Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Meet Lisa VanderVeen!

I'm so excited to have Lisa with us this month! Lisa's work is always so inspiring, from her smallest detail to her intricate titles. Let's all give Lisa a huge welcome this month! She's also picked out some fun things to giveaway...check out the bottom of the thread for details.

Meet Lisa:

My very full life encompasses many roles. During my years as a stay-at-home mom (2002 - 2007) I discovered my love of photography and scrapbooking. Having left Corporate America to stay home with my daughter and missing the challenges of my career, I became very interested in the professional side of scrapbooking. I was published during those years in many of the scrapbooking magazines, including Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks, Etc., Scrapbook Trends, Simple Scrapbooks, PaperKuts, Legacy and Memory Makers. I was honored to be named one of Memory Makers' Masters in 2006 and had a lot of fun working with the magazine and the wonderful women who were on the team with me.

In 2007, I went back to work as a Manager of Recruiting and Associate Development at a large, NY-based law firm. I am an attorney by training, but prefer hiring and training lawyers over being one :)

I love the challenge of my job and I have the best of all worlds, as I am able to work part-time and still pick my daughter up from school in the afternoons. This year, I have the privilege of being photo mom for her classroom, which means that I get to photograph every event - they think I'm doing them a favor... Little do they know that I am ecstatic at being allowed in the classroom for all those great photo opps!

I still scrapbook, although much less than I did previously. Currently, I enjoy working with Queen & Co. as a member of their design team, as well as working freelance for Me and My Big Ideas on projects for the Craft and Hobby Association trade shows.
I have the absolute privilege of living in Santa Monica, California with my husband, my daughter and my 17 year old cat, Al. I have lived in Michigan, Chicago, New Jersey and all over Los Angeles, but Santa Monica is my adopted "home" and I hope to never leave it again. Well, except maybe in the fall and winter months, to go find some seasons to photograph - I miss scrapping seasonal photos!

I love the beautiful designs and fabulous product on www.emmaspaperie.com and am delighted to be the guest designer this month. Thanks Cindy!

Lisa has picked out some fun things for her "Favorite Things Giveaway." Leave a comment on this thread for a chance to win them! Winner will be picked by a random number generator and announced on March 16th.

So Tweet Twees Pattern Paper by Pebbles Inc.
So Tweet Birdies Pattern Paper by Pebbles Inc.
So Tweet Chirp Pattern Paper by Pebbles Inc.
So Tweet Nesting Pattern Paper by Pebbles Inc.
So Tweet Cardstock Stickers by Pebbles Inc.
Felt Fusion Flower Doodle Pink 2.7" Scroll by Queen & Co.
Blue Rhinestone Buttons by Jenni Bowlin
Office Button Chipboard by Jenni Bowlin
Owls and Birds Kraft Cardstock Stickers by Hambly Screen Prints

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56 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to see your inspiration this month, Lisa! :)

katrynka said...

Wow, Lisa, it seems as if you never stop moving, with all the stuff you do! Thanks for a chance to win some cool stuff!

ms.cheryl said...

How interesting. Thanks for the giveaway lisa, it all looks wonderful. ms.cheryl

Jamie said...

You are one busy woman. I'm looking forward to seeing your designs. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies :)

Indigo Wings said...

Wow-- you have quite a life. Can't wait to see your inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy said...

I love all of these things. Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Erika M. said...

Wonderful to meet you Lisa. You and I seem to have busy lifestyles.

jen said...

Ooooohhh! I love all of the things you've chosen! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win them!!

Kathy W said...

Welcome Lisa! Can't wait to see your projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

jackiestamps4fun said...

I look forward to seeing your contributions! Thanks for the chance to win!

joey72 said...

I can't wait to see the great things Lisa comes up with. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
Jolene

julie.schellin said...

Your favorites look like a bunchof wonderful stuff - thanks for the chance to win.

KindredEsprit said...

Great interview! Thank you for sharing a bit about your career and homelife and creative life!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Welcome Lisa! Are you related by any chance to Sharon Vanderveen? Anyway, I know what you mean about living in So Cal and missing the changing seasons... I do, too... but at least we can travel not too far and find them elsewhere! Can't wait to see your designs.

Nancy J. said...

So enjoyed reading your background.It's so neat that you can still be home after school for your child. They grow up all too fast. And be a lawyer to boot! Wow that is awesome. So glad you still squeeze in time for scrapping. You really ARE amazing. NJ

Jennifer said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

cassielynn said...

Welcome Lisa! You sound like a delightful person. I am excited to see your designs!
Cassie

Jenn said...

So looking forward to what you do this month, Lisa! Your work is always such an inspiration.

Samantha said...

I enjoyed your bio, what a busy life you lead! Your LO is lovely and I look forward to seeing more!

Cyndi said...

So nice to meet you Lisa! I totally understand your need to seek out "seasons". Great choices from the site! Have fun :D

Kimmie said...

Hey Lisa, love your work! Congrats on the GDT spot

Michelle said...

Lisa, I love your selections! Cute stuff! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kelly said...

The products look wonderful- thank you for the giveaway. You are lucky to have the best of both worlds- working and being home part time. It is a balancing act that many of us are facing today. thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa and Penny said...

Some great picks, Lisa!!! Love em all! Lisa k in tx

Rosanne said...

A fun giveaway, can't wait to see your creations!

cscovel said...

I loved reading your bio.....look forward to seeing more of you!!
Thanks for the giveaway.....one can never have to much "cool stuff"!

cscovel said...

It was great to read your bio- you're a very busy gal! Thanks for the contest....one can never have too much "cool stuff"....

Steph said...

Nice to 'meet' you, Lisa! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies :)

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

Great designs Lisa!

Corey said...

nice to meet you Lisa!!!!

Svala said...

How great that you combine your job (which sounds very exciting BTW) and your hobby so well. Love that you take photos of your daughters class, what I wouldn't have given to have some photos of my kids at their "workplace" when they were in school.

southernscraps said...

Lisa your projects are wonderful and your picks are great.

dannisdoodles said...

so excited to see what all you will bring to the site this month :)

pattiwest said...

hi Lisa! Love your Love/hate lo! Looking forward to more of your work. Thanks for the giveaway.

garffsmission said...

I am so excited to see what Lisa will create. I love to be inspired and she is so talented! Thanks for the chance to win something!

carpediem said...

Looking forward to seeing your designs! Thanks so much for offering the great giveaway!

Holly said...

Love Santa Monica...My brother used to live in Simi Valley, and on one visit, he and his wife took us there. very beautiful! So many beautiful places in CA, though. Could never get tired of visiting!!
hugs,
Holly

debevans said...

Can't wait to see your work!!
Hope I win the cool stuff :)

schabinak said...

welcome!!! Can't wait to see your designs!!!

Jillisgram said...

Nice to meet you. Can't wait to see your work.

Gailanne said...

Welcome, Lisa! I sure look forward to being inspired by your creative work here on Emma's. I live in Vancouver, BC but have visited Santa Monica and understand your passion for that beautiful area.

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Wow, what a wonderful collection to have the possibility of winning, can't wait to see what you come up with Lisa for your inspiring piece.

Caroline said...

yay lisa!!! as always, your stuff is awesome.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

What a great give away. I love all the inspiration I get from here.

tas said...

Looking forward to see your work :)

The Lucky Clucker said...

Welcome to Lisa!! What wonderful fun things you have picked for your give-away! Looking forward to your creations!

Jean said...

Loved reading about you and your life. This is a group of wonderful things! Thanks for a chance to win.

Jean

Tammy said...

thanks so much for the chance to win something. Cant wait to see your inspiration. Tammy

Holly S said...

Thanks for the giveaway! You are one busy, busy gal!

jeneaevan said...

I can't wait to see your creations! Thank you for the chance to win.

Superwoman Scrapper said...

Lisa is so inspirational balancing home, work, kids and scrapbooking and photography. Does she have a blog for us to follow in her footsteps?

Susan said...

Great fun! Looking forward to reading and seeing!

Pat said...

Thanks for the chance to win..looking forward to more inspiration from you.

Natalie said...

What a busy woman you are!!! Looking forward to seeing your creations this month!!!

Patty G said...

Thanks for the giveaways. I'm so impressed by how you've merged your family, artistic and business lives.

stampinjenn said...

Lisa, I believe you are amazing. It is funny how I google your name and "poof" there you are. Can't wait to see what is brewing in that creative brain of yours. Miss you!