Hello and Happy Friday!
If you’re visiting from Georgana’s blog, then THANK YOU for participating in our little blog hop about the 12 Days of Christmas workshop!
If you’re here on your own, then welcome — you can learn a little bit about an upcoming workshop at Big Picture Classes.
I LOVE that we’ve pulled together 12 FANTASTIC Big Picture teachers to help us put on this workshop, which is going to feel more like a party than a class.
Here how this whole thing will go down:
For the 12 days leading up to Christmas, you will receive an email from a BPC teacher with a photo prompt and a list of supplies to gather. Preparing specific holiday pictures and products as Christmas approaches will help us focus on the present moments and the joyful anticipation in a more thoughtful way—without feeling any pressure to scrapbook — yet! Then, starting on December 25th, you’ll get to “open” a new handout each day, designed to guide and inspire you in pulling together pictures and products to complete a dozen different layouts.
Can you imagine having 12 finished pages about Christmas that soon?!
Rather than rushing through the holidays this year, you’ll be able to give yourself the gift of happy memories documented in a delightfully doable way!
Here’s a peek at my page …
I hope you’ll continue “hopping” around today and pay Tami Morrison a visit.
As a little BONUS, I’m going to share something I found yesterday that I think is adorable.
Last year, we adopted a fun approach to kid gifts at our house (I learned about this from my cousin Missy.)
Each child gets …
Well, over at Somewhat Simple, you can print this CUTE. CUTE. “Dear Santa” wish list …
Every now and then, I like to share letters I receive from students and friends in this awesome online community of ours. This letter from Candy makes me especially happy because it demonstrates the kind of “after the fact” learning that I love to see happen …
I took your most recent LoM class* this year, and while I LOVED the process, I was disappointed at not seeing/finding more connections. Comparatively, I have a very young library of photos, I guess. I found a couple of stories connected by sorting and tagging, but not any huge, eye-opening “this is what it’s all about” break throughs.This Thanksgiving week I was chatting with my Mom and she mentioned that someday she’d like to scan all of our old photos and organize them. I volunteered to spearhead that project since I understand the scanner and computer and have LoM to lean on. We went out to the garage and Mom pointed to FIVE 20 gallon plastic totes. FIVE! I died. There are pictures ranging from the 1940′s clear through to the early 2000′s. From the time my grandparents were young until I was in high school!We pulled out the easiest to reach tote and proceeded to sort. This first go round we just culled the bad pictures and duplicates leaving us with about 1/4 the pictures we started with. Over Christmas break (Mom’s a teacher) we’ll go through and do the same with the other 4 tubs. Then I plan to categorize them using your star method and start scanning in 2012.
And OH! The connections! Just in sorting through that one tub of photos I found so many stories that need need NEED to be told! I can hardly wait to get started on the rest of the pictures and get to scrapping.
Without LoM I think the whole project would have remained a “someday” project, never getting really done. But having the tools and framework already in place has made this so much easier to approach and complete and doesn’t feel near as overwhelming as it could have.
I can’t thank you enough for sharing your process and tools through your class! What a paradigm shift it caused in my approach to dealing with photos.
One bite at a time,
*I teach a course called Finding Photo Freedom where I teach my Library of Memories system for organizing and using years of pictures. I’ll teach it again in the first part of 2013!
To think that I had something to do with this kind of photo rescue and family memory work, makes me grin from ear to ear.
What we do as storytellers matters.
As in really, really matters.