We’ve recently welcomed a new intern here at Creating Keepsakes magazine and we’d like to introduce you to her!
With a Bachelor’s degree in English, Mimi Jackson has been an amazing addition in the short time she’s been with the CK team. We know her time with us is going to fly by too quickly!
CK senior editor Kim Jackson (no relation) interviewed Mimi to learn more about her and, of course, talk about scrapbooking.
How did you get your nickname? (Mimi from Miriam)
My real name is Miriam, after my wonderful grandma, but just hours after I was born she saw me and suggested that I go by “Mimi.” I choose to believe that she did it out of love, supposing that life would be easier for everyone if we didn’t have the same name, and not because she saw what I looked like and didn’t want me to bear her name. As a kid (okay, and all the way through high school too), I didn’t like either name. Do you know what havoc elementary school-aged boys can wreak with a name like Mimi?! Now, however, I love both. I adore my grandma, and realize that the uniqueness of my nickname really reflects my personality. People remember it (because it reminds them of their favorite café, no doubt) and I feel special.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
Seven siblings, eight total in the family. My parents had their four girls first, of which I am the youngest, then their boys. I am happy to be the in-between, because I get the best of both worlds; hair and makeup, legos and mud. I love it all!
Do you scrapbook?
I’ve tried my hand at a few layouts. I’ve been in school for the past four years and haven’t had much time to do it, though I took my crafting stash with me to college. My roommates made fun of the way I carried it all from apartment to apartment, but they didn’t complain when they needed to use some of my supply. Really, I’m no expert. I love to decorate, doodle, make cards and other cutesy things, but I’ve never considered myself a true scrapbooker. Now that I’m out of school, I’m hoping to find the time to get into it.
If so, how did you get started?
When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and be an artist. I didn’t really have much talent for sketching or painting, but I had an eye for what looks good on a page. For every birthday and Christmas my parents got me crafting supplies. I never was too hard to please.
Do you consider yourself a craft-product hoarder?
Absolutely. Is that bad?
What’s your favorite hobby/activity?
I love to tap dance! I’m game for most dancing styles, but tap is my absolute favorite.
How did you get started with that?
My mom put me in dancing school when I was three. I tried a lot of things as a kid, but dancing was one of the only things I stuck with. When I discovered that tap seemed to be a dying art I felt unique and continued on with it. I got to college and found others like me (a lot of others!) and even joined a tap company for a little while.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be?
I’m a big history-lover, so there are literally hundreds of people I would love to drill for answers. Since you specified “lunch,” however, I’ll pick someone whose presence I would simply like to be in: Corrie ten Boom, the co-author of The Hiding Place. I think her an incredible example of forgiveness, faith, and resilience.
Please leave a comment for Mimi to welcome her, to share what you may have in common, or just to say hi for a chance to win this colorful kit from Echo Park Paper Company‘s “A Walk In The Park” collection!
Amber Ellis, online senior editor