolly a 20 minute drive :)

  22. Wow! What a nice collection of Drake equipment. I am really fond of the 2-C and 2-NT. Best 73's and 88's and great DX! Dave, K7NL


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