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January 30, 2013

Meet Katie

Today I’d like to officially introduce you to Katie.

Katie started working for me as a nanny back in 2009 when Anna was about three months old. I found her via (a great site for finding local babysitters, nannies and caregivers). She’s become one of my closest friends and essentially a part of our family.

Last October she started working for my business full-time as my Assistant. Her duties include things like media updates (Facebook, Twitter, etc), product spotlight posts, office organization, keeping me on track, digital file saving, handling emails, etc. It’s been great having her here in the office with me during the day and she’s definitely helping me in a million different ways.

Meet Katie in her own words:

Where are you from? I grew up in Eugene, Oregon. I really love this town.

Family? My parents are two of my best friends. They are just the best. They have been married for 33 years and have been dating since they were 12. They love Jimmy Buffett and taught me my love for concerts. I have one sister, who is 6 years older than me. She lives in Portland and is a fabulous hairstylist. Peter (my fiance) and I have been together for almost 8 years. He’s my high school sweetheart and I cannot wait to marry him in September.

Favorite thing to do on the weekend? I’m definitely a homebody. I really love curling up on the couch with a good (or some may say bad) romantic comedy or a cheesy romance novel.

Music? I definitely like all different kinds of music. My top 25 most played on my iPod include John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Glee Cast, Duffy, Van Morrison, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and the cast of Wicked. It’s a tie between two songs for my favorite of all time: Tiny Dancer by Elton John and Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys.

Favorite TV Show? Homeland and Dexter are definitely favorites. Currently I am indulging in a super guilty pleasure: The Bachelor. Ali and I have been watching it together and it’s been so fun to watch it with a friend.

Movies? I live, love, and breathe movies. I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I would choose going to the theater or staying home to watch a movie probably over anything else. Ali shares my love for movies. Just one of the many reasons we get along so well.

Favorite Color? Yellow.

Current book you are reading? Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (super excited to see the movie when it comes out on Valentines day).

Favorite Food? Anything with chocolate.

Favorite Vacation Destination? I have been lucky enough to go to Italy twice, and nothing tops that. I have had some great vacations to Key West, FL though. It is a family favorite.

Do you have other hobbies? Thrift Shopping. I love love love it. I have an Etsy shop where I sell my vintage finds (currently working on listing more of my finds.) I also love singing show tunes while doing the dishes or taking a shower.

Do you scrapbook? I’m just starting to. I’ve done a few scrapbook on the road albums, and I did December Daily last month (which I have yet to finish). I’m doing Project Life this year and I am so excited about it. I’ll be sharing my Project Life pages here soon.

What are some of your favorite scrapbook products? I love anything from Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan. I’m also a big fan of Studio Calico’s products. I tend to gravitate towards polka dots, stripes and floral print.

A very big official warm welcome to Katie!


  • 1.
    Vera said…

    Hello Katie! I still remember Ali mentioning how you’ve been helping fill their PL pages too. You must love your new role! :)

  • 2.
    Ilona said…

    Hi Katie! So nice to meet you! :-)

  • 3.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Nice to meet you Katie :) I hope your loving the new role!

  • 4.
    audra said…

    Hi Katie. I feel like I somewhat know you through all of Ali’s posts. However, welcome to the world of scrapbooking -it’s great that you get to work with the best!!! Congrats on your upcoming wedding. You’ll have to share pics!

  • 5.
    Dawn Ritchie said…

    Hello!! :)

  • 6.
    Sandra ltb said…

    Welcome Katie – thanks for sharing things about yourself!
    Sandra ltb

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    Hello Katie, loved hearing about you and looking forward to more Katie posts! Congrats on your wedding and hope you will share some pictures and plans for it. Are Simon and Anna going to be in the wedding? How awesome for all of you to be such great friends and now work buddies!

    Thanks so much for this fun post! You are beautiful by the way!

  • 8.
    Karen said…

    So nice to meet you, Katie! Just yesterday I thought to myself – Ali certainly mentions Katie a lot – i wonder who this wonderful helper behind the scenes is :)
    Ali and the children sure are lucky to have you! BTW, nice etsy shop!

  • 9.
    Lisa W. said…

    Hi Katie~ I have been seeing glimces of you for a long time now. Simon and Anna AND Ali of course are very very lucky to have found you!!! I am a Mom of three AND those super good sitters are so very important and do become a part of the family. You are truly a gem and a girl after my own heart. AND you are the luckiest girl in the world because YOU get to sit along side of Ali Edwards assisting her in her scrapbooking world…OMG what I give for a day!!! So very nice to meet you!!!!!!

  • 10.
    Alida said…

    Hi Katie, greetings from South Africa. You have a lovely smile & I share a love for movies & chocolates with you! My favourite movie is Cinema Paridiso.

  • 11.
    Sue said…

    Hello Katie! You are an absolute doll and I can see why Ali, Simon and Anna love you! Look forward to seeing your work-how awesome to have such a wonderful mentor close by.
    ps Have FUN planning your wedding- you are such a cute couple!

  • 12.
    Paula said…

    Hi Katie, from a fellow book, movie and show tunes lover!

  • 13.
    June K said…

    Katie, thanks for sharing about yourself. You and your fiance make such an adorable couple. Love that ocean view photo,

  • 14.
    RealNatalie said…

    Welcome, Katie!!!! We also found a great, now-practically-family nanny on

  • 15.
    kellystar said…

    so nice to finally read all about you….I am a BIG “Wicked” fan too! Cry every time I hear “For Good”. I love musicals, but Wicked is my favorite.

  • 16.
    Jillc said…

    Fun to meet you Katie! Congrats on you upcoming wedding! I have a feeling it will be amazing! I’m a homebody too and a sucker for a good romance novel!! Sounds like you and Ali make a great pair!

  • 17.
    Christine said…

    Welcome Katie! The florida Keys is a family favorite that we have been traveling to since my own dad was a child. Love it there. My husband would love to go to Italy (his family is from there) so I love hearing that you loved it!

  • 18.
    Allison M. said…

    Hi Katie! So nice to meet you.

  • 19.
    Ana B said…

    HI KATIE!!! Nice to meet you. What a great thing to have a friend in an employer turned family member. That’s a great thing. Cherish the days! Congrats on your engagement. Wish you well. :)

  • 20.
    Angela said…

    HI Katie—you’re darling!!! You and Ali sound like two peas in a pod…I’ll bet that some days you have to really focus to get any work done…otherwise you would talk talk talk!

  • 21.

    Nice to meet you!!

  • 22.
    Therese said…

    Welcome Katie! It will be nice to finally hear from you. Ali and her kids obviously love you so you must be as sweet as you look.

  • 23.
    Nicky from Okotoks said…

    Welcome Katie. So nice to meet you. Can’t wait to continue with your journey and lifes adventures.

  • 24.
    Jenell said…

    Katie – it’s so nice to formally meet you. You and Peter seem perfect together – you both are so cute. And what a great job you have — to work for Ali and to be such an important person in her life! What a wonderful opportunity for all of you. It is a good year to start your PL with your upcoming wedding. It will be fun for you to look back at how you documented all of the plans. Good Luck to you and Peter and Welcome to the Blog-world!

  • 25.
    simplypearl said…

    hi katie! ali is so lucky to have you. you sound adorable! i know as a mom, it’s so hard to find someone you trust to watch our kids… and then to have the blessing of becoming such good friends. that’s truly a blessing. hope you’re enjoying your new role. and welcome to PL. you’re going to love it… especially with the preparation of your wedding and your wedding… wish i had done PL when i was going through that experience.

  • 26.
    Blayne White said…

    Hi Katie! So great to see you again in the posts. I really enjoyed meeting you last November and as everyone says, Ali and fam are super lucky to have someone like you. We had a special nanny/assistant when my son was born and she stayed with us 4 years – we literally tried to adopt her. But alas, she ran off and got married and started her own family. We still love her – she now has 4 of her own kids and is totally happy. The developers have experienced a few delays, but I’ll be getting in touch soon about ScrapRoom and sending you a copy! :)

  • 27.
    kelly said…

    so wonderful that you found each other.

  • 28.
    Heidi said…

    Hi Katie! So nice to meet you! Would you share your December Daily album when you finish it? I’ve set a goal to finish mine by the end of February and could use a little more inspiration. How does your style differ from Ali’s?

  • 29.
    Shanon Gibson said…

    Awesome! So glad to finally “meet” Katie!

  • 30.
    Deb J said…

    HI Katie. It’s good to officially meet you and read more about you and Peter.

  • 31.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    Nice to meet you Katie! :-)

  • 32.
    CaryB said…

    Katie, Welcome to the Scrapbook community. It will be fun to see your style. What a great experience to be working with Ali. She is one fabulous artist. 2013 promises to be one of the best years for you. Congrats!

  • 33.
    Kim said…

    Welcome Katie! What a wonderful addition you have been and, lucky for Ali and all of us, will continue to be.

  • 34.
    Heather said…

    What a fantastic post! Love it. Love that Katie is your assistant now. Amazing! Welcome Katie!

  • 35.
    Heather V said…

    Hi to Katie, and congratulations on being engaged!

    I was actually just wondering yesterday if she scrapbooked, and if she did, if she had a blog. I was thinking her clothing style was really cute and would probably come across in her pages.

  • 36.
    heidig said…

    Welcome Katie – you sound like a dream! I love the picture of you with Simon – melts my heart. I can’t to see your PL layouts.

  • 37.
    Nancy Nally said…

    Such a pleasure to meet you at CHA Katie! Hope we get to meet again soon! (And if you have a clone, would you send her my way, please? LOL)

  • 38.
    Barb said…

    Katie, it sounds like you’ve been the perfect fit for the Edwards family. How wonderful for all of you!
    Ali, I love how your family and business have expanded to include Katie. The kids must LOVE her.

  • 39.
    Jo-Ann said…

    So jealous! And Ali must feel like your a godsend!

  • 40.
    Patti L said…

    Glad to learn more about Katie, I def love her style & taste in music. Its also cool to see a “new” scrapbooker!

  • 41.
    Jaimee H. said…

    Hi Katie,
    Can’t wait to see your PL pages. I just started this year as well and am having so much fun. And don’t you love when you take a job and it turns into a family.

  • 42.
    Ruth G said…

    So nice to formally be introduced to you, Katie! I’ve heard so much about you for so long and finally got some glimpses from CHA and now this – Hi! Just beware because I’m sure you know all about Ali’s fans – I’m sure you’ll find we’ll be your fans, too! I love seeing the pictures you take of Ali! That’s such a fantastic gift! The things that I love that you love are: the color yellow, movies, and I’d love to go to Oregon (I have never been and hear such wonderful things about it!) Thanks again for sharing yourself with us! Wishing you lots of joy as you plan for your wedding!

  • 43.
    Liz Ness said…

    Katie is just so awesome–and, when I caught the mention about getting married this coming September, I shouted, “Woo-Hoo!” So happy for Katie and Peter and just had to pop in and say so. =)

    Love y’all!

  • 44.
    Susan said…

    welcome katie!

  • 45.
    Lori P. said…

    It is nice to “finally” meet you Katie instead of hearing about you. :O) Thanks for sharing!!

  • 46.
    Christine N said…

    Hi Katie! It was so nice to meet you at CHA (at the Digi Show breakfast and then at Technique Tuesday). So awesome that you are starting Project Life. Congrats on your upcoming wedding.

  • 47.
    Ma Laarni said…

    You and Ali are like Faith and Hope…a perfect match and a very good find for each other!

  • 48.
    Sarah said…

    WooHoo for Katie! So glad to finally meet you. You and Ali are so blessed to have each other. Best wishes on everything.

  • 49.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Hey Katie! Lovely to meet you:-)

    Can’t wait to see your Project Life pages. You are working with the BEST Project Life teacher in the industry!! Hope you have loads of fun with it.

  • 50.
    Jennifer Harkema said…

    Hi Katie, it’s nice to meet you. I met Ali a few years ago in VA when she came to teach at a Get Croppin event. What a fun job for you to have. I read the book you are reading and loved it! I did not know they were doing a movie so that is good to know, I will be going to see it for sure. If you like Nicolas Sparks you might also like Barbara Freethy.

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