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Hi there! I'm Altina and I am 20 years old. I have been doing crafts for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a family of crafters since my mom and both of my grandmothers craft.

When I was little most of what my family did was quilting and sewing. One of my grandmothers taught me how to embroider when I was about six. I loved it instantly. The same grandmother also taught me to crochet when I was eight.

I taught myself to knit when I was fourteen, and my other grandmother taught me to quilt and gave me a sewing machine when I was fifteen. I started painting when I was seventeen.

My love of scrapbooking (and the start of an obession with paper) started shortly before I turned sixteen. I had recently moved, and while reconnecting with some old friends I discovered scrapbooking. My friends loved to scrapbook and make cards, and what they did was beautiful. I fell in love very quick! I asked my friends to teach me how to scrapbook. I bought the supplies and we sat down for an afternoon of papercrafting.

I have since learned to make mini albums and have just recently started making cards.

My very first mini album using DCWV Black Currant and Bella Armoire
My favorite paper brand is Die Cuts With a View. I love all the beautiful designs on the papers, and I have a mountain of stacks. I really love them for when I make my mini albums. I don't have to spend hours picking paper, I can just grab a stack and get to work.

Anyways please keep checking back for more updates, photos, and tutorials. See ya soon!

-Altina R.


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