Kelli Crowe is an outgoing introvert, a messy organizer, and can never quite remember what she walked into a room to retrieve. She lives in GA with her patient husband of 20 years and home schools her three teenage boys. Kelli has designed pages for the Autumn Leaves Designing With...book series, was on the Garden Girl design team for Two Peas in a Bucket for 5 years, designed papers for SisTV.com, and has taught online classes for Big Picture Classes and True Scrap. Her scrapbook space (which she shares with her children) was featured in The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker. Her scrapbook pages are inspired by things she sees all around her in everyday life and are full of color. And maybe too many embellishments...
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KELLI ANSWERS THE FIVE W's
Who has inspired you to be who you are?
Everyone. For real. I find people fascinating. Everyone has a story or idea or thought that is worth knowing. (As far as scrapbooking goes: Ali Edwards in how to tell an authentic story, Stacy Julian on how to get those ideas organized and onto pages, and Tracy Kyle on how to be professional while being creative.)
What do you teach, write, blog, and talk incessantly about?
My family, Jane Austen, Star Trek and Murder She Wrote...in that order.
When did you know that this was your path?
Scrapbooking: When I found an online community of other people who understood scrapbooking was more a lifestyle than a hobby. Homeschooling: I always wanted to be a teacher and then I had a child who needed a one-on-one education. I could lift a car off my kid if he needed me to, so I knew I could do this for him. Marriage: When my boyfriend (now husband) returned from foreign study in college from the Galapagos Islands. He was tanned and had that Luke Skywalker kind of hair going on. I was a goner.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Our home with our people in it.
Why do you love your life?
If you asked me at 16 what my expectations for my life were, I would have told you my plans for two daughters, with their names already picked out, where we would live and the type of man I would marry. I wasn't wise enough to dream of a life with three boys and a husband that, let's face it, E-Harmony would have never matched us up. If "This is 40," then bring it.
How do you do everything you do?
I focus on doing a few things well, a couple things ok, and the rest just don't get done. My family probably wishes cooking were in the first category instead of the last.