I’m home and finally sitting back at my desk.
I’ve been watching emails accumulate on my phone and I suppose it’s time that I start digging in.
Our friends the Cordons are in town for their annual ski trip and we just sent them off with some of our boys for a day on the slopes of Mount Spokane.
In the midst of the breakfast and ski-prep craziness, I prepared Addie for her first “big girl” birthday party.
I just dropped her off and loved the look of anticipation and trepidation in her little face. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of photographing her in all the adorable details of her life.
I feel so blesssed to be her mommy.
If you’ve checked in over the last three days, then you know that we’re giving away classes this week at Big Picture Classes. Today we are giving away FIVE seats in my upcoming two week workshop, called i.Scrap. I’m really excited about this class because for me it has proved to be a very authentic look back at the last year and I am so grateful to have that documented.
You can learn more here.
I was delighted to hear from Cathy S. a few weeks back. In simply preparing for my class she expressed some of the same feelings I did–which is always a reassuring thing for a teacher! Cathy is also gathering digital files to use rather than traditional papers and embellishments — I think is awesome!
Here’s a portion of her email:
I just wanted to send an email telling you how much I’ve learned already from the class prep for i.scrap.
Last year, I really enjoyed your New Year’s Eve blog assignment of choosing 12 favorite photos from the past year. That process of selecting the most meaningful photos to me, not worrying about keeping them evenly distributed between children and events, was a learning experience. An unintentional theme emerged: my favorites were the ones of our daily life. My journaling for that layout, which I’m attaching to this email, reads “Out of the 7,000 photos from 2009, these are my favorites. They are not the showcase photos, not the birthdays and special occasions. They show how we lived this year, who we loved and what we loved. These photos capture our life.”
This year, using the 9 “i” prompts as a basis for selecting photos, I’m learning much about myself. How the photos I am drawn to reflect my own introverted, observant personality. How a photo of my children flying a kite on the beach at sunset can represent my “I will…” statement. At first I was worried that the one line on the handout for jotting down the “i” statement was too short and that I had much more to say. Now I look at the photos and think they need no explanation. I should also say I’ve spent a lot of time with these photos in the past several days. Although I am a primarily paper scrapper, I’ve collected many digital kits and often get offers for free 8×8 Shutterfly photobooks, so I’ve challenged myself to do this assignment digitally. Selecting the papers and embellishments has taken longer than it would from my paper supplies, but I am having fun going through my digital files and putting together kits that match the photos. In case you’ve had other students question about doing this project digitally, I’m sending along two of my kits as an example of the prep work. I created a 8×16 .psd file for each prompt, edited and framed the photo, selected two papers that I’ve resized to 8×8 plus the ribbon and five embellishments. The time-consuming work is done, I think. All I need to do when class starts is arrange these into two separate pages, journal and embellish as per class instructions!
If you’re interested in winning a seat in i.Scrap hop on over to the BPC blog.