By Jan Walker
It’s February, and of course, it’s all about the love! And one of the most loving people among our creative community is Shirley Kimbrough… affectionately known in the Digital Scrapper Forum and Gallery as Shirl.
Shirl is one of those divine people who shows up to leave lots of love for everyone in the Galleries. Her comments are always encouraging, inspiring, and sincere. She takes the time to express what she really likes about your page and is lavish with her praise.
So it’s our pleasure this month to spotlight Shirl, and her own amazing work!
DS: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Shirl. How long have you been digiscrapping, and how did you get started?
SK: I have four adult children (two boys and two girls), five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I have been playing at digital scrapping since 2006 and I am in love with digital scrapping tutorials, so Digital Scrapper was the place for me!
DS: Have you always been a digital scrapper, or did you start out with traditional scrapbooking?
SK: I have always been a digital scrapper. Up to that time, I had been a dedicated PSP user and Digital Scrapper watcher and shopper.
DS: What would you say is your greatest challenge in digiscrapping?
SK: I have problems transferring my visual impressions onto my layouts. Yet, since Linda’s classes, I have seen a gradual but true improvement in my time frame to complete a layout. This is excluding my physical limitations.
DS: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
SK: My greatest digital scrapping accomplishment was completing the Easy Page Design Class. That has given me the confidence to complete my layouts in a more organized manner. My personal greatest accomplishment is my faith in my God who has kept me and continues to keep me here for a purpose since 2008. I truly believe that Digital Scrapper is an important and ongoing part of that purpose.
DS: Well, you’re definitely a blessing to our community! What kinds of layouts and pages do you like doing most?
SK: I find that my taste has truly changed. Now, I love the blending of papers and photos for a soft and ethereal look. I love elements, but do not want them to overwhelm the photos, in other types of layouts, as the central point.
DS: What do you look forward to most each month in Premier?
SK: I love the Premier tutorials as visuals and accompanying PDF manuals. I have now included the templates in that group since I took the Get Organized Now class.
DS: Has taking Digital Scrapper classes helped you gain any new skills?
SK: Oh my goodness, the classes have opened up a whole new world for me that I am anxious to explore. I am not the greatest, but my layouts now have a warmth that was seriously lacking.
DS: Well, we think you’re the greatest, Shirl! And we can’t imagine you or your pages ever lacking warmth… 🙂 So, what does your family think of your digiscrapping hobby?
SK: They are indeed excited that I have found a hobby that has been both therapeutic and spiritually enriching for me.
DS: What are your future goals for creative pursuits?
SK: I plan to pursue more classes at Digital Scrapper and to remain an active Premier member. There may be times during the month, because of infusions, that my visit time will slack, but I will bounce back!
DS: Shirl, we know that you are more than a conqueror, and your generous spirit is one of the things that keeps you strong and vital! And since you’re kind of like a Mom to us all, what advice would you give someone who’s just getting started in digital scrapbooking?
SK: In spite of any frustrations, hang in there. Seek advice from your fellow scrappers and teachers—this is the perfect site. You will learn that some scrappers have innate layout design abilities, while others—like me—have to gradually grow in grace.
Thanks, Shirl, for chatting with us. I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I just had coffee with a dear friend! Be sure to stop by Shirl’s Digital Scrapper Gallery today and leave some love for the lady who always brightens our day!