What’s My Story? In 2010 I had an idea. As it turned out, it was a pretty good one. In honor of the years I dedicated to working on books for my own family, I called it ScrapMyPix. While our business name suggests we do traditional scrapbooking for our clients, it’s really evolved into so much more. So don’t let our name scare you!
ScrapMyPix is truly a reflection of me. Since starting this business in 2010, I have rarely had a project that doesn’t have an interesting story attached, and I find myself looking forward to every new opportunity. Our team is fortunate to work with people who have interesting stories and a desire to tell them. We are in alignment with our clients’ core values of preserving their stories – everyone has a story, a legacy, that deserves to be preserved and shared.
How did I get here? Well, through a lot of hard work and perseverance (and maybe a little luck). I have always known that I have an entrepreneurial spirit, and after years in the corporate world I knew that I had do my own thing. I dabbled in a few non-corporate things but my young family soon became my priority. When “they” say timing is everything, it’s the truth. This little idea that was percolating started to grow and mature, just like my family. When the little ones slept or were in preschool, I was working on my business. Each year I had more time to dedicate to clients and investing in my knowledge base. I was able to curate a business model that would be fulfilling, solve a problem for people, and provide the flexibility that allowed me to take care of my boys. The entrepreneurial leaf did not fall far from the tree. I’d seen my dad – a self-employed carpenter – spend a lifetime doing what he loved. His example and his memory are always with me. The smell of freshly sanded wood in his workshop floods my memory. In fact, his work table now has a prominent position in our shop. We are preserving your legacy on a table with it’s own legacy. I can’t wait for you to see it!
I have always had a passion for photography and having my boys reignited that. Consequently, I became equally enthusiastic about scrapbooking our family’s photos. I wanted those photos someplace other than my computer. I remember saying to my girlfriends, “Man, I wish someone would pay me to do this!” It was then that ScrapMyPix was born! I soon discovered that most people did not have the time or the desire to cull through their photos on their own in order to hand off photos for a book. The evolution of my business was underway.
I quickly learned that traditional scrapbooks were not the most efficient way to help families reach their ultimate goals of being organized and having books to tell their stories. Families were not only feeling overwhelmed with their own photo collections but they were also being “gifted” with their parents shoeboxes and bins of photos. My background in technology and software and my desire to always be learning something new was being put to the test. I was entering a whole new world of professional scanners, software and training to provide clients with tailored archival solutions that match their preservation needs. As ScrapMyPix evolved, I discovered its brilliance combines creativity, curation and technology – and that’s our secret sauce.
My promise to you. As a charter member and certified professional photo organizer of The Association of Personal Photo Organizers, I’m dedicated to pursuing continuing education and new technologies so that our staff can provide you with the best possible outcome. So you don’t have to. Keeping up with the technology is something I enjoy, and most of our clients don’t.
Now, when you visit the ScrapMyPix shop, you are greeted by a team of professionals who is as engaged in preserving your story as you are. We’re ready to share our experience and knowledge with you and turn your project into something you can enjoy and cherish instead of being a project you dread. You don’t need to feel guilty anymore about those photos you’ve been storing in the basement and attic or on hard drives and CDs. Are you ready to check this project off the list?
What story are we going to help you tell? I know you’ve got one.
Liz is more of a photo magician, really. She joined the team in 2017 and has been an integral part of the ScrapMyPix formula – including the design of the fabulous ScrapMyPix logo. As a Photo Curator she transforms the photos you have stored into organized, edited collections and photo books that can be shared for generations.
After graduating from Towson University, Liz worked with the Maryland Science Center as a Graphic Designer. With the experience gained there, she began a freelance graphic design career after her daughters were born. As the girls began school, Liz was ready for new professional adventures and joined the ScrapMyPix team. When she puts down her photo magician wand, she enjoys running and binge watching Netflix with a delicious bowl of ice cream. We love working with Liz and so will you.
ScrapMyPix transforms what you thought was possible for your photo collection. To achieve that, our team is made up of the best in our craft. Meet Kat Forder, Photo Curator. Kat is an accomplished professional photographer and story teller in her own right. She brings this special combination of talents to each of your projects – providing you with organized, edited collections and photo books that can be shared for generations.
As a photographer and story teller, Kat has worked with many families from our community to document and archive their stages and milestones through photographs. Her book, EC Stories, is a compilation of stories and photos collected after the May 27, 2018 by those impacted by the flood in Ellicott City, MD. Kat is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and she graduated with a certificate from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. Being a true artist and a kid at heart, when she’s not behind a camera, Kat can be found creating whimsical water color paintings and mixed media pieces – with maybe a juice and a stash of Goldfish crackers to fuel her next creative adventure.
Marketing & Strategic Development
ScrapMyPix is a dynamic, ever-growing company – Julie brings the energy and know-how to help make those big things happen. She has been watching us from the sidelines for years, but in 2019 she joined us and is excited to create marketing and strategic initiatives that will connect you with ScrapMyPix and the time-capturing, life-changing products and services we offer.
Julie graduated from North Carolina State University where she fell in love with Marketing and Public Relations, and the impact it can have in growing a business. After working with internal, corporate marketing departments, she began a consulting career in 2010 after the birth of her daughter. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients, including Goldfish Swim School, to develop marketing and strategic growth plans that take companies to the next level. In her spare time, Julie adores swimming and can’t get enough romantic comedies. When you meet her, look for Top Gun quotes peppered into the conversation – on the highway to the “Danger Zone” since age 8.