Cindy Major - cindy_canada
Montreal, Quebec
Hi, fellow SCS’ers! I’m Cindy and I’m from Montreal, Canada. If you have seen some French projects floating around in the gallery, they just might have been mine! I am an executive assistant by day, a freelance translator by night – and an avid stamper the rest of the time!

I have always been interested in crafts. All of my family is creative in one way or the other, but my aunt Claire was a particularly big influence. She taught me to knit, Modge Podge, make ornaments with foam shapes… She was always dabbling in crafts and was known for the quality of her finishing, which might be the biggest lesson I’ve learned from her. Even though I had tried many crafts as a kid, none of them really stuck until I stumbled onto cross stitch in university. One little Christmas ornament kit and I was hooked! I was mostly working on big pieces, but once in a while, I stitched small designs to make birthday cards with. I was looking for ideas on how to finish those designs more neatly into cards and started going through paper crafts magazine for inspiration, and that’s what initially sparked an interest for scrapbooking. Every month I would see the Stampin’ Up! ad in my Creating Keepsakes magazine and would be fascinated with the wonderful samples I saw, and that’s how stamping and cardmaking got added to the mix.

Back then, scrapbooking and stamping resources were scarce in Quebec so I was mainly self-taught, and finding Splitcoaststampers was a real gold mine. There were so many great tutorials to choose from and an awesome community right at my fingertips to answer all of my burning questions. I was also incredibly impressed with the quality work shared in the gallery, most of all in the Dirty Dozen gallery! In the back of my mind, making the Dirty Pile was the highest form of recognition and definitely a bullet on my Bucket List!

I am looking forward to sharing some projects with you in the upcoming months and I hope I can share a spark of inspiration with you the same way past Dirty Girls have done for me!