but I want to share what I’m thinking, about the Family Fun Library workshop and a few other things too …
The workshop at BPS will be an eight week course, with the goal of setting up and customizing a library system of albums for 8 1/2 x11 or 12×12 pages. There won’t be "weekly projects" per se, but rather weekly steps that focus primarily on organizing or re-organizing the way we "share" our memories/finished pages with our families. There will be an audio message each week and some kind of download (checklist, photo-organization task or challenge, sorting/labeling assignment etc) — that build on each other to help us accomplish what could otherwise be an scary or overwhelming change/process. I really want workshop participants to be actively participating in the process as the workshop is being taught.
Now, about albums — we [BPS] are in partnership with scrapbook.com so that we can provide you with an online resource for class and workshop materials. I got word last week that they now have available, two album lines that I feel will work really well as Family Library systems. The first is the We R Memory Keepers linen albums. These post-bound albums come in an array of rich beautiful colors [in 8x8 and 12x12.] They are a bit pricy, but if you are looking to create a collection of albums you can display in your family or living room — these are stunning. The second is the American Crafts super-cool davy board albums, that feature colored spines. These a 3-ring albums available in 81/2 x11 and 12×12. For those of you that want to purchase albums before our workshop begins, you will need a minimum of four albums in different colors [size is totally up to you.] Please know that you don’t have to use either of these album lines. You also don’t absolutely need different colored spines/albums as you can do other things to indicate which albums holds which type of memories/pages. If you have more than 3 or 4 people in your immediate family, I would suggest getting two albums in the color you intend to use for your "All About Us" or personality-based pages. I am currently using the following colors for my topics:
Yellow – All About Us [I have 7 of these albums]
Red - People We Love [I have 2 albums]
Green – Places We Go [I have 2 albums]
Blue – Things We Do [I have 3 albums]
I do have to say that with children, the color thing is so fun. Color quickly and easily communicates the content, so it is very easy for them to find and enjoy the red album with grandma and grandpa and the cousins inside!
The really good news is, both of these companies will continue to manufacture their albums, so that you can add individual albums as your collection/library grows.
I am actually considering switching out all of my albums for one of these two lines. I am also considering adding 12×12 albums to each of my color categories, so that I can make layouts in either size.
If you have additional questions, at this time, post them with a link to your email. I am currently developing the workshop and would love to know what questions/needs you have as you consider a library system.
For those of you that have NO idea what this post is about, you will as soon as you read my book The Big Picture — which by the way should be restocked and ready to ship in about a week!
side note: one of the main reasons BPS
exists is because as an experienced teacher in the industry, I have
long felt a need to do a different kind of teaching — something that
is really more like coaching; I want to be able to guide/walk students
through processes that aren’t easily addressed either in the retail or
live event venue. I know there were several students in my creativity
workshop that felt they didn’t get what they expected; that what was
shared was not directly related to scrapbooking — and I’m hoping to
blog my feelings about this soon. BPS will
provide many classes and workshops that are similar to what is
currently available elsewhere, but we will also forge a new kind of
interaction between teacher/coach and human being/scrapbooker.
I think for the industry to really grow we’ve got to address
scrapbooking as part of a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Yes, it’s a
craft/hobby and in the case of very talented people an artistic
expression — but it is also more than that. We’ve got to start
teaching and sharing with eachother the fundamental processes that lead
to "creativity" and the ability to reflect and record our stories in
unique and meaningful ways. So, ramble, ramble .. BPS will be fun pages and projects
you can complete at your convenience in your pajamas, but it will also
be a different kind of education portal — a place where people can
interact and exchange ideas over an extended period of time; a place
where these ideas can grow into concepts and concepts can be customized
to liberate and enrich individual lives [and scrapbooks!]
whew! Got that off my chest.
We are so appreciative of your interest so far in this new adventure and we love the feedback [both positive and negative] regarding anything that we do. Please remember that the comments page at BPS is not an email box. If you need a response to your comment or question, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org It is our policy to immediately delete any mean-spirited comments left on the site. Negative is fine, mean is not. Teachers that are willing to come and share at BPS need to feel that they are working in a safe environment where their personal character is protected from thoughtless comments. Just thought you should know.