Please welcome Krysten Hager to the Fuel Your Creativity series.
From the time I was a kid, I loved to decorate things—from notebooks to cards to pretty much any surface you can paste something cute onto. When I moved out of state, I found myself wanting to keep in touch with friends and family back home. I had just gotten married and someone gave me a scrapbook kit as a wedding gift. I didn’t have to do much for it—the pieces and pages were all cut out already, but I thought it might be fun to get some stickers for it, so I went to the local scrapbook store. Little did I know what trouble I was about to get myself into! They had rolls of stickers in this place—just like the sticker rolls I used to love to look at when I was a kid. I walked around picking up stickers and scrapbook papers just because they were pretty and not even thinking about what I’d do with them. I got home and started to make pictures to decorate my new home (okay, I was also trying to girlie-up my husband’s bachelor pad), and make cards to send back home.
My first picture was a Halloween one I started because I found 3-D lollipop stickers. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the lollipops, but I HAD to have them—they looked like Tootsie Pops! I did a whole Halloween themed page that I framed. And for December, I saved my favorite Christmas cards (including the first one we sent out as a couple—the sparkly snow scene one in the bottom right-hand corner) for a winter scene. Pretty soon I got into making cards like these Halloween Peanuts themed ones.
Making pictures and cards ended up being a great hobby as a military wife because it meant wherever we moved, I had familiar art to take with us and the cards were a great way to keep in touch with family and friends an ocean away. I also joined a scrapbook group in Portugal and that kept me sane, too! Thanks for letting me share my hobby with you today.
Book Blurb for True Colors: Blurb: Landry Albright is an eighth grader who just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically”unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.
Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. TRUE COLORS is her bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing. She received her master’s in American Culture from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Connect with Krysten:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay (@KrystenLindsay)