Jenna Barber - Jenna_barber
Miamisburg, OH
I am absolutely ECSTATIC to be here on the Dirty Dozen. Like most of you, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!! I still have to pinch myself every so often to make sure it's REAL!

The call:

The night Lydia called me, my husband and I were watching a Science Fiction movie about reality versus dreams and vice-versa. (yea, I didn't get it either!) lol At about 11:50pm my cell phone rang. I didn't recognize the number, so I asked my husband to pick it up for me. He said, "Oh, hey mom!" And I said, "Oh, give me the phone!" (In case you don't know, THE Karen B Barber that we all know and love here on SCS is my mother in law.) I knew Karen was at the Stampin' Up convention and thought it was odd that she'd be calling me so late. When I got on the phone she said, "I'm here with someone who wants to talk with you, OK?" As the voice on the other end started to speak, it was unrecognizable to me. She said, "Hello, Jenna! This is your old Parole Officer!" In my mind I was thinking, "HUH!? I never had one of those!" Then the voice started to giggle and said, "Do you know who this is?" No! I had NO CLUE! Then she said, "It's LYDIA!" And a HUGE smile came across my face! I thought it was so sweet that she wanted to say, "Hi" to me while she was with Karen at convention. Then she said, "Do you know why I'm calling you?" Immediately I thought, "Lydia didn't call me! Karen did!" lol After she asked me if I was ready to be on the DIRTY DOZEN, I looked up at the TV screen. I thought to myself and said it out loud (I think), "Ooohh, this is a DREAM!" I just have to say, I was GRATEFUL Karen was with Lydia that night and KNEW I was asked to be on the DD cause I sure did NOT believe it! When I woke up that morning, I IMMEDIATELY texted Karen to ask her if it had all really happened. She responded, "Yes!" That FLOOD of emotion came over me all over again! It was real... and here I am, sitting on THE Dirt Pile!

Oh, a little about me:

I have always loved art. Growing up, I dreamed of being an artist. My mother and father are extremely creative and inspiring people. My mom was always working on a something. Whether it was our Halloween costumes, helping with our school projects or organizing a major event for our school. My father is a Dental Technician. I think that's where I get the need to always be using my hands! As far as me wanting be an artist? Well, you have to have that ABILITY to "create" art! Which I was very boldly told, I did not have.

Here's a little about that:

I had this art teacher in high school who I absolutely ADORED. She had such a great personality and was super down to Earth. Walking into her class was the highlight of my day. One day, as class was coming to an end, my teacher asked me if I could stay for a few minutes after class. When all my classmates had cleared out, she asked me to sit down. She then sat right in front of me, Face to Face. I could tell by looking at her, that whatever she had to tell me, wasn't going to be very good. She reached out to hold my hands and proceeded to tell me that she "dropped" me from her class, because (and these are her words here, trust me, I will never forget them) "You have a really beautiful 'energy' about you, Jenna, but as far as your ability to create "art," well you just don't have "It!" I was completely DEVASTATED! Seriously, it took me a few years to even attempt painting, drawing or anything artistic or creative.

About eight years ago, when I met my Mother In law, Karen B Barber, she had given me some stamps, paper and ink to play with. They sat in a box not to be seen for a couple of years. After I had my daughter, Layla Paige (6) I began to scrapbook. I fell in LOVE with it! I loved reliving the memories of my photos by scrapbooking them.

Last year, when my family and I moved here to OH, we moved in with my in-laws for a while. Karen was amazing in letting me have free reign over whatever I wanted to use in her craft room! We had so much fun crafting together. She introduced me to Splitcoast and the daily challenges and I became hooked! At that point I tried my hand at card-making and haven't looked back ever since!

I am so grateful to have this community to come to every day. You all have been so supportive of my work! I have been continuously amazed and inspired by so many of you here at SCS. It's incredible the amount of cyber-friendships I have made on this site.

I cannot thank you all enough for all your kind words and encouragement this past year! I hope you all enjoy the cards I will be creating for the next six months!

Thank you again, Lydia for letting me know that I DO have "IT." Never did I think I would hear those words all these years later. I am seriously overwhelmed with emotion!

If you would like to get to know my family and I a bit more or see some more of my work (with a couple of tutorials in-between!) then go check out MyBlog!