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March 14, 2011

Behind the scenes at Big Picture Classes we have been hard at work coming up with awesome content for out blog. We still need you-- here is how you can get featured on our blog

1. Tuesday Tip

Do you have a tip for your fellow BPC friends? We’d love to hear it! Please email your Tuesday Tips to tips@bigpictureclasses.com. If your tip is featured here on our blog you’ll receive a $10 BPC gift certificate!

2. Beautiful Places

A beautiful place is a visual that  you find beautiful. To share yours attach the image to an email and include a brief description of the place, the location,  and why you find it beautiful. Send in to beautifulplaces@bigpictureclasses.com

3. From the Gallery

The BPC team is going to be perusing the galleries looking for cool visuals to share on the blog. We will send an email with our request then you respond with permission for us to share.

At BPC we know that you are makes this a great place to be and we want to tell the world about it!

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March 11, 2011

We are so thrilled to be working with these fine companies over the next twelve months. Join us in welcoming them to the Big Picture family.



American Crafts

Bella Blvd

Cosmo Cricket

Crate Paper

Lily Bee Design

Little Yellow Bicycle

Pink Paislee

Studio Calico

Echo Park

Jenni Bowlin Studio


Unity Stamp Company


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March 10, 2011

Scrapbookers and paper crafters are helping Stephen Goodman reach his goal of gathering 180,000 thank you cards for the U.S. Troops overseas.

(read about his efforts here)

Will you help too?

Bazzill Basics Paper and Heidi Swapp are offering two free tickets to Creative Escape...the ultimate scrapbook indulgence! on August 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona if you will help Stephen.

To enter to win the CE tickets, create five thank you cards, go to www.creativeescapeaz.com, download the entry form, fill it out and mail the cards to Bazzill by July 1, 2011. The winner will be selected by random drawing. Enter as often as you like.

(Travel and hotel not included).

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March 09, 2011

Guessing Game time.

If you read the Inside Access page then you know we are partnering with twelve awesome scrapbook companies and we invite you to participate in a guessing game.

Can you guess the twelve companies shown? (these are our twelve sponsors)

Leave a comment with your twelve guesses to enter a giveaway for a surprise goody box filled with new product from a handful of our partners. The giveaway ends in 48 hours at 9:00am PST Friday March 11.


Come back to see the official list on Friday, 3/11 and join us in welcoming these companies to our community.

***Updated with Giveaway winner***


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March 08, 2011

Our lives are filled with Amazing Women, and we should all take the time to celebrate those who are important in our lives. In this Self-Paced class, we'll focus on paying tribute to the female relatives, friends, colleagues, and even celebrities who have inspired us in small or BIG ways.

Click here to learn more & register.

The first 200 people* that sign-up for Amazing Women will receive a free My Book Planner (valued at $12.50), compliments of Per Annum and Big Picture Classes.

*We will mail 2011 My Book Planners to the first 200 people who register for Amazing Women, between March 8, 2011 and April 8, 2011. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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March 07, 2011

Every now and then I peruse the sellers on Etsy to see what they are offering that might work in my scrapbook projects. I was blown away this week by all the fantastic products available for us scrappers and paper crafters. Check out some favorites below.

TripleTrouble seller has items for $3.00 and under, my faves the oval scalloped journaling cards

Unique button assortments by Londontierney don't you love the mustache craze?

seller Pretty Tape sells tape, labels, even stamps

Vintage goodness abounds @Vintageparisgoodness such as this crinkly trim

Cozy Dog sells punched circles and other shapes

KraftyKansangirl sells fun die cut shapes such as these sea creatures

Crocheted flowers are available by YarningAbout

PaperSouffle sells all sorts of paper goodness like these Kraft colored tags

This Australian PetitePaperieShoppe seller has a large selection of vintage items, these number tags could be used in so many ways

Do you have a favorite Etsy seller? Post a link

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March 04, 2011

Have you seen the news? 2011 expert Lain Ehmann is hosting an online event called True Scrap. Some familiar BPC teachers are participating; Ali Edwards, Tami Morrison, Kelli Crowe, Tracey Clark, and Nic Howard.

If you decide to participate in True Scrap, we hope that you’ll purchase using our link. By doing so, you’re supporting our efforts to continue providing high quality online education. Thank you!

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March 03, 2011



with Great American Scrapbook Conventions! BPC will be sponsoring the GASC events in Arlington and Chantilly, with guest teachers, six brand new classes and a free online community hosted at bigpictureclasses.com!

The online community will feature easy-to-access forums and have an ongoing conversation about classes and other plans. There will also be galleries where students can post and share the pages and projects they complete at the convention.Working together we will allow the excitement of a Great American Scrapbook Convention to live all year!

Big Picture teachers; Wendy Smedley, Elizabeth Dillow and Tami Morrison are preparing fun and meaningful classes that will engage students at the event and also provide them a pass to extended online interaction.



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March 01, 2011

Tami Morrison wraps up our CHA 2011 Winter picks.

While CHA seemed a bit smaller in size this winter, it was big on fun and inspiration, as always. I cherish the once or twice a year opportunity to connect in person with industry friends from all over. And I especially love the energy that surrounds new product releases, and the camaraderie of thousands of creative people concentrated in a single location.

At the end of a typical CHA day, my feet are exhausted from the miles I logged on the convention center floor, my voice is scratchy from talking so much, my head is spinning with ideas sparked by the latest products, projects, and trends…and my heart is thankful that I get to be a part of this amazing craft and hobby industry.

Here are just a few new releases that revved my creative engine:

Around The World by Brenda Walton, for K & Company

Boarding Pass, from October Afternoon

While the thermostat clearly read WINTER in most of the country, summer was in the air on the CHA floor. Amongst the oodles of summer product releases, I thought these two in particular would work great with my self-paced Unpack Your Vacation Memories class. Both of these collections are due to arrive at stores in April.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the fun Smash book and accessories from EK Success. You can check out their video here.

So simple, and yet so many possibilities…stay tuned, I have big plans for this clever new line of products!

I think Library of Memories students will be particularly excited about the newest 3-ring leather albums from We R Memory Keepers. Orange Soda, Clover, Grape Soda, and Dark Chocolate are the latest additions to their wide selection of colors.

Vintage Findings by Epiphany Crafts are antique-looking settings, perfectly sized to hold the company’s clear epoxy bubbles. Create a custom epoxy from your favorite patterned paper, and mount it on a Vintage Finding for a fun and colorful embellishment that will add flair to any page or project.

To see the rest of the CHA 2011 Winter picks see below

Week 1 Tammy Tutterow

Week 2 Ana Cabrera and Georgana Hall

Week 3 Karen Grunberg and  Kelly Purkey.

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March 01, 2011


Tammy  shares how she decoupages on her projects here.

Read about her here and take her class, Made from Scratch.


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