My name is Amy Duquette and I live in the southern most part of Ontario, Canada. I started scrapbooking as a way to release my creativity after being laid off from my graphic design job of 7 years. My step-mom had showed me an album she had been working on about my son and I just loved everything about it. She invited me to a small family crop and with my cousin Laura's help they had me hooked.
After many family crops and an overnight trip to the Great Lakes Mega Meet in Novi, Mighigan I decided that I wanted to get more serious about it and start applying to Design Teams to see what would happen, testing the waters a bit. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the first Design Team I applied for at Creative Crafts and Stickers, a Canadian site, which was great since I am Canadian. It was a 6 month term and I was able to experiment with a wide variety of products that helped me grow as a traditional paper scrapper.
In August of 2006 my family suffered a huge loss with the sudden death of my step-mom while on a camping trip with my dad. This turned my life upside down and I just could not get into scrapbooking any longer. It wasn't until I discovered the digi side of scrapbooking that I was able to get back into things. I loved being able to experiment with different kits and brushes and fonts and not worry about messing anything up because I could just close the layout and start again...no worries...no mess.
My graphic design background has helped me immensely and I have found a way to incorporate digital into my traditional paper layouts. Most of my layouts feature various members of my family but for the most part my son is the focal point. Even though I am still fairly new to this area of scrapbooking I am lucky enough to be on the Creative Teams for Bella Gypsy Designs (Tabatha Reed), Rikkiscraps, Scrapbooker's Playground and Angela Sharrow. I was also chosen to be the January 2007 Digital Discovery for ScrapStreet magazine.