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Meet the Team - JJ Sobey

by JJ Sobey | November 16, 2011

JJ Sobey

Hello Ruby Rock-it fans!   My name is JJ Sobey, and I live with my husband, 2 kids, 3 cats (and a partridge in a pear tree) just outside of Montreal, in Québec, Canada.  (That's just an hour north of Plattsburgh, NY, for those who did about as well in geography as I did, ha!).  I am an unabashed geek and a coffee fanatic. I have been scrapping for about 6 years, since just after the birth of my son. My kids are the reason I started scrapbooking, and remain the most common subject of my work.  I have a bit of scrappers split-personality as I switch between shabby-chic and more mixed media/freestyle depending on what project I'm working on.  I love to use embellishments and a lot of layers, and if my hands get dirty in the process - even better.  ;)

Some scrapbookers are lucky enough to have a studio to work in - but you don't need one in order to create projects you love, which is a good thing - because I work in a corner of my kitchen.  Fortunately, our kitchen is the largest room in the house, and there is a counter/cupboard that is apart from the main cooking area (which was never practical, and was wasted space). I took it over for my scrapbooking when I realized I could get away with it. :) Working in the kitchen allows me to be right in the centre of all the household happenings, and I can keep an eye on dinner at the same time, ha ha!


Workspace before

I was going to show you a nice photo with everything all tidy and clean, but let's be real here, this is how it usually looks - I tend to clean it up when I discover I’m trying to work on a 12×12 project in an 8×8 space.

I have a lot of storage under that counter, which is perfect for all my art supplies, tools and most frequently used papers.  We bought a second table for the kitchen for when I need extra workspace. The sides fold down so that the whole unit is less than a foot wide when I’m not using it. I slide it to wherever I need it at the time. (It’s also handy when doing art with the kids, or when friends come over to crop).

Here is one of the projects I created for my application, using the Paper Boy collection.  It's a wood tissue-box cover for my son's room (I got a big thumbs up for this one from my little guy, too!)   It was so much fun to use up some smaller pieces of the patterned paper and a bunch of the die-cut borders.


And here's a recent layout that shows some of my favorite things - mixing messy supplies, fun papers and trims.


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