Q & A with Lisa Brown Caveney

In Ask the Experts in our September 2006 issue, we chatted with Lisa Brown Caveney. Following are additional fun answers to questions we asked her. Enjoy getting to know this talented scrapbooker better!

What's your favorite thing about scrapbooking?
I love the combination of creativity and capturing special memories. I've kept photo albums for myself since I was a kid, and I've been involved with all sorts of crafts my whole life. Scrapbooking is the perfect way for me to combine these two passions.

What's your creative process?
I usually try arranging my photos on blank pieces of cardstock until I get the composition I want. Then I pull out tons of cardstock trying to find the right color combination. Finally, I add embellishments, title and journaling. If I'm stuck, I'll flip through my sketches to inspire me.

What are you listening to?
I'm a National Public Radio junkie and listen to NPR most of the time. When I'm not listening to NPR, my favorites are the Bare Naked Ladies, Frank Sinatra and Coldplay.

What do you make for dinner after a day of scrapbooking?
I work during the day, so usually I scrapbook late at night. During the week I make pretty simple dinners, because I don't feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen after a long day at work. We eat a lot of pasta, salad, rice and pork chops.

What scrapbook supply will be your next purchase?
I'm running painfully low on adhesive and need to get some this week.

What's the coolest place you've visited? Any upcoming trips planned?
This is a hard one. I just loved South Africa. It's such a beautiful country, and it was fun visiting Kruger National Park and seeing all the wildlife roaming free. Derek and I would just drive around, and the next thing we knew a herd of elephants would be standing in the road or we'd pull over to watch some lions relaxing in the warm afternoon sun. It was amazing. I also fell in love with New Zealand. I can't believe the diversity and beauty of the landscape there—all packed into a relatively small area. My two favorite places (Tongariro Crossing and Milford Sound) defy description.

What's your favorite restaurant?
My favorite places in California were Asmara Restaurant (Ethiopian food) and Cafe Raj (Indian food). I don't have a favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor yet, but I love going to Zingerman's Deli.

What are you reading?
I've been on a Margaret Atwood kick lately and just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale. I'm also enjoying the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.

What's your latest purchase?
Snapdragons for our garden. This is our first spring owning our home, so we're having a great time gardening.

What's your favorite junk food?
My favorite candy is Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan. It's so good! My favorite soda is Diet Vanilla Pepsi. When I decided to switch to diet soda, I did some testing to see which tastes sweetest and Diet Vanilla Pepsi was the winner.

What's your favorite movie?
I'm a big movie buff. I really love classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s and 1940s. However, my favorite movie, Amelie, is a modern one. The movie is really sweet, has beautiful cinematography and stars one of my favorite actresses. Plus, it was the movie Derek and I saw on our first date.

What personality trait do you want to be remembered for?
I hope I'm remembered as a giving and caring person. My motto in life is to try to be the best person I can and do my best to help build up the people around me.

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