Laura Fredrickson - scrapnextras
Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA
I live in Red Deer, Alberta, with my husband Al, and two daughters Amy and Carly. I worked for the same financial institution for 23 years, first in retail banking and then as a licensed stock broker. Having had my family late in life, in 2004 I had a wonderful opportunity to stay at home with my two daughters, who were 6 and 3 years old at the time, so I chose to take take advantage of that. At that time I decided that it might be fun to supplement my income through my scrapbooking hobby, and I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator without ever having seen an SU! stamp or even having met my upline, other than through the internet! Although today I am just a hobby demo, I have never looked back.

The odd part about this whole hobby is that I was never crafty. I never really liked home made crafts, and had no desire to pursue any of them. Then one day, shortly after the birth of my oldest daughter, I saw a scrapbooking segment on HGTV and I decided that would be a great way to document her life in pictures. Little did I know that a three minute TV clip would be the beginning of passionate obsession that has continued to grow from simple scrapbook pages, to card-making to altering and, of course, the collecting of every supply known to crafters. Although I’ve tried to find some balance in my crafting, it is card making that takes centre stage!