As a member of the Simple Scrapper site, I thought it would be great to interview Jennifer Wilson, the creative mind behind all of the scrapping magic. If you haven’t heard about Simple Scrapper, you need to check it out! Jennifer has an amazing blog, an engaging Book Club and several workshops throughout the year to help you stay organized and productive. If you choose to become a member of Simple Scrapper, there are monthly chats and special events as well. Now, let’s meet Jennifer!
Simple Scrapper began as a blog, but I was brainstorming business plans from day one. In 2009 I made my first $1,000 and I’ve patiently worked up to a full-time income from the business, the bulk of which comes from our membership.
I also really enjoy the outreach work I do to help rural communities with their drinking water, so that gets my focus two days a week. I’ve always felt more balanced having one foot in the humanities and the other in science.
2) What was the impetus behind starting your website/membership, Simple Scrapper?
I was a new scrapbooker when I started the site in 2008. It began as a place to document my own journey to discover what memory keeping could look like in the modern era. I wanted to simultaneously figure out what formats fit our busy lives and identify ways to slow down and not be so busy.
3) What’s been your greatest accomplishment – personal and/or professional?
I’m really proud that I’ve created a life that’s both flexible and fulfilling, where I get to wear many hats and don’t have the added pressure of a long commute. Most days I get to walk my daughter home from school and when I do work on campus it takes less than 10 minutes each way.
I really believe that Project Life and pocket pages stopped a lot of scrapbookers from giving up. While there are a lot of ways to simplify the format of a project, pockets were definitely a “right place, right time” solution.
What makes me sad though is the challenges I see in photo management. We take exponentially more photos, but the research shows we are printing just a fraction. I’d love to see more emphasize on being a steward of your digital legacy and I try to do my part with Photo Crush.
6) Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
I’m a homebody and I love to spend quiet evenings reading or watching TV with my husband. I’ll also never turn down a dinner out.
7) Describe your creative process. Do you start with photos or paper and embellishments?
Most often I begin with photos and an idea for the page’s composition. Then I select card stock, patterned paper, and finally embellishments.
8) Who are your favorite designers as sources of inspiration?
I soak up inspiration from everywhere, but don’t really follow anyone closely or collect it. It may sound kind of “woo-woo”, but I’ve always believed that ideas will either be remembered or they’ll cross your path again at the right time.