Hello, my name is Anam and I am so stoked to be here! I have been scrapbooking nearly 6 years now and enjoy it so much – it is my down time, creative space and personal therapist. Some of you might know me as ‘Kihaku’ around the internet (it means spirit and pronounce Ki-haa-Ku and is Japanese for Anam).
I am originally Irish, moved to the UK a billion years ago to be with Ian – my now hubby – and then 3 years ago we moved to Canada for Ian’s work (he’s a computer games artist). We have 2 little girls who are our blessing – both came after a long struggle with infertility so they are very precious to us. Fay is 5 ½ years old and about to enter grade 1 – She is a gentle soul but also can be frustrating. Lily is just over a year old and is the opposite of Fay – lily is loud and constantly moving – if anything just by personality Fay is Ian’s and Lily is mine except in the mornings – both Ian and lily are NOT morning people. Ian is very understanding with my paper obsession. We’ve been together 11 years now and he is my best friend – supportive and annoying in good measures but I love him totally.
When it comes to scrapbooking, I am all about the stories, the memories, the moments. I love bright colours, dimension and texture. I try to make the paper part of the emotions of the page – getting them to help tell the story so it’s a combined effort of photograph, title, journaling and the papers!
I have been a big My Mind’s Eye Fan since the early days of Wild Asparagus – I have a special box of My Minds Eye papers that one day I might use… maybe.. or maybe not. I love that all lines go together and all the details but mainly I adore the doublesided-ness (is that even a word – but it does explain it) and the heavy texture to the papers – yummy!
Uummmhhh…. I was asked to pick a few of my favourite MME products – that list is way long so I had to narrow it down to my top ten things:
10. Nightlight Paper "Cauldron Swirls"
09. Bohemian Transfer Titles Simply Perfect
08. Laundry Line’s Natural Glittered Alphabet
07. Boo to You Glittered Chipboard
06. Colorful Christmas Brads
05. The Spiders Web Paper "Scaredy Cats"
04. Breaking Free’s Sun Kissed collection (especially sweet)
03. Laundry Line’s Aspire Collection – any of it – its all yummy!
02. Bloom & Grow Paper “Bloom Vines”
01. Does everything from Abbey road count as a single choice?? If I was forced to pick just one or two – it would have to be the Whirly Bird "Shine" collection & Stomps "Watch Out" collection – I could happily scrapbook for ever with those two…
Some of my current favourite layouts are:
Best Buddies – using the Abbey Road Stomp collection and is about how Ian and Fay are equally obsessed when it comes to dinosaurs.
Hello World – using Abbey Road Lucky Me collection and is the first picture of Lily right after she was born.
Snow Imp – using “Colorful Christmas” collection and is Fay throwing snowballs!
Beauty – using “Ooh La La for her” collection – just because it rocked with this photo of Fay.
Morning Ritual – using “Ooh La La for him” collection – just because that paper rocks!!
1956 – using “Ooh La La for him” collection because it suited this vintage photo of my Mother in law so perfectly – who says manly paper cant be beautiful too?
And that’s me really except maybe to add that currently I have pink hair
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