I’m Tara Burtt, the slightly older, but quieter sister in this business venture. Like Tiffany, I have always tried to make my artistic interests a priority in my life’s pursuits.
Just out of high school, I took one of my interests, doll collecting, one step further and through the Seeley Doll Studio Mentor Program, I started my own business. “Toys in the Attic” was my doll making studio where I taught doll making classes as well as produced antique reproduction dolls for sale. I continued my doll making business while earning a BA degree in Anthropology at Cornell University. (Science, and specifically anthropology, was also a major interest of mine!)
After graduating from Cornell, I worked for the JCPenney company as a visual merchandiser. I got to be creative all day long while setting up displays, dressing mannequins and all the while learning some valuable marketing techniques. It was during this time that I married my husband, Phil, in a spectacular Renaissance wedding, complete with minstrels, full costumes and the local news station!
Soon after, my best friend contacted me about a job opening in her office and wondered if I’d be interested. Now, 15 years later, I am a seasoned employee of the United States District Court, an extremely interesting job in the Federal Court system. All the while, perfecting my doll making skills, dabbling in professional cake decorating and hooking up with the Albany Museum of Art for some display work during their holiday festivities.
In 2004, at age 37, a miracle happened… I became a mother. My beautiful daughter Georgia was born and everything in my life changed! The thought of having to go back to work after my maternity leave was over was depressing. To help ease the pain, Tiffany, already a mother of three wonderful girls and I decided to combine our talents and try our hand at a business together.
Captured Moments is the result and it has allowed me to cut back my hours at District Court to a part time schedule. This has enabled me to be a semi stay-at-home mom as well as a productive partner in our business. In the 8 years that we have operated Captured Moments, I have developed my own scrapbooking style and skills. My talents and Tiffany’s compliment each other perfectly, creating a balanced business that is sound and growing. From developing classes and workshops, designing layouts, custom albums, organizing our monthly scrapbook kit club, we both do it all with great enthusiasm and energy. We love what we do!
We are pleased to announce the launch of our Captured Moments Online Boutique. Here you’ll find all our latest kits and much, much more! Shop our boutique!