Five Questions for….Erin Yamabe

So loving to have Erin, who I met last November at PACS and then also at the Winter CHA.  She is just one of the sweetest persons in the world! and check out her blog today-she is also doing a give away!

Erin Yamabe, is a Bay Area native, who is honored to be here on her dear friends’ blog! She is a SAHM to two little girls, who are the main subjects of her work. As Designer, Teacher, and DT Coordinator for My Little Shoebox, she finds her job very fun, challenging, and rewarding! Her work can be seen in Magazines in the U. S. and in Japan, on Scrapbook Memories TV Show, QVC UK and at CHA. She enjoys teaching locally, at CHA, and even abroad at PACS last Winter.


 1. What do you do to get into your creative zone?
My scrap space is the back of my kitchen…so when my little ones are in bed, I get out my goodies and scrap away! I love to listen to music and sometimes skype with scrappy friends while we are working away!

2. Do you ever create hidden meanings or messages in your work?

Yes- I search for script paper, and have been known to write a letter to the person I’m scrapping about across a 12×12. Then, I paint with gesso, and a light mist of some sort…and sometimes highlight certain words, to reveal part of the letter. In each of my daughter’s books, there are letters I wrote to them behind each layout. Sometimes, too personal to put onto my work if it is being shown publicly.

3. If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?

Hmm, I would think like chocolate. Not necessarily because of the end result, but more due to the amount I could consume during a creative session! LOL!

4.What is your favorite creation?

To date, it is a canvas that I created for a recent DT call. Through Nathalie at the Paper and Co Show, where we taught together, I learned many amazing techniques, so I tried a few out!
5. What is your biggest creative success so far and why?

After enduring many miscarriages, I would say that having my two precious daughters would be my biggest success! If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have found scrapbooking…and been blessed with design and teaching opportunities around the world!


Erin Yamabe

Thank you so much Erin!

  • Ania


    Truly enjoyed reading about you Erin, especially the part that you also use gesso over hidden messages!! :D *hugs*


  • Sue Clarke


    Thanks for your answers Erin and congrats on your two daughters. I have one son and it took us 10 years to get him! I love your canvas and you just gave me an idea for using the bird cages that I just HAD to buy. Peace, Sue


  • Shelly Mitchell


    Nat, I love this interview ! Punky Sprouts is looking forward to having Erin guest designing in just a few weeks!


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