I’ve emailed YOU all with instructions on gaining access to May’s workshop. Thanks for the great feedback!
I’m curious, since my giveaway this week is a Memory Works kit, how many of YOU subscribe to one or more kit clubs?
May Flaum and Big Picture Scrapbooking opened Adventures in Scrapbooking: Kits today and I just watched/listened to May’s introductory slide show.
Wow! Good stuff.
When a new kit arrives in the mail there is a rush of excitement and an initial bump in inspiration as you dump it out and imagine all the amazing things you could create. Then life and routine tends to set in and sometimes (often) the next kit arrives before you’ve fully unpacked the last one.
See? I do know. I’ve been there.
This is where May’s class can help. She is teaching principles of creative expression that will HELP you break outside your routine and start really exploring the possibilites that these beautiful collections of product present — truly, good kit clubs are virtual personal shoppers that gather the new and coolest product and deliver it to you. Now you just need the education to move you in the direction of personal confidence and true creativity.
You’ve got the materials …
Now you can learn the methods from May.
Leave me a comment. Tell me whether you subscribe to a kit club and which kits they are. I’m giving away THREE seats in May’s class. I’ll post the WINNER tonight at 5:00pm pacific time (so hurry.)
The other class that I want to plug for a minute is Home Again, Home Again, the November installment of A Life Well Crafted with Kolette Hall — this is because I am her guest designer this month and I made the project! The project is really such a small part of Kolette’s overall message, but … it is a darn useful tool for story-tellers. It is a perpetual memory file and I am using it and LOVE it. I have tucked it inside one of my kitchen cupboards and I am so proud of the regularity with which I am updating — nothing close to daily, but quite often.
The concept is 365 index cards and a date stamp that will help you track the details of both milestone events and little moments you don’t want to forget. In a year or two the perpetual-ness will really sink in and it will become a very COOL way to look back, make connections and add detail to your life stories.
This is the PERFECT class for your “non-scrapbooking” friends. Anyone can make this project with supplies from an office store and I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love to plant seeds of future memory in this handy little file box.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me.
And now, I have to give another shout out to the Write. Click. Scrapbook. gallery this month.
It is SO GOOD.
This was one of the projects/stories that really JUMPED out at me. A hybrid theme album that shares memorable childhood family vacation memories. It was created by Autumn Baldwin (who, btw is developing her first class at BPS!)
Her album has sections for the most memorable locations her family traveled to when she was young. Her father was a traveling consultant, so they got to go SEE some pretty amazing places!
Anyway … I just absolutely LOVE the approach Autumn took with this, the use a small sampling of older photos, scanned and enhanced with new technology and the simple and striking design. GREAT JOB!!
This is Elizabeth Dillow’s layout and it brought back a rush of memories for me. When I drink cola (which is not very often) it isn’t Coke or Pepsi, but Dr. Pepper and I totally remembering singing along to this 1977 (yikes, I’m old) commercial …
I was pretty involved with student government at BYU and my introduction to those great opportunities came through the “Repper” program my freshman year. I was a representative or “repper” for my dorm building and YES, we all had matching shirts and sang … “I’m a Repper, You’re a Repper …”
Finally, my story — the story of Cougar Jackson. I didn’t realize that in my rush to get my family story layout turned in, I didn’t share the journaling or story. This is truly one of those stories that my family tells over and over again — at least I do. When people find out my brother’s name is Cougar there are generally questions and this story is often part of my response.
So, here’s to Cougar Jackson (I love ya bro!)
When my brother Cougar was born, several of my parents’ friends voiced their disapproval of the name “Cougar.” One person went so far as to warn our father that “someday Cougar will want to change his name” and that will be evidence that your choice is not in the best interest of your son or his future.
When Cougar was 9 or 10 years old, he and dad were driving home from some sort of boy bonding experience in the truck when Cougar suddenly said, “Dad, I think I want to change my name.” You can imagine how my father braced himself for what was to follow.
“What would you like your name to be, son?”
“Well, instead of Cougar Hall, I’d like to be Cougar Jackson or Cougar Johnson – those names seem more like football player names. “
Dad, obviously feeling a degree of relief told Cougar that there wasn’t much he could do for him. He explained, that with some effort, you can change your first name, but changing a surname is not really possible.
“Well, I like Cougar, so I guess I just stay Cougar Hall then.”