April 30, 2011
1. 12 amazing challenges
2. 12 talented crop hostesses
3. Meet some new ladies from Creative Keepsakes magazine
4. Get to know some of our BPC teachers better
5. Unbelievable giveaways
6. Even better grand prize giveaways
7. Endless inspiration
8. Live chats with crop hostesses
9. Meet other scrappers on the message board
10. Share your amazing work in the gallery
11. Avoid the traffic, and hang out in your PJ’s all day!
12. It’s free!
This is going to be a day full of fun.
It starts 9:00am PDT on Saturday, May 7th
. (That's only 1 week away!!)Make sure you sign up now!
April 29, 2011
Simply sit. Make the choice to do nothing…don't read, watch TV, surf the web, or consume information in any other way. Find a comfortable, warm, quiet spot and just be.
April 28, 2011
We have a very busy household so everything is about making things run smoothly...well smoother at least!
Between sports schedules, school schedules, family events, hot lunch menu’s, etc there’s a lot to keep track of. I do my best to keep track of it in my personal calendar and on my iPhone calendar app, but the rest of the family needs access to these schedules too. So, I keep a really large bulletin board in our laundry room so everyone can know what’s going on. Some of these things aren’t things I’d include in an actual calendar (like lunch menu’s) so this system works well for us!
Right now this is about 1/2 of our normal schedules. As soon as my daughter starts t-ball and my son gets his travel baseball schedule, there will be even more that we need to keep track of. So this system is a must!
Another thing that helps our family run smoother is this...
Both my husband and I work full time out of the house, so our mornings are very fast-paced and start at 6am. None of us are really morning people (except my lucky husband) so we tend to be in a hurry to get out the door. I’ve learned that it helps if my daughter has her clothes picked out ahead of time. She’s very particular about what she wears and can spend a long time picking our her outfits. She even checks the weather forecast every night to make sure her outfit choice still works (she’s only 5!!). Having her outfits picked out ahead of time has helped our mornings run a whole lot smoother...and gives us a few extra minutes to sleep in!
With our busy schedules and my extra scrapbooking deadlines, it is important to me that the kids can be near me when I work on my stuff, but that we also have our own space! When we put in two extra rooms in our basement, I turned one into my scraproom and one into the kids’ play room. I also put in a door in between to the rooms to connect them. Having these rooms located near each other has helped me be able to find time for myself and get my deadlines met a lot more efficiently!
My newest class, 28 Days of Sketches, starts May 5.
April 28, 2011
I took this photo in the summer of 2009 at Swan Lake, South Dakota. This place is beautiful to me because it's familiar. My family has had a lake cabin on Swan Lake since long before I was born. The memories encapsulated in this photo are more beautiful than the sunset.
April 26, 2011
Big Picture Classes is excited to announce its collaboration with The Daily Digi in an effort to bring you the best in digital scrapbooking classes!
Today marks the first day of a new adventure. Big Picture Classes and The Daily Digi are teaming up to bring fantastic new digital scrapbooking classes to the web. The Daily Digi is a wonderful resource for digital scrapbookers, and has a variety of contributors who bring their expertise to the digital community at large. Those talented contributors now make up a team of new teachers here at BPC, ready to demonstrate both the fundamentals of digital scrapbooking, and the advanced techniques that the pros use. Our initial launch brings you three brand-new self-paced classes, and we have many more in the works!
Be sure to check out the new additions to the BPC line up, and join us in welcoming The Daily Digi to our community!
April 25, 2011
Here is the download for the mini polaroid templates.
Yes those words are beautiful... Log in to your account and you will see a tutorial for mini polaroid magnets plus a download!! Photos are by Elisha Snow, check out her latest class, Photo Finish.
(thanks Jenn of Ambrosa Girl for the idea and permission to share it)
Don't have an account, it is easy and free, set one up here.
April 23, 2011
I’ve just realised I’m in Sth Africa that week!
I’m so sorry to put a spanner in the works!
Who knew that you’d have to learn to speak New Zealander in order to be the editor here at BPC?! I have a folder full of the funny emails that I’ve received from Nic Howard while working on her classes. I’ve learned one very important thing – don’t be drinking soda over your computer while reading an email from Nic, or you might just short it out.
Do you need a little more Nic in your life? We’re putting the finishing touches on a new self-paced class, Cluster Embellishing, where she will teach you all about creating fabulous clusters! She has quite a few other classes up right now if you can’t wait. Check them out!
P.S. Nic is teaming up with one of our other favorite teachers, May Flaum, to offer a workshop that will be double the fun later this year! Stay tuned!
April 22, 2011
This month's featured partner, Unity Stamps, is offering a giveaway. Don't we all love giveaways? Yes!
Three lucky people will receive the stamp set,
Provencial Collection - My Dear... from Unity Stamps
To enter the giveaway for this stamp set, leave a comment sharing your
- favorite stamping technique
- or a stamping technique you want to see taught on Unity TV
Giveaway closes in 48 hours at 9:00 am PST on 4/24
April 21, 2011
"This photo was taken at Prince Edward Island, Canada. My sister, Mom and I took a long awaited girls trip to the Island in search of everything "Anne of Green Gables." Along our drive, we stumbled upon this scene. The photo is a perfect reflection of the blue skies and water, red beach and lighthouse accents and green grass. I am hard pressed to find any place as beautiful and peaceful as this!"
April 21, 2011
We are so excited!! Kayce has been busily designing the classroom. I have been oggling the awesome prizes, and you, well you need to sign-up!! Even if you are not available that day you can still participate.
Prizes supplied by the fantastic companies shown above. Oh and the first week of May is class giveaway on our blog!