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Lynn Ghahary

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My name is Lynn Ghahary and I live in New Jersey with my husband and high school sweetheart Salar and our two wild and crazy boys, Darian and Brandon.  I was first introduced to the wonderful world of scrapbooking way back in 2000.  As a young girl I had always loved to be artsy and creative so this hobby was right up my alley and I was hooked immediately! I took a break from scrapbooking in 2004 when my first son was born and didn't really come back to the hobby until 2008.  Now that I'm back I am here to stay and have been completely in awe at how far this amazing craft has come since we first "met" over 11 years ago.  Scrapbooking is my creative outlet - it lets me get in touch with who I am all while preserving our most cherished family photos and memories.

Not only do I love to scrapbook, but I enjoy creating paper crafts of all kinds including cards, mini albums, and altered projects.  When I'm not playing with paper and glue you can often find me tending to the flowers in my yard, engrossed in a really good book (murder mysteries are my favorite!), or snapping photos of anything and everything that catches my eye.  I am also a self-professed reality TV show junkie and organzing diva.

What does a regular day in the life of Lynn look like?

A typical day for me starts bright and early around 6:30am (a bit later if I hit the snooze button a few times!  LOL).  I spend the first few hours of the morning making breakfast for my two boys as well as packing lunches and snacks for school, making sure all of the furry animals have been fed (we have 2 cats and 1 dog), getting my boys washed and dressed for school, and grabbing a shower for myself.  I head out the door at 8:30am to drop my boys off at school, make a quick run to the local bagel shop (the gal behind the counter always has my bagel and coffee waiting for me), and back home by 9:15am to catch up on emails, Facebook, Pinterest, etc (you know - the necessities! LOL) while I enjoy my breakfast.  I spend the next few hours in my scrapbook studio working on various projects and assignments.  Being able to "work" from home is fabulous but I also like to give myself a bit of a routine so I typically spend about 3 hours in my studio and then break for lunch around 12:30pm.  The rest of the afternoon is spent doing house chores, running errands, etc.  My boys arrive home from school at 3:45pm and then it's usually a whirlwind of homework, studying, sports practices (right now we're in the midst of wrestling season for both my boys), playdates, etc.  On those nights my boys don't have practice we will have dinner together as a family and then spend the evening watching some TV, playing Wii, having a "movie" night complete with popcorn and candy, etc.  My boys head to bed around 8:30pm and then I will often veg out my hubby for a bit to catch up on the day.  By 10pm we both head to our "offices" (he has a home office and I have my scrapbook studio) to finish up our work for the day.  I always love to read at night so I make sure to leave a good 30 minutes to an hour for myself to snuggle up in bed with my book.  Lights out for me is typically 11- 11:30pm (I like my sleep!  LOL) and then I hit rewind and start all over again the next morning.  :) 

Where is your creative space in your home?

I am very lucky to have my own scrapbook studio in my home.  It is the "bonus room" off of our master bedroom.  It is a good sized space and has a large picture window at the far end that lets in lots of natural light.  I have a large project table in the middle of my room (I'm a stand up scrapper) and have set up "stations" around my room for various tasks.  I have an L shaped desk that houses my computer, printer, and digital die cutting machine.  I have another desk that holds my sewing machine as well as lots of my stamp supplies.  On the wall behind my project table I have lots and lots of modular storage units that hold all of my supplies.  I love having these right behind me when I work so I can literally just turn around, grab what I need, and go back to my project on my table.   It's a great set up and works really well for the way I work.

What are your absolute “go to” items in your scrap space?

My "go to" items … definitely my Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife and my Basic Grey Precision Cutting Mat along with my clear EK Success ruler.  While I do own a paper trimmer I would say that I cut about 95% of my paper with my craft knife and ruler.  I am a bit neurotic about straight lines and precise measurements and I much prefer to measure and cut with a ruler when I am creating a layout.  You will also typically find lots of American Crafts adhesives on my table - especially their dimensional adhesive.  I am a foam adhesive junkie and pop up just about anything and everything on my projects. 

If you could pick a favourite colour combination what would it be?

I'm especially drawn to bright colors and right now I am loving orange and turquoise together with splashes of navy, gray, and maybe even some yellow and green - a very boyish color palette which is totally reflective of my two boys!  :)

Where do you find the most inspiration for your artwork?

Honestly I find inspiration everywhere!  I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration that I can somehow translate into a scrapbook layout or project.  I am a color junkie and am especially inspired by the colors that I see around me whether it is online, in magazines, or just out and about my everyday life.

What are your favourite 3 products right now?

Oh boy - only 3?!?  LOL!  I am in love with October Afternoon's Label and Word Stickers and use them any chance I get.  I am also a big fan of the Ali Edwards stamps by Technique Tuesday.  I belong to the Studio AE club and love receiving a new stamp set in the mail each month.  I have also become really addicted to Baker's Twine lately and seem to reach for it with everything I create.  I have collected quite a few colors and love adding some twine for that extra bit of detail. 

Show us one of your favourite layouts you’ve done lately.

 

 

I really love this layout that I created about my oldest son's recent (and rather unfortunate) rite of passage into the world of broken bones.  I just love the bright colors of the Boarding Pass collection from October Afternoon and was excited to use the themed patterns on a not very typical type of travel layout.   Thinking a bit outside the box like I did here in terms of subject matter really helps to stretch your themed products so that they can be used year round.

To see more of my crafty pursuits come visit my blog at http://lynnghahary.blogspot.com.

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