my name: Jill Sprott
scrapbook size: 12 x 12 (mostly) and 8 1/2 x 11 (sometimes)
camera: Canon Digital Rebel XTi
music: Music is with me always and everywhere (and even when I’m silent, there’s a song in my head -- such as the annoying theme song for “Johnny Test” right now). My playlists often include Death Cab for Cutie, The Strokes, The Naked and Famous, Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend, The Morning Benders, Jason Mraz, Lenka, The Submarines, Gwen Stefani, Weezer, and The Weepies. For starters.
work space:I work amidst colorful clutter on a desk in the corner of our living room. It used to be a corner, actually, but I’ve encroached on at least 1/4 of the room. I’m fine with limited space; if I had more, I’d likely just fill it with even more stuff.
style: I like to think of my style in terms of convergence: I try to bring together words and images along with “telling” bits and pieces until they are all speaking the same language, telling the same story, resonating. I’m BIG on color and layers.
1 or 2 pages:Usually one page.
color preference: Maybe it’s the island influence, but in my closet and in my paper preferences, I tend to gravitate toward oceanic colors, likes blues, greens, and sandy browns and yellows. Green is my absolute favorite color, but I do love the pop that red can bring to a layout, too.
favorite product type: Easily, patterned paper!
childhood ambition: I wanted to be a writer, but I spent a lot of time “playing school” as well. Is it any wonder that I turned out to be an English teacher?
fondest memory: Seeing my daughter for the first time after she was born still brings back a sense of overwhelming awe and disbelief. She was even more beautiful than I imagined she would be. I knew that seeing her would be an unforgettable moment, but I was unprepared for how everything would suddenly come into focus, and how the rest of the world would blur in comparison to her precious self. That moment reoriented me.
soundtrack: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
retreat: The best escape is in bed with a good book.
wildest dream: Since we’re currently in the process of becoming home-owners, I suppose my wildest dream at the moment is actually owning a house and turning it into a “real” home for us. It still feels so far away.
proudest moment: I’m not sure, but I know that learning to prepare a perfect roast turkey with gravy is definitely on the list.
biggest challenge: One of my biggest challenges is letting go of fear. I’m a worrywart.
alarm clock: 5:20 a.m. on weekdays; since I find it hard to sleep when I’m annoyed, I keep it tuned to a channel with two DJs who irritate me to no end. On weekends, the pets on my bed are my alarm clock, mewling and tapping me with their paws until I wake up to feed them.
perfect day: That would include sleeping in while it rains outside, waking to blue skies and heading to the North Shore for salsa and enchiladas at Cholo’s, followed by an afternoon of scrapping (without getting mist all over myself) while my husband cuts the grass and my daughter washes the dog. After an evening movie (a witty, smartly written romcom that even my husband likes), the day ends with all of us (including the clean dog) watching Top Chef and playing Scrabble. Before bed, I’m reminded that it’s a three-day weekend, so I can sleep in again. Perfect.
first job: My first real paycheck was earned shelving books at a public library.
indulgence: Calvin Klein dresses.
last purchase:Instead of purchasing plane tickets so that we could go on vacation this summer, we purchased a reconstructed ligament for our dog. That’s love.
favorite movie: Just one? I could watch the most recent version of “Pride and Prejudice” over and over again (and I do).
inspiration:My family is a wellspring of love and laughter, so there’s always inspiration there. Creatively speaking, I’m inspired by fashion photography (even though I usually live in jeans and tees), scrappy blogs, and online galleries. I also find that walking through an office supply store or a craft store does great things for my mojo.
my life: Colorful.
debut Garden project: