Hello everyone! My name is Ayaka, a founder of be.COLORful.nyc. I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York with my husband in 2015.
Just to start with - the top 2 things I love are: Scrapbooking and Travelling :)
The first time I learned Scrapbooking was back in 2013, when I got married. I asked one of my very good old friends to create Welcome boards for my wedding party. Guess what? She created amazingly beautiful boards with my pictures by using Scrapbooking papers and other materials, and I totally fell in love with these. Since then, I am sooooo addicted to scrapbooking :)
Most of the pictures I am using for layouts are my travel pictures. I looooove travelling as I love to experience different cultures all over the world, meet with new people, and of course enjoy local foods. So far, I have travelled over 30 countries: Japan (of course!), USA, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, UK, Finland, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Spain, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Korea... OMG I can't recall all countries! The most favorite destination so far is Santorini Island in Greece, where we visited for honeymoon. Also, I am exploring 50 states in the USA recently, so far Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is my favorite!
Just briefly to talk about my daily jobs... this is not so interesting though. lol I am a licensed Japan CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and currently working full-time as Senior Manager in Internal Audit at French insurance company. As you might be already aware English is not my native language, so for me it is kinda stressful to work in my current work environment. Scrapbooking is one of my relaxation :)
Ok - so back to Scrapbooking, I am currently hosting scrapbooking workshops every month. Here in New York, sadly I never see in-person scrapbooking workshops. So I'd like to expand network on my own! Why not, right? I welcome anybody having an interest in keeping memories with beautiful papers. No experience no skill are needed. Just come and join my workshops with your memorable pictures :) I have more details in this website and my instagram account (@be.colorful.nyc), so check it out and stay tuned!!!