“Barb’s helpfulness in the forum helps make it a wonderful place to sit and relax and learn scrapbooking! If you have a question, she’s always willing to help find an answer.” —Darcy Baldwin, Digital Scrapper’s Forum Director
Get to Know Barbara Schladitz (aka ScrappyBarb)
She says: “I grew up in a small Texas town and have never lived more than 50 miles away. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling and have seen many strange and wonderful sights . . . but you can’t take this gal away from Texas. My husband is an immigrant from eastern Germany; he escaped when we was 18. We met at an Oktoberfest where my youngest son and his German class were performing folk dances. That was 35 years ago. I have three sons, and they all live within an hour’s drive; we have 4 grandchildren.”
“I retired early and have been a volunteer instructor at our community college in a program for people over 55. I have taught many computer classes: Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, Windows. My good friend kept pestering me to help teach a digital scrapbooking class. I was not interested at all but finally agreed to assist her. Well, I fell in love. I’ve been teaching only scrapbooking classes ever since. I write tutorials and now teach Photoshop Editing Tips, Digital Scrapbooking, and newly, Digital Greeting Cards. Prior to having both knees replaced, my husband and I were members of a German folk dance group, and we traveled as far away as Buffalo, Baltimore, and Minnesota.
Q: What does scrapbooking mean for you at this stage of life? Do you find yourself focusing more on your family or things all around you?
Barb: Initially I wanted to use photos of my family. I started by filling up each page with family photos. Now, I love creating a more artistic look and often use only one photo. Each cruise we take has to produce a scrapbook! I print them from Costco, and we enjoy showing them off.
Q: Encouragement is an obvious gift of yours. Is this a learned gift or something you were born with?
Barb: The gift of encouraging others simply comes from aging. I receive so much pleasure from my classes; if I can see that sparkle in the eye that shows me I have infected one of my students with the joy of scrapbooking, then I consider that class a success.
Q: Which classes have you participated in here at Digital Scrapper? Which is your favorite? Why?
Barb: I have taken just about every class that has been offered with the exception of Organization. My favorite so far was the Easy Page Design class. That really clicked with me and helped me see other ways to place elements. The Art of Blending may just be my favorite when it is completed. I have wanted to learn about blending and filters for some time.
Q: Tell us about a favorite page from your Digital Scrapper Gallery.
Barb: I love this watercolor technique and use it so often. It allows the subject of the photo to just tell the story without any embellishment. The simplicity of the gallery framing tops it off.
Click on the award image below to congratulate Barb on her award. This award will be placed in her gallery at DigitalScrapper.com.
Along with this award, we are sending Barb a FREE copy of Photoshop Elements 11 to save for herself or to give away to anyone she’d like to bless.
Congratulations, Barb. We do appreciate your service to the site and how you make it friendly and inviting.
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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