Michele Kerr

Michele Kerr

I have a business called “It’s a Life Story” where I am working on merging family history documentation, heritage photos, and family stories all into a format that is beautiful and something that just might entice our children and grandchildren to read and fall in love with their ancestors’ stories.

 

Q. Tell us about you and your family.

A. Oh, my goodness, it feels like I have a lot of hats, the most important being a mom to four children ranging in ages fourteen to twenty-nine , a grandmother to one fabulous little girl, as well as a wife of just over 32 years. I have lived in Indiana my entire life and while I love to visit the ocean, hike and see the mountains, my heart will always be here in my Hoosier State — 200 years old this year!

My life has taken a lot of fun twists and turns but for the last ten years, I have been the staff genealogist for The Society of Indiana Pioneers (a lineage society) which came from my passion for family history and background in computers.

Q. What programs do you use for digital scrapbooking?

A. Photoshop CS6, Photoshop Elements 11 and Lightroom

Q. Why did you join the Scrapaneers team?

A. My youngest daughter, the one that everyone told us would keep us young, started several years ago to ask me for my own childhood stories when I would tuck her into bed. At first I didn’t think that I had any “real” stories to tell, but she kept asking the questions and little by little I started to realize that I did have stories to share. I have my family history documented for many generations back in time but I don’t have that many family stories from my own grandparents or even my mother. When it is said that family history can be lost in just 3 short generations, I can certainly believe that. Now I feel compelled to write down the snippets that I remember so my own kids will have at least my memories and use my talents to display the pictures in a beautiful style. To be on this team is my way of fulfilling my own passion and hopefully to encourage others along the way.

Q. How long have you been scrapbooking (paper and digital)?

A. I feel like I have been scrapbooking for most of my life when I look back at the scrapbooks from my own childhood back in the 70’s. As far as the scrapbooking that we now know, I can remember, somewhere around 1987, being fascinated and eager to take my love of pictures to an even higher level with papers and embellishments. That was also the year Creative Memories was founded. In fact, I loved it so much that I eventually became a CM consultant for several years. With a degree in computers and the opportunity to work with PageMaker, a very early desktop publishing system, it didn’t take too much for me to make the switch to digital scrapbooking, especially after I saw it start to pop up — way too many years ago! I even taught digital scrapbooking classes at a local scrapbooking store where I worked for a couple of years. I’m not sure I can give up my paper supplies but my heart is all digital — no adhesives are needed and everything can be undone!

Q. What is your favorite layout/project of all time and why?

A. This is page out of an album that I have just finished and it shares the only photo of this family’s father/grandfather as a young boy. Census records are little glimpses into our family’s lives at one particular moment in time and I wanted to share a copy of the original census record showing their relative living at such a young age in an orphanage in New York City in 1930. With nothing other than that picture to use, I also added scans of the orphanage as it was known during that time period. What I find so fascinating is the traits that this young boy took on as an adult and older man began from his stay at this orphanage. Getting his story written down for his family to have years down the road may give them encouragement to be able to overcome their own hard times as well. I know it will for me and I’m not even related!

 

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