I am Syrena of "Syrena's Scrap Art, I am a wife, a mom, and a grandmom, I have been married to my best friend for 32 years, we have two amazing sons and two adorable grandsons. I grew up in Colorado and thanks to the United States Air Force raised my kids in Nebraska. My hubby and I now live in Florida enjoying the weather and all the amazing beauty of this little corner of the world.
Scrapbooking started for me a long time ago. In high school I used sketch books to put my pictures in and write about life and keep the memories. Then later when I started a family it was putting all my kids precious moments into photo albums. One day I walked into my first scrapbook store and the rest was history. I was in heaven with all the papers and pretty things to make memory books. I started creating and selling premade pages, custom pages and albums in 2005.
Another passion of mine is the digital world. I am an 3d Artist/Animator/Visual Effect Artist. In 2010 was privileged to work as an animator on a feature film and receive a nomination for a VES Award and walk the red carpet in Hollywood! The best part of the red carpet was while I was getting my picture taken at one end of the carpet, Stan Lee was being interviewed on the other end, so technically I was on the red carpet with Stan Lee! (total geek moment) I have also worked on other projects acquiring voice actors and producing independent films.
My favorite part of the digital world is creating beautiful images. Choosing colors and elements and making them all come together to create a beautiful and memorable image.
When I am not creating you can find me walking along a beach, playing with my puppies, Molly a Lhasa Apso and Maggie a Shi tzu, visiting my grandkids or spending time with Mickey Mouse and my hubby!
My name is Lisa Rosa, I'm a 36 year old Brazilian girl, married and proud mother of two young ladies, ages 14 and 19. I live with my hubby and my 8 lovely cats in a small town in Espírito Santo.
When I’m not designing, I like to sew, read, and watch movies and shows... and spend time with my family and friends! I know it’s cliché, but I just love spending time with all of them: my daughters, my hubby, my mom and stepfather, my brother and sister, my aunt and cousins, all of my friends. My oldest daughter is now living in Netherlands, with my sister and brother in law, and I greatly enjoy catching up with her on Skype! I also love just sitting outside with my cats, playing and snuggling.
I started on digital scrapping about nine years ago. I went to visit a girl friend who was sick at home. She was on her computer creating a very cute tag. I was fascinated by this and she introduced me to a group of tag classes. It was my first step into this amazing digi world! I learned a lot in these tag class groups and soon after started digital scrapbooking. But I started designing only two years ago... or almost.
I always thought of designing my own kits, but could never find the time to learn about it. Then, on November 2012, my husband and I found out he had cancer (he had a surgery in December 2012 and is fine now!) I left my job to take care of him, and started working at home as an independent programmer. Between one code and another, when I felt I was going crazy and my brain was about to fail, I found time to study about the process of creating a scrapbook kit. Once I created my first one, I couldn’t stop…I had found my passion.
I love putting together a kit, element after element, paper after paper, and seeing what I had in mind becoming real. When I see this kit I have made being used by people to document their lives and preserve their most precious memories… I don’t have the words to describe how that makes me feel.
My inspiration comes from the most random things: events in my own or my families and friends lives, music or a movie, a magazine ad, an overheard conversation, the color of a shirt, a dream, or things I hope to do. Anything that catches my attention or warms my heart can become my inspiration.
When designing, I use Illustrator and Photoshop CS6. But besides digital scrapbooking design, I also work with web design, mainly with dynamic pages programming, therefore Dreamweaver is another tool I can't live without.
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I'd like to come up with a great story for you about my most embarrassing moment - and the best I can come up with is forgetting one of my best friend's names when I went to introduce her at a party back when I was a teenager. Either my memory is poor or selective on such matters or perhaps it is that my sense of humor stops most gaffs from becoming embarrassing since I laugh right along with everyone else at myself. I definitely like people. Somewhat extroverted but I think it is really to cover deep down shyness. My life is so dang normal that I'm never sure what to talk to people about. Would they like to know the digital designer aspect of me and what it is like to do my work or would they rather I give them a 15 minute recital of physical accidents and injuries that have put the extra padding on my butt over the last 10 years. I have designed for over 8 years now and I do love what I do. I come from an artistic family so choosing an artistic career comes natural to me. Having gone to a graphic design school it was easy for me to switch from digital scrapbooking to digital designing and I did so within about 4 months of going digital in my scrapbooks. I do my most of my work with photoshop on a laptop PC but must switch to my desktop and a special monitor that I can draw directly on for my doodling.
Here's some oddball or interesting aspects to my life.... one family member missed coming over to America on the Titanic because of a fire in their village just before their trip was to take place. I have a family member who is currently having a reality tv show filmed about them. One of the group I used to go scuba diving with was bit by a shark - but lived to tell the tale. While living in Paris with my limited French I once asked a butcher to NOT give me the guts of the chicken - he didn't understand and came out with his hands full of hearts, livers and more. I asked another butcher to cut off the chicken's head for me - he took a hatchet - attacked the whole chicken - and I got to spend 30 minutes having to pull bone fragments out of my chicken pieces before I could cook it! One restaurant we liked to eat at in Paris had a hole in the ground with painted footprints on either side of it for a bathroom. Ummmm.... I waited until I got home. In his 80's my father learned photoshop and combined photographic talent and photoshop work to create pieces which he sold in shows in order to donate thousands of dollars to Make-a-Wish - how cool is that! At one point I owned nine pairs of cowboy boots. I once ditched my husband and friends at Disneyland because I couldn't handle the crowds. I once ditched my husband in the Hockey Hall of Fame because I couldn't handle the crowds. I don't do crowds very well. I like the sound of tv and talking over the sound of music. I love the movie The Ten Commandments - but I also love all the original Planet of the Apes movies.
I am kind (usually!!!), quirky and eclectic and tend to be a mediator personality. My husband jokingly calls me Martha Stewart. My cooking does not earn that title because I just can't stick to a recipe. My cleaning doesn't really earn it either. Although my house does always look nice. I love reading great stories. I think I live my life by the phrase "If you give a mouse a cookie...." Okay, you've had your taste of me - signing off. Enjoy the sale in my store today.