My name is Traci Reed and I’ve made it my life’s mission to help inspire as many lovingly-crafted, story-rich scrapbook pages as I can. I want my designs to be the springboard to beautiful scrapbook pages that capture all the emotion, details and love you put into your pages.
A little about me, I’m a wife, mother, maid, chef, chauffeur, entrepreneur and artist. My husband Patrick and I are transplants from sunny Northern California to Knoxville Tennessee with our three boys Karsten, Josiah and Finn. We have 2 rescued dogs: a mini pincher/terrier mix puppy named Abby and a boxer/rottie mix named Reese and a rescue cat named Loki…that’s about all I can handle! Between taking the boys to school and all the other extracurriculars, I somehow find time to design digital scrapbooking product and work full time for Simple Stories – as well as keep my YouTube feed stocked with new scrapbooking videos! When I’m not working, I love to craft, read, cook, knit or crochet, or just pass out in a heap of exhausted mommy on the couch!
Just for fun, here are some answers to questions you didn’t ask:
1. What’s the story behind your name?
I was actually supposed to be named Jessica, but my grandmother insisted I would be called Jessie which is a “boy’s” name and since she was saddled her whole life with a “boy’s name” (Jo…not Josephine, just Jo), she put her foot down the day I was born and my parents had to pick something else. My parents have conflicting stories on where Traci came from, but I’m glad to not be named Jessica, there were 6 of them in my graduating class alone!
2. What Was happening in the world when you were born?
I was born during the 1984 Summer Olympics…and I care nothing about any type of sport..except the occasional jogging I do..awesome right?
3. What frightens you and why?
There are a lot of answers to this even if I AM pretty unflappable (if I do say so myself), but let’s go lighthearted, yes…Driving in the mountains with the drop offs on the side of the car? That TERRIFIES me. Well, I guess that would make me terrified of driving off cliffs, really. I even have nightmares about it sometimes.
4. What is your personal secret to happiness?
Let the little things go, and for goodness sakes, do not wake up every day holding on to yesterday’s grudge. The best quote I’ve ever seen for this is:
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha
5. What kinds of lessons did you take as a child?
I took horseback riding lessons, swim team, golf, soccer, softball…but see the above answer to number 2. I also played the clarinet…
6. What personality trait do people most often associate with you? What other dominant trait do you have that people overlook?
Depending on who you ask, I would say confident. If you ask my husband, he’d say it’s bossy.
7. Tell about a teacher or class that had a great influence on you.
The class that shaped/changed my life would be Yearbook with Mr. Nichols. Without that class, I wouldn’t have had the skills or desire necessary to start a graphic design business at age 19.
8. What are your favorite foods? What foods do you detest?
Favorites: Sushi, Starbucks Peppermint Frappuccinos, French Fries and Cocacola. I’m currently attempting to not eat 3 of these. It is hellish.
Detest: Raw Onions and Bell Pepper, Diet Soda, fake Sugar, Beer.
9. What did you do as a child that got you in the most trouble with your parents? With your teacher?
My mouth! I have a quick wit and a sharp tongue.
10. What places in the world do you want to visit, and why?
Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain, Scotland, France, England. My family has ties in Ireland it has always seemed like the most magical place you can be. I think of Ireland as home even though I was born and raised in the U.S. I’d love to spend a few months in Europe traveling.
11. What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?
Having three boys, no really.
12. What is your favorite book? What do books mean to you?
I LOVE books, I’ve always been an avid reader from the time I learned. I wouldn’t say I have a FAVORITE book, I rarely reread anything but I LOVE the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon and I’m currently reading (and really like) the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
13. Would you choose differently if you could choose your occupation again? Why and how?
Never, ever. I might choose to do things a bit differently if I could, but I would never want to give up what I do.
14. List all the places you have worked and tell something about each one.
- J.C. Penny (age 16) – awful…HATED it.
- J.C. Penny Portraits (age 16) – this got me into photography, I loved it.
- Glamourshots (age 17) – Yay for more FUN photography, and I got a lot of hair and makeup experience too.
- The Picture People (age 18) – Noticing a trend?
- Educaid (age 18) – a now defunct student loan organization, I needed a more steady job to support myself. My mom worked there and got me the job.
- Traci Reed Designs (age 19+) – I started graphic designing after I had my oldest son and never looked back!
15. What does real success in life mean to you?
Being able to support your family by doing something that you love. The ability to find joy in the little things and survive what you think you can’t.