Hello! My name is Kelly Xenos and I will be your guest designer for July. I have always loved October Afternoon products so this is definitely an honor and I'm very excited to be here! I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and still live in the same area that I grew up with my husband and two kitties. We just celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and have been together for a total of 13 years!! I have worked for the same company for the past 13 years as a Flow Equipment Coordinator for the food processing industry. Not necessarily my creative dream job, but I really enjoy it and I have great co-workers who bring donuts once in awhile! I've been scrapbooking since 2006 and it is truly my passion. I love documenting our life and I know I'm going to love looking back through my albums 20 or 30 years down the road. I'm excited to have joined the Gossamer Blue design team this month and you can see more of my scrapbooking at the following links:
My favorite October Afternoon products are the word stickers and label stickers. I have so many sheets in my stash and I love them all! I also LOVED the patterned paper in Silent Night. It really was the perfect holiday collection. This month I will be working with the Summertime collection and it is amazing.
What can you NOT scrapbook without?
I go to Pinterest for inspiration. I could spend hours on Pinterest and not feel guilty because I will always walk away with ideas. There are so many wonderful memory keepers out there and every time I'm on Pinterest I find someone new or something I haven't seen before and I love that. Having everything in one place makes it super easy to get inspired!
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What is your favorite movie or tv show?
I have so many favorite shows and watch them over and over again and it drives my husband crazy! My favorite movie is Elizabethtown because of the story and the soundtrack. I also love her scrapbook map she gives him (awww..so cute). And my favorite shows right now are Scandal, Impractical Jokers, and The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network. Honestly, I could watch the Food Network all day and be happy.
What is your favorite food?
Pizza! Deep dish, thin crust, double decker, Chicago style....my husband and I are pizza lovers and equal opportunity pizza eaters. It's all good! Second to that would be chocolate chip cookies (especially my Mom's) and sushi.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Growing up my parents would take me and my brother to Door County, Wisconsin for the 4th of July and we would stay at the same place on the water every year with their friends and kids. It is one of my most favorite memories as a child. I remember the swimming pool and the ice cream store we always walked to every night. The fireworks were always terrible but it brings a smile to my face when I think about it.
If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what power would you possess?
My power would defiantly be to get people to work quickly so they don't have to sit in traffic. Especially in the winter. Ha! I'm a commuter so I feel the pain. :) I don't know what my name would be but I think I would be extremely popular.