when I first began putting ideas on paper that would become Big Picture Scrapbooking, my goal was really to share and teach concepts. To try and shift the focus away from the product (which I adore) to the core of what we have the potential to do with pictures and memories. I wanted to provide a different kind of “sketch” if you will, not a sketch for how to arrange elements on a page, but a sketch for how to include insightful and meaningful content into a scrapbook – scrapbookers would adapt and customize these “sketches,” just as they do the other kind. This is exactly what my glimpses class and album is – a content sketch, ready to be embraced and personalized by anyone (although I feel this one is especially important for women.) Then, as I was preparing my class as a “projects now” knowing that it could be downloaded at any time for as long as we make it available, I had this idea – a shower idea. The kind of idea where you can’t get the soap off of you, or the towel wrapped around you fast enough – you race to grab a pen and paper and write furiously – that kind of idea. I would include on my printable handout, a ticket – a ticket to attend a reception with other students that have taken the glimpses class in areas where I would be teaching or appearing at live events. This would mean I could meet my students, and learn from them and see their albums and give them a chance to share with each other in person.
With the help of incredibly talented partners and the other girls on the BPS team, we are reaching (and constantly resetting) our goal, and it hit me like a ton of bricks this weekend at the Urban Scrapbook store. As we collected tickets and gathered into the “backroom” for a glimpses reception – I started to cry (not terribly unusual) and said out loud, “this is a dream come true" Now, this was not our first reception – but it was the first one that “worked” really well. Several women brought all or part of their album with them and they got to stand and share two or three entries. Others shared one thing that they are planning on photographing and/or writing for their albums. For me, it was phenomenal – we were just there and the atmosphere was safe and encouraging and the wit and wisdom and sincere emotion that was expressed was nothing short of powerful.
naturally, the brownies and milk played a part!
I love being around women, especially those that either “get it” or want to. So … thanks Edmonton and thanks to everyone that was there — for everything. Thanks for being a part of something I will never forget.
p.s. several have asked … the next glimpses reception is happening in Buffalo at the CKConvention. It will be Friday, June 1st at 8:30 p.m. The exact location (as in classroom number) is coming soon. It will be at the convention center, following my Backstage Party which is from 6:00 to 7:30. You will need your ticket and I strongly encourage you to come prepared with even a page or two from your album!! Treats provided.
I am planning on some very fun “extras” in Buffalo, more on that soon!