I’ve got those “first-day” jitters!

Finding Photo Freedom starts today and even after all these years, I go to bed and then wake up (early) with that “butterflies” feeling that accompanies the first-day of class. But, I am ready and rearing to go.

I’m joined this year by FIVE wonderful and expert coaches.
I’d like to give Amy, April, Blayne, Lynn and Melissa a little blog LOVE. These girls are well-versed in the principles of Library of Memories and they are incredibly helpful, patient and articulate.

Together we are going to lead hundreds of new friends through a process that is both challenging and liberating. IF you’ve ever wished that you had a better handle on your digital images or that you could find the photos you want to find, when you want to find them, then I’d LOVE for you to join us.

There are many great, time-saving solutions available today and countless (and fascinating) ways to share our photos, but what brings sustained satisfaction in this hobby is the ability to create and tell inspired and authentic personal stories. You can do this (in a hundred different ways) with a Library of Memories system. It is your personal perspective that will add lasting value to your images, so IF you’d like to do SOMETHING (really cool) with SOME of your photos, this is your class, and please note that  I won’t be teaching it again until 2015.

Naturally,  you don’t have to take my word for it.
You can read a testimonial from Heather D. HERE
and, I received this email from past student, Catherine G. yesterday…

This is her list of  Seven Things that have really sunk in since Finding Photo Freedom 2011.

1. Spending time with my photos is way more fun than flossing

I used to approach organizing my digital photos like the scrapbooking equivalent of flossing – it needs to be done but it’s not fun! Now I find that scrolling through my photos inspires the stories and shots I really want. When I realized that I didn’t have a good portrait of my Dad’s girlfriend’s beloved dog Maggie, I grabbed the shot at Thanksgiving. When Maggie passed away suddenly in January, they were so touched by the photo I emailed that they had an enlargement printed. When I have an idea of the photos I have and they are reasonably organized, it inspires me to take more.

2. Being selective about my photos makes them a resource, rather than a burden

It’s fun to pick up some goodies at my local scrapbook store – but I wouldn’t want to take the whole shop home! I treat my photos the same way, picking out my favorite few, then pairing them up with a story I’ve been dying to get down. All those cute photos of my seven month old chewing on her toy car? I pick two and combine them with journaling about my grandmother joking “Watch out! Next thing you know she’ll be asking for the keys to the car” on a different day.

3. Holding off on scrapping a photo can help tell a great story later

When my daughter was born, we received some charming “It’s a Girl” pink-wrapped candies. I took a photo but passed it over for a page. Six weeks later, we visited my aunt, who reminisced about my birth – and pulled a bag of frozen “It’s a Girl” candies from thirty years ago out of the freezer! Now I have a great pair of photos for a fun generational page. Similarly, I have some colorful photos of the baby playing with blocks, and I look forward to taking similar photos at the toddler, preschool and grade school stages for a future layout. I can relax knowing it often makes sense not to be “caught up” with my photos.

4. Following your inspiration means you can tell that story NOW

On the flip side, if the story is burning a hole in my notebook, I just go for it! One of my beginner misconceptions was that I couldn’t scrapbook recent photos. After seeing an interview with Stacy here, I realized that scrapping the story you’re fired up about (rather than the earliest photo in the pile) is a big part of the Photo Freedom approach, today’s photos included!

5. When photos are divided, they can tell stronger stories

As a child, my family hiked a local mountain ridge to view the changing Autumn leaves and last year, we brought my daughter there for her first hike at 3 months of age. Photos from that particular hike are now earmarked for layouts about: baby’s first hike, a two generation family tradition, the season of Fall, my husband’s terrible self-portrait taking skills, a “McKayla is not impressed” spoof, why we have so few photos of the three of us, plus one photo set aside for a Daddy and baby through the four seasons page. The Photo Freedom approach makes it easy for me to split up and stage photos from the same event to tell diverse stories, way beyond just “our hike in October.”

6. If you record the story, the photo and layout will come

I love the practice of collecting family quotes! I jotted down “Me: We need a baby jungle gym – Justin: That’s called a Dad” in my notebook, without any photo in mind for the layout. Later I found a funny outtake of the baby keeling over backwards in her dad’s arms, and realized it was a perfect match to the sweet snippet of conversation.

7. Finally, I love post-bound albums, but they don’t love me

Yup, Stacy was right – three ring scrapbook albums are so much easier! I’ve learned to trust Stacy’s recommendations more and more the farther I get into implementing Photo Freedom.

IF this is your year, you can sign up HERE.

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