Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Highlight - Wendi Lucchesi
I am pleased to introduce you all to Wendi Lucchesi! Wendi's layouts catch our eye in the class gallery all the time. She is very talented. It's always so fun to learn more about our scrappy friends - and boy did I learn something new about Wendi!!!
How and when did you first start scrapbooking?
My sister-in-law invited me to a Creative Memories home party in September of 1998. At the time, my first-born was ten months old. Since then I have been keeping his photos in a Hallmark magnetic album. After the Creative Memories Consultant’s presentation, I knew I had to get those precious photos in a safe place. My husband happened to work with a fellow whose wife was a Creative Memories consultant. She called me and I starting attending her crop nights while my husband stayed with the baby. I’ve been scrapping ever since!
What is the most important aspect to scrapbooking to you?
The most important aspect to scrapbooking for me is being able to get those precious memories recorded. When your life passes one a day at a time, it very easy to recall the details. However, when life passes year-to-year, it much harder to remember the details of those special moments. I love being a mother. My scrapbooks are the vehicles that take me back through the years of my children’s lives.
What are your favorite pages to work on?
I enjoy working on holiday related photos and photos of my puppy. It’s easy to pull papers and embellishments together when your theme has already been decided.
What if anything do you find hard to scrap?
I find vacation photos the most tedious to scrap! I take so many photos – usually over a 1000 for a one-week vacation. I feel so emotionally attached to the photos that it is excruciatingly painful to pare the number down. I often employ my husband’s help to narrow the photos to a manageable amount.
What kind of camera do you use? Do you love it or hate it?
I have a digital Canon Rebel Xt along with several different lenses. I love it! Sometimes I wish had more compact camera that I could keep in my purse for those random photo opportunities.
What do you enjoy most about scrapbooking?
I most enjoy the relaxation that scrapbooking provides for me. It’s time for me to spend alone in my own thoughts. I like working with my hands. I also am grateful for the friendships I have made working with others that enjoy scrapbooking and cardmaking.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Mark and I have been married for fourteen years. We have two sons. Nicholas is eleven and has just started middle school. Christopher is nine and is in the fourth grade. We also have a wonderful three-year-old Shih Tzu puppy that we are all crazy about. We live in suburban St. Louis. We were both born and raised in St. Louis. All of our parents and siblings still live here so family surrounds us. For that, I am grateful.
Tell us about the things outside of scrapbooking that you enjoy.
Scrapbooking would be my hobby of choice. I also like to make cards, quilt, and needlepoint – all things that I can do with my hands! I belong to a book club and enjoy volunteering at my children’s school and our church.
Tell us something about yourself that your Feeling Scrappy friends do not know.
Probably some things that my Feeling Scrappy friends do not know about me are that I own a Jazzercise Franchise and I teach six classes a week. I play the piano. As a young girl, I appeared in a Romper Room taping. Loved those romper stompers! I am also the #1 Kurt Warner fan!
Here are two of Wendi's favorite layouts: