Posts tagged ‘Crafts’

March 24, 2011

New Workshops Posted!

I’ve posted two new extended scrapbook workshops in the scrapbook events tab. The first event is my annual summer retreat, Summer SunSational Scrapbook Retreat 2011, August 26-28 at Honey Creek Episcopal Conference Center in Waverly, Georgia (just south of the Golden Isles and Brunswick.) The second event happens a bit earlier on June 4th – National Scrapbook Day. But first, the retreat… why am I talking about this first? Because, everyone needs a bit more time to plan a weekend away, whether the issue is budget or time or both!

Just so you can see what’s in store for you this summer, I’d like to share a little about my winter retreat. Above is the group photo from this year’s event. We have to take a photo, right? There are some regulars and some new folks in the group which made it incredibly fun. As you can see from how everyone is dressed, the weather was really mild! What a nice break from the cold winter we had!

I loved that folks had a fun AND  productive weekend.

Evaluation comments were really good, here are a few:

  • Thank you, everything was awesome!
  • Great Event, Great Job!
  • [Can’t think of anything I’d change.] Everything was just wonderful and you do a phenomenal job. Thank you!
  • As my first weekend with you all, I thought it was great!
  • This was wonderful! I loved it and will definitely be back!

I love happy customers!

One of the big benefits of the event at Honey Creek is the beautiful surroundings and spacious crop room.

Here is a before photo — before folks arrive that is. This is my typical set up for a group of 4 attendees. Stuart Hall, where my retreats are typically held, is wall to wall windows on two sides of the room, so even though you are inside you feel a part of the fabulous surroundings. And, if you like to get up early, the sunrises are always spectacular! Actually, they are spectacular even if you decide to sleep in! There are no rules!
National Scrapbook Day – Saturday, June 4th
Now, for a few thoughts about National Scrapbook Day (June 4th; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) – a whole day set aside to work on your photo project, time to tell your story… with lots of support from other attendees and me.  Hope you can join me! Click on the Scrapbook Event Tab for more information.
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September 27, 2010

A is for Athlete, Tri & Adidas

Big Picture Classes offers wonderful online classes related to scrapbooking, photography and other crafty adventures.

My absolute favorite blogger, Cathy Zielske is currently teaching a class called Me, The Abridged Version. The idea, taken from a book called “The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life“, is to create an A to Z book of simple paragraphs that tell about yourself. So, for those of us who think scrapbooks are all about the kiddos, here is one class that is all about the scrapbooker! There’s a little blinkie in my sidebar that will show you more details about the class, although, I believe it is too late to sign up now. The class is two weeks in, and so far I’ve got entries for the letters A & B. Go me!

I’m enjoying the writing, playing with Photoshop Elements and generally thinking about what I like and who I am. I’m making digital pages, cause I love them! I normally use Creative Memories Storybook Plus Digital Software, but the template for this class is based in Photoshop Elements, so I decided to learn something new. My papers are from Creative Memories Day to Day Kit.

If you want to read the entries for A on my page, you can click on it, and see the text a bit bigger.

Oddly, I wrote the Athlete entry before my “tri” partner and I had actually “tri”ed to combine all three in a single workout. As fate would have it, the following day we did all three. Wow! HMMMM! Hope I can complete the race!

It’s just two weeks away and yesterdays “tri” run was challenging to say the least. We did about half of what we will do on October 10th. I learned a few things… ocean water tastes very salty (ok I already knew that, but I’ve never really swam with my head down in the ocean), biking into a headwind does not rock, and I need to make sure I eat enough so that I don’t feel like passing out or puking (my spell check is telling me I’ve got this spelled wrong, maybe it’s really saying I’m being inappropriate! oh well) when I’m done.

OK, enough of the gory details. I”m still proud of myself, and I’m proud to feel like an athlete once more!

September 23, 2010

How do I get started creating a (meaningful) Photo Album?

First, this may be a surprise, but please, don’t start at a store! Starting at the store is very seductive. There are loads of supplies, and they are beautifully displayed. And it feels like you are doing “something”, but you aren’t!

You probably already have purchased “scrapbooking” supplies at one time or other and they are in a closet (maybe still in the bag!) or you sold them in a yard sale. Buying supplies you don’t use, just adds to the guilt we often associate with not doing something with our photos.

Banish the Guilt! Guilt paralyzes, it does not accomplish. Guilt keeps us stuck when we want to move forward. Yup, the first thing you need to do is put aside any guilt you have that your child is 15 and doesn’t have a baby album. (Insert your own guilt story here!)

Once you have vanquished guilt, congratulate yourself and move on to what really matters to you now. Now is probably the perfect time for you to create that special album about your slightly bigger baby!

But, what makes a meaningful photo album? Pictures and your words, c’est tout! Nothing more. Of course, there are so many beautiful albums, papers and embellishments, they can be very enthralling, or overwhelming. If you come down on the side of overwhelming, skip that stuff. If the decorative, crafty stuff is the part that rocks your world, then by all means, have at it. But not yet!

Hopefully, you’ve read the previous article about gathering your photos all in one place.

So, once your photos are gathered, then it is time to look through them and begin to sort. Determine a sorting method, preferably not chronological, and begin. I started making albums after my daughter was born. My husband and I had been married for 8 years already. I’d always been a chronological keeper of photos, but when I decided to make an album about our life before SB was born, I wanted something more general. So I organized by events, vacations, pets, holidays, parties (we like to throw parties!) and family. The only chronology part is about how we met, and decided to marry (which happened pretty quickly!)

Throw out the bad photographs. Throw out the duplicates if you don’t intend to give those away. Everyone orders too many school pictures of their kids with good intentions of sharing them with friends and family, but we often end up with a stack at the end of the year. It is OK to throw all those extras away! If you have a hard time with tossing photos, keep this mantra in mind, “Throwing away photos of loved ones does not equal not loving them.”

Hopefully, as you have sorted your photos, you have begun to imagine the album you most want to create. What would be most meaningful to you? Once you’ve got that in mind, you can begin to think about supplies… but that is a topic for a whole other day!