Gold Star – Ann

You don't have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy various projects in the Scrapbook Campus. Today, we meet Ann who has been with us for several years (yes, another "Ann"). Even though she is not a digital scrapbooker, you would not know if you looked at her projects!

Tell us a bit about you

I grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey. I have worked in the advertising department for two different newspapers over the years, though I started as a reporter in 1966. Eventually moved to Warwick, New York where my husband and I purchased the Warwick Drive-In Theater in 1977. The drive-in is only open from March through October so eventually we added other full-time indoor theaters to our stable but got out of the business in the late ‘90s when the economy tanked. Our daughters took over and I still do media marketing for them.

I am now retired from my newspaper career, enjoying my three daughters, nine grandchildren and three great-grands. My husband passed away in December 2019 so I live alone with my two cats and one tropical fish.

My great-grand Magic lives in Northern California with my grandson, Will, his wife, Lucy, and my daughter, Debbie, who is an architect (AIA) and artist. Her daughter (my granddaughter, Anna) lives in Palo Alto with her husband who is a software engineer while she is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).

We have a wedding coming up in September when my granddaughter, Ilana (mother of great-grand, Logan) finally gets hitched to her fiancée, Maverick. The wedding was delayed due to Covid. My daughter, Laurey, Ilana’s mother, also has Jackie who is now married to Corey and works as a zoologist at a local wildlife park. Corey is in environmental management. My grandson, Tyler, lives with Laurey and is a corrections officer. Laurey works at a school for teens with autism, at her local Home Depot and also at our movie theater.

My stepdaughter, Beth and her husband Ernie own and operate the family movie theater. They have had four children, lost two tragically and now parent their grandchild, my great-grand, Sonya. The twins, Alycia and Brad are off on their own.

How did you get to work with PSP?

Always fascinated with computers, I proved to be bad at writing code but loved the graphics side of the work. I wanted to set up a web page for our theater so I took classes online for Dreamweaver and Jasc PaintShop Pro.

I returned to college where I played with Photoshop and Dreamweaver to create web pages and got an AAS degree in Visual Communications in the year 2000.

Eventually, websites became too sophisticated for me to create so I hired for the theater but I can still contribute to the site. It’s at

How did you get to join the Campus?

After Corel bought PSP I encountered Carole’s Scrapbook Campus on their Discovery site. I didn’t really have an interest in scrapbooking but learning about the now more-powerful PSP is now my idea of fun.

Here are some projects done by Ann.

These were a double-paged created during the Double-Take Challenge.

And a page done of her grand-daugther, Magic, during one of the Masks lessons.

For a non-scrapbooker, she is doing pretty good, isn't she?

If you want to join the DIAMOND membership, like Ann did, to access all kinds of tutorials to create your own layouts, check out what it includes. Check this page. There is so much you can learn and use!


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4 thoughts on “Gold Star – Ann”

  1. Hi Ann,
    I also found it nice and interesting to read about your background.
    Such a drive-in theater does not exist here. Like Susan, I also went to look at the site and read the history. I’m impressed.
    Also, what an interesting job you must have had as a reporter, and nice that you are still involved in media marketing.
    And what a beautiful family you have.

  2. Ann, I’ve enjoyed reading about your background. The drive-in theatre is really interesting. I went to the website and read the history of the theatre. It sure is beautiful too. I know I mentioned it before but I’ve never seen grass at a drive in theatre, and the background scenery is gorgeous. Sorry about the loss of your husband, reading about him in the theatre history I could really feel his love for that industry. You and I have newspapers in common. I currently work at a newspaper web press. Nothing exciting like you did (reporter and advertising). I’m in the mailroom, which isn’t what I think of as a “mailroom”(picture: rolling a cart of letters door to doors at an office). It’s better described as the “inserting” department where flyers get inserted into many different papers by an inserting machine.

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