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Meet Amy Cunniff, a 36-year-old tutor and full-time mom in Duanesburg, New York. She has agreed to give us an inside look at how scrapbooking impacts her life.

How and when did you get started scrapbooking? I started scrapbooking in 1995 when I was 16 and my husband and I started dating. I scrapped everything! I had been invited to a Creative Memories party and that was it –- I never looked back. I couldn’t wait to have wedding and baby pictures to scrapbook. We got married in 1999, and our first son was born in 2007. Then I scrapbooked with a vengeance. Shortly after our second son, Zachary was born in 2008, we noticed Caleb was having some major medical problems. After six months of scary doctor appointments and tests, he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He would never walk, and as he grew, he would get weaker. I was devastated. Up until then, I would spend hours pouring over scrapbooking idea books, magazines, etc., but now couldn’t bring myself to look at them. I would never have the sports pages, or even typical kid pages. Our life became an endless stream of therapy and doctor appointments.

Time spent scrapbooking? I used to be able to spend three-four hours week on scrapbooking. We recently moved and life has gotten in the way, and I’m going through withdrawal! I hope to get back to four hours every week by the end of the summer.

CREATE: Issue 15, July 2015  

Scrapbook pages, cards, embellishments and more featuring Scrapbook Generation's exclusive sketches. Featured manufacturers: Bazzill and We...

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